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Corcoran Column continued ... CEO Jim Bennett and Branch Manager Bruce Fitzwater sent me .a very beautiful card from Calhoun /~anks which is a growing local bank- :ing operation. Dave Hedges, publisher of the -Spencer Newspapers -- our printer, also sent his regards. Jim and Anne Flynn, of Flynn's Tax Service, sent a colorful greeting to us, as we always chat about our :Irish origins. Like me, they really "put on the green" for St. Patrick's Day. Other businesses sending cards were from Chris Shumaker of Bluefield (Va.) College (a fine cus- tomer). St. Louis (Me.) University (my very excellent alma mater- un- fortunately, I still don't have enough money to give them), North Ameri- -can Precis Syndicate, Inc. (they provide our newspaper's fillers), Logic Computer Products (our toner), the West Virginia High Teeh Consortium Foundation (of ~Fairmont), and Mark Theys, of HNTB -- the city planner who Worked up Glenville's Vision Plan. No better relatives Brother T. A. Corcoran, Jr., and sister-in-law, Carolyn, remembered me with a card and nice presents from Grants, N.M. It brought back pleasant memories of our visit there i ~t summer; they always show us a grand time. son's wedding reception late last year, Cousin Miriam MoserThoruton, they still managed to get their usual of New Albany, Ind. (my hometown), Christmas card off to me. Also, Tom's sent me adelicious box of chocolates sis, Pat Fitzgerald Metres, also of from the Vermont Country Store. Covington, who lives next to her She's very appreciated as one of the family's homeplace near Covington most knowledgeable people aboutmy Holmes High School, sent her regards. mother, a Moser'g, side of the family. As she's had sickness in her family, I Also on that maternal side is my want to assure her of the Corcorans' only first cousin, Pad Buche, of Jas- prayers. per, Ind. who does very fine work as Joe and Mary Jean Raispis, also of the chaplain at a local hospital. His that same Kentucky city, sent me a note wife, Sue, another minister, also sent of thanks for mentioning them in my us her regards and a family update, column. As I get to know them better, Normally, Paul and family and my I'd like to tell more about them -- son, Patrick, and I met for a mini- fascinating folks. family reunion at Eagles Weekend at Finally, to all of my family and near Lake Barkley State Park in late Janu- and far away friends who I should be ary, but, unfortunately, none of us communicating with during the Holi- couldpullitoffthisyear.I'msuggest- day Season, "Happy New Year and ing that we meet at North Bend State best wishes for a great 2004!" Park for the Moser side reunion this An 'angry' conclusion spring. Note: If your name wasn't mentioned On my father's side, I always get a this week, I probably misplaced your nice, newsy letter from my lovely card, so you have every right to get first cousin, Mary Ann McLean, and "angry" with me. her husband, Jerry, of New Albany. And, as I forewarned you last week, She's retired from PNC Bank and he, I want to delve into the topic of anger the Louisville newspapers, so they very soon. Unfortunately, the older I are mainly enjoying their first grand- get, the more angry I become. Never- child and traveling. Keep on truck- theless, my take on Jack Nicholson's ing, good cousins! movie, "Anger Management," may not Other cousins-- last but not least come this next week, ifsomethingmore -- are the Fitzgeralds from our na- timely happens! tire Covington, Ky. Even though I See, I'm coolingdown already! And, had just seen Tom and Kay at their that matches the weather outside. County Commission meeting continued ... Continued from page 1 investigation; because OES members cannot leave an expired body unat- tended until the arrival of the coroner, this often ties up Emergency Service personnel for hours, undermining their ability to respond promptly to other calls. "This can take up to three or four hours," Messenger explained, add- S ing, "Our priorities should be with the , living who can still be helped." " The class will cost $110 for each : person attending the forensic death investigation class, and those in- ,'structed in.the area will be able to :complete the post-death investigative ! work normally performed by the corD- - ner in events of unwimessed deaths. : In other OES news, it was brought to the public's attention that the bal- ance of the estate of June Bell pro- vided $70,000 to the county's ambu- lance service to purchase and perform maintenance on vehicles. "We hope to use part of that money to purchase a new ambulance," Mes- senger said. Unsafe Buildings and Land At 1:30, members of the board for the Unsafe Buildings and Land Ordi- nance met with Commissioners to discuss their next steps in adoption of an ordinance to remove unsightly and " include a $200,000 request for con- unsafe structures along the highways tinued construction Qn the Gilmer in Gilmer County. County Fire Station; a $50,000 re- While this ordinance has been in quest for funds to finance the reloca- the works for some time, an official tion of a building to be used for the decree has not been released. Gilmer County Recreation Center Membersofthecommitteeareanx- and other entities; and a $3,000 re- ious to set a program in motion that quest for funding of the River Days will help them move forward in "clean- Festival, set for September of this ing up" sites along the roads leading year. into Gilmer County. The building the Commission is Because a letter to precede legal seeking to relocate is owned by Na- action against violators of the ordi- tional Energy Technology Labs. A nance has not been drafted by pre-fabricated structure, the build- County Prosecutor Gerry Hough,ing, if moved to Gilmer County, County Commissioners have corn- might be used by the WVU Exten- mitted themselves to drafting the sion Office, the Recreation Center letterfortheOrdinanceCommittee's office, Farm Bureau, 4-H Leaders review. Association, and/or the local forester Because of the delays in drafting for Gilmer County, and any others the initial letter to ordi~nance viola- who might have use for it. tors, committee members are anx- "We're only exploring the possi- ious to move forward with this mat- bility of this project. There may be ter as quickly as possible, more hidden costs in transporting, Budget Digest requests reconstructing and developing a site Feb. 8-10, County Commissioners for the structure than local budgets will travel to Charleston for a state- can accommodate. This project will wide elected officials meeting, not move forward if grant funding is They will also request Budget Di- not secured," said Larry Chapman, gest Funds,V~ha the Stilt= Ldgisla, Gilmer Coumy~ommission Presi- ture. The three requests to be made dent. have been prioritized by the Corn- Mr. Mumma speaks*. mission, and, in order of priority, AlsoontheagendaforThursday's Straight Talk from Glenville state College GSC Presidential Inauguration to be held GSC Will Provide Free Financial March 19, 2004 Aid Assistance Inauguration festivities for the new Glenviile State GSC will take part in WV Apply Sunday, a statewide College president, Dr. Robert N. Freeman, are event sponsored by the WV Association of Student currently being planned for March 19 to officially mark Financial Aid Administrators, on Sunday, February 8. the beginning of his presidency. The inauguration The event, which is open to both first-time and current allows the College to formally acknowledge the students, will take place from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. in the new president. FIPSE Computer Lab located in Louis Bennett Hall. The official ceremony will take place in the Fine Arts Auditorium from 2:00 - 3:00 pm. A GSC Celebration will be held in the Heflin Student Union Ballroom and PG's Snack Bar immediately following the inaugural ceremony. The entire Glenville community is encouraged to attend these events to help mark this momentous time in GSC's history. The events are free of charge to anyone who would like to attend. Professional financial aid counselors from GSC will be on hand to help every student complete their Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) form. Everyone interested should bring documents related to 2003 income, even if the tax return is still incomplete at the time. For more information about the event, please contact the GSC Financial Aid Office at (304) 462-4103. Japanese Friendship Dinner During the festivities, Dr. Freeman will assume the responsibilities of the president and accept two tokens of the GSC presidency - the presidential medallion and the mace. The presidential medallion signifies that the president accepts the mission of the College. By accepting the mace, the symbol of presidential authority, Dr. Freeman will agree to govern the College and its students, faculty, staff and alumni. The inauguration ceremonies are a College tradition, marking the official beginning of each presidency. A committee is currently working to plan all of the inaugural events that will take placeon the campus. The College is very appreciative that Aramark, the College's dining services provider, is sponsoring the food and beverage services for all events. The College is hoping to have plenty of community involvement by College supporters and alumni. President Freeman's appointment was announced on December 3, 2003, completing a presidential search, which lasted almost a year. He officially became OSC's 22nd president on January 1, 2004. Dr. Freeman served a's Interim President from July-December of 2003. Dr. Freeman and his wife Sandy,~ reside in the President's Home on the campus of GSC. Their children and grandchildren will be traveling to Glenville for the inaugural festivities. On Tuesday, February 10, a Japanese Friendship Dinner, complete with authentic Japanese food will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the Heflin Student Union Ballroom. Throughout the evening, there will be various Japanese art displays, programs and presentations. Tickets to the event will be available beginning Monday, February 2, in the Pioneer Village and Pickens Hall lobbies, the Office of Admissions, the Language and Literature department and at the Dining Hall Service Counter. Anyone who is interested in helping with food preparations on the day of the event should call Sarah Lord Sundstrom at (304) 462-4128. GSC Gets a New Rock Climbing Wall The ne,# Glenville State College Climbing Wall will officially open on Thursday, February 5 at noon. Located on the second floor of the Physical Education Building, the new Glenville State College Climbing Wall provides an exciting new addition to the College campus. If you have never climbed before and would like to give it a try, Stop by the climbing wall during designated "Try Climbing" hours and a helpful and skilled staff will belay you up the walt. If you have any questions regarding the GSC Climbing Wall or the High Adventure Program, please call (304) 462-4127. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004 --- The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder -- Page 5 $ 000 Continued from Page 1 uses technology. "In the future, all applications will be digital, mobile and/or virtual. We're coming to a point where everything we do is dependent upon the Internet. Wireless access will be a big part of that within the next 10 years," Booher says. "West Virginia needs to keep pace despite the seeming limitations of the state's topography." The Technology Summit was set to present a panel discussion with GSC's President Robert Freeman and Asso- ciate V-P for the Office of Technology Larry Baker joining S. John Whitehiil, project originator for CANA, Mary Hunt from the Benedum Foundation, Tom Cooper, of the Motorola Corpo- ration, and others, for a discussion of high-speed Internet access and its im- portance to rural West Virginia. Speaking from his or her own par- ticular area of interest, each panel member had five minutes to expound upon the importance of technology, as well as the challenge of getting rural areas connected to high-speed Inter- net access and about how their groups have been attempting to facilitate the delivery of access throughout the state. Speaking on behalf of CANA, S. John Whitehill, a Pittsburgh area en- trepreneur and CMU consultant, fa- miliarized those present with CANA s mission of providing Internet access to link rural communities to larger I meeting was a request by Gilmer County resident Ronald Mumma to address the Commission regarding the procedure for paying bills during County Commission meetings. Mr. Mumma questioned the ap- proval of payments without explana- tions during reviews of the bills in question. "Aren't we entitled to know that there are bills being paid and what's being paid?" Mumma asked Com- missioners. Commissioners agreed that county expenditures are "all part of the pub- lic record." Mumma would not back down, however. "If [bill paying] is going on without motions, what else is going on that I don't know about. I'm con- cerned about not hearing motions to do this and do that," he said. areas, and to one another, portant to use available technologies "CANA is all about replicability, to-consolidate the use of high-speed Our vision !s that of the Krispy Kreme access in order to save state, local and or Starbuck's model. These now- county governments money," Baker ubiquitouscommercial icons started said. with one or two shops," Whitehili Unfortunately, due to a marathon said. "But they spread, like wildfire, session in the West Virginia Legisla- across the landscape. Starting with ture, lawmakers were unable to attend two pilot sites, including the one in the summit. Before the panel discus- Glenville, we hope to create a vast sion concluded, however, State Del- networkofconnectedcommunities." egate Brent Boggs (Dem.-34th Dist.) Dr. Robert Freeman, president of appeared and had this to say: "We Glenville State College, asserted that need high-speed Internet if we're go- GSC's role in offering this type of ing to develop [the central part of the access has much to do with commu- state]. The area has the potential to be nity involvement. "Our community another Putnam County. But, until we isGlenvilleStateCollege, andGlen- have this piece of the puzzle put into ville State College is our commu- place, it's going to be difficult." nity. For us to fulfill our part of the Ironically, one of the pieces of leg- bargain with our community, we islation being discussed by lawmak- need to reach out with the skills we ers was the Committee Substitute for possess as a college," Freeman said. House Bill No. 4072, which would "Our job as a college requires us to "provide for a unified approach to the constantly be in the people- andcom- long term planning and implementa- munity-development business."tion of technology in public schoo- Larry Baker's sentiments rested Is," according to the State Legislature's within this issue as well. 'T ve never daily log of House and Senate activity been involved with a project that on their web site. included so many people's involve- Larry Baker was not disheartened ment at so many levels. From state, to have missed a chance to speak county andlocal governments topri- directly to legislators. "Their obliga- vate citizens, students and corporate tions as lawmakers superseded the entities, the huge scope of this project Technology Summit. We hope to have is being facilitated by the equally a follow-up meeting at some point large dedication of many." regarding broadband access for rural Another topic discussed with the West Virginia," he says. panel is the aggregation of high- speed lnternet resources. "It's ira- Sand Fork cen- II I CommissionPresidentChapmantennial cont'd ... explained that requesting and pass- ing motions for each individual bill Continued from page 1 would not be practical. "We always Mrs. Andrea Heath, leading students review the bills, and pass a motion and guests in singing "Happy Birth- to approve payment when all the , day" to the Sand Fork community. bills have been reviewed," Chap- Finally,areception--completewith man said., birthday cake --- will take place in the Community planning??? school's cafeteria, according to Mr. Another concerned citizen in at- Wolfe tendance was Bruce Hathaway, who If school is cancelled due to bad addressed commissioners at their last weather, the assembly will be re-sched- meeting about the viability ofreor- uled, he adds. ganizing a Community PlanningFor more information, contact the Committee. A review of plans to school at 462-7(>05. accomplish this has been placed on (Editor's Note: Next week a more the agenda for the meeting, which detailed History of Sand Fork will be will be held on Feb. 5, 2004 at 9:00 printed in this newspaper. It was writ- a.m. ten by O. F. Morton in 1903. 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