Our Faceless Founder

The pedestal in the Martinsburg Town Square has sat empty ever since completed in 2012. There have been several suggestions for a permanent fixture including the Dough Boy statue or a town clock. For a few...
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National Night Out in Martinsburg

The City of Martinsburg’s National Night Out Celebration, which took place at War Memorial Park on Tuesday, August 2 is part of a national event aimed at increasing community and partnerships with police...

Martinsburg Renew Hosts Art Auction

You Are Invited Martinsburg Renew will host an Art Auction at historic Boydville this Saturday, July 23rd. The organization hopes to raise money and begin work on a major project in Downtown Martinsburg. If...
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I Have Pride

I am not gay. I am not transgender. I am not a member of the LGBTQ community. However, because I am an ally, I attended the Panhandle Pride event on July 9th at Morgan's Grove Park. I am not upset by the...
Have you Tried the Spice Connexion?

Have you Tried the Spice Connexion?

Have you tried the Indian place? I find myself asking that question a lot and I get one of two answers: "yes, it's awesome!" or "not yet, should I?" I am referring of course, to the Spice Connexion located at...
Chocolate Fest and Book Faire

A Family Fun Chocolate Adventure

Main Street Martinsburg's annual Chocolate Festival and Book Faire was held on Saturday, April 23rd in downtown Martinsburg. I was in attendance with three teenage girls in tow, so I was concerned there would...
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Protecting our Public Spaces

This weekend my family enjoyed a lovely afternoon kayaking on the Sleepy Creek Lake. We always enjoy our time in the Sleepy Creek Game Preserve; hiking, camping, kayaking or simply driving around enjoying the...

Follow the River

We recently published two articles: Adult Fiction Novels set in West Virginia and Books that Every West Virginian Should Read. Both are about books of interest to all West Virginians – either being set in...

Spring is Coming to the Eastern Panhandle

With the recent and glorious spike in temperature, it’s easy to forget that we were digging ourselves out of 40 inches of snow just a few weeks ago. Spring is coming to the Eastern Panhandle! This time of...
Letter to Senator Manchin

My Letter to Senator Manchin

United States Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) has issued an open call for stories about opioid abuse and how it has affected West Virginians. He intends to read these letters on the Senate Floor to filibuster the...

Happy Trails, Red Cells: Giving Blood Saves Lives

"Your blood is on its way to a patient in need in Norfolk, VA" was the primary message in an email I recently received. I did not know that the Red Cross would tell me where my blood would go, but I found...
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Right To Work

If you are anything like me, you can get a glimpse of what is important to your community by following memes on social media. With the State legislature in session, one theme I see popping up on my feed is...

Fairness West Virginia

As a parent of two teenagers, I have many hopes for my offspring. I want them to be successful in all of their endeavors. I want them to struggle just enough to learn the important lessons but not enough they...
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Going Home

Thanksgiving is, and always has been, my favorite holiday. No hustle and bustle, no worry that gifts will be appreciated; no racing from place to place to make sure everyone gets a moment of time. I have lived...

Scarves in the Park

Many of us are still in summer mode, feeling like BBQs and poolside lounging were just yesterday. For some members of our community, the reality of the upcoming winter is all too real. Lisa Dodge is aware of...