Entries by vaobserver

Beaumont House Design: Telling your love story with flowers

By Claire Stuart Whether it’s a single lovely bloom, a bouquet, or a whole garden, flowers have a certain magic that elicits smiles and happiness, and there’s no happier occasion for flowers than a wedding. As a floral designer specializing in weddings and events, Julie Wheeler Abrera radiates enthusiasm when she talks about her work. […]

Stone’s Chapel, Steeped In Clarke County History

Story and photos by Betsy Arnett Larry Hardesty began cutting grass at the cemetery next to Stone’s Chapel when he was thirteen years old. Fifty some years later, he is cutting the cemetery’s grass again. However, his pay has dropped considerably. Back in 1960, he received $8. Today, as president of the Stone’s Chapel Memorial […]

Around Clarke County September October 2016

16  Music in the Park Rose Hill Park. Downtown Berryville. ElderBerrys/Folk, Blues, Celtic, Pop. 6:30–8pm. Bring a picnic and join us for great music. For information call 540-955-4001. 16 /17 Nothin’ Fancy Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Come out to celebrate the induction of Nothin’ Fancy Bluegrass into the Virginia Country Music […]

Scoping For Deer

As the Crow Flies By Doug Pifer Since the beginning of June, we started seeing a doe and fawn in our fenced upper hayfield again. Often we saw the doe and fawn together in the field. Many times we saw the fawn in there alone. Sometimes we looked out in time to watch the doe […]

What is a Medicaid Qualified Annuity?

Aging in Place By Karen Cifala Being the bearer of serious news is always hard, especially when the subjects are about aging, money, and death. Oh, and I forgot, taxes. I want readers to know that I am NOT always this somber — sometimes you have to just shake your head and smile. As cartoonist Roz […]

Hats Off To The Women’s Club of Clarke County

We often hear it said that things were simpler a hundred years ago. In some ways, that’s true. Parents didn’t spend time each day driving kids to soccer and dance and extracurricular activities. Households didn’t spend upwards of $400 a month for cable, cell phones, internet, and other connectivity. And the list goes on. On […]

Unbranded’s Masters Comes to Shepherdstown for Film Fest Fundraiser

Clarke County artist Kelly Heaton’s painting featured at event An evening of great adventure film and fine food and drinks awaits visitors of the American Conservation Film Festival’s spring fundraiser on June 18 in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.  Ben Masters, lead horseman and instigator of an escapade that took four young men over 3,000 miles with […]

A Red-Shouldered Hawks’ Nest

By Doug Pifer We’ve been watching a number of live cams of hawk, eagle and owl nests online. But it’s even more exciting to watch a pair of raptors nesting live from our own home. Our property is part of the home territory of a pair of red-shouldered hawks. They seem to go about their […]

Grist for Locke’s Mill

By Wendy Gooditis At our dinner table, it has always been a favorite pastime to go around the table and share memories. On an average day, the question is about recent memories: “What was your favorite part of the day?” All answers are permitted, and often there are more than one happy memory being shared […]