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Cicadas in review

What has all the racket been about this summer? That high-pitched whine heard most frequently on the hottest days, sounding like a dentist’s drill or the call for the college semester to begin. Recently, that would be the male dogday cicada, singing for a willing mate. Somewhat unusual in ...

Jefferson County population growth slows considerably

The county-by-county population figures the Decennial Census released a couple of weeks ago showed that the growth in Jefferson County over the last 10 years has been seriously underwhelming. The growth rate for the decade was 7.9 percent over the 2010 population of 53,498. That’s the lowest ...

Greetings from Blue Bell, Pa.

Linda and I arrived weary, but relieved, on Aug. 14. Family members graciously rose to the occasion and helped us unload the Pennske and move our stuff into storage. Blue Bell, Pa. is a bustling suburb of mostly congenial go-getters. The density and pace of traffic takes a little getting used ...

Landscape artworks

Stumped whether to take down the tree that died last winter or grind out the resulting remnant remaining in your landscape? Well, if that dead tree isn’t threatening your house or your neighbor’s, leave the snag standing. If the stump isn’t blocking your driveway or causing too much ...

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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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Labor Day picnic serenade

Thanks to a dry Monday this week, the Shepherdstown Community Club was able to continue its tradition of bringing the delightful Rohrersville Band to Morgan’s Grove Park as part of SCC’s annual Labor Day picnic. In the pavilion on the knoll, an enthusiastic audience clapped, sang along, ...

Biden needs to use the power of his office to end the filibuster

Biden has a choice to make -- does he want to establish his legacy as a president who fought for voting rights, or not? In order to be remembered as a president who fought for voting rights, Biden must do more than ask the Senate to pass voting rights legislation. He knows as well as we do ...

Heartfelt thanks from the Shepherdstown Public Library

Youth Services Librarian Tish Wiggs of the Shepherdstown Library would like to thank the following individuals who helped to make our 2021 Summer Reading Program a success: Tina Barton, Jennifer Bean, Sarah Brumback, Anne Eden, Rachel Heller, Jane Levitan and Suzie Patrick. Thanks for helping ...

Health is wealth

“The first wealth is health,” Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote. The Shepherdstown community prides itself on our coming together for the common good. The COVID-19 crisis has renewed its attack upon us. Therefore, it seems imperative that we make effort to thwart this foe. Please vaccinate, ...

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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 ...