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Cacapon Institute, through the Carla Hardy WV Project CommuniTree, has awarded 13 organizations with tree planting kits to organize community-based volunteer tree planting projects in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia in fall 2018.

Burn it down.
Maysville Volunteer Fire Company chief, Jeremy “Kris” Crites, commissioners Jeff Berg, Doug Swick and Phyllis Cole and MVFC president, Kyle Porter.

The Maysville Volunteer Fire Company recently invited Grant County Commissioners Jeff Berg, Doug Swick and Phyllis Cole to the firehouse to thank them for the monetary donation to the fire company.

The donated funds allowed MVFC to purchase seven sets of new fire gear, 12 pairs of extrication gloves, 12 pairs of fire fighting gloves and 12 Nomex hoods.

The new gear will allow MVFC to continue to serve the citizens of Maysville and the surrounding areas.

As the result of a required review and site visit by the West Virginia Board of Nursing, the WVU School of Nursing received final approval to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at West Virginia University’s (WVU) Potomac State College (PSC) campus.

The four year-academic program will be offered starting this fall.

“Receiving the final approval from the W.Va. Board of Nursing indicates our nursing program on the Keyser campus meets the highest approval standing,” said Tara Hulsey, dean of the School of Nursing and vice president of Health Promotion and Wellness, WVU. “Regardless of the WVU campus our nursing students attend, they can be confident knowing they will receive the same outstanding education and clinical instruction.”

“This approval from the W.Va. Board of Nursing was the final step before we open the doors to our new WVU School of Nursing,” said April Shapiro PhD, RN, BSN chairperson for the Keyser campus. “Receiving this endorsement is a reflection of the high-quality work our new nursing faculty and staff will provide our students.”

Nursing students will be part of a 24-student cohort with all classes for the four-year degree available on the Keyser campus.

Students will also have the benefit of learning in a state-of- the-art skills lab and simulation facility where they will practice patient care in a multitude of healthcare scenarios. Classrooms and laboratories will be located in a wing of the J. Edward Kelley Center.

“In bringing WVU’s BSN program to the Potomac State College campus, we are addressing the need in the region and the state for additional, highly qualified, and well-trained healthcare providers,” said Potomac State College President Jennifer Orlikoff. “We are looking forward to welcoming our first cohort of students into the program this coming fall and we anticipate that they will find every success.”

The curriculum in the first year includes classes in biological, physical, and social sciences as well as the humanities. Upon completion of all pre-requisite classes, students will take six semesters of clinical nursing classes, along with completing a rural clinical practice during their senior year.

Dr. Roxann Powers, MD, FACP and Dr. Omid Jalali, MD are board certified dermatologists of WVU Medicine that will serve GRMC’s new dermatology clinic.

As part of its growing regional partnership with WVU Medicine, Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) opened a dermatology clinic on its campus in Oakland, Md., that will provide comprehensive dermatological care for people of all ages. The clinic began seeing patients in early May.

The Potomac Highlands Beekeepers Association (PHBA) will meet Thursday, July 19, at 7pm, at the Bank of Romney Community Center, 165 E. Main Street, Romney (across the street from Sheetz).

All meetings are open to the public for those interested in learning about beekeeping, whether a beginner or an experienced beekeeper.

Conversation will focus on managing bees and preparing to keep them alive through the fall and winter, as well as planning for the annual picnic and participation in the Tri-County Fair, July 28 - Aug. 4.

The club will be raffling off a working established hive of bees and other items and the winner will be chosen at the club’s annual picnic Saturday, Aug. 18, at Brighton Park in Moorefield.

Raffle tickets are available at the meeting, from any club member, at the club’s table at the Tri-County Fair, or contact the club at the Potomac Highlands Beekeepers Association Facebook page.

For more information see the club website www.potomachighlandsbeekeepers.weebly.com.

The Grant County Public Service District will be holding a meeting Monday, July 23, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss a proposed water line extension.

The meeting will be held in the Grant County Courthouse, upper level courtroom, for potential customers in the areas of Knobley (Knobley/Green- land Gap intersection to Mineral County line) and Eston Carr/ Buckbee Hollow Road.

All interested in these areas are welcome to attend.

There are a lot of local joys that come with the warm weather, and one in particular is the opening of the Grant County Farmers’ Market located in the community parking lot next to the park in Petersburg.

The market attracts shoppers from all over the county and allows local growers and artisans to sell goods directly to their neighbors.

The market is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays starting at 8 a.m. Customers who visit will find an array of locally produced and sourced items, including fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs, quilted items, soaps and baked goods such as pepperoni rolls and zucchini bread.

For more information on the market, visit the Grant County Farmers Market on Facebook.

Farmers Market
Robin and Paul Kuykendall bag up a customer’s purchase last Saturday morning. The market is located at the back of the city parking lot near the pool and tennis courts.

OzHThe Lahmansville Step- Ahead 4-H club met on July 5 at the Forman Center. The meeting was called to order by vice president Marissa Earle in the absence of the president. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Josh Lahman. Cheyenne Earle led the 4-H Pledge. Jacob Halterman, treasurer, reported that both the Patterson Creek Ruritan Club and the Lahmansville CEOS Club gave donations to help with camp expenses.

Moorefield - “Junie B. Jones”; Keyser - “Footloose”


McCoy Theater presents “Junie B. Jones - The Musical”

It’s Junie B.’s first day of first grade, and a lot of things have changed for her. Junie’s friend, Lucille, doesn’t want to be her best pal anymore. On the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school.

Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament, and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and first grade has never been more exciting.

Cast includes: Sarah Imboden as Junie B. Jones, David Imboden, Brett Reel, Muryssa George, Isaac Cardot, Katie Groves, Eric Ringler, Alex McDonald, Faye Sherman and Missy Shockey.

The production is directed by Betty Stickley and produced by Susan Garrett.

Showtimes are: Friday, July 20, 7 p.m., Gala Night - Junie B’s Sugar Cookie Bash.

Saturday, July 21, Thursday, July 26, Friday, July 27, Satur- day, July 28 at 7 p.m.

Sundays, July 22 and 29, at 2 p.m.

The musical is based on the book series by Barbara Park.


Apple Alley Players present “Footloose” in Keyser

Tickets are now on sale for Apple Alley Players’ summer production of the popular dance musical “Footloose.”

Based on the 1980s movie starring Kevin Bacon and featuring music by Tom Snow, Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman, “Footloose” tells the story of Ren McCormack, a city teen who moves to a small community where the local pastor has declared a ban on dancing.

Local community theater favorite Jesse Wilson is portraying Ren, and another popular actor on the community stage, Kevin Shreve potrays the Rev. Shaw Moore. Haley Geiger portrays the object of Ren’s romantic attention - who just happens to be the reverend’s daughter.

The musical features several well-known songs, including “Let’s Hear It for the Boy,” “Holding Out for a Hero,” and of course, the title song “Footloose.”

Tommy Nester, who previously directed “Godspell Jr.” and “James and the Giant Peach” for Apple Alley, is returning to direct “Footloose.” He is joined by Melissa Tucker as musical director and Curtis Westfall as choreographer.

In a break from tradition, Apple Alley is presenting “Footloose” inside this year, with the Keyser High School theater to be home for the production.

The show is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 27-29 and Aug. 3-5, with Friday and Saturday curtain times at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets may now be ordered online at www.applealleyplayers.com. You may purchase the tickets through Paypal and they will be waiting on you at the door when you arrive.

Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.

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The following local resident received her degree from Western Governors University (WGU). The online, nonprofit university held its commencement ceremonies earlier this year to celebrate the recent graduation of more than 15,000 students from across the country.

Julie Colaw of Petersburg has received her Master of Science in Educational Leadership degree.

WGU has recognized 8,938 undergraduate and 6,734 graduate degree recipients, who have completed their degrees since Jan. 1. Their areas of study include business, K-12 education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing.

Deianara Black
Deianara Black

The West Virginia Center for the Book at the West Virginia Library Commission held the 2018 Letters About Literature awards ceremony at the state Culture Center, May 17. West Virginia students were honored at that time.

Deianara Black, a Petersburg High School student, received honors as one of the top 11 students in the state in her category - grades 9-12.

She is the daughter of Valerie Rohrbaugh of Petersburg. Her winning letter was to Joyce Meyer on “Battlefield of the Mind for Teens.” Black’s letter was published in the “2018 Letters About Literature” anthology.

Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing program and an affiliate of the National Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Students in grades 4-12 wrote letters to authors telling them how a book, poem or play by that author affected them personally.

This year, 678 students from West Virginia were among the more than 40,000 students nationwide, who wrote letters.

National screeners selected 62 of the state’s entries for state-level judging. Entries for state-level judging were selected on how well they met the required criteria of audience, purpose, grammatical conventions and originality.

More than 4,700 students qualified for the spring semester dean’s list on Ohio University’s Athens campus. In addition, more than 5,350 students graduated with bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degrees from the University.

Students must earn at least 3.5 grade point average for the semes- ter with a schedule of classes totaling at least 15 hours, 12 of which were taken for letter grades, to achieve this distinction.

On the dean’s list and graduating with a bachelor of arts degree was Tristan J. O’Malley, of Elkins, formerly of Petersburg.

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