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Drive y I l [SCHIONOL'S NO. 38 CHARLES TOWN, (Jefferson County), WEST VIRGINIA 25414 Thursday, September 7, 1978 20 Pages - 2 Sections Per Copy. 15 Virginia Firemen Gathering Here For 50th Annual Convention Executive ps Urged Name Poll Workers Tuesday, November 7, County voters go to the to cast their ballots for the of their choice. Only time they'll punch the ballot, than mark it, in the ap- places. the first time, county will be utilizing the new Elections System, a operation that" to speed up the process, yet enhance the same time. is a stem that is .currently in fourteen of West fifty-five counties ; other places throughout biggest change con- voters will be the of a stylus to punch hole next to the name of choice, rather than using "X" method. ballot will be in the form Card that can be inserted in only one way. Once Card is inserted, the voter a stylus to punch out next to the name of the he chooses. It is when ballots are to turn the pages of what pocket-book size, to continue the voting the complete list of and through any special levies, bond constutional amend- itself is accompanied which it can be protects the privacy of the voter, provides spaces for candidates. mailed to who legally apply, and to the | precinct, placed with the voted ballots and returned to the clerk's office after the close. Counting will be conducted individual precinct. The will be returned to clerk. There, they in a minicomputer will quickly count each and provide tallying with the final precinct there will be no at the precincts, the of poll workers will be from ten to five. The of workers will likely be Democrats and two to be named by the :ive party executive the method of voting different, and because ' workers has been reducer the Jefferson County Commission met with members of the two executive committees last Thursday and made a plea to the committee chairmen and members to appoint the most qualified people possible for the precinct posts. It was also stressed that those who will work, and any alter- nates which might be appointed, must attend at least one, and possibly several pre-election schools, conducted jointly by a representative of Computer Election Systems and by County Clerk John Ott. The dates for these meetings have not been set as yet, but there will he both afternoon and evening sessions so that all may arrange to be present. The commission spokesmen noted there would he some resistance to the new method of voting making it doubly im- portant that poll workers be well versed in the system so they might explain it quickly and logically to those who might have any doubts. There will he two to four of the CES booths at each polling place. They will be picked up, delivered and set up by the designated poll workers; then returned to the courthouse upon the completion of voting. The commission also noted, through Administrator David Ash, that in the event the mini- computers should not be operable, th ballots could be counted by hand. This, in response,to a question from the audience. The system has been tried once locally, in spring elections at Jefferson High School. It has been demonstrated elsewhere; and will be demonstrated before many organizations before the November 7 election. Demon- stration units will also be set up at the court house. The county commission agreed to purchase the CES system early this year. The initial costs, for I00 booths and four counters, will be $39,000, plus between $I,0O0 and $1,500 for printing the ballots. According to Ash, the cost of election workers will be halved, from slightly more than $8,000 to $4,000. Coupling this saving with a variable saving in the printing .of ballots (those printed in the spring cost $7,800), the minimum saving for an election, Ash said, will he $5,000. This saving, he added, will permit the county to pay for the system ver a period of eight or less elections, according to com- pilations by Ash. ria Man Wants To Slalom Course In Near Bakerton been made He said that the decision will W. Roeseke, Chief of legulatory Functions of the Baltimore Corps of Engineers, Rick Wiest, of 6005 Street, Alexandria, Va., application with . for a Department of permit to construct a .Course in the Potomac in an area between and Harpers Ferry. Itfoot water ski jumping and the bony markers i be located in the river not r from Bakerton and Dam The permit states the 22 L COurse of beuy markers require no more than 200 channelward of the or- high water shoreline. of the project is according to on. The course 150 feet wide and some length. said the decision on issue the permit will an evaluation of the proposed on the blic interest. reflect the national concern for protection and utilization of the county's important resources. He said the benefits which reasonably may be expected to accure must be balanced against its reasonably foreseeable detriments. Re said all factors which may be revelant to the proposed project must he con- sidered such as conservation, conomics, aesthetics, general environment concerns, historic values, fish and wildlife values, flood damage prevention, land use, recreation, water supply, water quality, energy needs, flood protection and in general the needs and welfare of the people. He said no permit will be granted unless it s issuance is found to be in the best interest of the public. Roeseke said a preliminary review of the application in- dicated that no Environmental Impact statement would be required. The applicant will, however, have to obtain a state permit before proceeding with the project. iAttendance Record Believe Recorded By Jefferson Fair As predicted, the 26th annual[ Jefferson County Fair, held last [ w00k. was bi.os* best, Heidrich In ever. So say Fair officials. ] It was the biggest from thellC'x-tanax:on]K [I standpoint of attendance, with the Saturday night crowd far surpassing any previus single ISCS Action night crowd in the long history of the event. It was the biggest from the standpoint of patronage for the Henry Cole midway shows. That showed up in the final ac- counting with the Cole carnival late Saturday night and early Sunday. It either matched or surpassed itself in exhibits in the many varied categories that drew the attention of fair-goers from throughout the area during the seven-day event. And, as far as attendance goes, that would have been even higher had it not been for rain which fell on both Wednesday and Thursday evenings, cutting down on prospective customers. N. Clark Furr, who is fair secretary and treasurer, said it will be some days before the final figures are in, but he is confident it will be the largest ever, from bothihe standpoint of attendance and gross income.. One of the top events of the fair took place Friday evening when beef cattle shown by young people.., frem 4-H and FFA... were auctioned off to the highest bidders. The all-breeds grand chain: pion, show by Kim Brown, was purchased for $2 a pound; the all-breeds reserve champion, shown by Donna Magaha, brought $1.50 a pound; the champion short horn, owned by Scott Mickey, $1.40 a pound; the champion British cross-breed, owned by Karen McGaha, $1.35 a pound', and the champion exotic cross breed, shown by Kim Brown, brought $1.20 a pound. Other auction prices ranged from $1.15 down to 85 cents a pound, paid for beef cattle shown by Donna Magaha, Stephanie Mickey, Mike Chapman, Ronald Milton, Louise Blue, Mildred Ware, Catherine Ware, and Scott Mickey. Officials were also pleased with initial response to the open class showing of beef and diary cattle by Jefferson county farmers, with the field as large as expected. In last week's edition of The Spirit of Jefferson, a feature story dealt with plans being formulated for the re-survey of the Ranson flooding area by the Soil Conservation Service. While the article outlined the cooperation of the Eastern Panhandle Soil Conservation District with the Jefferson County Court and the municipalities of Ranson and Charles Town, it did not, because of lack of information, delineate the events leading up to the request for the SCS sur- vey. According to George Heidrich, who heads up the SCS advisory group, here was the sequence of events. Mr. Heidrich received a letter from the Region 9 Planning and Development Council, stating that the mayor of Ranson and a member of the Jefferson County Commission had requested Region 9 at ask him (Heidrich) to re-open the Ranson case if possible beea,z,e such requests must be :,ade through a soil conservation district. Heidrich in turn asked from ! Ranson, Charles Town and the commission a letter formalizing !their requests. Those submitted i were basically the same ex- cept with one exception. Charles Town's letter voiced major c6ncern for the protection of its Evitts Run water supply. Heidrich said this was natural because of the threat of con- tamination if building developments branch out in its direction in the Ranson area, and there is nothing to prevent this. According to Reidrich, the SCS has now tentatively agreed to make the re-appraisal for Ranson as requested. What this will indicate as to the feasibility of a project cannot be foreseen. SuCh projects, he said, must show that the benefits will be greater than the costs or it will Turn To Page 17 CHARLES TOWN LIONS HEAR PROGRAM ON "LEADER DOGS FOR THE BLIND" Members of the Charles Town Lions Club, meeting in regular weekly session Tuesday evening at the Lions Center in Ranson, had a most enjoyable and interesting program on "Leader Dogs For The Blind" and present to demonstrate how the program works were "Heidi," a trained leader dog, and Lion Vincent Syracuse, (shown right), a field representative of the "Leader Dogs For The Blind" from Rochester, Michigan. Also shown to the left in the picture is Ches[er Foley, president of the Lions Club. (Photo by Errol Leslie) FLOYD PAYTON OF BADGER-POWHATAN RETIRES Floyd Payton, an employee Of Badger- Powhatan, has retired after 12 years of service. Floyd began employment at Badger Fire Ex- tinguisher on April 12, 1966 and was later tran- sferred to the Powhatan Plant as a machine operator. Shown from left to right are --- Bob Smith, Manufacturing Superintendent; Joe Washington, Employee Fund Chairman; Floyd Payton, and Welton Hott, employee's supervisor. Floyd was presented with a gold accurtron wat- ch on behalf of Badger-Powhatan and a $100 check from the Powhatan Employee's Fund. Retiring, Plans Return Charles Town To Reside Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Ind., Sept. I . Brigadier General William J. Andrews, above, commander of the U.S. Army Finance and Accounting Center here is scheduled to retire Sept. 30. A native of Charles Town, W.Va., the general and his family plan to return there after his retirement. He is married to the former Carolyn Harris of Rocky Mount, N.C. They have four children, Stephen, Kathy, Deborah and Robert. General Andrews assumed command of the center in 1975. The center pays all active duty soldiers, Army retirees, dependents, and members of the National Guard and Reserves. Transportation bills-for the Departments of the Army, Air Force and various offices within the office of the Secretary of Defense are also paid from the center. In addition, the agency is responsible for timely and ac- curate accounting and reporting of all funds appropriated by Congress for the Army. Andrews will retire with 30 years active duty service to his credit. He received his com- mission in 1948 through the Reserve Officers Training Corps. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, Va., and later received a master's degree in business administration from the University of Pennsylvania. Processors Alter Price Apple Crop National Fruit Product Company, Inc., in Winchester, Va., has announced prices it will pay for processing apples this year, and it appears to he lower than last year's figure. Here are the figures released by Charles Tean, Vice President .in charge of production. U.S. No. 1 canners, 2s/4 inches up, $5.50 per hundredweight. 2 inches to 2% inches, $4.50 per hundredweight; up to 2/ inches $5.75. Straight loads of juce apples, $4.00 per hundredweight. These prices are for apples delivered to the firm's plants in Martinsburg, Winchester and Timbervflle. dlk AIk da  AkL dk ,41a. Ak,, ,dk Ak * -Wp,,. -ltr -qllP,. -,Wp -,,Wp,,* ,Wp,- V -W,.- -llpr v WEATHER dL-,dk,..dL .dk .dtk ,da. AIk . . _.b r V "p" "Wp- "V V -V .V,. -r- .p,- ql Period Thursday through Saturday. Fair and quite warm, at the beginning of the period becoming a little cooler over the weekend. Daytime highs will range from the 90's on Thursday to the upper 70's and low 80's on' Saturday. Nighttime lows in the }O's. Precipitation should be light, A check with the Pet Milk Company, Musselrnan Division, at Inwood, with raw product prodfi'ction manager Donald Horst, revealed that Musselman does not plan to announce its prices for processing apples until next week. Last year, processors paid $7.00 per hundredweight for apples 2% inches and up; and $3.50 for apples under 2]/ inch in size. By comparison, it appears the prices quoted by National Fruit are lower. But a National Fruit spokesman said he believed they'd average at near the same level, or only slightly lower. He said National Fruit will, like other processors, meet the prevailing market price on apples, once firmly established. Because the National Fruit prices were not released until Wednesday afternoon, there was. no immediate reaction from apple growers. But it is expected they vill protest the prices as being too low in the face of continued rising costs of production. Accidents In Jefferson Despite a heavy flow of traffic on principal Jefferson County highways over the Labor Day weekend, there were only three accidents ... all of them minor. .. and none recorded on Monday, Labor Day. State Police" attributed the excellent record in part to "healed up road patrols which constantly roamed the highways from last Friday night through Monday. The heaviest movement of traffic occurred Monday afternoon and evening for the big racing doubleheader at Charles Town Turn Club. Two eastbound automobiles collided on U.S. Route 340 near Charles Town Saturday. State Police said the cars were operated by Michael D. Ferguson, Ellicott City, Md., and Eustache L. Percinthe, of Miami, Florida. Damage was $550. There were no injuries. Officers placed no charges because the vehicles had been moved. A single car accident on State Route 9 near Kearneysville demolished a 1976 car with loss set at $2,500. Officers said the vehicle, driven by Maria Jane Wolfe, of Silver Spring, Md., Turn To Page 18 Three-Day Meeting Features Big Public Parade On Saturday Some 300 or more firefighters from across the Mountain State are expected to be in Charles Town today, Friday and Saturday for the 50th annual convention of the West Virginia State Firemen's Association. West Virginia Congressman Harley O. Staggers will serve as grand marchall for the big parade. And he'll he joined in the procession by United States Senator Jennings Randolph, who indicated at mid-week he plans to be in Charles Town for the Saturday afternoon event. Business sessions for the three-day affair will be con- ducted at the Lions Center in Ranson; registration will take place at the Towne House Motel; while social events will be held at scattered points in the town and county. The first day, registration will take place, 8 a. m. to 9:30 p. m. at the Towne House Motel. The convention will be called to order at 9:30 at the Lions Center by J. Kenneth Willingham, a member of the State Fire Commission, an officer with the state association, and chief of Citizens Fire Company of Charles Town. Also on the opening program will be the Rev. Marcus Earp and the Rev. Robert Hiller delivering the invocation; welcomes from Mayors Donald C. Master of Charles Town and Kelley Lance of Ranson; Randy Breeden, president of Citizens Fire' Company; and Donald Clendening, president of In- dependent Fire Company of Charles Town; C.F. Reininger, and Franklin M Weller, honorary presidents of the State Firemen's Association; with a response by Tom Barry, president of the state association. Convention business will continue Thursday afternoon; while Thursday evening will be race night at the Charles Towv Race Track with the eighth race as the West Virginia Stab Firemen's Association Purse Fiday morning, President Barry will preside at anothe business session at the Liom Center. It will be short as the group will adjourn to Asbury United Methodist Church, corner North Charles street and West North street, for memorial services for association mem- bers who have died during the past year. More business will he considered in an afternoon meeting, also at the Lions Center. Friday evening will be climaxed by the association's i 1 annua banquet and dance, to be held at 6:30 at the American Legion Rome, West Washington street in Charles Town. Saturday morning, the Lions Center business meeting will be concerned primarily with the election and installation of of- ricers. Then, the big public event of the convention, the grand parade, eaturing bands, marching units and fire equipment, will move over downtown Charles Town streets. The parade moving at 2:O0 p.m. Saturday afternoon will feature such outstanding at- tractions as the Keystone Kopps Shrine Unit from Frederick, Md.; the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps from Fort Myer, Virginia, and the famous Kiltie Band of York, Pa. It will line-up on Fairfax Boulevard in Ran- son; move south on Mildred street to Liberty street; west on Liberty to Lawrence street; south on Lawrence to Washington street; eas on Washington tO- Chm'ch sreet; north on Chh street and disband in the area Of the Blue Ridge Livestock Sales parking lot. One hundred eighty units are expected to take part. Immediately following the parade,, there will be special firemen s contest at Shenandoah Downs Race Track which the public is invited to attend at no charge. Ladies attending the con- vention will also enjoy special events. Thursday at noon they'll be guests of Citizens Fire Company for a luncheon; then. at 1:00 p.m., they'll enjoy a tour of Harpers Ferry and the National Historical Park. Friday afternoon, there'll be a luncheon and fashion show, again free of charge, at the Cliffside Motel at Harpers Ferry. SPECIAL 50TH ANNIVERSARY WHISKEY BOTTLES, CAST, BEING SOLD BY WEST VIRGINIA FIREMEN AS SOUVENIIRS As a special tribute to the 50th anniversary of the West Virginia State Firemen's Association, which is holding, it's Golden Anniversary celebration here in Charles Town, this week, a special cast was made for a commemorative whiskey bottle for the occasion and the bottles have been manufactured and delivered here in Charles Town in time to be placed on sale at the start of the convention. The above picture shows Ernest Houser, Jr., chief of the Charles Town In- dependent Fire Company, and co-chairman'of the convention committee (left), and J. Kenneth Willingham, chief of the Charles Town Citizen's Fire Company (right), holding one of the souvenir bottles which are now available in Charles Town and across the state to anyone desiring to purchase one. The bottles are available at the Jackson-Perks Post American Legion Home in downtown Charles Town, or they may be obtained either from Houser, or Willingham, or Paul Biller, co-chairman of the convention committee. (Photo by Errol Leslie)