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No. 29 CHARLES TOWN, (Jefferson County), WEST VIRGINIA Thursday July 6, 1978 20 Pages 2 Sections Per Copy. 15 .Y Salutes NationUnder CloudySkies County d out-ol-state the cloudy-July the birth of in their own i county along the streets Ferry, the united with the day of the county ac- at Morgan's near Shepherd- crowd of young and old attended the annual Shepherdstown Men's Club picnic. Although the featured roast beef barbecue was cancelled until Saturday because rain on the preceding days washed out the pit, there was chicken and snow cones. and cotton candy and fun galore. Tether ball contests and all-day volleyball matches kept the actwe youngsters busy, and the familiar "Ohhhhh sixty-niiine'" call of a pavilion bingo game was reminder that Americans will have their way -- and their celebrations whatever the weather may bring. The above picture shows a part of the large crowd of youngsters who turned out for the big holiday program as they participated in a volleyball game, just one of the many games the Shepherdstown Men's Club. sponsors of the day-16ng July 4th observance, planned and directed for them Tuesday. (Photo by Gregory Mazzoni) Lot FeeAction Deferred aries Town Council charge $50.00 a double the $50 proposed for a on the old yearly permit. on West In another mportant action, property (., North Charles and recom-, street, adiacent to the ABE al action, store, to the Jefferson County was made Commission. to be used as the after j E. site for the erection of a Jef- g a ferson County Senior Citizens businesses Center. preseated a thal the lot be free parking that the ea needs free to compete with centers which parking. McCatlley businesses ion had asked two off-street Itch the city did expense, and being paid tar ICier revenues :ilized for ther Braxton if the West ring area were users The resolution stipulated that if work on the center is not begun within eighteen months, the property would revert to the town And. if the center is built. hut somemne in the future is not used for the purpose it was built. it would also become town property Another provisiqn was that the city approve the building permit and the type of building to he constructed In a related matter, dealing with property, council referred to the zoning committee, for study and recommendation, a request tram Dr Kenneth Psillas to build a residence on the former Margaret Chew property onSouth George street. Psillas said the structure would Passes o Serious Mishaps Uly holiday 0rnving to the left of the high- Without a mishap in in- but Monday, the mosl $I,300. oc- north in Pittsnogle, and Oscar arneysville. was ' of his home Struck by Were no for IIfR through Thur- in the highs thun-" and way's center A second accident also oc- curred on Route 9 north near Kearneysville. Four hundred dollars property damage was recorded when vehicles driven by Elizabeth M. Whitmore. of Ransom and Lloyd W Riley, of Charles Town, collided, The two drivers and three passengers in the Whitmore vehicle escaped injury. Police said the two cars bad been moved. They placed no charges. A single car accident in which Linda B. Smallwood of Newport, Kentucky, lost control of her vehicle and ran through a fence, resulting in $600 damage, most of it to the car. The accident occurred on Secondary Route 20 near Shenandoah Junction. Police placed no charges. At Bdonsboro. Md.. an 18-year- old Charles Town man, Edward Larue. was seriously injured when the car he was driving left thehighway and wrecked. Killed in the accident was 16-year-old Donna Mac Biser. of Route 1, Hagerstown, Larue remains in sermus condition at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore Md also be utilized as a professional building. Council pointed out that this might,, possbly wolate present ,iontn ordinances: buL Dr. Psillas countered by noting that m September. 1976. council accepted a zoning commission recommendation that the present house on the Chew property oould be used for professional purposes. Council also approved the promotion of police officer Douglas Nichols from patrolman to corporal, July tst. Read. as  matter of in- formation, was a letter from the Antique Car Owners Association of America. that the group would he bringing between fifty and sixty cars into the Eastern Panhandle area m mid-July. According to the letter the cavalcade, which will form at Richmond. Va.. will pass through Charles Town Wed- nesday, July 12. moving on to Harpers Ferry where it will camp overnight,spend July 13 m the Harpers Ferry" area and attend the Charles Town Races that evening: then pass back through Charles Town July 14 on its way to Martinsburg. Phone Customers Dial New Number Directory Help Jefferson County area telephone customers will dial a new number (1-411) to reach directory assistance beginning July 7. according to C. J. MeGehee. local District Service Manager. Directory assistance service s being centralized in Charleston, McGehee said. The cen- tralization has been' in progress for several years. The 1-411 dialing pattern allows the calls to be routed over regular long distance trunks, rather than over special trunks dedicated to directory assistance use. The 1-411 dialing for directory assistance will apply in Charles Town. Harpers Ferry, Shepherdstown. Martinsburg, Berkeley Springs, Hedgesville. and lnwood. Beginning July 7, a Charleston operator will answer those calls. Customers will hear a recorded announcement reminding them to use their local telephone directories, before the operator answers the call. People calling from coin telephones will continue to dial just 411. or other dialing code listed at the coin station. There is no charge for local or long distance directory assistance service. IAccidents payne Given High Kiwanis Awa,dlPar k Festival In Jefferson m IEvents For Injure Four ' IThis Saturday bFYlicJe:ffersn Cunty State :;''"':":;:e... ) "" :,7.' "/, .: :t;t Swords of the Spirit who. g,,. ,i .f,' "f together with other groups, will The most serious of the mishaps occurred June 28 on State Route 9 west of Charles Town when an automobile driven by Christopher J, Fagan, Route 1. Charles Town. left the highway, smashed into a utility pole and came to rest in a roadside ditch. Fagan and a passenger, Michael W. ttottler. Rt. 1, Charles Town. were removed to Jefferson Memorial Hospital by Independent ambulance. Damage in the accident amounted to $5.000. Police are continuing their investigation. Charges of driving to the left of the highway's center and having no operator's card were lodged against Alfred A. Hostler, of Route 2, Harpers Ferry, after his vehicle collided with one driven by James A. Dodson. of Kearneysville, on Route 9 near Harpers Ferry Removed to Jefferson Memorial Rospital by In- dependent ambulance was Dodson and a passenger in Dodson's auto, Sandra Lowe. of White Post, Va. Total damage was listed at $1,800. i There were two hit and run] ricers.aCcidents investigated by of- i One on Route 9 east involved a car driven by Rhonda C. Ott. Rt. 2. ttarpers Ferry. It was struck by a car driven by an unknown operator Damage was $700. And Joseph H. Buzzard. of Mi!ivite, rerlzmt t darn to his parked ear. It was aui: at his home by an unknown driver. Retail Merchants Meet Friday At 2 A meeting of the Charles Town Retail Merchants will be held Friday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock at the Civic Center. The businessmen plan to finalize the dates for the annual Bonanza Days: a report on the parking situation will he heard: and further information con- cerning operations wild be discussed. Because this is an important meeting all members are urged to be present. July I License Extension Two Weeks July 15 West Virginia drivers whose licenses expired July I have been given a grace period in which to obtain valid license plates. Thomas J. Stevens. deputy Department of Motor Vehicles commissioner, said the extension will be in effect until July 15th Stevens said the extension does hal apply to dealers' tags. The two-week extension, according to Stevens. was agreed upon because of the massive changeover in registration for the state's 270.000 trucks. Previously, truck licenses all expired July 1, but under the new legislation they are being staggered over a 17- month pexiod so that licenses run out each month, instead of all at once. St. John's Lutherans Mark5OthAnniversary At Sunday Smices St John's Lutheran Church of Harpers Ferry will host re- dedication services on Sunday, July 9. at 10 am.. celebrating fifty years since re-opening in 1928. There will be some former pastors present who attended in 1928, also some of the present members. Dr. Fred Seibel. retired, will be one of the speakers who at- tended in 1928 Afterwards there will be a covered dish supper prepared, by the members. served for those attending at Friendship Fire Hall about 1 p.m. Shown above right is Roscoe Payne of Charles Town as be received the Kiwanis In- ternational Distinguished Governor Award from Stanley E. Schneider. of Crestline, Ohio. immediate past president of Kiwanis International, during the annuat Kiwanis convention in Miami Beach, Fla Mrs. Payne and Mrs. Snyder are watching. Payne served as governor of the West Virginia Kiwanis District during 1976 and 1977. More than 15.000 persons at- tended the convention held June 25 through June 28. Payne was one of 12 governors to recewe the award. Kiwanis International is divided into 43 districts. Each distinguished governor received a large gold token enclosed in a glass cube and gold ring. The award was established by the Kiwanis International Board of Trustees in .1970. It honors Kiwanis governors for leader- ship ability and district achievement. The award is based off a set of rigid criteria. To receive it, a Kiwanis governor must lead a district which has made substantial achievement in membership growth, administrative techniques, program develop- ment and the execution of community service projects. Governors' honored in Miami Beach, represented the Kiwanis districts of: Alabama; Eastern Canada and the Caribbean: Florida; Illinois-Eastern Iowa; Indiana: Kansas: Minnesota- Dakotas: Missouri-Arkansas: Nobraska-Iowa: New Zealand: Rocky Mountain; West Virginia; and Wisconsin-Upper Wisconsin. Kiwanis International is a service organization. It is made up of men who are dedicated to community development. Kiwanis has nearly 290,000 members in more than 7.000 clubs. Kiwanis clubs have been organized in 62 countries. Communities Group To Move .00e,00ilMth For BuildinE Project A group of interested Harpers Ferry and Bolivar residents met Friday night at the Rarrs Ferry-Bo,.var Friendship Fire Hall to discuss the feasibility of providing further plans for the construction of a Communities Center building in Bolivar. and the group voted to move ahead with plans for such a project even if all of the funds needed for the project has to come from public contributions. Reid Geronimo, president of. the Bolivar Civic Association, which has been spearheading the movement for the Center. presided for the meeting and explained the tentative building plans. The building being proposed would be a one-story concrete block structure to be located on land owned by the Bolivar Civic Association. Plans for getting a fund drive underway were finalized and it was decided that an ice cream social would be the first fund- raising project. It was also decided that a large billboard A new phase, designed to provide additional support for Jefferson Memorial Park. has been added to the park's all-day festival scheduled ,for this Saturday. Robert D. Ott. chairman of the festival, says volunteers will ring doorbells in Charles Town from I0 a.m. until 12 noon Saturday, asking for donations for the park fund. This activity is being directed by Mrs. Margaret Barker and Mrs. Barbara Benner, who said that volunteers will fan out in all directions -- north, east, south and west -- in an effort to swell the park treasury. In the meantime, all other plans are complete for the day, long celebration Saturday. Things get underway at 7 a.m. with the now famou Charles Town Kiwanis Club breakfast -- ham. eggs. hash browns.' toast, orange juice and coffee. From then on there will be activity every hour on the hour. The gigantic auction- rummage sales gets' underway at 11 a.m.. and will continue until all merchandise is disposed of. At 2 in the afternoon, Charles 'Town Mayor Dr. D. C. Master will brave the Jaycee dunking board: and there will be ac- tivities by the Charles Town Lions Club. the Charles Town Moose Club; and the Junior and Senior Woman's Clubs. Naturally. there's en- tertainment too. the attraction this year perform throughout the day. Chairman Ott and all others working on this project predict this will be the biggest and best all-day festival in the park ever held The recreation schedule of activities for the "Festivai in the Park" program to be held at the Jefferson County Memorial Park on July 7-8, was announced as follows by Glenn Edwards: Friday, July 7 -- Jefferson Park women versus Foun- tainhead in a tenms match beginning at 10 a.m at the park courts. Saturday, July 8. Youth tennis league team tournament with matches at 9:00.10:30 and 4 p.m. at park courts: intercity youth tennis match versus Foun- tainhead at 1 p.m at park courts: co-ed volleyball tour- nament with games at 3 and 6 p.m. at park courts. Entries accepted through July 5: exhibition swim meet at 11 a.m. at the pool; pool opens to public from 1 until 8 p.m. For additional information on the Glenn Ed- wards at 725-8313. Between the hours of I0 a.m. and 12 noon. youth from the park will be ringing door bells in Charles Town and the surrounding area to accept donations for the park. If n6 one please se, to be disposed of. rather than to the pound. Commission apparently was prepared again to participate in the rabies clinic, but the Society this year was reluctant. "We didn't think the vaccination clinic was necessary this year," Dr, Webb commented. "because the vaccination supposedly is good for three years/' "We think it is more important to spay dogs and thus keep more animals from being born," he added, noting that the Society still will continue its policy of subsidizing the cost of spaying. The group for six years has supported a program of the Friends of Animals. of New York City, in which the standard $60 spaying cost is reduced to $27 for dogs and $21 for cats. Interested pet owners may obtain a certificate frt)m one of three county residents who are volunteer workers with Friends of Animals. The volunteers -- Mrs. Webb, Joan Myer of Shepherdstown. and Mrs, Lige Miller of Kearneysville -- will suggest one of six area veterinarians who participate in Turn to Page 6 The inability of Jefferson County Commissioners and the county Animal Welfare Society to agree on funding for a spaying program for dogs and cats may compound the stray pet problems that have plagued area officials for several years. About 450 dogs.were treated at a canine rabies vaccination clinic that the groups jointly sponsored last year. but Com- mnssion on Thursday, June 29, decided against "spending taxpayers to benefit a few" citizens who might participate in a spaying program. Society PreSident Dr Byron Webb said in a telephone in- terview on Friday that he was "severely disappointed at Commission's refusal to help with the spaying program, which we feel is the best way to control animals in Jefferson County." Dr. Webb noted that "thousands of pets are born each year; people are always calling us when animMs are in trouble or running loose." Because the count repeatedly has refused to upgre the dog pound, Dr. Webb said people often take an animal to a county, veterinarian County Refuses Aid ITo Animal spaying project. The make-up of the land committee heading the building project includes Geronimo. as general chmrman; the Rev. Alfre] Collins, Mrs. Barbara Alb ght, Charles Wyndham, "Bu y" Manuel. Oscar Mc- Cor ick. Albert Elsea and Gilbe t Smallwond. Geronimo said more persons will be added to the committee as the project progresses. The proposed structure would house space for use m holding council meetings, club space, parties, Scout meetings, senior citizen's activities, receptions, the site for the Bloodmobile visits and other various events. Work on the newAppalachian Research Station at Bardane, being built by the United States Department of Agriculture. has progressed to the point where officials are talking about the possibility of dedication ceremonies sometime in this month of July. Jack E'llis, administrative officer for the installation, said that any such ceremonies might, of necessity, be conducted on a small scale: with full-scale dedication of the facilities late in the summer or early Fall At this point in time, the main building complex is complete except for equipping. And thiS, Ellis said. will not take place texcept for standard office equipment) until someone is named director of the laboratory. Right now, Ellis is sharing he responsibility with Leslie Bourinot. USDA Project Engineer, for the operation of the research station. Bourinot has been on the job since the tart of construction in March, 1977. Still to be accomplished is the erection of a chain4ink fence around the perimeter of the 500- acre area: the construction of roads within the grounds, some of them asphalt, some gravel; and the final approval of the water and sewer systems ser- ving the complex. Ellis said that $3%-million dollars has been expended on buildings to date. These include a main laboratory, 60,000 square feet, which will house 20 to 30 labs, a larger number of offices. seven greenhouses, a library, conference rooms and a weather station', and a farm compound of 19,000 square feet to be used for housing heavy equipment, the machine shop and maintenance operations. Additional expenditures on fencing and roads will require another $2-million. bringing total expenditures to $5%- million. Seven 'million dollars has been allocated for the twenty and thirty support em- ployees. At the height of the operation, many months hence. it is probable employment will reach the 75 to 80 person level. Ellis said that operations at the center, in the area of research, will be defined by the new director, but there's already an indication that the first project may well center on pears, with other fruit stock to be added in the future When totally planted the center will boast three hundred acres of experimental fruits, including strawberries, grapes, and bramble fruits in addition to apples, peaches and pears. And a top research director. Dr. AI Piringer, of the Chesapeake and Potomac Division of /he USDA, said the station might also experiment without producing trees as the development of the complex matures. Although the center is designed prima rily for research. Ellis emphasized thai it would concentrate on experimental needs for the entire Appalachian Region. from Pennsylvania to North Carolina. serving the needs of farmers and hor- ticulturists first and foremost. In a related matter, Ellis expressed the hope that the road leading from State Route 9 into the research center would be widened and improved. Local sorces have'indicated thai improvement to the rOad, which will also serve the new Jefferson County Health Center for JEDECO, IS already being studied and evaluated. While actual operation of the facility is still some months away, it is much closer than it was in 1964, when it was proposed by West Virginia's U,S. Senator Robert Byrd. The first propoiat lay dormant until IYTO, when Senator Byrd again broached the idea. But it was not until 1972 when the pieces all project. If ell into place, that land was Ellis.noted thatwhileno actuallsiured: funds for planning hiring has begun, it is likellwere released; and the project, some one dozen fruit researchl at long last .began to scientists would be employed byl move...fourteen yrs after the xt fall together with between  idea -was born.  dustries and organizations and individuals interested in the type sig0 would he placed on the of the proposed building, :iteeekingsupport No figuresCmmunity for thewerePrOjeCt.givenand countYon the[]'r'''''"*"---'' P rogressi n.. g; cost of the building since it is[ hoped that some of the materials and possibly labor maybe To Be Dedicated Soon donated by businesses, in- chian