W.Va. briefs

December 18, 2012

Free mulch offered to residents of Berkeley Co.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority is offering free mulch to Berkeley County residents during the holiday season.

Clint Hogbin, an official with the Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority, said the mulch giveaway is in appreciation for the community support the authority received in 2012.

The free mulch is available to county residents who participate in the county’s recycling program. It is available at either the Grapevine Road Recycling Center or the South Berkeley Recycling Center.


The free mulch offer is only available until Jan. 31. There is a limit of one pickup load per week.

The Grapevine Road Recycling Center and the South Berkeley Recycling Center are open every Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The program is closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Musselman High School to reopen today

INWOOD, W.Va. — Musselman High School will open as planned today, according to a Berkeley County Schools spokeswoman.

The high school in Inwood was closed Monday because of a water main break, but will reopen today at normal times for students and staff, Berkeley County Schools spokeswoman Leah Daniel said Monday.

Ames named to Shepherd post

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Christopher Ames, of Chestertown, Md., has been named vice president for academic affairs at Shepherd University. He will begin his duties in January.

Reporting to the university president and serving as a member of the executive staff, Ames will provide collaborative academic leadership and management for faculty, academic staff and students. He will supervise the deans of Shepherd’s four schools, graduate studies, library, and teaching and learning center.

Currently serving as the special assistant to the president of Washington College, Ames had served as the provost and dean of the college at Washington College for five years and as provost and senior vice president at Oglethorpe University for five years. Ames has taught at Stanford University and Agnes Scott College where he was the Charles A. Dana Professor of English.

Ames earned a Ph.D. in English literature from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree with special honors in the multidisciplinary liberal arts program at the University of Texas, Austin.

Trail volunteers needed

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. — The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is looking to fill 15 volunteer positions as Appalachian Trail Community Ambassadors.

These ambassadors will support the A.T. Community program and their designated communities with outreach, education, local projects, events and initiatives in 2013. Applications are being accepted through Thursday.

Launched in 2010, the A.T. Community program assists communities with local initiatives such as sustainable economic development through tourism and outdoor recreation, while preserving and protecting the A.T. experience.

These positions offer volunteers the chance to gain experience in volunteer recruitment and coordination and play a key role in A.T. cooperative management partnerships.

For more information or to apply contact Julie Judkins at 828-254-3708 or email

Beekeepers classes offered

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. — The West Virginia Eastern Panhandle Beekeepers Association is accepting registration for its 2013 Beginner Beekeepers Course.

Classes will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25 and March 4 and 11, at the West Virginia Fruit Research andEducationCenter in Kearneysville.

The class costs $70, which includes the six-week course with textbook, membership for up to three family members in the WVEPBA and WVBA. The course textbook is “The Beekeepers Handbook” by Diana Sammataro.

For beekeepers who have completed the beginners course or have at least two years beekeeping experience, a three-week advanced class will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Feb 2, 9 and 16 at the research and education center.

For more information and to get registration forms for classes are available on our website or by contacting Bob Speelman at 540-247-2482.

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