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114 No. 31 CHARLES TOWN, (Jefferson County), WEST VIRGINIA Thursday July 20, 1978 20 Pages - Two Sections Per Copy. 15c HURRICANES' BATON GROUP ENTERTAINS LIONS CLUB Town Lions Club was entertained by the Hurricanes Baton on Tuesday, July 18th at their regular meeting. The group is directed by Cramer. In the above photo, Lion President Chester Foley presents a to the group. (Photo by Erroll Leslie) Someone's Death "Unusual" Stays Open death of an in- ducted a complete examination one or of the remains. circumstances, it According to the examiner, when law en- Dr.JamesE. Smith, here's what .agencies decide to he found: All vital organs intact book on further in- anti in excellent condition', a superficial cut across the bridge  of the case of Mrs. of the nose; the body fully who was clothed with the exception of the June 14; and portion of one sandal; 1.9 per- floating in cent alcohol content of the body, River near the enough to induce intoxicdtion; three days and 18 percent carbon monoxide content of the body, above the Jefferson went on to con- a in- however, that in the opinion of the examiner, death the 20-year-old was due to accidental drowning. residents' It noted therewas no sgn of any and death, violence or any assault. family and Based on the findings, West been established Virginia State Trooper William e home B. Shoop, conducting the in- ]]akerton the night vestigation here in Jefferson for home. County, says it is possible that nosed into a. Mrs. Thomas could have, under Iakerton railroad the influence of at least four following mor- alcoholic drinks; the slight Spots of blood deadening of senses caused by the front seat of the carbon monoxide; and the her pocketbook shock of what appeared to be an vehicle, automobile accident when her centered on the ear struck the tree; wandered River after off the end of the pier and fallen dogs twice led into the Potomac River and the wrecked drowned. }a pier jutting into However, Trooper Shoop will classify the case as still pending. body, once He will continue to question under the friends and relatives; and of Maryland conduct his own personal probe Was removed to into what happened on that night where the of June 13, the last time Mrs. con- Regina Thomas was seen alive. Named Editor, Dorsey Manager Of Jefferson RENTCH of the officers the Jefferson Inc., held G. Rentch, of was named of Jefferson- and R. been an for some manager of the officers of the Ralph N. Va., since chairman of R. Va., Sarah vice- R. MEADE DORSEY president; and Joseph P. Dor- soy, Winchester, executive vice- president and secretary. All positions became effective July 1, 1978. Rentch, who has been serving as News Editor of the Spirit of Jefferson for a number of years, is the fourth Editor the publication has had since the Spirit of Jefferson and Farmer's Advocate, two separate newspapers in Charles Town at the time, were merged in 1947. He succeeds Max Brown, who had served as managing editor of the paper since 1951. Brown, who first became associated with the Spirit of Jefferson about 1933, was made editor of the Turn to Page e lNew Parking Rules Apply Charles Town New parking regulations for the Town of Charles Town are quietly being put into effect by Manager Robert Cain. Acting on an ordinance passed by council in June, signs are now being placed on the old hitching yard, off West Liberty and North Charles Streets, noting that parking there will be by "per- mit" only. The permits, costing $50 a year, will sanction all-day parking on all city-operated lots; and on all streets except George and Washington Streets. At a recent meeting of the town council, a group of businessmen asked that the "old : hitching yard" lot be left open to free parking. The matter was referred to committee, and was not brought to the council at its most recent meeting Monday evening. Arts Council issues Financial Statement J. Blackwel] Davis, treasurer for the Jefferson County Arts Council, Inc., has issued a summary of the finances of the organization for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1978. Balance on hand July 1, 1977, $859.57; income from July 1, 1977, $3,991.07; expenses from July t, 1977, $4,246.65; balance on hand June 30, 1978, $603.99. Davis noted that an itemized list of income and expenses is on file at the Blakeley Bank and Trust Company. County Democrats The Jefferson County Democratic Association will hold its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 26, at 7:30 p.m., in the Jefferson County Court House. Pinball Vendor Seeking To Void Ferry Ordinance Papers have been filed in the i office of Jefferson County Cir- cuit Court seeking to have declared "null and void" an ordinance banning the operation of pinball machines in the town of Harpers Ferry. The injunctive action, filed by Attorney James B. Crawford, is in behalf of James K. Hutzler, doing business as the Hutzler Vending Machine Company, and Remavage, Inc., of Harpers Ferry. In the suit, the plaintiffs charge that the use of emergency legislation by the Harpers Ferry Town Council on June 26, 1978, .to effect the ban, was unconstitutional, denying the plaintiff's their right to be heard under the provisions of the Constitution's Fourteenth Amendment. The Harpers Ferry Council introduced and passed the or- dinance on the night of June 26, arguing that it was in the public interest to protect the health and welfare of the community. The civil action request goes on to note that pinball machines are licensed by the State of West Virginia, making them a legitimate business. In addition, th action charges the plaintiff's, Ned and Tory Remavage, will lose $1,000 per month in revenues, and asks judgement in the sum of $1,000 monthly or for any portion of a month involved. Named as defendants in the suit were Harpers Ferry Mayor W. H. Brawley; Councilpersons Edward Smallwood, Walton D. Stowell, Ruby Reeler, Edith Alexander and A. W. Shewbridge; and Recorder Linda Rago. The action was filed in the circuit clerk's office Tuesday. Inwood Youth, 14, Jefferson's Seventh Highway Death '78 A 14-year-old Inwood youth became Jefferson County's seventh highway fatality of 1978 early Monday afternoon when the bicycle he was riding collided with an automobile on Stat e Route 51 at Middldway.  Investigating officers said the victim was Nell W. Kackley, son of Grover C. and Barbara Wenk Kackley of Haines Trailer Court. Officers said the cycle was heading west toward Inwood and the automobile, operated by a Route 2, Inwood, resident, was also going west. The cycle suddenly swerved into the side of the automobile. No charges were placed. The victim, born in Mar- tinsburg, June 30, 1964, was a student at Musselman High School and attended Berkeley! Station Independent Bible Church. In addition to his parents, survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Charles R. "Theresa" Stewart, Charles Town; Jenny Rebecca Kackley, at the home; a brother, Jack R. Kackley, Middleway; and the grand- parents, Mr. and Mrs. John H. Drummond, Rt. 1, Hedgesville; and Mrs. Ardella Kackley, Martinsburg. Services were conducted this morning in Martinsburg with interment in Pleasant View Injunction Sought To Halt Walton Rifle Range Isaak Walton League firing range at Leetown was held Tuesday before Judge Vance Sencindiver in Jefferson County Circuit Court. The action, brought by Charles and Catherine ConneUy, charges that the ConneUy family is in "constant jeopardy" because of the firing range, located about 600 feet from the Connelly home on the other side of a heavily wooded area belonging to the Owens family. Witnesses called by the Connelly family attorney, James Crawford, included Mrs. Con- nelly, who said she had just moved into her home at Leetown when plumbers found a bullet in the dirt behind the house. She said it was buried in the dirt "on a slant facing the woods." The plumber said he did not hear any gun shots during the incident, but under questioning admitted he had heard hots quite often before but didn't pay any attention to what direction the sound came. Mrs. Connelly testified that on March 30 she and her husband notified three men at the Izaak Walton range on what happened. And, she said, Charles Crum, chairman of the rifle range, shut the rifle range down when in- A hearing on a requested in- formed of the bullet in the junction to halt operations of the Connelly yard. Attorney Peter Chakmakian, representing the Izaak Walton League, called a number of witnesses to the stand to show that the shooting ranges were not hazardous to any residents in the area. Testifying for the defense were Isaak Walton League members Philip Chandler, George S. Gutsell and Charles A. Cram. David P. Parsons, a representative of the National Rifle Association, also testified. as to the safety factors of the ranges. Judge Sencindiver took no action beyond setting dates for the filing of briefs. The plain- tiff's brief is to be filed by Friday, July 28; the defendant's brief by Friday, August II; and the plaintiff's counter-brief by Tuesday, August 22. Rental Lions Center The new renter of the Lions Center is Douglas Snowden, who may be contacted at the following numbers, 725-5321 during working hours and 725- 5208 in the evenings at home. If passible call during the day. Memory Gardens. State Police also investigated a three-vehicle mishap on U.S. Route 340 on the Shenandoah River bridge. Involved were cars operated by Frank D. Uhler, of Rt, z, torpors Ferry; Philip S. Marzili, Pittman, N.J., and Ernest S. Jenkins, Pack- ville, N.J, Officers set damage 'at $600 and charged Uhler with failure to yield the right of way. There were no inries. Reecher NamedlMerchant s Plan ICharles Town A & P Manager A veteran of twenty-five years with the A and P Groceries chain, William Reecher, has assumed the managership of Charles Town's A and P Supermarket, located in the Hilldale Shopping Center. The 42-year-old Reecher comes here with a background of fourteen years as manager of four other A and P super- markets. His career began at the age of sixteen, in the Waynesboro, Pa., store, where be started working[ as a bagger in 1952. He rose to, assistant manager, a post he held until 1964 when he was promoted to manager of the company's Annandale, Va., store. In 1968, he took over the management of the Tyson's Corner operation; in 1974 was transferred to Chantilly, Va.; and in 1974 became manager of the Frederick, Md., store, where he remained until coming to Charles Town. Reecher, who says his work is such that he has few activities outside the store, has four children...girls 22 and 20 years of age; boys 16 and 9 years of age. He said the smaller town at- mosphere of Charles Town is "fantastic" compared to the metropolitan areas where he has been working. Reecher succeeded Frank Courtney, who resigned to open his own business in Winchester, Va. Reecher is assisted here by Robert L. Keiter, who joined A and P in October, 1958, in Winchester, Va.; has served in Berryville and WinchesL'r; helpeJ: t Charles Town store in i962; and came back as its assistant manager in December, 1977. Keiter is married, the father of four children, two boys and two girls. Prospects For S00ior Citizens Center Dims; Council Nixes Offer to the neighborhood. Mrs. Tolbert said thai overgrown weeds and delapidated houses have stymied efforts at a neigh- borhood clean-up campaign. And she added, these conditions have existed for years. Another speaker, Daniel Brax- ton responding to. a statement that the city was publishing a notice directing that property owners clean up their premises, said "we don't want another notice." Only one delapidated house has been torn down in the past ix years, he added. It was pointed out to the delegation that city efforts are hampered in handling deteriorating buildings. State laws and legal maneuvers slow down the process of condemning and disposing of these structures and become extremely costly, quite often beyond the financial means of the city. Councilman Q. D. Fleming, presiding in the absence of Mayor D. C. Master, thanked the delegation for appearing and urged they and othdrs to show n reluctance in testifying in court relative to both property con. detonation and unsightly premises. Council, in agreeing to work with the County Commission on its recommendations that an infiltration inflow study be made of the Charles Town-Ranson sewage "collection system, i passed a resolution agreeing that if and when improvements to the system are made as recommended by the study, the city will make available, if R exists, part of the excess capacity of its sewage treatment plant to any one that can connect to the system, rdless of whether they are in the city limits or not. In matters dealing with zoning, council adopted in- terpretations from the zoning commission clarifying the description of residential and Turn to Page S Prospects for a Senior Citizens Center to serve the needs of elderly Charles Town and Jef- ferson County residents dimmed a bit Monday evening when the Charles Town City Council,: meeting in regular session, turned down the latest proposal offered by the Jefferson County Commission. Two weeks ago, city council drafted terms which it for- warded to the commission. The commission, in turn, drafted its own terms for the project. Under the county proposal, the commission would oversee construction of the senior center building if the city donated the vacant plat of land off North Charles Street behind the ABC store. If the building constructed by the county ever ceased to he used as a Senior Center, the commission would be willing to officially purchase the land at "its current appraised value" from the City of Charles Town. Or, the commission said, the city could similarly purchase the building from the county. City council member Bill Kline, was critical of the county for expecting the city to pay the entire value of the building. He said it would be more reasonable ff the purchase price would include just the money the county commission put into it. There was no move to make another proposal to the county commission. The perennial question of deteriorating properties and weed'infested vacant lots was again placed before the council this time by residents of the Harewood Avenue area. Mrs. Ollie Tolbert, one of the speakers for the delegation, pointed out that the city has a program, "Pride In Action." She said that residents of the Harewood Avenue ara have the "pride", but need the "action" of tl' city in enforcing laws against property owners who let the properties deteriorate and give a,"ghetto-like" appearance Bonanza Days, Courtesy Parking Members of the Charles Town and Ranson Retail Merchants Association at a recent meeting ade plans for holding their annual Summer Bonanza Days Sales, and discussed the con. tinuance of the Courtesy Parking program, started some six months ago in Charles Town and which has been so suc- cessful. The merchants were not only pleased with the results of the Courtesy Parking program, but they were informed by President Oliver Kastle, that the program and the merchants had received nation-wide publicity on the project through a fine story and picture of one of the courtesy parking tickets which was carried in the latest edition of the National Retailers Association magazine. I The story credited the local I merchants with implimenting a novel idea to provide a half hour I free parking to patrons of downtown businesses through the Courtesy of the Charles Town downtown merchant$ Although there are other municipalities in the country who have adopted the courtesy,: Merchants, provides for a half- hour courtesy parking ticket to be placed on cars showing over- time parking on the parking meters rather than an overtime parking ticket: The Merchants Association in turn re-imburse the City of Charles Town for a portion of the meter revenue less through the issuance of the Courtesy tickets. The Merchants voted to hold the annual Bonanza Days Sales on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 27, 28 and 29 with a total of $300 in cash prizes to be offered as a part of the Bonanza Days specials. Once again the prize money will be broken down into three categories, with the first prize being $100; second and third prizes will be $50 each and there will also be four $25 cash prizes. in addition to these prizes, some of the participating merchants indicated they would be offering their own special rizes along with a bonanza of bargain-priced items, Patrons of Charles Town's downtown retail stores and 'businesses participating, will be parking idea, Charles Town is given the opportunity to win the the only one in this immediate cash prizes through bonanza area to do so. I days tickets which the mer- The plan which was adopted [ cha will issue to store patrons last November by the Retail I duripg the sale days. Area 00Dedicat,on, At Leetown OnJuly 29th public to attend the dedication of a fishing area, designed specifically for the use of the handicapped, to be held Saturday, July 29, at 10:30 a.m. Scheduled to attend and take part in the ceremonies is the HOnorable Harley O.Staggers, congressman from this Second Congressional District. It is also possible that both West Virginia senators, Robert Byrd and Jennings Randolph, will also be in attendance, but this has not yet been finalized. Also participating in the program will be Dr. I. V. Billes, director of Martinsburg Veterans Administration Center; Lynn Greenwalt' director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service; Howard Larsen, regional director of the service; and Don Boyd, head of the Young Adult Conservation Corps and the Youth Conservation Corps programs for the Fish and Wildlife Service. Bob Putz, director of the National Fisheries Center, ,will preside, welcoming the guests and introducing the speakers. There will be music by the Jefferson County High School ,Jazz Band. The area to be dedicated lies to the rear of the main Leetown complex. It is comprised of five ponds which will he specially prepared and adapted for use by are also pointing with pride to the fact that the great majority of the renovation work in the handicapped fishing area is being carried out by the YCC and the YACC, particularly the latter. The YCC is composed of youths 16 to 18 years of age, and is administered through the county board of education. The YACC is for those 16 to 24 years of age, supplied by the United States and State Employment Services. Putz and McDaniel pointed out that under supervision, virtually all of the work at the han- dicapped fishing area, including the building of the portable pier and the pavilion, has been done by the YACC this summer. The work continues as finishing touches are being placed on the fishing area. Following the program Saturday, July 29, refreshments will be served. In the meantime, work con- tinues on the new, four million dollar structure which will house the training center for the Fish and Wildlife Service, an arm of the Department of the Interior. No date has bn set for dedication of the new fisheries academy, but officials said it could take place in late Fall of this year; or in the early spring handicapped persons. I of 1979. Special hard surfaced road-I v en built around The new bufldi a two-sto ways ha e he the I " "ng,. ry fish ponds; a pavilion has been[SUCture, will house research ___struc tcon ed; a s Deciallv ,I and training facilities. A unique dianad n toon4vn, nier is  feature will be 10,000 square feet "built';nd t"Io are of roof-moonted solar energy being stocked with different concentrating panels to be types of fish. The entire complex is designed with the han- dicapped in mind, with a parking i area for transporting vehicles. Initially, the fishing area will be utilized by handicapped patients from Martinsbur$ V,A: Center; later by elaues in recreation for the handl from Shepherd College, Shepherdstown, and Shenan. "da College, Winchester, Va, Ultimately, the use will be ex. [with the mentally and physically utilized in supplementing winter heating and summer cooling. ............. Illlll Ill I WEATHER Period .Thursday through Saturday, temperatures ar expected te run. abeut fmlr de above seasonal nermals during the , with blahs to 9, attme laws U to I2. A eha|,e of the. each day.