Guest Columns

George Bowers Sr.: God’s night vision goggles

George Bowers Sr.

July 22, 2016

While the dog is man’s best friend, the cat may fill that role for his wife. Although it is certainly not my preference, many women enjoy the companionship of these furry felines. As my wife reminds me, even cats can reveal something to us of the great Creator who made them and who continues to oversee both them and us.

James Pinsky: Fried chicken and TMDLs

James Pinsky

July 21, 2016

My absolute favorite meal is fried chicken. It’s also my friend Jimmy’s favorite meal – he’s a funeral home director. I eat fried chicken a lot less now.

Tom Crosby: 2016 Audi S5 Sports Coupe adds luxury tweaks

Tom Crosby

July 20, 2016

Audi’s S5 comes either as a convertible or a hard-top but in either case, it is one of the best-looking sports coupes on the highway and for 2016 a pair of Black Optic option packages adds more beauty, like a beautiful model adding stunning make-up.

Bonner Day: Christian faith defines people in the valley

Bonner Day

July 15, 2016

People in the Shenandoah Valley have stronger Christian ties than in the state as a whole, and certainly more than in the nation. The official census figures indicate that and living in the valley confirms it.

George Bowers Sr.: Snakes in the leaves

George Bowers Sr.

July 15, 2016

Imagine my alarm as my 12-year-old son exclaimed, “Hey Dad, what kind of snake is this?” Those are the words that will immediately command every father’s full attention, especially when his 9 year old daughter is close behind that son.

George Bowers Sr.: Breaking down the doors

George Bowers Sr.

July 8, 2016

I recently returned from our denominational conference in Greensboro, North Carolina and believe it or not, I don’t feel sick, evil, or guilty. While others boycott the state for its bathroom bill, I enjoyed the peace of mind this protection afforded me and all others.

Bonner Day: The cat is not for hugging

Bonner Day

July 8, 2016

It has been several months now since Lucy, the cat, arrived. People have asked about her after an earlier column raised the threat of her being returned to the pound.

James Pinsky: Help wanted: Conservation translator

James Pinsky

July 6, 2016

When I was in the military one of the things I became accustomed to was a significant vocabulary of acronyms and jargon, which I (usually) understood, but most everyone else who wasn’t in the military didn’t. Now retired four years from the U.S. Navy, one thing I know is the military certainly doesn’t own a monopoly on overusing jargon and acronyms. The world of conservation can be just as confusing to outsiders.

Gerald Almy: Create a warm season grass stand

Gerald Almy

July 5, 2016

One of the best ways to improve habitat in the Shenandoah Valley is to plant native warm season grasses. They grow six to eight feet tall, require little maintenance and offer great cover for song birds, game birds and deer.

George Bowers Sr.: A Godly America

George Bowers Sr.

July 2, 2016

July is the month we celebrate our nation’s birthday, enjoy cookouts and watch fireworks. What an incredible blessing it is to be a citizen of these United States and to enjoy all the freedoms that our ancestors shed their blood to provide and preserve.

George A. Bowers Sr.: The headwaters of happiness

George Bowers Sr.

June 24, 2016

Several years ago, I had the privilege of joining a friend on some horse rides. On one warm summer day, he took me out through the woods at the foot of Great North Mountain to follow an old road that had long since grown over. As we made our way deeper into the hardwoods, we eventually came to a stream which turned out to be Stoney Creek.

Jason Wright: Cleaning is good for the closet and your soul

Jason Wright

June 24, 2016

Have you read “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing”? Author Marie Kondo’s book has cleaned up quite nicely, selling more than five million copies since its 2014 release.

James Pinsky: Ice cream: The secret to clean water

James Pinsky

June 23, 2016

If you ever wanted to help save the world, or at least your world’s water, Wednesday might be a good day to start, and the North Warren Volunteer Fire Hall might be a good place to be – say 7 p.m.

George Bowers Sr.: Driving without a windshield

George Bowers Sr.

June 17, 2016

Imagine driving your vehicle without its windshield. Your automobile doesn’t need this large sheet of glass to function properly; for the engine will still run, the wheels will still rotate, and you can still get from place to place without it. But it will definitely affect your trip.