Community Notes

Jefferson Memorial Park roundup: The Jefferson Junior USTA tennis tournament was held on June 26 — 27. Local players earning singles trophies were: first place — Grant Davis, Roula Hammer; second place — Carter Davis, Caroline Diehl; third place — Cullen Irving, Carter Davis, Bryce Turney, Lloyd Tracy; fourth place — Cole gore, Isabella Nichols; fifth place — Nathaniel Perry. Winning doubles trophies were: first place — Grant Davis and Carter Davis, Kaleb Lochnor and Devan Geib; second place — Bradley Diehl and Bryce Turney, Cole Gore and Lloyd Tracy, Carter Davis and Owen Hamilton; most valuable player award — Grant Davis; sportsmanship awards — Isabella Nichols, Cullen Irving.

Local resident graduates from Randolph-Macon: Charles Kesner, of Charles Town, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in german with a minor in education from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va. Kesner is the son of Catherine Kesner, of Charles Town.

Jurand graduates from Lawrence University: Diana Jurand, the daughter of Dr. Joseph Jurand and Dr. Robin DePietro-Jurand, of Shenandoah Junction, was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre arts June 10 from Lawrence University at the college’s 163rd commencement. Jurand is a 2008 graduate of Saint Maria Goretti High School, Hagerstown.

Shepherd professor receives NASA grant: Dr. Jeffrey R. Groff, assistant professor of physics in the Institute of Environmental and Physical Sciences, received an $8,152 grant from the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium for his project, “Physical Computing: An Introductory Course in Electronics and Microcontroller Programming.” Groff said that the money will be used to purchase electronics equipment for the physics laboratory including oscilloscopes, multimeters, and digital/analog training boards.

Grams graduates from Notre Dame of Maryland: Notre Dame of Maryland University held a commencement ceremony on May 26 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Robin Grams, of Ranson, was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus addressed the graduating class.

Local teacher to participate in national educational program: Sonya Shockey, a teacher at Hedgesville High School, has been selected from a pool of more than 300 applicants to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute for the week of July 9 — 13. During the five-day program, participants work with library education specialists and subject-matter experts to learn effective practices for using primary sources in the classroom, while exploring some of the millions of digitized historical artifacts and documents available on the library’s website. This session will also include instruction on using primary sources from the World Digital Library website, established by the Library of Congress, endorsed by UNESCO and launched online at in 2009. The site contains cultural materials from all 193 countries in UNESCO with expert commentary in seven languages.

New children’s nature education program: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is introducing a new nature-education program for children that will be held one weekend day each month throughout the year. The program, called “Outdoor Explore!,” is for children ages 6 to 9. It is intended to give them a better understanding and appreciation of the natural world in a safe, supervised way, through hiking, exploration of different local habitats, plant and animal identification, and other natural science activities. Enrollment will be strictly limited to ensure that all children receive personal attention. Each month will focus on a different theme that is appropriate to the time of year and the habitat of the chosen location. Additional sessions will be offered each month, generally on the second Saturday. The cost for each program will be $5 per child. Complete information and online registration is available at or contact 304-676-8739 or email

Local artists’ exhibit: The Shepherd University Scarborough Library is hosting an art exhibit as part of the 250th anniversary of Shepherdstown. The exhibit, titled Friday Painters, will be on display through August 30 in the Scarborough Library reading room. For questions, contact Mike Austin at 304-876-0598 or

Library announces summer hours: The Shepherdstown Library is pleased to announce that throughout the summer it will be open on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Every Friday will still be a fine-free day. The library will also be open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For questions, call 304-876-2783 or email or

Jefferson County Council on Aging bus trips: The Jefferson County Council on Aging and Jefferson Capital Tours will be offering bus trips throughout the year. Trips offered include: Philadelphia City Tour — July 12; Pennsylvania Opry: Remembering Elvis — August 15; Cape May, N.J. — Sept. 4 and 5; Inner Harbor Gospel Cruise — Oct. 13; Antietam Cowboy Christmas Show — Nov. 14; Christmas in Williamsburg, Va. — Dec. 5 and 6. For questions or to register, contact Chasidy Rosa-Morales at 304-725-4045 or stop by JCCOA, 103 West 5th Avenue, Ranson.

Low cost veterinarian service offered: Do you have a dog or cat that needs to be spayed or neutered? Spay Today is the area’s reduced-cost spay and neuter program. At the time of surgery, initial shots and tests can also be obtained at lower rates. To find vets and more information, go to or call 304-728-8330.

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