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BELMONT COUNTY Council of the Ladies Auxiliary will meet at 6 p.m. April 6 at the Neffs American Legion. APPLEBEES IN St. Clairsville is partnering with Belmont County Animal Rescue Sanctuary for Applebee’s Together We Care program. The event will be held from 4-8 p.m. April 6. People can ...

Paczki pack a punch

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — That box of paczki you ate during this Lenten season might conjure up visions of a sweet Polish grandmother baking up some love for her family. But, more likely, there was an Italian baker from the Bronx behind it. It’s true. Peter Barbaro is Riesbeck’s bakery ...

Japan’s Indigo Girls

MINAMISOMA, Japan (AP) — Because of radiation released by the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster a decade ago, farmers in nearby Minamisoma weren’t allowed to grow crops for two years. After the restriction was lifted, two farmers, Kiyoko Mori and Yoshiko Ogura, found an unusual way to ...

Artworks Around Town celebrates artist Anne Foreman

WHEELING — Anne Hazlett Foreman has found her second home at Artworks Around Town. Twenty years ago she learned about the Gallery the month after it was established and submitted her work for jurying. She was accepted and has been a member ever since. Foreman has drawn ever since she was ...

Senior nutrition services expanded during pandemic

FLUSHING — The Ohio Department of Aging has awarded Area Agency on Aging Region 9 additional funding for a new, short-term program to provide meals for older adults affected by the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency. The Staying Healthy program engages Area Agencies on Aging and ...

Next Level’ Teen Bible Crusade is March 29-31

BRIDGEPORT — The Next Level Teen Bible Crusade — a free event that is geared towards children in grades 7-12 — is set for March 29-31 at Skyliner event hall in Bridgeport. The event is hosted by Riverview Bible Church in West Wheeling. Each night, doors will open for registration at ...

River Valley Health Foundation gives $71K in grants

The River Valley Health Foundation Inc. recently celebrated its new location and announced the distribution of grants to several local nonprofit organizations, as well as funding to assist COVID-19 vaccinations for local health agencies. The Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed local ...

Take a ride into the greatest frontier in science

Walter Isaacson did a masterful job on his biography of Steve Jobs, a hard-to-like character who revolutionized six industries — personal computers, phones, music, animated movies, tablet computing and digital publishing. In “Code Breaker,” Isaacson’s central character is the much more ...

An Ohio hospital reveals all the ills of health care

For the reader, it’s hard to avoid an abiding sense of sadness and shame that creeps in about halfway through “The Hospital: Life, Death and Dollars in a Small American Town,” when it becomes clear that a health care company’s insatiable drive for more money has overcome the high ideals ...

100 women use their cameras to capture public life

When Parisian authorities issued a decree in 1800 requiring women to obtain a permit to wear pants in public, the French writer George Sand defied the order. She dressed in men’s clothes and walked from one end of Paris to the other, later writing about the exhilarating feeling of being able ...

Best Sellers

HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “Life After Death” by Sister Souljah (Atria) 2. “The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin’s Press) 3. “Dark Sky” by C.J. Box (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) 4. “The Affair” by Danielle Steel (Delacorte) 5. “Klara and the Sun” by Kazuo ...

Sisters strained over holiday-hosting rivalry

Dear Annie: My sisters and I always took turns having the family Christmas at our respective houses. Six years ago, it was my turn to be the hostess. I was in the kitchen all morning cooking. As everyone arrived and was going through the buffet line, I noticed no one was taking much food. ...

Time to wash teddy

Dear Heloise: I’m a single dad, and my 3-year-old daughter has a teddy bear she loves to death. I’ve sewn it up several times, but now it needs to be washed and I don’t know if it’s safe to wash or not. Can you help me out here? What should I do? — Jason F., Portland Ore. Jason, ...

Better savers spend less money on these 3 things

Reducing spending in three common budget categories may significantly boost your ability to save money. Those are the findings of two studies investigating the spending habits of better savers and the psychology of saving. Here’s how to apply these habits to your own budget. MOVING ...

As spring nears, houseplants can get unruly

No matter that winter winds and snow still come and go in much of the country. The sun’s earlier rising and higher climb into the sky let us know that spring is on the way. Even houseplants indoors feel the changing season. Take a closer look at the stems of your houseplants. Any young, ...

COVID shots and relief

My mom finally got her two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and I can’t tell you what a relief that is for me and my family. I think it’s a relief for her, too. She feels like she can go out and about more now without so much concern about catching this virus. I know it is not 100 percent ...

Midwest health system CEO says he had virus, won’t wear mask

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The head of one of the largest regional health systems in the Midwest has told his employees that he has recovered from COVID-19 and is back in the office — without a mask. Sanford Health’s president and chief executive, Kelby Krabbenhoft, said in an email Wednesday ...

AP new and unusual pandemic-proof games for the holidays

NEW YORK (AP) — The pandemic has proven there's no shortage of games to keep families, couples and kids amused. The classics are ever-present, but a range of new or off-the-beaten-track gift entries are available. A sampling: DO YOU LOOK LIKE YOUR CAT?: What kind of cat are you? A ...

Disappearing act: 2020 marks the end for three Somerton landmarks

A former National Trust for Historic Preservation co-worker here in Washington, D.C., Dwight Young penned a book review a few years ago for The Place You Love is Gone – Progress Hits Home by Melissa Holbrook Pierson. I immediately purchased a copy and quickly consumed the volume that ...

Give the gift of citrus this holiday season for pop of cheer

NEW YORK (AP) — When life gives you lemons, get gifty. Dayna Isom Johnson, the trend expert at Etsy.com, sees a turn toward “cheerful citrus” this holiday season. “It's an escape from traditional themes for the holidays,” she said. “It's really allowing you to add a pop of ...