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]1- Z~l-t,J E~ L '~ LIFE and FARMER'S ADVOCATE Wednesday May 16, 2018 Audubon FP~OM PAGE C1 worked as a creative arts therapist at the Veterans Ad- ministration Medical Cen- ter at Martinsburg. Each de- serves her own accolades. Alice and Jane agreed to meet with me to talk about how the committee works. There is no question that they know how to make "event management by committee" work. They care not only about PVAS but also about each other. They have coor- dinated 16 events, including securing the space, designing the invitations, donating the food and drinks they prepare, and decorating each space with class. They are also involved in feeding volunteers for oth- er PVAS events including the clean-up day at Yankau- er every September where more that 80 volunteers help to clear trails, pull stilt grass, mulch and weed as part of the United Way Day of Car- ing. These compelling wom- en laugh a lot and use hu- mor when things don't go as planned. Ask Alice about the smell of the water at Cool Spring when they had the soup party and Gretchen was awarded the "Distinguished Washing Cross" medal. They seem to have a solution for everything, including weath- er emergencies that precipi- tate very last-minute move- able feasts. Since this group has worked together for so many parties, they capital- ize on each one's strengths. Although they all are great cooks, Diana is seen as the culinary professional by the team, though she denies that this is the case, saying: "I just like to cook and bake and have done a lot of it." Jane laughs as she says she is of Scottish descent which means that she is always in- terested in the money raised. She is able to give everyone the grand total of the profit the morning after the event. Jane estimated that the prof- it from the events totals ap- proximately $130,000. Susan makes everything beautiful as she is a profes- sional artist. Gretchen is also a professional artist and her team members add that she is very strong and filled with energy. She can even act as a carpenter if needed. Alice is seen as the person who can do community outreach as she quietly goes around en- gaging everyone she meets with her friendly personality and beautiful smile. The group isn't sure what they will do without Deb's creativity and intellect as she always helped with the beau- tiful invitations and acted as the "wordsmith" for the events. Plenty - and then some Jane Says they always make too much food after the one time that they almost ran out of gumbo. No shortcuts are taken. Carrots are peeled by hand and cabbage is hand- shredded if cole slaw is one of the sides. Everything is made from scratch and is scrumptious. The events are always held at the most interesting ven- ues. The fall 2017 fundrais- er was held at Clay Hill, the recently renovated Jefferson County home constructed about 1828. Those who attend the 2018 spring fundraiser will be charmed by the beautiful new home built by Skip Ad- kins on the Potomac River in Shepherdstown. It is a most alluring space and I promise you that you will be so hap- py you decided to register for the event. No article about PVAS can end without highlighting the contributions of Kristin Alex- ander, the executive director of PVAS since 2007. She is a lightning bolt of energy and always forward thinking. She is an inspiration to everyone she meets and I know she is one of the main reasons that PVAS has continued to ex- pand its mission and pro- grams. The Potomac Valley Audu- bon Society was founded in 1982 and it is a chapter of the National Audubon So- ciety. The membership area includes Jefferson, Berke- ley and Morgan counties in West Virginia and Washing- ton County in Maryland. PVAS maintains four na- ture preserves, Yankauer, Eidolon, Stauffer's Marsh and Cool Spring that to- tal more than 500 acres. PVAS offers an amazing range of programs and ac- tivities aimed at promoting greater understanding and appreciation of the natu- ral world. The PVAS web- site, potomacaudubon.org/ calendar, has a calendar of upcoming activities that is updated daily. I encourage everyone to join PVAS hy going to potomacaudubon. org/member. Members re- ceive a bi-monthly newslet- ter either electronically or by hard copy and bi-weekly e-mails about upcoming ac- tivities and events. There is also information on the web site about volunteering. Invitations for this year's fundraiser "Party with a View" at Skip Adkins' house on June 3 went out starting on May 1. You can also find information about how to register for this event on the website at potomacaudubon. org. "wKKr VIRGINIA A weekly visit from YOU can make a lifetime of difference to a child! wwwxeadaloudwestvirginia.org Apollo F,o. c, bel promises "Peter and the Starcatcher" will speak to the fun-loving child in all of us, and invites "all families, young and old, to make be- lieve together." Others in the cast include Natasha Smith as Molly, Colt Smith as Black Stache, Larry Marcille as Leonard Aster, Carlos Lee as Robert Falcon Scott, Justin Lowans as Slank and Hawking Clam, Adam Robinson as Mrs. Bumbrake, Tanner Boeckman as Prent- iss, Nigel Guest-Hatcher as Ted, Micheal George as Alf and Alan Hamer portraying Mack, Sanchez and Fighting Prawn. Luminaria Ceremony Jefferson High School Stadium on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 9:30 p.m. HOPE PLEASE JOIN RELAY FOR LIFE OF JEFFERSON COUNTY It's one of the most inspirational moments at the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. When the sun goes down, hundreds of luminaries light the way under the stars. This ceremony of light symbolizes the hope and perseverance with which we all continue to fight. Order a luminaria (traditional white bag) or a golden luminaria (gold bag with star cutouts) for your loved ones and friends who have been touched by cancer. You can make a tribute in honor of a cancer survivor or in memory of someone who has lost the battle. Your loved one's name will 4t* appear on a luminaria v RELAY and will be lit during the FOR LIFE Luminaria Ceremony at Relay for Life. Luminaria Purchase Form Please light a luminaria during the ceremony. [~] White bag ($10.00) [~ Gold bag ($20.00) Please complete and print clearly: ~ln Honor of ~ln Memory of ~ln Support of (Caregiver bag) Name: Given by: Give form and money to a Relay for Life participant or mail check or money order payable to American Cancer Society to reach the following address by June 15, 2018. Relay for Life of Jefferson County c/o Jackie Spears 218 Bittinger Court, Martinsburg, WV 25405 Luminaria can also be purchased at the Relay Event or purchased on our website at www.relayforlife.org/jeffersonwv If you would like to light your luminaria, please arrive 30 minutes prior to the ceremony. PROUDLY SERVING JEFFERSON COUNTY FOR OVER $6 YEARS May 17 Chamber Business Seminar The Inn at Charles Town 9 to 11:30 a.m: May 24 Legislative Town Hall Recap Epic Buffet at Hollywood Casino Noon to 1:30 p.m. June 12 Sislers Stone Mixer 165 Bradstone Ln, Harpers Ferry Time T.B.D. sAVE THE DATE! June 19 Annual Chamber Celebration Location T.B.D. Time T.B.D. TUESDAY THROUGH Locally crafted potte~ ~o].l~ art, basl~ets, jewe~r, t, ool~, T-~h~s ~nd much more! 200 E. Washington St. in Charles Town Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday ALL SHOP PROFITS BENEFIT THE JEFFERSON COUNTY MUSEUM Now through May 31, start (or renew) your subscription to the pirit and you'll get a reward - your choice of a delicious handcrafted pastry from M Street Bakery FR ! Call office manager Cara Young 304-725-2046, ext. 221 618 N. Mildred St. in Ranson 304-930-1 363 f T II l,