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Hampshire County has lost 2 local citizens to death.  Ted Braithwaite of LeHew passed away on Jan. 9.  Ted was a Capon Bridge High School graduate who married his high school sweetheart, Paula Sue, and they were always together.  We were all students at Capon Bridge High School and share man…

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Most often, I find inspiration by taking a walk along the gravel road. Trees that have survived the harsh winters call me back day after day.  I take in the fresh morning air and meditate on the gifts bestowed on the earth.  My connection with Mother Nature comforts me and renews my spirit. …

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Seems like we only receive sad news with the Covid pandemic still causing so many problems, but a bit of exciting news from lower Horn Camp Rd. when the arrival of baby girl was born on Jan. 13 to Justin Funk and Starr Moton: the new little one has been named Rylee Faith.  The family lives o…

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At every staff meeting Hospice of the Panhandle has had over the years, there is usually a staff member who presents to all of the staff a “connect to purpose” or why they work for Hospice and what inspires them.

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I have found a letter going back to March 30, 1963, with history of the battle that took place here. It was very interesting. The Blue’s Gap sign has been placed on Route 50 in Hanging Rock. There were 3 cannons placed in the following locations. One was on top of Brushy Ridge, 1 across on N…

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Did you think you would ever hear or read the headline “rioting and destruction in the nations capitol building”? If the federal government and the capitol police had been acting as they should have, this situation would never have been allowed to occur.

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Congratulations to Lowell Hott who recently retired from a job he was truly dedicated to. Lowell was always very kind and gentle to my pets when I took them to him. He really loved his job, so I hope he enjoys his retirement.

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ROMNEY — It seems that Christmas went off without a hitch this year, thanks to the Hampshire County kids who helped Santa find his lost elves in Romney.

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I was sorry to hear of the death of Ted Pumphrey. He was very active in Capon Bridge community activities in his younger years. Not many of us can boast such a long life line. I remember when he was active in Fire and Rescue activities and would often see him sitting with Roy Giffin under th…

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Sally Johnson, Regional Director of the Children’s Home Society of Romney, received toys for the Angel Tree Christmas Project from Sam and Nachama Miller, representing the Romney Ruritan Club. Brenda Ganoe and Nachama Miller pose with 1/3 of the gifts that were given along with all the food …

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Starting the New Year out on such a sad beginning for our little corner of Hampshire County with an explosion of Covid cases– prayers are extended to all those affected. 

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Christmas festivities looked dramatically different this year.  Despite this, we were able to share with each other in very meaningful ways.  Presents arrived via USPS and of course, the UPS man.  Zoom filled in the gaps for those of us who chose to stay home.  We must continue our efforts t…

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Enid Saville of Sunrise Summit celebrated her birthday earlier this month quietly amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Family members gathered on Hannas Road in front of her house to sing “Happy Birthday” from afar. The General Federation of Woman’s Clubs in Romney named Enid Hampshire County’s Belle…

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The final hours of 2020 are ticking away. The majority of us will be glad to see it go. Next year could be better or it could be worse. In the past, it has been said of an event that happened on a certain day, such as 9/11, it changed our lives forever. It appears the year 2020 has changed e…

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I understand that during the holidays there was an increase in the amount of mail the Post Office had to process. What I don’t understand is that delivery has not just been slow, but in some instances has been non-existent. In the case of the Potomac Edison and Frontier statements which usua…

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Rick Sirianni is turning 70 on Dec. 28. His family can't do a party, but would love it if you could send cards, well wishes, letters, or whatever else strikes your imagination to mark this occasion.

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At times, snow in our neck of the woods (measured in feet instead of inches), brings about major changes to the landscape.  Roads become impassable as trees reflect the natural beauty that accompanies the snow event. Neighborhood scenes become picturesque in every aspect.  Last week’s snowst…

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I applaud the weather forecasters for their accuracy.  Topper Shutt of Channel 9 is a snow-lover and he was right on target.  It was a beautiful snow as it fell and covered the landscape.  I filled up my bird feeders and sat back to watch.  The feeder tree resembled a busy airport as they fl…

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Thought– I am living in a day that I, as a writer of news, have a hard time writing news. This is a poem that has been around as long (I think) as I have been.

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What can I wish you at Christmas? You are already blessed with all the things that really count — a wonderful faith, a caring heart, a generous spirit...and so, the most meaningful wish I can make for you is that the same kind of happiness you bring to others will be your Christmas gift this…

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There is not much to write about. A lot of people are staying at home with COVID around every corner. It’s hardly safe to go out for necessities. We stayed in our car, this past Saturday night, when the Koontz family took in the Festival of Lights in Augusta. A lot of time and work went into…

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As the end of 2020 draws closer, although it has been a tough year for our country, it closes with some good news and a hope for a brighter next year.

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ROMNEY – About a mile down River Road in Romney sits an impressive brick house, a stoic part of the South Branch landscape, and after undergoing work such as a new roof this summer, new life has been brought to the home.

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With this year’s Christmas season a little different than Christmases past, the elves on the shelves in homes around Hampshire County are adapting to the “new normal” of the holiday.

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As we approach the Christmas holiday, it most likely will look much different than it has in the past.  Many of us will stay close to home.  I have been thinking of the opportunities this situation presents.  Strengthening the community by shopping locally comes to mind, as does reaching out…

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I have news about the passing of 3 well-known people from this area.  Bobby Lafollette from the Capon Springs/Yellow Spring area celebrated his 80th birthday in July 2020.  He was 80 years old and still working at Riverside Auto Parts and Service as head mechanic.  He was liked and respected…

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The Capon Valley Ruritan Club has been involved with the Marine Corps “Toys for Tots” program for many years. I have been involved with the program for 20-plus years and it has been successful for all of those years. It is my hope that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be a success agai…

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Sympathy is extended to the family of Alma Messick on the loss of her sister, Shirley Paulus. Shirley passed away on Wed., Nov. 18. She was a Landis and the Landises are well known in the valley, so I’m sure several will remember Shirley.

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A card I received from my cousin Christopher Pazderskey, the family lives in New Iberia, La. The card says they are “all good here” but haven’t seen any of the grandkids for months due to this virus. Signed “love, Scarlet,” she tells about her husband John. She says they had a party recently…

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“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 (NIV)

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Want to send happy Thanksgiving wishes to each one — this year is very different because of COVID – but we are Blessed People because of God’s Love, “for he is good; for his mercy endureth forever.” (1 Chronicles 16:34)

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Like most of you, recently I have been receiving seasonal catalogs in the mail. These catalogs try to entice us to buy anything from gifts to food.

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The community Thanksgiving service scheduled for Nov. 22 at Giffin Funeral Home has been canceled due to concerns over coronavirus.