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Hunters have a blast on last day

I first heard the last day of deer season referred to as Blasting Day just a day or so ago. While I’m not too fond of what it implies — the wanton discharge of high-powered rifles — I do like the sound of it, which reminds me of Canada’s Boxing Day. Boxing Day has nothing […]

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Baking up delicious Christmas favorites

KEARNEYSVILLE – Sugar cookies. Oatmeal-and-raisin. Snicker doodles. Peanut butter. Chocolate chip. So many delicious cookie recipes passed down the generations! While you can buy wonderful cookies at local bakeries and markets or go with an easy purchased mix, there’s something terrific about finding just the right recipe, measuring all your ingredients and heading to the […]

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Marple firing: ‘As the board turns’

The latest West Virginia soap opera centers on an abrupt decision by five members of the state Board of Education to fire state school Superintendent Jorea Marple. That vote came nine days after her husband — Attorney General Darrell V. McGraw — lost his $95,000-a-year job in the Nov. 6 general election. The plot thickened […]

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W.Va.’s education system is poised for improvement

Founding Father Benjamin Franklin was a true visionary who said, “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” While Franklin said those words more than two centuries ago, the wisdom in them still applies today. It is a desire for the continual growth and progress of West Virginia’s […]

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Who’s a ‘politician’?

Just who is a “politician?” I’m one at the moment but I’ll cease being one in a few weeks since I’ll no longer be a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, a political office I’ve held for the last 20 years. My Oxford English Dictionary defines “politician” as “a person who is involved […]

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‘Experience’ is what you have to sell

Freedom versus resistance — which best describes your business? Previously, I have shared a brief outline of the Five Pillars of Business Growth representing core characteristics business owners must develop as they transition from being product sellers, such as florists, jewelers, or restaurateurs and service providers like mechanics, doctors, carpenters, plumbers or appraisers to owners […]

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Gnats and black snakes in my eye

It started out as gnats flying around in the lower left corner of my field of vision later followed by the tail of a black snake. These things weren’t really there, rather they were “floaters” presumably on the outside of my left eye and probably, I reasoned, due to the nasty cold that I was […]

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Breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas that come together fast

  KEARNEYSVILLE – Are you one of the hundreds of busy parents who manages both work and family? Check out these fast and easy recipes for every meal of the day. To get your young ones fed before they head out the door, you don’t have to rely on just the standard cold cereal and fruit. […]

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Thanksgiving week

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Thanksgiving week

I love November, as it’s the month for deer. The whole month revolves around strategizing and hunting deer. The testosterone is flowing high in rut-crazed bucks and you just never know when one is going to come running by. By now many hunters have spent a full week in the woods as the 2012 buck […]

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Revealing costumes

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Revealing costumes

It’s time to belly up to the Thanksgiving table, but frankly I’m still mulling over Halloween. Halloween is a natural holiday for the theater community, which is all about getting dressed in costumes and acting out fantasies, so attending a masque ball to raise money for a local thespian troupe was a treat equal to […]

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