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Fox Forest on the education frontline

AmeriCorps on the Frontline member Jeanne Johnson led twenty-four young naturalists from North Elementary School on a 2.6 mile hike through Fox Forest Wildlife Management Area near the Division of Natural Resources [DNR]. Before students started the hike, they met Naturalist Jim Fregonara, ...

Trump shackled

Donald Trump, as he drifts from stance to stance, appears nonplused by foreign policy. Instead of investigating an action he now is a prisoner of his critics. The alleged use of chemical weapons, despite the fact that the Syrian Army had no need to use them, is a tricky issue. Coming as it did ...

Floodwaters and brush fires create challenges in Barbour County

Hello from Barbour County! I guess the excitement around the area this week has been the weather. Last weekend was beautiful, but then... look out! Rising water closed school for two days in the county, and even closed the bridge in Belington on Tuesday morning. The water did recede rather ...

‘Follow your heart’

“Follow Your Heart” was the theme of our orientation program for students this past fall. After attending an event recently with entering students, I have been reflecting on the power of this statement. New students who have committed to Davis & Elkins for the fall of 2018 were ...

Zuckerberg and Congress

Much of the commentary regarding Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before congressional committees this week seemed to focus on sarcastic observations about allegedly stupid lawmakers. The implication was that the Facebook founder made them look like fools. One wonders what it will take to ...

Planting at Kump Education Center

Arbor Day has inspired us to plant 40 new trees at Kump Education Center this April all thanks to the Elkins Tree Board, G.F. Fielder Associates Landscape Architecture Firm, Davis & Elkins College Sustainability Program, West Virginia Division of Urban Forestry, and especially gardener ...

Reliving 2016

Republicans in the second year of Donald Trump’s presidency appear to be fighting the 2016 race without end. Old George W. Bush hands now appear on MSNBC and regularly criticize Trump with more glee than any Democrat. Nicolle Wallace, particularly, former communication director under Bush 2, ...

Succumbing to social media’s ills

With all the anger about social media services collecting and selling our personal information, it was only a matter of time until someone used a gun to take out their frustrations, right? But that isn’t why Nasim Aghdam opened fire inside the YouTube headquarters building in California ...

Food for thought

Davis & Elkins College is a private, liberal arts, church affiliated, residential college. Each of these descriptors is of high importance to me. Of all these terms, liberal arts is the one that garners the most reflection. Recently, I encountered someone who challenged both our definition ...

Trapped in subsidy wars

Americans who rely on low-cost, reliable electricity from coal-fired power plants are trapped in what we might think of as subsidy wars. So are the miners and communities that rely on such generating stations as markets. Here’s the question about that: If you have to pay more for something, ...

The most dangerous threat in the wild

With many still waiting for the winter-like weather to break, thoughts of outdoor activities are beginning to churn in the minds of many folks. So, what is the greatest danger to every hiker and hunter who ventures into the outdoors? You might think it’s bear attacks, snake bites or being hit ...

Unique Creations

BUCKHANNON — Whether the late winter has permitted crocuses to appear or not, most of us are looking past April to get some fun activities placed on our calendars as summer is surely in sight. One event you will not want to miss is associated with the agricultural celebration of ...

Springtime focus on sustainability

Sustainability is an old word that has taken on new meaning in the 21st Century. It means the ability to survive and function over time, and now it includes the active efforts of human beings to make choices that help maintain and support a healthy environment and a vibrant economy at the same ...

Own the bone

Nearly every day I find solicitations from various groups in my mailbox. The most common ask for donations to support heart disease or cancer. As an orthopedic surgeon who every day cares for patients with musculoskeletal problems, it surprises me that there are not more fundraisers for ...

Barbour County welcomes new business, hosts music festival

As I'm sure you are aware, there have been several Amish families move into the area in the past few months. One of these families, the Burkholders, have opened an Amish bakery on Route 92, approximately 6 miles out of Belington. This is located just past the Midway Road, on the right, across ...

Barbour County welcomes new business, hosts music festival

As I'm sure you are aware, there have been several Amish families move into the area in the past few months. One of these families, the Burkholders, have opened an Amish bakery on Route 92, approximately 6 miles out of Belington. This is located just past the Midway Road, on the right, across ...

Clearing the deck

Donald Trump’s recent clearing of the deck in his administration ended a chapter with those Republicans who were under the misapprehension that they could control his presidency. First, Rex Tillerson and H.R. McMaster were let go, along with a few attorneys. Next, he made his second ...

Repealing amendments

“Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety,” founding father Benjamin Franklin wrote many years before the American Revolution. Thomas Jefferson allegedly added, “He who gives his freedom for safety gets none of ...

Girls urged to work to realize dreams

If you’ve never seen the movie “The Right Stuff,” I encourage you to do so. It’s a wonderful film, not least because West Virginian Chuck Yeager plays a leading, if misunderstood, role in both the story and the film. But while you’re watching, take note of one of the most ...

Students will be finding Fox Forest

In early April students from North Elementary School enrolled in Kump Education Center STREAM Program will visit Fox Forest. This 110 acre Wildlife Management Area is open to hikers, runners, and school children all year long, but it is especially interesting in the spring. Fox Forest is ...