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Meditations On Wild Grapes

As the Crow Flies Story and image by Doug Pifer I appreciate wild grapes. In the spring an ancient wild grapevine was covered with pale green blossoms. It grew along the fence behind the house where we lived in Clarke County, Virginia. We always knew when it was in bloom by the heavy fragrance of […]

Berryville Beat November ’19

Happy November, Berryville! We find ourselves smack in the middle of the holiday season and, as we wind down the year, thought you might enjoy hearing an update on some initiatives our Town Council-led committees are working on. Budget & Finance Committee Chair: Erecka Gibson (Council Member, Ward 3)Members: Mayor Patricia Dickinson, Kara Rodriguez (Council Member, Ward […]

Chris Shipe Named Veteran Of The Year

The “Berryville-Clarke County Veteran of the Year” award is given to local veterans who exemplify the tradition of the citizen soldier, whose dedication to the nation and their communities does not end when their military service is complete. The 2019 recipient is Chris Shipe. After graduating from Bloomburg University of Pennsylvania in 1983, Chris Shipe served […]

Community Briefs November ’19

Surviving the Holidays After Losing a Loved One When a loved one dies and condolence visits from family and friends have dwindled, often the bereaved are left trying to piece their lives back together. For those grieving the loss of a loved one, the holidays can be an especially difficult time.  Blue Ridge Hospice’s Grief Support […]

Recounting The Glory Days Of CCHS Football

A new book recounts The Streak, a magnificent winning run for the hometown Eagles By Robert M. Moore In the early to mid-1960s, Clarke County High School football was synonymous with winning. Games against the Eagles were dreaded by opponents — and with good reason.  Clarke County High School had success with its football program […]

Fire House Gallery To Close

The Berryville Main Street board has decided to close the Fire House Gallery retail shop so the organization-legally known as Downtown Berryville Inc. – can focus all its attention on promoting and supporting downtown businesses and the Town. The gallery, located at 23 E. Main St., will close on September 30. The Fire House Gallery […]

Clarke County Historical Association Bids Farewell to Mary Morris

Longtime archivist retires after three decades By Rebecca Maynard Clarke County Historical Association (CCHA) archivist Mary Thomason Morris has retired after more than 30 years, but her infectious enthusiasm for preserving local history has not diminished. She has been with the organization since 1987, during which time she has seen incredible changes. “One thing I […]