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Jefferson Arts Council has new president

CHARLES TOWN –  An elaborate mask hangs on a wall in Tish Appignani’s Jefferson County home. With soft black and green feathers, delicate purple and gold beading, and ribbons, the mask sheds light on why the new Jefferson Arts Council president so believes in the power of art. In 1995, when Appignani was teaching at […]

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Children’s museum director ramping up outreach

MARTINSBURG – Bree Myers, newly hired executive director of For The Kids, By George! Children’s Museum in Martinsburg, said her short-term goal is to attract 5,000 visitors by the end of the year. To that end, the museum is planning special “first Friday’’ activities at the beginning of each month, including a history scavenger hunt […]

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WINCHESTER, Va. – Jala Yoga has begun offering classes at Creekside Station here, with grand-opening festivities set for Sept. 19. Owner Christa Mastrangelo Joyce opened her original studio in Shepherdstown five years ago. Her second Jala Yoga debuted earlier this year in downtown Charles Town and now the new location is at 3119 Valley Ave. […]

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Timeless ‘Night  Music’

Sondheim’s 1973 classic comes to Charles Town’s Old Opera House Friday brings the Old Opera House’s newest production, a beloved Stephen Sondheim musical comedy that’s been described as “heady, civilized, sophisticated and enchanting.” Set in the Swedish countryside in 1900, “A Little Night Music” takes the audience inside the interconnected lives of a number of […]

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Share your Little House photos

For a child-sized home, Shepherdstown’s Little House looms large in many of our memories. As the Spirit of Jefferson plans a feature on the iconic structure on the campus of Shepherd University, we’d like to invite readers to send in their stories about the place as well as any photos they’d like to share with […]

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A look back at the Jefferson County fair

Photographs by Alex Uhlenhopp, Robert Snyder and Jocelyn Robinson

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At Identity Crisis, cancer fundraiser comes dressed up as nonstop fun in Shepherdstown

What do you get when you mix a VIP party at Wild Goose Farm, an enthusiastic gaggle of costumed revelers, a red carpet, a dance party and a slew of supportive Shepherdstown’s business owners together on a Saturday night? The answer can only be an “Identity Crisis” – the annual costume-studded event organized by Tara […]

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Farmland program adds 40th property

CHARLES TOWN — Jefferson County added its 40th farm to the county’s farmland protection program, bringing to 4,028 the number of acres preserved. An agricultural conservation easement was purchased for $290,640 to add the 76.5-acre Circle N Farm, which is owned by William and Deloris Nicewarner, on Aug. 19. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural […]

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Tennant, Holt in Charles Town for Women’s Equality Day rally

CHARLES TOWN – Natalie Tennant, West Virginia Secretary of State and the Democrat running for the U.S. Senate, stressed the needs of women at a rally here Tuesday evening. On National Women’s Equality Day – held every Aug. 26 to celebrate the passage of the 19th amendment to the Constitution, which granted women the right to […]

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Fairest of them all

17-year-old Miranda Godfrey reigns as 2014 Miss Jefferson County Fair LEETOWN — On Saturday, 2013 Miss Jefferson County Fair Kaitlyn Kave handed her crown to a new queen: 17-year-old Miranda Godfrey. Godfrey stood out among the 30 other contenders in a sleek, glittering silver-sequined dress. A pageant participant since she was old enough to compete […]

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