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i A10 Wednesday, August 22,2012 News ~:01,rlt of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE ii ! ROBERT SNYDER ABOVE: The Shepherdstown signature quilt will be presented to Mayor Jim Auxer on Nov. 11 as part of its 250th birth- day celebration and will hang in the Town Hall. TOP RIGHT: Wendy Moseley, the coordinator for the Tuesday Craft Group's Shepherdstown quilt project, surveys the stitchwork on the back of the 5-by-6 foot signature quilt as it hangs in a window in the fellowship hall at Trinity Episcb- pal Church Tuesday. Stitched FROM PAGE A1 the Shepherdstown 250 celebra- tion, said the finished quilt will be formally presented to the town during a Nov. 11 anniversary cel- ebration. After that, the quilt will be dis- played in Shepherdstown's new Town Hall on King Street. When the town builds its new library, the quilt will go on display there, Smith said. Shepherdstown is the oldest town in West Virginia, residents here will tell you, though citizens of another Eastern Panhandle vil- lage - Romney in nearby Hamp- shire County - insist it's their town that lays claim to that dis- tinction. It's a controversy that never can be settled; nearly a century before the formation of West Vir- ginia, the governor of Virginia signed the incorporation papers for both towns on the same day: Dec. 23, 1762. No one's sure which town's paperwork got the OK first. Shepherdstown's birthday rev- elry kicked off with last year's 250-themed Christmas parade through the town and in the months since has included a lec- ture series, living history dem- onstrations, art and writing con- tests, a home and garden tour, and more. The signatures for'the quilt were collected during last year's Christmas in Shepherdstown festivities. Anyone living in the town's 25443 Zip code was in- vited to donate $5 or more and sign the quilt on cloth strips us- ing special gel pens filled with archival-quality ink. The quilting style even fits in with the 250th anniversary. Sig- nature quilts, sometimes called friendship quilts, were popular in early America. The $2,800 collected during the signature drive paid for the cost of the quilting materials, the services of a long-ann quilter and for a glass case to display the finished piece, Smith said. Wendy Mosely of the Tuesday Craft Group said that members were asked in early 2011 about creating a signature quilt. Since 2007, the group has been com- ing together in Trinity's fellow- ship hall on Tuesday afternoons to socialize and work on indi- vidual crafts including knitting, crocheting, embroidery, quilting, needlepoint and other projects. For the women involved, tak- ing on the project meant setting aside their own work for months. Janet Maple created the design for the quilt incorporating the 250 logo, space for embroidered blocks depicting local buildings and then space for hundreds of signatures. Noreen Albright and other members designed the blocks, which were embroidered by Mos- man handled the quilting work h- Icy, Mary Alvarez, Rozzy Gar- self. ner, Diane Kradel, Carol Lapham, Work on the 250 celebration Kris MacNichols, Bonnie Sit- goes back even farther- ever since man, Doreen Wootton and Suzy 2009 when Meredith Wait, the Yates. head of the towrr's Small Business MacNichols also embroidered Association, created a steering the central logo, and Albright, committee to begin planning ways Maple, Moseley and Loretta Ho- to mark the milestone. UESS e WWW.SU U rep Oe complete pair of glasses (frame & lenses) or 4boxes of contact lenses and receive: FREE PAIR OF GLASSES FROM OUR $59.00 FRAME SELECTION WITH SINGLE VISION CLEAR PLASTIC LENSES* for 21 yrs of age & under 30% OFF SECOND PAIR OF 6LASSES* for over 21 yrs of age *Both offers will tun through 9/15/2012. Invalid with some discount insurance plans, see opti- cians for details. Second pair rllust be same prescription and discount is taken from least expensive frame. WE'VE MOVED! 838 Somerset Blvd. Charles Town, WV 304-725-4828 k" com ]