Entries by vaobserver

Now Is The Time To Eliminate Bagworms

Article and photos by Claire Stuart If you have ornamental evergreens, you might be familiar with evergreen bagworms (Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis). Their little bags dangle from the tips of small branches, resembling bits of dried vegetation or even tiny cones. Bagworms are larvae of moths and are among the commonest pests of evergreens, including pines, spruces, […]

7th Annual ACFF Best of Fest in Frederick

February 1 event featuring films, beer tasting, and inspiration returns to Weinberg Center for the Arts The American Conservation Film Festival’s Best of Fest returns February 1 to the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick, Md., the seventh year for an event featuring three award-winning films from the 2018 Festival based in Shepherdstown, W.Va. This […]

Kelsey Cakes Boutique Adds Sweetness to Berryville

By Rebecca Maynard Just in time for the holiday season, shoppers in downtown Berryville were treated to one more beautiful storefront, an elegant pink sign and a sparkling winter scene with trees and reindeer.  The storefront of 11 S. Church St. belongs to Kelsey Cakes Boutique, which had its grand opening in December and already has […]

Slipstream

By Keith Patterson “It takes a big head to fill these shoes.” I think I just quoted myself. Dang. Did it again. It’s hard to be me. But it’s supposed to be hard. And it’s supposed to hurt. Because when you’re in the most pain is when you’re the most alive. And when you’re the […]

Less Stress in the New Year

10 Ideas to Keep Stress at Bay by JiJi Russell Over the last ten years, I’ve worked with a colorful variety of people in the realm of wellness — many ages and backgrounds. If I had to choose just one concern that most, if not all, confront, it’s stress. My purely observational, unscientific opinion on […]

Miraculous Starling Murmurations

Article and illustration by Doug Pifer An enormous flock of starlings hung around our neighborhood two weeks before Christmas in 2017. One morning I decided to record a video from our bedroom widow of the flock assembling by the hundreds in our back paddock and yard. Masses of starlings performed in unison as the flock […]

Residents Get Easier Access For Trash Disposal

Clarke County Convenience Center saves residents the drive time Clarke residents in the northeastern part of the county who have been carrying their household trash 25 miles or more to dispose of it at Frederick County facilities are excited about a new Clarke County facility that is much closer to home. The Clarke County Convenience Center […]