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Last weekend was a bustling one in Capon Bridge, sure, but Rada was rockin’ too with the 8th annual Kindred Spirits Festival at the Flying Squirrel Distillery. The barn saw big sounds as artists and musical groups traveled to Purgitsville to perform, and onlookers danced and enjoyed the week…

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ROMNEY — Hampshire County has 314 more homes now with access to county broadband and 2,111 residents have been vaccinated against Covid by the county Health Department, the Hampshire County Development Authority Executive Board learned at its meeting last Wednesday. 

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CAPON BRIDGE — The Capon Bridge Town Council gave initial approval to new water and sewer ordinances at last week’s meeting, and discussed changing the timing of municipal elections to coincide with the national election schedule, combining town with state and national elections. 

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I keep a document near the top of the working folder on my desktop (how old school) that I fill with ideas for my “On the loose” column and the beginnings of columns that didn’t go anywhere. 

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At 65, Rosa, our neighbor across the field to the west, was imagining her relevance to be slipping away. That’s kind of early, but it does happen. I harbor hopes of being spared this experience as long as I can continue to entertain you, dear reader. However, I already have to keep a catalog…

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The in-laws had retired to a posh, gated community in South Carolina; my father-in-law was very active in the Republican Party. One of the lakes formed when Duke Energy dammed a series of rivers made for the centerpiece of the community. A golf course, along with its attendant structures — c…

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A church congregation has the unique ability to bring together a group of people who all have a faith in common, but perhaps little else. A tractor repair customer we’ll call Clive invited my wife, Stephanie, and me to such a gathering and I’ve had strong reservations about mixing business a…

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CHARLESTON — The combined value of West Virginia’s poultry production and sales rose to $291.4 million in 2021, up 19% from a year earlier.

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We’re back to working on the 1957 Farmall Cub described in the last installment of Far Muse. In case you missed it, I’m busily trying to turn out a Farmall Cub that is part of one of those “deals” that I generally try to avoid; fix up the Cub in exchange for another tractor, a 550 Oliver tha…

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“Do you think you’ll be able to make it out to the farm to look at the tractor?” the pleasant female voice asked. It had been a few weeks since her employer had called me. Due to the usual spring workload, truck troubles and so forth, I hadn’t yet been able to make an appearance.

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HEDGESVILLE — As Berkeley County Schools CTE Director Ken Pack and Hedgesville High ag teacher Chris VanDyne looked out the window of the shop classroom the morning of April 14, 4 students were busy bees, finishing up tasks involved in everything from gardening to building a shed.

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CHARLESTON    —   Eight West Virginia projects will share in $341,018.74 of federal funding under the U.S Department   of   Agriculture’s   2022

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A week ago, I found myself a little short on material for this obscure little corner of West Virginia’s oldest newspaper.

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1. Every county has a U.S. Department of Agriculture Service Center that houses Farm Service Agency (FSA) and National Resource Conservation Services (NRCS). This is where farmers and landowners go to access their programs. As a renter you can still work with these agencies.

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I’m really referring to the apple bloom and the odd, wistful feeling the bloom leaves us when, after a bit of breezy, rainy weather it’s suddenly gone. 

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Pickings were indeed slim at the gun shop’s “bargain basement.” This isn’t a specific place in the shop — in fact, it tends to move about. These are the old, rusty and decrepit sporting arms that get swept along in the acquisition of the classic militaria that the shop actually deals in. I b…

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CHARLESTON — Corn planting in West Virginia is expected to total 49,000 acres, down 4%, or 2,000 acres, from 2021 and 2020.

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Editor’s note: This story, “Countdown to Apple Blossom,” originally appeared in Antique Power magazine in July 2009. I thought that since the publication of this paper falls on a date during the Apple Blossom Festival, (and because the people in the mail room at Antique Power tell me that th…

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It feels like such a long time since I “retired” from my tractor repair route, but I’ll always keep a hand in, I suppose. Anyway, it seems that I’ve been writing a lot lately. 

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CHARLESTON — Bees produced less honey in West Virginia last year, but honey stocks on hand Dec. 15 were more than double from 2020.

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Now that the nasty little bit of business regarding West Virginia Public Broadcasting is done, it’s time to move on to some more fun stuff. This is a special time for me and the 300-acre private 1950s farm museum in Loudoun County, Va.

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CHARLESTON — Hens in West Virginia laid an average of 234 eggs in 2021, 4 better than the year before.

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The fencerow to the east is yellow again. Yes, the forsythia is in bloom. I know — I’ve already gone on at some length about how this hearty, fast-growing bush takes over the yard, chases the cats and steals hubcaps. But really, I can’t get over how this flower announces that there is hope f…

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If you head up Brooks Mountain on a sharp, windy road just outside of Hinton, you’ll find Mike and Alisha Segars. They live on the family-run farm, Moonstruck Maple, that boasts a sweet treat well worth the trek.

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CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Agriculture has reopened applications for the 2021 West Virginia Farmers and Ranchers Stress Assistance Network grant. The purpose of the program is to establish a network that connects individuals who are engaged in farming, ranching and other ag…

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Tuesday, the 11th, was a welcome break from the cold we had been experiencing. This little respite encouraged me to head to the private 1950s farm museum near Middleburg, Va., and get things rolling there (and resume my regular visits that had taken a 2-month hiatus.) This first involved  a …

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CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Agriculture has reopened applications for this year’s U.S. Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grants.

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Remember Jimmy Hatlo? He was the creator of a single-panel newspaper comic titled “They’ll Do It Every Time.”

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CHARLESTON — The total value of fish sold commercially in West Virginia during 2021 was $895,000, an increase of 7% from 2020’s $840,000.

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“Why do we do this to ourselves — it’s really 6, and we’re already out here.” This question was put forth by Whitham orchard 2nd in command John R. “Bob” Whitacre. We were walking between 2 rows of large old Stayman Winesap apple trees in an orchard known as the Church Block. This orchard wa…