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Ullilll/liillilililllli Page 10 -- The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder -- Thursday, February 26, 2009 It's Yard Sale Time Again By Richard Marks The coming warm weather of spring and summer means the return of yard sales and flea markets. These sales can be an adventure where one can find the frivolous, unique, useless, historic, and, hopefully, th e needed, all at bargain prices. Although many do not go to these sales (sometimes called garage sales) looking for spe- cific items, protesting that they are "just looking," few return without a purchase. They are a confirmation of the old axiom"one person's junk is another person's treasure." Not know- ing what one will find at such sales is a big attraction and is hard to resist. The seller gets a chance to clean out the garage and be paid for the effort. The buyer gets that "can't-live-with- out item" at a bargain price. You can even rationalize your purchase by convincing yourself that, though you have no current need for the pur- chased item, it may have a future use, or that by recycling, you are helping the environment. Unfortunately, the addicted can find so many bargains that it soon becomes necessary to hold their own yard sale, or make a generous tax-deductible donation to charity. There are some flea markets, better called "weekend stores." They con-' sist of a collection of commerical enterprises open only on weekends, selling the same items week after week. Such markets can lose their appeal, as the mystery of the unex- pected and unknown are soon lost. If looking for specific items known to be in such markets, it may be worth a trip, as there may be a price advantage over conventional stores. The antique flea market is for the serious buyer who is looking for the rare and historic and is well informed on what is an antique and its current and future market value. For the dedi- cated collector, such markets often produce significant benefits. For the generalists, the yard sales and flea markets featuring miscella- neous items from the attic or garage of one's neighbors cannot be ignored. After Christmas, many people have amassed a number of unwanted gifts still in their original boxes. For the flea marketeer, they represent an op- portunity for "regifting" for all those coming birthdays. Who will know it did not come from the department store? There are auctions that are de facto yard sales, in that they sell items from individuals on consignment, typical of conventional yard sales. There are also auctions specializin in "yard sale items!' that are new, but shop- worn or manufacturer-discontinued items. These cannot be missed by the yard sale enthusiast. There are some cautions. One needs to verify that all food purchases come in undamaged containers and within the product expiration dates. Buying stuffed toys, rugs, or pillows carries the risk of importing insects or germs to your home. Electronics, toys, and mechanical items come with the risk of being inoperative or having safety hazards. Many manufacturer- recalled items find their way into yard sales. Toys with lead paint, the subject of recent mass recalls, are undetectable by visual inspection. Remember, yard sale purchases carry no warranties, and there is rarely a return policy; so one does shop at one's own risk. A paradise for the yard sale addict would be community yard sales and church flea markets. There is such a variety of items that attracts one like bees to flowers. Finding a yard sale is generally no problem, though the winter months can be a problem. Customarily, yard sales are held on weekends with di- rectional signs posted everywhere by the sponsors. Ads also appear in the classified section of newspapers. Happy St. Valentine.t Only seven members were present when Pres. Caroline Cusick called the Kanawha Drive CEOS to order. V- pres. Carol Wolfe shared two poems as inspiration: Dash and I Love You. Roll call was answered by naming whom you would want on your side when facing a battle. Birthdays for February are Carol Wolfe and Betty Wright. Health Motivator Paula Mazzagotte discussed Home Falls, the high per- centage of those over 60 who are victims, We should keep our bodies strong, with exercise, proper medica- tion, and check-ups. Common causes of falls are throw rugs, wires or cords, dim lighting, slippery tub or shower, and unsteady stools to reach items. Paula led us in an exercise to strengthen leg muscles. The lesson, You Can't Fight Them All, Choose Your Battles Wisely, was led by Brenda McCartney. She named LOC-TITE MINI-STORAGE Not enough room? See us for your storage needs! three major aspects: choose your battles wisely, sharpen your decision- making skills, and adopt a spirit of acceptance. If you live every day as if it were your last it, would help to focus on what's important. Next, she discussed two past presidents having February birthdays, George Washing- ton and Abraham Lincoln, and the battles they were forced to choose. Brenda closed with A Valentine Prayer. Good lesson! Hostesses for the evening were Brenda McCartney and Paula Mazzagotte. Delightful snacks were served in a red and white, Valentine environment. A red candle and "goodie" bag were favors. Those who enjoyed the evening were: Pres. Caroline Cusick, Betty Ellyson, Sadie Kelble, Sec. Brenda McCartney, Tres. Paula Mazzagotte, Maxine Smith, and V- pres. Carol Wolfe. i i Multiple sizes monthly rates 5x10- *25 10xl0- *35 10x15- *45 10x20- *55 2009 Gilmer County High School Men's & Women's Alumni Basketball Game ponsored by: UNITED BANK ()uality of life! @ your service Saturday, March 14, 2009 5:00 p.m. Gilmer County High School Gym I i Please join us for an enjoyable evening of basketball and good tines with old friends. After a 10" yea" absence, the High School Alumni Basketball Game is back! Please support this community event. Concessions will be provided by the Gilmer County High School Athlec Boosters. Admission is $2.00 for children and $3.00 for adults. All proceeds will benefit Gilmer County High School athletics. Player's Entry Form Na me Age What does Minnie Hamilton Health S, estem " 9 offer in Glenville. Address City State __ ZIP: Home Phone Work Phone __ __ E-mail Years Played or Coached at GCHS I-] Yes, I will be playing in this year's alumni game. Please submit your entry by: Mailing to: Jeffrey Jenkins, United Bank, P.O. Box 519, Glenville WV 26351 Faxing to: E-Mailing to: 304.462.5008, or J effre y.J enk in s(,, ban kwithu nit There wilt be two games which will encompass two age groups. Age cutoffwill be determined a few days before the event. Teams will be determined by odds and evens. Sponsored by United Bank, @ your service. Member FDIC ROBERT ROGERS GCHS Student Attends National Youth Leadership Forum what's on You00r Jvt[nd? By Claudia Rock Vadis What DID People Do When the Lights Went Out? Hi, Everyone! Last week, I invited readers to share their stories of where they were when "the lights went out." One dearlady from Cedar Creekcalled me and shared a poem with me that she wrote one time when the electric- ity was off lor a week. She has prom- ised to mail it to me, and I'll put it in next week's column. It touches your heart. A friend of mine ended up baking and frosting a fancy wedding cake (8- 10 layers, with four pedestals) by the light of two small light bulbs, run by a generator. I can't even imagine what a job that would be! Last but not least, I received this email from a reader. It's both funny and practical. Enjoy: Hi, Claudia! Go to the Dollar Store and buy a couple of oil lamps and unscented oil - you can read and sew by those when the power goes out a lot better than by candlelight! We keep a couple of them around all the time; two of them on the table, and it's even better. I like the unscented oil, because then the lamps don't smoke. "K" bought two at a yard sale that had some sort of red scented oil in them...well, we used the oil since it was in there, but it makes a mess and smells awful! Our power was off until Friday night, too. We have a generator, which we ran a few hours a day to protect the food in two refrigerators and a freezer - other than that, we coped"in thedark!" Luckily, we don't need electricity for heat or cooking - "K" did take the generator up to the well house so we could pump more water- but it only takes a few minutes to get enough water to cope for a few days ! Storms can really make a mess. It amazes me how quickly the power company managed to get everything back to normal! The fire companies cleaned up a lot of roads. "K" cut the trees that were down on our road and pushed them off to the side. We live so far out in the middle of nowhere, it would have been days before anyone managed to get back here! I enjoyed how your animals acted in the blackout! One of our dogs seems to be afraid of the dark, which is a riot, because he's the biggest one of the three. The other two didn't seem to mind, but "L" had to be right beside someone or trying to sit on our laps....75 lbs of dog is a little much for a lap dog!! Aren't animals funny?! I enjoy reading your columns. The news sure isn't worth reading these days, is it? I'm glad we're in WV, where people don't panic when bad things happen. My parents told me that people here were just fine during the Depression, as they knew how to take care of themselvesl My mother was a dieti- tian and was hired by the federal gov- ernment, I think it was through the WPA, to find families that were starv- ing in WV. She, spent months traveling all over the state. She said she found people without shoes or much of anything else, but they all had plenty of food! Take care! K.P. Thank you for the responses, Folks. I truly enjoy hearing from you all. An extra special thanks to those of you who say to me "I enjoy reading your column!" It makes me happy that I can write something someone enjoys. 'Bye until next week. If you have a topic you would like to share, call me at 269-5187 or email me at Special Peace, Claudia New Local Dialing Procedure Is On The Way! As of February 28, 2009, local tele- phone calls made within the State of West Virginia must include ten digits (area code plus seven-digit telephone number). This change allows the implementation of a new area code, 681, to provide additional telephone numbers that are necessary to support residential growth, additional lines bers will not change. You can con- tinue to dial only three digits to call 211,411,711, 8tl, and 911. If you inadvertently use "lplus area code plus xxx-xxxx" for a local call, your call may go through but you will not be charged long distance rates; however, if you forget to use a one before the ten-digit number for a long GSC Progressive Film Series Continues On Wednesday, March 25, Pi Gamma Mu Social Science Honor Society presents Blind Mountain, the latest in their Progressive Film Series. This 2008 film, a denunciation of corruption and injustice in contempo- rary China, features a young sales- woman who accompanies her boss and a colleague on a business trip to an isolated rural village. There, she is drugged and sold into slavery. Trapped, she finds that her avenues of escape are all blocked. As she searches for allies, she suffers from continued abuse from her "husband," her husband's parents, and villagers. Blind Mountain, which is not rated, runs 95 minutes and is in Mandarin, with English subtitles. , Screening begins at 6:30 p.m. in MCCC 315A, and admission is free. For more information, contact Art DeMatteo at 462-7361, Ext. 7273. WV Interstate Fair April 4 and 5 The 2009 Lawn, Garden & For- estry Expo & Fair will feature chainsaw carvers, log cutting demon- strations, musician Roy Clark, Jr., & Friends, and much more! The fair is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, April 4 and 5, at the West Virginia Interstate Fairgrounds, off Exit 170 on Interstate 77 at Mineral Wells, WV. Start your spring just right, as you visit exhibits featuring everything from plants and flowers to wood fur- naces, outdoor equipment such as riding mowers, chainsaws, log split- ters, and more. Come for the unique samplings of spring in the Mountain State and let the youth take part, as they use their creative touches to build items such as a birdboxes or planters. Watch as they pan for precious stones in the gemstone panning sleuth or test their talents at the climbing wall. See the antique flywbeeler engines, watch the chainsaw sculptors as they create art out of logs, and satisfy your appetite at the 4-H concession stand. This is the fourth annual Lawn, Garden & Forestry Expo & Fair that welcomes thousands of visitors each year from several states. While the men check out the latest equipment, ladies can explore vendors with spe- Robert Rogers, a junior at Gilmer, and.'services in West Virginia. The County High School, will be attend- 'ne,;v 68 lgr6a code Wiltbe available tO ing the Nationa:l Youth Leadership.,ser,e,neq telephone customers after Forum in Washington, DC, for a Week Ma, rch 28, 2009. beginning February 24. Less than one percent of all high school students are accepted in this program. Robert was chosen because of his excellent grades and his entre- preneurial skills. Known at GCHS and by local resi- dents in the Normantown area as "The Egg Man," Robert sells the eggs from the chickens that he raises. While in Washington, Robert will be touring memorials and speaking with leaders in the capital. No good thing is pleasant to pos- sess without friends to share it. It i s important to remember that a local call will still be a local call regardless of the area code. After the new area code is assigned, your next door neighbor might have a different area code than you; however, if it is a local call to you now, it will remain the same after the switch. The procedure for dialing long dis- tance calls will not change. Continue to dial a one plus the appropriate area code, then the telephone number. Also, the way you dial special service hum- Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you. How you feel effects everything about your life. If you feel bad, your daily routine becomes less enjoyable. Losing weight, quitting smoking and having regular check-ups can be a start to putting a smile on your face and a skip in your step. Let your friends at Minnie Hamilton help you feel better. Make your appointment today! distance call, you may receive a re- cialty offerings,suchas creative foods, cording explaining,he correct way to.! Outdoor and indoor art decorations, dial that number.  .... , ......... pools and spas, and more. Customers should ensure that their Mark your calendars now to attend, automated dialingequipment, includ- and vendors, plan now to showcase ing life safety systems, fax machines, internet dial-up numbers, alarm and security systems, gates, speed dialers, call forwarding settings, voicemail services and similar functions are pro- grammed for ten-digit dialing. Further information may be ob- tained by contacting the Public Ser- vice Commission at 1-800-344-5113 or accessing the website, www .psc. state, wv. us and clicking "10-digit Dialing." your business! The earlier you re- serve a booth, the more free advertis- ing will be available to your business. Indoor and outdoor space is available. The Fair is sponsored by the Little Kanawha Resource Conservation and Development, which serves a nine- county region in West Virginia. For additional information, contact the Little Kanawha R C & D at 304-679- 3639 or by email at littlekanawharcd @ hotmaiL com. 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