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, I.: : of JEFFERSON AND ,FARMER'S ADVOCATE W II your customers find you on ine? They wi[[ with FrontierPages on!ine marketing tooi; Call 00528-4333 or visit  "" , onher pages Th,: best place to be More than ever. SPIRITOFJEFFERSON.COM I The week starting May 21, 2014 I 90 (vi.usT) &  Special section inside Fashion event B11 Perfect summer sips B9 Powerhouse pitching B1 City tours to offer visitors 'the rest of the story' By CHRISTINE SNYDER CHARLES TOWN - Hundreds of thousands of visitors trek to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park each year and starting this weekend, Charles Town has a new way to entice them to spend time here, too. "People come to Harpers Ferry for its John Brown history and what we have in Charles Town is the rest of the story," explains Mayor Peggy Smith. Thanks to a new partnership forged by the city, the park service and others, park rangers will be- gin providing expert hour-long tours of the Jef- ferson County Courthouse, site of Brown's 1859 treason trial, and other history-rich sites in down- town Charles Town. Dennis Frye, the chief historian at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and one of the key players behind the new collaboration, will lead the initial tour starting at 11 a.m. Saturday at the courthouse. The free tours will be offered at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. this holiday weekend and then daily from June 1 to Aug. 17, Smith said. From late summer through Nov. 2, the tours will continue only on weekends. Smith expects the new offering to pay dividends for Charles Town's businesses. "Timing these to happen before and after lunch, we think people will want to get something to eat, maybe have an ice cream at Skipper's before or after," she said. Visi- tors also may linger for some shopping or visit the Jefferson County Museum where the wooden wag- on that took Brown to the gallows is on display. "There are so many possibilities to this - so many good things we see happening," the mayor said. "Just seeing the park rangers in downtown Charles Town is an attention-getter." Setting up the new program comes with a cost, including paying baliffs to staff the courthouse this weekend and at other times when it normally is closed. "Because it's a working courthouse, if the doors are open, a baliff must be there," Smith See TOUR Page A5 RIGHT: Dennis Frye, a sought-after Civil War tour guide, will kick off Charles Town's new free history tours at the Jefferson County Courthouse at 11 a.m. Saturday. New city manager is a familiar face Jefferson native ready to make the switch from Ranson to Charles Town By BONNIE WILLIAMSON Special to the Spirit CHARLES TOWN -David Mills, Charles Town's newly designated city manager, can't wait to get to work help- ing people recognize what a great com- munity Charles Town is. "Charles Town has so many elements to it," said the 47-year-old who was born in Ranson and grew up in Charles Town. "It's historic, all-American. I don't think people appreciate all it has to offer." After 17 years working for Ranson - first as city manager and since 2012 as its economic development guru - he is set to cross over to Charles Town and take on the duties of city manger here early next month. Charles Town Mayor Peggy Smith cit- ed Mills' 16 years of experience and fa- miliarity with the area as key reasons for his selection. "He had all the qualifica- tion we were looking for," she said. "His record in Ranson speaks for itseff." ' Thirty-six others applied for the job following the departure of Joe Cosen- tini for a similar position in Tennessee. Council on May 14 unanimously OK'd a contract for Mills with a salary of $101,850. Mills returned to Jefferson County 17 years ago after college and a career in the Army. He called his stint in Ranson government a "rare opportunity" to help build infrastructure, plan for growth and hire excellent city employees across the board. "I was literally one of the first full- time employees for the city," he said. "I dealt with the finances, utilities and parks. There was lots to do to keep the city going." David Hamill, Ranson's mayor since 1986, said Mills helped bring jobs and See MILLS Page A4 David Mills becomes the first person to serve first as Ranson's city manag- er and now as Charles Town's. "We are all pleased with the selec- tion," said Mayor Peg- gy Smith of Mills' hiring last week. ROBERT SNYDER Keith Togans of Leesburg, Va. O2013 The Jefferson Publishing Co. Inc. Published.weekly in Charles Town, W,Va ROBERT SNYDER Talking a blue streak Five-year-old Khloe "Bean" Fisher is sporting a blue streak in her hair, an idea she copied from her mother Kara Fisher (in background along with her dad, Donnie Fisher). The family has found the unusual look offers a chance to talk about neurofibromatosis, Khloe's rare genetic disorder. For more photos and a story, sea B10. County Commission moves d on ethics By SHERRY GREENFIELD Special to the Spirit CHARLES TOWN - A Jefferson County Commissioner's proposal re- quiring residents who serve on the county's boards and commissions to sign and adhere to an ethical code of conduct is moving forward. After some minor changes, Com- missioner Lyn Wid- See related myer's board col- editorial, A6 leagues agreed at their May 15 meet- ing to take a formal vote on her pro- posal when they meet next May 29. "I do continue to propose that appli- cants sign a statement expressing their understanding of what we expect is ethical behavior," Widmyer said. She introduced her code of ethics at the commissioners' May 1 meet- ing. It requires appointees to disclose any personal interests related to an is- sue under deliberation by the board or commission members. They must also abstain completelY from taking part in decisions in which they have a person- al interest. See ETHICS Page A5 Retiring ROTC educators set to be honored at Memorial Day parade By BONNIE WILLIAMSON Special to the Spirit SHENANDOAH JUNCTION - Long- time military educators Will and Steph- anie Poe are set to be honored this Me- morial Day by members of the Harpers Ferry-Bolivar Veterans Association. Both master gergeants, the Poes ini- dated the Air Force Junior ROTC pro- gram at Jefferson High School and have worn the Air Force uniform for a com- bined 66 years - first serving their coun- try on active duty for 20 years and then as Air Force Junior ROTC teachers. The Harpers Ferry couple is retiring this year. A Memorial Day parade will start on West Washington Street at 9 a.m. Mon- day and end at the Harpers Ferry Boli- var Veterans Memorial on the grounds of Harpers Ferry Middle School. Doug Craze, commander of the Harp- ers Ferry/Bolivar District Veterans Asso- ciation, said the Poes have come to every Memorial Day parade and every Veter- ans Day parade for a decade. See ROTC Page A11 Stephanie Poe ............... ! .......................................................................................... : ..................................................... .., 1 University Healthcare Free & Confidential Physician and Services Referral Line. 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