Community Notes

Volunteers needed: Fundraiser volunteers are needed for the 19th annual haunted fairgrounds being held Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27. This event is sponsored by the Kiwanis and Country Roads Car Club, with money going to help the food pantry, Panhandle Free Clinic, fire and rescue organizations and Santa’s Toy Shop. Earn a school credit for community service. To volunteer, call 304-725-4141 or join the meeting today at 7 p.m. at Jefferson County Fairground building No. 3.


Historic preservation conference: Join the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia during its statewide historic preservation conference, and learn from the tradition of historic preservation throughout Jefferson County on Sept. 27 through 29. During the conference, attendees will explore some of Jefferson County’s historical places including several Washington Family Homes, the downtown Shepherdstown historic district and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. For questions on the schedule and fees for the conference, visit, email or call 304-345-6005.


Blood drive: Mountain Community Center will be hosting an American Red Cross blood drive on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. To be eligible to donate, you must be 17 years of age, meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and be in reasonably good health. A person can give every 56 days. To donate, bring a Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID. Sign up on-line at


RESA 8 offering firefighter course: RESA 8 will offer a 120 hour Firefighter 1 course starting Sept. 15 at 9 a.m. at the Friendship Fire Company in Harpers Ferry. The class will meet on evenings and weekends. Course fee is $25. The book is $65. To start a career in fire service, an individual must attend a Fire Fighter 1 classes. Applicants are encouraged to pre-register online at or by calling the RESA 8 office. For questions, contact Dave Plume by phone at 304-267-3595, ext. 112 or by e-mail


Professor of the year nominations needed: The Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia has announced that nomination forms for the 2012 Professor of the Year Award have been distributed throughout West Virginia. Professor of the Year nomination forms are also available online at Nominations must be postmarked no later than Nov. 2, to be eligible for consideration. For questions, contact Ken Sullivan at 304-346-8500.


Tree donations sought: Shepherdstown’s 250th Anniversary Committee is encouraging residents to celebrate the anniversary by donating trees to the town’s historic Elmwood Cemetery this fall. To donate a tree or learn more about the process, contact Richard Blue at the Cemetery at 304-725-2201 or Contributions to the Tree Fund can be sent to Tree Fund, Elmwood Cemetery Association, Inc. PO Box 561, Shepherdstown, WV 25443. The cemetery’s website is at


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.


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 Monday. 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: 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 W. Fifth Ave., Ranson.



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