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4 "SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, September 14, 2000 VOLUME 135 Letters to the Editor USE VIDEO LOTTERY FOR SCHOOLS I realize that we must provide for our children's education, but a great portion of our property tax is now going to the schools. Now we are being asked to give more and without much information given to the newspapers to inform us of the full picture of the problem. Many of our citizens are living on small incomes and their taxes are now high in relation to income. Is there any way to accomplish the schools needs without additional property taxation? It seems that when we were asked to vote approval for the Racetrack Video Lottery, a few ! years back, that education was given as one of the reasons to ap- prove it. Is any of the revenue go- ing toward education? Always holding these bond ap- provals on a Saturday instead of waiting a very short time for the general election doesn't seem quite right. I am certainly for education, but again where is the video lottery money going? Sincerely, Daniel M. Staubs DISPUTES STUDY Dear Editor: I have read Mr. Ward's sum- mary of the Pentree Engineering .: paper developed for the Jefferson County Public Service District. Mr. Ward's paper has been described by knowledgeable people who have read both versions as a fair and ac- : curate summary. My first reaction to the Pentree paper is that it purports to be some :sort of study of the needs of the .needs of Jefferson County in the area of disposal of wastes, mainly sewerage. It is, in reality, an info- mercial aimed at convincing the public that this massive undertak- ing is necessary for the health and safety of the County. As far as I can tell, the question of what would be the best approach : to dealing with the needs of the citizens of Jefferson County in terms of disposing of wastes such : as sewerage and wastewater was never addressed. The only ques- tion addressed was where and hew sewer lines and treatment plants could be located in order to provide centralized service to the entire ~County as presently configured and as it might be configured in the future as subdivisions grow out of current farmlands. The former is a question that begs an honest and careful answer whereas the . latter has only to do with the ag- grandizement of the WV Public Service Commission (PSC) and the local Public Service District (PSD). . It has long been clear that the PSC has been embarked on an empire- :building mission that aims to cover ::the State with sewer lines no mat- ter whether they are needed or not. The benefit to the PSC is that the more sewers that are installed across the State, the bigger the PSC's perks, salaries and other trappings of office. The paper significantly avoids discussion of the existing facilities and does not deal at all with the possibility of expanding those fa- cilities to meet future needs. It ', does not take into account the use of septic systems for those areas that can be supported nicely by pri- vate disposal systems. It simply starts with an assumption that "we gotta have sewers everywhere" : and goe~ on to show how to accom- :plish that at something close to a quarter billion dollars outlay. : Somebody has to pay for this out- lay and, for sure, the citizens who live near this massive system will have to come up with big bucks (be- tween $7,879 and $57,040) in one chunk when they are forced to .ihook up, even though their own septic systems are working fine. If this were a serious study of the needs of Jefferson County and how to go about meeting those needs, it would start with an as- sessment of current capability (public facilities as well as private systems) as a point of departure. If deficiencies exist, those would be noted and quantified. Then it would use the County Comprehen- sive Plan as the basis of estimating where and how future growth would occur so that a rational ap- proach to meeting the estimated needs could be undertaken. Vari- ous options to correcting those de- ficiencies and meeting those needs would be explored with the pros and cons of each listed in some de- tail. It might even be so bold as to "recommend" one of the options but in the best of worlds, that deci- sion would be left for the respon- sible executives. This paper is no- where near a proper study of the needs of Jefferson County in terms of treatment of wastes, either now or in the future. Jefferson County should not go "gentle into that dark night" of building sewers in areas just be- cause there are none there already. Sewer lines are excellent means of encouraging development in lo- cales that are suitable for develop- ment. Lack of sewer lines can serve as a deterrent to development in areas that should not be heavily developed for one reason or an- ether. Sewer decisions should fol- low the County Comprehensive Plan and not lead as is the se- quence in this particular case. For all the above reasons and many more not covered here, I have suggested to the PSD that they should not pass this docu- 'ment along to the PSC. It is not in the best interests of the citizens of the County and, in fact, could do serious harm to the County if the PSC were to go forward on execut- ing this plan. I further requested that they commission a proper study of the needs of the County based on existing capabilities and the next rendition of the Jefferson County Comprehensive Plan. Sincerely, Charles R. Hall III. MORE ON EDWARDS AND THE START OF LOCAL TEAM TENNIS I am one of the friends that Glenn recruited back in 1968 refer- enced in the Patrick Blanc letter to the editor of August 24. This ar- ticle stirred up some memories and I would like to share my perspec- tive on Glenn from one who no longer resides in Jefferson County, but who was involved firsthand in the start of team tennis in Charles Town. It all started back around 1959 when my father, Dick Funk, intro- duced Glenn and myself to the game of tennis. From here, a ten- nis rat pack of young kids formed that loved the game. The "hang- out" became the Jefferson Park courts and we were always looking for a pickup game. Tennis wasn't that popular then and we played with wood rackets on asphalt courts with a wire net and grass growing up through the cracks in the court. It didn't matter, we were bitten by the game and our tennis pack continued to grow. We all got to be pretty good for a bunch who never had the benefit of profes- sional lessons or tennis clubs. We all continued playing and Glenn decided that we should form a summer team and enter into com- petition with other cities. Glenn or- ganized it all and our parents pro- vided the transportation and team T-shirts. Glenn was able to form a pretty impressive summer sched- ule and off we went. Surprising to some of our opponents, this group of small town kids got pretty darn good and we started doing a lot of winning. We continued this routine for a couple of summers until 1968 when Glenn decided it was time for the big league - a formal high school tennis team, part of the Charles Town High School athletic program. Glenn took his idea and ran with it, launched the entire plan, created the team, organized the schedule and even wrote the post match articles for the Spirit. The amazing part is that the birth of High School team tennis in Charles Town was from the vision, determination and leadership of a 17-year-old! Not surprising now, when you look back and know Glenn's accomplishments. Have you ever thought where tennis would be today in Jefferson County without Glenn? When would it have become a part of the athletic program? And the park leagues? The requirement for a school affili- ated adult coach was graciously filled by the gymnastics coach named Barbara Chakmakian who sympathized with our cause but was not a player. Just the same, we were very thankful. Throughout the winter, as the season approached, Glenn orga- nized drills and workouts in differ- ent homes (no indoor courts). I re- member that being a friend of Glenn didn't matter when it came to his coaching style, all business. I believe Glenn knew better than us, that a lot was riding on our team. A lot of people thought it was too early for tennis as a CTHS sport and what chance did a bunch of kids have led by a student. Well the rest is history "as this bunch of kids rolled over the Competition going undefeated (11-0) for the sea- son and then found themselves at the State Finals in Charleston. It was right then that the future of tennis in Jefferson County was de- termined as long as Glenn Ed- wards remained in the community. I now live in Cincinnati but still receive The Spirit. Having spent my childhood in Charles Town, I still enjoy keeping up with the news of Jefferson County. I always read with special interest the ar- ticles on tennis and continue to be amazed with how much Glen has contributed to tennis growth in Jefferson County. You folks in Jef- ferson County have something very exceptional with Glenn Ed- wards. Don't let him get away be- cause we could sure use him in Cincinnati! Glenn, I want to commend you for giving a bunch of kids named Les Widmyer, Art Webb, Calvin Stokes, Jeff Harris, Steve Dorsey, Tommy Ott, and myself the oppor- tunity to have been participants in something very special the begin- ning of team tennis in Jefferson County. Rick Funk Teammate, 1969 Charles Town High'School Tennis Team Becky Shaffer 876-0600 The Guardian of Our Liberties ' The Constitution of the United States of America, the guardian of our liberties, embodies the prin- ciples of limited government in a Republic dedicated to rule under law. Sunday, September 17 marks the 213th anniversary of the fram- ing of the Constitution by the Con- stitutional Convention. The Presi- dent of the United States, the governors of the 52 states, and the mayors of thousands of cities and towns take advantage of Public Law 915 and proclaim September 17-23 as Constitution Week. Shepherdstown Mayor Jim Auxer signed such a proclamation presented by Mrs. James Reinhart, president of the Pack Horse Ford D.A.R. chapter, during a special ceremony last week. Mrs. Reinhart also announced that lo- cal schools would inform their stu- dents about this important occa- sion and that at 4 p.m. on September 17 - the time the proc- lamation was originally signed - church bells would ring through- out our community. By signing the proclamation, the mayor was, in a sense, asking the residents of the t~wn to reaf- firm the ideals that the framers of this historic document had in 1787 and to vigilantly protect the free- doms guaranteed to all through this guardian of our liberties. Our U.S. Constitution On this 213th anniversary of the framing of our U.S. Constitu- tion which was created by a group of men dedicated to forming a gov- ernment like no other and formu- lating laws which would provide the people freedoms which they had never had under other forms of government, our countrymen and women need pause and give thanks for these insightful folks who tediously worded, reworded, compromised, and reworded again this important document. The Revolutionary. War made the American Colonists indepen- dent of Great Britain. But it did not make them a nation. Each state was almost a separate, inde- pendent country. The Articles of Confederation united the states in a kind of league, which had the power to handle foreign affairs for the group. But the history of the U.S. as a nation really began when the Constitution was adopted. For several years, such men as George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay had seen clearly that the Articles of Confederation would not work. The U.S. as a group owed about $40 million, nearly a fifth of it to foreign countries. The Congress of the Confederation could not levy taxes in order to pay these debts, or even cover running expenses. It had to ask states for contributions. The states were slow about paying, and sometimes flatly refused. Additionally, states could pass their own tariff laws, inflicting high duties upon neigh- boring states. In 1786, representatives from five states met at Annapolis, Md and proposed that a convention of delegates from all states meet in Philadelphia to revise the Articles of Confederation. Congress con- curred. Seventy-three delegates were selected to attend but just 55 actually showed up. On May 14, 1787, opening day of the convention, too few del- egates showed up, so the business was postponed. On May 25, twenty-nine delegates from all the states except Rhode Island met in Independence Hall and selected George Washington to preside. The group met behind closed doors for three and one-half months. At times, the convention was nearly wrecked by the struggle be-. tween the large states and the smaller ones. The large states supported the Virginia Plan, by which a state's representation in both houses of Congress would have been determined by popula- tion. The small states supported a plan which proposed that the states have equal representation. A compromise was reached in which there would be equal repre- sentation in one house of Congress and proportional representation in the other. The final state, Rhode Island, ratified the document in 1890 and it became the law of the land. Al- though the U.S. Constitution has expanded through the years, its importance has never been over- looked by the leaders of our coun- try. Court decisions have also ex- tended the original words. Season Opener Ginga Brasileira: A Celebration of Afro-Brazilian Culture, a color- ful repertoire of dances that fuse rhythmic music with high-energy gymnastics and martial arts, will open the performance season for the Performing Arts Series at Shepherd on Friday, September 15, beginning at 8 p,m. at the Frank Center Theater. Ginga Brasilia performs Ca- poeira, a unique art form devel- oped by African slaves in Brazil in the 16th century. The group's founder, Efraim Silva. is a former i Brazilian national champion of ;~:.; Capoeira, who now teaches at the ~: : Connecticut Capoeira Center and around the world. Tickets are $15 general admis- / ~' sion; $10 Shepherd faculty'and se- nior citizens; and $5 for non-Shep- herd students. For information ' and reservations, 876-5497. Stadium Dedication The refurbished Shepherd Ram Stadium will be dedicated on Sat- urday, September 16 with a ribbon cutting ceremony and several spe- cial events. The Shepherdstown Fire De- partment will sponsor a country breakfast at the fire hall on Route 45 from 6 to 10 a.m. The meal is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children. So hop out of bed bright and early and come by for this traditional taste treat. A pregame hospitality tent, hosted by the Shepherd College bler walkin the nearby woods pre- Foundation for donors to the sta- ceding the hawk search. dium expansion project, will beBrush up on hawk information open from 11 a.m. til 12:45 p.m. on (silhouette, wing beats, and flight the midway between the College pattern), bring water, hiking Center and Cree Hall. boots, a snack, and binoculars At 12:45, the long-awaited and/or scope and join the PVAS for event, the dedication of the sta- this interesting field trip. The dium, will take place with a ribbon public is invited to join in. For cutting on the football field, info: 304-728-0345. The first game in the refur- And then get ready for some bished stadium will begin at 1 big-time birding! Join PVAS mere- p.m. with the Shepherd Rams bers for a weekend at Dolly Sods playing the St. Joseph Pumas.Wilderness and Scenic Area. Fri- Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 day, Saturday, and Sunday, Sep- for students, and will be offered at tember 29, 30 and October 1, will the gate. be days filled with birdwatching And that evening a casino night and camping under the direction and silent auction fundraiser will of master birders Bob Dean and be held at the Clarion Hotel and Wilbur Hershberg. Other activi- Conference Center at 7 p.m. An ties may include hawk watching evening of casino games, a silent at Bear Rocks, a nature hike in auction, appetizers and cash bar the wilderness area, a field trip to Blackwater Falls State Park, and will be offered. Included among the auction items will be sports a side trip to the new Canaan Val- memorabilia, artwork, and enter- ley National Wildlife Refuge. tainment packages. Proceeds from Primitive campsites are nearby the evening will benefit construc- (304-257-4488 for reservations), tion of a sports facility building, and other lodging is available in Tickets for the evening are $75 the Canaan Valley (1-800-225- per couple and $40 single. For in- 5892 for information and reserva- formation or tickets contact the tions). Shepherd College Foundation at Camping equipment, proper 1-800-344-5231, ext. 5391. apparel, food, and drinking water 4-H Beef Barbecue will be the participant's responsi- "A sirloin pit beef, 'sit down', bility. A potluck dinner will take all you can eat, wonderfully place on Saturday evening. hemecooked meal!" is the way that The trip is not limited to PVAS Jefferson County 4~I Extension members, so put this funfilled, Agent Jim Staley 'describes the birdwatching weekend on your upcoming Camp Frame 4-H Beef calendar. Registration for the trip Barbecue scheduled for this Sat- is required. For information and to register: 304-728-0345. urday, September 16, 4-7 p.m. at the camping facility located Route And if you are not all worn out 9 West, Hedgesville. The cost of by this time all aboard! A Poto- the dinner is $20 per person - a do- mac Eagle excursion! PVAS will nation to defray the costs of the re- take to the rails for a three-hour ride through the South Branch cently completed construction at this tricounty camp. Valley of West Virginia, searching Jim goes on to say that "thisfor eagles in the narrow "trough" year a special treat will be a silent which extends three miles along auction of some very nice items the route. And what a wonderful donated by some great friends of opportunity to observe the beauty Camp Frame from Jefferson, Mor- of fall colors on this Saturday, Oc- gan and Berkeley counties. Our tober 21, outing! The prospect of $120,000 Camp Frame debt re- eagles soaring overhead and ob- quires that this be a very success- serving two huge nests in the ful event." nearby trees as the train glides Tickets can be purchased at the along draws thousands of visitors door, from 4-H leaders, and at the to this journey each year. Extension offices in the three Bring a lunch or arrange for a counties, meal to be served in the table cars. For the Birds The organization owning the ex- cursion train charges a fee - $20 We will pause for a week in our discussion of West Virginia birds for adults and $10 for children - and give you a preview of three which is used to maintain the cars field trips offered by the Potomac and track. Meal costs are extra. Valley Audubon Society. TheseAu- Registration with Diana at dubon adventures are worthy of 304-728-0345 is necessary and your consideration. With PVASshould be done as soon as possible. field trip leader Diana Cummins This trip is also not limited to PVAS members. planning the excursions, you can be assured of a fun adventure. Father's Garden During the hawk migration in Caring for cut flowers will ex- 1998 at Snickers Gap, Va a tend the lives of these bloomin' record 25,989 broadwing hawksbeauties. Corsages, bouquets, and were counted. With these impres- other pre-made flower arrange- sire numbers in mind, PVAS will ments to be worn or carried should travel to this site on Saturday, be left in the florist's box as re- September 23, to observe these ceived until it is time to use them. beautiful birds as they pass The box should be kept in a cool through this area. Master birder place, or if necessary, the icebox. If Wilbur Hershberg will lead a war- there is likely to be a delay of a O Shepherdstown Mayor Jim Auxer discusses with James Reinhart the importance of a proclamation setting tember 17-23 as Constitution Week in the municipality. Reinhart is a representative of Pack Horse Ford Daughters of the American Revolution. The Constitution ratified by its framers 213 years ago. (Photo by Becky day or more, it may be the box, sprinkle the paper I without disturbing the fie then close and replace it in place. In arranging cut home decoration, principles should be pending on the desired you want to obtain the tic effect without length of time the flowers total height of the flowers should be 2 1/2 height of the container ample: if the coz inches high, the should be about 30 inches its base. If, however, the to keep the flowers alive possible, irrespective of the tic effect, there should be of the stem under water above it. If there are too flowers on hand for one two, or even three. Do not i the flowers. In researching these about cut flowers, I came the so-called "flower use in arranging birthday etc. I pass along to you month flowers: January, tion; February, primrose; violet; April, daisy or hawthorn or lily of the June, rose; July, waterlil gust, poppy; September, October, begonia; November, santhemum; and December, settia. A Glimpse The C & O Canal Upon the completion Chesapeake and Oh transportation business nal is progressing at a lively', according to an April 22, sue of the ister. "During the last boats, loaded with coke left this port carrying 6,666 tons. This largest week's work done canal since its coz says the Cumberland But this prosperity without problems - big times. Just a month later that "Another break the Chesapeake and Ohio on Sunday night last, the some several miles below Tunnel, on Mr. Sterrets Some 60 feet of the been washed away and that depth of three feet below tom of the q Register, "It is said breach was the result of ligence of the Lock Keeper." And in July of 1854, the paper reported that "A belonging to Mr. burned in the Canal place, a few days since, its way to market with a cargo of lime. The fire from a collision with which threw her out of her against the bank and Continued on Pa The Rotary Club of Shepherdswwn is looking for a high schooT student who is adaptable and has a desire to learn about other countries to participate in a !lear long exchange program. The program is set up for high school students, or recent graduates, who will live with a host family or families academic year and attend high school in a foreign location. Cost to the student and his/her family is a round trip foreign location and medical and accident insurance. All other expenses are covered by the host family and the host Rotary One advantage of this exchange program over other similar programs is that students will hosted by the Rotary Club in the area the student will be living. Students will have opportunity to get to know the business and professional leaders of the community. Currently applications are being accepted by the Rotary Club of Shepherdstown students who will be between the ages of 15 1/2 and 18 1/2 on July 1, 2001. The student will leave in August 2001 for the year abroad. The program is operated by Rotary International and sends students to countries over the world. The Shephcrdstown club sent four students in the last three destinations as varied as Thailand, Japan and India. 1 For m oj and forms, contact lane Jenkins at Maqcjie's Marketplace, 06 W. German Street, Shepherdstown or any other member of the Rotary Club of Shepherdstown. week of October : the selected student w/l~ be f to the district selection panel.