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iLL Depth and Experience. Decisive and Just. / f4LL - *',h lent times, native West Virginian David Camilletti /217 14 C-'"" 'DI ERS -OTD ST + in our circuit court He brings HEL. TON NA 98584-'E';E'63 nch after practicing law for 33 s Family Court Judge for Erie Insurance" '( Serving the people of Jefferson County since 1844 AN D FARMER'S N ADVOCATE The week from MAY 2, 2018 to May 8, 2018 I 95 (PLUS TAX) Over-the-top B1 Art with heart A4 AMBULANCE FEE By JUSTIN GRIFFIN Special to the Spirit Republican JCC member Peter Ono- szko has proposed a move away from a flat rate for busi- nesses paying the ambulance fee. CHARLES TOWN Whatever effect changing the countywide am- bulance fee will have on business- es, Jefferson County Commissioner Peter Onoszko says they're in a bet- ter position to weather it than resi- dents are. "The difference between it being a tax and fee is that the homeowner eats the cost of the ambulance fee whereas a business owner gets to write it off on taxes due to the fact that it's a cost of doing business," (See SHARE Page A3) COUNTY COMMISSION RACE 6 By CHRISTINE SNYDER editor@spiritofjefferson.com CHARLES TOWN - Republican Jack Hefestay's promise to work without pay if elected to the Jeffer- son County Commission might not be the best way to appeal to voters, according to the executive director of the County Commissioners' As- sociation of West Virginia. "I don't know how big a draw that Jack Hefestay would be in deciding which candi- date to support," Vivian Parsons explained in a phone in- terview from her office in Charleston. She's headed the association for more than two decades. More than saving money by having an official work without pay, voters tend to look at the big picture, Parsons (See PLEDGE PageA2) Barb Green and Allen Pescher are working on the Charles Town Presbyterian Church raise the $160,000 been part of the city's skyline since 1907. "Save the Steeple" needed to repair the Story by Christine Snyder GREG STAUB campaign tO help the It's L ca pmgn kicks off % at Charles i Presbyte- rian Church have a sky-high goal: They're hoping c nunity members will join the in raising money to spruce a Washington Street land-. mark - the church's majes- tic 111 -year-old steeple. "When you drive into Charles Town from various directions, the church stee- ple is something you see right away," explains the Rev. John Bethard, the pas- tor at the church for more than 13 years. "We knew it was overdue for paint and repairs and then we got some drone photos and that was a real eye-opener - when you can actually see up close what's happening, we knew we couldn't put this off." Some of the original slate shingles are missing or bro- ken and decaying, Bethard said. The steeple base also has developed structural is- sues and the entire piece needs to be painted, he said. (See STEEPLE PageA5) 9 Tourism Summit in Shepherdstown starts Tuesday SHEPHERDSTOWN - Lo- Tuesday and May 9 at the Ba- RIGHT: Melody Warnlck will cal tourism officials have varian Inn in Shepherdstown. deliver the keynote address, on planned a two-day get-togeth- The event will feature a key- hospitality, at a tourism summit next week in Shepherdstown. er next week with workshops, note talk from Melody War- seminars and networking op- nick, the author of "This Is of the tourism bureau. Bates portunities designed to help Where You Belong: Findingsaid she's excited about War- business owners and others at- Home Wherever You Are." nick address entitled, "Rolling tract more visitors. It's the second straight year Out the Welcome Mat: A Hos- The Jefferson County Con- the CVB has hosted the event, pitality Mindset." vention & Visitors Bureau will "Hospitality is our over-"We think her session wilt host the "Three Towns - One all theme," explains Annette Vision" Tourism Summit on Gavin Bates, who is the CEO (See TOURISM Page A2) CI M LBW 912 Somerset Boulevard, Suite 102 5047 Gerrardstown Road, Suite 2A U Monday - Saturday 8am Sunday Noon- 8pm