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An Anne Frank Thanksgiving

Many thanks to a local friend for sending me the following quote from Anne Frank, which in turn has set me to reflecting on some lessons her life gives us this strange Thanksgiving. “I do not think of all the misery, but of the glory that remains. Go outside into the fields, nature and the ...

Looking forward to 2021 redistricting

This was written before election results were reported, so I know not if I will have been re-elected when you’re reading this. Whether or not I’ve been returned to office, I thank all who voted and otherwise participated in the November 3 election. Whether I’m there or not, one issue ...

Farewell to old literary friends

My mind hearkens back to an old fairy tale of Hans Christian Andersen’s called, “The Garden of Paradise.” It begins, “There was once a king’s son. Nobody had so many or such beautiful books as he had.” In spite of all the wonders he could discover from his books, he was unable to ...

Rockwool: The fight goes on

On September 17, the Danish Mediation and Complaints-Handling Institution for Responsible Business Conduct announced it was investigating Rockwool, who’s building a stone wool insulation manufacturing plant in Ranson. This resulted from a complaint filed almost a year ago by a group called ...

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‘For the 95 that have died’

On Monday, Gov. Jim Justice announced his executive order mandating face coverings to be worn when a person is in a public indoor space where six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained. Children eight-and-under, people who are eating and people with trouble breathing or the inability to ...

Don’t relax yet

We are finishing week two of Gov. Jim Justice's six-week phased reopening plan for West Virginia.After spending over a month in social isolation, West Virginia's businesses certainly need to increase their cash flow, so they won't have to permanently close. As The Shepherdstown Chronicle ...

Stay strong, Shepherdstown!

Last Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that COVID-19 had been upgraded from an epidemic to a pandemic, due to the level of global devastation it had caused.On Tuesday, Shepherdstown residents James and Carolyn Vigil were the first people in West Virginia to ...

Memorial Day memories: A debt we cannot repay

This past weekend, many Americans celebrated Memorial Day, by getting together with family and friends to indulge in grilled burgers and hotdogs. But, for some celebrants, Memorial Day also brought memories of loved ones whose lives were taken from them, as they defended our country in the ...

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A contemporary view of Wizard Clip

History lives and evolves in mysterious ways. The November 20 article about Wizard Clip noted that an expert on the ghostly legend "has read more than 100 versions of the story." Just in the last few months local author Joanne Bario, who actually lived in the "haunted" Livingston house, has ...

Response to Nov. 6 letter to editor

I write this response to Mark Kohut’s letter to the editor in the November 6 edition of the Chronicle on Veteran’s Day, which also is my late mother’s birthday. The Shepherdstown Community Club board takes COVID-19 very seriously. We are the owners of both the War Memorial Building and ...

Safeguarding each other’s health this holiday

Happy Thanksgiving! During the celebration of this holiday, we should be mindful of our blessings. We have the love of family and friends. A wonderful place to call home. The kindness and caring of our community. Positive voices from our neighbors, family and friends that provide hope for now ...

Thinking positively

I'm thinking positive. I love my family, present and past, and honor their love, their sacrifices, their humor and their love of science and God . . . stars that shine in the dark night, love and light against all odds! I'm thinking positive. I love my friends, present and past -- they double ...

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The beauty of the world around us

As I have gotten older I have begin to notice how beautiful some things have become, such as watching the sun come up or standing in a field on a cold night just looking at the stars. Somehow it gives me a certain peace in my life that I have not felt before,The early Chinese teacher Confucius ...

The wnter has been a long one

Hello folks. I thought I'd drop a line or two just to fill you in on what's been happening and just to say hello.First, I want to say how much I have missed writing my column As I See It. As some of you have known I have been very ill.Last October I was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. ...

A time of joy

Christmas is almost here and I could think of a million things to write about the joyful time of year.For me, Christmas has seen many moods and many ways of celebrating the day of Christ's birth. Over the years I have written about some of the ways I have spent Christmas day.When I was young I ...

A year older and still fighting

Well, old 73 has popped up and I have lived to see another birthday. First of all let me thank all of you who have sent me so many messages of kindness an the hope for many more years to come. I have always told friends that I would like to live to be 100 years old, but I have to admit that ...

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Thankful for community support in flattening the curve

As we have waited with baited breath to see the flattening of the curve in relation to COVID-19, it is ironic to me that I, too, am flattening the curve in relation to my healthcare career. With 41 years working as a nurse at Jefferson Medical Center, my career has truly peaked, or one might ...

Tourism Development District Act will benefit Jefferson County

Recently, the West Virginia Senate passed the Tourism Development District Act.Sponsored by Senator Patricia Rucker, the act will help expedite large tourism projects within smaller municipalities that might lack the resources and expertise to handle them themselves. For the project to qualify, ...

Licensing reform benefits all West Virginians

Despite all of the good news about West Virginia's economy over the past few years, we still have one of the lowest labor force participation rates in the country. If we want the state's economy to continue to grow, we need to focus on increasing our labor force participation. One of the ways ...

Safeguarding American history in our backyard

Someone once said that Shepherdstown's most significant contribution was when local men met at Morgan Spring, and marched from there to join up with George Washington, in what is today known as the Beeline March.The comment was spoken in 2012, at a Fourth of July "wayside" dedication, placed in ...