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Church rummage sale set for Oct. 3 in Martins Ferry

MARTINS FERRY — First Presbyterian Church, 400 Walnut St., Martins Ferry, is slated to hold its annual rummage sale on Oct. 3 starting at 9 a.m. Pamala Chieffalo, church member, said because of COVID-19, the church can only allow 25 people inside the church basement at a time. Proceeds ...

Pumpkin must go on

Had it not been canceled because of COVID-19, this would have been the weekend of the annual Barnesville Pumpkin Festival. Despite this, some businesses in the village are holding little sales and events, and at this writing the King Pumpkin Weigh-Off was going to be held in an undisclosed ...

Wildfires taint West Coast vineyards with taste of smoke

TURNER, Ore. (AP) — Smoke from the West Coast wildfires has tainted grapes in some of the nation’s most celebrated wine regions with an ashy flavor that could spell disaster for the 2020 vintage. Wineries in California, Oregon and Washington have survived severe wildfires before, but the ...

Craig Johnson mystery involving art creates art, too

“Next to Last Stand,” by Craig Johnson (Viking) In “Next to Last Stand,” the 16th book in Craig Johnson’s popular mystery series, Absaroka County Sheriff Walt Longmire is feeling his age. He’s not sure he even wants to stand for reelection. However, a good mystery can always get ...

Edmunds: Best crossover SUVs for towing

RV and trailer sales greatly increased this summer as consumers sought out vacations while remaining socially distant during the pandemic. But what’s the best vehicle to tow them? Many shoppers assume they’ll need a brawny pickup truck or a full-size SUV to tow a trailer. But there are ...

Milan Fashion: Marni avenges lockdown with global video

MILAN (AP) — Milan Fashion Week continued in disjointed, discombobulated style for the third day on Friday, veering from the physical to the digital, with an uneasy eye fixed on the economic damage wrought by coronavirus. Some highlights from Friday’s shows of mostly women’s collection ...

Two love affairs fuel ‘The Book of Two Ways’

“The Book of Two Ways,” by Jodi Picoult (Ballantine) Jodi Picoult’s “The Book of Two Ways” follows Dawn Edelstein, a death doula with a physicist husband and a teenage daughter. Dawn’s job is to help terminally ill patients and their loved ones transition from life to death. But ...

Invasive species keeps countryside cattle clean

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A recent trip into the countryside in Belmont County revealed a sight reminiscent of documentary film footage out of Africa ­— birds living and eating off of animals in the wild. But there was nothing exotic about these creatures — it was a herd of cattle and some ...

A local group with deep roots

WHEELING — British novelist, playwright and poet Sir William Gerald Golding may have said it best when speaking about the past. “My yesterdays walk with me. They keep step, they are gray faces that peer over my shoulder.” Golding’s words could very well be the impetus behind the ...

Career Centers kick off new year with new staffers

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont and Harrison Career Centers recognized new staff members for the 2020-21 school year at the September board meeting. The new employees include Erin Elerick, Hospitality & Tourism teacher, BCC; Rick Meade, Carpentry teacher, BCC; Anthony Mowery, intervention ...

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 ...