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HI4 No. 25 CHARLES TOWN, (Jefferson County), WEST VIRGINIA Thursday June 8, 1978 20 Pages Per Copy. 15 Arts & Crafts,Festival Will HoldCounty SpotlightFriday-Sunday New Chamber Officers And Directors Blakeley Bank Thousands Expected To Converge L ! and directors of .the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce on July 1 are shown above. From left to light are Thomas F. treasurer; Francis M. Frye, director; John H. K. Christman, second vice-president; George E. Vickers, manageri Robert D. t, first vice-president; James M. "Jim" Davis, director; and Rockwell, president. Citizen's Center, l " | g Development Were Fm Charles Town Council Hawvermale, executive director of the Region 9 Planning and take over a Development Council, discuss v owned by the the proposal, Council agreed to to be used do so with two stipulations: one, if the center is not built within 18 and more months the land would revert permit back to the city; and secondly, units to a Council wants to give its ap- ex, were the proval to the building plans. by the Hawvermale told the Council at its that the plan of having the City eeting Monday deed the land to the County Commission for the Center had rhe been followed in five other counties in the state. He said by of the land using this method the money upon the allocated last year for the within construction of the Center could and the ap- be funneled through the County building government. The Committee on is not con-aging had been promised stipulated 18-$66,000.00 some time ago .to the land defray the construction cost of revert back to the center. - Town. Hawvermale agreed Monday agreed last night to return at the next meeting of Council for further discussion on the land transfer, and Council deferred any final action on the matter until then, or a Senior As for the request by Lew With the Athey ,and representatives of center is Amy Associates, buildings of a 0 operate, large two-bedroom complex of to the some 48 units on South George night, Street, for a permit to construct to the an additional 32 units, Council r approved the building permit for request subject to the correcting of drainage problems on the Richard property by Amy Associates. Construction of the 48 units of the apartment complex for housing for the elderly has been underway for some time, in fact some of them are about com- pleted. This initial phase r0f the complex is expected to be completed by Fall. But the tremendous amount of !nterest which has been Shown by the elderly in obtaining these apartments prompted Amy Associa/ces to decide to construct an additional 32 units. Amy Associates also have additional plans for 32 more units in the future which would give the entire complex a total of 102 apartments on this site. In other action, Mayor D. C. Master and four Councilmen were sworn into office by City Clerk Rufus Park. After being sworn in as Mayor, Dr. Master expressed ap- preciation to DoualdClendening, for his untiring efforts in the past as Council president and also expressed regrets that Clen- dening did not desire to seek re- election to the Council. The Council elected Q. D. Fleming as president suc- ceeding Clendening. The Council also voted to rstrict parking on the City Parking Lot, located in the rear of the ABC Store except to those persons purchasing parking permits at a cost of $50 per year from the city of Charles Town. This new policy will take effect July 1. stown'sProposed 'Cycle Ordinance Will Be Crash On 340 Tonight At 7 density residential, medium density residential, residential- commercial, and commercial. The entire town would also he placed in a special historic at district. State Police investigated a two-vehicle accident Monday that occurred at about 1:15 p.m. on U.S. Route 340 near State Secondary 36. Involved was a 1970-model auto operated by Harry D. Baker, 29, of Rippon, that was attempting to make a turn but failed to see a 1978-model ordinance The ordinance makes the motorcycle which was passing tO various Shepherdstown Planning and operated by Paul M. Bar- Commission responsible for henion, 21, of Ellicott City, Md. reviewing and approving all' building and use permits. A five- The resultant collision of lots person Board of Appeals is resulted in about $600 in activities, created to consider appeals from property damage and injury to a Planning Commission actions, passenger on the motorcycle, A requirement that all 'new Janet Berbenion, age 21, of buildings and uses provide off- Laurel, Md. She was taken to street parking for motor Jefferson Memorial Hospital by vehicles is included in the or- Independent Ambulance for dinance. Regulations would also treatment. Two passengers in require that new and remodelled the Baker auto and the two Would buildings be architecturally drivers.wereuninjured. compatible with the existing No charges have been placed character of town. in the accident. i Increases Semi Annual Dividend The Board of Directors of Blakeley Bank and Trust Company declared a semi- annual dividend of $2.00 a share payable June 15, 1978 to stockholders of record May 31, 1978. This is an increase of fifty cents a share over the like period of last year. Blakeley paid $3.50 a share on 9,680 shares June 15 1977. On May 3, 1978, the stockholders approved a I00 percent stock dividend, con- sequently this dividend of $2.00 a share is being paid on 19,360 shares. Kiwanis Names R. W. Collins As President RUSSELL W. COLLINS The Kiwanis Club of Charles Town elected Russell W. Collins president on April 20. He will assume the presidency responsibilities on October 1. Collins was born in York, Pa., where he attended public schools', served in the Air Force during World War II from 1942 to 1945. He married the former May Senft, also of York, on January 12, 1946. They have two children, Linda and Fred. While a resident of York, he was employed by the York Dispatch, an evening newspaper. In 1952, he-accepted a position at the Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C., and became the Chief of the Printing Procurement Section. In July of 1972, the family moved from Howard County, Md., to the Uvilla area in Jef- ferson County. Collins retired from Government Service in January, 1974. Debbie Townsend Explains Home Health Services To Aging The annual meeting of the Jefferson County Committee on Aging was held Tuesday, June with Mrs. Debbie Toy R.N., of the. Panhandle Health, Inc., being the speaker. Mrs. Townsend ex- plained how the Home Health Services can often keep patients out of nursing homes and hospitals. She said a physician's order is required before visits can he made, but a telephone order from a physician will be acceptable for the first visit to the patient. The first request for services may come, however, from the family, the patient, or another community agency. Panhandle Home Health Service is located on the first floor of the Shenandoah Home in Ransom The phone number is 725 -3533. A business meeting followed at which time Q. D. Fleming and Mrs. Sybil Shiffman were elected and Mrs. Rena Marshall, re-elected to the board of directors for three-year terms. Charles B. Riecks was elected president for the next year and Q. D. Fleming was named vice- president and Charles Wood, secretary and Chamber To Honor W.. Va. Hort. Society AS has been its custom for a number of years, the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce will once again pause Wed- nesday night, June 21, to turn the county's spotlight on one of the county's most important assets, horticulture and at the same time to give recognition to other county businesses and industries who have shown progress the past year. This year it will he the West Virginia Horticulture Society that will be given the Chamber's top award. Thee affair, usually one of the top dinner programs to be held in Jefferson County annually, will be at the Cliffside Motor Inn, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia beginning with a social period at 6:15 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets to the dinner are available at the Chamber of Commerce office at $8.50 each or by calling the Chamber office at 725-5514 and making reser- vations. This is a special night and reservations must he made on or before June 15, 1978, as seating arrangements are limited to 25 persons for the dinner. Awards to be presented at the banquet will be a Special Major Industry Award to the West Virginia State Horticultural Society, the JEDECO, Inc. Award and Business Awards to the new businesses and to those who have made major im- provements to their established business facilities. Because of the length of the awards phase of the program, it was decided this year to utilize the entire program for this purpose and rather than have some special guest speaker. Wright Chosen As New Shephe00stown Mayor Former Shepherdstown counted ballots. Mayor Clarence Wright on,. Tuesday was reelected to the town's top post by a sweeping l9-vote write-in majority. Hi., clbsest competition came from current Mayor Charles Besley, who received nine votes, to Wright's 174, despite his an- nounced decision not to seek reelection. Voters in the town's biennial election also chose a new slate of town councilmen. Reelected were current members Charles R. Branson, 166 votes; Paul E. "Rusty" Miller, 172; Leonard S. Moore, 171; "and former coun- cilmen Wade Banks, 191, and John Harris, 118. Newcomer to Shepherdstown politics John Wllmer tallied 109 votes in the closely contested 5-member council race. Margaret Woods Didden was reelected as town recorder, over the opposition of Howard Wilt, Ill, 167-27. Votes were cast by 214 persons, down from 297 in the 1976 contest. The town's 5- member Elections Committee, chaired by Reva C. White, staffed the Town Hall poll and Wright, who has %year terms as ma 1964 and 1970, and tw as recorder, 1970 to 1974, is a personnel officer at the Newton D. Baker V. A. Hospital in Martinsburg. He moved to Shepherdstown in 1951 as principal of the Shenandoah Junction Grade School after receiving a bachelor's degree from Fairmont State and completion of one semester of graduate studies at West Virginia University. He has served as chairman of the town Water Board for the past year- and-one-half. Wright, 54, is a native of Marshall County, in the state's northern panhandle. He joined the Veteran's Administration in 1954 and has worked there since, with the exception of a 3.year U,S. Navy stint as a salvage diver overseas. The new mayor's wife is evening nursing supervisor at Shepherd College, and two of his four children reside in Shepberdstown. Frank Mentzer " National Park Post To Become Minimr SANTA FE, N. M. -- "Growth and change are the nora condition," "To avoid growing and to fear change is to die." Five days before his 581h birthday and just two years before he was eligible for retirement, Frank Mentzer quit a top. level position as the National Park service's South- west Public Mfairs Officer to become the pastor of three small United Methodist Churches in the mountains of eastern West Virginia at about one-fourth the salary. The churches he is now ser- ving are under the Shenandale Charge, in Jefferson County, and Mr. Mentzer's new address is Route 3, Box 333, Harpers Ferry 25425. His new phone number is 725-4157 and he was due to move into his new home in the Bhie Ridge Mountains just south of Charles Tovn last Friday, June 2'It wasn'i a sudden decision. About five years ago, Mentzer "got the call." He had only recently moved to Santa Fe so he contacted the minister of his home church in Thurmont, Md., to find out what he should do. he learned, was to be examined by a committee of ordained ministers. He flew hack east and passed the test. Since then he has been studying, both by correspon- dence and, during annual leave from the National park Service, in residence at the Course of Study School at Perkins Seminary, Dallas, Texas. The idea was that after he completed his civil service career he would retire and enter the ministry. Then, last month, he was asked to accept the Shenandale charge of the Baltimore Con- ference's Frederick District near Harpers Ferry. "Suddenly I felt the moment had come," he said. "Five yrs ago, I wasn't ready to become a minister. A year ago,, I wasn't ready. Then suddenly everything fell into place. I realized my growth and change should be in another direction. I wanted to help people in another way. ' .. "I've enjoyed my !6 years tn the Natrional Park Service. I was a time of growth and fulfillment. I've cherished the opportunity to helple enjoy their parks. And IWe enjoyed developing.concepts that ve Turn On Site On Sam Micha00ds Farm For Big Three-Day Fiesta Reimers of Vermont to exhibit weaving at Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival. Final preparations are about complete for what promises to be the |argest Mountain /Festival of taem all wich/i staged this Friday through Sunday near historic Hairs Ferry, just off Route 340, on a section of land which was the Sam Michael's farm. The big three-da'y fiesta, which each year keeps drawing more and more people into Jefferson County, is expected to attract once again some 40,000 to 50,000 people. Over the past six years the festival has grown to be one of the major attractions in the county. Over 130 artists and craftsmen will demonstrate and sell their wares' amidst the summer freshness of the West Virginia countryside. Visitors are reminded this would be an ex- cellent time to purchase that unique and unusual gift for the family, friends and associates at the most reasonable prices. In addition to the hundreds of original crafts from which to choose, there will he the finest in Appalachian music and dancing provided by selected en- tertainers. The husband and wife team of Helga and Peter Reimer, shown above, are The first step towards a 'revamping of county real estate values will begin in August, when mappers from the state Tax Department arrive in the eastern panhandle to evaluate individual parcels of land. The announcement to advance Jefferson County's position on a state reappraisal calendar was made Thursday, June I, by Tax Commissioner David Hardest),. Invited to Charles Town by County Commission, Hardesty beard Commission and Assessor Kathryn Trussel appeal for a! state real estate .reappraisal which they said is long overdue Although land was reap: praised in 1974, original 1962 property improvement values still stand, causing what Com- mission President Tom Mentzer described as "a severe problem in equalization between assessment of recently pur. chased land and land whose stated value is outdated. "I'm sure there would be little citizen complaint about a reappraisal. The complaints we have heard were from persons who discotered that land they bought is valued far more than, say, adjant rty isal Set i assessments at between 50 percent and 100 percent of sale ..... price, Jefferson County currently levies a 40 percent i rate, because appraisal values are so outdated. Commission noted they had received little encouragement from previous tax officials. They were told last year that Jef- ferson County would be "one of the last five in West Virginia'.' to benefit a reappraisal, perhaps because they refused to initiate use of a local computer terminal to oordinate with a state County Tax System. Commission Henry Snyder added, "It seems like we've promised the new appraisal for so long, but it's always about a year away." Hardesty said he was unaware of the now evident need for reappraisal here, largely bemuse the ounty holds a' s tax base, which com- bined with federal revenue sharing funds, precluded his i immediate attenn. . i! He added that the Tax i Department is woefully un- derstaffed. Problems are t compounded, he .idl because :1 the department suffered during  ] a state freeze on hiring during ] among the artis and craft- \\;snen, tr. and Mrs. Reimers of Hisb,aL V;'aat. talented ,+, e reptw-&vers, not only t o weavinhat i sll handspun, but use woof from their, own sheep. Their weaving of pillows, bedspreads, rugs and wall hangings are exceptionally rich in beautiful, natural colors and none are dyed. They are sheepraisers in Vermont, w they breed the proverbial black sheep, They also import their t': wool from all over the world. At the Mountain Heritage Arts and "l Crafts Festival they will be using and demonstrating the loom built by their fmily, Festival hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p,m., Friday and Saturday and from 10 a,m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Food and drink will be available at the festival i site and visitors are ost welcome to picnic on the spacious grounds. The admission of'$2.00 for adults includes free parking and children 6 through 17 years of age will be admitted for $1.00. AMTRAK coaches will run from Washington to Harpers Ferry on Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11, with free bus service to the festival site. No pets, please.