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25-' SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, October 28, 1999 Becky Shaffer 876-0600 of Bakerton, receives a token of appreciation many years of service as treasurer of the Berkeley on Wheels program from organization President Smith, Jr. A Special Person written before about the the people - who have to the puzzle be my life. one of the most Unselfish, and caring I know. Her interest in man]woman is bound- 13el twenty-some years carriage I have written fre- was, and is, a devoted horse - as I am - Several in her barn. and her husband, Sam, are retired life on their small ear Bakerton. She was a a business in Fred- d then for Brownings in Charles Town. After this position, she daughter in forming a company and is still business. I became program direc- -~ Berkeley County Meals I was treasurer of this for many years. Dur- n with Del some or fourteen years ago, I that in my volunteer ca- Was keeping the books this was a time- ng venture - I was con- tirae that I didn't always "Bring me the and I will do the work for a computer and the software to do this eas- good to refuse, several months ago, -~en years later, Del monthly financial tax returns, took ~rkers' Comp. materials, e sure that I followed She never com- I was a bit late in Payroll information. And Patient when I made er- large and small. In el- without I became program direc- if she would consider Lrer's position on the Her immediate she continued up with me for three more seventies now, and needed more time and family. She ~s Meals on Wheels ,rea- l999 - and during ag month or so, we dis- a treasure we had L our organi- we could not find her position, for our financial the Society of Jeffer- for many years, again are other "Del stories" to and her Morgan gelding, wagon rides and oldsters alike. a friend's home ill wife a ride just a before the woman's have worked with the youngsters. She has and her cart to the' ounty 4-H Saddle Club so that the sponsors horses and ve- g classes. And me buy my Morgan- Beauty, and trained and drive. She brought trailer and we moved equipment when | lepherdstown. She to use in several shows and for a very rse show at Foxcroft iiddleburg - you won't who want she had done these for many of her a gal was hav- with a horse on Bak- and Del, who was driv- auto, discovered the situation. She requested that the woman, who was a stranger, wait there with her horse. Del drove the mile home, saddled her horse, and returned to the problem horse and shepherded the two back to their barn. There are hundreds of other sto- ries of her caring for and giving to her friends and community - and I hold just a few. Space is not avail- able for so many. But I wanted to share with you a bit of what I know so that you can better know this wonderful lady. I have digressed a bit from the original intent of this piece which is to express the appreciation of the Meals on Wheels Board of Di- rectors for the many years which Del Patterson devoted to caring for our financial matters. We can never repay you for your expertise or your advice - that will come in another life - we just say, "Thank you." Out and About We were "peepers" last week - nothing illegal, mind you -just leaf peepers, those folks who travel mile after mile to enjoy the colors of the season. The trip through the mountains and valleys of Virginia was planned to coincide with an annual fall event - the coloring of the trees - and we weren't disappointed. The clear atmosphere and cloudless skies brought shimmering shades of red, orange, and yellow into fo- cus; the tiered mountains fading into the horizon in the distance; the shadows playing hopscotch with the sun as we moved along the country road through the val- ley. Ancient homesteads appeared in the distant fields, where cattle and sheep grazed in the morning sun. Halloween decorations - pumpkins, scarecrows, ghosts, gravestones, and lots of haunting things - filled a corner of many a yard. The last harvest of the sea- son was being reaped in acres- large fields. Ripe apples adorned solemn rows of browning trees. For a few moments, worldly things dis- appeared as we stood in awe of things that man can never create. Halloween High Spots Although there will be no Hal- loween party at Shepherdstown Elementary School this year, there are lots of Halloween offerings for the youngsters. The youngsters may go trick or treating door-to-door in Shepherd- stown on October 29, Friday, from 5 til 7 p.m. Folks desiring to enjoy some delightful costume creations are requested to switch on their porch lights, a signal to the young folks to stop by the lighted house for treats. After a tour of the town in their costumes, the youngsters are in- vited to Shepherd's Turner Hall for a walk through some mildly- haunted rooms - a project spon- sored by the school's community service students. Hayrides, face painting, cookie painting, a clown show, races, games, along with prizes galore are on the agenda at the Friday, October 29 Children's Fall Harvest Party at Covenant Baptist Church along Route 230. The party is free and is for toddlers to sixth graders and their relatives and friends. And if the young fotks want more, they should visit the Hallow- een Carnival sponsored by the col- lege Student Government Associa- tion. On Saturday, October 30, in the College Center from 2 til 5 p.m there will be games and booths for an afternoon of fun. From 5 til 6 p.m a dinner with a special menu will be served in the dining hall. For youngsters and adults in costumes, the meal will be $2.50; all those not in costume will be charged the regular price. Reminders Mary Catherine Vickers called to ask me to remind folks that the St. Peter's Lutheran Church Women will offer a variety of foods during their upcoming Harvest Sale at the Shepherdstown Men's Club on Friday, November 5, and Saturday, November 6. Now, we all know how Shep- herdstown women love to peel, slice, dice, simmer and bake all kinds of taste treats to raise funds tbr their pet projects. Well, the la- dies of St. Peter's are no different! A variety of items will be offered. On Friday, from 3 til 6 p.m carry-out beef vegetable, chicken corn, and ham-bean soups will be offered along with country ham sandwiches - a suitable meal for a crisp, fall Friday evening. Take some home to the family! Saturday, November 6, will find the women in the upstairs of the Men's Club with more of the above, along with a bake sale, farmers market, and lunch offered for all at reasonable prices. Browse, buy, eat - and catch up with lots of your iYiends. What better way to spend a Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.'? A highlight of the Harvest Sale will be the opportunity to buy a chance on a locally created and sewn quilt - a double-bed, block style, Log Cabin beauty! Our Shepherdstown volunteer firefighters ask our help and our dollars during their annual Apple Butter Festival, Saturday, October 30. Light fires, stir the butter, pur- chase the saucy taste treat, enjoy some delicious meals, buy from the indoor vendors, help with the cleanup. Whatever you can do will be appreciated. Breakfast and lunch will be served. A Glimpse into History Minnie Reinhart Ringgold, who wrote a monthly column, "Letters from a Daughter of the State", for the West Virginia Review magazine in the 19208, lived at Bellevue out- side Shepherdstown. In a Decem- ber 1927 "letter" to friend Polly, Mrs. Ringgold wrote of the B & O Railroad's one hundredth birthday celebration held in and around Baltimore, Md. This week we con- clude with the description of the ride home after the week-long party. "We are passing through the tunnel now just before the splen- dors of the scenery of Harpers Ferry burst upon us. This picture is described in the Centenary Catalogue (for the celebration) un- der Aerial Photographs of the Rail- road as follows: 'The most striking and dramatically beautiful point upon the line is at the narrow im- passe that the Potomac makes through the mountains at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.' Almost be- fore I can write it, we will be cross- ing the bridge which no longer serves for highway and railroad traffic but is built to stand the strain of the present day heavily freighted cars and fleet-wheeled trains like the Capitol Limited. The latter does not proceed in such leisurely fashion as to inspire handwaving children, but I shall send a swift glance to the moun- tains for children and chestnuts And if in the passing moment I am reminded that extreme youth and agility are requisite to chestnut hunting, it shall not make me too unhappy for [ will remember that the years give even as they take away. I shall again feel the lift of the drama as the 'President Wash- ington' rounds the curves through lovely bits of the Shenandoah Val- ley, on to beautiful Cacapon and Green Springs and up, up through the gorgeous Piedmont section, fi- nally reaching the glorious climax on the dizzy heights of Cheat Mountain." "At the juncture of old and new years, individuals are prone to tbl- low the example of business orga- nizations to 'take stock.' So at this time it must be extremely satisfy- ing to the citizenry of West Vir- ginia, whose interests are so inter- twined with the B & O that to think of one is to be reminded of the other, that as they approach the 1927 'terminal' there is the feeling that their beloved railroad is administered by men of the same breadth of vision as it was in 1827." "I have just seen ex-Governor Cornwell of West Virginia, now general counsel for the B & O pass with a group of friends on their way to the dining car. Perhaps Captain Sponseller, also a West Virginian, will be in'charge of the call and there may be cider from Mountain State apples in which to drink to the future of the Balti- more and Ohio. In any event, I feel that West Virginians generally will join in the toast in spirit and at the next stop with the conductor's 'all aboard' will be oft" to follow 'The Trail of the Iron Horse' for another hundred years." Father's Garden During the past several weeks we have selected the types of garlic we wish to grow, planted it, cared fi)r it - and now it is time to harvest tile product of our labors. When is the best time to harvest the garlic? When half to two-thirds of the leaves of a particular variety dry, it is time to begin the harvest. To make sure that the papery cov- ering over the cloves is intact, pull or dig the plants before the leaves have completely dried. A spading fork is the instru- ment of choice for removing the bulb - pulling often leaves the bulb in the ground and the stems in the hand. With the use of the fork, the leaves will be intact to use as hang- ers for drying of the heads. Cure , the garlic by tying it in bundles of 10-12 bulbs and hanging them in a shaded, dry place Do not wash first - any clinging dirt will brush away easily when the heads are completely dry. Washing may cause rot. When the garlic is completely dry, clip offthe stems and store the heads in mesh bags in a cool, well- ventilated spot. Any plants show- ing soft stems or insect damage should be used immediately. Another storage idea is to leave the bulbs and stems intact and braid the stems to create hanging decorations for your kitchen, using the garlic from these hangings as needed. Garlic may also be frozen. Peel the cloves first, then freeze them on a cookie sheet. Double bag these to insure that the contents won't scent your entire freezer. Let them come to room temperature slowly before using. Because garlic starts are expen- sive, set aside some of the largest heads for next year's garden. With good care, garlic will return at least ten pounds for each pound planted, so there should be lots for next fall's planting as well as for the "larder." Undersized culls may also be planted, lor, although they nmy not make big heads, they will provide lots of garlic greens. And a (bw potted and placed in a sunny window will keep you in garlic leaves all winter long. For the Birds Migration There is probably no single as- pect of bird migration which draws our admiration st) much as the cer- tainty with which birds cover thou- sands of miles of land and water to come to rest in exactly the same spot where they spent the previous summer or winter. The records from number-banded birds offer proof that the same individuals of tunny species will return again and again to their identical nesting sites. These same records also show that many tiny aviators mi- grate in fall over the same route, year after year, making the same stops and finally arriving at the same thicket which had served them in previous winters. The faculty that enables these birds to point their course accu- rately over vast expanses of land and water may be called "a sense of" direction." The ability to follow a mere or less definite course to "~ delinite goal is evidently part of an inherited faculty. Both the path I I Located off Route 340 Next to the Cindy Dee Diner Now Selling Maryland Lottery *Coffee .Sodas .Snacks .Hot Dogs .Nachos .Cigarettes .Bait .Kerosene & Diesel Clean Restrooms Men-Frl 5AM-8:45PM Sat&Sun Gift Certificates Mechanic On Duty Every other weekend beginning Sat, Oct 30- 9 am - 5 p.m. Sun, Oct 31- 9 am 3 pm. Auto Repairs Customer provides pads or phone for an appointment. 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Of course, many travel by night, but shapes are also discernible in the dark. A number of years ago, studies were made of the homing instinct of the sooty and noddy terns, tropi- cal species that, in the Atlantic re- gion, migrate in spring to their ' northern breeding grounds on the '+ Dry Tortugas Islands off the coast of Florida, In an interesting experi- ment, it was found that some were able to return to their nests on the Tortugas after they had been taken on board ship, confined to cages be:'~ low decks, and carried northward,: to distances varying from 400 to, 800 miles before being released.:~ Landmarks of all kinds were en-,~ tirely lacking and the birds were.;~ set free in a region in which t,he~, had not had previous experience;, ~ And their instinct took then~+' "home" to their nesting sites on the** Tortugas. It should be remembered thaI while 'homing" may involve flight from a point that the bird has:i never before visited, the flight is " always to a known point - the bird's '+ nest - while, on the other hand, the" '." first migratory flight is always' from the region of the bird's birth' to a region it has never before vis- +~ ited. The spring migration might +:.' be a truer example of"homing." Next week: Segregation during'" migration. t~UCATIOM Kent Knowles, of the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia, holds ~ ~ , 4~ onto a Barred Owl at the well-attended open house at'~ Shepherdstown's National Conservation Training Center last '~ Raturdav. ' ~ ~ An Evening of Piano & Guitar~ ~::,; On Saturday evening, October 30, at 8 p.m the Harpers Ferry Historical Association will present "An Evening of Piano and Guitar", with two nationally known enter- tainers. The evening will feature keyboard extraordinaire, David Bennett Cohen and renowned gui- tarist, Bobby Flurie. The event will be held at the Cliffside Inn Ballrom in Harpers Ferry. David Bennet Cohen has been playing professionally for over thirty-five years. He is best known for being the original keyboard player for Country ,Toe and the Fish. He later became a member of Blues Project. Throughout his hmg and distinguished career he has played and recorded with numer- ous notables, including Elvin Bishop, Jimi Hendrix and Johnny Winter. Today he is one of tile country's finest boogie woogie, jazz and blues keyboard players. David will be accompanied by Bobby Flurie. Mr. Flurie has over twenty-five years of professional experience including stints with Quicksilver Messenger Service, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, The Chambers Brothers, and The Pointer Sisters. Throughout his ca- reer, he has recorded 24 albums with various artists. Advanced tickets are $5. Tick- ets at the door will be $8. 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