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As I travel the roads of Hampshire County, I see Halloween decorations popping up everywhere.  In Capon Bridge neighborhoods, pumpkins, skeletons, spider webs and ghosts adorn front porches.  We delight in the spirit of community that defines Capon Bridge.  Thanks to all who participate in s…

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Capon Valley Ruritan club members, along with President Kevin Davis, welcomed our newest member, John Mayfield on Sept. 21.o 

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Did you know that October is TeenTober? This is a nationwide initiative developed by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) to celebrate teens, promote teen services, and encourage literacy. This year’s theme is “What will you discover at the library?”

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My news items started out exciting last week with the announcement of the Grassy Lick Community Center having the Autumn Harvest Festival, but before the Hampshire Review was published, it was canceled. Sorry for that, but with so many cases of Covid in the county and many deaths, it was necessary.

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Last Sunday, Randy, Wanda, Amanda and Rylee Koontz and CJ Gray were in Tipton, Pa., at Delgrosso’s for their Fall Festival. On their way home, they stopped at Ritchey’s Dairy for some of that delicious ice cream.

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October has arrived, bringing with it cool mornings and evenings, plus glorious afternoons.  I love this time of year.  I call it my feel-good month, and it is also breast cancer month.  I am one of those fortunate survivors who still love life and thank God for it every day.

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Calling all local businesses! The Hampshire County Public Library is looking for community partners to participate in the “Curious Kids” program. This program rewards youths who attend in-person library activities. If your business is interested in donating a small prize for children who hav…

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Another victim of the times: Greg’s Restaurant in Capon Bridge has closed. It was a favorite eating spot of mine and many others in the community. There are not many restaurants you can go into at any time of the day and order breakfast.

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Belated congratulations to Gale and Gig Smith, who celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary on Sept. 9. Belated birthday wishes to Betty Platt on the 15th and Beluah Emmart in Springfield on the 16th. Rylee Koontz spent last Friday night with her friend CJ Gray and on Saturday, Rylee and he…

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I want to apologize to my readers.  I was mistaken about the date of Mountain View Assembly of God Church’s Pancake breakfast and yard sale.  It will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25 and starting at 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Breakfast will last until the food is sold out.  All you can eat, Adults $6, Ch…

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“Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.” Psalms 31:24.

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Carter John Clary was born to Madison Fletcher and Jonathan Clary on Sept. 5, 2021. Grandparents include Candice Fletcher (C.J.) of Romney, Jeremy Cooper (Haylee) of Slanesville, and Heidi Trent (Kevin) of Augusta. Carter has many proud aunts, uncles and cousins. Born at 9:07 a.m., he weight…

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Laura Whitacre of Paw Paw (left) assembles with 4 more generations of her family — Brenda Smith, Jeffrey Wolford and Jeffrey Wolford Jr., holding the newest addition, Jeremiah.

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The Romney Ruritan Club would like to thank our community for its continued support. We are so grateful that our Chicken Dinner Fundraiser was sold out again. Thanks to the Loy Foundation for the use of the Bottling Works parking lot, member Josh Arnold from Lost Mountain BBQ for the colesla…

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The seasons here in Hampshire County can be pretty spectacular.  As we exit our glorious summer days, we enter autumn with her colorful array of fall leaves. With so many varieties of trees, there is always one that provides us with a pallet of reds, oranges, yellows or the ever-prominent gr…

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In recognition of the 2021 Arts & Music Festival, the Hampshire County Public Library is partnering with the Hampshire County Arts Council to offer several bee-themed crafts. During the festival, the library will be providing 2 grab-and-go craft bags that are focused on the topic of bees…

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Thought: God evidently does not intend for us all to be rich, or powerful or great, but He does intend us all to be friends. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Folks in the community had seemed to be getting back to normal a bit with the Covid cases, when all of a sudden, cases of the Delta variant have fueled much havoc. West Virginia Governor is fully recommending everyone get vaccinated.

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September has ushered in much rain, but not a flood for our area.  We were so dry it simply soaked in.  The pace of the storm, Ida, was gentle enough here to allow for the absorption of all that moisture.  Thank you, Lord.  The autumn equinox brings thoughts of the smell of burning leaves, c…

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“Bear with one another and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:13.

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Congratulations to the staff and everyone involved with the Hampshire Review that made it the best big weekly newspaper in the state’s annual newspaper contest. They came home with a lot of awards and recognition. It is an honor to write a community letter for such a prodigious newspaper.

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The recent rain has given a spurt of growth to my garden. I am now gathering tomatoes, squash, peppers and onions. The cantaloupe and watermelon vines are now looking healthy; no produce yet. My sunflowers, which usually grow to about 8 to 10 feet tall, only made it this year to 4 or 4 feet.…

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Being the oldest county in West Virginia, it is no surprise that some recipes dating back to the 1800s are still being prepared in our homes today.  These culinary treasures include pepperoni rolls.  Now recognized as WV’s official food, they were originally developed by Italian immigrants t…

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Louise Ruckman Sites is turning 80 years young on Sept. 14 and her family would love for her to be showered with cards.

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It’s back to school time. Get ready to learn with our school supplies raffle. Each gift basket includes stationary and youth books. Tickets are 25 cents each (or 6 for $1) and can be purchased at the circulation desk. Choose from Easy, Middle Grade or Young Adult reading categories. There wi…

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The weather cleared on Sunday, Aug. 22, not too hot and no rain for the annual family reunion picnic hosted by Ray and Marie Spaid at their home on Christian Church Road. There were over 60 relatives in attendance for an afternoon of good food, including homemade ice cream, door prizes and g…

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Our community suffered a great loss Thursday with the tragic accident of lifetime resident Roger Hawse.  Funeral services were conducted Sunday at Kirby Assembly of God Church.  Heartfelt sympathy extended to his wife, Kathy and 3 daughters: Elizabeth, Christy and Amanda and families.

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Summer is winding down rapidly; we will be seeing the big yellow school buses on the highway once again.  We are starting the fall term with in-school classes.  We might have difficulty adapting to the restoration of in school classes and activities.

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The Springfield United Methodist Women held their annual night out with dinner at the Taste of the Town on Tuesday, Aug. 17. They were happy to have 4 ministers to join them: their church minister, Lucinda Davis, and other ministers Ann Merkle, Loretta Brinker and Debbie Shreve. Other member…

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Our community has been in terrible dry conditions, making many complications for the farmers and, of course, gardens are not doing well, but the weatherman is predicting rain this week, so maybe cooler weather is also on the way.

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The Romney Lions Club, one of the oldest service organizations (founded in 1930), recently held their annual picnic at Hampshire Park where they installed club officers for the coming year and inducted four new members, Wanda Rogers, Amy Delaplain, Christy Kauffman, and Margaret Carlin.

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