The regional nonprofit Two Rivers Giving Circle has awarded two grants to Jefferson County projects. The Halltown Historic Landmark Preservation received $2,500 to fund a historical assessment and comprehensive plan for restoration of the Halltown Memorial Chapel and its adjacent school building in Halltown. The chapel was built in 1901 by local African-American artisans and served the Jefferson County African-American community for more than 60 years. It was entered in the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

Charles Town’s Old Opera House Theater Company received a $1,090 grant to repair and restore the balcony staircase railing. The North George Street building, now a community theater and arts center, was constructed in 1911 and is also on the National Register of Historic Places. The balcony railing is one of the building’s few original design elements that still exits.

ON DISPLAY. A recently purchased U.S. Model 1805 flintlock pistol dated 1808, manufactured at the U.S. Armory in Harpers Ferry is on display at the Jefferson County Museum. This model was the first military handgun made at a national armory. Only about 300 are known to exist today.

The Harpers Ferry Armory produced more than 600,000 military firearms between 1803 and 1861, when Confederate forces seized the armory’s machinery and supplies and burned many of its buildings.

The museum purchased the pistol at an auction with donations from several community members and supporters.

Located at 200 East Washington St. in Charles Town, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from mid-March through mid-December. Admission is $4; children under 18, students, and Jefferson County residents are free. 

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BIRD WALKS. Potomac Valley Audubon Society will lead a free birding walk Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Cool Spring Preserve near Summit Point. For details or to register, visit

TEEN YULE BALL. The Shepherdstown Library’s teen reading program will conduct a Yule Ball on Dec. 18. Teens may dress as their favorite character from a book, and parents and siblings are invited to attend. For information, email the library’s youth services manager at  

CONCERT. This Friday, Shepherd University’s School of Music will present “Orpheus Explored,” a multidisciplinary concert featuring poetry, video and live performance in the genres of opera, music theater, art song and popular song. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Frank Arts Center Theater on the university’s campus.

 General admission is $15. Tickets can be purchased at

VETERAN’S DAY CELEBRATION. The American Legion Post 102 will host a Veterans Day Celebration at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the Ramer Center (formerly Ramer School) at 515 W. Martin Street in Martinsburg. The guest speaker will be Leonard Harris, a native of Martinsburg and curator of the Ramer Museum. All are welcome.  

RUN AND WALK EVENT. On Saturday, the Jefferson High School Cross Country Teams Booster Organization will host a 5K Color Run/Walk as a fundraiser at James Hite Park in Kearneysville. Register for the event at

RECYCLING FUNDRAISER. This Saturday, Berkeley Community Pride will conduct its bimonthly paper and cardboard recycling event from 8 a.m. to noon at Quad Graphics in Martinsburg. All clean paper and cardboard will be accepted. Quad Graphics is located on Caperton Blvd. The organization asks that all donors wear masks.

THANKSGIVING TREE. Leaves of thanks will displayed on Thanksgiving trees at the Charles Town Library. Children are invited to come to the library to draw or write about what they are thankful for this year. Their work will be placed on “leaves,” which will be displayed on Thanksgiving trees in the children’s section of the library.

 ART EXHIBITS. Local artist Diana Suttenfield will be exhibiting new paintings through Nov. 28 in the Fire Hall Gallery at 108 North Charles St. in Charles Town. The gallery’s hours are Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CONSUMER QUESTIONS. A consumer representative from the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office will be available to meet with citizens and answer questions on Tuesday at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Charles Town. Richard Dennis, a consumer outreach and compliance specialist, will be available in the old commission meeting room from 11 a.m. to noon. The courthouse is located at 100 E. Washington St.

For more information, contact Dennis at 304-539-6999.

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