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FROM THE EDITOR Beware The Walking Living There is a common theme in many Apocalypse movies that make them especially terrifying. It’s not the monsters from outer space, the meteor hurtling toward Earth. It is not the zombies in The Walking Dead that scare the daylights of out of us; it’s the people. It’s The Walking Living who turn on one another and separate into small groups of us versus them, where everyone outside each group is a mortal enemy. That’s the scary part. Sometimes when we are frightened, especially by some new threat we can’t understand, we turn on one another. I am concerned that this is happening already with the outbreak of the coronavirus in the U.S. I have read accounts of Americans who have returned to our country, spent a couple of weeks in quarantine, tested negative for the virus, and been freed to go. Sadly, once able to be reunited with their families
and friends, they find themselves attacked by neighbors and townspeople. Some have received death threats for daring to leave their homes or send their children to school. They are attacked on social media or with notes attached to rocks hurled at their houses. After enduring the nightmare of quarantine abroad, then a quarantine in the U.S. on military bases or hospitals, instead of experiencing the relief of being spared an illness they are forced to confront The Walking Living in their hometowns. And this is just getting started. Yes, there is much to be concerned about. A global pandemic is a frightening reality. We all must do our part to keep our immune systems up, take the necessary precautions, and stay informed about local conditions. We should prepare ourselves for time at home, if that is what comes. We should
do our best to embrace and understand basic science — remember when science was respected and honored? If the illness reaches our community, we should act with compassion, caring, and support. We should not act out of anger and fear. Maybe I am overreacting, too. Maybe this will pass us by entirely. If not, maybe here in our corner of America, if we are visited by this epidemic, we won’t blame the sick and bereaved. Maybe we will summon our better angels and, while taking care to protect ourselves and our loved ones, we will also take care of our neighbors with love and kindness as we are called to do. I hope so. As our public health officials do their best to keep us safe and informed, we might do our very best to keep our hearts safe from the influence of The Walking Living.
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The Sanctuary Wellness Center welcomed a new therapist to our community of holistic health practitioners. Terri George, M.ED, LPC joins us after working for three decades in community mental health and psychiatric hospital settings. Ms. George states, “I’ve seen how counseling can help people who are in crisis or are working through personal problems such as past trauma, mental illness, grief, or relationship issues. Blending an integrative approach to wellness in my therapy practice here at the Sanctuary WC in Berryville allows me the opportunity to enhance the benefits of talk therapy and traditional psychiatric medication with holistic strategies that address the body as a whole. It can increase one’s self efficacy, and help us to discover the healing capacity that we all innately possess. A therapist’s role is to ask the right questions, to help you consider and progressively make the changes necessary to enjoy a healthier state of mind, body, spirit and a better quality of life.” As a licensed professional counselor, Terri believes that a variety of approaches are needed for the uniqueness of the individuals she serves. Her particular skill sets include general adult mental health issues and disorders, co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders with a focus on 12-step facilitation, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, meditation, tapping and trauma informed recovery. She is looking forward to being certified in equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) later this year. She explains, “The integrative resources available for me to do my work at the Sanctuary are invaluable and I value the experience, wisdom and insight of a truly diverse group of holistic counselors. Included are Registered Medical Herbalists, and specialists certified in Nutrition, Homeopathy, Energy medicine, Meditation, Yoga, Reiki, Shiatsu, Cranial-sacral, Massage & Music therapies, and Ayurvedic health counseling. These holistic options & classes offered here in Berryville are some of the many strategies that can make a positive difference in our lives.” Ms. George explains, “My hope is to under-
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clucking from temporary spring pools are fading from memory, like popular songs that are now golden oldies. When I was young, the February story of the groundhog digging out of its burrow to see its shadow became vivid to me when I watched a newly awakened groundhog lumber across a field in search of a mate, weeks before the grass started to turn green. Mention “Groundhog Day” to most people and they think of a 1993 movie. How many people today would recognize a real groundhog if they saw one? How did we get here? Too many of us, as a species, believe and act as if we exist outside of the natural world. We cling to the old pioneer ethic of “man against nature.” This outlook has been
destructive and self-defeating. It’s natural for us, as animals, to do what we can to meet our needs. Farming, building, manufacturing and commerce come naturally to us. But we distance ourselves from the negative consequences of these actions. And we talk about “the environment” as if it’s home for our fellow creatures but not for us. We need to realize it’s our environment too. We’re part of, not separate from, nature. It is arrogant and incorrect to think or act as if we have a superior role in the web of life. To repair the harm we’ve done our atmosphere, water and soil requires us to reclaim our natural role as stewards of the earth. This planet is our home and we’re all responsible for its care. Wake up. It’s later than you think.
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Historical Crafts Workshop Series: Spinning
Clarke County Historical Association. 32 E. Main St. Berryville. Join archivist Melanie Garvey as she teaches a hands-on workshop on spinning. Supplies provided. $5. 11am–2pm. 540-955-2600. www.clarkehistory.org.
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Boyce Volunteer Fire Company. 7 S. Greenway Ave. Live country and gospel music provided by Passage Creek Rising and free will offering to benefit White Post United Methodist Church. 4–7pm. 540-327-2384.
Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Multi style violinist and champion fiddler Mari Black is rapidly building a reputation as one of the most dynamic young artists of her generation. Her energetic playing, engaging stage presence and commitment to bringing people together through music have made her a favorite with audiences across the country and around the world. 8–10pm. $20 in advance, $25 at door, 12 and younger free. www.barnsofrosehill.org. 540-955-2004.
Artist Reception with William Woodward
Historic Long Branch House and Farm. 830 Long Branch Lane. Boyce. Join us in celebrating the opening of
William Woodward’s exhibit “RECENT AND RETROSPECTIVE,” Drawings and Paintings 1967-2020. Meet the artist and enjoy live music, light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. Exhibit will be in Long Branch’s galleries through April 2020. Free. 6–8:30pm. 540-837-1856. www.visitlongbranch.org.
Italian Cooking Demonstration
Four Forces Wellness. 424 Madden St. Berryville. Nutritionist Christine Kestner will show how to make a whole food, plant-based lifestyle work. Samples and recipes to take home included. $30. 2–4pm. 571-277-0877. firstname.lastname@example.org. www.sanctuaryberryville.com.
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tary on the origins of one of Broadway’s most beloved musicals, “Fiddler on The Roof,” the film takes us to a time in 1960s New York when “tradition” was on the wane as gender roles, sexuality, race relations and religion were evolving. PG-13; 92 minutes. 4–6pm. Members $5, nonmembers $8. w w w. b a r n s o f r o s e h i l l . o r g . 540-955-2004.
Long Branch Speaker Series: “What’s Wrong With the American Health System?” Long Branch Historic House and Farm. 830 Long Branch Lane. Boyce. Winchester gynecologist and obstetrician Laura Dabinett has a dual perspective -- through her own practice and from leading health missions to Haiti. Her critique from both experiences is riveting, troubling, enlightening and something we all need to know. $25 per person. 5:30– 7:30pm. Register online at www.visitlongbranch.org or call 540-837-1856.
Herbal Medicine Making Series: Tinctures and Glycerites
Sanctuary Wellness Center. 208 N. Buckmarsh St. Berryville. Every other Sunday through March 29t. With registered herbalist Meaghan Thompson. $35 per session, or $30 per session with registration for three or more. Contact Meaghan with questions and
Winter Film Series: “Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles” Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. A documen-
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Art at the Movies Matinees: “Girl with a Pearl Earring” Long Branch Historic House and Farm. 830 Long Branch Lane. Boyce. Doors open at 1pm and movie is at 2pm. Beverages, popcorn and treats for purchase. Presented in partnership with Handley Library. Free; donations welcome. Register online at www.visitlongbranch.org or call 540-837-1856.
Pierre Bensusan Concert
Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Described by the L.A. Times as “one of the most unique and brilliant acoustic guitar veterans in the world music scene today,” Pierre’s name became synonymous with contemporary acoustic guitar genius, long before the terms New Age, New Acoustic Music or World Music were invented. 8–10pm. $20 in advance, $25 at door, 12 and younger free. www.barnsofrosehill.org. 540-955-2004.
American Conservation Film Festival
Charles Washington Hall.
100 W. Washington Street, Suite 200. Charles Town, W.V. Double feature of two extraordinary films about our world, in partnership with Jefferson Arts Council: “Wild Life: Resurrection Island” (for all ages), reception, “Anthropocene: The Human Epoch” (for ages 12+). 4:30–8pm. Adults $10, students 18 and younger free. Tickets:. acffbofct.eventive.org/welcome.
Long Branch Speaker Series: “Light and Color in Art” Long Branch Historic House and Farm. 830 Long Branch Lane. Boyce. This visual presentation by renowned painter William Woodward will explore how in art, color and light have been sources of wonder and inspiration for artists throughout time, and show vivid examples of how from ancient Egypt through Claude Monet, color and light have been interpreted, used, abused and celebrated. Woodward’s art will be on exhibit through April 27. $25 per person. 5:30–7:30pm. Register online at www.visitlongbranch.org or call 540-837-1856.
Boyce Volunteer Fire Company. 7 S. Greenway Ave. Free meal prepared by county churches on the fourth Tuesday of every month. 5:30pm. Contact Eleanor Lloyd at 540-247-6311.
Art at the Movies Matinees: “Lust For
Long Branch Historic House and Farm. 830 Long Branch Lane. Boyce. Doors open at 1pm and movie is at 2pm. Beverages, popcorn and treats for purchase. Presented in partnership with Hand-
ley Library. Free; donations welcome. Register online at www.visitlongbranch.org or call 540-837-1856.
Soul-Full Community Meal
Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church. 210 E. Main St. Berryville. 13 local churches get together to provide a meal open to all in the community the fourth Thursday of each month. Free. 5:15pm. 540-955-1264.
Let’s Glow Crazy Dance and Silent Auction DG Cooley Elementary School gym. 34 Westwood Rd. Berryville. UV light dance party with black lights, neon decorations, concessions, DJ, face painting and more to benefit the PTO. $1 admission. 6–8pm. pantherspto.org.
Heidi Martin Presents ABBEY
Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Heidi Martin conjures the vocal and dramatic majesty of jazz legend Abbey Lincoln’s indomitable life force. Lincoln, heralded for her pioneering music, acting and civil rights activism, comes to life while Martin takes listeners through a series of affirming events and revelations, enveloped in gorgeous music and poignant history. 8–10pm. $20 in advance, $25 at door, 12 and younger free. www.barnsofrosehill.org. 540-955-2004.
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National Vietnam War Memorial Day Open House VFW Post 9760. 425 S. Buckmarsh St. Berryville. Open house honoring all Vietnam and Vietnam era veterans. All veterans are invited to attend. 3–5pm. 540-955-3311.
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Herbal Medicine Making Series
Sanctuary Wellness Center. 208 N. Buckmarsh St. Berryville. Learn how to make oils, salves and lotions with Herbalist Meaghan Thompson. $35 per session, or $30 per session with registration for 3 or more. 2–4pm. Contact Meaghan with questions and to register: email@example.com. 2 4 0 - 5 0 0 - 8 8 1 4 . http://sanctuaryberryville.com.
Art at the Movies Matinees: “Modigliani”
Long Branch Historic House and Farm. 830 Long Branch Lane. Boyce. Doors open at 1pm and movie is at 2pm. Beverages, popcorn and treats for purchase. Presented in partnership with Handley Library. Free; donations welcome. Register online at www.visitlongbranch.org or call 540-837-1856.
Martin Hayes Concert
Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Irish fiddle player Martin Hayes is one of Ireland’s foremost artists, recognized worldwide for his innovative and soulful interpretations of traditional music. His solo concerts are intimate performances of tunes and conversation, offering a unique opportunity to spend time with this master of the Irish canon. Thanks to Jonathan and Rachael Worsley of Waypoint House and Presto Dinners for sponsoring the show. Jordan Springs Barbecue for purchase at 7pm. 8–10pm. $20 in advance, $25 at door, 12 and younger free. w w w. b a r n s o f r o s e h i l l . o r g . 540-955-2004.
Animal Shelter Open House
Clarke County Animal Shelter. 225 Ramsburg Lane.
8 Berryville. In celebration of the shelter’s 20th anniversary, the event will include waiving of adoption fees, refreshments, pet photos, silent auction, yard sale, music, demonstrations and local author reading and book giveaway. Donations of pet food are welcomed. 10am–3pm. 540-955-5104. firstname.lastname@example.org.
lush melodies, Eastern European rhythms and nursery rhymes. Featuring the music of Bohemia’s native sons, Leos Janacek, Antonin Dvorak and Joseph Suk, this will be a heady, tune filled evening. 8–10pm. $25 in advance, $30 at door, 12 and younger free. w w w. b a r n s o f r o s e h i l l . o r g . 540-955-2004.
Easter Egg Hunt
Clarke County Parks and Recreation’s Lloyd Field. 225 Al Smith Circle. Berryville. Bring a basket and don’t forget the camera for when the Easter Bunny hops in. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held inside the Senior Center side of the Recreation Center. $3 per child, tickets can be purchased in advance at the Recreation Center (cash, check & credit) and day of at Lloyd field (cash & checks only). Ages 1–2, 11am, 3–4, 11:20am, 5–7, 11:40am. 540-955-5140.
Alexandra Sherman Exhibit Opening
Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Sherman’s Altered States series is an expression of the countless states of consciousness we inhabit. The watercolor silhouettes are created with loose and flowing brushstrokes and the artist’s propensity for pareidolia (seeing faces and figures in random visual stimuli). Sherman is interested in inviting the viewer’s eye to finish the details of the figures, as she believes each person will see and experience the figures in a unique manner. 6:30–8pm. Free. w w w. b a r n s o f r o s e h i l l . o r g . 540-955-2004.
Rose Hill Chamber Orchestra Concert
Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Let the Rose Hill Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Jon Goldberg, entice you with
Survive and Thrive Through Cancer and Beyond Sanctuary Wellness Center. 208 N. Buckmarsh St. Berryville. Jane Hamann, CPT, CES, will teach different types of movements and meditations that will help the cancer patient reconnect with themselves as a whole. Through stretching, fluid and strengthening movements along with mindful meditation, a person will be able to reconnect with their bodies and take back control of their lives. $10. 2–3:30pm. Call 540-227-0564 with questions and to register. www.sanctuaryberryville.com.
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.
Easter Egg Hunt at Long Branch
Long Branch Historic House and Farm. 830 Long Branch Lane. Boyce. Join the fun for kids of all ages. This annual event offers carriage rides, moon bounce, face painting, petting zoo, kettle corn, Jordan Springs Market Barbecue and more. Tickets are $5
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Easter Egg Hunt at Long Branch will be held on April 11. per adult and kids under 10 are free. Cash only at the gate. 12– 4pm. www.visitlongbranch.org. 540-837-1856.
Fallen But Not Forgotten Presentation
Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Presented by Ward B. Nickisch, Colonel, US Army Retired, it will provide an update on our nation’s search and recovery operations to bring home the skeletal remains of those service members who continue to be “unaccounted for” from Southeast Asia, Korea and World War II. 2–3pm. Free. 540-955-2004. www.barnsofrosehill.org.
Downtown Berryville Yard Sales
Various locations in downtown Berryville. Begins at 8am. Contact Berryville Main Street for details at 540-955-4001.
Retrospective on Clarke County School Integration Location to be determined. Collaboration with Clarke County Historical Association and Josephine School Community Museum. There will be a panel talk and discussion. $5 for CCHA and Josephine members, $10 for nonmembers. 3–6pm. 540-955-2600. www.clarkehistory.org.
Art at the Mill Patron’s Night
Burwell-Morgan Mill. 15 Tannery Lane. Millwood. Join us for the opening night of the spring showing of Art at the Mill, now in its 30th year. This event is a chance for patrons to purchase art before it is made available to the rest of the public. A portion of the proceeds goes to support the Clarke County Historical Association. $65 per person. 6pm. 540-837-1799. www.burwellmorganmill.org.
Art at the Mill Opening Day
Burwell Morgan Mill. 15 Tannery Lane. Millwood. Runs through Sunday, May 10. 250 artists display for sale over 1000 works of art in a historic 18th century, operating mill. Saturdays 10am–6pm, Sunday–Friday 12–5pm. Adults $5, seniors $3, children 12 and younger free. 540-837-1799.
Boyce Railway Lecture During Morse Day 117 E. Main St. Boyce. Presentation reveals the background of the present structure which was used by the Norfolk and Western Railway between November 1913 and December 1958. Attendees will receive a copy of “The Big Station That Did” and a 96 page detailed history via email. 2–4pm.
$10 per person. 540-955-2600. www.clarkehistory.org.
Ongoing “RECENT AND RETROSPECTIVE,” Drawings and Paintings 1967-2020 by WILLIAM WOODWARD Exhibit
Long Branch Historic House and Farm. 830 Long Branch Lane. Boyce. Renowned artist William Woodward’s exhibit will include a significant number of older works, large scale sketches and various larger paintings from a wide range of subjects and times. On exhibit through April 27. Free. 540-8371856. www.visitlongbranch. org.
Tuesdays, 8:15–9:15pm. Grace Episcopal Church. N. Church St. Berryville. AAVirginia.org. 540-955-1610.
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Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9am–12pm. 36 E. Main Street. Berryville. 540-955-1823.
Boyce Fire Hall. 7 S. Greenway Ave. Thursdays at 7pm, Sundays at 1:30pm. Proceeds benefit the volunteer fire department. 540-837-2317.
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A Tribute To John Lyttle By Judy Melton
Just like the song says, "You don't know what you've got 'till it's gone." Heaven surely gained a new saint on the day that Clarke County lost John Lyttle. John was that very rare combination of high intellect, deep humility and consistent good works. He could not give enough of himself away to others. Having multiple available options, he chose to live the Sermon on the Mount. He lifted the heaviest of the hand bells in our Voices in Brass group. He sang in the men's section of our adult church choir. A lay minister, he preached from the pulpit occasionally, served as church
moderator, and performed weddings (including one at night, on his own front lawn). My husband Bob often assisted him when he provided background music at the bluegrass concerts at the high school, Berryville yard sales, and the Christmas parades. He led Bible studies for the all-but-forgotten residents at Mary Hardesty House, and took them complete dinners on Thanksgiving. This winter he split and delivered firewood to a woman who had no other source of heat. He also replaced bathroom flooring for a widow with a badly injured hand. In our church he ran the sound system, got rid of pests
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(bats), lit candles, changed out light bulbs, replaced batteries. In his bearing, he possessed a quiet, reverent joy. On Super Bowl Sunday we worshipped at Berryville Baptist. Prayers were offered, the choir sang, the sermon was preached. There was a fundraising lunch in the fellowship hall to benefit the youth department. Bob said he saw John drop $40 into the donation basket for an upcoming missions trip. Then he went to his home on Moose Road. He walked through his cluttered garage and into his house to his beloved wife Kim. Sometime that night he climbed the stairs to the bathroom. There he fell,
hit his head and died. He had just turned 68.
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We were very surprised when the phone rang at 8am the next day. Bob said, "John who?" He handed the phone to me, his face white. I heard Kim say in a faint mechanical voice, "John died last night." I blurted out, "John who?" just before it hit me. The rest of the week was a blur. The church was packed, with every program distributed. Several of us stood and gave heartfelt and sometimes amusing tributes. Our little church is trying to soldier on. Our minister is due to retire in April. We were looking forward to changes and new beginnings. But John was supposed to lead the search committee with his calm, measured demeanor. He and I were supposed to sing an arrangement by Bill Gaither. John was supposed to do this, John was supposed to do that. Did we rely on him too much? Probably. There are so many of us whose lives John impacted for good. There are so many needs out there. For those of us who knew him, each act of kindness is a way to honor John’s memory.
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Good Times On Saint Patrick’s Day With Brogue Rogues Nearly 20 percent of Americans — more than 55 million — claim Irish ancestry, according to the U.S. Census, but as the saying goes, “Everyone is Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day.” The celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day began in the 17th century when the Catholic Church established March 17, the day of Saint Patrick of Ireland’s death in 461AD, as a day of feasting, in honor of his work in converting Druids to Christianity. It was intended to be a day of religious services and family and feasting. However, when Irish immigrants brought the holiday with them to America in the 1760s, it became more of a celebration of Irish national pride, thus beginning the transition into the celebration that we know today. While it is a celebration of Irish heritage, St. Paddy’s Day touches even those without a hint of Irish lineage. Probably because the hard-working, proud nature of the Irish immigrants has melded into and become part of our national identity as Americans. And, probably also because we love an excuse to celebrate. Here in Clarke, we are fortunate to have a wealth of musical talent to entertain us throughout the year, and we hardly need an excuse to celebrate short of celebration itself. We do have that reputation. St. Paddy’s Day is different, though — the camaraderie, the singing, the silliness, the energy.
It is a full participation holiday and there is no need to leave Clarke County to participate. Clarke County’s own, Brogue Rogues is offering two opportunities to dance a jig and raise a pint this year. On Monday, March 16, St. Paddy’s Eve, at L’Auberge Provencale in White Post, beginning at 5pm; then again on Tuesday, March 17, Saint Patrick’s Day, at NIK’s in Berryville at 5:30pm. The Brogue Rogues was/ were founded in 1999 by lifelong Clarke County resident Jim known as “JimBuck” by friends and family. The group’s original configuration consisted of JimBuck on hammer dulcimer, Dave Milefsky on fiddle, and Mary Knupp on guitar. The following year, multi instrumentalist John Friant joined the band as its fiddle and mandolin player. Since that time, the band has employed several different guitar players, including, in chronological order, Mark Snyder, Stephanie Nelson, Todd McDonald, Keith Adams, Clark Hansbarger, and its current player, the accomplished multi-genre guitarist, Gerald Kinzie. Over the last twenty years, the only constants have been JimBuck and John Friant. The band’s musical style can best be described as an interesting mix of traditional Irish jigs and reels, tender ballads, and bawdy drinking songs from the British Isles, old-timey Appalachian fiddle tunes, and some of JimBuck ‘s original compositions.
Many of their songs are familiar to Celtic music aficionados, who, with the band’s encouragement, typically join in singing on the chorus sections of the songs. During the Brogue Rogue’s heyday back in the aughts and early teens, the band performed
If you are of Irish ancestry, wish you were, or you just love a great time with a room full of happy, singing people, make a point to see the Brogue Rogues on March 16th or 17th (or both!), but get there early because they will pack the house!
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Lambert Takes the Helm of Clarke Varsity Softball By Claire Stuart There’s been a changing of the guard for the girls’ softball teams at Clarke County High School. Darren “Fly” Lambert has moved into the top spot as varsity head coach after six years as JV head coach, replacing Susan Grubbs, who retired after 31 years. Lambert coached Eagles JV baseball before coaching JV softball and sees no major differences between coaching boys and coaching girls. Asked whether he expects coaching varsity to differ much from JV, he replied, “Being that this is my first year at the varsity level, I’m expecting it to be different. However,
when I coached at the JV level, some would say that it’s just JV, but I never took that stance or that philosophy. Although it was JV, I took it very seriously. Of course, there is more at stake at the varsity level, since wins and losses count more. Ultimately we are playing for a state championship. At the JV level, you can’t do that.” He went on to explain that Clarke County is part of the Bull Run District, which recently initiated a program where the top two JV teams play for the district championship. “I think that was implemented last year. We were not involved in that
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important. I’ve always used the phrase ‘I’m not a coach, I’m a teacher’ and I am still teaching the fundamentals.” Many of the varsity girls have been playing “since Tball.” They play fast-pitch, and Lambert says that some strong pitchers can pitch up to 65 miles per hour. “Coming from 43 feet, that’s pretty fast!” Unlike high-profile sports like football and basketball, a high school softball career isn’t going to lead to possible fame and fortune. However, Lambert’s team is enthusiastic, and they play for love of the game. Lambert notes that there are scholarships available. “Any time you play high school sports, there’s always the possibility of going forward at the college level. But it’s a big commitment.” He indicated sophomore Kacie Turner. “I know Kacie has that ambition, to move forward to play in college.” Turner, who pitches and plays outfield and shortstop, affirmed that she hopes for a scholarship. “I intend to play in college.” On the other hand, junior Alissa Hoggatt says she doesn’t intend to play college softball. Senior Kiley Ramey concurs, saying, “It’s mainly for fun at this point for me.” There is some division
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the state of Virginia. Madison was in our district before; Page wasn’t. Seems like at least the last four years we played Page County in the first round of our regionals, so they are our nemesis, to say the least! And now we get to play them twice in our district.” Rachel Thompson replaces Lambert as JV coach. She works in the Special Education Department at Cooley Elementary while taking on-line classes in criminal psychology in preparation for a law enforcement career. “It’s great to return to where I graduated and played
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Teaching Financial Literacy In Clarke County Because life is rarely as simple as A versus B By Tiffany Ford If you spend any time on social media you’ve probably seen the meme that drives me crazy. It says something like, “Instead of Algebra, we should be teaching kids how to pay taxes, balance a checkbook and plan for retirement.” I don’t usually let things like this get to me, but this one bothers me every time. As a parent of both a high-school junior and a recent graduate, I know that economics and personal finance is a required class. You can’t graduate without passing it. But it’s my understanding that this has been a requirement since the graduating class of 2015. So many people simply don’t know about this requirement. In addition to this, I am a volunteer through Virginia Cooperative Extension, to provide age-appropriate financial education simulations to
students, in order to give them better tools to make good choices with their own money. In fact, last fall Clarke County became the first school district in the region to offer the thirdgrade program. These programs go by various names, and with the exception of age-appropriate content, they all are run in essentially the same way. For younger students, there are in-class lessons leading up to the event. These in-class lessons teach the key lessons needed to understand finances and navigate the simulation. High-school students, who have already learned these key concepts, have an orientation directly before the event. Students are assigned a career for the simulation, and based on that career they are assigned a salary to live on for one month. Next, students are re-
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To keep the content age-appropriate, third-grade students select their career at random from an envelope and are given play money instead of a checkbook register. Highschool students choose their own career and receive a salary based on a reasonable average for that field in their local area. Elementary-school students simulate as single adults, and base their choices on a single income, while high-school students may be single, married, or divorced. On the day of the simulation, volunteers are briefed before the students arrive. Volunteers are encouraged to give students their options and let them make their own choices. For example, at the housing station, a student may have the option of a four-bedroom house versus a town-
house or apartment. These options may allow pets or not, based on the size of the property and whether or not it has a yard. At the food station, choices include eating out, brand-name groceries, generic groceries. Some students visit transportation early, and buy a luxury car or a sports car, only to later find that they need to trade their car in for public transportation in order to cover their other living expenses. In essence, our students are given a glimpse into what life is like when you have household expenses. During the event, students are required to visit every station at least once, and are permitted to come back to a station and make an exchange if they run out of money; or put more into savings if they find they have extra at the end of the “month.” Students are encouraged to use creative solutions, and that, for me, is my favorite part of the process. I love the look on a student’s face when they realize their options may not be limited to “a or b,” but to an alternative solution that the folks who wrote the curriculum didn’t think of — an option that may work in the real world. Life is rarely as simple as “a or b,” and confining students to such options limits their ability to use creative problem-solving. Volunteers are given some leeway during the simulation to allow a variety of solutions, provided they seem realistic. Of course, I can’t predict what those solutions will be; I prefer to wait and see what the students come up with on their own. All of these programs are offered through collaboration with Virginia Cooperative Extension, Family & Consumer Sciences, and the local 4H program. The next Real Money Real World simulation for eighth grade is scheduled for April 2 at Johnson-Williams Middle School. There is also a Reality Store scheduled for Clarke County High School, April 29, at Lord Fairfax Community College. To volunteer, contact Karen Poff, extension agent for Family and Consumer Sciences, at firstname.lastname@example.org 540-635-4549. For more information about 4-H programs, contact Claudia Lefeve, extension agent, 4-H Youth Development, 540-955-5164, email@example.com.
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CCSA Expands Its Customer Base And Makes Upgrades In 2019 By Tom Bauhan Even though the Clarke County Sanitary Authority (CCSA) receives the occasional phone call regarding trash collection, the CCSA is actually responsible for the public water and sewer systems that serve the Town of Boyce, the villages of Millwood and White Post (water only), and commercial uses at the intersection of U.S. 50 and U.S. 340. As a public utility, the CCSA also manages the wastewater facilities owned by Clarke County. The CCSA is a governmental corporation created by the Board of Supervisors in 1988. Because of new residential water and sewer connections within service areas, CCSA expanded its customer base by five percent over the past two years. It now serves a total of 472 water and 363 sewer connections, representing more than 2,000 residents in southern Clarke County. “The majority of our expansion last year was again due to planned new home construction within the Town of Boyce, mostly at the
Boyce Crossing community,” said CCSA Chair Rod DeArment. “After several years of near dormant home building in the county, we’re now seeing a substantial uptick in demand for CCSA services.” The new connections benefit CCSA and the community it serves in two ways. First, new one-time connection fees, “availability fees” typically paid by the home builder prior to sale, are the primary source of funds for system capital improvements. Second, the added number of paying customers helps, through economies of scale, to mitigate the need for rate increases for all. A good example of a recent capital improvement was the replacement in 2019 of the filtration membranes and refurbishment of the membrane tanks at the Boyce Sewage Treatment Plant. This filtration system, which has about a 10-year service life, is critical for enabling Clarke County’s compliance with state and federal limits for nitrogen and
phosphorus discharge under the Chesapeake Bay Protection Program. Moreover, CCSA is already seeing payback in the form of substantially reduced chemicals needed for daily operation of the plant. While the customer base has grown, CCSA and Clarke County have ensured capacity for the long term. Thanks to the county’s investments, the permitted capacity of the Boyce plant is currently 99,000 gallons per day. “That’s nearly double our current peak demand flow even with the recent added connections,” said Mark Inboden of Inboden Environmental Services, Inc. (IES), which manages the water and sewer systems. “The county’s investments and foresight have helped ensure the Boyce facility is able to handle future demand and meet ever increasing environmental regulations in the years to come,” Inboden said. For information on CCSA, visit clarkecounty.gov or call (540) 9555185 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Corrective prune your trees and shrubs
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Clean up debris that has accumulated over the winter
Collect downed limbs and branches. Mats of leaves that can suffocate emerging growth or that have become entangled in shrub branches should be removed. This is also a great time to pull up early weeds before they have the chance to set seed. If birds are finished stripping seed heads of herbaceous perennials that were left over the winter, cut back the dead stalks now. Edging beds produces a nice, crisp look and helps keep creeping invasive grasses such as Bermuda grass from growing into your gardens. Follow these chores with an application of slow-release organic fertilizers around any plants that have special fertilizer needs. For other plants,
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What’s blooming at Blandy this month? Our earliest spring bulb, the winter aconite, is in full bloom on Dogwood Lane and in the Picnic Grove. The winter jasmine is blooming along the rock wall also along Dogwood Lane, and the Japanese cornelian cherry in the Dogwood Collection is in full bloom. The cornelian cherry
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Mulch your beds.
I find one of the most satisfying late winter projects is mulching beds. Mulch serves many purposes: It helps reduce
mulched up to their bases. Mulch around trees and shrubs, especially those with shallow roots. They don’t compete well with the grasses growing under them. Put down a mulch layer two to four inches deep around the tree trunk. Note: Never place mulch right up against the bark at the base of the trunk
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of the tree – the volcano look – since this allows moisture to build up on the trunk and encourages disease development. Checking off these outdoor chores from your to-do list will allow you to enjoy the first beautiful days of spring with not only a great sense of satisfaction but with extra time to observe what is happening in your own yard.
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ABBEY! Heidi Martin’s Tribute to Jazz Diva Abbey Lincoln By Brooke Chilvers
It only takes a quick spin on YouTube to reconnect with jazz vocalist, composer and social activist Abbey Lincoln (19302010). She also starred across from Sidney Poitier in the 1968 movie, For Love of Ivy, receiving a Golden Globe for her performance. Lincoln found inspiration in Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan, affirming, “I came from them all.” She traced her civil rights militancy to Nina Simone. Lincoln’s youthful clarity of voice in Billy Holiday’s “When a Woman Loves a Man” has become silky and soulful by “Bird Alone” thirty years later, her majestic chops and soulsearching lyrics enriched by her life experiences. Lincoln’s distinct phrasing and timbre resonate with mellow wisdom in her heartbreaking rendition of Avec Le Temps. YouTube also shows a gorgeous woman only getting more beautiful over time. Pioneering Washington D.C. singer-songwriter Heidi Martin pays tribute to the timeless Lincoln in her original jazz concert experience named ABBEY! Based on five years of primary resource research into Lincoln’s poems and musical scores — and a three-hour phone call in the middle of the night that bonded the two performers of different generations and different races – Martin takes us on a voyage with her sensitive
and respectful channeling of Lincoln that simultaneously affirms her own talent. In ABBEY! Martin, who also composes contemporary folk and grooved-based soul music, returns to her classic jazz repertoire, her own voice seasoned by a 30-year career that includes three albums and performances in D.C. and New York’s jazz venues. Both composers’ lyrics and voices are stirring and fearless. “I don’t intend to die with my mouth closed,” said Lincoln. And neither does Martin.
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