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April 6, 1978

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No. 17 CHARLES TOWN, (Jefferson County), WEST VIRGINIA Thursday April 6, 1978 Per Copy - 15 | lvar Site Turned Over For Use As Park T took place at the Jefferson Irnission meeting [ the transfer of a 6.8 acres in size in d irnits  Bolivar to and Recreation for use as a park. Was sold at public ,Olay, March 6, by reatit n for a sum second from  White, deputy forfeited and the Reininger, chair- Development f the Parks and pn. IS Robert Skinner, ARorney of Jef- is helpful in this effort, and on the right is Tom Mentzer, a member of the Jefferson County Commission, who recommended the site and worked closely with officials on details of the new park site so that the land could he acquired! by Parks and Recreation. The land was purchased for i use as a park with two tenni courts, a softball diamond, comfort stations and horseshoe pits. It was not immediately known when the construction on these new facilities will begin. Reininger said that the land had never been registered on the county tax hooks and that no one was paying taxes on the property. He said the land. tract is the only one in the Harpers Ferry-Bolivar area available for use as a county paak for serving the people of the Bolivar, Harpers Ferry, Millville and Baker(on areas of the county. The land is located next to the Catholic Cemetery and a ravine in the perk will be filled in so that it may become more usable. A road will also be built into the land. When completed, Reininger indicated that the park will join others in the county at the Bloomery, Leetown and Charles Town to provide valuable recreational space for Jefferson County residents. The Parks and Recreation Commission also has additional land in the Summit Point area that is to be developed into a park for that section of the count)'. To Nursing, :ent Home of the or Nursing and HOme reported ready for the v addition to along State .hem city Town. And request was Town City coral for a truct a 60- addition to the cost of about Square font e will more Its Occupancy atly is 42 tl Council also e Monday night discussing the continuing problem it has been faced with for years, that of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad trains blockingcrossings within the Charles Town City Limits. The City sent a letter of complaint to the railroad company more than six weeks ago, but had heard nothing in the way of a response Monday night. Charles Town's Mayor D. C. Master told Council he had telephoned both the Baltimore and Brunswick, (Md.) Offices of the railroad company Monday about the dangerous practice of blocking all crossings in Charles Town by B & O trains for sometime extremely long periods of time and he said he Turn to Page 6 -i EI RECEIVES 20-YEAR CERTIFICATE Ann Strider, above right, ad- Clerk at the National Fisheries Tl, WaS presented a 20-year Length &rard at a recent ceremony. The ...... Ph ented by Center Director, Robert the left. lefferson County, Mrs. Strider Fish and Wildlife Service at i as a Clerk-Stenographer and Capacity until 1958 when she Iernity reasons. She rejoined the er years of loyal and dedicated ttributed imlensely to the ef- of this facility. BloodmObile To Be In Charles Town April 13 The next visit of the American Red Cross Bloodmobile Unit to Charles Town will he Thursday, April 13, it was announced this week by Rondo Smallwood and Henry (Hank) Jovanelly, co- chairmen of the Blood program for the local Red Cross Chaper. The unit will be at Zion Episcopal Church Parish House from 10:15 a.m. until 4:15 p.m., and the goal again has been set at 100 pints of blood. Smallwood and Jovanelly said it's a fact that only about five in every 100 persons donate blond to the Red Cross and local Red Cross officials would very much this time to change that figure locally. They said the Red Cross is facing many problems as a result of the hard Winter and flooding and the need for blood has increased Auto World Is Robbed, Other Depredations A 1972-model vehicle and over $600 in merchandise' was stolen in a Friday break-in at Auto World. Charles A. Riddleberger, of 417 S. Samuel St., Charles Town, reported the incident, which included the theft of a two-door Buick Sylark, green in color with a black top. Other merchandise stolen, and valued at around $640, included a portable black and white television, a radio, assorted tools, an electric buffer, two cases of oil and a set of car keys. Some $390 in cash and three stereo cartridge tapes were stolen from the vehicle of Berry Lynn Grimm. 109 Hickory Lane, Orchard Hills, the middle of last week. The culprits apparently pryed a rubber seal off the vehicle',swindow and opened the car door from the inside to gain entry. Aside from the cash, the tapes were valued at $18. State Police also reported the theft of a $'25 German Shepherd dog from the front yard of the home of Roland James, Route I, Kearneysville last Friday. The dog, however, returned home a short time later. Turn to Page 6 Ernest Houser, Jr. Re-elected To Head Jeffemn Park Board Election of directors and of- ricers for the year 1978, featured the annual membership meeting of Jefferson County Memorial i Park, Corporation, Inc., held l KE " Tuesday eyeing, March 28, in the  ''  auditorium of the Jefferson  :: ':'. . County Civic Center in Charles 6: ' "/: Town. "  With the exception of three, the old directors were re-elected .,dvjl .'r to the board with the three new jl . members being Mrs. Ernest I l- Banner, Mrs. Margaret Barker 1 l: and Mrs. June Titus. Those 1 leaving the board were: Virginia 1 l Webb, Hazel Oden and Glenn Specht. ERNEST HOUSER, JR. Following. the election of directors, the board organized carry on with the park s Sum- for the year with Ernest H. meroperations. And once again Houser, Jr., being re-elected as Robert (Bob) Ott, will serve as president, Gilbert Bratton, was chairman of the evont, elected 1st vice-president; The members of the current Robert Ott, 2rid vice-president; board of directors are as Geraldine Willingham, follows: Ernest Houser, Jr., secretary; and James P. Gilbert Bratton, Robert Ott, (Jimmy) Morison, treasurer. Geraldine Willingham, Charles At the business session which followed th election Glenn Ed- wards was again named as park manager for the Summer operations and the date of May 30 was set as the official date for the park opening. Peggy Turner, will handle reservations for use of the perk pavilion. It was also decided to stage a "Festival in the Park" Day on July 8th to raise funds needed to Conrad, Allen Marshall, Paul Reid, Henry (Hank) Jovanelly, Joe Christian, Jr., Paul Manzuk, Roger Ramey, Q. D. Fleming, Charlotte Gano, Charles F. Reininger, Charles Dozier, James Taylor, Bishop E. E. Baltimore, peggy Turner, James Morison, Jack Huyett, Paul Meyers, Shirley Hunt, June Titus, Mrs. Ernest Benner and Mrs. Margaret Barker. I [ SISK RECEIVES 30-YEAR SERVICE AWARD Mr. Noel W. Sisk, above right, Maintenance Mechanic at the National Fisheries Center- Leetown, was presented a 30-year Length of Service Award by Center Direcotr, Robert E. Putz, on the left, at a recent ceremony. Following a tour of duty in the South Pacific from 1942 to 1946 with the U. S, Navy Reserve, Mr. Sisk returned to the area and began working at Leetown (then known as the U. S. Fish Cultural Station) in 1950 as an employee of the State of Maryland. At that time the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had a cooperative agreement with the State of Maryland in which the State furnished an employee and fish food in exchange for numbers and or pounds of trout to be stocked in Maryland waters. In 1951, Mr. Sisk was officially employed by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Leetown in a custodial and general grounds maintenance capacity. Throughout his years of dedicated service at Leetown, he has been instrumental in many significant changes and improvements at the facility. Panhandle Residents a PE requests of the Public Service Commission for rate increases which would in turn raise their electric bills sub- stantially. A group of Martinsburg residents have launched a petition to.protest PE's latest request for a temporary "sui'. charge of 0.2 cents per kilowatt hour. The request for the sur. charge was filed by PE on January 28, in which the com- pany claimed it was necessary to recover what the company said were excess costs incurred during the recent coal strike. The West Virginia Public Service Commission has already granted the Company per- Berkeley County Com- missioner John Wright, and William H. toy, a Martinsburg attorney, who are leading the fight against the surcharge as heads of the citizen's committee, have been successful in the past in challenging rate increases by the POtoae'Edison 4ompany. Wright and Loy said the committee which has in the past challenged the PE rate hikes has been re.activated to challenge both the requested surcharge and a 22.8 percent rate increase. The request for the 22.8 percent rate increase was filed by Potomac Edison last November. Turn to Page 6 mm Max Brown Still In Critical Condition Hagerstown Hoslt Max Brown, managing editor and publisher of the Spirit of Jefferson Advocate, remains in very critical condition in the Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown, Md. Max, who has been associated with the Spirit of Jefferson Advocate for nearly a half century and who has served as its editor since 1936, was seriously injured in a two-car highway accident about 1:15 p.m., March 14, on U. S. Route 340, west of Charles Town near BuUskin Run. Max was rushed to Jefferson Memorial Hospital following the accident where preliminary examination revealed he had sustained a concussion and some lacerations and Contusions of the head and face and a knee fracture. But some 48 hours later his condition took a turn for the worse and he was rushed to the Washington County Hospital for a head operation. Since then his condition has been listed as critical. Early last week his condition did show some signs of improvement, but then last Thursday he suffered a relapse and since then there has been no change in his condition. Arthur See, 64, of Route 2, Charles Town, the driver of the car which crashed into Max's car, was not injured in the ac- cident. Heavy Damages Road-Accidents A three-vehicle accident on State Secondary 17 near U.S. Route 340 Saturday resulted in $2,900 in property damage and a charge against one of the in- olved drivers. Jefferson County State Police said a 1967-model auto operated by Wayne W. Jackson, 35, of Route g, Harpers Ferry, slammed into a 1973-model vehicle operated by Jeffrey Clint Webster, 20, of Route 1, Charles Town, and a 1977-model car driven by Sunny Sun Cloud, 29, of Washington, D.C. No serious injuries were reported in the mishap but Jackson was cited for driving while under the influence of intoxicants. About $500 in property damage was the result of a two-car ac- cidenLon Sunday at 7:55 p.m. on U.S. Route 340 east near Charles Town. Involved was a 1978-model auto operated by Rosie Ellen Bradley, 36, of Jefferson Terrace, Charles Town, and another car. a 1970-model, driven by William A. Teffner, 6,% of Baltimore, Md. Authorities Turn to Page 6 Sencindiver Recuses Himself From Ci0000!00vSU!t 'Porterfieid Named !na emorandm' of"op:Vion New Branch Manage, Shenandoah Federal aiti;ertfffe ' ;fferesr: n C:uunntt; ! PHILIP PORTERFIELD,III Announcement was made this week John N. Taylor, executive vice-president of Shenandoah Federal Savings and Loan Association,,that Philip T. Porterfield, Ill, is the new Charles Town Branch Manager. He replaces Carl W. Merchant vice-president, who has been transferred to the Martinsburg office where he has assumed the duties of assets, officer for the Shenandoah Association. Porterfield took over the post as manager of the Charles Town office on February 16, having been associated with the Bank of Harpers Ferry as assistant cashier and general ad- ministrative assistant to the Bank Cashier sincee bank opened in July 1975. t the bank he also had the responsibility for the supervision of operation function of the bank, including loan operations, tellers, bookkeeping, proof and general ledger. He also worked with the hank cashier in all other banking area, including call reports, personnel and payroll. Prior to going with the Bank of Harpers Ferry, Phil had been connected with the Jefferson Security Bank of Shepherdstown during the period July 1974 to July 1975, as assistant cashier, and working as general ad- ministrative assistant to cashier, gaining experience in hankwide operations; and prior to that he was associated with the Fulton National Bank of Atlanta. Georgia as assistant cashier and assistant Branch manager. Pkil was graduated from Bucknell University in 1971, with Turn to Page 6 in this state, the Circuit Courts and magistrate courts are dependent upon the County Commission to furnish office supplies, officers as well as deputies to act as baliffs and serve the necessary legal papers. And with the issuance of his memorandum Judge Sen- cindiver continued the civil action suit of Wilt versus the County Commission until April 24 to allow the Chief Justice of the State Supreme of Appeals to assign another judge to hear the case and he said "voluntarily of its own motion", the duge ex- cuses itself from any con- sideration of this case. Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Skinner had made a motion to dismiss the suit of Wilt against the Com- mission, but his motion will not be heard until a new been appein /.': The suit 'stigated a time ago by Sheriff Wil he asked a declarator judgement on the question of whether the sheriff has the right to set the salaries of his deputies rather than have the individual levels of pay set by the Commission as he claims they have been. In the suit the Sheriff also questions the fight of the County Commission to require him to submit pur- chase orders for necessary supplies before they are pur- chased. The Wilt complaint asks that the Court adjudge and declare that the Jefferson County Sheriff has the sole power to fix in- dividual Compensation for the employees in his department and the County Commission is without authority to require the Sheriff to submit purchase or- ders. Wilt is being represented in the case by Attorney Jerome Radosh. GENERAL TELEPHONE OPENS COUNTY'S FIRST FHONE MART General Telephone Company of te Southeast of- ficially opened Jefferson County's first Phone Mart here Monday with a ribbonutting ceremony in a newly.renovated section of the company's business offices in the Mason Building at 116 East Washington Street in downtown Charles Town. Shown at the ceremony above, from left to right, are George Vickers, Manager, Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce; D. R. William, Division Service Manager for General Telephone Company; J. Kelley Lance, Jr., Mayor of Ranson; W. A. Henley, service office supervisor for Charles Town Operations; I The phone mart is a Charles Town Mayor D. C. [ revolutionary concept which Master: and Calvin McGehec, iailows the public to shop for manager of Charles Townl telephones as it would for Operations for General fashions. Telephone. Some 750 persons attended the grand opening between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday and a door prize, a radio, will be given away rater this week to one of the persons attending the grand opening. Favors at the event included halloom for children, key chains for adults and refreshments o punch and cookies, McGchee indicated that the results o the grand opening were most pleasing. WEATHER =-_-- - -J- _J_ i -_--- Period Wednesday through Saturday. rb cloudy and mild during the period with some showers over 4he moun- tains Thuroday and over mosg sections on Friday. Daytime highs mid 69's to the low ?O's, and night time lows mM 40's to low S@'s.