Features

By Jim Ritch — Jamie and Kristin Willis, serial entrepreneurs who created the Machipongo Trading Company and Eastern Shore Coffee Roasters, will restart their peanut roasting operation Saturday at Pearl Market. From 9 a.m. to noon, they will roast 15-pound batches of jumbo Virginia peanuts in a “popper,” a rotating drum...
By Stefanie Jackson – Organ donation is a subject that one Eastern Shore citizen keeps especially close to her heart because of the impact it has made on her family and the contributions her family has made to the cause. Jane Cabarrus, president of the Northampton County NAACP, recently announced...
By Jim Ritch — A remote location surrounded by water grants Eastern Shore stargazers an excellent location for viewing the Milky Way. The light pollution of Virginia Beach, Va., and Ocean City, Md., fades away. The ocean to our east projects nothing more than an occasional celestial reflection, a visual accent...
By Carol Vaughn — The Eastern Shore of Virginia Chamber of Commerce recognized four healthcare professionals jointly with a distinguished service award at a ceremony Wednesday, July 29, in Onley. Recognized for their service to the community, in particular during the COVID-19 pandemic, were the team of Dr. David Jones,...
By Carol Vaughn — Jesse Poulson, a beloved Accomack County educator, passed away Monday at age 77. Poulson, who grew up in the Onancock area, was a 1959 graduate of Mary N. Smith High School, which at the time was Accomack County’s high school for Black students. After graduating from Norfolk State...
By Stefanie Jackson – One of Northampton’s hidden gems, a boardwalk overlooking the seaside behind the county landfill, was badly deteriorated but has been repaired thanks to Northampton public works staff and volunteers from Birding Eastern Shore and Eastern Shore Master Naturalists. The birders were drawn to the project because...
By Stefanie Jackson – The owner of Dutch Hemp Farms, which is moving from Virginia Beach, Va., to Cheriton, is proof that sometimes people find their callings after their careers are over. “I wanted to give something back,” said Wilco Koelewijn (who says his last name is pronounced “cool wine”)....
Submitted article — The Eastern Shore of Virginia Tourism Commission has launched a new tourism film to attract visitors and travel writers for years to come. The nearly four-minute video, created by Jim Baugh Outdoors TV, highlights the Shore’s charming coastal towns, accommodations, outdoor adventures, local restaurants, museums, shopping experiences,...
By Stefanie Jackson – In light of the coronavirus pandemic, which shut down schools and businesses across the country, and the death of George Floyd, which sparked protests calling for an end to systemic racism, the Virginia Department of Education webinar, “Culturally Relevant Remote Instruction,”  offers timely advice to...
By Stefanie Jackson – Across the U.S., protesters reacting to the death of George Floyd – a black man who died while a white police officer knelt on his neck – are calling to defund the police, but on the Eastern Shore, spiritual leaders are calling to collaborate with...