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Making a bowl of cherries — one cherry at a time

My neighbor, Charlotte, taught me to make a cherry pie. There was a sour-cherry tree in her frontyard, and every year as it went from bloom to fruit, she invited me to pick my fill. Every year, I thanked her and picked nothing. Finally, her invitation prompted me to tell the truth. “I don’t know […]

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Bucks in velvet

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Bucks in velvet

It’s hard to believe that another hunting season is less than three months away. Summer is a good time to get out and observe wildlife, especially the little ones. It’s also a good time to see what kind of bucks might be running around come fall. I like to wait until the evenings after the […]

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Custer fought in Middleway!

Twelve years before Gen. George Armstrong Custer led the U.S. Army’s 7th Cavalry to its slaughter at the Battle of Little Bighorn, the officer the Crow Indians called “Son of the Morning Star” fought in Jefferson County at the Battle of Smithfield Crossing. That battle took place in August 1864 between Opequon Creek and Childs […]

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Why do we celebrate July 4th?

By the rude bridge that arched the flood, Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world. “Concord Hymn,” Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1837   This week we will be celebrating Independence Day as we do every year on July 4th. It will mark the 237th anniversary of “the […]

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There’s a large roller mounted on the front bumper of my tractor repair service truck. I look forward to people asking me what the device is — I tell them it’s a Front Roll. If you’re familiar with the northern Shenandoah Valley, then you’ve probably already guessed where I’m headed with this. In the more […]

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Progressive? Conservative? Naming rights, wrongs

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, By any other name would smell as sweet.” Thus spoke Juliet to Romeo, in Act II Scene II of the play by Shakespeare chronicling their demise. There is considerable controversy in academic circles as to whether Romeo and Juliet qualifies as a tragedy. For some […]

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Courts ruling offers ‘Printz’ of their dreams

The title of my recent column, “The land of 3,327 Constitutions,” referred to the destructive situation that I argued would arise if states were able to nullify federal laws and county sheriffs could refuse to enforce laws they believe are unconstitutional. We would, I said, become a nation in which the Constitution means different things […]

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  West Virginia is poised to make a major comeback in manufacturing jobs and affordable, domestic energy will play a key role in that resurgence. Our company, Marble King in Paden City, is currently one of just four glass manufacturers in the Mountain State, a place that once saw 240 companies employ more people than […]

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Life as a bowl of cherries

Last Sunday, the 16th, we met with photographer Ellie Kenney, her mom, Lisa, and Lisa’s young grandson Jeravyn at Shanholtz Orchard on Jersey Mountain Road near Romney. The purpose of this meeting was to take the photos for an upcoming technical article in Antique Power magazine entitled “What Every Tractor Owner Needs to Know (But […]

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W.Va. is worth celebrating every day

This week, the state of West Virginia will celebrate the sesquicentennial of its birth – a brave and daring declaration of statehood that is unprecedented in American history. Born out of the fiery turmoil of the Civil War 150 years ago, West Virginia was founded by patriots who were willing to risk their lives and […]

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