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Christmas parade floats, literally, to Capitol on Saturday
MARTA TANKERSLEY HAYS | Gazette
Christmas parade floats, literally, to Capitol on Saturday

Since many of the area Christmas parades were rained out this season, the folks at Pier 54 Marina, near Dunbar, decided to cruise up river to Charleston this Saturday evening.

Ten or so boats, all decked out with Christmas lights, are scheduled...

Bil Lepp: Learning how to read the bedspread

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — You’ve heard the joke “I don’t have to outrun the bear. I just have to outrun you”? A similar doctrine is applicable to husbandhood. You don’t have to be the best husband, you just need to...

Considering a pet? Foster one for the holidays
Considering a pet? Foster one for the holidays

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — If you’re not sure whether or not you’re ready for the responsibility of a pet, then the Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association has the solution for you this holiday season.

Instead of surprising a loved...

Pet of the Week: Dec. 14, 2014
Pet of the Week: Dec. 14, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — This week’s Pet of the Week is Mr. Frank Sinatra, an orange male tabby cat who was rescued, literally, eight years ago at the Culture Center. “The famous Capitol hawk was chasing him and he ran directly to me,...

WV DIY Team: Wrap holiday gifts beautifully
WV DIY Team: Wrap holiday gifts beautifully

In this week’s DIY feature, we get step-by-step instructions for wrapping a beautiful holiday gift package. Elisa Payne is the owner of Eggplant, a unique gift store located in Charleston’s South Hills shopping district. Elisa and her...

WV Travel Team: Go van Gogh in 2015
WV Travel Team: Go van Gogh in 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — “What am I in the eyes of most people — a nonentity, an eccentric or an unpleasant person — somebody who has no position in society and will never have; in short, the lowest of the low,” wrote...

Holiday cocktails: A zest for making liqueur
Holiday cocktails: A zest for making liqueur

This is the third in a series of reports on holiday cocktails made with local ingredients.

By Bill Lynch

Staff writer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Bloomery SweetShine got its start after Maryland residents Linda Losey and her...

Community Notes

Local authors Eliot Parker and Robin L. Ramey will sign copies of their recent novels at Books-A-Million at the Charleston Town Center location, on Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m.

Parker is the author...

Sunday’s Child: Friendly teen likes sports and school
Sunday’s Child: Friendly teen likes sports and school

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — This young man is Delmel, or Del, as he prefers to be called. He is 16 years old and in the 10th grade. He enjoys helping others and likes to spend time with adults. He is a friendly kid and can be very talkative.

He...

Needed: Holiday photos of your pets
Needed: Holiday photos of your pets

For those who like to take holiday photos of your pets in reindeer antlers and bright red noses, wrapped in wrapping paper or tinsel or otherwise forced into seasonal humiliation for the merriment of others (you know who you are), now’s your...

Smell the Coffee: Eyes averted

By Karin Fuller

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — We needed the waiter’s attention, but he zoomed past, eyes averted, and then zoomed past again.

Even though the restaurant wasn’t crowded, others went by equally fast, so I walked to ...

Mind Your Manners: Good holiday manners
Mind Your Manners: Good holiday manners

By Pam Harvit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Ready or not, here come the holidays!

That magical time of year to reflect on last year’s office party when you witnessed a very inebriated (and now ex) co-worker dancing on the boss’s ...

Garden Guru: Is your Christmas cactus an impostor?
Garden Guru: Is your Christmas cactus an impostor?

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As we tick down the list of plants we use to decorate during the holiday season, we find another import from warm regions.

A cactus, of all things, is one of those plants that have come to...

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Smell the Coffee: Eyes averted
Live Life Fully: Find your own peace on earth
Mind Your Manners: Good holiday manners
Bil Lepp: Learning how to read the bedspread
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