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114 No. 39 CHARLES TOWN, (Jefferson County), WEST VIRGINIA 25414 Thursday September 14, 1978 20 Pages - 2 Sections Per Copy. 15e Firemen's Parade EverCharles iDepartment Of Labor ]September Term .Court Dre w Huge Crowd; Prize Winners Brings Puerto Ricans .... . ...... IIn To Harvest Apples IOpens Tuesday With 18 IN FIREMEN'S PARADE---Shown above the float which the Town Lidns Club had in the firemen's parade staged in connection the 50th annual convention of the West Virginia Firemen's Association afternoon in Charles Town and Ransom Although there were not floats in the parade, most of the units being fire-fighting and fire safety along with marching and musical units, those that did participate attention of the parade watchers all along the route. The Lions float awarded second prize in the float division of competition of the parade. the W.Va. Air National Guard float of Martinsburg. cloudy skies, humid crowd of spectators that turned ratures, nor the con- out to witness the event. And ; threat of rain dampened Houser and Biller said in behalf of the thousands of of the Charles Town Fire that lined the parade Companies, who hosted the or the hundreds who convention, they wished to thank in what was described everyone who helped in any way "biggest" and "best to make all the events a success. parade everstaged in They said without the help, Town Saturday af- participation and support from so many it would not have been which moved off possible to make this event so Ranson Circle area in successful. precisely at 2 p.m. Following the parade trophies than an hour and were awarded to the following and it moved without prize winners: [lalong theparade route, Best appearing float, Air for occasions which National Guard, Martinsburg. corners, necessity Special judges awards went to procession slightly. Madame C.J. Walker Marching Frederick and the Co-chairmen's award for the best-appearing entry, the Round Hound House 8 Square Dance Club, Brunswick. Best-appearing tanker, out-of- state, Lovettsville, Va. Best-appearing-tanker, from W.Va., Shepherdstown. Best-appearing aerial, Keyser. Kiwanis District, will be at the Bavarian Inn Friday evening to present a charter to the new Shepherdstown Kiwanis Club. Spery is a native of Wood County, a graduate of Parker- sburg High School and Ohio State University. He has been a Kiwanian for 22 years with perfect attendance for that period. He has served as president of the Fairmont Club, lieutenant governor, governor elect and governor of the district. He and Mrs. Spery have two sons and three grandsons. Incidentally, while visiting the Eastern Panhandle, Spery will induct new members into the Martinsburg Kiwanis Club. !Which was staged as the and finale of the 50th convention of the West Firemert's Association Charles Town last y through Saturday, all those who worked convention committee with the some and the large Club Spery, seen above, of the West Virginia. F. Snieszko Is Honored /: Best-appearing pumper, 1,000 gal., out of state, John F. En- ders, Berryville. Pumper, 1,000 gal,, W.Va., South Berkeley. Pumper, under 1,000, out-of- state, Sharpsburg. Pumper, under 1,000, W.Va., Grafton. Oldest pumper in service, out- ofstate, Front Royal, Va. Oldest pumper in service, W.Va., Keyser. Company coming longest distance, out-of-state, Bethesda-; Chevy Chase. Rescue squad, out-of-state, Bethesda-Chevy Chase. Rescue squad, W.Va., Glen- dale Top.ambulance, out-o[-state. rruni: a!. " ' Best ambulance, W.Va., Bedington. Best appearing ladies auxiliary, Friendship Fire i Company, Harpers Ferry-[ Bolivar. Best marching unit, Keyser. Antique Car, Charles Butts, Harpers Ferry. Best-appearing senior majorette group, the Revengers, Martinsburg. Best appearing junior majorette corps, Williamettes of Williamsport, Md. Top high school band, Park- view High School, Sterling, Va. Contracts On JEDECO Okay Another hurdle on the road toward construction and im- provement work on the 80-acre Jefferson County Industrial Park at Bardane was cleared this week when JEDECO, Inc., the sponsoring organization, received signed contracts from the two contractors awarded bids for the work. Mrs. Barbara Landwehr said that the next step will be sub- mission of the returned con- tractors to the Economic Development Administration for approval. Receiving that, ground breaking ceremonies will be held and a notice of work date will be issued to the con- tractors. The approval is expected within the next ten days to two weeks; groundbreaking will likely take place in October; and the notice of work will probably coincide with the ground- breaking. Contractors will have 240 working days, or eight months, to complete the work. Contracts for sewer and water lines, a water treatment plant, spray irrigation and paving and roads have been awarded to Corman Construction, Inc., of Washington, D.C. A fifth con- tract went to Potomac con- struction Company of Mar- tinsburg. The contract5 total $747,680.85. JEDECO has total funding of $896,000... $303,000 from EDA; $253,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission; $90,000 from a Governor's Community Participation grant; and $250,000, a loan at four percent interest, from the West Virginia Development Authority. y Health Section of the Fisheries Society has established a Service Award for contributions to the fish in hatcheries and facilities. Under the of a permanent award has been Snieszko award of Dr. S.F. Snieszko, ; resident and career of the National Fish Laboratory in. Jefferson County. that surprised only the American bestowed the Distinguished i, Service Award on Dr. S.F. Snieszko in recognition of his national and international leadership in research, ap- plications,' and specialized formal instruction courses in fish health. Dr. Snieszko was unable to be at the recent meeting of the American Fisheries Society Fish Health Section in Kansas City, and the award was accepted in his behalf by Dr. Ken Wolf also of the Leetown Laboratory. Ilocal monies, the entire s of the National Fisheries Center was on hand for )rmentation of the ,ished Service Award An unexpected move by the United States Department of Labor has flooded the Tri-State area of Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland with Puerto Rican workers, ostensibly brought in to help harvest this year's apple crop. On Monday and Tuesday, the Labor Department sent some 400 workers to the Winchester area; another 150-plus to Martinsburg; and about a hundred to Hagerstown. As of Tuesday evening, no work had been found for the men. They were being housed at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg; Darlington Inn and other places in Winchester, Va. The move by the Labor Department was made despite the fact that orchardists in the area had been certified for 572 Jamaican laborers. The first contingent of Jamaicans arrived last week. Just a few days ago the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had issued an order ending the legal battle between the department and growers over the issue of hiring foreign workers. The problem with the Labor Department arises from the fact that Public Law 87 makes it that department's responsibility to see that all U.S. citizens (and Puerto Ricans are citizens) who want to work have an op- portunity to do so. However, growers say their experiences with Puerto Ricans and other migrant workers exclusive of the Jamaicans, has not been a good one. The Puerto Ricans are being brought to the U.S. at Labor Department expense. It is un- derstood that they are being lodged at the various hotels and motels at the expense of the Federal CETA program. Planning Commission Seeks To Draft New Zoning Law In County] The Jefferson County Plan.IO,Brie n Named ning Commission has suggested to the Jefferson County Com- mission that it may be time forlWelfare the planning group to draft a . new zoning ordinance f:t C'ounty. The countv commission, after hearin$ the suggestion directed Planning Director Robert Beckett to draft a complete proposal including methods of financing, and present the completed document to the commissioners for further study and possible action. Beckett appeared before the county commission last Thur. sday and asked the com- missioners to consider the possibilty of the planning group initiating another zoning study which he said would not be as "severe" and as "limiting" as one turned down by the voters of the county in referendum in May, 1976. Beckett said the planning commission asked for the county commission's concurrence in the suggestion only after numerous individuals and groups had asked the planners to again study the "matter and come up with an acceptable proposal. Beckett went on to note that it would make a great deal of sense to prepare such a plan now in conjunction with the sewer facilities study currently being conducted. He said there is every possibility the two studies enhance each other. New ideas which would enter into a new zoning plan would include consideration of various types of methods of reimbursing landowners who might not he treated fairly by the zoning regulations, and he fel this might tend to change the thinking relative to zoning. Such methods might include tax incentives, the transfer of development rights, and direct cash reimbursement to involved landowners. But this, Beckett said, would be something that would have to be worked out under a new zoning ordinance. Beckett went on to note that it was possible to obtain 75 percent financing of the new study or- dinance drafting, and that he would investigate the Possibility and report back to the com- missioners. Commission President Tom Mentzer wondered about Region 9 planning, and was told that Region 9 depends upon county plans for its information. Mentzer went on to say that under any zoning plan, property owners who sustain losses must be compensated. Other com- mission members concurred. A conflict in the interpretation of state laws governing the handling of dogs on the county level was reported by County Administrator David Ash. Ash said that a check with the State Department of Health and TURN TO PAGE SIX has reveatcd that Lloyd (Bucky) O'Brien, a veteran with the department, will be the new administrator for Area 5, comprising Berkeley, Morgan and Jefferson Counties. O'Brien, who will succeed Mrs. Dorothy Weller who retired July Ist, takes over his new duties around October I. He entered service with the Welfare Department when the old district was composed of eight counties; has served as administrator for the Romney office; and more recently has been on assignment as an in- terim administrator in Welch and Falrmont. Jefferson NAACP To Meet Tulay The Jefferson County Branch of the NAACP will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, Sept. 19, 7:30 at the St. Phillip Episcopal Parish Hall on South Laurence Street. The program will consist of a panel discussion on the pro and con of "phasing" in the Jef- ferson County School System. Members of the school board and interested citizens have been invited to participate on the panel. John Luce of radio station WXVA will be the moderator. The public is encouraged to attend this important meeting, especially all parents that have children in the county schools. Cases Set For Grand Jury Accident Claims Life Jefferson County Man; Another Still Critical Hobert B. (Buddy)White, Jr., I A recreation bus loaded with 34, of Route l, Charles Town, I passengers out of Long Island, died Tuesday evening in Jef- N.Y., collided with a car on ferson Memorial Hospital, a Route 9. There were no injuries. victim of injuries sustained The bus, operated by Marshall about 10:50 the same evening in Hutton of Long Island, smashed a two-vehicle accident on State Route 9 north of Charles Town. State Police said White's 1972 Volkswagon, traveling south on Route 9, was involved in a collision with a northbound car driven by Douglas Dwight Shook, of Cumberland, Md. The accident occurred just north of the Woodland Trailer Court. Both vehicles were demolished. Both victims were removed to Jefferson Memorial Hospital by Independent Fire Company rescue service. Shook remains hospitalized. State Police are continuing their investigation into Jefferson county's ninth highway Jatality of 1978. White was' born August 14, 1944, in Lindale, West Virginia, a son of Hobert B, White, Sr., and Zelda Mac Elkins While, he was a 'setfoy Carpenter and carpi :instailer in jefrsotl County; a member of the Izaak Walton League at Leetown; and a member of the Charles Town Lions Club. He is survived by his parents, Oceana, W.Va.; his wife, Joyce Aileen Powell; three children, Hobert B. White, Third, Danielle Renee White and Jarren Paul White, all at the home; two sisters, Mrs. Ella Mac Woods, Kirksville, Ohio; and Mrs. Janieve Long, Fox Glen. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock at Grace Baptist Church at Shenandoah Junction. The Rev. Robert Campbell of- ficiating The family will receive friends at the Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home Friday evening from 7 to 9. In other accidents: A 49-year-old Jefferson county man, Junior Lee Cross, remains in the shock trauma unit in Baltimore, Md., suffering from massive head injuries and in- ternal bleeding caused last Saturday morning when his auto was struck by a train at a private crossing. The Route l, Charles Town resident was rushed to Jefferson Memorial Hospital then tran- sported by helicopter to Baltimore. State Policce said that Cross apparently did not see an ap- proaching N. and W. train at the crossing in Byrd's Orchard. The impact carried the auto 1,638 feet down the track, and rescue crews had to carry him from the scene to the roadway. into the rear of a car driven by Anthony Penwell of Harpers Ferry. Damage was $1,600. There were two single car accidents. One operated by Michael Soward. Route 2, Charles Town, failed to negotiate a curve on the Kabletown Road and struck a utility pole and fence. Damage totaled $800. James A. Rankin, of Hanover, Pa., lost control of his car on Route 340 near Harpers Ferry, striking an embankment. Damage was $1000. In a two car collision on Secondary 24 near Charles Town, a vehicle driven by Karen Manuel, Old Cave Road, was struck by one driven by William Hfldbrand, of Harpers Ferry, Damage was Ad hnali, Abin Bn, R0ute7, Mar- tinsburg, and an auto operated by Kimberly Kesner, of Petersburg, collided on State Route 45 near Shepherdstown.' Fire Destroys Barn, Contents In County Fire Fire destroyed a storage barn and a mobile home Sunday af- ternoon neaar Summit Point. It was owned by R.Z. Bane, and contained 2,200 bales of straw and 700 bales of hay. It was a total loss with structural damage to a loafing shed and milking parlor. Charles Town volunteer units fighting the fire were joined by John F. Eoders Company of Berryville, while tanker units were dispatched by Civil Defense and Shepherdstown volunteers. A trailer on the Flowing Springs Road, owned by Dr. Margaret Snow, of Silver Spring, Md., was destroyed by fire early Sunday morning. A car parked nearby also sustained damage, according to Charles Town volunteers. A station wagon owned by Marvin Turner, Route 1, Kearneysville, was totally destroyed by flames near Middleway Saturday morning. A gasoline leak was believed to have caused the fire. i The regular September term of the Circuit Court of Jefferson County will be convened Tuesday morning, Sept. 18, with Judge Vance E. Sencindiver presiding. Although Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Skinner said this week he did not expect an unusually heavy term of court he will make a total of 18 presentments to the (]rand Jury. The cases on which Skinner said he will seek indictments include two for telephone fraud: three persons for fraudulent breaking and entering; three others for burglary; one for fraudulent debt collecting: three others for forgery; one for drunken driving; two for grand larceny and three for sexual assault, Skinner said several holdover cases from previous terms of court are also expected to be on thecourt docket this time. These include the case of Allen Bennet on charge of possession and or distributing a controlled substance; Clarence Boyd, two charges negilent homicide: James E. Brown, a larceny case. Police Probe Wild Fracas Jefferson County State Police say they are looking for two men who were involved in a multiple stabbing at the Cooperage (formerly the Red Shed) in Shepherdstown early last Saturday morning. Critically wounded in the altercation was Jeff Spickler of Harpers Ferry, who sustained a heart and lung wound and required surgery at Jefferson Hospital where he was reported improving. Also wounded were Roger Johnson, of Martinsburg, and Ronald Farris and Leo Sandier, said to be from Harpers Ferry. Police said a broken bottle as well as knives were used in the fracas which stemmed from a pool game. Officers said that Spickler sustained his wound inside the Cooperage; the remainder of the fighting took place outside. State police are also in- vestigating the theft of a John Deere Model 512 tractor valued at $1,900. It was reported stolen by Jessie Cogan of Mecklepburg Heights in Shepherdstown. WEATHER Period Wednesday through Friday. Variable cloudiness with a chance of showers each day. Daytime highs should range in the seventies, and nighttime lows in the sixties. The trend towards cooler midaf- ternoon temperatures will remain over the weekend, i NEWLY ELECTED OFFICERS W.VA. FIREMEN'S ASSOCIATION Shown above are the new officers of the West Virginia Firemen's Association elected and installed last Friday and Saturday as a highlight of the business session of the 50th convention of the state firemen held in Charles Town last week. They are: (left to right) -- Wayne Lewis, of Petersburg, historian; Gaff Ash, of Weirton, parliamentarian; Danny Breeden, of the Charles Town Citizen's Fire Company, treasurer; Robert Turner of the Charles Town Citizen's Fire Company, sergeant-at-arms; Dave Harmon, of Keyser, first vice-president; Tom Berry, Wheeling, president for a second term; Burton Blankenship, of Kenova, second vice-president; iMike Pittinger of the Charles Town Citizen's Fire Company, third vice-president; John Beaty, Paden City, executive secretary; Ernest Houser, Jr., of the Charles Town Independent Fire Company, assistant secretary. (Photo by Tim Sinn)