The deadline for our competition in collaboration with the Clifton Forge Camera Club is looming near. The deadline for submitting your photo of your favourite place in town is on the 11th this month. The winner will be revealed, along with a gallery display of all contributions, at the Cliff View Inn Conservatory at 1pm the 25th of October.

Help & Submissions Wanted

Clifton Forge Telegraph is now accepting submissions. Got a question for Auntie Em? You can either drop a note in the mailbox just outside of our office or email one of the editors! All communication with be kept strictly anonymous. Whether it’s advice, rumors, or leads that you want in the paper; we’re accepting all submissions at this time.

Additionally, we are now hiring! Got an itch for journalism? Want to interview the walks of life of Clifton Forge, and follow the latest news? Then Clifton Forge Telegraph is the occupation for you. We are also accepting applications for photographers as well! Contact Blair Stagger (lauraisnotonfire) or Caspian Douglas (GaiusVincent) to submit your application today.

Humans of Clifton Forge

“It’s important that our generation takes the necessary steps to build the world up. With our current leaders, things aren’t getting done properly. I pride myself on being the first one outside with a sign to let others know it’s okay to be themselves.

Back home, I had the chance to march for women’s rights as well as LGBTQ+ and black lives. I don’t know if you’ve ever protested but it feels your entire being up with pride and joy. Did we experience some violence? Yes. But this didn’t come from our side. We were peaceful. The opposing side is who shot rubber bullets and maced us. It turned it from peaceful to violence.”

Pictured: Olivia Parker

– Blair Stagger

Dear Aunty Em

Dear Aunty Em,

I met a man when I was interviewing him, and I immediately became infatuated with him. We went on a date and he convinced me that I was his light, and that he needed a family. And wanted me to have that family with. One thing led to another, and now I’m pregnant – but the father was nowhere to be found. I’ve texted him multiple times and received nothing back.

He came back recently and told me that he was in a ‘coma’. With no details. He’s convincing me again that he wants to be with me, but I feel like I’ve ruined my life only at 23. Should I just give into this being my life now? Should I trust him?

The Red-Headed Light

Dear Light,

First let me offer my heart felt congratulations on your pregnancy. Honestly, this was a difficult question for my to conquer for many reasons. There are many layers to pull a part and analyze and discuss here, but I will try to answer your question the best I can.

While that is an incredibly fast timeline, your life is your own. Much of your hesitance to trust the father of your child likely stems from simply not knowing him. Spend some time with him. Spend a lot of time with him. Get to know him. See if you think you can trust him. Without knowing him, I cannot in good conscious, tell you whether he is trustworthy or not. Just because he is the father of your child does not mean you must be with him. We are, after all, in the 21st century.

Now, let me be very clear, here. He should give you more details. I believe this is something that you should press him on. If he is telling the truth about his coma, you should know if it was a health issue, for the future of your child. If it was a situation including another person or a situation he got himself into, these are also things you should know for your safety and that of you child. If he truly wants a life with you, he should be willing to let you in.

As far as you giving into your life. Life never goes the way we want it. While it is ultimately your body and your decision what happens at this moment and the rest of your life, a child is far from a death sentence. School, career, travel, all of this is possible with a child. Your life is not over. That is so important for you to remember. This child will be a source of love and inspiration you didn’t know you could achieve. This child’s father doesn’t need to be part of it. You are a strong, fierce woman. You got this.

Auntie Em

Underground Fighting Tournament in Clifton Forge

Have you noticed a recent upswing of fighting all over town recently? And have you also noticed how suddenly all this fighting has come to an end? Let us assure you. The fights have not ended, but only gone below ground.

For roughly a month now, citizens of Clifton Forge have been engaged in an underground fighting tournament hosted by a mysterious unknown organisation. And the prize? The winner is said to be awarded by a cash prize, and will be allowed to request a special boon from this mysterious group themselves.

Do not be alarmed! This is all in good fun. According to one of the competitors, who has requested to remain anonymous, all kinds of people are competing. “There are people with both physical and mental disabilities, and we even have a pregnant lady!” they told us during our brief chat.

The question however remains. Who are these mysterious benefactors of this contest? Is there a new group of well doers in our sleepy little town? Or a new crime syndicate growing its roots under ground? Perhaps it’s just a group of hackers and hobbyists getting together for a laugh? Only one thing is known. They sure seem resourceful.

Caspian Douglas

Lingerie, Spray Paint and unicorns

Lingerie, Spray Paint and unicorns

Last week, as is now a tradition, the Sip N’ Bite offered a new event, casually called ‘Pj Body Painting Party’. The event as always attracted all kind of residents, as it was seen on the outfits they wore: from simple pajamas to sexy lingerie, from absurd outfit combinations that barely covered their user’s modesty to full kid-like body outfits (including a unicorn and a puppy).

The night was a success, the club filling pretty quickly and the booze flowed… which was noticeable when one of the patrons, by the name of Haley, and wearing a pink pajama, went rogue under the alcohol’s influence and vandalized the club’s wall, using spray paint to paint a few heart colored shapes.

Soon enough the barman and the guards lead her out of the club and tried to fix the scenario, but it will probably need a costly repair that will surely fall on miss Hailey’s lap. We were far away before the problem began, but noticed Haley’s animosity toward Vivianna, the club’s owner. Meanwhile, the business woman seemed mostly amused by the whole situation, we believe she might not be so amused the next day when she discovered her vandalized walls, but one never knows with certain people.

After that the crowd slowly dripped of, but still, the night felt like a complete success, at least for the Sip N’ Bite.

Jiriel Fenix

End of Fall Banquet

The end of Fall Banquet was hosted last weekend at the Cliff View Inn as a cerebration of the summer that has passed and the fall that we are now entering. It was in all a merry occasion, although scattered with the occasional brawl, likely brought on by the free flowing drink and the generous buffet.

For the evening’s entertainment the evening’s host, the charming Doctor Lorenzo Evans of Lexington Memorial hospital put on a date auction for the benefit of the Tiny Hearts Fund for orphans and abused children. The lucky two up for grasp were Mr Kulvothreinmaar and Miss Laina Santos, and while we won’t tell you the sum of money that was raised for the charity, the assembled guests all made sure to see that these poor children will be well looked after.

Caspian Douglas

Humans of Clifton Forge

“[Who is Will?] I don’t know. I ask others around if they have seen him before… I get the same response back every time. He’s neither here nor there. Trying to find him is a lot like walking through a portal, I see the glass he last dropped and pick it up, and I can barely identify the face looking back at me. It’s just a stained crack in the mirror. A boring father.. widower… lacking substance in his day to day life I’ve been dealt a great deal of pain before. Nothing I would say is like the beast of anger. It compliments euphoria… it feels lovely when it seeps away like hot crimson I have many scars to tell a story. But hallucinations are just that… I figure. Stories desperate of narrative. [I’m afraid of] being put into a box with the same man I fear that I’m becoming. Over the years I’ve lost sense of who I am. The line between reality and a nightmare is thinning. My main concern now is waking up in a sea of people I don’t know… when I don’t really know myself either.”

Blair Stagger

Pictured: Will Renfield

Photo Clubbing at the Beach

Clifton Forge Camera Club is a well-established active club of photographers spanning all ages and skill levels. They offer a fun mix of opportunities, ways to participate and learn the Art of Photography. This meeting, Andonia, the club leader,held a Beach Themed club session where members got to sit on the beach and pose for some vacation-esque photos. Onlookers who didn’t reside in the club wound up participating in the fun, taking photos of their own. When asked about why Andonia had started the club, she stated, “I had a rather…awful event happen and to help myself recover I took pictures,” The warm bubbly girl smiled as she spoke about her passions. “It helped so much and I just…Fell in love. I don’t have a lot of friends in Clifton Forge yet and I thought that maybe there would be some other people who liked this new hobby. I put out a notice online and a flyer in the town hall.” “It went much better than I thought!” In regards to how she felt the club event went. Clifton Forge Camera Club will be hosting another event September 27th at 10 A.M.; this theme being Fantasy in the Forest. Come dressed in your best fantasy gear and get your picture taken, or take pictures with the Clifton Forge Camera Clubbers.

– Blair Stagger

Picture by: Andonia Featuring: Andonia, Blair, Jack, Drew, and Shantae

Dear Aunty Em

Auntie Em,
My sister divorced her husband of 15 years six months ago. About three months later, she started dating a guy- Potatoes, we’ll call him- as well as about 4 other guys at the same time. That didn’t bother me. She’d been married young, never got to experience stuff, so if anything, I was glad for her. I wasn’t a fan of Potatoes. I call him Potatoes because he has all the personality of unseasoned boiled potatoes. He’s nice enough, just boring and a bit of a braggart. Well, my sister came to me a week ago and informed me that Potatoes had proposed and she’d said yes after three month of dating. I think its way to fast and told her as much. She’d really upset that I’m not thrilled, but I feel like faking my excitement would be like lying to her. What do I do?
Concerned Sister

Dear Sister,
First let me start by saying that I can tell how much you love your sister. It is truly heartwarming. I understand that you want what’s best. That said, her life is not yours. Its a fairly uncommon occurrence for a sibling to back off of a love interest just because a sibling tells them to, so I’m not really sure what you expected. Perhaps you’re not thrilled about the marriage, but I am sure that you would want to support your sister. It could very well be that she is afraid of being alone, rebounding, or even truly in love and ready to be married again. You should be there for her regardless. My recommendation is have one last conversation with her. Tell her that you will get behind it as long as she promises you that if she has even one moment of doubt, she will call it off. So many people doubt their marriage before they get there, but follow through because they’ve put in too much money, or the invitations have gone out. Let her know that if she has a moment of doubt, that you will be there, not judging her, when she cancels. Give her the safe space she needs to admit and own the mistake, if that is indeed what it is, before she follows through.
Good luck,
Auntie Em