The perpetual problem with a lack of parking spaces at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling is going to worsen, at least temporarily.
As patrons know, parking has always been an issue at the library, even after the addition of a second lot a few years ago. When popular programs such as the weekly Lunch With Books sessions (which usually attract 50 to 120 people) occur, the parking "crunch" becomes critical.
At Tuesday's Lunch With Books event, Sean Duffy, coordinator of programming for the library, announced to the audience that "unforeseen, but critical, foundation repair" has to be done on the 17th Street side of the building. The work is expected to begin Monday, Aug. 11, and continue through the end of September, depending on weather conditions and other variables. Because of the repair work, he explained, patrons will lose access to the adjacent parking lot about two weeks after the project begins.
As a result, changes are being made to the schedule of adult programs. The last library events definitely scheduled in the facility will take place Tuesday, Aug. 12: Lunch With Books, "Visiting South Africa," presented by Chad Felt, at noon and a Friends of Wheeling presentation reprising parts of this year's Greenwood Cemetery historic tour at 7 p.m.
For the foreseeable future, Lunch With Books programs may be moved off site (possibly to the Wheeling Artisan Center) or postponed, depending on the presenters' availability, Duffy said.
One of the Lunch With Books programs, "An American Woman in Qatar," previously scheduled for Aug. 26, has been moved to October, he said.
That program will be presented by author Lisa Kirchner who will discuss her experiences in the Mideast nation of Qatar.
Some classic "Wheeling food" was on the menu for a special event in the nation's capital Tuesday, Aug. 5.
Representatives from two of Wheeling's well-known eateries, Ye Olde Alpha and Figaretti's Restaurant, traveled to Washington, D.C., to serve their signature food at a "Hollow" documentary viewing and reception hosted by U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.
A spokesman for the senator said the event was held in the U.S. Capitol Building and attracted more than 250 guests. "Ye Olde Alpha served up its famous chips and salsa in addition to its Greek shrimp dish, and Figaretti's Restaurant provided a pasta dish with its award-winning sauce," the spokesman related.
Manchin even posted online reviews of the cuisine. He observed, "Ye Olde Alpha has done it once again in Washington, D.C. A big thank you to Charlie (Schlegel) and the Alpha team for making the trip to Capitol Hill to provide your incredible cuisine for our West Virginia event.
"Your shrimp just keeps getting better and better, and the guacamole was perfectly flavored," he said.
The senator also commented, "Figaretti's award-winning sauce has officially made its mark here on Capitol Hill. For the second time, the Figaretti's team has traveled to Washington, D.C., to provide their incredible Italian cuisine for a West Virginia event."
In addition, Chico's Bakery in Morgantown and Country Club Bakery in Fairmont furnished the Mountain State culinary invention - pepperoni rolls - for the affair. Shepherdstown Sweet Shop Bakery provided a mosaic-inspired cake, featuring a re-creation of the West Virginia state seal, for the reception. Manchin said guests were in awe of the cake.
Guests slaked their thirst with Mountain State beverages from Bloomery Plantation Distillery in Charles Town (SweetShine liqueurs), Forks of Cheat Winery (Apple Pie Moonshine) and Mountain State Brewing Co. in Morgantown.
The event included a special viewing of the award-winning documentary, "Hollow," with filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon. The film, which has been nominated for a 2014 Emmy Award, won a Peabody Award in 2013.
"Hollow" is described as "an interactive documentary that features the stories of individuals living in McDowell County.
"It merges cinematic techniques with web-based storytelling to encourage a dialogue about the issues that small-town America faces."
Linda Comins can be reached via email at: lcomins@theintelligencer. net.