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4 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE- Thursday, March 25, 1999 VOLUME By Bill Theriaul v May 1 has been scheduled as the opening day for the Peter Burr Living History Farm. Volunteers have done a remarkable amount of work on the place since last fall, but there's plenty more to do in the next few weeks. Starting about 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 27, volunteers will be doing a variety of chores to get the place ready for the first group of visitors. Whether you're a volun- teer or not, you are invited to come out and lend a hand. You will meet people who are active in historic preservation, restoration, educa- tion, and interpretation. Youql get to see the oldest standing wood frame structure in West Virginia. And the few hours you spend will make a difference. Here are some of the things that need to be done: Several downed trees need to be cut up and split into fire wood. Chain saws and wood splitters needed. Brush on one of the paths needs to be cut down to the ground. Chain saws or heavy duty weed wackers needed. Stones need to be removed from the log kitchen so archeologists can begin work. A pile of brickbats need to be moved. Dirt from previ- ous archeological work needs to be moved. Shovels and wheel barrows needed. The upstairs rooms in the house need to be cleaned of debris. ~Old brooms and flat-bottomed shovels needed. Trash bags and dusk models will be provided. Plowed areas on the farm (about 1 acre) need to be disked in preparation for planting. In you have a disc on your tractor and can get down there any time in the next week, let me know. A temporary leanto needs to be built for archeological and interpre- tative activities. Open windows need to be covered with plexiglass to keep out rain, birds, etc. Materials will be furnished. Bring carpentry tools and cordless drill. (There's no power out there.) Slate needs to be placed over the chimney tops to keep out the rain. Extension ladder and mason- ry tools needed. Bring work gloves and sturdy footwear. Refreshments and toilet facilities wilt be available. Bring a bag lunch or join us for pizza. Rain date April 3rd. If you can't come but would like to help with the res- toration effort, send your tax deductible donations to The Jefferson County Historic Landmarks Commission, P.O. Box 173, Bakerton, WV 25410. Serving Jefferson County Since 1844 EDITOR & PUBLISHER Edward "Pat" Dockeney There's a good possibility that local residents may see the newest aircraft in the military's airlift fleet in the skies of the Eastern Pan- handle in about four years if the news out of Washington and Charleston this past week is accurate. Seems that the Air Force is planning its force modernization for the future and there is a strong possibility that one, or perhaps even both of the state's Air National Guard units, the 130th in Charleston and the 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg, may convert to the C-17 Globemaster III airlifter. Of course, we're more than a little biased about the decision, hoping that the 167th AW, which already has sufficient runways and growth area for new ramps and hangar space, gets the nod for the new Globemasters. Currently, the 167th is flying C-130 Hercules airlifters, which can operate in short-field com- bat zones and has been one of the mainstays of the military in many theaters of war, including Vietnam and the Persian Gulf. The 167th has been flying the Hercules since around 1973 and a couple of years ago received brand new air- craft from the assembly line, the first time ever that the unit did not have to rely on "hand-me- downs" from the Air Force or other ANG or Re- serve units. The 167th has been an integral part of the global military and humanitarian effort in the recent past, with missions taking its C-130s and unit personnel to just about every corner of the globe Bosnia, the Persian Gulf, Central and South America in support of the Air Force and the United States. The C-17 is designed to carry heavy loads over long distances and land on primitive air- strips in the world. More importantly, securing a C-17 mission some time around the year 2004 at the Martinsburg-based ANG unit would guarantee that the 167th would be in business well into the next millenium, which would be very good for the people of this area. Besides a necessary military mission, the lo- cal ANG unit provides good jobs for people in the Panhandle, including quite a few for JeffersOn County residents, with millions of dollars being pumped into the local economy. The 167th has been an integral part of the Eastern Panhandle since coming to the area in the mid-1950s. Here's hoping that the Air Force recognizes the accomplishments of the unit and the high degree of readiness maintained by its personnel the two ingredients necessary to secure the C-17 mission. Down Memory Lane These photos taken from yearbooks at Harpers Ferry High School show the girls and boys basketball teams at the school for the 1950 and 1951 season. Team members above, kneeling from left, are Janice Jenkins, Anne Pope, Arlene Ryman, Margaret LaRue, Barbara Myers, Peggy Jones and Sally Hough. Standing, from left, are Joan Webb (assistant manager), Anna Williams (assistant manager), Patsy Gageby, Betty Schultz, Shirley Zombro, Shirley Caniford, Hazel Moler, and Helen Fritts (manager). Coaching the girls that season was Harvey Staubs. The boys below made up a squad that won a pair of games while losing 16. Robert Doyle coached that team. Kneeling, from left, are Dale Clabaugh, Norman Willingham, Donald Dopson and Bill Mercer. Standing, from left, Osper Wagner, Tommy Bowers, Douglas Moler, Donald Dahlin, Forrest Will'.mgham, Cedric Sullivan and David Chicchirichi (manager). Our thanks to Dixie Wiltshire for providing these photos from the archives of Harpers Ferry High School. . ~L J -7 When the Jefferson County Historic Landmarks Commission acquired couple of years ago, it looked like this--badly deteriorated after years of neglect. ists agreed that the house should be saved because of the exceptional craftsmanship into its construction and its rare architectural style. Letters Policy We welcome your letters to the editor, but there are a few rules that must be followed so that such submissions may be considered. First, all letters must be signed and contain a current address and telephone number. We do not publish the address and phone number unless requested by the writer. No anonymous letters will be considered and at no time will this newspaper withhold the name of the author. Letters should be typewritten and double-spaced, but clear, legible handwritten letters will be acceptable. All letters will be published on a first-come, first-served basis. Letters about private disputes are generally not acceptable un- less they involve matters of clear and pressing public interest in the editor's judgement. Letters of thanks are also gen- erally unacceptable. The Spirit makes available space in its Clas- sified columns for such items. Each letter is judged on its own merit and those considered libelous will not be published. All letters should be sent to: The Editor, Spirit of Jefferson- Farmer's Advocate, p.o. Box 966, Charles Town, WV 25414 i The east side of Peter Burr House in 1998, showing to the side. Letter to the Editor STOPPING THE "CYCLE OF PAIN" Those of us who grew up here are proud of John Denver's song "Country Roads" take me home to the place I belong, West Virginia But when you consider that home should be a place where you feel safe, sexual assault victims don't feel at home here--or any- where for that matter. That's why April is declared Sexual Assault iAwareness Month nationwide. Indeed, one in four females and one in five males will be sexually assaulted at some time in their lives. When you picture a room with only four women or only five men in it, and then you imagine that one will somehow be violated in this way, it brings home the fact that this can happen right here, to our neighbors, our kids, our friends, our mothers, our sisters or brothers. It is a known fact that sexual assault crimes are more about the assailant's gaining power and con- trol over another person than they are about sex. Most assaults are not impulsive, "out of control" acts. Instead, they are usually thought out--as in the case of slipping a drug into someone's drink to over- power her, or seeking and planning a moment alone with a child. However, experts are beginning to make a correlation between be- ing sexually assaulted and then later becoming a perpetrator of sexual--or other--abuse, even per- haps self abuse. It doesn't always happen this way, but often. For this reason, the original victims must be helped, before they go on to hurt themselves or other people. The cycle must be broken, the safety re- stored. Locally and quite recently, right here in Jefferson County, two women have sought medical care, both having been sexually as- saulted, both possibly having been drugged by the horrendous "date rape drug" Rohypnol. (Rapists slip this odorless, colorless, tasteless drug into their victim's drinks, thus gaining complete control over them.) At the Shenandoah Women's Center, we are gearing up for our part of spreading the word, of riding the tide of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April. We're bringing banners into local schools, running public service announce- ments at radio stations throughout April, setting up displays in local libraries, conducting "Take Back The south and west side of Peter Burr House, showin pairs to the roof and porch. Both stone fireplaces were repaired. the Night: Safety on Campus" for dential counseling and ~sis Shepherd College residents, and vention are available/fror sponsoring "Safety 101: City Police Shenandoah Women's Talk on Sexual Assasult" at can call 24 hours a Martinsburg Mall's Community ber is (304) 263-8292. An' Room on April 10 at 1 p.m. terested in more informatfl We would also like to ask the "Safety 101: City Police citizens of Berkeley, Jefferson and Sexual Assault" can call Morgan counties do their part to or 274-0820 for more spread the word. Tell your friends, So let's all work to your neighbors, your teens, about bring truth to the song "Co the date rape drug. Tell them they Roads." Let's make our need to always pour and hold their West Virginia "home" for own drinks, never accepting a by putting a stop to the drink from someone they don't pain. know well. And never drink from a Sine punch bowl. Tell them to stay in Ann K.D. groups and to watch out for each other. And tell them that if they have been victimized themselves, Jessica they deserve to heal. Free, confi- Prevention S By U.S. Senator Robert C. New Tax Credits for Education As taxpayers begin the annual tially greater tax benefits. process of filling out their tax re- credit is equal to twenty perceni turns, they may notice that two new the first $5,000 in qualified tuit education tax credits are now avail- and fees for individual tax able. These credits -- the HOPE or their family members. Thus Scholarship credit and the Lifetime taxpayers with at least Learning credit -- offer many postsecondary education expen~ people the opportunity to reduce the the Lifetime Learning credit cost of their postsecondary educa- vides a tax credit of $1,000. tion. credit can be claimed for any n The HOPE Scholarship credit ber of years for provides Americans with assistance cation expenses and can for their first two years of students enrolledinasingle postsecondary education. Avail- or in a program to acquire or able since January l, 1998, the prove job skills. HOPE credit is equal to 100 per- It is important to note tha cent of the first $1,000 in qualified of these new credits cannot tuition and fees and fifty percent claimed for the same student in of the next $1,000 that taxpayers same year -- taxpayers must pay for themselves, their spouse, one or the other However a or their children. In other words, a payer with two de student with at least $2,000 in postsecondary education col postsecondary education expenses claim the HOPE credit for one would be provided with a $1,500 the Lifetime Learning credit tax credit. To be eligible for this other in a particular year. credit, which may be claimed for both of these credits are only two taxable years for each student, available to taxpayers with ad students must be enrolled in a de- gross incomes up to $40,000, gree, certificate, or other program $80,000 for married leading to a recognized educational credits are gradually credential and must carry at least taxpayers above these income ! one-half the normal full-time work its. load. Anyone interested in In addition, the Lifetime Learn- more ing cr.edit provides additional two new credits can order a postsecondary educational assis- of IRS Publication 970 by call tance. While the HOPE credit has 1-800-TAX-FORM or by received more publicity, the Life- the IRS lnternet page time Learning credit, available www.irs.ustreas. since July 1, 1998, offers poten- forms pubs/. Byrd