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SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE THURSDAY, JUNE 15, 1978 CHAMBER OF WHAT? Next Wednesday night, June 21, the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce will once again, as has been its custom to do for a number of years, pause for a few brief hours to pay tribute to one of the county's most important industries -- Horticulture -- and also to recognize a number of the county's businesses who have demonstrated progress and modernization the past year. The big event, one of the top social events of this kind to be held in the county annually, will honor the West Virginia Horticulture Society with a special award. And this newspaper certainly hopes there will be a capacity crowd on hand to witness, and participate in this event which always requires many long hours of planning and hard work to carry out. Often we have heard the question asked, what does a Chamber of Commerce do anyway? Well, the Chamber is not just another "do nothing but eat organization". True, it does have monthly , dinner meetings. But these functions serve to keep the membership fully informed as to what the various Chamber officers, directors and committees, have been doing behind the scenes in between the monthly meetings. The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce presents the community image to travelers and potential visitors. It attempts to promote industrial development and works endlessly with retail mer- chants and other business groups in the community to create a better living environment for all citizens as well as exerting much energy and effort to making Jefferson County a more progressive and better place in which to live. But this is not all the Chamber does. The Jefferson County Chamber, at least as we know it, is a good example of an active organization which shares the problems of all the county communities in seeking support for its much needed programs. Often people in the community have been heard to criticize the Chamber without even knowing what the organization does. Even sometimes inactive mem- bers and potential members, fail to become informed about the real work and many accomplishments of the Chamber. Only once a year does the Chamber put in print for all to see, their work record of effort and ac- complishments. That time .will come again next Wednesday night, and the list of Chamber activities which will be included on the Chamber program once again provides a testimonial that the Chamber is indeed an active and vibrant asset to the community and the county. And that it is definitely a growing instrument for leading rhea#aunty in accomplishing "bigger" and "better" things for the community and county in the years ahead. Just a few of the many Chamber activities includes support of the Jefferson County Fair; sponsoring and working for the United Givers Fund; sponsorship-of the new teachers banquet; sponsorship again of the Spring and Fall Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival which brings thousands of people into the county; sponsoring of students in a World Seminar at Shepherd College; the continued sponsorship and working with the JEDECO in promoting industrial development and growth in the county and many other important projects which requires much time and effort on the part of Chamber officials, management, etc. The object of this explanation of the Chamber and what it does, is to show that it is a strong and growing organization and one that every resident can take advantage of by utilizing its many services. But the Chamber is only as active and successful as its community support allows. We urged all residents -- particularly those in business, inlustry and professions to become familiar with the Chamber operations and to help provide it with the much needed financialand moral support required to make it grow and serve more and more. 10 --YEARS AGO -- 10 Miss Janis E. Willis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Willis and a graduate of Harpers Ferry High School, is named the winner of the scholarship for 1968 from the Peoples Bank of Charles Town. Kay P. Davis, of Jefferson Village in Charles Town, becomes associated in the general practice of law with Attorney Kenneth W. Metz,. in Charles Town. Manning Lee Smith, a graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary, is one of eight men ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons in services at Zion Episcopal Church. Philip T. Porterfleld, IIL of Charles Town, and Mrs. Anna Pearl Williams. of Ranson, joins the staff of the Blakeley Bank and Trust Company in Ranson, and is announced by Jack Huyett, cashier. Robert Carter Perks is selected out of 25,000 West Virginia band students to play with the All-State Touring Band, giving concerts in Morgantown, Martinsburg, Virginia Beach, Beckley and Charleston. The Charles Town In- dependent Fire Company purchases a new 1500-gallon tanker truck. DEATHS: James Filmer Hubbard, Jr., 51, of Mton, Va., dies unex- pectedly at his home; Mrs. Norman "Louela" - Rider, 82, dies in the local hospital; Mrs. Nellie B. Steadman, 79, of Trumbull, Conn,, and formerly of Harpers Ferry, dies in St. Vincent's Hospital in Bridgeport, Conn.; Carl I Thayer. 79. of Vienna. Va., and formerly of Harpers Ferry. MARRIED: Miss Mary Virginia Robertson of North Platte, Nebraska, and Mr. Thomas William Talbot, of Broken Bow, Nebraska; Sarah Ann Trotter, of Fpers Ferry and Mr. Charles Smith, Jr., of Annandale, Va. Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Morrow, of Shepherdstown, quietly observe their 59th wedding anniversaty on June 2. Ray Reynolds of Brunswick, and a member of Sleepy Hollow Country Club, hits an 8-iron on the 15th hole into the cup some )eYards away for a Hole-in- Miss Jeneane Sagle, a senior at Charles Town High School, receives the scholarship given by the Woman's Club from the Shell Oii Co. Is Recipient Of $200 Miss Joy Rutherford was the recipient of the $200 scholarship given by the Future Business Leaders of America Club at JeffersOn High School May 24 at the Awards Assembly. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Rutherford of Charles Town. While at Jef- ferson High she was a member of the French National Society, manager of the Girls Track Team, and historian of the FBLA Club. Joy plato to attend Potomac State College for two years to major in Executive Secretarial or if lossible, the Legal Assistant program. Official P.bli,'atio. of J,,fferso. Coumv - Established 1844 - EDI TORIA L S/OPINIONS MAX BROWN. Editor DON RENTCH. News Editor FREDERICK O. BYRER The untimely and unexpected death of Frederick O. Byrer, prominent Charles Town Attorney, civic leader, banker and churchman, saddened the com- munity and the county as indicated by the countless numbers of persons Who have since that tragic event expressed their condolences and sadness, both publicly and to his wife and family. Fred, as he was most often referred to by the legion of friends and acquaintances he had acquired, was truly a "man for all seasons". Not only was he a lawyer, he was also a community leader in many fields, a prominent fraternalist, a churchman, a great outdoorsman, especially in fishing. He was a straightforward man, honest, with a deep love and respct for not only his family, but his fellowman, regardless of their station of life. His commitment to decency, fairnesS and justice and his genuine concern and interest in Jefferson County and its people, were tops. During his busy days, Fred always found it possible to take the time to stop an talk with people, listen to them and often offer suggestions to those who sought out his advice or assistance. Although he was not one to seek out headlines, nor to take the public spotlight very often, he definitely made many contributions in time and effort to the many civic, professional, church and political organizations he belonged to and to the programs they espoused. Shortly after coming to Jefferson County with his wife and family to reside some 30 years ago, Fred came to see the potential for the county and he played a "behind the scenes" role in its fast and exciting development. He was devoted to his family, enjoyed success as a lawyer, and left his mark of progress in the many civic and community endeavors he was involved in over a long period of time. These included the Charles Town Asbury U.M. Church, Jackson- Perks Post American Legion in Charles Town; the ClJarles Town Kiwanis Club; the Masonic Order, the State Bar Association and the Democratic Party and the executive committee of the party in the county, just to name a few. Yes, Jefferson County has been most fortunate to have had Frederick O. Byrer as a citizen for these many years, and the love, respect, commitment the fiddle while Rome burned? Isn't this what the tax revolt is all about Using tax money to create jobs, many competing against the free enterprise system ? Isn't this the real cause of inflation and high utility and food prices? Let conservationists and environmentalists who want preservation of land pool their own money to buy and develop land. The taxpayer has had enough bureaucracy. Virginia B. Kable Democrat and Conservationist Editor Spirit of Jefferson Charles Town, W. Va. Dear Sir: Having written so many let- ters in praise of Jefferson County as a place to live, it now becomes my duty to complain about two recent occurences. Having to make several changes before being able to vote in the recent elections, I made sure that all would be in order on voting day, or thought I had done so since I went into the Court House eight weeks before the election to make the needed changes. I left houseguests to go to the polling booth to vote. It was only at this time that my vote was challenged due to an error in paper recording that had not been made in the books at the polling place. I have never, in many years of voting had this ever happen when it has been necessary to make similar changes required by the local jurisdiction. Since I complied with all these regulallons in plenty of time to have them recorded, it does not make me feel happy to have my vote challenged at the last minute when I could do nothing about it especially since I was voting for people I wished to see elected by due process. 75 Nicholas Blvd. Jackson, N.J. wild, June 7, 1978 wonderful Chief of Police Charles Town City Police Charles Town, W. Va. Sir: I would like to express my gratitude to Lieutenant Max Barrow for his compassion and understanding extended to me, my wife, and friends during a recent visit to your town. My father, Lieutenant Colonel With apologies to the few Ethridge F. Doane, is buried in Jefferson County persons who the Charles Town cemetery. I receive media coverage from have visited there several times, our capital city, some details of and on Wednesday morning, President Carter's visit to West May 24, 1978. I had the chance Virginia a few days ago may be again to visit his grave, of interest here or at least Having left central New because it all happened in our Jersey (Lakewood) we traveled state. President Carter came to south on the Garden State Park- Charleston for two purposes, the way to the Cape May-Lewes first and foremost to highlight a Ferry; on south to the fund-raising reception for Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel; Senator Jennings Randolph. and continued south alone the Following the reception, he coast to Wilmington, North spoke to a select group of coal Carolina, to tour the battleship operators and labor leaders U.S.S. North Carolina. Then we numbering 300. headed due west through North Campaign officials reported Carolina to Winston-Salem to 290 payments of pledges of $250 visit the Reynolds Cigarette each in support of Senator Company and Schlitz Brewing Randolph's campaign for re- Company. Leaving Winston- election this November. The Salem, we started our trip north goal of 200 such pledges was over the mountains via the Blue exceeded by 90 and those in Ridge Parkway and Skyline charge considered the reception Drive to Front Royal, Va., at a big success and symbolic of the which time we visited the success expectedatthepollsthis Skyline Caverns. Then on fall. Wednesday morning, May 24, The President quoted former still heading north at New Senate Majority leader Mike Jersey, I wanted to visit my Mansfield saying, "Randolph Father's grave. Coming into has touched the lives of more Charles Town from the southern Americans than any other U.S. end of town and being hungry, senator." He credited Senator we stopped at the Washington Randolph with the original visit Restaurant, and enjoyed our of the interstate highway system breakfast and the art collection and the sponsorship of the bill to by Nick Galanis, the proprietor. After breakfast, we went to the Edge Hill Cemetery. The fact that I have been there a number of times -- in my car as a gen- tleman (per se) --and I now was on my yearly trip with my wife and friends (three other men) in leather jackets and riding motorcycles, I all of a sudden became an undesirable member of a GANG. How four men and one woman can be a GANG I will never know. As I started to enter the cemetery the caretaker came across the street and stopped me, telling me no two-wheeled vehicles are permitted in the cemetery -- at which time, I then turned around and returned to the street. I was the only one give a vote to eighteen year olds. People in the Appalachian Area know the Senator to he the father of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) which service, concern, loyalty and courage he displayed in all pbSses of his life, will be sorely missed and hard to replace. ,A. ,Ik ,dt ,A. ,dk Ak .L. ,A, &. ,dL. ..4L. Ak. L. ,dk_ ,L AIk ,dlk ,4b. AL. L Letters To The Editor "qr "V" V.'p, V V "Wr "qF"  qp" V "Wit 'WV "Wr WPr "P'r V" V I" "V" V June 12, 1978 I would like to comment on Byrd's Eye View by U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd, published in the Spirit of Jefferson Advocate, June I. and June 8. The United States Senators from West Virginia have in- traduced legislation to provide protection for 60 miles of the "New River" in West Virginia, placing it under the National Park Service and provide $20- million for the purchase of land for protection of the river, building facilities access roads, etc. I would like to call this "The Building of an Empire." How many acres of land does the Imperial Interior Department now control? How many people are hired and what is the budget of this "Imperial Department." When land is taken from the tax rolls and placed under the Interior Department, haven't the citizens of the United States lost control of land use, timber, mineral, including coal, gas and oil along with recreation. Remember this vast Empire is run by appointed people. Why shouldn't the anti-trnst laws also cover big government programs as well as big mergers. Doesn't this Empire infringe upon the Free En- terprise systems? No matter how little taxes are paid on this land something is better than nothing. And the Free En- terprise system pays taxes which is money that operates our government. Have you ever known a Government project that didn't hire high paid promoters to expand every program that is started? It is interesting to note that Senator Byrd wants roads built into the New River Gorge area, while Jefferson County has bumper to bumper traffic that pours through downtown Charles Town and yet we can obtain no money to impro,e the present roads or to build a by- pass around Charles Town. Yet Federal grants promote tourism and national park programs, which cause much of the congestion on our highways. When Sen. Byrd was promoting tax money he used to pay Panama to take back land the taxpayers had already paid Panama fox'; he said how would U.S. citizens like to have a foreign govt. operating through the middle of our country. Many people feel the Imperialistic Interior Dept. operates like foreign govt. Ho, many people know that it was the National Park Service that prevented the widening of Rt. 340 that is now under con- struction. While private property owners were forced to release their land no one could touch the Imperialistic Interior Department. Now at great added expense the road is being widened. Many lives were lost and pr.0perty damage was great during these years. Then we have the Supt. of the Harpers Ferry National Park being investigated recently. Where was the public's right to know what was going on. Did the Interior Department influence the press to keep it quiet? If this had been a private citizen or a business man. wouldn't the whole case have been discussed in detail morning, noon and night on radio and TV, and in the press. This man was transferred to another job in the Interior Dept, Shouldn't his employers, the taxpayers, know if he should have .been fired or should be transferred to another job that taxpayers pay for. How many taxpayers know that their tax money was used to buy 10A. of land at $10,000 per A. to expand the Harpers Ferry National Park. While Sen. Byrd acknowledges in his June 8 Byrd's Eye View, outright fraud in many govern- ment programs,, his answer is .setting up special programs to provide investigators tracking down fraud and waste. Doesn't Sen. Byrd realize the American People are fed up with these federal grants that is the cause of the trouble in the first place. Then won't more investigators be needed .to investigate the investigators - and so on, and so on. Each new job created with federal tax money, isn't that a vote bought with tax money for those who helped create the job. Remember the Roman Em- pire? Remember Nero played New residents - of all people should be given every op- portunity to cast the vote they choose so I feel that this error was inexcusable since it was not made by me but by the very office that I assumed would make proper recordings of changes when given more than adequate time in which to do it. I hope this never happens again to me, or any other county resident. To have a long record of voting challenges and spoiled by such an event does not make one feel too kindly toward those in charge of voting privileges we take for granted when we have done all that is required to have them be effective. The other complaint I have is about dogs being allowed to run at will if these dogs are known to have attacked other animals and dogs belonging to other people. Our son has had his dog viciously attacked and severely injured twice in two years on our own property by a neighbor's dog. The latest episode with this dog has been the attack on a small neighbor child doing severe physical damages and probably a lifetime fear of dogs from here on out. I do not object to people having attack dogs if they feel they are needed -- for protection -- but I do feel that such dogs should be confined to the property of the owner of the dog. Proper pens and runs and adequate protection, when outside, from. weather is only fair to any dog. An attack dog needs such protection more than other dogs to insure that it is not harmed, and, if such a dog continues to be allowed to roam - to enter the cemetery. The caretaker did ask me if I knew anyone buried in the cemetery, and I informed him that my Father is buried there. I too believe the dead are entitled to respect. Those still living are also entitled to respect. At this time I informed my companions that I would ride on down the street to see if the other gate was open. Going to the end of the street I found the gate was not open, and turning around I did get to see the grave stone which is brown and so easy to spot. Upon returning to the others I was i,nformed that the caretaker's wife had run into the house and called the police and had written down license plate numbers. This action by the caretaker and his wife infuriated, plus embarrassed me. Why call the Police? I had done what the caretaker asked of me. There is no sign posted at the entrance or within the cemetery that no two-wheeled vehicles are permitted. My motorcycle is a licensed, registered, safety inspected, and insured vehicle. In addition, it has been very well car d for and is quiet and smooth running. At 52 years of age and with three friends, all fathers and respectable citizens of the communities in which they live, all over 40 years of age -- how can we beocme a GANG? I do feel the action taken by the caretaker and his wife was such that if I had been so in- clined I could have caused an unpleasant scene. What law did I break? Why treat me like a second-class citizen? I was not at will, without supervision, it treated this way on my other will he attacked by people who visits to the cemetery when I will need to do so in self was in my car. protection. My young grand- Again, I would like to thank children -- "city kids" -- who Lieutenant Barrow for his un- love to roam our acreage will derstanding of the situation. now have to be restricted to the Upon my request he did take me immediate area of the house or to my Father's grave in the furnished with big sticks -- patrol car. After traveling which we now will also have to through five states -- stopping use -- since we cannot run for for food, gas, and lodging with no cover as fast as we once could -- trouble -- in fact receiving in order to feel safe in our own areas. A firmly enforced Leash Law has been in effect in every place where we have owned dogs and I feel such a law is needed here in rapidly growing Jef- ferson County so that everyone can enjoy his dog, or lack of such dog, without fear of being molested by other dogs that are not confined properly or trained properly if they are known to be at all dangerous to other animals and people. Sincerely, Betty Smith Ben Lea Box 536 Charles Town, W. Va. outstanding hospitality -- I cannot help but feel this situation was caused by the caretaker of the cemetery and not by four motorcyclists. Please convey our ap- preciation and thanks to Lieutenant Barrow for all his help and compassion. Respectfully, Ethridge F. Doane, Jr. Nancy L. Sharp 616 Hillcrest Bakersfield, Ca. 933O5 Dear Editor, I have a rather unusual hobby of collecting jump, rope rhymes. By Dr. James Meier commission has contributions to President Carter representatives of dustry that he Governor Jay chairman of a the Coal Industry. He! year deadline for mission to problems of the chaotic coal thousands of men work because of a steel orders. The Presidents a lot of advance team that spent week "[ hour stop. The worked with 40 policemen, 30 state and 29 sheriffs every foot of the Civic Center was even with dogs were staked out were needed. The Charleston Center installed direct telephone House and it was for two weeks in Emergency rooms and doctors chosen Four units of was at hand with supplies possible service of the was on the alert. Byrd's.Eye By U.S. Senator Robert' 0. ' An American Sel/.Portrait One morning in the year tions which 1980, each household in the like to have United States will receive tistical experts sift a thick letter from the fed- the questions, eral government. That let- those which ter will contain a question- the most aire to be titled out and worthwhile data. "returned. After months of Two fors have  preparation, the Census ycleped and Bureau will be ready to the 1980 Census. help the citizens of this na- eludes only tion paint a self-portrait--- tions, and will through the Constitutional- by 80 percent ly-mandated "enumeration" ulation. The other of the population which form will go must take place every ten ing 20 percent. years, the detailed The simple head-count, nomie data which was originally in- nation will be tended for the purpose of from information adjusting the number of "sample" Congressional seats and amount of the boundaries of Con- community gressional districts, has revenue developed gradually into a hundreds of valuable and sophisticated ance, data-collection system. The training Census Bureau today eom- lated on the piles information about so- important CensUS cial and economic condi- tion. tions, trends in population Congress last Y growth and movement, and legislation provii demographic changes in Congressional 39,000 local areas of the questions, country, tion for the co The questions which are of selected for use on the elimination Census forms are the re- of imprisonrnen sult of months and years to answer of study and consideration citizen by the Bureau. Various pelled to federal agencies, state gov- which he feetS ernments, local govern- er. However, ments, social scientists, ur- should make ban and rural planners, is counted, schools and colleges, and own picture members of the business the community all submit ques- which will be They are, asfar as I know, the only form of lore that is actually created by children, and tran- smitted from child to child, possibly without adult assistance. It is my hope to collect jump rope rhymes from all parts of America and eventually publish them. I invite your subscribers to send me any rhymes they may know. Information about the rhymes themselves (where they were first heard, how old they are, etc.) would he welcomed although not essential. I shall he eagerly awaiting your replies. My sincere thanks, P Spirit of P.O. Box Charles ToWn, Dear Mr. Improved patently hand with rates. Case in which used to on FridayS, Saturday Because we : Saturday asking address 201, Blue Ferry, SPIRIT of "ESTAQLISHED M AX BROWN EDITOR.PUBLISHER , Published Every Week 210 North CHARLES TOWN, SUBSCRIPTION Price: $7.50 Second Class Postage at U.S. CHARLES TOWN Changes of Address, Unde Subscriptions and Other Ma P.O. BOX 231 CHARLES TOWN,