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On the road to ‘Road Show’

KEARNEYSVILLE–Forrest and Mildred Hammond didn’t come away from last month’s taping of PBS’s “Antiques Roadshow” with the news that a family keepsake actually is a treasure worth hundreds of thousands. And that’s just fine with them. “It was wonderful just to be there,” explained Mildred, an 82-year-old Berkeley County native who retired as a school […]

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Ousted MSU president’s words shed light on school woes

With the news this week that about half of Mountain State University employees will be without jobs come September, it’s impossible not to think of Charles H. Polk, the man credited with the massive expansion that enabled so many to come to work for the institution. Fired as president of Mountain State earlier this year, […]

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Passionate about eye care

CHRISTINE MILLER FORD Spirit Staff RANSON – Dr. Barbara Pittaras remembers just when she knew that she’d pursue a profession that helped people see more clearly. As an eighth-grader, an optometrist – Greek, like her – spoke at her Florida school for Career Day. “I was already thinking about some kind of medical career – […]

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At Jefferson High, second-year golf coach Alexander White has a team with no seniors . . . but plenty of experienced players returning from last year. Alex Tran, Bryce Lushbaugh, Quentin Foust, and Vincent Chicchirichi all played on the 2011 team. And all four are still underclassmen as the Cougars prepare for this season that […]

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VA center hosts cookout for veterans

 

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I love the beauty and history behind the old farms that dot the West Virginia landscape. I’ve been on several in a number of counties across the state and there’s usually something unique about each one. Some have big trees like the huge white oak I admired last week on a Braxton County farm. It […]

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KEARNEYSVILLE – My granddaughter Kayla Welsh took “Scratching the Surface” as a 4-H project this year, and she’s been busy raising chickens from peeps to adult and eagerly awaiting the laying of eggs. As her adult advisers, both her dad and I have been amazed at the information available in her project book. One thing […]

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BRYAN CLARK AND CHRISTINE MILLER FORD Spirit Staff CHARLES TOWN – The United Way of the Eastern Panhandle has announced that Tiffany Lawrence will join the nonprofit organization as its director of resource development and marketing, said Peter Mulford, who became the United Way’s president and CEO earlier this summer. Lawrence, who is currently the […]

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Out & About

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New book: Chat with Lyn Widmyer and learn about her humor-filled memoir, “Chasing Cows: I’m Not in the Suburbs Anymore,” at Sunday’s book signing, happening from 2 to 4 p.m. at Jumpin’ Java at 109 W. Washington St. in Charles Town. Widmyer, a member of the Jefferson County Commission, tells the story of her life, […]

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Community Notes

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Jefferson Memorial Park roundup: Children’s tennis standings — Big league: Lions, 5-2; Tigers, 4-3; Blue Jays, 3-4; Bears, 2-5. Little league: Cubs, 7-0; Vikings, 5-2; Hawks, 1-6; Owls, 1-6. Results: July 16 — Tigers 7, Bears 2; Lions 7, Blue Jays 2. July 17 — Cubs 9, Vikings 3; Owls 7, Hawks 5. July 18 […]

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