Community Notes

Blood donations to help veterans: Area residents who donate blood through Nov. 30 can also participate in the Red Cross’s seventh annual Holiday Mail for Heroes Program. Through this program, the American Red Cross collects and distributes cards that send words of encouragement, gratitude and cheer to members of the U.S. Armed forces, veterans and their families. Local blood drives through Nov. 30 will feature cards for blood donors to sign. Following each blood drive, the Red Cross will collect the signed cards and work with Pitney Bowes Inc. to get the cards to their destination. Visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS for information on upcoming blood drives or to make a donation appointment.

Volunteers sought: The City of Ranson Convention & Visitors Bureau is currently accepting volunteer members. The CVB is charged with promoting tourism in Ranson and surrounding areas to visitors. Members come to the monthly meetings, give their input, and assist with different events that the CVB hosts throughout the year. For questions, contact Jessica Palencar at 304-724-3862 or email

Girl Scouts to meet: Girl Scout Troop 40835 will meet at Asbury United Methodist Church in Charles Town on Monday evenings. For questions, call 304-725-5513 or go to

Council on Aging bus trips: The Jefferson County Council on Aging and Jefferson Capital Tours is offering a bus trip to 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.

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.

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