From the Dec. 9, 1979 edition of the Sunday Athens Messenger:
Sometimes there are somewhat interesting non-federal holidays, and sometimes there are very important (and perhaps semi-made-up) non-federal holidays that require a great deal of attention. Today is one of those days, marked by National Cookie Day. We take our sweets very seriously here in t…
This Wednesday before Thanksgiving, we’re counting our blessings. It’s the season to do so, after all. Here are a few things we are most grateful for this month. Happy Thanksgiving!
Our nation’s veterans have served our country, and inspired countless stories of their feats. In recognition of Veterans Day and the continued service of many men and women across the globe, we are ranking our favorite films depicting, at least in some way, the U.S. Armed Forces.
The village of Amesville recently hosted its first-ever Alonzo Weed festival honoring the town’s most infamous mayor (from 1903). Here are some of our suggestions of Southeast Ohio natives/residents who deserve their own festivals:
Today is Dictionary Day, so choose your words wisely. This weird holiday is observed each year to honor Noah Webster, the creator of the American Dictionary. We’re ranking our favorite new words just recently added to the Oxford English Dictionary
There are many “weird holidays” that celebrate the world of comics — one of them is National Comic Book Day on Sept. 25. Here is a list of our favorite comic books and strips. (Web comics included.)
It seems there is a community festival for just about every food and drink you can think of. The recent pawpaw extravaganza at Lake Snowden has us thinking of what our favorite possible festivals could be. (Some, we’ll note, do actually exist.)
There’s a new Our Town documentary from WOUB coming out, and this time it will be focused on Gallipolis. We have some ideas on what filmmaker Evan Shaw could do for his next Our Town documentaries. (Well, most of our ideas are for towns ...)
Today is National Wildlife Day! It’s a day intended to highlight conservation efforts all around the world, and support those seeking to maintain our environment and the species it supports. There are many ways we could celebrate this day — we’re ranking our favorite books with animals named…
Townies, shield your eyes: Ohio University is back in session next Monday and the students are headed back to Athens. That’s the circle of life, and all. This week, we are ranking our favorite movies that feature college life, or are at least set at a college:
Fifty years ago this week, three astronauts left earth and landed on the moon. Those intrepid explorers were the first of humanity to step onto the moon, and faced many challenges before, during and after their journey. However, their actions and achievements have been celebrated across the …