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Battle of Shepherdstown Talk Set for September 6

On Tuesday, September 6, the Historic Shepherdstown Commission will present a talk by Dr. Tom Clemens, called “The Battle of Shepherdstown Ford, September 19 and 20, 1862.” The talk will take place at the Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education, located on King Street on the Shepherd University campus. The Historic Shepherdstown Commission is pleased to present this third in its 2016 series of local history speakers.
       
The event is free and open to the public. It will begin at 6:45 p.m. with Historic Shepherdstown’s brief Annual Meeting, including election of board members. The talk is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served afterwards.
       
Dr. Thomas G. Clemens is a founding member and current president of the Save Historic Antietam Foundation Inc., a non-profit historic preservation organization. The Foundation helped fund Historic Shepherdstown’s Civil War Room. He is a board member of the Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association. He is also an Antietam Battlefield Guide, and a 30+ year volunteer there.
       
Dr. Clemens received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in history from Salisbury University, and his Doctorate in History Education from George Mason University where he studied under noted Civil War historian Dr. Joseph L. Harsh. Dr. Clemens’ doctoral dissertation was on the history of the Battle of Antietam and he has been studying this campaign ever since.  After four years on the faculty at Salisbury Dr. Clemens came to Hagerstown in 1978 and spent most of his 34-year career at Hagerstown Community College teaching American History. He retired in 2012. Among his many publications on Civil War topics, he edited and annotated General Ezra A. Carman’s l,800-page narrative of the Maryland Campaign of September 1862, which has received awards from the Army Heritage Foundation. The narrative’s third and final volume will be published this year. He also published a monograph about General Joseph K. F. Mansfield published in Corps Commanders in Blue in 2014. His latest article, published in June 2016, proved the Pry house at Antietam was never McClellan’s Headquarters.

The final talk in the 2016 Speakers Series is scheduled for November 9. Local craftsman and historian Nick Blanton, one of the builders of Shepherdstown’s model of James Rumsey’s steamboat, will speak on “Setting a Steamboat in Stone: The Creation of the Rumsey Monument.” The talk will commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Rumsey Monument.
       
For further information, contact Historic Shepherdstown Administrator Teresa McLaughlin, 304-876-0910 on Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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Zumba class forming now!

Come try this high energy, FUN, Latin-based, calorie burning, and cardio workout! Party yourself into shape!

This class runs from September 19 - December 7, 2016 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 pm at War Memorial Park Bath house in the Multipurpose room. The certified Zumba instructor, for the class, is Morgan Gower.

24 classes for only $45 per person! Pre-registration is required, and there are no drop ins. The class must have a minimum of 15 registrants enrolled, so sign up with a friend, OR TWO!

To register on line click HERE

Download the form HERE

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

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Asbury UMC Worship Service to Honor 15th Anniversary of 9/11

On Sunday, September 11, 2016, the Asbury family will lift our hearts to God in praise, remembrance and hope as we commemorate the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11 with a special worship service at 10:00 a.m. 

We will begin the day at 8:00 a.m. by honoring all local firefighters, police, medical personnel, military, and their families, with a free breakfast in Asbury’s Williams Hall. 

We will also mark the fifteenth anniversary by ringing our historic church bell and pausing for a moment of silence at approximately 8:45 a.m., 9:03 a.m., 9:43 a.m. and 10 a.m. Each ring will commemorate one of the four crashes that occurred on that fateful day fifteen years ago. 

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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The Masterworks Chorale, will be holding auditions on August 19-21

The Masterworks Chorale, the Eastern Panhandle’s premiere vocal ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Rachel Carlson, will be holding auditions on August 19-21 for the Saturday, November 5, 2016 performance of the Baroque favorites Vivaldi’s Gloria and J.S. Bach’s
Magnificat.. Masterworks Chorale is particular seeking Tenors and Basses,, however, auditions are open to all voices and consist of vocal exercises and sight-reading. Singers should prepare a short piece in advance to be sung without accompaniment that shows off your voice (classical or folk song preferred.)

The Masterworks Chorale meets Monday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in the Frank Arts Center Rehearsal Hall. The 120-member vocal ensemble, comprised of Shepherd University vocal students and members from the surrounding community, presents two full-length concerts per year of great masterpieces from the choral literature. Auditions are open to everyone, and consist of vocal exercises. Singers are not required to prepare a piece in advance.

Rehearsals begin on Monday, August 22nd at 7:30 pm in the McCoy Rehearsal Hall in the Frank Arts Center. For more information or to schedule an audition, contact Dr. Rachel Carlson at (304) 876-5371 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Dr. Rachel Carlson, Director of Choral Activities at Shepherd University, is conductor of the Shepherd University Chamber Singers, Women’s Camerata, and Masterworks Chorale. In addition to conducting, she teaches choral methods and conducting classes. She founded and serves as Artistic Director of Six Degree Singers, a community choir based in Silver Spring, MD, and serves as Assistant Conductor of the Washington Master Chorale. In 2014, Dr. Carlson was nominated for a Wammie (Washington Area Music Award) for best Classical Conductor/ Director. Dr. Carlson has toured extensively with professional choirs across the country, appearing as a soprano soloist with the Washington Master Chorale, Washington Bach Consort, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Oregon Bach Festival, True Concord Voices and Orchestra, Vox Humana, and Washington Revels and as a professional choral singer with Conspirare and the Manhattan Chorale. Carlson holds Bachelor’s degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education from the University of Maryland, a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a DMA in Choral Conducting from the University of Maryland.


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Historic Landmarks Commission to Present Tour of the Summit Point Battlefield

Charles Town, WV - On Sunday, August 21, 2016 the Jefferson County Historic Landmarks Commission will present a special “152 Years Ago Today” car caravan tour of the Summit Point Battlefield.  The 1 ½ hour tour will feature seven stops, highlighting the evolution of the battle from start to finish.  The event is scheduled to start at The Railside Market parking lot in Summit Point, WV at 10am.

The Battle of Summit Point took place on August 21, 1864 between Confederate forces commanded General Jubal Early and Federal forces commanded by General Philip Sheridan.  The battle took place in and around Summit Point, WV and Charles Town, WV as part of a large ranging engagement that resulted in over 1,000 casualties. “The Battle of Summit Point is very important to understanding the broader scope of the 1864 Shenandoah Campaign” said Rob Aitcheson, preservation specialist with the Historic Landmarks Commission. “Both armies were gearing up for a decisive fight, and it very nearly altered how that campaign would ultimately take shape in late August and September 1864.”

Summit Point is one of four battlefields in Jefferson County designated by the American Battlefield Protection Program as a significant historic resource.  Many sites associated with the battle remain intact but are vulnerable to further development. “Preservation is the primary focus of the Jefferson County Historic Landmarks Commission and to do that, we have to understand the importance of the sites and landscapes by also understanding the events that took place around them” Aitcheson continued.  “We hope that by guiding people through a large part of the Summit Point battlefield that a broader appreciation for historic preservation will continue to be supported while at the same time generating interest in this very important event in our County’s history” Aitcheson added.

For more information about the tour, interested parties should contact JCHLC via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or by phone at (304) 728-3228, ext. 1105. Carpooling is encouraged.


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Red Cross Shelters 10,000+ in Louisiana; Flooding Worst Disaster Since Superstorm Sandy

Charleston, WVa — The American Red Cross is helping thousands of people in Louisiana affected by the devastating flooding there, likely the worst natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy in 2012. More than 500 disaster volunteers from all over the country are on their way to help in Louisiana. The Red Cross has also mobilized 60 disaster response vehicles, 40,000 ready-to-eat meals and more than two dozen trailer loads of shelter and kitchen supplies.

Here in West Virginia, as of today four of the area’s Red Cross volunteers are joining the massive disaster response as well as two who are serving virtually.  This is just weeks after over 850 Red Cross workers provided over 200,000 meals and snacks, provided over 2,300 overnight stays in 13 shelters and distributed over 125,000 relief items to communities throughout West Virginia. 

Preliminary reports indicate as many as 10,000 homes are damaged, forcing thousands of people from their homes. Those affected are being supported in numerous Red Cross and community shelters where they can find a safe place to stay and food to eat. Many of the Louisiana Red Cross volunteers helping their neighbors have also been affected by the flooding.

The Red Cross is also working closely with the entire response community to coordinate relief efforts and deliver help quickly and efficiently, keeping in mind the diverse needs of the community. Some of the organizations sending help to the area include Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, the NAACP, Islamic Relief USA, Church of the Brethren Children’s Disaster Services, Save the Children, AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints volunteers.

HOW TO HELP “Initial reports indicate responding to this disaster could cost more than $10 million,” said Erica Mani, Chief Executive Officer for the West Virginia Region of the American Red Cross.  “The Red Cross depends on the generosity of the public to support our work. We urgently need people to join us in supporting Louisiana by making a financial donation today, as well as to consider volunteering to help us provide relief on the ground.”

People can donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word LAFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recovery from these disasters.

BECOME A VOLUNTEER People can make a difference in someone’s life by becoming a Red Cross volunteer. To join us, visit redcross.org today to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer application.

DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APP People can download the free Red Cross Emergency App now to be ready in case of a disaster in their community. They can use the app’s “I’m Safe” button to connect with their loved ones and receive emergency alerts and shelter information. The Emergency App can be found in the app store for someone’s mobile device by searching for “American Red Cross” or by going to redcross.org/apps.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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WVCALA: Should The Legislature Or Our Courtrooms Set Public Policy?

Press release received from 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.

Charleston, W.Va. – Opponents of a recently enacted workplace freedom law appear to have found a sympathetic ear in a Kanawha County Circuit Courtroom, but when half of the states have adopted similar laws, is a legal challenge to the law more of a search for justice or an attempt to set public policy through our judicial system rather than the legislature? 

This question was posed by legal watchdog group West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (WV CALA) this week.

Circuit Judge Jennifer Walker Bailey issued a preliminary injunction against the workplace freedom law, which prevents the law from being applied pending a full hearing on the legal challenge. 

“From our point of view, mounting a court challenge to such a widely used law begs the question of whether this is judicial activism – or trying to set public policy through a courtroom rather than the legislature, which is supposed to be the forum for setting broad policies for the state. The legislature has spoken on this issue and courts across the country have upheld similar workplace freedom proposals,” said Roman Stauffer, Executive Director of WV CALA.

“Trying to set our laws through courtroom decisions is yet another example of the challenges to our legal system that generate concerns among our members,” continued Stauffer.

Governor Bob Wise appointed Judge Jennifer Walker Bailey in 2002. According to research conducted by WV CALA, more than half of the current circuit judges in West Virginia were initially appointed by a governor. 

Stauffer added, “This injunction creates uncertainty surrounding the implementation of the workplace freedom law passed by the legislature this year, and the law had already taken effect.”


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Jefferson County Hosts WV Economic Development Council Fall Conference

The Jefferson County Development Authority will be hosting the West Virginia Economic Development Council (WVEDC) Fall Conference on September 18-20, 2016 at the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. Economic developers from throughout the state, as well as many state officials, will be attending this important gathering of economic development professionals.

The conference agenda includes a federal legislative update from U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin, an education and economic development panel discussion including officials from West Virginia University, Shepherd University, American Public University, and Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, and a site selection panel with national consultants.

A link to the .pdf form with the registration information, draft agenda, and sponsorship information is available for download. For more information/registration questions, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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Visit Hagerstown-Washington County CVB Announces Winners Of #Happyinhagerstown Photo Contest

HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND –The Visit Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is pleased to announce the top three winners of its second annual #HappyInHagerstown photo contest. This year ‘s selection committee had to choose from nearly 1,000 photographs taken throughout Washington County, Maryland, by visitors and residents.

The first place winner of the 2016 #HappyInHagerstown photo contest is Scott Cantner for his photograph of a girl blowing bubbles by the lake in City Park. “This photo captures the true essence of fun and happiness at Hagerstown’s beautiful City Park,” said Dan Spedden, president of the Visit Hagerstown-Washington County CVB. “The image composition – with the Museum of Fine Arts in the background – is what makes this special to our area and a winner for us.” Cantner will receive $500 for his first place photograph.

Second place in the 2016 #HappyInHagerstown goes to Loderique Gordon for his image of a young girl pointing to a piece of artwork hanging in the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. Gordon will receive $250 for his second place photograph. Third place goes to Harry Jones for his image of a cyclist riding through a tunnel on the Western Maryland Rail Trail. He’ll receive $100 for his third place photograph. (An image of all three photos is attached).

“We asked for people to share their photos with us and the response was wonderful” said Betsy DeVore, director of marketing & digital communications for the Visit Hagerstown-Washington County CVB. “This year’s entries were taken throughout the county and showcased so many great things about Washington County. You’ll definitely see them in future CVB marketing,” DeVore said. “It was also great to see the #HappyInHagerstown hashtag used throughout social media during the contest.”

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


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The Old Opera House Theatre Company presents Guys and Dolls

Presented by The Old Opera House Theatre Company, American Public University &, WVU Medicine University Healthcare

September 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 2016

Frank Loesser’s celebrated musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway!

Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, Guys And Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy.
Gambler Nathan Detroit tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend, nightclub performer Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for 14 years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler Sky Masterson for the dough, but Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary Sarah Brown. Guys And Dolls takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafés of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong.

Book by Abe Burrows & Jo Swerling
Music & Lyrics by Frank Loess

Call the OOH Box-office at (304) 725-4420 or purchase your tickets online at http://www.oldoperathouse.org.


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“Heavy Metal” Exhibit Accepted Artists Announced

The Berkeley Arts Council announces the accepted artists for “Heavy Metal”, a national juried exhibit of railroad art. The juror was Michael Doig of Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia. The exhibit will be on display in the Berkeley Art Works in Martinsburg, WV. The exhibit presents a wide wide range of media and techniques that celebrates the diverse rail heritage in the United States.

In his juror’s statement, Michael wrote “As I look at each piece of Artwork, I imagine the work that went into it, I think about the training that it took to create the piece, and as an artist myself, I think about the obstacles that occur in our lives that compete for our attention. Each piece of Artwork is, in many ways, miraculous. Each artist has beaten the odds in making their work. And my task is to callously decide which piece is best.” He selected 37 works out of 91 submitted. 37 artists from 15 states will be represented in the exhibit. A full list if the accepted artists is at http://artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/hmetal/.

The exhibit will be on display from August 31 through October 1. There will be a reception and awards presentation Friday, September 9 from 5-7pm. The reception is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Wed-Thu 11-5, Fri 11-8, and Sat 11-4.


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Gary Bergel to Present “Eye of the Photographer” at the Berkeley Art Works

On Friday, August 19, Artist and Photographer Gary Bergel will present a gallery talk, “Eye of the Photographer”, at a reception for the Boys and Girls Club Photography Exhibit at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. The reception is 4-6pm and at 5pm, Gary will discuss images in the Boys and Girls Club exhibit as well as his own work, “Square Seasons”, on display in the Back Space gallery.

The event is free and open to the public.

The Boys and Girls Club and “Square Seasons” exhibits will be on display through August 27 at the Berkeley Art Works. Gallery hours are Wed-Thu 11-5, Fri 11-8, and Sat 11-4.

Photo: Image from "Square Seasons" Exhibit by Gary Bergel
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Deadline approaching for Fourth Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Art Exhibit

The August 24 deadline is less than three weeks away for submitting entries for the Fourth Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Art Exhibit, to be displayed at the Berkeley Art Works in Martinsburg, October 5 through November 5.

The exhibit is open to artists in all media who reside in one of the eight counties that compose what is known as the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Those counties are Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan, Hampshire, Hardy, Grant, Mineral, and Pendleton.

Entries are now open until August 24, 2016. Details, full prospectus, and online entry is http://artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/ewvexhibit/.


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Berkeley Arts Council Presents Boys and Girls Club Photography

For the third year, the Berkeley Arts Council will present the best of the Boys and Girls Club annual photography competition. The exhibit will be displayed from August 17 through August 27 at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg.

There will be a reception on Friday, August 19 from 4-6pm at the gallery. Also featured at 5pm during the reception will be a gallery talk by photographer and artist Gary Bergel entitled “The Eye of the Photographer”. Bergel will discuss images in the Boys and Girls Club exhibit as well as his own work,”Square Seasons”, which is on display in the Back Space gallery.

The Boys and Girls Club and “Square Seasons” exhibits will be on display through August 27 at the Berkeley Art Works. Gallery hours are Wed-Thu 11-5, Fri 11-8, and Sat 11-4.

The reception and gallery talk are free and open to the public.

Photo: Selection of Images from This Year's Boys and Girls Club Competition.​
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Visit Hagerstown-Washington County CVB Launches Mobile App

HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND –The Visit Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is pleased to announce the launch of its new Visit Hagerstown & Washington County mobile app. Visitors to Washington County can now find lodging, look up information about attractions, find out what events are happening and more, thanks to the mobile app, which launched today. It even includes a virtual version of the CVB’s annual printed Visitor Guide.

“We believe this comprehensive mobile guide will improve the Washington County experience for our visitors as well as residents,” said Dan Spedden, president of the Visit Hagerstown-Washington County CVB. “Today’s traveler exists in a very virtual environment and having a mobile app allows us to connect with our visitors before, during, and even after their visit. CVB members will receive additional exposure from this in-market resource.”

The CVB partnered with Brad Turner, owner of Hub City Mobile, LLC, who created the app. It is a free download available via Apple’s App Store and Google Play by searching Visit Hagerstown. The firm is developing online meal ordering through the app as a special feature.

“We are thrilled to be able to make this tech-savvy tool available to our visitors.” said Betsy DeVore, director of marketing & digital communications for the Visit Hagerstown-Washington County CVB. “With the information it provides about events in the area, it’s even helpful for residents of Hagerstown and Washington County.”

Of special note: The Visit Hagerstown app also has a way for people to submit their photos to the CVB’s ongoing #HappyInHagerstown photo contest, which continues through this Sunday, August 7. Participants can download the app and click on the menu button, then proceed to the Happy in Hagerstown page to fill out the form and upload their entry.

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


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WHS Girls Soccer Meat Raffle Fundraiser

The Washington High School Girls’ Soccer Boosters are raffling off some meat!

Tickets are $5.00 each and winners will receive gift certificates for any meats of their choice, furnished by D&D Meats of Inwood. First prize wins $500 in meat, second prize win $300 in meat, and third prize wins $200 in meat.

Winners will be drawn during halftime of the girl’s varsity match versus Winfield on Saturday, August 27th. Winners need not be present to win.

Please see the parent of any Washington High School soccer player OR contact the boosters at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to purchase your tickets!


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Thursday Night Heritage Music Jam Sessions at O’Hurley’s General Store in Shepherdstown, WV

A reminder to long-term residents and a note to newcomers and visitors: Every Thursday evening, from about 7 to 9:30 pm or so, heritage music jam sessions are held at O’Hurley’s General Store, 205 E Washington Street, in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

Free and open to the public, Thursday music at O’Hurley’s continues the local tradition of people gathering informally to play and sing traditional folk and dance music for fun! Store owner Jay Hurley, a spirited hammer dulcimer musician, welcomes all to have fun and to make themselves at home. 

There are a few rules for musicians:

  • Play acoustic instruments only.
  • Please leave your instrument case in your car or the adjacent room.
  • Sit in one of the brown folding chairs in the central circle if you want to play.
  • You get to pick a tune once around the circle. It can be a solo, or you can lead the group. Or you may request that someone else play a tune.
  • You may play only tunes that are public domain, unregistered, or for which the Store has written permission from the composer. If you need help picking a tune when it is your turn to choose, ask to look at Jay’s Master List of tunes that are safe to play. You may do an original composition of yours. You may also introduce a new tune if you have a copy of it for Jay’s records along with its provenance verifying public domain.

There is one simple rule for members of the audience: no talking when the musicians are playing. Break this rule once and you risk being publicly shamed.  Break it twice and the risk of bodily harm goes up exponentially; you will not have an opportunity for a third rule-violation. 

During the holiday season, it’s best to arrive early to secure a comfy seat in one of Jay’s handmade rockers (shown above).

Please, no coolers, alcohol, firearms, screaming babies, dogs, cats, etc.


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Jefferson County Community Choir is Open for Singers

The Jefferson County Community Choir is open for singers and will start rehearsals on Sept. 6, from 7pm-9pm, at St. James Catholic Church in Charles Town in their Social Hall. Rehearsals run Tuesdays from 7-9pm until Nov. 8.

The first half hour, on Sept. 6,  will be refreshments, meet and greet, sign in time, paying $20 dues, and getting choir books. There is no audition. We could really use more men and first sopranos. Our concert date will be in Nov. around Veteran’s Day. Those details will be announced later.
Our music is patriotic/folk/big band songs.

If you love to sing—-come join us and have some fun.


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Allegheny Ramblers Bring Bluegrass to Berkeley Springs

BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV - The Allegheny Ramblers from Glenville, Gilmer County, bring Bluegrass and old time Appalachian music to Berkeley Springs State Park Saturday. The four-piece string band includes Morgan County native Robbie Mann in a return appearance to his hometown.  It is part of the Morgan Arts Council’s Summer Concerts in the Park series.

Fiddler Mann’s bandmates include a bass player simply known as “Burt,” Travis Holliday on guitar, and Ryan Spangenberg on mandolin. The band travels throughout the region playing traditional folk music, Bluegrass, country, and more.

“We all have eclectic tastes, and like different kinds of music,” said Mann in a telephone interview. “We found common ground in the older styles. We started playing for fun, and became a regional act. We play up toward Lake Erie, over around the Chesapeake Bay and Washington area, in West Virginia and southward.”

They came up with the name because the Allegheny region is an area they frequently travel, and rambling best describes the manner in which they usually go about those travels. Their collective musical influences include the Louvin Brothers, Jerry Reed, The Country Gentlemen, and Jim & Jesse and the Virginia Boys to name a few. Man was also influenced by local favorites Joe Herrmann and John Devine.

Mann said he and his bandmates like early country, old time traditional music, early rock and roll, jazz, and big band. He said they gravitate toward anything of older Americana music from the early 1970s or older.

They’ve had two CDs so far. One was just released in February and is available in CD form or for download and streaming.

Mann has been playing fiddle since he was about five or six years old. He said he heard a lot of old time and traditional Appalachian music growing up in Morgan County. .

“Mom and dad proposed the idea I take lessons,, he said, “They asked me if I had a choice in violin and piano, what would I want?  By six, I had a fiddle in my hand.”

And, he said, “The fiddle was an instrument of choice among the settlers, partly because it was portable. They had a hard life trying to win independence and settle the land. They used the fiddle music as a way of getting by.”

Mann trained classically with teachers around the area for seven years. He played the Morgan County Fair and on the sidewalk for the farmer’s market. He trained with Joe Herrmann of Critton Hollow String Band.

His grandmother Lynn Zacker was a professional singer and pianist. She toured all over the world. Maybe he got his musical talent from her.

He went to Glenville State College in 2011 and studied under Buddy Griffin.  He was part of the Glenville State College Bluegrass Band. He graduated in 2015, but before he did, he began making the friends with whom he would start Allegheny Ramblers.

Allegheny Ramblers have begun writing their own music, too. They’ve been writing for about a year and a half, Mann said. They plan to debut a few new tunes this Saturday. More information on their CDs, and bookings, can be found on Facebook and ReverbNation webpages. 

All concerts are free and start at 5:30 p.m.  The Ice House, corner of Independence and Mercer, two blocks north of the park, serves as the rain location. Sponsors for the series are Atasia Spa, the Best Western Berkeley Springs Inn, Community Garden Market, Heath Studio Gallery and Lot 12 Public House, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts, West Virginia Commission on the Arts and local hotel-motel tax revenues. 

The 30-year-old free concert series continues Saturdays through August 20.  For detailed information on the concert series and participating performers, visit http://www.macicehouse.org or call 258-2300.


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Shenandoah Community Health Celebrates 40 Years: Public Invited to Open House

Martinsburg – Founded in 1976, Shenandoah Community Health (SCH) is celebrating its 40th anniversary.  An Open House will be held on Thursday, August 11th, from 4:00 pm-6:00 pm at Shenandoah Community Health Center, 99 Tavern Road in Martinsburg.

The event will begin at 4pm with refreshments, music, face-painting, gifts, and information about SCH services.  Speakers and presentations will begin at 5:15pm.  Attendees will be welcomed to participate in a flag and time capsule dedication.  Brief addresses are expected from spokespersons of Senator Capito’s and Senator Manchin’s office.

The event corresponds with National Health Center Week which is August 7 – 13.  According to David Fant, CEO of Shenandoah Community Health, “The theme, this year, is ‘Health Centers: Innovators in Community Health’.  This is very timely as innovation is about change and response; for 40 years SCH has aspired to offer care that is responsive to the needs of the community.  In 1976, SCH served just a few hundred patients.  Today, more than 33,000 patients receive health care services from SCH.” 

All are welcome to attend the event and an RSVP is not required.  For more information about the Open House, please contact Laura at 304.263.4999, X1370 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  For information about SCH services and locations, visit http://www.ShenCommHealth.com.


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Terror on the Conococheague Schedule - July 30 & 31

MERCERSBURG, PA – On July 30 and 31, 10am-5pm, visitors to the Conococheague Institute, 12995 Bain Road, Mercersburg, PA can learn about and experience a re-enactment of the true story of actions surrounding the 1756 attack on Ft. McCord and the abduction of Jean Lowry and her children. Each day at 1:00 p.m. there will be a talk followed by the re-enactment at 3:00 p.m.

The historic buildings, library and historic tavern re-creation will be open to the public. Throughout the day there will be living history, colonial children’s games by Millers Early American Games and the Alpine Eatery food truck. The gift shop, featuring books and heirloom vegetable and herb seeds, will also be open.

Cost is $5.00 per person, 16 and under free.

Saturday:     
10:00 am - Welcome
1:00 pm - Lecture: The Lowrys, A Colonial Family by Tad Miller
2:30 pm - Safety Inspection in respective camps
2:30 pm - Recognition of the Lowry Family decedents
3:00 pm - Reenactment of the attack on Fort McCord & the Battle of Sidleing Hill
5:00 pm - Farewell

Sunday:       
10:00 am - Welcome
10:30 am - 18th Century Prayer Service
11:30 am – Lecture: Observations Regarding the Black Boys Uprising 1765 by Clark Summers
1:00 pm - Lecture: Forsaking Their Plantations by Melanie Desmond
3:00 pm - Reenactment of the attack on Fort McCord & the Battle of Sideling Hill
5:00 pm - Farewell

The Conococheague Institute serves as a regional center for developing and fostering awareness, understanding and stewardship of the cultural and natural history of the Appalachian frontier of Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. We strive to achieve our mission through education, research and preservation.

Local people pronounce the Native American word “Conococheague”: CONICA (rhymes with “Monica”) JIG (like the Irish dance). In 1822, Conococheague was defined as meaning, “long indeed, very long indeed.”

We are headquartered within Rock Hill Farm, a well-preserved historic farmstead that was established in the early 18th century in southern Franklin County, Pennsylvania, near the village of Welsh Run. Our 30-acre site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and includes two historic house museums with outbuildings, a research library, two relocated historic log structures, a replica Eastern Woodland Indian village, walking trails with access to a pioneer cemetery, and several historic gardens.


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National Youth Advocate Program Adds Full-time Foster Parent Recruiter

The National Youth Advocate Program recently added a full-time foster parent recruiter to their team, in order to meet the ever-increasing need for qualified foster families in the Eastern panhandle of West Virginia. 

Data from a July 15th, 2015 report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, shows that at the end of fiscal year 2014, 415,129 children were living in foster care in the U.S., and that 264,746 entered foster care in that year alone.  (The full report can be found at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/cb/afcarsreport22.pdf)

The search for qualified foster parents in West Virginia is particularly urgent.  Statistics from a different 2015 Department of Health and Human Resources report indicate that children are entering care in WV at a rate of 8.5% per 1,000 children in the population, which is 5.3% above the National average of 3.2%. 

Renee Ellenberger, Executive Director of NYAP says: “Youth often enter the foster care system due to abuse or neglect.  There just simply aren’t enough foster homes to meet the demand, and the risk is great that we will simply run out of homes for the kids that need them most.”

“Youth often enter the foster care system due to abuse or neglect.  There just simply aren’t enough foster homes to meet the demand, and the risk is great that we will simply run out of homes for the kids that need them most.”

Allison Burnell, NYAP’s new Marketing Coordinator/Foster Parent Recruiter stated: “I’m excited to have the opportunity to join NYAP. It’s such a worthwhile organization, with a wonderful reputation doing such important work.  The need is so great, and I feel very passionately about NYAP’s ability to be able to provide enough stable homes to those children in our area that need them.”

The choice to foster a child, youth or sibling group is an important decision in the life of a foster parent, and especially the child or children in their care.  Says Renee Ellenberger,

“We provide our foster parents with all of the support and resources that they need in order to be successful.  From our training classes to 24 hour, 7 day a week support, everything we do is focused on helping our foster parents be successful,  and can provide the stability, love and support that foster children need.  Our primary goal is to find a good, loving home for the child or children in need.”

In addition to training classes and 24/7 support, foster parents also receive a competitive per diem pay, based upon the needs of the child or youth they are fostering.

The National Youth Advocate program has 26 offices serving 7 states.  NYAP’s West Virginia offices are located in Fairmont, Parkersburg, Wheeling and Martinsburg. Individuals interested in becoming a foster parent can find additional information at http://www.nyap.org, or by calling 304-366-5832 for an information packet.

NYAP - Martinsburg

1314 Edwin Miller Blvd.
Suite 212
Martinsburg, WV 25404

(304) 596-2390 - Phone
(800) 747-0770 - Toll Free
(304) 596-2392 - Fax

About NYAP:
The National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP) is a not-for-profit 501(3)c organization that has provided cost effective, community based services and support to children, youth and families since 1978. NYAP is committed to supporting and protecting youth and families and to strengthening the communities it serves. NYAP provides opportunities and resources to youth and families through innovative programs and services and strongly support and offer guidance to its dedicated foster parents.  Based in Columbus, Ohio, the National Youth Advocate Program provides services to Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, Georgia, Illinois, South Carolina and Florida.


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Berkeley Arts Council Announces September Classes

The Berkeley Arts Council will offer two new classes in September at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg.

“Beginning Watercolor Painting” is for those with little or no experience in painting with watercolors, but who want to learn starting with the most essential basics and developing skills leading to accomplishing good watercolor painting techniques. The class class takes all the mystery and fear out of the process and shows the student of any level of expertise how to be successful in this beautiful process. The four week class will meet Fridays 1 - 4 pm; September 16, 23, 30, and October 8. Tuition is $90 and pre-registration is required.

In “Painting Beautiful Water and Seascapes in Any Medium”, participants will learn to paint various types of water scenes including reflective ponds and lakes, rushing streams, gentle seaside coasts and crashing waves! The four week class will meet Thursdays 1 - 4 pm, September 15, 22, 29, and October 6. Tuition is $90 and pre-registration is required.

For details and online registration visit http://artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/instruction/.

Photo: Judith Becker teaching at the Berkeley Art Works
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CVB & Hagerstown Suns Unveil 2016 Bobble Head, Monday, Aug. 1

HAGERSTOWN, MD – The media and public are invited to the unveiling of Visit Hagerstown-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (CVB) Official Hagerstown Suns 2016 bobble head. Please NOTE: The unveiling event will take place on Monday, August 1, 1:30 PM at the Visitor Welcome Center located at 6 North Potomac Street in Hagerstown. Suns representatives, including Wooley Bee, will be on hand to participate in the unveiling. Free tickets to the game on August 13th will also be given away.

The CVB partners annually with the Hagerstown Suns in this promotion, and it is traditionally of a figure who is well known, either historically, or living, and has impacted Washington County in a significant way.

Visit Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau will present the bobble heads to the first 1,000 fans arriving at the Hagerstown Suns’ 7:05 p.m. game against the Ashville Tourists on Saturday, August 13, 2016.  Gates will open at Municipal Stadium at 6:05 p.m., and the Suns advise fans to arrive early, as the supply of bobble heads is not expected to last long.

“Visit Hagerstown is very proud to be the sponsor of this bobble head giveaway. This is our 11th in a series of bobble heads that depict people who have made a significant impact on Washington County,” CVB President Dan Spedden said.

“This project is normally several months in the making,” according to Hagerstown Suns General Manager, Travis Painter. “We’ve been working very hard with the CVB to make this bobble head ready for the August 13th home game.”

About the Hagerstown Suns:

The Hagerstown Suns play at Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown, MD and are a Class “A” affiliate of the Washington Nationals. Visit the Suns on the web at http://www.hagerstownsuns.com.

About Visit Hagerstown:

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


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Maryland Symphony Orchestra Announces Schedule For 35th Anniversary Season

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - July 24, 2016 - Music Director Elizabeth Schulze and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra have unveiled their 2016-2017 season. Fourteen concerts will be presented at the historic Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown. The symphony celebrates its 35th anniversary with an array of extraordinary guest artists and concert experiences.

The season features Masterworks concerts paying tribute to the core classical repertoire, music from Grammy Award winning composer Chris Brubeck, a powerful, high definition musical journey through the universe accompanying a performance of Holst’s The Planets, a tribute to the legends of country music, familiar music from the Eagles multi-platinum album Hotel California, and a musical celebration of Christmas that has become one of the area’s favorite holiday traditions. The 2016-2017 Maryland Symphony Orchestra season was specifically programmed to accompany and build excitement for the unveiling of the orchestra’s vibrant new logo and rebranding campaign that was unveiled to the public on July 2 at the annual Salute to Independence concert at Antietam National Battlefield.

The 35th Anniversary Season gets underway on Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18 when the Maryland Symphony Orchestra presents the first of the season’s Masterworks concerts with a special event called “Classics and Crabs,” a celebration of all things Maryland. From Maryland crabs to Maryland microbrews to the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, this special event includes a pre-concert beer festival in the Maryland Theatre courtyard, courtesy of Flying Dog Brewery; a special Masterworks concert featuring the eclectic mix of classical crossover superstars Time for Three, and a work written especially for the them by Grammy Award winning composer and jazz musician Chris Brubeck. The orchestra will also perform Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E minor. The evening concludes with a post-concert street festival and crab feed under the stars on South Potomac Street. The Sunday, September 18 concert does not include pre or post-concert activities.

The season continues on Saturday, October 15 with “Country Legends.” Nashville performers Rachel Potter (The X Factor) and Patrick Thomas (The Voice) guest star in a tribute to the greatest performers in country music. With selections from famed singers and songwriters like Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Faith Hill and Tennessee Ford, this show will leave your boots knocking, your heart pumping, and your country soul content. Classics such as “Crazy,” “Jolene,” “On the Road Again,” “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” & “Ring of Fire” will be performed.

On Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13 international concert violinist Rachel Barton Pine will be performing as a soloist in Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No 1. Heralded as a leading interpreter of the great classical masterworks, Pine thrills audiences with her dazzling technique, lustrous tone and emotional honesty. With an infectious joy in music-making and a passion for connecting historical research to performance, Pine transforms audiences’ experiences of classical music. She has been hailed by the Washington Post as having “power and confidence that puts her in the top echelon.” The orchestra will also be performing Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra.

The region’s most popular Christmas concerts, “Home for the Holidays,” will be held on Saturday December 17 and Sunday, December 18. This longtime holiday crowd-pleaser has become a tradition for many families throughout the four-state region. The orchestra is incredibly excited to welcome Tony Award nominee Christiane Noll to perform as the featured guest vocalist. Noll was nominated for “Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical” for her role in Ragtime on Broadway. She has also appeared in Broadway shows like Jekyll & Hyde, It Ain’t Nothing But the Blues, and off-Broadway in Call the Children Home, A Fine & Private Place, and Frankenstein. Noll will be joined by local choirs to offer a delightful mix of carols, seasonal favorites, and the popular sing-a-long with Father Christmas himself, Santa Claus.

The Masterworks concerts continue on February 11 and February 12 with “Romantic Rachmaninoff”, featuring pianist Andrew Staupe performing as a soloist on Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Having performed to high praise in concert halls around the country, Staupe brings his powerful and passionate performance style to the Maryland Theatre for a weekend of romantic music to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The orchestra will also perform Griffes’s Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan andStrauss’s Don Juan.

Prepare yourself to explore the mysteries of the solar system on Saturday, March 18 and Sunday, March 19 as the Maryland Symphony Orchestra presents a full-sensory experience featuring NASA HD video footage to accompany Holst’s’ out-of-this-world The Planets. This will be a musical journey through the cosmos you certainly don’t want to miss. This concert will feature special guests and astronomers from the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. The orchestra will complete this cosmic themed, musical experience with performances of Howe’s The Stars and Brouwer’s Pluto.

Groundbreaking sounds of classic rock will fill the Maryland Theatre on Saturday, April 8 with a “Tribute to the Eagles;” saluting one of the world’s most successful and widely loved rock bands of the 1970’s. Joined by rock band Jeans ‘n Classics, Elizabeth Schulze conducts the Maryland Symphony Orchestra as they capture the Eagles’ impeccable riffs and timeless vocal harmonies in all the classics, including “Hotel California,” “Desperado,” “New Kid in Town,” and “The Boys Of Summer.” Get ready to “Take It Easy,” and relive some of the greatest songs of the ‘70s.

The 35th season comes to a close with “A Fifth of Beethoven” on Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14. This final weekend is coupled with “Prelude to Preakness,” a special event themed around the Annual Running of the Preakness. On Saturday, concertgoers can experience the trifecta with a wine and cheese tasting festival featuring Antietam Highlands and other local wineries; a MSO Masterworks concert featuring pianist Yulia Gorenman performing Beethoven’s familiar Piano Concerto No. 5; and a special post-concert event with food and beverages on South Potomac Street. The orchestra will also perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. The Sunday, May 14 concert does not include pre or post-concert activities.

Single tickets and subscriptions are on sale now for ALL concerts. Single tickets may be purchased online at http://www.marylandsymphony.org, by phone at (301) 797-4000 x101, or in person at the orchestra’s administrative offices located at 30 West Washington Street in downtown Hagerstown. Tickets for children and students to all Masterworks concerts are FREE and can be reserved in advance by calling the box office.

Patrons looking to save money on their ticket purchase should consider our “Create Your Own” subscription package. With the purchase of just three (3) or more concerts, a 15% discount will be applied to the entire ticket order. Flexibility is given to mix and match any of our Masterworks, Popular Works, or Holiday concerts. Additional subscriber benefits include discounted service fees all season long, complimentary tickets for friends and family, priority seating, and more.

All performances are held at the historic Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown. Masterworks concerts typically begin at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Due to the special events scheduled during this upcoming season, some performance times may vary. All popular works concerts begin at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday and are one night only. The “Home for the Holidays” concert begins at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. Artists and programs are subject to change without notice.

Music Director Elizabeth Schulze provides insights into the music, musicians, and composers during “Prelude,” which is held one hour prior to every Masterworks performance. Guest artists are also scheduled to participate. The 30 minute talk is free to all ticket holders.

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra is supported in part by a grant from the Maryland States Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.

Founded in 1982, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 35th season as the area’s premier professional orchestra. Under the musical direction of Maestra Elizabeth Schulze, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra is 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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Happy Retreat Craft Beer And Music Festival Announces Musical Lineup

Jefferson County West Virginia’s first ever beer and music festival will feature 4 regional touring bands as well as 20 brewers with over 40 different beers to sample.

On Saturday, September 10, 2016, Charles Town will host Jefferson County West Virginia’s first ever beer and music festival.  The festival will be hosted on the grounds of Happy Retreat, the historic home of Charles Washington, brother of George Washington and the town’s founder.  Happy Retreat was recently announced as West Virginia’s first National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The event will run from 11 AM to 6 PM and feature 4 regional touring bands, The Hillbilly Gypsies, The Woodshedders, Dale and The ZDubs and The Woo Yeahs.  In addition to the great music, the festival will feature 20 regional and national brewers who will have over 40 different varieties of craft beer to sample throughout the day.  The event will also feature local food vendors and will offer tours of the historic house.  Tickets are available online for $20, which includes a commemorative beer sampling glass and 3 beer sample tickets.  Additional sample tickets can be purchased at the event.  Non-drinking tickets are $15, which will allow visitors to enjoy the music and food.

All proceeds from the event will go to Friends of Happy Retreat which is a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to restore historic Happy Retreat to serve as a vibrant center of cultural life and community gatherings.  “This is a great location for a beer festival; we are within a one hour drive from most of the DC and Baltimore metro areas which have witnessed a huge increase in craft breweries over the past 5 years” said Josh Vance, owner of Front Porch Brewing Co who is helping to coordinate the event.  “An event like this is long overdue for this part of the state and we think that it will have a little bit of something for everybody.”

Tickets for the event can be purchased online at https://www.missiontix.com/events/product/34488/happy-retreat-craft-beer-and-music-festival and full information on the event can be found at the Happy Retreat Facebook page or at http://www.happyretreat.org

Happy Retreat is the historic home of Charles Washington, brother of George Washington and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Friends of Happy Retreat is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to restoring and preserving the property of Happy Retreat


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Open Jury Call for Artists: Berkeley Art Works

The Berkeley Arts Council seeks submissions from artists and artisans for an open jury call for the Berkeley Art Works co-op group.

The Berkeley Art Works is located at 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, WV and is a project of the Berkeley Arts Council. The co-op space in the gallery currently has one open space each for a two-dimensional artist and a three-dimensional artist.

At this time we are not jurying photography or jewelry.

Participating artists and artisans must be or become members of the Berkeley Arts Council, pay a monthly fee for display space and a 20% commission on sales, and agree to sit in the gallery 1-2 days per month.

Details and forms are available at http://artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/artists.php.

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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U.S. Cellular Provides Etiquette Advice in July for National Cellphone Courtesy Month

With wireless devices more prevalent than ever, National Cellphone Courtesy Month provides an opportunity for smartphone users to reevaluate their “mobile manners” and ensure they’re aware of common etiquette tips. A recent U.S. Cellular survey1 reveals the very people who get upset with others’ cellphone etiquette breaches may be just as guilty of the same offenses they are most annoyed by. These findings serve as a reminder to all users to be mindful of their own cellphone etiquette.

“At U.S. Cellular we believe mobile devices operating on a high-quality 4G LTE network with nationwide coverage can improve quality of life and simplify tasks like traveling, shopping and staying up to date on the latest news,” says Nathan Waddell, DOS for U.S. Cellular in the Mid-South. “When cellphone etiquette is kept top of mind, people can make sure that their device use enhances the time spent with family and friends, as opposed to taking away from it.”

To help facilitate cellphone use that supports better connections, U.S. Cellular has developed a few easy tips for practicing good “mobile manners” in order to not annoy others: 

Respond in a Timely Manner: No one likes waiting too long for a response to a text, so it’s best to glance at your text message inbox pretty regularly. In fact, 94 percent of smartphone users prefer a response within an hour, so it’s considerate to respond to any text messages in a timely manner.

Put the Phone Away While Walking: According to the U.S. Cellular survey, 57 percent of smartphone users are annoyed by people who focus on their phone rather than what is in front of them. Considering that 23 percent of survey respondents admit they have personally walked into someone or something while they were on their phone, it may be a good idea to put the phone away and focus on where you are going.

Enjoy the Company In Front of You: As annoying as it can be to see someone glued to their phone when they are on the move, 57 percent are annoyed when people seem focused on checking their phone when they are out and about with company. Forty-four percent admit to checking their own phones to avoid conversation. While in a social setting, it is good practice to put away all phones and enjoy time with friends and family, particularly in restaurants where 28 percent of people think that others have the worst cellphone etiquette.

While these suggested tips can help enhance mobile etiquette, don’t forget to also be mindful of other behaviors that cause frustration, such as texting late at night, leaving a voice mail instead of texting, calling in response to a text or texting in response to a voice mail, and even using abbreviations and emoticons.


¹ Between Nov. 12-21, 2015, a total of 735 online interviews were conducted among a nationally representative sample by Consumer Insights, in partnership with Maritz CX.
 
Additional data charges may apply. 4G LTE service may be provided through King Street Wireless, a partner of U.S. Cellular. LTE is a trademark of ETSI.

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

About U.S. Cellular
U.S. Cellular is the fifth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, providing national network coverage 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 a high-quality network in big and small cities and rural communities, and currently, 99 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.

For more information, contact the Martinsburg U.S. Cellular store at 940 Foxcroft Ave., Martinsburg, WV 25401, phone: 304.264.0400


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7th Annual Identity Crisis Fundraiser

Nothing but Head Games at the 7th Annual Identity Crisis Fundraiser, The Victory Project’s premier fundraising event for BCA-CV.

Shepherdstown, WV - Saturday, August 13 6pm-midnight

Head gear has long held a place in history, distinguishing eras, echelon, rank and culture. Whether utilitarian in nature, for fun, sport, fashion, protection or adornment, humans have traditionally been compelled to dress up their heads. Masks and even war paint have been used to disguise, for entertainment purposes, job needs, and as a means of self-expression.

With a long history of creative costuming, year seven of Identity Crisis celebrates the power of head decor with this year’s theme, “Head Games: 7th Annual Identity Crisis Fundraiser”. The event will take place in Historic Downtown Shepherdstown on August 13th from 6pm – midnight and includes VIP pre-party, red carpet arrival with motorcade, discounts at participating businesses, photo booth fun, dance party and more!

The Identity Crisis Fundraiser shines the spotlight on Breast Cancer Awareness – Cumberland Valley and helps to raise funds for the organization so that they can continue to offer FREE services to those in need. Breast Cancer Awareness – Cumberland Valley is an important and vital resource, offering much needed support and services such as wigs, hats & turbans, prostheses, house cleaning, meal assistance and so much more.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 13th and buy your tickets today! Excellent food, entertainment, outstanding people watching and good times will be had throughout the town. So, wig out, throw on a fedora, don a horse head; be as outrageous or as simple as you want to be…just come out, have fun and show your support for Breast Cancer Awareness-Cumberland Valley.

For more information, visit the event website http://www.IdentityCrisisWV.com.

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Tara Lowe - Director
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Berkeley Art Works Reception for “The Art of the Portrait”

Now showing at the Berkeley Art Works is “The Art of the Portrait”, an exhibit of portraits by local and regional artists. Also on display in the “Back Space” gallery is “Square Seasons” a exhibit of 20 square-format photographs by Gary Bergel reflecting, documenting, and exploring squared-off seasons, days, and moments natural, cultural, pyschological, and spriritual.

The gallery, which is located at 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, WV, is open Wed-Thu 11-5, Fri 11-8 and and Sat 11-4.

There will be a reception on Friday, July 22, from 5-7pm to view the artwork and meet some of the artists. Light refreshments will be available and the reception is free and open to the public.

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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Flood of Relief Concert Raises $6000.00 for WV Flood Recovery

On Saturday, July 9, Front Porch Live, in collaboration with Sammi Brown were able to generate over $6000.00 in donations that will be used to aid in the recovery of the recent flooding in Southern, West Virginia. The event was named Flood of Relief and was held at Longshots Billiards in Charles Town. Many local residents were in attendance to show their solidarity with those affected by the tragic flooding in West Virginia. There were 8 regional bands that donated their time and talent for the 10 hour concert. Christopher Leipold, owner of Anywhere Studios, ran sound for the event. In addition to the music, a silent auction was set up for patrons to bid on various local items. Over 30 local merchants donated over 50 items that were auctioned off during the event.

Sammi Brown, candidate for the House of Delegates in the 65th District which includes Charles Town and Ranson, worked the door collecting donations as patrons arrived. She was overjoyed at the outpouring of love and support for our fellow West Virginians. There was no set denomination for donation, but many opened their hearts and wallets giving $20’s and writing checks. “Our community did not disappoint. That kind of generosity is absolutely humbling,” Sammi stated. “Not only that, but the artists that played, and the local businesses that donated their goods to the raffle, everyone came together to produce an incredible event. Thank you to everyone involved.”

This donation will be presented to Aurora Lights, a non‐profit organization that is a leading effort in assisting with the flood relief in WV.

Front Porch Live is the live music arm of the future microbrewery, Front Porch Brewing Co, in Charles Town. Information about future events can be found at facebook.com/frontporchbrewingco

Front Porch Live produces live music events specializing in fundraising concerts at music venues around the eastern panhandle

Front Porch Brewing Co is a microbrewery in downtown Charles Town, currently in construction with an estimated opening date of fall 2016.


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Exploring Downtown Martinsburg with Pokémon GO

I spent an hour walking around downtown Martinsburg today with my son and daughter in mid-80’s heat with no discernible destination. As you would expect, with all of the walking and lunch passing us by, someone finally relented and decided it was time to go back to the office. That someone was me.

I know, sounds unimaginable, right? A 9 year old and a 6 year old wanted to walk around town in July heat, while skipping lunch. What could cause this? Pokémon GO.

What is Pokémon GO?

For those that are unfamiliar, Pokémon is a card playing game in which you collect characters and then use them to battle each other. Each character has special powers as indicated on the card. It’s also a cartoon (or feature-length commercial, which is how my kids first became aware of Pokémon).

Pokémon GO is a mobile, augmented reality app that turns the real world into a Pokémon hunt. It’s also a cultural phenomenon.

According to mashable.com, “since the release of Pokémon Go a few days ago, Nintendo has added $7 billion to the value of the company, creating an app that allows users to get as close as they’d ever imagined to being a Pokémon catcher. The app, which allows users to catch Pokémon in real-life environments viewable on a smart device, has become a cultural sensation for people of all ages, especially those who grew up collecting the cards and initiating battles against their friends in the schoolyard. As of Monday afternoon, the game has also become the top-grossing game in each country where it has been released: The U.S., Australia and New Zealand.”

How does it work?

Using GPS and your smartphone camera, you hunt for those same characters while exploring the real world. Once you find a Pokémon, you then capture it and add it to your collection and eventually battle others and their Pokémon.

Using the app, you walk around an area (in our case, downtown Martinsburg) searching for Pokémon characters which pop up on the map. The app itself displays a simple GPS map, similar to what you would find on Google Maps minus the street names. Using the touch interface, you can zoom and pan around your location to search for available characters or points of interest. Points of interest usually feature a Pokémon Gym or PokéStops which players can visit to stock up on free items like PokéBalls.

After checking the map, we saw a few points of interest that were identified on the map including Trinity Episcopal Church, the Martinsburg Public Library and the Apollo Theatre. Tapping on the location brings up a picture of the location (see photo above showing Trinity Episcopal Church), its name and a bit about it. Each of the locations had a character nearby so we decided to head down King St. toward the library.

Once you decide on a direction, you begin walking to the location. As you walk, leaving the app open (yeah, this is a real battery killer), you are notified via a chime from the app that you are in the vicinity of a character. You then begin throwing PokéBalls at it until you trap it. Some are easier to trap than others and can be caught with a single ball. The more powerful characters tend to take more balls and can escape. Watching the thrown balls bounce off of a character and roll down the sidewalk makes for a very engaging experience. Once you capture a character it is added to your inventory.

As we walked between locations looking for Pokémon to catch, my daughter (9 years old) remarked that it was a good way to explore Martinsburg and my son (6 years old) chimed in that it was a good way to get exercise. I couldn’t agree more.

The GO fever continued after we got home. We generally take a walk around the neighborhood every night making one or two laps. This evening, the kids asked if they could walk around the neighborhood with their friends trying to find Pokémon. The did two laps on their own and then asked if we could take another walk as a family. We ended up doing two more laps until we could no longer find any Pokémon to capture.

In all, my kids probably walked an extra 3-4 miles today, unprompted and without complaint. Whether Pokémon GO survives long-term is hard to say but I can see it being a popular summertime diversion and a great way to get exercise!

Pokémon GO Video

I decided to take some video of the game for those that are unfamiliar with it. The first video, “Abby Catches Pidgey in Pokémon GO” does the best job of showing off the augmented reality feature. The sun was working against us in the other videos.


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Razor & Tie Music Publishing Announce Signing Of Singer-Songwriter Christian Lopez

New York, NY – Razor & Tie Music Publishing (RTMP) is proud to announce the signing of singer songwriter Christian Lopez. The West Virginia native released his debut full-length record Onward in May 2015 via Blaster Records. Rolling Stone Country recognized him as “Best Newcomer” at Americana Music Fest in 2015 and Alternate Root proclaimed him one of its Top 25 artists the same year. Lopez is managed by Rock Ridge Music. 

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to have Christian on the RTMP team. He is a true artist, heart and soul… the whole package – incredible vocalist, songwriter, musician and performer. We’ll all be talking about him for years to come,” says Brad Kennard, Razor & Tie Music Publishing’s VP of Creative. 

Lopez says,” I’m honored to be working with such a passionate and prestigious publishing company. Not only is Razor & Tie just that, but they’re staffed with truly amazing people that I’m so glad to have on my team. I’m excited for our future together, and even more excited about the songs to come.” 

Growing up in West Virginia, Christian Lopez was influenced by the traditional Appalachian folk music of his upbringing. He began playing piano at the age of five and picked up guitar the following year, eventually leading to playing in several local bands throughout his teenage years. Eventually Lopez emerged to center stage, performing his own music as the Christian Lopez Band. Lopez released his debut full-length record Onward in May 2015 via Blaster Records. The record was produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson). Lopez and his band have toured continually since the release, opening dates for artists including American Aquarium, The Black Lillies, John Fulbright, Mary Stuart, Miranda Lambert and more. 

Razor & Tie Music Publishing

Razor & Tie Music Publishing has distinguished itself with a focused, proactive approach to artist career development, cross-format songwriting, multi-media song placement and comprehensive royalty administration. The company is led by a seasoned and energetic executive team with representatives in New York, Los Angeles and Nashville. RTMP has scored numerous number one multi-platinum hits in multiple formats, including “Home”, co-written by Greg Holden and performed by American Idol winner Phillip Phillips, “Whiskey In My Water,” performed by Tyler Farr and co-written by Phillip Larue, and many more.   

For more information visit:  http://www.razorandtiemusicpublishing.com

Photo: L-R: Jen Duke (Creative Manager, RTMP), Christian Lopez, Brad Kennard (VP Creative, RTMP) – Photo Credit: Natalie Sinclaire
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Operation Backpack to Support Southern WV Students Impacted by Flooding

The last thing on the minds of parents, as they’re cleaning up from the devastating flood, is getting their kids ready for school; which starts in approximately 6 weeks. So, Asbury UMC in Charles Town is collecting backpacks for students who were impacted by the recent WV flooding. Please purchase a backpack and fill with the suggested contents (download PDF with list of items to include - please refrain from including liquids, candy or food).

Once your backpack is complete, please tie a colored ribbon on the top of the bag to distinguish its intended grade-level. Then deliver your backpack to Asbury UMC in Charles Town (M-F 9-3 and Sundays 8:30-12) and we will deliver them to impacted students before the 2016 school year begins.

Email Asbury UMC at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call us at 304-725-5513 with any questions. Thanks and God Bless!


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“The Company We Keep” - An Exhibition of Paintings, Prints, Photographs & Turned Wood

“The Company We Keep” - An Exhibition of Paintings, Prints, Photographs & Turned Wood By Susan Carney, Sarah Huntington, Dave Kiser, and Neil Super at the Shepherdstown Community Club, Thursday, July 14th through Sunday, July 17th.


The Shepherdstown Community Club (War Memorial Building), 102 E. German St., Shepherdstown, WV, hosts a four day exhibition of new works by artists Susan Carney, Sarah Huntington, Dave Kiser, and Neil Super. The exhibit runs Thursday, July 14th through Sunday, July 17th. Exhibit hours are 10am-8pm Thursday and Friday, 9am-9pm Saturday, and 9am-5pm Sunday.

There will be an OPENING RECEPTION on Saturday, July 16th, from 5pm-9pm with live music and refreshments.

Susan Carney’s paintings and unique monotype prints utilize watercolor, spray paint, acrylic paint, varnish and collage in combination with wood, canvas and paper to explore natural themes in complex, layered images that provide symbolic connections between ancestors and the natural world. Carney, who lives and works in Shepherdstown, received her M.F.A. from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Among other venues, her work is displayed at the Bridge Gallery in Shepherdstown, and the Ice House Artist’s Co-op, in Berkeley Springs.

Sarah Huntington, a portrait photographer in the Northern Virginia/Washington, DC, area, has been voted in a reader’s poll by Leesburg Today as the “Best Photographer in Loudon County” for ten consecutive years. A native of South Carolina, Sarah is a graduate of the Corcoran College of Art and Design, in Washington, DC, and shows and sells her work in her Purcellville studio and at various galleries in the metropolitan area. Sarah has collaborated with Susan Carney in the past, and the two artists have influenced one another over the years. Her newest work is an amalgam of images both from film and digital files, layered in subtle ways to depict the complexities of what is seen.

Dave Kiser, of Leesburg, VA, is a graphic designer and photographer with a background in lithography, silk screening and offset printing, among other disciplines. He has spent years working with other artists (and musicians) helping to develop their work, in particular using computers to do “back end” work on photographs taken by others. After several visits to the 9/11 Memorial in New York, Dave began photographing the reflected images of buildings around Ground Zero, convinced that people are struck by the notion that the surrounding architecture is just as important as the Memorial itself, in the sense that changes over time show how a city - and its people - can rebuild and grow again.

Neil Super is a self-taught wood turner who uses the downed wood from trees at local historic landmarks to create bowls and other vessels with which he seeks to provide the viewer with both a historical context and a personal connection to the provenance of everyday, useful objects. He especially likes to reveal the hidden natural beauty and unique character inherent in so-called “defects” in a piece of wood. Super, whose work may be found at the Bridge Gallery and the Ice House Artist’s Co-Op, lives and works in Shepherdstown.

For Further Information see:
http://www.susancarney.com 
http://www.sarahhuntington.com
http://www.tworiversturnings.com


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News and Events from Berkeley Arts Council

Berkeley Arts Council News

July 13-August 14 “The Art of the Portrait

The Berkeley Arts Council presents “The Art of the Portrait”, a juried exhibit of portraits in paintings, photographs and mixed media. The exhibit will be on display at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. The Arts Council accepted submissions with no entry fee and the work was juried by a panel of artists who are members of the Art Works co-op group, who will also have work in the exhibit. Please join us for a reception on Friday, July 22 from 5-7pm. The reception is free and open to the public. (We offer these “no entry fee” exhibits from time to time to encourage artists to submit without risk. We ask accepted artists to make whatever donation they can afford when they deliver the finished work. We also appreciate donations from the public to support the gallery.)

July 13-August 14 “Square Seasons”
The Berkeley Arts Council presents “Squre Seasons” by Gary Bergel. “Square Seasons” is an exhibit of 20 square-format photographs reflecting, documenting, and exploring squared-off seasons, days, and moments natural, cultural, pyschological, and spriritual.

Gary Bergel, is an artist, educator, curator, and a member of the Berkeley Art Works co-op group. The reception will be Friday, July 22 from 5-7pm at the Berkeley Art Works.

New Class Starting July 14

Art Student Continuing Improvement Workshop
Thursdays, 1-4 PM. July 14, 21, August 4, 19 (Four Weeks)*
Instructor: Judith Becker
* (Make-up dates July 22 and August 26)

For details visit artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/instruction/.
Calls for Artists: “Heavy Metal” Juried Railroad Art Exhibit, Fourth Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit

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New Regular Hours at the Berkeley Art Works
Wednesday 11-5; Thursday 11-5; Friday 11-8; Saturday, 11-4; (or by appointment) Sunday-Monday-Tuesday Closed

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Art Exhibits

Last Week!June 8-July 9: Photo16

The Berkeley Arts Council in Martinsburg, West Virginia announces its 2016 National 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 8 - July 9, 2016. Accepted artists are listed on artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/photo16/

June 8-July 9: Blue Ridge CTC Students

Students from the Creativity, Color and Design course at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College are exhibiting works in various media, ranging from drawing, collage, oil pastel, oil paint, acrylic paint, liquid acrylic and resin, and mixed media in the “Back Space” gallery at the Berkeley Art Works.

July 1 - 31

Julie Maynard’s Mass Produced Pigeons and Charles Bowers’ Nature’s Colors. Two new solo exhibitions at TAG/The Artists Gallery: Julie Maynard’s Mass Produced Pigeons (collage, sculpture) and Charlie Bowers’ Nature’s Colors (photo-based transfers). 216 N. Market Street, Frederick. Fri.- Sat., noon-9pm, Sun. 12-5pm free 301-395-3855; theartistsgalleryfrederick.com
or juliemayn@gmail .com

July 13-August 14 “The Art of the Portrait

The Berkeley Arts Council presents “The Art of the Portrait”, a juried exhibit of portraits in paintings, photographs and mixed media. The exhibit will be on display at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. The Arts Council accepted submissions with no entry fee and the work was juried by a panel of artists who are members of the Art Works co-op group, who will also have work in the exhibit. Please join us for a reception on Friday, July 22 from 5-7pm. The reception is free and open to the public. (We offer these “no entry fee” exhibits from time to time to encourage artists to submit without risk. We ask accepted artists to make whatever donation they can afford when they deliver the finished work. We also appreciate donations from the public to support the gallery.)

July 13-August 14 New Work by Gary Bergel

The Berkeley Arts Council presents “Squre Seasons” by Gary Bergel. “Square Seasons” is an exhibit of 20 square-format photographs reflecting, documenting, and exploring squared-off seasons, days, and moments natural, cultural, pyschological, and spriritual.
  Gary Bergel, an artist, educator, curator, and a member of the Berkeley Art Works co-op group. The reception will be Friday, July 22 from 5-7pm at the Berkeley Art Works.

July 14 - 17
“The Company We Keep”
- An exhibition of paintings, prints, photographs and turned wood By Susan Carney, Sarah Huntington, Dave Kiser, and Neil Super. War Memorial Building, 102 E. German St., Shepherdstown, WV Thurs-Fri: 10-8, Sat: 9-9, Sun: 9-5 Shepherdstown Community Club. 304-279-0506 or tworiversturnings (at) yahoo .com

July 22 - 24
Fine Art Show and Sale by Potomac River Artists Guild, featuring the work of 20 regional artists at the Shepherdstown Community Center (War Memorial Building) 102 E. German St., Shepherdstown, WV Reception Saturday at 3 pm. 304-671-1669 or potomacriverartistsguild.org.

Special Events

July 8
Second Friday Poetry Reading
Beginning at 6:30 pm, come sign in, meet our newest interest group and share your enjoyment of poetry, serious or fun, passionate or simple and enduring. Until 8:00 or so, reading in order of signing in. The evening is free and open to the public. (Donations to support the Art Works are appreciated.) Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street, Martinsburg.

July 8 - 10
Over The Mountain Studio Tour Summer Preview Show.  All participants in one location: War Memorial Building, 102 E German St, Shepherdstown Shepherdstown, WV Friday, July 8, 5 to 7 pm, Saturday July 9, 10 - 6 pm, Sunday 10-4 pm Free 800-624-0577; studiotourwv.org or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

August 5 - 6
Summertime Arts Soiree. Gala fundraiser on Friday evening, including art show & sale, live music and delicious hors d’oeuvres. Free Art Show on Saturday.  Old Opera House - Charles Town 6-9pm Friday; 10am-2pm Saturday $37.50 Friday; FREE on Saturday. 304-725-4420; http://www.oldoperahouse.org or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

August 6 - 13
Apollo Civic Theatre at Berkeley County Youth Fair. Visit our booth for your copy of the new season brochure, get theatre information, sign-up for Haunted Theatre auditions, or get your face painted by a Haunted Theatre make-up artist. Commercial Building, Berkeley County Youth Fair Sat - Sat, 5-10 pm Apollo Civic Theatre Fair admission fee: $5 for 13 and older, Free for 12 and under 304-263-6766; apollocivictheatre.org or act (at) apollocivictheatre .org

Music and Dance

Dance
June 20 - Aug 10
Dance Class
Leap into Summer with Dance!
Now enrolling for summer. New to dance? Come try a class! Current dancer? Come try a new style… Summer workshops for ages 3-high school. Dance Dimensions is celebrating its 10th anniversary offering ballet, jazz, tap, modern and hip hop. Dance Dimensions in Eagle Plaza, Hedgesville vary by workshop Dance Dimensions of Hedgesville, LLC vary by workshop, $13 and up 304-671-3688; dancewv.com or emily@dancewv .com

July 11 - 29
Summer Dance 2016.  Our Summer Dance Program will provide students at each level special opportunities to broaden and enrich their dance education in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, character, modern and conditioning. Inwood Performing Arts Monday-Friday 9:00-4:00pm Inwood Performing Arts Company $160-$680 304-229-3209; http://www.inwoodperformingarts.com  or wsmith2954@aol .com

August 1 - 5
Dancing the Classics.  Students will be introduced to the French the vocabulary, listen to stories, music and explore mime relating to that day’s theme.  The program encourages confidence, creativity, flexibility of movement and self-expression. Inwood Performing Arts Monday-Friday 9:00-11:30am Inwood Performing Arts Company $140 304-229-3209; http://www.inwoodperformingarts.com  or wsmith2954@aol .com

August 2-6
Irish Dance Camp. Workshop will focus on technique of the traditional Irish dances including foot speed, style and patterns. Dancers will enjoy ceili dancing and our Ballet for Irish which enhances strength, flexibility and promotes injury prevention. Inwood Performing Arts Tuesday-Saturday 9:30-2:00pm Inwood Performing Arts Company $175 304-229-3209; http://www.inwoodperformingarts.com  or wsmith2954 (at) aol .com

August 8 - 12
Week with the Masters. Join master teachers Katia Garza- former Orlando Ballet, Elijah Gibson- former Gus Gordiano Jazz Dance Chicago and Eddy Ocampo- Level Dance Chicago for a week of professional instruction in Ballet, Contemporary and Modern. Inwood Performing Arts Monday-Friday 9:30-4:00 pm Inwood Dance Company $300 304-229-3209;www.inwoodperformingarts.com or wsmith2954 (at) aol .com

Theatre

July 16
Elf, Jr. The Musical. The fan favorite movie “Elf” brought to life on stage. This funny and witty show is appropriate for all ages.  Musselman Auditorium Inwood, WV Saturday only at 2PM and 7PM Musselman Theatre, Inc. Artistic Endeavors Junior Academy Adults $8, Seniors and Children $5 (304) 229-1900; http://www.musselmantheatreinc.com or musselmantheatre (at) comcast .net

July 21 - 24
All Shook Up. The 2016 Apollo Youth Theatre Workshop, comprised of 63 students, entering fourth grade to finishing twelfth grade, presents this musical inspired by and featuring songs of Elvis Presley.  Apollo Civic Theatre, 128 East Martin Street, Martinsburg, WV Thur-Sat, July 21-23, 7:30pm; Sun, July 24, 2:30pm Apollo Youth Summer Theatre Workshop Online: Adults-$10, Students-$5; Box Office: Adults $12, Students-$7 304-263-6766; apollocivictheatre.org or act (at) apollocivictheatre .org

July 28 - 31
Disney’s The Little Mermaid . Disney’s classic animated feature comes to the stage in this beautiful musical adaptation. Old Opera House - Charles Town 7:30pm Thurs & Fri; 1:30pm Saturday; 2:30pm Sunday $19 Adults, $12 Children 304-725-4420; http://www.oldoperahouse.org or ooh (at) oldoperahouse .org

‘Specially for Kids
July 2 - August 28
“The 3 Pigs Circus.” The pigs are in town for a ‘Hog Wild’ Circus. Wonderment Theater 412 W King Street, Martinsburg. Show Time Sat and Sun at 1pm Doors open 20 mins before show $6. for 2 years and up 304-258-4074; http://www.wondermentpuppets.com or wondermentpuppets (at) yahoo .com
Opportunities: Classes, Workshops, Calls for Artists

Deadline July 18: Call for Artists: “Heavy Metal” Juried Railroad Art Exhibit

The Berkeley Arts Council in Martinsburg, West Virginia announces the Call for Entries for “Heavy Metal”, a juried exhibit of railroad art to be on display from August 31 through October 1, 2016 in the special exhibit gallery space at the Berkeley Art Works.

The exhibit is open nationally to all visual artists over the age of 18 in all media. We seek to present an exhibit of artworks in a wide range of media and techniques that celebrates the diverse rail heritage in the United States.

Entries are now open until July 18, 2016. Details, full prospectus, and online entry is http://artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/hmetal/.

Deadline August 24: Call for Artists: Fourth Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit

The Berkeley Arts Council in Martinsburg, West Virginia announces the Fourth Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit, to be displayed in the Berkeley Art Works Gallery Martinsburg. The exhibition will be on display October 5 - November 5, 2016.

The exhibit is open to artists in all media who reside in one of the eight counties that compose what is known as the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Those counties are Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan, Hampshire, Hardy, Grant, Mineral, and Pendleton.

Entries are now open until August 24, 2016. Details, full prospectus, and online entry is http://artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/ewvexhibit/.

August 14
Art Day at the Roundhouse. Call for artists: Artists and photographers are invited to come to the Martinsburg Roundhouse to draw, paint, photograph, or otherwise capture the historic B&O Roundhouse. Participating artists will have access to the full facility, including areas not normally open for tours. Participating artists will also be invited to show their work in the Roundhouse during the month of September starting on September 5. in and around the Martinsburg Roundhouse Sunday, 10 am-5 pm $20.00 donation; http://martinsburgroundhouse.com; RoundhouseChair (at) gmail .com

September 9 - 11
Northern Appalachian Folk Festival seeks Artists and Craftsmen, Individuals/Organizations interested in selling, conducting demonstrations or workshops or having a table/educational display. Event features free live music, exhibits and demonstrations, workshops and vendors. Children’s Alley activities are popular with younger festival goers. Downtown Indiana, PA 10 am-8:30 pm. FREE 724-463-6110; https://northernappfolkfest.org/ or NorthernAppFolkFest (at) gmail .com

September 30-October 1
Plein-air Painting in Green Bank,WV. a free 2 day painting workshop in plein-air for all media with local historians talking about our rural community with pre-civil war buildings. Green Bank, WV Friday and Sat. 10 am-4pm Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 2016 Pocahontas County CVB. 304-799-4636; NaturesMountainPlayground.com/CalPrice or kathryn (at) pocahontasarts .org

Call for Artists
1/1/2017 to 12/31/2017 Art in the Library. Art shows at South Jefferson Public Library. Artists interested in showing for a two-month window in our meeting room. All art will hang from chains on the walls so items would have to be framed works, textiles, or media such as baskets or other lightweight items. A copy of the Exhibition Agreement is available upon request.  Email or call the library M-W 12:30-7. South Jefferson Public Library 49 Church Street, Summit Point, WV 304-725-6227; http://www.sojeffersonlibrary .com. South Jefferson Public Library M-Th 10-7. Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5 South Jefferson Public Library none 304-725-6227; http://www.sojeffersonlibrary.com or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Call for Artists
Jean Heiler Gallery of the Old Opera House seeks artists to exhibit at popular theater gallery. For emerging and established artists. Now scheduling 2017. Open to 2D and 3D artists. Old Opera House, Charles Town 304-754-6643;  or kat (at) katstudioart .com

Open Call for Members
New WV art group. Newly appointed WV liaison for the International Society of Experimental Artists, Mrs. Patricia Ann Timbrook, of Ridgeley, West Virginia, is seeking interested artists for membership. Timbrook’s goal is to coordinate artists in the state and promote art events for West Virginia. If interested, email ptimbrook (at) timbrook .com, on Facebook/patricia ann timbrook

Classes and Workshops
If you have not already done so, please take our Art Instruction Survey and let us know of your interest in art classes.

For details visit artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/instruction/.


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Flood of Relief - A WV Flood Benefit Concert

On Saturday, July 9, musical artists, merchants, and citizens will come together to host a concert, as well as a silent auction, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting organizations on the front lines of the WV flood relief efforts.
The event will feature performances by 8 bands and include silent auction items which were donated by over 30 merchants, artists, and local residents.

Longshots Billiards in Charles Town will be hosting the concert and all dynamics are being organized by Front Porch Live, the live music arm of a future microbrewery in Charles Town, Front Porch Brewing Co. and Sammi Brown, a candidate for House of Delegates in the 65th district which includes Charles Town and Ranson.

The event starts at 3:00 PM and the live music will last until the morning hours. There is not a set cover for this event, the promoters only ask that patrons donate what they can and bid on donated items if possible. Silent auction items can be prebid online at the Front Porch Brewing Co Facebook page and the final silent auction will take place between 3 pm and 9 pm on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at Longshots.

On June 23, a once in a thousand year storm ravaged over 40 counties in WV, creating historic flooding that claimed the lives of over 25 people and destroyed over 1200 homes.  Immediately following the tragedy, communities all over WV came together to raise money and gather needed supplies for those most affected by the tragic floods. 

“We’re incredibly proud of this effort. This is what our community is about, we band together, no matter what, to support our friends in need.  When something like this happens to one of us, it happens to all of us and we’ve absolutely loved bringing everyone together to contribute in our very own, unique way.”” said Sammi Brown, event co-coordinator.  More information on the event can be found at http://facebook.com/frontporchbrewingco

Front Porch Live produces live music events specializing in fundraising concerts at music venues around the eastern panhandle

Front Porch Brewing Co is a microbrewery in downtown Charles Town, currently in construction with an estimated opening date of fall 2016.

Longshots Billiards is one of the premier bars and music venues in Charles Town with a large stage, lounge area and multiple professional pool tables. The venue is located at 76 Wolfcraft Way, Charles Town, West Virginia 25414


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Update on the Old Opera House’s 16th Annual New Voice Play Festival

The Old Opera House Theatre Company held the 16th Annual New Voice Play Festival this past weekend at the Old Opera House in Charles Town.  Four new plays were featured in this event and the audience served as the final judge.  The Old Opera House patrons selected the play Grim Tidings by Dennis Jones from Powhatan, VA as their favorite of the festival. All four plays received positive reviews from the Old Opera House patrons and the participants in this year’s festival.

Golden Curtain Award
(First Place)
Grim Tidings
by Dennis Jones - Powhatan, VA
Directed by Rene Farabaugh
Featuring: Lee Hebb, Kit McGinnis, Charlie Perkins, Kelly Pannill & Bruce Olson

Silver Stage Award
(Second Place)
First Do No Harm
by Bara Swain - New York, NY
Directed by Tonja Hirst Featuring Amy Hebb & Steven Brewer

Spotlight Award
(Third Place)
Bad Move
by Vicki Koestler - Alexandria, VA
Directed by Liz Ricket
Featuring: Carl Dunn, Meaghan Barry, Melissa LeBlanc, Zachery Miller

Spotlight Award
(Third Place)
Fast Fall, By Carl Williams - Houston, TX
Directed by Ed Conn
Featuring: Linda Romero, Christine Brewer, Jeff Hudkins & Micheal George


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WV CALA Kicks Off “Small Business Summer” Tour

Charleston, W.Va. – To help shine a spotlight on the importance of small businesses to West Virginia and the harm these businesses can face from abusive lawsuits, West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (WV CALA) announced the start of its Small Business Summer Tour today.

“Create jobs, not lawsuits” campaign highlights how abusive lawsuits can hurt small business

“We are very excited to kick off our fourth annual statewide tour to highlight how lawsuit abuse can hurt small businesses. Small businesses are often targeted by the personal injury lawyers, and one abusive lawsuit can close the doors of a small business for good,” said Roman Stauffer, Executive Director of WV CALA.

“Thanks to the continued hard work of our legislature under the leadership of Senate President Bill Cole and Speaker Tim Armstead we will have an opportunity to talk about some of the much needed lawsuit reforms that were passed during the legislative session. We will also highlight the important work of Attorney General Patrick Morrisey in implementing the outside counsel policy, which has saved our state millions of dollars,” Stauffer added.

WV CALA will host several small business roundtable meetings across West Virginia.  The first took place last week in Beckley with State Senator Sue Cline and Delegates John D. O’Neal, IV, Kayla Kessinger, and Marty Gearheart. Several others are planned during the summer months – in Charleston, Fairmont, Martinsburg, and Wheeling.

“We’re talking with small businesses, community leaders, and elected officials this summer to bring attention to much needed fixes for our legal system, to highlight the importance of recent lawsuit reforms, and also to show the effects of abusive lawsuits on small businesses across West Virginia filed by millionaire personal injury lawyers. Some lawsuits have merit, but many are more about greed than about seeking justice,” concluded Stauffer.

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


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Adult Dance Classes for July & August Registering Now!

Adult dance class is for any individual looking to help gain or re-establish perspective of your body and the joy of movement, while focusing on refining technique and building strength. Whether you are new to dance, returning to dance, looking to maintain your chosen craft, or simply interested in one of the most effective ways to get in shape. Our goal is to allow you to stretch body, mind and spirit to your fullest potential. Students will be exposed to a ballet based warm up while learning lyrical, jazz or jazz funk center combinations.

The registration fee is $35 per person per month.

The classes will meet on Thursday evenings from 6:45 - 7:45 in the large dance studio at the Berkeley 2000 Recreation Center.

Register online OR Download the Adult Dance Registration form

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Historic Flooding Sweeps Across West Virginia: Relief Efforts Underway

Leadership WV is leading an effort across the state to collect items to help those who have been devastated by the historic flooding that occurred in Southern WV.

RMS Shredding will be collecting items this weekend at the Chamber office parking lot -

Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Sunday, June 26 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.
Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce
198 Viking Way, Martinsburg

Items needed include:

LARGE tarps
Long bungee cords
Blankets
White socks
Cases of water
HAND SANITIZER
Baby wipes
Cleaning supplies
Diapers
Baby food / formula
Anti diarrhea meds
Toiletries / toothpaste /tooth brushes
Soap, shampoo
Dog food / cat food
Batteries
Canned goods “with pull tabs” if possible
Paper towels and toilet paper
Paper plates, utensils etc.
Granola bars / energy bars
Tarps and bungee cords
First aid kits and related items
Trash bags

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT TERESA SCOTT - 304-676-4846.

RMS Shredding will also be collecting items TONIGHT at BBI Realty, 123 North Queen Street DURING THE FRIDAYS @ 5 CONCERT!


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Call for Artists: Fourth Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Art Exhibit

The Berkeley Arts Council in Martinsburg, West Virginia announces the Fourth Annual Eastern West Virginia Juried Exhibit, to be displayed in the Berkeley Art Works Gallery, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. The exhibition will be on display October 5 - November 5, 2016.

The exhibit is open to artists in all media who reside in one of the eight counties that compose what is known as the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Those counties are Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan, Hampshire, Hardy, Grant, Mineral, and Pendleton. The theme for the exhibit is open.

The juror for the exhibit is Judith Dieruf, Professor, Painting and Drawing, at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland.

The deadline for entries is August 24. All entries must be submitted using the online entry system. Details and the online entry system is on the web at http://artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/ewvexhibit/.

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

Photo: 2015 Best in Show, “Raven” by Sheila Mace
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Happy Retreat in Charles Town Named a National Treasure

Washington, D.C. - On June 18, 2016, the National Trust for Historic Preservation added Happy Retreat to their growing portfolio of National Treasures. The National Trust will work with the City of Charles Town and Friends of Happy Retreat to help create a first class public experience at Happy Retreat that paves the way for it to become an intrinsic part of the Charles Town community.

“There is no other region in the country which contains such a wealth of original Washington family homes and history—and Happy Retreat is the crown jewel of them all,” said Robert Nieweg, Senior Field Director and Attorney of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “We couldn’t be happier to work with the Friends to create an experience at such an important site that will draw more people, ensure its story is more broadly told and its long term future secured.”

Located in the Eastern panhandle region of West Virginia, Happy Retreat is the principal estate of the Washington family. Built in 1780 by Charles Washington, George Washington’s youngest brother, Happy Retreat was the foundation for the surrounding city of Charles Town. It is here where George Washington and his lifelong friend Dr. James Craik started their 680-mile trek out to the American west. Joel Achenbach’s 2005 book, The Grand Idea: George Washington’s Potomac and the Race to the West, details this ambitious journey. Happy Retreat is currently one of 40 sites along the 132-mile Washington Heritage Trail, a designated National Scenic Byway which runs from the “Gateway to West Virginia” at Harpers Ferry to points west - all within the national capital region.

“Happy Retreat is a wonderful part of the nation’s history, where George Washington long ago came to launch his grand idea of exploration in a new America.  Today, the Friends of Happy Retreat seek to restore the Happy Retreat mansion and property so that it can be a vibrant center of cultural life and community gatherings linking history, neighborhoods, greenspace, downtown Charles Town, and the broader tourism region,” says Walter Washington, President of the Friends of Happy Retreat.  “We are confident that our partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation will help the national treasure of Happy Retreat again become a place for the grand idea of exploring creative opportunities.”

In 2015, the Friends of Happy Retreat successfully saved Happy Retreat from being divided into 25 residential lots for new construction, and together with the city of Charles Town raised $775,000 towards the acquisition of the property. Although the immediate threat of demolition was avoided, Happy Retreat remains threatened until a sustainable new use is established and underway. The National Trust’s involvement at Happy Retreat provides an opportunity to show how creative, multipurpose uses of historic sites can create a roadmap for the long-term sustainability of these significant places.

As a National Treasure, Happy Retreat will join the ranks of other shared use concepts such as National Trust historic site, Cooper-Molera Adobe in Monterey, California, which is currently being converted to accommodate a museum, a restaurant, and event facilities. In an effort to mitigate the pitfalls of traditional house museums, the National Trust and Friends of Happy Retreat intend for the property to be used continuously by the public as a center for community events, heritage tourism, arts, culture, and scholarship, ultimately becoming a centerpiece for the newly founded Washington Heritage & Cultural District.

To learn more about the Happy Retreat National Treasure, visit http://www.savingplaces.org/happy-retreat


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Dining For Women to Host Educational Program and Meal

Wednesday, June 29 Dining For Women along with HEAT will host a pot-luck meal and educational program about the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women and Girls in Latin American and the Carribbean (CATW-LAC). 

We will be learning about their program, “Access to Justice and Due Diligence for Sex Trafficking Victims.”  The meeting will be held in the Cumberland Room of the SU Student Center.  For more information, call Susan at 304-261-8644.


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Terror on the Conococheague Re-Enactment, July 30 & 31, 2016

The Conococheague Institute Presents: “Terror on the Conococheague” – July 30 & 31 Re-enactment of 1756 Attack on Fort McCord and The Abduction of Jean Lowry

Mercersburg, PA – Come join us on July 30 and 31 when the Conococheague Institute commemorates the 260th anniversary of the attack on Fort McCord, the abduction of Jean Lowry and her family, and the failed rescue attempt at the Battle of Sideling Hill, PA.

There will be dozens of reenactors (nearly the same number as the actual event) depicting the frontier settlers, militia and Delaware Indians to reenact the events of April 1 and 2, 1756, which happened at the Rocky Spring Settlement/Fort McCord and Sidling Hill Creek.

Each day at 3:00 p.m., the attack, abduction and failed rescue attempt will be depicted complete with the burning of the fort, which was little more than a fortified cabin.

Throughout the weekend, visitors can learn about the hardships and achievements of the people who settled our region and gain a better understanding of the area’s historical significance by stopping at living history displays. There will be a working blacksmith, a laundress, a spinner and weaver, among others, demonstrating their crafts of the mid-18th century.  A lecture describing the historical event will be held each day prior to the re-enactment.

All are invited to attend a recreated 18th century church service Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m.

Local historic sites, reenactor groups, and historical societies represented will include: The Augusta Regiment, Weiser’s Battalion; J Beall’s Company of the Maryland Forces; Conococheague Ranging Company; Kittatinny Associators; Acorn Forge; Cat Schrif, laundress; Frontier Living History; Historical Hounds; Mea Clift, 18th century doctor; Melanie Desmond, linen processing; Native Reenactors; US Army Heritage and Education Center; Miller’s Early American Games; Fort Frederick, Fort Ligonier, Renfew Park, and the Cumberland County Historical Society.

The grounds and buildings will be open from 10am-5pm each day. Gift & book shop will be open; includes the book, The Capture of Jean Lowry.

$5 for adults, children age 16 and under free.

Bus tours welcome, call for pricing.

For more information call: 717-328-3467

The Conococheague Institute is grateful for the support of our generous sponsors:

Franklin County Visitors Bureau, Rockwell Construction, BB&T Bank, State Farm Insurance-Dave Stauffer

The Conococheague Institute serves as a regional center for developing and fostering awareness, understanding and stewardship of the cultural and natural history of the Appalachian frontier of Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. We strive to achieve our mission through education, research and preservation.

Local people pronounce the Native American word “Conococheague”: CONICA (rhymes with “Monica”) JIG (like the Irish dance). In 1822, Conococheague was defined as meaning, “long indeed, very long indeed.”

We are headquartered within Rock Hill Farm, a well-preserved historic farmstead that was established in the early 18th century in southern Franklin County, Pennsylvania, near the village of Welsh Run. Our 30-acre site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and includes a historic house museum with outbuildings, a research library, two relocated historic log structures, a replica Eastern Woodland Indian village, walking trails with access to a pioneer cemetery, and several historic gardens.


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Cirque Italia: The First Ever Italian Water Circus Coming To Martinsburg July 14 - 17

Come experience the magical world of Cirque Italia – a show like no other. We are proud to be the first traveling WATER circus in the US! Our extraordinary stage holds 35,000 gallons of water and features a dynamic lid which lifts 35 feet into the air, allowing water to fall like rain from above as fountains dazzle below! This incredible show takes place under our majestic white and blue big top tent which came all the way from Italy……..Inside we have such a theatrical and intimate setup, you just might forget you are under a circus tent!

The show owner and founder, Manuel Rebecchi, has a deep seeded history in the circus industry. His late aunt, Moira Orfei, ran one of the largest circus shows in Europe. When Manuel came to the states several years ago, he decided that Americans needed to experience a European style show. He wanted to create something special and memorable. He was actually inspired to create the water stage while drinking a bottle of water one day!! Mr. Rebecchi knew he would need someone with great talent and vision to make his idea work. That is why he brought in Chante’ DeMoustes, COO and Producer, to help make his dreams a reality. The result? Something never before seen in the US – a cirque variety show featuring a 35,000 gallon water tank stage and performers from around the world! This incredible show is completely ANIMAL-FREE.

So what can you expect to see at this remarkably unique show? How about a CONTORTIONIST who is able to bend her body in ways you would never imagine…. How high can he go? You’ll be asking yourself as our Italian singer stacks chair upon chair and then balances on top of them on his hands…...Our crazy clown, Alex, PLUNGES off the diving board during his acrobatic trampoline excursion! Want to get splashed? Who knows what can happen during our astounding JETSKI act……Breathtaking Aerial Divas will fly high in the sky like beautifully colored birds of paradise……. Our Laserman will be causing all kinds of explosions with his laser guns……maybe to scare away the large DINOSAUR that has invaded the show!! All this, plus thrilling highwire feats, twin juggling maniacs, elegant chiffons, and more!! Don’t forget you also have the once in a lifetime opportunity to take a picture with a MERMAID.

For more information, check out the Cirque Italia website: http://www.cirqueitalia.com. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Interact with us! Keep up to date with the latest news!

Or shoot us an email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). We will be happy to answer all of your questions.

You can purchase tickets through our website (http://www.cirqueitalia.com/tickets) or by phone: (941) 704-8572. We also respond to text message.

Non vediamo l’ora di vedervi allo spettacolo!
Let Your Imagination Wander…and come DIVE into the Magical world of CIRQUE ITALIA.

When: July 14-17
Where: Foxcroft Towne Center at Martinsburg (formerly Martinsburg Mall)
At: 800 Foxcroft Ave, Martinsburg, WV 25401
Near: Behind Walmart, Off I-81 exit 12 or 13

Under the grand, swirling White and Blue tent!

  • July 14 THURS: 7:30pm
  • July 15 FRI: 7:30pm
  • July 16 SAT: 1:30pm, 4:30pm & 7:30pm
  • July 17 SUN: 1:30pm, 4:30pm & 7:30pm

Box office hours:
The box office opens on-site on Tuesday, the week of the show.
Non-show days: 10am – 6pm
On show days open 10am – 9pm


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Fire Destroys Home on W. Va. 522 South

BERKELEY SPRINGS - Fire destroyed a home in the 7400 block of Valley Road early Tuesday morning, June 21, 2016. The charred remains of the home still smoldered at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, and the burnt smell could be detected several hundred yards past the site. The home is reportedly owned by Fahima Vorgetts and is next door to Country Traditions Emporium (Vorgetts’ former Valley Caravan Gallery).

Units from nine counties responded to the two-alarm fire shortly after 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. The home was fully engulfed at that point. No one was home at the time.  The house is a rental property and was between renters, so no residents were displaced by the fire.

According to Morgan County 911, a passerby called 911 at 2:33 a.m. That caller reported seeing flames shooting out of the windows of the house.

Morgan County 911 dispatched units back to the fire scene at 8:40 a.m. because the fire rekindled. On Tuesday morning around 10 a.m., personnel from Berkeley Springs and Great Cacapon Volunteer Fire Companies were still on the scene.

West Virginia Fire Marshal George Harms is investigating.

Vorgetts, director of the Afghan Women’s Fund based in Berkeley Springs, operated the Valley Caravan Gallery next door before it became Country Traditions Emporium. Vorgetts is a spokeswoman for women’s rights in her native Afghanistan.

The Country Traditions Emporium Facebook page posted a note, saying “There was a house fire in a home located next to the store overnight but the store was not the structure that burned,” the note read. “I know some people have seen the news report and because of the shared address thought the store was the burning structure. Thankful that from the reports I have gotten so far no one was hurt in the fire.”


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U.S. Cellular Offers Tips for Raising Digitally Responsible Citizens

Internet Safety Month Serves as Reminder for Parents to Foster Behavior that Leads to Safe Online Experiences

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (June 20, 2016) –The Internet can be intimidating with headlines about hackers, cyberbullying and phishing scams. June is National Internet Safety Month, giving parents the opportunity to talk to their kids about these issues and the importance of safe Internet use. According to a 2015 Pew Research Center study, 92 percent of teens report going online daily, with 24 percent noting they go online “almost constantly.”

While devices such as the iPhone 6s and iPad Pro help families feel secure and stay connected, users of these high-tech devices need to know how to avoid compromising their personal safety online, and parents can play a key role in guiding mobile usage. According to a recent U.S. Cellular survey1, the average age a child is getting their first phone is 13, with safety cited as the main reason. Seventy percent of respondents note that they always or frequently monitor their child’s cell phone use, while almost three quarters have rules about their child’s cell phone usage.

“The latest mobile devices operating on a high-quality 4G LTE network with nationwide coverage can keep families better connected to each other and the Internet more than ever,” stated Nathan Waddell, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in the Mid-South. “At U.S. Cellular, we encourage parents to take the time to have open discussions about what works best for their family, and we want to be a resource as parents make decisions on their child’s first cellphone and the related Internet use.”

U.S. Cellular shares five easy tips for parents to facilitate discussion about Internet use on mobile devices and to raise digitally responsible children: 

• Have an agreement with your children: U.S. Cellular has created a Parent-Child Agreement to help guide families’ conversations about mobile phone usage. The agreement focuses on safety and etiquette, and is customizable based on each family’s specific and evolving needs.

• Discuss online communications: Beyond texting, increases in the use of social platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat open up new communication pathways for teens. Discuss the importance of never posting hurtful or hateful comments on others pages and always being responsible for what is said online.

• Set boundaries for online sharing: Make sure children know to never share personal information online, including their name, age, address, school or passwords. Remind them to communicate only with family or friends and not to answer unknown requests or texts, click on unfamiliar links or download attachments unless they are from a trusted source.

• Post photos appropriately: Today’s kids are eager to capture and share photos, but many fail to grasp that once photos are online, they are part of a public space, and can even be modified without their knowledge. Discuss appropriate guidelines for sharing photos with friends, and alert them to never post photos that could contain information about where they live or be seen as inappropriate. It’s also a good rule of thumb to not post or share photos or videos of others without their consent.

• Use parental controls:  The NQ Family Guardian app, available for $4.99 a month for Android devices, provides safety and security by monitoring your child’s location and mobile usage. This service allows parents to review their child’s calls and texts, and restrict certain websites and apps. Children can also send their parents an alert with the simple press of a button if they are in trouble or find themselves in an uncomfortable situation. For iOS users, there is a wide range of parental-control options that are automatically available in iOS 9’s Settings app.

While these steps can help promote online safety today, the Internet is constantly evolving, as is the technology surrounding it, and teens also are ever changing how they consume information and interact in this digital age. To help parents stay informed and well positioned to help their teens become responsible digital citizens, local schools, police departments and other community groups offer seminars on Internet safety. U.S. Cellular also offers device workshops for the entire community, including those who are not U.S. Cellular customers, providing a great opportunity to learn more about the many features of today’s smart devices and how teens may be using them to connect and engage online.

¹ Between Nov. 12-21, 2015, a total of 735 online interviews were conducted among a nationally representative sample by Consumer Insights, in partnership with Maritz CX.
 
Additional data charges may apply. 4G LTE service may be provided through King Street Wireless, a partner of U.S. Cellular. LTE is a trademark of ETSI.

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

About U.S. Cellular
U.S. Cellular is the fifth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, providing national network coverage 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 a high-quality network in big and small cities and rural communities, and currently, 99 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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Commission of Fine Arts votes on ‘concept approval’ for refined preliminary White House fence design

WASHINGTON – The United States Secret Service (USSS) and the National Park Service (NPS) today presented concepts for a new White House fence to the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) for concept approval. The CFA voted to approve the essential components of the agencies’ preferred concept, which will be further developed and refined in the coming months.

The fence for the White House grounds will be a taller and stronger fence that incorporates anti-climb and intrusion detection technology, while respecting the historical significance and visitor experience at the White House and President’s Park. The approved concept, voted on today, is an 11 foot 7 inch fence, with wider and stronger pickets, and a small increase in the space between the pickets. The current fence is about 7 feet tall.

The agencies presented preliminary concepts to the CFA during an information presentation this spring, and have worked diligently to further develop those concepts over the past few months. The fence concepts presented today are part of a phased approach to enhance security of the White House and its environs. The initial phase focuses on the fence around the White House and its immediate grounds. The second phase will address improvements to the fences around the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Eisenhower Executive Office Building

There are still several additional steps before construction will begin on a new fence, including a return to the Commission of Fine Arts for final design approval. The agencies aim to begin construction of the White House grounds fence by 2018.

Starting in May 2015, the USSS and the NPS implemented a series of temporary security enhancements and aesthetic improvements for the White House complex. These temporary security measures to E Street NW, the Ellipse and the removable anti-climb feature installed on the top of the White House fence, have provided enhanced protection for the White House and will remain in place until long-term solutions are fully implemented.


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Asbury UMC Announces 2016 Vacation Bible School Schedule

Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV announces their 2016 Vacation Bible School Program titled ‘Surf Shack’. 

Registration will be on Tuesday; June 28 at 5:30 PM and the VBS program will be each weeknight from 6-8 PM (June 28 – July 1). 

At Surf Shack, kids will be equipped and invited to plunge into the incredible experience of knowing God. They will encounter God’s awesomeness through amazing Bible stories before embarking on a breathtaking adventure of participating in God’s love.

With Surf Shack as its hub, Asbury will become an ocean of excitement as kids and leaders (Surfers and Lifeguards) enjoy beach–themed music, crafts, science projects, recreation, Bible stories and more! 

Kids will become fully equipped to live out God’s mission in their lives.  So grab your surfboard and head on over to ‘Asbury Beach’ as we catch the wave of God’s Amazing Love! 

All children, regardless of denomination or church affiliation are invited to participate. 

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 and learn how to register early and to get further information.


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Asbury UMC to hold 225th Anniversary Celebration

Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV will celebrate its 225th Anniversary during the weekend of June 25-26.  We have planned an exciting time that will include something for everyone.

On Saturday; June 25th (10am-4pm), the entire community is invited to join in as Asbury hosts a catered block party celebrating Asbury’s involvement in the life of the Jefferson County community. We will have activities for kids, historical artifact displays and a tour of the Asbury facilities. We will also conduct lectures on Methodism’s first Bishop Francis Asbury (our namesake), the history of the United Methodist Church and Asbury UMC. 

On Sunday, June 26 at 10am,  we will conclude our weekend celebration with a special worship service to rededicate Asbury into the Lord’s Service.  There will be a reception immediately following the worship 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.


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Tanabata Family Festival To Be Held June 18 At The Washington County Museum Of Fine Arts

HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND – The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts invites the public to several programs during the Tanabata (Banner) Family Festival this Saturday, in connection with the current exhibition, Along the Eastern Road: Hiroshige’s Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido. The programs will be offered from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and are free of charge but do require advance registration.

From 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., children and adults can create Tanzaku banners. In Japan, people celebrate Tanabata by writing special messages, wishes, prayers, and poetry, on, narrow strips of colored paper called tanzaku, and hang them on bamboo poles or trees. After learning about this tradition, children and adult participants will write their own messages and create their own tanzaku banners to display in the Museum’s Kaylor Garden before taking them home at the end of their visit.

Origami, the art of paper folding often associated with Japanese culture, will be offered from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Participants will transform a flat sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through folding techniques. At 1:00 p.m., the museum will also host a Lecture on Kokedama Bonsai by West Virginia Professor of the Year, Shepherd University Professor, Sonya Evanisko. A Gallery Talk with art educator Claudia Giannini featuring the exhibit and a printmaking discussion will follow the lecture at 2:00 p.m. She will explain the historical and cultural background of the Hiroshige prints while also discussing their artistic design and aesthetic beauty.

Along the Eastern Road: Hiroshige’s Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido features 55 revolutionary wood-block prints by Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797-1858), recording the scenic views along the famous “Eastern Road” that linked Edo (now Tokyo) with Kyoto, the ancient imperial capital of Japan. This popular series, known as the Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido, was published in 1834 and established Hiroshige’s reputation as the foremost artist of the topographical landscape. The exhibit is open until June 26.

To register for any or all of these special programs, RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call the Museum at 301-739-5727. Additional information can be found at http://wcmfa.org/tokaido-road-family-festivals. These events are sponsored by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership. The exhibition is sponsored by the Community Foundation of Washington County, The Hershey Family Foundation, and the Waltersdorf Family Fund at the Community Foundation of Washington County.

The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is considered one of the finest small museums in the nation. Located in Hagerstown’s historic City Park, the Museum is a destination for those interested in the fine arts and education. What began as an initial gift from the founders has grown into an extraordinary permanent collection that includes over 7,000 paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, and other works of art representing a variety of international cultures. The museum is open year-round and is free of charge. For more information visit http://www.wcmfa.org.

Photo: 26th Station: Kawegawa, Hiroshige Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido, woodblock print, courtesy of Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania
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Celebrate summer and handmade during the Over the Mountain Studio Tour’s annual Summer Preview Show

Celebrate summer and handmade during the Over the Mountain Studio Tour’s annual Summer Preview Show in downtown Shepherdstown’s War Memorial Building, July 8-10.  The 24-member tour invites you to kick off their 27th year at their Opening Reception on Friday, July 8, 5-7 pm, where you can meet this year’s two newest juried members, experience fresh work from all members, and enjoy a bit of conversation with snacks and drinks.  The show continues Saturday, July 9, 10-5 pm, and Sunday, July 10, 9-3 pm.

Two new tour members will be featured: including Lisa Kovatch, earthenware pottery, and Bridget Brown, fiber paintings.  All tour members will be represented, including pottery, basketry, stained glass, fine furniture, twig furniture, blacksmithing, jewelry, colored pencil drawings, abstract and portrait painting, watercolor painting, hand hewn bowls, wood sculpting, book and paper art, wearable fiber art, polymer clay, gourd art, and wooden toys.

The Annual Summer Show gives the artisans of the tour a reason to gather under one roof for a weekend and have a great time together, kicking off our 27th year celebration.  We want to share the genuine sense of enjoyment and connection with the larger community. From visitors to our Farmers Market and the Contemporary American Theater Festival, to locals out for the day, you will see first- hand that this area is a haven for gifted artists, ” says Fran Brolle, jeweler and eleventh year tour member.

Friday night’s reception is our first chance to introduce our newest members, and celebrate the fresh work and energy they bring to the group.  Come celebrate with us, and meet these gems of Jefferson County!” says Pam Parziale, potter and founding member.

The Over The Mountain Studio Tour Summer Preview Show kicks off the tour’s 27th Year of celebrating our local artisans. Mark your calendar for the full autumn tour, November 12 & 13, always the second weekend of November. 

For more information, visit http://www.studiotourwv.org.


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Under Fire!: The Battle of Bolivar Heights, 1862

On Saturday and Sunday, June 18th and 19th, visitors are invited to witness the power of field artillery that defended the Union garrison during the Siege of 1862. Harpers Ferry Park’s Living History staff will present artillery demonstrations at 1, 2, and 3 p.m., on the battle which led to General Stonewall Jackson’s capture of 12,500 Federal soldiers. 

A military camp will be open for visitation on the Bolivar Heights Battlefield from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Shuttles from the Visitor Center at Cavalier Heights to the Bolivar Heights Battlefield will be provided.

“We are surrounded by enemy batteries,” wrote a Union officer garrisoned at Harpers Ferry on September 15, 1862.  On that day, the 12,500-man Union garrison surrendered to Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.  This military action at Harpers Ferry was the largest surrender of Union troops during the American Civil War.  Following the surrender of Federal troops, Jackson’s men marched northward to join Confederate General Robert E. Lee near Sharpsburg, Maryland, arriving in time to save Lee’s flank from annihilation during the Battle of Antietam.


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Celebrate The 260Th Anniversary Of The Construction Of Fort Frederick June 25 & 26th

BIG POOL, MARYLAND – Fort Frederick State Park will celebrate the 260th anniversary of the fort’s construction June 25 and 26. Living historians will garrison the fort and demonstrate what life was like at Fort Frederick during the French and Indian War. The special anniversary commemoration will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

Members of the recreated units of Joshua Beall’s Company and Alexander Beall’s Company of the Maryland Forces along with Maryland Militia will provide living history interpretation. Throughout the weekend, a wide variety of demonstrations will take place in and around the Fort, including musket demonstrations, military drill, a military blacksmith, pit sawing demonstrations, and more.

“This program allows our visitors to travel back in time and participate in the daily activities performed by the soldiers and women stationed at the fort during the French and Indian War, and at the same time celebrate the 260th Anniversary” said Rob Ambrose, Park Ranger at Fort Frederick State Park.

Highlights of the event include:

  • Fort Frederick Flag Raising at 9 a.m.
  • Fort Frederick Flag Lowering at 5 p.m.
  • Volunteer Company Drill (for young and old.) at 12 and 3 p.m.
  • Military Music at 1:30 p.m.
  • Join a Ranging Party on patrol 12:30 p.m.
  • Pit sawing and wood working –All Day
  • Blacksmithing demonstrations at 11:30 and 2:30 both days

The French and Indian War, which was fought between 1756 and 1763, changed the landscape and fabric of the North American continent forever. Experience life during the war, which pitted the French and their Indian allies against the British and their Indian allies, at Fort Frederick State Park.

There is a service charge for this event of $3.00 per vehicle for Maryland residents and $5.00 per vehicle for non-residents.  Disabled access is available; however, most of the event activities are situated on grassy areas that may present difficult rolls or walks.  Visitors are encouraged to dress for inclement weather or hot sunny days.  Snacks, drinks, gifts, and souvenir items will be available for sale at Captain Wort’s Sutler Shop.  Food items will be available for purchase from the Clear Spring Lions Club.

Fort Frederick is located off of Rt 70 exit 12 at State Route 56, Big Pool, MD. For more information about the Garrison Weekend or other Fort Frederick activities, please call the park at 301-842-2155 during the office hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends.


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Smithsonian Curator To Present “Seeing America With Norman Rockwell” in Hagerstown

HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND – On Sunday afternoon, June 19, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts (WCMFA) will present a public program featuring guest speaker Dr. Virginia Mecklenburg, Chief Curator of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM). Dr. Mecklenburg will present an illustrated lecture on the topic Seeing America with Norman Rockwell. The program is free of charge but advance registration is required.

A specialist on American art and culture, Dr. Mecklenburg served as curator and primary catalogue author for the SAAM’s 2010 exhibition Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. Her lecture coincides with the Museum’s exhibition Play Ball! Celebrating 60 Years of Norman Rockwell’s “The Oculist”.

Norman Rockwell (1894-1987) was one of America’s best known and best loved artists, largely as a result of the 322 covers that he created for the Saturday Evening Post between 1916 and 1963.  A careful observer of human emotions and behavior, Rockwell successfully captured the seemingly spontaneous events of daily life through the faces, poses, and actions of people that he knew personally.  Yet, as this exhibition shows, Rockwell’s method was far from spontaneous.  Working over a period of several weeks, Rockwell frequently captured variations of his compositions through staged photographs that he then meticulously reworked through drawings and oil sketches before finalizing his compositional story on canvas.

Since its debut on the cover of Saturday Evening Post on May 19, 1956, Norman Rockwell’s painting of The Oculist has been a perennial favorite of baseball fans, young and old.  This very special 60th anniversary “focus show” tells the story of how the painting was originally conceived and created, and how it became a treasured highlight of the WCMFA collection.  Organized in partnership with the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, the exhibition includes original documents related to the creation and acquisition of the painting, as well as rarely seen photographs of studio models and compositional stage sets taken by Norman Rockwell himself. The exhibit continues through October 23.

To register for the lecture, RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call the Museum at 301-739-5727. Additional information can be found at http://wcmfa.org/news/virginia-mecklenburg-seeing-america-with-norman-rockwell-lecture/. The exhibition is sponsored in part by: Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Anne G. & Howard S. Kaylor, Conservit, Inc., and Mr. and Mrs. Peter Franchot.

The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is considered one of the finest small museums in the nation. Located in Hagerstown’s historic City Park, the Museum is a destination for those interested in the fine arts and education. What began as an initial gift from the founders has grown into an extraordinary permanent collection that includes over 7,000 paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, and other works of art representing a variety of international cultures. The museum is open year-round and is free of charge. For more information visit http://www.wcmfa.org.

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Op-ed: Ask your doctor, not a lawyer

The following is an Op-Ed from Roman Stauffer. Stauffer is Executive Director of West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse.

Dramatic and sensationalistic personal injury lawsuit ads bombard our daily lives, especially on television. Often these personal injury lawyer ads appear to dole out medical-sounding information in hopes of enlisting potential clients for a lawsuit.

Misleading information may be used in the ads to lure or scare people into joining a lawsuit, and, of course, there is the standard promise that West Virginians will cash in on jackpot justice.

New academic research recently released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform shows that personal injury lawyer advertising is growing faster than ever. The report projects that personal injury lawyer television advertising will hit $892 million in 2015, which is a 68 percent increase over eight years ago when they spent $531 million. This type of disgusting advertising has grown six times faster from 2008 to 2014 than all other television ad spending.

One unfortunate risk of these advertisements is that they may scare patients into making bad health decisions. The ads often warn about extremely rare side effects, which may cause people to stop taking much-needed medications. The ads plant seeds of doubt and apprehension in viewers about trusting their doctor. They encourage people to seek the counsel of personal injury lawyers on medical issues, and as a result may steer viewers away from the guidance of their health care professional.

Undoubtedly, the vast majority of health care providers act in our best interest and recommend treatments to help us achieve the best health possible. And while some lawsuits are legitimate, the incessant personal injury lawsuit ads are all about generating lawsuits to make personal injury lawyers rich. Why else would these lawyers be spending nearly a billion dollars a year on TV ads?  The ads raise false hopes, promise elusive lawsuit riches, and drive our society to believe that the solution to every issue is a lawsuit, regardless of whether it has merit or not.

If you have concerns about your health care, do the obvious thing of asking your doctor. He or she knows your health history and what is best for you. The millionaire personal injury lawyers hawking health care-related lawsuits are only acting in their best interests with hopes of hitting their own jackpot justice lottery and reaping huge lawsuit profits for themselves.


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Old Opera House to host 16th annual New Voice Play Festival

June 24, 25, & 26, 2016

Each year the Old Opera House Theatre Company asks playwrights from across the country to submit their new one-act plays to a panel of judges. These plays are read and discussed, and the top four of the season are presented on the Old Opera House stage each year in late June. The plays range from 10 to 40 minutes in length and all four are assembled into an exciting evening of entertainment. The Old Opera House then asks our audience to serve a theatre critic and select their favorites of this year’s festival. This is a unique opportunity to see some of the American Theatre’s newest offerings.

The 16th Annual New Voice Play Festival

Bad Move by Vicki Koestler – Alexandria, VA

Directed by Liz Ricketts

Featuring

Carl Dunn as Peter
Meaghan Barry as Beth
Melissa LeBlanc as Ariana
Zachery Miller as Jason
A young couple has just moved into an upper class neighborhood and worry that they will not be accepted. While Peter tries to convince his pregnant wife Beth that all is well, two teens from the local high school improvisation group arrive at the door and confusion abounds! Will the teen’s antics convince the couple that their move to Oakwood Lakes was a mistake?

Fast Fall By Carl Williams – Houston, TX

Directed by Ed Conn

Featuring

Lydia Daffer Dunn as Dorothy (Dottie) Montgomery
Christine Brewer as Susan Wayfield
Jeff Hudkins as Gerald Grimes
Micheal George as Evan Sawyer
When Dottie Montgomery’s brother falls over the balcony and dies, theories as to how this tragic incident occurred begin to surface. Was it suicide? Murder? Join Dottie, her sister Susan, and newest beau Gerald, along with the police detective Evan in this film-noir-esque play that will leave you guessing whodunit?

First Do No Harm by Bara Swain - New York, NY

Directed by Tonja Hirst

Featuring

Amy Hebb as Ethel
Steven Brewer as Mike

Ethel is a stressed out, single mother, in the middle of a mental breakdown. Just as she reaches her breaking point, she meets Dr. Michael Rabiner, a mild mannered General Practitioner. Despite her attempts to make him the embodiment of all her fears and life challenges; he shows her what it means when a doctor not only takes “the oath”, but lives it.


Grim Tidings by Dennis Jones - Powhatan, VA

Directed by Rene Farabaugh

Featuring

Lee Hebb as Edward Hastings
Kit McGinnis as Madam Zarkov
Charlie Perkins as Nigel
Bruce Olson as Portofoy
Kelly Pannill as Amanda Broom
It is Christmas Day, 1885, Edward Hastings is on a solitary walk when he happens upon the establishment of Madam Zarkov, Fortune Teller. Does Edward accept his fate or does he change his future with Madam Zarkov’s help?

Ticket prices:
$15.00 Adults
$12.00 Students

Call the OOH Theatre Box-office at (304) 725-4420 or purchase tickets on-line at http://www.oldoperahouse.org


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WVCALA: Company Drops Motorcycle Coverage In West Virginia Due To Poor Lawsuit Climate

Press Release received from West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse. WVCALA is a nonprofit citizen watchdog group with 30,000 members interested in a broad range of civil justice issues.

Charleston, W.Va. – As thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts gather in Charleston this weekend for the annual Capitol City Biker Bash, many may be seeking comradery and fun while they also search for new liability coverage – as one insurer is leaving the state and blaming the lawsuit environment here. 

West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (WV CALA) recently learned from a media report that Rider Insurance of New Jersey is terminating West Virginia policies because of the state’s difficult legal system. The company reportedly notified nearly 6,000 customers on May 31st that it would no longer offer motorcycle coverage in West Virginia.

Roman Stauffer, Executive Director of WV CALA noted, “The Legislature under the leadership of Senate President Bill Cole and House Speaker Tim Armstead have made great strides in fixing West Virginia’s civil justice system, as they have worked to pass several, much-needed, lawsuit reforms to bring our state into the legal mainstream.” 

“More work needs to be done in areas where our state continues to be an outlier, particularly with our lack of an intermediate court of appeals. Another challenge is the Mountain State’s lawsuit lottery mentality. Our courts need to be all about justice, not greed,” Staffer added. 

Rider’s letter to its West Virginia customers states, “We have concluded that it is impossible to do business in West Virginia as a specialized company that is determined to maintain low premiums for our customers. The reason is the West Virginia legal system… It is far more difficult than the judicial system in any other state in which we write insurance.”

Stauffer observed, “It’s unfortunate this company will no longer do business in West Virginia, and it’s an example of how lawsuit abuse can directly affect consumers. Motorcycle owners will have fewer options for liability protection, and some may have to pay higher prices. Clearly our work is not done. Citizens need to continue to call out lawsuit abuse, advocate for legal reforms – and vote – to make sure West Virginia courts are fair and balanced.”

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Maryland Symphony Orchestra to Present 31st Salute to Independence Concert at Antietam

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - The 31st Annual “Salute to Independence” concert, presented by the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, will be held on Saturday, July 2 at the Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg. The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

Music Director Elizabeth Schulze has programmed a concert that will honor, through words and music, the men and women who have served our country in the past, and those who are currently members of the United States Armed Forces. The concert will also commemorate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary in 2016 and, as part of its 35th anniversary season kickoff, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra will unveil a new look that represents the first major logo overhaul in its history.

The “Salute to Independence” has become one of Maryland’s most patriotic outdoor events and Washington County’s largest, one-day tourism event, attracting nearly 30,000 people each year. In recent years it has been recognized by the American Bus Association as one of the “Top 100 Events in North America.”

Vocalist Robert Tudor will be the guest soloist for this concert and provide narration to Jay Unger’s stunningly moving and famed “Ashoken Farewell.”

Baritone Robert Tudor enjoys a vibrant career in the genres of opera, early music, musical theater and cabaret, and as a concert soloist throughout the United States. Since 2007, Robert has been featured annually as a guest artist in the Montana Early Music Festival and returns to Montana each summer as an artist and instructor at the Helena Choral Festival, where he directs, teaches, and appears as a soloist in recitals and concerts.

Tudor has performed with the celebrated Washington Bach Consort, Pro Music Colorado Chamber Orchestra, Maryland Handel Festival, and the Jacksonville and Maryland Symphony Orchestras. He has also appeared as a guest artist at The Art of Argento, a two-week celebration of the music of contemporary American composer Dominick Argento at the University of Maryland. Tudor received a Doctorate of 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. Tudor will sing the National Anthem and lead the traditional Salute to the Armed Forces medley and the “Sing -Out America” sing-a-long.

The MSO will be performing such crowd pleasing favorites as Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” selections from Ferde Grofé‘s “Grand Canyon Suite,” the Armed Forces Salute, and Sousa’s “Yorktown Centennial March” and “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

Serving as Master of Ceremonies will be former television news anchor and producer Pieter Bickford. Bickford is a lifelong journalist who now spends his days uncovering fun things to do in the area as Editor-in-Chief of What’s NXT, a free monthly event guide. Pieter grew up in Hagerstown, graduated from North High, and studied journalism at Ithaca College in New York. Pieter previously worked at WHAG-TV, WBAL Radio and Maryland Public Television. Pieter is actively involved in the community, serving on the board of directors for the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and hosting numerous events and forums throughout the year.

The evening will end with a spectacular fireworks display supported by PNC and produced by Bay Fireworks of Farmingdale, NY.

Event Partners for the “Salute” are the National Park Service, Antietam National Battlefield, and Washington County, MD.

The PNC Fireworks Display is presented through a grant from the PNC Foundation.

Liberty Sponsors are Antietam Cable Television, FirstEnergy Foundation on behalf of Potomac Edison, Herald Mail Company/Herald-Mail Media, and The Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Foundation.

Red, White and Blue Sponsors are Electromet Corporation and Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Victory Sponsors are Charles Schwab Office of T.J. Roccograndi, Meritus Health, Inc., Volvo, The Hamilton Family Foundation, and The Marlene & Mike Young Family.

Patriotic Sponsors are American Legion Clopper-Michael Post #10, Unit #10 American Legion Auxiliary, Post #10 Sons of the American Legion, Paul Crampton Contractors, Delaplaine Foundation, Schmankerl Stube Bavarian Restaurant, and Varner “Pat” Paddack.

The MSO also acknowledges the support from its “Friends of the Salute” members, and a Washington County Gives matching grant as awarded by the Community Foundation of Washington County through the orchestra’s participation in the recent 24-Hour Day of Giving on May 3, 2016.

Antietam National Battlefield is one of America’s National Parks and is the site of the bloodiest one day battle in American history. On September 17, 1862, more than 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded, or declared missing in action after 12 hours of savage combat. For more information on the battlefield, http://www.nps.gov/anti/.

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra and “Salute to Independence” is supported in part by a grant from the Maryland States Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 35th season as 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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Everyone Invited To Shepherdstown WV 4th Of July Parade And Picnic

The historic town of Shepherdstown WV will hold its annual Independence Day parade and community picnic on Monday, July 4. Both events will be held rain or shine. Everyone is welcome at both events and admission will be free.

The parade and picnic are organized annually by the Rotary Club of Shepherdstown. The goal is to provide an old-fashioned, family-oriented 4th of July celebration that everyone can enjoy. The parade will be held starting at 11:00 a.m. downtown. It will last about an hour. Entries will include veteran’s groups, antique vehicles, local societies and organizations of all kinds, local businesses, government officials, children’s groups, animals, historical re-enactors, fire trucks, and more. Plenty of parade parking will be available in the Shepherd University parking lot at the edge of downtown on High Street.

The picnic will be held right after the parade, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m., in the pavilion at Morgan’s Gove Park on Kearneysville Pike (Route 480) just southwest of town.

The picnic will feature live music, with two local bands: The Speakeasy Boys and the Gypsy Ramblers. There will be many free children’s activities, including a scavenger hunt, a water balloon toss, face painting, a waterslide and more. The Rotary Club will be selling hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, and non-alcoholic beverages at reasonable prices. All proceeds from those sales are used to help cover event costs.

People can bring their own picnic lunches if they prefer. There is plenty of parking at the park.

For more information go to the Rotary Club website at http://www.shepherdstownrotary.org/July_4_picnic or contact Peter Smith at 304-876-1139 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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Mugs & Muffins Opens in Downtown Martinsburg

Mugs & Muffins is a local family-operated Coffee Shop and Bakery. They use locally sourced, organic products. Their coffee is roasted by Rick’s Roasters.

Stop In for a Coffee and a Muffin. Also daily specials on Sandwiches and Salads for lunchtime.

Mugs & Muffins
220 N. Queen Street
Downtown Martinsburg
http://www.mugsandmuffinsbakery.com
304.839.6836


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6th Annual Jefferson County Civil War Seminar

Final plans are being made for the Sixth Annual Jefferson County Civil War Seminar to be held on June 21, 22, and 23, 2016. Sponsored jointly by the Charles Town Library Civil War Roundtable, the Harpers Ferry Historical Association, the Historic Shepherdstown Commission, the Jefferson County Black History Preservation Society, and the Jefferson County Historical Society, the seminar is provided free of charge to the public. Seating for this popular event is limited, so plan to arrive early. The location for each day and a summary schedule follows:

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016
Allies For Freedom Exhibit on the 2nd floor of the John Brown Museum (corner of Shenandoah & Potomac Streets) in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Pay the entrance fee and ride the park shuttle to the Lower Town.

9:20 AM: Don Watts: “In My Backyard? Yankees?”
10:45 AM: Jim Glymph: “Wearing of the Gray, Brown…! Uniforms in the Confederate Army 1861-1865”
1:15 PM: Bill Berry: Civil War Railroads
2:40 PM: Doug Perks: The County Seat Controversy

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
Entler Hotel, 129 East German Street, Shepherdstown WV

9:20 AM: Dave Collins: Civil War 101
10:45 AM: Steve French: “Belle Boyd: Myth and Reality”
1:15 PM: Dave Collins: Topography 202:
2:40 PM: John Kavaliunas: Far Away Dixieland?

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
Fisherman’s Hall, southwest corner South West and West Academy Streets, Charles Town WV

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.: James Taylor, George Rutherford, and James Tolbert: “Post-Civil War Advances in Education, Self-Help Fraternal and Religious Organizations, and Civil Rights in Jefferson County”
1 to 2:20 p.m.: James Broomall: “After Appomattox: Reconstructing the American South, 1865-1877”
2:30 to 4 p.m.: Donna Northouse: “Building a Better America: Catalysts Frederick Douglass, Clara Barton, and Walt Whitman at Work in Post-Civil War Washington, D.C.”


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2016 Fall Soccer Registration is now open at Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Rec

Registration is currently being accepted for the Fall 2016 Soccer Season. The registration fee is $55 per child for Berkeley county residents and $60 per child for Non-residents. (There is a $5 sibling discount given off second and subsequent registrations, when registering siblings on the same receipt.) The deadline for registration is August 5, 2016. Any registrations received after the deadline will be charged a $10 late fee. Online registration will be open until 11:59pm on August 5, 2016. Practices may be anywhere in Berkeley County. Games are played at Dupont Soccer Complex, located in Falling Waters (U-15 division also plays at Musselman High School)

To register online follow this link: https://apm.activecommunities.com/mbcparksandrecdept/Home

To download a copy of the registration form, follow this link: http://www.mbcparks-rec.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/FALL-2016-SOCCER.pdf

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Libertarians Dare GOP on Passing Tax Increase

Press Release received from the Libertarian Party of WV

“It’s a crazy election year all over the country,” says Michael Wilson, Chair of the Libertarian Party of West Virginia, “and nowhere more so than here in West Virginia where, astonishingly, the first Republican-controlled legislature in nearly 80 years is on the verge of passing an increase in the sales tax or an even greater increase in tobacco taxes than was already rejected in the House of Delegates.” “Republicans talk a good game about smaller government and then turn around and betray their putative principles every time,” Wilson observed.

“Well, all I have to say,” adds Libertarian candidate for Governor, David Moran, “is ‘thanks, GOP, you’re giving me just the boost I need to convince the public to vote Libertarian this year.’”

Libertarian candidate for Secretary of State, John Buckley, observed, “if the Republicans keep this up, we Libertarian candidates are going to have to record the GOP tax increase vote as a massive, in-kind political contribution on our campaign finance reports.”  “I double-dog dare Bill Cole and his Republican majority in the legislature to pass a tax increase,” Buckley said. “There are tens of thousands of voters in West Virginia absolutely fed up with top-heavy government in our state and they’re looking for someone to represent them. Libertarians are offering them that alternative,” he declared.

The Libertarian Party of West Virginia is running a full slate of six statewide candidates, plus another dozen candidates for U.S. House of Representatives, state legislature, and local office.


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Deadline Approaching: “Art of the Portrait” at the Berkeley Art Works

The submission deadline for the Berkeley Arts Council “Art of the Portrait” is June 23. The juried exhibit is to showcase the art of the portrait. All 2-dimensional artwork framed up to 36 inches in the long dimension, including but not limited to painting, photography, and mixed media is eligible. 3-dimensional works and self portraits are acceptable. The exhibit will be displayed from July 13 - August 6, 2016 in the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, WV.

Entries are by digital images sent by email. Please read the full instructions at http://wp.me/pDwaf-Eg.
Deadline for entries June 23. There is no entry fee. Accepted artists will be asked to make a donation to support the gallery at the time work is delivered. Jurying of the digital submissions will be done by a committee of Berkeley Art Works artists by June 30 and work is to be delivered to the gallery between July 6 and July 10. For more information email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call304-620-7277.

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


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Call for Artists: Juried Railroad Art Exhibit

The Berkeley Arts Council in Martinsburg, West Virginia announces the Call for Entries for “Heavy Metal”, a juried exhibit of railroad art to be on display from August 31 through October 1, 2016 in the special exhibit gallery space at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg.

The exhibit is open nationally to all visual artists over the age of 18 in all media. We seek to present an exhibit of artworks in a wide range of media and techniques that celebrates the diverse rail heritage in the United States. The juror for the exhibit is Michael Doig, Assistant Professor of Art at Davis & Elkins college in Elkins, West Virginia.

The exhibit is being produced in association with the Center for Railroad Tourism at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, WV.

Entries for the “Heavy Metal” exhibit must be submitted as digital images for jurying. For details and the full prospectus, visit http://artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/hmetal/. The deadline for entries is July 18, 2016.

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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Preserve WV AmeriCorps Applications Being Accepted by Preservation Alliance of West Virginia

The Preserve WV AmeriCorps program is currently accepting applications for 19 service positions around the state of West Virginia for a one-year service assignment beginning August 29, 2016.  Applications will be accepted for all of these positions on a rolling basis until they are filled.  Once you apply, you will be notified of the positions that are open or have been filled already.

About the Program: The Preserve WV AmeriCorps program is a statewide service initiative administered by Preservation Alliance of West Virginia (PAWV), the statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to historic preservation in the Mountain State. The purpose of the Preserve WV AmeriCorps program is to implement historic preservation and heritage tourism projects throughout West Virginia by way of historic resource re-use, improvement, development, and interpretation.  Members’ service will focus on community development and revitalization through projects focused on historic resource improvement, volunteer management, community engagement, historic resource surveys, historic preservation, and heritage tourism development.

What to Expect: Preserve WV AmeriCorps members will be placed with an individual site throughout the state of West Virginia.  The program start date and orientation is August 29, 2016.  All members must commit to serving for 11 ½ to 12 months with full-time members serving 1750 hours and half-time members serving 950 hours. Members should expect to travel moderately, statewide, for different educational training opportunities and other AmeriCorps-required activities.  Members will receive a modest living allowance and have an option for assistance with health care and child care.  Upon successful completion of service, members will receive an educational award, which may be used for up to seven years after service.  More information will be provided upon inquiry.

To apply, either:

Send your Resume and three references with contact information, emailed directly to the program director (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)).  Please give us multiple ways to contact you, especially if your email access is not reliable.

OR

AmeriCorps application, submitted under the Preserve WV AmeriCorps program at the website http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/join-americorps. You will have to complete the application to be enrolled in the program.
Once your resume or application has been received, the program director will contact you about open positions and start a multi-step interviewing process.
Positions currently needing to be filled, as of June 5, 2016 are:

  4-H Heritage Program/Jacksons Mill (Weston, Lewis County) - Full-time
  The Clio Project (Huntington, Cabell County) - Full-time
  The Cockayne Farmstead/Marshall County Historical Society (Glen Dale, Marshall County) - Full-time
  Harrison County WV Historical Society (Clarksburg, Harrison County) - Full-time
  Harrison County WV Historical Society (Clarksburg, Harrison County) - Half-time
  Historic Shepherdstown Commission and Museum (Shepherdstown, Jefferson County) - Half-time
  Jefferson County Historic Landmarks Commission (Charles Town, Jefferson County) - Full-time
  Main Street Morgantown (Morgantown, Monongalia County) - Full-time
  Main Street Ripley (Ripley, Jackson County) - Full-time
  New River Gorge National River (Glen Jean, Fayette County) - Full-time
  New River Gorge Regional Development Authority (Hinton, Summers County) - Full-time
  The Old Hemlock Foundation (Bruceton Mills, Preston County) - Half-time
  Preservation Alliance of WV - Historic Theatre Trail (Elkins, Randolph County) - Full-time
  Preservation Alliance of WV - Endangered Properties (Morgantown, Monongalia County) - Half-time
  Pricketts Fort (Fairmont, Marion County) - Half-time
  West Augusta Historical Society (Mannington, Marion County) - Full-time
  WV Mine Wars Museum (Matewan, Mingo County) - Full-time
  Wheeling National Heritage Area (Wheeling, Ohio County) - Full-time
  Wheeling National Heritage Area (Wheeling, Ohio County) - Full-time

AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, an independent federal agency whose mission is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. To learn more about AmeriCorps see http://www.americorps.gov. The PreserveWV AmeriCorps program is sponsored by Volunteer West Virginia, the state’s Commission for National and Community Service: http://www.volunteerwv.org/

This AmeriCorps program is funded in part by a grant from Volunteer WV, the State’s Commission for National and Community Service and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Volunteer WV encourages West Virginians of all ages and abilities to be involved in service to their community.


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South Jefferson Public Library Announces Exhibit Featuring John Grinstead

The South Jefferson Public Library is pleased to announce an art exhibit featuring the paintings of John Grinstead.  This exhibit is the 66th in the Art in the Library series hosted by the library to highlight the talents of local artists. The exhibit runs from June 1 through July 31st 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.

For the past 5 years, John has been painting watercolors in his spare time.  As a watercolorist he is self-taught.  He had been interested in Art in his youth and now has returned after 25 years.  Some of his original works have been selected into international competition shows.

When choosing subjects, he tries to capture his surroundings. He attempts to challenge both his creative eye and skill development. He enjoys getting outside on weekends looking for subjects.

This is what Mr. Grinstead says about his art:  “Painting provides a great personal satisfaction. For myself, looking back at completed works is not as exciting as looking forward to the next. I hope to master watercolor painting and elevate my interpretations to the purist artistic expression.”

SPECIAL NOTICE!!! On Sunday, June 12th, a reception will be held between 2:00 and 4:00 pm at the library. The public is invited to meet and talk with this talented artist, view his beautiful and creative work, and enjoy the refreshments on hand.


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Christian Lopez and Kyle Cox to hit the road together in July

Singer-songwriters Christian Lopez and Kyle Cox are set to head out on tour together this summer for a series of dates in the second half of July (see schedule below). The string of dates begins in Georgia on July 15th, then covers other locations in the Southeast before heading to the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest prior to wrapping up on July 30th in Louisville, KY. 

Says Lopez of the planned jaunt: “We can’t wait to make it back to some of our favorite cities on this tour. We’re happy to have the great songwriter, Kyle Cox, along with us for the ride. See you all soon!”  Cox echoed his excitement, saying: “There’re so many great cities on this tour that I’m really looking forward to playing! I’m really grateful to Christian Lopez and his crew for bringing me along for the ride.” 

Christian Lopez / Kyle Cox Tour Dates:

7/10/2016 – Nashville, TN / City Winery/Eldon Thacker Radio Show (Christian Lopez only)

7/11/2016 – Nashville, TN / Winners Whiskey Jam (Christian Lopez only)

7/14/2016 – Nashville, TN / High Watt (Kyle Cox only)     

7/15/2016 – Duluth, GA / Red Clay Music Foundry

7/16/2016 – Orlando, FL / Will’s Pub  

7/17/2016 – Melbourne, FL / private house show    

7/20/2016 – Cornelius, NC / Old Town Public House

7/21/2016 – Birmingham, AL / Moonlight on the Mountain

7/22/2016 – Washington, DC / Tree House Lounge (Kyle Cox only)

7/23/2016 – Brooklyn, NY / The Rock Shop    

7/24/2016 – Philadelphia, PA / house show - open to public

7/25/2016 – Pittsburgh, PA / Parkway Theatre

7/26/2016 – Frederick, MD / Carroll Creek Amphitheater

7/27/2016 – Columbus, OH / house show – open to public

7/28/2016 – Cleveland, OH / TBD

7/29/2016 – Cleveland, OH / TBD

7/30/2016 – Louisville, KY / Third Street Dive

Info about Christian Lopez:

Steeped in the musical roots of his West Virginia upbringing, Christian Lopez epitomizes the soul of a traditional Appalachian folk musician living in the heart, mind and body of a man not yet even 21 years old.  On his debut full-length effort, Onward, the young artist emulates the sound produced by the region’s resident pickers and strummers and tackles themes of love, perseverance and coming of age. 

Released in May 2015, Onward was produced by Grammy Award-winner Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson) at his Nashville-based Low Country Sound studio. “I love[d] working with Christian,” Cobb recently told Native Magazine.  “It was kind of a no-brainer because Christian’s such a talent, and completely natural.  I think he has a bit of Paul Simon in him.” 

Since the album’s release, Lopez and Onward have steadily garnered praise and attention in the media.  Rolling Stone Country proclaimed him “Best Newcomer” at Americana Music Fest in Nashville in the fall of 2015. Lopez also took to the nationally-syndicated public radio airwaves last fall, performing on the acclaimed, long-running NPR show Mountain Stage and later on the highly-regarded Music City Roots. Touring incessantly since the release of Onward, Lopez and his band have most recently opened dates for American Aquarium, The Black Lillies, John Fullbright, Marty Stuart, Miranda Lambert, Sister Hazel, Steve Forbert, and Corey Smith. 

http://www.christianlopezband.com 

Info about Kyle Cox:

It might seem incongruous that the most intimate songs that flow from the heart and pen of a skilled songwriter are also sometimes the most deeply relatable to many who hear said songs, but that is the sonic sweet spot in which Kyle Cox practices his craft. The hoops- and hooks-loving (basketball and catchy songs, respectively), Nashville-based Cox, who recently signed a label/management deal with Rock Ridge Music, will consummate the partnership with the June 3, 2016 release of his five-song EP, Trio and Friends. Produced by Mike Marsh (drummer of The Avett Brothers), the album’s trio format pays homage sonically to some of Cox’s biggest influences: Willie Nelson, John Prine, and Johnny Cash. 

Born a military kid in the Lone Star state of Texas, Cox spent a lot of his life moving around, putting down and pulling up stakes in Omaha, NE, Washington, DC, and, finally in Orlando, FL, before settling down in Nashville where he lives now.  Now firmly pledged to the historic fraternity of Nashville songwriters, Kyle Cox has the tools at his disposal to build a solid bridge that leads to a long career. And it all begins and ends with just one thing: the song. 

http://www.kylecoxmusic.com 

For more information, please contact:

Krista Mettler, Skye Media & Rock Ridge Music .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Candidate Buckley Slams AARP, WV Press Association, and WV Public Broadcasting Over Debates

Press Release received from Libertarian Party of WV

John Buckley, the Libertarian Party candidate for Secretary of State, today castigated the three proposed hosts of what would be an October “closed-to-the-competition” publicly broadcast debate limited to just the Republican and Democratic candidates for Governor. “Shame on the media and so-called ‘public’ broadcasting,” declared Buckley, “for once again turning their back on the public’s demonstrated interest in considering other candidates.” Libertarian Party candidate for Governor, David Moran, was formally nominated at the party’s May 7 convention, which generated front-page coverage in the Charleston Gazette and in West Virginia’s preeminent weekly business publication, The State Journal.

The three proposed hosts of the limited-participation debate – the WV Press Association, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, AARP West Virginia – held a similar GOP/Democrat restricted debate in 2014 for United States Senate, from which three other candidates, including Buckley for the Libertarian Party, were excluded.

“West Virginia Public Broadcasting should be condemned for using the public’s tax dollars to prop up the political power of Republicans and Democrats,” said Buckley. “The WV Press Association is turning its back on the public interest in fair media coverage of all the candidates who have qualified for the ballot,” he added. “And it’s no wonder that AARP, one of the major lobbies for more government subsidies, bailouts, and status quo politics, seeks to trade political favors in return for continued insider access to the halls of power.” The Libertarian Party opposes government favoritism and the continued growth of state spending and taxes. “Perhaps the AARP is afraid the public might like what Libertarians have to say about smaller government,” Buckley suggested.

“If the topsy-turvy events of the current presidential election process have proved anything, it is that voters are absolutely sick to death of politics as usual,” Buckley observed. This exclusive debate is nothing better than the three sponsors responding “drop dead” to the public’s demand for clean, open elections.

“If elected Secretary of State,” Buckley vowed, “I will use that office as a bully pulpit in favor of fair, transparent elections, including in particular the advocacy of inclusive debates among candidates for public office.”

The Libertarian Party is West Virginia’s third-largest political party and is fielding candidates for all six of the statewide offices up for election this year. In addition to Moran, of Preston County, for Governor and Buckley, of Hardy County, for Secretary of State, the Libertarian Party of West Virginia (LPWV) is running Karl Kolenich, Upshur County, for Attorney General; Brent Ricketts, Jefferson County, for Auditor; Michael Young, Putnam County, for Treasurer; and Buddy Guthrie, Monongalia County, for Commissioner of Agriculture. In addition, the LPWV has nominated Zane Lawhorn of Mercer County for United States House of Representatives in the 3rd Congressional District and several candidates for House of Delegates, State Senate, and local office.


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U.S. Cellular in Martinsburg Highlights Smartphone Apps to Lessen Travel Hassles

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (May 24, 2016) – With Memorial Day just days away, more than 38 million* families and friends are packing their bags to kick off the summer travel season. This year, users are putting wireless devices to work to simplify their journey and keep on schedule. In fact, using smartphones and tablets for travel purposes is on the rise. According to a recent U.S. Cellular survey, 76 percent¹ of smartphone owners used their phone to assist them while traveling in 2015, up from 68 percent in 2014.

“People can manage transportation, lodging, adventures and meals from the palm of their hand,” said Nathan Waddell, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Mid-South, “U.S. Cellular provides access to high-quality networks that keeps people connected in their backyard and across the country, while giving them up-to-the-minute knowledge to make more informed decisions and avoid travel hassles.”

Although inconveniences like traffic jams, flight delays and road construction are unavoidable, using these free apps can help make travel less cumbersome for the upcoming holiday:


• GateGuru:  While passengers report record wait times at airport security this app covers over 204 airports across the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia.  View and post airport security wait times and see a list of reviews, tips and photos from travelers.

• WAZE: Waze is the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app. Join drivers in your area who share real-time traffic & road info to save time, gas money through collaboration. You can also actively report accidents and other hazards you see on the road.

• WV511: As the official source of traffic information from the West Virginia Department of Transportation, this map based interface provides access to current and future road work, current incidents and traffic speeds, winter road conditions, scheduled bridge openings, and other events across the state. In addition, over 800 live video feeds are available to view in real-time from the state’s roadside traffic cameras, with the ability to swipe to quickly move between cameras along a roadway.

• iExit: Ready for that much needed highway break? This app tells you what’s at upcoming exits when you’re on the highway. It uses your device’s location to determine where you are on the highway, and then displays upcoming exits in real time.


U.S. Cellular also recommends these five free travel apps to help plan and enhance vacations:

• TripIt: By forwarding confirmation emails from airlines, hotels and restaurants, TripIt creates a detailed itinerary in one place. Users can access their plans on any device. The app also links to Google Maps to provide directions.

• Uber: Users can avoid taxi lines and get a reliable ride in minutes from Uber. The app connects to a phone’s GPS signal to find a driver near its location and provides a fare estimate. Users also can watch their driver arrive and leave anonymous feedback for future customers.

• Currency Converter: Traveling outside the United States can present a different set of travel challenges, including determining the exchange rate. This app contains more than 190 currencies and updates exchange rates frequently. Users also can set favorites used most often for quick access.

• OpenTable: New food and restaurants are often highlights of any trip and finding the best options in a new city can be difficult. With this app, travelers can read reviews, look at menus and make reservations. If plans change, travelers can make adjustments through the app.

• Dropbox: This is commonly used to share work files and store other important documents, and it can be used for travel as well. Create a picture folder to upload photos at the end of each day. This frees up memory on a device and ensures users have properly stored their memories.

“We hope our friends and family have the most fun, relaxing vacations in 2016,” Waddell said. “If you have any questions or need a car charger before you head out of town, stop in to see any of our helpful associates.”


¹ Between Nov. 12-21, 2015, a total of 735 online interviews were conducted among a nationally representative sample by Consumer Insights, in partnership with Maritz CX. 

Additional data charges may apply. 4G LTE service may be provided through King Street Wireless, a partner of U.S. Cellular. LTE is a trademark of ETSI.

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


About U.S. Cellular
U.S. Cellular is the fifth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, providing national network coverage 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 a high-quality network in big and small cities and rural communities, and currently, 99 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.

 

*Source:  AAA/IHA 2016 travel figures.

 


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United States Mint to Launch Harpers Ferry NHP Quarter on June 8

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, in partnership with the United States Mint, invite the public to the official launch of the 33rd coin in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program.  The launch ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in Lower Town, Harpers Ferry along Hamilton Street. Park entrance fees are waived for the day and shuttle buses will begin service from the Visitor Center at 8 a.m.

Guest speakers at the ceremony include United States Mint Legislative Affairs Office Chief William Norton and NPS National Capital Regional Director Bob Vogel. Native West Virginian and Olympic Gold Medalist Vicky Bullett will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.

The event will also feature youth participation. The Jefferson High School Air Force Junior ROTC will present the colors, the Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle will lead the Pledge of Allegiance, and the Greenbrier East High School Marching Band will provide pre-event music and perform the National Anthem.

Following the launch ceremony, rolls of the new Harpers Ferry quarters will be available from Jefferson Security Bank. Event attendees may exchange cash for quarters; one roll ($10) minimum and ten roll ($100) maximum. Quarters in commemorative packaging may also be purchased from the Harpers Ferry Historical Association bookshop.

Other activities of the day will include: post-ceremony music with the Chamber Ensemble of the Charles Washington Symphony Orchestra; art displays by the Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle and local schools; photo opportunities with the United States Mint mascots; “Design a Quarter” youth art contests; an #HarpersFerryQTR InstaMeet; and much more.

The design of the coin features John Brown’s Fort, the site of John Brown’s last stand during his raid on the Harpers Ferry Armory. Inscriptions are “HARPERS FERRY,” WEST VIRGINIA,” “JOHN BROWN’S FORT,” “2016,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”  The reverse was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program artist Thomas Hipschen and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill.


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Star & Writer of UNBRANDED Coming to Shepherdstown for Film Festival Fundraiser

An evening of great adventure film and fine food and drink awaits partygoers of the American Conservation Film Festival’s spring fundraiser on June 18 in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Ben Masters, instigator and lead horseman of an escapade that took four young men over 3,000 miles with 16 wild mustangs, will introduce his film, Unbranded, and join partygoers for the festive evening, beginning at Shepherd University’s Reynolds Hall for the film screening before moving to the Town Run Brewing Company for drinks, dinner, and discussion.

Unbranded screened to a full, enthusiastic theater at the 2015 American Conservation Film Festival and won several awards at festivals throughout the country. This exciting tale highlights the complex plight of the wild American Mustang, thousands of whom inhabit public lands in the western United States. Masters set out to prove the value and resilience of these horses as well as the importance of preserving our public parkland.

This event is generously sponsored by TDC Virginia. (http://tdcvirginia.com/)

Live auction items will include a few valuable and unique items, including an oil painting of a Mustang by acclaimed Clarke County, VA, artist Kelly Heaton and custom-framed by Peter H. Miller. Tickets to the event are $50 per person and all proceeds go to benefit the American Conservation Film Festival, while an auction item will also benefit the Mustang Heritage Foundation.

The American Conservation Film Festival is in its 14th season of presenting the most compelling and informative conservation films from around the world along with discussions and workshops with filmmakers, family programming, and engaging social events. This year’s festival runs October 21-23 and 28-30.

For more information on and tickets for the Spring Roundup with Ben Masters, visit: http://conservationfilm.org/special-events/spring-2016-fundraiser-roundup-with-unbrandeds-ben-masters/

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For information on the film festival, visit: http://www.conservationfilm.org


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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park to Open New Exhibit

In conjunction with the National Park Service Centennial, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park announces the opening of a new exhibit on Saturday, May 28, 2016, entitled “Find Your Park – with Maps: A Cartographic History of Harpers Ferry.”

Located in the Information Center on Shenandoah Street, the exhibit highlights a variety of maps depicting Harpers Ferry, both historic and modern. Grouped thematically, the public can examine maps of early exploration, Civil War maps, transportation maps, and more.  A question and answer period will be held during an opening day reception, 1 to 3 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through 2016.


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Soloist Karla Riveria to Perform at Hagerstown Seventh-day Adventist Church

The Hagerstown Seventh Day Adventist invites the public to the a concert to be given by soloist Karla Riveria. The live performance will take place this Saturday, May 21, at 7:00 pm. The church is located at 11507 Robinwood Drive in Hagerstown, MD. The concert is free and open to the public.

About Karla Riveria

Ms. Karla Riveria recently performed with the Voices of Inspiration, directed by Nolan Williams, in a concert at the Verizon Center featuring Andrea Bocelli.  They have also had the privilege of performing for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure with recording artist, Matt Goss on several occasions, as well as performing at the Supreme Courthouse and many performances at the Kennedy Center. She has also performed solo concerts all over the east coast, as well as a performance honoring our veterans at the Visitor’s Center of the Washington, D.C. Temple of the Mormon Tabernacle.

Last March, Karla joined the Voices of Inspiration, under the direction of Nolan Williams, Jr. to perform for the 28th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy at the Kennedy Center.  This year’s lecturer was Norman Lear, who was introduced by Grammy Award Winner, Common.

At the beginning of 2015, Karla joined the Living Legends Singers, a professional choir born out of one that performs annually for the Living Legends Awards held by the Human Symphony Foundation.  November 2014 was there first performance as a professional choir and they look forward to many more performances.  That same month she had the wonderful privilege to perform at the Anderson House in Washington, D.C. for the Children’s Gala held by the Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation.  Last year also saw Karla performing concerts in West Virginia, Cape Cod, and New Jersey.  As well as giving 2 performances for the Columbia Union, a request by Ted Wilson to sing for Annual Council at the General Conference, an annual Christmas Concert at Hagerstown SDA Church, a concert for the Cambridge SDA Church in Cambridge, MD, and many other local church concerts.

In December 2013 Karla sang in honor of our veterans in a special service held at the Visitor’s Center of the Washington, D.C. Temple of the Mormon Tabernacle.  That September, Karla performed the role of 1st Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the Hub Opera Ensemble and will perform the role of Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni next May with them.  She had the amazing opportunity to open for the contemporary Christian group, Selah, in July .  She also performed the National Anthem for the Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Assoc. DC Chapter luncheon in Arlington, VA in April.  And had the wonderful opportunity to perform the Anthem again, this time for the Wounded Warrior Memorial Day Tribute held at the Great Meadows Event Center in The Plains, VA in May.


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Bloomery Plantation Distillery makes US history

CHARLES TOWN, WV: At 6:35 am, on Monday, May 16, 2016, Bloomery Plantation Distillery became the first small American businesses, of only a handful, to file a Form C with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Bloomery announced the filing of the first Form C generated using the iDisclose application for Regulation Crowdfunding. After four long years of waiting for Title III of the JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) Act to come to fruition, today, is the date that this unprecedented opportunity for American small businesses to raise growth capital by using grassroots efforts finally comes into effect.

Bloomery SweetShine, an artisanal liqueur distillery based in Charles Town, West Virginia successfully used the application to prepare and file its Form C with the Securities and Exchange commission in order to commence a Title III offering under the new Regulation Crowdfunding rules that went into effect today. Bloomery has been preparing for quite some time to be ready to launch an offering on this historic day as one of the inaugural companies in the country.

Bloomery is taking crowdfunding to a whole new level as a result of Title III of the JOBS Act. Title III essentially allows crowdfunding participants – investors – the ability to purchase actual ownership in a company rather than simply donating money to a company via a rewards-based program like Kickstarter. With Title III of the JOBS Act comes the latest in equity crowdfunding laws permitting non-accredited individuals to invest in small businesses. Investing was previously restricted to wealthier accredited investors and institutions only. Now friends, family and fans here, there, and everywhere can actually invest in the small Distillery’s future and the growth of the company.

Linda Losey, the entrepreneur and driving force behind Bloomery said that, “Our dream is to be able to take SweetShine from a tiny log cabin in the woods where the Blue Ridge Mountains meet the Shenandoah River in West Virginia and bring it to every state in America. iDisclose, along with our entire Title III team, was an integral part of this entrance journey of navigating the new Form C application. After waiting years to be able to reach out to our fan base to help push us to the national arena, we’re excited that the new law allows this small business to raise needed capital for growth in such a grassroots manner. We’re thrilled to be part of this inaugural class of Regulation Crowdfunding participants.”

Bloomery Plantation Distillery would like to thank the amazing team that worked on the 181 page document, including Bloomery’s outside counsel Michael Funk of Steptoe & Johnson LLP; Brian P Romine, CPA, PriceRomine PLLC; Georgia Quinn of iDisclose; Mark Lee of CrowdCPA.co and Amanda Carmichael of StartEngine, a website funding portal.

For more information about Bloomery, its offering, and to make an investment, visit http://www.startengine.com/startup/bloomery.

From garden to glass, Bloomery Plantation Distillery, takes a sweet spin on moonshine, by polishing up an old tradition and creating world class liqueurs, by hand with, ingredients from their own farm or other small American farms.

iDisclose is an online application similar to Turbo Taxtm that helps entrepreneurs prepare and file the legal documents they need to conduct a Title III crowdfunding offering to raise money for their company.

CrowdCPA.co provides independent review reports on client’s financial statements for inclusion in Form C under SEC Regulation Crowdfunding (‘Reg CF’).

StartEngine.com is a website that allows companies to raise capital by exchanging capital for securities and is one of the first funding portals to offer Regulation Crowdfunding through Title III of the JOBS ACT (equity or debt).


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Artisan Bread Class at Historic Peter Burr Farm

In this two part class, students will: learn how to create and maintain a sourdough starter; learn kneading and rising techniques using a traditional method; make a loaf of bread that will be baked on site; and take home sourdough starter to make bread at home. The class will include a two-hour evening session on Friday, May 20, followed by a four-hour morning session on Saturday, May 21.

All proceeds go to Jefferson County Historic Landmarks Commission (JCHLC). A donation of $40 to JCHLC covers costs and aids in future improvements at Peter Burr Farm. All ingredients are included. This course is taught by Wayne Braunstein and Joy Bridy.

Wayne is a retired teacher with a passion for artisanal foods. He has been a home bread baker for at least 30 years. Shortly after the oven was built at Peter Burr Living History Farm, Wayne took the first class taught in traditional brick-oven baking. He immediately signed on as a volunteer for the Bread Bakers’ Guild, and he took over as coordinator about 10 years ago. In addition to making bread, he keeps goats and makes artisanal cheeses.

Joy Bridy is a potter with her studio in Shenandoah Junction. She has a BA in Studio Arts from Indiana University with extensive experience making and teaching hand-built and wheel-turned pottery. Because of her particular areas of interest she has mastered the art and technology of designing, building, and operating wood fired ovens and kilns. Baking artisan breads in a wood-fired oven is a natural for her. She’s been a volunteer at Peter Burr Farm for about 5 years.

Space is limited. To sign up for the class, email Wayne at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Additional information and instructions will be sent to you by reply email. Registration is not complete until prepayment has been received


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BioBlitz is Coming to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park!

Grab your magnifying glass and explore nature in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, like never before! On May 20-21, national parks across the country, including Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, will participate in the National Parks BioBlitz. BioBlitz is a fun, fast-paced biological survey of a park’s creepers and crawlers, plants and pollinators, mammals and more! The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday with more than 100 BioBlitzes across the country.

During this free, two-day event, teams of scientists, naturalists, students and volunteers will discover and document the living creatures of in the park. The Harpers Ferry National Historical Park BioBlitz will be focused on Bolivar Heights and the Nash Farm. Simply go to through the main park entrance on Shoreline Drive and a bus will shuttle you to the site.

In addition to the scientific inventories, a variety of talks and programs will be offered throughout this 2-day event.

Explorers of all ages are needed. All events are free and open to the public. Whether you have a couple of hours or a full day, there are activities to engage the whole family. To learn more about the National Parks BioBlitz and activities go to:

go.nps.gov/HFBioBlitz
go.nps.gov/2016bioblitz
natgeo.org/bioblitz


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Asbury UMC to hold 225th Anniversary Weekend Celebration

Asbury UMC to hold 225th Anniversary Weekend Celebration

Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV(,) will celebrate its 225th Anniversary during the weekend of June 25-26.  We have planned an exciting time that will include something for everyone. On Saturday; June 25th (10am-4pm), the entire community is invited to join in as Asbury hosts a catered block party celebrating Asbury’s involvement in the life of the Jefferson County community. We will have activities for kids, historical artifact displays and a tour of the Asbury facilities. We will also conduct lectures on Methodism’s first Bishop Francis Asbury (our namesake), the history of the United Methodist Church and Asbury UMC.  On Sunday, June 26 at 10am,  we will conclude our weekend celebration with a special worship service to rededicate Asbury into the Lord’s Service.  There will be a reception immediately following the worship service.  Asbury UMC is handicapped accessible.  Please call 304-725-5513 or visit http://www.myasburychurch.org for more information and to reserve your space.

Asbury UMC To Hold Church Yard Sale    

Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV will hold its annual church wide yard sale on Friday June 10th & Saturday June 11th .  All proceeds from this event will go towards the ministries of the church.  Outside spaces will be available to the public for $15/day or $25/2 days.  Asbury UMC is handicapped accessible.  Please call 304-725-5513 or visit http://www.myasburychurch.org for more information and to reserve your space.


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Fort Frederick State Park to Host “To Garrison the Fort” Program

Big Pool, Md. – Families are invited to experience life at the fort during the French and Indian War with special kid-focused programs May 21 and 22 in celebration of Kids to Parks Day, a nation-wide day of outdoor play. 

Members of the recreated Joshua Beall’s Company and Alexander Beall’s Company will demonstrate musket firings, hearth cooking, military drills, and host a talk on period uniform and clothing. The living historians will garrison the fort and demonstrate the life of the Maryland Forces from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Visitors will get a firsthand look at the war which pitted the French and their Indian allies against the British and their Indian allies. Fought between 1756 and 1763, the battle brought destruction to the Maryland frontier, forever changing the landscape of North America.

“The To Garrison the Fort program allows our visitors to travel back in time and participate in the daily activities performed by the soldiers and women stationed at the fort during the French and Indian War,” said Park Ranger Bob Study.

Highlights of the two-day event include:

  • Fort Frederick Flag Raising at 10 a.m.
  • Fort Frederick Flag Lowering at 4 p.m.
  • Musket Firing at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 and 4:30 p.m.
  • Volunteer Company Drill at 1 and 4 p.m.
  • Military Music at 12 p.m.
  • Join a Ranging Party on patrol 2 p.m.

Additionally, reenactors will teach visitors how to load a 6-pound cannon at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on both days. (The cannon will not be fired during the program.) Throughout the weekend, a wide variety of living history demonstrations will take place in the barracks.

There is a service charge for this event of $3 per vehicle for Maryland residents and $5 per vehicle for non-residents. Disabled access is available; however, most of the event activities are situated on grassy areas that may present difficult rolls or walks. Food, gifts, and souvenir items will be available for sale at Captain Wort’s Sutler Shop.

Fort Frederick State Park is located off of Rt. 70 exit 12 at State Route 56, Big Pool, MD. For more information about park events and activities, please call the park at 301-842-2155.

For more on Kids to Parks Day, visit http://www.parktrust.org.

 


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Fort Frederick State Park to Host Colonial Children’s Day

Children ages 8 to 12 will be transported back in time as they take part in a day of hands-on 18th century activities.  Participants will learn about the many people who served and worked at Fort Frederick during the French and Indian War. Activities will include a musket firing demonstration, bread baking, laundry washing, and working with the surgeon. Lunch is included. Registration is limited.

“Each year the Colonial Children’s Day program features a new theme that showcases different aspects of life during the mid-18th century,” said Ranger Rob Ambrose. “Last year focused on the Cherokee’s role at Fort Frederick, while this year will highlight the other people who kept the fort going during the French and Indian War. The five-year program, now in its fifth year, aims to provide children with a series of new and exciting experiences.”

Fort Frederick State Park consists of the Western Maryland Rail Trail and Woodmont Natural Resources Management Area. The fort was built by the colony of Maryland in 1756 to protect western inhabitants and as a base to attack French strongholds in the Ohio River valley. The Western Maryland Rail Trail is a 23.5-mile paved trail, which follows the path of the Western Maryland Railway. Snacks, Drinks, gifts and souvenir items are available for sale at Captain Wort’s Sutler Shop during the scheduled hours.

Who: Children ages 8 to 12 years of age
When: June 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Road, Big Pool, MD 21711
Cost: Registration fee $20 per child
Contact: 301-842-2155 for information and registration


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Buckley Challenges Tennant and Warner to Series of 5 Debates in Secretary of State Contest

Libertarian candidate for Secretary of State John Buckley congratulates Natalie Tennant and Mac Warner on their respective primary victories for nomination for Secretary of State and calls for a series of 5 debates across West Virginia to contrast their candidacies in the fall election. “It is particularly appropriate for the candidates seeking the statewide office that oversees elections to fully air their platforms and qualifications before the public,” said Buckley. “There’s no better way to see democracy in action than in inclusive public debates,” he added.

“I remember primary night in 2014 when Secretary of State Tennant challenged Congresswoman Shelley Capito to a series of debates in that year’s U.S. Senate contest,” Buckley observed. “It was appropriate then and it is appropriate now to let the public decide on candidates after hearing from all of them face to face.”

Buckley was a Senate candidate for the Libertarian Party in that same year. “Unfortunately, Ms. Capito chose to avoid as many debates as possible, but Ms. Tennant showed the fortitude to take on all challengers,” he recalled.

“In this topsy-turvy Presidential election year, the public has demonstrated its interest in candidates who speak directly to the people and not through the distorted lens of paid advertising and behind-the-scenes, ‘off-the-record’ political consultants,” said Buckley. “Inclusive debates are essential to democracy,” he asserted.

Buckley said the public was well-served in the multi-candidate Presidential debates that both parties sponsored throughout the recent primaries and caucuses. As the Libertarian candidate, in a year when voters have proven that they are keenly following the election process, Buckley calls on Ms. Tennant and Mr. Warner to join him in seeking public sponsors for inclusive debates. “Any candidate - for this office in particular - who would avoid inclusive debates is turning his or her back on the spirit of the duties of the Secretary of State position,” said Buckley.

The Libertarian Party of West Virginia is the third largest political party in the Mountain State.


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West Virginians Elect Beth Walker To The West Virginia Supreme Court Of Appeals

Charleston, W.Va. –  Today West Virginians agreed that the Mountain State is no place for activist judges with preconceived agendas. Voters headed to the polls in today’s first ever nonpartisan election of judges in West Virginia.  As a result, Beth Walker has been elected the first nonpartisan Justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.

“I’m honored to have been elected to this position.  We have spent the last 11 months traveling West Virginia speaking with voters about the importance of a nonpolitical judiciary,” said Walker. “I believe that judges should decide cases impartially and adhere to the rule of law. That message clearly resonated with voters.  West Virginians deserve a fair court system; I will fight to see that they get it. Thank you so much to everyone who helped us to victory.


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West Virginia Libertarians Nominate Aggressive Slate for Fall Elections

The Libertarian Party of West Virginia (“LPWV”) held its best-attended state convention ever over the past weekend, nominated a full slate of candidates for all of the six statewide races (and for congressional, legislative, and local candidates), and kicked off a campaign season vowing to offer voters a viable choice other than Republicans and Democrats.

The Libertarian state convention in West Virginia, held at the Days Inn Conference Center in Flatwoods, was one of the largest state conventions in the country this spring.

For the first time in modern West Virginia politics, a third party is fielding a slate of candidates for Governor- David Moran of Preston County; for Attorney General – Karl Kolenich of Upshur County; for Secretary of State – John Buckley of Hardy County; for Treasurer -  Michael A. Young of Putnam County; for Auditor – Brent Ricketts of Jefferson County; and for Commissioner of Agriculture – Buddy Guthrie of Monongalia County. Moran was the Libertarian candidate for Governor in 2012; Buckley was the party’s candidate for U.S. Senate in 2014.

In addition, the Libertarians have nominated Zane Lawhorn of Mercer County for U.S. House of Representatives in the third Congressional District. In 2006, Lawhorn sought the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.

Also nominated for the state legislature are: Matt Persinger of Hardy County for State Senate in the 14th Senate District; Travis Simms of Fayette County for House of Delegates, District 32; Eddie Wagoner of Monongalia County for House of Delegates, District 51; and Tonya Persinger of Hardy County for House of Delegates, District 55. James Copley was nominated to run for Sheriff of Cabell County. Two candidates were nominated to run for local office in Wood County: Brent West of Vienna for Sheriff and Stephen Smith of Parkersburg to run for County Commission, District A.

Voters Fed up with Choice of Clinton v. Trump Flock to Libertarians

In other business at its convention, the LPWV elected five individuals, State Chair Michael Wilson, State Secretary John Buckley, Kanawha County resident David Fisher, WV High School Libertarians coordinator Michael Hess of Parkersburg, and Zack Vannatter of Cabell County to serve as Delegates to the Libertarian Party national nominating convention, to be held in Orlando over Memorial Day weekend, at which the Libertarians will nominate their candidate for President of the United States. The Libertarian Party is expected by to be the only political party other than the Republicans and Democrats to have its candidate for President on the ballot of all fifty states, according to the online political daily journal Politico and other political observers.

The Libertarian Party of West Virginia expects to field additional candidates as more individuals, disgruntled by the choices offered by the Democrats and Republicans, come forward to run for office during the course of the spring and summer. These nominations will be acted upon by the Libertarian Party of West Virginia State Executive Committee.

With more than 3,200 registered Libertarians on the voter rolls, the LPWV is the third largest political party in the Mountain State.


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The Church at Martinsburg Celebrates 7 Years in the Panhandle

The Church at Martinsburg, which began in 2009, celebrated seven years of serving Martinsburg on Sunday, May 1. Many churches measure success by budgets, buildings, and attendance numbers. The Church at Martinsburg’s mission is to help people find and follow Jesus, and thus, the church measures success by changed lives and personal growth.

The church moved into their current location at 50 Monroe St. (near Berkeley Plaza) just six weeks before celebrating their sixth birthday. Since then, they’ve developed a new ministry for middle and high school students; hired a new worship ministry leader, Danny Sullivan; welcomed 55 new members into the church; celebrated the births of 16 new babies born into the faith family; baptized 26 people; gave nearly $100,000 to local, domestic, and international missions; sent 27 people on a mission trip to Camden, NJ; and donated and delivered 3,000 items to at-risk children as they started back to school in Camden, NJ.

Through it all, one mission remains; people helping people find and follow Jesus.

The Church at Martinsburg began in 2009 when the Lead Pastor, Jacob Atchley and his wife Lindsey and daughter India moved to Martinsburg with a Bible, a plan to execute, a few friends, and a hearty dose of determination. The couple has added two sons, Blaise and Dietrich to their family since moving to the area. In 2011, Richard Marsh with his wife Ginger and children Meagan and Holden moved from Charleston, WV to become the Executive Pastor at the Church at Martinsburg. This spring, Danny Sullivan, with his wife Erica and three children; Dan, Jewel, and Dino, joined the staff as the worship leader and a new Associate Pastor will join the staff this summer.

“When I think of the Church at Martinsburg the first word that comes to mind is family,” Atchley said on Sunday, May 1 as the church gathered to celebrate the life of the church. “The Gospel creates family where there is no family. I’m thankful for the joy that is ours as we see the Gospel take people who would otherwise have nothing in common and because of Jesus make us into one people, one family, one church.”

The church now has over 450 regular attenders. What started in a home in Berkeley County in the spring of 2009 has outgrown two locations since then. Previous locations include the Holiday Inn and Regal Cinemas (both on Foxcroft Avenue in Martinsburg) where it would weekly transform three theaters and two alcoves and the theater’s lobby into a church, using equipment that was stored off site each week.

“Since day one we’ve worked hard to be all about Jesus. Because of our deep love for Jesus and His Word we’ve committed to be big picture focused and work to spread the Gospel down the street and around the world,” Atchley said.

The Church at Martinsburg hosted an event at Poor House Farm Park in 2010 where they dropped 23,000 eggs from a helicopter. In 2011, the church sent out 40 members to plant the Church at Winchester, which is serving the community of Winchester, VA weekly. Each November, the church hosts “Operation Thanks” where church members gather, tag and distribute frozen turkeys to area food banks and agencies that provide meals for families on Thanksgiving.

For more information about The Church at Martinsburg, visit http://www.martinsburgchurch.org. Services are held each Sunday at 9:15 and 11 a.m. child care and classes for children through fifth-grade are available, as well as a class for adults. Community groups meet most nights of the week in addition to a weekly prayer meeting.

Photo: The Church at Martinsburg gathered on Sunday, May 1 to celebrate seven years in Martinsburg.
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Shepherdstown Library Book Sale to be held Memorial Day Weekend - Volunteers Needed

FOSL’S Annual Book Sale Fundraiser will be held over Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday May 28th and Sunday May 29th at the Shepherdstown Community Club’s War Memorial Building.

The annual sale is a big fundraiser and a key reason FOSL could donate over $15,000.00 last year to the Shepherdstown Library.  So you are now asking yourself, “How can I help our Shepherdstown Public Library and make FOSL’S Book Sale Fundraiser successful?”  This is how you can help:

Gathering and donating books to our book sale- You may drop off donated books at the library beforehand. We will be at the War Memorial Building to accept book donations for three days prior to the Book Sale (during the hours 10 AM- 4 PM on Wednesday May 25th, Thursday May 26th and Friday May 27th. If your book donation is so large that you need a FOSL member to pick-up books, call Stan Mopsik at 304-870-7227. We will not be accepting Readers Digest Condensed Books, Textbooks, and National Geographic Magazines, but will accept DVD’S, CD’s and Video Games.

Volunteering your time to help us set-up and run the sale-We need many volunteers to organize the books before the sale.  Organizing the books will take place on Wednesday May 25th, Thursday May 26th and Friday May 27th, from 10 AM- 4PM. You may volunteer for an hour or all day. If you wish to volunteer please call Wendy Mopsik at 304-870-7227.

Attending the pre-sale Wine & Cheese Reception- The event will be held on Friday evening May 27th (cost is $10). This reception is for Book Dealers and anyone else who wants first choice of all the books.

Patronizing our Book Sale- Come and buy lots of books to restock your bookshelves and enhance your reading lists. Come to either:

The Wine and Cheese reception Friday May 27th, 6-8 PM (cost $10).
The Book Sale on Saturday May 28, 10 AM-4 PM.
The Book Sale on Sunday May 29, 10 AM- 2 PM.

Special reduced prices on all remaining books will be in effect after 12 PM on Sunday May 29,  and for the first time you will be able to purchase boos with a credit card this year!


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Actress Amber Tamblyn to Get Out The Vote for Hillary Clinton in the Eastern Panhandle

Today, Monday, May 9, Actress Amber Tamblyn will campaign for Hillary Clinton in West Virginia. She will discuss what’s at stake in this election and highlight Hillary Clinton’s commitment to breaking down the barriers holding too many West Virginia families back.

Headed into Election Day, grassroots supporters are making calls and knocking on doors to mobilize voters across the state.

Eastern Panhandle GOTV Kickoff with Amber Tamblyn

WHEN: Monday, May 9, at 6:00 PM
WHERE: Martinsburg Hillary for West Virginia Office, 145 N Queen St, Martinsburg

Photo Credit: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Amber_Tamblyn_-_DSC_0082.jpg
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Election Preview: Morgan Voters To Choose Sheriff From 3 Candidates

There are no Democratic candidates on the ballot in Morgan County for sheriff. But, there are three candidates on the Republican ticket. Polls are open 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10.

Chief Deputy Wade Shambaugh, is running for sheriff. Current Sheriff Vince Shambaugh (Wade’s cousin) cannot run again because of the two-term limit. Wade Shambaugh said he would keep on Vince Shambaugh as his chief deputy.

Wade Shambaugh has spent 16 years in law enforcement for Morgan County. He was at the town of Paw Paw and Berkeley Springs before becoming chief deputy.  He has an additional ten years in contracted security work with the federal government. He said that helps in his work providing courthouse security.

He is an NRA-certified Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor and NRA F-Class (precision rifle) Expert. He said he has experience in all aspects of law enforcement including traffic control, supervision, investigations.

He said, “We’ve vastly improved training and use of resources and manpower under the current sheriff. We use a detailed policy and procedure manual adopted in 2009, written by Mark Smith of the West Virginia State Police Academy.”

Drug addiction is a major problem in West Virginia. Shambaugh said he’d continually address the problem on multiple fronts.

“We have a great working relationship with the Morgan County Partnership and Morgan County Schools,” Shambaugh continued. “We actively support education and drug prevention programs in the county. Our office provides free drug test kits to parents. We also sponsor a drug turn-in program and an anonymous tip line for the public.”

He said they have a network of informants, and aggressive patrol measures to combat the problem from a criminal activity standpoint. 

He listed three things he would do: 1) continue their policy of mandatory use of body cameras for deputies to help protect the deputy and the public; 2) update the policy and procedures manual, as laws, national standards and equipment change; 3) any time there is a major incident, such as a shooting involving a deputy, he would have it investigated by an outside agency. . (For example, body cameras and tazers.)

He said his actions and decisions in all 16 years never resulted in any lawsuit upon himself or the sheriff or colleagues. He believes the current sheriff is a tremendous asset and he’d like to keep him on the team.

“We’re at the peak of our game. We’re not politicians. We’re cops. I haven’t sought endorsements. The endorsements I want are from the people because of lives we saved or property we recovered.”

K.C. Bohrer said his 30-plus career in law enforcement began in Paw Paw.  He’s been a special deputy U.S. Marshal, special deputy for Morgan County Sheriff’s Dept., special investigator for Hampshire County Sheriff’s Dept. and FBI Task Force Officer. He’s currently employed with the Frederick County (Va.) Sheriff’s Dept. Criminal Investigations Division as a major crimes investigator.

Bohrer said, “I’m the first candidate ever who’s an FBI Academy graduate. I have over twice the amount of experience and specialized training in police work and law enforcement than any other candidate. Heroin overdoses are the norm. I’m the only candidate with significant experience in managing drug investigation and undercover operations. I’m the only one involved in task force and major drug investigations.”

He wants to implement neighborhood watch and sheriff’s cadet programs. He said he has colleagues in the quad-state region to assist in drug investigations.

“I will have a citizens’ advisory board which I announced last March, with open communications,” he added. “Sheriffs have term limits for a reason. I’ll bring a fresh set of eyes to the community.”

At a Republican dinner in April, he directed a comment at the current sheriff and chief deputy. “Running for sheriff is no different than applying for a job. If employers want good employees, they consider background, education, and references, not relatives or friends.”

Candidate Ronald Stotler has spent 27 years in public safety with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. He rose through the ranks to Major at North Branch Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Maryland.  In this capacity, he said he commands 190 officers that oversee the safety, welfare, and humane confinements of a population of over 1,400 maximum security inmates. 

“I recognize no law enforcement agency can operate without participation and cooperation from citizens it serves. I will establish a citizens’ advisory council and meet with them monthly.”

He also said, “Each of us know someone who has been adversely impacted by the chronic availability of drugs in this county.  I will work closely with federal, state, and other local law enforcement officials to more effectively combat this number one problem that plagues our county.  As for the sheriff’s office, I will implement a random drug testing program for all sworn personnel, including myself.  This will serve to protect them, as well as establish credibility for the sheriff’s office.”


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Election Preview: Morgan County Clerk

Morgan County voters have a few choices to make this election cycle. While many local races do not have Democratic candidates, there are quite a few Republican candidates. There are three candidates for sheriff, two for county clerk, and three for county commission representative from district 3. Election Day is May 10.

Morgan County Clerk Debra Kesecker has been at the helm of her office for a number of years. She is not running again. One of her deputy clerks, Kimberly Johnson-Nickles, who is in charge of handling estate settlements is running for county clerk. Also running in the primary is high school government teacher Kate Stotler.

Kimberly Johnson-Nickles, 52, is a graduate of Berkeley Springs High School. Her father was Herb Johnson of Herb’s Auto. She has an Associate degree in business from James Rumsey Technical. She’s worked at the county clerk’s office for over 14 years.

Johnson-Nickles said, “I’m not a politician. I’m an ordinary person trying to make their life better. I’ve worked hard the last 14 years to learn as much as I could about this office. I knew some day Mrs. Kesecker would retire. My dad told me to stay true to yourself and not become somebody you’re not.”

She believes her compassion, and dedication to hard work at the county clerk’s office give her the experience needed to step up from deputy clerk to county clerk. For 13 years, she has handled the estates. She’s ready to step up.

“At a delicate time in their lives, I’ve tried to help them through the process of probate,” Johnson-Nickles said. “I like helping the public solve any problem they may have when coming to our office. It’s rewarding.” 

She said many have said they helped her tremendously, and she has never had any complaints.

“I don’t have to be trained,” she added. “I know the job.”

Johnson-Nickles’ challenger Kate Stotler is married to family court judge Glen Stotler. She has a bachelor’s degree from College of William & Mary and Masters from WVU. She was the 2009 Morgan County Teacher of the Year.

She served on the executive committee and was an outreach work group chair of Morgan County Citizens for Successful Schools and served on the board of Travel Berkeley Springs, and Morgan County Boys & Girls Club.

Stotler said she believes it’s time for a changing of the guard in the county clerk’s office, and she is the one for the job. Her motto is “ready to serve.”

When she graduated from college in 1981, she wanted to work on Republican campaigns. She got a job at the National Republican Congressional Committee in Washington, D.C. Ever since, she said she helped others in their campaigns. After that, she taught government to high school students.

Stotler said, “After many years of the same leader, it’s often necessary to bring in someone with a new eye and fresh perspective. No one has the right to the job of county clerk. It takes someone getting up every morning to see what they can do to help. It takes someone out in the community actively volunteering and listening to the concerns of our citizens.”

She said she will listen carefully to the concerns people have for making the Clerk’s office more helpful and accessible to Morgan County residents.

Photo: Kimberly Johnson-Nickles (left), Kate Stotler (right)
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2016 Friday’s @ Five Summer Concert Series on the Town Square Announced

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

Friday’s @ Five at the Town Square, Presenting Sponsor by Gibson & Associates, Sponsor by The City of Martinsburg, The Martinsburg Convention & Visitors Bureau and Main Street Martinsburg, Bowles Rice Attorney at Law, Advocate Insurance Group, Dopson & Associates, State Farm Insurance-Kay Lewis Agency, Internet-Essentials from Comcast, Concert Technologies and Miller’s Auto Group.

A series of free outdoor concerts by well-known musicians, bands and Martinsburg artists that will liven up your spirits and maybe even get you into a dancing mood. Bands will perform a wide variety of indigenous musical styles, including jazz, rock, Bluegrass, pop, Classic Rock, Country and unique Americana and more.

You can bring your own chairs or blankets and sit on the ground. The front of the stage on the South lawn is reserved for dancing.

There is no admission charge to the Town square. The concert series runs from June 3rd through August 5th…..every Friday.

Friday, June 3rd Clement & Williams (Classic Rock)
Friday, June 10th KoKo Blue (Classic Rock of the 60’s)
Friday, June 17th Drew Stevyns (Eclectic)
Friday, June 24th Gary Smallwood (Arrangement)
Friday, July 1st Stoney Creek (Bluegrass)
Friday, July 8th Apollo Jazz Orchestra (Jazz)
Friday, July 15th Tony M. Music (Contemporary)
Friday, July 22nd Willie Barry and his Chaperons (Rockabilly” (50’s & 60’s)
Friday, July 29th Back Creek Valley Boys (traditional Bluegrass)
Friday, August 5th RAZMUS (Classic Rock/Roll)

Exciting this year at Friday’s @ Five Summer Concert series we will have the Martinsburg Farmers Market housed on the Library plaza from 4pm to 7pm from June 3rd to August 5th . To wet your appetite, here is a list of products you’ll be able to enjoy from the market this year: Fresh Fruits & Veggies, Fresh & dried Herbs, Beef, Chicken & Pork, Eggs, Jams & Jellies, Honey, Hummus, Baked Goods, Coffee Beans, Soup, Pre-made sandwiches, Flowers, Yarn and soaps….It’s going to be a fun season. Buy local and buy Fresh.

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

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

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


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Recording Artist, Soloist Rachel Hyman, to Perform at Hagerstown Seventh-day Adventist Church

The Hagerstown Seventh Day Adventist invites the public to the a concert to be given by recording artist, Rachel Hyman.  The live performance will take place this Saturday, May 7, at 7:00 pm. The church is located at 11507 Robinwood Drive in Hagerstown, MD. The concert is free and open to the public.

New York City soloist, RACHEL HYMAN, is a dynamic soprano recording artist.  Rachel will be giving a concert from her new album “Singing in the Dark” which is full of rich classical music that was written during the Holocaust.  She is the first artist to ever release a full album of songs from that unforgettable time in Earth’s history, sung in the English language and with a contemporary feel.

Come and enjoy unique music written by people who hoped and prayed that one day, others would hear their story.

Freewill offering will be taken.


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Volunteers will be baking Rustic Breads at the Peter Burr Farm on Saturday, May 14.

First Bread Bake This Year - ORDER NOW!

ARTISAN BREAD SALE
For the benefit of Peter Burr Living History Farm, Mid 18th Century Frontier Life in Western Virginia
 
Proceeds go to fund improvements to the facility to enhance public use.

Due to limitations of volunteer time and resources, we will be baking very limited quantities of bread.  With the exception of a few events this year, bread will only be available to customers by reservation.  Reservations will be accepted on a first come-first served basis until all anticipated bread is reserved.  Reservations will be confirmed via reply email.  Place an order by Wednesday, May 11, and we will hold your bread for pick up from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 14.

Try a slice of history!
Artisan Breads Baked Saturday,  May 14
Baked in a Brick Oven Typical of the Period

Rustic Sourdough White

Honey Wheat
Two-pound loaves - $5 each

Specialty breads for the month are: Apricot-Orange

Two-pound loaves - $7 each

To place an order, reply by email to:
Wayne Braunstein, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


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155th Anniversary of General Stonewall Jackson’s Raid of the Martinsburg Roundhouse

Step into History

The Civil War played an integral role in Berkeley County’s history, and on May 7-8, you’ll be able to live that history at the 155th Anniversary of General Stonewall Jackson’s Raid of the Martinsburg Roundhouse.

The two-day event will be filled with amazing sights and experiences, from a living history village to re-enactors, vendors and a battle reenactment. You can also learn traditional dances of the Civil War era at a special dance, featuring the 2nd South Carolina Sting Band.

You’ll make unforgettable memories and feel like you’ve stepped back into time and have become part of Martinsburg’s history at the 155th Anniversary event of General Stonewall Jackson’s Raid of the Martinsburg Roundhouse. For additional information and ticket prices, visit the Martinsburg Roundhouse’s website at http://martinsburgroundhouse.com/events-2/

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

All events on Saturday and Sunday are open to the public. There will be a LIVING HISTORY VILLAGE as well as lectures as show below.

SATURDAY

9am- Civil War Medical Conditions and Services
10am-Spies of the Civil War
11am-Civil War hardships on civilians
NOON- Gen. Robert E. Lee and his wife talk about their roles in the Civil War
1pm-Confederate Generals talk about their roles in the War
2pm-Civil War skirmish and cannon shots
3pm-2nd South Carolina String Band
4pm- Union Generals talk about the progress in the Civil War
5-7pm-Dinner in the living village. Watch the renactors cook over campfires as they stay in character
7-10 pm- Join in the festivities as the 2nd South Carolina String Band teaches the public dances of the era. Come in modern day clothes or period costimes. Cost-$5 per person. Light refreshments are available for purchase.

SUNDAY

10am- Open to the public there will be Civil War era church services
11am-Confederate Generals discuss the War
NOON-Gen. Robert E. Lee and his wife discuss the War
1pm- The horrors of Civil War medicine
2pm Civil War Skermish and cannon fire
3pm-Spies of the Civil War
4pm-The hardships of women in the Civil War. Their men had left and they had to tend to house, home and farm


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Martinsburg Heritage Festival - May 7-15, 2016

Explore the town’s history and enjoy exhibits, tours, demonstrations, vendors, entertainment and activities during this celebration of Martinsburg’s unique past and culture!

Featured Events:

Saturday May 7, 9am-7pm: Jackson’s Raid 155th Anniversary at the Martinsburg Roundhouse including a battle reenactment which will occur at 2pm. Living Village reenactment camp, activities and vendors on grounds. $10 per adult with a child 12 years old and younger and $5 for each additional child.

Saturday May 7, 7-10pm: Civil War dance with The South Carolina Banjo Band at Roundhouse. Period dancing will be taught. $5 admission.

Sunday May 8, 9am-5pm: Jackson’s Raid 155th Anniversary at the Martinsburg Roundhouse including a battle reenactment which will occur at 2pm. Living Village reenactment camp, activities and vendors on grounds. $10 per adult with a child 12 years old and younger and $5 for each additional child.

Friday May 13, 6:30pm:  Memorial Ceremony at Adam Stephen Monument on South Queen Street with participation by the Adam Stephen Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, local chapters of the Children of and the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Boy Scouts of America.

Friday May 13, 8pm: Haunted History & Legends ghost tours of Martinsburg. $12 per person. Call 304-261-7470 for reservations.  Not recommended for age 13 and under due to scary content.

Saturday May 14, 8am-10am: Pancakes & Sausage Breakfast at Trinity UM Church with guest speaker Terry Heder from Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Association at 9:30am. $7 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under.

Saturday May 14, 10am-4pm: Tours of Old Norborne Cemetery, on West South Street, hosted by the Berkeley County Historical Society.

Saturday May 14, 10am-5pm: For the Kids, Children’s Museum featuring Irish heritage of the railroad workers with Irish dancing, games, and activities included in museum admission. Irish Dance instructor Sarah Hanshew will give lessons at 10am, 12pm, and 2pm. $6 for children & adults.

Saturday May 14, 10am-5pm: Free tours of Historic Sites including Adam Stephen House & Tunnels, Triple Brick Museum, Aspen Hall, Belle Boyd House, Roundhouse, & Sumner-Ramer Museum. Free trolley rides between sites during the day. No charge for admission to historic sites—Donations welcome.

Adam Stephen House,309 East John Street, tours of the Adam Stephen House and Triple Brick Museum by the General Adam Stephen Memorial Association; Adam Stephen portrayed by John DiCarlo; tours of the tunnels by the Tri- State Grotto chapter of the National Speleological Society; French & Indian War demonstrations by Harold “Gene” Butts; yard sale by the Adam Stephen Association; food for sale by Martinsburg Lions Club from the lower level of the Triple Brick Museum.  The “First Electrified House” on the corner of Water and John Streets, at the intersection before the Adam Stephen House, will also be open for tours.

Aspen Hall, 405 Boyd Ave., tours of mansion and old blockhouse by Shenandoah Valley Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution; display of 18th century men’s and women’s clothing by Charles Connolly and Rebecca Frye; Civil War encampment by “The Ill-Tempered Men.”                   

Belle Boyd House, 126 East Race Street, tours of the Belle Boyd House and rose and herb gardens by Berkeley County Historical Society and the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention and Visitors Bureau; tourist information center.

Martinsburg Roundhouse, access by bridge at train station, 229 East Martin Street, tours by Retired Railroad Workers.

Sumner-Ramer Heritage Archives Museum, 515 West Martin Street, hosted by Leonard & Helen Harris; exhibit of memorabilia from the Sumner-Ramer Memorial School, which was Martinsburg’s and Berkeley County’s first African-American public school. 

Saturday May 14, 8pm: Haunted History & Legends ghost tours of Martinsburg. $12 per person. Call 304-261-7470 for reservations.  Not recommended for age 13 and under due to scary content.                                                                   

Sunday May 15, 10am-5pm: Yard Sale at the Adam Stephen House at 309 East John Street.

Sunday May 15, 12-4pm:  Tours at the Belle Boyd House, Martinsburg Roundhouse, Adam Stephen House, and Triple Brick Museum.

May 4-June 4: Pottery Exhibit by the Shenandoah Pottery Guild and an Exhibit of Clocks by Anna Howard at the Berkeley Art Works Gallery located at 116 N. Queen Street. Art gallery hours are Wed 11-5, Thu 11-5, Fri 11-8, Sat 10-5, and Sun 12-3.

For more information about the festival, visit our website at http://www.orgsites.com/wv/adam-stephen

Photo: Martinsburg Tunnels
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Shepherd Professor Benjamin Bankhurst to Speak on French and Indian War in the Shenandoah Valley

On Wednesday May 4 at 7 p.m., Shepherd University Assistant Professor of History Benjamin Bankhurst will speak on “The French and Indian War: The Impact upon the Scots Irish in Appalachia and Ireland.”  The talk will be in the auditorium of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education, located on King Street on Shepherd’s Campus.

The talk is part of the Historic Shepherdstown Commission’s 2016 Speakers Series. It is free and open to the public.

The French and Indian War (1754-1763) was part of a global conflict fought between France and Britain to establish mastery over the North American interior. It brought devastation to the European settlements along the breadth of the Appalachian frontier. The Scots Irish were the largest European ethnic group in the British backcountry when the war began and thus bore the brunt of civilian casualties. News from the bleeding frontiers shocked and deeply touched newspaper readers in those Irish counties from which many of the victims had originated. Dr. Bankhurst will examine how news of the struggles of Scots Irish settlers resonated among Irish communities with family links to the Appalachian frontier and the Shenandoah Valley.

D
r. Bankhurst comes from London where he was a guest teacher at the London School of Economics, a visiting lecturer at King’s College London, a visiting lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University, and a visiting lecturer at the Florida State University London Study Centre.

For further information, contact Historic Shepherdstown Administrator Teresa McLaughlin, 304-876-0910 on Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


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13th Annual Washington County Museum Ramble Underway For May

HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND – The 13th annual Washington County Museum Ramble, sponsored by the Washington County Association of Museums and Historical Sites (WCAMHS) and the Visit Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), will take place during the month of May. The month marks the beginning of the museum season for those museums which are not open year round. The self-guided Ramble encourages people to explore museums and historic sites throughout Washington County, many of which offer special visitor opportunities and programming throughout the month.

More than 30 local museums, historic sites and historical societies are participating in the 2016 Museum Ramble. Maps and directions to participating sites are available at the Visitor Welcome Center in downtown Hagerstown. Information is also available on the Visit Hagerstown website at http://museumramble.visithagerstown.com. Most sites open their doors free of charge during the Museum Ramble and some sites that are typically open by appointment only have special hours.

“Maryland has over 300 museums,” said CVB President Dan Spedden, “and more than ten percent of those are located right here in Washington County. The Ramble is the perfect time for area residents and visitors to get out to an old favorite or go to a site they’ve never been to before. It’s a great way to experience all that Washington County has to offer, and since it’s self-guided everyone can do it at their own pace.”

Washington County’s wide selection of museums and historic sites offer a little something for everyone, said WCAMHS President Bill Knode. “No matter what your interests are – fine arts, rural heritage, American history, African American history, geology or trains – you’re sure to enjoy this year’s selection of museums,” said Knode. “Come take a trip through Washington County and see some of our wonderful museums.”

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


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Response On Behalf Of Donald L. Blankenship To Statement By Hillary Clinton

Press Release Received from Donald L. Blankenship

WILLIAMSON, W.VA. - Secretary Hillary Clinton was apparently offended by my presence at one of her campaign stops. She should understand that as a lifetime member of coal country and a proud West Virginian, I am interested in any suggestions she has to address the problems coal miners and coal communities face today. It is disappointing that she is choosing to promote her political campaign by demonizing me.

It is no secret that I have made enemies in high places by defending coal miners and by being critical of mine regulators and government bureaucrats who seek to destroy miners’ jobs.

Secretary Clinton routinely claims that investigations into her conduct occur for political purposes, so she should understand better than most that Mr. Goodwin launched his campaign for governor by unjustly prosecuting me.

Ms. Clinton has made no effort to understand anything about the UBB explosion. She has not even read, much less considered, the mine law safety enhancements I have posted on my website at donblankenship.com.

My suggestions will save coal miners’ lives. How can she or anyone argue that more air is not better for coal miners, that mapping does not need to be improved or that MSHA should be allowed to continue to investigate itself.

I do hope that whoever is elected will demand a truly independent investigation of the UBB explosion, the cover-up of the facts by MSHA, the disappearance of emails and the destruction of government documents. Someday the truth about MSHA’s failure at UBB and its frantic effort to protect itself in the aftermath will have to be told.


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Tickets On Sale Now For May 13 Friends Of Music Fundraising Gala

Tickets are still available for the Friends of Music’s 9th Annual Tuxedo Junction fundraising gala in Shepherdstown the evening of Friday, May 13.

The event will be held at the Bavarian Inn starting at 6:30 p.m.
Admission will be $100 per person. Everyone is invited to attend.

The event will include a cash bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, music by the EJ-House Party Band, and dancing until 11:00 p.m.

This year’s event is being themed the “Two Rivers Derby” to fit the spring horse-racing season. Attendees are being asked to wear their boldest Kentucky Derby Hats and compete for a best “Proper Topper” award. Other competitions will include a Wine Pull and “Dicey Horse Races.

The Dicey Horse Races will involve stick horses, available for purchase at $200 each. Owners will designate their jockeys and there will be three races of six horses each. Horses are advanced by rolling dice. The winner of each race will receive a trophy and a photo op in the winner’s circle.

There will also be a silent auction.

All proceeds will be used to support the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra and the other musical performances the Friends of Music sponsor.

Tickets can be purchased on the Friends’ website at http://www.friendswv.org or by contacting .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 304-876-5765.

Dress for the event will be jacket or Black Tie.

The Friends of Music organization is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1999 to support and promote musical excellence. The group established the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra in 2007. The Orchestra’s Music Director is Dr. Jed Gaylin, who is also Music Director of the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra in Baltimore.

Full information about the Friends is available at http://www.friendswv.org.


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Call for Artists: “Art of the Portrait” at the Berkeley Art Works

The Berkeley Arts Council announces “The Art of the Portrait”, a juried exhibit to showcase the art of the portrait. All 2-dimensional artwork framed up to 36 inches in the long dimension, including but not limited to painting, photography, and mixed media is eligible. 3-dimensional works and self portraits are acceptable. The exhibit will be displayed from July 13 - August 6, 2016 in the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, WV.

Entries are by digital images sent by email. Please read the full instructions at http://wp.me/pDwaf-Eg.

Deadline for entries June 23. There is no entry fee. Accepted artists will be asked to make a donation to support the gallery at the time work is delivered. Jurying of the digital submissions will be done by a committee of Berkeley Art Works artists by June 30 and work is to be delivered to the gallery between July 6 and July 10. For more information email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 304-620-7277.

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