Entries by Jennifer

Awareness 2 Action Podcast Promotes Wellness

By Rebecca Maynard Substance misuse and mental illness rates have risen as people deal with the additional challenges of the pandemic. But there is hope for those who are seeking help: The Northwestern Community Services Board (NWCSB) Prevention Department, helps people through life’s challenges with quality behavioral health services guided by principles of respect, recovery, […]

As the Crow Flies

Keep Your Seed Dry And Your Bird Feeders CleanStory and illustration by Doug Pifer Feeding the birds has helped people young and old to get through this pandemic winter. For many home-bound Americans, this backyard hobby has helped lighten the loneliness and depression brought about by the isolation of the pandemic quarantine. Some nursing home […]

From the Editor

Along the Appalachian Trail this weekend, hikers greeted spring. Flowering redbud reached for sunlight; dogwoods unaware of the blight afflicting their brethren bloomed their crucifix flowers. The understory seemed to leaf out as we watched. Underfoot, Dutchmen’s breeches and all manner of wildflowers strutted their stuff. Everything seemed as it should in April; the only […]

Dusty Wissmath: Fly Fishing is for Everyone

By Rebecca Maynard With spring nearly upon us, many people are eager to spend more time outdoors, and what better way to commune with nature than fly fishing? If you’ve always wanted to try but aren’t sure where to start, look no further than Dusty Wissmath Fly Fishing, which offers both instruction andguided trips. Wissmath, […]

Jordan Springs Market is All About the Community

By Rebecca Maynard Whether you’re planning a party or just have a hankering for some good barbecue, you’re in for a treat if you have not yet visited Jordan Springs Market. Located near the western Clarke County border in Stephenson, it has been voted “Best Barbecue in the Valley” for many years, and was labeled […]

Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine

Because the invasive, destructive Spotted Lanternfly has established significant reproducing populations in Clarke County, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has expanded its Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine to include Clarke County. Quarantine requires businesses that ship materials from quarantined areas to obtain Spotted Lanternfly Permits if their shipments are going to un-infested areas. […]

The Quentin Walston Trio Returns to Barns of Rose Hill

By Keith Patterson The many styles of piano playing called jazz are too many to name and changing every time a player tickles ivory. My favorite jazz pianists play a gumbo of styles, wielding the threat of improvisation like a carrot dangling just beyond the end of the next measure, driving the music forward while […]