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Day after day, we are called to be ‘ordinary’

Saturday night, I walked out on Zachary Taylor Street in Harpers Ferry beneath the night sky to look for the aurora borealis. Scanning north across the Potomac, there did seem to be a greenish cast to the heavens above Maryland Heights. Much more spectacular was the “every day” night sky to the west, where Jupiter […]

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Grate expectations

The Old Hippie (aka wife, Stephanie) is pawing away in the garden already. I usually like to fire up our classic, antiquated red Troy-Built tiller and turn up a straight and orderly seedbed, then just kind of look at it for a while. The newly-turned soil amid the fresh green grass and budding apple trees […]

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Spring peas? Smart diners, cooks answer: ‘Yes, please!’

KEARNEYSVILLE – Peas, Peas, Peas. Peas are rich in fiber, folic acid and vitamin A. We should all be eating them, and if possible, growing our own. Peas are a cool-season vegetable, meaning they will perform best when temperatures are in the 70s and will be just fine if subjected to a light frost. Their […]

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West Virginia, more isolated than ever?

Early in the last century West Virginia was a dark and isolated region dominated by coal mines and company towns that were brutish and barren. They were places where adults and children alike labored in danger and poverty. These conditions and the mine wars they spawned provoked voyeuristic interest among astonished newspaper readers in New […]

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Tomblin opposes House’s tolls bill

One of the key unexpected pieces of legislation that will be debated during the final week of the 2013 regular legislative session is whether to pass a bill that calls for removal of tolls on the West Virginia Turnpike in 2020, one year after the bond debt for the 88-mile highway from Charleston to Princeton […]

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Gun rights are rights for all

The issue of local gun control laws is one that refuses to go away. Last Thursday, the Jefferson County Commission considered a resolution “against gun violence” proposed by a Quaker group based in Shepherdstown. It included this quote from the Bible: “Thou shalt not kill.” I share the Quakers’ desire to end violence and I […]

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Teen court gives wayward youth a jury of their peers

Imagine making a poor decision that could change the course of your life. Now imagine having a second chance to correct your mistake and learning how to be a productive citizen. The Jefferson County Teen Court program in partnership with the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle is a community-based intervention/prevention program designed to provide […]

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Where’s the beef?

With forty-five days of the 60-day 2013 legislative session complete, a total of 72 bills originating in the House of Delegates have gained passage and are now under consideration in the state Senate. Among the bills approved by the House to date are HB 2434, which would provide pay raises to magistrates in less populous […]

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Making threats is no reason to kill gun bill

When I was in the third grade, I remember an incident where a classmate shot a spitball that stuck to the blackboard while the teacher had her back to the class. She was writing a lesson on the board. For those of you not familiar with what a spitball is, it is a little wad […]

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Social Security benefits should be optimized

SHEPHERDSTOWN — Every day, more than 10,000 baby boomers become eligible for Social Security benefits. New rules and regulations make it difficult to apply for benefits. In fact, the maze of laws makes applying for benefits a tedious and complicated affair. Did you know that: • the earliest age a person can receive benefits is […]

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