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About those times when I don’t restrain myself

The Maryland state trooper parked and hidden in the grassy median must have seen me before I saw him, for within a moment he was riding alongside me in the next lane flagging me to pull over, post-haste. My violation: an absolute failure to be barricaded into my moving vehicle via a lap and shoulder […]

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Our fat watchbirds

Have you ever looked into a blue jay’s nest? Me neither. Maybe it’s for the best that we haven’t. Lithuanians, especially those of us with some West Virginia heritage thrown in, are known to do some pretty silly things, especially in a rural setting. Our two most prominent traits, curiosity and hard-headedness, often combine to […]

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Growing things is deeply rooted

The Home Depot was humming on a recent Sunday afternoon as people filled their carts with all manner of flora and bags of compost and mulch with a few garden hoses and flowerpots thrown in for good measure. There were even people clustered around the revolving seed rack, confident in putting a dried, dead-looking speck […]

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No surprises to be had in primary election outcomes

There were no surprising outcomes in last week’s primary election in West Virginia. The biggest disappointment was that only one of every four registered voters bothered to show up at the polls — the lowest turnout for a primary election for this state in 60 years. The previous worst turnout in more than half a […]

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Construct your customer experience

In our last column, we introduced the First Pillar of Business Success and posed the question, if most customers have a variety of options to fill their need for your product or service, why should they choose your business over every other alternative? The answer was when there are many options available to customers, your […]

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Put a triathlon within your reach

CHARLES TOWN – Say the word “triathlon,” and many people think of the suffer fest called Ironman –a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike race and a full, 26.2-mile marathon, a trio done back-to-back-to-back, with no break. But there are ways to put the triathlon with reach. A mini-triathlon means a shorter pool swim, a bike […]

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Big cats, Old Glory and other thoughts on apple growing

I recently heard from a caller requesting information about apple growing. The caller didn’t ask for much — just which varieties do the best in our area and advice on how to grow them without chemical pesticides and would like their first crop as soon as possible, please. It’s the usual aspiring organic fruit grower’s […]

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Interim meetings do next year’s session prepare

Members of the West Virginia Legislature open the first three-day round of monthly interim committee meetings next Monday to begin consideration of the major issues, as well as some minor ones, that can be expected to be on the agenda when the 2013 regular legislative session begins in January. Each of the 134 legislators has […]

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Taking a bite out of scandal

Admittedly, my television viewing habits aren’t strictly PBS with its nature shows and public policy discussions, and I don’t immediately get defensive when someone brags about not even owning a TV, but I do have my lapses into mindless mush. In my defense, I draw the line at anything with a Kardashian in it, or […]

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Adieu from Kearneysville columnists

It is with regret I contribute one last column following 38 years talking with hundreds of local folks in the community, many of whom have passed on, sharing birthdays, anniversaries, births, parties, vacations, church news, local 4-H, tidbits of history, upcoming events, and I could continue on and on. In 1974, local correspondent Mary Pauline […]

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