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SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 1978 NOW HAS RECOURSE In the past we have often had inquiries from property owners as to just what they can do to protect their land and properties from unlawful trespassers. Well, as of June 9, the landowners came into some power with respect to keeping trespassers off his posted land. Under the amendment to the West Virginia code passed last year by the legislators, civil and criminal penalties are now provided in the law for violators convicted of trespassing. Until this amend- ment was passed a landowner did not have much recourse when he found trespassers on his land. Trespassing is willful unauthorized entry into a structure or onto land that is and has been posted, cultivated or fenced. To post your land you must maintain signs not more than five hundred ('500) feet apart along the boundary and at the corner. The signs must carry the words "No Trespassing", and they must contain the name of the landowner and-or occupant of the property. The signs must be clearly visible for all to see. There is one exception, that is where a parcel of land with a dwelling on it is less than five acres which obviously means the land is being used as a private residence. Cultivated land is described as any land cleared of its natural vegetation and planted with a crop, or- chard, grove, pastureland or trees, or it may be fallow as a part of crop rotation. The amendment describes fenced land as any land enclosed with anything from rails to barbed wire. A water boundary which is posted does not have to be fenced. If your land fits any one of these categories, you are now protected by the law. So, what can happen to a trespasser. If you find a hunter or fisherman in your camp or along a stream on your property and he is there without your permission, you ask him to leave, and if he refuses to do so, then he can be charged with a misdemeanor and fined $100. Tlis same applies if you give a man permission to go onto your land to hunt or fish and then later for some reason you change your mind. The law also stipulates that if a hunter or fisherman comes onto your land and leaves open a gate and your cattle gets out, that offender who opens any door, fence or gate thereby exposing animals, crops or other property to waste, destruction or freedom or causes any damages to property by trespassing, that too, may cost him up to $500 in fines and 12 months in jail. Also, the law provides that any trespasser who causes damages in the course of trespassing, shall be liable to the property owner in the amount of twice the amount of damages. There are of course, exceptions to the new trespassing amendment for such public officials as law enforcement officers, surveyors who ascertaining a boundary line, utilities with a right-of- way easement, construction crews who are on maintenance or repair of common-Wope line fencing and cons,truction, of buildings i which sometimes makes it necessary to go onto an adjoining property. This new law is designed to help a man protect his own property and it also puts habitual trespassers on notice to get permission from the landowner before going onto, and-or across his property. PENSION TIME BOMB There's a pension time bomb inside the economy and its ticking is getting louder. This is because the nation's pension systems -- federal, state, local and military -- pledge rewards on retirement that can be met in many cases only by dipping into public funds and accelerating inflation. To grasp the magnitude of the problem, the Washington Monthly made some rough calculations and called the problem a "five trillion dollar scan- dal." Five trillion, not five billion. That's the amount of liabilities the magazine says are unfunded and must be made up somehow or other when the bills come due. Government is the main culprit. Some corporate systems fall short of full funding, but all private plans are required by law to be funded to some degree. As for government, the recent bailing out of Social Security with stiff payroll tax hikes indicated how badly that system had begun to slide. Regarding civil service pensions, Evans and Novak, the political writing team, say U.S. taxpayers in 20 years will be obligated to about $360 billion in pensi rights due retired federal workers that are not covered by workers' contributions. This doesn't include the generous military system which requires no con- tributtons from beneficiaries and which is expected to cost $13 billion by 1985. And on the state and municipal levels, officials through the years have been approving hefty pension schemes without bothering to put aside enough money to pay for them. We don't say public servants should be denied security in retirement. They deserve that security. But wedo say that the urge to buy political favor with various groups on a "promise now, pay later" basis is not the way to do it and all Americans will suffer the consequences -- in the very near future. d Ak AK AK Ak A AA Ak  AAL AkAK AkAk Ak Ak A "p" "r'IV'NV "qP" "F" W" P" "V " V "qr qr Ir v 'qY "P" qr 'v'qv 'F  Letters To The Editor A A A.dlL. A A AA,dkA A AAAAAAAAA-I VV VVVNY V V qr vv v qlt" qrv v v vv v June 19,1978 Dear Sir: What would you do with a man who loJes a billion dollars? What is a billion dollars? Well, it is equal to 53 tonaof $20 bills. It costs a billion dollars a dsy to operate the government. You think no man could possibly lose a billion dollars. No. man could pomdblyiome the equivalent of  tons $0 bills? For Califano and the geniuses with him in HEW misplaced or lost, not one billion, but between $8.3 billion and $7.4 billion, either through waste, fraud, or mismanagement. HEW's in- spector general's report admits as much. In other words, they lst the equivalent of 333.9 tons of $20 bins. (53x6.3 equals 333.9 tons of $20 bills.) Or maybe It was Editorials / Opinions / Columns / Letters West Virginia's- Award Winning Newspaper MAX BROWN--Edttor DON RENTCH--News Editor bills.) That takes talent. Geniuses that they are, they must have been busy, busy; busy. How should such achievement be rewarded ? HEW budget asked for $181 billion, an increase over the current estimated $165 billion. There was an amendment to cut $3.15 billion from the $181 billion HEW requested. The proposed cut was not as much as HEW misplaced. Guess what Congress did? Do you think Congress decided to cut funds from HEW? Well, hardly. On May 10, they voted against any cut in the budget that HEW requested. See pp. 3744-5 of the Congressional Record. And Staggers? What did he vote? He voted against any 'cut for HEW. Of course. Maybe next year, HEW can really misplace some money. Maybe $I0 or $12 buillion. Let's look forward to a really hang-up job of losing money next year. HEW won't fail us. wild, XATl0000rr00 wonderful V V 1. VIRGINIA By Dr. James Moler construction located in places throughout the United States. It was ours that brought tragedy to so many. Why us? Do you remember the Silver Bridge? One day it happened and within minutes West Virginia was on the world map as being the site of the first major bridge collapse for decades. Lives were lost in what seemed to be an impossible event. It didn't bend or buckle over minutes, hours or days. R 'just "went down" without warning. Why in West Virginia? There are deep coal mines in many areas of the world and Who has West Virginia's rabbit foot? The Willow Island accident resulted in over fifty deaths. It will be investigated and 'investigated, hopefully to provide that such a catastrophe never happens again. The fact remains that it happened in West Virginia, not in Ohio not in Texas, not in New York or some other place, but in our state. It is doubtful that West Virginians contributed to its fall any more than workers, contractors and inspectors from other places. Back up two years to the great Tug River flood that tore apart southern West Virginia LelaGardner displacing many families and I Magazine Addedl businesses. Churches and welfare agencies in our town. collected aid for the victims of Ubrary Shelves The Charles Town Junior Woman's Club has presented a gift subscription to Daisy, a children's magazine. This magazine will he a welcome addition to the children's section of the Old Charles Town Library. The Board and staff wish to thank the club for thinking of community children when they selected their gift for the library. The Mini-Read-In was a tremendous success last Thursday when 74 children and 13 adults came to the auditorium to enjoy a movie cartoon, and skit by Gina Frye and Dana Calkins. To earn the mystery craft, nineteen children read a mystery book; and to earn the car craft. 20 children read a book about a car. This activity lasted for just one week. Children are now enrolling for the Summer Reading Club which begins June 19 and ends with a party on July 27th. Story Time on Wednesday's at 10:30 has increased in popularity this past month with 44 children in attendance on June 14. Children, 2rid grade and under will be most welcome, and they" will probably show the greatest interest since Story Time is designed for that age group. Adults who enjoy music might like to browse through the records as new ones are added from week to week. These are checked out as are books. Cir- culation of children's records has been quite popular. These records were just added last month to the children's department of the library. Mrs. Kathy Swope Employee Of Month Jeffmoniad Manor Mrs. Kathy L. Swope, a nursing assistant on the night shift at Jeffersonian Manor, Inc., has been named employee of the month. Administrator James S. Hecker, in announcing the choice said, in a personal letter to Mrs. Swope: "this selection is a source of considerable pride to me since it recognizes per- formance on the night shift, admittedly the tour of duty which does not receive the recognition it deserves. "I have been aware of your consistent excellence from my personal observation and from the reports of your supervisors." Mrs. Swope has been em- ployed at Jeffersonian Manor since March, 1976. She is a resident of the Shepherdstown area. In a railroad matter, Mrs. .Dewese Dougherty was selected for having submitted the best suggestion of the mon- th...involving a better method of securing of keys by the charge nurse to prevent loss and ensure proper turnover of keys to the relieving charge nurse. Mrs. Dougherty is employed as a licensed practical nurse. Grove-Staubs Reunion The annual Grove and Staubs. Family Reunion will be held Sunday, June 25 at the Berkeley County War Memorial Park in Martinsburg. The event, to be conducted at the main pavilion, is for all members of the Grove and Stauamilies in this area. the biggest flood ever witnessed in the southern part of our state. You remember that one of the first trips of newly elected 'Governor Rockefeller and newly appointed State Police Superintendent Mooney was to survey the damage in the Tug River area. Why West Virginia? Earlier we have the Buffalo Creek dam break and many died as a result of the sudden gush of water from a broken dam. Every family living in the Buffalo Creek valley was ren- dered homeless within a couple of hours and to this day families have not been completely relocated. Family savings and accumulations were "washed away". Why was to blame? Investigations have been con- ducted and obviously the dam was not strong enough buere are many Other dams of r this 10 -- YEARS AGO -- 10 Mrs. Marian Myers, County Extension Agent 4-H, retires after 14 years of active service with the 4-H Clubs and Home Demonstration Clubs of Jef- ferson County, effective July l Roger Ramey, of Charles Town, prominent young sales official for the Potomac Edison Company, is named as the new chairman of the Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee, succeeding Thorn- ton Wilt, of Harpers Ferry. Donald F. Kane, of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, joins Powhatan Brass and Iron Works as Vice President of Manufacturing, announced by R. W. McWatters, president of the Jefferson County Division of Automatic Sprinkler Cor po:ation of America. William H. Ramkey, newly elected minister of the Charles Town Presbyterian Church, beginning his ministry on July 1, is examined and received by the Winchester' Presbytery at its meeting at the Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, suc- ceeding Carlyle A. McDonald. DEATHS: Miss Ann Bedinger Aldridge, of Charles Town, dies in the local hospital a short time after being admitted; Mr. William Stuart Brandt, 78, of Charles Town, well known retired merchant, dies in the local hospital; Mrs. Gene Goldsborough Wilson Frazir, 87, dies in the local hospital; Mrs. James "Mar Shepherd" Gvatkin, 42, O Charles Town, die3 in the Rich: mond, Va., Medical Center, following a lengthy illness; Mr. Roger Lee Giffin, 22, of An- tietam, Md., dies from the result of a highway accident near Dargan, bld.; Mr. Roy Earle Mayo, the father of Mrs. Audrey Buckles, of Charles Town, dies at his MonticeUo home near Santa Barbara, Calif., after having suffered a sudden illness. Staff Sergeant Grafton W. Blue, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. 6rafton Blue, Sr., of Charles Town, receives the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal at Homestead AFB, Fla., for meritorious service as an air armament technician at Udorn Royal Thai AFB, Thailand, for outstanding professional skill, knowledge and leadership. MARRIED: Miss Rosemary Sue Backus of there have been mining disasters after mining disasters for years. It was West Virginia's. fate, however, to be the site of the great explosion in the Mannington area where all men in the mine were trapped and the disaster was of such proportions that the mine had to he sealed for years. Just recently several of the dead have been brought out. Generally speaking these accidents causing the loss of many lives and much property have not been attributed to carelessness on the part of our people or at least no more irregular procedure than is found in other states related to similar activities. Will someone please return our "rabbit foot" and may those in charge of our standards for safety double their efforts to protect our people from any more loss of life and national disaster attention. Leetown and Mr. Arnold John Spitzen of Verona, New Jersey. Jerry Kelican, former star athlete at Charles Town High School, resigns as head track and assistant football coach at Handley High in Winchester, Va.. to accept a similar coaching post at Warren High School in Vincent, Ohio. With U.S. combat Air Forces in Vietnam, Master Sgt. Harold E Webb, son of Charles A. Webb of Ranson, is a member of the unit at Bien Hoa AS, Viet- nam, that is selected as the best tactical fighter wing in the U.S. Air Force. 20 -- YEARS AGO -- 20 DEATHS: Joseph Earl Snyder, 26-year- old jockey of Charles Town, dies in John Hopkins Hospital; Raymond W. Furr, 59, a farmer of the Halltown area. dies in the local hospital; Earl Neal Smeltzy, 34, of Charles Town dies in the local hospital. MARRIED: ' Miss Neila Hahn, of Charles Town and Mr. Robert D. Cramer, of Martinsburg; Miss Virginia Lee Jenkins of Summit Point and Mr. Howard Lee Shrewbridge, Jr., of Harpers Ferry; Miss Mildred Ann Dif- fenderfer an Mr. Irvin V. Proppe, both of Charles Town Miss Freda Mae Orndorff of Clearbrook, Va., and Mr. Douglas L. Hinton, of Summi Point; Miss Gladys Delores Davidson, of Halltown and Mr. Roger W. Forsythe, of Harpers Ferry. 3O .YEARS AGO -- 3O W. O. Maeoughtry, Jr., of Summit Point, is given exclusive- use of the name "Wiloma" as a herd name in registering his purebred Frieasian cattle. J. W. Ware, Jr,, is ordained to the Diaconate in Trinity Episcopal Church, Shepherd- stown, by the Rt. Rev. R. E. L. Strider, Bishop of W. Va. The new Sunday School Memorial building at the Leetown Methodist Church, given by Mr. 'Judson H. Dunaway of Dover, N. H., and the completely renovated auditorium with additional ground given by Mrs. Marian Watson Hurst, are formally opened and dedicated on June 13. MARRIED: Miss Mrgaret Williams of Millville and* Mr. Robert Garlan Young of near Charles Town; Miss Elizabeth Skinner of near Charles Town, and Mr. Domenick Furfari, Jr., of Morgantown; Miss Bertie Penwell, of Harpers Ferry and Mr. Harvey C: Waldron, of Lovettsville, Va. DEATHS: Karl Hunder dies at the home of his daughter in Mechanic- stown; Mrs. Maude Susan Whittington dies at the home of her daughter in Charles Town; Elmer Eugene Roderick dies at his home in Kabletown; Mrs. Hattie A. Grandstaff dies in the Paeenium Springs Rest Home in Loudoun Co., Va.; Clayton Carlisle dies at the home of his son in Cahrles Town; Matthew Williams of Charles Town dies in the Winchester Memorial Hospital. 40 --YEARS AGO -- 40 DEATH: William H. Mason dies at the home of his son-in-law and daughter near Halltown. ' 50 -- YEARS AGO -- 50 At St. Hilda's school com- mencement the Sarah Dan- dridge Cooke scholarship for making the highest average is divided between Miss Sarah Crane of Charles Town, and Miss Mariam Rau of Frederick, Md. MARRIED: Charles B. Clendening of near Rippon, and Miss Myrtle Ramsburg, of Martinsburg. DEATHS: Thomas Loman dies at his home in Bolivar; Rev. D. F. Sutsler, retired minister of M. E. Church who served pastorates in Jefferson County, dies at his home in Winchester. / MIDDLEWAY Mrs. Larry Ring Dial 725-25OO There will be a meeting to discuss the road conditions for all residents of the Hidden River area on June 25 at 1:30 p.m. at Nick's "Babbling Brooks". All residents of this area are urged to attend. Happy Birthday to Billy Parker of Hidden River, who celebrated his birthday on June 21 and Tommy Parker of Hidden River. who will celebrate his birthday on June 25. Mrs. Agnes Wasson is spen- ding some time with her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Painter in Charles Town. Sunday dinner guests were Mrs. Marjorie Carper were Mr. and Mrs. Max Dunn and family. Visitors over the weekend at the home of Mr and Mrs. Ernest Ring were Mr. and Mrs. Larry deHaven and son of Petersburg, W. Va., and Mrs. Janet Hamilton of Martinsburg. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lee and son entertained a Father's Day dinner at their home on Sunday. Those attending were Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Dunn, Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Dunn, Jr.. and children, Mr. and Mrs. Kenna Dunn, Mr. and Mrs. Terry Dunn and girls, Mr. and Mrs. Max Dunn and sons and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ruby from St. James Village, Md. There was a good attendance all week at the Vacation Bible School at the Middleway U.M. Church in Middleway. The enrollment reached a total of 103 by Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Renner of Hidden River, entertained on Thursday in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Breeden's 4th wedding anniversary. Those attending were Miss Kathy Combs, of Tuscawilla Hills; Kim Renner, Sandy Scott, Helen Shirley, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Shirley, Mrs. Judy Mills and Renee, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Shirley and Jason, Mr. Ray Turner, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Costigan, from Hidden River. Refreshments consisted of ice cream, cake, chips, dips and punch. Pat William White and P.F.C. Charles "Rusty" Shirley from Camp LeJeune, N.C., spent the weekend at the home of their parents. Miss Cindy Cross from Win- chester, Va., is spending the week with her grandmother, Mrs. Catherine Cross. Weekend guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Donald C. Kinley and family, were Mrs. Gary Miller, Laura, Valerie, Michael and John from Fulton, Miss. [ Mr. and Mrs. Harry Shirley, ] Jr., Scan and Lisa, spent the[ past week visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Miller in Bluefield and other relatives in the Bluefield area. Harry is on vacation from General Telephone and Connie from the Peoples Bank of Charles Town. The Wizard Clipp Singles met on Wednesday, June 15, at 6:30 p.m., at Scollay Hall for their regular covered dish. The in- vocation was given by Mrs. Mary Edwards. The group enjoyed a delightful meal followed by fresh strawberry shortcake. The evening was spent playing games and a social period. Those attending were Messrs. Lee Brow, Carl Hill TICK, TICK, TICK . . . d Lafayette Smith, Bob Hague, Mesdames Louise Bradley, Mary Edwards, Ruth Locke, Catherine Cross, Naomi Barrow and Virginia Dunlap. The group voted to have a yard sale and! serve ham sandwiches, hot dogs and a drink at the sale on Saturday, July 6, starting at 9 a.m. on the lawn at Scollay Hall. The next meeting will be held on Thursday at 6:30, July 20. All singles are welcome. In case of rain the yard sale will be held on another day to be announced. Mrs. Naomi Barrow visited Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Charles Clendening, III, and Mrs. Ada Crowder in Charles Town. Mrs. Crowder returned to Princeton, W. Va., after spen: cling the past two weeks with the Ciendenings. Those from the village in the hospital are Mr. Douglas Ring, in K.D. Hospital, Martinsburg; Mr. Paul Jefferson and Mr. Clifton Poston in the Jefferson Memorial Hospital. We wish each a speedy recovery. A special Father's Day program was presented on Sunday at the Middleway UM. Church by the youth, Mrs. Calvin Pieree's class. Special music was presented by the children, Young, Womens Class and all the ladies sang He Keeps Me Singing to all the fathers. Mr. George Gruber was presented the gift for the youngest father and Mr. Lee Brown .for the oldest. Rev. Nantt guest speaker Worship. Mr'. & Mrs. AuSt attended the 25th niversary Mrs. Berryville, Va., their son and Mr. and MrS. Thursday they and Mrs. harry Mr. and Mrs. entertained with their lawn casion was in fathers present Day cake was group after a Those Mrs. Paul Dale Appell Hough and Charles Town; Mr. and Mrs. JaY the village. The Full on Saturday, and Alger at9:30a.m. meetings at t 20, July 1 will be by the regular he held at 7 Elliott is the everyone Economic moderate Byrd's-Eye By U.$. Senator Robert Railroad Rebuilding and EnergY In 1870, a little more and coal than one hundred years are other ago, three quarters of our port which energy was produced by However, a the burning of wood. Soon ment by the after that time, however, nology coal became the appar- points ently endless source for surrounding energy, resulting in the posals. production of iron and The steel, and massive indus- self trial growth, it will The next step in our en- to move ergy history was a shift to of liquid fossil fuels--oil and moved last natural gas--and the wide- to electric spread use of electricity, count for As these cheaper fuels be- increase, came available, coal lost industrial its title as "king" of the count for energy world. The Now, coal is again be- fie will coming of vital importance, ment The President has asked carrying that coal producers in- tires, crease their production by $4 billion 400 million tons per year ments, by 1985. This additional track, coal would be used by util- and other ities and industry both, as a replacement for higher- tion's priced natural gas and oil. had a rate Not enough planning, cent however, has been given to to the problems of transport- capital ing that additional coal As we from the mines to the our energy places where it will be ing to be used to keep our nation ways to running. Railroads trans- pheral port about three fourths of 1eros. our coal today. In 1975, tion's that meant that 400 mil- lion tons of coal were in our transported by rail. Barges planning- SPIRIT of Jt ESTAILISHED: |l M AX BROWN EDITOR-PUBLISHER Published Every 210 North George CHARLES TOWN, SUBSCRIPTION Price: Second-Class Postage at CHARLES Subscriptions and Other Mall Items P.O. BOX I / :( : ) }, ? ? ; ) ] 1 / FI FI F I (I ,I M !:Nil /, I1i d