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f C Ii ! Continued 3 Eye on Glenville's upcoming elections is important; and New Year's well-wishes ... cont'd ... 2009 to all of {hese businesses! To the Facemire family, we thank you for keeping up the modern Food- land Plaza Strip Mall. It looks super! Also. congratulations to Doug Facemire. an owner of the supermar- ket chain and our county's new State Senator! We wish you well. Sadie Kelble. president, and the West Virginia State Folk Festival Committee. once again, are making steady progress with upgrading this major state lest. Last year's festival received rave reviews, so we're eager to see what'll take place at this 2009 Folk Festival from June 18-20. Keep on making it better and better. Folk Fest Committee: your volunteer ef- forts are greatly apprecmted Also. Dave and Judy Brown, the Country Store museum's recent curators, deserve a big "thanl you" for their years of volunteer service. especially in developing this museum into a premier tourist attractmn. We understand that Jim and Judy Meads. another volunteer couple par excel- lence, are now heading up this down- town Glenville landmark. Their nor- mal Folk Festival duties include em- ceeing the colorful Belles' Recogni- tion Banquet & Program. Many thanks go to Dave and Judy Brown and Jim and Judy Meads for keeping up their enthusiasm and dedication to the Folk Festival. To Pittsburgh's John Whitehili and GSC's Larry Baker, we hope that the CANA (the Center for Appa- lachian Network Access) and the Col- lege will continue to develop the wire- less broadband project in "this rural area. thereby bolstering the county's economy, educational opportunities. and governmental coordination. Fi- nally, we trust that the Glenville model can be utilized in some way to bolster the Gilmer-Braxton Technology Research Zone, which is now receiv- ing a shot of new life. To Anne Pope, co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commis- sion. we editors invite you to return to Glenville in 2009. along with repre- sentatives of the Benedum Founda- tion. to assess the growth that's hap- pening here, in part due to the GSC- CANA wireless broadband Internet project and GSC's new housing de- velopment. Other Best Wishes To John Ebert, owner of McDonald's. and Cindy Langman, manager, we editors wish you well in your new business venture here. We also appreciate your community in- volvement. To Peggy and Fred Moore, own- ers of The Common Place. thanks for the memories, and best wishes for much future success. To Trezan's, we wish Dan and Treza Shock every success in their Gilmer County restaurant and lounge buginess. To The Pub. another toast this year for longtime owner. Carol Putnam. and her husband. Joe, with the hopes that they'll have a great New Year. a very healthy one. and much fun with their grandkids! To the owners and workers of Chinese restaurants here. thanks for your continuing service in Glenville! To NAPA. best wishes in your shop at the Foodland Plaza area. To John Gumm and Niki Rame- zan, at United Bank-Glenville, thanks for your bank's continuing sup- port of the College's programs and the community. Also. for raising so much money for the 2008 Relay for Life. To Marty Collins. Bruce Fitzwa- ter, and Susan Stalnaker Ware. at Calhoun Bank-Glenville. congratu- lations on your I 1 th year of being in business in Gilmer County. Time flies by fast when you're having fun! The vision of your board is clear and well- placed, as your bank is growing as rapidly as our county. Keep up the good work ! To the owners of Gil-Co Faith Pharmacy, thanks for the long hours you put in at your state-of-the-art Drug Store and shop at Hays City. To Fred Blanks. keep on plugging away at your Fred's Country Store in Normar]town: it's a real asset to that community and a place for people to rest and chat Also. thanks to Beth Murphy, Normantown's new post- master, for all of her creative ideas for involving the grade school students in community enhancement art projects. To U-Pak Supermarket's man- agers and employees, keep up your good cheer: your good, friendly atti- tudes spread among the customers! Also. we like your store's fresh de- sign. To the many Oil & Gas Industrial Companies in our area. we wish you Relative to volunteerism. Mrs. Donna Wadddl. executive director of the Gilmer County Family Re- source Network. does a lot of com- mumty and economic development work in this county, but gets very little credit for it. Moreover, she's done these fine service projects for years. Communities '4' Develop- ment, the Blueprint Communities. and CreateWest Virginia have all benefited from her leadership. Her office has now moved upstairs in that building between the post office and United Bank. while the downstairs is now occupied by a new thrift store. Talking about this new downtown store, it's called the "Community Showcase Thrift Shop" and has Carolyn Hanson as its able man- ager. It seems to be well-stocked. well-organized and clean. Give it a try in 2009! Another similar shop is the Hos- pice Thrift Shop in the Foodland Plaza Mall. This has become an ac- tive shopping location for many of ourcounty'sresidents a store where they can find quality used clothes and items at a modest price. Keep up the good work. Hospice, Inc.! Also. in Foodland Plaza are some new and rearranged businesses. The Hair Expo Barbershop, operated by the affable Jimmy Fitzwater. is now located in the Glenville Hard- ware. a store owned by his late brother, Earl In addition, the new Subway restaurant is now in this strip mall, having opened there a couple of months ago. Good luck in I!:ilili!! ilili:i::ii:!i!!i!ii!iii!iii i i!iiili i i:i! i i i: !ii!iii:iii!ilii:iiiii iiiii i i i i!i!ii i  tii i ilii i i lii! ! !iiiiiiii{!ill iiiiiiii!ii!i!iiiiiiii!iiiililiiii!iii!iii! iiiiiiiiii!i{i!i!iii! i ii!!i! i i i{!iiiii! i!i i li Path power line not a 'Done Dea,! ' stacles. The power companies say PATH will improve the reliability and secu- rity of the network of power lines that serve the east coast. The power companies say that m- creasing demand for electricity in the Northeast means we have to build bigger lines to carry more power. There are several things wrong with the power companies' arguments. It is much cheaper and safer to re- duce electrical use in the eastern US thlo .ugh new lqechnologies and conser- vanon than to htdld a huge new power' line. Building-smaller power plants us- ing a variety of sources like natural gas. wind. heat generated by local manufacturing plants and solar power, and locating them in or near cittes, reduces the need for large power lineS. Using smaller power lines from a variety of power sources actually in- creases the reliability of the electrical grid, because we aren't dependent on just a few lines or power plants that could be easil y damaged or attacked. Allegheny and AEP are planning to apply to the West Virginia Public Ser- vice Commission for a license to build PATH in March of 2009. A number of citizens' groups across the state are now organized, including West Virginia Citizens Against PATH, to argue to the PSC that this power line should not be built. The opponent s ' main argument is that reducing power use and building more low-polluting power plants on the east coast would eliminate the need for PATH, as described by the power companies. If the eastern states want more power, they should produce it them- selves. PATH is by no means a "done deal" at this point. The recent economic slowdown has dramatically reduced electricity de- mand in exactly the places the power companies predicted increases. Maryland and New Jersey have re- cently announced major emergency efforts to both reduce power consump- tion and produce their own electricity. Allegheny Energy has also had to reduce its budget for building projects because of falling sales revenues. Citizen opposition, especially in the eastern panhandle, has caused route changes and the elimination of the line in Berkeley and Morgan Counties. The Calhoun, Gilmer, and Upshur County Commissions have joined at least six other counties along the line in opposing the construction of PATH. By stopping this unnecessary power By Bill Howley, West Virginia's two largest elec- tric power companies. American Electric Power (AEP) and Allegheny Energy, want to construct an inter- state power line. transmitting elec- tricity at 765 Kv (765.000 volts) from AEP's John Amos Power Station near Nitro. to an Allegheny sub-station near Martinsburg, and on into Mary- land. This project, known as the Potomac-Appalachian Transmission Highline. or PATH. will f.o.llow, one of two proposed routes through-Cal- houn County. The northern route will pass through Hur. around Grantsville, and east near Route 5. generally follow- ing the route of an existing high volt- age power line. The southern route will pass near Oka and Stinson and into Braxton County. Allegheny spokespeople have in- dicated that they are leaning toward the northern route at this time. Almost all the power that would pass through PATH will be going to electrical customers outside of West Virginia. The Federal Regulatory Energy Commission (FERC) has given the power companies the ability to in- clude the costs of PATH in the elec- tric bills of all customers in a multi- state region including West Virginia, although no West Virginians would draw electricity from the line. West Virginians will be hearing all of the other costs of PATH beyond increased electrical rates. Consumers in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey will get cheap, coal-fired electricity from West Virginia and will be able to avoid building power plants and lines in their own states. West Virginians will see their land- scape marred by a huge construction project, suffer damage from line op- eration and maintenance, and will face decades of increased pollution and destructive mountaintop removal from coal-based electricity genera- tion in the state. Allegheny Energy officials de- scribe PATH as an "extra high-volt- age" power line. PATH towers, spaced from 800 feet to 1200 feet apart, will be 130 feet to 150 feet tall. The line's right-of way will be at least 200 feet wide. In many cases, PATH may take construction.rights- of-way as much as a quarter mile wide, so that builders have the flex- ibility O f shifting the line around ob- great success in this new year, be- cause as you prosper, so goes Gilmer County and this central West Virginia region ! To all of the people, businesses and advertisers (everywhere) that I've forgotten, but that serve the citi- zens of our county and region in a line, West Virginians will be playing a big part in creating new energy solutions that will make our whole country stronger and safer. (Editor Note: Bill Howley can be reached at 304-655-8255 or e-mailed at billhowkey @ hughes, net) first-rate manner, contact me at 304- 462-7309. so that I can sing your praises in a future column. In conclusion, we editors and our entire staff at the Glenville Democrat and Glenville Pathfinder wish for all of you readers and business people abundant happiness, renewed purpose in life. good health and prosperity in this New Year of 2009. Thursday, January 15, 2009 The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder -- Page 5A Not Everyone Calls Me Father By Edwin Daschbach SVD "We will not sit unconcerned while our liberty is invaded, nor look in silence upon public robbery." An editorial statement from the annals of The Glenville Democrat-pathfinder files Unity of Christians: That All be One Many years ago. when I first came to West Virginia. I was present at a Church Unity Service m a nearby county. The priest delivering the message talked about "the scandal of Christian disunity." The very next week. in that county's paper, a local pastor countered with an article headdd "the scandal of Christian unity.'" The spirit of the Lord Jesus was certainly not with that pastor. On the night before he died, Jesus prayed in earnest for unity among his follow- ers. This is seen throughout the gos- pel of John's treatment of the Last Supper. Over the centuries we have gotten used to divisions in Chris- tianity, and accepted the situation in Christendom as normal. But it is not normal. It is contrary to Christ's will. Back in 1910, John Motl. a Meth- odist who deeply felt the scandal of Christian disunity in the world, was perhap.s the first in modern times to sound the alarm. Ten years later the 7th Lambeth Conference appealed to all Christians for reunion. These were Protestant leaders, whose over- tures to Catholicism were at first met with resistance. For Catholic leaders felt participation in reunion movements was akin to recogmzing all churches as equal, that their own Catholic Church was not something special. The Vatican Council steered Catholics in a very different direc- tion, embracing enthusiastically the movement to church unity. We rec- ognized the wrongness of our hesi- tation, and in subsequent years popes begged for forgiveness for the wrongs we have done to bring dis- unity. Pope John Paul even invited ecu- menical dialogue about the nat,: " scope and exercise of the papacy itself. Theological dialogues at the highest level are ongoing between Catholics and Anglicans. Orthodox. Lutherans. Methodists, and now reaching out to Baptists. Why are there divisions? It can hardly be the direct will of God. But could the Holy Spirit have permitted these divisions, in Pope John Paul's words, to "lead the Church to dis- cover the untold wealth contained in Christ's Gospel. "" and that all this wealth would not have come to light otherwise? Oras Archbishop Rowan Williams said at the Anglican-Meth- odist Covenant signing in 2003, "We have all discovered things about Christ and his Kingdom that we are now eager to share with each other as brothers and sisters working to overcome the distant legacy of arro- gance and resentment. "" Separation may have been allowed by God. but never divorce. When will union come? Cardinal Walter Kasper made a comparison. If some- one passing the Berlin Wall on the morning of Nov. 9th. 1989 were asked. "How much longer do you think the wall will remain standing," most would have said "at least to the time of our grandchildren." And yet the evening of that day, the wall was gone. He then added: "'One day too we will rub our eyes in amazement that God's Spirit has broken through the seemingly insurmountable walls that divide us and give us new ways through to each other and to a new full communion. 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