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Columns

What are ‘they’ doing now?

Orson Welles’ 1939 radio broadcast of “War of the Worlds” frightened the nation into believing that the Martians were invading the Earth, but the weirdest part of the story for us today is how it ended. After taking over the world these all-powerful alien beings, unaffected by even our ...

Seeking shelter from the storm

Spring is right around the corner and soon we’ll be dragging out that gear and equipment we stashed in the attic, particularly that “150-year-old” tent. Stowed somewhere in there with the cookware, back pack, and sleeping bag is likely a small tent which is the result of fifteen ...

Shows to Raise Spirits

With some pleasant, sunny days filtering into our calendars, travel in Central West Virginia is picking up and we realize we have some increased choices of how to consume our time. A great find I made only a few weeks ago revealed that the wonderful Gospel Show Series, which once appeared in ...

Thank-you notes: Small effort, big impact

Editor’s Note: Quint Studer is the author of Building a Vibrant Community: How Citizen-Powered Change Is Reshaping America.” He will speak in Elkins on Thursday, March 5. I’ve written many thank-you notes over the years, and it’s something I still do today. Often I’ll have someone ...

The difference you can make

Editor’s Note: Quint Studer is the author of Building a Vibrant Community: How Citizen-Powered Change Is Reshaping America.” He will speak in Elkins on March 5. The Inter-Mountain will publish a column by Studer each Saturday leading up to his local appearance. Don’t underestimate the ...

Surviving the typical American diet

Many of us had a great time during the holiday season, visiting friends and family, watching football, and probably eating more food than we needed. What the heck. It was the holidays and all that home cooking was too good to pass up, right? Unfortunately, for too many of us the ...

Businesses make an impact, and so do you

Editor’s Note: Quint Studer is the author of Building a Vibrant Community: How Citizen-Powered Change Is Reshaping America.” He will speak in Elkins on March 5. The Inter-Mountain will publish a column by Studer each Saturday leading up to his local appearance. I have great empathy for ...

Surviving well in old age

Happy New Year! Here’s hoping your New Year’s Resolutions were good ones even though they may be very short lived. Statistically speaking, fewer than 10% of Americans ever stick to their resolutions. The main reason is that those resolutions, such as going to the gym or learning a new ...

How to be a good mentor

Editor’s Note: Quint Studer is the author of Building a Vibrant Community: How Citizen-Powered Change Is Reshaping America.” He will speak in Elkins on March 5. The Inter-Mountain will publish a column by Studer each Saturday leading up to his local appearance. This week I’ll discuss ...

Summer lesson for winter emergencies

What does survival after an Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) attack in late summer have to do with preparing for winter emergencies in early December? Both situations, though different, equally require us to prepare to live without electricity and without the ability to resupply. It is the ...

Neighbors helping neighbors

The Upshur Cooperative Parish House and Crosslines always welcome new partnerships. We are rooted in the concept of “neighbors helping neighbors.” Located at 68 College Ave., Buckhannon, we offer a variety of programs that assist those in need. Neighbors visiting the Parish House often ...

Survival lessons from the World Series

October is definitely my favorite month of the year; cooler temperatures, autumn colors, and another exciting World Series to finish the season of America’s national past time. This year it was the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros who night after night put on an exciting display of ...

What might the senator see?

There are times when passing by the Henry Gassaway Davis statue on Elkins’ main thoroughfare that I wonder to myself what he would say about the town and area were he still among us. Of course he would expect changes, so I thought it might be interesting to envision what observations might ...

Gratefulness warms our hearts

Here is the word of the month. As we approach Thanksgiving we all begin to think about gathering together with family or friends. Our hearts are warmed by thoughts of gratitude for our relationships, the material blessings we have, and the events of life over the last year. We really are ...

Melodies on the March

ELKINS — Mountain State Forest Festival bystanders will hear this evening a groundswell of uproarious applause and cheers coming from behind Wimer Field’s gates as area bands perform precision drills and play uplifting musical scores that will rival any athletic games. Headlining ...

Wandering Wild in the United Kingdom

On our travels around the United States and overseas my wife and I have come to expect pleasant surprises but I didn’t expect our tour guide in southern England to be a fellow wilderness wanderer with an impressive resume of backpacking, camping, and cross-country cycling in Europe, Asia ...

EMP Survival — Day One

In July I wrote about taking a personal survival challenge to spend five days alone at home simulating a survival situation. The simulation was an Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) that spreads from a high altitude nuclear explosion over the US. The burst of super-fast, super-high energy ...

Learning lessons from a tree

There is an apple tree that stands on the back of my property that has a story behind it. I wasn’t here for the tale, but my husband remembered it well and related it to me. When the tree — don’t know what kind — was just a young one, a strong summer storm with high winds blew through ...

Treasure Hunting

Julie Andrews sang “A few of my favorite things” in The Sound of Music. What are some of your favorite things? This answer will vary widely among us all, but whatever it is will capture our focus, time and resources. Some of our favorite things will even capture our heart. Jesus cautioned ...

Years of Experience

The first responders and volunteer fire departments in our communities do an amazing job when responding to emergencies, but few of us stop to think about the role some rural fire departments play in wilderness survival. One such department in Tucker County has responsibility for 285 ...