Keep this column, despite urge to purge

I’ve heard it said that we spend the first half of our lives accumulating “stuff” and the second half getting rid of it. Every now and then, I feel the urge to purge. Some things are easier to get rid of others. For example, I have no trouble dumping food that has spoiled and can […]

Exploring via agritourism

Exploring via agritourism

From pumpkins to alpacas and much more By John Hamilton Whether it’s planting, herding, or preserving, there’s plenty of agriculture in Clinton County. There are also many ways to explore this vital offering of the county and throughout Ohio with agritourism. Visit with fuzzy friends If folks are wanting to see some less-than-traditional farm animals, […]

Preserving the great outdoors: Thank you, TR

Preserving the great outdoors: Thank you, TR

By Jane Beathard President Theodore Roosevelt — actually impersonator Josef Otmar — addresses the audience at the 100th anniversary of the Roosevelt Game Preserve, which is now Shawnee State Forest and State Park. President Theodore Roosevelt was a famous bear hunter. That’s how Teddy Bears got their name. WEST PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – President Theodore Roosevelt […]

Champions Grill enriching taste buds & community

Champions Grill enriching taste buds & community

By Abby Shrout Shrimp alfredo served with garlic bread and a side of broccoli. Huge fried fish sandwich served with a side of slaw and tartar sauce. Southwest hamburger sandwich topped with battered peppers, pepperjack cheese, and chipotle mayo. This entree is served with Champions french fries topped with beer cheese and candied bacon. On […]

No ‘excuses’ for this column

From the time that children begin speaking, they begin making nonsensical excuses. A child could have crumbs all over their face, but if you ask them if they got into the cookies, they will adamantly deny it. And who amongst us hasn’t told a teacher that, “The dog ate my homework”? Dogs aren’t exactly known […]

Paddling along for all

Paddling along for all

Portsmouth launches Ohio River Way By Adam Black PORTSMOUTH — With a three, two, one and a push-off the bank, the first Ohio River Way team started its inaugural journey to Louisville, Kentucky. To kick off the newly formed Ohio River Way, residents, councilmembers and adventurists met at the Portsmouth Riverfront. Travelers started their 250-mile […]

Piper’s pies & cakes just like grandma’s

Piper’s pies & cakes just like grandma’s

Piper Wilkin is pictured with her pumpkin pie. This is Piper Wilkin’s cake of many colors. One of local state Rep. Shane Wilkin’s (R-Hillsboro) daughters says she would like to be a chef. In fact, Wilkin said 12-year-old Piper Wilkin “is a baking machine.” After seeing an “In the Kitchen with Sharon” feature in The […]

This does not compute to a break-up

“Don’t anthropomorphize computers — they hate it.” — Unknown I remember the first time I saw a computer: It was 1982 and it took up an entire room at Wright State University. I had to “key in” my data onto cards, then wait in line to have them fed through the gigantic machine. If I […]

‘Our Place’ is your place, too

‘Our Place’ is your place, too

A kind-hearted managing style one key to eatery By Jennifer Woods There are several different ways to approach management of small businesses in today’s society. Located in Washington Court House in Fayette County is “Our Place Restaurant,” which is owned by a kind-hearted and hard-working couple. Juanita and Dick Davis have been married for over […]

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