Entries by vaobserver

Sugar Awareness

Sugar Awareness A Mighty Step Toward Better Health By JiJi Russell Lately I’ve been spending a little time looking at sugar. I’ll admit it: I love the stuff; always have. I feel certain I come by it naturally, because both my parents and my children seem to carry the sweet tooth gene as well. At […]

Rockin’ With The Walkingstick

Rockin’ With The Walkingstick By Doug Pifer I found a walkingstick on the porch. I’ve loved these charming insects since I was a kid. Nearly three inches long, they look like animated twigs. And they rock! Walkingsticks usually stay in the leafy canopy of shade trees, where they feed on the leaves of oak, cherry, […]

My Future Career in Rural Health in Virginia

By David Hardesty, Jr. David Hardesty of Berryville captured first prize in the Virginia Farm Bureau’s essay contest on health-related careers in agriculture. Congratulations, David!   My desire to study agriculture and pursue a career in it is quite simple—living in an agricultural community is all I have ever known. I grew up on a […]

Remembering Mary Brisco and Lawrence Wilson

By Jennifer Welliver The people on Liberty Street in Berryville have suffered a great loss this month. Indeed, so has our entire community. In less than a week two dearly loved neighbors have died. Mary Brisco passed away on Friday, August 2 and then on Monday, August 05, 2013 Lawrence Wilson followed. They were two […]

Beating Back The Dam

The seldom told story of an idea to flood Clarke County by building a chain of dams along the Shenandoah and Potomac By Colleen Lentile Imagine driving through Berryville or Boyce and instead of seeing the vast, beautiful countryside speckled with farms and historic landmarks, you see water. Lots of water that covered acres of […]

Surround Sound at Sono Luminus

by Jennifer Lee Sitting in Daniel Shores’ office chair and listening to a recording made at Sono Luminus studio in Boyce is like seeing a 3-D movie for the first time. Seven precisely placed speakers articulate a depth and clarity of sound that transforms the listener to a cathedral filled with the enveloping sonic experience […]

Artful Innovation In The Village

A Visit to Duvall Designs Gallery by Jennifer Lee Contemporary art and modern furniture displayed in a cabin over two centuries old creates a distinctive congruence of form and function at the Duvall Designs Gallery in Millwood. Husband and wife Jay and Peggy Duvall opened the gallery in September 2012, and in just a year […]

Community News: CCHS Class of ’63

Dispatch from Class of ‘63 By Alice Hummer The class of 1963 celebrates 50 years since graduating from Clarke County High School. The Class Reunion celebration and dinner will be on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 6:00 pm at John H. Enders Fire Hall. To kick the day off, the class will be touring the […]

Orange Dogs Fly North

Orange Dogs Fly North By Doug Pifer On the last day of the art workshop I was leading, where a year ago I saw my first Hickory Horned Devil, I saw another rare insect. A giant swallowtail, a wanderer from the south, came sailing in to quench its thirst in the wet mud next to […]