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COVID-19 — it is real and it is serious

It’s hard to believe, but there are still some people out there who don’t believe that COVID -19 is real — or, if it s real, that it isn’t a serious threat. Well, I am here to attest that it is very real — and that it could easily be a serious threat to anyone whose health is ...

Fall in love with Belmont County

Cooler temperatures, comforting foods, cozy sweaters, and the beauty of colorful foliage all around makes Belmont County the perfect place to enjoy autumn’s splendor. So, roll down the windows, let the breeze blow through your hair as you take in the crisp fall air on a drive down one of ...

Friends show us world is smaller than we think

Shale Crescent USA facilitated a Zoom conference last week, bringing together two companies we have been working with. This was an introductory call. What made it unique is we had 12 people on the call from the two companies in many different locations in the USA, Europe and in Asia. ...

Making memories at the Pumpkin Festival

Up until a few weeks ago, it had never crossed my mind that I would ever cut a ceremonial ribbon. But, now that it has happened, I could not be more thrilled that I got to have the experience. Thanks to the Barnesville Pumpkin Festival Committee — and especially to longtime photographer ...

How are you thinking? Get positive

It was mid-August 1999. High school soccer practice was over. I was doing my “Leadership Minute” with our seniors. We only had four seniors that season. BJ was our captain and only returning starter. I asked them, “What’s your dream? Where do you want to be at the end of the ...

Learning from the legacy of a queen

I am a student of history, so of course I paid attention last week when I first heard that Queen Elizabeth II seemed to be in failing health. A few hours later when I heard that “breaking news” chime on my phone, my heart sank — somehow I knew she had come to the end of her days. As a ...