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! i, 30 CHARLES TOWN, (Jefferson County), WEST VIRGINIA Thursday July 13, 1978 20 Pages- Tvo Sections Per Copy - 15 Ferry Ar00s Road, Hazards, Asks The Moonies?' the absence of its the Town Council on dealt quickly issues returned. Eddie Who chaired the said, "I'm not responsibilities to throw it all lap." statement was request by the Association for representative to Commission. member said that she merchants, Dixie Kitty Wallich, to the group, public ..at the open -- as devil's Councilman stumped of an state fire historical suggested that convince his criteria !the renovated because regulations' e area's Smallwood ended discussion when he said, "The fire marshal is going to treat all the buildings in town equally. If not, I'll have something to say. If the in- spection is done as a group, not as individuals...when he comes he'll shut us down." Smallwood then appeared to heighten the fears of residents who complained of damage done by construction crews repairing town streets. Suggesting that road paving was improper, he said, "In the first bad winter the whole road will come up. If they continue we're not going to have any roads in town. Asked whether inspectors weren't overseeing the work, Smallwood replied, "Six years ago I suggested that the town hire a man, but instead we just brought 'era in and turned 'em loose. They've broken a few water lines, but not as many as I thought. There are inspectors, but it's not like having someone (who's) interested in the town...they've pulled the wool over our eyes," The Council also discussed a request from the .Unification Church to solicit funds on downtown streets. The Church -- whose members popularly are known as "Moonies" -- led by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, currently is involved in federal litigation in several states, claiming that denial of their right to solicit is religiovs per- Carter Surprised On Surprise Visit The surprise visit of President Jimmy Carter to Harpers Ferry last Thursday was little sur- prise to a crowd of hundreds of. tourists and Jefferson County residents. The inquisitive throngs who greeted his unannounced sight- seeing tour apparently left the President mildly surprised, as Park Service officials guided him among the town's historic sites to the con- vergence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. Tight-lipped park officials answered questions concerning his arrival only with quizzical shrugs, while husky secret service agents and nationwide television crews scanned the crowded area. After a brief visit the President rejoined his 7-car entourage to be sped away -- perhaps to anonymity at his next stop -- leaving behind his contagious srpile on the faces of the crowd. i " , iTelephone Workers. that the over :fire s "an un- to affect J business that courts." His i to the ordinance IToited Through Night secution and restraint of trade. Town Attorney Keith Adkinson advised, "There may 0000/PrepadngFor Visit problems in prohibiting any religiou:s ag a niz a tion from gaming soliciting." He suggested that of which the council determine whether to deny a the Church is registered with the a pinball state, and whether the six of the persons named in the Church's may fail request are "bona fide not providing representatives of the means from its l organization." The request was are ex- tabled until the Town Council's s next meeting, scheduled for August 14. ayor Seeks Compliance Wn Mayor in his Tuesday all council them- town's new and the town has been in the haven't Said. "But all t's difficult I as we talked ago." May was! head post write-in as 1.964.1970 recorder. after law Under ex- Wright )mpletely oh- Ounfilmen HER Charles Branson voiced iden- tical opposition shortly before the ordinance was adopted at Council's June 27. meeting. Wright added however, "It is the law, and we must enforce it." In calling for clarification of all town regulations, the new mayor, a personnel officer with the Newton D. Baker V.A. Hospital in Martinsburg, noted 'the "theoretical" possibility of varied interpretation of the town agreement with the Historical Shepherdstown Society, wfiich was named as.agent for the renovation of the Entler Hotel, formerly Rumsey Hall. Wright said, "The agreement may not be as simple as we think it to be." He responded to Recorder- Margare/Didden's explanation of the intent of the agreement with the retort, "There is a difference between the intent of law and the ltter of the law." ,Wright noted that discussion of town committee appointments would be held at a special meeting set for the next night. He also promised a decision on the Cicalo-Rufrano application for construction of several townhouses near the edge of town. Dam Family Appearing Zion Assembly Church Wednesday, July 19, the Davis Family from Coweta, Oklahoma, will sing at Zion Assembly Church at Millville, on Friday W. Va. The service will begin at chance of 7:30 p.m. Saturday.. The Davis Family is described 80's, and as a dedicated, sincere, gospel singing group, Telephones are essential when the President travels. Mtach work goes on behind the scenes to prepare for his visit. Such was the case at Harpers Ferry, when the President toured the historic area July 6. Representatives from General Telephone Co.. which serves Harpers Ferry, worked throughout the night to make preparations for the visit. Calvin McGehee. district service manager for General Telephone in Charles Town. received a call from the White House at" 7:20 p.m. July 5. The caller requested special telephone service for the White House staff and Secret Service. The White House requested telephone service to be operational by 7 a.m. the following day. With the help of a mobile radio system., General Telephone representatives beat the deadline by two hours, placing finishing touches on telephone installation and related work by 5 a.m. A White House official arrived on the scene at midnight to confer with telephone officials and others, to finalize last minute details. Within 10 hours after receiving the request for telephone ser- vice, General Telephone Company representatives had placed 150 feet of aerial cable, completed necessary cable splicing, and installed five telephones and radio circuits, at the National Park Service Headquarters in Harpers Ferry, which was to serve as the White House command post. Bill Bond, service supervisor- customer equipment, coor- dinated the on-site installation of telephone facilities. John Kesler. service supervisor-central office equipment, returned from vacation leave to work on the project prior to the President's arrival. Other General Telephone employees bo completed the essential detailed work necessary to serve the telephone needs of the President's en- tourage were: Larry Osbourne, cable splicer; Curtis Harrison, John Walters and Alvin Lewis, all installers; Jerry Catrow, Michael W. Bogden and Glenn Ramsburg, all switchmen; and Harry Shirley, telephone equipment supplyman. "If we had not had the use of the mobile radio system, which allowed us to maintain contact with construction and in- stallation crews, it would have been ifficult to have met the 7 a.m. deadline," McGehee said. From Bluefield, Joe Adams, network switching manager. assisted other General Turn to Page 6 Democrats Planning Big lOx-Roast Aug. 51 The Democratic Executive Committee, meeting in special session Tuesday night, discussed at length their plans for staging a big old-time ox-roast at the Jefferson County Fair Grounds on Saturday afternoon and evening, August 5. The committee has invited all of the county, district, state and national Democratic candidates who will be seeking re-election or election in the November election and a number of them have already accepted the in- vitation. West Virginia's Senior Senator Jennings Randolph and Congressman Harley Oi I Staggers. of this second congressional district, have both I indicated they will be in at- tendance. I Tickets for the roast are[ already available from any member of the Democratic l Executive Committee at $4 per I adult and $2 for children under' 12. They may be obtained in Harpers Ferry through I Margaret Harris; in Shepherd- stown from Lewis Tabler; in Leetown from Lyle C. Tabb, and in Charles Town from Mrs. Bianca James and John Skinner, the latter president of the Jef- ferson County Democratic Association. The menu for the outing will include barbecued beef, corn on the cob, beans, homemade rolls, cake and iced tea. The affair will .get underway at 4 p.m. and run until about 7 p.m. Although there will not be any scheduled speaking program, all of the party candidates present will be introduced and permitted to respond briefly, it was stated. Death Bunker Hill Nurse Is. I h SCw[e00!i'nN t00he body of Mrs" Regina B. Thomas of Bunker Hill was recovered, from the Potomac River near the Harpers Ferry Dam. But West Virginia State Police are continuing their in- vestigation into the death of the 30-year-old nurse, questioning members of the nurses' family and her friends in an effort to unravel the unusual cir- cumstances surrounding the case. Mrs. Thomas was first reported missing June 14. She was last seen at the home of a friend in Bakerton. Her car was found the next morning, wrecked, near the Bakerton railroad underpass on River Road. The search then centered on the Potomac River, after trained dogs led police from the wrecked car to a pier jutting into the Potomac River. Saturday, June 17, the body was recovered from the river. Because the river is in Maryland the body was sent to the Maryland State Medical , Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy. The only report received up to this point is that Mrs. Thomas was a victim of drowning. Additional facts stemming from the autopsy have not yet been received by Trooper William B. Sheep, who is conducting the investigation for the Jefferson County Detach- ment of State Police. Donald Hill Given Promotion To V-P At Blakeley Bank DONALD HILL Jack R. Huyett, President and, Cashier, of Blakeley Bank and Trust Company has announced that the Board of Directors has prompted Donald Hill to the position of Assistant Vice- President. Hill has been employed by Blakeley Bank and Trust Company since June I, 1967 as a note teller in the loan depart- ment. He has completed the Various courses of study offered by the American Institute of Banking and holds the five year basic certificate. He also completed courses sponsored by the West Virginia Bankers Association and the College of Commerce. West Virginia University, and has attended numerous banking semmars and workshops He resides in Shepherdstown with his wife, the former Lucille Daniels. and one daughter Donna, at home. Approval Is Received For Swage System At Charles. Town Track The West Virginia Health Department has approved plans for the proposed s :wage system for the Charles Town Race Track, permitting the track to begin construction immediately. Notification of the approval was given by Dr. Earl Allara at the July meeting of the Jefferson County Board of Health, chaired by Chairman Dr. Mildred Williams at the health depart- ment offices. Mter Dr. Allara told the board that, only seven people made use of the department's facilities on Saturday mornings during the month of June, it was decided to close the offices on Saturdays. From now on, new hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, with the offices closed for lunch from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. John Cooper, county serve food to the public, were well attended. New permits are available to those who attended the sessions. Cooper also reported on the progress of the new Health Center at Bardane. Footers have been poured and some blocks laid. and workers are installing the lines that must be placed before the concrete floor can be poured. The board was advised that the environmental staff has been hard-pressed to keep up with requests for services because of the prolonged illness of Sanitarian Willis Nowell. Cooper and a regmnal sanitarium are working to keep up with demand. Board members attending were Chairman Dr. Mildred Williams; Juanita Horn, Reva White, Roger Perry and Charles All.Day Festival In Park Saturday Proved Best Yet Despite the extreme hot and humid weather in the morning and the heavy thunderstorm of mid-afternoon, the all-day 'festival held at Jefferson Memorial Park Saturday to raise funds for the park's Summer operations, proved to be a most successful event, according to Robert D. Ott, general chairman of the project. Ott said the project rWaS the day's activities and fun. Then there were auctioneers N. Clark Furr and Paul Miller, who donated their time and talents for the Country Auction which also proved to be very popular and Norman Snyder and Van Kidwell staged a dance to help the fund-raising cause Oft and the. officers of the Jefferson Memorial Park this week expressed appreciation to most successful one ever staged,, all those persons who con- with about $2,000 having been tributed money and items for the raised despite the fact most] park auCtion when the:fallowing patrons of the event were chased ] young people made e door-to- from thepark about 2:45 p.m. by t door canvass. These included the thunderstor, m .... f..Crag Kershner, len'Psil|as, ,';i'b a whole t ':;t * ents [Bar,::ara. 2ar, :Ui'te 'Hoff. the moi, dhigi aft Deaia Spunich; ])aVid Ram.. evening, the first of theevents  sburg, Michelle Shewbridge, and one which has always Matt Meyers, Debbie Jamison, proved to be a big money raiser was the park breakfast staged each year by members of the Charles Town Kiwanis Club. And shown above are a part of those who cooked and served the breakfast early Saturday morning. Ott said members of the Charles Town Lions Club also made a fine contribution by staging their games and also operating their very popular homemade applebutter stand. Also Margaret Barker and Barbara Benner came in with an outstanding job with their committee of young people who handled the public canvassing for the park auction. The Charles Town Moose Club also made a major contribution to the success of the project and Glenn Edwards, Summer Recreation Director at the park. had his tennis players and swimmers in the act. contributing much to the Kathy Lloyd, Kelly Watson. Scott Kelican, Chris Bush, Willie Plndell. Alicia Tyree, Cindy Edwards, Chip Daniel, Libby Daniel. Tad Carper, Danny Mills and drivers Alice Stunkle and Mary Barker. Ott said while it is impossible to mention everyone who helped, others include Geraldine Willingham and her family, Diane Christian, Yola Ott and Phoebe Shorts, the Towne House Restaurant. and David Wilt, who helped with the food items. We would like to say thanks to WXVA, SpirR of Jefferson and the Martinsburg Journal for their help in the advertising, the downtown merchants and the people who donated articles to make the auction a success, the Junior Woman's Club and the young teacher from Shepherd College, who sold the sno cones, cotton candy and popcorn. sanitarian, reported that the Whittington. Staff members t food serwce education con- attending were Dr. Earl Allara, ] A n  n iAinnln ferences, which enabled local physician-director; 00o000000:)urnlu s rro00-v wIIn people to qualify for a work Cooper, sanitarian; and Mary[ r' I[a,v Ij permit in establishments which Alic e Fritts, R.N. [ " -- -- - .. ' . ," IBe Aucttoned Off By For Homestead Exemptions The 1979 assessments for Real Estate and Personal Property taxes'began as of July I, 1978, according to Mrs. Mary R. "Ginger" Bordier, newly ap- pointed Assessor of Jefferson County. Deputy Assessors will begin canvassing the county within the next few days for the purpose of contacting all persons in the county owning homes, businesses, and automobile vehicles, for the purpose of getting them properly assessed. All county residents owning property and especially vehicles are reminded that if they are not seen by a Deputy Assessor before October I, 1978, they should report to the Jefferson Cou Assessor's office and turn in their assessments. Taxpayers are reminded that it is  the individual's respon- sibility to see that they are properly assessed in order to obtain the necessary tax Turn to Page Prdgram$ Noted For Berkeley Coun00 Park The Country Squires, a country-western group, will perform this evening, July 13, at Berkeley County War Memorial Park in Martinstmrg, a part of the continuing "Summer In The Park Series" spumored by the Berkeley County Council for the Arts and Humanities. The free concert gets underway at 7:30 p.m. Performing with the group are Wally Kemp, Paul Miller. Mel McQuair, Kevin Webber, and Jeff Gibson. They have two recordings "Dream World" and "Hello Darling, WIcome Home." It is also noted that the programs for the remainder of July include the Hagerstown Municipal Band July 20; and the U.g. Navy's Country Current Band on July 27. Education. meeting in regular semi-monthly session Monday evening, adopted a resolution approving the auction of a number of pieces of property declared surplus by the board. A tentative date of Saturday, August 12, has been set for the auction. This date will be con- firmed later, and advertising will be placed announcing the date and place of the sales. Included are the Ranson-5th Avenue building; the old bus terminal in Ranson; Rippon school: a quarter acre lot at Middleway; and one acre of land lying between Jeffersonian Manor and Belvedere Heights. The board heard a report on the maintenance and upkeep of schools by the director of the maintenance department, Charles Grey; and went into closed, executive session with Guilford Turner. All other actions by the board dealt with personnel. They in- cluded: INSTRUCTIONAL SERVICES: Recommend the following be employed as teachers, pending certification, effective the 1978- 79 school year: social studies teacher at Har. pers Ferry Junior High School; Willard Michael Martin, assigned as music teacher at Page Jackson Solar Elementary School: Susan Mentzer, assigned as guidance counselor at Shepherds.town Junior High School; Barbara Gellner, assigned as English teacher at Jefferson High School; Mary Ellen Kirk, assigned as teacher in the Resource Center at C. W. Shipley Elementary School; Mar'/Rebecca Brooks, assigned as primary teacher at Blue Ridge Elementary School; Susan Thompson, assigned as primary teacher at Blue Ridge Elementary School; approved Dawid Landwehr as head teacher at North Jefferson Elementary School for the 1978- 79 school year. SUPPORTING SERVICES: Approved Rhonda Costello as kindergarten aide at Ranson Elementary School; approved Alice Faye Athey as a cook at North Jefferson Elementary School. Approved the following be employed as aides under ESEA Turn to Page 6