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A ‘Main Street’ for Charles Town?

CHARLES TOWN – Leaders with the Discover Downtown Charles Town group spent part of Thursday morning working with a consultant on the possibility of bringing a Main Street organization here.

Main Street Martinsburg last weekend scored big with its appearance by West Virginia sports legend Jerry West at the city’s first chocolate celebration/book festival.

Cities who become nationally certified Main Street communities qualify for help in low-interest loans as well as specialized technical advice in areas such as retention and recruitment, market analysis, fundraising, vision and strategic planning and property development.

Main Street West Virginia dates to 1988 and today has 12 certified communities throughout the state.

Discover Downtown’s mission is to preserve, promote and enhance the physical, social, cultural and economic vitality of Charles Town’s historic downtown center. Those interested may email organizers at

Entrepreneurs gather Thursday

CHARLES TOWN – Helping keep employees healthy will be the focus at this month’s Eastern Panhandle Entrepreneurs Forum, happening here Thursday. Business leaders as well as interested citizens are invited to attend the free gathering.

The evening at The Inn at Charles Town at 100 Hollywood Drive begins with a networking hour at 5:30 p.m. Those who attend can view displays from the EPEF’s business sponsors and enjoy refreshments.

The program, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., this month comes from John Amorelli of Berkeley Springs-based Corporate Wellness Services.

Organizers say Amorelli will demonstrate his on-site seated massage program and detail how regular chair massages can boost workers’ well-being and productivity.

Other businesses and non-profits slated to have displays on Thursday include Sustainable Solutions International Marketing, Community Alternatives to Violence, the Historic McFarland House, HBS-Tax Services, the offices of the West Virginia Attorney General, PrePaid Legal Services, Cell-Page Communications and Kaim Collins Gallery.

Cyber safety the focus

of Friday workshop

MARTINSBURG – Blue Ridge Community and Technical College will offer a free Homeland and Cyber Security Workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.

The workshop, at the school’s Technology Center at 5550 Winchester Ave. in Martinsburg, is sponsored by Verizon. Speakers will address hacking, cyber threats, social engineering, facial recognition software and other topics.

For details on the workshop, call Michelle Morrison at 304-260-4380, Ext. 3329.

For more on Blue Ridge and its programs, call 304-260-4380 or go to

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