Community notes

Parade prep: With the end of Shepherdstown’s 250th anniversary celebration near, the celebration’s organizers are looking for participants for a Coming Home parade set for 3 p.m. on Nov. 11. Peter Smith, who is handling publicity for the 250 events, said the parade will include only descendants and representatives of the town’s historic families, those active in the town 100 or more years ago. To sign up or get details, contact Smith ( or 304-876-1139).


Beach house raffle: Who wouldn’t love a week-long North Carolina beach house vacation? Tickets for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Eastern Panhandle’s beach house raffle cost $20. Only 600 tickets will be sold, and the winning ticket will be drawn Nov. 11. The five-bedroom beach house is located on a private beach lot 15 miles north of Nags Head, and will be available in 2013. The newly remodeled home sleeps 12 and has four and a half baths. The house includes a private pool, hot tub, gas grill, beach chairs, crabbing gear, wireless Internet, dishwasher, microwave, ice maker, DVD library, toys, games and more. Checks may be sent to Big Brothers Big Sisters at 701 Wilson St. For details, contact Jeanne Flowers at 304-263-5522 or email


Adopt-a-Family interviews: Jefferson County Community Ministries will interview families for the Adopt-a-Family Christmas program at Asbury United Methodist Church in Charles Town. Interviews are scheduled for weekdays in October, with the exception of Oct. 8 during the following hours: Mondays: 9 a.m. to noon; Tuesdays: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.; Wednesdays: 9 a.m. to noon; Thursdays: 9 a.m. to noon and 5 to 8 p.m.; Fridays: 9 a.m. to noon. Families are requested to bring birth certificates for each member of the family, picture ID and proof of Jefferson County residency.


Breast cancer fundraiser: October brings the third-annual “Bras for a Cause” fundraiser. For every bra dropped off at a Fargo Insurance office, 50 cents will be donated to a local organization in support of breast cancer research. For questions, go to or call 304-267-4915.


Volunteers needed: Fundraiser volunteers are needed for the 19th-annual Haunted Fairgrounds coming up 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. To volunteer, call 304-725-4141.


Haunted Trail: The Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Commission is in need of volunteers for the annual Haunted Trail and haunted house event on Oct. 26. Those interested in helping should email Lauren Mumaw at


Tree donations: 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. P.O. Box 561, Shepherdstown WV 25443. The cemetery’s website is at


Bus trips: The Jefferson County Council on Aging and Jefferson Capital Tours has bus trips planned, including Inner Harbor Gospel Cruise (Oct. 13); Antietam Cowboy Christmas Show (Nov. 14); and 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, at 103 W. 5th Ave., Ranson.


Music registrations: KinderPraise, a music education ministry for children, is accepting registrations for fall classes. The fee is $30 for 10 weeks of classes, which includes all materials. For questions or to register, go to


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