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10 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, March 18, 1999 Karen Scott 696 Tuscawilla Hills 725-0158 Hi Neighbors! Hope you all en- joyed winter's last two hurrahs! We sure did. We went toboggan- ing at my parents, built a snow fort, built an igloo, and made loads of snowmen! We made the most of the snow and are now ready for spring! Andy is particularly anx- ious to get started with tee-ball! It is unreal that the forecasters are calling for the high sixties to- day! I guess the snow will be gone by the weekend! I know my flow- ers will be happy to have warmer, drier temperatures! smiles Good Samaritans During the first snowstorm, several kind neighbors made life a little easier for those who had to be out in the mess. Kudos to all who helped and especially to the kind gentleman who helped me out of the chaos at Page Jackson El- ementary School. I could not make it up the hill after I had dropped David off, and he steered me through the nursery located in front of the school. He guided many of us non-snow driving morns safely to Rt. 340. and to Donald "Hook" Long- erbeam for driving many nurses to and from the hospital and for cleaning off car windows for those who drove themselves. and to great teen Ben Cooper who helped Liz out of a snow bank! When school was closed early last week, the roads were supposed to have been plowed. Liz had never driven in snow but figured she could since the roads were supposed to be clear. She started out and discovered that the roads had not been touched! She decided now or never and cau- tiously crept down Flowing Springs Road. Even though she was care- ful, she slid and overestimated. BOOM! She ran into a snow bank! Ben Cooper helped her out of the bank and followed her through town to make sure she made it ok. (Ironically this is the same Ben Cooper who was in my first Field Experience Class. I got to observe his first grade class at Ranson El- ementary in one of my first teach- ing classes at Shepherd. I had al- ways wondered about him, .he re- ally made me smile and made me feel that I was meant to be a all gathered for ice cream cake on her big day. It is just so hard to believe that she is 18. Cheryl and I were at a St. Patrick's dance at Charles Town Junior High when she made her debut. We did not get to see her until the next day. Everyone said what a pretty baby she was, and we thought so, too. Who knew that she would worm her way into our hearts and make us compete for brownie points!?! Cheryl and I have always tried to one up each other when it came to making her smile. She was and still is very spoiled! I guess we re- ally did create a princess! smiles Now that she is an adult, I told her she gets to spoil my kids silly now! Peanut Blossoms These cookies are Matthew Ad- ams' favorite cookies. Kids will have fun making them! You will need the following: 48 Hershey kisses, 1/2 cup shorten- ing, 3/4 creamy peanut butter, 1/3 cup sugar, 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar, 1 egg, 2 tbs. milk, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 1/2 cups flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt, and addi- tional sugar. Have the young helpers take the wrappers off of the kisses. Mix the shortening and peanut butter until well blended. Add the sugars. Beat until fluffy. Add the egg, milk, and vanilla and beat well. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix well. Shape into one-inch balls. Roll into the addi- tional sugar and place on an un- greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. When done, remove from the oven. Immediately place a kiss on the top of each one. Enjoy! Birthdays Please wish Bill Chicchirichi a happy 7th birthday tomorrow. Ryan Decker also celebrates to- morrow. He turns three! Erin Danner turns 10 on March 20. Wish her a special day! Todd Lutman II turns 5 on March 23, and Sierra Johnson turns two on this day. Goof-Off March 22 is National Goof-Off Day. Take the day and do nothing! Be silly and have some fun. Turn teacher. It is good to know that he an otherwise yucky Monday into a is doing well and saving damsels great dayl smiles in distress! :smiles ) Next Week.': and to our snow crews here in the 'Hills. Once again the men made sure we were dug out in ra~" timely mannerf You guys are the greatest! 27 Days And Counting Sis Cheryl and Stu have been busy packing up their household! Boxes adorn every nook and cranny in their house. My boys are getting more and more excited by the minute! Why? Their be- loved Aunt Durgie and Uncle Tu have decided to follow us to the 'Hills, too! I moved here six years ago. Two years later, Mom, Dad, and Liz decided to join us and bought a house on Hunter Drive. Now Cheryl and Stu are following the leader and are building a house on the golf course. The boys have gotten such a kick out of watching their house being built. At the beginning we had to go over every day after school to see the progress and tell Cheryl what the men were doing. We found that the roofers easily waved at us. The other workers thought we were strange and won- dered why we would drive by a million times a day! smiles In fact, one day after the foundation had been done, and the floor was in place, we went over in the evening to pick through the dirt for treasures. A gentleman watched us and finally stopped his car and asked us if the house was ours. I said no, and he was horri- fied. I quickly told him that we were pretending that we were vis- iting my sister who owned the property. He gave me a very weird look and jumped back into his car and left! The boys thought that was funny and started yelling for Cheryl's dog, Max. Every time af- ter that the boys always had to scream Max's name when we vis- ited! I pity Cheryl when she really does move in. They have decided that a room should be theirs so they have told her to paint it their favorite colors - one wall red, one wall blue, one wall yellow, and one wall a combination of the three colors! No doubt she will since she spoils them so! smiles I~ will be great to have my fam- ily all out here. I am hoping Liz settles down here, too, when she marries. Then I can farm out each of the boys when they are having a "bad brother" day! smiles Special Day Sis Liz celebrated her 18th birthday in style another snow- storm! (I told you it would snow for her birthday!) The boys made her a snow pmn- cess - tiara and all! A balloon prin- cess surprised her at school the day before her birthday. And we is Sports Trivia Week. Brush up on your facts and amaze your friends. is National Spring Fever Week. Catch the bug and go for a walk. is also National Clutter Awareness Week. Clean out those closets and get ready for that tag sale now! Boo-Boo Bags If there is any snow left today, go scoop it up into sandwich bags that zip shut. Squirt some food coloring in each bag and place in the freezer. When your child needs an ice pack, grab the snow pack. After it stands at room temperature (or is nuked), it will become squishy. The kids will love using snow to make their hurts go away! Observe Enjoy the spring like air this week by observing it through a child's eyes. Sit outside and have him draw what he sees. At the top of the paper, label it with where you are and what time/day it is. On the back write down what the child smells, feels, and hears. Take the time to enjoy the moment and relish it. Do this several times throughout the spring and watch your child watch spring un- fold right before his eyes. Mini-Terrarium Andy could not wait to get his garden started this year so he con- vinced us to start one now. He took a clear pepsi bottle and cleaned it out. He asked Steve to cut off the top. He lined the bot- tom with rocks and then added dirt. He planted daisy seeds and lightly watered them. He covered them loosely with plastic wrap and placed them in his window. Everyday he checks them. Two days ago he went screaming through the house because several had sprouted! He is soo very ex- cited and cannot wait to plant them in the garden when they are big enough. All For Now Well, Neighbors, I hope every- one enjoys this spring-like weather we are supposed to get. I hope to get out and about so that I can find out what is going on around here. No news is good news, they say, but for me, it makes for a boring column! smiles Do call with your news take care! Becky Shaffer 876-0600 Sigmas Serve Spaghetti The aroma of the garlicky sauce floated on the wintery air outside the Shepherdstown Men's Club. Shepherd students led the proces- sion of customers up the stairs. The Beta Delta's first annual spa- ghetti dinner drew students and town folks, alike, to savor the saucy spaghetti and sample homebaked sweets for a good cause a fundraiser for the Robbie Page Memorial, a long- time project of the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. Each chapter is responsible for raising money for the memorial fund which honors the deceased son of an early na- tional president of the group money which is used to fund spe- cial projects at a southern hospi- tal. Current donations are being used for play therapy. Beta Delta, the Shepherd chap- ter of the Tri-Sigma national orga- nization, has raised monies for this project and for some much- needed equipment at the Winches- ter, Virginia, hospital. According to member, Jessica Trapp, her chapter donated the funds for two anatomically-correct dolls a boy and a girl for the use of the nearby Virginia physicians who demonstrate to their young pa- tients the procedures for upcom- ing surgery. Youngsters are shown where the surgery will take place on the body, how bandages will be placed, etc. "We also donated a wagon to the hospital," reported Trapp. "It is used to move the youngsters around." Don't know if it was the spa- ghetti or the cause, or both, which drew partakers to the activity, but, if numbers of people lifting forks to mouth is an indicator, then the evening was a fundrais- ing success. The Circle Unbroken Another piece of the puzzle the picture which will one day be Becky Shaffer passed from this world last Tuesday. My grand- mother, Edith Hammond Trussell's, niece, and my mother's first cousin, Mable Lee Hammond, bearing the designation "the last of her immediate family," passed from this world. Her mother's namesake, tl~is gentle lady was the daughter of Roland and Mable Lee (Miller) Hammond whose residence, when I was old enough to recognize these things, was Springdale Farm, currently the home of Mary Ann and Connie Hammann. The Shaffer family would stop by for a visit on occasional Sunday after- noons. Having always lived in a "traditional" house, I was some- what in awe of this "strange place" with its kitchen and eating area in the basement and the living room on the second floor of the three- story structure. I had never heard of going "upstairs" to the living room after the evening meal. I knew little of the homes of earlier times where the kitchens were placed on the lower level or en- tirely away from the main house because of summer heat and wood stoves, etc. Mable Lee lived at Springdale with her father, Rowland, her sis- ter, Edith, and her brother, Rowland (Army). Sisters Hester and Emma lived in Martinsburg, and sisters Mary and Anna Ruth were married and lived with their spouses in Shepherdstown. Brothers Ed, "Piney", and Tom worked together as carpenters and built many of the "newer" homes in town and the surround- ing area. Sister Mary and her husband, Charles "Pax" Jones lived on East German Street, as did Ed with his 0 family. Hester and Emma worked at Perfection Garment Factory in Martinsburg, lived nearby their workplace, and went home to Springdale every weekend. Be- cause they did not drive no, nei- ther did they depended on Edith, the only licensed sister, to bring them to and fro. Edith worked in the local grocery stores Boswells, the A & P, and for Betty Osbourn during her grocery busi- ness years, I recall. Mable Lee was a homemaker who took care of her family. "Army" helped his dad on the farm for many years. And Anna Ruth, who married Mason Watson, had a reputation far and wide for her beautiful crocheted creations which adorned many a local coffee table, dresser, buffet, and dining table. Another of the memories is of the Hammond/McKee reunion which was held each year at the War Memorial Park in Martins- burg. The clan would gather for an afternoon of good fellowship and delicious food. Uncle Rowland, his nine children, and the offspring would gather to honor the connection between the two families Hammonds and McKees. Folks came from throughout the area to touch base. Eventually, as the old folks stopped attending and the young family members found attending "too silly" or too time consuming, the reunions stopped. Today I think back on the people I met there the Foltzes from Hager- stown, the McKees from Martins- burg, the Hammonds from all around and wish we could come together again. It wouldn't be the same missing would be Bill Hammond, Forrest and Bernice Hammond, the Rowland Hammond family, Edith and Arthur Trussell, Fred and Marga- ret Shaffer, Fred and Macie Hammond, Charles and Clarice Hammond, and many more but it would be nice to touch base with the cousins, Mable Lee's "nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great nephews." The memories are good, dear lady, but I have one regret that I did not stop by for that last chat as promised. Life is too short to pass up such opportunities. Flower Show One of my favorite things to do in late winter is the Flower and Garden Show sponsored by the Hagerstown Community College Alumni Association. The 1999 version took place last Saturday and Sunday, and, because feets of snow were predicted for Sunday, I stopped by on Saturday. Wow! The number of vendors increased this year. Last year things were a bit sparse, but twenty new booths were added this time, filling the gymnasium at HCC to a comfortable number. The booths were filled with blooming plants, herbs, gardening equipment, garden crockery, pew- ter, stained glass, and much more with lots of printed information about these items and lots of oth- ers. Speakers presented "How To" programs on a number of subjects, and there were door prizes and free things given by numerous businesses. I especially enjoyed the plants in bloom and other potted herbs and flowers. And one booth fea- tured cut flowers roses, carna- tions, daisies, and other beauties. I couldn't resist bringing home several stems of roses so beautiful and some potted items. I always come home from this ac- tivity with a slimmer wallet. And After selecting my lunch from a vendor, I asked two ladies if I could join them at their table, for the room was crowded and a single table was not to be found, They graciously agreed to allow me to occupy the extra chair. After a rather slow start at con- versation, we suddenly went into high gear, as I filled them in on past and upcoming happenings in Shepherdstown. We changed di- rections a bit and spoke of news- papers, wherewith I confessed my affiliation with The Spirit, and the woman to my right likewise indicated that she wrote a weekly column for "The Picket", the countywide paper which we find on our local newstands. Vikki Nelson presents her opin- ions on a number of subjects for this publication, and I should have remembered the hat the photo attached to her column always features her wearing a head cover- ing of some sort. The lady was properly modest about her column and did not mention that, when I opened my Sunday "Hagerstown Herald," I would find a two-page spread about her and her life. My!My! I didn't know until Sunday morning that I was lunching with a Mary- land notable. Ms. Nelson is proprietor of Jarnel Iron and Forge and a bro- ker for Halcyon Real Estate, ac- cording to the paper. She is in- volved with Republican politics on the local and state level, and has membership in numerous organi- zations. Last year she was a can- didate for state senate, losing to current Senator Donald Munson. Little did I know, when I headed for that table, what a col- orful (hats included) person I was destined to meet. Reminders March 18. "The Founding Vi- sion of Public Education and Its Current Challenges." 7:30 p.m. Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church. Rev. Elearnora Giddings, Director, Presbyterian Church's Washington Office. March 19. "Dervish." 8 p.m. Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church. A program of Celtic mu- sic by this Irish band. Sponsored by Shepherdstown Music and Dance. $12 adults. $6 children under 12 years. For info: 263- 2531. March 21. "Celebration of Tea ". 3 p.m. Historic Shepherd- stown Museum. "The History and Social Customs of Tea" with speaker Beulah Summer. Bring your special tea cup and share with the group its history. Spon- sored by Historic Shepherdstown. $5 donation. For reservation: 876-0910. March 26. WV Symphony Or- chestra. 7:30 p.m, Apollo Civic Theater, Martinsburg. Thomas Conlin, conductor, and Philip Quint, guest violinist. $50 box seats, $35 Rows 1-4, $20 orches- tra, $10 balcony. For reservations: parents show their offsprin~ ~=~ 263-6766. ternate feeding and neglect Father's Garden feed themselves. .~ [~ ] You have probably already When nesting season i| ~'- - completed that first step the se- under way, it would be hell~ lecting and ordering of flower and the parents if we would p~ vegetable seeds from several of soft foods to be taken backJ the multitude of seed catalogs hatchlings in the nests, q which began arriving in your good growing food for young| mailbox before Christmas. Per- Other suggestions would b~ haps the order has already arrived low dishes of bread crur~ and you are thinking about the milk, scrambled eggs, good[ next step for at least some of ity canned cat or dog food, ~==~ them germinating them inside cheese, and finely-chopped ~]] before transplanting them outside A Glimpse Into Histo| ~ in your gardens. Let s give some Beginning in 1883, Hir~ ]1 ~ 1 thought to the germination pro- Hardesty published a serieS]"~" 1~,' cess. ticles'about the counties oq A seed is an embryonic plant Virginia. Jefferson County| waiting to get out. It's the task of the gardener to turn the seed from dormancy into a living thing by providing light, air, warmth, and moisture. Some seeds are not fussy at all about the conditions which trigger them into growth weeds fall into this category and others are so sensitive that they require a carefully controlled envi- ronment to germinate. Seeds have,their own food supply in the beginning which lasts until they can put down roots and draw food and water from the soil. The actual date when you sow your seed will vary from season- to-season and, possibly, with the area in which you live. The goal is to have your seedlings ready to go into the garden when the soil and air temperatures are right for them. If seedlings are ready too soon, they will freeze if you put them outdoors and grow spindly if kept indoors. To determine the right time to plant the seeds, first determine the transplant date. To do this, first find the typical last frost date in your area through an almanac, or a local nursery or county exten- sion office. The safe date for set- ting out transplants depends on a plant's frost hardiness pansies and sweet peas can tolerate some frost while tender annuals impatiens and basil and peppers should go into the ground after all chance of frost has passed. To calculate a sewing date, work backward from the date .you want to transplant. Different seeds sprout and reach trans- planting size at different speeds, and you should, over a period of years, have a notebook which helps you with this information. Those which sprout fast tend to be large and easy to handle seeds which should be started four weeks be- fore transplanting. Medium-sized seeds should be started about six weeks before transplant. Small seeds, those that require special handling, will be ready for trans- plant four weeks into the future. Starting seeds indoors is excit- ing and infectious, and window- sills will seon be crammed with little pots of assorted shapes and sizes of seedlings. You develop an overwhelming desire to study greenhouse designs, but a green- house is not necessary for a pleas- ant experience in gardening. *** Continued next week. For The Birds With spring on the horizon a rollover of seasons in just one week we need to consider bird food for warm weather. I know! I know! We have twelve inches of snow on our ground! But tem- peratures will warm and the snow will melt. We need to shepherd our feathered friends through the spring months and into summer. Actually, late winter and early spring are times when we need to be conscious of bird food needs. The seeds left standing last fall have been devoured during the winter, and it is important, with nesting season approaching, to supple- ment the diets until new growth begins. We need to make only a few changes in our catering service once spring has declared itself. As our summer birds arrive from the South, and other species migrate through our yards on their ways to their nesting territories farther north, we need to keep up with their appetites as they stop over during their long trips. Once migration is completed about mid-May, you will think that the birds have thinned out to just a smattering of nesting pairs, but there will actually be more birds around than in winter. Breeders won't be much in evi- dence for awhile except when they make hit-and-run raids on our feeders to supplement the wild foods. Once the eggs have been hatched and tiny open beaks, backed by high-decimaled chirps, demand to be fed, feeder business will pick up, not to decrease until fall migrants leave for the winter. One suet feeder is all that is needed during the summer months, and this must be checked frequently to prevent rancid con- tents. Sunflower feeders one for seed and one for chopped meats should be kept filled dur- ing the warmer months. Gold- finches are drawn to a filled thistle seed feeder during the early summer months. When hatching begins, our feed tables should offer soft foods for the hatchlings. Our best reward for summer- feeding our birds is the sight of the tiny fledglings as they begin to fly. A multitude of squaking, stub- winged youngsters will flock to the feeders, begging for food. Here the" part of this material. For "several weeks, I have the column some of the tion which references stown. We continue with information which provided about some of "movers and shakers". folks whe were here formative years. "Charles Henry Knott san G. Reinheart were marriage in ferson County, in 1869, blessed with five chil Charles was born in 1841, of Samuel and Margaret Charles was a soldier in federate service during the 1861 and served till the the war. In 1878 Mr. appointed notary public. farmer and boatman in the herdstown District." "George S. Knott en farming and boating in stown district. Born in 11 Jefferson County, he wed Doub in 1860. During war, George was a soldier 12th Virginia Regiment, has served in this school commissioner. postoffice address is She stown, Jefferson County." "W. J. Knott is the son uel and Margaret Sanders He was born in 1828. Margaret Moler in 1853, his wife were blessed children, three of whom shortly after birth. One practicing physician. W.J. had six brothers in the w; tween the States, and one, was killed; he himself sent stitute into the service. grandfather, William an iron forger and from the acquired the habit of al! standing when talking. S~ Knott, his father, was Maryland, and on coming county in 1823, was the day's work by a economy and diligence he wealthy, and his son, W.J. ing some of his wealth of his energy, is now gaged in farming his own and in milling and boating." "Samuel M. Knott, a ous farmer residing in stown district, Jefferson C WV, was born in this coi March 1830. His father, a of Pennsylvania, died in his mother born in and. Samuel was joined in ret Kepheart in 1858 (Uvilla). Nine children to this union: John, Virginia, Rosa Lee, William, uel O Betty, Alice, and M~ John is in Nashville, studying for the Charles J. is teaching sch( Berkeley County; the rest children are living at their parents. Mr. three years in the cavalry during the late war, partici~ in the battles of Harpers Port Republic, and in an ment near Georgetown; year he had a substitute field." Note: I had never hea sending a substitute into but it seems from a number of the men in this practice. would persuade another to war in his place offer daughter's hand in property ? An cept. *** Information for this from the "WV dia." ON DEAN'S Amanda R. Zigler, Richard and Susan Zigl~ Charles Town, has been the Dean's List for the fall ter at Radford University. The Dean's List is students with at least a 3.5 point average. Amanda grade point average and is ing in M~ Amanda is the of Ward and Patsy Zigle Charles Town, and Agnes of Shepherdstown. At 870 Fahrenheit the hottest average perature of any system. The coldest face surface temperature of Pluto (-370 Fahrenheit).