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Education 2017 | VIEW ALL

3 tips to finding right graduate program

Graduate school allows college graduates the chance to intensify their studies as they pursue advanced degrees. Many professions require advanced degrees, but students may enroll in graduate school for various reasons, including their own intellectual curiosity and the chance to improve their ...

Career centers offer options to high school students

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Today, many parents of high school-age students remember that going to the vocational school meant you weren’t going to college. That is not true today, as career-technical education students must meet the same academic requirements as all high school students, as well ...

College Credit Plus, technology, scholarships at area career centers

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — At Belmont and Harrison Career Centers, career-technical courses align curriculum with challenging academic and technical content standards to prepare our students for careers or college. Qualified senior students are eligible for early job placement during school hours. ...

Safe place program for kids coming to Ferry

By ROBERT A. DEFRANK Times Leader Staff Writer MARTINS FERRY — The police and Fraternal Order of Police Association are preparing to launch an outreach program in the Purple City that would have businesses offer safe places for children who are facing bullying or any threat while away from ...

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A room-by-room guide to decluttering your home

(BPT) — Controlling clutter in your home can be a challenge; 48 percent of Americans say their houses are cluttered with stuff they don’t use anymore, according to a survey by ClearVoice Research. Multiple studies have found a cluttered home can negatively affect your mental and physical ...

Fire away: Enhancing your home’s safety with fire extinguishers

(BPT) — You check your alarms regularly and practice your family escape plan — but are you overlooking an essential component of home safety? Having fire extinguishers — and knowing how to use them — is an important part of maintaining a safe home for you and your family. “In ...

Teentastic: 5 tips to make any space perfect for young adults

(BPT) — Teenagers are at a point in their life where they are looking to make their own mark and find their own space. You want to give it to them, but as you start considering renovation ideas, how do you create a space your teen will appreciate? The Boys & Girls Clubs of America knows ...

5 easy ways to turn your house into a smart home

(BPT) — There was a time when setting up a smart home was a labor-intensive endeavor. You had to know which devices worked together, spend tedious days getting everything to work just right, then master complicated software to control the whole experience. Things have changed. Nowadays, ...

I Do 2018 | VIEW ALL

How couples can benefit from hiring local wedding vendors

Local vendors are often a go-to choice when couples are planning their wedding ceremonies and receptions. As the “shop local” movement grows in popularity, weddings present a prime opportunity to embrace this movement. Couples may have different ideas regarding where to tie the knot, but ...

The steps involved in securing wedding venues, licenses

Getting married is an exciting time in a couple’s life together. Wedding planning is the next logical step after the engagement announcement, and while couples often get swept up in planning their dream parties, it’s important to note that ultimately the ceremony is the star of the ...

Living centerpieces set receptions apart

Weddings are special occasions for all involved. Guests may look forward to the ceremony and festivities to follow, and couples who are hosting do not want to disappoint. Brides and grooms often look for new and innovative ideas to set their weddings apart from ones they may have attended in ...

Say so long to ill-fitting wedding attire

Seamstresses and tailors are sometimes the unsung heroes of weddings. These individuals often work tirelessly under pressure to ensure that tuxes are taken in at the right places and that gowns are hemmed to perfection. People may underestimate the importance of good wedding ensemble ...

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Garnishes make dishes appealing to all the senses

By HEATHER ZIEGLER Staff Writer With a house, it’s the front door that can make a welcoming impression. When dressing for a night on the town, it’s the accessories that often make an outfit special. But when it comes to dining, it’s as important to make an appealing presentation ...

Good food in a hurry

By CASEY JUNKINS Staff Writer Whether you are in the mood to cook yourself or would prefer to let a professional do it, a BLT sandwich can hit the spot when one is short on time. In only a few minutes, the salty, crunchy bacon can meet with the sweet tomato and the crisp lettuce. These ...

Sweet-savory combo tempts taste buds

By SHELLEY HANSON Staff Writer Bakers, chefs and food companies are always coming up with new fare to tantalize our tastebuds and one dessert trend — combining the sweet with the savory — still is hot. One of the most noticeable parts of this has been the bacon craze. Locally, Mama ...

Specially prepared foods steeped in tradition

By ALAN OLSON Staff Writer Many prospective cooks who want to play the long game in food preparation follow techniques passed down from older cooks, something plainly evident in many establishments in the Ohio Valley. Patrick Fisher, proprietor of Mason Dixon BBQ in Moundsville, had ...

Indulge Style | VIEW ALL

Men’s Wardrobes Show Their Sense of Style

By IAN HICKS Staff Writer With Pinterest and other social media sites bringing the latest in fashion to every corner of the globe almost instantly, there are more ways than ever for men to use their wardrobes to express their personal sense of style. “Once a look starts going, it ...

What Does Your Car Say About You?

By SCOTT McCLOSKEY Staff Writer Whether it’s a heavy duty pickup truck or a sleek sports car, a vehicle may say a lot about your personal style. While pickup trucks and sports cars have very different styles and are used for different reasons, Kevin Cook, general manager of automotive ...

Multitude of Design Choices Make a House a Home

By SHELLEY HANSON Staff Writer When it comes remodeling a kitchen, bath or even deciding to build another new dwelling altogether, a variety of products and trends can help make a house feel more like home, according to local designers and builders. ∫ Alana Hendershot, sales manager ...

The Perfect Match Deserves the Perfect Dress

By JOSELYN KING Staff Writer Blushing brides have a multitude of wedding dresses available to them these days — and for a modern wedding they can even buy one in a trendy color of the season known as “blush.” The options for the perfect bridal gown are endless this season, and a ...

Living on the Edge | VIEW ALL

The height of adventure: Climbing, rappelling at Hocking State Forest

By JANELL HUNTER Times Leader Staff Writer ROCKBRIDGE, Ohio — Imagine dangling 100 feet above the ground, making your way up a sheer rock face. If that type of adventure appeals to you, you may want to visit an area of the Hocking State Forest that has been set aside for rock climbing ...

Hot air balloons top bucket lists

By ALAN OLSON For The Times Leader COLUMBUS — The oldest form of flight by mankind still remains popular, as people continue making plans to take hot air balloon rides as a popular summertime adventure, Numerous agencies exist within driving distance to take part in the most colorful ...

Children’s activity grows up

By ROBERT A. DEFRANK Times Leader Staff Writer LOUNDONVILLE, Ohio — A fun activity many of us recall from childhood, tree climbing has become a sport to be enjoyed by all ages thanks to innovations in scaling the towering trunks. One business that facilitates tree climbers is Natural Fit ...

Hiking for health and adventure

By CASEY JUNKINS For The Times Leader WHEELING —Whether you want to burn hundreds of calories in an effort to lose weight or are looking for a more leisurely experience, hiking offers a variety of opportunities. From Barkcamp State Park and Dysart Woods in Belmont County to Oglebay Park ...

OUE Celebrates 60 Years | VIEW ALL

Local teachers say OUE helped them become better educators

By SHELLEY HANSON And DYLAN McKENZIE Times Leader Staff Writers MARTINS FERRY — Local teachers who graduated from Ohio University Eastern say the school helped them become the thoughtful educators they are today. Erica Alexander, a seventh-grade teacher at Triadelphia Middle School who ...

OUE provides affordability and convenience for local residents

By JANELL HUNTER Times Leader Staff Writer ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Ohio University Eastern lives up to its mission statement, according to local professionals who attended the college. The stated mission of Ohio University Eastern is to “provide access to affordable and high-quality ...

Many UL educators are products of OUE

By ROBERT DEFRANK Times Leader Staff Writer MORRISTOWN — Over the course of its 60 years in Belmont County, Ohio University Eastern has educated a large number of education professionals, several of whom are employed by the Union Local School District today. UL Superintendent Ben Porter ...

The ‘Nay’ story on Ney and OUE

By JOSELYN KING For The Times Leader ST. CLAIRSVILLE — It was a particularly pungent problem that inspired former East Ohio politician Bob Ney to work to obtain the funding for a physical fitness facility and showers on the Ohio University Eastern campus in St. Clairsville, and for the ...

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Things looking up at Beallsville

By BUBBA KAPRAL Executive Sports Editor BEALLSVILLE — These are exciting times for the Beallsville High football program. A new and much-needed million dollar fieldhouse will be ready for the 2018 season. Already in place is a state-of-the-art video scoreboard. And most importantly, ...

Line play will be key for Frontier

By Mike Morrison For The Times Leader NEW MATAMORAS — Michael Smith figures to be the lone senior on the Frontier Cougar offensive line this fall and the two-time letter winner relishes the opportunity to take over the role as leader of what he hopes will be a very strong front ...

Moses takes over at rebuilding Edison

By AARON PETCHAL For The Times Leader RICHMOND - The Edison football team is looking to the future, not the past. This season, the Wildcats under the guidance of first-year head coach Nate Moses. “We are going to work hard,” Moses said. “The kids and the coaching staff are going ...

Oak Glen breaking in fresh faces in spots

By JOE CATULLO For The Times Leader NEW CUMBERLAND — Even with 10 seniors on Oak Glen’s roster for the upcoming season, the Golden Bears are starting fresh on and off the field. After an underachieving 2-8 record a season ago, second-year head coach Ted Arneault knows this year will be ...

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Wheeling senior has you covered

By LINDA COMINS For The Times Leader Jerry Morris of Wheeling has gone from delivering mail to delivering meals, and now he has received state and national recognition for his voluntarism. West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice honored Morris’ dedication to service at the annual Governor’s ...

Valley Hospice Designated Bronze Employer of Choice

Valley Hospice has been named a bronze Employer of Choice by LeadingAge Ohio for 2017-18. The award recognizes providers of aging services who demonstrate leadership in employee development and engagement and meet stringent workforce development criteria. “We’re very proud to be ...

Program Connects People With Their Past, Present

A song from our past can instantly transport us to another place and another time — a song may take us back to our first dance, and we remember the quiet joy of a first love. A melody’s ability to help us remember the happy times in our lives is the basis of Music & Memory, a ...

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Teacup gardening challenges creativity of residents

Photos Provided Residents of Elmhurst, The House of Friendship senior assisted living residence in Wheeling, design succulent gardens in vintage teacups during a craft session. Resident Thelma Scott shows her finished creation.

Awareness raised on falling issue

One in three Ohioans over age 60 will fall this year, and for many of them, that fall could lead to a life-changing injury or even death. However, falls are not a normal part of aging, and most falls can be prevented. To celebrate National Falls Prevention Awareness Day and to raise ...

Get started tapping your way into excellent health

By KATHLEEN O’CONNOR Happy Fall Everyone. I hope you are feeling warm and snuggly. I had an overwhelming response to the series on tapping, some people missed one of the articles, some missed both. So I thought a review would be in order. In my Master’s Class they taught us when you do ...

OPALs hosting anniversary event

The Older People With Active Lifestyles group will hold a celebration Oct. 25 at Wheeling Park’s White Palace. Food, fellowship, a health expo and a history presentation await all who attend this upcoming event which is open to the public. The OPALs group, sponsored by Ohio Valley ...

Progress 2018 - How We Play | VIEW ALL

Wheeling Park System Is a Treasure

By JOSELYN KING Staff Writer WHEELING — One doesn’t need to have much money to feel like a millionaire while visiting Wheeling’s Oglebay Park, or neighboring Wheeling Park. Enjoyment during the spring and summer can be as simple as a walk in the Bissonnette Gardens at Oglebay, a ...

Wheeling Working on More Recreation, Playgrounds

By CASEY JUNKINS Staff Writer WHEELING — If you’re in the city of Wheeling, Jesse Mestrovic said you should be able to walk to at least one of the 22 playgrounds within 10 minutes. Moving through 2018 and beyond, Mestrovic wants to make sure those playgrounds are as safe, up-to-date, ...

Events and Festivals Throughout The Year

By ROBERT A. DEFRANK Staff Writer ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Many unique events and festivals find their way onto the Belmont County calendar each year, according to Tourism Director Ballint. Ballint said the Barnesville Pumpkin Festival, held in September, saw some national attention in 2017, ...

Pay to Play and Get Away at Area Casinos

By JESSICA BROVERMAN Staff Writer WHEELING — Local racetracks offer a multitude of entertainment opportunities and even contribute to local charities that the community may get involved with as well. Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack boasts attractions that General Manager Kim ...

Progress 2018 - How We Shop | VIEW ALL

Window World Handles Multiple Exterior Needs

When most folks think of Window World, they recall three guys standing on windows. That picture speaks to the strength of the company’s double pane double strength glass, and the family culture of the company. Window World, serving all of the Ohio Valley, is that and so much more. ...

Retail Is On the Rise

By ALAN OLSON Staff Writer MOUNDSVILLE — In recent years, the expansion of the oil and natural gas industry in the area has provided a financial boost to many and, in particular, Marshall County business leaders are pointing to the boom as the impetus for the growth of Mounsdville’s ...

Highlands’ Tenants See Optimistic Future

JOSELYN KING Staff Writer WHEELING — Tenants at The Highlands in Ohio County already see increased business from Pennsylvania customers, and they predict future development there will attract more people from the tri-state region. Businesses in the West Liberty University Highlands ...

Market a ‘Happening’ Place

By CASEY JUNKINS Staff Writer WHEELING — In the Centre Market area, one can do everything from eating made-from-scratch crepes, to drinking freshly brewed craft beer, to getting a stylish new haircut, to sifting through vintage vinyl records, experiencing fresh flowers or expressing ...

Progress 2018 -- How We Earn | VIEW ALL

Ohio Valley Retail Hubs Provide Goods, Jobs

By SHELLEY HANSON Staff Writer Two of the Ohio Valley’s retail hubs — the Ohio Valley Mall in St. Clairsville and The Highlands in Ohio County — not only provide the goods, services and entertainment that residents need, but they also employ thousands of people. The mall has seen ...

Teachers Required To Learn Before Earning

By JOSELYN KING and DYLAN McKENZIE Staff Writers WHEELING — Teachers have to learn and make the grade themselves before achieving certification, entering a classroom, and earning a paycheck. Once they achieve a four-year college degree, there are additional requirements thrust upon ...

Ohio Valley Tourism Driving Local Job Markets

By ALAN OLSON Staff Writer WHEELING — Several of Ohio and Marshall counties’ are primarily tourist destinations, which not only brings in money from visitors to the area and serves as a hot spot, but also creates a distinct need for local workers of varying skill sets. Frank ...

Local Businesses Are Still Open and Thriving

By DYLAN McKENZIE Staff Writer MARTINS FERRY — Bread and milk are considered by many Americans to be dietary staples, consumed and purchased by millions daily. In Martins Ferry, two business that have been open for decades provide these products to consumers from all over. United ...

Progress 2018- How We Learn | VIEW ALL

Options Available To Help Students Pay for College

(BPT) — With student debt increasingly becoming a long-term burden on graduates and families, says Peter Gayle, a vice president for Prudential Advisors, it’s never been more important to minimize the out-of-pocket expenses to put a student through college - and reduce reliance on student ...

OUE Announces Spring Campus Event: ‘Admitted Day’

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — High school seniors are invited to attend a spring visitation event called Admitted Day at Ohio University Eastern Campus at 3 p.m. March 22 that will end with a $500 scholarship drawing. Register online at ohio.edu/eastern or call 740-699-2536. “Whether students have ...

BLHS Modernizes Learning With zSpace Program

CONNORVILLE — Some realistic learning tools are helping students at Buckeye Local High School expand their educational opportunities. Funding from a $25,000 Charles M. and Thelma M. Pugliese Charitable Foundation grant added zSpace 3-D learning software late last year which is outfitted ...

Higher Learning Institutions Educate Community

By JESSICA BROVERMAN Staff Writer WHEELING — Colleges and universities throughout the region offers a wide variety of degree programs and career training, but they also help educate non-student community members with a number of outreach activities. For example, West Virginia Northern ...

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Wheeling Hospital: A Journey to Health

By JOSELYN KING Staff Writer WHEELING — Wheeling Hospital seeks to direct the public toward a path focused on wellness, and the hospital offers a variety of programs to assist those at any health level. The journey to health begins at the Howard Long Wellness Center located near the ...

Healthy Food Choices for The Ohio Valley

By MIRANDA SEBROSKI Staff Writer MARTINS FERRY — Living a healthy lifestyle can have many benefits, and registered dietitian Stephanie Fogle said healthy eating will give you a better sense of well-being and improve your physical health. Decreasing your intake of foods such as ...

Health Care Options Also Available in Rural Areas

By DYLAN McKENZIE Staff Writer CADIZ — When many people in the immediate area get sick or need medical advice, their first instinct is may be to visit their local hospital, such as Wheeling Hospital or Ohio Valley Medical Center. But for residents in more rural areas, there are other ...

Addiction Treatment Available

By ROBERT A. DEFRANK Staff Writer BARNESVILLE — The struggle with addiction and the opioid epidemic in the Ohio Valley continues, with treatment centers offering aid. Among the newest options for addiction treatment is an addiction services clinic at Barnesville Hospital. The clinic was ...

Progress 2018- How We Worship | VIEW ALL

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Barton Sustains Tradition

By JANELL HUNTER Staff Writer BARTON — St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Barton, founded by Slovakian immigrants in 1911, has served the community in the Orthodox Christian faith and provided an ethnic base for those who immigrated from the Austro-Hungarian Empire to make a better life for ...

First Presbyterian Church Looks to Future in Barnesville

By LENNY WITTENBROOK Staff Writer BARNESVILLE — Members of the Presbyterian Church have been meeting at the corner of West Church and North Chestnut streets in Barnesville since 1859, and with the recent installation of a new pastor and renovations to their historical ...

Roney’s Point Presbyterian Church Welcomes Faithful for More Than a Century

By JESSICA BROVERMAN Staff Writer TRIADELPHIA — Roney’s Point Presbyterian Church has been welcoming worshippers to its site on Dallas Pike Road since 1872. Well over a century later, the church has changed many things, but one thing that has not changed is members’ desire to help ...

Cameron Baptist Church Grows From Humble Roots

By ALAN OLSON Staff Writer CAMERON — Over the past 30 years, Cameron Baptist Church outgrew its walls twice before stabilizing at its current size, and the second senior pastor to take up the mantle says it has ingrained itself as a staple of the community. Pastor Michael Kelley has ...

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Common causes of cancer you can control

A cancer diagnosis can be shocking. After receiving such news, many people are filled with questions such as, “How did I get this disease?” That question often has no definitive answer, though physicians may be able to work with patients to determine the various factors that contributed ...

The trick to fitness regiment is finding the time

Many adults admit to having little or no time to exercise, and statistics support the notion that men and women simply aren’t exercising enough. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, only 21 percent of adults ages 18 and older met the physical activity guidelines for ...

Revive summer-ravaged skin, hair

As summer draws to a close, many people will reminisce about weeks spent relaxing and basking in the sun. Summer is typically full of fun, vacations and relaxation, but while the sun and surf may be refreshing for the mind, sometimes the body pays a price for all of those days spent soaking up ...

Prep, pack well for a wilderness excursion

September may enjoy the title of National Wilderness Month, but any time of year is a good time to enjoy the great outdoors. One of the ways to immerse oneself in nature is to enjoy a day hike or overnight backpacking excursion. Millions of people take to trails or create their own paths all ...

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Recreation

OHIO BELMONT COUNTY BARNESVILLE MEMORIAL PARK The hub of family outdoor recreation in the western portion of BELMONT COUNTY, Barnesville’s Memorial Park features the Albert S. George Youth Center, three lighted ballfields, hiking trails, a 12-acre lake, a lighted horseshoe pit, basketball, ...

Sports

OHIO BELMONT COUNTY FAIRWAY RIVER LINKS Fairway River Links golf course in Rayland has 18 holes of Par 70 golf. The course has changed ownership through the years, formerly known as the Mazeroski Course. Located at 100 Liberty Ave., Rayland, OH 43943; 740-859-9304; ...

Culture

OHIO BELMONT COUNTY BELMONT COUNTY SHERIFF’S RESIDENCE MUSEUM 101 E. Main St.St. Clairsville, OH 43950 740-298-7020 The 1880s former sheriff’s residence is a museum to the entire county. The building that once housed each sheriff and his family is now home to artifacts and pictures ...

Festivals

OHIO BELMONT COUNTY ALL-AMERICAN DAYS FESTIVAL The annual All-American Days Festival takes place, naturally, in the All-American Town of Bellaire from June 1-3. The village park is the destination for entertainment, vendors, food and carnival rides for children. Held in Bellaire, OH ...

Your Home Inside and Out | VIEW ALL

‘Greenery’ the natural choice color for home design

WHEELING — The color green really is a neutral color in the world of home design for 2017. The season’s “color of the year, ” as selected by Pantone, is “greenery” — a hue encompassing the green colors seen in nature. The complexion of grass, pears and apples is especially ...

Prospective homeowners have options

By JANELL HUNTER Times Leader Staff Writer MARTINS FERRY — There is much that first-time homebuyers need to know when purchasing a home, and banks and state agencies are there to assist. Agencies in Ohio and West Virginia are able to help low- to moderate-income homebuyers purchase ...

It’s the busy season for canvas tents, canopies and awnings

By SCOTT McCLOSKEY For The Times Leader WHEELING — Whether it’s for a very casual residential setting or for a more formal occasion or business, outdoor spaces can be greatly enhanced with canvas tents, canopies or awnings. Wheeling Canvas Products Owner Lisa Martin said this is the ...

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8 Ways to Make Your Bedroom a Sanctuary

1. Make the bedroom cozy—not too big or too tall. If you need extra space for reading or exercise, add a bay, an alcove or an adjacent area, rather than supersizing the room. — David Arkin, AIA, Arkin Tilt Architects, Berkeley, California 2. Keep things off the floor as much as possible so ...

Fitness Can Be Fine With a Touch Of ‘Star Wars’

By JANET METZNER Staff Writer As fitness instructors focus on fulfilling customers’ desires to act out their dreams, customers are finding niche classes where they can get fit their own way. Two classes in the Ohio Valley offer such opportunities. For those who have dreamed of ...

Afraid to Join a Gym? Don’t Sweat It!

By SHELLEY HANSON Staff Writer Thinking about joining a gym? Don’t sweat it — it’s easier than you think. For those who might have reservations about becoming a gym member, the first step is to visit the facility, said Adam Shinsky, executive director of the Wheeling YMCA Wheeling ...

Healthy Drink Classes Brewing in the Valley

By DREW PARKER Staff Writer When the average Ohio Valley resident prepares to create a refreshing spring drink at home, they may envision a classic iced tea or lemonade, but one area health specialist is encouraging locals to attempt a more unique option. Although the drink is arguably ...

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Visiting Angels Again Recognized for Providing Outstanding Home Care

Visiting Angels of Wheelinghas received the Best of Home Care Provider of Choice Award from Home Care Pulse for the sixth consecutive year. The Provider of Choice Award is granted to the top-ranking home care providers in America based on client satisfaction scores gathered by Home Care ...

Sisters Offer Caring Presence at Good Shepherd Since 1900

For more than a century, the Sisters of the Good Shepherd have provided tender care to the varying residents of Good Shepherd in Wheeling. Good Shepherd Nursing Home is now a five-star-rated nursing home, but when Good Shepherd opened in 1900 it was a home for girls staffed by the Sisters ...

Valley Hospice Offers Free Community Events

Valley Hospice is offering free community events as part of the National Healthcare Decisions Day observance. The agency is providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers and to execute written advance directives ...

Caregiver Support Fair is May 2

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The annual Caregiver Support Fair will be held May 2 at the Ohio Valley Mall. The committee for the fair has been meeting the last several months and is proud to announce that this will be the 18th year of the event that showcases services for older adults and their ...

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Family was always a top priority for Bruney

MARTINS FERRY — This fall, Zac Bruney will embark on his first season as head football coach of the fledgling program at Wheeling Jesuit. Although the Cardinals will be playing a junior varsity slate, Cheryl Bruney is looking forward to watching her oldest son work as he continues to move up ...

Q and A with Dave Bruney …

MARTINS FERRY — Family, memorable games and players and even a look at the 2018 Martins Ferry Purple Riders All of those topics and plenty more were discussed when Dave Bruney sat down with The Times Leader recently after his retirement from coaching football. You have to figure, when ...

Many teams, players jump out to Bruney

MARTINS FERRY — Dave Bruney amassed 284 victories in his 39 years as a head football coach, with 275 of those coming at his beloved Martins Ferry High School. He was also 9-1 in his first season as a head coach, that coming at neighboring Bridgeport. When asked what his top memories were, he ...

Bruney brothers loved playing for Dad

MARTINS FERRY - Often times a head football coach also serves as a role model to his players. For brothers Zac and Trevor Bruney such a notion really hit home...literally. The two former Martins Ferry grid stars played for a coaching legend - their dad, Dave. For some, such an arrangement may ...

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Steubenville Schools levy approved

STEUBENVILLE — Jefferson County voters considered levies seeking funding for schools, fire protection and operating expenses Tuesday. A total of 26 levies were submitted across the county for the general election ballot. Voters approved a 4.7-mill  Steubenville City School District levy ...

Jefferson County keeps incumbents in office

STEUBENVILLE — Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla, a Democrat, will continue his over 30-year career in Jefferson County following a huge victory in Tuesday’s election. Abdalla beat Republican challenger Mark Clark by more than 6,000 votes, securing his role until 2020. Abdalla ...

Harrison County votes in new commissioner, recorder

CADIZ — With a long and tumultuous election season coming to an end, Harrison County residents elected Paul Coffland to the county commission and Joshua M.A. Willis as recorder. The race for commissioner pitted Coffland, a Republican, against current Commissioner William Host, a Democrat. ...

Monroe County voting in record numbers this year

WOODSFIELD — Monroe County reflected the rest of the country by voting in record numbers this year. A total of 71.89 percent of registered voters went to the polls this year compared to 71.20 percent in 2008, which was the previous turnout record. This year’s election put tremendous ...

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Federal Races

Federal Races Results US Senate, WV Joe Manchin, D 288,808 Patrick Morrisey, R 269,872 US Senate, Ohio Sherrod Brown, D 2,279,547 Jim Renacci, R 2,008,630 U.S. House, WV Kendra Fershee ...

County elections and issues, Ohio

County Races and Issues, Ohio Results Belmont County | Commissioner Jerry Echemann (R) 15355 Mark A. Thomas (D) 9014 St. Clairsville-Richland City School District | 0.91-mills for constructing and equipping a ...

State Races, Ohio

State Races, Ohio Results Governor Richard Cordray (D) 1,999,345 Mike DeWine (R) 2,183,869 Contance Newton 76,951 Travis Irvine 76,951 Attorney General Steve Dettelbach ...

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Social Security officials answer your questions

Question: I worked for the last 10 years and I now have my 40 credits. Does this mean that I get the maximum Social Security retirement benefit? Answer: Probably not. The 40 credits are the minimum number you need to qualify for retirement benefits. However, we do not base your benefit ...

Things to do this month

Feb. 16 — Traveling exhibit, “Robert C. Byrd: Senator, Statesman, West Virginian,” at Kirby Hall art gallery, Wheeling Jesuit University, 316 Washington Ave., free. Feb. 16-17 — Regional student art exhibition, Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center, 1330 National Road, ...

Braddock Apartments help families stay together

Moving a family member into a nursing home can be difficult. Good Shepherd Nursing Home created Braddock Apartments to help families when a spouse, sibling or other loved one needs nursing care. Located at the south end of the Good Shepherd campus in Wheeling, Braddock Apartments provide an ...

West Liberty students design new logo for Home for Men

An intergenerational project proved to be a winning collaboration for the Home for Men in Wheeling and West Liberty University students. Officials of the senior living residence, located at 1700 Warwood Ave., wanted to update its image to reflect its services to current generations. Part of ...

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The best (and worst) foods for heart health

No one wants to hear from their doctors that they have joined the millions of people across the globe to be diagnosed with heart disease. The Heart Foundation reports that heart disease, which includes diseases of the heart and cardiovascular system and stroke, is the No. 1 cause of death in ...

Strategies to get back in a good mood

Adults know that life has its ups and downs. While it's important not to get too down when things don't go as planned, no one is immune to bad moods. But just because bad moods are a fact of life, that does not mean they cannot be combatted. While bad moods are nothing to get too worried ...

Recognize and prevent repetitive stress injuries

Repetitive stress injuries, or RSIs, can impact muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves. Though The Mayo Clinic estimates that 3 million people in the United States are affected by such injuries, some may not fully understand just how they reached a point where they are suffering from an ...

Coffee and colon health

Coffee compels many people to rise out of bed every morning. While individuals have many reasons to drink caffeinated beverages, the most notable is often the pep such beverages provide. But coffee, tea and other caffeinated beverages actually may provide additional benefits, including ...

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Belmont College Focuses on What’s Ahead

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Over the past year, Belmont College has continued to maintain and launch several exciting initiatives. The new Health Sciences Center, the region’s premier health care education facility, is now the home to all Belmont College Nursing and Health Science ...

Find Your Comfort Zone at WVNCC

Getting comfortable about college is a notion that rings true at West Virginia Northern Community College. Just ask Lisa Soly, counselor and transfer coordinator at Northern. Soly is the go-to person for details about how a higher education career can begin at WVNCC and still end with a ...

Central Catholic High School Teaches Social Responsibility

WHEELING — Faith. academic excellence. social responsibility. These are the cornerstones of the educational experience at Central Catholic High School. Small class sizes offered in newly renovated classrooms by a dedicated faculty make Central Catholic an ideal option for the college-bound ...

Online Learning Has Its Ups and Downs

By ROBERT A. DEFRANK Staff Writer ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Online learning is a potential path to learning and certification for those seeking education but unable to find class time, Rebecca Kurtz, vice president of academic affairs and student learning at Belmont College, discussed the ...

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Women’s Services at OVMC/EORH

WHEELING — Ohio Valley Medical Center and East Ohio Regional Hospital, along with East Ohio Regional Outpatient Center — St. Clairsville, are committed to excellence in women’s health with services that can only be found at our facilities. The year 2016 brought a newly remodeled wing ...

Public Health Programs Grow, But Funding Tight

By LINDA COMINS Staff Writer For area health boards and health departments, improvements involve a wider range of vaccines and healthier environmental conditions, while continuing challenges stem from uncertainty over public health funding. Howard Gamble, administrator of the ...

Everyone a Candidate To Suffer a Stroke

By JOSELYN KING Staff Writer WHEELING — Delegate Erikka Storch said she’s learned not to “sweat the small stuff” after suffering an ischemic stroke last summer, even though stress is an innate part of her life. A Republican from Wheeling who also serves as president of Wheeling ...

Reynolds Sees Success With WVU

By DREW PARKER Staff Writer GLEN DALE — Just past the 100-day mark of a marriage with West Virginia University Health System, Reynolds memorial Hospital staff members are preparing for job creation and more than $20 million in updates within the next few years. Leaders at the Marshall ...

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United Way Volunteers Make the Difference

WHEELING — More than 60 volunteers from all walks of life are in the process of deciding how the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley Campaign dollars will be spent. The five Allocations Panels each are visiting their assigned United Way agencies to hear budget requests and learn how the ...

Wayne Homes Helping Communities to Grow

By ALAN OLSON Staff Writer In the few years that Uniontown, Pa.-based Wayne Homes has had a local presence in Belmont County, the business has helped numerous families realize their ideal home ownership situation. Wayne Homes operates in many places in the area, with numerous locations in ...

Moundsville’s Downtown Looking Onward and Upward

By ALAN OLSON Staff Writer New business owners in the Moundsville business district say the city’s downtown seems to be entering a period of growth in a time when many would otherwise point out the city’s apparent decline. Laura Francis, president of the Uptown Moundsville Activities ...

Savvy Shoppers Score Subscriptions

By JOSELYN KING Staff Writer WHEELING — From razor blades to dog treats, from steaks to cosmetics, the savvy shopper can assure an ongoing supply of the items they use on a daily basis through a multitude of online subscription services found at the end of their fingertips. And yes, ...

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Engage in fun outdoor activities this winter

By JESSICA BROVERMAN Staff Writer There are many events that will not only get you out of the house this winter but that will also keep you active and having fun this holiday season in and around the Ohio Valley. Several local organizations are holding events that are family friendly and ...

Fun & games to the rescue

By LENNY WITTENBROOK Staff Writer The holiday season brings many joys to many people, but it can also be a time of stress or boredom. Folks who are trying to complete their shopping or prepare for family gatherings while still going about their daily routines can begin to feel ...

Holiday traditions from across the ocean

By ROBERT A. DeFRANK Staff Writer The holiday traditions of the Old Country will play out among many celebrating around this time of year, whether in the form of particular touches to their feasts or tales of gift-giving visitors who may seem unfamiliar to most Americans. Belmont County ...

January Prime Times | VIEW ALL

Testing wearable sensors as ‘check engine’ light for health

WASHINGTON (AP) — A next step for smart watches and fitness trackers? Wearable gadgets gave a Stanford University professor an early warning that he was getting sick before he ever felt any symptoms of Lyme disease. Geneticist Michael Snyder never had Lyme’s characteristic bulls-eye rash. ...

Nominate Ohioan for Senior Citizens Hall of Fame

The Ohio Department of Aging is seeking the public’s help to identify outstanding older neighbors who have made, and continue to make, a lasting difference in their professions, their vocations and their communities, and who serve as role models for other generations to continue to grow, ...

Growing number of Americans retiring outside United States

By MARIA ZAMUDIO For The Associated Press Newly widowed, Kay McCowen quit her job, sold her house, applied for Social Security and retired to Mexico. It was a move she and her husband, Mel, had discussed before he died in 2012. “I wanted to find a place where I could afford to live ...

AARP tax-aide program seeks area volunteers

Area residents interested in volunteer opportunities are invited to consider the AARP Tax-Aide Program. Tax-Aide is an all-volunteer service that provides free, confidential tax preparation and electronic filing. Volunteers do not need to be an AARP member or a retiree to participate. Prior ...

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Football was a family thing for Circosta

WOODSFIELD — High school football conjures up different memories for different people. Perhaps, it’s a play or a game. Sometimes, music sparks the mind. Or, it could be the view of the fall sun setting behind a trove of season-splashed leaves. Donna Sue Circosta has seen almost everything ...

Q and A with Jay Circosta …

WOODSFIELD — When you do something for a half a century, there’s no way you could capsulize the amount of people, games, memories and emotions that come to mind. However, Monroe Central’s Jay Circosta did a pretty good job of that as he took a look back at his career, some of his best ...

Schumachers reflect on coaching legend

WOODSFIELD — When you think of football in Monroe County the first name that pops into one’s head is Jay Circosta. That is a no-brainer as he has done a Hall-of-Fame job of coaching prep gridders for a half century prior to his retirement last month. The second name that would surface in ...

Many players, seasons stick out in Circosta’s memory

WOODSFIELD — When you’ve roamed the high school football sidelines for 50 years like Jay Circosta did, it would be tough to recall your top memories. However, the recently retired Woodsfield and Monroe Central head coach — with a little prior warning — had no trouble in reminiscing ...

March Prime Times | VIEW ALL

Senior-friendly workout to improve movement

(BPT) — Exercise is good for everyone, but seniors with mobility or balance issues may wonder what kind of exercise they can do that will be safe, easy and effective. Jogging outdoors, running on a treadmill or lifting weights at the gym aren’t always practical — or enjoyable — ...

Steps to preserving brain health

(BPT) — Everyone knows aerobic exercise gets the heart pumping and lifting weights keeps muscles strong. But when it comes to keeping the brain healthy, most people are unsure what to do. As you age, brain health and maintaining memory functions becomes a top concern. Turns out, these ...

Aerobics for Seniors class planned in Weirton

A free Aerobics for Seniors class will be offered on the Weirton campus of West Virginia Northern Community College from March 20 to May 3. The class will be conducted from 6-7 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays in room 242 on the campus at 150 Park Ave., Weirton Heights. The instructor is Carol ...

Film explores end-of-life care

Valley Hospice and WVU Medicine Reynolds Memorial Hospital are holding a free, community screening of the documentary, “Being Mortal,” from 5-7 p.m. March 23 in the hospital’s Betty Beebe Habig Room. After the screening, audience members can participate in a guided conversation on how ...

OVAC Boys Basketball Championship | VIEW ALL

Morgantown, University meet in 5A final

ST. CLAIRSVILLE— Dave Tallman Jr. and his Morgantown High hoop team experienced a dream season a year ago. The Magnolia High product guided the Mohigans to the school’s first-ever boys’ state basketball crown. They also won the OVAC 5A championship. The icing on the cake was Tallman’s ...

Steubenville, Meadowbrook clash in 4A

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Steubenville and Meadowbrook are no strangers when it comes to boys basketball. They met earlier this season in Steubenville with the Big Red prevailing, 83-79, on Jan. 7. The two schools are no strangers to the OVAC Wheeling Hospital Boys Basketball Class 4A Championships ...

Martins Ferry, Trail to battle for 3A championship

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Both Martins Ferry and Buckeye Trail have high expectations for the Ohio High School Athletic Association basketball tournament that begins in just a few weeks. However, before any attention shifts to that tournament, the Purple Riders and Warriors are focused on the ...

Wheeling Central, Shadyside to meet again

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — As it pertains to today’s OVAC Class 2A championship game, there will be no secrets. After all, Wheeling Central and Shadyside are quite familiar with one another. That’s what happens when you’re embarking on the third matchup of the season. Though it’s the ...

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Red Devils could surprise some people this weekend

By SETH STASKEY Times Leader Sports Editor ST. CLAIRSVILLE — As it pertains to this weekend’s 64th annual Ron Mauck OVAC Wrestling Tournament, St. Clairsville is a team that many of the pundits aren’t expecting much from as it pertains to the team race. Head coach Joel ...

Wrestlers must sacrifice a lot for their sport

... on the Ultimate Sacrifice Sport What I’m about to share with you are factual events that only wrestlers will truly understand. It is the story of my personal sacrifices as a high school wrestler in Pennsylvania which is only a microcosm of what all committed matmen in my day ...

Shadyside shooting for high place; Quinn looks to repeat championship

By SETH STASKEY Times Leader Sports Editor SHADYSIDE — Basically every coach would love to go into a game or event under the radar, if you will. As it pertains to this weekend’s 64th annual Ron Mauck OVAC Wrestling Tournament, Shadyside isn’t afforded that opportunity. After ...

Saxton has Buckeye on the road back

By RICK DeLUCA Times Leader Sports Writer Whether it is the intensity at which they competed or the level of preparation that carried them into matches, wrestling seems to be the one sport that good wrestlers become good coaches. Such is the case at Buckeye Local, where success ...

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Pittsburgh looking to rebound from 5-7 season

By TRACY WATSON For The Times Leader PITTSBURGH - With three losses to nationally-ranked teams and three more losses by six points or less, the 2017 college football season may be one to forget for Coach Pat Narduzzi and his Pittsburgh Panthers. However, while Pitt finished off a 5-7 ...

Defense could lead Notre Dame to playoff

By JOSH STROPE For The Times Leader SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Last October, Notre Dame was ranked No. 3 in the College Football Playoff standings. The Fighting Irish were going to crash the party and leave a conference champion on the outside looking in. Then Notre Dame went to Miami and got ...

Morris returns to the sideline to lead Frontier

By Mike Morrison For The Times Leader NEW MATAMORAS - -After a 12-year hiatus, veteran head coach Russ Morris returns for his 13th season as head coach of a very young Frontier Cougar squad in 2018. Frontier will be looking to rebound from a pair of 1-9 seasons with a roster of 24 kids that ...

Franke now leading the way at Toronto

By AARON PETCHAL For The Times Leader TORONTO — The Toronto football team is looking to get back on track after a disappointing end to 2017. The Red Knights began the season 4-1 but lost its last five games to finish at 4-6 and miss the playoffs for the first time since 2013. Toronto’s ...

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Don’t End Trips With a Tumble

Holiday shopping is winding down as shoppers are hitting the stores looking for bargains. One thing they may not bargain for is a fall. Crowded stores, door-buster sales and decorations can easily distract seniors from their most important task: staying on their feet. As older adults plan ...

Welty Residents Celebrate Christmas

A group of Welty Home residents have celebrated the holidays by putting on a show, “Christmas Around the World,” for fellow residents and their families. The entertaining program was the brainchild of resident Clara Presutti, who remembers enjoying similar Christmas pageants in her ...

Seniors churn out festive art pieces

By LINDA COMINS For The Times Leader Not content to be mere “Sunday painters,” a Marshall County group meets twice a week to create beautiful works of art. Currently, six women participate in an art program at the Marshall County Senior Center in Moundsville, but they hope to expand ...

Commissioners hear Senior Services update

By ROBERT A. DEFRANK Times Leader Staff Writer ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Commissioners heard from Senior Services Director Gary Armitage during its meeting Wednesday. Armitage gave an update on the department’s progress during 2017. A major event of note was the ...

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Minimalist style gaining popularity

ST. CLAIRSVILLE - "The life we all wish we were living" is Kelly Cappelletti's description of the minimalist lifestyle. Cappelletti is owner and principal designer at Kelly's Suite II. Her staff includes: main designer Darek Wilson, design assistant Erica DeFilippo, and office manager ...

Vacation homes popular among local residents

BETHESDA -- From time-share condominiums to quaint park cottages and seasonal lakeside camping, local residents enjoy a wide variety of options when seeking a home away from home. A Bethesda resident, who was once an owner and subsequently a renter at the Carolina Winds Resort in Myrtle ...

Living in Historic Homes a Labor of Love

WHEELING -- Living in one of the historic homes in the area isn't an easy task, but it is one that those who do say is well worth it. "It's a lot of work and love, but you end up falling in love with these old houses," said Flora Droze, who lives in North Wheeling. "It's not everyone's house ...

Wheeling preserves post WWII housing tradition

WHEELING -- Although many of Wheeling's real estate trends have come and gone over the years, one short-lived style of the early post-WWII era lingers in the city today. While Americans celebrated a victory in Europe, the country's housing markets came up short, with returning GIs in need of ...

Wedding Guide 2017 | VIEW ALL

Different roles for father of the bride

Popular movies and televisions shows give the impression that the job of the father of the bride in a wedding is ultimately about making sure the festivities are adequately funded. In the movies, fathers fret about the costs of everything from flowers to photos. But gone are the days when the ...

Add twist to toss traditions

Part of what makes weddings such enjoyable events is the many traditions that are built into the day. Tradition lends familiarity to the proceedings and serves as unwritten cues for guests. Certain traditions invite guest participation, and these can make great memories for both couples and ...

Dance lessons can be helpful prior to your reception

Apart from their initial nerves during their wedding ceremonies, many couples feel comfortable having all eyes on them for the majority of their wedding days. However, some couples get a bit of stage fright when dancing as husband and wife for the first time. First dances and parent-child ...

Grooms: Look your wedding-day best

Weddings are a chance for couples tying the knot to be the center of attention. All eyes will be glued to the bride and groom on this special day, which makes it even more important for couples to look their collective best. Brides might garner most of the attention on a couple’s wedding day, ...

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High Tech Options Keep Drivers Safe, Entertained

By DREW PARKER Staff Writer As society moves closer to total connectivity through technology, vehicle trends follow suit. According to John Hunnell, sales manager at the Moundsville Auto Choice Buick location, car, truck and SUV shoppers are looking for Bluetooth and hands-free driving ...

Cars Provide Chance to Socialize, Show Off

By DYLAN McKENZIE Staff Writer MARTINS FERRY— For most people, cars are simply a way to get to work, school or anywhere else. But for some enthusiasts, cars can become a hobby and a talking point that deserves a lot of time and attention. Car collecting is a hobby that many people in ...

Cycling an Eco-Friendly Transportation Option

By JOHN McCABE Managing Editor WHEELING — For most of us, getting from point A to B involves climbing into a mechanical contraption of some sort, powered by a 4-, 6- or 8-cylinder version of the internal combustion engine, and pushing down the gas pedal and powering on our way, leaving a ...

‘Friendly City’ Looks To Be More Friendly for Walkers

By CASEY JUNKINS Staff Writer WHEELING — Mayor Glenn Elliott said he and his dog often feel quite lonely while walking on the downtown sidewalks after 5 p.m., as most of those who work in the city leave the area via vehicle by this time. Elliott said he and fellow city council members ...

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Health Care Field Expands in Region

By LINDA COMINS Staff Writer As innovations in medicine are implemented, careers path in the health care field continue to expand. In addition, as the Upper Ohio Valley’s population ages, opportunities increase for health care workers in geriatric-related specialties. Vincent Azzarello, ...

EQT Projects Production Volume Growth in 2017

By CRAIG CAMPBELL Staff Writer PITTSBURGH —EQT is an integrated energy company, headquartered in Pittsburgh, with more than 125 years of experience in natural gas production, gathering, and transmission with an emphasis in the Appalachian basin, including the Ohio Valley. EQT’s 2017 ...

Sistersville General Hospital Charting New Course

By MILES LAYTON Staff Writer SISTERSVILLE — Sistersville General Hospital has charted a course for change. Sistersville City Council decided to put the hospital up for bid in December, but the hospital will continue to provide quality care. “SGH continues to provide quality, ...

A Day in the Life of Heroes

By DYLAN McKENZIE Staff Writer WHEELING — When most people go to work, they just hope for the day to be over quickly so they can get home and relax after a hard day’s work. But the men and women who serve on police and fire departments wish for an uneventful day, yet every day they ...

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Youth Services System, Schools Build Healthy Students

WHEELING — While YSS— Youth Services System, Inc. — began its work with youth through its emergency shelters—Samaritan House and Helinski Shelter—Ron Mulholland, the founding YSS director recognized that youth, and their families, had a complex range of needs beyond shelter during a ...

Groups Welcome Members, Share Interests

By JANET METZNER Staff Writer Finding a group to hang out with isn’t as difficult as it used to be. That’s because apps such as Facebook, Meetup and Instagram have become hubs of some of the latest and most active social groups in the Ohio Valley. Group contacts, calendars and ...

Welty Home of Wheeling Celebrates 67 Years of Gracious Living

In 1950, the nonprofit Welty Corporation was endowed to provide quality homes for senior citizens. Miss Clara Welty, a local philanthropist, donated her large family residence on Wheeling’s Main Street for the care of the city’s elderly residents. A baby born the year Welty Home was ...

Barkcamp a Place for Exercising, Picnics, More

By CRAIG CAMPBELL Staff Writer BELMONT — As they were basking in the warm sunshine on an unusual winter day, Randy and Judy Britton, who live along the Morristown-Flushing Road, stopped from their daily 30-minute walk through Barkcamp State Park to talk about how this “hidden gem” in ...

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3 pre-winter lawn care pointers

Winter weather can be harsh, especially on lawns. Homeowners who spend much of spring and summer tending to their lawns may fear the impact that winter will have on their once-lush landscapes, making the fall a great time to fortify lawns against any harsh conditions to come. Homeowners must ...

7 things you need to know about eco-friendly homes

Improved practices in the construction industry reflect the greening of building codes across America. This proactivity is highlighted by advancements in window daylighting, insulation, air infiltration, and new wall-building materials. Here's everything you need to know about choosing methods ...

Improve indoor air quality in advance of winter

Upon the arrival of winter, people in regions where winter is marked by cold weather tend to spend significantly more time indoors. Because windows tend to be closed during winter, indoor air quality can suffer, making conditions inside a home less than desirable. According to the American ...

How to prevent mold growth in your home

Mold plays an important role in nature. Mold breaks down dead organic matter, including fallen leaves and speeds up the decomposition process so nutrients can return to the soil as quickly as possible. But mold inside a home can be a formidable foe, triggering allergic reactions and ...