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REL ON TODAY A HAPPY TIME FAMILY PHOTO - Standing left to right are sisters Patsy Dawson, Melba Marks, and Sue Ellen Coughlin (recently deceased), while seated is Lenita Garret, their mother. drama at the Glenville High School Reunion last By Patsy Garrett Dawson All those years I waited The pictures in the Democrat For my photo on page three, I peer at all quite closely. And 'twas sheer disappointment I'm looking for photos of myself, To find I wasn't me. (Editor's Note: We editors aplogize to But they're other people mostly, the Garrett family for these errors. The miscues were as much our fault as the The other day the paper came G.H.S. Committee that had penned down And I was filled with bliss, the identities. We had a particularly long For all my family was there, and nice conversation with this lovely But something was amiss! family at the Friday evening "Pow Wow." Hence, we should have noticed our mis- My mother was shown as Patsy.take. Nevertheless, no error of ours can I became Melba Lynne. diminish the beauty and charm of these Melba's name became Sue Ellen. thoughtful and alert ladies. And, no words And Sue Ellen my mother became, of comfort can we speak to ease the pain of losing Sue Ellen. DHC, Sr.) i! " !. ~:. UP IN THE AIR m When planning home improvements for the springtime, Brian Montgomery, of Glenville, got a head start on them on one of the recent warmer days which replaced this winter's cold chills. Here, he might seem to be =up in the air" about what he's doing, but he's really accomplishing a major tree-trimming project at the TKE Fratemity House on Linn Street at Glenville State College. He relates that the TKEs needed this done, so that they can put on a new roof. (Staff photo by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) HUMP REPORT -- On Tues., Mar. 9, Gilmer County's Highway Road Department crew pulled the ditch at The Hump on SRs 5/33/119 across from the Senior Center once again. The subsoil seems to keep moving under the highway there, creating the high place from time to time. (staff photo) Anyone having the need to vote ABSENTEE BY MAIL must contact Beverly Marks, County Clerk @ 462-7641. Absentee voting mail is March 30 through May 5 The first day for EARLY VOTING IN PERSON in the County Clerk's Office is A 21 through May 8 Bever Mm, I= Clerk of Gllm C, onty C, omumnlsslon your part to BYRD RECEIVES AWARD -Senator Robert Byrd receives the "Extraordinary Contributions to the Art and Craft of Writing" award from former West Virginia Gov. Gaston C aperton, former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey, and a teacher and students from Logan County. ur U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd, D- W.Va., believes that schools should strengthen the fundamentals of edu- cation, including writing. "Writing is one of the most basic and intrinsic communications skills," Byrd said. "Too often, it is assumed that students know how to write when they walk through a classroom door. As a result, the art of writing is ne- glected in school, and students' abili- ties suffer." The West Virginia lawmaker met recently with officials from the Na- tional Commission on Writing for America's Families, Schools; and Colleges, including former West Vir- ginia Governor Gaston Caperton. The commission works to focus national , attention on the teaching and learning of writing. Its members include teach- ers, superintendents, college and uni- versity presidents, and business lead- ers, and i; aided by an advisory panel of academic experts on writing. The commission has worked closely with the National Writing Project, a pro- fessional development network es- tablished in 1973, to improve writing and learning in America's schools. "In Logan County, for example, since the National Writing Project joined with Marshall University and Logan Senior High School to im- prove the teaching of writing to stu- dents, test scores have steadily climbed higher," Byrd said. Statistics from the state and federal departments of education highlight the improvements that the National Writing Project has helped to spur at Logan Senior High School. The West Virginia state writing assessment test provides a score of "4" for a perfect paper. At Logan Senior High School, in 1998, only five students recordext a perfect score on the state's writing assessment test; in 2003, that group of five had grown to 56. "Logan Senior High School has made a renewed commitment to writ- ing. Each year, more of Logan's stu- dents write better and score higher on their tests. Their improved success in writing, I believe, will translate into greater success in life," Byrd said. Two Logan students and a teacher traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with Byrd in his Capitol office and to discuss the project's success. Natalie Bates and Lauren Bevins, both se- niors at Logan Senior High School, and L. Tracy Baisden, co-director of the Marshall University Writing Project and an English teacher at Logan Senior High School, talked about the importance of writing and thanked Senator Byrd for his leader- ship and support. The commission presented Byrd with its award for "Extraordinary Contributions to the Art and Craft of Writing." Governor Caperton, presi- dent of the College Board which launched the commission's work, said that Byrd was an example of a man who has utilized the skill of writing as a key to success. "As a writer, historian, legislator, essayist, and editor, Senator Byrd has applied his own passion for writing to improving the teaching of writing in West Virginia and in the nation as a whole. I can think of no one who has been a stronger advocate," Caperton explained. "We thank you for the remarkable commitment you have shown, through both your actions and your words, to this crucial cause." CLARK A DAY TO REMEMBER for AND JANICE SHIELDS WILSON For all men there is the right woman, And for all women there is the right man, And this, as we study the book of life, Is according to "Gods Great Plan." Janice and Clark were names that went together. As time did pass, they felt like birds of a feather, Together they survived in all kinds of weather, Their life together became their grratest pleasure. Their sun rose bright each day of their life, And Clark thought this woman would make a perfect wife. And Janice thought this man has freed my life from strife, For this man I could be the perfect wife. Little did they know, their minds in the same vein did Un'dl the day Ohio seemed the right way to go. They found a Judge to guide the show, And north they drove as the wind does blow. Life is now perfect for Janice and Clark. Their life has that marvelous, shiny spark, Lit by love and compassion from morning until dark. January 16, 2004, on their calendar a red heart does mark. This day will remain SPECIAL for the rest of their life, For on this day they became husband and wife. WISHING YOU BOTH MUCH HAPPINESS! Mary Ann Maxwell RadabaL h An old, old family frkmd .au Glenville Moose Lodge #2604 pecial Meeting 5 at All members are encouraged to attend. Support the businesses clean! that you see advertising Thursday, Mar. 25, 2004 --- The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder --- Page 3B , STACY, SCOTT, AND ANGUS Greenlief- Simmons Engagement Nancy and Gary Greenlief of Troy partment of Highways. wish to announce the upcoming mar- The couple would like to invite riage of their daughter, Stacey Erin, to friends and family to join in the cel- Scott Bud Simmons, son of Joanne ebration of their wedding. "I~e cer- and Eddie Simmon~i of Cox's Mills. emony will be held April 3, 2004 at Staceyisa2001 graduateofGilmer l:00 p.m. at the Troy Methodist County High School. She is currently Church with the Reverend Kenneth employed in the Gilmer County Fisher officiating. A reception will be Clerk's Office. Scott is a 1993 gradu- held at the church immediately fol- ate of Gilmer County High School lowing. and is employed by the W.Va. De- Father Edwin Daschbach, SVD Is The Passion of the Christ "as itwas?." A point I have often made in my colum n is the importance of not adher- ing to a literalistic understanding of Scripture. By "literalistic" I mean a way of reading and interpreting the Bible that takes passages out of their broader context. When, for example, in the book of Genesis the author writes that a son of Adam called Cain killed his brother Abel, a literalistic interpre- tation may cause some to go to the guillotine rather than deny the full historicity of the r story, The broader con- text is missexl, n amely that the story is really a ve- hicle through which the sacred author teaches the ancient Israelites about how the evil Canaanite religion is tempting theirloyalty toYahweh. Cain stands for the Canaanite farmers, Abel and his flocks, the shepherding Israel- ites. In the New Testament we can make the same mistake. In the gospel tellings of the Passion of Christ, it is impor- tant to recognize the time setting in which the tellings took place. None were written contemporaneous with the event. All were decades later. Matthew, writing in the 80s (50 years after the Passion), reflects in his ac- count of Christ's sufferings the situa- tion of the Christian Church then un- dergoing conflict with Jews. In other words, when we read the Passion narratives in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, we are not reading an exact history. As biblical scholar Raymond Brown points out in the March 2004 issue of khoJJfJ ggt: the Gospels are the product of con- siderable narrative, organizational, and theological development and are not simply literal accounts. We are reading a history influenced by later events in, and confronting, the Church. As Brown notes: Through- out the centuries and still today, the Passion narratives have been read as literal history. Such an interpreta- tion produces a view of the Jewish leaders as scheming liars who know- ingly deceived the Roman prefect to bring about Jesus' death. Perhaps this insight might help us understand some of the negativism towards Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ. While he adheres to the pages of Scrip- ture in his film, that "faithful" adher- ence doesn't mean full historic',d accu- racy. The true telling of the Passion in the Bible has been altered by hostility between Jews and Christians in the 80s. That later hostility, in other words is reflected in the Gospel text. I saw the movie. I don't think it works to create anti-Semitism. The Jewish leader hostility towards Jesus that it reflects is tempered by some Jewish leaders who are seen strongly objecting to the hostility. Bottom line: If one comes to the movie with anti- Semitism, it won't remove it. If one comes without such anti-Semitism, it won't create it. The film simply recounts the Gospel text, which ad- mittedly mirrors later Jewish-Chris- tian tensions - undoubtedly a reflec- tion of some Jewish leader hostility towards Jesus in the historical pas- sion event. 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