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The National Park Service has published the comments it received last month as part of its special resource study to determine if the battle- field site should be included in either Antietam National Battlefield or Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. / The Park Service has published comments on whether to include Shepherdstown battlefield in its system ROBERT SNYDER both McClellan and Lee mis-from continuing his first north- Spirit Staff calculated; the leader of the ern advance as well as the timing Army of the Potomac decidedof Lincoln's announcement are SHEPHERDSTOWN -- Con- not to pursue Lee's battered evidence of the battle's histori- federate Gen. Robert E. Lee wasn't army into Virginia, thinking it cal significance, say supporters feeling lucky at the end of the day stronger than it was, while Lee, of a plan to develop a national on Sept. 20, 1862. and neither given a false report that Me- park on the site of the exchange, was his Union counterpart, Major Clellan's army was in control which lies along the river's edge Gen. George McClellan. of the south shore of the Pete- a little more than a" mile east of Following two grueling days mac River. gave up on the idea Shepherdstown. of battle near Shepherdstown of continuing his campaign rote Last month, the National Park at a cost of more than 675 sol- Maryland. Service completed its public diers' lives, and having come Two days later, President scoping period as part of a special on the heels of what would be- Abraham Lincoln announced resource study of the battlefield come known as the bloodiest plans to issue a proclamation that to determine if the site should be single-day battle in American would free the slaves. history in Sharpsburg, Md., Both Lee's backing down The Philadelphia Corn Exchange Regiment fords the Potomac River near Shepherdstown in this illustration by Harper's Weekly field art- See BATTLE Page A6 ist A.R. Waud. ate on new continues BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff CHARLES TOWN - Rates for a proposed annual fire fee were revised downward during a recent meeting of the Jefferson Cotmty Commission, but the issue remains a source of conten- tion between some local residents and fire officials. The Jefferson County Emergency Services Agency has revised down its proposed yearly fire fee from $110 per household to $90 per household. The proposed commercial fire fee remains unchanged at $.08 per square foot. See FEES Page A2 BRYAN'CLARK Spirit Staff The race for the 67th delegate dis- trict, a seat left vacant by the depar- ture of longtime incumbent John Doyle, is a contest between three candidates, two Republicans and a Democrat. Republican businessmen Elliot Si- mon and Matthew Harris will first compete in the primary. The win- ner will face off against attorney Ste- phen Skinner, who is running unop- posed in the Democratic primary. Simon, a former business ex- ecutive and transportation consul- tant, says his experience in business makes him ready to establish effec- tive economic policy for promoting "fiscal responsibility, and creating an economy where we will be creat- ing jobs." "I understand what businesses need in terms of economic policy in order for business to be successful," See 67TH Page A3 Laura Bergmann is training to compete in a duathlon championship in France in September. CHRIS HUNTEMANN Special to the Spirit posed of other American competitors, cause of her health issues, "so I was Listed as one of the highest ranked basically a bookworm," she said. "My CHARLES TOWN -- Just because female competitors in duathlons and tri- neighborhood didn't have any grass you can't start your exercise by running athlons in the country and the winner of [and] we had one tree, so it wasn't really two miles doesn't mean you shouldn't three national triathlon championships, conducive to outdoor activities." try one mile. Bergmann has overcome a family histo- However, Bergmann. began riding a So says Laura Bergmann. ry of ailments, including obesity, arthri- bike and teaching a spinning class at a Bergmann, 29, ofRanson, is currently tis and asthma on her path to becoming Gold's Gym in Winchester, Va. while training to compete in a duathlon world a world competitor, attending Shenandoah University on a championship in France in September Growing up in Trenton, NJ., Berg- after being invited to join a team com- mann "never did anything active" be- See BERGMAN Page A2 Laura Bergmann is one of the highest-ranking female competitors paring to compete in a duathlon championship in France. ROBERT SNYDER in the country. She is pre- Who i INDEX 2012 The Jefferson Publishing Co. Inc. knew "The Simpsons' was ................. :.. ........... A4 i Janet Brown rya n o i--os ............................ ,s on? B Clark did] ................................. 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