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~. -~ ------ ~ ~.~ .~.~ ,~. . ~ ~. ~ ~.: :::.: ~ ~ ~ ~.:.:: '~.=:=~ ~7-:.~ ~ ~ ~ SPIRIT of JEFFERSON " PAGE B5 and I~)~RMER'S M)VOCATE BUSINE S S Wednesday, January 9, 2019 ,2 New Ranson entity focUses:,On residential, business customers :i Darrell Jones (left) started his new Rsnson-based business, SVG Commercial Cleaning, In May. it's quickly become known for providing robust daily, weekly and special cleaning services for business and residential customers across the region. By BONNIE WILLIAMSON Special to the Spirit RANSON - Moving to Jef- ferson County inspired Darrell Jones to not only change his life, but start a new business as well. Jones and his son, Darius, a junior at Jefferson High School, moved to the area five years ago. "I had been working and living in Northern Virginia for years," Jones said. "I fell in love with Jefferson County. The people are so friendly and there wasn't as much hustle and bustle. I also connected with a great group called Bros and Bras in Charles Town." Bros and Bras is a nonprofit social and fitness movement. "My son and I always liked camping, hiking, being in the outdoors. We can do that here," Jones said. "My in- volvement with Bros and Bras encouraged me to stop smok- ing and start getting more fit. I began training in 2015. "I'm involved with 5K runs here with groups like the Charles Town Rotary Club and just finished a 200-mile bike trip. I have gotten so much from the people here that 1 wanted to give back to the community." Jones's company is called SVG Commercial Cleaning - with SVG as an acronym for "I've always liked cleaning. I was always the happiest when cleaning. I wanted to know where everything was in my room. It's the best way to organize." SVG I DARRELL JONES, owner and founder of Commerical Cleaning in Ranson I Cleaning up Is a passion for Darrell Jones after hours, too. Jones (in the foreground) took this shot with fellow Bro and Bras members after they volunteered for a trash pickup along W.Va. 9. Service Value Guaranteed. He Jones worked in the field of Jones initially focused on leave 'statements' behind" started the business in May. military laser engineering for commercial cleaning, but he's Jones said. "I'm not here to WANT TO KNOW "I initially wanted the S to 20 years before starting SVG. been adding residential clients, judge. I'm just there to clean MORE? SVG Commercial stand for 'Savage' - meaning "I've always liked clean- including in recent days when a property from top to bot- Cleaning (Service you keep going until the run or ing," Jones said. "Even as a he got calls for help cleaning tom. That includes carpets, tile Value Guaranteed) is cycling is done. So you keep teenager, I'd be outside work- up after New Year's Eve par- floors, emptying the kitchen headquartered at 630 N. going until the job is done, but ing, cleaning and detailing, ties. cabinets, degreasing ovens Mildred St. in Ranson. I thought 'savage' might put and kids in the neighborhood He also works with three and microwaves, and buffing It's open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. people off," he explained. "It's thought it was a joke, but then property management corn- faucets." weekdays and 9 a.m. to just a mindset. I'm supposing had me do things for them. I panies, helping get properties Jones said his life has noon Saturdays, and by the health and wellness of the was always the happiest when in perfect shape for future oc- changed for the better be- appointment. For more community through cleaning, cleaning. I wanted to know cupants, cause he is healthier, and also information, call 304- It can mean so much for peo- where everything was in my "Sometimes when people because now he's working to 503-3170 or go online to pie mentally to have a clean room. It's the best way to or- know they are going to be re- help make life better in the Facebook, home or office." ganize." moved from a property they county he loves. Twitter or Instagram In the 1830s, James Webb was the first free black to build a sWne house in Charles Town. A few years later, the buildin9 was connected to its neighboring clapboard house, hence the name Webb-llle~ing House. The linked structure was owned by the Blessing family until 2003: John Blessing prepared and delivered John Brown and his men their meals during their imprisonment in Charles Town. One of Brown's last acts was to give Blessing his pocket-sized Bible with an inscription expressing appreciation for Blessing's kindness. In the 20th century, Blessing's granddaughter, the beloved educator Ollie Blessing ("Miss Ollie"), conducted kindergarten classes in the house. The Jefferson County Black History Preservation Society, current owner of the property, has made major strides in its restoration along historical lines. In addition, the society dismantled, moved from a neighboring farm, and reassembled a slave cabin in the backyard of the Webb-Blessing House. Much work remains to be done to make the l ~,u entire property into a major living history museum. Won't you join the Friends of ~b- : "~.~siVn; Blessing House in preserving this significant landmark and its many stories? : Yearly Individual membership $20 - or $35 per family, Send your tax-deductible payment with name and address to Friends of Webb-Blessing House, Box 569, Ranson, WV 25438 ELLEN MAY GEORGE RUTHERFORD GEORGE RUTHERFORD I , FROM LEFT:, Reconstructed slave cabin needs filling between logs and other ; additions for long-term preservaUon. I ~i Back view of Webb-Blessing house, both 1 boards and bricks need repainting, porch i needs repairs. I Cistern pump needs : restoration to working order The late : ','~, ~ James Alvin Tolbert (far left) in 2017 with volunteers from Boys and Girls Club who maintain the 19th-century garden. PRINTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE