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Ken Paugh installed (from left) Holly Simpson, Alexander Stewart, Colin Stewart, James Simpson and June Prescop as members of the Romney Ruritan Club on Feb. 9 at the Hampshire County Co-op. Not pictured: Adon Simpson. ❏

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For the month of February, I think the weather person read the same script for the 1st 3 weeks. Snow, rain, sleet and ice with maybe 1 clear day each week. This week may start out with a winter mix and get milder weather mid week. This is February, so what can we expect? March is coming up a…

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I have some history of the Extension Homemakers Club in the county. First there was the Farm Bureau-Farm Women Home Demonstration Club and the Homemakers Club, etc.

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I am happy to announce I have received my first Covid vaccine shot.  I got a call and was asked to visit the Hope Church in Augusta on Feb. 4.  The experience was very well organized.  I was given a clipboard and asked to fill out an information sheet in my car and then immediately ushered i…

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In these days of fluctuating rules and regulations, we continue to find ways to be together by working together, playing together and experiencing love together. One example of working together is the development of the 2021 Cacapon Riverfest scheduled for Aug. 21. The venues for this coordi…

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Ron and Jo Ellen DiCiolla celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Feb. 6 by renewing their vows at the Nazarene Church with Pastor Gary Smith officiating. Ron DiCiolla is a former pastor at the church and a current Hampshire County magistrate.

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Last Friday morning on our way to Romney, we got caught in the traffic back-up, resulting from the chain-reaction accidents on the icy highway by the Potomac Eagle Train Station on Rt. 28. Thankfully, no one was injured in the accident, but there were a lot of banged-up cars. We got in line …

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Thanks to everyone for their cards and calls of sympathy on the death of my sister, Natalie Oakes, last week.

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DAVIS — Fifteen Cub Scouts, along with family members and friends, went to great heights on Friday, Jan. 29 to go sledding at Blackwater Falls State Park.  Located in Davis, WV, Blackwater Falls State Park, at over 3,500 feet in elevation, more than a half a mile higher than Romney, is the h…

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Five generations of Carolyn Hudak’s family gathered recently. While Carolyn, from Springfield, held great-great-granddaughter Mia Sillman, standing behind them were great-grandson Alex Stillman, daughter Cathy Beckman and granddaughter Surina Stillman.

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Over the last year, while we spent much time at home, a revival of friendships developed.  Those folks who mean so much to us became our lifelines to the world.  Friends both new and old heard from us often as the things that really matter became more prominent.  Communication of all kinds e…

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As February comes in, some snow has arrived as well as Horn Camp Harry showed up to share in Groundhog Day, which is celebrated each year at this time to predict if we will be seeing an early spring or 6 more weeks of winter. Horn Camp Harry showed up wearing a mask, as he tries to avoid any…

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The snow is falling as I sit writing. If the storm is as lengthy as the forecast, we may lose power later. We are prepared with an alternate heat source, plenty of food and water. I also have several paperbacks on hand and a new crochet pattern to try out. Boredom is something I seldom experience.

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“Nothing is hidden from God. God knows our complexities and quirks; he ‘gets’ us better than our closest friends. Best of all, He cares.” God is with you throughout the day, lighting your path and guiding you with His wisdom.

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Romney Ruritan President Ken Paugh is shown presenting Rudy Bears to Romney Mayor Beverly Keadle and Officer Nick Shallcross. Rudy Bears are also given to DNR, EMS, Romney Children’s Home Society and the State Police for distribution to offer comfort to children in stressful situations.

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I know the new administration has a lot of issues to take action on: the pandemic, the economy, the environment and social unrest. I hope they will take up another issue that is affecting every citizen in this country: remove the postmaster general who started this mail slow-down by removing…

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I was sorry to read of the passing of Coach Don Peters. Sympathy is extended to his family. Coach Peters was teaching and coaching when I was in Romney High School, and then we went to Hampshire High School. Later, he was my insurance agent for many years. I remember at his retirement celebr…

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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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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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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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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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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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