Lifestyles

Scenes From Boo At the Zoo

Boo At The Zoo has had some incredibly nice weather this year, but some dreariness as well. Whatever your preference for Halloween spookiness, hopefully you already took the kids through. If not, tonight (Sunda...

Growing Up in Wheeling: Employment in Woodsdale

When I was young there was a strange concept floating about. Children worked for money, it did not fall out of the sky as is currently the case. My first income was from selling trash. In the old days God d...

Growing Up in Wheeling: The Woodsdale Hill

World War II ended.  Soldiers returned to our beloved country.  Those soldiers settled down and immediately started reproducing.  That meant that there would be another generation born to pick up arms.  Woodsda...

The Writing on the Wall

Wheeling natives have made their mark all over the nation and the world. They are actors, like Joyce DeWitt and John Corbett; labor activists, like Walter Reuther; musicians, like Leon “Chu” Berry and Mollie O’...

Columbus Day

Folks in Wheeling, like folks in hundreds of towns and communities across America, celebrate Monday as Columbus Day. But, should they? Like so many things that were drilled into us in childhood, the Christopher...

Out Deep, Where the Submariners Go

It’s been an emotional year with Dad’s passing. But don’t get all sad faced, Dad lived a long and productive life. But, he will be fondly remembered for his penchant of looking for a good bargain. For instance,...

Growing Up in Wheeling: The Woodsdale Mafia

I was a pretty good boy and a good student at Woodsdale until I joined the mafia in the seventh grade. Magic happened when the kids from Edgington Lane, and Washington Avenue were mixed into our sedate group. T...

McLain Flats Adding to Downtown Living

She was involved in a conversation that concerned living in the downtown Wheeling area and whether or not the potential would be realized someday in the future. Then the 16 Stone Lofts on Main Street opened ...

An Uber Ride in Wheeling

Harry. No one knows it, but that’s his real name and now his “driver” name with Uber even though his family and friends know him only as Jule Carenbauer. Jule. Short for Julius, his middle given name. ...

Myles Designs For Wheeling’s Times

It’s not often when one’s work is seen by thousands each day for an extended period of time, but that has been reality for Matt Myles for more than a month. Myles, president of Chiselbox on Market Street, wo...

My Town: Kid Catholic

May Devotions were held at 7:30 in the evening and were charming.  The grade school kids would bring flowers they had picked and file up the side aisle to place them before the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mar...

Wheeling Welcomes Uber!

Just over a year ago, Uber first launched in West Virginia, helping residents in Charleston and Morgantown get access to more transportation options and flexible work opportunities. Today, Uber is excited to an...

Philanthropy Takes Center Stage

On Thursday, August 24th and Friday, August 25th, Wheeling, WV and the northern panhandle will be hosts to leaders from the Kresge Foundation of Michigan.  The visit is being hosted by Philanthropy West Virgini...

Krishna Gold: Part 1

(Writer’s Note: This is the first in a series of stories that will concentrate on the development and history of the New Vrindaban community in Marshall County.) (more…)...

A Wheeling Company Rises to Meet the Masses

As I waited at the Wheeling Coffee shop on Washington Avenue, the creator and owner of Eat In Now, Joshua Broverman, confidently strolled up. He ordered his coffee with exact instructions and joked that he ...

McCamic Named Good Samaritan

Youth Services System’s Board of Directors holds the Good Samaritan Dinner each year to recognize the accomplishments of someone who exemplified the example described in the parable. In answering the question o...

Hamburger Man

I have got to remember, it is a fine memory, that soft naked lady God meant her to be. That is how the song goes, but this is a different memory.  A thousand, maybe two thousand years ago I worked at the Bu...

In Pictures: McMechen, Still

It's been more than a week since 5.2 inches of rain fell on McMechen, a community that is terraced in a way that the muddy paths of flood-water flow are still very visible all the way down to the highway. Volun...

An Old Man

  The skin and hair have thinned, the muscles have shrunk and weakened, the carriage is bent. The energy that once animated the body and shined out through the eyes is dimmed. The attenti...

A Fix for Flooding?

On Sept. 17, 2004, Hurricane Ivan parked over most of the Wheeling area and dumped a little more than 10 inches of rain in less than half a day. There were washed-out roads, schools evacuated, cars in creeks, p...

Fall Opening for Fitzsimmons Dog Park

It was a little more than four years ago when the conversation started about building a dog park in the Friendly City, and now the organizers are only a few months away from the ribbon cutting for the Fitzsimmo...

“Coal”

There are wives in this Upper Ohio Valley whose husbands have delved deep underground for 30 or 40 years, and along with their spouses, so have their fathers, their sons, and even their daughters, too. They’...

An Afternoon With Stobart

And death shall have no dominion. Dead man naked they shall be one With the man in the wind and the west moon; When their bones are picked clean and the clean bones gone, They shall have stars at elbow and ...

A Food Trucker’s Bumpy Road

And a blown transmission is a part of it, too. Dean Barath found that out this past week, and consequently he will not have his planned presence for Ideal Provisions at this weekend’s Upper Ohio Valley Itali...

Mineral Springs and the Stratford Hotel

My interest in the Stratford Hotel began as a young girl. It was there I played hooky from piano lessons, picked wildflowers and earned my Girl Scout trailblazing badge. One day I found silverware and shar...

1996 MixTape: Jamboree in the Hills

Let’s travel back to a time when the music was good and the not-so-delicate scent of body odor filled the air: Morristown, Ohio 1996. Place the tape in the deck and press play. Disclaimer: It's been 21 year...

Wilson Pleased with First Year on Council

The youngest ever. Yeah, yeah, yeah. That’s how Brian Wilson now feels. At first, yup, it was an intimidating little piece of Wheeling’s modern-day history, but these days, following his first year as the...

Scenes Seen in Wheeling – Part 2

There are problems, and there are issues, no doubt, and no one is denying that fact. And no one is ignoring any of it either. Not the drugs; not the out-of-towner criminal influence; not the crumblings ca...

Carney’s Life Path Takes Him Home

Literally, it is down on Main Street past the Eckhart House and Uncle Pete’s and Happy Goat Yoga and the Wilson Playground, and the legendary tavern has re-opened after a brief closure with new ownership in pla...

A Zoo Brew Chronicle

In the distance, a lone banjo laments an old song. Remembering old days buried deep within fading memories, a fiddle shades the air a somber grey. The past is mourned as the music yearns to step back into yeste...

Valley Views & Varmints: Tiny Lights

Summer brings out the bugs. Nasty skeeters, biblical plagues of cicadas, and that cricket that lived in my car for nine days one year and almost chirped me into the nuthouse. As a culture, we spend hundreds of ...

Betty’s 2017 Garden

Betty’s Garden Diary Revisited! Preface Greetings fellow Weelunk gardeners! This is a follow-up to the “Betty’s Garden Diary” series that my wife, Betty, and I published on Weelunk last year. Since we stopp...

Memories of Woodsie’s Bar in Fulton

Woodsie's, like many old storefronts in Wheeling, looked normal enough. Windows and a large entrance. But in older buildings there was often to the side another door, often unnoticed. Behind that side door are ...

Kyle’s Case – Unsolved One Year Later

“Oh no,” was the first thought that came into the mind of former classmate and friend Erin Guy, a recent graduate of John Marshall High School. “I didn’t believe it at first. I didn’t want to believe it, and pe...

Euchre: Poker’s Poor Cousin

Twenty or thirty years or so ago, a wearied traveler venturing through the coal-infused hills of Appalachia steps off his beaten path and takes refuge in one of Wheeling's countless taverns. Sidling up to the b...

Pete Jefferson

Pete was not a regular in our crowd but was around enough to the extent that he should have been. We knew each other, went to the same parties, but I believe he was a bit older. Pete had an older brother, a han...
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