Community Notes

Sports registration: Registration for spring baseball and softball season will be held at Charles Town Middle School Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Feb. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m.; Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Feb. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fees are $120 for the first child and $110 for each additional child. For questions and forms, go to

Farm nominees: Do you know someone interested in serving on a local USDA Farm Service Agency County Committee? Until Feb. 13, anyone may nominate a candidate to run for a vacant position on the local USDA Farm Service Agency County Committee. Nomination forms are available at Jefferson County FSA Office in Ranson. For more, call 304-725-3471, ext. 2.

Tax help for seniors: Free tax help will be available at the following locations: Ranson Senior Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays through April 13 by appointment only — call 304-725-4044; Ranson Civic Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays through April 14; and South Jefferson Public Library Thursdays through April 13 by appointment only — call 304-725-1043.

Diabetes prevention: Shenandoah Community Health Center offers the “Group Lifestyle Balance Diabetes Prevention Program” free to community members. This award-winning program teaches and supports long-lasting and manageable lifestyle changes to reduce the onset of Type 2 diabetes. Anyone 18 years or older can learn more about the program at an informational session at 6 p.m. Monday at Shenandoah Community Health Center in Martinsburg. To register or to learn more about the program, call Vicki Rockwell at 304-263-4999, ext. 1024.

Volunteers needed: Good Shepherd Caregivers is recruiting volunteer drivers for critical transportation needs and members of churches willing to serve as part of a care team for an individual in need. Persons interested should call 304-876-3325 or email

Art needed: Deadline for entries for the third-annual Art and Earth Juried Exhibit sponsored by the Berkeley Arts Council and The Redbrick Gallery in Martinsburg is Feb. 19. For details, call 304-596-0873 or email

Beekeeping: The West Virginia Eastern Panhandle Beekeepers Association is accepting registration for its 2013 beginner beekeepers course. Classes start at 7 p.m. Monday at the West Virginia Fruit Research and Education Center in Kearneysville. The fee is $70. For beekeepers who have completed the beginners course or have at least two years’ beekeeping experience, a three-week advanced class begins Saturday. More details and registration forms, go to or call 540-247-2482.

Victorian art: Steam at Harpers Ferry is looking for artists to submit work for selection for its next exhibit, “Big Top Steam,” starting Feb. 23. For more information, email

Low-cost vet service: Spay Today offers reduced-cost spay and neuter program for dogs and cats. To find vets and more information, go to or call 304-728-8330.

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