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o. 35 CHARLES TOWN, (Jefferson County), WEST VIRGINIA Thursday August 17, 1978 18 Pages I Section Per Copy, 15e $2-M!llion Page-Jackson Elementary Solar Energy Traffic Mishaps Hurt iTaxpayers Group Will Open Sept. 15; A First For West Virginia Several, Cause Heavy Damage In Jefferson IWants To Reduce some 510 children of through third enters the new $2-million Page-Jackson Elemen- tool, just recently on about t2 acres of U.S. Route 340, west Town, on Tuesday, the school building not seem much to them than any other ilding. But to solar engineers, and in all those interested in energy, it will be a they will come to this new solar energy to offer. h .the first school of its built in West Virginia been three years m The complex solar system was installed at a nearly $1-million dollars, :ame the Federal constructed of about $13-miIIin. cost being shared bond money approved County voters and' state funds. solar heated and is expected to 80-percent of its and 52-percent of its needs from the sun's auxiliary heating and SYstems have been in- in the facility to supply of the necessary cooling needs. say that even day, the tern- the roof of the new been registered at at which tem- the solar collectors in and storing are two huge storage tanks in the of the building into energy is stored for and winter ' These tanks are With four to five inches installed by then hardened. There "chiller" which cools water for the air- unit and the large the cool air into the and other areas. tire solar system is onitored constantly a hook-up with a Ind engineering center This will be done for of five years. There is a Pdntz Is To Head finance meeting of the Company, in the office of the Wednesday, Aug. 9, the operations for year and a next year was the stockholders by answer period review. Officers the ensuing year F. Printz, Sr., FRONT VIEW OF NEW, UNIQUE SCHOOL --Shown in the above picture is a front view of the new Page-Jackson solar heated and cooled elementary school, located on U.S. Route 340, just west of Charles Town, the first of its kind to be built in West Virginia. The school, which cost upwards of $2-million dollars, has been under construction for the past three years And although it will not be officially opened for use until Tuesday, September 5, already it is attracting scientists, engineers, industrialists and just plain folks from far and wide. They are coming, and will be coming in greater numbers, to see what Jefferson County has done in the field of utilizing solar energy for heating and cooling a school building. (Photo bY Jim Tabb) Rudolph Lake JScho01 Vacancies For Presented NIH Merit Award 1978-79 School Term W. RUDOLPH LAKE Mr. W. Rudolph Lake of Blue Ridge Acres, Harpers Ferry area, and an employee since 1960 with the National Institutes of Health. Bethesda, Md., recently received the NIH Merit Award, the second highest honor award presented by NIH. The award is presented an- nually to a limited number of NIH employees whose superior service and achievement warrant special honorary recognition. A supervisory computer specialist with NIH's Division of Research Grants, Mr. Lake was recognized "For exceptional response to increasing data processing responsibilities in the Data Capture and Control Unit." Mr. Lake, who worked with the Federal Bureau of In- vestigation before joining NIH, is retiring this month after more than 28 years of Federal service. Active m community affairs, he is a choir director with the Chestnut Hill U.M Church and served as chairman of the church building committee. He is a member of Moose Lodge No. 948, Charles Town, and belongs to the American Legion. County Democratic Assn. To Meet Aug. 30 Filled At Board Meet The Jefferson County Democratic Association will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, August 30, in the Jefferson County Court House at 7:30 p.m. Plans for the fall dinner-rally ;viii be discussed'at this time. WEATHER Monday night's meeting of the Jefferson County School'-Bod' was devoted primarily, to the appointment of personnel to fill Period Thursday through Sunday: warm and humid with a chance of thunderstorms on both Saturday and Sunday. Daytime ' CONFEDERATE highs in the upper 8O's to low 90's 22 and nighttime lows ln the mid- of Confederate 60'S. each morning: The Will meet Tuesday, projected outlook August 15 at 7 p.m., at the through September 1"5: above United Methodist normal temperatures, and above professional vacancies before the start of the 197879 school term in early September. Martin Weller, whs been an assistant prineal at Loudoun County High School in Leesburg, Va., was named principal of Harpers Ferry Junior High School. Lawrence Hitt, who comes here from Moorefield Elementary School, was named principal of Shepherdstown Elementary School. Clarence H. Mustoe, an assistant principal at Richwood W. Va., High School, was named to a similar position at Jefferson High School. Keith Dubois, for the past five years a teacher at Charles Town Junior High School, was named assistant prindipal at the school. Other appointments and assignments included: Mrs. Martha Josephs , fourth grade teacher at Shepherdstown Elem School; Deborah Catley as Learning Disabilities Specialist; Betty J. Home as Speech and Hearing Therapist; Miss Margaret Thomas physical education teacher at North and South Jefferson Elem Schools, Mrs. Nancy Sarra assigned as second grade teacher at the Shepherdstown Elem. School: Patrieia A. Reichenbaugh, assigned as mathematics teacher at Harpers Ferry Junior High School; Mark Osbourn, assigned as third grade teacher at Page Jackson Solar Elem. School; Colleen F. Lillard as a Learning Disabilities teacher, to be assigned Mrs. Margaret Bagladi as Instructional Aide at C. W Shipley Elem. School: Elizabeth Walker as JC Cheerleader sponsor, Jefferson High School; Jan Hitt as teacher at North Jefferson Elem. School: Richard Mills as Physical Education teacher at Shepherdstown Junior High School; Glenn Edwards as a Driver Education teacher at Jefferson High School; Allen Kave as Physical Education teacher at the Center for Ex- ceptional Children; Debra S. McQueeney as a Special Education teacher at Ranson Elem. School fox the behavior disorders class. Transferred were: Ronald Smith from Blue Ridge Elem. School to Charles Town Junior High as Health teacher and Director d intramurals, and Debra McAllister, Jefferson High School to Shepherdstown Junior High as Physical don., Education teacher; Beverly Hughes appointed Secondary lrvisor effective Atgust 21, -Superintendent of Schools Raymond Frazier noted that on- ly one vacancy remained to he filled, at Blue .Ridge Elem. School, and this he felt would he filled by the next board meeting, Aug. 28. A number of resignations were submitted and accepted by the board: Valerie Olen Stahlin as ESAA teacher at the Wright Denny Elem School: Timothy Brinkley as physical education teacher and coach at Jefferson High; Barbara L. Regan as sixth grade teacher at North Jefferson Elem. School; Esther Colebank as second grade teacher at Shepherdstown Elem. School; James W. Yonngue, Jr.. as teacher aide at the Center for Exceptional Children: Mrs. Doris Robinson as cafeteria Turn to Page 6 Wage Rate Beard Nim Action Of Labor Commissio. The West Virginia Minimum Wage Rate Board has over- turned the controversial minimum wage rates for public building construction recom. mended earlier this year by the State Department of Labor and upheld in a hearing held in Martinsburg. J. Robert Pritchard, chairman of the Minimum Wage .Rate Board, said the increased rates were denied because the Department of Labor used data not pertinent to wage rates in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan Counties. The data, according to opponents of the increase, were gathered at other points in West Virginia and were not reflective of labor wage rates in the Eastern Panhandle, For example, Labor Com- missioner Stephen L. Cook approved increasing minimum hourly wages for mechanics from $4.50 to $9; bricklayers from $5.50 to more than $I0; and carpenters from $5.50 to $10.40. A goup representing governmental bodies in the Eastern Panhandle originally appealed the suggested wage rates, charging it would increase the cost of building new public structures two-fold, thus placing a greater burden, on taxpayers. A deputy commissioner of the State Department of Labor has indicated the department will appeal the Minimum Wage Rate Board decision in Kanawha County Circuit Court in Charleston. Charles F. Printz, Treasurer, and Oliver Traffic accidents on Jefferson County highways have, ac- cording to State Police, caused considerable property damage and some minor injuries. One driver was injured in a three-car smash-up which took place on State Route 9 south of Charles Town. A northbound car operated by Charles Wallace, of Leesburg, Va., struck another, driven by Howard Cornell, of Fairfax, Va., head-on, A third vehicle, operated by Helen Wenzel, Silver Spring, Md., was unable to stop and struck the wreckage. Damage was $1.600. Wallace was transported to Jefferson Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries by In- dependent Fire Company am- bulance. Wallace was cited for driving left of center. Cars operated by Charlotte Strube, Baltimore. Md., and Claudia Weaver, Flowing Springs Road, collided on Route 340 just east of Charles Town Damage was $500, There were no injuries. Strube was cited for failure to yield the right of way, Twelve hundred dollars damage occurred when a car driven by Rebecca Wright, Shepherdstown, came off a secondary road onto Route 45 into the path of a Schmidt Baking Company truck operated by George Huffer, Rt. 1, Kearneysville. Wright was cited with failure to yield the right of way. Three persons were injured when a car driven by Carl Lamm, of Frederick, Md., went outofcontrol and struck a utility pole on Secondary 29 near rt. Removed to Jefferson llemorial Hospital by Friend- ship ambulance were the driver and two passengers, Mary Richards and Donsela Higgs. Total damage to the car was $800; damage to shrubbery owned by Harry Gageby was $200. Lamm was cited with dr Jag left of center. Another two-car mishap, involving vehicles operated by Dale Gaynor of Kearneysville and George Wanamaker, Falls Church, Va.,. resulted in $900 damage, and charges of failure" to yield the right of way against Gaynor. Injured in an accident on Fifth Avenue in Ranson was Joseph Yurish of Martinsburg, removed to Jefferson Memorial Hospital by Independent ambulance; and Paul Plotner, of Summit Point, also removed to the hospital by Independent ambulance. Three persons were injured in a two car collision early Tuesday morning on State Route 9 in front of the Kearneysville Postoffice. Both drivers, William R. Myers of Kcarneysville, and John D. Phillippi, 1017 West Virginia Avenue. Martinsburg; and Catherine Phillippi, also of Martinsburg, were removed to Jefferson Memorial Hospital by the Shepherdstown Rescue Squad. State Police set property damage at $750 and cited Phillippi with improper passing. On secondary 15, a car driven by Cleal Hose, of Summit Point. was struck in the rear by a pick- up truck operated by Jack B. Myers of Kearneysville. Damage was set at $1.000. There were no major injuries. Myers was charged with public i/ toxication Harpers Ferry Council Moves Implement HUD Grant 400 Thousand The Harpers Ferry Town Council, meeting Monday evening in regular monthly session, laid plans for the utilization of a $400,000 grant from the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Develop- ment. The council approved hiring a consultant, Lester Unterberg, of Community Services, Inc., to help prepare the final ap- plication for the funds which must be submitted by no .later than September 30. Consideration of projects, which include rehabilitation of homes, streets and sidewalks, will be made at a public hearing to be held Thursday, August 31, at Friendship Fire Hall. The public will be given the op- portunity to suggest ways the money might best he used. Agreement was reached with' National Park Service officials dealing with the lowering, by up to three feet, of one block of Washington Street and all of Shenandoah Street. during the qext.five to six months. Tlpark Service proposes to lower the street to its original level, and will find it necessary to re,direct traffic. It was agreed that the NPS work would involve only half of Shenandoah Street at i o , Shots Reported Fired At Plane Stlte Police are investigating areport of shots being fired at a low flying airplane in the Mid- dleway section of Jefferson County Tuesday. The report was lodged by Bill Davis, owner-operator of Shenandoah Agri-Air, a crop dusting service operating out of Martinsburg Airport. Davis told officers he heard shots while carrying out his duties. Police visited the area and investigated without any SUCCesS. In anoiher incident Tuesy night, State Police answered an alarm at Merchant-Noland Chevrolet Oldsmobile on Route 340. They found evidence of an attempted breaking, with pry marks on a door frame one time, leaving the other half open to commuter traffic. The work is expected to start ,September 15 and last four to five months. A committee from the Harpers Ferry Planning Commission was directed to meet with Bishop Joseph Hedges or his representatives in an effort to work out a solution to the con- struction of a garage at a Ridge Street property. The garage has been objected to as not in accord with the general appearance of the area. The council was told that Bishop Hedges, a Martinsrg native who is Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of West Virginia, has purchased and is renovating the old property on Ridge Street. He will utilize the property as his retirement home. IComm ission Size The Jefferson County Tax- payers Association has begun circulation of a petition to be presented to the Jefferson County Commission and the West Virginia Legislature, calling for a referendum which if successful, would reduce the number of Jefferson County commissioners from five to three. The Association points out there are fifty-five counties in West Virginia and that only two of them, Jefferson and Preston, have more than three county commissioners. The Association goes on to suggest that this is a money saving project that will reduce commissmn salary expenses in the future. Currently, com- missioners are paid $6,400 a year, the Association president, Charles F. Adams. noted. He goes on to suggest that Jefferson County is currently mdergoing a reassessment program by the State Tax Commissioner. This reassessment, he claims, may well make Jefferson County a Class 3 county and raise the salaries of commissioners to $9,000 each a year. Bob Stiles, speaking for the Taxpayers, said the petition will first be presented to the Jef- ferson County Commission and, if in order, will then go to the Legislature asking that it authorize a referendum reklucing the number of com- missioners from five to three. Stiles said the earliest any possible vote on the matter could take place would be in 1980, unless a special election were to he held. There are 13,886 registered voters in Jefferson County. Fourteen hundred valid signatures are necessary to take the matter of referendum to the county commission and the legislature. Va 00haobe,,r.feot Address Chamber Farm IBureau Dinner Wednesday This year the Jefferson County] Chamber of Commerce ll host[ the annua Jeffersdn County[ Chamber of Commerce - Farm, rson Fairgrounds, located on the Leetown Road. Warren L. Cooper, president of the W. Va. Clamber of Commerce will he the guest speaker. Mr Cooper was born in Rich- mend. Ohio in 1917. He received his formal education in New Concord, Ohio, culminating with a BS Degree in Chemistry and Biology in 1938 from Muskingum College. He was employed by Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation from 1938 until 1965, except for the period 1942-1946 when he served in the U.S. Army Ord- nance Department, where he attained the rank of Captain. Re served in various management positions with Jones and Laughlin at the Aliquippa, Pa., Works. He came to Kaiser Aluminum Corporation's Ravenswood Plant in 1965 where he has been Superintendent of Rolling Mills, Manager of Fabrication Operations and Works Manager. Currently, he is Kaiser's Manager of Public Affairs, Midwestern Region, which is  made up of the states of West Virginia, Illinois, Ohio. Penn- sylvania and Indiana. WARREN L. COOPER In 1976-77, Cooper served as Vice President of the State Chamber, directed its Congressional Visitation Team and was active in the work of several committees. He is Vice Chairman of the W. Va. Manufacturers Association. The menu for the get-together will consist of country ham, fried chicken, baked beans, potato salad and much. much more. All you can eat! Price of the tickets are $4.50 each and may be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce office The public is cordially invited. REPUBLICAN LEADERS AT COUNTY COFFEE HOURS TUESDAY Two Republican candidates and the newly elected president of the Jefferson County Republican Executive Committee, were busy Tuesday greeting the voters of Jefferson County at a series of coffee hours held at various places in the county. The above picture shows, left to fight -- Gary Phalen, of Charles Town, COP candidate for the County Commission from the Kabletown District; William H. "Bill" Wheatley, new chairman of the County Republican Executive Committee and Cleveland K. Benedict, of Lewisburg in Greenbrier County, GOP candidate for Congress from this Second Congressional District. 'At each of the coffee hour stops made, Benedict and Phalen discussed with those at the gangs, their views on the issues of the day. (Photo by Jim Tabb)