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Letters To The Editor

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 ...

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, ...

Regarding article on town’s new email list

I appreciate the article in The Shepherdstown Chronicle's Feb. 26 issue, concerning Shepherdstown’s new email list as a vehicle for helping the Town Council communicate more efficiently with residents. I’d like to point out one important thing that was not covered in the article. The most ...

Caution about possessing dead protected species

Many wildlife species are protected against “takings,” whether you end up with them in your possession by killing them or by finding them dead. I have twice run into people who found dead birds along the highway, which they didn’t know were protected species. They thought it was a shame ...

Yardwork a sign of climate change

Yardwork is a measure of climate change. Just 35 percent of Americans believe climate change affects them personally, although 72 percent of Americans acknowledge that climate change is happening. If you are part of the 35 percent and live in a city apartment and pay no attention to your ...