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304-876-0822 Erie Insurance" Winning ways for Cougars B1 Culture, comedy at Speak A7 Serving the people of Jefferson Count' sittce 1844 The week from APRIL 4, EFFE N AND FARMER'S ADVOCATE 2018 to APRIL 10, 2018 95 (PLUS TAX) of a garden begins to at orca row smiling orca is coming up lettuce and celery and tur- nips, radishes and spinach and herbs at North Jefferson Elementary School, and so are the circle and the diamond. The circle, the diamond and the orca are gardens -- all part of the Outdoor Classroom Initiative, a year-long growing project under the supervision of fourth-grade teacher Jim Jenkins. Last week, students weeded and watered the raised gardens and also carefully thinned it out, pulling up some plants that were coming in too close to others and replanting them elsewhere. "It helps them grow better to do that," explained Marley Bennett, one of 15 students taking part in the first-year gardening project. (See WHALE Page A4) TOP: Fourth-grade student Catelynia Reece pours water on lettuce seedlings last week in a section of the orca garden that swims across the front lawn of North Jefferson Elementary School, ABOVE: The 12-foot-long smiling orca is the hands-down favorite among the three raised gardens planted by North Jefferson students. Story and photos by Robert Snyder U.S. SENATE RACE By CHRISTINE SNYDER editor@spiritofjefferson.eom SHEPHERDSTOWN - West Virginia needs elected leaders in Washington who are beholden to regular cit- izens, not out-of-state coal companies, big banks and other special interests. That's one of the mantrasPaula Jean of political newcomer Paula Swearingen Jean Swearingen, a progres- , sive Democrat running to oust Joe Manchin, the conservative Democrat seeking his second full terrain the U.S. Senate. Swearingen, 43, who grew up in Southern West Virginia in a family that included a num- (See SENATE PageA5) 'Recovery Coaches' sought to help ease area's opioid crisis By CHRISTINE SNYDER editor@spiritofjefferson.eom CHARLES TOWN - There's a long to-do list for anyone who has kicked a drug or alcohol addiction and wants to get life back on track, says John Unger, the pastor and state lawmakerJohn Unger helping to organize the new West Virginia Recovery Coach Academy. "A recovery coach comes in and helps the person figure out their next steps," Unger said. "They don't try to provide the answers - but they help connect the person in recovery to resources that are available. And they're there - the person in recovery knows they're not in this alone." On Saturday, an orientation for prospective recovery coaches will happen at Blue Ridge (See COACHES Page A3) Examining racism 50 years after King's death By CHRISTINE SNYDER editor@spiritofjefferson.eom City man got to meet MLK A8 will host "Confronting Racism 50 CHARLES TOWN - George Years Later," a free workshop for Rutherford, the longtime leader middle schoolers, high schoolers of the Jefferson County branch of and adults that Rutherford believes the NAACP, says this evening's may help encourage local residents solemn march through downtown to continue King's work. will provide an important remind- "I am hoping that this workshop er of the work and life of the Rev. will be the catalyst for positive ac- Martin Luther King Jr. exactly 50 tions being taken by the public to years after his death, but he also combat racism in all forms," Ru- wanted to do more. therford said. This weekend, the NAACP Mollie Kennedy, a presenter with RIGHT: Gabrielle Chapman of the Charleston-based CARE (Call to Action for Racial Equality) will lead a workshop, "Confronting Racism 50 Years Later," in Charles Town. the West Virginia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union who is based in Morgantown, will lead the 90-minute workshop along with Gabrielle Chapman of the Charleston-based CARE (Call to Action for Racial Equality). (See WORKSHOP PageA9) Honored for General Excellence by the West Virc inia Press Association in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Operated by University Healthcam Physicians, Inc. 203 E. Fourth Across from Wt/U Medicine - Ranson now offers care for the whole family with offices specializing in Family Medicine, OB/GYN and Geriatrics and Successful Aging. NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS. Call 304-725-6343 to schedule an appointment. Avenue, Ranson, WV Jefferson Medical Center i i L ;