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Pat&apos;s Chat Pat Ridpath, Burnsville 472.5102 or 888-294-5401 Thursday, January 1, 2009 -- The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder -- Page 1 ! 'Chat' Provides Poignant Christmas Story I am sorry to report the death of Dewey Wine. I talked to a cousin of his who lives in Buckhannon - Jerry Koon. I know Dewey's sister, Mabel. My sympathy is extended to his family, as I know from recent experience the tragedy of losing some- one dear. I hope that everyone had a wonder- ful Christmas Holiday Season. John and I enjoyed spending the Tuesday before Christmas at Fenwick (a "sub-' urb" of Richwood) with my son, Scott Bucklew, his wife, Carol, and our grandson, Chuckle, who is taller than I am now! Carol's parents, Alfred and Sue Hagy, live outside of Richwood, so they were there, too. Carol's son, Gary, and Rebekah Gar- den, with Elias and Morgan were also visiting, from French Creek. Carol's daughter, Tara, and James Donnen, with their sons, Inn and Andl ew, were there from Hickory Flats, here in Buckhannon. Wehadwonderful food and lots of fun opening and watching the kids open presents! Gary's thoughtful and beautiful prayer be- fore we ate added a spiritual dimen- sion to the day and helped us remem- ber Jesus, Whose birth we were cel- ebrating. Jesus! The Greatest Gift ever given! We stopped at Burnsville and vis- ited for a short time with Carol G. Dean and then with Becky and Tif- fany Shock. We were happily sur- prised to find that Burnsville's gaso- line prices were lower than Buckhannon's or Weston's or most of the places on our way to Richwood! Yeah, Burnsville! That same evening when we re- turned to Buckhannon, we picked up my sister, Mary Ann Bucklew, and attended a dinner and Christmas party and gift exchange at our church. I wonder why I was not very hungry for that meal?? We enjoyed the time with our church family, but was I ever tired! I am the best customer for the Veg- etarian Cookbooks, which our Brushy Fork Christian School is selling for a fundraiser. That is what I gave every- one on my list (except the very young children) for Christmas gifts. Many people have expressed disappointment that THEIR recipes did not get to me in time. Perhaps, if we sell the rest of these coo.kbooks, we can run a new editionith the added recipes. If you want to help our school, remember to call me at 304-472-5102 or email me at patschat, ridpath41 @ gmail, com and order your Copy - $9.50 with $3.50 shipping and handling cost. Or, if you want to stop by the school during school hours or my home at 42 1/2 S. Florida Street, Buckhannon, you will save yourself the shipping and handling cost. We have not yet reached our goal for repairing or replacing the play- ground equipment at Brushy Fork Christian School. If you want to help us, your gift is tax deductible. Please send your check or money order to Brushy Fork Christian School, P. O. Box 205, Buckhannon, WV 26201. If you want your gift to be used specifi- cally for the playground equipment, please let us know. Thanks so much to all who have given or continue to give. On the day after Christmas, Catherine Ratliff (Mrs. Carl), of Weston, called to tell me how much her family enjoyed the Christmas story I included in last week's Chat. She said her 11 grandchildren, ages 7 months to 15 years, sat around on the floor and listened attentively (well, maybe not the seven-month-old baby !) to her daughter read the story. She said they enjoyed it, and later she heard the children discussing it. I really appreciate it when someone lets me know that they enjoy some- thing I have included in the Chat. The funny thing about it is that when this Catherine Ratliff called, I was not home; so when my husband told me who called, I called my friend, Catherine Ratliff, of Burnsville, ta thank her. She had no idea what I was talking about. There seems to be more than one Catherine Ratliff (with a "C"). The Burnsville Catherine says she will look up the story and read it herself. God bless each one of you through- out the New Year of 2009 ! Maranatha! 2008 GILMER COUNTY RECREATION CENTER VOLUNTEERS Protecting our Children from Online Dangers By Senator Jay Rockefeller As parents, we do all we can to protect our kids when they are grow- ing up. We make sure they bundle up before going outside to play; we take a close look at the Halloween candy they bring home; and we tell them to never, ever talk to strangers. But to- day, this protection has to go even further- to the very comouters that sit in our homes. When used the. right way, the Internet is an exceptional educational and social resource for our children. As I've said before. I'm always amazed when I walk into a classroom in West Virginia and see first or sec- ond graders enthralled by what they're learning online. But I'm also appalled by the perva- siveness of inappropriate contem on the Web. and also by the threat of online predators. Thewealth of in: formation available on the Internet contains significant amounts of mate- rial that are inappropriate for our chil- dren, while the anonymity of the Internet raises particular dangers with respect to invasion of privacy and threats from predators. That's why I'm cosponsoring leg- islation - the Protecting Children m the 21st Century Act that directs the Federal Trade Commission to carry out a national program to in- crease public awareness aboul the dangers that exist online, and to pro- need to know that there are people vide education promoting safe use out there who would take advantage of the Internet. The bill authorizes of them, especially if they put per- fundingforthenexttwoyearstopay sonal details online for anyone to for this expansive public awareness see. campaign. Truth be told, our children know a In addition, it directs the Assistant lot more about the Internet than many Secretary of Commerce for Com- adults. And when it comes to educa- munications and Information to es- tional resources online, that's great tablish an Online Safety and Tech- news - but it's also bad news when nology working group-comprised it comes to the dangers that lurk of representatives fr'om the business online. It is critical that we. as adults. community, public interest groups, begin to know even more; and start and federal agencies - to review teaching our children about Internet industry eflbrts to promote online responsibility in the same way that safety for our kids. we teach them to look both ways According to a 2006 survey by the before crossing the street. Pew Internet & American Life We have no more important re- Project, 32 percent of online teens sponsibility than protecting ourchii- have experienced harassment on the dren. but we know we can't always Internet. To combat this. the bill be looking over their shoulde:s to also requires schools to teach kids see what they're doing online.-- about appropr,ate online behavior, which is what makes this legislation including interacting with other in- so important. It will provide the fed- dividualsin chat rooms and on so- eral government wifh more of the cial networking Web sites, such as tools and resources we need to make AUDREY AND ED DUELLEY PAY TO GET THE SIDEWALKS FINISHED MySpaceandFacebook. sure that the Internet is a trustworthy Volunteers And Many Thanks These types of sites allow young source of education and entertain- Many people to socialize in cyberspace, merit, and not a danger to our Vide.. but they also pose a serious threat to For more information on what you those who post too much personal can do to promote online safety for Darrel Ramsey, Director of Parks Duelley, presented at check, to Mr. information about themselves, your kids. here are a couple valuable and Recreation. had a lot to be thank- Ramsey to get the sidewalks finished. That'swhyit'simportantthatwe. as ;vVeb sites:, ful for in 2008. he with the help of Many volunteers helped with the parents andgrandparents.know how w w w. n e t s m a r t z 4 1 1. o r g, several volunteers, getting a lot of completion and getting the job done. these sites work. and teach our kids improvements done at theCenter with Mr. Ramsey, presented them with cer- how to use them the right way. They the pavilions, festrooms, and the side- tificates to thank them for all their walks, hard work and dedication to the Rec- Al|i -..-,.,--Rockor//er The last project finished wasthe reation Center. Volunteers helped The Education ance sidewalk going from the Ag Barn to cook, clean up and do what was needed the restrooms. Mr. Ed and Audra to be done at the time. The Education Alliance's Board of King, Jr., Symposium, the keynote Statement Directors announced that Dr. Patricia speaker at the 2007 Women of Color Kusimo has been named the Celebratmn at Marshall University, Emergency Loans organization's new president/CEO, the recipient of the 2006 NAACP effective December 2, 2008. Image Award for Educ'ation. and Dr. Kusimo cuently serves as the served as co-chair of Governor Joe Senator Jay Rockefeller issued the ache for West Virginia families. chief executive officer of the Center Manchin's Education Transition Team following statement after Senate Re- It is clear that the auto companies for Professional Development. the in 2005. In 2004. she received the publicans blocked legislation that must restructure their business plans state agency that provides training to LivingtheDreamServiceAwardfrom would authorize emergency bridge with an eye toward becoming finan- teachers and principals in the state, theWestVirginiaMartinLutherKing, loans to the auto industry: "I am cially sound, take steps to limit ex- . She has extensive experience in edu- Jr., Commission for her role in co- stunned and deeply disappointed that ecutive pay, and create more fuel ef- cational research, including working founding the Maximizing the Senate Republicans decided late last ficient cars and trucks, but it is also on research projects for The Educa- Achievement of African American night to block the good-faith biparti- very clear that allowing the auto in- tion Alliance. such as Student Voice: Children in Kanawha (MAACK) san auto industry compromise, dustry to fail is simply not an option. West Virginia Students Speak Out Community initiative. The auto industry employs at least MillionsofWestVirginiaandAmeri- About the Achievement Gap: She three million people in America, in- can families should not be allowed to also has worked as an associate pro- The Education Alliance - Business cluding many dealers and parts sup- suffer. fessor at West Virginia State Univer- and CommunityforPublicSchoolsis pliers inWestVirginia. At thiscriticalmoment, lstrongly Happy Holidays sity and as a public school teacher in West Virginia's statewide public edu- I'm extremely concerned that acata- encourage the President to do what- South Carolina. cation fund More information on the strophic failure of the auto industry ever it takes to help keep the auto She was keynote speaker at the organization can be found at will result in our nation plummeting industry alloat and thriving, wemust IBOH all 9,'dll IS G' 2008 West Virginia Martin Luther, even deeper into recession and heart- put working people first." Mr. Ramsey, stated: "I am very thankful for all the community has done to help with the repairs, and for making the projects successful." In 2009. he hopes to accomplish more improvements throughout the year. Mr. Ramsey would like to thank everyone who helped in any way. "We will not sit unconcerned while our liberty is invaded, nor look in silence upon public robbery." 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