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Morgan’s Grove Market to Host Kids Entrepreneur Day July 26

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV – Kids Entrepreneur Day will take place on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Morgan’s Grove Market, located at 3988 Kearneysville Pike in Shepherdstown. Organizers say the day was created to empower children to develop entrepreneurial skills by allowing them to sell their product at the market

Market Manger Susie Wimer says that children 18 years and younger are eligible to participate. Wimer says ideas for kids include crafts, jewelry, artwork or services.

“It’s important for parents and the community to encourage and foster the growth of the entrepreneurial spirit in children,” says Wimer. “When children realize they can develop an idea, create a product, and sell it, it builds their confidence and self-esteem.”

Sadie Michelle, a 12-year old from Martinsburg, is a young, local entrepreneur. She’s the creator of Bee in a Tree, a line of all natural, honey-based skin care products that includes lip balms, body butter and sugar scrub. Michelle sells her products privately to friends and family, at local event such as Panhandle Earth Day and breast cancer awareness events. She’s currently working on establishing an Etsy shop.

“I have loved watching her develop this business. She’s created the recipes and refined them all on her own,” says Michelle’s mom Levonne Pettway. “She loves knowing that she has a product that people enjoy and says she has a lot of fun doing it.”

Participants should be prepared to bring every thing they need for the day, including their products, change for customers, as well as a table, chairs and tent if they wish.

The $20 vendor fee has been waived thanks to event sponsor The Bavarian Inn.

To participate in Kids Entrepreneur Day at Morgan’s Grove Market, please contact Market Manager Susie Wimer at 304-582-7063 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Morgan’s Grove Market is located at 3988 Kearneysville Pike in Shepherdstown. For more information about Morgan’s Grove Market, visit http://www.Facebook.com/MorgansGroveMarket.

About Morgan’s Grove Market:

Morgan’s Grove Market is a health-conscious, sustainable market based in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Founded in 2011, Morgan’s Grove Market has dedicated itself to providing citizens with an opportunity to create an environmentally and economically sustainable community through an agricultural-based healthy lifestyle.


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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey Endorses Alex Mooney For Congress

Press Release received from Mooney campaign.

Martinsburg, WV - Today, Alex Mooney, Republican nominee for Congress in West Virginia’s second congressional district, was endorsed by West Virginia’s Attorney General, Patrick Morrisey.

“Alex Mooney is a committed fighter who will stand up for West Virginia jobs and conservative values in Congress,” said Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. “Alex Mooney has a proven record of standing up to big government special interests, and I know he’s ready to fight for us in Congress. I know Alex Mooney will fight against Obamacare and will be a strong ally in our efforts to protect coal miners and stand strong against EPA overreach.”

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of Attorney General Patrick Morrisey,” said Alex Mooney. “Under his leadership, his office has challenged business-as-usual, working to advance reforms that promote freedom and the rule of law. In Congress, I will challenge the status quo in Washington, standing up for our West Virginia jobs and working to defeat President Obama’s disastrous policies.”


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Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV Announces July / Aug Events

*** NEW *** Asbury Hosting Annual Car Care Clinic For Single Moms, Widows & Seniors
Asbury United Methodist Men (UMM) will host their first annual free car care clinic in the church parking lot from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday August 23rd in the rear parking lot.  The event is intended for single moms, widows and senior citizens, and membership in the church is not required. The services include checking fluid levels, topping off oil and other fluids, inspecting tires, checking windshield wiper blades and visually giving the vehicle a ‘once over’.  The Asbury UMM wants to support and bless in any way we can the single moms and seniors of our community. 
For more, visit http://www.myasburychurch.org or call 304-725-5513.

Asbury UMC “Half-Hour of Power” Summer Bible Study

CHARLES TOWN - Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV invites our community to join us as we hold a 4 week summer Bible study called the “Half-Hour of Power,” from 8 to 8:30 a.m. every Thursday, beginning July 17, at McDonald’s, 606 E. Washington St.  Each week will have an exciting new study topic on current events and how the Bible relates.  Please call 304-725-5513 or visit http://www.myasburychurch.org for more information.

Asbury UMC Announces 2014 Vacation Bible School Schedule

Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV announces their 2014 Vacation Bible School Program.  Registration will be on Monday July 21st at 5:30 PM and the VBS program will be each weeknight from 6-8 PM (July 21st – 25th).  This year’s program is called Weird Animals and teaches children that God filled the world with many crazy creatures…including you! When kids feel different, weird, or lost in a crowd—nothing can compare to Jesus’ extraordinary love. During the Weird Animals VBS program, kids experience God’s Word in surprising and unforgettable ways. Give your kids a wild-and-worshipful summer with Weird Animals VBS. All children, regardless of denomination or church affiliation are invited to participate.  Asbury UMC is handicapped accessible.  Please call 304-725-5513 or visit http://www.myasburychurch.org  for more information.

Asbury UMC Welcomes Gaither Vocal Band Lead Singer – Adam Crabb

The Ministry of Hope and Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV are excited to host Adam Crabb, Lead Singer of the Gaither Vocal Band, at a special Gospel Concert on Friday, August 22nd at 7 p.m.  Adam, hailing from Beaver Dam, KY grew up singing Southern Gospel as part of the very successful Crabb Family.  Since 2007, he has pursued a solo singing career until this past spring when he was asked by Bill Gaither to join the Gaither Vocal Band as its lead vocalist.  Doors will open at 6 p.m., concert at 7 p.m. and then a time to meet Adam afterwards.  This concert is open to the public and admission is free, however, there will be a LOVE offering to benefit Jefferson County Community Ministries and Forgotten Children Ministries of Jefferson County. Asbury UMC is located at 110 West North Street in Charles Town WV and our facilities are handicapped accessible.  Please call 304-725-4461 for additional information.

Asbury UMC Announces Rally Sunday Service and Ministry Fair

Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV invites our community to join us on August 31st as we celebrate Rally Sunday.  On this special Sunday, we will hold a Unity Worship Service at 10:00 a.m. highlighting our Sunday School Department, Asbury’s Educational Program and enjoy music from the Shepherds Choir, Bell Choir, Praise Band & more.  Following the Unity Service, there will be time of fellowship in Williams Hall and everyone is invited to join us at our first Ministry Fair.  The Ministry Fair will hi-light all the wonderful ministries sponsored by Asbury and informational tables & representatives will be on hand so members and guests can learn more about all the activities and services available through our church.  Asbury UMC is located at 110 West North Street in Charles Town WV and our facilities are handicapped accessible.  Please call 304-725-5513 or visit http://www.myasburychurch.org for more information.


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Maryland Geocaching Society Wins Bid to Host GeoWoodstock XIII

The Maryland Geocaching Society (MGS) is proud to announce that the State of Maryland has been selected to host GeoWoodstock XIII, May 23, 2015.  In partnership with the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), MGS will welcome thousands of geocachers from around the globe to our region.  The event will have many fun activities, learning sessions, exhibitors, vendors, food and much more!

Everyone is invited to experience GeoWoodstock and all that our state and county have to offer!  Maryland has been called “America in Miniature” because so much diversity is packed into its 10,460 square miles of land and water. From our beautiful beaches and coastal plains, to the hills and valleys of the Blue Ridge, and to the high Appalachian Plateau, you’ll find a bit of everything nature has to offer in Maryland.  GeoWoodstock will offer experienced and new participants an opportunity to learn about geocaching and to meet geocachers from around the world. The event will also have activities for children. 

Additional events for the days surrounding the May 23 event are being scheduled for nearby locations. Registrations for GeoWoodstock will open January 2015.
About Geocaching
Geocaching, pronounced “geo-cashing,” is a worldwide phenomenon, in which participants use a hand-held GPS (Global Positioning System) to plot map coordinates in order to locate a hidden treasure or “cache.” Searching for a cache is akin to going on a treasure hunt and can involve clues, riddles and visits to multiple locations. Shovels are a forbidden tool – caches are never buried.  Geocaching is a game that offers something for everyone!

To join the adventure, a geocacher must access the official geocache website at http://www.Geocaching.com to set up an account. A basic membership is free. Once an account is established, the geocacher can use the advance search function to locate geocaches, retrieve the map coordinates, and see the cache details for each geocache. Included with the information for each cache location is a description of the site and details on the type of hide.  The next step is to head outside with a GPS or GPS enabled device (smart phone) to find geocaches.

The Washington County GeoTrail (WCG) was launched in September 2013 with more than 35 sites. To date, there have been over 17,000 “finds” on the WCG. Linda Irvin-Craig, executive director of the Washington County Historical Society has noticed a measurable increase in visitors to the historic Miller House in downtown Hagerstown since the cache was placed last year. “The geocachers have been thrilled to not only discover the geocache itself, but found added value in learning some Washington County history. In addition, they are very respectful of our property. We are thrilled to learn about GeoWoodstock coming to Washington County next year,” said Irvin-Craig.

About the Maryland Geocaching Society
Founded in the fall of 2002, the Maryland Geocaching Society (MGS) was among the first groups to organize around the adventure and passion of geocaching. The MGS has been a nationwide leader in geocaching by creating innovative geocaching activities including GeoTours and GeoTrails, partnering with educational and youth groups, local and Federal government agencies, and tourism offices, to educate and incorporate geocaching as a fun learning activity.  Over the past eight years, the Society has welcomed nearly 5,000 members to its website and sponsored multiple state-wide activities, including “Cache in Trash Out” programs to assist in the maintenance of parks and trail systems. The MGS promotes geocaching as exciting, earth-friendly and adventurous outdoor recreation for the whole family.  Visit http://www.mdgps.org.

About Washington County and the Agricultural Center
Washington County Maryland and the Washington County Agricultural Education Center in Boonsboro, cordially welcomes geocachers and all interested participants to attend this exciting event!  The center is also home to the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum and Village.

Washington County is full of rich history and the area is a gateway to many colonial and Civil War heritage sites. South Mountain State Battlefield, Antietam National Battlefield, Harper’s Ferry National Historic Park, Washington Monument State Park, Fort Frederick and The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park are just a few of the many treasures to experience while in the area. The county is located in the Appalachian Mountains and the Appalachian Trail traverses the eastern boundary of the county.  Nearby historic Boonsboro and Hagerstown are just a few minutes away, and both Baltimore and Washington D.C. are just an hour and a half drive.  With one foot in the north, and one foot in the south, the story of the Civil War, its’ causes, battles, heroes, villains, essence and impact, can be told nowhere better than in this part of Maryland.

Vendor and Exhibitor Opportunities
The GeoWoodstock team offers government agencies, tourism offices, outdoor sports and businesses the opportunity to exhibit at this exciting event. GeoWoodstock will gain your business or agency exposure to thousands of outdoor enthusiasts and families.  Exhibitors participating will have the opportunity to exhibit at both the Friday night event and all day on Saturday for the main event.  Exhibitor rates are minimal.  For more details on becoming an exhibitor, contact Susan Kelley at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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Libertarian fmr. Del. Buckley: ‘Faint praise” for Tennant’s Warren Visit

Press Release received from Buckley campaign.

Hardy Co., WV - Frm. Del. John Buckley, Libertarian for U.S. Senate, heaped “faint praise” on his Democratic opponent, Natalie Tennant, for bringing in super-liberal Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren to the Clarion Hotel in Shepherdstown today to campaign on her behalf.

“In the three-way for U.S. Senate this year, the choices are clarion-clear: continued Big-Government liberalism personified by the politics of Obama-Warren-Tennant, middle-of-the-road’ism personified by the tepid stand-for-nothing politics of Shelley Moore Capito, or the bold ‘Live & Let Live’ and small government principles of Libertarian John Buckley,” Buckley claimed.

“The special interests are lined up for more government or, at best, for the status quo, same-old, same-old business in Washington, D.C., but the people increasingly want Washington, D.C. to back off,” he added.

“When I tell average West Virginia voters I’m not a fan of the politics of President Obama, but that I’m also not a Big Business Republican,” Buckley said, “I get an eager audience.”

Buckley praised Tennant for finally taking a clear stand in favor of the economic policies of President Barack Obama, instead of her usual inclination to hide behind platitudes, but he said the economy is in such dismal shape precisely because of “Obamanomics.”

As reported in the Wall Street Journal, the national jobs report last month reflects a dismal economic prognosis: full-time jobs plummeted last month by 523,000 while part-time work, insufficient for working people to support their families, jumped 800,000.

“Five years into the so-called Obama recovery,” Buckley pointed out, “meaningful jobs are elusive for millions of Americans, despite a dangerous, artificial monetary expansion and a jaw-dropping increase in the national debt.”

“Yet, Sec. Tennant apparently identifies with the Warren wing of the Democratic Party that would see President Obama’s bet on more government and raise him ten-fold,” Buckley observed.

In a choice between his politics of limited government and Tennant’s endorsement of the sorry record of President Obama, Buckley predicts, West Virginia would make history by electing the first Libertarian to the U.S. Congress.


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Williamsport Book Signing Features Biography of Baseball Character “Boots” Poffenberg

Williamsport, MD – Author Austin Gisriel will be signing copies of his latest book about “America’s pastime” at the Williamsport Town Museum on July 27, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. The museum is located in the lower level of the Springfield Barn, 16 Springfield Ln., Williamsport, MD 21795.

Boots Poffenberger – Hurler, Hero, Hell-Raiser tells the story of one of Williamsport’s favorite sons, who despite spending only three seasons in the major leagues managed to leave a major impression.

A review of the book states, “This carefully researched and affectionately written biography captures the essence of a true baseball original. Follow Boots’ rise and fall in the big leagues, where his fondness for beer earned him the nickname “The Prince of Pilsner.” Enjoy his resurrection in the minor leagues, including a 29-win season that amazingly did not earn him a return to The Show, due to Boots’ nonconformity. Read about him during World War II, and his perilous assignment as a Marine Corps pitcher based in Hawaii. Finally, get to know Boots in his later life, as a small town local hero, whose outsized personality and heart resonate with the locals still today.”

When he’s not writing about baseball, Gisriel can be heard on WCBG’s talk show Gordy’s Sports Connection as the “baseball expert” and broadcasting play-by-play for the New Market Rebels’ webcasts. He also handles public relations for the Rebels and serves on the team’s Board of Directors. In addition, he contributes articles about baseball to numerous publications and blogs.

Gisriel will give a short presentation about Boots Poffenberger at 1:15 p.m. on the day of the book signing. Refreshments will be served.


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Potomac River Artists to Exhibit at Berkeley Art Works

The Berkeley Art Works will present a selection of recent work by members of the Potomac River Artists’ Guild opening on July 31. The public is invited to meet the artists at a reception on Saturday, August 2 from 5-7pm. The exhibit features paintings in a variety of styles including oil, watercolor, acrylic and pastels as well as mixed media.

The exhibit will be on display until August 17. The Berkeley Art works is located at 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. Gallery hours are Thursday 11-5, Friday 11-8, Saturday, 10-5 and Sunday 12-3.


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U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Endorses Alex Mooney For Congress

Press Release received from Mooney campaign.

Martinsburg, WV - Today, Alex Mooney, Republican nominee for Congress in West Virginia’s second congressional district, was endorsed by the United States Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business federation.

“Senator Alex Mooney has a demonstrated record leading on policies that promote job growth and a flourishing economy,” said U.S. Chamber National Political Director Rob Engstrom. “In today’s economy, it is critical that we have pro-growth leaders like Alex Mooney in Congress. Alex Mooney is a proven leader in fighting for lower taxes, less regulations, and the free-enterprise principles that will get America back on track.”

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,” said Alex Mooney. “Many of West Virginia’s employers are members of the Chamber of Commerce and are increasingly worried about President Obama’s job-killing regulations. The Chamber has long fought for policies that create jobs and protect our small businesses. I will proudly fight to protect jobs and West Virginia businesses in Congress so that every hardworking West Virginian has the opportunity to find a good-paying job. I will fight to halt President Obama’s disastrous regulations that kill jobs, and stifle business growth in West Virginia.”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsement is part of a growing number of pro-jobs organizations to endorse Alex Mooney for Congress. The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB SAFE Trust) and the Business and Industry PAC have recently endorsed Alex Mooney for Congress.


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Shepherdstown WV Will Hold Second Annual “Dogfest” Weekend August 9-10

The historic town of Shepherdstown, WV, will once again celebrate the Dog Days of Summer with its second annual “DogFest” the weekend of August 9-10.

The event will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.

It will include a wide variety of activities for dogs, their owners, and dog lovers, as well as activities that everybody can enjoy.

All activities will be free and everyone will be welcome.

Saturday’s activities will include a local dog show open to dogs owned by both visitors and residents. There will also be Border Collie sheep herding demonstrations by the Virginia Border Collie Association, and presentations by trainers and others.

The highlight of Sunday’s schedule will be a special “Look and Learn” show of more than 20 rare-breed dogs. There will also be a presentation by nationally known trainer and author Pat Miller, who operates the Peaceable Paws Dog and Puppy Training Center in nearby Maryland, and other presentations.

Both days will also include blessings of the dogs, along with children’s activities, movies, music, exhibits and demonstrations by trainers, rescue organizations and others.

Throughout the weekend, most restaurants and stores and will let dog owners bring their dogs inside. Most will also be offering special dog-themed food, drinks, and items for sale.

Pools and misters will be set up so dogs can stay cool in the August heat.

This year’s DogFest weekend is being sponsored by Greensburg Bed & Biscuit, the Jefferson County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Shenandoah Veterinary Hospital, the Shepherdstown Visitors Center, and the Shepherdstown Business Association.

As the weekend draws closer, the Visitors Center will post a detailed schedule of activities on its website at http://www.shepherdstown.info.

For more information, contact the Center’s Director, Jan Hafer, at 304-876-2786 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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Annual Children’s Experience Weekend at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum

The Pry House Field Hospital Museum, at Antietam National Battlefield, will host its annual Children’s Experience Weekend on July 19-20, 2014. Children of all ages and their families can visit the Pry House to participate in programs designed just for them.

Visitors can try their hands at a number of toys and games which were popular with families in the Civil War era. Children and parents alike can learn about how important letters were to soldiers and their families during the Civil war; visitors may write their own letters and practice penmanship using period-correct dip ink pens. Children can also make authentic 19th century crafts to take home, including rag dolls and clay marbles. A reproduction Civil War ambulance will also be on display for visitors to see, touch, and climb into the driver’s seat. Museum staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and talk about the life of children in the 1860s.

Children’s activities will run during normal operating hours of the museum, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There is no additional fee for the weekend’s events. A donation of $5.00 per person is suggested while visiting the Pry House Field Hospital Museum. For more information, contact Kyle Wichtendahl, Educational Programming Coordinator at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or call 301-695-1864 ex. 1013.  Visit http://www.civilwarmed.org.


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Jefferson County Historical Society to Host Annual Picnic Aug. 6

The annual Jefferson County Historical Society picnic will be held at Gap View Farm, 371 Gap View Farm Lane (off of Old Route 9 about 1-1/2 miles north of Home Depot) beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 6. The farm is owned by Susannah Buckles, daughter of the last U.S. survivor of WWI Mr. Frank Buckles and his wife Audrey. Main courses will be catered by Magnolia Caterers and guests are requested to bring a side dish or dessert to complete the dinner offerings.  Tours of the farmhouse will be conducted after dinner and will feature some of Mr. Buckle’s artifacts.
   
Guests are not required to be society members but will have an opportunity to pay the $20 dues and join the Society at the picnic if they wish, or they may join in advance by visiting our web site at http://jeffersonhistoricalwv.org/thestore.html.  Members are also encouraged to visit the web site to purchase items from the new line of Society-themed apparel, hats, and travel bags.

The main house at Gap View Farm was built by Walter Baker in 1774 on property originally granted to Henry Lloyd by Thomas Lord Fairfax, the 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron. At Baker’s death in 1820, the property was sold by his widow, Jacobina, to James Ranson. When Ranson fell on hard times, he sold it to Parker Strode in 1868. In 1871, the property was acquired by Charles Aglionby, who owned the adjoining Mount Pleasant estate and a portion of Media Farm. Over time the house was expanded through four major additions.
 
In 1954, the farm was purchased by the Buckles. Susannah was born there in 1955 and returned to the farm after her mother’s death in 1999 to live with and care for Mr. Buckles until his death on February 27, 2011 at the age of 110.  By then, Mr. Buckles had been internationally recognized as the last U.S survivor of World War I.
   
Today Susannah, a board member of the Jefferson County Historical Society, runs the day-to-day operations of the farm and has made the farm more eco-friendly. In May 2008, volunteers planted over 1,000 trees and shrubs on the farm. Many local agencies have assisted Ms. Buckles by planting trees and shrubs, along the property’s stream and wetland areas.  She has also installed 15,000 feet of fencing as part of a land retirement program called the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program. The fencing separates the farm’s conservation areas from the farm’s herd of cattle.
   
The farm was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.  In addition to the house, severalother structures on the property are listed as contributing to the historic importance of this unique property.


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Main Street Martinsburg Celebrates Unveiling Of Solar Electric Charging Station

Martinsburg, WV – The City of Martinsburg is taking a future-thinking step forward with the recent installation of a solar-powered electric car charging station in downtown Martinsburg, thanks to the vision and efforts of the Main Street Martinsburg organization.

Located at the East Burke Street parking lot, usage of the charging station is free to any owner of an electric vehicle. There is still the regular meter fee that is the same for all metered parking spaces.  And because the electric power is being generated by solar panels, the electricity used to charge the cars is free, with no cost to the City.

Funding for the installation came from an Innovation Award from Main Street West Virginia, a program of the West Virginia Development Office, which focuses on economic revitalization of historic commercial districts.  The goal of the Innovation Awards is to focus on creative solutions to economic restructuring within a commercial district.

Randy Lewis, Executive Director of Main Street Martinsburg, pointed to the increasing growth of electric cars on the roads today as inspiration for the project.  “Electric vehicle owners depend on a network of charging stations for their mobility.  By providing this service, downtown Martinsburg becomes a destination – a necessary point on the map for electric vehicle owners,” he said.

Partnering with Main Street Martinsburg is the City of Martinsburg who provided permanent access to electric panels for the solar installation, and My Bank/First United & Trust Bank who provided roof space for installation of the solar panels.

Local company Mountain View Solar (MtvSolar) of Berkeley Springs installed both the solar panels and the charging station, and will provide ongoing service.  According to Colin Williams, VP of Sales and Marketing for MtvSolar, “This free public-access car charging station is the first on a municipal parking lot in our region.  We congratulate Martinsburg and Main Street Martinsburg for the commitment to sustainability and renewable energy by providing this free, solar-powered service.”

A celebration and ribbon cutting is planned for Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 10:00am at the charging station in the East Burke Street parking lot. Hosted by Main Street Martinsburg.  A local business owner Rick Rohn of Morgan Awards, himself an electric vehicle advocate, will be Master of Ceremonies.  There will also be live music by Sunrise Review, a completely solar-powered music project.


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Public Forum: New Carbon Rules: How Can West Virginia Lead?

Tonight, Sean O’Leary,eloquent writer on WV issues, Jacqui Patterson, Director of NAACP Climate & Environmental Justice programs, Mary Ann Hitt, Director of Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign and David Levine, owner of Geostellar Solar will be discussing the new proposed EPA ruling concerning carbon emissions and how this will impact West Virginians, our economy, jobs, environment and future.

A Public Forum with issue experts to discuss how cutting greenhouse gas emissions is an opportunity for our local and statewide health and economy

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has, for the first time, proposed a historic rule to regulate the greenhouse gas emissions from power plants that are causing climate change. This “Clean Power Plan” proposes that the nation cut its carbon pollution 30% from 2005 levels and that West Virginia cut its carbon pollution 20% from 2012 levels by 2030.  As West Virginia’s electricity generation is overwhelmingly from coal-fired power plants and West Virginia has great potential to cut pollution through energy efficiency and renewable energy, these proposed rules have great impact on our economy. If we are to address climate change and expand our clean energy economy, this is the time to do it.

The West Virginia Sierra Club is sponsoring a public forum entitled “New EPA Rules: How Can West Virginia Lead” and invites all Eastern Panhandle residents to attend.  This public forum is being held this Thursday, July 17 at the Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Panelists scheduled to speak include:
Jacqui Patterson, Director of NAACP’s Climate & Environmental Justice Programs. She will give an overview of what the rule is and will discuss the rule’s impact on low-income people.

Sean O’Leary, a notable local writer, who will discuss the opportunities for a clean energy economy in West Virginia made possible by this rule

David Levine, owner of Geostellar Solar.  He will discuss the specifics of how renewable energy can expand in West Virginia.

Mary Anne Hitt, Director of Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, will give a broad overview of the importance of this rule and why it’s important for everyday people to be active.

A Q&A period and discussion will follow this presentation.

This forum is being moderated by Pamela Ellis of Kearneysville who will present on how local residents can get involved to win clean energy in their communities and aggressive cuts in carbon pollution.

The West Virginia Sierra Club is also sponsoring a bus to travel from the Eastern Panhandle to the EPA’s Public Hearing on their proposed “Clean Power Plan” on July 29th. This bus will pick up attendees in Martinsburg’s Winchester Ave Food Lion parking lot, pick up more attendees in Charles Town’s Food Lion parking lot on 340 to join clean energy supporters from around the region at the EPA Headquarters in Washington, DC.  The bus will return in the evening and anyone interested in encouraged to contact Danny Chiotos for more information about how to get on this bus.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the event.

The Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church is located at 100 W. Washington St, Shepherdstown, WV, 25443.For more information, contact Danny Chiotos at 304-535-8150 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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Libertarian to Paul Ryan: Frm. Del. Buckley is “Real Republican” for WV Senate, Not Capito

Press Release received from Buckley campaign.

Hardy Co., WV - Fmr. Del. John Buckley,Libertarian Party candidate in the three-way contest for United States Senate, noted today that his political positions are closer to the small government grassroots of the Republican Party than his GOP opponent’s, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito.

“If the label ‘Republican’ means anything substantively, then I’m the real ‘Republican’ in the race for Senate,” Buckley declared.

“Ms. Capito is bringing in Rep. Paul Ryan to West Virginia, the 2012 GOP nominee for Vice President, in order to bask in the reflected glow of his voting record, but it’s understandable her desire to bury her own record as deep as possible,” he added.

“For instance, I’m pro-life; Ms. Capito is pro-Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.

I’m for cutting spending; Ms. Capito is a Washington big-spender.

I will fight against Obamacare; Ms. Capito has already thrown in the towel and keeps predicting it’ll never be repealed,” Buckley elaborated.

According to the pro-free enterprise Club for Growth, Paul Ryan has a lifetime rating of 85% in favor of economic liberty, whereas Rep. Capito has an anemic lifetime rating of only 50%. The organization FreedomWorks rates Rep. Ryan a strong 81% rating, but Rep. Capito earns a measly 58%.

“Whether you call it ‘putting lipstick on a pig’ or just the same-old phony politics of the professional politicians, there’s no getting around that Shelley Capito is no conservative,” said Buckley, a former Republican state legislator and an elector in 1980 for Ronald Reagan.

“If Ms. Capito is so proud of her ‘moderate,’ ‘middle-of-the-road’ voting record, why is she so desperate to hide behind Paul Ryan?”

“True advocates of limited government, including thousands of registered Republicans, are turning to Buckley for Senate,” Buckley claims.

“As 3rd Congressional District GOP candidate Evan Jenkins is advertising, it’s not party label that counts; what counts is what a candidate stands for,” said Buckley.


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Dolly’s Bake Shoppe Now Serving Light Lunch

Now Serving light lunch at Dolly’s Bake Shoppe!  Come in and have a Tuna Salad or Chicken Salad Wrap $3.50 each or Get the Lunch Special~ Wrap, Chips & Southern Sweet Tea, all for $4.99.  We will be adding more items to the light lunch menu soon!  Coming this fall, soups & homemade chili with a yeast roll!

Dolly’s Bake Shoppe
200 N. Queen Street
304.707.8237
Open 7:00am to 4:00pm


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Backbending Yoga Workshop at Jala Yoga-Charles Town

Charles Town, WV – Jala Yoga will offer a backbending workshop at its Charles Town location, 307 West Washington Street, on Sunday, July 27 from 2:00-4:00 pm.  The workshop, taught by Jala Yoga owner Christa Mastrangelo Joyce, costs $25.  Class size is limited to 15 students, allowing for more personal attention from the instructor.

In this workshop, Christa will teach fundamentals of alignment and anatomy so that participants learn how to support and strengthen their backs with core work, safe stretching techniques, and a review of many familiar backbending poses, including Upward Facing Dog, Bridge pose, and Wheel, along with modifications for each.  With so many people experiencing chronic back pain, this workshop is designed to promote spine health by encouraging flexibility in the back body, suppleness in the vertebrae, strength in the core, and an open heart.

For more information and to register, visit http://www.jalayogaflow.com or call 401-440-0279.

PHOTO: Christa Mastrangelo Joyce (credit: Pang Tubhirun)


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Urgent Need for Clothing Donations

Horizon Goodwill Industries is urging people to donate gently used clothing of all types to their nearest Goodwill retail store or donation center. You can locate the nearest donation site at http://www.horizongoodwill.org/donate/donate-locations/. We are seeing the effects of the modestly growing economy and our shoppers are eager to find great items at a good price. Our donations are not keeping pace with the demand. We are asking for your help. Please donate to Goodwill today. As you go through your closets, take the items you no longer want or need and help your community.

“Donations to Goodwill allow us to provide job training and career services to people with disabilities, welfare recipients, dislocated workers and other job seekers,” says Craig MacLean, Executive Director and CEO of Horizon Goodwill Industries. “In 2013, we helped more than 3,000 people with job training and job placement – the community’s support is vital to this effort.” The increase in shoppers means that Goodwill can help even more people in the community. We need your clothing donations to please our growing customer base.

Items most wanted right now include:

All types of gently used clothing and other textiles: shirts, blouses, t-shirts,  shorts, sneakers, sandals, jeans, business suits, dresses, skirts, shoes, formal wear, workout clothes, children’s clothes, sweaters, coats, boots, towels, dish cloths, sheets, table cloths, curtains and blankets.

Goodwill teaches the skills needed to get - and keep - jobs. Better still, they help fund these programs through your generous donations. The money Goodwill earns from your donated goods funds programs that help people right here in our community find jobs and achieve economic self-sufficiency.

To find the location nearest you, call (800) 435-2480, or visit http://www.horizongoodwill.org/donate/donate-locations/

Contact:
Deb Carbaugh
Manager of Marketing and Community Relations
Horizon Goodwill Industries Corporate Office
14515 Pennsylvania Avenue
Hagerstown, MD 21742
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www.horizongoodwill.org
301-733-7330 ext. 1613

About Horizon Goodwill Industries:
Horizon Goodwill Industries is a human services agency and network of not-for-profit businesses. Our mission is to help individuals with special needs and barriers to employment improve their quality of life through work and related services. We serve 17 counties in Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Virginia. Goodwill employs over 500 individuals and operates 17 retail stores and other businesses to help fund programs and to provide job training and employment opportunities for our clients.  For more information, please visit our website at http://www.horizongoodwill.org.


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Workshop Offers Tips for Painting Sky and Clouds

Judith Becker will present a special workshop about painting sky and clouds, Saturday, August 16 from 1-4pm at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg.

Workshop is designed to help students learn how to approach any type of sky or cloud image.  Tips will include learning how to see the various colors and shades in clouds, to paint skies that reflect weather conditions and moods, and many more techniques which can be applied to all types of art media.  Practice in class is included.

Judith Becker is an experienced artist with dual degrees in design and education. She specializes in painting with colored pencils, pastels and watercolors and often mixes her media for unusual effects. Her popular classes cover many art techniques targeted for both the beginner and the more experienced painter.

Details and online registration is available at http://artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/workshops/ or for more information email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 304-620-7277.

The Berkeley Art Works is a service of The Berkeley Arts Council, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in West Virginia working to ensure that Berkeley County has a vibrant, vital arts environment by promoting awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the literary, visual and performing arts in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. The Berkeley Arts Council is on the Web at http://www.berkeleyartswv.org.


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Workshop Offers Tips for Painting Water

Judith Becker will present a special workshop about painting water, Saturday, August 23 from 1-4pm at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg.

The workshop will helps students paint all types of water images with success.    Approaches to still, reflective bodies of water to rushing streams and crashing waves, plus more will be explored.  Practice in class is included.  Techniques apply to all types of art media.

Judith Becker is an experienced artist with dual degrees in design and education. She specializes in painting with colored pencils, pastels and watercolors and often mixes her media for unusual effects. Her popular classes cover many art techniques targeted for both the beginner and the more experienced painter.

Details and online registration is available at http://artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/workshops/ or for more information email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 304-620-7277.

The Berkeley Art Works is a service of The Berkeley Arts Council, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in West Virginia working to ensure that Berkeley County has a vibrant, vital arts environment by promoting awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the literary, visual and performing arts in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. The Berkeley Arts Council is on the Web at http://www.berkeleyartswv.org.


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2014 Maryland State Little League 9-10 Tournament Being Held in Williamsport, July 12-19

Conococheague Little League is proud to host the 2014 Maryland State Little League 9-10 Tournament on behalf of District 1. The tournament begins Saturday, July 12, at Ebersole Field in Williamsport and ends Saturday, July 19. The tournament will bring teams from eight Little League Districts in Maryland, as well as the District of Columbia, to compete for the 9-10-year-old State Title.

The teams competing in the 2014 Tournament are: District 1, Valley Little League; District 2, Brunswick Railroaders Little League; District 3, Capital City Little League; District 4, Laurel Little League; District 5, Rising Sun Little League; District 6, Home Run Baker Little League; District 7, Hughesville Little League; and District 8, Berlin Little League.

The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau sponsors the tournament and is providing welcome packets to the families of players and coaches. The CVB also assisted with lodging needs. Opening ceremonies begin at Ebersole Field, located in Byron Memorial Park, at 9:15am on July 12. All teams will play on Saturday with games at 11:30am, 2pm, 4:30pm, 7pm. The tournament bracket is available online.

Conococheague Little League is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2014. The town of Williamsport has a long and successful baseball tradition and the programs at Conococheague Little League have allowed that tradition to grow and flourish. With some of the best and most beautiful facilities in the tri-state region, Conococheague Little League has hosted the River City Classic since 1987, a tournament that attracts some of the most competitive 9-10-year-old All Star Teams in the area. The league also hosted the 2013 Maryland State Little League 10-11 Tournament. For more information about Conococheague Little League visit the website at: http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=conococheaguell

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Martinsburg Businesswoman Founds Software Company

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – Software developer Tina Nipe, a native of Martinsburg, West Virginia, recently founded TenthDegree Technologies, a software company that creates powerful solutions for sports leagues and parks and recreation organizations and event management for clients all over the country.

TenthDegree Technologies is located 3192 Winchester Avenue in Martinsburg.

“I want to help organizations, particularly sports-related organizations, take their communication to the next level—and that’s what our newly developed products help our clients do,” Nipe says.

Nipe, who has 17 years of experience developing software for her other company, ATS, Inc., says she and her team have created several software products—eNotice Sports, eNoticeEvents and eNotice Parks and Rec—to help organizations better manage their time and resources. These products allow organizations to register team members, manage game schedules and to send messages via text or email.

“It’s all-inclusive software for organizations that handle events. It allows the administrator to see all registrants and statistics, schedule games and events and send messages to targeted groups,” Nipe says. “We’ve designed the software to ease the frustration of communication between the organization and the general public.”

For more information about TenthDegree Technologies and its eNotice software series, visit http://www.TenthDegreeTech.com, or call 844-798-4392.

About TenthDegree Technologies:

TenthDegree Technologies is an innovative software company that creates powerful solutions for sports leagues and parks and recreation organizations and event management for clients all over the country. Founded by software developer Tina Nipe in 2013, TenthDegree Technologies helps organizations better manage their time and resources with products like the e-Notice software series, which provides email or text alert systems to schools and athletic leagues across the county. TenthDegree Technologies is located at 3192 Winchester Avenue, Martinsburg, West Virginia. For more information, visit http://www.tenthdegreetech.com, or call 844-798-4392.


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Friday’s @ Five Summer Concert Series on the Town Square featuring Rolling Coyotes

Looking for something free and exciting to do in downtown Martinsburg on a Friday afternoon this summer? Come to Friday’s @ Five for a taste of great music, appetizers and fun!

Friday’s @ Five at the Town Square, sponsored by Gibson & Associates, presented by The City of Martinsburg, The Martinsburg Convention & Visitors Bureau and Main Street Martinsburg….. a series of free outdoor concerts by well-known musicians, bands and Martinsburg artists that will liven up your spirits and maybe even get you into a dancing mood. Bands will perform a wide variety of indigenous musical styles, including jazz, rock, Bluegrass, pop, Classic Rock, Country and unique Americana and more. You can bring your own chairs or blankets and sit on the ground. The front of the stage on the South lawn is reserved for dancing.

There is no admission charge to the Town square. The concert series runs from June through August 1st , every Friday. (Except July 4th-NO CONCERT)

The Historic McFarland House will be offering culinary specialties: yummy small appetizers. And, to wash it all down, a variety of alcoholic (Beer & Wine) and non-alcoholic beverages are also offered for sale. You also may enjoy a picnic dinner from one of our downtown Restaurants .

Concerts start at 5:00 p.m. and usually last until 7:00pm. The Town Square is blocked off between BB&T Drive-Thru and Queen Street. It is within convenient walking distance from all downtown businesses.

Pets are allowed in the square during the concerts, provided they are on a leash no longer than six feet at all times. If they display aggressive behavior the owner may be asked to remove them.

For more information about the Friday’s @ Five Summer Concert Series call 304.262.4200, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  or visit their website at http://www.mainstreetmartinsburg.com


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This Week at Morgan’s Grove Market

Find fresh, local produce each week at Morgan’s Grove Market, Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm. This week the market features fresh produce from Santacroce Farm and Phoenix Farm, including several varieties of greens, cucumbers, beets, carrots, kale and Swiss chard, as well as fresh cut flowers.

Also available at the market are hormone and antibiotic free beef and pork, free-range eggs, freshly-baked pies, and a variety of baked goods, many of them gluten-free.

Morgan’s Grove Market is located at 3988 Kearneysville Pike, right next to Morgan’s Grove Park, and is open on Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm, and Tuesday from 3 to 7 pm. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/MorgansGroveMarket.


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Free Children’s Art Workships At The Washington County Museum Of Fine Arts August 5-9, 2014

Hagerstown, MD – Families looking for a unique experience for their children during vacation or locals on “staycation” will find that the free art workshops at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts (WCMFA) fill the bill. WCMFA is offering ten different diverse art media workshops to children ages 6-12; two each day from Tuesday, August 5 – Saturday, August 9. Pre-registration is required and can be made by calling 301-739-5727, or emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Parents can easily pass the two hours during the workshop exploring the exceptional art collections at the museum. The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is located in Hagerstown’s City Park, recently named “One of the Ten Most Beautiful City Parks in America.” To round out the fun, the park is also home to the Hagerstown Railroad Museum and the historic Jonathan Hager House & Museum, both open Fri. & Sat. 10am-4pm.

Class Schedule:
Tuesday August 5th with Melissa Gibson
10 a.m. - 12 noon ~ Steam Punk Victorian Art
1 – 3 p.m. ~ My Own–Escher (inspired by MC Escher)

Wednesday August 6th with Monika Wertman
10 a.m. - 12 noon ~ Drawing in the Gardens
1 – 3 p.m. ~ Finding Art in Nature

Thursday August 7th with Barbara Diefenderfer
10 a.m. - 12 noon ~ Dyed Silk Scarves
1 – 3 p.m. ~ Bracelet Making

Friday August 8 with Monika Wertman
10 a.m. - 12 noon ~ Portraits
1 – 3 p.m. ~ Watercolor Exploration

Saturday August 9th with Kathy Lant
10 a.m. - 12 noon ~ Clay Creatures: Sea
1 – 3 p.m. ~ Clay Creatures: Land

Workshops sponsored in part by the Bowman Board and the Washington County Historical Trust, Inc.

On September 20, 2014, the Park will be the site of City Park Fall Fest, a day of art and activities that will begin with the unveiling of a new public art sculpture, “The Fishing Lesson,” continue with a celebration of the 275th anniversary of the Hager House, and a tea celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Cumberland Valley Arts Association.

The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau is a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization whose mission is to help attract visitors to Hagerstown and Washington County. The CVB helps to create vibrant growth for the local economy by promoting, developing and expanding the local visitor industry. For more vacation ideas look to: http://www.marylandmemories.com .


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New vendor’s homemade cuisine a hit at Morgan’s Grove Market in Shepherdstown

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. – Self-taught chef and Falling Waters, West Virginia, native Felipe Alexander debuted his new business, Felipe’s Finest Soups and Breads, at Morgan’s Grove Market on July 5, quickly selling out of his Chana Masala, a popular Indian dish made with chickpeas. Morgan’s Grove Market is a health-conscious, sustainable farmers’ market based in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

Alexander, who‘s selling homemade fare like soups and freshly baked breads exclusively at Morgan’s Grove Market, strives to use locally sourced ingredients in his dishes.

“Having good health is fundamental to everything else in life,” Alexander said. “My breads contain no conditioners or preservatives like you’ll find in store-bought bread, and I like to source my ingredients from local farms—like Santacroce Farm in Kearneysville—as often as I can.”

“Local, fresh and simple. That’s my philosophy,” he added. 

Alexander started his new business after catching the attention of locals in Shepherdstown, where he began selling his breads at Little Shepherd Cuisine, an old-world style bakery right outside Shepherdstown.

“Cooking and feeding people is what I do best, “ Alexander said. “My grandfather, Taba, Sr., owned the Old Budapest restaurant in Fairfax, Virginia, so I grew up in the restaurant business. My grandfather was into local food before local food was popular. He grew his own produce and raised his own cattle, and brought it straight to the restaurant.”

“Still to this day, people come up to me and share their wonderful memories of my grandfather’s restaurant. I guess you could say it’s in my blood,” Alexander added.

Alexander said he particularly enjoys cooking and preparing Indian cuisine, like his Chana Masala. Shoppers at Morgan’s Grove Market can expect to see more Indian dishes every Saturday, when he’ll be selling his homemade fare at the market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This Saturday, Alexander will be serving broccoli soup, red-lentil Indian curry and homemade wheat bread. 

Morgan’s Grove Market is located at 3988 Kearneysville Pike in Shepherdstown.

For more information about Morgan’s Grove Market, visit http://www.facebook.com/morgansgrovemarket.

About Morgan’s Grove Market:

Morgan’s Grove Market is a health-conscious, sustainable market based in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Founded in 2011, Morgan’s Grove Market has dedicated itself to providing citizens with an opportunity to create an environmentally and economically sustainable community through an agricultural-based healthy lifestyle. Find the market on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/morgansgrovemarket.


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GHOST TOUR OF MARTINSBURG

There will be a ghost tour of historic and haunted Martinsburg, WV. The tour will meet in front of the Martinsburg Public Library at 9:00pm on Saturday, July 12. The cost is $12 per person. The walking tour will visit ghost sites and share true, scary stories of olde town Martinsburg. The tour will include a visit to the grounds of Boydville Manor. Not recommended for children under 13. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 304-261-7470.


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Alex Mooney Outpaces Casey In Q2: Over $432,000 Raised

Press release received from Mooney campaign.
Martinsburg, WV - Alex Mooney, the Republican nominee for West Virginia’s second congressional district, raised more money in the second quarter than his Democrat opponent, Nick Casey, a staunch ally of President Obama.

At the end of the second quarter in 2014, Alex Mooney raised over $432,000 for the general election, outpacing liberal Casey by roughly $100,000. Mooney has also reported over $352,000 cash-on-hand.

“I am honored by the outpouring of support we have received from people who want a true conservative fighting for their jobs and their West Virginia values in Congress,” said Alex Mooney. “Unlike my liberal opponent, I will continue to fight against Obama’s job-killing policies like the War on Coal and Obamacare. Unfortunately, Nick Casey has proven to be a liberal, marching in lock step with President Obama and Nancy Pelosi against the values of West Virginia voters.”


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Registration for M-BC Fall 2014 Youth Soccer is Now Open

M-BC Parks & Recreation is now accepting registration for the 2014 Fall Soccer League. Registration is open to boys and girls ages 6-14 as of September 1, 2014. The registration fee is $50. There is a $5 discount on the 2nd and subsequent siblings when registering 2 or more siblings at the same time. To avoid a $10 late fee and guarantee team placement, registration must be received by August 14, 2014. You may register in person at either The Berkeley 2000 Recreation Center administrative offices or The Randy Smith Recreation Center. Online registration is available here: https://apm.activecommunities.com/mbcparksandrecdept/Home You may download a registration form here: http://www.mbcparks-rec.org/register-here/downloadable-forms/

Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Recreation
273 Woodbury Ave.
Martinsburg, WV
25404


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ACLU Takes Action For Political Free Speech In Hancock, Md

HANCOCK, MD – With the Fourth of July celebrations of American liberty upon us, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maryland is expressing concerns that a new Town Charter amendment restricting political yard signs in the small, Western Maryland town of Hancock violates the constitutional rights of residents and political candidates. An ACLU letter urges town officials to rescind the measure in advance of next year’s municipal elections. The letter, sent on behalf of a former Hancock Town Council member, makes clear that time limits on political signs violate the First Amendment.

“The front lawn has become hallowed ground for political speech in America,” said Deborah Jeon, Legal Director for the ACLU of Maryland. “While we understand that in passing this law, Hancock officials were concerned about campaign signs cluttering the Town’s landscape during the Christmas season, worries about visual clutter simply cannot trump the political free speech rights of candidates and residents.”

The Hancock Charter amendment was introduced in February, and took effect in early April.  It provides that in connection with municipal elections:

“Candidates shall not place or allow to be placed any campaign signs in Town prior to January 2. All campaign signs shall be removed within 72 hours after the completion of the election.”

Hancock resident Nigel Dardar served as a Town Councilman from 2009 to 2012, and is considering a run for office again in 2015. Dardar twice raised concerns regarding the new Charter amendment at town council meetings, but his concerns were disregarded.

”How can a citizen be found guilty of a misdemeanor to posting a political sign on their own private property?” said ACLU client Nigel Dardar. “All residents and candidates of Hancock should be allowed to put signs supporting whatever candidates they wish in their own yards.”

The constitutional protections for political signs are clear: The United States District Court for the District of Maryland repeatedly has ruled that durational limits on political yard signs violate the First Amendment. Most recently, in Bell v. Baltimore County,—a case brought by the ACLU—the Court invalidated a Baltimore County law that restricted the length of time residents could display signs before and after an election. Like Hancock’s Charter amendment, Baltimore County’s law barred residents from posting political campaign signs on their private property beyond a limited window of time surrounding the election.

The Bell ruling followed a 1999 federal district court ruling that struck down a similar provision of the Prince George’s County Code. In Curry v. Prince George’s County, the court found that, while valid regulations for private, residential property “may include size, shape and location restrictions upon campaign signs, they may not include durational ones.”

The ACLU letter urges Hancock officials to revisit the new Charter amendment and rescind these provisions ahead of the 2015 municipal election.

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U.S. Cellular Provides Tips For Giving Your Child Their First Cellphone

In a recent U.S. Cellular survey, respondents indicated that 13 was an appropriate age for a child to receive their first mobile phone, whereas five years ago this age was 15.1 Because the appropriate time can vary from family to family, parents can be challenged with how best to introduce their child to their first phone. To make this process as easy as possible for both parents and kids, U.S. Cellular recommends that families work together on guidelines for cellphone usage to ensure that children are using their phones responsibly, courteously and safely. 

“Providing a child with their first mobile phone is a big milestone for any parent, and U.S. Cellular wants to provide tools to ensure this process goes as smooth as possible,” said Jack Brundige, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in the Mid-South “Mobile devices are an essential part of our daily lives and with a 4G LTE network families are able to stay connected wherever they live, work or play.”

For parents who are looking to purchase a new mobile device for their child, U.S. Cellular recommends the following tips to help ensure their children’s usage is both safe and courteous:

• Establish guidelines: According to the same U.S. Cellular survey, 72 percent of respondents said they have rules regarding their child’s cellphone use.1 To help simplify this conversation, U.S. Cellular’s Parent-Child Agreement provides customizable suggestions on safety and etiquette and shows how technology can enhance time spent together as a family. It is designed so that each family can choose the guidelines that fit their specific needs.

• Set up their phone: Take the time to set up your child’s phone to ensure they only have access to phone features and apps that are appropriate for their age. The U.S. Cellular Family Protector App provides safety and security by allowing parents to block certain websites and restrict the downloading of applications.

• Monitor usage: Regularly checking in on your child’s mobile phone usage can ensure they are using their phone safely and responsibly. The Family Protector app allows parents to monitor call content including text messages, contacts and call history. It can also set schedules and time limits for usage to ensure children are not using their device when it isn’t allowed, such as during school hours.

U.S. Cellular is offering free Device Workshops in July that focus on making the decision to get children their first phone. At the workshops, U.S. Cellular associates will offer families tips on setting phone guidelines and share suggestions to help with the decision.  The next device workshop in Martinsburg will be on July 9 at 6 p.m. at 940 Foxcroft Avenue, Martinsburg, WV 25401.  Please call 304-264-0400 to RSVP for this device workshop.

¹ Between Nov. 15 and Dec. 2, 2013, 500 nationally representative online interviews were conducted among smartphone users in partnership with Maritz Research.

4G LTE service provided through King Street Wireless, a partner of U.S. Cellular. LTE is a trademark of ETSI.

About U.S. Cellular
U.S. Cellular rewards its customers with unmatched benefits and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier has a strong line-up of cutting-edge devices that are all backed by its high-speed network that has the highest call quality of any national carrier. Currently, nearly 90 percent of customers have access to 4G LTE speeds, and more than 93 percent will have access by the end of 2014. U.S. Cellular was named a J.D. Power and Associates Customer Champion in 2014 for the third time in four years. To learn more about U.S. Cellular, visit one of its retail stores or uscellular.com. To get the latest news, promos and videos, connect with U.S. Cellular on Facebook.com/uscellular, Twitter.com/uscellular and YouTube.com/uscellularcorp.


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Mind Your Manners: Tips To Improve Wireless Courtesy For All Ages

U.S. Cellular celebrates National Cellphone Courtesy Month

It’s not just working professionals and people on the go who use their mobile devices to stay connected, everyone from children to retirees are using smartphones and tablets to simplify and enhance their lives.

A Pew Research survey found that 67 percent of cellphone owners find themselves checking their phones for messages, alerts or calls – even when they don’t notice their phone ringing or vibrating. That means a lot of people are checking devices at any given time or place, and since July is National Cellphone Courtesy Month it is the perfect time to talk about the expectations and practices of wireless device users of all ages.

According to a recent U.S. Cellular survey, 37 percent of users say others get upset with them for phone use, while 63 percent say they get upset at others for phone use.

As may be expected, smartphone owners who are over the age of 54 have stronger etiquette beliefs than younger users. Among adults 55-64, 82 percent think it is rude to check your phone while talking with someone else, and 80 percent think it is rude to check while dining. Comparatively, 63 percent of users 18-34 think it is rude to be on your phone while talking to someone else, while 57 percent think it is rude to check while dining.

In addition to smartphone use preferences differing depending on age, men and women also have different ideas about how to use wireless technology. Women are more likely to prefer texting over men. They are also more likely to have checked or used their phone to avoid conversations. 

Of those surveyed, 63 percent of people believe that no one gets upset at them for their phone use. This is the same proportion that sometimes gets upset with others for using their phone or tablet.

“With users ranging in age from young students to senior citizens, it’s important for all generations to be considerate about when and how we use our wireless devices,” said Jack Brundige, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in the Mid-South. “By following a few simple guidelines, we can all stay connected and be courteous of those around us at the same time.”

Smartphones and tablets, like the iPhone 5s, allow users to multitask and stay connected, and U.S. Cellular is sharing these tips for improving courtesy by busy cellphone users:

• Set the ground rules. If you have plans to meet a relative for dinner or spend happy hour with a group of friends, discuss expectations for phone use. By determining technology use before the gathering, everyone is able to enjoy the occasion.

• Seek to understand. Focus on similarities instead of differences and set a goal to understand those around you. By understanding other’s wireless device use, you’ll be more courteous of their expectations.

• Don’t be a buzz kill. Putting a phone on vibrate during a meeting or event can be a good ideas, as vibration mode is meant to alert only you. However, it can distract others if the phone is placed on a table in a meeting or dinner. Put the phone in a pocket, where it can alert you to a call but isn’t disturbing others. If you forget to turn off the ringer and get an unexpected call, phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 stop ringing by simply flipping over the device.

• Avoid being blinded by the light. Adjust screen brightness prior to entering a dimly lit space, such as a restaurant, recital or school play. This allows you to use the device to take photos or use social media without disturbing those around you.

“With the 4GLTE network, with speeds of up to 10 times faster than 3G our smartphones and tablets are able to work faster and harder than ever before,” Brundige said. “Whether you’re 15, 45 or 95, wireless devices can simplify and enhance your life and provide preferences about when and how to communicate. We should also learn from each other and be courteous about what is best for those we value most.”

¹ Between Nov. 15 and Dec. 2, 2013, 500 nationally representative online interviews were conducted among smartphone users in partnership with Maritz Research.

About U.S. Cellular
U.S. Cellular rewards its customers with unmatched benefits and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier has a strong line-up of cutting-edge devices that are all backed by its high-speed network that has the highest call quality of any national carrier. Currently, nearly 90 percent of customers have access to 4G LTE speeds, and more than 93 percent will have access by the end of 2014. U.S. Cellular was named a J.D. Power and Associates Customer Champion in 2014 for the third time in four years. To learn more about U.S. Cellular, visit one of its retail stores or uscellular.com. To get the latest news, promos and videos, connect with U.S. Cellular on Facebook.com/uscellular, Twitter.com/uscellular and YouTube.com/uscellularcorp.


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Hub City Bike Week Goes Full Throttle

Hub City Bike Week, Hagerstown/Washington County, MD. is a 3rd year event and collaborative effort including Fast Lane Biker® Magazine Delmarva and local merchants Bowman Hospitality (Ramada Plaza Hagerstown, Holiday Inn Express Hagerstown, Homewood Suites Hagerstown), Bulls & Bears Pub, Creekside Inn, The Locked Door, Third Base Tavern, Thunder Road Bar & Grille, Twigg Cycles, Woodpoint Seafood Grille, and more.

The purpose of Hub City Bike Week is to promote local business in the Hagerstown/Washington County area and create an environment of fun, scenic tours, history and good will within the communities. Motorcycle enthusiasts will be offered a variety of options designed to enhance their bike week experience. From live entertainment and customized group rides to food and drink specials with a local flavor, merchants and service providers will put their best foot forward to lure attendees to the area and provide them with a multitude of reasons to consider Hagerstown/Washington County as a travel destination and return to Hub City Bike Week in 2015 as the event expands. All merchants are invited to participate and may do so by contacting .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Who Should Attend: Everyone/Anyone! This is a family-friendly event. Age restrictions may apply at some venues. Consult individual websites/ads or visit us on Facebook at HUB CITY BIKE WEEK 2014. More information will also be posted on http://www.FLBDelmarva.com as it becomes available.

Event will officially commence on Thursday, July 3rd thru Sunday, July 6th. Sign in for Parade of Lighted Bikes will begin at Twigg Cycles, 7-8 p.m. on Friday, July 4th. Parade will ride through Hagerstown to Creekside Inn for a lighted bike show.


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Rally North America Coming to Martinsburg

July 7th 2014 - Rally North America will be staging 80 cars from 31 states and 3 Provinces of Canada on the streets of Martinsburg, West Virginia (Starting line and host city for Rally US 50 - 2014) for the start of an 1800 mile scavenger hunt which will conclude 5 days later in Pueblo, Colorado.

July 7th 2014 from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM at East Martin Street, will act as the starting line.

Secret check points are selected many months in advance that each team must navigate to in order compete in the event.

The media and the public are welcome to attend starting line and there are no charges to view the festivities however donations to our charity are welcome.

The automotive scavenger hunt is being held to raise funds for The Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis. Since our inception in 2009 to date Rally North America has raised over $225,000 for our chosen charities.

For more information about Rally North America go to:  http://www.rallynorthamerica.com


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Local Fireworks Displays, Independence Day 2014

July 3
Independence Day Celebration at Boonsboro Shafer Park. Activities begin at 5pm. Rain date: July 6

Independence Day Eve at Plumb Grove Mansion in Clear Spring. Festivities beginning at 6pm. Music, games for children, food for sale and house tours

July 4
4th in the Park-Williamsport Byron Memorial Park. Fireworks, Food, Fun beginning at Noon. Community Band Concert before fireworks.

Fireworks at Fairgrounds Park in Hagerstown. 150th Commemoration of the Ransom of Hagerstown. Living history, artifacts, full-size replica of the Civil War submarine CSS Hunley, 2pm-9pm. Concert & fireworks beginning at 6pm.

City of Martinsburg Fireworks Display, 9:30 pm

July 5
Maryland Symphony Orchestra Salute to Independence. Antietam National Battlefield. Concert begins at 7:30 pm.

Hagerstown Suns vs Kannapolis Intimidators, 7:05pm, Fireworks Show after the Game!

Know of another local fireworks display? Let us know and we’ll add it to our list!


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Chelsea McBee Presents The Get Rights, Bob Keel and Laura Mae Socks at First Thursday Artist Series

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. – Bluegrass and folk artist Chelsea McBee will present guest artists The Get Rights, Bob Keel and Laura Mae Socks on Thursday, July 3, as part of her First Thursday Artist Series at the Shepherdstown Opera House.

The First Thursday Artist Series features McBee and a special guest artist on the first Thursday of each month at the historic venue, located at 131 W. German Street in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

The Get Rights are a self-described, not-so-typical tribute band favoring the classic hits of country honky-tonk and rockabilly music. Headed by Tom Marshall and Sabra Guzmàn, The Get Rights can be found playing across central Virginia and the mid-Atlantic area, particularly in Charlottesville, Va., their hometown.

Keel, a Charles Town, West Virginia, native and folk singer/songwriter, will open the show, followed by fellow singer/songwriter Socks. Keel describes his sound as “what would happen if Bob Dylan, Jack Johnson, Bob Marley and The Avett Brothers were fused together in a freak nuclear accident and then wrote a song.

Socks’ original, old-style country music and lilting vocal style reflect the sparse, rural prairie landscape of her home in southwestern Louisiana.

The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person and are available at http://www.operahouselive.com.

For more information about Chelsea McBee and the First Thursday Artist Series at the Shepherdstown Opera House, visit http://www.ChelseaMcBee.com.

About Chelsea McBee:
Chelsea McBee has been filling the valleys and mountains of West Virginia with down-home, soul-stirring tunes for years with her creative interpretation of traditional music paired with the unique sounds of a clawhammer banjo. Her music has been described as folk, Americana, newgrass, jazzgrass and bluegrass.


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Smallwood & Small Insurance Honored by Erie Insurance for Growth and Profitability

Martinsburg, W.Va.– Smallwood & Small Insurance in Martinsburg has been named as an Erie Insurance 2013 Personal Lines Elite Award winner for achieving growth and profitability goals. The Erie Insurance Elite Award recognizes the top 10 Erie agents companywide in one of three lines of business – Personal Lines, Commercial, and Life. Smallwood & Small Insurance won its Elite Award for Personal Lines.

Smallwood & Small Insurance was chosen as number one from over 2,225 Erie agencies across the county. Smallwood & Small Insurance is owned by Fred Kerns and Tom Miller.

Kerns and Miller were presented the Personal Lines Elite Award at the West Virginia Branch Recognition Meeting in Bridgeport, West Virginia on May 15, 2014. This is the fourth consecutive year Smallwood and Small has achieved the Elite status among all Erie agencies.

The agency offers a full line of property/casualty insurance products, including auto and homeowners insurance, as well as commercial and life insurance from Erie Insurance.

Smallwood & Small Insurance is located at 121 Administrative Drive in Martinsburg, West Virginia, and has proudly been in business for over 30 years. 

To learn more about Smallwood & Small, visit http://www.SmallwoodandSmall.com or call 304.263.3361.

About Smallwood & Small:

For almost 30 years, Smallwood & Small Insurance has been serving the insurance needs of the Eastern Panhandle. As an award-winning, full-service, independent insurance agency, their team of insurance professionals represents some of the top insurance carries in the nation, including Erie Insurance, The Hartford, Progressive Insurance and Travelers Insurance Company.

Smallwood & Small Insurance is located at 121 Administrative Drive in Martinsburg, West Virginia. For more information, visit their website at http://www.SmallwoodandSmall.com or call 304.263.3361.

Photo Caption:

Pictured left to right: Senior vice President Personal Lines Division Officer, Doug Smith; Partner, Smallwood & Small, Tom Miller; CEO & President, Erie Insurance Group, Terry Cavanaugh; Partner, Smallwood & Small, Fred Kerns; Vice President & Branch Manager of the State of West Virginia, Mike Fletcher.


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Mooney Praises Ruling on Hobby Lobby

Press Release received from Mooney campaign.

Martinsburg, WV - Today, Alex Mooney, Republican nominee for Congress in West Virginia’s second congressional district, praised the United States Supreme Court’s ruling on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, religious freedoms.

In the court’s 5-4 decision, Justice Alito wrote that the owners of these companies [Hobby Lobby, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties] were protected under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 and cannot be coerced under Obamacare to violate their religious beliefs. (Burwell V. Hobby Lobby, Inc., et al.)

“I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision ruling in favor of our most basic constitutional freedoms: religious liberty and limited government. This should come as good news to local business owners like Joe Holland who also filed his own lawsuit regarding the Obamacare mandate,” said Alex Mooney. “Once again we are seeing that the intrusive and job-killing Obamacare law is a complete disaster. I am committed to repealing Obamacare and replacing it with real health care reforms that will improve quality of care, expands access, and reduces costs for West Virginia families and businesses.”


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Civil War Soldier Day Camp at Antietam

Sharpsburg, MD – The National Museum of Civil War Medicine-Pry House Field Hospital Museum and Antietam National Battlefield will sponsor two Civil War Day Camps this summer. The camps will include hikes, interactive educational programs, and hands-on activities led by park rangers and museum staff.

The two-day camp for children entering grades 3-5 will be held on July 17-18, 2014. The camp will run from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on both days.

The two-day camp for children entering grades 6-8 will be held on July 24-25 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day.

The Civil War Day Camp is free; but reservations are required and space is limited to the first 15 participants. Reservations will be made of a first come, first served basis. To sign-up or for more information please call Park Ranger Christie Stanczak at 301-432-5124 or email her at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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Hillbilly Daylilies Announces the Sixth Annual Bloomin’ Bash on July 12th

Bunker Hill, W.Va. – This July 12th, Hillbilly Daylilies will present their sixth annual “Bloomin’ Bash” to benefit the Berkeley County Humane Society. Hillbilly Daylilies, located in Bunker Hill, West Virginia, specializes in field grown daylilies and every July invites customers to visit and experience over 350 varieties of daylilies in peak bloom. Customers are able to purchase the daylilies of their choice and Hillbilly Daylilies digs and prepares them on the spot.

This year’s Bloomin’ Bash will not only showcase thousands of beautiful flowers in bloom, but also give visitors the chance to participate in several educational workshops ranging from backyard meadows to non-toxic gardens. Hillbilly Daylilies owner and event coordinator, Lisa Giles, is excited about hosting the sixth Bloomin’ Bash. “The Bash has become a summer staple for many people!” Last year, the event raised and donated $3850 to the Berkeley County Humane Society’s Spay and Neuter Program.

Admission is $10 per person, $5 for kids 6-12 and children under 5 years old are admitted free. Gates open at 9am and the event lasts until 5pm. Food and ice cream will be available from Big Daddy’s BBQ and Rock Hill Creamery with live bluegrass music by Drymill Road, Mountain Ride, and Marv Ashby & High Octane. Antique tractors and Steam Engines will be on display and daylilies will be for sale. The Berkeley- Jefferson Master Gardener Association will be on hand giving out lots of gardening information and answering questions. Vendors will be selling everything from gourd birdhouses to cacti & succulents.

Workshops for adults include Backyard Meadows 10am; The Modern Iris 11am; The Non-Toxic Garden 12pm; The Bouquet Banquet 1pm; and Growing Daylilies 2pm. Kids can visit the Farm Animal Exhibit and the Kids’ Pavilion, for fun activities and hands-on gardening projects. For more information and to pre-register for workshops: call 304-229-6698 or visit their website at http://www.HillbillyDaylilies.com. Hillbilly Daylilies is located at 1105 Giles Mill Road, Bunker Hill, WV 25413


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NFIB Endorses Alex Mooney For Congress

Press Release received from Mooney campaign.

Martinsburg, WV - Today, Alex Mooney, Republican nominee for Congress in West Virginia’s second congressional district, was endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) SAFE Trust (Save America’s Free Enterprise Now).

“Alex Mooney would bring to Congress that much needed blend of small-business and legislative experience too often lacking in most of our representatives,” said Lisa Goeas, vice president for Political and Grassroots at the National Federation of Independent Business. “His being a member of NFIB is an additional credential that will prove beneficial in tackling the issues vital to the Main Street, mom-and-pop enterprises that employ most working Americans and generate almost every new job.”

“There would be no learning curve with Alex Mooney in Congress,” said L. Gil White, NFIB’s West Virginia state director. “As a small-business owner, he has first-hand knowledge of what it takes to keep the doors open and paydays met. And as a former state representative, he’s well acquainted with the difficulties small-business owners face in their interaction with government and its regulations. He’s been a particular champion for the rights of independent contractors.”

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of NFIB,” said Alex Mooney. “NFIB is America’s leading small-business advocacy association. I am a proud member of NFIB and a steadfast fighter for the small businesses that are vital to growing our economy, creating jobs, and strenghtening our local communities. In Congress, I will continue to fight for lower taxes and spending and an end to President Obama’s job-killing regulations such as Obama’s War on Coal and Obamacare.”

The endorsement of Mooney was made by Save America’s Free Enterprise Trust, the political action committee of the National Federation of Independent Business. NFIB has more than 350,000 members nationwide, including 1,800 in West Virginia. Small businesses are not smaller versions of bigger businesses. They have different difficulties in remaining solvent.


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Wildlife Of The Appalachian Trail Will Visit Harpers Ferry, West Virginia During Live Demonstration

Harpers Ferry, WV – Join the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center(BRWC) for the educational program “Wildlife on the Appalachian Trail (A.T.)” on Saturday, July 26 at 10 a.m. at the ATC Visitor Center, located at 799 Washington St. in Harpers Ferry, WV. Last year’s event gave participants a chance to interact with a skunk, owl, turtle, and snake, and this year participants may see animals such as a fox, raptor, possum, and more. This event is free and open to the public, and children must be accompanied by an adult supervisor.

The 45-minute program will feature animals found along the 14 states that the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) passes through. A representative of the BRWC will discuss the history of these animals, as well as their anatomical functions and features of adaptation in the environment. This is a combined effort of the ATC and the BRWC to provide participants with a learning opportunity about wildlife conservation and how human interaction affects these creatures.

“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s collaboration with the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center introduces members of the community to wildlife commonly seen along the Appalachian Trail,” said Javier Folgar, director of Marketing and Communications. “The opportunity to form a personal connection with these animals gives participants a chance to learn how to respect wildlife.”

After the program, there will be a “prize-punch” carnival game, which gives kids a chance to win a goody bag of A.T. animal-themed snacks. There will also be an opportunity to take a photo with the ATC’s special friend, Crumbsnatcher the shelter mouse.

Event Overview:
“Wildlife on the A.T.” Demonstration
Date: Saturday, July 26
Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: 799 Washington St., Harpers Ferry, WV
For more information about the event, visit http://www.appalachiantrail.org/events.
About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park Service, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,185 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information, please visit http://www.appalachiantrail.org.


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Goat Milking and Soap Making Demonstration This Weekend at Morgan’s Grove Market

This weekend at Morgan’s Grove Market, Rocky Bottom Farm will be hosting a Goat Milking Demonstration at 9:30 (free) , and Santacroce Farm will be hosting a Soap Making Demonstration at 10:30 and 11:30 am. ($5, take home two bars of handmade glycerine soap). Both events are great for children!

Additionally, each Saturday the market features outdoor yoga, beginning at 9:30 am. and a training session for the Freedom’s Run Kids Fun Run 9:15 am. Children must have a parent present at the market.

Morgan’s Grove Market is located at 3988 Kearneysville Pike, right next to Morgan’s Grove Park, and is open on Saturdays from9 am to 1 pm, and Tuesday from 3 to 7 pm. For more information, visit http://www.Facebook.com/MorgansGroveMarket.


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5TH Annual Retreat Through Williamsport Civil War Weekend

Williamsport, MD – The Town of Williamsport is thrilled to announce our 5th Annual “Retreat through Williamsport” Civil War Weekend that will be held at the Springfield Farm Barn and all throughout the Town of Williamsport over the weekend of July 11th, 12th, and 13th, 2014. For the fifth year in a row, the town will provide our citizens and guests the opportunity to learn about the significant events that took place in and around the Williamsport area before, during, and after the Battle of Gettysburg that happened in July of 1863. This event consists of bus tours, reenactments, speakers, book signings, living history, and more.

After the Battle of Gettysburg the Confederate Army retreated south through Williamsport to get back to the safety of Virginia. To their disadvantage, the pontoon bridge at Falling Waters that was built to move this massive army across, had been destroyed in the early hours of July 4th, 1863. Also on that day began the continuous rain and flooding for days that hampered the Army’s efforts. When the Confederate Army made it to Williamsport they learned of this issue and realized that they would have to stay and fight so that they could rebuild their bridge and get their army across because the Potomac had flooding rendering the local ford useless. This effort took 10 days and for those 10 days Williamsport was turned into a massive hospital and supply hub, battles were fought in the fields and streets of Williamsport, Hagerstown, Funkstown, Smithsburg, Boonsboro, St. James, and Falling Waters. Many men would make the ultimate sacrifice for their country during that time and we’re here to memorialize their efforts and sacrifice.

Two bus tours are being offered one on Thursday, July 10th and one on Friday, July 11th that focus on the beginning and the end of the Gettysburg Campaign at a cost of $50 each. Thursday, we will be travelling to the Brandy Station Battlefield in Culpepper VA where the first battle of the Gettysburg Campaign occurred. This is also where Williamsport’s own 1st MD Cavalry Co. I fought and many Williamsporters died fighting for their country and the border state. On Friday, July 11th, we will be offering a tour of the route and many battles that occurred during the time after the Battle of Gettysburg. You will see the many sights of significant yet little known battles that took place in Monterey Pass, Funkstown, Boonsboro, Williamsport, Hagerstown, and others. Each bus trip is only $50 per person for each day trip; lunch will be provided.

Two reenactments will occur during the weekend. On Saturday, July 12th at 11:00 a.m., we will be doing a portion of the “Battle of Hagerstown” July 6, 1863 on East Salisbury Street in Downtown Williamsport. Though fighting didn’t occur here we wanted to demonstrate what urban warfare looked, sounded, and smelled like 150 years ago. Parking is available throughout Williamsport for that portion. The fight should last about 30 to 45 minutes depending on weather. On Sunday, July 13th at 1:00 p.m., there will be a reenactment of the “Battle of Williamsport” July 6, 1863 at our “Battle Field” on the edge of Milestone Terrace. Parking is available at the sight but a shuttle will be provided from Springfield Farm Barn.  Here you will see a portion of what happened on that day 151 years ago and we will be focusing this year on a particular artillery fight that occurred and claimed the lives of many southerns that were later buried and exhumed from here in town.

Period style music will be a big part of the weekend. The Susquehanna Travellers will be performing at the Town Hall Steps on Saturday, July 12th at 10:00 a.m. and many other times throughout the weekend at Springfield Farm Barn. They will also be a part of our Annual Barn Dance on Saturday night starting at 8:00 p.m. and finishing around 10:00 p.m. A night time cannon firing will also occur during the dance as an added bonus to attend. Like in the past years we will have nonstop events throughout the weekend to include expert speakers, living history encampments, sutlers selling their goods, firing demonstrations, book sales and signings, a march to the Falling Waters crossing sight, wagon rides, and more.

This event, with the exception of the bus tours is completely FREE and provided by the Town of Williamsport and other sponsors. If you have any questions about attending or participating, please contact Scott Bragunier, the event coordinator, at (301) 573-7364 or you can email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) . The event schedule, directions to the sights, list of speakers, and other info can be found on our website at http://www.williamsportretreat.com . Donations will be accepted throughout the weekend to help support Williamsport’s efforts to continue to research and preserve its Civil War history.

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Libertarian fmr. Del. Buckley for WV Senate agrees: ‘It’s Not Party Labels That Matter’

Press Release received from Buckley for Senate campaign.

Hardy Co., WV - Libertarian fmr. Del. John Buckley for U.S. Senate today publicly affirmed congressional candidate Evan Jenkins’s assertion that “Party Labels” don’t matter. Jenkins, a Democrat-turned-Republican, in a recent campaign TV spot, tells voters in West Virginia’s 3rd congressional district that “it’s not party labels that matter.”

Buckley, a Republican-turned-Libertarian, wholeheartedly agrees.

“Voters should judge a candidate on his or her platform, voting record, and principles,” said Buckley. “The superficiality of a party label is often wholly misleading and a fig-leaf to cover up a weak record on the issues,” he added.

Buckley has been campaigning all across West Virginia as the only candidate championing economic freedom, civil liberties, and peace. Buckley’s “small government” platform and “Live and Let Live” philosophy is drawing an unusual coalition of voters from across the political spectrum.

Campaigning in Fayette, Raleigh, and Greenbrier Counties over the past weekend, Buckley offered voters a third choice in the contest for United States Senate.

“Voters are sick and tired of the hollow promises and empty rhetoric of the major-party candidates,” he said. “For instance, when I explained to voters at the Mountain Heritage Festival in Ansted that I was not a fan of President Obama’s policies, but also not a Big Business Republican,” Buckley said, “I found a ready and supportive audience.”

Buckley says he not only agrees with Republican Evan Jenkins on the irrelevance of party labels, he intends to make that point statewide.

“Bravo to Evan Jenkins,” Buckley offered. “Republicans and Democrats and independents throughout West Virginia should heed the message that party labels don’t matter.”


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Freedom Flapjacks Breakfast July 5 At St. Marks Episcopal Church

Boonsboro, MD – Historic St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is hosting the first of its Summer Pancake Breakfast Series. Freedom Flapjacks Breakfast will be held in the Parish Hall on Saturday, July 5, 2014 from 6:30 – 10:00 a.m. The menu will consist of “Freedom Flapjacks,” scrambled eggs, sausage and hot and cold beverages. Suggested donation of $5 for adults, $3 for children, FREE for toddlers and younger. All in the community are welcome. Proceeds from the breakfast will help support the church ministries.

“This can be a wonderful start to anyone’s day,” said The Rev. Anne Weatherholt, rector of the church. It will be especially nice for people who are heading to the Antietam National Battlefield to set up early for that evening’s Salute to Independence concert and fireworks. Go set up your tarp, and then stop in for breakfast!” Tours of the original church building, still in use, and historic cemetery will also be available upon request.

Freedom Flapjacks is the first of the church’s Summer Pancake Breakfast Series. Additional breakfasts will be offered on August 2, and the theme will be in keeping with the summer heat, Holy Hotcakes! On September 6, the theme will be Labor of Love Pancakes.

Founded in 1849, this landmark church has served many generations in Washington County. Recent research by Dr. Emilie Amt, professor of history at Hood College, uncovered a treasure trove of information about the church’s African American history, and in fact, there are slave graves in the church yard cemetery. Original church construction included a gallery at the back of the church specifically for use of the slaves of the eight founding members of the church.

The Growing Tree @ St. Mark’s—Pre-School is also open for tours. St. Mark’s has had a partnership with the Growing Tree for over twenty years.  Classes are offered Monday-Friday from 9-12 for Toddler and pre-K children.

St. Mark’s is included in the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau’s (CVB) “African-American Heritage Guide,” which is used by visitors to discover the rich African-American history in Washington County. A copy of the guide may be ordered from the CVB or seen at: http://www.marylandmemories.org/african-american.shtml

St. Marks, a member of the CVB, is located at 18313 Lappans Road, Boonsboro, MD 21713.


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Mooney Responds To Scotus Ruling On Epa Regulations

Press Release received from Mooney campaign.

Martinsburg, WV - Today, Alex Mooney, Republican nominee for Congress in West Virginia’s second congressional district, issued a statement in response to the United States Supreme Court’s ruling on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulation of greenhouse gas emissions.

In the court’s divided decision, Justice Scalia wrote that the EPA’s regulations “would bring about an enormous and transformative expansion in EPA’s regulatory authority without clear congressional authorization.” (UTILITY AIR REGULATORY GROUP v. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY ET AL)

“Although we still have a lot of work to do to repeal President Obama’s disastrous, job-killing regulations as part of his War on Coal, the court’s ruling today is an important reminder to the administration that Congress makes laws, not the president,” said Alex Mooney. “In Congress, I will be the strongest fighter for West Virginia coal jobs and families. I will work tirelessly to repeal the EPA’s burdensome regulations and halt future job-killing laws.”


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Libertarian fmr. Del. Buckley for WV Senate Calls Out Capito on Crony Capitalism, Ex-Im Bank

Press Release received from Buckley for Senate campaign.

Hardy Co., WV - Fmr. state Del. John Buckley, Libertarian for U.S. Senate, called on his Republican opponent, U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, to ditch the “crony capitalism” embodied in the Export-Import Bank.

“The Ex-Im Bank is a paragon of corporate welfare and a slush fund for big business,” said Buckley. “The taxpayers of West Virginia have a hard enough time surviving the economic onslaught of the Obama Administration. There’s no justification for further assaulting their wallets for a loan program subsidizing international corporations,” he added.

When the Ex-Im Bank comes up for reauthorization in September, “Capito should reverse course, stand up to her big business backers, and let businesses compete without government subsidy,” Buckley urged.

According to a recent report of the Congressional Budget Office, under “fair value accounting” practices used by private business, the Ex-Im Bank will likely cost American taxpayers $2 billion over the 10-year period from 2015 to 2024.

Buckley challenged Capito to “start acting like a ‘main street Republican’ rather than a mouthpiece for large, politically-connected companies.”

“It’s not ‘free enterprise’ for the government to pick winners and losers in the business marketplace,” said Buckley.

Capito should follow the lead of Rep. Jeb Hensarling, the Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee on which she serves, Buckley recommended. Hensarling opposes Ex-Im Bank reauthorization and has observed of the Bank that it is “impossible to provide government backing at no risk to hardworking taxpayers.” Even Barack Obama, in 2008, termed the Ex-Im Bank “little more than a fund for corporate welfare.”

“It’s time for Representative Capito to stand up for taxpayers rather than the corporate elite,” Buckley urged.


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West Virginia Lost 7,000 Jobs In 2013, Last In Job Creation Nationally

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A new study released by Workforce West Virginia, the state agency responsible for tracking employment data, shows that West Virginia lost 7,017 jobs last year, and another study ranks the state last in job creation in 2013.

“Unfortunately in 2013, West Virginia lost over 7,000 jobs, we ranked last in job creation and growth, our labor force participation rate was the lowest in the entire country, and CNBC has now ranked West Virginia near last for business,” said Greg Thomas, Executive Director of West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse.

Thomas added, “Over the last two years, our state has had one of the worst records of jobs creation in the entire country. Now is the time to pass legal reforms, which would cost our state virtually nothing, to attract job creators and make it easier for existing small businesses to grow and hire more people.”

On Monday, Workforce West Virginia released a report showing the state lost 7,017 jobs in 2013 (1). West Virginia ranked forty-eighth in CNBC’s ‘America’s Top States for Business’ released on Tuesday (2). The most recent data from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business shows that West Virginia ranked 50th in job creation in 2013 (3).

“Addressing West Virginia’s out-of-step civil justice system is one step to making West Virginia more attractive to job creators. Two examples, West Virginia remains one of two states in the country that does not guarantee an automatic right of appeal and our joint and several liability laws are lagging compared to other states,” said Thomas.

“Stopping abusive lawsuits filed by greedy millionaire personal injury lawyers that flood our legal system would greatly improve West Virginia’s job creation and business outlook. A few millionaire personal injury lawyers, the same ones who control our state legislature, are benefitting while many West Virginians cannot find well-paying jobs,” concluded Thomas. 


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Hagerstown Community College To Hold Second Annual Nora Roberts Writing Institute

Hagerstown, MD — This August, Hagerstown Community College (HCC) will hold its Second Annual Nora Roberts Writing Institute (NRWI) in historic Washington County, Maryland.

Named after local resident and international bestselling author Nora Roberts, NRWI is a summer writing retreat geared towards beginning and aspiring fiction writers looking to develop or enhance their writing skills.

Roberts lent her name to HCC’s writing institute to help provide participants with a solid foundation upon which to build a writing career. From the fundamentals of plot and character development to research basics, this three-day retreat is designed for fiction writers of all genres. Workshops and breakout sessions are taught by bestselling authors, college faculty, and public relations professionals. Also included in NRWI is a Young Writers Institute, with breakout sessions for teen writers between the ages of 13 and 19.

This year’s event will be held from Aug. 8-10 on the campus of HCC and will once again feature two bestselling authors as keynote speakers: Hank Phillippi Ryan and Sylvia Day.

Ryan, an investigative reporter for Boston’s NBC affiliate and an award-winning author of six mystery novels, will give the opening keynote and will teach a number of breakout sessions, as well as participate in several panel discussions.

Day, a New York Times and international bestselling author whose books have been sold in more than 40 countries, will give the closing keynote speech. She will also participate in several panel discussions and a special breakout session.

Cost is $275 per person for the three-day retreat. To register or learn more, visit http://www.nrwi.org.

Photo: Hank Phillippi Ryan and Sylvia Day.


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Libertarian Buckley first for WV Senate to call for US restraint in Iraqi turmoil

Press Release received from Buckley for Senate campaign.

Hardy Co., WV - John Buckley, Libertarian for U.S. Senate, called the introduction of additional troops, particularly special forces, in Iraq “a grievous mistake” and a sign of foreign policy disarray. “The unfolding tragedy in Iraq, as terrible as it is for Iraqi citizens of all religious denominations, is not our fight, not our fault, and not within our ability to resolve.”

Buckley’s call marks the first statement on the recent turmoil in Iraq.  Neither Republican Shelley Moore Capito nor Democrat Natalie Tennant have issued campaign comments on the subject.

Buckley said the Obama Administration’s foreign policy in Iraq has been “erratic and goal-less,” but “now it appears to be on the verge of a Vietnam-like escalation that will draw the United States back into a conflagration beyond our control.”

“Eyes and ears on the ground and protection of the American Embassy in Baghdad is one thing,” he said, “but the notion of collaborating with the terrorist government of Iran in order to fight the terrorism and carnage in Iraq is exceptionally wrong-headed and dangerous for the United States.”

“It is inexplicable to me that my Republican and Democratic opponents in the Senate race have been so silent on President Obama’s impending foreign policy mistake in Iraq,” Buckley noted. “The people of West Virginia are tired of fighting other peoples’ wars. It’s time to stand back and focus solely on the security of this country, not getting enmeshed officially in all the sectarian battles across the world.”

John Buckley was elected as a Republican to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1979. He also served as a member of the Electoral College in support of Ronald Reagan in 1980. He is retired from a career at the United States Court of Federal Claims, during which he served variously as the chief administrator of the Court as well as Chief of Staff and career law clerk to the Chief Judge.


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Sunday Circle Talk at Ferry Hill Plantation Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Wilderness Act

Sharpsburg, MD – The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal NHP) welcomes visitors to the Sunday Circle Talk at Ferry Hill Plantation (Ferry Hill Place) on Sunday, June 29, 2014, from 2:00pm to 3:00pm. During the discussion, retired National Park Service Ranger and wilderness lecturer Ed Zahniser will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act and describe how it is intertwined with the history of the C&O Canal NHP.

“In the middle of the last century, many of the same folks advocating for what would become the Wilderness Act nationally were also arguing locally for the preservation of the C&O Canal along the Potomac River,” Ben Helwig Supervisory District Ranger said. “The 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act is a great time to tell this story.”

Ed Zahniser’s life has been rooted in wilderness protection. As the son of Howard Zahniser – the pioneer of the 1964 Wilderness Act – Ed Zahniser witnessed his father take an active role in the formation of the Wilderness Act and saw his father’s passion concerning the environment as a member of the Wilderness Society. Ed enjoyed a 36-year career for the National Park Service Publication Group, writing and editing handbooks for parks such as the C&O Canal NPS, Yosemite National Park, and Yellowstone National Park. In May 2014, Ed Zahniser received the US Department of the Interior Distinguished Service Award, the highest career employee honor awarded by the Department of the Interior.  Since 1992, Ed has lectured about wilderness preservation, public lands values, and related topics in more than 50 venues nationwide.

The Sunday Circle Talks at Ferry Hill Plantation are free of charge, and visitors are encouraged to bring a lawn chair for the event.

Ferry Hill is a 19th century plantation house overlooking the scenic C&O Canal NHP and is located on the Maryland side of the Potomac River Bridge from historic Shepherdstown, WV. Ferry Hill Place will be open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until Labor Day from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Tours are offered every Saturday at 2:00pm. Ferry Hill Place is open free of charge.

For more information on Ferry Hill Plantation, please contact the C&O Canal NHP Williamsport Visitor Center at 301-582-0813 or visit http://www.nps.gov/choh.


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Guitar Music Concert At St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Boonsboro, MD—St. Mark’s Episcopal Church will host internationally known guitarist Peter Griggs in a concert, “The Guitar In America,” on Sunday, June 29 at 3 p.m. The church is located at 18313 Lappans Road, Boonsboro, MD 21713.

In this program, Mr. Griggs traces the history of the guitar in the United States, performing Spanish and English music from the Colonial period, American country dances and early classical works, spirituals, blues, ragtime, jazz and several of Griggs’ own compositions on both classical and electric guitar. A vocalist as well as an expert finger-style guitarist, Griggs will perform several songs by composers such as Robert Johnson, Duke Ellington and Ted Hawkins.  He also discusses the evolution of the guitar from its origins as a folk instrument through its gradual acceptance in the concert hall and recording studio, to its position today as an essential voice in American music.  There is something for listeners of all tastes on this wide-ranging program. 

Griggs has presented more than 500 solo guitar concerts throughout the USA, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, the Low Countries, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe at concert halls, art centers, festivals, museums, universities, cafes, clubs and other venues.  Reviews of his performances include, “Sizzling guitar playing,” from the Dundee, Scotland Courier and “an almost unbelievable talent—Peter Griggs performs magic!” from Germany’s Bergische Morning Post. He has recorded on Folkways records, Music Of The World, Locust Records, Treecastle Music and E360.

A free-will offering will be taken at the performance and there will be light refreshments offered at the conclusion.  This program is arranged by the musicians of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. 

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is a member of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). It is included in the CVB’s “African-American Heritage Guide,” which is used by visitors to discover the rich African-American history in Washington County. A copy of the guide may be ordered from the CVB by calling 301-791-3246, or at http://www.marylandmemories.com.


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Updated June / July Events from Asbury United Methodist Church

*** REVISED *** Asbury UMC Presents “An Afternoon of Music”
Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV invites our entire community to join us on Sunday June 29th at 2 PM as we hold a benefit concert to support our upcoming mission trip.  This concert will feature local musicians and vocalists from both Asbury and our community.  Following the concert, refreshments will be served in the Williams Hall.  This concert is open to the public and admission is free.  There will be a free will offering to help raise money for our mission trip to the Navajo Indian Reservation in August 2014.  Asbury UMC is handicapped accessible.  Please call 304-725-5513 or visit http://www.myasburychurch.org for more information.

Asbury UMC Hosting Independence Day 5K and Kids’ Dash
Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV invites our community to participate in the Independence Day 5K on Friday, July 4th at 8 a.m.  The race begins and ends at Asbury in Charles Town and the race will route through historic Charles Town.  Pre-registration is available at http://www.myasburyfunruns.comand also on the morning of the event between 7:30-7:45 a.m.  Please call 304-725-5513 or visit http://www.myasburychurch.org for more information.

Asbury UMC “Half-Hour of Power” Summer Bible Study to begin July 17
CHARLES TOWN - Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV invites our community to join us as we hold a 4 week summer Bible study called the “Half-Hour of Power,” from 8 to 8:30 a.m. every Thursday, beginning July 17, at McDonald’s, 606 E. Washington St.  Each week will have an exciting new study topic on current events and how the Bible relates.  Please call 304-725-5513 or visit http://www.myasburychurch.org for more information.

Asbury UMC Announces 2014 Vacation Bible School Schedule
Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV announces their 2014 Vacation Bible School Program.  Registration will be on Monday July 21st at 5:30 PM and the VBS program will be each weeknight from 6-8 PM (July 21st – 25th).  This year’s program is called Weird Animals and teaches children that God filled the world with many crazy creatures…including you! When kids feel different, weird, or lost in a crowd—nothing can compare to Jesus’ extraordinary love. During the Weird Animals VBS program, kids experience God’s Word in surprising and unforgettable ways. Give your kids a wild-and-worshipful summer with Weird Animals VBS. All children, regardless of denomination or church affiliation are invited to participate.  Asbury UMC is handicapped accessible.  Please call 304-725-5513 or visit http://www.myasburychurch.org for more information.

*** NEW *** Asbury UMC Announces Rally Sunday Service and Ministry Fair
Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV invites our community to join us on August 31st as we celebrate Rally Sunday.  On this special Sunday, we will hold a Unity Worship Service at 10:00 a.m. highlighting our Sunday School Department, Asbury’s Educational Program and enjoy music from the Shepherds Choir, Bell Choir, Praise Band & more.  Following the Unity Service, there will be time of fellowship in Williams Hall and everyone is invited to join us at our first Ministry Fair.  The Ministry Fair will hi-light all the wonderful ministries sponsored by Asbury and informational tables & representatives will be on hand so members and guests can learn more about all the activities and services available through our church.  Asbury UMC is located at 110 West North Street in Charles Town WV and our facilities are handicapped accessible.  Please call 304-725-5513 or visit http://www.myasburychurch.org for more information.


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Explore Outdoor Ethics With The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers June 28

Harpers Ferry, WV – Join the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 28 to learn about sound hiking and camping techniques that minimize environmental impacts. This free, family friendly event will be held at the ATC Visitor Center, located at 799 Washington St. in Harpers Ferry, WV.

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will present a hands-on workshop designed to educate participants about Leave No Trace (LNT) practices, offering a chance for all attendees to become environmental stewards. LNT practices along the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) include: plan ahead and prepare; travel and camp on durable surfaces; dispose of waste properly; leave what you find; minimize campfire impacts; respect wildlife; and be considerate of other visitors.

“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is excited to team up with the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers as we encourage the community to explore what it means to enjoy the outdoors in a responsible way,” said Javier Folgar, director of Marketing and Communications.

At approximately 2,180 miles, the A.T. is the longest single unit of the National Park System. With the large number of people who enjoy the Trail each year, it is possible that hikers may inadvertently damage the natural environment along the Trail and affect the experience for others. By adopting LNT practices, A.T. users will enable the Trail to retain its essential natural qualities and continue to be a place where an outdoor experience is available.

Event Overview:
Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Date: Saturday, June 28
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: ATC Visitor Center, 799 Washington St., Harpers Ferry, WV

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers are an outreach program of the member-driven Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, which strives to grow a nation of outdoor advocates dedicated to putting LNT practices into action. For more information about the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, visit http://www.lnt.org/learn/traveling-teams. For more information about LNT practices as they relate to the A.T., visit http://www.appalachiantrail.org/LNT.

About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park Service, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,185 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information, please visit http://www.appalachiantrail.org


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West Virginia Citizen’s Defense League Endorses Alex Mooney For Congress

Press release received from Mooney campaign.

Martinsburg, WV - Today, Alex Mooney, Republican nominee for Congress in West Virginia’s second congressional district, was endorsed by the West Virginia Citizen’s Defense League (WVCDL).

“Alex Mooney has proven himself as a constant fighter for the Second Amendment,” said Art Thomm, Vice President and Legislative Liaison of the West Virginia Citizen’s Defense League. “We are proud to endorse Alex Mooney for Congress because he is a stalwart in defending the gun rights of West Virginians. Already experienced in sponsoring right-to-carry and other responsible pro-gun legislation, Alex Mooney will lead the charge against President Obama’s gun-control agenda.”

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the West Virginia Citizen’s Defense League,” said Alex Mooney. “The WVCDL is at the forefront of the fight for our gun rights in West Virginia. I plan to work closely with them in standing up for our right to bear arms. Not only will I vote pro-gun in Congress, I will continue to lead the charge to protect the right of law-abiding citizens to own and carry firearms.”

Alex Mooney has received an A+ rating from the WVCDL and an A+ from the National Rifle Association [NRA]. In contrast to Mooney’s strong pro-gun record, Nick Casey has a history of being anti-gun, receiving a B- from the NRA (NRA-PVF, 6/9/14).

As stated on their website, “the West Virginia Citizens Defense League (WVCDL), West Virginia’s largest pro-gun lobbying group, is a non-partisan, non-profit, all-volunteer, grassroots organization of concerned West Virginians who support our individual right to keep and bear arms for defense of self, family, home and state, and for lawful hunting and recreational use, as guaranteed by Article III, §22 of the West Virginia Constitution and the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.”


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A Section Of Burnside Bridge Road Scheduled To Close Until December 2014

Hagerstown, Md. – The Washington County Division of Engineering & Construction Management has announced the closure of a section of Burnside Bridge Road for a bridge replacement project.

Effective Monday, June 23, 2014 at 6 a.m., a section of Burnside Bridge Road, located south of Sharpsburg, will be closed to thru traffic until approximately December 2014. While this portion of the road is not the primary route leading to the historic Burnside Bridge, some visitors to the Antietam National Battlefield could be impacted.  A detour will be maintained to route traffic around the project.


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Invasion Stalled: Harpers Ferry and the Defense of Washington

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park will host a Civil War 150th Anniversary commemorative event, Invasion Stalled: Harpers Ferry and the Defense of Washington on July 4, 5, and 6, 2014. This event highlights the engaging role of Harpers Ferry in delaying Confederate General Jubal Early’s 1864 march on Washington and the run up to the Battle of Monocacy.

“Harpers Ferry first sounded the alarm of the last Confederate invasion of the North,” explained Dennis Frye, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park’s chief historian and Civil War author. “Then the Southern army stalled for four days -four long days - trying to maneuver the U.S. defenders out of the Harpers Ferry forts. Those four days earned invaluable time to rush Union troops to help save Washington.”

The three-day commemoration will provide visitors with a variety of programs including the diverse places and faces of this little-known piece of Civil War history. The stories of citizens and soldiers in West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia bring to life the dangers of life in the border town of Harpers Ferry during war. The battle included fighting on Maryland Heights, Loudoun Heights, Bolivar Heights, Camp Hill and Fort Duncan surrounding the town. Featured programs will include living history activities, artillery programs, family/youth activities, ranger conducted programs, special exhibitions by Monocacy National Battlefield, the Civil War Defenses of Washington and Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park, concerts by the Wildcat Regiment Band, the Ft. McHenry Fife & Drum Corps, and special keynote presentations by Dr. B. F. Cooling and Dennis E. Frye.

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park includes land in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. The park opens at 9 a.m. daily throughout the year. Parking is available at the PARK ENTRANCE via U.S. Route 340. Shuttle buses run every 15 minutes from the National Park Visitor Center to the special event sites.

For detailed information about the July commemoration and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, visit http://www.nps.gov/hafe/historyculture/hf-civil-war.htm

Additional Historical Information

In the summer of 1864, Confederate General Jubal Early led 14,000 soldiers down the Shenandoah Valley to draw Federal troops away from the siege of Richmond, Virginia. Early boldly targeted Washington, D.C, and chose the Potomac River water gap in the Blue Ridge Mountains at Harpers Ferry as his portal to the capital.

On July 4, as the Confederates approached Harpers Ferry, Federal Brigadier General Max Weber abandoned the town, destroyed the B&O railroad bridge, and retired to the defenses of Maryland Heights. Town resident Joseph Barry recalled, “At no time during the war was there as deep a gloom on Harpers Ferry as on that anniversary of the birth of our nation.”

The Federals, reinforced by General Franz Sigel, bombarded the town where Early’s men had taken cover. Early crossed the Potomac and attacked the defenders of Maryland Heights; for the first time in the Civil War the Federals held on to their mountain fortress. The stalled invasion cost Early four days and allowed Federal forces to make a desperate, one-day stand at Monocacy. Ultimately, veterans from General Ulysses S. Grant’s army had just enough time to reinforce the all but empty forts circling Washington and prevent Early from wreaking havoc in the District of Columbia.


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WATER DOES NOT HAVE TO SOAK SUMMER PLANS

The sun is beating down. A gentle breeze is blowing. The clear pool water is warm. You are enjoying a perfect summer day with family and friends. Then all of a sudden…Plop! Your cellphone drops in the water.

Don’t feel bad, you can take action. A recent U.S. Cellular survey indicated that 58 percent of Americans have damaged, lost and/or had a phone stolen.¹ Replacing a wet smartphone can be costly, so there are recovery steps you can take if your device accidentally ends up in the sink, gets splashed by waves at the lake or encounters a stray thunderstorm. U.S. Cellular recommends following these five steps to help ensure the photos, contacts and messages you have on your mobile device are not lost:

Step 1 – If your phone does not turn off when it gets wet, power it down immediately. Once the power is off, Grab a towel and remove as much excess water from the phone as you can then remove the battery.
Step 2 – Remove any skins, covers or faceplates and dry off any other excess water. If you have a flip phone, you should open it up, so air can reach the keypad.
Step 3 – As hard as it may be, the best thing to do is to leave the phone powered off for a day or two to give the internal circuitry a chance to dry out. During this time, turn it over several times, so that any water trapped inside can make it to the surface.
Step 4 – It is very tempting to try and speed up the drying process with hairdryers, microwaves, space heaters and ovens. However, the intensity of the heat may cause further damage to the phone’s internal circuitry. Placing your wet phone by a fan is a much better alternative to help the phone dry out.
Step 5 – Once you put the battery back in, power on your device. If it turns on, you can breathe a sigh of relief, though it may only be temporary. Moisture damage signs may take time. Symptoms might appear several weeks or months later. Check your keypad, as keys that stick or don’t work all the time are signs of permanent damage.
 
“Mobile devices have improved relationships with family and friends by enabling more frequent, in-the-moment sharing, but accidents can happen,” said Jack Brundige, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in the Mid-South. “We want to make sure customers can create and share better moments throughout the year, so we also recommend that you back up your data, so if your phone ends up damaged this summer, you can still share the fun times you had.”

There are a number of smartphones and accessories that can keep your device safe from the elements as you enjoy baseball, softball, camping, biking or hiking this summer.


Samsung Galaxy S 5: This 4G LTE device is made to last longer and stronger. With an IP67 certification, the Galaxy S 5 is resistant to sweat, rain, liquids, sand and dust, so your smartphone is protected for any activity and situation. 

ECOXBT Waterproof Speaker: Don’t worry if you drop this accessory in the pool, lake or river because it floats. The ECOXBT, which features 10 hours of battery life, can serve as a Bluetooth speaker or speakerphone.
 
Waterproof Accessories and Cases: The LifeProof Fre case is waterproof, dirt proof, and shockproof and is available for the Samsung Galaxy S 4, Samsung Galaxy S 5, and the iPhone 5s and 5c. The Yurbuds Inspire Aqua Sports Earphones provide an ergonomic fit, premium sound, and are also sweat and water-resistant.


¹ Between Nov. 15 and Dec. 2, 2013, 500 nationally representative online interviews were conducted among smartphone users in partnership with Maritz Research.

4G LTE service provided through King Street Wireless, a partner of U.S. Cellular. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. 

About U.S. Cellular
U.S. Cellular rewards its customers with unmatched benefits and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier has a strong line-up of cutting-edge devices that are all backed by its high-speed network that has the highest call quality of any national carrier. Currently, nearly 90 percent of customers have access to 4G LTE speeds, and more than 93 percent will have access by the end of 2014. U.S. Cellular was named a J.D. Power and Associates Customer Champion in 2014 for the third time in four years. To learn more about U.S. Cellular, visit one of its retail stores or uscellular.com. To get the latest news, promos and videos, connect with U.S. Cellular on Facebook.com/uscellular, Twitter.com/uscellular and YouTube.com/uscellularcorp.

 


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Appalachian Trail Conservancy Seeks Volunteers To Help Remove Invasive Plants July 12

Asheville, NC – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is seeking volunteers to participate in an invasive exotic plant workday beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 12 at Lemon Gap, along the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) on the Tennessee/North Carolina border. Carpooling to Lemon Gap will be available, and those interested should meet at 8 a.m. at the ATC’s Southern Regional Office parking lot, located at 160 Zillicoa St. in Asheville, NC.

The free event, hosted by the ATC, will provide participants with an opportunity to remove non-native invasive plants and protect the native biodiversity of the Lemon Gap area. Volunteers will target the highly-invasive plant Japanese spiraea (Spiraea japonica) by pulling small stems or cutting and applying herbicide to larger stems. This work is a continuation of control efforts which began in 2011.

“Come get your hands dirty and help protect the forest ecosystems of the Appalachian Trail through the removal of non-native invasive plants,” said John Odell, resource management coordinator at the ATC.

The workday will begin with a brief educational workshop to train volunteers on the importance of native plant diversity, plant identification and safe work procedures. Participants will also receive free guidebooks for the identification and control of invasive exotic plants. Afterward, the group will work along the A.T. to remove spiraea and any other invasive plants encountered.

The ATC will provide all equipment needed for the workday. Volunteers are asked to wear long sleeves, long pants and sturdy hiking boots or shoes. Participants should also bring a lunch and at least two quarts of water. Those who carpool will return to Asheville by 5 p.m.

Event Overview:
Invasive Exotic Plant Workday
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Date: Saturday, July 12
Place: Lemon Gap, NC (Meet at 8 a.m. at 160 Zillicoa St. in Asheville to carpool)
Individuals or groups interested in volunteering or carpooling should contact Rhys Brydon-Williams at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or by calling 828.254.3708. For more information about the workday, visit http://www.appalachiantrail.org/events.

About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park Service, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,185 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information, please visit http://www.appalachiantrail.org.

Contact: Javier Folgar            
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Tel: 304.535.2200 x117
Fax: 304.535.2667
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ATHike
Web: http://www.appalachiantrail.org

For more information or to schedule an interview, please call Javier Folgar at 304.535.6331 x117 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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WVCALA: Abusive Lawsuits Hurt Small Business

Small and local businesses are a staple to communities across West Virginia, but many such businesses feel threatened by abusive lawsuits, which can be very costly even if they are meritless.

Fighting a frivolous lawsuit can be more expensive than settling out-of-court, and even just one successful lawsuit could lead to a business having to close its doors and let its employees go. 

Some predatory personal injury lawyers count on this fact and file abusive lawsuits hoping the small business victim will settle – and thereby line the personal injury lawyers’ pockets – rather than opt for a trial the business cannot afford.

These are some of the types of concerns felt by local small business advocates, who met last week at a Wheeling forum hosted by West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse as the kick-off of the group’s Small Business Summer program.

The kickoff event was well attended by small business owners, community leaders, and elected officials representing the northern panhandle. Participants shared their concerns as small businesses in a very litigious environment, talked about reforms that could help to improve the business climate, and heard from WV CALA about what others are saying around the state.

Two key goals of Small Business Summer are to provide a forum to share information among small business leaders and to raise awareness about how lawsuit abuse hurts small businesses and their employees.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, West Virginia has more than 28,000 small businesses that employ nearly 300,000 people. Most of these businesses are very small, with 75.3 percent employing less than 20 employees.

More than one-third of small business owners have been sued according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform. Approximately seven in 10 small business owners say that a lawsuit would force them to reduce benefits for employees or hold back on hiring.

West Virginia’s economy is in trouble. Every new job created and every existing job is vital to our small towns and communities. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that West Virginia has been last in workforce participation for nearly 40 years. The American Tort Reform Foundation has named West Virginia to its ‘Judicial Hellhole’ list for more than 10 consecutive years.

One of the best ways small business owners can make sure the civil justice system is strong is to serve on a jury and support their employees when they are called upon to do so. Other important civic duties for everyone are to be educated voters and vocal advocates for fair courts.  Our legal system only works when we all participate.

When we work together to create jobs, not lawsuits, we can raise awareness about those who abuse the system to profit off the backs of small business owners and their employees. In doing so, we can make this summer, and every season, a time for small businesses to grow and provide needed jobs and services to our communities.

Press release receive via WVCALA - Article by Greg Thomas is Executive Director of West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse.


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Frontier Communications Delivers Broadband Service in Morgan County

BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV – Frontier Communications has improved broadband speeds in an area south of Berkeley Springs and made broadband service available to residents and businesses in an area south of Great Cacapon.

“Frontier continues to invest in West Virginia and has extended its broadband network in Morgan County,” General Manager Paul Espinosa said. “We are excited about the choices we are able to provide. Residential customers can learn and work at home, and businesses have access to leading-edge services that can help them serve their customers.”

Residents and businesses along Cacapon Road and Detour Road now have access to broadband service, Espinosa said. Frontier, he added, has improved broadband speeds in the Valley Road area.

Frontier offers residential customers download speeds up to 24 megabits per second (Mbps), Espinosa said. Businesses may have access to service of up to 40 Mbps download and up to 10 Mbps upload. Frontier also offers businesses speeds of up to 1 Gigabit through its Ethernet platform.

Espinosa recommended that residents call 1-800-921-8101 toll free for information about service options. Residential customers ordering Frontier broadband for the first time can start at just $19.99 per month with a qualifying phone service, he said. The no-contract offer provides a two-year price guarantee for broadband service. Customers have an opportunity to bundle broadband service with telephone and television services and realize substantial savings, he added.

Businesses can call 1-800-921-8102 toll free for information about acquiring business-class speeds and Frontier’s $19.99-per-month broadband promotion with a qualifying phone service.

Espinosa said Frontier is using subsidies from the federal Connect America Fund (CAF) to expand and improve service in unserved and underserved areas. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which has said broadband service is necessary for citizens to seek full participation in the nation’s economy and society, transformed the telephone-focused Universal Service Fund (USF) into the CAF.

About Frontier Communications Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: FTR) offers broadband, voice, satellite video, wireless Internet data access, data security solutions, bundled offerings, specialized bundles for residential customers, small businesses and home offices and advanced communications for medium and large businesses in 27 states. Frontier’s approximately 13,700 employees are based entirely in the United States. More information is available at http://www.frontier.com.


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Fall 2014 Adult In Line Hockey Registration

Martinsburg, WV - Registration is currently being accepted for the Fall 2014 Adult Inline Hockey League. The registration deadline is August 21, 2014. Games will begin August 30, 2014. The fee is $60 per player. There is an additional $40 jersey fee, if you are new to the league or require a new jersey. Any registrations received after the deadline will be charged a $10 late fee.

You may register in person at either the Berkeley 2000 Recreation Center or The Randy Smith Recreation Center. You may register online or download a form from our website: http://www.mbcparks-rec.org.

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U.S. Cellular Recommends Five Apps for Working on the Move

Out of the office can still mean you’re on the job. With the help of a smartphone or tablet such as the 4G LTE iPhone 5s or iPad Air, and some helpful apps, users can optimize their work experience on location and in the moment without sacrificing productivity.

The use of mobile technology can mean the difference between staying on schedule and on budget or not.  According to a recent MarketingCharts.com survey, half of smartphone users ages 18-39 use their phones as the primary device to check email, and a majority of those users check it hourly.
But it isn’t just email.  According to a 2014 Exact Target/Salesforce Mobile Behavior Report survey, six in 10 users have downloaded a business-specific (not utility or gaming) application in the past six months – with 65 percent of those saying it’s a more convenient way to access information. The features of many of these popular apps suggest the convergence of the Internet’s defining trends, big data and mobile, is imminent.

With reliable mobile access to the Internet on a 4G LTE network through U.S. Cellular users can download apps to increase mobile productivity and stay informed.  Independent contractors often meet in many locations throughout their day, making calendar and map apps a necessity for being in the right place at the right time.  Onsite projects like construction and architecture require builders and designers to make decisions in the moment.  Having access to information such as city code requirements can keep construction on budget and on schedule.

“Those managing onsite projects or those who travel for business require mobile access to data, as well as the ability to create cross-platform, integrated reports that can be shared,” said Jack Brundige, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in the Mid-South.  “Work continues to get done even when employees are out of the office.”

For those looking to stay on the grid on the go, U.S. Cellular recommends the following apps for their smartphones and tablets to stay informed and productive on the job:

  • Mobile Data Security: Offering comprehensive mobile security and privacy, this U.S. Cellular Android app ($2.99/month) gives you the peace of mind to use your smartphone to conduct critical business with confidence.  Back up your photos, videos, contacts and call logs with one-touch efficiency, and protect yourself from phishing, fraud, harmful sites and malware.
  • CloudOn: With this free app, iPhone and Android users can create and access Microsoft Office files from any mobile device. Seamless integration with DropBox, Google Drive and OneDrive makes group projects easier to manage wherever individuals on the team are. Track changes in real time using advanced editing functions, thereby increasing efficiency and productivity, and keeping both clients and personnel happy.
  • CamScanner: CamScanner turns your iPhone5s or iPad Air, into a mobile scanner for documents, receipts, notes, whiteboards and other texts.  Smart cropping and auto enhancing ensures your text and graphics come out clear and it is easy to share the documents as in PDF or JPEG format via email, social media and more. The app is available on both your Android and iOS mobile devices.
  • Evernote: This easy-to-use, free app lets users sync data across multiple devices.  Take notes, record voice reminders, capture photos, and make it all accessible and searchable, in the office or at the lab, on your smartphone or tablet.
  • NOAA Weather Radar: No matter how organized people are, we can’t control Mother Nature. Independent contractors of any kind using a 4G LTE network will know if that summer squall is coming their way, so they can take steps to keep outdoor work sites protected, or move that meeting inside. Created by the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration, this Android and iOS app features a “Pull down to refresh” feature that updates the radar.
  • Mileage Tracker: This handy free Android app tracks mileage through GPS and calculates the expense.  Productive travelers can also backup data and send reports to DropBox and Google Drive for multiple vehicles and accounts. Focus on business knowing that you are managing your miles effectively.
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“Big data is only helpful when it can be harnessed effectively. These apps bring people and data together, almost anywhere,” says Brundige.  “Putting them to use means you can simply do what it is you do, and spend less time managing what you do.”

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About King Street Wireless, L.P.
King Street Wireless, L.P. currently holds 700 MHz wireless spectrum in 27 states and is partnering with Chicago-based U.S. Cellular to deliver high-speed 4G LTE service to U.S. Cellular’s customers in several of the carrier’s markets.  King Street Wireless is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia where it is recognized for its involvement in its community both through its economic development and philanthropic efforts. To learn more about King Street Wireless, visit http://www.kingstreetwireless.com.

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Shepherdstown Community–Wide Yard Sale Set For Saturday

Shepherdstown’s first annual community-wide yard and tag sale is set for this Saturday, June 14.

The sale will be held rain or shine from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The sale is being sponsored by Shepherdstown’s BEST (Better Experiences for Shepherdstown Tourists) Group, with the support of the Town Council. The idea is to provide a fun community event that will also be an excellent opportunity to attract new visitors to the town.

Residents and organizations are being asked to set up tables in their yards or alleys, selling they no longer need but others may want, such as antiques, accessories, furniture, tools, and books.

Businesses are being asked to set up tag-sale tables in front of their stores.

Residents who live outside the town limits can set up tables on the section of King Street in front of Town Hall. This section of the street will be closed to vehicle traffic, and anyone who lives within the Shepherdstown zip code may use it to display sale items. All who do so must supply their own tables and be responsible for setting up and taking down their displays.

Organizers say their goal has been to enlist 200 families, organizations, and businesses to participate. They say it’s proven impossible to get a firm count of those planning to participate, but they’re hopeful they’ll achieve their goal.

Out-of-town visitors attending the sale will be directed to the Shepherd University parking lot at Princess and High streets, and to the St. Agnes Church parking lot.

A map showing key sale locations will be available to visitors, and sale locations will be marked with red balloons.

For more information, contact David Springer at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 240-818-6688.


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Special Topics in Acrylics Workshop on Tap at Berkeley Art Works

Teaching Artist W. J. Gilbert (“Jean”) Kellogg will teach a workshop on Textural Elements in Acrylic Paintings on Saturday, June 28 from 11am – 4p at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in downtown Martinsburg.

The workshop, taught by award winning artist, Jean Kellogg, will be an introduction to developing textural elements through acrylic painting techniques. Information provided will include some “whys” of brush selection, prep work, paint application methods, use of canvas paper and canvas boards, and will also allow the student to sample a variety of materials, brush techniques, and paints. If you have struggled with elements such as foliage, fur, feathers, skies, water, etc. when you paint with acrylics, this is a great class to explore these challenges and still have some fun!

Details and online registration are available at http://www.berkeleyartswv.org/artworks/workshops/. For more information, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), call 304-620-7277 or visit the Berkeley Art Works at 116 North Queen Street Thu 12-5, Fri 12-8, Sat 12-5, Sun 12-3.

The Berkeley Art Works, a project of the Berkeley Arts Council, is the realization of the long-held dream of the arts community in Martinsburg and Berkeley County West Virginia: to have a community-based arts facility that supports local and regional artists, brings quality arts experiences for the members of the public, and provides a wide range of arts learning experiences for local residents, artists, and artisans. The Berkeley Arts Council is on the Web at http://www.berkeleyartswv.org.

Photo: Painting with examples of special techniques by W.J. Gilbert Kellogg


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Rubbish Roundup At Riverbottom Park In Williamsport Re-Scheduled For June 28

WILLIAMSPORT, Md.  (June 10, 2014)  The Antietam-Conococheague Watershed Alliance (ACWA) has rescheduled their 1st Annual Conococheague Creek Rubbish Roundup to clean trash and debris out of the lower portion of the Conococheague Creek and Potomac Riverbottom Park on Saturday, June 28, 2014. The event was originally scheduled for May 17, 2014, but was cancelled due to flooding in the area.  Volunteers are encouraged to join in with canoes and kayaks or walk to collect litter and trash around the Riverbottom Park area in Williamsport, MD.

The goal of the Rubbish Roundup is to not only remove the trash locally, but to prevent it from being washed into the Potomac River, the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.  It also encourages the community to get to know and understand our local watersheds, enjoy them and take steps to protect them.

To participate, meet at the Riverbottom Park in Williamsport, MD at 9 a.m. to register for the event.  Wear shoes and clothing that can wet and dirty and bring gloves if you wish.  Trash bags and snacks will be provided.  All ages are welcome but minors do need to be with an adult.  All those in boats must wear personal floatation devices.

The Antietam-Conococheague Watershed Alliance is a new name for the previous Antietam Creek Watershed Alliance; the well recognized acronym, ACWA, does not change. The new name, reflecting the partnership between friends of the two creeks, seemed only natural as both watersheds face the similar problems and make up the majority of Washington County’s watershed.

ACWA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, protecting, and restoring the Antietam and Conococheague Creeks as sustainable resources for the community.  Student Service Learning (SSL) hours are available.


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NRCC Promotes Mooney To Young Gun

Press release received from Mooney campaign.
Martinsburg, WV - Today, Alex Mooney, Republican nomineee for Congress in West Virginia’s second congressional district, was promoted to “Young Gun” status in the National Republican Congressional Committee’s Young Guns program.

“Candidates that reach ‘Young Gun’ status have met a series of rigorous goals that will put them in position to win on Election Day,” said NRCC Chairman Greg Walden. “Our job as a committee is to help elect Republicans to office that will serve as a check and balance on the Obama administration.”

“I am proud to become a Young Gun in the NRCC Young Guns program,” said Alex Mooney. “Thanks to the support and handwork of our volunteers all across the district, we have a clear path to victory in November. West Virginians are sick and tired of President Obama’s job-killing policies and runway deficits. I promise to stand up to President Obama to protect our West Virginia values, fight to repeal Obamacare, defeat the War on Coal, and protect our jobs.”


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Hagerstown Aviation Museum Presents A Father’s Day Event - “Open Airplane Afternoon”

Hagerstown, MD—Hagerstown Aviation Museum presents “Open Airplane Afternoon” Sunday, June 15, 1pm-4pm. Bring the family out to the Hagerstown Regional Airport to celebrate Father’s Day! Climb aboard and sit in the cockpit of the historic Fairchild Flying Boxcar and PT-26 aircraft. See exhibits and other museum aircraft such as the 1928 Kreider Reisner KR-31 biplane, 1943 Fairchild PT-19 WWII Trainer and Fairchild 24, all built in Hagerstown. The museum owns twenty historic aircraft, twelve of which were built in Hagerstown.

These aircraft are a testament to the spirit, will and talent of generations in and around Hagerstown and serve as monumentsto the men and women who built, flew and maintained these aircraft in defense of our nation in times of war and peace. At museum events, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and even some great great grandchildren of these workers have touched, walked through and admired the aircraft built by the hands of their ancestors. It is this personal relationship that many people have with these airplanes that creates a special connection with the past. For most of the 20th century, the building of airplanes played a major role in the lives of many families and communities of the Hagerstown area.

Step back in time and experience a memorable flight in the museum’s 1943 Fairchild PT-19 Primary Trainer! Thousands of allied pilots earned their wings during WWII in this historic aircraft built by Fairchild Aircraft seventy years ago in Hagerstown, Maryland. By making a $100 donation, you too can experience the thrill of open cockpit flying. A great gift for dad! The museum plans to have rides available after 2 pm, weather permitting. Event is rain or shine.

As part of “Open Airplane Afternoon,” meet author Vincent Gisriel, Jr.,  writer of Hearts Away, Bombs Away. This book shares the beautiful love story of his parents, a true World War II hero and the woman he left at home in Baltimore.  Vincent will be available to sign copies of his book.

FREE admission/donations accepted. Museum merchandise, books, DVDs, hats for sale. FREE museum magazine and Fairchild C-123 photo for all guests.

“Open Airplane Afternoon” is a great time to donate items to the museum related to Hagerstown’s aviation past. The museum is raising funds to bring home its 1956 Fairchild C-123 Provider! See photos, read more about the aircraft and donate to the C-123 project at http://www.hagerstownaviationmuseum.org

The next “Open Airplane Afternoon” date is Sunday, July 20. Directions: From Route 11 at the Hagerstown Regional Airport turn onto Basore Dr. at Tony’s Pizza and follow the signs. For more information visit:  http://www.hagerstownaviationmuseum.org or the museum Facebook page or call 301-733-8717

The Hagerstown Aviation Museum is a member of the Washington County Association of Historic Sites and Museums and of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.


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Saturday at Morgan’s Grove Market

Find healthy, tasty and affordable food every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm at Morgan’s Grove Market. This week, fresh vegetables will include lettuces, kale, herbs, spring onions, radishes and more.

Crestview meat will have hormone and antibiotic free beef and pork, as well as free-range eggs. Freshly-baked pies are always available from Susie Wimer, and you’ll find a range of gluten free baked goods from C&J Enterprises line of “No G 4 Me” products.

Weekly events include outdoor yoga with Allie Nasteff, beginning at 9:30 am. Cost is $10 per person. Attendees should bring their own mat. Train for the Freedom’s Run Kids Fun Run every Saturday at 9 am. Children must have a parent present.

Morgan’s Grove Market is located at 3988 Kearneysville Pike, right next to Morgan’s Grove Park. For more information, visit http://www.Facebook.com/MorgansGroveMarket, or visit the market during their new Tuesday hours from 3 pm to 7 pm.


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Father’s Day Cookout On Tap at The Historic McFarland House

Martinsburg, W.Va - The Historic McFarland House, a wedding and special-event venue in Martinsburg, announces a Father’s Day Cookout set for Sunday, June 15. The event kicks off with a meet and greet at 12:30 p.m., with the cookout starting at 1.

Located at 409 S. Queen Street, The Historic McFarland House hosts a variety of culinary events each month, including date nights, fundraisers—including a monthly fundraiser for St. Joseph School in Martinsburg—and special events for holidays like Father’s Day.

The McFarland House boasts the culinary prowess of Executive Chef Brad Spates, a 2009 Iron Chef winner known for his unique take on traditional cooking and expressive use of flavors and textures. Spates will be a contestant on Bravo TV’s Top Chef this fall.

Tickets for the Father’s Day Cookout are $26.50 for Victual Club members and $31.80 for non-members.

To purchase tickets or to learn more about Victual Club membership, visit http://www.historicmcfarlandhouse.com/events, or call 304-263-1890.

About The Historic McFarland House:
The Historic McFarland House is the premier wedding and dining destination for residents of West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Nestled in Martinsburg, the Victorian venue blends elegant service with culinary sophistication. In the kitchen, acclaimed Chef Brad Spates (2009 Iron Chef winner and fall 2014 Top Chef contender) excites modern palates with fresh, local ingredients and inspired fare. For more information, visit HistoricMcFarlandHouse.com or call 304-263-1890.


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Signature Watercolor Artist Lynn Ferris to Teach in Martinsburg

A three-day watercolor workshop by artist and instructor Lynn Ferris, AWS, NWS, will be offered at the Berkeley Art Works on September 17 - 19, 2014.  The workshop will focus on techniques to capture light in watercolor, changing a painting from ordinary to extraordinary. Students will learn to design with light, recognize light sources and the shadows they create, add drama and luminosity. Lynn provides handouts, reference materials and lots of personal attention. The workshop is suitable for all levels but some experience with watercolor is preferred.

The Berkeley Arts Council presents the workshop at its facility at 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. The workshop hours are from 9 am to 4 pm each day. The cost is $275 and space is limited. For details and online registration, visit http://www.berkeleyartswv.org/artworks/capturethelight/.

In addition, the 2014 West Virginia Watercolor Society Signature Exhibit will be open to the public and on display in the Berkeley Art Works gallery from September 4 to 28. Visitors are invited to meet the artists at a free reception on Saturday, September 6 from 5 - 7 pm.  Gallery hours are Thursday 12-5, Friday 12-8, Saturday 12-5, and Sunday 12-3.

The Berkeley Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) non‐profit organization incorporated in West Virginia working to ensure that Berkeley County has a vibrant, vital arts environment by promoting awareness, understanding and appreciation of the literary, visual and performing arts in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. The Berkeley Arts Council is on the Web at http://www.berkeleyartswv.org.

Photo: “Balconies” by Lynn Ferris


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Nominations Now Being Accepted for the Leadership Berkeley Class of 2014-2015

The Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the Leadership Berkeley Class of 2015.

Leadership Berkeley is designed to provide a series of educational and participatory experiences as well as an opportunity for dialogue and the development of new relationships among participants. Sessions include:  Leadership Lessons/Skills, Team Building, Education, Healthcare, Local Government, State Government, Public Safety, Human Services, Community Cultures/History and Business.

Tuition is $800 (for members of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce) and $975 (for non-members) to participate in Leadership Berkeley.  Payment of the fee shall be made after a participant is selected and not at the time of application.  Tuition includes all course materials, trip to Charleston, monthly lunch, and graduation dinner expenses.

For more information, contact Tina Combs at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 304.267.4841 or visit our website.


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June / July Events from Asbury United Methodist Church

Asbury UMC To Hold Pentecost Unity Service
Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV invites our entire community to join us as we celebrate the Church’s birthday on Sunday June 8th with a special Pentecost Unity Service.  This single service at 10 AM will feature special music, readings, a dynamic sermon and much more.  Everyone is then invited to join in for a time of fellowship in the Asbury Center.  Asbury UMC is handicapped accessible.  Please call 304-725-5513 or visit http://www.myasburychurch.org for more information.

Online Yard Sale To Benefit Asbury UMC Ministries
Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV is hosting a special online spring yard sale to benefit the missions and ministries of our church.  All monies raised will be used to fund our upcoming mission trip to the Navajo Indian Reservation in New Mexico and other important church ministries.  You can find all the great sale items on our website http://www.myasburychurch.org and then select the yard sale link.  Please visit http://www.myasburychurch.org for more information.

Asbury UMC To Hold Church Yard Sale
Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV will hold its annual church wide yard sale on Friday June 13th & Saturday June 14th.  All proceeds from this event will go towards the ministries of the church.  Outside spaces will be available to the public for $15/day or $25/2 days.  Asbury UMC is handicapped accessible.  Please call 304-725-5513 or visit http://www.myasburychurch.org for more information and to reserve your space.

Asbury UMC To Hold Benefit Concert
Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV invites our entire community to join us on Sunday June 29th at 2 PM as we hold a benefit concert to support our upcoming mission trip.  This concert will feature local musicians and vocalists from both Asbury and our community.  Following the concert, refreshments will be served in the Williams Hall.  This concert is open to the public and admission is free.  There will be a free will offering to help raise money for our mission trip to the Navajo Indian Reservation in August 2014.  Asbury UMC is handicapped accessible.  Please call 304-725-5513 or visit http://www.myasburychurch.org for more information.

Asbury UMC Hosting Independence Day 5K and Kids’ Dash
Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV invites our community to participate in the Independence Day 5K on Friday, July 4th at 8 a.m.  The race begins and ends at Asbury in Charles Town and the race will route through historic Charles Town.  Pre-registration is available at http://www.myasburyfunruns.comand also on the morning of the event between 7:30-7:45 a.m.  Please call 304-725-5513 or visit http://www.myasburychurch.org for more information.

Asbury UMC “Half-Hour of Power” Summer Bible Study to begin July 17
CHARLES TOWN - Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV invites our community to join us as we hold a 4 week summer Bible study called the “Half-Hour of Power,” from 8 to 8:30 a.m. every Thursday, beginning July 17, at McDonald’s, 606 E. Washington St.  Each week will have an exciting new study topic on current events and how the Bible relates.  Please call 304-725-5513 or visit http://www.myasburychurch.org for more information.

Asbury UMC Announces 2014 Vacation Bible School Schedule
Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV announces their 2014 Vacation Bible School Program.  Registration will be on Monday July 21st at 5:30 PM and the VBS program will be each weeknight from 6-8 PM (July 21st – 25th).  This year’s program is called Weird Animals and teaches children that God filled the world with many crazy creatures…including you! When kids feel different, weird, or lost in a crowd—nothing can compare to Jesus’ extraordinary love. During the Weird Animals VBS program, kids experience God’s Word in surprising and unforgettable ways. Give your kids a wild-and-worshipful summer with Weird Animals VBS. All children, regardless of denomination or church affiliation are invited to participate.  Asbury UMC is handicapped accessible.  Please call 304-725-5513 or visit http://www.myasburychurch.org for more information.


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Anniv Eve Same-Sex Marriage Challenge from Buckley

Press Release received from Buckley Campaign

Hardy County, WV - On the eve of his 16th anniversary, fmr. Del. John Buckley, Libertarian for U.S. Senate, today issued a challenge to his Democratic and Republican opponents to join him in support of same-sex marriage in West Virginia.

“I support same-sex marriage and I call on the political leaders of the state, specifically my opponents in this race, to take a stand for marriage equality,” Buckley said.

“This Friday marks the 16th anniversary of our commitment ceremony, and my relationship with my partner should be recognized under the laws of the state of West Virginia, just as it is federally.”

Buckley will campaign with his “Live & Let Live” campaign theme this Sunday at Rainbow Pride of WV’s Pride Parade and Festival at Charleston’s Haddad Riverfront Park.  Buckley is the only candidate for U.S. Senate to support same-sex marriage.

“Leadership entails taking positions on tough issues,” Buckley continued.  “Public sentiment has shifted significantly in recent years in support of this reform,” he observed, “and it’s better for West Virginia to act on its own initiative, rather than waiting for federal courts to enforce equal protection by judicial fiat.”

“My opponents have been silent or, at best, ambiguous on this issue,” he said.  “I call on them to state their position clearly one way or the other because the public deserves to know where they stand.”  Because both Natalie Tennant and Shelley Moore Capito hold elected office in West Virginia, they are in positions of leadership and accountable for influencing the determination of this important issue. “Silence is abdication on the question of marriage equality,” he declared.

“Couples of the same gender deserve the same legal protections of their loving relationships as are accorded couples of opposite genders,” Buckley affirmed.  At the same time, Buckley believes “the law should vigorously respect the private property and freedom of association rights of those whose religious and moral values do not countenance same-sex relationships.”

“With equal rights under the law and a ‘live and let live’ attitude, everyone can learn to ‘coexist’ without rancor or disharmony,” Buckley emphasized. “Live & Let Live” is the slogan of his campaign.

John Buckley was elected as a Republican to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1979. He also served as a member of the Electoral College in support of Ronald Reagan in 1980. He is retired from a career at the United States Court of Federal Claims, during which he served variously as the chief administrator of the Court as well as Chief of Staff and career law clerk to the Chief Judge.


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Visiting Hollywood Writer Offers Workshops for Local Storytellers

Martinsburg native, Adam Jones, will share time-tested tricks, tips and tools at Berkeley Art Works. Jones, an actor, director, and writer with scores of credits to his name, is visiting his family in Martinsburg this July. While in town, Jones plans to teach two workshops at Berkeley Art Works in downtown Martinsburg. A four-session workshop will focus on the basics of script writing, and new web opportunities that are open to every artist. An afternoon workshop will discuss ways to overcome writer’s block.

“These dynamic workshops are geared to writers of all levels,” said Berkeley Art Works president Malinda Shaver. “All you need to bring is your laptop or notepad and your imagination.”

Jones fell in love with the performing arts while a student actor at Martinsburg’s Apollo Civic Theater. He graduated from the prestigious Bard College with dual degrees in Writing and Acting. Since then he has written several feature film scripts, short films and stage plays and a novella, and has developed concepts for television series, web series and video games. Jones has also acted in dozens of plays and films, including the History Chanel’s mini-series Hatfields and McCoys.

Workshops will be held at Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg. The workshops are:

“The New Storytellers: Writing for Film, TV and the Web, Introduction to Script Writing.” Covers the basics of script writing, looks at a variety of ways to tell a story and script it to paper and explores ways the internet has opened up opportunities for every artist. Four Wednesday sessions, July 2-July 23, 6:00-9:00 p.m.; $85; pre-registration is required; act now, class size is limited.

“Start Writing and Keep Writing: Tricks, Tips and Tools to Overcome Writer’s Block.” Focuses on getting ideas onto the page through self-doubt, writer’s block and the feeling that there are not enough hours in the day. One afternoon session, Saturday, July 12, 1:00-5:00 p.m.; $45; pre-registration is required; act now, class size is limited.

Details and online registration is available at http://www.berkeleyartswv.org/artworks/instruction/. Information is available by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 304-620-7277.

The Berkeley Art Works, a project of the Berkeley Arts Council, is the realization of the long-held dream of the arts community in Martinsburg and Berkeley County West Virginia: to have a community-based arts facility that supports local and regional artists, brings quality arts experiences for the members of the public, and provides a wide range of arts learning experiences for local residents, artists, and artisans. The Berkeley Arts Council is on the Web at http://www.berkeleyartswv.org.

Photo: Adam Jones


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Sign Up for a 2-Day Seminar on Jefferson County in the Civil War, 1864

Jefferson County, WV - 1864 saw the turning point of the Civil War.  Jefferson County was important because of its location in the pivotal Shenandoah Valley. On June 23 and 25, the Jefferson County Historical Society and the Historic Shepherdstown Commission will shed light on this critical period at their free 2-day seminar Jefferson County in 1864.  Open to the public, the seminar will include expert speakers, including Antietam National Battlefield Historian Ted Alexander, seminar organizers Doug Perks and Donna Northouse, and local historians, Jim Glymph, Frank Surdu, Don Watts, and John Bagladi. The seminar will take place in two different locations as noted below.

Participants may attend either one or both days. Anyone interested should register with Donna Northouse, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 304-876-7012. The registration deadline is June 20, 2014.

Jefferson County teachers will receive staff development credit, as listed on the Jefferson County School District’s staff development website.

On Monday, June 23, participants will meet at Fisherman’s Hall, 312 South West Street (corner of South West and Academy Streets) in Charles Town from 8:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Doug Perks, Jefferson County Museum historian, will set the stage for Jefferson County 1864 with a description of key events and personalities in the county. Other speakers will be: Jim Glymph on Stereoviews of Harpers Ferry, Frank Surdu on Civil War Ironclads, Don Watts on the Genealogy of a Civil War Family, and John Bagladi on The Search for John Reid. Participants will be on their own for lunch.

On Wednesday, June 25, the seminar will meet at the Entler Hotel, 129 E. German Street, in Shepherdstown from 8:45 to 3 p.m.  Parking will be available at the Shepherd University lot at the corner of High and Princess Streets. Doug Perks will discuss Henrietta Bedinger Lee and the burning of her Shepherdstown home, Bedford. Donna Northouse will discuss contributions to the war by visual artists, including Martinsburg native David Hunter Strother, Shepherdstown’s Alexander Boteler, and Winslow Homer, who traveled with the Army of the Potomac. At 1:30 p.m., Ted Alexander, Antietam National Battlefield Historian, will deliver the keynote address, “McCausland’s Raid and the Burning of Chambersburg.” He will also be signing his book, Antietam: The Bloodiest Day. Copies will be available for purchase. Lunch choices will be up to the participants.

Photo: Henrietta Bedinger Lee, Shepherdstown Matriarch, whose ancestral home, Bedford, was burned by Union soldiers in 1864.


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WV Cala Kicks Off “Small Business Summer” Tour

WHEELING, W.Va. - West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse announced the kick-off of its Small Business Summer Tour today, which is designed to shine a spotlight on the plight of small businesses and the negative impact of abusive lawsuits.

“We are very excited to kick off our second annual statewide tour to highlight how lawsuit abuse is hurting small businesses. Small businesses are a favorite target of the personal injury lawsuit industry, and one abusive lawsuit can close the doors of a small business for good,” said Greg Thomas, Executive Director of WV CALA. “Does West Virginia want jobs, or lawsuits?”

“We will also be highlighting several legal reforms,” Thomas added, “such as the creation of an intermediate appellate court and fixing our joint and several liability laws. Legal reform would make West Virginia more attractive to job creators, and our recent polling has shown a majority of West Virginians support reform.”

WV CALA will host several small business roundtable meetings across West Virginia, with the first taking place yesterday in Wheeling. Others will take place over the summer in Charleston, Beckley, Huntington, and Lewisburg.

“We’re working with small businesses this summer to bring attention to much needed fixes for our legal system and the effects of abusive lawsuits on small businesses across West Virginia filed by millionaire personal injury lawyers. Some lawsuits have merit, but many are more about greed than about seeking justice.

It is very fitting,” Thomas concluded, “that we kicked off our tour in Wheeling, which is the hometown of State Senator Rocky Fitzsimmons. State campaign contribution records show he has accepted more money from personal injury lawyers than any other legislative candidate in our state.”

According to survey research by the Institute for Legal Reform, approximately seven in ten small business owners say that a lawsuit would force them to reduce benefits for current employees and hold back on hiring new ones. Also, states that have passed legal reforms have seen meaningful economic growth.

Photo: Small business owners and community leaders at West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse’s Small Business Summer Roundtable discussion in Wheeling, WV.


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Del. Larry Kump Reflects on Term and Loss to a Teenager

Del. Larry Kump reacted Wednesday to the defeat of his 59th Congressional seat to a seventeen-year-old Saira Blair. Blair, a Hedgesville High School senior, beat Kump in the Republican primary. Kump, 66, had held the seat for two consecutive two-year terms. The same position was previously held by Blair’s father, current Sen. Craig Blair.

“I’ve had a lot of calls from people who were surprised,” said Kump, “and a lot of calls from news outlets. I was disappointed. I thought I was the better candidate. But Craig and his daughter ran a good campaign. There’s nothing wrong with that.”

Kump said he had been out-spent and that the Blairs were an enthusiastic and organized system that did a better job getting people out to vote—especially the younger voters. Berkeley County’s two youngest registered voters were a Hedgesville High School junior and senior.

Saira Blair will be 18 in July. She will face off against Democrat Layne Diehl, 44, an attorney.  The federal law used to be that voters must be 18 in order to vote. However, Pres. Barack Obama passed an executive order that if a voter will be 18 by the time of the general election, he or she can register to vote at 17 and vote in a primary at 17.

The 59th Delegate District comprises parts of Berkeley and Morgan Counties. In Morgan County, Kump lost by only 8 votes. The overall victory was only 146 votes, according to unofficial results. Only 1,600 votes were cast in the 59th House District. In Morgan County, it was only 3,104 of 5,116 Republicans registered.

“The turnout in Berkeley County was only ten percent,” said Kump. “But they did a masterful job in getting the vote out. I don’t have any regrets on how I ran my campaign.”

Blair said in an Associated Press interview she has a whole list of business taxes she’d like abolished. She said she believes a person doesn’t have to be 40 or older to be a lawmaker and that conservative principles are a benefit to all.

In her campaign, Blair wrote: “I am a Fiscal Conservative. I’m Pro-Life. I’m Pro-Marriage. I’m Pro-Family. I’m Pro-Second Amendment. I’m Pro-Business. I’m Pro-Jobs and I’m Pro-West Virginia! I will not compromise on these beliefs.”


She’ll head to WVU in the fall to pursue economics and Spanish degrees. Finance is her field of choice. If she gets the seat in the November election, she’ll skip spring 2015 classes for the January-March legislative session.

After her win, she said in an interview it wasn’t “rocket science” and she was up to the challenge. She would listen to the people of her district and do what they wanted.

The position pays an annual salary of $20,000 plus per diem.

Kump, who was leaving Thursday morning for Charleston to attend a special legislative session, said he sees nothing wrong with such a young lawmaker. She’ll be the youngest in W.Va. history if elected. But, Kump said it will be a “steep learning curve” for someone of such limited life and job experience. He agreed with her that it takes a lot of listening to the people and that sometimes they just want someone to talk to about their issues.

“She has some big surprises coming,” he said. “She might not realize how complex it is to deal with bills. I’m busy 30 to 40 hours a week 52 weeks a year keeping up with it to do the job well. But, she’s bright and hard working.  She’ll have her father to help her.  Delegates don’t have staff or secretaries. But she’ll have fellow delegates to help her.”

He added, “She and I agree on major issues philosophically. But we might disagree on some basic liberty issues.”

For his own record, Kump has no major regrets. He said he can sleep at night. He was sometimes known as a lone wolf among Republicans. Sometimes he bucked even those of his own party for what he said he believed. And, sometimes, he and Democrats agreed on a view when his fellow Republicans had another view.

“I’m a libertarian Republican. I look at the principles of the Constitution and liberty. If a bill is bad in that respect, then it’s a bad bill.”

For example, he said he opposed the so-called “blood bill” in which an officer could demand a blood sample from someone pulled over. Before, all drivers pulled over submitted to an initial breath test for alcohol. If they are arrested, they submitted to a secondary chemical test, either breath, urine or blood. Drivers who refused to take a blood test received no punishment, but refusal to take a breath or urine test resulted in revocation of the driver’s license. Now, the driver’s license can be revoked for refusal to allow the blood test.  Kump said the same type of bill in Missouri was struck down by the United States Supreme Court. He argued that blood is much more personal.  He said he had a counter measure that if the officer felt a blood test was needed, rather than taking the license, keep the suspect in custody until a warrant was issued. The bill died in committee.

He said there are those in the state legislature that are the “go along, get along crowd” and always tow the line. Both Republicans and Democrats have them. But, he isn’t one of those.

“I don’t mind being a lone ranger. I’ve enjoyed the experience and grown from it. I hope I’ve done some good. It was both a sacrifice and a privilege to have served.”


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U.S. Silica Cleaning Up After Acid Spill on May 13th

BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV - An acid spill was reported by U.S. Silica to 911 dispatch at 2:30 p.m. on May 13.  Morgan County Office of Emergency Services Director Vince Cichocki said fire, EMS and hazardous materials response crews responded to the scene from four counties, including Washington County, Md. 
Company spokesperson Michael Lawson said an employee was moving an empty tank and failed to uncouple a hose attached to a pipe. That pipe connected to an apparatus where three pumps sit that control the transfer of chemicals to storage tanks.

“When he did so, it caused three lines to tear,” said Lawson. “That caused three leaks in different storage tanks that contain sulfuric acid, sodium dioxide, and petroleum sulfonate. We use these chemicals in combination to purify the sand.”

He said each tank holds about 6,000 gallons of the substances; about 350 gallons of sulfuric acid was released into a secondary containment area with 250 gallons of sodium hydroxide and 75 gallons petroleum sulfonate.

“We called local fire, EMS, and haz mat crews and started to contain the leak and clean it up immediately,” he said.

Chief Deputy Wade Shambaugh said late Tuesday that deputies and deputy reserves went on alert at a staging area in Berkeley Springs for four hours after being notified of the spill.  They were prepared to evacuate parts of Sand Mine Road and Fairview Drive should any vapors threaten residential areas.  Initially, they closed Route 522. 

But with assistance from plant personnel, the haz mat teams were able to locate and close appropriate valves to stop the leak.  Shambaugh said they were told it was safe to open the road. And they did not have to evacuate the area.

Lawson said once the leak was stopped, soda ash and lime were spread over the spill to neutralize the acid.  The secondary containment berms in the area contained the spill to the immediate area. 

“All the valves were closed and leaks stopped by 10:15 p.m.,” he said. “By 11:30 p.m., a third party clean-up crew had arrived. The plant was shut down from Tuesday afternoon until Wednesday morning.

The plant reopened Wednesday, but the area affected remained closed to any operations.

“We were fortunate there were no reported injuries and no known adverse effect on the environment,” continued Lawson. “There was no danger or reason to evacuate the area, and no vapor cloud, which was one story circulating.”

He said drills are conducted regularly in order to be prepared for the worst. “We never want to have to put the plan into place, but this was a testament to the face we had a good plan and work well with the local emergency responders.”


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Conococheague Institute Annual Rose Walk Features Ancient to Modern Varieties of Roses

Mercersburg, PA—The Conococheague Institute, located at 12995 Bain Rd in Mercersburg, PA, will hold a Rose Walk and Open House on Sunday, May 25, 2014 from 1PM to 4 PM. The buildings on the site will be open. Miller’s Early American Games will host an assortment of outdoor games enjoyed by 18th century American colonists of all ages. There will also be a self-paced scavenger hunt to guide people through the gardens. Alternately, visitors may request a guided walk through the grounds. Refreshments will be on-hand in the Visitor Center. Picnic facilities are available.

Although Mother Nature will ultimately decide how many roses have bloomed by the date of the event, some of the roses are already in bloom and more are opening daily. Typically, roses are at their peak from Memorial Day through June; some of the varieties continue to flower through November.

The grounds of The Conococheague Institute are open daily from dawn to dusk. The office staff is available from 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday. Guided tours of the site are available for a minimal fee. See the website, http://www.cimlg.org, for more information. Plan to call ahead if you want a guided tour.

The Rose Walk event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 717-328-3467 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Additional information about CI’s roses is available at http://cimlg.org/ciblog/2014/05/15/stop-and-smell-the-roses-join-us-for-cis-annual-rose-walk-may-25-from-1-4pm/. Additional information on Miller’s Early American Games is available at http://cimlg.org/ciblog/2013/04/19/early-american-games-by-tad-miller-millers-early-american-games/.

Facts about the Conococheague Institute’s Roses

  • Featured in June 13, 2009 Home & Garden section of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  • Roses planted in 2001-2004 in memory of Phyllis Stauffer, who died in 1999.
  • Dr. Doris Goldman, plant ecologist, rosarian and elementary school teacher from Waynesboro, helped to plan the rose garden.
  • Plants were purchased from specialty nurseries, with the help of on-line ordering.
  • 1/3 were custom-rooted; 2/3 are “own root”, meaning that the root is the same genetic material as the plant you see.
  • Oldest species of roses on the site were named in the 16th century; date refers to when the rose was named.  Many species on the site are older than this.
  • “Ancient,” “Old,” and “Modern” roses are on the site.
  • Planned to be a garden filled with varieties of roses that would have been well-known to the Welsh, English, Scots-Irish settlers of the Conococheague.
  • In local history, some churches paid “Rose Rent;” this was a token payment to community leaders who allowed churches to build houses of worship.  For example, in the mid-1700s, Benjamin Chambers, founder of Chambersburg, received single roses from local clergy in acknowledgement for his donation of land to the churches.
  • The roses represent ancient, European and Colonial history.
  • In the 18th century, average land owners saved seeds or bought from peddlers; wealthy would have purchased plants from nurseries.
  • “All of the roses that [Thomas] Jefferson grew are in the [Conococheague] garden.”  - Goldman researched the catalog left by Bernard M’Mahon, Jefferson’s nursery man.

Distinctive varieties

“William Lobb” – Moss rose, mid-19th century, named for British explorer who searched worldwide for seed

#93 “Rosa gallica versicolor,” “Rosa Mundi” – mutant of the ancient Apothecary Rose, may date back to the 12th century, mutation known as “sport.”

“Napoleon’s Hat” – has sepals shaped like tri-corns

Pink and white striped Moss roses are pruned carefully to avoid having them revert to all-pink

“Alba” roses – tall red and pink

Cabbage roses – represented by still-life painters

Damask roses – used to make rose water;
#35, #68 - “Autumn Damask” a.k.a. “Four Seasons Rose,” was used in cult of Aphrodite in about 1000 BC

“Attar Damask” - originated in Iran, grow east of Mecca in Taiff, Saudi Arabia
#69 - “Rose de Rescht” – Portland Damask, double blooms of deep fuchsia
#112 Madame Zoetmans – white
#3 Leda, painted damask (white with red tips)

Gallica roses – red or purple

#132 - Moss roses – sepals smell like pine
#80, #108 - Scotch roses; bloom early spring

“Memorial Rose” – found in parts of Asia, ground-cover/rambling rose

#45 - “Baltimore Belle” – pale pink double bloom


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Jefferson County Development Authority Collaborates with Board of Education to Save Taxpayers $3Mil

Jefferson County, WV - The Jefferson County Board of Education, in cooperation with the Jefferson County Development Authority (JCDA), has saved County taxpayers $3 million by re-purposing an existing building for a bus garage rather than constructing a new building. The Board purchased the 110,000-square-foot building most recently owned by the Berzaci company in the Burr Business Park in Kearneysville.

“Saving our school system, the county and taxpayers $3 million is a huge accomplishment,” said Gary Kable, Jefferson County Board of Education President. “People came together to do the work and bring this to fruition. We couldn’t have done it without our transportation folks, the assistant superintendent for buildings, the maintenance and food service departments, the legal department and of course the members of the board. It was a cooperative effort.”

Kable said the JCDA was instrumental in helping the Board and the school system with the sale and transfer of the property. He said the size of the building, and the 11.5 acres it sits on, is ideal because it will accommodate consolidation of other school operations, creating cost and labor-saving efficiencies.

“Collaboration between county agencies, such as the school system and the JCDA, is the kind of ‘out-of- the-box’ thinking that will see Jefferson County grow and prosper, ” said Walt Pellish, President of the Jefferson County Commission.

“As the economic development authority we serve the taxpayers of Jefferson County,” said Eric Lewis, President of the JCDA Board. “Collaborating with the Board of Education allowed us to facilitate the sale of an empty building in Burr Business Park while serving the needs of the school system and helping to save taxpayer dollars.”

After some work on the new facilities—including installation of ten bus bays, lighting adjustments and construction of a parts room, Kable said the garage should be operational by the end of the year.


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Berkeley Arts Council Announces July “Kreative Kids” Summer Arts Program

Summer arts fun and learning is on tap for creative young people ages 6 through 18 at the Berkeley Art Works in Martinsburg.  Starting July 7,  Berkeley Arts Council’s teaching artists will be offering classes ranging from puppets, painting and cartoons to projects using rocks, scissors, paper, clay and even eggs!

Students in Judith Becker’s classes will turn smooth rocks into critters and animals using acrylic paint and others will create collages from various unusual materials.

Students in Kristina Hoffman’s classes will learn about drawing animals and nature, creating comic book characters and storyboards.

Jean Kellog will conduct a workshop in applied art, craft, design and writing. Children will create colorful puppets with character, write stories about them, and then have the opportunity perform them on a special evening.

Hilda Eiber will offer classes with clay and paper creations, egg tempera painting and a class creating matisse cutouts.

The classes start the week of July 7 and run at different times through August 1. The Berkeley Art works is located at 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. Details and online registration is available at http://artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/summer/. Information is available by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 304-620-7277.

The Berkeley Art Works, a project of the Berkeley Arts Council, is the realization of the long-held dream of the arts community in Martinsburg and Berkeley County West Virginia: to have a community-based arts facility that supports local and regional artists, brings quality arts experiences for the members of the public, and provides a wide range of arts learning experiences for local residents, artists, and artisans. The Berkeley Arts Council is on the Web at http://www.berkeleyartswv.org.


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Morgan Co. Pharmacist Fairs Well in Race But Doesn’t Win Nomination

Berkeley Springs, WV - Local pharmacist Ken Reed ran a good fight for the Republican nomination to the 2nd Congressional District race in November.  He fought against six other candidates for the seat vacated by Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, who is running for U.S. Senate.

Reed did very well in his home county. He received 1,970 votes compared to 761 for Mooney, 31 for Fluharty, 28 for Moss, 21 for Harrison, 19 for Walters, and 115 for Lane.  Only 3,104 Republican voters cast ballots of the 5,116 registered.

He is the son of a Wirt Steel Worker.  Reed, originally from Brooke County, spoke to the local Republican club and at a Lincoln Day Dinner April 26th.  He said he was running as the only healthcare provider and had a bone to pick with Nick Casey, the Democratic candidate. He said he’d like to get Casey in a serious discussion about healthcare.

Opponent Alex Mooney said he was raised in a household that was active in conservative politics. Unlike Mooney, Reed said he grew up in a time when talking about oneself, money, or politics wasn’t done.  He earned a degree in pharmacy in 1992. He met his wife Tally, from Hedgesville, in pharmaceutical school.  They moved to Morgan County, and he worked at Rite Aid.  He later opened Reed’s Pharmacy.

He was a coach at Widmyer Elementary School for some time. 

He said, “I got no handouts or government money when I opened the pharmacy in a little house on Route 522. I literally started with nothing in 1998.  I didn’t listen to those who said I’d fail. In 1998, in property taxes, Morgan County took in over $175,000 from that tiny little house. We had over 25 employees since 1998, many of them single moms.”

When most of his generation left the state, he said he stayed because he believed in West Virginia and wanted those same opportunities. He said he’s not a career politician.

After the election, Reed said, “My wife, Tally, and I want to thank everyone who has rallied around our efforts to fix Washington and get our country back on track. I got into this race because I have real concerns about the direction Washington is taking this country and believe we owe it to the next generation to pass on a growing and prosperous state and nation.

“While tonight’s results did not go the way we had hoped, it is important we never stop fighting for the limited government principles that guided our campaign. West Virginia is a special place, and I am truly thankful to everyone who voted for us in this effort.”


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Former Maryland Senator Mooney Wins GOP Nod for 2nd Congressional District

Former Maryland resident Alex Mooney, now a resident of the Eastern Panhandle, beat six other candidates for the GOP nomination to run in the 2nd Congressional District. The seat will be vacated by Rep. Shelley Moore Capito who is running for U.S. Senate.

Mooney is originally from western Maryland, and served in the Maryland Senate from 1998-2010.  He is a former Maryland GOP chairman.

He was endorsed by Berkeley County Delegate Eric Householder, former presidential candidate Gov. Mike Huckabee, Tea Party Patriots Fund, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

Mooney had already raised $100,000 by June 2013, and led the race Tuesday night for the seat over Eastern Panhandle resident and pharmacist Ken Reed, as well as former U.S. International Trade Commissioner Charlotte Lane, private investigator Robert Fluharty of Charles Town, former state legislator Steve Harrison, Hurricane, W.Va. businessman Jim Moss, and financial consultant Ron Walters, Jr.

Some had criticized Mooney for moving to West Virginia and, shortly after, running for office here.  But Mooney said he is a refugee from Maryland much like his mother was a refugee from Cuba.

“I only moved a half-hour away, across the Potomac River,” Mooney said in an interview.

Mooney comes from a conservative household. His mother fled Fidel Castro’s takeover of Cuba. His father was a conservative from New York.

He said, “My mother was 21 when she came to this country. She’d been in jail seven weeks because she wasn’t a communist. Communism didn’t work in Cuba. My mom saw a country taken over. People are oppressed. There’s no economic opportunity.  My dad was a feisty Irishman from Long Island area. They raised us to be involved in the political process.”

He believes, particularly lately, the federal government is promoting socialism. He said, “They are taking over the health system. Taxes are too high.  My father was politically active, and I was raised to fight for our country.”

He went to Dartmouth as a philosophy major after growing up in Frederick. When he was 26 and a college graduate, he worked for a Maryland congressman. He wasn’t paid at first, but delivered pizzas.

“I worked for Roscoe Bartlett, in 1993-95. He needed someone to drive him to and from D.C. I was interning for another member of Congress. He hired me when my internship ended.  If you remember, 1994 Republican revolution in elections, that was a backlash of left-wing views.”

Then, for a year, he had a job with the House Republican Conference Committee, run by John Boehner at the time. He ran the communications office of the Conference. J.C. Watts took it over later. Mooney was a legislative analyst.

“I had to take the large bills that looked like an encyclopedia and make cliff notes out of it for the legislative aides. It was low pay and long hours, but I learned to look at a bill and how little things such as grammar or punctuation changes, or word changes, changed the whole meaning. It helped me later as a senator.”

Later, he worked for a conservative non-profit organization. He felt the calling to run for office from Frederick.  He ran against a liberal Republican.  He beat the incumbent in a primary and won the seat. He was the youngest senator from Maryland at the time.  He held the seat for 12 years, until 2010.

In December 2010, he became chairman of Maryland’s Republican party—a volunteer job. 

“I never voted for tax increases in Maryland in 12 years” he always is quick to point out when talking about his voting record in Maryland. “No other candidate in this race could say that.”

He moved to West Virginia in 2013.  “I still have friends in Maryland. But I believe in fighting the Left wherever you are. I was ready for a new challenge. I’m self-employed. So I can work from wherever I choose. I like the pace of life in West Virginia.”

He is a strong 2nd Amendment supporter and has an A+ rating from NRA and West Virginia Citizens Defense League

“My record stands on its own. I led the fight against gun control in Maryland. The NRA endorsed me in all of my elections.

He is pro-life. He said he will fight to stop federal taxpayer funding of abortion. As a state senator, he led the fight to protect the unborn by offering legislation to put an end to taxpayer-funded abortions and said he’ll do the same in Congress.

He said he supports a Constitutional amendment that defines marriage as the union between one man and one woman. He and his wife, a surgeon, home school their children.

“Our government should support traditional families as the best way to raise children.”

He does not support Obamacare.  “Obamacare has resulted in new taxes and fees, massive regulation, and an increase in the cost of health care. I am fully committed to repealing Obamacare and will do whatever it takes to see that goal through.  I support replacing Obamacare with commonsense, free-market health care reforms that will keep health care affordable, increases access to good health care in rural communities, and keeps government out of our most personal health care decisions.”

He is for a balanced budget amendment.  “Politicians in Washington, D.C., have been racking up $1 trillion deficits annually, leaving our nation with a national debt approaching $17 trillion. This amounts to over $53,000 in federal debt for every man, woman, and child in the United States.  We must cut wasteful government spending and eliminate expensive new entitlement programs like Obamacare to ensure our children and grandchildren are not burdened with massive amounts of government debt. I will stand up and vote “No” when President Obama and his liberal allies in Congress propose new wasteful government spending programs. I support a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that will require the federal government to balance its budget every year. Currently, forty-five states, including West Virginia, require their legislatures to enact a balanced budget — Congress should be required to do the same.”

Nick Casey was declared the winner in the Democratic primary race, and will face Mooney in the general election.  Capito easily led her nomination in the Senate race, as did her Democratic rival West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant.


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Morgan County Voters Pass Excess School Levy, Board of Education Incumbents Retain Seats

On Tuesday night, Morgan County voters narrowly approved an excess school levy of $4,065,281.00 extra revenue per year for five years. The levy passed by a margin of 397 votes of 5,097 cast.  Precinct 18 in Paw Paw was the last to report, at 9:45 p.m. It helped secure the levy win with 193 votes for and 66 votes against.

The last “excess” levy renewal was defeated just last year by 1,674 to 1,329, just 345 votes. However, the Morgan County School Board held the election again, and supporters mounted a campaign to pass it one year later.

School Board President David Ambrose said, “A lot of people worked on this to get out a wide range of accurate information. At the end of the day, that made the difference.”

Ambrose won another term on the school board Tuesday night.

“Thank goodness the levy passed,” said school board member Laura Smith, who was re-elected to another term.

Three incumbent school board members won their seats back. The third was Aaron Close. Two of their opponents were citizens who were outwardly against continuing the levy. Danise Edmisten and Kent “Brooks” McCumbee said it was about the economy. They were representing the poor and senior citizens on fixed incomes who couldn’t afford to continue paying the special levy.

The regular school levy and excess levy account for about 75 percent of a person’s property tax bill each year. 

After the defeat McCumbee said, “We worked hard and fought a good fight. We might not always agree, but that’s why we have elections. That’s what it’s all about. The greed of the rich is more than we could overcome. We tried for our senior citizens.  If that’s what the people want, I guess we the senior citizens have to suffer.”

The commission room of the Morgan County Courthouse was packed with candidates and their families and many supporters of the excess levy. As the final results were read by County Clerk Debra Kesecker, and their win secured, supporters cheered and clapped. They planned a celebration at The Granary.

The new levy will take effect with the 2014 property tax bills to be mailed sometime in July. School board officials said the levy tax rate will be capped at 70 percent per year. Their annual levy income will vary somewhat depending on rising or falling property values. The excess levy will be in effect for five years.

Read more about the levy renewal in Road to Morgan County’s Excess Levy Renewal A Long One.


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Road to Morgan County’s Excess Levy Renewal A Long One

The battle lines were drawn last year when Morgan County’s excess levy renewal election brought about the first defeat in 50 years.  That levy would’ve generated $5.8 million per year to the school system, and gone into effect July 1 of this year. The tax rate would have been 96 percent. The regular school levy and excess levy account for about 75 percent of a person’s property tax bill each year. 

That levy was defeated in 2013 by 1,674 to 1,329, just 345 votes. However, the Morgan County School Board held the election again, and supporters mounted a campaign to pass it one year later. This levy passed by a margin of 397 votes.  It is a modified levy and tax rate compared to the original in 2013, and will generate $4,065,281.00 extra revenue per year for five years at a capped rate of 70 percent per year. It takes effect July 1.

Those against continuing the levy said it was because the rate was too high; and they didn’t trust the school system to be making the best use of their money. The Citizens Against the Levy group formed because they said they thought the school system was wasting money, and too many administrative officials and teachers were making higher salaries than what is normally paid by the state in other counties. In Morgan County, the superintendent is paid over $100,000 when the normal salary was about $90,000. The county’s treasurer was paid from excess levy funds at $80,000 salary.  The state doesn’t pay for a treasurer. Those against also said schools and students were not scoring as well on critical tests as they should, and that the school system should tighten its belt more in a bad economy. 

At school board meetings and public hearings, members of this group and others argued they were making decisions whether to pay their taxes, or buy medicines and put food on the table. Others argued that the county’s high poverty level and so many losing their homes to foreclosure was enough to say no to the excess levy. In letters to the local weekly paper, some proposed no excess levy for those who could not afford it, and challenged others who could afford it to pay large donations instead of a tax.

The board of education considered closing Greenwood Elementary as part of cuts once they lost the excess levy funds. They created a survey and held public meetings about making budget cuts. They decided to run the election again in 2014.

Some members of Citizens Against the Levy brought suit in circuit court against the school board presenting the election just one year later. In January, attorney Michael L. Scales filed a “Complaint for Declatory Relief That the School Levy Election Scheduled To Be Held in May 2014, is Illegal, Improper and Void.”

The plaintiffs wanted a new election held in November, after new tax bills were mailed without the special levy, so residents could see the savings. For the plaintiffs, Scales cited 16 points related to West Virginia Code 18-9-1, challenging validity in presenting the levy call again just one year after its defeat.  The complaint said according to state code 18-9-1, once defeated, the school board can only present the levy again for a vote at a general election, not a primary. According to the lawsuit, the code stipulated to have a special election prior to the next general election, the Board of Education (BOE) needed to have 40 percent of valid registered voters on a petition first.  The board had not collected any petitions but conducted a public survey and public hearings since May 2013.

However, Jefferson County Circuit Judge David H. Sanders gave his verdict Feb. 7 allowing for the election this week. He said a declaration under the Uniform Declatory Judgments Act would be inappropriate because the plaintiffs have no injuries or damages and because it would affect more people than the three listed as plaintiffs.  Sanders ruled W.Va. code 18-9-1 had been superseded by amendments to the W.Va. Constitution and by statutory enactments, so that 18-9-1 does not preclude the new excess levy election from being held during the primary. In a detailed report, he wrote about the kinds of levies and the history of the state educational system. Then, he upheld the defendant’s assertion that the levy was described in W.Va. Code 11-8-16, which says a “local levying body shall submit to the voters within their political subdivision the question of the additional levy at either a primary, general, or special election.”

In turn, the board of education voted to lower the levy to a little over $4 million per year, and made cuts. Previously, the levy would’ve provided an extra $3.12 million to pay for employee salaries and benefits. School officials said the excess levy helps pay salaries and benefits for twelve teachers and eight service personnel over the state’s allotment of personnel as being adequate. Other final priorities were: alternative education funding and remedial positions, safety and adequate maintenance, keeping allotment for field trips and athletics, non-required classes like art and music, adding another county sheriff deputy as a prevention resource officer, and weightlifting. About $210,000 usually given to local community organizations like the library system and Morgan Arts Council was eliminated from the new levy.

Officials said over $1.5 million in reductions were made. Board members presented it for vote this primary season at a modified tax rate of 70 percent.

The battle continued, however. Supporters held a rally in Berkeley Springs State Park on May 4. One member of the anti-levy group parked a vehicle nearby with an anti-levy sign. Levy supporters surrounded his vehicle and tried to block the sign from being seen. Some who were against the levy said some of their billboards and signs were defaced or stolen during the primary season. They were accused of being against children.

“We’re not against the children having a good education,” said Jeannie Ford, group organizer. “We’re against wasteful spending.”

Levy supporters said the information from anti-levy members about school ratings and students’ test scores was untrue. They sent fliers to residents.

“All our information came from the state board of education and its website,” countered Ford.  She noted that Amy Willard, Executive Director of the Office of School Finance for West Virginia, said that Morgan County educators ranked 55th. Willard stated that the county had some of the least experienced staff.

Teachers weighed in on both sides. Retired educator Tom Collins was against the levy. He said it had outlived its purpose.  “Teachers should be thankful for good paying jobs, great benefits, and ten-plus weeks of paid vacation. School boards funnel tax dollars into perks for school employees despite hardships of taxpayers.”

Berkeley Springs High School teacher Pete Gordon said Willard’s report misrepresented the education level of the teachers. He said young teachers come to Morgan County because standards are rigorous, programs are innovative, morale is high, and it is a “great place to teach.”

School board officials argued the excess levy helps them give teachers better benefits and that without it, their teachers would go to bordering Washington or Frederick counties to work.  Superintendent David Banks said in public hearings that several teachers leave each year for better paying jobs elsewhere.

Notable citizens of the county supported the levy, including Delegate Daryl Cowles and attorney/state senatorial candidate Charles Trump.

Students and graduates supported the levy. Morgan Harmison, Berkeley Springs High School graduate, said she was fortunate to attend school when arts flourished. Dance was introduced and musical theatre was offered as a class. She was accepted to Carnegie Mellon University and now has a professional career as an opera singer, having completed one year with Opera Colorado.

Students age 17 are eligible to vote in West Virginia primaries as long as they will be 18 by the general election.

Ford said, “The voters have spoken.”


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ACFF Hires New Development & Communications Director

The American Conservation Film Festival, based in Shepherdstown, WV, has recently hired Jennifer Lee as its Director of Development and Communications to expand the support, outreach, and exposure of its annual fall festival and special events throughout the year.

Jennifer LeeJennifer comes to ACFF with nearly 20 years experience in non-profits dedicated to environmental and historic preservation.  Most recently, she served as Executive Director of the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center in Millwood, Virginia, and Executive Director of the Clarke County Historical Association in Clarke County, Virginia.  Prior to that, she served in development, administrative, and communications roles for the Virginia Native Plant Society, the Northwest Earth Institute in Portland, Oregon, and at the national headquarters of Trout Unlimited in Arlington, Virginia.

“I am thrilled to combine my passions for imagery and the natural world with my experience in organizational development to contribute to the vitality of the American Conservation Film Festival,” Lee said.  “And I am very eager to get to know Shepherdstown and the surrounding area, its residents, businesses, and community groups.”


This year’s American Conservation Film Festival will be held October 30 through November 2nd at venues in and around Shepherdstown, WV, a vibrant arts community 70 miles west of Washington, DC, and Baltimore, MD.  ACFF features films from a diverse group of conservation filmmakers from around the world. This 501(c)(3) non-profit organization addresses conservation through the lens of film, providing a platform for education and dialogue about more sustainable ways to live.  By presenting outstanding conservation films, ACFF programming promotes solutions to pressing conservation issues, respect for the world’s natural and cultural heritage, and passion for conserving our resources.  Since 2003, the Festival has screened over 300 films to 29,000 audience members and has inspired countless individuals and organizations to help make the transformation toward better ways to live, work, and play.

More information can be found at http://www.conservationfilm.org.


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Berkeley Art Works Opens New Gallery and Two Photography Exhibits May 22

Photography lovers will get a double selection of images at the Berkeley Art Works starting May 22. “Photo14”, the Berkeley Arts Council’s first juried photography exhibit will be featured in the main gallery, while inaugurating the new “Back Space” gallery will be “Litter Like Beauty is All Around”, an exhibit of smart phone photographs taken by Gary Bergel.

The exhibits will be on display from May 22 - June 22 in the Berkeley Art Works gallery at 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. There will be an opening reception for both exhibits on Saturday, May 24 from 5-7pm.

For “Photo14”, juror John Hoover selected 30 images out of 92 that were submitted for the exhibit. Images range from fascinating portraits to soaring landscapes, abstracts and more. The full list of accepted work is at artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/photo14/. Hoover is an Adjunct Professor of Photography at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland and a working freelance and assignment photographer specializing in portraits, travel, architectural and event photography.

Gary Bergel, is a photography and mixed media artist and a teaching artist on the faculty of the Blue Ridge Community and Technical College. He is presenting a suite of archival prints of smartphone photographs he has taken over the past ten years.

The Berkeley Art Works, a project of the Berkeley Arts Council, is the realization of the long-held dream of the arts community in Martinsburg and Berkeley County West Virginia: to have a community-based arts facility that supports local and regional artists, brings quality arts experiences for the members of the public, and provides a wide range of arts learning experiences for local residents, artists, and artisans. The Berkeley Arts Council is on the Web at http://www.berkeleyartswv.org.

Photo: “Tossed Fries” by Gary Bergel


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With ad buy, Libertarian Buckley welcomes Capito, Tennant to general election

Hardy Co., WV - The first ad buy of the campaign from Libertarian fmr. state Del. John Buckley’s campaign went live on Charleston’s Daily Mail and Gazette websites at 8 pm tonight, just as West Virginia primary election returns began to trickle in.

A print version of the ad will run with both papers’ primary coverage Wed. morning.

A fmr. Va. state Del. who now resides in Mathias, Hardy Co., Buckley strikes a cordial note in the ad, offering congratulations to Democrat Natalie Tennant and Republican Shelley Moore Capito on their expected primary victories.

Buckley then welcomes his opponents to the general election campaign: “I look forward to joining in a vigorous debate on the campaign trail.”

With the ads, the campaign conveys to voters, media and opinion leaders that Buckley, who boasts previous electoral and legislative experience, plans on running an active, professional campaign throughout the Mountain State with his “Live & Let Live” message.

The Buckley for Senate campaign will hold a media availability event with the candidate in Charleston this Thursday to discuss the general election campaign.  Details will be forthcoming.

Buckley is retired from a career at the United States Court of Federal Claims, where he served as the chief of staff and senior law clerk to the Chief Judge of the Court, and as Acting Clerk of the Court. Buckley was the chief administrative officer of the Court for nearly two years.


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Alex Mooney Wins Big In WV-02 Primary

Press release received from Mooney campaign.

Kearneysville, WV - Conservative candidate Alex Mooney won the Republican primary in West Virginia’s second congressional district tonight.

With 57 percent of precincts reporting, Mooney won 33 percent of the Republican primary vote, a lead of 13 points over the second-place finisher.

Below is a transcript of Mooney’s election night speech:

MOONEY SPEECH

Thank you so much.

It is a privilege to be standing here today as the Republican nominee for West Virginia’s second congressional district.

Thank you to the voters of West Virginia who have placed their trust in me to fight for them, their families, their jobs, and their values in Congress. I do not take this responsibility lightly.

I’d also like to express my appreciation to my fellow Republican candidates for the spirited campaign and their commitment to serving the people of West Virginia.

Charlotte Lane has spent a lifetime serving our great state, and we should thank her for her service. Steve Harrison has spent many years as a champion for the unborn. Ken Reed, Jim Moss, Ron Walters Jr., and Robert Fluharty all ran great races and I look forward to working with them in the future to make our state a better place to live, work, and raise our families.

I am truly humbled and honored by the outpouring of support we received today from every corner of the district.

Thank you to my tireless supporters… volunteers who knocked on doors, made phone calls, put up yard signs, stuffed envelopes, and did whatever needed to be done. I know you did this because of your commitment to our shared conservative values.

To my staff… especially Nick and Stephanie, thank you for working your hearts out, for giving up on sleep for the past several weeks. Here’s the good news: We get to do it all over again for six more months!

And of course, I would not be here today without the unwavering support of my wife Grace and our two children, Lucas and Cami. I love and appreciate you.

Finally, I must thank my mom, not just for her love and support – but for her courage and conviction. Some of you may know her story – but bear with me because it is a story worth repeating. My mom grew up in Cuba. When she was 21, Fidel Castro, communist tyrant, rose to power and threw my mother and her entire family in jail simply because they were not communists.

Shortly after her imprisonment, my mother fled Cuba to the United States, where she met my dad. I was raised by a mother who fiercely loves her adopted country and a father who fought for freedom in Vietnam. My parents raised us to value patriotism and freedom. My mother’s story taught me that freedom isn’t free. It must be guarded vigilantly, protected, and sometimes, fought for.

My mother’s story is the reason I am running for Congress, and it is the reason why this election in West Virginia’s second congressional district is so important. This election is the battleground for the future of our country and our state.

To the hardworking people of West Virginia, I want to renew this pledge to you:

I will NEVER stop fighting for you.

I will NEVER stop fighting to repeal Obamacare

I will NEVER stop fighting to defeat President Obama’s War on Coal.

I will NEVER stop fighting to create jobs for our families

And I will NEVER stop fighting to protect our traditional values.

My Democrat opponent, Nick Casey, is a nice man, but his beliefs are radically out of touch with the people of West Virginia. As I campaigned across the district’s 17 counties, I met hardworking folks who are sick and tired of Obamacare, fed up with President Obama’s War on Coal, concerned about the out-of-control spending, and ready for a change of course in Washington.

Sadly, Nick Casey stands for all the things West Virginians are against.

Nick Casey supports Obamacare.

In fact, Nick Casey wanted to go further than Obamacare, calling for nationalized health care.

Nick Casey wants to take away our gun rights.

And finally, Nick Casey will vote for Nancy Pelosi or some other liberal Democrat for Speaker of the House. Casey will side with the Washington D.C. liberals who want to put coal out of business and destroy our jobs.

Those are definitely NOT West Virginia’s values.

In the coming months, I look forward to a spirited debate about the future of our country and the future of our state. And after talking to West Virginians all across the district, I am confident our conservative values will prevail!

Thank you and God bless!


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Ken Reed Thanks His Supporters

Statement received from Ken Reed campaign.

“My wife, Tally, and I want to thank everyone who has rallied around our efforts to fix Washington and get our country back on track. I got into this race, because I have real concerns about the direction Washington is taking this country and believe we owe it to the next generation to pass on a growing and prosperous state and nation. While tonight’s results did not go the way we had hoped, it is important we never stop fighting for the limited government principles that guided our campaign. West Virginia is a special place, and I am truly thankful to everyone who voted for us in this effort.”

Ken Reed


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Five Apps That Will Help Grow Your Green Thumb And Keep More Green In Your Wallet

Springtime is the perfect time of year to get a garden or landscape project started, whether you’ve already developed a green thumb or are new to the gardening scene. Now, with the help of a smartphone, such as the Apple iPhone® 5s, and some creative apps, both novice and experienced gardeners can simplify and enhance growing their gardens and planting the seeds for savings.

According to the National Gardening Association, an average well-maintained garden can yield up to $500 worth of produce, which can help families save money at the grocery store. “Whether the desire to see your garden blossom is driven by saving money, simply to add curb appeal to your home, or create a backyard oasis, there are a host of great apps that can ensure you’re choosing the right seeds and plants for your climate and conditions, and protecting your investment in your garden,” said Jack Brundige, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in the Mid-South, “Mobile devices can definitely simplify and enhance your gardening or help families navigate a new hobby together.”

For those looking to get a little dirty outdoors, while saving some money, U.S. Cellular recommends the following free apps for their smartphones and tablets to make the most out of their springtime garden:

• iScape Free: Before tilling away at the landscape around your home, take a moment to snap a photo of your yard as it is, and use this creative app to add pathways, shrubs, lighting and flowers to view realistic renderings of your ideas. iScape Free, in Apple’s App Store, brings gardening ideas closer to reality before the user spends even a penny on supplies.

• Garden Manager: This free Android app, available in Google Play, is perfect for the busy gardener. The timer allows for multiple alarms to be set for watering, fertilizing, spraying pesticide or any custom task. Snap and save quick photos in the app to treasure the plants you have been growing and even share on social media.

• Garden Compass Plant:  No matter the experience of a gardener, the season always seems to bring a few pests or weeds. A nuisance in the garden can ruin a whole crop, but this app offers several product suggestions to help get rid of any number of pests. Gardeners can also take a photo of any pest, plant or weed and submit it to have it identified by a team of experts quickly so they can make sure they’re not wasting time or money treating the wrong threat. Simply download the app in Google Play or Apple’s App Store to get started.

• Happy Little Farmer Lite: This free app, in Google Play and Apple’s App Store, brings the whole family together to be involved in the garden without getting dirty. The educational app allows young children to play games that teach how fruits and vegetables grow. Kids can plow, plant, water and even chase bugs away from their own virtual garden, picking up skills they can put to use when working alongside mom and dad in their real one, creating better family moments along the way.

• The Weather Channel: Throughout the prime gardening season, the weather can be unpredictable. It is important to keep an eye on those changing weather conditions to make sure plants are getting plenty of water and are protected from frost and cold that can be threatening for new plants.

“With access to the 4G LTE network these apps can be quickly downloaded and get you planning and outside enjoying a springtime garden in no time,” said Brundige.
4G LTE service provided through King Street Wireless, a partner of U.S. Cellular. LTE is a trademark of ETSI.

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Libertarian John Buckley challenges Capito, Tennant for U.S. Senate

Hardy Co., WV - Mathias resident John Buckley launched his Libertarian bid for United State Senates today.  Buckley intends to campaign throughout the Mountain State with his “Live & Let Live” message.

“Most West Virginians don’t like being told what to do and don’t relish telling others what to do, either.  Instead, they prefer to ‘“Live and Let Live.”

John Buckley - who boasts previous electoral and legislative experience, having served as a state Delegate and Electoral College member in Virginia in the 1980s - plans on running an active, professional campaign challenging expected Republican and Democratic nominees, Shelley Moore Capito and Natalie Tennant.

The Buckley for Senate campaign will hold a media availability event with the candidate in Charleston next week and plans regional campaign launches throughout the state after next week’s primary election.  Details on those events will be forthcoming.

Buckley is retired from a career at the United States Court of Federal Claims, where he served as the chief of staff and senior law clerk to the Chief Judge of the Court, and as Acting Clerk of the Court. Buckley was the chief administrative officer of the Court for nearly two years.

Buckley issued this statement explaining why he has jumped into this race:

“In recent years, I have come to realize that party labels are not nearly as important as what principles a person stands for. Principles of limited government should be applied across the board, not just as to taxes, spending, and economic regulation, but to personal, ‘lifestyle’ decisions as well.

“Thus, I favor significantly lowering the level of federal taxes and spending, embracing gun ownership rights, and respecting private property; I also support the legalization of marijuana, same-sex marriage, and ending Big Brother snooping and spying on American citizens.

“Most West Virginians don’t like being told what to do and don’t relish telling others what to do, either.  Instead, they prefer to ‘“Live and Let Live.”


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Thomas Pandolfi to Perform at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

HAGERSTOWN, MD - Join returning-by-popular-demand pianist Thomas Pandolfi for the annual Edmunds Music Trust recital in the Bowman Concert Gallery of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts on Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 2:30 p.m., followed by a Chocolate and Wine reception in the Kaylor Atrium at 3:30 p.m.

The seating for the recital and reception are limited, so reserve your seats early for this most popular entertainer.  Tickets are $20 with a 10% discount for museum members.  Reserve your seat by calling Donna Rastelli at 301-739-5727, ext.10.

Music from France will be the centerpiece of the recital this year including Clair de Lune from Suite Bergamasque and the masterpiece The Engulfed Cathedral by Claude Debussy (1862-1918), Trois Mouvements Perpetuels by Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) which was composed in 1918, Forlane from Le Tombeau de Couperin by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937),  and an utterly charming yet brilliant gem by the little known French composer Deodat de Severac (1872-1921) entitled Grande Valse Brillante in E-Flat Major.

A graduate of the Julliard School, Pandolfi earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees as a scholarship student, and he is emerging as a prodigious virtuoso who excels in reviving the core repertoire from the golden age of pianism.  Following a performance of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the
Asheville Symphony, The Asheville Citizen-Times remarked, “Pandolfi is a standout among today’s young pianists, demonstrating a great technician’s grace, finesse and polish…his virtuosity and strength might have had some believing that Liszt himself had taken over the keyboard.”
       
Pandolfi has performed with European orchestras such as The George Enescu Philharmonic in Bucharest , the Moravian Philharmonic, and The National Philharmonic of the Republic of Moldova, as well as the American symphony orchestras of Mississippi, Cedar Rapids, Asheville, Princeton, San Angelo and New York City.
       
Established in 1931 and dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting works of art for the people of Washington County and citizens from the four-state region, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts has been recognized as one of the finest small museums in the United States. The mission of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts (WCMFA) is to collect, to preserve, to interpret and to exhibit art of lasting quality for the citizens of Hagerstown, Washington County and the surrounding region.  The mission is implemented through the development, interpretation and care of art collections; creation of original and educational exhibitions; and presentation of interpretive lectures, concerts, films, art instruction and other programs to ensure that visitors gain a better appreciation and understanding of the fine arts.  The presentation and care of art collections, and associated interpretive activities requires the maintenance of a specialized and architecturally significant building and grounds. The opportunity for the public to encounter highly significant works of art in a beautiful setting, and with safety and security are important values of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.

Accredited by the American Association of Museums, admission to the Museum is free and its collection includes over 7,000 works of art. The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts has an enduring commitment to arts education and to the support of regional artists. The Museum actively collects works of art in the fields of American Art, world cultures, and art of the region. The museum regularly offers studio art courses, art historical lectures, concerts, and exhibitions from its permanent collection and traveling shows.

The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is funded through support from museum membership and annual fund donations by the public, grants from the business and corporate communities, and support from Washington County, the City of Hagerstown, private foundations, and the Maryland State Arts Council. For more information on the Museum, please phone (301) 739-5727 or visit http://www.wcmfa.org.  Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


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Jefferson County Selected Above Silicon Valley and NC’s Golden Triangle by Broken Mobile

Jefferson County, W.Va.—Broken Mobile™, a mobile device solutions company founded in Manassas, Virginia, in 2012, has relocated its headquarters to Burr Plaza in Kearneysville, West Virginia. The company will bring jobs to the area, many through a distinctive U.S. military veterans training program, in a rapidly advancing telecommunications field.

“This has been an eight-month-long process,” said John Reisenweber, Executive Director of the Jefferson County Development Authority (JCDA). “We worked with the State Development Office and Jim Ruland, Managing Partner of RAI Properties, LLC, to showcase Jefferson County’s business-friendly climate, skilled workforce and opportunities for growth. Patrick Petersen, Founder and CEO of Broken Mobile™ did his due diligence and after considering six states, including California, Broken Mobile™ chose the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. The fact that Jefferson County is competing for IT companies with Silicon Valley and the Golden Triangle of North Carolina says a lot about what we have to offer here.”
       
“Until Broken Mobile™, no options were available for corporate organizations, government agencies/contractors or educational institutions to comprehensively protect their mobile device assets,” said Petersen. “Broken Mobile™ provides customizable, efficient and cost effective mobile device solutions. We do this by performing all services within the United States and with certified technicians. Moving our operation to the West Coast did not seem to fit our mold. We are not looking to be trendy, rather set a trend. At our new headquarters in Jefferson County, West Virginia, we are within a four-hour radius of the most powerful cities in the United States. There is no reason there could not be an East Coast Silicon Valley and where better to put it than within reach of those cities.”

Broken Mobile™ has found that many of the nation’s mobile devices, including corporations’ ‘fleets’ of thousands of employee cellular phones with proprietary company data, are sent overseas to countries like China for repair.  Petersen has concerns that if devices, such as secure government cellular phones, are kept in the United States they are often repaired by under-trained technicians and high-security data is left vulnerable.

Broken Mobile™ has created its own technician certification program, required for all new hires, and open to potential employees.  Additionally, Broken Mobile™ has pioneered a unique program to train U.S. military veterans in mobile device repair which prepares them for careers in the field.  Once veterans complete the certification program, they will be eligible for employment with Broken Mobile.™ In collaboration with government entities, numerous independent veteran organizations and universities, Broken Mobile™ will provide this program on site at the new Broken Mobile™ office and campus in Burr Plaza.  More information on the veterans training program can be found on the Broken Mobile™ website, http://broken-mobile.com/break-fix/.

By employing those who currently have, or have held, security clearances, such as veterans, coupled with the rigorous training program, Broken Mobile™ can offer significant alternative to risky practices. These advantages will allow Broken Mobile™ to obtain contracts from high-security agencies.

“My father is a Marine and Vietnam veteran so this effort is both personal for me and a privilege to provide a service for a group of men and women who have given so much of themselves for the sake of others,” said Petersen. “Our veterans need careers that enable them to provide for themselves and their families. Broken Mobile™ is proud to reach out to them to give them technical training and a pathway to careers. We believe by offering our training while many of the veterans are transitioning, this will allow Broken Mobile™ to help eliminate the waiting period after transitioning and before training usually begins for our men and women veterans.”

By offering customers no deductibles, credit for unused services, pooled coverage plans and customized protection packages, Broken Mobile™ wants to change the way the nation looks at repairing mobile devices and protection services through its services.

“Besides Broken Mobile™ having a business model that is destined for success, there is something very noble about keeping jobs in the USA, and thus providing opportunity to those who have already proven they have America’s best interests at heart,” said Ruland. “All of us here at RAI Properties are enormously proud to be associated with this undertaking.”

Burr Plaza, which began construction off Route 9 in Kearneysville in 2003, offers the state-of-the-art facilities, security and flex space that Petersen requires. The only shopping/business complex in the Eastern Panhandle with its property management office on site, Burr Plaza also maintains a help desk that is manned 24/7, 365 days of the year. Petersen was impressed by the Burr Plaza staff and their commitment to the success of the complex’s tenants and their willingness to assist with marketing and business development.
Petersen was also attracted to the campus-like feel of the plaza and the amenities it would offer Broken Mobile’s™ employees, including child care, restaurants, service providers and retail establishments, all of which and more Broken Mobile™ will utilize in its employee benefits package.

Broken Mobile™ will hold a job fair at the same location in the next few weeks. Additional information will be announced through local media outlets and may be obtained by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or calling
571-208-0307 x103.

With a strategic Mid-Atlantic location just 60 miles from Washington, D.C. and ready access to major transportation routes, Jefferson County is ideally situated for business, manufacturing and industry. As one of the fastest growing counties in West Virginia, Jefferson County is a major economic driver in a state that boasts the nation’s fourth lowest cost of doing business, low utility rates and a highly skilled and loyal workforce. While facilitating relocations and start-ups with tax incentives, low-interest loans and fast-track permitting, the JCDA also aggressively supports and promotes existing businesses. More information: http://www.jcda.net, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 304-728-3255.


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Friday’s @ Five Summer Concert Series on the Town Square Announced

Looking for something free and exciting to do in downtown Martinsburg on a Friday afternoon this summer? Come to Friday’s @ Five for a taste of great music, appetizers and fun!

Friday’s @ Five at the Town Square, sponsored by Gibson & Associates, presented by The City of Martinsburg, The Martinsburg Convention & Visitors Bureau and Main Street Martinsburg….. a series of free outdoor concerts by well-known musicians, bands and Martinsburg artists that will liven up your spirits and maybe even get you into a dancing mood. Bands will perform a wide variety of indigenous musical styles, including jazz, rock, Bluegrass, pop, Classic Rock, Country and unique Americana and more. You can bring your own chairs or blankets and sit on the ground. The front of the stage on the South lawn is reserved for dancing.

There is no admission charge to the Town square. The concert series runs from June through August 1st , every Friday. (Except July 4th-NO CONCERT)

All around the Town Square are concessions offering local culinary specialties: yummy small appetizers. And, to wash it all down, a variety of alcoholic (Beer & Wine) and non-alcoholic beverages are also offered for sale.

You also may enjoy a picnic dinner from one of our downtown Restaurants .

Concerts start at 5:00 p.m. and usually last until 7:00pm. The Town Square is blocked off between BB&T Drive-Thru and Queen Street. It is within convenient walking distance from all downtown businesses.

Pets are allowed in the square during the concerts, provided they are on a leash no longer than six feet at all times. If they display aggressive behavior the owner may be asked to remove them.

For more information about the Friday’s @ Five Summer Concert Series call 304.262.4200, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  or visit their website at http://www.mainstreetmartinsburg.com

Schedule:
Friday, June 6th Clement & Williams (Classic Rock)
Friday, June 13th BackBeat (50’s & 60’s Oldies)
Friday, June 20th TBA
Friday, June 27th Cassi Raye Band (Eclectic)
Friday, July, 11th Rolling Coyotes (Unique Americana)
Friday, July 18th Stoney Creek (Bluegrass)
Friday, July 25th Martinsburg Jazz Orchestra (Jazz)
Friday, August 1st Back Creek Valley Boys (Traditional Bluegrass)


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Williamsport Community Band To Host 2014 Maryland Community Band Festival

Williamsport, MD – The Williamsport Community Band is hosting the 25th Annual Maryland Community Band Festival Sunday, June 8, 2014. Ten bands from around the state will converge on the Springfield Barn & Byron Memorial Park in Williamsport for a full day of outstanding band music.

Music lovers are encouraged to bring a blanket or chairs and a picnic and enjoy an eclectic offering including contemporary, show tunes, marches, classical and more! Ten of Maryland’s top community bands will be in attendance on the following schedule:

11:00 am – Olney Community Band
12:00 noon – Rockville Community Band
1:00 pm – Potomac Concert Band
2:00 pm – Baltimore Symphonic Community Band
3:00 pm – Bel Air Community Band
4:00 pm – Hagerstown Municipal Band
5:00 pm – Rohrersville Cornet Band
6:00 pm – Montgomery Village Community Band
7:00 pm – Columbia Concert Band
8:00 pm – Williamsport Community Band

This is a family friendly, free event, held rain or shine. Other fun activities will be available during the day including Williamsport Blue Band concession stand (full menu) Funkstown Lions Club (French fries) and Extreme Ice Cream.  The Williamsport Pool will be open, there will be a small petting zoo and horseback rides for the children. Historic civil war tours in Williamsport will also be available.
The annual festival draws about 700 musicians and their families to the area, in addition to local attendees. The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitor Bureau is assisting the festival organizers with initial organization strategies, mailings, goodie bags for participating musicians, materials and pamphlets of local interest for distribution,

Festival organizer Noel Kunkle said, “It is quite an honor for us to be hosting such a special state event. We encourage all to come to our special concert hall and enjoy a variety of band music, enjoy the good food and unique entertainment. There’s something here for the whole family to enjoy.”

The Williamsport Community Band is a non-profit community band based in Williamsport, Maryland. They play a variety of traditional and popular music arranged for band. The band has been performing since 1998 and presently boasts a membership of over 85 local musicians.

The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau is a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization whose mission is to help attract visitors to Hagerstown and Washington County. The CVB helps to create growth for the local economy by promoting, developing and expanding the local visitor industry. For more information about the CVB go to http://www.marylandmemories.com.


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Mooney Stands Alone In Signing No Tax Pledge

Press release received from Mooney for Congress Campaign

Martinsburg, WV - Alex Mooney, conservative Republican candidate for Congress in West Virginia’s second congressional district, is the only leading candidate in the race to pledge not to raise taxes. Candidates Charlotte Lane and Ken Reed have both refused to sign a pledge against raising taxes.

The Americans for Tax Reform Pledge reads, “I [Alex Mooney], pledge to the Taxpayers of the state of West Virginia, and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.”

When candidate Ken Reed was asked on Talkline with Hoppy Kercheval about why he had not signed the taxpayer pledge, Ken Reed said, “It is obviously not doing a whole lot. So at this point I would rather not do any pledges to any outside entities.”

“I am proud to have signed the Americans for Tax Reform No Tax Pledge,” said Alex Mooney. “I took the pledge when I first ran for office as a state senator and I kept that pledge while serving. I plan to do the same in Congress. I am surprised that Ken Reed and Charlotte Lane have refused to pledge to not raise taxes. The voters deserve to know if their representatives plan to increase taxes and spending or cut them. I plan to cut federal taxes and spending.”

There is a growing conservative movement rallying behind Mooney’s candidacy. Mooney has been endorsed by American Conservative Union PAC, Governor Mike Huckabee, Senator Rick Santorum, the Republican Liberty Caucus, National Association of Gun Rights, Senate Conservatives Fund, Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, Tea Party Express, Conservative Victory Fund, Madison Project, Family Research Council PAC, Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum, Gun Owners of America, CatholicVote.org, Citizens United, Gary Bauer’s Campaign for Working Families, Dr. Ron Paul, Congressman Thomas Massie (KY-04), Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-08), Delegate Eric Householder (Berkeley - 64), Ann Coulter and Morton Blackwell.


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Summer Cocktail Demo on Tap at Girl’s Night Out Event

MARTINSBURG, WV – The Historic McFarland House announces a new series of “Girl’s Night Out” events. Organizers say the series is designed to be a fun and educational evening for friends. The Victorian home is typically known as a wedding venue, but is also home to the Victual Club, a private, fine-dining club that hosts various dining events each month, with the “Girl’s Night Out” series being its newest addition.

The first “Girl’s Night Out “ event will be Friday, May 16. A Meet & Greet begins at 6:30, and activities begin at 7 pm.

Guests will rotate between several summer cocktail demonstration stations, learning how to make specialty summer cocktails.

The Historic McFarland House’s nationally renowned Executive Chef Brad Spates will lead an appetizer demo. Spates, who always draws a crowd, is a 2009 Iron Chef winner and fall 2014 Top Chef contender.

Samples of all drinks and foods will be served throughout the evening.

Organizers say there will also be a DJ, photo booth, photographer and cash bar.

Tickets are $35 for Victual Club members, and $40 for nonmembers.

The Historic McFarland House is located at 409 S. Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV. To purchase tickets or to learn more about the Victual Club, a lifelong membership that offers discounts on dinners and events, please visit HistoricMcFarlandHouse.com/events or call (304) 263-1890.

Other Victual Club dining events include monthly “Date Nights”, cooking demonstrations and other culinary celebrations throughout the year.

About Historic McFarland House:
The Historic McFarland House is a premier wedding and dining destination for residents of West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC. Nestled in Martinsburg, the Victorian venue blends elegant service with culinary sophistication. In the kitchen, acclaimed Chef Brad Spates (2009 Iron Chef winner and fall 2014 Top Chef contender) excites modern palates with fresh, local ingredients and inspired fare. For more information, visit HistoricMcFarlandHouse.com or call (304) 263-1890.


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Antietam 2014 Run Through History Race Set for June 1, 2014

Hagerstown, MD - Head Start of Washington County, Inc. has announced that the 35rd annual Antietam Run Through History will take place on Sunday, June 1, 2014. Events will include a 10K road race, a 5K race, and new this year, a Kid’s Fun Trail Run for children ages 3-12. Runner’s World magazine has called this “one of the country’s most beautiful races.”

The race course layout is new this year; winding through the Antietam National Battlefield, site of the bloodiest one day battle in America’s history. Runners loop through the battlefield passing monuments, markers and hallowed ground, including the area known as “The Cornfield.”

The event’s 10K and 5K options provide opportunities for a variety of runners. Awards are given in categories according to age of the runner and distance of the race. Full details and registration information can be found at http://www.runthroughhistory.org or by calling Race Director Dick Snyder at 301-797-6464 or Head Start at 301-733-0088 x102.

Proceeds from this year’s race will benefit Head Start of Washington County, Inc., a non-profit agency dedicated to making a difference in the community. Currently serving 485 children ages birth – 5 and their families, the agency provides a wide range of services. These include educational, medical, dental, mental health, nutrition, disability, child care and social support.

The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau is a financial sponsor of the event. The annual race welcomes over 400 runners from throughout the Mid-Atlantic to Hagerstown and Washington County.

For more information about the county, see: http://www.marylandmemories.com.