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(“Poke Salad Annie —‘gator’s got your granny …” from a song by Tony Joe White, 1968)

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I think today, Wednesday, Oct. 5, is my official 3-year anniversary of living in Hampshire County.

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On our way home the other day, our youngest daughter reported finding a giant wooly worm outside her school and giving it to her teacher. I asked what its prediction was for our upcoming winter. She noted that it was mostly orange. However, because she doesn’t buy into superstitions, she had…

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Take a deep breath and you can smell fall in the air. A new season is beginning. The weather is, as always, unpredictable and it is time to talk about cold nights and tender plants. When the temperatures dip into the 40s, you need to give serious thought to bringing plants in not only for th…

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The fall edition of the Hampshire County Health Fair will be held at the Hope Christian Church on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Blood testing, as in the past, will be offered at low cost. Since the blood testing is not by a physician order, it is not covered by insurance and paym…

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Thought: “The best way to make a friend is to be a friend.”  – Unknown.

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One of my favorite television shows when I was young was “Charlie’s Angels.” I loved pretending to be one of Charlie’s private detectives, who, along with my friends, would solve pretend mysteries and capture imaginary villains. Pretend investigative work was a beloved pastime of my youth.

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Growing up in a rural farm community in the northern panhandle I learned quite a bit about farming and the farming lingo as it were.  Never put it to use in on actual farm, but I have learned in the course of time, the wisdom behind some of these sayings.

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I find trusting to be a rare gift – to both give and receive. When I reach out and offer my trust to another, I am exposing myself – warts and all – and that can be scary to say the least. Recently, I read in both Jeremiah and in Luke passages that remind me in whom I am to place my trust in…

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Fall has arrived and I, for one, am glad to see it. I have noticed the night temps getting to the point where we need to keep an eye on them. Forty degree nights means it’s time to bring the plants in close to the house or give them some protection. Our porch plants are protected enough that…

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I don’t watch horror movies, but I’ve been around the proverbial block enough times to know what your move should be when faced with the opportunity to welcome a strange doll into your house. 

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The year seems to be just zooming by and fall has been making himself known. Many plants seem to be dying back sooner this year and we are getting them cut back early. Every year I think about planting some fall blooming bulbs like Crocus, Cyclamen or Colchicum, but I never remember to get t…

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Last week I took the pants our children had outgrown to our local consignment store. I was planning to quickly leave them at the counter on my way to an evening appointment. Sure enough, I went in, left the bags, got distracted by something in the front room, began browsing, and made my way …

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“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.” John 11:25-26

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I am always amazed by the changing seasons. This year was especially so. It was like a switch was thrown and summer changed to fall overnight.

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There’s a yearly event that takes place near the top the Blue Ridge at the Clarke and Loudoun county line on Route 7. You may have noticed a wide parking area on the eastbound side of the highway. The Appalachian Trail adjoins this area and there are usually vehicles parked there: car pooler…

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I think I’ve already established in past columns that when it came to my fashion sense as a teenager, I was a little bit of a wild card. 

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She was tall and achingly thin. Her hard life had left its mark on every inch of her body and her spirit. She came in and asked, “Preacher, would you pray with me?”

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In every life, there will be times of trial. Sickness and pain are constant reminders that each of us is mortal. Yet, even in the most challenging times of life, God calls us to live in hope and full assurance that He is the God of comfort. 2 Corinthians 1:3 reads, “Blessed be the God and Fa…

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We have been receiving so much needed rain. Maybe this will make the colors more vibrant when the leaves change colors. Before the rain, everyone was cleaning up their garden and canning up the last of the vegetables. They were also wrapping up the yard work and putting away the lawn chairs …

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I am saddened to tell you that death has claimed Kenneth Johnson of Bloomery, on Sept. 6, 2022. Ken was 72 years old and a Hampshire High School graduate. Sympathy is extended to his wife, Eileen, and all his family and friends. We will miss his presence in our lives. I learned some local Ci…

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Recently, I had an opportunity to speak to a young woman in Capon Bridge who had just received a promotion. I commented that she was very good in her new position. When she responded with, “I love what I do,” it prompted me to think about those words. She did not say, “I like my job” and I t…

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I guess that I just get on a roll sometimes and reference the same book or movie repeatedly. The reader may recall that I mentioned Audrey Hepburn’s character Liza Dolittle in last week’s installment. 

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A new article of clothing I ordered came in last week – a light, airy beige-and-white button down, folded in a neat little square and wrapped in a recyclable bag. I couldn’t wait to whip it out and wear it.

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Heresy is defined as “a belief or opinion contrary to orthodox religious (especially Christian) doctrine.” With that being said, there is a lot of heresy in the church today. I am, of course speaking of the overall church and not any particular organization. Heresy in itself is bad enough bu…

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The new school year is already underway here in Hampshire County. Our students, families, teachers and school staff have all endured a difficult few years as well-placed debates over how to best balance Covid-related health concerns with the mission to educate children throughout our county,…

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Recently, our oldest daughter convinced every Savage to take the 16 Personalities Test online. She had taken it in a psychology class and thought it would be helpful if we knew our personality types. The results showed the Savage family consists of 1 Advocate, 1 Mediator, 2 Protagonists and …

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It’s not time to be completely done with summer, but it is slowly winding down. We have been doing a lot of fall chores, ever so little at a time. Sometimes things we did quickly in past years take a bit longer now. But that’s OK; the garden always waits for us.

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“You have security here,” said the older Nigerian gentleman as he was looking at our garden. His accent made it difficult to understand whether he was asking if we had a regular security outfit watching over the place or that he was simply amazed at the privacy we enjoy here at the end of a …

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My first appearance on the radio was on a nationally syndicated program about 20 years ago. Prior to that not-so-memorable date, I had been involved in an auto accident between Winchester Hospital and the Livestock Exchange, a location that I highly recommend for this purpose even if you're …

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It was interesting to read in last week’s Review the article Dan Oates wrote about Romney’s restaurants, especially how they operated during the war. 

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Fall is always a time to look back on the summer and take note of what we have accomplished and what we still need to do. This year has been most unusual, but not always in a bad way. When was the last time we had so much rain in August? 

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It’s official; our children are back in school!  Summer is over and fall is slipping in. With the improvements to School Street in Capon Bridge and the erection of the new gym, the vista is changing. The demolition of the burned structure near the bridge has also opened up a new view of the …

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Sending belated wishes to Pastor John and Donna Vetters of Dorcas on their recent 50th wedding anniversary – the Vetters have pastored at Bethel Baptist Church for many years. 

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It does not take long to figure out Capon Bridge is a town on the move.  Thanks to the visionaries on the Town Council and the supporting community, our town is growing and improving.  Just take a look at the Green Bridge Restoration Project.  In addition, new businesses are being attracted …

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I have 3 brothers, so I’m no stranger to being “one of the guys.”

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We moved our oldest daughter into her first-ever apartment a couple of weekends ago. We arrived a few minutes later than her lifelong friend and new roommate. When I got out of our car, I asked her friend’s mom if the apartment looked nice. She laughed and answered, “No.” Taken aback, I look…

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I have known years when fall arrived the day after Labor Day and thought that was apropos, but this year fall appears to have arrived in August. With the craziness of the weather so far this year, it would not surprise me if this were the case. Of course, since I write this 10 days or so in …

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Billy, our new orchard hand, was one of those “smart axles” that some of the permanent farm hands loved to hate. 

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