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August 08, 2006

Historical society picnic set for Wednesday

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The annual Jefferson County Historical Society picnic will be Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Millbrook, a historic home at 1517 Bilmyer Mill Road, west of Shepherdstown, W.Va.

The home was established by the Bilmyer family in the 1700s and now is owned by Mr. and Mrs. Henry W. Morrow.

The picnic is free for members of the Society, but those wishing to join the group are invited to attend and pay the $15-per-family annual fee, which includes the picnic; four issues of the Guardian (the Society's quarterly newsletter); the 2006 Annual Report (which will contain several articles about Jefferson County's history); and admission to two other membership meetings during the year, to which guest speakers are invited.

Membership applications will be available at the picnic and are available at

Those attending should bring a covered dish with serving utensils and their own beverages. If you would like to bring guests or prospective members, bring extra food contributions.


Fried chicken, barbecue, lemonade, plates and tableware will be provided.

For more information, call Curt Mason at 304-724-7008 or send e-mail to

Martinsburg subdivision hosting block party

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Villages at Washington Trails, a new subdivision off W.Va. 9 and Shockey Memorial Boulevard near the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, is hosting a block party Saturday at noon to introduce the new community to local businesses and West Virginia's government officials. The rain date is Sunday, Aug. 13.

Games and music will be available throughout the afternoon within the community on Adad Way.

For more information, call Linda Smith at 301-721-2252 during the day; 304-260-5795 in the evening; or by e-mail at

Retreat for Peace planned in Warfordsburg

WARFORDSBURG, Pa. - An international Retreat for Peace will be held Wednesday, Aug. 16, to Monday, Aug. 21, at 1212 Haven Lane on the Farm of Peace in Warfordsburg.

Shaykh Muhammad Said al-Jamal ar-Rafa' I as-Shadhuli, head of the Higher Sufi Council in Jerusalem, will teach about the Real Islam and bring a message of peace, love, mercy, justice and freedom.

There is no charge to attend, but donations to cover the cost of the food provided at the retreat will be accepted.

Register by calling 1-702-217-4363.

Symposium part of Niagara Movement centennial

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - A symposium titled "The Niagara Movement and the Dawning of the Twentieth Century Civil Rights" will be held Wednesday, Aug. 16, to Friday, Aug. 18, at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

The symposium is part of the centennial commemoration of the Niagara Movement, the first major civil-rights organization of the 20th century and the forerunner of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The 100th-anniversary celebration runs from Thursday, Aug. 17, to Sunday, Aug. 20, in Harpers Ferry.

The symposium will feature speakers David Levering Lewis, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner; Y. Du Bois Irvin, granddaughter of W.E.B. Du Bois, founder of the Niagara Movement; and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, a Harvard University professor. There also will be a dramatic presentation highlighting the life of Niagara member J.R. Clifford, an evening tour of the park, interpretive exhibits and book displays.

For more information, call 304-535-6298 or go to

Chief election judges sought

FREDERICK, Md. - Frederick County's Board of Elections is seeking individuals to serve as chief election judges at polling places on Primary Election Day, Sept. 12, and General Election Day, Nov. 7.

In accordance with the Election Code, chief judges must be registered voters. They must be able to speak, read and write the English language, and while acting as a judge must not hold or be a candidate for public or party office.

The chief judge is the presiding official in the polling place. Other judges also are needed for other positions. Training will be provided to all judges; chief judges are compensated $120 for both training and election day work, and all other judges are paid $110.

To apply or for more information, call 301-694-1006.

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