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4 Wednesday, April 18, 2012 News pirit of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCA'TE Everett "Ed" Boober- Sheriff 38 years of law enforcement experience :8 years as your Sheriff Paid for by the Committee to Elect "EO" Boober Sheriff. Dave Withers. Treasurer. [~000~'---" "- -'-: o --" "-'" ~-- David A. Camilletti Attorney At Law 103 ~,,V. Liberty St., Charles Town, ~,,VV (304) 725-0937 dcamillettk.'fronticr.com CRIMINAL DIVORCE ESTATE CONTESTS Bergmann FROM PAGE A1 ballet scholarship, where she received a bachelor's degree in exercise science. Bergmann also has a master's degree in exercise science and health promotion from California University of Pennsyl- vania. Bergmann describes her journey to competing in triathlons as "going from ballet to Ironman." but said she always thought of triathlons as "the epitome of fitness." "I've always wanted to run but had a lot of work to do before I could run, so cross training was very important to me," she said. Bergmann dove headfirst into swim- ming by signing up for races and admit- ted that getting one from side of the pool to the other was difficult because of her asthma. "I watched a lot of videos and read a lot of books and basically taught my- self how to swim," she added. "I didn't know how to swim. I couldn't run, I did have experience biking but I just had to figure it all out for myself." At first Bergmann competed in tri- athlons in order to train others. "but then I started winning and I got hooked." she said. Bergmann won or placed in the top three of every competition she entered in her first year and was the sixth-ranked female duathlon athlete nationwide in the 25-29 age group in 2011. despite competing in only two races, according to information from USA Triathlon. a Colorado-based organization that sanc- tions more than 3,500 races and similar events nationwide Bergmann's trainer Sean Leonard said her times have continuously im- proved over the course of her training, which he attributed to Bergmann incor- porating new exercises to her routine. "She's a lot more sore than she usu- ally was. but now she doesn't have to spend four hours a day training," he said. "She's greatly improved." In addition to her training, Bergmann also works as an exercise therapist at Capitol Rehab in Charles Town, where she designs exercise programs for her clients, and can also be found at the Gold's Gym in Charles Town at 6 a.m. teaching cycling, yoga or weightlifting classes. Bergmann als0 teaches injury care prevention and fitness classes at Shepherd University. One of the good things about training for a triathlon or duathlon is the cross training that athletes go through, ac- cording to Cindi Bannink. "If you're just training to run in a marathon, you're doing a lot of running but may not be doing a lot of endurance training," said Bannink, a Madison, Wisc. resident and coach of 2012 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team qualifier Gwen Jorgensen. "It's very beneficial to incorporate cross training methods, such as going swimming to recover from running," Bannink said. Bergmann is "hitting a brick wall" with trying to obtain sponsors to help pay for her France trip, which will run into the thousands of dollars, .she said. "If it was football, I'd have sponsors coming everywhere," Bergmann said. However, her chosen sport isn't the most well-known m the area, "but I'm not going to give up," she said. "I have nutrition sponsors and shoe sponsors but airfare and hotel is what's holding me back .'" Bergmann is holding clinics to in- troduce local residents to duathlons and triathlons to help pay for her trip, but holding multiple jobs and training twice a day "doesn't leave a lot of time for fundraising," she said. Bergmann does have a few sponsors already, including local businesses like Two Rivers Treads in Shepherdstown and Warrior Energy beverage drinks. National brands Ham- mer Nutrition and Endurance Films have. also signed up and she has also reached out to Camp Catch Your Breath, which works with children who suffer from asthma. "Kids with asthma can't play like other kids and this camp is a place where you won't feel like an outsider an have to sit on the sidelines," Bergmann said. "I'm hoping I can race to bring aware- ness and funding to the camp and the fact that asthma does not have to limit you dreams." Fees FROM PAGE A1 Captain Perry "Mickey" Ballenger ors B At the City of Ranson's Reg- ular Council Meeting held Tues- day, April 3. Mayor Dave Ha- mill, along with full Council, presented a Resolution recog- nizing the retirement of Captain Perry "Mickey" Ballenger, after 37 years of dedicated, faithful and loyal service to the City of Ranson and its residents. Mayor Hamill thanked Captain Balleng- er for his work on behalf of the Ranson Police Department and wished him a well-deserved hap- py retirement. The City Council was proud to honor and recog- nize the service of Captain Perry M. Ballenger-to the City of Ran- son, Jefferson County and the State of West Virginia as a whole and congratulated him upon his retirement. B eria:: blems Ro en ========================:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Price, Product, Warranty & Service We Can't Be Beat ... Guaranteed! ROBERT SNYDER Laura Bergmann describes her fitness journey as one that took her from ballet to Ironman train- ing. Trainer Scan Leonard helps Laura train at Crossfit 304 in Charles Town. F ..~\~l,t,/. Downtown Charles Town JEWELERS, INC. 304-725"7411 Those interested in helping Berg- mann with sponsorships can reach her at fitnes sfanatic247 @ yahoo .com. Bergmann is scheduled to compete in other events this year prior to her trip to France, including duathlons and tri- athlons in West Virginia, Maryland and Vermont, she said, adding that her strat- egy for competing in races is to just take each leg at a time. "I treat the first lap as a drill," she said. "I just focus on the swimming and then I just focus on the bike." "It's just me versus me," Bergmann added. "It's all a mental game." She said she is honored to have the Ed Smith, former chief of Independent Fire Company and operations manager of the JCESA, said the fees are needed so that the county's fire stations can add a limit- ed number of paid firefighters during daytime hours to rill in for a falling number of volun- teers available at that time. "B ack in 2008, the fire chiefs of Jefferson County identified a problem: we did not have the volunteers to help. in the day- time that we did in the past. In the past, we handled a lot of fires with two fire compa- nies. After 2008, we got to the point where three fire compa- nies were going to be called automatically. Now, we're up to four," Smith said, explain- ing that this phenomenon was part of a larger national trend of diminishing volunteerism at fire departments. "The vol- unteers are working their tails off." "We need this program to be initiated so we can get more resources available to help us out in the daytime," Smith said. "In the evening the vol- unteers are still around." Smith said that volunteer hours are rising dramatically at the same time volunteerism is flagging. "In 2000, we put in -- at In- dependent (Fire Company) - 15,000 hours of volunteer opportunity to compete. "I never got to do competitive sports, ever," Bergmann said. "My mother was a single parent, very low- income ... I feel like this is a chance I've never had and to represent this area as an active, healthy individual, I think can help turn around the im- age" of West Virginia being a haven for obesity, she said. "If I can start from nowhere and do this great thing, I hope I can inspire others that are maybe saying 'I can't' or were always told 'I can't' ... if I can overcome those things, hopefully I can inspire others too." time. Now its up to 28,000. And this is over a period of 10 years. Every year it goes up," Smith said, adding t.hat most of those hours were spent in training and fundraising rather than in fighting fires. Some residents expressed considerable reservations about the proposed fee. how- ever. Bob Aitcheson, a local resi- dent, argued that instituting a fee rather than raising property taxes necessitates the creation of a needless and expensive collection infrastructure. "Unless you do a levy, you can't use the county Sheriff's Department, the Assessor's Of- rice, the infrastructure ... that's already in place," Aitcheston said. "What this plan proposes to do is to put in place a half-a- million dollar collection appa- ratus that's going to go on ad infinitum. To me that doesn't make any sense." Deputy Director Ed Hannon said the JCESA had reduced its projections of the num- ber of staff needed to collect the fee, and so the costs for the new collections infrastruc- ture would have to be revised down. Doug Rockwell, another lo- cal resident, questioned the ve- racity of the JCESA's fee col- lection projections and also pointed out that the amount collected appeared to exceed the amount that would be need- ed by a considerable margin. Rockwell said raising proper- ty taxes tO pay for firefight- ers would be preferable to in- stituting a fee, since state and local taxes can be claimed as federal deductions, whereas fees cannot. Though the residential fee has been lowered some 18 percent, the JCESA's finan- cial forecast predicts it will raise the same level of fund- ing, approximately $2.9 mil- lion. as it predicted the origi- nal fee would raise. Hannon said the JCESA re- vised down its cost estimates and had accordingly revised down its proposed fee level. He added that the current cost and collection estimates were only drafts and were in need of revision. "There was a $200,000 oversight. We just found that out, and that was applied," Hannon said. "This is a very fluid thing. 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