Guest Columns

George Bowers Sr.: Celebrate Family Promise Week!

George Bowers Sr.

October 14, 2016

Colorful leaves and cooler temperatures both remind us that the warm days of summer are in our rearview mirror for another several months. Crisp nights make us appreciate our warm beds and comfortably heated homes.

George Bowers Sr.: The dangers of two heads

George Bowers Sr.

October 7, 2016

One of the coolest aspects of growing up in a taxidermy shop was the excitement of unexpected arrivals. When customers came through the door, we never knew what they might bring with them for dad to mount. Over the years, we saw African antelope, American turtles, western elk, and southern snakes. Some of the oddest creatures, however, were a few two-headed calves that came from local farmers.

George Bowers Sr.: Two cups worth chasing

George Bowers Sr.

September 30, 2016

NASCAR fans are well aware that the Chase is on for The Sprint Cup. This award is the highest honor in NASCAR and is conferred on only one top driver each year. The winner is the MVP, the world champion, and the gold medalist of racing all rolled into one.

George Bowers Sr.: The skill of a taxidermist

George Bowers Sr.

September 23, 2016

This weekend has been designated Youth and Apprentice Deer Hunting Weekend by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. This is a special day for parents and grandparents to take their youngsters into the woods to enjoy and appreciate the outdoors and to experience the thrill of the hunt. Although my grandson is still too young, I look forward to taking Noah out just as soon as he’s old enough!

George Bowers Sr.: It’s that time of year

George Bowers Sr.

September 16, 2016

As I write this column, the mercury in my thermometer is more petite than it’s been the last several weeks and for this I am very grateful. Although we will still have some warm days, their numbers are getting fewer. I have enjoyed the summertime, but I’m always anxious for fall to arrive and I look forward to spending some time in the woods.

George Bowers Sr.: Abs of steel, necks of iron

George Bowers Sr.

September 9, 2016

How enjoyable it was to watch the Summer Olympic Games as athletes from all over the globe competed for top honors in hundreds of different categories. Of course the convincing success of American competitors helped to make it even more exciting for me, but the sheer force of human will to rise above obstacles and perform at the peak of one’s ability is always inspiring, no matter the nationality.