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PAGE • Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Was lost but now is found The world is filled with httle les- sons -- like how you shouldn't get rid of the baby crib and stroller be- cause just as sure as there are 2 axn. feedings, you're going to get a sur- prise visit from the stork. Or, how about the way washing your car can bring on the rain and carrying a chmky umbrella will ensure that not a single drop falls? Our mothers generally sit in the seat of wisdom with admonish- ments to wear our nicest undergar- ments to stave off getting into an accident -- except now that scenario should be expand- ed to re- flect the Supreme Court's recent ruling on strip searches. Dads also impart things worth learning -- like nev- er buy a brand new car. For my father it's less about depreciating value and more along the lines that if you get yourself something nice, there's a shopping cart just waiting to inflict a giant scratch and dent on the door. I've had a lifetime of being taught lessons on losing things, whether it's important paperwork that I know probably ended up in last week's recycle bin, or the time I lost my wallet. It was two summers ago and I was on my way home from vis- iting my parents. Reaching inside my purse for money to buy a bot- tle of water after they had dropped me off at the bus station, I had that panic of coming up empty hand- ed. I called them on my cell phone and they scoured the house and their van to no avail. My next call was to the credit card company and two days later I was standing in line at the MVA getting a re- placement driver's hcense. "You know, don't you," a friend intoned, "that as soon as you go to all that trouble you' re going to find your wallet." It took two weeks, but he was right. My wallet was wedged un- I der the driver's side seat of the / folks' van. It must have fallen ] out when I checked my purse 1 one last time for my bus ticket because everyone knows that if you don't check one last tirn for your ticket it surely is going to be sitting on the nights tand when you need it. My friend Candy says she has a sure-fire way of saving her sanity when things go missing. Much as she may be tempted toward profan- ity, she instead calls on St. Antho- ny, said to be the patron saint of lost things. Her pica goes like this: "St. Anthony, St. Anthony, please come down. Something is lost and can't be found." I maybe should have thought about the dear saint the other day when I stepped outside on gar- bage collection day and found the lid, but not the trash can. The can was more than a little grody and I couldn't imagine someone want- ing to steal it, yet it wasn't so beat up that the garbage guys would just chuck it onto their truck. But the wind had been fierce enough to send it sailing, so I searched up and down the street and even asked a neighbor if she had seen it. Nope. I lost no time, going to the store and forking out money for a new can. A few hours later, the neigh- bor knocked on my door with the vagabond can in hand. Of course. But you know if I hadn't bought the new can, the old one wouldn't have turned up and I wouldn't have what is now going to be a rain bar- rel for keeping my backyard gar- den growing this summer. Then again, with a rain barrel in my pos- session, we're no doubt going to have a wet summer. -- Nancy Luse is a freelance writer living in Frederick, Md., and nev- er did find that missing paperwork that was so important. pirit of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE BEAT UP XOUK ,,,." ! S I) About 800 people attend- financial investment by state gov- ing a national summit in Orlan- emment. And he maintains his do, Florida last week spent three position that the cost will be small days discussing ways to cure this ......................................................................................................................... country's deadly fascination with c o m - ......... pared to drugs. ii: iiii i!iiii il the 'sav- Congressman Nick Rahall,iiii!i:!! i!!i! ings it D-W.Va., kicked off the event will pro- by waming those present that ::iiijWj: ii ii iiiiiii vide for America is engaged in a "soci- !i!iiiiii tiffs state's etal war" that must be won to economy, guarantee its future, its work He knows, as many others do, force and that West Virginia and neighbor- p r o d u c- ing Kentucky have some of this tivity. nation's greatest problems with There the growing use of narcotic pain- is some organized effort to attack killers, which has in turn created the problem. Among those attend- a dramatic increase in criminal ing theTampa conference were in- acts aimed at getting money to dividuals from a community group purchase drugs, in Mercer County and the founder Several states were represented and director of a faith-based group at the conference, butRahallem- that has been battling the drug phasized that West Virginia has problem for several years in Wyo- the highest death rote in the nation ming County. attributed to the misuse of pre- Lawmakers danced around the scription drugs. His theory is that problem at the recently concluded because of this state's high per- 2012 session of the West Virgin- centage of senior citizens, medi- ia Legislature and came up with no cations often are over-prescribed, significant fmancial support to at- increasing the availability of these tack this growing problem Of sub- drugs to thieves, stance abuse in the state. That's Individuals from several shameful behavior by our elected counties in southern West Vir- officials. ginia including Cabell, Logan, Rahall claims attitudes must Mercer, Raleigh and Wyoming change at the local level as well as attended the conference. Capt. statewide. Currently, most people Tim Bradley of the West Vir- seem more intent on ignoring the ginia State Police and oth- problem than in becoming a part of er law enforcement officials the solution. And until that attitude from this state , also were changes, the problem will contin- present, ue to expand and this state -- and At a drug summit he orga- the entire nation -- is going to lose nized at Twin Falls State Park "a generation of our smartest and in Wyoming County a year brightest," in Raball's words. ago, Rahall was able to bring Meanwhile, the upcoming pri- in local, state and federal au- mary election race for the Demo- thorities as well as private cit- cratic nomination for commission- izens to begin focusing atten- er of agriculture continues to get tion on the problem of sub- more attention than the races for stance abuse in the southern other statewide primary election part of West Virginia. races, mostly because it has more He contends this state's lead- interesting competition. First Mike ing death rate can mostly be at- Teets, a Hardy County Republican tributed to the misuse of pre- and the party nominee four years scription drugs, outnumbering ago who gave Democrat incum- cocaine, heroin and highway ac- bent Gus Douglass a close race, cidents combined, announced he's endorsing one of Rahall continues to emphasize the five candidates in this year's the fact that the best tool to cope Democrat primary. with this problem is prevention Earlier Douglass, who is retiring and one that will require a large at age 85 after serving as agricul- ture commissioner for 44 years, had endorsed StevelMiller, an as- sistant agriculture commissioner who has been with the agency for nearly 30 years. But in doing so, he passed over another key mem- ber of his staff, Deputy Commis- sioner Bob Tabb who is a former member of the House of Dele- gates from Jefferson County. Teets originally filed to run for the office again this year but then dropped out of the COP prima- ry race in February, citing per- sonal reasons. He said he favors Walt Helmick who has been in the Legislature for more than 20 years, recently serving as chair- man of the Senate Finance Com- mittee. There are two other Dem- ocrats running for the party's nomination in next month's pri- mary -- Joe Messineo of Roane County and Sally Shepherd of Kanawha County. The winner of the Democrat primary will face Republican Kent Leonhardt of Monongalia County in the November general election. Leonhardt has no oppo- next month's COP pri- mary election. Finally, my sons often remind- ed me during their formative years when they had done some- thing wrong that, "nobody's per- fect, Dad." That excuse can also apply to the West Virginia secre- tary of state's office, which must print new ballots and reprogram voting machines in all 55 coun- ties because of an error on the original ballots for next month's primary election. Secretary of State Natalie Ten- nant's office has admitted that it gave incorrect ballot instructions on just how many at-large dele- gates Republican voters could se- lect to be sent to the party's na- tional convention in Tampa in August. There are more than 100 Republicans running for the 19 seats and the original ballots indi- cated voters could only choose 18 selections. Unfortunately some absentee voters have already been sent ballots containing the incorrect information while oth- ers received a ballot with the mis- take covered up by a corrective sticker. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Unwanted drugs Osbourn, who is currently Prin- accepted cipal of C.W. Shipley Elemen- tary and Gary Kable, currently a Our Berkeley County Sheriff member of the board. has created a temporary drop off Mark has spent most of his 38 location for unwanted drugs of years in education with Jefferson all kinds in the office at 802 Em- County Schools. Twenty-three mett Rousch Drive, which is off of those have been as a principal. of South Queen Street just to the Under his leadership, C.W. Ship- rear of the Health Department ley has been named a West Vir- building near Martinsburg High ginia School of Excellence once School. and a West Virginia Exemplary The mailbox-type of drop off School five times. Mark is a man to the left in the front lobby is of unquestionable integrity who deserves the support of the vot- a convenient and safe deposito- ry whenever the office is open. ers of Jefferson County. This is a long needed service to I have served for six years on the present Board of Education the community and much appre- ciated, with Gary Kable. Gary currently A permanent collection site is serves as vice-president of the lo- planned for the sheriff's office cal board. His primary focus has under construction on South Ra- always been on the welfare of leigh Street• our students. He has earned the Medicines, including liquids, respect of his colleagues state- should be left in the original con- wide, which is evidenced by his tainers with only the person's selection as vice-president of the name and prescription number West Virginia School Boards As- marked out. sociation. If re-elected, next year Please do not flush medicines he will be president of that body. down the drain or place in the He deserves another term. garbage. They will eventually I urge the Voters of Jefferson enter our water supply, which we County to vote for both Mark need to keep clean and safe. We Osbourn and Gary Kable for Jef- also need to protect our children ferson County Board of Educa- tion in the May 8 primary elec- from abusing drugs that.seem harmless, but can be killers when tion. Thank you for your consid- eration. mixed with other agents• This information is from a bro- chure distributed by the Eastem Alan Sturm Jefferson County Panhandle Medical Society. Vol- unteers who will help with distri- Board of Education bution may call 304-263-0303• Sara H. Townsend Maxey's Martinsburg preservation Reader efforts lauded recommends candidates Election to the Jefferson Coun- ty Board of Education is con- ducted during the May primary. There are two seats to be filled Our two-river district con- tains many bridges. Some afford a quicker route into towri K)thers provide a scenic route for hiking. Some are weathered. Others are newly built. But what they all have in common is their means of con- necting people to their destination and there are five candidates, and to each other. The candidates are Gary Kable, When my husband and I first currently a board member; Mark moved from the hyper-developed Osboum, current principal at area of Silver Spring, Md., to the verdant Shannondale subdivision, Shipley Elementary who is re- tiring in June and has much sup- we experienced the importance of port from staff, parents and stu- a community bridge, too. We wit- dents at that school; Jim Jenkins, nessed the St. Andrews Mountain long time teacher in Jefferson Community Center, for instance, transform from a sleepy, histori- County but for financial reasons now teaches in Virginia; Lauriecal structure to a vibrant meeting Ogden, former teacher and now place. Friends and neighbors now raising four children and is active enjoy fitness classes, preschool in education programs. The lastactivities, film screenings, music events and a fully stocked library. candidate is Lori Stilley. Recent- ly, she served as a board mem- Nonprofit organizations like Alco- ber and for a time as president, holics Anonymous and the Blue She was not re-elected to serveRidge Watershed Coalition meet another term. I suggest that vot- regularly in the former 1900s or- ers not in Jefferson County dur- phanage. ing her tenure, contact friends, Much thanks for the survival of neighbors and school staff to de- termine her success or lack there- of. For what it is worth, my choic, es are Mark Osboum, who will bring much educational and management experience to the board and Gary Kable, who will continue his work to get what he believes the county needs to in- crease our level of education. Membership on the Board of Education is a big responsibility and we should all do our home- work before casting our votes. Good luck tO all of us. Charles Cheezum Charles Town Endorses Kable and Osbourn The purpose of this letter is two-fold• The first is to thank the voters of Jefferson County for their past support. The eight years have been rewarding to me, and I hope have had positive results for Jefferson County Schools. Secondly, I want to endorse two candidates in the May pri- mary for the two open seats on the Jefferson County Board of Education. I am endorsing Mark our communi0/center is owed to John Maxey, board chair for the Saint Andrews Community Cen- ter Project and candidate for 66th West Virginia House District del- egate. When the building was be- ing threatened by the promise of real-estate sale, Maxey volun- teered to help revitalize the center and keep it in community hands. Yes, he now helps organize activi- ties and leads new-projects alOng with a dedicated group of volun- teers. ,But his willingness to clean a 100-year-old basement, ftx floor- boards, stand in 90-degree sun to greet yard sale folks and fervently pursue grant funding for the build- ing's upkeep is what makes him so msptrmg. I have met and continue to meet s0 many of my neighbors at that community center. More impor- tantly, I regularly witness folks of seemingly disparate interests unite under one roof to support a young musician, check out a book or keep their toddler busy• Everybody who walks through the center's doors has its continued success in mind. And Maxey is the bridge that helps make that possible. Vanessa Stolarski Founder, The Locavore Project Shannondale i, ,,q ~d LETrERS POLICY Letters to the Editor must be signed and include a phone number and ad- dress for verification. Limit 400 words, once a month• Letters are sub- :ject to editing. We will not publish personal attacks. Letters do not repre- sent opinions of the Spirit of Jefferson• Letters of Appreciation are for non- profit groups to thank other groups, businesses or individuals who help make our community a better place. Limit: 200 words, once a month. Letters of political endorsement will now be accepted by the Spirit of Jeffer- son. Letters must be signed and include a telephone number and address for veri- fication. Limit 250 words, one letter per election cycle. Letters are subject to edit- ing. The Spirit of Jefferson will not pub. lish personal attacks or letters that are found to be libelous. Letters do not rep- resent opinions of the Spirit of Jefferson. The number of letters published will be limited to space available at the publish- ers discretion. I