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Winners named in Nitro All-Horse Parade

The City of Nitro has awarded prizes to a dozen people who participated in the Nitro Centennial All-Horse Parade on May 13.

Farmer’s Table: Peppy Beets
Farmer’s Table: Peppy Beets

Every year, I make a batch of fruity pepper jams and jelly. I’ve used many types of fruit depending on what is available at the time. Favorite flavors have included Strawberry Pepper Jelly and Fig Pepper Jam.

Eric Douglas: Memorial Day -- a moment of remembrance
Eric Douglas: Memorial Day -- a moment of remembrance

Memorial Day became an official American holiday in 1971 to honor the men and women who died in service to the United States.

West Side Montessori school enrolling for youth Summer Art Colony camps
West Side Montessori school enrolling for youth Summer Art Colony camps

Charleston Montessori School’s annual Summer Art Colony camps in June are enrolling children ages 3 years through fifth grade.

Marmet City Council OKs resolution for visitors’ center
Marmet City Council OKs resolution for visitors’ center

At its May 15 meeting at Marmet City Hall, Marmet City Council members discussed and approved a proposed resolution to begin construction of a visitors’ center.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Picking up the Power pace
Christian’s Sports Beat: Picking up the Power pace

The season got off to a slow start for the West Virginia Power last month, as the single-A farm club of the Pittsburgh Pirates lost their first six games before getting one in the win column.

Gyro/baklava sale returns to Kanawha City on Saturday
Gyro/baklava sale returns to Kanawha City on Saturday

To paraphrase the late David Bowie, you can eat gyros for just one day.

Master Naturalists to host public orientation meeting Thursday
Master Naturalists to host public orientation meeting Thursday

Do you often wonder what bird is singing, or what are the trees you’re standing under?

Free 5K run/walk for Mountain Mission to be held at KSF
Free 5K run/walk for Mountain Mission to be held at KSF

The second annual Mountain Mission 5K Run/Walk will begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 4 at Kanawha State Forest in Charleston.

Sips & Sweets coming to East End
Sips & Sweets coming to East End

The East End Bazaar-Open-Air Artisan Market will host Sips & Sweets, from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at 1428 Washington St., E., in Charleston.

Farmer’s Table: Poblano Corn Chowder
Farmer’s Table: Poblano Corn Chowder

This is the time of year when I need to use frozen vegetables from last year’s garden to create space for this year’s crop. I also had to find a spot for some frozen whole trout that a friend delivered last week. To make room for the...

Eric Douglas: Summer is here -- for the kids, anyway
Eric Douglas: Summer is here -- for the kids, anyway

A week from today, summer begins. At least for the kids in Kanawha County Schools. Putnam County Schools are in session until June 1. (To make things a bit more confusing, most people think of Memorial Day as the beginning of summer, while...

Order of Eastern Star to present Rosa Parks portrayal
Order of Eastern Star to present Rosa Parks portrayal

In an old, black-and-white photo, you can see the quiet determination in her eyes, the resolve to finally take a stand, or, in this case, to remain seated.

FlyLikeUs urban clothing store opens on Olde Main Plaza, St. Albans
FlyLikeUs urban clothing store opens on Olde Main Plaza, St. Albans

When Ian McGill went on tour with some local rap artists, he saw in bigger cities the fashion styles that were capturing the attention of young people, especially on the West Coast.

Kanawha City Bike Appreciation Day Sunday
Kanawha City Bike Appreciation Day Sunday

The second annual Kanawha City Bike Appreciation Day will start at noon Sunday, May 21, at the 57th Street Kanawha City bicycle trailhead.

58th annual South Charleston Armed Forces Day Parade set for May 20
58th annual South Charleston Armed Forces Day Parade set for May 20

A giant “cake” will be one of the highlights of this year’s annual South Charleston Herbert J. Thomas Memorial Hospital Armed Forces Day Parade, which begins at noon Saturday, May 20.

Farmer’s Table: Asparagus with Hazelnut Gremolata
Farmer’s Table: Asparagus with Hazelnut Gremolata

This is the time of year when we have an abundance of fresh asparagus. I am always looking for new ways to prepare it.

Eric Douglas: Don’t forget Mom this weekend!

Thinking about Mother’s Day (it’s this weekend, don’t forget!), I decided to learn a bit more about the celebration and where it came from.

St. Albans Rotary Club’s annual pancake breakfast fundraiser set for May 13
St. Albans Rotary Club’s annual pancake breakfast fundraiser set for May 13

Visitors to St. Albans Founders Day this Saturday, May 13, can fuel their energy by beginning the day at the St. Albans Rotary Club’s annual pancake breakfast at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on B Street.

Young soccer player goes to Spain
Young soccer player goes to Spain

A section of fence in Caden Salango’s back yard is broken, a testament to the 9-year-old’s leg power when it comes to kicking soccer balls.

Mountaineer Montessori School to mark 40th year with ‘Paint the Town’ fundraiser
Mountaineer Montessori School to mark 40th year with ‘Paint the Town’ fundraiser

With more than a few strokes of paint, genius and creative flair, Kanawha City’s Mountaineer Montessori School is celebrating its 40th anniversary in a colorful, one-of-a-kind way this month.

Elk River Boxing Club member gets her kicks, wins state title
Elk River Boxing Club member gets her kicks, wins state title

Laura Byrnes of the Elk River Boxing Club in Clendenin achieved a phenomenal feat with her feet -- and fists -- recently.

Kanawha Trail Club celebrating 75th anniversary of hiking adventures
Kanawha Trail Club celebrating 75th anniversary of hiking adventures

On July 26, 1942, 35 intrepid men and women gathered at Mission Hollow, near Kanawha City, to undertake what would be the first-ever hike of the Kanawha Trail Club.

Photographer shares tips for capturing state’s scenic beauty
Photographer shares tips for capturing state’s scenic beauty

You don’t have to travel far to find inspiration for capturing West Virginia’s scenic beauty. From the Potomac Highlands to the New River Gorge, West Virginia offers numerous areas for any adventurous photographer. There is so much to...

Nitro to celebrate centennial with all-horse parade

The City of Nitro will celebrate a century of history on Saturday, May 13, with the Nitro Centennial All-Horse Parade.

Nitro church to hold youth camp fundraisers

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 6, Nitro Church of the Nazarene will have a vendor/craft show, with vendors from LuLaRoe, Posh, Scentsy and Paparazzi; handmade items; a silent auction and more.

Registration underway for Kanawha 4-H summer camps

Registration is open for summer 2017 4-H camps in Kanawha County.

Elkview auto repair/sales business marking 30 years with customer celebration
Elkview auto repair/sales business marking 30 years with customer celebration

Jeff’s Auto Parts on Quick Road in Elkview is celebrating its 30th anniversary as an automotive business mainstay with a Customer Appreciation Day on Friday, May 5.

Kanawha, Putnam high school graduation dates announced

Below is the schedule for the 2017 graduation ceremonies of public high schools in Kanawha and Putnam counties:

Farmer’s Table: Quinoa and Rice Salad with Herbs
Farmer’s Table: Quinoa and Rice Salad with Herbs

Some herbs thrive in cool spring temperatures. My cilantro reseeded and I have a beautiful patch in the middle of the garden. Cilantro adds flavor to Mexican and Asian dishes. It is quick to bolt when the weather warms, and I won’t get another...

Eric Douglas: The environment is good for business

Earth Day was about a week and a half ago. Day events are helpful, because they focus attention and provide a rallying point for supporters.

Southland Trophy in South Charleston marking 75 years in business
Southland Trophy in South Charleston marking 75 years in business

If longevity deserves a trophy, make it a big one for Southland Trophy, Sign & Billiards in South Charleston.

Camp Appalachia to offer summer enrichment programs to South Charleston youth
Camp Appalachia to offer summer enrichment programs to South Charleston youth

Various South Charleston agencies are pooling their resources to sponsor Camp Appalachia for at-risk youth in the city this summer.

Derby-themed fundraiser to benefit Roark-Sullivan Lifeway Center
Derby-themed fundraiser to benefit Roark-Sullivan Lifeway Center

On the same evening as the 143rd Run for the Roses takes place at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, the 12th annual Night at the Races Derby Fundraiser will be held from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 6 at Edgewood Country Club.

New fitness facility in St. Albans caters to women of all ages
New fitness facility in St. Albans caters to women of all ages

When the Curves for Women fitness facility closed suddenly in St. Albans, loyal member Larissa Gatens decided to take the lead in keeping a similar venue in place on Olde Main Plaza.

‘Sad Mad Glad’ children’s book series celebrates 10th anniversary
‘Sad Mad Glad’ children’s book series celebrates 10th anniversary

It was a rainy morning at Ruffner Elementary School in Charleston, but when the authors of an award-winning series of books about character development showed up, the mood lightened among the fourth-graders who had gathered to hear them.

TRAVEL: Tours and tastings available at Appalachian Distillery
TRAVEL: Tours and tastings available at Appalachian Distillery

Former coal miner Dwayne Freeman drew upon his mountain roots -- and family tree -- to launch the Appalachian Distillery three years ago, and business is still brewing and booming.

Zumbathon and raffle set for Saturday at Elk Elementary Center

Join a Zumbathon or purchase tickets for basket raffles from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at Elk Elementary Center. Proceeds will benefit Herbert Hoover High School’s Project Graduation 2017.

Marshall to host GenCyber summer camp for high schoolers
Marshall to host GenCyber summer camp for high schoolers

Marshall University has been selected by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation to host the first GenCyber Camp in the mid-Appalachian region for high school students interested in cybersecurity and careers in the...

Farmer’s Table: Pasta with Morels and Ramps
Farmer’s Table: Pasta with Morels and Ramps

Many of my friends are ramp and morel enthusiasts. Both are in season now in our area.

Eric Douglas: Lighthouse of Learning is a beacon for kids

There’s a small private school in Charleston’s Elk District called the Lighthouse of Learning. It is essentially a one-room schoolhouse for middle and high school students.

Kanawha Valley Doll & Miniature Club hosting luncheon, sale in St. Albans

The Kanawha Valley Doll and Miniature Club is hosting the annual the Tri-State Doll luncheon and sale May 5 and 6 in St. Albans.

UUC hosting holistic health and wellness fair Saturday

A Holistic Health and Wellness Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 29 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 520 Kanawha Blvd., W., in Charleston.

Pet blessing slated for Sunday on Charleston’s East End
Pet blessing slated for Sunday on Charleston’s East End

The third annual “Blessing of the Pets” is scheduled for 10 to 11 a.m. Sunday, April 30, at the Ruffner Memorial Park on Kanawha Boulevard, E., in Charleston (near the corner of Elizabeth Street and the boulevard).

KVSS benefit golf tournament May 5 in Tornado

The Kanawha Valley Senior Services Annual Charity Golf Tournament is scheduled to tee off with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Friday, May 5, at Big Bend Golf Course in Tornado.

Mediterranean Diet weight-loss program meets Tuesdays at SCCC
Mediterranean Diet weight-loss program meets Tuesdays at SCCC

After 44 years of affiliation with the Weight Watchers program, Millie Snyder sold her interest in a local WW franchise in 2013.

SJMS students embrace wide range of art opportunities
SJMS students embrace wide range of art opportunities

Students at Stonewall Jackson Middle School on Charleston’s West Side have been artistically active and pervasively creative during the current academic year.

WVSU hosts Earth Day activities
WVSU hosts Earth Day activities

The environment and climate literacy were on the minds of visitors to West Virginia State University on April 20. It was Earth Day, and the university hosted a variety of activities in the Wilson Student Union.

Pratt Elementary students raise $1K+ in penny drive
Pratt Elementary students raise $1K+ in penny drive

Preschool students at Pratt Elementary School showed a lot of good “cents” and fundraising moxie for a good cause recently.

St. Albans preparing for 12th annual Founders Day celebration on May 13
St. Albans preparing for 12th annual Founders Day celebration on May 13

It wouldn’t be springtime in St. Albans without the city’s annual Founders Day celebration.

Get Active program to expand in New River Gorge
Get Active program to expand in New River Gorge

By Rick Steelhammer

Staff writer

A program launched last year that used the New River Gorge National River’s recently restored Camp Brookside as a campus for free public instruction in activities ranging from yoga and tai chi to...

Outdoorswoman runs, pedals and paddles to victory
Outdoorswoman runs, pedals and paddles to victory

Deb Bauer is an outdoorswoman for all seasons.

During the winter, Bauer, who just turned 52 and works in the aerospace industry, likes to cross country ski, especially around the mountains near her home in Spokane, Washington.

Eric Douglas: Don’t say there’s nothing to do
Eric Douglas: Don’t say there’s nothing to do

Driving through downtown a few days ago, on a bright and sunny spring day, I noted a large group of people (mostly women) walking/jogging on their lunch hour near the West Virginia Power ballpark.

Farmer’s Table: Baked Doughnuts
Farmer’s Table: Baked Doughnuts

I like doughnuts. I like sugary glazed doughnuts, cake doughnuts, chocolate doughnuts, doughnuts with or without holes, cream-filled doughnuts, jelly doughnuts, yeast or raised doughnuts, beaver tails, malasadas and bar doughnuts.

KCHA to open public spay/neuter clinic
KCHA to open public spay/neuter clinic

The Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association has announced it will open a public spay/neuter clinic this summer.

‘Marcellus Shale’ to be presented at Alban Arts Center
‘Marcellus Shale’ to be presented at Alban Arts Center

“Marcellus Shale,” a topical play addressing the environmental and personal impact of fracking, will be presented on stage at 8 p.m. Friday, April 21 and also at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 22 at the Alban Arts Center, 65 Olde Main Plaza in...

Creative types invited to join in West Side fundraiser at St. Anthony

Authors, artists, musicians, and craftspeople are invited to display and sell their work at a Meet the Artists program from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 1000 Sixth St., on Charleston’s West Side.

Volunteers gather to plant butterfly/pollinator waystation in St. Albans City Park
Volunteers gather to plant butterfly/pollinator waystation in St. Albans City Park

Attention, monarch butterflies: on your migration north from Mexico, you might want to make a pit stop at St. Albans City Park.

Volunteers sought for fourth annual West Side Spring Cleanup Day Saturday
Volunteers sought for fourth annual West Side Spring Cleanup Day Saturday

The West Side Neighborhood Association and West Side 360 community organizations will oversee the fourth annual West Side Spring Cleanup Day on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22.

‘Spring into Gardening’ event slated Saturday at Coonskin Park
‘Spring into Gardening’ event slated Saturday at Coonskin Park

Under the aegis of the Kanawha County Extension Master Gardener Association, “Spring into Gardening” instructional sessions will take place on Saturday, April 22, in the Coonskin Park Clubhouse in Charleston.

An evening with Sherlock Holmes
An evening with Sherlock Holmes

There was a cozy hearth, briar pipes ready for smoking and tales of mystery shared by two old friends.

Kanawha Obedience Training Club hosting obedience and rally trials this weekend
Kanawha Obedience Training Club hosting obedience and rally trials this weekend

Well-behaved dogs will be demonstrating their best manners this weekend in Dunbar, as the Kanawha Obedience Training Club hosts its yearly obedience andl rally trials at the Dunbar Recreation Center on Fairlawn Avenue.

Kanawha City churches uniting for first-time Procession of the Cross event
Kanawha City churches uniting for first-time Procession of the Cross event

The Village Chapel Presbyterian Church will be the starting point for a community Procession of the Cross Friday, April 14, throughout Kanawha City.

Eric Douglas: Osterhase brings eggs for Easter
Eric Douglas: Osterhase brings eggs for Easter

At one time or another, pretty much everyone has asked the question, “What does a rabbit who brings eggs have to do with Easter?”

Farmer’s Table: Shrimp Tacos
Farmer’s Table: Shrimp Tacos

Most people are familiar with tacos, a traditional Mexican food. Tacos are made with soft or hard corn or wheat tortillas containing a variety of fillings. They are often garnished with tomatoes, onions, lettuce, salsa, cheese or guacamole. Beef and...

Country Crossing combines quaint and quixotic at Alloy primitives gift shop
Country Crossing combines quaint and quixotic at Alloy primitives gift shop

Trent Waugh and Karen Cogar have exalted the past -- with an ever-searching eye in the present -- for nearly the past 10 years at Country Crossing Country Primitives and Homespun Gifts.

First ‘Color Fun Run’ slated for May 6 at Ridenour Lake, Nitro
First ‘Color Fun Run’ slated for May 6 at Ridenour Lake, Nitro

Runners and walkers alike can show their “true colors” during the inaugural “100 Mile Club Color Fun Run” Saturday, May 6, at Ridenour Lake in Nitro.

Farmer’s Table: Classic Macaroni Salad
Farmer’s Table: Classic Macaroni Salad

The weather is getting warmer and soon it will be time for backyard cookouts, picnics, graduation parties and potluck events. That means you’ll probably be seeing a pasta salad or two.

Eric Douglas: Are you ready for some baseball?

The West Virginia Power’s website has a countdown clock, reflecting the days, hours and minutes until opening day. Hint: the first pitch of the 2017 home opener gets thrown tomorrow.

Garrison Avenue memorabilia business contains trips down Memory Lane
Garrison Avenue memorabilia business contains trips down Memory Lane

A time portal to childhood, of sorts, is located on Charleston’s West Side (around the block from Mount Calvary Baptist Church and across the street from the Garrison Avenue ballfields).

Spring Hill Rod & Gun moves to larger facility
Spring Hill Rod & Gun moves to larger facility

As one of the area’s largest, independently owned firearms, fishing, hunting and archery stores, Spring Hill Rod & Gun has developed a loyal customer base over its 23-year existence.

South Charleston scrapbooking official donates clippings to library
South Charleston scrapbooking official donates clippings to library

One could call Bob Anderson the eyes and ears of South Charleston.

West Virginia Kids Cancer Crusaders raises funds, hope for families
West Virginia Kids Cancer Crusaders raises funds, hope for families

They say one good turn deserves another, but a good spin can also reap positive benefits.

Run for the River Triathlon returning to Tornado
Run for the River Triathlon returning to Tornado

The Coal River Group has announced it will host the third annual Run for the River Triathlon at Meadowood Park in Tornado on Saturday, April 15.

Regional Math Field Day winners announced

The 2017 RESA III Regional Math Field Day was held on March 23 at the University of Charleston.

W.Va. Home Show returns

The Home Builders Association of Greater Charleston will sponsor the 2017 West Virginia Home Show this weekend.

DNR hosts 12th annual state archery tournament

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources hosted the 12th Annual West Virginia Archery in the Schools State Tournament at the Charleston Civic Center Saturday, March 25.

New Hope Animal Rescue sponsoring eighth annual Bowl-A-Thon

New Hope Animal Rescue, a no-kill animal sanctuary, is sponsoring its eighth annual Bowl-A-Thon for Animals on Sunday, April 2, at Town N Country Lanes in Nitro.

Kanawha County Schools’ man collects photos of old schools
Kanawha County Schools’ man collects photos of old schools

John Smith likes to talk about how clean and orderly he keeps his mailroom at the main offices of Kanawha County Schools.

Charleston Family YMCA to offer spring break tennis camp

For the upcoming spring break, the Charleston Family YMCA is offering a tennis camp for ages 6 through 15.

Winners named in KCS Young Writers Contest

The students listed below were winners in the Kanawha County Schools 2016-2017 Young Writers Contest. These students will be recognized at a KCS Young Writers Tea event on April 18 at South Charleston High School.

SHS Easter egg hunt Saturday to help meet child’s medical costs
SHS Easter egg hunt Saturday to help meet child’s medical costs

West Side-based Alto Design Character Parties will host an extraordinary Easter Egg hunt from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at Sissonville High School.

UKVRG hosting listening sessions to bolster Upper Kanawha Valley economic restoration
UKVRG hosting listening sessions to bolster Upper Kanawha Valley economic restoration

The Upper Kanawha Valley Revitalization Group will host a three-day series of listening sessions, entitled “Seizing Opportunities: Your Voices ... Your Valley,” to provide area residents with a voice in advancing emerging opportunities,...

Contestants sought for Kanawha Valley Idol contest/fundraiser
Contestants sought for Kanawha Valley Idol contest/fundraiser

Always wanted to be in the spotlight and show your musical talents? Here is your chance to sing your way to the top.

Eric Douglas: Take time to listen to other ‘truths’

Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to listen to two men speak and what they said still resonates with me.

Farmer’s Table: Easy White Chili
Farmer’s Table: Easy White Chili

Some would argue that White Chili is not chili at all, just as there are those who say red chili should never contain beans. Chili lovers have strong opinions about what constitutes a good chili.

FestivALL returning for 13th year
FestivALL returning for 13th year

FestivALL Charleston, named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society again for 2017, celebrates its 13th year June 16-25.

Spring wildflower walks slated for St. Albans City Park
Spring wildflower walks slated for St. Albans City Park

Last year, they were brushing snow off spring’s early bloomers.

Friends of Sojourner’s Style Show coming to Charleston

The 27th annual Friends of Sojourner’s Style Show is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 8 at the Woman’s Club of Charleston headquarters, 1600 Virginia St., E., Charleston.

Charleston Sled Hockey team offering free sessions to disabled veterans
Charleston Sled Hockey team offering free sessions to disabled veterans

Charleston Sled Hockey, a team organized in 2015 for people with physical disabilities, is inviting area physically disabled veterans to get involved in the Paralympic sport that is sanctioned by USA Hockey.

64-year-old finds power in weightlifting
64-year-old finds power in weightlifting

At 64, John Smith hits the gym regularly, working out four days a week.

Elk River boxers compete in Elkins
Elk River boxers compete in Elkins

David Malcomb and Mason McCann from the Elk River Boxing Club in Clendenin competed in the 15th annual Elkins Toughman Contest held at Elkins High School on March 10 and 11.

Farmer’s Table: Banana Cheesecake
Farmer’s Table: Banana Cheesecake

Bananas are one of the most popular and widely consumed fruits in the world. They are a staple food crop for millions of people in developing countries. They are considered critical to global food security and serve as a valuable, year-round food...

Eric Douglas: Bagging the bags (Part 2)
Eric Douglas: Bagging the bags (Part 2)

Judging from the emails and comments I received from the column two weeks ago about getting rid of plastic bags, I touched a nerve.

Registration available for WVGA 2017 golf tournaments
Registration available for WVGA 2017 golf tournaments

The West Virginia Golf Association is accepting registrations for 2017 tournaments, some of which will be held in Kanawha and Putnam counties. To register and find out more about each event, go to: www.wvga.org

High school rodeo competition riding into Winfield March 31-April 2
High school rodeo competition riding into Winfield March 31-April 2

More than 100 young riders from throughout West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, North Carolina and Maryland will saddle up to compete in a rodeo contest later this month in Winfield.

Anchor Supply keeps businesses humming
Anchor Supply keeps businesses humming

From mop heads to soda straws, to plastic cups and hand sanitizers, Anchor Supply Company in Dunbar has it.

Native bees workshop planned Saturday
Native bees workshop planned Saturday

If you thought honey bees were beneficial, sit back and listen to Rob O’Quinn fill you in on the importance of mason bees and leafcutter bees, which are native to North America.

Kanawha Valley Monopoly Club meets Thursday
Kanawha Valley Monopoly Club meets Thursday

The recently organized Kanawha Valley Monopoly Club will meet for gamesmanship and fellowship at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 23 on the fifth floor of the Odd Fellows Building, 717 Lee St. in Charleston.

‘Nitro Alive 1917-2017’
‘Nitro Alive 1917-2017’

As Nitro’s yearlong centennial celebration continues, a group of citizens has prepared a play that summarizes the town’s history and pays homage to those who contributed to its longevity.