OV Jaycees Celebrating 35th Anniversary

One community-minded organization in the Upper Ohio Valley is currently celebrating its 35th anniversary and will stage a number of events in the coming months. The Ohio Valley Jaycees was founded in 1981...

Bridge Song

that railroad bridge sentence spelled out in dark Cyrillic letter struts overtop the Ohio finally sang me a train song this morning on such a snow globe set stage where dead drifted harmonies float...

My Log House Adventure

  My wife and I are at a place in our lives where travel is not as important to us as it used to be. We liked traveling to far away lands. Now we are much more interested in traveling to far away...

You Once Saw a Bird

you once saw a bird flying overhead you remarked on her beauty but she flew away instead you once heard a bird singing her sweet song you didn't know the words but you sang right along you once...

Betty’s Garden Diary for August 2016

Betty's Garden mid-August. The first two plantings of corn have been harvested Welcome to the August issue of Betty’s Garden Diary. In this issue of Betty’s Garden Diary, we will discuss what is...

Wheeling Blues Fest Beats Heat, Rocks Rain

Story courtesy of Weelunk partner West Virginia Public Broadcasting Accompanying story and audio here: Listen When the sun was out it was HOT. And when the rain came it POURED. But attendees seemed...

My Town

I remember when the entrance to the Riley Law Building was on Chapline Street. One went through the doors and up a short flight of marble steps; I believe there was like a concierge behind a little counter to...

My Apartment

I have lived in several nice homes during my life. One morning I was surfing the net, and came across these pictures of a place I once lived in Wheeling. The pictures were taken about 1889. Around that time,...

Do Something: Simple. Craft. Beer.

Hunter S. Thompson once claimed that an old Celtic adage, “Good people drink good beer, “ is just as true today as it ever was. “Just look around you,” he said, "in any public barroom, and you will...

Do Something: Mountain Bike Trail

Oglebay is excited to announce that phase I of the new Mountain Bike Trails is now open. Nearly three miles of trails are included in this phase and the trails give riders a full variety of riding...

Only in Wheeling: Through the Fog

As I pull my car through the sharp, blind turn on this empty winding road, I am met by a wall of fog. I’ve never eaten pea soup, but I imagine this particular fog is the inspiration for the common cliché....

The Greatest Shows on Earth (in Wheeling)

In the old days entertainment was a whole different thing. Sister Kate asked me to write about the amazing shows of the good old days. The most amazing show ever was the monkey fighting at the Jack Town fair....

West Virginia is Strong

“A picture is worth a thousand words" comes to mind after spending the day in southern West Virginia delivering supplies donated by citizens of the Wheeling area.  We have seen a lot of pictures and videos...

America is in Your Hands

  We would normally be writing about the perfect summer brews or a few new craft beers to hit the market, but we felt it is the right time to pay some credit to our roots, to the beer that built our...

Photos: Arts & Culture Fest 2016

Two weekends ago, I had the pleasure of attending the 6th annual Wheeling Arts Fest. This year was slightly different from previous years; the Arts Fest and the Upper Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival...

Betty’s Garden Diary for June 2016

Betty’s Garden Diary - June, 2016 Since June and July usually bring lots of dry weather, most of this issue of Betty’s Garden Diary will be devoted to water management and most of that discussion...

A Day On The Grand Vue Adventure Course

Looking for a fun adventure for your family? It’s touted as the “Playground for All Ages,” but it’s really called the "Aerial Adventure Course" at Grand Vue Park.  The park is located in Moundsville,...

Childhood Landmarks In Wheeling

In the old days before GPS, people navigated by landmarks. Growing up in Wheeling and living in Woodsdale, we navigated by landmarks. The National Road was the main artery at the time. There was no interstate....

The Man That Comes Around

Ok, before you read my story, you have to listen to the 1939 version of "The Man That Comes Around."  The story will make way more sense once you do. Way back when I was young, a person had to...

By A Stroke Of Luck

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your...

Crazy for Cicadas

 Schrader Center Nature Educators Separate Cicada Facts from Fiction and Teach Kids What All The “Buzz” Is About Most years as the weather warms, we look forward to spending time outdoors.  This year...

Get Out, Explore, Bring Beer

“Get Out, Explore, Bring Beer.” That’s Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company’s (GVBC) mission statement and a good one to live by. They have a huge sense of pride for West Virginia, as they have named...

Growing Up With Oglebay Park

Oglebay Park played a major role in the life of our family. Nine children needed at least 900 acres for a playground, and Oglebay had it. It seems like a thousand years ago, but I can remember the old original...