PanTran plans open house today

CHARLES TOWN – Jefferson County residents can check out PanTran firsthand today as the Eastern Panhandle Transit Authority hosts an open house.

Executive Director Cheryl Keyrouze says PanTran buses will pick up passengers at a number of locations, including the Jefferson County Courthouse.

The event, happening from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., will give the public the chance to ride PanTran for free; tour PanTran’s offices at 446 Novak Drive in Martinsburg; meet Keyrouze, bus drivers and other staff; and enjoy light refreshments.

Keyrouze notes that PanTran’s buses each month travel 27,000+ miles to deliver more than 14,000 passengers to jobs, shops, schools, medical centers the MARC train station and other destinations.

For more information, call PanTran at 304-263-0876.

Nominations sought

CHARLES TOWN – Officials with the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation

are seeking nominees for their “Unsung Heroes” award through Feb. 20.

Three winners – one each from Jefferson, Berkeley and Morgan counties – will be honored at the foundation’s biennial Spirit of the Panhandle Gala, “An Evening in Black & White and Red All Over,” April 12 in the Skyline Ballroom at the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.

The award honors those who contribute time and talent to local nonprofit organizations.

Each winner also will decide which charity gets a $5,000 endowment fund contributed

by the foundation’s Cornerstone Sponsors.

The foundation began in 1995 and the event dates to 2004. Dan VanBelleghem was the 2011 winner for his work with a number of Jefferson County charities.

To nominate an individual or a married couple, go to the foundation website at or call 304-264-0353.

Fire co. plans chili, craft event

MIDDLEWAY – Chili experts have until Feb. 23 to register for Middleway Volunteer Fire Co.’s chili cookoff.

Registration fee is $10 per chili entry or vendor table, and the deadline to register is Feb. 23.

Entries may be mailed to MVFC, P.O. Box 1, Summit Point 25446 and should include a check to cover the fee along with the entrant’s name, phone, email address and category (mild/traditional, hot/spicy, vegetarian or white).

Doors open at 4 p.m. on March 2 and entrants should bring their already-cooked chili as well as a list of the ingredients in the recipe. Tasting cups, spoons and napkins will be provided. A craft fair also will be set up.

Visitors may pay $5 to sample entries and vote on their favorites. For details, call Mike Mood at 304-582-0204 or find the fire company on Facebook.

Schools host digital learning

CHARLES TOWN — Jefferson County teachers will get the chance to showcase their classroom achievements with the schools’ participation today in Digital Learning Day, a national campaign intended to highlight practices that make learning more personalized and engaging for students.

“Jefferson County schools are at the forefront of innovative teaching and learning through digital media and technology,” said Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Susan Wall. “The tremendous growth of technology tools in our classrooms corresponds with the ever-increasing ability of our teachers to leverage these tools to successfully engage students in 21st-century learning.”

Wall said the digital learning achievements of the schools are led by teachers, with significant support provided by Jefferson County schools’ Curriculum and Instruction Department and the county’s Technology Resource Facilitator program.

Digital Learning Day is spearheaded by the Alliance for Excellent Education, which is led by former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise. For more information, visit For more information about the Alliance for Excellent Education, go to

– Compiled by Christine Miller Ford

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