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SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE - Thursday, December 17, 1998 13 Becky Shaffer 876-0600 i ' Audubon Society scholarships to Mountain Institute Ecology Camp at Spruce Knob are Kramer, Shepherdstown, Kimberly Osterman, and Steve Ely, Martinsburg, all of whom the program at the annual PVAS Christmas dinner. a fourth participant, is absent from the photo. Steece) Campers raised from the yearly seeds is used by the Audubon Society ecology camp scholar- area youngsters. the organization sent people to the Mountain Knob in West Kramer, Steven Osterman, and Tom had the opportunity to the a week of concentrated camping, and ca- PVAS Christmas pot- this month, three of Michael, Steven shared their experi- members. And, al- could not be present, in which he shared when learning to explore caves. Tom enjoyed the "neat taught me but the the best part of Kramer, Steven Ely ,erly Osterman pre- program of camp ac- and each commented which he or she Many of the "firsts" for the local and they learned while making numer- Michael enjoyed the that he is giving to "a two-week ca- summer." visitors included of the West of Audubon Soci- Pardoe, represen- Le region on the Na- Society's Board of of the evening was auction of nature-re- which is an annual for the organization. were introduced Prizes were drawn by membership chair- Council )herdstown Town the following: and placement of a built by its designer and on the as a dona- Shepherd College; a in honor of deceased ~zy" Carroll of service (31 years) community; a two-story, above to the present li- unless and until as the Shepherdstown provides data to about the feasibility addition; place- at Play signs at Lane, at L~e, and one on High the college baseball of 15 m.p.h, signs onto Back Alley; make funds available, with a limit of $2000, to do a feasibility study of annexation of Route 45W; a resolution of support for the Morgan's Grove Historic District, with the resolution to be sent to the state Department of Culture and History; forward complaints about Terrance Britt's New Street property to the town's legal coun- sel for advisement; a resolution to accept a partnership grant from the WV Development Office for $5000 for the Morgan's Grove spring house; and the appoint- ment of Keith Boyd to the town's Parks and Recreation Committee. Words of praise were extended to Police Chief Cecil Arnold for the Shepherdstown Police Department's part in the funeral services for Lewis Carroll and for traffic control during the Christ- mas in Shepherdstown festivities and the parade the following weekend. Charles Cole, who will become chief of police in January 1999, was sworn into office by Mayor Vincent Parmesano. Cole intro- duced his wife, Mary Grace, and son, Michael, a Martinsburg police officer, to the council. Out And About Bill Knode should invite his lo- cal Farm Home Advisory Commit- tee ladies to set up shop inside the front door of his Southern States store every Saturday morning. Last Saturday, each visitor and customer to the farm supply busi- ness was greeted with a "Merry Christmas", coffee, home-baked cookies, and gifts AND the op- portunity to win one of several great door prizes. The fellows at the back counter who greet us week-after-week have obviously worked hard on their customer greeting styles, but the ladies brought broader smiles and a bit more spirit to their greetings at least on this particular Saturday morning. The members of the Farm Home Advisory Committee for W.H. Knode's Sons women elected at the annual meeting prepare the store's annual Christmas open house each year. This is one of several activities which they plan and implement throughout their 12 months in of- rice. Gals on the welcoming com- mittee when I arrived were Dori and Mary Lee Blue, Rhonda and Betty Miller, and Barbara Donley. Kudos ladies and Bill for adding to the holiday season. Saturday night those buggy folks of the Freewheeler Driving Group gathered at the home of Ginny and Dick Flaherty, Baker- ton, for the yearly Christmas get- together. Just about forty folks made the long climb to the top of Flaherty's hill and their beauti- fully-decorated home for an evening of good food and lots of Freewheeler fellowship. A spir- ited game of SANTY bingo pro- vided prizes for all, and a trip to the host's basement tbr a tour of his carriage collection was an added treat for many attending the festivities. A Mr. Claus, mak- ing a test run for his annual De- cember 25th journey, made sev- eral attempts to swoop down the chimney, but finally had to settle for a saunter through the front door. Freewheelers young and a bit olders vied for the spot on Santa's knee to share their Christ- mas wish lists with the jolly old elf. The Flahertys have hosted this annual party for many years and their efforts are much appre- ciated by the group of horse and buggy enthusiasts. Santa was out and about again Sunday afternoon at the Shep- herdstown Fire Hall. The local firefighters invited the commu- nity to the annual Christmas open house and, of course, Santa ar- rived to spend time with the youngsters. And photos with the bearded one were available for all who wished them. Fire equipment of all types was on display and safety materials were there for the taking. The department manne- quin, which, incidentally, bore a slight resemblance to one of the volunteers, was attached to all types of monitoring devices. The folks were there from the Baker Heights Fire Department with "Trouble", the Dalmatian fire dog and "Tanner", a pup who would soon begin training for police work. And, of course, it wouldn't be a fire hall activity without refreshments in this case, Christmas refreshments. And those firemen looked so handsome in their dress uniforms! Reminders December 17. Public Hearing before Jefferson County Board of Zoning Appeals. Planning Com- mission Meeting Room, W. Wash- ington St Charles Town. Appeal against conditional use permit to Clarion Hotel/EMDC. 3 p.m. December 17. Public Hearing before Jefferson County Board of Zoning Appeals. Planning Com- mission Meeting Room, W. Wash- ington St Charles Town. Request by Shannon Donley for a variance to operate a hog processing plant at his farm near Molers Cross Roads. 3 p.m. December 18. Renaissance Dance. Men's Club. Shepherd- stown. 7:30 til 10 p.m. 15th and 17th century European social dances. Free with donations wel- come. For info: 876-3061. December 18. Shepherdstown Junior High 9th Grade Girls and Boys Basketball Teams at Brun- swick. 3 p.m. December 19. Shepherdstown Music and Dance Celtic Music Concert. Shepherdstown Presby- terian Church. 8 p.m. Admission fee. For info: 263-2531. December 19. Shepherdstown Post Office. Extended customer service window open from 8:30 a.m. til 3 p.m. to accommodate Christmas rush. December 20. Children's Christmas program. New Street Methodist Church Sunday School. Christmas Around the World. 7 p.m. For The Birds Feeding is the birds' principal occupation, with several other im- portant ones migrating, nesting and rearing young increasing the need for food hunting. Their energy requirements are high, and the metabolic rates of some species are amazing. Humming- birds, of course, take the prize, for their basal rate is about a hundred times that of an elephant. These tiny feathered creatures need to consume their own body weight in nectar every day, plus insects, and spiders for protein. Birds are opportunistic diners, changing to a new food when it be- comes available, then switching again, often within a short time, when the supply disappears or something better comes along. Birds will change menus just as readily as they switch feeding lo- cations. Few birds seem to be spe- cialists in diet, most subsisting on a mix of seed, insects, caterpillars, fruit, flowers. In nesting season, even the "vegetarian" birds eat t. : -, % i Has New Location DDS, has officially moved into new quarters at H5 South Charles Street in Shown at the official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, December 4, from left, Hinkle and Gail Bretton, staff members; Sue Riley, dental assistant; Ernest Lico, contractor; Dr. Richard Diaz; Michael Shepp, president of the Jefferson County ; Nancy Rook, dental hygienist; Linda Finnegan, Chamber of Commerce; president of the Ranson.Charles Town Business Association. animal food for the fat and protein and switching from one kind of feed to another is commonplace. When birds do begin to come to a feeder, they won't hang around They will eat and then fly off until it is time for the next course. They busiest time at the feeders wilt be- come predictable, for birds dine out on schedule Father's Garden I'll bet you didn't know that in the U.S. there are about one mil- lion acres in production for grow- ing Christmas trees, that a acres of Christmas trees provides the daily oxygen requirements of 18 people, that for every Christmas tree harvested, two or three seed- lings are planted in it place, or that nationwide, there are about 15,000 Christmas growers, and over 100,000 folks employed full or part time in the tree-growing industry. Of the many things that folks associate with Christmas, the first that comes to mind, after the Bib- lical manger scene, is the Christ- mas tree. Through the genera- tions, images of families dragging their trees through the snow, hauling them on open horse- drawn sleighs, or carrying them from lighted tree lots fill picture books, television, and advertise- ments. Families gathered around brightly-lit trees, playful pups and kittens scurrying among beauti- fully-wrapped packages, and/or the topping of the tree with the traditional star or haloed angel are memories shared by most of us in the country Whatever our memories or ideas about Christ- mas, an evergreen of some type is part of the picture. There are several types of ever- green trees to choose from and each has its own characteristic odor and texture. And, whatever type of tree you choose, the impor- tant thing is to select one which is fresh for safety from fire or to prevent a nasty case of "needle drop" midway into your holiday celebration. How can you tell if the tree you select is fresh? Examine the tree where it is cut from the stump. Does the cut area feel dry? If so, chances are the tree was cut well- ahead of your visit to the tree lot. Bend some of the needles to check their resilience. If the tree has been cut for several days or more and kept out of water during that time, the needles will often be- come brittle. Shake the tree and watch the green needles dropping to the ground. Imagine what a mess you will have in your house if the Christmas tree is already los- ing its needles while still on the sales lot! Don't be alarmed if dead needles, brown or gray ones, drop to the ground when you shake the tree, for that's normal and you want them out before taking the tree inside. Cutting your own tree at a nearby Christmas tree farm will ensure freshness. Watch for news- paper ads or contact your local university extension office for in- formation about local choose and cut farms. When you get the tree home, place it into a container of water in a sheltered area garage or basement until you are ready to set it up. If left outside, the water may freeze, making the removal from the container a challenging chore. Just before setting the tree into the tree stand, with a saw remove about three inches from the base of the trunk. This action removes all the dirt and resin-clogged wa- ter conducting vessels and will provide the tree with clean open- ings to maximize water absorp- tion. Be sure that the tree stand has a large water reservoir. A freshly-cut tree will use about a quart of water per day, especially during the first several weeks. Check the water supply daily. If the water level drops below the base of the trunk, causing it to dry again, the removal of another short section from the tree base may be necessary before the tree will absorb water again. Check electric lights and their cords before placing upon the tree and do not use lighted candles near the tree or any unsupervised Christmas greenery. Fire can be a killer. Next week live trees. A Glimpse Into History In "West Virginia: A Guide to the Mountain State", a book com- piled by the workers of the Writ- ers' Program of the Works Project Administration in the our state in the mid-1940's and reprinted in the "WV Heritage Encyclopedia", there is an account of Shepherd- stown in the early days. I began sharing this several weeks ago and continue the information this week. "During the War between the States, although battles were fought on all sides Antietam was but seven miles away in Mary- land Shepherdstown escaped the severities of the conflict. Local men served in regiments of both sides, but the stay-at-homes were confined to exchanging shots with Federal soldiers stationed at Sharpsburg, and to nursing the wounded brought here from neighboring battlefields." "After the war, Shepherdstown was the county seat until 1871, when the government was re- turned to Charles Town, Late in Rhonda Miller, Betty Miller and Barbara Donley are members of the Farm Home Advisory Council for W.H. Knode's Sons. Here, they prepare the refreshment table for the Christmas open house. (Photo by Diane Steece) Ruth Hoxton and Jacob Blue are served refreshments by Farm Home Advisory Council members Dori Blue and Mary Lee Blue during the annual Christmas open house at W.H. Knode's Sons Southern States in Shepherdstown. (Photo by Dianc Steece) Nathan Staubs and Matthew Snyder meet "Trouble" the Dalmatian and '~ranner" the German Shepherd, courtesy of the Baker Heights Fire Department during the Shepherdstown Fire Department's annual Christmas open house. (Photo by Diane Steece) 1871, a group of citizens headed by Joseph McMurran founded a classical and scientific school called Shepherd College. The school used the old courthouse and offered its lease to the State upon condition that it take over the school. In 1872 Shepherd State Teachers College was founded. In the last three decades of the nineteenth century, com- merce on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal declined; the Balti- more and Ohio Railroad, which did not pass through Shepherd- stown, diverted traffic to other cit- ies, and, with the rise of industrial Martinsburg, Shepherdstown ceased to be anything but the quiet country and college (mid- 1940s) town it is todav." The information provided by the writers then goes on to de- scribe many of the "points of inter- est" in and around the town. Some of the information is quite interesting and will be used to complete this column this week and fill it next week. "The Old Market House in the middle of King Street at German Street is a narrow-part-brick, part frame building with a corbie- stepped front gable. Over the door in a semicircular niche is the Odd Fellows' symbol of the Seeing Eye. The Market House was authorized in 1800 with the specifications that it 'be 57 feet in length and 20 feet high; be raised upon good stone or brick pillars and covered with a good shingle roof,' and for 45 years, until the Odd Fellows added the frame second story, it was an open pavilion in which the country people kept their stalls on Wednesdays and Saturdays. For a time the first floor was used as a fire engine house. The building houses a Public Library (open 7-9 p.m. Wed. and Sat.), maintained by the Women's Club, a court- room, and a lodge hall used jointly by the D.A.R. and the I.O.O.F. The town jail occupies a small wing at the back. As early as 1765 this intersection was the center of village activities; the Town whip- ping post stood there, in that year the town council passed the reso- lution: Ordered that Jacob Eoffis authorized to procure a sufficient number of cats to destroy the rats that infest this town and to pro- cure as soon as possible, and that the money expended in procuring 'the same be levied for him on the tenth day of June next. The next market day the square was the scene of a lively cat sale, as the country people flocked to town with bags and baskets fllll of cats and kittens. The town council failed to record whether their 'Pied Piper; succeeded in destroy- ing the rats." ** Continued next week. qtted qCtt .Mad D de, Happy Itolidays to all our palrons and friends. We appreciate your pulling for ins this past year. Noel! 114 N. Charles Street Charles Town .BUS (304) 725.6090 .FAX (304) 728.6645 Chip & Debbie Bennett and Sarah Fleming A i: ?