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Thursday, February 20, 2003 -- The Glenviile Democrat/Pathfinder --- Page 5 's specials: Whirlpool FREEZER Plus Tax Hours: 8-5 Mon.-Fri. • 8-3 Sat. Phone: 462-5631 14 cubic Plus Tax 315 W. Main St. - 462-5631 mill ,~ Im_ge 1 particular snow fall. He did note that line. .~ at 1 a.m. a Highway Dept. scraper had dam- Referring to his wake-up time on 'flvmP~teP°ner, he relates aged at least four vehicles parked on Tuesday morning, he laments with a l[~J. ~°a~l serape eve" the side of the highway, twitch of chill running down his back, , _,, Of ~ Beall Vie~ Electric power start-ups "It was about 56 degrees when we 1to,,, ~ According to Local Emergency wokeupthismorning.We'veonlygot . . . - Planner Reta Kight, as of press-time one gas st, ove in the basement to keep Tuesday, 1,535 customers in the us warm.' Gilmer Station,Normantown, andthe Additionally, as the branch man- Tanner areas were still out of power, ager of Calhoun Banks-Glenville, he They(powercompany)predicted that reports that only his and the Grants- radio sys- it will be Friday or Saturday q: efore ville officeswere open Tuesday. "The ge g communica-power is restored," she relays. Arnoldsburg and Elizabeth branches ~fanan~'~'gh-tr"; are closed because there's no power . says, quickly Rt there," he says. :1 by rFire Dept. is .nO?t . " y But, toMr.Fitzwater, theonly thing O onica-h ., L" t er life-support been without electric or telephone worse than the snow is the forecasted D servicesinceSundayevening. "With- rain for this Wednesday, Friday, and ~Jimlmv out TV and the teiephone, you don't Saturday, thereby opening the door to feel connected to ihe outside world," possible flooding conditions. (As of he jests, mentioning that trees are all press-time, the Little Kanawha River "memdurin this across the highway from the Tanner was well within its banks.) 1 Creek Road to the Calhoun County .,J- illi l jv without electric service. Many re- miliar with Gilmer County, he's So eSted and motehomes were not expected to no novice when it comes to han- l lnch at haveelectricortelephoneservices dling electrical disasters. With l5 restored before the weekend, years experiences as an equipment Y, heGlen- 'Chief Kevin Wiant and about operator for Pike Electric Con- mts that he was 25 firemen are helping the utili- tractors, of Mt. Airy, N.C., he's ties by clearing trees off the roads used to stepping in and helping and power line right-of-ways, but the back road ; are really bad and slippery," Hess laments with a frown. "That's the worst problem, the undermanned local utilities in re- storing power service after adverse weather attacks like last Saturday and Sunday's here. Nevertheless, his commitment Working all 7 ,,en overnight baff i r- the Gilmer Depart £ro n roads, because they make L long because house- in Gilmer power or that time Power ¢, over ~S region jmce to getting the job done is no less it ifFeul'lt to get tO the'Nob- than that of Gi mer's Terry Hess. rel'a s, re do--Explaining his company's con- ing our best to let the powercrews voy of about 40 trucks and acrew get through to their repair jobs." of 80-to-100, he traces his work At the same time, the Glenville - crew's weekend odyssey, "On early resident and seasoned volunteer Saturday morning, we heard that firefighterdidntfeeldeterredfr°m there were real bad snow prob- this 2003 disaster assignment, lems farther north, so, at first, off "We have just got to get out there we went to Statesville, N. C. where in order to get the work done," as we handled that situation quickly. he mentions while nibbling on his Then, we were dispatched to Big Mac. "If it takes 24 hours a Hickory, N.C. to help them. Next, day and seven days a week, we we were moved farther north to Giimer County firemen will be Beckley and, now, we were dis- there for the people," he stresses, patched here." Although Jim Warren, of Lula, Even though Pike Electric is Georgia, admits that he's unfa- headquartered in Mt. Airy, most during the Mon- 1,200 Gilmer alone were Continued from page 1 Woodson says through the voice of Mr. Jordan Working 12-14 hours per day min- ing coal, he, then, for several hours, would read newspapers to the cus- tomers in his hotel for its owner, Oliver Jones, a Civil War veteran "The more I read, the more I learned," he later wrote, noting that his thirst for knowledge and higher education was incubated in those hotel reading sessions. After saving his money, he returned to Huntington to earn the high school diploma before enrolling in Berea College in Kentucky where he took enough classes to qualify for a teach- ing job and, shortly later, the principalship of a West Virginia Black of the crew was dispatched out of Cummings in north Georgia, Mr. Warren says. However, he con- cedes that he hasn't found any "peaches" growing in Gilmer County. "This ice here is way more severe than in any of those other hard-hit places we've helped out this weekend," he points out by way of comparison. Continuing, he details, "We've been chasing this storm from the deep South to the North for the three days, but the freezing here is terrible. I can see why so many people have lost their elec- tricity here." Likewise, Gienville's Tom Rat- lift, a recently retired Allegheny Power supervisor, observes that this storm was a "bad one." That's why he came out of retirement for a few days in order to lend new area supervisor, Dick Williams, a hand in the crisis. A humble man, Mr. Ratliff em- phasizes, "We, at Allegheny Power, couldn't do too much if it wouldn't be for our police -- the city, county, and state officers-- iiiim high school. Next, to advance his career, he ma- triculated at the University of Chi- cago where he earned a second B.S. degree and, afterwards, took a higher paying teaching job for the federal government in the Philippines from 1903-1907. Upon returning to the United States, he was accepted into Harvard University and, in 1915, be- came the first Black American of slave parents to receive a Ph.D. degree. He, then, began to teach history at Howard University in Washington, D.C. and at West Virginia State Col- lege, both traditionally Black colleges. After returning to Washington to con- tinue his historical research projects, he established "Negro History Week" in 1926. and the firefighters for making it easier to get into the problem places and to repair the lines." The retiree can't remember a more severe storm and the exces- sive number of power outages as this one. "We'll fix them one at a time, but with the assistance of experienced electrical crews from Butler, Penn., Cumberland, Md., Virginia, and North Carolina," he affirms with a note of gratitude. On Tuesday afternoon, Moun- tain State Governor Bob Wise of- ficially requested that all of West Virginia be declared a federal di- saster area due to the snow and ice damage. Thus, giving the state the opportunity to land some federal emergency disaster relief funds is the next step for the state after all electric and telephone services have been restored. As an aid to public school teachers, Dr. Woodson personally made up study kits for the teachers to use in the classrooms. Although Blacks at that time were excluded from most librar- ies and other public places because of segregation laws, the industrious edu- cator was able to get his historical materials and information for his his- tories from courthouse records that were open to the public. Also, he was a strong proponent of a federal anti-lynching law which was later enacted during President Frank- lin Roosevelt's New Deal. With over 200 lynchings of mainly Blacks in the South annually, the federal statute effectively ended this form of terror- ism against Black-Americans. All in all, Dr. Carter G Woodson, the founder of Black History Week and Month, is a giant among America's historians, has a primary West Vir- ginia connection, and had sought throughout his life to promote learn- ing among young people. Although his humanistic contributions have been forgotten by most West Virgin- ians, his accomplishments live on through the theatrical advocacy of Norman Jordan, with the assistance of the state's Humanities Foundation. -- Bulletin -- Lady Pioneers ex- tend home winning streak to 51 games On Tuesday evening at press-time, the Lady Pioneers of Coach Steve Harold trounced the Alderson- Broaddus women, 83-53, to win their 51 st consecutive home court victory. In the night cap at Glenville, the GSC men fell to A-B, 97-89, in a hard-fought game. See the "Hoop Happiness" ad on page 4for their next games/ Equalization Board to end this Thurs., Feb. 20 The Gilmer County commissioners set this year's Board of Equalization and Review to take place at the Courthouse between Mort., Jan. 27 and Thurs., Feb. 20. The commission sits on this board by appointment only; call County Clerk Beverly Marks at 462-7641 for a time. Therapies And Vitamins Offer A Practical Approach To Battling Cold And Flu Season and flu sea- sometimes do. The key is to get most popular herbs in the world to- the flowers have anti-inflammatory a medicinal remedy from the 1850s of Americans plenty of rest, drink lots of water day, echinacea enhances the body's properties, to the 1940s. An anti-infective, it with some of and start taking supplements at the natural defenses as an immune sys- ° Eleuthero (formerly known ashas also been used to relieve con- remedies: first sign of cold symptoms." temstimulant, helpingfendoffcolds, Siberian Ginseng)-Used to treat gestionandasadigestivetonic, ltis The Dietary Supplement Infor- flu and other infections, colds and flu for 2,000years in Chi- not recommended for inflammatory s can mation Bureau recommends theseoElder(also known aselderberry)- nese medicine, eleutheroboosts non- conditions, regulates a wide variety of immune getting herbs and vitamins: The flowers and berries, from which specific body resistance to a wide • Vitamin C-It supports healthy system functions. It is also believed said -Astraga~s-Valuedforcenturies the standardized extract is made, range ofstressors.Thestandardized immune system response to viral to have anti-inflammatory proper- authority by the Chin~ese for its ability to en- have been used as a food and me- extract, made from the root of the and bacterial infections, and its an- ties and stimulate anti-viral activity. onthe facultyhance the immune system and its dicinalagent forthousandsofyears, plant (amemberoftheginseng fam- tihistamine activity reduces some Studies have shown zinc gluconate :old stress-fighting properties, astraga- (Theplantitselfisnoteaten because ily) is reported to increase stamina inflammatory reaction. Studiessug- lozenges can reduce the duration and lus is used to improve resistance to the roots, stems, leaves and unripe and endurance and protect the body gest vitamin C lessens the severity severity of cold and flu symptoms. ~build coidsandtodecreasetheirduration, fruit are toxic.) Traditionally, elder against stress-induced illness, and duration of colds, and research For more information, visit to fight off - Echinacea-First used in America is used to treat and prevent colds, ° Goldenseai-One of the best- indicates moderate to high doses, whichpro- s, by the Sioux, echinacea has been flu and sinusitis. It promotes anti- known herbs in the, gold- lead to fewer colds, vides accurate scientific information found in American medicine cabi- viral activity by increasing bron- enseal root was used by Native.Zinc-Essential forthe function- about vitamins, minerals, herbs and nets since the late 1800s. One of the chialsecretions. Studies have shown Americans and was very i in of over 300 bod~ tmes, zincsupplements. 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