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Salute to this paper Your Glenville newspapers are now offi- cially 100 years o]d, according to the front page's masthead -- look it over carefully. Volume "100," No. 1. Thus, one would think that we reached the centennial mark this year-- a real distinction and historic moment for Glenville and Giimer County. In actuality, however, 7"he Glenville Path- finder, so the old issues tell me, was founded in 189~2. As a result, the Pathfinder would be at least 111 years old. ,. Relative to The Glenville Democrat, the oldest issue, which is preserved on microfilm at Glenville State College, dates back to 1904, .thereby making it from that date, 100 years told this year. Nevertheless, there is still some :mystery as to what date the Democrat was exactly established because that early micro- film issue wasn't Volume 1, but a later one -- I recall when doing research on the matter a couple of years ago. When asking Bob Arnold, the former pub- lisher-owner, about this discrepancy, he sus- pected that either he or a previous publisher changed the volume numbers of both papers to a common origin date when merging them together some years ago. Bob owned the pa- pers between the early 1970s and 1995 when k,,~ came to town. Incidentally, Bob is still ~round and kicking, but feeling puny. He'd, no doubt, appreciate any cards or letters from old friends at his East Main Street home across from the Post Office. To the core, we editors are proud of The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder's record of service to this community and county over the past century. There's been only a minimal number of notable improvements in the county's political, social, economic, cultural, or college histories that have not been sup- _ported or reported by these two long-standing newspapers. We're pleased to be an integral part of GlenviUe and Gilmer County's way of life, and hope that you readers likewise approve of our dedicated commitment to community ser- vice. And, as time goes on this year of 2004, we'll try to provide more detailed stories about the history of your two local newspapers. But, "back to the future," we're eager to start i offthis newspaper's second 100 years of corn- after 100 years; our annual 'Wish List' The Corcoran Column By David H Cefcoran Publisher-Editor munity service as the county's informational hub and progress advocate. Christmas 2003 Although not feeling well due to the flu, I was especially cheered up by a Christmas gift of a delicious cherry cheesecake given to me by Pedro Montgomery and Wanda Luzader, both of Glenville. After picking it up, my son, Patrick, with a wide smile, said, "Dad, doesn't that look yummy?" My reply, "Yes!" Ditto for the homemade breads of Karen (Mrs. Tom) Reaser, of Glenville, and Rosa Belle Gainer, of Kanawha Drive! They, too, came in handy for our holiday guests. All of these personal acts of kindness and cookery did not normally happen in other communities where I've lived over the years. That says something good not only about these specifically-mentioned nice folks but also this community at large. Truly, if one person, like myself, gets these homemade treats, I know that many other Gilmer Coun- tians receive them, too -- all presents of our area's kind-hearted residents. Most importantly and in addition, we, at this newspaper, did appreciate the many Christmas cards and letters that we received from you readers. I'll be commenting on their highlights in a future week. Moose restaurant update Local Governor Dick Harrison wants me to clarify two issues relative to the Moose Lodge's restaurant in downtown Glenville. First and foremost, it's open to the general public. Over a year ago when the club was formed, out that only Moose members were allowed in the lodge building which is on East Main Street near the comer of Lewis (in the old flea market-antique store). This ru- CENTENNIAL DATELINE CHANGE-OVER -- Publisher-Editor Dave Corcoran, Sr. -looks apprehensive as he changes over the dateline from Vol. 99, No. 52 to "Vol. 100, No. 1" this week, indicating that this community newspaper has, at least, 100 years of :service to this city, county and state. He just looks "apprehensive" because he doesn't want the general public to think that he, too, is a centenarian; he may appear to be old, mor isn't true. The restaurant section, which is the door to the right upon entering, is open to the public, has serving hours of 5-10 p.m. Tues.-Sat., and is known as the "Lodge Eatery." Secondly, the Eatery bills itself as a family- style restaurant, not being in the same section of the building as the Lodge's tavern which is open only to members, prospective members and their guests. As a result, one can bring in his or her family to eat -- without seeing or being in a bar. Finally, the Eatery has a fine cook in Chef Chipper Iamonico who has held cooking po- sitions in an exclusive New York City restau- rant, as well as in the Days Inn in Flatwoods and the old Derrick in Glenville. This chef has really beautified the interior of the Moose's dining room, making it a prettier place to eat and socialize for area families. We'll have more on this restaurant at a later date, but, in the meantime, welcome to Glen- ville and the Lodge Eatery, Chipper! New Year's Day Note: The Moose Lodge will sponsor a Gator Bowl Party for members and their guests on Thursday. Come and cheer on WVU's Mountaineers to a victory over Maryland. Kick-off time is 12:30 p.m. 2004 Wish List As the New Year is here, this newspaper traditionally works up a "Wish List" for the next 365 days. This year is no exception. Our hearts and prayers go out to our mili- tary service men and women who are fight- ing terrorists and terrorism abroad. Our first wish is that they all come home safely in 2004. Likewise, we wish all of our local veterans a happy and healthy New Year. More specifi- cally, we hope that our area's World War II vets can participate in the WW II Veterans Oral History Project which is sponsored by Glenville State College's History Department and Dr. Mike Gherke and his students, with an assist from the Gilmer County Historical So- ciety. On the federal level, we wish U.S. Senators Robert Byrd and Jay Rockefeller and U.S. Congressman Alan Mollohan, all Demo- crats in high National Capitol posts, much continued success in bolstering our state and Gilmer County through noteworthy projects. During 2003, we really appreciated their ex- cellent track record of pumping federal mon- ies into Glenville State College in order to create a unique and stable institution of higher learning to serve this state and nation. Its new partnerships with Carnegie Mellon University's Center for Appalachian Net- work Access (CANA) for computer science projects and the National Police. Training Academy for the criminal justice department are innovative steps in the right direction, so we editors wish all of the~projects and their administrators well. To Warden Bryan Bledsoe and the entire staff of the Federal Correctional Institu- tion-Gilmer, we wish you even more success as you approach your first anniversary of being open. On the state level, we wish Governor Bob Wise, who has had a bad year, a better one in 2004 and much more success in moving our state ahead. Also, we hope that he'll do some ' financial juggling to be able to negate any fiscal 2004-2005 cuts to GSC's already bare- bones budget. In addition, we wish all of our region's legislators well, to say nothing of much suc- cess in the upcoming session of the State Legislature. Our State Senators Bill Sharpe and Joe Minard and State Delegates Bill Stemple and Brant Boggs proved themselves able and persuasive advocates for Glenville but he's not that old. 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By then, I knew that the organizers of the On Quaker Hill, Pawling, New York, there Only there have I experienced the silent Meeting lived a hundred miles away, and stands a Friend's Meeting House, which is format of Quaker worship, so I have no idea people had come from many different towns. now a museum. Paint had never been used on how different one meeting house may be from It was a homecoming, without any fanfare or the walls or wooden benches. There was only another. There, on Quaker Hill, we entered meal, and folks stood in the yard to exchange the single room, with a stove for wood or coal and sat in silence. (By now, we all sat together greetings before entering the building in si- : heat, a divider between the sections for men on the men's side.) There was no podium or lence. and women, with two outside doors, so they pulpit, but across the front of the room was a . One time I was invited to join the leaders on i could enter separately. And a balcony, which narrow platform with along wooden bench on the facing bench! I was stunned into silence! I guess is where the slaves sat, (At least, I it. It would have held eight or 10 people, but I had noticed that not everyone who sat there know that was true in the balcony of my there were usually five or six. I was interested spoke at each service, so I never said a word. Presbyterian church in Virginia.) When en- that one or two were sometimes women. Later, our Historical Society president, who tering the structure, spirits of Friends who Eventually I learned that this was called the had not been present, called me and asked if I worshipped there from the 1700s can still be "facing bench" and the first speaker invari- had given a welcome that afternoon. (No, I felt. For a while during the Revolutionary ably was sitting there. Meditations were al- hadn't.) She had given my name to the man in iWar, it served as a hospital. The most casual ways short and reverent, with silences be- charge. Now the inexplicable had been ex- visitor instinctively speaks in hushed tones, tween, as men and women from anywhere in plained -- it was my office, not my person, The building is owned by the Historical the room stood and spoke when the spirit which had been invited to the facing bench! Society ofQuaker Hill and Pawling, ofwhich moved them. It took me a few years to feel that But that did not diminish the awe I had felt I became a member and eventually a trustee, it was suitable for me to speak! One year I was while sitting there. Even though regular meetings had long ago startled to see the president of the Historical (Letters to the Editor needed for next week's newspaper) " Our 'Letters to the Editor' Policy We are in need of more letters to the editor. Feel free to send them in to us. sign the letter via snail mail Deadlines for letters are Mondays at 10 a.m. for lust remember our policy on the letters, that week's paper. After 10 a.m., they can be accepted for that week as pa/d Local newspapers have long been the sounding boards for political, advertisements. However, it would appear for free in a future edition. personal, and patriotic views and this paper is no exception! Also, for writers who consistently send in Letters week after week, these Relative to writing responses, please keep in mind our Editorial Policy: we messages are constantly evaluated as to content and to purpose, so they may will accept letters on a space available basis only and they will be subject to be considered as an advertisement, especially if they are weekly, lengthy, and the Editor's scrutiny as to content relative to libel, good taste and timeliness repetitious of previous letters.Nevertheless, you will be contacted if the latter A good length is generally one to one-and-a-half standard typing pages, is the case and will be charged only our regular advertising rate. double-spaced. The decision of the Senior Editor will be final. Letters must For more information, contact either Dave Corcoran, Sr. or Jodi at 304-462- be signed in order to be published - e-mailed letters must include a phone 7309. number where your identity can be verified, but you may still be required to ~ Last Issue Before Election: News, Letters, & Ads ~ The long-standing policy of this newspaper has always been that if, in the issue before an election, one candidate or citizen makes allegations about another candidate or issue, that the other party be given the right of rebuttal. Readers of this newspaper know that we editors have had this policy in effect for the past eight years in order to make certain that the joumalistic and ethical principles of fairness and equality be assured on these pages relative to both the news Kand advertising side. you a Isn't it great to be coming into the New Year of 2004? As the Old Year winds down and the New Year emerges, the feeling one may get, we editors hope, is one of refreshment, newness, strength, vigor, vitality, forcefulness, brightness, power, re-starting and hope. Indeed, the season of Christmas and New Year's makes for an ideal time to look into some needed changes by closing one chapter in our lives and opening the next one. Re-starting our personal and working attitudes and taking new directions, if called for, is most advantageous at this time of the year. After all, it's the traditional period to think up and pen down all of those New Year's resolutions. By accident last week, this editor found his New Year's resolutions for last year. There were about nine of them, and, sadly, I can't report that any one of them was accomplished. That dismal fact startled me because so many of you readers and other Americans do accomplish your many well-thought-out, useful and humanitarian goals. For example, Lou Holtz, a native West Virginian who now coaches the University of South Carolina and formerly Notre Dame's National Championship football team, sets about 150 personal goals each year. And, according to the TV sports commentators, he achieves almost all of them. I think that this is an amazing record. I know of one goal that he doesn't attain every year -- winning a national championship! On the other hand, many of our resolutions are very attainable, such as spending more time with our families, studying harder in school, being better role models for the younger generation, acting more kindly to our loved ones and neighbors, taking part in community improvement projects, attending church more often, working efficiently on the job to merit promotions, etc. Thus, we don't have to make either nine or 150 resolutions and fall short at year's end; we can just concentrate on a couple of problem areas and set up the ladder to climb in reaching for those goals. As for me, I'!1 be rethinking the importance of each one of my nine un-attained goals for 2003 in order to come up with a better plan for 2004. Maybe you might do the same, if your 2003 resolutions came to a screeching halt at some point like mine! And, then, at the end of 2004. you and I may have a better record to talk about. In the meantime, we, the editors and staff of this newspaper, wish you a very happy and safe New Year of 2004. Most importantly, if you plan on attending a big celebration on this New Year's Eve, please do so responsibly. We like you readers, and would hate it if any harm would come to you on that dangerous night for drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Happ~ New Year, dear friends! DHC, Sr., Publisher-Editor Welcome to the Russians/ The recent visit of the Russian musicians to Glenville was a huge success. Their performances were very eye-opening, heart-warming and instructional events. In fact, it was the first time many local people, especially Gilmer County's school children, have had to see real live Russians. Most notably, their "Nutcracker" performance complemented the community's Christmas season in a way so unique that one will hardly forget Yuletide 2003 in future years. With ideas being exchanged and flowing freely, an alert Dr. Debra Simon, Glenville State College's dean of Teacher Education and chair of Professional Studies, has invited the Russian coordinator, Mr. Alexey Tcheremnykh, director of the Russia-West Virginia Foundation, to send some of his young countrymen and women over here as college students. We think that this idea is super. In fact, nation-wide, only a few colleges and universities have enrolled students from Russia --- the world's second most populous coantry after China. More perhaps would come to America under year-long exchange programs or for their entire four-year degrees, if they'd just be "invited" and feel "welcome." According to Alexey, his touring Russian musicians have always found West Virginia audiences to be the "warmest." That's a good start! Now, GSC just needs to find the scholarship and travel monies to make the new idea happen. It's a good project -- giving them a unique opportunity not only to master an academic subject for their bachelor's degrees but also to learn more about how American democracy works. For GSC, it would help to ease our recruiting crunch and to get the state's higher education authorities off our backs. In doing our fair share to bridge the gap between our two cultures, this newspaper wishes Dr. Debra Simon every success in planning and developing this mutually beneficial foreign exchange program. DHC Will Santa be able to keep up the pace? r II B 41 EDGE OFTHE HOLLOW ED HOLLOW- EDGE (EVEN 11.11 '$ THAT SANTA SPOTTED IN REGION! -- During this week between Christmas and the New Year, George Harper, our newspaper's award-winning cartoonist and a Glenville State College art professor ementus, apparently saw Santa Claus speeding by his Ritchie County home, trying to make his deliveries on an ATV this Christmas. He wonders if this mode Of land travel is effective for Santa as much as Ritchie Countians believe this recreational sport will be an economic boon to them. There's an apparent controversy gQJng on in our neighboring county on whether developing ATV trails to attract tourism to the area is good or not. Professor Harper sees it as perhaPs too harsh on the environmeht and the ears. We editors think that Santa switched back to his traditional air travel, as we caught sight of him in the winter skies over Gilmer County. Nevertheless, George's Santa loon comes at just the right season ~)f the year -- when we're still enjoying the euphoria of the Yuletide. Finally, with an eye to this warm and friendly season, George and Sharon Harper, who formerly lived in Glenville, sincerely wish all of you readers a Happy New Year. Update and clarification: In a recent cow-teen, George did not imply that current non- discriminatory U. S. Immigration Laws were wrong. He's not against any bone fide immigrant from getting his or her citizenship, as this editor implied in my caption. To the contrary, he's only against known "terrorists" getting their visas and citizensh~ papers which is currently happening, according to national news soumes. We editors apologize to him for getting mixed signals on that particular cow-teen. And~ thanks for bringing this mis- read to our attention, George. DHC, Sr., Publisher-Editor :i =i? !il ?~!? ................ i f = = =!iif (ii~i2 1 ii~!~ = = =iillii ! = = i ii=i !~ ~i!igi!i:! 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