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Safeguarding American history in our backyard

November 29, 2019 Someone once said that Shepherdstown's most significant contribution was when local men met at Morgan Spring, and marched from there to join up with George Washington, in what is today known as the... more »»

Teachers discover Jewish culture in the Eastern Panhandle during NEH institute

August 10, 2018 The chances of two traditional, Hebrew-speaking Jewish men, one from Rhode Island and the other from Arizona, winding up in West Virginia for the National Endowment for the Humanities' "Voices from... more »»

Fresh berries — pick ’em while you can

June 8, 2018 The spiders spin their webs above fruit-laden vines. Watch out for wasps and bees. Gnats could invade your space. And so could mosquitoes. The foliage could hide ticks, chiggers or mites. more »»

The root cause of tree problems

March 16, 2018 Whether it be insect pests, fungal diseases or simple decline, many tree problems can be traced to the tree’s root zone, to what’s happening beneath the soil surface. more »»

Nandina berries killing birds

February 16, 2018 A few years ago I was at a tree conference and Doug Tallamy of the University of Delaware was presenting on oaks and native gardening. more »»

A Philosophy Of Giving Thanks

December 1, 2017 If a tree falls in the woods, and there is no one there to hear it, does it make a sound? That sort of question has caused many a college Freshman’s eyes to glaze over. more »»

It’s Not Just Harvey Weinstein

November 10, 2017 Last Friday I received an email that made me think about something. more »»

E Pluribus Unum

October 20, 2017 A Christian pastor and a Muslim Imam walk into a conference room. No, its not the beginning of a really bad joke. more »»

Let’s Talk About Intersectionality

October 13, 2017 Have you been to a Pride Day celebration? Or maybe a women’s march? How about a Black Lives Matter Rally? All of these are important groups facing amazingly important issues, but are all of these... more »»

Shut Up and Grab a Shovel

September 22, 2017 We’ve all worked with someone like Chris. more »»

Classism: The Proverbial Elephant in the State Room

September 8, 2017 Do you look at people of Walmart and think, “Hey I’ve seen that lady downtown?” Do you see a poorly dressed person on the street and think that redneck is going nowhere? Then you just like me, my... more »»

Confronting My Inner Hatred

September 1, 2017 Three weeks ago, I was staring in disbelief at the TV. more »»

Beep, Beep?

August 4, 2017 Although there are some Maryland state and local lawmakers who are advocating the use of even more speed cameras, here are just a few of the reasons recently shared with me that points out why this... more »»

People Are Our Lasting Legacy

July 28, 2017 Her name was Heather Renaud. If you are like me, you never knew her. Once you hear her story, you are sad that you didn’t. more »»

Attending LGBTQ event gave me Pride

July 14, 2017 The annual Panhandle LGBTQ Pride event was held last Saturday, and it changed my life for the better. more »»

Becoming a better neighbor

June 23, 2017 Just over a year ago, our family moved from Howard County, Maryland — where we had lived for the last 11 years — to Shepherdstown. more »»

Saving healthcare is a matter of concern for all West Virginians

June 9, 2017 Save our healthcare. It was chanted loud and clear throughout the streets of Shepherdstown on Sunday — and for good reason. As a woman with illnesses, I’m worried. As a woman in general, I’m worrie. more »»

Investing in W.Va.

May 11, 2017 As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I am in a unique position to fight for investments in our West Virginia communitie. more »»

100 Years of Service

May 4, 2017 100 years ago the United States had less than a third of its current population. Woodrow Wilson was President and America entered World War I. more »»

What is our time?

May 4, 2017 It is a time when Americans are more divided than ever, gridlocked over social issues, race, gender and the economy. more »»



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