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\ \\ - College's presidential search, businesses & Dr. Manley 's Farm chairman of Glen - Board of Governors, or nominations were received. applications was March 7, 119, the Search Committee made its initial selec- ts that the timetable which and public .'final candidates will take hethinks may narrow the search ~candidates rather than the pus the last time input on this selection liege during this : boom ahem the economic m this other that I missed. I when someone essary informa- toJ & j Variety Store in the J and J people's Eikins and daughter, re- as "Joyce and Janice The Corcoran Gregory" which was wrong, wrong, wrong, but I wasn't scolded for the gaffe by these nice ladies. I should have known better than to trust my memory because the Janice Gre- gory, whom I know, is married to Raymond, the service manager for Ballard's Chevy in Weston. Nevertheless, the owners of J & J Variety are ready to greet you at their old-fashioned variety store on East Main Street across from the Glenville Post Office. It's definitely worth the visit. I recently chatted with Mrs. Shiela Ham- tie, who used to be the owner of Trash 'N' Treasures. She went out of business and took a job with the new Glenville Citgo which is located right next door to her old store. We wish her well, but miss her colorful store. Looks like someone is opening up another Italian restaurant in the old Mary's Pizzeria building on Lewis Sweet. More on that later. The Manley Farm Of course, the best place for new commer- cial, industrial, and housing developments in this region is the old Manley Farm which lies across the Little Kanawha River from both downtown Glenville and the Hays City busi- ness district. At the Thurs., Mar. 20 Gilmer County Economic Development Association meet- ing, Mr. Jim Fealy, executive director, reit- erated that the state Highway Dept. won't build a bridge to the farm unless a major employer is committed to the property. Gienville Mayor R. Wayne Richmond refers to it as the "chicken and egg" dilemma. "Which comes first," he inquires, "The chicken or the eggT' In the case of the Manley Farm, the bridge can't he constructed until a major employer is found, while, on the other hand, a major employer won't commit to the property unless a bridge is there. That's the dilemma! Now, Dr. Louis Manley, the farm's owner, tells me that Mr. Mike Greenlee, a Spencer realtor and the farm's developer, is out fishing for a major anchor store for the prop- erty. Moreover, Mr. Greenlee just about has one on the hook. Since fishing season should he gearing up locally soon, we wish Dr. Man- icy and Mr. Greenlee "good fishing." We really hope that they get "the big one." Since there is no time like the present, letme introduce Dr. Louis Manley, of Glenville and Florida, as our third "Guest Editor for this newspaper" following in the footsteps of County Commission President Larry Chap- man and Board of Education member Tommy Rafliff. Indeed, Dr. Manley's writings show a lot of vision and wisdom about Glenville, Gilmer County, and economic and social develop- ment. Please read on! key to niot one who has said that as Sot it made!" zed, demeaned, Vnaligned person in any sanle time, he or she is up-to- must have the balance of the civi- mPite of the above, I want a Day" my best shot. purpose is to & Gilmer County's who feel like Gilmer County is a superior It is the "people and trade," as well as place to live. forward-thinkers. The "Vision Plan for Glen- Changes in air ville," while perhaps having some question- Evolution, time, and outside circumstances, able factors in its framework, is a bountiful community that it used to be. Fer good or bad, which has been pushed by the Gilmer County it is now becoming a "City," so it must com- pete in a city-like fashion. For example, in the downtown, most of the "Mom-and-Pop" businesses have changed hands. With the education received at the local public schools and GSC, young people Economic Developmem Association and our Coumy 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 I have about Glen- can now engage in new businesses not thought future, of before this High Tech Age, thereby not 31enville, it was a being forced to leave the county after gradu- i~h;Ya~:; anli~r:u]atin'vacillatedOf curse'both uPthe cunty'Sand down,PpulatindependinghaSon COmmunity. The work-countless variables over the years. were down- New vs. Old GlenvUle 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 be unlocked and made available for Gilmer County's future development arm welfare. In- 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 comprehend that built. TbOa e:lse on a therebelievearethat athOSereturnin theto theCOmmunity,,Good OidthatDays,,Still liminary appraisals and found a suitableThe state's DOH has already done itsloca.pre- 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- back then, with a springing up like never before. Housing will sary for this expansion to take place. For working expand dramatically due to the new federal instance, in conjunction with Spencer devel- |mellectual education, prison. New faces -- those of children and oper Mike Greenlee, I foresee sites for a new first generation families --- are currently filtering into the college building, residential housing, condo- the college county and region. Most importantly,jobs are miniums, commercial shops, and clean indus- a more diverse being created to help the young people grow tries. in theircareers while remaining in theirhome- But, to make this all happen --- or to open y and Marge towns, the door to unthought of progress for Glen- former generations, Truly, Glenville is in the process of chang- vile and Gdmer County, the area's people . Therethe college andare others, too,cm" ingwhatfrom amakesSmalla city?town to "a real city." Continued on page 5 oldtimer -- familiar beverage over The sassafras tree was recognize because the :, and when I moved to find a small g it could I dug up what Over the years I got for a couple of sum- Now I against the foun- Festival, the Gilmer served sassafras from porch of the Holt House. Enthusiasm was lively, so at tim member- ship meeting recently, we voted to do it agam this year. Gary Coberly advised, "It is too late. The roots have to be dug in February." I countered, "Well, it was cold until just last week. I'll dig roots and see." So, on our warmest day in March, I dug down about a foot around the smallest volun- teer tree, and never did get to the taproot. Oh, but my test tea was delicious! My memory was that every spring Dad came in with roots and we had the tea for several weeks. Now I've learned that other families have done it differently ! Bob Cain of Tanner thinks his father dug the roots at any time but dried them before making tea. Now, we need advice. Does it matter ffthe roots are dug in the cold of winter, or if it is done after the sap is rising, or maybe at any time? Is the tea better if the roots are dried before being used, or better if used fresh? Are medicinal claims made for it and, if so, what? Additionally, I am sure there is no way that I can come up with roots enough to make tea for Folk Festival aficionados. Is there some- one reading this who would dig more? To volunteer advice or roots, call Margaret Moss at the Historical Society Holt House at 462-4295. She is open Monday through Satur- day from 10 to 1. Or e-mail me at fran schmetzer @ , chance to catch our deep appreciation so fervently this College. as all of Gilmer quesuon soon facing budget dif- of our college another school, or status. The 131-year Central West Virginia ', to an end. session ended,. - as an inde- its own presi- expresses dent and board of governors, and retaining five key associate degree programs. Had we been offered such an arrangement in January, we would have jumped at it. That, in itself, is a measure of just how successful our efforts have been. The favorable outcome for Glenville State is a direct result of the hard-working team 1 mentioned at the start of this letter: a strategic partnership that included state legislators, college leaders, alumni and friends. I am proud to have worked in support of this team, and I want to thank its members publicly. At the risk of accidently omitting anyone's name, I would like to specifically credit the workofState Senators Bill Sharpe, Joe Minard, Walt Helmick and Mike Ross, the Delegates Bill Stemple and Brent Boggs. And here in appreciation Giimer County, we are grateful for the strong effort put forth by Presidem Thomas H. Pew- ell and Board of Governors Chairman R. Terry Butcher, as well as Marjorie Burke, Ronald Blankenship, 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 8 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 Glenviile's water system to Cedar Creek and, then, on out to the Norman- town and Stumptown areas along Routes 33/I 19. 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. ~] ie.d/P~ai~dGt h~]i! ~P~7 r~! rPa U~i ~ ~wm~r i~Yeiho~i : process. In addition, residents in those areas had grown tired of all the talk and no action. governmental funding source was found and recommended by the PSD's engineering firm, Thrasher. The loan, which will be 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. Although the PSD board is taking a risk by entering into a 1 O0 percent loan program for be commended for pressing forward with this badly needed project. In the long run, it will loaYu:O: l elvfe pmely:alkii'ln: th Co n y oeP on Orinew businesses and Congratulations to Mrs. Geraldine Marks, of Perkins, was re- cently honored as Gilmer County's 2003 "His- tory Hero," being nominated by the Gilmer Coumy 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 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, Sr. DHC, Sr., Publisher-Editor Geraldine Marks! MRS. GERALDINE MARKS Spring's musical season at GSC ... FARM BOY S INGENUITY? EDGE OF THE STAGE-EDGE OF THE STAGE EDGE0 "I'1 "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- g /anl ytc telll: gfa slay tl teg%nnegalthPiUb uha: agnu al 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. .... j Jl~ /J I The Glenville Democrat~Pathfinder David 14. Corcoran, St',, I~bll~er-Editor P.O. Box 458; 108 N. Court St., GlenvHle, WV 26351 p.o.~~-r~ .......... FAX 304-462-7300 - E-MAIL VISA & Mastercard are now accept I t t I t 1 in Y / ( .... I "+ III1111 I III I~