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PAGE A2 Wednesday February 21, 2018 NEWS and SPIRIT of JEFFERSON FARMER'S ADVOCATE "No government ought to be without censors and where the press is free, no one ever will." -- Thomas Jefferson of JEFfiERSQN WHAT'S INSIDE , Advocate A6, A7 Obituaries A8 Sports B1 Community Calendar B4 Classifieds, crossword B5 Legals B6 Life B8 YUM! C1 More legals : D1 Publisher ROBERT SNYDER Managing editor CItRISTINE SNYDER editor @ spiritofjefferson .com 304-725-2046, ext. 222 Office manager CARA YOUNG sojofficemanager @ 304-725-2046, ext. 221 Sports reporter ZACH CUMBERLAND sports@ 304-725-2046, ext. 229 Advertising MARY BURNS mary @ 304-725-2046, ext. 223 BRENDA WOODWARD GRISHAM brenda@ 304-725-2046, ext. 224 (,raphlc designers SHARON SNYDER 304-725-2046, ext. 227 GREG STAUB 304-725-2046, ext. 226 Serving our community since 1844 Published Wednesdays by The Jefferson Publishing Co. Inc a local, family-owned company Winner, West Virginia Press Association 2017 General Excellence (Third place) Visit us: 114 N. Charles St Charles Town Send mail: EO. Box 966, Charles Town 25414 Phone: 304-725-2046 Fax: 304-728-6856 spiritofjefferson.eom See a mistake? The Spirit of Jefferson wants to promptly and thoroughly correct all errors that appear in these pages or our website online. Bring such matters to the attention of Christine Snyder ( or 304-725-2046, ext. 222) as quickly as possible. Didn't get your paper? Call office manager Cam Young, 304-725-2046, ext. 221. Berkeley Republican talking with Md. leaders By JUSTIN GRIFFIN rest of the state is going to go along with Special to the Spirit any more than that." Maryland officials say they want more MARTINSBURG -- Berkeley Coun- than $3 million a year from West Virgin- ty lawmaker Craig Blair said he believes ia to continue rail services to the East- a lucky break might help his efforts to ern Panhandle. In a meeting with East- get West Virginia funding for the East- ern Panhandle civic leaders last week, ern Panhandle's MARC train commuter Smith said that Maryland expects an an- service, swer on funding by March 5. Blair, the chairman of the Senate Fi- Delegate Jason Barrett, D-Berkeley, nance Committee, said he can likely se- who sits on the House Finance Commit- cure an increase to the agreed-to yearly tee, told The Frederick (Md.) News-Post funding from West Virginia for the ser- that the price tag of more than $3 million vice from $300,000 to $500,000. dollars a year is steep. In 2012, the Legislature appropriated "My belief is that is not a real num- $300,000 a year to fund the service into ber," Barrett said. "We can negotiate West Virginia but it was vetoed by Earl with Maryland. We can work together. Ray Tomblin, the governor at the time, But it will be a heavy lift to get legis- which means that West Virginia, by its lators from around the state to buy into own numbers, currently owes Maryland funding the MARC line. We will need $1.8 million. But Maryland is not hold- buy-in from the local counties and cities ing the state to that money, Blair said. and a slight fare increase. All parties are "Maryland doesn't regard us as being going to have to chip in." in arrears," said Blair, a Republican who If an agreement is not reached by the represents Berkeley County. "That's my two states, Maryland could cut off the understanding of it." He said he'd talked service by summer. over the issue with Maryland Transpor- Paul Espinosa, a Republican who rep- tation Secretary Tom Smith. resents the 66th district in the House of Blair said that not having to pay $1.8 Delegates, said the MARC Brunswick million to Maryland enables him to raise Line is of great value to the Eastern Pan- the amount of money from $300 bOO tn $500,000. "Having that commuter rail service "I believe I can get a $500,000 line is a great amenity to the area," Espino- item in the budget for the MARC ser- sa said. "It helps provide job creators vice," Blair said. "But that's the best I'm with employees, and it also helps bring going to be able to do. I don't think the in people from Washington, D.C. who State Sen. " Craig Blair of Berkeley County says he's been talking about funding for the commuter train service operated by Maryland and feels sure the issues will be resolved. want to see West Virginia." The latest contract between the two states, which hasn't been funded by West Virginia in the last six years, end- ed Oct. 31 and now is operating month to month. In 2013, then-state Sen. Herb Sny- der, D-Jefferson, shepherded legisla- tion to establish the Commuter Rail Ac- cess Fund. The state was supposed to put $500,000 a year into the fund to go to- ward paying for the commuter service. Lawmakers have never voted to fill the fund. West Virginia pays for the upkeep of the stations in Duffields and Harpers Ferry. The city of Martinsburg owns and oFova~oo a train otatlon there. The MARC Brunswick Line operates three trains from Martinsburg to D.C. weekday mornings. Three trains return each evening from D.C. to Martinsburg with stops at Duffields and Harpers Ferry. ASSESSOR'S OFFICE- CLERK The Assessor of Jefferson County will accept applications for a Clerk until February 23, 2018. Clerk position: a Permanent full time, 40 hours per week Salary will be commensurate with experience Successful Applicants must be~posses: a A resident of Jefferson County, WV Registered to vote in Jefferson County, WV Advanced Microsoft Office and typing skills Strong communication and interpersonal skills Strong organizational skills and attention to detail All applications must be submitted on a standard form available from the Assessor's Office, Monday through Friday between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm. E0E to speak Trail Tuesday expert night MARTINS- BURG - Laurie Potteiger, the Ap- palachian Trail Conservancy's information ser- vices manag- er, will deliver a talk, "The 14- State Challenge" at 6:30 p.m. Tues- day at St. John's Lutheran Church Laurie here. The Sierra Club - Eastern Panhandle is sponsoring the talk, which is free and open to anyone. The church is located at 101 Martin St. in Martinsburg. Potteiger, who first hiked the famed Georgia to Maine route in 1987, will talk about the beauty and di- versity of the Appalachian Trail, including day-hiking highlights in West Virginia Potteiger and the other 13 states the Trail passes through. She will talk about how any- one "can plan and commemorate an unforgettable A.T. experience - no backpack re- quired," accord- ing to 'the organiz- ers. With the non- profit Appalachian Trail Con- servancy, Potteiger works to introduce the public to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and how to enjoy it sus- tainably. Light refreshments will be served. For more information on this meeting .or on oth- er local Sierra Club options, contact Regina Hendrix (304- 725-0223 or regina.hendrix@ Office- 304-725-2332 Su 604 Hunter St ~:,:ii~i:iiiiiiiill, ~ ,~i,!~ Professional Quality Service Done Right The First Time! 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