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4 Down Memory Lane It was June, 1955 and members of the Jefferson County Civil Defense organization met at the courthouse during a mock atomic attack .nat was carrietd out in Washington. The assembly was called in case the county would be tasked to have a part in the Washington mock attack. During the meet- ing, the heads of the various parts of the civilian defense force planned to reorganize and revitalize the organization. Shown in the photo are the divisional defense leaders for the county. Front row, from left, Mrs. James M. Mason, III, liaison from the local Red Cross program; Mrs. Dan Yowell, chairman of the Letters to the Editor ASBURY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH - Located on West High and North Church streets, this present congregation be- came its owners when the congregation of Trinity Episcopal CONCERNED ABOUT CHURCH Concerning the Asbury United Methodist Church on the comer of West High and North Church Streets in Shepherdstown,..my heart breaks every time I drive or walk past. This beautiful small stone church, in the town's ~ district, has been falling apart, due to neglect by its owners for many years. In 1978, I did a pen and ink drawing of it for the Jefferson Se- curity Bank annual calendar, and it looked abandoned then. As I understand it, a few years ago a committee was formed, comprised of the owners and members of the Shepherd- stown community, to find a mu- tually agreeable solution to saving the church for some form of private or public use. How- ever, it is all. too apparent that the group has failed to commu- nicate, as nothing seems to be happening to save the building from further deterioration. According to the local his- tory book, See Shepherdstown, 1986 edition, page 45, "the nave of the building as it still stands is essentially that of the 1769 Mecklenburg Chapel, and thus one of the oldest standing church buildings-west of the Blue Ridge Mountains...In 1867, the building itself was sold by Trinity vestry to 'the colored Methodist Episcopal Church of Shepherdstown.' Not until 1976 was the land under the church deeded to the Asbury Methodist Church," the current owner. This church is in a prominent, highly visible and much traveled- by intersection m a neighborhood, one block from the town's main thoroughfare, German Street. It behooves all of us to make the ef- fort to work together to save this old church/building. I have only heard bits and pieces from a few committee members as to why the discus- sions collapsed. Perhaps it is time for a public meeting so that we can all understand what the problems are and try to resolve them. This building is too important just to let it fall down. Perhaps Historic Shepherdstown and the Town should set up a public meeting to get a discussion started. Diana Suttenfield Concerned Citizen Shepherdstown P.A.S.S.PROGRAM CONTINUES ITS GROWTH, SERVICE Dear Editor: I would like for you and oth- ers to know that the Jefferson County Schools' P.A.S.S. PRO- GRAM continues to grow and benefit our students. The mentorship program links com- munity volunteers with stu- dents who are in need of sup- pert for a wide variety of rea- sons. Once a week the volun- teers meet with students for approximately 30 minutes in a one-to-one school-based set- ting. Mentors provide academic and self-esteem support through an assortment of ac- tivities which might include: spelling word review, a "good" game of UNO, preparing a So- cial Studies/Science Fair project, sharing a special lunch, outside]inside play, or just a long talk. In our orientation sessions we challenge our volunteers "to share the very BEST of who they are with our students" and the results are wonderfully amazing! The relationships the mentors develop with our chil- dren will have infinite value as the students matriculate through school and be positive memories in their adult lives. We want to recognize all of our P.A.S.S. mentors who so gener- ously donate their time and en- ergy to our students. Of special note are our dedicated indi- vidual school coordinators and the special assistance we re- ceive from Pam Dugan, .AmeriCorps Promise Fellow. If anyone is interested in volunteering, please contact your neighborhood school. Sincerely, Lisa Carper, LSW, CCAC School Social Worker COMMENTS ON NEW COUNTY PLAN (EDITOR'S NOTE: The fol- lowing letter was Sent to the editor of this newspaper, as well as the Jefferson County SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, February 20, 2003 Civilian War Aid Service; S.H. Stone, director of Civilian De- fense; Charles Town Police Chief Ephraim Day, who headed the volunteer police operations; and Sheriff Shirley Hunt, chair of the volunteer firemen's corps for the county. Back row, from left, Joseph Christian, chairman of the administration phase of the program; Dean Nichols, who directs the legal, training, and publicity phases of the program; Harry Wilt, head of the rescue program; Charles R Reininger, head of industrial plant protec- tion and air raid setup; and Joseph Warrenfeltz, head of com- munications, transportation, and engineering. moved to their new church in 1857. (Drawing by Diana CAPITOL SCENE By Delegate Dale Manuel On Monday an important safety bill will be before the House for a final vote. The leg- islation contains two crucial is- sues - the lowering of the blood alcohol level for DUI enforce- ment to .08 and primary seatbelt enforcement. The National Highway Safety Administration esti- mates that primary enforce- ment could prevent 53 deaths per year and reduce injuries by 3,839 per year. Further, they project an estimated increase of 15 percent in seatbelt usage and a possible savings to the state of $245 million in medical costs and lost time for busi- nesses. The bill does not require law enforcement to notify insur- ance companies of primary seatbelt arrests and the offense carries only a $25 fine. There are no court costs and no points on your driver's license for a seatbelt arrest. On another safety issue, the ATV conference committee had not been appointed as of Fri- day. Hopefully, the committee will be appointed Monday and their efforts will bring mean- Hospice Volunteers Needed Volunteers play an ex- tremely important role at Hos- pice of the Panhandle. They provide assistance in every facet of the program, sharing time, expertise, knowledge, and love; impacting the quality of care as well as the operation of the organization. There are three ways to vol- unteer with Hospice. Patient and Family Support Volun. teers are matched with a hos- pice patient and family to pro- vide a variety of supportive ser- vices including friendly visit- ing, respite care for primary care givers, errand running, meal preparation, and other comfort issues. Bereavement Volunteere are specially trained to listen to and support people who are grieving through regular tele- phone contacts. Volunteers may make their calls from their homes but are encour- aged to attend a monthly meet- ing with the Hospice Bereave- ment Coordinator for supervi- sion and guidance. VOLUME ingful ATV safety our state this I would like to eral facts that need for this le --ATV accidentS West Virginians in --One-fourth of were --More than those killed in were --15 percent were passengers. On a very week a national ranked West Vir best location Atlantic states - 10 nationwide overall costs Business zine, which has rate executiv, nine factors. pay and in assessing the business wide. This week I was some movement on | Moth issue. An to the DNR will be this year's These monies will be to spray cluding those in the~ dale area. If you wish to during the session, my office at at 343-4521 or training serles history and pice care and classes in the care and related topics, medical and legal ily dynamics, skills, final volunteerism, and ment. The Hospice handle Volunteer offered as a and at no charge require one to beco~ volunteer. Hospice will teer Trainings both will be held An March 11 day and Thursday through April 10, 7 t0,1 Daytime classes 12 and will be and Friday April 11, 9:30 a.m. information or~!, For call Pare Shanklin, "~ AI FIFTY An exhibition cal prints known birds dubon (1785-1851) Suttenfield) Commission and the Jefferson County Planning Commission.) I came to Jefferson County in 1962, and have since de- signed and surveyed subdivi- sions. I don't want to seem immodest, but I believe I learned a lot about community development before we ever had a planning commission. 1. The Plan clearly reflects much work on a complicated subject. The writer deserves to be complemented for this, but responsible authors identify themselves. After all, is this a serious plan proposing to for- mulate our future, or just a ransom note? 2. The present regulations are a disgraceful tangle. We need clear concise regulations and standards. (Thomas Jeffer- son would be disgusted to see the convoluted mess requiring bureaucratic high-priesthood interpretation controlling his County.) 3. In general sentiment the Plan seems one-sided in favor of the affluent. I hope I only missed the provision I didn't see for continuing subdivisions of affordable housing. The Plan appears unduly influenced by "no-growth" elitists. 4. Those who want to elimi- nate the LESA evaluation ob- ject to its predictability and fairness, seeking to replace project merit review with arbi- trary rigid zoning. 5. The intended prohibition of commercial development on the Route 340 corridor refutes that this has long been the main commercial entrance into the County. 6. Where is the intended growth district the Compre- hensive Plan talks about? The public have the right to know. 7. The proposed Comprehen- sive Plan is "looking to the past" a lot better than it is "moving to the future." Yes, George Washington "slept here: and so does everything else. Economically doomed to con- tinue poorer than the counties that surround us, because other than a minimal token concession to lightest industry, Jefferson County is threatened by the Comprehensive Plan to be forever nothing more than-a community of bedrooms and cemeteries., Sleep her while others prosper elsewhere. 8. Any "sniper" who r0u- tinely intervenes with the Planning Commission staff or meeting process to sabotage the prospects of submissions should in fairness be required to pre:register as a Project In- truder and in each instance pre-pay a Project Intru~on Fee. (A responsible meeting prohib- its TV cameras brought in to intimidate, and ejects fist- pounders, & hecklers who in- terrupt to object. Use police officer presence.) 9. Impact fees won~.b'uild schools. Exorbitant impact fees will admit the rich but will ex- clude everyone else. Are we to be a County, or just a Country Club? Berkeley County has prospered and has better schools without even consider- ing impact fees. School Board demands have confused need with greed, use "impact fee" Organizational Support Volunteers help with the op- eration of the Hospice program. Volunteer job opportunities in- clude assisting with mailings, data entry, hostessing, fund- raising, helping with health fairs, speakers bureau, and clerical work. Patient care and bereave- men.t volunteers are required to complete the Hospice Volun- teer Training. The 24-hour scare tactics. Development didn't cause the d_ef~ieffcies piled up by School Board slop- piness. 10. The rich "shall inherit the earth" when no one else will be able to afford the taxes. The expensive fad of pulling all property possible out of the tax base for government holdings, leaves a reduced base of proper- ties to each pay ever more. 11. Consider that modest-in- come people will be pushed out of Jeff. County when they can no longer afford to live here. Respectfully subn~tted, John Stroud Kusner Harpers Ferry view at thq Museum stown, Md., through April 27. tion will open March 2, with a tion. Joel Oppenhei$~,. dent of Oppenh~ of Chicago, Ill., en~ special licensing ~ with _the Field M~ ca~o to produ prints from their 4:1 I Birds of America,.iq without question O!~~ est Audubon folios i~ _, ,~ - - os ~pt P Experts harlots ~ ,,.. passed and it is uelr two sets to exist additional 13 originally "wrong" Havell, Jr. glishman who United States, discrepancies by the misplaced prin . For other museum call (301) THE BLIZZARD OF 1996 It was January 7 and 8, 1996 and the snow was extremely deep from zards ever to hit the area. This scene shows the Lions Center in Ranson and a virtually buried in the white stuff. A path had been cleared on the sidewalk, to go since stores and services were virtually paralyzed by the huge storm.