Mountain Livin'

  1. A Tribute To Willis

    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]
  2. The Shenandoah River Floatzilla Of 2007

    In 2007 a trip to the once world renown resort, Shannondale Springs, occurred. Participants made the trip by land and by watercraft to enjoy the natural beauty afforded by the area as well as learn more about the resort, once known as James Monroe's Summer White House. Much more about the Springs can be found on our website.
  3. Shannondale & Beyond-its Story

    How our website, Shannondale and Beyond, came into being.
  4. Mountain Community Center's Rain Garden 2012

    A project by the Blue Ridge Watershed Coalition (BRWC) This project was made possible with a grant from the West Virginia Stream Partners Program The demonstration project was part of a larger effort designed to capture the first inch of rainfall and slow and filter as much of the water as possible from the land around the Mountain Community Center (MCC) by: Capturing rain from the rear roof and storing it in a cistern for irrigation and as an additional source of water for fire...
  5. Fishing For Answers In The Shenandoah From The Rt 115 Bridge

    The U.S. Geological Survey and Its W. V. Shenandoah River Sampling Program Or... What are those guys doing on the Shenandoah River Bridge? What started out as curiosity has become a pretty neat account of the goings-on we see occasionally on the Old Rt 9 (now Rt 115) Shenandoah River bridge. We had stopped by a few weeks ago in the midst of a Spring shower to ask about the activities that seemed to be about measurements of our river. We posted a short blurb on the forum HERE that provided a...
  6. Blue Ridge Watershed Coalition, Testing The Waters

    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...
  7. What We've Learned From The Recent Snowstorm

    This article was originally published in forum thread: What We've Learned from the Recent Snowstorm, started 12/21/2009... @millers1 had it right in another thread. Some veterans of mountain life got lazy, lulled into complacency by 6 years of easy going Winters. Some new arrivals (those arriving after the last big snow-36"- in February of 2003) were clueless as to what precautions/steps should be taken when a storm approaches. We were lucky this time. 22-24" is mild by past standards,...
  8. Attack Of The Gypsy Moths

    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...
  9. Focus On Stink Bugs

    Notice: 2011 Stinkbug threads have been merged into this odoriferous topic The Definitive STINKBUG Primer: Courtesy of the Audubon Society (PVAS) Many of you have asked for documents presented at the stink bug lecture by Dr. Tracy Leskey on Wednesday, February 9th. She has generously agreed to let us post the "Biology of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug" powerpoint and a copy of the Pyramid Trap Construction" details. Thanks for joining us at the lecture, and many thanks to Dr. Leskey...
  10. The Blue Ridge Mountain's Watershed

    The Blue Ridge Mountain Watersheds in Jefferson County, WV Showing the sub-watersheds of the western slope of the Blue Ridge mountain in Jefferson County, WV, this map was made possible by the county's Water Advisory Committee (WAC), the largess of the County Commission and a grant from the WV Department of Health and Human Services. The artwork was executed by U.S. Country Wildflowers' artist/owner Roxanne Shields. The Blue Ridge Watershed Coalition is working with WAC to place the sign...
  11. Peculiarities Of Life On Our Mountain

    Living on our Blue Ridge mountain never runs short of surprises, eccentricities and challenges. Some time ago, members of Shannondale and Beyond compiled a list of these peculiarities. It's been buried in the S&B database and we thought it was worthy of a place as an article in our CMS. You Know You Live On Our Blue Ridge Mountain when/if/because: the flying insects cast shadows across your deck you have bigger things to worry about than rats after your trash your garden grows headless...
  12. Willis & Sgt. Sell 10/7/2011 Le Ride-along

    The Report I arrived at the sheriff's office in Bardane a little before 3PM or 10 hour shift (3pm-1am) and was assigned to ride with Sergeant Sell, probably so they could keep me out of trouble. We left the lot a little before 4PM after the Sgt. had checked logs and given me a short course on what to expect as a "ride-along" and I had staged the photo op above. The Sergeant introduced me to the “cockpit" of the cruiser, packed with electronic equipment and pointed out how to “light up”...
  13. New Rt 9 @ Keyes Gap + Construction Photos

    Courtesy of Commissioner Lyn Widmyer While questions still remain as to the specifics of the proposed interchange at the intersection of the New Rt 9 and old 9 & Chestnut Hill Rd., the pic below shows the general layout. I suppose we can assume from the road markings in the rather colorful drawings, that there will be stop signs at Old 9 and Chestnut. If so, expect a LONG wait to make the turns. Below find a press release from: Matthew T. Mullenax, GISP Transportation Planner/GIS Analyst...
  14. The Appalachian Trail Atop Jefferson County - Take A Tour

    Many of us cross it twice a day going to and from work. It's our Nation's longest National Park. It affords some of the best views for miles around. It's a National treasure. Nat'l Headquarters ATC Welcome to our presentation of Jefferson County's portion of the Appalachian Trail (AT) Some time ago we started to compile photos of Jefferson County's portion of the AT (less than 1% of its nearly 2200 mile length). The result was a series of slide shows linked below. We resurrected the...
  15. Blue Ridge Weather Station Goes Live!

    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...
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