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Decorating dilemmas

THE CHRISTMAS season is in full swing and neighborhoods across the land have been turning into glittering showpieces.I absolutely LOVE seeing Christmas lights and decorations. They can be grand with lights outlining rooftops and railings and inflatable characters scattered about the landscaping ...

Stinky boys

"SNAKES AND snails and puppy dog tails, that's what little boys are made of."That statement may be true but I have a feeling whoever wrote that little ditty was talking about a precious, cherub-like infant who was fast asleep in his crib smelling of soap and laundry detergent.I would lay money ...

Deersville Players holding auditions

AUDITIONS HAVE been set for the upcoming spring/summer production for the Deersville Players.The Players have selected "The Wizard of Ox" for the June production and auditions have been scheduled for March 14 at 2 p.m. at the Deersville Community Theatre.Performances will be held on June 18, ...

Bracing for the brutal shopping season

BRACE YOURSELVES!The whirlwind commonly referred to as the "Holiday Season" is here and we're all going to need all the help we can get to make it through to the New Year!During this time, we are continually reminded of the merits of Peace of Earth and Good Will To Men but many of us ...

Ohio 149 paves way for opportunity

OHIO 149 has been welcomed with open arms by motorists heading west from downtown Bellaire.The new two-lane road, albeit just a few miles in length, makes for much easier egress to the town's western section. Once fully open, the 5-mile stretch from the Ohio River to Neffs will be a virtual ...

Advent season gets under way today

TODAY is the First Sunday of Advent. In Christian Churches throughout the world, the four weeks of the Advent Season are set aside as a reminder for the faithful "to prepare the way for the Christ Child."The first purple candle on the Advent Wreath will be lighted today. It is a good time for ...

Too early to start shopping

I HOPE you all had an enjoyable and fulfilling Thanksgiving holiday.And for those of you that braved the cool temperatures and mass of shoppers during the wee hours of Friday morning, I hope you're recovering nicely from any bodily injuries suffered via a storefront stampede.I know there are ...

Harrison County ranks third in deer kill

DURING THE recent youth-gun season in Ohio, Harrison County ranked third in the number of deer killed.The two-day hunt was held this past weekend.Hunters age 17 and under killed 9,331 deer during the special two-day season. Last year's youth hunt saw a deer harvest of 9,852.The Ohio Department ...

Cadiz church serving up turkey feast

MEMBERS OF the Cadiz Presbyterian Church will serve its annual Thanksgiving Day Feast from noon to 3 p.m. at the church located on West Market Street. The event is open to the public and includes turkey and all the fixings. Reservations are preferred and may be made by calling 740-942-2366 ...

Let the Notre Dame Guessing Game Begin

That slamming noise you may have heard late Saturday night emanated from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. It was the casket closing on Charlie Weis' coaching career at Notre Dame.It is not "if" he will be terminated, but rather how soon. It may come as early as today. Four losses this season fails to ...

Flu and all that yuck!

WELL IT'S here!Cold and flu season is upon us and frankly, I'm sick of it already! Pun intended!One can't turn on the television, listen to the radio or go surf the Internet without being bombarded by the so-called gloom and doom reports on the health hazards which await us all!There are chat ...

Little sister welcomed to ‘Blonde Club’

HALLELUJAH! My sister has officially joined the "Blonde Club" after years of battling the inevitable.This past weekend, my friend and I traveled to Charleston, W.Va., to watch her son Dominic's final football game at the University of Charleston. Although my nephew didn't get to play due to ...

Baker enshrined into Ohio hall of fame

A FORMER Harrison County man was inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 2009.Lewis "Ed" Baker, whose family runs the Baker's Food stores in Freeport and Scio, was inducted as a member of the elite group at the Franklin County Veterans Memorial in Columbus last ...

‘Barley-No’ finds special spot in family

THERE IS pride in ownership and the same applies to pets.The little beagle in my house must love the family he now owns.We've had the little beast about six months now and I have to admit, I like having him around. I didn't really want a dog, but after careful negotiations and serious ...

Quality time

AS PARENTS we all hear the chatter about spending quality time with our children. We are told working eight hours a day, commuting, grocery shopping, bill paying, housework, homework checking and kid schlepping is not enough. We need to care out some time to really be with our kids.This only ...

Live each day like it’s your last

THE Good Lord blesses all of us with many gifts. Among them are good health. However, as the years go by, many of us lose that gift because of age or for many other reasons.Last week, there was a story in The Times Leader about a woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer. She said, "I have a ...

Local communities prep for Halloween

HAPPY HALLOWEEN.The big day arrives this Saturday, Oct. 31, when we await the annual invasion of little witches, ghosts and goblins.Communities throughout Belmont County will hold their annual Trick or Treat night activities and some will have parades. This is always a fun time for children ...

Commissioner addresses Ferry?Chamber

THE MARTINS Ferry Chamber of Commerce staged its monthly meeting this past Tuesday. In attendance was Belmont County Commissioner Ginny Favede.Just the week prior, Favede attended the Bellaire Chamber luncheon.She is making her rounds to educate residents on the economic plight of Belmont ...

Help lift someone out of the trash can

I AM reminded of a story of a 73-year-old man in Rochester, N.Y., who fell backwards into a trash can on his front porch on Monday, and died there on Wednesday.In between, several people went by, one was a mailman and another was a papergirl. They both saw him wedged to the armpits, lower legs ...

Octoberfest comes up big in Bellaire

A RESOUNDING success. That is what we have heard from a myriad of people in regards to the second annual Bellaire Octoberfest which played out eight days ago.According to festival spokesperson Robin Stephens, the number of vendors tripled in one year's time, as 60 were in the fold this year. As ...