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NO. 28 CHARLES TOWN (Jefferson County), WEST VIRGINIA 25414 THURSDAY, JULY 14, 1988 28 PAGES  PER COPY 25 ys Barn busy spell, and this caused by a a rain storm the Leetown area destroy- from the :jured. and working flames from dry fields, were Indepen- and 424 East 1st set fire to the siding on the t and fire corn- blaze. Loudoun break out Ridge Mountain the alarm units in ex- ash = Harpers Ferry Monday recorder Clifton that increased building per- for the in- must be set The corm- street and to possible add ad-: ! an ordinance town to order extended, for the registration time ago of wild have been will also be for by the Jeffer- Society. Post Sons of the in its 98th yson's named Jeffer- Prin- for by the SAlt,. and president state of West Rains Bring Respite from Heat Showers invaded the Eastern Panhandle earlier this week bringing some welcome relief from the unrelenting heat wave. Above, Shane Rives, 6, of Ranson, was in high appreciation of showers as he plays with his Prin- Charles F. Printz Pleased and ex- post, American Legion, and a past Chef he said, by De Gate of Voiture 1356, 40 and 8. by His activities in the SAR includeat- tendance at annual congresses from Printz is a 1978 through the present year; terms of the as secretary general in 1987-88 and as was treasurer general in 1965-87. He has Virginian chaired a number of national corn- John D. mittees; is a past president of the member of the West Virginia Society, a national of Regents, is a trustee for West Virginia, a member member of'the of the Florida, Pennsylvania and the War of 1812 Texas societies and currently Sons of Con- president of the General Adam Stephen Chapter. He and his wife Beth reside at and chairman Aspen Pool Farm near Shepher- business at dstown. His wife, together with served in the daughter Mary Beth, are both active lI, retiring DAR members, while a son, Charles, is a past com- Jr., is chancellor of the West Virginia Post 71, Society, SAH. Lnza Days! years, Charles Town's downtown mts I bargain bonanza as once again prices are slashed this 'l'nursday, Friday and Saturday. es of the Charles Town Downtown Mer- a majority of retail outlets will participate in this t'ou . most part, will be observed during regular gh Saturday. g stores (you can tell them by the red values on items of aft kinds, ' individual store prizes. y sign up for $500 in prizes to be awar- Sales patrons at the close of business Saturday, July sailboat and tugger in an off-street puddle. Below, a fallen tree blocks North Fairfax Boulevard due to high winds which accompanied some of the rainstorms. (Photos by Chris Biauvelt) Zoning Passed; First In State The Jefferson County Commission last Thursday adopted a zoning and development review ordinance, effec- tive ninety days after adoption. The action was unanimous, all five com- missioners approving the measure. The action came after Paul Raco, planning director, presented the revis- ed ordinance which contained changes recommended by the County Commis- sion following public hearings. According to Raco, the measure will provide an excellent foundation on which to address present and futwe growth problems, outlining a pattern of growth for the next fifteen years. The document is described by pro- penents as flexible, with avenues of change written in to accomodate future developments. ,When the measure, which has been more than three years in the making utilizing the talents o]r the Jefferson County Planning Commission aided by a cross-section of diverse interests on a special Citizens Advisory Commit- tee, was adopted it also made a bit of history in the state of West Virginia. With the signing, Jefferson County became the first county in the Moun- Temps Fail To Set New Marks tain State to adopt any kind of zoning. Many municipalities have zoning, but no other county has moved in that direction. Since the Commission approved the ordinance, it is understood that peti- tions have been circulated asking that the ordinance be subjected to public referendum. Fifteen percent of those voting in the last gubernatorial elec- tion must sign valid petitions in order to send the measure to referendum. In the early 1970's, the county re- jected a zoning ordinance, with opposi- tion claiming the measure was "too restrictive." Many of those now ad- vocating a referendum take a com- pletely opposite view of the present measure, calling it "not restrictive enough." On another subject last week, the Commission again lashed out against the solid waste authority measure adopted by_ the West Virginia Legislature, calling it a "catch-all measure which will only exacerbate the problem of littering and illegal dumping throughout the state." The measure can only be expected to increase costs of disposing of gar- bage, because of fees totaling $1.75 for. each load dumped at the landfill, and the necessity of maintaining many ad- ditional landfdl records which will also increase the cost of disposal. In personnel actions, Julia Main was hired as an executive secretary for the planning commission, and John D. The past week has been one of extremes. Temperatures topped the 100 degree level last week, but did not match previous highs. Drought conditions began to settle in, causing some concern on the part of area gardeners and farmers. Howevm, the rains finally came, and over the weekend and into Tuesday, more than ,35 of an inch of rain/fell, the first in 25 days. This left precipitation amounts for the tmrrent year lya quarter of an inch below average, thanks toheavy amounts which fell in May. The weekend rain, most of it com- :ing Monday, was accompanied by a bit of wind and lightning. Some trees, in- cluding one on Fairfax Boulevard, were uprooted or splintered by the winds; lightning struck at a number of spots in the county, including one which struck the barn of John Schroder near Charles Town; and several power lines and transformers were downed by bolts from the storm. In the meantime, it has bee.n hot. Jefferson County Weather Observer Laurence Lloyd, Sr., reports that temperatures exceeded the 100 degree level on several ocasions. But, he says, that was nofhing compared to 190, the year of the great drought. It was then that temperatures soared to over 100 degrees on 17 days, breaking all previous heat records. A record high of 108 degrees was registered in Charlt T 'iigust 5, 1930. But in Martinsb 0' same day,'a high  112   logged. That all-time record for West V'wglifia; There's been a dry spell lcally, !, ticularly during the month of June, IlL during the 19 growing season,,,Mf I through August 31, only 5.48 were registe for the four-mon: period. In that year, the period between May and Septemberbronght less than two inches of rainfall. Brown was approved as parttime cor- rectional officer at the county jail. George Vickers was reappointed as the county's lay representative to the Region 9 Planning and Development Council, and an intergovernmental review for .the West Virginia Small Business Development Center was approved. Mayor's ...... Master His actions certainly befit his name. He's a "master" at becoming the center of attention, -utilizing sometimes outrageous "masms," other times bringing into play shock" tactics to arouse his audience. He's the longtime mayor of Charles Town, D.C. Master, veterinarian first, politician second and originator of nnusual ideas which attract national attention, third. Shepherdstown Plannin The Town of Shepherdstown may call upon qualified engineers to deter- mine whether or not problems exist within the town's sewer collection system. Members of the town council and the sewer board, together with city sewer department employees, recently con- His latest national exposure came last Thursday and Friday on the syn- ducted a survey of the system and came up with four possible trouble spots. However, the general consensus was that qualified engineers should check the collection system before any final determination on its operation is made. The Shepherdstown council, meeting Tuesday evening, was told that the new flow meter installed at the sewage treatment plant indicated that between 104,000 and 106,000 gallons of sewage is being generated daily. However, it was noted that this figure may be somewhat low in- asmuch as the summer hiatus is in ef- fect at Shepherd College, and an in- crease in flow might be noted in September when school resumes. The treatment plant is geared to handle up to 400,000 gallons of sewage daily. There was good news for all Shepberdstown employees. The coun- cil approved a five percent pay in- crease, effective immediately. In a personnel action, Kenneth Ruff- ner, a former police officer, was rehired. He will be on a 90 day trial period, at $5 per hour, and when he has received his training from the State Police Academy his salary will be $12,500 yearly. Council also approved the appoint- Scholarship Winner Visits Bank g Study dicated Phil Donahue Show, where he and four other guests, including Mayor Kurt Schmoke, of Baltimore, offered the legalization of drugs as the possi- ble answer to the nation's drug problem. After remaining in mainstream discussion during most of the pro- gram, the mayor grabbed the spotlight at the show's end when he pulled a small plastic bag containing a white powder from his pocket and describ- ed it as a "bag of cocaine, costing a dealer $200, but worth $900,000 on the street." In reality, it was a small bag of : powdered aspirin, but Mayor Master had pulled the "shock treatment" and centered the spotlight on his arguments in a spectacular final gesture. Mayor Master's argument that legalization of drugs might well be the answer to the drug problem began earlier this year and aroused some local criticism and opposition prior to Charles Town's bi-ennial election. The controversy didn't affect the election outcome, the good doctor won in a walk. But television and radio ap- pearances are not new to Master. Several years ago he was credited with stating that welfare mothers who keep producing children ought to sub- mit to "spaying." This evoked both a storm of criticism and some praise and resulted in television appearances in Baltimore, New York and Chicago. It didn't bring about "spaying" as such, but it did create an awareness of the problems involved. The same thing is true of drug 'legalization. It is doubtful that Dr. Master's support of the idea will cause it to be utilized. But it does bring about a continuing realization that the natl,_ faces a drug crisis and that some sort of solution is most necessary. ment of David Johnston as town magistrate for a one year period. The council also abolished the town tree committee, noting that it believ- ed the committee's work, which it commended highly, had been completed. The accounting firm of Cox Allemong was hired to audit the finances of the water-sewer depart- ment, as required by law, at a cost of $4,000 to $4,500. It was also decided to negotiate for a three-year contract with the firm, which furnishes audit reports to the West Virginia Public Service Commission. Mayor Audrey Egie also issued a reminder that a second public hearing will be held July 26, at 7 o'clock, at town hall, to receive input on an ap- plication for a Small Cities Block Grant. Dawn Cook, a recent graduate of Jefferson High School and the recipient of a |1,400 ghOinrsJp from the People's Bank of Charles Town, is hosted at a tour of the baalda "''"" '" " institation by ank resident Benard F. o Murray, left, and James M. Davis, Chah-man of the Board. The scholarship is for hu'thering MI Cook's educattou at Shepherd College. Weather The extended ferecast fer the peri Thursday threegh Saturday. Warm and h,,.mM llh the period with a chance b/mxlr'tm-m each day, mghs near J0. NIOtame Jew, betweea 10ud 7S.