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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 ...

Homework helpers

THE TELEPHONE at my desk rang at 3:24 p.m. on the dot.I knew who it was before I answered. It was my youngest telling me he was home from school. He calls me every day to check in and gives me a run down of his homework and how there is "nothing in the house to eat!"I use the time to remind ...

Needs are in the eye of the beholder

NEEDS AND wants are two very different things.In my mind, the needs and wants are clearly defined: food, clothing, shelter, education - needs. Candy, movies, electronic whizbangs, designer anything - wants.My take on wants and needs may seem extreme but a budget can only be stretched so far and ...

Country girl ‘world-beater’ in beet cutting

I LIKE the common things in life.I enjoy taking a walk through the woods. I love to smell the earth. There's nothing better than taking the time to watch a bird soar high above the treetops. I like to grow things. I also like to can vegetables. But most of all, I enjoy being with those people ...

Feline friends

FURRY FUN friends can be a fantastic addition to a home when your feline fur ball chooses to be more than a bit aloof on the friendly side.I must admit that age is showing a more loving side to my boy. However, he will expose his furious side in the split of a second if he thinks that he is ...

The secret to flying is knowing you can

What a time to go back to school! What a year to be a learner of history! What a time to be in school!I want to congratulate all the school systems that gave the parents a choice to let their children hear the first African American President to address the school. You remember things like ...

Time is nearing to usher in autumn

SUMMER is almost over.It officially ends at 5:18 p.m. on Tuesday. Hopefully, we will continue to have good weather. Fall is a beautiful time of the year when all the leaves turn different colors before they fall to the ground, and mother nature begins putting on its coat in preparation for ...

Singletary learns lesson the hard way

IT NEVER ceases to amaze me how little things, like reading a passage in the Bible, can change the life of someone ... and for the better.It can make us realize that fame, power and wealth are material possessions which can be taken away in a split second. And those possessions are not as ...

Ferry?Chamber plans for sweepstakes

THE MARTINS Ferry Chamber of Commerce is at it again.At this past week's meeting, the chamber launched two more fund-raising ventures.The annual Fall Sweepstakes will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at the Veteran's Memorial Center. Doors open at 5 p.m. with festivities commencing at 5:30 and ...

Button boys

I believe a lot of people - myself included - have lost touch with the ability to do things for themselves.No one needs to know how to change the oil in their cars - we have places to do that for us.No one needs to know who to make cookies from scratch. We can run to the local bakery to get a ...

Summer’s finally over Yea! Yea!

THIS IS the first time in my life when I've been glad to see summer end, but I recently discovered the new joy of the fall season - school.I say this with mixed emotions that no emotion could ever represent because just two short weeks ago, I sent my precious son off to kindergarten. Yes, sir, ...

Forest?Hills center may go up for sale

West Bellaire is home to a quality and frequently used community center. It is one, however, that may soon go out of existence.The Forest Hills Community Center is on life support. The center is doing a brisk business. The problem lies with cleanup.The Forest Hills Community Association is in ...