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--------~ SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, October 29, 1998 35 Shaffer -0600 Honey C.I.A. accused of being a ~atched her hus- puries receiv- robing, and dealt informants of life. All of this ',t that journalist y moved to the " of Costa Rica in !her husband and work. She was working and liv- in the Central e in 1980 government dis- ~ped the al and economic the world. experiences ~sta Rica mtral Intelligence to an interested students College, her belief in government" moved there. Co- C.I.A. also moved about that time ~andinista govern- the speaker. incidents [ to her family dur- upheaval in Costa .'inspired". oversees oc- the C.I.A. web. victim," were also pointed to the of Agency infor- within and of the world against their C.I.A. money America's intelli- At its in- n fact-finding involved in and "has no con- The U.S. or no knowl- According coun- in many dif- is one of the most bodies in eves that "things ~ned in Central 1980s were C.I.A. opinion in 'in that area of the to a series of Journalist Gary ~n Jose Journal" trail from a mill- had set up to "The story eventually aca in the 1980s of evidence of co- The government into al- revert activity." of what she C.I.A. un- into neigh- sud- and chil- the Contras C.I.A. money and on their own .conference was idea upon the the press At this Lapanka exploded. .and was severely from which he Protect Jour- ney to find the husband "be- wrath be- of John "named as a organizer of published ar- through the system. If Mar- had lost the and money pay- been required. COurt room, the an honorable the case out." ere Sued a second but this should be in- e types of opera- the C.I.A. re- ever," ~Stiordanswer sen- remarks, Mar- SWered a query about terroris: "We need to work in multilateral, collaborative ways with other countries to address terrorism. We need to know the root causes which are driving ter- rorists." Responding to a question about how to stop C.I.A. abuse of power, Honey suggested that the U.S. government "move to a stage of ac- countability," pointing to the more than fifty agents who were in- volved in the drug trafficking op- eration. ** Quotes in this article were made by Martha Honey during her remarks. Jefferson Homecoming Parade Fills Shepherdstown Parking spaces for autos and humans were a premium for the 1998 version of the Jefferson High School Homecoming Parade. The streets of Shepherdstown were lined two and three persons deep as spectators awaited the arrival of the bands, the marchers, the decorated autos, and colorful floats. And they were not disap- pointed, for youngsters in the high school organizations and the county elementary schools put to- gether some good looking entries using the theme "Cougar Coun- try." Cute slogans on banners and pennants urged the Cougar foot- ball team to "take the Dogs oUt for a walk," and elementary paraders touted their schools as being in "Cougar Country" or in the busi- ness of "Raising Future Cougars". Thirty-some entries vied for atten- tion along the parade route and paused before the parade judges for extra scrutiny. The judges selected the huge floats from C.W. Shipley Elemen- tary School for first place in the float division. Jefferson High's Sportsmanship Committee/Var- sity Club creation was second, and Football Booster's float was third. The Youth Football League's teams and cheerleaders won first place in the walking group cat- egory, and the Jefferson High Thespians were first in the ve- hicles division. Bands from the county's junior high schools participated, as'did Jefferson High School's marching musicians. The parade for 1999 will be held in Harpers Ferry, for the homecoming committee has deter- mined that the event will be ro- tated yearly among Charles Town, Shepherdstown, and Harpers Ferry. Charles Town hosted in 1997. Chili Connoisseurs Savor Competition Sources tell us that the entries in the Christmas in Shepherdstown's annual chili cookoff offered mild chili, hot and spicy chili, and several forms in between. More than one hundred chili fans came by the Entler Hotel last Saturday, drawn by the tanta- lizing aromas, to pay $5 to taste and select their favorite concoc- tions. About a dozen entries both individual and commercial provided a variety of tastes something for every chili connois- seur. The winner in the individual division was Lisa Lee, Shepherd- stown, with her white chicken chili. Randi Nordeen was second with her Texas-style dish and Frances Latterell was third with a vegetarian chili. In the restaurant division the winner was the Yellow Brick Bank. Tony's won first place and Amy's second in the hot and spicy category. More than 100 folks came by to taste the results with more than $500 raised by the Christmas com- mittee for activities associated with Shepherdstown's celebration of the season, November 27, 28, 29. G.S.A. Reviews Projects Although there were no burn- ing issues, members of the Greater Shepherdstown Associa- tion (G.S.A) reviewed and updated themselves on several community projects. Member Harvey Hyser brought the group up to date on the task force for development of the town's comprehensive play. Hyser is a member of the group. He indicated that the task force had recently met with town com- prehensive planner, Bruce Drenning, with much of the dis- cussion centering on areas outside of town. He pointed out that the town has a right to understand what water and sewer necessities are, for the Jefferson County Pub- lic Service Commission has no fa- cilities to provide water and sewer to those outside the town limits. Because the town is interested, the planner suggested that issues of concern should be explored with the county. The status of the pern t for a hog processing plant on the Donley farm at Moler's Cross- roads and the size of the hog herd was updated. It was pointed out by several members who attended the Jefferson County Board of Zoning Appeals hearing where this was discussed that the board has postponed a decision until No- vember in order to verify facts. Cindy Keller reported that the architect designing the proposed college stadium and the college's lawyer had met with her in her yard the Keller residence is ad- jacent to the west side of the foot- ball field. Keller indicated that "the college s~ems willing to hear concerns." Ken Lowe indicated that, during conversations with many "die-hard Shepherd football fans," they have indicated to him that they don't want the propoaed facility. They enjoy the opportu- nity to sit or stand on the west side don't like the concrete seats. Lowe suggested that someone needs to "dig in" to stop the project. G.S.A. president, Mary Ann Zimmerman announced that the Morgan's Grove Heights Home- owners Association is starting a defense fund to look into place- ment of the by-pass egress point along Route 480 to look into the process by which the route was se- lected. The association is of the opinion that "the design does not show that safety has been con- sidered no traffic light for traffic entering Route 480 from the by- pass, no hilltopping. Did You See It? that awesome sunset Mon- day evening. What began as a pink-tinged aura in the western sky metamorphosed into a sky- filled of fall colors reds, oranges, pinks, yellows, and whatever a creator-bi'uslied" canvas which filled to overflowing the western horizon. It was one of those mo- ments when you just stare, speechless, at what nature offers and feel twinges of disappoint- ment as it slowly fades into the night. And you turn reluctantly to resume the mundane tasks that you, momentarily, left behind. And man thinks he is the cre- ative genius Father's Garden Pumpkins have often been mentioned in songs and stories. John Greenleaf Whittier in his poem "The Pumpkin" refers to its use in making the jack-o'-lantern, a joyful project of American chil- dren. James Whitcomb Riley mentions them in his poem "When the Frost Is on the Pumpkin." Mother's pumpkin pie was al- ways the best, especially when served with a spoon or two or fresh apple butter spread atop a piece. Pumpkin breads and cakes, and even pumpkin soup, were welcome additions to the table or tucked away in the freezer for winter con- sumption. Pumpkins grow along coarse, running vines which have broad, prickly leaves. There are two gen- eral groups of pumpkins: the large, orange-colored stock pump- kin and the finer textured straw- colored cheese pumpkin. The cheese variety is most-oRen used for commercial canning. The or- ange pumpkin was brought to a high degree of perfection by the Indians before America was settled. The dun, or straw-colored fruit was the result of careful plant breeding during the 20th century. Pumpkins thrive best in the fall sun, and in rich, well-drained soils. Usually the seeds are sown where the plants are to mature. Where growing seasons are short, growth is prodded along by sowing the seeds indoors and planting outside when the danger of frost has past. In the "olden days" farmers planted pumpkin seeds in hills in corn fields as a partner crop. Just one plant was allowed per hill or "stand". And, if the soil was less than moderately rich, the grower would add a forkful of well-de- cayed manure to the soil at each stand. According to the 1899 "Port- land Oregonian", one farmer there had an interestin@ method for pro- ducing large pumpkins. " a man out in Prineville who has estab- lished an industry of furnishing pumpkins of a given weight to am- bitious farmers who desire to take prizes at the county fairs. This pumpkin manufacturer feeds the pumpkins milk just good, rich milk, and when the pumpkin has grown to the weight called for in his order from the ambitious farmer, he cuts it from the vine " And how does he do this feed- ing? According to the article, "Ev- ery day he fills a quart vessel with milk, places it on the ground~ and connects it with a slit in the pump- A Martinsburg Bulldog hangs from a pole carried by two Jefferson High Cougar football players, just one of the scenes in last week's Homecoming parade in Shepherdstown. (Photo by Diane Steece) milk, and watch the pumpkin grow to "vast proportions." Pumpkins must be gathered before frost touches them, handled as carefully as eggs to prevent bruising and consequent decay, laid in a sunny place or in a cold- frame in deep straw, covered in cold and wet weather until the shells become hard, and then stored where the air is dry and the temperature does not fall below fifty degrees. Thus handled, they should keep til mid-winter. Pumpkin vines may be at- tacked by downy mildew, bacterial wilt, and anthracnose, but are not often seriously injured. The worst pests are the squash bug and squash vine bore whose presence is disclosed by piles of "sawdust". To control these, cover the main stem with soil or spray the begin- ning four feet of each vine with so- lutions of your choice, weekly, dur- ing July. Note: Pumpkin vines need some space lots of space, so keep this in mind when selecting a grow-area. There are bush variet- ies, so you might want to explore these, if you have a small garden- ing area. A Glimpse Into History Beginning this week, and for the next several columns, our peek into the past will take us across Jefferson County to Clay- mont, home of Francis Richard (Frank) Stockton, author. When your correspondent taught eighth grade reading at Shepherdstown High School so many years ago, one of the favorite stories for the young readers was Stockton's "The Lady or the Tiger." I am em- barrassed to admit this, but at the time I did not realize that Stock- ton owned Claymont Court during Miss Jefferson High 1998 Jeneva Wheeler smiles at the Homecoming crowd in Shepherdstown. (Photo by Diane Steece) had no idea as to its ending. He wrote a continuation of the tale, "The Discourager of Hesitancy", which itself provided a new puzzle without a conclusion but never tried to answer his own question. From boyhood, Frank Stockton was a writer of fair-y tales. Born in Philadelphia and educated in local schools, he began his career in the print industry as an engraver, but it wasn't long until he was a suc- cessful writer, serving on the staff of the "Century", and "St. Nicho- las," both of which were nevcspa- pers. Stockton's books for young people included "Ting-a-Ling Tales", "Round About Rambles," and "The Floating Prince." He runs through a beautiful woods. Lawyers who have searched the title have traced it back to George Washington, its 150 acres being part of an estate of 3,000 which the first President once owned. Indeed, the house itself has, in a sense, come down from Washing- ton. It was he who planned it, al- though its actual construction was the achievement of a grand- nephew of his. The name came from an estate in England associ- ated with the Washington family." "The house is built of brick, light yellow in color, and in size is spacious, having a roof pierced by dormer windows, two deep and lofty verandas, an ample portico, and a conservatory. To the east and west stand smaller struc- tures, one occupied by servants, the other utilized by visitors when the main building is fully in requi- sition, the two being connected with the house by brick-walled courtyards. The view takes in a noble prospect of meadow and mountains, the Blue Ridge stretching away for twenty miles to the South." ***Continued next week. ***Material for this article taken from "WV Heritage Encyclo- pedia" and "New York Times 1900." Photos Stories Two for the price ofone that's what you get when you attend the "Odd Couple" Female Version" currently playing at the Opera House in Charles Town the play itself AND the beautiful photos by Robin Armstrong. According to the publicity about the exhibit," (Armstrong) considers herself a photographic artist " And this is very evident among the variety of subjects which she has selected and the technical skills which come across in each photo. My favorites were a kitten peering playfully from a bucket and an arched canopy of trees pro- dding shade for a youngster trav- eling the path beneath. A resident of Leesburg, VA, Armstrong became interested in photography during high school. Her father gave her a camera in 1984, and what had been a hobby became more serious. An avid traveler, her work depicts places she has visited. A photo of Stoneleigh Golf Club, Round Hill. VA, appeared in the September is- sue of"Golf Magazine". Robin also volunteers to "shoot photographs" for the Leesburg Elementary School yearbook. Armstrong's name was listed in the playbill as properties manager and as a set constructor for the current production. When you attend the play, make a point of seeing Robin's photographs. the final three years of his life. also published a series of stories, obstensibly for children but actu- ally for adults titled "The Bee- Man of Orn, and Other Stories." His best known story, "The Lady or the Tiger", with its cliff-hang- ing climax has left readers all over the world in wonder as to the out- come. Most of Stockton's work was done at his home in New Jersey, but, in 1899, he had prospered suf- ficiently to allow him to purchase Claymont Court where he spent the last years of his life. He wrote several stories while living in this home, but, only three years after purchasing it, he died in 1902 at the age of sixty-eight years. In 1900 the "New York Times" published a story about Frank Stockton and his life at Claymont. It painted a wonderful word pic- ture of his life style during his brief ownership. From the "Times" we read: "Mr. Stockton's home in West Vir- ginia lies three miles from Charles Town, founded by George Washington's brother Charles. Here the visitor finds himself in the valley of a stream otherwise historic, since it is forever linked with the fame of Sheridan The "The Lady or the Tiger" is a short story which relates a tale about a very important decision. Seems that a "semi-barbaric" king of an unknown land had a strange way of dispensing justice. No mat- ter what the infraction, the guilty party was placed in an arena with two doors behind the one a beau- tiful lady and behind the other fe- rocious tiger. If the violator chose the door behind which stood the tiger, his fate was sealed. If he chose the door which hid the lady, a lavish wedding was prepared, whether the guilty one was mar- ri'ed or not, and he wed the woman. In this manner guilt or innocence was determined. ,In this particular story a young male member of the court was in- terested in marrying the king's daughter who had a nature much like that of her father. When the king found out about the young man's interest in his daughter, he was upset and prepared his curi- ous punishment. The young man entered the arena, studied each door, glanced at his love, the prin- cess, who, after much thought, sig- naled him with a slight smile, or so he thought. The story has provoked much Shenandoah. Claymont is the discussion through the years and name of Mr. Stockton's home. It even Frank Stockton, its creator, stands nearly a mile back from the - stated, before his death, that he road, and the drive to its doorway illllllllll I I I I II IIII TATE TO HOST BOOK DISCUSSION Shepherd College professor and author Linda Tate will lead a book discussion group of Toni Morrison's latest novel "Para- dise", on Wednesday, November 18. Tate, the author of the 1994 book "A Southern Weave of Women: Fiction of the Contempo- rary South", said Ms. Morrison, although not a Southern author, is the "greatest living America writer". Morrison has won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Although the writer is not Southern, her African-American heritage has Southern roots. Tate, an English professor at Shepherd, described the novel as challenging and rich. "There will be a lot to talk about. If anyone has questions, this discussion might help people get more in- sight into the novel." Participants in the book discus- sion should read the book in ad- vance of the discussion, Tate said. The discussion will take place at the Shepherdstown Men's Club, Shepherdstown. II fill H I I II IIII 2-door, 4Cyl, AT, Traction Control, AM/FM/CD kin vine with a rubber tube. The vine draws in the milk by bapillary or some other attraction. It was extremely interesting to go out in the evening and see the I 4Or, Green, AT, PW, i l 4X~PL~,4C~,~XI~][ ~,AT, AC,~,P~ [I owner feed the pumpkins. 1The I~ ~" I PL,CC,T, II II vines had become so used to it and lWASS12,S9511W, S$11, S IIw, s$14, JSII appeared to like the milk so well that they actually rustled as the NOW NOW NOW man with the milk approached. *PAY ONLY TAX & TAGS WITH BANK APPROVAL PRICE INCLUDES And when the milk had been con-REBATE. the night, as contentedly as a band of cows chewing their cuds." (What a vision! Local rket: 14CYI, AT, TIItWI mL l AT,Ac,* Mcoon, AT, kC, PwrOp Bill Grantham, strolling oug I C ,4-Or,28KMI i AM/WdCm,31KMI hispumpkinpatch, milkbucketin IWAS$13,9951 WAS$12,995WAS$13,995 hand, "transfusing" his cucurbita I " O O pepoes and mochatas (species $1 1 95 names) to ready them for market sales.) Actually, folks, the "Garden En- cyclopedia" mentions the possibil- ity of "bottle feeding" pumpkins. Its suggestion is to thread a length of yarn or wicking through the stem of a young fruit, put the ends of this wick into a jar of water or j U