Coming up

  • Officials from the Department of Transportation’s State Rail Authority will be in Charles Town this weekend for one in a series of statewide public information meetings on the future of rail travel.
  • Saturday’s meeting happens from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Charles Town Library at 200 E. Washington St. A formal presentation is scheduled for 6 p.m.
  • Other public hearings will be held in Beckley, Weirton, Morgantown and Moorefield. Residents also can weigh in by mailing comments before Aug. 23 to Cindy Butler, West Virginia State Rail Authority, 120 Water Plan Drive, Moorefield 26836.
  • An evening of cocktails, dining, live music and dancing Sept. 14 will benefit the Friends of Happy Retreat.
  • Only 125 tickets will be sold for the Harvest Ball, a fundraiser for the continuing effort to buy Happy Retreat, the home built in 1780 for Charles Washington, Charles Town’s founder and the youngest brother of the nation’s first president.
  • The event, happening from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., will include a buffet dinner and Big Band music from the Martinsburg Jazz Orchestra. Tickets cost $100 per person or $1,000 for a table for eight.
  • For details, go online to To reserve a seat, call 304-724-7956 before Sept. 6.

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