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Solar Energy Sweeps Into The Valley My son and I were watching Doctor Who. It was an episode with Daleks. The Dalek armor, he said, always reminded him of Roman shields, a technology the Romans used pretty much unchanged for hundreds of years. “That’s just weird,” he said. “Now things change every year.” He is 15 years old. It does seem sometimes like things change overnight, but more often a tipping point is reached after years or decades of incremental advance. The efficiency of solar-electricity generation has improved exponentially over four decades. Now look. In 2021, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, solar made up more than half of all new electricity generated in the U.S. during the first three quarters. By 2050, renewable energy will make up nearly half of all electricity generation, and half of that will come from solar. In Virginia, 416 projects are awaiting review by relevant agencies. Those projects have potential power capacity of 22,679 megawatts (enough to power 3.7 million homes), ac-

cording to a recent article in Bay Journal. PJM, the manager of our regional grid, is so swamped with applications from operators to join the grid that it has had to pause the process to come up with a plan. Clearly, the solar future has arrived. There is a Wild West atmosphere in solar development. In the name of sustainability, developers have cleared thousands of acres of forest to plant “clean energy.” This, while federal, state, and local governments are spending millions on tree plantings to clean waterways and mitigate global warming. There are questions about compatibility with the agricultural landscapes that many private and public entities have worked to preserve. And questions about how the massive introduction of pervious surfaces will impact water quality — again, when so much is being invested to manage stormwater runoff that destroys rivers and streams. There is a lot we must figure out, with not much time to

spare. This year, the Virginia legislature, supported by conservation organizations, passed a measure establishing reasonable standards in the permitting process, recognizing the importance of farmland and forests, and requiring mitigation when significant impact occurs. A good start. These are exciting times. Solar and wind energy are accelerating. Major carmakers are moving toward all-electric fleets, which will increasingly be powered by electricity from cleaner sources. After all these years, the large-scale use of solar energy to power our homes and businesses is not a technological quandary. It’s a planning challenge and, for now, a race to manufacture and deploy as quickly as we can. If we’re lucky, time travelers like Doctor Who will one day visit 2022 to see our exciting beginnings, as we created the systems that gave them the wonderful planet they inhabit. — David Lillard

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Thanks to one county resident who is passionate about recycling and reusing material rather than adding it to landfills, other residents can now drop off glass for recycling at the Clarke County Convenience Center on Quarry Road (Route 612). Christi McMullen, who lives in the northeast part of the county near the facility for household trash, recently purchased an Expleco glass bottle crusher. It cost her about $7,000. She also purchased a small trailer and heavy-duty liners that make it easier to remove bottles from the trailer. Currently, she sifts the crushed glass by hand, but hopes to one day buy a mechanical sifter for $11,000. Each weekend in May, McMullen placed her trailer at the Convenience Center as part of a county-approved pilot program. The two unknowns were the level of community support for recycling and the cleanliness of the glass deposited in the trailer. McMullen and county administration are thrilled with the initial results. Over four weekends, residents placed 2,413 clean glass bottles and jars in McMullen’s recycling trailer. This represents about 2,000 pounds of recycled glass. Those bottles did not go to the landfill; they were ground into reusable sand, and

Christi McMullen, pictured with her husband John, recently purchased a glass-crushing machine to recycle and repurpose the material to keep it out of landfills. Photo provided by Clarke County. those repurposed bottles saved money for the county. Joey Braithwaite, county maintenance director, explained, “When the trash compactor is pulled and taken to the Frederick County landfill, Clarke County is charged by weight. With a glass recycling program, the dumpster’s

weight will be significantly reduced, which reduces expenses for the Center’s operations.” Reducing county expenses is good but keeping recyclables out of the landfill is even better. “Clarke County was never able to recycle glass, and when the Convenience Center opened in January 2019, there was no place locally that accepted glass,” Braithwaite said. Glass is 100 percent recyclable, and it is infinitely recyclable without loss in quality; however, only about 33 percent of glass is recycled in the U.S. Virginia recycles about 10 percent. Why? Glass is heavy and expensive to transport to recycling centers. When glass is tossed into recycling bins,


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JU NE 2022 it breaks into bits that are difficult to separate out for recycling. And, since China stopped accepting U.S. recyclables in 2018, recyclers here are increasingly focused on quality and reducing contamination to maintain the value of their recyclable materials. Many people feel good about placing paper, cardboard, plastic, and glass into recycling bins. But, when other people place materials contaminated with food residue and other trash into recycling bins, it all becomes trash and it all goes to the landfill. McMullen wants to improve the glass recycling rate — at least in Clarke County. “Anyone could buy a glass-crushing machine and do this, too,” she said. “It isn’t hard, but it requires community support.” Glass is made from sand, and using the glass-crushing machine, McMullen can turn glass

bottles and jars back into sand. Once McMullen unloads bottles at home, she sorts it by color, and removes any metal rings that may still be on bottle necks. She places one bottle at a time into the crusher and sifts the crushed glass into different grits or “cullet.” Larger cullet is good for art projects or decorative concrete. Finer grit — coarse sand — can be used in gardens to keep soil moist. The finest cullet is sand, which can be used for children’s sandboxes, flood-prevention sandbags, sandblasting machines, and replenishing beaches affected by coastal erosion. It takes 160 bottles to fill a 5-gallon bucket with fine sand. Since purchasing the glass crusher in April, McMullen has given away most of the cullet she has made. “We hope to get sand to people who can use it, but it will take a lot of people and more machines to crush all

the bottles and jars that would otherwise would go to the landfill,” she said. “I’m not doing this to make money,” McMullen said. “I’m doing this to make a difference.” McMullen wants to be clear. “This is not a recycling business. It is a volunteer project because I love recycling.” McMullen and her husband John used to move every four years or so because of his work. Now that John is retired, the McMullens have called Clarke County home for the past six years. “We try to give back to our community wherever we live,” she said. “We are grateful to Christi for coming forward with this idea and being willing to volunteer her time and resources,” said Clarke County Administrator Chris Boies. “This is still a pilot program. At this point we are still evaluating the need and various logistical components of the program.” Still, Boies hopes McMullen’s glass recycling trailer becomes a fixture at the Clarke County Convenience Center. For the glass recycling project to be successful and continue, all glass deposited in the trailer must be clean. All lids, caps, and corks must be removed. Paper labels are OK. Do not put mirrors, windows, heat-tempered glass such as Pyrex and mixing bowls, ceramic mugs and plates, wine glasses, etc., in the trailer. “Anybody can reduce the amount of glass that ends up in landfills,” McMullen said. “We can make a big impact in a short amount of time.”

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Kathleen Pine Honored With Rosemont Leadership Scholarship Honoring all the finalists Kathleen Pine was named the 2022 recipient at presentation May 22 at CCHS’s Senior Recognition Night. Clarke is pleased to honor Ms. Pine and all the finalists for this year’s scholarship. Created to recognize the student with the most leadership potential from Clarke County High School’s graduating class, the Clarke County Education Foundation (CCEF), the Rosemont Leadership Award is the CCEF’s most prestigious and largest scholarship to date, with the recipient receiving a $10,000 award. The scholarship models the Star Leadership Award, a scholarship from the Byrd Family of Newspapers, which was given locally for many years and was discontinued in 2018. Biff Genda, owner of Historic Rosemont in Berryville, approached the foundation with the idea of starting this scholarship. He offered to donate $5,000 toward the scholarship each year in exchange for the CCEF matching that amount, making the scholarship a total of $10,000 annually. He also generously offered to open Rosemont to the foundation for its annual gala, free of charge, to assist the foundation in its fundraising efforts. The gala was held this year on March 11th with over 200 attendees present and raised over $60,000 for the CCEF and its mission of promoting, expanding, and augmenting the educational opportunities for students and staff in the Clarke County Public Schools. The scholarship was judged by a 5-person committee of local community members. This year the committee members are Johnny Milleson, retired president of the Bank of Clarke County; Gwendolyn Malone, a retired Clarke County Public Schools teacher; Tony Roper, Clarke County Sheriff; Lauren McKay Cummings, executive director of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition and Matthew Bass, attorney at Burnett & Williams, and elected member of the Clarke County Board of Supervisors. The teachers and staff of Clarke County High School voted on the top four leaders from the Class of 2022. A point-based system was then used to

select the final four nominees — all 2022 graduates of CCHS who deserve the accolades of our community.

Kathleen Pine Kathleen Pine was born in Clarke County and has attended Clarke County Public Schools since kindergarten. Throughout her years in Clarke County, she participated in both the 4-H and Future Farmers of America programs which led to volunteering with the Clarke Agriculture Learning Foundation. Kathleen has been involved in athletics through the community’s youth basketball and youth soccer associations. She also was involved in athletics at Johnson Williams Middle School and at Clarke County High School. Since her freshman year of high school Kathleen has worked for North American Breeders Inc., a subdivision of Herbster Angus Farms that is based in Berryville. She has been a part of the Clarke County High School DECA Chapter since she was a freshman, and this year was elected president of the chapter. Kathleen is an active member of the National Honors Society and is the secretary of the Student Council Association. She plays as a goalkeeper with The St. James Football Club of Virginia. In the fall, she will be attending the University of West Georgia to study Biology on a Pre-Professional track. In addition to being accepted into the Honors College, she will be playing on the Women’s Division II Soccer team as a goalkeeper. “When the Star Leadership Award


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ended, it left a huge gap in the recognition of students in the senior class each year. Not only was the scholarship a huge help financially to one student, but it gave students in the graduating class something to aspire to and was truly such an honor to even be nominated.” said Executive Director of the CCEF, Beth Williams. “Mr. Genda’s generosity allows for this tradition to live on in our awesome Clarke County community and we are so incredibly grateful for his partnership!”

athletic-based extracurriculars. She was a member of the JV and varsity softball program for five years, and a member of the varsity volleyball team for four years. She was a four-year DECA member and a two-year officer, where she participated in chapter events as well as competitions at the state and national level. Bella was also a member of the Interact club, the Student Ambassador Program, the yearbook staff (where she served as the co-editor her senior year), the National Honor Society, the National Art Honor Society, and the Widget Cup team. Outside of school she enjoyed playing travel volleyball for Blue Ridge Volleyball Association all four years of high school, and actively volunteered within the community. She currently works parttime at the Sweet Elephant Bake Shop where she makes tasty treats for customers. In the fall she will be attending Kean University as a member of the Honors Program to study industrial design and play Division III Volleyball for the school.

of the National Honor Society. She enjoys serving the community through her volunteer and paid work at the BurwellMorgan Mill, and volunteering throughout the community. Taryn is an International Baccalaureate Diploma candidate and has used her higher level coursework to further her continuous pursuit of knowledge. She enjoys cooking, watching the sun rise, and spending time with her friends, particularly on Girls’ Day, as well as mentoring younger students and members of her various associations. Post graduation, she will be attending the University of Virginia to study political philosophy. She plans to become a lawyer, serving the community around her. The Clarke County Education Foundation, established in 1991, is an independent public charity dedicated to promoting, expanding, and augmenting the educational opportunities for students and staff in the Clarke County Public Schools, by generating private support and involvement to enhance these publicly maintained services. The CCEF has provided more than $3 million in student scholarships, teacher grants, system demonstration grants, and donor-defined projects through a combination of fund-raising and endowment income since its inception.

Rebecca Camacho-Bruno Rebecca Camacho-Bruno enjoys playing soccer in her free time, and was a member of the 2021 Virginia Class 2 Girls Soccer State Champion team. She also enjoys playing the piano in her free time, while also playing and singing for her church every Sunday. Rebecca is a member of: DECA, Interact, Spanish Club, NHS, the Girls Varsity Soccer, and is the senior class president. She plans to attend Virginia Tech, majoring in political science and minoring in business. Her career goal is to become an immigration lawyer so that she may serve those like her parents in their journey to citizenship and other immigration statuses. Bella Stem Bella Stem has grown up in Clarke County, and has become very active in her community and school over the years. In her time at CCHS, she has participated in both academic and

Taryn Lee Ann Tuttle Taryn Tuttle was born and raised in Clarke County. Since sixth grade, she has been a member of the award-winning Clarke County Winterguards, and in eighth grade joined the Clarke County Screaming Eagles Marching Band. Through high school, she participated in the Scholastic Bowl team and the Student Ambassador Program. She was vice president

For information regarding this scholarship, or information regarding the CCEF, contact Beth Williams, Clarke County Education Foundation Executive Director, at 540-955-6103 or ccefinc.berryville@gmail.com.

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Bridge Night

Long Branch Historic House and Farm. 830 Long Branch Lane. Boyce. Wine, soft drinks, light snacks. Limited seating, register by Monday. Every Tuesday through June 28. $15. 5–7pm. 540-837-1856. www.longbranch.org.

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John Doyle and Mick McCauley Concert

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. John Doyle is considered one the greatest guitarists in Irish music today. He is also a superb singer and songwriter who has collaborated and produced albums for countless musicians. Multiinstrumentalist Mick McCauley (button accordion, tin whistle, singer) has also been a longstanding member of Solas and

has performed and recorded with countless other artists. $25 in advance, $30 at door. 7–9pm. www.barnsofrosehill.org.

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Chris Jones and the Night Drivers Concert

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Chris Jones & the Night Drivers make some of the most distinctively elegant yet driving bluegrass music heard anywhere today. Jordan Springs Barbecue for purchase. $20 in advance, $25 at door. 7–9pm. www.barnsofrosehill.org.

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Juneteenth Celebration

Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds. 890 Al Smith Circle. Berryville. A day of art, music, food, entertainment and culture to celebrate the significance of Juneteenth, a day of joy but also a reminder of our

nation’s history, how far we have come and how far we have yet to go. The Juneteenth Celebration will be a day of pride and happiness as we come together and celebrate freedom, equality, and the achievements of Black people since that day. Music, Buffalo Soldiers presenting 1,000 flag slave memorial, MLA Mime from Washington, DC, Comedian Grandma G, poetry and readings from some of our locals, face painting, balloon twisting, moon bounce and more. More than 40 arts and crafts vendors and a variety of food vendors, some offering treats from a traditional Juneteenth meal. Emmy award winning news anchor Allison Seymour of WUSA9 and husband Marc Clarke will be Emcees for the day. Gates open 11am. Free. juneteenth2022.myevent.com

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Summer Celebration Long Branch Historic

House and Farm. 830 Long Branch Lane. Boyce. Featuring ‘Sweet Something’ with Ariana Harbin, “Love at First Bite” catering, open bar with heavy hors d’oeuvres. RSVP. $85. 5–8pm. 540-837-1856. www.longbranch.org.

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Joan and Joni Concert

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Tribute to Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell performed by singer/songwriters Allison Shapira and Kipyn Martin. In a musical journey from the 60s to today, Allison and Kipyn demonstrate the effect Joan and Joni have had on their own musical development as modern musicians. The artists have requested that all audience members be fully vaccinated. $25 in advance, $30 at door. 7–9pm. www.barnsofrosehill.org.

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Farmer’s Forge

Sky Meadows State Park. 11012 Edmonds Lane. Delaplane. Members of the Blacksmith Guild of the Potomac have set up shop and are ready to show off their skills. Free with $10 parking fee. 11am–4pm. 540-592-3556.

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Astronomy for Everyone

Sky Meadows State Park. 11012 Edmonds Lane. Delaplane. Welcome summer by watching the sunset across the Crooked Run Valley with a special solstice-themed event. Feel free to bring telescope or binoculars. Free with $10 parking fee. 8–11pm. 540-592-3556.

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Plant Identification Walk

Sky Meadows State Park. 11012 Edmonds Lane. Delaplane. Explore what lurks just above the ground with the Shenandoah Chapter Master Naturalists and Native Plant Society members. Free with $10 parking fee. 10–11am. 540-592-3556.

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Long Branch Historic House and Farm. 830 Long Branch Lane. Boyce. Wine, soft drinks, light snacks. Limited seating, register by Monday. $15. 5–7pm. 540-837-1856. www.longbranch.org.

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Music in the Park: Blue Ridge Run Bluegrass Rose Hill Park. E. Main St. Berryville. Contemporary, traditional and off-the-wall bluegrass music. Free. 6:30–8pm. 540-955-4001.

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John Prine Tribute

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. John Prine’s ability to express the human condition through beautifully written songs touched the lives of so many. We are delighted to bring together a group of fantastic local musicians to sing the songs and celebrate the man himself. Singing along is encouraged. Musicians include Fiddlin’ Dave Van Deventer, Morgan Morrison, Melissa Wright, Randy Thompson, Allen Kitselman and Bob Strow. $20 in advance, $25 at door. 7–9pm. www.barnsofrosehill.org.

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and supplements. Scientific citations included; medical professionals welcome to contribute. All proceeds benefit The Sanctuary Wellness Center. $40. 3–4:30pm. Email info@sanctuaryberryville.com with any questions. www.sanctuaryberryville.com.

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Keith Patterson’s artwork includes awardwinning cartoons, paintings, murals and numerous corporate logos. Keith works with acrylic on canvas blending a variety of techniques that he has developed over his career as an artist. He has closely studied the work of the masters and you may get a sense of Van Gogh, Monet, Pollack, and others while viewing his work. 5–7pm. www.barnsofrosehill.org. 540-955-2004.

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Sanctuary Wellness Center. 208 N Buckmarsh St. Berryville. Need to unwind and reconnect to the natural rhythms of your body? This monthly offering is for you. Amy will guide you through gentle postures that are intended to allow you to access your deepest inner wisdom. Yin Yoga embodies the of being and yielding. It is a preventative, restorative, and meditative practice that focuses on balancing the body, mind and spirit. $20 drop in (preregistration required). 4–5pm. AmyHopeGentry.com/events.

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CCHA Annual Meeting

Carter Hall. 225 Carter Hall Lane. Millwood. Join the Clarke County Historical Association as they recap 2021 and discuss their plans for 2022 and beyond. Open to members only; visit website to become a member. 1:30–3:30pm. www.clarkehistory.org.

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Natural Support for Long Haul Covid Symptoms Sanctuary Wellness Center. 208 N. Buckmarsh St. Berryville. Join Geo Giordano, Registered Medical Herbalist, as she teaches ways to overcome the long term effects of Covid using herbal medicines

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Long Branch Historic House and Farm. 830 Long Branch Lane. Boyce. Wine, soft drinks, light snacks. Limited seating, register by Monday. $15. 5–7pm. 540-837-1856. www.longbranch.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, Science 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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The Honey Dewdrops Concert

Burwell Morgan Mill. 15 Tannery Lane. Millwood. Interactive activities including blacksmithing, craft making, colonial games, a scavenger hunt, the history of the Mill, living history interpretations, and grinding in action. Sponsored by Perry Engineering Company and presented by Clarke County Historical Association. 11am–4pm. $5 per person. 540-837-1799. www.clarkehistory.org.

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Virginia raised and Maryland based, Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish of The Honey Dewdrops began touring in 2009 and have called Baltimore home since 2014. Their new album, Light Behind Light, expands the sound of the Dewdrops’ previous records, with more instruments filling out the duo’s experimental folk songs. $20 in advance, $25 at door. 7–9pm. www.barnsofrosehill.org.

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Dinner and a Show Series: Maddi Mae

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Brought up among the Blue Ridge Mountains in a bizarre four-person evangelical cult, Maddi Mae found her own salvation in songwriting. She got her start as a five-year-old country gospel guitarist/singer/songwriter and spent a dozen years putting her “God-given gifts” to good use in valley churches. Home abuse turned to teenage homelessness, and Maddi spent the next decade in a near constant state of shock, unraveling years of brain-washing and trauma. With no god, no kinfolk, and no answers, she turned back to songwriting. $10, or $5 with receipt from Berryville restaurant on night of show. 7–9pm. www.barnsofrosehill.org.

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Onion Monster Truck Nationals

Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds. 890 W. Main St. Berryville. The Onion Monster Truck Nationals invade Berryville for the first time. Free pit party before the show, mini monster trucks, chance to take ride on the Sasquatch monster ride truck and more. Adults $20 in advance, $25 at gate, children $13 in advance, $16 at gate. Pit party 12pm, engines fire at 2pm. onionmonstertrucks. eventbrite.com.

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VFW Post 9760. 425 S Buckmarsh St. Berryville. Join us for Steven Campbell’s presentation about our first president. Lecture will discuss George Washington before the Revolutionary War and his time as a surveyor. Washington during this time journeyed through and surveyed Clarke County which was formally Frederick County during the 1700s. See how Washington evolved from a young officer to our nation’s first Commander-in-Chief. 2–4pm. $20 non-members, $15 members, $7 virtual link. www.clarkehistory.org.

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. Eli McGraw Art Exhibit Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. A series of swirling, vibrant digital art that explodes concepts across canvas and probes at the un-

derpinnings of thought. On display in the upper gallery through July 2. Gallery is open Tuesdays through Fridays, 12– 3pm. www.barnsofrosehill.org. 540-955-2004. Keith Patterson Exhibit Barns of Rose Hill. Keith Patterson’s artwork includes award-winning cartoons, paintings, murals and numerous corporate logos. Keith works with acrylic on canvas blending a variety of techniques that he has developed over his career as an artist. He has closely studied the work of the masters and you may get a sense of Van Gogh, Monet, Pollack, and others while viewing his work. On display in the lower gallery June 2 through 28. Gallery is open Tuesdays through Fridays, 12– 3pm. www.barnsofrosehill.org. 540-955-2004. 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 with Amy Sanctuary Wellness Center. 208 N. Buckmarsh St. Berryville. Visit website for schedule. Specials and class passes available at www.amyhopegentry.com/yoga. Tai Chi Sanctuary Wellness Center. 208 N. Buckmarsh St. Berryville. 12–1pm. $20. Every Tuesday. 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. This form is suitable for beginners and can be adapted to those with injuries and disabilities. Pre-registration is required. Please contact Christine for further information and to register. Christine@ 4ForcesWellness.com. www.SanctuaryBerryville.com.


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Blikken Hut Provides Shared Community Space in Berryville

John H. Enders Fire Co.

72nd Annual

Firefighters’ Yard Party & Chicken BBQ

By Rebecca Maynard

Prior to the start of the shutdowns at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, Marielle Fontein D’Errico and her husband had been renting their investment property in Lovettsville to a yoga studio. When places began reopening, D’Errico was inspired by the community’s interest in not only affordable and flexible commercial real estate space, but also the need and interest to connect, share, and support each other. While it did not work for the yoga studio to return, the quirky, charming “tin hut” (“blikken hut” in Dutch) rapidly became a home away from home for small businesses and individuals alike. By keeping it simple, flexible, and welcoming at the same time, the original Blikken Hut was able to give the co-working business model a unique spin. As an online platform, blikkenhut.com connects new and existing communities with their ‘huts’ and allows small business and community groups to work, learn, and play together by “going Dutch.” “There were definitely people who had an important Zoom call and said, ‘I can’t rely on my internet,” but it really ended up being a space for those small businesses that wanted to try starting up but couldn’t afford renting commercial real estate,” D’Errico explained. “Something I noticed was that people, even people that weren’t remotely close to our location, wanted to be part of this community thing.” She used her background in sales/marketing and business development to create an online platform, run like a co-op, which is “pay to play.” Scouts, after school activities, Zumba, fitness groups and a church group are just a few of the “mixed bag”

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Mari-elle Fontein D’Errico has opened her second shared work space on South Church Street, Berryville. of activities happening at the Lovettsville location. With that location so popular that it is nearly fully booked, D’Errico, who now lives in Berryville, has recently opened a second Blikken Hut location at 11 South Church Street in Berryville. The spacious, renovated building is already being used to display local artwork, and D’Errico envisions almost endless possibilities for the space. “I didn’t think I was going to do it again, and I set up the Church Street space as office space for myself, but because of the unique front here, I thought it would be an interesting opportunity to offer a similar concept, but maybe a little more focused on the opportunity to offer gallery space and popup or vendor space,” she said. “I call it going Dutch, because I am Dutch, and I am willing to share my space with whatever the community needs it to be,” D’Errico said. She envisions the space possibly being used for indoor vendor markets, particularly during the off season

for the farmers market when many crafters and farmers still have items to sell but no storefront of their own. “I am passionate about small businesses, and for many of them, it isn’t their day job, so they could have an opportunity for $15 or $20 to have a table and basically have a storefront,” she said. “They can also use my website and social media to benefit themselves and get the word out.” D’Errico said she has enjoyed living in Berryville for the past two years and getting to know more of its people. She emphasized that her intent is not to try to compete with anyone or reinvent the wheel. “There’s a lot of commercial real estate sitting empty, and it seems such a shame,” she said. “I’m just looking to be collaborative and provide the kind of space that people are needing.” Visit www.blikkenhut.com or contact info@blikkenhut.com.

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Community Dispatch

How We Honored Our Recently Deceased American Legion Family Members By Margaret Jeffries Honoring and supporting the sacrifices of our veterans is a cornerstone of the American Legion Family. Like so many groups, Lloyd Williams American Legion Post 41 and Auxiliary Unit 41 in Berryville together endured multiple losses of members due to the pandemic. How could they be honored one last time in a meaningful way? A joint annual spring banquet and awards dinner was held this spring at the Enders Fire Hall. Berryville Mayor Jay

Arnold attended the dinner with about 80 American Legion and Auxiliary members and their families. In all, there were 25 members who passed away since the last spring event in 2019. A ceremony would first set the tone for the evening. The roster of those who passed also would be read, but it just wasn’t enough. Wouldn’t attendees want to learn more about who these members were, and how they sacrificed in the military or served in a

supportive role in the Unit or Post? Unit 41 President Sherry Chapman and Vice President Margaret Jefferies with Post 41 Adjutant Chuck Renner worked as a team to create memorial centerpiece boxes. A pass-around 9” tall table prop displayed a photo and biography highlights of the deceased member, the service branch emblem and the American Legion or Auxiliary emblem. During the pandemic, it was easy to lose track of who wasn’t around anymore. The boxes were a beautiful way to respectfully bring back memories of those we lost. Attendees

learned from the images about their humble fellow members who were engaged in significant battles in WWII or served on the same submarine. Others were seriously wounded or served as officers. They were members in Berryville for decades.

At one table a widow said she was so happy to attend the banquet with her late husband’s image watching over her. All were grateful that the Post and Unit remembered their loved one in this way.

Shenandoah University Joins Common App Prospective students applying to Shenandoah University for the 2022-23 academic year will soon be able to do so through The Common Application, an online college application platform that serves over three million applicants, teachers, counselors, and advisors across the United States and around the world each year. By becoming a Common App member, Shenandoah can streamline the application process and gain exposure to prospective students who may not have otherwise considered SU. Common App helps simplify the college application process, including making the fee waiver process more efficient for eligible students. Each year, more than one million applicants use the Common App, and one-third of those applicants are the first in their family to pursue a college degree. In addition to accessing the online application system, Shenandoah is able to make additional tools and services available to students, and those who support students, through Common App, including a mobile app, financial aid and scholarship information, virtual mentors, online portfolios and a vast library of counselor resources available in English and Spanish. Com-

mon App also offers around-the-clock technical support to all applicants and recommenders using the system. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with the Common Application and its membership,” said Andy Woodall, Shenandoah University’s assistant vice president for recruitment and admissions. “Shenandoah has shown through the years that we remain a place where students from all backgrounds can thrive. We look forward to learning more about the students we’ll be working with through our partnership with Common App.” Students who are considering applying to Shenandoah can create a Common App account now and their account will roll over to next year’s admissions season. Common App members can also use the Common App for transfer students, a separate application designed exclusively to meet the needs of transfer and adult student populations. Founded in 1975, Common App serves nearly 1,000 member colleges and universities worldwide. To learn more, visit commonapp.org, and follow @CommonApp and #CommonApp on social media.


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The Student Poets of D.G. Cooley Elementary Thank you to the students DG Cooley Elementary School, and their teachers Katheryn Walsh and Sally Spencer for sharing their wonderful poems with the readers of Clarke.

Basset Hound

Amethyst

Baby Cow

Sand Dollar

Pony

Sorry and droopy Brown black and white Short legs Sad and howls at Cows And funny lookin My basset hound Jasper.

In the D E E P ground, getting dug up. Rough, tall and purple Healing skin from the wounded Sparkling in the light of a lamp getting sold at the crystal shop downtown.

A newborn cow in the field with his mama Laying down asleep until the rumble of a truck. The owner comes with hay for the cows. The baby cow runs to the hay; Others run too, but not all follow him. The sun starts to set in the field, All the cows go to sleep… Except Tucker, The baby cow.

As rare as a fossil, like a piece of art.

The Pony Standing in the field All Alone With only the overgrown grass And the tall trees to talk to Hoping for someone to Come along And give him a cube of Sugar.

By Logan Youngblood

Snap Pin

By Jake Henderson We unhook it and OUCH The pin got me! It smashed my finger Gold and shiny, That darn pin got me!

By Ava Ritter

By Kaylin Allen Johns

By Willow Motter

Rough- like sand, All different shapes and sizes, Fragile- like glass. It’s buried under the sand, grains stuck to it. Take it to the crashing waves, to clean the sand dollar.

By Maddie Wood

So I went and gave him A carrot Which is more Than he expected And to this very day I still walk all the way

To his fence and Give him His carrot.

The Flower By Maddie Wood

The flower The flower So very bright And colorful With petals that reach Down and up Day and night Flower Flower Let’s plant you And see what you become.

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Viola Brown Lived a Simply Extraordinary Life By Cathy Kuehner

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Berryville resident Viola Brown thought of herself as a simple woman who led a simple life. She worked hard, loved her family and friends, and had the greatest faith in God. To everyone who knew her, though, Viola Brown was simply extraordinary. When Mary Viola Roberts was born in October 1911, William Howard Taft was the nation’s 27th president. Boston’s Fenway Park was under construction, and Ty Cobb was the American League’s MVP. Aviation pioneer Orville Wright piloted a non-powered glider for 9 minutes and 45 seconds one day that month, setting a world record that stood for years. And the National Urban League was organized in October 1911 to help African Americans migrating to cities find jobs and housing. She was in her 50s when the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law, but it wasn’t until she was well into her 100s that a Black man was elected president of the United States. Mary “Viola” Roberts, who always went by Viola, was born on Oct. 4, 1911, in Hume, Va. She died of natural causes on May 21, 2022, in the Josephine Street home where she had lived since 1936. At 110-years,

229-days old, she was the oldest person in Virginia prior to her death. Viola Roberts was the youngest of James and Maria Roberts’ 13 children. In 1918, she and her parents moved to Webbtown in northeast Clarke County where they and Viola’s brother Harrison worked as laborers and domestics at Springfield Farm. Viola was seven when she began her life as a domestic service worker, earning 75 cents per week. She was earning $5 a week by the time she left the farm as a young adult. Springfield had indoor plumbing, but the Roberts family, being Black, were not allowed to use it. They lived in the basement. A few years ago, Mrs. Brown recalled the move to Springfield took place toward the end of World War I. “I waited on tables, mopped the floor and washed dishes,” she said. She also received her elementary education at Springfield as there was a schoolteacher on the premises. Viola Roberts married John Strange Lampkin on Dec. 28, 1936, in Webbtown. They built their home in Josephine City, an unincorporated community south of Berryville. The primary structure of their home was

a livery stable that Mr. Lampkin, a church deacon, moved seven blocks from Berryville’s Main Street to Josephine Street. Josephine City was established in the early 1870s by former slaves and free Blacks, who purchased 31 one-acre lots for $100 each from the owner of adjoining Clermont Farm. Viola and John raised a son and a daughter in Josephine City while Viola worked as a cook at the Knoll, a grand home on South Church Street in Berryville. She returned to work as a cook at Springfield Farm in 1960. John Lampkin died in 1982. In 1988, Viola married The Rev. Paul Brown, the pastor of Zion Baptist Church on Josephine Street. After his death 10 years later, Viola Roberts Lampkin Brown carried on as the matriarch of the family that grew to include grandchildren, greatgrandchildren, and greatgreat-grandchildren. Mrs. Brown was always extraordinarily healthy. Throughout her life, she maintained a daily routine that included spiritual reflection. She often said, “God is love.” In a 2016 interview prior to her 105th birthday she said, “I owe everything to the grace of God. I get up every morning thank-


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ing Him for this day, and I don’t worry about tomorrow.” Viola Brown taught Sunday School at Zion Baptist Church on Josephine Street for many years. “I had a dream to work with children,” she said, adding, “When I started, it was two children. So, I went house to house and asked the parents to let their children come, and I would take care of them.” Viola’s Sunday School class grew, and she managed the Youth Department and worked with the Zion Baptist missionaries. “I always ask the Lord to let me do something to help those less fortunate,” she said. In that interview, she also said, “If you treat people right, they will treat you fair. Whether you’re black or white or brown or yellow, you can make it, but you got to do what’s right in your heart.” Mrs. Brown saw so much in her lifetime. World wars. Medical and technological advances. Two pandemics. The Civil Rights Movement and the election — twice — of a Black president. Asked in 2016 about all those changes, she offered, “The biggest change is that you can eat anywhere now and go into any store.” Until recently, she rose each morning, dressed, made her bed, and went to the kitchen to

prepare breakfast. She washed the dishes and kept herself busy. “I guess I’m full of nervous energy,” she said. “I can’t

sit still. I see things that need to be done.” Berryville’s Town Council officially proclaimed Oct. 4, 2011 “Viola Brown Centennial Celebration Day.” Ten years later, the Clarke County Board of Supervisors presented her with a resolution proclaiming Oct. 4, 2021, “Viola Roberts Lampkin Brown,” and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam sent a letter in 2021 welcoming her to the “small, yet elite club of supercentenarians.” Following her 106th birthday in 2017, Viola Brown received a signed letter from President Barack Obama. It read in part, “Over the course of a century, you have made extraordinary memories and woven your own unique story into the American narrative. As you reflect on your contributions to our nation, we trust you take tremendous pride in all you have accomplished.” Mary Viola Roberts Lampkin Brown was buried in Milton Valley Cemetery -- onehalf mile from her Josephine Street home -- on June 4. Though Viola Brown believed she led a simple life, she had a truly remarkable life. One that should serve as an example of love, kindness, and forgiveness to us all.

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Duncan Memorial UMC Clarke County Celebrates Preservation Leaders

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Rod Baird and Kim Tierney of Bloomfield; Norma Johnson and Bob Stieg of the Clermont Foundation; Michael McKenney, owner of River House; and Roger Steyaert and manager Chris Damewood, representing Locke’s Mill, were honored by the Clarke County Historic Preservation Commission National Preservation Month. Photo provided by Clarke County.

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historic structures and places that define Clarke County’s unique cultural identity. This year, the HPC presented its 2022 preservation awards to Rod Baird and Kim Tierney, who spent the past four years painstakingly restoring Bloomfield, one of the most historic houses in Clarke County. Bloomfield was built by Jacob Larue in 1775, and thanks to their meticulous work, Baird and Tierney have preserved the home for generations to come. The Clermont Foundation, represented by Norma Johnson and Bob Stieg, was recognized for preserving a slave-quarters building that dates to 1823. It was one of three slave dwellings known to have existed on the farm in 1860 and is the only one that survives today. Michael McKenney, who bought the “River House” in 2007, began a major rehabilitation of the circa 1820 home in 2018. The River House had not

been updated in many years, and some past renovations adversely affected the structural integrity of the house, in particular the drainage around its foundation. McKenney fixed the drainage and used historic photos to replicate the home’s original design. Locke’s Mill, represented by miller Roger Steyaert and manager Chris Damewood, was recognized for further restoring the circa 1876 working grist mill operating the mill as the business for which it was originally built. In 2017, owner Sandy Lerner had the mill certified “USDA organic,” and today Locke’s Mill sells organic-certified, non-GMO grains on site, online, and to local distilleries. “These awards are a small way of letting people know that the community has noticed and appreciates their efforts to retain Clarke County’s historic character,” said Betsy Arnett, chair of the Historic Preservation Commission.


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NCTC Presents A Virtual Talk On America’s Bird On Thursday June 16 at 1:00 PM (ET), author and University of Florida History Professor, Jack E. Davis will present “The Bald Eagle – The Improbable Journey of America’s Bird” online at the National Conservation Training Center broadcast page: https://www.fws.gov/ broadcast. The Pulitzer Prizewinning author will discuss his sweeping cultural and environmental history of the bald eagle in America. The Bald Eagle forces us to reconsider the story of America through the lens of our relationship to the natural world. As Davis reveals, no other animal in American history, certainly no avian one, has been the simultaneous object of such adoration and cruelty as

the bald eagle — first beloved and hailed as an emblem of the rarefied natural environment of North America, then hated, and, finally, revered and protected. Taking us from before the nation’s founding, when Indigenous peoples lived peacefully beside the eagle, through two nearly inconceivable resurgences in the 20th century when it was — not once, but twice — nearly brought to extinction by hunting and DDT, Davis recounts a panoramic history of the bird and the icon, through nearly five centuries. In resurrecting the voices of environmental prophets who warned against DDT; the efforts of a remarkable cast of bird advocates and rescuers

who — state by state, nest by nest — climbed trees, rescued eggs, and reintroduced fledges into the wild; and finally, charting the ecological redemption born from bipartisan legislation, Davis reveals the glimmer of a potential path forward as we grapple with environmental peril on a larger scale. The Bald Eagle is, too, Davis notes, a tale of American values and while patriotism and environmentalism may seem at odds today, “in the American historical context they are complementary at their core.” Jack E. Davis is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Gulf: The Making of An American Sea and An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American

Environmental Century. The Rothman Family Chair in the Humanities at the University of Florida, he lives in Florida and New Hampshire This talk is as part of NCTC’s Conservation Lecture Se-

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The Bug Lady

Recognize common caterpillar shelters By Claire Stuart Take a spring drive down a woodsy country road, and you might spot trees with what look like white plastic bags stuck in them. The trees will almost exclusively be wild cherry trees. What you are seeing are the silk nests of eastern tent caterpillars (Malacosma americanum). Eastern tent caterpillars are native insects nearly always found on their natural food tree, wild cherry. They occasionally feed on hawthorn, crabapple, cultivated and ornamental fruit trees, and even maple. They are hairy and very colorful, with orange and blue stripes, white dots along their sides and long yellow-gold hairs. Tent caterpillars can be numerous but are not considered to be major pests because trees grow quickly in spring, recover from caterpillar feeding, and grow new leaves. The caterpillars’ pest status comes mostly from the fact that their tents are unsightly — full of shed skins and droppings — and there is an “ick factor” when the caterpillars leave trees in great numbers to pupate. There is just one generation of eastern tent caterpillars per year. Adults emerge in

summer to mate and lay eggs. They lay about 100 or more eggs in masses about the diameter of a pencil that are wrapped around twigs and protected by a varnish-like substance. The eggs do not hatch until the following spring. Tent caterpillar eggs are timed to hatch at the time that wild cherry buds break, and first leaves appear. Caterpillars from the same egg mass stay together and spin a family home — a “tent” in the crotch of the tree or the fork of a branch. They enlarge it as they grow. They leave the tent by day and wander over the tree to eat leaves, returning to the tent at night. They stay home in bad weather. In six to eight weeks, the caterpillars leave the tree and look for sheltered places to pupate. By this time, they are done eating and can’t do any harm to trees. You might see hundreds of them crawling over sidewalks and walls, and this can be the “ick factor”. One unforgettable summer day, I was visiting with a friend who had an apple tree. I wasn’t paying attention to the tree, and I leaned back against

the trunk. Then I experienced the most horrible squish on my back and realized that the whole trunk of the tree was literally covered with thousands of caterpillars crawling downward! There were so many caterpillars that it looked like the bark was made of them. ICK! There is a simple way to get rid of tent caterpillars if tents are still small and easy to reach. Just poke a stick into the tent and spin it around. The silk will stick to it, and you can dispose of it. There are three completely different caterpillars that make silk shelters, with names that often confuse people. In addition to tent caterpillars, there are bagworms and fall webworms. Bagworms (family Psychidae) are usually found on evergreens, especially juniper and

arborvitae. Each caterpillar lives in its individual bag made of tough silk and plant debris. They wear their bags like turtle shells, wandering around and feeding and withdrawing into their bags when disturbed. They hang the bags from from twigs and seal themselves inside when it’s time to pupate. Fall webworms (Hyphantria cunea) also have different habits. Their name reminds you that the season separates them from the spring-feeding tent caterpillars. Webworms spend winter as pupae, and adults emerge early the next summer. Eggs are laid on the backs of leaves of about 90 different types of trees and shrubs. Caterpillars hatching from the same egg batch stay together and spin a family web that encloses a supply of leaves to eat. They stay safely inside.

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Unlike tent caterpillars, fall webworms do not build their webs in the angles of branches and they do not leave their web. As they grow, they enlarge their web to include more leaves. A large web can envelop a few feet at the end of a leafy branch or even cover a whole small tree. At pupation time, the caterpillars leave the tree and pupate in soil or debris. Fall webworms are also very hairy. Their colors vary a lot, but most are pale yellow or cream with some vertical darker stripes. Tent caterpillars and webworms shouldn’t be confused with gypsy moths because gypsy moths do not make webs or tents; they simply eat leaves. Gypsy moths are also hairy caterpillars, but they are distinguished by rows of bright blue and red warty bumps. Tent caterpillars can cause a serious horse problem called mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) when the caterpillars leave cherry trees and start crawling around. If they get into pasture grass, they can accidently be eaten by horses. This can cause pregnant mares to miscarry. The caterpillar hairs are barbed and penetrate intestinal blood vessels, infecting them with bacteria that can harm the developing fetus. Wild cherry trees should be kept away from horse areas, something that horse owners know anyhow, because cherry leaves contain toxins.


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As the crow flies

Painted Bunting Observed At Bird Feeder By Doug Pifer

A half-dozen goldfinches, pure yellow against the fresh grass of May, sought scattered dandelion seeds. Brilliant as they are, they can’t compare to the painted bunting that showed up at Tom O’Connor’s Clarke County, Virginia, bird feeder recently. An adult male painted bunting’s dazzling array of primary colors resembles a freshly opened box of crayons. Roger Tory Peterson’s bird guide, with masterful understatement, calls it “visually arresting.” The shimmering blue head and the gold-green back feathers are stunning. Seen from below, the bird’s underside blazes red from beak to tail. Although wing and tail feathers of most birds are seldom colorful, a painted bunting’s wings and tail reflect traces of red, green, and bronze. Yet the beauty of these important feathers barely resisters on the buntingbedazzled eye. The gift of beauty may also be the painted bunting’s undoing. They became ornaments for people’s homes. In the 1840s, John James Audubon was able to buy caged painted buntings on the streets of New

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Orleans. But even when the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty established protections for all birds that migrate across international boundaries, this didn’t stop people from wanting caged painted buntings. Never a common bird, its numbers are still dwindling because the males continue to be illegally trapped and sold as cage birds on the black market. Male painted buntings are easily caught alive in special cage traps in the spring when they become very territorial. It’s easy to lure any male painted bunting in the area into a trap by placing a live male bird inside as a decoy. Such traps can be readily bought in certain outdoor markets in Mexico, Cuba, the Bahamas, and Southeastern Florida. The natural breeding range of the painted bunting in North America is restricted to areas along the East Coast from Florida to the Carolinas, and inland from the Gulf states north to Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. They fly south to winter in the Bahamas, Mexico, and Central America. Certain individuals sometimes wander far beyond their typical range

as far north as New York and Ontario, Canada. One such wanderer appeared at Tom O’Connor’s bird feeder in Bluemont, Virginia. O’Connor, who takes exquisite photographs of birds, sent me three pictures in an email and described the encounter: “He showed up here Tuesday, May 10, 2022, [and was] in and out all morning. The feeder shots of the painted bunting were shot through the glass widow of my living room. That’s why they’re not (too) sharp, he said.” O’Connor also acknowledged the bird’s alternate name, Nonpareil, means “without equal.” That name, in my opinion, also applied to the photographs he attached. Having never seen (nor have I painted) a painted bunting myself, I was thrilled to learn about this sighting and asked permission from O’Connor to share his photos. Compared to the size of the feeder, the bird looks a bit smaller than an American goldfinch. And the photography is sharp enough to show the individual feathers in the bird’s scarlet eye ring. Male painted buntings take two years to acquire their glorious colors. During their first year they closely resemble the females, which are plain only by comparison. Their various shades of green match the skin of a lime in different stages of ripeness. Many songbirds are olive-drab, but a female painted bunting sports bright greens normally worn by birds in the parrot family. Keep a sharp lookout at your bird feeders because in nature, beauty is everywhere.

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“How are you?” We ask each other and are asked that question maybe several times a day. We produce our mostly superficial answers and then move on. But many of us aren’t “ok.” We don’t feel good about the mounting and interconnected crises of humanity. We don’t feel like things will just work themselves out. We don’t’ feel like our gridlocked political system reflects an ability to solve dire emergencies in record time. We don’t feel prepared to live in a world where cyber warfare can shut down gas pipelines; government systems; hospital functions. We are left to ask ourselves what can we do? What choices do we have? Do we live in fear? Despair? Anger? These seem inadequate tools to propel us out of a social-political-environmental maelstrom that grows deeper and more complex by the day. I just told my 15-year-old son last night that I’m sorry to lay this on him, but his generation is going to need to come up with innovative solutions that have never been envisioned before, and at a speed that we have never achieved, in order to save the humans. Now that both of my children are teenagers, I feel a shift from protecting them from the multitude of human-created problems to preparing them to lead us out of the quagmire. Manmade Trouble None of us has the choice to sit back and watch, to wait and see what happens, if we place a value on the life and wellness of humanity. Think of the way kids’ lives now intersect

with crises every day: gun violence; devastating storms and fires; mass human migration due to wars, weather, political instability. The most heart wrenching for so many, the gun violence in our nation, has reached unimaginable proportions. Six of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in the United States since 1950 happened in the last decade. All of them involved large capacity ammunition magazines, according to the British Broadcasting Company’s ongoing study of gun data in the United States. Never should a prosperous democracy ever have reached the point where one could imagine a child or a teacher, a grocery store shopper, a churchgoer being gunned down. It is the outcome of a “right” gone too far… a right that not every adult is sound enough in mind to have, and one that has enabled unfath-

omable pain for so many people. We are only human. We have limits and limitations. We must, those of us who love and honor humanity, we must save ourselves from our worst tendencies, even if it means raising the bar higher to attain the right. There are higher callings that a standard code of rights confers, and in these times of weekly death and destruction of families, we need to act to reverse the devastating trend of gun violence. In case you’ve missed the news on droughts, wildfires, and climate migration, it’s time to understand that most of the West and Southwest of the United States are in “severe,” “extreme,” or “exceptional” drought, which is putting pressure on our food systems, our water supplies, and yes, all those people who are or will be moving to avoid the fires and other drought-


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related problems. The consequences could be (have been) life-threatening and economically devastating all at once. Learn more at drought.gov. I Am Because We Are Consensus can provide a better way than majority rule to bring about change. Building consensus involves having civilized and respectful discussions with people and deciding what would be best for the group overall, not necessarily what one’s own personal best situation might be. My hope is that we can reach a consensus as a nation of free people that we are in trouble in many urgent and growing ways that threaten our very lives. And if we don’t take steps to solve the big existential problems of our day — the problems that are literally killing us — we will not have the need to fight fights over what books can or cannot be read in schools; or how to fairly apply taxes; or how much money to spend on pandemic relief. The pandemic brought many social, health, and economic issues into clearer focus by stripping away the artifice of “everything is alright” and exposing the lack of equity in many places and systems here and abroad. My abiding hope was that we could use the new perspective for the better — to see and to feel the interconnection of humans within the larger tapestry of life. But lately it seems like the petty fights continue while the earth burns; human health declines; and too many people fall victim to gun violence. So, if you’re not okay, you’re not alone. You’re a human who perceives and feels the pain of humanity in this time of grave challenges. But, please, don’t just retreat from the pain and the sense of helplessness. Walk toward it and know that it will take you and many others facing problems boldly to raise the level of consciousness of all humans so that we can solve

our deepest problems to save our lives. There are many ways to get involved; below are just a few. Now is the time to do something; even small acts can make a difference. Citizensclimatelobby.org Citizen’s Climate Lobby is a national organization with more than 500 local chapters, “building support in Congress for a national bipartisan solution to climate change.” Citizens can get involved locally by calling representatives once a month with a prepared script. Virginiaclinicians.org Virginia Clinicians for Climate Action is a “a network of clinician leaders advocating for climate change solutions that protect the health of our patients and communities.” The VCCA offers research-backed education like the 2022 Heat Illness Report, plus videos and webinars that focus on the many aspects of health and wellness relative to climate change. Addressing Gun Violence: Everytown for Gun Safety is “the largest gun violence prevention organization in America,” advocating evidencebased solutions and common sense public safety policies. See Everytown.org. Giffords.org Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence “fights for the laws, policies, and programs proven to save lives.” A thoughtful proposal for gun safety policy put forward by renowned doctor David L. Katz, MD, MPH. See https://www. linkedin.com/pulse/gun-control-judo-rights-right-life-david-l-katz-md-mph. Help for the people of Ukraine National Public Radio created a list of organizations that help with humanitarian aid in Ukraine. https://www.npr. org/2022/02/25/1082992947/ ukraine-support-help.

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When I Die By Dianna Kincannon Wrap my body in a clean, white sheet, One from my own closet, Heavy and strong. Place me on a pyre of limbs gathered From the great trees of my home ground. Say a prayer or read a poem, the one that spoke to me When my mother’s time came – “I am not here, I did not die….” Put a match to this, my final bed. Release my many-celled memories The girl stretched on the ground looking skyward, Smelling the sun-breathing earth, Its native substance. The fearless rider of the wind, a horse

Racing the storm. The stirring of heat for the one Who took me, blind-folded, to the dark ocean That I would see, sudden, its vast, churning life under a universe of stars A breath, a wildness. Commit me to the flame. Let it take everything: The hidden stories, Remembrance and remorse, Laughter, love, grief. All that had meaning and all that had none, The energy of my every atom rising invisible into the elements. It is enough, they say, to destroy cities, Or to birth a thousand Edens.

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