Eastern Panhandle briefs

November 20, 2008

Roundhouse authority seeking new members

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The governing authority charged with overseeing the restoration and redevelopment of the B&O Roundhouse complex in Martinsburg is hoping to attract new members.

"We are not interested in people who just want to sit on the board and chitchat," Berkeley County Roundhouse Authority Chairman Clarence E. "CEM" Martin said recently.

Martin said individuals interested in joining the authority's board to help with grant writing and fundraising, or who have a general interest in the historic property, are encouraged to submit a letter of interest or rsum to Roundhouse Authority administrator Rosetta Chiofalo. Board members serve three-year terms.

Created through an act of the West Virginia Legislature in 1999, the Roundhouse Authority's mission is to rehabilitate the B&O complex, which survived the beginnings of the first national strike of rail workers in 1877. The original roundhouse complex built there little more than 10 years before the Civil War was burned by Confederate troops.


The complex was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2003.

For information about the Roundhouse Authority, call 304-260-4141 or send an e-mail to

Interactive exhibition on tap for Roundhouse

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - "Extended Image," an interactive exhibition to showcase the work of 17 Shepherd University students, will be Dec. 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the B&O Roundhouse complex in Martinsburg, organizers announced.

The exhibition will feature works of senior-level students majoring in photography/computer imagery at the college's Department of Contemporary Art and Theater, according to event spokesperson Kevin Rudisill.

The exhibition will explore ways that traditional forms of photography can be expanded to include video, sound, installation and performance.

For information, send an e-mail to Shepherd University assistant professor Stephanie Robbins at or go to

Berkeley County teacher wins honor from Wal-Mart

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Rebecca Winnette, a fifth-grade teacher at Potomack Intermediate School, was recognized Tuesday as the 2008 Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year for the company's Spring Mills location.

Winnette's award comes a year after Potomack Intermediate teacher Melissa Golliday was chosen by the company's Hagerstown Sam's Club store to be their 2007 Teacher of the Year winner, according to Berkeley County Schools spokesperson Leah Catlett.

Winnette was nominated by teachers and parents.

About a month ago, school officials learned that a faculty member would receive the Wal-Mart honor, which included a $1,000 award, officials said.

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