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60 bottles of beer on the wall …

Ten years ago, I found that it occupies one’s entire forty‑ninth year in order to turn fifty. Mathematically, this is inescapable but there is an emotional effect as well. Many claim immunity to this mental process but unless they were carried away and raised by wolves, I rather doubt that these folks can shrug it […]

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Captain of the original ‘dream team’

Four games they lost for the Temple Cup Four games right from the start So Cleveland ends with ache in back And anguish in its heart Oh, where is Cleveland’s pennant pole? In the town of oyster stew And where’s the gol-darned Temple Cup? Afraid we got that, too —Ode to the 1896 Champion Baltimore […]

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Good gravy

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Good gravy

KEARNEYSVILLE – You can take the easy way out and purchase cans, jars and packets of gravy, but the art of making your own can be a worthwhile experience. Growing up in the country in the Midwest, I would watch my mother in the kitchen each morning stirring up a skillet of gravy from bacon […]

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Offensive line key question for Redskins as season opens on Sunday vs. Saints

Although the Redskins are looking better than in previous years, many questions remain heading into the last preseason game. The offensive line is the big question mark. With two-time pro bowler Jammal Brown out for at least half of the season after undergoing hip surgery last Thursday, it is looking like Tyler Polumbus will get […]

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Leveling financing playing field

West Virginia’s attempt to allow underfunded candidates to receive matching public money in an effort to level the campaign playing field in the November general election is in trouble. This legislative move to minimize a wealthy opponent’s financial edge may be abandoned before its crucial first test in the November general election. The State Supreme […]

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‘The first day after Labor Day’

The above words are the exact words spoken by my orchard boss when I asked the date of the first day of the “heavy” apple-picking season of 1980. I had started the previous November and pruned and cut firewood through the winter, serviced and repaired the ancient Oliver tractors and did various other chores through […]

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Is sinusitis or seasonal allergies causing your sniffles?

MARTINSBURG – We all know West Virginia is wild and wonderful, but unfortunately for some of us with the wild comes the un-wonderful allergies. Allergic rhinitis is the body’s, specifically the nose’s, response to environmental triggers. Typical symptoms include but are not limited to runny nose, nasal congestion, facial pressure, itchy, watery eyes and sore […]

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Call on versatile zucchini for dessert, appetizers

KEARNEYSVILLE – Whether you get your zucchini from your own garden, from a friend with a bountiful crop or a grocery store or farm market, there’s no shortage of ways to use this vegetable. Zucchini bread is one popular choice. This easy recipe only takes around 15 minutes prep time and a total time of […]

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Training holding back progress on new state records system

State government leaders in West Virginia have embarked on an ambitious $98 million project to combine all of its computerized records into one single program even though some of those involved are not completely satisfied with the contract awarded last year to a Canadian company. It took years just to work out the details of […]

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Life out of balance? Try this

WILLIAMSTOWN – Over the years, as I have talked with business owners, the one thing that they want to achieve is balance in their lives. I know for myself, I am constantly trying to make sure that I have as such of a balance as I can. Just recently I felt the off-balance signs so […]

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