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I am watching my Bartlett pear grow, blooming right outside my window. It’s always a treat and I always try to protect it. Just wait for the fruit to ripen. The outside plants and the growth of things are most welcome after a hard winter. Neighbors are all very busy with spring work. I open …

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This spring has been a bumpy one. Temperatures up and down, all the weather elements and high winds. I guess we will continue to ride it out and hope for blue skies, sunny warm days and we again can get out there and mow the grass, then have a cold  lemonade and sit in the shade and relax.

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Things are looking a bit brighter with Covid cases slowing down and school sports taking place, and seniors are looking forward to Graduation. Congratulations to all the 2021 class, but to our very own neighborhood graduates. So proud of these young folks: Shelby Westfall, Taylor Michael, Gr…

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Photographs have a way of bringing the past back to life, helping us to recall images and memories that have long passed.  In addition to the beautiful spring flowers of our area, pictures of Capon Bridge are again filled with people enjoying their lives together.  Many events have resumed o…

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At their 1st “real” meeting since last year, the Capon Valley Ruritan Club was joined by their District Governor, Bryan Flanagan, and their Zone 2 Zone Governor, Sandra Timbrook, as they look forward to resuming club activities, including their July 4 celebration.

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April is a month of changes as we make the transition to warmer weather and springtime.  It did not feel like spring last Thursday.  It was a windy, cold winter day with lots of snow flurries in the air.  Just the day before, I had picked asparagus from my little “patch” and enjoyed it steam…

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SHEPHERDSTOWN. — Two Shepherd University students from Hampshire County have been initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

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In preparation for the Romney Community Pool’s opening on Saturday, May 29, volunteers helped at the pool’s cleanup day this weekend. Volunteers were (left to right) Bernie Shank, Kerri Shreve, Daisy McBride, Stacey Lambert and Mayor Beverly Keadle.

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I thought spring was finally here, but this weather is so unpredictable: snow in the near northeast, 70 degrees here one day and frost the next. I hope this recent cold weather is the end of it.

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I have really enjoyed all the blooming flowers and trees this year. The redbud is magnificent, not only on Cooper Mountain, but throughout the county. On Route 51 in Maryland they are beautiful, too, scattered, but lots of them. My Bartlett pear tree is in full bloom this year, and I hope we…

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Seth Caudhill, Patty Lee and Nick Gardiner (left to right) were at the Romney High School alumni museum in Romney last fall to work with RHS grads Peggy Jo Saville and Janis Mulledy to scan the 10 years of Pioneer yearbooks (1955-1964) so they can be accessed online. The portal for the yearb…

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Willian Taylor Jr. hooked a 16-inch, 3-pound trout at Blackwater Falls Resort Easter weekend. It was the 1st fishing trip for the 31-year-old Taylor, who has had cerebral palsy since birth. He was vacationing with family, Carolyn and Dave Nester of Romney.

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“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” John 1:9.

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The sun rose high and bright on Easter morning at Capon Chapel’s sunrise service.  Approximately 20 folks came out to hear the good news of our risen Savior.  We enjoyed a brief worship service and then dismissed as we went about the doings of Easter Sunday.  We are blessed indeed.

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With the budding of spring trees, I am reminded of our responsibility to maintain the environment in much the same way as our forefathers.  In planning for future generations of Mountaineers, we must work to preserve our forests, clean rivers and the freshest air found here in Capon Bridge. …

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There is always a lot of history around us that has been forgotten with valuable stories that are memories of days gone by. We are looking for some nice sunshine to appear, but the cold air will chill to the bone.

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I hope everyone had a blessed Easter. It was a beautiful sunny day and a great morning for a Sunrise Service. Most churches were getting back to their services with precautions, a lot different than last year.

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The bright golden blooms of coltsfoot are springing up along the back roads in profusion. This early bloomer is like the redbud; it blooms first and then comes out into full leaf.  The leaves and flowers are used medicinally to treat respiratory ailments.  A small amount of tincture made fro…

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“See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in the land.” Song of Songs 2:11.

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So often, working is described as a chore.  We procrastinate when reviewing tasks on the to-do list.  With the onset of spring, we have an opportunity to see things in a fresher light.  Working with others provides us with an opportunity to share and learn from one another.  It can be an ext…

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Clinton Lodge No. 86 presented the Masonic Veterans Service Award to James R Pyles on March 16. The prestigious pin acknowledges 50 years of service and membership in the fraternity. The brethren of Clinton Lodge extended their congratulations to Brother James R Pyles and his son James W Pyl…

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If you read my last column and wondered about the last line in the paragraph about the Capon Valley barbecued chicken sale, I assure you that what was printed is not the copy I submitted.

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Spring came gliding in while most of us were asleep Saturday morning at 5:37 a.m. with frost and cold. Later, the sun came out and it was nice.

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Spring is the time for rebirth.  We experience this in the natural world with flowers and trees whose blooms brighten our day. Faith also welcomes in a renewal this time of the year. You might want to consider taking a walk to experience the gifts of this season. New beginnings also include …

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I loved the taste of spring we enjoyed last week, and I am hoping for more.  On March 2, I saw my 1st robin of the season.  She was hopping along with her head cocked to the side, listening for the sound of a potential food source.  It was about 7 a.m. and I was on my way to the paper box. W…

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Folks in our area have been housed in most of the past couple months with snow, ice-covered grounds and cold temperatures, and, of course, trying to avoid the Covid-19 virus. We are looking forward to spring, and I notice that the crocus are beginning to bloom, and another sign of the season…

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We lost another member of the community last week with the passing of Shirley Whetzel. Shirley passed away on Tuesday, March 2. She was a very good friend and, in her working years, a good more to many in the area. Sympathy is extended to her family and man friends. She will be missed by all…

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The post office dept. is finally getting some media criticism for the slow mail delivery we have been experiencing for the past few months. It might be doing some good; utility bills are still being delivered late, but junk mail and seed catalogs are arriving on a regular basis. However, the…

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Faith makes all things possible. Love makes all things easy. Hope makes all things work.

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February continued to drag on and has finally come to its conclusion. This year it seemed to have a lot more days than 28. Considering what takes place during this month, Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day and Black History Month, it should have been very eventful.  Instead we h…

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Last week’s temperatures provided a respite from the cold, icy conditions we have been experiencing recently.  As the ground continues to thaw and the snow and ice melts, ideas of spring begin to return.  Songbirds can be heard announcing the arrival of the day with air that is slightly warm…

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“Nothing can hurt. I have taught you in the way of Wisdom; I have led you in right paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, and when you run, you will not stumble.” Proverbs 4:11-12

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Troop 32 has a new Eagle Scout. Bret Hano is a 14-year-old Eagle Scout who passed his board of Review on Feb. 28  and now has the coveted rank of Eagle Scout.

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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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