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Maryland Symphony Orchestra Concert to Feature Rodney Marsalis and the Philadelphia Big Brass Band

Hagerstown, MD—One of the world’s leading brass ensembles will join the Maryland Symphony Orchestra for two upcoming Masterworks concerts designed to honor the end of the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War.  The concerts will be held on Saturday, March 14 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 15 at 3:00 p.m. at the historic Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown.

Rodney Marsalis’s Philadelphia Big Brass Band and the MSO will present “Brothers on the Battlefield,”  a theatrically-staged production that will include a historically-informed narrative, multi-media presentation, and a broad range of music spanning pre-Civil War throughout the duration of the Civil Rights Movement.  Featured selections will include an Earth, Wind and Fire medley; Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man;  excerpts from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story; Pete Seeger’s Where Have All the Flowers Gone;  and, traditional tunes such as Amazing Grace, Just a Closer Walk With Thee,  and When the Saints Go Marching In.

A veritable “dream team” of virtuoso brass players, members of the RMPBB have appeared on the world’s most prominent stages and performed with such groups as The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Baltimore Symphony, the São Paolo State Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Brass, Empire Brass, Dallas Brass, and the Boston Brass.  The group burst into the music scene with a debut performance in Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center in Verizon Hall, a residency for the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, and a special feature on the National Public Radio Show, “All Things Considered.”  The group has been invited to perform in major music halls around the world including China’s National Center for the Performing Arts, Tanglewood’s Seiji Ozawa Hall, and several prominent halls in Brazil and Italy.

Rodney Marsalis is a world-renowned trumpet player whose artistry has been enthusiastically enjoyed inside of the United States and in such countries as France, Spain, Germany, England, Greece, Rumania, Japan, Taiwan, and Korea.  A member of the famous American family of jazz musicians (which includes Wynton and Branford) Marsalis has been praised by music critics for his evocative interpretation, impeccable virtuosity, and beauty of sound.  He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and has worked under the guidance of world renowned conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Michael Tilson Thomas, Gerard Schwarz, and John Williams.  Marsalis can be heard as Soloist and Principal Trumpet on more than thirty different recordings with labels such as Decca, Naxos, Koch international Classics, and Albany Records.  His year is split between his duties as Principal Trumpet with Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Artist in residence at Temple University, and various master class and solo engagements in the United States and abroad.

All ticket holders are welcome to attend “Prelude” which takes place one hour before each concert.  Music Director Elizabeth Schulze and the guest artists share information on featured composers and their works that will enhance concert-goers enjoyment and appreciation of the concert.

Tickets, ranging from $15 to $50, may be purchased ONLINE at tickets.marylandsymphony.org; in person at 30 W. Washington Street (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.); or by calling 301-797-4000 during regular business hours.  All students through grade 12 are admitted free to all Masterworks concerts.  Student rush tickets are available for higher education students for $5.00.  Seat selection will be at the discretion of the box office personnel.  The Maryland Theatre Box Office opens 90 minutes before concert time.

The concerts are presented by SpringHill Suites and Courtyard by Marriott and the artist sponsor is Meritus Health.  Free student tickets are made possible through the generosity of Music Director Elizabeth Schulze and the sole corporate sponsor, Susquehanna Bank.

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.  The Maryland Symphony Orchestra is the area’s premier professional orchestra, dedicated to providing musical performances that educate and entertain, while enhancing the cultural environment of Western Maryland and the surrounding region.


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March into Spring with Jala Yoga’s Upcoming Workshops

Winchester, VA—Jala Yoga, the vibrant yoga studio with locations in Winchester, VA, Shepherdstown, WV, and Charles Town, WV, has announced its March workshops. From learning the basics to experiencing acupuncture to trying out meditation, there are opportunities for people of all ages and levels.  Registration for all workshops can be done at http://www.jalayogaflow.com or by phoning 401-440-0279.

For five consecutive Sundays, from March 1 to March 29, 2:00-3:30 pm, Kathi Peterson teaches a “Beginner’s Series” at the Charles Town studio, 307 West Washington Street.  This course introduces new yoga students to the philosophy and postures of yoga. It is designed so that upon completion, students will be comfortable taking other yoga classes and developing their own yoga practice.  The cost is $60 for all five classes.

Instructor Jocelynne Lowans teaches “Big Yogi, Little Yogi” on Wednesdays, from March 4 to April 1, 1:30-2:30 pm, at the Shepherdstown studio, 117 West German Street.  This class is for children from 0-3 and their parent or caregiver.  It is intended to introduce little ones to the importance of movement, stillness, playfulness, and self-care.  The cost is $50 for all five weeks.

Jake White, a dedicated Integrative Energetic Medicine Practitioner based in Winchester, VA, leads “Heal Your Heart: Meditation for All” on Friday, March 6, 6:45-8:45 pm at the Winchester studio, Creekside Station,
3119 Valley Avenue.  This workshop will utilize meditation, energetic healing techniques, group interaction, and instruction to reconcile with the past and move towards living fully from the heart.  The cost is $20.

Pilates instructor Jaime Haines teaches “Introduction to Pilates: Posture and Principle” on Saturday, March 7, 2:00-3:30 pm at the Winchester studio. In this workshop, Haines explains the principles and postures of this exercise system, including how to properly activate the deep core muscles known as the Powerhouse.  The workshop includes a postural alignment assessment and a 60-minute Pilates mat session. The cost is $10.

Jala Yoga owner and founder Christa Mastrangelo Joyce teaches “Renew Your Resolve: Reconnect, Reaffirm, and Let Go” on Saturday, March 14, 12:30-5:30 pm at the Winchester studio.  The workshop is designed to give participants a fresh start as spring approaches.  Included in this five hour workshop is a vinyasa flow yoga class, breath work, journaling, a restorative yoga practice, and self-massage work. The cost is $65.

Yoga Instructor Turi Nevin-Turkel and Acupuncturist Virginia Hisghman team up to lead a “Spring Seasonal Balance and Acupuncture” worshop on Friday, March 20, 6:00-8:00 pm, at the Winchester studio. This workshop combines the wisdom and techniques of Traditional Oriental Medicine and Yoga to bring students into a space of health, happiness, balance, and peace.  In this workshop, a yin yoga practice will cultivate a deeper connection with the body, mind, and soul, and during a long relaxation, students will experience a guided meditation and acupuncture. The cost is $65.

On Sunday, March 29, 2:00-4:00 pm, Kate Deriso leads “Rebuilding Your Body: Restorative Movement Therapy” at the Charles Town studio.  Kate is a massage therapist and yoga instructor who works with clients who suffer from chronic pain and sports injuries.  In this workshop, she will introduce a system of integrated therapeutic corrective movements, exercises and stretches that will increase strength and mobility, correct dysfunctional movement patters, and give knowledge on how to decrease pain and discomfort, perfect for anyone who has experienced pain, discomfort, and injury, and wants to take greater control over their well-being.  The cost is $35.

Jala Yoga offers yoga classes seven days a week at its three locations.  To register for workshops and classes and for more information about Jala Yoga, please visit http://www.jalayogaflow.com or call 401-440-0279.


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Local Panera Bread Announces $2500 Contribution to Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County

Ranson, WV- The local Panera Bread franchise, comprised of 14 bakery-cafés along the Blue Ridge Mountains, will present the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County (AWS-JC) with a donation of $2500 on Tuesday, February 24th at 10:30AM.  AWS-JC is the “Operation Dough-Nation” of our local Ranson Panera Bread. Panera’s Community Operation Dough-Nation program focuses on bringing Panera and its customers together to make a difference in the community. Donation containers are placed near the registers in all Panera bakery-cafes for customers to contribute. The company then matches a portion of the donations and distributes the money to local charities of their choosing. The Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County has been a partner since 2006.  Contributions from this year’s donation were made to sponsor the AWS Valentine’s Day Purrfect Buffet event.

Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County- Serving the community continuously since 1952, the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County, WV was incorporated in West Virginia on February 7, 1952 as a non-profit corporation. The Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County, WV provides housing and adoption services for abandoned, surrendered and abandoned, neglected abused and unwanted dogs, puppies, cats and kittens.

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WVCALA Launches Public Education Campaign Thanking State Senators

Charleston, W.Va. – The passage of legislation today implementing the nonpartisan election of judges will bring West Virginia into the national mainstream with a majority of states and help engender an independent judiciary, according to legal watchdog group West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (WV CALA).

On Friday, the West Virginia State Senate approved House Bill 2010, which provides for the election of all justices to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, all circuit court judges, all family court judges and all magistrates on a nonpartisan basis by division.

“We applaud the Legislature for passing this legal reform which will bring West Virginia into the national mainstream in how it elects its judges. Currently, West Virginia is one of only seven states where judges are elected by a partisan ballot. This legislation preserves the opportunity for West Virginians to select their judges, but will also engender an independent judiciary,” said Roman Stauffer, Executive Director of WV CALA.

The legislation, House Bill 2010, received strong bi-partisan support when it passed the House of Delegates and also the State Senate. The legislation will now go to Governor Tomblin for consideration where he has five days to approve or veto the bill. 

Stauffer concluded, “The political affiliation of a judge, the views of his or her political party, or a perceived partisan constituency should never be part of the discussion involving judicial matters. We strongly support legal reforms, like the nonpartisan election of judges, that will help ensure all West Virginians have access to an impartial legal system and fair day in court.”


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Morgan Planning Commission Vote Could Allow Commercial Development at Oakland Overlook

A Morgan County Planning Commission hearing was held Feb. 17 regarding re-platting of lots at Oakland Overlook in the southern part of the county. Cross Development, LLC, which has a purchase contract on the land with contingencies, requested a change in classification of some lots in the residential subdivision from residential to mixed use. This mixed use of commercial and residential is termed a “planned use development” or PUD.

WAIVER REQUESTED

Cross Development also asked for a waiver from the commission on the minimum lot size for residential use, an apparent technical matter since there was the existing request to change part of it from residential to commercial.  When the development was planned residential, the lot sizes were a half acre. Now, the subdivision ordinance requires a minimum lot size of one acre. So, the two requests were necessary.  There is no zoning in the county.

Commission members who voted to allow the change said they recognized the developer’s financial hardship of digging up pavement and underground utilities if required to change lot size from half-acre to one acre.

Planning commission member Scott Swaim favored the developer be in compliance with the current ordinance on lot size. But George Didawick thought the developer did have a hardship to change all utilities from half-acre to one-acre lot sizes. Member Jim Hoyt said he was opposed to allowing the change due to financial hardship for complying with the new rules of one-acre lot size. Member Sue Parker said when they changed the minimum lot size to one acre, it was mainly for a septic tank reserve area and buffer zone to adjoining lots. But this subdivision already has water and sewer in place.

The commission passed the measure 7-2, with one abstention and two opposed. Wayne Omps recused himself. This change of nine lots would allow for commercial development of 2.5 acres and the remaining 8 lots in question would total 5.56 acres.

Oakland Overlook was originally planned by Cacapon Associates as half-acre residential lots for working class families to be able to afford to build.  However, many lots have remained unsold due, officials of Cacapon Associates said, to the building boom when builders could build higher-priced homes elsewhere to market to retirees, and the economic downturn that flooded the market with affordable existing homes. A broker for the buyer approached the firm about buying a portion of the land that borders Oakland Road and U.S. 522 for a possible Dollar General store.

RESIDENTS OPPOSED TO A NEW DOLLAR STORE AT OAKLAND ROAD & DEVELOPER RESPONSE

Some area residents who live on Oakland Road or in the nearby Cacapon South subdivision have been vocally opposed to the building of a convenience store at the location, citing traffic issues given the high speeds traveled on U.S. 522. They didn’t like the planned entrance and exit on Oakland Road and thought the space for tractor trailer deliveries was inadequate. They also worry about an expected drop in their property values. 

At least 40 to 50 people have opposed the store at three meetings thus far.  Some saw no need. They said they have a deli just a couple miles away, and the Cacapon Market on U.S. 522.

Rick Watson said Dollar General appearing on the southern end of 522 would give an impression to visitors of Morgan being a poor county.

Dave Owens said, “It makes no sense to put in another store with the economy the way it is. There are only so many dollars to go around. How will this Dollar General affect the existing Dollar General or Family Dollar.? Will they survive if you take business away from them?”

Josh Allen, representing Cross Development, said market research done supports another dollar store in Morgan County and that in three years they have not had any Dollar General fail because another one was nearby.  There would be approximately 15 miles between this store and existing Dollar General or Family Dollar stores.

Several residents opposed said they moved to that area in retirement from the city to get away from “urban sprawl.” Some didn’t want any commercial development of this type nearby, and others said it wasn’t the best location.

Paul Stern sent a lengthy complaint letter to the planning commission and said this store being built constitutes “sprawl.”  He didn’t believe the developer had satisfied requirements in the subdivision ordinance of “extraordinary hardship” in their request of waiver to keep the half-acre lot sizes.

Jerry Berman co-wrote a song against the store to the tune of “Country Roads.”  He said he liked the natural ambiance of the area the way it was.  Bob Donadieu moved to his nearby home 42 years ago from the “city.”  He said this location was not the place for a store.

Roger Salen lives in Cacapon South, and said he was involved in the development of that community.  “It is a very nice community. If you build Dollar General there, it will be disgusting.”

Representing Cacapon Associates, Justin Cowles said, “Even Cacapon South is already a PUD. It’s platted for commercial land that faces 522. The concept of residential and commercial existing side by side is not a foreign concept. That area is designated in the county’s comprehensive plan as a commercially viable area.”

Cowles also speculated if there would be so much opposition if the store was to be another art gallery as can be found in Berkeley Springs and dotted on the landscape of the county.  Berkeley Springs is one of the top art destinations in the country.

RESIDENTS SUPPORTING THE NEW STORE

At this third public meeting about the possible construction, several residents said they actually wanted another dollar store. Peggy Oakes said she helps out many elderly residents, and driving several miles to Dollar General, Family Dollar, or Food Lion nearer Berkeley Springs is difficult.  She and a couple others said they need a store of this type that isn’t 24 miles away from them roundtrip.

Ginger Johnson presented a petition to the planning commission of 127 signatures for the store which she said she was able to get in only one day of canvassing.

WAIVERS FOR TIME EXTENSIONS REQUESTED & PLANNING COMMISSION VOTES

The planning commission also voted on five waivers requested by the developer for time extensions, which passed 8-1 with one abstention each time. Those waivers were regarding a Morgan County Health Department well permit; a revised West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection/West Virginia Department of Health sewage permit; West Virginia Department of Highways entrance permit; A West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection storm water and sediment erosion control permit; and an Eastern Panhandle Conservation District sediment and erosion control review.

These permits will be required later during final plat submittal for review and vote.  Planning Commission President Jack Soronen reminded all those present that these are merely time extensions, and there will be a public hearing in the future before a final vote to approve the commercial development.  He also said these are administrative procedures. His board does not make final judgments on permits for highway entrances, wells, and septics. They rely on the DOH and entities such as the health department for their expertise. His commission basically dots the “I’s” and crosses the “T’s.”

Jim Hoyt was opposed to having a store at the residential subdivision.  He said the developer was spending a lot of money and time to change the classification and to possibly build commercial store on a lot more difficult to enter and exit than one in the existing business park nearby.

“If you put in a store, who will want to buy the remaining lots next door? One mile down the road, there is a beautiful retail location with a flat lot in the business park. It has water and sewer and is under $100,000 price tag. There are fifty employees now in the business park who would stop in a Dollar General to get bread or milk when passing by.”

Those residents opposing the store kept asking the commission to stop the commercial development at that particular site, and some submitted letters stating why they thought the paperwork turned in by the developer was not complete. All this, Soronen said, will become part of public record and will be available for review at the planning commission in the Morgan County Courthouse.

Soronen said again the planning commission cannot oppose commercial development at a particular site for personal reasons.  If rules are complied with and all paperwork is proper, they can only rule on those grounds.

He said this process will take several more months, and public hearings will be announced.

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U.S. Cellular Announces 2014 Statewide Investment in West Virginia

Company invests more than $12.6 million in network, stores and community support

U.S. Cellular continued to invest in the wireless experience for its customers in 2014 with upgrades to its network and store environment throughout West Virginia.

In an effort to provide a high-quality network that works where West Virginia residents live, work and play, U.S. Cellular invested $11.4 million in network enhancements across the state. This was a combination of 4G LTE enhancements and upgrades to the company’s existing high-speed network.

Shopping for a wireless device should be a positive experience, so U.S. Cellular also invested $1.24 million in its stores across West Virginia to be welcoming places that show off the latest devices, accessories and technology. These newly-designed stores make! shopping for wireless easier, and in 2014 the company built or renovated five of these hands-on, experiential store locations in West Virginia, including those in Clarksburg, Beckley, Morgantown, Romney and Kingwood.

“As a national wireless carrier that covers you in your backyard and across the country, we are constantly striving to provide the best wireless experience for our customers in West Virginia,” said Jack Brundige, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in the Mid-South. “At U.S. Cellular, we care about our local communities, and we will continue to invest in making sure that your phone works when and where you need it – wherever you are.”

In addition to infrastructure enhancements, U.S. Cellular donated $1 million to schools across the country through its Calling All Teachers program. This program provides funding for impactful classroom projects submitted by public school teachers on DonorsChoose.org. In West Virginia, 52 teachers received a total of! $32,369 in funding from U.S. Cellular for their classroom projects, and this local donation benefits more than 2,900 students.

4G LTE not available in all areas. See uscellular.com/4G for detailed coverage info. 4G LTE service is provided in partnership with King Street Wireless. LTE is a trademark of ETSI.

About U.S. Cellular
U.S. Cellular provides 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, and currently, 93 percent of customers have access to 4G LTE speeds. 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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Foster Care: A Special Kind of Love

Around Valentine’s Day, the world thinks of love. Usually that love is romantic love. But there are many forms of love. There’s the love people share as friends; there’s the love of families. And families can take on many forms. Being a foster parent is one way of showing love to a child who desperately needs the love of a good parent.

The National Youth Advocate Program is a nationwide youth advocacy organization that specializes in foster care and therapeutic services programs. The representatives provide mental health services and foster care services to children and families. The National Youth Advocate Program has been operating in West Virginia since 1982, and has an office in Martinsburg. There are also in Parkersburg, Fairmont, and Wheeling.

Children are usually referred through the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. These children are victims of abuse and neglect, abandonment, or otherwise do not have a safe home to live in. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has foster homes. In the event that these homes are full, specialized foster care agencies are contacted to secure a home for the child to live in. Children range in age from birth to 18 years old and come from all socioeconomic demographics or racial or cultural groups.

Sara Westendorff is the licensing coordinator in Martinsburg, and responsible for recruiting, training, and licensing foster homes in Jefferson, Berkeley, and Morgan counties. She works with community groups, businesses, and social media to recruit for foster parents.

She says the need for foster parents or adoptive parents is apparent in West Virginia.  “In 2012, (the last year for which the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has statistics), 4,591 children were victims of maltreatment or neglect in West Virginia,” she said. “Over fifty percent suffered neglect, thirty-four percent suffered physical abuse, twenty-eight percent suffered emotional abuse, and five percent suffered sexual abuse.”

She added that as of September 2012, 4,825 children were in foster care in West Virginia. In 2012, 1,143 children were legally free for adoption and awaiting care. And 632 children were adopted from the foster care system.

These statistics were cited from Child Welfare Outcomes 2009- 2012, Report to Congress U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Foster parents need to provide a loving, caring home for these special children.  Children become a part of the family.  Westendorff said, “Our foster parents choose to bond with a foster child in spite of the knowledge that they won’t be in that child’s life forever. Our foster parents choose to smooth out the wrinkles on that piece of paper. They make sure the child receive appropriate medical and mental health services. They make education a priority.”

Foster parents ensure that the child develops appropriate social relationships with friends and peers. They give the child a safe, stable, nurturing home. They serve as role models for biological parents. In a variety of ways, they are helping the biological parents so that the child can go home.

Westendorff added, “This is true love. Loving a child in spite of the knowledge that they might be gone tomorrow because it is good for the child, their family, and their community.”

Currently, there are three children in foster care in the immediate area. At least ten have achieved adoption with foster families in the last five years. The NYAP receives referrals for foster care constantly. 

Westendorff said there are more children in need than there are foster homes available.  “We are in need of foster homes to serve older youth, sibling groups, and drug affected infants.  We also have an older youth that has been accepted to a job preparation program so that she can develop adult life skills and be successful in the future.”

There have been many success stories. Jennifer Holben and her husband have had 23 foster children in their home at varying times over the last decade. She said March will be their ten-year anniversary of taking in their first foster child to join their family of two of their own children.

“My husband and I love children,” Holben said. “He had a customer who was talking about international adoption.  We started looking into it and found out about all the children in the U.S. who need homes. We wanted to help out here in the U.S.”

They took special training and learned first aid and CPR. They took crisis prevention and other training. Then, they took in a two-year old girl, and later welcomed her newborn sister who only weighed four pounds when born. The baby was addicted to heroin.

That was six years ago. Today, those girls are their adopted children, who are part of a family that includes their two biological children and two current foster children.

“The father lost his rights,” Holben explained. “And the mother relinquished her rights. We filed to adopt them and went through the 45-day waiting period.  It felt like much longer.”

There are drawbacks, like loving children that might leave. Many of the children return to their biological parents once the parents get their life together.  However, there are a lot of pros to the cons.

She said there’s a special kind of love that doesn’t have a price tag. If they have take in a baby for a year, they are the ones up with it at night, but they get to see it take its first steps, or maybe first words.  It’s always hard when the children leave, but she wouldn’t trade the experience. 

“You always cry. People ask why we do it. It’s hard to explain.  The saying is parenting is the hardest thing to do. I say being a foster parent is the hardest. We have had kids with us a while that leave and we run into them a year later, and they call me mom or call my husband daddy. That outweighs the pain.”

She said foster parents have to know going into it that they will likely have the children for a short time. These kids have been abused in some way or neglected. She said they come with issues, and every one is different.

“I’d recommend being a foster parent,” said Holben. “The reward is so great watching kids grow and succeed and knowing you were part of it.”

Of course, the foster parents are supervised.  Westendorff completes an in-depth analysis of the home in terms of background checks, references, and interviews with all family members. About 30 hours of training is given to prospective foster parents. They have to take continuing education courses.

And personnel monitor the children by meeting with them. Westendorff said, “As a specialized agency, we provide a lot of services ‘in house.’ We have a treatment coordinator that meets with each child twice a month in the foster home or at school to monitor their case. This treatment coordinator acts as a liaison with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and Child Protective Services. This person ensures that any services that the child needs are provided to them. We also have licensed therapists within our agency so a child can receive counseling quickly and effectively.”

Services are also provided to the biological parents, such as counseling, parenting education, or adult life skills education. The ultimate best goal would be to reunite the children with their biological parents. Over sixty percent of children spend less than a year in foster care.  All services are done with direction from Child Protective Services workers assigned to the case.

The National Youth Advocate Program was founded in 1978 by Dr. Mubarak Awad. Dr. Awad’s father was killed in 1948 in the Israeli-Arab War. He grew up in orphanages in Jerusalem before moving to the United States to attend college in Ohio. In 1978, Dr. Awad observed that children were being institutionalized at an alarming rate. He began to create programs in Ohio to keep children in their communities because of a belief that children are best served in their communities. Today, the National Youth Advocate Program operates in West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Georgia, Illinois, Florida, and South Carolina.

For more information about the National Youth Advocate Program, call (304) 596-2390 or log onto http://www.nyap.org.  The local office is located at 1314 Edwin Miller Blvd., Suite 103, Martinsburg, WV 25404. 

Photo: The Holben Family with foster child obscured for privacy.


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Call for Artists: Berkeley Arts Council Plein Air Paint-In and Exhibit

On Saturday, May 9, 2015, the Berkley Arts Council is sponsoring its first plein air painting event in conjunction with Martinsburg Heritage Days Festival. This date will also be the opening of BAC’s first exhibit of plein air paintings in the Berkeley Art Works in downtown Martinsburg.

The BAC seeks to pre-register painters to participate in an plein air painting event and exhibit. Participating artists should be prepared to set up in an outdoors location and work on a painting of a scene in that location. Participants may exhibit finished paintings, prints, or other work for sale in the Berkeley Art Works gallery during the month of May.

Visit http://artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/pleinair/ for details and online registration. The deadline for registration is April 6, 2015


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Call for Artists: Photo15 Juried Photography Exhibit

The Berkeley Arts Council in Martinsburg, West Virginia announces Photo15, its 2015 Juried Photography Exhibit, to be displayed in the Berkeley Art Works Gallery, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. The exhibit will be on display June 10 – July 11, 2015. There will be a reception on Saturday, June 20, from 3-5pm.

The exhibit is open to all photographers without restriction to technique. The theme for the exhibit is open.

The Juror for the exhibit is Dean Kessmann, Associate Professor at George Washington University, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate students.

Images must be submitted online for jurying by April 27. The for full prospectus and online entry system visit http://artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/photo15/.


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WVCALA Launches Public Education Campaign Thanking State Senators

Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (WV CALA) today announced the launch of a statewide public education radio campaign to thank State Senators who have supported much-needed reforms to West Virginia’s lawsuit system. In recent weeks, the West Virginia State Senate has passed lawsuit reforms to bring fairness and impartiality to West Virginia’s lawsuit system, which will help create jobs and boost the state’s economy

“Under the leadership of State Senate President Bill Cole, the West Virginia Legislature has passed measures to help make West Virginia’s lawsuit system serve the interests of ordinary people, instead of lawyers. The State Senate has deliberated and passed many lawsuit reforms that will help end the abuse of our state’s lawsuit’ system, which has earned national notoriety as a ‘Judicial Hellhole.’ Our statewide public education effort will help make sure West Virginians know how some state senators are working hard to pass these reforms,” said Roman Stauffer, Executive Director of WV CALA.

In recent weeks, the State Senate has passed reforms to protect property owners from those who trespass illegally and file lawsuits, bring equality to the lawsuit system for those with claims against healthcare providers, and protect property owners from abusive lawsuits based on open and obvious dangers.

Stauffer concluded, “It’s refreshing to see that the new leadership at the West Virginia Legislature is committed to supporting an economic development package that includes the much-needed lawsuit reforms that we have discussed for many years. These reforms will bring West Virginia in line with surrounding states and create more opportunities for West Virginians.”


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Job Opening: Harpers Ferry Event Planner

A consortium of organizations in the towns of Harpers Ferry and Bolivar, with funding from the Corporation of Harper Ferry, seeks a part-time events planner to help plan, publicize and carry out festivals in our towns.

This position would be from March through June, 2015, with a possibility of continuing for another twelve months if funding becomes available.

Job description:

The event planner would:

  • Plan and coordinate events with town organizations, area merchants, volunteers and staff
  • Help manage publicity, in partnership with the CVB, WV Tourism, and other avenues
  • Supervise a social media campaign
  • Write press releases and research advertising and grant possibilities that our organizations and/or the Town and CVB could pursue
  • Keep records of work and expenses.

The job would pay $20/hour for ten hours monthly, plus 20 hours during and around each festival in setup and event supervision.

Send letter and resume by Feb. 23, 2015 to Chris Craig, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or PO Box 1011, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425.

 


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Stoney Creek Plus Two

Hedgesville, WV - Stoney Creek’s Libby Files and Brett Smeltzer have announced that “West Virginia’s Classic Bluegrass Band” is entering the 2015 season with two additions: banjo player Troy Stangle and guitarist Kenton Catlett. Files described recent rehearsal sessions with the new lineup as “unbelievable.”

Troy Stangle previously played banjo and dobro with All4Hym, who recorded on the Rural Rhythm Christian label. His stage and studio experience made Stangle a logical pick for Stoney Creek.

“Troy displays a vast array of versatility and uniqueness in his banjo skills,” according to the band’s mandolin player Brett Smeltzer. “He is a veteran with a musical talent that is not overpowering, but what audiences will appreciate and find very pleasing to the ear. It’s great to have Troy on board with Stoney Creek.”

The band is also bringing on board guitarist Kenton Catlett. Catlett had filled in with Stoney Creek throughout 2013 and 2014 when guitarist Ed Barney’s job responsibilities kept him from playing show dates. In January 2015, Barney decided to step back from Stoney Creek, and Catlett was a natural fit.

“When I was first getting into bluegrass music nearly 30 years ago, Kenton was the first person that I started playing music with ... rather quickly focusing on both harmonies and arrangement,” Smeltzer noted. Smeltzer and Files agreed that “over the past few years, Kenton has been a reliable source to help out Stoney Creek with his vocal and guitar skill on an ‘as needed’ basis. It is great to know that we have that same commitment from him now on a full-time basis.”

“I would like to welcome the new members to the band,” Files said. “I am excited about the upcoming lineup and the new opportunities that it will bring.”

Longtime banjo and dobro player Darrell Sanders is on the band’s injured reserve list. Sanders is facing surgery for a damaged nerve that has limited his playing ability.

Stoney Creek plans to announce 2015 show dates, as well as returning to the studio to finish work on a new album. The new project will be a follow-up to 2012’s “Are You Ready?” album, which gained the band airplay in over 200 radio markets and a music video in national rotation on BlueHighways TV.

Stoney Creek’s upcoming tour dates and contact information can be found at StoneyCreekBluegrass.net. Radio service, booking, and press inquiries for Stoney Creek can be made by contacting Calv’ry Booking and Management through CalvryBooking.com.


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Art of Pilates Class at the Berkeley Art Works

The Berkeley Art Works will offer Pilates classes Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 - 9:30am through the month of March featuring Certified Pilates Instructor Kat Ward.

Pilates is a great way to build better posture, alleviate ailments, tone muscles, and center the mind and body. In this introduction to Pilates we will focus on proper form and toning muscle groups while working towards a more stress-free self.

The classes are held at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. Tuition is $85 and pre-registration is required. For details and online registration visit http://artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/instruction/


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Open Studio at the Berkeley Art Works

The Open Studio Program is offered in weekly three hour sessions over four weeks starting Tuesday, March 10 and continuing on March 17, 24, and 31, from 1:00 - 4:00pm. For March the instructor during the sessions will be Jean Kellogg

Whether you’re working in watercolor, acrylics, pastels, oil, or some combination, artists of all skill levels are invited to come in and enjoy a social and collaborative atmosphere where you can strengthen your skills or try new ideas or techniques with one of our experienced instructors available to provide individualized coaching and guidance.

While this is not a formal instruction program, it’s a great opportunity to continue to practice what you have learned in other classes, revitalize those rusty skills, get some help with a stubborn composition, or just take the time for yourself to focus on your artwork with fewer distractions and some expert advice!

The Open Studio for April will be led by Judith Becker on Tuesdays, April 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm.

The sessions are held at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. The tuition is $80 for the four sessions. Pre-registration is required. For details and online registration information visit http://artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/openstudio/. For more information email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 304-620-7277.


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UPDATED: Late February and March Events at Asbury UMC

*** THIS SATURDAY *** Asbury UMC Spaghetti Dinner
The Asbury Missions Committee will host a Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday; Feb 21, from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM.  We will also have spaghetti carry-out available after church on Sunday, February 22 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM.  All monies raised will be used to help send Asbury members on a mission trip in July 2015 to the Navajo Indian Reservation.  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.

Asbury UMC – Lenten Bible Study
Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV invites our community to join us on Thursday; Feb. 26th at 6 PM as we begin our 2015 Lenten Bible Study titled “Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God”. We’ll learn that being close to God means communicating with Him - telling Him what is on our hearts in prayer and hearing and understanding what he is saying to us. It is this second half of the conversation with God that is so important as we ask questions like: How do we hear his voice? How can we be sure that what we think we hear is not our own subconscious? What role does the Bible play? What if what God says to us is not clear?  Join Asbury as we learn how we can hear God’s voice clearly and develop an intimate partnership with Him in the work of His kingdom.  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.

Asbury UMC Youth Group & Veterun 5k Spaghetti Dinner
The Asbury Riders Youth Group will host a Spaghetti Dinner on Friday; March 6th from 3:30 - 7:00 PM in an effort to raise money for youth ministries.  This dinner is being held in conjunction with the 2nd Annual Veterun 5k, allowing runners to have a great dinner when they pick up their race packets prior to the race on Saturday; March 7th.  Spaghetti Dinner prices: $8/Adult—$5/8 & Under – Under 3 Free.  Dine-in, Carry-out and drive-thru service will be available at Asbury (YES FOLKS, We’ll have drive-thru service!).  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.

Asbury UMC - Run For God Bible Study & 5K
Asbury United Methodist Church in Charles Town WV is pleased to host the Run For God 5k Challenge!  This challenge is part bible study and part training program. The primary goal is to learn to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ while understanding the parallels of enduring a sport like running and enduring your faith.  This study is for everyone! In fact, this study is designed for those who have never run, and if you have never run in your life, there is no better time to start than now. We will meet Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. at Asbury UMC beginning March 22nd and the class will conclude by running the Asbury UMC ‘Independence Day 5k’ in July.  The book can be purchased at http://www.RunForGod.com.  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.

Asbury UMC - Financial Peace University
Asbury UMC in Charles Town will be hosting a Financial Peace University class, taught on video by Dave Ramsey. You will learn how money really works from budgeting and dumping debt to building wealth and giving. Class will begin on Sunday, March 22 at 2 p.m.  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.

Asbury UMC Welcomes Back Gospel Legends - The Jacobs Brothers
Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV is excited to host The Jacobs Brothers at a special Gospel Concert on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 6 p.m.  The Jacobs Brothers are international veterans of gospel music who have traveled millions of miles and produced more than 50 albums.  They will be joined onstage by local gospel favorites – The Men In Black Gospel Singers.  This concert is open to the public and admission is free.  There will be a free will offering to help the singers offset their expenses. 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.

Asbury UMC - Yarn Ministry
Are you looking for a ministry of prayer and care for others? You might consider a unique way to serve as the “hands” of Christ through crochet or knitting—-and there is opportunity to support this ministry without knowing how to crochet or knit. Prayer is the focus—-and our mission is to create handmade gifts of comfort, hope and peace that demonstrate God’s love. Praying for a stranger helps us to learn to trust the truth that God works through us when we care for friends and strangers alike. Join us beginning Sunday Feb 15th from 3-5 PM and learn more about this exciting ministry. 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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First Friday Coffee House Hosts the Rolling Coyotes March 6

The March 6 First Friday Coffeehouse will feature The Rolling Coyotes, a local trio known for their fresh musical approach and crowd-pleasing performances.  The event is held at Trinity Orchard House on Route 45 mid-way between Shepherdstown and Martinsburg, West Virginia.  Doors open for social time and open mic sign-up at 7 pm. All open mic participants should be there early to get a slot to perform at one of the area`s premier listening rooms. Up to eight performers can show off their talents during the hour preceding the feature act.

The Rolling Coyotes offer up an Americana palette of songs that conjure up a comfortably familiar landscape of people and places. Set to toe-tapping swing, lazy country blues, folky ballads and more, their sound glides along like a drive in the countryside. They blend a tasteful, and sometimes playful, mixture of guitar, piano, cello, bass, accordion, ukelele, and mandolin to compliment textured vocals and harmonies. Singer-songwriter, Steve Warner has a baritone voice that is soothing, yet passionately expressive. He has garnered numerous songwriting awards and has had songs recorded by several indie artists. The band includes the multi-instrument and vocal talents of Elliot Simon and Andy Mosholder.  They have graced many of the area’s premier venues and events. 

“Steve Warner will charm you with his amazing charisma, touch you with his amazing songs and lift your spirits with his delightful wisdom. The writing and singing Train of Life, the latest CD by The Rolling Coyotes is about as good as it gets for the genre. They let it all hang out, delivering music that is as much fun as it is entertaining. I look forward to hearing more.” ...Cyrus Rhodes, Indie Music Review. Visit http://www.stevewarnermusic.com.

Enjoy a great evening of music and fellowship. Snacks and refreshments served. Trinity Orchard House is located at 4599 Shepherdstown Rd. (Rt. 45), Martinsburg, WV 25401. From Shepherdstown, it´s four miles on the right from the four-way stop…just before The Pump House.  A $10 donation per person is requested. For more information, contact Steve Warner…304-676-4422 or 304-876-2915.


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WV CALA Applauds Legislation Bringing Transparency To Asbestos Claims Process

Charleston, W.Va. – Future legitimate asbestos claimants would benefit greatly from legal reforms to bring transparency to the asbestos claims process and establish medical criteria for asbestos claimants according to legal watchdog group West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (WV CALA). These reforms are needed to reduce fraud and help ensure the longevity of asbestos trusts.

“We applaud Senators Takubo, Ferns, Gaunch, Mullins, and Majority Leader Carmichael for introducing the Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Claims Transparency Act (SB 411). Abuse of the asbestos trust claims process is widespread, and this legislation will shed much-needed daylight on how trusts are being run and cut down on widespread fraud in trust claims and litigation. Greed and misrepresentation of facts are rampant in the system, and future legitimate victims of asbestos exposure are losing out to those factors in our present sytem.,” said Roman Stauffer, Executive Director of WV CALA.

In recent years, personal injury lawyers in West Virginia and across the country have been caught abusing the asbestos trust filing process for personal gain. In 2012, two personal injury lawyers and a radiologist in the northern panhandle of West Virginia were found guilty of fraud and racketeering for filing bogus asbestos claims. In January, a court revealed that personal injury lawyers allegedly concealed evidence and induced clients to commit perjury to drive up asbestos-related settlements to garner bigger attorneys’ fees in a bankruptcy proceding for Garlock Sealing Technologies. 

The Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Claims Transparency Act would require personal injury lawyers to disclose, in litigation, when they have filed claims with asbestos trusts or plan to do so, which is currently not practiced. Additionally, the legislation establishes medical criteria for asbestos claims, which will help eliminate fraudulent trust claims and preserve asbestos trust resources for those with legitimate claims.

Stauffer concluded, “Some millionaire personal injury lawyers are not speaking the truth when they say this legislation will ‘eliminate asbestos monetary recovery.’ This reform legislation will ensure that our lawsuit system is used for justice, not greed. It will ensure that asbestos trusts remain accessible to those with legitimate asbestos claims and will be a giant step toward ending asbestos fraud with trusts and in the courtroom.”


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Managing Stress: Are you an Introvert or Extrovert?

Knowing whether you are an Introvert or Extrovert may be the key to unlocking and reducing your stress levels.

Learn how in the latest article from A Brighter Tomorrow Counseling, Managing Stress: Are you an Introvert or Extrovert.


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National Park Service Accepting Comments on White-Tailed Deer Management Plan

WASHINGTON—The National Park Service (NPS) is requesting public input in developing a White-tailed Deer Management Plan and Environmental Assessment (plan/EA) for Harpers Ferry and Chesapeake and Ohio Canal national historical parks. A joint plan is being developed because both parks face similar issues caused by high densities of deer. Public scoping comments are being accepted through March 20, 2015.

Scoping is the first formal public step in the planning process. The NPS is presenting four preliminary alternatives and five potential focus areas to help guide feedback. The preliminary alternatives are no action, nonlethal deer management, lethal deer management or a combination of lethal and nonlethal deer management. The potential focus areas, from south to north, are Great Falls in Md, White’s Ferry, Canal Farm, Harpers Ferry area, and Four Locks. A newsletter with additional details is available on the project website.

Public Meetings
The NPS is holding three public meetings to discuss the plan, answer questions and accept public comments. The open house format meetings will take place on:

  • Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 6 p.m.to 8 p.m., Upper Classroom in Mather Training Center, Mather Place, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
  • Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Headquarters, C&O Canal NHP, 1850 Dual Highway, Hagerstown, MD, 21740
  • Thursday, February 26, 2015, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Brooke Hall and Great Falls Room, Rockwood Manor, 11001 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac, MD 20854

How to Comment
Members of the public and organizations are encouraged to provide comments online, the NPS preferred method, via the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) website.

Comments may also be submitted in writing to:

Attn: Deer Management Plan
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park
1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100
Hagerstown, MD 21740-6620

Comments must be entered into the website or postmarked by March 20, 2015 to receive consideration. Please be aware that the entire comment submitted – including personal identifying information such as address, phone number, e-mail address – may be made publicly available. Requests to withhold such personal identifying information from public release will be considered, but there is no guarantee that they will be withheld.

There are five parks in the national capital region that already have approved white-tailed deer management plans. The parks are: Catoctin Mountain Park (Md.), Rock Creek Park (D.C.), Antietam National Battlefield (Md.), Manassas National Battlefield Park (Va.) and Monocacy National Battlefield (Md.).

For more information visit the project website at http://www.parkplanning.nps.gov/NHPdeermanagement.


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WVCALA: Mesh Litigation Recruitment Fraud Highlghts Questionable Tactics Of Personal Injury Lawyers

Charleston, W.Va. – The recent release of evidence of fraudulent recruiting tactics by some personal injury lawyers involved in pelvic mesh litigation being heard in a federal courtroom in West Virginia are just the latest examples of widespread fraud in mass litigation and trust claims (#2, page15), according to West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (WV CALA). 

“This is another example of how some millionaire personal injury lawyers take advantage of our legal system for personal benefit, and why West Virginia needs to reform its lawsuit system. Just two years ago, two personal injury lawyers were convicted of fraud and racketeering in our state as a result of bogus asbestos claims, and recent revelations across the country show it is just the tip of the iceberg. Personal injury lawyers encouraging people to not be truthful in order to join a class action settlement is abuse of our system that cannot be tolerated,” said Roman Stauffer, Executive Director of WV CALA.

In late 2012, a federal jury in the Northern District of West Virginia found two personal injury lawyers and a radiologist guilty of racketeering in connection with their filing of fraudulent asbestos claims (#4).

Several other high profile examples of fraud and abuse by personal injury lawyers has come to light in recent weeks. First, the Speaker of the New York Assembly was indicted for taking kickbacks from a personal injury law firm and channeling money to a doctor who referred clients to the law firm. Secondly, a bankruptcy judge in the Garlock Sealing Technologies case in North Carolina found personal injury lawyers were repeatedly changing their stories in claims they filed, seeking to increase their fees (#6). 

Stauffer concluded, “Now is the time for West Virginia to reform its lawsuit system to ensure it serves the interests of ordinary people, instead of lawyers. It’s no surprise that the millionaire personal injury lawyers oppose lawsuit reforms that would prevent them from abusing our system for personal profit. We encourage West Virginians to call their legislators and tell them we need more jobs, not more lawsuits.”

BACKGROUND LINKS:
(1) “Citing Latest Bombshell Allegations of Trial-Lawyer Fraud, ATRA Urges Congress, DOJ to Investigate,” American Tort Reform Association, Jan. 14 2015

(2) Johnson & Johnson’s and Ethicon’s Motion to Revise Case Management Procedures and for Discovery Related to Plaintiff Solicitation, Jan. 14, 2015

(3) “Johnson & Johnson wants courts to probe telephone solicitations, fraudulent claims in pelvic mesh litigation,” The State Journal, January 15, 2015

(4) “Law Firm Hit With $429,000 Verdict Over Faked Asbestos Suits,” Forbes, Dec. 21, 2012

(5) “CSX Nets Triple Damages In Asbestos Fraud Suit Against Attys,” Law360.com, Sep. 26, 2013

(6) “Judge To Open Files Supporting Garlock Asbestos Fraud Claims Next Week,” Forbes, Nov. 14, 2014


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WVCALA: Supreme Court Justice Should Reconsider Recusal On Learjet Lawyer Cases

Charleston, W.Va. – Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis should recuse herself from cases involving the out-of-state personal injury lawyer who purchased a Learjet for over one million dollars from Justice Davis’ husband, according to legal watchdog group West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (WV CALA).

“When so much money has exchanged hands with a family member, as we see with the Learjet deal, we believe Justice Davis should recuse herself from all cases involving this personal injury lawyer before our high court so all litigants have a fair and impartial day in court. Our recent statewide public opinion survey shows that eight in ten (82 percent) West Virginians believe Justice Davis should have disclosed her connections to this lawyer. This chain of events has already embarrassed our state’s legal system on national television. Why not take steps to ensure that even the appearance of impartiality and impropriety is removed?” said Roman Stauffer, Executive Director of WV CALA.

On January 30th, attorneys for a defendant with a case pending before the Supreme Court of Appeals involving the personal injury lawyer who purchased the jet filed a motion to disqualify her from the case. Last week, Justice Davis declined to recuse herself.

ABC News disclosed the connection between Justice Davis, her husband, and the out-of-state millionaire personal injury lawyer who purchased the Learjet who also had a nearly $90 million dollar case before the Supreme Court. In addition to the Learjet purchase issue, the same personal injury lawyer and people with connections to him contributed $35,000 to Justice Davis’ re-election campaign.

Stauffer concluded, “Situations like this have led the American Tort Reform Foundation to label our state a ‘Judicial Hellhole’ for more than a decade, and raise obvious questions about the impartiality and fairness of our state’s legal system.”

Supplemental Documents:
Petitioners’ Motion for Disqualification
AMFM, LLC et al. v. Peggy Davis, et al., No. 14-0319
January 30, 2015

Petitioners’ Motion for Disqualification of Justice Robin Davis
HCR Manorcare, LLC et al. v. The Honorable James Stuckey, et al., No 13-C-1137
February 5, 2015

Response to Motion to Disqualify by Justice Robin Davis
AMFM, LLV et al. v. Peggy Davis, et al., No. 14-0319
February 6, 2015


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WVCALA: It’s Time For Lawsuit Reform To Bring Impartiality And Fairness To Our Courts

Press Release received from WVCALA campaign.

Charleston, W.Va. – The “ultimate jury” heard the debate about what to do about lawsuit abuse in West Virginia, and they support lawsuit reforms that would guarantee a jury trial, make our courts fair and impartial, and help create more jobs, watchdog group West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (WV CALA) says.

“We appreciate that the personal injury lawyers want to talk about our out-of-step legal system and how it prevents our state from attracting much needed jobs. We strongly believe the “ultimate jury,” the voters, heard plenty of debate and spoke very clear and loudly on the need for lawsuit reforms last November. The people of West Virginia elected candidates all across West Virginia of both political parties who support lawsuit reforms, such as those that are currently making their way through the Legislature,” said Roman Stauffer, Executive Director of WV CALA.

West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse has been a strong advocate for reforms to bring West Virginia more into the legal mainstream and ensure that all West Virginia’s are ensured a fair and impartial day in court. The watchdog organization recently launched a public education campaign to encourage West Virginians to contact their representatives about much needed lawsuits reform.

In recent weeks, WV CALA debated the personal injury lawyer group’s representative on statewide radio.

Stauffer continued, “The voters of West Virginia told the millionaire personal injury lawyers that our state is not for sale. They told personal injury lawyers, including those recently convicted of fraud and racketeering in the northern panhandle, that it’s time to act to ensure fairness and impartiality in our courts for every litigant. We applaud our Legislature for listening to the people of West Virginia.”


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Underground Railroad Journey Activity at the Children’s Museum

On Saturday, February 28th, the For The Kids, By George! Children’s Museum will be hosting an Underground Railroad Journey experience to commemorate Black History Month. 

From 11am-1pm that day, visitors will take their own journey on the Underground Railroad finding signs, symbols and friends as they try to make their way to freedom while avoiding trouble-making enemies and traps. 

Rosa Clark will be our community partner and educator for this event and all who attend will learn about why this network was such an important part of our story as a nation. 

Volunteers are needed for this activity and will be asked to attend a short training session closer to the day of the event; if interested, please call the Museum at 304.264.9977 or email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The activity is open to all ages and is included with the $6 price of admission for those 2 years old and up.


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Berkeley Art Works Trifecta of Art Exhibits for February

The Berkeley Art Works in Martinsburg, WV presents a trifecta of art exhibits for February. Three exhibits will run from February 4-28 with a reception on Saturday, February 14 from 4-6pm.

“North Shenandoah Woods”, is an exhibit of fine wood crafted art and hand-crafted furniture. The exhibit is curated by Joe Bourgeois, a furniture designer and wood craftsman based in Bunker Hill, WV.

Artists whose work will be exhibited include wood turner Neil Super, wood carver Nancy Streeter, furniture maker Suzanne Ravgiala, wood sculpture Bruce Fransen, furniture designer Joe Bourgeois, and others.

The “Trees” exhibit will be displayed along with the wood craft work in the Art Works main gallery, and will include paintings, photographs, and mixed media work submitted by local and regional artists. The exhibit was juried by a committee of Berkeley Art Works artists.

In the Back Space gallery, there will be a selection of work by students who have taken various classes and workshops at the Art Works over the last year. Come and see what people have been learning from our talented teaching artists.

The Berkeley Art Works is located at 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. Winter hours are Wed 11-3, Thu 11-5, Fri 11-5, and Sat 11-4. Closed Sun-Tue. For more information email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 304-620-7277.

The Berkeley Art Works, a service 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.


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Berkeley Arts Council New Workshops for March

The Berkeley Arts Council announces two new workshops for March March to be presented at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg.

Jean Kellogg will present “Landscape Elements in Drawing Media” on Saturday, March 7 from 1-4pm and “Dimension and Texture in Art” on Saturday, March 21 from 1-4pm.

Previously announced workshops for February and March are “Art from the Heart”, a workshop for Valentine’s Day taught by Jean Kellogg (Sunday, February 8 from 1-3pm), Adult Egg Tempera Painting Workshop taught by Hilda Eiber (Saturday, February 14 from 1-4pm), and Reverse Painting on Glass taught by Hilda Eiber (Saturday, March 14 from 1-4pm).

Details and registration information is on the web at artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/workshops/


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Vote for Berkeley Springs in BudgetTravel.com’s Coolest Small Town in America Contest

Received from the Berkeley Springs Chamber of Commerce

URGENT request—please VOTE and distribute however you can, the website for BudgetTravel.com’s Coolest Small Town in America (link below.) Berkeley Springs is one of 15 national finalists!  The top 10 in the voting will be featured on Budget Travel’s heavily trafficked website not to mention all the folks who are going to vote for other towns getting to know about us.  We now can call ourselves one of America’s coolest small towns just by virtue of having made it to the finals.  This is a huge and FREE marketing opportunity that we can exploit to make even bigger.  PLEASE HELP!  VOTE every 24 hours until 2/25.

VOTE—for Berkeley Springs.  Every 24 hours through Feb. 25.  WE ARE America’s Coolest Small Town.
http://www.budgettravel.com/contest/vote-for-americas-coolest-small-town-2015,18/


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Eastern Panhandle Entrepreneurs Forum Presents Legal Strategies for Small Business Start-Ups

Martinsburg, West Virginia – Attorney Elizabeth “Layne” Diehl will address the Eastern Panhandle Entrepreneurs Forum (EPEF) on Thurs., Feb. 5th at the Purple Iris in Martinsburg, 5:30 p.m. Don’t miss this free opportunity to hear from an expert on topics ranging from government contracting, financing possibilities and crowd funding, home-based business considerations and website considerations and social media.

EPEF events are free and open to the public and start at 5:30 p.m. with networking and refreshments followed by the program at 6:30 p.m.

Diehl, CEO and managing member of Diehl Law, LLC in Martinsburg, is an attorney and executive experienced in the law of employment, education, communications, small business, immigration and non-profit administration. She is dedicated to the advancement of economic development and growth opportunities for the state of West Virginia in its greater metropolitan Washington, D.C. quad-state region.

Organized by the economic development authorities in Jefferson, Berkeley and Morgan counties, the EPEF is a non-profit organization of individuals in the business and technical communities that promotes the creation and growth of innovative new businesses in the Eastern Panhandle. Programs are held the first Thursday in February, May, August and November, rotating between venues in the three counties. The organization is based on the premise that the future economic vitality of our region comes in large part from the emergence of new businesses through entrepreneurship. In order for this to occur, there must be an entrepreneurial culture, a pool of resources to draw from, and successful models to follow.

For more information call or click: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 304-728-3255, http://www.jcda.net/entrepreneurs-forum/.

The Purple Iris is located at 1956 Winchester Ave. in Martinsburg, West Virginia.


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WVCALA Statement On Passage Of HB 2002

Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (WV CALA) issued the following statement after the West Virginia House of Delegates passed House Bill 2002 today.

“We applaud the bi-partisan coalition of legislators in the House of Delegates who supported House Bill 2002. West Virginians strongly agree that defendants in a lawsuit that a jury finds partially responsible for an accident should be required to pay an amount equal to their role in that accident. This bill brings fairness to West Virginia’s courts,” said Roman Stauffer, Executive Director of WV CALA.

“Our current system unfairly penalizes job creators by forcing them to pay lawsuit costs even when they have very little responsibility for a lawsuit. Forcing people to pay for someone else’s fault drives job opportunities away from West Virginia and hurts our economy,” concluded Stauffer.

West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse is a nonprofit citizen watchdog group with 30,000 members interested in a broad range of civil justice issues.  For more information, visit http://www.WVCALA.org.


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A New Spring BBQ Tradition To Be Auditioned in Leitersburg

Hagerstown, MD—Mountain Maryland Events, LLC announces the first ever Leitersburg BBQ Festival to take place on Saturday, April 18th at the Ruritan Community Park (home of the Leitersburg Peach Festival) in Leitersburg, MD (just a few miles north of Hagerstown, MD).

The organizers of the popular wine and beer festivals in Hagerstown will be now also be hosting dozens of local restaurants, caterers, artists, crafters, nonprofits, and businesses all in the name of one of our country’s greatest culinary traditions - barbeque!

The event will offer a true family atmosphere (children 12 & under are free) and will be celebrated with vendors, games, and entertainment for every age group. Organizers are anticipating drawing visitors from the quad-state region, bringing in as many as 3,000 saucy faces the very first year.

A smattering of the BBQ vendors for the day include Just Smokin Around BBQ, Smoking Quarters BBQ, Hog-It-Up BBQ, Bub-B-Que, JZ’s Brick Oven Pizza, and Sweet Dreams Deli. Some good eats from local chef/owner John Walla of the Black Eyed Susan Restaurant are sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Hagerstown, MD - Mountain Maryland Events, LLC announces “Leitersburg BBQ Festival” to be held on Saturday April 18th, 2015 at the Leitersburg Ruritan Community Park in Leitersburg, MD, where the annual Peach Festival is held.


A post about the event on Bub-B-Cue’s facebook page said, “By the looks of it there’s some heavy hitters who will be there and we plan to bring our A game as well! Really looking forward to it and making some new Q friends.”

“Whether you have a new or longstanding adoration (or even an obsession) of roasted, grilled, broiled or smoked meats and the like, there will be no shortage of anything and everything “barbeque”,” said organizer Rob Immer, of Mountain Maryland Events.

To make this a true community event, The Leitersburg BBQ Festival is also the stage for one of the local charities whom the festival is benefitting, the Leitersburg Ruritan Club.  The club’s mission is, “Fellowship, Goodwill, and Community Service, surveying the needs of the community and then working to meet those needs.”

“This is an exciting event to be holding in Washington County,” said Dan Spedden, President of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We expect it to attract visitors from the entire region who will ‘develop a taste’ for Washington County and want to return at other times to sample all of the richness the county has to offer.”

Festival hours are 11a.m. until 6p.m. and tickets will be available at the event’s website, at Galaxy Liquors and other participating retailers for $7 in advance, then $10 at the gate. Price includes free parking, live music all day, access to all vendors, and free adult and children’s activities.

For more information about the event, please visit http://www.LeitersburgBBQFestival.com

Other events organized by the group include the annual Taste Of The Valley Food & Wine Festival and Quad State Beer Fest. More information about them can be found on their website at http://www.MountainMarylandEvents.com

Mountain Maryland Events is a member of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention & 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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Beat the Winter Blues with Jala Yoga’s February Workshops

Winchester, VA—Jala Yoga, the vibrant yoga studio with locations in Shepherdstown, WV, Charles Town, WV, and Winchester, VA, has announced its February workshops.  From strengthening your core to balancing your chakras to enjoying a playful afternoon of partner yoga, Jala has something for everyone.

On Sunday, February 1, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, yoga instructor Kimber Hyatt leads a Chakra-Balancing Workshop at Jala’s Charles Town location, 307 West Washington Street.  Through a yoga practice and specific yogic breathing, Kimber will introduce the Chakras, explain what their qualities are, and teach how to bring balance to these important energy centers within each of us.  The cost of the workshop is $30.

On Saturday, February 7, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm, Pilates instructor Jaime Haines leads an Introduction to Pilates workshop at Jala’s Winchester studio, Creekside Station, 3119 Valley Avenue.  Jaime will explain the principles and postures of this multi-faceted, integrative exercise system.  Participants will learn how to activate the deep core muscles known as the ‘Powerhouse’ while experiencing a 60-minute Pilates Mat class.  Each student will also receive a postural alignment assessment. The cost of the workshop is $10.

On Saturday, February 7, from 5:30-7:30 pm, Renea Moran teaches a Core Power Workshop at the Shepherdstown studio, 117 West German Street. This workshop will help students strengthen their cores, learn how to use the breath to gain strength, and develop stronger back muscles.  The cost is $25.

On Saturday, February 14, from 2:00-4:00 pm, Jala celebrates Valentine’s Day with Takes Two to Yoga, a workshop in partner yoga.  The workshop takes place at Jala’s Winchester studio, and is taught by Carol Lenhart, who was featured in August’s Yoga Journal talking about the benefits of yoga for two. In partner yoga, students rely on each other for support in each posture, expanding and strengthening their body-mind connection.  Bring a partner (friend, co-worker, spouse) or not! Beginners are welcome. The cost is $25 per person or $38 per pair, or $20/$36 early bird if registered by February 11.

To register or for more information about Jala Yoga, please visit http://www.jalayogaflow.com or call 401-440-0279.


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Write-In Candidate For Hancock Town Council Makes Appeal

I am Charles Wilkinson

I ask for your vote as a WRITE-IN CANDIDATE for COUNCILMAN FOR HANCOCK, MARYLAND.

Many of you will remember that I ran for Councilman in the election of 2013.

Since 2013 I have been able to meet more of our Hancock Citizens, investors and business owners. I have also observed the positive growth that reinforces my belief that I had when I was looking for a retirement hometown:

(My statement below answers why I am running for Councilman.)

HANCOCK IS THE BEST PLACE FOR CHARLES WILKINSON TO LIVE

BECAUSE HANCOCK HAS A VERY POSITIVE FUTURE

I am a retired educator. I was a teacher of history for twenty plus years. I also served as a principal for a short time. I have also traveled extensively all over America.

1. As a direct result of my education (a Masters Degree in Educational Administration),  my career and my extensive travels across America, I KNOW I can make a positive contribution to the continued growth of Hancock.

2. We must continue to strengthen our existing businesses as we use all professional individuals both within and without Hancock to search for new businesses and INDUSTRIES to invest in Hancock.

3. Hancock has various opportunities (problems) that Hancock faces. Our former Prowler/Fleetwood facility is now empty as Evolve/Featherlight seem to be 100% out of business.

Our old sewer lagoon seems to be unable to comply with Maryland and EPA sewer regulations and thus may cost millions of dollars to eventually replace.

But I feel Hancock’s biggest problem was forced on Hancock years ago when I-70 was created in such a way to dead end into Breezewood with Breezewood becoming a huge preferred “destination” instead of choosing Hancock for truckers and private travelers who are ready to spend money if only they could quickly obtain food, fuel and lodging in Hancock.  Our Maryland/Hancock portion of I-70 further compounds our problem with the current design of Exits 3 and Exit 5 that makes Hancock very unattractive to truckers and private travelers who might wish to enter and leave Hancock quickly and easily for food and fuel.

A big part of the solution to Hancock’s BIGGEST problem (Hancock is not a Town that is easy to quickly enter and leave) will require large amounts of County, State and Federal money. Thus it will be a difficult/expensive problem to solve. However, I am ready to work with our Town, County, State and Federal governments to start to create “Hancock’s Golden Mile”......generally in the area of Hancock’s Log Cabin.

Please WRITE-IN Charles Wilkinson for Hancock Councilman on January 26.


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January / February Events at Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV

*** BEGINS THIS WEEKEND *** Asbury UMC - “Iron Men” Study
Beginning Jan 24th at 6:00 PM, Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV invites the men of our community to join us for our “Iron Men” Bible Study.  This series is designed to equip men—in a devotional type setting, to do spiritual battle with the enemy, which includes recognizing the deceptions about doing true spiritual battle, realizing the roles men play at the front lines.  There is no charge for this event and our facilities are handicapped accessible.  Please call 304-725-5513 or visit http://www.myasburychurch.org for more information.

Asbury UMC - Yarn Ministry
Are you looking for a ministry of prayer and care for others? You might consider a unique way to serve as the “hands” of Christ through crochet or knitting—-and there is opportunity to support this ministry without knowing how to crochet or knit. Prayer is the focus—-and our mission is to create handmade gifts of comfort, hope and peace that demonstrate God’s love. Praying for a stranger helps us to learn to trust the truth that God works through us when we care for friends and strangers alike. Join us on Sundays from 2-4 PM and learn more about this exciting ministry. 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.

Asbury UMC - Souper Bowl Sunday
Please support Asbury’s Sunday School & Youth Group on Sunday; February 1st as they mobilize to fight hunger in our community by collecting monetary donations & non-perishable foods for Jefferson County Community Ministries. “Souper Bowl Sunday” began in 1990 as a way for youth to help those in need and 100% of what they raise stays in the local community. Please support this worthy cause through your donations and also by praying this “Souper Bowl” prayer before the big game begins: “Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those who are without a bowl of soup to eat. Amen”.  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.

Asbury UMC - Boy Scout Troop 42 Valentines Dinner
Did you know that it costs about $250 to send one Boy Scout to summer camp?  To help our local troop make camp a reality for all their members, the Asbury United Methodist Men is partnering with Boy Scout Troop #42 to host a Valentines Dinner & Show to the Jefferson County Community. Tickets are $25 each or two for $45 and all proceeds from ticket sales will be used to help send scouts to camp this summer.  Asbury UMC is located at 110 West North Street in Charles Town WV and our facilities are handicapped accessible.  For tickets or more information, please call 304-725-5513 or visit http://www.myasburychurch.org.

Asbury UMC – Honoring Local Scouts
On Sunday February 8th at 9:35 & 11 a.m., Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV is inviting all local Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and their families to join us for Scout Sunday.  On this special day, Asbury will honor our Scouting Youth, Parents, and Leaders and the Scouts will have a vital part in the worship services as well.  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.

Asbury UMC - Ash Wednesday Service
Join Asbury UMC for our Ash Wednesday Services on Wednesday; February 18th at 7 PM.  Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent.  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.

Asbury UMC – Lenten Bible Study
Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV invites our community to join us on Thursday; Feb. 26th at 6 PM as we begin our 2015 Lenten Bible Study titled “Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God”. We’ll learn that being close to God means communicating with Him - telling Him what is on our hearts in prayer and hearing and understanding what he is saying to us. It is this second half of the conversation with God that is so important as we ask questions like: How do we hear his voice? How can we be sure that what we think we hear is not our own subconscious? What role does the Bible play? What if what God says to us is not clear?  Join Asbury as we learn how we can hear God’s voice clearly and develop an intimate partnership with Him in the work of His kingdom.  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.

Asbury UMC - Run For God Bible Study & 5K
Asbury United Methodist Church in Charles Town WV is pleased to host the Run For God 5k Challenge!  This challenge is part bible study and part training program. The primary goal is to learn to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ while understanding the parallels of enduring a sport like running and enduring your faith.  This study is for everyone! In fact, this study is designed for those who have never run, and if you have never run in your life, there is no better time to start than now. We will meet Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. at Asbury UMC beginning March 22nd and the class will conclude by running the Asbury UMC ‘Independence Day 5k’ in July.  The book can be purchased at http://www.RunForGod.com.  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.

Asbury UMC - Financial Peace University
Asbury UMC in Charles Town will be hosting a Financial Peace University class, taught on video by Dave Ramsey. You will learn how money really works from budgeting and dumping debt to building wealth and giving. Class will begin on Sunday, March 22 at 2 p.m.  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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What To Expect From Wireless In 2015

Wireless technology is ever-changing, but West Virginia residents and businesses can stay on the cutting edge in 2015 with a little insight on upcoming industry trends.

Jay Ellison, executive vice president of operations for U.S. Cellular, says 2015 will bring even more options to customize and revolutionize the way we use wireless devices.

“The convenience of wireless technology can be seen in so much of our daily lives, whether it be wirelessly monitoring cross-country shipments for your business or video-chatting with your family across continents to stay in touch,” Ellison said. “The devices we now carry in our hands are replacing older technology and making it easier and less expensive to entertain ourselves and get things done.”

Heading into the New Year, Ellison anticipates five trends that will pulse through the wireless industry in 2015 and beyond:

1. Wirelessly monitoring your health

We’ve become accustomed to checking our symptoms online, but technology will have an even greater impact on how we monitor health. Ellison expects to see increased use of “telemedicine,” which allows people to contact trained medical professionals from home or work via smartphones and tablets. They’re able to discuss symptoms and health concerns and get prescriptions or treatment.

As the technology evolves and more doctors and consumers experience the convenience, this trend will expand in the health care field. There also will be a higher demand for add-on accessories, such as heart-rate monitors and blood testers, as well as smart watches that deliver these services. With Apple, Samsung, Motorola and LG all planning to offer an assortment of wearable devices in 2015, the opportunities to monitor and improve health through a wireless device get even easier.

2. Growth in wireless business solutions

Mobile technology will play a bigger role in the growth of small and large businesses with a broader move to machine-to-machine (M2M) innovations. M2M technology allows wireless and wired systems to communicate with other devices of the same type, such as vehicle or fleet tracking systems. In the last year, M2M adoption has increased by more than 80 percent, with 22 percent of companies now actively using the technology.

“Through M2M, fast 4G LTE networks and additional business solutions, there are cost-effective ways to enhance business productivity around the clock while also being scalable for future growth,” Ellison said. “Whether a business needs smartphones, tablets, hotspots, modems, vehicle tracking, wireless sensors or cloud storage solutions, U.S. Cellular will be leading the charge to meet these needs in 2015.”

3. Tablets everywhere – from elementary schools to the office

Tablets have exploded in popularity over the past two years as an entertainment device, and we’re now seeing the devices used in formal environments, such as schools and offices. In 2015, this trend will gain traction. Some schools are switching from print textbooks to digital textbooks on tablets. The tablets are lighter than books, easier on the environment and have been shown to increase student interactivity and creativity. In offices, tablets with detachable keyboards will become the go-to device for on-the-go productivity.

“U.S. Cellular encourages the opportunities to bring technology into classrooms and works with business owners to determine the best way they can utilize tablets in their day-to-day operations,” Ellison said.

4. Growth of VoLTE

Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) is the next evolution in wireless calling. It provides several advantages over current voice calling, including higher-quality calls, power and spectrum efficiency related to bandwidth and the use of interactive services, such as easy video calling.

The technology has been championed by wireless carriers for several years now, but progress in bringing the benefits to consumers has moved slowly until this point. Now, 2015 will bring more VoLTE-enabled smartphones, which will entice more carriers to adopt the technology for customers.

“U.S. Cellular is currently conducting trials of the service and plans to begin rolling it out in 2016,” Ellison added.

5. Cutting the Cable Cord

With wireless technology increasing access options to TV, movies and video, 2013 was the first year that traditional pay-TV services recorded negative new customers. The increased media consumption through computers, tablets and smartphones has led to an increase in “Cord Nevers,” young people who never have established a traditional pay-TV subscription. 

This trend will expand in 2015 as some major networks, including HBO and CBS, are planning to provide streaming options outside of the traditional TV format.

“We expect the cord-cutting trend to continue in 2015,” Ellison said. “And traditional TV networks and providers, as well as wireless carriers, will have to adapt their offerings to keep up with it.”

About U.S. Cellular
U.S. Cellular provides 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, and currently, nearly 93 percent of customers have access to 4G LTE speeds. 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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Jefferson County Little League (JCLL) 2015 Spring Season Registrations

Jefferson County Little League (JCLL)
Tee Ball, Baseball and Softball Registration for the Spring 2015 Season

SPRING 2015 REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Tee Ball, Baseball and Softball Registration for the Spring 2015 season will be held in February on the following Saturdays from 10AM to 1PM, in the Charles Town Middle School cafeteria, 193 High Street, Charles Town:

February 7

February 14

February 21

Registrations will also be held on Wednesday, February 11, and Wednesday, February 25, from 6PM to 8PM, also at the Charles Town Middle School cafeteria.

The registration cost is $120 for the first player of a family.  Any additional players (up to 4) per family - $110 per player.  Cash, Check and Credit Cards accepted.
NOTE:  The above costs include $50 in fundraising raffle tickets which can be sold to offset that portion of the registration cost.  The registration cost includes a hat and shirt for baseball, and a visor and shirt for softball.

For information, including forms and what you will need to bring, please visit http://www.eteamz.com/jcllplayball/news/index.cfm?cat=329582.


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Maryland Symphony Orchestra Offers Annual “Symphony Saturdays” Educational Series

Hagerstown, MD-The Maryland Symphony Orchestra will offer its annual “Symphony Saturdays” educational series on February 14, 21, 28, and March 14, 2015 in downtown Hagerstown.

This award-winning series of educational programs that introduces first, second, and third graders to brass, woodwind, string, and percussion instruments will be held over the course of three Saturdays in February and one in March.  Children will have the opportunity to meet MSO musicians and hear them talk about the history of their instruments.  The musicians will also play for the students and allow them to get a feel for what it is like to actually play a clarinet, or a trumpet, or beat the bass drum.

The series begins on February 14 with Strings and followed by Woodwinds on February 21, Brass on February 28, and Percussion on March 14.  Three sessions are held per Saturday:  9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.; and, 12:00 Noon to 1:00 p.m.

All sessions, with the exception of the Percussion, will be held at the Washington County Public Library, 100 S. Potomac Street.  The location for the Percussion sessions will be announced at a later date.

The fee for the entire series is $25 per child which is payable at time of registration.  All children must be accompanied by a parent.  Registration forms are available at http://www.marylandsymphony.org/symphony-saturdays. Deadline for registration is Monday, February 2.  Please make checks payable to MSO.  For more information, contact Nicole Haughton, MSO operations manager and educator coordinator, at 301-797-4000, extension 103.


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Southern Morgan Residents Oppose Proposed Dollar General Store

At a community forum Monday night in southern Morgan County, approximately 60 people said they opposed the building of a Dollar General store at the intersection of Oakland Road and U.S. 522. The site, south of Berkeley Springs on the busy north-south U.S. 522, is currently four lots in the residential subdivision Oakland Overlook.

A rep for MDG, the subdivision developer and seller, said there is a contract between his boss and Cross Development, LLC, the prospective developer.  Justin Cowles said MDG acquired the land several years ago and planned half-acre lots as a neighborhood of affordable housing for the working class who could not afford homes marketed to higher-income families or wealthier retirees. Several lots have been developed.  Those homeowners are the same ones who oppose this sale now that would create a store in their backyard.

The section of 12 half-acre lots had not sold in recent years, Cowles said, because the drop in the real estate market had allowed for working class families to buy other ready-made homes or take advantage of foreclosures.  And, he said local builders had resisted building 1,200 square-foot ranches when they could make “boat loads” of money building upscale homes.

He said his company did not actively seek developing the land commercially, but a broker claiming to be looking for potential sites for Dollar General, contacted him.  He said, “I told the broker about the nearby business park and another site on 522 that were good sites, but I don’t know if the broker took that information back to Dollar General. The broker called back and said Dollar General was interested in the corner of Oakland Road and 522. “

They made an offer, but it’s not a done deal.  Cowles said, “There are several contingencies with feasibilities to be met before it goes to the settlement table. If any feasibilities, clauses, or contingencies aren’t met, either party could pull out.”

When requested, Cowles would not make the sales contract documents available to the public. He did say, however, that the purchaser was Cross Development, LLC, who would apparently develop the property and build the store that Dollar General would lease.

When asked if he wanted a Dollar General store on the site, Cowles said personally he was on the fence. But his wife, who used to work for one of the two dollar stores in town, wanted the convenience of such a store.

Russell Mokhiber of the blog Morgan County USA was outwardly opposed to the proposed store and moderated the town hall. He presented six planned speakers and then asked for public comment.

Most of the residents spoke up as living in Oakland Overlook or adjoining areas off Oakland Road or U.S. 522. They said the store would increase traffic on an already busy highway, increase speeding truck traffic, and be a safety hazard. They didn’t want a store at that particular site and said there were other places like the Morgan County Business Park. Others were concerned about damage to the Indian Run and Sleepy Creek watershed, tributaries to the Chesapeake Bay.

Others said they had stores nearby for bread and milk, namely Cacapon Market at the Exxon station, and Ridge Deli. When they wanted to go to a dollar store, they drove the 20 mile plus/minus roundtrip to Dollar General or Family Dollar in Berkeley Springs, and did their other shopping.

At least six waivers on various aspects of the construction have been requested by Cross Development, LLC.  Paul Stern said those waivers involve the health department, a WVDEP sewage permit waiver, Eastern Panhandle Conservation District sediment waiver, and WVDEP pollution discharge elimination system waiver.  The deal would involve merging four smaller lots into one larger lot of approximately two acres for the store site. A new storm water management pond would be constructed, and an entrance off Oakland Road.

Residents said according to plans they’d seen, the entrance would not allow trucks to get far enough off the road to unload. When leaving, trucks would not be able to drive out forwards but have to somehow exit the same way they went in.

Gareth Foulds said he goes to Winchester for major shopping. Foulds said he puts his turn signal on way down the road that he plans to turn onto Oakland because of the fast traffic on U.S. 522. A new store would require turn lanes and widening of the road. He wondered if the taxpayers would have the burden.

“I think Dollar General wants to lay out a claim and defeat any other stores,” Foulds said. “If I need something in an emergency, I go to Cacapon Market.”

Gail Foulds is a former president of Sleepy Creek Watershed Association. She said Sleepy Creek and Indian Run had been on a list of impared streams because of fecal matter. Over the past few years, volunteers had worked to clean up Indian Run, which has been removed from the list. She was concerned about oil and other runoff from the store’s parking lot into ditches, eventually emptying into the run or Sleep Creek.

Rebecca McLeod used a dry-erase board to draw a diagram. She was concerned about apparent entrance waivers the purchaser had requested with the department of highways. She said 18-wheelers drive U.S. 522 at more than 60 mph. She said a left turn lane is not all that’s necessary, and that vehicles would need a deceleration lane. She felt the turn lane at Cacapon Resort State Park just north doesn’t meet standards either according to her research.

Cowles said if the DOH doesn’t issue an entrance permit, then it wouldn’t even get to the planning commission for approval. The planning commission must abide by subdivision ordinances and requirements on the books. Planning commission president Jack Soronen said there are certain permit waivers his group or the health department cannot forgive. But from time to time they do make a decision to approve contingent on the permit being supplied later. He encouraged public comment.

One resident said he didn’t see the economic benefit from a third dollar store in the county.  “It won’t create any jobs except for one or two full-time ones and a few part-time ones,” he said.

No one said anything positive about the construction jobs created if one was built, or of the half-dozen jobs created for employees of the new store. It was not apparent if the construction jobs would be for local workers or workers from outside the area.

A couple others said they were undecided but wanted to get both sides of the story and consider the consequences.

Nelson Divilbiss lives on Valley Road. He was the one person at the meeting who spoke up that he wanted the store. “I’ve lived here for 55 years,” he said. “And it seems that no one wants any development in Morgan County. I’m tired of driving 25 miles to town to get a loaf of bread that doesn’t cost $4. Something is needed on this end of the county for us whether it’s Dollar General, Kmart, or Walmart.”

In contrast, Bob Donadieu said he’d been a resident of Oakland Road 42 years. He said, “The road is quiet and residential, but we’re a forgotten community. We’re one of the last ones plowed. The road isn’t any wider than it was 40 years ago. The developer bought the land from my first wife’s family. I know times change but we don’t need the community changed from residential to commercial.”
Since most of the crowd disapproved of Dollar General moving into the southern part of the county, Divilbiss asked the crowd if they were from the county or moved to the county. Many answered they’d moved from somewhere else and some said in recent months. 

He said, “I didn’t approve you moving here. You talk about more traffic from it. No one else would drive down here to go to the store with two in town. We’d be the only ones using it. It won’t hurt the Exxon. Dollar General doesn’t sell gas.”

A meeting of the Morgan County Planning Commission will be held 7 p.m. Jan. 27 in the Morgan County Courthouse to consider waivers. Mokhiber asked for volunteers to develop a strategy to formally oppose the commercial development.

Photo Credit, Tricia Strader: About 60 to 70 people crowded into Union Chapel United Methodist Church Jan. 19 for a town hall about a proposed Dollar General Store on Oakland Road and U.S. 522


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WVCALA Kicks Off Public Education Campaign Calling For Lawsuit Reforms

WVCALA: More Jobs, Not More Lawsuits | 0.52 min

Press Release received from WVCALA.

Charleston, W.Va. – Calling for long-needed lawsuit reforms to bring jobs and boost the Mountain State economy, West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (WVCALA) today kicked off a public education campaign encouraging West Virginians to make their voices heard and contact their elected officials.

“We’re very excited to begin a television campaign today to highlight the need for lawsuit reforms and urge West Virginians to contact their state legislators and call for more jobs, not more lawsuits. Our grassroots members across the state are encouraged to see movement in the Legislature finally, and they’re doing their part in contacting their elected state leaders asking to see lawsuit reforms pass this legislative session,” said Roman Stauffer, Executive Director of the group.

The WV CALA ad highlights a recent report that says more than half of West Virginians do not have jobs, which makes West Virginia the only state in the country where the workforce participation rate is below fifty percent. Additionally, the ad highlights the leadership of Senate President Bill Cole and Speaker Tim Armstead in making lawsuit reforms a key component of their economic development package this session.

Stauffer added, “Passing reforms to stop lawsuit abuse can help bring our state into the national mainstream. We’ve been an outlier for too long on many civil justice issues.”


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Registration now open for 2015 BCT Harpers Ferry Half/5k/kids

Registration now open for 2015 BCT Harpers Ferry Half/5k/kids

Register early and invite friends $5 off until Jan 31 w coupon “$5SPECIAL”

The Half Marathon is a challenging and hilly course covering the expanse of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and the Civil War era towns connecting them. Expansive views of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers, a loop through Harpers Ferry National Historical Park School House Ridge South, Murphy Farm, Lower Town Harpers Ferry, John Brown’s Fort, Bolivar, Storer College, and the homes taking you back to the 1860’s.

Our 5K event is a mix of trail and road and includes a loop of the School House Ridge South portion of the Harpers Ferry National Park.

To encourage youth participation in the sport, all runners 18 and under are free for the 5k. A free one mile Kids Event will be on site at River Riders and runs through their Adventure Park. Live music and refreshments will be provided at the post race party.

The maps are posted on the “course” section of our web page with the elevation profile.

JOIN US FOR A FUN FESTIVE EVENT.

Thank you Bank of Charles Town for continuing as presenting sponsor And River Riders for the amazing hosting. Visit us on Freedom’s Run Facebook page for local running news and updates.


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WV CALA Encourages Policymakers To Support Lawsuit Reforms That Bring Fairness To Our Court

Press Release received from WV CALA.

Charleston, W.Va. – Allocating responsibility for harm in lawsuits should be based on fairness, according to most West Virginians, and West Virginia policymakers now have the opportunity to make sure that happens in our courtrooms. 

Legal reform watchdog group West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (WV CALA) is urging legislators to pass comparative fault legislation to allow juries to accurately allocate liability in lawsuits.

“The current system is unfair in that some participants in a lawsuit might be held liable for fault or damages for which a jury has not found them responsible. About three out of four West Virginia voters (71%) say a defendant in a lawsuit that a jury finds partially responsible for an accident should be required to pay an amount equal to their role in that accident, according to a recent WV CALA opinion survey,” said Roman Stauffer, Executive Director of the group.

A clear trend in states over the past two decades has been a move away from full joint liability and toward fairness and equating liability with fault.

Stauffer continued, “Our current system unfairly penalizes job creators by forcing them to pay lawsuit costs even when they have very little responsibility for a lawsuit. Forcing people to pay for someone else’s fault drives job opportunities away from West Virginia and hurts our economy.”

West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse is a nonprofit citizen watchdog group with 30,000 members interested in a broad range of civil justice issues.  For more information, visit http://www.WVCALA.org.


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Questions Answered By Hancock Town Election Candidate Dardar

Press Release received from Dardar campaign.

Name—Nigel Dardar    
Office Sought——Mayor of Hancock  
Age—-67

Occupation—-Volunteer Advocate for Hancock and Western Maryland

Education—-Four (4) Year Degree in Marketing (I graduated as one of the two top Marketing Students in my graduating class at Lamar University in Texas.)

Career Experience—-Primary focus was the marketing of various types of industrial equipment throughout America while based either in Houston, Dallas and Leesburg, Virginia. Most satisfying was the sale of very large emergency generators in support of hospitals, airports, and power plants. That experience has provided me with the maximum confidence to work with various engineering support staff to confirm that I fully understand the detailed needs of my customers. As a result, I am very demanding to be sure that all equipment construction and performance specifications are understood and met. Plus I have gained the utmost confidence in interacting with the very highest levels of corporations and governments while confirming that all levels of employment are also satisfied with the final product.

1. My number one reason to be Mayor of Hancock I love Hancock.  I am constantly optimistic no matter how negative others around me might be. In January of 2009 when I was elected as a Town Councilman I did at least two things that no other Community Leader or member of Hancock’s Town Council was willing to do. I became very active in Hancock’s Chamber of Commerce. (There is no Town in America that can expect to prosper if the Town Mayor/Town Councilmen boycott the local Chamber of Commerce.) I also took over personal protection and presentation of most of Hancock’s empty buildings on Main Street. I did that in spite of at least two community leaders telling me that I was wasting my time. I was told that the large historical buildings were too old to ever be renovated and too expensive to be torn down.(Did that sound like any kind of plan?) I personally sealed up the buildings from vagrants, cats and pigeons.I constantly monitored all empty buildings for signs of either vagrants, pigeons or leaking roofs. I personally escorted architects and prospective buyers through the empty buildings. I made sure their sidewalks had snow removed and grass cut. I used my own resources and imagination to make the store fronts looked more attractive/lived in/as if a party was constantly being held. I am proud to say that the three largest buildings that were under my care have been bought by investors from outside of Hancock. I KNOW that Hancock is progressing forward in many different positive ways. I KNOW that I AM the Mayor to accelerate that progress to new heights.

2. My best ideas for encouraging businesses and employers to come to Hancock would first and foremost be to work closely with the businesses we already have in Hancock. Many businesses have been in Hancock for many years. All of those businesses would welcome increases in their businesses. That goal alone will not be easy. I will pledge myself to first and foremost to do whatever it takes to help our current businesses to grow much stronger. A strong core of Hancock businesses coupled with finding ways to keep both our young and our older citizens here, coupled with all of our natural resources will continue to attract new investors and new businesses to Hancock. I have the energy and skills to identify and attract those new businesses to Hancock. As I have already said, I am prepared to do all I have discussed above and still do much more knowing that my pay as Mayor will be $38 per week.

3. I think that the biggest problem facing Hancock is the long time conflict that seems to exist between various individuals, various groups within Hancock. My first month as Mayor I will ask for a meeting of all of Hancock’s citizens. I would hope that in either the first or second or third or fourth such meeting we would overflow our High School Auditorium. During those multiple meetings we need to listen and record all, all concerns and promise each other that we will end these foolish Hancock internal conflicts. Since our schools and our churches are two of Hancock’s bedrocks, we could certainly ask them to assist us as we move toward a more unified Hancock. I know that Hancock can come together as a hard working, prosperous Town.

I ASK THAT YOU VOTE FOR NIGEL DARDAR FOR MAYOR OF HANCOCK on Monday January 26.


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WVCALA: Governor’s Address Omits A Needed Tool To Help The Economy: Legal Reform

Charleston, W.Va. – Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s proposals in the State of the State address missed a key opportunity to highlight needed legal reforms that could create jobs and boost the economy in the state, according to the legal reform group West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (WV CALA).

“It’s unfortunate that Governor Tomblin neglected to address our state’s notorious and job-killing legal climate,” observed Roman Stauffer, Executive Director of WV CALA. “Just last month, the American Tort Reform Foundation named West Virginia a ‘Judicial Hellhole’ because of its unfair and unbalanced lawsuit system.”

In addition to its ‘Judicial Hellhole’ classification, West Virginia continues to rank last in the country in workforce participation, a title the state has held for more than 30 years.

Stauffer continued, “We are very hopeful that Governor Tomblin will work in a bipartisan manner with State Senate President Bill Cole and House Speaker Tim Armstead, who have said passing much needed legal reforms are a key component of the economic recovery package for West Virginia that they plan to propose to the West Virginia Legislature.”

The sixty-day Regular Session of the West Virginia Legislature kicked off on Wednesday in Charleston. Hoping to shake the ‘Judicial Hellhole” label and spur job growth, many legislators, including Cole and Armstead, have expressed an interest in looking at legal reforms that would bring West Virginia more in line with other jurisdictions throughout the nation.

“Our grassroots members are hopeful the Legislature will pass legal reforms such as the creation of an intermediate appellate court, improved joint and several liability laws, protections for property owners against trespassers, and legislation to ensure transparency in the hiring of private attorneys by state agencies, similar to the good government policy established by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey,” concluded Stauffer.


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Internship Opportunity at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown

HAGERSTOWN, MD - The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts offers internships to qualified college students with an interest in Art, Art History, or Museum Studies. In an environment of supervised, hands-on learning, internships allow students to become familiar with the day-to-day operations of the museum and to contribute to a variety of museum projects and functions. Applications are accepted in the spring of each year, for 1 summer internship position with a stipend; other volunteer internships may also be available.

CUSHWA COLLEGE INTERNSHIP    

Application deadline: March 1
       
Through her estate, Jean Cushwa and her heirs have established a program of support for a deserving college student from Washington County, Maryland, majoring in Visual/Studio Art, Art History, Art Education, Architecture, Design, or Museum Studies.
       
The work of the Cushwa Intern will support WCMFA art collections, exhibition planning and management, and/or art education program activities. The intern will be supervised by WCMFA professional staff. All interns, regardless of prior experience, will receive and overview of the museum’s operations as well as specific museum training in collections, exhibitions or art education management, and museum best practices. Interns will benefit from an introduction to behind the scenes work of a professional art museum, and from the opportunity to develop professional skills.
       
The student intern will be chosen by a Selection Committee, comprised of representatives from the WCMFA’s Board of Trustees, Board of Advisors, Director, and Staff. The internship is funded through the Jean Cushwa Art Internship Fund. The student stipend, up to $1,000 total, will be determined by the Finance Committee and based on the total number of hours worked.

To Apply: No later than March 1, submit a letter of interest, accompanied by a copy of a current transcript, plus one letter of recommendation from a professor or counselor to:

Cushwa College Internship
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
401 Museum Drive
P.O. Box 423
Hagerstown, MD 21741

Final selection and notification will be made by March 31.
       
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 is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Admission to the Museum is free and its collection includes over 6,500 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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Volunteer to End Homelessness in the Eastern Panhandle (UPDATED DATES)

January 28th, 29th, and 30th, members of the community will volunteer to go out in teams to meet and survey as many people who are homeless as we can find in Berkeley County.

Finding these people generates federal assistance for the eastern panhandle and gives the housing community the information necessary to HOUSE the individuals that YOU find. This is part of the effort to end homelessness in West Virginia, and you can play a very important role by signing up here!

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Celebrating The 200Th Anniversary Of The Historic Roman Baths in Berkeley Springs

SPECIAL MUSEUM HOURS THIS WEEKEND—JANUARY 17 & 18—11am to 4pm

As traditional, the Museum of the Berkeley Springs is closed through mid March—EXCEPT FOR THIS WEEKEND! As part of the Moveable Spa Feast activity of Travel Berkeley Springs through the month of January, the Museum is open on Saturday and Sunday highlighting its several exhibits related to Berkeley Springs’ long history as a spa town. One of the most interesting parts of that history is the procession of eight bath houses over the centuries. This year, 2015, is the 200th anniversary of the Historic Roman Bath House in which the Museum is lodged.

On SUNDAY AT 2PM, Museum president and local author, Jeanne Mozier, will be using these exhibits as backdrop for a free talk on BATHHOUSES OF BERKELEY SPRINGS, and in particular the Roman Bath House. Come hear the talk, explore through photos and drawings the bathhouses of the past. And, if you really want an extraordinary heritage experience, go downstairs and have a Roman Bath.

The Museum of the Berkeley Springs is housed on the second floor of the 1815 Roman Bath House in Berkeley Springs State Park, oldest public building in the historic town.

Through its exhibits, publications and activities, the Museum showcases the story of the famous warm mineral springs and their continuing impact on the life and people around them.

The Museum of the Berkeley Springs is the interpretive center for the western segment of the Washington Heritage Trail National Scenic Byway.

The Museum is free to the public and supported through membership, donations and other sources.


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WV CALA: West Virginia Voters Support Lawsuit Reform

Charleston, W.Va. – A majority of West Virginia voters link implementing lawsuit reforms with improving West Virginia’s economy and job market, with a strong majority (72%) saying legislative leaders should make improving the economy and passing legal reforms a priority this legislative session. Five in ten (50%) agree that lawsuit reforms will improve the economy compared to nearly two in ten (16%) who believe such reforms would have a negative impact, according to a January 2015 voter survey.

Nearly three in five (59%) West Virginians say the newly elected Legislature will address the issues most important to them. The survey was just completed by a local opinion research firm for West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (WV CALA).

“West Virginia voters care deeply about passing lawsuit reforms to help improve West Virginia’s economy and it should be a top priority for our state leaders heading into the legislative session,” said Roman Stauffer, Executive Director of WV CALA.

More than half (56%) support the creation of an intermediate court of appeals in West Virginia, which was an increase of three percent (3%) over the previous year when WV CALA conducted its annual survey in March 2014.

Stauffer noted, “Increasingly, West Virginians are realizing that West Virginia is the only state without a guaranteed right of appeal, and the need for an intermediate court of appeals continues to grow.”

Nearly three in four respondents (74%) support legislation to codify transparency rules put in place by Attorney General Patrick Morrisey to bring sunshine to the practice of hiring private lawyers and setting reasonable limits on the fees these lawyers can bill the state.

“Clearly, West Virginians support the policy that Attorney General Morrisey has put in place about how the state uses outside lawyers,” Stauffer observed. “Morrisey’s policy has saved our state nearly four million dollars, and the Legislature should put the policy into code so this good government policy is in place for future attorneys general.”

The opinion survey also found more than seven in ten (71%) of voters believe that a party in a lawsuit, which a jury finds partially responsible for an accident, should be required to pay an amount equal to their role in that accident.

“This is about fairness, and West Virginians overwhelmingly say that defendants should pay according to their share of responsibility for an accident. Currently, someone with a smaller portion of the responsibility for an accident may end up paying more than what has been determined to be their share,” said Stauffer

The survey by MBE Research questioned 609 registered West Virginia voters on January 5-6 about several topics related to the state’s legal climate, and the margin of error is +/- 3.96 percent at a 95 percent confidence level.

Read the polling memo from MBE Research here.


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2015 Yoga Teacher Training to begin in February at Jala Yoga

Shepherdstown, WV – Jala Yoga, the vibrant yoga studio with locations in Shepherdstown, WV, Charles Town, WV, and Winchester, VA, is seeking dedicated students for its 2015 Yoga Teacher Training Program that begins February 27.  If you’re one of those people who remembers how much those first yoga classes changed you and who is now ready to make a further investment in your practice, then Jala’s training program located in charming downtown Shepherdstown is for you. The Yoga Alliance registered training meets once a month between February and September, 2015, and successful completion culminates in a Hatha Yoga Teacher Certification.

The cost of the training is $2,300.  Students who register by February 7th receive $100 off the cost.  Payment options and scholarships are available.

The program, an affiliate of Baltimore’s Charm City Yoga, is taught by Jala owner Christa Mastrangelo Joyce.  Topics covered include yoga postures, breathing techniques, anatomy, meditation, and philosophy.  The program is designed for serious yoga students and for health and wellness professionals, including chiropractors, massage therapists, physical therapists, and nutritionists, who wish to integrate quality yoga instruction into their own settings.

“It is a true delight imparting yoga information to a group of curious and hard-working students,” Mastrangelo Joyce says.  “Having this program in such an intimate place as Shepherdstown is also incredibly special. I am thrilled to be helping the field of yoga expand.”

For detailed information about the Teacher Training program, please visit http://www.jalayogaflow.com/teacher-training, call 401-440-0279, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Martinsburg - Berkeley County Parks and Rec Adult Hockey Registration Now Open

Registration for the Spring 2015 Adult Inline Hockey is now open. The registration deadline is March 6, 2015. The season will begin on March 21, 2015. The registration fee is $60 with an additional $40 fee if you are new to the league, or if you have played before but need a new jersey. Any registrations received after the deadline will incur a $10 late fee.

Any 16 year olds and up playing in the majors division of the youth hockey league may also play in the Adult league. You will receive a $5 discount when you register ONE player for BOTH leagues.

You may register in person at either of the recreation centers.

You may download a registration form from our website: http://www.mbcparks-rec.org/register-here/downloadable-forms/

Or you may register online here: https://apm.activecommunities.com/mbcparksandrecdept/Home

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

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Anita Thomas Trio to perform at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, January 11

HAGERSTOWN, MD - The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts will present the Anita Thomas Trio in concert on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 2:30 p.m.  The trio is comprised of Anita Thomas, saxophone/clarinet, Jay Miles, upright bass and Bob Sykes, piano.  The concert is a ticketed event, $5.00 for non-members and free for members, children 12 and under and students with ID.

“Jazz is about being in the moment” - Herbie Hancock.  When the Anita Thomas Trio plays you will hear decades of experience and dedication intersecting with the desire to create something new and unique to that moment.  Inspired by each other, the trio draws upon their vast collective knowledge of the jazz tradition, playing songs of the 1920’s all the way to present day compositions.  Melodious and mellifluous, rhythmic and playful, the trio brings personality and expertise to each selection.  In the immortal words of Louis Armstrong, “To jazz, or not to jazz, there is no question!”

Thomas, a native of Sydney, Australia, has performed all over the world.  As a freelance musician, she began her career in Sydney working club dates, playing for musical theater and performing at major concert venues and jazz festivals.  Currently she plays saxophone and clarinet with the Brooks Tegler Big Band, the Ray Birely Orchestra, the Blue Crescent Syncopators and Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes.  She also teaches a jazz ensemble at Frederick Community College and each summer is an instructor at the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Camps.

Jay Miles is originally from the southern New Mexican desert.  He has played jazz, swing and blues in the Washington area since 1989 and spent 7 years in Las Vegas performing the music of Louie Prima.  Jay has played with a wide variety of entertainers, from Bob Hope to Van Morrison.

Bob Sykes has been teaching and performing professionally for the past thirty years in the Washington, DC area.  He maintains an active performing schedule as a free-lance pianist and has performed at nearly every venue in the DC area, including The Kennedy Center, Blues Alley, Carter Baron Amphitheatre, and The Barns of Wolftrap.  Bob serves as co-chair of the Jazz Department at The Levine School of Music, where he has been a faculty member since 1994.

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 is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Admission to the Museum is free and its collection includes over 6,500 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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The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts presents Rena M. Hoisington, January 15

The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts presents Rena M. Hoisington - Mexican Prints in the Collection of the Baltimore Museum of Arts on Thursday, January 15, 2015 from 12 noon - 2:00 p.m.  There will be a catered Lunch and Lecture: Museum Members $12.00 / Non-members $15.00.  Lecture only: Museum Members Free / Non-members $5.00. Please call 301/739-5727 for reservations or register online at http://www.wcmfa.org.

Rena M. Hoisington is Curator of Prints, Drawings & Photographs at The Baltimore Museum of Art, where she has worked since 2006.  She has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, where she wrote her dissertation on Maurice-Quentin de La Tour and the Triumph of Pastel Painting in Eighteenth-Century France.  While in graduate school, Rena worked as a Graduate Intern in the Department of Drawings and Prints at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, as a Research Assistant in the Department of Drawings & Prints at The Morgan Library & Museum, as a Curatorial Fellow in the Department of Prints, Drawings & Photographs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and as an Assistant Curator at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

In Baltimore, Hoisington has organized the survey Looking through the Lens: Photography 1900-1960 (2008) and the focus exhibition Woodcuts Now (2010); she also worked on a collaborative project, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, between The Johns Hopkins University and The Baltimore Museum of Art that culminated in the exhibition Print by Print: Series from Dürer to Lichtenstein (October 30, 2011 - March 25, 2012).  Most recently Rena wrote the essay “Arbeit und Freundschaft: Corot, Oudinot und das Atelier in Daubignys Haus in Auvers,” for the catalogue of the fall 2012 exhibition Camille Corot: Nature und Traum at the Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe and the two essays “Learning to Etch” and “Etching as a Vehicle for Innovation: Four Exceptional Peintre-Graveurs” for the catalogue for the exhibition Artists and Amateurs: Etching in Eighteenth-Century France at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (October 1, 2013 - January 5, 2014).

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 is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Admission to the Museum is free and its collection includes over 6,500 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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January Events at Cacapon State Park

Berkeley Springs, WV - Cacapon State Park will host the following events during the month of January.

Saturday, January 10

10:00-11:00am Snowflakes, Snowflakes, Everywhere
Join the Naturalist to make your own snowflake to celebrate the winter season! Snowflake creating will take place in the Nature Center.

1:00-1:45pm Walk Back Through Time
CCC Camp Morgan helped to construct many of the structures at Cacapon. Meet the Naturalist at the Nature Center to learn more about the Civilian Conservation Corp and their impact on this area.

This will be an easy one mile walk through the park.

2:00-2:45pm Celebrate the Cardinal
Meet at the Nature Center to paint an ornament modeled after our state bird, the Cardinal! Use it as a decoration or give as a gift this season.

Saturday, January 17- Nature Center Closed

Saturday, January 24

10:00-11:00am Walking in a Winter Wonderland
Meet the Naturalist at the Nature Center to explore the natural and historic landscape of the Cabin Loop Trail. This trail is approximately 1 mile with a few hills. Following the hike, hot tea or hot chocolate will be available to warm your insides.

11:30-12:00pm Look for the “BEAR” Necessities
Join the Naturalist in the Nature Center to learn the necessities of a bear’s life. We will view an eyewitness video on all different species of bears and their necessities of life!

3:00-4:00pm “T"riffic Crafts
Bring and old T-shirt to the Nature Center to create a scarf just in time for the colder weather or make one to give as a gift.


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Nigel Dardar Continues Campaign to be Mayor of Hancock, Maryland

Press Release received from Dardar campaign.

In spite of Hancock paying their Mayor only $38 per week, Nigel Dardar is campaigning to be Mayor of Hancock, Maryland. Mr. Dardar had served as a Town Councilman for Hancock in 2009 thru 2012.

The Hancock Election will be January 26. Nigel is again campaigning primarily on his desire to instill a more open and ethical government in Hancock. One key campaign item that he will insist on if elected as Mayor of Hancock is that Hancock’s Town Manager always be a member in good standing with the ICMA (International City/County Management Association). ICMA is an international organization that demands that members are commited to equity, transparency, integrity, stewardship of public resources, political neutrality and respect for the rights and responsibility of elected officials and residents.

The current Mayor of Hancock and the current Hancock Town Council refuse to employ a Town Manager who is a member of ICMA. Mr. Dardar has retired from a career in marketing both tangible and intangible products. Most of Mr. Dardar’s industrial equipment marketing career required his successful interaction with all levels of management of large and small corporations and/or various municipal, county, state and federal governments.

Mr. Dardar is prepared to be a full time mayor, keeping regular and irregular office hours in spite of the fact that his job carries no health benefits and pays only $38 per week.


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WV CALA Kicks off Statewide Legal Reform Public Education Campaign

Charleston, W.Va. - West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (WV CALA) kicked off a statewide campaign today to highlight jackpot justice, lawsuit greed, and the controversial “Learjet Justice” story, which exposed the connections between Supreme Court of Appeals Justice Robin Davis, her husband, and an out-of-state personal injury lawyer who purchased a private jet from them.

“We kicked off our public education effort today to once again highlight lawsuit greed, jackpot justice, and greedy personal injury lawyers who are taking advantage of our legal system. Additionally, we continue to focus on “Learjet Justice” because Justice Robin Davis, her husband, and an out-of-state personal injury lawyer who purchased a million dollar airplane from them continue to avoid answering questions about their connections as a major case handled by the out-of-state lawyer was coming before then Chief Justice Robin Davis and the Supreme Court of Appeals,” said Roman Stauffer of West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (WV CALA).

In addition to highlighting “Learjet Justice,” WV CALA’s public education effort will inform West Virginia’s about a recent report from the American Tort Reform Foundation that labeled the state’s legal system, particularly the Supreme Court of Appeals, a “Judicial Hellhole.”

“The Judicial Hellholes report highlights significant legal issues in our state that need to be addressed. These issues make it difficult to move our state forward, attract job creators, and grow our existing businesses. Passing legal reforms is an economic development package that will help all West Virginians. We’re hopeful the new legislative leaders act to reform our legal system and bring our state more into the national mainstream,” concluded Stauffer.


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WCMFA Announces Popular Prize Winner of 81st Annual Cumberland Valley Photography Salon

HAGERSTOWN, MD - Madeline Junkin of Falling Waters, West Virginia, was awarded the Popular Choice Award in Washington County Museum of Fine Arts 81st Annual Cumberland Valley Photography Salon for her black and white photo shown above: “Reflections of Strength.” During the exhibition, which ran from June 21 through October 26, visitors to the museum cast over 950 ballots for their favorite work of art in this juried exhibition.
       
Sponsored by LA Cameras of Chambersburg, the prestigious Popular Choice Award is a $200 gift card to the store at 1019 Wayne Avenue.  LA Cameras is a new sponsor for the Cumberland Valley Photography Salon this year.

“Drops"by Sabrina Biddinger of Frederick, MD, and “Silence of Summer” by June Jarkey of Middletown, MD, also received numerous votes from visitors to the Exhibition. This exhibition, as well as the annual Cumberland Valley Artist Exhibition, exemplifies the museum’s commitment to regional artists. 
       
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 is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Admission to the Museum is free and its collection includes over 6,500 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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Berkeley Arts Council Members’ Exhibit

The Berkeley Arts Council presents its second Members’ Exhibit in the gallery at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, WV.

More than thirty art works are on display and for sale including paintings, photographs, and sculpture. Media includes oil, watercolor, pastels and more.

Join us to meet the artists at the reception on Friday, January 16 from 5-7pm at the gallery.

Winter Gallery hours are Wed 11-3, Thu 11-5, Fri 11-5, Sat 11-4

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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Berkeley Art Works Exhibits 4-H Club Photography Competition

The Berkeley County 4-H Extension office, in celebration of 100 Years of 4-H, invited all Berkeley County 4-H members to participate in a photography contest. The photographs from this competition will be exhibited in the Berkeley Art Works Back Space Gallery, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, from January 8-31.

There will be a reception on Saturday January 17 from 4-6pm. Come and meet the young artists and give them your encouragement. The gallery is located at 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, WV. Gallery hours for the winter are Wed 11-3, Thu 11-5, Fri 11-5 and Sat 11-4 (except until 6 for the reception.)

The Berkeley County 4-H Extension office, in celebration of 100 Years of 4-H, invited all Berkeley County 4-H members to participate in a photography contest. This photography contest allowed our 4-H members to showcase 4-H values and to capture the story of Berkeley County 4-H through the eyes of our members and the lenses of their cameras. Winning photographs were published as the Berkeley County 4-H Calendar for the year 2015. Photographs were evaluated on the following: Impact, Creativity, Technical Merit, Composition, Subject Matter and Story-Telling.

Berkeley County 4-H grows confident, capable, and caring kids with the life skills to thrive in today’s world and succeed in their boldest dreams for tomorrow. Working in partnership with West Virginia University, our 4-H programs offer life-changing experiences to youth of Berkeley County. The caring support of adult volunteers and mentors inspires our young people to work collaboratively, take the lead on their own projects and set and achieve goals with confidence.

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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Maryland Geocaching Society chooses The CHEMO Bag as its primary charity

The GeoWoodstock XIII Committee is proud to announce that it has selected The CHEMO Bagas its primary 501(c)3 charity. As announced earlier, the State of Maryland was selected to host GeoWoodstock XIII, May 23, 2015.  In partnership with the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), thousands of geocachers from around the globe will visit our region.  The event will have many fun activities, learning sessions, exhibitors, vendors, food and much more!

Should GeoWoodstock XIII result in any financial assets following the event, the Maryland Geocaching Society will distribute 100% of those assets to non-profit organizations in our area. The CHEMO Baghas been designated as the primary charitable organization to receive assets.

The CHEMO Bag was chosen for several reasons.  Tim Eggleston Public Relations Lead for GW XIII said, “The Chemo Bag fits our bill of an organization that has an impact on the people it provides for; providing gift bags filled with items to offer comfort to the men and women in the Lehigh Valley, PA undergoing chemotherapy treatments.  We admire its founder Leah Walia, a geocacher (Altimate) and more importantly, a breast cancer survivor.  At The CHEMO Bag nearly 100% of the donations are turned into comfort and support for those undergoing cancer treatment.  We are proud to have The CHEMO Bag as our primary charitable organization. Leah started this organization after she completed chemotherapy in October 2012.  The first bags were delivered to the infusion center in March 2013 and since then over 600 bags have been delivered to four infusion centers in the Lehigh Valley.  Leah states that this is her way of giving back to a community that was so giving to her in her time of need. Leah is part of our geocaching community and we are happy to support her and her efforts in the Lehigh Valley

About The CHEMO Bag
CHEMO: it’s not what you think….Caring Helping Encouraging Motivating Others

The CHEMO Bag Inc., in partnership with the generosity of our community, is committed to providing gift bags filled with items to provide comfort to the men and women in the Lehigh Valley undergoing chemotherapy treatments.

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.

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.


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New Workshop Added to Jala’s January Offerings

Shepherdstown, WV—Jala Yoga, the vibrant yoga studio with locations in Shepherdstown, WV, Charles Town, WV, and Winchester, VA, will host guest yoga instructor Elizabeth Davis in a workshop entitled “Cultivate Your Divine Feminine.”  The workshop – just added to the January schedule – will take place on Friday, January 16 from 7:15-9:15 pm at Jala’s Shepherdstown studio, 117 West German Street.  The cost is $30, and registration can be done at http://www.jalayogaflow.com.

Davis is a reiki master, intuitive healer and yoga instructor.  In this workshops, she will lead participants in a journey to the deepest parts of their being, finding both power and grounding.  Among the areas to be explored are how we relate to others and the subtleties of communication.  Through yoga postures and self-inquiry, Davis will facilitate people’s discovery of their own potential.

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

PHOTO: Elizabeth Davis


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New Ownership and Comedy GREATER TUNA to open season at The Washington County Playhouse

Hagerstown, MD)- The 31st Season of The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children’s Theater, now owned by Producing Artistic Director Shawn R. Martin and his wife and Managing Director Laura J. Martin, will open with the uproarious comedy GREATER TUNA.

GREATER TUNA debuted in New York City in 1982 at Circle in the Square Downtown and has gone on to become the most widely produced comedy in American history. Written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard, GREATER TUNA is a hilarious visit to the third smallest town in Texas where two actors portray 20 of the town’s upstanding and less than upstanding citizens in a show that made The New York post state that “the audience all but exploded with laughter.”  The Playhouse’s production stars regional theater veterans Steve Steele and Shawn Nakia, with Shawn R. Martin directing.

The play is preceded by dinner which features a full salad bar, hot buffet, dessert and a cash bar.

GREATER TUNA opens on Friday January 16th and continues on Friday and Saturday evenings at 6:00 pm with select Sunday matinees at 1:00pm.

The Washington County Playhouse is located at 44 N. Potomac St., rear, in the heart of Hagerstown, Maryland’s Arts and Entertainment District. Free parking is available in the central lot.

The adult ticket price is $39.00 for dinner and show (beverages and gratuity are not included). Children aged 5 to 12 years are admitted for $19.00.  Tickets for this and all of the 2015 season of shows at The Playhouse are available by calling 301-739-7469. For more information, visit the website http://www.washingtoncountyplayhouse.com


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WV CALA Board Of Directors Select Small Business Owner For Leadership Role

Press Release received from West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (WV CALA) announced today that the organization’s board of directors has selected Greenbrier County small business owner and job creator Duane Zobrist to serve as Chairman for 2015.

“I am very excited about serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors of WV CALA. As a job creator with dozens of employees, I understand the direct impact that abusive lawsuits can have on a small business and our community. I look forward to working with WV CALA’s 30,000 grassroots members to advocate for fairer courts and much-needed legal reforms that would bring West Virginia more competitive with surrounding states and help attract more job creators to West Virginia,” said Duane Zobrist the newly elected Chairman of WV CALA.

Duane Zobrist owns an outdoor adventures company that operates recreational and team-building activities in Greenbrier Country and other areas. He owns several other small businesses and leads a speaking, consulting, and organizational performance firm focusing on business, family and collegiate leadership.

Also, importantly, the WV CALA Board of Directors expressed deep gratitude to former chairwoman Terry Waxman for her leadership and commitment to stopping lawsuit abuse. In November, Waxman was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates in District 48. Waxman will continue to advocate for fairer state courts in the House of Delegates in her new role on the House Judiciary Committee.

“WV CALA has been very fortunate to have two very strong legal reform leaders in succession with Duane Zobrist and Terry Waxman. They understand the importance of a fair and impartial legal system for all West Virginians. Our board and grassroots members cannot thank Delegate Terry Waxman enough for her many years of leadership on legal reform, which has helped WV CALA become an influential voice on legal reforms in West Virginia,” concluded Roman Stauffer, Executive Director of WV CALA.


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Stress Management, What Do I Do With All My Stuff?

Have you ever been overwhelmed, stressed and burdened by the amount of “stuff” that you own?  Do you own the “stuff”?  Or does the “stuff” own you?  Managing your stuff and simplifying things might be a key to reducing the stress in your life.  Learn more.

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Hey Panhandle, Bring Your Resolutions to Reality! Here’s the Trick…

It’s no secret that New Year resolutions are known to be broken. Those who make resolutions, will sometimes tuck this crippling knowledge away, to use as an alibi, after they’ve reluctantly thrown in the towel. And those who’ve decided against resolutions, normally do so as a result of having failed miserably with them in the past.

Now I know that may not sound too positive, but it’s real. In order for us to succeed, we must first identify possible hurdles that could trip us up in the future.
The good news is, “If you really want to crush your resolutions…YOU CAN!” It doesn’t matter what your New Year resolution is; to lose weight, get organized, save money, enjoy life & family, quit smoking, etc… You can accomplish it, this year.

Here are 4 tricks you can use to turn your New Year resolutions to reality. The last one is POWERFUL:

1. Write them all down – write down each of your resolutions and list them in order of priority.

2. Choose just ONE – take the first resolution on your list and begin working on it solely for at least 30 days. By working on just one resolution, you can focus all of your energy on its accomplishment, making it more achievable.

Once you’ve made the first resolution a life habit, you can then move to the next one.

3. Keep it to yourself – don’t share your resolution with anyone, especially your closest family members and friends. Bringing your resolution to reality requires your unshaken belief. The slightest negative comment could be detrimental and should be avoided at all costs.

4. Build your belief – this the exciting part. It’s time for you to truly believe that you’ve already achieved your resolution. I know it sounds a bit wacky, but in order to get to where you want to go, you have to know how it feels to be there.

For instance; if you want to lose weight, then you should spend 15 to 30 minutes every day visualizing yourself at your target weight.  See yourself actually living the lifestyle you’d have to live to sustain that weight. Picture your entire day and the meals that you’d eat, exercising you’d have to do and bad habits you’d have to drop.

When you realize that you already have what it is you want and begin living so, your results are inevitable.
The preceding action steps will put you on the right path towards bringing your resolutions to reality. If I had to make one more suggestion, it would be to persist.

Always, always, always continue your journey. A resolution is not a goal that must be met, it is a particular journey that must be taken, which will eventually get you the goal you want to achieve.

When you see your resolution as a journey, you know that the delivery of the goal is on its way. You will not get frustrated, because you realize that by living out your new journeys disciplines, you will eventually reap the rewards. And if you should so happen to stumble along the way, you know that you can get up and continue the journey.

Best wishes on the success of your resolutions!

What’s Your Resolution? We’re taking a poll to learn what the people of Martinsburg, Charles Town, Berkeley Springs and other cities of the Panhandle will be focusing on for their resolutions this year.

Please help us by clicking the link provided and quickly sharing your resolution. Be sure to share this article with your friends & family of the Panhandle to help them get started on their resolutions. Thank you. http://questionpro.com/s/1-2557596-4090512

Residents of Martinsburg WV, Charles Town WV, Berkeley Springs WV and the surrounding cities of the Panhandle that would like assistance with the achievement of their resolutions can join: http://www.ULiveWV.org. We can connect you with other local residents that can give positive support and encouragement on your journey.


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Diverse Offering of Workshops at Jala Yoga in January

Shepherdstown, WV—Jala Yoga, the vibrant yoga studio with locations in Shepherdstown, WV, Charles Town, WV, and Winchester, VA, has announced its January 2015 workshops.  From learning meditation techniques to deepening ones practice to experiencing complementary wellness practices, Jala Yoga is committed to providing high quality workshops for all people.  Information and registration is available at http://www.jalayogaflow.com.

On Friday, January 9 from 6:00-8:00 pm, yoga instructor Turi Nevin-Turkel and licensed acupuncturist Virginia Hisghman offer “Winter Seasonal Balance: Health and Harmony with Yoga and Acupuncture.”  The workshop takes place at the Winchester studio, Creekside Station, 3119 Valley Avenue.  In this workshop, yoga, acupuncture, and traditional Chinese medicine are combined in a one-of-a-kind experience.  Nevin-Turkel teaches a quiet and grounded yoga practice designed to cultivate a deep connection between body, mind, and soul, with a Winter focus.  During the relaxation portion of class, Hisghman will provide acupuncture focusing on seasonal balance points (non-insertion option available).  The cost of the workshop is $65 and is appropriate for all levels of practitioner.

On Sunday, January 11, from 9:30 am to 11:30 am, instructor Whitney Ingram leads “Breathe and Be Still,” at the Charles Town studio, 307 West Washington Street. Breathing and meditation techniques will be taught as a way to eliminate anxiety and stress.  Students will receive adjustments in their seated positions to find the most comfortable way to meditate.  This popular workshop, appropriate for all experience levels, is limited to 15 students.  The cost is $25 until January 8; $30 afterwards.

During the weekend of January 17-18, Jala Yoga owner Christa Mastrangelo Joyce teaches “Beyond Resolutions: Reconnect, Reaffirm, Let Go,” made up of 3 individual workshops that can be taken together or separately.  They all take place at the Winchester location.  On Saturday, January 17, from 12:00-2:30 pm, “Stoke the Flames” is focused on building heat and creating intentions in a vigorous yoga class.  On Sunday, January 18 from 9:30-11:30 am, “Look Within” guides students in self-contemplation. Also on Sunday, January 18, from 1:30-4:00 pm, is “Let It Go,” in which students learn to surrender tensions and expectations with restorative poses and moments of deep reflection.  The cost is $35 for each session or $90 for all three ($80 if registered by January 10).

On Saturday, January 24, from 12:30-3:00 pm, Whitney Ingram teaches “Vinyasa Basics” at the Winchester studio.  Covered in this workshop are sun salutations, how to develop a home yoga practice, and learning modifications for challenging poses.  This workshop, perfect for those new to yoga or those looking to refresh their practice, is limited to 15 students. The cost is $25 until January 20; $30 afterwards.

On Saturday, January 31, from 1:00-4:00 pm, internationally certified henna artist Jessi Edwards will teach a “Beginner’s Henna Workshop” at the Winchester studio.  The workshop will cover the history of henna, safety, mixing techniques, henna designs, and hands on practice and aftercare. Included in the cost of the workshop are supplies including henna, a life-size acrylic hand, and design sheets.  The cost is $65 if registered by January 23; $75 if registered by January 30.  No walk-ins will be accepted.  Class size is limited to 12 people.  All proceeds will benefit 4 Paws for Ability, a 501(c)3 non profit organization, which provides service dogs to children worldwide.

More information about all of the workshops, as well as Jala’s regularly scheduled classes, can be found at http://www.jalayogaflow.com or by calling 401-440-0279.

Photo: Christa Mastrangelo Joyce teaches “Beyond Resolutions” January 17 and 18 in Winchester, VA (credit: Pang Tubhirun)


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First Friday Coffeehouse Kicks Off New Year January 2

First Friday Coffeehouse rings in the new year with an inspiring West Virginia trio January 2 at Trinity Orchard House on Route 45 mid-way between Shepherdstown and Martinsburg, West Virginia.  Doors open for social time and open mic sign-up at 7 pm. All open mic participants should be there early to get a slot to perform at one of the area`s premier listening rooms. Up to eight performers can show off their talents during the hour preceding the feature act.

Doug and Shelley Harper, with Dave Fondale, have performed throughout central Appalachia in a variety of prestigious venues including NPR’s Mountain Stage, Tamarack, Theatre West Virginia’s Music in the Mountains in Grandview National Park and The Clay Center, Charleston, WV. Doug Harper’s songs offer a tapestry, woven with the golden threads of the New River/Central Appalachian music culture. They are delivered with Shelley’s smooth, silken harmonies, accompanied by uncluttered musicianship. Audiences come away from performances warmed, amused and inspired. One gratified listener commented, “I feel like I was just read to!”

The Harpers have numerous CDs to their credit and were hits at a previous First Friday engagement several years ago. They hail from the Beckley area.

Enjoy a great evening of music and fellowship. Snacks and refreshments served. Trinity Orchard House is located at 4599 Shepherdstown Rd. (Rt. 45), Martinsburg, WV 25401. From Shepherdstown, it´s four miles on the right from the four-way stop…just before The Pump House.  A $10 donation per person is requested. For more information, contact Steve Warner…304-676-4422 or 304-876-2915.


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SYNC UP YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS TO STAY ON TRACK

MARTINSBURG, W.Va.—As people work on keeping their 2015 goals to improve their health, get organized or save more money in the New Year, the chance of achieving those goals has never been greater thanks to today’s technology and smartphones, such as the iPhone 6, which offer apps and products to help keep users on track and increase the likelihood of sticking with any resolution throughout the year.

“Mobile devices have become a vital part of simplifying our lives,” said Jack Brundige, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in the Mid-South. “Using new technology and apps to help stay on track with new year resolutions will help turn those resolutions into routines that become part of our daily lives.”

Those looking for help sticking with some of the most common New Year’s resolutions can download the following free apps on the 4G LTE network, with speeds of up to 10 times faster than 3G for their smartphones and tablets:

• Get fit:  Looking to get back in shape, eat better or work out more in 2015? Consider the Runtastic Six Pack app. This free app allows users to work out from home by creating custom workouts with a virtual personal trainer which will show users the proper way to do new exercises. Pair this app and its 50 workout videos with the UP by Jawbone a fitness wristband, and can track what you eat, any activities throughout the day and your sleeping habits. After analyzing these habits, the UP will then suggest small changes that will help improve your outcomes.

• Get organized: In today’s society, it can be hard to keep things in order, but the Any. Do app is an award winner that’s perfect for enhancing any to-do list. The app allows users to create lists of tasks that need to be completed and organize them by category and importance. An alarm can be set for any task so that nothing goes unnoticed. You can also easily sync your tasks from your mobile to your desktop to help stay on top of any to-do list, no matter where you are.

• Spend more time with family: Holidays are a great time to catch up with family, and many decide to make a resolution to see more of their family members throughout the year. The GroupMe app allows everyone in the family to stay in touch and make plans, no matter where in the country they are located. This app allows users to create several groups in which each member can share events, photos, videos and texts. This allows everyone in the group to stay connected and plan visits all in one place.

• Manage finances: According to a 2014 U.S. Cellular survey, 43 percent of smartphone users made the resolution to save money in 2014 . In 2015, smartphone owners can accomplish this task with the Check app. The free app allows users to link bills, bank accounts and credit cards. The app then notifies users of when a payment is coming up and even lets users set up automatic payments. This helps users to avoid late fees and overdraft fees, and they won’t have to worry about missing a bill or being low on funds, as it is all planned out in one simple location.


“New Year’s is a great time to reflect, set goals and decide what you really want to accomplish in 2015,” said Brundige. “Perhaps a great first resolution should be to explore how using your smartphone paired with these great apps can help you reach those goals in the coming year.”

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

Additional data charges may apply. 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 provides 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. 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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News Brief from the Harpers Ferry-Bolivar Historic Town Foundation

One big change

We are now the Harpers Ferry-Bolivar Historic Town Foundation, a step that was well received by Bolivar Council!  Two distinctly different towns; one common interest in preservation. Just settled on our new logo but already at work together.

Other highlights

  • We finalized our economic/tourism study,
  • Held a very successful fund raising and celebration event,
  • Initiated work on a black history guide,
  • Produced and distributed a calendar of events,
  • Launched a .mobi site (A what?  Stay tuned for more about that later),
  • Revised our MAPP grant allocations to better support our mission,
  • Requested, received, and applied grant funds for a variety of programs,
  • Supported the Step into Autumn festival in late September,
  • Printed and distributed the ever popular town map and visitors guide in partnership with the Merchants Association,
  • Supported the Canal Towns Partnership, and finally
  • We recruited a web designer to create a new Foundation website to be integrated with our smart phone app content management system.

We have been fortunate to have funded most of our expenses in these efforts with grants and contributions from Harpers Ferry and Bolivar. Because grants promise to be less available in the immediate future it is important to have member contributions available and in reserve so that our efforts in support of the towns can continue.


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Mooney To Serve On Powerful Natural Resources Committee

Martinsburg, WV- Congressman- Elect Alex X. Mooney (WV-02) has been selected to serve on the powerful House Committee on Natural Resources in the 114th Congress starting in January.

The Committee on Natural Resources has wide jurisdiction over American energy production, mineral lands and mining, fisheries and wildlife, public lands, oceans, Native Americans, irrigation and reclamation. Congressman Nick Rahall served on the committee for 34 years.

“West Virginia has vast coal resources and a booming natural gas industry. My committee assignment is a great asset to West Virginia,” Congressman-Elect Mooney explains.

“West Virginia has vast coal resources and a booming natural gas industry. My committee assignment is a great asset to West Virginia,” Congressman-Elect Mooney explains.

The Committee on Natural Resources is focused on creating an all-of-the-above energy plan which includes coal.

“I will work hard every day to bring energy jobs back to West Virginia,” Mooney continues.

Congressman- Elect Mooney was also selected to serve on the Budget Committee in the upcoming Congress.

“This committee allows me to cut out-of-control government spending and balance the federal budget just like our hard-working families in West Virginia must do,” Mooney concluded.


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Berkeley Arts Council Call for Artists: “Trees” Exhibit

The Berkeley Arts Council is seeking submissions for an exhibit of artwork featuring one or more trees. The exhibit will be displayed in the Back Space at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, from February 5 through March 1, 2015. The “Trees” exhibit will be shown in conjunction with “Shenandoah Woods” an exhibit of wood craft in the Art Works main gallery.

The deadline for submission is January 12, 2015. Submissions of one or two digital images should be sent via email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with “Trees Exhibit” in the subject line. Digital files should be in Jpg format at least 1000 pixels in the long dimension with the other dimension proportional. In the body of the email, please provide your name, address, telephone number, the title, medium and framed dimension of the work.

All media are acceptable including painting, mixed media and photography. The Back Space is primarily for two-dimensional work but small 3-D works will be considered.

Submissions will be juried by a committee of Art Works artists. Accepted artists will be notified on or about January 16. There is no entry fee but accepted artists will be asked to make a donation to support the Berkeley Arts Council.

For more information email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 304-620-7277.


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Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area announces MHAA Project Grants

Frederick, MD - The Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area (HCWHA), a certified heritage area encompassing parts of Carroll, Frederick and Washington counties, announces a grant opportunity for FY16 projects through the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA).

MHAA offers nonprofit organizations and government entities grants of up to $50,000 for non-capital projects (including planning, interpretation, and programming) and up to $100,000 for capital projects (including acquisition, pre-development, development, rehabilitation, and restoration) within the boundaries of the Heritage Area.

HCWHA will host three workshops for prospective applicants in January:

Frederick County: Thursday, January 8 at 9:30 AM – Winchester Hall, 12 E. Church Street, Frederick in the second floor meeting room. Local contact: Denis Superczynski, Principal Planner, Frederick Co. Community Dev. Division, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 301.600.1142.

Carroll County: Friday, January 9 at 9:30 AM – Carroll County Office Building, 225 North Center Street, Westminster in Room 105. Local contact: Andrea Gerhard, Comprehensive Planner, Carroll County Bureau of Comprehensive Planning, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 410.386.2145.

Washington County: Tuesday, January 13 at 10:00 AM – Rural Heritage Museum, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro. Local contact: Rachel Nichols, Washington County Heritage Area Assistant, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 240.308.1740.

At each workshop, we will review eligibility, the application process, and tips for creating a competitive application. Consider bringing your laptop if you would like to log onto the online application portal. Please RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Attendance is encouraged but not required. Additional regional workshops and webinars will be offered through MHAA.

The entire grant application process is online at mht.maryland.gov/grants.shtml. The intent to apply form is due on January 30. Applicants are encouraged to submit drafts to their local grant contacts and HCWHA staff by February 10 in order to make revisions to the application due on February 27.


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Request for “Best of 2014” Recommendations

It’s the time of year where “Best of” lists dominate headlines and websites. After reading through one of these type lists, I thought it might be fun to create a “Best of 2014” list comprised of books, movies and albums as recommended by those that read InThePanhandle.com.

If you have a favorite in one of the categories below, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or contact us on Twitter (@inthepanhandle) or Facebook.com/inthepanhandle and let us know the title and why you enjoyed it. Send us your name (or social media profile name) and we’ll include that with your recommendation.

The book, movie or album doesn’t necessarily have to have been released in 2014. You just have to have discovered it in 2014.

Categories

  • Best Book
  • Best Album
  • Best Movie
  • Best Local Business

A recommendation can be as simple as the following:

Best Book - The Light Between Oceans, M.L. Stedman - In my opinion, great books make you think or provoke an emotional reaction (joy, sadness, fear) and this book had me crying at the end. @gbradhopkins

We can’t wait to see what you recommend!

Conversely, we could also do a “Worst of” list. If you have something that you recommend we stay away from, feel free to share it. We may (or may not) publish it.

 


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West Virginia’s Legal System Again Ranked As ‘Judicial Hellhole’

Press Release received from WVCALA.org.

Charleston, W.Va. - West Virginia’s legal system is once again ranked a ”Judicial Hellhole “according to the American Tort Reform Association, which released its annual legal rankings today. This year West Virginia moved up the list to number three on the ‘Judicial Hellholes’ rankings.

“Our grassroots members are not surprised by our ranking on the ‘Judicial Hellholes’ report. The litigation climate in West Virginia continues to discourage employers from locating here because of concerns about excessive verdicts, unbalanced rulings, and the lack of a right of full appellate review,” said Roman Stauffer of West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (WV CALA).

The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia is a major factor in the poor reputation of the state’s civil justice system. The state’s only appellate court demonstrated a propensity to abandon traditional tort law constraints and embrace expansive theories of liability.

In one particular case, Hersh v. E-T Enterprises, the Supreme Court abolished the open and obvious danger doctrine, which states that a property owner is not liable for injuries sustained as a result of dangers that are “obvious, reasonably apparent or as well known to the person injured as they are to the owner.”

In his dissent, Justice Allen Loughry said “it is decisions like these that have given the state the unfortunate reputation of being a ’judicial hellhole’ and place an ‘impossible burden’ on property owners of making their premises ‘injury proof.’”

In addition to several other imbalanced rulings in 2014, the Judicial Hellholes report highlights the recent “Lear Jet Justice” expose’ by ABC News. The story has raised serious questions about the connections between Justice Robin Davis, out-of-state personal injury lawyer Michael Fuller, Davis’ husband Scott Segal, and the purchase of a Lear Jet for over $1 million prior to a large verdict and ruling by Justice Davis and the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia.

The Judicial Hellholes report highlights the reforms Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has made regarding the hiring of outside counsel on a contingency fee basis. Morrisey’s reforms have saved the state millions of dollars in outside attorney costs.

“The Judicial Hellholes report highlights significant legal issues in our state that need to be addressed. These issues make it difficult to move our state forward, attract job creators, and grow our existing businesses. Passing legal reforms would be an economic development package that will help all West Virginians. We’re hopeful that the new legislative leaders act to reform our legal system and bring our state more into the national mainstream,” concluded Stauffer.


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WVCALA Calls For Return Of Contributions From “Lear-Jet Justice” Lawyer

Press Release received from WV Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse

Charleston, W.Va. - To help ensure West Virginians have a fair and impartial legal system, West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse calls on judges, candidates and political parties to return over $100,000 in political contributions associated with the personal injury law firm connected to the ABC News Lear-Jet Justice scandal.

“We strongly believe that West Virginia is not for sale and are calling on those individuals and organizations in West Virginia that benefitted from over $100,000 in political contributions from Michael Fuller and attorneys, associates and employees of his law firm, McHugh Fuller Law Group to return those contributions. Ethical questions remain unanswered surrounding the contributions to Justice Robin Davis, the Supreme Court decision, and the million-dollar Lear jet transaction between Mr. Fuller and Justice Davis’ husband Scott Segal.  These issues raise public concerns about fairness and impartiality in our legal system,” said Roman Stauffer of West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (WV CALA).

According to campaign finance filings and research perform by West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse, the following political campaigns and organizations have accepted political contributions from people with connections to the McHugh Fuller Law Group: Justice Robin Davis ($27,500), Governor Earl Ray Tomblin ($22,000), West Virginia Democratic Executive Committee ($20,000), Letitia Chafin for Supreme Court ($18,100), Speaker Richard Thompson for Governor ($5,000), Ron Walters for Congress ($4,600), Justice Thomas McHugh for Supreme Court ($3,000), Justice Margaret Workman for Supreme Court ($2,000), John Cummings for State Senate ($2,000), Justice Menis Ketchum for Supreme Court ($1,000).

“Public records reveal a bizarre interest in West Virginia politics in 2012. McHugh Fuller employees, family of those employees and others associated gave a total of $3,000 in 2008, $8,000 in 2010, $9,000 in 2011 and $80,600 in 2012. Returning these contributions will begin the process of restoring West Virginian’s faith that our legal system is truly a fair and impartial system. We continue to support an independent, outside investigation into this matter and encourage Justice Robin Davis to address the questions that remain unanswered,” concluded Stauffer.

Source: McHugh Fuller Political Contributions


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W.Va. Chamber Raises Concerns about Division of Labor’s Proposed Emergency Rules

Charleston, W.Va. – The W.Va. Chamber of Commerce is raising concerns about recent “emergency” rules filed by the state Division of Labor that would make significant changes to the state’s Minimum Wage and Maximum Hours Standards Regulations. The proposed rules are in reaction to House Bill 201 that was passed by the Legislature in May raising the state’s minimum wage.

“The increase of the minimum wage that passed the Legislature this past session received broad bi-partisan support.  The proposed rules, however, would make changes far beyond the intended minimum wage increase and would create conflict and inconsistency with the federal Fair Labor Standards Act,” said Steve Roberts, president, West Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

Roberts continued, “We feel that many of the changes to the Minimum Wage and Maximum Hours Standards Regulations in the emergency rules are not authorized in the legislation that was passed on May 21. The Division of Labor appears to have overstepped its authority and these rules, if implemented, may lead to increased confusion and litigation.  The Chamber, on behalf the state’s business community, urges the Division of Labor to immediately rescind its rules submittal and issue proposed rules that will match the clear intent of the statute changed by House Bill 201.  Amending this rules proposal would ensure that the Division of Labor doesn’t overstep its authority and that the state’s business climate is protected.”

The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce is the state’s largest, most influential business organization with members in all 55 counties, who employ over one-half of the state’s workforce. The Chamber is committed to improving education, fostering economic development and “Making West Virginia Irresistible to Business.” More information on the West Virginia Chamber can be found at http://www.wvchamber.com.


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Sixth Dimension Bell Choir Performs as Asbury United Methodist Church

Members of the Asbury Youth Bell Choir (age 2-5th grade) posing with the Sixth Dimension Bell Choir on Sunday; December 14, 2014. The Sixth Dimension, a regionally acclaimed bell ensemble, performed at Asbury United Methodist Church in Charles Town WV and the children were very honored to be able to sit in the front row and watch this amazingly talented group of ladies perform. A wonderful time was had by all. The children are ready to get back to work for their second performance in January 2015 under the direction of Ms. Sharon Cunningham. Asbury Youth Pictured: Ryan Toth, Ella Miller. Julie Fincham, Kendyl Polen, Madyson Fincham, Sarah Frazier and Katie Speakman & the members of the Sixth Dimension Bell Choir.

Article & Photo by Ms. Kelli Polen - Asbury UMC


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Berkeley Arts Council Announces Art Classes for the New Year

The Berkeley Arts Council has announced a full array of art workshops and classes covering a range of introductory to advanced topics. Workshops begin January 10 and classes begin January 19.

Workshops are usually one day and provide a basic overview of a medium or technique, or boost your creativity in a collaborative environment. Workshops offered include introductions to pastel, color pencil and watercolor pencil painting as well as a “Spiritual Creativity” workshop, an evening scrapbooking workshop for moms, tempera painting for adults and more. For a complete list of workshops with details and online registration, visit http://artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/workshops/.

Classes run 4-6 weeks and vary with 2-3 hours per session. Classes provide more in-depth coverage to a medium or technique, with time to develop your project during class. Classes include beginning acrylic, oil, pastel, colored pencil, and watercolor pencil painting, intermediate acrylic painting, advanced drawing and an introduction to portraiture. Also offered is beginning acrylic painting for home school students. For a complete list of classes with details and online registration, visit http://artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/instruction/.

All classes and workshops are held at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. For more information email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 304-620-7277.

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.


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R.M. Roach & Sons Inc. Announces Expanded Focus on Charitable Giving

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - R.M. Roach & Sons Inc., parent company of Roach Energy, ROCS Convenience Stores and Sunfire Energy Solutions based in Martinsburg, West Virginia, today announced its expanded focus on charitable giving and support for the Eastern Panhandle community. The family owned and operated company has already donated more than $60,000 to community-based organizations this year. And it’s new One-Cent Wednesdays program, through which the company donates 1 cent for every gallon of gasoline sold every Wednesday at ROCS stores throughout the region, is still going strong.

“We’re proud of the Eastern Panhandle and the great community we have here,” said Steve Roach, president and CEO of R.M. Roach & Sons. “We’ve always been glad to be able to support our local community and help make it a better place to live, and this year, we’ve expanded our focus to include some new ways to help and get more employee involvement.”

Family-Owned Company Donates More Than $60K to Community Organizations This Year


Since the company started One-Cent Wednesdays in January, ROCS Convenience Stores has donated $22,770 to local organizations, including Habitat for Humanity of the Eastern Panhandle, Panhandle Home Health Inc., Eastern Panhandle Young Life and a local Relay For Life team. A portion of those funds were given to the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle Inc.’s Warming Hands and Hearts Initiative, which provides financial support for local families that are struggling to pay their utility bills.

Roach Energy also has contributed to Warming Hands and Hearts for the last several years. During this year’s campaign from January 1 through March 31, Roach Energy donated 1 cent for every gallon of heating oil and propane purchased when customers requested delivery from one of its Warming Hands and Hearts trucks. Those funds, along with a $6,500 grant from BP Products North America, came to a total of $12,661.

“Our Warming Hands and Hearts Initiative provides vital assistance for local residents who are having trouble keeping the heat on in the winter,” said Tiffany Lawrence, director of resource development and marketing for UWEP. “We’re proud to be able to depend on longtime partners like Roach Energy and ROCS to help us support families in our community each year.”

Next year’s Warming Hands and Hearts Initiative will kick off January 1, 2015.

R.M. Roach & Sons this year also donated $35,000 to local schools, community programs and nonprofit organizations in the area. Donations included $10,000 to both the Eastern Panhandle Care Clinic and the CCAP/Loaves and Fishes food bank and $5,000 to the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation, a public charity that helps fund other local nonprofit organizations.

“The Roach family has been incredibly supportive over the years,” said Michael Whalton, executive director of the EWVCF. “It’s an amazing thing to see generations of the same family supporting local charity organizations for such a long period of time.”

R.M. Roach & Sons each year also partners with the Martinsburg branch of the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia for its Little Red Stocking campaign, which raises money to fund the organization’s child-welfare programs. During the campaign from Nov. 28 through Dec. 24 this year, customers at participating ROCS stores can purchase $1 paper stockings that will be displayed on the wall of the stores. All sales from the stockings will directly benefit the Children’s Home Society’s local programs.

Last year, ROCS stores helped raise $3,230 for the Children’s Home Society during the campaign.

“It’s been tremendously helpful having the Roach family on our side for so many years,” said Deb Barthlow, regional director of the Children’s Home Society’s Martinsburg branch. “The staff in ROCS stores as well as the management and ownership have been so enthusiastic, and they share that enthusiasm with their customers. We’re really grateful for their support.”

“We always try to bolster support in the community in addition to making our own donations each year,” Roach said. “Because it’s truly the people that make all the difference.”

Visit http://www.roachenergy.com to learn more about R.M. Roach & Sons.

About R.M. Roach & Sons Inc.
A family owned and operated business, R.M. Roach & Sons Inc. is the parent company of Roach Energy, ROCS Convenience Stores and Sunfire Energy Solutions. Since 1952, Roach Energy has been providing local, reliable and valuable propane and heating oil delivery and commercial fuels to more than 4,500 customers in West Virginia and Washington County, Maryland. ROCS Convenience Stores operates 15 locations in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia and Maryland. With its main focus on customers, ROCS Convenience Stores offers the freshest products, the friendliest staff and the fastest service. Sunfire Energy Solutions is a one-stop destination for hearth products and installation, HVAC service, patio furniture, hot tubs and outdoor grills. To learn more about R.M. Roach & Sons, visit http://www.roachenergy.com.​


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Holidays at For The Kids, By George! Children’s Museum

Holiday Story Time
Join us every Saturday in December at 11am for Story Time.  We’ll hear stories about how the holidays are celebrated around the world and there will be hot chocolate and cookies for all to enjoy.  This activity is included with your $6 admission to the Museum.
December 13th - Celebrating Kwanzaa with Guest Reader, Jodi Williams
December 20th - Celebrating Hanukkah with Guest Reader, Hannah Geffert
December 27th - Celebrating Chinese New Year with Guest Reader, Lynn Steptoe


Shop with George for the Holidays!
Our bookshop is filled with toys, books and gifts for unique, educational and fun presents this holiday season.  The bookshop is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-3pm, Wednesdays from 3-7pm and Saturdays until 5pm for your shopping convenience.  Train-related, made in the USA merchandise, historical fun, science-centered and old-fashioned games - we have it all!! Come by and see us today.

To check hours and for other events and happenings at the Children’s Museum, visit our website at http://www.forthekidsbygeorge.org, our facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/forthekidsbygeorgemuseum or call us at 304.264.9977.

 


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Mel’s Smells is relocating!

Mel’s Smells will be moving to a new space after the holidays. The new space is HUGE and will allow the business to grow! The space is located at 123 N. Queen St. (currently DayJavu)

Mel’s Smells will take ownership Jan. 1st, 2015 and plan to take at least 3 months to re-hab it. It needs a lot of cosmetic love and Melissa and her husband Raymond want to make it as cute as their current space. They hope to re-open no later than Mid-April and then plan to expand their hours to Wed-Sat.

Melissa currently enrolled in school to become a nail technician. So during the time that they are re-doing the new space she hopes to finish her schooling and upon graduating Melissa plans to combine the nail part and the current gift/craft business. By doing so, she will most likely be changing the business name since Mel’s Smells is very limiting.

So make sure you stock up on your favorites before they pack up! Their last day open before the move is Dec. 20th.
(Online sales and Candle of the Month orders will still be processed during this time.)

Thank you for bearing with Mel’s Smells during this transition.


PS
Make sure to follow Mel’s Smells on facebook for updates on the move and re-opening
http://www.facebook.com/MelsSmellsetc


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W.Va. Chamber Board Endorses 2015 Legislative Initiatives and Meets with New Legislative Leadership

Charleston, W.Va. – At its annual retreat last Friday, the W.Va. Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors endorsed the organization’s “bold” policy positions for the 2015 legislative session. The Board represents a cross-section of large and small businesses throughout the Mountain State. The Chamber is the largest business-advocacy organization in W.Va., and its members employ more than half of the state’s workforce.

The Board also had the opportunity to hear from three new legislative leaders, Senate President-Elect Bill Cole (R-Mercer), House Speaker-Elect Tim Armstead (R-Kanawha) and newly appointed Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael (R-Jackson).

The 2015 legislative policy positions are centered on seven issues critical to the future of West Virginia: Education, Legal Reform, Energy, Fiscal Stability, Economic Development, Health, & Human Resources (http://www.wvchamber.com).

“The Board strongly embraced our 2015 legislative program and is looking forward to working with the new legislative leadership to enact a number of reforms we believe can make a real difference in West Virginia’s future. The heart of our 2015 initiatives involve changes to the state’s out-of-date education system and significant reforms to the state’s obsolete judicial structure,” said Chamber President Steve Roberts.

Roberts continued, “If we don’t start immediately bringing our school system into the mainstream of America, our children in elementary school today will not have the qualifications for the jobs of the future. And, if we don’t bring our justice system in line with the rest of the country, we won’t have the jobs necessary to move West Virginia’s economy forward.  Changes to both education and the justice system are way overdue and must be acted upon now.”

Chief among the Chamber’s sought after improvements to the state’s education system are easy-to-understand designations of academic growth in each of the state’s 650 schools, more rigorous admissions criteria for teachers and principals, adoption of alternative certification programs such as Teach for America to fill vacant teaching positions in hard-to-fill districts, and approval of Charter School legislation.

In regard to legal reform, the Chamber has long been an advocate of critical changes to the state’s judicial system that would ensure legal fairness such as awarding of punitive damages, a fair mediation system, non-partisan election or merit selection of judges, a uniform arbitration act and a host of other comprehensive civil justice reforms.
In response to questions from board members, the three new legislative leaders agreed that education, legal reform, review of the state’s tax structure and assessment of the state’s regulatory climate are some of the state’s most pressing needs. In summary, Senate President-Elect Bill Cole commented, “If we don’t fix education, everything else is for naught.”


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Toys for Tots Campaign in Berkeley Springs

The Berkeley Springs Lions Club in cooperation with the United States Marine Corp. announces the beginning of their annual Toys 4 Tots drive. Toys 4 Tots have been serving the community for over 30 years. We are asking for your support of this program. The Lions Club has put out boxes and cans to collect donations. We are asking for new unwrapped toys in the Toys 4 Tots boxes.

New Toys Donation Box:
Autumn Acres
BB&T Bank
Cacapon Market
City Bank
Clark’s
CNB(Main office and Valley Road)
Dawson’s Ace Hardware

Cans:
Berkeley Floral
Black Cat Music
BS Trading Post
Cacapon Market
City Bank
Cottage Café
Dawson’s Ace Hardware
Fairfax Coffee House
Dollar General
Douglas Motors Edward Jones
General Dollar
Rankin Physical Fitness Reed’s Pharmacy ROC’s
Hillbilly Heaven
Hunter’s Hardware
Lighthouse Latte
Mountain Laurel Nature Niche
Plaza Barber Shop
Reed’s Pharmacy
ROC’s
Roy’s Service Station


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Rumsey Radio Hour Tickets On Sale NOW!

RUMSEY RADIO HOUR IS COMING BACK IN JANUARY - BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!!

After a too-long- interval Rumsey Radio Hour is returning to Shepherdstown with performances at the beautiful new Marinoff Theater at Shepherd University on Saturday, January 17th, with a 2:00 pm matinee and an 8:00 pm evening performance where beer and wine will be available, and Sunday, January 18th, at 2:00 pm only. Tickets are on sale now at the Shepherdstown Public Library or on line at http://www.foslwv.org/ and are only $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12. All proceeds will benefit the excellent programming at Shepherdstown Public Library.

Performed originally from 1989 to 1995, and revived in 2004, the Rumsey Radio Hour is Shepherdstown’s version of National Public Radio’s Prairie Home Companion. It features music and comedy, with a full array of old-time radio sound effects. It was last performed in November 2012.

The Pirates of the Potomac are back! The star studded local cast includes WHAG’s own Mark Kraham, nationally acclaimed story teller Adam Booth, WSHU’s own DJ Todd Cotgreave, and other famously talented artists including Todd Coyle, Clissy Funkhouser, Phil Bufithis, Don Oehser and Laura First. For awesome music, zinging political satire, hilarious comedy and tall tales galore, this is a not-to-be-missed event!
Seating is limited and these performances sell out so buy your tickets now!


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Historic Shepherdstown Offers Jim Price’s Shepherdstown Stories on DVD

On October 23, Dr. James C. Price gave a talk on Shepherdstown history as part of the Historic Shepherdstown Speakers Series. The title of the talk was “Strange As It Seems: Actual Happenings in Shepherdstown.” During the talk, Price presented a combination of some of his old Shepherdstown stories and many new ones in an entertaining hour of what one attendee called “Jim Price at his best.” The Historic Shepherdstown Commission is offering for sale a DVD of the talk at the price of $15. Most of that will defray the cost of the DVD, but Dr. Price has generously agreed that the extra $5 will serve as a fundraiser for Historic Shepherdstown.
       
Dr. Price, Historian Laureate of Shepherdstown, had a long career as a doctor of veterinary medicine. Remembering stories he had heard growing up, he entertained his wife Sallye and son Jimmy over the years with tales of old Shepherdstown.  Jimmy loved the stories and urged his father to write them down in a book. After he retired in 1996, Dr. Price wrote down historic tales of the town for the Shepherdstown Chronicle.  He wrote 159 articles from 1997 until 2004 in a series called Deja Vues. In 2012, remembering his son Jimmy’s words, he put those stories and more into a book for the 250th anniversary of the town. It was called “. . .and so I did:  Stories of Shepherdstown.”

Because many who attended Dr. Price’s talk asked for a copy of the presentation and many who could not attend inquired how they might obtain a copy, Historic Shepherdstown arranged through Ascent Video Productions for a limited release of DVD’s of the talk. During Christmas in Shepherdstown, the DVD’s may be purchased at the Historic Shepherdstown Museum on Saturdays between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., cash or check only. 

Those who desire to purchase them at other times may call or e-mail the office at 304-876-0910 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to make arrangements to pick up a copy. The office is normally open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Again, only cash or checks can be accepted.  It is also possible to send a check for $19 (includes shipping cost) to Historic Shepherdstown at PO Box 1786, Shepherdstown, WV 25443, and the DVD will be shipped.


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Maryland Symphony Orchestra to Present 27th Annual “Home for the Holidays”

Maryland Symphony Orchestra to Present 27th Annual “Home for the Holidays” Concerts on December 13 & 14; MSO To Collect Donations for Toys for Tots and Salvation Army

Hagerstown, MD-Music Director Elizabeth Schulze and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra will kick off the holiday season with its 27th annual “Home for the Holidays” concerts on Saturday, December 13 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 14 at 3 p.m. at the historic Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown.

This year’s guests will be Colleen Daly, soprano; Rob Tudor, baritone; Hagerstown Choral Arts, and the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Concert Choir. And, it wouldn’t be an MSO Christmas celebration without the popular and spirited yuletide sing-along, led by Jolly Old Saint Nick himself.

Musical highlights will include O Holy Night, Sleigh Ride, Ave Maria, Do You Hear What I Hear, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, and Glory to God.

Colleen Daly is rapidly emerging as a “dramatically powerful” (The Washington Post) singer in today’s operatic arena. Miss Daly’s most recent performances include Musetta in La Bohème with Lyric Opera Baltimore and Des Moines Metro Opera; Violetta in Opera Delaware’s production of La Traviata, which she also covered at New York City Opera; Fiordiligi in Così Fan Tutte with Intermountain Opera; Micaëla in Carmen with Baltimore Concert Opera; the Countess in Annapolis Opera’s production of Le nozze di Figaro; and, the title role of Thaïs at Opera Company Middlebury. Next she can be heard as the soprano soloist in Brahms’ Requiem with the Columbus Symphony, in Maryland Symphony Orchestra’s Home for the Holidays Concerts, as Musetta in Annapolis Opera’s production of La Bohème, and as Micaëla in Syracuse Opera’s production of La Tragédie de Carmen. She holds a bachelor’s degree from DePaul University, a Master’s degree from University of Maryland in College Park, and an Artist Diploma from AVA (Academy of Vocal Arts) in Philadelphia.

Rob Tudor enjoys a vibrant career in the genres of opera, early music, musical theatre and cabaret, and as a concert soloist throughout the United States. Among his various national concert engagements he has been featured as a guest artist in the Montana Early Music Festival for the past 7 years and also returns to Montana each summer as an artist and instructor at the Helena Choral Festival. According to The Washington Post, Tudor has a “powerful singing voice” and “notable acting skills.” He received a Doctorate in Musical Arts in Voice Performance from the University of Maryland. He serves as Director of Vocal Activities and Chair of the Department of Music at Shepherd University. Awards include an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council and Artist of the Year from Opera Theatre in Northern Virginia.

Hagerstown Choral Arts, under the direction of Gregory Shook, was founded in 1993 as an auditioned, community-based volunteer chorus dedicated to bringing the highest level of choral music to Hagerstown. HCA has made many appearances with the MSO over the years. Kyle Weary is the Director of the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Concert Choir which is comprised of over 40 vocal or musical theatre majors in grades 9 through 12. The choir has performed with Eric Whitacre for the 2009 NY premiere of his opera, Paradise Lost. They have also been invited to perform at past inaugurations of Govern Martin O’Malley.

Tickets for the concert are $25 for adults, $18 for students and $12 for children, 12 years and younger. They may be purchased online at http://www.marylandsymphony.org, in person at 30 W. Washington Street (Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.), or by calling 301-797-4000. The MSO also offers special rates for groups of 10 or more. For more information on group rates, call the MSO office.

“Home for the Holidays” is presented by Antietam Cable Television, M&T Bank, and Parkway Neuroscience & Spine Institute.

During this year’s concerts, the MSO will be partnering with the U.S. Marine’s TOYS FOR TOTS Foundation and THE SALVATION ARMY to help them meet their missions of assisting those in need throughout Washington County.

On Saturday, December 13, from Noon until the close of the concert, the MSO will be collecting new, unwrapped toys in the lobby of the theatre. Drop off your donations during the day or bring them along to the concert. Every dollar and every donated toy collected for TOYS FOR TOTS stays in the local area.

On Sunday, December 14, from Noon until the close of the concert at 5:00 p.m., the MSO will also be accepting new, unwrapped toys for the Salvation Army’s toy drive. The Salvation Army has been serving the residents of Washington County since 1903.

For those not attending the concerts, or unable to stop by the theatre during the weekend, donations will be accepted at the MSO office during the week preceding the concerts.

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra is the area’s premier professional orchestra, dedicated to providing musical performances that educate and entertain while enhancing the cultural environment of Western Maryland and the surrounding region.


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Berkeley Arts Council Announces Fifth Annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit

The Berkeley Arts Council has announced the Fifth Annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit, to be held at the Berkeley Art Works in Martinsburg, West Virginia from April 2 through May 3, 2015. Entries in the form of digital images may be submitted online now through February 23, 2015. The call for artists and the prospectus are available the Berkeley Arts Council web site at http://artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/artandearth/

The exhibit, which is produced by the Berkeley Arts Council, will have the theme “Art and Earth: My Art – My World” and entries should reflect the artist’s view of nature, the environment, or reflect an Earth Day related theme. The exhibition is open to all visual artists over the age of 18 in all media who reside anywhere in the United States. Any medium or technique is acceptable. Entries must be original works of art that have been completed within the last three (3) years, and have not been previously exhibited in The Berkeley Art Works.

The juror for this year’s exhibit is Margaret Winslow, Associate Curator for Contemporary Art at the Delaware Museum in Wilmington, Delaware.

The Berkeley Art Works is located at 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, WV. For more information email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 304-620-7277.

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.


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The Real Story… The Panhandle Christmas Variety Video Show

The Panhandle Variety Video Show is a promotion that embraces Christmas to create an opportunity for participating residents of the community to entertain and be entertained. More importantly, during this Holiday Season, it offers a moment to give & receive.

ULiveWV’s goal is to develop a community inspired website where residents within the community can gather to execute unique events and productions for the benefit of everyone. And, what better time, than Christmas, is there to bring the community together?

The Panhandle Christmas Variety Video Show will be a success only if residents choose how they’d like to Give & Receive within the community by using one of the four categories below. 

Talents – You can be an active participant in the show. Talents are the people who make the show happen. Everyone who contributes to the development of the production; singers, dancers, comedians, videographers, photographers, writers, etc… are talents.

What are the benefits of being a talent?

A) Give – You can give the gift of your own expression. Share your art with your neighbors and community so that they may be entertained. Allow others to experience a unique skill that only you can offer.
B) Receive – Get exposure for your talent. If you love what you do, then this is a great time to introduce it to others in your community. Opportunities are made, not found. Something special may come from it.

Businesses- If you have a Panhandle business, there’s no better way to increase your visibility than by supporting the residents of the community. You could expand your connection virally within Martinsburg WV, Charles Town WV, Berkeley Springs WV and other surrounding cities of the Panhandle by accessing the family & friend networks of participating talents.

What are the benefits of being a business sponsor?

A) Give – You can support talented residents with your sponsorship. Your sponsorship will not only help talents showcase their skills, everyone in the community will be gratefully entertained as a result of your generosity.
B) Receive- Attract more visibility to your business. A successful show may lead to residents sharing the video virally through social channels. Wouldn’t you like your business to get its SHARE?

Spectators- Do you enjoy watching local residents perform? Be sure to share this promotion with others and check back on Christmas Eve.

What are the benefits of being a spectator?

A) Give- Begin sharing the promotion with friends and family now, so that talents will have a grand audience for their performance.
B) Receive – Be entertained by your very own neighbors and discover the talent that we have right in our community.

Promoters – Let ULiveWV put its marketing dollars into your pocket. We will gladly pay you for any new members you attract by sharing our promotions via social media or email.

Currently, “Career Builder” talents and business members can become promoters (Subject to change at any time). These members are also considered ULiveWV partners and get paid a very generous 75% residual commission for every new member they refer. We simply give you a special coded link that allows us to track and pay you for your progress.

Here are the benefits of being a promoter, by category:

A) Talents – You can build a paying fan base by simply sharing your work with family and friends. An example social message would be: “Check me out! I’m going to be in the variety show. Help me win the $250 by joining the judges. Visit (SPECIAL LINK HERE) to learn more.”

B) Businesses- How would you like to get paid to advertise your business? When you partner with ULiveWV, you’ll earn 75% residuals for every member you refer. This means that you could eventually profit from becoming a business member. How’s that for low cost marketing? We pay you!
ULiveWV hopes to provide every resident of Martinsburg WV, Charles Town WV, Berkeley Springs WV and the surrounding cities an opportunity to benefit from all of our promotions.

Participation in the Christmas Variety Show is absolutely free. ULiveWV Members will get special “behind the scenes” information like; updates, promotion stats, income partnership & reports. Not to mention the ability to create their very own events and promotions.

We hope that you can help the Panhandle Christmas Variety Video Show become a success with your participation. Learn more about ULiveWV by visiting: http://www.ULiveWV.org


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West Virginia’s Jackpot Justice System Makes National Headlines With Undisclosed Lear Jet Deal

Press Release received from West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse.

Charleston, W.Va. - West Virginia’s Supreme Court of Appeals is once again cast in a negative light after ABC News revealed that a personal injury lawyer with a case that came before the high court was also involved in a million-dollar deal with a Supreme Court justice’s spouse. 

As the Mississippi personal injury lawyer was preparing for the Supreme Court case, he was also negotiating the $1.3 million purchase of a private Lear Jet from the spouse of the justice who would go on to hear the case and write the majority’s opinion. The personal injury lawyer also hired the son of another sitting member of the Supreme Court to help defend the $90 million jury award before the Court. In addition, this same personal injury lawyer and people close to him contributed over $35,000 in out-of-state money to the re-election campaign of the justice who would write for court’s majority’s opinion.

“The new details being reported by ABC News, which were previously never disclosed, unfortunately raise ethical concerns and reflect negatively upon West Virginia’s legal system. Plus, the legal case that was before the Court, a $90 million verdict, is an example of our jackpot justice system. Add to the mix the hiring of the son of a seated Justice as an attorney in the case, as well as $35,000 in campaign contributions from out-of-state friends and family of a lawyer in the case, and I start to wonder why some people try to say we only have a “perception problem” with our courts. It’s time for us to get serious about ensuring that every West Virginian has access to a fair and impartial court system,” said Roman Stauffer of West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (WV CALA).

“For many years millionaire personal injury attorneys have wielded tremendous access and influence over our state’s legal system, our legislative bodies, and executive branch. They have used our legal system and their influence and power to enrich themselves as many hard-working West Virginian’s struggle to feed their families and wish they could see more jobs come to our state,” concluded Stauffer.

West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse is a nonprofit citizen watchdog group with 30,000 members interested in a broad range of civil justice issues.  For more information, visit http://www.WVCALA.org.


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Chamber Believes Signs of Renewed Commitment to W.Va.’s Future Present this Thanksgiving

Charleston, W.Va. – We now know that just over two weeks ago thousands of West Virginians went to the polls and strongly indicated a desire for state government to be operated differently than in past decades. The West Virginia Chamber has long been the lead advocate for the belief that job creation is the linchpin for the future of the Mountain State. Without good-paying jobs, there is nothing to drive the train of economic growth.

The West Virginia Chamber has enjoyed meeting with the new leadership of the West Virginia Legislature. Suffice it to say, they get it! The new legislative leaders strongly agree with the Chamber’s core belief that without quality jobs, a good education for our children and an everyday commitment to bolster the image of the state, a turnaround in our situation is just not going to happen.

Since the election, I have been approached by a large number of people who have, without prompting, said to me, “Are you thinking that we in West Virginia have a future … a new outlook for all segments of our state? My answer to them is a resounding “yes.”

The Chamber and our member companies look forward to working cooperatively with all members of the WV Legislature when the 82nd Session opens on Wednesday, January 14. The upcoming 60-day session will be insightful to whether large numbers of the House and Senate are open and willing to work together for the future of our great state.  We have met with the new leadership and it appears this will be the case.

The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce is more committed than ever to finding ways to make our state irresistible to businesses that want to expand their current operations and for those that are looking for a new home. Wouldn’t it be great one day to hear other states say, “I wish we were like West Virginia?” I am more convinced than ever that day is now possible. Let’s all join with this Legislature and their new leadership to generate policies that create new jobs, develop a dynamic education system for our children that will ensure their future in West Virginia, and find innovative ways to enhance the quality of life for all West Virginians.

Thanksgiving Day is a day to be thankful for what we have.  This Thanksgiving offers the promise of a better, stronger future for all of us in our beloved West Virginia.


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Main Street Martinsburg invites you to “Doors to Christmas”

Main Street Martinsburg invites you to, “Doors to Christmas.”  Twenty-five beautifully designed Christmas wreaths adorn the antique doors.  Stop by the historic 1902 Building, (corner of Queen & Martin St) from November 28th – December 4th. Enjoy this free event, open each day from 11am-4pm.

This year, Main Street Martinsburg is delighted to announce the following local authors will be greeting you at this wonderful downtown event:

Friday, November 28th – Cheryle Lavonne - novels – Ready for Love and Living in Love
Saturday, November 29th – Roger Engle – award-winning book – Stories from a Small Town: Remembering my Childhood in Hedgesville, West Virginia
Sunday, November 30th – Roger Kirby - book – Letters to Autumn
Wednesday, December 3rd – Deborah Hammond – novel – Eye of the Storm

Books will be available for purchase and authors will be happy to personalize them for you or your special someone… great holiday gifts!

Greeters:
Monday, December 1st – Jan Angus
Tuesday , December 2nd - The Telephone Pioneers

Live Auction on December 4th 5:00pm to 7:00pm, Auction starts at 7:00pm,  Live Auction courtesy of Edwards Auction
Hors d’oeurves & Spirits…….Live Music on the Keyboard with Larry Angus

We want to Thank our wonderful sponsors for Doors to Christmas:
Sponsored by local State Farm Agents Dawn Newland, Kay Lewis, Pam Neely, Jerry Williams, and Eric Gates
Wreaths sponsored by O’Roke Apartments, LLC


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Adam Kossler At The Barbara Ingram School For The Arts

HAGERSTOWN, MD—- Born into a musical family, Adam Kossler has been playing guitar since his earliest memories of childhood. With both parents as professional musicians, he describes his household as “filled with music.” After beginning his musical studies with his father, Kossler went on to earn a Bachelor of Music at East Carolina University with Dr. Elliot Frank, a Master of Music at Appalachian State University with Dr. Douglas James, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at Florida State University with Bruce Holzman, one of America’s most revered teachers.

While professors at these esteemed schools are accustomed to teaching exceptional students, they speak of Kossler in superlatives. Holzman writes, “Adam is one of the finest players of his generation. His playing is characterized by a virtuoso technique, beautiful sound and a sincere musicality.” Dr. Elliot Frank concurs, “Adam Kossler is both a spectacularly gifted guitarist and equally gifted musician. His playing is at the same times technically brilliant and subtly refined. In my career as a teacher I have never encountered a more gifted performer.”

While still in college, Kossler began gaining national attention by winning top prizes at guitar competitions across the country, including the Columbus State University Guitar Symposium (Georgia), East Carolina Guitar Competition, MANC International Guitar Competition (North Carolina), Texas International Guitar Competition, and Appalachian GuitarFest and Competition (North Carolina).

The draw of the guitar for Kossler is its stylistic diversity­– from music of the Renaissance, Baroque and Romantic eras to Spanish flamenco and Latin music as well as new arrangements for guitar from master composers. During Dr. Kossler’s presentation at the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, he will perform a selection of works from his concert program and he will speak about guitar performance. There will be an opportunity for Q & A. The afternoon will also celebrate the release of Kossler’s debut CD, Guitar Recital. This event is an opportunity for audiences of all ages to enjoy and discuss great music at one of our city’s artistic gems, the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts.

Saturday December 6, at 2pm, at the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, at 7 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, Maryland, sponsored and presented by the John E. Marlow Guitar Series. For more information call (301) 766-8840.

Performance and discussion (approx. 50 minutes)
Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.
7 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
Free, sponsored and presented by the John E. Marlow Guitar Series
Contact: (301) 766-8840


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South Jefferson Public Library Photo Exhibition, Homeless in the Land of Liberty

SUMMIT POINT, WV - The South Jefferson Public Library is pleased to present the Photo Exhibition, Homeless in the Land of Liberty. This exhibit is the 55th in the Art in the Library series hosted by the library to highlight the talents of local artists. The exhibit will run from December 1, 2014 through January 31, 2015, and can be viewed during library hours: Monday through Thursday 10- 7, Saturdays 10-5, and Sundays 1-5. The library is closed Fridays. The library is located at 49 Church St, Summit Point, WV.

What was going to be a twenty-eight day television documentary has turned into a six year campaign for the homeless; the last segregated class in America. Over that amount of time the photos taken bare witness to the abuse, hunger, cold, arrests and even death.

It is a story that has been told many times, but it must be told again, and again and again; until we get it right. Men, women and children from all races, from all backgrounds, and from all educational levels share this nightmare.

People with jobs get dressed and cleaned up in the bathroom of a restaurant; they go to work and pretend they drove in from “home”. Children go to school after sleeping in the car or a tent with their siblings and parents. Marriages and families often fall apart.
They are a forgotten core of our society. We look away pretending to not see their sufferings. The police drive them out of town, out of sight, out of memory. But, they can’t forget; to them homelessness becomes hopelessness.

D.J. McCoy has spent almost his entire adult life standing behind one camera or another. First starting out with a stills camera as a portrait photographer. Taking time off to pass his Series 7 and Investment Adviser’s Law Exam he worked as a broker. After a period he realized he missed his cameras so he moved to Los Angeles and worked as a filmmaker. He now uses both methods as a photojournalist trying to shed light on under-reported stories.

The “Land Of Liberty” project changed his life forever after seeing the horrors of the homeless lifestyle. Beatings, lack of food and medical care and even death of that population, took a hard toll on the photographer. He now works full time as a photojournalist and only takes other assignments to help fund social issues and passion projects.

Photographer Statement
Jeff McCoy has spent almost his entire adult life standing behind one camera or another. Taking assignments in New York City and Los Angeles and reporting under covered stories across the United States has given him a range of experience.  Working for Oceangate Entertainment in Los Angeles, then moving back to stills work, has allowed him to apply multiple and unique approaches to his work.  Producing a major ad campaign or classical portrait has funded many of his social documentary works. While covering “mud and blood” stories he strives to bring the untold story to the forefront.

SPECIAL NOTICE!!! On Sunday, December 7, 2014, a reception will be held between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm at the library for the public to meet and talk with the photographer, view this compelling exhibition, and enjoy the refreshments on hand.


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New Book of Confederate POW Drawings to be discussed

The Civil War Art and Letters of Private John Jacob Omenhausser
Saturday, December 13, 2:00 p.m.
Handley Library Auditorium Winchester, VA

Author Ross Kimmel will offer a rare glimpse into the everyday life of a Civil War soldier with this talk entitled I Am Busy Drawing Pictures: The Civil War Art and Letters of Private John Jacob Omenhausser. Using beautiful, high-resolution images as well as texts of the private’s letters, many to his beloved “Annie,” this program is a window into the life and soul of an ordinary soldier caught up in a terrible conflict.

Confederate soldier John Jacob Omenhausser was imprisoned at the Union prison camp in Point Lookout, Maryland, from June 1864 to June 1865, near the end of the American Civil War. While at Point Lookout, Omenhausser documented prison life in sketchbooks with vibrant watercolors. His paintings are annotated with captions and dialog and, while intending to be humorous, often touch upon the grimmer as­pects of camp life. Because he had relatives in the North, Omenhausser may have had an easier time obtaining supplies to make his life more bearable during that year.

Books will be available for purchase.

This program is co-sponsored by the Friends of Handley Regional Library and the Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society


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December Offerings at Jala Yoga

Shepherdstown, WV—Jala Yoga, the inspiring yoga studio with locations in Shepherdstown, WV, Charles Town, WV, and Winchester, VA, has announced its December workshops and special events.  More information about all of the offerings, as well as Jala’s regularly scheduled classes, can be found at jalayogaflow.com.

On Sunday, December 7, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, instructor Whitney Ingram leads “Breathe and Be Still,” a workshop on meditation, stress reduction, and breathing techniques.  Open to all levels of practitioners, this workshop is the perfect opportunity to learn ways to reduce anxiety before the holiday season.  The cost is $25 in advance or $30 at the door.  The workshop takes place at the Shepherdstown studio, 117 West German Street.

On Sunday, December 14, from 2:00-4:00 pm, Jala Yoga owner Christa Mastrangelo Joyce teaches “Breathe New Life Into You,” at the Winchester studio, Creekside Station, 3119 Valley Avenue.  This workshop combines a short sequence of flowing poses followed by a sequence of long-held, restorative poses, along with five breathing techniques, all designed to enable students to find the necessary relaxation to pause and rejuvenate mind and body during the holiday season. The cost is $25 until December 10 and $30 after December 10.

On Sunday, December 21, in the spirit of karma yoga, Jala celebrates the Winter Solstice, from 4:00-6:30 pm, with a “Yoga Mala,” the practice of performing 108 sun saluations to welcome the return of the light. The event, open to all levels of practitioners, is a fundraiser to raise money for Jefferson County Community Ministries to adopt a family for the holidays. The event takes place at the Shepherdstown Community Club’s War Memorial Building, 102 East German Street, Shepherdstown.  A potluck meal will follow the practice.  Suggested donation is $15-25.  No pre-registration is required.

More information can be found at http://www.jalayogaflow.com or by calling at 401-440-0279.


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Special Fall Performance to be held in Hagerstown featuring Laura Morena of Brazil

Hagerstown, MD – The Hagerstown Seventh Day Adventist Church will host professional Christian recording artist Laura Morena, in a special concert on Friday, November 28, 2014 at 7pm.  The church is located at 11507 Robinwood Dr., Hagerstown, MD 21742.

Ms. Morena is currently under contract with an agency in Brazil, making her opportunities for ‘home’ concerts in the Hagerstown quite rare.  She has achieved wide recognition for her mastery of delivery and exceptionally beautiful soprano voice.  Her popularity in Brazil is widespread, with nearly 140,000 followers on Facebook.

Performing with Morena will be Sullivan Dutra on piano and Adela Dutra on Cello. The accompanists will be traveling to Hagerstown from Berrien Springs, Michigan, to lend their own polished assistance to Morena’s premier Hagerstown concert.  A free-will donation will be taken at the performance and there will be light refreshments offered at the conclusion. Call the church for more information: 301-733-4411.

The Hagerstown Seventh Day Adventist Church is a member of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).  The CVB 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 information about Hagerstown-Washington County, see http://www.marylandmemories.com


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Shepherd U’s Moore Center for Study of the Civil War Christmas Program events

The George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War, the Shepherd University Foundation, and the History Department of Shepherd University present A Civil War Christmas in Shepherdstown from Thursday, December 4th, through Saturday, December 6th. The program will mix scholarly events with children’s activities, heritage music, period food and drink, and living history in the streets of historic Shepherdstown.

The George Tyler Moore Center will be open to the public Friday, December 5th from 2 – 5 p.m. and Saturday, December 6th from 9 – 6. Costumed interpreters will offer tours that will focus on the history of the Conrad Schindler House, the history of the George Tyler Moore Center, and the work done there now. Ornaments, 19th century toys and games, and musket forms will be for sale, as well. Location - 136 W. German Street

Throughout the weekend, Shepherdstown restaurants and bars displaying the George Tyler Moore Center seasonal logo will offer special food and drink adapted from mid-19th century recipes. Enjoy the pleasures of the season as they might have been enjoyed 150 years ago.

Events
Thursday, December 4
5:30 p.m.  Lecture — “The Battle of Shepherdstown and the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.” Location­ — Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church
7:30 p.m.  Music of the Season from The Village Brass.  Location­ — Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church 8 p.m.  Lecture – The State of the War at Christmastime 1864.  Location­ — Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church

Friday, December 5
4 p.m.  Erection of Union Winter Encampment. Location­ — Lawn of McMurran Hall
7 p.m.  Lecture – West Virginia Churches and the Issue of Slavery. Location­ — St. Peter’s Lutheran Church

Saturday, December 6
11 a.m.  Shepherdstown Christmas Parade. Location­ — German Street
Noon – 4 p.m.  School of the Soldier for Children. Location­ — Union Encampment, in front of McMurran Hall
Noon – 4 p.m.  Toy and Game Demonstration. Location­ —  Little House, Shepherd University
2 p.m.  Panel – Women in Wartime. Location­ — Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies Auditorium
5 p.m.  Lecture – Arms and Ammunition of the Civil War. Location­ — George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War

If the weather should turn ugly, we will hold events indoors as possible. Changes will be announced on Facebook and on the Shepherd University website. More events are being added; to be certain you miss nothing, like us on Facebook: Shepherdstown Civil War Christmas. If you should have any questions, email me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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Christmas Martinsburg WV – 2014 Panhandle Christmas Variety Show Online

ULiveWV.org is accepting video performances from local residents, for its first online Christmas variety show. Residents who’d like to participate, can submit their video at no cost and will have the opportunity to win $250 in gifts if their Christmas related performance is chosen.

A fully produced Panhandle Christmas Variety Show will be posted online and the winner will be announced on ULiveWV.org, Christmas Day! The video performances will be judged by members of ULiveWV.org to determine a winner.

ULiveWV.org is a new community website for the Panhandle and services the surrounding cities of Martinsburg WV, Charles Town WV and Berkeley Springs WV. The site, which plans to officially launch in the spring of 2015, intends to promote the talents of local residents through the creation of unique events, productions & services. Currently in a pre-launch phase, ULiveWV.org is beginning to build its database of talented residents for the creation of events. All types of talents are needed; singers, dancers, writers, directors, graphic designers, comedians, videographers, musicians, etc… All ages and experience levels will be accepted.

“Our goal is to design a local platform that bridges the gap between events that happen within the community and on the Internet”, says Devin Dozier, UliveWV’s Program Director. “We want to use the Internet in a way that will help strengthen our community and its residents.”

The Panhandle Christmas Variety Show will be a compilation of Christmas inspired performances by the residents of Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan Counties. Participants can perform solo or in groups and can submit up to 2 minutes of video footage. Please note that video recordings should have great sound, lighting and visual clarity or it will not be included in the final production. Deadline for submission will be 12/20/2014.

The experience of watching talented local residents, in addition to our many other Christmas favorites, should be quite thrilling. With good response, we could make a tradition of being entertained by people within our own community of Martinsburg WV Christmas Day. What a wonderful way to support and build the Panhandle community.

In addition to performers, ULiveWV.org is accepting “Season Greetings” videos from local businesses and organizations who’d like to be a part of the variety show. If you have a business in the Eastern Panhandle, you can submit a video of you, your staff or family members giving a message of Seasons Greetings to viewers of the variety show. Inclusion fee for businesses is just $25.

To learn more about The Panhandle Christmas Variety Show Online, you can visit: http://www.ULiveWV.org or contact us by email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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Church at Martinsburg donates 403 turkeys to area organizations

Martinsburg, WV - On Saturday, the Church at Martinsburg donated 403 turkeys to eight organizations in Berkeley and Jefferson counties. Together with the Church at Martinsburg, these organizations will be preparing and distributing Thanksgiving meals to local families in need.

“Operation: Thanks”, an annual effort, now in its sixth year, was held on Saturday, November 22 in the parking lot of Regal Cinemas on Foxcroft Avenue in Martinsburg where the church meets each Sunday.

The Church at Martinsburg considers “Operation: Thanks” one of its biggest events of the year, in part because of the high value it places on gratitude and generosity. More than a season for gathering as a family and sharing meals, Thanksgiving has become a time of service and giving for members of the Church at Martinsburg.

Jacob Atchley, lead pastor, said, “This project was developed to participate in the mission of Jesus by giving generously and practically. This is an effort of the Church at Martinsburg to partner with locally based community organizations for the purpose of loving our city and caring for our neighbors.”

Since 2009, close to 2000 turkeys have been donated to families in the Eastern Panhandle. That’s roughly 11 tons of turkey! After turkeys are “tagged” by church members to explain who donated the turkey, they are then loaded into vehicles and distributed throughout the Eastern Panhandle. This year, several local organizations benefited from the turkeys such as CCAP Loaves and Fishes, Boys and Girls Club, Martinsburg Union Rescue Mission, and Young Lives.

Jamie Leatherman, a church staff member, shared his excitement when relating the enthusiasm of the children who participate at the Church at Martinsburg, “The kids in our ministry love serving and being involved. There’s nothing better than watching kids, from toddlers to teenagers, serving our community and living on mission with Jesus. Watching kids tag turkeys and make deliveries gives me hope for this and future generations!”

“Martinsburg is our home and the Church at Martinsburg desires to see our neighbors and our city flourish. The impact that Operation: Thanks has had over the last six years is that desire in action. This Thanksgiving, we’ll witness once again Jesus transforming our city one frozen turkey at a time,” church member Christopher Gomes said.

The church began in 2009, first meeting in a home in Berkeley County.  Since then, it has grown to over 400 in weekly attendance and now meets weekly at Regal Cinemas at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. and in 2015 the church will begin meeting at it’s new location - 50 Monroe Street in Martinsburg!

For more information about the Church at Martinsburg, visit http://www.martinsburgchurch.org


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2014 Christmas In Shepherdstown Schedule

All events and venues are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances, and new events may be added.

All events free except for those indicated with an asterisk (*), which require an entry fee/ticket.

There will be free parking in all the town’s metered spaces on Friday, November 28 and every weekday from the 13th of December through the 26th. There is always free parking at Shepherdstown’s metered spaces on weekends. Free weekend parking is also available in the Shepherd University parking lot at High and Princess streets, one block from downtown.

Welcome to Christmas in Shepherdstown! This year, each of our four weekend celebrations will highlight a special point in time in the life our town. We begin the weekend after Thanksgiving with the celebration of Christmas today in contemporary Shepherdstown. The first weekend in December will feature Christmas in Shepherdstown at the time of the Civil War. The third weekend celebration will highlight Shepherd’s Town in the late 18th Century when James Rumsey made history. The final weekend will take you back to the early years of our town, then called Mecklenburg.  We hope you join us each weekend as we celebrate Christmas in Shepherdstown through the ages.

Download the complete schedule in PDF format.

FIRST WEEKEND

“21st Century Christmas Celebration in Shepherdstown: The Oldest Town in West Virginia”

This weekend will celebrate the spirit of life in Shepherdstown today with the Grinch, Santa, face painting and more!

Friday, November 28

4:00-8:00 p.m. Chili and Cornbread Supper*. Sponsored by Kiwanis. War Memorial Building. $4-$6.

4:00-8:00 p.m. Bonfire with roasted chestnuts, hot chocolate and s ‘mores. King and German streets.

5:30 p.m. Grinch arrives with Mrs. Santa and the Whoville residents. King and German streets.

5:30-8:00 p.m. Hali Taylor Photo Exhibit and Reception. Studio 105, 105 S. Princess Street.

6:00 p.m. Mrs. Santa reads How the Grinch Stole Christmas. McMurran Hall lawn.

6:15 p.m. Lighting of Town Tree. McMurran Hall lawn.

6:30 p.m. Santa arrives. Santa and his elves entertain children. Inside McMurran Hall.

Saturday, November 29

11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Historic Shepherdstown Museum. One of Shepherdstown’s major historic icons will be open. 129 East German Street.

12:00-5:00 p.m. Roasted chestnuts*. King and German streets.

12:00-3:00 p.m. “Unity in Our Community” Celebration for Children. Santa, face painting, a magic show, hot chocolate and cookies. War Memorial Building.

12:00-4:00 p.m. Carriage rides. Pick up in front of Town Hall.

12:00-2:00 p.m. Little House. Another Shepherdstown landmark, a child-sized limestone cottage in full detail will be open. North Princess Street.

6:00, 7:00, and 8:00 p.m. Live Nativity on the lawn of Trinity Episcopal Church. Corner of German and Church Streets.

Sunday, November 30

9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Shepherdstown Farmers Market. On King Street behind Library.

12:00-4:00 p.m. Carriage rides. Pick up in front of Town Hall.

1:00-4:00 p.m. Historic Shepherdstown Museum. One of Shepherdstown’s major historic icons will be open. 129 East German Street.

2:00-4:00 p.m. Music: Annual Christmas Concert at O’Hurley’s General Store. East Washington Street.

4:30-5:30 p.m. Music: Community Hymn Sing. Presbyterian Meeting House, 100 West Washington Street. All are welcome.

SECOND WEEKEND

“A Civil War Christmas in Shepherdstown” weekend.

Presented by the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War, the Shepherd Foundation, and the History Department of Shepherd University.

A Union encampment in front of McMurran Hall and a Confederate camp in front of Trinity’s chapel across from the George Tyler Moore Center will welcome visitors and their questions anytime on Friday evening, throughout Saturday, and early Sunday morning as they strike their camps. They will discuss the everyday lives of soldiers, their equipment, their food, and other experiences.

Public history students will be on the streets, in restaurants and shops, and stationed in the Moore Center. Among the characters they will present are common soldiers from both the North and the South, a nurse, housewives and young single women, and workers of Shepherdstown. The students will actively engage with the public while staying firmly in the 19th century.

Shepherdstown restaurants and bars will offer special menus and/or drinks inspired by The George Tyler Moore Center’s Civil War Christmas. Those places with special menu offerings will have a Moore Center notice in their window.

The students are also writing scholarly papers on a wide variety of subjects which will be available for public viewing at the Moorwe Center.

Christmas ornaments, toys and games, and musket forms will be for sale at the Moore Center.

Public history students will conduct tours of the Moore Center with an emphasis on the history of the building, the history of the Center, and the Center’s past and current work.

Thursday, December 4

5:30-6:30 p.m. Lecture: “Battle of Shepherdstown,” by Kevin Pawlak. Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church.

7:30-8:00 p.m. Music: Brass quintet with Dr. Anders Henriksson. Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church.

7:30-11:00 p.m. Music: Concert at O’Hurley’s General Store. East Washington Street.

8:00-9:00 p.m. Lecture: “State of the War,” by Dr. Matthew Foulds. Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church.

Friday, December 5

2:00-5:00 p.m. George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War open to the public.

4:00 p.m. Civil War military camps set up, directed by Mike Galloway. McMurran Hall lawn.

4:30-7:30 p.m. “Christmas in Olde Shepherdstown” Dinner*. Shepherd University Dining Hall. $4-$8.50.

7:00 p.m. Lecture: “Churches and Slavery,” Dr. Matthew Foulds. St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

7:00-11:00 p.m. Rotary Charity Gala*. Shepherdstown Fire Hall. Tickets required.

Saturday, December 6

9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War open to the public.

10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Open House and Nativity Sets Display at the New Street United Methodist Church. See church Christmas decorations and a display of nativity sets shared by the members of New Street church. The nativity sets are unique. Some are handmade, some come from world travels and others are antiques. Hot drinks and cookies served.

10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Roasted chestnuts*. King and German Streets.

10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Trinity Church Christmas Fair. Annual Cookie Walk, Craft Fair, Soup and BBQ. Trinity Episcopal Church. Corner of German and Church Streets.

11:00 a.m. Annual Shepherdstown Christmas Parade. German Street.

11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Historic Shepherdstown Museum, with Santa. One of Shepherdstown’s major historic icons will be open, with Santa in residence from 12:30-5:00 p.m. 129 East German Street.

12:00-4:00 p.m. Music: Celtic Harp with Sea Raven. On the Wings of Dreams store, 139 West German Street.

12:00-4:00 p.m. Little House. Another Shepherdstown landmark, a child-sized limestone cottage in full detail will be open. North Princess Street

12:00-5:00 p.m. Children’s activities: School of the Soldier at Civil War encampments; Toy and Game demonstrations at the Little House

12:00-4:00 p.m. Carriage rides. Pick up in front of Town Hall.

1:00, 6:00, 7:00, and 8:00 p.m. Live Nativity on the lawn of Trinity Episcopal Church. Corner of German and Church Streets.

2:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: “Women in Wartime,” Byrd Auditorium, North King Street.

5:30-7:30 p.m. – Art Exhibit and Reception. The Bridge Gallery, 8566 Shepherdstown Pike.

7:30- 9:30 p.m. Music: Holiday Gala Concert*, sponsored by The Friends of Music. Frank Center for the Performing Arts on Shepherd University campus. $20.

8:00 p.m. Contra Dance and Holiday Potluck*. Potluck starts at 6:00; beginner’s workshop at 7:30. War Memorial Building. $7-$10.

9:00 p.m. Music: Opera House Holiday Party* featuring Lisa Lafferty and the Giant Souls with the Outpatients. Opera House.

Sunday, December 7

9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Shepherdstown Farmers Market. King Street behind Library.

11:00 a.m. Annual Jingle Bell Jog. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. At the Shepherd University Wellness Center. Bring new and unwrapped toys for children between the ages of kindergarten and 5th grade.

12:00-4:00 p.m. Carriage rides. Pick up in front of Town Hall.

1:00-4:00 p.m. Historic Shepherdstown Museum. One of Shepherdstown’s major historic icons will be open. 129 East German Street.

2:00-4:00 p.m. Music: Annual Christmas Sing-Along at O’Hurley’s General Store. All are invited either to sing or just to listen. East Washington Street.

3:00- 4:30 p.m. Music: Holiday Gala Concert*, sponsored by The Friends of Music.  Frank Center for the Performing Arts on Shepherd University campus. $20.
Tuesday, December 9

6:30-9:00 p.m. Shepherdstown Community Club Annual Holiday Dinner* with the Village Brass Quartet. War Memorial Building. Reservations required. Call 304-702-3026.

THIRD WEEKEND

“Celebrating James Rumsey and the late 18th Century in Shepherd’s Town”

See the replica of James Rumsey’s steamboat, take a guided tour to Rumsey Monument and visit the Tobacco Warehouse and much more.

Friday, December 12

7:30 p.m. Music: Free Holiday Concert with the Charles Washington Symphony Orchestra. Reynolds Hall.

Saturday, Dec 13

11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Historic Shepherdstown Museum. One of Shepherdstown’s major historic icons will be open. 129 East German Street

12:00-4:00 p.m. Carriage rides. Pick up in front of Town Hall.

12:00-4:00 p.m. Little House. Another Shepherdstown landmark, a child-sized limestone cottage in full detail will be open. North Princess Street.

12:00-5:00 p.m. Roasted chestnuts*. King and German streets.

1:00 p.m. Star Wars Night at The Opera House*. Photo ops, face painting, door prizes, trivia prizes plus some other Star Wars style treats and the classic movie. Benefit for Toys for Tots. 131 W German Street. $5 donation or new toy.

2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Nutcracker Ballet*, performed by The Shepherdstown School of Dance. Frank Center for the Performing Arts on Shepherd University campus. $15-$20.

2:30 p.m. Special Holiday Story Time with Ms. Lilly and Friends, sponsored by the Shepherdstown Public Library. Cookies, hot cocoa and cider served. Train Station.

3:00-4:00 p.m. Music: Harp Music. Four Seasons Book Store. 116 W German Street.

Sunday, Dec 14

9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Shepherdstown Farmers Market. King Street behind Library.

12:00-4:00 p.m. Carriage rides. Pick up in front of Town Hall.

1:00-3:00 p.m. Music: Choral Arts Society of Frederick strolling the streets.

1:00-4:00 p.m. Historic Shepherdstown Museum. One of Shepherdstown’s major historic icons will be open. 129 East German Street.

2:00 p.m. Rumsey Steamboat “Walk and Talk.” Local historian Nick Blanton will lead a walk from the Historic Shepherdstown Museum to the Rumsey Monument, along the way reviewing the history of James Rumsey’s 1787 steamboat experiments in Shepherdstown.

2:00 p.m. Nutcracker Ballet*, performed by The Shepherdstown School of Dance.  Frank Center for the Performing Arts on Shepherd University campus. $15-$20.

Tuesday, December 16

8:00 p.m. Music: Irish Christmas in America*. Reynolds Hall, 109 North King Street. $10-$25.

FOURTH WEEKEND

“Christmas in Mecklenburg” weekend

Enjoy re-enactors from the 18th Century strolling through town.

Saturday, December 20

11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Historic Shepherdstown Museum. One of Shepherdstown’s major historic icons will be open. 129 East German Street

12:00-2:00 p.m. Little House. Another Shepherdstown landmark, a child-sized limestone cottage in full detail will be open. North Princess Street.

12:00-4:00 p.m. Carriage rides. Pick up in front of Town Hall.

1:00 p.m. Music: Tuba Christmas! Reynolds Hall. 109 North King Street.

1:00-3:00 p.m. Music: Choral Arts Society of Frederick strolling the street.

Sunday, December 21

9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Shepherdstown Farmers Market. King Street behind Library.

10:00 a.m. Sunday worship service with Christmas Music Program by the Children’s Choir and Chancel Choir. New Street Methodist Church. All welcome. Fellowship Hour follows with refreshments.

12:00-12:30 p.m. Music: Winter Solstice Crystal Bowl Concert. Harmony Healing Arts, 211 New Street.

12:00-4:00 p.m. Carriage rides. Pick up in front of Town Hall.

1:00-4:00 p.m. Historic Shepherdstown Museum. One of Shepherdstown’s major historic icons will be open. 129 East German Street

Check http://www.christmasinshepherdstown.com for updates.


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2014 Holiday Events at Asbury UMC, Updated

Churches Unite For Thanksgiving Eve service – Wednesday; November 26th @ 7 PM
Join together with family and friends for an evening of worship, praise and fellowship as we offer our thanks to God for all the blessings in our lives and prepare our hearts for Thanksgiving.  Many local churches will join together on Wednesday; November 26th at 7 PM at Asbury UMC in Charles Town for this special uplifting Thanksgiving Eve Service.  Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable donation for Jefferson County Community Ministries and the worship service offering will go to JCCM as well.  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.

**** LOCATION CHANGE **** Asbury UMC 3rd Annual Gobbler Hobbler 5k – Thanksgiving Day November 27th @ 8 AM
Asbury UMC invites you to join us on Thanksgiving morning for the 3RD Annual Gobbler Hobbler. Devotions will begin at 7:50am, the 5k fun run/walk will start at 8am, and the kids’ dash will start around 9am. The event will take place on the bike path at Route 9 and Currie Rd in Ranson WV. This fun run is not a timed event.  You can register online at http://www.asburygobblerhobbler.com or register the day of the event starting at 7am. In lieu of a registration fee, we will be accepting donations for Meals on Wheels of Jefferson County.  Please call 304-725-5513 or visit http://www.myasburychurch.org for more information.

*** NEW *** Kenyan Missionary Visit – November 30th, 2014 10:00 a.m.
Asbury UMC in Charles Town will host Vicki, a missionary from the Victorious Children’s Home in Kakamega Kenya, on Sunday, November 30th at 10 a.m.  Vicki was recently introduced to the Charles Town community at the October 28th Community Dinner.  She will share details of her ministry at the children’s home that she founded in 2004 that has allowed her to save orphaned children who are ravaged by war, disease and hunger.  Vicki currently ministers to 51 children, helping them with basic needs and ensuring they receive a quality education.  Asbury invites our entire community to join us, to learn more about this most worthy mission and meet Vicki before she returns to Kenya on December 2nd.  More information on the Victorious Children’s Home can be found at http://vchhope.org.  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.

Asbury UMC Advent Unity Service and Hanging of the Greens
Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV invites our community to join us on November 30th we celebrate the first day of Advent with a special Unity Worship Service at 10:00 a.m.  Advent is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The term is an anglicized version of the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming”. Immediately following the Unity Advent service, we will prepare the sanctuary for the Advent & Christmas season with our traditional Hanging of the Green.  There will also be a time of fellowship in Williams Hall following the service as well.  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.

*** DATE CHANGE *** Advent Bible Study – It’s A Wonderful Life – Beginning December 4th, 2014
Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV invites our community to join us for our 2014 Advent Bible Study called “It’s A Wonderful Life” in which we use both scripture and insights from the famous movie to unpack biblical lessons for finding meaning and purpose to life, especially during the holidays.  This study begins on Thursday, December 4th at 7 PM.  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.

Asbury Christmas Gala – Saturday December 6th @ 6 PM
Asbury Fellowship Christmas Gala - Saturday December 6th at 6 PM - Formal Christmas Affair with catered dinner & live entertainment.  Tickets are required for this event and must be purchased in advance.  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.

Asbury Children’s Christmas Program – Sunday December 7th at 9:35 a.m.
The Asbury Children’s Shepherd Choir and the Asbury Sunday School Department proudly present the 2014 Children’s Christmas Program on Sunday December 7th at 9:35 a.m.  We would like to invite the whole community to enjoy the gift of music as our kids sing about the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  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.

Asbury UMC Christmas Cantata – December 14th @ 11 AM
Celebrate the sounds of Christmas during Asbury’s hour of music and celebration.  On December 14th at 11 am the Asbury Sanctuary Choir, children, soloists, and musicians will capture the spirit of Christmas with selections and favorite holiday music.  As a guest of Asbury, you’ll enjoy instrumental music, congregational singing, and performances by our choir.  Come prepared to celebrate the sounds of Christmas at Asbury!  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.

Asbury UMC Welcomes Sixth Dimension Community Hand Bell Choir
Asbury UMC is very excited to announce that the wonderful community Hand bell Choir “The 6th Dimension” will be performing at Asbury on Sunday, December 14th at 3:00 p.m.  They will be performing a selection of traditional Christmas favorites and help Asbury usher in the Christmas Season! The concert is open to the public and admission is free.  There will be a free will offering to help the choir offset their expenses. This is a golden opportunity to enjoy the lovely sounds of bells ringing during the joyous Christmas season!  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.

Asbury UMC Breakfast In Bethlehem – DEC 24 – 8 AM
Asbury United Methodist Church in Charles Town WV invites children and their families to this wonderful family-friendly event.  We will begin at 8 AM by serving breakfast, share in Christian fellowship and then take a journey though the Christmas Story as told by members of our church.  Please be sure to invite your friends!  This event is free; however tickets are required for this event and must be acquired in advance.  As a way to serve our community and to share in the joy of the holiday season, we are asking everyone who attends to bring a non-perishable food item for Jefferson County Community Ministries.  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.

Asbury UMC Christmas Eve Services – December 24th - 7 PM & 11 PM
Asbury United Methodist Church in Charles Town WV is pleased to announce our Christmas Eve Schedule.  We will be holding a Family Service at 7 PM and then a Traditional Candlelight Service with Communion at 11 PM.  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.

Asbury UMC Community Christmas Dinner – December 25th – 12 NOON
Asbury United Methodist Church in Charles Town WV will host the 5th annual Free Community Christmas Dinner at 12 Noon on Christmas Day.  Everyone in the community is invited to join us and spread Christmas Cheer!  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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All Jewelry, Only Jewelry! - Bling!  A Rare Shepherdstown Shopping Event

Hold on to your skivvies, Eastern Panhandle!  We’ve got an awesome new one-day only ALL JEWELRY, ONLY JEWELRY Handmade Market for you this Saturday, Nov 22nd (10am-6pm). You asked, we delivered! We’ll have the entire lower level of the War Memorial Building (102 E. German Street) full of handmade necklaces, pendants, bracelets, anklets, rings, earrings ....basically bling out the wazoo! Woo Hoo!

We’re excited to showcase jewelry from these featured local artists and designers: Haley’s Jewels, J. Levin Jewelry, d’Pholk Designs Fused Glass, Happy Kat Stained Glass, After Dinner Designs, SLY Designs, Zippy Lu Design Studio, Even Rose Love, Dena Liston Designs, Charming Finds, Mimsy Designs, Colly Wobbles Weebles, Nature’s Inspirations, and Creative Art and Soul.

Baubles and bangles and beads, Oh my!  You’ll find jewelry made from gemstones, etched stones, cabochons, crystals, geodes, crocheted wire, wrapped wire, hammered wire, silver wire, chainmaille, silver chain, vintage chain, copper chain, fair-trade beads, wood beads, round beads, long beads, vintage beads, metal beads, stone beads, lampwork beads, paper beads, beads, beads, and more beads, formed metal, cast metal, fused metal, mixed metal, hammered metal, fused glass, stained glass, dichroic glass, etched glass, recycled glass, mosaic tile, polymer clay, broken dinner plates, photographs, and a whole lot more. By the way, unique jewelry makes a great holiday gift!  Bling!

Admission is always free.  Funds raised from sellers’ booth fees go to the SCC to help maintain the historic War Memorial Building and Morgans Grove Park for the community.  We have already raised over $10,000 for the SCC in 2014! 

Please share this rare Shepherdstown shopping event with your friends!  See our Facebook page for more information and artist features:  http://Facebook.com/SCCHandmadeMarket.


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Captain Flagg’s U.S. Quartermaster City: Prospects of Peace 1864

Harpers Ferry Park invites the public to join a unique window into the magnitude and scope of Captain Flagg’s 1864 US Quartermaster city. Everything that General Philip Sheridan’s Army would need to fight in the Shenandoah Valley, was stored and moved out of the town’s former US Armory site. It is through this 1864 Yuletide event that the park continues to reflect on what the Civil War will determine; the Union of the States and eventual freedom of 4 million enslaved people.

It’s December…American troops are deployed in the field, new insurgent attacks occur almost every day. The death toll is rising and the country is thinking about the recent contentious presidential election. The Democrats wanted to regain the White House charging that the war is mismanaged, and that an exit strategy should be pursued. The Republican incumbent stated that America will finish the fight and will do so victorious. Abraham Lincoln’s second election hinged on the success of Union General Philip Sheridan’s Valley Campaign.

For many citizens and soldiers, Harpers Ferry was both a home and military post. To represent Capt. Flaggs Quartermaster city, Harpers Ferry will be depicted as a Union garrisoned town during the Christmas season of 1864. The town is under federal occupation, and the American flag that flies over this national park flew here 150 years ago. For several months, Harpers Ferry had been the staging area for Union operations in the Shenandoah Valley; successful operations that brought the inevitable end of the conflict ever closer. Troops and supplies steadily poured south from the Ferry by rail and wagon train. Over 60,000 federal soldiers and all their gear passed through into the Shenandoah Valley. Those same means of transportation brought back a steady stream of wounded soldiers, prisoners, and the dead. Buildings at Harpers Ferry that are not used to house supplies are occupied by hospitals, the Christian Commission, and the Sanitary Commission. These organizations provided charity, aid and comfort to soldiers spending another Christmas far from home.

On the home front, the Christmas spirit is tempered by concern for the safety of loved ones far from home and deployed in harm’s way. Hopes and prayers are that Santa Claus will visit every home, but that a notice of sad tidings from the battlefield will not. The spirit of Christmas , the spirit of hope, charity, the spirit of joy are muted this holiday season, overshadowed by the clouds of war, and an occupying army in the field.

Saturday, December 6, 2014 (11-6 pm Historic exhibits open.)
11am - 1pm & 2pm - 4pm. “While Visions of Sugar Plums Danced in Their Heads” Workshop. Join Carol Anderson, Historic Foodways & 19th Century Confections Expert to learn the art and mystery of the Confectioner’s Yuletide trade and treats while exploring the world of sugar work. Pre-registration required along with payment at 304-535-1523.

11-3 pm “Decking the Halls: Ornaments for the Tree” Make and take a 19th century style ornament. At the Lyceum Tent on Arsenal Square. Make real tin tinsel & tin spiral decorations and edible ornaments for your tree!

12 to 4pm “Captain Flagg’s US Quarter Master City”: A Ranger Guided Horse and Wagon Tour Experience the military and civilian workers who transformed the town into a successful war machine. Sign up & reserve your free ticket at the Soldiers Rest exhibit on Potomac Street.

1 pm “Mail Call: Packages From Home” Witness local citizens and soldiers gathering to receive their censored mail from the US Provost Marshal’s office. Begins at the Lyceum Tent on Arsenal Square.

2 pm “Caught Yesterday, French Bill, Notorious Murderer and Bushwhacker”. Follow the Provost Marshal as they deal with the crime and punishment of a well known deserter. Begins at Lyceum Tent on Arsenal Square. Guided tour including weapons firing and demonstration.

3 pm “Feeding the War Machine: Soft Bread for Sheridan’s Army” See how 5,000 loaves of bread were made and baked in brick ovens. Meet at the backyard of Soldiers Rest Potomac Street.

3-5 pm “A Grand Military and Citizen’s Ball” Join the 34th Massachusetts Officers and their wives as they host a Victorian Dance. Dance instruction provided by the Victorian Dance Ensemble to period dance music by Wheaton’s Parlor Orchestra, at the Lyceum Tent Arsenal Square.

9:30pm Last park shuttle departs the lower town for Cavalier Heights entrance station parking.

Sunday, December 7th 2014 (11-4pm Historic exhibits open)
1-2 pm “Mail Call: Packages From Home” Witness local citizens and soldiers gathering to receive their censored mail from the US Provost Marshal’s office. Begins at the Lyceum Tent Arsenal Square.

2pm “Feeding the War Machine: Soft Bread for Sheridan’s Army” See how 5,000 loaves of bread were made and baked in brick ovens. Meet at the backyard of the Soldiers Rest.

2-3 pm “Caught Yesterday, French Bill, Notorious Murderer and Bushwhacker”. Follow the Provost Marshal as they deal with the crime and punishment of a well known deserter. Begins at Lyceum Tent on Arsenal Square. Guided tour including weapons firing and demonstration.

4 pm Special exhibits close. 6:30pm Last park shuttle departs the lower town for Cavalier Heights entrance station parking.

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