Entries by Jennifer

Boyd’s Nest Restaurant Gives Back to the Community

By Rebecca Maynard Last fall, Boyd’s Nest restaurant owner Kim Ragland organized a fundraiser that sent 20 flood buckets to Houston. Over Christmas, she collected diapers, wipes, toys, infant clothes, bottles, pacifiers, shampoo and more, along with $300 cash for formula for the Red Wagon ministry. Recently, as she was wondering what cause to tackle […]

Hippity, Hoppity, Rabbits on Their way

By Claire Stuart Winchester Medical Center’s popular animal assisted therapy program has been around for over 20 years. Most people are familiar with therapy dogs, but bunny rabbit therapy isn’t as well known. Rabbits come courtesy of Tom and Lynn Miller of Berryville, who became involved with rabbits in the 1990s when their now-grown children […]

Around Clarke March and April

March 17 Crazy Cash Party John H. Enders Fire Company. 9 S. Buckmarsh St. Berryville. Doors open at 5:30pm, barbecue chicken and beef dinner at 6:30pm, first number drawn at 8pm. $1500 grand prize and only 275 tickets sold at $25 each. To purchase tickets call 540-955-1110 or email travis.sumption@gmail.com. – 18 Long Branch Speaker Series Long Branch Historic […]

As the Crow Flies

After 20 Years, A Purple Martin Colony! On becoming a landlord to the largest North American swallow Article and photos by Doug Pifer For over 20 years my wife and I have wanted purple martins to nest where we lived.  We bought books about attracting martins. I set up a wooden three-story purple martin house […]

Big Birds and Big Green Eggs

Story by Claire Stuart, photos by Bre Bogert If you take a drive down Springsbury Road in Berryville, you might catch a glimpse of two huge ostrich-like birds in a field beside the road. No, you aren’t seeing things. It’s just Big Bird and Puff, Dave and Lauren “LuLu” Conrad’s emus. The Conrads have been […]

Lead Toxicity Remains A Problem For Raptors 

by the Wildlife Center of Virginia Lead is a soft, pliable, elemental metal that is found in naturally occurring deposits around the world. While it has been used for centuries for many purposes, the highly toxic properties of lead have become well-known over the last 100 years through the issues of food contamination in cans […]

Winter Birds Need Food But Also Good Habitat

As the Crow Flies Story and artwork by Doug Pifer An abundance of good bird habitat is a benefit of life in an old farmhouse. While still in bed, we sometimes look out at a couple of house finches or bluebirds drinking runoff melted from the frosted metal roof.  Or we catch the flicker of […]

Around Clarke February/March 2018

February 22 Soul-Full Community Meal Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, 210 E. Main St. Berryville. All are welcome to partake in the meal provided by St. Luke’s Baptist Church and Zion Baptist Church. Free. 5:15pm. 703-477-8940. 24 Cash Party Blue Ridge Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company. 131 Retreat Road. Bluemont. Buffet dinner, snacks, beverages, cash prizes from […]