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O tt Th,r.d,y. ApaJ S. Sl i State College's presidential search, businesses & Dr. Manley's Farm c onOn a Board of Governors, ness district. "ations or nominations The At the Thurs., Mar. 20 Gilmer County dency were received. Economic Development Association meet- dications was March 7, rcoran ing, Mr. Jim Fealy, executive director, reit- 19,theSearchCommittee !1111 co . /Irtll eratedthatthestateHighwayDept, won't ve made its initial selec- an build a bridge to the farm unless a major IIIl A ByDa d H orca-an / IIIIi employer is committed to the property. d lawyer, relays that the I][ll]~ Ill[~ Gienville Mayor R. Wayne Richmond with its timetable which Ill[~~t~ refers to it as the "chicken and egg" dilemma. interviews and public "Whichcomes first," he inquires, "The chicken candidates will take Gregory" which was wrong, wrong, wrong, or the egg?" In the case of the Manley Farm, he thinks but I wasn't scolded for the gaffe by these nice the bridge can't be constructed until a major may narrow the search ladies. I should have known better than to employer is found, while, on the other hand; a trust my memory because the Janice Gre- major employer won't commit to the property the last time gory, whom I know, is married to Raymond, unless a bridge is there. That's the dilemma! the service manager for Ballard's Chevy in Now, Dr.LouisManley, the farm's owner, input on this selection Weston. tells me that Mr. Mike Greenlee, a Spencer Butcher Nevertheless, the owners ofJ & J Variety realtor and the farm's developer, is out are ready to greet you at their old-fashioned fishing for a major anchor store for the prop- Yhope that this committee is variety store on East Main Street across from erty. Moreover, Mr. Greenlee just about has '.ge during this the Glenville Post Office. It's definitely worth one on the hook. Since fishing season should the visit, be gearing up locally soon, we wish Dr. Man- I recently chatted with Mrs. Shiela Ham- icy and Mr. Greenlee "good fishing." We about the economic ric, who used to be the owner of Trash 'N' really hope that they get "the big one." experiencing in this Treasures. She went out of business and took Sinoe there is no time like the present, let me have mentioned other a job with the new Glenville Citgo which is introduce Dr. Louis Manley, of Glenville and for here that I missed. I located right next door to her old store. We Florida, as our third "Guest Editor for this when someone wish her well, but miss her colorful store, newspaper" following in the footsteps of me the necessary informa- Looks like someone is opening up another County Commission President Larry Chap- Italian restaurant in the old Mary's Pizzeria man and Board of Education member to J & j Variety Store in building on Lewis Street. More on that later. Tommy Ratliff. J and J people's The Manley Farm Indeed, Dr. Manley's writings show a lot of are Joyce Elkins and Of course, the best place for new commer- vision and wisdom about Glenville, Gilmer leother and daughter, re- cial, industrial, and housing developments in County, and economic and social develop as "Joyce and Janice this region is theold Manley Farm which lies ment. Please read on! across the Little Kanawha River from both Inot one who has said that as got it made!" demeaned, maligned person in any same time he or she is up-to- must have balance of the civi- spite of the above, I want best shot. reel editorial purpose is to I have about Gien- /s future. Came to Glenville, it was a richly historic and beau- tiful farming and rural .Community. The work- who feel like Gilmer County is a superior place to live. Changes in air Evolution, time, and outside circumstances, however, have changed Gilmer County. Glen- ville is not that tight little, self-contained community that it used to he. Fer good or bad, it is now becoming a "City," so it must com- pete in a city-like fashion. For example, in the downtown, most of the "Morn-and-Pop" businesses have changed hands. With the education received at the local public schools and GSC, young people can now engage in new businesses not thought of before this High Tech Age, thereby not being forced to leave the county after gradu- ation. Of course, the county's population has vacillated both up and down, depending on countless variables over the years. County's It is the "people and trade," as well as forward-thinkers. The "Vision Plan for Glen- ville," while perhaps having some question- able factors in its framework, is a bountiful pattern for advancement and growth for the whole city in real terms. I like that whole idea which has been pushed by the Gilmer County Economic Development Association and our County Commissioners. Manley Farm bridge One major key to this Vision Plan, which is crucial to the community's future growth, is my family's farm and what it has to offer the city, its Mayor Wayne Richmond, Council members, and area businesses. With the construction of a well-placed bridge to open it up, more than 200 acres of commer- cial, residential, and recreational areas can he unlocked and made available for Giimer mg people were down- New vs. Old Glenville County's future development and welfare. In- .earth, reasonable- The "New Glenville and Gih'ner County" deed, the city, the county, and surrounding folks. ~ly. ~ o~ty ~ build in ways that ~egion needto~ote im~dpmvide w~ver owned businesses were have not been available before now. It is incentives are necessary to have that bridge dominant and everyone impossible for my mind to comi~'ehend that built. kne.w.everyone else on a there are those in the community that still The state's DOH has already done its pre- first name basis, believe that a return to the "Good Old Days" liminary appraisals and found a suitable Ioca- Also, Glenville had a is a-possibility for this city. tion for the bridge. I am attempting through nearly 100-year-old col- Right now we are seeing new businesses the EDA and state to provide all that is neces- lege back then, with aspringing up like never before. Housing will sary for this expansion to take place. For a,d student body working expand dramatically due to the new federal instance, in conjunction with Spencer devel- intellectual Mucation.prison. New faces -- those of children and oper Mike Greenlee, I foresee sites for a new were first generation families -- are currently filtering into the college building, residential housing, condo- the years, the collegecounty and region. Most importantly,jobs are miniums, commercial shops, and clean indus- offers a more diverse being created to help the young people grow tries. ever before, in their careers while remaining in their home- But, to make this all happen --- or to open of Billy and Marge towns, the door to unthought of progress for Glen- former generations, Truly, Glenville is in the process of chang- ville and Gdmer County, the area's people college and corn- ing from a small town to "a real city." There are others, too,What makes a city? Continued on page 5 'With I :'! lli! efa.u oldtimer --- Seltmetzer, the Holt House. making tea. Now, we need advice. Does it Enthusiasm was lively, so at the member- matteriftherootsareduginthecoldofwinter, familiar over ship meeting recently, we voted to do it again or if it is done after the sap is rising, or maybe this year. Gary Coherly advised,"It is too late. at any time? Is the tea better if the roots are because theThe roots have to he dug in February." I dried before being used, or better if used , and when I moved countered, "Well, it was cold until just last fresh? Are medicinal claims made for it and, if to find a small week. I'!! dig roots and see." so, what? ' housc. Knowing it could So, on our warmest day in March, I dug Additionally, lam sure there is no way that I dug up what down about a foot around the smallest volun- I can come up with roots enoughto make tea tea. Over the years I got teer tree, and never did get to the taproot. Oh, for Folk Festival aficionados. Is there some- for a couple of sum-but my test tea was delicious! My memory one reading this who would dig more? shoots. Now I was that every spring Dad came in with roots To volunteer advice or roots, call Margaret against the foun- and we had the tea for several weeks. Now Moss at the Historical Society Holt House at I've learned that other families have done it 462-4295. She is open Monday through Satur- Festival, the Gilmerdifferently! day from 10 to 1. Or e-mail me at served sassafras Bob Cain of Tanner thinks his father dug franschmetzer@hotmaii.eom. i'ont porch of the roots at any time but dried them before I~ expresses dent and board of governors, and retaining a chance to catch our five key associate degree programs. deep appreciation Had we been offered such an arrangement so fervently this in January, we would have jumped at it. That, State College. in itself, is a measure of just how successful as all of Gilmer our efforts have been. iuestion soon The favorable outcome for Glenville State Legislature convened is a direct result of the hard-working team I budget dif- mentioned at the start of this letter: a strategic threat of our college partnership that included state legislators, or college leaders, alumni and friends. I am status. The 131-year proud to have worked in support of this team, West Virginia and I want to thank its members publicly. : to an end. At the risk of aceidently omitting anyone's session ~, n an~, I would like to specifically credit the Standing. as ani~ workofSm~ ~atorsBill Sharpe,Joe Minard, presi-. Walt Helmick and Mike Ross, the Delegates ~" ~':::' :" Bill Stemple and Brent Boggs. And here in appreciation Gilmer County, we are grateful for the strong effort put forth by President Thomas H. Pow- ell and Board of Governors Chairman R. Terry Butcher, as well as Marjorie Burke, Ronald Biankenship, Willis J. Perry, R. Fred Rada- baugh and the entire campus community. Thanks to these allies, Glenville State has been returned to a firm foundation. We now can refocus on the mission of providing the citizens of central West Virginia with a qual- ity education that uplifts them and our region as a whole. I look forward to supporting this essential work. Most Sincerely, Alan B. MoUohan Member of Congress First District, West Virginia The Gilmer County Public Service District's board really took everyone by surprise last week. They signed a loan application to borrow the entire $2.9 million needed to construct a waterline from Glenville's water system to Cedar Creek and, then, on out to the Norman- town and Stumptown areas along Routes 33/119. This is progress -- a long-sought public works project that will open up the western end of the county to commercial developments, as well as to provide its households, existing businesses, Cedar Creek State Park, and the Normantown Elementary School with a reliable, abundant, and safe water source. For example, right now Normantown's well water, which has been in use for years, is very smelly with a high sulphur content, making it undrinkable for most people. For the past three years, the Gilmer County PSD has attempted to put numerous either grant and/or loan packages together to fund this badly needed project. Unfortunately, none of these initiatives have yielded fruit, so the board had become frustrated with the whole process. In addition, residents in those areas had grown tired of all the talk and no action. But, as of the Thurs., Mar. 20 PSD meeting, action did take place, as the newly identified funding source, the "Drinking Water Treatment Revolving Fund," looks promising. This governmental funding source was found and recommended by the PSD's engineering firm, Thrasher. The loan, which will he set at an only one-percent interest rate over 30 years, won't have to start to be repaid until Sept. 1,2005. Moreover, if all of the paper work and public agency approvals are expedited, the construction phase could begin as early as next spring --- April or May, 2004. Alfhough the PSD board is taking a risk by entering into a 100 percent loan program for the $2.9 million, the ultimate result should he worth the challenge. Right now the board projects that their federal prison water revenues will help them to make their monthly payments for this new system. Chairman Bill Stalnaker and PSD board members, Ed Talbott and Nelson Smith, are to he commended for pressing forward with this badly needed project. In the long run, it will ~ay for itself, thereby making that western region of the county open for new businesses and housing developments alike. And, that's where the "progress" comes in. DHC, Sr., Publisher-Editor Congratulations to Geraldine Marks/ Mrs. Geraldine Marks, of Perkins, was re- cently honored as Gilmer County's 2003 "His- tory Hero," being nominated by the Gilmer County Historical Society. In this newspaper, she is most noted for her regular "Around the Kitchen Table" column which is chuck full.of interesting historical and genealogical information about her family and the other people who live, or have lived, in her southern region of the county. For these col- umns, she has won several "Life-Styles" and social news writing awards from the West Virginia Press Association. Her columns, also, contain historic photo- graphs of the topics she discusses, thereby making these images available for the general public to enjoy. Were it not for her on-going, week-after-week, loyal writing and research, many of these pictures and stories would be lost forever. As a result, we editors, like Gilmer County Historical Society President Hunter Armen- trout, want to take this time to congratulate Geraldine for a job well done. We truly appre- ciate her efforts to bring a little color to the "history of Gilmer County by putting flesh on the bones of our ancestors. DHC, St. Spring's MRS. GERALDINE MARKS musical season at GSC ... ttl "THE STEER-XYLOPHONE?" PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE CONCERT --- Each spring, the music students at Glenville State College put on several concerts, including the upcoming spirited Percussion Ensemble performance. In fact, this year's concerts are taking place at 8 p.m. from this Thurs., Apr. 3 through Sat., Apr. 5. They will take place in the Fine Arts Building's Auditorium. As a result, Professor Emeritus George Harper, the college's retired art teacher and our award- winning cartoonist, wants to tell all of us in the general public what a good time for the whole family can be had by attending this popular annual concert. From "The Edge of (his home's) Meadow," Professor Harper can't see a more enjoyable, relaxing and entertaining musical program on the horizon, except if Farmer Bob and the cows get "in the mood." DHC, Sr. The Gien ville Democrat/Pathfinder David 14. Corcoran, Sr., Pub//sh~oYtor P.O. Box 458; 108 N. Court SL, Glenvllle, WV 26351 , ,, ~ ..... ,,,~ ,,,i , ,, , ,~,,~ PHONE 304-462-7309 FAX 304-462-7300 E-MAIL -- glenvillenewsad@rtoL~ VISA & Mastercard are now accepted