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Home Grown

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Home Grown

SHEPHERDSTOWN – Years before Will Allen won a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” or inspired audiences nationwide in the documentary “Fresh,” he talked with Shepherdstown native Charles Wilson, who was writing a magazine story on the then-new trend of setting up farms inside decaying cities. “Back then I didn’t feel very hopeful about the urban agriculture […]

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Carrying on Bob Marley’s legacy

CHARLES TOWN – As much as Aston “Family Man” Barrett loved playing alongside Bob Marley in Jamaica starting in the 1970s, he’s thrilled these days to wow audiences born long after the reggae superstar’s passing. The 65-year-old – bass guitarist and leader of The Wailers, Marley’s legendary band – on Friday will bring Marley’s legacy […]

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Barbecue’s as close as your slow cooker

CHARLES TOWN – Hungry for barbecue but don’t want to wait till you have a leisurely weekend free to get out your grill?  Look instead to your slow-cooker, which will let you wrap up a busy workday and come home to a tender, slow-cooked roast. In the comfort of your kitchen, you’ll be able to […]

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Out&about

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A History Alive! presentation at Fishermen’s Hall at Southwest and Academy streets in downtown Charles Town begins at 7 p.m. Friday. Joe Bundy steps into the role of Delany and also hosts a question and answer session. For details, contact James Tolbert at 304-725-7852. At 7 p.m. Monday, a forum on Delany’s life between the […]

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  CHRISTINE MILLER FORD Spirit Staff SHEPHERDSTOWN – Dr. Phil Maffetone may be best known as the physician who helped transform Mark Allen into a six-time winner of the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon with some surprising advice: “Slow down.” Maffetone takes a holistic, low-stress approach to endurance sports, helping athletes train to go slower so they […]

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Lessons of the trail

HARPERS FERRY — Paul Longchamps has that forward tilt to his gait that betrays a man who’s been walking a long time. He has. Come August, Longchamps expects he’ll be at the summit of Mt. Katahdin in Maine, capping a 2,184-mile slog up the East Coast that began in Georgia in February at the southern […]

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All Nations Powwow comes to fairgrounds

KEARNEYSVILLE – For the first time, the Wanjila Oyate Wacipi, or All Nations Powwow, was held at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds last weekend. The event brought together members of a number of Native American tribes for a round of traditional song and dance. The dancers showcased a number of different dances while members of the […]

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MARTINSBURG – Sign up to give blood Thursday in Martinsburg and you’ll be honoring the memory of Cynthia Snyder, a well-loved Jefferson County teacher and florist who died last year after battling Diamond Blackfan Anemia for decades. Her survivors say they’ll continue to organize blood drives in Snyder’s memory with the goal of bringing in […]

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High-end steak (on the cheap)

CHARLES TOWN – Steak. Juicy, mouth-watering steak: Ravishing ribeye. A perfect Porterhouse. Terrific T-bones. Perfectly seared with criss-cross grill marks, these cuts of steak are some of the most delicious pieces of meat to cook over an open flame. But in this age of austerity, it’s not always easy to afford them. For those of […]

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CHARLES TOWN – Grilled steak will be your meal’s star attraction, but you can also rely on your grill for side dishes and a dessert that merit rave reviews. Steak’s natural partner, the baked potato, comes together easily on the grill. The recipe below calls for jumpstarting the cooking process in the microwave, then switching […]

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