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Pirates and pilgrims: We’ll get there

“Give me my scallop shell of quiet, My staff of faith to walk upon; My scrip of joy, immortal diet; My bottle of salvation; My gown of glory, hope’s true gauge, And thus, I’ll take my pilgrimage.”   A contemplative reflection on life as pilgrimage, the verse above was written by a warrior, sea captain, […]

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LIVESTOCK reports

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Four States Livestock Auction Market Report HAGERSTOWN, MD   Sept. 9   SLAUGHTER COWS PREMIUM WHITES at $84 BREAKERS Avg. Dressing $74-78.50 BONERS Avg. Dressing $72-77 LEAN Avg. Dressing $66-71 THIN & LIGHT $65-Down BULLS YG #1 1500 lbs. at $94 FED STEERS H Ch – Prime 1350-1500 lbs. $125-126.75 Ch 2-3 1250-1500 lbs. $122-125; […]

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A God for all seasons

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The last trip to the beach. Backpacks and pencils. The school buses on the morning run. I had to drive to Morgantown last week, and already there is a touch of color in the trees around Cooper’s Rock. So soon the end of summer is upon us, and we begin the routines of autumn. And […]

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West Virginia’s Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick will visit Jefferson County on July 8 to tour county farms and facilities. It will be the first visit of a WVDA commissioner to the county in 20 years, and he will be accompanied by Jefferson County resident and native Bob Tabb, who is a Senior manager in […]

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As I write, it is Father’s Day, and I am remembering my father, Henry Hanson Caldwell. My father was funny, bright, and also could be Very Serious. (Look out, here comes a lecture, kids!) He loved to “mess around in boats.” He would say we were going fishing on the Rock River, and sometimes we […]

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Fresh feast on the farm gears up for new run

CHARLES TOWN – Now in its fifth run, Jane Tabb’s Fresh Feast on the Farm is gearing up for another local event at the end of the month. This article is exclusive, use Cleeng to view it in full. The rest of this article is exclusive, use Cleeng again to view it. The rest of […]

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Benefit Sunday for Romania Reborn mission

Bolivar woman’s goal: Help more children find permanent homes BOLIVAR — There are more than 9,000 children abandoned each year in Romania. Bolivar resident Jayme Metzgar wants them to have homes. On Sunday, Metzgar will host a benefit for Romania Reborn, the Christian-based organization she founded after returning from volunteering in an orphanage in 1997. […]

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MOORE, Okla. — Pastors turned to the scriptures and hymnals Sunday to help parishioners seeking answers after a violent tornado turned their community upside-down. Their message: Persevere and know that God remains with them. Meanwhile, Gov. Mary Fallin appeared on television urging Oklahomans to be patient while awaiting help from relief agencies, noting that a […]

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Aging is the unavoidable journey

It’s May Day as I write this. It is a perfect first day of May, with bright sun, but not too hot. It’s the sort of day that makes you feel young. I am wearing my Helen Wikowski Australian knotted raffia sun hat with the rolled brim. (Of course I can’t afford a hat like […]

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The time is now for common sense, bipartisan immigration reform. The agreement announced recently by the Gang of 8 Senators – Republicans and Democrats – would go a long way toward fixing our broken immigration system, while protecting American employers and American workers. As leaders representing West Virginia businesses, workers, and churches, we understand the […]

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