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This week, obviously, is the week of the Great Hampshire County Crossword Puzzle.

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This column will be my next-to-last article dealing with the Church. We will look at the fact that the grace offered in the sacraments is provided through the Church.

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A few days ago someone warned a friend of mine about me. It’s a common occurrence. Careful with Roy; he doesn’t believe what we believe.

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Life is full of battles of one kind or another. Of course, there are the literal wars that take place between nations, but I’m not referring to that type of battle. Instead, I’m talking about those personal battles that we have with our children, our spouse, people we work with, the meter-ma…

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These autumn days are perfect for working in the garden.

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A few years ago, many of our friends completed the Ice Bucket Challenge and posted about it on social media.

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The above title is not some horrible medical condition. It is the Latin phrase for a logical fallacy.

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When you grow up in the Catholic Church, as I have (OK, I’m using the phrase “grow up” loosely. I think boogers are funny and boys have cooties, so there hasn’t been much “growth,” really), you get really familiar with the concept of saints. 

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Now that our oldest daughter attends WVU, we have begun traveling to Morgantown to attend home football games. Not only do we get to watch my beloved Mountaineers take the gridiron, but it offers the perfect excuse to hug our girl.

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“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (Jeremiah 29:11).

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I try not to advertise this, but I’m a big Meat Loaf fan.

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As Christians, our faith teaches us everyone is created in God’s image and commands us to love one another. As Americans, we value our system of government and the good that can be accomplished in our constitutional democracy.

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Fall has officially arrived and is following the same unpredictable path we’ve been on all year. One sure sign winter is coming is the stinkbugs have returned. They are covering our screens and I have found 1 or 2 inside already. We are getting very close to the official 1st frost date. The …

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It’s common knowledge as well as common sense that people get old and eventually they pass away. They ride off into the sunset; they die.

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Recently, I have spent some time thinking about an old friend; we’ll call him Steve.

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Both my husband and I are extroverts. We love to talk to anyone who will listen, be it family, friends, coworkers or strangers on the street. We enjoy meeting people, and I particularly like asking them loads of questions about themselves.

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Things here in our corner of Hampshire County have been different all year, so the little news column is the same way and gets printed on the same week, appreciate all you faithful readers checking on us. 

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As we go about our daily lives, opportunities to be kind come along that enable us to help others as well as enrich our own lives. The following are some of my personal favorites: holding the door open for others, helping someone across a busy parking lot, helping someone put heavy groceries…

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Usually, I focus my sermon on the Gospel lesson for the week and spice it up, theologically speaking, with the readings from the Old and New Testament.

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I have read over and over the stories of the Bible and have had questions about the outcome of many of them.

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The weather is telling us we are well into autumn with cooler nights, but very warm days. I just hope winter doesn’t pounce on us overnight the way fall did.

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You guys ever watch The Bachelor on ABC?

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Last fall, I made the winning bid during an online auction for a good cause.

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In the early months of the pandemic, telehealth use rose dramatically. But fewer people are using digital tools to connect with their doctor these days. Claims for telehealth service fell 5% in March of this year from February, which fell 16% from January.

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There has been so much going on lately (and always) that for my column this week I thought I would offer prayer.

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l am not sure if autumn has arrived or if this is just a short break from hot days, but we are experiencing temperatures going into the 50s at night and it’s important to check the forecasts. Remember, 45 degrees means tender plants have to either come into the garage or the house at night. …

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Chapters 12 to 16 of Revelation introduces us to larger-than-life characters who act out a drama on Earth.

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For our family, going out to eat can be a tricky endeavor. We can all be very hungry but finding a menu that meets our individual needs and desires is nearly impossible.

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Researchers say that for patients with clinical depression who do not improve with antidepressant medications, the remedy might be nitrous oxide, otherwise known as laughing gas.

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It seems like everyone remembers what they were doing on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001.

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As we continue looking at the necessity of the church, we turn now to look at the means of grace given to the church by God.

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Time is swiftly passing and the garden is going to be changing considerably with the cooler days of autumn.

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It was 20 years ago, Sept. 11, 2001, that I was standing in my living room with a cup of coffee in hand when I saw it come across my television screen.

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Our youngest daughter is a very finicky eater. I can probably count on both hands the foods she actually enjoys. My dear friend used to tease that I couldn’t send her to school eating nothing but bunny shaped crackers. So, I throw a yogurt and a piece of fruit in the lunch box as well.  

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Several weeks ago I was seeing a patient in the Multispecialty Clinic and, as I routinely do, inquired about whether the person got the Covid vaccine and, if not, was the patient planning to do so.

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“Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58)

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If a person should decide to start attending church, the question he or she would likely ask him or herself is, “which church should I attend?”

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Society, a successful society, is built upon strong morals on the backbone of a thriving community coming together as one body, one heart and one mission. That makes a community a community.

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The days are getting shorter, but we are still having a really hot, humid day now and again.

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Last Saturday was my husband’s and my anniversary. I have officially been a Savage for 22 years. If you count the brief 5-year courtship leading up to our nuptials, I’ve been crazy about my Savage guy for more than half my life.

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I have been on vacation this past week. Friends covered the churches I served and I have been told they did a great job.

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Last week our oldest daughter texted to ask if I remembered the name of her academic advisor. I didn’t but told her to check her email.

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