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Page 2A The Glenville Democrat Thursday, January 29, 2009 'Street Gang' Sidewalk Committee con- tinues initiative to raise money for re- placing the sidewalks downtown ;IDEWALKS REPLACEMENT ISSUE TAKING MORE OF CENTER STAGE-- At the January 5 Glenville City Council meeting, City governors the mayor and City Council brought up the issue of replacing Downtown Glenville's sidewalks. Many questions were asked about the project, which is essentially a citizens' action effort to beautify the downtown and to make it safer for pedestrians and motorists. Listening to the conversation are from left to right: City Councilpersons Kay Moore, Jim Mencer, Bill Grottendieck, Mayor John Bennett, and City Recorder/Treasurer Cathy Nolan. Councilman Grottendieck primarily questioned if the Sidewalks Committee had raised enough moneyto match an impending State Government grant. (Staff photos by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) NO SIDEWALKS OR CRACKED SIDEWALKS Some areas downtown, like on Bank Street pictured above, don't have sidewalks at all. The prime interest, though, of the Street Gang Sidewalk Committee is to get East Main Street's sidewalks narrowed to permit easier driving for motorists and new surfaces to provide pedestrians with safer walkways. To help the fund-raising effort along, the committee and Mayor Be nnett are asking the general public, area businesses, churches, and social groups to contribute what they can to advance this downtown beautification project. (See the easy fi//-in-the-b/ank form on this page in order to make your contribution. This form was presented to this newspaper by Mayor Bennett who is a proponent of the downtown's beautification.) Weston 5K Run and Wellness Walk Planned Get those athletic shoes on and get ready to go, because the Weston 5K Run and Wellness Walk is three months away! Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hos- pital. The City of Weston, and Saint Patrick School are cooperating for the event, which will take place on the streets of Weston on Saturday, April 18. In the five weeks leading up to the event. SJMH physical therapist John Weber will be conducting a training session every Monday for interested participants. Weber will meet with walkers/run- ....................................... " : i i~i;!iii:!:.:ii!iii::::::!i;7-;':i~;!:i::iiiii::::i!i::~an~e K ~- NeN HN~e Ed!~N~iiiiiiii~ii!i~i i!i:.iii!i!~i:;ii::::::;i::i%::~: ,"::.~::::i:.::::;;!i : ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: .:':?:iii: : : i~[~d~ 8aCtl~::~ ~iW~-~l~':;::i!.: ,; ;.~i Price; t29.68 (taX~-.~:~.i~):iO:~i~ia~:Vicginia~ : ::!:;::~ ::: :~:.; ;i We eaiihot aceept Sfibs~r pfibbS!~0~;f6~;:thac~ s|x::~nths:,:i~::i: ;i.. i: ::i: iViSA/Ma~c, atd:~ccep'.e~. .......... ' ners beginning on March 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Saint Patrick cafeteria. He will teach participants about stretch- rag, exercise, and proper shoes. He will also take the opportunity to walk part of the course with them Registration forms can be obtained at www.stonewallhospital.com; click on the racing form at the bottom of the page. Plans for the race are going quite well. "We are getting interest from a variety of groups." said co-chair Mary Hendricks "We have had quite a di- versity of groups inquiring about it, from schools to the adult fitness group from Stonewall Jackson Hospital. I think it will be quite a success. We want everyone to realize that this isn't just for runners, but for everyone who wants to get out and walk their way to wellness." For more information or to donate to the grand prizes, call Julia Spelsberg at 269-8167. (NAPS)--King Arthur Flour has developed a select group of 35 surefire recipes--each of them a basic American favorite--which is backed by a guarantee. To learn more, visit www.kingarthur flour.com. An all volunteer group has been formed and is actively soliciting con- tributions to help replace the deterio- rated and dangerous sidewalks in downtown Glenville's Business Dis- trict. At the January 5 Glenville City Council meeting, City governors the mayor and City Council -- brought up the issue of replacing these down- town sidewalks. Many questions were asked about the project, which is es- sentially a citizens' action effort to beautify the downtown and to make it safer for pedestrians and motorists. alike. The "Street Gang" Sidewalk Com- mittee was establised as a completely citizen effort in concert with the Glen- ville City Council. The group, which occasionally meets in Mary Lee McPherson's. Town & Country Re- alty office on East Main Street or at City Hall~ is designed to get Main Street's sidewalks narrowed to permit eas~er driving for motorists and new surfaces to provide pedestrians with safer walkways. The city government is applying for a $300.000-plus grant from the state's Dept. of Transportation -- a governmental grant with the require- ment that the local government pro- vide matching funds of $60.000. Bob Henry Baber. a former mayor of Richwood, has been a primary pro- moter of this project, because he was successful in getting a similar grant to build new sidewalks in that Cherry River city in Nicholas County. Cur- rently, he is serving as a grant writer for Glenville State College's Founda- tion. He hasmet with much success in securing donations to the college, and feels that matching monies are ob- tainable for this sidewalk project, if local people join in this effort and financially support it to some degree. To help the fund-raising effort along, the Street Gang Sidewalk Com- mittee and Mayor John Bennett are asking the general public, area busi- nesses, churches, and social groups to contribute what they can to ad- vance this downtown beautification project. The Donation Form (See the easy fill-in-the-blank form below on this page in order to make your contribution. This form was pre- sented to this newspaper by Mayor Bennett who is a strong proponent of the downtown's beautification.) Join-=-=----=---':-: =-- =gang:r-" our tilenVllle treet [ Please make a pledge... ] | I understand that the City of Glenville has made application for a TEA Grant through the I I West Virginia Department of Transportation for approximately $400,000.00 which requires a I 20% match. The City of Glenville made application for the funding as an effort to replace the I_ sidewalk on the Northeastern side of Main Street and to widen Main Stxeet by 2 feet. The City I i of Glenville agreed to make the application with the understanding that the "Main Street Revitalization Gang" would help raise the funds. I would like to become a donor for this group [ in this effort, ffthe project is approved then I would like to pledge the following: : $100.00 $500.00 $1000.00 $5000.00 ] Other (Please list the Amount). : (*Pledgesmaybepaidmonmlyoveradesignatedperiodoftime) : I | i I understand that if the grant is received I will be responsible for the above pledge, i l I I I Signature I I Date I I Please make checks payable to the City of Glenville - Side walk improvement project. I | 201 North Court Street I I Glenville, WV 26351 I I .... A special account has been established with tlie City.0f Glen~le to depmit tl~ designated I ! funds. Funds will be returned to the person malting the donation if the,prejeet is not I I approved after a couple of attempts at the funding request. | I Name: I Address: I Phone: I I E-mail: m______m__m------------ m m m mmm m m mmmm mlm m mmm mm mm mlm m m m m mm mm Iml mmm j Finalists Chosen For Professor Of Stroke And Osteoporosis Screening Coming To Glenville The Year Each year the Faculty Merit Foun- dation of West Virginia honors an outstanding faculty member at a West Virginia college or university. Five finalists for the 2008 Professor of the Year honor have been chosen. The finalists are John T. Burns. Ph.D., biology professor, Bethany College; Ruth Kershner, Ed.D., associate pro- fessor, Community Medicine Clini- cal Track, West Virginia University; Andrea Nazar. D.O.. professor, Clini- cal Science Division. West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine: Robert O. Rupp, Ph.D.. history and political science professor, West Vir- ginia Wesleyan College; Mary J. Wimmer, Ph.D. biochemistry profes- sor. West Virginia University, School of Medicine. Interviews with the five candidates were held on January 13.2009. The finalists will be honored at a reception at the Governor's Mansion on Tues- day. March 17. The reception will be follow~ed by a dinner at the Cultural Center in Charleston. where the 2008 Professor of the Year will be an- nounced. The Faculty Merit Foundation was created in 1984 to provide a means to recognize and regard innovation and creativity among the faculties of West Virginia's public and private colleges and universities. Through the Profes- sor oftbe Year program, the outstand- ing achievements of those individu- als are brought to the attention of the general public. A $10,000 cash award is given to the candidate selected as Professor of the Year, with smaller awards to the other finalists. The Professor of the Year award is presented with financial support from United Bank. Professor Ways de Rosset, Chair- man of the English Department, at GSC, was named Professor of the Year (2004). Residents living in and around the Glenville, community can be screened to help prevent a stroke. The com- plete screening package now includes a new Heart Rhythm screening, check- ing for irregular heartbeat, which is a major risk factor for stroke. Life Line Screening, the nation's leading provider of preventive health screenings, will be at the Gilmer County High School on February 27. The site is located at 300 Pine Street in Glenville. Appointments will be- gin at 9:00 a.m. A stroke, also known as a "brain attack," is ranked as the third leading cause of death in the United States and often occurs without warning. In fact, four out of five people who suf- fer a stroke have no apparent warning signs prior to the stroke. The good news is that with early detection, 80% of strokes can be prevented. Screenings are painless, accurate and affordable. They help identify potential health problems such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms, and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which is a strong predictor of heart disease. A bone density screen- ing to assess osteoporosis risk is also offered and is appropriate for both men and women. Register-for a Wellness Package with Heart Rhythm for $149.00. All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete. For more information, or to sched- ule an appointment, please call 1- 877-237-1287, Preregistration is re- quired. A Special Thanks By: Joseph J. Mazzella Mazzella is a GSC alumni and Nicholas Co. Freelancer. My son will be graduating from High School next May. After turning 21 he will no longer be able to attend the special education program at the school he loves. Over the years, in spite of his Autism, he has grown into such a kind, happy, and caring young man. He is a joy to this world and I know too that his Mother and I aren't the only reason he became the bless- ing he is. That is why I want to give a special thanks to so many who have helped him over the years. His beautiful sister has been a true angel in watching over him. I can't thank her enough. His aide at school has been like a second mother to him. God blessed us by sending her into his life. I thank, too all of his teachers that showered him with praise and en- couragement and allowed both his mind and spirit to grow. All the wonderful coacheS who allowed him to be equipment manager on their teams over the years deserve a special thanks as well. They gave my son so much laughter and love, and his hap- piness is so much greater because of them. I also want to thank every student who went to school With my son over the years. Even though my boy was different you always treated hint with gentleness and respect. You made his life better with your loving smiles and kind words. You made him feel apart of your school and that has helped him to become such a special and beautiful person. All of you showed my son and me what life is really about. It is not about making a million dollars or having fame and worldly success. It is about loving each other, caring for each other, helping each other, and making every person in this world see that they, too, are a special soul created by God. It is not about making a living but about LIVING your life with good- ness and compassion. Thank all of you then for helping my boy to grow up and become the wonderful, young man and loving soul that he is today. May God continue to bless you al- ways.