Entries by Jennifer

Old Tree Saved As Wildlife Habitat

By Doug Pifer For the past five years, every time it stormed we worried that a big limb would break off our beloved old Kentucky coffee tree and destroy our entryway fence. Now our property is safe from that disaster, and a magnificent old tree remains as wildlife habitat. I invited Erik Berndt, certified arborist […]

Silicon Valley, Meet Berryville, Virginia

By Claire Stuart The big guys in tech are paying attention to a small research group in Berryville, reports Gary McGraw of Berryville Institute of Machine Learning (BIML). “We are working on stuff at the edge of science — artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML).” In 2019, McGraw, along with computer scientist Richie Bonett, cyber-security […]

Welcome Woody’s Quick Stop

The building at 304 N. Buckmarsh Street has been a convenience store for as long as anyone can remember; it was most recently owned by Mohammad and Farhat Kashmiree. When William “Woody” Woodruff, who grew up in Berryville, lost his barber shop in Herndon last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, he returned home to […]

Around Clarke County July and August

14 Outdoor Movie NightSecretariat Long Branch Historic House and Farm. 830 Long Branch Lane. Millwood. Join Long Branch and the Clarke County Historical Association for family fun movies outdoors every Wednesday in July, with refreshments for purchase. Bring a lawn chair and blanket and enjoy a movie night under the stars. Free; donations welcome. Dusk. www.clarkehistory.org. […]

Can You Grow Morels at Home?

By Claire Stuart If you have ever eaten morels, you know why these odd-looking, wrinkled mushrooms are so sought after. They grow wild in our area, and they are only found at a certain time of year in certain habitats. Their locations are closely-guarded secrets kept by knowledgeable foragers, often for generations. But what if you […]

A Sound Of Summer: The Wood Pewee

Story and illustration by Doug Pifer As spring turns into summer, I listen for a bird song I’ve loved since childhood. I remember hearing, as soon as school closed for the summer, a rather lazy, sentimental birdsong coming from the woods across the road. Whenever I hear it now, it evokes memories of long summer […]

Law Matters

Is It Possible For Divorced Parents To Just Be “Parents”? By Brenda Waugh Yes, divorced parents can be “parents” without a qualifier. Not “divorced.” Not “single.” Just “parents.” When I first started practicing law in 1987, things were different. When parents wanted to divorce, one retained a lawyer who filed a complaint or petition with the court. […]