How cool that Christian Bale visited victims of the shooting in Colorado. Notice no promotional posters or flashing lights. Seems very genuine.
Berkeley County Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Steve Allen gave a good report about the derecho event last month. It looks like it showed the strengths and weaknesses in the system. Steve mentioned that the county is still waiting on figures to come in regarding cost estimates for the damage. Berkeley County was not included in the first round of federal aid. Funny that he mentioned thousands of dollars in ice cream parks and rec lost, but he said it is all part of the over all cost to the county and can be included. Steve also had important information for families and how they can stay safe in an emergency. Learn more at http://www.ready.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx
Hedgesville resident Crystal Shiflett was depressed for weeks after hearing about the death of 3-year-old Kaiwon Connelly, who died from injuries allegedly caused by his father, and decided to do something to fix the problem. She has gathered almost 1,000 signatures on a petition to increase the penalties for child abusers. She plans to put it before state and federal law makers. Learn more by contacting her at (304) 995-5418.
Blue Ridge CTC student Tyray Goerke represented the Eastern Panhandle in a national cooking contest this year! We learned about the pressure that comes from this type of contest and that she will be serving as a mentor to next year's competitor. She was the first from our area to take the trip to nationals! Tyray plans to continue cooking after graduating in December and hopes to eventually open a restaurant.
And Bryan Clark took us behind the headlines with the Spirit of Jefferson. We met Dr. Sherry Hetzel, Elementary Education Coordinator for Jefferson County Schools. She spoke about the recent Teacher's Academy. We met attendees, high school teacher Ariel Horton and Pre-K teacher Julie Cumbo. They spoke about how the week long experience will make their classrooms better!
Then Bryan and I spoke to owner of Lost Dog Coffee in Shepherswotn Garth Janssen. Bryan told us Garth received a cease and desist letter from he Lost Dog Cafe in Arlington, Va. Learn more at http://www.change.org/petitions/lost-dog-cafe-stop-unfair-legal-action-to-take-lost-dog-coffee-s-name-and-website
And newly published author Lyn Widmyer was in studio to talk about her new book "Chasing Cows: I'm Not in the Suburbs Anymore." It is a compilation and expansion of editorial pieces she has written for local papers over the last decade. The book is available online at either www.amazon.com or www.lynwidmyer.net. Widmyer will hold a book signing at the Jumpin' Java cafe, located at 109 W. Washington St., Charles Town, from 2 to 4 p.m. July 29.