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At Home in the Heart of Appalachia

WEEREAD: At Home in the Heart of Appalachia

A poignant memoir of family and place, At Home in the Heart of Appalachia’s opening chapter begins with author John O’Brien traveling for his father Jim’s funeral. A strained relationship with his father and hi...
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Resolve to get Involved

With the start of a new year comes new opportunities to uplift and lend a helping hand in your community. Wheeling is rich with volunteer programs that are suitable for just about everyone. While Wheeling is on...
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EVENTS: Things to do in the Ohio Valley

PU Livestream: Physical Science - The Joy of Discovery, Class 2: Scientific Method The second class in the latest People’s University series will be a panel discussion with Mary Ellen Cassidy, Erin Duffy, Stac...
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New Deal Projects at Oglebay Park

As a staple institution in the Wheeling community, Oglebay Park serves as a place for entertainment, recreation, history, and celebration. While many people are familiar with the history of Earl W. Oglebay and ...
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Why Wheeling: Lena Slivchenko

Longtime trends have shown that quality community recreation is a driving force for attracting new residents to a city while retaining existing ones. From Oglebay Park and the Wesbanco arena to Centre Market an...
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Bio information provided by Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. For nearly 40 years, the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration has taken place in Wheeling. A joint effort among the celebration committee, Wheel...
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Oliver’s Pies Voted Best Pie in West Virginia

Whether you are celebrating a special occasion, or just in the mood for a sweet treat, Wheelingites know that Oliver’s Pies is the place to go. Now, thanks to Yelp and USA Today, Oliver’s Pies has earned the ti...
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New Year Starts with New WLU President

West Liberty University’s new leader, Dr. W. Franklin Evans is finding his first days in office packed with introductions and meetings. Named the university’s 37th president on Nov. 19, 2020, Evans officially t...
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A Love Letter to Winter Vegetables

I haven’t always loved winter vegetables. It wasn’t until I started managing farmer’s markets in my 20’s in NYC that I learned the names and uses for many of the gnarly-shaped roots that covered the farmers’ ta...

Ringing In the New Year, 2020-Style

This New Year’s Eve will be unlike any we have ever been a part of. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate in style and have a grand evening! Wheeling has plenty of opportunities that you can take par...
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Weelunk 2020: Year in Review

2020 was a year of the unexpected, the innovative, and the impactful. Weelunk spent 2020 telling community stories, discovering Wheeling’s history, and highlighting local people, businesses, and events. Our com...
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10 Fast Facts About Wheeling’s Doughboy

Wheeling’s Doughboy monument is back and better than ever. After a longer than expected stay at Venus Bronze Works in Detroit due to COVID-19, the 89-year-old monument has been returned to its home at Wheeling ...
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Coping with Holiday Stress

If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. With the twinkling lights, quality time with friends and family and the joy of sharing tradition...
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Ringing in a Vaccine

Imagine all of the church and school bells ringing and all of the factories and trains whistling in Wheeling all at the same time. Incredibly loud right? That cacophony of noise lasted two long minutes at no...
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WEEREAD: Holiday Reading for Children

A Day for Skating by Sarah Sullivan Written in simple rhyming couplets with no more than two lines to a page, Sarah Sullivan’s A Day for Skating is perfect to share with children who are just learning to r...
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Weelunk’s Ultimate Guide for Shopping Small

Originally Published Nov. 25, 2020 With the holiday shopping season upon us, it’s a great time to support locally-owned businesses by shopping small. While many of us are aware of Small Business Saturday, we...
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Polish Christmas Traditions

By the 1890s, Wheeling had become a booming multicultural hub, as many left Southern and Eastern Europe looking for work in the area’s steel mills, coal mines and other labor industries. South Wheeling, in part...
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The History and Tradition of Holiday Cards

Many families have a tradition of sending out holiday cards every year. Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanza, we all love receiving holiday mail. But have you ever considered when or who sen...
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Your Questions about Hanukah Answered

The Jewish community is known for having many holidays, such as Passover, Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year), and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). But for me, Hanukah is the one that feels the most festive. Maybe it...
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Local Letters to Santa from 1904

Writing letters to Santa Claus has long been a tradition for many children who celebrate Christmas. Some send the letters in the mail, leave them by a plate of milk and cookies on Christmas Eve, or give them to...
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Wheeling Mad Lib: ‘A Day in Wheeling’

As the pandemic rages on and infected numbers are higher than ever, many of our beloved annual holiday practices and traditions are being reimagined and creatively changed to best protect ourselves and our comm...

Women’s Giving Circle 10th Anniversary

This year, the Women’s Giving Circle is celebrating ten years of service to the people of Wheeling. The organization began in 2010 when the three female board members of the Community Foundation for the Ohio Va...
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WEELUNK BOOK REVIEW: Shiner

In her stunning debut novel Shiner, Amy Jo Burns explores friendship and grief in the mountains of West Virginia. Teenaged Wren Bird and her family live an isolated and antiquated life in Randolph County, nearl...
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Apple Season in West Virginia

We’ve slowly transitioned into the apple season here in West Virginia as the popular fall storage fruit steals the spotlight from summer berries and sustains our sweet tooth through the cold winter months. A...
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Take a Hike, Ohio Valley

Updated 11-16-20: In honor of National Take a Hike Day, we’re taking a look back at some of the Ohio Valley’s most unique spots for exploring the great outdoors. As we continue to navigate through the coronavir...
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Reexamining Wheeling’s Mingo Statue

The Mingo statue has long been a recognizable landmark on Wheeling’s landscape. It has been featured on the cover of tourism brochures and included in the Smithsonian Art Inventory. Recently, it has even been u...
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13 Things to do on Friday the 13th

Halloween may be over, but there’s still time to get your spook on the last Friday the 13th of 2020! Check out these interesting and chilling things to do in the Wheeling area today… Tour Wheeling’s Many C...
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Why Wheeling: John and Camille Devlin

According to The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, “the arts and culture sector contributes $1.5 billion to West Virginia’s economy, representing 3.5% of the state’s GDP—a larger share than other indu...