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Columns by Chuck Clegg

Through the Lens: The Chronicle News

When you read the headlines from this weeks’ Chronicle, you may be viewing the first moments of tomorrow’s history. Newspapers, for hundreds of years, have written about important stories of their day that over time have become parts of our history. It has only been in the past 100 years ...

Through the Lens: Traveling with My Frog

We each spend our lives working and striving to do the big things every day. Our jobs, taking care of family and hurrying from here to there. Just going to work every day consumes a large part of our lives. I calculated how many hours I spent traveling to and from the plant in my working ...

Through the Lens: Flight 93 Memorial

Recently as a nation, we paused to remember the terrible events of September 11, 2001. Our nation was attacked by foreign terrorists as we watched on television. A collective hush fell over our country as we could barely believe the day’s events. New York City, Washington DC and Stoystown ...

Perfect Weather for the Regatta

Large crowds young and old showed up on Saturday and Sunday in downtown New Martinsville as the New Martinsville Regatta kicked off with some of the worlds fastest boats hitting the waters of the Ohio River for time trials and practice runs. Drivers and their crews came to town from Florida, ...

Through the Lens: Road Trip to the Mystery Hole

Over the last half century road side carnivals have slowly faded from American culture. For myself the traveling carnivals that came to town and set up in the Brooklyn rail yard were eagerly anticipated each summer. Rides, cotton candy, hoochie-coochie girls and the side’s shows made up the ...

Through the Lens: John Henry

Recently on our day trip through the southern West Virginia Mountains, we found ourselves passing through many unincorporated small towns. A gas station with a store and a post office were sometimes the only businesses in town. Houses with well-kept yards and a big pickup truck in the drive ...

Through the Lens: A Labor of Love Found In A Checkout Line

This week’s column is my Labor Day story. It is not your typical story of labor and its struggles. This story is about two people who by chance found employment and love in the checkout line of Witschey’s grocery store. I will begin with the story of Denny Wichterman. He was born in ...

Through The Lens: The Voice of the Blue Eagles

For the past forty-one years if you have attended a football game or girls or boys basketball game, it is likely you have heard the voice of Neil Marshall announcing the game. You may not have seen him, but the unmistakable clear and deliberate sound of his voice told you the players’ names ...

Through the Lens

On the evening news a few weeks back a story told of a woman finding a bottle on the west coast of Australia. Now, finding a bottle along the ocean is probably not an unusual occurrence as you may think. In fact, in my younger days, I placed messages in bottles and sent them down Fishing Creek. ...

Through the Lens: Yiddish

I would guess that very few of you reading my story can identify the following word, Zaftig. By chance, I discovered it is the first word in the section of the dictionary that begins with the letter “Z.” For those who may not know, it is Yiddish slang. Having a full figure: said of a woman. ...