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1 6 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE -- THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 1988 SHENANDOAH JUNCTION Sue Foley Dial 725-9334 " G WHAT'S IN A NAME? For the 24th year in a row, "Michael" has been at the top of the annual list of most popular boys names, according to the New York Ci- ty Health Department. "Jessica" was the leading name in the girls' category, followed by Jennifer, Stephanie, Melissa, Christina, and Nicola. Runners-up in the boys leagues were Christopher, Jonathan, Daniel, David, and Anthony. I read that somewhere this week. In my classroom I have three Ashieys and three Brians. And they weren't even mentioned. DON'T LET THE LIGHT GO OUT IN THE JUNCTION! According to Elinor Ann Shirley, treasurer of the street light commit- tee of Shenandoah Junction, the street light fund has enough funds to keep the lights on for one more month. The I estimation of population is around 1,000 residents, all of which I'm sure appreciate the light from at least 20 street lights in the Shenandoah Junc- tion area. The asking fee is only $1.25 per household, payable by the month, six months or a year at a time. So, please, if you haven't paid please drop a check off at the store in the Junction or to Elinor Ann Shirley. Please make checks payable to the Street Light Committee. Don't be caught in the dark! RESIDENTS VISIT REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION Llnda Keller and Lela Gardner, Harpers Ferry, recently enjoyed a trip to the Republican National Convention in New Orleans, LA. When I asked Mrs. Gardner what impressed her most, she replied, "The convention repaired my glasses at no cost. They were accidentally broken while she was there. Mrs. Gardner remarked that New Orleans was a big and beautiful city. SHENANDOAH HOMEMAKERS HELP AT CAMP FRAME Saturday evening, Camp Frame at 1948 SPECIAL DIVIDEND HOAX An old hoax story about the "1948 Special Dividend" on National Service Life Insurance is again making the rounds in various parts of the country. Such misinformation usually results in literally thousands of inquiries to the VA. The dividend referred to as the "1948 Special Dividend" was paid in 1950 and 1951 to about 16.5 million veterans. Persons should be warned against publishing any information pertaining to this dividend, since there is no ac- tion to be taken. The 91st Congress, in fact, passed a law which deals effec- tively with this hoax and prohibits the VA from wasting time in dealing with inquiries. Genuine questions regarding VA benefits should be directed to the local office at 621 West King Street in Mar- tinsburg or at the American Legion Home in Charles Town. 80 AREA SCOUT REPS AT JAMBOREE The Shenandoah Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, will be represented by 80 Boy Scouts, Explorers, and adult leaders. The 1989 National Jamboree will be held during the summer of 1969 at Fort A.P. Hill, near Bowling Green, Va. Michael A. Ewing will serve as the local Jamboree chairman. Mike is employed as vice-president and com- mercial loan officer for the First American Bank of Virginia. He is a 1976 James Wood graduate and a 1980 graduate of Virginia Tech. Ewing is on the Board of Directors of Winchester Kiwanis Club, and chairman of the Chamber of Com- merce Agriculture Committee. Mike is an Eagle Scout. Youth and adult applications are now being accepted for the Jamboree. New Douglas Book No Disappointment By Honnor Dorsey John Douglas, the award winning editor of Berkeley Springs' Morgan Messenger, has just published a new mystery called "Blind Spring Rambler." Mter the auspicious debut last year of his first book, "Shawnee Alley Fire," which sold out im- mediately after winning rave reviews across the nation, his many fans have been eagerly awaiting his new book. They will not be disappointed: Mr. Douglas has more than one story to tell in his characteristic spare, strong, sharply imaged prose style. Douglas's newest work takes place in Blind Spring, located in the mining country of southwestern West Virginia, a short time after the miners' war in 1921. When the miners march- ed on Logan, the mine owner of Blind Spring determined to crush union organization at any cost and by any means. His gestapo-like sheriff's department created a police state, where justice was arbitrary and all liv- ed in fear. Into this hellish place came two detectives - one shrewd and ex- perienced, the other a complete novice-sent by a detective agency to investigate the murder of a small mine operator who had been axed to death shortly before Blind Spring had boom- ed several years previously. An Italian miner had been convicted of the his bewildered, frightened, uninform- ed assistant, to complete the job alone. While we experience the town with the young detective as he makes his way among the streets and people, looking for clues, we can have no doubt where Douglas's sympathies lie. The owner and his associates are cruel, greedy, and arrogant. The mountain people and miners, however, who risk themselves to help him and others, are strong, generous, poignant figures. With the help of these people, the young detective does survive and ultimately succeeds both in finding the real murderer and discrediting the anti-union forces. The plot is fast paced and exciting, but perhaps the least important ele- ment in this fine short novel. After the entertainment, the reader is left with an unforgettable portrait of a time, place, and people. The miners and mountaineers have found a splendid voice. murder after a sham trial, but almost no one believed that justice had been done. Shortly after arrival, the older detective's body was found in the bot- tom of a coal car, leaving the narrator, EED CASH FALL Wl NTER EXPENSES? F00c-e Company 1 11 N. Charles Street Charles Town, W.Va. 725-8426 Established Hedgesville, was'e host of a beef barbecue dinner with "aLl the trimm- ings, with the proceeds going to Camp Frame 4-H activities. Many homemaker clubs from Berkeley, Morgan, and Jefferson counties were present. Some helped peel potatoes, cook, bake, mix, set tables, serve, but our job? We got to wash dishes. Strangely, our club is new and we got the job dishwashers. Our dishwashers were Kathy Blue and Doreen Stewart, while our dish dryers were President Barbara Haines, Debbie Thompson, and yours truly. We only had to wash for two hours. We quickly discovered that our shift from 6 to 8 was peak hours ! Seriously though, we did enjoy the fellowship with other ladies. We saw about 50 ladies and maybe ten men working and we do mean working. We also thoroughly enjoyed the food after the dishwashing was over for our shift. Berkeley County got to do the pots and pans. As we drove home we were discussing the evening and one question came to mind. If this dinner was for Camp Frame, where were the teenagers? Couldn't they help wash dishes, or table hop? Kathy reminisced that she did all of that when she was a 4-Her attending camp there just a few years ago. We really don't know, we were just thinking. We didn't see any teenagers. And we saw a lot of hard working adults. BREAKFAST AT SCHOOL This week on the average, Page- Jackson School cafeteria has served about 170 breakfasts daily. Mr. Rit- chey supervises cafeteria duty for this breakfast time. Hats off to Mr. Rit- choy. He gets the children in and out in about one half hour daffy. And they do eat! Parents will receive a bill at the end of the month since our breakfast and lunch counts are entered into the computer. ZANER BLOSER'S METHOD OF PENMANSHIP Did you know that Jefferson Coun- NEFLEBOWER FINANCIAL SERVICES Income Tax Preparation Bookkeeping Services Quarterly Tax Preparation lamcs Hetlebower o02 Belvedere Heights Charles Town. WV 254 14 DOUBLE WIDES Now On Display 40x24 3 Bedroom 28x56 w/6 in. walls 48x28 w/Fireplace 28x56 w/Skylights 56x24 w/Den 52x28 w/Log Siding 28x56 w/Fireplace & Dishwasher At ty uses the Zaner Bloser method of penmanship, or writing? I just happen to dabble in calligraphy and in this month's magazine was the history of Zaner and Bloser. Bloser was born on a farm near Plainfield and Bloserville, Pa. During his early years he worked on the farm, and in his spare time made up inks and sold writing sup- plies. When he was 17 years old, he left home to go to school at Oberlin, OH, to study telegraphy. In Oberlin, he met G.W. Michael and enrolled in the pen- art school. His talent emerged, and he qualified to teach for Mr. Michael in Oberlin and later in Delaware, OH. It was at these schools that Zaner and Bloser became friends and co- admirers. Bloser bought Zaner's one- haLf interest from Mrs. Zaner and took over the business himself in 1918. He taught penmanship to hundreds of would-be artists until his death in 1928. Bloser's sons, Parker Zaner Bloser and Robert Bloser, ran the school un- til just a few years ago. They, too, are now deceased. Now you know. SHENANDOAH HOMEMAKERS PLAN BAKE SALE The Shenandoah Homemakers Club of Shenandoah Junction plan a craft and bake sale November 5, in front of the Arrow Store at Hilldale Shopping Center in Charles Town. They met this week at the home of Doreen Stewart in Herbie Snyder's development in Shenandoah Junction to finalize plans for this sale. Many homemade crafts and baked goodies will be on sale. Those members attending this plann- ing meeting were Doreen Stewart, Sue Blue, Debbie Thompson, ] Barbara Haines and Pinkstaff was unable to send man3 books with ideas. RITZ CRACKER 1 can Eagle Brand 1 package chopped 1 cup chopped pecans 1 box Ritz crackers Cook together milk andl heat, stirring Spread on crackers minutes at 250 degrees. ICING Mix 1 box powdered 1 teaspoon vanilla. cookies. THOUGHT FOR Remember, it isn't that wear you out, in your shoe. A VOTE FOR YOUR JOHN ST-TE SEN tTE GYMNASTIC CLASSES AT SHEPHERD ELEMENTARY Sponsored Through Adult Edvcatkm of Joffers Cuy 3 -- 7 Year olds- Tuesday 8 Year olds & up- Thursday Registration: Sept. 27 & 29, Classes Start the Same Night For further information call: 876.6100 or 267.2254 CLASSES BY PANDA GYMNASTICS CLUB Dinner Breakfast John's Family RestauraJ 6 miles south of Charles Town on Route 340 Delicious Food, Reasonably Pnc, Specializing in STEAKS. LA ;; .... -N-y-W--yOR-y-S-?I,,h ,m, .a' only Country HomeCooking Pork Chops Chicken Dinners as low as s2.99 Sea Trout - just s3.99 eEtter From very Week 1 Brin I :the ll i[ Give your school-bound [  ]] scholarasubscription to fi Past  Present Treasures II the "Spirit". Every II _ week it brings home a mmm I IlllllB1  HARD Y FALL fl little closer, with all the W [[ latest news of friends i n:00gnhtb?rs, and local HIS ll00..00d MUMS BASEMENT $3.99 e, cnon THRIFT MOP CLEANER * NEATER * BETTER I Special Student Subscription $10.00-- 9 months. 0 PRE-OWNED FURNITURE FOR YOUR HOME. COLLEGE STUDENII! LOOK NO FUlffllElfl ANTIQUES - at less than reprod.ction cost: 824 NORTH MILDRED (RI. 9) RANSON - 725-6698 TUESDAY- SATURDAY IO-5 P.O. Box 966, Charles Town, WV 25414 or order by phone: 725-2046 t Fill in COUpOn below - Enclose check or money order WV Tax included in PRICE Name... = .............................................................................. ............. , Student Address ............................................................................................ /i City ...................................................... Zip .............................. ....--... H =_ _- ,__ ,, _-_ 4 I=:=1 ----------'-- II TOP POTTING :OW MANU T TULIPS 40 LB. BAGS DAFFOI HYACYHTR $1 CROCUS BUY EARLY FOR BEST SELECTION! . Sale Thru Sept. 25! LOCATED ON ROUTE 340 EAST OF CHARLES TOWN 72S-1216 OPEN $ AM-8 PM 7 DAYS A WEEK