Building infrastructure within and without  
January 2016
Community isn't all working through differences and doing chores. To flourish, it needs equal amounts of delicious food, laughter, song, conversation, games, and cheer.  All were in abundance at our holiday party.  After our December business meeting we gathered at the gracious home of one of our community members, bringing delectibles and beverages of all kinds to share.  We ate, talked, sang carols, and played.  The event was lovingly planned and led by our social committee.  We look forward to many more festivities in the years to come.
Clean up day on the land
On November 16 a small but hardy (and hearty) group of Shepherd Village members and explorers joined in a clean up of the 19 acres that will be our future home.  Fortified by donuts and coffee, they cleared away brush, uncovered walking paths, and pruned broken branches on our wild, wooded, and lovely site within walking distance of Shepherdstown's charming shops and restaurants.

Sewer line infrastructure
It's not glamorous, but it is essential to the building of our community: the installation of a sewer line to serve our homes and common house.  The installation required a lot more than digging. It involved making sure we complied with the Town's needs and regulations and passed all inspections.  On the shiny side, we got a new manhole too!
One more task done.

We have 22 member households!
(Psst....our capacity is 30.) 
Shepherd Village is growing!
Because of the high interest, we have immediately scheduled another orientation class February 18 and 25:

For information and to express interest in attending, visit the
upcoming events page of our website.

After attending the two-session class, you may choose to become an Explorer.  Explorers spend three months participating in the life of Shepherd Village and with the help of their Village mentors get better acquainted with the people and processes as the community gets to know them.

We were featured in the WV Observer and the Shepherdstown Chronicle. 

...and when work was done, the clean up crew posed for a picture:

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