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Thursday, February 20, 2003 --- The Gienville Democrat/Pathfinder --- Page 5 's specials: Whirlpool FREEZER Plus Tax Hours: 8-5 Mon.-Fri. • 8-3 Sat.- Phone: 462-5631 14 cubic foot Plus Tax Roper-Whirlpool k 315 W. Main St. - 462-5631 ’ Sheriffs ag this ||im particular snow fall. He did note that line. a Highway Dept. scraper had dam- Referring to his wake-up time on aged at least four vehicles parked on Tuesday morning, he laments with a the side of the highway, twitch of chill running down his back, Continued from page 1 Electric power start-ups"It was about 56 degrees when we According to Local Emergency woke up this morning. We've only got Woodson says through the voice of Planner Reta Kight, as of press-time one gas stove in the basement to keep Mr. Jordan. Tuesday, 1,535 customers in the us warm." Working 12-14hoursperdaymin- GilmerStation,Normantown, andthe Additionally, as the branch man- ing coal, he, then, for several hours, Tanner areas were still out of power, ager of Calhoun Banks-Glenville, he would read newspapers to the cus- 'q'bey(powercompany)predictedthat reports that only his and the Grants- tomers in his hotel for its owner, it will be Friday or Saturday before villeofficeswereopenTuesday."The Oliver Jones, a Civil War veteran. power is restored," she relays. Arnoldsburg and Elizabeth branches "The more I read, the more I learned," One family's plight are closed because there's no power he later wrote, noting that his thirst On Rte. 5 near the Calhoun County there," he says. for knowledge and higher education line, the Bruce Fitzwater family has But, to Mr. Fitzwater, the only thing was incubated in those hotel reading been without electric or telephone worse than the snow is the forecasted sessions. service since Sunday evening. "With- rain for this Wednesday, Friday, and After saving his money, he returned out TV and the telephone, you don't Saturday, thereby opening the door to to Huntington to earn the high school feel connected to the outside world," possible flooding conditions. (As of diploma before enrolling in Berea he jests, mentioning that trees are all press-time, the Little Kanawha River College in Kentucky where he took across the highway from the Tanner was well within its banks.) enough classes to qualify for a teach- Creek Road to the Calhoun County ing job and, shortly later, the principal ship of a West Virgi nia B lack ! without electric service. Many re- miliar with Gilmer County, he's , 9 rested and mote homes were not expected to no novice when it comes to han- lunch at haveelectricortelephoneservices dling electrical disasters. Withl5 restored before the weekend, years experiences as an equipment IIIr y,theGlen-'Chief Kevin Wiant and about operator for Pike Electric Con- i that he was 25 firemen are helping the utili- tractors, of Mt. Airy, N.C., hes all had even overnight the Gilmer because nanny house- in Gilmer or time. Power over region Juice during the the as of Mon- • 200 Giimer alone were ties by clearing trees offthe roads and power line right-of-ways, but \ the back roads are really bad and ,slippery,'' Hess laments with a (rown. "That's the worst problem, the : frozen roads, because they make tt v r 1 t!lt eft0 the than that of Gi)mer's Terry Hess, rdla . 'iWe're:do-- " " " Explmnmg his company s con- used to stepping in and helping undermanned local utilities in re- storing power service after adverse weather attacks like last Saturday and Sunday's here. Nevertheless, his commitment to getting the job done is no less ing our best to let the power crews voy of about 40 trucks and a crew get through to their repair jobs." of 804o-100, he traces his work At the same time, the Glenviile crew's weekend odyssey, "On early resident and seasoned volunteer Saturday morning, we heard that firefight.erdidn'tfeeideterredfrom 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 Gilmer 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 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 past three days, but the freezing here is terrible. I can see why so many people have lost their elec- tricity here." Likewise, Glenville'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 -- mmm 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- of Americans With some of remedies: S can on the faculty cold build to fight off sometimes do. The key is to get plenty of rest, drink lots of water and start taking supplements at the first sign of cold symptoms." The Dietary Supplement Infor- mation Bureau recommends these herbs and vitamins: • Astragalus-Valued for centuries by the Chinese for its ability to en- hance the immune system and its stress-fighting properties, astraga- lus is used to improve resistance to colds and to decrease their duration. • Echinacea-First used in America by the Sioux, echinacea has been found in American medicine cabi- nets since the late 1800s, One of the most popular herbs in the world to- the flowers have anti-inflammatory a medicinal remedy from the 1850s day, echinacea enhances the body's properties, to the 1940s. An anti-infective, it natural defenses as an immune sys- • Eleuthero (formerly known ashas also been used to relieve con- temstimulant, helpingfendoffcolds, Siberian Ginseng)-Used to treat gestion and as a digestive tonic. Itis flu and other infections, colds and flu for 2,000 years in Chi- not recommended for inflammatory °Elder(alsoknownaselderberry)- nesemedicine, eleutheroboostsnon- conditions, regulates a wide variety of immune The flowers and berries, from which specific body resistance to a wide • Vitamin C-It supports healthy system functions. It is also believed the standardized extract is made, range ofstressors. The standardized immune system response to viral to have anti-inflammatory proper- 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. dicinal agent for thousandsofyears, plant (amemberoftheginseng faro- tihistamine activity reduces some Studies have shown zinc gluconate (The plant itself is not eaten because ily) is reported to increase stamina inflammatory reaction. Studies sug- lozenges can reduce the duration and the roots, stems, leaves and unripe and endurance and protect the body gest vitamin C lessens the severity severity of cold and flu symptoms. fruit are toxic.) Traditionally, elder against stress-induced illness, and duration of colds, and research For more information, visit is used to treat and prevent colds, ° GoldenseaI-One of the best- indicates moderate to high doses, whichpro- flu and sinusitis. It promotes anti- known herbsinthe U.S. today,gold- lead to fewer colds, vides accurate scientific information viral activity by increasing bron- enseal root was used by Nativeo Zinc-Essential for the function- about vitamins, minerals, herbs and chial secretions. Studies haveshown Americans and was very popular as ing of over 300 bod, enzymes, zinc supplements. 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