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2 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE THURSDAY, JANUARY 12,1978 Community Newspapers The problems of local government, the problems of local schools, church activities, local sports events and social activities. The metropolitan newspapers are limited in their abilities to cover all community activities and that is where your local or home-town community newspaper takes over. People like to read, need to read, what's going on in their com- munity. This is an open market. And as long as we have this kind of open government -- where people make their own decisions, where there's debate, where there's an exchange of views and decision making and open elections, we're going to have need for and a demand for the local community press. Radio hasn't put it out of business; television hasn't put it out of business; the easy access to the metropolitan cities hasn't put it out of business. In fact, the community or home-town newspaper has thrived in the era when all of these things have developed. And, today it's growing faster than most anything else. On Good Will Needed in our country today, as always, are men of good will. We are daily reading about strife, tensions lawlessness, etc. And yet, among our 200 millions, there are millions of incidents of good will and brotherhood, which go unpublicized, for every incident which makes headlines. There are millions of Americans, white and black, who have and are exhibiting good will and good citizenship. At this time thoughtful Americans must keep their headsl control their emotions and maintain the faith -- in the American dream. We have enough citizens of good will to make the American dream come true. But the majority must exercise a calming democratic influence on extremists, though this great force exerts its influence without headlines sensations. More Read Newspapers Today, if it's a typical day, 88 million Americans 18 years or older will drink a cup of coffee; 77 million will go to work; 70 million will drive a car. But 100 million will read a newspaper. i i i News Of Other Years I I 10 --YEARS AGO -- 10 I Charles F. Reininger, [ president and general manager I of Powhatan Brass and Iron[ Works in Ranson, announces his I retirement effective February 1, ] after 48 consecutive years ofl service to the company. Master Sergeant Harold E. Webb, a heating superintendent, and son of Charles A. Webb, of 4th Avenue, Ranson, receives the U.S. Air Force Com- mendation Medal at Bien Hoa AB, Vietnam for his outstanding professional skill, knowledge and initiative. George William Ainsworth, a veteran of 17 years with Powhatan Brass and Iron Works, retires on December 31. H. Max Derr, of Shepherd- stown, is appointed the new ,cashier of the Jefferson Security Bank at a Board of Directors meeting held in Shopherdstown. . DEATHS: Mr. John Franklin Gardner, Jr., 62, weU-known Leetown resident, dies unex- pectedly at his home; Mr. Herbert W. Everhart, 61,' prominent farmer of the Kearneysvi!le section, dies in the Charles Town hospital; Mr. Ernest Franklin Hockensmith, 51, of Bolivar,receiving foreman for the Halltown Paperboard, Company, dies in King's Daughters Hospital in Mar- tinsburg, where he had been a patient for only one day; Mr. Joseph Battersby, 72, of Charles Town, dies at his home after an illness of one week; Mrs. Florence Catherine Walper, 76, of Sbepherdstown, a former school teacher, dies in the Winchester Memorial Hospital, after an illness of one week; Mr. Kenneth Pierce Tinney, 41, of Frderick, and a former resident of Charles Town, dies in Frederick; Miss Jessie Allen Hendricks, 79, of Shenandoah Junction, dies in the Charles Town Hospital, after an illness of two weeks; Mrs. Katherine Saibert McCormick, 94, a former resident of Jefferson County, dies at the home of a daughter in Kailua Kona, Hawaii; Miss Ellen Virginia "Nellie" Grove, 93, well-known resident of Shepherdstown, dies in King's Daughters Hospital in Mar- tinsburg, after an illness of 3 to 4 months; Mrs. Genevieve Alvertis Roderick, 69, of Mil]ville, is pronounced dead on arrival at the Charles Town Hospital. MARRIED: Mrs. Phyllis V. Farmer, of Charles Town and Baltimore, Md., and Mr. Romeo Lamelloni, of Orlando, Fla., are married January 7 at the home of her sister idn Baltimore; Miss Sara Victoria Blue, of Mid- dleway and Mr. John Eugene Lowery, of Hale Road, Charles Town, are married December 30, in the St. James Catholic Church in Charles Town; Miss Carol Helvestine Alger, Rt. 1, Berryville, Vs., and Mr. David Official Publication of Jefferson County. -- Established 1844-- EDITORIALS / OPINIONS Max Brown-Editor Don Rentch-News Editor Leland Stevens, of Hyattsville, Md., are married on December 23 in the Berryville Presbyterian Church; Miss Nancy Lee Creamer and Mr. Arnold W. Dailey, both of Summit Point, are married December 24 in the Memorial Methodist Church in Summit Point. Miss Reba Kelly Pestun, daughter of Mr.a nd Mrs, John Pestun, of Middleway, is awarded a 4-year Board of Governor's scholarship in organ at WVU. The Charles Town High Varsity and Junior Varsity hasketballers who have been unbeatable so far this season, once again ramble over the Harpers Ferry High Tigers on the Ferry hardwoods, with the Panther Varsity blasting the Ferry Varsity by a 94-79 score for their 9th consecutive victory, while the Junior Varsity picks up their 8th straight victory. The Charles Town Junior High 8th graders chalk up their 4th and 5th consecutive victories without a defeat, on January 3 and 4, first scoring a 66-49 decision over the Martinsburg North Junior High cagers on the Charles Town Junior High hardwoods and then going to Martinsburg and stopping the St. Joseph's catholic Junior High cagers by a 41-39 score. 29 -- YEARS AGO -- 20 This section is missed by snow but cold frigid air drops the mercury to 12. "Skippy" Welsh resigns state road post. DEATHS: Mrs. Clara Siford Bates, of Middleway, dies in the Charles Town General Hospital, after a long illness; Miss Margaret Bell Stanley, 81, dies at her home near Shepherd- stown. MARRIED: Miss Joan Slier and Mr. Robert Kershner are married on New Year's Day. Charles Town High defeats Harpers Ferry in basketball 52- 40. 30 -- YEARS AGO -- 40 J..Errol Ward is installed president of Charles Town Kiwanis Club. DEATHS: Sheriff Garland Moore, of Jefferson County, dies at his home on the Leetown Road. Letters To The Editor ii i TOWNS OF BOLIVAR AND HARPERS FERRY January 2, 1978 Editor Spirit of Jefferson Charles Town, W. Va. Dear Sir: I am the victim of Multiple Sclerosis and it is very difficult for me to write but I do wish to have my feelings about the towns of Bolivar and Harpers Ferry published since I have lived in both. I have prolonged writing this, but since the holidays were supposed to be a time of rejoicing and thinking of others and since Christmas was the saddest for me, I surely felt my New Year would be grand, disappointment again. I feel justified in being better about people, Santa Claus and the real meaning of Christmas. All of my days and many nights since I returned here from California were spent working and being a friend to any and all that needed me, even taking from 3 beautiful boys to give and share with others I feel certain that many of your :readers will remember that I helped, and fed them, gave them money or whatever they needed, but friends, where were you when I needed you, just to say "Hi, Merry Christmas"? The money I had besides what I borrowed from the bank went to put a home back into order to keep me from freezing because 3f the blasting of the sewer system in July 1977; to date, I have not received the money due me. I would like to give special thanks to Mr. William Brawley, Mayor of Harpers Ferry, for giving me his time and never ending help to get this terrible mess to come to an end. I was remembered by 5 families and son and wife The only son left after losing two to the rivers in Harpers Ferry in 1965 so I feel I have suffered enough in this community. I can give no praise to the General Adjustment Bureau, nor to the Reliance Insurance Company,. who have poorly handled my claim. Mr. Hetzel was kind enough to replace a chimney, or imagine I would he in this home without heat. He is the construction firm doing the I am a World War II veteran and as yet have never seen anyone from any of the organizations, nor the Christmas Cheer Booth, also the churches, to know that the best part of my years have been spent in hospitals or home in bed since 1969. Was doing better until all of this really put me in the old rocker, and feel they all could care less that I sit here in this present condition. I feel if I was in a rest home or hospital I would be remembered by omeone's conscience on this 50 --YEARS AGO -- 50 DEATHS: Miss Ida Foreman, formerly of Summit Point, dies in St. Louis, Mo. Many county farmers har- vesting their supply of ice for next summer, the cold wave in this area having caused ice to form on ponds from 4 to 5 inches thick. 70 -- YEARS AGO -- 70 C. Bloom Wentzell is elected mayor of Harpers Ferry. DEATHS: Miss Jane Haft, formerly of this county, dies in Washington, D.C.; Robert Rion Lucas dies in Shepherdstown; Miss Caroline Kanode, of this county, dies near Wheatland. 90 -- YEARS AGO -- 90 DEATH: William S. Wysong dies at his home near Charles Town; C. H. Feagans dies at his home near Beulah Church. SPIRIT Of JEFFERSON Famer's ADVOcATE ESTABLISHED 1844 MAX BROWN DON RENTCH EDITOR-PUBLIsHER NEWS EDITOR PUBLISHED WEEKLY AT THE OFFICES OF THE JEFFERSON PUBLISHING CO., INC., 210 NORTH GEORGE ST., CHARLES TOWN, W. VA. 25414 Subscription Price $7.50 Per year SECOND CLASS POSTAGE AT U.S. POST OFFICE CHARLES TOWN, W. VA. 25414 Chges of address, Undeliverable Copies, Orde/ for Subscriptions and Other Mall Items Are To Be Sent To: P.O. Box Z31 Charles Town, W. Vs. 25414 Holy Holiday but what we shut- in's at home get and deserve in the end. Around the corner, a vanished friend. Thank you for reading and : printing maybe it will help some other hom bound person in a situation they did not cause or want, to be remembers, with just a Merry Christmas. I would also like at this point to thank all at the VA Center Hospital and Earl Allara, M.D., in Charles Town, theyhave given me the courage, moral support, mental support, to accept all that has happened and what will happen to me in the future days of my life. Respectfully, Phyllis E. Fowler Box 125 Harpers Ferry, W. Va. Mr. Max Brown Editor Spirit of Jefferson Dear Mr. Brown: I have written the following letter to the Jefferson County Taxpayers Association in response to a letter which I received dealing with the recent special 100-percent school levy: Jefferson County Taxpayers Association P.O. Box 292 Charles Town, W. Va. Attention: Mr. Bob Stiles Dear Mr. Stiles: I haven't answered your letter of November 19, 1977, which mainly had something to do with the tax levy for the School Board that all they are doing is at- tempting to renew one which they have been doing every year for several:years. Mr. Stiles, I have never been in tune with you and your association and your objection to taxes in Jefferson County is the most asinine I have ever encountered. I have been involved in so many projects but they always had to be something good for the community in my opinion. Your organization seems to he objecting to everything. Jef- ferson County is a prosperous county and it would not have to have elections for bond levies if the Assessor's Office would ever et around to assessing on the fair basis of 40 percent of the )rice of any property. If we did i that we wouldn't need any bond issue. Then, your association seems to object to another thing before the Court - voting machines. We have the. most prosperous and progressive county in the State but it hasn't got that way from people like you and your association. We should have had voting machines many years ago. I would.suggest you use my medium for telling myself if I am right or wrong - that is take a look in the looking glass and take a re-evaluation of yourself and maybe for one time support something that has to do with progress. C. F. Reininger New County Students Admitted Shepherd Students from Shepherdstown, Charles Town, Harpers Ferry, Kearneysville, and shenandoah Junction have been admitted recently to Shepherd College to begin studies in the Spring semester. Charles Town students ad- mitted are Daniel P. Lutz, Jr., RFD 2; Lee L. Longerbeam, 619 Jefferson Ave.; Karri A. Summers, Turf Motel and James W. 'ongue, Jr., Rt. I. Other Jefferson Co0nty students admitted are Shepherdstown resiednts James G. Botsford and Pamela Her- stine; Harpers Ferry, Donald G. Gibbons and Dawne Newmeyer; Kearneysville, Joseph Lebida, Jr., and Roger T. Potter, and Shenandoah Junction, Dennis Vitez. Citizen's, Firemen Awards. Dinner To Be Held January 28 Announcement has been made that the annual awards banquet for the Citizens Fire Company will be held on Saturday, January 28, at the Lions Center on the corner of West 3rd Avenue and North George Street in Ransom A social hour for members and guests will begin at 6 p.m. Early indications point to another banner attendance for the always enjoyable occasion. BLUE RIDGE FIBII TO HOLD SHOOTING Members of the Mountain Fire Unit shooting match : night beginning at i the fire house. needed will exceed the cost of the public will taking sales tax off food, which events since the was supported by these same maintenance and legislators. Politics will belo f the fire w00d, WEST wonderful VIRGINIA The West Virginia Legislature always has and will continue to have certain approved projects that are expensive and seem to come from nowhere while other seemingly more necessary expenditures are passed over. Here I speak of the West Virginia University Stadium situation which may be the biggest "wild move" since the development of the two ad- ditional medical schools, namely Marshall University and the Greenbrier Osteopathic College. Governor Arch Moore had asked the legislature to approve a $10 million extension to the present Mountaineer Field. The University Officials had agreed that this was the "way to go" and that it would satisfy the needs of the University for years to come. Mountaineer Field is one University football stadium that is in the center of the campus and to this writer is a beautiful "close up" location. I like a field where you feel close to the game and do not have to use field glasses to keep up with the game and players. Nothing was done about the former governor's request. The 1977 session of the Legislature ignored the $10 million request and ap- propriated $20 million to develop a totally new stadium. All of this came in connection with provisions for building athletic facilities at Marshall University. Unfortunately Marshall University supporters got credited with political back- scratching too often. When developing the Marshall U. legislative bill, somehow, the new WVU stadium came into the picture and since the state colleges had buildings on the priority list, the whole bit was packaged and bonds were authorized. These bonds will cost the taxpayers over $100 million by the time they are paid off. $20 million won't build the stadium and some projections go as high as another $20 million. In the end this whole stadium project will cost taxpayers several times $20 million, at a time the University does not want a new stadium, the Board of Regents did not request it and the people in Morgantown are protesting it. Impressions were left that it would not cost taxpayers since student tuitions would be pledged. Maybe the public is not aware but all student tuitions go into the general revenue of the state the same as tax dollars and when these no longer go to l general revenue you and I 'taxpayers' have to make up the difference. The cost of two medical schools we can't afford and now the cost of a stadium that is not politics! And now we need $150 ' million to do general upkeep on secondary roads with nothing included to develop orphan roads serving the people who have built new communities and brought W. Va. into the "growth column". equipment. The "isms" but they hurt you unless filled with them. The e.p.t: In-Home "i-'regnancy Test is a private .lution any woman can easily MOFFETT'S PIARMACY It is reliably accurate. Averified rate checked by doctors in clinical hundreds of women. In fact, in formed by actual consumers, e. found to be 97% accurate. That:s It really is. Because it means that a can confidently do this easy herself in the privacy of her trust its result-without waiting for ments or encountering delays. Dec. 29 TF RANSON, W.Va. PHONE: 725. 7321 We Cut You Any Size $ All Nylon I Different Col SPECIAL: Rill] 6 PAgglNG $1.50 ,o. .x 002-$59.50 Melvin T. " Strider Furniture Co Illl Dial 725. 7068 North George & Liberty Sts. Charles Town,