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SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmer's ADVOCATE -Thursday, December 23, 1999 1 9 In Memoriam Landmarks Launches Winner Maps' Takes All Geo in Explore M. COOK L Marie Cook, 37, of 19638 Road, Knoxville, Md December 14, ofinju- an automobile ac- Jefferson, Md. April 30, 1962, in Vs she was the daugh- late Leroy Thomas and Hackley Virts. her husband, Cook, Hagerstown, Md.; Jessica Marie Cook Marie Cook, both at four sisters, Marlene Neersville, Va Susan Va Aneada Wiles both of Harpers brothers, Roy Virts, ~, Md Stanley Virts, and Marvin Virts, Va.; and one grand- were held last Satur- at St. Mary's Catho- Petersville, Md. Rev. gn Gesy officiated and St. Mary's Cemetery. T. Williams Funeral was in charge of Wake service was the funeral home. 'ial donations may be Linda Cook Memorial of Jessica Cook, FCNB Road, Brunswick, W. EVERTS W. "Joe" Everts, 52, of died Wednesday, De- at his home. 17, 1947, in he was the son of Joseph Miller and J. Kellson Everts. the Veterans Af- al Center in He had also been era- Francis Scott Key Mall the New Central ant in Charles Town; Johnson's in Charles and Mildred's Market, Zion Episcopal I was a social member of Post 3522. Survived by his wife, l~Ierring Everts, and an in death by a Everts. services were con- Saturday at 10 a.m. at Cemetery Rev. John 'were made by Strider Colonial Fu- W. SEXTON Willis Sexton, 75, of died Wednesday, at the Veterans Af- Martinsburg. 19 1924, in he was the son and Mar- Sexton. Depart- in Washington, D.C. and operated 66 service station in in the U.S. Navy dur- member of Assembly Purcellville, Va. member of Ameri- 200. by his wife, Icey Sexton, whom he [946; two daughters, Jenkins, Harpers Debrah Lynn Sexton, three sons, Robert Orlando, Fla Sexton, Kite, Ga Sexton, Leesburg, Clyde Sexton, ; four ; and nieces Preceded in death by a Hughes; and two Gerald Sexton Were held last Satur- T Strider Home. Revs. Ri- and Dr. Ray James was in Pleasant !PH R. BROWN R. Brown, 67, of died Tuesday, De- at the Veterans Affairs Martinsburg. 15, 1932, in Read- son of the late M. Hill Brown. electri- the U.S. Army. by two daugh- Y M. Fravel, and Linda R. burg; a son, Larry a sister, five Brown, Donald Brown, all of Penn- Brown California, ; and five ~nd burial were pri- by the al Home, EDWARD WENTZELL Edward "Buzzy" Wentzell, 54, of 1560 Rowles Street, Bolivar, died last Friday, December 17, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. Born December 4, 1945, in Sandy Hook, Md he was the son of the late Frank Elmer Wentzell and Edna Ashbaugh Wentzell Greenwalt. He was formerly employed as a forklift operator with D&A Car- pentry, Harpers Ferry. He is survived by a son, Michael D. Wentzell, Sandy Hook; four sis- ters, Alice Mills and Patricia Weaver, both of Sandy Hook, Linda Neff, Winchester, Va and Mary Staubs, Harpers Ferry; three brothers, James Wentzell, Boonsboro, Md Kenneth Wentzell and Stanley Butts, both of Sandy Hook; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, John Edward Wentzell; a sis- ter, Diane Wentzell; and a brother, Frank Wentzell. Services were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Eackles-Spencer Fu- neral Home in Harpers Ferry. Rev. Charles E. Andrews officiated. Burial was in Brownsville Heights, Md Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the family in care of Michael D. Wentzell, 18802 Sandy Hook Road, Knoxville, MD 21758. BETTY LOU PENWELL Betty Lou Mahoney Penwell, 53, of Harpers Ferry, died last Friday, December 17, at her home. Born February 24, 1946, in Jefferson County, she was the daughter of the late Margaret Vir- ginia Mahoney. She was a supervisor at Xerox Corporation. She was a member of the Mannings Assembly of God Church. She is survived by her husband, Wayne Cleveland Penwell; a daughter, Patricia L. Penwell, Morgantown; a son, Dwayne Scott Penwell, Ranson; three sisters, Rebecca A. Ashby, Stephenson, Va Barbara J. Popkins, Charles Town, and Karen S. Burroughs, Winches- ter, Va.; three brothers, Robert A. Mahoney, Brunswick, Md and George F. Mahoney and John W. Mahoney, both of Charles Town; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Wendell W. Mahoney. Services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Mannings Assembly of God Church. Rev. James Boyce offici- ated and burial was in Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Martinsburg. Jefferson Chapel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Mannings Assembly of God Church Building Fund, Route 4, Box 371, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425. CHARLES E. STRIDE Charles Emory "Bucky" Stride, 58, of Patrick Henry Way, died Monday, December 20, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. Born April 23, 1941, in Shepherdstown, he was the son of Elizabeth V. Springer Stride, of Charles Town, and the late Charles David Stride. He was a graduate of Shepherdstown High School. He retired from Armstrong Fur- niture Company in Martinsburg, and was a member of Grace United Church of Christ in Kearneysville. In addition to his mother, he is survived by two sons, Timothy D. Stride, Sr and Kevin L. Stride, Sr both of Kearneysville; a sister, Vir- ginia Fraley, Shepherdstown; a brother, Lynwood Stride, Inwood; and two grandchildren. Services were conducted Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Melvin T Strider Colonial Funeral Home. Rev. Mark McDonald officiated and burial was in Rosedale Cemetery, Martinsburg. three daughters, Cynthia Ann Bartolomeo, Crownsville, Md Angelea Marie Callas, Laurel, Md and Bridget Erin Cross, Washing- ton, D.C.; a son, Joseph Leonard Cross, Beltsville, Md ; and four grandchildren A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church. Rev. Brian Owens was the celebrant and burial was in St. Peter's Catho- lic Cemetery in Harpers Ferry. Memorial donations may be made to the St. James Catholic Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 370, Charles Town, WV 25414. Arrangements were made by the Melvin T. Strider Colonial Fu- neral Home. MARY A. DAVES Mary Ann Daves, 72, of Harpers Ferry, died Thursday, December 16, at her home. Born August 23, 1927, in Harrisonburg, Va she was the daughter of the late John Henry and Grace Riddle Manning She worked as a hairdresser. She was a Presbyterian and at- tended Sharmondale Springs Bap- tist Church. Mrs. Daves was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. She is survived by her husband, Roy Buford Daves; a son, Roy Michael Daves, Roc~'ille, Md.; two grandchildren; and a niece. She was preceded in death by three half-sisters, Mabel M. Shiffiet, Halsie Blosser and Ollie Shipe; and three half-brothers, Pete Manning, Clarence Manning and Ray Riddle. Services were conducted Mon- day at II a.m. at Jefferson Chapel Funeral Home. Rev. Harold "Porky" Jones, Jr officiated and in- terment was in Edge Hill Cem- etery. SANDRA A. CREAMER Sandra Arcele Creamer, 43, of Charles Town, died Wednesday, De- cember 15, in Brunswick, Md. Born December 18, 1955, in Glendive, Minn she was the daughter of Harvey and Pauline Minks, of Sentinel-Butte, N.D. She was a graduate of North Dakota School for the Deaf in Bis- marck, N.D and a 1978 graduate of Gallaudet University, Washing- ton, D.C. She worked as a program ana- lyst for the Internal Revenue Ser- vice in Washington. Previously, she worked as a computer assistant for the IRS in Martinsburg. She attended Independent Bible Church in Hedgesville and Wain- wright Baptist Church in Charles Town. She was an instructor at West Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind in Romney. She was a member of Deaf Sup- pert Team, Washington, D.C and served as secretary of West Vir- ginia Association for the Deaf. She was also editor of the association's newsletter. She was a volunteer for the Boys and Girls Club of Jefferson County and taught sign language. In addition to her parents, she is survived by a daughter, Eliesa M. Creamer, at home; a son, Efren A. Creamer, at home; and a brother, David G. Minks, Grand Forks, N.D. Services were conducted this past Monday at Wainwright Bap- tist Church. The Rev. Charles Hunter and the Rev. Walter Jack- son officiated. Services will also be held today at 10 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Beach, N.D with burial to follow in the Beach City Cem- etery. Memorial donations may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Jefferson County, 334 North Lawrence Street, Charles Town, WV 25414. FRANCIS J. CROSS Francis Joseph Cross,71, of IRMGARD M. BOENING Shannondale, died Sunday, ~}ecem- Irmgard M. Boening, 7 i, of Deer ber 19, at Jefferson Memorial Hos- Mountain Estates, Harpers Ferry, pital, died Monday, December 20, at B o r n A p r i I 8, 1 9 2 8, i n Jefferson Memorial Hospital. Westernport, Md he was the son Born December 23, 1927, in of the late Arthur W. and Marie Heidelberg, Germany, the was the Josephine Cosgrove Cross. daughter of the late Paul and He was a graduate of Eastern Katherine Bender Floesser High School and received a She was a member of St. Peter's bachelor's degree from Strayer Col- L u t h e r a n C h u r c h i n lege and a master's degree from Shepherdstown. George Washington University, all Surviving are. her husband, in Washington, D.C. Waldemar F. Boening; five sons, Before retirement, he was audi- Mark Boening, Fargo, N.C Franz tor for the Prince George's County, Boening, Harpers Ferry, Andre Md school system. He previously Boening, Linwood, Neb and Luke was an agent with the Federal Bu- Boening and Eric Boening, both of reau of Investigation in Washing- St. Paul, Minn.; a brother, Hans ton for 29 years Floesser, Heidelberg; and six He served in the U.S. Army dur- grandchildren. ing World War II. and received the Services will be held today at 3 Occupation Medal in Japan, among p.m. at St. Peter's Lutheran others. Church, High and King streets, He was a member of St. James Shepherdstown. Rev. Perry Hanson Catholic Church and was a former will officiate and burial will be in member of St. Bernard's Parish, Emanuel Lutheran Cemetery, St. Riverdale, Md. Ansgar, Iowa. He was a member of the The family will receive friends Knights of Columbus and the at the church today at 2 p.m. Shannondale Club LTD. Arrangements were made by He is survived by his wife of 49 the Eackles-Spencer Funeral years, Roseanna L. Coy Cross; Home. Website The Jefferson County Historic Landmarks Commission has launched its own;website - . The site was developed by, a local business Preservation Partner as- sociated with the Landmarks Com- mission. The site contains information about the goals and composition of the Landmarks Commission, a cal- endar of events, ongoing preserva- tion projects, a brief history of Jef- ferson County, a list of National Register sites, information about volunteer needs and activities, and links to other preservation related sites. Landmarks Commission chair- man Bill Theriault noted that "We hope our site will become a focal point for local preservation inter- ests and issues." The Commission is seeking volunteers to serve as reporters on preservation-related issues that affect Jefferson County. "We're looking for people who can be objective reporters," he added. "As a government agency, we want to give people the information they need to decide how much of the past should be saved for the fu- ture." Historical societies, museums, landmarks commissions, and other Eastern Panhandle organizations that promote local history, preser- vation, and heritage tourism are urged to contact the Landmarks Commission so that it can estab- lish links to their websites. For or- ganizations without websites of their own, the Commission will create separate web pages that can be accessed from the website. Local businesses that offer preservation- related services or that support county preservation efforts will also be able to have space on the site. "We're trying to develop a long- term working relationship be- tween groups interested in preser- vation and those interested in eco- nomic development," Theriault said. Starting in January, the website will be regularly updated. The commission is also looking for people to help maintain the website. To contact the Landmarks Com- mission about preservation-re- lated news, volunteer and dona- tion opportunities, or other mat- ters, e-mail your inquiries to You can also contact the commission at: The Jefferson County Historic Landmarks Commission, P.O. Box 884, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425, phone (304) 876-3321. Issues Its Plan for Deregulation "The West Virginia Pubiie Ser- vice Commission has proposed an electric deregulation plan that will stabilize electric rates for the next 13 years. In addition, the plan will allow the state to expert more elec- tricity, to create more jobs and to maintain low rates for all West Vir- ginians. That was the mission set forth for us by the Legislature, and after three years and a lot of hard work by the various parties in- volved in trying to find the right plan, I can say, 'Mission accom- plished.' " State Public Service Commis- sion Chairman Charlotte R. Lane's remarks came Monday as she an- nounced the PSC's release of a sweeping and historic electric de- regulation plan, which resulted from modifications made to a plan submitted last week by a broad- based coalition of industry, con- sumer and various other groups. The plan, which would deregu- late the generation portion of the electric industry as of January 1, 2001, includes a four-year freeze on electric rates, a nine-year provi- sion for incremental increases, a unique industry-funded provision designed to assure rate protection during the final portion of the tran- sition period, the development of a strong licensing and code of con- duct provision which the PSC would enforce on suppliers and marketers, approximately $6 mil- lion annually for low income assis- tance, and consumer education ini- tiatives. An additional prevision in the plan requires that each electric utility currently operating in the state file a plan on how it intends to protect the jobs and benefits of its present and future employees. Lane congratulated the various parties, PSC staff and the PSC Consumer Advocate Division for "the countless hours you worked on behalf of West Virginia and its residents. We are very apprecia- tive of your efforts." All states surrounding West Virginia, except Kentucky, have deregulation plans The entire plan may be found on the PSC website: Explore Maps announces the sole winner of the 1999 Jefferson County Geography Contest Tiffany Bovard, 6th grader at Wright Denny, was the only contestant to correctly answer all the questions for National Geography Awareness Week. For her hard research, Tif- fany won 10 Jefferson County maps, donated by locally owned busi- ness Explore MapsTM. Tiffany has given flat copies to her school class- room. The maps are presented in the photo above by Lori Simmons, owner and cartographer of Explore Maps. How well did you do? Here are the answers. 1. What ridge in Jefferson County does the Appalachian Trail fol- low? A. Blue Ridge (not Blue Ridge Mountains, per U.S. Board of Geo- graphic Names) 2. What two drainage features divide Jefferson and Berkeley coun- ties? A. Opequon Creek and Rockymarsh Run. 3. Whom is Jefferson County named after? A. Thomas Jefferson 4. Name the county's five incorporated communities. A. Ranson, Charles Town, Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry, Bolivar. 5. The lowest elevation in the entire state of W. Va. is along what river? A. Potomac River 6. Where is the county seat? (name city) A. Charles Town 7. Moulton Park is located along what river? A. Shenandoah River (Moulton Park is a County Park) 8. The Maryland/W.Va. boundary is located a) in the center b) West Virginia shoreline, or c) Maryland shoreline of the Potomac River? A. The West Virginia Shoreline 9. Wall Street is located in which city/town in Jefferson County? A. Charles Town 10. Which neighboring county touches Jefferson County at only one point? A. FrederickCounty, Virginia 11. Name the Wildlife Management Area near Shannondale. A. Shannondale Springs Wildlife Management Area. 12. Route 9 crosses into Loudoun County at what gap (topographic name)? A. Keys Gap Tiffany is the daughter of Stella and Tim Bovard, of Old Cave Road. The emergency department staff at Jefferson Memorial Hospital coordinated a cold weather clothing drive of hats and gloves to donate to Blue Ridge Elementaryts Thanksgiving Project. A total of 110 items were donated by the JMH. Shown from left are Donna Kable, Syd Walsh, Deb Hartman, and Karen Lowman. Allegheny Power Gets PSC To Buy Finn An order issued recently by the an expedient manner. The pur- chase will mean rate benefits for the region's electric and gas con- sumers. In addition, Allegheny will bring its long hisory of providing reliable and high-quality customer service to the region's consumers and will build upon improvements already made in the area by UtiliCorp. It is certainly a win for all concerned." Public Service Commission of West .~ The PSC's positive decision, an Virginia (PSC) approved Allegheny important step toward the comple- Power Company's purchase of UtiliCorp United's West Virginia Power division for $75 million. Once all approvals have been re- ceived, West Virginia Power will begin doing business as Allegheny Power. "This approval by the Public Service Commission signifies an- other important step toward final- izing our purchase of West Virginia Power," according to Jay S Piger, Allegheny Power President. "We look forward to soon realizing the benefits of this transaction for con- sumers, shareholders, and employ- ees. We will remain a key player in West Virginia's energy market, prorate growth within the region and the state, and grow our cus- tomer base both in the electric and gas sectors of our industry." As a result of the transaction, the Company will further advance its high-level growth strategy and increase shareholder value by add- ing 26,000 electric distribution customers and 24,000 natural gas customers, diversifying the Company's energy options and pro- viding valuable experience in the gas distribution business. Pifer added, "We are delighted that the PSC commissioners approved this transaction in such tion of the approval process, was granted with conditions that are both reasonable and acceptable to Allegheny. Consumers will benefit from a six-year freeze of natural gas base rates and a three-year freeze on electric rates, with a re- duction in rates in 2003 to rates now offered by Monongahela Power Company an Allegheny en- ergy subsidiary doing business in West Virginia as Allegheny Power. Allegheny will also exercise its option to purchase UtiliCorp's Ap- palachian Heating and Kerstein Heating businesses - beth of which are heating, ventilation, and air conditioning installation and ser- vice operations with locations in south and central West Virginia. In addition to the PSC, approv- als have also been received from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Federal Trade Commission/Department of Jus- tice. It is hoped that approval from the Securities and Exchange Com- mission will be received later this month. The term flagstone com--n from the Norae word fiagga, which means to flake. True flag- stone is a hard stone that is flaked into fiat pieces for paving.