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Of grease and sheds

Note: Surprise breakdowns and hay field emergencies have made it necessary for me to go all NPR on you again. Welcome to another “encore presentation.” This story first appeared as a 2-part series in Antique Power magazine in the spring of 2011. I’ve picked up the story somewhere near the middle and re-titled it — […]

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Hungry for a special breakfast?  Think quiche

KEARNEYSVILLE – When you hear the word quiche, don’t draw back. This easy-to-prepare dish for breakfast or brunch is a winner. Quiche can be prepared with crust or without. To prepare a crustless quiche, whip five eggs in a mixing bowl until fluffy. Stir in ½ pound cottage cheese and ¼ cup of grated Monterey […]

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Watch your step when you walk in the woods

It’s always a good idea to watch where you place your hands and feet during this time of year if you venture outside. The biting insects and slithering snakes are out and the poison ivy is lush and green. I try to stay observant and alert in the outdoors, as you never know what you’re […]

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‘Take risks and make dangerous, bold choices’

Editor’s note: Ed Herendeen, the founder and producing director of Shepherdstown’s Contemporary American Theater Festival, formally welcomed actors, playwrights and other members of the 2013 company Monday evening at a picnic on the campus of Shepherd University. He agreed to share his inspiring remarks with the Spirit.   This article is exclusive, use Cleeng to […]

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Patriot deal an ‘Enron’ around Peabody pension obligations

Today the name Enron is synonymous with corporate fraud and financial ruin for tens of thousands of former employees, retirees and shareholders who lost billions of dollars and often their life savings in the energy giant’s collapse. Another victim was the American taxpayer who absorbed roughly $150 billion in costs. It was a spectacular flameout […]

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No solid numbers back up new sewer regulations

At the Legislative recap meeting hosted by the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce in early May, Sen. Herb Snyder was asked which legislation, beside the MARC train bill, had the most local significance. His answer was the sewer bond legislation. This raised questions for me, but first a little background is in order as the legislation […]

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Terrorist’s scion, and without a dynamometer

As some of you know, I also write a regular technical column for Antique Power magazine and an occasional one for Vintage Truck magazine where I pinch-hit for their regular tech guy, Joe Ayers. Last winter, a customer who is an avid — no, let’s say rabid, International/Farmall tractor collector bought me a subscription to […]

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A recent gathering sponsored by the Jefferson County chapter of the NAACP and moderated by the Coalition for Reliable Power was attended by between 150 and 200 people. The meeting was an opportunity for customers of Potomac Edison Electric utility, a subsidiary of First Energy to express the difficulties experienced with the utility’s billing practices […]

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Should W.Va. expand teen drug court statewide?

It may come as a surprise to some people that West Virginia is among the top 10 states when it comes to the number of individuals between 18 and 25 who are dealing with illicit drug dependence. That’s why the push now underway to add more drug courts for juveniles is so critical. Lora Maynard, […]

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Just who is watching  the watchmen?

The number of scandals is really starting to pile up, prompting some in the mainstream media to suggest that the president has lost control of his administration. The criticism is coming from sources one wouldn’t expect. In response to the recent IRS scandal Piers Morgan said this to comedian Penn Jillette on his CNN program: […]

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