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~" SI~',! ~ii~ B 2 i~i~ i:!, ! ~'! D I:ii i::: y [3X 1 [;i,;i:: '. i 'iiii i r!i of Jefferson Farmer's Advocate sday, July 28, 2005 "No government ought to be without censors: and where the press is free, no one ever will." - Thomas Jefferson 20 pages - 50 cents per copy e g of Motor Vehicles office in Martinsburg last week had patrons waiting for two Continues for Local DMV Office "Good news and bad news" is how State Delegate John Doyle described the approval by the Budget Conference Committee of the following budget digest requests from Jefferson Coun- ty legislators. Doyle is one of 12 members of that commit- tee. The awards come from re- quests by Doyle, Delegates Bob Tabb and Locke Wysong and Senators John Yoder and John Unger. "The digest has been getting smaller and it got appreciably smaller this year," said Doyle. Because the West Virginia Supreme Court had issued an order prohibiting any digest activity, the Legislature put much less money into the line items usually used for digest grants, according to Doyle. The high court lifted its prohibition only in the last week before Unger said that he has re-feet in the recent past and has Fiscal Year 2006 began (the be- joined cently had assurances that the helped to move things along, ginning of this month). a resolu- local DMV office will come to Patrons are reminded that Despite the relatively small that a Division Jefferson; however, the loca- the office is busiest at the e2id size of this year's digest, Doyle open tion is still not set in stone, and beginning of each monthbelieves Jefferson County got ~. A DMV of- At least $550,000 has been set so business should be sched- its fair share. to come to Jef- aside for the project," legisla- uled around those times. "All these projects are worth- tors told the commission earli- While some indicate that ear- while, and most would not have rejected ]by theer this month. A possible loca- ly morning is best, there is ap- been funded were the funding e as too high. tion for the project is Bardane parently no real "slow time" decisions to be left to the ad- appeared Industrial Park, Unger said. for the office and patrons are ministrative branch of state commission In the meantime, those urged to be prepared for a pos- government," Doyle indicated. the need heading to the Martinsburgsible extended wait. "Some folks argue there should encourage DMV office should be made The addition of a new of- be no legislative earmarking 8l~Pport be sentaware that new regulationsrice in Jefferson County will of projects around the state, Delegate Bob involving Homeland Securi-help provide relief to not only but were we not to specify cer- been a cham- ty may be the cause of some citizens of this county, but tam projects, most of this mon- here, said of the long lines. Each person ,to Berkeley and Hampshire ey would be spent in or near DMV having business with the of- county residents as well. A cit- Charleston." busiest in rice must'now provide a physi- izen of West Virginia may do The following is a list of Jef- cal address; no post office box- business at any state DMV of- ferson County projects ap- es will be accepted. Proof of rice. proved by the committee: that physical address must be things as a run into two Martins- a branch were said Sena- the pressure from the and both lo- IS a By Mandy IC Sole has little to do with actual time "Imts of people, when they left: her best friend passed away thinkofHospice, think of death," after only 15 days of Hospice off by said Sandy Hutton, a local Hos- care, while her current patient ~ushed for pice volunteer, but she says that has been in the program for sev- to ap- she really doesn't think about enteen months. of the office death at all when she visits pa- '~it really means that what making tients. Hutton has been a Hos- you have is not going to get any site in the pice volunteer for four years, better," Gageby said. The reso- Pat Gageby, on the other hand, Hutton said the job is perfect citizens in has only had one patient for the for her, since she's retired and productive two years that she's been with has nothing substantial to do m lines to be Hospice, a rarity since patients with her day anymore. Man- are accepted when they have a 'This really is my reason to and expe- six-month life expectancy. Pat get up in the morning," she said. project." said that life expectancy really Volunteering for Hospice lets of my Roper, Facilitator Schools, Culturally Enrichment In its second is designed middle school five novels ~8 well as meet .and authors en- about eth- cultures. The by. Jef- County Unction with Univer- the Imani of Destiny )artic- County even more par- an on-line ver- l~rogram. Roper Student to be he a para- why This the stu- of stick- Rop- is open sixth Blue Ridge Community Club, Intermediate School, $5,000; $8,000; Good Shepherd Inter-Bolivar-Harpers Ferry Pub- faith Volunteer Caregivers, lic Library, $15,000; Jefferson $5,000; Halltown Memorial County Libraries, $7,000; Jef- Chapel Association, $2,000; ferson County Council on Ag- Jefferson County Fire and Res- ing, $65,000. cue Association, $10,000; Old The Eastern Panhandle Free Opera House Theatre Compa- Clinic will be awarded a por- ny, $30,000; Blue Ridge Moun- tion of the $2,599,336 in the tain Fire Hall, $8,000; CASA of "Health Right" line item. This the Eastern Panhandle, $4,000; award will be based on a distri- Citizen Fire Company, $8,000; bution formula. City of Charles Town, $6,000; Similarly, the Shepherd City of Ranson, $6,000; Friends University James Rumsey Vo- of the Shepherdstown River- cational Center.will be award- front, $5,000; Harpers Ferryed a portion of the $350,000 Historical Association, $5,000; (from the $450,000 designat- Harpers Ferry Main Street, ed for the Technical Prepara- $8,000; Jefferson County Black tion Program) earmarked /Or History Preservation Society, Southern West Virginia Com- $4,000; Jefferson County Com- munity and Technical Col- munity Ministries, $3,000; lege's shared facilities. This Jefferson County Affordable award will also be based on a Housing Authority, $40,000; distribution formula. Jefferson County Fair Associa- The following is a separate tion, $5,000; Jefferson County list of projects that normally Sheriff's Department, $10,000; would have been funded in the Jefferson County Sheriff's Re- digest, but were funded this serve, $4,000; Shepherdstownyear in the budget itself. It is VFD, $13,000; Star Lodge- included to avoid any misun- Historic Locke House, $4,000; derstanding: African-Ameri- Town of Bolivar, $7,000; Town can Cultural Heritage Fes- of Harpers Ferry, Capital Ira- tival, $5,000; Charles Town provements, $7,000; Town of Summer Sampler, $1,000; Shepherdstown, $7,000; Jeffer- Christmas in Shepherdstown. son County VFDI $5,000; Shep- $4,000; Heritage Craft Cen- herd University Gateway Pro-ter of the Eastern Panhan- gram, $100,000; Blue Ridge El- die, $7,000; Jefferson Coun- ementary School Mobile Com- ty Black History Preserva- puter Lab, $12,500; Harpers tion Society, $5,000; Jeffer- Ferry Middle School, $22,000; son County Historical Land- Harpers Ferry Middle School marks Commission, $8,000; Band Uniforms, $20,000; Jef-Mountain Heritage Arts and ferson County Focus Coalition, Crafts Festival, $2,000; Old $5,000; Project Excel, $78,000; Opera House Theatre Com- Ranson Elementary School Lit- pany, $15,000; and Old Tyme eracy, $12,500; Wright DennyChristmas, $2,325. shown to DMV officials to re- ceive proper renewals and oth- er documents. Many who come to the office are not aware of these requirements and have to make more than one trip into the DMV, thus making lines even longer. A call ahead t~ the facility may help citi- zens be more prepared with what they need to conduct their business. The average amount of workers in the office in Mar- tinsburg seems to be six to seven although there are a to- tal of 15 windows'for service. The lack of a full staff also makes the waiting longer. An automated system of assign- ing numbers was put into el- met this year School such books by Lois Gary by Wil- Each stu- book with- while par- about the meeting q her visit the terminally ill for a priest or pastor, if they want one. few hours of her day, allowing Hospice also arranges an "Elev- her to be there when her hus- enth hour" visit-someone to sit band leaves and comes home in with the patient and family din'- the evenings. Pat, too, is retired, ing the fmal hours of life, and a and had determined before her bereavement team to help the retirement, when her mother family after death. Gageby said passed away, that she would be- that Hospice tries to provide ev- come a Hospice volunteer. Not erything the terminally ill might believing she could handle work- need. ing with the terminally ill, she '~e're like a family," she said, took a volunteer position in the a family for the patient as well office, but took the course on car- as the volunteer, since she felt ing for patients, an)-ccay, not ex- she came into a new family when pecting to use it. That changed she started as a volunteer. Pare when her best friend died in ear- Shanklin, Hospice coordinator, ly 2004. added that, '%re want to care for -'fff I could help her, I thought I the total person, to care for them could help others," Gageby said. in all ways. One person can't do She agreed to take on a patient all that. The volunteers add that in February of that year, and extra bit that others don't have has been with that patient since, time for." She isn't sure if she'll take an- Even knowing the patient has other patient when her current other help, Hutton still likes to patient passes on. Hutton, too, stay and do as much as possible was inspired to join by the Hos- each time she visits. '~/ou never pice care and death of a friend, feel like you can do enough," she '~ took care of a loved one said. who died of lung cancer. After Hutton helps with housework he passed, I heard more about and meals and basic patient the program I felt I had some- care, but, more importantly, she thing to offer," Hutton said. She gives the patient and the family currently visits two patients someone to talk to. once or twice a week for a few "It's not the patient, but the hours, but she's had as many as family that needs to talk and five under her care at one time. needs someone to understand," Those under Hospice care also Hutton said. receive visits from a nurse, who 'Whe volunteers add so much can administer medication, an aide, who helps them with bath- Continued on Page 2 mg and personal hygiene, and a Students participating in the Culturally Diverse Summer Enrichment Reading Project held at Ran- son Elementary include, front row, from left, Chris Mao, Nouna Anthony, Chelsea Hepner. Second row, Christian Meda, Yani Meda, Jenay Grant, Lauren Baylor, Atiya Green. Back row, Shelly Spitzer, teacher, Kendall Dozier, Tayelor Brown, Doug Mao, Andrea Gaither and Vivian Baylor. times. On-line participants ing," she said. "These kids are grader at Charles Town Mid- shared thoughts via a chat old enough to stay home alone, dle. "I thought it was cool to room. At the end of the week, but not old enough to have aread and get money for it," each reader took a test on the job, so this offers them an op- Chelsea said. book, and if he or she passed, portunity to keep stimulat- Roper said that information would then receive $20 as an ed, look at other cultures and sheets go out to each school to incentive prize, earn a small amount of mon- pass on to parents of the mid- Funds for the incentives ey," Roper said. die school students at the end of have been provided by the Jenay Grant, a 12 year old the year. She stressed that the Imani Foundation While grant student at Charles Town Mid-title of the program refers to the money for the program itself die School, is in her secondculturally diverse reading ma- has come from the American year of the program. "I liketerial and authors, not that the Public University System. *to read and I like money," she children participating need to Roper is pleased with the ex- said. Her favorite book thisbe culturally diverse. She hopes pansio~ of the program and summer was Chinese Cin- that the program continues to hopes,to reach even more chil- derella" by Adeline Yen Mah.expand in the future because of aren next year. s know the She was joined in this choice the benefit it brings to the stu- importance of summer read- by Chelsea Hepner, a seventhdents. Shotwell Farm Hosts Farm Bureau Picnic The Jefferson County Farm Bureau and Chamber of Commerce announce their annual picnic to be held Tuesday, August 9. The event will be held at the farm of Harold and Christine Shotwell and will offer a tour of the facilities at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7. Guest speaker will be Kellie Boles, Jefferson County's Ag Devel- opment Officer. The cost is $12 per person. Reservations may be made by calling the Chamber Office at 725-2055 or the Extension Office at 728-7413. Reservations must be made by August 4.