Local Columns

Turning holidays into a competition

I won at Valentine’s Day. Every holiday, the Long Suffering Husband and I make a pact not to go overboard. We’re old, we’ve been together for 20 years and I don’t need anything else cluttering up the house, especially if it is something that needs dusting. I hate to dust. Giving me ...

Life as a couple of old married people

I think it’s official as we feed into the week that brings us Valentine’s Day and all things lovey-dovey-gooey. Better Half and I are an old married couple. There’s plenty of evidence to convict us among a jury of our been-together-a-long-time peers. Weary of being cute for ...

We are all walking a fine line these days

The nation is angry. I’m not entirely sure when it happened. I don’t know what caused it. Perhaps it always has been that way and we’re only now taking notice. More and more, I see or read of the anger of people over the various issues going on in the U.S. It is no longer limited to ...

A February tradition for foundation

I remember walking up to the Smithfield Theater with a friend on a Saturday night to see the movie “Gone with the Wind” when I was about 9. Since the movie was so long, my mother got worried and drove up to the movie house to check on me. I remember watching the scene where Rhett is ...

God is on the move. Are you?

Some of us older Christians can remember in the late 60s and early 70s a wonderful move of the Holy Spirit in the Ohio Valley. From the Billy Graham Crusade to the Campus Crusade for Christ's, I Found It campaign, and from the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship to the Women's Aglow ...

Trying to keep up with the times

When you get to a certain age, you talk less about the adorable things your children do — except for me, I’ll never stop, and you can try prying that from my cold, dead hands — and more about the utterly baffling things your parents do. It’s like aliens come down and replace your ...

‘Tuesdays with Tio’ a weekly tradition

It happens every Tuesday in our household. I have nothing to do with what has come to be known as “Tuesdays with Tio” other than to know it’s happening, and it’s a good thing. Our son Adam got this weekly ritual started although the movement toward it is a bit murky to me as I ...

A long road ahead of us in West Virginia

On Friday, representatives of the Legislature and experts on a variety of topics gathered with newspaper reporters from around the state for the annual Legislative Lookahead, organized by the Associated Press. During the day-long session, several goals of this year’s legislative session, as ...

Some tips for a healthier you offered

I seem to think of January as a settling in for a long winter’s nap. But Terry DeHamer has different ideas for this month and all year long in her monthly newsletter. It is called 100 Tips to a Healthier YOU. I won’t list them all but many are only two or three words long so they won’t be ...

Try avoiding the collateral damage

There is a scene early on in the movie "Captain America: Civil War" where Tony Stark (Iron Man) is confronted by a mother of a young man that was killed during a battle that the Avengers were a part of (in a previous movie). The military term for his death is "collateral damage." Here is what ...

Making it past 60, despite the paczkis

“It’s paczkis,” the Professor said. His eyes gleamed with that special avarice that comes only once a year — no, not the Christmas gift glow, the pre-Lent, paczki-time glow. I also was looking at the display of filled doughnuts, but my avarice was tinged with sadness. Because I am on ...

Doing some time traveling in a closet

I did some time traveling earlier this week, and I didn’t go any further than a closet off an upstairs bedroom. It used to be my closet when I was growing up in the Hout House because it was connected to my bedroom in the very teeny tiny dormer room off the bedroom occupied by my two older ...

Well, at least it’s gotten us to pay attention

“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum....” — Noam Chomsky We’re officially a week into the new Trump administration, and what a difference that week can ...

Starting off every day with a smile

“Start every day off with a smile. At least it’s a good start.” This is the advice I found in a Chinese fortune cookie recently, and I try to follow it somewhat, but it was hard to do this past Monday. The Steelers had gone down to defeat with multiple mistakes and the injury of ...

Take steps to prevent cervical cancer

As you put your 2017 New Year's resolutions to practice, consider making a commitment that will benefit your health and happiness beyond the months ahead: resolve to talk to a health care professional about cancer prevention for you, your family, and friends. We all know someone who has ...

Update your spiritual transcripts

I recently went to my former high school to get a copy of my transcripts. On my transcripts were all of my grades back to elementary school. Reading through those pages, I soon realized that I was a tremendous underachiever. Low grades, low evaluations which resulted in me being ashamed at the ...

Tracing the family’s dark history

My newest hobby — which I will abandon within six months, because I have staying power — is genealogy. The Internet age has made this crazy easy, and I can flip through scanned documents, including birth, marriage and death certificates; federal censuses; and Social Security and military ...

THEY LIKE THOSE TABS —  With a purple tub of donated beverage can tabs totaling 57,727 are members of Girl Scouts Troop 51383 at Richmond United Methodist Church, including, from left, Madilin Householder, Leila  Cable and Kloe Riley. They are with their troop leaders Dawn Cable, back left, and Mindie Riley. The troop is continuing to collect tabs through May 9.
-- Janice Kiaski

Farewell to 57,727 aluminum can tabs

The purple tub has been a fixture in the house for at least 10 years, all the while welcoming — ping by ping, drink by drink — something little that over time can add up to something pretty big. It’s the container Better Half has dutifully monitored the past decade, patiently and ...

Looking forward to watching some new leaders

Leadership Weirton kicked off its program year this weekend, bringing together 12 individuals from our area’s business community. In its 25th year, the program, offered by the Weirton Chamber, is designed to expose participants to different parts of our local communities, and encourage them ...

Odds and ends and a special outfit

The Norma Freer Woman’s Missionary Society enjoyed a Christmas luncheon at the Farm Restaurant near Mount Pleasant, with Rhonda Hannan sharing a writing by Mother Teresa. Donna Cronn read a poem titled “Snow from God,” followed by the singing of “White Christmas” by Donna Cronin, ...