Features

Story and Photos by Adolphus Ames — ESO Arts Center held its annual ESO Fest Saturday, Sept. 11, to celebrate art and culture on the Eastern Shore. The festival lasted from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. and was the first ESO community gathering since 2019 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The...
By Stefanie Jackson – A new technology for building affordable housing – a giant 3D printer – could be coming to the Eastern Shore and may be introduced to local residents later this year or early in 2022 at the groundbreaking ceremony for the New Road community’s latest housing...
By Carol Vaughn — Gov. Ralph Northam announced the appointment Friday of the Rev. Gregory Lee Duncan Sr., of Mappsville, to another term on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel Commission. Duncan is chief executive officer of GL Duncan LLC and deputy director of solid waste for the Accomack County Department...
By Carol Vaughn — The town of Onley held a memorial service Saturday on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States. The service, held at noon in the George McMath Town Park, was led by local faith leaders from several denominations, including Father Mike Imperial, Pastor...
By Angie H. Crutchley – Twenty years ago this Saturday, the U.S. was attacked by a foreign adversary. Thousands of American lives were lost, many first responders. Adam James was in David Sabatino’s architectural drawing class when the first plane hit. Another teacher came in to tell the students...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Virginia Department of Education Office of Equity and Com- munity Engagement hosted an Aug. 18 webinar on how educators can be culturally responsive and inclusive when commemorating the anniversary of 9/11. Muslim students surveyed said “the most challenging day to attend school” every year is...
By Stefanie Jackson – Lisa Cypress, an Accawmacke Indian descendant who is suing for ancestral lands currently owned by PNC Bank in Eastville and the Northampton County Board of Supervisors, including Indiantown Park, has received responses to her lawsuit from both defendants, whose attorneys have requested the case be...
By Carol Vaughn — The Eastern Shore is featured in two episodes of a new PBS television travel and culinary series called “Virginia Found.” The first season focuses on the eastern part of the state. The episode about the southern part of the Eastern Shore, featuring Cape Charles and surrounding areas, will...
By Carol Vaughn — Popular retired Accomack County educator Larry Thomas died Thursday, Sept. 2, at age 72 after an illness. Thomas, who grew up in Temperanceville and graduated from Atlantic High School, was known for his love of sports and students. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Barton College and a...
By Carol Vaughn — For some people, remembering the events of Sept. 11, 2001, happens much more often than once every 20 years. The Rev. Phil Bjornberg, rector of St. George’s Parish in Accomack County, is among those who lost loved ones that day. Dianne Bullis Snyder, 42, of Westport, Mass., Bjornberg’s...