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& SONS 1 6 2! JGPORT ~ ~ L~ @ 0 ,=:.' BOOH B INI)ERY I',1 1 4 9 2 (3 4 --- @ i E, E: Jefferson County's newspaper 1844 by the s Turn Jefferson County y of Caring of volunteers turned out Tuesday to help paint, pull weeds, fix up and generally spruce up for of Jefferson County during the fifth annual Day of Caring. This event serves official kickoff of the United Way's annual campaign, which has a goal this year of $290,000. ranks of volunteers involved in the event this year swelled with the inclusion of Royal Vendors' The plant closed down its operations for the day in order to allow employees to help with the Day of Caring projects throughout Jefferson County. of volunteers were on hand at the Boys and Girls Club, housed in Charles Town in one of Dixie- gs on Lawrence Street. Volunteers installed a drop ceiling, put up new drywall in the !and kitchen areas, installed tile in the kitchen and game room, put up kitchen cabinets, painted a and did general cleaning and landscaping. of the Day of Caring said efforts at the Boys and Girls Club is symbolic of the annual event. pleasure to see the many volunteers working so hard to give this agency and all other United Way a helping hand here in Jefferson County," said Teresa McCabe, co-chair for Day of Caring. "This is a and important way to kick off our annual campaign." met at the Charles Town office of the Shenandoah Women's Center. Work there, under of City National Bank, included painting of the building, yard work and a porch extension. Park, crews of volunteers operated bulldozers and dump trucks to pull out stumps to be hauled away. Volunteers also trimmed shrubs, repaired fences and painted playground included Harpers Ferry Job Corps, Jefferson County Board of Education, Jefferson Me- Wal-Mart, Shepherdstown and Charles Town Rotary clubs, Charles Town Evening Kiwanis Town Races, Thompson Gas, Citizens Communications, Dolly Madison Garden Club, F&M Virginia, Martin's Food Market, Bank of Charles Town, AT&T, ReMax Realty Group and Shop- projects were provided to the following United Way agencies: Eastern Panhandle Train- Panhandle Home Health Center, Animal Welfare Society Shelter, Boys and Girls Club, Jefferson Council on Aging, Good Shepherd Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, Morgan's Gove Park, Jefferson Park, Shepherdstown Day Care, Shenandoah Area Boy Scout Council, Hospice of the Panhandle, and Big Sisters, and Shenandoah Women's Center. Volunteers also completed projects for the Library, Shepherdstown Park and Harpers Ferry Park. been involved with the Day of Caring for the past four years and I thihk it gets better every year," "This is a terrific way to start the United Way campaign. People have a chance to see first hand contributions, both monetary and personal, mean to these agencies and to the people they serve." Stacie Rohn, executive di- rector of the Boys and Girls Club, sets out flowers for a new garden that will replace weeds at the club's entrance. Brannon Ford, an AT&T em- ployee, cleans out spoutings at Shenandoah Women's Cen- ter office on Lawrence Street. | wnrkln# at/some 1or 'ou' Angels Saville, an employee with Royal Vendors, cleans out weeds in preparation for the planting of flowers at the Boys and Girls Club of Jefferson County. Tracy Kable, an employee with ReMax Realty in Charles Town, trims bushes at Jefferson Memorial Park. Will Update Randolph "Randy" T. Epperly, Jr EE Deputy State Highway En- gineer, West Virginia Division of Highways, will update citizens on the status of highway improvements in the area on Thursday, September 28. The presentation will be made at the monthly luncheon meeting of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce at Charles Town Races at 12 noon. A recent survey conducted by the West Virginia Division Of High- ways revealed that only 6% of Eastern Panhandle residents are op- posed to upgrading Routes 9 and 340. The study showed that residents perceive safety, a decrease in travel time, easier access to other cities and economic development as the primary benefits of the improve- ments. Included in the menu for the meeting will be stuffed shells with Florentine sauce and julienne chicken, pepper brandied roasted sir- loin, sauteed zucchini and squash, steamed asparagus with hollandaise, roasted red potatoes, etc for $7 per person, including tax and gratuity. The public is invited. Please call the Chamber office at 725-2055 by Tuesday, September 26 to make reservations. Accept a warm welcome from wild, wonderful West Virginia's festi- val jewel in the Eastern Panhandle countryside. Nearly 200 artists and craftspersons, sheltered by twenty striped tents, will offer their work for browsing and for sale on September 22, 23, and 24, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the 25th Fall Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival in Jefferson County. Held at the Sam Michaels' Park near Route 340 between Harpers Ferry and Charles Town, the festival of- ' fers arts and crafts, food, and bluegrass music in a spectacular country setting with vivid autumn colors and views of the Blue Ridge. One of the finest shows in the United States, the festival, sponsored by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, has received recogni- tion from The Harris Report as one of the best and was chosen as a 2000 Local Legacies by the Library of Congress. Craftspeople and art- ists are juried and all are asked to demonstrate their work techniques at the festival. Appalachian music rings out from the natural amphi- theater. This year, enjoy The Seldom Scene, festival favorites known across the United States, as well as Bob Paisley and the Southern Grass and The Goins Brothers. Bring your own picnic to eat in the shady picnic glade or enjoy the food prepared on site. Please leave alcoholic beverages and family pets at home. : Adm ionis $6 for:each adult $3 for ldren 6, through 17. For more information, please call (800) 624-0577 or (304) 725-2055. You can also reach the festival on the Web at mha&cf, or by mail at Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 426, Charles Town, WV 25414. INSIDE d :1 5-51 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON-FARMER'S ADVOCATE Serving the citizens of Jefferson County, W.Va since 1844 F S' S T Schools is con- in the areas of hearing, and vi- :the first two months of eech and language is held for all kindergar- and students who are in West Virginia schools time. Hearing screen- to all kindergarten, students, and all K- who failed last year's Screening. Additional language screening to students in kin- first, second, and third were found at-risk year's screening. for kindergarten Will be conducted during two months of school. fifth, seventh, and students wilt be tested remainder of the school screening consists of measurement. Speech consists of formal assessments. language and hearing by the Speech and Lan- began Septem- in these areas are effort to locate Jef- students who may minor difficulties that with their edu- Parents will be any difficulties are noted of the screening results. on children and available only to par- ~tlthorized personnel. Jarent/guardian who have their child par- ' of the screening pro- to call their child's or the Director of at 728-9236. "Are you a real nun?" This question is posed to Sister Dorothy Fabritze as she sells tick- ets for the elephant and pony rides at the Roberts Brothers Circus. "I always say yes and the crew asks, 'Who would want to imper- sonate one?'" laughs the Mission- ary Sister of the Sacred Heart. " Sister Dorothy Fabritze and Sister Bernard Overkamp work full-time with the traveling circus. It's a grueling seven days a week, eight-month tour from Florida to Maine and back. Their day starts at 4:30 a.m. and ends after 10 at night. Most of their work is behind the scenes. Sister Dorothy sets up tents, sells tickets, does laundry, helps cook and "works wherever needed." Sister Bernard (pro- nounced BURR-nerd) cooks two full meals daily for the troupe of 35-40. "We are called to be the Heart of God to people," says Sister Ber- nard with a distinct German ac- cent. "We work side by ide with the people. There's not much preach- ing." "It's a ministry of presence," adds Sister Dorothy. "We come with no specific de- signs for prayer groups or lessons. We're here to let people know that there's a God who loves them no matter what's happened in their lives." Both sisters are in their fifties. Dressed in plain clothes and tennis shoes, they share a similar low-key style. Each woman served for two decades as a missionary in Papua, New Guinea. Sister Dorothy entered the con- vent in Reading, Pa at age 13. "I knew in the eighth grade that I wanted to be a missionary." As Director of Religious Educa- tion, she traveled by boat, canoe, tractor or four-wheel drive to su- pervise 150 schools in Papua, New Guinea. She also worked with the formation and training of novices. "It was time to leave New Guinea when every position I held, a Papua, New Guinea held. What- ever I shared with them, they could now do on their own. That's really the goal in missionary work." In 1995, Sister Dorothy worked as Development Director for the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart. "I agreed to take the position for five years. I didn't think I was called to do fundraising for the rest of my life." At a Missionary Convention in October 1996, the "Catholic Bishop Office for Migrant People and People on the Move" had an exhibit looking for religious women to work with the circus. "I immediately thought, 'No. This is not for me.' But I filed the information and never forgot it. With time, Jesus works on your heart." Sister Bernard laughs when thinks of her initial response to the idea of joining the circus. "No way I'm doing thisl It's OmTUAR ES Page 2 - WEATHER LETTERS Page 4 The extended forecast for the SOCIAL Page 7 area through Sunday is: SPORTS Page 11Partly cloudy throughout the pc- CHURCH NEWS Page 15riod with a chance of showers LEGAL NOTICES Page 17through Friday. Highs in the mid 70s, SALES Page 18. dropping to abot~t 68 by Sunday. CLASSIFIED Page 19Lows in the mid 50s to the mid 40s by REAL ESTATE Page 19Sunday. like-the missions, you just go on faith." Born and raised in Germany, as the youngest of 12, Sister Bernard entered the convent in 1965. For 25 years, she taught domestic skills at a vocational school in Papua, New Guinea, where she de- veloped her culinary skills. "Once you taste her bread, you do not forget it," raves Sister Dor- othy. After applying for a visa, Sister Bernard worked for five years at St. Stephen's, a halfway home for paroled prisoners in Bethlehem, Pa. Hospital Awarded Accreditation Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson has achieved accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organiza- tions as a result of its demonstrated compliance with the Joint Commission's nationally recognized health care standards. John Sherwood, CEO of Jefferson Memorial Hospital, spoke of his pride in the staff: " They appreciate the educational aspect of the survey and the opportunity to interact with the team of surveyors. The hard work and dedication of the staff further demonstrates the value of teamwork." He called the accreditation " proof of an organization-wide com- mitment to provide quality care on an ongoing basis." :i :i i:! ii :: "God works in mysterious ways. I didn't know it at the time, but it was good preparation work." : It was an "eye-opening" experi- once for Sister Bernard to feed and ::!, clean for suffering from abuse, al- coholism and drug addiction. /< As for working in the circus, Sister Bernard is "almost used to the routine." During free time, she tries to sleep and rest. Traveling has been the most difficult part of the work. The sisters travel every day with the show in their own trailer, which includes a small chapel where they have communion ser- vices and daily prayer. During a tornado warning, the sisters were asked to retreat to the chapel to pray. Sister Dorothy has been asked to lead a prayer in cen- ter ring at the beginning of each performance. After the show is when people approach and inquire, "Are you a real nun?" After describing a 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. work day, Sister Dorothy sin- cerely says, "I don't know why I say I like this, but I know in my heart it's for me." As for the constant travel, she adds, "No matter what happens the circus goes on. There's a mar- velous spirit of possibility. We've lost performers and moved "onto the next show without even a hic- cup. It's amazing." The Roberts Brothers Circus will be in town this Friday, Sep- tember 15, for shows at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Doug McDonough, president of Citizens Fire Company, looks at a $20,000 check from Royal Vendors, the first payment on a $100,000 pledge from the local industry. The money, pre- sented by Mike Wierzbicki, vice president of manufacturing, right, will be utilized in the construction of a new fire station] community hall to be located off the Charles Town bypass. The presentation came at a breakfast meeting of the building com- mittee last Saturday morning. During that gathering, Nelson Nichols, who heads the Citi- zens Fire Company building committee, updated those in at- tendance on where the fire department stands on collections to pay for the new station. The fire station will be built in several stages, the first being the home for the company's fire apparatus, training facility, office space and crew quarters. Additional construction will include a community facility and kitchen that could serve up to 500 people. According to McDonough, Citizens has secured a loan com- mitment for the first phase of construction. That loan, coupled with contributions already in hand, will pay for the $1.3 mil- lion flrst-phase construction. The overall project will cost ap- proximately $2.5 million. Anyone wishing to contribute to the construction of the new fire station should contact Citizens Fire Company.