Community News: CCHS Class of ’63

Dispatch from Class of ‘63

By Alice Hummer

The class of 1963 celebrates 50 years since graduating from Clarke County High School. The Class Reunion celebration and dinner will be on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 6:00 pm at John H. Enders Fire Hall. To kick the day off, the class will be touring the elementary schools and high school, then end the morning with a class picture at the Bell Tower on the hillside behind our old high school.

The bell tower was the gift the class left the high school to house two bells, one a bell from the old Boyce Agriculture High School and the other a gift from a prior class. The bells have since been moved to the newer high school and used upon different occasions and celebrations.

The bell tower remains after 50 years and still stands strong overlooking the old high school (now JWMS).There is a peaceful and serenity to the site. Class of ’63 classmates worked around the bell tower on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, and the bond we shared so many years ago still remains. We lunched on peanut butter sandwiches and water and remembered our high school years and teachers. The participating classmates were Betty Mercer Wiley, Alice Hough Hummer, Mary Hawkins Carter, Kenny Willingham, David Hough, Rosalind Fuller Longerbeam and Steve Hummer (class of 1962) Thanks So Much! Alice Hummer.

National Night Out in B’ville

The Berryville Police Department, Clarke County Sheriff’s Office, John H. Enders Fire & Rescue, and other community services will have representatives on hand—their equipment on display—for the Seventh National Night Out, August 6, from 6–8pm in rose Hill Park. Come meet with those serve in the public safety sector of local government, and have a fun time, too. There will be a moon bounce for kids, music, and hotdogs and drinks for everyone. For information, contact the Berryville Police Department at 540-955-3863 or

Summer Is Time For Arts

The Clarke County Summer Arts Academy is a four-day visual and performing arts camp for students from elementary to high school, August 5–8 at Clarke County High School. Each day at the camp is divided into a morning session, 8–11:30am, and an afternoon session, noon till 3:30pm.

At the end of the Academy, a celebration of the students’ work will be showcased.

Areas of study include:

  • Select choir, grades 6–8, with repertoire ranging from madrigals to musical theater.
  • Concert choir, grades 9–12, with repertoire consisting of madrigals, jazz, modern, and contemporary concert literature, both secular and sacred.
  • Creative performance, grades 1–6; students will play instruments including drums and other percussion, sing and create artwork, perform and create many types of movement and dance.
  • Band, grades 6–8, for middle school band students.
  • Band, grades 9–12, for high school band students.

There will also be workshops for percussion, beginning color guard, advance color guard, and fine arts classes in sculpture, painting, mask making, glass art, and collage.

Performing arts classes in theater include acting and improvisation.

There is a $20 registration fee for the camp. Registration materials are available at; click on Summer Arts Program.