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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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Spring staple

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Spring staple

Every April, the popular Home and Garden Tour offers an inside look at area’s historic, unique sites As dependable as April showers and spring flowers, the annual showcase of one-of-a-kind Panhandle properties is again set to delight visitors later this month. [cleeng_content id=”613140544″ description=”Read it now!” price=”0.49″ t=”article”]Coming up April 26 and 27, the House […]

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SHEPHERDSTOWN – Doug Estepp of Coal Country Tours will lead a tour of southern West Virginia that departs Shepherdstown May 16. Destinations will include the Tamarack Cultural Center, the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine, the Whipple Company Store, Matewan, the Blair Mountain Battlefield, the Buffalo Creek Memorial, the McDowell County Courthouse, the World War I Black […]

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Community Calendar

TODAY | 26 Affordable Care Act workshops: A free health insurance marketplace workshop begins at 5 p.m. at Blue Ridge Community & Technical College at 13650 Apple Harvest Drive in Martinsburg. Enrollment sessions in two of the college’s computer labs will also be offered. The Affordable Care Act enrollment deadline is Monday. For details or […]

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Healthcare in the crosshairs

CHARLES TOWN – Actor and playwright Michael Milligan brings “Mercy Killers” – his powerful examination of the ills of the American healthcare system that’s been staged off-Broadway and everywhere from Minnesota, Illinois, California, his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, and myriad other places – to the Eastern Panhandle this week for six free performances. [cleeng_content id=”948170899″ […]

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The Washingtons’ war

What happened after the Founding Father’s kin sided with the Rebels? Abraham Lincoln must have been pained by the number of Washingtons on the other side during the Civil War. He idolized George Washington. One of the first books he read as a boy was Parson Weems’s apocryphal biography of the first president, and it […]

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‘Charles Town may be the most famous place you never heard of’

We wanted to learn more about James Johnston, the D.C. lawyer, writer and lecturer whose essay on the Washington family’s ties to the Confederacy first appeared in The New York Times last month. In addition to his law practice, where his work includes telecommunications, intellectual property and appellate litigation, he’s written more than 80 newspaper […]

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