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i : FARM/NEWS I Wednesdoy, May 21,2014 I pirit of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE I PAGE A1 f TED KALV[TIS 'Isthat the way they garden where she comes from?' After losing considerable working time to truck troubles and subsequent injury, I find myself emerging from this interruption right at the beginning of hay and mowing season. For the fore- seeable future it's tractors, tractors, tractors and time for another encore presentation. "Garden Delights" first appeared in the May/June 2013 issue of Antique Power magazine. It is set in the local area nearly 40 years ago. It con- tains some mild poetic license but few people who would remember are still around, so I guess that I might get away with using it locally. Believe it or not, my wife, that gray- haired, nearly 60-year-old "Old Hip- py" bus driver was once a slender and attractive 20-something. She seems to think that she still is, and I don't totally disagree. Anyway, living alone for 4 years in a log cabin she built in the great north woods left her with a particular garden- ing habit that, back in those days, took a while for the folks along Cold Stream road to get used to. The story: "Is that the way they garden where she comes from?" The tall thin elderly minister stood over me as I assembled a hay rake in the late spring of 1978. The lines in the old preacher's face spoke p of countless hours hoeing corn in the blazing sun, splitting gnarled oak in the frigid wind, hard sour apples and strict self-denial. He wasn't supposed to be in the ser- vice area of the Massey Ferguson trac- tor dealership, but the owner's wife was a member of his flock. Since I openly frequented the tavern across the road from their place of business, she had probably determined that I could use a ministerial visit. "Yes, it is," I replied, proud of the way that our garden was flourishing. "The grass walkways help to hold moisture and keep us from compacting the grow- ing beds." I was ad-libbing. "Uh ... thank you.., good day," he said a little nervously as if he had more to say but couldn't find the words. He left, but something he had meant to say still hung in the air -- the space reserved for another occasion, I supposed. Stephanie and I had moved to this tiny West Virginia community just in time to start a vegetable garden. I had arranged to borrow a tractor, plow and disk from work in order to get a garden going. Stephanie beat me to it, though, and with a spading fork, turned up some narrow "beds, leaving grass walkways between them in the fluffy creek bot- tom soil. Like the circa 1850 former store, post office and courthouse that we rented as our residence, the garden was "My young wife's method of gardening was unusual and broke with tradition. It seemed that, for some reason, this had deeply con- cerned some of the locals." close to the winding mountain road. My young wife's method of garden- ing was unusual and broke with tradi- tion. It seemed that, for some reason, this had deeply concerned some of the locals. As the spring moved into early sum- mer, the garden burst forth with flow- ers and produce. A squash vine climbed the fence and reached into the road -- only passing traffic kept it pruned back. Folks stopped by the roadside and asked her questions about gardening. We didn't consider it unusual that these folks were usually men -- some even took pictures of her amid her quarter- acre cornucopia. In one car, a dnmken reprobate on the passenger side mum- bled something to her that she couldn't understand and wasn't sure that she wanted to. The driver quickly apolo- gized and sped away. Indeed, these roadside gardening classes became a bit of a traffic hazard. A bread delivery truck usually passed daily. To supplement his income on this sparse, hilly route, the driver offered deals on day olds along the way if inter- ested folks would meet him by the road. Careening around a turn he encountered the stopped traffic and had to brake sud- denly. Small packages of cakes and cookies rained down all around him. He was smiling all the while. On another occasion, a fellow was headed down the mountain driving a Farmall tractor, when something about the garden drew his attention. The Cub left the road, slipped into the ditch and upset gently against a steep, grassy slope. It took considerable effort on the part of the neighbor's 8N Ford to extri- cate the Farmall. For some reason, the 2 men found the incident particularly amusing. That's a good attitude to have, I thought. The summer turned out to be a dry one. At work, sales of haying equip- ment and baler twine held steady, but in the countryside, gardens weren't doing all that well; Stephanie's garden, being low-lying and encircled on 2 sides by a creek, did exceptionally well, none the less. At the little store in North River Mills, proprietor Bruce Miller asked, "Is that how they garden where she comes from?" An older woman's voice called from somewhere in the store, "I couldn't gar: den like that." Was I detecting jealousy? Oh, come on -- it's only a garden. Thi odd encounter caused me to more close: ly observe local gardens. Often a wom= an could be seen tending them dressed in blue jeans, short-sleeve blouse and tennis shoes, the real old-timers in long dresses and sun bonnets. "How do they stand the heat?" I won- dered. Stephanie gardens barefoot and in very abbreviated cutoffs and halter top...oh. I had completely missed the point of that persistent question. "Is that how they garden where she comes from?" Stephanie's garden attire -- or short- age of it -- had upset some of the lo- cal ladies. The ladies, in turn demand- ed that the menfolk order me to get my wife under control. The men weren't sure how to go about it or whether they really wanted to. The problem solved itself when we bought a very remote piece of land and started gardening there. It was hard for me to imagine how Stephanie could im- prove on her selection of gardening at- tire, but she found a way. Area grower tops in corn yield contest i : ST. LOUIS -- An area corn grower has been honored as a state winner in the 2013 Nation- al Corn Yield Contest, which is sponsored annually by the Na- tional Com Growers Association. Ronald L Widmyer of Charles Town placed first in the state in the No-Till/Strip-Till Irrigated Class with a yield of 210.9259 bushels per acre. The hybrid used in the winning field was Pioneer/P1319HR. Widmyer was one of 434 state winners nationwide. The 2013 contest set a participation re- cord with 8,983 entries from 47 states. Of the state winners, 18 growers - three from each of six classes - were named national winners, representing 10 states. The average yield among na- tional winners was 354;67 bush- els per acre, greater than the 2013 U.S. average of 158.8 bushels per acre. Five of the na- tional winners recorded yields of 400 bushels or more per acre. "This fall, U.S. corn farmers reaped the bounty of their la- bors, harvesting a record crop that will provide food, fuel and fiber for our nation and our trad- ing partners around the world," said NCGA President Martin Barbre, a corn grower from Car- mi, Ill. "Our contest participants demonstrated that America's farmers continue to strive for excellence while adopting state- of-the-art tools which help them meet those goals," The top yield in this year's contest :454.98 bushels per acre -- was achieved by David Hula of Charles City, Va. Farmers are encouraged through the contest to utilize new, efficient production techniques. Agronom- ic data gleaned from the contest reveal the following: The average planting pop- ulation for the national winners was 39,166 seeds per acre, com- pared to 32,160 for all entrants. National winners applied an average of 293 pounds of nitro- gen, 76 pounds of phosphorus and 156 pounds of potassium per acre. The average commercial ni- trogen use per bushel of yield was 0.83 pounds for the national winners and 0.86 pounds for all entrants. Forty-four percent of the national winners applied trace minerals, compared to 34 per- cent of all entrants. Twenty-two percent of na- tional winners applied manure, compared to 14 percent of all entrants. The National Corn Yield Con- test began in 1965 with 20 en- tries from three states. The high- est overall yield was 218.9 bush- els per acre, while the national yield average was in the mid-60 bushel-per-acre range. The winners were recognized Feb. 28 at the 2014 Commodity Classic, the premiere convention and trade show of the U.S. corn, soybean, sorghum and wheat in- dustries, which is held this year in San Antonio, Texas. For a complete list of winners and for more information about NCYC, visit the NCGA website at www. The National Corn Growers Association represents more than 40,000 members, 48 affdiated state corn grower and checkoff or- ganizations, and hundreds of thou- sands of growers who contribute to state checkoff programs. Peggy Burcker Realtor, ABR, CRS Cell: 1-304-671-3183 ............................... 91 Saratoga Drive, charles Town, WV 25414 M. blargie Bartles, Broker Jefferson County Property Transactions Shirley A: Hughes to Muon Thi Russell; PCL, North Street; Charles Town District; $20,000.00 PNC Bank National Association to Donald E. Dodd Jr.; Residue PCL CT 1L50ACSi T/W 25 feet non- exclusiye aSs R/VV; Harpers Ferry District; $192,000.00 Dennis Barron to James Davitt McAteer; P/O LT 17, South Side ;German Street; Shepherdstown May 5-16, 2014 Corporation; $195,000.00 John William Handzo to Charles S. Adkins; LTS 63 and 64, BLK 7; Shepherdstown District; $280,000.00 Paul G. Welch to Katherine A. Allen; LT CT 0.130 AC, fronting North Side German Street, T/W proposed access easement CT 0.045 AC; Shepherdstown District; $28O,000.00 James E Gano to Storm Bennett; PCL 2, CT 0.343 ACS; Shepherdstown District; $55,000.00 Carolyn M. Stuckey to Ricky D. Anderson; LT 9, CT 2.720 ACS; Harpers Ferry District; $265,000.00 Dan Ryan Builders Inc. to Checklakhone S. Chaseng; LT 7, BLK C; Ranson Corporation; $240,000.00 Sponsored by: BL&CKWELE REALTY 113 W. Washington Street Charles Town, West Virginia 25414 ROTC FROM PAGE A1 "They are very supportive and very profession- al," Craze said. Cadet Col. Gabrielle Lovell, 17, of Shep- herdstown, will be the event's guest speaker. Lovell is in her third year in the Air Force Ju- nior ROTC program and hopes to go on to West Point. She commands 250 cadets. "I consider the Poes mentors," she said. "They have always been there for me." Stephanie Poe was a member of the dental corps for her entire career. Her first two assignments took her to Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama and Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma. In 1985, an assignment took her to Hahn Air Base Germany, where she became the noncom- missioned officer in charge of enlisted dental training. Will Poe started as a security policeman at a small radar station across the street from the beach in Fort Fisher, N.C. From 1982 to 1985 he was assigned to Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada after being selected for a classified assignment. The Poes, both 56, met in Germany in 1986. They went on their first date on July 4. They married in 1989 and have f@d:ldren. Will and Stephanie were in Germany when the Ber- lin Wall fell. They were in Europe when Pc- "This is a great way to help future generations. ROTC is building better citizens for America. It develops their character." - Stephanie Poe: Jefferson High ROTC teacher land gained its independence from the Soviet Union. Will Poe initiated the Air Force Junior ROTC program at Jefferson in 2002 and his wife be" gan working alongside him in 2000. "This is a great way to help future genera- tions," she said. "ROTC is building better citi- zens for America. It develops their character," said Stephanie. Her husband agrees, "It gives them a leg up on life. They develop as leaders. Stephanie Poe's plans involve devoting time to her children and grandchildren. Her husband is looking forward to hiking the entire, 2,000= plus mile Appalachian Trail from April tO Oe-, tober next year. ' "That's on my bucket list," he said,  DEBBIE McCLUItE tot ltanson ltl Council Please remember to vote on June 3rd Ranson City Hall PAID FOR BY THE CANDIDATE OPEN HOUSI,.!! THE SCOUTS OF PACK & TROOP 6 CORDIALLY INVITE YOU AND YOUR SONIS) - AGES 6-17 TO AN OPEN HOUSE TO REVIEW OUR SCOUT PROGRAM. WHEN: May 31,2014 - 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM WHERE: Sam Michael's Park - Job Corp Rd ' "ENJOY " "" (,OME TIlE FUN AND GAMES The Scouts of Pack & Troop 6 are hosting an informative meeting to solicit new members. Accelerate your child's education and development by joining scouting. Founded in 2005, Troop 6 has had 14 boys obtain Eagle rank, and we currently have 19 adult leaders, many of whom were Eagle Scouts as youths. Our troop is very active in our community. Our activities include camping, hiking, fishing, backpacking, field sports, tubing, leadership training and organizational skills. All of these activities and training will allow your child to try new things, develop self-esteem, confidence and reinforces ethical standards. The scouting program provides more than 105 merit badges that allow your child to explore hobbies and career possibilities. Boys are eligible for boy scouts at age 1 l-17 or 10 1/2 (if completed 5th grade). For further information, please contact Harold Spencer, Scout Master 13041 268-8399. I