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Page 6 -- The Glenviile Democrat/Pathfinder ~ Thursday, Jan. 22, 2004 II Illl Reliable. Dependable. Steady. and the STIHL carry are pretty good, too. m Jim Huff Chainsaw Master 1 Store Hours: 8-5 Mon.-Fri.. 8-3 Sat. 315 W. Main St. o 462-5631 ! 000 Continued from Page 1 liked the Boulevard concept fl)r Hays City and the Highway Department is also on-line with the plan," Mr. Fealy says, lamenting in a bitter-sweet way, "Everyone is happy with the plan, but the money is the bigge.st problem." To keep this Vision Plan moving forward, the EDA's office, Fealy an- nounces, will have a Glenville State College intern working on the re- search aspects, identifying potential funding sources and writing grant proposals for its next phase. "We just need to see the streetscape, like in the drawings at United Bank, happen," he says. "We already have the con- cept, but some engineering work needs to be our next priority." Also related to the Vision Plan, he mentions that the city of Glenville and its River Trail Committee are advancing that project. "This is an integral part of the downtown and Hays City revitalization efforts (as it will provide a link between the two and attract more tourists to the vicinity," he predicts. Another Vision Plan part to the whole puzzle involves assisting local businesses in fixing up, painting up and sprucing up their storefront exte- riors. As a result, the EDA's board in 2003 had approved a plan to match, dollar-for-dollar, up to $1,000 any business's efforts to refurbish its store. But, with any governmental monies, Tater Knob couple, the Kuhls, prospect for gold in Calif.... Continued from page 1 leased mercury into waters hoping elusive mineral, that i~ would lead them to the gold," "We have our own dredge and a Mrs, Kuhl explained. "So we've seen trailer full of other equipment," says gold that didn't look gold at all be- Karen Kuhl, a retired teacher who cause it was covered in mercury." taught fourth and fifth grade at Sand Despiteitselusiveness, gold attracts Fork Elementary until 2003. thousands of prospectors each year to During their prospecting trips, Ron locations in Alaska, Northern Cali- Kuhl dons a wet suit, or a "hooka,'" fornia, and even Georgia. The Kuhls and roans the dredge hose while also have met many people in their travels inspecting the river for gold nuggets who prospect for a living. underwater. One fellow who had camped near "Six feet is the deepest I've dove, them during their last excursion found and I've stayed under for as long as an 16 ounces of gold, which is more than hour at a time," says Mr. Kuhl, who a pound.Twelveouncesofgoldmakes retired from Schlumberget in 1998. apoundofthemineral, and the weight The air compressor on the dredge, of gold is 40 times heavier than the fueled by a gas engine, pumps air into weight of water. Kuhl's breathing apparatus while he Regardless of how little one finds, prospects, recent gold prices haye reached life- Mrs. Kuhl remains above the water time highs of $427 per ounce, noth- as the"dredge watch,"extra=ring large i ng to sneeze at even if the mineral is stones and other debris from the large found one little shaving at a time. pan into which the dredged water is And if you're the Queen of En- pumped, gland, who receives her weight in Because the Coast Guard requires gold each year for ruling the British thatdivers indicate their"down" sta- Isles and Commonwealths, these tus with flags, the Kuhls proudly fly a prices and the odd measurement of West Virginia state flag to stay in gold weight can certainly line a bank compliance with the regulations, account. After the river water is dredged, the Though they belong to many gold Kuhls start the real process of "pan- prosepcting organizations, the Kuhls ning" for gold by sifting silt and sedi- don't seem interested in "striking it merit from the water, hoping to spy rich." Rather, they enjoy the process the glitter of a gold nugget, of dredging and panning, meeting their Sometimes, though, the gold does fellow prospectors, and being out- not glitter at all. doors in idyllic settings. "Mercury is attracted to gold, so a "It's just a fun hobby for us," Mrs. lot miners over the years have re- Kuhl asserts. strings have to be attached, and that's searching for the appropriate, yet fair what the EDA's consultants are work- curbs to prevent abuses of these gov- ing on now. The major fear of the ernmental funds for private use. members is that if certain stores beau- The Manley Farm tify their looks, the owners may turn Mr. Fealy also reports that Dr. Louis around, sell them for a large profit Manley, who is the retired local physi- and leave town. Hence, the EDA is clan seeking to sell his farm as an II 000 Continued from Page 1 The following individuals have filed for elective offices and have paid the commensurate filing fees in Gilmer County: The latest filings are as follows: Sheriff John William Moss, Jr.; Democrat; $349.25 filing fee Board of Education (non-partisan) Phillip Hale Cunningham (City District); $25.00 filing fee Kelly Radcliff (DeKalb-Troy District); $25.00 Again, the deadline to file is Sat., Jan. 31, 2004. Sand Fork Centennial Celebration slated for Friday, January 30 On Fri., Jan. 30, a special Sand Fork Centennial Celebration will take place at the community's elementary school to commemorate the 100th birthday of this community which was formerly known as "Layopolis." According to local historian-poet, Mary Ann Radabaugh, who is also in charge of the event's program, the Sand Fork area became an official commu- nity in 1903. A school assembly will be held, complete with guest speakers, and a reception with birthdaycake will also take place, according to Mr. John Wolfe, principal of the-school. The public is invited. Look for further details in next week's newspaper. County community In directly responding to local rumors that the new Federal Correctional Institution-Gilmer (FCI-G) is not aiding its community, Ms. Alice Lowe, Warden Bryan B ledsoe's executive assistant and public relations aide, emphati- cally denies these statements. For example, on the streets in Glenville, it's been common conversation, of late, that FCt-G, which'had advt~cated the building of a ~ew hotel near the prison's entrance, was not utilizing it as much as the Bureau of Prisons' officials had initially promised. To the contrary, Ms. Lowe rejoins, "We (at FCI-G) are patronizing the community and the local hotel. We tell them (the prison bureau's Washington officials and the facility's vendors) about the hotel." She, also; points out, "We've been using the hotel's conference room for training sessions for the past three weeks. Also, we have bought food at Foodland for the prison." As to the business community's perception that the prison isn't spending as much as originally forecastedfor Glenville, she sadly says that there's some truth to that observation, in that the prison's budget is currently frozen. "When there's no money, we can't spend it," she points out. "Our federal people can't travel like they normally do, so we haven't had the visits that we've expected." Nevertheless, in a voice showing sincerity, Executive Assistant Alice Lowe emphasizes to the Gilmer County community, "We want to help this area and are doing so as much as we can (under the current budgetary constraints). Also, I want our prison to have a close relationship with this community." I I II I I economicdevelopment complex, has we just don't have the necessary houses offered to donate it to the Mollohan to attract prison people to live here," Foundation, if that's what it takes to Fealy points out. "It is too hard for get a $3 million-plus bridge con- them to come in and find affordable structed by the state to link Foodland houses. It (this real estate sector) will Plaza to the farm on the other side of have to be locally grown." the Little Kanawha. Already, Dr. To study and to recommend rem- Manley has offered to donate a siz- edies to this problem, President Pounds able plot of land there for a Technoi- appointed V-P Wanda Reed to head ogyPark. Simultaneously, thosedo- up a new committee, the Housing nation documents are still in the pro- Development Committee. cess of being worked up, Fealy up- Other business dates. In the group's remaining business, In the main, several businesses, Mr. Fealy reports that -- including Minnie Hamilton The Industrial Park still has an Healthcare Center, want to build opportunity to land the Wood Prod- there, ifa bridge can be constructed, ucts Log Yard Supermarket; River Street's upgrading Technology Day at the State Leg- On the final Vision Plan discus- islature will be on Wed., Jan. 21, so sion point, some board members CANA (Carnegie Meilon's wireless questioned why access to the Man- broadband Internet innovation unit) Icy Development Property couldn't and GSC's Associate V-P Larry Baker be gained by using River Street? Mr. will make a presentation at the State Fealy seems very confident that this Capitol that day; street's run-down appearance could Tourism Day at the. Legislature be improved via FEMA flood buy- will be on Wed., Jan. 28; outs, other governmental housing The Information Research Corpo- rehabprojectsandappropriatedemo- ration (IRC), of Fairmont, is moving litions, its headquarters to Glenville, and this "River Street would be an ideal is already having a positive effect on place for creating green space within the community and attracting new tech- the city, and I think that we can take nology firms here; and a first stepin ~at direction," he adds. Two local groups are taking posi- Prison personnel's housing tivesteps toward lessening the county's The EDA, once again, laments flood disasters. that more of the new hires at the EDA member Jim Bailey urges the federal prison have not chosen to public to attend the Mort., Jan. 26 reside in Gilmer County, but are "Walkable Communities Day at the living in the larger cities in sur- Legislature." rounding counties. "We need folks J ne noon meeting, attended by 20 (business people) to provide hous- interested people, adjourned at ap- ing development properties because proximately 1 p.m. NEW EDA TEAM -- At last Thursday's (Jan. 15) Gilmer County Economic Development Association meeting, the Nominating Committee recommended this new slate of officers. From left to right are Vice President Wanda Reed, President Denny Pounds, and Treasurer Sandy Pettit. Tom Ratliff, the new secretary, couldn't be present at this meehng. Their election was approved. The job of the EDA is to help local businesses and to seek new ones in order to create more jobs and a higher standard of living in Gilmer County. (Stattphoto by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) 4P 4~ First Extended-Cycle Birth Control Pill Gives American Women A New Choice Of Only Four (NAPSA)-The birth control are ready for Seasonale. A recent method of choice," said Angela, necessary reason for women on tating, due to symptoms fromcon- iill-whichtransformed women's survey ofl,400womenconducteda Seasonale clinical trialpartici- oral contraceptives to have a ditions such as endometriosis, ves 40 years ago by giving them by the Association of R.eproduc- pant. "With my active lifestyle, I monthly period. Clinical studies menstrual migraines, and ex- the ability to effectively control tive Health Professionals found enjoy the freedom of having my to date have shown no increased tremely painful cramps. Women reproduction-is poised for a revoo that the vast majority-71 percent- period only four times a year. health risks with Seasonale corn- who are seeking contraception lution. A new way...now available by" consider periods to be a bother- Seasonale is a 91-day regimen pared with a 28-day birth control should speak to their health care some monthly event, while 75taken daily as 84 active tablets of pill. professional to see ifSeasonale is prescription is Seasonale(r) (levonorgestrel and ethinyl estra- diol) 0.15 mg/0.03 mg tablets, the first and only extended-cycle oral contraceptive regimen indicated for pregnancy prevention and de- stgned to reduce the number of periods from 13 to 4 per year. Research indicates that women percent believe men have a real 0.15 mg of levonorgestrel/0.03 advantage in not having amonthly mg of ethinyl estradiol, followed period, by seven inactive tablets. By con- 'said Anita L. 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