Community Notes

Blood drives: American Red Cross blood drives will be held at the following locations in August: Leetown United Methodist Church, Kearneysville, Aug. 24 from 2 to 7 p.m.; Best Buy, 276 Retail Commons Pkwy, Martinsburg, Aug. 27 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Shepherdstown Fire Hall, Aug. 27 from 2 to 7 p.m.; Fellowship Bible Church, Shenandoah Junction on Aug. 30 from 1 to 7 p.m.; Wal-Mart, Charles Town on Aug. 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and City Hospital on Aug. 31 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sign up on-line at

Engagement announced: Bradley and Ann Wilt, of Harpers Ferry, announce the engagement of their daughter, Brittany Ann, to Robert “Bobby” Lanham Jr., son of Robert Lanham, of Charles Town and Sandy Lanham, of Kearneysville. Wilt is a 2010 graduate of Jefferson High and is currently studying nursing at Shepherd University. Lanham is a 2010 graduate of Jefferson High and is currently studying education at Shepherd University. A July 2013 wedding in Charles Town is planned.

Audubon Wee Naturalists program announced: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society’s Wee Naturalists program is returning after a break for the summer. The program is designed to provide regular opportunities for children ages 3 to 5 to explore nature. Each session will last from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Dates for this fall’s sessions are Aug. 23; Sept. 17 and 18; Oct. 15 and 16; Nov. 12 and 13; and Dec. 3 and 4. To ensure that everyone receives close attention, enrollment will be limited and pre-registration is required. On-line registration is available at The fee is $5 per child/adult team per session. For questions, call 301-432-1908 or email

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. To receive the free trees, 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

Social Security office moving: The Social Security office located at 400 Foxcroft Ave., Ste. 102 in Martinsburg will relocate to 14 Compass Pointe in Martinsburg. Business operations at the Foxcroft Avenue location will end after closing at 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 17. Office hours at the new location will remain the same. Directions to new office: From I-81 exit 16, travel approximately 0.6 miles on WV Route 9 East (Edwin W. Miller Blvd) to Lutz Ave. Turn right on Lutz Ave. and travel approximately 0.2 miles to 14 Compass Pointe, first building past law offices of Crawford & Keller. From downtown Martinsburg, travel on N. Queen St. (Edwin Miller Boulevard). Continue approximately one mile and turn left onto Lutz Ave. Travel approximately 0.2 miles to 14 Compass Pointe on your right, first building past law offices of Crawford & Keller.

Low cost veterinarian service offered: 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 more information, 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 that wish to register can contact Cynthia Hull at 304-260-4380, ext. 2405.

New art grant program announced: Building and expanding arts opportunities for Berkeley County residents is the goal of the new grant program being announced by the Berkeley Arts Council. Submissions for the first application cycle are due by Sept. 17. Applicants must be residents of, or operate from facilities within, Berkeley County. More details and an application package are available on the Berkeley Arts Council website, Email questions to, or call 304-262-1611.

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: 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.

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