Local Columns

Memories of the coats we used to wear

A couple of weeks before Christmas, a big package arrived at the Kiaski household with two familiar names on it. There was my name, which made me excited, because that meant the package was for me, and there was my sister Linda’s name on the return address. That was exciting, too, because ...

Spring’s not that far away

A common question you will likely hear these days is, “When are we going to get some snow?” It’s fair to wonder when the white stuff is really going to hit. Up to now, we’ve had a little bit of snow in December and a small amount late last week. When you add it all up, we’re already ...

Good things in future

We are less than one week into the new year, and we are already learning that 2019 could be very good for our region. One of the reasons for optimism is the success of this year’s Nutcracker Village and Advent Market. Officials at Historic Fort Steuben have said the crowds that have ...

Being so predictable no matter the year

I am so predictable this time of year. No sooner does the clock strike midnight and usher in a new year than I resort to a very familiar pattern. I embrace much of it for the most part, except for that first time I stand on the scales to see how much ho-ho-ho has caught up with me and ...

Letters always welcome

It can sometimes seem that there are way too many ways for us to communicate with each other. There are texts, instant messages, tweets, posts on Facebook, posts on Instagram, posts on Snapchat. An inconvenient truth about most forms of social media, however, is that they allow those who ...

Winding down to welcome a new year

I like this mini stretch of days we’re in — the days after the busyness of Christmas and the calmer days leading up to a new year beginning. It’s unwind time. I can finally kind of sit back and take in a deep breath, really relax a little and mentally assess not only how Christmas ...

A look at hall of famers

We’re just two days away from Christmas, and that means area residents will be turning their attention to toys. Some will be making last-minute runs from store to store, looking in local communities, Robinson Township, the Highlands and St. Clairsville for that special last-minute present. ...

The ‘gift’ of an ordinary day is beautiful

Just an ordinary day. Now that certainly doesn’t describe Christmas, at least not in my book given we celebrate the greatest gift of all with the birth of a savior in Jesus Christ and gather to enjoy food and festivities with family and friends. It’s a special day to be sure to make new ...

Guest column/Wishing you an old-fashioned Merry Christmas

The retail store, for me, always has retained a special place in my heart during the Christmas holiday season. I began working as no more than a “Hawker in the Basket,” my first job for Nia and Andy Shutak, who owned the House of Fashion stores in Wellsburg and Follansbee. I then worked at ...

Guest column/Bravo to our academic athletes in spelling bees

“Where’s the vorschlaghammer?” “Look in the lagerschuppen!” It’s spelling bee time. While adults may not be able to spell those two words spelling bee children have not only spelled them correctly but have known their definitions: “Sledgehammer” and “storage shed.” ...