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Hailing the ‘Hippie Homesteaders’

[cleeng_content id=”561587195″ description=”Read it now!” price=”0.49″ t=”article”]New book explores impact of artists who settled in West Virginia in the 1970s SHEPHERDSTOWN – A Huntington writer’s new book includes the story of how Sycamore Pottery founders Pam and Ren Parziale came to Jefferson County and the lasting effect they and artists like them have made across […]

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LEETOWN – We are both potters. Since 1971, Ren and I have been making pots together. Before that, you could say we were a study in opposites. Ren grew up in the Bronx, and I grew up in the woods of northern Maine in a farm town called Caribou. Ren came from a large lively […]

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Community Calendar

FRIDAY | 25 Middleway rehab: The Middleway Bad Buildings Project kicks off with a meeting at 7 p.m. at 112 East St. in Middleway. Leaders from West Virginia University’s Brownfield Assistance Center will lead the workshop and training session to start the Historic District BAD Buildings Project. Historic District property owners, stakeholders and others interested in […]

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An emotional ‘Dinner Party’

Charles Town’s Old Opera House serves up Neil Simon The creative minds putting on Neil Simon’s “The Dinner Party” at the Old Opera House this week say the offbeat comedy-turned-drama will have audience members reflecting on their own relationships. [cleeng_content id=”652803450″ description=”Read it now!” price=”0.49″ t=”article”]The story begins with three divorced men invited to a […]

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Fresh perspective

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Fresh perspective

Couple puts local growers’ best on center stage at Canal House Cafe Salads made with roasted beets, apple slices, greens and local goat cheese. Slow-roasted local beef served atop cornbread. Soup bowls filled with simmered white beans, local sausage, house-made chicken stock, lentils and fresh herbs. [cleeng_content id=”823250591″ description=”Read it now!” price=”0.49″ t=”article”]The menu at […]

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Going wild: The original organic is as close as your yard

Foraging weeds is hot right now. In fact, if you stopped “weeding” your lawn, you soon would have a supermarket surrounding your home. This is great news – our planet would be a healthier place without all that fertilizer, pesticide and weedkiller used to keep lawns looking “good.” Wild edible plants are the purest expression […]

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Pick up eggs, goat cheese, dill and other farm-fresh finds from vendors set up Saturday on South Samuel, and you’re on easy street toward four great meals

Just a few weeks ago, we were trudging along in our winter coats amid snowflakes and chilly winds, but now it’s spring – and that means we can turn to the Charles Town Farmers Market for the makings of . When the market opens for the season Saturday, shoppers won’t find tomatoes, corn, peaches or […]

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Community Calendar

TODAY | 9 Kindergarten registration: Jefferson County Schools’ kindergarten registration continues at Page Jackson Elementary. Parents should bring their kindergartners-to-be with them to registration; children will be asked to complete hearing tests and other assessments. For additional information, go online to boe.jeff.k12.wv.us or call the school system at 304-725-9741. SAIL event: The Shepherdstown Area Independent […]

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Out & About

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Out & About

Poetry event | Thursday Poet Michael Czarnecki will read from his works at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Charles Town Library. Czarnecki, who began writing poetry at 17, has published 12 books and chapbooks. Last year, he visited the Charles Town Library as part of his 48-state “Poems Across America” tour. His return celebrates National Poetry […]

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Apparently, we have two very hip commodes in our house. One is powder blue, the other a sunny yellow. Late ‘60s or early-70s vintage, they are – original equipment. This heavy-duty plumbing is “coming back,” as they say. You know you’re of a certain age when many of the things you’ve owned for years are […]

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