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Local Columns

How do we heal?

This week was marked with historic events and quiet conversations. Many called for unity, citing the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s calls for nonviolence and peace on Monday’s holiday, sharing calls for Washington D.C. to see rural communities like ours as more than something to ...

New Year reflections; God is with us

As 2021 quickly approaches, I have heard many express this sentiment: “I can’t wait for 2020 to be over. 2021 has to be a better year.” We all pray this is so. This past year is likely the most difficult year that any of us have ever lived through. No one ever wants to have anything ...

Simple recipes to help lose weight

January is usually the start of new diets, and after 2020 and the pandemic weight we’ve all gained, now is especially the time! A popular diet has been the Keto diet, and there is a new cookbook out now to help those following it to have some food that is quick to make and tastes good ...

It’s not too late for New Year’s resolutions

There is still a week left in January for you all to decide and to implement a New Year’s resolution for 2021 . I’m going to list a few cute quotes on diets for your enjoyment. 1. I put my scale in the corner today and it’s going to stay there until he apologizes to me. 2. My ...

Keeping faith during dark times

January 2021 surely offers much to talk about. Do we start with the pandemic and all the friends and family we’ve lost from it? Do we discuss the COVID-19 vaccine or the new government administration? Or, do we go directly to the weather? There are lots of reasons to feel unsure and nervous ...

Matamoras Minute: Irish immigration

Attention will turn to the topic of the history of the Irish in the Matamoras area. That group of immigrants brought with them a colorful culture combined with a religious strength and the skill of storytelling. They often took farms near to town which were along the river or high on the ...

Matamoras Minute: Mail Delivery

We can all appreciate the delivery of mail and the hours necessary to complete the job of dispensing piles of envelopes and packages. But winter has to be the worst season of all in this profession. And complicate that with the conditions in bygone days. In a roaring winter storm, carrying mail ...

I sing this song for my grandfather

My heart is filled with anger. It’s as though every moment I am battered from another side, beaten with another blow. My chest feels like a tire is crushing it, my ribs are squeezed in a titan grip. “That’s why they call it heartbreak,” said my mom as we curled up side-by-side. On ...

Embrace Christmas spirit all year long

After the presents have been opened and the festivities of Christmas day are over, most of us pack away our Christmas spirit with the decorations. Our Christmas spirit- you know, that extra cheery, smile and be nice to everyone vibe that we embrace in the holiday season. It’s time to tuck it ...

Matamoras Minute: Winter of 1912

Continuing with the winter activity of the early years, note should be made of the welcomed cold temperatures in order for ice to form. This was true because it would be packed in sawdust for use in the summer since electricity for refrigeration was not widespread. This lack of electricity ...

Matamoras Minute: Winter fun

Winter officially arrives this coming Tuesday. It was a thrilling time over one hundred years ago despite the fact that no one had central heating. But no matter there was ice skating, sleigh riding, sled riding, ice fishing, oyster suppers, fudge and popcorn ball making, and hot chocolate to ...

O’Neill Center looks ahead to the new year

I hope that this column, the last one for 2020, finds you happy and healthy and looking forward to a brand new year. For everyone at The O’Neill Center and Belpre Senior Center, we continue to count our blessings and look forward with hope to that time when we get to see all of our beloved ...

Keep asking questions and take COVID stats to heart

We’ve been in this mess for a little more than nine months. And despite the hashtags, jovial social media coping mechanisms and mask fiascos of 2020, we received a glimmer of hope this week with the first vaccine administrations in Ohio and West Virginia. But Dr. Jeff Patey, a Marietta ...

Reflections of experience and how we receive others’ truths

In eight minutes and 46 seconds, fissures in the public American psyche ripped apart a facade this year. I describe them as fissures because that’s my experience. On March 11, 2011, I was a senior in high school in Misawa, Japan. The 9.1-magnitude earthquake that afternoon lasted for ...

It was not Camp Granada

Our next destination was a move to Northern Germany, not too far from Hamburg, one of the cities that had suffered numerous bombardments. Here we remained until the end of World War II. Thus we were situated in British Zone, after the spoils of war were subdivided. This was really a blessing ...

Matamoras Minute: The Machetanz Family

The Machetanz family was part of the German community in Matamoras. The patriarch was Gottfried, born in 1808 in Saxony. In Germany he and his wife Maria, who was born in 1814, had ten children. In 1858 the family, then consisting of eight living children, came to the United States and ...

Staying connected during COVID

Friends are important to positive youth development. Developing friendships is about more than just having a good time; friendships teach children very important life lessons like communication, conflict resolution and cooperation. Friendships are important to social and emotional development, ...

Dealing with unwanted guest during holidays

The holiday season is the culmination of the year. November and December bring times of celebrating with family, friends and the community. Occasionally, we have to deal with someone that makes the holidays less enjoyable, like Cousin Eddie in “Christmas Vacation.” This year, we all have ...

What precautions are you taking?

Children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are our pride and joy, and I am sure you have heard the expression, “Had I known grandchildren would be so much fun - I would have had them first,” that sounds funny, but it is very true. Children are blessing to us from above and are sent to ...

Matamoras Minute: Small gatherings

To follow up on the topic of last week’s column there were other sites round and about Matamoras where smaller picnics were traditionally held. These included Cline’s Grove in Monroe County. Located beyond Brownsville it was near Greenbrier. The Cline family was only one of the groups who ...