Local Columns

Nothing quite like a whirlwind road trip

Four girls. One car. Less than 72 hours. Five hundred plus miles — one way. The plan for a girls’ whirlwind weekend road trip went on my November calendar back in September when the thought became the suggestion and then the absolute intention. A trip from Ohio to North Carolina ...

Guest column/Quality of our region’s air remains an issue

It has been more than 42 years since I worked as a college intern on the prominent Harvard School of Public Health Six Cities Study, initiated in Steubenville. The study was designed to evaluate exposures to outdoor air pollution. Specifically, the study examined concentrations of total ...

Homework assignment: Be thankful!

Better Half was helping me make a quick and convenient dinner the other evening, i.e. something relatively instant, given that’s my cooking forte. I was getting ready to throw some individual pot pies into the oven, paying heed to the directions that call for wrapping the crust edge with a ...

It’s important to shop local

We are faced with many choices when it comes to spending our money, especially this time of year, when the Christmas shopping season is ready to hit its full stride. With that in mind, it’s important to remember the impact that spending can have on the local economy. That’s the message ...

Some interesting stories

If you haven’t had a chance to look through today’s entire edition yet, I suggest you take the time to do so. In it you will find stories about some of the area’s most interesting and, at the same time, humble people, our veterans. That’s appropriate, because today is Veterans Day. ...

The wonders of winterizing revisited

I spent the past week winterizing, a seasonal exercise that involves physical and emotional effort. Sometimes very emotional, very painful. After all, I am not a fan of the approach of cold weather, but I do realize that, like it or lump it big time, it happens, so get over it. Our local ...

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 ...