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Not many community happenings to report. Most functions have been canceled due to COVID-19, which, in my opinion, is a good thing. Maybe if we all practice social distancing and wear face masks in public we can defeat this pandemic.

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Fall tried to sneak in a few days early this year. The temperature Sat. morning was 39 degrees and Sunday morning it was 34 degrees. I’m sure there was scattered frost around. Anyway, fall officially arrived on Tuesday, and also a few warmer days, so the ladybugs and stink bugs will be cling…

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If you have a picture to share, email it to news@hampshirereview.com, mail it to P.O. Box 1036, Romney, WV 26757 or drop it by our office at 74 W. Main St. For more photos from Hampshire County’s past, visit the Hampshire History page on Facebook.

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What makes us so unique here in the mountains of West Virginia? One distinction is the ability to create from scratch. An example might be a pieced together quilt whose beauty has increased substantially over the years. Originally created along dirt roads with limited access, traditional pat…

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Fall will be arriving on Sept. 22 and the signs are all around us. Shorter afternoons, later arrival of sunlight in the mornings and the mist rising up from the river all combine to tell me autumn is almost here. Soon, the woods will be ablaze with color. Our side ditches are filled with the…

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If you have a picture to share, email it to news@hampshirereview.com, mail it to P.O. Box 1036, Romney, WV 26757 or drop it by our office at 74 W. Main St. For more photos from Hampshire County’s past, visit the Hampshire History page on Facebook.

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I want to start today by congratulating Pastor Mike of the Timber Ridge Christian Church on his retirement on Aug. 31 from his job as an air traffic controller. He said on Sunday, “After working for 35 years I can now dedicate my full time to my pastoral duties,” but it seems to me he has be…

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Labor Day has come and gone, signaling the end of summer is near and fall will soon begin. Schools are opening up and I hope someone is keeping score to see that the right grade student gets to class on the right day, wear the right equipment and do the right thing. It will be a challenge. B…

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Seems impossible that summer is over — here in the valley we have received so much rainfall in the past month that folks can’t keep up with mowing lawns and doing the fall harvesting. Due to the COVID-19, lifestyles have been quiet and not many happenings, but Horn Camp School House/Museum h…

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“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14. Sometimes God calls us to wait and not act.

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If you have a picture to share, email it to news@hampshirereview.com, mail it to P.O. Box 1036, Romney, WV 26757 or drop it by our office at 74 W. Main St. For more photos from Hampshire County’s past, visit the Hampshire History page on Facebook.

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I am enjoying the much-needed rain and I hope everyone received a good shower. Summer is definitely winding down, and soon the yellow school buses will be on the highways. We should observe all the precautions in order to keep everyone safe.

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It is never too early to begin preparing for the cold winter months. For many of us, mountain life includes the wood stove and accompanying woodshed. I plan to make time now to take inventory of the woodshed and subsequently fill up the wood rack located by the basement door. In the garden, …

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If you have a picture to share, email it to news@hampshirereview.com, mail it to P.O. Box 1036, Romney, WV 26757 or drop it by our office at 74 W. Main St. For more photos from Hampshire County’s past, visit the Hampshire History page on Facebook.

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I don’t know where to start. This COVID-19 pandemic has had a definite effect on local community activity. Most family reunions, gatherings and fundraising projects have been canceled this year.

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The latest guidelines sent to me from Westminster Canterbury of Shenandoah Valley are: be diligent in our efforts to keep residents and staff safe and they give a number to call. I just heard from Judy Marlow Belt who lived and was raised in Shanks saying she is home now and it was so good t…

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“A man that hath friends must show himself friendly, and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24. Teach me what being a friend is all about, Lord. Let me see how You intended friends to act by being my friend. Make me over to do for others what You do for me. H…

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Birthday wishes again to Norma Shanholtzer in Springfield, who celebrated her 85th birthday on Tuesday the 25th. Norma’s daughter, Michele Britton from Smithsburg, spent Saturday and Sunday with her and had a quiet family celebration. Norma appreciated all the birthday greetings she received…

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Dave and Ann Warner of Illinois recently spent time in the community visiting with former neighbors and friends.

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If you have a picture to share, email it to news@hampshirereview.com, mail it to P.O. Box 1036, Romney, WV 26757 or drop it by our office at 74 W. Main St. For more photos from Hampshire County’s past, visit the Hampshire History page on Facebook.

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Ruth E. Strother celebrates her 100th birthday on Aug. 20.  She has been a resident at Berkeley Springs Center since December 2019. 

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Three of the founding members of The Romney Ruritan Club, Ken Paugh, Joe Pancione, and Marie Sowers in front of the sign made by Ken at the Adopt-A-Spot at the Roadside Park Picnic area in Shanks 0.5 miles west of Heidi Cooper Rd.

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Ken Paugh, president of The Romney Ruritan Club, presents Adam Hodges a plaque welcoming The Bank of Romney, Romney Branch as an associate member.

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I have been enjoying the gentle drizzle of constant rain for the last day and night.  We really needed it in this area.  We didn't have wind or torrents of water, just that gentle rainfall we needed.  I believe other parts of the country were not so fortunate.  Our yard and flowerbeds are re…

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The lessons of COVID-19 continue to educate us in the ways of the world.  Some lessons are reminders for things we already know.  Others are brand new, being introduced for the 1st time. Staying in touch, although challenging, continues to be important on many levels. A simple phone call or …

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Do you know about stress? When stressed, your body releases a hormone, which can make thinking and problem-solving difficult. A suggestion to this is to think positive and be active at least 30 minutes a day. Take a walk or ride your bicycle while noticing your surroundings. This activity wi…

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The Hampshire Review went to New Orleans with Mary DeVelbiss of Springfield (right) and Terri Clark of Cresaptown, Md., (left), where they met R.J. Molinere from the TV series “Swamp People.”

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That’s Rex sitting proud outside the Romney home he shares with Rebecca Miller. An editing error left him out of last week’s Dog Days tribute, but we’re glad to include him here. 

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If you have a picture to share, email it to news@hampshirereview.com, mail it to P.O. Box 1036, Romney, WV 26757 or drop it by our office at 74 W. Main St. For more photos from Hampshire County’s past, visit the Hampshire History page on Facebook.

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Marlowe Nell Junkins was born at home in Middlesex, N.C., on May 31, 2020, weighing 8 lbs., 8 oz. and 21 inches. She was welcomed by parents Joshua and Savannah Junkins, and sisters MacClaine and Monroe. Her grandparents are Mitchell and Debbie Bean of Augusta; Steven and Donna Junkins of Ke…

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Jacqulyn Widden and Joshua “Kyle” Sneathen of Kearneysville are the new parents of Asher Lawrence Ellsworth Sneathen.