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Thursday, March 26, 21)09 -- The Glenvi)le Democrat / -- Page 9 Byrd Announces Funding Efforts for Research and Senator Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., continued his spirited advocacy on behalf of mine safety and the health of coal miners by securing millions of dollars in federal funding for the hir- ing of new inspectors; increased un- derground-to-surface communica- tions systems, implementing new coal dust controls, and for black lung clin- ics across the nation. "I look forward to these monies being put to good use," said Byrd. "I am hopeful that the new Administra- tion will unleash the talents and the skills of the dedicated personnel at the Mine Safety and Health Administra- tion. Every one of the Federal em- ployees who works to protect the health and safety of our coal miners is to be commended." Due to the work of Senator Byrd and his lifelong commitment to the safety of our nation's miners, Byrd, who is the senior member of the Sen- ate Appropriations committee, was instrumental in obtaining the follow- ing federal funds, resulting in a sig- nificant increase in programs for mine safety, health and research programs: The Mine Safety and Health Ad- ministration (MSHA), was funded at a level of $347 million, which is $15 million above the FY 2008 enacted level and $15 million above President Bush's budget request. The additional funding will cover: hiring inspectors, specialists, and support staff; imple- mentation of the MINER Act; 100- percent compliance with statutory mandates; salaries and bonuses to re- cruit and retain personnel; enforce- ment of employer-provided safety training, and mine rescue contests; The mine safety office in the Na- tional Institute for Occupational Safety and Health was funded at $50 million, which was $12.9 million above President Bush's budget re- quest. This funding will accelerate research related to disaster preven- tion, dust control and monitoring, roof control, technology transfer, and train- ing programs, and to ensure applied engineering applications; $7.2 million for Black Lung Clin- ics. This funding level is $1.2 million over the President Bush's FY 2009 budget request of $6 million for black lung clinics; $2 million above the President's budget request for Mine Safety and Health Administration to enforce coal dust rules through increased spot in- spections; $1.808 million for the United Mine Workers of America Career Centers in Beckley, West Virginia, and Wash- ington. Pennsylvania. for mine res- cue team training; $1 million above the President's request of $10 million for the Mine Safety and Health Administration Approval and Certification Center in Triadelphia, in order to provide for the purchasing of new equipment and infrastructure improvements; and $2 million above the President's request of $11.5 million for[he Mine Health and Safety Academy in Beck- Icy, 'in order to provide for online training programs and infrastructure improvements. "As the foster son of an impover- ished coal miner, I have always looked out for the miners in the field," said Byrd. "We must do all that we can to ensure that these miners have the tools and safety mechanisms in place to return home to their loved ones each and every night." "Through my efforts, we have made progress in hiring additional enforce- ment personnel and providing needed resources to MSHA to implement the mandates in the MINER Act. And we continue to provide resources to ad- dress the health concerns from black lung disease and provide research funding to increase mine safety. These efforts are not only necessary, they .are a moral responsibility, as long as I represent the people of the Mountain State." Fourth Annual WV Archery in the Schools Program State Tournament to be held March 28 The West Virginia Division of Natu- ral Resources (DNR) will host its fourth annual West Virginia Archery in the Schools (AIS) Program State Tournament at the Summersville Na- tional Guard Armory on March 28. 2009. according to DNR Director Frank Jezioro. The tournament will run from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and will be followed at 4 p.m. by the awards ceremony. "Since our pilot program began in the fall of 2004, there has been a tremendous amount of interest from schools around the state," said Jezioro. "From just a handful of participating schools the first year. we now have more than 166 participating schools in the program. It is estimated that approximately 35,000 students have ementary); Buckhannon-Upshur Middle (Middle); Cabell Midland High : Cameron High (Middle); Cameron High (High); Chapmanville Middle (Elementary); Chapmanville Middle (Middle); Chapmanville Re- gional High; Duvat Middle : East Hardy High; Guyan Valley Middle (Elementary): Guyan Valley Middle (Middle): Hurricane High ;John Mar- shall High; Kenna Elementary; Madi- son Middle (Elementary) ; Madison Middle (Middle): Meadow Bridge Elementary; Moundsville Middle: NeUis Elementary : New Life Chris- tian (Elementary); New Life Chris- tian (Middle~; New Life Christian (High); Nicholas County High:Park- ersburg South High; Ripley Middle (Elementary); Ripley Middle gone through the Archery in the (Mid dte),;, ~iple~,.H.igl3; Scott High; ""'0"1~ p '~ ..~ .... ,:,,,,~.,~,-~,,~,,>, ~cn o s rogram in just tlve years,. SI;i~,' :S~r~ng i~Iiddle Sherard Mid~Ie: gummers County High; mlik]'rig it oneof DNR'/;' largesffihd .... ' "" .... : ...... " " fastest-growing educational pro- grams." Students from 41 of the following divisional school teams will partici- pate in this year's tournament: Beckley Stratton Middle: Buckhannon-Upshur Middle (El- Summersville Middle: Summersville Elementary; Tucker County High; Westwood Middle; WV School for the Blind (Middle); WV School for the Blind (High): WV School for the Deaf (Middle); and WV School for the Deaf (High). "It is possible that this year's tour- nament will be the single largest in- door youth archery tournament in the history of the state, with more than 400 students participating," said Pro- gram Coordinator Jerry West(all. "We at DNR are very encouraged about the success of the Archery in the Schools Program. It provides students an exciting activity, giving them a lifeskill and possibly leading to future indoor or outdoor archery endeavors. This tournament would not he pos- sible without the generosity of the City of Summersville, several wild- life and archery organizations, and a host of volunteers and interested par- ents. I encourage everyone to come out and see how successful this tour- nament and the Archery in the Schools Program have become." The tournament, is free'to all. spec- tators. Tournament competition is open only to schools that have re- ceived the DNR-sponsored AIS train- ing. For more information on the WV Archery in the Schools Program or to attend the next training, visit online www. wvdnr, gov/archery. Applications Being Accepted for USDA Rural Development Acting State Director Dianne Crysler an- nounced the availab!lity of competi- tive grants of up to $50,000 per appli- cation from the Rural Business Op- portunity Grant (RBOG) program for Fiscal Year 2009. For multi-state projects, grant funds of up to $150,000 will be available on a competitive basis. This notice is being issued prior to passage of a final appropriations bill, which may or may not provide funding for this program, to allow applicants sufficient time to apply for and obtain~leverage financing, submit applications, and give the Agency time to process applications within the cur- rent year, The primary objective of the Rural Business Opportunity Grant program is to improve the oconomic condi- tions of rural areas. Assistance pro- vided to rural areas under this pro- gram may include technical assistance for business development and eco- nomic development planning. Eligible applicants are non-profit corporations, public bodies. Indian tribes on Fed- eral or State reservations and other federally recognized tribal groups, and cooperatives with members that are primarily rural residents and that con- duct activities for the mutual benefit of the members. The deadline for the receipt of ap- plications in the Rural Development State Office is March 31. 2009. For further information, entities wishing to apply for assistance should contact John Comerci. Business and Coop- erative Programs Specialist. 481 Ragland Road. Beckley. WV 25801. telephone (304) 253-9597 ~extcnsion 146), fax (304) 929-2025. or TTY/ TDD (304) 284-4836. Completed applications should be mailed to the West Virginia Rural Development State Office. 75 High Street. Suite 320, Morgantown. WV 26505-7500. Further information and applica- tion procedures can be found in today's Federal Register at: http:// edocket, a ccess, gpo. gov/2009/E9- 5407.htm. USDA Rural Development's mis- sion is to increase economic opportu- nity and improve the quality of life in rural communities. Rural Develop- ment serves as the lead Federal entity for rural development needs and ad- ministers program assistance through its housing, business, infrastructure and community programs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits di scrimination in all.its pro- grams and activities on the basis of race. color, national origin, age. dis- ability and. where applicable, sex, marital status, lhmilial status paren- tal status, religion, sexual orientation. genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program (not all prohibited bases apply to all pro- grams). Further information on USDA Ru- ral Development may be obtained by visiting USDA's web site at http:// www.rurdev.usda.gov. In West Vir- ginia, call 1-800-295-8228 to be put in touch with the appropriate person- nel serving your county. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means lbr communication of program information (Braille. large print, au- diotape, etc. ) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at 202.720.2600 i voice and TDD). Deer Donation Totals for the Helping the Hungry' The Division of Natural Resources (DNR) recently announced hunters donated 1,149 deer to the Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) Program durin g the 2008 hunting season, which is very close to last season's donation uted by Mountaineer Food Bank (Gassaway) and Huntington Area Food Bank. Two-pound packages of ground~venison are distributed to par- ticipating distribution centers such as food pantries, soup kitchens, senior nations to offset processing and dis- tribution costs," said Westfall. The DNR is restricted from using sportsmen's license dollars to fund this program, and is completely de- pendent upon donations by concerned individuals, businesses, conservation centers, community centers, churches, total (1 224). "Thanks to generous West Virginia orphanages and other institutions, organlzat,,ions, foundations, and hunters who donated deer to the HHH throughout the state. Although it is churches. Withoutthis donated fund- Program, many needy West Virgin- too late for non-enrolled centers to ing, we simply could not continuethe ians will receive highly nutritious receive venison this season, those in- HHH Program," said Westfall. meals this year," noted Program Co- terested are encouraged to enroll now The DNR accepts monetary dona- ordinator Jerry Westfall. "The DNR, so they may receive venison during tions to the HHH Program year-round. along with their partners Mountain- next seagon Contact MountaineerAnyone wishing to make a donation I eer Food Bank and Huntington Area Food Bank at (304) 364-5518 to dis- totheHHH Program, orwishingmore - Food Bank, truly appreciate the gen- cuss the application process needed information, should go to the HHH erosity shown by these hunters. With- to participate. Web page at: www.wvdnr.gov/Hunt- out their help this program could not "AlthoughtheDNRisvery eratefulillg/HHH.shtm, or contact Jerry for hunter-donated deer. the HHH Westfall at ~ (304)558-2771; exist." Venison is collected and distrib- Program still requires monetary do- jerrywestfall@wvdnr.gov. iiii;i": Buzzards on Goal Posts- Every year, the Rohrbough Field has visitors. These visitors fly and nest in trees, and now,since that field is not in use yet, they nest on the goal posts. Apparently, these birds like living here. They are in flocks and pretty well stay it3 that local area. (Photo courtesy of John G. Wolfe) M et R ad cliff Conings 462-8250 Troy Church Holds Lenten Services The economy may not be favorable Cooper was working in his garden The Troy charge has been having for building, but that doesn't apply to before it rained. Lent services every Wednesday birds; they arebuilding in open spaces Argil and Lisa came out Friday for evening at 7 p.m. They have good under mail boxes, supper. We enjoyed agood meal, and attendance and very good messages. Gardens were put on hold; it rained - surprise! - they did the cooking and They will continue until Easter. and iust enough to make it muddy. Jim the clean-up, everyone is welcome. The H&R Block Drop-off service. Come in today. Your people know you're busy. That's why H&R Block offers convenient drop-off tax preparation: Just drop off your tax documents at H&R Block. A tax professional will call if any questions arise or just to tell you your taxes are finished. You come in, review the tax return and sign it. You've got people. You've got it easy. Visit the H&R Block office location listed below. H&R BLOCK" For other locations call 1-800-HRBLOCK or visit hrblock.com. H & R Block 208 E. Main Street Glenville, WV 26351 ]' oll of CB iness & 9 rofession . ,/q hiev rs The following individuals or businesses want you readers to have a reaay reterenee m them, via their Business Cards. As a result, our "Gilmer Go-Getters" Honor Roll of area shops and offices was created to fill that need. When you have time, or if you need one of their products and/or servicesdnst stop by and say, "Hello! I saw your BusineSs Card in the Gtenville newspapers, so I know that I am at the right place at the right time." Area shoppers, enjoy this special section of our newspaper! ROSHELL'S ANTIQUES* & Collectibles * tqaways avaifafife 145 MAIN AVE. WESTON OPEN MON-SAT 9-5, SUN 14 PM FREE GIFT W/$100 PURCHASE 304-269-2877 Shoes Local Crafts Clothing Skateboards $y ,~r~er hare{ to fi,ld ] 1~13 ~ .uld Video C, atnes ] SKIN PROBLEMS? I 9114 NORTH LEWIS STREET / Helps skil~ problems from psoriasis to [ GLENVILLE, WV 26351 / All natural skin care products } I 304-745-3007acne. 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