Entries by vaobserver

Spring Is Harsh

Story and illustration by Doug Pifer One warm evening in early May I was watching several purple martins as they circled and landed on our four-tiered aluminum martin house. Seconds later, a big Cooper’s hawk charged by, barely missing a martin perched on the porch of its nest compartment. The martin flew off and the […]

Anchors Away, Kaylynn Browne

By Samantha Pigott No matter where you are born and where you live, the first 18 years of life are filled with growth, change, and excitement. Kaylynn Chapman Browne has certainly had her share. When Kaylynn arrived in Berryville 12 years ago, it started with a weeklong summer visit with her Great Aunt Beth and […]

Juneteenth Celebration to be Held June 15 at Fairgrounds

By Rebecca Maynard The community is invited to celebrate and learn at the annual Juneteenth celebration at the Ruritan Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 15. The gates open at 11am and the program begins at 12:30pm. Allison Seymour, D.C. Channel 9 news personality, and Mark Clark, Baltimore radio personality, will MC the program.  “This is their […]

Fourteen Years Ago

By Geo Derrick After more than a dozen years at the Clarke County Farmer’s Market, Geo Derrick is retiring. Joining the local farmer’s market with Geo’s Joy Herbal Medicine was one way that I felt empowered to support our area agriculture and preserve this precious “greenbelt” known as Clarke County. Having witnessed the frenetic development […]

Supervisors  Appoint Douglas Shaffer to fill Berryville District seat

By Cathy Kuehner During its public work session on May 13, the Clarke County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to appoint Douglas Shaffer to fill the Berryville District seat recently vacated by Matthew Bass. Bass tendered his letter of resignation in early April; his last day as a Supervisor was April 30. After being sworn […]