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114 No. 32 CHARLES TOWN, (Jefferson County), WEST VIRGINIA Thursday July 27, 1978 24 Pages Per Copy. 15c JACKSON.PERKS POST AMERICAN LEGION INSTALLS NEWOffICERS meeting of Jackson-Perks Post can Legion, held at the Post Home on '6, the following newly elected officers shown Were installed for the current year. They left to right -- Paul Wilt, 1st vice- James Morison, finance officer; commander, and Lyle Furr, adjutant. left to right -- George Vickers, 10th Commander, and a member of Post No. 71; SWab, service officer; Marty Braithwaite, ; William Beers, Americanism officer; Ercola Viana, a member of the executive committee; John North, child and youth officer; William Lancaster, assistant adjutant and James Shade, 10th District Commander, who was the installing officer. Not present for the installation, were Phil Chandler, 2nd vice- commander; Charles Ott, 3rd vice-commander; Dean Nichols, chaplain; Guy Miller, historian arid two members of the executive committee, Charles Johnson and Henry "Hank" Jovanelly. (Photo by James Tabb) hant-Noland n Robbed Wednesday a salesman for He then ordered Mays to put and his glasses in the rest room sink, on U.S, Rou 340 go into the main show0om and havo.hem,,a .trn off the lighs, when Mays flicked the light switch, he also ran out the front door and kept o'clock in the running despite an order from , alerted by a the robber to "stop or I'll shoot." which sounded at No shots were fired. nd, went to "the Mays described the man as a He unlocked the white male, about five feet, entered the eleven inches tall, weighing and turned on the about 170 pounds. The weapon he described as a small hand gun. sa - me moment, a Nothing was reported missing from the main from the Merchantq%land of. L put a gun to rices, although an attempt was rid ordered him to made to open a 'locked cabinzt. f room, lie down The Jefferson County detach- wa llet, which he ment of State Police is con- ducting an investigation. harts Holding nza Days Sales i: one of the popular sales year in Charles got underway the sales and orning until! the local of them, will a host of sale pati'ons, of special special bargain lucky persons $30 jackpot k the first prize SeCOnd and third each and then Prizes. Drawings Will he held t 5 p.m. from Town hose prizes, a are also special door for any of be given a makes It shopper to any of the receive a Ipating in the listed on, HER through cloudiness, mainly af- rshowers Fair and Ue perind lows in the page 10 of this edition of the newspaper in a large Bonanza Days ad sponsored by the Retail Merchants Association. County Taxpayen To Hear Project Reports Friday 7:30 The Jefferson County Tax- payers Association will meet this Friday night, July 28, at the Ruritan meeting house (old school house) in Shenandoah Junction, at 7:30 p.m. The laeeting will be chaired by Mr. Charles Adams, president. Reports will be received from the various committees which have been operating on various projects these past few months. Of special interest should be the report on Regionalism by the committee created to organize a movement to cause the abolishment of this layer of government. Also, the com- mittee that has under study the two changes to be voted on in the November election will make a full report. The JCTA has voted to oppose the change to the Constitution of the State that would lower from 60 percent to 50 percent the required vote to pass a levy of taxes. The other tax measure concerns the in- ventory tax that will be voted upon in November. Other reports will be of interest to all. The public is always welcome to these meetings and all are invited. There will not he a regular meeting in August since the Jefferson County Fair will be m progress at that time. tStaggers Speaking At iHandicapped Fishing IFacility Dedication The Honorable Harley O. Staggers, West Virginia Congressman from this Second Congressional District,- will be the principal "spea ,Sat]J]tby. morning at 11:0o o clock when a fishing area designed specifically for utilization by the handicapped will he formally dedicated at the National Fisheries Center at Leetown. Joining Congressman Staggers on the speaker s platform will be Don Boyd, chief officer of the Youth Con- servation Corps of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service; Howard Larsen, Region 5 director of the Fish and Wildlife Service; I. V. Billes, director of Martinsburg Veterans Ad- ministration Center; and Dr. Robert F. Cook, deputy director of the Fish and Wildlife Service. Dr. Robert Putz, director of the National Fisheries Center at Leetown, will preside, giving the welcome and acknowledge- ments. The Rev. J. Vincent Guss, of St. Peter's Lutheran Church. Shepherd- stown, will give the invocation; and the Rev. John Emert of Leetown Baptist Church the benediction A flag walk-in will be per- formed by the Boy Scouts of America, music will be by the iazz ensemble of Jefferson High School Dr Putz said that other members of the state's congressional delegation have been invited to attend, and SeCtor Iennings Randolph has indicated he will attend if at all ible " ' The formal ceremony will be followed by tours of the area; and by a luncheon served those attending. ' Construction work on the fishing area for the han- dicapped, consisting of five ponds, paved roads, a man- made pier and a covered pavilion, was performed by the men and women of the Young Adult Conservation Corps. Actually, the facility, providing recreational activity for handicapped individuals with varying degrees of disability, is the first of its kind to be designed and engineered for such pur- poses. Various groups worked with the National Fisheries Center in planning the facility, providing vital information on design requirements. Cooperating were: Martinsburg V.A. Center; the Disabled Veterans organization: Shepherd College; Shenandoah College; and the Soil Conservation Servfce. Following the program and luncheon, a number of han- dicapped are expected to utilize the new-found fishing grounds for the first time. All ponds will have been amply stocked with several kinds of fish native to this area. Board Of Education IHeadquarters Going Old Page-Jackson The Jefferson County Board of Education is going to move its headquarters. Between now and January 1, the administrative offices of the system will vacate the present quarters on West North Street, and move into the old Page Jackson High School building, located off Route 340 and Augustine Avenue in South Charles Town. Superintendent Raymond Frazier told the school board meeting Monday evening, the move would save the system about $800 a month in rental fees for the present location. This saving, he voted, would quickly pay for the costs of installing a new furnace and renovating the quarters at Page-Jackson. The board turned down two requests asking it to set a price on two surplus properties. David Ash, county ad- ministrator, and Commissioner Garland Moore, representing the Committee on Aging, requested the board to set a reasonable price for the old 5th Avenue elementary school in Ranson. The committee seeks to utilize it for a senior citizens center. Also speaking for the com- mittee were Lee C. Small, executive director, and Ernest M. Dandridge, original president of the committee and a retired school teacher, who suggested the structure "ought to be given to the committee since it was funded by county taxpayers." However, the board held to its original plan to offer the structure at public auction on Saturday, August 19. A similar request from Ranson Mayor J. Kelley Lance, asking the board to set a price Turn To Page 6 ]John Allen tGeneral Telephone Makin--g Schooled In Trust Work improvements Charles imh'rthnasil})i I Town Switching Center North Carolina at Charlotte held during the last week of June. The school, established in 1961 is one of the outstanding trust education institutions. A com- plete program covering all phases of trust work is presented by prominent representatives from the respective divisions of trust activities. In addition to the time spent in classes, Allen had an extensive period of study and pro-school preparation before going to North Carolina. Now in his 14th year in banking, Allen joined the trust department of the Bank of Charles Town in 1969. He is a graduate of Cathedral High School, attended the University of Omaha and has completed the West Virginia School of Banking. In addition, he has taken numerous American Institute of Banking Courses including economics, accounting and business law. A son of Col. and Mrs. John J. Allen of Hillbrook, Summit Point, he is roamed to the former Diane Cook and resides at Kearneysville. John and Diane are dedicated members of Zion Episcopal Church, Charles Town, where he is a member of the Vestry and Jefferson County is one of the fastest, if not the fastest growing counties in the state of West Virginia. And that certainly is the compelling reason why General Telephone Company of the Southeast is spending,, or going to spen[, more than a half- million dollars, to provide new and exianded telephone facilities at the Charles Town switching center. Prompted by the sudden burst of activity at the facility, and by the questions of an inquisitive public, we asked Calvin] McGehee, General Telephone's district service manager for l Charles Town, what was taking He noted that $325,000 is being expended to expand ',and renovate the building's un- derground vault, where telephone cables enter the building; provide a new battery power room which operates the telephone switching equipment; and perhaps most important of all, install a new emergency generator and fuel tank to serve the office in the event of a power failure. Another $1,000 will be ex- pended, McGehee said, to Treasurer. John has been active provide additional .telephone in community affairs having .switching service for the served as Treasurer of the growing Charles Town.Jefferson The laborious task of installing 600 additional lines and terminals at the central office of General Telephone Company on North George Street in Charles Town is being carrl out bh, tgene Kelly, an of Telc March of Dimes and a memr County area. DIaK icy the board .Of-ehd This expansion tssistant treasurer of the Old maeduled for for: /harles Town Library. October 1 of this year. I '] : General Telephone present]Y[Harper s A00other New Hiih's serves 8,480 telephones in Jef-[ McGeheeFerry'noted that General additional 600 persons. And Dairy 90 m projected for installation next ferson County. Of these, 6,135 [Telephone currently furnishes year, 1979, an are in Charles Town; 1,748 in [service for7,100customers. Now lines additional 1,400 r Op Shepherdstown, and 597 in [being installed are lines for an ' Another brand new all modern Select00,.New Peaches Are 'Late, High's Dairy Store held a most / successful grand opening in Charles Town on Wednesday, July26, at the intersection of H Princess Avenue.State Route 9 and Jefferson Apple Crop Normal This isthethirdsuchHigh's According Expeds retail outlet to he opened in Jefferson County, one being located in Ranson and another on State Route 45, just west of Shepherdstown. Arthur E. Fazio is the ;i, : ,: manager of the newest store to ( The northeast pe, ach seasor Joe Dorsey, of the Moore and be opened and Mike EI-Shafie is will be late this yea, while the Dorsey Orchards, Inc.. was the area supervisor for the High's stores. For the Grand Opening, High's offered a free television set as the grand door prize. They also offered store patrons a host of grand opening specials in merchandise. Dr. Trussell Receives Honor Dr. and Mrs. William E. Trusseli, of Charles Town and Jefferson County, attended the Miss Lisa Malcolm, above, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Malcolm, of Levels, W. Va., was chosen horticultural princess for the coming year at the annual princess tea of the West Virginia Horticultural Society Auxiliary, held June 14, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Welsh at Greensburg. The event honored the retiring princess, Miss Julie Slonaker who told the ladies of her ex- periences as a princess at the Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester, Va. She also ex- pressed her appreciation for being granted the opportunity to serve as a princess "for the society. Miss Slonaker placed the llSth Convention of the crown on the head of the new American Veterinary Medical princess, Miss Malcolm, ending Association in Dallas, Texas. her reign and starting a new one. July 17-20. Miss Malcolm was also During a special inaugural presented a check and an apple and awards luncheon at the charm. convention center, Dr. Trussell The new horticultural princess was presented a Gold Lifetime is a 1978 graduate of Hampshire Membership Card and High School at Romney and is congratulations by the presently employed at the or- association president on the chards of her father. She plans to achievements necessary for a secretarial career. Honor Roll status. In school she was a member d Dr. Trussell is a graduate of the chorus and the girls track Ontario Veterinary College, team and participated in the University of Toronto, Canada. activities of various clubs. The American Veterinary She'll represent the West Association is the world's Virginia apple industry at the largest veterinary organization, U.S.A. Apple Queen contest in numbering 23,000 members. Six Gettysburg, Pa.; in the Apple thousand attended the con- Blossom FestivalinWinchester; vention, and other related functions. apple crop will, for the first time in two years, be rmal. Those are the predictions coming from area apple and peach experts. According to members of the National Peach Council, in Martinsburg, the season is about seven days later than normal, and more than ten days later than last year. A spokesman for the council said Redhavens, the first major value variety, should start around August I in New Jersey, Maryland and West Virginia; and about August 6 in Penn- sylvania. For all varieties following Redhaven, up to Rio Oso Gem, a general reduction of volume is expected from the amount becoming available for com- mercial shipment. However, if all goes normally, the season should be caught up by August 25. Because of the somewhat shorter yield, the marketing committee said, a majority of the crop is expected to be in the larger sizes this year. Reduc- tions in crop figures are estimated at 35 percent fewer peaches in New Jersey than in 1977; and 11 percent less in Pennsylvania than last year. As for apples, the Frederick County Fruit Growers Association has estimated a total figure of 4.4 million bushels for this year's crop prediction. That almost doubles the last year's apple crop. Ed Shokes, of the fruit growers association, said that last year's estimate of 2.3 million bushels was "almost on the button." This year, he said, unless we receive some freak weather, area county orchardists are looking to a normal, good crop year. Shokes' optimism was echoed by some of the county's in. dividtml growers. quoted as saying he expects an average or normal crop year. with heavier results in some apple varieties. He attributed thls to a goodpollinating season and lack of cold damage albeit the bloom was two weeks early. Moore and Dorsey have the largest holdings in the area. 777 acres in Clarke County; 40 acres in Frederick County; 411 acres in Jefferson County, West Virginia. In addition. 158 acres are leased for operating in Virginia. Robert Wyatt, with 250 acres of orchards in the northern portion of Clarke County, said he expects at least fifteen percent more apples than last year, and attributes this to the absence of adverse weather. Harry Byrd, Third, says the Byrd orchards are developing a "normal" crop. He said the crop looks nice, and after two short crop years, we are due a good season. According to Shokes. another factor in this year's good outlook is that the area did not ex- perience unseasonal warm periods in the late winter and early spring. Shokes said that "winter kill" s caused when temperatures suddenly rise during the winter months, causing buds to bloom early, then become susceptible to a cold snap; or cause a tree's sap to stir too early, thus generating bud activity much too early. We would be remiss if we were not to mention that apple growers are constantly fighting battles with insects, and this season is no exception. The latest threat to what has been described as a "normal harvest" is the leaf.roller, which has made its appearance in area orchards. Orchardists are currently employing the Tm-n to Page 6