Dog Days & Peach Festival Celebrates Canine Families

Pet friendly event includes Doggie Olympics & U-Pick activities

Bluemont, VA – Dogs and their families have the run of Great Country Farms the weekend of August 11 & 12. The Dog Days Peach Festival provides dog lovers with an opportunity to share a day of canine fun with their pets. Special events include a dog agility course, K-9 nose work, Doggie Olympics and a performance from VA Foxtrotters that will make you bark! Owners are asked to leash their dogs and bring rabies certification. Complimentary canine drinking water and scooping bags provided along with Doggy goody bags. Everyone can enjoy the off leash area near the pond so bring your retriever’s favorite fetching toys and plan for them to take a dip. Farm event manager Jaclyn Jenkins notes “We love to provide a weekend devoted to dogs and their families. The farm is the perfect place to enjoy a day with your pets.” Dogs can even ride the famous Cow Train with their “siblings” as long as an adult supervises.

White peaches are at their peak for U-Pick with pre-picked available as well. BBQ and natural burgers are available at the Farm’s Roosteraunt to enjoy while listening to live music from local bands. Kids can pet and feed the friendly farm animals and roam the unique five acre playground. The Country Store features doggy items; gifts crafted by artisans as well as locally raised meat and dairy products.

The Dog Days Peach & Sunflower Festival August 11 & 12 event details:

Admission $10 per child $12 per adult DOGS FREE!
Great Country Farms is located at 18780 Foggy Bottom Road Bluemont, Virginia 20135
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Rogers – Hunker Engagement

Reuben Hunker and Gloria Rogers are engaged and plan to be married on Saturday, July 21, 2012.

Gloria (51) is from Michigan and has lived in Virginia for just over 3 years. She has 3 children – two sons and one daughter. Reuben (55) has lived in Virginia since 1970 and in Berryville for 7 years. He has two daughters.

The couple plans to live in the Clarke County area for the rest of their lives.

Gloria Rogers and Reuben Hunker will be married on July 21st (click to enlarge)

“Impact the Valley” to Repair Homes of Low Income Area Residents

Over 140 youth and adult volunteers from nine churches and youth groups will descend on the Northern Shenandoah Valley for the eighth annual Impact the Valley Summer Mission project.  From July 15 – 20, the volunteers will be working to improve homes that belong to low income families in Winchester and Warren, Clarke, Shenandoah and Frederick counties.

Work projects include painting, bathroom remodeling, improving access for wheelchair bound individuals, and other repair projects.  Most of the residents being helped are elderly or disabled people living on limited incomes.  Households are screened for income eligibility by Help with Housing of Berryville, a community based organization that helps people with emergency home repairs.

Impact the Valley is managed by a coalition of churches and ministries including Marlow Heights Baptist Church and Streetwise Ministries of Front Royal.  Teens Opposing Poverty of Berryville is the umbrella organization for the summer outreach.

For more information about Teens Opposing Poverty please visit

Registration for the Fall 2012 season for Clarke County Youth Soccer

Registration for the Fall 2012 season for Clarke County Youth Soccer is open.

Players born between 8/1/93 and 7/31/2008 are eligible to play. Players do not have to be Clarke County residents to participate. For more information and to register online visit the CCYSA website at Registration forms and a drop box are also available at the Clarke County Parks & Recreation building. Regular registration ends July 14; late registration (additional $20 per player) continues through August 8.

Sponsorship Opportunities
Are you a local business and want to sponsor a team? Sponsorship opportunities are available and are a great way to show your support for the community. Cost for sponsorship is $100/per team and includes your company name on team shirts, website listing, and a team picture plaque. If interested, contact a board member (contact info on the website) or call 540.955.9002.

For more information, email:

Become a fan on Facebook – search for Clarke County Youth Soccer Association.

Engagement Annoucement of Ms Jasmine Simone Miller to Mr. Chris Morgan

Mr. Ethelbert and Denise Miller proudly announce the engagement of their daughter, Ms Jasmine Simone  Miller, to Mr. Chris Morgan.  Chris is the son of Robert and Shirley Morgan of Clarke County Virginia.  He is a graduate of Hampden Sydney College and a Commercial Loan Officer with BB&T Bank of Reston.  Jasmine  Simone  Miller is a graduate of the George Washington School of Law and an attorney with Klein Horning, LLP of Washington, D.C.  A 2013 wedding date has been set and the couple will reside in Washington, D.C.

Local Lions Travel to Korea

Sharon Hart with Wing-Kun Tam

Sharon and Greg Hart, members of the Clarke County Lions Club,   recently returned from the Lions Club International Convention in Busan, Korea.   During the convention, Sharon Hart was installed as District Governor with responsibility for the 52 Lions, Lioness, and Leo Clubs in the area from Winchester to Lexington to Charlottesville.   Greg Hart will serve as Cabinet Secretary for the District.

Lions Clubs International is an association of 1.4 million members from around the world.  More than 60,000 of these Lions, including about 40,000 from China and Korea,  attended the Convention.  While at the Convention the Harts attended District Governor Elect and Partner-in-Service training with about 750 other District Governor’s Elect from around the world.  They had an opportunity to meet and speak with leaders in Lionism including Immediate Past President Wing-Kun Tam from China and the 2012-2013 President Wayne Madden from the United States.

Sharon and Greg Hart in the International Parade of Countries

They also participated in the Lions Clubs International Parade of Countries.  Dressed in traditional colonial costumes, they were immediately recognized as George and Martha Washington.  Arriving at the parade line-up, they were surrounded by Lions from around the world who called out to “George Washington” by name and wanted to be photographed with George and Martha.  The Harts said that they had thousands of pictures taken during the parade line-up before finally stepping off on the parade route.  While on the parade route, parents brought their children into the street for pictures with George and Martha.  The Harts handed a miniature  American Flag to each child who had their photo taken.

While all meetings were conducted in English,  real-time translation was provided in eleven different languages.   However, a smile and the sharing of Lions friendship pins often occurred without a common language.   The Harts said that the Lions who attended the Convention shared a common bond of service to others,  friendship, fellowship, and camaraderie in spite of the many different cultures and languages .

Greg and Sharon Hart with Wayne and Linda Madden


Berryville Baptist Mission Team Prepares for Trip to Indianapolis

By Joan Houck

On July 13 the 2012 Mission Team of 25 including youth, the Baptist Rascals Puppets and 7 adults will travel to Indianapolis, Indiana for their yearly summer mission trip.
The team will stay there for a week sharing Vacation Bible School in two inner-city locations.  They will also host two church services and two homeless shelter programs that are for women and children and men.
They have scheduled a time of crafts and music at a woman’s prison half-way house and will visit Riley Children’s Hospital for a special afternoon program in the hospital atrium.
During the time they are there, they will be “camping out” at the Baptist Metro Center and a large inner-city community church.
They will celebrate Youth Sunday at Berryville Baptist Church on Sunday, July 22 at 11 AM.  Please join the young people as they share their time of witness and ministry with the congregation.  A covered dish lunch will be at noon following the service.  Everyone is invited.

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Two From Berryville Added as Junior Members of American Angus Association

Jackson Dakota Kelly and Jordan Dillon Kelly, both of Berryville, Virginia, are new junior members of the American Angus Association®, reports Bryce Schumann, CEO of the national organization.

Junior members of the Association are eligible to register cattle in the American Angus Association, participate in programs conducted by the National Junior Angus Association and take part in Association-sponsored shows and other national and regional events.

The American Angus Association is the largest beef breed association in the world, with nearly 30,000 active adult and junior members.

Little Rascals Puppet Troupe Braves the Heat in Berryville

Although incredibly hot, Sunday afternoon at Rose Hill Park was still filled with fun and blessings! The Berryville Baptist Rascals and Little Rascals puppet troupes held Vacation Bible School for 3 hours around the gazebo.  There were puppet shows, Bible stories, singing and dancing, crafts, games, snacks and more, all bringing smiles to the faces of neighborhood children and adults.

In just a few weeks, the Rascals and other members of our Mission 2012 team will travel to Indianapolis for a week long mission trip, filled with the same types of activities – sharing the love of God with children in the inner-city.  Their schedule also includes programs at a prison half-way house for women and at Riley Children’s Hospital.

The puppet troupes welcome any community members, no matter their church affiliation.  For more information, call 540-955-1423 or email  or stop by the church office, Berryville Baptist Church, 114 Academy Street, Berryville, VA.   You can also visit them online (and see lots more pictures!) at or


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Letter to the Editor: Bike Virginia Not Wanted?

Bike Virginia

I read the comments about Bike Virginia coming to town.  There sure were many negative comments about us coming. I was a  participant in Bike Virginia.

Thanks for having us.

I am glad I did not know of the ill will before I arrived.  I would have been scared to cycle in your area.  I know we annoyed many of you. Some cyclists are just like some car drivers, they run red lights, they roll through stop signs. Most obey the laws, you just remember the ones that do not. I was impressed with the courteous behavior of the car drivers.

I wonder if Charles Town/Ranson really did not want us there either.

Cecilia Luther