Community Notes


Dedication ceremony: The watersheds of Jefferson County will be in the spotlight Saturday during a dedication ceremony at Morgan’s Grove Park in Shepherdstown. State Sen. Herb Snyder, D-Jefferson, will oversee the event, which begins at 10 a.m. The ceremony will formally recognize those who helped create and place watershed signs in the county, including the Jefferson County Commissioners, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services, artist Roxanne Shields, Boy Scout Jacob Kubik, Jefferson Security Bank, the Shepherdstown Community Club, the city of Charles Town, Jefferson County Parks and Recreation, the Episcopal diocese of West Virginia and others. For details, contact Mary Sell at or go to the Jefferson County Water Advisory Committee’s website at

Children’s Day: Children’s Day at the Martinsburg Mall on Foxcroft Avenue happens 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. A joint production of Operation Tadpole and RESA 8, the free event offers a variety of fun activities for children to highlight the importance of early childhood development. For more information, contact Jane Lynch at 304-267-3595 or

Candidates forums: The non-partisan League of Women Voters of Jefferson County will host a pair of candidate forums next week ahead of the May 8 primary. The first happens at 7 p.m. Monday at the Lions Center, 308 S. George St., Charles Town. That forum will include those running for school board, county commission and sheriff.

Another forum, at 7 p.m. at the Shepherdstown Community Club’s War Memorial Building will focus on the races for the Legislature, prosecuting attorney and magistrate. Organizers say candidates will speak and take questions from the audience. The forums are free and open to the public.

If you have questions regarding the forums, contact Joan Ergin ( or Tina Burns (

Helping hungry schoolchildren: Caring Cupboard, a program that provides food baskets for struggling Shepherdstown elementary and middle school children on weekends, is requesting donations. Launched by Shepherdstown Lutheran Church and now endorsed by the Shepherdstown Ministerial Association, the program initially gave out four baskets each week at the start of the 2011-12 school year and now provides more than 70. Anyone may leave contributions or cans of soup, peanut butter, tuna and other non-perishable foods addressed to “Caring Cupboard” at Four Seasons Books at 116 W. German St., Shepherdstown. Any foods not included in local baskets will be delivered to the Jefferson County Food Bank. Send questions to

Poetry sought: Poets have until 5 p.m. April 6 to submit works that may be displayed during the Potomac Valley Audubon Society’s spring-themed Wildflower Festival. Poems may be dropped off at Four Seasons Books, 116 W. German St, in Shepherdstown, emailed or mailed to Poetry Walk, c/o PVAS, P.O. Box 578, Shepherdstown, WV 25443. The Wildflower Festival will happen April 14 at the Audubon Society’s Yankauer Nature Preserve, north of Shepherdstown. For more information, call the Audubon Society at 304-676-3397 or send an email to

Basketball signup: Boys and girls ages 4 to 18 must sign up by April 13 to take part in the Ranson Parks and Recreation and Jefferson County Parks and Recreation’s basketball league. The cost is $60 per child, with a discount for multiple youngsters from the same household. Register online at For more information, call 304-728-3207.

Help for “Coach Mike”: There’s still time to buy tickets to a cash bonanza to benefit Mike Grant, the assistant Washington High football coach who has been fighting cancer since late 2011. The April 14 fundraiser, to be held from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Ranson Civic Center, will offer $6,500 in cash prizes, including a grand prize of $2,500. Also planned: a silent auction, a mini cornhole tournament, a DJ and other fun. Each $50 ticket includes dinner for two and one chance for the cash drawing. Because the event will include gambling and beer sales, it is not kid-friendly. To buy tickets or drop off items for the silent auction, stop by Studio M, 132 W. Washington St., Charles Town; Jefferson Asphalt, 9390 Middleway Pike, Charles Town; or the Spirit of Jefferson, 210 N. George St., Charles Town. Direct questions to Ronda Lehman at 304-261-8070.

Spaghetti fundraiser: Martinsburg High’s Band Boosters will hold its third-annual Jazz/Spaghetti Night April 21 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the high school at 701 S. Queen St., Martinsburg. The night will include a silent auction, a regular auction, the spaghetti dinner, live jazz from students and more. For details, call 304-707-1812.

Celebrating Earth Day: Mark your calendar for April 28 and the fourth annual Panhandle Earth Day Celebration at Morgan’s Grove Park on the corner of Kearneysville Pike and Morgan Grove Road just outside of Shepherdstown. The family-friendly event, happening from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., is free to those who walk or bicycle to the park or $10 per car. The fun includes art, crafts, kids’ activities, demonstrations from environmental and conservation groups, vendors, a farmers market and more. Musicians performing will include Paul Pfau Trio, Acoustic Burgoo, Zion Hearts, Bob Keel & Chelsea McBee and Todd C. Walker. To donate time or money toward the event,call 304-702-2620. More information is available a

Blood drives: Donors may give blood every 56 days and the next opportunities to give blood in the Panhandle come Tuesday (from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Blue Ridge Community & Technical College, 315 W. Stephen St. in Martinsburg) and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 10 at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. For details, go to

Top pie: If you know someone whose pies can’t be beat, the West Virginia State Fair wants to hear from you by April 6. Anyone may nominate a friend, family member or neighbor at or by sending your name, address and phone number along with the nominee’s name, address, county and phone number to State Fair of West Virginia, P.O. Drawer 986, Lewisburg, WV 24901. The baker from each county who gets the most votes online will be invited to the fair’s bakeoff on Aug. 11. This year’s fair happens Aug. 10 to 18 in Lewsburg.

Spring Bash: The Appalachian Trail Community Spring Bash happens next weekend. The free annual event is open to the community. Put on by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the local Friends of the Appalachian Trail, the bash will include kids’ activities, food, a mini hike, the opportunity to win prizes and more. The event happens from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bolivar Community Center at 60 Panama St. in Harpers Ferry. For details on the bash, contact Claire Hobbs at or call 304-535-2200, Ext. 134. For information on the Friends of the Appalachian Trail, contact Laurie Potteiger at or Kweli Kitwana at

River cleanup: Volunteers are asked to come out from 9 a.m. to noon April 14 to clean up the shoreline of the Potomac River. The cleanup, to be held rain or shine, is being organized by the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and River and Trail Outfitters, BTI Whitewater and River . Trash bags will be provided, but volunteers should be prepared to get dirty. Long pants and work gloves are suggested attire. For details, email or call 304-535-5017.

Volunteers sought: YoungLives, which provides resources and support for young mothers, is looking for volunteers to provide childcare from 6 to 9 p.m. on the first, third and fourth Thursday of each month. Volunteers can help on just one Thursday a month or all three. Volunteers must be 18 or older and pass a background check paid for and completed by YoungLives. They will be helping with children ages newborn to age 3. YoungLives is also looking for mentors and committee members.

For details, contact Jill Bevins at or 304-919-1681.

Parenting help: The Eastern Panhandle Relatives as Parents Program invites grandparents or other relatives raising a child to take part in monthly support group meetings. The Berkeley County meeting is held the third Friday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Berkeley County Boys and Girls Club. The Jefferson County meetings are held the fourth Friday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jefferson County Boys and Girls Club.

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