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20 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON - Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, May 18, 2000 Continued from Page 14 ing: environmental impact, aes- thetic concerns (landscaping, Jarvis, native of Grafton and trees, screening), safety, access to founder of Mothers' Day, is being stores, scale (not too large), and cared for in a West Chester, Pa multiple use-instead of each bust2 sanitarium. She is il.1, blind, and ness having its own exclusive lot. without funds. The Philadelphia Infrastructure: vision 20/20 Inquirer published a picture of supports efforts to insure that Miss Jarvis and a long article growth and development are both about her efforts to make the ob- economically and environmentally servance of Mothers' Day fit in sound. We concur with the County with her ideal. The writer of the Comprehensive Plan goal oflocat- article said a committee had been ing growth and development organized to look after her wel- where infrastructure already ex- fare. He states: Miss Jarvis kept ists. We support the county's ef- up her world-wide correspondence forts to take future costs into ac- on behalf of Mothers' Day until count so that future taxpayers are she became blind a few months not burdened with the costs of ago. Presenting herself at the hos- present planning choices. Vision pital, she asked to be admitted as 20/20 supports the county's efforts a patient. (She had no money.)" to implement impact fees so that Continues the article: "She had we can pay our way as we go. We been at the hospital only a few do not advocate blanketing the days when friends learning of her county with water and sewer ser- condition, formed a committee and vice lines and thereby opening pledged funds for her support, large amount of good farmland to Through their efforts she wasdevelopment. transferred to a comfortable sani- For the Birds torium with a home-like atmo-Birders consider the value of an sphere, endangered bird to be priceless. "It is stated that Miss Jarvis And now the value of artificial said that her poor circumstances birds is also soaring. may have come about because 'I In January, a record price for a am nobody's mother.' " decoy was bid on a sleeping Vision 20120 Canada goose made by renowned Vision 20/20, a group of local carver Elmer Cromwell. $684,500 citizens interested in the future of was the "take home" offer. the Shepherdstown community, Hundreds of bidders filled a has worked long and hard on its Sotheby's salesroom - this "auc- vision for our area. I continue to tion for the rich and famous" has share with you the drai~ of their sold for the Kennedy family and recent presentation to the mem- other noted folks - and handed bers of the Jefferson County Plan- over about $11 million for 420 ning Commission. I feel that there duck, goose, and shorebird decoys. is food for thought in what they The wooden birds, made in the suggest, late nineteenth and early twenti- Transportation:Transportationeth centuries, were designed in within and around the town natural poses- floating, standing, should not be solely dependent on resting, and even dabbling - to individually owned automobiles, lure waterfowl to hunters' guns. vans, trucks, etc. Plan for and Today, they are treasures. implement alternative means of A Boston dealer, bidding on be- transportation including walking, half of a client, captured the bicycling, and carpooling as well golden goose - the Canada - which as buses (both public and shuttle), was carved from cedar in 1917. rail, and trolly. Emphasize people The eyes of the "sleeping" bird and access rather than vehicles, were featured wide open. Perhaps Coordinate transportation plans at the interesting turn of events? with land use and utility plafls. Internationally-known nature Promote gridded street pat- photographer Don Cooper pro- terns modeled on the county'svided the program for the Potomac towns and villages rather than Valley Audubon Society at the suburban cul-de-sacs and collector organization's annual dinner last streets, which tend to funnel traf- Saturday. Cooper has worked on tic into congestion points because the staff of the National Geo- there is often only one possible graphic magazine for 28 years and route into and out of an area. has specialized in photographing Wherever possible, extend exist- Appalachian wildlife. His first ing streets to newly developed ar- love is birds and he taught bird eas. photography for many years at the Develop a parking policy which Smithsonian for basic and ad- locates parking behind buildings vanced students. Although re- and which addresses the follow- cently retired Cooper is still active Letters to the Editor THE SOUND AND THE FURY Harpers Ferry is situated in a dramatic natural amphitheater. Civil War soldiers marveled at how the sound of cannons and guns were amplified as they echo off Loudoun and Maryland Heights. During deer season local residents can hear the sharp "kapow" of a hunting rifle miles away. This natural sound generator is about to be given its ultimate test. Election year pork barrel politics has directed $24.9 million to con- struct a federal government firing range on land south of Wilt's Veg- etable Stand and the local flea market. Once constructed this firing range will host thousands of fed- eral agents blasting away at tar- gets with machine guns, M-16s, Uzi's, shotguns, 9ram pistols, and revolvers. This means that local residents will wake up to a din of gunfire and have to live with this noise echoing around them eight to ten hours day, and perhaps on weekends as well. There is also the possibility of this noise continuing into the evening as night vision goggles and infrared scopes are tested. Instead of the occasional Civil War reenactment, local residents will get the chance to relive the sounds of the worst days of Beirut, Sarajevo, and Kosovo. School chil- dren at Shipley will hear more gun fire in an hour than most inner city kids hear in a year. This pork barrel project was de- clared an emergency measure and quietly tucked into a subsection of S.2535 without any hearings, local input, or even coordination with the Department of Interior, who currently owns the land. The bill was originally designed to fund next year's agricultural programs, but it then grew into an election year Christmas Tree for "emer- gency" supplemental appropria- tions in the late hours of May 9. Think of the impact this firing range will have on local property values. Imagine trying to attract homebuyers when they may feel like ducking for cover when they pull up in your driveway? Think about the guests at the Cliffside Hotel who may have to ask for a firing range or non-firing range room. Think about the tourist dol- lars that will dry up when rafters hear gun fire echoing along the shores of the Shenandoah drown- ing out the sounds of birds and wa- ter. This is the wrong use, in the wrong place, created by the wrong procedures, for the wrong reasons. I urge everyone to write our Con- gressional Delegation, the Secre- taries of Interior and Treasury, and President Clinton to send this pig in a poke back to the farm. Scot M. Faulkner PRIMARY FALLOUT #1-Warm congratulations to both the Spirit and the Jefferson County League of Women's Voters for their outstanding Primary Election Guide! No other source provided as complete a summary of candidate information - and fairly done! #2-One small gem in that Guide. All seven candidates for magistrate were asked the same single question. Five, including three incumbents and both top vote-getters, answered this ques- tion in detail. Only two (candidate Stebbens and incumbent Rissler) pointed out that legal canons of the WV state constitution prohibit ju- dicial candidates from answering such questior~s. You read it first in the Spirit! #3-Also amazing was seeing such complete voting information in an essentially one-man newspa- per less than 48 hours after folks were terrorizing our Court House corridors for any scrap of data from the smallest polling place! About 11 p.m. Tuesday night, EVERYpoli- tician, candidate, future candi- date, or wanna-be seemed to be milling about smartly in our main court house corridor. I even saw several I didn't know were still alive. Wonder what others were saying about me? #4-I learned another vital les- son this year. If you want to pub- lish an important, timely letter - hand deliver it! Our reliable mail system is not always timely. #5-My only bone to pick is with either the math or headline in today's Spirit School Board elec- tion story - "Incumbents Easily Win School Posts." Doris Cline (2,339 votes) did "win easily" over Geary Johns (1,233). But long-time board member Peter Manzuk (2,315 votes) gained less than half the total vote cast. Lori Stilley (1,694) and Nancy Lutz (1,110) to- talled 2,804. We'll never know if Lutz' votes would have gone for Stilley (as Lutz asked) had Lutz' name not been on the ballot, but I'll bet Paul Manzuk is happy he was opposed on the ballot by two women, not one. Sincerely, David L. "Dave" Woods Middleway with his camera, photographing nature in the Sharpsburg and An- tietam area. "I am a student of the woods," remarked Mr. Cooper as he began his remarks for the PVAS. "I claim to be a photographer." His photographs of birds, streams, sunsets, and flowers add truth to this claim. His use of lenses, lighting, mirrors, and other means of capturing his sub- jects on film attest to his skills. Cooper uses mirrors for some of his photography. "With mirrors you can actually set the exposure," he explained. He also likes to pho- tograph in indirect rather than di- rect sunlight. He explained the techniques of "wet belly" photography to an amused audience and advocated a garbage bag as a part of the equip- ment for those times when the photographer want to lie down on the ground for a closeup of his sub- ject. During his slide program, Coo- per pointed with obvious pride to a woodchuck family with which he spent time awaiting photo oppor- tunities. He became so much a part of the family that he shared his lunch and even his lap with two youngsters and their mom. Ofttimes, Cooper will set up the backgrounds - snow, pine branches, flowers, etc. - and en- courage the birds to participate in a photo shoot. He feels that he has more control by doing this. When queried about the num- ber of photos it takes to find good pictures, the speaker indicated that the more difficult the subject, the more photos he takes. He looks for 4-5 good photographs from 24 exposures. And on one occasion, he shot 100 exposures and had just one selected by his editor. The evening also featured, in a more minor way, lasagna dinner presented by a local caterer, the election of officers for the new year, and the recognition of the folks who have kept the programs "up and going" throughout the past year. WHITE, V6, AM/FM, Automatic Transmission, Air Conditioner, Speed Control, 4 Wheel ABS Disc Brakes, & Much More. **PLUS take GM Rebate of $5 O0 or APR Financing. *You pay only tax and title fees with bank approval. "3.9% APR up to 36 mo 7.9% APR up to 60 mo. 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