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FROM THE EDITOR Giving To Others A Tonic For Ourselves This time of year my son can think of little more than the upcoming annual week at the beach. It’s a custom we have followed since I was his age. Two grandmothers preside over four generations packed into a small compound of five rented abodes, where young cousins and second cousins run freely, aunts and uncles — my generation — soak up sun and cook massive amounts of food, and friends and other distant relatives stop in for a day or two of endless noise, fevered competition at board games, and quiet boardwalk strolls to catch up one-on-one. It is only the second summer vacation without my father. The week had always been the highlight of his summer, ever since he and my longdeparted uncle started the tradition by renting a couple of ramshackle cottages in the days when a trip to the beach truly meant being “offline.” Back then, phone booths and laundromats dotted every other block and kids were relegated to sleeping in steamy attics or breezy front porches. I thought about my dad when I received a wonderful letter from The Reverend Matt Rhodes of Christ Church in Millwood about the food drive carried out by local postal workers in May (see page 4). My dad believed in helping those in need and he lived by his principles. He felt blessed to spend one of his two vacation weeks each year at the shore — the other was typically spent over a
series of long weekends fixing things at his own mother’s house — and wanted to give back. He never questioned why someone needed help; he just thought we should help those who need it. Clearly, the good people of Clarke County feel the same way. The community’s generous contributions to the postal worker’s food drive is extraordinary and inspiring. There is a tendency these days, all too often, to assign blame to those in need for their unfortunate circumstances. Surveys show that this endemic attitude sometimes leads many to withhold support for their fellow brothers and sisters and to rail against ideas to address the root causes of hunger, homelessness, and poverty. It is such a privilege to be part of this Shenandoah Valley community. People may disagree on many things, from zoning to public schools to the role of government in fixing our most pressing problems. Honestly, I’ve grown weary at our apparent inability to speak to one another in civil tones about civic issues. Still, this community has a philanthropic spirit I daresay is unrivaled in the Commonwealth. Maybe I’m naïve, or just hopeful. Maybe this spirit of coming together, as Matt Rhodes so eloquently describes, is the tonic for more of what ails us. — David Lillard
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Annual Postal Service Food Drive Changes Lives by The Reverend Matt Rhodes
In the Gospel of Matthew we find perhaps one of the most well-known of all of the sayings of Jesus: “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:40, New Revised Standard Version). These words were spoken as part of a series of parables and lessons being shared with his disciples, and are now — as they were 2,000 years ago — a clarion call to discipleship and mission in the world. They are one of the most eloquent reminders that when
we show compassion and extend love through the feeding, clothing, and caring for those around us, we are reaching out to embrace both the humanity we share and the holiness found within each of our brothers and sisters. On Saturday, May 12, the residents of Clarke County and our dedicated postal workers were visible examples of living the the message of Matthew 25. As part of the 26th annual “Stamp Out Hunger” drive of the United States Postal Service, letter carriers throughout
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port published by Feeding America, the largest hungerrelief network in the United States, revealed that more than eight percent of the population of Clarke County is living with food insecurity, equating to more than 1,100 people. These are just the ones who are known to be struggling; there may be many others of whom we are unaware. This year, we are continuing to see a significant need for the services of the Christ Church Cares pantry, and in pantries throughout the county and region. Your donations through this year’s Stamp Out Hunger drive will go a very long way in ensuring these needs continue to be met. On behalf of the Christ Church Cares Food Pantry and the many clients we serve, thank you for your generosity. Thank you for recognizing the needs of your neighbors and for extending out a hand of love and care. Above all, thank you
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for being “Matthew 25 people!” The Christ Church Cares Food Pantry is located at 843 Bishop Meade Road in Millwood, on the grounds of Christ Church. It is open on the first Friday of each month from 1–3pm for seniors and those with special needs, and on the first Saturday from 9–11am for all others. More information is available at https://www.cunninghamchapel.org/christ-church-caresfood-pantry. Volunteers are always welcomed!
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the county gathered donations of healthy, nonperishable food items left by customers near their mailboxes. This year, these donations were designated for the support of the Christ Church Cares Food Pantry. Over the course of that Saturday, the carriers picked up and brought back to county post office branches more than two tons of donated food — 4,223 pounds, to be exact. I want each of you to take a moment to consider that total. Think about how much of a difference your donations make in the lives of those in need in the county — not just individuals, but families. Through the first eight months of 2017, for instance, the pantry assisted with 387 client visits — a number representing nearly 900 men, women and children. And that was just for the first half of last year. Food insecurity is a very real problem facing many in our area. The most recent re-
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It’s been a cool, dry spring, but now a welcome spell of mild, rainy weather softens the evening. Distant thunder rumbles a counterpoint to the wood thrush singing in the woods behind the barn. Fifty years ago our woods was a pasture. Now sycamores, boxelder, spicebush and paw paws line the spring-fed stream. Beneath the trees and wild grapevines grows an exotic understory of Japanese, Tatarian and Amur honeysuckles, ailanthus, white mulberry, Indian strawberry, and Japanese barberry. This Asian-American combination evidently suffices as home for a resident wood thrush. Wood thrush song sounds like cathedral organ music to me. Muted by distance it’s even sweeter. It invokes childhood evenings in June seated on a porch step, enchanted by
an unknown birdsong coming from the neighbor’s woods. I finally learned what bird made that song from a record by Ornithologist and bird song recording pioneer Arthur A. Allen. Dr. Allen described the wood thrush’s song better than anyone in an educational leaflet from Cornell University written in 1909 for school children: “The little brook gurgles just out of sight, and water dripping from the rocks strikes the surface of a pool with a music that cannot be described. Suddenly you become aware that other music is filling the woods. It has come to you gradually, has been so much a part of the murmuring stream and dripping water that you have not noticed its beginning. All at once it forces itself upon your consciousness and you realize you have been hearing it all the
while. Now that you have noticed it, everything else sinks into insignificance and the top of the tall maple seems to resound with pure, rich, flutelike tones . . . This song we shall remember though we forget all others. It is the song of the Wood Thrush.” Wood thrushes are probably rarer today than they were at the turn of the 20th century near Ithaca, New York, where Dr. Allen’s wood thrush sang. At that time, the Eastern hardwood forest was just recovering from the massive clear cuts made in the years after the Civil War. Today these maturing hardwood forests are breaking up and disappearing once again, giving way to subdivisions and business parks. Biologists believe forest fragmentation has resulted in declining wood thrush populations since the 1970s. Wood thrushes prefer to live out of human sight, nesting and singing in the leafy understory of the woods. They forage insects and snails from the forest floor, hopping about the damp leaves like robins. They hide their sky-blue, thumb-size eggs in a leafy nest that’s usually built in a forked branch of a shrub near eye level. The hen bird sits so tight you’ll probably walk by without seeing her. If you’re persistent and quiet, it’s possible to sneak up on a singing male perched among the leaves, brown-backed, pale beak tilted slightly upwards, and breast speckled like a cowrie shell. But the song sounds best when heard from the backyard. Hear the wood thrush and watch him sing in wonderful videos on Lang Eliot’s musicofnature.com website. Illustration by Doug Pifer, courtesy The Pennsylvania Game Commission.
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Tom Principato Concert
Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Passionate performances of funky roots music with scorching guitar. 8–10pm. $20 in advance, $25 at door, children 12 and younger free. Visit www.barnsofrosehill.org or call 540-955-2004 (12–3 pm Tuesday to Saturday).
Boyce Community Flea Market
Boyce United Methodist Church. 8 Old Chapel Ave. Boyce. Third annual event will feature drinks, snacks, donuts and hot dog lunches. $10 to rent a space; bring your own table and/or tent. Advance registration preferred. 8am–2pm. 540-336-3585.
Civil War to Civil Rights History Tours
Sky Meadows State Park. 11012 Edmonds Lane. Delaplane. See, hear, taste and touch stories of African-American experiences in the Crooked Run Valley. 11am–3pm. 540-592-3556. email@example.com.
Sky Meadows State Park. 11012 Edmonds Lane. Delaplane. Get creative at the Poplar Art Station, explore food at the Frontier Settlement, dance to the tunes of the Barnyard Band and much more. 6:30–8:30pm. 540-592-3556. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clarke County Equine Alliance Meeting
Long Branch Farm. Long Branch Lane. Millwood.
Members, sponsors and friends are welcome to a business meeting followed by a presentation by the Shenandoah Horse Rescue League. Refreshments provided. clarkecountyequinealliance@ gmail.com.
Meet the Beekeepers
Sky Meadows State Park. 11012 Edmonds Lane. Delaplane. Meet with local apiarists Doug and Ramona Morris of the Beekeepers of Northern Shenandoah and discover the art of apiculture. 1–3pm. 540592-3556. www.skymeadows@ dcr.virginia.gov.
Trauma-sensitive Workshops for Women Sanctuary Wellness Center. 208 N. Buckmarsh St. Berryville. Learn homeopathic remedies
useful for the summer months. Music Therapist Leigh Jenks and health coach and yoga instructor Rachel Dollard present the second of a five week series to learn about the impact trauma has on brains and bodies and various modes and activities to promote healing and resilience. 4–5:30pm. $150 if registered ahead. Pre-registration recommended. 540-227-0564. email@example.com.
Resilient Meditation Workshop Series
Sanctuary Wellness Center. 208 N. Buckmarsh St. Berryville. Series held the third Monday of each month through May 2019 and led by Spiritual Pastor Sunday Cote. Join the meditation community in expanding your mindfulness practice and peace building mission. Register ahead. 7–8:30pm. 540-227-0564. www.sanctuaryberryville.com.
Managing Invasive Plants Event
Blandy Experimental Farm Library and Grounds. 400 Blandy Farm Lane. Boyce. Learn how to identify and manage invasive plants during the summer season. Samples will be on display and you may bring securely bagged plants for identification. FOSA/PRISM members $20, nonmembers $25. 1–5pm. Registration required. 540-837-1758, extension 224. www.blandy.virginia.edu.
Jade Woman (and Man) Qigong
Sanctuary Wellness Center. 208 N. Buckmarsh St. Berryville. Six week series held Wednesdays through July 18 and led by Marisol Mayal is useful for all genders and provides increased energy, metabolism, vitality,
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Millwood Blues Week All-Stars
Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Multi-instrument jazz and blues performance. 8–10pm. $15 in advance, $20 at door, children 12 and younger free. Visit www. barnsofrosehill.org or call 540955-2004 (12–3 pm Tuesday to Saturday).
Yoga at Sunset
Sky Meadows State Park. 11012 Edmonds Lane. Delaplane. Harness the mental, physical and spiritual powers of yoga overlooking the exquisite pastoral views of Crooked Run Valley. Open to all skill levels. Bring your own yoga mat and water. Held every Friday in June. $20. 7:30–8:30pm. 540-592-3556. firstname.lastname@example.org.
African-American Artists Lecture
Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Through the critical lens of the political, legal and cultural changes that marked the transition from slavery to the Civil War to the Civil Rights period in the 1960s and 1970s, this presentation will examine depictions of the
multifaceted and highly politicized dimensions of “race” and American identity in the artistic production of AfricanAmerican artists.7:30–8pm. Free. Visit www.barnsofrosehill.org or call 540-955-2004 (12–3 pm Tuesday to Saturday).
Great American Campout
Sky Meadows State Park. 11012 Edmonds Lane. Delaplane. Park rangers will be on hand to help set up campsites and tents, with demonstrations, sing-alongs and more. $30 per campsite with advanced reservations, plus taxes and fees. Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast included. 12pm–12pm the next day. 540-592-3556. email@example.com.
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Mindful Eating Program
Sanctuary Wellness Center. 208 N. Buckmarsh St. Berryville. Learn how you can get balance in your life by loving yourself and the food you eat. Register ahead. 2–3pm. 540-227-0564. www.sanctuaryberryville.com. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Tyva Kyzy Performance
Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. “Tyva Kyzy” (“Daughters of Tuva”) is the first and only women’s group in Tuva that performs all styles of Tuvan throat-singing. This form of multiple tones harmonic singing has been practiced mostly by men and prohibited for women. Tyva Kyzy dares to perform publicly this ancient art of singing in their own unique “feminine” style. 8–10pm. $15 in advance, $20 at door, children 12 and younger free. Visit barnsofrosehill.org
Sky Meadows State Park. 11012 Edmonds Lane. Delaplane. Investigate the plants, animals and history of farming. Discovery items to touch and explore, Junior Ranger booklets and other self-guided activities. Also July 7 and 8. 10am–1pm. 540-592-3556. email@example.com.
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Independence Day Celebration
Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds. W. Main St. Berryville. Fireworks and fun for the whole family, sponsored by Bank of Clarke County. Concert by Clarke County Community Band kicks off the fun at 8:30pm. Free. www.berryvilleva.gov.
Red, White and Tuna Performance
Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. The audience is taken through another hilarious ride into the hearts and minds of the polyesterclad citizens of Texas’s “third smallest” town. Along with Tuna‘s perennial favorites, some new Tuna denizens burst into the 4th of July Tuna High School Class Reunion. With the entire cast of eccentric male and female characters played by just two men, the show is fun for all. 1pm. $8 suggested donation. Visit www.barnsofrosehill.org or call 540-955-2004 (12–3 pm Tuesday to Saturday).
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“The Changed” Performance
Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Combined elements of rock, soul, jazz, gospel and the blues. 8pm. $15 in advance, $20 at door, children 12 and younger free. Visit www.barnsofrosehill.org or call 540-955-2004 (12–3 pm Tuesday to Saturday).
Activities in Historic Area
Sky Meadows State Park. 11012 Edmonds Lane. Delaplane. Visit with volunteer gardeners as they tend the garden beds in the kitchen garden, sample authentic dishes, watch blacksmiths and more. 12–3pm. 540-592-3556. firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Saturday Open Door Tour
Various locations throughout Frederick and Clarke counties and the city of Winchester. Trail sites will showcase their businesses through demonstrations, special exhibits and activities. Plan an itinerary and view events by visiting artisantrailnetwork.org.
Kids Fishing Night
Sky Meadows State Park. 11012 Edmonds Lane. Delaplane. Visit with park rangers to learn about the critters that live in and around Turner Pond. Enjoy snacks and drinks provided by the Friends of Sky Meadows, and have a chance to win fishing supplies and other door prizes. Parking is $5 per car. 6–8pm. 540-592-3556. email@example.com.
Concert and Exhibit Opening
Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Toe-tapping old time and traditional music by Joe and Sam Herrman,
Marshall Wilborne and David McLauglin, and photography exhibit by Lisa Elmaleh. 8pm. $15 in advance, $20 at door, children 12 and younger free. Visit www.barnsofrosehill.org or call 540-955-2004 (12–3 pm Tuesday to Saturday).
Summer Reading Program Clarke County Library. 101 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Valley Reads Summer Reading Program encourages kids and teens to read, with fun prizes and frequent activities. Call or visit website for details. 540-955-5144. www.handleyregional.org.
Saturdays, May–October, 8am–12pm. Town parking lot next to Dollar General. 20 S. Church St. Berryville. Many vendors selling meat, produce, cheese, vegetables and much more. clarkecountyfarmersmarket.com.
Summer Special Yoga
Sanctuary Wellness Center. 208 N. Buckmarsh St. Berryville. Three classes for $30, good for any and all through Labor Day. Monday, 5:45pm, Vinyasa; Tuesday, 10am, Basic Flow; Saturday, 9am, Gentle Flow. 540-227-0564. www.sanctuaryberryville.com.
Tuesdays, 8:15–9:15pm. Grace Episcopal Church. N. Church St. Berryville. For friends and families of alcoholics. If someone else’s drinking bothers you, please join us. 540-955-1610.
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Valley Reads Summer Reading Program Promises Fun All Summer By Rebecca Maynard Handley Regional Library (with branches in Berryville, Winchester and Stephens City) is excited to announce the highly-anticipated Valley Reads Summer Reading Program for children, teens, and families. The program officially kicked off this month, and everyone is invited to register online at www.handleyregional.org to track their reading progress, win prizes from community sponsors, and more. “Summer 2018 brings many new and fun activities for the library’s summer reading
program,” said Laurine Kennedy, Clarke County Library branch manager. “We have performers at the Barns of Rose Hill Mondays at 10:30am, starting June 18 and running through July 30.” On Thursday, July 18 at 2pm in the Clarke Library children’s room, all are invited to “Wildlife Ambassadors.” Learn about animals from around the world and meet live tropical birds. In addition to their weekly preschool story time on Tuesdays at 10:30am, they will have “Stories in the
Park-Family Storytime,” held Saturdays at 10am, June 16July 28, Weather permitting. All welcome. Beginning June 14 and running through August, every Thursday at 4pm all are welcome at Clarke Library for LEGO Club. “Have fun, build, and learn!” Kennedy said. Kennedy also expressed gratitude to the Rotary Club of Clarke, which generously donates $500 worth of books for giveaways to the summer reading program every year. “We are excited to continue
to provide exceptional reading programs and services to the community,” said John Huddy, director of Handley Regional Library System. “Our tagline for this year’s program is, “Reading takes you everywhere,” because we know that when someone reads a book, not only can they physically take it with them throughout the summer, but they can experience an adventure, learn something new, or discover a different world. We are excited to support the surrounding community in this journey.”
“Plus, there is something happening every week for kids at each library location in our youth services department. From animals, cultural dances, children’s authors, story time, and more special guests and surprises, there is something in store for everyone. Complete details are available online or you can ask anyone at your local branch,” Huddy said. Explore more at www.handleyregional.org or call the Clarke County Library at 540-955-5190.
Kid’s Music and Theater Classes at the Barns in June June will be a great time for kids, ages 10 months to 12 years, at the Barns of Rose Hill. Classes in music and a theater workshop offer fun learning and developmental experiences that could bring lifetime benefits. Four weekly music classes for four different age groups kick things off starting June 6. Parents and grandparents are encouraged to participate with their young ones. Music Baby! offers two age groups. One is for ages 10 months to two years. Babies of all ages feel and respond to music, and that makes for new connections in the brain — it’s called neuroplasticity — in just a half hour of music playtime each week. The classes will include shakers, scarves and drums. For ages two to four, as toddlers begin to move their entire bodies to music, they start to identify with storybook characters. This 30-minute class focuses on bringing stories
alive with songs and movement for toddlers and their parents or grandparents. Movement To Music! offers two age groups as well, with 45-minute classes. The class for ages four to eight is great for budding musicians, actors and dancers. Expression with drums, streamers, shakers and other tools will bring innate artistry to life, inspiring imagination and transformation into characters from books and plays. For ages nine to 12, the class provides exploration of musical instruments and body movement to a variety of music genres. This is an introduction to the language of music, acting techniques and dance movement, and is designed to inspire creativity, perhaps leading to writing a song or a play. Class dates are June 6, 13, 20, and 27, and all classes are at the Barns at 95 Chalmers Court in historic Berryville. The fee for all four sessions for each age group is $100, and walk-
ins are welcome at $30 a class. For class times and to register, contact the Barns at 540-9552004, or visit the Barns website, www.barnsofrosehill.org. Huzzah: Summer Music Theater Camp and Production for 9 to 12 year olds takes the floor June 18 through 22. This five-day music theatre camp will give kids an opportunity to work together to perform a short musical called “The Environmental Show.” In this educational story of learning how to help our environment, the students will be introduced to the music theatre world by focusing on characterization, singing, and choreography/ movement. There will be a performance at the end of the week, which all are invited to see! Classes are from 9A to noon, and the fee is $250. Registration is online or by calling the Barns. For more information, visit the Barns of Rose Hill website at BarnsofRoseHill.org.
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Dr. Jerry Henke of Battletown Animal Clinic has been practicing veterinary medicine for 48 years, 35 of them in Berryville. “When I started out, there were no computers and no people walking around with something held against their ears!” he laughed. He began his career treating both farm animals and pets, “because that’s the way it was then,” he recalled. “Veterinarians did everything. I gave up the large animals as I got older, and I’ve been treating only companion animals for the past ten years.” The biggest changes he has seen over the years, of course, have been in technology. “The technology of human medicine has become available for animals,” he reports. “Now technology is so advanced that we have access to all modalities, all the latest things—endoscopy, radiosurgery, ultrasound, laser therapy, more diagnostics, access to MRIs. We can do lab tests in-house. Things that used to be restricted to universities, we can offer locally. And computers allow us access to experts everywhere in a matter of hours.” An unwelcome change is the emerging threat to pets and humans from tick-borne diseases. Zoonotic diseases are those that are shared by animals and humans. “Ticks are a big thing in this area, he reported. “Years ago, tick diseases were a novel occurrence. Now Lyme disease is rampant.” One thing that has not changed is that he still considers himself a “country veterinarian” and he and his staff keep the tradition of one-onone relations with the families of his four-legged patients. “For me, we’re not just high-tech, we’re high-touch—we inter-
act with people,” he explains. “We can offer more technology and still be one-on-one, spend more time with people. We like to provide people with more answers so they can make tough decisions that are not always comfortable. It’s difficult. So, we make it as personal as possible.” He noted a change as more suburban people have moved into the area. He finds them
more committed to their pets. “Their pets are more a part of the family. When they take a family portrait, their animals are there.” Henke attends conferences and national meetings to keep up with what’s going on, and he sees a plethora of new things constantly appearing that deal with animals (and people) and their needs. He believes that people crave human
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interaction, which is getting scarcer, and seek that interaction with their pets. He observes that there are more and more pet foods that bill themselves with adjectives like gourmet, boutique, all-natural and human-grade. “Those words don’t mean anything,” he said. “They are not defined by any government agency; they’re not backed by science. They’re designer and pretty, but animals have no sense of color. They’re designed for people. Older foods are not as fancy but they provide solid nutrition, based on science, not just hype.” A veterinarian’s practice differs in a very basic way from that of a physician. A veterinarian handles the life of a companion animal from birth to death, especially in a country practice like Henke’s. Given the length of his practice, he has dealt with multiple generations of humans and their pets. “We go back a long way,” he said, “and I’ve seen happiness as well as tears. It’s bitter-sweet. I see people who love their animals. Sharing tears with the family is sad, but other aspects are uplifting. I see the sadness and joys in the experiences that people have with their animals.
And when I see bad things in the news, I remember that I see people at their very best.” Life spans of our pets are shorter than ours, so veterinarians see more end-of-life issues than physicians, and Henke acknowledges that it takes a toll. “It’s hard on us,” he said, “so as veterinarians, we have to talk to colleagues and get support from others.” Henke reports that there is a push in the veterinary community to emphasize “One Health” in journals and meetings. He explains, “We share the environment—people, animals, plants. We can’t focus on just one aspect. Multiple species interact, and there’s more information out there. We need to be more aware of humans being stewards for the environment.” Discussing how people select pets, Henke commented, “There’s nothing like a movie to bring out the desire for a certain breed. Kids pressure their parents and the parents give in. This leads to a demand and people try to fill the demand for that breed and they are sometimes not the most responsible people. When you decide to get a pet, it’s wise to ask a veterinarian’s advice before you do, rather than going to your vet
and saying, ‘I just got this animal and I didn’t realize…’ Some breeds can be prone to certain physical problems and behaviors, and you should have your eyes wide open when you select a pet.” Dr. Henke’s advice to everyone: “Be sure your animals get good nutrition, good care, good behavior training and good tick control.”
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World War I: Clarke County Soldiers and Their Sacrifice By Jesse Russell In 1915, John Rolfe Castleman strolled across the campus of Virginia Tech for the first time. His life as a freshman cadet and student of engineering was about to begin in the sleepy town of Blacksburg, Virginia. His thoughts had to have been those of any college freshman. What courses to take? Where do those classes meet? Who would be his roommate? Was he capable of taking the next step in academia? These, and many more questions would have swirled through his mind, but what he knew for sure was that this period in his life was the beginning of an adventure. Little did he know at the time, the real adventure that lay ahead for him would take an entirely different course at the end of his sophomore year in 1917. In that year, the United States of America would enter the bloodiest war in history of the world. The war already had been raging in Europe and in parts of the Middle East and Asia since 1914. The European theater of war had become a stalemate, with each side suffering thousands of casualties each day. This war would not only have profound impacts upon his own life, but would also shape the
future of the world in both the near term as well as the long term. So, in 1917, John Rolfe Castleman, along with 90 percent of all student cadets at Virginia Tech, did their patriotic duty and joined the U.S. military to go fight in a far off land most knew only from history books. Many would never return. Others would return physically broken or emotionally scarred, or both. Before their service, they may have dreamed of their future heroism, but never dreamed of the pallor and vile scent of death they were about to witness. In 1907, another son of Clarke County graduated from Virginia Tech. Shortly after graduating, Lloyd W. Williams was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant with the Marine Corps. In 1918, now Marine Captain Lloyd W. Williams, was ordered to France, and sent to the front. Williams was no stranger to war, having served in several conflicts, but nothing could have prepared him for the war of which he was about to become a part. The French countryside had been laid bare by years of combat, where offensive successes were measured in inches. Fields once
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lush with plant life and crops had been turned to mud so viscous that boots were literally sucked from men’s feet. Disease was rampant in the trenches that served as their temporary homes. Attacks by the enemy with bayonets protruding from the barrel of their rifles, artillery bombardments, and an ever present fog of mustard gas, were daily events. There was no place to hide and no place to run. The only option was to continue fighting and hope to survive just one more day. Some would refuse to leave the limited safety of their trenches and others were quick to retreat. But Williams was a trained Marine officer, and he was not about to shy away from his duty. World War I would see 700,000 English soldiers die. The French would have on average, 900 of their brave men die every single day from 1914 until the end of the war in November of 1918. American forces suffered 116,708 dead and 204,000 wounded in just a little over a year of fighting. Approximately 1.7 million German soldiers died, and another 4.2 million were wounded. At the close of the war the world, shocked by the death and destruction incurred during the war, nations became intent upon preventing a recurrence of such an atrocity. So, it began to be known as the “war to end all wars.” They could not have been more wrong. In just a mere 20 years after the end of WWI, European and Asian soils would once again run red with blood. And once again, the same countries involved in WWI found themselves fighting another war to end all wars. WWII had officially began.
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Flying to the Flying Cross
John Rolfe Castleman turned in his cadet uniform at Virginia Tech and exchanged it for the uniform of a 2nd Lieutenant as an officer in the Army Air Force. The airplane was a relatively new invention and not used for military purposes until 1911. Castleman would be on the cutting edge of an entirely new form of warfare and be one of our nation’s first fighter pilots. Although these early biplanes could hardly be called safe, some men were drawn by the freedom and misguided
romance of the life as a combat pilot, believing they were better off in the air than in the daily horror of trench warfare. I would not argue that point, but Castleman was soon to discover that what appeared to be serene skies, were anything but. Castleman was attached to the 99th Aero Squadron in France. On October 5, 1918, he received orders to fly miles into enemy territory on a reconnaissance mission of the enemy ground troops, taking photos as he flew. On his way back to his base, Castleman was suddenly attacked by seven German
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airplanes known as Fokkers. With a machine gun attached to the nose of his plane, he took out two of the Fokkers and sent the other five scrambling back to the safety of their own airfields, but he had not seen the last of German Fokkers. Minutes later, he encountered five more of the enemy’s aircraft intent on taking him down. Alone, and surely feeling as if he may never make it back to his own lines, his survival instincts took over. With no choice, he engaged the enemy aircraft. It must have felt like an eternity to him, but in actuality, the dogfight was over in a matter of minutes, resulting in five enemy aircraft turning tail for home, finding that discretion was the better part of valor. Castleman, undoubtedly shaken by the events of the day, returned safely to his airbase. As with most people, it is not the fight itself that is unnerving, but rather the aftermath of such an engagement. We can only imagine how much will power it must have taken to get his nerves under control and be able to calmly manipulate the controls of his aircraft. On the ground, one can let the body take over after combat. In a plane, one does not have that luxury. Lieutenant Castleman was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the country’s second highest award for bravery in combat, exceeded only by the Congressional Medal of Honor. In 1919, John Rolfe Castleman was discharged from the Army and he returned to Virginia Tech to pursue his degree in engineering, graduating in 1921. He would spend the next 44 years at Virginia Tech as a professor in the engineering department. He retired in 1965 with few persons knowing of his exploits and bravery during WWI. Castleman is buried at Green Hill Cemetery in Berryville, Virginia. May he not be forgotten in death.
We Just Got Here
On June 2, 1918, Captain Lloyd W. Williams arrived near the battlefield of Belleau Wood in France as part of the 5th Marine Regiment. He was met there by a French officer who tried to explain the dire conditions at the battlefield and ordered Captain Williams to retreat. It was here that Captain Lloyd W. Williams made his reply that has become one of the best known quotes in American history. Williams looked coldly into the eyes of the French officer and stated, “Retreat hell, we just got here!” To this day, the 5th Marines, 2nd Battalion motto is “Retreat, hell!” Good to his word, Captain Williams did not retreat. He led his men into the fray of battle, pushing the enemy back, but not without a cost. Of the 10 officers and 250 enlisted men that were part of this offensive, only one officer and 16 of the enlisted men escaped death or wounds. He himself had been blinded by mustard gas and shrapnel had ripped through nearly every part of his body. When the medic came to care for him, he calmly told the medic, “Don’t bother with me. Take care of my men.” Captain Williams died later that day. Captain Williams would be posthumously awarded the country’s highest honor-the Congressional Medal of Honor. The local American Legion in Berryville is named in his honor-the Lloyd Williams, Post 41. His bravery and sacrifice live on not only with past and present members of our local American Legion, but also with the United States Marine Corps. Like Lt. Castleman, he too will not be forgotten.
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World War I ended with an armistice agreement signed on the 11th hour, the 11th day and on the 11th month of 1918. We would celebrate the end of this WWI every year on November
11 known as Armistice Day. Today, it is better known as Veterans Day. Clarke County’s relationship to WWI history has a second layer that must be mentioned. General Billy Mitchell saw the future of air warfare during WWI, and placed his career on the line to create an Army Air Force (later to become its own branch of the military). He is known as “the father of the Air Force.” His son Billy Mitchell
13 lived most of his life near Bethel Church in the southern part of Clarke County. He died in 1969 at his Clarke County home and is buried at Old Chapel. General “Wild Bill” Donovan was a major during WWI and received a Silver Star and Purple Heart during this war. In WWII, General Donovan headed up the Office of Strategic Services, the forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency. He received the
Congressional Medal of Honor. His son, David Donovan, owned a farm at Old Chapel in Clarke County and died here. To see the list of all Clarke County men who served during WWI, and those who died, visit ClarkeVa.com. Author’s note: I would like to thank the American Legion Lloyd Williams Post 41, and especially Commander Robert Ferrebee, who have made this story possible.
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All Invited to Celebrate Lloyd Williams Day in Berryville By Rebecca Maynard
the streets for the procession, and have a picnic in the park,” Dickinson said. Food will be available for purchase and also at any of the town’s restaurants. At 4pm, the movie “Sergeant York” will be shown for free at the Barns of Rose Hill. According to the website of Lloyd Williams Post 41 of the American Legion in Berryville, on June 2, 1918, a division of Marines was sent to support the French army at Belleau Wood. As the Marines arrived, they found French troops retreating through their lines. A French colonel, attempting to acquaint the Americans with the realities of the situation and not trusting his spoken English, scribbled a note to the officer in charge of the Americans ordering them to retreat. The Marine officer looked at the Frenchman coldly and said, “Retreat, hell! We just got here.” The officer was Williams, commanding the 51st Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment. Captain Williams died in Belleau Wood nine days later, the first Clarke County man killed in the war. Williams’ heroic actions and fearless leadership were widely reported in major newspapers throughout America and Europe. The 2nd Battalion, 5th Regiment is the most highly Presenting quality decorated battalion in the U.S. community theater in the Marine Corps and its motto is Shenandoah Valley still “Retreat, hell!” in honor of Captain Williams. Mayor Dickinson noted July 14-21, 2018 June 16-23, 2018 that her husband, a retired Marine, heard that famous quote throughout his time in Upcoming Production the Marines. The Explorers Club Williams was born in Clarke Nell Benjamin Book & Lyrics by DavidbyLindsay-Abaire County on June 5, 1887, the elMusic by Jeanine Tesori dest son of Goodwin Hulings Based on the hit film, it’s an The famous tale of swashbuckling and Anne McCormick Williams. irreverently funny musical adventure comes to the stage..... with a powerful message for He attended school in Berryville with a few twists and surprises. the whole family. and graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute where he For tickets and information: 540.662.3331 email@example.com was a member of the Corps of
“Retreat, hell! We just got here!” One hundred years ago, Clarke County native Captain Lloyd Williams, USMC, uttered those famous words and changed the course of World War I. On Saturday, July 14, all are invited to honor his memory and achievements for Lloyd Williams Day, beginning at 10am in Berryville. The Virginia Profiles of Honor Mobile Tour, a WWI and WWII mobile museum that prominently features Williams, will be set up behind Dollar General at the livery building from 10am to 3pm. At 11:30am, a procession with
veteran and military groups will travel from First and Main streets to Rose Hill Park. Anyone with war memorabilia such as letters or photographs is encouraged to bring it to the mobile museum, where it will be photographed and catalogued so that the important history can be preserved for future generations. “We hope we’ll get a good turnout for it,” Berryville mayor Patricia Dickinson said, noting that the day was chosen because it is close to the date of Williams’ burial. “We hope that people will make a day of it, visit the museum and the farmers market, line
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Cadets. Shortly after graduation, Williams was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. As a career Marine officer, Captain Williams rose quickly up the ranks, and was commissioned a captain in 1916. After the U.S. entered World War I, the 5th Marine Division sailed for France where he was assigned to command the division’s 51st Company in the 2nd Battalion. On June 11, 1918, he led an assault that routed the German defenders at Belleau Wood. Of the 10 officers and 250 men who
started the attack, only one officer and 16 enlisted men escaped death or injury. As he lay wounded on the battlefield, he told the medics who approached him, “Don’t bother with me. Take care of my good men.” Captain Williams died of his wounds that day and was posthumously promoted to major and awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. He was buried in a military cemetery called a “Flanders Field” near the battlefield. Even though the Battle of Belleau Wood took a heavy toll on
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caisson for the procession to Grace Episcopal Church, where he lay in state before the funeral service. Since the church could not hold the large number of mourners, the doors and windows of the church were opened, and hundreds of people circled the church to listen to the funeral service. After the church service, the funeral procession was led by a detail of Legionnaires from Lloyd Williams Post 41 of the American Legion to the burial site in Green Hill Cemetery.
Dickinson said that the Clarke County Historical Association will be open with a very impressive World War I display, in addition to the mobile museum, procession and option to picnic in the park. “We wanted to do something to honor Captain Williams,” said Dickinson, also the Town Council liaison to the Legion Centennial Committee. Post 41 marks 100 years in 2019. The Clarke County Historical Association can be reached at 540955-2600 or www.clarkehistory.org.
The Clermont Foundation will be commemorating Captain Williams with a wreath-laying ceremony at 4pm on Saturday, July 14, at his grave in Green Hill Cemetery in Berryville. The ceremony will include brief remarks by former Senior Army Historian Joseph Whitehorne, and by Annette Amerman, Reference Branch Chief and Historian, Marine Corps History Division. A reception will follow at Clermont Farm, the home of his grandfather Maj. Edward McCormick, CSA, and grandmother. Today, Clermont Farm is a state study site owned by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, managed and funded by The Clermont Foundation. Contact: Bob Stieg, CEO, The Clermont Foundation. 540-955-0102. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Soldier’s Rest main house, photo by Carl Stephanus. While Soldier’s Rest has a long and storied history, today the farm is best known locally for its whimsical painted barn. Driving past the property on Route 7, the multicolored barn is hard to miss. According to owner Carl Stephanus, when he was painting the barn in 2005, he intended to paint a dark purple stripe but applied too much paint and it flowed down the front of the barn. Rather than correct the mistake, he added the silhouette of a yellow cat trying to keep the paint from coming in the barn. “In 2004, I started painting the barn, using a ladder,” Carl recalls. “It was insane.” He eventually purchased a bucket truck to finish the job the following year. The paint scheme on the barn is repeated in unexpected places throughout the property, from the mint green chimneys and lavender porch columns on the main house to the bright yellow
corncrib. Carl also painted the side of a garage with a rooster holding a wine glass and riding on the back of a Pasofino horse following a donkey laden with grapes. The painting originally read ,“This Way to Veramar,” referring to nearby Veramar Vineyards, but county zoning officials deemed it a commer-
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cial sign and not permissible on residential property. So Carl changed the wording to “This Way to Enjoy Vineyard.” When asked why he painted the barn and the garage as he did, Carl replies, “If I’m going to put the effort into painting, I might as well have fun doing it.” Paint colors aside, Soldier’s Rest is remarkably unchanged
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Soldiers Rest North Porch, photo by Carl Stephanus. since 1864 when James E. Taylor, an artist traveling with Union General Philip Sheridan, sketched the house. The oldest section of the house was built between 1774 and 1785 for William and Rebecca Morton, making it the oldest surviving frame house in Clarke County. The other three existing houses from the same period are log or stone construction. Given the expense at that time of sawn lumber, the Mortons must have been well to do and wanted to impress their neighbors. Originally a one-room-deep, hall-and-parlor plan, in the 1830s, the house was converted into a central passage plan with one room on either side, both upstairs and down. This renovation may account for the unusual façade of the house, which has three windows across the second story, but two windows on each side of the front door on the first story. At the same time, a wing was added onto the back of the house that consists of a stair hall and a large dining room on the first floor with a bedroom above. There would have been a staircase in the “hall” side of the original hall-and-parlor plan that was removed when this addition was built. Most of the interior woodwork, including fireplace mantels, wainscoting and chair rails, and the por-
tico on the front of the house date from this late Federal period renovation. The dining room connected what had been a separate building, presumably a kitchen, to the main house. A second story was added to this building as well, resulting in five total bedrooms in the house. Much later, porches were added on either side of the addition. The current owners added screens to the south porch after they purchased the house in 1996. Carl was working for CSX in Florida then, but he and his wife Eileen wanted to move closer to her family in Maryland. “We thought it would be a great place for a bed and breakfast,” Carl remembers. “But once we moved here in 1999, we had so many friends and relatives visiting, we never got around to opening our B&B. For a while, though, it felt like we were running one, just not getting paid!” The name Soldier’s Rest is often thought to be associated with Daniel Morgan, who owned the property, but only for a month, in 1800. He lived on Amherst Street in Winchester at that time, so it is doubtful he lived at Soldier’s Rest. Following the War of 1812, Col. Griffin Taylor, a veteran of that war, acquired the property and he most likely gave it the name Soldier’s Rest. Soldier’s Rest also has anec-
dotal associations with George Washington. In 1748, Washington recorded in his diary staying at the home of Isaac Pennington who owned the property at that time. Unfortunately, Pennington’s house no longer exists. A log springhouse on the property was for years touted as Washington’s office and sleeping quarters while he was surveying the area for Lord Fairfax. However, the springhouse was dismantled, reportedly to be reassembled at the World’s Fair in St. Louis in 1904. It is uncertain whether the building was in fact displayed at the World’s Fair, but the building’s materials were put into storage at nearby North Hill. Some sixty years later, the owner of North Hill built a chicken coop using logs from the former springhouse, not realizing what they were. Soldier’s Rest is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and there are historic preservation covenants on the deed. Any permanent alterations, including interior changes, to the house must be approved by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Carl and Eileen have updated the bathrooms, replaced the knob-andtube electrical wiring throughout the house, and installed a new standing seam metal roof, but most of their other renovations have been cosmetic, like paint and wallpaper. After living at Soldier’s Rest for nearly 20 years, Carl and Eileen are downsizing and want one-level living, so they have put the property on the market. Soldier’s Rest is just over twentytwo acres, and, in addition to the house, includes two barns built in the 1920s, a corncrib, chicken coop, root cellar, two garages and a large riding ring. At one time, they had as many as nine horses stabled on the property. “We have enjoyed the peace and quiet living here and the ability to ride our horses,” Carl says. “Sitting on the porch, you wouldn’t know you’re so close to town. It’s a very special place.”
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Jim Costello Art Exhibit at Long Branch By Keith Patterson In an art world that begs for new things paying homage to what’s already been done, Jim Costello’s paintings are both instantly recognizable and difficult to quantify. And that just might be a pretty good definition of what originality is among those of us who love beautifully rendered landscapes and dreamscapes, and demand more from our art shows than hanging a porcelain urinal upside-down on a gallery wall and calling it “Dystopian Blah Blah Blah.” And if your artistic tastes, like mine, tend to lean more towards great paintings rather than grand gestures, then I believe that you will absolutely love
this exhibition of Costello’s beautifully evocative works. While the lush topography of the hills and vales surrounding Long Branch Plantation in Clarke County are major inspiration for much of Costello’s current work, he grew up and got started painting professionally in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. The painter Arthur Dove was a big influence on Costello’s landscape work. Costello studied art at the Ecole St. Luc in Brussels, Belgium, during his senior year of high school. He received a M.F.A. from Notre Dame University in 1967. He taught art at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, and at
Yankton College in Yankton, South Dakota. In the early 1970s Costello, his wife, son, and a couple of artist friends moved to this area and set up a little artists’ homestead in some Express refrigerator boxcars in an abandoned cornfield. Costello began building pole barns for his neighbors, and always drew and painted the local landscapes, scenery, barns, buildings, and culture of his beautiful Appalachian home. Central to this great unknown artist’s work is the importance of a mystical, rather than analytical, understanding of this world. This body of Jim Costello’s work on display at Long
Branch, spanning 40 years and including acrylic paintings, pen and ink drawings, and illustrated journals, is a testament to encapsulating the spirit and energy that vibrates through all living things. Now living with his wife in a 200 year-old farm-house, Costello has never actively sought success, fame, and recognition as an artist. He prefers, instead, to play his banjo by the woodstove, spin yarns worthy of his Irish roots, fish for trout in the Shenandoah River, and generally just take life as it comes. Jim, at 72 years of age, is still young at heart and beloved by his friends. A 1980s gallery exhibition
of Costello’s work in Washington, D.C., garnered rave reviews from the Washington Post, and the signature painting from that show was purchased by the National Geographic Society. In 2015, a retrospective exhibit at the Burwell Morgan Mill in Millwood was an exceptional success, and reintroduced Costello and his work to the public after decades of self-imposed anonymity. His paintings are collected and cherished by his many admirers. An artist’s reception will be held June 23, 5–7pm at Long Branch. A closing reception is scheduled for July 8, 2–5
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County Expands Parking Near Appalachian Trail.
After months of planning and waiting for appropriate conditions for construction, an expanded parking lot is now open in Clarke County near the Appalachian Trail, just in time for the busy hiking season. The parking lot is north of Va. 7 and east of the village of Pine Grove. Previously, only about 10 cars could fit in a small, gravel parking lot off Route 679 at Raven Rocks, an access point to the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail. Construction of a much larger lot began in November 2017 and was completed on May 8. The larger lot can now accommodate 30 vehicles or more. “We are really pleased to open an expanded parking lot for residents and visitors who want to enjoy the Appalachian Trail,” said Alison Teetor, natural resource planner for Clarke County who oversaw the project. “The Board of Supervisors recognized a need based on an increasingly dangerous situation and decided to fund the expansion.” The 5.5-mile Raven Rocks
stretch of the Appalachian Trail is popular with day hikers. But, once the small lot was full, too many people parked their vehicles along the shoulders of Pine Grove Road (Route 679) and Va. 7 (Harry Byrd Highway). That practice is dangerous and – as indicated by numerous “No Parking” signs – illegal. Solving the problem took money as well as collaboration between the Clarke County Board of Supervisors and Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), which is responsible for state-owned roads. The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club helped identify the boundaries for an expanded lot as it is the organization that cares for the trail in Maryland and West Virginia as well as parts of Pennsylvania and Virginia, including the 22 miles of trail in Clarke County. Last year, VDOT engineers looked at the Raven Rocks area and determined there was enough existing right-of-way to create a lot that could accommodate between 25 and 35 vehicles.
VDOT did not have funds in its budget to finance the parking lot expansion, however the Board of Supervisors was keen to improve parking and safety near the trail for everyone — hikers, residents and people driving through the area on Va. 7 and Route 679. In November, the Clarke County Board of Supervisors approved a $7,100 expenditure to clear the land. The second phase – grading and gravel – waited until early spring. The supervisors approved an additional $8,200 bringing the total project cost to $15,300. In January, the Board of Supervisors took another step to improve safety on county roads when it amended the Clarke County Code related to illegally parked vehicles. The supervisors began looking at the code last fall in response to concerns expressed by residents, visitors and the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office about dangerous parking situations along roads. Now, the new code gives law enforcement officers
the option of issuing citations or having vehicles towed when they are illegally parked. Previously, all law enforcement officers could do was call for tow trucks. After the parking ordinance was amended, the supervisors asked VDOT to install more “No Parking” signs along roads such as Va. 7 near the Appalachian Trail as well as heavily traveled spots along U.S. 50, U.S. 340 and Lockes Mill Road. Raven Rocks is one of four Appalachian Trail access points in Clarke County,
where 22 miles of the AT run along the Blue Ridge Mountains. In 2015, Clarke County was officially recognized as an Appalachian Trail Community by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. The Appalachian Trail Community program helps communities generate awareness of the iconic trail as well as preserve and protect the AT. The Appalachian Trail, which was conceived by forester Benton MacKaye in 1921, is the longest hikingonly footpath in the world.
Community Briefs Top of Virginia Artisan Trail Saturday Events
The Top of Virginia Artisan Trail invites the public to experience the uniqueness of Frederick County, Clarke County, and the City of Winchester through its Open Door Tours on the first Saturday of each month. A varying mix of Trail sites will showcase their businesses through demonstrations, special exhibits, and activities. Plan an itinerary and view Trail site events throughout the year, by visiting the Trail’s event calendar at TopOfVirginiaArtisanTrail.org. The Trail was launched in 2016, when Frederick County, Clarke County, and the City of Winchester partnered with the Artisans Center of Virginia to cultivate, celebrate, grow, and promote the region’s craft and agricultural artisans. The
Artisans Center of Virginia operates a Trail network throughout the Commonwealth, winding through nearly every part of Virginia. The Top of Virginia Artisan Trail includes artisan studios; related venues such as galleries and boutiques; agriartisans including wineries, breweries, coffee brewers, and farms; points of interest; lodging; and restaurants. View the Trail map at TopOfVirginiaArtisanTrail.org To plan your First Saturday Open Door Tour, visit the Top of Virginia Artisan Trail website and click on the Calendar of Events. Monthly Trail participants will be listed; click on each site to view individual Trail site websites. Participating Trail sites for May 2 included: Center Ring Design, Cordial Coffee, Art at the Mill, Handworks Gallery, Smithfield Farm and artist Nancy Polo, Belle Grove Plantation, Firehouse
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Clarke County hosts information sessions to explain ambulance billing
The Clarke County Department of Fire, EMS and Emergency Management invites all county residents to one of three public information sessions regarding changes to ambulance billing fees and procedures. Residents may attend whichever session is most convenient. The first “2018 Ambulance Billing Changes” information session begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, at the John H. Enders Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company social hall located at 9 S. Buckmarsh St., Berryville. The second session is at 1 pm Saturday, June 23, at the Blue Ridge Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company social hall located at 131 Retreat Rd., Bluemont. The third session will be at the Boyce Volunteer Fire Company (7 S. Greenway Ave., Boyce) at a date and time to be announced. Any Clarke resident who is interested in learning more about current ambulance billing and the approved changes that go into effect on July 1, 2018, is encouraged to attend a session. Each session is expected to be one hour, but will last as long as necessary. For more information, contact Clarke County Department of Fire, EMS and Emergency Management at 540-955-5113 or email@example.com.
Clarke County breaks ground on collection center for household trash
A construction crew is now on site, clearing land along Quarry Road (Route 612) for Clarke County’s long-awaited convenience center for household trash. Winchesterbased Pine Knoll Construction was awarded the contract to build the center for $546,371. Groundbreaking for the facility was delayed by seven-straight days of rain last week. County Administrator David Ash said the convenience center should open by late August 2018 if the weather cooperates. The Clarke County Board of Supervisors approved a site plan and Special-Use permit for the new convenience center in October 2017 after the center, which will be owned and operated by the county, went through the same approval and public hearing process as all other new construction in the county. The proposed center was studied and approved by all appropriate agencies, including the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the county’s karst engineer and the Clarke County Planning Commission. A convenience center to serve residents in the northern part of Clarke County has been a priority for the supervisors since 1999, but other projects became budgeting priorities and finding a suitable location proved challenging. Currently, county residents must take their trash to a convenience center on U.S. 522/340 (Stonewall Jackson Highway) in Double Tollgate on the county’s southern border or to other convenience centers operated by Frederick County. They may also choose to pay private contractors for trash collection. After Stuart M. Perry Quarry Inc. offered the county 2 acres in the northeast corner of its 149-acre property that fronts Harry Byrd Highway (Va. 7)
and Quarry Road, the Board of Supervisors added the convenience center to the capital budget in 2015. The county will lease the 2-acre property from Stuart M. Perry Inc. at no cost for 20 years.
In March 2018, the board approved using $102,434 from an economic development fund and $53,282 from an asphalt, sidewalk and path repair fund — $155,716 total — in order to meet the $900,115 necessary for the project. It had previously budgeted more than $700,000, and moving the additional funds had no effect on the fiscal year 2019 budget. The $900,115 total cost includes $114,685 already paid for architectural and engineering fees as well as permits, advertising and excavation. The balance, $239,059, will purchase a trash compactor with hopper, two 40-yard compaction containers and three 30-yard recycling containers as well other associated purchases and cover a $44,000 Rappahannock Electric Cooperative fee to run power to the site. The convenience center will accept bagged household trash, and its recycling containers will accept paper, cardboard, aluminum and plastic. It will not accept glass. Until Clarke County has finalized its own convenience center policy, residents are encouraged to review the Frederick County, Va., citizens’ convenience center and recycling policy at www.fcva.us. An attendant will be onsite whenever the convenience center is open. Initially, the Clarke convenience center will follow Frederick County’s convenience center hours of operation.
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