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i/ The month of February, not unlike all other months of the year, shares the spotlight with a number of organizations as the time of year for remembrances. And one of the organizations which has for many years used the month of February as their time of remembering is the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. But unlike the Future Farmers of America, Jaycee Women, Boy Scouts and other groups who set aside only a week for their national promotion, the DAR ladies have for years referred to the entire month of February as American History Month. Here in Jefferson County, there are two chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution -- the Bee Line, comprised of members prin- cipally of the Charles Town area; and the Pack Horse Ford Chapter, with a mem- bership primarily from the Shepherdstown section of the county. Once again this past Satur- day, as they have for a num- ber of years, Bee Line Chap- ter held their annual George Washington Birthday lun- cheon at the Village House Restaurant in Shenandoah Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Eastern Panhandle sec- tion are paying special tribute to its volunteers and supporters during the period , of February 17-23 which is being observed nationally as Junction at 12:30 noon. And one of the highlights of the luncheon program was the presentation of the winners of the very successful essay contest which they conducted among students in the Wrigh- Denny Elementary and Charles Town Junior High Schools. Mrs. Virginia Kable, who traditionally heads up the local observance of American History month, reminds that this year marks the 202nd an- niversary of the Treaty of Paris of 1783, which ended the American Revolutionary War. It also acknowledged the United States to be "Free, Sovereign and Independent" and it gave Americans the lands West of the Mississippi. In the DAR observance this year they emphasize the im- portance of the American Creed and the Statue of Liber- ty which is now undergoing extensive restoration work. They also point with great pride to the men who fought so valiantly at Valley Forge for the cause of freedom. Once again' we congratulate the local DAR Chapters in their efforts to keep alive and promote, especially among the younger people, the history of America and Americanism. everywhere. SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farm~'$ ADVOCATE -- THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21; 1985 February 18, 1985 Dear Mr. Rentch, Ronald Reagan was reelected to of. rice by a landslide victory. Those who voted against him were probably those few who are pro-ahortion and anti- defense. In the last congress, four extreme- ly important defense measures were defeated by one vote margins or tie votes in the Senate. The disarmament people have redoubled their efforts will probably be given help by new senators Paul Simon (D. II ) and Tom Harkin (D. Ia.) Majority I.~ader Howard Baker, who retired and was replaced by Albert Gore, Jr. (D.) Baker had a Na- tional Security Voting index of 100; Gore's rating was 40% And, to the shame of West Virginians, who voted for him, John D. Rockefeller is ex- pected to be much to the left of Jenn- ings Randolph. Reps. Jack Kemp (R. NY) and Bill Chappell (D. FI.) both have been stressing the importance of the "Peacekeeper" or the MX to the weapons modernization campaign Our present weapons are so old that, unless they are replaced, the US would be unilaterally disarming itself because of the obsolescence of its weapons. In 1964, President Reagan requested 40 MX missiles, but the House voted to deny production unless the ~ Om- gress passed a resolution for production. The need for the MX is urgent. The last US land-based missile was built in 1969, but the Soviets omtmued prndue- tion. Now three-fourths of the Soviet strategic weapons are five years of age or younger; three-fourths of the US strategic weapons are 15 years old or more. The Soviets have 600 MX type missiles and, in a year, between 1962 and 83, depoloyed more MX type warheads than the US planned to deploy in the entire MX program. The anti-defense forces won a vic- tory when both houses voted to block any test of the anti-satellite (ASAT) nuke against a target in space until March 1. The disarmament lobby has been ridiculing the program by call- ing it "Stars Wars." The television commercials used by Walter Mondale's presidential cam- Mrs. Carol Smith, director paign misled (intentionally?) the of the Big Brothers/Sisters public by saying that the ASAT pro- organization in Berkeley gram was stationing nuclear weapons in space and letting computers decide County, said this week, when to explode them. The weapons "We're proud of our volun- being considered as a part of the teers, and we welcome the strat c vefense Initiati~, would not Big Brothers/Big Sisters Ap- opportunity to thank them be armed with nuclear war heads and preciation Week. And ac- publicly. Your friendship .would be unable to do any damage to the Soviet Union. The purpose of the tivities planned in the enriches the lives of hundreds ASAT is to explore nuclear weapom approaching the U.S. in the air or in space long before they reached the American Continent. Feb. 17, 1965 Dear Mr. Rentch, Isn't it time to ask why Congress feels it has the right to continue to reach into the pockets of every tax- payer and give the money they take out to certain special interest groups. In the last election last November weren't the voters saying loud and clear it is time to stop thi s practice? Why should local citizens be taxed to support Amtrak so that commuters have a pleasant way to-go to work at a reduced rato, while they do not have adequate roads to travel on to conduct their own business? Haven't most Federal programs been designed to make local govern- ments dependent upon the Federal Government? Isn't this like excepting a drug and when you start taking it you become addicted? Now that the Reagan administration says it's time to stop this practice, withdrawal pains are beginning to set in and they will continue. Isn't this true of revenue sharing? Because of revenue sharing haven't many bureaucratic m-ganizations been fund- ed? Once formed don't they have to abide by the dictate of codes local peo- ple do not approve of? Let us take a look at the Farm Home Administration (Housing Authority) What is this fund? Why are so many developments becoming a problem to local taxpayers? Can't water and sewage become a problem in these developments.T Won't the county have to build more schools? Aren't county roads already over crowded? Hasn't receiving Federal funds added to the Eastern Panhandle section of Berkeley, Jefferson and are being directed toward Morgan County children. Our recruiting new volunteers, to Big Brothers/Sisters' gifts of bring new and needed adulttime and caring have had a friendships to the 51 girls and most positive impact on this boys now on the waiting list of entire section. problems of local governing agencies The defense lobby will need grass and lessened the rights of people to roots support to persuade Congress to govern themselves? vote for a national defense. That Virginia Kable ~Qt~t*t**tt~ttt t It I t t ttt #t ESTABLISHED IIMM JEFFERSON PUBLISHING CO INC. DONALD G. RENTCH EDWARD W. DOCKENEY R. MEADE DORSEY ~ t t lit WW 210 Published Every Thursday At N. George St. -- Charles Town, W. Va. 25414 Telephone: (304) 725-2046 Or 725-2047 Subscription Price' In Jefferson County - $9.00 a Out of Jefferson County - $10.00. 5% Sales TaX Must Be Added for all West Virginia Addresses Entered In The Post Office At Charles Town As Second Class Matter -- USPS510-960 Ad Deadline 4:00 P.M. Monday means that you and I should contact Charles Town, W.Va. the Big Brothers/Big Sisters We congratulate all those our senators and congressmen, urging~ of the section, who, in any way, have had a support of all defense measures. - - President Ronald Reagan part in the founding and LelaGardner. NEWS OF i 'J has designated this week as development of the Big Letter to the Editor R " FFA & VOCATIONAL AGRICULTURE Big Brothers/Big Sisters Brothers/Sisters organiza- The Spi~t of Jefferson ~. : . Week and Congress has tion in this section. It's a job Farmer s Advocate ' 10--YEARS AGO--10 The week of February 16 to 23 is Na- National FFA Week joined in the salute, honoring well done and certainly one 210 N. George Street Ward H. Jackson and Arnold tional FFA Week. Jefferson Chapter the date of George W~ Big Brothers/Big Sisters deserving * of even greater Charles Town, WV 25414 Jenkins of this county were presented FFA has plans to participate in this thday. Washington wa 35-year service awards recently at the event with several chapter activities, a master farmer on h~ supporters in communities success. Dear Editor: MolerPlantofU.S. Steel's Limestone This years theme is KeepAgrieulture tation, and the National ~H0(}t t[~ PASSES FJ~ILY A boutthistimelastyear, Ilearned Operations inMillville. Number One, Support FFA and Voea- stands on land that was f that I was about to become a father for DIED tional Agriculture. Jefferson Chapter of his estate in AlexandriB, the second time. Although I'd been David Newton Penwell, 84, FFA is involved with many The FFA has been p~. y, eley to the early 1930 S when the through the experience once, I was Halltown; John A. Lakenan, 87, Win- County citizens proved they state decreed that the old still nervous and concerned, excitea chester, Va.; AlysCramdellStone, 19, agricultural busin~sses and farmers in people for careers in ~ definitely favor local support magisterial district form of and breathless with anticipation. I the county. 1928. There are over 800 FF~ of the public school system by financing schools be abolished, wondered (and worried) day and Charles Town; Mrs. GwendolynSuttle . The Jeffersnn Chapter of FFA is the and nearly ~ million me~ night Would the baby be a boy or girl? Geronimo, 76, who had served as the mrgest chapter in West Virginia with USA. The FFA member giving an overwhelming ma- and that county units, with Would this child be as beautiful and Harpers Ferry-Bolivar correspondent a membership of over 200 students in prove his communi~ jority vote to a measure state support, be instituted, loving as our Katie? But rnost of all, for the Spirit of Jofferson ; Mrs. Julia Vocational Agriculture classes, ship and agricultural Curtis Moore, Sr,82, Charles Town ; The Jeffersnn Chapter of FFA is the intends to continue to renewing a county excess levy Schools were deplorable in Iwondered: Would this child be born Guy Miller Henretty, 67, Ranson; largest chapter in West Virginia with standard of excellence of slightly more that 87 per- some magisterial districts cent for another three years, where population was sparse Without the levy, teachers and there was a dearth of and service personnel would business and industry (In have suffered a reduction in Berkeley County, Martinsburg salary; parents would have District was the "rich kid", had to expend extra dollars in other magisterial district the purchase of text books; schools were the "poor boys . " ) and certain other services Now, after some fifty years would have been curtailed, of operating with both state While the turnout was not aid and county revenues, sud- large, about twenty-five per- denly the courts say that the cent of the county's registered rich counties have to take care voters, it did demonstrate that of the poor counties. No more those who voted were fully lifting one's self by their own aware of what might happen bootstraps. Let someone else to the educational system if, carry the burden. for the next three years, the With an annual expenditure estimated $2,300,000 yearly of more than $2,750 per student was not forthcoming, in West Virginia, it would Proposed on the state level seem that a good public school a year ago, and soundly education should be a certain- defeated, was a statewide ex- ty. It isn't, in many instances, cess levy, a school construc- primarily because there isn't tion bond issue, plus a handout any feasible way to get rid of for sewer and highway con- poor teachers;because school struction, if any'd ng was left administrations perhaps do over. not spend available funds This conglomerate, which wisely; and because a great left the voters cold, was born deal of money is wasted by of desperation by a legislature "laundering" funds through a which was forced by a state system that is perhaps legislating judiciary which rul- top heavy in bureaucracy and ed that the way schools are short on meeting local educa- financed in West Virginia is tional needs. unconstitutional. There seems to be little There was a day when the doubt that ultimately the courts stayed out of such con- public school system will be troversies. If thereis someone totally administered by the who believes today's method state. Frankly, that's too bad, of financing is unfair, they because state control has not should have been around prior oroven itself in the past. healthy? In December, Laurie gave birth to Edgar Nathaniel Taylor, 64, Mar- tinsburg; Mrs. Bessie Jane Harron a bouncing baby girl. Emily, likeKatie Ringer, 87, Martinsburg; Mrs. before her, was born healthy. The Frances B. Unger, 80, Youngstown, March of Dimes Birth Defects Found- Ohio. ation specializes in babies like my A total of 125 students at Harpe~ two girls. You could say each time a Ferry Junior High School were nam- baby is born healthy, the March of ed to the school honor rull according Dimes has scored a victory, achieved toPrincipal Judsnn Romine. a part of its goal. Right now, March MARRIED of Dimes needs your help to achieve Miss Janet Marie Anderson, another part of its goal -- the raising daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William E. of verTnecessary dollars. Anderson, to Mr. Michael As Honorary Chairman for AllenWhitmore, son of Mr. William A. WallkAmerica 'a5, I challenge you to Whitmore, Ranson and the late Mrs. be a part of this annual walking event whitmore; Miss Mary Ann Spurgas, for the March of Dimes. As a new daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph S. father your support matters to me. Spurgas, Sbepherdstown to Mr. Elmer But most of all your contribution of Witt, Jr son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer time and energy on Saturday April 27, Witt, Sr of Lexington, Kentucky. means so much to thousands of pro- Mrs. Helen Snyder of Charles Town spective parents everywhere. They, has been named Memorial Gifts Chair- like me, will sleep just a little better man of the Jefferson County Heart knowing that the March of Dimes is Association. working tirelessly to assure that all Miss Ellen Faye Athey, is one of babies are born happy, heal~ y and same 1,300 Madison College students whole, who earned Dean's list honors for the Please help the March of ~ find first semester. some peace of mind for all of m. Turn into for Winchester Medieal the March of Dimes WaikAmeriea. Call 304-263-2003 today. Center To Hold Warm regards, Mark Murphy Prenatal Classes Washin gton Redskins Prenatal classes are now forming at The Legislature is in a posi- tion to pass the necessary measures that would keep some semblance of control with county boards of educa- tion. It may not do so, and if it does not then our educational systerd may well rest with the bureaucrats in Charleston, and local control (currently at a low level) will be complete- ly eliminated. Winchester Medical Centm', Inc. far the five week semion beginning Tues- day, Mar 5. l ue Labor of Love classes will cover physical developm mt and care of the mothes and ebild bdore, during and following birth. Classes will be taught by the Ohstetrical/N Nursing Staff of WMC. Contact your obstetri-- cian/~ for r~i.~ra~" forms. tkm d dl e b Mar 1. For ftwth infocmation, contact the Ot trical tor at Medical CO t , a membership of over 200 students in agriculture number one i~ Vocational Agriculture classes, and in America. Morgan Speaks On Woodstoves In The Farm Home Advisory Commit- tee of W.H. Knode's Sons, Southern States dealer in Shepherdstown, was host on Saturday, February 9 to pa~ and interested parties on -woodstove rne safety. D. I~e Morgan, Shepherdstown fwe chief, spoke to the grip on this critical issue. With the rise of woedstove use in this area and across the United States, fwe departments everywhere are ex- tremely concerned that people using wondstoves be cognizant of their dangers and aware Of proper installa- tion and maintenance. Chief Morgan reported statistics locally and across the country regarding deaths, injuries .and home destruction due to improper use of woostoves. In addition, Chief Morgan advised the group of other helpful safety information: Be sure to have the emergency number (911) on your telephone as a reminder how to reach emergency ser- vices in Jefferson County. Post writ- ten directions near your telephone to aid the fire department/rescue squad in locating your home. Therefore visitors, habysitters and even those living in the house will be able to just read the direc~ and will not have to think about their locations. Often in an emergeuey people get confused and cannot think clearly and this would remove any possibility of giving the wrong directions. Clean out your chimneys at least once a year and in some cases more often as creosote ho~dul~ causes chimney fwes. When installing a woodstove in a chimney, make sure and has not been sealed Should ty of your woodstove, other part of your ho~ will be happy to send advise other clubs and schedule future meetings ject of fire safety. t~ I At the conclusion of I remarks, refreshments W JL Blue Ridge Cub Marks Scouts Sus~ Blue Ridge Cub Scout celebrated 10 at St. Andrews on sor of Pack 84. It waS scheduled for February postponed one weel ment weather. Those in attendance Seonts, Rebbie Deaner, Doyle, Kevin Ronald Regester; Clark; Parsons; Secretary, Den Leaders Pamela Deaner and Sa ndra master John Doyle. The Rev. James O. welcomed the Scouts to and expressed the return often. After the Scouts were treated to and cookies.