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Yoga for Kids

Shepherdstown, WV—Jala Yoga, located at Mellow Moods Cafe and Juice Bar, 117 West German Street, Shepherdstown, is offering “Big Yogi, Little Yogi,” a 5-week yoga class for parents and children ages 0-3.  The class takes place on Wednesdays, April 30 to May 28, from 10:15-11:15 am.  The cost is $48 ($40 if registered by April 24).  Registration can be done online at http://www.jalayogaflow.com.

Big Yogi, Little Yogi will introduce young children to asana poses while giving grown-ups a chance to find playfulness in their practice.  Instructor Adrienne Steuer recently completed her 200-hour teacher training certification from Jala Yoga.  She is committed to providing more access to yoga for everyone to help bring about a more peaceful world.

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


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U.S. CELLULAR OFFERS DEVICE TRADE-IN PROGRAM, APP RECOMMENDATIONS TO REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE

Company Encourages Eco-Conscious Behaviors on Earth Day & Every Day

In honor of Earth Day, U.S. Cellular encourages people to recycle their old electronic devices and is providing incentives to do so. Customers can get up to $250 when they trade in qualified smartphones - including Apple® iPhones - at U.S. Cellular retail locations through the company’s Trade-in Program. 

Statistics on the numbers of electronics that are not being recycled are sobering; of the 141 million mobile phones that were discarded in 2009 (the most recent data available), only 12 million were recycled, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Thirty percent of people who do not recycle their used cell phones refrain from doing so because they don’t know where to recycle their devices, according to an online poll conducted by Earth911.

“If you don’t have a phone that can be traded in, U.S. Cellular associates can easily recycle your used device from any carrier in an environmentally friendly and responsible way,” said Jack Brundige, Director of Sales for U.S. Cellular in the Mid-South Region,  “We invite people to stop by one of our stores to trade in or recycle their used cellphones and tablets.”

While recycling old devices is one way to be green, there are other ways to reduce, reuse and recycle from the palm of your hand with a 4G LTE network and a device such as the Apple iPhone® 5c or iPad Air. In honor of Earth Day, U.S. Cellular offers the following tips; apps and websites that will help people become more eco-friendly:
• Have fun (and get rewarded) by going greener.
o Recyclebank.com provides actionable tips and advice to become more environmentally conscious.  Plus, users get rewarded with points (redeemable for grocery discounts, gift cards, etc.) by being green (recycling, using less water, etc.).
o The fun, JouleBug app also provides valuable information about going green, and users can earn badges and compete with others to be the most eco-friendly.  JouleBug claims that users who follow their tips will save an average of $200 per year - which can make your wallet greener as well!
• Recycle more easily. The 1800Recycling app identifies nearby recycling locations based on ZIP code, and provides directions to the recycling centers and lists which materials they’ll take.
• Share your treasures.  The Freecycle app allows people to give away their unwanted but reusable stuff to people in their local community who can use the items.  Post items to give away or make requests for items on this convenient app.
• Shop greener. Have you ever wished there was a good guide that helped determine which products were safe, healthy and environmentally friendly?  Meet the GoodGuide app, which allows users to scan products’ barcodes on their smartphone to access science-based ratings and scores based on these criteria. Information on more than 170,000 items is available, broken down into different categories such as food, cleaning products and baby items.
“With so much technology at our fingertips it is easier being green,” Brundige added.  “From finding local recycling centers to locating more sustainable ingredients for meals, our mobile devices can help simplify and enhance our lives, allowing us to take actionable steps to help our environment.”

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

About U.S. Cellular
U.S. Cellular rewards its customers with unmatched benefits and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier has a strong line-up of cutting-edge devices that are all backed by its high-speed network that has the highest call quality of any national carrier. Currently, nearly 90 percent of customers have access to 4G LTE speeds. U.S. Cellular was named a J.D. Power and Associates Customer Service Champion in 2012 for the second year in a row. 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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Kid’s Closet Connection Mega Kid’s Consignment Sale

Mega Kids Sale! May 2-4, 2014 Ranson Civic Center
Kid’s Closet Connection’s semi-annual children’s consignment sale is coming to Ranson, WV on Fri. May 2 and Sat. May 3 from 9am-7pm and Sun. May 4 from 10am-3pm (1/2 price on most items) With over tons of families expected to participate, you will find everything from nearly-new children’s clothing, to baby equipment, cribs, exer-saucers, toys, books, sporting equipment and much, much more!

Consignors receive 65% of the selling price on all items sold! If consignors volunteer during the sale they will receive 70%.

If your kids’ closets are jammed with outgrown clothing and toys they never play with, clean out their closets and sign up to sell their items at our spring sale. Consignors do not have to work the sale. You just drop off your items and then pick up unsold items on the last day, if you wish or we can donate your unsold items to charity.

Consignors get to shop for a fantastic selection of top quality merchandise for all of their children’s needs before the sale opens to the public at the “consignors pre-sale” which is Thurs. May 1, 2014.

To learn more, go to http://www.kidscloset.biz and select Jefferson County, WV. Consignors can learn more about the sale, sign up to consign and begin creating their bar-coded tags. Have questions? Email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Hope to see you at the sale!


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Tomahawk MX Northeast Area Qualifier

Tomahawk Motocross Park is proud to announce that they will be awarding a pair of Dunlop tires to each overall class winner at their up-coming Loretta Lynn’s Area Qualifier on April 19th and 20th. Thirty-six classes will be contested at Tomahawk from 51 cc (4-6) to Masters (50+) The winner of each of those classes will receive a front and rear Dunlop tire compliments of Tomahawk Motocross Park.

Track owner Chad Gochenour commented, “This is our attempt to support amateur motocross and the Loretta Lynn’s Championship. We know how difficult it is for these families to attempt to qualify for Loretta’s. Every family that comes through our gates is making a sacrifice in some way to make it to this race. This is one way; we can try and recognize those sacrifices and give back to support their efforts.”

Tomahawk Motocross Park is conveniently located to the Washington D.C./Baltimore Metropolitan Area. Located within minutes of Martinsburg, WV and the I-81/I-70 corridor, Tomahawk is a short drive from Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Their stop on the “Road to the Loretta Lynn’s Championship” has become a favorite stop for those attempting to qualify in the Northeast Region in early-March. For more information on Tomahawk’s Loretta Lynn’s Area Qualifier, visit http://www.tomahawkmx.com or like them on Facebook to receive daily updates.


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Asbury UMC Announces April / May Events; Good Friday Prayer Vigil

***NEW FOR TOMORROW*** Asbury UMC Hosts Good Friday Prayer Vigil
Prayer is an essential part of our public and private worship.  In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus asked his disciples to pray and be vigilant just before his arrest and crucifixion.  The Asbury family will pause and remember on Good Friday as we keep a prayer vigil in Asbury’s Moler Chapel from 9am – 3pm.  If you have never taken part in a Prayer Vigil, please consider trying something new this year and joining us at Asbury.  Asbury UMC is located at 110 West North Street in Charles Town WV and our facilities are handicapped accessible.  Please call 304-725-5513 or visit http://www.myasburychurch.org for more information.

*** TOMORROW *** Asbury UMC Hosts Secret Church Bible Study
Asbury UMC in Charles Town invites our community to an intense, one night Bible study entitled “Secret Church” on Good Friday, April 18th from 7 PM – 1 AM.  From the moment we wake up in the morning to the moment we lie down to sleep at night, how does Christ transform every single detail of our day?  The objective of Secret Church is not just to come and learn for one night but to take what we’ve learned and pass it along to others.  Secret Church is an intense 6 hour Bible study simulcast and its purpose is to teach those who have a passion to deeply know God through his word so that they may be better equipped to teach God’s Word and make disciples of all nations, and to receive a better understanding of the Church around the world.  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.

*** THIS SATURDAY *** Asbury UMC Hosting Rise & Shine 5K and Kids’ Dash
Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV invites our community to participate in the 2nd Annual Rise & Shine 5K on Saturday, April 19th at 8 a.m.  The race begins and ends at Asbury in Charles Town and the race will route through historic Charles Town.  Pre-registration is available at http://www.myasburyfunruns.com and also on the morning of the event between 7:30-7:45 a.m.  All proceeds will benefit Meals On Wheels of Jefferson County.  Please call 304-725-5513 or visit http://www.myasburychurch.org for more information.

*** TOMORROW, SATURDAY & EASTER SUNDAY *** Asbury UMC Announces Holy Week Schedule
Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV invites our community to celebrate Holy Week & Easter Sunday with us.  Beginning on Thursday April 17th, Asbury commemorates the Last Supper with our Maundy Thursday service at 7 PM.  On Friday April 18th, Asbury joins the South Jefferson Ministerial Association in the ‘Cross Walk at 10 AM and then at 7 PM, Asbury will hold an intense 6 hour Bible study simulcast titled “Secret Church”.  On Saturday April 19th, Asbury hosts the 2nd Annual Rise & Shine 5k at 8 AM in the Asbury Center.  Finally on April 20th - Easter Sunday - Asbury will begin the day with the Community Easter Sunrise Service at Jefferson Memorial Park followed by our traditional Easter Worship Services at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. and our Contemporary Easter Worship Service at 9:35.  For the Children, there will be an egg hunt on Palm Sunday at 9:30 and on Easter Sunday we will host a “Stations Of The Cross” learning event.  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 about any of our Holy Week.

*** UPDATED *** Asbury UMC Hosting Financial Peace University
Asbury UMC in Charles Town will be hosting a Financial Peace University class, taught on video by Dave Ramsey. You will learn how money really works from budgeting and dumping debt to building wealth and giving. Class will begin on Sunday, April 27th at 2 p.m.  Asbury UMC is located at 110 West North Street in Charles Town WV and our facilities are handicapped accessible.  Please call 304-725-5513 or visit http://www.myasburychurch.org for more information.

Asbury UMC Welcomes Gospel Legends - The Jacobs Brothers
Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV is excited to host The Jacobs Brothers at a special Gospel Concert on Sunday, May 18th at 6:30 p.m.  The Jacobs Brothers are international veterans of gospel music who have traveled millions of miles and produced more than 50 albums.  They will be joined onstage by local gospel favorites – The Men In Black Gospel Singers.  This concert is open to the public and admission is free.  There will be a free will offering to help the singers offset their expenses. Asbury UMC is located at 110 West North Street in Charles Town WV and our facilities are handicapped accessible.  Please call 304-725-5513 or visit http://www.myasburychurch.org for more information.

*** NEW *** Asbury UMC Family Movie Night
Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV will host a Family Movie Night at 6 PM on Saturday May 17th.  Our film for the evening will be the animated musical classic “The Prince Of Egypt”.  This film is an adaptation of the Book of Exodus and follows Moses’ life from being a prince of Egypt to his ultimate destiny of leading the children of Israel out of Egypt.  Parents are asked to stay with their children and kids are encouraged to wear pajamas & to bring a blanket & pillow for comfort.  Snacks & drink will be provided.  There is no charge for the event and our facilities are handicapped accessible.  Please call 304-725-5513 or visit http://www.myasburychurch.org for more information.

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

*** NEW *** Asbury UMC To Hold Church Yard Sale
Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV will hold its annual church wide yard sale on Friday June 13th & Saturday June 14th.  All proceeds from this event will go towards the ministries of the church.  Outside spaces will be available to the public for $15/day or $25/2 days.  Asbury UMC is handicapped accessible.


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Violin Virtuoso Jaime Jorge Performing a Free Concert April 26

Hagerstown, MD – Hagerstown Seventh-day Adventist Church is sponsoring a free concert, open to the community on April 26, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

All are invited to hear Jorge’s forceful and expressive mastery of the violin, which has delighted audiences around the globe for over 20 years.

Born in Cuba in 1970, Jorge began violin studies at age five. When he was ten, his family immigrated to the United States and he began lessons with the eminent violinist Cyrus Forough, a student of the great David Oistrakh. Jorge’s mother wanted him to be a violinist, but he dreamed of becoming a missionary doctor. When he entered college in 1988, he began to take all the pre-med courses, in order to prepare to go to medical school. In 1992, Jaime was accepted into the University Of Illinois Medical School, but into his second year of medical school, Jaime felt the Lord’s call to pursue a life of service dedicated to music ministry. Since then, he has dedicated his talents to sharing the love of God through sacred and classical concerts and special appearances the world over.

Ginger Sayles, music director of Hagerstown Seventh-day Adventist Church said, “From high school auditoriums to magnificent cathedrals, from simple church programs to Carnegie Hall, Jaime’s music can inspire, uplift and bring peace. For over two decades, through 15 albums and more than 2,500 concerts in North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia, Jaime’s music has touched the lives of millions. We are so honored to share this experience with our community.”

The Hagerstown Seventh-day Adventist Church is a member of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. For more information, see: http://www.marylandmemories.com.

Location: Hagerstown Seventh-day Adventist Church, 11507 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown, MD 21742


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Charles Trump Receives 1st annual Morgan County 2014 Distinguished Citizen Award

Shenandoah Area Council, Boy Scouts of America is pleased to announce Charles Trump as the honoree of the 1st annual Morgan County 2014 Distinguished Citizen Award. Charles will receive the award at the Friends of Scouting Dinner on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at Cacapon State Park in Berkeley Springs WV. This event will start with a gathering at 6pm and dinner at 6:30pm.

Charles Trump is an attorney. He earned his B.A. from Princeton University in 1982 and his J.D. from West Virginia University College of Law in 1985. Trump was the Morgan County prosecuting attorney from 1988 until his election as a delegate in 1992. He is a small business owner.

The purpose of the Friends of Scouting Dinner is to raise the awareness of the Scouting program in Morgan County, to provide operating funds for the Shenandoah Area Council, Boy Scouts of America so that Scouting may continue to grow and offer a quality program to the youth Moragn County and to honor a strong community minded individual, Charles Trump.
The Potomac District covers Berkeley and Morgan Counties providing a quality outdoor educational program and leadership training to over 1000 youth through more than 400 adult mentors.

For more information on how to support Scouting or to join, please contact the Shenandoah Area Council at 540-662-2551 or by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or you may visit http://www.sac-bsa.org.


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2014 Hagerstown-Washington County CVB Releases Official Visitors Guide and Online Flip Book

Hagerstown, MD—The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau is proud to announce the arrival of its 2014 Visitor Guide. The first printing of tens of thousands of copies has arrived and is being made available to visitors, CVB members, AAA offices, Visitor Welcome Centers, travel bureaus, tour organizations and convention groups, malls, and other tourism offices. More than 100,000 visitors guides are being distributed.

Just in time for National, Maryland, and Washington County Tourism Week, the new guide is a welcome addition! (Tourism Week is May 3-11.)

“The annual Hagerstown-Washington County Visitor Guide is the most sought-after resource about our area,” said Convention and Visitors Bureau director of operations Jolene Thomas. “Residents and visitors appreciate and utilize the CVB’s annual guide to Washington County.”

The small and portable size includes colorful photography. This year’s guide was designed and produced by Loose Leaf LLC.

The cover photo, by Lisa Helfert, depicts a family enjoying a day’s biking on the C&O Canal National Historical Park. The photograph was taken at the Big Slackwater section, a $17-million project that returned the towpath to its full 184.5 mile, unbroken length. With 4.9 million visitors in 2013, over 1.3 million of which were in Washington County’s portions of the park, the C&O Canal NHP ranks as the 9th most visited National Park in the U.S. It is estimated that park visitors in Washington County spent in excess of $15-million last year.

The Visitors Guide includes new introductions for the various sections, as well as focused articles highlighting our Civil War heritage, outdoor adventures and agritourism. The 72-page guide includes maps of Hagerstown and Washington County, restaurant and shopping listings, demographics for each town, details about annual special events, a service guide, and an updated accommodations section with symbols representing the different amenities available at hotels, motels, campgrounds, and bed and breakfasts.

The 2014 Visitor Guide is available at the downtown Hagerstown Visitor Welcome Center. Residents and visitors are welcome to stop in and pick up a copy. The Visitor Guide may also be requested online at http://www.marylandmemories.org/visitors-guide.php.

The guide will also be available as a photo flip-book on the CVB’s web site.

The first printing of more than 100,000 copies of the 2014 Visitor Guide is being distributed to potential visitors, travel professionals, and meeting planners who interact with the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Tens of thousands of guides are sent to people who request them because of advertisements in magazines and on web sites. Bulk purchases of the Visitor Guide may be arranged for area businesses for their marketing and relocation efforts.

The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau is a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop tourism and market Washington County to meeting planners, leisure travelers and business customers. The CVB helps to create vibrant growth for the local economy by promoting, developing, and expanding the local visitor industry. http://www.marylandmemories.org.


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Presenters Announced for April 23 Entrepreneurs’ Café

The next meeting of the Entrepreneurs’ Cafe will take place on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 in White Hall, High and Princess Streets, Shepherd University.  The April meeting, hosted by sponsor Shepherd University Department of Business Administration, begins at 6:30 p.m. with four Entrepreneurs’ Cafe presentations, followed at 8 p.m. by a special event, the Shepherd University Student Elevator Pitch Competition.

The Entrepreneurs’ Café presenters include:  Francesca Contento, Inn at Moler’s Crossroads; Douglas Estepp, Coal Country Tours; Neil Super, Two Rivers Turnings; Jillian Zimmerman, Simplified, LLC.  At each Café, attendees pay $10 ($5 students) for a simple meal, and the opportunity to hear small business concepts and vote on their favorite project. The winning entrepreneur receives the proceeds from the purchase of meals, raffle tickets and a special cash award provided by the sponsor.  The micro-grant, which varies depending on the size of the audience, has ranged from $750-$1,000.

The Shepherd University Student Elevator Pitch will take place immediately following the voting for the April Entrepreneurs’ Café.  Teams of up to three full-time undergraduate students will compete to explain their business concepts and win cash prizes.  “An Elevator Pitch is an opportunity to place students and their ideas in front of a qualified panel of judges made up of entrepreneurs, investors and other people who can help make their idea a reality,” explains Caroline Glackin, PhD, Edward L. Snyder Endowed Chair in Business, Department of Business Administration, Shepherd University. “In addition to judging the competition, the panel will give feedback on the ideas and presentations.  We encourage students to think of their ‘pitch’ as the first step toward creating the business of their dreams.”

Sponsors for the April 23 meeting are Shepherd University Department of Business Administration and Skinner Law Firm, who is underwriting the student attendance fees.  FLUENT magazine is an In-kind sponsor, providing a free full-page advertisement for the winning company.  Additional sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting David Rosen at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Attendance at the Entrepreneurs’ Café is open to all members of the community in the Eastern Panhandle area of W. Va. The Cafe is an opportunity for the community to learn about new businesses taking off in the area, and actually take part in investing in their success. 

The Entrepreneurs’ Café program is part of a long-term plan to develop the entrepreneurial climate in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. For more information or to download an application to be a presenter, visit http://www.facebook.com/EntreprenuersCafeShepherdstownEasternPanhandle.


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Mooney Endorsed by Conservative Victory Fund

Martinsburg, WV - Today, Alex Mooney, conservative Republican candidate for Congress in West Virginia’s second congressional district, was endorsed by Conservative Victory Fund (CVF).

“We are proud to announce our endorsement of Alex Mooney in the West Virginia Republican primary,” said Ron Pearson, National Director of Conservative Victory Fund.” The only way to advance conservatism in Congress is to elect proven conservative leaders like Alex Mooney. Alex has consistently fought for conservative principles such as lower taxes and spending, limited government, and pro-life and pro-gun policies. He will be a trusted voice for West Virginia’s conservative values. We encourage conservatives to stand with Alex Mooney as he leads the charge for true conservative values in this primary.”

“I am honored to receive Conservative Victory Fund’s endorsement,” said Alex Mooney. “The CVF knows that West Virginia wants to send a conservative to battle against President Obama’s liberal agenda in Congress. I have always welcomed the chance to battle big government and I will continue to fight for conservative polices in Congress starting with the complete repeal of Obamacare and an end to the burdensome regulations that destroy our jobs and limit our liberties.”

The Conservative Victory Fund endorsement is part of a growing conservative movement rallying behind Mooney’s candidacy. Mooney has also been endorsed by Governor Mike Huckabee, the Republican Liberty Caucus, National Association of Gun Rights, Senate Conservatives Fund, Tea Party Express, Madison Project, Family Research Council, Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum, Gun Owners of America, CatholicVote.org, Citizens United, Gary Bauer’s Campaign for Working Families, Dr. Ron Paul, Ann Coulter and Morton Blackwell.

Senator Alex Mooney, his wife, Grace, and their children reside in Charles Town, West Virginia. Mooney is taking his campaign to defend conservative values to every part of West Virginia’s second congressional district.


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Summer is Right Around the Corner, and MBC-Parks and Rec have camps for kids!

In addition to the Sports Camps listed below, MBC-Parks and Recreation also offers Day Camps. The Day Camps are being offered at the Berkeley 2000 Recreation Center AND The W. Randy Smith Recreation Center!

Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks & Recreation will be offering Berkeley Summer Energy & Explorer Camps for children ages 6-13. The camps are offered at 2 convenient locations, Monday-Friday 9am-4pm beginning June 16th and ending August 15th. Camp fee is $100 per week. There are multi-child and multi-week discounts given for multiple children or multi-week registrations done in the same transaction. Before and after care is available for an additional fee. For more information, to download a registration form, or to access online registration, visit our website: http://www.mbcparks-rec.org

Girls Volleyball Camp
This camp will be held at the Berkeley 2000 Recreation Center June 9-13 from 9am-12pm for girls ages 8-10 and 1pm - 4pm for girls ages 11-14. The camp includes a camp t-shirt. The registration fee is $100 per child. This camp is open to girls ages 8-14, and the camp will focus on passing, setting, serving, blocking and hitting.

Co-Ed Youth Soccer Camp
For ages 6-14 as of 9/1/14. This camp is July 7-11, 2014 from 6:00-8:00pm. The registration is $50 per child, and this includes a camp t-shirt. This camp is open to the first 50 registrants, and registrations are taken on a first come first served basis. Campers will be kept busy with skill drills, fundamental overviews and small sided games. Camp instructor is Jason Howe.

Mighty Mites Soccer Camp
This camp is for children ages 4 & 5 as of 9/1/14. This camp is July 7-11, 2014 from 6:00-7:15pm. Registration is $50 per child (includes soccer medal.) The camp is held at Dupont Soccer Complex in Falling Waters, WV. There are 40 spots available and filled on a first come first served basis. Camp instructor is Lisa Mann

Mighty Mites Basketball Camp
This camp is for children ages 4 & 5 as of 9/1/14. The camp will be held June 23 - 27, 2014 from 6:00 - 7:30pm at Eagle School Intermediate. The fee is $60 per participant. There are only 25 spots available for this camp and it is first come first served.

Preschool Karate Camp
This camp is held in the Marshall Mason Wing of the Berkeley 2000 Recreation Center. The camp will be Monday, June 16 - Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 5:30-6:15pm. The camp is for child ages 4-5 years of age. Camp instructor is Ken Fizer.

Little Kickers Soccer Camp
This camp is held at Winchester Avenue School. The 4 day camp is for children age 3 as of June 9, 2014. It will be held June 9-12, 2014 from 5:30-6:30pm. Parent participation is required. The fee for the camp is $35 per child. There are only 15 spots available for this camp, and spots fill up fast!

Tennis Clinics
Ages 5-7: There are three clinics from which to choose. For specific dates check our website. These clinics are $45 per child and are 4 day clinics. They are held at War Memorial Tennis courts from 4:30-5:15pm. Camp instructor is Tracy Housden
Ages 8-10: There are three clinics from which to choose. For specific dates check our website. These clinics are $45 per child and are 4 day clinics. They are held at War Memorial Tennis courts from 5:30-6:15pm. Camp instructor is Tracy Housden
Middle School (ages 11-14): The middle school tennis clinic will be held Saturdays in June from 11:00-11:45 at the War Memorial Tennis Courts. The fee is $45 per child. Camp instructor is Tracy Housden

To download forms or register online, visit our website: http://www.mbcparks-rec.org


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Historic McFarland House Offers Traditional Sunday Dinner for Easter

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – Easter Sunday Dinner at the McFarland House is all about tradition, says Michael McCarty, Proprietor of the Historic McFarland House. A traditional Easter Sunday Dinner will be held on Sunday, April 20, 2014. A meet and greet begins at 12:30 pm and dinner at 1 pm. The Historic McFarland House is located at 409 S. Queen Street, Martinsburg, W.Va.

“This is one of my favorite meals of the year. It kind of acts as a farewell to heavy stewed dishes of the fall and winter, and a big hello to light sunny dishes of the spring and summer,” says Executive Chef Brad Spates.

The menu includes an array of traditional dishes, including herb roasted beef, orange-glazed turkey breast, butter whipped potatoes, ham hock green beans, honey roasted carrots, freshly baked breads and spiced carrot cake. Tickets are $34.98 for the general public and are $29.68 for Victual Club members. To purchase tickets or to learn more about the Victual Club, a lifelong membership that offers discounts on dinners and events, please visit http://HistoricMcFarlandHouse.com/events or by calling (304) 263-1890.

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


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Learn to Capture Nature with Spritzilism

This spring, artists and nature lovers can learn how to use the creative techniques of “Spritzilism” to capture Nature’s endless design patterns. The painting style, developed by teaching Artist Judith Becker, uses real botanicals as templates—flowers, leaves, even weeds! Becker demonstrates and teaches her method of using sprayed watercolor and a choice of paints, pencils or acrylics to bring out Nature’s endless design patterns.

A certified instructor, Becker will also teach Intermediate Watercolor Painting, Intermediate Watercolor Pencil, and Intermediate Colored Pencil, continuing from basic classes that have been offered previously. New students with experience are welcome for these classes, to be held on Wed. and Friday afternoons beginning May 7.

The Berkeley Art Works studio will also host an Acrylic Painting Playground with instructor Jean Kellogg introducing varied creative techniques on Thursday evenings beginning May 8.

Full descriptions, schedule details and online registration are available at http://www.berkeleyartswv.org/artworks/instruction/. For more information, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 304-620-7277.
The Berkeley Art Works is located at 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, and hosts art exhibits, classes and workshops, and a co-op sales gallery. All activities are sponsored by the nonprofit Berkeley Arts Council.


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Summer Ceramics Show Features Eastern Panhandle Artists

The Berkeley Art Council announces its inaugural Eastern Panhandle Ceramics Show,  from June 26 through July 20, 2014 at the Berkeley Art Works Gallery, at 116 N. Queen Street in Martinsburg.  The show will feature both sculptures and pottery ware.  Several well known Eastern Panhandle ceramic artisans have indicated that they will be participating, including Hilda Eiber, Martha LeRoi, Annette Verna, Lynn Lavin, and Jane Morais. Additional artists have been invited. 

A reception to meet the artists will be held Saturday, June 28 from 5 to 7 pm. The public is welcome; exhibit and reception are free.

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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“Lessons from Elk River” Public Forum

The Jefferson County Chapter of the League of Women Voters and the Jefferson County Health Department present a public forum, “Lessons from Elk River,” 7:00 pm on Friday, April 25, 2014 at the Charles Town Library downstairs meeting room.

Dr. Rahul Gupta, Executive Director of Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, Mary Sell, Chair of the Water Advisory Committee, and Dr. David Didden, Physician Director of Jefferson County Health Department will discuss the Elk River spill and its implications for Jefferson County. The panel will focus on the challenge of public water supply exposure to contamination, and how our communities can build on the strengths of existing infrastructure to prevent widespread disruption of the safe water supply.

Questions and comments from audience members will be accepted after the presentations.

With the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers, karst geology, and extensive use of wells supplying water to our county’s residents, monitoring and prevention of contamination are key elements in protecting our water safety. We hope to use this forum as a springboard to develop plans for a response should a similar event occur here.

The League of Women Voters of Jefferson County is a non-partisan organization open to men and women interested in promoting good government through education and advocacy. For information about joining the Jefferson County League, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit http://lwv-jcwv.org/

For information on the Forum, contact David Didden, MD,Health Officer 304-728 8416 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address),
The mission of the Jefferson County Health Department, with the support of the Jefferson County Commission, municipalities, and other contributing agencies, is to protect the health of the public


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Whitetail Resort Prepares For Summer Camp Offerings

MERCERSBURG, PA – After a long cold winter, spring has sprung and Whitetail has begun preparations for their 2014 Summer Camps for kids, teens and families.

The resort offers a multi-adventure day camp, the Kid’s Adventure Camp, for campers 7-12 years of age. This week-long camp will be offered twice this summer; July 14-18 and July 28-Aug 1. Campers will gain new skills through challenging, educational, and fun activities based in the great outdoors.

Throughout the week, campers will learn skills in archery and air riflery, basic kayaking, fishing and fly fishing, ropes course initiatives at Cedar Ridge Adventures, techniques in digital photography, and basic wilderness survival and plant identification. They will also enjoy relaxing and swimming by the lake, and of course, making new friends.

On Thursday night, the camp offers an optional overnight camp out for the campers. During the day, the campers will build their own fortress with 3-4 other campers out of materials they find in nature. That night they will test their building against the elements and sleep in their very own creation. During the camp out, the campers will also get to spend time enjoying the classics around a camp fire.

Whitetail’s famous Epic Adventure for teens 13-16 is back.  Campers will spend five days and nights traveling through the region’s most well known resources.  The group will kayak under Burnside Bridge in Antietam National Battlefield, bike 40 miles on the C & O Canal, and hike the Tuscarora Trail, all while sleeping under the stars and cooking their own meals. This multi-facet adventure focuses on individual growth, group cohesion, resource awareness and just plain fun!

New this year, Whitetail is offering a unique camp for the whole family.  A weekend long paddling trip will take you on the beautiful upper Potomac River to enjoy three days of paddling and riverside camping.  Paddle, camp and relax with your family while enjoying the sounds of nature.

For more information and registration visit skiwhitetail.com or call 717.328.9400.


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Safe Haven Child Advocacy Center will launch a new Child Abuse Prevention Campaign

Martinsburg, WV - Safe Haven Child Advocacy Center will host a Press Conference to inform the community of Child Abuse Intervention Efforts within the Eastern Panhandle Community as well as educate the community on practical, child abuse prevention efforts that every community member can take to ensure kids’ safety. Safe Haven CAC will share the new, national campaign PSA, “Stand Up, Step Forward” which was recently launched by the National Children’s Alliance, the accrediting body for CACs nationwide.

The public will have the opportunity to hear from Safe Haven staff, local prosecuting attorneys, 65th District Delegate and WV House of Delegates Assistant Majority Whip, Delegate Tiffany E. Lawrence, and 16th District Senator and WV Senate Majority Leader, Senator John R. Unger II.

The Press Conference will be held at the Children’s Home Society’s S.T.E.P. Office, located at 613 Winchester Avenue, Martinsburg, WV. The S.T.E.P. office is located in the Martinsburg Shopping Plaza.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, Safe Haven CAC encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making the Eastern Panhandle a better place for children and families. By ensuring that children are able to find help and heal from abuse, we can promote children’s social and emotional well-being and prevent further child maltreatment and trauma within families and communities.

Safe Haven Child Advocacy Center (Safe Haven CAC) is a non-profit program operating under the umbrella agency of Children’s Home Society of West Virginia. Safe Haven CAC’s mission is to promote a child-focused approach to the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse by providing a safe, child-friendly facility, a multi- disciplinary team response to abuse allegations, and professional support, education, and advocacy services.

Safe Haven provides services to Jefferson, Berkeley, and Morgan Counties.

West Virginia Child Advocacy Network (WVCAN) is a statewide coalition of Child Advocacy Centers. WVCAN is dedicated to helping local communities respond to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient and put the needs of child abuse victims first. As the state membership body for 20 Child Advocacy Centers, WVCAN provides training, technical assistance, leadership, legislative and policy advocacy, and overall coordination to Child Advocacy Centers and multidisciplinary teams around the state as well as developing centers, multidisciplinary teams and child abuse professionals. As a statewide leader on multidisciplinary approaches to supporting child victims of abuse, WVCAN’s purpose is to empower local communities to provide comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate services to victims of child abuse.


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Jala Yoga Expands to Charles Town

Charles Town, WV—Jala Yoga, Shepherdstown’s vibrant yoga studio, will be expanding its offerings to Charles Town beginning in May. Located at 307 West Washington Street, Jala will be offering a full schedule of yoga classes – day and night.  The studio opens on Saturday, May 10, and a ribbon cutting and official grand opening ceremony is scheduled for Friday, May 30.  Sharing the space with Jala Yoga will be Mellow Moods Café and Juice Bar, the popular Shepherdstown restaurant that is also expanding to Charles Town.

As part of its opening celebrations, Jala Yoga is offering a new student special.  For just $20, new students can purchase a 30-day unlimited class pass, good for any class at the new Charles Town location.  Passes must be purchased before May 31st.  Class passes can be purchased online or at the studio.

“I am thrilled to be expanding our offerings to the Charles Town community” Jala Yoga owner Christa Mastrangelo Joyce says.  “We at Jala Yoga believe that everyone can feel strong, balanced and relaxed.  Opening this studio makes it easier for people in that part of Jefferson County to experience the amazing benefits of yoga.”

Jala Yoga opened in 2009 and has grown from its initial offerings of one class a week to more than 25 classes a week.  In addition, special monthly workshops are offered and students interested in deepening their practice can enter a Yoga Alliance-certified teacher training program.  Joyce obtained her 500-hour teaching certification in 2012 from Charm City in Baltimore, and is committed to bringing more yoga to this area.

For more information or to purchase a class pass, go to http://www.jalayogaflow.com, call 401-440-0279, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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Washington County to Showcase Its Culinary Acumen with Maryland Wines at First Food & Wine Festival

Hagerstown, MD—Festival organizers anticipate that up to 2,500 attendees will be sampling local wines alongside an assortment of cheeses, meats, fruits and other “foody” delights, all locally produced and presented by local restaurateurs and nearby farmers.

Mountain Maryland Events, LLC announces inaugural “Taste of the Valley Food & Wine Festival” to be held on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at the former Hager Drive-In at Leitersburg Cinemas in Hagerstown, MD.


In partnership with the not for profit Maryland Wineries Association, up to a dozen Maryland wineries are expected to be in attendance to promote their thriving and diverse vineyards. Confirmed wineries to date are: Knob Hall Winery, Red Heifer Winery, Port of Leonardtown Winery and Cygnus Wine Cellars.

At this time, organizers have made arrangements with several local food vendors for a variety of food that will complement the wine selections. Crab cakes from chef/owner John Walla of the Black Eyed Susan Restaurant are sure to be a crowd pleaser.

To make this a true community event, the festival is also partnering with Girls Incorporated of Washington County, MD, a local non-profit providing after-school and summer activities for girls ages 6-18.

Live musicians will play from a stage facing lawn chair and blanket-toting spectators who may have just perused the delectables on display from a variety of festival vendors.

The venue, the once iconic “Hager Drive-In”, was selected as part of an ongoing hip and energetic effort to revitalize the entire Leitersburg Cinemas property. The festival grounds will be located at 20135 Leitersburg Pike, Hagerstown , MD 21742.

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

Tickets for the festival are $20 ($25 at the gate) and admit adults, ages 21 and up, to the event with a wine sampling wristband and festival wine tasting glass. For $5 more, a limited number of VIP tickets are available and will allow access to the event one hour early. A Designated Driver/non-drinker ticket is also available for about half the price, but only for those ages 16 and older.

Festival hours are noon until 6p.m. (open at 11a.m. for VIP’s) and tickets are available at the event’s website: valleywinefest.com and at participating restaurants and wineries.


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Loaves and Dishes: Seafood Feast at Historic McFarland House to Benefit St. Joseph School

MARTINSBURG, W.Va.— The Historic McFarland House will host Loaves and Dishes: A Lenten Seafood Feast, to benefit St. Joseph School on Friday April 11, 2014. The culinary collaboration between Father Eric, of St. Joseph School, and Executive Chef Brad Spates is a seafood-only feast just in time for Lent. Meet and greet begins at 6:30 pm; Dinner begins at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $31.80 for general public; $26.50 for Victual Club members; 15 percent of proceeds will benefit St. Joseph School.

“It has been a ton of fun working with Father Eric to create these menus. It is always enjoyable to work with some one that shares the same passion as yourself,” says Executive Chef Brad Spates. “He has great taste in food and I think the menus that we have created are really fresh and unique.”

To purchase tickets or to learn more about the Victual Club, a lifelong membership that offers discounts on dinners and events, please visit HistoricMcFarlandHouse.com/events or call (304) 263-1890.

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


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More than 60 Films From Around the World Selected for the Maryland International Film Festival

Hagerstown, MD – Tickets are now on sale for the Third Annual Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown.

The Maryland Theatre is the official box office for the entire film festival, call 301-790-3500, or at http://www.mdtheatre.org.

The festival received well over 200 films from 32 countries. This was the largest number of foreign countries that submitted films, according to Tracie Hovey, Board of Directors Vice President. For the complete schedule of the film selections, see: http://www.marylandiff.com.

The Maryland International Film Festival, Hagerstown (MDIFF-H) is scheduled to run May 1-3, 2014. Venues include the Maryland Theatre, the Bridge of Life Center, and the Academy Theater. After parties are set for Bulls and Bears, 28 South, and the Broad Axe.

MDIFF-H will be screening films in several categories including: Feature, Documentary, Student, Short and Animation. Opening night will include the announcement of the 2014 Mendez Award. On the final night, the film festival awards will be announced at the Academy Theater.

The sponsors for the MDIFF-Hagerstown include: Washington County government, Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the City of Hagerstown, Ovation PR and Advertising, Thompson Gas, Kaplan University, High Rock and Leitersburg Cinemas, the Washington County Arts Council, Jay Frantz, Tom Riford, Bowman Hospitality, the Maryland Theatre, the Bridge of Life Center, What’s NXT, Columbia Bank-Hagerstown Trust Division and Hagerstown Community College.

The MDIFF-H 2014 Board of Directors include: Tom Riford, Tracie Hovey, Heather Guessford, Mary Anne Burke, Bob Bruchey, Bev David, Joseph Marschner, Nicole Houser, and Francine Donachie. The Board of Advisors include MDIFF-H Creative Director Joe Carnahan; Jody Arlington, Co-Founder of the Impact Arts and Film Fund; Dan Poyner, Bridge of Life Center; Karen Giffin, City of Hagerstown; Jay Frantz, Film and Television Actor; Abby Greensfelder, Co-Founder, Half-Yard Productions; Amy Letourneau, Sr. Director, Acquisitions at PBS Distribution; Steven Schupak, Sr. Vice President, Content Enterprises, Maryland Public Television; and Joseph Tovares, Sr. Vice President at Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The MDIFF-H’s mission is to be a platform for independent filmmakers to engage audiences, collaborate with other filmmakers and educate the community with the celebration of film. For more information about MDIFF-H please call 916-712-2781 or access the website http://www.marylandiff.com.


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700 Expected for East Coast Shotokan Karate Association Championships in Hagerstown

Hagerstown, MD—The Shotokan Karate Club of Hagerstown (SKCH), in cooperation with The Washington County Recreation Department will be hosting the 51st Annual International Shotokan Karate Federation (ISKF) East Coast Tournament on April 12, 2014 on the campus of Hagerstown Community College. The annual tournament provides members of the ISKF a venue to compete and train together. Members from the seventy east coast clubs will be participating.  The general public is welcome and encouraged to attend. The event will be held at the ARCC facility; youth divisions starting at 8:00 a.m. and adult divisions scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. General admission is $5, children under age 6 are admitted free.

The Shotokan Karate Club of Hagerstown operates under the auspices of the Washington County Recreation Department Shotokan Karate Program. The primary mission of the SKCH is to provide instruction and make available periodic examinations which result in students obtaining rank from the ISKF. According to organizers, the tournament will provide an opportunity for the general public to see traditional Shotokan practitioners demonstrate their art. According to Robert and Helene O’Brien, SKCH administrators, if someone has ever contemplated beginning karate training this event will allow them to see what it is all about.

“It is an honor for the Hagerstown Club to be granted the opportunity to host such a prestigious event. Planning and preparations have been in the works for the last five years. An event like this requires many groups and businesses from the community to pull it all together,” said Mr. O’Brien.

The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau has provided monetary support, arranged accommodations, produced the program booklet and is providing a number of other convention support services. Organizers also recognize how crucial the support and dedication of the Washington County Recreation Department has also been to the coordination of the tournament, making Hagerstown a suitable venue.

Over 700 competitors and spectators are expected to be in Hagerstown for the day. Many of them will be spending at least one night in Hagerstown and will have the opportunity to take advantage of Washington County’s many interesting museums, historic sites and shopping. Tournament organizers felt it was important to keep as much vendor business in Washington County as possible. Some of the local businesses who are providing services or sponsorships are: Dual Highway Hampton Inn, BJ’s Custom Creations, Aladdin Awards and Gifts, Dual Highway Bob Evans Restaurant, Denny’s Restaurant and Scott’s First Aid.

The ISKF is a non-profit organization that seeks to promulgate traditional Japanese karate-do (an Okinawan martial art) throughout the world. This traditional Shotokan Karate organization was founded by Master Teruyuki Okazaki, who studied directly under Master Gichin Funakoshi, the founder of Shotokan Karate.  The ISKF is comprised of over twenty-eight Pan American countries and over thirty-two countries from Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. The ISKF is still growing and continually adds new clubs and countries to its membership, and currently has over 75,000 individual members worldwide.

The Washington County Recreation Department Karate Program has been in existence for 30 years and offers classes twice a week at the Ruth Ann Monroe Primary School on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Classes are available for students from age eight years and above. Adults and children train separately, and classes are divided so that beginners, intermediate and advanced students are placed in classes that are commensurate with their skill level. Fees for each fourteen week session are $65/youth and $75/adult.

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


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Updated: Kidz Power Pacs - Packing Schedule

Community Combined Ministries

In 2007, God gave the vision of our “community working together” to solve many important issues we are all facing together. Over the years and through hard work, Community Combined Ministries (CCM), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was formed with a primary focus to serve our area schools with meals for children, who would otherwise go without, on weekends, during breaks and throughout the summer.

CCM currently serves 23 schools in Berkeley and Jefferson Counties through our meal package program, Kidz Power Pacs (KPP). KPP volunteers gather once a month to pack Kidz Power Pacs on a Friday night and Saturday morning (see packing schedule). This gives everyone in our community a chance to serve together to help others.

KPP is feeding approximately 650 children that are enrolled in the 2014 program. Churches, businesses and individuals can help by sponsoring a child for as little as $20 a month,  collecting easy open child-friendly foods, hosting a fundraiser and more.

We are also blessed to be able to provide “One Harvest”. One Harvest is a “discount food ministry” that specializes in variety of meal packages.  This program is open to everyone in the community and there are no income restrictions. Once the order is placed through CCM, customers pick up their order at our distribution site once a month. For example: A family box could cost as little as $36 with this food program vs. paying approximately $65 at a local grocery store. We do accept the SNAP program.

To view a full menu and order online visit CCM @ http://www.communitycombined.org

You can contact CCM directly:
Phone: 304-268-8778
E-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


2014 KPP PACKING SCHEDULE

Packings take place the last weekend of the month unless it’s a holiday month. For schedule updates and changes, visit us online or on Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/CommunityCombinedMinistries

LOCATION:
Eagle School Intermediate
730 Eagle School Road, Martinsburg, WV 25404

DIRECTIONS:
Located on Eagle School Road in Northern Martinsburg. From Exit 13, take I-81 North to Exit 16E (N. Queen St.). Take Route 9 E to Eagle School Road (4th traffic light; Route 45/5). Turn left onto Eagle School Road. Continue for 0.7 mile. School is on the right. Come to the back of the school and enter through the back doors by the dumpster and go straight to the cafeteria.

SCHEDULE:*
Friday — Setup @ 4:30PM
Saturday — Packing @ 9AM Prayer / 10AM Packing

2014
April 11-12
May 16-17
June 20-21
July 18-19
August 15-16
September 19-20
October 17-18*
November 21-22**
December 12-13***


* Jefferson Co. Break Packing w/ Reg. Packing
** Berkeley Co. Break Packing w/ Reg. Packing
*** Jefferson & Berkeley Co. Break Packing w/ Reg. Packing
 

Please continue to pray for and help spread the word about KPP through-out the year. Volunteers warmly welcomed and always needed.

Always Collecting:
• Hygiene Type Products – Soaps, Regular Size Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Floss, Hand Sanitizer, Mouth Wash, Combs, Brushes, Shampoo, etc.
• 24-pack Crayons
• Glue Sticks
• Children’s Scissors
• Erasers

Other Ways You Can Help:
• Holding food drives or KPP fundraisers
• Handing out KPP brochures
• Having a KPP representative speak to your church, business, special group or organization.

THANK YOU!!!!


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Mom Prom - Ladies Night Event

You are invited to attend Mom Prom.

Hosted by Moms Club® of Martinsburg.

April 26, 2014 from 7-11PM

Bethel Assembly of God at 2010 Tavern Road, Martinsburg, WV

Ladies Night Event
Not a Mom? Not a problem? Just be a lady 18 or over.

The purchase of a ticket will feed a child for a month. Proceeds benefit the Kidz Power Pacs Program/Community Combined Ministries

Bid on and win many SILENT AUCTION ITEMS

Music & Entertainment by GOOD VIBRATIONS

Have your picture taken by MADDY J PHOTOGRAPHY

Like us on Facebook @ Mom Prom of Martinsburg

Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

No refunds - tickets are transferable - receive one door prize ticket at check in

Enjoy Hors D’ Ouvres and Refreshments

Bring cash for your chance to win one of the many raffles

You can also purchase tickets at:
Capital Rehab (Next to Golds Gym) - Charles Town
Gingers Flower Shop - Martinsburg


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CVB Sponsors Special Seminar: “Group Sales Made Easy”

Hagerstown, MD – The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is hosting and sponsoring a special seminar for anyone in or near Washington County wishing to learn about how to get groups on motor coaches to visit their property/venue/business, on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at the Ramada Plaza Hotel from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Veteran tour operator Lois Stolzfus, owner of GroupsGalore, will share the ins and outs of group sales in this educational and fun day. The seminar is aimed at sales and marketing staffers, owner/operators and/or managers at any tourism related business who are looking to attract more motor coach business.

Ms. Stolzfus, CTIS, has been involved in all aspects of the tourism industry for 16 years, the last six as a tour operator. Her “real life” experience and training allows her to bring invaluable insights to attendees that she herself lacked when beginning her career. Sessions will include: The Basics, Preparing Your Property for 24 Tons of Fun, Profile Sheets, Getting Along With Others, FAM Tours, Working the Room, Follow Up, What Operators Look For, and Trends. Attendees will leave the day with strategies that can be applied immediately.

Betsy De Vore, Director of Sales at the CVB, said, “We are providing an extraordinary opportunity for attendees to learn all about attracting group business. It will help them avoid the old trial-and-error methods and go from zero to 60 in one day! We are very happy to be able to offer our local businesses and attractions high quality information that would normally take years and hundreds of dollars to acquire.”

The seminar is FREE to CVB members. Others may attend for $30, which includes the seminar and lunch.
Reservations are required by April 30, 2014.
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Shepherdstown “Gardenfest” Weekend Set For May 17-18

Plans are being finalized for a “GardenFest Weekend” in Shepherdstown May 17-18.

The centerpiece of the two-day event will be the town’s 15th annual Back Alley Garden Tour and Tea, which will include a self-guided walking tour of more than a dozen private gardens rarely open to the public and an elegant afternoon tea.

Both days will also be full of many other garden-related activities, including demonstrations and exhibits about horticulture, landscaping, composting, beekeeping, raising chickens, indoor gardening, flower arranging, and more.

There will also be garden-related items and plants for sale.

In addition, there will be farmers markets both days, along with displays by local artists and potters, sidewalk sales by local merchants, access to local historic sites, live music, children’s events, and special spring menus at many local restaurants.

The Tour and Tea and all the other weekend activities will be held rain or shine.

Garden Tour hours will be 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. The Teas will be offered from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. each day.

Admission to both the Tour and Tea will be $20 per person through May 14, and $25 after that.

The Shepherdstown Community Club sponsors the Tour and Tea, and all proceeds will be used to support the two important community resources the Club owns:  the War Memorial Building and Morgan’s Grove Park.

Tour and Tea tickets and more information are available online now at http://www.backalleygarden.org. Tickets are also on sale in the town at the Village Florist, Sweet Shop, and Four Seasons Books store on German Street, and Yarnability on South Duke Street

All of the weekend’s other activities will be free and will follow the same hours as the Garden Tour.


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Martinsburg Mom Wins $4,000 from Box Tops and Weis Markets for Local Schools

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Two schools in northeastern West Virginia are benefiting from a Martinsburg, WV mother who won the Weis Markets Box Tops for Education® Sweepstakes.

Jessica Marinaccio won the original $2,000 for Tuscarora Elementary in Martinsburg, WV, where her daughter once attended its special needs program. However, none of the full-time working mother’s four daughters currently attend Tuscarora. When Weis Markets discovered that this loyal shopper and committed mom has a daughter at the West Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind in Romney, they decided to contribute another $2,000 to that school.

A check presentation with both schools and Marinaccio will take place on Saturday, April 12 at 1:00 p.m. at the Weis Market store at 217 Oak Lee Dr. in Ranson, WV. (304) 725-9559.

“I couldn’t believe I won the sweepstakes to begin with, but when they called and said they’d also donate to my daughter’s school, it just put me over the top,” said Marinaccio. “There are a lot of children in the area whose families may be struggling, so hopefully the money will go toward purchasing needed classroom supplies and equipment at both schools.”

“I couldn’t believe I won the sweepstakes to begin with, but when they called and said they’d also donate to my daughter’s school, it just put me over the top,” said Marinaccio.

Tuscarora Elementary is the first of five Box Tops for Education® participating schools to win the sweepstakes taking place throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey and West Virginia—found at http://www.WeisMarkets.com/BoxTops or http://www.facebook.com/WeisMarkets until Feb. 1, 2015.

“We couldn’t be more thankful for Jessica’s commitment to enter the sweepstakes on our behalf,” said Drenna Reineck, principal of Tuscarora Elementary school. “These are real dollars that the school wouldn’t have otherwise which funds everything from field trips, textbooks, classroom technology and other resources we so desperately need.”

Box Tops for Education® is one of the country’s largest school fundraising programs driven by more than 70,000 passionate coordinator volunteers at more than 90,000 U.S. schools

“We’ve seen first-hand the impact Box Tops earnings make for schools throughout the country and want to contribute to the program’s success,” said Dennis Curtin, public relations director at Weis Markets. “The passion of folks like Jessica motivated us to do even more after hearing about her commitment to the program and local education.”

About Weis Markets
Founded in 1912, Weis Markets operates 166 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey and West Virginia. For more information about Weis Markets, Inc., please visit http://www.weismarkets.com.  Connect with Weis Markets on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/WeisSuperMarket.  Follow Weis Markets on Twitter @weismarkets.

About Box Tops for Education
America’s schools have earned more than $600 million through the Box Tops for Education® program since the program started in 1996, including $80 million in the 2012-2013 school year alone. More than 90,000 schools use that cash to purchase items such as computers, library books, art supplies and playground equipment. Schools can earn up to $20,000 by clipping Box Tops coupons from 240 products such as Honey Nut Cheerios® and Cinnamon Toast Crunch® and can earn eBoxTops® by shopping online through the Box Tops Marketplace®. To learn more and for a list of participating products, visit http://www.btfe.com.

About the Sweepstakes
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Many will enter, few will win.  Enter at http://www.btfe.com/weis.  Ends 2/1/15.  For Official Rules, visit http://www.btfe.com/weis. School must be enrolled in the BTFE® Program and located in MD, NJ, NY, PA or WV to be awarded a prize.

 


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South Jefferson Public Library hosts Diana Cooper art exhibit in April

SUMMIT POINT, WV - The South Jefferson Public Library at 49 Church Street, Summit Point, WV, is pleased to celebrate its golden anniversary of art exhibits by hosting by featuring the work of Diana Cooper beginning April 1st and running through the end of the month.  The Art in the Library series highlights the talents of local artists and can be viewed in the meeting room during library hours: Monday through Thursday 10-7, Saturdays 10-5, and Sundays 1-5. The library is closed Fridays.

Diana Cooper and her husband Tony have been operating TLC Photography for close to twenty years, but in the last two years, Diana has begun showing her wildlife and scenic photography as Cooper Captures.  The primary focus of her work is birds in their natural habitats.

Diana is a member of the board of the Arts and Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County (AHA!).  In the inaugural Artomatic@Jefferson in 2013, she placed in the top ten of the People’s Choice of over 50 artists.  Her work has shown Martinsburg, Frederick, Charles Town and her own home of Shepherdstown.  For February of this year, she was selected as the first Artist of the Month at Et Cetera in Charles Town.  More of her work may be seen at http://www.coopercaptures.net/.

SPECIAL NOTICE!!! On Sunday, April 16th, a reception will be held between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm at the library for the public to meet and talk with this talented artist, view her beautiful and creative work, and enjoy the refreshments on hand.


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Asbury UMC Announces Holy Week Schedule and More (Updated)

*** NEW *** Asbury United Methodist Women Pizzelle Sale
The Asbury United Methodist Women in Charles Town WV are taking orders for Pizzelles, also known as Italian Wafer Cookies.  These traditional Easter favorites are a beautiful, festive treat for any special occasion. These are being sold for $5/doz., and offered in three flavors—chocolate, vanilla and traditional anise. Please place your orders prior to April 11th to ensure all orders will be ready for pick up in time for Easter.  Please call 304-725-5513 or visit http://www.myasburychurch.org for more information.

*** NEW *** Asbury UMC Easter Egg Hunt
Asbury UMC in Charles Town will hold their Children’s Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday; April 13th (Palm Sunday) at 9:30 a.m.  We will begin in the Sanctuary for Sunday School opening and the children’s story before being dismissed for the hunt.  Please have your child(ren) bring their Easter basket with them.  The egg hunt will take place rain or shine.  Asbury UMC is located at 110 West North Street in Charles Town WV and our facilities are handicapped accessible.  Please call 304-725-5513 or visit http://www.myasburychurch.org for more information.

Asbury UMC Hosting Financial Peace University
Asbury UMC in Charles Town will be hosting a Financial Peace University class, taught on video by Dave Ramsey. You will learn how money really works from budgeting and dumping debt to building wealth and giving. A free class preview will be held on Sunday, April 13th at 2 p.m.  Asbury UMC is located at 110 West North Street in Charles Town WV and our facilities are handicapped accessible.  Please call 304-725-5513 or visit http://www.myasburychurch.org for more information.

Asbury UMC Welcomes Gospel Legends - The Jacobs Brothers
Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV is excited to host The Jacobs Brothers at a special Gospel Concert on Sunday, May 18th at 6:30 p.m.  The Jacobs Brothers are international veterans of gospel music who have traveled millions of miles and produced more than 50 albums.  They will be joined onstage by local gospel favorites – The Men In Black Gospel Singers.  This concert is open to the public and admission is free.  There will be a free will offering to help the singers offset their expenses. Asbury UMC is located at 110 West North Street in Charles Town WV and our facilities are handicapped accessible.  Please call 304-725-5513 or visit http://www.myasburychurch.org for more information.

*** UPDATED *** ‘Cross Walk’ - South Jefferson Ministerial Association
The South Jefferson Ministerial Association will host a ‘Cross Walk’ on April 18, 2014 at 10 a.m. (Good Friday).  We invite the community to join other Christians as we carry the cross to six stations in Charles Town for a selection of Bible readings, prayers & hymns.  Our journey begins on the front steps of Asbury United Methodist Church in Charles Town and concludes at Edge Hill Cemetery, symbolizing Jesus’ burial in the tomb.  Asbury UMC is located at 110 West North Street, Charles Town.  Please call 304-725-5513 or visit http://www.myasburychurch.org for more information.

Asbury UMC Hosts Secret Church Bible Study
Asbury UMC in Charles Town invites our community to an intense, one night Bible study entitled “Secret Church” on Good Friday, April 18th from 7 PM – 1 AM.  From the moment we wake up in the morning to the moment we lie down to sleep at night, how does Christ transform every single detail of our day?  The objective of Secret Church is not just to come and learn for one night but to take what we’ve learned and pass it along to others.  Secret Church is an intense 6 hour Bible study simulcast and its purpose is to teach those who have a passion to deeply know God through his word so that they may be better equipped to teach God’s Word and make disciples of all nations, and to receive a better understanding of the Church around the world.  Asbury UMC is located at 110 West North Street in Charles Town WV and our facilities are handicapped accessible.  Please call 304-725-5513 or visit http://www.myasburychurch.org for more information.

Asbury UMC Hosting Rise & Shine 5K and Kids’ Dash
Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV invites our community to participate in the 2nd Annual Rise & Shine 5K on Saturday, April 19th at 8 a.m.  The race begins and ends at Asbury in Charles Town and the race will route through historic Charles Town.  Pre-registration is available at http://www.myasburyfunruns.com and also on the morning of the event between 7:30-7:45 a.m.  All proceeds will benefit Meals On Wheels of Jefferson County.  Please call 304-725-5513 or visit http://www.myasburychurch.org for more information.

*** UPDATED *** Asbury UMC Announces Holy Week Schedule
Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV invites our community to celebrate Holy Week & Easter Sunday with us.  Beginning on April 13th, Asbury has 3 Palm Sunday worship services at 8:30, 9:35 & 11:00 with uplifting music from our Children’s Shepherds Choir, our Adult Sanctuary Choir and selected arrangements by organist Jeff Nicely on our Peragallo Pipe Organ.  On Thursday April 17th, Asbury commemorates the Last Supper with our Maundy Thursday service at 7 PM.  On Friday April 18th, Asbury joins the South Jefferson Ministerial Association in the ‘Cross Walk at 10 AM and then at 7 PM, Asbury will hold an intense 6 hour Bible study simulcast titled “Secret Church”.  On Saturday April 19th, Asbury hosts the 2nd Annual Rise & Shine 5k at 8 AM in the Asbury Center.  Finally on April 20th - Easter Sunday - Asbury will begin the day with the Community Easter Sunrise Service at Jefferson Memorial Park followed by our traditional Easter Worship Services at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. and our Contemporary Easter Worship Service at 9:35.  For the Children, there will be an egg hunt on Palm Sunday at 9:30 and on Easter Sunday we will host a “Stations Of The Cross” learning event.  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 about any of our Holy Week


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BCRC Celebrates with Lincoln Day Elimination Dinner

The Berkeley County Republican Club had a wonderful Lincoln Day Elimination Dinner at Holiday Inn in Martinsburg.  We had a chance to mingle with some of our great conservative candidates, US Congressional, WV State Legislature and County Candidates.  Shelley Moore Capito was also there, she has always been a great supporter of WV and the Eastern Panhandle through the years.  Patrick Morrisey came and gave us an update on what he is trying to accomplish in WV, and encouraged us to support our candidates in our great state of WV.  Many went home with money in their pockets from our Elimination Dinner.  Join us at one of our regular meetings the 3rd Thursday of every month, 6:30 pm.

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Doleman Black Heritage Museum Exhibit at Miller House

Hagerstown, MD—The Washington County Historical Society opens its 2014 season with a reception for a guest exhibit from the Doleman Black Heritage Museum on Saturday, April 5, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Miller House, 135 W. Washington St., in Hagerstown.  Wendi Perry, curator, will present a lecture on local black history and the Doleman collection midway through the event.

Taking a prominent place in the exhibit is a slave quilt sewn in 1847 by Mary Williams, who later purchased her freedom. Among the other items being shown are family photos, sports memorabilia, clothing, books, toys, political buttons, slave and other documents, hair products and artifacts.  The Aunt Jemima and Jocko stories are illustrated through artifacts and as a part of Perry’s lecture.

The Board of Directors of WCHS is very pleased to host this exhibit and support the Friends of the Doleman Museum as they work toward a home of their own. “This is a perfect example of ways in which our members form mutually beneficial partnerships,” said Rachel Nichols, public relations specialist at the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Washington County has a rich inventory of museums and historical sites, and many of their stories are intertwined. The Doleman collection is of great importance to the local African-American story, as well as within the larger national conscience. We hope everyone takes advantage of this public display of items that are rarely on view to the general public.”

The exhibit will be open during regular hours of the Miller House Museum, Wednesday through Friday, from 1 to 4 p.m.  Wednesday and Thursday hours are by appointment and Friday walk-ins are welcome. It is recommended that visitors call 301-797-8782 before coming to make sure that staff or volunteers are available to conduct tours.  Saturday group tours can be arranged by appointment.  Admission prices are: $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors and students.  Visit http://www.washcomdhistoricalsociety.org.

Photo: Depictions of Jocko and Aunt Jemima, now considered positive icons of black history, sit on a quilt made in 1950.  Behind them hangs the beautifully stitched slave quilt of Mary Williams.

Washington County Historical Society and the Doleman Black Heritage Museum are both members of the Washington County Association of Museums and Historical Sites, which operates under the auspices of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The CVB is a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization whose mission is to help attract visitors to Hagerstown and Washington County. The CVB helps to create growth for the local economy by promoting, developing and expanding the local visitor industry. For more information about the CVB go to http://www.marylandmemories.com.


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Free screening of the award winning documentary “Hollow”

The award winning documentary “Hollow” is coming to Shepherdstown Friday, April 11.

Join us for a free screening and discussion with producer/director Elaine McMillion Sheldon. Showtime is 7:00 PM at Reynolds Hall, Shepherd University.

‘Hollow” explores the issues of rural America through the eyes, voices, and ideas of the people of McDowell County and southern West Virginia. Launched through a successful $25K Kickstarter campaign, the project was awarded a $50K grant by the Tribeca Film Institute and another $25K grant by the WV Humanities Council. Since its release late last year “Hollow” has screened at the New York Film Festival, the Camden International Film Festival, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Open Documentary Lab, and at Harvard University’s Berkman Center to name only a few and was also a finalist for the People’s Choice Award at the 2014 South by Southwest Festival in Austin .

Don’t miss this opportunity to see a ground-breaking film by a fast rising West Virginia filmmaker.  Co-sponsored by the Shepherd University Common Reading Program, the Shepherdstown Film Society, and Coal Country Tours.


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C&O CanalBike Journey – Towpath to Town

Looking to kick off the summer with an exciting and unique outdoor adventure? One that is geared towards families and those interested in exploring natural beauty while experiencing local history, and small town charm? A journey for adventurers of all ages, a 4 day, 3 night fun filled bicycle trip, “C&O Canal Journey- Towpath to Town!” on June 15-19 may be just the adventure you seek to create an amazingly memorable experience with your family and friends.

The Canal Towns Partnership in cooperation with Wilderness Voyageurs, a world class outdoors adventure outfitter from Ohiopyle, PA, is hosting the trip. The Canal Towns Partnership is a collaboration of eight communities along the C & O Canal working together to ensure a world-class experience for visitors.

The journey begins at the towpath in historic Hancock, Maryland. Departing Hancock, arrive in the town of Williamsport that afternoon and be welcomed at the historic Cushwa Basin with a bag of goodies! During your stay in Williamsport, enjoy tours and interpretations of the town’s civil war history and life on the canal in its heyday as a transportation corridor. That evening, experience the small town charm of a hearty old-fashioned barbeque dinner, ice cream social, swimming, and live bluegrass music. Camp overnight at the lovely Springfield Barn Camp and be sure to visit the museum housed in the barn’s lower level.

Day 2 of the adventure leave Williamsport and ride to West Virginia’s oldest town, Shepherdstown. Boutique shops, gourmet restaurants, and some of the friendliest locals abound! That evening, lodging is hosted by Shepherd University, where you can reminisce about your college days! Historic Shepherdstown will open the museum from 2-6 p.m. and offer historical tours throughout the town. Donations are requested for the museum but tours are free. An additional event is offered for an extra fee: a kayak trip up the Potomac River from Shepherdstown and a float back down with a guide who will interpret the history of the area and the flora and fauna.

The morning of Day 3 ride to the small town of Harpers Ferry, nationally recognized for its Civil War history, located at the convergence of the stunning Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. A full day of activities is planned. Riders can choose either a 2-3 hour zip line canopy tour thrill ride or a white water rafting trip on the scenic Shenandoah River. A side trip for an unguided bike tour of Antietam National Battlefield may be taken on the way to Harper’s Ferry.

In addition, enjoy a self-guided hour’s hike to Maryland Heights a promontory overlooking the historic town of Harpers Ferry and its spectacular natural surroundings. Venture into the historic past while exploring lower town Harpers Ferry on your own.  National Park Service museums and displays tell the story of the Armory built at the direction of George Washington, the role the John Brown Raid played in American history, and Harpers Ferry during the Civil War.  Shops and restaurants will be open for riders to enjoy.  Local street musicians will entertain visitors. An evening “Ghost Tour of Harpers Ferry” walking tour of approximately 1 ½ hours in Lower Town includes stories of unexplained or ghostly phenomena which have occurred here in the past or are still occurring as well as legends and historical events which may account for such unexplained ghostly happenings and encounters.

Day 4 will find you just a short distance down the towpath at Brunswick, Maryland, well known for its historic railroading past. Just off the towpath is the Brunswick Heritage Museum. Upstairs on the third floor is a 1700 square foot HO Scale model railroad that depicts the B&O Metropolitan Subdivision beginning at the west end of Brunswick’s rail yard and running eastward through Montgomery County communities all the way to Union Station in Washington D.C. Riders receive a discount on admission tickets and a free water bottle. Depart Brunswick at your leisure for Point of Rocks where the trip concludes.

Visit http://www.wilderness-voyageurs.comfor more information about C&O Canal Bike Journey- Towpath to Town!” or click on this link to go directly to journey information.  http://bit.ly/canaltrip2014


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Volunteers Needed at Harpers Ferry National Park To Help Celebrate Park Day

For those of you in the Harpers Ferry and Charles Town area, the Harpers Ferry National Park will also be hosting a “Civil War Trust Park Day” volunteering effort April 5th

Volunteer Crews will mulch hundreds of feet of battlefield hiking trails at Cavalier Heights Parking area and School House Ridge South Battlefield.
Park Contact: Steve Lowe, Landscape Architect, 304-535-6260
Meet at Cavalier Heights Parking and Park Visitor Center in the Parking Lot.
Date: April 5th
Time: 8 - 12:00
Dress: boots, long pants, long shirts, NPS has work gloves if you need them


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Mooney Endorsed By Catholicvote.Org

Press release received from Mooney for Congress Campaign.

Martinsburg, WV - Alex Mooney, conservative Republican candidate for Congress in West Virginia’s Second Congressional District, was endorsed by CatholicVote.org.

“We are proud to announce our endorsement of Alex Mooney in the West Virginia primary. Alex Mooney has long been a champion of life, faith, and freedom,” said Brian Burch, President of CatholicVote.org.“Alex Mooney combines leadership with a solid voting record. We encourage Catholics and all West Virginians to support him in the May 13 primary.”

“I am honored to receive CatholicVote.org’s endorsement,” said Alex Mooney. “CatholicVote has been a strong voice for our founding principles of life, faith, and family. These are values for which West Virginians believe our representatives should fight. I have a proven record of voting for traditional values and I will continue to be the most adamant fighter for life and traditional West Virginian values in Congress.”

Alex Mooney has a long record of fighting for pro-life policies. As a state senator, Mooney sponsored several pieces of pro-life legislation, including an amendment to stop taxpayer funding of abortion. Senator Mooney also has a 100 percent pro-life voting record from the National Right to Life chapter during his 12 years as a state senator.

The CatholicVote.org endorsement is part of a growing conservative movement rallying behind Mooney’s candidacy. Mooney has also been endorsed by the Republican Liberty Caucus, National Association of Gun Rights, Senate Conservatives Fund, Tea Party Express, Madison Project, Family Research Council, Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum, Gun Owners of America, Citizens United, Gary Bauer’s Campaign for Working Families, Ann Coulter and Morton Blackwell.

Senator Alex Mooney, his wife, Grace, and their children reside in Charles Town, West Virginia. Mooney is taking his campaign to defend conservative values to every part of West Virginia’s Second Congressional District.


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Multi-Media Collage Workshops at the Berkeley Art Works

The next workshop at the Berkeley Art Works will be “Multi-Media and Collage” on Saturday, April 5 from 1-4 pm. The workshop is taught by Teaching Artist Judith Becker and will be held at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, WV

Class introduces the opportunities to create new and interesting art by using a variety of art media including 3 dimensional objects and textures.  Students try their hand at multimedia by using their favorite art tools plus those they have never before considered.

Judith Becker is an experienced artist with dual degrees in design and education. She has recently moved to the Eastern Panhandle, but previously taught a variety of classes in Garrett County, Maryland. Judith specializes in painting with colored pencils, pastels and watercolors and often mixes her media for unusual effects. Her subjects mostly are botanical s and scenes from her travels. Her popular classes cover many art techniques targeted for both the beginner and the more experienced painter.

The following Saturday, April 12 from 1-4 pm is “Clock Making Collage” taught by Anna Howard. This is a hands-on workshop. You will learn techniques of decoupage by working with a variety of papers/fabrics and decoupage products. You will also learn about clock design & design strategies specifically directed to clockmaking.

Anna Howard is a life-long craft artisan who has combined her skills into designing and creating repurposed clocks through her business, Left Field Clock Company. She is a regular exhibitor at many craft shows in West Virginia, Maryland & Washington DC. She has taught arts & crafts classes to both adults and youth in several overseas International Schools

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

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


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There Are No Swinging Watches In Clinical Hypnotism

When most people think about hypnosis they think about swinging watches, people barking like dogs and evil Svengali’s utilizing mind control on unsuspecting people. However, this portrayal of hypnosis could not be farther from the truth. The majority of people are unaware of the truth about hypnosis due to the exaggerated tales expressed in Hollywood. Since most people are unaware of what hypnosis really is and how it actually works, they end up missing out on learning how to truly master their minds and how to create the results they desire in life.

There are many great benefits of clinical hypnosis. It can help you to overcome negative habits, create a positive mental attitude, improve sports performance, enhance learning skills, dramatically reduce daily stress, manage pain, and so much more.

There are 3 major misconceptions about hypnosis that concern people. The first is the fear of losing control to a hypnotist. A person never gives up control while hypnotized but rather hypnosis lets a person take back control of an area of their life that may be out of control. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis and nobody can be hypnotized against their will. A clinical hypnotist serves as a guide in a self-therapeutic process, and the person being hypnotized must be willing to participate or else the process will be ineffective. As long as a person is willing to follow directions of the hypnotist and they are comfortable with the process then anybody can be hypnotized.

The second big misconception people have concerning hypnosis is the fear of revealing secrets while hypnotized. Hypnosis is not a truth serum and while you are hypnotized nothing would cause you to do or reveal anything you normally wouldn’t. You are always in complete control while you are hypnotized, and while in a session you would only speak when asked to and would only divulge information related to the challenge you are attempting to overcome. At no point in time would a hypnotized person spontaneously reveal their deep dark secrets, this only happens in the movies.

The third major misconception people have as a result of the Hollywood portrayal is that a person can get stuck in hypnosis. In the movie Office Space, the lead character Peter gets hypnotized, and during his session the hypnotist has a heart attack and dies causing Peter to stay stuck in hypnosis. This could only happen in the movies. It is impossible for a person to get stuck in hypnosis because it is a natural state of mind similar to vividly daydreaming. If something would happen to the hypnotist or they would simply leave one of two things would happen. Either the person would open there eyes after several minutes of silence and go about their normal business or they would simply slip into a natural nap waking up in just a few minutes. Contrary to the Hollywood portrayal of hypnosis there is nothing dangerous about hypnosis.

To learn more about hypnosis contact Michelle DeStefano of Shepherdstown Hypnosis, (304)261-8077. Michelle is available for newspaper, radio, and tv interviews and demonstrations of hypnosis. She is a Certified Consulting Hypnotist via the National Guild of Hypnotists.


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Mooney’s WV House Bid Unites Conservatives Of All Stripes

Press Release received from Mooney for Congress campaign.

Martinsburg, WV - Today, Alex Mooney, conservative Republican candidate for Congress in West Virginia’s Second Congressional District, was featured in an article by John Gizzi on Newsmax. You can read the article here.

In a rare phenomenon in contested Republican primaries this year, national conservative organizations and their leaders are united in rallying to the candidacy of Alex Mooney for Congress in West Virginia’s Second U.S. House district.

While national conservative groups are often split in contested primaries, the May 13 primary for nomination for the seat of outgoing GOP Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, who is running for an open U.S. Senate seat, stands in striking contrast because of the right-of-center unanimity behind one contender.

Mooney, 42, was endorsed this week by the Republican Liberty Caucus, a few weeks after Libertarian icon Ron Paul weighed in strongly for the conservative hopeful.

Along with libertarian Republicans, Mooney also has endorsements and/or donations from pro-Second Amendment groups (Gun Owners of America, National Association for Gun Rights), the Tea Party Express, and cultural conservatives such as the Family Research Council’s political action committee, Eagle Forum, and Gary Bauer’s Campaign for Working Families.

Also weighing in for Mooney are several fathers of the modern conservative movement, including direct-mail pioneer Richard Viguerie and Morton Blackwell, who has been mobilizing young people into conservative politics since he was the youngest delegate to the 1964 GOP presidential convention. Joining them are newer faces of the right, such as Dave Bossie of Citizens United.

A former state senator and state GOP chairman from Maryland, Mooney and his wife and two children settled in West Virginia last February as he launched a new business.

When Capito declared for the U.S. Senate, Mooney told Newsmax, “I had hoped some other conservatives would run for the open seat.” When none of them chose to run, Mooney decided to make the race himself.

In a state with a history of relative newcomers winning major office, Mooney does not think his short stint as a West Virginian will cause him much harm.

He noted that retiring Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller had lived in the state less than two years when he won his first race to the state House of Delegates in 1966.

More recently, Republican Patrick Morrisey had lived in West Virginia only five years when he was elected attorney general in 2012 over 20-year Democratic incumbent Darrell McGraw.

“When you check out my conservative record against that of my two leading opponents — neither of whom is even pro-life — you’ll understand the support I am getting,” Mooney told Newsmax.

One of those opponents, pharmacist Ken Reed, put more than $200,000 of his own money into the race but he has never held office and has no voting record on issues. The other major contender, former state Delegate Charlotte Lane, has a moderate record.

When Lane ran for state attorney general in 1996, the liberal Charleston Gazette endorsed her primarily because “she supports a woman’s right to choose abortion, opposes the death penalty, supports pistol controls, and otherwise contradicts her party.”

But with conservatives across the board lining up behind Mooney, the West Virginia race could show the power of unity come November.

In 2000, discussing conservatives’ failure to unite behind a single primary candidate, the late conservative leader Paul Weyrich of the Free Congress Foundation told this reporter: “It didn’t used to be this way. In the 1970s and ‘80s, conservatives had big political action committees and worked together to get behind one candidate and get other conservatives to stand down. Now it’s a case of ‘we divide, and the less conservative conquer.’”

Senator Alex Mooney, his wife, Grace, and their children reside in Charles Town, West Virginia. Mooney is taking his campaign to defend conservative values to every part of West Virginia’s Second Congressional District.


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MSO Concludes 32nd Season with Beethoven and Shostakovich

Hagerstown, MD - Music Director Elizabeth Schulze and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra will conclude its 32nd Season with Beethoven’s “Concerto for Violin, Violoncello and Piano” and Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 5, op 47 in D minor” on Saturday, April 26 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 27 at 3 p.m. at the Historic Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown.

Guest artists for the Beethoven concerto are Elisabeth Adkins, violin; Michael Mermagen, cello; and, Edward Newman, piano.

Violinist Elisabeth Adkins’ richly varied musical life makes her equally at home in solo, orchestral, and chamber music repertoire.  As Associate Concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra for three decades, she has worked closely with the most celebrated conductors, composers and soloists of our time.  She has appeared as a concert soloist with the National, Maryland, Baltimore, Seattle, and Dallas Symphony Orchestras.  Adkins is on the faculty of the University of Maryland, the Levine School and the NSO’s Youth Fellowship Program.  She will retire this summer from the NSO and join the faculty of Texas Christian University School of Music.

Cellist Michael Mermagen made his debut at age sixteen with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra after receiving the BSO Young Soloists Award.  He has presented solo appearances with the Juilliard Orchestra, the National Orchestra of New York and has performed with the Aspen String Trio, Arista Piano Trio, Aspen Chamber Symphony, and the American Chamber Players, a chamber music ensemble founded at the Library of Congress Summer Chamber Festival.  He is an associate professor of cello at The Catholic University of America.

Pianist Edward Newman started his musical career as a child prodigy in Rockville, MD.  He has given critically acclaimed performances in Europe, Australia and across the United States.  He has appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra, the National, Baltimore and Utah Symphony Orchestras, and the Boston Pops. A dedicated teacher, collaborator, and coach, he has served on the faculties of The Catholic University of America, George Mason University, the Levine School of Music, and the Washington Conservatory.  He also works with the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship Program.

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

Tickets, starting at $15, may be purchased online at http://www.marylandsymphony.org, by phone at 301-797-4000, or at the MSO office at 30 W. Washington Street.  Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Students through grade 12 are admitted free to ALL masterworks concerts. Student Rush tickets for college students are available for $5.

This concert is presented by SpringHill Suites by Marriott of Hagerstown and the artist sponsors are Barbara & Tom Henderson.  Additional support is being offered by Herald-Mail Media and Mercedes-Benz of Hagerstown.  Student tickets for Masterworks Series performances are generously underwritten by contributions from Music Director Elizabeth Schulze, Jim & Georgia Pierné, and Susquehanna Bank.


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Berkeley Arts Council Announces Signature Watercolor Event

The Berkeley Arts Council will present a West Virginia Watercolor Society Signature Exhibit,  September 5 - 28, 2014 in the Berkeley Art Works Gallery, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. The exhibit will feature outstanding watercolor artists from throughout West Virginia, including artists from the Eastern Panhandle region.

The West Virginia Watercolor Society has several levels of membership. The “Signature” member holds the highest status, and has achieved a superior level of skill in painting with watercolors. It denotes the fact that their work has been juried and deemed to have met the rigorous standards outlined by the Society.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the Art Works will also present “Capturing the Light,” a three day watercolor workshop with nationally known watercolorist and teacher, Lynn Ferris. Lynn is a member of the National Watercolor Society, and also the American Watercolor Society.  Her work is noted for its beauty and use of light in her paintings.  The workshop will be held September 15-17 in the Berkeley Art Works. Workshop details and registration information is on the web at artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/capturethelight/.

This Signature Watercolor Event is part of the Berkeley Arts Council’s ongoing effort to bring high quality art experiences and educational opportunities to the Martinsburg and Berkeley County communities.


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WANT TO AVOID TAXING TIME? APP-LY THESE TOOLS

More than 43.6 million Americans prepared and e-filed their own income tax returns in 2013, up 4 percent from the year before, according to the IRS. However, complicated forms, looming deadlines and stacks of paperwork can discourage some from tackling their own taxes and getting their refund fast.

But there is a way taxpayers can app-ly for assistance. Smartphones, tablets and apps simplify this taxing chore. Over a 4G LTE network they allow people to complete, file and manage their 2013 tax return in a quick and easy fashion before the IRS’s tax filing deadline of April 15. After all, a third of smartphone users said their smartphone helps them feel more in control of their finances.¹

“Mobile devices such as the iPhone 5s and iPad Air can help you get answers to your tax questions, file your return and track your refund from anywhere,” said Jack Brundige, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in the Mid-South.

U.S. Cellular recommends the following apps to help streamline your tax preparation process:

• IRS2Go, the official IRS app, gives you access to tax planning and preparation tips and connects you to the IRS via YouTube, Twitter and Facebook for updated information on tax law changes, initiatives, products and services. You also can track a tax refund through this secure system.

• TaxAct Central makes it fast and easy to complete, file and track your taxes. It features a handy checklist to help you efficiently gather necessary information, a Help Center to answer tax-related questions, calendar with deadlines for annual, quarterly and monthly filing and daily tips about a variety of tax issues.

• TurboTax SnapTax allows you to snap and tap, then complete the E-file process in as little as 10 minutes. Taxpayers can snap a photo of a W-2, answer simple questions and E-file securely from their smartphone or tablet. Users can download the app for free and then they can file federal or state taxes directly from their device for $14.99. 

• MyTaxRefund by TurboTax tracks what you are most concerned about – your tax refund. This free app monitors the status of federal and state returns. You also can see whether refunds are pending, accepted or rejected and track the timing of a refund, so you have a better idea when your check or direct deposit will arrive.

• To help businesses stay on track throughout the year, Concur keeps track of expenses and allows business professionals to stay productive while on-the-go. Large and small businesses can easily track business travel and manage expense reports with this free app. Concur also photographs receipts and edits expenses, imports data from credit cards, keeps track of receipts and allows you to approve and submit expense reports. 


¹ Between November 15 - December 2, 2013, 500 nationally representative online interviews were conducted among smartphone users in partnership with Martiz Research.

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

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Asbury UMC Welcomes Gospel Legends - The Jacobs Brothers

Charles Town, WV - Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV is excited to host The Jacobs Brothers at a special Gospel Concert on Sunday, May 18th at 6:30 p.m.  The Jacobs Brothers are international veterans of gospel music who have traveled millions of miles and produced more than 50 albums.  They will be joined onstage by local gospel favorites – The Men In Black Gospel Singers.  This concert is open to the public and admission is free.  There will be a free will offering to help the singers offset their expenses. Asbury UMC is located at 110 West North Street in Charles Town WV and our facilities are handicapped accessible.  Please call 304-725-5513 or visit http://www.myasburychurch.org for more information.


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Volunteers Sought in Maryland and West Virginia to assist and celebrate Park Day April 5th 2014

IN WEST VIRGINIA

On Saturday, April 5, The Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association (SBPA) and the Jefferson County Historic Landmarks Commission will erect a sign on the Historic Cement Mill property and sponsor a spring clean-up of the site. The sign will acknowledge the preservation of the site and the groups who contributed to the preservation.

The sign will be dedicated at 9:00AM followed by the clean-up. If you can help, please let us know by replying to this email. We need volunteers with various gardening tools. With enough volunteers the clean-up should not take more than 2 - 2 1/2 hours. Contact Ed Dunleavy, SBPA (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) or Martin Burke (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)), JCHLC.

IN MARYLAND

Hagerstown, MD—Park Day 2014 is scheduled for April 5. Since 1996, the Civil War Trust has sponsored Park Day, an annual hands-on preservation event to help Civil War battlefields and historic sites take on maintenance projects large and small. Activities are chosen by each participating site to meet their own particular needs and can range from raking leaves and hauling trash to painting signs and trail buildings
This annual event sponsored by the Civil War Trust and History™ is an excellent opportunity to bring Civil War enthusiasts together in an effort to help keep our nation’s Civil War heritage not only preserved, but pristine.

Antietam National Battlefield
Wildflower restoration. Meet at the Visitor Center, 5831 Dunker Church Road, Sharpsburg, MD 21872; 9:00 a.m. Contact: Debbie Cohen, 301-432-2243 x13, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Rain date: 4/12/14

Monocacy National Battlefield
Outdoor debris cleanup. Meet at Visitor Center, 5201 Urbana Pike, Frederick, MD 21704; 8:45 a.m. Contact: Brett Spaulding, 301-662-3515, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Cancelled if raining

Fort Washington Park
Weed clearing from brickwork & demi-bastion fort areas. Meet at the fort, 13551 Fort Washington Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744, 9:30 a.m. Contact: Barbara Wadding, 301-763-4600, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Rain or shine

Fort Lincoln/Camp Hoffman Point Lookout State Park
Clean up and general maintenance. Meet at Point Lookout State Park, 11175 Point Lookout Road, Scotland, MD 20687, 9:30 a.m. Contact: Bob Crickenberger, 301-872-5688, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


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Washington County Public School Art Exhibition

HAGERSTOWN, MD – The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts will celebrate the outstanding art education in Washington County Public Schools in this annual exhibition. Works of art by kindergarten through fifth grade students will be on view from April 12 through April 27, 2014 in the museum’s Groh Gallery.  Students and their families and friends are invited to the Opening Reception on Sunday, April 27, 2014, from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. This year’s exhibition is sponsored in part by Volvo Truck Group, United Bank, Inc., Washington County Arts Council, Inc., Antietam Cable Television, and the Rotary Club of Long Meadows.

An Awards Ceremony and Reception will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. Students receiving awards will be notified by letter prior to May 15 and receive more information about the ceremony. The public is invited to attend the ceremony and celebrate the student artists. 
The annual Public School Art Exhibition continues a long tradition of artistic cooperation between the WCMFA and Washington County Public Schools by providing a distinct opportunity to students from kindergarten through the 12th grade of displaying works of art in a nationally recognized and AAM accredited
museum. The museum’s commitment to education is visible through this exhibition, the Museum Literacy Program, and the Museum Art School, as well as the variety of exhibitions presented each year.

Works of art by Middle and High School students will be on view from May 3 through May 18, 2014. The Opening Reception for the Middle and High School students will be held Sunday, May 4, 2014, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sculptor Paul Rhymer will speak briefly to the students.
Established in 1931 and dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting works of art for the people of Washington County and citizens from the four-state region, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts has been recognized as one of the finest small museums in the United States. The mission of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts (WCMFA) is to collect, to preserve, to interpret and to exhibit art of lasting quality for the citizens of Hagerstown, Washington County and the surrounding region.  The mission is implemented through the development, interpretation and care of art collections; creation of original and educational exhibitions; and presentation of interpretive lectures, concerts, films, art instruction and other programs to ensure that visitors gain a better appreciation and understanding of the fine arts.  The presentation and care of art collections, and associated interpretive activities requires the maintenance of a specialized and architecturally significant building and grounds. The opportunity for the public to encounter highly significant works of art in a beautiful setting, and with safety and security are important values of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.

Accredited by the American Association of Museums, admission to the Museum is free and its collection includes over 7,000 works of art. The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts has an enduring commitment to arts education and to the support of regional artists. The Museum actively collects works of art in the fields of American Art, world cultures, and art of the region.

The museum regularly offers studio art courses, art historical lectures, concerts, and exhibitions from its permanent collection and traveling shows. Between September 16, 2011 and September 15, 2012, the museum will commemorate its 80th year of service to the region through special exhibitions, educational programs, and events. The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is funded through support from museum membership and annual fund donations by the public, grants from the business and corporate communities, and support from Washington County, the City of Hagerstown, private foundations, and the Maryland State Arts Council. For more information on the Museum, please phone (301) 739-5727 or visit http://www.wcmfa.org.  Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


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REMINDER: Photo14 Photography Show Entry Deadline: Only 1 Week to Go

The deadline is only one week away for entering “Photo14”, The Berkeley Arts Council’s 2014 Juried Photography Exhibit, to be displayed in the Berkeley Art Works Gallery, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, WV. The exhibit will be on display May 22 – June 22, 2014. There will be a reception on Saturday, May 24, from 5-7pm.

The exhibit is open to all photographers without restriction to technique. Entries must have been created by the artist within the past three years and have not been exhibited in the Berkeley Art Works gallery.  The deadline for entries is April 7.

The Juror for the exhibit is John Hoover, who is an Adjunct Professor of Photography at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland and a working freelance and assignment photographer specializing in portraits, travel, architectural and event photography.

The full prospectus and entry forms are available at http://www.berkeleyartswv.org/artworks/photo14/ or at the Berkeley Art Works Gallery, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. For more information .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 304-620-7277.


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The Berkeley Springs Farmers Market Opens April 6

The Berkeley Springs Farmers Market opens for the 2014 season on Sun., April 6 at 10 am on Fairfax St. in downtown Berkeley Springs.  A sure sign of spring with hopes that the long, cold winter is behind us, the Market will feature the baked goods of Colorful Creations, Clembrose Organics, Glascock’s Produce,Masters Touch Plants and Produce, Sylvan Farms and the ready-to-eat treasures of Almost Heaven Catering.  The Market closes at 2 pm.

A special event of opening day is Glascock’s Produce presenting Paint-a-Pot!  Visitors can create their own painted pot suitable for a spring plant.

The Berkeley Springs Farmers Market is a project of the Morgan County Association for Food and Farms (MCAFF).  It operates weekly April to mid-December.  SNAP is accepted.


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Newcomer House Exhibit and Visitors Center Set to Open for 2014 Season

Keedysville, MD – Saturday, April 5, 2014 is the season’s opening day at the Newcomer House Exhibit and Visitors Center on the Antietam National Battlefield. The house is one of only two historic homes at Antietam that are open to the public. It serves as the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area (HCWHA) Exhibit and Visitor Center and is dedicated to promoting visitor opportunities in Carroll, Frederick and Washington counties. On opening day, Newcomer House volunteer and living historian Dennis Kubicki, will be on hand, in uniform, to provide an enhanced visitors experience.

According to the State of Maryland’s State Highway Administration, more than 1.5-million cars annually pass by the Newcomer House, located on Route 34, many on their way to Antietam National Battlefield. Hundreds of thousands of heritage travelers look for ways to expand their tourism experience. Staffed by National Park Service volunteers, the Newcomer House features interpretive exhibits that share the overarching themes of the heritage area: On the Home Front, in the Heat of Battle, and Beyond the Battlefield, and panels that feature sites where these themes may be explored. Brochures, Civil War Trails map guides, county visitor guides and other materials are available, and volunteer staff can help visitors more successfully explore the heritage area.

In addition to the informative exhibition panels, there are numerous items of the period and even a special “Please Touch” area with a typical soldier’s uniform and bedroll. Visitors should be sure to take the relatively new Tidball Trail. This 0.3 slightly uphill hike leads to some of the best battlefield views available, giving a great sense of the central line of 1862 battle.

Prior to this year’s opening, the Newcomer House volunteers were treated to a day of special educational sessions delving into the history of the Newcomer House and mill, and the military movements that took place there during 1862, 1863 and 1864. This will allow them to share this history with visitors as they embark on their journeys through the entire heritage area.

“The Newcomer House helps serve the hundreds of thousands of people who travel to our area for Civil War events,” said Rachel Nichols, Heritage Area Assistant for the HCWHA and public relations specialist of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The Heart of the Civil War is perfectly located as a hub for regional Civil War heritage experiences, and resources at the Newcomer House help assure that visitors know how to make the most of our opportunities and attractions. It is an unusual opportunity for visitors to enter a house, which actually witnessed what is known as America’s Bloodiest Day.”

Nichols says she expects to have some additional activities at the Newcomer House this season, including occasional costumed volunteers, and a program about mill complex life from Union Mills Homestead and Grist Mill in Carroll County. A networking gathering of Certified Travel Ambassadors (CTA) is already on the schedule for June. To become a CTA, see http://www.ctanetwork.com.

The Newcomer House was built in the 1780s by Christopher Orndorff, alongside the “Boonsboro Pike” near the Middle Bridge across Antietam Creek outside of Sharpsburg. The property is referred to as the Newcomer Farm, named for its 1862 owner Joshua Newcomer. The farm and mill complex appear in several historic photographic images captured by Alexander Gardner just after the September 17, 1862 battle.

The Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area Exhibit and Visitor Center at the Newcomer House is made possible by a unique partnership between Antietam National Battlefield and the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, which manages the Center on behalf of the heritage area. The Convention and Visitors Bureau pays for the utilities, partial “rent,” and other costs associated with the historic home.

The Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area includes parts of Carroll, Frederick and Washington Counties and is one of twelve certified heritage areas in the State of Maryland. Additionally, it comprises the Maryland portion of the multi-state Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area.

Newcomer House Hours:  11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday only April, May, October and November; Daily June-September.

For more information about local events during the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, and to view an on-line Calendar, see: http://www.heartofthecivilwar.org.  Also see: http://www.newcomerhouse.org.

The Antietam National Battlefield is a member of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. In November of 2012, the State of Maryland recognized the unique partnership of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Antietam National Battlefield, and the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area with the Governor’s Cultural Heritage Tourism Award for the Newcomer House project. The Cultural Heritage Tourism Award is presented for outstanding investments and contributions in stewardship and development of Maryland’s cultural heritage product and engagement in regional and statewide tourism initiatives.


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Republican Liberty Caucus Endorses Alex Mooney For U.S. Congress

Martinsburg, WV - Today, Alex Mooney, conservative Republican candidate for Congress in West Virginia’s Second Congressional District, was endorsed by the Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC).

The Republican Liberty Caucus is the oldest continuously operating organization in the Liberty Republican movement with state chapters nationwide. The RLC supports individual rights, limited government, and free enterprise.

“Alex Mooney has the drive and determination to represent West Virginia values in Congress where he will add West Virginia’s voice to those already standing up for individual liberty, limited government and free enterprise,” said RLCWV Chairman Ed Burgess. “The Mooney campaign is primed and ready to defeat the Democratic nominee - it is working hard every day to win this election.”

“Alex Mooney is the Republican candidate in this race who not only holds fast to our core principles, but exemplifies them,” said RLC National Chairman Matt Nye. “He’s precisely the kind of person West Virginia and the nation needs in Washington, and we expect him to be a true leader if elected to Congress.”

“I am honored to receive the Republican Liberty Caucus’s endorsement,” said Alex Mooney. “The RLC has a history of advocating for true constitutional principles. I stand proudly by my record of fighting for the same principles of limited government, individual liberty, and free enterprise. Our basic liberties are being threatened by the Obama administration’s disastrous big-government policies. I will fight to repeal Obamacare completely, end burdensome EPA regulations, and stop out of control tax-and-spend policies so that businesses can thrive and West Virginians can keep more of their hard-earned paychecks. I will lead the charge against leaders in both parties whenever they are unwilling to uphold the Constitution and defend our individual rights.”

The Republican Liberty Caucus endorsement is part of a growing conservative movement rallying behind Mooney’s candidacy. Mooney has also been endorsed by Senate Conservatives Fund, Tea Party Express, Madison Project, Family Research Council, Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum, Gun Owners of America, National Association for Gun Rights, National Right to Work, Citizens United, Gary Bauer’s Campaign for Working Families, Ann Coulter and Morton Blackwell.

Senator Alex Mooney, his wife, Grace, and their children reside in Charles Town, West Virginia. Mooney is taking his campaign to defend conservative values to every part of West Virginia’s Second Congressional District.


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Ken Reed Statement On Obamacare Delay And Website Failure

Berkeley Springs, WV - Republican candidate for Congress, and local pharmacist, Ken Reed today issued the following statement on the news of an other Obamacare delay and the healthcare.gov website crashing again.

“Maintenance issues and delays are just Washington speak for failed policy,” said Reed. “As a healthcare professional I see the negative effects of Obamacare daily. West Virginians, not Washington bureaucrats, should have control of their healthcare decisions. That’s why if elected I will work to repeal this harmful law and replace it with commonsense reforms that increase access and lower costs for all West Virginians.”

Today, March 31st, was supposed to be the deadline to enroll in the program. However, last week President Obama unilaterally announced a two-week delay for individuals who have not been able to finish signing up for the law. Three weeks ago, on March 12, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified before a congressional committee that the Obama Administration would not extend today’s deadline for people to sign up.

Several media outlets have reported that the healthcare.gov website crashed for nearly four-hours early this morning.

The son of a steel worker, Reed grew up in West Virginia and went on to graduate from the West Virginia School of Pharmacy. Shortly after graduation Reed and his wife Tally opened their first pharmacy. Since they have opened several more pharmacies creating jobs and serving our community. Today, Reed is a Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in West Virginia’s Second Congressional District. The seat is being vacated by Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito due to her run for the U.S. Senate. Reed and his wife are the proud parents of four children.


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Jump into Spring with Yoga

Shepherdstown, WV—Jala Yoga, the intimate yoga studio at Mellow Moods Cafe and Juice Bar, 117 West German Street, Shepherdstown, is offering several opportunities to jump into spring with yoga practices designed to align your body with the season.  These workshops, which are appropriate for all experience levels, emphasize healthy eating guidelines, detoxifying physical yoga practices, and tips for transitioning with ease into spring.

On Sunday, April 27, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, Stacy Mallow will lead “Spring into Ayurveda: Natural Health for the Spring Season.”  This workshop will offer ways to lighten winter stagnation and weight gain, reduce spring allergies, and create healthy habits for spring and summer through the ancient Indian healing system of Ayurveda.  The workshop will introduce Ayurvedic fundamentals and include a yoga practice designed for the season. Stacy is a certified yoga teacher who is currently studying at The Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico.  The cost of the workshop is $25 ($20 if registered by April 21).

From April 26 through May 2, Mia Hamza will lead a Spring Renewal Detox. This 5-day event will detoxify the body, mind, and spirit through daily yoga, breathwork, and meditation, plus each participant receives a recipe book and daily juice from Mellow Moods Café and Juice Bar.  The event, open to all levels of practitioners, kicks off on Saturday, April 26 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm and participants convene every morning from Monday, April 28 through Friday, May 2 from 7:15-8:30 am.  The cost of the detox is $125.

For more information and to register for either of these Spring workshops, visit http://www.jalayogaflow.com or call 401-440-0279.

Photo: Stacy Mallow


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Town of Williamsport To Plant 120 Trees as Part of Legacy Project

WILLIAMSPORT, Md - As part of the Town of Williamsport’s annual Arbor Day celebration, community members will gather at the Springfield Barn to help plant 120 new trees.  These trees will not only benefit the environment, but they will also be connected to the town’s rich Civil War history and become part of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership’s Living Legacy Project.  This project of national significance was created to commemorate the Civil War Sesquicentennial by planting or dedicating one tree for each of the 620,000 soldiers who died, as a living memorial for their individual and combined sacrifices. 

For the Town of Williamsport, this year’s Arbor Day tree planting and tree dedication will be one of the biggest tree planting events to date and is made possible through the support of the Maryland Forest Service.  The 120 trees, being planted along the fence to the Springfield Barn and throughout Byron Memorial Park, will be dedicated to fallen soldiers who died during the Civil War. Through this collaboration, soldiers who died in Williamsport during the Civil War and soldiers who were from Williamsport and died during the Civil War will be included in the tree dedications, as well as unknown fallen soldiers.  A ceremony honoring those soldiers will kick off the day beginning at 9:00 a.m., with the treeplanting to follow.  The public is invited to participate in both activities.

Trees planted as part of the Living Legacy Project will eventually stretch along the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Scenic Byway, a 180-mile swath of land that runs from Gettysburg, PA to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville, VA.  Upon completion, the Living Legacy Project will be the first 180-mile landscaped allée in the world and the only allée dedicated to honoring the most defining moment in American history.  The project will create a unified color palette that reminds visitors that they are, indeed, on hallowed ground.  It was upon the battlefields within this region that many of the soldiers who fought, died during the American Civil War, one of our country’s most defining moments.  A signature palette of seasonal trees and plantings, including redbuds, red oaks, red maple, and red cedar have been selected to represent the courage and valor of the individuals being honored with this project.  The native selection is appropriate to the diverse landscapes along this historic corridor, and remains sensitive to the local ecology, scenic views, and development patterns.

The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership is actively engaged in raising the necessary funds to complete this $65 million initiative.  Individuals, businesses, schools, and community groups from around the world can contribute to this project.  The JTHG Partnership is seeking $100 contributions to support and plant each tree.  Donors may select a soldier to honor, as the trees will be geo-tagged to allow Smart Phone users to learn the story of the soldier, providing a strong educational component to engage interest in the region’s historical heritage and literally bring the tree to life.  Over 350 organizational partners of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership are already engaged with the Living Legacy Project.  And, Ancestry’s Fold3 project has come collaborated with the organization to engage schools in researching the stories of the individual fallen soldiers.  “Fifty years from now, during the bicentennial of the Civil War, the Living Legacy Project will be considered the finest example of homage in our country,” said JTHG President Cate Magennis Wyatt.  “Now is the time to create and implement a living legacy for those who gave ‘the last full measure,’ many of whom have never been honored.”  For more information on the Living Legacy Project, visit http://www.hallowedground.org.

The Town of Williamsport is dedicated to improving the community by planting more trees. In 2010, the Town of Williamsport earned the distinction as a Tree City USA by meeting four standards set by the Arbor Day Foundation. In 2011, the University of Vermont conducted an Urban Tree Canopy Assessment to evaluate which community areas needed trees planted the most. Byron Memorial Park was identified as one of the largest areas in need of more trees. Every year, Williamsport hosts at least one tree planting event in the spring, and a clean-up event in the fall to ensure these trees are being properly maintained.  In the evening of March 29th, the town will also host an Environmental Fair to celebrate Earth Hour.

The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership

The Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area is a 180-mile long, 75-mile wide area stretching from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia that contains a vibrant natural, historical, and cultural landscape.  With 400 years of European, American and African-American heritage, it’s known as the region Where America Happened™.  It contains more history than any other region in the nation and includes: National and World Heritage sites, over 10,000 sites on the National Register of Historic Places, 49 National Historic districts, nine Presidential homes, 13 National Park units, hundreds of African American and Native American heritage sites, 30 Historic Main Street communities, sites from the Revolutionary War, French-Indian War, War of 1812 and the largest collection of Civil War sites in the nation.


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Mentoring Program JUMPs into Eastern Panhandle

There are approximately 5,400 at-risk children in the Eastern Panhandle and Big Brothers Big Sisters has been serving those children since 1974. The staff and Board of Directors are excited to announce their new name, Junior Mentoring Programs (JUMP).

“While this name change will not affect any of our programs, we feel this is the most economically feasible way for us to continue to provide the quality programs and services we have always offered. We continue to strive to put as much of our resources into the programs we offer and some recent changes in the agreement with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America have caused us to disaffiliate due to cost increases that would eventually limit our ability to complete our mission,” states Kevin Justice, JUMP Board President.

JUMP will continue to serve at-risk children between the ages of 6 and 18 who are primarily from single parent homes, grandparent headed homes, homes where one or both parents have been incarcerated, or low income homes.

“While our name has changed, our goal remains the same to provide positive, adult mentors for our children,” said Executive Director, Ashley Kilmer. “We are excited to celebrate 40 years of mentoring this year. In 1974, our founders recognized the need for mentors in Berkeley County and we are continuing to meet those needs.” Volunteers commit to one year with the child. They should have a valid driver’s license and automobile insurance. All volunteers and families are screened prior to acceptance into the program. Once matched, they are professionally supported throughout the life of the match.

“We are here to help all along the way. Bumps in the road arise and we aide mentors and children over those bumps,” said Kilmer.

Justice had this to say about the Board of Directors at JUMP, “the Board is 100% behind this and ready to move forward. Our Board has grown in the last two months.” He went on to list the current Board Members: Eric Stenger (Vice President), SunTrust Mortgage; Tracy Myers (Treasurer), 167thAirlift Wing; Greg Kennedy, Franklin & Prokopik; Katie Palmer, City National Bank; Mary Anne Edwards, Edwards Auction Service; Edward Wilson, past Board President; Tracy Kelley (mentor-8 years), Kelley Allstate Agency; and LT. Willie Johnson, Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department.

“We have always enjoyed a favorable relationship with the community we serve and we look forward to continuing that relationship in the future,” said Justice.

For more information on Junior Mentoring Programs, how to volunteer, or ways to donate please call 304-263-5522, visit our website at http://www.jumpwv.orgor email Ashley Kilmer at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


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Federal-Community Partnership Houses Jefferson County Homeless

Community Networks (CNI) came to the Jefferson County Partnership for Affordable Housing in 2013 to request assistance in providing local homeless individuals and families with 12 units of permanent supportive housing in Jefferson County.  The Partnership quickly stepped up and became the first of several organizations to assist CNI in obtaining the $15,000 of matching cash funds required to bring over $241,000 in Housing and Urban Development funding into the community.  Without hesitation, the Partnership pledged $10,000 to get the ball rolling.

With that first pledge, CNI was able to put together a $15,000 funding package, with additional contributions from the City of Charles Town, BB&T Bank, and the Eastern WV Community Foundation.  With the matching funds in place, CNI has been able to open the Jefferson County Leasing Project, which utilizes scattered site 1, 2, and 3 bedroom leased units to house low-income homeless households, each with at least one documented disabled adult member.  The rentals were provided by landlords who agreed to participate in the program.

In addition to cash assistance, other community leaders, including local churches, private businesses, and individuals are providing in-kind donations of furnishings, household supplies, cleaning supplies, and linens to outfit the units for their new tenants.

Eligible Jefferson County residents are referred to the program by the Cold Weather Shelter, the Step-Up Program, Community Networks/Bethany House Emergency Shelter, the Veterans Administration, and Jefferson County Community Ministries.

Program participants pay 30% of their gross income as their portion of the monthly rent.  This helps to generate the responsibility for budgeting and money management that is necessary to maintain permanent housing. 

The program’s Placement Housing Counselor meets frequently with each participant to offer support, encouragement, and guidance as each individual strives to increase their income and further stabilize their permanent housing situation.  Residents of the program participate in weekly case management meetings, design an action plan, address goals, including employment, job skills development, life skills, education, and budgeting, and receive referrals to available resources such as mental health and/or substance abuse services.

For program information, contact Glenda Helman at (304) 263-3510, X19;  for eligibility information, contact Bonnie Strayer at (304) 724-1777.

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Front row left to right: Marie Galazzi Program Director, Partnership for Affordable Housing, Rosella Kern, Board Chair, Partnership for Affordable Housing

Back row left to right, Glenda Helman, Executive Director, Community Networks, Bonnie Strayer, Placement Housing Counselor, Cheryl Moyer, Staff, Community Networks, Board Partenrship for Affordable Housing


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“Mercy Killers” Examines America’s Healthcare Crisis

Actor and playwright Michael Milligan, like many Americans, knew someone who has experienced health problems with no medical insurance.  The recent economical situation of the country, the healthcare crisis of so many, and Obamacare inspired him to write a one-man play about the problems of dealing with health issues and having no insurance to depend on.  He’ll perform “Mercy Killers” at the Ice House on Friday at 7 p.m. The show is free.

Milligan is a Juliard-trained Broadway actor and playwright with almost two decades’ experience. Milligan won the John Houseman Prize for excellence in classical drama while at Juliard. He’s performed on Broadway, and his love of Shakespeare has taken him around the world performing the bard for the Shakespeare Theater, Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare and Company, and Cincinatti Playhouse to name a few.

He said in a written statement that he has been fortunate to have steady work and be able to continue his health insurance. However, artists are like many other Americans. They cannot afford healthcare.  So much is uncertain about the passage of the Affordable Healthcare Act, he said it was something he had to write about.

Many uninsured suffer financial tragedies on top of chronic illnesses. Milligan said over 60% of all bankruptcies in the U.S. are the result of medical debt.

“What most people don’t realize is that in the majority of those bankruptcies, the person involved actually had insurance at the onset of their health crisis,” he continued. “’Mercy Killers’ is my attempt to translate those statistics into the actual human experience indicated by those numbers.”

Just one of his own experiences that inspired the play came when his girlfriend faced a health crisis. “She struggled with being on and off insurance, having to go take a freelance editing job to get insurance and the care she needed, and then she would at some point try to go back to those struggles of being an actor and then lose insurance. It was a real ordeal, and it basically consumed all of our finances and all of our energy.”

The play centers on Joe, a blue-collar, patriotic American. Joe loves Rush Limbaugh and is sympathetic to the libertarian convictions of self-reliance and the free market. But as the story opens, he’s been taken to the police station for questioning in the death of his wife Jane. She was terminally ill with cancer. When the lost their health insurance, he struggled with his love of country and belief in the American dream. This is supposed to be a land of plenty. Yet plenty were suffering.

His faith in the American dream is put to the test when he is driven to make a fateful act.

“We’re in this limbo area where Obamacare has been enacted, and we don’t really know what’s going on,” Milligan said. “There’s still the question of, is this going to raise premiums, are we going to be able to afford this as a society? Are people going to still be able to afford care even with the insurance, high deductibles, co-pays — will this curtail the number of bankruptcies that Americans experience from medical bills?”

A moderated discussion with Milligan follows the performance.


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Hagerstown-Washington County 2014 Calendar of Events Released

Hagerstown, MD—The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has just released the April-September 2014 edition of its Calendar of Events. The robust four-color event calendar brochure is being distributed widely, with almost 50,000 copies being sent by the CVB throughout the mid-Atlantic, and the nation.

This edition has more events than ever before, and is more complete than any prior calendars produced by the CVB. The brochure contains scores of additional events, including Civil War Sesquicentennial observances and commemorations. According to CVB Director of Operations Jolene Thomas, “This particular six month calendar was a huge undertaking, because of so many wonderful spring and summer events! Our staff, including Jean Carbaugh, did exhaustive research and double-checking, to track and include this year’s information. The high quality and vast quantity of events in Washington County is mind-boggling.”

The new calendar cover features children gazing at the famous Burnside Bridge on the Antietam National Battlefield and also a photo of black-eyed Susans, the Maryland state flower. Those represent all of the amazing outdoor recreational and heritage experiences to be enjoyed in the county.

Included in all of the days and dates covered by the brochure are more than 300 Washington County events. The brochure lists exhibits at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Washington County Arts Council, Mansion House Art Gallery events, Hub Opera Ensemble shows, Discovery Station activities and happenings, performances at the Washington County Playhouse, City of Hagerstown events, Fort Frederick State Park events, Antietam National Battlefield significant happenings, and performances at area theaters including the Maryland Theatre. The schedules for the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, events at local national and state parks, and also many local concerts are included.

Heritage festivals, small-town celebrations, ghost tours, special exhibits, dances, races, lectures, craft shows, historical interpretation events, parades, concerts, and celebrations are all detailed, along with contact information, times, and more!

The Calendar of Events is produced twice per year by the CVB. It is available free of charge from the Visitor Welcome center in downtown Hagerstown, online at http://www.marylandmemories.com and from many CVB member businesses, including hotels, restaurants, and retail businesses. Stop by today to pick up your free Calendar of Events! Tens of thousands of people, who specifically request it, receive the calendar of events brochures through the mail.

For more information, and to view an on-line version of the Calendar of Events, see: http://www.marylandmemories.com. The online calendar also includes additional listings, which didn’t make the printed brochure. The online version is continually updated, and has a self-entry feature, as well.

Washington County has five national parks, eight state parks, over 35 museums and historic sites, a renowned professional symphony orchestra, and the county has been ranked first in the State of Maryland in the Retail Opportunity Index.

The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau is a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization whose mission is to help attract visitors to Hagerstown and Washington County. The CVB helps to create vibrant growth for the local economy by promoting, developing and expanding the local visitor industry. Washington County is part of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area (http://www.heartofthecivilwar.org), and the Quad-State Tourism Coalition, a four-state tourism group along I-81 (http://www.quadstate81.com). For more information, see: http://www.marylandmemories.com.


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Just published, Gnome Mountain, a novel set in Berkeley Springs

It’s part road trip, love triangle, and coming-of-age story. Seventeen-year-old Ty is sent to summer alone in the mountains of West Virginia, where he’s rescued by gnomes and drawn into their madcap adventures.

The story is literally a wild ride, with a cross-country trip, canoeing, tubing, and hopping of trucks and freight trains. Misadventures cause the human and gnome worlds to collide, prompting a showdown on a high mountain ridge.

This fast-paced book is fit for kids and adults alike. Available online for $2.99 at http://amzn.com/B00IZ1BIHA


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Volunteers Needed for the West Virginia GeoHistory Project

Like history? Do you have a computer? Could you volunteer one to two hours per week?

WV GEOEXPLORER PROJECT NEEDS YOU!

http://wvgeohistory.org

WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE?

  • Transcribing original handwritten documents; deeds, wills, and letters
  • Indexing newspapers
  • Adding key words to describe photo content and writing photo captions
  • Developing personal profiles of Jefferson County residents
  • Basic HTML coding


If you would like to volunteer Contact Dr. Bill Theriault by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  or phone at (301) 582-2846.

The WV GeoExplorer Project was initiated and is supported by the Jefferson County Historic Landmarks Commission


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WV House Minority Whip Daryl Cowles Endorses Ken Reed For Congress

Berkeley Springs, WV - Republican candidate for Congress, and local pharmacist, Ken Reed today announced the endorsement of the West Virginia House Minority Whip Daryl Cowles. Whip Cowles will also serve as the Reed campaign chairman in Morgan County helping the campaign to build, organize, and mobiles grassroots efforts.

“Clearly, the voters of the 2nd district are concerned with runaway government spending, Obamacare, and our struggling economy. On each issue, businessman Ken Reed is the best choice to represent working WV families in Congress,” said Cowles. “Ken Reed has a proven record as a job creator and an understanding of how to get government back on the right track. Ken Reed has my full support. He is clearly the best choice, in fact he stands a head and shoulder above the competition.”

“My wife Tally and I want to thank Daryl for his kind words and endorsement of our campaign,” said Reed. “Daryl is a dedicated public servant and vocal leader for our shared conservative values. I am proud to call him a friend and I am confident that he will help get out our message that in order to fix Washington we must stop the out-of-control agenda from President Obama, repeal and replace the disaster that is Obamacare, reduce our debt, and balance our budget.”

This announcement shows a growing grassroots coalition building behind Reed for Congress who last week announced a campaign chair, Scott Boyd in Jefferson as well as the endorsement of Mark Hatfield, the great-great grandson of Devil Anse Hatfield.

Cowles was first elected to represent the 51st Delegate district in the state legislature in 2006. The district consists of most of Morgan County, as well as a portion of Hampshire County. In the private sector Cowles owns and operates Cowles & Sons Construction in Berkeley Springs. He is active in the community and serves on the board of directors of the local Chamber of Commerce, as well as other community groups. He and his wife, Nikki, have two daughters and live near Berkeley Springs on their family farm.

The son of a steel worker, Reed grew up in West Virginia and went on to graduate from the West Virginia School of Pharmacy. Shortly after graduation Reed and his wife Tally opened their first pharmacy. Since they have opened several more pharmacies creating jobs and serving our community. Today, Reed is a Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in West Virginia’s Second Congressional District. The seat is being vacated by Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito due to her run for the U.S. Senate. Reed and his wife are the proud parents of four children.


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2014 Earth Hour Celebration Being Held in Williamsport

Williamsport, MD – March 29, 2014 will be a green day in Williamsport, as the Town of Williamsport hosts an Environmental Fair from 6:00-9:30 p.m. to celebrate Earth Hour in the Williamsport Community Building in Byron Memorial Park, 2 Park Road Williamsport, MD 21795.

This is the third year the Town of Williamsport will host a special event to celebrate Earth Hour. This is the only Earth Hour celebration taking place in all of Western Maryland.  The event includes an Environmental Fair with different vendors who can educate the community on ways to improve the environment, star gazing, an interactive performance by a local drum circle, raffle prizes, concessions, board games and other fun, family-friendly activities.

At the start of the Earth Hour, 8:30-9:30 p.m., there will be a special ceremony where the lights in Byron Memorial Park will be shut off. There will be lighted balloons and sparklers for participants to play with. The Tri-State Astronomers group will have telescopes set up for people to gaze up at the stars. The event is being organized to be fun and educational. Town officials are asking residents to turn off their lights that evening and join the fun in the dark at Byron Memorial Park!

Earlier in the day there will be a tree planting event. The Town of Williamsport will be planting 120 trees along the fence by the Springfield Barn and in Byron Memorial Park. The trees are being donated by the Department of Natural Resources. The town is collaborating with the Journey Through Hallowed Ground (JTHG) organization to dedicate 80 of these trees to fallen soldiers who were killed in the Civil War. JTHG will be geo-tagging each of the dedicated trees, which provides an interactive experience for visitors. The geo-tag contains a unique code that can be entered on the organization’s website to produce information about the soldier the tree was dedicated in memory of, and it will provide information about the tree itself. This event is a great collaboration of history, the environment and community service. The event begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Springfield Barn, 12 Springfield Lane Williamsport, MD 21795. All are welcome to come and help plant these trees.

Earth Hour is a global event where cities, famous landmarks and monuments, governments and businesses turn off any non-essential lights for one hour. Earth Hour is a visual demonstration that one small action of turning off your lights can have a big impact. Conceived by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Leo Burnett, the first ever Earth Hour was celebrated in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since its inception, the event has spread and is now celebrated in all seven continents. Some of the world’s most famous landmarks celebrate Earth Hour, such as the Washington Monument, Times Square, the Eiffel Tower, the Coliseum in Rome and the Great Pyramids in Egypt. The Earth Hour celebration helps to raise awareness of environmental threats to our planet and inspires the world to do something about these threats.


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Reed Statement On The 4-Year Anniversary Since The Passing Of Obamacare

Berkeley Springs, WV - Republican candidate for Congress, and local pharmacist, Ken Reed today issues the following statement on the 4-year anniversary since the passing of Obamcare.

“Four years ago today Obamacare was signed into law after Nancy Pelosi arrogantly proclaimed that we must first pass the law to find out what is in it,” said Reed. “Four years later West Virginians have seen higher premiums, dropped coverage, Medicare cuts, new taxes, and a laundry list of broken promises. There is nothing affordable about the Affordable Healthcare Act. As a healthcare professional I have been working with West Virginias to understand their healthcare for nearly two decades, as a member of Congress I will work to repeal this harmful law and replace it with commonsense reforms that increase access and lower costs for all West Virginians.”

The son of a steel worker, Reed grew up in West Virginia and went on to graduate from the West Virginia School of Pharmacy. Shortly after graduation Reed and his wife Tally opened their first pharmacy. Since they have opened several more pharmacies creating jobs and serving our community. Today, Reed is a Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in West Virginia’s Second Congressional District. The seat is being vacated by Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito due to her run for the U.S. Senate. Reed and his wife are the proud parents of four children.


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Local Church Mobilizes for Community Service

Martinsburg, WV - The Church at Martinsburg mobilized 15 Community Groups for service projects on Saturday, March 22, 2014. About 200 volunteers performed projects to serve the Eastern Panhandle in an event that they call “ServeITP.”

The Church at Martinsburg’s mission statement is to “Proclaim the gospel and reach those far from God.” One way this is actualized is through hands-on service projects completed by these community groups, including this year’s ServeITP event.

ServeITP stands for “Serve: In the Panhandle.”

“For a while now, we have wanted a consolidated and concentrated effort where our whole church serves our community through multiple projects on one day, so ServeITP is the realization of that dream,” said Executive Pastor Richard Marsh.

The Church at Martinsburg partnered with 12 different civic organizations, public services, and ministries to carry out 16 different projects throughout Berkeley and Jefferson Counties.

Through ServeITP, the Church at Martinsburg was able to serve a number of organizations including Martinsburg Public Library, Berkeley Senior Center, the Boys and Girls Club, CCAP, Community Networks, Faith Community Coalition for the Homeless, Good Shepherd Caregivers, Horses with Hearts, Jefferson County Community Ministries, the Salvation Army, Shenandoah Women’s Center, and YoungLife.

“It’s hard to fully describe how grateful I am for ServeITP. Seeing so many individuals out in the community serving others and giving of their time and resources is not just encouraging it’s enriching. Seeing Jesus’ people live out Jesus’ mission in their community is everything we’re hoping to accomplish as a church.” Lead Pastor Jacob Atchley said of the event.

Projects ranged from cleaning up facilities to delivering bagged mulch, to yard work, to preparing hundreds of meals for homeless individuals and families in the panhandle.

Volunteers from the church came to Charles Town in force Saturday morning to offer their help and support to Community Networks newest program, the Jefferson County Leasing Project. Nineteen church members came with buckets, mops, and cleaning supplies in hand to Spring clean units that will be used by the program to provide permanent supportive housing to homeless individuals and families, according to Glenda Helman, Executive Director of Community Networks.

When asked about the church’s involvement, Ms. Helman stated “It warms my heart to see such caring in our community. It is a blessing to watch Christ’s hands in action reaching out to help our Jefferson County neighbors.”

The Church at Martinsburg meets at the Regal Cinemas on Foxcroft Ave. at 9:30 and 11:00am and will celebrate its 5th birthday this year. “From the beginning we’ve had a desire to care for the people around us. ServeITP allows us to take another step in that direction.” said long-term member and team leader AJ Roberts.

AJ and his group did get the opportunity to care for their community. The group logged many hours Saturday as they participated in ServeITP by assisting at CCAP Loaves and Fishes. The group organized and stocked shelves filled with recent shipments of canned foods and other items that the organization houses in a community food pantry. These items will later be boxed and sent out to many individuals and families seeking nutritional assistance in the local area.

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


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West Virginia Voters Support Lawsuit Reforms

Press Release Received from WVCALA

Charleston, W.Va. - Improving West Virginia’s economy and job offerings is a top priority for West Virginia voters, with ninety-eight percent (98%) calling it the most important issue, a recent poll found, and a majority (51%) see lawsuits hurting job creation in the state. The survey was just completed by a local opinion research firm for West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (WV CALA).

Among voters most interested in the election, forty-eight percent (48%) do not agree that the most recent legislative session addressed their most important issue.

“West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse agrees with voters that the most recent legislative session failed to do anything to help create jobs,” said Greg Thomas, Executive Director of WV CALA.

A plurality of those surveyed (38%) believe that lawsuit reforms would have a positive impact on our state’s economy and job market.

A majority (53%) of West Virginians support the creation of an intermediate appellate court.

Of voters most interested in the election, half (50%) agree that West Virginia has one of the worst legal systems in the country. A plurality of those believe too many needless lawsuits are the reason our legal system is among the worst.

Thomas noted, “The lack of leadership at the Legislature on legal reform issues has created a situation where the majority of West Virginians want new leadership.”

Additionally the poll found that a majority (51%) say West Virginia is on the wrong track.

“That’s no surprise given the fact that West Virginia has the lowest percentage of people working and was one of only two states in the country that lost population last year,” Thomas observed. “Sixty percent of voters (60%) agree that electing new leaders to the West Virginia Legislature will help address these issues.”

Three in five (59%) would prefer to be represented by a legislator who will serve as a check and balance on the current legislative leadership and Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, while only twenty-three (23%) want a legislator who will help pass the agenda of the current leadership in the Legislature.

“What are voters telling us?” Thomas asked, “It sounds to me like they are worn down and would like to see some of the jobs and growth that is appearing in other states.  We have a choice of more lawsuits or more jobs.”

The survey by MBE Research questioned 400 registered West Virginia voters on March 17-18 about several topics related to the state’s legal climate, and the margin of error is +/- 4.9 percent at a 95 percent confidence level.

BACKGROUND AND METHODOLOGY

  • Some totals may not equal 100% as a result of rounding.
  • 401 interviews were completed among voters in West Virginia.   
  • 401 interviews yield a maximum sample variation of +/- 4.9% at a 95% level of confidence.
  • Interviews were conducted between March 17th – 18th.
  • A live telephone interviewer conducted each interview with the assistance of CATI software. Both cellular and landline respondents were interviewed.
  • The survey was conducted by MBE Research and sponsored by the West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse to better understand the attitudes, opinions and perceptions of West Virginia voters on a variety of important issues.

WV CALA is a nonprofit citizen watchdog group with over 30,000 members statewide focused on a broad range of civil justice issues. 


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Combat Veterans Will ‘Walk Off The War’ On The Appalachian Trail

Harpers Ferry, WV – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has again partnered with Warrior Hike to provide a group of military veterans the opportunity to “Walk Off The War” along the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). This year’s group of veterans began the six-month-long physical challenge on March 17 at Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the Trail in Georgia.

The “Walk Off The War” Program provides participating combat veterans with equipment and supplies required to complete a thru-hike of one of America’s National Scenic Trails; coordinates trail town support in the forms of transportation, food and lodging; and assists veterans with future employment opportunities through partners and sponsors.

“Hiking over 2,000 miles during the course of six months gives a veteran an opportunity to decompress and come to terms with their wartime experiences,” said Sean Gobin, Warrior Hike executive director. “The camaraderie that is shared between our combat veterans and the trail town communities helps facilitate their integration back into civilian life.”

Veterans hiking the A.T. this year include Scott Brooks-Miller, a Vietnam War veteran, and several returning service members from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

The ATC, A.T. maintaining clubs and veterans groups in trail towns will provide the veterans with support services, including lodging, transportation and meals.

“Similar to Earl Shaffer, the first Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, these veterans will have the opportunity to journey along the Appalachian Trail and reconnect with nature and with the American people,” said Ron Tipton, executive director and CEO of the ATC. “The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is proud to team up with Warrior Hike to offer this experience to our military veterans.”

This year, Warrior Hike has expanded to include end-to-end hikes on the Continental Divide and the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trails in addition to the A.T.

For more information, visit http://www.appalachiantrail.org/events or http://www.warriorhike.com.

About Warrior Hike
The Warrior Hike “Walk Off The War” Program is an outdoor therapy program that supports combat veterans transitioning from their military service by thru-hiking America’s National Scenic Trails. For information, visit http://www.warriorhike.com.

About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The mission of the ATC is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For information, visit http://www.appalachiantrail.org.


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Hagerstown’s Arts & Entertainment District Earns State-Wide Recognition

Hagerstown’s Arts & Entertainment District was awarded this year’s Outstanding Achievement Award by the Maryland State Arts Council. This award is only given to one district each year. Hagerstown was awarded this honor at the Annual Meeting of the Arts & Entertainment Districts at Joe’s Movement Emporium in the Gateway Art & Entertainment District Tuesday afternoon.

“The City of Hagerstown is very proud of the Hagerstown Arts & Entertainment District, the first such district designated in the State of Maryland,” stated Mayor David Gysberts. “We want to congratulate the Hagerstown A&E Management Board, all of the arts organizations and City staff who work throughout the year in making the Hagerstown Arts & Entertainment District a premier destination for both residents and visitors.”

Mary Anne Burke, Chair of the Hagerstown A&E Management Board; Karen Giffin, Hagerstown’s Community Affairs Manager and member of the A&E Management Board and Andrew Sargent, Downtown Manager and member of the A&E Management Board, were presented with a Citation from Governor Martin O’Malley. The Citation states, “That on behalf of the citizens of this State, in recognition of Your commitment to advance Hagerstown Arts and Entertainment District’s role within its community and the region by successfully attracting local artists and artisans to reside and create in the district; by nurturing public-private partnerships that contribute to the revitalization and livability of downtown Hagerstown; by effectively promoting arts events and original festivals that spur community and economic vitality; and by creating unique and diverse cultural experiences that inspire residents and visitors alike to become actively engaged in the visual, performing, traditional and literary arts. We express our sincere congratulations and best wishes and are pleased to confer upon you this Governor’s Citation.”

“The Maryland State Arts Council was proud to bestow this award to the Hagerstown Arts & Entertainment District,” stated Pamela Dunne, Maryland State Arts Council’s Program Director of the Community Arts Development, Arts & Entertainment Districts and Individual Artist Awards. “During 2013, Hagerstown A&E District saw a ‘Perfect Storm!,’ with the Barbara Ingram School graduating its first four-year class, the Washington County Arts Council committing to stay within the District, and the City of Hagerstown meeting its goal to create affordable artist housing and gallery space on North Potomac. Along with exemplary arts organizations and lively and unique arts festivals and events, Hagerstown A&E has arrived as a vibrant community for residents and an exciting destination for visitors and tourists.”

Hagerstown’s Arts & Entertainment District Management Board consists of Chair, Mary Anne Burke of the Washington County Arts Council; Vice Chair, Rob Hovermale of the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts; Karen Giffin, Community Affairs Manager for the City of Hagerstown; Francine Donachie of Bowman Hospitality and the Downtown Alliance; Pat Wishard of the Washington County Free Library; Andrew Sargent, Downtown Manager for the City of Hagerstown; Rebecca Massie Lane of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts; Sam Young, The Maryland Theatre; Rachel Nichols of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau; Michael Jones, Maryland Symphony Orchestra.

“The Arts and Entertainment Management Board and its member organizations are honored to be acknowledged with this award from the Maryland State Arts Council,” stated Mary Anne Burke. “The Hagerstown/Washington County region is a truly rich arts and entertainment community. As chair of the A&E Management Board, I speak for the Board when I say we have only just begun in our effort to promote the importance of arts and entertainment as critical to a vital and vibrant way of life in Hagerstown and Washington County.”

Pictured: top row from left: Rob Hovermale, Mayor Dave Gysberts, Andrew Sargent, Michael Jones; bottom row from left: Mary Anne Burke, Karen Giffin, Rachel Nichols.


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Register Now For April 13 Audubon Spring Egg Hunt

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will hold its sixth annual Spring Children’s Egg Hunt the afternoon of Sunday, April 13 at its Yankauer Nature Preserve north of Shepherdstown.

The hunt will be held from 2:00-3:30 p.m. It will be for children ages 3-6. It will be a family-oriented event, and parents should plan to accompany their children as they hunt for eggs.

Unlike traditional egg hunts, this one combines fun with an educational experience.

The eggs used in the hunt are colored to resemble real eggs of wild birds. Children are challenged to find these eggs on the trail and, in the process, they discover how birds use camouflage keep their eggs safe from predators. Other activities this year will include a “penguin egg walk,” an “ostrich egg balance challenge,” and an egg-toss game.

At the end of the event, collected eggs will be “traded in” for a sweet treat: decorating an egg shaped cookie to enjoy on the spot or take home and enjoy later along with lemonade.

Space will be limited and pre-registration is required. There will be a fee of $5 per child.

Register online at the PVAS website at http://www.potomacaudubon.org or contact Ellen Murphy, PVAS’s Director of Programs, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 304-676-8739.


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March / April Workshops at the Berkeley Art Works

The next workshop at the Berkeley Art Works will be “Design and Composition” on Saturday, March 29 from 1-4 pm. The workshop is taught by Teaching Artist Judith Becker and will be held at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, WV

All good art starts with good design and composition.  This fast paced workshop introduces the participant to an overview of all of the important techniques to achieve this goal.  Students will work with simple designs to practice.  Theories apply to all art, whether 2 or 3 dimensional.

Judith Becker is an experienced artist with dual degrees in design and education. She has recently moved to the Eastern Panhandle, but previously taught a variety of classes in Garrett County, Maryland. Judith specializes in painting with colored pencils, pastels and watercolors and often mixes her media for unusual effects. Her subjects mostly are botanical s and scenes from her travels. Her popular classes cover many art techniques targeted for both the beginner and the more experienced painter.

Following on Saturday, April 5 from 1-4 pm is “Multi-Media and Collage”, also taught by Judith Becker. This workshop introduces the opportunities to create new and interesting art by using a variety of art media including 3 dimensional objects and textures.  Students try their hand at multimedia by using their favorite art tools plus those they have never before considered.

On Saturday, April 12 from 1-4 pm is “Clock Making Collage” taught by Anna Howard. This is a hands-on workshop. You will learn techniques of decoupage by working with a variety of papers/fabrics and decoupage products. You will also learn about clock design & design strategies specifically directed to clockmaking.

Anna Howard is a life-long craft artisan who has combined her skills into designing and creating repurposed clocks through her business, Left Field Clock Company. She is a regular exhibitor at many craft shows in West Virginia, Maryland & Washington DC. She has taught arts & crafts classes to both adults and youth in several overseas International Schools

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

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


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Photography Exhibition serves as fundraiser for Cancer Victim

Queen Street Gallery & Exhibitions Art Gallery will host a fundraising exhibition for local photographer Eric Fargo.  The exhibition titled “A Photographic Adventure” is a personal collection of Eric’s taken from around the world.  Eric is best known for his photographs featured in the local magazine, “Around The Panhandle.”

Eric was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer and has been unable to work since October of 2013. We will be showing Eric’s work with the goal of selling every piece at the fundraiser and the “meet the artist night.” His spirits are high and he and his family and friends are ready to fight. Come out, buy some art, show Eric your support and check out the other Gallery spaces.

About Eric’s Cancer
Eric Fargo was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma.  It’s a cancer that’s generated in his bone marrow and has attacked his vertebrae.  In October Eric had two emergency surgeries to fuse and strengthen his spine in his Cervical and Thoracic region. The cancer isn’t completely under control yet and has damaged his T-6 Vertebrae and caused a compression fracture. Eric is still in a back brace while the chemotherapy treatments work to kill the Myeloma cells.  His weekly chemotherapy treatments are going well and his strength is slowly coming back.  The chemotherapy treatments include a shot of Velcade and every 28 days he receives an infusion of Zometta. These are chemotherapy and steroid drugs, designed to strengthen bone.

The ultimate goal to get this cancer under control is to have a Stem Cell Transplant. This is a strenuous process where the Doctors will remove all stem cells from Eric’s bone marrow, freeze the stem cells and hit them with high doses of chemotherapy with hopes of killing as many Myeloma cells as possible. Then they will reintroduce the clean stem cells back into his system.

In Eric’s words
I took up photography about 12 years ago as a hobby. Needless to say I fell in love with the search of the perfect photograph. I enjoyed it so much I decided to attempt to make a living at it. Five years ago a friend introduced me to someone who wanted to start a local magazine and he needed a photographer. It was a match made in heaven. I have been the photographer for Around The Panhandle Magazine since its inception and am very proud of all my work. While the magazine calls for typical shots of people, food and general photography, it doesn’t satisfy the artiste in me. That’s why I have brought to you, “A Photographic Adventure.”

Along with photography, my other favorite activity is travel. I have been from the depths of the Costa Rican rain Forrest to the peaks of the Rocky Mountains. Along the streets Paris to the war torn streets of Mostar Bosnia. My camera goes everywhere I go and I absolutely enjoy every click of the shutter. My particular eye is drawn to depth of field, that’s just what I like, but everyone’s eyes are different. What do you like in a photograph? My recent travels have led me to photographing people. I mainly try to capture emotion in a person’s body language or body expressions. I print what I think is cool and full of expression even though it may not scream it at you. I thoroughly enjoy the little nuances of everyday European life. Such as a simple street scene or a relaxing espresso on a corner cafe. I don’t particularly stick to one style of photography because quite honestly that’s boring to me. I see the art in almost everything, it just depends on whether I can capture it. You will see all types of photography from me and I only think that speaks to my ever expanding eye. Please enjoy my “Photographic Adventure”. There’s much, much more to come. - Eric Fargo

Show runs March 7 - 30, 2014

Meet the Artist Night Friday March 14th, 6 – 8 PM

Queen Street Gallery
213 N Queen St.
Martinsburg, WV 25401
304-263-9495
M-Th 10-6; F 10-8; Sat 10-4
http://www.queenstgallery.com
http://www.queenstreetgallery.com


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Dance Works 2014 Features a Festival Performance at Musselman HIgh School

Lovers of dance will enjoy the opportunity to see performances by a dozen local companies appearing as part of the Dance Works 2014 Festival being held at Musselman High School.  Three invited guest artists will also be appearing in the show, which begins at 7:00 pm. On Saturday, March 22.

Performers include dancers from Dance Dimensions of Hedgesville, Fragrant Offering Dance Co., Inwood Dance Co. and Inwood Performing Arts, Jefferson High’s Charisma Dance Ensemble, Neshema Dance of Hagerstown, New Hopewell Center for the Performing Arts, Rhythm N Motion and their Turning Pointe Dance Co., the Parks Dept. Turning Pointe Centre for Dance, and Washington High’s Synergy Dance Ensemble.

Enriching the dance experience will be performances by guest artists JoshuaLegg/DanceProjects, KittyClarkMoves, and Tiffanie Carson of Christopher K. Morgan and Artists. A piece by rising Chicago choreographer Eddy Ocampo brings a unique contemporary style to round out the program.

The gala performance is part of a two-day celebration of dance that begins Friday with the first of a series of master classes. The Dance Works planning team is bringing instructors from regional professional companies to give young dancers ages 10 – 18 years the chance to experience varied styles and techniques. Thirteen sessions range from classical and pointe through contemporary, modern and jazz to techniques in partnering. A panel discussion will help young students who plan to continue to pursue a life in dance beyond high school.

The gala performance is open to the public, and tickets may be purchased online through https://www.ticketriver.com/event/10347-dance-works-festival-2014.

The Dance Works activities were planned by a panel of dance directors, and are produced by the Berkeley Arts Council. Support from the MBC Parks and Recreation Department helped make the event possible. For more information about the Berkeley Arts Council visit http://www.berkeleyartswv.org or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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Center for Legislative Studies to kick off Congress Week with Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

The Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies will host a free screening of Frank Capra’s classic political film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 7:00 PM.  The event will mark the beginning of Congress Week (April 1-7), which this year honor’s the 225th anniversary of the first meeting of Congress.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is widely considered Frank Capra’s masterpiece, and it remains one of the most popular and widely-referenced depictions of the American political system on film. 

Starring Jimmy Stewart as Jefferson Smith, a young, newly appointed senator whose idealism runs headlong into entrenched opposition and political corruption in Washington D.C., the movie highlights some of the American political system’s primary strengths and weaknesses and touches on several issues that remain relevant today, including the mass media’s influence and the role of money in politics.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington has received continued acclaim since its release.  The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, winning for Best Original Story, in 1939, and in 1989, the Library of Congress included it in the first class of movies added to the National Film Registry.

The screening will take place in the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies auditorium at 213 N. King St. on the campus of Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV.  An informal discussion will follow the film, which has a 2 hour and 10 minute running time. 

Admission is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.  The Byrd CLS recommends attendees reserve seats in advance by contacting Mr. Jody Brumage at 304-876-5702 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

For more information on this event or Congress Week, please visit our website, http://www.byrdcenter.org


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Country Music Troubadour Matt Woods Comes to Laddie’s March 29

KNOXVILLE, TN - In advance of the upcoming release of With Love From Brushy Mountain, country music troubadour Matt Woods is hitting the road and bringing along his pal Larry Fulford on drums! They will be playing as a two-piece band all over the big ol’ U.S. of A. this spring and can’t wait to see ya at the shows. They will be playing Laddie’s in Martinsburg, WV with Joshua Morningstar on March 29. Check out Matt Woods at http://www.therealmattwoods.com to preview his music.

“Some folks call what I do Americana, but I have a hard time putting a label on things like that. A lot of my songs are very much based in classic country music while others are grounded in straight forward and greasy rock ’n’ roll,” Woods explains. “I write what is ready to come out and try to be as honest as I can about it.”

About Matt Woods:

Woods has been a figure in the East Tennessee music scene for the past ten years and has performed in several bands as well as working as a solo artist. Woods has shared the stage with the likes of CAKE, Drivin’ n’ Cryin’, Will Hoge, Shannon McNally, Kevn Kinney, Roger Clyne (of The Refreshments), The Corduroy Road, Tim Lee, Mic Harrison (of the V-Roys and Superdrag), Doug Gillard (of Guided By Voices) , Two Cow Garage, Col. Bruce Hampton & the Code Talkers, Zac Brown, Graham Colton, Brian Vander Ark (of The Verve Pipe), The Features, and a seemingly never-ending list of talented independent artists from points around the globe.


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Mark Hatfield Endorses Ken Reed for Congress

Press Release Received from Ken Reed for Congress Campaign

Berkeley Springs, WV - Republican candidate for Congress, and local pharmacist, Ken Reed today announced the official endorsement of Mark Hatfield, the great-great grandson of Devil Anse Hatfield.

Hatfield announced his endorsement of Reed on his official Facebook page Sunday evening saying, “Ken Reed for Congress! He is the man for the job! He supports the people of America and he is not afraid to speak up for what is right. I want all my friends to check out this guy. He represents our last chance to keep our freedom and our right to bear arms.” Hatfield added, “I plan on posting a lot about this guy,” and urged his nearly 18,000 Facebook followers to “remember his name Ken Reed!”

“Tally and I thank Mark for his kind words and endorsement of our campaign. The Hatfield’s are fixtures in West Virginia and I am honored that Mark has lent his good name to our efforts,” said Reed. “Everywhere I go people tell me they are fed up with Washington refusing to listen to the people. I am running for Congress because I believe we owe it to the next generation to do what is right. I will stand up to President Obama and Nancy Pelosi policies that are hurting West Virginia and I will never back down.”

A conservative local businessman, Reed has campaigned on cutting wasteful government spending, reducing the debt, repealing Obamacare, reining in burdensome regulations on our energy sector and small businesses, and supporting our second amendment freedoms.

The son of a steel worker, Reed grew up in West Virginia and went on to graduate from the West Virginia School of Pharmacy. Shortly after graduation Reed and his wife Tally opened their first pharmacy. Since they have opened several more pharmacies creating jobs and serving our community. Today, Reed is a Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in West Virginia’s Second Congressional District. The seat is being vacated by Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito due to her run for the U.S. Senate. Reed and his wife are the proud parents of four children.

Photo: Ken Reed (left) pictured with Mark Hatfield (right) in Ripley, WV


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Fundraiser Concert For Local Multi Day Festival, Stop The Kaboom, To Take Place April 4

Music and environmental consciousness will come together at the Tally Ho Theatre on Friday, April 4 as some of the region’s best original musical artists perform at a benefit concert to raise awareness of the negative environmental impacts of fossil fuel extraction.  The event will raise operating funds for a much larger festival called Stop The Kaboom which is scheduled for August 1-3 in West Virginia in which all proceeds will go to environmental groups fighting for clean water and the protection of other vital natural resources.  Doors will open at 7 PM and the music starts at 8 PM with a total of three bands playing; Telesma, Woven Green and Supersylum.  Admission to the event is $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Stop The Kaboom is a three day music festival which will feature over 30 bands along with key environmental speakers, workshops and art exhibits.  The event is scheduled to take place at a soon to be announced location in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia.  “The festival is a place where beautiful music and art can bring people of conscious together to work towards a world we can sustain and thrive in”, said Alan Rinsinger, co founder of the festival.

The bands featured at the fundraiser are some of the best bands the region has to offer.  Telesma, who will be headlining the event, is a psychedelic rock band who hails from Baltimore, MD where they routinely play to sell out crowds in the city but will be playing for the first time in Leesburg at this event.  Also playing are Wovengreen, an award winning world music band from Sterling, VA and Supersylum, a live and improvised electronic duo from Winchester VA.

Tally Ho Theatre is located at 19 W Market St in Leesburg, VA and is the area’s premier live music venue with state of the art sound and lighting.  Tickets and show schedule can be found on their website at tallyholeesburg.com

For more information on Stop The Kaboom please visit Stopthekaboom.com or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


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Audubon Nature Sketching Workshop Set For April 6

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a Nature Sketching Workshop at CraftWorks in Jefferson County on Sunday, April 6. The workshop will be held from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.


It will be taught by Susan Brookreson, of Martinsburg, who is an experienced arts educator and Master Naturalist. It will be aimed at those with little or no drawing experience although all skill levels will be welcome.

Everyone is welcome but pre-registration is essential and a fee will be required.

Easy pre-registration is available on the PVAS website at http://www.potomacaudubon.org. The fee will be $15 for PVAS members and the general public and $10 for members and students of the Society’s Potomac Valley Master Naturalist Program.

The workshop is part of Potomac Valley Audubon’s “Natural History Workshop” series. It will focus on teaching drawing techniques that quickly capture as much information as much information as possible about subjects being observed in nature.

This type of drawing is routinely used by field biologists. In addition to providing a valuable record of field observations, it helps everyone to see the beauty and complexity of nature in more detail.

If weather permits, some drawing will be done outside; participants should therefore dress accordingly.

They should also plan to bring their own pencils and a small portable sketchpad.

For more information, contact Krista Hawley at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 304-876-8471. CraftWorks is located at 1469 Lloyd Road, five miles south of Charles Town. For directions, go to their website at http://www.wvcraftworks.org.


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Winner to be announced for Jefferson County Writers Competition; March 18 at 6PM

Charles Town, WV.  The winner of the 2013 Charles and Wilhelmina O’Connor Author Competition will be announced at a reception on Tuesday, March 18 at 6 p.m. at the Charles Town Library’s Perry Room.
The competition was open to anyone who resided in Jefferson County, West Virginia or was a member of the Jefferson County Historical Society, had not ever published a book before, and was in the final stages of writing a non-fiction or fiction book, play or children’s book about the history of Jefferson County.

The contest winner will receive a professionally published book, an e-book published by Infinity Publishing in Conshohocken, PA (O’Connor’s publisher) and marketing materials for the promotion of their book. The competition is held in cooperation with the Jefferson County (WV) Historical Society. The winning package, worth nearly $1000, is funded by Bob O’Connor Books.

According to local author Bob O’Connor, the competition honors his parents who are both deceased. “My mother and father were huge supporters of my writing from elementary school on. This is a way for me to keep their legacy alive.” The author said he wanted to encourage potential authors to submit. “I am trying to find writers who may not know how to get their writings published. Often they find publishing much harder than actually writing a book.”

The author, two of his siblings (who live in other parts of the country), and a member of the Jefferson County Historical Society Board of Directors judged the competition. Manuscripts were be sent to the judges without the author’s name to insure impartiality.

The competition is in its third year. The judges have the option each year of not picking any project if they do not feel the manuscript is worthy of their acceptance. This is the first year a winner was chosen. The winner of the competition will be allowed a whole year to complete his or her project prior to having it published.

O’Connor himself has published ten books. He has been named Finalist for four national book awards competition by the Indie Excellence Awards and USA Book News since 2006.


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Appalachian Trail Conservancy Seeks Trail Crew Volunteers

Blacksburg, VA – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is inviting volunteers, ages 18 and older, to join Trail Crews that will help repair and construct new sections of the famous Appalachian Trail (A.T.). No previous experience is necessary – just a desire to work hard, live in the backcountry and have a great time among new friends.

The ATC’s all-volunteer Trail Crews are led by paid trail crew professionals who teach volunteers trail construction, stewardship and Leave No Trace skills during the multi-day adventure. The ATC provides food, tools and the equipment necessary to get the job completed. Multi-week volunteers are welcome to stay at our various base camps between sessions.

Trail Crews tackle projects such as relocation, reconstruction, and bridge and shelter construction along the A.T. The crews are active every year, from April through October, on projects located from Maine to Georgia. Trail Crew projects, which may last for a week or more, are planned and completed in cooperation with Trail-maintaining clubs and agency partners such as the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service.

Konnarock, the ATC’s flagship crew, tackles projects involving trail construction from the A.T.‘s southern terminus in Springer Mountain, Georgia to Rockfish Gap in central Virginia. Volunteers work a five-day week in the field and return to base camp for a celebratory dinner the evening of the fifth day. This year, crew weeks begin May 7 and end August 13, with work sites varying from Grayson Highlands State Park in Virginia to Little Rock Knob in Tennessee.

The Mid-Atlantic Crew is also searching for volunteers for its spring, summer and fall sessions. Based at an old farmstead in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, the Crew works on the A.T. from Rockfish Gap in Virginia to the New York-Connecticut state line. Sessions begin April 3 and end October 27.

For adventurous volunteers, the Smokies Wilderness Elite Appalachian Trail Crew (S.W.E.A.T.) leads workers into the backcountry of Great Smoky Mountains National Park to work at the highest elevations along the A.T. Six-day sessions begin June 7 and run through August 26. Those who wish to volunteer in the Smokies may also consider the Rocky Top Trail Crew, which works exclusively along 70 miles of the A.T. following the ridge crest from Davenport Gap to Fontana Dam, North Carolina. Rocky Top Crew sessions begin August 30 and end October 25.

Additional volunteer opportunities include the Vermont Long Trail Patrol (VLTP), which works on heavy construction projects on hiking trails in Vermont, including the co-aligned A.T. and Long Trail, and the Maine Trail Crew, which focuses on projects involving reconstruction and rockwork along 267 miles of the A.T. VLTP sessions begin July 4 and end August 12, and Maine Trail Crew sessions begin June 14 and end August 13.

To learn more about the ATC’s Trail Crews, visit http://www.appalachiantrail.org/crews.


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Candidate Ken Reed Speaks out against Medicare Part D rule Changes

Berkeley Springs, WV - In a letter to Senator Jay Rockefeller, Republican candidate for Congress, and local pharmacist, Ken Reed expressed his disappointment with recent significant changes to Medicare Part D’s “Any Willing Provider” language. Proposed by CMS, these changes would jeopardize quality care for West Virginia seniors.

“As a pharmacist who works and lives in a rural community, I have heard countless stories from patients about the difficulty of driving to a preferred pharmacy or how they have been forced into using a mail order prescription service rather than a business in their own community,” said Reed. “Any willing provider had bipartisan support from Congress and CMS. These changes show just how out of touch politicians and bureaucrats in Washington are with the everyday challenges faced by average Americans. They defy common sense and do not protect West Virginia seniors.”

“We need fewer political games and more common sense in Washington. As a member of Congress, I will work to ensure access to quality care for all West Virginians, especially our seniors. As a health care professional, I know how to do it,” said Reed.

Complete letter to Senator Rockefeller:

Dear Senator Rockefeller:

As a Candidate for the 2nd Congressional District of WV and the only healthcare provider running for this seat,  I have become aware of the inclusion of your signature on a recent Senate Finance Committee letter expressing blanket opposition to the recently proposed Part D rule.  The proposed rule contains a number of provisions I strongly support and are critical to ensuring quality care for WV seniors and the continued viability of independent community pharmacy in West Virginia. 

Small, rural independent WV Pharmacies like mine have been “shut out” of participating in these networks.  As our federal government gains more and more control of the healthcare sector, the provision that will enable any willing pharmacy to offer preferred cost sharing, as long as they are willing to agree to a plan’s terms and conditions, is vital for WV independent pharmacy’s survival.

Small Rural Businesses like my four pharmacies in Berkeley, Morgan, and Hampshire Counties provide rural seniors greater access to potential cost savings and ensure that they can continue to utilize their local pharmacy of choice. At mine and other Independent pharmacies across West Virginia, our seniors KNOW their healthcare is being delivered by people who care and have their best interest at heart.

Independent community pharmacies like mine have been on the front lines of providing medications, related counseling, and assistance with plans since the inception of the Part D program.  We have helped senior patients throughout the years and I am now asking you to help our seniors by weighing in directly with CMS to support the provisions specifically for small pharmacies that serve those rural seniors in the Part D program.


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New Mountain Valley Adult Baseball League Announces Player Tryout / Placement Schedule

Tryouts for the Mountain Valley Adult Baseball League will be on March 30 9:30am at P.O. Faulkner Field…home to the Martinsburg Bulldogs. Bring valid photo ID.  Once you are placed on a team your manager will inform you on player fees and get you fully registered. Email questions to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit: http://www.mountainvalleynaba.com/

This is your chance to play baseball in your area with your friends, coworkers, or colleagues!  We need everyting from players to managers and are looking to gather at LEAST six teams to compete this season!  Contact us NOW if you want to play or know someone who does!  Also, Like us on Facebook to spread the word!

Players contact us to be placed in the Player Pool / Draft List!  All skill levels welcome!  Sign up now and get into the action!
Managers contact us to start building and managing your team!  Anyone who wishes to manage a team is encouraged to contact us.
Teams register now and be ready for the Spring!

start your own team and receive a free mountain valley adult baseball hoodie. email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


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Intro to Acrylics Workshop at Berkeley Art Works

The next workshop at the Berkeley Art works will be Introduction to Acrylic Painting on Saturday, March 15 from 1-4 pm. The workshop taught by Teaching Artist Jean Kellogg and will be held at the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg.

This class will be an introduction to some of the basic acrylic painting techniques.  Information provided will include brush selection, prep work, paint application methods, use of paper and canvas boards, and will also allow the student to sample a variety of materials, brush techniques, and paints, If you have been thinking about starting to paint with acrylics, this is a great class to begin to learn and have fun!

Other announced workshops are:

Design and Composition on Saturday, March 29 from 1-4 pm, taught by Judith Becker and Multi-Media and Collage, Saturday, April 5 also taught by Judith Becker.

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

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


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Free admission to powerful new drama “Mercy Killers”

Six performances of the free play, Mercy Killers

Gripping one-man play filled with pathos & humor.

Joe has just been hauled into the police station where is being questioned about the death of his wife.

Broadway actor/playwright Michael Milligan presents the heart-breaking dilemma of a couple who wrestled with life-threatening illness.

The one-hour play offers much food for thought about the anguish endured by people unable to get the medical care they need under our present system.

To promote constructive dialog, a moderated discussion with the actor will follow each performance.

Donations for the actor are welcome

Sponsored by: Eastern Panhandle Central Labor Council; Eastern Panhandle chapters of Physicians for a National Health Program and Healthcare-Now; Jefferson County NAACP Branch; League of Women Voters of Jefferson County; Shepherd University Lifelong Learning Program.

Performance times and places are below.

Directions and additional information: http://mercykillerswv.wordpress.com/.

You will be brought to the edge of tears, the edge of laughter, and the edge of you seat during this one-hour drama.

Friday, March 28, 7:00 PM, Ice House, 138 Independence St., Berkeley Springs
Saturday, March 29, 1:30 PM, Fisherman’s Hall, 312 South West St., Charles Town
Sunday, March 30, 2:00 PM, Opera House, 131 W. German St., Shepherdstown
Monday, March 31, 7:00 PM, Calvary Church, 220 W. Burke St., Martinsburg
Tuesday, April 1, 7:00 PM, Baha’i Regional Center, 308 S. Buchannan St., Ranson  
Wednesday, April 2, 12:30 PM, Erma Ora Byrd Nursing Hall Auditorium, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown


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Washington County Event Calendar - March 13 - March 16

March 13
Open Mic & Jam at Always Ron’s
“The Blue Dominos” will be hosting this open jam from 8-11 pm at Always Ron’s - THE PLACE for fine food, good music, and a great time. Bring your instrument or just come and groove; 29 North Burhans Boulevard, Hagerstown, MD; 301-797-7887 or http://www.alwaysrons.com

March 13
Sneak Peek Film Premier—Civil War: The Untold Story
A visually stunning new five-part documentary series examining the war through the lens of the Western Theatre - including critical battles such as Shiloh, Vicksburg, Chickamauga and Atlanta. Filmed on the very grounds where these epic battles were fought, it recreates authentic scenes and features interviews with top historians. Parts 1 and 2 will premier tonight at 7:00 pm.  Antietam National Battlefield Visitor Center, 5831 Dunker Church Rd., Sharpsburg, MD 21782. 301-432-5124 or http://www.nps.gov/anti

March 14
Wine Down Friday
Andy Carignan will perform.  7:30 pm. $5 admission for anyone 21 and over.  $1 for your first glass of wine or soda.  Light snacks are available for purchase.  Knob Hall Winery, 14108 St. Paul Rd., Clear Spring, MD 21722; 301-842-2777 or http://www.knobhallwinery.com

March 14
Meet the Artist
Cindy Downs is a watercolor painter who works in the plein air outdoors on location. Free. 6-8 pm. The Fine Arts Company, 18031 Garland Groh Boulevard, Hagerstown MD. 301-971-2781 or http://www.thefineartscompany.com/store2/

March 14, 15 & 16
Spring Thyme at Sycamore Height’s Farmhouse Craft Show
Located in an 1860 farmhouse, shop for handmade crafts made by local crafters. Featuring candles, primitives, country, spring and everyday décor. Free admission. 10am - 5pm. Sycamore Height’s Farmhouse, 20703 Jefferson Blvd. Hagerstown, MD 21740. 301-665-2882 or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sycamore-Heights-Farmhouse-Craft-Show/199799386720142

March 14, 15 & 16
Carol Wilks “Inspirations”
Exhibit in the North Gallery Mansion House in City Park, 501 Highland Way, Hagerstown, MD 21740; 301-797-6813. Friday & Saturday, 11am-4pm; Sunday, 1-5 pm.

March 15
Historic City Farmers’ Market –Every Saturday morning from 5am-12pm enjoy this indoor market for fresh baked goods, produce, dairy, artisan crafts, vendors and much more! Enjoy a delicious breakfast while you’re there! 25 West Church St., Hagerstown, MD 21740. 301-739-8577 ext. 116. http://www.hagerstownmd.org/index.aspx?NID=162

March 15 & 16
20th Annual Flower & Garden Show
A variety of vendors will take part in the show, named as one of the area’s premier events. Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 10am-4pm. Admission is $4 for Adults and Free for Children under 12. Proceeds benefit the HCC Alumni Association. Lunch and snacks will be available at the Garden Café.  Hagerstown Community College ARCC, 11400 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown, MD 21742. 240-500-2346 or http://www.hagerstowncc.edu/

March 15 & 16
Spring Open House
Wilson Village/Bittersweet Memories, 14921 Rufus Wilson Road, Clear Spring, MD 21722.  Blue Grass music and weather permitting, the one room school house will be open. Saturday 9-5; Sunday 12-5;  301-582-4718 or http://wilsonvillagemd.com/store/bittersweet.asp

March 15 & 16
MSO Concert
The Romantics - Maryland Symphony Orchestra Masterworks concert series with guest violinist, Robert Martin. Dvorak Slavonic Dance No. 1 in C Major; Glazunov Violin Concerto, op. 82 in A minor; Brahms Symphony No. 1, op. 68 in C minor. 8pm Saturday, 3pm Sunday. The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740. 301-797-4000 or http://www.marylandsymphony.org/

March 16
Mortorcycle Swap Meet/Vendor and Craft Fair
Washington County Ag Center, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro, MD, 21733. 10am-5pm. Breakfast, lunch and dinner items will be available, as well as baked goods.  Admission $ 5.00 per Adult, Children 12 and under are Free. 301-988-6775, 301-988-9666 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


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Yoga and the Love Poems of Rumi

Shepherdstown, WV—Jala Yoga, the beautiful and inspiring yoga studio at Mellow Moods Cafe and Juice Bar, 117 West German Street, Shepherdstown, will offer a workshop focusing on opening the heart through yoga postures and the love poetry of Rumi, the 13th-century Persian poet and mystic.  The class, taught by Elaine MacDougall, takes place on Sunday, March 23, from 11 am to 1 pm.  The cost is $20.

The nurturing workshop will include a yoga practice illuminating the heart chakra, or energy center, followed by a shared meal of green vegetables and the reading of Rumi’s love poems.  Participants are encouraged to bring a green vegetable dish to share, a bowl or plate, a journal, and a copy of a Rumi love poem.

MacDougall recently completed her 200-hour teacher training certification through Jala Yoga, under the mentorship of Christa Mastrangelo Joyce.  She also teaches writing at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the Community College of Baltimore County.  Through this workshop, she is delighted to share her passion for yoga and poetry with others.

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


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Registration Now Open for the 2014 Nora Roberts Writing Institute

Hagerstown, MD—Hagerstown Community College will hold its Second Annual Nora Roberts Writing Institute (NRWI) in August 2014 on the main campus of HCC.

Named after local resident and international bestselling author Nora Roberts, NRWI is a summer writing retreat geared towards beginning and aspiring fiction writers looking to enhance their writing skills through workshops and breakout sessions taught by bestselling authors, college faculty, and public relations professionals.

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

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

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

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


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Eight Week Health and Wellness Program Offered Free by Hagerstown Seventh-day Adventist Church

Hagerstown, MD – Hagerstown Seventh-day Adventist Church is offering a free eight week Health and Wellness Program every Sunday, March 16 – May 4, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., 11507 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown, MD 21742.

The program, CREATION Health, is a user-friendly approach to taking charge of your own health and wellness.  Using eight universal principles of whole person health, this successful program was developed by the Florida Hospital System, which is part of a world-wide health care institution with a global wellness mission.  Massive landmark studies have proven its effectiveness. These studies, in which more than 150,000 people from around the world participated, were funded by the National Institutes of Health, World Health Organization and the National Cancer Institute among others.

Each session will begin with a free healthy brunch followed by a health seminar by Rick Christman, who is the Director of the Chesapeake Region of Autumn House. He previously worked as a wellness coach and trainer for Humana and as wellness consultant for LiveHealthy.  Christman holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of South Florida and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). He is passionate about empowering people of all ages to enjoy living a healthy lifestyle.

According to program literature, this interactive health seminar will inspire you to make life changing choices. “The whole family can come and enjoy healthy food, fun activities and learn more about healthy living,” says Christman.

Brunch and seminar materials will be provided free of charge.  Pre-register online at http://www.Creation4YourHealth.org and click on the “Registration Hagerstown” link.  You may also register by calling 301-733-4411 or onsite. Donations are welcome.

Hagerstown Seventh-day Adventist Church is a member of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.


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Museum Opens For Season With Historical Readings And Annual Meeting

Berkeley Springs, WV - The Museum of the Berkeley Springs opens for its 30th season on March 15 at 11am. The main activity for the day is the traditional reading from the writings of George Washington about Berkeley Springs and the region done by authors John Douglas and Jeanne Mozier. “Fact, Fiction and Legend” is the focus of the talk this year. “We’ll be drawing some lines and debunking a few points about Washington,” said Mozier. The talk begins at 2pm.

Following the talk at 3:30pm, members of the Museum hold their annual meeting to elect board members. “Only members can vote,” explained Mozier who serves as Museum President, “but we’ll be happy to have anyone join on Saturday so they can participate.” Nominated for the board are John Douglas, Constance Dowrick, Carolyn Hills, Sandy Kaye and Jean Kiel Thatcher. Serving for another year are Beth Curtin, Theresa De Souza, EJ Fischer, Betty Lou Harmison, Jeanne Mozier and Jill Klein Rone.

Other business on the Museum agenda includes introducing the new Executive Director, Beth Rowland.

Rowland is a history scholar with a degree from the College of William & Mary and a particular interest in the 18th century.

“I grew up on a farm near George Washington’s homeplace,” said Rowland. “I felt a strong bond with both Berkeley Springs and the Museum as soon as I moved here.” She relocated in 2012 with her husband, Tim, a popular author, columnist and Morgan County native.

Rowland served the Museum as treasurer for the past 18 months and organized the successful series of West Virginia Statehood lectures held there last August. She currently writes for several regional publications as well as for America’s Civil War magazine. Her company, Black Walnut Corner Book production, produces high quality books of fiction and nonfiction, especially history.

Also on the annual meeting agenda are presentations on upcoming activities. Rowland has outlined goals including opening the expanded geology exhibit as well as upgrading a permanent exhibit of Sketches of Porte Crayon. Other goals include increasing the Museum’s membership base and developing more activities such as lectures at the Museum and activities in local schools, as well as incorporating new technologies into the telling of the Museum’s story.

If you are not yet an “official” member of the Museum (meaning you did NOT receive a postcard invitation in the mail) please join now. Members are the lifeblood of the Museum. Membership forms are available on the website: http://www.museumoftheberkeleysprings.com or you can contact Rowland by email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or phone—304-258-9220. We invite you to explore the Museum on its extensive website and stay up to the minute on activities by “liking” the Museum of the Berkeley Springs Facebook page.

Museum hours are Saturday and Sunday 11am to 4pm through Memorial Day when more days are added to the schedule. The Museum is located on the second floor of the historic Roman Bath House in Berkeley Springs State Park.


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Winner to be announced for Jefferson County author competition

Charles Town, WV….The winner of the 2013 Charles and Wilhelmina O’Connor Author Competition will be announced at a reception on Tuesday, March 18 at 6 p.m. at the Charles Town Library’s Perry Room.

The competition was open to anyone who resided in Jefferson County, West Virginia or was a member of the Jefferson County Historical Society, had not ever published a book before, and was in the final stages of writing a non-fiction or fiction book, play or children’s book about the history of Jefferson County.

The contest winner will receive a professionally published book, an e-book published by Infinity Publishing in Conshohocken, PA (O’Connor’s publisher) and marketing materials for the promotion of their book. The competition is held in cooperation with the Jefferson County (WV) Historical Society. The winning package, worth nearly $1000, is funded by Bob O’Connor Books.

According to local author Bob O’Connor, the competition honors his parents who are both deceased. “My mother and father were huge supporters of my writing from elementary school on. This is a way for me to keep their legacy alive.”

The author said he wanted to encourage potential authors to submit. “I am trying to find writers who may not know how to get their writings published. Often they find publishing much harder than actually writing a book.”

The author and two of his siblings who live in other parts of the country plus a member of the Jefferson County Historical Society Board of Directors judged the competition. Manuscripts were be sent to the judges without the author’s name to insure impartiality.

The competition is in its third year. The judges have the option each year of not picking any project if they do not feel the manuscript is worthy of their acceptance. This is the first year a winner was chosen. The winner of the competition will be allowed a whole year to complete his or her project prior to having it published.

O’Connor himself has published ten books. He has been named Finalist for four national book awards competition by the Indie Excellence Awards and USA Book News since 2006.


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C&O Canal Trust Award for Canal Quarters Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Canal Quarters, an innovative program that preserves and provides public use of historic lockkeepers’ houses along the 184.5-mile Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Canal, received the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation’s (ACHP) Chairman’s Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation in a Capitol Hill ceremony today. The Canal Quarters program was created and operates through a partnership with the C&O Canal National Historical Park and the non-profit C&O Canal Trust. “It is remarkable that a project that was conceived only six years ago and began with a pilot project now has provided educational overnight stays for 10,000 people at six restored canal keeper’s houses along one of America’s original routes west,” said ACHP Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA. “This creates a model for other historic properties in public stewardship.”

The program, which began in 2009 and has shown an increase in users each year, to date has restored six historic lockkeepers’ houses along the canal towpath. They are available for overnight stays that provide immersive interpretive experiences for the public. The lockhouses, whose origins date back 170 years, are interpreted to present different periods in the life and history of the canal, including its operation from 1820 to 1924, as well as efforts for its preservation through the 1950s. The innovative program both restores and puts to appropriate contemporary use important historic properties. The park receives about 5 million users annually, many of them hikers and bikers, and the restored lockhouses are made available to the public through the Canal Quarters program.

“The Canal Quarters program demonstrates how a public–private partnership can work to preserve our nation’s treasures,” said Mike Nardolilli, President of the C&O Canal Trust. The Chairman’s Award, whose purpose is to highlight exemplary accomplishments in historic preservation that can serve as models for others to emulate, was presented at the winter business meeting of the ACHP in the Kennedy Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Office Building. Donaldson presented the award to National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, Nardolilli and Kevin Brandt, Superintendent of the C&O Canal National Historical Park, on behalf of their respective organizations. Among those attending were C&O Canal National Historical Park staff, volunteers and board members of the C&O Canal Trust who volunteer their time to make the program work, and Department of the Interior officials. To learn more about the Canal Quarters program, please visit http://www.canaltrust.org/quarters/. To learn more about the C&O Canal National Historical Park, please visit us here

About the C&O Canal Trust: The C&O Canal Trust is the official non-profit partner of the C&O Canal National Historical Park, and a 501(c)3 charitable organization. For more information about the Trust visit http://www.canaltrust.org.


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Counterfeit $100 Bills, Downtown Martinsburg

Received from Main Street Martinsburg:

We had been warned that a woman was purchasing a small item with a counterfeit $100.00 bill and receiving change for it last Thursday and Friday in downtown.  This happened last week at Healthy Smiles and the woman tried it there again this week.  Today, a local business had a woman ask for a small cost item and wanted to pay them with a $100.00 bill. 

We have been informed that the police are aware of this situation.


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Camp Cool Spring 2014

Isn’t CraftWorks the perfect setting for an unforgettable and magical summer day camp experience?  The CraftWorks’ landscape includes exciting nature trails, springs, the Cool Spring Marsh, the Bullskin Run stream and a beautifully designed studio building that is one of the most energy efficient in West Virginia.

We have recruited the finest and most experienced team of leaders.  Their combined experience is an amazing 127 years.  They are excited to deliver programs that inspire lifelong creativity and foster deep connections with the environment and community.  Our 17 camp offerings span a range from creating unique forms of art from nature, printmaking to performance art and forensic nature exploration to exploring your five senses.  Both beginners and intermediate campers will excel with personal attention to their unique needs.

We are passionately dedicated to combining a respect for art and nature in a supportive environment that encourages the building of community.  The CraftWorks’ values that imbue every activity include respect for the individual, support for their own unique creative vision, and the weaving together of art, nature and community.

Our camps are small and personal.  Minimum size is 5 campers.  Maximum is 10.  Your child will flourish in this special environment. Morning camp is held from 9am until noon and afternoon camp from 1 – 4 pm.  Morning camp is primarily for the 6 – 10 year old group and afternoons for our older group of 8 – 13 year olds.  One week is dedicated to the little ones with both morning and afternoon camps.  Kids attending both may stay over and bring a bag lunch.  Tuition is $95 per week plus a $10 materials fee.  Registration is open now until March 15th for CraftWorks members and partners so there’s an added incentive to becoming a a member right now!  Registration for non-members begins March 15th.

Parents – don’t feel left out.  Our trails are open, take a class or join a community.  Watch our e-mail newsletter for unique and wonderful opportunities.

CraftWorks is a community supported nonprofit committed to preserving a globally rare marsh and green space for future generations.

CAMP COOL SPRING FOR KIDS
SUMMER DAY CAMPS

REAL LIFE SHAPE-SHIFTERS & TRANSFORMERS - BUTTERFLIES AND FROGS!
June 16th - 20th -  Mornings - 9a/12p -  6-10 yr olds -  Leader:  Linda DeGraf

How do animals adapt to their environments? What apps do they employ to feed their hungers or maximize mobility? What mysterious changes occur in life cycles to transform animals from water lovers to land dwellers or crawlers to flyers? Explore fascinating creatures like butterflies and frogs, birds and turtles. Observe them in their own natural habitats at Craftworks as well as up close and personal. Create paintings, collages and accordion books, play survival games and board games, hear “why” stories and animal folktales.   
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ROCK YOUR WORLD!
June 16th - 20th -  Afternoons 1p/4p -  8 -13 yr olds -  Leader: Ron Armstrong

Do you know what minerals are in your toothpaste? Learn about fossils and the rock cycle, and use the tools of a geologist.  Go core sampling in a cupcake and hard rock mining in a chocolate chip cookie. We’ll also start our very own rock collection! Learn how to classify rocks and explore their patterns. Take a meteorite walk. Create your own Sands of Time, crystal shapes, sand-stone, and an exploding volcano. Do experiments about plate tectonics. See how geology rocks your world and affects plants, animals and people every day.    REGISTER!


FRIENDS, FUN AND FIBER!
June 23rd - 27th -  Mornings - 9a/12p -  6-10 yr olds
Leaders:  Amanda Groff & Emily Cumberland

Let’s explore weaving, making dream-catchers, “painting” with felted wool, silkscreen printing t-shirts, and creating hand-dyed fabric patches to decorate clothing and backpacks.  You’ll be creating artworks from all sorts of fibers like yarn, materials we discover in nature, dyed wool and fabric.  Let your creativity explode in this exciting adventure with fiber.   
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MAKING AWESOME IMPRESSIONS!
June 23rd - 27th -  Afternoons 1p/4p -  8 -13 yr olds   Leader:  Judy Chesley

Experiment with ways to create a design once and make many copies or prints.  It’s absolutely amazing what you can use to create multiple images.  There’s chalk, crayons, objects from nature, cardboard, and even vegetables.  You might even invent your own way to make prints.  If you’re creative, innovative, and like to experiment, this camp is for you!   
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CHEF ACADEMY - SNACK ATTACK!
June 30th - July 3rd - Mornings - 9a/12p - 6-10 yr olds   Leader:  Margaret Smith

This is not your mother’s PB&J! Learn to prepare a variety of yummy munchies like granola bars, veggie nachos, roasted red pepper hummus with homemade pita chips, and more. Eat the fruit of your labors and surprise your family with newfound cooking skills. Make your first recipe book, learn and write a family lunch menu and take home freshly prepared treats to share with the family!   
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AUDUBON DISCOVERY CAMP: TALES IN THE WOODS!
Note: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a one-week full day camp at CraftWorks.
July 7th - 11th – Full Day -  9a – 3p - Tuition: $150 Current Members/Tuition with Membership $170
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Why does the rabbit have long ears?  Is the turtle Jabuti in the night sky?  How did Rainbow Crow get his black feathers?  Spend this week creating your own drama and puppet productions of myths and stories about animals as well as exploring nature at CraftWorks!  There will be plenty of time for other games and crafts during the day as well.


WILD & WONDERFUL CREATIVITY!
July 14th - 18th -  Mornings - 9a/12p -  6-10 yr olds   Leader:  Amanda Groff

Create outdoor paintings, found/recycled object mosaics, papier mache and clay sculptures, and prints using sticks and leaves we find on our daily exploration. We’ll explore how famous artists used nature as their inspiration and find out what we can learn from them.  The CraftWorks trails present the perfect canvas for our fun and creativity. 
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COMING TO OUR SENSES!
July 14th - 18th -  Afternoons 1p/4p -  6-10 yr olds   Leader:  Anna Schlar

We’ll use our senses to explore, investigate, and appreciate the world around us.  This class will focus on one sense a day to explore the natural, scientific, artistic, and culinary world around us. We will investigate how the senses work together and in isolation. From creating a sound map to identifying common smells, and creating art from music, this class will expand and develop the senses we so often take for granted. Students will help shape the course of this class with questions and guided investigations.   
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IMAGINATION 3D!
July 21st - 25th -  Mornings - 9a/12p -  6-10 yr olds   Leader:  Emily Cumberland

There’s something magical about creating in 3D.  We’ll discover how to create with folded paper designs, bent wire figures, assemble found and recycled objects into crazy characters, build fantastical paper mache creatures and carve unique creations from humble soap.  We’ll enjoy watching our fellow artists do their own unique work and all the time we’ll be having fun in the beautiful CraftWorks studio.   
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CSI - WILDLIFE DETECTIVES!
July 21st - 25th -  Afternoons 1p/4p -  8 -13 yr olds   Leader:  Ron Armstrong

Come learn the tools, techniques and methods of a crime scene investigator in this hands-on forensic nature academy. Learn how to dust for fingerprints, search for trace evidence, and cast footprints - even animal tracks! Students will collect and analyze evidence to solve wildlife mysteries in this fun class.   
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ON WITH THE SHOW!
July 28th - Aug 1st - Mornings - 9a/12p - 6-10 yr olds   Leader:  Devan Whitacre

Do you have a dramatic flair?  Or do you wish you did?  Enjoy a fun first step into the exciting world of theater.  You’ll be immersed in all the roles from acting to directing, dialogue to miming, designing and making costumes.  Throughout the week a story will be chosen, prepared as a play, rehearsed and performed on the last day of camp.  Of course we’ll also get outside each day to hike the beautiful CraftWorks nature trails.   
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THE HILLS ARE ALIVE WITH SONG I!
July 28th - Aug 1st -  Afternoons 1p/4p -  8 -13 yr olds   Leader: Steve Warner

Nature has been the inspiration for thousands of songs. Just think of how many songs reference the sun and moon!  We’ll rely on the beautiful surroundings at CraftWorks to help tap into our creativity. Expect great things to happen. And it will…as you learn about song form, structure, lyric and melody in way that will empower you to write something special. Campers do not need any prior music skill or knowledge, just a willingness to express their ideas. Those who play instruments or sing are encouraged to share their talents with the class. We will explore types of songs and what makes certain ones so memorable. Participants will also have an opportunity to sample instruments for accompaniment…guitar, ukulele, mandolin, even a hand drum. We’ll also delve into the art of performing and touch on a bit of music theory. Our primary goal will be to write a song as a group and perform it for parents and guests on the last day of camp. The week will be somewhat tailored to the makeup of the group and we’ll have plenty of time for one on one mentoring. Our primary objective will be to have FUN.   
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JOIN THE STORYTELLING EXPRESS!!!
Aug 4th - 8th -  Mornings - 9a/12p -  6-10 yr olds   Leader: Devan Whitacre

Take a worldwide tour of different kinds of storytelling in the performing arts.  Campers will ‘take a trip’ to different cultures of the world to explore the wide array of traditions and history told through theater and the performing arts.  You’ll learn how to tell stories in many different ways leading up to a final performance featuring a storytelling tour around the world for parents.   
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THE HILLS ARE ALIVE WITH SONG II!
Aug 4th - 8th -  Afternoons 1p/4p -  8 -13 yr olds   Leader: Steve Warner

This camp is not only an extension for those that participated the previous week, but also an opportunity for new participants. We will cover much of the same material, but also work with individual campers to find their musical voice in song. The goal for returning campers will be to write their own songs…with a little help from their friends. Collaboration will be encouraged. There will be lots of time for one on one mentoring throughout the process. For all campers, we will still have a group project…writing and performing a song based on experiencing the beautiful hills, woods and creatures of CraftWorks. Hopefully several new songs will come out of the week and we can have both a group and individual performances for parents and guests on the last day of camp. Again, our primary objective will be to have FUN.   
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REAL LIFE SHAPE-SHIFTERS & TRANSFORMERS II -  TURTLES AND BIRDS!
Aug 11th - 15th -Mornings - 9a/12p -  6-10 yr olds   Leader: Linda Degraf

How do animals adapt to their environments? What apps do they employ to feed their hungers or maximize mobility? What mysterious changes occur in life cycles to transform animals from water lovers to land dwellers or crawlers to flyers? Explore the fascinating world of turtles and birds. Observe them in their own natural habitats at Craftworks as well as up close and personal. Create paintings, collages and accordion books, play survival games and board games, hear “why” stories and animal folktales.   
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AWESOME ART GIRLS CAMP
Aug 11th - 15th -  Afternoons 1p/4p -  8 - 11 year old girls   Leader: Beth Brent

Join the Awesome Art Girls Camp.  Do you have a deep interest in art?  Would you like more time to focus on creating and to explore different art forms? This camp is for you.  Every day has a new theme and a new way to create.  Guest artists will introduce you to various art experiences including journaling, basket making, polymer clay and book making.  They’ll also share insights into how art as a hobby or a business can enrich your life.  Meantime you’ll be making new friends and having a great time.   
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CHEF ACADEMY - SMALL PLATES
Aug 18th - 22nd Mornings - 9a/12p -  6-10 yr olds   Leader: Margaret Smith

Spanish and Italian tapas (small plates) are the RAGE!  Learn to make a variety of fun and healthy one bite wonders like Caprese salad on a stick, classic tomato bruschetta, sizzling garlic shrimp, stuffed peppers, and for dessert - strawberry shortcake.  Make a recipe book, learn and write a family dinner menu and take home freshly prepared treats to share with the family!   
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NATURAL BUILDING FOR A SUSTAINABLE EARTH: WHAT THE 3 LITTLE PIGS DIDN’T KNOW!
Aug 18th - 22nd -  Afternoons 1p/4p -  8 -13 yr olds   Leader: Linda DeGraf

What’s all the buzz about “green building”?  Find out what cats and lizards know about enjoying free creature comforts from the sun.  Explore how to build with straw bales, cordwood, and cob while learning about energy efficiency and beautiful natural homes for a healthy planet.  Foot stomping, mud mixing, strawbale tying, adobe brick making – we’ll experiment with it all!  We’ll also create a miniature village of model homes and invent stories for our little community.   
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David Bridges to Sign His Book, The Broken Circle, at Visitor Welcome Center in Hagerstown

Hagerstown, MD – Washington County resident David Bridges will be at the Downtown Hagerstown Visitors Welcome Center signing copies of his book The Broken Circle, Wednesday, March 12 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The Visitor Welcome Center is located at 6 N. Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD.

Bridges is the great, great nephew of the protagonist of the book, Dr. James Breathed of Hancock, Maryland. 150 years after the American Civil War, Bridges’ research brings to life the story of the young Maryland physician was forced to choose between healing the sick and prolonging life or fighting to support the South as a soldier in the Confederate Army. He chose to fight.

Bridges spent many years researching the era to produce The Broken Circle.  The characters are based on real people including Mollie Macgill, a woman who was romantically involved with Dr. Breathed and became a daring spy for the South.  The battles, locations and dates are all historically correct. Bridges accurately incorporates the detail of the battles, weapons, culture, clothes, the food, and the furniture of the Civil War period.

Dr. Breathed was born in Virginia but lived in the border state of Maryland, placing him in the midst of supporters of opposing sides. He chose to defend the Southern culture and became a major in the horse artillery under the command of J.E.B. Stuart.  He was a fearless fighter and a hero, but the war challenged his religious faith and his tolerance for the horror of the conflict. The story captures and depicts the impact of the war experience on the religious beliefs, values, ethics and love of family that were the bedrock principles of the Southern culture.

Bridges, a historian and avid participant in Civil War re-enactments, timed the release of The Broken Circle to a special event in October of 2013 in which Major James Breathed was posthumously awarded the Confederate Medal of Honor. Breathed is buried in Hancock, MD.

“We are pleased to give people the chance to meet a direct descendent of an important Civil War figure. Although Maryland was a divided state, in Washington County we don’t focus on in-depth stories of Confederate fighters from Maryland as often as we do those of the Union soldiers,” said Rachel Nichols, public relations specialist at the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau and a representative of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area. The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau holds several book signings each year, affording readers the opportunity to speak directly with authors.


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AHA! Sponsors Jefferson County Student Art Exhibit

Charles Town, WV – Join us to celebrate the creativity of Jefferson County students in a curated exhibit of artwork from students in all 14 schools on Sunday, March 16 from 2 - 4 pm in the AHA Fire Hall Gallery, 108 N. George St., Charles Town. The reception is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Arts & Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County (AHA!), the exhibit features three exceptional selections of student artwork from each Jefferson County art teacher.  Co-curated by all of Jefferson County Schools’ art teachers, the exhibit is organized by Robert Linde, art teacher, Charles Town Middle School and Judy Chesley, art teacher, South Elementary School.

For more information about the exhibit, contact:
Robert Linde, 304-535-1688, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or
Judy Chesley, 304-725-1242, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

AHA is a 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote the arts and humanities in Jefferson County.  For information, visit the website at http://www.ahajc.org or like us on Facebook.


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League Community Service Award to Hospice of the Panhandle

Kearneysville, WV - The League of Women Voters of Jefferson County presented its fourth annual Community Service Award to Hospice of the Panhandle at a small ceremony Feb. 26.

Hospice of the Panhandle, a 34-year-old not-for-profit agency, has helped those with serious, life-limiting illnesses manage their pain and symptoms in the comfort of their own homes. The agency serves Berkeley, Hampshire, Jefferson and Morgan counties. Within the next two weeks, a new 14-bed inpatient unit will open on the 19-acre Hospice campus located on the Berkeley-Jefferson County line, just off of old Route 9 This will enable the organization to offer a new level of service to the four-county community.

The League applauds Hospice for its many years of service to serious ill residents of the four-county area and their families and friends.

“We are pleased to present this award to Hospice,” said LWV president Debbie Royalty. “The care that they offer to patients and families during an extremely vulnerable time is truly remarkable and invaluable.”

The National League of Women Voters is known for Voters Services, but also actively supports services for families, especially those most in need. Hospice of the Panhandle’s mission and actions reinforce this goal.

Pictured in the presentation at the ceremony include, from left, the Rev. G.T. Schramm, Hospice of the Panhandle Board president, Debbie Royalty. League of Women Voters president, and Margaret Cogswell, Hospice of the Panhandle CEO.


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Dance Master Classes Scheduled for March

This spring, dancers in the eastern panhandle region of West Virginia are offered a special opportunity to enhance their experience, understanding and skills by participating in a two-day festival of master dance classes and a gala performance. A few openings remain and individual dancers are being invited to register for the classes, regardless of studio affiliation. Registration is available online at http://www.berkeleyartswv.org or by calling 304-620-7277 or emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to request a packet.

Dance Works is designed to make available great dance learning experiences in a local venue: the convenient Musselman High School complex. Beginning on Friday afternoon, March 21, and continuing on Saturday, visiting instructors will conduct classes designed for beginning and intermediate to advanced dancers ages 10 and up, in ballet, modern, jazz, and techniques for partnering. Contemporary dance styles and somatics are also being scheduled. Each student may attend up to five sessions, based on her level of dance experience and training.

With a focus on helping young dancers to develop a perspective on their lives in dance after high school, a panel discussion on dance education and other opportunities will also be part of the program.

On Saturday evening, a special festival performance at 7:00 p.m. will feature visiting guest performers. Local studios and companies will share their dance pieces with friends and neighbors. The public is invited. Tickets may be ordered online using the link on http://www.berkeleyartswv.org, or may be purchased at Musselman High on Saturday, March 22, from 1:00 pm until 6:30 pm.

Dance Works is a collaboration between the Berkeley Arts Council and members of the dance community in and around Berkeley County. The Arts Council is a nonprofit organization working to enhance the arts environment in our community.


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Call for Entries: “Photo14” Juried Photography Exhibit

The Berkeley Arts Council in Martinsburg, West Virginia announces “Photo14”, its 2014 Juried Photography Exhibit, to be displayed in the Berkeley Art Works Gallery, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. The exhibit will be on display May 22 – June 22, 2014. There will be a reception on Saturday, May 24, from 5-7pm.

The exhibit is open to all photographers without restriction to technique. Entries must have been created by the artist within the past three years and have not been exhibited in the Berkeley Art Works gallery.

The Juror for the exhibit is John Hoover, who is an Adjunct Professor of Photography at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland and a working freelance and assignment photographer specializing in portraits, travel, architectural and event photography.

The full prospectus and entry forms are available at http://www.berkeleyartswv.org/artworks/photo14/ or at the Berkeley Art Works Gallery, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg. For more information email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 304-620-7277.

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


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April 9 Deadline to Apply for Entrepreneurs’ Café Micro-Funding

Shepherdstown, WV - The next meeting of the Entrepreneurs’ Cafe will take place on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 in the Jefferson Room, White Hall, Princess Street, at Shepherd University.

Applications to be a presenter will be accepted through April 9, and are available at http://www.facebook.com/EntreprenuersCafeShepherdstownEasternPanhandle or by emailing David Rosen at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Entrepreneurs seeking help with strategizing their presentations can contact Sheila Vertino at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Attendance at the Entrepreneurs’ Café is open to all members of the community in the Eastern Panhandle area of W. Va.  At each Café, attendees pay $10 for a simple meal, and the opportunity to hear five business owners “pitch” their idea or project for funding.  At the end of the event, all attendees vote on their favorite project. The winning entrepreneur receives the proceeds from the purchase of meals, raffle tickets and sponsorships.  The host for the April 23 Café is Shepherd University, which is providing the food for the event.

Close to 60 people attended the February Entrepreneurs’ Café, co-sponsored by the Eastern Panhandle Entrepreneurs Forum.  The winner was Sarah Schottler, Blakeley Street Bakery,  a small, independent bakery begun in 2012 that bakes and decorates cookies – or as Schottler describes them, “edible little works of art” —for any occasion.

Limited sponsorship opportunities are available for 2014, by contacting David Rosen at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The Entrepreneurs’ Café program is part of a long-term plan to develop the entrepreneurial climate in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.

Photo: L-R, Entrepreneurs’ Cafe organizer David Rosen congratulates February presenters Tony Martirano, Tony M Music; Christy Jaeger, Fans of Southern Charm; Brian Tanguay, Tangy Produce; Sarah Schottler, Blakeley Street Bakery; and Daniel Hayes, The Garden of Urban. Schottler won the micro-grant for Blakeley Street Bakery.


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U.S. Air Force Heritage Ramblers To Present Free Jazz Concert In Williamsport, Maryland March 18

Williamsport, MD—The Town of Williamsport and Williamsport United Methodist Church are hosting a free concert of jazz music by the USAF Heritage Ramblers on Tuesday, March 18, 7:00p.m. at the Williamsport United Methodist Church, 25 East Church Street, Williamsport MD 21795.

The U.S. Air Force Heritage Ramblers, a part of the Heritage of America Band, was formed in 2010. Under the leadership of TSgt John Garcia, the group’s mission is to preserve and present the rich heritage of traditional jazz. With the music of such legends as Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Jack Teagarden and Bix Beiderbecke as their guide, Heritage Ramblers bring the New Orleans and Chicago styles of traditional jazz to life in each performance. In the tradition of musical excellence established by the Heritage of America Band, the Heritage Ramblers get toes tapping and hands clapping wherever they perform.

“We are extremely fortunate to have been able to secure such a renowned musical group, and at no cost, to our small town,” said Williamsport assistant mayor Joan Knode. Everyone attending can expect to enjoy a spirited concert, and colorful beads will be given to all who attend.

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


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Use Smartphones To Keep Eye On The Sky During Severe Weather

Free Apps, Cellphone Safety Tips Can Help People Prepare for Severe Weather Season

MARTINSBURG, W.Va.—As severe weather season approaches, more people continue to make a smart choice when sunny days turn stormy. According to Nielsen, 88 million iPhone and Android smartphone users accessed a weather app last June, and in a recent U.S. Cellular survey, half of smartphone users said they check current weather or forecasts on their phone at least once a day, with 95 percent saying they have checked it at least once a month.¹

“Whether at home or watching your child participate in a favorite outdoor activity, families use mobile devices to make their lives easier, more efficient and meaningful,” said Jack Brundige, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in the Mid-South Region. “During severe weather, smartphones and tablets such as the 4G LTE iPhone 5s and iPad Air provide quick access to a host of free apps. These devices also easily pull up websites and emergency information that can help keep you and your family safe and connected.”

In recognition of Severe Weather Awareness Week from March 2 to March 8 in West Virginia, U.S. Cellular suggests the following free apps and tips to help families prepare for thunderstorms, tornadoes or even snow:

Stay informed with apps: AccuWeather, MyRadar Weather Radar, The Weather Channel and WeatherBug are among the leading free apps available on iTunes and the Google Play store to help keep people ahead of storms. AccuWeather offers notifications for severe weather alerts across the United States. MyRadar Weather Radar displays animated weather radar around your current location. The Weather Channel offers past and future radar as well as severe weather bulletins. WeatherBug provides access to the world’s largest network of real-time weather and lightning sensors. This information is at your fingertips in a matter of seconds with a 4G LTE network/high-speed network.

Charge up: Make sure your phones are fully charged when you leave home or work so you have sufficient battery life when you need it. If driving, keep a car charger with you to recharge while on-the-go.

Have “ICE” (In Case of Emergency) contacts for your phone: Simply program “ICE” in front of a person’s name or title, such as “ICE Mom” or “ICE Dave,” to help first responders quickly contact these important people. Make sure the ICE contact knows about any medical conditions that could affect emergency treatment for an individual, such as allergies or current medication.

Text during high call volume: If phone service is impacted by a high volume of calls during a storm, try to send a text message. Text messages take up less bandwidth on the network than calls and may work when phone service is intermittent.


¹ Between November 15 - December 2, 2013, 500 nationally representative online interviews were conducted among smartphone users in partnership with Martiz Research.

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

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Contemporary School of the Arts & Gallery Offering Painting Classes for Adults and Home-schoolers

Hagerstown, MD – The Contemporary School of the Arts & Gallery, Inc. (CSAGI) at 4 W. Franklin Street, in downtown Hagerstown will offer Introduction to Landscape Painting classes throughout the month of March to adults and youth.

Each set of four classes is intended to be taken as a whole series, with each session building upon the last, although participants may choose to take single sessions.

  • Youth art classes are being held March 4, 11, 18 and 25, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Cost is $12/session. These are especially useful tools for home-schooled students.
  • Adult classes are scheduled for March 4, 11, 18 and 25, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Cost is $25/session, or $80 for all four sessions prepaid.

The classes are being taught by life-long Washington County resident Chris Shingler, a member of the Valley Art Association. He began oil painting in 2001 and credits his talent and inspiration to his faith and the love of his wife and three children.

Shingler said, “My technique is to teach basic drawing skills. Upon leaving any single session, the student artist will have a completed project to take home. Anyone can do this; there are no mistakes to be made.” CSAGI director Ron Lytle is excited to offer these classes to the community. He said this is a wonderful chance for even a novice to find their inner artist.

To pre-register for classes call the school at 301 -791 -6191 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Contemporary School of the Arts & Gallery, a member of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, strives to bring the community at large an environment in which the youth and citizens can be enriched by the art awareness experience.


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2014 Eastern Panhandle Home Show March 14 - 16

Find all the information and resources to start your home buying or home improvement project at the Eastern Panhandle Home Builders Association’s 19th Annual Home Show. The Home Show will take place on March 14-16 at Martinsburg Mall just off Interstate 81 in Martinsburg, West Virginia. 

There will be over 200 exhibitors with all types of products and services related to the home. From banks to builders to flooring to heating and air conditioning to windows to spas, it’s all at the Home Show.  Home Show Committee Chairman PJ Orsini says “This year’s show will be the most complete consumer showcase in the Eastern Panhandle by offering visitors a tremendous opportunity to compare the many home items and services available, plus learn about new innovations for building, remodeling, decorating and landscaping, some that are not to be found anywhere else but at the 19th Annual Home Show.  You will not find more local professionals & experts in one location anywhere in the area.

This year’s Home Show will also feature a number of events during the weekend including:

  • Silent auction with many great items for your bids
  • Lowe’s Build & Grow Clinic for kids on Saturday at 11:00 & 1:00.
  • Home Improvement Games to crown the best do-it-yourselfer in the area on Saturday from 3-5. 

Don’t miss this exciting, information-packed, community event on March 14-16 at Martinsburg Mall.  Admission is free. 

For more information go to http://www.ephomeshow.com or contact the Eastern Panhandle Home Builders Association at 304-267-4710.

 


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March Events at Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV

***NEW*** Asbury UMC to host 8 Week Men’s “Iron Men” Study Session
Beginning March 9 at 2:30 PM, Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV invites the men of our community to join us as we study a series entitled “Fight- are you willing to pick a fight with evil”.  This series is designed to equip men—in a devotional setting, to do spiritual battle with the enemy, which includes recognizing the deceptions about doing true spiritual battle, realizing the roles men play at the front lines.  There is no charge for this event and our facilities are handicapped accessible.  Please call 304-725-5513 or visit http://www.myasburychurch.org for more information.

***NEW*** Asbury UMC to Hold Special Unity Service
Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV invites our entire community to join us as we worship on Sunday March 30th with a special Unity Service.  This single service at 10 AM will have special music, readings and more.  Everyone is then invited to a time of fellowship afterwards at the Asbury Center.  Asbury UMC is handicapped accessible.  Please call 304-725-5513 or visit http://www.myasburychurch.org for more information.

Asbury UMC to hold 6 Week Lenten Bible Study
Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV invites our entire community to join Pastor Duane Jensen as he leads a six week Bible study titled ‘The Last Days of Jesus’.  We will begin on Thursday, March 6th at 6:00 p.m.  There is no charge for this event and our facilities are handicapped accessible.  Please call 304-725-5513 or visit http://www.myasburychurch.org for more information.

*** REVISED*** Asbury UMC Welcomes the New Crossroads Gospel Quartet
Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV will host the New Crossroads Quartet at our Spring Gospel Concert on Sunday, March 16th at 6:00 p.m.  The concert is open to the public and admission is free.  Refreshments will be served and there will be a free will offering to help the quartet offset their expenses. Asbury UMC is located at 110 West North Street in Charles Town WV and our facilities are handicapped accessible.  Please call 304-725-5513 or visit http://www.myasburychurch.org for more information.

Asbury UMC Children’s Movie Night
Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV will host a Children’s Movie Night at 6 PM on Saturday March 22rd.  Our film for the evening will be ‘Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’.  Parents are required to stay with their children and kids are encouraged to wear pajamas & to bring a blanket & pillow for comfort.  Snacks & drink will be provided.  There is no charge for the event and our facilities are handicapped accessible.  Please call 304-725-5513 or visit http://www.myasburychurch.org for more information.

South Jefferson Ministerial Association To Host ‘Walk Of Witness’
The South Jefferson Ministerial Association will host a ‘Walk Of Witness’ on April 18, 2014 at 10 a.m. (Good Friday).  We invite the community to join other Christians as we carry the cross to six stations in Charles Town for a selection of Bible readings, prayers & hymns.  Our journey begins on the front steps of Asbury United Methodist Church in Charles Town and concludes at Edge Hill Cemetery, symbolizing Jesus’ burial in the tomb.  Asbury UMC is located at 110 West North Street, Charles Town.  Please call 304-725-5513 or visit http://www.myasburychurch.org for more information.

Asbury UMC Hosts Secret Church Bible Study
Asbury UMC in Charles Town invites our community to an intense, one night Bible study entitled “Secret Church” on Good Friday, April 18th from 7 PM – 1 AM.  From the moment we wake up in the morning to the moment we lie down to sleep at night, how does Christ transform every single detail of our day?  The objective of Secret Church is not just to come and learn for one night but to take what we’ve learned and pass it along to others.  Secret Church is an intense 6 hour Bible study simulcast and its purpose is to teach those who have a passion to deeply know God through his word so that they may be better equipped to teach God’s Word and make disciples of all nations, and to receive a better understanding of the Church around the world.  Asbury UMC is located at 110 West North Street in Charles Town WV and our facilities are handicapped accessible.  Please call 304-725-5513 or visit http://www.myasburychurch.org for more information.

Asbury UMC to Host Easter Weekend Rise & Shine 5K and Kids’ Dash
Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV invites our community to participate in the 2nd Annual Rise & Shine 5K on Saturday, April 19th at 8 a.m.  The race begins and ends at Asbury in Charles Town and the race will route through historic Charles Town.  Pre-registration is available at http://www.myasburyfunruns.com and also on the morning of the event between 7:30-7:45 a.m.  All proceeds will benefit Meals On Wheels of Jefferson County.  Please call 304-725-5513 or visit http://www.myasburychurch.org for more information.

Asbury UMC Announces Holy Week Schedule
Asbury UMC in Charles Town WV invites our community to celebrate Holy Week & Easter Sunday with us.  Beginning on April 13th, Asbury has 3 Palm Sunday worship services at 8:30, 9:35 & 11:00 with uplifting music from our Children’s Shepherds Choir, our Adult Sanctuary Choir and selected arrangements by organist Jeff Nicely on our Peragallo Pipe Organ.  On Thursday April 17th, Asbury commemorates the Last Supper with our Maundy Thursday service at 7 PM.  On Friday April 18th, Asbury joins the South Jefferson Ministerial Association in the ‘Walk Of Witness’ at 10 AM and then at 7 PM, Asbury will hold an intense 6 hour Bible study simulcast titled “Secret Church”.  On Saturday April 19th, Asbury hosts the 2nd Annual Rise & Shine 5k at 8 AM in the Asbury Center.  Finally on April 20th - Easter Sunday - Asbury will begin the day with the Community Easter Sunrise Service at Jefferson Memorial Park followed by our traditional Easter Worship Services at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. and our Contemporary Easter Worship Service at 9:35.  For the Children, there will be an egg hunt on Palm Sunday at 9:30 and on Easter Sunday we will host a “Stations Of The Cross” learning event.  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 about any of our Holy Week & Easter calendar items.


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House Ignores Economy, Legal Climate For Political Games To Reward Personal Injury Lawyers

Charleston, W.Va. - West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (WV CALA) issued the following statement regarding House Bill 4490, also known as the Attorney General Ethics and Accountability Act, which passed the West Virginia House of Delegates yesterday.

“Instead of focusing on legislation that would jump start our economy and create jobs, improve our legal climate or keep our water safe, the West Virginia House of Delegates, which is led by greedy television advertising personal injury lawyers, made a top priority of passing House Bill 4490. This legislation will prevent Attorney General Patrick Morrisey from pursing many consumer protection violations. Instead, contingency fee outside attorneys hoping to reap millions from settlements, as we saw in the days of Attorney General Darrell McGraw, will represent the State of West Virginia,” said Greg Thomas, Executive Director of WVCALA.

Thomas concluded, “It is clear that House Bill 4490 is politically motivated and does not address the serious problems of the McGraw era with outside counsel attorneys making millions through backroom contingency fee agreements to represent the State of West Virginia. It seems the House of Delegates’ leaders allegiance is to greedy personal injury lawyers who fund their political campaigns. Meanwhile the U.S. Census Bureau says West Virginia has the lowest workforce participation rate in the entire country and last week we topped Gallup’s list of the most miserable states.”

Press release received from WV CALA - WV CALA is a nonprofit citizen watchdog group focused on a broad range of civil justice issues. Persons interested in more information can visit http://WVCALA.org.