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Summer Art Inspiration

e the perfect setting for making family memories, but they’re also ideal opportunities to encourage kids to get creative and let their imaginations soar. These ideas for summertime activities encourage family interaction, and the more kids get to help plan and organize the details, the more ...

Harrisville UMC to host outdoor Fourth of July celebration

HARRISVILLE — The Harrisville United Methodist Church is slated to host an outdoor Independence Day Celebration at 11 a.m. July 4 with live patriotic music, a message by the Rev. Ken Staley, and a cookout to follow at noon. Everything will take place in the church’s parking lot, and ...

Memorial will honor late veteran’s activism

BARNESVILLE — Until recent years, Barnesville residents frequently witnessed a small red pickup truck filled with a lawnmower and other landscaping equipment traveling about town. At the wheel was Hiram Bowen, a 1968 grad of Barnesville High School and Vietnam War veteran, who cared for ...

Field trips leave lasting memories

I’ve been thinking lately about the kinds of field trips I took as a kid. Some of them were quite memorable. One was to the Serpent Mound in Ohio, but I couldn’t remember where it was located. I looked it up and it is in Peebles, Ohio, nearly four hours away from where we live. I went ...

Here There Be Dragons

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The unusual enterprise that is Cliffhanger Reptiles, LLC started out as the story of a boy and his dragon. Or, not his dragon as the case was for two long years of campaigning for one. “My mother shot it down: ‘No reptile pets,’” joked the 18-year-old Blake ...

Chasing after kids and cats

As our young son Henry gets older his thirst to explore the neighborhood with his little friends becomes stronger. I just don’t think he’s ready (will I ever be, I wonder?) because really he’s just started getting good at crossing the street. I still don’t like to see him do it ...