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SPIRIT of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE NEWS PAGE A5 Wednesdas; April 4, 2018 7 t' k"" By BONNIE WILLIAMSON Special to the Spirit i: ?, CHARLES TOWN - For near- 150 years, George Ware has seen I all, from horrendous accidents to 4 elping bring babies into the world ',i laen the moms couldn't make it to hospital. k ' Now he's set to retire from the he loves, i lifelong resident of the area, l * Vare, 68, became a volunteer with ,the Independent Fire Co. in Ran- in 1969. He's also trained as emergency medical technician, EMT classes, served in the and the Air National Guard, as a police officer in Ran- son and worked as a paramedic with Didn't talk about it. Now, we're in his long career. the Metropolitan Washington Air- getting better at taking care of our "I assisted in the birth of seven port Authority at Dulles Airport be- own." babies," he said. "One baby was a fore becoming the emergency medi- Ware found himself helping out at breech birth. It came out feet first. cal services manager for Hollywood the Pentagon on Sept. 11,2001. This happened on the side of the Casino at Charles Town Races in "When I visited Pearl Harbor,road. I did what I was trained to do. 2006. I talked to the people there who I have gotten to watch these young- "It was my dream when I was 8 or helped out after the Japanese at- sters grow up. One girl just gradu- 9 years old to be a fireman," Ware tack," Ware explained. "They said ated from high school." said. "I watched firemen as they they would do what they could, then Ware's official retirement comes went by holding on the side of the hide if they heard planes, then come Thursday. Hollywood Casino co- fire truck. Always thought how neat back out. We did the exact same workers will host a get-together for it would be to do that." thing during 9/11. him at 11 a.m. in one of the employ- Ware's career has led him to many We just didn't know what was ee training rooms. challenges, happening. When we did hear Ware plans to spend his time "You can see the worst of the planes, they were our own mili- traveling and with his family. worst," he said. "You don't forget tary planes so I knew we wereHe and his wife, Christine, have some of the sights you see. Years safe." a son and a daughter and five ago, we just had to deal with it. He's also experienced many joys grandchildren. George Ware rt, $, of coal miners, will spend most of the :' eekend campaigning in the Eastern Panhan- ly worked as an accounting clerk. "We're say- ;enate FROM PAGE A1 ing our mothers and fathers worked hard, and we will too, but not at the cost of our chip dren's lives and not so someone else can get rich off our toil." die, including at a "meet and greet" in Shep- Swearingen questions the priorities exer- herdstown on Saturday afternoon, cised by Manchin, who served as West Vir- Swearingen, a mother of four who makes ginia secretary of state and governor before her home in Glen White in Raleigh County, winning the seat vacated by the 2010 death of said she's proud of her deep roots in mining - Robert C. Byrd. but remains aware of the toll mining can take, "The last time I talked to Senator Joe Man- including on the land, streams and on miners' chin and told him about our polluted water health, and our families dying because of coal, he "I've also seen what happens when we let was more worried about serving coal barons coal barons loot our land and pollute our wa- than our children," Swearingen said in a Fa- ter," Swearingen wrote on her Facebook can- cebook post. "I'm ready to fight back." didacy page. "I've seen some of the most Manchin, a 70-year-old from Farming- beautiful mountains in the world blown up. ton, has supported most of President Donald ,I've been to funerals caused by black lung. Trump's cabinet picks, and voted in line with I've seen friends and family sickened. I've the president's agenda more than any other seen and smelled poisoned water." Democrat in the Senate. Decades of dependance on coal has left In 2016, Trump won West Virginia by dou- West Virginia's economy struggling, said ble digits and brought a flood of other Repub- Swearingen. licans into office at the Capitol and in lower- "No one's asking for a handout," explained level offices around the state. the social and economic activist who former- (See SENATE Page hl0) School calendar set- if there's An Experienced Candidate for Jefferson County School Board of Education hrthen a Roper4 J more snow 'CHARLES TOWN ' As long as there's no more snow, : Jefferson County students will end the school year on June 1 while teachers will wrap up June 12. State Students to have 180 days of instruc- tion each school year. Jef- ,re r s o n Bondy Gibson [,County a longer school day than k; )he state requires and stu- 7. dents here have exceeded the state minimum requirements minutes of instruction for ",a nany years. Those extra min- utes gave the county the flex- ibility to deal with the nlne- walkout and subsequent ~, days and still have stu- i Bents end the year on June 1 JEFFERSON SECURITY BANK PROUDLY PRESENTS However, school superin- 4endent Bondy Shay Gibson i aid the banked time now has been used up.Gibson prom- ,ised the board spring break - daappenlng this week - would :, dot be affected. ' "Just pray there's no more i,isnow," Gibson joked to board , aembers at last week's meet- i If our area were to be hit i-by another spring storm that ,required a snow day, kids I ,tphght still be able to finish i the year on June 1 because I the board has the option of adding minutes of instruction I to each school day to make I up the time. - Bonnie Williamson I for Jefferson County Commissioner Chan Paid for b:' Kevin Camden for Jeffers