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I of Jefferson Farmers Advocate " : ' ' . - 20 pages 50 cents per cop,/ Since the merger on an. ~ ~~ in-t]eNor- of Directors has been meeting :,:~ ~':~i~!~i~ i~ '~- ~.~ Y~ News area of Vir- monthly to foc~s on merger ira- : " i l~!'~f'f:S~'::~ ~:~i~ ~ :O'> ~ ~.t~epast two years,plementation and the develop- ~~i~~ i~i~ ~i.~i~!~;'i~ ~ ~ ~ ~,~ as administratorment of a strategic plan for the "" 4~i'.:~;~!:i~i': i? ~,~'~iii! ~ i!:i; ::iii ~. o o ~ Medical Center new health system. In Fehru- -. ~a ~ ~Wa l~o=h- ~-~a,:-~] WVU Hospitals refinanced v- 0~'" ~.wa Beach, Hawaii cry, ~ !~f:u~ ~L::~ ~%~ ~ c O ~,~,v~ce president of the the existing debt of City Hos- ~ ~i: r.~.~.~ o ~ :~ ~[~ealth System. pital and Jefferson Memorial ~- ~ ~-~1~ CEO of Hemp- Hospital at substantially lower 0 ~ ~ ~L~ rl spital, Eitelman interest rates, saving $3.9 rail- ::::: '::i: if! < = o 0 ~,~uni'ty hospit~ lion m interest costs and mak- ~ ~2,~:: ;: ~';::)~,:~i $ ~ Vtrginia, throu h ing funds available for improve ~~2' ~eh~n~a~h ments at the two hospitals. ~!!- ~.~ I-It later- se-~dAccording to Lancaster, these ~~ ~ ~i i ~. ~'iG ~a.tor at two other funds will be used for capital ~~ ~!tals and provid- improvements such as patient ~~ m ~p ~'mte~atedsuo. equipment, information tech- ~~ ~ fi~?~eo~er- nology applications and facility :I: :I: :~ Panned three hos Improvements ~rhe refinanc o o ~[ sPaZ~ed three hos-~ ,h,~ ~'~o, ,~o~ h,~,~n~ Newly elected Charles Town officials gather after Thursday evening s election results. From left, new council members Amy Schmitt, ~ c ~J~el w~, = ~'~.~ ~," ~ ~.~ '~ ~ '~"~"~ ~" Sandra Slusher McDonald and Donald Clendening join Mayor-Elect Peggy Smith. ~ L~ ~ i~, A?~Y Iortunate to ~ v va,~= =- ~" ~ 2" ~r .able to recruit Mr. ation of WVUH-East," he stat- ~ ? $v~n his back ound ed, adding that future plans :2~ " .' a} gr . ~o~;~l~i~i~sgy:~m~ include new and/or enhanced Slate Mal .s Clean S~ tee in C tt-,e ~lections ~ ~ ~ " Lancaster said,service development, increased J~ . " , > ~. ~ ard feels coniC: phy sician recruitment acti.'vity By Toni Milbourne 220 for Cyrus Uible and 43 for Work will commence for the begin work on the issues sur- ~. ~,~ ~e right person and thedevelopment of a long- The candidates running as a Harry E. Yates, III. new mayor and council mem- rounding Charles Town. Mc- ~ ~w health, ~ t-a cili-ty s~. . slate pitched a shut out in the Also winning from the slate bers at the June Council Meet- Donald and Smith have indi- ~?~ ~ ~orward tohis at- WyUl-l,Eas~': m:. .a regmnal, Charles Town City Electionof candidates was Donald ing where they will be sworn cated the need for familiariza- ~ ~ ~. ? ' not-tor,p .ro~t~: he~thcare sys- last Thursday. Peggy SmithClendening in Ward 3 -topping in. The group, which ran sup-tion with city ordinances and .~ ~"~a.graduate of the tern ser~in~,(~e ~~an- led the way as she captured Douglas Vaira with 293 votes porting economic growth, they plan to spend time read- ~ ~'~l~ m and Mary handle:: :~:!~tem includes themayoralpositionwithato-compared to Vaira's 251. In plans to work to attract new ing and preparing for theposi- ~. ~ '~tio~nvl~r of Health C,ty HO Slal .tel, dettersen Me- tel of 349votes of the 581 cast. Ward 2, Amy Schmitt main- business to Charles Town to "~h~ll~.H~m . mo~ Hospital and .all related She defeated competitors Shir- tained a slight margin over- increase the tax base. This tions they will fill. :~)llege of ~rtrginia. entitles of both hospital ; The ley Calhoun with 93 votes and taking Victoria Frye 259 votes could easily be done by annex- McDonald also stressed the importance of developing bet- ~' t, he Ame~, parent com pany ot w vurl- Gent Perkins with 104 votes, to 249. Geraldine Willingham ing land into the town. The ter communication between ~ tiealthcare Ex, East, West Virginia Universi- With her victory, Smith ran unopposed in Ward 4 and ' 0a~ncil will also work at solv- local government and county .ty Hospitals m Morgantown, makes history as the firstreceived 401 votes, ing ~current issues and prob-government as well as with ~nlty o~ani~ ; :. ~a member of the Fatrmont- woman mayorof the town. She Each of the winning candi- lems including the demand for residents of Charles ~ow-n. ~W~uthi uthiscareercar-eer, based West V~trgnua Umted er a~ n o the lat : ,~ " ! " " " ran h camp "g I~ p - dates waited outside City Hall water and sewer capacity. ~'~tmanhaSs theper: ~ ::,I-lealth ~ystem, the sta~s larg- form of increased eco/lomic de- Thursday evening for elec- Clendening said that he an- While she says she does not have an answer to every prob- sbill.~ est healthcare network. ~r traffic control tower at the Air Guard base in Mar- g according to schedule. Project Well Underway ;he press and the public were invited to tour the the Air National Guard in Martinsburg to ob ~oa the Base's expansion to accommodate C-5 air- r aircraft will replace the current C-130s. Accord- Tackett, this is the largest expansion project Bill Gain indicated in a timeline that the Martinsburg for good in March 2006. The first received in September/October 2006. By July flying operations. ' double the size of the C-130s; there- for the aircraft must be doubled. The zs 97'9" while the length of the C-5 is 247'10". $34.1 million competed to $179 million aircraft will see an increase in jobs in the There will be an increase of nearly 200 jobs, Project Billy Burkhart led a tour of pointing out new runway areas, the new i the location of new hangars and office entrance to the base will be moved and enter CUrrent entrance will remain open as a rear en- Said that there will be "Smart Gates" at the new will identify personnel and block en- m case of a suspected security breach. to point out that this is the largest Guard proj- ever and that many subcontractors have been ;he state to work on the project. velopment and has not waiv- tion results. Nervousness ran ticipates a learning process for lem, she is "willing to try and ered from that position since high; however, when results winning the seat. Smith also were posted, sighs of relief and is an advocate of open govern- screams of joy could be heard ment and hopes to post meet- in the streets. ing minutes and other infer- Outgoing Mayor Randy Hil- mation on the internet so that ton was on hand to offer his it is available to more people, congratulations to Smith and Joining Smith in election the other council members. night victory were Sandra Me- Each of the positions filled in Donald in Ward 1. McDonald this election are for four-year gained 259 votes compared to terms. e Memorial Day services in tion in service of our country." Charles Town's Edge Hill cem- Sherwood was dressed as a etery had record attendance member of the Union's Veter- according to officials present- an's Reserve Corp, Civil War ing the program. Veterans soldier. were joined by friends and After Sherwood's remarks, family members; along with cannon fire was heard as an Civil War re-enactors for the artillery salute was fired to celebration marked with artil- honor Civil War veterans and lery fire and guest speakers, all veterans from wars hence. Jefferson Memorial Hospi- Nearly 200 Civil War soldiers tel CEO John Sherwood was are buried in Edge Hill Cem- the featured speaker. Sher- etery and their graves were wood served in the U.S. Med- marked for the occasion. ical Corps in Vietnam, Ger- Earlier in the morning, the many and Texas. His remarks Bolivar/Harpers Ferry Dis- centered on the anniversaries trict Veterans sponsored their of ends of wars and the fact annual Memorial Day parade that will continue to veterans in Harpers Ferry. The group and casualties as long as there proceeded from the post office are "police actions." to the grounds of Harpers Fer- Sherwood said that he was ry Middle School where speak- honored to remember on this er George Kidwiler shared re- Memorial Day"those who gave membrances with the crowd. the last full measure of devo- "Sacrifices over the years have George Kidwiler himself and his fellow coun- see what I can accomplish for cil members, but says that the better of the city and the the council cannot hesitate to residents." John Sherwood served as guest speaker at Edge Hill Ceme- tery. added up to over a million lives 1990. His last active duty ate- given for this country," Kidwil- tion was at the 4th Aircraft er said. He encouraged those Maintenance Unit, 388th Tac- listening to ask their family, tical Fighter Wing at Hill Air members and friends "What Base in Utah. He is a member did you do?" in reference to of the local veteran's group, their military service, having served as their Chap- Kidwiler served 28 1/2 years lain during the first five years in the Air Force, retiring in of their existence. Mountain Heritage Arts & Crafts Festival If you treasure lovingly created arts and crafts, Jefferson Coun- ty should be your destination June 10, 11 and 12 from 10 a.m. to - 6 p.m. each day. The Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival will offer visitors the best work of approximately 200 juried craft- speople and artists from throughout the United States in a set- ting of unparalleled beauty. Bluegrass musicians will play all three days: Friday, Colin Dunbar & Sleepy Creek and Jay Smar will entertain; Bill Clifton and the Pick of the Crop; Critton Hollow String Band and Patent Pending will have you calling them finger-pickin' good on Sat- . urday and Sunday. Make time for the Capitol Squares who will show off their square dancing talents on Friday. Food and drink stands make an impromptu picnic on the beau- tiful grounds of the park inviting. So bring your eye for excel- lence in creativity, your ear for good music, and your appetite along. We ask that you kindly leave pets and all alcoholic bever- ages at home. Watch for the familiar Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival signs and follow them to Sam Michaels Park just off Route 340 between Harpers Ferry and Charles Town. Admis- sion is $6 for adults, $3 for children 6-17. Parking is free, and re- member, no pets or alcoholic beverages are allowed. The festival is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. For further information, please call 800-624-0577 or 725-2-55 or write: Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 426, Charles Town, WV 25414. Look for us on [[[I li