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Hardscape for the landscape

The effect of an attractive landscape with fetching plants on the perceived value of a home has often been documented at 15 percent or more, even for non-gardening lookie-loos. According to one survey, the preferred landscape includes a sophisticated design with large deciduous, evergreen and ...

The personal income tax: More drama

In my last column, I reported that Governor Jim Justice had unveiled a plan to eliminate the personal income tax immediately and rely on serious budget cuts to K-12 and higher education, law enforcement, health care, environmental protection and other public services to make up the gap in our ...

Minds blown, hearts on fire

This month I want to tell you a story. No matter your religious allegiance, this story has universal appeal. It’s about a young itinerant carpenter from a Jewish family who felt a fire inside himself and found the courage to express it, out on the road, in a boat on the sea and on the country ...

Garden inspirations: Winter’s blooming branches

We’ve seen our fair share of winter weather, just as Punxsutawney Phil predicted when he saw his Pennsylvanian shadow earlier this year. And we may still experience more before the arrival of spring. If you can’t wait for the gardening hustle-and-bustle to begin, here’s the solution to ...

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Evans finally made the right choice

Among the angry mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 was incoming West Virginia Del. Derrick Evans, R-Wayne, who posted a video online from the Capitol interior yelling, “We’re in! … Derrick Evans is in the Capitol!” His illegal actions demanded a swift and severe ...

‘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 ...

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April is Financial Literacy Month

April is Financial Literacy Month! Again this year, I am offering all Jefferson County high school seniors a graduation gift, a copy of the “The Missing Semester,” an award-winning book by Matt Kabala and Gene Natali Jr. that explains basic personal finance to allow people to make smart ...

Shepherdstown’s ‘Garden of Eden’

Have you been to Morgan’s Grove Park yet this springtime? The park is more majestic than I have ever seen it. Nothing but nature, all littering or immovable branches removed, and some playground equipment and a covered picnic area available for everyone to use. We should all go. Walk or run ...

Spay Today can help with animal population control

With the coming of spring, the kitten population will soon multiply. I would wager to say that the majority of people in the Eastern Panhandle have had the experience of either finding a cat, having a stray cat appear at their home or heard sad stories of what happens to cats who encounter ...

Thankful for the Jefferson County Health Department’s immunization clinics

Us old folks scheduled for COVID-19 immunizations in Ranson are greatly pleased by the efficiency and speed of the operation, manned principally by unpaid volunteers, but also by police who effectively direct traffic and parking. In a very impressive operation, volunteers from the general, ...

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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 ...