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Celebrating Mother’s Day in the Ohio Valley

T-L Photo/CARRI GRAHAM Karissa Salatino and stepdaughter Bailey pose for a picture inside the Kidz Zone at the Ohio Valley Mall in St. Clairsville last week.

By CARRI GRAHAM

Times Leader Staff Writer

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Being a mother is said to be one of the toughest jobs in the world, but also one of the most rewarding.

Mother’s Day is a special occasion meant to honor and appreciate those maternal figures who have helped shape us into the people we are today. Whether it’s buying her gifts, flowers, a special lunch or dinner, helping around the house, or sending a hand-written letter or card, the special memories created on the holiday are what many mothers say they will cherish forever.

Families celebrate Mother’s Day in many different ways. Some focus on gifts, while other emphasize spending quality time together.

Karissa Salatino of Wheeling is stepmother to 7-year-old Bailey. She said next Sunday, May 19, is “Stepmother’s Day” for their family, and they plan to celebrate that weekend by going out to dinner to her favorite sushi restaurant. For Mother’s Day today, however, she is sending her mother a thoughtful photo, from her October wedding. It shows Salatino, her husband and her parents. Her parents live three hours away, so she said, unfortunately, she will not be able to see them today.

Salatino added that Mother’s Day is bittersweet for her, because her biological parents died when she was just 7 years old.

“Anyone can be a parent,” Salatino said. “Those who stand up and take responsibility are true mothers and fathers.”

Some families you are born into, and some you create along the way, she said.

Salatino said she has a lot of fond memories of her stepdaughter, Bailey; however, her favorite would have to be the day Bailey began horse-riding lessons.

“She loved it, I love it. … It’s when I stopped feeling like the third wheel and felt a part of the family. … Growing up, I barrel raced horses,” she said.

The mother and stepdaughter now share their passion for horses together.

Husband and father John Dudley of Martins Ferry said that every year for Mother’s Day, he lets his daughter, 5-year-old Leia, pick out a piece of jewelry for her mother. Dudley and his whole family will then go to Scaffidi’s Restaurant in Steubenville for its Mother’s Day special, he said.

Mother, grandmother and great-grandmother Carol Manning, from McMechen, is excited to spend time with her great-grandchildren for Mother’s Day. Every year, her daughter and son-in-law take her to Oglebay Park for a Mother’s Day buffet. This year, she said, she looks forward to spending time with her great-grandchildren, who will come to her house, bake cookies and sleep over this weekend.

For past Mother’s Day observances, the entire family would come over to her home for a dinner she would prepare. A lot of her family members have moved away, though, so she was unsure last week if they would all be able to get together today.

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