Tri-State briefs

March 07, 2013

Spring Foster/Adopt Conference set for March 15
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. —The fourth annual Region III Spring Foster/Adopt Conference is scheduled for Friday, March 15, and Saturday, March 16, in White Hall at Shepherd University.
Sessions are “Jacob’s Law: Part 1” and “Dealing with the Bully.” Breakout sessions are “Jacob’s Law: Part 2” or “I Was Spanked and I Turned Out OK: Alternatives to Physical Punishment” and “Jacob’s Law: Part 3” or “Caring for Children with Special Needs.”
Jacob’s Law establishes measures to assess children for the trauma they might already have experienced from abuse and removal from homes, and to support foster families in dealing with difficult behaviors to avoid future disruptions.
The bullying workshop is designed to aid children, parents, and caregivers in developing effective skills in responding to and preventing bullying.
There is a $10 registration fee.
All conference workshops are approved for training credit through the state and are good for any foster care provider in the state, regardless of the agency through which they foster. Attendees can earn up to 12 hours of the required yearly foster parent training if they attend both days.
For more information, contact Christina Wolfe at 304-876-5268 or

Feast features mid-18th century fare
MERCERSBURG, Pa. — The Conococheague Institute at 12995 Bain Road in Mercersburg, will host its annual End of Starvation Feast on Saturday, April 6, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Colonial frontier foods will be served. Reservations, due by March 25, are required and seating is limited. The feast costs $40 per person and reservations may be made by calling 717-328-3467 or emailing Participants may arrive at 3 p.m.; music will be provided.
Chef Marcel Wenker of Marcel’s Catering Service will prepare a meal based on foods that would have been available in the mid-18th century. Wenker consulted food history books and 18th century cookbooks as he prepared his menu, according to a news release.
Historian Julie Herczeg will speak to the participants about the development of food on the American frontier. Herczeg is an adjunct professor of history at James Madison University. She has worked extensively in historical documentary films and at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Va.

Pa. poster contest to raise awareness about dog licensing
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary George Greig invited Pennsylvania students in first through sixth grades to enter a poster contest to help raise awareness about the importance of dog licensing. The deadline to enter is April 30.
“This contest is a great way to educate students and their families about the importance of licensing their dogs,” Greig said. “A current dog license is the best way to protect a dog if it gets lost, and it’s the law.
Greig said the poster contest supports other dog-owner education activities as part of March “Dog License Awareness Month.”
State law requires all dogs three months and older to be licensed each year. Owners who fail to license their dogs could face a fine of up to $300 for each unlicensed dog.
An annual dog license is $8.45, while dogs with permanent identification like a microchip or tattoo may be eligible for a lifetime license for $51.45. If the animal is spayed or neutered, the annual fee is $6.45 and lifetime is $31.45. Discounts are available to older adults and people with disabilities.
The poster contest is open to all students enrolled in public, private or home school. Students involved with a sponsoring 4-H club or scouting organization may also participate. Cash prizes will be awarded.
The poster must reflect the theme “License your dog. It’s his ticket home.” and include the website
For complete contest details, visit and click “2013 Poster Contest” or call the Dog Law Enforcement Office at 717-787-3062.

Berkeley Co. school delay cancelled
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The two-hour delay scheduled for Wednesday, March 13, in Berkeley County Schools has been canceled, according to a school system spokeswoman.
Students will report to school on time that day.

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