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Local Columns

West Virginia Interstate Fair runs through Sat.

From staff reports MINERAL WELLS, W.Va.— The 2017 West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition will feature live entertainment, activities, carnival rides and other attractions on Butcher Bend Road near Mineral Wells. The fair, which began Tuesday and runs through Saturday, will also ...

Devola multi-use trail benefits from support

The financial support provided by the grant awards to the Devola Multi-Use Trail (DMUT) from the Ohio Department of Health Program, Creating Healthy Communities (CHC), has provided important early support for trail development as well as leverage for our project that has resulted in ...

Area youth gain knowledge through gardening

Behind the Boys and Girls Club in Harmar are multiple raised garden beds, called the “Learning Gardens,” which are used to teach students about gardening and horticulture, healthy living, and healthy foods and nutrition. This program focuses on eating proper nutritious foods to provide the ...

Review: In ‘The Salesman,’ echoes of Arthur Miller in Tehran

By Jake Coyle AP Film Writer Even as Iranian writer-director Asghar Farhadi layers his films with complexity - with characters whose intimacies are crowded by politics, society and the past - his command of narrative is utterly total. You get the impression he could direct his way out ...

Laurence Fishburne calls Nelson Mandela role ‘life-changing’

By Mark Kennedy AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK — There are a handful of roles that every good actor is more than honored to play. So when Laurence Fishburne was asked to portray Nelson Mandela in a new miniseries, he didn’t hesitate. At first. “I was offered the part. I said ...

63rd Kiwanis Pancake Days

If you have not been to the Kiwanis Pancake Days, you have definitely missed out on a fun event. If you have attended, you most surely have seen Mark Doebrich and his youth volunteers in action. Doebrich, a Kiwanian since 1992, organizes the sponsored youth, including Builders Club at ...

Upcoming entertainment

From local reports A number of shows will be offered in January and February at the Smoot Theatre in Parkersburg and Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta. ≤ The Smoot Theatre Kids Club Series will present “Laura Ingalls Wilder” at 7 p.m. Jan. 27 at the theatre at 213 Fifth St. in ...

Programs aims to make healthier options easier

2016 has been a wonderful year for the Creating Healthy Communities (CHC) program in Washington County. This year, the CHC program and the Washington County CHC Coalition worked extremely hard to improve Washington County in making the county more active, nutritious, and tobacco free. Three ...

Right Path part of Healthy Communities

The Right Path for Washington County is our communities’ drug-free coalition, promoting health youth development through a wide array of strategies. We partner with many youth serving organizations and non-profits, including the Washington County Healthy Communities Coalition. We are ...

Marietta Family YMCA offers many ways to stay healthy

As a leading nonprofit for improving America’s health, the YMCA works with individuals, families, organizations, and communities to promote wellness and help people reclaim their health. The Marietta Family YMCA is providing opportunities to the community in the following areas: PROMOTING ...

Coming up on a milestone, weight loss has been life-changing

I can't believe it! I'm approaching my 45th birthday in July. The thought makes me shiver. I tried to switch the "4" and "5" oppositely to a more positive number but that would make me "54." No offense to those who are 54 years old. Nevertheless, getting old is hard to do and naturally it does ...

Keep track of the charter school story

This letter is pointed mostly to residents of Ohio. Ohioans have you wondered why your local school district seems to always have a renewal levy or a new levy on the ballot. I recently received an article named "Poor Performing Charters Drain Dollars From Public Schools' Coffers" that I think ...

Keeping faith in the love called ‘Muchly’

I am the Rainbow Sage. The year was 1986 just a few months before Muchly died. I was having lunch with Dr. Averill Law from the University of Arizona, an expert in probability and statistics. I was serving as a computer modeling specialist with General Motors, one of many roles I would play in ...

Styer’s Garage: Ledger Accounts examined

The ledgers from the Waterford Garage, or Styer's Garage as it was more commonly called in later years, are useful in many ways. Covering the years from 1928 through 1938, they name the businesses and people who had charge accounts. Careful examination of these records reveals information about ...

Count your blessings & be grateful for little things

There are the little things that can make one smile. Those small pick-me-ups that will turn that frown upside down. It is time to reflect on those blessings (post surgery) that I can see, hear and feel.I now have that ever-growing bucket list that encompasses all those things I never thought I ...

One year in after surgery, winning the uphill weight loss battle

Ah, the trip down memory lane. I was going through some old photos, one recent day. I found an old picture of me dated "H.C.," or also known as "Holy Crap." I couldn't even imagine myself that weight gain.If I remember correctly, I believe my heaviest weight was over 400 pounds. This old ...

Changing attitudes on healthy eating

There is no disagreement among educators, child nutritionists, and an increasing number of parents and students that school nutrition programs need to move away from processed food to healthy food, locally grown, locally prepared. Childhood obesity is epidemic and cost in medical care and human ...

Local agencies recognize mental health awareness

For over 65 years, the month of May has been declared Mental Health Awareness month, yet the stigma associated with mental illness continues. The consequences of this stigma include lack of community acceptance, failure or reluctance for afflicted persons to seek treatment, and inadequate ...

Weight loss has been an adjustment

Merriam-Webster's Dictionary defines the word "encouraged" as someone determined, hopeful or confident. If there could be a picture next to the definition, that would be me.Sorry that I haven't written a column lately, I had major writer's block ... See, I really did have writer's block. My dad ...

Baby Steps: It’s a new year and a new you, right?

The gifts are strewn throughout the house, there are half-eaten cookies all over the kitchen and you look at the remnants of another Christmas gone by and sigh.Or maybe it's just me.But another one down means another New Year begins and, with it, the promise to live a better life. At least we ...