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Tri-State briefs

January 12, 2012

U.S. Sen. Toomey to host jobs forum Friday at Letterkenny

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., will hold a jobs and economy town hall meeting at 9 a.m. Friday at Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg.

Attendees must present photo identification to gain entrance to the depot. Visitors should use Advantage Avenue to access the gate at the intersection with Wisconsin Avenue.

The town hall meeting will be held in the depot’s building No. 10 at 1 Overcash Drive.

Fundraisers set for Shepherd spring break project

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Shepherd University’s Office of Student Community Service and Service Learning is hosting two events to benefit Alternative Spring Break.

An all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast will be held Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Shepherdstown Community Club (War Memorial Building). Donations will be accepted in support of the group’s travel.

A Zumbathon will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Shepherdstown Community Club. Tickets cost $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Door prizes include Clinique, Lancome, and Estée Lauder products.

For the past decade, Alternative Spring Break has given Shepherd students an opportunity to serve both local communities and communities in other parts of the region and to connect with fellow students. This year’s trip will be held March 11-17.

Previous trips have taken students to Johns Island, S.C.; High Point, N.C.; Huntington, W.Va., and Bluefield, W.Va. Students have participated in construction projects with Habitat for Humanity, and worked in missions and community centers.

King activities planned at Eastern Panhandle center

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The United Way of the Eastern Panhandle’s Promise Neighborhood Initiative, in collaboration with Shepherd University, invites the public to participate in events marking the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday on Monday.

An open house with family and children activities will be held at the Sumner-Ramer Center at 515 W. Martin St. in Martinsburg from 2 to 4 p.m. followed by a community concert at 4:30. All events are free and open to the public.

The open house will showcase the history of the Ramer Center, which was the first black school in Berkeley County. The public can tour the center, view and learn about archive documents and talk with Sumner-Ramer Memorial School alumni. Activities will include making Valentines for members of the military, interactive reading sessions, obstacle courses, bike safety lessons led by law enforcement and photo booth pictures.

The community concert will begin at 4:30 in the gymnasium, and will showcase local talents, including a dance team from Destiny Baptist Church, the Berkeley County Strings Program, and children’s musician, Tony Martirano.

Horse collapses during Pa. Farm Show contest, dies

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Belgian draft horse named Mark died this week during a pulling competition at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

The 10-year-old horse died Tuesday after pulling a weighted sled with another horse.

The Pennsylvania Veterinary Laboratory performed a necropsy and toxicology screening, but results weren’t available yet.

A witness, Tiffany Plessinger, said that the horse was unhitched after a full pull, and he took two steps and fell over. Veterinarians went quickly to the horse, but another witness, Barb Montgomery, said the horse never got up and didn’t move.

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