CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSES. A colonial Christmas open house will take place at the General Adam Stephen House in Martinsburg this Saturday and Sunday. The event is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. The house is located at 309 East John Street in Martinsburg.

BOOK TALK. On Saturday, Dec. 11, four book authors behind the pen name Lee Anne Post—Tara Bell, Catherine Baldau, Ginny Fite and K.P. Robbins—will discuss their new novel “Thoughts & Prayers” at Four Seasons Books in Shepherdstown. The free discussion takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. 

Published by Milford House, “Thoughts & Prayers” follows Lily Jeong, the unwitting accomplice in a school shooting who’ll say anything to evade detection as the devastated community, craving justice, hunts for her.

STORYTELLING. An online adult Speak Story Series event on Dec. 14 will feature Adam Booth. Part of a storytelling series by a Shepherdstown group, the event begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 but free for season ticket holders. For more information, visit

STORY TIMES. On Tuesday, Dec. 21, and Wednesday, Dec. 22, the Shepherdstown Library will host story times for children on the second floor of the War Memorial Building on East German Street. Toddler Time for children age 2 and 3 will begin on Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m. Readings for Pre-K Listeners for children age 4 and 5 will take place on Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. through Dec. 22. 

SHEPHERD SCHOLARSHIPS. The following Jefferson County students have been awarded privately funded scholarships from the Shepherd University Foundation.

Charles Town students:

• Riley Adams—The William E. (Ned) Moler Scholarship Endowment

• Meya Collings—Scott Beard and Alan Gibson Endowed Scholarship for Music and Nursing Students

• Tina Hess—Agnes Tabler Scholarship, Ken and Kitty Harbaugh Scholarship Cynthia Jimenez, The Shepherd Fund

• David Martinez—Burkhart Legacy Scholarship

• Emily McMoran—Rauch Family Endowed Scholarship for Fine Arts

• Charlotte Puttock—C. Brown and Hazel Hendricks Scholarship

• Caton Reynolds—Laura Reisz Dreitzler Scholarship Fund

• Maria Seaman—Henry W. Miller Scholarship

• Samuel Taylor—Ella M. Turner Expendable Scholarship, The William E. (Ned) Moler Scholarship Endowment

• Ruby Turner—Henry W. Miller Scholarship

• Chelsea Wells—Rubye Clyde McCormick Scholarship

• Vivienne Wells—Vera Malton Scholarship

Harpers Ferry students:

• Madeleine Absher—Louise Leonard Nelson Endowed Scholarship, The Shepherd Fund 

• Cody Ballenger—Merle J. and Josephine Saville Shultz Memorial Scholarship

• Caitlin Corcoran—David C. Eldridge Scholarship

• Sarah Dyer—Merle J. and Josephine Saville Shultz Memorial Scholarship, Alice W. Frank Memorial Scholarship, Foundation Music Scholarship

• Annalise Jackson—C. Brown and Hazel Hendricks Scholarship

• Crystal Liang—Austin J. Slater Jr. ‘76 and Carmen L. Slater Scholarship Fund

• Victoria Librizzi—Merle J. and Josephine Saville Shultz Memorial Scholarship

• Haven Leigh—Moler General Scholarship

• Brittany Marker—Jessie and Mary Hendrix Memorial Scholarship

• Charity Meyer—Nancy M. Dockeney Memorial Scholarship, Ralph & Margaret Burkhart Honors Scholarship

• Nicholas Olsen—Ralph and Margaret Burkhart Honors Scholarship

• Lorie Payne—Guy Frank Professor Emeritus Scholarship, Dr. Cornelia Hoch-Ligeti Memorial Fund, Olivia Pierce, The William E. (Ned) Moler Scholarship Endowment

• Madeleine Roche—Albert C. and Jeanne V. Nerhood Memorial Scholarship

• Isabella Sager—Nellie Gantt Owens Book Scholarship

Ranson students:

• Christiana Armstrong—Thomas M. and Sherry E. Lurry Scholarship Fund

• Kailey Moler—Bank of Charles Town Scholarship

• Amber Waldron—Golan M. Saufley and Virginia Rudasill Saufley Memorial

• Jullianna Yates—Carole Ergin Scholarship Fund

Shepherdstown students:

• Elaina Bailey—Ruth F. Brant Memorial Scholarship

• Kristina Kandalis—Shepherd University Classified Employees Scholarship

• Rebecca Kandalis—Shepherd University Classified Employees Scholarship

• Andrea Mitchell—Frances and Lucille Heflebower Memorial Scholarship

• Alexandra Whalen—Albert C. and Jeanne V. Nerhood Memorial Scholarship, Golan M. Saufley and Virginia Rudasill Saufley Memorial Scholarship

• Jarred Williams—Martha Smith Memorial Scholarship

Kearneysville students:

• Riley Bowles—Tiffany E. Lawrence, D.E.L. Scholarship

• Kaleigh Clemmons—Business Administration Scholarship

• Brandon Dolly—Leo Kesecker Scholarship, John Knipe Memorial Scholarship, Carl K. Rauch Endowed Scholarship for Science and Science Education, The Shepherd Fund

• Logan Hassler—Scott Beard and Alan Gibson Endowed Scholarship for Music and Nursing Students

• Rebecca Shadle—Batten Scholarship

• Amelia Smith—Ella May Turner Scholarship, Jack M. and Anna P. Widmyer Scholarship

• Kayla Welsh—Shepherd University Classified Employees Scholarship

• Amari Wooden—Burkhart General Scholarship, The William E. (Ned) Moler Scholarship Endowment

Summit Point students:

• Jacob Cross—G.D. Bragaw Scholarship in Memory of Robert and Joan Lux

• Cameron Mattei—Glen Lapp Endowed Excellence in Nursing Scholarship, Carl K Rauch Endowed Scholarship for Nursing

• Paris Sokel—Edmund Schley and Lelia Jeanette Moler Hoffmaster Scholarship

• Thomas Thompson—The Shepherd Fund

 WINTER SOLSTICE CAMPFIRES. On Tuesday, Dec. 21, the Potomac Valley Audubon Society will host two separate Winter Solstice campfire and night hikes at the Cool Spring Preserve outside Charles Town. This event will be held in two shifts, from 5 to 6 p.m. and from 6 to 7 p.m. The nature preserve is located at 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town.

The participating costs are $15 per car of participants for Audubon members and $20 per car for nonmembers. Registration is required at

HOLIDAY GIFTS. The Washington Street Artists Cooperative and the Jefferson Arts Council are making lots of various artistic gifts for the holidays, from paintings and photography to fabric crafts, jewelry, baskets and holiday decorations. The gallery’s hours through Dec. 27 will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays, Thursdays and Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

STATE BOARD APPOINTMENT. Stephen McPherson, adjunct faculty in the School of Education at Shepherd University accepted a state appointment to the West Virginia Department of Education’s Educator Preparation Program Review Board. He is one of six members of the state board to determine the acceptance or denial of changes in teacher preparation programs across the state. 

FEDERAL HEALTH CARE ENROLLMENT. On Thursday, representatives will be available for free, in-person to help people obtain federal Affordable Care Act health insurance coverage. An enrollment and re-enrollment assistance event will take place at the Holiday Inn located at 301 Foxcroft Ave. in Martinsburg. 

This event will be hosted by West Virginia Navigator, a federally funded nonprofit program. Appointments are not necessary—walk-ins will be taken from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

DONATING BLOOD. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expecting a severe flu season this year, and that could have a negative impact on the nation’s already struggling blood supply. The American Red Cross continues to address an emergency blood shortage, and donors of all blood types, especially those with Type O blood, are needed. Blood donations require appointments, however. 

To make an appointment, or for more information, visit

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