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PAGE A2 SPIRIT of JEFFERSON Wednesday, January 9, 2019 NEWS and FARMER'S ADVOCATE open m SHEPHERDSTOWN - A few ference and the National Storytell- spots still remain in Adam Booth's ing Conference. "Folktales and Storytelling," and "Adam brings all his skills as a signup is open to Shepherd Univer- master storyteller into the class- sity undergrads, grad students and room," Shurbutt said. "Booth's orig- even those who are not pursuing a inal stories blend traditional moun- degree at Shepherd University. tain folklore, music and an aware- Booth, a nationally known award- ness of contemporary Appalachia." winning storyteller, teaches in the Booth also is the creator of the university's Appalachian Studies popular Speak Story Series, which program. The condensed class be- brings national and international gins next week and runs through the storytellers to Shepherd's campus end of February. The course begins each month. at 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. "Booth's storytelling classes are Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt, director of a unique blend of the tradition- Shepherd's Center for Appalachian al and the contemporary," Shur- Studies and Communities, notes butt said. "No matter one's field or that Booth is a four-time champion discipline, spe.aking skills and per- of the West Virginia Liars' Contest sonal confidence are strengthened who has been featured at the Inter- through taking the course, as well national Storytelling Center, the Na- as understanding the uniqueness of tional Storytelling Festival, the Ap- West Virginia and the Appalachian palachian Studies Association Con- region." She said that anyone inter- ii!ii!iliiiiiili~i~i~ii~ii~i i~i! ~i ii;;~ ~ ~;~ ~; i!;i~i~ ~ ~; ~; ~ ~il iii ili ~ ;~ ~ ~; ;i i~;~; ~ ~ ~;~,iii~ ~ ~i~~ ~i~ ~i i!i~!!~i~; ~il;i i~i iii ili i i iiii iii lii i;i !iiii!i i ii~ii~ii i!i~ ~ i iii iiiiii~iii~i i~iiiii~{iiiii iii ?i ;{iiii;ii i ii~ii iiii~ii{ii;iiiiiii{ii}i;,~,iiiiiiiiii;iil;iiiii~i~;ii~ i {i i iiiiiiiiiii iii iii iiiiii~iiiii iiiii~iiiiiii{ii{iii i{iiii ~i~i {i i::iiii!i i ested may take the classes, either to Other Appalchian Studies evening audit or for three credit hours. The courses offered this spring include course can apply to the Appalachian "Celtic Roots," which explores the Studies minor, a graduate certificate array of Celtic and Appalachian or the new master's in Appalachian writers and personalities who have Studies. helped to define Appalachian heri- "The course can also be used as tage and culture, and "Appalachian a free elective in the undergradu- Culture," which introduces students ate program," Shurbutt said. "Any to Appalachian culture through the of the Appalachian Studies courses lens of many disciplines--music, are recommended for anyone plan- literature and social history. ning to teach in the region or to go The Celtic Roots class has an op- into business." tional travel component in Spain S Adam Booth and France in May. It's held from 5 to 7:40 p.m. on Wednesdays. "Appalachian Culture" is held from 6 to 8:40 p.m. on Mondays. To learn more or to sign up for any of the courses, contact Shurbutt at Talks on preventing falls, other topics set Staff report RANSON - Starting next week, senior citizens can come out for free talks on preventing falls, find- ing healthy ways to age and cooking heart-healthy on a budget. First up is a talk on fall prevention from occupational therapist Rachel Hunger. It begins at ll a.m. Jan. 16 at the Anna Mae Reedy Senior Cen- ter at 103 W. Fifh Ave, in Ranson. The American Occupational Ther- apy Association reports that nearly 2 million older adults end up in an emergency room due to a fall every year - with some 15,000 of those dy- ing from their injuries. Two other health and wellness ed- ucational programs aimed at old- er adults follow - "Healthy Aging" from Dr. Constance Beckom on Jan. 23 and "Heart Healthy Cooking on a Budget" from registered dietician Carolyn Sable on Feb. 20. The presentations are open to the public at no charge. They're being Occupational therapist Rachel Hunger will present a free talk on fall preven- tion next week at the Anna Mae Reedy Senior Center in Ranson. put on by WVU Medicine Jefferson Medical Center and the Jefferson i!ii i Cbunty Council on Aging. The goal of both organizations i!iii! is to enhance the quality of life of !i}i ii older adults. Health profession- i!i~i~ ~ !~ii~i als from Jefferson Medical Center ::i!iiiil i ~: will assist JCCOA in its mission to help older adults stay independent as long as possible through social, For details on the presentations or For information about speakers, con- health and wellness, education, nu- the Senior Center, contact the JC- tact WVU Medicine's Dana M. De- trition, recreation and other sup- COA's Gloria Hodges (304-724-Jarnett (304-264-1287, ext. 31814 or porting programs. 7111 or, ically been prone to rockfalls and Rockfall FROM PAGE A1 sides," the geologists stated in the report. "A majority of failures that also was recommended for all occur along U.S. 340 are rockfalls three slopes, of minor volume and impact. How- ~, A ditch lies along the side of the ever, large rockfall events have oc- highway to catch falling rocks, curred in the past and will pose a However, the recommended rock- risk in the future." fall safety measures would keep Most rockfalls along the high-, more boulders and debris from way appear to occur during peri- reaching the roadway, according ods of rapid freezing and thawing to the HDR Engineering report, cycles in winter and spring, the,: "In general, the geometry of report states. Groundwater regu- ~ the existing ditch adjacent to the larly seeps from different areas i* ' slopes does not meet the current of the slopes and cliffs, according ~. catchment ditch design standard to the report. "The potential for ~: used in the industry for the rock- dislodging blocks from freeze- ~ fall protection/catchment," the re- thaw action is high in this area," port states, it states. Installing the recommended HDR Engineering described its -~. safety measures would require findings as a "preliminary assess-~' temporarily closing the roadway, ment. Any long-term safety sys-~ , the report states, tern for preventing rocks from fall- ~, A team of geologists with HDR ing into the highway would be years ,:," Engineering that scaled the slopes away, according to Lee Thome, a-,:* of Loudoun Heights -- a federal- chief engineer with the West V'tr-'~"~ ly regulated scenic view for Harp- ginia Division of Highways. ers Ferry Historical National Park State highway officials set a' across the rivers --found rocks had budget of $830,000 to conduct the " recently fallen near the highway, rockfall survey and prepare possi- "Small blocks shed frequently, ble engineering designs for a sys- with the potential for larger blocks tern that would protect motorists to migrate from areas greater than from rocks falling along the high-~, 300 feet above the roadway," ac- way from overhead, Thorne said. , cording to the fLrm's report. U.S. 340 is considered a major. State highway officials know of traffic corridor to and from West, five instances when rocks ranging Virginia. The latest traffic counts from six inches to three feet in di- conducted three years ago showed ameter had fallen onto the high- more than 30,000 dally vehicle way between January and Feb- trips were made on that 45-mph', ruary of 2018, according to the section of the highway, about~ rockfall remediation report, half of the volume flowing on In-. "The existing cut slopes within terstate 81 at Martinsburg, state~ the project study area have histor- highway officials have said. What do we need at Community Ministries? Many different things on many different days. But what we need most consistently and what could be a primary New Year's wish for ourselves and the community in which we live, is "acceptance." We wish for each of us to first, accept what appears different and then begin to learn more about those apparent differences. We wish that increasing acceptance might lead to decreasing negative judgments on what appears to be different. We wish that our acceptance of and learning about apparent differ- ences might be an important step in discovering and solving the real and deeper needs that exist in our community. We wish us all a New Year filled with a peace built on acceptance and community. Home & Auto Boat Farms Motorcycle Businessowners Life Contractors Health Insurance Horse Risk Disabilitylncome Umbrella Liability Annuities 118 N. Charles Street Charles Town, WV Professional Quality Service Done Right The First Time! NO NEED TO RUN TO THE BIG CITY Drive Less Than A Half Hour Come To Winchester: 3985 Valley Pike 2934 Valley Avenue FOR QUICK LUBE & OIL CHANGES 3985 Valley Pike ~M~ ILLER Northern Shenandoah Valisy's Largest Auto Group ~o ~o~, Your Satisfaction is Our Reputatlon And Our Futurel of j EFFERSON "No government ought to be without censors and where the press !s free, no one ever will." 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