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16 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's "ADVOCATE- Thursday, November 13, 2008 Becky Shaffer 876-0600 The Circle Unbroken into her home for a tour and shared Many years have passed since I first with me and our readers the materi- came to know. Sadie and Butler Mc- als which she had prepared about the Donald's daughter, Hazel. When I went house,"Glen Burnie". Proudly, she led with my family to visit her parents, me through the rooms, sharing inter- she, some twenty-seven years older esting and humorous stories about its than I, was away at college and then occupants. And she called me several immersed in her first years of teach- times to be sure that I had all of the ing. The McDonald farm, sitting just information I needed for the article. off Flowing Spring Road on Gardner During the fifteen years since I re- Road, still holds memories of haying, turned to the Shepherdstown commu- combining, butchering, and all man- nity, she and I would fred ourselves at- ner of farm activities. The men of the tending lots of the same activities es- local farming community always came pecially the church and civic organi- by to help with these chores while the zation meals. Favorite spots were the women arrived with massive contain- Scrabble U.M. Church, Marvin Cha- ers of food for the hungry workers. In pel U.M. Church, New Street U.M. my memory this farm was one of the Church, and others. And we would cleanest, neatest pieces of working reminisce about our families and those real estate in our county the McDon- special times so many years ago. aids were so proud of this. And Hazel Our last conversation, several used their example to guide her as she months ago, was a phone call from cared for the farm she shared with her her about her hundred-year-old barn. husband. Seems that some particularly bad Hazel McDonald Hendricks was a weather caused a collapse of part of woman of character and strength. She one end. This destruction concerned passed from this world last week. A1- her greatly and I am sure that she though she had no children of her own, didn't know just what to do about it. she spent more than a third of her life Her request for me during that call educating the young folks of her com- was to come out to the farm and take munity and has left them a legacy of several photographs of the barn but I scholarships for their use. She taught am not sure just why, except, perhaps, in the public schools and was chair- her worry about its current condition. woman of the Home Economics De- Since I am a bit handicapped, I partment when I was a student in found it necessary to explain that I Shepherd College. was unable to get to the site, a fact She married Brown Hendricks and that greatly disappointed her and me. joined him on his family farm on Ridge I have to wonder what will happen to Road. She was so proud of the histo- that barn. ry'associated with this farm. When he It has been a joy to know Hazel Mc- died some years ago, she made sure Donald Hendricks. Coming through 'th'at the property continued its connec- life in an age when women were ex- tion to its past. pected to follow specific paths, she was A number of years ago when I in- an example of an independent wom- terviewed "locals" about their memo- an. ries and families histories in our corn- Fifty Years and Growing munity, Hazel Hendricks invited me This Friday, November 14, 7 til 11 p.m the folks at Shepherdstown Ele- Father's Garden mentary School will celebrate the first Old timers who have weathered fifty years of the school's existence many a winter storm are often heard with a party featuring silent auctions, to say, "It'S too cold to snow." Many refreshments, door prizes and more. times I heard my parents declare that Each grade level will present special "it has to warm up before it snows." projects, created specifically for the These observations are based on the auction. One-of-a kind items, includ- humidity and not the temperature. ing a bench, poetry, and a quilt will be When the air is heavy with humidity put off or bids. and, therefore, more likely to dump Proceeds from the $45 admission fee snow, it seems warmer to us. Addi- will benefit the school. Sponsors in- tionally, as the clouds needed for snow clude Jefferson Security Bank, Grapes move in, the air does warm a few de- and Grain Gourmet, Mountaineer grees, because the clouds have an in- Brewing Company, Wells Fargo Home sulating effect in the atmosphere. Ex- Mortgage, Studio 105, Progressive tremely cold air tends to be dry and Printing, and Accurate Systems. cloudless. Therefore, it is too cold for Holiday Tour snow. So we should say that moist air The Valley Craft Network will fea- signals snow, but a clear, dry day is un- ture local artisans at a Holiday Studio likely to yield any white stuff. Tour, November 22 and 23, 10 a.m. til Note: I have also observed that birds 5 p.m. become very busy before a snow or ice Artisans participating in the tour storm. When you see a larger num- include several folks who have local ber of birds than usual at your feeder, connections. Judy Williamson of JRW you can bet '2~eavy "weather is on the. Creations,6924 Girl Scout Road, way. Boonsboro, MD, will display and of- A Glimpse Into History fer for sale her sewing wizardry. Many When WestVirginia formallybecame of you visit with Judy at the Sun- a state on June 20, 1863, all of the old day Shepherdstown Farmers Market road laws of Virginia were taken over where she assists her brother, Danny with practically no changes made. Un- Rohrer and purchase items from her der the old law, responsibility for road Holiday Market Booth in the War Me- construction was in the hands of the morial Building during the Christmas various county courts, which divid- season. The other local notable is Deb- ed their counties into road precincts, bie Dickinson of Deborah Dickinson not including incorporated towns. The Pottery, 60 S. Main Street, Keedys- county court each year appointed a ville. Debhie is co-owner of Shepherd- road surveyor to each precinct, which stown's Dickinson and Wait Shop. corresponded to the present magiste- Other stops on the Valley Craft tour rial districts. Among the duties of the include Coles Pottery, 18839 Man- surveyor was to notify all persons re- or Church Road, Boonsboro, MD, M4 quired by law to work on the roads. Studios, 4803 Mt. Briar Road, Keedys- The law required each man who was ville, The Studios at StonyAcres, 1608 over 21 and under 50 years of age (ex- Reed Road, Knoxville, and VanGilder cept paupers) to work at least two days Pottery, 20834 Townsend Road, Gap- on the road in his precinct between land, MD. April 1 and September 1. No more than four days' work could be required in one year, except in cases of emer- gency. If any individual Chose not to do the work, he could "pay his way out" at the rate of not less than 75 cents and no more than $1.25 for each day he was supposed to labor. However, those who chose to "work" seldom took their labor seriously. They engaged in horse- play and often turned the meeting into a social, rather than utilitarian event. The system was, in fact, closely akin to that employed in medieval times, and Governor McCorkle characterized the system as a "miserable one". This haphazard method of mainte- nance during the "dark ages" of road construction in West Virginia led at least in part to the despicable condi- tion of the roads. One contemporary described the roads as "large clouds of dust in summer and streams of mud in winter'. However, West Virginia was trying to better its lot and in 1875 the Leg- islature provided that a county court could let road maintenance contracts to the lowest bidder, if approved by the local voters. In 1891 a capitation tax was estab- lished providing that, instead of hav- ing worked out on the roads, all males over 21 years of age would be levied a one dollar fee. Total revenues were to be used exclusively on the state local service system of county roads. Also the county court could make such ad- ditional levy as necessary on all real and personal property for road purpos- es. The West Virginia Legislature of 1907 authorized the county courts to macadamize and keep in good repair any toll roads or turnpikes that were abandoned by the owners or operators and to condemn land needed for roads and highways. Donna Loveless 66 Appalachian Lane Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 270-0853 in the mail this past week con- ing. Wet the edges of the under taining Box Tops for Education. crusts, cover with the top crust, I would like to say a special and press edges together. Bake '~rhank You!" to you for your at 350 degrees for 25 minutes generosity. Keep collecting be- until done. cause every 10 cents counts for "Every season has its joys our school! but we are now in the season Homemade Pies for with so many happy moments Thanksgiving to share." Take Care. Call If you are interested in order- or email me with your news! Hello once again on a chilly Bolivar Christmas Bazaar fall day in November! I hope Bolivar Pentecostal Church you are having a great week of Christ Transformation Min- and all is well with you and istries will be holding their yours. Christmas bazaar in the base- Community Thank You ment of the church this Satur- Susie Nick and family would day, November 15 from 9 a.m. like to send out sincere thanks until 3 p.m. There will be coun- to everyone who showed so try ham sandwiches, home- much support and love during made candy, hot dogs, sloppy the loss of husband and father, joes, drinks, white elephant sale Reverend Frankie Nick. They items and more. The church is so appreciated the cards, food, located near the KOA Camp- flowers, money and sympathies ground at 87 Old Taylor Lane that were shown during a very in Harpers Ferry. Call Wanda difficult time in their lives. A at 304-725-8509 for more infor- special appreciation also to the mation. Blue Ridge Mountain Volun- UMC Christmas Bazaar teer Fire Department for all of The United Methodist Worn- their help. May God Bless all of en will be having their annual you for your kindness. Christmas bazaar in the base- On This Day ment fellowship room of Chest- On this day in 1982 the Viet- nut Hill United Methodist nam Veterans Memorial is ded- Church on Saturday, Novem- icated in Washington, D C. af- ber 22 beginning at 8 a.m. They ter a march to the site by thou- will have crafts, homemade sands ofVietnamveterans. The goodies, soups and lunch will World Wide Web was started be served. The church is locat- on this day in 1990. Celebrity ed at the intersection of Chest- birthdays today include pro- nut Hill Road and Hostler Road ducer, director and host Gar- (at three churches). For more ry Marshall, 1934, actor Chris information please call Ruth Noth, 1954 and actress and co- Manuel at 304-725-9209. median Whoopi Goldberg was Box Tops Update born on this day in 1955. I received several envelopes lvbabeez@yahoo.com ing some delicious pies for your holiday dinner give me a call or email me and I can give you the contact information for a friend of mine who makes them with all fresh ingredients and deliv- ers them in a recyclable con- tainer. She has a variety of fla-. vors and fruits that she uses as well as made to order requests. I can tell you they are well worth the price. This week's recipe in time for Turkey Day! Sweet Potato Pie Ingredients: 5 medium sweet potatoes, boiled and diced; cup sugar; 1 cup milk; 1 egg, beaten; 2 ready made or home- made pie crusts Boil milk and sugar together. Mix in the sweet potatoes and eggs, let stand until cool: Line the pie plate with the crust. Pour in the sweet potato fill- AnArmy of Volunteers Sunday, Nov. 16 By Kathie Campbell, Marketing Director Light Up A Life debuted in unteers who assume roles in when we are at the trees, people 1986 as a small memorial op- making Hospice of the Pan-will come to search for a loved portunity for the communi- handle's Light Up A Life event one's tag. It can be a very emo- ty and a fundraiser for Hos- such a success. For example, tional moment and we are glad pice. Twenty-two years later it Theresa Goodman is our book we are there to support them continues to be a beloved part lady. Theresa puts together the and listen to their stories. of the holiday season for hun- books we fill with alphabet- Volunteer musicians help dreds of people throughout the ized information fo~ each tree. with the lighting ceremonies Eastern Panhandle. Light Up. Then we have the cadre of vol- and still other volunteers serve A Life invites individuals and unteers from Hospice and the as hosts at each event. This businesses to light a hght on a Martinsburg Women's' Club year the lights will be lit in hospice tree in memory or hon- who painstakingly create the Hampshire County on Tues- or of a loved one for a gift of $10 more than 200 angels we use day, December 2 at 7pm and on per name. Tags with the honor- each year. John and Judy Lil- Sunday, December 7, at lpm in ee's name and the donor's name ga are dependable tree set-up Morgan County, 3pro in Berke' are tied to a tree light with a volunteers Every year the cou- ley County and 5pro in Jeffer- piece of ribbon. A handmade ple volunteers to dehver trees son County. Special music will angel may also be placed on a to the Martinsburg Mall where be performed at each site. tree for a gift of $100 per name. they join with other volunteers During the last week of the Trees are placed in the Mar- to assemble the trees. For the year volunteers are called upon tinsburg Mall; Holiday Inn Ex- past Several years, First Bap- to help take the trees down press, Ranson, War Memorial tist Church Youth Group has and put them in storage. And Hospital, Berkeley Springs and also helped with this part of the then BiUie Harper starts all the Hampshire County Public project, over again, collecting and iron- Library in Romney. The lights Then there are the "tree ing and counting out ribbons are turned on at a special light- parents" like Jeanne Hanson. in batches of 100 for the next ing ceremony at each location Jeanne usually adopts treeyear. the first week of December and number one at the mall. She Light Up A Life invitations remain lit until after Christ- writes the names on the tags, will be mailed this week. If you mas. enters the names in her tree's would like to participate and do The preparation for Light Up book and ties each tag on her not receive an invitation please A Life for the next year begins tree.As a tree parent she is also call 264-0406 and ask that one immediately after the trees on call to take care of any mis- be sent to you. Also business come down at the end of Decem- spellings or help with tags that sponsors are being sought to bet. Billie Harper, hospice vol- cannot be found, help with the cost of replacing unteer, collects the ribbons that Volunteer "tree sitters" at- trees in Martinsburg. A dona- were used to tie on the "tags of tend to the trees at the mall tion of $300 will purchase a remembrance." She irons them from set-up'day on November new tree and in exchange your and counts them out in batches 21 through December 24. Some business' name will be added to of 100. Then she delivers them tree sitters like Earl and Betty the ribbon identifying you as back to the hospice office, neat- Jo Stout have sat with the trees a sponsor. For information on ly laid in boxes, ready for their for many years. "Light Up A tree sponsorships, call Kathie next tour of duty. Life is an important part of our Campbell, Marketing Director, Billie is the first of many vol- holidays," says Betty Jo. Often 267-1870 ext 214. 4 r