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Wheeling Native In ‘Ragtime’

November 22, 2009

Good morning, readers!

Welcome to our redesigned Sunday section, newly renamed Life. Within the pages of the Life section, you will find your favorite features and timely news articles, along with a couple of exciting additions: travel news and a page focusing on books. I think you'll like this slice of Life.

Actor Aaron Galligan-Stierle, who grew up in Wheeling, is appearing in the Broadway revival of the musical, "Ragtime," that opened at the Neil Simon Theater in New York City Sunday, Nov. 15.

Galligan-Stierle earned a mention in the New York Times' review of "Ragtime," published Monday, Nov. 16.

The Times article stated, "On the sidelines - kibitzing, annotating and occasionally redirecting the plot - are quick-sketch historical figures like the showgirl Evelyn Nesbit (Savannah Wise), the escape artist Harry Houdini (Jonathan Hammond), the radical Emma Goldman (a rousing Donna Migliaccio) and the captains of industry J.P. Morgan (Michael X. Martin) and Henry Ford (Aaron Galligan-Stierle)."

Also, Galligan-Stierle can be seen in a couple of photographs in the slide show accompanying the online version of the Times review.

In addition to the well-deserved local coverage for the dedicated volunteers who filled Christmas stockings for American troops last weekend in Wheeling, the Boatsie's Boxes organization has attracted national attention.

An article in the October issue of Ladies Home Journal magazine recounts the efforts of Rebecca Kahlenberg of Bethesda, Md., who, after Halloween 2007, wanted to give leftover candy to the troops, and found Boatsie's Boxes through an Internet search. At the time, the magazine article stated, "Members of Boatsie's Boxes, located in West Virginia, were organizing their annual 'Operation Christmas Stocking' drive."

Kahlenberg and other mothers in her community have just completed their third Halloween candy drive. The magazine suggested that its readers "organize your own candy drive and send the goods to Boatsie's Boxes," and listed the nonprofit group's Web site,

Happy Thanksgiving, readers!

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