Tim Hillegonds

Graduation

When someone was leaving rehab—we called it graduating—we would all gather in the great room for a goodbye ceremony. We would sit in a circle on dinged-up metal folding chairs, all of us a little too fidgety, a...

Keep the Trains Running!

The Maryland Rail Corporation (MARC) has informed the West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT) that passenger service from West Virginia will be cut from three trains each way to one in October. This ...
addiction

The Me in the Mirror

After waking up, there is always the question of what comes next—what life might lie beyond the life you’ve left behind.   — Leslie Jamison When I got sober four months ago, I began to wake up. With each pas...
Rations Cafe

A Morning Cup with Meaning

— Veteran-themed café brings more than just flavor to Bolivar/Harpers Ferry. Sarah Shafer once worked as a quality-control chemist in a flavor and extracts facility. “We had to taste everything before it le...