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I0 b A U 01'~ ' ~' .~ ~,~/.L~ NEWS and FARMER'S ADVOCATE I-'AtJL A4 Wednesday, May 16, 2018 HARPERS FERRY - Interest- ed in seeing the rolling terrain* of South Mountain and a dramatic river overlook at Weverton Cliff, navigating descending switchbacks to the C&O Canal and then walk- ing along the canal and into Harp- ers Ferry? The Sierra Club-Eastern Panhan- dle has just the thing. On Sunday, the club will host a free 11-mile hike along the Appala- chian Trail from Maryland's Gath- land State Park to Harpers Ferry. It's the first in a series of hikes the Sierra Club-Eastern Panhan- dle plans to host to cover the entire Appalachian Trail in Maryland and West Virginia. Organizer Chris Craig says the hike is open to those at a fitness lev- el adequate for a lengthy trek over terrain that's rough at times. He said that minors accompanying an adult or with a parent's permission also can take part. Craig says that most of the 900- foot elevation gain occurs at the hike's end in town and warns that it the group to 25 hikers, with pref- hikers should be prepared for erence going to those who have re- stretches of rough, rocky trail, served a spot. Information is avail- Weather could be a factor. If able from Craig at 304-433-1260 or there's light rain the day of the hike, the event will go on but if there's heavy rain, the walk will be can- Sierra Club meeting celed. The Sierra Club-Eastern Pan- Craig says hikers should wear handle will hold its May conserva- footwear and clothing appropriate to tion meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday the terrain and weather and should at the home of Regina Hendrix at bring water and a bagged lunch, and 65 Bradford Court in the Tuscawil- snacks if desired. He's also look- la Hills development in Charles ing for volunteer drivers for the car Town. shuttle from the meeting place in Hendrix says conservation meet- Upper Town of Harpers Ferry to the ings focus on various topics, but hike's start point, also allow time to socialize. Tues- Craig says park regulations lim- day's get-together will focus on Up to 25 people can take part in Sunday's Sierra Club-Eastern Panhandle hike on the Appalachian Trail. conservation priorities and the ments will be served," according 2018 election outlook for West to Hendrix. For more information, Virginia environmentalists. "All contact Hendrix (304-725-0223 or are welcome, and light refresh- Betting FROM PAGE A1 news." The recently passed state law may need to be altered, it has been suggested, to include integrity fee for sports leagues. allowed legislation to become law without his signature. "The bottom line is, I think there s real benefit always to Wagering on certain professional or collegiate sports partner with people rather than fight with people," Justice events should begin in the coming months as West Virginia said. "The amount of the integrity fee would be bore by the Lottery activities. Supporters of the law contend sports wa- casinos, Justice said. "(The casinos) can afford that. Our state gering revenue will help pay for education, tourism and se- is really going to have to pay nothing. You now have a rela- nior services in the Mountain State. tionship with the sports leagues that would bring additional West Virginia's five casinos are expected to implement goodness to us. That's my entire philosophy. They have an sports betting in the coming months. A smartphone app is opportunity to help us grow the sports betting. also expected to allow participants to place bets."Who knows what could forge out of this relationship with "There is a lot of illegal gambling going on across the the major leagues." country, so for us to be able to capture significant and mean- A special session of the West Virginia Legislature to deal ingful dollars for our state, that's what we ought to do," Jus- with implementation can't be ruled out, he added. tice told reporters Monday. "I think it's good news - great "I don't know," Justice said. "There needs to be some ad- ditional discussion, but I don't know if there is a way to do it without additional legislation." The Justice family owns and operates The Greenbrier re- sort in White Sulphur Springs, and its casino. Additionally, professional sports teams use the facility as a training facil- ity. Justice deflected notion that the new law would be person- ally beneficial. "I'm an open book, I'm not trying to do anything except help West Virginia," said Justice. "To say that there is some- thing in it for The Greenbrier - that's so much garbage that shouldn't even be reported. I'm in this (as governor) to help West Virginia. I don't need anything whatsoever from being governor to help myself." - Jim Workman wrote this story for the West Virginia Press Association around the clock. XT 1: o wesnng FRoM PAGEA1 "I am writing to express my interest in the open position on the ESA Board," Wesling Town Mayor Scott Rogers to "a certain Ger- writes. "It has been of great interest to me over man politician in 1939" as she criticized the past five or so years, as I followed their the city's annexation plan. struggle with growing pains and transition- In October, Wesling spoke out at a JCC ing to a hybrid career agency, while operating meeting against the request made by African- within the bounds of budget constraints. American residents and other citizens who "Public safety is of utmost importance and want the Confederate veterans-only plaque at our seven volunteer departments have a long the entrance of the Jefferson County Court- record of community service to be proud of. house moved elsewhere. I have come to previous commissions to ad- "This is the time for you to voice your sup- vocate for their funding in past years. By reg- port of preventing the far left agitators from ularLT attending ESA meetings for approxi- using our history as a club to forward their mately a year and a half I became very famil- radical agenda," Wesling wrote later on Face- iar with the issues that come before the ESA book. "For it is not just a war on history, but board. And I also either know or I am at least the fabric of our nation and our Constitution aware of all of those on the board. So I feel that is at risk." I would be an excellent candidate to fill this In a four-paragraph letter dated May 9 and vacant position on the ESA board. Thank you addressed to "Jefferson County Commis- for the opportunity to serve our community in sion," Wesling doesn't mention her opposi- this important role." tion to the ambulance fee. The fee was put in Thursday's JCC meeting begins at 6 p.m. place in 2015 by the JCC to ensure that with downstairs at 200 E. Washington St. in Charles the county's growing population and volun- Town. Each public session begins with a pub- teer fire companies understaffed particularly lic comment period where anyone signed in during the workday, an ambulance and EMT by the time the meeting begins can speak for would be available in all parts of the county three minutes. FILE PHOTO Ramona Wesling (right, in background), known for lobbing personal attacks on Facebook as the chairwoman of the West Virginia Liberty Political Action Committee, holds an anti-ambulance fee sign during testimony from Jefferson County Emergency Services Agency Director Denise Pouget at a county meeting in February of 2017. Wesling is the only candidate under consider- ation for an appointment to the ESA board. I ! 3efferson :: :County Communit Ministries 238 W. Washington St. Charles To~n 304-725-3186 FOOD PAtti'S? NEEDS / FOOD PANTRY NEEDS / CANNED PINEAPPLE / SPAM " 8fit: STEW / SYRUP / PANCAKE MIX V" TOMATOE SOUP V" CANNED FRUIT / SLOPPY MIX vt SPAGHFI-[I SAUCE ,/SHAMPOO / TOIL PAPER CtOTtIING CtOSET NEED$ ,/* MEN'S WHITE I/6rOU SHII TS IN ALL SIZES Professional Quality Service Done Right The First Time! 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