Oh Dad, Poor Dad PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Davis   
Monday, 23 March 2009 12:34

Theater Review:

Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You In The Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad

(Photo by Ed Dewitt)


Feeling the need for a little escape from reality?  You still have the chance to be transported back in time to Havana, circa 1959, right after the fall of Batista, when tourists are still flocking to the steamy Caribbean island where anything goes.


Head on down to the hotel at The Embassy Theater, where a giant spider clings to the wall and a cuckoo clock gives four warnings that it's time for you to get out of there while the gettin's still good.   By the time the curtain closes, you will have had a full evening's worth of delightful and zany fun.




Last Updated on Sunday, 06 December 2009 05:12
To Forsythia, With Love... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Kerns   
Sunday, 22 March 2009 21:42

photo of forsythia

... On the Johnson Street exit...


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Spring blooms in the Queen City, along what will always be known as the eastbound Moose Curve off-ramp, even if the club that named it is now a discount outlet.

I took that exit for 14 years in my once upon a schweeeeeet downhill commute from the Mountain City, and I could never remember the name of the street.

I think my once upon an in-laws thought I was jerking them around once when they needed directions and I told them I couldn't remember the name of the exit I'd been taking for at least a year.  I had to call them after I got to work, having taken mental note on the drive to the Times-News.

For years Johnson Street was a mental block.

Until I did a little testosteronal association, and remembered it, from that moment until forever more, as J'auhhnnnson Street.

Renders a whole new meaning to what in one sense is a piss-poor interstate exit for its lack of adequate signage and right-of-way striping.  People naturally stop at the base of the ramp their first time, giving the right of way to the old Johnson Street proper.  I did it my first time too, so I never felt I could get agitated at those who occasionally stopped in front of me, even 3,400 times into the trip.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2009 14:37
OPINION: Carpenters In The Forehead/Once Again the Catholic Church Amazes and Bewilders the World PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Davis   
Thursday, 19 March 2009 09:40

Carpenters In The Forehead:  Once Again the Catholic Church Amazes and Bewilders the World


The Pope has managed to do it again.  It seems he just can't help but give people good reason for not being religious, especially not on his terms.  According to his most recent pronouncements while on a trip to Africa, you are not allowed to use condoms, even though there is an epidemic raging, devastating whole populations and economies, a deadly contagion that could be significantly diminished by the widespread use of condoms.  There are 22 million people already infected with AIDS in the sub-Sahara.  The average life expectancy in Mawali is thirty-six.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 March 2009 07:16
The Electric Mule--Foreign Correspondent PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Electric Mule- Ernest Gusella   
Tuesday, 17 March 2009 08:52

"The Electric Mule" will be a regular posting to our front page and our  "Global Studies" People section.  The author is on a 5 month travel of Asia with his wife.  He will write from his unique perspective of his travels and offer non-sequiturs to current events in the world.


Hello to Everyone in Radioland:

This verbal frisbee cow-pie is being hurled into cyberspace from the polluted, traffic infested, land of the great Mahatma- a certain Mr. Gandhi, whose eye glasses made a spectacle of themselves this week while being auctioned in New York by a Mr. Otis of elevator fame. Life does have it's ups and downs- in the elevator business and in India. I have decided that life in India can be most accurately compared to Indian music- which is a slipping a sliding scale of constantly changing notes (unlike the 12 percent guaranteed by Mr. Bernie Madoff- who promised a constant payment on your investment, no matter what the vicissitudes of the stock market! Unfortunately, it turns out that Mr. Madoff had a slipping and sliding system of morality similar to Indian music!).

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 March 2009 08:55
SRWA Prepares for a Stream Corridor Assessment PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Devine   
Wednesday, 11 March 2009 07:45


The Savage River Watershed Association (SRWA) will hold their regular meeting at the Route 40 Elementary School on Thursday, March 19th at 7 p.m.  Each meeting brings local citizens and SRWA members together to talk about issues within the watershed and to host an expert from an assortment of professions. The guest speaker for this meeting will be Leah Miller from the Izaak Walton League of America to talk about the stream corridor assessment that is planned for the Savage River watershed this spring.


Auction to benefit Savage River Watershed Association, Friends of New Germany PDF Print E-mail
Written by Friends of Savage River & New Germany State Park   
Wednesday, 18 March 2009 15:49

Event to be held at New Germany State Park March 28


Cabin Fever Fundraiser to Benefit Local Non-Profits


The second annual “Cabin Fever Fundraiser” to benefit the Friends of New Germany and Savage River Watershed Association will be held in the lakehouse and rec hall at New Germany State Park from 5 to 8 pm on Saturday, March 28.  The entrance fee covers an evening of homemade soup and bread, door prizes and live music by the Sugar Foot Stompers.  There will also be a bake sale and silent auction where individuals can bid on a variety of fine items.      


Despite the economic downturn, local businesses have been especially generous in their donations for this important fundraiser.  Many great products and services will either be featured at the silent auction or given as door prizes including: artwork from All Earth Ecotours, Appalachian Studio and Whispering Pines; pottery from Jason Stakem and Josh Brown; gift baskets from Fernwood Soap, Herbal Innovations and MuttWorks; home and garden items from Chainsaw Carving by Bob Wilt, Four Seasons Stitchery, Grantsville Ag Service, Shady Grove Market and Fabric, The Herb Barn and The Stonebow Inn; yoga goodies and lesson from Peggy Santamaria; oil change from Red Ridge Auto Repair; and gift certificates from Brenda’s Pizzeria, Casselman Hotel & Restaurant, Fazenbakery Bakery & Catering, Garrett 8 Cinemas, Grantsville Foodland, Grantsville Liquors, Green Valley Foods, Mark’s Harness Shop, Martin’s Food in LaVale, Parkside Pizza, Total Biz Fulfillment and Uno Chicago Grill.  In addition, Goehringer Catering will be donating food services for the event.


Countless other unique items have been donated for the silent auction and raffle by individuals including: Maryland Flag, maple syrup, steaks and burgers from Capitol Meats, collectible hand-blown glass, cross-country ski and bike racks, homemade fleece blanket, Lennox serving dish, hand-crafted butterfly box, Albertus Seba’s Cabinet of Natural Curiosities, Ovation acoustic guitar with hard case, set of mystery books and a toboggan built by the Southern High Craft Workshop.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 March 2009 21:57
The Raging Controversy of the Allegany County Road Patrol, Part 9 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Davis   
Tuesday, 17 March 2009 23:15
The Raging Controversy of the Allegany County Road Patrol,

Part 9


In a prior letter to the Cumberland Times-News, Sheriff Goad stated that "the claim of shredding official documents is absolutely slanderous; since I have never shredded an official document pertaining to nor obstructed an investigation by any outside agency."   As noted in Part 8 of this series, there is substantial evidence that documents from the Sheriff's Department had indeed been destroyed and/or shredded.  While it is true that the Sheriff himself was not the culprit, it was done under his command and with a timing that raised serious concerns of impropriety.

At this time it would be worthwhile to look into the latter part of Mr. Goad's quote whereby he asserted that there was no obstruction into investigations by any outside agency.  As before, it would be most appropriate to examine original source material to see if his contention is accurate.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 March 2009 19:34
Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia and the Appalachian Coal Country Watershed Team Honored PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Devine   
Wednesday, 11 March 2009 07:52

   The Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia (CCCWV), a Beckley based nonprofit organization with multiple offices throughout the state, was recently honored at an awards ceremony on Capitol Hill with the 2009 National Strategic Partnership Award for its exceptional collaboration with the Appalachian Coal Country Watershed Team (ACCWT).

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