Entries by vaobserver

The Saga Of Local Canada Geese

Story and image by Doug Pifer My ears caught the high-pitched calls of wild geese. I spied three V-shaped strings of tiny dots crossing the March sky. Doubting whether the geese would show up in a photo, I snapped a picture with my phone anyway. After enlarging the picture I counted 220 individual geese. Headed […]

Eagles Coach Jon VanSice Ever On The Sidelines

By Matthew Bass This spring the Clarke County High School sports community bids farewell to a mainstay of Eagles athletics for over two decades, wrestling coach Jon VanSice, who retired following the 2023–24 season.  Before he built the wrestling program from the ground up into a state powerhouse, Coach VanSice mentored his two boys, Kyle […]

Tickets On Sale For Main Street Chamber Orchestra

By Jon Goldberg Join the Main Street Chamber Orchestra on Saturday, April 13 at 4pm, at Grace Episcopal Church, Berryville, for a performance of Beethoven’s groundbreaking Symphony #3, the Eroica. Long considered one of the two or three greatest works in the classical canon, the MSCO is excited to bring this work to our community.  “Eroica” […]

Shenandoah Valley natural area restoration efforts expand

Protection for rare sinkhole ponds, wetlands funded by natural resources damage settlement More than 35 acres have recently been added to two Virginia natural area preserves in Augusta County as part of a long-term, multimillion-dollar effort to restore the South Fork Shenandoah River watershed contaminated by mercury decades ago.   The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, […]

Commonwealth Celebrates Keeping Conflict Out of Court

Law Matters By Brenda Waugh March is Mediation Month in Virginia, when the Commonwealth celebrates its strides in creating options for alternative dispute resolution, including mediation. In 1993, Virginia passed the dispute resolution proceeding statutes, legislation that has continued to play an essential role in institutionalizing the use of mediation in the courts. Then, in […]

Robins Everywhere

Story and illustration by Doug Pifer Each morning during mid-February, robin songs echo from the woods behind the barn. Flocks of them stream overhead. Dozens of robins fly back and forth between the sycamores and the banks of the creek. On sunny afternoons robins forage in scattered groups in the mowed field across the road. […]