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4 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, November 12, 1998 Missionaries Coming: Anne Royall's Look at Harpers Bill Theriault mountains are no obstacles; over was venom; her cheek was P.O. BOX 173 the whole country they are spread; sunken; her complexion a black- even the Hall rifle cannot keep ish, greenish, yellow; her counte- Bakerton, WV 25410 them away. what sharks! they nance was gloomy and savage; 876-3321 envy the laborer the avails of his and, upon the-whole, she looked hard blows. They come here, more like an assassin than any Two weeks ago, you caught a regularly, t0"get money for the thing else. But she came to the glimpse of Harpers Ferry in 1828 Lord. wrong place, and at the wrong through the eyes of Anne Royall, time. She wanted Mrs. Hall to who was touring the United While I was sitting at Capt. subscribe fifty cents to the tracts; States at the time. Thisweek, the Hall's, one of those petticoat mis- "any thing else, Madam, but story continues with her visit to sionaries came in to get money, tracts; if it was to improve society, the home of Captain Hall, the op- not for the Lord, but for tracts, erect public buildings, or promote erator of Hall's Rifle Works in and the tracts were for the Lord. education, I would give it with the Harpers Ferry. Here she meets The moment she entered the door, greatest cheerfulness." "O, now something she considers worse I knew she belonged to the trade, you might, I'm sure it is now than cannibals - missionaries. " by the mark of the beast. Like all much, and you can give them "And here, too, are my old thosejinnydismals, she was lean, away when you are done with friends, the missionaries, they lank, and lantern-jawed; her face them yourself; come, you might find no stopping place; rocks and. was long and haggard; her eyenow." "I cannot, Madam, I would I II II Serving Jefferson County Since 1844 EDITOR & PUBLISHER Edward 'Pat" Dockeney II I I I I Letters to the Editor runs farmers out of business be- cause of taxation. It would be more fair for the Ambulance Levy to be paid for by all citizens equally. My cows and acreage do not require ambulance service. A neighbor of mine raised this issue in view of the rural peoples response time which is quite dif- ferent from the city dweller. The rural person is more self-suffi- Cient, however, if life threatening issues becomes apparent to honor the patients choice of which hospi- tal to be transported to and the doctors are more familiar with his or her problem. I believe it is a law where the emergency service must transport you to the Charles Town hospital. Sincerely James L. Louthan CHS GRADS MEET ON IRELAND TRIP Dear Editor: Thought you might be interested in the following story. During a very recent trip to Ireland, I met a former Charles Town resident and graduate of Charles Town High School. She is Edith Howard McCormick Brothers (Class of 1936) who now lives in Morganton, N.C. We were both touring Ireland with the former Episcopal Bishop of Western North Carolina, William G. Weinhauer. This photograph was taken sitting on Paddy O'Connor's lap in the John F. Kennedy Park in Galway City. Sincerely yours, Norma "Smoke" Johnson Class of 1953 Columbus, N.C. lies do face many difficult changes WATER PROBLEM and challenges as they cope with GOING TO COURT debilitating disease, they are very Dear Editor: much alive and their focus is often Could you live without water? I on what is positive and fulfilling ask this question because on Feb- in their lies. ruary 6, 1995, the Community of In November, hospices across Blairton received a letter from the the country celebrate National Vice President of Riverton Corpo- Hospice Month and Hospice of the ration of Winchester, stating that Panhandle is no exception. We they were no longer willing to pro- have much to celebrate. Our vide the Community with water, greatest achievements are the too- but were willing to work with the ments of life-enriched time our pa- sublet tenants. Since receiving tients have received as a result of this letter, Riverton has been in our service. These moments were contact with the Community of made possible by the work of our Blairton one time. dedicated team of employees and The Riverton Corporation volunteers. These people reeog- leases the ground from several nize the importance of living one land owners, and the Community moment at a time. The quality of of Blairton subleases the land from those moments is demonstrated in Riverton. The Community of the beauty of a smile on the most Blairton own their homes, but not fragile of bodies or the peace that the land that they sit on. We pay a comes with saying "I love you" or monthly lease payment for the use "I'm sorry". of the water and property. The care offered by Hospice of There is one church (Blairten the Panhandle employees and vol- United Methodist) and 41 homes unteers is not possible without a in the Community of Blairton. In- supportive community. Financial cluding a group home run by the support is essential and is re- Eastern Panhandle Training Cen- ceived through donations and ter. The Community of Blairton United Way pledges. Volunteer wants to pay for public water, but support is critical and fills the Rive:ton will not give us the right needs of our patients, their fatal- of way for public water to come on lies and our staff. Volunteers who the land for us to hook up. Since hold a patient's hand, listen to the Riverton has not kept their word to story of the loss of a life-time love, fund raisers held on behalf of hos- work with the community, we have had to hire an attorney. Our pice, volunteers who change light trial date on trying to obtain right bulbs 'in our building, answer the of way for public water is sched- phone or encourage a friend to call uled for December 15, 1998. All of us when it seems that help is the CommunityofBlairton, includ- needed are all examples of the ing our church, could be forced to support we receive every day from move within thirty days based on our community. 'the court's decision. The Commu- Hospice of the Panhandle is a nity of Blairton would very much result of this community's corn- appreciate all of the support that passion turned to action. During the public can give us. Either by National Hospice Month, I want to attending our water meetings or by thank everyone who in any way showing your support at the Ber- has supported this incredible pro- keley County Court House on De- gram of care. The value of your cember 15. For more information caring is beyond measure. on our meetings dates, please call Sincerely, 267-4603, 267-6839, 267-7790. We Margaret Cogswell do not want to move from our Executive Director homes or church and would very much appreciate your support. EXPLAINS Susan Linton, Blairton LEVY OPPOSITION Dear Mr. Dockeney: , HOSPICE MONTH I want to explain why I was op- To the Editor: posed to the Ambulance Levy. The Hospice of the Panhandle pro- Ambulance Levy should be raised vides skilled care and support to by a Head Tax or a Household Tax. people in our community who are It is quite unfair to the rural land- living with a limited life expect- owner to raise the taxes by a ancy. Please notice my use of the Landowner Tax. We are paying word living. While hospice fatal- enough taxes now and this is what BANQUET A NICE GESTURE Dear Editor, On behalf of the 1998 West Vir- ginia AAA Baseball Champion Jefferson Cougars, we would like to extend our appreciation to County Commissioner Greg Lance for hosting our Championship Banquet at the Charles Town Race Track on October 1, 1998. 'It was a very kind gesture that was truly appreciated by all of the team members, the coaching staff, the families and fans of the Jefferson Baseball organization. Mr. Lance came to us with a plan to honor the county team, organized it and hosted not only the current team but past state championship teams as well! We also would like to extend our appreciation to Mr. Kevin Steeley of Dalb, Inc who has de- - signed and created a number of signs commemorating this 19981 Championship Team that will be placed at the highway entrances into Jefferson County and at Sager Field. These signs will be a great reminder to all of our com- munity honoring this highly suc- cessful team. Sincerely, Pat Mercer, Treasurer sherry Sechler, Secretary Jefferson High School Baseball Boosters HALLOWEEN SPIRIT Dear Editor: I have lived in Jefferson since~ 1971. I have seen a lot of changes come to our community. Some good and some bad. This past Hal- loween I noticed that very few people had the Halloween spirit. When my children were grow- ing up there was a tremendous amount of people that took part in the Halloween festivities. This year, I took all. my grandchildren trick or treating. Our first stop was at the "Cross Wind" subdivision of Rt. 9 East. This subdivision is totally new. Some of the people may be old residents of Jefferson County, some may be new to our county. But these people went all out for Halloween. Decorating and giving out treats to all the little goblins, witches, cowboys, etc. I am talk- ing about the whole subdivision, not just one or two. These new comers should be commended in my opinion. Also, at the end of the trick and treat- ing, we went to our "Dairy Queen". As usual, they gave ice cream treats to all the children that were in costume. A great way to end Halloween. The owner, manager and staff did a tremendous amount of treating. The "DQ" has been doing this for years, and I have never seen anything in our newspapers about their Halloween spirit. I know my nine grandchildren really enjoyed this Halloween. Charles J. Brown, Sr. Charles Town be very sorry to read such trash; and, as for giving them away, it would be doing a great injury to society. I consider them the most pernicious evil in our country, and tend to counteract every thing for the instruction of the rising gen- eration." Had she had a Spark of feminine modesty left, she would have desisted; and nothing proves to a certainty, the incalcuable evil of this missionary scheme; it sub- verts all principle where it takes effect. This woman, lost to deliciacy, shame, honor, or hon- esty; not only lost to those prin- ciples, but possessed of their oppo- sites, to a degree which degraded her below the brute creation, to intrude herself, as she did, in this family; and, although she saw the table set for tea, and only waiting for her to withdraw, she sat it out. In the mean time, I gave her a few hints, but she was proof against every thing; nothing less (I am convinced, after a saw that evening), than a musket ball could intimidate such as she. At length we sat down to tea; she refused to join us, but sat and looked on. We were some time at tea, she looked on in deep dejection, and every now and then, "Now you might, I'm sure it ain't much." Mr. Hall, being a man of great industry, has acquired something considerable, and makes a good appearance; and these swindlers always look out for such men. She never quit the house, till, seeing Mrs. Hall, and the Captain preparing to walk out. "As we walked, Mrs. H. said that was the third time she had applied to her, and she bad no doubt but she would extend it to three time three. "Now she could have earned the fifty cents in half the time. "A very considerable amount of transportation is effected on the Potomac and Shenandoah, by means of boats of a peculiar con- struction. Those rivers are, in many instances, both rapid and broad at the same place and, con- sequently, shallow; and at such places, are much obstructed by rocks, many of which rise above the surface of the water, and stand very near each other, contracting the channel and rendering it VETERAN'S DAY - REMEMBERING THE SACRIFICE On November 11, 1998, Ameri- cans will commemorate Veteran's Day, a time for remembering the sacrifice of the many individuals who gave their lives for the preser- vation of freedom and democracy. "By their service, they have dem- onstrated their commitment to freedom and by their sacrifice, they have shown us, in very real terms, freedom's high price." All citizens, young and old are invited to participate in the Harp- ers Ferry/Bolivar District Veter- ans annual parade and ceremony on Wednesday, November 11. The parade, which will be led by the Harpers Ferry/Bolivar District Veterans Honor Guard and the Harpers Ferry Junior High School Band, will begin at the Harpers Ferry Post Office at 9:30 a.m. The ceremony will be held at the Veter- ans Memorial in front of the Harp- ers Ferry Junior High School at 10 a.m. The program will include music by the Harpers Ferry Jun- ior High School Band, a welcome by U.S. Army Veteran Don Snyder, Prayer by U.S. Air Force Veteran George Kidwiler, and guest speaker for this year's service, Na- tional Park Service Superinten- dent, Mr. Don Campbell. Honored guests for this year are the Honor- able Paul Ceurtney, Mayor of Boli- var; Honorable Kip Stowell, Mayor, Harpers Ferry; and Major General Robert Ruth, Com- mander, Harpers Ferry/Bolivar District Veterans Association. The ceremony will end with the playing of Taps. Come join us. Bring your American Flag and march with us in commemoration of Veteran's Day. If you don't have a flag, we will provide you with one. Meet us at 9:30 at the Harpers Ferry Post Office parking lot if you can march (or walk) in the parade or come to the Junior High School at 10 a.m. if you can not march in the pa- rade, but wish to participate in the ceremony. For additional informa- tion, contact Dixie Wiltshire, 725- 7881, Jack Albertson, 535-2271, or George Kidwiler, 876-2640. Robert L. Ruth Major General, USAR Commander, Harpers Ferry/ Bolivar District Veterans CONCERN OVER ZONING CHANGE Dear Sir: We attended the meeting of the Jefferson County Zoning Board of Appeals on October 15, 1998, with a great deal of concern for the out- come. We had only recently real- ized that the request to allow meat packing in the Molers Crossroads area was not a request for special permission in this particular case, but a request to change the defini- tion of agricultural zoning to in- clude meat processing (packing). Although this seems outside the scope of abilities of the Zoning Board of Appeals, the hearing con- tinued with many farmers voicing their concern about preserving the agricultural base in Jefferson County and many non-farming residents voicing their concerns about preserving clean air and water. Given the highly emotional nature of the hearing, I feel the need to clear up a misconception which was evident. I cannot speak for everyone, but I know there were many like- minded residents in attendance. We have no desire to see the agri- cultural base of Jefferson County compromised in any way. My fam- ily is not one which has recently moved to the area from "the city". I have lived in the eastern pan- handle of West Virginia since birth and in Jefferson County for almost twenty years. My husband has lived in Jefferson County for almost twenty-five years, and has taught school at the elementary level for twenty-one years. We were delighted to make our home in the Molers Crossroads area be- cause it is surrounded by farms; as our neighborhood is thirty years old, it did not seem that we would disrupt the local environment to a large degree by building here. It was a wonderful opportunity for our children to grow up next to farming operations where they could observe the growing cycle on a larger scale than we could man- age in our family garden. When the farms closest to our neighbor- hood were transformed into con- centrated animal feeding opera- tions, we did not complain, be- cause 'it seemed that it was still farming. We mourned the disap- pearance of the piglets, but chalked it up to "progress." The increasing odor, which was unfor- tunately overpowering some days, we have borne as part of "living in the country." Our great concern at this point is the notion of allowing industrial facilities to operate under the guise of "farming" when there ex- ists an industrial site for such fa- cilities. As the Zoning Board of Appeals considers this request to change the definition of agricul- ture, we must all be aware that such a change would allow meat packing (processing) facilities to operate all over the county, re- gardless of surrounding neighbor- hoods. At this time, I am con- cerned about the possibility of an industrial facility operating 1500 feet from my children's bus stop; if the request for a change in defini- tion of agriculture goes through, there could be similar industrial facilities in numerous locations around the county, complete with the accompanying noise and pollu- tion. Certainly, if the farming community needs meat packing to augment their income, they should have it, but within the pa- rameters of zoning that the voters requested. Destroying the county in the process of allowing meat packing will serve no positive pur- pose for any of the residents. We are very much aware that the request is not for a slaughter- ing facility, but for a meat packing (processing) facility. This is still an industrial operation, not seem: ing to fit any definition of farming. As the market for organic prod- ucts grows by leaps and bounds, supported by increasingly aware and educated consumers, would not that market bear examining to shore up a .shaky farming opera- tion? Certainly turning to indus- try could not be a satisfactory long term answer. We hope that the residents of Jefferson County will consider these points and express their opinions to the members of the Planning Commission and the County Commission. The Zoning Board of Appeals will again con- sider their decision on the request for the meat packing (processing) plant in the Molers Crossroads area at their next meeting on Thursday, November 19. We must all be aware of the implications of this decision on the life in our county. Sincerely, Teresa A. McBee IN AGREEMENT ON SLAUGHTER HOUSE To the Editor: I just received my Spirit of Jefferson, since I was a resident of Charles Town for 17 years prior to entering the U.S. Air Force for 30 years and do come back fre- quently. I am in total agreement with Paul Burke and his co-writ- ers on the subject of slaughter houses, since I have had to live under the conditions they say will happen and feel I can speak first hand about what they say is true with many more problems than they list. I live 5 miles out of the city lim- its that is zoned agriculture except for the subdivision which is zoned residential with homes in the Continued On Page 23 crooked. The shallowness ties indis in navigating them slow to fcct which the most in while descer were very obviated by an to a salt very ludicrous steering oar, end. These and, tremities the helms man a ough command through the channels, while locity, in some miles per hour. their complete purposes for tended; furnish stance of the sa trymen, and of they so means, at their greatest objects which plish. but a few years been used for gerous fore, have been they were very fect; but skilful naval himself as much tempting to struction, as artillerist in gunnery to those riflemen, before the conquerors Great fell, in before the scythe. "The two distant parts of t quently of color, and ference in the that falls in the through which times both rise alike turbid; at only rises low and clear. event occurs, the water of the tinues distinctly considerable junction, ous appearance, from the high between them. Walking slowly, Camp Hill, one to take notes, be disturbed, I dance. I ing to five miles from keeping the way gradually joyed the prospect! and avoided the ing directly up After walking a two teams of very civilly, and I out meeting any be called at the place from the road to had i hand, which and some paper. walk, upon saw a gentleman me. He appeared good settled ately into my venture into ter the usual the gentleman oi right road to madam." "Do you there terregation looking first at along the road, dear lady, how ha are walkin best reason in poor." "I am madam," one pocket and sometimes sometimes doing this, he travelled?" I York". "I think it table country, female to go in join you, said I, charity in the no money at all?" or two, sir." his pocket for brushing, by his manly cheek, twenty-five cents, sorry I have no dollars it should pleasure; but madam, and stay could no longer il much goodness. truth; in fact, I hi nothing out view. I returned but he begged me for the sake of so kept it as a manity, which human from the He was a lent class, appeared he was workmen at the honor of his couJ gentleman. I him since, and we J the adventure."