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A tasteful community event

April 11, 2002|BY KATE COLEMAN

katec@herald-mail.com

Jefferson County restaurants are cooking up a Taste of the Town for Sunday afternoon in Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

Kati Kutcher, owner of The Charles Washington Inn in Charles Town, W.Va., got involved "just because it's the right thing to do for the community," she says.

The Charles Washington Inn is one of six restaurants donating time, skill and food fare to help the Jefferson County Chapter of the American Red Cross.

The food-tasting event runs from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the KOA banquet hall in Harpers Ferry. The Jefferson County High School jazz band will provide music.

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This is the first time such an event has been held to benefit the Jefferson County chapter of the Red Cross, which is a United Way agency, says Katherine Dunbar, the chapter's executive director.

The Red Cross chapter office, in the Bardane Health Center at 44-2 Wiltshire Road in Kearneysville, W.Va., provides a broad spectrum of aid - blood services, disaster relief, and health and safety programs.

The Jefferson County chapter provides lifeguarding classes as well as a free two-week swimming class. Dunbar is pleased that the chapter has its baby-sitting class in all three county junior high schools. The teachers are Red Cross-certified instructors. The chapter also is working to get its BAT program to all county fourth-graders, Dunbar says. BAT, Basic Aid Training, teaches kids how to handle themselves in an emergency, she explains. The chapter always needs volunteers and certified instructors for its programs.

Another Red Cross service, provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week, is aid to military families. The "hidden service" furnishes verification of a death or family emergency so a Jefferson County resident in military service can come home, Dunbar says.

Sandy Sponaugle, a member of the chapter's board of directors, is chairing the event. She says she's involved because of her respect for the organization. The Red Cross provides immediate assistance to families - for example, paying for hotel lodging for fire victims while they figure out what they're going to do.

"Unless you've been there, you don't think about that," she says.

Taste of the Town also is a wonderful way for area eateries to let the community know about their offerings.

Kutcher considers it a good opportunity. The Charles Washington Inn's Mike and Sean Deblois - co-executive chefs - are looking forward to preparing a few of their specialties. Shrimp and Scallop Fettuccine - seafood and pasta in a tomato Alfredo sauce - will be cooked on-site on portable gas burners.

If you go ...

Jefferson County Taste of the Town

Sunday, April 14, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

KOA Campground

U.S. 340, next to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Visitor Center

Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

Tickets cost $20, and are available at Jefferson County Chapter of the American Red Cross, 1-304-725-5015; and at branches of Bank of Charles Town, BB&T and Jefferson Security Bank.

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