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k.)JL IJLbAI U~ U,i~J.',41.'~Jl.~kJ'*,J,k~l and FARMER'S ADVOCATE NEWS Wednesday, 16, 2018 f Q By CHRISTINE SNYDER We'll literally have our hands full with the C'Town Mo ic Project in just a few weeks when: 0xtist Isaiah Zagar arrives frorn Philade!phi get the work under- way on May'26.-b t/there's a lot already happening. This weekend, for instance, you can attend the Jefferson County Communi- ty Chores spring concert, "100 Years of Broadway," at the Old Opera House. It's a $5 donation at the door and mosaic mu- ral is one of the organizations set to split the proceeds. You can also buy a custom C'Town T-shirt designed by Katy Defoe, with proceeds going to the mosiac project. (Learn more or place an order here: cus- art-project.) Anyone interested in committing to a three-hour work slot starting the Satur- day of Memorial Day weekend, when volunteers will actually begin put- ting together the mosaic mural, can go online now to go/60b0a4fa4a92falf85-isaiah and nail down a plan. Zagar, a famed mosaic artist, will guide members of our community in transform- ing two spaces in Charles Town - one wall on North Charles Street and then on the restroom building at Evitts Run Park just off Washington Street. Organizers point out that walk-in vol- unteers also will be welcomed. Through May 30, anyone can stop by, sign in and get to work on the wall. It's also important to note that lots of us planning to work on the mosaic are not artists. This isn't about professionals coming up with a perfect art display - it's a chance for everyone in our community to come together and create something amazing, enduring and com- pletely unique to Charles Town. The nonprofit Jefferson Arts Council continues to accept monetary donations for the mosaic project's remaining ex- penses. You'll want to mark your calendar Isaiah Zagar, the internationally known mosaic artist based in Philadelphia, will be in Charles Town starting on May 25. to attend Zagar's free talk about his art "I learned so much," Kovatch said. that will begin at 7 p.m. May 29 at the "Their works lend an introspective ele- Charles Town Library. ment to earlier projects, with a focus on Last weekend in the downstairs of the history and they bring a deeper mean- library building, potter Lisa Kovatch led ing to earlier visioning words. For exam- an art session aimed at ensuring the mo- pie, 'horses' and 'racing' have a differ- saic reflects our area's diverse makeup, ent meaning when the phrase, 'picnic on She met with a number of African-Amer- the bank' is added to reflect the popular ican members of the community to paint pastime during segregation times, when scenes on tiles that may become part of African-Americans would picnic on the the mufal,r y qne pjc ked u,p grassy banks near the racetrack because a paintbrush, Kovatch hstened. tti yweren't al!owed inside." Cacapon Institute hits a landmark CHARLES TOWN - Fri- day's tree planting in front of the Martin Robison Delany Op- portunity Learning Center, Jef- ferson County's alternative school, marked the 200th such project in the Eastern Panhan- dle since the program began. "It's an exciting day," ex- plained Tanner Haid, Caca- pon Institute's urban watershed forester, who spent part of the morning overseeing the Com- muniTree project in front of the school at 306 S. Lawrence St. The school provides county students in grades six through 12 academic resources as well as time for community ser- vice projects, according to the school's principal Thom- asa,Vandell. Students at the school also take a weekly yoga class and volunteer at Jeffer- son County Community Minis- tries and the Ranson Old Town Community Gardens. Canvass also a presidential election Painter said that Jefferson year -- when just 6,557 vot- County's previous V6ting FROM PAGE A1 ers took part. In all four cy- machines were 10 yeats old cles, more Democratic voters and had mn their course. to request a recount, showed up to the polls than The new voting machines Painter said the canvass- Republican voters, but Re- also provided an additional ing process went smoothly, publicans got out a higher benefit in that the ballots are as did everything else with percentage of their registered much cheaper. this year's vote. "With the voters this year and in 2014. "Our i old ballots were new voting machines, our This year, 34 percent of Scantron and it cost a dol- poll workers had their hands registered Republicans v0t- iar for e tch page," Painter full," Painter said. "They did ed while 33 percent of reg- said. "With the new voting a great job with it and over- istered Democrats voted. In machines, it cost 1 cent per all, things went very well." 2014, Republicans held a 21 page. The canvassing process to 17 percent advantage. "We haven't gotten back should be completed state- In Jefferson County, the the bills yet, but we had bud- wide by Thursday. only hiccup on election day geted $4,000 for ballots this The turnout for last week's came when voting machines year. In previous years, the primary was strong, drawing were smudging barcodes cost was anywhere between 8,818 voters. The number and making it impossible $40,000 and $80,000." was up by nearly 100 percent for some of the ballots to be More importantly, the new over the 2014 primary, which counted, voting machines worked bet- drew 4,332 voters. Painter said that this prob- ter. The voters seem to like With the Democrat and lem only affected two pre- the new machines better," Republican parties select- cincts and that the offending Painter said. ,They were ing their candidates for pres- machines were quickly re- quicker and it seemed like ident in 2016, 12,564 voters placed, they were less confusing. We in Jefferson cast ballots. 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