Article and illustration by Doug Pifer An enormous flock of starlings hung around our neighborhood two weeks before Christmas in 2017. One morning I decided to record a video from our bedroom widow of the flock assembling by the hundreds in our back paddock and yard. Masses of starlings performed in unison as the flock […]
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Clarke County Convenience Center saves residents the drive time Clarke residents in the northeastern part of the county who have been carrying their household trash 25 miles or more to dispose of it at Frederick County facilities are excited about a new Clarke County facility that is much closer to home. The Clarke County Convenience Center […]
On the subject of the new year, we think it’s time for a fresh face at the helm of the Department of Environmental Quality. The leadership of a critical agency should not be a lifetime appointment.
Berryville’s Booster-in-Chief Turns 25 Berryville’s commercial scene has changed a lot in the last decade. I remember visiting the town when working on a travel guide to the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area. I remember thinking, “Cool, what a nice place.” It was actually a functioning downtown. You could still come to Berryville […]
Public Health in the Climate Change Equation Story and photo by Jennifer Lee Nick Snow has dedicated his professional life to helping people as a practicing gastroenterologist in Winchester for the last 22 years. For over a decade he has become increasingly concerned about the effects of climate change on public and planetary health. “I began […]
Archie and Boomer and the Magic Shop By Claire Stuart There is a certain aura of magic around particular types of old bookshops. It’s no wonder that so many stories feature bookshops inhabited by witches, wizards, ghosts, and time travelers. The Berryville Old Book shop has that atmosphere — and the requisite bookstore cat as […]