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ii 2 Congratulations Seniors on nation in general. your graduation, whether it be And what do you, the mem- from high school or college, hers of the graduating classes It was in the late sixties of 1983, have to look forward to when this year's crop of during the rest of your college seniors began the long lifetime? Who really knows? road of advanced education, Remember the time has and in the early seventies for now come when you will have you high school seniors, to do your own thinking. Use And these years have been the Rnowledge you have about as eventful and possibly gained from your teachers, at times as hectic for you as your parents and your friends, any in American history. But you have lived and hopefully learned through these long and exciting years which at times must have seemed as uncertain and troublesome times. While some terrible events have occurred both at home and abroad, some of these events may have prepared you to think and cope better with the world into which you are now moving. At least we hope this has been the case. While the many and varied tragic International events that have occurred have con- tributed little to world-wide peace, there have been many far-reaching and beneficial advances in the fields of medicine and high technology, that have, and may continue to benefit you. And possibly some of you will have the op- portunity to play a role in greater future advancements in these fields and others that will be for the good of all mankind. Many will say congrat- ulations to you and offer you some advice for the future. Accept the congratu- lations in the spirit in which they are offered, but sift carefully the advice you may be given and make sure what you accept will be not only for your own personal better- ment, but will benefit you, your friends, neighbors, your community, your state and the as well as the additional knowledge you will gain with each passing day, to the best of your ability. Those diplomas you have received, or will be receiving next week, says you have reached the milestone of being a high school or college graduate. You are now facing the wide, wide world and it will be up to you to decide your own future. If no one has told you yet, it's high time you now realize that nobody has guaranteed you anything. There are no magic buttons to push. Whether you start to work, go on to college, or get married and raise a family, there's no one waiting out there in the world to give you the surefire answers to happiness, success or fulfillment of a dream or ambition. It's all up to you. And although it may sound like a "rigged game" to you, it doesn't have to be. All of you have a fighting chance if you have the determination, the energy and use what you have learned from your teachers, parents and friends, you will succeed. And success is what we at the Spirit of Jef- ferson-Advocate wish for all of yOU. Good luck to you, the mem- bers of the 1983 graduating class. We salute you and hope you will meet with success in any endeavor you may under- ACTOF Whatever action may be taken by the current special session of the West Virginia Legislature it can only be described as an act of total futility. The jobs program proposed by Governor Jay Rockefeller falls well short of providing work for the thousands "of Mountain State residents who are unemployed. The Senate leadership wan- ts to fund the jobs program by borrowing from state retirement funds. The House leadership says it can find the necessary money in next year's budget. Neither of the suggestions carries any great merit. The state's retirement fun- ds, for public employees and school teachers, are not so sound that they could stand any possible losses. In fact one is currently subsidized. The state's general fund for the next fiscal year, although carrying some pork barrel projects carefully legislated in at the Winter session of the Legislature, can't stand great reductions in any one area. And neither the Senate nor the House, looking toward next year, is willing to think about additional new taxes, especially after the extra load that was dumped on West Virginia citizens earlier this year. We wish there was a quick and ready answer to the plight of the jobless, most of whom are in portions of the state other than ours. But there is no simple way to remedy their plight other than to provide as much assistance as possible from whatever sources are available. Currently, the Legislature is engaged in an exercise which can only plunge the Mountain state further into debt. Despite a constitution which provides no deficit financing for West Vir a, the utilization of "borrowing" from existing state funds, and "bonding" to the limit of our ability, has left the state strapped to the point where the general revenues are, to a very large degree, dedicated to paying off debts. We need to get back to the basics in government, where the Legislature, responding to the will of the people, deter- mines whether or not the Governor's budget is what the people want; and where the judicial system keeps hands off of those issues which traditionally fall into the domain of the legislative branch. Checks and balances we need, but in thq proper per- spective of the democratic form of government which has, up to the very recent past, served West Vir, nia well. 10--YEARS ACJA)--10 DIED Dm~ld Charles Rueffer, 61, Charles Town; Miss Laura Jane Trus ll, 93, Charles Town; Mrs. Mabel Ruth Virts, 75, les P iltp Arnold Webb, 66, ~, California; Ernest H. M, at his home on Leetown Rd.; Vernon R. ,Blrkitt. Catonsville, Md ; George Boyd, M, Florida. Roger Stewart, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Stewart, Ranson has received notice of his appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. May was designated as mental health menth and public support will be needed. Henry B. Davenport was named president of the Jeffmmon County Plaw ning Commimdun. 3t-.-YEARS AC, d)--~e Hugh Cape m of Capm Brothers is elected president of the Charles Town Downtown Retail Merchants Amocia- tion; Lloyd Giles manager o/Lqgetts Dept. Store, vice pres.; Lee Gruber Potomac Light and Power Co. manager, see. and Herman Willis, SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Former's ADVOCATE -- THURSDAY, MAY 26, 1,983 treas. The four county boys who will repre- sent Jackson-Perks Post No. 71, Charles Town American Legion at Boy's State, Jackson's Mill are: Keith Auvil and Terry John, of Harpers Ferry and Amon Grantham and Caleb Burns of Charles Town. Miss Charlotte V. "Sally" Dillow formerly of Harpers Ferry is honored by the Air Force for "Superior Perfor- mance" duty as a clerk stenogltapher. DIED George Wesley Shirley, son of late Dr. and Mrs. RN. Shirley, the former of the county at his home in Ceredo, W.Va.; William F. Lancaster Sr. of Strasburg, Va. father of William F. Lancaster, Jr. of Ranson; Clarence E Smallwood, 64, of the County, in Charles Town General Hospital; Kirkland S. McKee, 65, dean of Potomac State College, Zeyser, W.Va.; Mollie O'Bannon, 93, one of the coun- ty's oldest residents at the home of her granddaughter Mrs. John Ott, Charles ~'own; Daniel A. Hardy, 76, a native of ,he county, at his home near Millville; Mrs. Anne Lodge Keltz, at her home in Shpeberdstown. MARRIED Miss Louise M. Torchler of Bethesda, Md. and Mr. Daniel G Mason of Sbepherdstown. Miss Jan Bussard of Charles Town is crowned "Band Sweetheart" at the an- nual Spring Band concert. The Misses Charlotte Kisner, Sally Showen, Patricia Grant and Ellen Conard are chosen princesses. 30--YEARS AGO--M MARRIED Miss Dorothy Anders and Mr. Mar- shall Hough at the Presbyterian Manse by the Rev. C. Lloyd Arebart. DIED At his home near Lectown, John S. Sagle; at Newton D. Baker Hospital; Albert Young of Rippon; Clay Carr farmer of Boyce, Va.; Mrs. Mary Etta Beamer, lifelong resident of the county. 4e--YEARS AGO--40 MARRIED Lieut. Towsen L. Marcus, son of Mr. and Mrs~ Towsen Lee Marcus of Ran- son to Miss Lillian Wallis of Altodena, Calif.; Miss Nancy Virginia Jackson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Jackson of Woodburg and Herman nie Fiddler of Hagerstown. DIED Dr. Paul Wiest, for 21 years a prac- ticing physician in North Carolina, sud- denly while walking on East Washington St here; Walter F. Wilt, for 47 years in the mercantile business in Kearneysville at his home there. ~---YEARS AGO---4m The Perfection Garment Co of Mar- tinsburg and Ranson opens a branch factory in the old public school building at Shenandoah Junction. MARRIED In C~rles Town by the Rev. Good- win Frazier, Arthur R Fries to Miss Anna F. Winkler of Ranson; in Frederick, Md Vearoey L. Roper of this county to Miss Emma Griff of Baltimore. DIED At her home near Halltown, Mrs. Margaret Maddox, widow of L. Dow Maddox; at her home in Charles Town, Mrs. Ann Green Porterfield; Mrs. Han- nah Page Morison, Rarmun; at her home in Ranson Miss Pearl Price, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Warner Price. 80--YEARS AGO---M John Jacobs of Duffields is fatally in- jured in a quarry accident at Dicker- son, Md. The Rev. dnd Mrs. J.E. Triplett celebrate their silver wedding anniver- sary at the Manse at Duffields. lie--YEARS AGO--II0 Maj. W.H.T. Lewis is appointed a member of the Jefferson County Court to succeed the late RW. Baylor. DIED At Harpers Ferry, Dr. O.H. Owings, formerly of Carroll Co Md. jm sdl:s May 23, 1963 Mr. Don Rentch, As I write this letter I do not know what disposition has been made of Jeff Moale's request for permission to preach in the streets of Charles Town, but I would nevertheless like to make some personal observations based on my own experience as a 'street' preacher. Fifty years ago 1 was a resident of Brooklyn New York and as a layman I held meetings regularly every Satur- day evening during the summer months. On a few occasions, at the in- vitation of a black layman friend, I preached during the noon hour en Wail Street in downtown Manhattan. These meetiugs ware held in compllanoe with police regulations. We obtained a per- mit, together with a 'mug' shot and displayed the American flag We work- ed with and through the police captain of the local precinct. Shor after the war ended, at time I was living in the Washington, D.C. area we held rogula- meetings in Franklin Park was Iocatsd in the heart of downtown Washington. In tl s cue we obtelned our permit from the United States Interior Department. This l s'mit stated the nature of our meeting, the time and place and also that we had permission to use a por- table battery operated projector. We displayed the American flag although I do not recall that this was required. In respect to this type of Hrviee, I am reminded of the words of Thmmm Paine, well known American Revolu. tiomn'y patriot and deist who said, to quote, "I may not agree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." Times have changed, the com- paratively' narrow streets of Charles Town and the change in flow of vehicular traffic n~y not be exactly conducive to street preaching, but rm sure there must be some place some where in Charles Town w4}ere one who has a burden to preach in the open air can do so. By the way, for the readers of the Ad- vocate who are deeply interested in the cause of free speech and freedom of religion I would heartily recommend a TV program called "The American Town Hall of the Air." It is shown every Sunday morning at 8:30 o'clock on Channel 25. In the form of a panel discussion it features a Catholic priest, a Rabbi, and four Protestant ministers who vividly emphasize the great prin- ciples of freedom of religion and freedom of speech revealed in our Constitution. Respectfully submitted, John E. Kelchner, retained ordained minister and Religious Liberty Secretary for the Charles Town Seveuth-Day Adventist Church P.S. If I were a few years younger there would be at least two requests for street preaching permission! May 16, 1983 Editor Spirit of Jefferson Advocate Charles Town, WV. Dear Mr. Rentch: Many Summit Point citizens were surprised and dismayed to read in the Spirit of May 12, 1983, the article "New Library Gets Home at Summit Point." At an April 24, 1983, variance request hearing before the Jefferson County Planning Commission, over 25 concern- ed members of the Summit Point com- munity were present to argue against the placement of a "library trailer" on the Holy Spirit Episcopal Church pro- perty. Adjacent property owners and nearby neighbors alike expressed their heartfelt opinion that this location was both inappropriate for the proposed trailer and contrary to the best in- terests of the community. After hear- ing our case, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to deny the v~riance request. Now, surprise, sur- prise, we read again that the mobile home is still to be placed on the Episcopal Church property. Had it not been for the variance re- quest notice in your newspaper the trailer would have already been impos- ed upon us. The Summit Point/Mid- dleway Library Board seemingly feels it unnecessary to consult beforehand with those immediately affected, the citizens of Summit Point We unders- tand that the Library Board is prer, ent- ly circulating a petition concerning the need for a library and potential sup- port; however, they are failing to in- form their signers of the proposed loca- tion, and their signers include many who will not directly feel the impact of a mobile home adjoining or near their property. We therefore ask that the Library Board hold a public meeting to discuss the location of this regional library before any further action is taken on this matter. We think it only fair for us to have a say in what we will be asked to support with our tax dollars and live with every day. Sincerely, William Culley Louise R. Habel Alice B. Van I"oi Ernest Bauman Bonnie J. Knott Mary Alice Lemen Elizabeth Cheshire Imogen D. Thomson Isabel W. Druschel Susan M. Gentry Volume 119 NO MOi WAITING NOW, ESTABLISHED 1844 JEFFERSON PUBLISHING CO INC DONALD G. RENTCH EDWARD W. DOCKENEY R. MEADE DORSEY 210 Published Every Thursday At N. George St. -- Charles Town, W. Va. 25414 Telephone: (304) 725-2046 or 725-2047 Subscription Price: In Jefferson County - $9 Out of Jefferson County - $I0:00.5% Sales Tax Must be added for all West Virginia addresses Entered In The Post Office At Charles Town As Second Class Matter -- USPSS10 - 960 Ad Deadline 4 P.M. Monday BY LINDA GORTON president of manufacturing Vocational education programs are tronic ModuleControis the best system for preparing the Cockeysville, Md highly skilled workforce required by more than 300 vecatimml the high technology workplace, but educators must move quickly to without pecple, believe me, restructure their curricula, redesign "The skills needed to their laboratories and retrain their company (which faculty in order to meet the demand for based process control high technology workers, according to refineries, chemical plants more than a dozen educators and in- industrial plants) are dustry representatives who addressed electronics, public a workshop on developing high writing, computer literacy technology vocational prograrrm May perieuce," Steinitz said. 3 and 4 in Harpers Ferry. Douglas J. Thompson, The workshop was the sixth in a process technology series of eight co-spmmored by the ~eral Electric's American Vocational Associationducts Division in Erie, (AVA) and theCenter for Occupational way: Research and Development (CORD). "There are a few key DanHull, preeddeut of CORD, setthe young people need training. stage for the presentations by computer literac The characterizing high technology fmlda graduates in "as a rapidly changing, ~table tury without a workplace in which Ioug-known prin- computers -- what they are l ciples and familiar devices are put they together in new ways using the latest in the job market. scientific information. Computer use, rapid inf~tion transfer, miniturisa- "Technical titan, and improved materials are ira- ter understanding of portant aspects of the high technology and problem analysis," jobs. said. "And they Hull said these characterist/cs mean with computer literacy, vocational education must immediate- who has failed to learn how to ly begin an unending process of cur- be passed by in the ricula redesign, workplace of tomorrow." "There's no company out these that'p Presenters emphasized just in business to hire your vocational programs to graduates," Ralph J. Steinitz, vice training operators of technology equipment to May 20, 1983 "super techs" who cae Editor Spirit of Jefferson troubleshoot, adapt, Charles Town, W.Va. repair that equipment. Dear Sir, Enclesed is a eopy of a letter mint to Mr. Henry Thomas, director of the Dear Mr. Rentch, Charles Town J~ High Band, a par- Between 1965 and 196L tieipant in the Festivals of Music stag- rates were ~ ed in Ocean City, Md last week, ex- miraeleofmir~ pressin)g our thanks to the members of short term the band and commending them for Yet the income tax of May 23, 1983 their fine appearance and excellent family increased 140 Spirit of the Jofferson Advocate behavior and attitude: wee~ I~72 and IN0, George Street Dear Mr. Thonms: Charles Town, West Virginia 25414 I would like to take this opportunity a tax rate increase? to thank all members of the Charles It's one the miracles Dear Mr. Editor, Town Junior High School Band for their Disemybmdo thepotmm ] A recent news item in a Washington participat'm~ in the recent Festivab of rmdg~t ~, alti~mgh Newspaper described a Charlottesville, Mtmc, held annually in Ocean City, would be a more aeetwat~ Virginia protest over construction of a Md. All members of the Harrison There's im~Uon, new dormitory. Itstated: Group staff feel your students need to means yeu have to have a "The plaintiffs had alleged that con- be conunended for their appaaranee, on ymw pay cheek, called a structiun of the 100-bed, $I.s million behavior and attitude while guests in in{g increase. This dormitory near the antebellum estate our hotel. Festivals of Music had over you into a higher would violate state environmeutal pro- 6,000 attendees; with this many par- so you're not any nmm able t tection and historic preservatim law." ticipants it takes a great deal of pa- increased cost o[ living Ihaveasuggestion: (1) Get the plaus tienceandcooperetionbetweangroup ber~auseyoupa} for that dormitory. (Cheap -- they've leaders and students. Your school ox- to the IRS. already been paid for); (2) Build it, pressadunitytotbehighutdqree.Mr. This time the together with a kitchen and dining Thomas, you certainly have every Comgr lamnotl room; (S)Onlyeneentrancedoor; (O remm to be proud of your demt|, crease your income Two 12 foot chain link fences should they are definitely an asset to yore- it didn't need to. surround the whole thing, community and school, the largest part of the Call it the Tri-County Jail. The We hope to see your school at amount on your py check! residents will have all the comforts of Festivals c~ Music and the Plim Plaza bracket m'eep. college students. One more problem again next year. will be behind us. Best Reprds is increued, the Very truly yours, Gaff Gibbsper ee t. Judge, Pierre E. Destert Group Sales Manager