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Ii4 No. 26 CHARLES TOWN, (Jefferson County), WEST VIRGINIA Thursday June2, 1978 18 Pages Per Copy. 15e Pitcher First Woman Elected To Office/ChamberAwardsDinner Chester Foley Is New Prmdent.Of 9, of West Virginia Bankers Association/At Cliffside M.otor Inn Town Wednesday Night At 7 ; ,%.- of Group 9, of irginia Bankers their spring 20 at the Mc- in Martinsburg, of officers was one of f the meeting and the history of 1, a woman, Mrs. a vice- Blakeley Bank of Ranson an association was elected which for in the future is past, she will first woman group within a Shown in the to right -- of Charleston, of the West Association; president of the state organization; Mrs. . Pitcher, Denver Hipp, cashier of the Jefferson Security Bank of Shepherdstown, chairman of the Region 9 group;, and Garland Martin, a past-president of the Group 9 organization and now the Group 9 representative in the state organization; Melvin L. Brown, assistant cashier and a vice-president of the Peoples National Bank of Martinsburg, is the vice-president of Group 9. A total of some 70 persons representing all the banks in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties attended the meeting. There were information talks by John Cole, director of the W. Va. Economic Development Commission, who spoke on the financial and economic development in West Virginia. In his'remarks he pointed out that West Virginia Bankers have, long been recognized by the State's Economic Development community as an essential link in the business and industrial progress of the state. The speaker stated that although the state through the W. Va. Economic Development Authority, is in a stronger position than ever to financially assist economic development projects, he said West Virginia's full potential cannot be reached in this area without the active involvemenl of the state's bankers. In fact, the speaker declared, in many important respects West Virginia bankers hold the key to what can and must be the most significant era of development in West Virginia's history. Mrs. Virginia Ward, senior vice-president of the Blakeley Bank and Trust Company, also represented Blakeley Bank at the meeting ..... Transportation Head Cites Priodty In Busing Plans the number operation of a system director of for Jefferson asked for and the equipment as a Unproving the all the designated areas in the new structure. The board also approved low bids for petroleum products for the 1978-79 school year -- In noting progress toward the completion of the new Page l00T00-eree Hurt l Jackson Solar School in time for n the Fall. term, the board ap- p00ovo, a ,ow Accidents J. Russell Fritts, Inc., to carpet on e in submitted to gasoline, motor oil and fuel oil to Board of i Community Oil Company; anti- night freeze, Truck Suppliers; and LP County Roads Three persons were injured, none seriously, and nearly $2,500 property damage recorded in three highway accidents in- vestigated by Jefferson County outlined the long suits of SUggestion was a mandatory on board; and running On county 55 miles per such called any eXCeeding these hat buses are our he called too under suggested Several 84- which, he good use; a van with of naintenance described as revealed that Portation for extra this Gas, Supertane Gas Company. A request from Margaret Didden and Dick Gunselman of the Shepherdstown Parks and Recreation Commission that land behind Shepherdstown Junior High School he okayed for construction of a community swimming pool was turned down. The board 'easoned the land would be necessary for future expansion of the school facilities. Taken under consideration was a request for additional tennis court facilities at Jef- ferson High School, submitted by Glenn Ramsburg. Approved was the expulsion of a Harpers Ferry Junior High student for txssession of drugs. The board also acted on the following personnel actions: Appointments effective the 1978-79 school year: Gaff Zamberlan, English teacher at Jefferson High; Hamilton M. Brown, English teacher a t Jefferson High; Betty L. Gainer, level one teacher at Page Jackson Solar School; Theresa Man[one, special education teacher at Harpers Ferry Junior High School; Lee McLaughlin, C. W. Shipley State Police. The most serious occurred Saturday on State Route 45 near Secondary 12, involving cars operated by David L. Mast, Box 93N, Shepherdstown, and Randy T. Rutherford, P.O. Box Harpers Ferry. Transported to Jefferson Memorial Hospital by Shepherdstown ambulance were Rutherford; together with Timmy and Tommy Staubs, also of Harpers Ferry. Total damage in the accident was $1,000. State Police cited Rutherford ;ith improper passing. In another Saturday accident cars operated by John L. Merson of Laurel, Md.. and Ronarong Thongtavce, of Alexandria, Va. collided at the intersection of U.S. Route 340 and Alternate 340 near Harpers Ferry. Damage was $900. State Police cited Merson with failure to yield the right of way. A two-car collision on the Flowing Springs Road just south of U.S. Route 340 involved vehicles driven by Frederick Longerbeam, of Route 1, Summit Point, and Reese Clabaugh, Third Avenue, Ranson. State Police, who set Minor derailment ties up tr00c A minor, two-car derailment in the Harpers Ferry tunnel early Wednesday morning tied up traffic on the main line of the Chessie B and 0 system for a portion of the day. A railroad spokesman said that two cars of Eastbound freight 396, carrying assorted merchandise, left the tracks in the tunnel. He said the cause was not known. According to the spokesman, there was no great damage to the rails, and normal traffic was resumed within less than twelve hours after the mishap, which occurred at 6:41 a.m. Wed- nesday. Amtrak and Chessie system passengers out of Martinsburg and Harpers Ferry were bussed into Washington on Wednesday morning runs. Rail service was resumed by evening. Rt. 9 To Be Improved The resurfacing of .085 miles of the Charles Town-Ranson Road on W. Va. Rt. 9 will he included in the W. Va. Depart- ment of Highways' June 27 bid opening, according to a press The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce will hold their 19th annual Awards Banquet, on Wednesday, June 21, at the Cliffside Motor Inn Harpers Ferry, with the social period to begin at 6:15 and dinner at 7 p.m. Highlights of the banquet will be presentation of special awards and business awards. Tickets are on sale at the Chamber of Commerce office only, located at 200 E. Washington Street, Charles CHESTER FOLEY Town. The Charles Town Lions Club Reservations must be made on elected Chester P. Foley or before June 16, as seating President on May 2. He and the arrangements are limited to 250 other newly elected officers of persons for the dinner. Ask Donations Park Auction Robert D. Ott, chairman of the all-day Festival in the Park scheduled for July 8th at Jef- ferson Memorial Park on the club will he installed by Deputy District Governor Fred Butler on June 20 at the Annual Awards and Installation Banquet, a Ladies Night, to be held at the Lions Center with dinner at 7 p.m. Foley, who will assume the responsibilities of the presidency on July 1, was born in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. Forrest avenue in Charles Town where he attended the public has issued a special appeal for schools. A resident of Jefferson all kinds of articles that can he County since 1962, Foley is a sold at the auction and rummage Federal Police Officer stationed sale, a feature of the day's ac- in Fairfax County, Va, Married tivities, to the former Betty Sue Wheeler Ott is asking everyone to clean of Coal Mountain, W. Va, they outclosets, basements and attics have one daughter Tersa, at and contribute what you find to home. the park auction. Call Bob Ott at Foley is a member of the Blue 725-7854 if you have items to be Ridge Lodge of the Knights of picked up. Pythias and a member of the release. Ott alGo reminds that the July About 100 projects in 46i 8th activities begin with a break- counties, including renovation [ fast of ham and eggs, and hash and improvement for nearly 5001 brown potatoes, served by the mils.of roads; will he open or |Charles Town" Kiwanis Club. contract bidding, the rdease | Activities will continue until said. ] dark. Northwestern Officials Association of Winchester of, ficiating both football and basketball games throughout the art%3. , " Ag Industff Jefferson Joins News Staff Dairying Number0ne s00,tOfJo,e00 Edward W. Dockeney, prominent radio newscaster and Dairy Queen Julie Sommer Joins With High's in Saluting June Dairy Month Shown left to right above are Mr. Bill Jones, Supervisor for High's Dairy Products; Mr. Bill Mercer, manager of the Ranson High's Store; West Virginia Dairy Princess, Miss Julie Sommer, and Mr. Mike E1-Shafie, Supervisor for High's Dairy Products. This was part of June's salute to the dairy industry as the 4-H Dairy Club conducted a "guess the weight" of the dairy cow contest, and Dairy Princess Julie handed out literature on dairy products from the W. Va. Department of Agriculture and the American Dairy. Association. r June Dairy Month is of special Dairymen are paid about $0.86 significance to Jefferson County. per gallon for milk wholesale Each year, over nine million and additional income is gallons of milk is soldfrom the realized from the sale of sixty4ive dairy farms in Jef- breeding stock and cattle for ferson County Jefferson County's 6,000 plus "foster beef uses, However, income is mothers" produce nearly eight Cruishank in Ward 3. also a former newspaperman c Martinsburg, has joined the news staff of the Spirit of Jef- ferson Advocate. Dockeney comes to the Spirit with a long background in news both newspaper and radio. His newspaper career hega, n in the early 1930's, with the Mar- tinsburg Journal, and ended in the early 1940's when he served for two years in the United States Army with overseas duty in the Pacific Theatre. In 1947, he joined the staff of WEPM Radio in Martinsburg, as a continuity writer. As the station expanded, so did his duties, including the gathering, writing and presentation of local news and sports. A native and lifelong resident of Martinsburg, Dockeney is married, the father of two daughters and a son, and a grandfather five times." Voters Name Clohan Mayor Martinsburg voters Tuesday elected Republican challenger William C. CIohan over In- cumbent Democratic Mayor Gene Diamond. The margin of victory was a surprise as Clohan picked up a majority of 65 The unofficial count was Clohan 1,895, Diamond[ 1,029. [ At the same time, Republicans ] BY GREGORY MAZZONi picked up one seat on the J Marie Oden has walked her predominantly Democratic city [ last mile. council. Mrs. Joan Roach I Actually, it's her final five defeated Democrat Ernest F. | miles, the length of her daily Wills in Ward 2; and H. Kenneth mail route, Marie, senior marl Cushwa, Jr., topped his carrier for the @anson Post Democratic opponent, Mrs. Carl Office, retired after last Wed, nesday's trek, leaving behind a noted no Only small against ER for Thur. Skies will through tern. Seventies, 8atarday - low fifties, Saturday. of Elementary as primary teacher, effective September 25, 1978; Karen Upwright, C. W. Shipley Elementary as primary teacher. Transfers: Linda McLaughlin, to Wright Denny Intermediate School as sixth grade teacher; Densil Nibert, to social studies position at Jefferson High School; Jean Ann Pugh, special education teacher to the Center for Ex- ceptional Children. Resignations: Sally Hilton, kindergarten teacher at North Jefferson Elementary; Cynthia Karl, teacher at the Center for Ex- Turn To Page 6 million dollars of gross property damage at $500, cited i agricultural income from the Clabaugh with failure to sale of the nutritious white maintain control in the rear-end collision, beverage. Although the number of dairy Pressure Canner farms in the county has declined G Check in the County in recent years, aup up total production has increased. Judy Matlick, home Better nutrition, breeding, herd economist, WVU Cooperative health, and overall management Extension Service will test Dial along with more cows per farm economic stability with a sound Type pressure canner gauges at has boosted dairying to the top of tax base with many job op- the WVU Extension Service agricultural production in portunities in agribusiness im office during the week of June Jefferson County. dustries, 19-23, from I0 a.m. until 12 noon. Jefferson County is the leading The office is located at the dairy county in We&t Virginia I" June is Dairy Month and we in corner of George and Congress and the retail value of milk sold ] Jefferson County should raise a from the county is nearly[glass of milk in a toast to ohr Streets in the County Office fourteen million dollars [Dairy Industry. Building in Charles Town. only one side of the ledger. Democrats, all but one an Production costs include cost of growing or buying feed, and incumbent, easily won the other six council seats up for election. thousands of dollars nded for The newcomer is R. Frank feed storage, specialized Carbaugh, aformer councilman, milking equipment, and housing who was victorious in Ward 5 for dairy cattle. Such ex- over GOP GOP candidate penditures by a successful and Donald Plotner. active dairy industry lead to Incumbent Merle Fellers and George Karos captured the two at-large seats over GOP challengers Isaac Knicely and Julian R. Fulk; Incumbent Clarence "Bill" Miller won over George LeMaster in Ward 4; while in Ward. 1, Democrat :Donald Anderson and Republican Merle Butts were returned to office without 'op- position. In Shepherdstown Builders Clash With Council Over Zoning A umque restrictive zoning building requests. ordinance for Shepherdstown Because the proposed con- passed its first reading by the struction, on the rear of the lot, Town Council Tuesday night, would "clearly not comply with and within minutes was the the proposed ord|nance, ac- focus of heated controversy, cording to Planning Commission Shortly after council revised Chairman Gary Moreland, he the ordinance, on several oh. requested a moratorium on jections by Town Recorder building projects. He also noted Margaret Didden, a request for legal counsel deeming un- construction of several town necessary an injunction en- houses within the municipality joining council from granting was debated. The request, by the any construction, and advised Rufrano Construction Co., of that the request be tabled. Harpers Ferry, finally was sent Rufrano said he was "deeply to the town's planning corn-concerned about new mission, after a stormy session developments in the town, which in which the applicants warned I wouldn't hurt for anything in council members of their in- the world." He noted the con- dividual liability in the matter structlon work he did in Harpers Dominick and Larry Rufrano Ferry and asked why council as agents for Shepherdstowt was "so adamant" about the residentMelCicala, ownerofthe permit, which would allow property, demanded a vote on construction of "seven or eight, three permit applications. --oreven four, whatever council Because the current town or- will approve" -- 1, 2, and 3- dinance prohibits council from bedroom homes, all in line "with denying permits, a vote was aegtetics of the town." avoided only when councilman Aestetical considerations are Charles Branson successfully basic to the proposed zoning amended a resolution for ap- ordinance, which would create proval by moving for initial seven districts, each with ex- consideration by the Planning )licit restrictions governing Commission. construction, land use, oc, Council earlier granted a cupancy and appearance, which permit for remodeling a must conform with nearby structure on the same lot, existing structures and general located at the corner of West "architectural standards" of the German St., and Rt. 48. town. Dominie Rufrano, noting that About 30 town residents at- council approved a building tended a meeting held Thursday, permit one monthago, denied as June 8, and voiced numerous t will severely define and rtrict Tuesday meeting, however, future construction. Rufrano Recorder Didden noted areas added the ordinance will "in- she considered too restrictive, crease the price of land by 25 :and other sections that give the percent and automatically in- Planning Commission authority crease theprice of the project by "too open-ended, loose and several thousand dollars." arbitrary." At issue was the July She objected to the corn- inauguration of new town of- mission's authority to judge ficials and planning commission appropriate color schemes and authority under the proposed other aesthetic considerations. ordinance to grant or deny Turn ToPage6 .Marie Oden retires No more Miles to Go How i trail of good experiences. Sporting her 35-pound leather mail sack, she set out that morning at 9:30 a.m. on the last leg of what she estimates to have been a 10,000 mile journey, which began in 1960 and ended precisely 18 years later, to the day. After her last delivery, sitting in the same office where she first applied for a job as a temporary mail clerk, she discussed her career with the post office and i her future plans. "There's one thing for sure," she related, "I'm ertainly going to miss my friends, in the office and along the route. We've had some,good times here. There's been a lot of tears shed today." Though Marie will miss her job, she has another career already planned, as a housewife. She lives with her husband Ralph, her daughter Carolyn and husband Daniel Moler, and their two children on a 103-acre farm in Jefferson County. Ier husband is a self employed contractor and far- mer, who she said goes to the field after supper with their sen- in-law, and 'has a big time down th " " ere. Mane, who was born in i Bardane and married in 19/', i still k00ps the book for her husband s business and expects i to be busy with her new chores, i Before moving to the farm she lived in Bolivar, where she managedMarie's Grocery from 1951 to 1955. Sheretired for a few years, then discovere( she needed a few more quarters of employment for social eligibility. Turn To Page 6