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CHARLES TOWN, (Jefferson County), WEST VIRGINIA Thursday June 22, 1978 One Section 18 Pages Per Copy - 15e A hades Town Lions Install New Officers, Present Awards abers of the Charles Town Lions Club, their wives and or lady friends,, along with a number of guests, enjoyed a delightful evening Tuesday at the Lions Center when they participated in Ual installation of officers and awards dinner. Upwards of 80 persons enjoyed the ham dinner, and catered by the Jefferson High Fine Arts Society. newly elected officers who were installed by Fred Gold Butler, Deputy District Governor, of laker Hill-Inwood Club, were as shown above: (left to right)---John Luce, 1st vice-president; d Willis, 2nd vice-president; John Snow, 3rd vice-president; Bob Mosier, Secretary, assistant r; John Dennison; Archie Smith, treasurer; Chester Foley, president-elect; Deputy District liar, Butler; past-president Daryl Johnson; Tail Twister, Doug Snoden; Lion Tamer, Bob Mc- me-year director, Paul Myers; two-year director Bob Soonthornchai; one-year director land 2-year director, Hugh Via. (Photo by Errol Leslie) Adventurer !ts Sail Today tNG THE SAILS of his inflatable Yak, Jamie Besso prepares for his [VOyage to Nova Scotia. The 37-year. nglander plans to launch off from the Pgrounds in Harpers Ferry this Weather permitting. R MAZZONI the next few years," he explains, aan who carries rd describing Venturer, ex- ut then Jamie Ything but an ![ fighting a L?Wminal lung  Ferry in a kayak on a :i: Voyage to g, tanned and i ng pint-sized !,? John 100pound ,ee elementS on adventure, in tn greater . tal x2,o0o- ,,pe, Africa and  Ulysses, ex- | t re_ manager, ,,' reformed  mq hot summer e"  as his  .IL rtUre from i],t he terms  mechanized ii-. atad in 1965 :l a disease  ,',! s, Which led ll" 11 .. He was 7 Ibility after years in a Kresge when he af- Fair "and became a self-pitying, whiney type, with nothing to do for myself." After three suicide attempts, a doctor in North Carolina confirmed the worst of Jamie's fears, that the disease was indeed terminal. But the doctor suggested that Jamie do what he wanted in life. "Even as a child, when I spent more time in the water than out, I always thought about being an adventurer, in setting myself back 200 years and separating myself from the rest of the world," he says, continuously smoking filterless cigarettes. Adventurer he is. Today's trip will be his third afloat. He previously sailed to New England from North Carolina, in 1975, and from Veni, Florida, to Connecticut, in 1976. On each of the trips, as he plans for this voyage, he lived by his own resources, catching fish and eels for food and storing rainwater for drink. Though Jamie notes his familiarity with the Gulf Stream (which will carry him about three miles an hour, without paddling) will lessen the dif- ficulty of his voyage, his problems are compounded by the realization that his lung disease, dormant for the past three years, again is active. Still, owever, he claims to be "working on a second lease on life. I get so much more out of life living this way, while most people are dreaming dreams and not living them" His thirst for life and ad- venture is accompanied by an admitted desire for frequent female companionship.' Jamie's childhood was in a disjointed family, and three divorces plague his past. Still, however, he yearns for "inspiration" from females, which contributes to his successful sailing. "Out there, when I'm ready to quit, I can depend on letters from my three friends (all TURN TO PAGE SIX ,: Trussell Resigns As Tax Assessor County Tax Assessor Kathryn Trussell resigned last week, after 37 years of public service. County Commission on Thur- sday, June 15, accepted her resignation "with deep regrets," effective July I. Miss Trussell, who was born on a farm near the Leetown Road and lived in Jefferson Cotmtyail of hdife, began as a deity tissessor" in, 1937, when she received n "month :l{0 salary. She was appointed as assessor in February, !962, and has since won four uncontested elections for the 4-year" post. She commented to reporters that she had "experienced one reappraisal and I know what it can be like," referring to the forthcoming state property evaluation. Noting the growth of Jefferson County -- "by leaps and bounds" -- Miss Trussell pointed out that county real estate values have jumped to $104 million from $8 million in 1941. "With all this growth," she said, "everybody's a stranger. I once prided myself on knowing everyone who came to the of- fice." Commission President Tom Mentzer said the position will he filled by an appointee until the November election. In other action, Commission told a County man it had no legal authority to grant funds for road repair. Paul Hamrick, president of the newly-created Jefferson Village Property Owners Association, asked whether federal revenue sharing funds could be allocated Com- missioner Mentzer commented, "We're aware, and I'm sure most of the people in tim legislatur are aware and trying to help. Unfortunately we ca 9 spend onl# for reasons the sta allows," Hamrick noted the State Road department said they can maintain only about 50 percent of the county's 300 miles of roadway. Commissioners noted subdivision property owners in the county who are paying in- dependent contractors for similar work. Only one manufacturer responded to bid notices for the purchase or lease of computer- based voting machines. Three options were provided by Computer Elections Systems, of berkeley, California. Te first, for $39,095, includes 100 voting machines and four ballot counters, identical to those used in the recent Jefferson High TURN TO PAGE SIX "Way Of Wisd,,m" Christian Book Store Moves To New Location In Ranson Building The "Way of Wisdom" Christian Book Store which has been located in the Van Tol Building on West Washington Street in downtown Charles Town for the past year and a half, is now located in new and more spacious quarters on Third Avenue in Ranson. Mrs. Mary Cornell, the owner and operator of the store, moved the book store inventory and fixtures from the Van Tol building late last week and it is now occupying a rather sizeable area in the front part of the former Ranson Garment Company building located on the corner Fairfax Blvd. and Third Avenue. The building was recently purchased by Mr. and Mrs Claude Cornell from Mr. and Mrs. Archie B. Smith. of Charles Town, as headquarters for the furniture, bedding and carpeting retail outlet location. The above picture shows Mr. Cornell, who along with his son Michael. in right of picture, will be operating the furniture, bedding and carpeting sales store, to be known as Corneil's Furniture and Carpeting, inc. The officers of the company are Mr. and Mrs. Cornell, son Michael and daughter Claudia, the latter now emlh6yed at the Jefferson Tobacco Company in Ransom The story of the opening of the "Way of Wisdom" Christian TURN TO PAGE SIX jSeniorCenter Action IH00a Ferry Postponed To July 3' rpers IR dentsObject Charles Town Council es, The Charles Town City noted displeasure with giving Council, after hearing alter- native proposals dealing with the location and construction of a proposed Jefferson County Senior Citizens Center, post- poned any definitive action until its next meeting, July 3. Presenting two differing proposals was Region 9 Planner John Anzivino. The first proposal would transfer city- owned property, located behind the state ARC store on Charles Street to the Jefferson County Commission with the stipulations that construction on the center begin within eighteen months; and that the city retain final approval'of building plans. The County Commission would accept a $66,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Com- mission and would assume the responsibility for supervising construction. Under an alternative proposal, the City would accept the ARC grant and assume the fiscal responsibility for completion of the center. Upon completion, the center would be leased to the Jefferson County Commission on Aging. Anzivino also noted the ARC prefers to award grants to counties, rather than municipalities: and he estimated the cost of a building for the senior center at $130,000. Several councilmembers the land outright to the County Commission; but David Ash, Commission administrative assistant, said the ARC grant is insufficient; and the county would have a "substantial amount" of its money tied up on the project. After Mayor D, C. Master suggested the land he trans- ferred back to the City if it evel ceased to be used as a senior center,final action was delayed until July 3. Mayor Master announced committee chairmen ap- pointnents: Fred McCauley, street, water and building property; Ed Braxton, sewer and sanitation; and William Kline, ordinance and petition committee. In other actions, council ap- proved the planting of trees on Washington Street: transferred approximately $12,000 in surplus money from the 1978 fiscal budget to the police pension fund; and awarded contracts for gas and diesel fuel to Smith Oil Company and for heating oil to Kable Oil Company on their low bids. A meeting of council as a committee of the whole will be held Tuesday, July 11. at 7:30 p.m., at City Hall to discuss the condition of property owned by Builder Russell Roper. Chester Foley Named Uon Of Year A total of 18 special awards were presented by the Charles Town Lions Club at their annual awards and installation dinner held Tuesday night in the Lions Center in Ranson, with one of the two top awards going to Chester Foley, president-elect of the club, and the other to Francis M. Frye, a past-president of the club. It was the Lion-of-the-Year award which went to Foley, who is shown in the above picture being presented the large bronze plaque by Daryl Johnson, immediate past-president of the club. The qther top award which was to have been presented to Francis M. Frye, was the Distinguished Service Award. Since Frye was not able to be present at the dinner, the award will be presented to him at a later date. Other awards presented included the following --a special picture to Kenneth Sims; special citation certificates to Creighton Propps, If, Ken Koons, Don Rentch, Mrs. Sarah Snyder, Jack Errol Leslie, Jim Gore, Kenneth Sims, Guy Miller, Wally Foltz, John Basch, and Archie Smith. Gold tie clasps went to Chester Foley and Ben Breeden, and plaques and pins went to John Snpw Earl Wean and Errol Leslue. (Photo by Errol Leslie) Minor InjuriesIn Two.Car Accident Near K earnejmile One driver sustained minor injuries in a two-car accident Tuesday on Secondary Route 1 near the Kearneysville in- tersection of State Route 9. Involved were vehicles operated by Beverley Dawn Litton of East. Point, Ga., and Susermah Randall Leach, of Smitheburg, Md. State Police said the Litton vehicle crogsed the center line while rounding a curve, struck the Leach car a glancing blow, then ran over an embankment. Damage to the Litton car was 1900. There was no estimate of loss to tim Leach vehicle. Litton sustained minor bruises and abrasions. Officials cited Litton for failure to maintain control. Jefferson Taxpayers Association Meets The Jefferson County Tax- payers Association will hold its regular monthly meeting at the Ruritan Club. at Shenandoah Junction, at 7:30 pm., on Friday, June 23. The meeting will be chaired by President Charles F. Adams. There will be a special report on Proposition 13, a California LsSue, and repercussions elsewhere. All members are urged to be present. Vinson Receives4.00 BUCKHANNON -- RiChard L. Vinson is among the 63 West Virginia Wesleyan College students credited with a 4.00 grade average, or straight A's, for the second semester, He is a Son of Mrs. Elizabeth V'mson of Rippon and graduated cum laude with a B.A degree in Bible-religion. To PB Machines NIH Honors Native Son With Award On June 26, David Chic- chirichi, son of Maria Chic- chirichi of Jefferson Terrace, Charles Town, will be the recipient of the highest honor awarded to an employee of the National Institutes of Health NIH. The NIH Director's Award LS presented annually to those individuals who have con- sistently demonstrated out- standing work performance and leadership. David has served as Executive National Institutes of Health, since 1975. In this position, he acts as the principal advisor to the Director and other top of- ficials of the Institute on all aspects of management activity. David graduated from Shepherd College, Shepherd- stown, in 1959. and came to work at the NIH in 1961. Since that time he has served in a variety of administrative positions. As first Executive Officer of the NIA, he has been particularly instrumental in guiding the new Institute through its initial stages of growth and develop- ment. In notifying Chicchirichi that he had been selected to receive this prestigious award, Dr. Donald Frederickson, NIH Direction, stated, 'This honor award is to be presented to you in recognition of your out- standing contributions and services to the accomplishment of our mission. Your achievements have brought special credit and distinction to you and to the National In- stitutes of Health." The award will he conferred .at a presentation ceremony in the Jack Masur Auditorium of the NIH Clinical Center, im- mediately followed by a lun- cheon reception. A special meeting of the Harpers Ferry Town Council has been called for Monday evening, Jtme 26, at 7 p.m. in the Council. Chambers, it was announced Monday by Mayor William "Bill" Brawley. The major matter on the agenda will be the discussion and study of a new ordinance prohibiting the operation of electronic amusement machines within the town's corporate limits. The ordinance would prohibit such vending machines as pinball machines, R was stated. The decision to introduce an ordinance prohibiting the operation of pinball machines in Harpers Ferry came out of a petition which has been cir- culated within the town's cor- porate limits seeking to prevent such operations, it was stated. The public is invited to attend this meeting and express ,theft opinions on the ismm. Accident Results In Citations State Police placed multiple charges agai,t a Jellenmn . County man following a three- car mishap on the Flowing Road last Saturday. faflm to yieid the right of way, maintain control, expired West Virginia inspection sticker and unsigned registration card was Roscoe A. Marrone of Route 1, Summit Point. State Police said vehicles driven by Adelis B. Wilson, Belvedere Hei ghts, Charles Town, and Mary B. Benesch of Baltimore, Md, had stopped at an intersection when the Marrone car, rounding a curve, went out of control and struck the stationary autos. Damage was $2,500 to the Benesch car; $200 each to the Wilson and Marrone vehicles. A two-car collision on State Secondary 27 near Charles Town, involving vehicles operated by James H. Baker, Jr., of Leesburg, Va., and Terry G. Watt, Washington. D.C., caused $450 damage and minor injury to Baker, also last Saturday. State Police cited Watt with failure to maintain control Ponies, running across Secondary 25 near Charles Town, caused Patricia D. Wilt of Rt. I, Charles Town, to leave the highway and strike a fence last Friday. Damage, was slightly more than $100. Police placed no charges. Contests To Be Held Connection With Firemen's 00nvention Is Attraction The special contests which the local convention committee have decided to stage in con- nection with the annual W. Va. State Firemen's Convention to he held in Charles Town in early September, are really attracting a large number of entries from Virginia, Maryland and other parts of West Virginia, it was announced this week by Raymond Billet and Ernest Houser, Jr., co-chairmen of the convention planning. The contests will be staged in As of this writing, the following fire departments rescue squads have entered tl contests: Hamilton VFD, Hamilton, VS.; Lake Jackson District VFD, Manassas, Vs.; Sharp- stmrg VFD, Sbarpa, bid.; Hedgesville VFD, Wheaton Rescue Squad, Wheaten, Md,; Leesburg VFD, Le--,burg, Va,; John H. Enders VFD, Berryvflle, Vs.; Short Gap VFD, Ridgely, W. Va,; New Marke VFD, New Market, Vs.; Blue Charles Town immediately Ridge Mt, ]fire Unit, Harpers following the big convention]Ferry; Masontown VFD, parade to be staged Saturday{Masontown, W. Va.; ond afternoon, September 9. ]Fire Co., Winchester, Vs.; The contests will consist of a [Keyser VFD, Keyser, W. Vs.; hook up and drafting contest, a IO,WL. VFD, Wobride, Va.; ladder raise contest and a lPoktomac  VFD, Dargan, bucket brigade contest. AllJMd.; Ityattsville VFD, contests will at one of {Clarksbug, Md.; Strasburg,' the race tracks, therefor, there Ira., VI; Marshall, Va., VFD; will be plenty of room for ail|Bedington, W. a., VFD; participants and on4oskers to|Shepherdstown VFD; Win- park and keep back from the [ Chester, Va., Sarah Zane VFD; Contest area. " TURN TOPAGE SiX