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October 03, 2008

Arbor Day poster contest under way in W.Va.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Officials at the Division of Forestry are now accepting submissions for the 2009 West Virginia Arbor Day Poster Contest. This year's theme is "Trees are Terrific . . . in Cities and Towns!" The contest is open to all public, private and home-schooled fifth-grade students in West Virginia.

The first-place poster will automatically be a finalist in the national competition, and the artist will receive a $100 U. S. Savings Bond from the West Virginia Forestry Association and have a tree planted in his or her honor at the school. The Oakland Foundation will provide a $500 grant for the purchase of art supplies that will be divided among the first-, second- and third-place winners' schools.

Interested teachers should contact Andy Sheetz, at andy.i.sheetz@wv.gov or 304-558-2788, for an activity packet that contains educational activities and the contest rules.

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The deadline for all contest submissions is March 2.

Only posters that meet the contest rules will be eligible for prizes.

North Berkeley Library buys book in honor of patron

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The staff of the North Berkeley Library has purchased a book in memory of Willis "Woody" Kump, a loyal patron of the library, who passed away in May. The book chosen was "Tribute," by Nora Roberts. Kump enjoyed the writings of Nora Roberts as well as the fact that she is a local author. He and his family have been longtime library supporters.

The library is a branch of the Martinsburg Berkeley Public Library and is in Ruritan Park on Broad Lane in Marlowe, W.Va. In late fall of this year, the library will move to a new location in Spring Mills. For more information, call 304-274-3443.

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