Looking at early spring on East German Street in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
Editor’s note from the May 2022 print issue
Like the seasons, some topics of conversation seem to come around again and again. And, just like early spring, we’re never quite sure if we’re getting warmer or cooler with some of these conversations. Last month saw some heated discussion about reorganizing the ambulance services in Jefferson County. Two of the County Commissioners have been meeting with several leaders of the volunteer fire companies in the county, resulting in some new options for further discussion (summarized on pages 6-7). The Commission has also been speaking with the mayors of the municipalities in the county and has directed county staff to look into details related to some of these options. There is no specific timetable yet, but it appears that the Commissioners would like to adopt a plan to begin implementing in the next fiscal year beginning July 1.
Election season is also truly upon us, judging by the many yard signs blooming along the sides of our roads. The May 10 election features the deciding vote for the Board of Education candidates (7 are running, 3 will win a seat). Voters also get to select Democratic and Republican candidates for the November ballot — with independent voters getting a choice of which party’s candidates they want to weigh in on. Given that the 2nd Congressional district leans strongly Republican, voting in the May primary election is the only realistic option for independent voters who want to express a preference for a specific candidate.
After all that, we’re ready to relax for the summer. It looks like the event calendar is filling up and music is playing again — a great time to stick around, take a breath, and enjoy some fun right here at home.By Steve Pearson