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Charles Town, across the street from Wright Denny Elementary School’s playground. The Opportunity Learning Center turns into the Community Resource Center on Monday and Wednesday evenings open to all students in grades 8-12 desiring tutoring and academic support. The additional benefit of this free tutoring opportunity is that students do not have to preregister, they can go to the Community Resource Center and stay two minutes or two hours, depending on the students’ need. Students are asked to bring their study materials to the center. The Resource Center will operate on Jefferson County Schools cancellation schedule (i.e. if school is closed for the day, there will be no resource center hours that evening). For more information contact Assistant Superintendent Patrick Blanc: 304-728-9233 or

RESA 8 offering EMT class

RESA 8 will offer an EMT (128 Hour Program) course starting Jan. 12, 2012 at the Shepherdstown Volunteer Fire Department. Classes will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Judy Pittinger will be the instructor. Tuition is $150 for WV residents. There is a $120

charge for the textbook. Other fees may apply. Minimum number of participants is 15. To register online, visit For more information contact Dave Plume by phone at 304267-3595, ext. 112, or by email To learn more about RESA 8’s educational programs in Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan and Pendleton counties, call 304-267-3595 or visit their website

SU students in symposium

The Shepherd University Saxophone Quartet and Jeremy Koch, Shepherd saxophone professor, have been invited to play at the 35th International Saxophone Symposium on Jan, 20-21, 2012 at George Mason University Center for the Arts in Fairfax, Va. The quartet, comprised of Shepherd music majors Jordan English, Lucas Hogan, Courtney Bullock and Ross Semler, will perform Sat., Jan. 21 at 4:30 p.m. with a program to include a world premiere composition by Shepherd music major Kaziah White. Koch will perform a recital prior at 2:30 p.m. Koch is an active saxophonist, chamber musician and teacher,who has been a member of the USAF Band since 1998 where he has been a fea-

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tured concert soloist on national tours with artists such as Tony Bennett, Wynonna Judd and Kool and the Gang. As a freelance saxophonist, he performs with the United States Air Force Saxophone Quartet, Reed5, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Prince William Symphony Orchestra, Serapis Ensemble, D.C. Syndicate and Great Noise Ensemble. Koch has also premiered solo and saxophone quartet works at numerous conferences. He can be heard with AUR on America’s Millennium Tribute to Adolphe Sax, Volume III performing John Howell Morrison’s “Light Possessing Darkness.” Koch formed a music duo, Six Impossible Things, commissioning and encouraging young composers by introducing these works to the general public. Committed to teaching, he regularly presents clinics and recitals throughout Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. Koch maintains a private studio in Northern Virginia and teaches at Northern Virginia Community College. For more information, call 304-876-5555 or visit icweb.

Writer offering workshop

Would-be writers now have an opportunity to learn what they need to

know about writing and publishing a book that can compete in today’s literary market from the critically acclaimed author of four mystery novels offered by both Jefferson County and Berkeley County Adult Education. Mystery author Lauren Carr says the two courses she is teaching came about because of her own desire to pass on what she had to learn the hard way. “I didn’t have a mentor or literary agent when my first book came out. I had so many misconceptions and questions, but no one willing to take the time to teach me.” She says that when she is approached by writers with questions, she always makes an effort to answer them to the best of her knowledge. On Wednesdays, starting Jan. 25, Carr will be teaching the Book Publishers Workshop from 6:45-8:45 p.m. at the Academic Center in Martinsburg through Berkeley County Adult Community Education. This class will concentrate on what goes into publishing a book after it is written. In this course, Carr will teach about various forms of publishing available now (including e-book publishing), contracts, royalties and the many other areas of publishing. She will also be covering marketing, which is crucial to a book’s success. “Technology and the


internet have opened so many doors for authors,” Carr says. “Now is the time that if you have been thinking about writing a book and publishing it, to do so. There are so many resources available on the Internet to help authors be successful without leaving their home. All they have to do is know how to use them.” Recognizing that the publishing industry has changed vastly in a short time, Carr warns that while many doors have opened to allow anyone to publish a book, there are also a few drawbacks. “Now that the gatekeepers (literary agents and traditional publishers) are being knocked down, anyone can publish his or her book, which has flooded the market with junk. Serious authors have to take the time and effort to work on their books in order to make them rise above the junk.” Carr hopes her Book Writers Workshops

(offered Tuesdays in Jefferson County and Thursdays in Berkeley County) will accomplish this mission for serious writers. Carr is the author of four published books. Her critically acclaimed Mac Faraday Mysteries are set in the resort area of Deep Creek Lake in Western Maryland. For more information about Lauren Carr’s upcoming appearances, or books, visit her website at or e-mail her at

Salon series to show quintet

The Shepherd University Department of Music presents the Josh Quinlan Quintet in the fourth concert of the Shepherd Music Salon Series. The concert will be Tues., Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Walker Horton Shipley Recital See Briefly

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