Guest Columns

George Bowers Sr.: A fall at the falls

As I shared in last week’s column, Nancy and I were privileged to recently visit Hawaii and enjoy many scenic and historic sites as well as the local cuisine, of which I brought back not a little on my person. It was truly an enjoyable trip and we are thankful for this special ...

Party with plant perfectionists at Gardenfest

Like to party? No, not ice cream cake, party hats and candles kind of stuff we pass off as “fun.” I mean do you like to party hard? You know, with knee pads, spades and Azaleas? Because if you do, and chances are you might, have I got the party for you. On June 3 the Northern ...

Tom Crosby: Volkswagen adds tweaks to popular 2017 Jetta

Volkswagen is the second largest automotive manufacturer in the world and knows it has to win back the public’s confidence after its U.S. emission-altering scandal. The Jetta remains the company’s best seller in the U.S. and while sales declined last year, changes for 2017 are minor for ...

Tom Crosby: Mazda 6 gets a mild refreshing for 2017

The popular Mazda 6 midsize sedan has been an enviable automotive award winner and this year receives tweaks to add to its appeal. We test-drove the company’s flagship sedan, the third-generation Mazda6 i Grand Touring, the top-of-the-line trim above the Sport and Touring models. A new ...

George Bowers Sr.: Human sacrifices then and now

My wife and I recently enjoyed a wonderful vacation in Hawaii. It was the first either of us had been to the Aloha State and it was incredible. Inviting beaches, amazing mountains, and beautiful flowers everywhere you look. God’s creative genius amazed us and moved us to worship him more than ...

James Pinsky: Progress is being made on non-point source pollutants

On April 27 the several newspapers published a story chronicling the excessive E. coli levels in the Shenandoah River. We are sure the story raised quite a few eyebrows across the Chesapeake Bay watershed. However, none of those raised were ours. The Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation ...

James Pinsky: Clean the Bay Day

Most folks I know take great pride in their homes, and I bet animals feel the same way. The only problem is we humans aren’t always the best guests. As such, throughout the year, thousands of volunteers donate thousands of hours to clean up the messes we make enjoying Mother Nature. Often ...

Tom Crosby: 2017 Toyota Camry remains top sedan sold

When your sedan is the best selling car in the U.S., you don’t meddle with it much, so changes to the 2017 Toyota Camry were not major this year. However, Toyota plans to start selling a revamped, eighth-generation 2018 Camry this summer, opening up a unique buying window for this model ...

George Bowers Sr.: We still need to pray for America

The first Thursday of every May has been designated as America’s National Day of Prayer. Although we should pray every day, this special time is set aside for Christians to join together to pray for our nation, our citizens, and our leaders. The U.S. has and continues to enjoy many special ...

James Pinsky: Steadfast Sherando High School heads to states

Life’s real simple sometimes. You can’t win if you don’t try. Sherando High School’s Envirothon team certainly tries – hard. The Virginia Envirothon is a team-based natural resources competition for high school students. Students who participate learn stewardship and management ...

George Bowers Sr.: Hazards of being too heavily invested

What a glorious gift God gave us in the form of springtime! The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and a thousand shades of green adorn God’s Earth. It’s really hard to pinpoint my favorite aspect of this amazing season, but hunting for spring gobblers is either at or near the top ...

Jason Wright: A man with remarkable vision

I’ve been taught that true disciples of Jesus Christ develop the gift of seeing others the way the Lord sees them. It takes humility, compassion, grace, practice and remarkable vision. My friend Brian Connor has just that. He sees people as if viewing them through some sci-fi, ...

George Bowers Sr.: The resurrection deserves celebration!

Sunday marks the observance of the greatest miracle in human history. The resurrection of a human being who had been dead for three days was unprecedented until it occurred just outside Jerusalem in the first century. There have been reports of miraculous healings, incredible weather changes, ...

James Pinsky: Share the roads with the folks who grow our food

  Spring is here. Birds chirp. Squirrels wear shades, and farmers are in the fields planting. They’re also on our backroads, main roads and highways. As such, we ought to all be a little more cautious and patient. You see farmers have to get around, just like you and ...

George Bowers Sr.: Tears on Inauguration Day

This weekend Christians around the world will celebrate Palm Sunday, the day on which Jesus rode into Jerusalem declaring himself to be the promised Messiah. His choice of a donkey for his mount not only fulfilled a prophecy Zechariah made hundreds of years earlier, but also underscored his ...

James Pinsky: Rams repeat as Envirothon champs

Congratulations to Strasburg High School – again. The Rams, led by teacher Brian Fisher, won the 2017 Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District local Envirothon. The Shenandoah county-based team won last year as well. This year’s Strasburg High School championship team ...

Jason Wright: It may be an evil monster, but it’s our monster

My editors say I often bury the lede in my columns. Fine, here you go. The couch in my living room should be labeled a health hazard and sent to Area 51 for testing. If the couch in my living room was being chosen for a furniture kickball team, it would be picked last. If the couch in ...

George Bowers Sr. : Fooling ourselves about God

“Your shoestring’s untied!” “Your shirt’s unbuttoned.” “There’s a fly in your soup.” You are likely to hear any of these on the first day of April as early risers seek to dupe those who fail to remember the Day of the Fool. Although practical jokers and pranksters have been ...

James Pinsky: Getting the dirt on soil

  In the conservation world, dirt is a four letter word. We prefer you say soil, which technically is still a four-letter word … No, soil is a lot more to conservationists than the gritty stuff that led to the invention of washing machines; the waterless mud supports just ...