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Dr. Greenbrier Almond dropped by the office to share of few copies of his newest book with us. This latest volume is titled “More Stories of a West Virginia Doctor for Kith and Kin.”

It is another book full of wonderful stories, anecdotes and feel good vibrations.

The illustrations, done by Daniel Lipscomb, are fantastic.

If you haven’t read one of Dr. Almond’s books yet, you really should pick one up. I doubt you will be disappointed.

I bought one of his older books at the Maple Syrup Festival last year. It was a great read. I wish I could write as much as Dr. Almond puts out. He is quite a prolific writer.

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Clemson sure made Alabama look bad in the national championship game. I’m an Alabama fan, among other college teams, and I wasn’t expecting that kind of loss. I figured they would win, of course.

Clemson’s quarterback tore that ‘Bama defense apart with ease. It was a passing game for sure. Neither team established much of a running game.

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The weather has been quite nice of late. Nothing like days in the 50s in January in West Virginia. I, for one, can’t argue with that type of weather.

I’m not really a cold weather kind of guy. Though I enjoy the fall colors and the spring colors we have here in West Virginia.

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I’m on a mission to learn more facts and figures about Upshur County. More facts to recite to my friends and make my wife roll her eyes as I share yet “another one” with her. Here is today’s installment of things I didn’t know but should have known about Upshur County

Upshur County’s six districts were formed on July 31, 1863:

Banks District, named for Nathaniel Prentiss Banks.

Buckhannon District, named for the county seat, the City of Buckhannon.

Meade District, named for General George Gordon Meade.

Union District, named for military soldiers serving the Union cause.

Warren District, named for Governor Kemble Warren.

Washington District, named for President George Washington.

Here are some notable native Upshur Countians and residents.

Jonathan Jackson (1790-1826), father of General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, was born at “Jackson’s Fort” near Buckhannon.

Professor Maurice Brooks (1900–1993), noted biologist, naturalist and educator; born in, and long-time resident of, French Creek

Stephen Coonts (born July 19, 1946) novelist. American thriller and suspense novelist; born and grew up in Buckhannon

Jayne Anne Phillips, (b. July 1952), novelist and short story writer, born in Buckhannon

Professor T. Turkleton (born June 22, 1968) research scientist. Specialist in cat behavior; resides in Buckhannon

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Governor Jim Justice announced his plans to run for reelection in 2020. It should be an exciting time given he was first elected as a Democrat and is now running for reelection as a Republican.

There’s never a dull minute in Mountain State politics. At least I can’t remember any.

Things seem to be getting back into the swing of things after the holiday season.

Thanksgiving, Christmas New Year’s... and everything in between sure kept me busy.

Family friends and a new job here at the Buckhannon Record Delta kept my plate full. I’ve seen Valentine’s candy popping up on store shelves the past few days. Shouldn’t be much longer before we start seeing St. Patrick’s Day candy and accessories on retail outlets.

St. Patrick’s Day is always a great holiday to celebrate being Irish or even just the idea of being Irish.

But before we get to any of those events we will be celebrating another weather prediction from the one and only French Creek Freddie.

The Groundhog Festival kicks off Jan. 25 at Rock Cave at the Banks District Volunteer Fire Department with opening ceremonies and a dinner.

The festival will be full-steam through  Feb.2.

Of course, the biggest event of the festival will be Freddie emerging from his winter’s slumber to let us know if we can expect an early spring or six more weeks of winter.

My preference, of course, would be for an early spring.

Gardens will be underway sooner which means tomatoes for me.  Can a person have too many fresh ‘mators?

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