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Thank you for your service to our great nation. I hear often from family members and friends, they make me feel proud. The best of health and life ahead. My niece, Scarlet Pazdersky and her family are busy making a life for themselves in the Gulf area after serving time in the military.

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Here it’s the end of January already, and Groundhog Day is coming up and we all are patiently waiting for his famous forecast. Whether we like it or not, we still have February to get through, and we have had some big snowstorms in the past. Then, in March, anything can be thrown at us. So w…

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 “O Father, soften my heart to those who are less fortunate than I am.  Help me to appreciate the blessings I have been given and to share from my abundance.  Fill me with the new wine, which is Your Holy Spirit.  Amen.”

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SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Mountaineers started off the New Year fresh with moving our meeting to Sunday afternoons. Our first official meeting was held on October 13 at 3:30 at the Presbyterian Church in Springfield. We welcomed some new members this year. Our officer election was held a…

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Our snowstorm turned out to be a minor event on the eastern end of the county.  I am grateful it wasn't severe.  The day after was bitterly cold with a biting wind, making it difficult to stay warm.  I am already thinking of spring and realizing we humans are never satisfied.

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The winter months can sometimes be difficult for those of us whose love of the great outdoors is limited.  I find that starting my day with a short walk or just stepping outside the front door helps me connect with the incredible power of nature.  Even when the temperatures drop, the sky sti…

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Sunday, Jan. 19,was a very enjoyable day when family and friends gathered to celebrate with Mrs. Una Lupton on the special occasion of her 85th birthday.  The daughters and granddaughters prepared a delicious meal and ended with cake and ice cream.   Enjoying the day along with Mrs. Lupton w…

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I cannot believe this weather, the middle of January and almost 70 degree temps, but it is going to change this weekend. We actually are not that far into winter, it only started on Dec. 21.

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During the past week, we experienced a couple of seasons, all in a few days. On Sunday we had a touch of winter with snow and road condition problems, and in a few days it was spring-like, and on Saturday it could have been early summer. Personally, I liked the warmer temperatures.

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Thanking God for the wind that dried the washday clothes is not a silly sentiment. It is merely a grateful acknowledgment of one of God’s many blessings.

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The soft glow of luminaries surrounded Capon Chapel Church on Christmas Eve as church members, folks from the neighboring churches, nearby community and visitors to the area gathered to celebrate the long ago birth of our Savior.  Pastor McGuinn made that wonderful event come alive for us as…

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With the New Year come opportunities to start over, reevaluate our lives and set new goals.  As we come to the close of another holiday season, it brings with it a good time to think about organization.  If we focus on organizing our homes, we will most likely create a more peaceful environm…

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From the little community of Kirby and Horn Camp, things have been calm and relaxed as the holiday season has come and went – even the weather has been very mild, and folks have welcomed the New Year of 2020 here and we hope it will be very a happy and peaceful one for everyone.

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I have heard from my family members in New Orleans, La.: Scarlet and John Pazdersky, Christopher and wife Gabrielle and 4 sons: Daniel, Jacob, Stephen and Silas Pazdersky. Also, I have received a nice card and picture of the Smith family — Mallory and Alex, Bradley, Reagan and Tanner. They a…

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The Capon Valley Ruritan Club in partnership with the Marine Corps Reserves “Toys for Tots” program on Dec. 21 distributed toys to 22 families, a total of 80 children.

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Happy New Year everyone. Welcome to 2020. Years ago when we talked about 2020, we thought it was years away and maybe we wouldn’t live to see it. Here it is, ready or not.

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I hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful holiday season.  While out and about, make time for friends and family members.  The gift of friendship and fellowship goes hand in hand.  Getting together to share our lives keeps us on track and allows us to give more to our community.  Rounding t…

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Christmas week is here at last!  We experienced the shortest day of the year on Saturday, Dec. 21, and I am excited at the thought of more daylight hours.  A funny thing about the aging process, time seems to speed up and fly by before it can be properly enjoyed.  I think we just get slower …

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I am sorry I missed the last column. I was recovering from the flu. It feels like I have been sick for the past 2-3 months: first the colon cancer operation, then the hernia operation and recently the flu. I think I am finally on the way to recovery.

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On Saturday, Dec. 14, Wanda Koontz was among those from the Class of 1968 from Oldtown High School to meet at the home of Betty Holler at Lake Wood and enjoyed a delicious meal. Friday night, Dec. 13, Wanda Koontz and Gale Smith attended a craft party and cookie exchange at the home of Gail …

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"If you look for Me at Christmas, you won't need a star- I'm no longer just in Bethlehem, I'm right there where you are. You may not be aware of Me amid the celebrations- You'll have to look beyond the stores and all the decorations.   But if you take a moment from your list of things to do …

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Thought:  This Christmas we don't need more stuff, we need more love towards one another. By: womenworking.com.

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Capon Bridge ushered the Christmas season in at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 6.  The town tree was brightly shining as the River House Choir filled the chilly air with Christmas carols.  Santa was present and the library was open for children to participate in many ways: books, crafts, and goodies.  Wh…

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The holiday season is a wonderful time to share love, both with those close to us as well as love of our community.  With so many events, opportunities to express that love abound right here close to home. Reaching out to neighbors and family members who may be unable to attend these events …

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Senior corner…The Paw Paw Senior Center Monthly Meeting and Carry-in Luncheon was held Dec. 5, with 22 members and one guest in attendance.

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“If you feel that you cannot invite your neighbor to go to church, examine yourself, not your neighbor. Remember in your Christmas planning that happiness and good cheer are intimately linked with sound common sense.”

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Today being the fourth of December, it seems like time has gone by so quickly this year, and it’s already winter, and Christmas is soon here. Folks who spent Thanksgiving with family members in our neighborhood include Terry and Alanna Funk having their family for dinner Wednesday evening. A…

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The big Thanksgiving feast is over and so are all the celebrations surrounding it. Now it’s time to move on with the Christmas wishes. The official Christmas shopping used to break open on Black Friday, but nowadays it's shopping everyday. Some started last year on the day after Christmas, s…

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Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving. Folks at Kirby Assembly of God Church enjoyed a delicious and bountiful dinner following services Sunday, and it was good to have former neighbor and member of the Church, Mrs. Ruby McDonald of Green Castle, Pa., in attendance.   

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The Churches in the Capon Bridge area held a special worship service on Sunday evening, Nov. 24, at 6 p.m. at the Methodist church encouraging folks to remember our blessings and the source of them. This was a wonderful opportunity to thank our Lord for the blessings he has showered upon us.…

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The approaching holidays present many opportunities to get together with our neighbors and friends.  Taking the time to connect and reconnect enriches lives.  Sometimes a simple conversation makes all the difference.  With so many activities available, it is easy to celebrate with new friend…

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It’s that time of the year when Dr. Alex Doran would drive in from Missouri to get green field tomatoes, which he loved to eat, and also to spend some time with his relatives and visit the old Doran Cemetary on North River Road, where his early relatives were buried and bring to life the his…

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This past Saturday, Wanda Koontz met with Janet Burton and Laura Twigg to drive to Hagerstown to meet up with 4 other girls who graduated in the 1968 class from Oldtown High School. They had lunch at the Olive Garden.

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"Jesus is the Light that is brightest; the Word that is surest; the Peace that is calmest; the Counselor that is truest; the Friend that is nearest; the Companion that is dearest." -Roy Lessin

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  This is a wonderful time of the year to become involved in the community and give thanks to those who enrich our lives.  It is also a time to remember those who need assistance during the holiday season.  Let’s take time out of our busy lives to think…

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With the end of our warm weather, community activities have really picked up.  On Nov. 16, a free Thanksgiving dinner will be held at Shiloh United Methodist Church, 240 N. Back Creek Road, High View from 4 -7 p.m.  It is an open invitation and free will donations will be accepted.

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The GFWC of Romney’s November board meeting took place at Linda Browning’s home. They discussed their successful Christmas House event, as well as ideas on how to improve on it. Their District President reported on the W.Va. President’s project and how to participate in it by bringing to the…

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Senior corner…The Paw Paw Senior Center Monthly Meeting and Carry-in Luncheon was held Nov. 7, with 35 members in attendance and one guest.

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Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Don Gulbronson. Don passed away Tuesday, Oct. 29 at his home in Fort Ashby. Don had many friends where he worked at CSX Railroad and served as a proud Marine. In Fort Ashby and the surrounding areas, Don will be missed by all who knew him.

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October was Pastor Appreciation Month. On Sunday, Oct. 20 at the Timber Ridge Christian Church morning worship service, Alan Brill, on behalf of the congregation, presented Pastor Mike with a thank-you card and a monetary gift. Several members also gave Pastor Mike appreciation cards. Pastor…

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The Committee met at the Bean Settlement Church of the Brethren for a budget meeting on Monday night, Oct. 21, and then we had our Fall Council meeting on Saturday night, Oct. 26. Several attended.

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Fall weather has arrived in the community with cool temperatures and falling leaves; farmers are getting in the last of the harvest and folks are getting in a supply of firewood.  The old, one-room schoolhouse in Horn Camp has got a new face-lift with much thanks to the M.A.B.D.R. Bikers for…

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"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work."  2 Timothy 3:17-17

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The leaves are falling in the crisp autumn air.  We had a heavy frost one morning but it wasn't a killer, some flowers are still blooming. 

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Have you driven around and seen the amazing decorations that have popped up in our community?  This time of the year offers so much color with the autumn leaves almost at their peak.  It is a nice time to travel around and enjoy the wonderful sights of West Virginia.  Don’t forget to set you…

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October being recognized as Pastor Appreciation Month, I would like to thank our local community pastors for following the Lord’s calling and sharing his word —being Pastor Burl Charlton and wife Donna of Bean Settlement Brethren; Pastor John Vetters and Donna of Bethel Baptist; Pastor Max C…