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2 The Glenville Democrat/Pethffmder " April 40 1975 ,H mH ,, H m e An essential element of a community, especially during times of change and stress, is strong and progressive leadership. Another is an aware and concerned population. These two factors, over any other determinant, influence the direction and cadence with which a community strives to meet future needs. Growth, or at least sustenance, is a fact of life many communities pay little heed to because they lack a sense of oneness and a sense of vision. There is no need here to recount the pitfalls many communities have experienced simply because they failed to take charge of their own direction. The Gilmer County Planning Commission, fulfilling their responsibility by filing an Overall Economic Development Plan, has noted the progress Gilmer County has made in 'the past 10 years. They've also noted the challenges faced in future years, some of them stiff and unyielding given the lack of financial resources to meet them. But before the money problem can be dealt with, the county as a "community" must somehow begin to fill a vacuum created by the dwindling of the most important resource of all: community leadership and concerned citizens. As the commission noted in its report, until community leaders consider a "total unified program for improvement," and until local residents become wiUing to commit themselves to substantial community involvement, the future might take care of itself. Farmers andparents know that if you leave fields and children to fend for themselves during their years of growth, their potential for fulfillment is lost. It's the same way with communities. They are living things and they need a lot of attention. a The federal government created the Housing and Urban Development (HUD} agency to help cities, villages and counties meet their growth needs with money, professional planning and other resources. It was created to help fill a need, to help units of government administer planning and economic development. Over the years, HUD has come under heavy fire as being an unwieldy, bureaucratic conundrum. favoring larger cities over smaller, financing questionable urban renewal projects, suffering from political pressures too penetrating to allow for effective assistance and planning. Over the past two weeks, local government officials have witnessed the consequences of such enfeebled performance. Decisions were made to fund development projects throughout the state with seeming disregard for HUD's own grant guidelines. In one case, a project was initially approved which appeared ineligible, according to the funding agency's own criteria. In other cases, the agency approved pro-applications which were incomplete, another violation of the agency's own criteria. .Many local citizens are bitterly disappointed with HUD's recent actions. This is not a "sour grapes" reaction by any means. It is a profound frustration with a government agency charged with dispensing taxpayers' money on a basis of need. after an established, directed pattern. That HUD appeared to disregard that responsibility can only serve to hurt that agency's effectiveness and give credence to disclaimers voiced by government critics. At 109 E. Main St. Gkmvilte. ~ 211361 Second-Class ~ paid at GlenviHe and at additional mailing offices. Subscription price ~16.00 plus 15 cents sale tax in Gilmer County: other West Virginia residents $5.50 plus 17 cents mx Out of state subscriptions $5.00. Can not accept subscriptions for less than S months. JIM JACOBS .................................... EDITOR JOAN LAYNE ................. CIRCULATION MANAGER I I . I II II I by Ion ]acobs Folks of the Upper Fork River Watershed Association in Lewis County have a motto: WE ARE NOT BLIND TO PROGRESS. BUT OPPOSE BLIND PROGRESS. It's a good motto. We agree on another sentiment, too. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is Dam crazy. If I had a dollar for every person driven from his land by Corps engineers playing beaver, I'd be as rich as Scrooge McDuck. There have been many tragic stories written about land. homes and memories the Corps has dammed assunder, all in the name of PROGRESS. One which I saw develop was. the Kinzua Dam project just north of the Seneca Indian Allegheny reservation in Pennsylvania. which resulted in the periodic flooding of 9,000 acres of sacred, not to say habitable, tribal land. Lewis County folks would like to prevent another horror story from developing: construction of a high-rise Stonewall Jackson Dam on the West Fork River at Brownsville, two miles southeast of Weston. According to Ken Parker, president of the 725-member Water- shed Association, 30,000 or more acres would be required for the project, driving between 1,500 and 2,000 persons from their homes. Four hundred farms and tracts of arable land will be seriously or totally affected, and the Corps pays only for straight acreage and dwellings, nothing more. As of July, 1974, cost of the project is estimated at $106 million. preserved, farm land would remain undisturbed, and the great contro- versy over the value of minerals in the area avoided, The small dam system would provide the needed flood control, water storage, and recrea- tion, it has been argued. Another sore point is that public meetings on the project since its inception 40 years ago have been held either in Clarksburg or Washington, D.C. There was no provision for local input, criticism or opposition. Yet, according to S. Thomas Bond, a concerned citizen, the Weston Independent ran a county-wide survey regarding construction of the high-rise dam and 70 per cent of the 100 respondents were opposed. In addition, the Weston County missioners have never declared for the Corps project. Fortunately, the project remains in a state of limbo. Gov. Arch Moore hasn't signed a recreation cost-shar- ing contract that the Corps must have before it proceeds. In addition, the Upper West Fork Watershed Association, comprised primarily of families who would lose their homes and land to the proiect, has filed an injunction against the dam and is also seeking to require the corps to file a new environmental impact statement. The project was first proposed in 1936. Also, State Agriculture Commis- sioner Gus Douglas has suggested that the Corps and the Soil Conservation Service study the alternative of small watershed dams. The watershed dam approach has been successful on the Poca River, it has been reasoned, so why not in Lewis County? As for the argument that dam The purpose of the project is to construction signals boom times, Bond reduce flooding in Weston and on argues that: downstream. Sometime in the early Summers Count, site of the " 1960s it was learned, that,for flood lu one thW' protection alone, the proiect would are new industries and the decline not be worthwhile. Since then, an outdoor recreation angle has been attached, despite the fact that the Burnsville Dam, a very similar Corps proiect, is only 20 minutes away on 1-79. Parker has written an impressive, lengthy condemnation of the proposed demand reservoir, too crammed with facts to be faithfully reproduced in full. His group is trying to get an evaluation of the merits of alternate proposals, primarily construction of a series of earthen dams on tributaries of the West Fork. The small dam system would require relocation of relatively few in population from 1960 to 1970 was 15.5 per cent. In Nicholas County, site of the Summersville Dam, the population decline was 11.3 per cent in the same decade. And in Taylor County, where the Grafton Dam has been in place for several decades {and the county has the second advantage of excellent railroad connections) there has not been a significant amount of new new industry since 1937, and the county has lost one-third of its population. As Parker says in his introductory remarks, "if the Corps is left unchecked, there will be approximate- , % Barbara Williams When 1 was in college (many moons attempted to be, a very introspective creature. lists of people who had "done me right" {my those with whom I was especially at odds to chart my weekends, and ] user] to carry book in which I scribbled Small ]oys in Life and in Life. Now, i've learned a good bit since then. dangerous to keep any list or chart that could you if found. That eliminates both people chart (not that I needed the weekend chart, two lists, though, are worth a bit more humble opinion (and since it's My column...} lust think for a minute about some of the give you a nice feeling, like a bowl of wintery day, or a fuzzy blanket, or a clean baby, or a hug from somebody mce, grass that crunches, or finding a perfect pine fireplace, or Fridays. And the pains? Well, how about a gravel inI I itch when you're in the middle of a sophistic$~ growly stomach during the prayer m church, s~i nervous stomach near your freshly-washed car, a~ realization that you have iust developed a case ~. C you're wearing navy, a strong urge to giggle in ~ip serious meeting, an argument with somebody w~'l you and you know it, and on and on. Try kee~Wt~ day-you'll be surprised at the small things that ~= your mood. One of my personal favorite small quiche {pronounced "'Keesh", unless you're with a long O, unless you are). A quiche is a in a crust, generally containing either bacon onions, and some sort of cheese, Hopefully. this one will be one of your small week: Bacon-corn quiche Unbaked 9" pie shell with high edge 1 teaspoon butter or margarine, softened I pound sliced bacon I large onion, chopped 1 cup finely shredded Swiss cheese o i~i] 2 eggs. slightly beaten 1 can {17 ounches} cream-style corn Freshly ground pepper Dash of cayenne 2/3 cup undiluted evaporated milk. Rub inside of pie shell with the butter Saute' bacon until crisp, then drain well, fat. Set aside 6 slices bacon and crumble onion in reserve fat Z to 3 minutes, add spread in pie shell. Sprinkle with ~ cup cheese, the eggs, corn. pepper to taste and ca~ stir into corn mixture and pour into shell. Bake in degree F. oven 10 minutes. Turn oven 325 degrees F. and bake 20 minutes. Arrange on top and bake 5 minutes longer. Cool servings. Gilmer Conty Cale far Friday. April 4 - Disabled Americu meeting, 8 p.m. Putnam's Restaurant. Friday, April 4 - Glhne County Town Hail, 7:3O p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April S, e- Wind II Hying Festival. Hays City. entries ob~ Wildwood Flower, Main St.', GJenviile. Saturday. April 5 - Sing. Pisgalt Church, Rt. S, 7:30 p.m. Saturday- Monday. April 8-10 - Laad~ City Hall, 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by C_dlm~ Bureau. Monday, April 10 - Bloodmobile ballroom, nooa to 6 p.m. Spmmm'ed by individuals and remove none of the ly 62 hi-rise dams in West Virginia. Red C.ta Chapter. . land from the county tax rolls. Many Can we afford to have our great state miles of free flowing streams would beused in this manner?" j~ " Community Wednesday, Monday, Buildinll, April April 4:3021-2212 p.m. - R~''p .. All Mobile dinner '-" ~1= You ~ ,, Adm t ae m b=se.tscommeUng l "'"'" ',[.. , NiliWaDOilHiilDI ii Notice is a munici To the Editor: Our legislature's first priority was to appropriate itself a 45 percent increase in pay. Recently the legislature recommended" and passed a 5 percent increase for teachers. Teachers who are professionals, work 180 days a year instead of the 60 days the legislature "'works." but we are only given the scraps after the legislature has feasted. We can no longer remain passive - our lawmakers should not be allowed to sacrifice the education of our children tn their own personal greed. Education should not and need not be sacrificed for any reason, whether it be because of our legislatures' personal interest, the community's personal interest {higher taxes) in failing to pass a school bond. or as one letter to your paper suggested, the virtues of the country life which necessitated the sacrificing of education. The time has come for all thinking people of this community and state to reevaluate the procedures by which their teachers are taught, selected, and paid. Our children ,are our most valuable resources and our only hope for the future, Barbara Wbltln Teacher To the Editor: As is my custom about this time each week. l was pursuing the contents of your paper and noted an article with reference to the election of officers of the Glenviile Rotary Club. Also, noted the listing of the c arter members noW, living, ! Believe you named my good friends: I. Ernest Arbuck[e, ....... Withers and Paul Woodford. but left me out. --L" * Earle W. Bennett South Charleston the town of Layopolis (Sand Fork} will be II Tuesday in June (June 3, 1975), for electing a mayor, recorder and five rne council. Persons desiring to seek these offices l the recorder up to and including May 3, Ii C/aud/a Notice is hereby given that a the City of Glerndlle will be held the June (June 3, 1975), for the purpose of a recorder and five members of the eech of five v rds. Persons desiring to seek these that they may file with the recorder up to May 3, 1975. Filing fees are: For recorder, $10.00; for member of