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Closed Good Friday

 The business office of The Barbour Democrat on Church Street will be closed this Friday, “Good Friday,” so its employees can enjoy the Easter weekend. The office will reopen at 8 a.m. on Monday, April 21.
Vacant House Burns
  Firefighters from Junior and neighboring communities were called to Junior late Saturday night, April 12, to a vacant house best known locally as the former Gerald Ware residence off of Ware Road, down the river from the Junior bridge on the west side of the Tygart. The Junior Volunteer Fire Department was called at 12:46 p.m. and was assisted by volunteers from fire departments in Belington, Coalton and Philippi. Also on the scene was the Belington Emergency Squad.
  Local fire officials confirmed this week that the house was unoccupied. Firefighters were at the scene for some one and a half hours and there were no reported injuries in the blaze. The house was fully involved upon arrival officials added. The State Fire Marshal’s office has been notified to assist in determining the cause of the fire.
ABU Brass Choir to Hold 16th Annual ‘Brass in the Grass’ Concert

  The Alderson Broaddus University Brass Choir will hold its 16th annual "Brass in the Grass" outdoor concert on Sunday, April 27, at 3 p.m. under a performance shelter in the center of the ABU campus. Admission is free. The public is invited to attend and asked to bring a blanket or folding chair for lawn seating. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held in Wilcox Chapel.
  The 80-member performing ensemble will be comprised of the 2013-14 Brass Choir membership, plus ensemble alumni and other former members of the group, high school student guests, and teachers and professional performers from West Virginia and surrounding states. Players this year will come from as far away as Michigan, Alabama, and Iowa. Selections will include brass ensemble standards as well as folk songs, jazz tunes, and marches—in both small and large ensembles—satisfying every musical taste.
  Special guest artist for this year’s event is Dr. Robert Lindahl, professor of trombone and jazz studies at Central Michigan University, who will solo during the concert and lead several jazz selections. Dr. Lindahl will also present a free master class for trombonists and any other brass enthusiasts on Saturday morning, April 26, at 10:30 a.m. in Wilcox Chapel. His appearance is made possible in part by a grant from Conn-Selmer, Inc. The local Conn-Selmer dealer is Bandland, of Clarksburg.
  The AB Brass Choir, under the direction of Dr. Timothy DeWitt, professor of music, is just one of many excellent instrumental and vocal ensembles of ABU's School of Music. For more information on the University’s music program, visit www.ab.edu/performing arts/music.
ABU Concert Band Holds Spring Concert

  The Alderson Broaddus University School of Music Concert Band presented its annual Spring Concert entitled “An American Celebration” on Tuesday, April 15, at Wilcox Chapel.
  The band, under the direction of Mr. Christopher McDerment, assistant professor of music, featured works by prominent American composers. A solo alto saxophone performance was also presented by Director McDerment. Dr. Lauren Brandon Lindsey also served as guest conductor.
Science Fair Held At Junior Elementary School
  Junior Elementary School held a science fair on Tuesday, April 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students from both third and fifth grades participated in the fair, but only the fifth grade students participated in the judging portion. The fair was judged by Philip Barbour High School Biology, Science, and New Tech instructor Whitney Reger, Dan Johnson from the Department of Environmental Protection, and Jess White from NASA.
  The overall grand champions of the fifth grade science fair were Andrew Kittle, whose project “Fastest to Freeze” questioned whether water can freeze with different kinds of additives, and Alex Wilson, whose project “What Makes a Telephone Ring” included a model of a telephone circuit. The first place project after the grand champions was by Cole Hutzler, whose project was titled, “Grow Tomatoes Grow.”
  A meal was provided for the science fair by fifth grade teacher Derrick Helzer, who was previously a chef at the Greenbrier. An awards ceremony was held at 1 p.m. and a fair for the public was also held Tuesday evening.
Early Morning Weather In Region Does Not Cooperate With Viewers of "Blood Moon"
  In the early hours of Tuesday morning, the first total lunar eclipse of 2014 occurred, marking the start of an eclipse tetrad, which will include four back-to-back total lunar eclipses over the next eighteen months. Tuesday morning’s eclipse marks the first in the predicted tetrad, and is commonly referred to as a “blood moon.” The eclipse was set to begin around 2 a.m. and was predicted to last about 3.5 hours.
  During the eclipse, Earth’s shadow will completely block out the sun’s light, casting a veil over the moon. The eclipse is referred to as a “blood moon” because the moon may turn a red or coppery color as it reflects the sun’s light as the sun rises and sets around the world. While the moon is in shadow, some light from the sun will shine through Earth’s atmosphere, and because red light is a better able to penetrate the atmosphere, it creates this “bloody” effect upon the moon during the total lunar eclipse.
  One of the most unique aspects about this particular group of tetrad total lunar eclipses is that all four will be visible in all or parts of the USA. Tuesday’s lunar eclipse was visible for most of North America.
  The next total lunar eclipses in the tetrad will occur on October 8, 2014, April 4, 2015, and September 28, 2015. The last total lunar eclipse tetrad occurred from 2003 to 2004, and the next succession of tetrad total lunar eclipses is predicted to occur between 2032 and 2033, according to NASA.
Reg Trefethen Earns Chamber’s Community Service Award
  Reg Trefethen, center, received the 2013 Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award during the organization’s recent annual banquet. At left is banquet speaker Larry Cavallo, Vice President of CONSOL Energy. Presenting the award was outgoing Chamber President Brenda Hunt.  Recipients of the service award are nominated and elected by the full Chamber membership. The award recognizes those who have made a significant impact on the quality of life in Barbour County.
  Trefethen, who is the Manager of Philippi’s new Market Place, received an engraved crystal star for providing “an outstanding service to the producers and citizens of the county by bringing in locally-grown produce and goods to be purchased –and sometimes given away.”
 Alderson Broaddus Sees Many Firsts This Past Year
  Alderson Broaddus has seen many firsts since announcing last year that the college would be transitioning into a university. Saturday, May 10, will mark another as AB holds the first commencement ceremony to graduate the first class of students from Alderson Broaddus University in the Rex Pyles Coliseum at 1 p.m. West Virginia Secretary of State, Natalie Tennant will be honored as the first commencement speaker for Alderson Broaddus as a university.
  In addition to holding the first graduation ceremony, the university has encountered a round of firsts for the Alderson Broaddus history books. The university began the first online program, an RN to BSN degree program, and became the first institution to freeze tuition and comprehensive fees for four years in a row, enacting the affordability initiative.
  The university had back-to-back record-breaking incoming classes, and thus built new housing for the first time in many decades, building four new residential facilities.
  The 2013-2014 school year marked the first football season in eighty years and the first season for all athletics as ABU Battlers. Alderson Broaddus also participated in the first season in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference, hosting the first G-MAC Men’s Basketball Tournament. The Battlers took home both regular season and tournament championships for men’s basketball.
  The first ever bowl game, the ECAC Futures Bowl, was held at the new stadium, and the first ABU marching band marched took to the streets of Elkins in the Forest Festival last October.
  The university also received several first-time honors. In addition to being named “Success Story of the Year” by The Exponent Telegram, Alderson Broaddus University received recognition for affordability with AffordableCollegesOnline.org, ranking as the second college in the state for having the best lifetime return on investment. The Physician Assistant Program received a seven year accreditation-continued status, which was the longest accreditation extension in the university’s history. The university also received a Military Friendly Schools Designation.
  As these firsts continue, the future of Alderson Broaddus University looks bright and promising as the first graduating class of ABU students prepares to walk across the stage and turn their tassels in May.
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