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Preservation forum scheduled

September 19, 1997

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - "How Does Historic Preservation Affect the Eastern Panhandle?," an educational forum on historic preservation in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Town Hall, 1000 Washington St., Harpers Ferry.

Registration and a continental breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. The first half of the forum will consist of a panel of four speakers who will give a general overview of historic preservation regulations and current historic preservation in Morgan, Berkeley and Jefferson counties. The panel will answer questions and address issues during the second half of the program. The audience will fill out surveys about historic preservation concerns that will be used to formulate strategies by the committee.

Walter Powell, adjunct professor for historic preservation at Shepherd College and compliance officer for the Historic Architectural Review Board in Gettysburg, Pa., will discuss historic preservation as related to the federal Historic Preservation Act of 1966 as well as lessons learned in the implementation of historic district regulation.

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Kip Stowell, mayor of Harpers Ferry, will talk about the struggle to create guidelines for historic preservation in Harpers Ferry and also relate the progress of the restoration of the Peter Burr House Museum in Bardane. Vincent Parmesano, major of Shepherdstown, will discuss the pros and cons of tourism in historic preservation, and Betty Trittipoe will discuss the historic district of Bath (Berkeley Springs). Chris Plein, assistant professor of public administration at West Virginia University, will moderate the panel.

The members of the panel will answer questions from the audience during the last hour of the forum.

This is the second of five land use forums sponsored by the Quality of Life Committee of Vision 21, Planning for the Eastern Panhandle. The remaining forums will address farm land preservation, downtown revitalization, and land use for recreation.

Anyone interested in attending the committee meetings or finding out more about the land use forums or Vision 21 can call the Jefferson County Development Authority at 1-304-728-3255.

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