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A moment to commend, welcome and bid farewell

By Staff | Apr 19, 2013

Each week we offer to our readers a guest columnist who brings insight and entertainment to our readers. This week, we welcome a new addition to the line up as we say farewell to one who has moved on.

We wish the best of luck to Andrea Hines who brought us her little ‘Slice of Life’ each month. The never-ending list of events, responsibilities and chores has led Andrea to scale back and, unfortunately, her column was one thing she had to give up. We appreciate so much the sharing she has done with us over the last year with tales of Halloween spirits, views of her backyard paradise and other day-to-day events and thoughts.

In her place, we welcome David Zunker, CEO of Jefferson County’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. His debut column can be found in today’s paper where he shares a wonderful piece on Curt Mason. We welcome David and look forward to his “Jefferson Views” in upcoming issues.

Along with David, we continue to bring the inspiring “Re-evolution of Running” by Mark Cucuzella. His column is consistently bringing educational information on running and exercise and should motivate us all to get out and improve our health. I must admit, when I read his column, I often feel the guilt more than the motivation I have to work on that!

Motivation to me comes more from the words shared by Maggie Wolff-Peterson who delights us with “Taste” and shares adventures of tasty treats. I look forward each month to finding out where Maggie is taking us and what temptations can be found to inspire me to try them! Her column has been, and continues to be, a reader favorite.

Rounding out our columnist family is Jim Whipple who’s words bring back memories each month. As many of you know from Jim’s column last week, he is facing some serious health issues and needs our thoughts and prayers daily. We welcome his look back into the past which calls forth days of long-ago for each of us and sincerely hope that we have those words for many years to come.

You may have noticed that we also added Del. Stephen Skinner to our paper each week as the Legislature was in session. We appreciate Stephen’s work in keeping us up to date on what was happening in Charleston as the decisions made there affect us all.

Join me in saying a thank you to each of these folks if you see them out and about. Drop a note to Jim (you can send cards here to the Chronicle office at P.O. Box 2088, Shepherdstown, WV 25443) and I will make sure to get them to him. I know we all appreciate the efforts they put forth so that we can enjoy.