On Sept. 5, 1975, CBS aired a documentary titled “The Guns of Autumn.” It was a controversial anti-hunting program. A few weeks later, CBS aired Echoes of the Guns of Autumn, a more even-handed follow-up to the subject. As autumn approaches 44 years later, let’s revisit the subject.

One of my first childhood memories is getting ready for a bath and finding a 2-inch long “thousand-legger” in the tub. My reaction was to catch it and put it in a jar, but mom always grabbed some tissue paper, squished it, and flushed it down the toilet.

Residents of Shenandoah Valley can show off their plants and produce at the annual Fall Plant and Produce Swap on Saturday in Woodstock.

As the Shenandoah Valley looks forward to fall, the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners Association is looking to help make the transition a little easier for local gardeners.

Now that summer is winding down and temperatures have begun to moderate, it’s a joy to sleep with a cool, gentle breeze wafting through open windows. The sounds of nature make a perfect lullaby.

A sizzling steak is a surefire sound of summer, and the flavors achieved from one that’s perfectly grilled are hard to match.

Burgers and brats have earned a spot in the backyard barbecue hall of fame, no doubt, but if you’re looking for a different type of barbecue, add some finesse to your menu with flatbreads.

Burgers, brats, steak, chicken, pork chops and all the flavors of fresh meat get all the love on the grill, but a well-rounded meal calls for sides and veggies.

Since my wife brought home that spectacular eastern Hercules beetle I described a few weeks ago, I’ve embraced beetlemania. Given the sheer number of beetles that inhabit the planet, it’s understandable.

Fall isn’t for another month, but Strasburg is ready to celebrate the season a little early with its second Harvest Festival from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Packing and prepping wholesome lunches doesn’t have to be a chore. You can kick health into high gear this school year with new ideas to make creative, nutrient-rich meals.

The early morning chaos and activity-packed evenings of the back-to-school season can make finding time to connect challenging. Throughout the day, there can be small windows of time that your family can make the most of — even if only for a few moments that matter.

If you feed hummingbirds, you should be seeing lots of activity right now. Ruby-throated hummingbird numbers peak in August. Young of the year have left the nest (fledged) so late summer populations easily double. Whether you see two or three hummers visiting a single feeder or can brag abou…

Jenna Kennedy, a 23-year-old from Front Royal, was named Miss Warren County Fair during the Warren County Fair on Monday.

The Shenandoah County Library will host a one-night only Prohibition-themed exhibit called “Teetotalers and Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled” on Tuesday.

A filling yet nutritious breakfast is a productive way to start any day, especially one loaded with flavor.

Building out a full menu to please your brunch guests with simple, tasty recipes can help create a fun, flavorful atmosphere when it’s time for a morning bite.

Expect lines at farmer’s markets and roadside produce stands for the next month or so. Fresh sweet corn arrives every day. And there is no finer addition to the dinner table or backyard barbecue than a pot of freshly cooked and salted sweet corn slathered in butter. My mouth waters just writ…

Belle Grove Plantation will celebrate Shenandoah Valley’s African American chefs, past and present, and soul food during an event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Snakes love warm summer days. As reptiles, their body temperature mirrors air temperature. That’s why snakes are most active this time of year. It’s also why snake complaints peak in July and August.

Most Americans who remember President Richard Nixon probably associate his name with the Watergate break-in and his abbreviated presidency. Despite Nixon’s self-inflicted problems, I remember him as the greatest environmental president of my lifetime.

When it’s hot and humid outside, snow and gift-giving might be the last thing on people’s minds. For holiday lovers, though, Christmas in July offers the promise of cooler days to come and can also be a fun way to beat the heat.

This summer, if you’d like to save some money (and blood, sweat, and tears), convert a portion of your grassy backyard to native vegetation. Maintaining turf is expensive, unhealthy, and to many people, boring.

Relief from the dog days of summer is as close as the nearest spring-fed stream. With just a facemask, a snorkel, and an old pair of sneakers, you can observe aquatic life on its own terms — underwater. Snorkeling is a great way to introduce children to the cool side of nature.

Kids love dinosaurs. I did more than 55 years ago, and so did many of my friends. We collected and played with hard plastic toy models with long, hard-to-pronounce and spell names imprinted on them. Names like Tyrannosaurus, Stegosaurus, and Plesiosaurus.

Linda and our grandson, Garek, burst into the apartment a few weeks ago excitedly out of breath. “We’ve got a nest with two white eggs to identify,” she said.