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Local Columns

The path of our lives is never certain

Graduation season is quickly coming to a close, with almost all of our local colleges and high schools celebrating the accomplishments of their senior classes. It is a time of transition for those celebrating; one most of us have experienced at some point. They are moving into a new stage of ...

Welcome back, normal Memorial Day weekend

My brother Jay called from Columbus the other day, checking in to confirm that his “reservations” were in good standing at the Kiaski Hotel for the Memorial Day weekend. I assured him the accommodations were in order and the amenities unmatchable, from the free food and beverages (I can ...

History in the Hills: Concerts remembered

For many summers while I was in college, I worked out at Star Lake in Burgettstown as a ticket taker. At that time, it was called the Post-Gazette Pavilion. Now in its most recent rebranding, I am glad to see it being called “The Pavilion at Star Lake” while embracing its history once ...

Returning to a sense of almost normal

After the recent lifting of mask mandates for those with COVID-19 vaccinations by the CDC and West Virginia following suit, things are starting to feel somewhat normal for the first time in a while. Earlier this week, I went to Starbucks to do some of my work for the first time in 14 months. ...

Mix the old with the new this summer

The temperatures have gotten up into the 80s in recent days. The end of May is coming faster than we probably realize. That means summer will be here before we know it. The summer of 2020 was far different than anything most of us ever experienced in our lives. There were few, if any, fairs ...

Mask evolution included bandanas, tube socks

Who’ddathunkit? More than a year ago, Better Half and I were watching some tutorials about how to make face masks. We were supposed to be wearing these things because of the coronavirus pandemic but had no clue what would be the best and easiest route to go, considering the mask market ...