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Back Story: Jefferson County's newspaper, "The Sprit of Jefferson's Farmers' Advocate" was put in an unique situation as a weekly publication to chronicle this sad a disturbing story in a serial fashion. From reading the account you can visualize how this story unfolded. And you can give thanks to the Jefferson County Health Department, not mentioned in the news accounts, for demanding the testing of the source of "the mysterious" illness. I know this, as I worked with the Sanitarian who...
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A fabulous tribute to our website founder and mountain historian, Willis E. Nowell, from an old friend, Mr Tom McDermott at his Celebration of Life April 1, 2017. View: [MEDIA=youtube]p5iNBmAJMyo[/MEDIA] [i][size=2][url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5iNBmAJMyo]View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5iNBmAJMyo[/url][/size][/i]
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Gypsy Moths in Action-Had Your Dinner, Yet? I say this every year that passes w/o an attack by those voracious critters: If you haven't experienced a full fledged Gypsy Moth assault, a description won't do it justice. I do have a slide show w/ pics from past years. It might look nasty, but in the 1990's you had to BBQ with an umbrella over the grill to keep Caterpillar crap off the food. Frass, which is the scientific term for the greenish brown crap, fell from the treetops like a raindrops...
From the Pages of History A Short History of Blue Ridge Acres, West Virginia by Ruby Browning Reprinted with the Permission of the Author The Former Sales Office (Now Clubhouse) Dear Readers: I told Bettie LaMotte that my first retirement project was going to be writing local history for my grandson, Christopher Barnes Robinson. She asked me if I would agree to have the history printed in the Blue Ridge Acres News. These first eleven chapters were written between May 1986 and September...
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Testing the Blue Ridge's streams and the Shenandoah's waters... Prologue The Blue Ridge Watershed Coalition (BRWC) has undertaken an ambitious project to collect empirical data about our Mountain's streams and Jefferson County's portion of the Shenandoah River's contributions of various chemical and physical components to the Chesapeake bay. Presently, the only data available is estimated and based on computer generated models. Perhaps the best way to introduce the program would be with...
Meteorological Magic Thanks to an anonymous donor, YOUR Mountain Community Center now is host to a nifty weather station. The data from the station will complement the other two stations presently in service on our mountain. It should be a valuable addition since it will provide real-time weather conditions at the intersection of County Rt 115, The Old Charles Town Road and County Rt 9/5, Mission Road, West Virginia's most populated dead end street. Presenting the station fresh out of...
Over the winter months informal chats at get-togethers and on the BRILLO Forum indicated that the 'padders were going to have a Banner Year. And that phrase banner Year turned out to be on the mark. The tireless(well, somewhat tireless)planners met in February to plan for an April or May Spring Pickup. The success of 2007 buoyed our hopes of even more ambitious goals. The Planners Planning One notable step forward was contact with Tom Youngblood of the Department of Highways. He...
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BRILLO Begins Its Fifth Year In March the group had its preliminary meeting One of the occasional outings sponsored by BRILLO is a wildflower walk conducted by our well-known local naturalist, John DeMary. Don't miss the next trip. John gives the adventurers a briefing Cut-Leaf Toothwort Toadshade Trillium Bloodroot In April BRILLO hosted Edward Marshall of the Journal to get a little PR for our group. The article is linked HERE. Brillo had plans to fan out along...
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Birth at Weber's Store Sadly, the Citizens of Shannondale's efforts flagged and finally ended in 1999. Age, demographics and frustration took its toll on the picker-uppers. Some hardy souls continued their individual efforts, but the organized war on litter was stalled. In April of 2004 Shannondale and Beyond came into existence and a year later sponsored the first BRILLO meeting at Weber's Store on Mission Road. BRILLO'S First Meeting 4/7/2005 The first meeting location should look familiar...
February 22nd, 2007, Wine and Cheese Planning Session At Cissey's again for wine, cheese, good cheer and, Oh, and some planning, too. Membership in the group seems to be growing, HOORAY! Livin' large on the river, Cissey and Stan's makes the trash by the roadsides seem far away (but not TOO far). And look on the table- there are pads and pencils along with the grub!!! Jen almost never gets in the picture. Willis tries to correct the oversight. BRILLO continues the fight against...
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BRILLO Gets More Smarter, Even Yes, people do learn from experience and that certainly applied to the BRILLO padders. The map was refined with a color code of green (safe), yellow (caution) and red (dangerous) safety zones and now includes places for cell phone #'s to be able to communicate with team leaders and other pickup crews. The numbered areas on the map correspond to the following locations: 1) St. Andrew's Parking Lot 2) Gate One Mailboxes 3) Gate Two Mail Shed 4) The Telephone...
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Campfire Inc.'s Camp Takahano The logo of Campfire Inc., the organization formerly known as The Campfire Girls operated Camp Takahano situate in Jefferson County WV. It's our understanding that the group utilizing the facilities was "Camp Fire 4-260" of the Potomac Area Council(now the Patuxent Area Council). This album is meant small step toward what is hoped to be a more extensive show sometime in the future. The Photos were captured from the website of Alice Beard, the camp's last...
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Prologue Before there was a much development on our Mountain, tragedy struck atop the Blue Ridge. On Friday, June 13, 1947 the second worst commercial airline crash (at that time) occurred just below the crest of the mountain on its western slope. Bad weather contributed to the tragedy as the plane pancaked into cliffs at full throttle. This WAS big news. The account made the front page of The New York Times. The Forty-seven passengers and 3 crew members all died instantly. The plane’s...
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The following material was originally contained in the Jefferson County School News Vol. 2, No. 6 dated March 1976 and graciously provided by its Editor, Mary Stocks. In 1976 Jefferson County School News was a monthly publication sponsored by the Board of Education as a public service to Jefferson County residents. Superintendent - Harold L. Pickens President of the Board - Richard Neal Editor - Mary Stocks Special thanks to the following people who so willingly supplied information to the...
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The Methodist Churches of Our Blue Ridge Mountain Our first venture into the history of the Methodist Church on the Blue Ridge Mountain of Jefferson county has been aided by the Reverend Donnie Jane Cardwell, pastor of the Chestnut Hill Methodist Church. Chestnut Hill is one of three churches of that denomination currently offering services on our Blue Ridge. The other two are Silver Grove and Murrill Hill. Chestnut Hill's history, below, was compiled by Edna Enos. The six parts of the...
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