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Columns by Chuck Clegg

History of The New Martinsville Library

It is known history records the first library was constructed seven centuries before the birth of Christ. It was located in modern day Iraq. The ancient library was the site of 30,000 cuneiform writings. The stone tablets were arranged according to information on many different subjects. Back ...

Through the Lens: Damsel in Distress

Once upon a time when you heard the phrase, damsel in distress, you probably thought of a gallant knight in shining armor rescuing a maiden from the evil dark knight. Maybe even a Princess guarded by a great dragon preventing her from marrying the handsome prince. Or maybe you think of Robin ...

Good Old Days and Memories

In my last story, I wrote of the Good Old Days and how some people remember it as a special time in their lives. For others, I spoke with to revisit the Good Old Days took them back to something that they experienced that made a lasting memory. The experiences of those I talked with often ...

Good Old Days and Times

I have begun to realize when you reach a certain age we begin to utter the phrase, “the good old days.” When someone speaks about the good old days, it can have a different meaning for each person. I understand that may not be a profound observation. But what is fascinating, for some a ...

Thank You Charmin

Before you let your mind stray too far at the title of this week’s column, let me set you at ease. This story is about an act of kindness from a stranger. In fact, I have no idea at all who did this kindness for me. Let me start at the beginning. Mary asked if I would pick up a few things ...

A Shot In The Arm

Over the last couple of months we have witnessed in the news, countless images of people receiving their vaccinations. Most every story is accompanied by a visual image of a needle penetrating someone’s arm. For those who have a fear of needles, this image must be particularly un-nerving. ...

A Piece of My Heart

You probably noticed you have been seeing more heart shaped images lately. Boxes of candy with red foil coverings. Displays of flowers with red heart covered bows. Among those flower displays are bouquets of red roses. These flowers have become the traditional gift given to show love. To ...

Letters and Words

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. ...

New Chapter in History

In my writings, I often enlighten you of a past memory by using my own life as a guide. I hope to bring you a smile or inform you of something you may not have known. I have shied away from many current events not wanting to engage in the politics of the day. I figure if you want to know the ...

A Remembrance of a Classmate

Last week when I read Mike Myer had passed away, I was saddened knowing another member of the Magnolia’s Class of 1969 was no longer with us. After graduation, it was not until a few years later that I came to know Mike was working as a journalist. He contacted me and asked if I would ...