Community Notes

Job training for women: Step-Up for Women is currently taking applications. Step-Up for Women trains women in skill trades and prepares them for jobs in building and highway construction and union apprenticeships for free. The spring training is from April 22 to June 14 and will take place at the James Rumsey Technical Institute in Martinsburg. For more information, call Jennifer Wood at 304-754-9258 or go online to apply at

Nominate a senior citizen: The search is on for West Virginia’s outstanding senior volunteers. The Salute to Senior Service program, sponsored by Home Instead Inc., honors the contributions of adults 65 and older who volunteer at least 15 hours a month . Nominations are being accepted now through March 31. To complete and submit a nomination form online and to view the contest’s official rules, visit Completed nomination forms also can be mailed to Salute to Senior Service, P.O. Box 285, Bellevue, NE 68005.

Publishing class: Local author Bob O’Connor will teach a 10-week class called Publishing 101 from 6 to 8 p.m. starting Tuesday at Charles Town Middle School. The class will cover how to find a publisher, how to decide whether to publish a printed book or just an e-book and marketing. To register, contact the Jefferson County Board of Education Adult Education office at 304-728-9237 or 304-728-9224. Registration is $70.

Calling all campers: The Audubon Discovery Camp, a nature-oriented summer day camp for children in the Eastern Panhandle and Maryland, is now registering campers for its 2013 summer season. This year’s camp will span eight weeks from May 28 to July 19. Fees range from $50 to $200 per week. Full details about the camp can be found on the PVAS website at For more information, call 304-676-8739 or email

Birding 101: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is now accepting applications for a course for beginning birders. The evening classroom sessions will start on April 4 and will continue April 11, 18 and 25. All of these sessions will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center just north of Shepherdstown. Tuition is $75 and registration is required. Online registration and more information is available at

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