Community Notes

Art classes scheduled: The Berkeley Arts Council will offer classes beginning in January for adults and young people age 14 and up. Evening courses include pottery/handbuilding, introduction to oil painting, jewelry design, and introduction to watercolor painting. A daytime class offers art exploration for homeschoolers ages 12 to 18. Registration for each series of six two-hour classes is first come, first served and is open now through the website or in person at the Holiday Art and Craft Market at 115 S. Queen St. in Martinsburg. Payment of $75 per person, per class may be by cash, check or credit card. The pottery class takes place at the War Memorial Pool Building on Monday evenings. Other classes will take place in the Berkeley 2000 building at Lambert Recreation Center. Class descriptions and more information are available at or by calling 304-262-1611.

Ghost tours available: Holiday Ghost Tours of historic Frederick are available every Saturday through December beginning at 7:15 p.m. All tours depart from Brewer’s Alley Restaurant and Brewery, 124 N. Market St. Tours costs $10 for adults, $8 for active military and seniors and $5 for children 7 through 12. No reservations are required, except for groups of eight or more. For questions, call 301-668-8922 or go to

Writer competition: The deadline for the annual Charles and Wilhelmina O’Connor Author Competition is Dec. 31. The competition is open to anyone who resides in Jefferson County or is a member of the Jefferson County Historical Society, has not ever published a book before, and is in the final stages of writing a non-fiction or fiction book, play or children’s book about the history of Jefferson County. The contest offers the winner a professionally published book, an e-book and marketing materials for the promotion of their book. The winning entry will be announced at the end of March 2013. All rules and criteria for submission to the competition may be found on the Jefferson County Historical Society website at

Beekeeping classes available: The West Virginia Eastern Panhandle Beekeepers Association is now accepting registration for its 2013 beginner beekeepers course. Classes will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. every Monday starting Feb. 4 at the West Virginia Fruit Research and Education Center in Kearneysville. Classes end March 11. The course fee is $70. For beekeepers who have completed the beginners course or have at least two years beekeeping experience, a three week advanced class will be offered. These classes will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb 2, 9 and 16. More information and registration forms for classes are available at or by calling 540-247-2482.

Superstorm Sandy relief: The Berkeley County Emergency Ambulance Authority is asking residents to help victims of Superstorm Sandy by donating items in need. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 7. For questions concerning items needed and drop off locations, contact Mary Gump at 304-707-5300.

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

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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