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~ Your Clarke County Fair Schedule ~ It is time once again for what many consider the county’s best week of the year — the annual Clarke County Fair. The always popular event runs Sunday, August 14 through Saturday, August 20 at the Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds, located at 890 W. Main St. in Berryville. A collection of livestock exhibits, carnival rides, and farm, garden and other exhibits, the fair events convey the county’s love of agricultural and home interests and define and unite us as a community, according to its official website, www.clarkecountyfair.org. “Ride all night for $30” is held Monday through Wednesday. The fair’s many other events include SAWJAC demonstrations, figure 8 demolition derby, Berryville Baptist Rascals puppet show, animal shows, gas and diesel dirt drag, pig scrambles, car and truck show and much more.

“The fair is more than a gathering of rides, animals, and cotton candy,” says the event’s official website, www.clarkecountyfair. org. “It is an opportunity for the Clarke County Ruritan Club to give back to our community. It is one of our county’s most cherished and celebrated events, where new memories are made and old memories are shared.”

Sunday August 14

9am–noon: All livestock exhibits accepted. 10am: Livestock exhibitor packets and passes can be picked up in the show barn. Noon: Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull on the track, for children ages 3–10. Registration starts at 11am onsite. Trophy to 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winner in each age class. The tractor and sled will be provided. Noon: All Livestock entries on

grounds. (beef, sheep, goats, & swine). 1–4pm: Car & Truck Show (infield). Open to all makes and modes; plaques to top 10 winners. $10 registration fee payable on–site). 1:30pm: Livestock Exhibitors meeting (show barn).

Monday August 15

7am: Weigh and grade market goats, market lambs & steer. 11am–7pm: Homemaking, fine arts, and photography exhibits accepted. 1–8pm: Agriculture and horticulture exhibits accepted.

2:30–5:30pm: Poultry accepted.

4pm: Junior Market & Gilt Swine Show.

3–6pm: Rabbits accepted.

4pm: Gates open.

3–7pm: Homemaking, photography, & fine arts exhibits accepted.

5–7:30pm: Beef or chicken barbecue (sauce prepared by Ruritan Club).

5pm: Opening ceremony; welcome by local officials and Clarke Youth Music Ensemble, followed by Pre–Teen Miss Clarke County contest, followed by Junior Miss Clarke County Fair contest, followed by Miss Clarke County Fair Scholarship Pageant.

6pm: Carnival opens; ride all night for $30.

6:30pm: Weigh and grade market hogs.

7pm: Little Miss Clarke County Fair contest (Grandstand). Pageant registration online by July 31, 2022, followed by Pig Scrambles Youth (ages 6–8), 4–h/FFA (ages 9–12, & ladies divisions, track; the participation forms for all contests will be available in

the show barn starting Sunday 8/14/22 at 5pm. Forms must be turned in by 1pm on Monday August 15 to the show barn (they can be filled out on the spot).

Tuesday, August 16

9am–noon: Agriculture, horticulture and floral exhibits accepted. 9am: Rabbit shows and poultry shows. 10am: Gates open. 10am–6pm: Judge homemaking, fine arts, & photography exhibits. Noon–6pm: Judge agriculture/ horticulture exhibits. 3pm: Open Breeding Sheep Show (show barn) followed by Junior Breeding Sheep Show. 5–7:30pm: Beef or chicken barbecue (sauce prepared by Ruritan Club). 5–8pm: Floral exhibits accepted.


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Clarke 6pm: All building exhibits, except floral, open to public. 6pm: Carnival opens; ride all night for $30. 6–7:30pm: Cazhmiere Band (stage). 6pm: Junior Sheep Showmanship show & Market & Bred & Owned Lamb Show (show barn) followed by Adult Sheep Showmanship show. 7pm: Gas & Diesel Dirt Drag (track); presented by Mountain State Motorsports; r egistration onsite: $20 entry fee per vehicle; moutainstatemotorsports.com. *New for 2022*. 10:30pm: All building exhibits closed to the public.

Wednesday, August 17

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Senior Citizen Day And Children’s Day. All adults (62+) and children (15 & under) admitted FREE until 5pm. 9am: Youth (ages 4–13) Lamb & Goat Olympics (show barn) followed by Barnyard Fun & Games (show barn). Open to all children ages 4–13; registration starts at 8:30am followed by Free 2Be Me Goat Show and Special Needs Children (show barn). Open to youth with special needs, ages 9–19 ;contact Hope Cather at 540 550–4277. 10am: Gates & building exhibits open. 10am: Judge floral exhibits. 12:30pm: Junior Beef Showmanship (show barn) followed by a half hour break and followed by Junior & Open Breeding Beef Show (show barn). 1pm: Berryville Baptist Rascals puppet show (grandstand). 2–6pm: Reduced rates for carnival rides. 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm: SAWJAC Show. 4:30pm: Pretty Animal contest (show barn) open to 4–H/FFA exhibitors.

3 6pm: Junior Market Beef Show followed by Adult Beef Showmanship. 6:30pm: Lawn and Garden Tractor Pull (note date/time change). Registration starts at 5pm. $10 per pull paid upon entry (cash only). 10:30pm: All building exhibits closed to public.

Thursday, August 18

Veteran’s Day: All active & military veterans admitted free all day. 9am: Dairy Shows (show barn). 9:30am: Sheep & Goat Olympics (infield); open to Clarke 4–H/FFA members. 10am: Gates & building exhibits open. 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm: SAWJAC Show. 3pm: Veteran Appreciation event (grandstand) *New for 2022*. 3pm: Open Commercial Breeding Doe Show (show barn) followed by Junior Breeding Doe Show. 5pm–7:30pm: Beef or chicken barbecue (sauce prepared by Ruritan Club). 6pm: Carnival rides open. 6pm: Junior Goat Showmanship Show & Market and Bred and Owned Goat Show (Show barn) followed by Adult Showmanship Show. 6:30pm: Figure 8 & demolition derby followed by auto demolition derby (entry forms available at Berryville Auto Parts, Broy & Son, Fisher Auto Parts (Berryville And Winchester).

2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm: SAWJAC Show. 5–7:30pm: Beef or chicken barbecue (sauce prepared by Ruritan Club). 6pm: Carnival rides open. 6pm: Sale of 4–H and F.F.A. livestock (Show barn). Sale order: swine, goats, beef, sheep, rabbits, with poultry between species. 8pm: Professional bull riding & rodeo (track). 10:30pm: All building exhibits closed to public. Saturday, August 20 8am: Clarke County Ruritan Horse Show (horse ring). 10am: Gates & building exhibits open. 10am–6pm: Premium money may be picked up in the premium office. 1pm: CALF’s First Annual Cornhole Tournament (front of grandstand); open to the public; registration online. *New for 2022*. 2–6pm: Reduced rates for carnival rides. 4:30–7pm: Beef or chicken barbecue (sauce prepared by Ruritan Club). 5pm: All breeding livestock released. 6pm: Carnival rides open. 6pm: Dragon Motorsports Truck & Tractor Pull (www. dragonpulls.com); 7800 light pro stock, 6400 pro stock FWD, 6300 modified street diesel. 10:30pm: All building exhibits closed to the public.

10:30pm: All building exhibits closed to public.

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Friday, August 19

Sunday, August 21

10am: Gates & building exhibits open.

Noon–3pm: Premium Money will be available in the Homemaking Building.

10am: 4–H Horse Show (Horse Ring).

10am: Junior Exhibitor Party.

5pm–7:30pm: Beef or chicken barbecue (sauce prepared by Ruritan Club).

10am–6pm: Premium money may be picked up in the premium office.

6pm: Carnival opens; ride all night for $30.

1pm: Livestock Skillathon (show barn).

Noon–3pm: All exhibits must be picked up.

For complete information, rules, regulations, online entry–forms, visit www.clarkecountyfair.org.


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Soulshine Medicine Offers Health and Wellness in Berryville By Rebecca Maynard Hunter Nicole’s mission is to share the life-changing practice of yoga with those in search of healing, discovery, transformation and growth in every stage of life. At her new business, Soulshine Medicine, she offers a number of classes for people of varying ability levels. Classes offered include Hatha Yoga, Hatha for Hip Mobility, Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Hatha Yoga for Ages 60+, Pranayama, Children’s Yoga, Partner Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Baby & Me Yoga and Toddler & Me Yoga. Starting in August, Sarah Ramsay will offer Yin yoga classes on Wednesday nights. Nicole grew up in Purcellville and moved to Berryville about four years ago, where she is ex-

cited to have opened her own space at 101 E. Main St., Suite 104. A different artist’s work is featured each month in the spacious studio, and Heather Wil-

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liams will be featured in August. Nicole began practicing yoga at age 14, but a serious car accident in 2016 changed her life and inspired her to get her certifica-

tion to teach. Yoga was a form of therapy as she rehabilitated her body, she said. “I broke my pelvis in three places, was in a wheelchair for

months and had to learn to walk again,” she said. “I decided if I was going to go to school and learn, I was going to go to India once I was fully recovered.” “When I went to India, I learned that yoga is an entire philosophical system, like steps,” she said. Asana, or posture, is just one of the eight limbs of yoga. The other limbs, such as breathing control, concentration and controlling senses are also incorporated into Soulshine’s classes. Meditation, or quieting of the mind, becomes much easier when the eight limbs are practiced, Nicole explained. “You don’t have to be experienced,” Nicole said. She offers group and private classes at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Hatha for hip mobility is one of her favorite classes and is a great choice for beginners. “I know what it’s like to be so tight that you can’t touch your toes, and I know what it feels like to get your flexibility back,” she said, alluding to her rehabilitation after the car accident. “I like teaching Hatha because it’s very methodical and focused on being very aware of every muscle, ligament and joint. I like that level of tuning in, and it feels really good.” As a doula, she is also planning to dive deeper into the birthing world with childbirth classes, hopefully beginning this winter. “I want this to be a space for moms in particular,” she said. There are benefits to both group and private classes, with private classes offering the benefit of being able to talk one on one and tailoring to specific needs. Those interested can try their first class with a donation, including food or a toy. “I love Berryville,” Nicole said. “Everyone here is so sweet and I love all the business owners I’ve met. I love the sense of community and all of the activity in this town.” Visit the Soulshine Medicine Facebook page, visit www. soulshinemedicine.org or call 703-609-6619.


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Dispatch from Clarke County

Clarke County Names New Director of Fire, EMS & Emergency Management After a months-long process in which a search committee reviewed 70 applications and extensively interviewed the top candidates, Clarke County has hired Wayne Whetsell to be its Director of Fire, EMS & Emergency Management. Whetsell begins his new career in Clarke on Aug. 29. Whetsell has been a professional firefighter for 27 years with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, where he has served as Captain II and Station Commander since 2016. He has volunteered with the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company for more than 30 years and served as its chief for seven years in the early 2000s. He possesses comprehensive firefighting and emergency management training with certifications in multiple specialized areas. “Working for Clarke County is the pinnacle of my career,” Whetsell said. “This position is a dream opportunity for me to use my experience and skills to work with three outstanding fire companies. My goal is to support, coordinate, and advance all our first-responder efforts to best serve residents, businesses, and visitors throughout the county.” In his new role, Whetsell will manage the day-to-day operations of the Fire, EMS & Emergency Management department, including staff supervision and budget oversight. The department consists of 16 fulltime operational staff, one billing coordinator, and a number of part-time employees. The county provides 24/7 staffing out of the John H. Enders Fire Company & Rescue Squad and provides additional coverage at Blue Ridge Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company. The director ensures compliance with

various state and federal regulations, works with the fire companies on standard operating procedures, and serves as the primary contact for emergency management duties with various state and federal agencies. The Director of Fire, EMS & Emergency Management is an executive-level position that reports to County Administrator Chris Boies. “We are excited to have Wayne join our leadership team,” Boies said. “The search committee was very impressed by his work and volunteer experiences as well as his passion for our volunteers in the fire and rescue system. He is the right person to ensure we continue to have a successful combination volunteer/paid staff system. I look forward to working with him and continuing to find ways to improve the services we provide our citizens.” Earlier this year, a search committee composed of two county supervisors, a Fire & EMS Commission member, a volunteer firefighter, a staff firefighter, and the county administrator began a thoughtful process to find the ideal candidate for the director position. After reviewing all applications and narrowing the field, the committee interviewed top contenders, and finalists participated in simulations of emergency scenarios. “On behalf of the Board of Supervisors, we welcome Wayne to Clarke County,” said Board chair David Weiss. “We had a very competitive pool of applicants, and Wayne clearly rose to the top. I want to thank the volunteers from the three fire companies, members of the Fire and EMS Commission, and the search committee for their participation in the search process.”

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Watermelon Pickers’ Fest 2022 Calling all bands who want to compete, and all people who want to jam to music By Keith Patterson

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What do the people want? “To feel good.” What are the things that make people feel good? At the top of this list is Love. Next is music, followed closely by tradition, dancing, and partying with friends and neighbors. And beer. So, if you love dancing to traditional music with the local gentry, and beer, you can check all these boxes at the 18th annual Watermelon Pickers’ Fest. This year’s festival runs from September 15 through the 17 at the Clarke County Fairgrounds at 890 W. Main St. in Berryville, Va. The stellar lineup is headlined by hallof-famers Little Feat! Yep. You read that correctly. Little Feat! And if that ‘aint enough to get “a fat man out of the bathtub,” keep a readin’. Your ticket also entitles you to the fabulous sounds of The Earls of Leicester, featuring the great Jerry Douglas, as well as Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers, Scythian, Cris

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family friendly festival also boasts a $1,000 Band Contest, food vendors and a beer garden! Shepherd’s Ford Productions, once again, has spared no expense in putting together the party of the year. Your ticket includes Free Camping. Kids 12 and under can enjoy the festival free of admission.

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Shepherd’s Ford Productions has hosted 25 family-friendly music festivals since 2004, including several at Watermelon Park. Shifting the location of the Watermelon Picker’s Festival to the Clarke County Fairgrounds is a natural progression for a yearly celebration that just keeps getting bigger and better. The musical acts are all top-shelf and hand-picked by the staff at Shepherd’s Ford. One of my favorite aspects of the festival is the band contest, one of the primary ways to choose bands to hire for future events. Up and coming bands get an opportunity to show-off for the audience, the judges and the programming committee, as well as walk away with $1,000 for top prize. The band competition is at noon on Saturday, September 17. Bands that are interested can sign-up at The Fest Store, from 11–11:30am on Saturday. First

Place receives $1,000 plus a 15-minute slot at 6pm on Saturday, plus a $500 paid Main Stage slot at next year’s festival. Second place gets $400; third place receives $200. The rules for the band contest: 1. All contestants must have a festival ticket prior to registration. 2. Songs should be no more than 4 minutes in length. 3. Bands will be provided with a single large-diaphragm mic with no plug-in and no setup time. 4. Contestants must be registered and present at the Show Barn by 12:00pm to be counted in the contest. And must be by the Main Stage at 12:45 pm to hear the winners announced. The bands must be available at 5:50–6:30 pm to play in the Show Barn if they are chosen as winners. Performing bands must include all members

that competed. 5. Contestants may be called to the stage in any order. 6. Winners will be announced on Saturday afternoon and must be prepared to play a 30 minute set from 6-6:30 pm with

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the full band that competed. 7. No Watermelon Picker’s Fest Main Stage performers are permitted in the contest. 8. Prizes will be awarded to the Top 3 scores. 9. All contestants agree

to hold Watermelon Picker’s Fest and affiliates free of liability any and all damages resulting from participation in the contest. 10. No electrical instruments permitted. All bands must include a banjo, mandolin or fiddle. Bands will be judged on timing, taste and tone. 11. The contest coordinator has the final say. There will be no disputes, quarrels or arguments heard whatsoever. Have fun and Good Luck! I don’t know mulch, but I do know this… There aint a picker on the planet that wouldn’t play his fingers to the nubbins to win $1000.00 dollars and a chance to play at the Watermelon Picker’s Festival. It’s gonna be fun. Fur’s gonna fly. See you there! For tickets and information visit: watermelonpickersfest.com

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Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds. 890 W. Main St. Berryville. Animals, horticulture, crafts, baked goods, games, rides and more. See fair schedule online. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 5-15, and free for preschoolers. 540-9551947. www.clarkecountyfair.org.

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Appalachian Chamber Music Festival

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. The festival celebrates the rich history, nature and culture of the area through poignant and powerful chamber music experiences that are relevant to our times. ACMF brings together fresh and exciting talent, internationally-recognized artists from near and far who are

united by camaraderie and cause for an evening of world-class music. $20 in advance, $25 at door. 7–8:30pm. www.barnsofrosehill.org.

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Music in the Park: Dixie Rhythms

Rose Hill Park. E. Main St. Berryville. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for an evening of the area’s best bands and musical groups. Free. 6:30–8pm. 540-955-4001.

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Leslie Mendelson Concert

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Special thanks to Michael Hobert and Mary Jane Lee for sponsoring this event. Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Leslie Mendelson is described by Relix Magazine as an artist with “a loyal, cross-generational

audience that hugs the hippie, hipster, coffee shop and society crowds.” $20 in advance, $25 at door. 7–9pm. www.barnsofrosehill.org.

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Fall Art Show Opening Reception

Long Branch Historic House and Farm. 830 Long Branch Lane. Boyce. Show features work by Jane Casper and Barbara Batterton and runs August 19 through November 20. 6–8pm. Free. Contact Long Branch at 540-837-1856 or info@visitlongbranch.org.

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Free Outdoor Movie

“American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story”. Chet Hobert Park Stage. 225 Al Smith Circle. Berryville. 8:45pm. Free. 540-955-5140.

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Outdoor Movie Night: “The Biggest Little Farm” Blandy Experimental Farm. 400 Blandy Farm Lane. Boyce. Spread out a blanket on the lawn at Blandy’s amphitheater and enjoy documentary film “The Biggest Little Farm” under the stars. The film chronicles the eight year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Members $10, nonmembers $15. 8:15pm. 540-837-1758. www.blandy.virginia.edu.

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Music in the Park: Ver Azul

Rose Hill Park. E. Main St. Berryville. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for an evening of the area’s best bands and musical groups. Free. 6:30–8pm. 540-955-4001.

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7th Annual Summer’s End Cruise-In

Downtown Berryville. More than 250 custom and antique cars, music, food, vendors, custom autos and trophies for best in show. Lineup starts at 2pm. All cars enter on Taylor Street. $10 registration. 4–7pm. www.facebook.com/ berryvillemainstreet.

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Seth Walker Concert

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Seth Walker is often cited as one of the most prolific contemporary Americana artists on the scene today, a multi-dimensional talent who combines a gift for melody and lyric alongside a rich, Gospel-drenched, Southern-inflected voice with a true blue knack for getting around on the guitar. $20 in advance, $25 at door. 7–9pm. www.barnsofrosehill.org.

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Eric Byrd Trio: Brother Ray Band

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Thanks to Jim Craig Sundecks and Porches for sponsoring this event. The Eric Byrd Trio: Brother Ray Band has the Trio at its core, augmenting the group with a horn section, a guitarist, and Eric Byrd on vocals. What originally began as a tribute to the Ray Charles songbook has now taken on a musical life of its own. $25 in advance, $30 at door. 7–10pm. www.barnsofrosehill.org.

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Nicole June: Dinner and a Show Series

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Nicole June began gigging in rock & roll bands in her teens and was inspired by artists like Chris Cornell, Ben Gibbard, and Joni Mitchell to begin writing. Since moving to the Harpers Ferry area, she has begun to settle into a sound that blends the underground grit of Philly with the soulful openness of Appalachia. $10 per person or $5 with receipt from a Clarke County restaurant from same day. 7–9pm. www.barnsofrosehill.org.

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Trivia Night

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Clarke County Historical Association and Clarke County Library team up the first Tuesday of each month to bring live team trivia. Categories include History, Movies, Literature, Sci-

ence and more. Prizes donated by local businesses. Barn doors open at 6:30pm, trivia begins at 7pm. Free. 540-955-2004. www.barnsofrosehill.org.

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–10 Patsy Cline Tribute Concert

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Special thanks to Jim Craig Sundecks and Porches and an anonymous friend of the Barns for sponsoring this event. What better way to spend Patsy Cline’s birthday weekend than at a tribute show featuring local legends Aimee Curl (Furnace Mountain Band), Jess Eliot Myhre (The Bumper Jacksons), and Melissa Wright (Mink’s Miracle Medicine). Along with David Van Deventer on fiddle, and Jesse Shultzaberger on drums, and Dave Hadley on pedal steel, these women will sing the songs that made Patsy Cline a local, national and international legend in the world of country music. $25 in advance, $30 at door. 7–9pm. www.barnsofrosehill.org.

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Meditation Walk

Cool Spring Battlefield, Shenandoah River Campus, 1400 Parker Lane, Bluemont. Good Shepherd Episcopal Church will host “Walking with a Word,” a free meditation walk at 10 a.m. Meet by the pavilion next to the parking lot. The walk will be about 45 minutes, starting with a greeting from Rev. Martha Clark and ending with a blessing. We’ll focus on mindful walking and breathing. Info: 540-252-5825, goodshepherdbluemont.com

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–11 21st Georgia Infantry: Civil War Encampment Sky Meadows State Park. 11012 Edmonds Lane. Delaplane. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of a Civil War Encampment as you interact with the 21st Georgia Infantry. Watch as they perform the daily tasks of the Confederate soldiers. Activities may include recruitment and enlistment ceremonies, unit drills, weapons demonstrations, and camp cooking. 10am–4pm first day; 10am– 2pm second day. 540-592-3556. skymeadows@dcr.virginia.gov.

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Clermont Farm Guided Historical Tour

Clermont Farm. 151 Clermont Lane. Berryville. The Clermont Foundation welcomes you for a one hour guided tour of its historic buildings. Tour will include the 1823 Slave House, 1803 Smoke House, and the 1755 owner house. First tour 1:30–2:30pm, second tour 3–4pm. Free; part of 2022 Smithsonian Museum Day Live. www.clermontfarm.org.

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Clarke County Historical Association Lawn. 32 E. Main St. Berryville. Colorado State University’s Dr. Ann Little will examine women’s identity around the turn of the 19th century. Did the shape and silhouette of clothes impact their experiences? How did ideas of nature inspire these women? How was their American identity formed and reimagined by the inner and outer societal forces? There will be a companion exhibit on display at CCHA. 2–4pm. Members $15, nonmembers $20. www.clarkehistory.org.

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Sanctuary Wellness Center. 208 N Buckmarsh St. Berryville. Each class will cover a different topic and will present validating scientific research citations and therapeutic dosing information. PDF class notes will be included. Also available on Zoom. $180 for series of 6; $40 for individual classes. 3–5pm. Email to register : geosjoyrh@

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Ongoing Clarke County Farmers’ Market. 317 W. Main St. (Berryville Primary – Clarke County School Board office). Customer entrance and parking is off West Main Street. Find a list of vendors at clarkecountyfarmersmarket.com/ meet-our-vendors/ 8am–12pm every Saturday through the end of October. manager@ clarkecountyfarmersmarket.com. Automobilia Exhibit. Barns of Rose Hill. 60-year collection of automobile parts, tools, signage, gas pumps, and other fascinating objects amassed by the Thompson family, who were owners and operators of the world-famous White Post Restorations. On display in the Barns of Rose Hill Lower Gallery for the month of August. Gallery is open Tuesdays through Fridays, 12–3pm. www.barnsofrosehill.org. 540-955-2004. Fall Art Show. Long Branch Historic House and Farm. 830 Long Branch Lane. Boyce. Features work by Jane Casper and Barbara Batterton and runs August 19 through November 20. Gallery is open 10am to 4pm. Monday through Friday and 12

to 4pm Saturday and Sunday. Donations accepted. Contact Long Branch at 540-837-1856 or info@visitlongbranch.org. Washington Irving and Local Authors Display and Book Sale. Long Branch Historic House and Farm. 830 Long Branch Lane. Boyce. 10am to 4pm. Monday through Friday and 12 to 4pm Saturday and Sunday. Free. Contact Long Branch at 540-837-1856 or info@visitlongbranch.org. Antiques Ongoing Sale. Long Branch Historic House and Farm. 830 Long Branch Lane. Boyce. 10am to 4pm. Monday through Friday and 12 to 4pm Saturday and Sunday. Free. Contact Long Branch at 540-837-1856 or info@visitlongbranch.org. Women’s Circle. Every Monday. 6–8pm. Join this safe space where we will explore our inner beings and outer experiences through movement, guided meditation and sharing circles. $10–$20 sliding scale. www.sanctuaryberryville.com. 703-297-5714. Yoga at the Sanctuary: Vinyasa with Amy. Sanctuary Wellness Center. Every Monday. 10:30–11:30am. $20. Specials and class passes available at amyhopegentry.com/yoga. Yoga at the Sanctuary: Gentle Flow with Amy. Sanctuary Wellness Center. 5–6pm. Every Thursday. $20. Specials and class passes available at amyhopegentry.com/yoga. Tai Chi. Sanctuary Wellness Center. 12–1pm. $20. Tuesdays. Christine Kestner is an FAI-Certified Tai Chi instructor offering in-person group instruction in the Yang 24 form to a limited number of participants. Pre-registration is required: Christine@ 4ForcesWellness.com. www.SanctuaryBerryville.com.


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A Family Bat Walk By Doug Pifer

On a recent Saturday night I led our friend and her family on a bat walk. She said it was the only thing she wanted for her birthday, so I met her at her house near Ranson, West Virginia around 8:30pm. It had rained all day but started to clear up in the late afternoon. Perfect “batting” weather. I attached my Echo Meter Touch 2 bat detector into the lightning port of my iPhone while we stood talking in the front room of her house. Her daughters, aged 4 and 5, were excited to see the color pictures I gave them of the bats we were likely to record. It wasn’t yet dark outside but almost immediately, bat vocalizations showed up on my screen and I pressed the “record” button. My bat detector can isolate and pick up most sounds bats make, create a visual spectrogram of the sounds, record them at various speeds, and sometimes identify the bat species. By then half a dozen family members of various ages were ready to go on our bat walk. I explained echolocation, how bats use their voices to navigate in total darkness by making rapid, high-pitched squeaks or clicks and then listening to the reflected sound, or echo, as it bounces off objects. That’s how bats find a flying moth to catch for dinner, or avoid crashing into the wall of a cave or a projecting stick that might be in their flight path. Bats also communicate with each other by making social sounds. But the bat detector can’t determine the bat’s identity by these sounds, and labels them as “No I.D.” Just after I explained why we wouldn’t be able to identify all bat sounds, reference pictures of two bats popped up on my phone screen. We had recorded either a silver haired bat or a big brown bat. The silver-haired, listed first, was the most likely choice. Each bat’s picture was linked to a Wikipedia description of the bat species, which I read to

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Spectrogram of the recording we made of the little brown bat. Myotis is part of its scientific name, Myotis lucifugus, which means “mouse eared bat that flees from the light.”

a little brown bat flashed on the screen, along with its recording. A rare little brown bat had just flown overhead! Back on the front porch I played back some of the recordings we had made, explaining how the spectrogram slows down the recording so it is within the range of human hearing, distorting the sound. Both little girls were fascinated by the sloweddown bat sounds, which sounded more like tolling church bells than high-pitched clicks. Our friend was ecstatic that we had recorded a little brown bat as well as eastern red bat, big brown bat, silver-haired bat, hoary bat, tricolored bat and evening bat. Next day, she texted me that she was just thrilled to do this on her birthday and that she would do it again. When I show people my bat recordings, they’re often surprised at how many different kinds of bats we have. And I’ve learned that bats are virtually everywhere.

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pact Grants, United Way NSV has awarded over $500,000 this year to 36 incredible nonprofits throughout the region. We love seeing the difference that donor contributions to United Way NSV make through those specialized nonprofits who are working to tackle the community essential areas of health, hunger, housing and food insecurity … just to name a few. Likewise, our Valley Assistance Network is a formidable resource for families struggling to make ends meet. The resource managers at VAN work tirelessly, day in and day out, to connect families and individuals to the vital resources they need to get back on their feet and start the path toward selfsufficiency. Over the past few months, the team at VAN

has been hard at work connecting thousands of families with the resources they so desperately need. “The last few months have been the busiest in our 5-year history as more families struggle to pay rent, keep the utilities on, and deal with the burden of the rising gas and grocery costs,” said Jennifer Hall, senior director of community investment. The program is on pace to see a nearly 50 percent increase in the number of families served this year compared to 2021. Here are some VAN highlights from the last several weeks: Averaging over 350 calls a week; Serving more than 300 families a month; Utilizing The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding from the City of Win-

chester to find creative ways to help working families address housing, childcare and transportation challenges, Kaycee Childress, President/CEO of United Way NSV explains, “When I came on with United Way NSV in April 2022, it was clear that with our base in Winchester, we had to continue making an intentional and concerted effort to provide the same incredible services to all of our region that we provide in Winchester City and Frederick County through our VAN network. I was so happy to see everything that the United Way NSV and our flagship program, VAN, were doing throughout the region and the families throughout the Shenandoah Valley — specifically Clarke County — who were availing themselves of this impactful resource.

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What’s A Fly? Article and photos by Claire Stuart

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Butterfly, dragonfly, firefly. Many insects, like those three, are not true flies but have “fly” in their common names, which are written as one word. This is no doubt because the first people naming them called anything that flew a fly! True flies’ names should be written as two words, such as house fly, blow fly and crane fly. True flies are in the insect order Diptera which means “two wings.” All other winged insects, with a few very rare exceptions, have four wings. It’s sometimes hard to see this because many have their front and rear wings “hooked” together so that they work as one. Diptera have only front wings. Their rear wings are replaced with little structures called halteres that look like sticks with knobs on the ends. Halteres help balance flies in flight. True flies have a complete metamorphosis with larval and pupal stages. Most have larvae of the maggot type, with soft bodies and no legs or recognizable heads. They live in liquid or semi-liquid environments, from water to decaying organic matter. Mosquito larvae, called wrigglers, have heads and thin, bristly bodies. They live in water near the surface and breathe through tubes at their rear ends. Diptera is a very large group

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with hundreds of thousands of species in many shapes, sizes and feeding habits. Regardless of what they eat, all Diptera can feed only on liquids because they have no teeth. No true flies can sting, although some have structures that look like stingers and some can “fake” stinging threats. Many are blood-feeders, including mosquitoes, black flies (buffalo gnats), horse and deer flies, stable flies and biting midges (no-see-ums). Incidentally, only the female blood-feeeders bite because they need the blood proteins to mature their eggs. Males are harmless nectar feeders and some don’t feed at all. Blood-feeders have differ-

ent ways of getting their liquids. Mosquito mouthparts are modified to pierce and suck. Horse and deer flies are large, persistent flies with knife-like mouthparts to slash skin and make blood flow, and additional mouthparts to sop it up. Their bites are sometimes immediately painful and sometimes not felt for hours and can cause severe redness and swelling in sensitive people. Black flies are also persistent but small. They will chase you and get into your eyes, nose and ears. They form large swarms, worse the farther north you travel. They have actually killed large animals by blood loss and by swarming into noses and mouths and smothering them. Biting midges are so small as to be nearly invisible, hence the name no-see-um. They bite warm areas like armpits, bends in knees and places where clothing is tight, like around socks and underwear. Bites are usually not felt until hours later. You’ve doubtless seen house flies crawling around on solid food, from meat, bread and

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sweets to garbage and manure. They make it into liquid by regurgitating digestive juices on it and then lap it up with their sponge-like mouthparts. Stable flies look like house flies. The difference? If it bites you, it is a stable fly! There are also many predatory flies like robber flies and snipe flies. They prey on other insects and liquefy their prey to eat them. Crane flies are large, delicate flies that resemble daddy-long-legs. They are often mistaken for giant mosquitoes but they do not bite. They are found near water and damp places because their larvae are aquatic. If something looks like a mosquito but is too big, it is a crane fly.

Deer fly (Tabanidae).

The Syrphid flies, known as hover flies and flower flies, feed on nectar, fly like hummingbirds and come in various sizes. Most are yellowand-black and mimic bees and wasps, but if you look closely, you can see their halteres. Some look and act just like sweat bees and land on people to sop up sweat. If you try to shoo them off, they curl their abdomens just like sweat bees getting ready to sting, but of course, they have no stingers. Syrphid fly larvae are considered very beneficial because they are voracious predators of aphids. Bee flies are also bee mimics. Some are fuzzy and look and buzz just like bumble bees.

Their larvae are parasites of grubs and caterpillars. Metallic green and blue flies the size of house flies are the blow (or bottle) flies, Calliphoridae. You’ll see them on garbage, pet waste and dead animals because that’s where their larvae feed. Blow flies are very helpful and even life-saving. Their presence aids forensic science because they are early visitors to dead bodies and can help determine time of death. Their most important use is medical. The larvae can clean wounds by eating decaying flesh and bacteria without harming sound tissue. They were traditionally used in wartime. Maggot therapy was used until the 1940s when it was replaced by modern methods but came back into use in the 2000s when it was found to be very effective in healing wounds that would not heal. The US Food & Drug Administration approved certain maggots as medical devices, and flies are raised under sterile conditions and packaged for human and animal use. Send your insect questions to Claire Stuart at buglady@ wv.net.

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When parents of children divorce, most want to create an effective parenting plan that maximizes the potential for the children’s well-being. When I started practicing law in 1987, we did not have parenting plans. I would file a complaint seeking the divorce, the other party would file a response, and we’d go to court. Our county had two ways of dealing with the issue: Schedule A or Schedule B. Under one schedule, the parent got every other weekend and Wednesday evening for dinner. Schedule B was one weekend a month. Fortunately, things have changed. Most parents enjoy custodial time with their children, and no one is relegated to a few weekends of “visitation.” However, with this change toward co-parenting, the parents must learn new ways of communicating about the children, often best accomplished with a parenting plan. In the parenting plan, the parents decide how to make decisions about their child’s religious and educational upbringing and medical decisions. The parenting plan also details how the child will live in two houses at once, celebrate important holidays, and enjoy a summer vacation. When parents divorce and present the agreement to the judge, judges usually adopt them as part of the court order when the judge believes that they promote the best interest of the child. Here are a few tips parents can use to create a

parenting plant that works for their family. Create a deep, durable agreement. Think beyond this week or this month. Try to anticipate changes that may occur in the next few years. An agreement that addresses difficult subject areas may be the one that will make it possible for parents to maintain a healthy relationship. Be precise, but create flexibility. Start by being decisive and precise. Decide on a schedule for each parent’s custodial time: days, times, where

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Geneva Jackson Pie-Baking Contest The Clarke County Farmers’ Market hosted its sixth annual Geneva Jackson Pie-Baking Contest in late July. Thirteen bakers entered the 13-and-older division; two young bakers were in the 12-and-under division. Kendra Shelton won the adult category with an apple crisp pie, and 10-year-old Natalie Bruening won the children’s category with a golden peach pie. Contest entry fees and the sale of pies raised $900 for the Laurel Center in Winchester. A Geneva Jackson Cake-Baking Contest to benefit the Laurel Center is planned in

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Thank you Jayne Hayes localities. Before joining Clarke County Social Services in 2013, she had worked nine years for Frederick County, 12 years with the City of Winchester, and 14 years in Page County. The Board thanked Hayes for her care, compassion, and dedication over all those years, most especially the nine years she served Clarke County residents. Photo by Clarke County.

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SR 4X4 Access Cab CN231B

$34,997

2021 COROLLA

LE

$33,877

CN271A

$25,747

2022 Tacoma

2019 RAV4

LE AWD SUV

CN261A

2020 TACOMA

2019 HIGHLANDER

LE Plus V6 AWD

4 Door LE Sedan

2020 CAMRY

2019 CAMRY

4 Door LE Sedan

$37,877

2020 COROLLA

2019 C-HR

LE

MT2049

2020 CAMRY

2018 RAV4

XLE AWD SUV

XLE AWD SUV

$34,877

SR 4X2 Access Cab MT483A

$31,677