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.stown Becky Shaffer 876-0600 and Carrie Strider, Tillie Orndorff, and Joyce attire) join Greentree Realty owner Jackie ......... "soda jerk reception" to celebrate the opening of offices in Shepherdstown. (P~oto by Diane About artist Pat Barnes who was ex- least hibiting her watercolors on the The Contem- walls therein. Pat's work is al- Theater Fes- ways colorful...we have one its one-month here at home that is very eye- '...and a su~- catching...and I appreciated qual- the opportunity to see more of her skills. After our Sunday after-mar- ket lunch out and afternoon nap...yes, the nap is necessary for these "older" women...we accepted the invitation of Jean Neely for the showing of a film on bird migration at the Opera House. The movie theater was filled for this beautiful produc- tion which demonstrated the stamina needed by migratory birds, some of which fly as many as 6,200 miles on their migratory journeys. For this viewer, the most beautiful part was the wonderful ballet per- formed by many of the birds... we stopped the movements of which were a Realty to cel- natural part of their makeup. business's move The movie was filmed through- The place was out the world and portrayed Well-wishers the beauty of these birds in flight and repose, and demon- to give their strated some of the hazards Jackie Lewis, which they must face during all of those who their lives. The audience was estate business obviously moved by what they serious saw and responded with laugh- ter, applause, and, occasionally, into the murmurs of sadness. something engi- Our weekend was completed years ago by with a trip am'oes the river to V for more serving that Sharpsburg ice cream historic shop we all know and love... room whewR---you know the one I mean. The medicines place was packed as usual with attendance was Our little town all over and elsewhere. made it Sunday and v farmers' markets, ~topped by the booth where I "So long." It was farewell, a tiny tear in it wasn't part of of the theater and at the marble- fountain. The of Frank the structure upstairs. Those dressed as "soda l Joyce Thornton building with C M- H , hrk.The jerks , of course, sundaes for all morning a jaunt Springs Road ano Gardner. 1940s tractors near the ..the four-legged use nearby. The me of the used just the most jobs. The all Belgians in pulled plows a guided them. Md., his Allis and, as the Wound around, he is now vice- the Rose Hill Car- club for horse ~ based Park in that and officer for many years to hear that it historical to celebrate the equipment display as Welsh donkey road. And the Methodist Crossroads [SOme delicious- trip to Shep- Stopped at AlIA Suttenfield's exhibit in enjoy AlIA, interest- by other great Incidentally, ,,~, but, I some of her artsy trend, the at the War Me- to ~sit with a line winding through the store. Happy voices shared the events of the day as the folks oecupying the chairs inside and benches outside enjoyed their personal flavors of the day. Carolyn Kobe was our guest this past week. This sister of Diane Steece knows just what and where she likes to eat when she comes to Shepherd- stown...the Blue Moon for the cobb salad and Nutters for ice cream. The sisters swam, caught up on family matters, went sight-seeing, and spent time with our horses and goats. We always enjoy Carolyn's vis- its. Reminder The Williamsport Commu- nity Band will present a free concert Sunday, August 10, 4 p.m. at Morgans Grove Park. Sources tell me that Roc~ Hill Creamery ice cream will be of- fered for one and all. What a pleasant way to spend a sum- mer Sunday afternoon. Comment My family occupied the same Berkeley County prop- erty for 50 years and, because our road was the one used by state Department of Highways equipment to travel to loca- tions west And south of us, our snow was some of the first plowed and the grassy, weedy roadsides were among those mowed first. Actually, through- out the county, roadsides were mowed several times during those summer growing months, providing a good appearance for visitors and 1~. This morning I wish that I could say the same for our end of Scrabble Road and Turner Road. The grass, the weeds, and the bushes have grown so that safety is sometimes an issue. The grass is so long that it reaches across the roadbed to its relatives on the other side. The branches of the bushes and trees along the overgrown fence rows scratch vehicles and vibrate radio antennas. And all of this overgrowth hides road- side rocks and debris. We are ready to see our "tax dollars at work," Jefferson County Department of High- ways. Our roadsides are a dis- grace out here. Many citizens mow properties ~hen their grow beyond a certain length and bill the owners. Maybe that's what we should SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE -,,,Thursday, August 7, 2003 Frederick County, Md., farmer Jack Bamsley pulls a single bottom plow with his 1940 Allis-Chalmers tractor during the annual Farm Day sponsored by the Bill Knighten family of Shepherdstown. (Photo by Diane Steec~) Belgian horses Samson and Goliath pull the Oliver 40 walk- behind plow under the watchful eyes of Jim Wynkook, of Hedgesville, and Jamie Baker, of Clear Spring, Md., during the Knighten Farm Day event. (Photo by Diane Steece) do to reverse this situation. Bet we wouldn't be reimbursed for our efforts. Or those scratch marks on our vehicles. Responsibility We can all relate stories of driver irresponsibility...the car that sails through the red light, the truck that pulls into our path from a driveway or side street, the Van that passes us on the left as we prepare to turn left with our signal and taillights all flashing, the auto that passes us as we are park- ing in German Street, the ve- hicle that tailgates us as we "do" the speed limit, the SUV that bears down on us as we enter the crosswalk, etc., etc., etc. And road rage-well, that's a subject for another time. What has happened to our regard for the law, our patienco with our fellow drivers, our concern for Our vehicles, our in- terest in the well-being and safety of those on the road with us? Where is our sense of re- sponsibility for others? Are we so intent on getting "some- where" -so insensitive to those on the road with us-that we are willing to risk the pain... the possible deaths...of those who share our roadways? Let's stop being so tuned in to our own selfish. Think! Drive responsibly! Father's Garden We began propagating berry plants last week. We placed strawberry runners into sunken pots of soil to root, transplanted red raspberry and blackberry suckers, and layered the tips of black and trailing raspberries. All of this was on paper, of course, as will be the following information about mound layering and hardwood cuttings. To propagate gooseberries and currants, cover the base of the plant with soft to encourage the lowest branches to form roots. Mounding soil or sawdust to a height of eight-to- 12 inches at the plant base will allow the branches near the bottom to form roots. These rooted branches may then be cut from the main plant and trans- planted. The remaining shoot will grow and bear fruit. Expand your vineyard by cutting short sections of dor- mant wood from your best grapevines and rooting them. Pruce sections of last season's growth in midwinter for those hardwood cuttings. Remove the skinny shoot tips and cut the remaining pieces into eight-to- 12 inch sections. In order to de- termine which is the top end in your cutting, make an angled cut across the top bud on each cutting and a fiat cut just below the bottom bud. Dip the fiat (bottom) end of each cutting in a rooting hormone, tag each with its name, wrap in moist sphagnum moss, and place in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. In spring, place your cuttings in your plant "nursery" as soon as you can work your soil. Take care to set them four to six inches apart in a row with the fiat end down and just the top bud exposed. ARer a year, the sections should be ready for transplanting to their perma- nent locations. Many of us have at least one or two of our favorite herbs in our gardens. A few folks have entire gmden areas filled with these fragrant plants. We will continue our comments on propagation next week with in- formation about herb propaga- tion~ A Glimpse into History The Imagi~ Funeral The following is from an un- published "History of Smithfield" prepared by Colo- nel Robert L. Bates, Ph.D, a professor at Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Va., which was published in the 1937 edi- tion of the "Magazine of the Jef- ferson County Historical Soci- ety." There is a Shepherdstown connection which will be evi- dent as we proceed through the article. "During the 'thirties' (1830s) each community had its com- pany of soldiers in compliance with the regulations governing the establishment of a militia. These companies had a local personnel of officers and men and were matters of consider- able pride on the part of the re- spective communities. Periodically they drilled. Good drillmasters, who were in de- mand, would frequently go from place-to-place and instruct the soldiery in military tactics and the manual of arms. Older men, women, and children would throng the drill field, some farmer's meadow, thrill to the drum, and struggle to restrain their emotions during these oc- casions. Secret societies were not then so numerous as they were today. Masonry was for the older and soberer citizen. The militia served the purpose of the secret society, in that it supplied a distinctive regalia, inculcated the ideals of patriotism, pro- vided for sociability, and was the source of strong community in- terest. "Middleway had its company, The Middleway Blues'. John E Smith at the time of which we speak, was its captain. On spe- cial occasions, like the Fourth of July, there would be a mebiliza- tion of companies at some nearby county seat. At such times, this was ~ signal fer the country side to turn out in mass to see the spectacle. There was silent awe as the home troops went by in procession. Each community in the time of the 'thirties' had its own peculiar characteristics - even a local ac- cent. The militia was the focus of local pride. For months after a parade the acts and achieve- ments, the jokes and jests that originated at such times were matters of discussien and enter- tainment, The butt of ridicule was the intoxicated militiaman who had been rendered combat before the parade had begun - and the file closer had to take his place in the squad. But here we shall have to pause to relate an especial episode that figured large in the lives and memories of the Middleway Blues." JEFFERSON HIGH '83 REUNION The Jefferson High School Class of 1983 will celebrate their 20th reunion on Saturday, August 30 at Morgan's Grove Park in Shepherdstown from 2- I0 p.m. All '83 classmates and their families are invited to the event which will include a pig roast, live entertainment, sof6- bail, volleyball and kids' activi- ties. The cost will be $15 per family. For more information, please email jhsclaasof1983@ yahoo.corn, or call Debbie at 876-3117. We are compiling an updated class directory, so please get in .touch with us even if you cannot attend. Please pass this information on to any '83 grads you are in con- tact with. Give the United Way Berkeley Co. $5,000 Grant Youth Fair Underway The 56th annual Berkeley County Youth Fair is underway and continues through this Saturday night, August 9. In activities this past Mon- day, Kara Marie Frye, 18, a sophomore at Shepherd Col- lege majoring in music educa- tion, was crowned Miss Youth Fair. Miss Frye is a member of Valley Star 4-H Club and is a graduate of Musselman High School. For fair-goers, there is plenty of activity left this week. Today at 9 a.m., a horse show is scheduled, along with a water- melon eating contest, kiddie pedal tractor pull, a talent show at 7 p.m. and a horse pull. On Friday, various events livestock sale at 6:30 p.m. and the Figure Eight Derby at 8 o'clock. Saturday, includes a pet show at 10 a.m., a I p.m. kiddie pedal tractor pull and the al- ways popular demolition derby at 8 p.m. Also, carnival rides and amusements are available on a daily basis. Special pricing for the carnival rides from 1 to 5 p.m. are also available. Admission to the youth fair, held at the Harry D. Slielly Park, is $3 for ages 13 and up. For more information, please check the fair ad on Page 10 of today's edition, or visit the following web site: www.berkel~coun~.or~. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CASA WORK Over 1,200 neglected and abused children in the tri- county area need your help. CASA volunteers are court-ap- pointed special advocates who speak for these children in court to help them find safe and permanent homes. To volunteer, call CASA at 304-260-0314. An orientation meeting will be held September 4. When you call, ask about the meeting. PRE-BUSINESS PLANNING SEMINAR SHEPHERDSTOWN--The Shepherd College Small Busi- ness Development Center (SBDC) will host a pre-busi- hess planning seminar on Tuesday, August 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Community and Technical College of Shepherd, Room A01, 400 West Stephen Street, Martiusburg. Topics discussed will include how to figure start-up costs, what licenses are needed, how to write a business plan, what to include in a loan package, and what goes in a marketing plan. The workshop will he led by Nancy Ferner, SBDC. Seating is limited and there is a $Sfee for SBDC materials. Prepaid reservations are re- quired by Friday, August 22. For mere information or to reg- ister, call the SBDC at 304/260- 4385. To Boys & Gifts Club The Boys & CArts Club of Jef- ferson County has received con- tinued prooamming support for educational excellence. Thanks to JCPenney Afte'school, the Jelfer- son County Seys & Girls Chb will receive $5,000 to continue the funding of Project Learn, a com- prehensive educational strategy with proven results. "We are truly grateful to JCPenney Aflersohool because Project Learn has improved our members overall academic performance," said Bob Brezovich, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Jefferson County "The only obstacle holding back our members is opportunity, and Project Learn helps level the educational playing field. Who' knows, we might have among us a future captain of industry, a doctor who'll find a cure for cancer or the next President of the United States." The support for Project Learn provided by JCPenney ARerscheol began on a national level more than three years ago, with the decision to fund the curriculum development and staff training, along with technical assistance for a total of 180 local Boys & Girls Clubs over a three-year period. The Boys & Girls Club of Jefferson County is open Mon- day-Friday, from 3:30-6 p.m. for members between the ages of 6 and 12. Members age 13-18 participate in club activities from 6-8 p.m. Annual member- ship dues are $5 per member and scholarships are available. If you would like to join the Boys & Girls Club of Jefferson County or if you need more in- formation, contact Andrd Kidrick, program director at (304)728-3143. EVENTS SET AT SDA CHURCH Upcoming events at Seren- ity Seventh-Day 'Adventist Church include Health Semi- nars scheduled for August and September. Hospice of the Panhandle will present the August 17 seminar. The seminar will be- gin at 2 p.m. with the taking of Mood pressures and weights and a 20-minute exercise pro- gram, followed by the presenta- tion on Hospice and the services offered. Dr. James G. Bombino, of the Arbour Family Chiropractic Center in Martinsburg, will present the seminar scheduled for September 21. The health seminars are free and open to the public. Serenity Seventh Day ,adventist Church is located at 25 Duke Road (at the corner of Echo Street). For additional in- formation on health seminars, call Rita Taylor at (304) 260- 9001. Ths second most populsr sport In India--after soccer--is arm wrestling. PUBIJC AUCTION Patti Palmer 304-72.5.6030 AUCTIoNEER'S NOTE: Everything in this salehasbeenwell- rnaintainedandis inexce#entcondi- #on# Very tew box Rt. 4 Box 282, ~ Tov~ WV on Phone: 4.725-2525 AL~'IX)NEERS: Bo# ~ LI~ ~orr Sm~ Rm, angs Lk~ ~A~O