Entries by Jennifer

When Apples Were King In Clarke County

By Jesse Russell When I was a child growing up in Clarke County during the 1950s and 1960s, apple orchards were practically every child’s backyard. We played there, ate apples straight from the tree, worked summer jobs there, and when in high school, we developed the art of kissing between the rows of hundreds of […]

The Berryville Beat

Dispatches from the Berryville Town Council As 2019 dawns, there is a lot going on in the Town of Berryville. The Town Council is hard at work on several initiatives as we draw closer to the annual budget season.In addition to our monthly Town Council meeting, the council also has five council committees. The committees […]

It’s Lunch Time

How meals are made in Clarke County schools By Claire Stuart  Some of us can no doubt recall a time when most school lunches were simply something we had to eat. This was so universal that comedy shows often featured menacing, grim-faced “cafeteria ladies” slopping “mystery food” onto children’s trays. School lunches have come a long way […]

Timothy Johnson, Small Town Lawyer

By Claire Stuart Timothy Johnson says that he always wanted to be a small town lawyer, and that wish came true for him this year. Originally from New Jersey, Johnson practiced in New York City and Northern Virginia before setting up his practice in Berryville in February of this year. However, he was in love with the area long […]

The Quiet Epidemic

Loosening the grip of anxiety by JiJi Russell Probably more than mere coincidence, the jacked-up pace of our technology-driven lives seems to be traveling alongside a rise in anxiety disorders. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), “Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults […]

Pine Lake

A Hotly Debated Memoir by Keith Patterson   1966, Hello Monkey Boy Not every monkey has an uncle, and I can’t see Darwin or his detractors, either one, laboring to contest that fact. But each of us, from the free thinkers down, has a family. And every family has its fair share of secrets. And […]

As the Crow Flies

Grassland Nesting Birds Are Disappearing! Story and illustration by Doug Pifer Eastern meadowlarks used to be common birds in local hayfields, and their songs drifted across the fields in the early summer air. Now they’re on a growing list of field nesting birds — bobwhite quail, vesper sparrow, American kestrel, and red-winged blackbird — whose […]

Seamstresses, Blacksmiths, and Good Ole Times

Clarke County Historical Association to present 3rd Annual Colonial Kids Day July 21     The Clarke County Historical Association is pleased to present the third annual Colonial Kids Day at the Burwell-Morgan Mill in Millwood on Saturday, July 21 from 10am to 4pm. Kids are invited to learn how daily life was lived in […]


A memoir by Keith Patterson I was alone and out of water, pedaling my beat-up road-bike in the high-desert badlands near the border of western Colorado and Utah. It had been 113 degrees Fahrenheit before sunrise that morning at the lone gas station in the last town some 50 miles behind me to the east. […]