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Part 2: GSC&apos;s academic opportunities; save the Poor Farm, etc., cont'd ... ing to show our youngsters and to tell them how the poor were cared for before social security came along. (Moreover, if the current economy I've lived in six different West Vir- ginia counties, but none of them, ex- cept for Gihner, still has its Poor Farm in existence. It's a good build- THE 'OLD BRIDGE' IN DOWNTOWN GLENVILLE: A BEAUTY OR A BEAST? -- In an upcoming newspaper, we will explore the above question. In the meantime, if you want to help save it, mail in your contributions to: "Gilmer County Historic Landmarks Commission," (Note: "Old Bridge Fund" on your check), PO Box 91, Glenville WV 26351. If you desire more information about this worthy preservation cause, telephone him at either the History Center, 304-462-4295, or at home, 462-7507. Also, if you have any special memories of this bridge, please jot them down and mail them to Dave Corcoran, Sr., Publisher- Editor, The Democrat/Pathfinder, PO Box 458, Glenville 26351, or e- mail me at glenvillenewsad@rtoLnet We are receiving several other reminiscences about the Old Bridge. We editors wish all of you much success in our joint effort to make a better Gilmer County! GIL-CO FAITH PHARMACY keeps on slipping, we all might be The local people's analysis of the living there some day.) As a result, we'd hope that County Commissioners Larry Chapman, Dave Hess and Brian Kennedy, along With Rec Center Manager Darrell Ramsey, would seek exist- ing avenues of funding to preserve this historic structure, rather than to tear it apart or down A grand hole-in-one Talking about the Rec Center area, right next to it is the Glenvilie Golf Club. Of special note, I've been told that Ed Cottrill, of Sand Fork, st[ oked in a hole-in-one on No. 4 last year, but didn't receive any publicity or recog- nition for it. It was this 65-year-old's first hole- in-one, so he was quite excited about it. '  Gtlmer lady in Charleston, I say, Ed works at Worldwide in Sum- ! !Thank you for your kind letter about mersville. situation condemns state government for not protecting them. I, as an editor, wonder about that myself, for mountaintop removal can't be of any lasting benefit to anyone in this state. I know that the coal company makes money initially, but, then, that's it. Our mountains are "green" and that is our West Virginia heritage. Once they're gone; they're gone. As an alternative to this strip min- ing coal project, the locals are advo- cating a wind farm on the site as a safer source of cleaner energy and long-term jobs. For more information, log onto: www. coalriverwind, org Thanks, Grace! To the lovely Grace Rinehart, our my note." Also, thanks for the various newspaper articles to keep me up-to- speed on several vital issues. Grace is a Gilmer County history lover, who has never forgotten her roots. She's a frequent visitor to the county in the summer, when all of the church and family reunions take place, normally traveling with Fred and Willadean Radabaugh. Finally, she, like many of you other subscribers, enjoys getting her home- town news and reading it from front to back. We editors appreciate Grace and all of the rest of you fine subscrib- ers. The end To all of you avid and kind folks, have a great, safe, and healthful week, in spite of Lent starting Wednesday! He's married to the lovely and af- fable Marchetia Cottrill, who is jus- tifiably proud of their eight children, 17 grandchildren, and six great,grand- children. Congratulations, Ed and Marchetia! Thanks for all of this good news! Mountain Removal The Mountaintop Removal issue has reappeared on Coal River Moun- tain at a proposed Massey Energy mine site, ending in the recent arrests of 13 peaceful demonstrators. The dozens of local residents and their friends who confronted com- pany officials are fearful that the sludg e impoundment being planned could be as dangerous as the one that destroyed Buffalo Creek in 1972. An extra editorial--- Be considerate of immigrants because all of our families came to America from elsewhere! When mine came in the 1840s and '50s, they spoke only German and Gaelic. It took a while for them to assimilate, but they did. As a result, here I am;here you are, so here we all are together ... in the USA, and proud to be Ameri- :S cans. i DHC, Sr., Editor 2009 Garden Calendars areofficenOW 1 available in the l00xtension Thursday, February 26, 2009 -- The Glenville Democrat/Pathtinder -- Page 5 00i;ii !IL ....... ii:!iiii!ii!. i[!iiiiiiil;iiiiiiiiiiiiii!!iiii Would like to thank it s custom- ers for their patronage, support, and loyalty. Not Everyone Calls Me Father By Edwin Daschbach SVD The Awesome Force in Nature You don't have to see it just in the originating "Big Bang." You don't have to see it just in a tornado, a hurricane, or the pounding waves along a rocky seacoast. You can see t in a simple weed. It forever intrigues me how a slim, liable weed can exert its force of life by breaking through a macadam covered lot, pushing aside something akin to rock solidity. In this wonder of nature we see a reflection of what is present in every tbrm of life, fl'om a human to the simplest plant and to everything that makes up that plant into its cell composition. There is a throbbing dynamo that pushes to exert itself. Syndicated spiritual writer Father Ronald Rolheiser, in his book The Holy Longing, refers to this as eros, the fire inside everything alive. It drives how we live; and the way we channel that eros, what we do with it, he calls our "spirituality." Thus, spirituality is the way we integrate or disintegrate the drive that makes us go. People who flounder in every direction will eventually disintegrate or fall apart. Their spirituality is a mess. Those who channel that fire in a creative; life giving way are called "saints." Most of us do a good deal of that, but live an existence that also is characterized by things that tear at our souls and bodies. We are partly integrated, and partly disintegrated. Wholeness (and "holiness") results to the degree we are heavy on the integrated side. Father Rolheiser uses Mother Theresa as an example of full inte- gration. She channeled all her pow- erful energy into a life of dedication to God and to the poor in a very disciplined way. All was organized around that dedication. She was "whole" and as almost everyone recognizes, therefore "holy." How do I channel the eros in my Own life? What aspects of my life are integrating, disciplined into choices and activities that prove healthy for both my soul and my body'? Rolheiser uses Janis Joplin as an example of someone wh, o literally fell apart because of disintegration: creativity mixed with drugs, liquor, sex, lack of rest who at the age of 27 died of a drug overdose. It all com- prised her spirituality, her way of expressing the dynamo eros throb- bing within her. But again, it was an unwise way of giving expression to the force. It literally tore her apart. Christianity can perhaps best be described as a way of living, that - if trulylived- integrates that eros fully. It is a way of living taught by God's own Son, by the God who made us and therefore knows best how we function best. It is the direction given us by one who best knows our eros dynamism because he put it into us. That eros dynamism, that urge for, that fire leads directly to God. In the words of St. Augustine: O God, you made us for yourself and our hearts are restless until they rest in you. Father Ed can be contacted through his e-mail Parents, help your kids to crack the books! High Speed Internet for ALL of rural America! Available Nationwide Surf at least 10x faster than dial-up Equipment only $49.00!!! .er m.iH. rebate Hurry Promotion ends soon! 1-866-697-5992 *For first three months. $10 additional/too for remainder of 12 month agreement 5 Year Anniversary 23, 2009 .' :-:-.-2-i-:)-.-.-..-.-.-.-.---_::::' : '-:: :;i:L....: t:p.<':::\