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2 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, March 18, 1999 NIKOLAUS M. FILLMANN Nikolaus Matias Fillmann, 87, of Ranson, died Saturday, March 13, at Integrated Health Services of West Virginia. Born December 11, 1911, in Philadelphia, Pa he was the son of the late Nikolaus John and Zuzanna Tautcenberger Fillmann. He retired from Charles Town Races where he worked as a jockey's valet. He was of the Lutheran faith, and was a member of Charles Town Moose Lodge 948. He is survived by his wife, Reva May McCauley Fillmann; four daughters, Agnes Nicholson, Lau- rel, Md Ruth Wiseman, Severna, Md Betty Bender, Pasadena, Md and Carolyn K. Fillmann, Ranson; one son, Nikolaus Fillmann, Jr Severna; one sister, Esther Denyer, Anchorage, Alaska; six brothers, Samuel Fillmann, Ranson, Frank Fillmann, Lanham, Md William Fillmann, Silver Spring, Md Rob- ert Fillmann and Andrew Fillmann, both of Laurel, and John Fillmann, Port Republic, Md.; 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren: He was preceded in death by one sister, Anna Hansen; and two brothers, Raymond Fillmann and George Fillmann. A memorial service will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at St. Thomas Lutheran Church. The Rev. Rich- ard Neal will officiate. Burial will be private. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 2015 Boyd Orchard Court, Mar- tinsburg, WV 25401. Arrangements are by Jefferson Chapel Funeral Home, Ranson. In Memoriam LESTER P. MERRITT Lester Paul Merritt, 66, of Shiloh Estates, Charles Town, died Sunday, March 14, at Win- chester (Va.) Medical Center. Born May 15, 1932, in South Weymouth, Mass he was the son of the late Lester C. and Annetta McBride Merritt. He graduated from Durfee Technical School, Fall River, Mass and from Dartmouth Uni- versity. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. He retired in 1994 from the Na- tional Weather Service Division of the Department of Commerce. A Veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he served during the Korean War and holds the Korean Service Medal, Commission Ribbon, UN Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and National Defense Ser- vice Medal. He was of the Catholic faith. He was a member of Jackson- Perks American Legion Post 71, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 948, both of Charles Town, and Na- tional Association of Retired Fed- eral Employees. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Beverly J. "Bev" Wiley Merritt, at home; one stepson, Isaac Lee Cox, Bethany, Me.; one half sister, Margaret Harkins, Warwick, R.I.; one brother, Will- iam C. Merritt, Middleboro, Mass.; four half brothers, Robert Jones, Carver, Mass Steven Merritt, Farmington, Mass Ed- ward Merritt, Massachusetts, and Rich Merritt, Connecticut; one stepgrandchild; and two step- great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one stepgrandchild. Services were held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Melvin T. Strider Co- lonial Funeral Home. The Revs. James Chambly and Gary Taylor WOODROW officiated. Burial will be in Miriam Cemetery, Bethany, on W. RUTHERFORD Saturday. Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Ru- Memorial donations may be therford, 79, of Leetown Road, made to Independent Fire Depart- died Wednesday, March 10, at the ment, P.O. Box 925, Charles Town, Veteran's Affairs Medical Center, WV 25414; or to Citizens Fire De- Martinsburg. partment, P.O. Box 927, Charles Born November 1, 1919, in Town, WV 25414. Front Royal, Va he was the son of the late Henry and Susie Costello MABLE L. HAMMOND Rutherford. Mable Lee Hammond, 86, of He retired from B & O Rail- Billmyer Road, died Tuesday, road. March 9, at City Hospital. He served in the U.S. Army Born August 2, 1912, in Jeffer- during World War II, with the 51st son County, she was the daughter Squadron Air Force. He received of the late Rowland A. and Mable the European African Middle Lee Miller Hammond. Eastern Service Ribbon, among She was a homemaker. others. She was a member of Shop: He was of the Methodist faith, herdstown Presbyteriun Church, He assisted his wife for 43 and Women of the Church. years with the operation of the She is survived by nieces, neph- Jefferson County Animal Welfare ews, great-nieces and great-neph- Home. ews. He is survived by his wife of 53 She was preceded in death by years, Nancy P. Porter Ruther- five sisters, Anna Ruth Watson, ford; a stepson, William Pringle, E m m a H a m m o n d, E d i t h Bridgeport; a foster son, Carl Tay- H a m m o n d, M a r y B a k e r lor, at home; three sisters, Pauline Hammond, and Hester Hammond; Jett and Mae McDonald, both of and four brothers, Thomas Baltimore, Md and Elizabeth Hammond, Harry Hammond, Loudenslager, of Westminster, Edgar Hammond, and Rowland A. Md.; four stepgrandchildren; six Hammond, Jr. nieces and five nephews. Services were held last Satur- He was preceded in death by a day at 11 a.m. at Melvin T. Strider stepson, Charles F. Pringle; a sis- Colonial Funeral Home. The Rev. ter, Ethel Smallwood; and two Randall Tremba officiated. Burial brothers, James H. Rutherford was in Elmwood Cemetery. and Earl Rutherford. Memorial donations may be Services were held Saturday at made to Shepherdstown Fire De- 1 p.lm. at Melvin T. Strider Cole- partment, P.O. Box F, Shepherd- nial Funeral Home. The Rev. Rus- stown, WV 25443. sell Wright officiated. Burial was in Edge Hill Cemetery. Memorial donations may be,FRED R. CORSe made to Independent Fire Co Fred R. Corse, 70, of LOs Ange- P.O. Box 925, Charles Town, WV les, and formerly of Charles Town, 25414; or to a charity of choice, died Thursday, March 4, at Queen of Angels Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, Los Angeles. Bern in 1928 in Charles Town, W,L, PROPPS, JR, he was the son of the late William (Bill) L. Propps, Jr. Salvatore and Rosina Vizzi Corse. died January 31, in Memphis, He was a 1946 graduate of Tenm He was born in Charles Charles Town High School. Town on November 18, 1922. He He retired from the U.S. Postal was the son of the late W. Leonard Service in Los Angeles after 30 Propps and Edna M. Mills. years. Survivors are his sister He was ofthe Catholic faith. Rebecca (Becky) Hayes, Myrtle He is survived by a daughter, Beach, S.C.; a niece, Mrs. Shelly Nanine Rosina Roca, Los Angeles; Keller, Sacramento, Calif.; two three sons, Fred Salvatore Corse, nephews, JeffGreynolds, Martins- Alfred Paul Corse and Vincent burg, and Robert Hayes, Silver Rudolf Corse, all of Los Angeles; Spring, Md. three sisters, Lillian Migliaccio, ESTABLISHED 1844 Published Weekly on Thursday by The Jefferson Publishing Company, Inc. 210 North George Street Charles Town, West Virginia Telephone: (304) 725-2046 Second Class Postage Mail Address: P.O. Box 966 Paid at Charles Town, W.Va. Charles Town, W.Va. 25414 USPS No. 510-960 Annual Subscription Price To ,Jefferson County addresses $21.00, including tax To all other West Virginia addresses $23.00, including tax To all other USA addresses $24.00, no tax required EDITOR & PUBLISHER Edward "Pat" Dockeney Boca Raton, Fla, Ida Masdonati, Inwood, and Linda Corse, of Inte- grated Health Services of West Virginia in Charles Town; two broth6rs, Dominick Corse, Davidsonville, Md and Paul Corse, Inwood; five grandchildren; nieces and nephew. He was preceded in death by a brother, Faust Corse. A Memorial Mass was cel- ebrated last Friday at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Inwood. Father Brian Shoda was celebrant. Burial was in Edge Hill Cem- etery. Arrangements are by Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home. VERNELLE V. LEE Vernelle Valentine Lee, 72, a resident of Charles Town, the past 38 years, passed away Sunday, March 14, in Martinsburg. Mr. Lee was born in Loudoun County, Va March 25, 1926, to the late Johnathan and Mary Val- entine Lee. He worked around Charles Town Race Track for the family of Alfred Williams for 30 years until retirement. He is survived by his wife, Lu- cille A. Lee; three children, Patri- cia Lee, Vernelle M. Lee, and Brenda Moore, all of Leesburg, Va.; one brother, Howard M. Lee, Maryland; three sisters, Joan Lee, of Ohio, Ellen Campbell, Washing- ton, D.C Alice Brown, Baltimore, Md.; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives. Friends may call at the Loud- Gun Funeral Chapel, 158 Catoctin Cr, Leesburg, Va today, March 18, from 11 to 12 noon. Services begin at noon with the Rev. Kent L. Jeter officiating. Interment will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Hamilton, Va. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, National Capital Council, 124 Park St. SE, Vienna, VA 22180. Arrangements are by The LOu- doun Funeral Chapel. ROY C. KEIPER Roy Clifford Keiper, 80, of Kabletown Road, died Saturday, March 13, at City Hospital. Born November 21, 1918, in Conemaugh, Pa he was the son of the late Emery M. and Catherine M. Karns Keiper. He was employed as a steel- worker in Johnstown, Pa. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served in World War II. He was of the Catholic faith. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Elizabeth Hipp Keiper, who resides with her daughter in Cloister, N.J.; one son, Roy Clif- ford Keiper, Jr Charles Town; a step-daughter, Regina DeNicola, Cloister, N.J.; a stepson, Robert Michael Rosenbaum, Pittsburgh; a sister, Dorothy Gillman, Johnstown; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Earl Keiper, Harry Keiper and Homer Keiper. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Andrews Catholic Church, Johnstown. Father Jo- seph Fleming will officiate. Burial will be private. There will be no visitation. Arrangements are by Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home. WILLIAM H. MORRIS William Henry Morris, 85, of Charles Town, died Saturday, March 13, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. Born February 1, 1914, in Burkittsville, Md he was the son of the late Leo Augusta and Sarah Jane White Morris. He retired from the B&O Rail- road and was of the Catholic faith. Surviving are his wife, Betty Jane Spriggs Morris; 13 daughters, Charlene Morris, Mildred Hosby, Reminda Morris, Darlene Thellwell, Mary Spriggs and Betty Jane Woodson, all of Charles Town, Julia Gilyard, Columbia, S.C Nellie King, Dorothy Johnson, Henretta Molten, Sarah Duffin, Geraldine Hills and Shirley Hinnant, all of Brunswick, Md.; four sons, Charles Spriggs, Lewisville, Ky Howard Morris, Charles Town, William Morris and Leo Morris, both of Brunswick; 41 grandchildren; and 33 great- grandchildren. Services will be held today at 2 p.m. from Jefferson Chapel Fu- : neral Home in Charles Town with the Rev. Arthur J. Patterson offici- ating. Interment will be in FRANCES JUDD BOYER Frances Judd Boyer, 79, a resi- dent of Kingsport, Tenn since 1978, died last Saturday in Holoston Valley Hospital in Kingsport. Born in Charles Town, she was the daughter of the late Jesse and Hilda Judd. She was a member of the Bethel Presbyterian Church in Kingsport. Survivors include a daughter, Suzanne Morison Nicely, of Kingsport; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be held at Edge Hill Cemetery Saturday at 11 a.m. Arrangements were by the East Lawn Funeral Home in Kingsport, and locally by the Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Bethel Presbyterian Church, 1593 Warpath Drive, Kingsport, TN 37660. Aerial Tree It's not a bird, a plane, or even a UFO - it's an aerial tree-trimming saw used by Allegheny Power and it's coming soon to West Virginia. The electric utility will employ helicopter contractor Aerial Solutions, Inc to maintain a por- tion of its rights-of-way through the use of the aerial saw. Suspended on a vertical boom beneath a helicopt- er, the fifteen 24-inch rotary blades are powered by a motor and allow for the quick, safe, and efficient trimming of trees. "On accessible lines, traditional tree-trimming crews use bucket trucks and climb each tree indi- vidually," said James B. Kauffman, director of operation support for the utility. "The helicopter speeds up the trimming process dramatically, resulting in significant cost savings. Lines in remote areas that would take a climbing crew days to com- plete can be trimmed by the aerial saw in a few hours." The helicopter also eliminates the need for workers to enter private property to reach rights-of-way. Kauffman said, "We don't need to make repeated trips with heavy equipment across private property, which eliminates the possibility of damaging private lands." Perhaps the most significant val- ue to aerial trimming is safety. "A single pilot maneuvers the helicopt- er and boom along the right-of- way," said Kauffman. The aerial saw will be used dur- ing May, June, July and August in Randolph, Hampshire, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Jefferson, and Morgan counties. For more information about the 1999 Aerial Saw Program, customers may call 1-800-ALLEGHENY (1-800-255- 3443). The following local areas are tar- geted for aerial trimming: Jefferson County- DT IAne~ (Millvflle-Old Chapel) - A 138kV line originating at Millville Substation, going in a southwester- ly direction, crossing Rt. 9, Rt. 25/1, Rt. 25, Rt. 25/3, Rt. 21, Rt. 340, and going into Gaylord Substation. The line continues in a southwesterly direction, crossing Rt. 34011, and continuing into Virginia. Jefferson County - STM Line - (Millville. Stonewall) - A 138kV line originating at Millville Substation, going in a southwester- ly direction, crossing Rt.9/3, Rt. 9, Rt. 36, and going into Feagan's Mill Substation. The line continues in a westerly direction, crossing Rt. 340, Rt. 13/2, Rt. 13, Rt. 1, Rt. 1/17, Rt. 13/1, and continuing into Virginia. FUI RAL HOME Since 1918 ROBERT L. SPENCER FUNERAL DIRECTOR Pre-Arrangement Plans Available A Member of The National Funeral Directors Association Harpers Ferry, W. Va. 535-6500 School Board Continued from Page One The program would run from June 28 through August 6. Staffing in- cludes a coordinator, an assistant, six AmeriCorps volunteers, a half- time custodian, a half-time cook, a full time cook/manager and two Title V aides. The total budget for the pro- gram is $25,781 of which the board pays $2,120. The board's contribution pays for the custo- dian, background checks for vol- unteers and for transportation to field trip locations. Energy Ex- press will operate from 8:30 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. After that pro- gram concludes each day, a second program, "Afternoon Adventures in Reading and Math," will begin. That program will be led by two skill accelerations teachers with focus on reading and math skills for 24 students currently enrolled in grades 1 through 3. The board approved a policy re- quiring that all head lice and nits be treated before a student may attend classes in school. The next regular meeting of the board will be Tuesday, April 6, 1999 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the board office, located at 110 Mordi- ngton Avenue. The board will also hold a se- ries of budget meetings. Those meeting dates are: Tuesday, March 23, 7:30 p.m. at the board office for a public ses- sion to set the levy rates. The meeting will be recessed until Tuesday, April 20, 1999, 7:30 p.m. at the board office. The board will reconvene the meeting of March 23 to take final action to set levy rates. The meeting will be held in public session. Tuesday, April 27, 1999, 7:30 p.m. at the board office. The board will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget. In addition to approving of substitutes, individus transport students by prival hicle, and individuals to bl ployed, as needed, as instr~ for the Adult and Comml Education program, the | also: Accepted the resignati0 Martha Ammerman from the tion of Librarian at Page Js Elementary School effective i end of the 1998-99 school Thomas Sowers from the p0 of Plumber II/Custodian eft April 30; and Shirley Moss the position of Title I Aide at son Elementary School ef~ June 30. Approved the transfe Rhonda Mason from one r~ bus run to another; Debbi~ from Cook II at Charles Towl t a wintz ~ure wine ~n! It's ha ring, I jus av coming ~te stuff v [ too many I middle tr temper For later t five or wa Dn the hig ior High School to Cook ~it with t Shepherdstown Eleme~Up next! School; and Cheryl Webb half-time Cook II at Jeffl High School to Cook II at son High School. Approved employme Rose Listen to the position .Operator. Approved a one-year lc absence: for Tom Lange so b fulfill his duties as Preside the West Virginia Education clarion. Granted permission not new extracurricular contract mid-day bus runs for half-dal dergarten due to the fact a[ ~ommuni been rea{ things a "s first Co Laner, hel( at Asbur. ~rch. Wt I going to ] so we can idea is fm denomiv forap are no es, no a dergarten programs will opeJ for the c, full day beginning with the ~ convers~ year 1999-2000. ]Course de Approved extracurricul~, encour ommendations to appoint: B~they don Glod as after-school tutor at~ew acqus herdstown Junior High |0fdifferel Robin Barren as B.A.S. at T.A. Lowery Elemel School; Mike Scheer as Softball Coach at Jefferson School; and Robin Rhoades sistant Girls' Track Coach ferson High School. Former Justice Shepherd Speaker SHEPHERDSTOWN- Franklin D. Cleckley, a former West Supreme Court Justice, will deliver the address at Shepherd 126th Commencement on Saturday, May 22. Cleckley, the Arthur B. Hedges Professor of Law at West University, became the first African-American, full professor in 1972. He has also been a visiting professor at the Maryland, Mercer University, Louisiana University, and University. In 1994 Governor Gaston Caperton to the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. He justice in West Virginia's history. Cleckley has served as chair of the Legal West Virginia NAACP and the NAACP Legal Advisory 1987 he was awarded the William Robert Ming Award, the highest ] or given to an attorney by the NAACP. Cleckley has other awards including the Certificate of Merit from State Bar, the Governor's Award for the West Association, the Thurgood Marshall Award from the West NAACP, and the 1997 West Virginia Human Rights Rights Award. The Franklin D. Cleckley Foundation, Inc a nonprofit designed to help former convicts with educational and em opportunities, was created in 1990, and in 1992 the Cleckley Symposium was established at WVU. The lecture allows distinguished members of the civil rights and community to discuss topics of current interest. Widely known for writings in different areas of law, Cleckley's recent works include Handbook on Evidence for West Virginia Handbook on West Virginia Criminal Procedure, and Medical Care the Law. Continued h-om Page One Inwood, and Clarence T. Doleman, 84, of Rippon, collided. Authorities said the Doleman vehicle was pass- ing and cut back into the traffic lane too quickly. Doleman was cited for improper passing. Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on Route 9 at Route 480, two were involved in a mishap. Drivers were Donal Tarmon, 42, of Shepherds and Rudolph L. Wilson, Martinsburg. Authorities said the hicle came into t was unable to stop and Tarmon truck. Wilson maintain control of his Granites * Bronze Marble Plaques * Vases Cemetery Engraving Service TriState Area CEMETERY LOTS FOR Singles, Side-by-Side Double and four-grave lots. Perpetual Care Included. Make your arrangements in advance rather than leaving mor~ decisions for your family at a difficult time. [ For More [nfo,rmationCa]] 725-2332 ,I EDGE HILL CEMETERY Charles Town, W. Va. Johnsontown Cemetery here. Thanks to Everyone~ NOTTS After almost 13 years of operating Radio Shack in Charles Town, we wit have closed our doors as of March 18, 1999. In anticipation of retirement and the desire to do some traveling, we have sold our Radio Shack Franchise and all aspects of Knotts Electronics to Radio Shack Corporate, or Tandy Corporation. In order to, J' serve the Charles Town area, Radio Shack will soon reopen a corporate store featuring their full one of the local shopping centers. Both my wife Elvera and I would In 1964, golfer Normsn to the people of the area, the numerous businesses Msnley achieved consecutive holes-in-one on s course In and public entities and civic organizations which,t Saugus, Calif.--and both holes have patronized us. Once again thanks to all. Doug Knotts were psr-4s. POSTMASTER: Please send address changes to The Spirit of Jefferson.Farmer's AdvoCate, P,O. Box ,966, Charles Town. WV 25414. L