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PAGE A16 Wednesda May 30, 2018 NEWS SPIRIT of ,JEFFERSON and EARMER'S ADVOCATE Ranson's big fun day Ranson gets the month of June off to a fun start Saturday with the 17th-annual Ranson Festival, a family event hosted by the Ranson Convention & Visitors Bureau that features a car show, music and face palnUng, pony rides, moon bounces and other free children's activities. The event happens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. around Ranson City Hall and also includes music, and food and craft vendors. Bark in the Park happens Saturday CHARLES TOWN - Satur- day brings the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County's 12th-annual Bark in the Park fundraiser at Jefferson Memo- rial Park in Charles Town. event, set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m is a major fundraiser for the Animal Welfare Soci- ety to help sustain the animal shelter on Leetown Pike and other programs, its leaders say. Anyone can download a pledge form at and start collecting pledges from friends and family for the pledge walk. The day will in- clude a Blessing of the Ani- mals ceremony, canine demon- strations, dog and owner games and canine contests plus the chance to visit with vendors of- fering pet items as well as crafts, delicious food and more. Registration is a $10 dona- tion per dog. Dogs get a ban- dana and a goody bag. More in- formation is available by call- ing 304-725-5972. RFK talk FROM PAGE A2 er and journalist, documents the history of Kennedy's relationship with Lyndon Johnson, controversy over whom John- son would choose as a running mate in 1964, Kennedy's resignation as Attorney General and decision to mn for the Sen- ate in New York, the widening influence of Kennedy as an alternative spokesman for a unifying vision of the world in his trips abroad, and increasing recognition that when he brought attention to a ne- glected wrong (the treatment of the men- tally ill, for example), the press would fol- low. During these years, Bohrer shows the development of the themes that would be the basis of Kennedy's 1968 campaign for the presidency. Veteran newsman Jules Witcover's "85 Days: The Last Campaign of Robert Kennedy," originally published in 1969, traces the evolution of the campaign it- self. Failing to recognize the depth of the country's aversion to Johnson and the Vietnam War, Kennedy was caught off guard by McCarthy's early electoral strength in New Hampshire. Facing the inevitable charge of opportunism, on March 16, 1968, Kennedy announced his run for the presidency. Two weeks later, Johnson announced that he would not stand for re-election. Witcover details the course of the Kennedy campaign, the rapid pace of the primary battles, Kennedy's first po- litical loss in the Oregon primary, the televised debate between McCarthy and WANT TO GO? What: "The Campaign of Robert Kennedy" and John R. Bohrer, the author of "Tile Revolution of Robert Kennedy: " From Power to Protest after JFK" When: 2 on Saturday Where: seating is limited; to reserve a . spot, contact the Byrd Center s Kennedy where Kennedy was consid- ered the underdog to the more experi- enced McCarthy but emerged in most estimates as the victor, and his victory in the California primary. As we near the 50th anniversary of Ken- nedy's assassination after that win in Cal- ifornia, both Witcover and Bohrer will have a conversation on RFK's legacy at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Byrd Center at Shep- herd University. The talk, to be moderated by Don Ritchie, the Historian Emeritus of the U.S. Senate, is free and open to the public, but because seating is limited, anyone want- ing to attend must reserve a place by call- ing Jody Brumage at 304-876-5648. Annex FROM PAGEA1 adjustment," Onoszko said. "It just about doubles the size of Charles Town." Onoszko and the JCC's position is that in an annex- ation of this size, the prop- erty owners needed to have requested the annexation in the first place. "That was our biggest bone of contention," said Onoszko, a Republican appointed in 2016 who will face Democrat Ralph Loren- zetti in the November general election. "None of the land- owners were even consulted. Not a single one." But city officials say a pro- posed annexation of more than 2,600 acres would let the city better plan for the future and provide essential munic- ipal services to residents by reducing the "Swiss cheese" effect in place now after de- cades of piecemeal annexa- tions and developments. Charles Town Mayor Scott Rogers called the city's an- nexation a move that would improve public services and help the city plan for growth, public improvements and public safety. "The way historically the way annexation has taken place, it has left us with a city map that becomes difficult to plan for the future and diffi- cult to provide city services," said Rogers. "For me to get to one end of my city as the may- or to the other end of my city, I would have to leave Charles Town and enter the county and leave Charles Town again on numerous occasions, prob- ably in many cases up to eight times depending on the mute. That just doesn't make sense to a lot of people." Matt Ward, a former Charles Town City Council- man and an attorney who is a consultant for the city on its annexation plan, told the Spirit earlier this year that the county doesn't have a say on annexation requests on land that's within a city's ur- ban growth boundary. That's according to state law, Ward said. Charles Town's urban growth boundaries won the approval of the JCC in 2010, Ward said, with updates in 2014 and 2015. In an earlier interview with the Spirit, Rogers said the city can do a better job than the county in attracting new businesses into the area, im- proving dilapidated proper- ties and preparing for future development. "We can do this more effi- ciently," Rogers said. "This is going to eventually improve our ability to fund our park system, to fund our main- tenance to fund our police. We can do all these things at higher levels." ' The area Charles Town in- tends to annex includes 813 residences, 38 businesses and a dozen agricultural proper- ties, an expansion that would both push the city east to- wards Halltown and south to- wards Mechanicstown, a mile from the Shenandoah River. The annexation would also fill in a pocket between Sum- east to Orchard Terrace. The annexation would in- crease the city's footprint by about 70 percent, from about 3,700 acres to more than 6,330 acres and add about 1200 residents. City Manager Daryl Hen- nessy said that when the court documents were filed at the end of last year, the city's attorney fek that a decision would like- ly be reached in early 2018. "We were thinking that it would come back in late March or early April," Hen- nessy said. "At this point, we're hoping that it's only a matter of months before we get a ruling." Onoszko also described the move by Charles Town as a tax grab that would generate $800,000 to $900,000 in rev- enue for the city. But Hennessy said the prop- erty taxes won't be a great source of revenue for the city. "State law says we can only bring in one percent more in property tax revenue than last year," he said. Charles Town brought in $1.1 million in property tax last year. A weekly visit from YOU can make a lifetime of difference to a child.* GET INVOLVED! For more information about Read Aloud-Jeff. Co. contact: Laurie Saunders 703-727-2518 mit Point Road and U.S. 340 . ,=, . along Augustine Avenue and murlepux . absorb a pockmarked strip along Jefferson Avenue to- ward South George Street & Saturday, June 16, 2018 Downtown Charles Town All 3.1 miles of the course consist of paved town streets through some of the most prominent arts and cultural locations in Charles Town. After the race, enjoy the West Virginia Festival featuring vendors and artisans from around the region. Schedule of Events Registration opens - 8:30 Registration closes - 9:45 Kids race begins - 10:00 5K race begins - 10:15 Awards Ceremony - 11:00 FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER GO TO: jeffersonactivities PacificUnion Financial YOl,I.~ I!'!'T E~,EST5 ARE CGV~'~E~ " " ,~.~:,{,!,:2, .i !, :.[~. { of JEFFERSON PUT THE Help out today from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and come out this evening for the Street Fest to celebrate all the great work! Learn more on Facebook- j II ' t