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Tree Lighting Frid(p/ At the Courthouse', Charles Town Mayor will pull the switch to illuminate town Christmas tree this Friday at a 7 ceremony. The public is invited to first event of the holiday season. Couny's newspa since i 844 W~er Mostly sunny today with a high in the mid 30s. Low tonight in the mid 20s. Chance of light rain mixed with snow Friday through Sunday, highs in the mid 30s to around 40. Lows in the mid to upper 20s. Mostly sunny through Wednesday with highs in the mid to upper 40s and tows in the upper 20s to tow 30s. of Jefferson Farmer's Advocate No. 48 Thursday, December 4, 2003 "No government ought to be without censors: and where the press is flee, no one ever will." - Thomas Jefferson 20 pages - per Copy 50 \ FBLA Collections to Community Tallman, and her father, Eric, center, and student Howard Dunn, left, transport County Community Ministries. High Chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) recently held a canned at the school, boost the collection, the club members decided to incorporate a con- first period classes. It was simple...whoever collected the most items the winner and the prize was a continental-style breakfast with doughnuts and or- winning title was bestowed on Ms. Carmen's class, which collected a total of 215 food project netted 466 pounds Of food for the Food Pantry of Community Ministries. Limit Gets night approved a plan that will use of parking in Charles Donnie Kees Santa Claus Will Make First Appearance the council decid- only the me- downtown ar- and .~shing- , but upon the rec- of Police Chief who said the be confusing it was decided all meters. of the meters, :heir tires a two-hour park- will be enforced. the two-hour are expected to in the appropri- this week. the parking me- eliminated, over- tickets will not. action that OVertime parking $3 to $5. Anyone two-hour park- fine new ' NeW CTMS Principal, Cultural Diversity Facilitator Are Named .The Jefferson County Board of Education appointed a new principal at Charles Town Mid- dle School and selected a cul- tural diversity coordinator for the scl~ool @stem at its meet- ing Tuesday night. Dale Shaffer, Jr., was named principal at the middle school. He has been serving as interim principal since the resignation of Larry Mullins in late Au- gust. Arthena Sewell Roper was approved as the county cul- tural diversity coordinator, a position that involves a variety of activities and educational opportunities to acquaint stu- dents and staff with cultural diversity and to bridge the gap between schools and a commu- nity with a diverse population. Shaffer is a native of Penn- sylvania and has been with the local school system since 1990. Prior to that time he worked in Philadelphia schools. Shaffer has been a teacher at North Jefferson Elementary and was head teacher at T.A. Lowery Elementary. He also served as golf and girls softball coach at Jefferson High. He earned his undergraduate degree from California Univer- sity in Pennsylvania and a master's degree from Shenan- doah University. He lives in Martinsburg with his wife and two children. Dr. Steven Nichols, super- intendent of Jefferson County Schools, said ShaiIer has done an outstanding job as interim principal and he looks forward to working with him as the new Charles Town Middle School principal. Shaffer said that CTMS has a "fantastic staff' and two very dedicated assistant principals in Cheryl Hawkins and Ann Workman. HIS goals include having stu- dents reach a very high per- formance level; strengthening the school's ties with the com- munity; more parental involve- ment in school activities, par- ticularly the PTSO; and mak- ing sure teachers have every- thing they need to accomplish their goals. Mrs. Roper's job will include developing activities for cul- tural enrichment through the staff development component of her position. She earned a bachelor's de- gree from West Virginia Uni- versity, a master of public ad- ministration from WVU, and a master of arts degree in teach- Units Listed for Saturday's Christmas Parade 3. Ranson Police Car 56. Cub Scout Pack #83-F~_t 4. West Vn~inia State Police Car 57. Heritage Free Wdl Baptwt 5. Sher~~ Car Church-~mt 6. Sheriff Depamnent Reserve 58. RonaktWetmlAntiqueCar 7. Miss West Vwginia-AUison 59. Norman ,Mason Antique Car Williams, car 60. Women of the Moose Lodge 8. CharlesTtmaYRanson Mayors #1028-Float and Coum~Fkm 61. Child Evangelism Felk~shiw 9. ~as Fire Company-Float Float 10. C~ms F~e Comlmny-Tmck 62. Tim Lepold Farm Tmctc~ (2) 11. ~Ftrecompany-~ 63. 4-Ever4-HChb-Float 12. Citizens Fire Company-Taw3z 64. Jefferson County lJRle 13. Citizens Free Company-Tru~ League-Float 14` Cit~nsFtte~Truck 65. Miss Berkeley Seholarship 15. Independent Fare Department Pageant-,Jackie Truman Auxiliary Float 66. Dolly ~ 4-H--Float 16. Independent Ftre Department 67. Boys & Girls Club ofJefferson -Truck County-~at 17. Independent Fn~ Department 68. Clifford Hite-1952 Chevmlet -q~t~k Car 18. Independent Fire Department 69. Eddie Kave-1929 Ford Car -Truck 70. Goat Buster 4-H Club-Float lg. Hedgesville Fire Department- 71. Bob Cat and Paw Prints 4-H- Tn~ Float 20. HedgesvilleF~,eDelmrtment- 72. RodneyLoy-1970Truck Truck 73. Daisey Chapel Baptist 21. Priendship Fire Department- Churdr-Float Truck 74. Wine Owt 4-H-Float 2z. h-ie~a~ipF~~ 75. Je~OmtyFa~-De~ Truck Dickson 23. Cumberland Valley Volunteer 76. Miss Shenan&mh-Jessica V~emens ~ Larry Stm~ Smallwood 77. Larry Watem-1957 24. Cesarma Hair and Nail Salon Car -Car THIRD DIVISION 25. Jenkins Used lawn Mower 78. JeffemonHighSdmoIROTC 26. JeffemonCountyqMmspm~ 79. CharlesTownMiddleSchool tion Bus Band 27. ShepMrdst0wn Middle School 80. Jefferson High School FC Band ClA-Rotary-F~t 28. DavidWflt-Horse 81. Prete~WVAssodationCo 29. Mac Reed-Hczse FA-Alisah Coulsm 30. Jefferson County American 8~ Jefferson Coanty Fair-IJt Red Crces-Trmk tle Mms, Jr. biiss and Miss Jef 31. Da~dd Allen-1966 Ford C~hxy ferson County Fair 32. AdoptaGT~oumi 83. CdrlSo~Troov#416-FWat 33. IittleBoPeepl)aycare 8~ CounW.c~4-HClub 34. Je@~sonCounty~HSaddle 85. Page Jadmon Elementary- Chb-Fkm Float 35. a~nyMm~rke~C~anty s6. Re~ng~Majomttes Schools-Elizabeth Pennington 87. Potamac and Slmmmlmh An 36. ti-t~ ~ss Serkek~ ~ ~v~ Tractor and Zng~ Club Schoo~Alexis Smanwo0d 8a Bamon Elementary Sdmd- 37. Junk, Miss Berkeley County Float ~enna Kees Be. Berkeley County Fire and Res 3~ Miss Berke~y Coumr cueKtng and~ Schools-Annelyse Haislip hia Decke~ Jessical Stckel and 39. The Mom's Club of Jefferson Doug Smith County 90. T_A. Lowery FlX)-Fkmt 40. CubScout~#19-Flmt 91. Cub Scout Pack #42-Float 41. OsifisScoot~Patml 92. Charles Town Pmsbyterima SECOND DIVISION Church Sunday Schoot-FWat 93. ~ank ~Anaq~ Car 42. HarIK~ Ferry Bolivar District 94. ~LeapingLla Vetemm-Flmt ma~ 4,3. Harpers Ferry Midd~ School 05. BakertonO-"~'RoadsAH,~,~-s ~ Band 96. Shining Stars 4-H-Flint 44~ Miss Harpers Ferry-Car 97. V~ryFreewillBaptist 45. Smoot Water ~n-lqmt Church-Ft~at 46. AnimalWelfareSociety 98. Country Roads Car club 47. Oarence Grove Antique Car 99. New Hopewell Center for the 48. Summit Point Busy Bees 4-H- Arts Float lOO. Challe~r Majoteaes 49. Guy's Buick Pointiac Cars 101. WrightDetmySchool-Float 5o. Guy's 102. JeffemonHighSdmIFFA- 51. Gufs Float 5~ ~HighP@Singer~ 103. Kableto~UnitedMe0~ Float and Dancers ist Church -Float 53. WVa~Gensmt-Pad 104. Allegro~dDanc~ Babb~ Float 54` CheerGemzOmerleading- 105. ManningAssemblyofG0d Float Ch~t 55. Miss PoWmac Highland Schd amhip Program-Car 106. MiddWway Climbers 4-H Float 107. Tom and Bonme Custer-1955 Ford Fairlane lOS. ~DaySdmol 109. ~ 4-H l~at 110. House of Prayer Youth ~Fioat 111. Sttenandoah Charge United /l~daodist Chumh-Float 112. King~ Church W~ld Minis=ie~Flmt 113. Sh~ Sha~ 4-H-' Float 114. Susie the C-~-Car 115. Junior Girl Scouts Col~ 452-Float 116. Baha's of Jefferson County- Car 117. Shenandoah Rebekah t~dge#2 118. Cheer Univeme All Star- Float Continued on Page 2 The 62nd Annum Charles Town/Ranson Christmas Pa- rade will be held on Saturday, December 6 at 2 p.m. Santa will appear on the roof of the National Bank 'building at 1:45. After greetings from San- ta, the Citizens Fire Company ladder trdck will be there to help him from the roof. He will then be taken by the Charles Town Police Department to his position in the parade lineup. The parade will line up in Ranson at Beltline and North Mildred streets. It will proceed on North Mildred around the circle in Ranson, continuing on North Mildred to East Wash- ington; a right turn will put the parade on East Washington Street. The procession will con- tinue down West Washington Street to West Street, taking a right turn crossing over Lib- erty Street and will disband at the old Dixie Narco parking lot. Parade entries are: 1. Charles Town Police Depart ment Color Guard 2. Omrles Town Police Depart ment Ca~ Names Top Therapist Memorial Hospital's Donnie Kees, RRT-NPS, was re- the Maddie Bonham Memorial Respiratory- Thera, for 2003. Kees was nominated and selected for hard work and dedication to his co- Patients.,_ goes above and beyond the call of duty,~ said director Of Respiratory Service. "He constant- genuinely cares about the needs of his patients. up to as mentor and educator to his peers7 to give recognition and appreciation to most exemplifies the highest standard of care. that it was important for the staff to be recognized for i efforts as they go about their daily tasks. This is the award and the TB Foundation helped make it the bands for the award. how he felt about the award, Kees said that surprise and it was nice to feel "appreciated by my will receive a plaque and a trip to a national respira- later this year. D~le Shaffer, Jr. Kayaker's Body Found in River The body of a 22-year-old Maryland man missing since November 21 was fotmd in the river last Wednesday by a Maryland State Police helicop- ter making an aerial sweep of the river. The body of Josh Reichert, of Jessup, Md., was located just east of the Route 340 bridge over the Shenandoah River, less than a mile from the Vir- ginia border in an area of rap- ids called The Staircase. Reichert was scheduled to graduate next this month from the University of Maryland at College Park. He was a com- puter engineering major. Bad weather and darkness had halted the initial search for the man on November 21. Reichert and a friend, Albert Chen, 22, had been kayaking on the river when both of the kayaks capsized. Chen was able to swim to a nearby island and safety. The search for the missing man was continued on Novem- ber 22 and continued until his body was found on the 26th. Arthena S. Roper ing from Marshall University. She is presently employed as an assistant professor with the West Virginia University Extension Service in Berkeley County. Mrs. Roper has served as co. director of the West Virginia Governor's Camp on Cultural Understanding, Team Build- ing Skills Training, Child Care Provider Training, Parenting Education, Nutrition and Fi- nancial Management Educa- tion, and education through a live weekly radio program. She has participated in sev- eral research projects and serves on the U.S. Commis- sion on Civil Rights, the West ~F~rginia Governor's Cabinet on Children and Families, WVU Extension Search Committee and Extension Redesign Task Force, Eastern Panhandle Re- gion of the American Cancer Society, and the West Virginia University Alumni Association (currently serving as secretary/ treasurer). She has also authored sev- eral publications and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Victorine Louistall Mon~ee Award for outstanding public relations in the African-American Commu- nity, the Patricia Roberts Har- ris Academic Fellowship, and the Outstanding Mentor of the Year for 1988-99. She and her husband, Mark, reside on Samuel Street in Charles Town. Inside This Issue Obituaries ................... Page 2 Property Transactions.. Page 4 Social ......... , ...... : .......... Page 7 Upcoming Events ....... Page 8 Sports .......................... Page 11 Church ........... , ............ Page 14 LegalAdvertisements .. Page 16 Classifieds .................. Page 18 Real Estate ................. Page 18 Sales ............................ Page 19 i nil ilUl lU i iii t , i i Official Opening of Visitors Center Set The Board of Directors of the Jefferson County Convention and Visitors Bureau will hold the grand ope~ of the new center this Saturday. The center is located at 108 North George Street in his- toric downtown Charles Town. All Charles Town merchants and the public are invited to attend the grand opening. The official ribbon-cutting is scheduled for 10 a.m. Mayor Ran- dy Hilton and other dignitaries will open the center, which will be open until 4 p.m. on Saturday. Regular hours of operations will be 12 noon until 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. As part of the ceremonies, Santa Claus will be at the center Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. He will also be there to greet youngsters on Sunday, along with Wednesday, December 10, and Sunday, December 14 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. each day. The Visitors Center will provide information to the public and to visitors from outside the area that ~ght local businesses and their products. The vision for the future includes a place of exclu- sive West VLrginia arts and crafts that will he shown in the Fire House Gallery. For more information, call Paulette Sprinkle at (304) 535-3637. ~iii