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One final look back at 2014

January 4, 2015 No one is quite sure where the concept of selecting the top 10 things from a particular year started. There are theories, howeve. more »»

Some tough decisions on great desserts

January 4, 2015 The tireless senior citizens who work out with the Silversneakers group at the YWCA, instructed by Flora Ver Straten-Merrin, came together in a Christmas celebration luncheon in December. more »»

Watching has become much better than playing

January 3, 2015 The children received lots of things I didn’t understand for Christmas — video and board games (why did they modernize Clue?); those books that look like really long comic books and read backwards (... more »»

Readers have their say

December 28, 2014 Take a look at the guest column that appears at the bottom of this page and the letters to the editor on Page 5B of today’s newspaper. more »»

Wishing you a very happy New Year

December 28, 2014 I’d say that Chrismas is come and gone, but for me, it’s continuing. Round No. more »»

Guest column/Attorney general’s office offers online training

December 28, 2014 Ohio’s Sunshine Laws enable citizens to know how their government works. They also help keep government at all levels transparent and accountable. more »»

Some Lions Christmas party memories

December 28, 2014 The Mingo Lions Club celebrates the Christmas season in a fun way with their Match-the-Christmas-carols game to obtain a present and a white elephant fundraising sale where members were asked to... more »»

Sharing spirit of Christmas

December 27, 2014 I wasn’t feeling Christmas. I was feeling stressed out, overwhelmed and misanthropic. I’m always misanthropic, but I was more misanthropic than usual. more »»

Guest column/Transformation of a Bah-humbug

December 24, 2014 Where does one find comfort amid the hardships of day-to-day living? Perhaps there is something in Tiny Tim’s innocent observation, “God bless us, every one,” that iconic message of hope and... more »»

Hot Wheels vs. Matchboxes

December 21, 2014 Any conversation that includes the question “How can Hot Wheels be in but Matchboxes be left out?” is certainly one worth pursuing, especially if it’s asked in conjunction with a discussion about th... more »»

Where is that Wonder Woman cape?

December 21, 2014 I think I need to find my Wonder Woman cape. It has come to my attention that this week ushers in Christmas, and while I was diligent to do decorations on De. more »»

Guest column/Budget bill reflects the reality of divided government

December 21, 2014 There’s been much written and discussed about the recently passed “Omnibus” spending bill — legislation that funds each of the federal agencies — approved by bipartisan majorities in both the House... more »»

Time for holiday dinners, holiday cheer

December 21, 2014 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. more »»

Some coal for your stocking

December 20, 2014 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. more »»

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

December 20, 2014 The hall at the Fort Steuben Mall was redecorated, embellished and transformed on De. more »»

An interesting day in town

December 14, 2014 The weather was a little less than accommodating, but Steubenville was able to welcome the holiday season as scheduled on Dec. more »»

The story of a note, a game and a mouse

December 14, 2014 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. more »»

‘Christmas is near, bringing good cheer’

December 14, 2014 “Cristmas is near, bringing good cheer” is part of a song I really like but cannot recall the title at this moment. more »»

Shining light on the holiday

December 13, 2014 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. more »»

Guest column/We’re playing America’s song

December 13, 2014 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 sacrifice... more »»

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