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Page 4A -- The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder Thursday, March 12, 2009 County Commission supports Fire Dept. in grant quest cont&apos;d ... Continued from page 1A the Gilmer County Recreation Center. appeared before the commissioners this meeting. He spoke to them about the last Rec Center Board meeting, and many of the things that were discussed. First of all. he would like to have the present water cooler removed: however, upon contacting the company, he was in- formed that there would be a signifi- cant buy-out cost. if the agreement for the cooler was terminated early. Commissioners looked over a copy of the information that Mr. Ramsey had regarding the water cooler, and he informed the commissioners that he had requested a copy of the contract be sent. No one from that company had cooperated so far. Commisgioners asked Mr. Ramsey who had signed the agreement, and he suggested that it was someone else who had held his positron as Director in the past. Commissioners agreed unanimously that one person, employed by the county, does not have the authority to sign and enter into an agreement for the county. Therefore. they agreed that the monthly installments being paid on the water cooler be terminated. Secondly, Mr. Ramsey requested that the commissioner fund the pur- chase of two heating and air-condi- tioning units for lodge rooms. These two units would replace two that had ceased to function. He recommended the purchase from Lowe's, noting that they had the best price. Does Rec Center Cost the County Too Much? Commissioner Kennedy offered to the other commissioners that he felt the commission was spending too roach at the Rec Center. After some discussion, it was agreed that Mr. Ramsey would be directed to pay for small repair requirements: however, the County Commission would still pay for major repairs. 911 Still a Topic The commissioners have formed the committee for the feasibility study for a Gilmer County 911 dispatch center. Bill Rowan. Lewis County's Direc- tor of Emergency Management and the Lewis-Gilmer 9tl Center, was present. Also present was Dave Matthews. Address Coordinator for Lewis County. They advised the commissioners that the remainder of the road signs were on order. Mr. Rowan also posed a question to the commissioners about notification during times of disaster. He asked if there was a radio station in the area that would be common to many of the folks in this county. Mr. Rowan understands the need for a common broadcast point in the case of an emergency. Commissioners offered a couple of suggestions of radio stations in order to have something to work with. 911 for a Fire Department Grant The commissioners unanimously approved generating a letter of sup- port for the Gilmer County Fire De- partment, and the completion of their new facilities. These letters were to be mailed to delegates and senators. from the Gilmer County Commis- sion. requesting that these politicians asstst a truly deserving entity to ac- quire a grant in the amount of $165,000. Tanner School and Board Luck of the Irish In a room decorated in green and tion. The commissioners reviewed the by-.laws of the current Tanner Board. and realized that several of the mem- bers who are still sitting on the Board are not official Board members, due to expired tenures. The Commissioners agreed that the by-laws need to be changed, and ap- proved. They also agreed that the current Tanner Board would be dissolved. and new members appointed to as- sure that the Board proceeds in a proper manner. Miscellaneous Commissioners noted that the last audit for the Ambulance Authority's, service was filed in Nov. 2004 by the State Tax Dept. They all agreed that was something to look into. and that they would ljke more current audit information on file. The current Circuit Clerk, Mrs. Karen Elkin, had petitioned the commission- ers for new courtroom tables, and the commissioners agreed unanimously. Prosecuting Attorne2, Gerry Hough asked for the old tables, alter the new ones had been received. Commissioners agreed that Mr. Hough could use them as long as he wanted then: however, the tables are to remain county property. Steve Rawlings. of the WV Counties Risk Pool Insurance. appeared before the commissioners. This company in- sures the county buildings, and Mr. Rawlings presented the commission with the new statement of values, due to new property values. Commissioners approved and signed the new statement of values. Ed Toman not rehired cont'd ... Continued from page IA Firstly, since the original motion to rehire Mr. Toman for two years and at a negotiable salary was tabled, it could be brought off the table, discussed. and voted up-or-down. Secondly, the Board could bypass that original motion, and propose a new motion, if it didn't have the same provisions as the tabled one. In other words, it would have to be a new motton altogether. After the Board members thought about these alternatives. Board Vice- President Larry Butcher moved that Mr. Toman be rehired "for a one-year contract and at his same salary." Dor- othy Rhoads, another Board mem- ber. seconded Mr. Butcher's motion. Board President Phyllis Starkey asked for discussion or a vote on the question. Without discussion, she called for the vote. The resulting vote was Mrs. Star- key, Alton Skinner and Misty Pritt evening, it appeared that the Board members, in part, voted their convic- tions, based on whether or not they wanted a consolidated elementary school system in Gilmer County. Those members voting against Mr. Toman are noted for being advocates of main- taining the neighborhood elementary schools in those communities, while those casting their ballots for him. fa- vored consolidation. The Board will have to move for- ward in searching for a new schools superintendent, according to officials close to the scene. The Gilmer County Sheriffs Dept. was on hand in order to provide safety to all of the members of the Board and audience. On Tues., Mar. 10, a group of pro- Toman supporters went to the State Board of Education's office to appar- ently see if the negative vote on Mr. Toman's contract could be reversed. (Editor's Note: A full report on this shamrocks. President. Caroline Cusick called the Kanawha Drive CEOS meeting to order. Vice President. Carol Wolfe read two Inspirational poems: The Snow Crops and The Coming of Spring. Nine members named their favorite spring flower in answer to roll call. There are no March birth- days. Presidefit Cusick read a thank The lesson. "Weaving," was given voting against the rehiring, with Mr. by guest weaver. Gloria Summers. Butcher and Mrs. Rhoades. for it. Weaving ts a method of producing From the presentations made that cloth by crossing two sets of threads. warp and woof. on a loom frame made At City Council for interweavmg yarn or threads into a fabric. Weaving began 7000 years before Christ. Material for weaving may come from rags, drapes, cloth- week's meeting will appear in next week's edition, as several other busi- ness items were discussed.) Lively exchange surfaces cont'd ... Continued from page 1A okay with most of the changes; I haven't you note from 4-H Team Leaders. ing, blue jeans, sheets, etc. Gloria junky yards). The County Commis- got their final papers yet, though." thanking us for the donation, distributed drawings of the loom, ex- sign has followed through in getting - In Councilperson Grottendieck's Health Moderator, Paula plainingtheparts;thespoolrack, warp dilapidated building torn down,. L-,r,gular Glenville Utilities,report,-he M'iig0i&fcduraged the eatingof beam and heddle, and displayed three Mr. Grottendieck retorted "i wa  estimaje that the cost of the replace- -Ot:r,fiat.fmit-andvegetables. five or types of shuttles. Also on display were . . ': ..... ,- ..... , ,o ,, ..-, --. .... more servings per day. She demon- rugs. table runners and coverlets. She to see something in wrttmg, ment offlie water lines m the College strated exercise in combination as; presented a mug rug to each member. In reply, Mrs. Smarr pointed ont. area and downtown would be approxi- reach up and pick an apple, walk home. wash and peel, carry scraps to the garbage, etc. Milk shakes and sauces are of value. President Cusick reviewed the County Council meeting. Our club will be filling a basket with picnic supplies for the Basket Bingo, and we will be making BooBoo Bears. Rosa Belle Cunningham requested help in dipping Easter Eggs for Cancer Soci- ety. The April meeting wild be our annual Tea Party and wrapped auc- Friendship is a sheltering tree. --Samuel Taylor Coleridge Most interesting and informative les- "If they send something in writing, son. you'll just pick it apart. ' Hostess. Dessie Wolfe served de- Mr. Grottendieck: "We set up a lectable refreshments and crocheted Planning Commission to make pri- each member a dishcloth. 3rities. They should put a committee. Those present were: Rosa Belle :ogether (to deal with this issue)." Cunningham. President, Caroline With the final say, Councilperson Cusick, Sadie Kelble. Secretary, gmarr, who did not back down from Brenda McCartney, Treasurer, Paula let lawyer colleague, asserted. "No. Mazzagotte, Maxine Smith. Vice a,e're invitmg them (the county corn- President. Carol Wolfe, Dessie Wolfe. nissloners) in to do something that Lorene Wolfe and guest. Gloria Sum- leeds to be done." mers Mayor Bennett. then. took over the discussion once again, informing the Council that the Brothers Construc- tion Company was still working on the city's revisions for the Sidewalk Project. "They (the contractors) were mately $2.4 million. "We'll borrow money from the old Farmer's Loan Administration," he informed fellow council members. Because the utility will'be taking on debt. he relayed that the increase m water bills to retire the loan would be about l 8.3 percent for customers inside and outside of the city. For water, the mmimum monthly bill will become $15.84. in addition to the regular sewer charges. An ordinance will have to be written to allow for the hike. then it will go to the state's Public Service Commission for review, and. lastly, a hearing will take place. Council approved the go- ahead for this project. Glenville,s 'Old Bridge' now on 'endangered' list cont'd ... Continued from page 1A Preservation Alliance of West Vir- ginia (PAWV) the historical or- ganization creating the annual list- ing made the announcement at the statewide event. "History Day at the West Virginia State Legislature." on last Thurs.. Mar. 5 at the State Capitol in Charleston. There. she handed out PAWV's 2009 brochure, outlining their se- lections, which included an endan- gered historic church, school, two hotels, theater, private home. a home- less shelter, and our "Old Bridge" m Glenville. "PAWV's mi SSlOn is statewide h:.s- toric preservation and heritage de- velopment." she commented to this newspaper. "We work all over the state." she added. She stated that it wasn't too diffi- cult to see that Glenville's Old Bridge is among the state's most endan- gered properties. The write-up in the brochure is as follows: "The Old Pratt Truss Bridge spans 265 feet across the Little Kanawha River. In 1884. the Gilmer County Commission purchased steel com- ponents from the Canton Iron Works. Canton, OH and contracted with Stewart and Sheirriffs of Richmond. VA to build the bridge. The con- struction of the bridge greatly en- hanced the development of the city of Glenville and Glenville State College. "Nominated to the National Reg- ister (of Historic Places) in 1998. the historic bridge now lies decommis- sioned from use. Lack of mainte- nance has led to severe deterioration of the bridge's structural system." The PAWV brochure contained three different pictures of the bridge. Justin Britton. a PAWV Intern from West Virginia State Universitv. com- mented. "In this internship, I'm get- ting a much better understanding of the need for the Preservation Alli- ance, including its work in different sections of the state, like to preserve Glenville's Old Bridge." In a local reaction. Dave Brown. a Gilmer County Historical Society member, xpressed delight that the Old Bridge was getting statewide at- tention. "This publicity should greatly help us in getting a grant to save it. along with a much-needed local match from the County Commission." he related. tier historical sites making the 2009 Endangered Properties listing are as follows: the Tyler County Home (a Poor Farm), McCreery Hotel (Hinton), Capitol Music Hall (Wheel- ing), Wyco Community Church (an African-American church in the south- ern Coalfields near Tams in the Beckley area), Waldo Hotel (in down- town Clarksburg and a good example of the Beaux-Arts architecture), and the First Ward School (Elkins). All of these structures are distinctive land- marks relative to different facets of our state's rich history, and need to be preserved, according to Ms. Carper. She is also an advocate for Senate Bill No. 404. which would create a Sesqui-centennial Commission to be the official state agency to promote statewide acttvlties for the 150th an- niversaries of John Brown's Raid (1859), the Civil War (1861-65), and the state of West Virginia's birth (1863). For further information. Karen Carper's phone and fax is 304-345- 6005 and e-mail: 00iiii00iiiiii00ii:00i00iiiiiii00i00iii:0000:00i00'00ii!ii! ii!00,ii!i00i!i!i00i00ili00iiiiiii!!iill 00ii:00i :i :i i ii i:i:i i:!00iiil il i iiiiili!i :i !iiiiiii i iiii!i!il i' i! !i'il i'il i i !i i! i ii :i :iil i! !i!00iiii!i! ii 00iiiiii ii i ii00i00i ilili iiili i00i: i:00ii il 00ii'i00 !!i i:! ii i, i l 'OLD BRIDGE' IS NOW ON STATE'S 'MOST ENDANGERED' LIST In a recent turn of events, the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia has placed the "Old Bridge" on the state's "Most Endangered Historical Site" listing. Also, in an upcoming newspaper, we will explore whether the bridge has beauty or is an eyesore. 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 clown and mail them to Dave Corcoran, Sr., Publisher-Editor, The Democrat/Pathfinder, PO Box 458, Glenville 26351, or e-mail me at g/envi//enewsad@rto/.net We are receiving several other reminiscences about the Old Bridge. M.FDICA! D;IRI=CTORV Why Diet And Exercise Alone May Work In The Fight Against Obesity (NAPSA)-Forthe nine million Ameri- "My moment of truth was when I was "It wasn't until I met with a surgeon because they fear gastric bypass. With an to lose weight and the availability of ef- a 'do-over' in life." said Dr. Roizen. cans battling severe obesity, losing weight with diet and exercise alone can be challenging. Studies have found that diet. exercise and behavior modifica- tion alone fail 95 percent of the time. "Guiding Light" actress Caitlin Van Zandt was among those severely obese Americans trapped in an unsuccessful cycle of diets and exercise. She carried most of her excess weight around her middle as dangerous belly fat. and she was suffering from high cholesterol. asthma and low self-esteem. After see- ing herself on television, she knew she needed to take action. visiting my grandmother and we were watching 'Guiding Light'-I became re- ally emotional when I saw myself on TV," said Van Zandt. "At that moment. I real- ized that I needed to act before my health became seriously impacted by my weight." Obesity increases a person's risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease and even premature death. In fat:t, obesity is con- sidered the second-leading cause of pre- ventable death in the United States. After her moment of truth. Van Zandt decided to speak with a doctor about weight-loss treatment options to avoid long-term com- plications from her weight. that I was finally given hope." said Van Zandt. "1 realized the Lap-Band AP(r) Adjustable Gastric Banding System would be the tool I could work with to safely lose weight and keep it off long term." The Lap-Band AP(r) System is the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved adjustable gastric band and most advanced technology available in gastric banding for use in weight reduction m severely obese adults. Van Zandt' s surgeon. Dr. George Field- ing, associate professor of surgery at NYU School of Medicine. noted. "Many people who need help avoid weight-loss surgery adjustable gastric band. there is a safer and less invasive treatment option that is as effective." Six months after having the procedure. Van Zandt is coming closer to achieving her goal weight and has lost 65 pounds. Now. she hopes to inspire others strug- gling with their weight to take action. She fias partnered with Dr. Michael Roizen. co-author of "You: On A Diet" for the "Moment is Now. Here is the Truth" obe- sity health education campaign. They aim to educate Americans about obesity-re- lated health risks, the science behind why it' s challenging for severely obese people fective treatment options. You can learn if your belly fat is putting your health at risk by measuring your waist at the level of your belly button. If you find your waist is between 37-41 inches for women or 40-48 inches for men, you are at a moderate health risk. If your measurement is gmater than41 inches for women and 48 inches for men, you are considered at high health risk. "While obesity can have serious health implications, the good news is that the body is amazing. And if you can lose the excess weight, you can resolve many of these '-related health and Van Zandt added. "1 feel like I've taken the first step to being a happier, healthier person, and I hope others will do the same. I want to share my journey with others who are more than 100 pounds overweight and encourage them to speak to a phys- clan about weight-loss treatment options." To learn more about Van Zandt's weight- loss journey and long-term weight-loss options, visit Diet and exercise alone may not work for the severely obese. Van Zandt has lost 65 pounds with adjustable gastric band- ing, a reversible and less invasive alterna- gastric bypass. FOR FURTHER:INFoRMATION, CONTACT THESE PROFESSIONALS AND FIND:OUT HOW TO OBTAIN GOOD HEALTH. DOCTOR HEALTH SYSTEM 809 Mineral Road, Glenville, WV 26351 NEW HOURS: M-F7:30-6 p.m.. Sat 7:30-5 p.m.. 304-462-7322 FAMILY DOCTOR Little Kanawha Family Medicine Dr. Hilary Miller, D.O., M.P.H. 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