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4 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE -Thursday, October 28, 1999 Continued from Page One Irvin Groff (left), chairman of the Landmarks Commission's Farming Committee, and Farm Bureau member John Blue meet at the Peter Burr House to begin planting winter wheat. The Farm Bureau's efforts will become part of next year's liv. ing history farm at the Burr House. a monthly Peter Burr Lecture Se- reau has joined the ranks of local rips which focuses on life in this businesses and organizations who area in the late 18th century - the are actively supporting the preser- period of interpretation for the vation efforts of the Jefferson Burr Living History Farm. County Historic Landmarks Com- Commission Chairman Bill mission. Last week, Farm Bureau Theriault noted, "To reach our members plowed and disked about goal, all we need is one hundred people to give us $100." Individual eight acres of farmland at the Pc- memberships start at $35 and pro- ter Burr site and planted it in win- vide a 10% discount on events and ter wheat. This marks the begin- items sold plus a subscription to ning of a long-term effort of the the Commission's quarterly news- Farm Bureau to help the Commis- letter. For people looking for a way Mien preserve the county's agricul- to turn their items into charitable tural heritage. contributions, the Commission is Other local businesses and or- seeking materials to use in its in- ganizations participating in the terpretive programs, such as spin- Partners for Preservation program ning wheels, looms, antique tools, include the iron Rail Restaurant, and utensils. Building materials, the Charles Washington Inn, East- such as pressure treated lumber, ern Panhandle Print and Copy, are also needed as well as a riding The Elegant Gift, Birnam Wood mower and a tractor to help main- Joinery, Schoenstadt Inc tain the eight-acre farm. Dona- Rialto.net, the Jefferson County 4- tions should be sent The Jefferson H, Country Day School, and T.A. County Historic Landmarks Com- Lowrey Elementary School. mission, P.O. Box 884, Harpers Organizations wishing to sup- Ferry, WV 25425; or call Bill Theri- porV" local preservation efforts ault at 876-3321. should contact Commission mem- Farm Bureau Becomes bers Mike Mattingly (724-7028), Partner in Preservation Bill Theriault (876-3321), or Tom The tlefferson County Farm Bu- McGarry (728-0373). Charles Town Updating Fees The Charles Town City Council is in the process of updating its fee schedule for various set, rices. Amendments to the City ordinance passed their first readings this week. Included in the fee schedule update are the following: Planning Commission or Building Inspection appeal: $150; Clerical and copy work on Freedom of Information Act requests: $15 clerical fee and .50 cents per page copied; Police Department accident or incident reports: $20; and , Copies of the city's ordinances: $75. New Kiwanis The Kiwanis Shenandoah Breakfast Club of Charles Town held its annual installation dinner September 30 at the Anvil Restaurant. Above (left to right) are the Club Officers for 1999-2000, in- cluding William Phipps, treasurer; Tracie Kerns, secretary; Turner Ramey, first vice president; Sue Mercer, president; and Mary Albertson, second vice president. : Jim Hecker, past club president, presided over the installa- tion of officers, providing members and guests with an over- ', view of the club's history and accomplishments. The Kiwanis is a worldwide voluntary service organization of individuals i who want to improve their community. The Shenandoah Breakfast Club meets every Thursday at 8 a.m. at The Turf in ', Charles Town. South Jefferson Library has received four computers for patron use. The computers were made available to the library through a grant from the Gates Foundation. Patrons can search the Internet, type reports or resumes, check e-mail and more. Various software programs are avail- able on the computers. The Gates Technology Center also provided the library with two days of training on the new Gateway computers. Shown above are Joe Sullivan, Gates Technology trainer, and Lin Overly, library board member, ready to begin using the new computers. Letters to the Editor APPRECIATE Every part of the county and ev- TWO COMMISSIONERS cry age were represented. There were babies in their mothers' arms FOR THEIR VOTES and senior citizens using canes and To the Editor: walkers. Thanks to the decorum of My husband and I appreciate the audience and the chairman- Mr. Knode and Mr. Hockensmith ship of James Ruland, it was an or- for looking out for the 35 property derly and informative meeting. owners who will be affected by the Citizen interest in the resolu- vote for the Park Service. We are tion ran far beyond the ususal the ones right in the middle on group of pro and con activists. Most Bakerton Road. people who spoke were new to local We would like to point out that activism and many were clearly it is easy to be for something when new to public speaking. The Mincer- you have nothing to lose. ity of their convictions spoke vol- Also, there will be nothing done umes. As some grappled for words at the intersection because the before the microphone, it was clear park will stop any activity there that something special was hap- when they get all the property, pening. The people of Jefferson We believe they wanted a public County were making their voices hearing so they could get all of the heard and taking control of their park people and those that hadfuture. nothing to lose to pack the meeting The years of passively watching room. a few economic interests plow un- In addition, a new project in-der history, destroy open space and volving the possibility of a state spoil Jefferson County's beauty park and golf course in the area may be over. One person from the brought more uncertainty to this audience spontaneously asked for matter. Would it not have beena show of hands on the matter and more prudent to hold off on 95 percent of the room instantly Thursday's vote until more is thrust their hands into the air in learned about this project? favor of the pro-preservation reso- Again, our appreciation to Mr.lution. Knode and Mr. Hockensmith for At their meeting on Thursday, standing by us in this time of need. October 21, the Jefferson County Mary E. Fritts Commissioners voted 3-2 in favor Eben M. Fritts, Sr. of the resolution. To his credit, Commission President Jim Ruland batted aside last minute attempts DEMOCRACY TRIUMPHS by individuals to derail the public To the Editor: process. The citizenry had been Everyone should be proud of fairly heard and our elected offi- Jefferson County. cials took the right action to imple- On Tuesday, October 19, over ment the clear will of the over- 165 local citizens gathered to ex- whelming majority. For once the press their views on a resolution promoting the expansion of Harp- ers Ferry National Historical Park. Every seat was taken, people sat on the floor and on railings. The crowd spilled out into the foyer. NINTH BOOK PUBLISHED Dr. Douglas C. Smith, above, co- ordinator/Professor and a 27-year veteran of West Virginia Univer- sity, has had his ninth book pub- lished. Titled, Tech-Prep Taiwan ~zLY~, this short paperback ad- dresses how another society is suc- cessfully dealing with the issue of educating younger and older stu- dents for careers in technology. , The book is dedicated to Mrs. Grace L. Henderson, who, for many years, worked as a colleague of Dr. smith's at the WVU Center in Shepherdstown. Published by Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation at Indi- ana University (1999), this paper- back is part of a series on interna- tional/comparative education. The book is available by calling PDK at 800-766-1156. system worked the way it was sup- park expansion and other posed to. This may be remembered issues raised public as an historic turning point for our the need for open space, community, growth, and directed Sincerely,yearning for livable Scot M. Faulknertriggered basic self- instincts in the populace. expansion hearing point for these MOMENT OF TRUTH sentiments and The Harpers Ferry Censer- wave of emotion. The vancy wishes to express apprecia- is that a citizen's tion to all who participated in the arisen. There is October 19 public hearing on the Hopefully, the two expansion of Harpers Ferry Na-Commissioners ( tional Historical Park, and to the Knode) will come to three members of the County Corn- popular movement. mission (Jim Ruland, A1 Hooperrepresents his own pe and Edgar Ridgeway) who, two agenda. Knode ma: days later, honored the will of the developer's case. We hold people by passing a r~solution sup- that Knode will awaken tel porting the voluntary sale or dona- that he was elected to tion of land for permanent preser- the will of the people. vation as open space. Uommission With the county's President Ruland pr0~ided leader- sive plan up for review ship in guiding the process, massive $32 million The expression of public sup- Springs sewer project port was overwhelming. Of the 225 spread sprawl throu citizens attending the hearing, county, the coming year only a dozen (representing seven ever define Jefferson families) registered their opposi- ture. As Peter Drucker has tion. I was impressed when theminded us, the best way to head of one of those households ap- the future is to create it. preached me after the hearing and this blossoming citizen's informed me that, now that they ment will continue to were fully appraised of the facts, that those who have his family no longer stood in oppo- stay energized. By sition. Petitions presented by each reins of opportunity, to side were similarly lopsided in fa- can create a common sense vor of support (35 opposed; nearly for Jefferson County that I 500 in support), and future Most importantly, the public and others can envy. hearing was a watershed .event in defining Jefferson County's future. 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