The Station

I walked into The Station on a Saturday night. The room was well lit with soft lighting. About twenty people were gathered around the large, “U” shaped bar. The employees gracefully dodged each other while...

The Local Source

The following is an interview with Lillian Potter-Saum, the owner The Local Source, located at 133 West German Street in Shepherdstown, WV. She features products from local artists and crafters in the...

The Duquesne University Tamburitzans

The Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia may not be the first place we think of when we talk about world culture, but one program is attempting to change that. The Performing Arts Series at Shepherd University...

Join the Assets Movement

Join the Assets Movement (JAM) refers to a community movement geared towards preventive solutions rather than interventions. The Search Institute is an organization with over 50 years of research around...

The Value of Higher Education

Recent conversations in the media have focused on the true value of higher education. Presidential candidates have added the topic to their political platforms, promising reduced costs or free college...

Successful Renters Program

A common complaint that I have heard throughout the years is that there is a lack of “real world” education in our school systems. Financial planning, taxes, credit and debt make the top of the list. The...

Free Tax Resources for West Virginia

That time of the year is fast approaching. Paying taxes can be a true chore. The more people, assets and money that we acquire, the more burdensome it becomes. Tax revenue is used to pay for infrastructure and...

Find Your Passion

Challenges and frustrations in life are often common and unavoidable. They can take a toll on us emotionally, physically and psychologically. Life can get monotonous, and at its worst, toxic. We sometimes...
Martinsburg Rescue Mission

Point in Time Count – Berkeley County

The West Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness is hosting a Point in Time Count in Berkeley County. I had the opportunity to participate in the Point in Time Count last year, working to help the homeless...
The Color of Food

Learning about the Color of Food

I have always had an interest in growing ramps, mushrooms, garlic, kale and other staple foods. Now that I am a homeowner, I finally have the space to cultivate my own garden. My experience with growing plants...
MPD Social Media

New Website for Martinsburg PD

Community members gathered at The Hub on a chilly Wednesday morning for the unveiling of the new Martinsburg Police Department website and social media platform.  This effort is, in part, to help the...
Ace Score & Resiliency

Ace Score & Resiliency

This article is part of an ongoing series, “What is Your Ace Score?” that explores Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and the community. Adverse Childhood Experiences and trauma can have a major effect...

Voter Registration

Voting in local, state, and national elections is an important part of being an American citizen.  Our votes are extensions of our voice in the politics of our lives. We speak our loudest at the voting...
What is your ACE score?

What Is Your ACE Score?

Well, isn't that normal for a family? That worked for my parents and grandparents. They turned out just fine. I have an ACE score of three. I grew up in a family whose outward appearance seemed great. In...

Acts of Kindness

“I don’t think our readers are going to believe you,” says my peer at Miburg.  “I don’t really believe it myself,” I reply. It’s another warm Thursday night, and I am on my way home from a...

The Free Cart

The sun is working its way across the sky when I arrive at Aldi. The chore of grocery shopping is not enjoyable for me. Groaning at the sea of cars in the lot, I grab my reusable bags and scrounge for a single...

Making a Hope Sandwich

It's a weird title, I know, but Martinsburg is hungry for change. The “Hope Sandwich” is an exercise that may be able to feed that hunger. We all deal with personal daily challenges. Stressors surrounding...

Community Branding

I grew up in two different worlds, the Eastern Panhandle and Maryland. As a result, I learned that I am not attracted to the suburban or city lifestyles. There is too much traffic and not enough nature....
Bryan Ortez Cobra Pose Mens Yoga

Men’s Yoga: Building a Bridge

Yoga is steadily gaining popularity in the Eastern Panhandle. One individual is advocating for a larger role for men in the community. Bryan Ortez is a young man with an incredible tale of adversity through...