Civil War Historian Dr. James McPherson to Lecture in Winchester October 24

Handley Regional Library’s One Book One Community program will host Pulitzer Prize winning author and Civil War historian, Dr. James McPherson at 7 pm at Daniel Morgan Middle School on Wednesday, October 24.

McPherson’s For Cause and Comrades:  Why Men Fought in the Civil War was selected as the one book our whole community will be reading in 2012.  After his lecture, McPherson will take questions and sign books.  Read excerpts from For Cause and Comrades on Tuesdays in October through the 23rd in The Winchester Star.

Dr. McPherson received the 1989 Pulitzer Prize and was recognized in 1986 as the George Henry Davis Professor Emeritus of United States History at Princeton University. The author of 20 books and numerous other book and journal contributions about the Civil War, Dr. McPherson has spent his career developing an exceptional command of the history of that era.  Your questions about the Civil War can be submitted via the Web Chat with McPherson through The Winchester Star on Tuesday, October 9 from 10-11 am.

Leading up to Dr. McPherson’s lecture, Handley Regional Library is sponsoring two other events.  “‘To Provoke a Reply:’ Understanding the Civil War through Soldier’s Letters” will feature Jonathan Noyalas, assistant professor of history and director of the Center for Civil War History at Lord Fairfax Community College.  This event will take place at 7 pm on Wednesday, October 3 at the Handley Library Auditorium at 100 W. Piccadilly Street, Winchester.

“Readings from Civil War Diaries,” the second event in the series will highlight the words of those who lived the war.  These readings will take place on Thursday, October 18 at 7 pm at the Old Court House Museum at 20 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester.

All of these events are offered at no charge to the community and questions about this program should be directed to Trish Ridgeway at 540 662-9041 ext 14, or by email at

Obituary for Steven D. Payne-Daniels

Steven Douglas Payne-Daniels, 28, of Winchester, Virginia, died Friday, September 21, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Steven was born January 11, 1984 in Cheverly, Maryland, the son of Michael Anthony Daniels and Sandra K. Payne Mangolas.

He was an electrician with the Local 26 IBEW.

Surviving are his father of Everett, PA; a daughter, Jaden Payne-Daniels at home; a sister, BrittanyAn Grace Daniels DeMayo of Winchester, VA; his mother of Winchester, VA; a grandmother, Donna Sue Daniels of Everett, PA; a nephew, Xavier Thomas DeMayo of Winchester, VA; an aunt, Shannon Daniels of Everett, PA; and many friends and extended family.

The family will receive friends 5:00 – 6:00 P. M. Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at the Enders & Shirley Funeral Home Chapel, Berryville and a memorial service will follow at 6:00 P.M. with Rev. Clell Daniels officiating.  Burial will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity in Steven’s memory.

To view the obituary and send condolences online, please visit

Obituary for Dorothy Rector Heasley

Dorothy Rector Heasley

Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother

Dorothy (Dot) Rector Heasley, 92, of Purcellville, Virginia, passed away at her home on Friday, September 21, 2012. Mrs. Heasley was born December 5, 1919, in Delaplane, Virginia, the daughter of Lewis and Mamie Rector. She was a homemaker and member of Bethany United Methodist Church. She married William (Jack) Riggs Heasley, Sr., on June 19, 1941.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William, (Jack) Heasley; sister, Lillian Wadsworth of Tucson, Arizona; and sister, Helen, as an infant. She is survived by her sister, Ruby Parks of Berryville, VA; her son, William Heasley, Jr., and wife Lynda of Destin, Florida; daughter, Sandra (Sandy) Pierce of Purcellville, VA; granddaughter, Erica and husband Johnny Miller of Berryville, VA; grandsons, Scott and wife Christy Pierce of Remington, VA; Sean and wife Jena Pierce of Marshall, VA; and Shawn and wife Susy Reynolds of Front Royal, VA; and great grandchildren, Alex, Gracie, Beau, Eryck and Logan Pierce, and Bubby and Cori Miller; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service will be held 11:00 A. M. Friday, September 28, 2012 at Enders & Shirley Funeral Home Chapel, Berryville, Virginia, with Pastor Michael Finn-McKenzie officiating. Burial will be private.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 P. M. Thursday evening at the funeral home.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Winchester, VA 22601. Online condolences may be sent to

Join the Clarke County Community Choir

Dr. Ryan Keebaugh, the Director of the Clarke County High School choirs, will be leading this new choir for singers who are alumni or members of the Clarke County community. Show up at this first meeting and lend your voice to the success of this group!

CCHS Choir – Photo Pam Lettie

Location: Johnson-Williams Middle School Choir Room

Date: Sunday 9/30 and following Sundays

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact Info:

Website: On Facebook: Clarke County Community Choir 

Obituary for Jean F. Drescher

Jean Florence Drescher, 95, of Berryville, Virginia, died Friday, September 21, 2012 in a local nursing home.

Mrs. Drescher was born July 10, 1917 in Darien Center, New York, the daughter of Charles V. and Edith Meyer Ortner.

She was a homemaker and a member of St. Bridget’s Church and Women’s Group.

She married Joseph E. Drescher in June 1941 in Erie County, Pennsylvania. Mr. Drescher died December 30, 2003.

Surviving are two daughters, Jean Malucci of Berryville, VA and Elizabeth A. Drescher of New Orleans, LA; four sons, Joseph Drescher, Jr. of San Francisco, CA, Michael Drescher of Edmonds, WA, William P. Drescher of Elizabeth City, NC and John P. Drescher of Key West, FL; eight grandchildren; and eleven great grandchildren. Mrs. Drescher was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Two sisters, Edith Drilling and Mary Grace Ortner and a brother, Rev. Paul Ortner SSJ preceded her in death.

A memorial service will be held 1:00 P. M. Saturday, October 6, 2012 at St. Bridget’s Chapel in the Field, Berryville, VA with Rev. Stanley J. Krempa officiating. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Winchester, VA.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 – 1:00 P. M. prior to the service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Bridget’s Chapel in the Field Building Fund, 130 Keating Dr., Winchester, VA 22601.

To view the obituary and sign the guest book, please visit

Cabral Challenges Wolf for 10th District Congressional Seat

Tenth District candidate Kristin Cabral says that it’s time for a change in Washington and promises to inject new ideas into the US House of Representatives if she is elected.

10th District House of Representatives candidate Kristin Cabral – Photo Edward Leonard

“I will bring fresh leadership to our broken Congress in order to ensure that we preserve and grow the American Dream,” Cabral said in Berryville on Tuesday. “I have been blessed with educational opportunities that the American taxpayers provided to me and I want those opportunities to be there for future generations as well.”

Cabral, who is a lawyer and federal prosecutor, is the Democratic Party’s challenger to incumbent Republican Frank Wolf for a seat on Capitol Hill.

Cabral has made education a central plank in her campaign platform.

“I was the first person in my family to go to college and thanks to that educational opportunity I have been able to both practice and teach law,” Cabral said. “That increased educational support for young people is the key to ensuring that the American Dream will still be available for future generations of Americans. Education has allowed me to support my family. In order for people to achieve the American Dream of providing for a family we have to have better educational opportunities which in turn lead to better jobs and improved incomes.”

“Students need access to Pell grants and students loans, we need to support our community college so that we can provide technical training beyond high school,” Cabral said. “We need careful spending in order to create access to education so that our children have the opportunity to get good jobs. Right now we are winding down two wars. I favor using some of the funding being used in the wars towards the Federal debt but we also should use some the funds to increase spending on our children and current workers.”

Cabral said she supports reprograming some of the funds currently being used for the Iraq and Afghanistan towards improved education opportunities.

In addition to education, Cabral’s campaign platform incorporates a range issues that she hopes will appeal to area voters including fair pay for women workers. Cabral says that if she is elected she will also advocate for more job training and budgetary changes that she says Frank Wolf has resisted.

“Frank Wolf has 32 years of seniority and a track record of not delivering for our district,” Cabral said. “We should have better educational opportunities and better job opportunities. But Frank Wolf is part of the gridlock in Washington.”

Cabral also criticized Wolf for voting for budget sequestration, a decision that she says placed many families in the 10th District at risk.

“Frank Wolf is part of the Congress that kicked the can down the road,” Cabral said. “With 32 years in office he should be a stronger leader by now.

“Studies show that women only earn 77-cents compared to a dollar that a man earns for the same job,” Cabral said. “Not only are women are putting in the same amount of labor but earning less, they’re not being promoted to higher paying jobs.

Asked if there are companies in the northern Shenandoah Valley guilty of paying women less than men for the same jobs Cabral replied “There is a very good chance that there are.”

Cabral, who says that she supports the Afforable Care Act, believes that affordable access to healthcare is key to the American public’s well-being because it allows for citizens to care for their families and that.

Cabral said that prior to the Affordable Care Act women who had undergone breast cancer treatment had difficulty obtaining healthcare policies in the open market because of the pre-existing cancer condition.

“Too many Americans are underserved by the healthcare markets in this country,” Cabral said. “If that weren’t true the Federal government would never have had to intervene to begin with. The Affordable Care Act also means that women will no longer be penalized simply because they are women.”

Cabral says that if she is elected she will take immediate steps to address what she termed the “Federal budget crisis” in part by ending the corporate favoritism that she says Frank Wolf supports.

“In order to deal with the debt crisis we need to raise revenue,” Cabral said. “We need to reform the tax code and end the Federal subsidies to oil companies that Wolf supports. We need to make sure that American companies pay taxes and don’t hide funds in offshore banks. We also have to have a sunset on tax breaks for people with incomes over $250K.”

Cabral said that she favors rolling back tax rates to Clinton-era levels.

Cabral readily acknowledged that running against incumbent Frank Wolf was an uphill battle, Even so, she believes the effort is worth it.

“Resources are important to a campaign and it’s hard for a first time candidate in a battleground state where donors are already contributing to a lot of other issues,” Cabral said. “I’m doing my best to run a 200-day campaign against a career Washington insider. I’m just a regular person making a run for a House of Representatives seat. I hoping to earn the voters trust because I am representative of the people.”

Last week Cabral issued a challenge to Wolf to participate in a series of debates across the district. The debates will be sponsored by various community organizations and media outlets. Cabral proposed debate locations  in Winchester, Berryville, Great Falls and Manassas.

“Participating in these debates isn’t something Frank Wolf should do for me,” said Cabral. “It’s something that he should do for his constituents.”

The first of the four debates is scheduled for Tuesday, October 2nd in Winchester and sponsored by The Northern Shenandoah Valley Tea Party.

“The Northern Shenandoah Valley Tea Party would welcome the chance to host a debate between the candidates of the 10th Congressional District of Virginia,” said Chairman Jay Marts. “We want all citizens to cast an informed vote in November.”

“Healthy debate is a huge part of maintaining a healthy democracy,” added Cabral. “We need to give voters all across this district access to the candidates as much as we can throughout the next month and a half. If a congressman decides to only debate in certain specific areas of his district, what does that say about him and his perception regarding the importance of one particular area’s constituents versus another?”


Letter to the Editor: 20 Questions (more or less)

Rather than write an opinion piece this time, I thought a nice change would be to pose questions that my CDN friends could put to those who shape their opinions as much as I do.  And so.

Here’s a question for your rich friends: how many of them think it’s okay not to pay taxes even though they make lots of money, but that it’s not okay for the poor, retired, disabled or those in military service to pay no taxes, even if they make very little money?

And for the Republican right:  why does Romney speak of the lower classes who pay no taxes with what the New York Times called “bone-chilling contempt and revolting smugness” when he thinks no one can hear?  And then, with trademark schoolboy earnestness, show just how stupid he thinks we are by refusing to show if he paid taxes while claiming the poor would pay taxes if only they could, when he, Romney, and his rich friends contort themselves energetically not to?

And for your in-your-face, bumper-sticker proud religious friends who boast of being “One Nation, under God”.  Now, which god is that – Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist or Wiccan?  Do they rotate?  Shouldn’t that be notional not denominational?  Better yet, an ethical construct?

And another for right-wing Republicans: what do you make of Nixon passing environmental protections, and of earned income tax credit expansions under Ford and Reagan – did these iconic Republicans have surreptitious bleeding hearts or were they RINOs?   Reagan the RINO?

And for your hypocrite friends: what’s more damaging to health, eating as much as the ads promote and becoming obese; breathing polluted air; gaming mine safety; incompetent doctors, lawyers or bankers immunized by lobbyists; or being LGBT?  Or just being female in a Romney world?  See the money-coming-out-of-ears Bain photo?  Like a Republican House hearing.

And another for right-wingers; does having a mercenary military make being a chickenhawk easier?  So stupid wars won’t be protested by real people.  And does a mercenary military justify inadequate armaments in combat theaters and indifferent care after returning home?

And for my Constitutional scholar friends: how is government regulation of corporations less benign than corporate stacking of the deck using one-sided adhesion contracts and lobbyists that protect incompetence through malpractice caps, mandatory arbitration and prejudicial personal bankruptcy law, like for student loan treatment compared with corporate executive bonuses?

And last, isn’t it stupid to do everything to stymie a President trying to fix an economy broken by greedy creeps, and stupid to claim rape victims can’t get pregnant, and stupid to listen to Donald Trump always or Rick Perry almost always?  And isn’t it stupid to let the middle class and equal opportunity be denigrated by Fox personalities and a talk radio host with little heft other than a breathtakingly impressive body weight?  Mysterious how people who think they’re canny can trust in a drug addict that does news rant HipHop, or in a “news channel” ownership that disdains fact, is converting the Wall Street Journal to tabloid and hacks a murdered girl’s voicemail.

By gosh, I think I like the Socratic method.  Don’t you?

Donald Marro

The Plains, Virginia

Office Chairs Sold Exclusively at Office Depot Recalled

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Realspace Soho Prestigio High-Back Leather Chair

Units: About 8,400

Manufacturer: True Innovations LLC, of Hong Kong, China

Importer: Office Depot Inc., of Boca Raton, Fla.

Hazard: The seat plate can break, posing fall and injury hazards to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Office Depot has received 78 reports of incidents involving seat plates breaking, including one report of a fall injury.

Description: This recall involves Prestigio model leather office chairs. The high-back leather chairs were sold in black and have a five-leg metallic finish base with casters. The SKU number 181-265 and the words “Realspace Soho” and “Prestigio High-Back Chair Black Leather” are printed on a label located on the underside of the seat.

Sold exclusively at: Office Depot retail stores nationwide and online at from October 2008 through February 2011 for about $250.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the chairs and contact True Innovations for a free seat repair kit including a replacement seat plate and an installation tool.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact True Innovations at (800) 379-9773 between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at

Study Shows Math Anxiety Affects Students as Early as First Grade

Many high-achieving students experience math anxiety at a young age — a problem that can follow them throughout their lives, new research at the University of Chicago shows.

In a study of first- and second-graders, Sian Beilock, professor in psychology, found that students report worry and fear about doing math as early as first grade. Most surprisingly math anxiety harmed the highest-achieving students, who typically have the most working memory, Beilock and her colleagues found.

“You can think of working memory as a kind of ‘mental scratchpad’ that allows us to ‘work’ with whatever information is temporarily flowing through consciousness,” Beilock said. “It’s especially important when we have to do a math problem and juggle numbers in our head. Working memory is one of the major building blocks of IQ.”

Worries about math can disrupt working memory, which students could otherwise use to succeed. Beilock and other scholars have studied this impact of anxiety on working memory on older students, but her current work is the first to explore the impact on students as they begin school.

The findings are published in the article, “Math Anxiety, Working Memory and Math Achievement in Early Elementary School,” in early preview on the website of the Journal of Cognition and Development. The lead author is UChicago PhD candidate Gerardo Ramirez. Joining he and Beilock in the work are UChicago postdoctoral scholar Elizabeth Gunderson and Susan Levine, the Stella M. Rowley Professor in Psychology.

The team showed that a high degree of math anxiety undermined performance of otherwise successful students, placing them almost half a school year behind their less anxious peers, in terms of math achievement.

Less talented students with lower working memory were not impacted by anxiety, because they developed simpler ways of dealing with mathematics problems, such as counting on their fingers. Ironically, because these lower-performing students didn’t use working memory much to solve math problems, their performance didn’t suffer when worried.

“Early math anxiety may lead to a snowball effect that exerts an increasing cost on math achievement by changing students’ attitudes and motivational approaches towards math, increasing math avoidance, and ultimately reducing math competence,” Beilock writes in the article.

For the study, the researchers tested 88 first-graders and 66 second-graders from a large urban school system. The students were tested to measure their academic abilities, their working memory and their fear of mathematics. They were asked, on a sliding scale, how nervous they felt to go to the front of the room and work on a mathematics problem on the board.

The study found that among the highest-achieving students, about half had medium to high math anxiety. Math anxiety was also common among low-achieving students, but it did not impact their performance.

Fortunately, there is hope for alleviating the negative impact of math anxiety on math achievement. “When anxiety is regulated or reframed, students often see a marked increase in their math performance,” the researchers write.

One way to reframe anxiety is to have students write about their worries regarding math ahead of time.

A procedure termed “expressive writing” helps students to download worries and minimizes anxiety’s effects on working memory. The researchers speculate that, for younger students, expressive picture drawing, rather than writing, may also help lessen the burden of math anxiety. Teachers can also help students reframe their approach by helping them to see exams as a challenge rather than as a threat, the researchers write.

Beilock is also an author of “Math Anxiety, Who Has it, Why it Develops and How to Guard Against it,” published in the current issue of Trends in Cognitive Science (Tics). The article, co-written with UChicago postdoctoral scholar Erin Maloney, points out that math anxiety has a variety of sources.

“Its development is probably tied to both social factors, such as a teachers’ and parents’ anxiety about their own math ability and a student’s own numerical and spatial competencies,” they write.

Berryville Police Report 9/2/2012 – 9/8/2012

 Date / Time 


Call Type 

9-2 08:40 

Chalmers Ct 

Parking complaint 

9-2 10:01 

First St 


9-2 11:45 

N Buckmarsh 

Juvenile Issues 

9-2 17:15 

N Buckmarsh 


9-2 23:50 

Chalmers Ct 

Juvenile Issues 

9-3 10:38 

Chalmers Ct 

Open door 

9-3 18:24 

E Main 

Destruction of property 

9-3 19:21 

Cobbler Dr 

ATV Complaint 

9-3 20:55 

Cameron St 

Assist Rescue Squad 

9-3 22:00 

S Buckmarsh 

Public Service 

9-4 06:00 

S Buckmarsh 

Dog running at large 

9-4 13:10 

Cameron St 

Civil stand by 

9-4 13:24 

Jack Enders BLvd 

Dog running at large 

9-4 13:45 

Police Department 

Lost license plate 

9-4 17:29 

Academy St/N Church Sts 


9-4 18:30 

S Church St 

Welfare Check 

9-4 18:51 

S Buckmarsh 

Welfare Check 

9-4 22:41 

E Fairfax 


9-5 01:42 

N Buckmarsh 

Suspicious Activity 

9-5 11:43 

Josephine St 

Welfare Check 

9-5 13:20 

Mosby Blvd 

Code Violation 

9-5 20:21 

N Buckmarsh 

Traffic Hazard 

9-5 23:07 

N Buckmarsh 

Animal Control 

9-5 18:22 

N Buckmarsh 


9-6 13:22 

Academy St 

Barking dog complaint 

9-6 17:18 

Chalmers Ct 

Alarm/Open door 

9-6 20:08 

Westwood Rd 

Assist Sheriff’s Office 

9-6 23:50 

Mosby Blvd 

Open door 

9-7 00:00 

Town of Berryville 

No calls for service 

9-8 01:30 

S Church St 

Drunk in public arrest 

9-8 01:28 

McClellan St 

Missing Adult (found) 

9-8 07:36 

Cameron St 

Civil Stand by 

9-8 08:00 

Chalmers Ct 

Public Service 

9-8 11:00 

W Main St 

Assist Motorist 

9-8 14:53 

Rice St 

Lines Down 

9-8 15:45 

N Church St 

Dog running at large 

9-8 18:45 

E Main 

Suspicious Activity 

9-8 22:57 

Dorsey St 

Juvenile Offenses