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Letters To The Editor

Reaching out to former Blue Moon Cafe employees

Shepherdstown Shares was created in response to the hardship brought on by the COVID-19 coronavirus to many Shepherdstown area residents. Our primary focus was on hunger and unemployment, loss of retail and restaurant business. The generosity of this community allowed us to quickly and ...

Problem between ‘gown and town’

Last week, I turned onto Shepherd University’s Duke Street entrance/exit. Driving this way to Route 45 would have saved me time on the road, since classes are not in session. A speeding blue vehicle came down on the right from the Moler Dormitory area. The car neither slowed, nor stopped, as ...

Fourth of July wishes

Happy Fourth of July! Everyone, please enjoy the long awaited summer and take advantage of Shepherdstown’s upcoming events. We all have earned this time, through our commitment to caring about the safety of others. This pandemic did not break us, but united us as a community. Thanks to ...

Putting buildings to good use

Is it possible to do an adaptive re-use of the Shepherdstown Middle School building across from Elmwood Cemetery to be the site of the proposed new library? Instead of building a new one, talk about its great location --- walking distance and virtually in town. Yeah, it needs a going over, but ...

A call for JCC to change

Democratic forms of government are fundamentally based on citizen participation. Voting, advocating one's position and speaking out at public meetings make up the foundation of a government that values the people's opinion. This brings us to the actions of our county commission that run ...

Mary Stanley legacy continues

Many of us fondly member Mary Stanley’s manifold contributions to the Shepherdstown community and the far corners of the Eastern Panhandle. Following her tragic death in an auto accident last fall we have often remembered her role in key events, such as the Back Alley Garden Tour and Tea, ...

Thoughts on the Shepherdstown Elementary School property

I made the following presentation to the Jefferson County Board of Education on June 14, 2021. As a believed, sixth generation lifetime member of the Shepherdstown community, with two wonderful sons (Andrew and Tripp), the three of us attending Shepherdstown Elementary, Shepherdstown High and ...

Advocating for our safe village

Many times, I have wanted to reach out to the public. As a Jefferson County School Board member, I have been hesitant to speak out, not wanting to represent the entire school board. However, this letter is personal. This letter is written as Donna Joy, a mother who is in a unique position to ...

Friends of Music congratulate West Virginia All-State Musicians

The Friends of Music heartily congratulate the talented area students who were recently selected to be West Virginia All-State Musicians. This is quite an honor, and we realize how much effort they put in to deserve this recognition. Our mission is to promote musical excellence in Berkeley and ...

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 ...