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Diane Tarantini: Give (financial) peace a chance

“If only we had more money.”

Just 10 years ago, I was saying that line on a weekly basis, since there was always more week than money. That all changed when Tony Bear and I found Financial Peace.

Farmer’s Table: Pipikaula
Farmer’s Table: Pipikaula

My husband and I have always enjoyed trying authentic regional dishes when we travel to new locations.

Eric Douglas: Looking at 50
Eric Douglas: Looking at 50

I turned 31 the year that Jimmy Buffett’s book “A Pirate Looks at Fifty” came out. I read it with enthusiasm hoping to learn about a life well-lived and make a plan for my next 20 years. That was 1998.

CAMC Memorial oncology staff arrange wedding for cancer patient
CAMC Memorial oncology staff arrange wedding for cancer patient

As Mary Booker of Charleston describes it, “Florence Nightengale still lives in the nurses and all the staff” on the Oncology Floor 5 South at CAMC Memorial Division in Kanawha City.

Elk Valley library to reopen at Crossings Mall Tuesday

Kanawha County Public Library has announced the Elk Valley Branch Library will return to operation at the Crossings Mall location in Elkview on Tuesday, Aug. 1.

Chesapeake collectibles shop caters in cool memorabilia
Chesapeake collectibles shop caters in cool memorabilia

The business’ name says it all, very succinctly: There’s a lot of cool stuff inside Cool Stuff Collectibles in Chesapeake.

Diane Tarantini: Breaking up is hard to do
Diane Tarantini: Breaking up is hard to do

It was about this time last year when I ended a friendship. I blame Andy Stanley for making me do it. Stanley is a popular pastor out of Atlanta, Georgia, and from time to time, I work his messages into my podcast schedule.

Activities being planned for annual Pinch Reunion in August
Activities being planned for annual Pinch Reunion in August

The nation’s longest running community reunion returns to Pinch next month. Here is an overview of some of the activities planned so far:

Footwork in the forest
Footwork in the forest

Many people in the audience for the Kanawha Valley Community Band concert at Kanawha Forest on Father’s Day got a little more entertainment than expected.

Habitat for Humanity seeks workshop leaders
Habitat for Humanity seeks workshop leaders

Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam’s Master Homeowner Program is always looking for people to lead a workshop in any subject under the categories of home and garden; décor, furnishings, room makeover, organizing,...

Marine Corps League, Lions unite for Glasgow garden project
Marine Corps League, Lions unite for Glasgow garden project

This year is the 100th anniversary of the Lions Club International, and, as a community project celebrating the anniversary, the Glasgow-Cedar Grove Lions Club joined with the Herbert J. Thomas Memorial Detachment #947 of the Marine Corps League to...

Children’s illustrator to appear at libraries

Kanawha County Public Library will host children’s illustrator Michael White at four branches this week.

Farmer’s Table: Wineberry Coffee Cake
Farmer’s Table: Wineberry Coffee Cake

Note: Credit for the photo of wineberries is attributed to William Pattison, who grew up in my hometown of Chester and now lives in North Carolina. He graciously gave permission to use his photo with this column. He captured the beautiful, jewel-like...

Eric Douglas: A big sign Elk River area is getting back on its feet

A few days ago, I drove to the grocery store.

Living in Pinch, that’s a lot more problematic than it used to be. For more than a year now, we’ve been without access to the local Kroger, Kmart, a number of restaurants, a hotel, a...

New South Charleston salon a family affair
New South Charleston salon a family affair

It’s a family affair at the new Shear Elegance hair salon in South Charleston.

CAMC Memorial staff members arrange wedding for cancer patient
CAMC Memorial staff members arrange wedding for cancer patient

As Mary Booker of Charleston describes it, “Florence Nightengale still lives in the nurses and all the staff” on the Oncology Floor 5 South at CAMC Memorial Division.

Cabin Creek Grill bringing top area, national entertainers to UKV
Cabin Creek Grill bringing top area, national entertainers to UKV

On the stage and on the plate, all is great with the growing patron base of the Cabin Creek Grill, located at 389 Cabin Creek Road.

Diane Tarantini: All-in
Diane Tarantini: All-in

For more than a quarter of each year, I am a football widow on the weekends, not because my husband is an avid fan, but because he is an excellent Division I collegiate football official.

W.Va. American Water awards grants to four county fire departments

West Virginia American Water announced the awardees of its fourth annual Firefighting Support Grant Program on June 28.

Charleston library to present program on early Native Americans

The early belief that West Virginia was used as strictly hunting grounds for Native Americans with no permanent inhabitants is now being debunked.

Pinch author releases latest in thriller series
Pinch author releases latest in thriller series

Take a thrill ride to the Florida Keys in thriller author Eric Douglas’ latest adventure: “The 3rd Key: Sharks in the Water.”

Main Street Masquerade and Art Auction debuts in St. Albans this Friday
Main Street Masquerade and Art Auction debuts in St. Albans this Friday

Party masks, live entertainment, food and fine art are just some of the ingredients for the first-ever Main Street Masquerade and Art Auction this Friday, July 14, in St. Albans.

20th annual W.Va. School of Gospel Music to be held next week

The 20th annual West Virginia School of Gospel Music is scheduled for Monday, July 17 through Friday, July 21 at Fisher Memorial Church, north of Sissonville.

Local DAR chapter receives top distinction for Vietnam War display at D.C. event
Local DAR chapter receives top distinction for Vietnam War display at D.C. event

The Anne Bailey Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, received first-place recognition last month at the national level for creating the best chapter display for the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

Farmer’s Table: Shchi -- Russian Cabbage Soup
Farmer’s Table: Shchi -- Russian Cabbage Soup

I don’t often think about making soup during the summer, but last week’s cooler temperatures seemed like the perfect time to try a traditional Russian recipe for Shchi. I had all of the essential ingredients in the garden.

Eric Douglas: Who is really in charge of our health?

Recently, I changed health insurance providers. And my new company decided it needed to make a change to a medicine I take. Not some doctor at the company identifying a way to improve my health or something that would improve my care.

First Presbyterian Church of South Charleston welcomes new pastor
First Presbyterian Church of South Charleston welcomes new pastor

As a fourth-generation member of the clergy, the Rev. Sharon Gearing knows that it’s the people inside a church that can make it a good one.

Cre8 Studios Upstairs expands Olde Main Plaza space in St. Albans
Cre8 Studios Upstairs expands Olde Main Plaza space in St. Albans

When the 4 Brothers Coffee Shop moved from its storefront space on Olde Main Plaza in St. Albans, the building’s owner, Karen Carter-Smith, was faced with finding a new tenant.

Elkview martial artists compete in Ireland, bring home gold
Elkview martial artists compete in Ireland, bring home gold

A team of three students and two senseis (instructors) from the Elkview-based Dueling Dragon Martial Arts academy traveled to compete in the 21st Irish Cup in Dublin, Ireland, on June 17.

Youth football, cheer squads consolidate to become Eastern Kanawha Cougars
Youth football, cheer squads consolidate to become Eastern Kanawha Cougars

A new breed of Cougars will be taking the field this year for youth football games in and around the Upper Kanawha Valley and region.

Eric Douglas: Keep active -- even when you don’t feel like it
Eric Douglas: Keep active -- even when you don’t feel like it

By Eric Douglas

A week or so ago, I ran in a 5K race. It had been five months since I had participated in a 5K. Honestly, my head wasn’t in it, and I finished two minutes slower than I did in my first 5K race on essentially the same...

Sissonville church to host youth music camp next week

The Joy in Singing Music Camp will take place from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 10-14 at the Fisher Chapel Church, located a quarter-mile on the road to Rippling Waters, Sissonville.

Magician coming to Kanawha libraries
Magician coming to Kanawha libraries

Kanawha County Public Library will present “The Comedy Magic of Rory Rennick” as part of the 2017 Summer Library Club. Rennick will perform at 11 a.m. (Riverside library), 2 p.m. (Sissonville library) and 6 p.m. (Elk Valley Express...

Free family movie nights to be held in Nitro

As a free summer activity, the City of Nitro will host family movie nights every Tuesday through July except for holidays.

Farmer’s Table: Choizon Sweet Potato Hash
Farmer’s Table: Choizon Sweet Potato Hash

By Susan Maslowski

My husband volunteered to head up MIA Recovery Missions in Vietnam and Laos in his final years as an archeologist at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The missions were to achieve accounting of Americans missing during the...

Diane Tarantini: Three and done: How I do dinner
Diane Tarantini: Three and done: How I do dinner

“What should I make for supper?”

That panicked question probably gets repeated millions of times every week. Such a basic requirement can seem complicated, but it doesn’t have to be if you follow this easy formula: protein...

Pinch author releases latest in thriller series
Pinch author releases latest in thriller series

Take a thrill ride to the Florida Keys in thriller author Eric Douglas’ latest adventure: “The 3rd Key: Sharks in the Water.”

Herbert J. Thomas Memorial Marine Corps League Detachment turns 70 years old
Herbert J. Thomas Memorial Marine Corps League Detachment turns 70 years old

It’s been said that “once a Marine, always a Marine.”

Snakes Alive! 35th anniversary tour makes stops at Nitro, Hurricane libraries
Snakes Alive! 35th anniversary tour makes stops at Nitro, Hurricane libraries

How many adults does it take to lift and hold Freda, a 15-foot-long Burmese python?

Former HYCAT, GW standout named to collegiate Scholar All-America swim team
Former HYCAT, GW standout named to collegiate Scholar All-America swim team

Academic and aquatic excellence have led to a national distinction for a George Washington High School graduate who is entering her sophomore year of college in Virginia.

Volunteers distribute free smoke alarms throughout Elk Valley
Volunteers distribute free smoke alarms throughout Elk Valley

American Red Cross West Virginia Region volunteers and officials observed West Virginia Day, Tuesday, June 20, by installing free smoke alarms in communities affected by the cataclysmic floods of June 2016, including those along the severely stricken...

Diane Tarantini: Lessons from the thousand-year flood
Diane Tarantini: Lessons from the thousand-year flood

Beneath the photo of her flooded home, my friend DeeDee’s Facebook status read: “One day can change everything.”

Applications available for antlerless deer season limited permit areas
Applications available for antlerless deer season limited permit areas

Applications for the 2017 Antlerless Deer Season limited permit areas are now available online at www.wvhunt.com, and will be accepted until midnight, Aug. 13.

Kanawha branch libraries to present program on early Native Americans

The early belief that West Virginia was used as strictly hunting grounds for Native Americans with no permanent inhabitants is now being debunked.

Elizabeth’s Attic in Nitro a one-stop gift boutique on 21st Street
Elizabeth’s Attic in Nitro a one-stop gift boutique on 21st Street

There are no forgotten cast-offs in this attic.

It’s Elizabeth’s Attic in Nitro, celebrating its 15th anniversary under owner Vikki Hamilton. Located at 107 21st St., Elizabeth’s Attic is an inviting gift boutique that...

Eric Douglas: The reason we celebrate independence

The day we all celebrate, the day that this country officially began moving forward as an independent nation, is the day the Declaration of Independence was adopted. It’s actually not the day it we declared ourselves free.

Farmer’s Table: Meyer Lemon Blueberry Pie
Farmer’s Table: Meyer Lemon Blueberry Pie

Consumers may be surprised that the farmers who grow beautiful produce often have very unhealthy diets. I am proud that I grow much of what we eat, but sometimes I don’t have time to make every meal from scratch.

Pinch author releases latest in thriller series
Pinch author releases latest in thriller series

Take a thrill ride to the Florida Keys in thriller author Eric Douglas’ latest adventure: “The 3rd Key: Sharks in the Water.”

Christian’s Sports Beat: Time for summer running
Christian’s Sports Beat: Time for summer running

It’s now summer and that means everyone will be seeing more runners and walkers out there on the roads and trails in the area. It’s the time of the year when those who exercise outdoors need to remember a few very important things that...

‘History Wednesdays’ return to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in St. Albans
‘History Wednesdays’ return to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in St. Albans

Theodore Roosevelt helped kick off St. Mark’s Episcopal Church’s “History Wednesdays” series on June 21. The leader of the Rough Riders in the Spanish-American War, who became America’s 26th president, held his...

Fun Fitness Kids Club brings age-appropriate play equipment to babies, toddlers
Fun Fitness Kids Club brings age-appropriate play equipment to babies, toddlers

When Justin and Traci Phillips’ daughter was getting ready to turn 1, they wanted to have a party for her and her guests that would include safe, age-appropriate play equipment.

Two Tinkers fine art/jewelry shop opens in Charleston
Two Tinkers fine art/jewelry shop opens in Charleston

Three floors up and several days ago, an emporium of unique fine art, jewelry and other creations made its debut in downtown Charleston in the midst of the recent FestivALL festivities.

Stories, experiments highlight ‘Science Tellers’ at Cross Lanes library
Stories, experiments highlight ‘Science Tellers’ at Cross Lanes library

Shara Donohue arrived at the Cross Lanes Branch Library in a Hyundai loaded with the stuff of science.

Diane Tarantini: How to make a life you love

During my second pregnancy, I experienced difficulty in a relationship, one with another young mother.

‘Weimer On Wheels’ helps kids avoid ‘summer slide’
‘Weimer On Wheels’ helps kids avoid ‘summer slide’

Weimer Elementary School staff and volunteers went into the St. Albans-area community recently, reading to and with students as part of the school’s efforts to reduce the “summer slide.” (The summer slide is when students’...

KCPL to host teen ‘escape room’-themed events

As part of the 2017 Summer Library Club, Kanawha County Public Library is offering a unique, interactive event for teenagers.

Eric Douglas: Summer is here -- go do it!

There are three “summers.”

There is the unofficial beginning of summer that happens on Memorial Day. There is meteorological summer that begins on June 1 and then there is today: June 21 – astronomical summer. Today is the...

Camp Virgil Tate hosts Kanawha County 4-H’ers for weeklong activities
Camp Virgil Tate hosts Kanawha County 4-H’ers for weeklong activities

Who knew a dripping, wet sponge could be so much fun?

Mermaids, dragons to converge at West Side dance/arts studio
Mermaids, dragons to converge at West Side dance/arts studio

Children ages 4 to 9 are invited to exercise their bodies and imaginations next week at the Academy of Arts at January’s on Charleston’s West Side.

Elk River Boots and Saddle Club rebounds following floods
Elk River Boots and Saddle Club rebounds following floods

With the heat beating down, Rick Starcher carried a barrel onto the main horse ring at the Elk River Boots and Saddle Club in Elkview.

North Fork trout quest at Harman’s Cabins
North Fork trout quest at Harman’s Cabins

I’m a self-taught fly fisher, and sometimes it shows.

Coal River community float celebrates importance of WV’s waterways
Coal River community float celebrates importance of WV’s waterways

While barely three dozen paddlers turned out for the first Tour De Coal community float event in 2005, more than 1,000 people made the 11-mile drift from the base of Upper Falls of the Coal River at Meadowood Park near Tornado to the Gateway Shopping...

Diane Tarantini: I bleed green – and blue and gold
Diane Tarantini: I bleed green – and blue and gold

To me, living in West Virginia these days can feel a bit like Civil War times. Because of the division between Marshall and West Virginia University sports fans.

Riverside graduates receive EBHS Alumni scholarships
Riverside graduates receive EBHS Alumni scholarships

At the 17th awards ceremony at Riverside High School on May 11, the East Bank High School Alumni Association awarded 25 scholarships in the amount of $4,000 to each graduating recipient.

Elk Valley Library Association obtains $1K Dollar General grant

Earlier this month, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded the Elk Valley Library Association Inc. a grant to support summer literacy.

Eric Douglas: Family memories for West Virginia Day

It’s amazing how often we have to remind people from outside West Virginia that we are actually a state.

Farmer’s Table: Lemon Blueberry Tiramisu
Farmer’s Table: Lemon Blueberry Tiramisu

Tiramisu is a popular Italian dessert. The name tiramisu means “pick me up” in Italian. Tiramisu is most commonly made of ladyfingers dipped in coffee, layered with a mascarpone cheese and whipped cream filling and dusted with cocoa.

Faith Missionary Baptist Church near St. Albans celebrating 50 years
Faith Missionary Baptist Church near St. Albans celebrating 50 years

In 1967, members of a newly formed church started meeting in an abandoned appliance store.

South Charleston Middle School students create centennial-themed collage for city
South Charleston Middle School students create centennial-themed collage for city

A colorful fabric collage that captures the spirit of South Charleston will be on display at various venues throughout the city this year, during the town’s 100th anniversary.

Sumthin’ Good Soul Food restaurant opens in South Charleston
Sumthin’ Good Soul Food restaurant opens in South Charleston

When it comes to cooking, “love is always there,” said Denise Jones, owner of a new eatery in South Charleston that specializes in soul food.

Skateboarding, skating event for prizes set for Sunday in Charleston
Skateboarding, skating event for prizes set for Sunday in Charleston

The Charleston Parks and Recreation Department will host a rollicking, rolling scavenger hunt on Sunday, June 18 in downtown Charleston.

Cabin Creek Health Center calling all ‘green thumbs’ for volunteer gardening
Cabin Creek Health Center calling all ‘green thumbs’ for volunteer gardening

The Cabin Creek Health Center would like you to get down and dirty this summer -- and reap what you sow in the process.

Three St. Albans churches join forces for vacation Bible school

With a theme “GLOW for Jesus,” three St. Albans area churches are collaborating to provide a special community vacation Bible school from June 19 through June 23.

Former South Charleston High distance runner, now motivational speaker, to appear at LaBelle Theater
Former South Charleston High distance runner, now motivational speaker, to appear at LaBelle Theater

An old newspaper headline reads: “Determined Imhoff overcomes obstacles.”

Charleston Parks & Recreation sponsoring ‘Go Skate Charleston’

Charleston Parks & Recreation is inviting skateboard enthusiasts to go on a Sunday, June 18 scavenger hunt on wheels.

Charleston Christian Women to host luncheon

The Charleston WV Christian Women will host a luncheon from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 14 at the Charleston Women’s Club headquarters, 1600 Virginia St., E., Charleston.

Cabin Creek Health Center calling all ‘green thumbs’
Cabin Creek Health Center calling all ‘green thumbs’

The Cabin Creek Health Center is once again planting vegetables for a healthy growing season. Through the generosity of the West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities, the Cabin Creek Health Center is able to expand its growing...

Master Homeowner Workshops offered

Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam will host a pair of upcoming Master Homeowner Workshops.

Farmer’s Table: Blueberry Upside-down Cake
Farmer’s Table: Blueberry Upside-down Cake

Baking a cake “upside down” is an old technique. Centuries ago, cakes were baked in cast iron skillets and were often referred to as “skillet cakes.” Fruit and sugar were placed in the bottom of the pan and the batter was...

Eric Douglas: Celebrate World Oceans Day in West Virginia
Eric Douglas: Celebrate World Oceans Day in West Virginia

Just about everyone I know loves the ocean. Whether it is the annual family outing to Myrtle Beach or someplace more exotic, most of my friends head to the ocean as often as they can. There are some of you who prefer the mountains or don’t take...

Little Creek Golf Course offers world-class play in South Charleston
Little Creek Golf Course offers world-class play in South Charleston

Golf enthusiasts don’t have to leave the Kanawha Valley to enjoy a fun and challenging 18-hole course.

First Presbyterian’s Furniture Mission kicks off another season
First Presbyterian’s Furniture Mission kicks off another season

The storage building behind First Presbyterian Church of South Charleston is a little empty at the moment, but that’s likely to change in the coming weeks, as the church’s Furniture Mission gears up for another season.

YMCA of Kanawha Valley to offer free youth tennis lessons

Stonewall Jackson Middle School now has a girls’ tennis team, thanks in large measure to the YMCA of Kanawha Valley’s free tennis lessons, which debuted last summer at the nearby Edgewood Drive tennis courts.

Fisher Chapel steps back for old-time VBS
Fisher Chapel steps back for old-time VBS

It’s the season for vacation Bible schools, and at Fisher Chapel United Methodist Church in Sissonville, VBS participants will take a trip back in time. They’ll get a sense of what life was like when the church was founded in 1893.

Kanawha Valley disc golf tournament reflects sport’s growing popularity
Kanawha Valley disc golf tournament reflects sport’s growing popularity

Amateur and professional disc golf players from around the region will converge on the Kanawha Valley next week for the third annual Kanawha Valley Regional Disc Golf Tournament.

‘Trails day’ can be any day in these state parks and forests
‘Trails day’ can be any day in these state parks and forests

A 10-mile hike along the Bluestone National Scenic River and a 7.5-mile round-trip bike ride along the North Bend Rail Trail between North Bend State Park and the Ritchie County town of Cairo were among thousands of National Trails Day events that...

Charleston Christian author releases book on creative writing
Charleston Christian author releases book on creative writing

Charleston resident Dahveed Bar-Daniel has released his fifth book, entitled “Mastering Creative Writing: A Writer’s Guide.”

Farmer’s Table: Asparagus and Ham Quiche
Farmer’s Table: Asparagus and Ham Quiche

The asparagus season is about to come to an end. I don’t remember a year when the yield has been greater.

Eric Douglas: Stay safe in summer pools

Summer is here, and, judging by the number of pools I see for sale at local retailers, the demand for home pools is growing.

Reptile Expo slithers into St. Albans July 16
Reptile Expo slithers into St. Albans July 16

The West Virginia Reptile Expo is planned for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 16, at The Arena, 6400 MacCorkle Ave., S.W., in St. Albans.

Relay for Life this weekend at Camp Virgil Tate
Relay for Life this weekend at Camp Virgil Tate

The annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Kanawha Valley fundraiser will be held from 7 p.m. Friday, June 2 through 7 a.m. Saturday, June 3 at Camp Virgil Tate in Charleston (between Cross Lanes and Sissonville).

Walk with Ease program steps off Tuesday in Charleston

The City of Charleston Parks and Recreation Department will begin a free Walk with Ease program at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 6.

City of Nitro closes on new headquarters for police station, council meetings
City of Nitro closes on new headquarters for police station, council meetings

Finding a new location for the Nitro Police Department, and for Nitro City Council meetings and municipal court, has been one of Mayor Dave Casebolt’s primary goals since being elected to office.

WVDA to host Beef for Fathers Day event at Capitol Market

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture will host the annual Beef for Fathers’ Day event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, June 8 at the Capitol Market in Charleston.

Backpack Blessings to host vendor sale fundraiser in Pinch Saturday
Backpack Blessings to host vendor sale fundraiser in Pinch Saturday

Backpack Blessings, a nonprofit food support program that feeds Kanawha and Clay county children along the Elk River when school is not in session, will host a fundraising vendor sale with food, games and door prizes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday,...

Corridor G: Road to adventure and fun
Corridor G: Road to adventure and fun

Corridor G (U.S. 119), like all corridors throughout the region, was built to open up rural areas of the state with easy-access, four-lane highways.

Hike new trails at Forks of Coal
Hike new trails at Forks of Coal

In the year that the Forks of Coal State Natural Area has been open to hikers and nature lovers, a number of improvements have been made.

Updated West Virginia State Parks season golf passes available
Updated West Virginia State Parks season golf passes available

Now is a good time to clean up the golf clubs and buy a season pass to West Virginia State Parks golf courses. Season passes encourage play by those new to the sport and encourage those who haven’t played in a while to return to the course.

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.

Google economic impact report lauds metal building/electrical firm
Google economic impact report lauds metal building/electrical firm

Parkline Inc., a Putnam County metal building and electrical business, created a spark in Google’s 2016 Economic Impact Report.