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Also on hand was 'A PICl al George Washington, as portrayed by William Sommerfield of the American Historical " )CK e' and Charles Washington himself, as portrayed by William Morgan, artistic director of ~lacld Opera House. . . , ~,iedicating Washington Square, Mayor Hilton said the dedication honors our deep and ~g heritage from the entire Washington Family." ~Yor Hilton also alluded to plans that are being explored to revitalize the downtown's ap- Iliml~ee, including a federal grant that would provide funding for much of the work being l~l~dered. Hilton noted that much has been said about the planned renovation of the down- ,but " ~l~ that nothing was yet cast in stone and that citizens and businesses would have ample rtunity to play a role in any work that is to be done." The Jefferson County Board of should pick up the additional Education approved hiring a Re- costs. About 25 percent of the sal- source Officer through the Jeffer- ary and benefits would have to be son County Sheriffs Department funded beyond what is paid for to be assigned full time to Jeffer- with the grant, the Sheriff said. son High School but said some de- "Are these the same county tails will have to be worked out. commissioners that, when they run The decision came during a for office, I see their ads saying regular meeting of the board and support public education?" board sparked applause from parents member Peter Dougherty asked. and teachers attending the meet- Sheriff Senseney said he will ing. make the final decision on whom A grant application to help to hire as the resource officer but fund the officer will be filed by he said he would accept input June 1, Sheriff William Senseney from Dr. Keeler. said. The officer will not be as- Several parents spoke in favor signed to the school until the of the concept during the meeting grant is approved, while other people and an organi- The officer should be in place zation representative opposed the by the beginning of the next school concept. Dr. Keeler said the idea year, Dr. Richard Keeler, school has the support of the school's principal said. Parent Teacher Student Organiza- The issue was first discussed tion and the School Improvement with the board earlier in the year. Council. The school system and Dr. Keeler said the officer would the sheriffs department will work be in uniform and would be armed together to finalize details of the while at the school. The officer position. would patrol roads in front and to A number of parents and con- the side of the school, would spend corned citizens addressed the time in the school and would at- board prior to a review of the Re- tend after-school functions to as- source Officer. Those speaking sist in providing security. The of- said they were concerned about in- ficer would be paid through a creased rumors circulating about COPS grant but the remainder of possibly threats - an issue plagu- the funding is not known. ~ ing school systems through the Sheriff Senseney said the Jef-area - in the wake of the tragedy fers0n County Commission, which at Columbine High School in oversees the law enforcement bud- Littleton, Colo. get, has said the school system The school system is organizing , V6, CC, rExt 4x4 'er, ', Ext lger, )rer lekk iler West Virginia TOWnsend, the reigning Virginia, was a spe- for the monthly lun- of the Jefferson Commerce at The Anvil in The state title- htened the Cham- the Blood Ser- of the American which has been by the Miss West Vir- Organiza- is a graduate the field of Sports at West Virginia te photos, clockwise, left, the reigning Miss poses with some Plle lclo l I : local folks, including Katya Quinn, Mary Ritter and Mat- thew Baroody. World Famous Budweiser Clydesdales Visit Here IN ;IDE Utilities ~$20,000 grant has been awarded to the City of Charles ~9= |." Which, in turn, will use the money for the installation of egl'o I~[ i~ - und utilities at the Sam Michael s Park. Involved par- !~ekllowledged West Virginia House Speaker Robert Kiss, [~tqmported the grant and worked for its approval. In the [~ alcove, Delegate Dale Manuel, second from right, repro- the Jefferson County House delegation, presents the ~to City Council member Geraldine Willingham, s cond ~te: ~h~ Looking on are Mary Via, executive director of the m ai,:.~r of Commerce, and Michael Shepp, president of the -. SU~'~ raftsFe.tivals at thecounty park. ~cWhichsPs n s rs the twice'a'year M untain Heritage Racing enthusiasts enjoying their favorite sport at the Charles Town Races earlier this week got a special treat as the famous Budweiser Clydesdales made appearances tlu'ee consecutive evenings. In the photo above, handlers take the huge Clydesdales from their ~ports (which feature air cushion suspension and rubber flooring to ease the travel for the horses) and get to their stalls at the race track. Below, Mary Wright, another of the team handlers, takes care of the other member of the group, Louis the Dalmatian. One of the Clydesdales was displayed for patrons at the track on Monday evening, but the full hitch appeared on the track itself Tuesday and Wednesday evenings to the delight of the crowd. The Clydesdales travel in three custom-built vans. It takes handlers five hours to prepare the horses for an appearance, which includes shampooing and brushing until their coats glisten, special attention to feathering and braiding and decorating of manes and tails. The champion- ship look of the horses is completed with a black leather harness, custom fitted for the needs of each horse and trimmed in polished silver and brass. Behind the horses is the famous four-ton, red brewery wagon. The tradition of the Clydesdales began in 1933, when August A. Busch, Jr presented his fa- ther a team of Clydesdales and a bright red brewery wagon to celebrate the end of Prohibition. In case you're wondering, each horse eats twice daily, consuming 50 to 60 pounds of hay, 20 to 25 quarts of feed, and up to 30 gallons of water. The feed is a mixture of beet pulp, crimped oats, bran, minerals, sale and molasses. A full-grown Clydesdale stands about 18 hands tall at the shoulders and weighs between 2,000 and 2,300 pounds. Horses are put on the hitch when they are three of four years of age. SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON-FARMER'S ADVOCATE Serving the citizens of Jefferson County, W.Va since 1844 i a public forum for later this month to talk about safety issues. More details about the meeting - includ- ing the date, place and time - will be released as they are finalized. The board will consider adding one half credit to graduation re- quirements. The half credit would be for "Introduction to Majors" which would be a required course for all students. If the board ap- proves the recommendation, it would raise the number of credits needed for graduation from 24 to 24 1/2. Comments on the recom- mendation may be made at the board office. The board is ex- pected to vote on the recommenda- tion at the June 1 regular meet- ing. The board reviewed a report on equity in school sports. The report found that 638 girls at the junior high or high school level partici- pate in organized team sports. A total of 794 boys participate in team sports. The report recom- mends increasing the number of girl participants at the junior high school level. There is a total of 37 girls teams and 35 boys teams at the four schools. Jefferson High School has 15 girls' teams for dif- ferent sports. The closest junior high school is Charles Town with 10 girls' teams. Harpers Ferry Junior High and Shepherdstown Junior High have six teams each. There are fewer boys' teams at each of the schools but more boys participate in those team activi- ties, the report found. The report also recommends adding a num- ber of assistant coaches for vari- ous sports. The report also looked at how funds are distributed among different sports. The pri- mary areas of spending for any sport was officials, uniforms and equipment. The prima~ concern in replacing uniforms and equip- ment is safety, the report found. Beyond safety, uniforms are re- placed on a rotating basis. Teams receive an allocation from the board but the primary source on revenues, which help pay for the sports activities, comes from gate receipts, according to the report. The school system continues to move toward a middle school pro- gram following the acceptance by the board of a Middle School Com- mittee report. The report includes recommendations on organiza- tion, curriculum and instruction for the middle school program. The Middle School Committee studied the issue for five years, visiting other middle school pro- grams and reviewing research, be- fore making its recommendations. A pilot program for the seventh grade at Charles Town Junior High School will begin SY 1999- 2000. Middle school programs for the seventh and eighth grades at all three junior high schools are being considered for implementa. tion the following year. The full middle school program would he implemented with the oimni of a Ninth Grade Complex. ~, The next regular i of the board will at the board office. , ,i i,i, Preparing Your Family Learn what you can do to prepare your family for Y2I~ or any emergency at an evening forum on Wednesday, May 12, at 7 p.m. at the Jefferson High School auditorium. The program will feature an informative and entertaining "how to" talk by JeffWroten, describing basic ways to secure your family's food and water supply, home heat- ing, communications, medical needs and more. Three Jefferson County organizations from different sectors of so- ciety will sponsor the forum: The Jefferson County Office of Emer- gency Services, The Jefferson County Chapter of the American Red Cross, and Y2K Shepherdstown, a citizens action group. The program is free and Jefferson County residents as well a~ those from surrounding areas are strongly encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Mara Ashelman at (304) 876-8182 or OBITUARIES Page a WEATHER LETTERS Page 4 The extended forecast for the SOCIAL Page 8 area through Sunday is: SPORTSPage 11 Mostly cloudy throughout the pc- CHURCH NOTICES Page 14 riod with a chance of showers on LEGAL NOTICES Page 16 Thursday, Partly cloudy Friday, with SALES Page 17 rain returning over the weekend, CLASSIFIED Page 18 Highs in the mid 70s and lows in the REAL ESTATE Page t8 mid 50s. ! ;ii