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By Stefanie Jackson – Congresswoman Elaine Luria visited the Eastern Shore last week, and her first stop was in Exmore at theGIG coworking and entrepreneurial center, where members have had reliable access to broadband internet and worked remotely throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Luria met GIG member Joseph Andrews, the vice...
By Stefanie Jackson – Smart Beginnings Eastern Shore, an organization advocating for the well-being of children, hosted the second virtual event of its 2021 Kids Count forum April 14, on promoting school and community partnerships. The forum highlighted the work of the Northampton County Education Foundation (NCEF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit...
By Stefanie Jackson – The New Road Community Development Group and its first executive director, the late Ruth Wise, made Eastern Shore history in the 1990s when they advocated for families in Exmore’s historically Black community of New Road, enabling low-income families to purchase affordable homes and getting running...
By Stefanie Jackson – Accomack County Parks and Recreation (ACPR) found a way to celebrate Easter and Autism Awareness Month during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic with a family drive-thru “eggstravaganza” and parade at Sawmill Park April 3. Barbara Boggs, special events coordinator for ACPR, organized the drive-thru with 300 Easter...
By Stefanie Jackson – Kiptopeke State Park Manager Forrest Gladden has retired after a decade in his most recent position and a total of 48 years working at Virginia state parks. He officially retired Feb. 1 but recently received a certificate of recognition signed by Gov. Ralph Northam, presented by...
By Stefanie Jackson – Arcadia Middle School students met NASA “modern figure” Christyl Johnson, deputy director for technology and research investments for Goddard Space Flight Center, at a virtual event March 24. The movie “Hidden Figures” was released in 2016, about three African American women who were NASA mathematicians in...
By Carol Vaughn — A former Eastern Shore fast-food icon will be sold at auction Saturday, April 10. Tammy & Johnny’s, on Route 13 in Melfa, for decades was the go-to eatery on the Shore for fried chicken, as well as being known for its cheesesteak subs, hamburgers, and more. Ronnie Edwards...
Story and Photos by Jim Ritch — Eagle 20-3608 returned home Wednesday, taking flight over the 516 acres of Mutton Hunk Fen Natural Area Preserve after a four-month convalescence for a broken wing. “He probably has family. We like to say, ‘he’s going home,’” said wildlife rehabilitator Jodie Sokel, of the...
By Stefanie Jackson – Small businesses in Cape Charles and the surrounding areas still may apply for COVID-19 relief funds from an $845,000 Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) grant that has been only about half spent and expires Oct 1. “Certainly, the last thing we want to...
By Carol Vaughn — As Christians around the world prepare to celebrate Holy Week and Easter, the new rector of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Onancock reflected on the past year, ravaged as it was by the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’ve experienced Lent for an entire year. … So, yes, we’re ready,...