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Amanda Underwood never failed a drug test. She never abused her children. And a child services report rated her home in the lowest category for risk of abuse and neglect. But in 2010, her parental rights were terminated after it was learned she didn’t take one of her children to a scheduled immunization. All her attempts to reverse the termination have so far failed. BRYAN CLARK Spirit Staff

Editor’s note: This story involves three young children. Their names have been changed to protect their privacy. RANSON — Amanda Underwood says Mary Carper and Andrew Brown never identified themselves when they appeared at the front door of her mobile home in Inwood on the afternoon of July 7, 2009, a Tuesday. But both, in their mid-20s and carrying clipboards, were social workers with the Berkeley County Bureau for Children and Families, the division of the Department of Health and Human Resources charged with providing child

protection services. Carper and Brown were there to see Underwood’s stepdaughter, Maria, they told her. The 21-year old mother replied that her husband – Travis Harrell, Maria's father – was not home, and she did not feel comfortable allowing the two strangers in to talk to the 7-year-old since she was not the child's legal guardian. She said her husband would return in an hour, and asked the two to come back then. Underwood said that Carper reacted angrily. “She said, 'Well, we'll call the police,'” said Underwood. “I said, 'Well, I'd rather u See UNDERWOOD page A2

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Groh appointed by President to federal bench Bryan Clark Spirit Staff

Judge Gina Marie Groh was appointed to a seat on the West Virginia Northern District Court by President Barack Obama on Tuesday, ending a six-year vacancy on the federal bench. “It an honor, and it is also very exciting now that it is sinking in and becoming a reality,” said Groh, a Charles Town resident, soon afGina Groh ter hearing of her nomination. “I think it is going to give me an opportunity to learn and grow and exercise my mind.” “I really appreciate it. I am honored by the President’s nomination, and I am so appreciative and honored that Sen. (Jay) Rockefeller had the confidence to recommend me and that Sen. (Joe) Manu Seel GROH page A6

Schools look to feed students once summer break begins christine miller ford Spirit Staff

CHARLES TOWN – With Panhandle youngsters wrapping up the school year weeks early, some worry that needy students who count on the school system for breakfast and lunch five days a week might spend weeks in early June hungry. That shouldn’t happen, says  Rick Goff, executive director of the Office of Child Nutrition for the West Virginia Department of Education.  “There’s no reason the summer food service programs can’t start early,” he said from his office in Charleston this week. “There shouldn’t be a lag. It ought to be a seamless transition for the schoolchildren.”  With no snow days to make up this year, students in Jefferson County will have their final day of the 2011-12 school year just after the Memorial Day long weekend – on May 29. In Berkeley County, where the school year started earlier, students’ final day of the school year is set for May 22.  Goff said the summer meal programs u Seel LUNCH page A6

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you do that then.' And I shut the door.” Carper called a State Trooper, and told the officer she and Brown thought they could smell marijuana when they came to the door – though no drugs were ever found in the home, and Underwood, who was alone in the house with three children, subsequently passed a drug screen. After Carper and Brown entered the home with the officer, Underwood and the rest of the family were compliant, according to a report prepared by Brown. Carper and Brown informed Underwood that they were looking into allegations that her children had been abused and neglected.

'Unsubstantiated' The social workers had come to investigate claims made in an anonymous phone call placed to the department earlier that day, alleging Underwood and Harrell were abusing Maria and their other two children, Cara, 2, and Chris, 9 months. The caller said Maria was forced to do inappropriate chores and to care for her younger siblings, that Underwood refused to feed her and that she had bruises on her legs. The caller said Cara had been dragged across the yard and 'smacked' hard during a temper tantrum and that neither Cara nor Chris had diapers. The allegations were found to be 'unsubstantiated,' according to the report prepared by Brown. The report said both Chris and Cara appeared to be happy children. Asked about her relationship with Underwood, Maria replied, “Mandy is nice to me,” and stated that she had never been hit by either of her parents. The report stated that Underwood “appeared to be a good mother” when the workers had observed her. “(Maria) reported that no one was ever mean to her at her father's home,” according to the report, which indicated the risk of abuse or neglect in the home was 'minimal to low,' the lowest category of risk in the department's rating system. But the report also contained another detail — Chris was overdue for his immunizations.

A missed appointment When Brown contacted the family doctor, Chris's medical records showed that he was behind schedule on two rounds of immunizations. Underwood said she had accidentally missed Chris's appointment several weeks earlier, and her doctor refused to see her children again until she made payment for the missed appointment. Underwood relied on Medicaid for her children's medical care, but Medicaid would not pay for the missed appointment. Underwood said she was saving up to pay the bill and planned to bring Chris up to date on his immunizations once she had saved enough money. On July 10, three days after Carper and Brown had first come to Underwood's door, DHHR officials were back. This time, it was to take Maria, Cara and Chris into department custody. Underwood remembers the scene. “(All three children were) pulling my shirt, clinging to me, screaming and crying how they didn't want to leave,” Underwood said. “They just kept dragging them away from me like it wasn't nothing – just another job for them.” That same day, 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge John Yoder entered an order granting temporary custody of the children to the DHHR. The order stated that, based on the contents of an abuse and neglect petition filed by the department, the “physical well-being” of the children was in imminent danger, that “all reasonable efforts (had) been made to keep the children in the home,” and that there was no “reasonably available alternative” other than taking the children into custody. Curiously, the abuse and neglect petition upon which the court based its findings was not filed until July 15 – five days after the children had been taken into custody. A previous abuse and neglect petition had been filed against Harrell and Maria's biological mother, but it did not contain any allegations about Underwood. Yoder said he was unable to comment on the case since it involves minors. Ten days after the children were taken, on July 20, Underwood arrived in court for a preliminary hearing. Both she and Harrell took and passed a drug test. Kimberley Crockett, the prose-

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cutor representing the DHHR, volunteered to return custody of Cara and Chris to Underwood as long as she agreed to submit to random drug testing and cooperate with the investigation. Harrell, who had failed a drug test earlier that month, would also have to move out of the home. Underwood and Harrell agreed to the terms of the 'safety plan,' and Yoder ordered the children returned to Underwood's custody. But the court order returning custody to Underwood was never filed, the first of three such orders given orally by Yoder that were never filed in this case. In Berkeley County abuse and neglect cases, court orders are usually prepared by a court-appointed attorney called a guardian ad litem, who is charged with representing the best interests of the children in court proceedings. Shepherdstown attorney Tracy Weese was the appointed guardian ad litem for Cara, Chris and Maria. Yoder would later find that Underwood’s case had been “hampered” by Weese's failure to prepare court orders because it created “confusion” in the handling of the case.

Spirit of JEFFERSON and FARMER’S ADVOCATE eryone. So it's not like I can come to a parent or an MDT and say, 'This is what you have to do.' Because, if I'm telling you that, you have an attorney sitting right beside of you who is going to disagree with it and say to the MDT, 'This is impossible. Can we make other arrangements?'” But Underwood said she was never brought to her initial MDT meeting where the terms of her plan were drawn up. She said the first time she heard about her improvement period was when she came into court and agreed to plead guilty.

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Unable to pay the rent on the three-bedroom trailer she was now living alone in, Underwood went back home to live with her mother and stepfather in Berkeley Springs. She said her children were close with her parents – the family had lived with them for a time – and she hoped living there would satisfy the department's demand for stability. It did not. At a hearing on Feb. 18, 2010, Carper testified that Underwood did not “have an appropriate home for her children to come home to.” 'She had no right' She said “an unknown caller” had stated that there was “drug use go Her children returned to her, ing on in the home.” BRYAN CLARK Underwood took Chris and Cara Underwood's lawyer, Nancy home, and Harrell moved out. She Underwood has been fighting to regain her children since they were taken by Child Protective SerDalby, objected, saying she worvices in 2009. So far her numerous legal challenges have all failed. lived at home with her children for ried that the case was “snowballseven more days. Then on July 27, ing” out of control based on “hearshe got a call from Carper. say.” Retaliation “She told me that if I didn't bring That was “just not due process,” them to her she was going to call she said. In July 2011, Underwood filed a federal lawsuit against Carper, along with a number the state cops, and I was going to Carper promised a home study of other child protection workers and officials. The lawsuit alleges, among other things, be charged with kidnapping,” Unwould be completed at Underthat Carper pushed hard to remove the children in retaliation for the mother asserting her derwood said. wood’s request. Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable search and seizure. Under threat of criminal charg A home study is an extensive in Brown’s report makes special note of Underwood’s unwillingness to let DHHR workers es, Underwood said she took Cara vestigation process during which into her home without a warrant or to seize her children without a court order. and Chris to the Berkeley Coundepartment officials determine “Ms. Underwood was not cooperative with the worker Mary Carper on our initial visit to ty DHHR office, although she whether a home is suitable for chilthe home,” noted Brown in his report. “Ms. Underwood was defiant with Ms. Carper when couldn't understand how she could dren. she was notified that the children would have to be removed from the home.” be charged with kidnapping. Carp Underwood requested a home Wexler argues that retaliation is enabled by a system that wields considerable power er took the children back into cusstudy, and Yoder granted it. without being subject to public scrutiny. tody. But the court order was never “This mother did something that parents almost never do: stood up to the worker,” Wex Two years later, on May 3, 2011, filed, nor was an earlier order isler said, adding it is worth speculating “whether this all spiraled out of control simply beYoder would issue a finding desued by Yoder on Nov. 16, 2009 cause the mom did not bow and scrape before the caseworker.” claring that the department violatreleasing Underwood from a drug “Workers … have the power of God,” said Wexler. “Rarely is the power of God accomed Underwood's 14th Amendment screen requirement. panied by the wisdom of Solomon.” right to due process when it seized The home study was first sched “The situation you’ve got here is a system where DHHR has nearly absolute power and the children a second time, since uled to take place on March 30, operates in nearly absolute secrecy. Any system that operates that way is going to breed it had no court order to do so and 2010, but Carper called to cancel, extraordinary arrogance,” Wexler said. “Workers too often go in with an ‘I am the law’ athad never scheduled a preliminary citing illness and promising to retitude, and if you defy them, you wind up in the position this mother is in.” hearing for the court to ratify the schedule. Underwood's mother, seizure of the children. Lori Underwood, kept a Sept. 30, 2009, she had not seen Yoder also noted that there had her children since they were taken 'They called me log of all the phone calls Set up to fail unstable' never been a finding that the chil- more than a month earlier. she made to Carper and Wexler said that ‘setting up fami- her supervisor, Justin dren were in imminent danger – The department offered her a lies to fail’ through onerous improve- Castleman, seeking to rethe standard required by law for an deal: if she agreed to plead guilty Underwood quickly found herment plans is a common practice in schedule the home study. emergency taking – while in Un- to medical neglect of her children, self in an impossible world of mumany places throughout the nation. tually exclusive demands. derwood's care. Her log shows she left officials would grant her an “im “(They) simply set up so many eight messages for Carp When the West Virginia Su- provement period.” The deal out- Her improvement period called hoops to jump through that some- er and spoke with Castlepreme Court of Appeals later de- lined a series of steps she would for her to find and keep a job, but times conflict in terms of their re- man three times between nied an appeal by Underwood, the have to take before she could re- she was also required to call in evquirements … that it is virtually im- March 31 and April 14. ery morning to find out whethjustices brushed off Yoder's finding possible to meet the demands. And By April 22, Underer she would have to take then they go to court and say, ‘Well, wood's mother had still a random drug test, which the family had this case plan, and not heard back on the would make her three or they didn’t meet it. So we can ter- home study. In frustration, more hours late for work. minate parental rights now,’” Wexler she wrote a letter of com Richard Wexler, executive director of the National Coalition for She said she regularly had said. Child Protection Reform, an Alexandria-based nonprofit that ad- to drug test between three plaint to the department. “The classic example is: you must “I don't understand why vocates for Child Protective Services reform on a national level, and five times per week. get and hold a job; and you must vis- Ms. Carper will not reexplained the necessity for the judicial finding that ‘reasonable ef- Shelly Nicewarner, the it your child regularly; but the visit- spond to any of my mesforts’ have been made to avoid child removal. Without such a find- social services coordinaing can only be done during working sages,” wrote Undering, Wexler notes, the state cannot receive federal dollars to sub- tor for Jefferson, Berkeley hours,” Wexler said. and Morgan counties, said sidize foster care for the child being taken into custody. wood's mother. “This “There is supposed to be a case has caused me and my department officials are not “Before a judge will approve of taking away a child, the judge has plan custom tailored to whatever the husband more emotionto make certain findings, including the finding that reasonable ef- able to comment on any family’s actual problem is, but over al stress and I think this forts have been made to try to avoid taking this child away,” Wex- particular case because they and over again what you see are is very cruel. Ms. Carper ler said. “Now, what happens is, instead of a customized hearing are legally bound to protect cookie-cutter plans. Every plan will got our hopes up and then the privacy of both children to actually look into the matter, it becomes a box you check off on include counseling and parent educ- just ignores us.” and parents. However, she a form.” tion and drug testing – regardless if Carper finally called Wexler said Underwood’s case highlights how that requirement did agree to answer general there is any indication, much less back after Underwood's questions about department is undermined. something substantiated, to show mother had written the policy. “What is so striking about this case is that they checked the box that there is a drug problem,” Wex- letter of complaint. that said, ‘The petition shows us that reasonable efforts have been Nicewarner said the ler said. “There is a serious question “The very next time I made,’ before they had even seen the petition. That tells you how DHHR works with parents (in a case where there is no docu- spoke with her, it was like pro forma it has become to simply rubberstamp requests to re- to accommodate schedule mented drug abuse) whether there she held a grudge against conflicts. move a child. They simply checked off the ‘reasonable efforts’ box, should be any drug testing at all.” when obviously they had made no inquiry into whether reasonable “If you really are workme. This is only the sec “There is also no reason why the ond time I've talked to this efforts had been made because they hadn’t even seen the peti- ing these hours, then we're drug testing has to be done during woman, and her attitude going to make alternate artion,” Wexler said. working hours, except for agency had done a (180-degree rangements. We're certainly He said there was one obvious ‘reasonable effort’ that could convenience or to make it harder for turn). She despised me,” have been made to alleviate the condition of neglect – namely, that not going to put a person in the parent.” a position to where they will Chris was behind on his immunizations. Underwood’s mother “For goodness sake. If a child is behind on immunization shots, lose employment because said. “The very last words send a doctor to the home and give the child the shots instead of we are forcing them to do she said to me were: I'm it.' And she said, 'I don't know what tormenting the children with years of foster care and then tearing something,” said Nicewargoing to set up this home study, but to tell you. You have to be at these ner. them from their mother forever,” Wexler said. I'm going to make sure these childrug screens.' So I went to the drug Underwood says she would have gladly gotten Chris immunized Nicewarner said the dedren are not placed with you.” screens, and I lost my job,” Underpartment would not put if the financial barrier had been resolved. But Carper never did the home wood said. “If they would have said, ‘Look, we’ll help you pay the doctor bill,’ people in a position that study, which Underwood believes Soon after losing that job, she sewould set them up for failI would have went,” she said. “It’s not like I didn’t want to go.” could have helped the court decured another one doing construcure. termine whether she could regain tion cleanup. She lost that job also “Why would we attempt because of drug testing conflicts, custody of her children while livto help someone but then ing with her family. gain custody of her children. It she said. of due process violations, saying would also mean that she would make it impossible for them to be “When that happened, they Unemployed, convinced the dethat “all parties continued to oper- get some visitation with Cara and able to be successful?” she said. called me 'unstable.' They said I partment would never return her Underwood said that is exactly ate as if the DHHR had retained le- Chris. children while she was staying with couldn't keep a job,” she said. gal custody” and therefore it was “I didn't think I would get them what happened. Underwood’s inability to keep a her parents and unable to qualify “clear from her continued partici- back if I didn't plead guilty,” Un- “I had to call in every day, and job, along with a consequent loss for many state aid programs withpation in these proceedings that derwood said. “I pled guilty to then – if it was a drug screening of housing, would figure promi- out custody of her children, Un(Underwood) waived any alleged medical neglect, but I made sure day – I would have to call work nently in the decision to terminate derwood moved to La Jose, Penn., due process violation.” where she was able to stay with a that everybody understood that I and say, 'Hey, I can't come in today. her parental rights. “I didn't know she had no right didn't think I was neglecting my I have to go get a drug screen.'” Nicewarner said it is difficult family for $50 monthly rent. Underwood got a night job at a to take my kids,” Underwood children.” to believe that it would be impos- She contacted local Children and said. “When a government offi- After Underwood pleaded gas station so she would be able sible to complete an improvement Youth Services to set up a walkcial comes to you and tells you guilty she was granted the im- to take drug tests during the day. period because case plans are cre- through on the new home, hoping this stuff, you just kind of believe provement period along with However, she first had to complete ated at a meeting between parents, that the Berkeley County DHHR them.” visitation at the department's two weeks of training during day- their lawyers, DHHR officials and would find it a suitable alternative time hours. Numerous efforts to reach Carp- discretion. prosecutors. The group is called a to her parents' home. She signed up er for comment on the case were Carper never allowed her to see “I called Mary Carper and said, 'Multi-Disciplinary Taskforce,' or for parenting classes at a Methodunsuccessful. ist church, began seeking out menher children for more than one hour 'Look. Two weeks training. I have MDT. to work seven in the morning until When Underwood showed up per week, she said. “All improvement periods are three in the afternoon. I have to do for her next court appearance on u See UNDERWOOD page A3 agreed upon by a consensus of ev-

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tal health services and signed up for cash assistance and food stamps, all in the hope of satisfying the conditions of her improvement period, she said. However moving to Pennsylvania also meant she was unable to visit her children regularly, and Underwood missed a number of scheduled visitations that summer and fall. The DHHR moved to terminate Underwood's parental rights.

Day in court Hearings began on May 13, 2010, and went on, at intervals, until Aug. 31. On Nov. 12, Yoder entered an order terminating Underwood's parental rights. Yoder's order focuses on portions of Underwood's improvement plan that she had failed to fully complete. He said she had “failed to obtain and maintain stable housing,” had missed visits with her children while living in Pennsylvania, and had not fully completed a parent education program. “This court seriously questions whether Ms. Underwood can adequately parent these two small children given both her inability to follow through with the terms of her improvement period and her inability to provide for herself,” Yoder wrote. However, Yoder's initial order also contained several factual errors that he later took notice of in a second order following a motion to reconsider filed by Underwood on Jan. 14, 2011. The DHHR — and Yoder's original decision — stated that she failed to take a court ordered hair follicle drug test on Sept. 30, 2009. However, Underwood had taken the drug test and passed it. She said Carper, her caseworker, personally drove her to the test and then later denied that she took it. Yoder found that the DHHR's statement was untrue and even went so far as to formally find

that “the mother did not use illegal drugs.” “The Court does not have sufficient evidence before it to determine if this error was an intentional misstatement or an unintentional mistake by DHHR's counsel. However, the Court finds that the misstatement was not harmless in that it represents the tone of this proceeding and the lack of trust that increasingly developed between the parties, which this Court believes ultimately poisoned the Mother's efforts to have her children returned to her,” the order states. Yoder found that the second

Yoder found that the DHHR had failed to produce several pieces of evidence that might have helped her case, including a report from a substance abuse evaluation that the DHHR said Underwood never took. Nonetheless, Yoder reaffirmed his decision to terminate her parental rights, though “reluctantly.” Underwood appealed the decision to the state Supreme Court. The court refused to hear oral arguments in the case, issuing a brief 'memorandum decision' in which it dismissed the violations of due process, saying that

A losing battle Appeals on cases involving termination of parental rights have a very low success rate at the West Virgnina Supreme Court. Since the beginning of 2011, the court has reviewed 154 cases involving termination of parental rights. It agreed to hear oral arguments in only four of those cases. In two of the cases in which the justices heard oral arguments, the Supreme Court reversed circuit court rulings and terminated parental rights. In a third, the court reinstated parental rights subject to further review by the circuit court, because the judge had not sought out the child’s opinion on the termination. In the final case, the Supreme Court overruled a Mingo County judge who had terminated the parental rights of a father – who had only learned he was the child’s father through a DNA test done after abuse proceedings had begun – even though there had never been any allegations that he had abused or neglected his children. In the remaining 150 cases, the court issued brief rulings called ‘Memorandum Decisions.’ Oral arguments are not heard in these cases. The decisions are typically only two to five pages long and usually devote only one to three paragraphs to the facts of the case. Much of the text in the decisions is identical from case to case. The decision in Underwood’s 2011 Supreme Court appeal was one of these 150 memorandum decisions. taking of the children – allegedly under threat of kidnapping charges – had violated Underwood's right to due process. Yoder found that the case was “hampered” by Weese's failure to draft three separate court orders, and noted that it created “confusion” in the case. Yoder also found that Underwood's progress in her improvement period had been hampered by Carper's failure to return her phone calls.

Yoder had not returned legal custody to Underwood, though he had ruled that he did. The court also reasserted the claim that Underwood had “failed to complete required substance abuse and psychological evaluations,” though a report from Eastridge Health Systems dated Oct. 10. 2009 – the one Yoder noted the DHHR had failed to provide during discovery – shows she did. Underwood filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus, seeking

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to force the state to prove it had the legal right to keep the children in its custody since they had been taken in violation of the 14th Amendment. The State Supreme Court denied the petition summarily, without any explanation for its decision. In July 2011, Underwood filed a federal lawsuit against the DHHR, Carper, Castleman, Nicewarner and several other department officials. The complaint alleges that they violated her Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights and the West Virginia Constitution. It also alleges that the actions in her case are part of an ongoing pattern of similar abuses. The DHHR filed a motion to dismiss the case in December, arguing that federal courts do not have jurisdiction over the case. The court has yet to rule on the motion. A trial is set to be held in December, 2012, more than 3 1/2 years after the children were first taken into custody.

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Underwood gave birth to another daughter in 2011. Her experience has left her with the persistent fear that she will be taken “for no reason.”

After her parental rights were terminated, Underwood reunited with her husband and moved to Ranson. She and Harrell say the ordeal has left them in lasting pain and turmoil. “It's been hell... We were a really happy family. We didn't have much money, but we were happy,” Underwood said. “We have pictures of them everywhere, and it's hard,” Underwood said. “I can't sleep at night. Ever since this happened I have been on medication to sleep. I have to take sleeping pills at night because, if I don't, when I lay down in bed all I think about is my kids and how I don't get to see their faces.” “They pretty much just came in and screwed up things," Harrell said. "Everything was fine with our family and then they come in and she's got all these problems and they tell her to go see the doctor. She wasn't taking drugs, but now they're prescribing her drugs to deal with the problems that they have caused."

Underwood gave birth to a daughter, Ameliyah, on March 14, 2011. Because her parental rights to Cara and Chris had been terminated, a case was automatically opened with DHHR. She says her previous experience with the department has left her fearful and distrustful. “We don't trust anybody,” she said. “We are so scared that they are just going to take her for no reason. Anybody who doesn't like you can call in on you. They will start a case on you for no reason, just some allegations with nothing behind them.” Underwood and Harrell said they suspect the original anonymous phone call placed to DHHR was an act of retaliation. So far, said Harrell, Jefferson County DHHR officials have been fairer and more helpful than those they dealt with in their previous case. “We've been dealing with the

DHHR here in Jefferson County, and it has been the complete opposite of how it was going on in Berkeley County,” Harrell said. Underwood said they had been made a part of the MDT process and have had an active hand in producing their safety plan. “We got to be a part of it this time,” Underwood said. “It does (make a big difference) because, if we can't make an appointment or if (Harrell) has to work or something, we can let them know that right there that it will be a problem.” Underwood said she is looking forward to the federal court case. She said she would not be willing to accept a settlement. She wants a trial. “We were wronged. This stuff should have never happened,” Underwood said. “How do you replace the three years you've lost of your kids lives? You can't. These are my kids. These are my life.”

is to advise the court on a child's best interests. If a guardian ad litem also has a “pecuniary interest” in the eventual adoption of a child – in the form of legal fees for representing the adoptive parents – there would be a clear conflict with this core responsibility. He added that there would be no party capable of waiving the conflict of interest because the interested party is a child. Rebutting what she called a “critique” leveled against her by Yoder, Weese pointed out that he “did not … remove (her) from serving in this or any other case based upon the 'appearance of impropri-

ety' or an alleged motivation for pecuniary gain.” In 2010, the West Virginia State Bar issued an advisory ethics opinion finding that this practice created a conflict of interest. Weese describes its conclusions in her brief. “Essentially the Bar stated it was a conflict to file adoption petitions for pre-adoptive parents when you served as the minor's guardian ad litem.” After receiving the Bar's ruling, Weese wrote that she “immediately stopped participating in adoptions under those circumstances.” Weese also served as the guard-

ian ad litem for Underwood's children, though no determination could be made about whether she participated in adoption proceedings for them. Adoption records are generally sealed, making it impossible to examine the extent to which guardians ad litem in West Virginia continue to participate in adoption proceedings. Wexler said he was shocked to hear of such a practice. “Whoa. That's a new one for me,” Wexler said. “Let me get this straight. The guardian ad litem – who, of course, recommends to the judge to terminate parental rights – is also the lawyer for the adopted parents?” “I would argue that somebody whose job is to be a law guardian shouldn't be an adoption (attorney). Those two jobs should be mutually exclusive. Period. Any involvement in pushing or promoting one form of permanence or another is in conflict with the job of a law guardian, which is to look out for what is in the best interests of that particular child. Of course, it is infinitely worse if this law guardian was involved in getting these particular children adopted,” Wexler said.

Perverse incentives Per capita, West Virginia removed more children from their parents' homes than any state in the nation in 2010 and took children at a rate more than double the national average, according to data compiled by the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform based on U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. When comparing the total number of children taken into custody with the total number of children living in poverty – the best predictor of removal – West Virginia ranks ninth, but still removed children at a rate almost double the national average. In 2010, West Virginia had the third highest number of children per capita placed in foster care, according to the same report. Richard Wexler, executive director of the NCCPR, argues that the structure of federal grants for state child protection agencies can create an incentive for agencies to lean toward child removal rather than providing in-home services to families. “Safe, proven alternatives to foster care typically cost less in total dollars. But there can be times where it might cost the state less to use foster care because of

the way federal aid is structured,” Wexler said. This, he explained, can create a financial incentive to remove children from low-income households rather than providing in-home services and leaving the children in place. “The federal government will reimburse (the state for foster care services) for any case where the family is poor enough,” Wexler said, noting that funding is only available for children from low-income families. “That reimbursement is for foster care and only foster care. That money cannot be used for anything else, and it is an open-ended entitlement. For every child you take away, the federal government will pick up a part of the tab.” “If you try to avoid foster care, there is no open-ended entitlement from the federal government.” Such financial incentives are not limited to the DHHR. A recent state Supreme Court case revealed a practice in West Virginia's family courts whereby guardians ad litem – attorneys appointed by the court to represent a child's best interests, often in abuse and neglect or divorce proceedings – can stand to gain fi-

nancially if the children they represent are adopted. In 2010, the court reviewed a case called “In Re Lawrence A.” involving a Jefferson County woman whose parental rights Judge John Yoder had declined to terminate. The DHHR and Tracy Weese – who was the guardian ad litem in both the Lawrence A. case and Underwood's case – sought a writ of prohibition to force Yoder to terminate the woman's rights, which the high court granted. In her brief to the Supreme Court, Weese admitted participation in what she called “a long standing practice in the Twenty-third Judicial Circuit wherein guardians ad litem occasionally participated in adoption proceedings for their ward(s).” She further states that she “did discover that this is a practice that was not exclusive to the Twentythird Judicial Circuit.” David Barnette, a Charleston attorney and member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, calls acting as a guardian ad litem and an adoption attorney for the same child a “clear conflict of interest.” Barnette explained that a guardian ad litem's responsibility

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hen family law courts decide on cases before them, they rely upon a single given standard: the best interests of the child. It’s difficult to imagine, however, that this standard was given full consideration in the case of Amanda Underwood, whose excruciating ordeal at the hands of the Berkeley County Department of Health and Human Resources Office of Child Protective Services, is told in detail in this week’s Spirit by reporter Bryan Clark. It will fall to a federal court to determine the merits of Underwood’s petition to have her parental rights restored. There remains, however, enough evidence to strongly suggest that she was deeply ill-served by the CPS office as a result of its failure on numerous instances to perform as responsibly as it should have. Indeed, allegations that CPS case workers obtained the removal of Underwood’s children from her home absent any order from the court allowing it and absent any hearing ratifying it; that CPS failed to provide evidence during discovery that would have shown that Underwood completed drug and psychological evaluations, resulting in a ruling against her; that an abuse and neglect petition to terminate her parental rights that asserted a reasonable effort had been made to prevent the children’s seizure would not be filed until five days after the ruling to terminate, are all deeply troubling. In fact there is compelling evidence, based on 23rd Circuit Judge John Yoder’s ruling, that CPS was complicit in fostering a climate of mistrust that ultimately sabotaged Underwood’s efforts to satisfy the court’s requirements and secure custody of her children. The mother even asserts in a complaint before federal court that one of the social workers assigned to her case initiated a campaign of retaliation against Underwood for her having the temerity to stand up to the case worker when CPS first appeared at her front door in 2009. What is mind-boggling is that there was no evidence of abuse or neglect, or drug use, except in allegations contained in a number of anonymous — and ultimately unsubstantiated — phone calls made to CPS in 2009, but with respect to the one detail upon which CPS began to build its case against Underwood — that she had missed two scheduled vaccinations for one of her children — CPS neglected, for its part, to seek or offer assistance, resorting instead to the extreme action of seizing her children from her home. How can this be argued to have been in the children’s best interest? Can the DHHR reasonably defend its own case workers threatening Underwood with kidnapping when their own forced seizure of the children by these same case workers — absent any order from the court allowing it, absent any hearing ratifying it— appears to be nothing other than a kidnapping itself? Indeed, 23rd Circuit Judge John Yoder himself ruled that the removal of these children constituted a clear violation of Underwood’s due process rights. And can DHHR seriously investigate an allegation that Underwood’s husband Travis Harrell once physically dragged one of her children across a yard — never proven — when the removal of all three of the children from their mother’s custody required just such an application of

brute force against the children by these case workers? And what of the accountability of others involved in the case? Why were court orders that would have returned custody to Underwood never filed? Why was an order releasing her from the requirements of drug screening never filed? Why was an order approved by Yoder for a home study never filed? Why was the home study never completed?  There is a tremendous need to improve this state’s family law system. If DHHR wants to take its role seriously, perhaps it should start with its allowance of anonymous complaints.  West Virginia family law courts, unlike those in some other jurisdictions, are closed to outside review, ostensibly to protect the rights of families. This is, of course, nonsense, and in the case of Underwood, this veil of secrecy has operated instead to ensure that the injuriousness by its courts and its courts’ officers entertain no scrutiny. If West Virginia insists, however, on maintaining such secrecy, what harm does it do to require those who make accusations against others to submit to confidentiality agreements with DHHR, so their own motivations can likewise be reviewed? What does it say about a judicial system that authorizes more seizures of children per capita than any other state in the nation and then tolerates boilerplate memorandums from its Supreme Court of Appeals such that it is unclear whether the high court’s justices had even seriously reviewed the cases before them at all? What does it say about a judicial system that couldn’t duly recognize the ethical conflict in allowing court-appointed guardians ad litem to moonlight as adoption attorneys, hence allowing them to profit from the very outcome they argued before a court to obtain? One is forced to wonder how widespread such a practice remains despite a 2010 opinion barring it by the Public Defender Corporation, as well as advisory opinions by both Berkeley County Prosecutor Pamela Games-Neely and the state Bar’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel. The state’s reliance upon federal money for its foster care program is equally disturbing. Had Underwood been lawyered up from the start, rather than attempting on her own to navigate the labyrinthine requirements of the court, it is unlikely that the “perverse incentive” that fuels the removal of children would have been employed. Underwood’s biggest crime, it seems, was being poor. We’ll finish where we started — with the standard of the best interests of the child. We see nothing to conclude that Underwood’s shortcomings as a parent were in any way equal to the response of the family law system against her. Indeed, she appears to have operated in good faith to make every effort to meet the court’s requirements to demonstrate herself a fit parent. The greatest harm done to this family, and to her children, appears to have been committed at the hands of the Berkeley County’s Office of Child Protective Services, which failed miserably in its efforts to be thorough and responsible.

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Where should Shepherdstown’s new library be built? Alternative site deserves a thorough look It has been at least 15 years of effort to find a new home for the Shepherdstown Public Library. At least two library directors and many board members have left no stone unturned in their admirable efforts. After they exhausted all town locations, Mayor Jim Auxer volunteered the old town dump located outside of town as a potential building site. Thus was born a vision by a dedicated group. There can be no fault found in that, it was the only option available at the time. But now there is an equally

I am in complete agreement with the Shepherdstown Library board of trustee’s decision to choose the brownfield site in the southwestern area of Shepherdstown as the site for our new library. I have attended about 24 meetings of the Library Project Steering Committee and community focus groups and have been aware that the library board had previously considered the Southern States property and existing building as a possible alternative site for our new library. I believed then and I continue to believe now that this alternative site is not an appropriate site for a library. The brownfield site, I believe, is by far the better location for the new library compared to the alternative property. Here’s

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them to openly assess another opportunity and determine, with the input of the community they serve, what is the most responsible and reasonable choice to make for the future expansion of the library. The work so far has been useful even if the library is in a different location. Months of focus group meetings and a written survey produced valuable information about the community’s library needs and those results can still be part of the final project. It is difficult to change direc-

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tions on a project. To accept that energy must be redirected is difficult, but accepting the responsibility for the decisions made includes recognizing that there might be another path that would lead to a greater success. This is why the library board should consider reversing their decision to not pursue due diligence on the Southern States property. The most fair and comprehensive response to the offer is to take the time to exhaust all options and then determine the u See WAIT page A5

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viable, and perhaps a much better location for the future of the Shepherdstown Public Library that could create its own vision. The owners of the Southern States property have made a generous offer to the library board of trustees. This should in no way diminish the previous efforts of the library director, board or committees. They have put forth a monumental amount of work and dedication to ensure the expansion and the future of the library. It does, however, challenge

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why. During the past year, I have walked the entire brownfield site twice and find it to be a nicely wooded lot that sits at the top of a slight grade and allows for a favorable presentation of a new building. In contrast, the alternative site sits low and is devoid of trees and the general beauty of nature. To me, the alternative site seems more suitable for a commercial enterprise. Furthermore, the State of West Virginia Division of Environmental Protection has studied the brownfield property twice, taking core samples and has determined that the property can be cleaned as necessary to comply with residual standards. The Board of Trustees has dis-

cussed pedestrian safety at both locations. Improvements in safety for children and adults crossing W.Va 480 to the brownfield location will be sought through the Department of Transportation when construction is under way. The alternative site property and building sit directly on Washington Street, posing a greater risk to pedestrians. In contrast, a new library building on the brownfield site will sit back from the road, allowing for greater safety than could be achieved by the minimal strip of ground in front of the alternative site building. A more worrisome aspect, I believe, is that the Southern States building also sits immediately adjacent to railroad tracks and

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the railroad crossing, which would further contribute to the safety risk to children as they walk to or from the library or participate in outdoor library activities. Also, passing trains, possibly 30 a day, would be a major disruption to quiet reading in the proposed reading garden and to business or civic meetings within the building itself. Train noise would make it difficult to host outdoor plays or theater presentations by or for children. If one reviews the more than 115 survey responses and drawings by Shepherdstown students about what they would like in a new library, one sees that children requested this outdoor feature u See BLASH page A5

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Turning up a nose at education

Although neither of my parents graduated from college, I knew from an early age that I would. So, in addition to keeping my grades up, I started socking away my babysitting money to pay for tuition. Since we Nancy Luse lived in a college town it was also understood that it made no sense to go off somewhere and live in a dorm, no matter how I longed to be out from under my parent’s eagle eye, not when I had a perfectly good bedroom at home and food on the table. So far, I see nothing snobbish about the path I took to higher education, contrary to what GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum yammered about during his campaign. In fact, lawmakers could take a page from my book as I paid every dime of my tuition on my own, no loans. Of course the hours I spent working, sometimes two jobs, took time away from studying. Fortunately no prospective employer ever asked to see my grade transcript. I wouldn’t be able to take that route today, however, not the way tuition has skyrocketed. My niece has been out of school 10 years and still paying off student loans. OK, I admit to having had flashes of badmouthing higher education here and there myself, but it’s not because I want to somehow whip up voters, although who exactly was Santorum trying to attract? Sometimes my disdain was because I was jealous of those who had the means to spend a semester abroad, or when one boyfriend after the other decided to run off and go to grad school, leaving me in the dust. Having spent a lifetime in the news business, I encountered a number of reporters with master’s degrees who had no clue what made a good story and admittedly I didn’t mind poking fun at them. They would have been better served working the night side cop beat for a real education. Assumptions and perceptions about people, whether from politicians or the rest of us, sometimes can take little twists. I come from a family of five children and our father made his living building houses, and not in a big developer, big money way. When our high school guidance counselor told my older brother that, given those facts, maybe he should consider a trade school, my father was furious at the putdown— even though he was proud of the way he could work with his hands— and long remembered it. On the day my brother graduated from college, Dad wanted to call up the counselor just to let him know. Not everyone wants to go off to the ivy-covered halls of learning and the world is ripe with examples of success without sheepskin. First to come to mind is college dropout Steve Jobs. My first editor had only a high school diploma and to this day I remember how smart and talented he was. One of my best friends had a year at a community college and is pulling down an enviable salary based on her hard work. But Rick Santorum better not think he has the best putdown of the eggheads. That would go to the time my brother, wearing a jacket with his college’s insignia, ran out of gas and had to walk a half mile to knock on a farmer’s door for help. The farmer spat tobacco juice at my brothers’ feet before snipping. “Real smart there, college boy.� —Nancy Luse writes from Frederick, Md., where she’s thinking of taking a correspondence class she learned about on the back of a pack of matches. Subscribe to the Spirit of Jefferson Call (304) 725-2046

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in their written thoughts and drawings. The main point in regard to location is that the brownfield property is within easy walking distance of both Shepherdstown elementary and middle schools. While a recent editorial in the Spirit of Jefferson argues that the alternative property provides an “opportunity� to keep the library downtown, I wonder if the use of the word “opportunity� refers more to the benefit of downtown merchants and their customers and less so to the benefit of library patrons. In answering the library project community survey last year, library patrons repeatedly said that access to parking for our current library is

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an ever-present problem. If any of us, when shopping in town, would begin using the alternative site library parking lot, library access parking, ironically, would remain an unsolved problem The brownfield property itself belonged to the corporation of Shepherdstown and was given as a gift to the board of trustees and to the community specifically for the new library project. Shepherdstown donated this land to the library; the library incurred no cost for this land. It was given as free land. In contrast, the alternative site property would not be a donation; it is not free. It is private real estate for sale by the owner and does have a price tag. Although I do not personally know the asking price, I surmise that the cost of this commercial property would be

erty could be a beautiful vision of its own and create a grand entrance to town; we just need to apply our collective energy to it. There are several community members who have volunteered their expertise to begin the feasibility study and cost comparison and architectural ideas. They are waiting to begin. The owners of the Southern States property have already initiated a Phase 1 site assessment to study any environmental issues. The stage is set, the energy is there, now it is in the hands of the library board and library director to take the hard, but necessary step in opening themselves to the change in course. It is the most responsible action they can take and we need to encourage it.

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best course of action. The library board must weigh all aspects of the two sites — location, costs, impact to the community socially as well as economically, safety. Within all of these lies the answer to where the best future site of the library will be. Until these comparisons are compiled and examined the project might possibly stall and perhaps ultimately fail. This would be so unfortunate after so much heart and soul has been put into the project. The Shepherdstown community needs to weigh in again on this very important issue. The Shepherdstown Public Library board needs to hear from the constituency it represents and to help these very dedicated folks hear the —Meredith Wait is president of the Shepherdstown Business Ascommunity’s wishes. The Southern States prop- sociation.

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cess. Old infrastructure, such as plumbing and pipelines would most likely need to be replaced. By contrast, needed infrastructure and building and landscaping materials would be known in advance, adjusted as needed, and pose less risk of a cost overrun for a new building. The actual total cost of a new building is yet to be determined. That decision will occur through the continuing process of meetings and discussions with the community, the architect, the financial consultant and the board of trustees. In conclusion, I am very grateful to the corporation of Shepherdstown for the fine gift of town land for our new library. I believe that the remediation of this Shepherdstown brownfield site will serve as a remarkable example of reclamation and renewed

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are administered by each inBryan Clark Spirit Staff mer and I were successful at file for a 60-day extension. explained. “If the court does not lawyers who practice at the Sudividual county, but that trial,� Skinner said. “Unfortu- “The counsel for Speaker take jurisdiction, then I would preme Court level. We’re goby filing paperwork early CHARLES TOWN – Law- nately, all the folks on the other (Rick) Thompson has indicated expect that in the next legisla- ing to have a first-rate prodenough, county school ofyers for the state and the Jeffer- side joined together and asked that they’re not going to ask for tive session there would be a re- uct,� Skinner said. “Dave and ficials should be able to get son County Commission are pre- the Supreme Court to stay the an extension, but – understand- quirement for a new congres- I have no ego involved in bethe programs up and running paring arguments for submis- decision and effectively keep ing the nature of how litigation sional redistricting.� ing the ones who actually write, a few weeks earlier than in sion to the Supreme Court after it in place the current plan. The and deadlines work – I would “If they do take jurisdiction, or even argue at the Supreme past years. agreed to stay a lower court’s or- court did grant that.� not be surprised to see a request then we will battle it out at the Court, although we’ll be there “There’s nothing to preder throwing out the state’s 2011 The stay guaranteed that the for an extension,� Skinner said. Supreme Court,� Skinner said. every step of the way.� congressional redistricting plan. 2012 congressional elections Once the appeal has been Skinner said he and Hammer Commissioner Frances Morvent school ending one day The court is expected to de- would proceed under a redis- filed, Jefferson County will have have brought in outside coun- gan said she is pleased with the and the summer programs cide whether to take the case in tricting plan that keeps Jeffer- 30 days to file its response. sel who specialize in appellate county’s prospects for success starting the next,� he said. the fall. son County in a long, snaking The court will decide wheth- litigation and have experience in the case. Goff said that particular Attorney Stephen Skinner up- district that runs past Charles- er to take jurisdiction over the arguing before the Supreme “If the Supreme Court rely for families with several dated the County Commission ton. case, a decision Skinner expects Court, though he declined to jects the case, we win because children, the weekly grocery last week on preparations for the Skinner said state officials to see in the fall. identify them. He said they have it goes back to what the threetab is likely to take a noticecoming court battle. have until next Tuesday to file “The stay will dissolve if the agreed not to charge the county judge panel (ordered.) If the Suable jump once students are “I have some good news to their appeal with the Supreme United States Supreme Court for their services. preme Court takes the case then eating breakfast and lunch at report. Obviously (Dave) Ham- Court, though they could also does not take the case,� Skinner “They are talented appellate we could still win.� home  every weekday rather than getting free or reducedprice meals at school.  “Having meals available to vote last week. Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., threat- S.C., who have said they will vote the court’s docket with one judge students through the Summer Groh had been nominated for the ened to use parliamentary proce- to block all judicial nominees in re- short. Food Service Program is esFROM PAGE A1 seat by President Barack Obama in dures to force an up-or-down vote taliation for recess appointments “The docket is current. I’ve been sential,� Goff said. “It’s such chin wholeheartedly supported Sen. May, 2011, and was unanimously on the 17 nominees currently be- made by Obama. traveling to keep the docket curan important safety net.� Rockefeller’s recommendation.� recommended for confirmation by fore the Senate. Some Republicans, Judge John Preston Bailey, rent,� said Bailey, who lives and The Energy Express sum Groh also expressed thanks to the the Senate Judiciary Committee. in turn, threatened to use parliamen- chief judge of the Northern Dis- primarily presides in Wheeling but mer food programs will again local community. But her confirmation, along with tary procedures to force 30 hours of trict Court, called Groh a great ap- has to travel to hear cases in Marbe offered at North Jeffer “I’ve had the support of this whole that of several other nominated fed- debate on each candidate before the pointment. “We’re tickled to have tinsburg as well. son and Ranson elementary community, particularly since we eral judges, had been held up in the vote. her join the bench,� he said. “We “I loved the people and the lawschools although start dates haven’t had one of our own on the Senate. Groh’s confirmation is the first know she’s going to do a great yers in Martinsburg, but it’s a four haven’t been determined yet, federal bench. It’s been a long time A previous nominee put forward of a series of 14 confirmations ex- job.� hours each way. It was difficult said Arlene Leonard, coorcoming. It makes me appreciate it a by President George W. Bush was pected to occur in the coming days The seat has been vacant since physically,� Bailey said. dinator of child nutrition for lot more,� Groh said. never passed through the Judiciary following an agreement announced 2006, following the death of Judge There are currently 83 unfilled Jefferson County Schools. Groh will be the first female Committee. recently between Republicans and Craig Broadwater. 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Spirit of JEFFERSON and FARMER’S ADVOCATE Annie Mae Nails Burton Annie Mae Nails Burton, 82, of Ranson, died Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at the Shenandoah Center. Born July 10, 1929, in Goodsprings, Ala., she was the daughter of the late Enoch S. Nails and Irene Costello Nails. She is survived by her husband, Noel Henry Burton; son, Charles Warner Eaton Jr. of Maryland; two daughters: Nadine Glassman of Martinsburg, and Carolyn Sue Zimmerman of Charles Town; four grandchildren; six greatgrandchildren; and two greatgreat grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers; two half-brothers, and a sister. Services and interment will be private. Brenda Faye Conkle Lee Brenda Faye Conkle Lee, 72, of Charles Town, died Thursday, March 15, 2012, at her home. Born April 19, 1939, in Ameagle, she was the daughter of the late John Thomas Conkle and Thelma Lee Thompson Conkle. She was retired from the U.S. government. She was of the Presbyterian faith. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Harry “Don� Lee; daughter, Belinda Lee Weber of Charles Town; son, John Scott

Lee of Harpers Ferry; three sisters, Dori Dillon and Yhorda Lee Conkle, both of Stamford, Conn., and Mary Hardin of Colcord; brother, Randall Conkle of Chesapeake, Va.; two grandchildren; and a great-grandson. Services were held March 19 at the Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home. Dr. Henry Christie officiated. Interment will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Harpers Ferry. Robert Laurence Lowrey Robert Laurence Lowrey, 83, of Charles Town, died Saturday, March 17, 2012, at Winchester (Va.) Medical Center. Born Oct. 12, 1928, in Albany, Mo., he was the son of the late Laurence Dean and Ruth Quigley Lowrey. He was of the Christian faith and a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a career employee of the National Security Agency, retiring in 1979. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Patricia “Pat� Lowrey; three daughters, Brenda Hess of Mt. Airy, Md., Marla McCormick of Manassas, Va., and Lisa Gonzalez of Germantown, Md.; son, Kendall Lowrey of Chattanooga, Tenn.; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister. Services will be held at 2 p.m.

Mild winter brings West Nile concerns to W.Va.

PARKERSBURG (AP) — Health officials in the MidOhio Valley are concerned that a mild winter could spur a large jump in the mosquito population. If that happens, Chuck Mapes with the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Health Department says the risk of a West Nile virus infection also would increase.

Thursday at the Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home with Dr. Henry Christie officiating. Interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Shepherdstown. The family will receive friends at the funeral home two hours prior to services. Memorials may be made to the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County, P.O. Box 147, Charles Town, WV 25414 or to Disabled American Veterans, Attention: Gift Processing, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH  452500301

Myrtle Josephine ‘Jo’ Mentzer Myrtle Josephine “Jo� Mentzer, 86, of Sandy Hook, Md., died Thursday, March 15, 2012, at Frederick (Md.) Memorial Hospital. Born Dec. 18, 1925, in Washington County, Md., she was the daughter of the late John E. Reynolds and Margaret Walker Reynolds. She was a member of the Church of God in Gapland, Md. She was a retired custodian with the Department of Energy in Germantown, Md. She is survived by four daughters, Donna Eagle of Kearneysville, Beth Cannon of Brunswick, Md., Sheena Compher of Thurmont, Md., and Serena Beachley of Sandy Hook, Md.; son, Butch Mentzer of Burkittsville, Md.; sister, Louise Merry-

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man of Frederick; 18 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore Quentin Mentzer; son, David Mentzer; five sisters: and four brothers. Services were held March 19, 2012, at the Eackles-Spencer & Norton Funeral Home. Pastors Mary Garrott and Gloria Staley officiated. Interment was in Samples Manor Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Locust Valley Bible Church, 1323 Marker Road, Middletown, MD 21769 Lynn M. Vergason Lynn M. Vergason, of Summit Point, died Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at her home. Born Oct. 15, 1959, in Connecticut, she is survived by her mother, Sally Stanley of Summit Point; husband, Walter Vergason; daughter, Nicole Boggs; two sisters: Cindy Minor and Carol Stanley, both of San Diego; and a grandchild. Memorial services were held March 17 at the Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home. Dr. Henry Christie officiated. Interment will be private. Memorials may be made to Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, 4915 Saint Elmo Ave., Suite 202, Bethesda, MD 20814

Walker officiating. Interment will be in the Pleas Mary E. Bennett, 79, of Charles ant View Memory Gardens, MarTown, died Sunday, March 18, tinsburg. 2012 at her Friends will be received from 6 d a u g h t e r ’s to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funerresidence. al home. Born Oct. Condolences may be expressed 27, 1932 at www.mtstrider.com. in Jeffer Memorial Contributions may son County, be made to Jefferson County she was the Council On Aging, 103 West 5th daughter of Avenue, Ranson, WV 25438 the late Pete ---Sowers and Gladys Mae Painter Sowers. The Spirit offers two She retired from Crown, Cork options for publishing and Seal Company in Winchester. obituaries.  She was of the Pentecostal faith. She is survived by three daugh- The free obituary includes baters: Jeannie Bennett Fraley, Pony sic information on the person Huff and Brenda K. Turner of who has passed away, details on Charles Town; four sons: Allen the memorial service and the list C. Bennett and Kendall Wilhel- of survivors in the immediate fammi, of Warrenton, Va., Stephen ily. We also include a photo of the H. Bennett and Seymour Snyder deceased. The number of grandof Charles Town; step-son, Calvin children is included, but those M. “Bunny� Bennett and wife Jane survivors are not listed by name. of Aiken, S.C.; seven grandchil- Free obituaries may be emailed dren: Melisa Taylor, Tanya Ben- to news@spiritofjefferson.com or nett Mongold, Angie Coffman, faxed to 304-728-6856. For quesMichael Anderson, Lori Bennett, tions, call Managing Editor RobCharles Fraley and Nikki Turn- ert Snyder at 304-725-2046. er; nine great-grandchildren; two ---great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Gladys Painter of Winchester,                                 and one brother, Lewis Covert, of The paid obituary may include a larger photo, additional bioCharles Town. In addition to her parents she graphical details, the names of was preceded in death by her grandchildren and other survihusband, Curtis B. Bennett who vors, and other information that died in 1974; one sister, Dorothy is desired. Those obituaries are Smallwood and one brother, Tunis treated as advertisements and should be sent to Christine MillCovert. Services will be held at 11 a.m. er Ford at Christine@spiritofjefThursday, March 22, 2012 at Mel- ferson.com or faxed to 304-728vin T. Strider Colonial Funeral 6856. For questions, call Ford at Home, Charles Town, with James 304-725-2046. Mary E. Bennett

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World chili cookoff returning to W.Va. CHARLESTON (AP) — The planet’s top chili makers will be returning to West Virginia this fall. And for the first time, the International Chili Society’s annual world championship cookoff will have a “homestyle” category without restrictions on ingredients. The San Juan Capistrano, Calif.based nonprofit group announced Thursday that more than 400 cooks are expected to compete Oct. 5-7 on Magic Island, a park on Charleston’s west side along the Kanawha River. Charleston hosted the competition in 2009, the first time the ICS held its championship east of the Mississippi River _ traditionally it’s been held in California or Nevada. It was contested in Manchester, N.H., the past two years. The world championships involve red and green chili categories, along with salsa. Competitors must first win a regional title from among dozens held around the United States and Canada. A “last chance” cookoff also will give competitors who have yet to qualify one final try to enter the event. This year’s competition will introduce a “homestyle” category

that includes a cook’s favorite combination of ingredients. There are no restrictions or requirements, as long as the entry is homemade and has a chili pepper flavor. Garnishes will be allowed. The goal of the category is to welcome a new breed of chili connoisseurs.

“Competition chili does not have beans, and we’ve been turning people away for 46 years,” said Carol Hancock, owner and CEO of the ICS. “Our homestyle category will be the cook’s discretion.” Doug Wilkey, a Shoreline, Wash., dentist whose version of traditional red chili won the 2005 world title, welcomed the homestyle category’s addition and the potential for new competitors. “I think it’s fine, especially for West Virginia,” said Wilkey, who attended the 2009 event in Charleston. “There’s a lot of people that

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like to cook chili back there, and they like to have a ball doing it.” Cars and chili may not seem a great mix at first. But city leaders are banking on that concept, scheduling the chili cookoff at the same time an annual custom car show is being held just down the block. Last year’s Rod Run & Doo Wop brought in 960 cars — and thousands of tourists — from the eastern United States. “Our city will be the place to be in this part of the country,” said Charleston Mayor Danny Jones. It took four decades for the world championships to head east due to concerns over fickle weather, and Mother Nature played a big part in the 2009 cookoff. Severe storms dampened spirits on the first day in Charleston. And the weather was sour in New Hampshire, too, Hancock said. But she liked the way Charleston organizers handled the 2009 event. The city beat out other potential suitors from California, Florida, Kansas and Nevada. She wouldn’t identify the cities. In 2009, the typical competitor “hadn’t been to West Virginia and this part of the country. They had a great time,” Hancock said.

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W.Va. college starts veterans history project BECKLEY (AP) — Glenville State College has started an effort to collect the oral histories of West Virginians who served in the military. The West Virginia Veterans Legacy Project aims to capture the experiences of veterans from all branches of service from World War II to the present. Project director Bob Henry Baber says the project aims to gather more stories from women, Vietnam veterans, minorities and southern West Virginians. Baber tells The RegisterHerald that he hopes to have more than 200 interviews uploaded online by Veterans Day. The U.S. Institute of Muficates seum and Library Gift CeriltiaServicle a v A es is helping fund theb project. It will include collecting and digitizing memorabilia, letters, articles and photographs.

W.Va. keeps funds for efforts to curb black flies BECKLEY (AP) — The state Department of Agriculture says that the annual effort to control black flies in three southern West Virginia rivers will continue this year. Agency spokesman Buddy Davidson tells The Register-Herald that legislators ensured that about $700,000

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Alexandra Witt tamed Handley and Martinsburg as the Lady Cougars won their first two games.

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The Big East has seen the last of WVU. The Mountaineers join the Big 12 next season.

Retire the yellow shoes, and move in Murray and guard Staten Retire the yellow shoes! Try to remember Tommie McCune’s name. Insert both Aaric Murray and Juwan Staten into the starting lineup. And don’t go wide-eyed and with hat in hand to Stillwater, Ames, Norman, Waco, and Manhattan (Kansas). In the aftermath of West Virginia’s quiet exit from the NCAA basketball tournament, most Mountaineer people will turn their attention to football and the prospects for the first year in the Big 12 Conference. But first the cleanup from the 2011-12 season must get mothballed. Darryl “Truck” Bryant has played his last game. His final shooting figures showed him making 35.8 percent of COMMENTARY his field BOB MADISON goal attempts. On three-pointers, he made 30.9 percent of his tries. Bryant’s 80 turnovers were the team’s most. The yellow shoes weren’t as lucky as Dorothy’s ruby slippers had been in the Wizard of Oz. Since West Virginia is joining the Big 12, maybe Dorothy and Toto will give it some advice on what to expect in Kansas where they had their upbringing. Kevin Jones’ 13 points against Gonzaga lowered his final scoring average to 19.9. With the wholehearted approval of Bob Huggins, Jones will eventually be selected into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Jones and Bryant were the only two seniors. Little-used freshman Tommie McCune has indicated he will transfer. His name has already been removed from the team roster. The two tallish centers -- Pat Forsythe and Kevin Noreen -both finished the season on the injured list. Neither contributed while healthy. Neither has any necessary skills to compete with LaSalle transfer, Aaric Murray. Murray will be eligible and the 6-foot-10 scorer/shot blocker will be a necessity on most nights in the Big 12. This season’s five remaining freshmen -- Gary Browne, Aaron Brown, Jabarie Hinds, Keaton Miles, and Paul Herbert Williamson — all have substantial room for improvement. Murray will be a starter. Staten, who started as a freshman at Dayton a year ago, will be Hugu See RETIRE Page B2

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Two years ago, Charleston was alive with the anticipation that comes annually with the invasion of athletes who are a part of the track and field state meet. Jefferson High was by no means the group favored to win the team championship. Some of the Cougars that might change the perception of the down-state crowd were only freshmen . . . and freshmen are mostly unknown to the people living 300 miles away. When the Cougars pulled together -freshmen to seniors -- a Class AAA state championship had been secured. And one of those freshman was the diminutive sprinter Dante Price. Price had finished second in the 100-meters with his time of 11:03. Price had finished second in the 200-meters in the fast time of 21:84. Two second-place finishes in individual events were worth 16 points to Jefferson’s team trotal. In the 4x100 relay, freshman Price was joined by Tyler Lambert, Devon Thomp-

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stranded another 11 runners in the nightcap when they rattled out 16 hits off the combined pitching efforts of four Bobcats. The Rams’ left-hander Paul Hvozdovic went five innings in the opener and improved his record to 3-2. He yielded four hits, walked three, fanned four, and both runs off him were earned. He survived home runs by the Bobcats’ Corey Flickinger and Mark Darlington. Chad Murphy had two RBIs and Nathan Minnich one RBI for the Rams. Minnich was 2-for-3

and scored twice. Nash Hutter was 3-for-3 and scored a run. In the nightcap, Shepherd tallied five runs in the first when its first six batters reached safely. There were three walks and two hit batsmen in front of Ryan Messina’s grand slam homer. West Virginia Wesleyan chased Shepherd starter Trevor Appleby with a nine-run second inning. And took a 9-5 lead in the process. Appleby faced seven batters in the second and could not u See COMEBACK Page B2

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son, and D. J. Washington. That mixed age group was second in the shortest of relays, timed in 43:47. And then in the 4x200 relay, Price was joined by Lambert, Washington, and Ashton Hyler. That unit had three underclassmen . . . and it was second with a time of 1:30.46. Points, points, and more points from Jefferson’s sprinters. And a state championship for the team. When Jefferson returned to Charleston in May of 2011, the creditability of the previous year’s state title was thick. Jefferson just might have favorably impressed the state capital denizens. Price was back. He was still diminutive. And he was still just a sophomore. Nothing was ceded to the Cougars. Nothing was certain. Cabell Midland High was going to fire its legion of distant runners at the bullseye that had Jefferson’s name on it. Cabell Midland didn’t flinch. But it didn’t have enough weapons to dislodge

Long comeback helps Rams sweep West Virginia Wesleyan

SHEPHERDSTOWN— Andrew Gallant got saves in both ends of Shepherd’s conference doubleheader sweep of West Virginia Wesleyan. Gallant, who had four saves in Shepherd’s 10-7-record season, had one-inning saves in both the opening, 5-2, win and wild-ride, 16-14, victory in Game 2. West Virginia Wesleyan was 6-10 overall and 2-2 in the WVIAC after dropping both games. Even in stranding 10 runners in the opener, Shepherd had 11 hits off route-going Adams. The Rams

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION— Strikes and strikeouts from Jefferson complete-game pitcher Blake Johnson got the Cougars past Wyoming Area (West Pittston, Pa.), 3-2, in the season opener for both teams on Friday night at Sager Field. Johnson walked only two of the 28 batters he faced in going the distance in his first appearance of the season. He fanned 11, including Eric Wachoviak with two runners aboard to get the game’s final out in the Warrior seventh. Jefferson’s four errors made Johnson’s strikeouts all the more important. The junior right-hander even had a no-hitter through five innings of seven-strikeout pitching. But then Wyoming Area rallied for two runs in the sixth and exposed Jefferson’s defense while making it a 2-2 game. A bunt single

was the Warriors’ first hit. In quick succession came a stolen base, single, a Johnson wild pitch, a second Johnson wild pitch that scored Wyoming Area’s first run, a Mike Carey single that made it a 2-2 game, an errant throw back to the infield on Carey’s hit . . . and a single off the glove of an infielder. Coming into the Wyoming Area sixth it was Jefferson clinging to a 2-0 lead. But with two outs, there were runners on second and third and the score was tied. The Warriors’ Bart Chupka drilled a low line drive right to third baseman Cody McDowell for the inning’s third out. The Cougars had already stranded eight runners when they batted in the sixth. Pinch-hitter Michael King drew a lead-off walk on a 3-2 pitch. Matt Henshaw shoved a bunt past the pitcher’s mound for a hit. Anthony

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Austin Larcomb pitched a shutout as Washington moved its record to 2-0 with an 8-0 blanking of visiting Hampshire. BOB MADISON Spirit Staff

HAGERSTOWN— Fourteen hits, numerous St. Maria Goretti errors, walks, and hit batsmen gave Washington High no fewer than 28 baserunners when the Patriots opened their baseball season on the road with a 17-4 win over the Gaels last Thursday. The tone was set early. Washington scored four times in its first turn . . . and then had only one scoreless inning as it feasted on four different Gael throwers. The Washington hits came in all sizes and colors. Freshman second baseman Hunter Weaver had a two-run homer, there were several doubles (two on badly misjudged balls to Goretti’s leftfielder), line drive singles, and ground balls that handcuffed several infielders.

And the Gaels committed six errors, walked six, saw their throwers hit three batters, had three wild pitches, and had three passed balls. In addition to all that trouble, Washington also stole four bases without ever being caught stealing. The reason the game wasn’t halted by the 10-run rule was because Washington scored six runs in the gloaming of the seventh inning after taking an 11-4 lead into the frame. The two Washington starters who played until the neardark end had six at-bats. Austin Larcomb collected four RBIs, Weaver had three, and the Patriots’ third pitcher, Tyler Mattei, also drove in three runs with a seventh-inning double that was u See PATRIOTS Page B2


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Spirit of JEFFERSON and FARMER’S ADVOCATE

Patriots beat Trojan boys

Witt keeps Judges under control

With singles players Will Wheatley, Patrik Haglund, Austin Thomas, and Alden Roth all registering clean victories over their Hampshire counterparts, the Washington boy’s tennis team blanked the Trojans, 7-0. Haglund was an 8-0 winner and the other three Patriots posted 8-1 wins. The Washington doubles teams of Wheatley/Haglund, Thomas/ Roth, and Cullen Irving/Cory Coomler were winners to close out the shutout win. Jill Spuria had an 8-0 win, both Angela Pittinger and McKenzie Littleton won their sets by 8-1 scores, and Melissa Sirbaugh was an 8-2 winner when the Washington High girl’s tennis team smothered Hampshire, 7-0. The Patriots continued to post wins in the doubles matches where Pittinger/Sirbaugh prevailed at No. 1, Spuria/Littleton won convincingly at No. 2, and Jessica Fort/Jordan Welsh completing the blanking of the visiting Trojans with a win at No. 3

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION— Jefferson kept its years-long unbeaten softball record against Handley High of Winchester intact as it opened the 2012 season on Thursday with an 8-2 win over the visit-

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DiAmario also bunted, but the sacrifice attempt went directly to the pitcher. The quick-footed King was able to beat a late throw to third and the bases were loaded with no outs. After Corey Mangold popped out to shortstop, Fraser Brown was walked on a 3-2 pitch . . . and Jefferson was back in front at 3-2. The score didn’t move as Dennis Jackson and pinch-hitter Sean Spotts both struck out . . . leaving the bases loaded and the Cougars with a one-run lead. Johnson retired the first two batters in the seventh, but then a harmless looking infield grounder was misplayed and another stolen base had the potential tying run at second. A walk -- only Johnson’s second of the night -- had two aboard before Wachoviak went down on strikes to end the great-baseballweather night on a happy note for the youth-glutted Cougars. Eleven strikeouts had been enough to overcome four errors and one mistake-strewn inning. Jefferson’s earlier runs had come in its first turn when DiAmario had drawn walk to begin things. He stole second and scored on Brown’s hard ground single to center. After an error, Jackson was walked and a free pass issued to Matt Ballou loaded the bases. Casey Billmyer scratched out an infield single that scored the opening inning’s second run and kept the bases loaded. A strikeout ended the inning . . . and the Cougars had their runs until the sixth when one more proved to be just enough to beat the Warriors.

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Fraser Brown connects for a triple in one of Jefferson’s two wins over Wyoming Area. Brown got credit for two saves in the wins over the Warriors.

Search for Cougar pitchers might have yielded Brown BOB MADISON Spirit Staff

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION— After it had gone through four totally inexperienced pitchers and seen Wyoming Area glut the bases with 11 baserunners, Jefferson Coach John Lowery called in starting second baseman Fraser Brown to pitch. It was just the beginning of the sixth inning. When he replaced the struggling A. J. Boyd, Brown inherited a 2-0 count on the first batter in the inning. Jefferson had just rallied for five runs in its half of the fifth . . . assuming a tworun lead after it had come to bat trailing by three runs. The Cougars, who had already struck out eight times in four innings, rallied for five runs on four hits (three of them triples), a walk, an error, two stolen bases, and a wild pitch. Brown wasn’t able to retire the man he inherited, who singled. But then with a fistful of strikes, he faced only six more batters in those final two innings in getting credit for a save as Jefferson made off with an 8-5 victory in its first of two games played on sun-saturated Saturday.

Brown had gone two innings, allowing only a single to the batter he inherited. He used an age-old, oft-proven baseball adage that advises all pitchers “to get ahead in the count” by throwing a stream of strikes and letting the batters get themselves out when they fall behind in the count. Brown’s outs were necessary. The four pitchers that preceded him had allowed 13 base runners in their five innings of toil. They had walked seven, including one by starter Sean Spotts. Spotts was forced out in the top of the first after three batters. He had been struck in the leg by a hard grounder that continued on into centerfield. Casey Billmyer faced seven men. Logan Maloney was in for three innings and four hits and a walk before giving way to Boyd, who walked two of the five men he saw and allowed a hit to another. Boyd finished the fifth. When Boyd went to 2-0 on the first Warrior in the sixth, it was Brown being summoned from second base. Wyoming Area didn’t score again. It stranded eight runners in seeing a three-run lead evaporate in the Jefferson fifth. The Cougars had only three

hits (but two runs) after striking out eight times in only four innings. Trailing, 5-2, and with one out in the fifth, Corey Mangold beat out an infield roller that had caromed off the mound. Brown grounded to second and was called out on a throw to first. However, an appeal was made and the plate umpire ruled the Warrior first baseman had his foot off the base. Mangold was at second and Brown was at first. There was only one out. Mangold and Brown each stole a base. Dennis Jackson had an RBI groundout. Consecutive triples came from Matt Ballou, Michael King, and Brandt Petrie. And Jefferson had the last of the inning’s five runs. And more importantly, a 7-5 lead lead Brown could protect after replacing Boyd. The Cougars sent another seven men to the plate in the next inning, scoring once after three walks and leaving the bases loaded. Coach John Lowery had tried five pitchers. Only Boyd had even an inning of previous varsity pitching. And it was Brown who plugged the constant holes in the dike.

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missed on a dive by a reserve outfielder. Winning pitcher Jared Silva went four innings. He faced 20 batters while allowing five hits and three walks. Silva fanned three. Both runs scored off him were earned. As a hitter, he was

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the defending champion Cougars. Price was yards better than his nearest competition in the 100meters. He was the short-sprint champion with his clocking of 11:07. He was slightly better than all the other would-be state champions when winning the 200-meters in 22:11. That was a quick 20 team points for the Cougars, who would edge Cabell Midland, 98.5-80. In the 4x100 relay, Jefferson could gather another eight points with its second-place showing. The Cougars secured a secondplace with a time of 43:47. It was Price, Lambert, Washington, and Lai-Fang running for the Cougars. Price did not run in the 4x200 relay. Instead he was placed in the meet-winning 4x400 relay. Running alongside Price in that most grueling of relays were Brandon Doughty, Washington, and Ashton Hyler.

retire any of them. There were eight hits and three Shepherd errors in the huge uprising. Messina had another RBI in the second when Shepherd moved to within 9-6. After the Bobcats scored another three runs in the third off Shepherd reliever Jamie Driver, they led 12-6. Darlington’s three-run homer accounted for the runs. Shepherd made it 12-8 with two runs in the third when Aaron Scoville had an RBI as did Murphy. Hutter singled home a run in the fourth and the Bobcats lead was at 12-9. After Rams’ reliever Sam Beatty yielded a run in the fifth, Shepherd rallied for six runs in its half of the inning. After Minnich walked and Murphy doubled, Jake Cook singled in a run. Travis Sluger’s three-run homer lifted Shep-

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ing Judges. Alexandra Witt kept the Handley bats in check and the Lady Cougars remained historically all-winning against the Judges. Jefferson was 1-0 and Handley was 0-2 with the loss.

herd back into a 13-13 tie. Hutter had a single. Michael Lott also singled and so did Scoville. Minnich then delivered a two-run single to give the Rams a 15-13 lead. In the next inning, the Shepherd lead went to 16-13 when Sluger doubled in Brandon Coffey, who had singled. Gallant surrendered a run in the top of the seventh, but retired the last three men he faced to close out the win. Minnich had reached base five times after being walked four straight times. Cook was 3-for-3 and scored twice. Sluger was 3-for-5 with four RBIs. Hutter continued his hot hitting, going 2-for-4, and scored twice. Lott was 2-for-4 and scored twice. Murphy drove in two runs. Shepherd actually had 27 baserunners in its six innings. Minnich was on base in eight of his nine at-bats. Minnich improved his batting average to .476. Shepherd moved into second place in the North Division of the WVIAC behind only unbeaten-in-the-conference Seton Hill.

gins’ point guard. Deniz Kilicli will be a senior. He will continue to make 55.5 percent of his free throws and be haphazard and sporatic in his all-round play. But he will start. Dominique Rutledge made Kilicli’s free throw numbers look like Jerry West’s compared to his. Rutledge made an abyssmal 33 percent of his foul shots. He had 20 turnovers in just 218 total minutes in WVU’s 19-14 overall season. Browne and Hinds are point guards. Will both return . . . or will one of both transfer? Miles and Brown are basketball opposites. Miles started 30 games and scored a grand total of 46 points. Brown started only the NCAA tournament game against Gonzaga . . . because there never was a player found who he could guard. One of them might quietly leave. Or both could stay around to see why the inside of the “Phog” Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas is considered sacred ground by all Jay-

hawks. Five freshmen (not including invited walk-on Williamson) were brought in to possibly cover the losses of Dalton Pepper (who transferred to Temple), Joe Mazzulla, John Flowers, Jonnie West, and Cam Thoroughman. Will the same number of freshmen be summoned this year? And how many of them would be moved straight into the 201213 starting lineup? How will the Big 12 compare with the basketball Big East? Oklahoma, Texas Christian, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma State are not in this year’s NCAA tournament, yet none of them is as lowly as DePaul or Providence. Kansas, Texas, Baylor, Iowa State, and Kansas State were called as at-large teams to the tournament. Missouri is the conference champion and is leaving to join the Southeastern Conference. Texas A&M is also moving out and going to the SEC. The yellow shoes have been retired. If Nike sends another few pairs to Morgantown, they better be worn by the Easter Bunny as he leads a parade of revelers toward an egg hunt on the Evansdale campus.

credited with a 3-for-5 evening after a fly ball was misjudged and a hard-hit grounder handcuffed the Gaels’ reserve shortstop. He had two RBIs. Larcomb had three hits as the first four batters in Washington’s lineup and their substitutes accounted for 13 of the baserunners and eight of the hits. Other than Silva, who batted fifth, the last four starters in the lineup were a combined

1-for-10. The Patriot defense did not commit any errors and rightfielder Drew Hetzel had two excellent running catches on balls he caught while running downhill toward some trees. It was all the baserunners that paraded around the bases that will be most remembered. Washington never had fewer than five batters in any of its seven turns. And it batted around twice.

Heaps of points in relays buoyed Jefferson’s chances of repeating its 2010 state championship. As an unknown freshman, Price has been one of the guiding forces to a Jefferson High state champion. As a hard-to-miss sophomore, Price had once more been one of the leading lights as Jefferrson High repeated its 2010 state title by holding back Cabell Midland High. Price goes into the 2012 track and field campaign -- just his junior year -- as the state’s premier sprinter. With the blurred image of Price hitting the finish line ahead of the sprint fields preceding it to meets, Jefferson has become many people’s idea of the “team to beat” in 2012. The Cougars have become a symbol of track and field excellence. When Price made an appearance as a 400-meter runner at the 2011 state meet, he increased his value to not only Jefferson High but also colleges needing sprinters whose range carried from 100-meters to 400-meters. And he has already been a proven relay force for two years.

On the second weekend in March, Price was in New York City for the Emerging Elite 60meter indoor dash. Sprinters from up and down the East Coast attended. In the preliminaries, there were a total of 60 runners entered. Price turned in the best time with his 6.98. In the finals, he bettered that clocking with a personal best of 6.94. Vincent Lowe of Chesapeake, Va. edged Price with his 6.88 time. The second-place finish at what was called the “New Balance National Indoors” meet staged at The Armory qualified Price for later national events. For Jefferson High, The Price Has Been Right for two years. And both years produced state championships. Price and company will be down in Charleston for the Gazette Relays as part of the regular-season schedule. And then comes his third state meet in late May where Price will be a known factor . . . and will again be in the sprinter’s spotlight.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012 B3

As white as pasteurized milk, Hansen is going to Louisville BOB MADISON Spirit Staff

What better day to be foaled than Jan. 1? That actual birth date gives a thoroughbred a full 365 or 366 days to move toward maturity before the recognized birthday of all thoroughbreds in North America. The snow white Hansen was foaled on Jan. 1, 2009. He isn’t very big, isn’t very tall or weighty. It’s a good thing he had a full year on this earth before turning one. And it’s a good thing he had three full years to mature because his competition for all things Triple Crown this year has been doing nearly as well as the “whiter shade of pale” Hansen. His tale is white. His mane is white. And his smallish body is white. Not gray. Not roan. So white, the Lone Ranger or Hopalong Cassidy might hop on his back (instead of Silver or Topper) and ride off into the sunset. Hansen’s sunset is still some years away if his owner has his way. And just by chance, last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Stakes winner has an owner named Dr. Kendall Hansen. Where was the hand-wringing search for the thoroughbred’s name? Well, I’ll just name him after me, and we’ll go on about our business of winning races and getting to the Kentucky Derby. Dr. Hansen hired Mike Maker to be Hansen’s trainer. Maker didn’t hurry Hansen

(the thoroughbred) along to the races. And he didn’t burden him with expectations or rivals with more experience. The white-coated Hansen was given his first-ever start at bucolic Turfway Park in northern Kentucky. In a maiden special weight race at 5 1/2 furlongs, Hansen was wearing blinkers that made him look like an equine Lone Ranger. His first performance was near perfect. He broke well from the starting gate and moved crisply to a comfortable lead. He just kept on putting distance between himself and those behind him that were fading from sight. His margin of victory was chronicled at 13 lengths. Just two weeks later, he was back at Turfway Park and running in the Kentucky Juvenile Cup. Even though he had raced only once and the distance was upped considerably to a mileand-a-sixteenth, Hansen was made the favorite. His deportment was exemplorary. Once again, he fled from the gate and made the lead. The longer distance did not give him any discomfort. When he flashed across the finish line, Hansen had won by 12 lengths. The rest between his second race and the next try was longer than before. And owner Hansen and trainer Make both believed he was ready for much stiffer competition than he had seen at Turfway Park.

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Hansen will probably run in the Wood Memorial as his last race before the Kentucky Derby the first Saturday in May. The threesome -- two human beings and the compact white thoroughbred -- stayed in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and went to Louisville for the earlyNovember running of the prestigious Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Lined up against Hansen were unbeaten Union Rags with trainer Michael Matz and the Californian, Creative Cause. For the first time, Ramon Dominguez would be his rider. Dominguez followed the pattern that had been imprinted from the first two races at Turfway Park. He hustled Hansen from the gate and sent him off to a lead that wasn’t pressured

by any of the others for six furlongs. How would Hansen respond if he received the fast-closing notice from any of the others that they could run alongside him? He found the answer. Rushing toward him came Union Rags and Creative Cause. Around the final bend and those two were almost even with him. For the first time in his short career, Hansen was seeing horses that could do a thing or two themselves. Hansen was along the rail. He was not faltering. Union Rags was alone in the middle of the track. On his own,

he angled to the right as if tiring slightly. And finally, Creative Cause was between the two and carving yards off Hansen’s precarious lead. Union Rags was eventually straightened and chopped off hunks of Hansen’s lead. Creative Cause was making up ground. But the finish line found Hansen and his blinkers still in front of Union Rags by a nose with Creative Cause a length behind them. Three races for the Jan. 1 birthday boy. Three wins. Two-Year-Old Champion of the Year. The pressure of being the winter favorite for the 2012 Kentucky Derby. What had the doctor created when he named the white streak after himself? In their plans for the Kentucky Derby, Dr. Hansen and Maker have placed Hansen in two races this year. The first was a stumbling loss in the Holy Bull Stakes. He bobbled leaving the starting gate and then couldn’t outlast Algorithms at the wire. That was the first loss in his four races. Just two weekends ago, Hansen was made the 4-5 favorite and cruised past a large field in the Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct, winning by a comfortable three lengths. A few not-too-tall obstacles confronted Hansen in the Gotham. He was outside in post

12 in a 13-horse field. Even with Dominguez shooing him quickly from the gate, he was impeded and kept four-wide through the first turn. Calmly and efficiently, Dominguez advanced him to second leaving the backstretch. By the time the top of the stretch came into view, Hansen had replaced the pacesetter and continued on his way to a comfortable win. He is a probable for the Wood Memorial, just in front of the real target in this mission -- the Kentucky Derby. A slight possibility is the Vinery Stakes at Turfway Park on March 24. Says Dr. Hansen: “We don’t have to run him again before the Kentucky Derby. We may make that decision . . . whatever is best for the horse. as long as everything stays on schedule, we’ll probably run him one more time. I think a mile and an eighth would be good for him to build up to the Derby’s mile and a quarter.” Should Hansen keep his luck steered in the right direction and make the Kentucky Derby field, his backers will have no problem finding him. He’s as white as fresh paint on the backyard fence. And he’s likely to be near the lead if he’s not forced to break from way on the outside in the 20-horse field. Whiter than grandma’s hair. And now the winner of four of his five races.

Ravens Terms moves to maiden win St. Maria Goretti wins both divisions of the Jefferson Invite TED BLACK Spirit Staff

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SHENANDOAH JUNCTION— It was St. Maria Goretti winning both the boys division and the girls division of the annual Jefferson Invitational tennis tournament. The Gaels competed against Berkeley Springs, Clarke County, and the Cougars in both division. St. Maria Goretti’s girls posted team wins over Jefferson (6-1) and Clarke County (7-0) in their two matches. Ashley Robinson

won the girls singles championship for St. Maria Goretti. She defeated Clarke County’s Tabby Chandler to win the championship. Robinson and Lauren Winalski were Goretti’s tournament-winning doubles team. The Gaels’ twosome defeated Jefferson’s India Watson/Maggie VanVliet in earning the girl’s doubles title. The Gael boys had a 7-0 win over Berkeley Springs and a 7-0 win over Clarke County in their two matches that won them the

championship. St. Maria Goretti’s Aaron Hawk was the boy’s singles champion. Hawk defeated Berkeley Springs’ Dakota Maravelis in the finals. Jefferson’s Kyle Polczynski and Devin Forman paired to win the boy’s doubles title, going 2-0 in their matches against Clarke County and Berkeley Springs. A tiebreaker determined the doubles winners because St. Maria Goretti’s Aaron Snook and Bryce Reeder were also undefeated in their two matches.

Rams deal Griffins first WVIAC loss From staff reports

GREENSBURG, Pa.— Seton Hill came into last weekend’s conference games against Shepherd with an unbeaten (6-0) WVIAC record. The Griffins were the 13th-ranked team in the country in NCAA Division II baseball. On Saturday, Seton Hill comfortably defeated the Rams, 7-3, and 14-6, in a doubleheader that evaporated Shepherd’s winning start to its own conference schedule. But then on Sunday in a single game, the Rams rallied for three runs in the 10th inning to drop the Griffins, 5-2. By salvaging the Sunday game, Shepherd improved its WVIAC record to 4-3 and shoved its overall mark to 11-9. The 4-3 conference record had the Rams in second place in the seven-school North Division. In losing, 7-3, Shepherd had 11 hits but stranded eight runners, made four errors, and struck out nine times as a team. Starting pitcher Brandon Coffey couldn’t get out of the fourth inning.

Nathan Minnich, Nash Hutter, Ryan Messina, and Aaron Scoville all had two hits. In the 14-6 loss, Shepherd had all four of its pitchers -- Justin Byrd, Andrew Gallant, Jamie Driver, and Matt Copley -roughed up by the Griffins. The Rams committed three errors and left 10 runners on base. Minnich hit his 11th homer of the season while scoring two runs and collecting two RBIs. Coffey and Ryan Messina both had two hits. Michael Lott scored twice. In winning on Sunday, the Rams used the low-run pitching of Paul Hvozdovic to stay with the Griffins for nine innings. Hvozdovic limited the Griffins to seven hits and one earned run while fanning eight in his nine innings. Again, Shepherd had to work around four errors and stranded another nine runners. Minnich’s double had driven in one run and Messina had the other RBI hit in the first nine innings. In the 10th, Lott walked. After Scoville safely legged

out what was to be a sacrifice bunt, Minnich hit into a fielder’s choice. Chad Murphy had a sacrifice fly to give the Rams a 3-2 lead. Messina singled in a run as did Coffey . . . and the lead was at 5-2. Gallant pitched a scoreless 10th for the Rams for his fifth save of the year. Hvozdovic improved his record to 4-2. Minnich was selected as the D2BaseballNews.com National Player of the Week for the week of March 14. After last weekend against Seton Hill, Minnich had moved his batting average to .475 with 11 homers and 32 RBIs. Minnich had 67 total bases and had a 1.098 slugging percentage. In 20 games, he had drawn 23 walks and scored a team-high 25 runs. Shepherd will be back at home at Fairfax Field on Saturday for a 1 p.m. doubleheader against Wheeling Jesuit. A single conference game against the Cardinals on Sunday also has a 1 p.m. start.

Charles Town offered a pair of maiden special weight events for state-bred three-year-old colts and geldings. In the second half of the divided maiden special weight event for statebred sophomores, Ravens Terms (Oscar Flores) benefited from a ground-saving journey down the backside and through the far turn and got the better of Proper Move for a neck victory in the 6 1/2 furlong sprint. The Tim Grams trainee notched his first victory in four tries and pushed his bankroll toward $22,000 for owner Karen Steele. Proper Move finished second for the second time in four

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pitcher. In the nightcap, the Lady Rams collected 17 hits. Schaefer was 3-for-3, Savannah Snyder was 3-for-4, Kris Durham was 3-for-4, Delaney Bell was 2-for-2, and Bianca Biondillo was 2-for-4. Sam McQuade had three RBIs as did Bell. Schaefer, Durham, and Biondillo had two RBIs. Tiffany Biggs was the winning pitcher with a five-inning three-hitter that featured seven strikeouts. In a weekend tournament in Salem, Va., Shepherd suffered a 5-0 shutout loss to Kutztown after winning a first game against the Golden Bears, 4-3. Biggs fanned nine in the nineinning win, improving to 5-2. Mason had an RBI single that plated Snyder in the ninth of the 4-3

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win. Mary Kociencki had a sixhit shutout against the Lady Rams in Kutztown’s win. Bettura was Shepherd’s losing pitcher. Kutztown was 17-1 overall. On Saturday, Shepherd defeated Chowan again, beating the North Carolina nine, 3-2, in eight innings and then tripping Shippensburg, 2-1, in another game. Sam McQuade had a two-run homer versus Chowan. Biggs improved her pitching record to 6-2. Biondillo had a solo homer against Shippensburg as Bettura had a complete-game four-hitter. The Red Raiders were 3-2 overall. In its final game at Salem, the Lady Rams fell to California (Pa.), 12-1, and returned to Shepherdstown with a 13-10 overall record.

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est third in the $75,000 Broad Brush Stakes. Hard Facts earned his diploma at Charles Town on Jan. 7 by taking a maiden special weight event as the 4-5 choice under Travis Dunkleberger. Trained by Michael Trombetta, Hard Facts would later win a one-mile allowance affair at Laurel before testing stakes foes for the first time in the Broad Brush. Also at Aqueduct, Charles Town riding champion J. D. Acosta guided Norman Asbjornson to a third-place finish in the Grade III, $150,000 Excelsior Handicap, which winner Marilyn’s Guy may use as a prep for the Charles Town Classic. Norman Asbjornson, trained by Chris Grove, finished 11th in last year’s Preakness Stakes.

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Washington’s softball team opened the season with wins over Handley and Hampshire.

Williams’ pitching silences Judges WINCHESTER, Va.— Washington High opened its softball season on a bright note when it rode the one-hit pitching of Devin Williams to a 6-2

Shepherd returns from Salem tournament WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.— Shepherd and homestanding Winston-Salem State split a softball doubleheader on March 13. Winston-Salem State took 10 innings to win the opener, 5-4, and then Shepherd responded with a 14-3 win in a game halted after five innings because of the mercy rule. The Lady Rams were 10-8 overall and Winston-Salem State was 13-11 overall. Winston-Salem’s winning run in the 10th inning of the opener scored on an error. Both teams had scored single runs in both the eighth and ninth innings. Shepherd only had seven hits with both Jess Mason and Tayler Schaefer getting two hits. Schaefer’s hits were doubles. Tricia Bettura was the losing

tries for trainer Sandra Dono and owner Randall Conrad. The gelding beat only three rivals in his first two starts, but has since put together back-to-back second place efforts and Saturday night was in clearly the faster of the two divisions. Several races earlier on the card, Don’tmesswithallen (Jose Montano) lived up to his role as the 7-5 favorite when he surged to command on the far turn and then drew clear late to a threelength score. Trained by Jeff Runco for owner GLM Stable, Don’tmesswithallen had been a solid third in his career debut before winning at second asking on Saturday. At Aqueduct in New York, Hard Facts finished a mod-

win over host John Handley High. Williams’ complete-game effort received enough Washington offense to ruin Handley’s opening game.

Amber Curry drove in two of Washington’s six runs and Kaitlyn Woodward also had two runs batted in to help the Patriots get the Opening Day win.

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Late rallies carry Jefferson past Gaels BOB MADISON Spirit Staff

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION— Finally overcoming its seven strikeouts with its eight stolen bases, Jefferson was able to rally for seven late-inning runs as it overcame the earlygame leads of St. Maria Goretti. The late-game rallies led the Cougars to a, 12-7, Sager Field win over the Gaels on Saturday afternoon. The Cougars were 3-0 overall after winning all three times within a 19-hour time frame. Even after scoring three times in the third on hits from Andrew

Grove and Corey Mangold and two Goretti errors, Jefferson still trailed by a run when it tried again in the bottom of the fourth. Grove’s second single helped produce a run that made it 5-5. The Gaels went ahead, 6-5, against pitchers Sean Spotts and reliever Dennis Jackson. Right-hander Brian Kitner was still on for the Gaels when Jefferson came to bat in the fifth. Mangold beat out a swinging bunt toward third. Fraser Brown rammed an RBI double to the wall in right-center. Jefferson had created another tie at 6-6. Michael King’s infield ground-

er was misplayed for Goretti’s third error and Brown scored the go-ahead run. Matt Ballou walked. Casey Billmyer walked. and Dennis Jackson walked to force in another run. Grove had a sacrifice fly RBI. And the Cougars were in front, 9-6. When Jackson walked the first Gael batter in the sixth, he was replaced by Brown -- the same pitcher who had closed out an earlier win on Saturday against Wyoming Area (Pa.). Brown got out of the inning unscathed. Mangold’s triple and hits from

Brown and Grove as well as two more Goretti errors (there were five in all), helped Jefferson score another three runs in the sixth. Brown quickly retired the last three men he saw in the seventh after first walking Josh Moats on four pitches. Mangold had three of Jefferson’s nine hits. Brown had two hits. And Grove had two hits. Brown drove in three runs and Grove had two RBIs. Jefferson had literally stolen its way past the Gaels, who were 1-2 overall and struggled itself with eight strikeouts against the four Jefferson pitchers.

Two at-bats enough for softball Lady Cougars BOB MADISON Spirit Staff

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION— Brittany Jackson had two RBI’s and Kendra Nicholas also drove in two runs as Jefferson defeated St. Maria Goretti, 13-0, in a softball game abbreviated to just two and a half innings by the eight-run mercy rule. After pitcher Shelby McTighe retired the Gaels in order in the first, Jefferson’s offense looked as angry as the storm clouds that were approaching silently from beyond the wall in centerfield.

The Lady Cougars sent 14 batters to the plate in their half of the first . . . and nine of them scored. Jefferson already had enough runs to satisfy the covenants of the eight-run, mercy rule. Nicholas had two singles in the first. And Jackson had a two-run double to the wall in left. Jefferson gorged itself with three walks and a hit batsman in the uprising. After McTighe easily retired the Gaels again in the next inning, the Lady Cougars scored another four runs in the second. Three

more walks fueled that rally and then a misplayed fly ball to center helped unclog the bases. The sun was gone. The clouds were giving silent notice as to their intent. Would the necessary three innings be played? When St. Maria Goretti gleaned a walk off McTighe and she lost her no-hitter to a single, that part of the game story was no more. Two strikeouts and an infield grounder quickly ended the game. It didn’t rain until later. And the rain drops from the sky didn’t hit the Gaels until they were aboard

their tiny white bus and on the way back to Hagerstown. Jessica Hite and Kendra Nicholas each had two of Jefferson’s seven hits and Lauren Lewis had contributed a first-inning, RBI triple. -------------------- The Lady Cougars defeated Martinsburg, 8-0, on Friday night behind the low-hit, shutout pitching of Alexandra Witt. That game was ended early by the eight-run softball mercy rule. Jefferson was already 3-0 after wins against Handley, Martinsburg, and the Gaels.

Eagles, Tug Valley, Charleston Catholic get titles From staff reports

CHARLESTON— Hedgesville, Tug Valley, and Charleston Catholic were the three schools crowned state boys basketball champions over the weekend

at the Charleston Civic Center Coliseum. The Eagles tripped Wheeling Park, Parkersburg, and George Washington (33-32) in winning the Class AAA state title. Tug Valley stamped past Webster County,

Larcomb handcuffs Hampshire for Patriots From staff reports

Washington pushed its baseball record to 2-0 on Saturday when it posted an 8-0 win over visiting Hampshire. Senior right-hander Austin Larcomb blanked the Trojans with a complete-game five-hitter. Hampshire was kept off the scoreboard mostly because Larcomb didn’t walk anybody. He

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fanned three. Freshman Hunter Weaver and junior outfielder Kendell Smith both collected a pair of hits for the Patriots. Washington was already ahead, 8-0, after only three innings. Ryan Pansch had two RBIs and Jared Silva, Bryan Bayliss, and Pansch all had a hit for the Patriots. Hampshire was 1-1 after the loss.

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10 students qualify for W.Va. regional math field day The West Virginia Regional Math Field Day was recently held at Shepherd University. The following Jefferson County students qualified to attend the WV State Math Field day competition: Fourth Grade:  First Alternate – Daniel Moylan, Wright Denny Intermediate School Fifth Grade: First Place – Daisy Levine, Shepherdstown Elementary School Sixth Grade: First Place – Nick Chapman, Wildwood Middle School Seventh Grade: Second Alternate – Baily Price, Charles Town Middle School Ninth Grade: Bonnie Walton, Washington High School Tenth - Twelfth Grades: Second Place - Franco Posa - Jefferson High School; Third Place - James Park - Jefferson High School; Fourth Place - Tim Scott - Washington High  School; Fifth Place - Paul Sibrell Washington High School; and Sixth Place - Levi Spickler - Jefferson High School. The 38th West Virginia State Math Field Day Competition will be held at Concord University on April 21.

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Local students honored by VFW On Feb. 26, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3522, Charles Town, and its Ladies Auxiliary, hosted a luncheon and awards ceremony to honor local Jefferson County students who were this year’s winners of the annual Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen contests. Certificates of Merit and cash awards were presented to the students by Commander Todd Kingsbury and Ladies Auxiliary President Tish Von Wald. The Voice of Democracy contest is a speech contest in which high school students record a three to five minute speech answering the question: Is There Pride in Serving in our Military? This year’s local winners were: First Place – Molly Potter; Second Place – Andrew Scott and Third Place – Jheri Liskey. Potter’s speech was forwarded to compete at the District 4 level where she placed third. The Patriot’s Pen contest is a 300400 word essay written by 6th, 7th and 8th grade students answering the question: Are you Proud of Your Country? This year’s local winners were: first place – Hunter Palmer; second place – Mia Holland and third place – David Morgan. Essays submitted by first and second place winners were forwarded to compete at the District 4 level. Palmer won first place and Holland placed third. Palmer’s essay was forwarded as District 4’s entry to the Department level for judging, competing against eight other VFW District entries in West Virginia. Palmer won first place at the state level and his essay was forwarded as West Virginia’s entry to compete at the national level. Kingsbury announced at the luncheon that Hunter placed 13th in the national competition and will be awarded a $2,000 savings bond.

A Jefferson County Schools building at 306 S. Lawrence St. has a new name: the Martin Robinson Delaney Opportunity Learning Center. The Jefferson County Black History Preservation Society asked for the name change to memorialize an influential 19thcentury African-American born in Charles Town, and the school board gave the OK at its March 12 meeting. When Delaney was born on May 6, 1812, Charles Town was part of Virginia and slaves and free blacks alike were forbidden

The Appalachian Studies Program at Shepherd University is sponsoring a Celtic Roots travel course in spring 2013. The course will include a travel component to Ireland, Scotland, and parts of England influenced by Celtic culture and heritage. Shepherd and community members are invited to join students on this journey into the Celtic heartland. The trip will include a visit to the Ring of Kerry, W. B. Yeats’ Coole Park, James Joyce’s Dublin, Blarney Castle, Rock of Cashel, Museum of Kerry Life and Gardens, Muckross House and Gardens, and Trinity College, home of the Book of Kells in Ireland. Part of the travel will explore the Robert Burns’ National Heritage Park, Glasgow’s Museum of the Ar-

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• The Fireworks Committee is working to raise funds to host the annual Jefferson County fireworks display at Sam Michael’s Park and will host a dinner on Friday, May 4, 2012 at the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races Ballroom. Ticket cost is $25 per person and can be purchased at Ranson City Hall, Sam Michael’s Community Center or from any committee member. For more information, contact Chief Roper at 304-725-2411.

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: The Ranson Planning Commission will convene on Monday, March 26, 2012 at 7 pm in Council Chambers for a special meeting regarding zoning and the Comprehensive Plan. • Spring Clean Up is scheduled for the week of April 16-20. Details to follow. Residents are always encouraged to visit www.cityofransonwv.net to learn about what is happening in their community or to get specific information.

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The City of Charles Town Parks and Recreation Commission is accepting applications for the following part-time positions: 1 Parks / Pool Manager, 3 Assistant Pool Managers / Senior Lifeguards, 8 Lifeguards / Mini-camp Staff, 1 Tennis Program Assistant Manager, 8 Tennis Program Staff. Applications, requirements and job descriptions are available at City Hall or www.charlestownwv.us. Please forward application and cover letter to City Manager, City of Charles Town, PO Box 14, Charles Town WV 25414. Application review will begin March 26 and will continue until all positions are filled. The City of Charles Town Board of Parks and Recreation is seeking to fill one Board Vacancy. If you are interested in serving on this Board, please submit a letter detailing your interest and qualifications to City Clerk, City of Charles Town, PO Box 14, Charles Town, WV 25414, or kiya@charlestownwv.us Phone: 304-725-2311 101 E. Washington St./PO Box 14 Charles Town, WV 25414-0014

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The current Miss West Virginia, Spenser Wempe, is shown paying a visit to Charles Town Middle School. Wempe shared the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance and discussed the meaning of patriotism to Charles Town Middle Schools sixth graders.The assembly was held in the Charles Town Middle School gym on Feb. 15th.

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gyll, Sutherland Highlanders Buchanan Street, Merchant City, Stirling Castle, Sir Walter Scott’s Edinburgh and Abbottsford, and Bram Stoker’s Whitby in Scotland. The end of trip will be spent in London. Anyone interested in the Celtic Roots trip is invited to join the spring 2013 class sessions exploring the literature, both Appalachian and Celtic, associated with the travel adventure.  For more information about the travel course, visit http://webpages.shepherd.edu/sshurbut/ travelcourse1.htm.      Travelers should contact Dr. Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt, Appalachian studies coordinator, at sshurbut@shepherd. edu. Initial deadline for the $500 deposit is March 31.

place to be named for him than a school where learning to improve these skills is most important?”

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Lincoln and commissioned by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton the rank of major.” School officials rely on the Opportunity Learning Center to give more individual attention to at-risk middle and high school students. The new name will offer students there further inspiration, Taylor said. “Naming this particular school for Dr. Delaney was very appropriate and the ideal school to bear his name,” he said. “After all, his early life here in Charles Town dealt with trying to learn to read and write; so what better

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by law from learning to read and write. The Delaneys taught Martin and his four older siblings to read and write anyway. “In fear of being arrested and punished, the family moved to Chambersburg, Pa., around 1823,” explained James Taylor, president of the county’s Black History Preservation Society. “Martin went on to become, among other things, a medical doctor and the highest-ranking African-American line officer in the Civil War. He was recommended by President Abraham

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here's still time to flex your mental muscles at Brain Games, where dozens of teams from across the Panhandle gather to tackle tough trivia questions. "The main goal of  Brain Games  is to raise money for the Literacy Volunteers of the Eastern Panhandle," explains Judy Malone, the competition's longtime organizer. "It's just a really fun way to do that." Since 1998, Brain Games' registration fees have translated into thousands for Literacy Volunteers, the volunteer organization that provides free tutoring to adults struggling with reading and for those learning English as a second language throughout Jefferson, Berkeley and Morgan counties. Bob Fleenor, a Martinsburg resident who was a fivetime champion on Jeopardy! in 2001, has competed at Brain Games for the past 11 years as part of a team from the Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md. "We've won it five times, including the last two," Fleenor explains. "Jeopardy! was much less nerve-wracking." This year's competition happens April 1, and teams who sign up before the early bird registration deadline of Saturday pay $25 per person. After that date, the per-person signup fee increases to $30. Teams must have at least three members and may have up to six. Area businesses sponsor many of the teams and others are composed of friends or family members. This year, the cranial competition happens not in Shepherdstown as in years past but at the James Rumsey Technical Institute on W.Va. 9 east of Hedgesville. u See BRAIN page C8

No taps to honor vet? Airman steps in

SHERREE GREBENSTEIN Special to the Spirit

MARTINSBURG – Rendering taps at military funerals is the traditional way to pay tribute to veterans who have served their country.  But what happens when a bugle falls silent?  An airman with the West Virginia Air National Guard’s 167th Airlift Wing didn’t just find out firsthand. He lent a hand.  Earlier this month in Martinsburg,  Senior Master Sgt. Todd Kirkwood was augmenting a veterans’ color guard team at a funeral for an Air Force veteran who had served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.  “Taps was to sound while we were holding the American flag over the casket, but there was just silence,” Kirkwood said.  A member of the local veterans’ color guard team was using a ceremonial bugle to perform taps when the electronic device inserted in the instrument malfunctioned. In September 2003, the Department of Defense approved use of the bugle which allows a member of the military honor guard to  play taps when a live bugler is not available.  At that time Kirkwood and Senior Airman Ben Smith stepped away from the casket with the American flag in their hands and proceeded to perform the 13 steps required to fold the

colors so it could be presented to the family of the veteran.  “I heard the funeral director come from behind my shoulder and explain to the family that there was a technical difficulty and that we would not be able to offer taps,” he said.  As he prepared to exit the tent after presenting the American flag to one of the veteran’s daughters, Kirkwood stopped in front of the funeral director and asked him to request that the family remain seated.  “We are going to offer this veteran taps,” Kirkwood said.  The Greencastle, Pa., resident marched to where the bugler was standing. “I said ‘Sir,’ in a respectful way, ‘Will you remove the electronic device from your bugle?’”  After removing the electronic device, the man without hesitation offered Kirkwood the bugle.  “I marched back into position and faced our fallen American hero and his family and sounded taps,” the senior master sergeant said.  “I could see within the first two notes coming out of the horn the emotional reaction (from the family),” Kirkwood said. “Some members of the family stood and placed their hands over the heart.”  “As always, after the final note of taps, we render the final salute,” he said, after which

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he returned the bugle to the member of the veterans group and attempted to march back into place alongside Senior Airman Smith.  But he didn’t get far.  “The family intercepted me as I passed the tent and shook my hand and thanked me,” he said “I simply told them that that veteran deserved to have taps sounded.”  Prior to his impromptu rendering of the tribute, Kirkwood had only played the 24 notes a handful of times over the past six months.  Chief Master Sgt. Ron Glazer Sr. had recruited Kirkwood to learn to play the notes. Glazer himself was handpicked to sound the bugle at the July 2010 memorial service for U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd. Kirkwood had learned how to play the trumpet in elementary school, a talent he honed through junior high.  “That’s going to be the last tangible memory that the family will have of their loved one and you don’t want to mess it up,” Kirkwood said. “You want to offer your best.”  Kirkwood has been with the Wing’s Base Honor Guard, an all-volunteer organization, for nearly a year. He has been a member of the 167th Airlift Wing for more than 26 years. 

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When technology failed, Senior Master Sgt. Todd Kirkwood of the West — Sherree Grebenstein is a staff sergeant Virginia Air National Guard stepped in to play taps for an Air Force veteran who’d served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.  “That’s with the West Virginia Air National Guard’s going to be the last tangible memory that the family will have of their 167th Airlift Wing. loved one,” he said.


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Time for Zumba

Dr. Mark Cucuzzella is a nationally known marathoner and running expert who is helping to organize two spring running events, This Race Is For The Birds and the Harpers Ferry Half Marathon.

5Ks, other runs enliven spring in Panhandle CHRISTINE MILLER FORD Spirit Staff

A new Zumba class is coming to Shepherdstown next month, and April also will bring a Zumbathon in Martinsburg. Starting April 2, Liliana Robeson will lead Zumba sessions at Asbury Church, 4257 Kearneysville Pike, from 7 to 8 p.m. on Mondays. A monthly pass is available with classes costing $5 per week or anyone may pay $7 for an individual class. For more information, call 304-876-3112 or email zumba.lilianarobeson@ gmail.com. Then on April 21, West Virginia University Hospitals-East will sponsor a Zumbathon to benefit the March of Dimes. The Zumbathon will be held in the parking lot of The Wellness Center on the City Hospital campus from 9 am until noon. The event is open to the public, and all ages are welcome.  Each participant is asked to donate $10. All proceeds will be donated to the March of Dimes March for Babies. Zumba classes will be taught by certified Zumba instructors on staff at The Wellness Center. New sessions will start at the top of the hour. Participants determine how long they will Zumba. For more information on the Zumbathon, call The Wellness Center at 304-264-1232 or email jgraham@ wvuh-east.org.

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Health needs of county:  The Healthier Jefferson County organization will meet at noon Monday in the first floor conference room at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. The group will continue to discuss how best to meet the county's changing needs, how best to partner with other community agencies and will hear from Bob Shefner, the executive director of Jefferson

County Community Ministries. For more information, contact Arlene Fernandez-Anderson, the executive resident for administration at the hospital, at 304-728-1707 or email her at AFernandez-Anderson@jeffmem.com.   Trainer classes: Blue Ridge Community and Technical College in Martinsburg is offering

classes for anyone interested in becoming a certified personal trainer. The course begins Saturday and continues through June.  For more information, call Ce Nichols at 304-260-4380, Ext. 2411 or Cynthia Hull at 304-2604380, Ext. 2405 or send an email to  chull@blueridgectc.edu.  The school is located at  5550 Winchester Ave., Martinsburg.

  CHARLES TOWN – Looking for ways to add a healthy air to springtime? In the weeks ahead, the Eastern Panhandle will be home to a number of 5Ks and other outdoor events. First up is the Miana Stewart Scholarship 5K on April 14. Randy and Mary Stewart of Gerrardstown are launching the race for runners and walkers to add funds to the scholarship they created in memory of their only child. Miana was killed Oct. 13, 2005, when she came home from Musselman High School and interrupted a burglary at the family's home on Reunion Corner Road. The 5K on the track at Musselman's football stadium begins at 9 a.m. The cost is $20 for those who sign up by April 5 or $25 the day of the race. Those who pre-register get a T-shirt. There are discounts for students and members of the Shenandoah Valley Runners. To request a registration form or get additional details, call 304-2295299. Also next month is This Race Is For The Birds, which happens on April 21 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown. When it began, This Race Is For The Birds was simply a 5K run. Now the event includes two professionally timed trail races: one 4.9 miles long and another that covers 7.7 miles. A  self-timed, two-mile run/walk for families and a free, one-mile fun run for children also are offered. The race at the NCTC’s lush, 538-acre campus dates to 2002, but last spring's race was cancelled at the last minute because of a federal government budget impasse. Because This Race Is For The Birds is held on federal property,

organizers opted to call off the race when congressional leaders remained unable to agree on a spending bill as the April 9 race neared. Just minutes before the midnight budget deadline, Republican and Democratic negotiators agreed on spending reductions. Following days of closed-door talks, the shutdown was averted, but by then the race already had been scrubbed. Proceeds from This Race Is For The Birds benefit the Potomac Valley Audubon’s programs for children. For more on the race, which begins at 9 a.m., go to www.raceforthebirds.org. Another Jefferson County running event is entering its second year. The May 12 Harpers Ferry Half Marathon includes not only the 13mile race but also a four-mile trail run and a kids’ run. Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, the nationally known marathoner and running expert whose autumn Freedom’s Run marathon has quickly become West Virginia’s largest running event, is the organizer of the Harpers Ferry run, a hilly, challenging course that begins at the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. The idea, Cucuzzella has said, is to highlight the area’s national parks, engage the local community in healthy outdoor activities and to make Eastern West Virginia a destination anyone interested in pursuing fitness in an area known for its natural beauty. The race is part of the Two Rivers Heritage Partnership, with proceeds going toward the Harpers Ferry-based For the Love of Children organization’s outdoor education center and to Eastern Panhandle Indigo Children.   Details can be found at www. harpersferryhalf.org or by calling Two Rivers Treads, the race head-

quarters at Cucuzzella’s running outfitters in Shepherdstown at 304876-1100. His website is www. trtreads.org. And for those who'd prefer to ride not run, there's the CASA River Century, which will bring cyclists from near and far to Shepherdstown for a fundraiser for the Eastern Panhandle chapter of Court Appointed Special Advocate, which provides volunteers to aid children have been removed from their homes because of abuse and/or neglect.  The nationwide CASA program has 10 organizations in West Virginia; volunteers established the Eastern Panhandle CASA in 2003.  The self-paced bike ride on May 19 starts on the campus of Shepherd University. Cyclists can choose from routes of  25, 50 or 100 miles. There also is a 25-mile off-road option. Samantha Muncy, the ride director, notes River Century offers full support with breakfast, lunch and a swag bag for all riders. Aid stations also will be offered, along with a sag wagon for those who sag behind and need a hand getting back to the starting line.  “It’s a perfect chance to explore the beautiful Eastern Panhandle,” Muncy said. “The CASA River Century offers routes for all ability levels, from families with children to recreational cyclists or serious cyclists who are looking for a training event early in the season. And you’ll be helping a great cause.” The event raises money through sponsorships and fees paid by riders. Early-bird fees range from $20 for either of the 25-mile routes or $40 for the longer trips. After April 22, the fees increase to $35 or $50.  To sign up or find out more about the race, go to www.casarivercentury.org.

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Bridge, Bunco & Mahjong Party:  10 a.m. today at Cress Creek Country Club, Shepherdstown. The  11th annual  event  benefits Good  Shepherd Caregivers. Tickets cost $30, which includes lunch. Reservations required. For details, see www.gsivc.org or call 304876-3325.  Blood drives: Several blood drives are scheduled in the Panhandle for the coming week, including from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 510 Butler Ave. in Martinsburg; from  2 to 7 p.m.  Thursday at Rocky Knoll School, 52 Advent Drive in Martinsburg;  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at Shepherd University,  301 King St., Shepherdstown;  2 to 7 p.m. Friday at  Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Co., 4217 Hedgesville Road;  and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Shannondale Community Center, 58 Mission Road, Harpers Ferry. For more information, go to www.redcrosswv.org  or contact

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the Red Cross's Eastern Panhandle office at 1948 Wiltshire Road in Kearneysville. The phone number is 304725-5015. Monthly meeting: Eastern Panhandle Conservation District meets 7 tonight. USDA Service Center,   151 Aikens Center, Martinsburg. For details, call 304-2634376. Ribbon cutting:  Officials from the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce will be on hand for the Hampton Inn & Suites' official grand opening at  5 p.m. today at the hotel at  157  Pimlico  Drive in Charles Town.

ers Ferry. For details, email info@ jeffersoncountywvchamber.org or call 304-725-2055. Food fundraiser: The Brothers of Harmony Masonic Lodge No. 42 F&AM will sell lunch Saturday from noon until the food is sold out at the lodge on North Maiden Lane in Shepherdstown. Choice of fish or fried chicken with baked beans, cole slaw, green beans, applesauce and rolls for $10. Carryout is available as is free delivery for anyone who pre-orders five or more meals. For details, call 304267-2588 or 304-240-9102.

Ghost tours: Charles Town Ghost Tours' 2012 season kicks off  at 7 p.m.  Saturday  at the  Jefferson County Courthouse, 100 E. Washington St., Charles Town. AdmisBirding trip:  Nature lovers can sion costs $10 for those 12 and meet at  8 a.m. today at Martin’s older or $5 for younger children. at  190 Flowing Springs Road, For details, call 304-724-6741.  Charles Town, for a birding trip to the Shenandoah River sponsored Dinner-dance: Inwood-Bunker by the  Potomac Valley Audubon Hill Lions Club’s annual Spring Society. For details, email mon- Dinner, Dance and Silent Aucsansagalkin@myactv.net or call tion  starts at 6 p.m.  Saturday at  Tobin’s Banquet Hall,  6332 240-291-6465 Winchester Ave.,  Inwood. Tick4-H meeting: The Shenandoah ets cost $25. For details, call 304Mountaineers 4-H meeting  starts 229-7949. at  7 tonight at Middleway United Methodist Church in Kear- Stories from Iraq: Beth Pyles, a former lawyer and minister, neysville. has worked extensively in Iraq Business leaders: Jefferson Coun- since 2005 as a member of Christy Chamber of Commerce's month- tian Peacemaking Team. The free ly membership meeting starts talk begins at  9 a.m.  Saturday in at  noon Thursday at the Quali- the fellowship hall of the Shepty Hotel Conference Center, 4328 herdstown Presbyterian Church at William L. Wilson Freeway, Harp- 100 W. Washington St. For more

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on Christian Peacemaking Teams, see www.cpt.org. Spay Today fundraiser: Walk or run the Tails on Trails, a noncompetitive 5K & 10K that begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at Blandy Farm State Arboretum in Boyce, Va. $25. For details, call 304-7246558 or go to www.baacs.org.  Medical seminar:  West Virginia University Hospitals-East  experts present information for those considering a lap-band procedure for losing weight. The free talk starts at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center on the campus of City Hospital,  2500 Hospital Drive in Martinsburg. Reservations must be made by Friday. To sign up or get more information,  call 304-5966900. Learn about coffee: A coffee tasting event happens from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Charles Town Library, 200 E. Washington St. The coffee experts at  Charles Town's Jumpin' Java will help participants learn to distinguish different beans and roasts. Free coffee and treats will be served and coffee also will be available for purchase. For details, call 304-725-2208. Dinner meeting: The Henry Kyd Douglas Camp Sons of the Confederacy hold its monthly dinner meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Independent Fire Co., 200 W. Second Ave.,  Ranson. For details, email p.lutz007@gmail.com.

Coming up Basketball signup:  Boys and girls ages 4 to 18 must sign up by April 13 to take part in the Ranson Parks and Recreation and Jefferson County Parks and Recreation's basketball league. The cost is $60 per child, with a discount for multiple youngsters from the same household. Register online at www.jcprc.org. For more information, call 304-728-3207. Help for Coach Mike Grant:  Next month brings a Cash Bonanza to benefit Mike Grant, the assistant Washington High football coach who has been fighting cancer since late 2011. The April 14 fundraiser, held from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Ranson Civic Center, will offer $6,500 in cash prizes, including a grand prize of $2,500. Also planned: a silent auction, a mini-corn hole tournament, a DJ and other fun. Each $50 ticket includes dinner for two and one chance for the cash drawing. Because the event will include gambling and beer sales, it is not kidfriendly. To buy tickets or drop off items for the silent auctions, stop by Studio M, 132 W. Washington St.,  Charles Town; Jefferson Asphalt, 9390 Middleway Pike,  Charles Town; or the  Spirit of Jefferson, 210 N. George St.,  Charles Town.  Direct questions to Ronda Lehman at 304261-8070. Poetry sought: Anyone can sub-

mit a poem to be displayed during the Potomac Valley Audubon Society's April 14 Wildflower Festival. The festival will focus on spring themes. Poems may be dropped off at Four Seasons Books,  116 W. German St, in Shepherdstown, emailed to  4seasons@citilink. net or mailed to Poetry Walk, c/o PVAS, P.O. Box 578, Shepherdstown, WV 25443. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. April 6.  The Wildflower Festival will happen at the Audubon Society's Yankauer Nature Preserve, north of Shepherdstown. For more information, call the Audubon Society at 304-676-3397 or send an email to pvas-mail@aol.com.  Spaghetti Night:  Martinsburg High's Band Boosters will hold its third-annual Jazz/Spaghetti Night April 21 from  5 to 9 p.m. at the high school at 701 S. Queen St., Martinsburg. The night will include a  silent auction, a regular auction, the spaghetti dinner, live jazz from students and more. For details, 304-707-1812. .....................................................

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On the road again

The cover story of Nation- descendants. Father Abraal Geographic for March fea- ham’s grandson, Jacob, leaves tures “The Journey of the his home to seek a wife and Apostles,” focusing on St. to get away from his wrathThomas, St. Mark and St. ful brother, whose birthright Mary Magdalene. Jacob stole, and his descen However, it also offers a dants go to Egypt to seek food thumbnail sketch of the jour- in a time of famine. The book neys of all the apostles, as of Genesis, the first book of detailed in the New Testa- the Bible, is the story of those ment’s “Acts of the Apostles” journeys. and other early Christian lit-   The journey of those deerature. It makes the point scendants, from slavery in that Mary Magdalene, “from Egypt to a new life in Canaan, whom Jesus cast out seven which they name “Israel” in demons,” was the first to see honor of their ancestor JaJesus after his resurrection, cob, forms the central story of and the one who let the oth- the second book of the Bible, er followers know that Jesus Exodus. That journey, led by was alive, despite having died Moses, a descendant of Jacob, on the cross. She found his provides the Hebrew people formerly sealed tomb empty. with a history that focuses on However, it is only recently the journey. — comparatively speaking — In Israel, they continue to that she has been referred to live in tents, and to worship in as the “Apostle to the Apos- a tabernacle that is, essentialtles.” ly, a big fancy tent, for many   According to the maga- years after they complete zine, and many stories from their 40-year journey to a new contemporary home. It is as if they are Pilgrim’s Process sources, Mary always ready to be on Magadalene endthe move again. Their ed her life at experience changes as Maximilien-Ste. they become less peoBaume, in the ple who follow flocks Provence region from grassland to of France, a long grassland, and more way from the people who cultivate Holy Land. Peoland, and need a perple still come to manent place to stay as her shrine there, they do so. The Rev. especially wom- Georgia DuBose Even so, when they en praying to remember their history, have children. they are asked to begin People travel great distances to tell their remembrance of to see the relics of St. Mark in their history by saying, “My Venice, and to trace the foot- ancestor (Abram) was a wansteps of St. Thomas, the mis- dering Aramean…” sionary to India, or the path   If we go back far enough, all that St. James followed on the of us have ancestors who were Iberian peninsula, now known wanderers. John Gardner, the American novelist and teacher, as Spain.   The journey as a metaphor said, “There are only two stories for spiritual life predates Je- in the world: one is, ‘Someone sus, whose travels through- goes on a journey,’ and the other out the Holy Land are a huge is, ‘A stranger comes to town.’” part of his ministry. The be- The Bible and other great scripginnings of the Jewish nation tures let us know that the jourhave their roots in Abram’s ney made by the apostles was departure from Ur to settle in not unusual, but rather a part of Canaan. His ancestors, Adam the human story. and Eve, take a journey they St. Augustine said, “You might have preferred not to have made us for yourself, take when God evicts them O Lord, and our hearts are from the Garden of Eden for restless until they find their disobeying him. The story of home in you.” As the journey Abram’s wanderings to Egypt, through Lent continues, the his return to Canaan, his re- saint’s wisdom is worth renaming as Abraham, and the membering. promise that God will make his descendants “as numerous —The Rev. Georgia DuBose is as the stars in the sky” contin- the priest at St. John's Episcoues with the journeys of those pal Church in Harpers Ferry.

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Members   of St. James Catholic Church, including (above, from left) Christian Samuelson, Syd Smith, and Jack Capriolo and serve up fried fish, french fries, green beans and rolls to hungry parishioners and members of the public on Friday evening. The fundraiser meals, held on Fridays during Lent at the church at 49 Crosswinds Drive in Charles Town, continue from 5 to 8 p.m. this week and again March 30. RIGHT: Keegan Azar, 4, was dining with his parents and four siblings. The meals provide operating funds for the church’s Knights of Columbus charity. Local Boy Scouts handle dessert, with pies, cakes and other treats available by donation. Organizers note that the church will not host a Fish Fry on Good Friday. ROBERT SNYDER

Church Bulletin Church Bulletin Church Bulletin Church Bulletin Church Bulletin Church Bulletin urday at Covenant Baptist Church, 7485 Shepherdstown Pike, Shepherdstown. $25 registration fee. For details, call 304-876-8535 or email dcbent@frontiernet.net.

CBhuullrectihn Thrift event: Trinity Episcopal Church Thrift Shop at 104 S. Church St., Shepherdstown, offers its "Fill a Bag Sale" Thursday through March 31. For details, call 304-876-6990. Iraq anecdotes: Beth Pyles, a former lawyer and a minister in southern West Virginia, will speak at 9 a.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall of the Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church at 100 W. Washington St. Pyles has worked extensively in Iraq since 2005 as a member of Christian Peacemaking Team. For details, call the church at 304-876- 6466.

Pancake supper: Supper happens from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church, 1523 Hostler Rd., Harpers Ferry. Menu includes pancakes, sausage, sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, applesauce, coffee, iced tea and soda. Adults, $7; children, 6 to 12, $3.50; under 6, free. For details, call 304-876-6992. Woman’s Day: The House of Prayer Church of God at 501 W. Congress St., Charles Town, holds its annual Woman's Day at 4 p.m. Sunday with evangelist Michelle Parran, co-pastor of Restoration Temple of Waldorf, Md., as guest speaker and music by the Restoration Adult Choir.

Homeschool conference: The Looking ahead Eastern Panhandle Home School Conference starts at 7:30 a.m. Sat- Soup sale: A soup sale happens

from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m. March 30 at St. John Lutheran Church, Harpers Ferry. Menu includes vegetable and potato soup; country ham and steamer sandwiches; hot dogs; cakes, cookies, homemade Easter candy and Easter flowers. Hymn sing: A special hymn sing starts at 6 p.m. March 31 at Silver Grove United Methodist Church. For details, call 304-725-1346. Special for Easter: Middleway United Methodist Church hosts an Easter egg hunt at 1 p.m. March 31; an Easter Cantata at 10:30 a.m. April 1; and a Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. April 5. For more information, call 304-728-4770. Seder dinner: Dinner starts at 6 p.m. April 5 at Trinity Episcopal Church, Shepherdstown. $10. There will be a service of Holy Eucharist and the Stripping of the Altar at 8 p.m. For details, call 304-876-6990. Concert: Grammy winner Ja-

son Crabb will be in concert at 7 p.m. April 27 at New Destiny Ministry Center, Kearneysville. Tickets, $20. For details, call 304-725-6185 or visit www. newdestiny.us. For information on Crabb, go to www.jasoncrabb.com. --The Spirit of Jefferson wants your news for our Church Bulletin. Email notices about your church's special events to Christine Miller Ford at Christine@spiritofjefferson.com with "Church bulletin" in the subject line. Items may be faxed to 304728-6856 or mailed to Church Bulletin, c/o Spirit of Jefferson newsroom, 210 N. George St., Charles Town, WV 25414. Items for the March 28 edition should arrive in the newsroom by 3 p.m. Friday. Space in our print edition is limited. Questions? Call Ford at 304-725-2046. Or, if you'd prefer to run a display ad highlighting your special event, call Advertising Manager Karen Bowers at 304-725-2046.

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Bill Mackintosh, of MacKintosh Fruit Farm in Berryville, explains the processes by which the farm grows, harvests and markets the large variety of fruits and vegetables they grow every year.

Sowing good food ideas for the future ROBERT SMITH Spirit Staff

WINCHESTER, Va. – There’s a revolution afoot in food consumption, and growers and producers are trying to get in front of it. At the eighth annual Forum for Rural Innovation held March 9 in Winchester, Va., farm and agricultural related businesses from multiple states were on hand to showcase innovative programs and projects. The Forum for Rural Innovation is a cooperative educational effort by the Offices of Agricultural Development and Cooperative Extension in Clarke, Fauquier and Loudoun counties in Virginia; Berkeley and Jefferson Counties in West Virginia; the town of Berryville, Va.; and the Small Business Development Center of the Eastern Panhandle. The purpose of the forum is to highlight new projects that increase farm and rural business profitability. Future Harvest-Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture was among the participants. A network of farmers, agricultural professionals, landowners and consumers living and working in the Chesapeake region, Future Harvest promotes profitable, environmentally sound and socially acceptable food and farming systems that work to sustain communities. Economic conditions and a trend toward healthy eating habits are driving consumers to alternate food sources. “With the recession, we have seen double digit growth in organic and locally-produced fresh food,� said Alice Chalmers, executive director of Future Harvest-Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture.

Mock’s Greenhouse in Berkeley Springs is an example of a local, alternate food source whose business is growing. A hydroponic operation, Mock’s consists of three greenhouses: one freestanding greenhouse to grow lettuce and one two bay greenhouse to grow tomatoes. The business is one of a handful of Good Agriculture Practices certified hydroponic growers on the East Coast. A variety of produce is grown — bibb lettuce, watercress, a variety of tomatoes and herbs such as basil, arugula and cilantro — and 97 percent of the produce is sold to specialty markets in the Washington/Baltimore area. Representatives from the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy from Pittsboro, N.C. showcased their efforts to rescue endangered species of farm animals. “Big agriculture relies on a few breeds of livestock for their needs. Many traditional breeds are threatened with extinction,� said Ryan Walker, membership services manager. “We haven’t lost any breeds since our founding in 1977.� The conservancy’s programs include research on breed population size, distribution and genetic health; research on breed characteristics; gene banks to preserve genetic material from endangered breeds; rescues of threatened populations; education about genetic diversity and the role of livestock in sustainable agriculture; and technical support to a network of breeders, breed associations and farmers. Other participants at the forum included Sustainable Piedmont Agriculture, Oak Hart Farm, Small Business Development Center, Michael Harman of the Jefferson County Co-op Extension and Stephen Versen of the Virginia Department of Agriculture.

Agricultural Scoop   Jefferson County farmers should note that the deadline to sign up for the 2012 Direct and Counter-cyclical Payment and the Average Crop Revenue Election program is June 1, according to Robyn Potter, executive director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Jefferson County.   Eligible producers receive direct payments at rates established by statute regardless of market prices.  For details on DCP or ACRE, contact the Jefferson County FSA office at 209 E. Third Ave. in Ranson or call 304725-3471, ext 2. Information can also be obtained at www. fsa.usda.gov.

Loans available to beginning farmers MARTINSBURG — Farmers looking for money to purchase or operate a farm may want to contact the USDA. According to Dale Dugan Jr., farm loan manager to the USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Jefferson, Berkeley, Morgan, Hampshire and Mineral counties, the USDA has loan funds available for beginning farmer applicants in West Virginia to buy and operate family-sized farms and ranches. “These funds are set aside for applicants who are classified by the agency as beginning farmers,� Dugan said. In addition to agency eligibility requirements, a beginning farmer is defined as an indi-

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vidual who has not operated a farm for more than 10 years and will materially and substantially participate in the operation of the farm. For farm ownership loans, a beginning farmer cannot own farm acreage in excess of 30 percent of the average size farm in the county at the time of application, and they must have at least three years experience operating a farm. Beginning farmer loan applicants do not receive automatic approval. Individuals must be U.S. citizens with a satisfactory history of meeting credit obligations; have sufficient education, training or experience managing or operating a farm; possess legal capacity to incur debt; feasible plan; and be unable to obtain credit elsewhere. To get more information, write to the local FSA Office at 151 Aikens Center, Suite 5 in Martinsburg or call 304263-7547, ext. 2.

More than $32,000 generated at FFA sale The 69th annual State FFA Ham, Bacon and Egg Show and Sale was held March 12 and buyers’ generosity produced another successful night for the high school students whose projects were auctioned at the event with the auction raising $32,250. The top six projects of the night and their sale prices were: • Grand champion ham – Ashley Cain, Cameron High School, $8,625

• Grand champion bacon – Andrew Linville, Cabell Midland, $2,475 • Grand champion eggs – Christina Gower, Nicholas County High School, $1,250 • Reserve champion ham – J.P. Fleshed, Tyler Consolidated, $2,200 •  Reserve champion bacon – Hope Stewart, Tyler Consolidated, $280 •  Reserve champion eggs – Alexis Aston, Cameron High School, $500

The sale has generated more than $1.2 million in the nearly seven decades it has been conducted. Sponsors of the show are the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, West Virginia Department of Education, Governor’s Office and clothing manufacturer Carhartt. Ronald Morrison Auction Services and Resource Marketing Inc. have provided free auction services for the show for many years. For more information, visit www.wvffa.org.

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For me, one really neat thing deals with know about it in a about Jefferson County is that it general way. This, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve noticed, borders the two Virginia coun- is not uncommon among those ties where most of my life actu- who share this history. ally happens, Clarke and Loud- Their home was not all that oun. large, I suppose â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the many I had long been trying to get trees and creative gardening a column in the Loudoun Times made this difficult to determine, Mirror. The purpose of the col- anyway. What I found most inumn would be to promote the teresting, though, was that it repair business (this was the seemed to consist of several original purpose of NPRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Car cottages, studios, workshops Talk. and a library scattered about the The managing editor at the wooded grounds along graveled time of my earliest attempts, pathways. Pierreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife, Sheila, Pam Lettie, was a regular cus- would usually issue my check tomer of my tractor repair busi- from the library in this fairy tale ness which I thought would help. setting and we would someWhen I did an article about the times ponder over some mystepublic roadside chalkboard at rious antique farm gadget that Lincoln, Loudoun County, in a she had found in the old barnnationally published magazine, yard or fence row. I thought that I was a shoe-in. I Donald Jennings, a retired submitted a proposal and wait- superintendent of schools, was ed for the phone to ring as if on another pleasant and interesting cue â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it still hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Pam retired fellow. 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I usualof Winchester and Frederick ly abhor sitting around a living County which is exactly what room just visiting. After acceptthe Winchester Star has done. ing my payment, though, I alNo more Clarke Courier â&#x20AC;&#x201D; oh ways enjoyed visiting this way well. with Donald, the large sliding I may be making it sound as glass door making it possible though Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m â&#x20AC;&#x153;settlingâ&#x20AC;? for a col- for me to remain connected to umn in the Hampshire Review the outdoors. He was a wealth â&#x20AC;&#x201D; no way â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been pub- of Loudoun history and subtle lished nationally for over 20 country humor. The third tracyears so thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not an issue. To tor on the Jennings farm was write for the Hampshire Re- a Farmall C â&#x20AC;&#x201D; my favorite, of view, West Virginiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest course. newspaper, and to also be pub- Part of Donaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s retirement lished in the Spirit â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s occupation was to look after the second oldest newspaper, is an neighboring farm belonging to a honor that makes one feel like a 60-something little blonde powpart of a long history. The larg- erhouse, Madeline Albright. Aler publishers that I deal with bright could often be seen walkagree and are quick to mention ing great distances around the this with any biographical in- place or gardening, canning and formation. Still, I never imag- getting her new Mercedes stuck ined that writing for the Review in the pasture. She did all of would lead to Far Muse becom- this in addition to a regular job ing available in Loudoun. which required much travel and The list of places that car- probably left her with perpetual ry the Spirit has Sweet Springs jet lag. Country Store listed as being in There are some overly enterPurcellville â&#x20AC;&#x201D; ah, direct hit, I prising types who paint worn thought, right in the middle of out yellow industrial tractors agLoudoun. However, I could not ricultural tractor colors and sell remember seeing such a place them to hobby farmers. Such there. was the case at Albright Farm. As it turns out, this is be- Her Massey Ferguson 135 decause of a postal anomaly. veloped problems and required Sweet Springs is actually in a new crankshaft, clutch and exthe far north western corner of tensive work on the hydraulics. the county, just inside the state This was toward the end of line. The post office at Hills- the Clinton administration. I boro, which is actually clos- told a local Hampshire County er than Purcellville, has no ru- building contractor who is faral delivery service. Rural mail miliar with the reality of collecdelivery in that area is accom- tion problems that I had investplished through the Purcellville ed $2,000 in a tractor belonging post office, thus leaving every- to a 63-year-old woman who one up that way with a Purcell- was already receiving a governville mailing address. ment check and was about to I used to do a lot of business lose her job. His eyes got quite up that way back in the 1990s. large â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it was fun. The area is now served by a One lesson that I took with very capable and deserving col- me from the Jennings and Alleague who just happens to live bright farms is that it serves one in that community. Now that well to remember that the back weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re 13 years into the succeed- of the barn of one farm may ing decade and century, I guess face a familiar path or wooditâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s acceptable to wax nostalgic lot of the next. This lesson was about those days â&#x20AC;&#x201D; indeed, a made all the more memorable lot of water has gone under the by my nearly being caught addressing nature in the traditionbridge since then. Pierre Lampretti had an In- al manner by the U.S. Secretary ternational 424 tractor with a of State, her security entourage Befco finish mower. Pierre is and the president of Palestine. a geological economist who There were several other fatravels the world assessing the mous clients in that little name value of proposed mining ven- dropperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paradise. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know tures. However, whenever pre- if all of these people are still sented with a bill, he was sure around. 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Monthly Meeting The monthly meeting of the Jefferson County Farm Bureau will be held on TUESDAY, APRIL 3, 2012 AT 7:30 PM at the Jefferson County Public Services Building. The meeting is open to the public and JCFB members are welcome to attend. Meetings are held the 1st Tuesday of every month. Questions may be directed to Heather Ishman at 304-8760611 or hnishy@gmail.com.


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Officials with the West Virginia State Fair want to find the state’s top pie baker. Through April 6, anyone may nominate a friend, family member or neighbor at www.statefairofwv.com or by sending your name, address and phone number along with the nominee’s name, address, county and phone number to State Fair of West Virginia, P.O. Drawer 986, Lewisburg, WV 24901. The baker from each county who gets the most votes online will be invited to the fair’s bakeoff on Aug. 11. This year’s fair happens Aug. 10 to 18 in Lewsburg.

SLAUGHTER COWS 68 head $2 Lower BREAKERS 75-83 Breakers H Dressing To $87 BONERS $76-85 Boners H Dressing $88-93 LEAN $70-76 THIN & LIGHT $70 Down BULLS Strong Demand YG #1 1928 lbs. at $99.50 1@ 1050 lbs. at $88.50 FED STEERS 20 head Few Offered High Choice 1300-1450 lbs. $128-129; 15001600 lbs. $124-127.50 Select 1100-1375 lbs. $116-120 FED HEIFERS 1496 lbs. at 124.75 Dairy Replacements NONE By the Head CALVES 79 head Record Prices Holstein Bull to returning farm $50-80 Higher #1 80-110 lbs. $265-290; #2 80-120 lbs. $250265; #3 74-120 lbs. $180-235 Holstein Heifers Steady Prices 1 & 2 74-110 lbs. $180-235 Beef X Bull 70-100 lbs. $145-170 1 @ 100lbs. at $240 Slaughter Calves Good 70-100 lbs. $65-95 BUTCHER HOGS 79 head $2-4 Higher # 1 & 2 270-300 lbs. $72-79 # 1 & 3 235-270 lbs. $67-71 300-350 lbs. $6575 Sows 9 head $2-4 Lower 400-675 lbs. $59-61; 690-725 lbs. $57-59

Boars 2 head 306 lbs. at $46; 480 lbs. at $28.50 STOCK CATTLE 173 head Active Bidding From Large Crowd FEEDER STEERS M&L Frames 350-450 lbs. $150-187; 450-650 lbs. $145175; 650-750 lbs. $140-150; 750-825 lbs. $135-145 Holsteins 200-300 lbs. $115-130; 400-600 lbs. $95-118 FEEDER HEIFERS M&L Frames 280-450 lbs. $135-160; 450-650 lbs. $130157 FEEDER BULLS M&L Frames 300-400 lbs. $175-195; 400-500 lbs. $150180; 500-650 lbs. $140-154; 650-725 lbs. $130-137; 750-850 lbs. $97-110 Beef Stock Cows NONE LAMBS NONE SHEEP NONE GOATS 17 Head Sold By the Head Medium Billies $140-185 Wethers To $190 Selection 1 Kid 20-25 lbs. $52-72 Selection 2 Kid 20-35 lbs. $45-55; 50-70 lbs. $75-115 PIGS & SHOATS 71 Head SOLD BY THE HEAD 1 Lot 50 lbs. at $65; 75-95 lbs. $70-85 BY THE POUND 130-180 lbs. $84-86; 180-220 lbs. $60-72 Wednesday March 21 Special Dairy Cattle Sale at 7:15 p.m.

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Safety essential when taking kids to visit farms  With spring’s start on Tuesday, it’s the perfect time for youngsters to  visit farms across the Panhandle. Playing with animals and running around in the vast outdoors are what many kids adore. But as fun as a trip to a farm can be, parents know they can be full of danger, too. Fortunately, there are many ways concerned parents can protect their kids without taking the fun out of the visit. Some tips to keep in mind:

Protection from chemicals Kids must be protected from chemical exposure. Exposure can happen in a number of ways, be it inhaling or breathing chemicals into the lungs or contact between chemicals and the skin or eyes. Kids can even ingest chemicals by eating or swallowing something on the farm. Protecting kids from chemicals, such as pesticides, requires that parents educate children about caution or warning labels. Teach kids to stay away from items with caution labels. A caution label is typically used to indicate hazardous items that can cause minor or moderate injury. Warning labels are often used to indicate items that cause more serious injuries and possibly death. Another way parents can protect kids from chemical exposure is to be a good role model. When using chemicals, also be especially careful, wearing protective clothing and discarding containers and other materials properly. Make sure all containers are tightly closed and stored in locked cabinets that are out of reach of curious kids. Protection from animals Animals present a major haz-

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ard to kids when kids visit the farm with livestock or other animals, parents should emphasize the following points so kids can enjoy the animals without risking injury. • Remain calm and move slowly and quietly when around animals. • Avoid an animal’s hind legs and approach larger animals at the shoulder. • Steer clear of animals with newborns, no matter how cute and cuddly such animals might appear. • Wear proper attire, including steel toed shoes. Kids should always wear helmets when riding animals. Additional safety measures parents can take include keeping kids away from stallions, bulls, boars and rams, and emphasizing the importance of having an accessible escape route whenever

working with animals. Protection from grains Grain equipment is another potential hazard. Though flowing grain might not excite kids who have been around it, kids are often fascinated when they witness grain production on a farm for the first time. It’s very easy for kids to get trapped in grain or swept away by flowing grain, the force of which is difficult to understand by those who have never seen grain production close up.

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day in March have the aquamarines as a birthstone with the daffodil and chrysanthemum as the flower of the month.  If you are out and about, stop and wish the following a happy birthday. Roger Lang celebrated on the 2nd; Danny DeGrave falls on the 9th; Todd Basore on the 12th; Nelson Wolf celebrates on the 13th; Breanne DeGrave on the 15th; Shelia Dunbar and Terry Walker Jr. share double birthdays on the 17th; Alverita Stride and D.L. Stuck share the 21st; my sister-in-law Shirley Welsh falls on the 22nd; Lisa DeGrave celebrates on the 28th; Corey Walsh and Juanita Anderson Cushman share the day on the 30th. I missed wishing a friend, Jeanne DeGrave, who celebrated a leap year birthday on Feb. 29. On wedding anniversary to report. Congratulations to Vaughn and Kathy Russell on the 15th.

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Pam Frye, of Charles Town and Mark Clausen, of Linden, Va.  wish  to announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage. They became engaged on Dec. 30, 2011.   Pam is the daughter of Neville Frye of Charles Town and the late Robert “Jake” Frye. She is a graduate of Jefferson High School and is employed by WVUH-East. Mark is the son of Jorgen and Anna Clausen, of Randolph, N.J. He is a graduate of Penn State University, a retired Air Force officer and is currently employed as a defense consultant.   A Sept. 15, 2012 wedding is being planned.

Educator marks 100th

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

I believe  the seasons are mixed up. In the middle of February, flowers were sprouting up in flower beds all over the community. The local orchardists have peach blossoms coming out too early and they worry about a late freeze. Here it is the middle of March  with  daffodils  in bloom along the flowerbed at the Grace R.U.C.C. church. Like my father always said, “we will have a robin snow Adopt a Highway Pickup before spring arrives.”               Motorists, please watch for the Adopt-a-Highway signs Birthdays and anniversaries and bright orange vests as the Folks celebrating a birth- local Evergreen 4-H Club will be

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Friends and family celebrated Naomi Shafer’s 100th birthday with a March 17 dinner party at her Charles Town home. A 1929 graduate of Storer College in Harpers Ferry, she went on to earn degrees from Morgan State College and West Virginia State College in Institute and her master’s of arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania.  After working for years as a college guidance counselor, her

students and fellow faculty members created a tribute that family members and other loved ones say still describes Shafer today: “When she came to South Philadelphia High School, she brought dignity, grandeur, tenderness, love, perception, grace, charm, kindness, humor, politeness, goodness, judgment, prudence, integrity, sincerity, trust and a talent with young people.” 

Ramps are topic of CEOS meeting

The March meeting of the Jefferson CEOS club was hosted by Linda Poston. Her program for the day was “Ramps: A Spring Tonic.”  Because they were one of the first green vegetables of the season, ramps were thought to be a tonic for winter ailments.  Ramps are a good source of vitamin C.  A cup of ramps contain only 32 calories. They also have 1 gram each

of protein and dietary fiber. Ramps are found in cool, shady areas. They are found usually in late March or early April. To dig ramps , a pickax or mattock  is used.  One can clean them by holding by their leaves and beat them on the ground to remove the dirt.  They can be stored in a cool place or the refrigerator in a plastic bag up to a week.

picking up trash along Kearneysville Pike and Stubbs Road. portance of getting the word out. The staff, faculty and stuJefferson County Relay for dents are involved year round Life Kickoff with numerous fund raisers, This past Saturday Frank raffles, dinners. On March (Taz) and Krystal Javor were 24 from noon to 3 p.m., there introduced as chairmen of the will be a “chili cook off” in 2012 Jefferson County Re- the Ram’s Den of the student lay for Life held at Wildwood center. Teams will enter their Middle School. The lunch own special chili to be judged room was set up with team ta- and folks can sample a cup bles and games, with an infor- or bowl for a minimal price. mational table filled with lit- This is open to the public. As erature on Relay for Life and a member of the SU Survivors cancer. Several videos were Team, come out and support shown throughout the after- us at the chili cook off. noon.  Special speaker and   cancer survivor  Ray Walls, Cantata of Kearneysville, spoke to the On Palm Sunday, April 1, crowd of his experiences, and the choirs under the direchow it touched him and his tion of choir director Raejean family’s lives, and the  loss Dunning will perform a canof a beloved daughter Barba- tata at the Middleway Unitra. Several volunteers were on ed  Methodist Church starthand to help. It takes a team ing at 10:30 a.m. and again at of volunteers to organize and the  Kearneysville Grace Recarry out this event that will formed UCC church at 3 p.m. be held in June. Light refreshments will be As a cancer survivor, I am served. The event is open to involved with the Shepherd the public. University Relay for Life  to Leaving you with this be held March 30 − 31  at the thought: The best way to cheer SU Wellness Center located yourself up is to try to cheer on the west campus.  somebody else up. That’s all This year will prove the im- for this week.       

The Panhandle Pedalers Cycling Club recently completed a litter cleanup of WV Route 9 as a member of the Adopt-AHighway program, a joint effort by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and the Division of Highways. The club keeps the 2.2-mile stretch of the W. Va. R 9 bike path from Currie Road to Bardane litter-free by holding clean-up days and enlisting the help of its members. The club’s recent effort garnered 31 bags of litter in two hours — an estimated weight of 900 pounds of trash. Adopted highways are identified by a set of signs with the volunteer’s name or organization placed at the beginning and ending points of the adopted road. Since the program began in 1988, volunteers have removed millions of pounds of litter from West Virginia highways. Many miles of highway remain available for adoption. Anyone interested in joining the program can call 800-3225530. Anyone interested in learning more about the Panhandle Pedalers Cycling Club can visit panhandlepedalers.com.

Over 50 members and guests celebrated the 96th birthday of the Pack Horse Ford Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution during a luncheon on Feb. 18, 2012, at the Christ Reformed Church in Shepherdstown. Hostesses were Corresponding Secretary Polly Wharton and Second Vice Re-

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For Sale “FREE HEAT AND HOT WATER. Eliminate monthly heating bills with OUTDOOR WOOD FURNACE from Central Boiler. Call LeMarr Co. 240-285-6395.” 1/04/tf

Real Estate FOR RENT 2 BR upstairs apartment in Kearneysville. Utilities furnished. Call 304-725-5753. 11/2/tf 2 bedroom apartment 1 1/2 miles from Charles Town on Rt 9 East. 3/21/tf 2 bedroom mobile home in Kearneysville. Excellent condition. 304-725-5753. 3/21/tf Newly remodeled 2 bedroom apt in modern brick apartment building, clean, maintained weekly, $600/mo. plus utilities. Short walk to downtown Charles Town or Racetrack. Private parking. 1 blk from Rt. 340, but residential. Cen- tral air. Laundry and storage room in apt. Washer/dryer. No pets. $600 returnable deposit. Call: Crystal 304-283-1282. 3/7/tf

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Miscellaneous Rainbow Easter pageants. March 18, Martinsburg • April 29, Harpers Ferrry • $15 entry fees. Call 304263-1499 or sandyscott@hughes. net 2/15/10tpd

Wanted WANTED: FOSTER PARENTS!!! A nonprofit agency is in need of foster homes in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Complete training, support and reimbursement are provided. If you would be interested in caring for a child please call the Potomac Center at 304.538.8111 or 304.822.3861. 3/7/4t

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School Crossing Guards The Ranson Police Department is now hiring for School Crossing Guards. Interested persons may pick up applications at Ranson Police Department, 700 N. Preston Street, Ranson, WV between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Mon.-Fri. Applications must be received by close of business April 6, 2012.

Police Officer The Ranson Police Department Civil Service Commission is now accepting applications for the position of Police Officer. Interested persons may pick up applications at the Ranson Police Department, 700 N. Preston Street, Ranson, WV between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Mon.-Fri. Applications must be received by close of business April 6, 2012. Requirements: • Minimum age 18; maximum age 40 • U.S. Citizenship • High School diploma or equivalent (GED) • Successfully complete and pass the following: • Civil Service written exam • Physical agility test • Background investigation • Psychological testing • Medical examination • Oral interview • Basic Police Academy Salary and Fringe Benefits: • Basic Salary for non-certified officer - $41,200.00 • Basic Salary for a certified officer - $42,328.00 • Paid overtime and training • Vacation/Sick leave ��� Hospitalization/Dental/Optical 100% paid by the City • 401K • 12 paid holidays per year The Ranson Police Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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ents the comedy/drama “Home Games” by Tom Ziegler at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Shows continue next weekend at the theater at 204 N. George St. in Charles Town. Tickets: $8; $17 for evening shows; $15 for matinees. For more information, go to www.oldoperahouse.org. To reserve tickets, call 304-725-4420.

Beat goes on: Blaine Gibson presents his senior percussion recital at 5 p.m. Friday in the McCoy Rehearsal Hall of Shepherd University’s Frank Center. The performance is free and open to the public.   ‘Blue’ on view: Ellen Hardesty’s photo exhibit, “The Color Blue,” begins with  an opening reception at 6 p.m. March 23 at downstairs in the Jean Heiler Gallery of the Old Opera House, 240 N. George St. in Charles Town. The artist will be on hand until the reception ends just before 8 p.m., when the play “Home Games” debuts.  The exhibit also can be seen starting at 7 p.m. on the nights the play is performed and during intermissions on March 24, 25, 30, 31 and April 1.      Free showing:  There's no charge to see the award-winning documentary "Waste Land," which chronicles artist Vik Muniz's time in the world's largest landfill near Rio de Janeiro, Saturday at the Shepherdstown Opera House at 131 W. German St. Sustainable Shepherdstown organized the  3 p.m. showing. For more information, email info@sustainable. shepherdstown.org.     Hit the heights: As part of the Shepherdstown 250 celebration, the Potomac Valley Audubon Society hosts a hike to Jefferson Rock Sunday. Veteran trail hiker Dave

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Another change: Teams can chip in an additional $5 to buy one answer at some point during the contest. It's a natural progression to the popular "Submit a Question" feature introduced to the 2011 contest, Malone said. This year, Malone said that teams may submit two questions, one of which will be asked during the games, or they may opt to submit a single question one that may or may not be used.  Malone said that Panhandle businesses can help out not only by putting together teams, but through sponsorships and by donating raffle items and door prizes. Questions about Brain Games may be directed to Malone at 304-264-0298 or by emailing LVEPBrainGames@aol.com.

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Michener will meet participants at the Harpers Ferry train station at 9 a.m.  There is no fee for the hike but parking in the train station lot costs $5.  On the way back to the train station, the group will hike along part of the Appalachian Trail.  Organizers say the hourlong hike will happen rain or shine and will be “relatively easy” but with steep steps. To pre-register or get details, contact Mechener (DaveMichener@msn.com or 703973-6435).     

open to the public.    Feeling blue: The Bluegrass Music Alliance’s free Tuesday jams are open to musicians of all levels as well as to anyone who wants to listen to bluegrass. Jams happen from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Caperton Train Station, 229 E. Martin St., Martinsburg. For details, see www. BluegrassMusicAlliance. org or contact Jenn Jensen (Jenn@TravelWV.com or 304-264-8801).   Georgetown in Charles Town: Shepherdstown artist

Young artists: Students’ pencil drawings, watercolors, pastels and collages are part of “A Celebration of West Virginia Youth Art Month in Jefferson County,” which continues through March 31 at the Fire Hall Gallery, 108 N. George St. in Charles Town. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more, check out the Arts & Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County at www.ahajc.org.   Hello, cello: Jorge AlvarezMarron presents his senior cello recital at 3 p.m. Sunday in the W.H. Shipley Recital Hall in the Frank Center of Shepherd University. The performance is free and and

Douglas Kinnett’s Georgetown paintings can be seen through March 31 at the Fire Hall Gallery, 108 N. George St. in Charles Town. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more, check out the Arts & Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County at www.ahajc.org or the Washington Street Artists Cooperative at wstreetgallery.com.   Discounts for going out: Taking in a show at the Old Opera House in Charles Town can get you a 10 percent discount at select restaurants and on select works at the Washington Street Artists' Cooperative Gallery at 235 W. Washington St. in

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Charles Town. The gallery will be open until 7 p.m. Friday. For details, call the gallery at 304-724-2090 or see www.wstreetgallery.com.   Remembering steamboat pioneer:  History lovers can learn about James Rumsey’s ties to Shepherdstown at 7 p.m. March 29 when the president of the Rumseian Society delivers a lecture at the Entler Hotel, 129 E. German St. in Shepherdstown. Part of the Shepherdstown 250th anniversary, the talk is entitled, “Stubborn Advocates: How Shepherdstown Came to Carry a Torch for James Rumsey.” A Maryland native, Rumsey was living in Berkeley Springs when he crossed paths with George Washington. Though Robert Fulton is widely credited with developing the steamboat, it was Rumsey who gave a public demonstration of his steam-powered boat on the Potomac on Dec. 3, 1787 – decades before Fulton’s Claremont began ferrying passengers between New York and Albany.

23 Eggs as art: Martinsburg will be home to a Pysanki workshop Saturday. Expert Sasha Williams will talk about the centuriesold tradition of crafting vividly hued, intricately adorned eggs (a tradition still strong in Ukraine, Russia, Romania, Poland and other parts of Eastern Europe) and work with attendees to decorate raw eggs with a wax-resist method, where the design is created with melted wax using a copper funnel heated over a candle flame. The class happens from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Divine Journeys studio, Divine Drive, Martinsburg. The $10 fee includes all supplies. The class is limited to 20. To register or get details, email Williams at sashawilliamsart@hotmail.com.

Salon Series: Shepherd University’s Music Salon Series continues Tuesday with two faculty members from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette: flutist Andrea Kapell Loewy and Yuling Huang-Davie, who earned a master’s in piano performance from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Va. The pair will interpret works by Eldin Burton and Philippe Gaubert at 8 p.m. in the W.H. Shipley Recital Hall of Frank Center. The performance is free and open to the public.

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Send us your items for Out&About Do you have a public event you want to publicize? The Spirit of Jefferson reaches thousands of readers across Jefferson County as well as elsewhere in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle and beyond. Email the details to Christine Miller Ford at Christine@spiritofjefferson. Items may be faxed to 304-728-6856 or mailed to the Spirit of Jefferson newsroom, 210 N. George St., Charles Town, WV 25414. Questions? Call Ford at  304-725-2046.  Please provide contact information in case we have questions. To place a display touting your special event, call Karen Bowers weekdays at 304-725-2046.

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Travis Bagent, world-famous as an arm wrestler, is the owner of Cross Fit 304 in Charles Town.

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With CrossFit 304, new fitness trend arrives in Charles Town KATHERINE COBB Special to the Spirit

CHARLES TOWN— Travis “The Beast” Bagent, winner of more than 15 world championship titles in arm wrestling, now has a new fitness trend in his grip. The Jefferson County native, a left-handed arm-wrestling champion whose story is recounted in the documentary, “Pulling John,” has opened CrossFit 304 in the East Washington Street space formerly occupied by the Energy Fitness gym. A favorite of a growing number of police academies in North America, the CrossFit regime relies on calisthenics, free weights, gymnastic rings, kettle bells and pull-up bars to create a core strength and conditioning program. By working on 10 fitness domains – cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed,

coordination, agility, balance and accuracy – a “quintessential” athlete emerges. Greg Glassman founded the program in California in 2000. Bagent, 36, became familiar with CrossFit when Glassman and other CrossFitters recruited him to announce at the CrossFit Games in 2010. Once he became a CrossFit employee, it wasn’t long before he became a believer in its workouts. “The program speaks to people,” Bagent said. “It’s not just the physical results — which are amazing — but the connection people get with their bodies through the process. They realize they are stronger than they thought, and can do things they never thought possible. It’s a powerful response.”  Head trainer Sean Leonard agrees, explaining that CrossFit is far different from the typical gym workout. “CrossFit by definition is constantly

n Dr. Mitch Jacques has been awarded a Certificate of Recognition from the West Virginia governor’s office for his work as dean of the West Virginia University School of Medicine’s Eastern Division in Martinsburg. Jacques, who will retire in June, accepted the honor from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin during the governor’s March 13 stop in the Panhandle.

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A football expert works with a CrossFit Kids class in exploding off the line. varied functional movement done at a high intensity,” he said. “What that means is we do something different every day so the body doesn’t adapt. Today’s workout might not be done for another year.”  Leonard notes that the high intensity part of the CrossFit model is key. “We keep the exercises short, intense and fun. Some workouts may take up to 45 minutes on the high end or 5 minutes on the low end,” he said. CrossFit 304 has offerings geared toward adults and kids. Adult class-

Virginia Family-owned Business of the Year Award. Brothers Michael P. McKechnie and Peter M. McKechnie of Mountain View Solar and Wind of Berkeley Springs will be awarded the West Virignia Entrepreneurial Success Award. Kimberley Beth Dole, who owns Dole Accounting Services in Martinsburg, will be named the West Virginia Women in Business Champion of the n Lyle C. Tabb & Sons of Kearneysville Year. Nominations for all of the awards will be one of were accepted last fall, and winners three Panhanwere selected by an independent panel dle businessof judges. es honored   National Small Business Week is this spring May 20 to 26, and the state honors during the will be formally awarded May 30 at West Virginia The Morgantown Events Center in Small Busiconjunction with the state SBA’s 2012 ness Awards Teaming To Win conference.  For deluncheon in tails, go to www.sba.gov/wv. Morgantown. The Tabbs n Swallowtail Consulting’s Lorrie – Lyle C. Lyle C. Tabb Schoettler of Harpers Ferry is teachTabb III, Howard C. Tabb, Jane M. Tabb, Ly- ing two classes at Blue Ridge Commucle C. Tabb IV and Virginia D. Tabb nity and Technical College in Martins– are the winners of the SBA’s West burg.

es are one hour, typically split into segments. The first is a warm-up, the second is a WOD, the CrossFit acronym for “Workout Of the Day,” and the third focuses on skill work.  CrossFit’s classes for young people break the group into sections based on grade level. Coaches help the young athletes with performance-enhancing skills for the next season coming up. This spring, the youngsters are learning skills for u See PERFECT Page D6

One class is an introduction to nonprofit management; the other focuses on nonprofit fundraising. For more information, call Schoettler at 304-8768153 or email Lorrie@swallowtailconsulting.com. n HMS Technologies Inc. of Martinsburg has earned its International Organization for Standardization 9001 certification. Harry M. Siegel, the company’s founder and president/CEO, says the prestigious certification reflects the company’s commitment to its rigorous quality management system, continuous process improvement and delivery of the highest level of customer satisfaction. The company, founded in 2003 and located at One Discovery Place off Exit 12 of Interstate 81, integrates information technology and services for entities in the federal government as well as commercial clients. Companies gain certification by implementing policies, procedures and u See BRIEFCASE Page D6

When planning for the future, one of the most challenging issues that people face is the prospect of retirement. Many worry about how they will fund their retirement and at what age will they finally be able to stop working and enjoy all of the money that they have been saving for the “golden years.” Today, there are an abundance of different options to help people better prepare for the future. Since it is nearly impossible for anyone to predict their financial standing at retirement time, retirement plans such as 401(k)s and Traditional IRAs can often seem like a gamble with one’s future. While both retirement plans are tax deductible at the time of contribution, upon distribution the retirement money is taxed according Rob Hoxton to the individual’s tax bracket at the time. The uncertainty of not knowing whether the individual might move up in the tax brackets and end up paying more taxes, leads many people to choose a more stable option, also known as a Roth IRA. On Jan. 1, 1998, the Roth IRA was introduced as a part of the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997, which served to reduce several federal taxes. The contribution maximum originally began at $2,000 and later rose to today’s limit of $5,000, but it is important to note that the number varies according to filing status and income. Different from the 401(k) and Traditional IRA, a Roth IRA does not provide tax deductions upon contribution; rather, the individual is taxed at the tax rate when the money is placed into the retirement fund. However, assuming certain requirements are met, all of the interest and earnings made on the money in the Roth IRA account are tax free. Therefore, upon withdrawal, the individual is entitled to the full monetary value of the account, because taxes were already previously deducted. Another benefit of the Roth IRA is the flexibility of withdrawals. Both 401(k)s and Tradition IRAs have a penalty fee of 10 percent for early distributions from a retirement plan. However, the Roth IRA is not constrained by the same strict rules. An individual is allowed to withdraw the entire value of the original contribution without any penalties. All earnings are also tax free upon withdrawal on condition that the individual is over 59 1/2 years old and the Roth IRA account has been established for at least five years. Unlike the minimum distribution requirements for 401(k)s and Traditional IRAs, Roth IRAs do not have a minimum distribution requirement. For 401(k)s and Traditional IRAs, after the age of 70 1/2, individuals are required to begin receiving distributions even if they are not yet retired. However, Roth IRAs do not require distributions at any point, so individuals can leave their money in the Roth IRA account and can continue to earn tax-free interest indefinitely. This feature of Roth IRAs also means that the accounts are inheritable and can be left behind as assets even after the individual has died. Beginning in 2010 another benefit made Roth IRAs especially attractive. Traditional IRAs and other retirement plans, such as 401(k)s, can be rolled u See ROTH Page D6

Send your news Share your company’s news with the Spirit of Jefferson’s Business section. We welcome media releases on your company’s promotions, hirings, new offerings and other changes. Send items to Christine Miller Ford at christine@ spiritofjefferson.com, and please include a phone number so we can get additional information or clarifications if needed. Items also may be mailed to Business news, Spirit of Jefferson newsroom, 210 N. George St., Charles Town, WV 25414.


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Pursuant to the authority vested in the undersigned by deed of trust dated the 10th day of June, 2005 signed by William H. O’Brien and Linda K. O’Brien, husband and wife, to Richard A. Pill, Trustee, which said deed of trust is of record in the Office of the Clerk of the County Commission of Jefferson County, West Virginia, in Trust Deed Book 1440, at page 35, and Golden & Amos, PLLC, Trustee having been requested so to do by the Lender, and default having been made under the terms and conditions of said deed of trust, and the provisions in said deed of trust concerning acceleration having been complied with by the Lender and present holder of the note, said Trustee will sell at public auction at 5:00 o’clock, p.m. on the 27TH DAY OF MARCH 2012 at the front doors of the Courthouse in Jefferson County, West Virginia the following described real estate: All that certain parcel of real estate, together with improvements thereon and the appurtenances thereunto belonging, situate in Shepherdstown District, Jefferson County, West Virginia, and more particularly described as follows: Containing 1.016 acres, more or less, being shown and described as “P/O Lot 12 Residue 1.106 acres” on a plat (No. 4360) entitled “Plat of Survey Showing the Proposed Miller Parent to Child Conveyance” prepared by Appalachian Surveys, Inc., dated August 3, 1994 and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of the County Commission of Jefferson County, West Virginia, in Plat Book 13 at page 12 to which reference is hereby expressly made: TOGETHER WITH septic easement as shown and described on the aforesaid plat as “temporary septic easement for Residue” containing 0.110 acre, more or less, both of which are described by metes and bounds in the Deed next herein after mentioned, with the reference being made to a deed of easement dated the 5th day of August, 1995 from Lynn Miller and Alex Serrano, husband and wife, recorded in the aforesaid Clerk’s Office in Deed Book 812 at page 153. It is the intention of this notice to sell the secured property by proper description as was intended to be transferred and conveyed in the aforesaid deed of trust. The above described real estate is reported to have a mailing address of: 318 Shepherd Lane Shepherdstown, West Virginia 25443 TERMS OF SALE: Cash in hand on day of sale or within 30 days of date of sale upon terms to be agreed upon between Trustee and successful bidder, time being of the essence; payment for unpaid real estate taxes to be assumed by the purchaser. The Trustee does not warrant title or fitness to this property; it is being purchased as is; this is a buyer beware sale and any buyer is advised to retain counsel before the sale. If there is any part of the process of sale which is found to be objectionable, the Trustee reserves the right to cancel the sale. No purchaser should take possession or make improvements in the premises until the Trustee deed is delivered or recorded. A third party purchaser at sale may be required to pay the purchase price plus all recording and transfer fees. Any sale hereunder may be adjourned from time to time without any notice other than oral proclamation at the time and place appointed for this sale or by posting of a notice of same. Should the Trustee not appear at the time appointed for the sale and there is no notice posted of a continuance please contact the office of the Trustee to make further inquiry. Any sale may be conducted or adjourned by the designated agent or attorney of the Trustee. The undersigned is fully vested with the authority to sell said property as Trustee by instrument of record. Should any party have any inquires, objections to the sale or protests regarding the sale, or requests regarding the sale, please notify the trustee below by one of the means of communications set forth below. GOLDEN & AMOS, PLLC, TRUSTEE 543 Fifth Street, P.O. Box 81 Parkersburg, WV 26102 Telephone (304) 485 3851 Fax (304) 485-0261 E-mail: vgolden@goldenamos. com Lender: Wells Fargo Processor: Kristi Payton 3/14/2t

woman, joint tenants with full rights of survivorship, to Douglas McElwee, Trustee, which said deed of trust is of record in the Office of the Clerk of the County Commission of Jefferson County, West Virginia, in Trust Deed Book 1605, at page 568, and Golden & Amos, PLLC, Trustee having been requested so to do by the Lender, and default having been made under the terms and conditions of said deed of trust, and the provisions in said deed of trust concerning acceleration having been complied with by the Lender and present holder of the note, said Trustee will sell at public auction at 5:00 o’clock P.M. on the 27th day of MARCH 2012 at the front doors of the Courthouse in Jefferson County, West Virginia the following described real estate: All that certain lot or parcel of real estate, with the improvements and appurtenances thereunto belonging, situate on the west side of the Shenandoah River in the Kabletown District, Jefferson County, West Virginia, which said tract or parcel of real estate is more particularly bounded and described as Lot 1101, Section 11, Avon Bend, according to a survey and plat made by Lee A. Ebert, dated April 21, 1969, and designated as “Avon Bend – Section 11” attached to and made part of and record with that certain deed from Avon Bend, Inc., a West Virginia Corporation, to R. Thurl Roy, et ux, dated April 26, 1969, in the Office of the Clerk of the County Commission of Jefferson County, West Virginia, in Deed Book 304 at page 145. It is the intention of this notice to sell the secured property by proper description as was intended to be transferred and conveyed in the aforesaid deed of trust. The above described real estate is reported to have a mailing address of: 64 Buckingham Ln., Charles Town, West Virginia 25414 TERMS OF SALE: Cash in hand on day of sale or within 30 days of date of sale upon terms to be agreed upon between Trustee and successful bidder, time being of the essence; payment for unpaid real estate taxes to be assumed by the purchaser. The Trustee does not warrant title or fitness to this property; it is being purchased as is; this is a buyer beware sale and any buyer is advised to retain counsel before the sale. If there is any part of the process of sale which is found to be objectionable, the Trustee reserves the right to cancel the sale. No purchaser should take possession or make improvements in the premises until the Trustee deed is delivered or recorded. A third party purchaser at sale may be required to pay the purchase price plus all recording and transfer fees. Any sale hereunder may be adjourned from time to time without any notice other than oral proclamation at the time and place appointed for this sale or by posting of a notice of same. Should the Trustee not appear at the time appointed for the sale and there is no notice posted of a continuance please contact the office of the Trustee to make further inquiry. Any sale may be conducted or adjourned by the designated agent or attorney of the Trustee. The undersigned is fully vested with the authority to sell said property as Trustee by instrument of record. Should any party have any inquires, objections to the sale or protests regarding the sale, or requests regarding the sale, please notify the trustee below by one of the means of communications set forth below. GOLDEN & AMOS, PLLC, TRUSTEE 543 Fifth Street, P.O. Box 81 Parkersburg, WV 26102 Telephone (304) 485 3851 Fax (304) 485-0261 E-mail: vgolden@goldenamos. com Lender: Provident Processor: Liz 3/14/2t

TRUSTEES` SALE OF VALUABLE REAL ESTATE

The undersigned Trustees, by virtue of the authority vested in them by that certain deed of trust dated June 8, 2007, and duly recorded in the Office of the Clerk of the County Commission of Jefferson County, West Virginia, in Deed of Trust Book 1654, at page 639, Edgar N. Martinez did convey unto Crawford and Keller PLLC, Trustee, certain real property described in said deed of trust; and the beneficiary has elected to appoint Teays Valley Trustees, LLC as substitute Trustees by a Substitution of Trustee recorded in the aforesaid Clerk`s Office; and default having NOTICE OF been made under the aforemenTRUSTEE SALE tioned deed of trust and the unP u r s u a n t t o t h e a u t h o r - dersigned Trustees, having been ity vested in the undersigned by instructed by the secured party deed of trust dated the 2nd day to foreclose thereunder, will offer of November 2006, signed by for sale at public auction at the Robert A. Randall, a single man front door of the Jefferson County and Lena D. Overlyey, a single Courthouse, 100 East Washing-

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ton Street, Charles Town, West Virginia 25414on: April 5, 2012 At 02:00 PM All that certain lot or parcel of real estate, together with its improvements thereon and appurtenances thereunto belonging, situate, lying and being in the Charles Town District, Jefferson County, West Virginia, and being more particularly described as follows: Being all of Lot No. 22 of Briar Run Estates, which lot is more particularly shown and described on a Plat entitled “Phase I Final Plat Showing Lots 1 thru 37, Parcel `A` and Residue Parcels `B` & `C` Briar Run Estates” made by Chester Engineers, dated February, 1997, said Plat being recorded in the Office of the Clerk of the County Commission of Jefferson County, West Virginia, in Plat Book 14, at Page 75, to which reference is made for a more particular description. 121 Cottontail Drive, Ranson, WV 25438 The aforesaid property is SUBJECT TO any and all easements, rights-of-way, conditions, covenants and restrictions of record or in existence. The sale of the foregoing real property will be made subject to all exceptions, reservations, rights of way, easements, conditions, covenants, restrictions, leases and other servitudes of record, if any, pertaining to said real estate, subject to all matters disclosed by an examination and inspection of the property, subject to any and all unpaid taxes as recorded against said property, and to any further matters announced at said sale. The property is sold subject to an accurate survey at purchaser`s expense. The sale of the foregoing real property will also be made expressly subject to any and all other deeds of trust, judgments, liens, and all other encumbrances of any nature whatsoever, if any, having priority over the deed of trust referred to herein. The Trustees reserve the right to adjourn the sale, for a time, or from time to time, without further notice, by announcement at the time and place of sale describe above or any adjournment thereof. The Trustees reserve the right to reject any and all bids. The subject property will be sold in “AS IS” condition. The Trustees shall be under no duty to cause any existing tenant or person occupying the subject property to vacate said property. The Trustees will deliver a trustees` deed to the purchaser without any covenant or warranty (express or implied) in the form prescribed by W. Va. Code §381-6. The Trustees make no representations and warranties about the title of the real estate to be conveyed. If the Trustees are unable to convey insurable or marketable title to purchaser for any reason, purchaser`s sole remedy is return of deposit. TERMS OF SALE: $25,000.00 cash in hand at the time of sale in the form of a certified check or cashier`s check made payable to “Teays Valley Trustees, LLC,” and the balance in cash closing within 30 days of the date of the sale. Purchaser shall pay for transfer stamps and recording fees. Additional terms of sale may be announced prior to the sale. Teays Valley Trustees, LLC 600 A-1 Prestige Park Hurricane, West Virginia 25526 (304) 757-7956 http://foreclosure.closingsource. net 3/14/2t

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE SALE

Pursuant to the authority vested in the undersigned by deed of trust dated the 27th day of May, 2005, signed by John E. Snyder and Colleen L. Snyder, husband and wife, to Richard A. Pill, Trustee, which said deed of trust is of record in the Office of the Clerk of the County Commission of Jefferson County, West Virginia, in Trust Deed Book 1435, at page 472, and Golden & Amos, PLLC, Trustee having been requested so to do by the Lender, and default having been made under the terms and conditions of said deed of trust, and the provisions in said deed of trust concerning acceleration having been complied with by the Lender and present holder of the note, said Trustee will sell at public auction at 5:00 o’clock, p.m. on the 27TH DAY OF MARCH 2012 at the front doors of the Courthouse in Jefferson County, West Virginia the following described real estate situate in the District of Kabletown, County of Jefferson and State of West Virginia as follows: All that certain lot or parcel of real estate, with improvements thereon and appurtenances thereunto belonging, situate at the intersection of the Kabletown Road and General Rogers Road in the Kabletown District of Jefferson, West Virginia, and more particularly described as follows: Being all of Lot 1, containing 3.38 acres as shown on a plat

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Entitled “Final Plat Lots 1, 2 and 3 (Residue) James L. Rowan Minor Subdivision” made by Peter H. Lorenzen, P.S. dated July 25, 2003, and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of the County Commission of Jefferson County, West Virginia, in Plat Book 20 at page 54. It is the intention of this notice to sell the secured property by proper description as was intended to be transferred and conveyed in the aforesaid deed of trust. The above described real estate is reported to have a mailing address of: 1 Rowan Minor Charles Town, West Virginia 25414 TERMS OF SALE: Cash in hand on day of sale or within 30 days of date of sale upon terms to be agreed upon between Trustee and successful bidder, time being of the essence; payment for unpaid real estate taxes to be assumed by the purchaser. The Trustee does not warrant title or fitness to this property; it is being purchased as is; this is a buyer beware sale and any buyer is advised to retain counsel before the sale. If there is any part of the process of sale which is found to be objectionable, the Trustee reserves the right to cancel the sale. No purchaser should take possession or make improvements in the premises until the Trustee deed is delivered or recorded. A third party purchaser at sale may be required to pay the purchase price plus all recording and transfer fees. Any sale hereunder may be adjourned from time to time without any notice other than oral proclamation at the time and place appointed for this sale or by posting of a notice of same. Should the Trustee not appear at the time appointed for the sale and there is no notice posted of a continuance please contact the office of the Trustee to make further inquiry. Any sale may be conducted or adjourned by the designated agent or attorney of the Trustee. The undersigned is fully vested with the authority to sell said property as Trustee by instrument of record. Should any party have any inquires, objections to the sale or protests regarding the sale, or requests regarding the sale, please notify the trustee below by one of the means of communications set forth below. GOLDEN & AMOS, PLLC, TRUSTEE 543 Fifth Street, P.O. Box 81 Parkersburg, WV 26102 Telephone (304) 485 3851 Fax (304) 485-0261 E-mail: vgolden@goldenamos. com Lender: Wells Fargo Processor: Kristi Payton 3/14/2t

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE SALE

Pursuant to the authority vested in the undersigned by deed of trust dated the 30th day of May 2008, signed by Joy E. Washington, an unmarried woman, to Christopher J. Prezioso, Trustee, which said deed of trust is of record in the Office of the Clerk of the County Commission of Jefferson County, West Virginia, in Trust Deed Book 1723, at page 362, and Golden & Amos, PLLC, Trustee having been requested so to do by the Lender, and default having been made under the terms and conditions of said deed of trust, and the provisions in said deed of trust concerning acceleration having been complied with by the Lender and present holder of the note, said Trustee will sell at public auction at 5:00 o’clock P.M. on the 27th day of MARCH 2012 at the front doors of the Courthouse in Jefferson County, West Virginia the following described real estate: The following described parcel of real estate together with all rights, privileges, improvements, rights of way and appurtenances thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining, situate in the Town of Ranson, Jefferson County, West Virginia, and more particularly described as follows: Lot No. 8, containing 0.14 acres, as further shown and described on a plat and survey entitled “Site Plan Preston Court Lots” made by Peter H. Lorenze, Surveyor, dated July 2, 1996, and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of the County Commission of Jefferson County, West Virginia, in Plat Book 14 at page 20. It is the intention of this notice to sell the secured property by proper description as was intended to be transferred and conveyed in the aforesaid deed of trust. The above described real estate is reported to have a mailing address of: 206 Preston Place, Ranson, West Virginia 25438 TERMS OF SALE: Cash in hand on day of sale or within 30 days of date of sale upon terms to be agreed upon between Trustee and successful bidder, time being of the essence; payment for unpaid real estate taxes to be assumed by the purchaser. The Trustee does not warrant title or fitness to this property; it is being

purchased as is; this is a buyer beware sale and any buyer is advised to retain counsel before the sale. If there is any part of the process of sale which is found to be objectionable, the Trustee reserves the right to cancel the sale. No purchaser should take possession or make improvements in the premises until the Trustee deed is delivered or recorded. A third party purchaser at sale may be required to pay the purchase price plus all recording and transfer fees. Any sale hereunder may be adjourned from time to time without any notice other than oral proclamation at the time and place appointed for this sale or by posting of a notice of same. Should the Trustee not appear at the time appointed for the sale and there is no notice posted of a continuance please contact the office of the Trustee to make further inquiry. Any sale may be conducted or adjourned by the designated agent or attorney of the Trustee. The undersigned is fully vested with the authority to sell said property as Trustee by instrument of record. Should any party have any inquires, objections to the sale or protests regarding the sale, or requests regarding the sale, please notify the trustee below by one of the means of communications set forth below. GOLDEN & AMOS, PLLC, TRUSTEE 543 Fifth Street, P.O. Box 81 Parkersburg, WV 26102 Telephone (304) 485 3851 Fax (304) 485-0261 E-mail: vgolden@goldenamos. com Lender: Fifth Third Processor: Liz 3/14/2t

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Jefferson County, West Virginia for the entry of an order by said Court changing her name from SABASTIANO SALVATORO VITANZA TO SEBASTIAN JOHN VITANZA at which time and place any interested party may appear and be heard, if they so desire. You are hereby notified that this matter may be rescheduled without further notice or publication. A copy of said Petition can be obtained from the undersigned Clerk at her office at, Clerk of Circuit Court, 119 North George S t r e e t , C h a r l e s To w n , W V 25414. Entered by the Clerk of said Court this 9th day of March, 2012. Laura E. Rattenni, Circuit Clerk Jefferson County, West Virginia By: Aerial Carroll, Deputy Clerk 3/21/2t

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF JEFFERSON COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA

IN RE: CHANGE OF NAME PETITION OF THERESE ZARLENGO PIERCE TO THERESE MARIE ZARLENGO; CIVIL ACTION NUMBER: 12-P-21 LEGAL NOTICE OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME PROCEEDING Notice is hereby given that on the 18th day of April 2012, at 10:30 A.M. on said day, or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard THERESE ZARLENGO PIERCE, will apply by Petition to the Circuit Court of Jefferson County, West Virginia for the entry of an order by said Court changing her name from THERESE ZARLENGO PIERCE TO THERESE MARIE ZARLENGO at which time and place any interested party may appear and be heard, if they so desire. You are hereby notified that this matter may be rescheduled without further notice or publication. A copy of said Petition can be obtained from the undersigned Clerk at her office at, Clerk of Circuit Court, 119 North George Street, Suite 100, Charles Town, WV 25414. Entered by the Clerk of said Court this 7th day of March, 2012. Laura E. Rattenni, Circuit Clerk Jefferson County, West Virginia By: S.Mason, Deputy Circuit Clerk 3/21/2t

The Historic Landmarks Commission of the City of Charles Town will hold public hearings on the following applications as required in Article 14, Historic Overlay District, Section 14.8 of the Zoning Ordinance. The meeting will be held on Monday, April 9, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 101 E. Washington Street, Charles Town, West Virginia. HLCS 2012-0002 A request by Service Neon Signs, Inc. for a certificate of appropriateness to install one temporary sign on the site of CVS/Pharmacy during construction, along the 300 block of West Washington Street. The sign will be temporary until construction is complete. This meeting is open to the Notice public. Additional information The Corporation of Bolivar regarding the proposed sign is will be accepting letters of interavailable at City Hall. est to fill a position with the Bo3/21/1t livar Building Commission. Any persons interested may submit a letter of interest to the Town IN THE CIRCUIT COURT of Bolivar, P.O. Box 37, Harpers OF JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ferry, WV 25425 or fax to 304WEST VIRGINIA 535-1474. Attn: Laura WhittingIN RE: CHANGE OF NAME ton. The deadline for submission PETITION OF is March 30, 2012. NORMA JEANNE SHEA 3/14/2t TO JEANNE ALLEN COOPER; CIVIL ACTION NUMBER: IN THE CIRCUIT COURT 12-P-19 OF JEFFERSON COUNTY, LEGAL NOTICE OF PUBLICAWEST VIRGINIA TION CHANGE OF NAME STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA, PROCEEDING ex rel, Notice is hereby given that West Virginia State Police, on the 18th day of April 2012, Petitioners at 10:30 A.M. on said day, or as vs. soon thereafter as the matter $1157 DOLLARS IN U.S. may be heard NORMA JEANNE CURRENCY, Respondents; SHEA, will apply by Petition to the Owner of respondent Circuit Court of Jefferson County, property: West Virginia for the entry of an BALAGOPAN TAMPY, order by said Court changing her Last known address: name from NORMA JEANNE SHEA TO JEANNE ALLEN COO- 2705 Keystone Lane, Apt 204, Vienna, VA 22810; PETITION PER at which time and place any NO. 12-P-15 interested party may appear and ORDER OF PUBLICATION be heard, if they so desire. The purpose of this action is You are hereby notified that this matter may be rescheduled to obtain the forfeiture of the mowithout further notice or publica- tor vehicle below described. Any claimant to the property must file tion. A copy of said Petition can be a claim in writing with the Clerk obtained from the undersigned of the Circuit Court of Jefferson Clerk at her office at, Clerk of County, West Virginia on or beCircuit Court, 119 North George fore the 13th day of April, 2012, Street, Suite 100, Charles Town, and serve a true copy on Stephen V. Groh, Assistant Prosecuting WV 25414. Entered by the Clerk of said Attorney of Jefferson County, Court this 7th day of March, West Virginia. Any claim filed must clearly state the identity of 2012. the claimant and address where Laura E. Rattenni, Circuit Clerk legal process can be served upon Jefferson County, West Virginia By: S.Mason, Deputy Circuit the claimant. The property seized and sought to be forfeited in this Clerk action is: $1157 U.S. Currency. 3/21/2t The Office of the Prosecuting Attorney of Jefferson County, West Virginia will seek an IN THE CIRCUIT COURT Order from the Circuit Court OF JEFFERSON COUNTY, directing the forfeiture of the above described property to the WEST VIRGINIA State of West Virginia investing IN RE: CHANGE OF NAME ownership of the said property PETITION OF SABASTIANO in the Charles Town, West VirSALVATORO VITANZA ginia, in open court in the CirTO SEBASTIAN JOHN VITANZA; cuit Court of Jefferson County, West Virginia, sitting in Charles CIVIL ACTION NUMBER: Town, on or after the 16th day 12-P-14 LEGAL NOTICE OF PUBLICA- of April 2012. Laura Rattenni, TION CHANGE OF NAME Clerk of the Circuit Court PROCEEDING of Jefferson County, Notice is hereby given that West Virginia on the 2ND day of April 2012, at By: S. Mason, Deputy Clerk 1:00 P.M. on said day, or as soon thereafter as the matter may be 3/14/2t heard SABASTIANO SALVATORO VITANZA, will apply by Continued on next page Petition to the Circuit Court of


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the date of the sale, failing which the deposit made will be forfeit and the property resold at the risk and expense of the purchaser. Conveyance will be subject to all easements, conveyances, rightsof-way, conditions and restrictions of record. The property is sold in “as is” condition. The beneficial owner of the Deed of Trust does not make any representations or warranties as to the physical condition of the property. Any and all legal procedural requirements to obtain physical possession of the premises after the closing are the responsibility of the purchaser. Risk of loss or damage will be purchasers from and after the foreclosure sale. All taxes and utility charges will be the responsibility of the purchaser. All settlement fees, costs of conveyance, examination of title, recording charges, and transfer taxes are at the expense of the purchaser. Trustee makes no representations regarding state of title. If the Trustee cannot convey insurable or marketable title, purchaser’s sole remedy is a return of deposit. Pursuant to the Deed of Trustee, the Trustee may postpone the sale by public announcement at the time and place designated or by posting a notice of the same, and act by agent in the execution of the sale. The Trustee reserves the right to continue sale of the subject property from time to time by oral proclamation, which continuation shall be in the sole discretion of the Trustee. The parties secured by the Deed of Trust reserve the right to purchase the property at such sale. Daniel J. Mancini, Esq. Mancini & Associates 201A Fairview Drive Monaca, PA 15061 Phone (724) 728-1020 Fax (724) 728-4239 3/21/2t

In accordance with W. Va. Code § 8A-7-1 et seq. and § 8A3-1 et seq., the Ranson Planning Commission will hold public hearings on March 5, 2012, and March 26, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. at Ranson City Hall, 312 S. Mildred Street, Ranson, WV. The purpose of the public hearing is to accept public comments on the following: (1) 2012 Ranson Comprehensive Plan; (2) the repeal and reenactment of Chapter 19 of the Ranson Municipal Code “Ranson Zoning Ordinance” with amendments to ensure compliance with the 2012 Comprehensive Plan; (3) enactment of Chapter 19A the “Ranson SmartCode” zoning ordinance; and, (4) adoption the official zoning map of the City of Ranson.” Upon recommendation and approval of the documents by the Ranson Planning Commission, City Council is scheduled to hold two additional public hearings and first reading of an ordinance approving the documents on April 3, 2012, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at Ranson City Hall. Final reading before the Ranson City Council is scheduled for April 17, 2012. Copies of the 2012 Comprehensive Plan, proposed amendments to Chapter 19; the Ranson SmartCode; proposed zoning map; and current zoning map are available for inspection during office hours 9:00 – 5:00 at City Hall or on the City’s website at www. ransonrenewed.com under the “resources” tab. All persons are invited to attend and make comments about the proposed ordinances. If you cannot attend but wish to comment, you may write to the following address prior to March 26, 2012: City of Ranson, Attn: Zoning Comments, 312 S. Mildred Street, Ranson, WV 25438. Written comments received prior to March 26, 2012 will be provided to the PlanNOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S ning Commission and inserted into SALE PRIVATE the official record. Notice is hereby given that by Ray A. Braithwaite, Recorder Chris Gaskins, Planning virtue of the authority under that Commission Secretary certain deed of trust executed by Donald R. Himes, Jr., a married 2/22, 3/14, 3/21 man to Dawn White, Trustee(s) dated August 31, 2001, and reNOTICE OF SUBSTITUTE corded in the office of the Clerk of the County Commission of JefTRUSTEE’S SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN ferson County, West Virginia, in that default having occurred in Trust Deed Book 1035, at page the payment of a certain indebt- 167, by which was conveyed to edness secured by a Deed of said Trustee(s) the hereinafter Trust dated November 14, 2006, described real estate to secure between Jason Lawson and the payment of a certain promisMitchell Lee Klein, Trustee, re- sory note set out and described corded in the Office of the Clerk therein, and default having been of the Commission Jefferson made in the payment of said County, West Virginia in Deed of note, the undersigned Substitute Trust Book No. 1607 at Page 47, Trustee(s) having been appointwhich Deed of Trust authorizes ed Substitute Trustee by an Apthe beneficiary to remove, sub- pointment of Substitute Trustee stitute or add a Trustee, at its op- dated February 13, 2012, and tion, and the beneficiary having having been requested in writing exercised its option and substi- by the holder of said note, will sell tuted Emmanuel B. Loucas, Con- to the highest and best bidder on nie Kesner, and Tressia Blevins April 2, 2012 at 2:30 p.m., at the as its Trustees, to act in the en- front door of the courthouse of forcement of said Deed of Trust Jefferson County, West Virginin person, and the undersigned ia, the real estate conveyed by Substitute Trustees having been said deed of trust and situate in requested by the beneficial own- Charles Town District, Jefferson er of said indebtedness to en- County, West Virginia, together force said Deed of Trust, will offer with easements, improvements and appurtenances thereunto for sale at a public auction on belonging, and at the time of the THURSDAY signing of the Deed of Trust it was APRIL 5, 2012 reported that the address was: AT 1:30 PM 35 Mountain View Lane, Harpers IN FRONT OF THE Ferry, West Virginia 25425 and JEFFERSON COUNTY being more particularly bounded COURTHOUSE and described therein as follows: CHARLES TOWN, All that certain parcel of real WEST VIRGINIA the following described real es- property, with the improvements tate with all improvements, ease- thereon and the appurtenances ments, and appurtenances there- thereunto belonging, situate in the Charles Town District, Jefunto belonging: All that certain lot or parcel of ferson County, West Virginia, real estate, with the improvements designated and described as thereon and appurtenances there- Lot 35 of the Ridge Section of unto belonging, situate in the John Brown’s Farms River SecCharles Town District of Jefferson tion Subdivision, as set forth County, West Virginia, more par- upon that certain subdivision surticularly bounded and described vey plat prepared by Richard U. by metes and bounds, according Goode, C.L.S. dated November to a survey an plat made by Appa- 1, 1965 and recorded in the Oflachian Surveys, Inc., dated April fice of the Clerk of the County 1985, and recorded in the Office of Commission, Jefferson County, the Clerk of the County Commis- West Virginia, in Deed Book 277, sion of Jefferson County, West Vir- at page 206, TOGETHER WITH ginia in Plat Book No. 6, at Pages rights to traverse the streets and 104-104C, thereon described as roads of the subdivision in comLot No. 65, Section 3, Willowbrook mon with other lot owners. And being the same real estate Village. The property having a com- conveyed to Donald R. Himes, Jr. mon address of: 22 Talcon Court, from David E. Gourley and TamCharles Town, West Virginia mie S. Wakefield by a deed dated August 31, 2001 and recorded 25414 Property is sold subject to pri- in the aforesaid Clerk’s Office in or trusts, encumbrances, restric- Deed Book 951, at page 671. This sale is made subject to tions and easements of records, if any. The property is sold subject any special assessments, unpaid to an accurate survey at purchas- taxes, easements, conditions, reservations and restrictions afer’s expense. FEDERAL TAX LIEN: In the fecting the aforesaid real estate. The property will be conveyed event that there are Federal Tax Liens against the property, the in an “AS IS” condition by Deed United States would have the containing no warranty, express right to redeem the property with- or implied, subject to all property in a period of 120 days from the taxes, prior Deeds, liens, reservadate of such sale or the period al- tions, encumbrances, restrictions, lowable for redemption under lo- rights of ways, easements, covenants, conveyances and condical law, whichever is longer. TERMS OF SALE: A deposit tions of record in the Clerk’s office of $16,000.00 by certified check or affecting the subject property. Pursuant to the terms of said or cashier’s check at sale made payable to Mancini & Associates, deed of trust, the Trustee(s) may the balance in cash or by certified postpone the sale by public ancheck at closing. Certified funds nouncement at the time and place must be presented to Trustee for designated for the sale. The West inspection at start of sale in order Virginia Housing Development to be qualified to bid. The pur- Fund or its designee may purchaser will be required to com- chase the property at any sale. The Substitute Trustees shall plete settlement within 30 days of

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be under no duty to cause any existing tenant or person occupying the property to vacate said property, and any personal property and/or belongings remaining at the property after the foreclosure sale will be deemed to constitute ABANDONED PROPERTY AND WILL BE DISPOSED OF ACCORDINGLY. TERMS OF SALE: Cash in hand on day of sale. DATED this 9th day of March, 2012. Richard A. Pill , Substitute Trustee 304-263-4971 Kristin A. Shaffer, Substitute Trustee 304-391-8648 3/21/2t

Notice

The accounting of conservator/conservators for the Estate of Christopher Whittington, a protected person, dated 3/6/12, has been filed with the Jefferson County Circuit Clerk. June K. Jovanelly Fiduciary Commissioner Jefferson County, WV 3/21/2t

ORDER OF PUBLICATION IN THE FAMILY COURT OF JEFFERSON COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA

IN RE: THE CHILD OF: ANGELY SALAZAR, PETITIONER VS. KENNETH SALAZAR, RESPONDENT; CIVIL ACTION NO. 12-D-11 THE OBJECT OF THIS SUIT IS TO DETERMINE THE CUSTODIAL ALLOCATION OF THE MINOR CHILD OF THE PARTIES TO THE ABOVE NAMED RESPONDENT: KENNETH SALAZAR It appearing by affidavit filed in this action that Kenneth Salazar is a non-resident of the State of West Virginia, it is hereby ordered that Kenneth Salazar serve upon Gregory A. Bailey, Esquire, of the law firm Arnold & Bailey, PLLC, Petitioner’s Attorney, whose address is: P.O. Box 69, Shepherdstown WV 25443, an Answer, including any related counterclaim or defense you may have to the Petition for Custodial Allocation filed in this action on or before April 23rd, 2012. If you fail to do so, thereafter judgment, upon proper hearing and trial, may be taken against you for the relief demanded in the Petition. A copy of said Petition can be obtained from the undersigned Clerk at her office. Entered by the Clerk of said court March 19, 2012. Laura E. Rattenni Clerk of Court By: A. Rickard 3/21/2t

NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATION

Jefferson County Clerk’s Probate Office P. O. Box 208 100 E. Washington Street Charles Town, WV 25414 Estate of Marion A. Bouley, deceased Personal Representative: William Morgan, Executor 35 Hunters Wood Court Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 Attorney: Richard A. Sussmann Hamstead & Associates, LC 113 Fairfax Blvd. Charles Town, WV 25414 Estate of Betty Marie Edwards, deceased Personal Representative: Daniel W. Edwards, Executor 1731 Steamboat Run Road Shepherdstown, WV 25443 Attorney: Henry W. Morrow, Jr. P.O. Box 459 Charles Town, WV 25414 Estate Marie St. John Magin, deceased Personal Representative: Helen M. Smith, Executrix 6518 Detrick Road Mount Airy, MD 21771 Estate Charles E. Stewart, deceased Personal Representative: Betty Cook, Administratrix 401 N. Preston St. Ranson, WV 25438

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Estate John J. Walker, deceased Personal Representative: Elizabeth A. Diggs, Executrix P.O. Box 156 Kearneysville, WV 25430 Estate Julia Lee Walters, deceased Personal Representative: John J. Walters, Executor 6634 River Falls Drive. S. Jacksonville, FL 32219

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Date of first publication: March, 14, 2012 Claims against the estate must be filed in accordance with the provisions of §44-2-1 of the West Virginia Code. Any person seeking to impeach or establish a Will must make a complaint in accordance with the provisions of §41-5-11, 12, or 13. Any person interested in the above referenced estate who objects to the qualifications of the Personal Representative or the venue or jurisdiction of the Court, shall file notice of an objection with the Clerk of the County Commission within NINETY (90) DAYS after the date of the first publication of this notice or within THIRTY (30) DAYS after service made by the Personal Representative, whichever is later. Settlement of the estate of the above named decedent will proceed without reference to a fiduciary commissioner unless within ninety days from the first publication of this notice a reference is requested by a party in interest or an unpaid creditor files a claim and good cause is shown to support reference to a fiduciary commissioner. If an objection is not timely filed, the objection is forever barred. 3/21/2t

Request for Bids

The Ranson Police Department will be taking sealed bids on a 1999 White Ford passenger van serial #1FDXE4OS2XHB50997, now through April 13th 2012 at 5:00PM. All bids must be submitted no later than that date containing bid and contact information for the person submitting said bid. Bids should be dropped off at the Ranson Police Department, 700 North Preston Street, Ranson, WV between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. 3/21/1t

INVITATION TO BID

The Jefferson County Board of Education will accept sealed bids from qualified firms for the Mowing/Landscaping of all 20 buildings/ locations owned by the Jefferson County Board of Education. Plans and specifications can be obtained at the mandatory prebid meeting at Wright Denny Elementary auditorium on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. All bids must be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 to Joseph W. Starkey, Coordinator of Maintenance and Facility Planning; 201 W. North Street, Charles Town, WV 25414. Along with proof of liability insurance in the amount of $1,000,000, valid WV Landscaping Contractor’s license, a valid WV herbicide application license and three professional references. Mr. Starkey may be contacted at 304-725-5711 or 304-582-8068. The Jefferson County Board of Education reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to waive any informality in the bidding. Susan K.Wall Superintendent 3/21/2t

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Please take notice that the Shepherdstown Board of Appeals will hold a hearing on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at The Town Hall, 104 North King Street, Shepherdstown, West Virginia regarding the following: Appellants: John Mark Pullen Address: 202 East Bones Wright Street, Shepherdstown, West Virginia 25443 Request: The appellant was denied his request on February 20, 2012, by the Shepherdstown Planning Commission, as stated in its Notice of Decision of February 24, 2012. In the Notice of Decision, the Shepherdstown Planning Commission denied a request to construct a two story 16’-8” by 23’-8” sunroom addition to the rear of the house. The property is located in the R-1 Low Density Residential District and this request was reviewed under § 9-215 Erosion Control and Stream Protection; § 9-508 Required Lot Area, Lot Width, and Yards in Residential Districts; and §9-902 Building Permits Required — article IV Architectural Standards. This request was denied by the Shepherdstown Planning Commission as not meeting the requirements for the rear yard setback of §9-508.It is from this that the appellant seeks a variance for the purpose of constructing a two story sunroom addition. Dawn M. Fye For The Board of Appeals 3/21/1t

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ORDER OF PUBLICATION IN THE FAMILY COURT OF JEFFERSON COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA

IN RE: THE MARRIAGE OF: JEDIDIAH N. BOLYARD, PETITIONER VS. AMY BOLYARD, RESPONDENT; CIVIL ACTION NO. 12-D-28 THE OBJECT OF THIS SUIT IS TO OBTAIN A DIVORCE. TO THE ABOVE NAMED RESPONDENT: AMY BOLYARD It appearing by affidavit filed in this action that Amy Bolyard is a non-resident of the State of West Virginia, it is hereby ordered that Amy Bolyard serve upon Gregory A. Bailey, Esquire, of the law firm of Arnold & Bailey, PLLC, Peti-

tioner’s Attorney, whose address is: P.O. Box 69, Shepherdstown, WV 25443, an Answer, including any related counterclaim or defense you may have to the Petition for Divorce filed in this action on or before April 23rd, 2012. If you fail to do so, thereafter judgment, upon proper hearing and trial, may be taken against you for the relief demanded in the Petition. A copy of said Petition can be obtained from the undersigned Clerk at her Office. Entered by the Clerk of said Court March 19, 2012. Laura E. Rattenni Clerk of Court By: A. Rickard 3/21/2t

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BONDED SPECIAL COMMISSIONER’S SALE OF REAL ESTATE

Pursuant to and by virtue of an Order of the Circuit Court of Jefferson County, West Virginia, entered on February 7, 2012, in Civil Action No. 11-C-207, therein pending under the style of Roy T. Craig, Jr., individually and as Administrator of the Estate of Roy T. Craig (Sr.), deceased, Petitioner, vs. Crystal Craig, et al., Respondents, the undersigned Bonded Special Commissioner will offer for sale at a public auction to be held at the front door of the Jefferson County Court House situate at 100 E. Washington Street, Charles Town, Jefferson County, West Virginia, on Thursday, March 29, 2012, at 12:00 o’clock, noon, all those certain contiguous parcels of real estate, together with the improvements thereon and the appurtenances thereunto belonging, situate in Harpers Ferry District, Jefferson County, West Virginia, more particularly described as follows: PARCEL ONE Lot 4-A, Keyes Ferry Acres, containing 0.702 acre, as shown and described on a plat recorded in the office of the Clerkof the County Commission of Jefferson County, West Virginia, in Deed Book 275, page 99. [Tax Map 13 (inset 3), parcel 28.0002] BEING all and the same real estate which was conveyed from Athel W. Murphree to Roy T. Craig (Sr.) by a Deed dated the 8th day of August, 2002, and recorded in the aforesaid Clerk’s office in Deed Book 1045, page 721. PARCEL TWO Lot 38-39 and Lot 40-41, Section E, and Lot 46, Section D, Harpers Ferry Campsites, as shown and described on a plat recorded in the aforesaid Clerk’s office in Plat Book 1, page 17. [Tax Map 13-D, parcel 171 (Lot 46, Section D); and parcel 205 (Lot 38-39 and Lot 40-41, Section E)] And having a physical address of 146 Stone Bear Lane, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. BEING all and the same real estate which was conveyed from Harold J. Taylor and Muriel A. Taylor, husband and wife, to Roy T. Craig, Sr. and Bonnie Snyder by a Deed dated the 22nd day of June, 1990, and recorded in the aforesaid Clerk’s office in Deed Book 661, page 753. BEING ALSO all and the same real estate in which a one-half (1/2) undivided interest was conveyed from Bonnie Snyder to Roy T. Craig, Jr., Leah [Ellen] Dillow, Crystal [Dawn] Craig, David Michael Craig, Mark [Henry] Craig, Tammy [Jeanette] Penwell, and Andrew Kowalski by a Quitclaim Deed dated the 20th day of April, 2011, and recorded in the aforesaid Clerk’s office in Deed Book 1092, page 320. THE CONVEYANCE OF THIS REAL ESTATE WILL BE MADE SUBJECT TO all easements, rights–of–way, restrictive covenants, conditions, reservations and other conditions of record found and enumerated in the chain of title and those reasonably apparent upon an inspection and view of said real estate or as determined by a survey. THIS SALE SHALL ALSO BE MADE SUBJECT TO the rights of any person or persons occupying the premises, if any there be, and the Bonded Special Commissioner shall not be under any duty to cause any person or persons who may be occupying thepremises to vacate the same. The property will be sold in an “AS IS” condition and the Bonded Special Commissioner makes no warranty of any type as to the condition of any improvements located upon the premises, if any there be. The Bonded Special Commissioner’s Deed to any purchaser will not contain any warranty of title. The aforesaid real estate will be offered for sale in such sequence or manner as results in the highest aggregate bid for the real estate. TERMS OF SALE Cash or bank check on day of sale equal to ten percent (10%) of the highest bid, and the balance due, in cash, forty-five (45) days from the date of confirmation of said sale by the Circuit Court of Jefferson County, West Virginia, to which this sale shall be expressly subject. All real estate taxes and all other charges and assessments levied against the property shall be pro-rated to the date of settlement. All recording fees and charges and all transfer and excise taxes shall be paid by the purchaser. Given under my hand this 22nd day of February, 2012. D. Frank Hill, III Bonded Special Commissioner 136 E. German Street P.O. Box A Shepherdstown, WV 25443 Telephone: 304-876-9333

22nd day of February, 2012. Laura E. Rattenni Clerk 3/7/4t

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING COUNTY COMMISSION OF JEFFERSON COUNTY The County Commission of Jefferson County will hold a public meeting on Thursday, March 22, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the County Commission meeting room located at the Old Charles Town Library on the ground floor, 200 E. Washington Street, Charles Town, West Virginia 25414. The purpose of the Public Hearing is to approve the Levy Estimate for Fiscal Year 2013. Also at this public hearing, the Commission will receive public comment concerning the County’s budget. The draft FY13 budget and documents are available at the following website: www.jeffersoncountywv.org Anyone wishing to provide comment may do so at this meeting or by email at info@jeffersoncountywv.org. The public is invited to attend. By Order of the County Commission of Jefferson County Patricia A. Noland, President 3/14/2t

NOTICE OF INTENT TO APPOINT

The Jefferson County Commission proposes to name persons to serve on the following Authorities, Boards, Commissions, or Committees on Thursday, March 29, 2012, or as soon thereafter as the Commission may decide: Development Authority- (5) Three year terms ending April 5, 2015 Persons who may be interested in the above listed agency should submit a letter of interest and a resume or statement of qualifications to the Jefferson County Commission, P.O. Box 250, Charles Town, WV 25414, prior to the proposed date of appointment. Additional information regarding these appointments may be obtained by calling the Commission Office at (304) 728-3284. 2/29/4t

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE SALE

Pursuant to the authority vested in the undersigned by deed of trust dated the 21st day of September, 2005, signed by Tammy Babcock, a single woman, to Tasha N. Keller, Esq., Trustee, which said deed of trust is of record in the Office of the Clerk of the County Commission of Jefferson County, West Virginia, in Trust Deed Book 1481, at page 405. Said deed of trust was rerecorded in the aforesaid Clerk’s Office in Trust Deed Book 1489, at page 171, and Golden & Amos, PLLC, Trustee having been requested so to do by the Lender, and default having been made under the terms and conditions of said deed of trust, and the provisions in said deed of trust concerning acceleration having been complied with by the Lender and present holder of the note, said Trustee will sell at public auction at 5:00 o’clock, p.m. on the 27th day of March, 2012 at the front doors of the Courthouse in Jefferson County, West Virginia the following described real estate: All that certain lot or parcel of real estate, with the improvements thereon and the appurtenances thereunto belonging, situate in Middleway District, Jefferson County, West Virginia, being more particularly bounded and described as follows: Lot No. 4 of the Border Square 1, Subdivision in Middleway District, Jefferson County, West Virginia, as said lot is described on a plat of record in the Office of the Clerk of the County Commission of Jefferson County, West Virginia, in Plat Book 14 at Page 16, to which plat reference is hereby made for a more particular description of said real estate. There is included in this conveyance the manufactured home which is attached to the premises, It is the intention of this notice to sell the secured property by proper description as was intended to be transferred and conveyed in the aforesaid deed of trust. The above described real estate is reported to have a mailing address of: 257 Domer Square Kearneysville, West Virginia 25430 TERMS OF SALE: Cash in hand on day of sale or within 30 days of date of sale upon terms to be agreed upon between Trustee and successful bidder, time beCERTIFICATE I, Laura E. Rattenni, Clerk of the ing of the essence; payment for Circuit Court of Jefferson County, unpaid real estate taxes to be West Virginia, hereby certify that assumed by the purchaser. The bond and security has been given Trustee does not warrant title or by the Bonded Special Commis- fitness to this property; it is being purchased as is; this is a buyer sioner as required by law. Given under my hand this beware sale and any buyer is

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advised to retain counsel before the sale. If there is any part of the process of sale which is found to be objectionable, the Trustee reserves the right to cancel the sale. No purchaser should take possession or make improvements in the premises until the Trustee deed is delivered or recorded. A third party purchaser at sale may be required to pay the purchase price plus all recording and transfer fees. Any sale hereunder may be adjourned from time to time without any notice other than oral proclamation at the time and place appointed for this sale or by posting of a notice of same. Should the Trustee not appear at the time appointed for the sale and there is no notice posted of a continuance please contact the office of the Trustee to make further inquiry. Any sale may be conducted or adjourned by the designated agent or attorney of the Trustee. The undersigned is fully vested with the authority to sell said property as Trustee by instrument of record. Should any party have any inquires, objections to the sale or protests regarding the sale, or requests regarding the sale, please notify the trustee below by one of the means of communications set forth below. GOLDEN & AMOS, PLLC, TRUSTEE 543 Fifth Street, P.O. Box 81 Parkersburg, WV 26102 Telephone (304) 485‑3851 Fax (304) 485-0261 E-mail: vgolden@goldenamos. com Lender: Bank of America, N.A. Processor: Maggie Brown 3/14/2t

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF JEFFERSON COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA

IN RE: CHANGE OF NAME PETITION OF GRACIE LYNN SECATELLO TO GRACIE LYNN MAHONEY; CIVIL ACTION NUMBER: 12-P-16 LEGAL NOTICE OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME PROCEEDING Notice is hereby given that on the 17th day of April 2012, at 11:30 A.M. on said day, or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard, SAMANTHA MAHONEY PARENT OF GRACIE LYNN SECATELLO, will apply by Petition to the Circuit Court of Jefferson County, West Virginia for the entry of an order by said Court changing her name from GRACIE LYNN SECATELLO TO GRACIE LYNN MAHONEY at which time and place any interested party may appear and be heard, if they so desire. You are hereby notified that this matter may be rescheduled without further notice or publication. A copy of said Petition can be obtained from the undersigned Clerk at her office at, Clerk of Circuit Court, 119 North George Street, Suite 100, Charles Town, WV 25414. Entered by the Clerk of said Court this 6th day of March 2012. Laura E. Rattenni, Circuit Clerk Jefferson County, West Virginia By: S. Mason Deputy Circuit Clerk 3/14/2t

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF JEFFERSON COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA

IN RE: CHANGE OF NAME PETITION OF LILLARD WAYNE CONLEY TO WAYNE LILLARD CONLEY; CIVIL ACTION NUMBER: 12-P-18 LEGAL NOTICE OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF

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NAME PROCEEDING Notice is hereby given that on the 18th day of April 2012, at 11:00 A.M. on said day, or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard, LILLARD WAYNE CONLEY, will apply by Petition to the Circuit Court of Jefferson County, West Virginia for the entry of an order by said Court changing his name from LILLARD WAYNE CONLEY TO WAYNE LILLARD CONLEY at which time and place any interested party may appear and be heard, if they so desire. You are hereby notified that this matter may be rescheduled without further notice or publication. A copy of said Petition can be obtained from the undersigned Clerk at her office at, Clerk of Circuit Court, 119 North George Street, Suite 100, Charles Town, WV 25414. Entered by the Clerk of said Court this 7th day of March 2012. Laura E. Rattenni, Circuit Clerk Jefferson County, West Virginia By: S. Mason Deputy Circuit Clerk 3/14/2t

Each prospective Bidder is required to purchase a minimum of one copy of the Bidding Documents. These documents consist of plans, specifications and a bid submittal packet. The bid submittal packet provides an unbound copy and listing of the items which are to be submitted with the Bid Plans and Specifications may be obtained by each Bidder from the office of Chapman Technical Group, 200 Sixth Avenue, St. Albans, West Virginia 25177, telephone (304) 7275501, upon payment of the following non-refundable deposit: $80 for Plans & Specifications. If Plans and Specifications are requested to be mailed by the Engineer, Bidders shall also pay $5.00 for the cost of shipping. Failure of any bidder to purchase plans, specifications, and contract documents from the Engineer prior to submittal of bid will result in rejection of said bid. Each BID for each contract must be submitted in a separate sealed envelope containing the executed Form of Proposal, and included in a larger sealed envelope containing the Bid Bond, Power of Attorney, Drug Free Workplace Conformance Affidavit, WV Job Acts Affidavit, and Contractors License. Both sealed envelopes must have the following information in the lower left hand corner for the respective contract being bid: Contract No. 2 “Name and Address of Bidder”, Corporation of Shepherdstown, Bid on Water Storage Tank, Contract No. 2, to be opened at 2:00 P.M., L.P.T., April 12, 2012. The Contractor’s Qualification Statement form from the two (2) lowest bidders for each contract must be submitted to Chapman Technical Group, P. O. Box 1355, St. Albans, West Virginia 25177, by 4:00 P.M., L.P.T., April 19, 2012. Prospective Bidders are advised that the contract awarded under this Advertisement for Bids is to be funded by a loan from the West Virginia Infrastructure Council/Water Development Authority. Neither NOTICE OF SALE OF the State of West Virginia nor any of its departments, agencies, or VALUABLE REAL ESTATE employees is or will be a party to this Advertisement for Bids or any By virtue of authority vested in resulting contract. the undersigned by a deed of trust All prospective Bidders are required to attend the Mandatory Premade by Gregory S. Hess and Bid Conference to be held at Corporation of Shepherdstown City Donna Hess to Douglas S. Rock- Hall, 104 N. King Street, Shepherdstown, West Virginia on March 29, well, trustee, dated November 1, 2012, at 2:00 P.M. for the purpose of discussing the project and tour2003, and recorded in the Office ing the project site. of the Clerk of the County ComBids shall be opened and read aloud at Corporation of Shepmission of Jefferson County, West herdstown City Hall, 104 N. King Street, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, in Deed of Trust Book Virginia 25443. 1287, at Page 729, default having No Bid may be withdrawn for a period of ninety (90) days after the been made in the provisions of the time of the opening of the Bids. Deed of Trust and being required Any Contractor submitting a Bid on this project hereby certifies, by the beneficiary to do so, the un- indicates, and acknowledges that he has a valid WV Contractor’s lidersigned substitute trustee will sell cense and meets all the qualifications required by the statutes of the at public auction at the front door of State and subdivision in which the work is to be performed. the Jefferson County Courthouse The Corporation of Shepherdstown reserves the right to reject any in Charles Town, West Virginia, on or all Bids. April 5, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. all of the BY: Frank Welch, Public Works Director following described real estate: Chapman Technical Group All of that certain lot or parcel P.O. Box 1355 of real estate situate in the City St. Albans, West Virginia 25177 of Ranson, Jefferson County, 3/14/2t West Virginia and more particularly bound and described in Deed Book 950 at Page 56, as follows: BEING all of that parcel of real esNOTICE TO REDEEM tate in Block 114 containing 7,500 square feet, more or less, and (2010-S-0000315 and 2010-S-0000316 – Jefferson County) more particularly described as folTo: HAMPTON HOMES, LLC, JAMES R. MARTIN AND LARRY lows: BEGINNING at a point in the F. MAZZA, TRUSTEES, MVB BANK, INC., CITY NATIONAL BANK east line of Reymann Street, 62.5’ OF WEST VIRGINIA, DONALD J. EPPERLY, DEEPINDER S. GREnorth of the north line of 7th Ave- WAL, HARINDER SIDHU, WORKFORCE WEST VIRGINIA, ROPER nue; thence with Reymann street BROS. LUMBER CO., INC., LAW OFFICE OF MICHAEL E. BRIEL, in a northerly direction 62.5’ to the WILLIAM H. GORDON ASSOCIATIONS, INC., ARNOLD CESARE southern line of a 20’ wide alley; & BAILY, PLLC, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY/IRS, ROBERT thence with the alley in an easterly MASON, BOTTNER & SKILLMAN, or heirs at law, devisees, credidirection 120’ to the northwest cor- tors, representatives, successors, assigns, all unknown heirs, guardner of Lot 42; thence with Lot 42 ians, conservators, fiduciaries, administrators, or lienholders. in a southerly direction 62.5’ to a You will take notice that ELIZABETH H. PRITCHARD, the purpoint; thence by a line parallel with chaser of the tax lien(s) on the following real estate, Certificate of 7th Avenue in a westerly direction Sale: 2010-S-0000315 and 2010-S-0000316, Lots #2 and #3, SMITH 120’ to the point of beginning; be- MT VIEW ESTATES, located in KABLETOWN, which was returned ing the northern one-half of Lots delinquent in the name of HAMPTON HOMES, LLC, and for which the 43, 44, 45 and 46 of Block 144. tax lien(s) thereon was sold by the sheriff of Jefferson County at the Reference is made to a plat of the sale for the delinquent taxes made on the 9th day of November, 2010, Charles Town Mining Manufactur- has requested that you be notified that a deed for such real estate will ing Improvement Company which be made to him or her on or after April 1, 2012, as provided by law, is recorded in the Office of the unless before that day you redeem such real estate. The amount you Clerk of the County Commission will have to pay on the last day, March 31, 2012 will be as follows: of Jefferson County, West Virginia in Deed Book X at Page 1. Amount equal to the taxes and charges $5,400.00 Terms of Sale: Cash, 10% on due on the date of the sale, with interest, to day of sale, balance within 30 March 31, 2012 days; or upon such other agreeable to the beneficiary as the Amount of subsequent years taxes paid on $2,734.39 Trustee may deem beneficial in the property, since the sale, with interest to the execution of this trust. March 31, 2012 The deed from the trustee shall be subject to the lien for 2011 and Amount paid for Title Examination and for $586.25 2012 taxes and all those reserva- preparation and service of notice with interest tions, restrictions, easements and from January 1, 2011following the sheriff’s sale other matters of record. Further, to March 31, 2012 the contract from the Trustee shall contain the requirement that the Amount paid for other statutory costs with $0.00 Purchaser pay the West Virginia Interest from following the sheriff’s sale to Excise Tax on the transfer of real March 31, 2012 property associated with the sale. James B. Crawford, III Total Amount Payable to Sheriff – cashier $8,720.64 Substitute Trustee Check, money order, or certified check must 3/14/2t Be made payable to The Honorable Robert E. Shirley, Sheriff and Treasurer of Jefferson County.

CORPORATION OF SHEPHERDSTOWN JEFFERSON COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA WATER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS CONTRACT NO. 2 – WATER STORAGE TANK MARCH 2012 ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS

Sealed Bids will be received by Corporation of Shepherdstown, Post Office Box 248, 104 N. King Street, Shepherdstown, West Virginia 25443, at the specified dates and times for the following work: Contract No. 2: Water Storage Tank, until 2:00 P.M., L.P.T., April 12, 2012. The total base bid price for each contract shall include the costs for furnishing labor and materials and performing all work set forth in the Advertisement for Bids, Information for Bidders, Forms of Proposal, Drug Free Workplace Requirements, WV Job Acts Requirements, General Conditions, Supplemental General Conditions, and Plans and Detail Specifications prepared by Chapman Technical Group. Immediately following the scheduled closing time for the reception of bids, all proposals that have been submitted in accordance with the conditions of this project will be publicly opened and read aloud. The work to be bid upon is described as follows: Contract No. 2 The Project consists of the demolition of the two (2) existing 500,000 gallon ground welded steel water tanks, the construction and commissioning of two (2) 700,000 gallon composite elevated factory coated bolted steel water tanks, a new valve vault, site piping, electrical improvements, reconnection of an existing fire hydrant, miscellaneous site work, removal and replacement of perimeter fence, removal of the existing valve vault and is identified as Contract No. 2 – Water System Improvements; Corporation of Shepherdstown Water Storage Tank and is shown on Contract Documents prepared by Chapman Technical Group. Construction time limit is 420 calendar days. Plans, Specifications and Contract Documents may be examined at the following places: Chapman Technical Group 200 Sixth Avenue St. Albans, West Virginia 25177

Corporation of Shepherdstown 104 N. King Street Shepherdstown,West Virginia 25443

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Cost of Certification and Redemption – cashier $35.00 Check, money order, or certified check must Be made payable to The Honorable Glen B. Gainer, III, State Auditor You may redeem at any time before March 31, 2012, by paying the above total less any unearned interest. Return to WV State Auditor’s office, County Collections Office, Building 1, Room W-118, Charleston, West Virginia, 25305, Questions please call 1-888-509-6568. 3/7/3t

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF JEFFERSON COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA

IN RE: CHANGE OF NAME PETITION OF KRISTEN LEIGH MORRIS TO KRISTEN LEIGH EYLER; CIVIL ACTION NUMBER: 12-P-13 LEGAL NOTICE OF PUBLICATION CHANGE OF NAME PROCEEDING Notice is hereby given that on the 17th day of April 2012, at 11:30 A.M. on said day, or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard, KRISTEN LEIGH MORRIS, will apply by Petition to the Circuit Court of Jefferson County, West Virginia for the entry of an order by said Court changing her name from KRISTEN LEIGH MORRIS TO KRISTEN LEIGH EYLER at which time and place any interested party may appear and be heard, if they so desire. You are hereby notified that this matter may be rescheduled without further notice or publication. A copy of said Petition can be obtained from the undersigned Clerk at her office at, Clerk of Circuit Court, 119

North George Street, Suite 100, Charles Town, WV 25414. Entered by the Clerk of said Court this 6th day of March 2012. Laura E. Rattenni, Circuit Clerk Jefferson County, West Virginia By: S. Mason, Deputy Circuit Clerk 3/14/2t

NOTICE OF ESTATE SETTLEMENTS

I have before me the Wa i v e r o f F i n a l S e t t l e m e n t for the following fiduciary: James P. Reinhart, Personal Representative of the Estate of Charles H. Reinhart, Jr., deceased. Any interested party may obtain a copy thereof from D. Frank Hill, III, 136 E. German Street, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, and may make a written objection thereto, on or before March 31, 2012. Given under my hand this 6th day of March, 2012. D. Frank Hill, III Fiduciary Commissioner County of Jefferson 3/14/2t Continued on next page


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D5 Wednesday, March 21, 2012 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE SALE

Pursuant to the authority vested in the undersigned by deed of trust dated the 22nd day of September, 2006, signed by James F. Brown, Jr., to Richard Pill, Trustee, which said deed of trust is of record in the Office of the Clerk of the County Commission of Jefferson County, West Virginia, in Trust Deed Book 1590, at page 340, and Golden & Amos, PLLC, Trustee having been requested so to do by the Lender, and default having been made under the terms and conditions of said deed of trust, and the provisions in said deed of trust concerning acceleration having been complied with by the Lender and present holder of the note, said Trustee will sell at public auction at 5:00 p.m. on the 27th day of March, 2012 at the front doors of the courthouse in the aforesaid county of West Virginia, the following described real estate: PARCEL 1: All that certain lot or parcel of land situate in Jefferson County, West Virginia near and east of the Johnsontown Road, being the road between Bardane and Brown’s Cross Road (formerly known as Brown’s Shop), described as follows, to-wit: Beginning at the northeast corner of the lot conveyed to Charles W. Brown by Lewis Sommers by deed dated November 5, 1925, being the northernmost lot shown on plat recorded in the Office of the Clerk of the County Commission of Jefferson County, West Virginia in Deed Book R at Page 527, thence in a southerly direction with the east line of said larger lot 50 feet, thence in a westerly direction by a new line parallel with the north line of said larger lot 100 feet, thence in a northerly direction by a new line parallel with said first line 50 feet to the north line of said larger lot, thence with the same in an easterly direction 100 feet to the point of beginning; INCLUSIVE of a perpetual right of way for all purposes of passage and transportation 20 feet wide from the northwest corner of the lot herein conveyed along and south of the north line of that part of said lot retained by Charles W. Brown, et ux., to said Johnstown Road, for ingress to and egress from the lot herein conveyed. PARCEL 2: All that certain tract of land with improvements thereon, situate and being in Charles Town District, Jefferson County, West Virginia, particularly described as follows: Said lot being on the road running from Wagley’s Shop to Brown’s Shop and same cut off the North side of a larger Lot owned (or formerly owned) by John M. Coyle, and adjoins the Wilshire School House Lot, by a line running parallel with the division line between the Lot of said Coyle and the Lot sold by him to Charles Colston, a Plat of which Lot hereby conveyed, showing also other Lots not material to this deed, is of record in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Court of Jefferson County, West Virginia, in Deed Book No. “R” at Page 527, being the same parcel of land and improvements, which was conveyed to the party of the first part herein by deed dated November 10, 1956, by Charles W. Brown and Lelia C. Brown, his wife, which said deed is of record in said Clerk’s Office in Deed Book No. 215 at Page 17, to which said Plat and deed reference is made for further description of the real estate hereby conveyed WHICH SAID REAL ESTATE PARCEL CONTAINS ONE (1) acre, more or less. PARCEL 3: All of that certain lot or parcel of real estate with buildings and improvements thereon known as the Wiltshire School Building and lot, situate in Johnsontown, in the Charles Town Magisterial District, Jefferson County, West Virginia containing approximately one-fourth acre. It is the intention of this notice to sell the secured property by proper description as was intended to be transferred and conveyed in the aforesaid deed of trust. The above described real estate is reported to have a mailing address of: 756 Wiltshire Rd. Kearneysville, West Virginia 25430 TERMS OF SALE: Cash in hand on day of sale or within 30 days of date of sale upon terms to be agreed upon between Trustee and successful bidder, time being of the essence; payment for unpaid real estate taxes to be assumed by the purchaser. The Trustee does not warrant title or fitness to this property; it is being purchased as is; this is a buyer beware sale and any buyer is advised to retain counsel before the sale. If there is any part of the process of sale which is found to be objectionable, the Trustee reserves the right to cancel the sale. No purchaser should take possession or make improvements in the premises until the Trustee deed is delivered or recorded. A third party purchaser at sale may be required to pay the purchase price plus all recording and transfer fees.

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Any sale hereunder may be adjourned from time to time without any notice other than oral proclamation at the time and place appointed for this sale or by posting of a notice of same. Should the Trustee not appear at the time appointed for the sale and there is no notice posted of a continuance please contact the office of the Trustee to make further inquiry. Any sale may be conducted or adjourned by the designated agent or attorney of the Trustee. The undersigned is fully vested with the authority to sell said property as Trustee by instrument of record. Should any party have any inquires, objections to the sale or protests regarding the sale, or requests regarding the sale, please notify the trustee below by one of the means of communications set forth below. GOLDEN & AMOS, PLLC, TRUSTEE 543 Fifth Street, P.O. Box 81 Parkersburg, WV 26102 Telephone (304) 485‑3851 Fax (304) 485-0261 E-mail: vgolden@goldenamos. com Lender: Wells Fargo Bank,N.A. Processor: Maggie Brown 3/14/2t

FIDUCIARY NOTICE

The Periodic Report of Guardian by, Arthur F. Magner, Jr. and Melanie Magner, Guardian for Angel McDaniel, a protected person, dated February 27, 2012, has been filed with the Circuit Clerk of Jefferson County, West Virginia. S. Andrew Arnold Fiduciary Commissioner Jefferson County 3/14/2t

FIDUCIARY NOTICE

and successful bidder, time being of the essence; payment for unpaid real estate taxes to be assumed by the purchaser. The Trustee does not warrant title or fitness to this property; it is being purchased as is; this is a buyer beware sale and any buyer is advised to retain counsel before the sale. If there is any part of the process of sale which is found to be objectionable, the Trustee reserves the right to cancel the sale. No purchaser should take possession or make improvements in the premises until the Trustee deed is delivered or recorded. A third party purchaser at sale may be required to pay the purchase price plus all recording and transfer fees. Any sale hereunder may be adjourned from time to time without any notice other than oral proclamation at the time and place appointed for this sale or by posting of a notice of same. Should the Trustee not appear at the time appointed for the sale and there is no notice posted of a continuance please contact the office of the Trustee to make further inquiry. Any sale may be conducted or adjourned by the designated agent or attorney of the Trustee. The undersigned is fully vested with the authority to sell said property as Trustee by instrument of record. Should any party have any inquires, objections to the sale or protests regarding the sale, or requests regarding the sale, please notify the trustee below by one of the means of communications set forth below. GOLDEN & AMOS, PLLC, TRUSTEE 543 Fifth Street, P.O. Box 81 Parkersburg, WV 26102 Telephone (304) 485 3851 Fax (304) 485-0261 E-mail: vgolden@goldenamos. com Lender: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Processor: Maggie Brown 3/14/2t

Spirit of JEFFERSON and FARMER’S ADVOCATE

the Trustee. The undersigned is fully vested with the authority to sell said property as Trustee by instrument of record. Should any party have any inquires, objections to the sale or protests regarding the sale, or requests regarding the sale, please notify the trustee below by one of the means of communications set forth below. GOLDEN & AMOS, PLLC, TRUSTEE 543 Fifth Street, P.O. Box 81 Parkersburg, WV 26102 Telephone (304) 485 3851 Fax (304) 485-0261 E-mail: vgolden@goldenamos. com Lender: Seterus, Inc. Processor: Victor Rollins 3/14/2t

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE SALE

Pursuant to the authority vested in the undersigned by deed of trust dated the 31st day of August, 2010, signed by Patricia A. Mutton, an unmarried , to Michael Cassell, Trustee, which said deed of trust is of record in the Office of the Clerk of the County Commission of Jefferson County, West Virginia, in Trust Deed Book 1815, at page 333, and Golden & Amos, PLLC, Trustee having been requested so to do by the Lender, and default having been made under the terms and conditions of said deed of trust, and the provisions in said deed of trust concerning acceleration having been complied with by the Lender and present holder of the note, said Trustee will sell at public auction at 5:00 o’clock, p.m. on the 27TH DAY OF MARCH 2012 at the front doors of the Courthouse in Jefferson County, West Virginia the following described real estate: All that certain parcel of real estate lying just east of Charles Town, in the Charles Town District of Jefferson County, West Virginia, and more particularly designated as Lot No. A-5 of Patrick Henry Estates, Section A, as the same is designated and described upon a plat entitled Revised Re-Plat for Patrick Henry Estates, Section A, prepared by W.J. Teach & Associates, Inc. dated October 2, 1980, recorded in the Office of the Clerk of the County Commission of Jefferson County, West Virginia, in Plat Book 6 at page 13. It is the intention of this notice to sell the secured property by proper description as was intended to be transferred and conveyed in the aforesaid deed of trust. The above described real estate is reported to have a mailing address of: 279 Patrick Henry Way Charles Town, West Virginia 25414-3855 TERMS OF SALE: Cash in hand on day of sale or within 30 days of date of sale upon terms to be agreed upon between Trustee and successful bidder, time being of the essence; payment for unpaid real estate taxes to be assumed by the purchaser. The Trustee does not warrant title or fitness to this property; it is being purchased as is; this is a buyer beware sale and any buyer is advised to retain counsel before the sale. If there is any part of the process of sale which is found to be objectionable, the Trustee reserves the right to cancel the sale. No purchaser should take possession or make improvements in the premises until the Trustee deed is delivered or recorded. A third party purchaser at sale may be required to pay the purchase price plus all recording and transfer fees. Any sale hereunder may be adjourned from time to time without any notice other than oral proclamation at the time and place appointed for this sale or by posting of a notice of same. Should the Trustee not appear at the time appointed for the sale and there is no notice posted of a continuance please contact the office of the Trustee to make further inquiry. Any sale may be conducted or adjourned by the designated agent or attorney of the Trustee. The undersigned is fully vested with the authority to sell said property as Trustee by instrument of record. Should any party have any inquires, objections to the sale or protests regarding the sale, or requests regarding the sale, please notify the trustee below by one of the means of communications set forth below. GOLDEN & AMOS, PLLC, TRUSTEE 543 Fifth Street, P.O. Box 81 Parkersburg, WV 26102 Telephone (304) 485 3851 Fax (304) 485-0261 E-mail: vgolden@goldenamos. com Lender: Wells Fargo Processor: Kristi Payton 3/14/2t

The Accounting of Conservator by, Velvet Alayne Hammond, conservator for the Estate of Taylor Daniel Gilly, a protected person, dated December 31, 2011 has been filed with the Jefferson NOTICE OF County Circuit Clerk. TRUSTEE SALE S. Andrew Arnold Pursuant to the authority vestFiduciary Commissioner ed in the undersigned by deed Jefferson County of trust dated the 23rd day of 3/14/2t March, 2007, signed by James R. Gaynor, to Tasha N. Keller Catrow, Trustee, which said deed of FIDUCIARY NOTICE trust is of record in the Office of The Periodic Report of Guardian the Clerk of the County Commisby, Arthur F. Magner, Jr. and Mel- sion of Jefferson County, West anie Magner, Guardian for Angel Virginia, in Trust Deed Book McDaniel, a protected person, 1636, at page 428, and the undated February 27, 2012, has dersigned, R. Vance Golden, III, been filed with the Circuit Clerk of Trustee having been requested Jefferson County, West Virginia. so to do by the Lender, and deS. Andrew Arnold fault having been made under the Fiduciary Commissioner terms and conditions of said deed Jefferson County of trust, and the provisions in said 3/14/2t deed of trust concerning acceleration having been complied with by the Lender and present holder NOTICE OF of the note, said Trustee will sell at public auction at 5:00 o’clock, TRUSTEE SALE Pursuant to the authority vest- p.m. on the 27th day of March, 2012 ed in the undersigned by deed of trust dated the 23rd day of August, at the front doors of the court2005, signed by Chad J. Gauthier house in the aforesaid county of and Carrie Ellen Gauthier, as joint West Virginia, the following detenants, to Richard Pill, Trustee, scribed real estate: All that certain real estate situate which said deed of trust is of record in the Office of the Clerk of in the Middleway District, Jefferson the County Commission of Jef- County, West Virginia and more ferson County, West Virginia, in particularly described as follows: Being all of Lot 9, Section C, Trust Deed Book 1470, at page 643, and Golden & Amos, PLLC, of the Fox Glen Subdivision as Trustee having been requested said lot is described on a plat of so to do by the Lender, and de- record in the Office of the Clerk of fault having been made under the the County Commission of Jefferterms and conditions of said deed son County, West Virginia in Plat of trust, and the provisions in said Book 2 at Page 293. It is the intention of this notice deed of trust concerning acceleration having been complied with to sell the secured property by by the Lender and present holder proper description as was intendof the note, said Trustee will sell ed to be transferred and conveyed at public auction at 5:00 o’clock, in the aforesaid deed of trust. The above described real esp.m. on the tate is reported to have a mailing 27th day of March, 2012 at the front doors of the Court- address of: 70 Hunting Horn Lane house in Jefferson County, West Kearneysville, Virginia the following described West Virginia 25430 real estate: TERMS OF SALE: Cash in All that certain lot or parcel of real estate, with the improve- hand on day of sale or within 30 ments thereon and the appur- days of date of sale upon terms to tenances thereunto belonging, be agreed upon between Trustee situate in Bolivar Corp. District, and successful bidder, time beJefferson County, West Virginia, ing of the essence; payment for being more particularly bounded unpaid real estate taxes to be assumed by the purchaser. The and described as follows: 0.31 acres, more or less, as Trustee does not warrant title or shown on a plat thereof dated fitness to this property; it is being October 12, 1971 prepared by purchased as is; this is a buyer Charles R. Atherton, registered beware sale and any buyer is Engineer, entitled “Plat Showing advised to retain counsel before Grant of Land from Charlton J. the sale. If there is any part of the and Penny S. Carey to John Ed- process of sale which is found win Hawkinson, which said plat to be objectionable, the Trustee is attached to and recorded with reserves the right to cancel the a deed dated October 29, 1971 sale. No purchaser should take from Charlton J. Carey, et ux. to possession or make improveJohn Edward Hawkinson record- ments in the premises until the ed in the Office of the Clerk of the Trustee deed is delivered or reCounty Commission of Jefferson corded. A third party purchaser at County, West Virignia, in Deed sale may be required to pay the purchase price plus all recording Book 335 at Page 248. It is the intention of this no- and transfer fees. Any sale hereunder may be tice to sell the secured property by proper description as was in- adjourned from time to time withtended to be transferred and con- out any notice other than oral veyed in the aforesaid deed of proclamation at the time and place appointed for this sale or trust. The above described real es- by posting of a notice of same. tate is reported to have a mailing Should the Trustee not appear at the time appointed for the sale address of: and there is no notice posted of 1198 Washington Street NOTICE OF a continuance please contact Bolivar, West Virginia, 25425 TERMS OF SALE: Cash in the office of the Trustee to make TRUSTEE SALE hand on day of sale or within 30 further inquiry. Any sale may be Pursuant to the authority vestdays of date of sale upon terms to conducted or adjourned by the ed in the undersigned by deed of be agreed upon between Trustee designated agent or attorney of trust dated the 28th day of June,

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2007, signed by Jessica Nelson and William Wenzel, to Crawford & Keller, PLLC, Trustee, which said deed of trust is of record in the Office of the Clerk of the County Commission of Jefferson County, West Virginia, in Trust Deed Book 1659, at page 524, and Golden & Amos, PLLC, Trustee having been requested so to do by the Lender, and default having been made under the terms and conditions of said deed of trust, and the provisions in said deed of trust concerning acceleration having been complied with by the Lender and present holder of the note, said Trustee will sell at public auction at 5:00 p.m. on the 27th day of March, 2012 at the front doors of the courthouse in the aforesaid county of West Virginia, the following described real estate: All that certain real estate situate in the Charles Town District, Jefferson County, West Virginia and more particularly described as follows: Being all of Lot 18, Section 17J, as the same is set forth on a plat of the subdivision thereof, made for Shannondale, Inc., a corporation, by W.R. Amos, Surveyor, dated April, 1970, which plat is recorded in the Office of the Clerk of the County Commission of Jefferson County, West Virginia in Plat Book 1 at Page 99. It is the intention of this notice to sell the secured property by proper description as was intended to be transferred and conveyed in the aforesaid deed of trust. The above described real estate is reported to have a mailing address of: 59 Fawn Drive Harpers Ferry, West Virginia 25425 TERMS OF SALE: Cash in hand on day of sale or within 30 days of date of sale upon terms to be agreed upon between Trustee and successful bidder, time being of the essence; payment for unpaid real estate taxes to be assumed by the purchaser. The Trustee does not warrant title or fitness to this property; it is being purchased as is; this is a buyer beware sale and any buyer is advised to retain counsel before the sale. If there is any part of the process of sale which is found to be objectionable, the Trustee reserves the right to cancel the sale. No purchaser should take possession or make improvements in the premises until the Trustee deed is delivered or recorded. A third party purchaser at sale may be required to pay the purchase price plus all recording and transfer fees. Any sale hereunder may be adjourned from time to time without any notice other than oral proclamation at the time and place appointed for this sale or by posting of a notice of same. Should the Trustee not appear at the time appointed for the sale and there is no notice posted of a continuance please contact the office of the Trustee to make further inquiry. Any sale may be conducted or adjourned by the designated agent or attorney of the Trustee. The undersigned is fully vested with the authority to sell said property as Trustee by instrument of record. Should any party have any inquires, objections to the sale or protests regarding the sale, or requests regarding the sale, please notify the trustee below by one of the means of communications set forth below. GOLDEN & AMOS, PLLC, TRUSTEE 543 Fifth Street, P.O. Box 81 Parkersburg, WV 26102 Telephone (304) 485 3851 Fax (304) 485-0261 E-mail: vgolden@goldenamos. com Lender: Seterus, Inc. Processor: Victor Rollins 3/14/2t

NOTICE OF SALE OF VALUABLE REAL ESTATE BY SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE

Notice is hereby given that default has occurred in the payment of an indebtedness secured by a Deed of Trust dated April 25, 2005, between Michael L. Fowler, Borrower, and John C. Skinner, Jr., Trustee, recorded in the Office of the Clerk of the County Commission of Jefferson County, West Virginia on April 26, 2005, in Deed of Trust Book 1421, at Page 276, and which Deed of Trust authorizes the Lender to substitute a Trustee, at its option, and the Lender having appointed EP Trust Services as Substitute Trustee, by Substitution of Trustee recorded in the aforesaid Clerk’s Office in Deed Book 1104, at Page 617, and the undersigned Substitute Trustee having been requested by the owner and holder of the said indebtedness to enforce the Deed of Trust, will offer for sale at public auction at the front door of the Courthouse of Jefferson County, at 100 East Washington Street, Charles Town, West Virginia, on Thursday, March 29, 2012, at 9:30 o’clock a.m., all that certain real estate situate in the Middleway District, Jefferson County,

West Virginia, and more particularly described as follows: All that certain lot or parcel of real estate just off Route 9, near Kearneysville, in Middleway District, Jefferson County, West Virginia, in the Fox Glen Development known as Lot 27-A, as shown on a plat of survey dated June, 1970, prepared by A. G. Hooper, Jr., entitled, “Fox Glen, Section ‘A’”, and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of the County Commission of Jefferson County, West Virginia, in Plat Book 1, at Page 103, to which said plat reference is hereby made for a more complete and accurate description by metes and bounds of the parcel hereby conveyed; TOGETHER WITH and improved by a 1970 Topper Mobile Home with Serial Number 3259. AND BEING the same real estate which was conveyed to Michael L. Fowler from Catherine U. Gartner deed dated April 22, 2005, recorded in the aforesaid Clerk’s Office in Deed Book 1007, at Page 424. TERMS OF SALE: All cash; 10% on day of sale in cash, certified or cashier’s check may be required of bidder(s) other than the party secured by the referenced Deed of Trust, before a bid is received and accepted, to be refunded to the bidder unless the property is sold to him or her. Settlement in 30 days. If the purchaser cannot or does not comply with the terms of the sale, or fails to settle within 30 days, the Substitute Trustee(s) may consider the deposit forfeited and readvertise and sell the property at the risk and cost of the defaulting purchaser, or, without forfeiting the deposit, avail themselves of any legal or equitable rights against the defaulting purchaser. If the Substitute Trustee(s) cannot or do not comply with or complete the terms of the sale, the purchaser’s sole remedy shall be limited to the return of any deposit. By bidding, the purchaser agrees that purchaser is not entitled to any legal or equitable remedy in the event the Substitute Trustee(s) did not have the right to sell. The balance of the purchase price shall be due in cash, certified check or wire transfer at settlement. All costs of conveying, examination of title, recording and transfer taxes and settlement fees shall be at the cost of the purchaser. Neither the Substitute Trustee(s) nor the secured party assumes any obligation to deliver possession of the property. The Substitute Trustee(s) reserve the right to postpone or adjourn the sale for any reason. Further terms may be announced at the sale. The deed from the Substitute Trustee(s) will be subject to any liens for any unpaid real estate taxes, water rents and sewer charges, utility line easements, rights of way, restrictive covenants of record, and matters appearing among the land records and/or upon inspection of the property. The Substitute Trustee(s) will deliver to the purchaser a Trustee’s Deed conveying the real estate sold, but will be without covenant or warranty expressed or implied. This is a buyer beware sale and any buyer is advised to retain counsel before the sale. No representations concerning the status of title, leases, occupancy, zoning, physical or environmental conditions, access and/or availability of utilities are made either by the Substitute Trustee(s) or the secured party. The party secured by the Deed of Trust reserves the right to purchase the property at such sale. FEDERAL TAX LIEN: In the event that there are Federal Tax Liens against the property, the United States would have the right to redeem the property within a period of 120 days from the date of such sale or the period allowable for redemption under local law, whichever is longer. Pursuant to the Deed of Trust, the Trustee may postpone the sale by public announcement at the time and place designated or by posting a notice of the same, and act by agent in the execution of the sale. EP Trust Services, SUBSTITUTE, TRUSTEE 115 E. Washington Street Charles Town, WV 25414 Phone: 304-725-7029 3/14/3t

TRUSTEE’S SALE OF VALUABLE REAL ESTATE

The undersigned Substitute Trustee, by virtue of the authority vested in him by that certain Deed of Trust dated December 5, 1997, and duly recorded in the Office of the Clerk of the County Commission of Jefferson County, West Virginia, in Deed of Trust Book 883 at Page 221, and by Modification Agreement recorded in Deed of Trust Book 1147, at Page 275, Leslie C. Payne and Stacia L. Fuller did convey unto Douglas S. Rockwell, Trustee, certain real property described in said deed of trust; and the beneficiary has elected to appoint Richard A. Pill as Substitute Trustee by a Substitution of Trustee reContinued on next page


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D6 Wednesday, March 21, 2012 corded in the aforesaid Clerkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office; and default having been made under the aforementioned Deed of Trust, and the undersigned Substitute Trustee having been instructed by the secured party to foreclose thereunder, will offer for sale at public auction at the front door of the Jefferson County Courthouse, in Charles Town, West Virginia, on Monday, April 2, 2012, at 2:36 PM the following described real estate, with its improvements, easements and appurtenances thereunto belonging, situate in the Harpers Ferry District, Jefferson County, West Virginia, and more particularly described as follows: All those certain tracts or parcels of real estate with appurtenances thereunto belonging and situate in Harpers Ferry District, Jefferson County, West Virginia, and being more particularly bounded and described as follows: Parcel One: All of Lot No. 556-A in Section 5, and Lot No. 600-A in Section 6-A as said lots are bounded and described in a plat entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Resubdivisionâ&#x20AC;? of said lots made by James Allison, Surveyor, dated July, 1974, and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of the County Commission of Jefferson County, West Virginia, in Deed Book 512, at Page 575, which Lot No. 556-A, Section 5 being a merger of Lots 556 and 557, Section 5. Parcel Two: All of Lot No. 600-B in Section 6-A as said lot is bounded and described on a plat made by James Allison, Surveyor, dated November 1982, and which plat is recorded in the aforesaid Clerkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office in Deed Book 512, at Page 574. AND BEING the same real estate which was conveyed to Leslie C. Payne and Stacia L. Fuller, by deed dated December 5, 1997, from F&M Bank-Blakeley, and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of the County Commission of Jefferson County, West Virginia, in Deed Book 883, at Page 219. The above-described property will be sold subject to any covenants, restrictions, easements, leases and conditions of record, and subject to any unpaid real estate taxes. The subject property will be sold in â&#x20AC;&#x153;AS ISâ&#x20AC;? condition. The Substitute Trustee shall be under no duty to cause any existing tenant or person occupying the subject property to vacate said property. TERMS: Ten percent (10%) of the purchase price as a cash deposit with the balance due and payable within 30 days of the day of sale. Richard A. Pill, Substitute Trustee P. O. Box 440, 85 Aikens Center, Martinsburg, WV 25404 Phone (304) 263-4971, Fax (304) 267-5840, e-mail: pillforeclosures@earthlink.net 3/14/3t

To our patrons and readers:

STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DIVISION OF WATER AND WASTE MANAGEMENT

PUBLIC NOTICE   WEST VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S, PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE, 601 57TH STREET, CHARLESTON SE, WEST VIRGINIA 25304-2345 TELEPHONE: (304) 926-0440. APPLICATION FOR A WEST VIRGINIA NATIONAL POLLUTANT DISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM WATER POLLUTION CONTROL PERMIT Public Notice No.:  L-27-12    Public Notice Date: March 21, 2012 Paper:  Spirit of Jefferson The following has applied for a WV NPDES Water Pollution Control Permit for this facility or activity: Appl. No.: WV0076724 Applicant: UFP RANSON LLC 2801 EAST BELTLINE NE GRAND RAPIDS, MI 49525 Location: RANSON, JEFFERSON COUNTY Latitude: 39:18:44            Longitude: 77:51:34 Receiving Stream: Flowing Springs Run of Shenandoah River Activity:                To operate and maintain a complete recycle system and best management practices to prevent the discharge of industrial wastes into an unnamed tributary of Flowing Springs Run, a tributary of the Shenandoah River. Also, to operate and maintain disposal systems and best management practices for the discharge of untreated storm water from a storm water retention pond with an overflow weir to a pipe, via Outlet 001, to a swale to an unnamed tributary of Flowing Springs Run, a tributary of the Shenandoah River. An antidegradation review has been conducted and Tier 1 protection is provided for the designated uses identified in Title 47, Series 2, Section 6. Business conducted: Manufactures Pressure Treated Wood Implementation: Administrative Order #7473 On the basis of review of the application, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Water Pollution Control Act (Chapter 22, Article 11-8(a)),â&#x20AC;? and the â&#x20AC;&#x153;West Virginia Legislative Rules,â&#x20AC;? the State of West Virginia will act on the above application. Any interested person may submit written comments on the draft permit and may request a public hearing by addressing such to the Director of the Division of Water and Waste Management within 30 days of the date of the public notice.  Such comments or requests should be addressed to: Director, Division of Water and Waste Management, DEP ATTN:  Lori Derrick, Permitting Section 601 57th Street SE Charleston, WV  25304-2345 The public comment period begins March 21, 2012 and ends April 20, 2012. Comments received within this period will be considered prior to acting on the permit application.  Correspondence should include the name, address and the telephone number of the writer and a concise statement of the nature of the issues raised.  The Director shall hold a public hearing whenever a finding is made, on the basis of requests, that there is a significant degree of public interest on issues relevant to the Draft Permit(s).  Interested persons may contact the public information office to obtain further information. The application, draft permit and any required fact sheet may be inspected, by appointment, at the Division of Water and Waste Management Public Information Office, at 601 57th Street SE, Charleston, WV 253042345, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on business days.  Copies of the documents may be obtained from the Division at a nominal cost.  Calls must be made 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 3/21/1t

Final plat public hearing

Public comments are welcome on the final plat (i.e. layout and conditions) for the following subdivision. Comments help Planning Commissioners understand a project. The Planning Commission will approve the project if it meets all legal requirements, particularly the 1979 Jefferson County Subdivision Ordinance, and otherwise disapprove it or impose conditions. Files may be seen at 116 East Washington Street, Charles Town, 9 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday, (304) 728-3228. Interested parties may provide oral or written comments at the hearing, 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, 2012 in the Charles Town Library meeting room at 200 East Washington Street, at the side entrance on Samuel Street. You may also provide written comments by 10:00 a.m. on the day of the meeting to planningdepartment@jeffersoncountywv. org, or P.O. Box 338 Charles Town, WV 25414, or fax 304-728-8126. Owner/ Subdivider

Title

Location

22 SingleThis property is located east Family Lots on 8.84 acres. side of Route 17 (Flowing Springs Road) and the acres south side of the CSX Railroad where the two intersect.

Cambridge, LLC

The property is located on the south side of Route 17/5 (Flowing Acres Road) and 0.31 miles east of its junction with Route 17 (Flowing Springs Road).

Cambridge Manufactured Home Development Subdivision, Section 4, Phase 5 (PC #12-03)

CYAN

2 Mobile Home Lots and 1 SingleFamily Residue Lot on 27.0671 acres.

By Order of the Jefferson County Planning Commission President 3/21/1t

KATHERINE COBB

Head trainer Sean Leonard works with Missy Grove on an alternative to the handstand pushup. CrossFit workouts are geared to each participantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s level of agility.

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fall sports such as football and soccer. Before opening CrossFit 304, Bagent renovated the 3,700-square-foot space to install CrossFit equipment such as pull-up bars, rings, kettle bells, rowers, medicine balls, ab mats and more.  He plans to  add a 110-meter track and

an outdoor facility. Leonard stressed that anyone of any age or ability can get a great workout at CrossFit 304.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since the workouts are scalable, we use that technique to help people accomplish the goals within their limitations,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some people are worried that means they wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get a workout, but they will. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no doubt about that.â&#x20AC;?

Roth

A Roth IRA provides a sense of stability that other retirement plans cannot offer. By paying over into a Roth IRA account. taxes at the time of contribuOriginally, individuals whose tion and earning interest taxincome exceeded $100,000 free, individuals can better prewere not allowed to convert pare for their future. Howevtheir retirement plans into er, the ability to withdraw the Roth IRAs. However, after the original contribution without changes made in 2010, high penalty is a feature that allows income individuals now have individuals to feel secure about the option to make the switch. their decision to place money With the current recession, in a Roth IRA account, because if unforeseen circumstances many peooccur, ple have there is lost over 30 no punpercent of A Roth IRA provides a ishment their cursense of stability that for takrent retireing out ment monother retirement plans the necey. Howevessary cannot offer. er, with the m o n e y. prospect A Roth of a rising IRA ale c o n o m y, now is the most ideal time to lows individuals the flexibility switch from Traditional IRAs to live a prosperous life while and other retirement plans, also planning for an enjoyable such as 401(k)s, to a Roth IRA. future. Contributions made to Traditional IRAs and 401(k)s are not â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Rob Hoxton CFPÂŽ, AAMS, taxed, therefore, when mak- AIFÂŽ is the president and ing the switch, the individual is CEO of Hoxton Financial, taxed at their current tax rate. Inc., a leading fee-only investDue to the loss of retirement ment advisory firm. He began assets, the amount of money his career in the financial serthat is to be taxed will probably vices industry in 1986, and he be less in the current economy. has won numerous awards for However, once the switch is his work in the wealth manmade, the Roth IRA continues agement area. Mr. Hoxton is to grow tax free. This is bene- the developer of The Grow ficial because as the economy GreenrÂŽ Method and the auimproves and individuals re- thor of Grow Greenr, 10 Steps cover their losses, they will not to a Richer Life, which is be taxed on their gains. When available at Amazon.com and rolling over other retirement Investing in Uncertain Times, plans to a Roth IRA, the goal which can be downloaded as is to make the transition when a PDF file from www.hoxthe individual is in the low- tonfinancial.com. He can be est tax bracket possible, there- reached at RHoxton@hoxtonfore, paying the least amount of financial.com and by phone 304-876-2619. money in taxes. FROM PAGE D1

Paddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s uncorks official opening

What: CrossFit 304

Details: CrossFit 304 offers one- or three-month memberships that include use of the gym and the pool. Teachers, military personnel and First Responders get discounts. Anyone can try a week of classes at no charge.  For more info, call the gym at 304-728-3002 or go online to www.cf304.com or to www.crossfit.com.

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systems that follow and meet ISO standards, which are assessed by a third-party certification body. As part of the certification process, an auditor performed a series of audits and will continue ongoing assessments to monitor compliance. To find out more about HMS, go to www.hmstech.com. n Laura Rau, who owns On the Wings of Dreams shop in downtown Shepherdstown, is once again donating proceeds from crystal sales to the Potomac Valley Audubon Society. This is the fifth year shop owner Laura Rau has set aside three cents from each crystal and mineral sold throughout the year to donate to the local Audubon Society. Said Rau: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Supporting the PVAS gives us the opportunity to participate in both environmental and humanitarian efforts. The Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work to protect and preserve wetlands and other sensitive natural environments are vital in this fast-growing area. The PVAS also sponsors numerous programs to educate children about the environment, encouraging them to get out in nature and away from the computer or TV. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an important investment in the future.â&#x20AC;? This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s donation of $220 targets PVAS youth programs, which include camps, scholarships and naturalist programs that promote conservation and exploration in nature. The shop is located at 139 W. German St. In addition to crystals, it offers sterling silver and natural stone jewelry; Native American books and music; incense; essential oils; prayer flags, Tibetan singing bowls, and more. For details, go to www.WingsOfDreamsShop.com.

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Members of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce were on hand at Paddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Irish Pubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 16. Surrounded by staff and guests, owner Pat RIley and general manager Susan Williams cut the ribbon to signify the businessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s official opening. Others attending the event at 210 W. Liberty St.: Paul Espinosa, past president of the chamber; Heather Morgan McIntyre, the chamberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executive director; Charles Town Mayor Peggy Smith; and Cheryl Keyrouze, president of Communication Outreach of Jefferson County.

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