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‘A place of safety and healing’

The Civil War laid waste to all the churches in Harpers Ferry, except St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, which is celebrating 160 years of continuous service to the community. A part of the West Virginia Civil War Trails, the church holds a lively history relating to the Civil War. The Rev. Dr. Joseph P. Smeltzer […]

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Feeding students: The Caring Cupboard, begun in August to provide needy Jefferson County schoolchildren with shelf-stable foods on weekends, operates from the back entryway of Shepherdstown Lutheran Church’s parish house. The church is seeking food and monetary donations, which may be dropped off at the Parish House, 110 N. King St., 9 a.m. to 1 […]

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Big cats, Old Glory and other thoughts on apple growing

I recently heard from a caller requesting information about apple growing. The caller didn’t ask for much — just which varieties do the best in our area and advice on how to grow them without chemical pesticides and would like their first crop as soon as possible, please. It’s the usual aspiring organic fruit grower’s […]

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Shepherdstown symphony in ‘tree’ minor

Recent warm temperatures had the redbud and ornamental cherry trees in full bloom in front of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Shepherdstown. Recent warm temperatures had the redbud and ornamental cherry trees in full bloom in front of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Shepherdstown.

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Feeding students: The Caring Cupboard, begun in August to provide needy Jefferson County schoolchildren with shelf-stable foods on weekends, operates from the back entryway of Shepherdstown Lutheran Church’s parish house. The church is seeking food and monetary donations, which may be dropped off at the Parish House, 110 N. King St., 9 a.m. to 1 […]

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Back in the ‘80s I lived along Florida’s Atlantic coast. For this northern boy raised between the rust belt industrial cities of Ohio and the “hills and hollers” of West Virginia the tropical scenes of the Sunshine State really brought out the “kid in the candy store” boy in me. The beaches, surf, palm trees, […]

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EDISTO ISLAND, S.C. – It is with a keen and joyous anticipation that I am planning a long-overdue visit to Charles Town, the venue of some of my happiest boyhood memories. I am the great-grandson of William Lyne Wilson, U.S. congressman, university president, Postmaster General and important figure in the establishment of Rural Free Delivery […]

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Church Bulletin

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Feeding students: The Caring Cupboard, begun in August to provide needy Jefferson County schoolchildren with shelf-stable foods on weekends, operates from the back entryway of Shepherdstown Lutheran Church’s parish house. The church is seeking food and monetary donations, which may be dropped off at the Parish House, 110 N. King St., 9 a.m. to 1 […]

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Zion Episcopal Church

CHARLES TOWN – Zion Episcopal Church is almost as old as Charles Town. The congregation can trace its history back to 1815. A larger church was built on the original site in 1848, but was destroyed by fire shortly after its dedication. According to an excerpt from the Spirit of Jefferson about the fire: “This […]

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Church Bulletin

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Feeding students: The Caring Cupboard, begun in August to provide needy Jefferson County schoolchildren with shelf-stable foods on weekends, operates from the back entryway of Shepherdstown Lutheran Church’s parish house. The church is seeking food and monetary donations, which may be dropped off at the Parish House, 110 N. King St., 9 a.m. to 1 […]

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