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I 114 No. 34 CHARLES TOWN, (Jefferson County), WEST VIRGINIA ,00ars At Same Stand; Still Going Strong ICPA Report Indicates With Starting Crew Remaining At Helm IRanson Pays. Only 50 IPercent Sewage Costs KENEY years ago, on July 23, i a new business opened its at 120 West Washington: in Charles Town, in the occupied by is Jewelry Store. qe, as now, it was named ;Western Auto Associate no permanent anti-freeze, a motorist used alcohol and fancy radiator covers to prevent freezing; and windshields were kept clear with electric heaters held on by suction cups. As for the interior heating, there was a great demand for hot water, manifold ahd A cost report prepared for the town of Charles Town for fiscal 1977 shows that the town of Ranson pays only about half of the actual costs incurred by Charles Town in handling Ranson's sewage. Figures presented at Monday night's meeting of the Charles Town council purported to show that Charles Town, handling 57 million gallons of sewage for Ranson, incurred costs of $45,522. Ranson customers, billed by Charles Town, paid slightly under $23,000 for the services. The figures, prepared by Frank C. Frantz and Company, certified public accountants, were requested by the West Virginia Public Service Com- mission which indicated it wanted to determine whether or not Ranson customers were paying a "fair and equitable" share of the Charles Town cost of handling sewage. By comparison, Charles Town customers contributed some 73 million gallons of sewage to the treatment system at a cost of $53,290 for the services, i The report will be forwarded I to the PSC for further con- i Two zoning questions came before Monday's meeting of the council. Mrs. Rosa Hall, chairperson of the Charles Town Zoning Commission, presented a letter objecting to the operation of Judy's Beauty Salon in a residence at 205 South George Street. The objection was based on the fact that the salon proprietor had moved and rented an apartment to someone else. Council agreed that despite the recently enacted owner- occupant provision for zoning businesses in a residential area, this provision is not retroactive, and council could take no action on the beauty shop operation. Louis Luccarelli presented a !request asking for clarification of the zoning of property lying between his restaurant and the Jeffersonian Manor Nursing Home. He did not indicate why he made the request which was referred to the zoning com- mission. In order to meet the mounting costs of utilities, council agreed to increase monthly rents for tenants on the second floor of the Charles Washington Home, corner George and Washington Streets. Attorney W.H.S. White's [|or four decades, the Western Auto Associate Store has been operating in es Town at 120 West Washington Street, under the same ownership and ; gement. On July 23, 1938, Jame E. J m Senseney opened the Western -.e store, and has guided its operations since. He is shown, center above, 'Red by his two sons, Bill, left, and Jim, Jr., right, now associated in the iness with him. .,IDWARD noc]  Years ago, za new busines at 12o west i' in Charles, !'m formerly Stewart-Warner gasoline heaters. And, he added, it was necessary to keep a full line of axles because, in those days, weak forging and rough roads combined to break quite a few axles. For Jim Scnseney, Sr., it all started 65 years ago near Manassas, Va, where he was born and educated. After !graduation from high school, he spent seven years in Washington, D.C., working first for 42 cents an hour on con- struction jobs; later as a driver at 72 cents an hour for the Capital Transit Company, a job he held until 1939, a year after he had opened the Charles Town establishment, using its per- manency as a hedge against possible financial shortcomings in the business. On his Washington job, he saved $1,700 and then borrowed And then, as now, it's :ur,,'ePerator was James E. E. Senseney, who recalls teinitial days vividly and the L,tig four decades with Illl!l..t:liable pride. h this is August, Jim Z. Ilt_,, joined by his two sons, Jim, Jr, are celebrating 11 through August 19, the community, as it Wall these years, excellent' ndise at popular prices. .e those opening days, ...,er, when the business was  lally for auto parts, Model t ludel "A" Fords, and  olets and Plymouths -- -maent Western Auto store diversified establishment it|00a complete selection of [|1--'Wre, games, toys, 1D TM, firearms, fishing _ent, gardening supplies "-Sehold items, " $1,300 on his father's signature to l'f.seney recalls that auto finance the business. He brought ld back in the 1930's for with him a friend, Morris Polen, @ t. the same price you now who operated the business until ;tiCYele tires and tubes; 1946 when he. Polen, went to n ies, all six-volt, were Winchester, Va. Any misgivings II and$5.g5; there was about Success may well have State Bankers Treasurer been dissipated in the first year of operation when Senseney was able to liquidate the borrowed $I,300. At the same time, he and his step-brother, CharlesHall, acquired a Western Auto store in Luray, Va., which they operated until Senseney sold out to his step-brother and came to Charles Town to operate the local business. Polen, incidentally, operated the store while Senseney served a three and a half year stint with the United States Army during World War Two. The original store-room was small, only 16 by 50 feet. Ex- pansion did not take place until 1947 when Senseney acquired the entire building and was able to utilize an area 42 by 95, on the first floor. In 1959, a new, two- story structure was built, and this is now utilized entirely for the display storeroom, and warehousing areas. Senseney says he knows of no one in the Baltimore area of Western Auto Associate Stores who has been in business in the same location as long as he; and knows of but one other man who has been in business for a longer Turn to Page 6 sideration. Turn to Page 6[[ , , SCHEDULE SET FO !1 SCHOOL OPEN!NGS With the opening of the 197-79 " ' t 12 n: the school term in Jefferson County North Jefferson and South less than a month away, officials the Jefferson County School system Lave already set the schedule of the various school openings, and also the kin- dergarten and bus schedules that will be followed. Schools Superintendent Raymond Frazier reports the opening day for schools will he Tuesday, September 5, which will be a day for enrollment and not much of anything else. Once enrollment has been completed classes-will be dismissed. The more than 6,000 students which will move into classrooms in the, county schools, will follow the following schedule on September 5. Jefferson High will convene at 8 a.m. and dismiss at I1 a.m.; Charles Town Junior High will convene at 8:20 a.m. and dismiss at 11:10 a.m.; Harpers Ferry Junior High will convene at 8:20 a.m. and dismiss at 11:10 a.m.; Shepherdstown Junior High will convene at 8 a.m and dismiss at II a.m.; and Shepherdstown Elementary School will convene at 8:55 a.m. and dismiss at 11:45 a.m. The Shipley Elementary SchOol will convene at 9:05 a.m. Jefferson Elementary Schools will convene at 9:05 a.m., and dismiss at 12 noon, as will the Blue Ridge Elementary School. The Page Jackson Elemen- tary School will convene at 9:10 a.m. and dismiss at 12:05 a.m.: the Wright Denny School will convene at 9:15 a.m. and dismiss at 12:15 a.m. The Ranson Elementary School will convene at 8:45 a.m. and dismiss upon completion of enrollment. Wednesday, September 6, will be the first full day with the schedule as follows: Jefferson High regularly convening at 8 a.m. and dismissing at 2:49 p.m. James Rumsey Vo-Tech students will begin their first day on Wednesday, September 6, Charles Town Junior High' and Harpers Ferry Junior High will convene at 8:20 a.m. and dismiss at 3 p.m. Shepherdstown Junior High will convene at 8 a.m. and dismiss at 2:50 p.m. Elementary Schools -- Shipley, North Jefferson, South Jefferson and Blue Ridge, will convene at 9:05 a:m. and dismis,. at 3:45 p.m. Turn to Page 6 IH00gh Mishaps Cli way am with the Jefferson County a Commission, in reference oiTwo Victims; Jefferson disposal of the building before any sale action is taken. Last week the 00..00-IFatalities Climb Nine School Board To Meet With Commission On Ranson School Sale The old Fifth-Avenue Ranson Elementary School building which the Jefferson County  Board of Education has declared surplus property is not included in a list of properties being advertised as being for sale in this week's issue of the Spirit of Jefferson-Advocate. And the reason it is not included, ac- cording to the Schools Superintendent Raymond Frazier, Jr., is that the school board is desirous of meeting State Police have investigated a sudden outbreak of highway accidents in Jefferson Coun- ty...mishaps which claimed two lives; injured at least four others; and resulted in heavy pt-operty damage. The first highway death oc- curred Wednesday, August 2, about 9:40 p.m., when a car driven by Charles F. Reininger, of Middieway, struck and killed a pedestrian, Herbert C. "Buck" Mitchell, 74, of Halltown, on State Route 51. Reininger told police he heard a thump, stopped his car and investigated, but could find nothing. He returned to Charles Town and asked a member of the Charles Town police department Baltimore, Md. Both were transported to Jefferson Memorial Hospital by In- dependent Fire Company am- bulance. State Police placed no charges against Arhogast. They said the pick-up truck driven by Pullin smashed head-on into the pick- up driven by Arbogast. i Early Monday, $3,000 property damage occurred when vehicles driven by Italo H: Torlone of Tuscawilla Hills, and Jasper heisure, of Baltimore, Md., collided on Route 9 near Charles Town. There were no charges. Two persons were hurt in a single car crash on the Bloomery Road last Friday evening. Sewell Palmer, of Millville, the / S. Smith, above, mid-Septemher of 1947 as a l and cashier of the I clerk. He worked as bookkeeper rW Charles Town, was l and teller until August 1950, t'surer of the West when he enlisted in the U.S. ,Bankers Association[Army Reserve, Corps of annual convention Engineers, serving a 23.month at White SulPhur tour of duty, including assign- the honor of went in Germany, and climbing to this post, it has to the rank of sergeant. for ! the ' Upon his return to the Bank of move up through Charles Town in September, Ita the office of vice- County Commission, after having had an appraisal of the building from the Blakeley Bank and Trust Company, in the amount of $20,Q00.00, offered the school the sum of $25,000.00 for the building for use as a Senior Citizen's Center in Jefferson County. The Commission had previously expressed to the School Board an interest in purchasing the building and the board had told the Commission to make a firm offer on the building. The Commission did last week, and so the board decided to withhold any sale plans until after the two county governmental bodies have met and discussed the commission's proposal. to accompany him to the scene. The body was found alongside the highway. State Police placed no charges. The second highway fatality, bringing the year's total to date to nine, was that of 61-yoar-old Marvin Pullin, of Staunton," Va. Pullin died Thursday everdng when 'his car collided on U.S. Route 340 at Rippon with one operated by Herbert Arbogast, driver, and Richard Brackett of arles Town, a passenger, were removed to 'Jefferson morial Hospital by In- ndent Fire Company am- bulance. Both Charles Town fire campanies responded to put out the fire which broke out after the wrecked vehicle struck a tree. A fourth in was the result i of an accident on the Flowing Turn to Pages Thursday August I0, 1978 22 Pages One Section Per Copy - 15e The annual affair ;i city and country get together, a ,joint venture of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and the Jefferson Farm Bureau is planned for Wednesday, August 23, 1978, beginning at 6:30 p.m. This year's event, with the Chamber of Commerce as host, will be a picnic at the Jefferson County Fair grounds on Leetown Road. Families of members of both groups are invited to attend and anyone else who would enjoy the fellowship. The speaker will he Warren L. Cooper, President of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce office 725-5514 or Charles Ware President of the Jefferson Farrf Bureau, 725-2510. Further details will be I printed next week. With the time fast ap- proaching for the staging of the big parade on Saturday, Sep- tember 9, as one of the features and the climaxing event for the 50th anniversary of the West Virginia state Firemen s Association convention and the. 6th annual, National Fire Service Recognition Day here in Charles Town plans are now being finalized for this big event. And this week Paul M. Bilter, of the Charles Town Citizen's Fire Company and Ernest Houser, Jr., of the Independent Fire Company, co-chairmen of the parade, announced that West Virginia's Second District Congressman Harley O. i Staggers, has been selected /o serve as Grand Marshal for the parade. " ! The Keyser native attended public schools in Mineral County, graduated from Emory and Henry College and Duke University. He later served as high school coach and teacher, head coach at Potomac State College and served two years as Sheriff of Mineral County'. He served nearly four years in the U.S. Naval Air Corps. Staggers is a member of the American Legion, VFW, Disabled American Veterans, AMVETS, the Elks, Knights of Pythias, West Virginia Farm Bureau, Loyal Order of Moose, and the laons Club. He Is a former past Virginia ns Clubi IBs wife the former Mary V. Casey d[ Keyser, W. Va .... Billet and Houser also an- nounced that to date some 165 entries have been received for the giant parade, which Will be HARLEY O. STAGGERS ticipating in the line of march. Also. immediately following the parade, there will be a series of contests -- hook.up and drafting, bucket brigade, and ladder climbing, held at Shenandoah Downs Race Track. There will he trophies awarded to the winning teams. As of this writing over 35 departments have signed up for the contests There will be no admission charge for this event and the public is invited to watch, Jefferson County 00GOP Exec00 Committee Te. J.efferson County publ ii Executive m- : aeeting y,Jl ethe ' Jefferson County Court. House. Chairing the ion was the newly elected committee head, William H. Wheatley. Members iof the GOP Executive Committee are; in addition to Wheatley, Mrs. held rain or shine in Ranson and 1 Barbara Tedder, of Harpers Charles Town. The parade will Ferry DistricU Kenneth P. get underway at 2 p.m. and fakers, Charles Town District; move through Ranson and[Mrs. Josephine Bratina and downtown Charles Town. Details I Charles E. Ware, Middleway of the" route the parade will. District;Mrs. Roberta Ranelli, follow and the units that will be ] secretary; and Ralph S. Shat- participating will be announced Ituck, treasurer, both of within the next few weeks.[Kabletown District; Mrs. Entries are still being accepted  Rachel Haler and E. Eugene for the pal'ade, it was stated tStanley, Shepherdstown Bands, floats, fire equipment ]District. rescue equipment, drum and [ The committee will meet in bugle corps, majorettes and [the Jefferson County Court marching units from around the I House the third Friday of each tri-state area will be par. Jmonth ,,,, ,  ,,,, ,, , PRINCIPAL PERSONALITIES WHO JOINED WITH OVER 450 COUNTY DEMOCRATS FOR BIG OX-ROAST Good food, good weather and a varied menu of speeches by two of West Virginia's top congressional leaders, made Saturday afternoon and eying an ideal and enjoyable occasion for the some 450 Jefferson County party ',faith- fuls" who attended the big ox-roast and rally staged at the Jeffer County Fair unds by the Democratic Executive Committee. ShoWn in the bove picture,: are, left to right -- Dr. James M. Moler, of Charles Town, Jefferson County,s Democratic nominee for the W. Va, House of Delegates, who to date has no sition in the November general election; incumbent Congressman Harley O, Staggers, of this second congressional district, who does. have op- positionin U]e iovemr elecuon on me ttepuDllcan ticket; "Jenny" Carter", the Democratic mascot, the property of Dunaway cider of Leetown; W, Va. Senior U.S. Senator Jennings Randolph, whois facing a tough battle in the November general election; and Lyle Tabb, of Leetown, chairman of the County's Democratic Executive Committee, Omg.ressman Staggers and SenatorRandolph were the principal speakers at the affair,  relating to crowd the accomplishments of the.Democratic Administration in Washington and their reasons why they should be re-eiec their opposion T speech.making came after the bountiful and delicious menu of food was served to the gathering. (Photo by Jim Tabb). , more banks from 'Smith, educated in schools, joined Charles Town in 1952, he was assigned to the ,!!. Consumer Loan Department, ] W E A T H E R., with responsibility for collection I .................. and adjustment of delinquent[ loans. He was promoted to i Period Thursday through assistant, cashier in 1954; was Sunday: partly cloudy skies, transferred to the commercial ] warm and humid throagh the bdnking department in 1962; and period with a chance of thun- named cashier in 1963. dersterms en 11mrulay. Highs He became executive vice. averaging In the se's and president October 1, 1967; was nighttime lows in the mid 0's to' .Turn toPageS low ;O's. [ President-elect and ident of the State : iatiou over a four oTe convention was ver one thousand Two Republican candidates for office in the November general election, Cleveland K. Benedict and Gary Phalen, plan to meet the voters of Jefferson County in a series of coffee hours and teas on Tuesday, August 15. Benedict, from Lewisburg, a candidate for Congress from this Second Congressional District, and Phalen, Republican can- didate for Jefferson County Commissioner from Kabletown District, will .oin together in providing the voters of Jefferson County an opportunity to meet and know their candidates. At each point, the issues will be discussed and viewpoints exchanged. Those who wish to meet with Benedict and Phalen may obtain a schedule of the time and place of their visits by calling Mrs. Pat Wait at 876-2414; or Mrs. Josephine Bratina at 725-7387. Chamber-Farm Bureau Pic00: JCounty Tuesday Benedict, Phalenl Tour Jefferson Cong. Harley Staggers To Be Grand Marshal Of Firemen's Parade Sept. 9