Community Calendar


Lyme disease: The area’s Lyme disease support group meets from 6 to 8 at the Shepherdstown Train Station on Audrey Egle Drive. For details, email



“Meet the Author” program: A Berkeley County father whose toddler died in an accidental drowning will speak at the Charles Town Library at 2 p.m. about his new book.

Roger Kirby was inspired to write “Letters to Autumn” after his daughter Autumn, a triplet with two brothers, died April 8, 2001. The free 2 p.m. talk is part of the library’s “Meet the Author” program.

The library is located at 200 E. Washington St. For more information, call 304-725-2208.



Farm market: Shoppers can pick up local pasture-raised meats, eggs, milk, yogurt goat cheeses, jams, fresh-baked bread, pies, pastries and other goods at the Bolivar Heights Farmers Market on Washington Street near Harpers Ferry Middle School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through the winter.

For updates, connect with “Bolivar Heights Farmers Market” on Facebook.



Town meetings: As Republican Delegate Paul Espinosa prepares for his second legislative session, he plans to host a pair of hour-long town meetings to get input from Jefferson Countians.

Espinosa’s first forum begins at 7 p.m. Dec. 18 in the Blue Ridge Primary School cafeteria. A second starts at 10 a.m. in the meeting room of South Jefferson Public Library in Summit Point.

Said the lawmaker: “I look forward to the opportunity to visit with constituents and hear their perspective on issues that may be considered during the upcoming legislative session.”

The Legislature reconvenes Jan. 8.

Espinosa represents the 66th district, which includes Shannondale, Myerstown, Rippon, Summit Point, Middleway, Leetown, Kearneysville and Shenandoah Junction. To learn more about Espinosa, go to


Zoning meeting: Members of the Jefferson County Board of Zoning Appeals will meet next at 3 p.m. Dec. 18, not on Dec. 19 as first announced.

The meeting will be at 200 E. Washington St. in the Charles Town Library’s conference room.


Library holiday hours: The Charles Town Library has announced a change in hours as the holidays near.

The library at 200 E. Washington St. will be closed Dec. 22 to Dec. 25 and will open at 1 p.m. Dec. 26. The following week, the library will be closed Dec. 29 to Jan. 1 and will reopen at 1 p.m. Jan. 2. For more information, call the library at 304-725-2208.


Beekeeping opportunity: Local residents ages 12 to 17 interested in beekeeping may apply for a special deal being offered by the Eastern Panhandle Beekeepers Association through Jan. 1.

Three scholarships are available to Jefferson, Berkeley and Morgan county residents. Winners get free tuition to a beginner’s beekeeping course for themselves and two family members, two eight-frame hives with bees and queens, a beekeeper’s suit and gloves, a smoker, mentoring from an experienced beekeeper plus membership in the EPBA and the West Virginia Beekeepers.

The application may be found at For more information, contact Bob Speelman (540-247-2482 or Others interested in learning about beekeeping also will find details on upcoming classes at the EPBA site.


Master Naturalist deadline: Applications for the Potomac Valley Audubon Society’s Master Naturalist Program are due Jan. 14 for classes beginning in March.

Enrollment will be limited to 20. Tuition is $300; some scholarships will be available. Space in some individual classes will cost $30. To get details, go online to


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