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Our communities are filling with cheer

The Nativity is in front of the Millsop Community Center. The giant Santa Claus, I’m certain, soon will follow. Festive lights will be going up along many of the poles lining Main Street, Penco Road and other areas of the city. The Weirton Christmas Parade, organized by the Weirton Area ...

Human trafficking can happen here

When many hear the phrase “human trafficking,” they may think of people from abroad being smuggled into this country to work. However, this heinous crime also takes place within the United States, and can happen right here in the Mountain State, where all too often difficulties in victim ...

Everybody’s got to be good at something

It was column-writing time, and as routine would have it, I was thinking out loud about what topic to tackle. I generally do this with weekly frequency, at home in the presence of Better Half, my husband who so often is a great source of encouragement, a man who is a flowing fountain of ideas ...

Ho, ho, ho and a merry, hairy Halloween

One column about needing a Santa Claus beard warrants a follow-up column about getting one. As I mentioned in last Sunday’s space here, I had a game plan to dress up as Santa Claus for our church’s annual trunk-or-treat on Halloween, because I’d come across a sweet Old St. Nick suit at ...

We must let the investigation play out

This time last week, we were listening to much speculation after news broke that the first indictments had been issued connected to the investigation into allegations of collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia. On Monday, we learned indictments had been issued against ...

Ignore the time wasters of life

Isn't it amazing what makes people quarrel? It used to be, folks would argue over which brand of car was best. My dad was a Plymouth person and would tell Ford owners that the letters of their vehicle stood for Fix Or Repair Daily. if they drove a GMC, that stood for Got a Mechanic ...

Simple things become very complicated

Simple things become complicated. How smug I was this summer to think I was way ahead of the Halloween costume game. I had patronized a rummage sale at church, one to benefit the American Cancer Society. And rummage sales at churches never disappoint when it comes to variety and ...

It’s nice to see some ‘spirit’ returning

It was cold and dreary Saturday morning, with rain splattering my windows. The leaves had finally changed color, with many falling on the ground. In other words, it was perfect. It was finally feeling like autumn. With Halloween only a couple of days away, it was about time. Halloween ...

Overcoming the fears of farming

This week people will dress in costumes, perhaps they will attend parties, children will go trick or treating, some people may even dress up with the goal to scare someone. But, there are people who live in fear every day. There may be health problems, financial problems or other dark ...

Leftovers are a digestive commitment

When our long-distance company left last week, Better Half and I did what has always been our custom. We assessed the leftovers situation. This is when you open the refrigerator and find yourself overwhelmed at the number of Tupperware containers stacked on the shelves, all of them filled ...