Community Notes

Apple Harvest: Today is the deadline for artists and craft persons to submit application to take part in the Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival, Oct. 20 and 21. The juried show will be held in the historic B&O Railroad Roundhouse complex in downtown Martinsburg. For details or an application, email or call Linda Snyder at 304-754-8015.

Low-cost vet service: Spay Today is the area’s reduced-cost spay and neuter program for dogs and cats. At the time of surgery, initial shots and tests can also be obtained at lower rates. To find vets and details, go to or call 304-728-8330.

Animal care training: A new training program begins in September for students interested in providing animal care. The Animal Care Nursing Assistant program is a non-credit, 150-hour training program preparing students to work with domestic animals. The training is ideal for students with a desire to work alongside a licensed veterinary technician. Students must be 18 years of age and be able to lift 40-50 pounds from the floor to the table. More information can be obtained on Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. at the Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Technology Center, Martinsburg. Students who wish to register can call Cynthia Hull at 304-260-4380, Ext. 2405.

Jefferson Memorial Park roundup: The summer children’s trophy tennis tournament was held Aug. 6 to 8 with 133 entries. Singles champions were Gaby Smith, Madison Vickers, Ava Roth, Kylie Kershner, Dori Sanders, MacKenzie Littleton (2), Chet Gore, Austin Young, Aiden Turney, Bryce Turney (2) and Austin Thomas (2). Singles runner-ups were Ella Miller, Madison Fincham, Brenna Patterson, Madison Chen, Sarah Leonguerrero, Dori Sanders, Jordan Welch, Kristian Robinson, Nathan Perry, Cole Gore, Ethan Gottlieb, Bradley Diehl and Cullen Irving (2).

Doubles champions were Ava Roth-Anna Ours, Madison Chen-Dori Sanders, Bryce Turney-Ethan Gottlieb, Lloyd Tracy-Cole Gore, Dori Sanders-Stone Sanders, Austin Thomas-Cullen Irving, MacKenzie Littleton-Trenton Littleton. Doubles runner-ups were: Grace Lochnor-Caroline Diehl, Leah Chen-Alyza Hoover, Bradley Diehl-Stone Sanders, David Rogombe-Michael Henriquez, Kylie Kershener-Bradley Diehl, Trenton Littleton-Kaleb Lochnor and Dori Sanders-Kaleb Lochnor. Champions and runners-up will get trophy awards on Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. at the park tennis pavilion.

Free trees: Those who join the Arbor Day Foundation in August will receive 10 free white flowering dogwood trees through the Foundation’s Trees for America campaign. The trees will be shipped at the correct time for planting in each member’s area, between Oct. 15 and Dec. 10. The trees are guaranteed to grow or replaced free of charge. Send a $10 membership contribution to Ten Dogwoods, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410 by Aug. 31 or join online at

Blood drives: Sign up on-line at for these American Red Cross blood drives coming up in Jefferson County: Leetown United Methodist Church, Kearneysville, Aug. 24 from 2 to 7 p.m.; Shepherdstown Fire Hall, Aug. 27 from 2 to 7 p.m. ; Fellowship Bible Church, Shenandoah Junction, Aug. 30 from 1 to 7 p.m. ; and Wal-Mart, Charles Town Aug. 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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