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. i i The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder Thursday, January 22, 2004 -- Page 3 O 0 ii Thanks, kind folks, for all of your Christmas Cards; anger A beautiful snow started gently falling here and Mary Beth Harvin, of North Wilkesboro, during the morning church services on this N:C.; and the progressive officers and vohin- past Sunday. The teers of the Cedarville Community Associa- For me, it was a real distraction from the tion. prayers and singing at hand because seeing IIIIH Corcoran friends and subscribers Bill and Mar- Zhelovelywhiteblanketformingoutsidethrew lllll co/ garetGoodwin, of Montezuma, Ohio, cer- :me back in time to a similar experience in umn tainly made up the most creative card -- as -'Welch (McDowell County) when my kids IIIIIli / ByDavidHCorc0ran usual. It had the faces of all 14 members of -~were small. It was Christmastide back then, so [~H~~sher- Edaor their family in a spelled out "Merry Christ- :the white coat that God showered upon us that mas" design. It ended with, "Don't forget the ytay made the service for me and my family an REAL Christmas of Peace on Earth and Good- extra special memory, will to All." Later, on this past Sunday, I walked around is so proud of her Gilmer County birth that In spite of some pretty severe physical and ihe Glenville State College campus, looking she returns here at the drop of a hat, wrote on flood problems that arose in their family this out and noticing the handsome white-capped the blank side of her card, "Friends are closer, past year, Jay, Joyce and Jamie Dority, of hilltops, house tops and farm fields. This, too, to our hearts; Memories are more dear and Havaco (near Welch), remain optimistic. :was a source of great pleasure for me, if not for wishes mean so very much; When Christmas While being sad for them because I couldn't ny dog, Buddy, who was running at his nor- time is here." have gotten along without them at the then ~mal full stride -- a bit dangerous on the icy Continuing on a separate piece of paper, Welch DailyNewssome years ago, they know paths, I'd judge, this kind friend of GilmerCounty adds, "Many that our family's prayers are always with them Infact, on Saturday night when going to the thanks for the good hometown newspaper andthatdespiteadversity,theywillovercome GSC basketball games, several people cam- each week. I know it's a full-time job to do it it. And, since my two older children dehvered plained about the ice that existed in and around so well. It means a lot to ones who live away the newspapers for Jay, who was our circula- the city and county. Although the temperature -- your descriptions of an event are so vivid tion manager par excellence, this McDowell didn't seem to be biting cold, it was apparently that one feels almost like being there." couple likes getting updates on my Dave, Jr. low enough to freeze many sections of our "Christmas has come up so fast that I am andCatherine, as well as Patrick on occasion. city's streets and county's roads on Saturday not near ready, but suppose it will come (The Glenville newspaper provides these and Sunday. anyway. I surely hope for all of us to have a good friends with an insight into my family Winter, therefore, has officially come to good year, as our blessings (in the old year) that they didn't get while I was in Welch. Gilmer County. were many. I just wish that I could see Glen- Married then, my wife didn't allow me to Christmas Card winners ville all decorated." write about my family. Now, up here in Gilmer With the snow and cold abounding outside, Thanks, Grace, for this and all of your County and single again, I'm not handcuffed thisweekend'sweathergivesmetheappropri- laudatory remarks to us during the regular and can write about any d--- thing I want to, ate opening to contrast that chill with the year! Because of messages like yours, we including my own family. I like it! Although, warmth of sincere personal well-wishes that keep trying harder to please all of you sub- I, of course, try to choose a great variety of .we editors and this staff received from YOU scribers by publishing a first-class product topics to discuss, so that you readers won't get during this Yuletide season, weekly, too bored with my "Corcoran Column." Nev- Many people -- mainly our devoted sub- Contrasted toGrace'spositivemessage, I'll ertheless, I do listen to your ideas for future scfibers, business associates, political lead- have to kid her longtime chauffeur, Fred columns and these suggestions are always ers, and old friends -- sent us Christmas Radabaugh, of Elkview, for his greeting to welcome.) greeting cards which wei'e very much appre- us -- he brought us a bag of "nuts." Now, Steve Utley and Judy Eaton and their elated. Since I've been here in Glenville, the either he was concerned about our health or finedogs, Napoleon, MisterandWellington, , rush of weekly news and business duties have he was making a statement about our mental all extended their regards from their home in not allowed me to reciprocate, although I do condition when writing up our editorials and Lost Creek. Their dogs are my Buddy's best " try to make up for that horrible omission in articles, friends when we visit. Judy has a successful this feeble column. I realize that thanking you Perhaps Fred's brother, Roy, and sister-in- catering business at the BridgeportAirport, so many good folks "after the fact" doesn't cut it, law, Jane, of Mineral Wells, saved the day they're still in the restaurant business. butlsincerelywishitdidbecauseofourstaffs relative to this "unsigned" bag of nuts that Another successful local business extend- . deep appreciation of your kindnesses both at was given to us. They clarified it by writing, ing their well-wishes to us is Jones Cabin the Christmas season and throughout the whole "Wishing you a happy and healthy 2004 !" Run Vineyards. Alan and Elaine Wolfe, of year. Hence, the Radabaughs were concerned about Tanner, always have a good year at their Addiaionally, many of you well-wishers my high cholesterol and the fact that nuts are mountainside vineyard because the finished will not be mentioned in this or next week's a good remedy for it. products --- a long list of fine wines --- attest column because you scribed your nice saluta- Subscribers or friends? to that. And, with all of the first place awards tions to us on your subscription renewal cards In years past, I could always divide our that they won last year at the famous India- atsomeothertimeduringtheyear.Ionlywish Christmas time messages as those being from napolis Wine Tasting Competition, they , that I could individually respond to each and either subscribers or friends. In looking over should be named as Gilmer County's "Busi- - every one ofyou, but, unfortunately, thereare the many greetings and those who were kind ness of the Year" in 2004! Theirs is one of - neither enough hours in the day nor weeks in enough to send them, I can't make that dis- those businesses that you never hear about, the year to accomplish such a formidable task. tinction any more. Like my old friends, you but after you taste one of their products, you . Nevertheless, we journalists at your home- subscribers are also now my old friends, too, sit up, take note and say, "That's delicious." town and home county newspaper want you to as I've been here for over eight years. Oddly, we got a very thoughtful card and know that "we care" and we wish you the best That's why I deeply appreciated the color- note from Major A. Kristine Wood. of of health, prosperity and good luck in this ful cards and kind notes of Richard and Charteston's West Virginia National Guard New Year of 2004. Marion Reed, of Glenville and Ft. Pierce, unit. She headed the 13-man detachment that Grand Prize winner Florida (great backers of our local Historical helped to clean up the county following the Of course, all of your Christmas cards Society); Carl and Loretta Cox, of Arnolds- destructive November l9-20 Flood. Havinga touched our hearts and brought back many burg (good Calhoun County friends); Lisa special interest in GilmerCounty due to rela- - wonderful memories of days gone by, but Hayes-Minney, of Stumptown (the excel- rives living here, she mentions that her unit is " Grace Moss Rinehart's greeting deserves, lent reporter of the Calhoun paper); Delvia now being deployed overseas during this perhaps, our first ever "Grand Prize Card Mathewsand Family, ofFairmont (a Gilmer month of January. She, therefore, requests our Award." You otherreaders be the final judges! native who was honored as the matriarch of This elegant Charleston, W. Va. lady, who the 2003 "Family of the Year" up there); Rich .Continued on Page 5 ill II III III Musings of an oldtimer--- By Frances Myers Schmetzer, Glent lle Columnist My father, Charles Everett Myers, became principal of Nicholas County High School in 1914, when it opened. I am quoting from his memoirs entitled How to Fail. "When I appeared on the job, the Board was shocked and some members were ready to give me my walking papers right then. The chairman, Granville O'Dell, guessed my age at 18 or 19 and could not see how my 5'9" and i50 pounds could cope with the students, some of whom would be over 6' and Weigh 185 pounds. "So the Board decided that I should go home with Mr. Davis, a member, and they ( i i would decide what to do with me later. He had been a teacher and had two daughters and a son teaching in the county and who would be students in the high school." At that time any 18-year-old who passed the state teacher's examination was allowed to teach. My Dad and his four sisters had all begun teaching at that age, at one-teacher schools in Wayne County where they lived. By 1914, Dad was 26 years old. "Luck was with me. I could tell Mr. Davis that a horse lies down, but the land lays well, that a setting hen really sits to set, etc., to his satisfaction. But the real test came with the oat harvest. Mr. Davis considered himself a good hand with the cradle. It is heavy work and I loved it, and cradled around him. He decided that I was physically able to take care of myself. "For the next four years, I guess I came nearer being satisfied with my achievements than with any work I have done over so long a period. I have heard that science states that a bumble bee cannot fly, but the bee in his ignorance flies anyway. As a high school was new to the local public, the school board, and me, we went ahead and did a number of things that were right but had never been done before by a public school in West Virginia." In two or three weeks I will tell what Dad was talking about here.) Reader predicts strange, fantastic year Dear Editor, happened before? Though there is only one Life is real, but The year 2004 will undoubtedly be a fan- blue moon this year, it is in July. reality of all. We are Eternity is the greatest all choosing our place of tastic year. There will be more lies told than ever before in the history of the United States, especially since politicians are laboring under the delusion that it is okay to lie if it is for a good cause. In God's eyes, no lying cause is ever right. Then, there is the amazing fact that we are having an almost unheard of fifth Sunday in February. Who can tell me when that has ever This country is full of people who think their ideas are the most important in the world. If they could imagine themselves on a sick bed unable to move or speak, they would realize just how unimportant they really are. The world might send someone to tend them. Then it would go on its merry way as if they had never existed. That should cut anyone down to size. abode in Eternity while we are here on earth. I have personally chosen the Creator, Re- deemer, and Judge of the entire Universe, Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God. Whether you believe or not does not make it untrue. It is absolutely true! R.L. Pr/tt, Glenville Book drive provides additional support to community Dear Editor, In reference to an article that appeared on January 15, 2004 'King Book Drive' in the Glenville Democrat, apparently, there was miscommunication between the Editor and the AmeriCorps members. Both AmeriCorps members, after being involved with the schools, know that the schools are equipped to furnish the best education possible for the students. The purpose of the 'Martin Luther King Day Book Drive' is to furnish Gilmer County Elementary Schools with additional books to be placed in the libraries and classrooms. We appreciate the communities' support concern- ing this project. As AmeriCorps members, our jobs are to serve the community. AmeriCorps Members, Sandra Harding and Sandra Hess 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 ! 0 a.m., they can be accepted for that week as/')aM ; 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 tbey 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 reauired 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 ~,,,~der to make certain that,,the journalistic, and, ethical, principles,, , , of,,fairness and equality be, assured on these pages relative to both the news and advertising sidt~;) Congratulations to Calhoun Banks/ Calhoun Banks, a 104-year-old Grantsville-based banking institution, deserves the commendations of our Gilmer County citizens for announcing that it will build a 3/4th's of a million dollar new bank building in this county by the year's end. This proposed modern, state-of-the-art bank, which will be located on the lot next to Rite Aid at Hays City, will achieve three goals, explains Mr. James Bennett, the corporation's CEO. First of all, it recognizes the bank's appreciation of Gilmer Countians for their warm support over the past six years that Calhoun Banks has owned and operated the Foodland Plaza area facility. In fact, this bank branch's deposits have doubled and its loans have increased about 12 fold since then. Secondly, the new bank will be out of the flood plain, thereby preventing future business interruptions due to the ever more frequent high waters in Hays City. Finally, the completely modern bank will be large enough to offer even improved customer services and to provide room for future expansion. Indeed, CEO Jim Bennett, a popular Calhoun County business leader and avid bicyclist, is "bullish" on Giimer County, so this substantial banking investment is his progressive board's way of showing their positive attitude about this county and its future. Representing this bank on the local level is Gilmer native Bruce Fitzwater who also makes another good point about the prospective bank building: "This new bank will show our permanency here and commitment to Gilmer County as an independent, local bank which prides itself on great personal service." Consequently, with an improved building and a planned expansion of services on the drawing boards for here, Calhoun Banks' Gilmer Branch is making Gilmer County a much better place to live and to do business. For that, we editors express our sincere thanks and wish the best of luck to CEO Jim Bennett, Manager Bruce Fitzwater and the bank's entire Board of Directors. DHC, Sr., Publisher-Editor Head Start theft has happier ending When learnin g of the unexpected need of the Head Start students of Gilmer County, Mr. Randy Maxwell, manager of the Gilmer County Recreation Center where the school is located, provided a television and VCR to the youngsters, as well as arranged to get a couple of used computers from Glenville State College for their use. In fact, he gave up the TV and VCR in his own office at, the Recreation Center, which was a real sacrifice on his own part. Nevertheless, like the sentiments express ! in the editorial on this page last week, he, too, believes that these youngest and most at-risk learners deserve all of the help and encouragement that they can get from area people and civic clubs, so he just wanted to do his fair share. Indeed, most of these young people come from families with meager financial means, so they have not had the educational and cultural advantages available to more affluent families. As a result, as its name signifies, this local and national program affords these small children the ideal chance to get a "head start" on their formal public education. Consequently, their time in the Head Start program offers enriching and educating opportunities that bolster their learning and knowledge skills in order to be up-to-speed for entering the local school system. Sadly, the Head Start School, located in the Gilmer County Recreation Center's Poor Farm basement, was robbed on the weekend of Jan. 3-4 weekend -- the second time in recent months that the school has been burglarized of its computers and many other electronic products. In a recent "Letter to the Editor" of this newspaper, the Head Start's teaching staff was understandably angry and dejected about these two burglaries, because they try very hard to provide the best education possible for these children. In fact, they were beginning to feel that every time they took two steps forward, they'd suffer from being knocked back a step. As a result, these teachers expressed their appreciation to Mr. Maxwell, the Rec Center and Glenville State College for their assistance in this great time of need for the school. At the same time, these systematic thefts at the Head Start center need to be thoroughly investigated by our local police authorities. Apparently, thefts here are becoming more common, so the robbers need to be caught, prosecuted and the stolen goods, recovered. To Mr. Maxwell and his Board of Directors, we ly commend them for their civic- mindedness and for their genuine concern for these children and their teachers. DHC A 'Road to peace' in Iraq ... The Edge of by George Harper S " (OR A CONTROL THING?) e OSAMA & HUSSEIN: A BUSH (LEAGUE) STRATEGY? -- We editors are sure that one of President George Bush's New Year's Resolutions is to capture Osama bin Laden, the fugitive terrorist millionaire and mastermind who planned, financed and implemented the sinister and deadly World Trade Center and Pentagon aircraft attacks, as far as we know. GSC Professor Emeritus George Harper, our newspaper's award-winning cartoonist, hits hard on this point in this week's "teen," giving a new perspective for us readers to think about Then again, and on a related theme, we editors are wondenng what ever happened to Saddam Hussein, the infamous Iraqi president who perpetrated acts of genocide against his own people and many others. After his recent high profile capture by our American troops, Hussein's whereabouts and treatment are being kept rather too secret for this editor. I'm not suggesting that our government is doing anything cruel or unusual te him that would be considered against intemational law, but why hasn't the Bush Administration been more open as to his condition and their intentions? In the Ancient and Middle Ages, the captured heads of state would be marched by the victorious armies through the streets of the vanquished nation's largest cities. Or, their heads on a pike would be. Unfortunately, the Bush team is dropping the ball, once again, by not using Hussein to abdicate, to act as a liaison with his exiled army and to call off his terrorist dogs from bombing and killing our American G.l.'s, not to mention the countless innocent Iraqi citizens who have also died in such blasts. While it might make Mr. Bush sound powerful to declare the War in Iraq "over" and the enemy defeated, it would be more statesman-like and humane of him to negotiate an end to the killing from the vanquished nation's head of state. DHC, Sr., Publisher-Editor . DavidH.: an, Sr.,:Publis Editor " .... " , it,,,t i i ,i ,J J J : " P.O. Box458; i08N. COurt SL, Glenvllle, WV 26351 i, , t : j,, r , t: u x i';'r, ~ " - '- PHONE 304-462-7309 VISA & Mastercard are now, accepted . !