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Fair warning: This pie recipe is a winner

KEARNEYSVILLE – Every year when fair season rolls around, great home-baked desserts have their moment in the spotlight.  In this column, I’ll share two recipes, one for an egg custard pie that won me a Best In Show ribbon at the 2011 Jefferson County Fair and also an apple pie recipe that’s been a winner for […]

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Treading on our roots

Big brother was in from Oregon for a few weeks, traveling solo this time and giving my sister-in-law the luxury of watching the entire Olympics without any unwelcomed comments, even if it meant tending to his garden and his dog during his absence. Naturally a visit meant mingling with the aunts, uncles and cousins, first […]

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New River float

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New River float

It had been awhile since I last fished with Dad so when Tara asked me what I would like to do for my birthday I told her that I’d like to take Dad fishing on a float trip down the New River. Dad has floated the whitewater section of the New River before but he […]

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Eight-year drivers’ license might be

This state’s implementation of the requirements for a new federal REAL ID plan as West Virginia residents obtain or renew their driver’s license got under way back on Jan. 3, 2010. Two adjoining states — Maryland and Ohio — are also on board but Pennsylvania and Virginia are refusing to participate. However, there’s still time […]

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The six o’ clock rosies

Suddenly, school is back in session and my wife, Stephanie aka the old hippie bus driver, is again driving her school bus route. Mornings come early to a rural school bus family and there are many duties performed behind the scenes in the wee hours before dawn. For example, the Old Hippie has informed me […]

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Our state fish

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Our state fish

The brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) is our only true native trout in West Virginia as well as much of the eastern United States. They’ve inhabited our clean, coldwater streams for the last several million years. During the pre-Colonial times, brook trout were found in almost every coldwater stream and river in the eastern US. What […]

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Medicaid increase the straw that breaks the budget’s back

The joy of a healthy budget surplus in state government that has reflected an enviable status for West Virginia’s financial position during the last several years has come to an abrupt end. Secretary of Revenue Charles Lorensen informed many state agencies last week that they must come up with reductions in spending of 7.5 percent […]

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Jell-O’s a fun way to chill out with kids, grandkids

KEARNEYSVILLE – Instead of picking up those processed Jell-O cups at the store, why not head to the kitchen for a fun time with your children or grandchildren and make a gelatin dessert the old-fashioned way? Cool and fruity, these desserts bring a splash of color to the picnic table or dining room spread. Jell-O […]

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The Beaverhead River

In last weeks column we were leaving the Madison River Valley en route to Dillon, Mont. We stopped along the way and fished the Ruby River where we all caught a few brown trout. Andy landed a 19-inch brown and had a bigger one get off. On our way into Dillon we passed the Beaverhead […]

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Economic benefits

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Economic benefits

A recent article in the Charleston Daily Mail (“Online university skews W.Va. enrollment figures, August 1, 2012) downplayed the reliability of Department of Education statistics on enrollment growth at American Public University System. The paper noted that “the figures also could give the false impression that APUS is having a large economic impact on the […]

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