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June 29, 1978     Spirit of Jefferson Farmers Advocate
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CHARLES TOWN, (Jefferson County), WEST VIRGINIA Thursday June 29, 1978  20 Pages- 2 Sections Per Copy - 15e ious, Summer Storm Sweeps Through Panhandle summer storm, Lloyd said the National registered at Martinsburg dison. J. W. Lancaster, by small tor- Weather Service has confirmed hurricane force that a tornado did touch down in through the the vicinity of Martinsburg of Airport; another funnel was observed five miles southeast of Hagerstown, Md.; and an un- Weather confirmed funnel was reported Lloyd, near Dulles Airport. as one of the Although there was no official to visit the West clucking of the winds in Jef- md, Virginia ferson County, Lloyd said they area in certainly approached the nearly 80 mile per hour figure Airport. These, Lloyd said, are! hurricane force winds. Damage in Jefferson County was confined mostly to trees, roofs of homes and to Potomac Edison and General Telephone service lines. The Department of Highways reported only minor clean up procedures were necessary to clear highways and secondary roads. Hardest hit, from a service standpoint, was Potomac division manager, said that at "least 15,000 of the 40,000 customers in Berkeley, Morgan and Jefferson counties were affected by power outages, caused primarily by trees and limbs failing across lines and interrupting operations to at least fifteen sub-stations. Lancaster said that both Potomac Edison and contract crews labored throughout the night and Wednesday in an effort m return service to all affected customers. General Telephone of Jef- ferson County has problems, but not so severe as might he ex. pected. A GTE spokesman said that they had a half-hundred cases of trouble, with thirty of these involving service drops into individual homes. Nine pales were blown down. The Berkeley County area may have been the hardest hit in IIlan nothing" Three Injured, One - IWheafiey Is g' ApProved Seriously, Jefferson IGOP Head Highway Accidents /In Jefferson rdstown Town into law a new and what a "lack of counsel." of Council ordinance that each restrictions con- and Leonard who cast the lone for unspecified "We represent just telling them apparently When Mayor said that any the ordinance vote for two Branson Cod on Didden, objections 13 meeting, estions and presented afraid it's too aid to myself, Spedal Meeting Night On Community Center A group of interested Harpers Ferry-Bolivar residents has begun to solicit community Three persons were injured, one seriously, in week-end high- way accidents investigated by Jefferson County State Police. Jo Ann Jones, of 104 East 7th Avenue, Ranson, was hospitalized in Jefferson Memorial Hospital with severe facial injuries sustained when she wrecked her automobile on U.S. Route 340 near Charles Cars driven by Larry J. Penwell, ft. 1, Kearneysville, and Kevin L. Kern, of Rt. 7, Mt. Airy, Md., collided at the in- tersection of the Flowing Springs Road and State Route 24. Damage was only $400. There were no injuries. State Police cited Penwell with operang with defective equipment. support which will, hopefully, Town. The investigating officer " -6-,-.Cr":shtm Propps lead to the development of a withheld possible charges and community center for the two an estimate of property damage , ,p,. A .- communities and for the entire until Jones can be questioned n e -I Him 3cno01 county area. Two Leesburg, Va., residents And Friday night at 7:'30 p.m., required hospitalization from ....... there will be a special meetingof injuries sustained when the car relgnton ft. r'ropps, .m the group at the Harpers Ferry. in which they were riding ropps .uustom Floors m Bolivar Friendship Fire Hall for I slammed into the side of the nanes Town, recenuy corn- the purpose of discussing such a i Shenandoah River bridge on p!e[ea, a two-any course ot m- project. The public is invited and I State Route 9 east of Charles struc.uon atthe. Sheraton.ran urged to attend. [Town. Removed to Jefferson wasnmgton-rormeast in New Chairing the volnnteer group ]Memoria! Hospital were the Ca?o!!ton, .Md., on the in- .......... driver of the car, La. M smuauon ox American tnean m ttelo tierommo. Memners l ,, Y -.  , ........ : include Alfred (nllins, Charlie i Harris, and a passenger,  uompany s s: t,e Wyndham, Albert Elsea, Oscar Richard A. Ruiz. Danage was I sys eros, epoxy sealant, stag a" """Gj]t'-S-mai. the bridge, t4.arris WaeWeli 1 ..d ds for setting eeraz ti The committee, noting that failure to maintain control, t me, land for such a building is A Millville resident, Harry A. American Olean is a leader in available, says the structure might be utilized for council meetings, club space, meetings, parties, Scout meetings, senior activities, receptions, well-baby clinics, bloodmobile and open space for games after schools and Saturdays. Miller, was charged with driving while intoxicated after the vehicle he was operating was involved in a mishap with one driven by Harry F Braithwaite, of Berryville, Va. Damage was $600 to each auto; $50 to a road sign. the ceramic tile industry and for several years has sponsored Redi-Set schools across the country for the purpose of educating builders and professional tile installers in this modern new method of tile in- stallation. , Va. Horticultural Society, Cliffside Inn Presented Top Chamber Awards \\; ACCEPTS- The Major In- presented annually by the Jet- Chamber of Commerce at its banquet, was given Wednesday 1, by the Chamber of the West Horticultural Society for the contributions which the fruit and area have made to the County and the area in the hove picture, Douglas Rockwell, of the Chamber, is shown left, . and walnut plaque to of Arden in Berkeley r. In accepting the asure and appreciation, Mr. the officers and members present. (Photo by Tim Sinn) of the Motor Inn as a major business of addition to the county in the past and-or year and also to 21 other of special businesses that either located in Cliff side Jefferson County during the past Ferry year, or made major ira- 21, and provements to their facilities. Charles Town Attorney Douglas Rockwell, new a maior president of e Chamber, made Cui.':t- ,, ..sontation of the Cham- lMh a:,,,uall er's x,Justrml award, a large t l bronze and walnut plaque, to J. t|le, the ] Kenneth McDonald,  the Arden apeeial section of Berkeley County, ! Cliffsidel president of the Horticultural One of the top awards presented Wednesday evening, June 21, at the 19th annual awards dinner of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, was the JEDECO, Inc., award which went to the recently completed $2.1-million Cliffside Motor Inn expansion, a Best Western facility, located-atop Alstadt's HJll near Harpers Ferry. And in the above picture, Mr. John lew.comer, one of the co-owners of the huge, all modern and spacious facility is shown left being presented the large bronze and walnut plaque by Francis M. Frye, of Charles Town, president of JEDECO, Inc., center, and John Mallett, of Charleston, a representative of the Economic Development Division of the Government's offices in Charleston. (Photo by Tim Sinn) Society. In his brief remarks, Rockwell said everyone at the gathering should recognize that one in- dustry in the county that has made the most constructive contribution to the county's economy and welfare during the past year, is the West Virginia Horticultural Society. He listed the criteria by which the Chamber annually selects the recipient of the IndttCwial Award and he said the Horticultural [kie.ty does now, and has for 'some years, qualified in every respect. Rockwell said not only does this agricultural industry contribute greatly to the economic stability and growth of the county, it also is a very valuable asset to chemical and fertilizer companies, tran- sportation, wholesalers, processors, canners and packers in the county and section. In Jefferson County there are some 33,000 acres of fruit trees whiclree annually some 39- million pounds of apples, which have a market value of $1.5- million and another 4.4-million bushels of peaches with a Turn toPageS The Jefferson I County Republican Executivt Com- mittee, meeting Monday, June 19, at the home of Rachel Hater, Shepherdstown, elected new officers. .Heading the GOP committee t William :H: prominent resident. W. Va., Wheatley attended Huntington High School, Mar- shall University and American University. In World war H, he served with the U.S. Air Force in Europe; and after the war was director of civilian personnel for the Comptroller of the Navy until his retirement from government service in 1973. He is married to the former Barbara Moss of Danville, Va. He has resided in Jefferson County for the past six years; is a past president of the Charles Town Kiwanis; a member of the church council of St. Thomas Lutheran Church; and a member of the Sleepy Hollow GoLf and Country Club. Other officers elected were treasurer, Mr. Ralph Shattuck, Tuscawilla Hills; secretary, Mrs. Roberta Ranelli, Summit Point. Presiding was Dr. Robert Mason, outgoing president. Also attending were past secretary Sue Foley and past treasurer Cooper McQuilken. A special guest was Mrs. Owen Conklyn, who was thanked by Dr. Mason for her years of dedication and service. Elected to serve as Charles Town District representative to the Committee was Lt. Col Kenneth P. Akers, Charles Town. Matters discussed included the finding of a Republican Party County Headquarters; plans for a booth at the County Fair; the contribution of funds for the Kabletown District County Commission Candidate Mr. Gar Phalen, Ads For July 6th EdilJon Must Be In [By Monday, July 3 While the staff of this newspaper will not be takhq[ the usuul July 4th holiday on -Tuesday as  the case of other businesses, ag advertisers are asked to have their ad- verthmments for the Thtmulay, July eth issue Into thls offlee by the regular Monday afternoen deadline of 4 p.m, All of our county correspondents ere also advised that copy shoMd be submitted by no later than Monday afternoon. The Spirit Business Office will also be open on Tuesday, but will be closed on Friday, July 7. There will be no change in the publication date of the Spirit next week as a result of the July 4th holiday. It will still be coming out at the regular S a.m. llme on Thursday morning,. the Tri-County area. At Mar- tinsburg Airport, a taxiing plane was flipped over by the wind. The pilot sustained minor in- juries. Two other planes at Martinsburg Airport were damaged. Several streets in Martinsburg were blocked by fallen trees and tree limbs. A ham, valued at about $50,000, was destroyed by fwe caused by lightning. Located owned by Paul Shriver. i The wind Peeled a metal roof! from the Jim Seibert Buick property in Martinsburg, depositing the metal sheeting on automobiles parked in front of the establishment. One report of heavy damage was circulated in Charles Town. It was said that the roof of a double-wide mobile home in the Middleway area was blown off and the contents of the structure on the Kelly Island Road, it was Big Picnic Celebration At Morgan's Grove Will severely damaged by the rain. The rapidity of the storm build-up was its most trtghtemng aspect. Observer Lloyd said the severe heat/(the temperature reached 96), and a fantastic rise in humidity caused the storm to pass quickly through the for- mative stages, providing the weather service with no op- portunity to issue special weather warnings to the Eastern Panhandle area. Morgan's Grove Park. ClArence "clancy" Kefauver, picnic chairman, predicted this year's event will be the largest ever. The festivities will begin of- ficially at tl a.m. when the park opens for the day. Beginning at noon, and continuing until there's none left, food and beverages will be available at various stands and in the main Pavilion aria. Ame attraction will he barbeeuecl beef p'repared by voKmtee the Men's Cl .... Preparation of the 3OO punds of sirloin tip is a major project Pictured above are Swords of the Spirit, well- for several of the Men's Club members, working under the known religious singing group, who will join direction of "head cheff", other entertainment units at the all-day festival retired Marine Gen. William at Jefferson Memorial Park July 8. They are, left VanRyzin. to right: Lorne Pope, Glenda Stevens, Pete That project begins several Whitehair and Greg Stevens. days before the picnic when a four,foot-deep pit, measuring Events starting at 7 a.m. and Charles Town Mayor Dr. D.C. 4x8 feet, is dug in the park. continuing throughout the day on Master scheduled to brave the About 36 hours before the picnic, Saturday, July 8, promise to board starting at 2:00 in the ciub members heap huge piles of make the all-day festival at afternoon; the local Moose Club oak hardwood into the pit and Jefferson Memorial Park this will also he on hand to aid as it touch off a fire that will burn year the biggest and best ever. has in the pas't; and the Junior continuously for nearly two According to Robert D. Ott, and Senior Woman's Clubs will days. chairman for the festival, there also he on hand to aid the cause. The beef, cut in fiveto-10- will be something on the hour, In the meantime, Chairma po,nd roasts, lightly seasoned every hour, for everyone's en- Ott has again issued an appeal with salt and pepper, is wrapped oyment. Things will be kicked for more volunteers to aid in the in aluminum foil. off at 7:00 o'clock with the now annual project; and for items to It will be available in roast famous Charles Town Kiwanis be sold at the auctlon,rummage, beef dinners, or in sandwiches. Club breakfast -- ham, eggs, In either event, one should call But that's not all. There'll be hash browns, toast; orange juice 725-7854. \\; fried chicken prepared by the and coffee, women of Shepherdstown's At 11 a.m., the gigantic auc- As for entertainment, the top Asbury Methodist Church, string tion and rummage sale .will get attraction will he the Swords of beans from the Shepherdstown underway, continuing until the Spirit and other groups, Volunteer Fire Department everything is sold. who'll ,perform throughout the Auxiliary, cakes backed by the The Charles Ton Lions Club, day. Shepherdstown Woman's Club, who've helped tremendously in A meeting to put the finishing and ice cream and soft drinks past years, will again operate touches on the plans will be held i from the Shepherdstown their booths; the Jaycees will Friday, June 30, at 7 p.m. at the Jaycees, supply the dunking board with, Towne House Restaurant. ' There'll even be a cotton ......... candy stand for the kids, and Harpers Ferry nostalgic adults, too, operated by Mike Clauretie, a professor of economics at Shepherd College. The fun will begin promptly at I p.m. with a variety of events Outlaws Pinbal[Sr, for childrenandadults, alike. Clifford Buterbaugh, aided by a group of Men's Club volun- teers', will conduct a game session throughout the af- A raging thunderstorm onl A motion to pass the ordinance ternoon, The Jaycees will hold Monday night that temporarily! at a June 12 meeting received no sporting contests and games darkened a special meeting of l second, and the pinball until 5 p.m. Prizes will he the HarpersFerryTownCounoil operators, Ned and Tory awarded to the lucky -- or was forewarning of the lightning i Remavege, were granted a! skillful -- winners. to follow, as the Council passed permit, which like all others in In the horse ring, located in an emergency ordinance ban. the town will expire June 30. thelower end of thepark, Elaine ning pinball machines, pool and Town attorney Keith Adkinson Dooley of the 4-H Saddle Club billiard tables, boxes and on Monday said the emergency will offer pony rides for children, "other coin operated novelty ordinance was appropriate between I and 5 p.m. electronic game machines." because of the "absence of the Food will be sold throughout town council (to take) at- the afternoon, and in the main Meeting before an overflow firmative action." He also noted picnic area visitors will he ca- crow, the Council thus was the conncil's obligation to grant tertained by Richard Irwin, of enabled to deny renewal of a the renewal permit, for one MacLean, Va., and Shepherd- business permit to two young mar, if the ordinance were ktown, who is bringing in an old- town residents, who for the past defeated, fashioned Wurlitzer calliope. two weeks have operated the The 5-0 vote, with Councilman At 6 p.m. tn the picnic pavilion, Pinball Palace, on High Street, Eddie Smallwood abstaining, the Brothers of Harmony will to the top floor c a building that followed a 2-hour meeting during present a concert. That will be houses the Peanut Gallery and which numerous objections to Tun, to Page 6 T-Shirt Factory, in the town's the pinball establishment were ===Y==C==-_--- renovated historic district, raised. Questions arose con- The ordinance was based on a cerning fire escape facilities and W ! A T H ! R petition signed by 116 town an allegedly unsound stairwell, -=-=?--=-------':------- residents -- "about one-lmlf of and the "nuisance" the Period ThurSday through the voters," according to Mayor establishment might create. Suday: generally fair and quite William Brawley -- which Major opposition -- ap- warm, with little er no deemed that the pinball parently shared by a majority of i precipitation expected. Daytime establishment created a the residents in attendance -- highs will range from the upper "carnival-type" atmosphere in !was the belief that pinball [ae's to the mid.90's, and nlgM- the town. Turn to Page 6 time lows 05 to 70. ,t On Tuesday, July 4, * [ Americans everywhere will Plans Completed Annual ou.n00,,on [ As part of that celebration, the [ Shepherdstown Men's Club will Jefferson. Park Festival 00oou00, [ picnic celebration for residents I of the Eastern Panhandle at Be Top July 4th Event