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-  / _- IIIMIIJ|I : - _ =_! IIIMM|WlMMI The Common Place is open; the downtown, advancing, &amp; Happy Easter! Last weekend. I went to Pittsburgh on business, had a chance to walk around and appreciate the downtown's uniqueness, and noted several similarities to Glenville. before everyone in that city's was stunned by the tragedy of three police officers being killed during what-was-thought-to-be a routine do- mestic disturbance call. I suspect that my walk-through was m- spired by the work of Donna Waddell, our Gilmer County Family Resource Network (FRN) executive director who has a real positive vision for downtown Glenville's fu- ture development. Recently, she gave me a list of long-term vision statements about our downtown that can be applied to any like place anywhere. including Pittsburgh. First of all. future visions of a downtown don't close businesses. Some people miscon- strued my page one article of last week to indicate that The Common Place Restau- rant was closing. This is not true. It is still open for business, and Peggy and Fred Moore. along with their daughter, Kelly Radcliff. continue to invite anyone who wants to eat good food there to keep on coming in. Donna Waddell's FRN grant for establish- ing a River Packet Museum and Park in that restaurant area is still in the process of being worked on by the appropriate governmental officials. In other words, no official announce- ments have been made. and when and if they are, it will be a long time before any actual The Corcoran Column By David H. Corcoran Publisher-Editor brick 'n' mortar construction segments are begun. Like in Pittsburgh, the City Fathers there wanted to enlarge the small Ft. Duquesne Historical Park to include more nearby green space, thereby making it better for occasional tourists and regular daily users. It was years before the architects could draw up the plans. the project put out for bidding, and the actual work to begin. N.ow. there's one big construc- tion zone withholding anyone from entering it. but in the next few months, perhaps it will be completed and ready to be opened to the general public, once again. So.just because there are planning sessions going on now between various county and city governmental groups, as well as the FRN and other agencies and downtown revitaliza- tion volunteer groups, doesn't mean that busi- ness is stopping downtown anywhere. In fact, several new businesses are being started up as I write this very column. More news about them will be forthcoming, when the owners are ready for their grand openings. I can relay to you information about two of them one is a crafts shop and the other, a laundramat, both located in the Old Bob Arnold Building across East Main Street from the Post Office. Be looking for them to open, vhenever an article of announcement or ad- vertisement appears in this newspaper. Another point in Donna's listing is that downtowns are distinct from other commer- cial settings. Downtowns normally have the old store, office, apartment, and warehousing buildings; many of which are historical gems, while any city's newer commercial buildings appear outside of the downtown and have plenty of parking space. I marvel at the vari- ous architectural styles, such as Roman and Greek Revival. French Renaissance, Federal, Modern, etc., that Pittsburgh offers visitors to admii'e. Now, in Glenville, if we could go back in time about 75 years, you'd probably see that same variety of styles here. A third point: a downtown represents the heritage of a community. So true with Glen- ville the Little Kanawha River and its glen created Glenville,just like Pittsburgh as founded at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers to form the Ohio. Both are unique heritages. Fourthly, downtowns, Donna says, are multifunctional. Yes, they are not just com- mercial centers, but also the gathering ploces Continued on page 5A Bills are in committees; Gov. has revised budget By Brent Boggs, State Delegate (Gilmer-Braxton ) I was able to get home from the Capitol late on Friday evening, and spent Saturday doing the first mowing of the season. At first glance, I almost talked myself into letting it go for a week, but after picking up a barrel of arm- sized sticks and limbs that Chuck "retrieved" on his own during the winter. I decided to get motivated and spent the afternoon getting a good head-start on the 2009 mowing season. The 2009 Legislative session, however, is apparently in store for a change in the usual schedule. As Governor Joe Manchin has revised the H ................ revenue esumates for the second time since present- ing his budget on the first day of the session, it ap- pears that we may adjourn until sometime in mid to late May for the budget and other matters. If this holds true, the session may not be extended after Sat., Apr. 11. as is usually the case, for the budget and other issues as placed on a special call by the Gov- ernor. This sh6uld be determined by mid- week. As of Fri.. Apr. 3 at noon, a total of 2,110 bills have been introduced during the 2009 Regular Session of the 79th Legislature. House Bills total 1,340 with 173 having passed the House. and Senate Bills total 770 with 204 of them passing the Senate. Focus in the House will now turn to the many Senate bills under consideration for final passage. Here is the status of just a few of the bills pending before either the House or Senate. They include: HB 2868 is designed to offer a tax break to West Virginia parents of children with au- tism. The legislation which has now advanced to the Senate would Credit parents against their state income taxes for money, which they have set aside for helping to pay for their child's care. The bill would allow for trust accounts for those funds and would offer an annual credit worth up to $2,000. HB 2335 relating to the federal Yellow Ribbon G.I. Education Enhancement Pro- gram." The bill is now in Senate Finance. HB 2464 authorizing county commis- sions to designate locations for early voting other than the courthouse or annex. The bill is in Senate Judiciary. HB 2504 establishing the Silver Alert Plan, an alert system for missing cognitively impaired persons.' in the Senate Health Com- mittee. HB 2870 extending the buyback dead- line provision provided under the Teachers' Defined Contribution System to the state Teachers "Retirement System," in Senate Fi- nance. HB 2931 removing a portion of the severance tax on timber in the years 2010 through 2013. in Senate Finance. HB 2968 requiring the State Fire Com- mission to establish safety standfirds for liq- uefied petroleum gas systems, in Senate Judi- ciary. HB 3158 assisting volunteer fire depart- ments and full-time firefighters. The House bill sent to the Senate does not raise any taxes or premiums on insurance. For volunteer firefighters, it would allow the formation of LOSAP's or Length of Service Programs. The funding would come from excess liquor prof- its and not become part of any state pension program or long-term obligation. If imple- mented, it may be a real plus for our volunteer fire departments to recruit and retain mem- bers. I hope the Senate considers this impor- tant legislation and moves it forward this week. HB 3195 -- preserving important funding for county health departments, including the current funding formula. Meanwhile. in rec- ognition of the ongoing funding crisis that our county health departments are experiencing, I am working with the Speaker and Finance Chairman to search the budget for additional funding. We cannot afford to allow a further decline in the public health services that are provided in each county. SB 279 relating to industrial accidents and emergency response regulations, in House Judiciary. SB 327 relating to mini-truck registra- tion and operation, in House Roads and Trans- portation; then Judiciary. SB 405 -- relating to Grandparents' visita- tion" on first reading, in the House. SB 770 relating to Regional Jail Author- lty excess funds, in House Finance. Finally, the Iowa Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act in their state has not impacted our law in West Virginia. In fact, the Iowa Supreme Court is appointed, verses the WV Supreme Court which is elected by and accountable to the citizens of West Vir- ginia. I believe the difference in being an appointed court and one that is elected and accountable to the citizens could not be more striking. This week, there is a strong possibility that an Interim study resolution will be introduced to look further at this issue over the next seveFl months and make a recommendation to the Legislature later this year. This is an important issue and one that needs addressed. Already, one of the main groups in favor the amendment has endorsed the idea of an in- terim study. More on this next week. How to contact me! Please address your mail to the Capitol office at: Building 1, Room 228-M, Charles- ton. WV 25305. My constituent services num- ber is 340-3352: office telephone number is 340-3220 or fax to 340-3213. For those with Internet access, my e-mail address is Boggs34@aol.com You also may obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and other information from the Legislature's web site at http:// www.legis.state, wv. us/If you write or leave a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inqutry and any details you can provide. Additional informa- tion, including agency links and state govern- ment phone directory may be found at www. wv. g ov Remember to thank a veteran for their ser- vice to our nation and continue to remember our troops at home and abroad and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers. Until next week, take caret :::: :: :: ::: :: :: ! ::::: :: :::::::!:: ::: i:::: :: :!i :ii '!:: ::: ::: : :  : ......... ::i!: !: <!::: :: ::- .......... ::  : e:::-:!#i:::::!;:: ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: :!::::::;?i::i!;://::;:: ::i::::::::; ;::i:: :::::::::::::::::::::::::ii::ii: :::::::::::::::::::::::::::;;il;i;:ii:: :::::::::;i :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Eettersto Ed=tor00.. I .......... :::.::: : .:: .::::.:::.: :::.::.: .:::.: ......................................................... Small schools consolidation doesn't work/ Dear Editor, Having formerly edited the Glenville Demo- crat and Pathfinder. I am keenly aware of how polarized a community can become about certain issues. It would only be fair for me to make it clear that I am a small schools, anti-consolidation advocate I have seldom seen a consolidation that worked well. The exceptions are consoli- dations a majority of the community at large favored bringing two or more schools to- gether. Riverside High in Kanawha County would be a good example of a positive con- solidation. On the other hand. I have watched commu- nities destroyed and long-standing allegiances ruined by consolidation. As I attempted to tell people in Gilmer County 40 years ago, when high school consolidation came, it was not just Normantown. Sand Fork and Troy that lost their high schools. Glenville 10st theirs as well. There is simply little "ownership" in a county high school. Participation and atten- dance at athletic and other extracurricular events will prove the truth of that statement. Anecdotally, my late father, Carl Gregory, was a member of the school board that voted for high school consolidation. He and I argued about the plan for months as he insisted that information provided by the state department of education indicated it was cost-prohibitive to continue operating four high schools. Little did he know that subsequent years would discover that no cost-savings ever occur in a consolidation. If nothing else. transportation costs outweigh any realized savings. In Lincoln County four years ago, state officials gave up on their claims that consoli- dating four high schools there would save money. They then tried to convince the.locals that the curriculum would improve. That has proved false, as well. I recall when Ritchie County's former high schools had some of the best bands in the state. Now, they're fortunate to have enough students to form a band. Students need to feel a part of the school in order to participate in wholesome activities that mold their overall characters. It may sound like a clich6, but it is true: small schools foster better relationships be- tween teachers, administrators and students. At least, at a small school, the teacher knows who Little Johnny is. At a big school, he is just a number on the roll. If he fails tests, nobody Letter continued on page 5A Editorials Badly neeaea - Gilmer County Commission aims to re-start County's Clean-ups County Comtnission Presidem Larry Chapman and his fellow commissioners. Dave Hess and Brian Kennedy, are to be commended for opening the door to reinstitute the Annual Gilmer County Clean-up Campaign. Discarded Tire Clean-up. or Make It Shine Days. As one can see by our roadsides and in some front yards this spring, the litter problem continues to make itself a nuisance for living in and appreciating this county's natural beauty, not to lbrget that littering is a crime and if the perpetrators are caught, they are assessed a hefty fine. At the same time. the County Commission can't do this clean-u p task comprehensively by itself: the job is just too big for County Government to handle. Our next clean-ups truly need to become a priority of every ciuzen of the county, each group signing onto the Highway Beautification Clean-ups, the local commumty, civic, church, and youth groups, the federal prison's employees, and our schools and the College. A joint effort is the only way progress can be made in restoring our county's natural and scenic beauty. Coupled with this. our law enforcement agencies need to go after litterers with an eagle's eyes and a zero tolerance attitude. Travis Cooper and Gregory Rote. two representatives with the state's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and its newly-energized REAP Program, appeared before the Commissioners to review REAP's mandates and related matters. (REAP is the statewide anti-litter and junk car clean-up campaign made noteworthy by Governor Joe Manchin's late uncle, the colorful State Delegate A. James Manchin, of Marion County. He made this beautification enhancement project a great success under the administra- tion of Governor Arch Moore. Jr.. in the mid- 1970s. However. over the years, people lost interest in it without an energetic head. so Governor Manchin is now rightly trying to revive it.) Addressing the commissioners at a March meeting, these two Charleston visitors outlined that the county needs to "self-motivate" in different aspects of litter control. such as forming a Litter Control Task Force, working more closely with local law enforcement officers, and. perhaps, designating a Litter Control Officer, who can be on the job. at least, part-time. The DEP representatives also suggested that the county may want to adopt an alternative sentencing program, whereby inmates would be used to help with the clean- ups a much cheaper method than using contract labor. In addition, they recommended a river clean-up as. outlining that all the county needs to provide is the volunteers. DEP provides the boats and the clean-up supplies. DEP's advice seems ideal, especially because they will furnish the supplies for both the river and county-wide clean-ups. That enticing deal is hard to beat! As a result, the Gilmer County Commissione has now established a date for the Metal & Appliance Clean-up, that being from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sat., May 2 +at the Kinney Shoe Factory/Speneo Building on SR 5 West in Gienville. See related page 1 story. Kudos to our Gilmer County Commissioners for taking the bull by the horns on this important beautification, health and safety-related issue! Keep up the good work, Commissioners Chapman. Hess, and Kennedy; you have our editorial support! DHC, Sr., Publisher-editor Congratulations - GSC Professor Paul Peck earns 'Math Teacher of the Year Award' Congratulations to Glenville State College's Associate Professor. Paul Peck. for beiffg honored as the "2009 College mathematics Teacher of the Year" by the West Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics (WVCTM). This high honor was bestowed on Professor Peck during the WVCTM's annual meeting on March 19-20 at the Days Inn in Flatwoods ........ The WVCTM a statewide organization advocates the best practices in math- ematics instruction for students in West Virginia. The council is devoted to encouraging an active interest in mathematics and to improving instruction in mathematics at all levels: elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as with the teacher training programs in colleges. WVCTM is an affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Because good mathematics teachers are scarce and badly-needed all across America, it's most reassuring that Glenville State College has a high quality math instructor in Paul Peck. With the shortage of math and natural science teachers in this nation, more dedicated and knowledgeable teachers, like Mr. Peck, are needed in order to teach. motivate, and produce mathematics teachers for the public schools. We editors would, therefore, encourage all of Glenville State's teaching majors to try to emulate Professor Peck's enthusiasm and knowledge for his subject by studying hard to master those important mathematical concepts and formulas. Learning math isn't an easy task: do you readers remember trying to comprehend Trigonometry, Calculus, Geometry, Abstract Algebra, and Statistics? They are all challenging subjects, but, once mastered, they can open many doors, hot just in those subjects, but also in the other natural sciences, research, economics, and business. For example, some of the world's greatest economists (which we also badly need to solve today's financial quagmire), like Bluefield's Nobel Prize-winning economist John Nash, was primarily a mathematician to start off. So. our highest commendations are warmly extended to Paul Peck, a veteran GSC educator and a most deserving "Mathematics Teacher of the Year" in West Virginia! DHC, St. Edge of the __.C_.__0_4__. b,y George .HarpBr 5+:-::: :/: :::: .:/:: : b ::::: ..... :: .......... : P.O.Box 458 * :108 N. CourtSt,:* Glenville, WV 26351 ::::: : : PHONE 304-462-7309 ...... ?/.;: : :Gheck:.out:our Web Site: www.glenviilenews.corn I 30z162,7300, E,:MAIL.-- glenviilenewsad@rtoLnet ::::::: :: :::::- ::::: ::lSA:&Mastercatd arenow accepted