PANHANDLE NEWS IN BRIEF

Business seminar happens today

CHARLES TOWN – Charles Town banker Joshua Householder will speak this morning as the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce holds another of its business seminars.

Householder, a vice president and commercial loan officer who has worked at Bank of Charles Town since 2004, is set to talk on “Finance Tips to Success” starting at 9 a.m. at the Quality Hotel & Conference Center, 4328 William L. Wilson Freeway in Harpers Ferry.

To reserve a seat or get details on this talk or other business seminars planned for March and April with Darla Gaige of Growth Media Services and Sandy Sponaugle of Platinum PR, contact the chamber by phone at 304-725-2055 or via email at info@jeffersoncocountywvchamber.org by the chamber and Blue Ridge Community and Technical College.

‘Spirit’ nominations deadline today

CHARLES TOWN –Officials with the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation are seeking nominees for their “Unsung Heroes” award through today.

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 EWVCF.org or call 304-264-0353.

Chili, craft deadlines near

MIDDLEWAY – Chili experts have until this weekend 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 Saturday.

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.

Scholarships info. available online

MARTINSBURG – Officials with the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation say high school seniors may apply online or by mail for more than 50 scholarships from $500 to $5,000 each. The deadline to submit applications comes March 1.

The foundation’s new software allows students to upload letters of reference, transcripts, essays and more. “We have worked hard to make the transition to electronic applications as seamless as possible,” said Amy Pancake, the non-profit’s scholarship coordinator.

The awards will be announced May 15 at the Donor Reception and Scholarship Recognition Ceremony at the Purple Iris in Martinsburg. This year’s event will be held the evening of May 15.

Details may be found at EWVCF.org. The foundation was founded in 1995 and serves Jefferson, Berkeley, Morgan, Hampshire and Hardy counties.

Play festival deadline March 1

CHARLES TOWN – Playwrights hoping to see their works staged here this summer as part of the Old Opera House’s annual New Play Festival have until March 1 to postmark their submissions.

The three-day festival, which begins June 21, will showcase outstanding one-act plays. Playwrights also win a cash prize.

Only previously unpublished, nonmusical works are eligible. Other details on the competition along with an entry form can be found at oldoperahouse.org.

Free running clinics continue

MARTINSBURG – Nationally known distance runner and family physician Mark Cucuzzella will offer another free running clinic March 1 at The Wellness Center at City Hospital.

Cucuzzella, founder and organizer of Freedom’s Run and the Two Rivers Heritage Half Marathon, offers the sessions to promote proper form, prevent injuries and to help runners improve performance.

The clinics, geared to runners of all levels, happen on the first Friday of each month. A 4 p.m. session covers training tips, stability, mobility and strength. The 5 p.m. workshop is focused on running form.

Anyone may attend one or both, but pre-registration is required. Those interested may call 304-264-1287, ext. 31814 or email ddejarnett@cityhospital.org.

For information on group runs and other ongoing clinics, visit the Freedom’s Run headquarters website at trtreads.org, the same site Cucuzzella uses for his Shepherdstown running gear retail shop, Two Rivers Treads.

– Compiled by Christine Miller Ford

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