Lifestyles

Snow Day, a Poem

By Lauren Cuff Weelunk Contributor   Snow Day   I have coffee I keep my pajamas on I play music I listen to my dog snore I begin to write a story for my nephew...

Only in Wheeling: “Home Invasion”

By Steve Criniti Ed. Note: This is the second installment of an occasional column titled “Only in Wheeling.” The stories featured here will be stories of the quaint, quirky, weirdly alluring things that happen...

Maroon Knight Pride Preps for Future

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com On the inside, the hallway walls remain green, and the doors are still thick, the windows continue to glow, many lockers are decorated in celebration of athletic achievements...

Defy The Cold; Fish For Trout!

by Jesse Mestrovic West Virginia trout-stocking is getting into full swing. It may be cold, snowing, and threatening hypothermia outside, but the diligent, passion-driven sportsmen and women are gearing up f...

Recycling Issue Comes Back Anew

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com Paper. Plastics. Metals. Textiles. Electronics. Composting. And glass – clear, brown, green, whatever. Almost everything can be recycled. But even though methods of rec...

Miklas: More than Just Meat

By Sarah Koegler Weelunk Contributor My Weekly Stop I tie the dog’s leash to the railing on the stoop, help my boys prop their bikes against the wall, and walk into Miklas Meat Market. I’m usually greeted by...

An Echo Point Romance

By Bill Hogan Weelunk Contributor Doodad and Bebe I met Mary Ann’s grandparents when I first dated her. She lived way out in the country, and at that time the roads were a lane and a half and very bump...

Avenue Eats Celebrates Second Anniversary

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com They had no idea if it would work. The “build-it-and-they-will-come” phrase was truly a question for Phillip Kendall and Lara Graves. “If we build it, will they come?” ...

Neighborhood Memories Alive In Woodsdale

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com (Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of articles that will include profiles on each of Wheeling’s established neighborhoods.) This is a tough tale for me to tell...

Only in Wheeling: “Take My Truck”

By Steve Criniti  Weelunk Contributor (Note: This is the first installment of an occasional column titled “Only in Wheeling.” The backstory is this: When my family first moved here from Pittsburgh in 1990...

The “Mabel Files”: Part 5

By Gerry Griffith Weelunk Contributor   The Mabel Files Part 5: Stogies, Sandwiches, and Crocheted Lace The 1920s and 1930s were tough times for Tom and Lizzie Minns, the blind proprietors of a...

Coleman’s Still Fresh After 100 Years

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com He still blushes when his customers offer him the usual rave reviews. His face literally turns red with appreciation, and he can utter only four words in return – “Thank you ...

A Fond Reminiscence of a Life at Linsly

By Bill Hanna Weelunk Contributor I am a 1959 graduate of Linsly Military Institute (now The Linsly School), and during the past year as the school celebrated its 200th anniversary, I often found myself r...

The Mostly True Story of Simon Girty

By Earl Nicodemus Weelunk Contributor Even though I am a storyteller rather than a historian, I have attempted to find out the real story of Simon Girty. Other than Benedict Arnold, no other individual as...

The “Mabel Files”: Part 4

By Gerry Griffith Weelunk Contributor The Mabel Files Part 4: Music, talk, and danger inside the Minns’ Confectionary A safe warm gathering place for friendship, but for thieves ... not so much Even...

Fitness 101: Get Moving…Naturally

By Justin Kiger Weelunk Contributor Diary of an Unresolved Fitness Quest: Day One January 2015 came in with all the resolutions every other year has in store: Get fit. Eat right. Join the gym. It’s nearly Fe...

The Flair In The Fabric Of Wheeling

by Bill Hogan I think of the Wheeling of my young years as a time when the city was booming. City streets were full of pedestrian and vehicular traffic competing with streetcars for a place in the flow. Down...

Storytelling: Court Day in West Liberty

by Earl Nicodemus To the reader: I must preface this document by informing the reader that I am a storyteller rather than a historian. Until radio took over the storytelling role about 100 years ago, Americans...

‘The Sportsical’ – A Dream Come True

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com Jakob Bedway enjoys sports – even hockey, despite his father’s objections. “Watching hockey can be tough in the Bedway house,” the 11-year-old fifth grader honestly admitt...

The “Mabel Files”: Part 3

T.J. Minns and his “Pal” By Gerry Griffith Weelunk Contributor   When my grandfather, Thomas J. Minns, had a full head of steam on the sidewalks of South Wheeling in the second two decades of t...

Preservation with Elmer and Harry

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com They collect old photographs of couples because the subjects usually appear unhappy, and they think that it’s funny. For the same reason “Carlton the Butler” – a creepy, z...

Plans Unleashed for Dog Park

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com When the ribbon is cut this summer to officially open Wheeling’s new dog park, it will represent the culmination of conversations that began more than two years ago. Resid...

Park Teacher Opens Minds About Wheeling

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com They get interested, and then they get angry. The best part is that they learn without even realizing it. Ryan Stanton, a history teacher at Wheeling Park High School, ins...

Get Out In The Cold

By Jesse Mestrovic Weelunk Contributor  "Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get." - Ray Kroc The winter doldrums make it difficult to be active and even to get off the couch a...

It’s FINALLY Cold Outside

By Melanee Sinclair Weelunk Contributor   I have always loved winter.  I love the snow, the frost on the windows, and even the dreary, gray days. The crunch of the snow under my boots and my car ...

The “Mabel Files”: Part 1

By Gerry Griffith Weelunk Contributor A word about this series: Like a lot of men, I mentally compartmentalize life and memories. There are boxes up in my head socked away on various imaginary shelves to ...

River City Offering Live & Local Music

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com It’s about the talent, and it’s about the atmosphere it creates. Those are two primary reasons why Jason Miller and Becky Schmidt often offer live and local music at the Rive...

A Christmas Story for the Little Hogans

By Bill Hogan From 1972 Weelunk Contributor THE GOSPEL OF ST. LUKE - AS AMENDED   One day God picked up the world, held it in His palm, and studied the big mess people had made by being mean to...

A Greener Linsly

By Becca Wilson Weelunk.com Contributor  As Wheeling takes initiatives to become a greener city, from supporting local farming efforts to highlighting recycling entrepreneurs, Linsly has taken its own ini...

Linsly Serves By Example in the Community

By Daniella Truong and Grace George (Linsly Sophomores) Edited By: Colin Kelly and Zach Spurrier (Linsly Seniors) Weelunk Contributors   Students at Linsly have been donating not only supplies ...

Get Outside and Do Nothing!

Photographs and Story By Alice Eastman Weelunk Contributor   Climbing trees, making mud pies, rolling over logs, catching crayfish, building snowmen, collecting pinecones, and doing nothing. Most ...

Bill Hogan: Horses

I don’t know a lot about horses. What little familiarity I have is mostly from betting them. I worked at Wheeling Downs when it was a half-mile horse track back when I was in school, but that comes later. Ba...

I Ate, I Ate, From A Locally Important Plate

One of the great things about living in Wheeling is that there are so many friends and family members nearby for entertaining with parties. Everyone loves a party, but my wife, "Wallis," takes it to another lev...

The “Real” Santas of Wheeling

By Steve Novotney Weelunk.com Tinsel was everywhere. It was wound around the downtown’s utility poles, and it outlined most storefront window displays. Tinsel smothered the Christmas trees on display a...

The Whores, The Help, and The Hooligans

Editors' Note: Bill Hogan has offered to share with us a series of his recollections about life in long-ago Wheeling. It seems truly strange to me today to put myself back in the early 1940s, when I was bare...

A Vast Cast Faces Its Last Act

By Robert Gaudio Weelunk Contributor When I auditioned for a role in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” back in September, I was not prepared for the roller-coaster ride that would ensue. Believing t...
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