Editorial

Smith Creek / Friends Run

By Dave Ellis Everyone is saying and asking God in prayers for much needed rain. The grass is turning brown and crunchy. Some folks haven’t mowed their grass in four weeks. This heat and a lack of rain is making the gardens harder to grow. Smith Creek and Friends Run...

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Dog Star, Dog Days Equal Extreme Heat

Sugar Grove By Paula Mitchell The sweltering heat coincides with the rising of Sirius, the Dog Star.  In ancient Greece and Rome, the Dog Days were believed to be a time of drought, bad luck, and unrest, when men and dogs alike would be driven mad by the extreme heat! In...

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Times Past

30 Years Ago Week of July 19, 1994 Goland Finds  Jackpot of Mushrooms  On the North Fork The day after a nice rain July 9, I found and harvested over two pounds of the King Bolete, Boletus edulis, in a wooded cow pasture near our place near Cherry Grove on...

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Motorist Appreciates Local ‘Humans’

To the editor, On a Friday afternoon, at the bottom of North Fork Mountain Road, I had the opportunity to meet about a dozen beautiful human beings. As it turns out, a deer decided to dismount me from my motorcycle. A call to the Pendleton County Emergency Services brought out...

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Smith Creek / Friends Run

By Dave Ellis This area had a great rainfall on the Fourth of July. Some areas didn’t get a drop of rain. The only problem with the rain was that it came down too hard and mostly ran off since the ground is hard, but residents were glad to get...

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Times Past

30 Years Ago Week of July 7, 1994 DAHMER Church of the Brethren, Richard McDonald, pastor, from church bulletin — in 1776, on July 4, John Hancock led the signing of the Declaration of Independence. To those who signed it, it was the most important act of their lives. Thomas...

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The Pawpaw Is North America’s Tropical Fruit

Sugar Grove By Paula Mitchell Here is an interesting old-time fruit with very interesting flavors. What has happened to all the Appalachian pawpaw trees? In days past, they were found everywhere — along streams, under bluffs, and on wooded slopes. The pawpaw has been described as custard pie without a crust; while others...

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Times Past

20 Years Ago Week of July 1, 2004 Endangered Pastime Still Alive in Pendleton  What is it about drive-ins? Rare as they are, a few still exist—nine in West Virginia, to be exact—one of which, 51-year-old Warner’s Drive-In on Rt. 220 north of Franklin, is right here in Pendleton County....

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Smith Creek / Friends Run

By Dave Ellis Another month has started and half of the year has gone by. The area was blessed with some rain showers, but still not enough due to the high temperatures. Smith Creek and Friends Run Churches of the Brethren: shut-ins - Mary Mitchell, Bucky Moyers, Pam Riner, Anna...

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