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16 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, October 29, 1998 ! Making' the outdoors a little more accessible for everyone was the idea behind Patrick Flanagan's Eagle Scout Project. Patrick, a member of Boy Scout Troop 142 in Leetown, with a strong backing from a long list of volunteers, recently completed construction of a gazebo at Camp Manidokan, a United Methodist Camp near Sandy Hook, Md. An outdoor ministry center since the 1950's, Manidokan is nestled in the woods just across the Shenandoah River from historic Harpers Ferry and near the popu- lar C & O Canal. Each summer the camp welcomes hundreds of school age campers looking for outdoor fun. But the camp's role as a retreat center is growing and moving it toward a year-round meeting place. Being situated on over 200 acres of woodland beside the river, Manidokan isa magnet for those who enjoy outdoor woods and wa- ters activities. Hiking, swimming, canoeing and nature study are all part of the camp's activity pro- gram. Boy Scout Troop 142 is part of the Shenandoah Area Council based in Winchester, Va. The Shenandoah Area Council admin- isters scouting activities for troops in both Virginia and West Vir- ginia. Now a senior at Jefferson High School, Patrick has attended sum- mer camp at Manidokan for sev- eral years. He went to Manidokan Camp Director Carl Zenkert when he was looking for an Eagle project idea that would blend scouting service to both commu- nity, church, and country. Together, they came upon the idea of a gazebo that would allow both campers and those on retreat with physical disabilities to enjoy the out of doors even if they were unable to participate in more strenuous activities like hiking. The spot selected for the gazebo was an abandoned fire circle area near the camp's central compound and swimming pool. Its close proximity to the heart of the camp offers security and quick access, but its natural setting provides both quiet and seclusion. The sponsoring organization for Troop 142 is the Leetown United Methodist Church where Patrick is a member and active in the senior high youth group and Sunday School. In sUpport of the project, members of the church's United Methodist Men and United Methodist Women provided sub- stantial financial donations for the purchase of building materi- als. The United Methodist men also joined the scouts to provide labor and building expertise on the project. Fred Larsen, an architect and designer, who lives in Uvilla near Shepherdstown, donated his ser- vices to help make the gazebo a reality. The gazebo was designed to be accessible by both steps and a ramp. Ease of access was espe- cially considered for those who are physically challenged, elderly, or dealing with health disabilities. A heavy-duty cement foundation was included in the gazebo's de- sign as a safety precaution for ex- tra stability. This feature was in: corporated to accommodate large numbers of youth while also re- ducing fail hazards for those who experience difficulty with walking or balance. One of the groups targeted to benefit from the gazebo, was the !'Quality of Life" retreat partici- pants from throughouf the Balti- more-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church. Karate Tests Set for Locals This retreat group is composed of persons coping with HIV/AIDS. The Quality of" Life group held a special dedication ceremony for the gazebo during the Labor Day weekend. The gazebo is also available as an outdoor meeting area, and gathering place tbr large numbers of youth and as a quick getaway for anyone who enjoys the out- doors, Other scouting highlights for Patrick have included attending the 1993 National Boy Scout Jam- boree at Fort A. P. Hill near Rich- mond, Virginia, a week of wilder- ness camping at the Philmont Scout Ranch near Albuquerqu% New Mexico in the summer of 1997, and being selected for Scouting's Order of the Arrow. At Jefferson High School, Patrick has been a member of sev- eral academic teams, the Cougar Marching Band and the Key Club. During his junior year he was se- lected to attend West Virginia Mountaineer Boys' State, a weeklong government seminar held at Jackson's Mill. As a sophomore, he was selected as Jefferson High's male student Hugh O'Brien or "HOBY" youth leadership ambassador. Partici- pating along with other youth am- bassadors fi'om every high school in the state, Patrick won the state- wide HOBY competition held at the University of Charleston and subsequently attended the inter- national HOBY convention in In- dianapolis, Indiana as West Virginia's male representative. At Charles Town Junior High, Patrick was a "Golden Horseshoe" winner in the statewide competi- tion that tests all West Virginia eighth grade students on their knowledge of their state's history. Patrick is the son of Dale and Jeanette Flanagan. His two younger brothers, Sean and Tho- mas, are also members of Boy Scout Troop 142. The family re- sides in Tuscawilla Hills. Sensei Barbara Feldman, left, demonstrates "moving in" on opponent Cassie Bosley. On Friday, October 30, at 5 p.m Blue Heron Martial and Healing Arts will hold a karate test (shiai) recognizing the achievements of ten Jefferson County residents. From Shep- herdstown, Cassie Bosley will test for the third brown belt stripe. (Her next test will be for black belt.) Don Berry will test for purple belt and father and son ka- rate duo Ed and Mark Magee will also test for purple. Charles Town will be represented by Tara Bell testing for brown belt, brothers Chris and Alex Brown testing for green belts, and Erin Meinhardt testing for second green belt stripe. From Leetown, Michael Burrows will test for purple belt and proud morn April Burrows wilt test for blue! On Saturday, October 31, at 9 a.m. Sensei Barbara Feldman will have her sandan test (third degree black belt). Senseis Bobby Peeler and Jaye Spiro, from Detroit, and Gary Crim, Red Dragon dojo, Mar- tinsburg, will be on the testing board. Utility Taxes Following the black belt test, at about 1 p.m Sensei Peeler (fifth degree black belt) will conduct a seminar on Competitive Karate (kata form and sparring). This seminar is available to martial artists in the area. Both tests are open to the pub- lic and will take place at the Jef- ferson Community Center, Bar- dane. For more information please contact Barbara Feldman 725-3756. The music in my heart I bore long after it was heard no more. --William Wordsworth The State Auditor's office has mailed checks to counties and mu- nicipalities throughout West Vir- ginia representing the first half collections of the public utility tax for the fiscal year 1998-99. Total of the transactions amounted to $58,681,840.10, with counties and boards of education receiving nearly $56 million, and the remainder going for municipal operations. The largest county distribution when to Kanawha County in the amount of $6,883,912.73. The smallest went to Tucker County in the amount of $110,209.78. Charleston led all municipalities with $381,135.10. Jefferson County received a check in the amount of $575,870.33. Local municipalities received the following amounts: Bolivar, $722.72; Charles Town, $22,646.37; Harpers Ferry, $2,482.00; Ranson, $4,275.94; and Shepherdstown, $6,850.46. The West Virginia DOT will sponsor a Regional Workshop to inform potential applicants about the: Transportation Enhancement Program, Recreation Trails Program, and Scenic Byways Program, at Reynolds Hall, Shepherd College Shcpherdstown, WV Saturday, October 31, 1998 9:00 A.M. - 12 Noon Program guidelines and applications will be available. Route NEW FALL HO FRIDAY-SATuRDAY-SUNDAY 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM Apple Cider, Jams, Jellies, Honeys, Crafts & Collectibles i-Sat-Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. We are never present witil, hut always beyond desire, hope, still lmsh us on to'~ards the future. Peopl Security proudly salutes Fred Ranalli the leading representative in the /Woodruff Agency in 1997. A proven insurance professional, Peoples Security's customers in the Ferry area, providing information and Life, Health, Accidents and Cancer well as annunities and IRAs. For a honest review of your current insur program, or to discuss your future Fred at (540) 662-6462 or (304) "lVlp.rumantal Fred Ranalli Leading Representative 1997 Winchester / Woodruff Agency 609 Cedar Creek Grade Suite B * Winchester, Va. 22601 Business:(540) 662-6462 Residence: (304) 535-6811 Fred Rm The Jqferson Counl Democratic Executr Committee con County on 1998 Jefferson County of the Year. The F&M B: Inner Thursday, November 5 Beginning at 4:30 PM Sponsored by BOLIVAR UNITED METHODIST CHURq Adults: $7.00 Children: Age 6-12 $3.00 Age 5 & Under Free MENU: Roast Turkey, Dressing, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Green Sauerkraut, Applesauce, Cranb! Sauce, Rolls, Coffee, Iced Tea, Take Out Available For More Inforamtion Call 535, 0 Somerset Branch Route 340 North Main Office On the Circle ~lilldale in Ranson Supercenter Route 340 728-4200 Charles Town South Plaza 728-4260 728-4290 ! 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