Local Columns

Time for holiday dinners, holiday cheer

Christmas parties are almost exhausted and the time for holiday dinners, wishing holiday cheer and opening presents is upon us. St. Nicholas will be visiting in three days.The Smithfield Fire Department will be making its Christmas run with Santa on a decorated fire truck and throwing out ...

Some coal for your stocking

Grandmama, the children and I were at the store to pick up baking supplies. We have baked and frozen around 20 dozen cookies, and Grandmama refuses to make any more.I know we're going to run out before Christmas. My nephews, the Heathenish and the Hellion, have been dipping into the cookies, ...

Guest column/Tri-State Community Band true gem of our region

The hall at the Fort Steuben Mall was redecorated, embellished and transformed on Dec. 11 when the Tri-State Community Band presented a yuletide cornucopia of magnificent Christmas music to an eager, appreciative, overflowing standing-room-only audience - all chairs were taken; music ...

An interesting day in town

The weather was a little less than accommodating, but Steubenville was able to welcome the holiday season as scheduled on Dec. 6 with the Eastern Gateway Community College Sights and Sounds of Christmas Parade.If you were among the hearty souls who braved the rain and wind to participate in the ...

The story of a note, a game and a mouse

A note on an unopened box of sliced mushrooms in the refrigerator.A girls junior varsity basketball game that goes into triple overtime.A dead mouse in the toilet.Now what possibly can be the common denominator of these three things?I'm delighted that you're wondering and happier yet that ...

‘Christmas is near, bringing good cheer’

"Cristmas is near, bringing good cheer" is part of a song I really like but cannot recall the title at this moment.It is a nice occasion to see friends out and about, more so than in the bitter cold months of January and February when we tend to stay inside.Lamont and I were invited to the ...

Shining light on the holiday

It was time to put up the Christmas tree again, which meant it also was time to deflect the yearly recitation of our Christmas tree's flaws from the Long Suffering Husband.Yes, the tree may have a few broken or droopy branches. Yes, it may lean to one side. Yes, the branches may be losing their ...

Guest column/We’re playing America’s song

At a time when the media are constantly pointing out social, political and ideological divisions in America, most of us can agree on uniting around the larger meaning of our nation and the sacrifices that made it possible in the first place. This is embodied in our national anthem.Throughout ...

A week of positive events

Our area really showed off its big heart in the past week, when many things happened that continue to demonstrate that our region is a great place to live.Several communities welcomed the holiday season in grand fashion. Each event had a flavor of its own, and each showed what can be ...

Dead sweeper sucks the joy out of the day

If I didn't know any better, I would have thought my sweeper was imitating me cooking.After all, I smelled something burning.I was "smokin'" the other day doing some house tidying, including sweeping, and sure enough, so was the vacuum cleaner.There were no sparks, no fire here, just an upward ...