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2 SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE -Thursday, December 23, 1999 Principals tbr the likely include and Secretary of State Albright, and rael and Syria headed! Prime Foreign Barak and Syrian ter Farouk al-Sharaa. Individuals who took part in Monday's festivities at the egate John Doyle; Bill Bork, Sr Chairman of the Board, Penn Charles Town Races included, from left, Tim Grove, executive National Gaming, Inc.; Robert Ippolito, treasurer and chief fi- director, Boys and Girls Club of Jefferson County; Esther and nancial officer for Penn National Gaming, Inc.; Dickie Moore, Hugh Via, representing the Cheer Booth; Dr. Wyman Hall and director of racing operations at Charles Town; Dr. Frank Jane Bowers, representing Community Ministries; Maura Hamilton and Kathie Campbell, of Hospice of the Panhandle. Brackett, representing the Shepherdstown Men's Club; Jim The five charities were each presented checks for $2,500 to Buchanan, chief operating officer, Charles Town Races; Del- commemorate the opening of the expansion of the Silver Screen Gaming Room at the local track. New Coin Machines Make Debut Town Races Donate $12,500 to Local Charities Five local charities each reaped slots game, the video machines of- monies for local charities. This The coin slots, which feature $2,500 rewards Monday at the fer keno, blackjack and poker, as year alone, Charles Town Racesnickel up to one dollar machines, Charles Town Races. well as a variety of popular slot gave over $69,000 in charitable are temporarily housed in a huge The donations, made to games, donations and in-kind services and tent outside Charles Town's main Jefferson County Boys & Girls Track officials indicated their won an Excellence Award from the entrance. The machines will be Club, Hospice of the Panhandle, desire to continue to boost the local local visitors' bureau for "donating moved into the complex's indoor ,Jefferson County Community Min- economy with the addition of the its time, energy and resources, paddock in May when renovations istries, Shepherdstown Men's Club coin slots, which means additional whenever asked." are completed. and the local Christmas Cheer Booth, were part of the official opening of the track's new gaming area. The new gaming area features 500 of the new coin drop slot ma- chines. "For years, our customers have asked us to install coin slot machines and we are thrilled to fi- nally be able to meet their re- quest," said Jim Buchanan, presi- dent, CO0 at Charles Town. "Now we are really the area's premiere gaming facility." The addition of the 500 coin drop machines brings to 1,500 at the local track, the most allowed in West Virginia by the state Lottery Commission. Of that total, 565 are coin drop machines. "We finally are able to offer the product that our customers have demanded," said Bill Bork, Jr marketing director for Charles Town Races. "Now we can cater to the people who have been waiting for coin slots, as well as those who have come to appreciate the video slot machines. The video gaming machines use video screens instead of mechani- cal "tumblers" and pay via vouch- ers not coins. Unlike the new coin slot machines, which just offer the Members of five committees warded and the school/community ment Plan must be sent to the De- who helped prepare the Unifiedpromotes a climate of mutual re- partment of Education by Decem- County Improvement Plan re- spect and personal responsibility, ber 30. viewed the document with the Jef- Partnerships with Parents, The textbook, Exploring Lan- ferson County Board of Education Community and Businesses - guages, published by the National during a regular meeting Tuesday. Schools will expand partnerships Textbook company, was adopted by The plan is required of every with parents, community and busi- the board. The Instructional Goals school system by the State Depart- ness members who support and and Objectives for the Foreign lan- ment of Education and tracks guide educational goals, guage Exploratory classes at school system programs. Jefferson Curriculum development and Charles Town Middle/Junior High County School System's plan is di- Implementation - the development School were approved. vided into five categories andand implementation of curriculum tracks the five system-wide goals will focus on students acquiring The board approved a request to adopted by the Board of Education knowledge and demonstrating seek a waiver from the Depart- last year. The goals are: skills that meet instructional goals ment of Education state policy re- - Student Achievement - and objectives in reading, written quiring students to return permis- Schools will establish high stan- and oral communication, socialsion slips from parents before they dards of achievement for all stu- studies, mathematics, science and are allowed access to the Internet. dents, technology. Administrators want to consider a System/School Climate - In a Adequate Facilities - Jefferson local Internet policy that would re- culturally diverse society, schools County Schools will provide safe quire parents to return notification will maintain a safe, healthy envi- and adequate education facilities to the school if they did not want ronment where success is re- to support all programs, their child to have access to the In- The Unified School Improve- ternet. Local Jobless Rate at 2. 7% Jefferson County's November jobless rate was at 2.7%, the lowest of any county in the state, according to statistics released this week by the West Virginia Bureau of Employment Programs. Continued strong growth in the easternmost portion of West Vir- ginia was the reason for the low unemployment rate, the bureau noted. Figures showed 21,150 employed in Jefferson compared to 590 out-of- work individuals. Berkeley County's unemployment was at 3.2% and Morgan County at 2.9 %. Jefferson Memorial Hospital's New. Chief Executive Officer Eager to Begin New Position Although he won't assume full- time responsibilities as Jefferson Fl [r' 7Mem rial HOspital's' next Chief Executive Officer until mid-Janu- ary, John Sherwood started getting [) familiar with his new surround- ings last week as he began some of ~2tt his CEO duties on a part-time ba- ~ t! According to Sherwood, he has attended a few meetings and met a of people in the few days that he IL k II has been in town. "In the short IItime thatI'vebeenhere, I'vehad r, the opportunity to meet many / 724"7339pe ple within the h spital as well as inthe community," he said, add- II, l / ~~','. / RL 9(across from l] ing, I am particularly impressed with the enthusiasm of people II/ /'~~ RansonSquare) [I : Mollie Nobrega, stylist [1 Sherwood brings to Jefferson h h Dawn Mohn, owner~stylist 1[Memorial Hospital over 25 years of professional experience. He most = B] l[ Doreen Swartz, nail specialist 1[ recently served as the President/ CEO of St. Luke's Hospital-Allen- John Sherwood [1 - W We would like to welcome ---- - [Itown Campus in Allentown, Pa. 1[ Mitzi Nichols, styh'st/nail specialist, J]experiencePrevi us hospitalincludesadministratiOnserving as the moving to Jefferson County and f~.~ d President/CEO of Wayne Memorial looking forward to being active in her clients an the community." ~ j[ Health system in Honesdale, Pa Sherwood and his wife, Patti, ~-'~" ',"~--, and Allentown Osteopathic Medi- will be moving to the area from cal Center in Allentown. Prior to that, he served as the Chief Oper- ating Officer at Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital in Johnstown, Pa. Sherwood earned his Master of Public Administration from Cornell University and his Bach- elor of Science in Accounting from Loyola College in Baltimore, Md. He also completed the Health Care Management Program-Yale School of Organization and Management. Sherwood's professional member- ships include being a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Describing himself as a team building and effective communica- tor who is highly visible and ap- proachable, Sherwood plans to adopt this philosophy within the hospital as well as within the com- munity. "Getting to know the people within the hospital - em- ployees, physicians, board mem- bers and auxilians/volunteers - is a priority for me as the hospital's new CEO," Sherwood said. "At the same time, I am very excited about Macungie, Pa. "Although Jefferson County is a growing community, it seems to me as a place where you can quickly feel at home. Patti and I are looking forward to making Jefferson County our new home," Sherwood commented. FU RAL HOME Since 1918 ROBERT L. SPENCER FUNERAL DIRECTOR Pre-Arrangement Plans Available A Member of The National Funeral Directors Association Harpers Ferry, W. Va. 535-6500 Shepherdstown Location for Peace Summit Talks began last tropes that a peace reached on Israel territory on the Cola.~ return for recognition. over the Golan Heights raged since 1948 when created. According to Shepherdstown was round of talks becaus eluded, but close to D.C Security will be the meetings, which 3. Most security will be! by the U.S. State De the Secret Service, enforcement will also involved. Shepherdstown will be the focus Because of the ma of international attention next tional attention on the month after it was learned that it huge influx of wor has been selected for the next personnel are expected round of Middle East peace talks into the area. between Syria and Israel. State Department The meetings will be headquar- tives have been in tered at the new Clarion Hotel and local officials in Conference Center, with possible upcoming summit. adjunct meetings at both Shepherd Although the College and the National Conser- January 3, there is no vation Training Center near established for the Shepherdstown. peace talks in She F&M Bank-West Virginia, Inc recently donated Jefferson Memorial Hospital's A Tradition of President/CEO Micheal Ewing is shown vresentin~ to Theresa McCabe, director of community relations opment at the hospital. According to McCabe, the money will be used to two TV/VCRs to be used for patient education in 1 monary department and medical/surgical unit. information on A Traditiom of Caring, contact the munity relations and development office at 728-1690, Millennium Edition of Puts the in the The Spirit of J=efferson - Farmer s Advocate will a special collector s edition of the newspaper on Thursday, cember 30. This will be the final edition of the newspaper lished in this century, and requests have been pouring i~ additional copies of the paper as collectors' items. In order to mark the occasion, we're giving our reader= opportunity to be part of this special New Millennium edit; And it s easy to do. Simply jot down what you conmder the most important event in the current century. (this cal .-something that happened locally or nationally, or even a i sonal remembrance). Or, you may want to set forth your wi~ and prayers for the year 2000 and beyond. Either way, all items submitted will be given considera! for publication in our special December 30th edition. Simply address your correspondence to: Millennium Edit I ~[ Sprat of Jefferson-Farmer s Advocate, P.O. Box 966, Ch Town, WV 25414. Or, if you re in the neighborhood, drop your item off at! offices at 210 North George Street in Charles Town. No phone calls, please! 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