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2 SPIRITOF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 1978 MRS. RALPH E. FISHER The recent death of Mrs. Katherine McCoy Fisher, widow of the late Ralph E. Fisher, who published and edited the Moorefield Examiner for many years, is a real loss to not only newspaperdom, but to her community in which she was a leader and worker for many years. Mrs. Fisher, who was still publisher of the Moorefield Examiner at the time of her death, was widely known, highly respected and dearly beloved by all of those in the newspaper, and other news media, all across West Virginia, yes and even in other states where over her long and active life, she had made many friends and acquaintances. Mrs. Fisher, who grew up around the office of the weekly newspaper office, which her father, the late Samuel A. McCoy, published and edited for many years, took over the editing and publishing of the weekly paper, one of the finest in West Virginia, in 1936, with the death of her father. And she and her late husband operated the paper until his death. Since then, Mrs. Fisher and her daughter, Phoebe Fisher Heishman, and a son, Sam R. Fisher, have continued to keep the newspaper in the family and publish it in the same high tradition. Recently Phoebe's husband moved into the paper and it's a sure bet that under Mr. and Mrs. Heishman's direction, the Moorefield Examiner will continue for many more years as one of the state's topweekly newspapers. Mrs. Fisher was not only one of the state's most able publishers, she was also one of the most active leaders in her community and in the state not only in the newspaper field, but in many other fields of en- deavor, such as the West Virginia Press Association and West Virginia Federation of Woman's Clubs, the development of public libraries in the state and last, but not least, the Democratic party will miss her strong interest and wisdom. Mrs. Fisher contributed much to the town of Moorefield and Hardy County, as well as to her state in general, and her loss will be noted by the thousands of friends and acquaintances she had made through her charm, knowledge and leadership along the way over a long period of many years. Mrs. Fisher's death will not only be a real loss to Moorefield and Hardy County, but to West Virginia, newspaperdom and not the least to her remaining family. She has gone, but she has left a lot of strong memories not only in her native county, but all across the state. MORE OF SAME More of the same is about the best way to size up the latest federal spending increase which President Carter has proposed. He is asking Congress to ap- propriate $12.9-million for federal aid to education -- an increase of about 25 percent over last year's outlay: While Mr. Carter*s desire to improve education ii admirable, he has not come up with any plan which will guarantee that more federal spending on education will improve it. Everyone is in favor of the best education possible for our young people. But most agree, even many educators, that just spending more money will not provide better education. It's a known fact that billions of dollars of tax money have been spent over the past 10 or 15 years, much of it unwisely and wasted in trying to improve education. And now in announcing his request of Congress for even more money, he says he wants most of it to teach the children to read and write. We ask Mr. Carter to explain to us what the millions of dollars of federal money that has been poured into education in recent years has been used for. Of course we all know that a lot of it has been used to build up a big educational bureaucracy in Washington. A bureaucracy that can turn out programs that are not worth the paper they have wasted to print them on. We have talked with many school administrators and teachers and practically all have given us the same story -- the funds are not permitted to be used for the two most important ingredients in a good education -- good teachers and good learning facilities. If Washington would just return the job of educating the children and running the schools to the local level where the people are the most qualified to do the job, and pro- rate the fund which Congress has already ap- propriated for education, back to the local levels, Mr. Carter would not have to ask for a -percent in- crease. For that matter, possibly not any increase in federal funds for education for the children would be needed. Noble ideals, generous programs, giving more to more, usually make for popularity among the politicians dishing it out. It's the road to election. It's also easier tobe generous with the taxpayers' money and to assume high humanitarian obligations and philosophies -- if one is not the average taxpayer having to struggle to keep up and facing growing living costs, taxes and prices generally. VIP, GINIA Dr. James Mder Tax relief, tax reduction and tax reform seem to translate into tax increases. Two years ago candidate Jimmie Carter had us looking forward to some tax relief and tax reform. A few changes have been made but fn the end the government will get more of our dollars. Last week I talked with a college professor who received a $50 per month increase for this present year and she told me hter her take- home pay was exactly six dollars more than the year before. Persons who leave property in their estates will find inheritance taxes that include capital gains (estate taxes) unbelievable high and in many cases the property will have to be sold to satisfy the tax. Governor Jay Rockefeller held out campaign promises of sales tax relief on foods and some 'favorable adjustments for the elderly. The 63rd session of the Legislature just adjourned and instead of relief or reform nearly $60 million dollars d new taxes were added. Of course, the high- way needs are great and it takes money but this has been no secret for years. Two years ago candidate Carolyn Snyder and at least two of the delegates from the neigh- boring 35th District listed as a Official Publication of Jefferson County. -- Established 1844 -- EDITORIALS / OPINIONS MAX BROWN. Editor DON RENTCH - News Editor Spirit of Jefferson Charles Town, W. Va. It was with a sense of horror that we all read of the serious accident suffered by our dear Max Brown. If only people would realize what a dangerous road that one is, and how often people )ass cars on a hill, around a curve, even within plain sight of oncoming cars on level stret- ches, the passing car is a hazard. It is to be hoped that, finally, some sense will come to the drivers of the hazards to travel a road. We all hate to think that such a fine person as Max had to suffer because someone was in a hurry. All of us will hope and pray for his recovery and our thoughts go out to his wonderful wife and family at this time with the hope that they will know that all their friends are with them and praying for them as well as for Max. Sincerely, Betty Smith Ben-Lea, Box 536 Charles Town, W. Va. March 23, 1978 Mr. Max Brown Editor Spirit of Jefferson Dear Sir: In answer to Mrs. Shirley N. Swab's letter of March 10, 1978, requesting more on the subject of "the needs of our youth", I submit the following views of the juvenile court judge from the column of Preston Moses of the Chatham, Va., Star Tribune. In so doing, I do not endorse or reject the views of the judge. How many times have you :heard teen-agers:,young peop even those inthe early twehties, complain -- "Life is a bore, there's nothing to do"? Recently, we happened across this mini-lecture by a juvenile court judge printed in the Mooresville, N.C., Tribune. Here's the message of the Judge who must deal daily with the misdirected energies of the teenage youth of today: "Always we hear the plaintive cry of the teenager: 'What can we do and where can we go?' The answer is clear: Go home! Hang the storm windows, paint the woodwork, rake the leaves, mow the lawn, wash the ear, learn to cook, scrub the floors, repair the sink, build a boat, get a job. "Help the minister ,and the church. Help the poor, study your lessons, and when you're through and not too tired, read a book. "Your parents do not owe you entertainment. Your community does not owe you entertainment. Your community does not owe you a living. You owe the world something. "You owe the world your time and your energy and your talents so that no one will be at war, in poverty, or sick, or lonely, again. "In plain, simple words: Grow up! Quit being a crybaby. Get out of your dream world and develop a backbone, not a wish- bone. Start acting like a man or woman. "You're supposed to be mature enough to accept some of the responsibility your parents have carried for years. They have nursed, protected, helped, appealed, begged, excused, tolerated and denied themselves needed comfort so that you could major concern tax reform and especially relief from regressive taxes. The record shows that the delegates from the 35th and 36th Districts supported the gasoline tax which is also regressive. There was no semblance of relief for the middle income taxpayer whose, West Virginia tax exemptions and standard deductions are much lower than the federal provisions. When will the cost of govern. ment slow down? It will take several billions of dollars to bring our roads up to date and approximately $175 million to bring our retirement - pension funds to a comfortable level. The only comforting thing ore' Governor can look to is the fact 'that forty-nine other states and the federal government are in similar circumstances. Now, what do we really want, more taxes or less services? have every benefit. "You have no right to expect them to bow to your every whim and fancy. "In heaven's name, grow up and go home!" I look forward to receiving my Spirit of Jefferson each week. Ashby W. Barbee Arlington, Va. Rt. 2, Harpers Ferry 271 Jefferson High Students Named To School Honor Roll A total of 217 Jefferson High students came through the third six weeks period of the current School term with an academic average of "B" or better and thus have been placed on the school's honor roll. The Junior Class led the list of honor students with 95, while a total of 93 seniors were on the list and 83 sophomores. The list by grades follows: SENIORS Jackie Allen, Daniel Arm- strong, Tammy Ballenger, Bonnie Beatty, Becky Black- ford, Louise Blue, Mary Bab- bington, Todd Brady, Teresa Brady, Joe Bouchelle, Lashan Busey, Tina Bussey, Karen Cameron, Keith Carley, Marcia Carper, Kevin Coulter, Patrieia Cronin, Sam Dillow, Carol Didden, John Erickson, Stuart Fluke, Eugene Gilkey, Victoria Glassford, Teri Graeey, William Grantham, Kim Gruber, Terry Hall, Karen Hammann, Cathy Hanak. Debra Hawk, Kristi Hen- cks, Polly Henshaw, Richard ]'.ks, Nadia Hill, MichaetiR; ' Robertalee Hesby, Martha Hunt, Dennis Jenkins, Sandra Jean Jenkins, David Josephs, Paul Kemp, Lisa Kerns, Lori Kerfoot, Ronnie Kidwiler, Amber Lebidz, John Lee, Stephanie Lee, Teresa Lloyd, Robyn Longerbeam, Neveila Lower, Robyn Manuel, Diana Markle, Kevin Mason, Kim Mason, Kim McDowell Robin Meadows. Warren Miller, John Milton, Georgie Moore, Luther Mumaw, Cindy Nicewarner, Gina Noll, Jeanie Propps, Amy Propst, Walter Ranalli, Cyndi Reese Stacey Reid, Cully Rinaldi, Cindy Robinson, Clarence Robinson, Mark Rotruck, Danny Seal, Karen Shumate, Granville Smailwood, Katherine Smith, Kenneth Staubs, Cindy Stuwers. Deanne Stroupe, Karen Sturges, Edward Swartz, Howard Tabb, Kym Thatcher, Cliff Umscheid, Wendy Vaughn, Susan Vitez, Todd Walker, Tim Wall, Tom Wall, Bey Watson, Debra Weakley, Velva White. William W'illingham and Patricia Wilt. JUNIORS Sherry Bagent, Thomas Banks, James Barrat, Eric Bates, Charles Boyle, Kim- berley Burch, Robin Bureh, Karen Cameron, Karen Carra, Carolyn Coyle, John Creamer, Misty Davidson, Scott Dennison, David Diehl, Laura Dunn Barbara Eriekson, Gina Fargo, David Franklin, David Frost Julia Gardner, Ralph Gillwald Margaret Gracey, Ronnie Hand Tammy Harner, John Hen- dricks, Marilyn Hoak. Gordon Hockman, Judy Hough, Kim Hough, Ken Housden, Helene Hubbard, Carl Jackson, Debbie Jamison, Pam Jamison, Kim Jenkins, Joe Jurek, Pat Kain, Jackie Kam- merdiener, Kevin Kerns, Sarah Kline, Sherry Ledford, Laurence Lloyd, Marian Lloyd, Bruce Longerheam, Philip Lowe, Sherry Madison, Mary Jane Martin, Nelson Martinez, Cynthia Mason, Charlotte McDaniel, Blane Meadows, Stephanie Mickey. Jenny Miller, Lynn Miller, David Minor, Jerry Moore, Ross Morgan, Doug Morris, Tim Mumaw, Michael Nicewarner, Robert Nicewarner, James Nichols, Lisa Oden, Julie Perry, Lisa Pittinger, Stacey Psillas, James Rhodes, Joseph Richards, Leslie Rideoutt, Kenneth Ring, Andrew Sch- wartz, Keith Shiflett, Barbara Sims, Debbie Sine. Alisa Smallwood, Bridget Smith, Kim Snyder, Jill Sowers, Sandy Spurgas, Robin Staubs, Tim Staubs, Mike Storseth, Allen Sullivan, Anne Tennant, Michael Tolbert, Charlotte Vickers, Thomas Vitez, Scott Walker, Cheryl Ware, Sheila Washington, Linda Whittington, Roseanne Willingham, Linda Wilt, Thomas Woodford, and Anthony Woods. SOPHOMORES Deborah Alkire, Mildred Andrews, Pamela Ault, Harry Barker, Mary Barker, Rhonda Benjamin, Sharon Benner, Kathleen Bradley, Tina Busey, Wendy Carnes, Kimberly Carper, Michele Chartrand, Penny Combs, Barry D'Angelo, Diedre Didden, Paul Dillow, Steve Dopson, Lisa Downing, Paul Espinosa, Wanda Farmer. Donald Feitner, Molly Fluke, Dwayne Frazier, Vicki Freeman, Joseph French, Vernice Gainey, Brian Gaudoin, Dwayne Geary, Julia Gore, Jeffrey Grove, Linda Har- shman, Lisa Heath, Vincent Hosby, Cynthia Hubbard, Regina Jacobs, John Joseph, Kandy Kain, Nellie Mac Kemp, Shari Lancaster, Brbara Lane, Hilary Lee, Tanda Lee, Rhonda Link. Rodney Magaha, John Mahoney, William Mattei, Robin May, Matthew Myers, Julie Miller, Glenn Moreland, Deborah Myers, James Myers, Vickie Painter, Wanda Pifer, Dawn Pindell, Suzi Reese, John Rhinaman, Laurie Ross, Mark Rudolph, Brian Sager, Paul Shackleford, William Shiflett, Cheri Small, Mary Small, Carol Smith, Karen Stamey, Unita Stiekell. Tracey Stickles, Timothy Stride, Alice Stunkle, Donna Sutphin, Suzanne Swartz, Patricia Taylor, Steve Thomp- son, Sandra Twyman, Cindy Utterbaek, Pieter VanTol, Phyllis Vitez, Kelly Weese, Linda Walls, Constance Whit, and Debra White. Berkeley Library Sets Celebration Events For Week The Martinsburg - Berkeley County Public Library will have a number of activities for National Library Week, the celebration planned for the days of April 2 through 8. Included will be a re- registration of patrons during this, the library's tenth year of operation in its new facility. Also planned are design of a new decal for a T-shirt which the staff will wear during the week and give away as prizes, a poster contest for children in grades 1 through 12 and a now heading for the library's monthly newsletter. In addition, various arts and crafts demonstrations, concerts and motion pictures will be featured during the week-long celebration. Additional information on any or all of these National Library Week events may be obtained by contacting the Martinsburg Berkeley County Public Library. $*$$ The reason some peo- ple don't stick to the truth is that such a policy would eliminate a lot of conver- sation. Coolfont Rated Among Top Ten ,News Of Other Country Inns A leading Washington Journal has cited Coolfont in Berkeley Springs, W. Va., as one of the area's "ten best country inns". In the r March issue of Washingtonian Magazine, in an article covering metro area inns from the Eastern Shore to the Appalachians, Coolfont's Treetop House Restaurant was singled out as "a country inn with one of the best kitchens around". This marks the second con- secutive year Washingtonian has featured Coolfont Recreation: in last year's publication of "Country Inns of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia", the magazine said, "If it can be done outdoors, crafted indoors, sung or picked on a banjo, eaten, drunk or enjoyed, you can't do it at a better place than the Coolfont vacation center". The current article, suggesting that "winters are cozy spent by a fireplace in the inn's main room, dining room or even your own room", is filled with praise for the unique restaurant in the treetops: "Coolfont is...a country inn with one of the best kitchens around, an outdoor-oriented vacation spot with accomodations that range from campsites, bunkhouses and log cabins, to lodge rooms and plus chalets. Drilake Farm Cow Sets New Record BRAIrLEBORO, VT. -- A Holstein cow owned by Drilake Farm, Inc., Charles Town, has set a state butterfat production record for cows in her age group. The new leader, Drilake Astronaut Rosanne 8487993-VG, completed a lactation level of 23,650 Ibs. of.milk and 924 Ibs. of butterfat. This production level represents a new West Virginia record for officially tested junior three-year-old registered Holsteins milked twice daily for 365 days. The record was established under the DHIR testing program of the Holstein- Friesian Association of America. "Rosanne" was bred in the herd of her present owner. She was sired by Paclamar Astronaut 1458744-EX, a bull that has earned Gold Medal Sire recognition. The previous lactation record in this age group was held by Drilake Ro Elevation Bessie 8467940, also owned by Drilake Farm, Inc. She achieved a production level of 25,990 lbs. of milk and 882 lbs. of butterfat. 2O Dr. Marshall the interest of J. Moffett's Town. DEATHS: Midford Leslie, 70,! of Miss Charles Town; Russell Heare, dies in Charles Mrs. Lillian Entler of Shepherdstown, Daughters Miss Pat of Mr. and Mrs. of Ransom wins Jaycee-ette become Miss Ranson of 1958. tO-- YEARS AGO-- 10 Miss Hazel S. Oden is named Administrative Manager of, Powhatan Brass and Iron I Works, announced by R. W. McWatters, president. Announcement is made by the Automatic Sprinkler Corp. of America, of the promotion of E. K. "Ned" Paine, of Charles Town, president of the Badger Fire Extinguisher Company, to the position of Group Vice- President; and also the promotion of Willard P. Mahler, formerly vice-president of General fire Extinguisher Company, to the office of president of the Badger Division of Automatic Sprinkler. I DEATHS: Miss Juanita June[ MARRIED: Custer, 78, of Ranson, dies in I Link, Jr., of Charles Town hospital following t Donna Jean an illness of about three weeks; I tinsburg; Mrs. Mrs. Lilia Bloom Adams, 84, of. Whittington, Hagerstown, Md., dies at the land Mr. home of a grandson in Atlanta, Baltimore, Md. Ga.; Mr. Sylvester Coyle, 91, of Keedysville, Md., dies in the Jackson Convalescent Home in Hagerstown, after an illness of four weeks; Mr. John Lester Tanner, 91, of Culpeper, Va., dies in Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, Va.; Mrs. Nelson P. "Daisy" Henry, 80, of Leetown, dies at her home; Mr. Edward D. Tolbert, 75, well- known resident of Charles Town, dies unexpectedly in the Baker V.A. Hospital; Mr. Bernard C. Shank, 49, of Kearneysville, dies in the Baker V.A. Center. J. Glenn Brown, owner and operator of Blakeley Farm, Charles Town, and one of the leading breeders of registered Hereford purebred cattle in the eastern party of the U.S., is elected treasurer of the Virginia Hereford Association at l Roanoke, Va, MARRIED: Miss Doris Diane Cavalier, and Mr. Daniel E. Dillow. The Rev. Mr. and Mrs. Russell J. Urquhart are honored by the congregation of the Charles Town Baptist Church with a surprise reception to celebrate their 26th wedding anniversary. The Robert W. McCormick farm near Middleway, is pur- chased by Mr. Ira Abelow, of Frederick, Md. Tom Coffin is named president of he Jefferson Qounty softball league, with Craig Kastle being l named secretary and treasurer. The Tri-County Baseball League is once again in operation with at least eight teams participating, with Wally Smallwood, Martinsburg, who has long been interested and active in promoting baseball on an independent basis, is named as the league president. 30-- YEARS Mr. and Mrs. "Hill Top" Farm, Cross Roads, are prise party by honoring their anniversary. MARRIED: Milbourne, of Inez Dorothy Charles Town; Louise neysviile, and R. of Big Pool, Md. dies in King's Hospital; MaE Himes, dies at Harpers Ferry Marshall, dies Brucetown; dies in Jones, dies at Harpers Chew, Memor Md. 5O DEATH: Smith, of near; dies in the Hospital. MARRIED: Ware, of near Page Hinton, County. Legion Shrimp Members of Post No. American shrimp feed April 15, be They will plus the dancing and $15.00 drag. )i VOTE FOR ALLEN R. DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR KABLETOWN DISTRICT Experienced To Conduct Your County's BusinesS Suddenly we find our population expanding which ranks us as the fastest growing county in the State. The news carries accounts of new problems confronting out county government. Forecasters say we are experiencing only the beginning of this population increase. We will never again see things as they used ro he. Like it or not we must face up to this fact. The responsibilities of the county commis- sioners are increasin s rapidly, becoming mote complicated and mote demanding d  their time each year. No individual ,has all the answers but I have the experience, the time, the interest and the desire to represent you and help keep us on top. ! am: Retired after 36 years once which experience. Honest attached. Active in church affairs. A native of democrat of ou r county. VOTE FOR ALLEN R. On May 9th Your Support Is