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By Sarah Cain

Keeping up with kestrels

Bob Hurley — For Foothills Forum  for Rappahannock News

‘First-of-its-kind’ falcon tracking program took flight in Rappahannock
It is fast, fierce and flashy, with a plumage of oranges and slate blues for males; reddish-brown hues for females. Chances are you have seen one perched on a fence post or power line, surveying open fields for a meal. About the size of a mourning dove, it hovers like a helicopter before it swoops to catch a small rodent or insect.

It is the American Kestrel, the smallest falcon in North America.

Read the full article at Rappahannock News.

Photo: Sanjay Suchak

‘The Story of Us’

Courtenay Stuart for C-VILLE Weekly

Photojournalist Eze Amos took thousands of pictures as he navigated the violence and mayhem in downtown Charlottesville on August 12, 2017. Many of his most dramatic images were published in media outlets around the world, but he couldn’t bring himself to look at most of them for years.

But “I realized that I’ve been traumatized by this myself, so I wasn’t even ready to show anything for the first two or three years,” Amos says.

Read the full article at C-VILLE Weekly.

To dig or not to dig

Kassidy McDonald for Alexandria Times

For the past 10 years, Tom Leveille has dedicated his career and field work to privy digs in Alexandria on the weekends. Most recently, Leveille completed his 51st dig in the city last month at a 19th century duplex on North Pitt Street. Although his excursions have yielded excitement from many community members, they’ve also raised the eyebrows of city officials.

Leveille, who has completed more than 500 privy digs in total, developed a love for archaeology during college. Leveille attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia for undergraduate studies where he planned to major in geology. One day he decided to buy a gold pan be- cause he “was enamored with the hands-on stuff.”

Read the full article at Alexandria Times.


Trend Line: Newspaper readership is up – on digital platforms

As readership trends continue to evolve for the nation’s newspapers, the Pew Research Center, which keeps close watch on such things, released data recently that shows some arrows pointing in a skyward direction when it comes to newspaper circulation.  And the upswinging pendulum is worth noting…and learning from.

Amid general declines in print circulation over the past few years, the bright spot shows increases in digital circulation – up 30% in 2020 from the previous year for weekday circulation and a bump of 29% for Sundays. (Comparable print figures showed a dip of 12% and 10%, respectively.)

Read more on Virginia News Reader.

Photo: NASA/Joel Kowsky

From sharecropper’s son to launching the Webb

Diane McFarland for Star-Tribune (Chatham)

Mission accomplished. One of NASA most well-known phrases now applies to Gregory Robinson, the Pittsylvania County native who led the launch of the James Webb telescope, which last month began sending details of planets and regions in space never before seen by human eyes.

Read the full article at Star-Tribune.

Lohmann: Preserving the story of a WWII tail-gunner’s harrowing experience – in a comic

Bill Lohmann for Richmond Times-Dispatch

World War II veteran Russell L. Scott, comic book hero. Well, sure, why not?

The late Scott, a B-25 tail gunner in the U.S. Army Air Corps who was held as a prisoner of war, certainly had a story to tell. To sum up, as he told me in 2014, seven decades after it all happened in 1944, “I got to Corsica on the 18th of May. On the 23rd of May, I went on my first mission. And on the 25th of May, I went on my last mission.”

Read the full article at Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Photo: David Macaulay

Quaker congregation in Suffolk — older than America itself — celebrates 350 years

David Macaulay for The Virginian-Pilot

Somerton Friends Meeting House is one of the oldest churches in the country, but its pastor admits few people know about it.

The Quaker congregation in Suffolk will celebrate its 350th anniversary next month in typically understated style.

Read the full article at The Virginian-Pilot.

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