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SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON - Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, April 27, 2000 24 Charles Town. One boog[ come out of that grand~ ~,~ slon, Kate Bennett. Wel~ lJ Stockton." .~ Stockton had anot~ year in 1903: West Virgi~ instant' acquisition, th~ man of Claymont Court,~ of course, Mr. Frank St~ at Claymont include .'rl~ to h Becky Shaffer 876-0600 Local Museum Awarded $6500 Grant It was smiles all around for members of the board of directors of Historic Shepherdstown upon hearing the news that Shepherd- stown Museum has been awarded a $6510 grant through the Insti- tute of Museum and Library Ser- vices. The local museum was one of 69 like programs across the na- tion to receive monies through the Institute's Conservation Assess- ment Program (CAP). The grant will provide the financial re- sources for a two-day evaluation of the museum's collection and struc- ture with recommendations for longterm planning. It will provide a base upon which to plan the fu- ture of the museum and opportu- nities for other monies for addi- tions and refurbishments, The collection and structural assessment will be completed by Shepherdstown resident Susan Nash, a conservator of documents and photographs, and Richard Bierce, an historical architect and preservation consultant from Al- "exandria, Virginia. Historic Shepherdstown vice .president Susan Smith was in- 'volved in the process of acquiring 'the grant and received expres- sions of appreciation from the ~board members. Smith indicated that this was a "major step" for the local museum - an opportunity which will open possibilities for future grants and awards. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is an indepen- dent federal agency that fosters leadership, innovation, and a life- time of learning by supporting the more than 130,000 museums and libraries in the United States. The IMLS has a strong record in the 'museum community through its efforts to assist local facilities to improve their service to the pub- lic. Historic Shepherdstown pro- vides funding for the Shepherd- 'stown Museum. Historic Shepherdstown In addition to the news con- cerning the $6510 grant awarded to the Shepherdstown Museum by the Institute of Museum and Li- brary Services, members of the board of directors of Historic Shepherdstown discussed a num- ber of other items of business dur- ing the April board meeting. Endowment Fund chairperson John Loeffler reported that his 'committee has prepared a draft statement of purpose for the pro- ~cedure. The organization is ex- ploring the possibility of estab- lishing such a fund to provide for the future of the Entler building and its programs. Loeffler indi- cated that he had spoken with rep- 'resentatives of the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation, an umbrella organization set up to receive and disburse funds and of- fer legal and professional advice about involvement in the pro- gram. Program chairperson Susan Smith distributed a calendar of activities for the year 2000 with a May 7 date for a Market House history program to be presented by Andrea Lowery, architectural historian, at 4 p.m. in the Entler Hotel. During June, weekly "'Wednesday in the Garden" pro- grams will provide opportunities to explore the grounds of the En- tler Hotel and enjoy iced tea or lemonade to compliment bag lunches brought from home or a local restaurant - the boat house, the hotel basement, the history, and the museum are on tap on various Wednesdays. Additionally, a walking tour of a part of the town will be narrated by Jim Price with light refreshments to follow at the home of Mark and Susan Smith on June 17. Other exciting activities are planned for each month of the year. The building committee brought word that insulation and electricity have been installed in the basement darkroom which will be used by students of Hall Taylor. Dr. Jack Harr, author of an up- coming book, "Shepherdstown During the Civil War," took a walk through the museum in search of materials for his book, according to museum committee volunteer JoAnn Knode. Californian Martin J. Miller, Jr wrote asking for in- formation about an Entler rifle in his collection. The membership committee announced that 250 folks have re- newed or subscribed for the year - 46 new members. Tour chairperson Elizabeth Scott inquired as to the viability of offering a two-stop trip later in the year. Her suggestion was a stop in historic New Castle, Delaware, for a tour and then on to Winterthur. President Ed Moore reported that Shepherdstown Mayor Vince Parmesano had spoken to him about monies which the WV Tour- ism Council offers for brochures and other publicity. The town is requesting $2500 from the Council for Historic Shepherdstown. Board members indicated an in- terest in a rack card to publicize its programs - one which would have a map and material about the museum and the boat. President Moore's idea for a "Friends of the Museum" group was set aside for future discussion following suggestions that areas for volunteerism be explored and identified before passing informa- tion to the membership. Candidate Forums If you attended ~he Shelhherci- stown Men's Club's candidate forms, you had to be impressed with the overall organization of the activity. The folks involved in organizing and implementing the exchange of ideas kept things run- ning smoothly. The forums began on time, were capably moderated by Dorothy McGee, who made sure that the candidates did not over- step their time constraints and the audience questioners did not stray too far from their questions, and gave everyone the opportu- nity to express opinions and pro- vide ideas. Wednesday evening, those vy- ing for the offices of sheriff, judge, and delegate to the state legisla- ture played to a very full house. Candidates and listeners alike were courteous and patient in pre- senting and questioning ideas and credentials. Microphones for each presenter and questioner allowed all in the room to feel a part of the proceedings. Thursday evening, school board and county commission can- didates were heard by a smaller, but equally interested crowd. Again the stop watch kept the pro- ceedings on track, along with McGee's deft finger running stra- tegically across her throat when "the clock ran out." Appreciation to the Men's Club for providing the opportunity to spend a few moments with those for whom we are asked to vote, to make the important choices which will affect our future lives. You have provided us with some food for thought. May Day! The Shepherdstown Morris Dancers invite you to celebrate the magic of a traditional English May Day on Saturday, April 29. This unique and exciting celebra- tion of the arrival of spring will of- fer beribboned dancers, unicorns, and enchanting figures of spring spirit, parading through the heart of Shepherdstown at 12 noon to awaken the town from its winter slumber. On the lawn of McMur- ran Hall, May Pole weaving, Mor- ris dances, and the Mummer's Play by the Shepherd College Me- dieval Players, "Rude Mechani- cals", will be offered beginning at 12:30. These festivities will be preceded by garland- and wand- making at the Shepherdstown Li- brary and Morris dancing on King Street, both beginning at 10 a.m. The local Morris community will be joined by dancing guests from England, Charlottesville, Richmond, and Washington, D.C. In fact, the Hook Eagles Border Morris team, from southern En- gland, will fly in from that country to participate in this day. All of the teams will participate in a Morris dance spectacle on the Bavarian Inn's outdoor dance stage from 2:30 til 4 p.m. All activities are free to the public. Breakfast! Those of you who missed the delicious breakfast prepared by our Shepherdstown Fire Depart- ment volunteers last month are being given a second chance - on Saturday, April 29. This group of avid fundraisers will be serving the breakfast buffet from 6 til 11 a.m. at the fire hall on Route 45. I suspect that eggs, sausage, and pancakes will be on the menu, along with coffee and juice. Plan now to attend and support those local folks who work so hard to protect us and help us during times of disaster. The cost for this tasty meal is a mere $5 for adults. For the Birds As icicles recede under the eaves and the buds on the trees begin to swell, we should begin thinking about spring cleaning - winter guests are still here and old friends are on the way. Warming sunny days can mean moldy and decaying seed in your bird feeders. Birds eating spoiled seed may become sick or die, or they may boycott your feeders. In- spect your feeders frequently and discard - don't compost - spoiled seed. Then wash with a 9-to-1 wa- ter to bleach solution and let dry thoroughly before refilling with their favorite foods. Also rotting seed hulls on the ground can in- hibit plant growth and make birds ill, so rake and discard old seed and hulls from under your feeders. Raw suet - which can be pur- chased at grocery meat counters - will become rancid in warmer weather so replace it with suet blocks found in feed and other stores. These will stay fresh pro- vided they are hung in the shade. Early spring is not an easy time of year for wildlife - winter foods are almost depleted and spring in- sects and vegetation have yet to make an appearance. Continue to feed birds until at least mid-April; then, if you decide to stop feeding during the warmer months, gradually taper off for a period of several weeks. If you really enjoy watching the antics of your feath- ered friends, one or two feeders left up throughout the summer can be entertaining as you watch parents bring their broods to teach them about dining at these small "restaurants." Although special foods aren't necessary in the spring, offering crushed egg shells can supple- ment a female bird's calcium sup- ply and prepare her for egg-laying. Heat the shells in a 250" oven for 20 minutes to kill any salmonella bacteria, crush them into pieces, and offer them to the birds in a shallow tray. Mid- to late March is the earli- est time to put up your humming- bird feeder. Fill it with a 4 to 1, boiled water to sugar solution. Red food coloring is unnecessary HOW: Make a HOLE-IN-ONE WHEN: Qualify during the month of April, then come back on April 29th to our Grand Opening for a Shoot-Out and a chance to win $1,000,000.00!! WHERE: All of the activities will take place right here at Evergreen Sports Center! Route 45, three miles west of Shepherdstown. Please see staff for details. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS of the Eastern Panhandle. BOYS Call for Details NEW SUMMER HOURS 7. Dogs fl Week 9 flig -9 Pig as long as red is on the feeder. Change the solution at least weekly and more often as the weather warms. Note: The second annual Inter- national Migratory Bird Day will be celebrated at Tamarack, near Beckley, on Saturday, May 20. The all-day event will feature presen- tations, artists displaying their bird-related crafts, live raptor demonstrations, and bird walks along with interactive educational displays. Celebrate the return of the migratory birds to West Vir- ginia. And visit Tamarack, home of a wonderful display of crafts produced by West Virginians. Father's Garden In early spring, as he left the barn, Father would take out his penknife, stop by the bloomin" bush, and cut a bouquet for the lady in his life. Heading through the back door, he would walk up behind Morn as she worked at the kitchen counter and reach around her, holding his gift near her nose to test her olfactometer. Her smile of approval was all that was needed to make him a happy man. That "bloomin' bush" as a lilac bush, one which produced prolifi- cally each year. When you came within fifty feet of it, the delight- fully sweet scent of the flowers would draw you back from wher- ever your mind happened to be wandering and its dark reddish- purple blossoms were a colorful background for the yellow jonquils and pink tulips planted beneath. The lilac is a shrub belonging to the olL, e family. There is an old saying about lilacs: "A little sun, a little soil, a little rain, and a little toil." Lilacs are hardy and can withstand all sorts of ill treat- ments, but to have blooms you must provide some care. Lilacs need full sun. They ac- quire mildew in a shady site. The soil should be loamy and well- drained; a lilac should never have "wet feet." Because it is a heavy feeder, a course of fertilizing is a "must" for every other year at least. In the spring, spread well-rotted com- post around the bush and out far enough to take in most of the branch spread. Dig the compost in, taking care not to injure the roots, and cover with a mulch of leaves, wood ashes, or pine needles if the soil is not acid enough. Like most shrubs, lilacs grow best with a slightly - but not overly - acid soil. In the late fall, work the mulch into the soil and remulch with leaves or grass clippings for the winter. This will prevent heaving of roots when the ground freezes and thaws. Lilacs bloom on last year's wood, so spare as much new wood as possible when gathering the flowers. Ideally, faded blooms should be picked off to conserve the energy of the shrub, but on a tall specimen this can be a real chore. Healthy plants seem to pro- duce blooms year after year with- out this step, but if your lilac is not flowering the way it should, take the time to cut off each faded truss (blossom). Next week: propagation of li- lacs. A GHmpse into History In 1976, "West Virginia Hill- billy" editor Jim Comstock pub- lished "West Virginia's 200 Years," a bicentennial salute, in newspa- per style, to the 200th anniversary of America. Comstock's informa- tion was based on material from his West Virginia Heritage Ency- ~2 cA]J~ and other research. We continue with items from this pub- lication - history which I trust will interest you. Under the headline "Rhododen- dron Is State Flower", we read that in 1902 "thirty-five thousand, eight hundred and fifty-four West Virginia school children went to the polls in November and voted for an official state flower." "The rhododendron, suggested by governor (George Wesley) Atkinson in his message last year to the legislature, won by a total of 19,131 votes. The honeysuckle re- ceived 3663 votes, the wild rose, 3387, and the goldenrod, 3162. "The legislature will adopt this resolution at its next session: 'Re- solved by the Legislature of West Virginia - That the Rhododendron, or Big Laurel, be and is hereby de- signed as the official State Flower to be used as such at all proper times and places.' "The Greenbrier Hotel has re- portedly ordered its walls be re- papered in a Big Laurel design." In that same year we read that "West Virginia can boast a new au- thor who is still old and famous:. Frank R. Stockton has become a West Virginian by taking up resi- dence in one of the state's most historic and most beautiful homes, Claymont Court right outside of Muse,urn and Other ~e cox Tales, written in 1906~"ratio Magic Egg and Other'S .We] Kentucky Pioneer" in ~eg toric Shepherdstown" ia~ill "A=e~can Prisoners of.10i~ lution in 1911. Daniei~ an Lucas died in 1909, lea~t~l~v his poem, " The Land ~a~ Were Dreaming." F h t In 1914, "The Chal~ ~a~ Horse Show Association~ fuz nized," and in that s~ th~ "Laurel Lodge, a tourist![~ a ii 1 od 0rt] history of Laure L ~ Edward Jones invites you to attend the Equity Research broadcast: nickname?) ~e 'd~ is er. ! Look beyond the Happy Meals,trinkets and playgrounds - there's serious money behind this global icon. | Find out how McDonald's growth worldwide helps serve 14.5 billion meals a year. I Hear a live interview with CEO Jack Greenberg, engineer of this fast-food leader's recent turnaround. May 2, 2000 6 p.m.- 7 p.m. t 13 W. Liberty St Suite The program is flee, but seating is limited. Call stop by today for reservations. You may also ask see a tape of this broadcast. Dan Burhans 113 W. Liberty St Suite 201 Charles Town, WV 25414 Bus 304-724-4168 Member SIPC Servins Individual I Rated highest in e moral courage impartiality SPRING 2000 JUDICIAL POLL VVestVirginia State Bar Association (amongst 23rd Orcui~ Candidates, see www for details) Berkeley, Jefferson, and Morgan Counties 268-2644 Paid for by Camillettl for Judge Committee Karl J. "Jeff" Keller, Treasurer ,J