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By Stefanie Jackson – Dixon Leatherbury, an Eastern Shore native, retired farm equipment dealer, and Northampton County supervisor, has been taking on the challenge of growing and selling hops since 2015. Hops are the green, cone-shaped flowers of the hop plant – which is related to hemp and marijuana –...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Virginia Eastern Shore Land Trust (VESLT) held its biennial Paint the Shore event this fall, and mixed it up by inviting student artists from Nandua Middle School to participate. “Paint the Shore is an opportunity to foster partnerships and community connection through art and land...
By Stefanie Jackson – Eastern Shore Healthy Communities held a full coalition online meeting Nov. 10, during which Karen Downing made a presentation on the effort to remove systemic bias in Virginia law. The work began in September 2019 when Gov. Ralph Northam’s nine-member Commission to Examine Racial Inequity in...
By Stefanie Jackson – Northampton County Public Schools is participating in two programs that seek to reduce absenteeism and bullying by making sure all students have access to clean clothes. The Kids Closet was the “brain child” of Northampton High School Assistant Principal Heather Marsh, who first shared the concept...
By Carol Vaughn — Brianna’s Kindness Park on Chincoteague was dedicated in a ceremony held, fittingly, on World Kindness Day, Saturday, Nov. 13. The park memorializes Brianna Merritt, who died in 2019 at age 11 after a three-year battle with leukemia. Brianna towards the end of her life expressed the wish that...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Cape Charles Rosenwald School Restoration Initiative (CCRSRI), a nonprofit, held an online event Oct. 23 to kick off its capital campaign to raise $2.5 million to renovate the historic Black elementary school on Old Cape Charles Road, transforming it into a community center. “This place...
By Stefanie Jackson – Dr. John Foley, an ophthalmologist who is known for his longstanding career at his practice, the Eastern Shore Eye Center, in Exmore, is ready to retire after more than 37 years and 42,000 patients. Foley was born and raised in Boston, where he lived for about...
By Carol Vaughn — A New York City musician with Eastern Shore roots was among panelists speaking at “Gleaming in the Shadow of Slavery: A Conversation with Descendants of African Americans of Old Yale.” The virtual seminar, held Sept. 19, was sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of...
By Carol Vaughn — The community celebrated the opening of the Davis Center in Whitesville with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house Monday. Family members of the late Willie “Bill” Davis Sr., who operated a pool hall in the building, organized the event, after they announced plans a year ago to...
By Stefanie Jackson – The Eastern Shore Regional Housing Coalition held its annual summit Sept. 24 at the Mary N. Smith Cultural Enrichment Center, in Accomac, followed by a housing conference for potential homebuyers to connect with people and resources to learn how to afford a home and qualify...