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T 119 - NO. 11 CHARLES (Jefferson County), WEST VIRGINIA 25414 THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 1983 22 PAGES-- PER COPY 20e -- Public Commission Hearing Maynard D. McDon- a motion Friday the To~ of Harpers to dismiss the municipal hearing scheduled for on its pending water i increase request. 13, the Town Ferry, adopted an increasing rates and for municipal water within the corporate the Town of Harpers ~, effective no sooner than or February this year. On January 11, Commission received a from Cliffside Motor and Hilltop House Inc affected by the in opposition to rate increase. Commission invoked to W.Va. and suspended the rates charges until June 1 and the case for public hearing in Harpers Ferry on March 31~ Last January 27, the Town of Harpers Ferry asked the Commission to discuss the petition and to allow the re- quested rates and charges. Publichearing on the motion to dismiss was held before McDonnell list February 22. Harpers Ferry told McDon- ~ll that the petition (1) licked sufficient allegation that the rates are discriminatory; (2) the petition failed to provide evidence that the rates and charges established by the or- dinance are discriminatory; (3) the Commission's order in- voking jurisdiction is based upon a statutorily and censtitu- tionally defective petition and is therefore unenforceable; and (4) the order of the Commission invoking jurisdiction is invalid for other reasons. The petitioners, on the other hand, told McDonell that the Harpers Ferry town council in passing the ordinance, last December 13, made no cost of service study, but instead has- ed its 50 per cent across-the- board increase on rates established in Harpers Ferry by ordinance in 1980, which or- dinance discriminates against large water users in ac- celerating rates among volume classes, a method which does not take mtoaccount the cost to deliver the services. In addi- tion, the petitioners protest unmetered services to some customers, charging the minimum rate to customers served by broken or stopped meters, discriminating prac- tices in meterinc, some vrover- ties in the hous and others in- the street, failing to repair broken underground lines, rendering service to non- paying customers, failing to collect delinquent accounts, and placing a moratorium on new water service without Commission authorization. The petitioners aver that all the above discriminates against TURN TO PAGE 10 Drl, of ~y Commis- I was confined principally to to explanations of in the ~ and county. requests from entities as the circuit andthe pretty much ~I the line. Salary increase averaged about five Cent. units and outside county's planning of- ~5,101 budget a 32 per cent car- year. Hill explained this was ,due to the absence of direotor. Christman and Jane representing the coun- Development Authority, $ S,0mrequmt, up about $2,000 from the current year. Jefferson County Emergency Services asked for $81,46e but included no salary increases; and the Eastern Gateway Travel Com~il asked for a $3,000 con~bution. The Potomac Diagnostic Center in Romney, represe by its director Robert Hanson, and by local residents, Kitty Durra, John Ward and Tom Moses, again asked for a $I,000 contribution. The request received the warmest response of the day, with nearly every commissioner offering warm words of praise for the work be- ing done at the center. In other business, the Com- mission approved a contract of $10,235 with the C. Edwin Hultfimn Companywhich will permit the reproduction of record books in County Clerk lqLrl?JN TO PAGE IS The National Corn Growers Association has named Stanley Dunn Jr. of Charles Town the fif~t place winner in West Virginia's annual Corn Growers Contest. Dunn won the irrigated Corn Yield Category with a 179.19 bushel per acre yield produced with Pione~ brand hybrids 3572. He also won first place in the Category with a ss.s4 per yield also with Pioneer 3572; Third place went to Federal Hill Farm, also of Charles Town, which recorded a yield of 150,10 bushel per acre with Pioneer X7382. The West Virginia State chapter of the National Corn Growers Assoclition conducted this annual competition. In 1982 State Corn Growers Association chapters sponsored contests in 46 states. Competi- t/on categories were: Irrigated, Class AA Non-Irrigated, Class A Non-Irrigated and No-Till. Two corn growers in Califor- nia, Ernest and Leslie Dixon, bush of Thornton, topped all U.S. corn growers with yield of 319.52 and 309.37 bushel per acre respectively from Pioneer 3183 and Th0m New Owner In Curtis Thompson, a of Martmsburg and associated with in downtown Mar- is the new owner and of The Shoe Center, tt 237 West Washington Charles Town. said this week Rhodes, of Charles Town, since ear- but were not until just re ntly. who has been some time at tho store past month or so, says a Grand Opening of business March 24-25 There will be some for the as well as special Most of the work which has for the present, already been completed And other than owner and ganeral no other dmnges are in the stm-e's said Mrs. ROMn will be him in the store, with ,one oe-.uer sales pm m added in futm . " Th on was mma time ago was attending Shepherd CoUege, marring in ac ountil~. He is no nmvcomer to the retail bus~. He says he gamed emsklmable in this field while working with his brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Dave Ambrose, who own and operate the Overhead Sl - ng Goo St( in also gained much assisting his mother, Mrs. Thompmn in me opera- tion of her two businesses -- Helena's House of Frames and Lavogued,located at N, Queen Street, Mr. says heplam to eon to the public tt e same free quality of service The Jefferson County Board Edncation is asking bids for a two-room addition at Harpers Ferry Jtminr High School, tube utilized as classrooms for the schoors growing spec educa- tion program. The project was approved by the board at its meeting Mon- day evening. Superintendent Raymond Frazier, Jr was authorized to apply for $46,000 ia TitleB-B funds to finance the construction. At the same time, a second grant of $2,431 was also sought from federal som-ces. This money would be used for speech and physicaJ therapy for pre-school handicapped children. It could m~ve up to 15 children. In another action, the beard decreased that students must make up two of the six snow days missed this term. Good Friday, April I, will now be an instructional day for students, June 9 w*~l hec~ the last day for stndmrts; June lOand 13 w~dl be recm'ds days and June 13 the last day for teachers. Donna Piper, a schoof Ims driver, appeared before the beard seeking support for the planned bus rodeo, to be hem March at 9a.m at Shenan- doah Downs Race Track. Drivers will a bus through a set cem,se to show their skills. Ab t 20 drivers will par. 'IN~.N TO PAGE I0 Mrs. Frances Vickers Is J.C. Penney Community Service Award Winner Mrs. Frances Vickers, a veteran employee of the Charles Town J. C. Penney store, has been selected as J. C. Penney's District Com- munity Service Award winner for her in- volvement in community affairs in Charles Town. Among other organizations, Mrs. Vickers has been very active in the Charles Town Senior Woman's Club. The award, to be presented during National Volunteer Week, April 17-23, is a certificate of commendation for her outstanding community contributions and a portfolio em- bossed with the J. C. Penney Community Service award emblem. Her name also has been entered in the regional comPetition, the winner to be an- nounced about the end of March. Mr. William Chesley, manager of the local J. C. Penney store, is shown presenting a certificate to Mrs. Vickers. Mr. Chesley said he is most pleased with Mrs. Vickers' interest in and efforts on behalf of community service. Shown above are three members of the staff of the Peoples Bank of Charles Town, who have been given promotions by the bank's board of directors. They are (left to right)--Mrs: Juanita Pierce was named a vice-president, Jack F. Scott, was promoted to the position of Executive vice-president and Mrs. Beverly J. Merritt, has been promoted to the office of assistant cashier and assistant trust officer. board of directors of the Peoples Bank of Charles Town recently approved and an- nounced the prmnotions of Jack F. Scott to executive vice- president; Juanita Piercewas named a vice president and Beverly 3. Merritt, was named assistant cashier and assistant trust officer. Scott ~oined the hank in March 1969, as an adjustor in the Consumer Loan Depart- ment, was given lending responsibilities in February 1972, and was promoted to Assistant Cashier and Assistant Manager of the Comumer Department in Decomber 1 rz. In January 1977, Jack was pro- muted to Assistant Vice Presi- dent and trarMerred to Peal Estate lend with another ad- vancement to the position of Vice President and Real Estate lending in August 1978. Effec- tive June 12, 1979 he was elected to the position of Cashier with all operating departments direct- ly to him in addiUon to his real estate lending. Jack is a graduate of Wardensv~ High School at- tended Berea College and Shenandoah College. He holds an AIB Certificate, is a graduate of .West Virginia SChool of Banking He ls the son of the late C.W. "Jack" and Laura F. Scott of Wardemvine. He and his wife ~ and Michael reside in Tuscawilla Hills. A son, Gary also resides in Ttmcawilla Hills and a daughter Debra resides in Charles Town. Juanita Pierce came to Peoples Rank of Charles Town in August 19~9, as proof and transit operator, serving in flint capacity until March, 1972, when she was given a promo- tion in the Installment Loan Department as Note Teller. In June 1973 was promoted to Secretary to the Chief Ex- ecutive Officer, in June 1977, she was promoted to Assistant TURN TO PAGE 10 Aho*at B0 members of MEN- periodically and discuss eur- SA, representing various rent and nat world pro- chapters in a number of blems and possible solutions. Eastern Stat,will be heldtng Mrs. Donna Bechtell of a two ay meeting Saturday Wmianmpo Md is dmirman and Sunday, March 19-20 at of the MENSA group for this Cliffside Inn near Harpers area. Ferry. Theses,ions will begin at 9 MENSA is a national a.m. both saturday and Sunday organization emnp ised o[ beth and a host of outstanding man and womon having exeep- spenkers wUl he apl wing on tionally high LQ's who meet the program. MARSHALL, SIVINSKI NEW DIRECTORS ti "The end of the fiscal year found us in a sound Brad Nash Will inanc,al position, and once again Jefferson Seek Reelection Memorial Hospital oPerated during the past year in the black." These statements were the In Harpers Ferry hig ights of the annual reports given by both Thomas Coyle, president of the Board of The first candidate of the municipal election season has announced for reelection. Bradley Nash of Harpers Ferry, in an open letter to his constituents has announced he will seek reelection as mayor in the May 3 municipal hal~oting. Nash has been involved in government in Harpers Ferry for ten years, eight as mayor, Managers and James (Jim) Bryan, ad- ministrator, at the annual membership meeting of Jefferson Memorial Hospital, held Tuesday evening, March 15, in the auditorium of the Jef- ferson County Civic Center in Charles Town. "While we did not show as much profit as we would have liked to, the occupancy Percentage of the hospital produced the necessary income for us to meet our budgeted expenses,"Coyle stated. "And as for the Shenandoah Home, Inc town accomplishments, but doesn't hesitateto note the pro- blems of the water system, the dog problem, the need of street repair, and the changes in the town's police department. But, says Nash, "with your help I intend to again run for mayor. Ihope you will support In the only action taken at the me. It is hard work, but I love meeting by the membership this town where l have lived for Allen Marshall, Project 32 years. I have had true pleasure trying to solve some of Engineer at the Powhatan our problems." Brass and Iron Works, who has And the mayor concluded by long been a tireless worker and urging all residents to register ardent supporter of~the and vote. Hospital and Robert Sivinski, manager of the 3-M plant at Shannondale Fire Middleway, whowas one of the key figures in the hospital's Dama~s Home Comm~,ityA~t~V~,~, named two years as council, which is also owned and operated by the hospital, In the letter, he outlines the we just about boke even, or possibly came out slightly in the black," Bryan stated. But with the Medicare and Welfare Depar- tment cutbacks in medical costs, along with the cost-containment movement on medical costs, we could be facing some very rough times in the coming year and in future years," Bryan stated. An unoccu~ house,Robin hospita) s Board of Managers. Lane in Shannundale sustained Marshall is completing his first, extensive smo~e damage in a full term as director and was fire discovered Tuesday re-elected. Sivinski is a new morning, member of the board. Blue Ridge Mountain In reporting to the some 20 firefighters responded to the members of the Hospital alarm and quickly controlled Association present at the the flames which appeared to meeting Coyle stated this has have started in the basement been a most active and event- area. ful year for Jefferson Memorial State Trooper Kevin Smith Hospital. said the house had been ran- The Community Action cam- sacked before the fire was set. paign to raise a goal of Citizens Fire Company of $500,000.00 to defray thecost of Charles Town also responded; constructing a third floor on the Friendship Fire Company of hospital, got underway early in Harpers Ferry sent a standby 1983,~and the completion of the crew to Blue Ridge Mountain campaign was celebrated in headquarters, early April with a total of $1,014,724.15 having been con- ROBERT SIVINSKI Hamstead Moves tributed or pledged. This was twice the original goal Coyle Keep Stone[ate said. Coyle credited the fine efforts Trial In County of the Campaign Cabinet, persistence of the many Jefferson County Prosecutor volunteer workers, and Braun Hamstead has filed a generous response of the motion opposing a change of citizens of Jefferson County venue in the case of Stuart and Leslie Green, indicted by a grand jury for involuntary Ferff ~Cil HI manslaughter in the death of their 23-month-old son, Joseph. The motion was forwarded to Special Circuit Judge Frank J. DePond who will consider Hamstead's arguments as op- Requests; Ado Coverin 1 ALLEN MARSHALL brought about the "double the goal" success. Bids for the construction of the 3rd floor to the hospital, building a passageway bet- ween the Shenandoah Home and the hospital, and the in- TURN TO PAGE 10 Balloting Mter hearing requests for Meet M ch 23 At 7:30 assistance, the budget willnow be finally constructed and plac- The Board of Managers of ed up for final adoption next the Jefferson Memorial Tuesday evening March 22. Hospital will hold its monthly In ~r action, the council membership meeting at 7:30 adopted an ordinance updating p.m. Wednesday, March 23, in the town s absentee voting Hospital Board Room in regulations. The new regula. Ranson, The meeting is ~ to tions will follow thoseset ~n ~,~ibl~,by the State of West Virginia. " A three member panel tom W E AT H l R posed of William McLoughlin, Norma Phelps and Kate Richie, presented a report Theextemi~l~Tlmrs- critical of police and town day through Saturday. A policy ~ing stray dogs. chance of rain develeping Tlmr y night and eemtlmulug em Friday, endlug ms Saturday ud uJght. time lows mki tklr~ to mid fortim, malo mid.Mar through mid-April, both tempertturm mM predp tJm ,beam range near mmmal. The report was triggered by the shooting on January 29 of four stray dogs by Sergeant Roland Taylor of the Harpers Ferry Police rtment. The dogs were shot after a day-long chase by police, a National Park Service ranger and the Jefferson County dog warden, that police should deal with dog problems "in a personal man- ner" with dog owners; that the town should purchase dog- handling equipment and teach officers to use it; and also faulted Mayor Bradley Nash and the council for not adopting standards for dealing with stray dogs. The report said a town or- dinance requiring impound- merit of dogs is not enforced and the impoundment period should be extended to five days. The report also criticized dog warden Melvin Jenkins, charg- ing he handed Turner a rifle and told Turner to shoot the dogs. Jenkins has ~ he made any such suggestion. The report then went afield from the dog questi which it said that "police should not routinely carry gum. Weapons sheuld be carried in eases of ex. treme emergency only." In suggesting more supervi- sion of police activities, the rep reemmnended that when guns are fired a citizens panel should be appointed to in- te: revenues will be down in two areas, Federal revenue sharing and the state's coal severance tax. Other income is expected to remain about the same. Hospital Board Wifl Judge DePond who sits in Monongalia County is expected to rule on the location of the trial within the next f~ weeks. lncally because of a plethora of parently be an austere one of publicity and hostile feelings about $40,000. toward the Greens. According to town officials, posed to those presented by The Harpers Ferry Tovmand after at least one of the Defense Attorney John ~ Council Tuesday evening dogs had bitten a human being, at a hearing here last month in received requests for financial according to reports. which Skinner contended the support in the 1983-84 town + The report suggested there Greens ~mld not get a fair trml budget, a budget that will ap- was no need to kill the dogs;