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2O Shepherdstown Becky Shaffer 876-0600 Park Playground Equipment The Shepherdstown Men's Club, in cooperation with Jef- ferson County Parks and Rec- reation Commission, has for many years maintained Morgan's Grove Park as an out- standing and well-used com- munity facility. Approximately 2,000 people use the park during any one soccer league competition. Some 100 folks use the walking path daily. The summer day camp program had an enroll- ment of 70 youngsters during the summer of 2003. Various families and groups utilize the pavilion and facilities daily. Most of the playground equipment, which was in- stalled more than 20 years ago, no longer meets federal safety standards. The Men's Club has received a matching grant for $9,000 from United Way to cre- ate a new, improved children's play area. However, the grant and matching funds will not cover the estimated cost of $50,000, which includes re- moval and/or repair of existing play equipment and installa- tion of new equipment. Ttm Men's Club Park Committee is appealing to the community for financial help with this worthy endeavor. Major donations will be am knowledged at the playground site with an appropriate per- manent marker. Contributions will insure the park's contin- ued operation for generations to come. Members of the Shepherd- stown Men's Club Park Commit- tee are Etts Elliott, chairperson, Lily and Phil Hill, Joyce Lewandowski, Mildred Smith, Louis Tiano, Peter and Lynn Wil- son, and Martha and Jack Young. Please contact any of these folks if you have questions about the equipment project. Contribution checks should be made payable to the Shepherd- stown Men's Club and mailed to P.O. Box 463, Shepherdstown, WV 25443. For information, phone 876-3323. This correspondent would just like to say that, through the years, the Men's Club has done a wonderful job maintain- ing the park for our use. It is such a beautiful facility with lots of space for your young- stets to enjoy play and just be- ing outdoors. I just know that you will want to support them as they upgrade the equipment for these youngsters. And, who of us doesn't from time-to-time enjoy a turn on the swing un- der those stately trees. We Hear That... We have been informed that our governor enjoyed a Thanks- giving dinner which offered, among other foods, a bit of ham which was purchased ti'om one of our Shepherdstown Farmers Market vendors, Danny Rohrer. I don't know all of the details, but Danny tells me that two prepared hams are on their way to the mansion in Charles- ton, the governor was so pleased. And, speaking of Danny Rohrer, it seems that he offers a weekly newsletter, via email, which features goings-on on his farm in Shepherdstown, at the market, and in agriculture in general. You might want to "log on" for this. Lots of folks throughout the tri-state area do check in with him weekly and many tell me that they en- joy his offerings. I understand that two of our local shopkeepers are horse- women, also. Seems that Debbie and Meredith of Dickinson and Wait...the gal- lery on German Street, were seen astride their steeds on the roads west of NCTC enjoying last Sunday's cold, blustery weather. And we understand that Meredith is very near be- coming a master at John Deere manipulating. The Holiday Marketplace, inside the Men's Club during the Saturdays before Christ- mas, drew a steady stream of browsers and buyers at the first of the season. German Street was a bee- hive of activity this past week- end for "Musical Christmas in Shepherdstown" activities. Diners reported that the chili and cornbread dinners were delicious with lots of variety for everyone. Mr. Santa arrived in a flurry of rain and wind. Music was in abundance with perfor- mances in the Men's Club and throughout the town. Popcorn and chestnuts were consumed. And there will be lots more next week, including the al- ways-popular parade. The Tree Tradition Trees have figured promi- nently during the Christmas season. The kind of tree that is a part of your Yuletide celebra- tion depends upon your knowl- edge of evergreens. A generation or so ago, spruces were widely used as Christmas trees. In more re- cent years, long-needled trees have become popular. Gener- ally, these are Scotch or Scott's pine. Scotch pine has needles that are about two to three inches long, and, if you look closely, there are two needles tied together in a bundle or cluster. And these needles are slightly twisted. If the needles are two in a bundle and are very long, five or more inches, you will have a red or Norway pine. If there are five needles in a bundle with a white or silvery cast, you are looking at a white pine tree. One of the prize Christmas trees is the balsam fir. The needles for this evergreen are about one inch long and at- tached singly to the twigs. These twigs are speckled with tiny smooth round dots. These dots are the scars where the older needles, now fallen, once grew. The balsam has a fra- grant odor associated with the perfume of the north woods. Two of the very short- needled trees are the spruce and the hemlock. The spruce has sharply-pointed needles about a half-inch long and an- gular in cross section. The spruce dries rapidly and loses its needles just as fast. The other short-needled tree is the hemlock. Its needles are about two-thirds of an inch long, flat, with rounded or blunt tips and have fine dots that look like lines on the back. They are attached to the twigs on a tiny hair-like stem. West Virginia has 13 kinds of native evergreen trees with needle-like leaves. There are six kinds of pines, hemlock, red spruce, balsam fir, arborvitae (white cedar), red cedar, tama- rack (larch), plus the yew which bears beautiful red, poi- sonous berries. When selecting your Christ- mas tree, be sure that it is fresh...tap it on the ground to test for a barrage of falling needles which would indicate its uselessness to you...keep it well-watered after you bring it inside, do not place open flames near it, and check it occasion- ally to determine if it has been inside long enough...a shed- ding of needles will disclose this fact. Father's Garden Although snow is cold, below the freezing point, it is the best blanket your garden could ask for. As the inches of those tiny snow crystals pile up, they trap air molecules among them. Like the feathers of a bird or the down comforter on your bed, the trapped air helps hold in heat and keep out cold. A blanket of snow protects the plants and roots below from the frigid blasts above the drifts. Damage in winter to your plants is caused by desiccating wind, pure cold that freezes the branches or the crown of the plant, and/or roots heaved from the soil as the ground freezes, thaws, and refreezes. A layer of snow insulates against Old Man Winter and maintains a steady temperature at soil level. Although snow is most often a garden's ally, it can also be its enemy. Heavy snow can cause problems for evergreens, espe- dally those of columnar shape. Evergreens can collect amounts that are too heavy to bear, thus snapping branches or forcing open the branches of evergreen shrubs. If you don't discover the damaged plants until spring, the victims will appear un- 2004 TAHOE up 2t BAD credit... RANKRUPTCY,.. CALL CHAD.. CHEVROLET, INC C#110|1! sightly, become vulnerable to early spring insect dmnage, and experience a setback in yearly gq'owth. Incidentally, most of us probably learned the 10:1 theory for inches of snow ver- sus inches of rain. 1 was always told that ten inches of snow were equivalent to one inch of rain. But that is not true in all cases. Only the very wet snow, the one that causes major ach- ing muscles, fits the 10:1 ra- tion. The fluffier tbe snow, the more air it contains. That means less water. Snow equivalencies are highly variable. Wet snow, the kind that makes an instant snowball when you scoop up a handful, measures at 10:1. The moderately powdery stuff is in the 20:1 to 30:1 range. And the dry powder that is wonderful for sledding but horrible for snowball and snowmen con- struction may need 40-50 inches to equal one inch of rain. A Glimpse Into History This week we conclude the information about Joseph McMurran, the first president of Shepherd College, as pre- pared by Dr. Charles Ghiselin, pastor of the Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, 1883- 1927, and published in the "Magazine of the Jefferson County Historical Society:" "For fifty-four years he (Jo- seph McMurran) was a member of the Presbyterian Church. He was honored with various of- rices at different times. As a member of the church, as teacher in the Sunday school and superintendent for twenty- five years, as deacon and trea- surer of the church, as ruling elder for twenty-nine years, and clerk of the session, he did what he believed to be his duty and did it well. Deeply inter- ested in the welfare of the church, wise in council for her good, conscientious and upright in characten blameless in con- duct, kind and considerate in disposition, he was looked up to by all, old and young alike, with reverence and Ive as a true rules in God's house. "A multitude of men and women and little children are ,'eadv to rise up and blessed. And lives blessed 'he being speaketh,' And McMurran would be: say in his humilit}; Apostle Paul, "By God I am what I am. "Death does life as that. Freed tations and irn earth, freed from drances of evil and character and life grace has on more beyond. "He passed heaven the ary, 1902." CDS STUDENTS WIN SCHOOL LEVEL WORD CHALLENGE Carlyn Pate (4th grade), Aaron Neely (5th grade), Jonathan Shakesprere (6th grade), Corey Guempel (7th gradeL and Joshua Hawkins (8th grade) recently won the school-level competition of the Reader's Digest National Word Power Challenge, sponsored by Campbell Soup Company. The school-level challenge, at which students answered oral and written questions on vocabulary, was the first round in the second annual Word Power Challenge. 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