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SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, April 14, 2005 19 Becky Shatter 876-0600 Both Sides invitation a reception to meet newly-appoint- So, it came as a a surprise to community who attended the low- in the Entler Hotel that row-upon-row of set up, alongside enhanced table. The and Town Council want- give the residents and po- the opportunity to each other a bit bet- both sides of issues been beleagering and to have a fresh a new chief in a new work in our little Shepherdstown Town Council member Wanda Smith partici- pates in animated conversation with the town's newly selected introductions, May- emphasized to police chief, Curtis Keller, a former Berkeley county deputy sheriff, present that "the past is during a reception to introduce the officer to community residents. last, and we are going for- (Photo by Diane Steece) ricers are willing to move away a believer of the adage: work [~OWing his introductionfrom the mistakes of the past, with nature, not against her. ~he mayor, Police Chief Chief Keller pointed out that For successful crops, do ~s Keller, a retired Berke- sometimes force is necessary to not plant the seeds or trans- ~o.Unty deputy sheriff who protect the town and the offi- plants too early. It is much bet- ~cI fifty-some candidates cers themselves ter to extend your gardening a ~e Positions, thanked those ReSeption month later into the fall than ~nt for their confidence in A reception, honoring the Jabilities and assured all West Virginia Young Demo- L"~e department is here to crats, will take place on Satur- [ zor Ypu. The officers are day, April 16, 12 noon til 1 p.m :laapPy but are dedicated to in the Shepherd University ~;Working shifts which cov- Ballroom. The public is invit- out four hours of the 24- ed to this event which is a part ~day." of the annual state convention [alizing the importance of of this organization. The recep- ~e visibility, the chief indi- tion is co-hosted by the Jeffer- that there would be in- son County Democratic Associ- ~ed foot patrols. Emphasiz- ation and the Jefferson County good rapport between offi- Coalition of Democratic Worn- [and the public, he suggest- en. pore L meetings for dialogue.Following the reception, the ~m, muaity police academy, Young Democrats will host a [~lOags, and neighborhood lunch with U.S. Senator Robert t activities are in the fu- C. Byrd as the keynote speak- ~ fShepherdstown. ers. Tickets for the luncheon |aen members of the audi- are $30 each with a limited [Were given an opportunity number available for the gen- J.uestions for the new chief, eral public. two'weeks earlier in the spring. Early planting means risky germination. Early,planting, if germination does occur, means rotting seeds or stunted growth of seedlings if cool weather per- sists. Early planting feeds birds and rabbits and may mean a weedy garden. And, of course, there is al- ways the possibility of frustrat- ing battles with rabbits, squir- rels, deer, groundhogs, crows, blackbirds, and raccoons. Rab- bits will go after almost any tender new growth after a win- ter of chewing bark and shoots. They are partial to new growth on young raspberry plants and peas. And, if neither of these is available, lettuce and carrot tops become fair game. There are s~veral reasons that you may choose to grow vegetables in a garden which you prepare. They are both practical, both nutritionally and economically. Of course, a vegetable begins to lose flavor and nutrition the moment it is picked. For supermarket vege- tables a lage of several days be- tween the harvest and the pu- chase at the supermarket will directly effect garden produce. Additionally, the price of fresh vegetables is high at this time, and, with the rising gaso- line prices, there is every indi- cation that it will go higher in the future. With each price in- crease, the time you spend in your garden is rewarded much more. The quality of the garden fruits which you personally grow is far superior to those some offerings in a supermar- ket. Keeping all of the above in mind, next week we will con- sider those vegetables which you would plant once in a life- time, those you start indoors and transplant into the gar- den, and those you plant di- rectly into the soil in the form of seeds A Glimpse Into History We continue with the mate- rial "Pioneering" as provided in the '~Nest Virginia Encyclo- pedia," published and edited by Jim Cornstalk, owner of the stateside newspaper, '~rhe West Virginia Hillbilly." "When the pioneer needed medicine, he turned to nature. His apothecary was the wilder- ness which provided hundreds of medicinal herbs and barks. '~rhe complete list of usable things is lost in antiquity. How- ever, it well to mention a few of the natural curatives as time- tested prescriptions: snake- Financial Aid/ CTC Shepherd Application Workshop Need assistance for complet- ing an application for Finan- cial Aid or to the CTC Shep- herd? Get help with these ap- plications and any questions you may have concerning two- year degrees. Please bring your 2004 taxes with you to apply for financial aid. Tuition is free. The class will meet on Tues- day from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for one night only. For class location, information or registration, please call Jefferson County Schools Adult and Community Education at 728-9224. FINI)WHAT LOOKINg, FOR.I Spirit Classifieds on the agenda was a The Shepherdstown the possibility of Shuffle the town's noise or- There seems to be the usu- to include jake break- al spring restlessness among trucks at the four- some ofShepherdstown's busi- and elsewhere, the ness owners again this year. sounds of mu- Spring fever has infected sever- from passing cars, al of the town's entrepreneurs mowing and weed and, when this happens, the vol- only cure seems to be moving not allowed, and other up or away. s. Chief Keller To date the following chang- replied that he felt that es have occurred. Jo and Jane levels should be Rooney have passed their 5- a decibel meter year old German Street busi- sound to ness, Outback Basics, to Terry He felt that, if and Jim Bauer, a Harpers Fet- ter a noise ry couple who plan to make no would stand up drastic changes in the store's of- with an accurate ferings. Shepherdstown Beau- ty and Barber was sold to San- town law enforce- di Kastle who will change the entered a new era, name of the shop to Alter Ego of those attending al- Hair Studio. Steppin' Out Shoes several past highly- and Such opened grandly last incidents involving Saturday on 110 W. German and community Street. All listening agreed The Yellow Brick Bank and has affected the Three Onions restaurants of the police officers, have come into the possession needs to be interac- of Clarion Hotel owner Ken need to stop point- Lowe who plans no changes in and taking sides, the Bank operations. He antic- stated that a situa- ipates making several adjust- always be resolved ments to the Onions, including to a citizen's wish- a bit of a difference atmosphere. need to work not to A third restaurant will open where force for business in a few weeks, in what was the Wes Lanham their turn, the bakery. The Smoking Duck Bis- shared their tro will come to life here with a and feelings about menu featuring vegan and non- and work in vegetarian foods and a juice Officers Ken White bar. related two in- We wish all these proud pro- pull-overs, prieters success in their new :someone over for ventures. And we await the registration, the ve-next episode of the never-end- was out of his car ing Shepherdstown Shuffle. : at White before the All You Can Eat exit hisvehicle. Of- Yes, you read that correct- equal- ly. All you can eat. The New COmments following Street United Methodist including a Church will have a pancake for Smith, who dinner on Wednesday, April 20, 5 til 7 p.m. in the church dining to comments area. Pancakes, sausage or ba- audience as to con, sausage gravy, applesauce, and love fOund juice, coffee, tea are on the Offi- menu for the bargain price of emphasized that $6 for adults and $3 for young- is a beautiful sters 3-12 years of age. The cor- town, but it has ner of Church and New streets and drugs." in our little town is the place to to the extreme dan- be. For information, call 876- off~cers face with 2362. Regan stated Father's Garden want my second So, you have decided to raise to get a call about some of the vegetables which at 5 a.m. I like to go you enjoy eating. You are going as you do." to roll those sleeves and actual- ndy Cook as- ly plant a small garden. As you group that the policeapproach this project of raising to improve their vegetables, be practical. Stick the community, to vegetables which have prov- that there is an en dependability in our area community that and do not waste much time COme at this in a newon the rest. Successful garden- ing is not easy, for there is no Council has de- magic formula to entice seeds add two citizens to to germinate, shoo away bugs Committee which is and blight, or regulate the tom- n~ade up of council peratures or rainfall. Jay Hurley, a some- Plant varieties with known the police, will resistance to disease. Ask old committee. During timers and consult seed pack- commended Of- ets for information on this s~b- respect she ject. That veteran gardener, for those recent- whose skills we have witnessed near O'Hurley's through the years, has often learned which plants to avoid local police of- growing in the garden. He is root tea for colds and purifying the blood; tincture of yellow- root for sore throat and diph- theria; genseng for colics and kidney troubles; sarsaparil- la roots as a tonic and rejuve- nator; pennyroyal and catnip teas for stomach ailments; fox~ glove (the source of digitalis) for heart trouble; slippery elm bark (pounded into a poultice) for boils and some skin infec- tions; shaggy bark hickory as a panacea for many ailments; flaxseed and mustard for poul- tices. "At times the pioneer boiled several herbs together to make an elixer or tonic, considered good for many ailments. The art of making homemade medicine came to be known as polyfox- ing, a word that belongs to the lexicon of pure Americana. "Of all the homemade reme- dies known, "sheep nanny tea" seems to be the strangest. The pelleted fecal matter from sheep was brewed into a tea to bring out a stubborn case of measles. There are still some old-timers who will attest to the efficacy of this medicine." *Next week: the pioneering effort. Songwriter, musician Howard Lyons performs for listeners at- tending a Shepherd University multiculture event. Lyons, a Mohawk from the Akwasasne reservation in upstate New York, presented selections from his albums "Hopes and Dreams" and "Spirit Walk" as well as other creations with background music provided by Matt Robinson, Butch Sanders, and Randy Furnig. He has received nu- merous awards and participated in educational enrichment pro- grams for youngsters in public schools, universities, libraries, and the Smithsonian Institute. (Photo by Diane Steece) Cammy Lycliter, March Employee of the Month, with John Sherwood, CEO: Lisa Avey, Director of Skilled Nursing; and Judy Hockman, Director of Nursing. I Cammy Lycliter, Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Department, has been named the March Em- ployee of the Month at Jefferson Memorial Hospital, announced John Sherwood, Chief Executive Of- ricer. '~We are pleased to name Cammy as the March Employee of the Month," Sherwood said. Lycliter is a certified nursing assistant on the hospital's skilled nursing and rehab unit. She was nominated by her peers for her outstanding customer service skills, commitment to her patients and her professionalism. Other employees who were nominated included Megan Hanburger, Intensive Care; Rebekah Thom- as, Physical Therapy; Pearl Elliott, Skilled Nursing; Tonya Jenkins, Skilled Nursing; and Brenda En- gle, Emergency Department. Kevin Knowles, Assistant Director of Corporate Support Services for ICT Group gives the $2,500 do- nation to Dance Committee members, Yvonne Eckenrode, Christine Johnson, Cindy Stonebreaker and Tammy McDonald. ICT Group recently signed on as a Platinum Sponsor for the Spring Fling Dance for Hospice, hosted by the Preceptor Alpha Kappa Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. This year's dance, 'A Silver Celebration: Twenty-five Years of Caring,' celebrates the 25th anniversary of Hospice of the Panhandle. The dance will be held at the Clarion Hotel in Shepherdstown, Saturday, April 30. A prime rib buffet dinner will be followed by dancing to '~he Holders." A silent auction and gourmet dessert and coffee bar will com- plete the evening. Tickets are $50 per person and may be purchased by calling 263-1769.