Local Columns

Things to be sure of

There are very few things we can be certain of in our lives. So few, in fact, that we can’t even be sure of just who was the first to tell us that the only things certain in life were death and taxes. While many people believe that the quote came from Benjamin Franklin in 1789, it turns out ...

Ho, ho, ho for some Halloween candy

On Halloween, I stopped at a store on my way home to buy some extra candy, anticipating that there’d be lots of trick-or-treaters out despite what would not be the best of outdoor conditions. What I realized, though, was that Christmas apparently is happening again this year, judging from ...

Guest column/A sentimental journey back to Steubenville

On Oct. 12, I took a road trip back to Steubenville along with my sister, Beth (Bundy) Alberts, and both of our husbands, Ed Arida and Al Alberts. With trepidation we thought, “Can you still go back and recapture that hometown feeling?” After decades of living in Northern Ohio, we were ...

Guest column/Our area and our chamber work well together

If a locomotive in full throttle was hurtling down upon us, would we leap with alacrity to avoid our demise? You bet. The “locomotive” here is a metaphor used to represent a ruthless economic adversary we’ll call “Jeff” (to whom you’ll be introduced shortly). Jeff’s adversary ...

Taking time to remember

As I approach the end of my library career, public relations staffer Jennifer Cesta keeps pulling names and dates from my mind which have cluttered by brain cells during the past 36 years. She is concerned that my mass of library knowledge will be lost after my retirement. I share that ...

It was a week of many discoveries

It was a week of discoveries, of learning lessons, of finding things I was looking for and things I wasn’t. Today’s space is dedicated to some of them. These included: -- A key to an important thing. Not my house, not my car, but an important building. I had taken this key off my ...

Candy takes center stage

It never takes much to start a conversation about food in the newsroom. That’s especially true this time of year, when anticipation is really starting to build around the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s holidays and all of the eating and drinking that goes along with them. First, ...

Guest column/Community leaders united against Issue 1

On Nov. 6, the voters in Jefferson County and across the state will face an important issue that will affect not only our response to the current opiate epidemic, but will have long-term detrimental effects on our legal system and on the places we call home. The importance of this issue ...

Guest column/Working as a team keeps chamber strong

When the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce held its 110th-annual Awards Dinner and Meeting Wednesday, the nominees in each category represented a diverse group of local businesses, organizations, educational institutions and individuals from throughout the Tri-State Area. It was exciting to ...

One too many ‘Whatever you say, dear’

Stay-cations are tough on a spouse. Having just had a week of October off — the one that was wildly warm and wonderful — I noticed this weighing heavily on Better Half. He just didn’t seem quite like himself, which is not to say he’s not a super nice guy and all, but he was ...