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2 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1978 Official Publication of Jefferson County -- Established 1844 -- EDITORIALS / OPINIONS MAX BROWN. Editor DON RENTCH. News Editor St. Valentine's Day There were three Saint Valentines, all living in the second half of the third century; one is thought to have been a priest of Rome, another was a bishop and little is known of the other. But they were all martyrs and were connected in the popular mind with the people. Later, in Middle Ages Europe, the day known as St. Valentine's Day was associated with lovers. In the fiftenth century English writers refer to the day as one when birds (and maybe humans!) choose mates. Costume balls are a feature of Valentine's Day and in countries where Mardi Gras of Fasching celebrations are extravagant there are always gala celebrations that day or night. , However it came about, boys and girls soon began exchanging Valentines. And hearts beat faster when one's girl, or best beau, sends an especially lovely Valentine. The custom has spread to husbands and wives and others, and is a nice one--even if over-corn mercialized. It' good to be remembered and to be loved and Valentine's Day prompts such ex- pressions. The world unquestionably needs more love, and less hatred, and that is, in part, the message of February ]4th. Seed Catalogs This is the time of year we dream visions of grandeur while looking through seed catalogues. The pictures of the full-grown fruits or vegetables make the mouth water, and we anticipate great things. These great expectations often come down to earth as.the season 9ets underway and the insects, wdather and eeds do their natural part. On the other hand, sometimes we are amply rewarded with the fruits of our labor (and financial outlay) and these become the memorable years. Tax Cut Hope Any tax cut finally voted by Congress this year will be a gamble--that putting extra money into the economy in this manner will stimulate business, thus increasing tax collections. If tax collections don't rise next year as a result of the tax cuts, they'll have been un- justified. The root cause of U. S. eco0omic troubles today is excessive federal spending, which produces inflation, an eroding dollar and a mushrooming national debt. Mr. Carter will have no chance to balance the budget by 1980 if tax collections do not appreciably rise as a result of a tax reduc- tion. March Of Dimes The annual fund-raising drive through the March of Dimes is now in progress. The wor- thiness of this cause cannot be doubted. It started when Franklin Delano Roosevelt was President of the united States, and has con- tinued since then. The March of Dimes has branched out into many other activities besides polio, and much has been accomplished in the area of birth defects. It should be noted that the March of Dimes in not a member of the United Fund, but is maintained independently of the drive con- ducted by the United Fund. I i= I r I III Letters To The Editor t tt ] t i tt t t t t i tt .....  I February 4, 1978 "CO'UNTY'S SANTA" To the Editor: Dear Sir: The Region 9 director gives the impression that he is Jef- ferson County's Santa Clause. within a government that seems to be in a posRion to do all things for all people? Did the people of Jefferson County vote Region 9 into being? From whence comes the millions of dollars discussed at County Commission meetings During his visit to the County by what is referred to as Region Commission on February 2, he 9? Is it in actually a centerlized discussed a $4 million State government which is contrary to grant for economic development the form of government and then suggested to the guaranteed by the Constitution Commission that they think of of the State of West Virginia? any other needed projects. It is written that the West What is this islature ; created by the Constitution of West Virginia to exercise the power of the people to govern themselves -- a power the t people have not reserved to' themselves, given to the federal government, or yielded to the other branches of State [ government. Does Region 9, government infringe on the Constitutional rights of citizens of Jefferson County to govern themselves? Is there not six members of the local County Commission receiving salaries from Jefferson County tax- payers whose function it is to manage Coufity government? In 1972, Executive Order 11647 by President i Richard Nixou established a Federal Council for each of ten Federal Regions and placed the State of West Virginia in Federal Region 3. Is State Region 9 a segment of Federal Region 3? Does not the phrase "Federal Council for each ten Federal Regions" in the Executive Order formulate causes for concern? The Constitution of West Virginia guarantees the power and right of the people to govern themselves. How does Federal Region 3 and State Region 9 conform to this concept Vivien Manuel Charles Town CHEERS FOR FIREMEN Charles Town, W. Va. February 6, 1978 Dear Max: In reading of the Citizens Fire Company awards dinner, I felt it was time all citizens stand up and give three cheers for these wonderful Fire Company volunteers who give not only their time but risk their lives to protect the people of the com- munity and their property. We cannot forget Raymond Hufnagel, who lost his life trying to save the Miller Chemical Co. I hope every citizen will do two things now for our volunteer fire company. 1. Take time to write a check no matter how small to help them financially. 2. Write each elected official representing you at the State Legislature that the time has come to rescind the Equal Rights Amendment in W. Va. Bianca James, Rob. Steptoe, Bill Oates and to your Congressman in Washington not to extend the dead line for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment beyond March, 1979. W. Va. was one of the first states to vote for the Equal Rights Amendment under the pretense of equal pay for equal work. This phrase has long ago proved to be a myth. A few women have used this law to force women into every organization. Hoping to force women to receive equal pay for unequal work. Not only volunteer organizations but businesses as well cannot operate efficiently when they are forced to give people jobs or accept them into an organization because of their sex. The threat of law suits by those in the NOW program is certainly unacceptable by most of the women of our state. This is taking away another freedom from the citizens of this great country. So let us move now to demand this law be rescinded in W. Va. and not accepted as an emend- ment to our constitution. Sincerely yours, Virginia B. Kable VOTE FOR LEVIES Jefferson County Taxpayers Assoc. Charles Town, W. Va. February 5, 1978 Max Brown Editor SpirR of Jefferson Dear Sir: It is well known that the Jefferson County Taxpayers Association has opposed the increase in the School Iyy to 100 percent. We would like it equally as well known that we are urging all the citizens of Jefferson County to go to the polls on February 10, 1978 and vote "For the Levies" -- the 87 percent levy. This has been the feeling of most of us all along, and it was reinforced by a vote at the weather-postponed January meeting which was held in the Jefferson County Court House on I February 3, 1978. It is further reinforced by an advertisement elsewhere in this paper. Sincerely,  Charles F. Adams SALT H TREATY Bolivar Heights Harpers Ferry, W. Va. January 31, 1978 Mr. Max Brown Editor Spirit of Jefferson Dear Mr. Brown: Below is a letter I should like to share with your readers. Thank you. Helen Webb President Jimmy Carter The White House Washington, D.C. Dear President Carter: My deep concern is about the chances for a satisfactory SALT II Treaty between the United States and the Soviet Union. r know you are committed to holding these talks because you feel they are essential to keeping the arms race under some control. I believe the most important thing you could do in your ad- ministration would be to negotiate successfully with the Soviets for real cuts in nuclear weapons on both sides. All arms races in the history of the world have ended in war. But a modern nuclear war would he very different and many times more destructive than any war in the past. Whatever progress that can be achieved by a Salt II treaty is better than non, " I am very uneasy about the' proposal of the United States Air Force to replace our Minutemen with the "Missile Ex- perimental" in the mid-nineteen eighties. This would trigger a new round of war-head com- petition on both sides and push the world further toward the ruinous abyss of nuclear devastation. A Salt If Treaty must succeed in laying the ground work for drastic cuts in weapons in SALT IIU. Otherwise whatever stability the world has enjoyed in the past thirty years will disappear and our chance to contain the nuclear nightmare in reasonable bounds will be gone. I realize that you are already perfectly aware of everything I have said.. This letter is simply by way of emphasis and en- couragement. It is to let you know that the American people and the Congress will have faith in your efforts to bring about a successful SALT II Treaty and to progress from there to SALT Ill, provided that they clearly un- 'derstand the important issues involved. You must inform them of the vital need for SALT If; of the purpose of these negotiations; and what failure' would mean to them, their children, and the future of the whole world. Sincerely yours, Helen Webb State of West Virginia Department of Health Weston Hospital Dear Max: We shall appreciate your use of this letter from patients at Weston State Hospital. Harry Blackford and Mrs. H. H. Hunter, Coordinators of Operation Santa Claus 1977. We thank you. Dear Citizens of Jefferson County: We are writing to express our sincere appreciation for all your donations, gifts and parties that you provided for your residents while confined to Weston Hospital. Words can never ex- press all the joy and happiness provided by your donations. It is so wonderful to be remembered by one's community, especially at Christmas time. Wishing you and yours a Joyous New Year. Sincere thanks, Residents and Staff at Weston Hospital SPIRIT Of JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE ESTABLISHED 1844 'MAX BROWN DON RENTCH EDITOR.PUBLIsHER NEWS EDITOR Published Every Week At The Offices Of The JEFFERSON PUBLISHING CO., INC. 210 North George Street CHARLES TOWN, IN. VA. 25414 Subscription Price: $7.50 Per Year Second Class Postage At U. S. Post Office CHARLES TOWN, W. VA. 25414 Changes of Address, Undeliverable Copies, Orders for Subscriptions and Other Mail Items Are To Be Sent To: P. O. BOX 231 ; CHARLES TOWN, W. VA. 25414 u II I II News Of Other Years 10 --YEARS AGO -- 10 A frame house owned by Mrs. Martha Payton, located in the Franklintown section of the county, and occupied by Mrs. Laura Lee Payton, is damaged extensively by fire in a mid- morning blaze. Jeff Spickler, a student at Harpers Ferry High School, is cited as a winner in the annual Current Affairs Contest, con- ducted by Time, the weekly magazine; he is chosen from more than 2,500,000 high school and college students across the U.S. and Canada. The National Park Service approves a $23,000 contest to the Construction Services, Co., of Washington, to move John Brown's Fort from its present site in Harpers Ferry, to a new location, announced by US Senator Robert C. Byrd. Twelve-year-old Franklin Abrecht, son of Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Abrecht, of Harpers Ferry, undergoes open heart surgery in the W.V.U. Medical School Hospital. DEATHS: Mr. Charles K. Nicewarner dies in the Charles Town hospital; Mr. and Mrs. Paul L. Magann, formerly of Martinsburg, are killed in an auto accident in Greenville, N.C.; Mrs. Bertha Estelle Feltner, of Charles Town; Mrs. Katherine Seibert McCormick, formerly of "Dover" her home place in Middleburg, Va., dies at the Knoa Hospital in Hawaii, where she had resided for some years with a daughter; James D. Reese, 64, of Milton, W. Va., dies in a Huntington hospital; Charles Edward Tomlin, 94, retired farmer of Charles Town, dies in Charles Town hospital; Miss Kathryn Alleman Fulkerson, 85, retired Justice Department employee, dies in the Casualty Hospital in Washington; Cleon Harden Walker, 67, retired manager of the Leetown Fish Hatchery, dies I I" in the King's Daughters Hospital, where he had been a patient for 3 weeks; Mrs. Nora Pentz Mahoney, 80, dies at the home of a daughter in Washington; Mrs. Betty Brown Hazen, 46, of Lamar, Pa., for- merly of Charles Town, dies at her home; J. Fred Holtzman, 78, of Luray, Va., dies at Page Memorial Hospital; Garland L. Virts, 69, of Charles Town, dies in the local hospital; Mrs. Julia D. Watson, 75, of Charles Town, dies in the local hospital; Thomas E. Lake, 83, of Millville, dies in the Charles Town hospital. Charles Town State Trooper Tommy Ward, on in-active duty since injured on December 3, 1975, retires from active service and is placed on permanent disability. The Charles Town High wrestling team wins the Valley Interscholastic Wrestling Tournament with 73 points, held at the Thomas Jefferson High gym in Frederick, Md. The Shepherd College cagers drop a 103-93 decision to Hamp- den-Sydney; they also lose a 77- 65 verdict to Randolph-Macon College at Ashland, Va. The Charles Town High Panther Varsity wins their 17th consecutive victory over the Loudoun County Raiders, by an 64-63 score; the Panther Jayvees win their 16th consecutive victory as they breeze past the Loudoun County, Va., Raiders with a 90-27 decision. The Kastle Ladies bowling team of Charles Town, score a 3- 0 victory over the Hawaiians in the Major Bowling League at the Brunswick, Md., Bowling Alley. 20 -- YEARS AGO -- 20 Brown Rissler begins his 55th year in the mechanical depart- ment of the Spirit of Jefferson- Advocate newspaper. Dr. Jules Langlet joins the staff of Cahrles Town General Hospital. Senator John Hoblitzell is I guest speaker at W. Va. University Day dinner held in the Thomas Jefferson Hotel with the Lions and Kiwanis members hosting the event. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kearney, of Shepherdstown, celebrate their 61st wedding anniversary. Mrs. Mary Ott is honored on her 62rid birthday with a sur- prise party at her home. DEATH: Mrs. Abbie Elizabeth Willingham dies in the hospital here following a long illness. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Edward Sager celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. 30 -- YEARS AGO -- 30 DEATHS : James E. Willingham, 80, dies in Charles Town General Hospital; John A. Kirby, dies at the home of his sister, Mrs. Lucy Fellers, near Kearneysville. MARRIED: Miss Mary Louise Thomas and Mr. Marvin D. Athey are married in the Win- chester U.M. Church. A. M. S. Morgan, son of Mr. and Mrs Arch Morgan, of Charles Town, is promoted to assistant zone manager for General Motors Company in the Minneapolis, Minn., zone. 50 --YEARS AGO -- 50 DEATH: Miss Evelyn R. Whiting dies at the home of her niece, south of Summit Point Mr. Brooke Blackford leaves for Chicago, Ill., where the firm for which he is employed, establishes a branch of their industry Charles Wyndham filed As Candidate CouMy Commission Charles "Peanut" Wyndham has filed for the Jefferson County Commissioners post representing the Harpers Ferry- Bolivar District. Peanut called for better cooperation with Sheriff Wilt's Department and improved law enforcement throughout the county. Mr. Wyndham resides at 1090 Washington and although neysville, has most of his 38 He attended High School president of the l.ague. Peanut is a Town Council he also serves Treasurer of the Harpers Ferry Sanitation years, he has beeS has held elective{ Volunteer Company. Mr. increased su Volunteer Fire more and with the "My concern said. .During the election cam someone valuable book Spirit of and return it. The referring to copy of the the Spirit Advocate "period of and September Although remember borrower hat the Spirit d office and book with the return it. brrwer Jbo i return the making an the return contains the the Spirit of we have, or Jefferson period of and Stride,00r' February Furniture Sale 2 Piece Suit All Herculon Full Size Sofa and Chair *395 o ROWES Modern Sofa & Chair in Beautiful Hereulon Covers *352oo SiddONS Sleep Sofa Regular Price '499,50 NO W ONL Y! *395oo Bags Made by Hoover for Their Cleaners BASSETT Sleep Sofa Herculon Cover *29500 Swivel Rockers Assorted Covers * 110 Recliners in a good Heavy Vinyl *135"5 Oval Table (Extension) and 6 Chairs *3495o Oval Rugs (All Sizes) Easier to Clean Extra Heavy 9X12 BA$ Fireside Spindle Ball Chair $ Triple and *22 Double 1 Single 4 Dra 8 7 eA Bag of four *995o *1 5 Dra The Melvin T. Stri Furniture Co. Phone: 725.7068 North George Street Charles