Tri-State briefs

December 18, 2006

Wilson College to offer Spanish classes

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Wilson College will offer two levels of noncredit Spanish courses beginning in February. Both classes will emphasize speaking and listening skills for students professional development and personal enrichment.

· Basic Spanish I, which runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays from Feb. 7 through March 28, will cover Spanish fundamentals. Participants will learn how to say practical, common phrases, as well as how to ask questions in Spanish. They will also learn correct pronunciation. The course should enable students to have effective conversations with employees, co-workers and neighbors in the community. Cost is $112.

· Basic Spanish II, which will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays from Feb. 5 through March 29, is for students who have taken Basic Spanish I or who already have basic Spanish speaking skills. The course will increase students' knowledge of Spanish and confidence in speaking it. Cost is $224.


Both classes will be taught by Graciela Terrazas, a native of Lima, Peru, who has lived in Chambersburg for more than 30 years and has been teaching non-credit Spanish at Wilson for the past 10 years.

For more information or to register, contact Wilson's Office of Continuing Education at 800-421-4796 or 717-262-2025.

Frederick to host barnstorming tour

FREDERICK, Md. - The Frederick County Landmarks Foundation is inviting the public to visit and tour historic barns of the Middletown Valley on June 23.

Ten historic and unusual barns will be showcased in a one-day "barnstorming" tour to raise awareness of these important pieces of Americana that we are losing from the countryside at an alarming rate.

"Since the last historic sites survey in 1970, Frederick County has lost 324 barns because of changing farming practices and development," said Birch Hotz, Landmarks committee chairperson.

The tour will raise funds for Landmarks Foundation efforts to increase public awareness, create understanding, and inspire a passion for the historic barns of Frederick County and their heritage.

For more information about the Barnstorming Tour, call Birch Hotz at 293-2215. For more information about the foundation, call 301-668-6088 or e-mail

Jefferson Co. OKs farm conservation

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County Commission members on Dec. 7 approved two conservation easements which will save just less than 60 acres of farmland along Trough Road south of Shepherdstown, W.Va.

One parcel is 38.74 acres and the second is about 20 acres.

The sites are in an area where there has been an effort to preserve land where the Battle of Shepherdstown took place during the Civil War.

Owners of the parcels are being paid money in exchange for agreeing not to allow development on them.

The two conservation easements would bring the total amount of farmland saved in the county to 1,232 acres, said Commission member Jane Tabb.

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Commission will not meet the week of Christmas, according to a news release.

The regular meeting scheduled for Dec. 28 has been canceled.

The commission will meet again on Thursday, Jan. 4, at 9:30 a.m.

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