A grateful family


The “Blood for Blackie” blood drive was enormously successful, exceeding our hopes and goals. The event in large was due to family, friends and local shop owners willing to promote our goal.

The Kable Team fed Red Cross technicians and volunteers. Raffle gifts were donated by The Mediterranean Restaurant, Flamingo Girl, ViVo Day Spa, an anonymous gift to Applebee’s, an anonymous friend provided fresh fruit for volunteers and Red Cross and the Stafford Family from West Coast provided drinks and water. Friends walked the streets and handed out information. Financial donations were also collected and sent to the Red Cross. Zion Episcopal Church provided our facility with Malinda and Richard Keuroglian. Malinda’s peanut butter cookies quickly became a goal by the donors coming from the table after donating blood.

Our hearts are still full with the outpouring of love that day. We would like to thank everyone for donating blood, as well as those who were willing but were not able to make it through the screening. The nine beds were consistently full.

Our community supports many blood drives! Each one carries a story with the efforts. The Red Cross has put out an urgent call need now. The next time you see a sign for a blood drive, please consider donating. No matter where you are, someone surely is or will be in need of blood.

Once vital members of the downtown business community, Blackie’s parents, J. Blackwell and Betty Davis would surely be proud of those willing to help their son’s cause. Betty is 99 years young and smiling with gratitude.

Thank you to The Spirit of Jefferson for the coverage prior and during the day. When the local newspaper supports events of this nature, it certainly helps promote awareness to the urgent need to donate blood.

On a final note, one more life was saved that day. An individual presented and asked for someone associated with the church. On Monday our Zion Episcopal pastor drove this individual to a treatment center in Pennsylvania. The story was true and an individual wanted and needed help.

On behalf of my family, thank you. Please look for us next summer for the 4th Annual Blood for Blackie!


Mrs. J. Blackwell Davis, Jr.

Charles Town


Thanks for article


I just had a chance to read the article about the forum held last week on mental health/addiction. The article is excellent! Bryan Clark and the Spirit helped the League of Women Voters of Jefferson County to educate the community about this issue by including so much of the forum content and with great accuracy.

Again, thank you for your excellent work!


Ann Coulter,

League of Women Voters

of Jefferson County


Very inspiring article


Well balanced article in the July 10 Spirit, in my view, about research institutes and promoting indigenous plants.

When I moved here three years ago I had the good fortune to meet locals who remember what wild plants their mothers had served, rom chickweed to poke weed, etc.

Yes, and I planted three pawpaws last year. I found cultivated pawpaws to taste at Bill Gregg’s (an early environmentalist who had move to Harpers Ferry with an experimentalist’s bent: “Let’s see what I can grow here.” A good man to interview, I think).

One of the reasons I moved to West Virginia was the lore, that it had the greatest variety of wild edibles and herbs of any state in the Union.

These plants are national treasures and need our support. Some species are close to being extinct already, so I hear, because of commercial exploitation.

Building on that resource alone could form a solid income base for growers. Example: The pawpaw — being indigenous it has learned to be resistant to most insects and deer. It is well adjusted to our climate and the breeding has produced a fruit that is larger and has fewer seeds than the wild one. Because of the emergence of local marketing, it can become as viable as it was at the turn of the century. Its production had shrunk to almost zero when transportability of a fruit became more important than flavor.

Let us build on the genius of our local wild food that maybe hardy enough to survive without chemicals and is soil specific.

Bravo to you and your reporter’s article on Walt Helmick. That’s the Spirit of Jefferson to me. Thought-provoking and inducing creative researching.


Nicola Bastian



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