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SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, May 6, 1999 13 ization that offers stay-at-home Karen Scott morns a support group, activities for Tuscawilla Hills the children, and child-free activi- 725-0158 ties for the morns. Tuscawilla's own, Kathy Sibrell, Happy glorious found the need for the group when been taking advan- her husband took a job here, and longer, warmer days? they had to uproot their life in been just perfect for gar- Texas. Leaving friends and family ~alking, or just playing, were hard for Kathy, and the two And the gnats have boys, Paul 4 112, and Jack 1. After so bad knock on wood!!! getting acquainted with our com- munity, she decided to start a local the boys, and I took full chapter of MOMS. She spread the of the great weekend, word and was overwhelmed. out the weekend with a Seventeen morns and twenty-three game. David and Andy's children crowded into her basement fan club was on hand to last 2hesday, and all had a blast. "pitch" and David get This group plans to hold a play- homerun of the season! group every Tuesday at various t a WOnderful game! houses in and around our communi- that day, David's Cub Scout ty. They also have special kid activ- planned, ities planned. Next Monday start- Steve had the boys pre- ing at 10 A.M. kiddies will have fun food. Boy Scout Patrick painting t-shirts at Kathy's. showed those on hand Tomorrow the group plans to get to tie some really cool scout know each other better at a picnic lDavid loved this and prac- lunch at Jefferson Memorial Park Weekend. He even showed (the old section). his favorite babysitters, If you would like to learn more, Ranalli, how to tie some. call Kathy at 728-2789. Or bring was not spilling any your kids and a picnic lunch and smiles ) The boys also meet the group tomorrow at 11:30 and played A.M. tag. Boy Scout TJ Sounds fun, doesn't it? See ya even shared a ghost there! the scouts. They were REGISTERED the "lights out" call My Andy is now all registered for soundly into a deep kindergarten! He got to register at ,for the adults, Page Jackson last week and was Lpers were at the thrilled. He got to say hi to all the rolled through between teachers he knew and even got to and six and kept them see David at lunch. He is starting ~hat the train to look forward to being at David's the tents and laid on school if only he did not have go to ust a little longer. Poor all day. (This worries him greatly.) Smiles He will love it, though; it will just final day of the glorious take a little getting used to. As for I tried to garden. My me, I may never get used to him so woefully brown. If only being gone all day. I will be a bas- ~hat I planted grows, I will ket case for at least a month! smiles the weekend by walk- NO MORE FITS to Cheryl's and almost Timmy only has two fit throwing and Andy almost did days left! (I am writing this Sunday it. (It is over a mile.) night.) By the time you read this, Cheryl had just put he will be a fun loving three year Into the oven so we got to old. (Yeah, right!) If only I could we convinced her to turn off that foot stomping, hand home. Whew we all col- flinging temper, he would be per- bed that night happy fect. But then, I guess that would get old, too! Your weekend was just as NEW BABY and fulfilling. We are Mary and Brian Eddy of Packett forward to next Drive are the proud parents of what it holds, another bouncing boy. Little OOPS Mitchell James was born on April 5, gave me twenty lashes 1999 at 8:20 P.M. He weighed 9 lbs. last week. I read and 2.1 oz. He was 20 1/4 inches "nay favorite teacher" sec- long. that they had dic- Big brother, Nathan age 5, loves ~ae. They were horrified being a big brother. He told me all out Linda Guman. about his little brother at kinder- garten registration last week. FESTIVAL (Nathan is also looking forward to that our first Spring kindergarten.) In TuscawiUa Hills is May Little Mitchell has a doting day features pony rides, a grandma right here in Ttmcawilla, a bake sale, and hourly Sophia Eddy. His other grandma, Come and see whata Mary Alice Brown, is not too far community we have. away in Clay County. He is also the is June 5. grandson of the late Donald Eddy. ROUTE 51 Congratulations, Mary, Brian and that the road crews are "de- Nathan. Enjoy your little bundle of Route 51, I have to joy. rayself to take the Summit BIRTHDAYS into and out of the Please wish Jordan Devine a hap- boys do love it, though,py third birthday today. because they are curi- Call me with your special days. how the men will "de- GOOD MANNERS road. We already have Next week is National Etiquette at Mom's and at the Week. Plan a special dinner for the on our summer to do family and encourage them all to we can gawk at the use good manners. Enjoy. join us for an after- WOW (Now if only I can Did you know that the biggest to get my mail when I dobubble gum bubble on record is 23 Point entrance!) inches in diameter? Try to beat that this weekend! Have fun! GROUP DOUBLE WOW has a new moms' While your garden cucumber is StlNIOMS (Morns Offeringstill small, slip a clear plastic bottle Pport) is a national organ- over it. Do not cut it off from the vine. Gently place the bottle on the ground and cover it with newspa- per. When the cucumber reaches a good size, snip it off the vine. Add vinegar to the bottle and place the cap back on. Keep it in the fridge and amaze your friends. Don't tell them how you really got that cucumber in the bottle. Cool, huh! GREAT MOM'S DAY GIFT or Teacher Appreciation gift. This garden stepping stone will be loved by all. Collect a lot of pretty stones, peb- bles, seashells, and other memen- tos. Make a wooden 12-inch round or square form that has a bottom and 2 112 inch sides. Spread gravel in the bottom of the form. Now mix up a bag of Quikrete. Pour it into the forms until it almost touches the top. After an hour or two, the fun can begin. Let you little ones make hand prints, feet prints, or place their pretty pebbles in the concrete. Do not for- get the date. When dry, knock off the form. My fingers are crossed that Steve will see this. I just want to watch him control the boys' enthusiasm for this project! smiles LOVE YOUR PETS This is National Pet Week. Make sure that their shots, especially rabies, are up to date. Buy them an extra toy or bone to chew on. Treat them to a special bath. Take care of them and let them know that they truly are man's best friend. A KITTY CATI?I This is hard to admit, but Timmy and Andy love being kitty cats. They make kitty cat homes (meow homes) and have me serve them cheerios in a dish so that they can eat like a kitty. They also love to play catch and rub against ankles. Steve and I have gotten used to this and can laugh about their "cat play". Well, imagine my horror when Timmy turned into a cat at Cheryl's last week. She and Stu were enter- taining their dear friends, Keith and Michelle Mumaw, their kids, and us. Cheryl and Stu had just gotten done giving them the grand tour of their new house when it started. Timmy dropped to all fours and started meowing! The men were talking so it was just the kids, Cheryl, Michelle, and I in the living room. Timmy brought one of Max's toys to Cheryl, and she ACTUALLY threw it so he could fetch! Michelle rolled! Later, when Keith came into the living room, Timmy rubbed up against his leg. I was mortified! I looked for a place ~o hide but it was too late. Cheryl is still chuckling about my '2neow kitty". If you see her or the Mumaws, please DO NOT ask them about it! smiles GREAT JOB Sis Liz got to be Tylisa Beveridge's daughter for the day on Take Your Daughter to Work Day two weeks ago. Tylisa runs her own balloon business, and Liz had a great time. As soon as Liz arrived at the bal- loon room, Tylisa asked her if she was ready to work. Liz said yes, and Tylisa handed her the vacuum. Liz learned how Tylisa did her invoices and billing and even made a bit of a balloon creation. Liz has decided that Tylisa has the best job in the world, and hopes to be able to love her future career as much as Tylisa loves hers. Kudos, Tylisa, for taking Liz under your wing. David has dibs for next year. ALL FOR NOW Have a great week. Make time to really enjoy the great outdoors. Have a cook-out, plant some flow- ers, or take a walk. Honor your morn on Sunday and enjoy spend- ing time with her. Tell her how spe- cial she is to you. Take care. Give the United Way Spend Mother's with us! All mothers receive FREE beverage and dessert! Fresh Seafood, Raw Bar and Steaks .o.q Now serving lunch and dinner daily m all STEAMED CRABS & BBQ SPARE RIBS EAT-IN OR TO GO Plan your party or special function with us! Party trays and platters also available. available in front or rear. All menu items available for carry out. Mildred St Ranson, WV 25438 (304) 728-0159 (across from Domino's) 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sundays 1 p,m,-lO p.m. Bar open until 2:00 a.m. Becky Shaffer 876-0600 After Dinner - Warblers Speaking to members of the Po- tomac Valley Audubon Society, Dan Edelstein, naturalist science writer, and science museum ex- hibit developer, presented a slide/ sound talk about "Wood Warblers: Threatened Beauties." for those attending the organization's an- nual dinner at the Clarion Hotel near Shepherdstown. "Nothing will keep warblers from their rounds," began Edelstein. Citing the brief period of a few weeks needed to complete their breeding season, he pointed that these birds leave their nest- ing area aider the fledglings leave the nests. Edelstein indicated that sixty- five species of warblers have been found north of Mexico and one hundred, fifteen species in the world. Using range map, warbler, and habitat slides, the speaker intro- duced his audience to a number of distinctive, distinguishing war- bler calls, photos of the callers, and slides showing the area in North American where the feath- ered creatures can be found, Lis- teners heard about blue-winged, golden-winged, Tennessee, Nash- ville, worm-eating, Swainson's, ovenbird, Kirtland's, yellow- rumped, Cape May, chestnut- sided warblers and dozens of oth- ers of the species. Responding to questions about the decline of the warbler popula- tion, Edelstein cited the loss of breeding and wintering habitat, forest fragmentation, and loss of suitable migration stopover areas. He suggested as solutions to the diminishing numbers research and monitoring programs, man- aged landscapes, sustainable de- velopment, political and citizen campaigns, and habitat preserva- tion through bequests, wills, and donations. Preceding the program, the of- ficers for the new year were elected. 1999-2000 leaders in- clude: Sue Brookreson, president; Kathryn Henry, vice-president; Dennis Parsons, treasurer, Becky Shaffer, secretary; Lisa LaCivita, membership chair; Diane Cummins, field trip chair; Allan Biggs, program chair; Dan Montague, hospitality chair; Peter Pennington, conservation chair; Bill Agee, newsletter, Becky Shaffer, publicity chair, Deanna Pflanz, education chair; and Su- zanne Offutt, environmental ac- tion chair. Tokens of appreciation were presented to outgoing officers in- cluding fundraising chairperson, Lynn Wiseman, program chairper- son, Connie Toops, hospitality chairperson, Jim Hoyt and news- letter editor, Dan Cogswell. Outgoing president, Kris O'Brien, spoke of the many activi- ties with which the Society had been involved during the past year, including several high- lights the donation of acreage within Yankauer Nature Preserve by The Nature Conservancy to Po- tomac Valley, and plans to develop an environmental education cen- ter there. The Potomac Valley Audubon Society with a membership of more than five hundred people in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, and in Maryland and Virginia, was described by one dinner speaker as being an orga- nization which "mixes a great cause birding activities and en- vironmental issues with fellow- ship and fun." That Dreaded Word FIRE! circulated through our development last week as the fire fighters from a number of area departments worked together to battle a pesky brush fire which be- gan as a "controlled burn" and got away from the burner and spread along the river bank a field or two away from our homes near the end of Shepherd Grade. At our house, the first indica- tion of a problem came when a fire truck arrived at the end of our driveway and a young man hur- ried up the hill to ask directions to our river road the one the devel- opers has advertised as being the one to take us to our "recreational area." His firefighting assign- ment was, perhaps, to come in be- low the fire and run hoses to stop the flames before they spread downstream to the National Con- servation Training Center. We di- rected him and his partner to the back of the development and headed out after him to be sure he found where he wanted to be. Meantime, Bedington and Baker Heights fire trucks were speeding down the road to the Dam 4 to at- tack the blaze from that direction. Within a few short minutes, firefighters and equipment from a number of area companies were on the scene, organizing, running wa- ter relays, and hosing clown the brush. Familiar faces blended with the unfamiliar ones as the firefighters from various area companies worked together to stop the fire and protect proper- ties. What began at a bit after 4 p.m. was extinguished six to seven hours later and then monitored for several hours before the men and women left after midnight. I don't feel that our house was even in danger, but the one home backing up to the river could eas- ily have been, as well as several properties closer to the dam. And just knowing that there was pos- sible danger proved to be very un- nerving. We thank our efficient and skilled firefighters those from Shepherdstown and elsewhere for the hours spent in training, for taking such good care of us, and for their willingness to come and stay "til the end." Good job, folks! Out And About Just use that word "FREE" and folks come from all over to see just what it is that you are offering. Unity of Shepherdstown put to- gether a yard "sale" and offered everything for "free." And folks stopped by the dozens to take home the offerings laid out on Continued on Page 19 Brian M. Biller has won the Philip J. Flagg Scholarship at Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal, Va, Brian, a sophomore, is the son of Gina Marie Billet, of Charles Town. The scholarship is given in memory of Phil Flagg, a 1988 graduate of Randolph-Macon Academy who became a police officer and died in the line of duty. It is awarded to a student with meritorious achievements. Brian Biller has been on the Dean's List for two years, won the President's Award for Aca- demic Achievement, and lettered in baseball and football at the Academy, among other accomplishments. Founded in 1892, Randolph-Macon Academy is a co-ed school for boarding and day students in grades 6-12. Located in the Shenandoah Valley, it is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Above, Brian Biller receives his scholarship certificate on April 18. 'Ib his left is Craig Porter, Academic Dean of the Randolph-Macon Academy Upper School; to the right is Ma- jor General Henry M. Hobgood (USAF, ret.) President of Ran- dolph-Macon Academy. JJ's Loose Horse Saloon inwites you to i Join us every Thursday Nite for } karaoke with recording star On Friday and Saturday Nites come party with us featuring Sports Bar & Eatery 200A N. Mildred St. (upstairs) Ranson, WV (approx. I mi. from Charles Town Racetrack) (304) Call for more information