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Rocky Road dreams

Since the weather has been warming up that usually means we get ice cream cravings in our house -- more often than usual anyway. My husband introduced me to a flavor that somehow I’d never had before -- rocky road. It is so good! It is chocolate, with chocolate covered peanuts, I think, and ...

Artworks Around Town reopens

WHEELING -- After almost a two-month closure due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic restrictions, Artworks Around Town has reopened. Located in Wheeling’s Historic Centre Market, the art gallery had been shuttered in order to protect the health and well being of its members and ...

Datebook briefs

MARTINS FERRY Chamber of Commerce has decided to cancel its annual SkyShow, which includes a fireworks display for Fourth of July. The chamber said on social media because the fireworks alone cost $7,000, it did not want to ask sponsors to cover the cost at this time. BARNESVILLE AMERICAN ...

VFW donates 50 American flags

BELLAIRE -- The Bellaire American Legion recently donated 50 new American flags for use on the village’s utility poles in the downtown. Village Councilwoman Nikki Liberatore said the flags will be hung on the poles during holidays such as Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day. She said ...

Glittery hand sanitizer

As we all are trying to adjust and cope with this coronavirus stuff, I can’t help but notice that one of the little bottles of hand sanitizer I bought maybe four weeks ago has glitter in it. I bought it one day at Bath & Body Works at the mall, before everything was really starting to ...

Now is the time to teach nutrition

(Family Features) With a lot of parents facing the challenge of keeping housebound kids happy and healthy, this is the perfect time to teach kids the basics of nutrition and eating right. Consider these simple suggestions from Melanie Marcus, MA, RD, health and nutrition communications ...

Datebook Lifestyles briefs

BELMONT COUNTY Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society meeting for April has been canceled. No meetings will be held until further notice because of the coronavirus pandemic. BRIDGEPORT VILLAGE Council is slated to hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in council chambers to discuss the ...

Oglebay’s Route 88 BBQ & Brew opens

WHEELING — In an effort to raise spirits by offering a taste of summer, Oglebay’s Route 88 BBQ & Brew opened on Wednesday, several weeks ahead of its regularly scheduled opening, with a new curbside carryout menu. Route 88 BBQ & Brew is open daily and accepting curbside carryout ...

Be together at a distance

With the outbreak of COVID-19, it has become challenging to resume our usual routine, even simple activities such as going outside, attending social events, playing sports, and accessing to your health care provider. For a difficult time like this, it is critical to stay connected with others ...

New mural unveiled at Barnesville Post Office

BARNESVILLE — A new mural was recently unveiled at the Barnesville Post Office following a year-long fund drive by the Belmont County Historical Society. Local artist Twila Fisher of Bethesda was commissioned by the group to paint a replacement for the original Works Progress ...

Marriage is a celebration of God’s love

This is the time of year for wedding shows. The related phone calls are familiar in the church office. The caller is inquiring about a wedding at the church. They want a pretty church for their special day. Perhaps it is just a small event, for the immediate family. Perhaps it is a grand ...

Peanut butter comfort in uncertain times

I’m not going to lie: this coronavirus stuff is bugging me out a little bit. That’s why the other day I told my husband that I was thinking of buying a large jar of peanut butter to put in the cupboard, just in case. In case what, you might ask? I don’t know, really. Perhaps I don’t ...

RSVP ‘maybe’? Coronavirus puts the wedding industry on edge

NEW YORK (AP) — Guests are jittery, travel is tangled, and soon-to-be brides and grooms are facing tough choices because of the coronavirus outbreak: postpone, cancel or forge ahead with their weddings? Uncertainty as virus cases grow in the U.S. and elsewhere has sent ripples through the ...

Free and reduced meal policy outlined

BELLAIRE — St. John Central Academy has announced its 2019-20 program year policy for Free and Reduced Meals for students unable to pay the full price of meals or milk served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast, After School Care Snack or Special Milk Programs. Each school ...

Buckeye Local High School to perform ‘Into the Woods’

DILLONVALE — Storybooks will come to life as the Buckeye Local High School Performing Arts stages the Broadway musical “Into the Woods” in March. A matinee showing will be held for students in grades 5-8 on March 18 but public performances are set for 6 p.m. on March 19-21. Tickets can ...

Let the sun shine later as daylight saving time back Sunday

WASHINGTON (AP) — Like clockwork, daylight saving time strikes again this weekend. Watch for it at 2 a.m. local time Sunday in most of the United States. Don’t forget to set your clocks an hour ahead, usually before bed Saturday night, to avoid being late for Sunday morning ...

Bridgeport students are now focusing on photography via arts collaborative

BRIDGEPORT — Art students at Bridgeport High School are focusing on photography in a new venture with the Rural Arts Collaborative. The RAC, as it is known, pairs teaching artists with students as part of an arts education project funded through the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and ...

Rockin Robin

I saw a big, healthy-looking robin the other morning, and it seemed out of place for February. The lore I had learned in the past is that they are usually the first migratory bird one sees when spring is nearing. So either spring is really near or what I learned was wrong all those years ago. ...

Soprano to entertain music club

WHEELING — Linda Cowan will be the entertainer for the Thursday Music Club at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Gathering Place, Woodview, which has been renamed the Charhouse. Soprano Linda Cowan holds the Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the Master of ...

Lifestyles Datebook briefs

IN TIME for St. Patrick’s Day, Matthew J. O’Brien, professor of History at Franciscan University of Steubenville, is tapped to give a discussion on the history of Irish immigration in the Ohio Valley at Martins Ferry Public Library at 6 p.m. Monday. Call 740-633-0314 for more information. ...