Local Columns

Guest column/Sturdiness of America’s power grid a key issue

Americans have been exceptionally fortunate in recent decades to enjoy robust power generation to heat their homes, refrigerate their food and deliver clean drinking water. Unlike many countries, the United States maintains affordable, nonstop, 24/7 electricity. It’s an impressive feat in a ...

Festival a special time

One of the important aspects of the annual Dean Martin Festival is its ability to give Steubenville a chance to show off for visitors from around the world. People like Jerry Nolan and Michael Walsh, for example. They were among the thousands of people who came to Eastern Ohio last weekend to ...

This just in — we’re all wired differently

We’re all wired differently. This I realized when I casually looked at my rear view mirror as I was waiting outside the home of my sister’s friend with whom she was visiting for the first time in many, many years. I had dropped off my sister Linda for the visit when she was home ...

Memories found in office cleaning

I have started the process of cleaning out my office in preparation for the building renovation of the main library. Everything will have to be boxed up for storage or moved to a location where it can be accessed if needed. Over my 40 years as a librarian, I have seen many library ...

Guest column/Vaccinations key to healthy year

A healthy student is a better student. Healthy students have fewer absences, show more engagement and are better learners in the classroom, all leading to higher educational achievement. One in 10 kindergarten and first-grade students are chronically absent from school. This is troublesome ...

Bash remembers Jackson

While summer does not officially begin until 12:24 a.m. Wednesday, the first day of astronomical summer, many of us prefer to say the season starts on June 1, or the first day of meteorological summer. No matter what side you fall on, our area’s activities really start to heat up in the late ...

‘Vacation’ days turn out OK, but …

I wasn’t in this space last Sunday with good reason. I took a few “vacation” days, happy to host family get-togethers driven by the arrival of my oldest sister Linda and her husband, Bob. They were making their annual trip in to Richmond from Clover, S.C., and that means time to call ...

Guest column/Building on our expectations

“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like and do what you’d rather not.” Mark Twain made that observation years ago when jokingly offering his philosophy on what it takes to stay healthy. Obviously, his expectations for lasting health ...

Facing Father’s Day as a father, not as a son

This year is a unique year for me, because I turned 57 years old. Some tell me that makes me a senior citizen. I never thought that somebody in their 50s was old enough to be a senior citizen. I told them that I believe that 50 is the new 40. So I have at least a few years to become a ...

A chance for city to shine

Summer is a time when things get to be a little more relaxed, a time to enjoy being outdoors and a time to renew some annual traditions. We’re reminded of all of that as we head into the middle of June, which means Steubenville once again will come alive with several events that will draw ...