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SPIRIT of JEFFERSON and Ea RMER'S ADVOCATE LIFE U~IJI5 15"3 Wednesday, April 4, 2018 MATTERS DOUG PERKS e For 41 years, Nellie Lucille Hefle- bower, known affectionately as "Miss Lucille," was an educational leader in Jefferson County's Schools. Born in 1914, Lucille Heflebower was the daughter of SteUa West and Howard Garland Heflebower Sr. and resided at her family's home near Rippon on the Myerstown Road. She had four sisters - M. Frances Heflebower, Stella Virginia Hefle- bower Andrews, Pauline Heflebower Heskett and Margaret Heflebower Ce- pelka Hench - and two brothers, Dan- iel West Heflebower and Howard Gar- land Heflebower Jr. After graduation from Charles Town High School, she followed sis- ters Frances, SteUa and Pauline to Shepherd College. In 1937, follow- ing completion of her degree work, Lucille Heflebower joined her sis- ter Frances at Charles Town Graded School, Frances teaching fast grade and LuciUe grade five. Frances would continue as a first- grade teacher at what became Wright Denny Elementary for 42 years. In 1961, LuciUe left the classroom and Sisters Frances Heflebower (left) and Lucille Heflebower spent more than 80 years working in education In Jefferson County. Another of their sisters, Margaret Helle- bower Cepelka Hench, created a scholarship to honor their work in 2004. was appointed Director of Instruc- iting their classrooms all around the tion for both elementary and second- county- from the Blue Ridge to Shep- ary schools in Jefferson County. In herdstown and from Harpers Ferry to this role, she offered guidance and her her home in Rippon. teaching expertise to several genera- She quickly identified a need to en- tions of classroom teachers while vis- hance classroom instructional tech- niques and initiated an in-service pro- gram for teachers with the aim of im- proving instruction. She oversaw the adoption of textbooks for the entire county school system. Her knowledge and proficiency in this area was recog- nized at the state level, and the West Virgim'a Board of Education appoint- ed her to the State Textbook Advisory Committee. In 1975, Lucille was named Assis- tant Superintendent of Schools in Jef- ferson County, the first woman to be named to this position in the county. Lucille was among 10 women who were founding members of Eta chap- ter, Delta Kappa Gamma Society for Key Women Educators at Shepherd College. Over the years, she held nu- merous leadership positions in that or- ganization including historian. In that role, she recounted the chapter's orga- nization in Knutti Hall in 1947, with fellow educator Eleanor Ann Shir- ley lighting candies in memory of the founding women as their names were read aloud. In 1964, she was named by George Mullen, president of Blakeley Bank in Ranson, as one of nine members of the bank's advisory committee. However, the highest honor be- stowed on Lucille Heflebower was given by her sister, Margaret Hefle- bower Cepelka Hench, Shepherd Col- lege Class of 1947. In 2004, Margaret Hench established the Frances and Lu- cille Heflebower Scholarship in hon- or of her sisters, who combined more than 80 years of service to the students and teachers of Jefferson County. Each year elementary education majors who reside in Jefferson Coun- ty receive assistance from this schol- arship as they prepare to become the next generation of educators. Regard- less of where, hopefully each recipi- ent will be as dedicated to teaching as were the Heflebow- er sisters. - Doug Perks, a retired history teacher, is the historian at Jefferson County Museum in Charles Town Museum FROM PAGE B10 son at 11 aya. Saturday, another new display will feature past and recent photos of Shep- herdstown. The display is an adaptation of "The Chang- ing Face of Shepherdstown," the public pre- sentation that historian Doug Perks of Shep- herdstown created last fall. It includes images of the town from as far back as the 1860s and as recently as 2015. "Streetscapes and viewscapes changed through time," Perks said. "Roads were moved and improved. One building replaced another. But many remain unchanged. The exhibit gives Shepherdstown residents and visitors a tantalizing glimpse of past and pres- ent." Admission to the museum at 129 E. Ger- man St. is a suggested donation of $4, with children, students, members of the military and Historic Shepherdstown members get- ting in free. Details about the museum's season opening or any of the exhibits are asked to contact the Historic Shepherdstown Commission office (hsc 1786@gmail.com or 304-876-0910). The museum also offers tours by appointment. R.D. Shepherd (above), whose stage name was R.D. MacLean, Is shown in 1901. A Shakeapearean actor who grew up in Shepherdstown, he relocated to Los An- geles in 1919 and appeared in a number of movies before his death in 1946. Now one of his belongings - a clock made by Jacob Craft in Shepherdstown sometime before 1825 - has been donated to the Hlstoric Shepherdstown Museum (left). I A weekly visit from YOU I can make I lifetime of difference a ,:, !. . to a child! WI T IlRt$]NIA Hosted by: GET INVOLVED wwwxeadaloudwestvh'gmia.org For more information about Read Aloud-Jeff. Co. contact: Laurie Saunders 703-727-2518 lauriepdx@outlook.eom : :!]]]]]]]]~]]]]]]]]ii:]i]il ]i ==iii = =u Apri| 12 Women's Network All Day Conference Holiday Inn - Martinsburg April 26 Right Hands Day Bavarian Inn - Kentucky Derby Themed sAVE THE DATE! April 30 9th Annual Chamber Classic Golf Tournament Sponsorship opportunities still available For more information, please check our website www.jeffersoncountywvchamber.org PROUDLY SERVING JEFFERSON COUNTY FOR OVER $6 YEARS Hollywood Casino in the Ballroom and Relay For Life of Jefferson County April Hollywood 2 to 4 p.m. Please mail the attached no later than April 09, 2018 or email Donnamharrison06@aol.com QUESTIONS CALL Donna Harrison @ 304-671-3642 Casino Ballroom (Doors will open at 1 pm ) RSVP for Survivor Luncheon & Celebration Survivor Name Total number of guests including yourself YOU MUST RSVP IN ORDER TO ATTEND Mail to: Donna Harrison 117 Mount Vernon Drive, Charles Town, WV 25414 or call 304-671-3642 / Donnamharrison06@aoLcom Commercial vehicles cannot be parked at a residence in the City without a parking permit that is approved by the Zoning Administrator. There are also restrictions where parking RVs and trailers, To view more Did You Know's visit our website at www.charlestownwv.us. Phone: 304-725-231 1 101 E Washington StJPO Box 14 Charles Town, WV 25414-0014 www charlestownwv us