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SPIRITOF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE ,m[ THURSDAY, JULY 6, 1978 t DEATHS--- FUNERALS ROBERT B. BALLENGER Funeral services were con- ducted Monday afternoon from Calvary Assembly of God Church, Ranson, for Robert Borwell Ballenger, of 421 West Washington Street, who died Saturday in Jefferson Memorial Hospital. The Rev. William Reed officiated, interment was in Edge Hill Cemetery. The deceased was born May 12, 1909, in Clarke County, Va., a son of the late Allie W. and Susan C. Locke Ballenger. He was a member of Calvary Assembly of God Church at Ranson, and had worked as a machinist at Hlalltown Paperhoard Company for forty-eight years, retiring in 1972. His wife, Mrs. Mary Whitmore Ballenger, Preceded him in death December 4, 1977. He is survived by four children, Mrs. Herbert "Mary JoArm" Me- Daniel, Burwell A., Norman Dean and Donald Lee Ballenger, all of Charles Town; 12 grand- children; two sisters, Mrs. Katie Ballenger, Media Farm, Charles Town; Mrs. Theodore "Sara Edna" Littleton, Rural Route, Ranson; a brother, Albert J. Ballenger, Media Farm, Charles Town; 14 nieces and 19 nephews Arrangements were by the Melvin T. Strider Company Colonial Funeral Home. GEORGE SHEETZ Military graveside rites were conducted last Saturday mor- ning at Edge Hill Cemetery, the Rev. Robert Hiller officiating, for George W. R. Sheetz, of 406 Jefferson Avenue, who died last Wednesday at Martinsburg Veterans Administration Center after a lengthy illness. Arrangements were by the Smith and Strider Memorial Funeral Home. Born in Charles Town, November 5, 1915, he was the son of the late Vernon and Katie B. Noland Sheetz. Mr. Sheetz was a 'beteran of World War If, having served with Co. F of the 34th Irffantry in the southwest Pacific. He had worked as a telegrapher with the Norfolk and Western Railroad and was employed most recently with Valley Hardware Co. of Charles Town. -: He was a member of the Citizens Volunteer Fire Co, Survivors include his wife, Anna F. Sheetz, at the home: one son, James V. Sheetz, at the home: one grandson, Patrick James Sheetz: one sister. Mrs. George "Tootle" Stocks, Charles Town; two nephews. Thomas W. Stocks and George William "Buddy" Stocks. both of Charles Town: and several great-nieces and great-nephews. MARVIN D. GAY Funeral services were con- ducted last Friday at Samples Manor Church of God for Marvin Daniel Gay, of Dargan, Md., who died Tuesday, June 27, in Washington County (Md.) Hospital following a short illness. The Rev. Jackie Kauff- man officiated, interment was in Samples Manor Cemetery, Samples Manor, Md. Arrangements were by the Eackles Funeral Home of Harpers Ferry. The deceased was born August 2, 19o9, at Bakerton, W. Va., a son of George William and Mary Elizabeth Baker Gay. He was a member of Samples Manor Church of God; the Potomac Valley Fire Company of Dargan: acetired employee of Callas Contractors of Hager- stown, Md.; and currently was employed at the Washington County Landfill at Dargan. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nina Glonda McGowan Gay. Surviving are seven children, Mrs. Millie Ault Bolivar, Mrs. Patricia Kidwiler Frederick, Md.; Page Gay Boonsboro; Herbert Gay, at the home; Merle Gay, Hagerstown; Orville Gay and Gary Keyes at Dargan, Md.; six grandchildrenl and one great-grandchild. ROBERT RUSSELL GREEN Funeral services were con- ducted last Friday at the Smith and Strider Memorial Funeral Home for Robert Russell Green formerly of Rippan, who died last Wednesday at the Maryland Oddfeliows Home in Frederick, Md. The Rev. Kenneth C. Hamrick officiated, interment was in Edge Hill Cemetery. The deceased was 'born in Clarke County, Va,, October 4, 1902, a son of the late Wilma Clifton and Ada Fletcher Green. He moved from Jefferson Coun in 1931 toTburmont, Md., where he was a dairy farmer. He was a member of the Thurmont United Methodist Church. His wife, Sarah Huyett Green, preceded him in death. Sur- vivors include a daughter, Mrs: Robert K. "Mary Catherine" Poole, Frederick; a sister, Mrs. James P. "Esther" Burns, Winter Park, Fla.; two grand- children, John R. and Jane E, Poole, Frederick, and several nieces and nephews. MRS. MARGARET E. MYERS Funeral services for Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth Myers, 65, of Route 1, Charles Town, for- merly of Brunswick, Md., who died Thursday, June 29 at Frederick. Md., Memorial Hospital, were held Saturday from the Feete Funeral Home in Brunswick, Md., at ll a.m. The Rev. Newton Poling of- ficiated, interment was in Brownsville, Md., Church of the Brethren Cemetery The deceased was the widow of the late Charles E. Myers and is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Linda L. Thompson, of Charles Town. MRS. BESSIE G. KAPLON Mrs. Bessie G. Ratio Kaplon, 95, of Washington, D.C., died June 5 at Waiter Reed Hospital. Born in Lithuania, the deceased was brought to the United States at the age of two and grew up in Philadelphia. After her marriage, she and her husband, Abram, ran a department store in Harpers Ferry, for more than forty years. After retirement, they settled in Washington thirty years ago. Mr. Kaplon died on June 5, 1955, the same day and month on which Mrs. Kaplon died this year. Survivors include three daughters,, Mrs. Frances Spindel and Mrs. Helen Shultz, both at the home; and Mrs. Ann Weble of Deerfield Beach, Fla.; a sister, Mrs. Emma Goldberg of Philadelphia; and several nieces and nephews. Interment was in Philadelphia. County Refuses From Page I spaying at the reduced costs, in what Dr. Webb referred to as "'a social welfare program." Dr. Webb said that the Society often takes animals to the Berkeley County Humane Society Animal Shelter. as well as to the nets here. The Society is now funded by private and public donations, and will "continue to help with animal problems in Jefferson County as long as our money holds up." Stock Tractor Competition Is Set For July 14 The Shenandoah Junction Ruritan Club will sponsor a stock tractor pull Friday, July 14, at 6 p.m., at the Jefferson County Fair Grounds on the Leetown Road. An invitation to all farmers in Jefferson. Berkeley and Morgan counties to participate has been issued by Charles Myers, chairman of the event. There will 'be eight classes -- five thousand,' six thousand, seventy-five hundred, nine thousand and fifteen thousand in the stock division: and twelve and fifteen thousand in the turbo designation, There is no entry fee, Trophies will be awarded for first, second, third and fourth place winners in each class. The public is invited to come out for an evening of excitement and fun. Admif sion is $2.00 with free parking, children under twelve free. Food and drinks will be available. Second Annual County Basketball Camp Success I The second annual Jefferson 2ounty basketball camp staged during the period of June 12-30 for three different age groups for Jefferson County basketball enthusiasts and players, once again prayed to be a big success with a total of some 40 boys participating. The camp was directed by Meredith Polen and he was assisted by .a host of county high school coaches and players. And shown above are most of the top award winners in the camp. They are as shown, kneeling, left to right -- Roy Banjoman, who was the out- standing player in the second session of the camp which ran from June 20-24; and Paul Rudolph, who was voted the most outstanding player in the first session of the camp. Back row, left to right -- Craig Ker- shner, the top foul shooter in the second session; Mike Gore, winner of the "Out" contest and the "Two on Two" contest for the third session of the camp; Willie Pindell, co-winner of the "Two-on-Two and double shooting contests in the third session of camp; Mark Rudolph, who helped to direct the camp and Faron Burker, winner of the foul-shooting contest in the first session. Two other boys who won top honors in the camp, but not present for the picture were: Bradley. Page, foul shooting at the third session and Billy Smith, who co-starred with County Considers Aid For Neglected Land Use Maps In Ranson Office More than a ton of agricultural land use maps compiled at a cost of $25,0o0 to the U.S. Department of Agriculture are being stored in Ranson, where they lay in unorganized heaps of no use to the county. Against a back wall of the same room in the office of District Conservationist Gary Stanke, about 2,900 soil survey guides that were issued in 1973 are still piled in the boxes in which they arrived. The problem is so severe that George Heidrich. chairman of the Eastern Panhandle Soil Conservation District. on Thursday, June 29, told County Commission. "We need help, but don't even know what kind of help." The maps -- about 2,000 of them. describing good agricultural land. flood prone areas of the.county, septic tank drainage fields, and land con- tour -- have accumulated since early May, when they arrived from the Soil Conservation Service office in Hayattsville, Md." The multi-colored maps, reproduced from updated 1965 aerial photographs contained in the soil guide, provide a general description of Jefferson Coun- ty's 135,000 acres. Though Stanke said he has "a dream of putting a map m the hand of every person in Jefferson County," he admitted to having little idea of how this will be done. Once the maps are assembled into 500 groups of four, ac- cording to county magisterial districts, Stanke will distrib:lte them to schools, libraries, planning commissions, area clubs and offices of county government. He noted that about 40 counties in West Virginia have begun work that will culminate in publication of similar soil guides, but added that the maps "probably are unique to Jef- ferson County, because this section of the state is 'under the gun' for development." The 81-page paperback soil guide, now available for about 20 counties in the state, has been used extensively by area developers, the county Planning Commission and the Health Department. Stanke said. It includes a comprehensive soil description, instructions for soil management, and classification of county climate, water sup- plies, transportation, population and wildlife. Stanke admitted that the guide is under-used, and said he welcomes suggestions for its distribution. To help solve the problem of the unorganized land use maps, County Commission toh Heidrich it considers providing part-time county summer employees to the Soil Con- servation Service Ranson office. Administrative assistant David Ash said assistance is given to state agencies, "particularly when the county, itself, will ultimately benefil from the action." B o Theda Cole Potomac Ediscm Home Service Representatzve How I Save Money When Doing the Family Laundry Automatic washers and dryers are wonderfully helpful appliances. Unfortunately, however, they are "energy eaters" both in direct use of Willie Pindell in winning the "Double Shooting" contest. Other winners at the camp were: first session -- Tom Evans, Stacey Whitmore, John Jennings, Jay Wilson, for their team play, and Trevor Littleton. Other winners in the second session were -- Danny Mills, for his hustle; Scott Mankins for his fine attitude; and Art Doakes, Roy Banjoman, Scott Mankins and Danny Mills, for team play. Other third session winners were -- Mike Propst, for his fine attitude; Gary Leslie, for his hustle; Bradley Page, Mike Gore, Doug Stamey, Chris Bush, for team play, and Kirk Benton, for being the most improved player. electricity and because of the hot water used in the washing cycle. There are ways you can conserve on the use of both. Let me share some of the ways I save -- First, I never wash or dry clothes until I have a full load for the machine. Then, I always check the water level selector for I've discovered machines don't know how many clothes they are holding and they just do what they're programmed to do, full or empty. Washing time can be reduced by pre-treating stains when they are fresh ones. Dry clothes outdoors when possible. Do all your ironing at one 'time. f you have been ironing a garment as you plan to wear it, you're spending unnecessary money heating up your iron each time. Also, if you hang or fold clothes a's soon as they are dry, you can do away with some ironing altogether. Admittedly," none of the above is anything unique but we should all review the "basics" from time to time. New 4-H pub. keys in on conservation Petroleum Power News, a newsletter for energy conscious 4-H members, began publication recently. Published periodically by the National 4-H Council, the newsletter was created to pro- vide "pertinent information and wogram ideas for participants in the 4-H Petroleum Power Pro- gram," according to the publi- cation's editor, James Harden. Sponsored by the Amoco Foundation. Inc., the Petroleum Power Program is more than 36 years old. The basic purpose of ihc program is to teach 4-H members that properly main- rained engines can provide sav- ings through fuel conservation and increased performance. According to Harden, the first issnc of Petroleum Power News SENIOR CITIZEN'S ENJOY HOT LUNCH PROVIDED AT NOON FIVE DAYS WEEK BY NUTRITION PROGRAM JEFFERSON COUNTY COMMITTEE ON AGING One of the programs which the Jefferson County Committee on Aging is staging in Jefferson County is the free hot meals program at noon time, which attracts many of Jefferson County's elderly from all parts of the county. The meals are served to all those, elderly who care to participate each day, Monday through Friday, in a large dining area on the second floor of John's Restaurant building. The elderly not only are provided the opportunity to enjoy at least one hot meal, they follow this with a session of entertainment and fun which they provide themselves. The above picture shows some of the group as they participate in and enjoy the entertainment following one of the noon-day lunch sessions. The picture to the extreme left shows T. H. White, Herman Branson, Susan Taylor, and Catherine Carter, participating in the group singing.; the center picture shows Joe Taylor at the keyboard of the piano, providing some toe-tapping music for the group and the picture to the right is just an over-all scene of some of the elderly who attend and enjoy the,:,, "qly noon-day sessions. (Photos by Gay Hench.'so,. 1958 Charles Town High Graduating Had Enjoyable Time At 20-Year A gala time was had by all attending the 20-year reunion of the Class of 1958. Special guests attending were: Mr. W. G. Eismon, Parkersburg; Miss Pauline Moore, Mr. and Mrs, Glenn Specht, Mr. James Tabb and Mrs. Vivian Smoot. Special invitations were also issued to Mr. T. A. Lowery and Mrs Esther Reger, but they could not attend. As classmates and their guests entered the Banquet Room of John's Restaurant, they im- mediately returned to the year of 1958. Class colors decorated the entire room and 2 tables of photographs and memorable items were to be seen. Social hour was from 6 to 7 p.m., and a dinner consisting of tossed salad, roast beef with  gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, assorted pies, coffee and tea was served. Mr. W. G. Eisemon gave the invocation for dinner. After dinner, Charlotte Armstrong introduced Gaylord Dillow, classmate from Pennsylvania, who served as Master of Ceremonies. Gay brought back a lot of memories with his amusing anecdotes. After a short time of "Do you remember", Gay presented gag gifts to various members of the class. Each invited guest was then given time to speak. Door prize numbers were drawn and the rest of the evening was spent as reminiscing time. Up-to-date yearbooks were handed out and everyone had a good time glancing through it to see just where everyone is living now and what they are doing. Pictured above are members and guests attending the 20-year reunion of the Class of 1958. Left to right- W. G. Eismon, Vivian Smoot, Robert Milbourne, Polly Orndoff M. Popkins Mr.'McHenry, Wi! Dinges, Crum Jennings, den, Johnson, Gay Barron Owens, Meredith. Janet Charlotte MarcUm Phyllis Pauline Moore, man, Pat Donald owens, Costello, Anna Smith, Juanita man, Charles Ingrain Ray, Evelyn Bell Charles Price. Cramer., Joa Jenkins, Dona Harold Lonl l-line, Nancy Brac Edwards. (Class taken by James featured articles about Petro- leum Power activities around the country, an energy conservation puzzle, and a story about up- coming regional events. Petroh'um Power News is available free by writing to the ,ational 4-H Council, 150 North Wackcr Dr., Chicago, II1. 60606. WHO KNOWS? 1. How marly man-made objects are there in earth orbit? 2. When was the South- ern Confederacy formed? ,3. What part of a mile is a fl, rlong? 4. Who signed the Yalta Agreement? 5. When :as it signed? 1 , ii ii You can be sure... if ifs Westinghouse Wutingbouse Hell Pumps TWIN T ENG. Donald T. Phillips Phone 304/725-5163 P.O. Box 341 Charles Town, W.Va. Warehouse Prices on Central Air Conditioning for Soil Installation. JAN. 19th-e.o.w. b. When was the first railroad chartered? 7. When did the U.S. Marines plant the flag on hvo Jima? 8. Why do some planets appear brighter than stars? 9. Who wrote "The Vil- lage Blacksmith"? 10.Name the Secretary of Slate. Answers To Who Knows 1. Thc U.S. Aerospace Defense Command re- port 4.546. 2.February 4. 1861. .,. One- :ighth ". Franklin Winston 5alin. :. February 11, February 281 ". fcbr,lary 23. 8. Ti3cy are caw.h : o Henry Longfellow. 10.Cyrus arlC  Selfish made a nation gardless of m aged STUC A PHAR, 'f/l ! Grooming Aids Make the Man I There's a whole new man.pla days. Great new shaving aids, an all-year suntan look, to galore. Your drug store has Stop in... an, stock up. : STUCK & ALGER Phart Dial 725-2621 -- C HOURS: Daily 8:30 a.m. Sunday,- 12 to 1:00 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEA Please take notice that a public hearing will be held ori Tuesday, August 8, l the office of the Jefferson County Planning Commission, located on the se bd House Annex, 104 East Washington Street, in the City of Charles Town, to ments on the following final plat which has been submitted to the Planning proval: Type of Name of Title of ' Location "Subdivision Subdivider Plat ., Type II George L. George Hilliard Route l-l, Hilliard One Lot Sub- of Kearneysville division All persons and governmental units having ah interest in said proposed attend this hearing and make their comments known. The Planning Cm divisions may be reviewed at any time during normal business hours. BY count Henr B. July f-It