Tri-State briefs

May 21, 2007

Wilson Equestrian Center accepting new students

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Wilson College Equestrian Center is accepting new students for its community riding program, which begins with registration/orientation sessions at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday in Hawthorne Arena behind Wilson's main campus. Lessons will begin the first week of June.

The riding program, which is open to students ages 8 and older with any level of experience, provides English riding lessons with an emphasis on balanced seat, according to Wilson Stable Manager Ellen Schroyer. She said students also will learn all aspects of horse care and handling.

This year, Wilson is offering 13 weeks of weekly group lessons for $400. Payments can be made in two installments, with the first due at registration. A $20 discount is being offered to participants who pay in full at registration. Wilson College students will receive a $10 discount and riders who bring their own horse will receive a $15 discount.


Lessons will be given on horses owned by Wilson College. Horses will be suitable for everyone from beginners through advanced jumpers, according to Schroyer. She said students participating in the community riding program will be eligible to compete in Wilson's horse shows.

The hour-long lessons will be held once a week in Hawthorne Arena and will be scheduled in the evenings and on Saturdays. Lessons are being taught by current and former Wilson instructors, including Judie Blessing, Sara Snyder, Emily Lecker and Billie Burgess.

For more information, call Schroyer at 717-860-9119, 717-262-2005 or send e-mail to

Harpers Ferry park receives grant for intern

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Harpers Ferry National Historical Park has been selected to receive a 2007 Junior Ranger Ambassadors Grant to support the hiring of a Student Conservation Association intern.

The intern, Christopher Sturgeon from the University of Indiana-Bloomington, will create a new Junior Ranger curriculum for the park.

The Junior Ranger Ambassadors Initiative, started in 2006, is made possible through the support of the National Park Foundation. The program engages children in age-appropriate activities that introduce them to the treasures of the national park system, allowing them to discover the significance of the parks and the importance of protecting them.

For more information about the National Park Foundation, go to

Jefferson County Chamber hosting awards banquet

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its 48th annual awards banquet Wednesday, June 27, at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Shepherdstown, W.Va. The social period will begin at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m.

During the event, new and expanded Chamber-member businesses in Jefferson County will be recognized. Those who own or manage a new or expanded business in the county and are a member of the Chamber of Commerce can contact the Chamber office at 304-725-2055 or send e-mail to to receive a form to fill out. Those who are not members but are interested in getting involved in the Chamber can go to

Among the recognitions being given will be the presentation of the Distinguished Citizen of Jefferson County award.

Tickets cost $27 per person and are available at the Chamber office, 29 Keyes Ferry Road, Suite 200 (the BB&T building) in Charles Town.

Lane of Burck Street being closed for house project

FREDERICK, Md. - The City of Frederick Engineering Department has issued a lane closure permit for the southbound lane of Burck Street between Madison and West South streets. This permit was issued to allow for the installation of water and sewer to a house under construction. This lane will be closed through Thursday, June 7, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Traffic will be directed by certified flaggers.

For more information, call Donnie Lawson, traffic engineering technician, at 301-600-3885 or send e-mail to

Frederick offices closed May 28

FREDERICK, Md. - The City of Frederick offices will be closed Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day. Offices will reopen at the regularly scheduled times on Tuesday, May 29.

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