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Amazing stories from visits to Belmont County Farms

When you work in the Soil and Water Conservation world you get to meet a lot of really interesting people, see a lot of amazing farms and listen to a lot of meaningful stories. I’ve been with the Belmont Soil and Water Conservation District for six years now and have no short supply of ...

Pea gravel and pillows

We’ve been trying to spruce up the back part of our home’s lot. It was overgrown with weeds and some tree-like wild plants for a while — OK, years, really. We never gave it much thought because it’s in the alley and we park our vehicle next to it. This is the same area where my ...

Pandemic wedding horrors for vendors

NEW YORK (AP) — Wedding planners, photographers and other bridal vendors who make the magic happen have a heap of new worries in the middle of the pandemic: no-mask weddings, rising guest counts and venues not following the rules. Now that weddings have slowly cranked up under a patchwork ...

Datebook

VILLAGE OF Brookside will hold its council meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in the second floor Fire Hall of the Municipal Building located at 875 National Road in Brookside. B ARNESVILLE POLICE Department will be host its first Barnesville K-9 Golf Scramble on Oct. 10 at the Belmont Hills Country ...

JEANNE PYLE turns 100

Jeanne Pyle of Colerain will celebrate her 100th birthday on Aug. 12.

From exhilaration to fatigue home cooks assess the new normal

It’s been months since the coronavirus pandemic limited restaurant options and caused many people — even the most kitchen-phobic among us — to try to cook more. How are people faring? Some are experiencing cooking fatigue. Others have found they enjoy preparing and eating homemade ...

Beemo and Dino

A while back I decided to see if our dog, Dino, would like to try swimming in our pool. Since from past experience with my brother’s corgis I knew he would be top heavy, I simply held him and let him kick. As soon as his little legs hit the water they started moving out of instinct or maybe ...

Amid uncertainty, parents decide how to school kids

Joshua Claybourn is leaning toward sending his kindergarten daughter to in-person classes at a private school next month. Holly Davis’ sixth-grade daughter will learn online, though the family has not yet decided what to do for school for a teenage daughter who requires special ...

Students with disabilities may benefit from summer work experiences

MARTINS FERRY — Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities is providing Summer Youth Work Experiences throughout Ohio. The five-week service provides students (ages 14-21) with a disability the opportunity to explore careers and gain on-the-job training in a variety of local industries. ...

Sure, throw hot dogs on the grill. But don’t forget bananas

In this pandemic summer, who doesn’t want to eat and cook outdoors? And if you’re firing up the grill, don’t forget dessert. I am bananas for grilled bananas. Fast and easy, they become instant favorites and remind you of classic desserts. And there are so many variations: You can make ...

Datebook

SATELLITE OFFICE of the Jefferson County Veterans Service Commission will be open from 9 a.m. to noon at the Dillonvale City Building, 135 School Street, Dillonvale, Wednesday, August 5, to assist veterans, dependents of veterans, and/or veteran’s widows with VA pensions, compensations, ...

Best Sellers

HARD COVER FICTION 1. “The Order” by Daniel Silva (Harper) 2. “Peace Talks” by Jim Butcher (Ace) 3. “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett (Riverhead) 4. “28 Summers” by Elin Hilderbrand (Little, Brown) 5. “A Walk Along the Beach” by Debbie Macomber ( ...

Jon Land channels James Bond with new thriller

“Strong from the Heart,” by Jon Land (Forge) Fans of Jon Land’s thrillers featuring fifth-generation Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong will be pleased to hear that the new book in the series is a lot like the first 10 as the hero, a cross between Wild Bill Hickok and Wonder Woman, ...

Reader regrets writing to Annie

Dear Annie: My letter about how to deal with my wife about getting a second dog made it in your column. I never in my wildest dreams ever thought it would! This is a nightmare right out of a TV sitcom whereby the husband does something stupid that publicly humiliates his wife, and their ...

Celebrate DOGust 1st

Dear Readers: It’s Aug. 1, known by dog lovers as DOGust 1st! It’s the day to celebrate shelter dogs. When you adopt a dog from a shelter, the staff can only approximate the age of the dog, so Aug. 1 is designated as the shelter dogs’ universal birthday for all. To celebrate, take your ...

Transition from work-at-home novice to pro

Months into working from home, it’s time to check in with yourself. How is your work-life balance? Have you figured out when and how you work best? And when did you last shower? As work and home life meld, it’s difficult to maintain boundaries, stay productive and take care of your ...

50th wedding anniversary

Bill and Dorothy Soos of Colerain celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary July 25. They were married at St. Casimir’s Church in Adena, Ohio, on July 25, 1970. The couple has resided in Colerain for the last 50 years. Bill retired from AT&T in 2009 with more than 43 years of service. ...

MARY TINGLER

Mary Tingler, a native of Blaine, celebrated her 98th birthday on July 31. She was born July 31, 1922, in Blaine, daughter of the late Louis and Julia Nagy. Mary was married to the late Lawrence “Pete” Tingler on July 31, 1951. The marriage produced two children, Larry (Debbie) ...

BILL PRECEK

Bill Precek of Shadyside celebrated his 103rd birthday on July 19. Bill’s church family, Pastor Jim Monogoudis and members of the Shadyside First Christian Church, helped him celebrate with a social distanced style party with cake, doughnuts and singing from the sidewalk.

Lions Club helps beautify Martins Ferry with new flowers

MARTINS FERRY -- The city’s downtown is looking more spring-like thanks to new flowers planted by members of the Martins Ferry Lions Club. The club purchases and plants flowers annually to help beautify the business district. There are a few large concrete planters on street-level corners ...