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Official Jefferson County sample ballots C2, C3 and C4 F C1 Wednesday, May 2, 2018 Folksy favorites C6 WANT TO HELP? Financial support for the EPIC Foundation's popular Blue Ribbon Recreation Program that provides people on the autism spectrum with a fun summer camp experience comes from several sources, including proceeds from the Harpers Ferry Half Marathon. Learn more about the May 19 race - which includes shorter races as well as the half-marathon - at harpersferry or Two Rivers Treads at 304-876-1100. LEFT: Fun is central to the Eastern Panhandle Indigo Children Foundation's Blue Ribbon Recreation Program, which allows young people on the autism spectrum to enjoy weeks of summer camp experience offered through Jefferson County Parks and Rec. For the ninth summer, trained aides will work one on one with campers at Sam Michaels Park. MARIGOLD CHARITABLE TRUST Camps will offer fun and inclusive learning to people on the autism spectrum By FRED BRIGHAM JR. If you are considering camps Special to the Spirit WHAT PARTICIPANTS SAID ABOUT through our Blue Ribbon Recreation Program with an aide for your child, SHENANDOAH JUNCTION - THE BLUE RIBBON RECREATION PROGRAM please keep in mind that you need to For the ninth year, people on the au- "Our son enjoyed his day camp experience. I had peace of mind sign up through park system as soon tism spectrum of all ages and abili- because he was with a trained aide. I was able to get some respite as possible. Aides will be assigned ties will enjoy an inclusive summer while he was a happy camper." on first-come, first served. camp environment thanks to the In 2017, we were able to give 24 Blue Ribbon Recreation Program "This program helped my 10-year-old son to be al le to partici- put on by the Eastern Panhandle In- pate in camp for the first time in his life. He was happy and wanted campers one-on-one aides and dur- digo Children Foundation. to go back each day." ingl00 they0ungpaStpeopleeight haveYearSenjoyedm re thanthe -Many entities in the Eastern Pan- I"My son was- frm"d -to kava me tt ffrst thttl e kained aide ag camp experience. handle sponsor the summer pro- signed to him bonded quickly with him. By Day 2, the separation The trained aides are essential so gram, including the Harpers Ferry anxiety was minimal. The trained aide had several strategies to keep that each camper, with his or her Half Marathon (sponsored by the him engaged and included." unique challenges on the spectrum, West Virginia University Health l "Our daughter took a tumbling class as part of the BRRP. The ex- accomplishes something positive Science Eastern Division), WVU perience helped her gross motor development improve. Now she can while the parents experience a re- Medicine University Healthcare, do a somersault." spite as caregivers. River Riders,American Public Uni- Anyone with a family member versity, Bank of Charles Town and on the spectrum who has recently Hollywood Casino. Park in Shenandoah Junction. Ribbon Recreation Program aidemoved to this area or are learning To deliver the popular program's These aides are paid in full by for up to two weeks for day camp, about the programs for the first time weeks of fun, inclusive learning, EPIC and are trained by specialists or a maximum of three weeks for are invited to enroll in this worth- EPIC has partnered with Jefferson on appropriate methods and tactics the two- or three-hour themed day while experience. County Parks and Recreation where for functional communication and camps. This will enable EPIC and And because of the significant trained aides working one on one assimilation. Parks and Rec to provide camp ex- contribution the Harpers Ferry Half will help campers enjoy a success- Because resources are limited,periences to more children this sum- Marathon makes to our Blue Rib- ful summer camp at Sam Michaels each camper is connected to a Blue met and in the future, bon Recreation Program, we en- courage our growing population of runners in the Eastern Panhandle to support and take part in the race on May 19. Although many of the registrants come from out of town, our local community will be involved. Run- ners will enjoy hand-made ceramic half marathon medals from a local potter and they'll get encouraged by several volunteers through their fi- nal leg of the race. Young people 17 and younger can run the 5K free. When he was asked why he chose to do this, Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, the race director, responded: "Kids run free at our spring event because we do not want any barriers from al- lowing a youth to participate in a 5K and to see the wonderful coursc." - Frederick H. Brigham Jr. is a member of the EPIC Foundation advisory board ~Cdebrating Arts & Herlt~ge~ Saturday, June 16, 2018 Downtown Charles Town All 3.1 miles of the course consist of paved town streetsthrough some of the most prominent arts and cultural locations in Charles Town. After the race, enjoy the West Virginia Festival featuring vendors and artisans from around the region. Registration opens - 8:30 Registration closes :- 9:45 Kids race begins - 10:00 5K race begins - 10:15 Awards Ceremony -11:00 = &NYTiiVtE FiTi' iESSo Charles Town FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER GO TO: I 7:30 P.M. SATURDAY, MAY 5 in the upstairs auditorium at Charles Washington Hall at the corner of Washington and George streets 2 RM. SUNDAY, MAY 6 at historic Happy Retreat, the home of founder Charles Washington Charles Town Secure tickets at The Charles Washington Chamber Music Society will hold its second concert series May 5 and 6, with a program featuring music by classical and contemporary composers including Bach, Debussy, Villa-Lobos, Berio, Rak and Duchiffre. Three of the outstanding musicians who performed at the first concert series in February will return - internationally recognized flutist Angela Collier-Reynolds; Rene Schiffer, principal cellist of Apollo's Fire Baroque Orchestra who has performed throughout the world; and Stanley Yates, one of the leading 20th century exponents of | music for the guitar. Tickets for the Saturday performance :, it':: Ill U|I BilJ[ cost $20 general admission (or just fE CHARLES WASHINGTON | $10 for students, teachers, seniors and CltAMBEliMUSlgSOI:I | Sunday'saCtive dutyperformancemilitary) whilearetickets$50 for i ii