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Hiking Pals Forever

We all know the old saying about a dog being “man’s best friend” but some years ago I discovered a much more fitting descriptor. My wife Bridget and I were on a long visit to Israel when we started missing our three year old Wheaten Terrier, named Guinness, who was back home in the ...

Building a Vibrant Community – Social Distancing

Social distancing is the new norm – keeping a safe physical distance from anyone else. Some areas provide a better opportunity to maintain a physical distance than others. Consider Washington, D.C. — there are 11,570 people per square mile. As much as D.C. people try, it is impossible ...

Building a Vibrant Community – It’s About Mindset

During the past few weeks, I’ve spent lot of time thinking about how we might be able to positively move our county and communities forward – making them more vibrant and livable. How can we as a populace make this area more inviting while encouraging growth that will benefit all our ...

Building a Vibrant Community – Oh! This Place That We Know!

The following is a variation of Dr. Suess’s “Oh! The Places You’ll Go.” 2021 offers our community the opportunity to move forward and embrace a new vision for Elkins and Randolph County that is vibrant and full of promise. Oh! This place that we know… Congratulations! Today is ...

Congress needs to look at voting changes

On Nov. 3 and during the weeks leading up to it, 155,507,248 ballots were cast in the presidential election. And each and every one of them was voted honestly and counted accurately. Some politicians want us to believe that. As a fairy tale, “Cinderella” pales in comparison. One thing ...

Building a Vibrant Community

ELKINS — During this year of my final term as mayor of Elkins, I have been excited to see so much enthusiasm for the Vibrant Communities effort. Leaving public office after so many years is bittersweet, but it cheers me up to know there are so many people working so hard for the future of ...