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When you are in your 20s, you don't imagine anything lasting 20-plus years.In 1991, the stars aligned perfectly over Shepherdstown, W.Va. Those of us in theater know that the stars almost never align, let alone perfectly. There is always something that's off; something you wish you'd done ...

Understanding one-person, one-vote

As the legislature's special session on redistricting approaches, attention (and tension) heightens over the question of "single-member districts."Of the 50 states only nine have districts that elect more than one representative to a district in the lower houses of their legislatures. Nebraska ...

Greenscaping: Another approach to cleaner air

A major source of air pollution comes from lawnmowers and other gasoline-powered lawn care equipment. While lawnmowers have smaller engines compared to cars, they are not equipped with pollution-control devices, such as catalytic converters. Because of this lack of pollution control, running ...

A Hollywood meeting in the Sweet Shop

Let me just come out and say up front that I am unabashedly star-struck. When we're in New York, and I see an actor I recognize, my husband has to steer me by an elbow as I gape.There was the time that I pulled a quick 180 in the men's department at Barney's to whip around and follow Jerry ...

What gives with food service at fairs, festivals?

Numerous non-profit community service organizations were stunned earier this year when the Jefferson County Board of Health denied them permission to serve food at fundraising events.These organizations (Rotary, Kiwanis, the Animal Welfare Society and many others) had for years held fairs, ...

Region blessed with theatrical excellence

First, let me offer my theatrical credentials in brief. I've studied theatre and communication in four major U.S. universities for more than a decade, earning three degrees - including an MA and Ph.D. Secondly, my first stage appearance was 72 years ago, and since retiring to the Eastern ...

Why natural running and why now?

A family physician who has worked in primary care clinics for 20 years, I entered this field of medicine since it seemed to be the area where one can have the most influence and impact on healthy lifestyles. I offer the prescription of daily exercise to every patient and ask what activity they ...

Affordable health care the W.Va. way

About a week ago a group called West Virginians for Affordable Health Care held a workshop in Shepherdstown to explain how the new federal Affordable Care Act will be implemented in West Virginia.This was one of a half dozen such workshops the group is holding around the state. Due to ...

Making commonsense cutbacks

With the country facing a death spiral of debt, it is clear that we must make difficult choices to improve our nation's fiscal future. This week, the Senate took a historic step toward fiscal responsibility by ending $6 billion in subsidies to the ethanol industry. Ending these subsidies will ...

Ginada Pinata:?A band to support, enjoy

Living just two doors away from the Opera House, I have no excuse for the fact that last week was my first time to attend one of its events under the new management. It helps that I was poked into going by Jesse Shultzaberger, a member of the band Ginada Pinata that was playing.Ginada Pinata is ...