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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 ...

There may be a hero in the cubicle beside you

Sometimes you don’t have to look far to find a hero. It isn’t always a masked man or grand caped entrance that tips you off to the noble lion heart. Heroes are all among us. At United Way we believe our donors, volunteers and advocates are all cape worthy! They join us in the ...

Matamoras Minute: Better roads

Those familiar with Main and Front Streets in Matamoras observe the height from the road surface to the sidewalk. It varies from 25 inches to nearly level. The greatest step height is 14 inches. The first three blocks of Main Street heading west and Front Street traveling north require anyone ...

Make your plan to vote in the 2020 election

One of the most important parts of our constitution is “We the people.” Without, you, the person voting for his/her elected officials, we would have no democracy, no freedom, no liberty, no pursuit of happiness. The United States could become an authoritarian government. Every election is ...

The O’Neill Center celebrates National Senior Center Month The

While the world has been turned upside down for many over the past several months due to COVID-19, the staff of The O’Neill Center and Belpre Senior Center have been busy figuring out their reopening plans. Events and activities that have been put on hold are slowly but surely returning. ...

United Way introduces new campaign chairperson

Each year our United Way invites a community leader to serve as our campaign chairperson. It is an annual selection where we seek to find a “face of the campaign”... someone who has been our champion and advocate. Someone who truly understands what we do and the importance of our ...

Energy Optimizers, USA donates new tractor to ‘Green Acres’

A big farm requires a big tractor and that’s exactly what the Noble Local School District has thanks to one of its ongoing corporate partnerships. Energy Optimizers, USA, which has done a significant portion of the construction around the school campus in recent years, provided the district ...

Local couple’s story continues to inspire

In January of 2018, a man allowed us all into his home. To share in his pain, but more so in the breadth and depth of the love he has for his wife. “I love her, I always have,” he said, voice breaking. After all this time? Always. Now, after 46 years of marriage, with the final ...

Giving to our kids

“Our students, from the youngest to the oldest, deserve the best our community can give to them.” Pretty simple words from Andy Brooks, superintendent of Ohio Valley Educational Service Center. But they could not be more true. Marietta Community Foundation is close to reaching its goal in ...

Long-time Marietta Times editor says good-bye

For the last several weeks, I've been busy packing. Boxes full of newspapers, notes, awards and 17 years of my professional life have made their way into my car one at a time as I prepared to say good-bye to The Marietta Times, where I've spent most of my career, first as a reporter and then as ...

Matamoras Minute: Dentistry

The profession of dentistry has a long history in Matamoras. Early in the 1880s Dr. Madison Williamson opened a dentist office on the lower end of Third Street near the school house. He then moved to an office on Main Street. About 1888 he left town to set up a practice in Moundsville, West ...