Entries by vaobserver

Miraculous Starling Murmurations

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 […]

Residents Get Easier Access For Trash Disposal

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 […]

Berryville Main Street: Happy Birthday and Many Happy Returns

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 […]

Berryville Old Book Shop, Complete with Cat

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 […]