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1 0 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON - Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, June 29, 2000 Becky Shaffer 876-0600 Oops! On a recent evening as I sat watching traffic - human and ve- hicular - from a bench in front of a Shepherdstown bakery, I became an observer in a game of"sidewalk roulette," Shepherdstown style. The uneven sidewalks on each side of the street provided chal- lenges to visitors and locals stroll- ing the town. One elderly woman was caught by younger hands as she snagged her toe on a raised edge of con- crete, and later a small child banged a knee as a small foot twisted in a low spot. Folks of all ages filed eyes down along the dangerous walkways, watching for gaps created by missing bricks, concrete broken by tree roots, and a variety of other perilous impedi- ments. During the Back Alley Garden festivities, I sat on the step at the Shindler house for awhile, watch- ing traffic and awaiting my ride. Again, there were near-tragedies as folks struggled to maintain their footing on some very ques- tionable sidewalks. In most towns, the owner of the property adjacent to a sidewalk is responsible for maintenance, in- cluding replacement. I am not sure of the regulations in our town, but whoever is responsible should be busily replacing and/or repairing even as you are reading this. In their present conditions, the sidewalks on German Street are an ever-present threat to the good health of anyone walking thereon, to say nothing of the im- age we present to visitors. I know that "historic" is the key word here, but historic is not defined as bone-breaking. We trust that the new mayor and the town council will lead the way in striving to correct this problem. Visitors sprawled on sidewalks do nothing for the im- age of the community, and invite lawsuits to burden all. Give blood, that is! The Bloodmo- bile was in our community this week, There is an acute need to increase the amount of blood in area blood banks. American Red Cross officials have passed the word that supplies are very low at this time, and that during sum- mer months there is often an in- creased need for this lifesaving fluid. Accidents tend to increase in warm weather, upping the de- mand for greater supplies. So to the point of this little piece - when the Bloodmobile comes to the area, stop by and do- nate. Historic Shepherdstown Demonstrating his continuing support for the Shepherdstown Museum, Historic Shepherdstown member Keith Knost has donated seven Hitchcock-style chairs to the local collection. A gift to Knost by Mrs. Augustine Todd, a Wash- ington family relative, the chairs, constructed in the micl-1840s, were a part of Mrs. Todd's Locust Hill estate, which burned in the early 1970s. The announcement about the Knost donation drew ex- pressions of appreciation from members of the Historic Shep- herdstown board of directors at their June 24 meeting. "Fantastic" was the feeling ex- pressed by Membership chairper- son Susan Smith at the announce- ment of 308 memberships by organization administrator Cindy Cook. This all-time high number contributed to the collection of $16,270 in dues and the an- nouncement that contributions for 2000 had exceeded the 1999 amount by $2000-plus. With several members of the board ending their terms of office this year, there will be three board vacancies to fill. Nominations chairperson Elizabeth Scott is contacting possible nominees. Scott also reported that the Christmas at Winterthur-New Castle tour, a trip sponsoi, ed by Historic Shepherdstown, will take place on Wednesday, December 6. The cost will be about $65, and reservations may be made with Historic Shepherdstown adminis- trator Cindy Cook from now until trip departure. Program chairperson Susan Smith pointed to the success of the Wednesday lunchtime programs with speakers Jay Hurley, Jim Price, and a local structural engi- neer presenting information about the construction of the steamboat replica, and the history and struc- ture of the Entler building. A very informative, one-block walking tour of German Street last Satur- day was followed by refreshments at the Smith home on South King Street. September plans include the "Circle of Friends," a program of vocal history presented by resi- dents of the community. The Sun- day afternoon programs about tex- tile and paper preservation were well attended and instructional. Historic Shepherdstown's en- dowment committee has been working on establishing an en- dowment fund for the local organi- zation. It was announced that about $2500 would be needed for start-up expenses - fees, licenses, etc. The board agreed to have a special meeting during its regular July time period to consider the different aspects of establishing such a fund. This meeting will be in lieu of the regular business dis- cussion. Building manager Cindy Cook announced that the Entler Building's 26 smoke detectors are recharged every year. Cook also reported a West Vir- ginia Department of Tourism grant for $2000, which will be uti- lized by the Bavarian Inn, the Clarion Hotel, the Days Inn, Com- fort Suites, the local visitors' cen- ter and Historic Shepherdstown for six months of advertising. She indicated that a small ad had been placed in the Contemporary Arts Theater Festival program adver- tising the Entler's rentals, tours, and other activities. The board agreed to have the large evergreen tree in the garden removed because its roots are growing into the foundation of the Shepherdstown Museum. The town employees .will do this and trim the trees at the front of the building. Local sixth graders - 67 in num- ber - toured the building before the completion of the school year. Dabney Chapman and Terry Nordeen, tour guides, were "excel- lent" according to museum admin- istrator Sally Moony. Museum committee member JoAnn Knode introduced the di- rectors to the special pins which are being created for sales to youngsters visiting the museum. Using the Shepherdstown logo, these will be ready for sales dur- ing the regatta at the end of July. Sorely Missed! I am probably one of few folks who miss those proud old trees which were summarily cut to make way for "progress" - the by- pass and/or connector road at its egress onto Route 480. I truly en- joyed passing that area on the way to wherever. The large trees were laid to rest to make way for a turn lane. We are so intent on making the Shep- herdstown "suburbs" like those of other areas that we destroy every- thing of value or beauty which blocks the way. If we had moved that turn lane fifty feet north, we could have "had our cake and eaten it too", as they say. But they were just trees; expendable ob- jects to many folks. Sad to say, folks are approving the destruc- tion of the atmosphere which drew them here in the first place. Fatherts Garden A shaded area in your yard is pleasant and desirable but may present special problems when converting to an area for planting. Shade is a relative term, one which cannot be completely de- fined. Usually, we think of shade as dense, medium or light. Shade on the north side of a building and under a low-spreading tree is most likely to be dense. Under a spread- ing tree, the shade is probably me-- dium dense. Under a birch, apple tree, etc the shade is light. There are plants which will thrive in each situation. And trimming trees will allow more light and air and more favorable plant survival conditions. Shaded areas may be developed into gardens and recreation areas with the use of many kinds of plants, provided the plants are placed in favorable growing condi- tions. If the area is covered with roots from shallow-rooted trees, the problem of preparing for plants is restrictive. These areas are best handled by creating pock- ets in which plants are placed and given some protection from the greedy roots. Bulbs and other spring-flowering types are likely to thrive with such competition. Under deep-rooted trees the problem is one of preparing the soil for the desired kind of shrubs and plants. (Note: Plants will not grow under a black walnut tree, for its roots are toxic.} Soil should be enriched to a depth of 18 to 24 inches with compost, peatmoss, or other forms of humus. And one sel- dom needs to add lime to the shade area, for almost all shade- loving plants thrive in an acid soil. But because most soils lack phos- phate and because phosphate travels slowly through the soft, it should be added in some form dur- ing preparation. Next week: Shade lovers. For the Birds We buy the much-advertised bird apartment house, we set it at the required height on the pole, and we wait - and wait, and wait - for the elusive purple martin fam- ily to find our offering. In the meantime, sparrows or squirrels or other interesting invaders keep up a running battle for one of the cozy accommodations - one of the apartments in the martin house. What can we do to entice these pretty creatures to move in and start a family? Purple martins are the largest members of the swallow family in North America. Males are deep, glossy purplish blue, and females and youngsters are dark brown with whitish tummies. Martin wings are tapered and almost tri- angular. Noted for catching and eating flying insects, the martin ~njoys the large meaty types as opposed to gnat-sized samplings. In their day-to-day activities they produce varied mechanical-sound- ing growls and trills as well as a deep whistle. Martins usually build in hang- ing gourds or martin houses using twigs, dried grass, and bark. They line their nests with green leaves to control insect pests and keep humidity high for developing eggs. A barrier of mud and twigs is placed near the entrance hole to keep the eggs from rolling our dur- ing high winds. The martins lay three to seven eggs which hatch sequentially, substantiating the fact that some of the martinlets are larger and stronger than those which hatch last. The youngsters are fed flying ants, bees, wasps, dragonflies, etc by their parents for 28-30 days in the nest and for as much as two weeks after they leave the safety of their first home. The young martins return to sleep in the nest for several days after their initial departure. South America is their winter home. Purple martins are sociable birds, nesting in colonies. If you live near martin habitats - open grassy fields, lawns, meadows, playing fields, golf courses, and open water - you may have the company of these pretty birds. And once they have established their colonies, they are faithful to them, returning each spring to set up residence in the same box they occupied the year before. Martins need a specific forag- ing habitat near their nesting sites. They readily colonize areas close to large expanses of open wa- ter, but nest in dry places, also. The only places they don't occupy are heavy woods, cities, and ex- posed mountaintops or hills where the wind makes insects scarce. Next week: Suitable martin housing. A Glimpse into History The C & O Canal George Washington's dream of a canal or waterway from Balti- more to the Ohio River became a partial reality with the completion of the dredging of the Potomac River and the use of a series of ca- nals around the occasional water- fall, shallows, or other difficult ar- eas. This waterway operated during the early 1800s and was a forerunner to the C & O Canal. Developed by the Patowmack Company, this channel had just one profitable year during its "heyday", and it was determined that the only way to carry goods up and down the Potomac River was to construct an entirely sepa- rate canal on the Maryland side of the waterway. In 1828, the first spadeful of earth as turned by President John Quincy Adams in an elaborate cer- emony near Little Falls, Md for a channel which would run form Georgetown, a suburb of Washing- ton, to the Ohio near Pittsburgh. This project was completed in 1850 and terminated at Cumber- land - some 190 miles short of its goal of 360 miles. The cost of the project was more than $11 million, a prodigious sum for that period. In the meantime, other "infra- structure" was being put into place - roads and railways which Mrs. Pauline Ott 725-8678 Sorry about not having a col- umn last week, but yours truly spent Friday through Wednesday in Jefferson Memorial Hospital. Sam Oden was a Sunday visitor with Kathy Oden and the Bruce Longerbeam family. Donald and Esther Oden and Katy Collier, Engle, were Thursday visitors of Pauline Ott and Bill Oden. Bobby and Lisa Kerns, Stephanie and Tiffany, Old Cave Road, were Sunday visitors with Gene and Diane Kerns. Shelley Dodson, Jessica and Zachery, Crane's Lane Apartments, were Thursday visitors with Shelley's mother, Mary Ann ,Jenkins. would eventually open the west- ern part of America to Easterners. The West Virginia Hillbilly's 200th-year newspaper-style sa- lute to our country's anniversary indicates that "the final decision has been made, Western Virginia will be crossed through the center, from Winchester to the Ohio River, presumably at Parkersburg on George Washington's dream route, the Northwestern Turn- pike. The news was made official this year (1827) with the passing of an act in the Virginia legisla- ture. The act authorizes subscrip- tions with which to construct the turnpike " And the plot thickens for the C & O Canal, for during that same year, "Angered and discouraged at the news that the canal would by- pass Baltimore in favor of Wash- ington, a group of Baltimore busi- nessmen met to consider an alternative means of transporta- tion which would provide a link between the harbor of Baltimore and the rest of the country. That alternative is a railroad. Philip E. Thomas, President of the National Mechanics Bank of that city, and George Brown, a director of that bank, have been studying the Liv- erpool and Manchester Railroad, on which construction has begun in England. "These two bankers called a meeting to consider the possibility of building a similar railroad in America. The committee studying the feasibility of the project noted that railroads would 'supersede canals as effectually as canals have superseded the turnpike roads.' The recommendation is that a double track road be bu(lt between Baltimore and the Ohio River. The Maryland legislature chartered the road and purchased $500,000 worth of stock. "The first spadeful of earth, breaking the ground for a railroad which will eventually pass through the hills of Western Vir- ginia and right to the Ohio River, was turned with great ceremony on July 4, 1828. While this was going on, another spadeful of 'earth was breaking the way for the C & O Canal, the transporta- tion means which forced the Baltimoreans into establishing the railroad." The story of these two trans: portation companies would be cu- riously intertwined for the next hundred years. Next week: The woes of canal construction. Martin and Kathy Viands, Chestnut Hill, were visitors with the Millard Otts and Jane on Thursday. Peanut Hoffman and Aaron, Purcellville, Va were Wednesday visitors with Amber Oden. They later traveled to Charles Town where they had lunch with Mindy Bosley, Amber's daughter. Father's Day visitors with the Sam Odens were the Bruce Longerbeams and Cynthia, and Sherry Queen. Bobby Hahn, Mike and Tracey Hahn, Zachery and Brooke, and Sam and Amber Oden enjoyed din- ner at a restaurant on Father's Day. Willie and Stacey Kerns and J.W Charles Town, were Sunday visitors of Gene and Diane Kerns. Kenney billow, Fox Glen, was a Saturday visitor with his mother, Mary Ann Jenkins. Kathy Viands was a Saturday visitors with Edwin and Linda Staubs, Chestnut Hill. Faye See, Ranson, was a Friday visitor of the Millard Otts. Heather and Robbie Kidwell, Leetown, spent Thursday unitl Sunday with their grandparents, the Philip Odens. Jesse Kerns, Joe Pierson and Philip Oden were Monday visitors of Gene and Diane Kerns. Gene and Wilma Penwell, Shannondale, were Sunday visi- tors with the Gene Kerns. Philip Oden was a Friday visi- tor with the Donald Odens. Mary Ann Jenkins visited her brother, Gene billow, on Thursday. Rev. Boyce and Cleve Penwell were recent visitors of the Millard Otts. Sympathy is .extended to the family and friends on the passing of Nettle Staubs, of Chestnut Hill. On the prayer list are Robert Ott and Sarah Penwell. Also, if you have time, a little prayer on my be- half would not hurt. Lisa Weiant and Kelsea, Charles Town, were Saturday evening visitors of Lisa's parents, the Philip Odens. Twila Matthews, Angel, Brad, Ryan and Branden, were Friday visitors with the Merle Odens, Flowing Springs Road. Joan Rollison and Carolyn Coo- per were Saturday visitors of Janice Hostler, Patrick Henry Es- tates. The Sam Odens were recent visitos of Vincent and Michelle Oden, Lindsey and Amanda, Ranson Estates. FRIENDSVILLE BANJO The 36th Annual Fiddle and Banjo held Saturday, Friendsville town and historic In 1763, John wife, Karrenha permission by the build a cabin alon change for an iron goods. As a result, came the first Garrett County. Folks will enjoy a good time along the Youghiogheny in Americans used to ca ers bowl," so lush tion and plentiful where the form a valley Sponsored since fundraising evei the Fiddle and Banjo these clubs munity and help Tickets for adults dren $2. The contests amateur fiddlers and who want to take for middle (20-59 (60 plus) is $200. $100 and all years) receive $10 and the tot The day begins at preshow by the western "The Mountain Their repertoire ditional and grass music as well popular older hits and rock. It's pickin' at its finest. Square dancers a will also be time. Come join us music that hel contest begins at 6 There will be the event selling well as homemade feel free to brin to the benefits on the river. There to keep the young Refreshments please bring a lawn free parking. Please, drugs or pets park. For more may contact Carol 746-4083. Dancing is the moving, the the arts, because it life; it is life itself. 2000 4-D, 3.5 V6, CC, PW, P Bucket II Oldsmobile. mE Old State Rt. 9 North t-Mi Off By, Pass ~ Ranson Exit Chades Town, LUU (304] 725-.3448 See dealer for detai~s. Open Sat. 1114PM Weekdays 'tll 8PM on exterior and interior paints, stains, in-stock wallpaper and borders! Ask How. Ask and more on a/l accessor/e ! 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