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Page 4 - Thursday, April 9, 2015- The GlenvUle Democrat The Glenville Pathfinder- Glenville, WV 26351 County Commission cont'd ... "'" Area Briefs .. Continued from page l ofthis, the Commissioners also chose to over$18,000.Withthisextremebilladded Foodland "Close to adopt April 2015 as Alcohol Awareness Month. Upon returning to routine business items, the Commissioners approved the County Commission minutes from the Mar. 13 and Mar. 20 meetings as written. Commission President Larry Chapman also made note that the Gilmer County Recreation Center's Feb. 17 meeting min- utes and the Unsafe Buildings and Lands Enforcement Agency's Feb. 12 meeting minutes are available for public review at the Courthouse. The Commissioners rounded out rou- tine business with reviewing and approv- ing invoices. While going over the bills, it was mentioned that the Gilmer County jail bill for the month of February was Jessica Greenlief, from the Gilmer County Family Resource Network, was present to proclaim April 2015 as "Child Abuse Prevention Month." Ms. Greenlief stated that children are our "most valuable, and most vulnerable resource" and we must set the best examples possible for them by showing them love and safety every day. The Commissioners chose to adopt this proclamation. Sarah Harper, of Minnie Hamiliton Health System, was also present at this meeting to proclaim April 2015 a s "Alco- hol Awareness Month." With the infor- mation Ms. Harper provided, we need to make sure to educate children and adults as much as possible on the side affects and potential hazards from drinking. Because Kids Count Gilmer & Surrounding Gilmer County ahead in attempts to keep students from falling behind five years, while 54% of all other college students do not graduate within that same period. "We all want the best for every child born in West Virginia, no matter what the family's income. Yet we know that socioeconomic status ac- counts for more of the achievement differences in language, vocabulary and other academic skills than any other factor by far," said Margie Hale, Executive Director of KIDS COUNT. "This persistent achievement gap not only hurts kids; it hurts our ability to have a thriving economy. The good news is there are proven solutions to this problem. For instance, invest- ments:in high-quality childcare and regular increases in the minimum wage are among the best tools we have for closing the achievement gap and seeing meaningful economic growth in West Virginia." West Virginia has already made a number of important investments in closing the achievement gap, includ- ing expansion of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Med- icaid, and a commitment to early in- tervention programs, like Birth to Three and Help Me Grow. The state's Pre-K program for four-year-olds and the recent work of the West Virginia Early Childhood Planning Task Force are also highlighted as examples of important progress. The KIDS COUNT report also calls for greater public investments in high- quality early child development pro- By David H. Corcoran, Jr., General Manager According to recently-released 2014 WV Kids Count data, one in three West Virginia children (32%) under age six lives in a family with an income below the federal poverty level. That means 38,000 of the state's' youngest kids are at-risk of starting school significantly behind their wealthier classmates and never catch- ing up. In fact, Gilmer County ranked 14 out of West Virginia's 55 counties, considering 10 different metrics. Put- nam County came out at the number one (best) ranking and McDowell County was at the bottom of the list at #55. Looking at the countrywide rank- ings, West Virginia was 37 th out of 50 states with Massachusetts at the top and Mississippi at the bottom. Eleven different metrics were stud- ied to get these rankings, such as fourth and eighth grade reading and math scores; high school dropout rates; children born to teen mothers; and children born to mothers with less than 12 years schooling. For regional comparisons: Doddridge County ranked 10 t in the study; Ritchie 2Th; Braxton 33; Cal- houn 37; and Roane 45 t. The resource (available at www.wvkidscount.org) includes de- tails how income affects achievement, grams. Examples of those kinds of and what can b done to give eeer/i,pro, gi :helude F'ahaily Resource West Virginia child afar .:sl at Netvbs FRNs)._Starting Points Family Resource Networks, childcare programs, Head Start and expansion of Pre-K to include all of the state's three-year-olds. Currently, 80% of West Virginia's three-year-olds are not enrolled in pre-school, which is one of the contributing factors in the statCs consistently poor education ranking (46th in the nation in 2014) by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. KIDS COUNT also recommends adopting policies that ensure family economic security. Examples of those family-friendly policies include earned paid sick leave, an increased minimum wage and a West Virginia Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The Data Book can be downloaded free at www.wvkidscount.org. In ad- dition to the statewide profile of child well-being, the publication also in- cludes county-by-county profiles and rankings along with key facts related to early child development in West Virginia. success. Gaps in achievement can be seen as early as 18 months old, when low-income toddlers are already sev- eral months behind their peers in terms of their vocabularies, and it persists throughout elementary school, middle school, high school and college. In West Virginia, there is a 24% gap between low-income 4th gradei:s who are not proficient in reading and their wealthier classmates. Doddridge County has the largest reading profi- ciency gap between poor and non- poor students at nearly 44%. State- wide, there is a 23% gap between low-income 8th graders who are not proficient in math and students who are not poor. And the percent of poor kids who drop out of school is more than twice as high as the percent of non-poor students who drop out. The achievement gap persists into the col- lege years. Seventy-two percent of students who receive Pell Grants (i.e, are low-income) do not graduate in in, the Commissioners approved a total of $106,188.36 in invoices during this meet- ing. Unfinished business was next on the agenda. First on this was the renewal of the Office of Emergency Management's Personnel Contracts. The Commissioners noted that some cuts had been made dur- ing the budgeting process, but they chose to table this matter until further discus- sions were made regarding the cuts in this office and the budget that has been estab- lished. The E-911 letter contract was signed and approved in the amount of $35,000 per year. The contract includes taking phone calls from Glenville State College also. Commission President Chapman noted that the City of Glenville send the Commission approximately $750 per month to cover their portion of the ser- vices. Under new business, the Commission- ers designated April as "Fair Housing Month," per a resolution they received in the mail. Next under this part of the meeting's agenda was the proposed WV Counties Risk Pool Property, Casualty and Work- ers Compensation Policy for the 2015-16 year. After reviewing the figures for last year on this policy, the Commissioners learned that the amount of it has gone up this year and they chose to table the matter until the next meeting when they can further review the policy. After that, the Commissioners were presented a letter from Hayden Harper Energy regarding the sale of the Recre- ation Center's Oil and Gas lease rights to K. Petroleum Inc. (KPI). The Commis- sioners requested that the attorney check more into it before making a decision on it. Cindy Wilson, former employee of the County Commission, was on the agenda requesting payment for seven unused va- cation days. The Commissioners immedi- ately approved this request. Last under new business, the Commis- sioners made note of their receipt of the Gilmer County Board of Health's Finan- cial Audit for fiscal year ended June 30, 2014. With only one matter of business to take care of, the Willard Cottrill Estate, the Commissioners chose to recess until Special Fiduciary, Linda Huff's appoint- ment at 10:00 a.m. Immediately after returning from the 15 minute recess, Ms. Huff requested an executive session to discuss the Willard Cottrill Estate with the Commissioners. After the 25-minute session, the public was invited back to the meeting where the Commissioners stated that no action had been taken during the executive session, but they did choose to accept the account- ing and make the estate of Mr. Cottrill public at that time. Mrs. Jean Butcher, County Clerk, had a couple of items for other business before the meeting was adjourned. First, a meet- ing for the levy wasscheduled for Tues., Apt, 21 at 9:00 aim. Also, there were grant reifiabursementS received. The grant for the boiler system came with a reimburse- ment of $11,500 and the Red Cross laptop grant reimbursed them with $1,500. The meeting was adjourned after all of the business was taken care of. The next meeting of the Gilmer County Commis- sion is scheduled for Fri., Apr. 17 at 9:00 a.m. Home" shops in OH, WV and KY provide shoppers with e- Rewards Foodland, a locally owned and op- erated chain of grocery stores with locations throughout West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky, is proud to an- nounce that more than 90 percent of all store locations now offer loyal shoppers Foodland Rewards. With 25 of 26 Foodland locations in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky now offering food, fuel or food and fuel Rewards, customers are able to gain access to additional sales and savings on both their grocery and gasoline purchases (at participating locations). In addition, Foodland Rewards members are also provided with ex- clusive e-coupons and can elect to receive weekly emails, all of which enhance their in-store and online shop- ping experience. "We're pleased to be able to offer our loyal shoppers Foodland Re- wards," said Foodland storeowner Rick Joseph. "We believe the pro- gram offers tremendous value and provides customers with greater se- lection and variety from which to choose. At Foodland,we always strive to provide customers with the best selection and quality custom offer- ings and the Rewards program helps us to do just that." Foodland Rewards, which launched in June 2013, has continued to grow its customer base over the past two years. Its expansion to nearly all Food- land stores in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky affords shoppers added convenience and new ways to save through discounts and e-coupons. "We encourage shoppers to visit their 'close to home' stores and visit us online at Shopfoodland.com to learn more about the Rewards program," said SUPERVALU Regional Direc- tor of Consumer Marketing and Mer- chandising Andy Lewis, which sup- plies Foodland stores in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky. "It's a great way for shoppers to engage with their favorite 'close to home' locations and save more." To participate in Foodland Rewards, shoppers must complete and submit an application at their "close to home" store (available online at Shopfoodland.com). Once the application is processed, shoppers can register their card online. Our own Facemire Foodland in Glenville offers the rewards to cus- tomers and to redeem your fuel re- wards here, you can visit Mountain- eer Mart at Hays City to fill up your tank for much less with your points! Sharon Ann "Sherry" Burke Memorial Scholarship Fund The Sharon Ann "Sherry" Burke Memorial Scholarship applications are now available to Gilmer County High School seniors. Applicants are not required to have straight "A's" nor must you be attending a WV col- lege or university. This scholarship is also available for students planning to attend a trade school. Seniors, you may pick up an appli- cation at Appalachian Piping Prod- ucts or call 304-462-5751 or 304- 462-7756 and request the application be mailed to you. The application deadline is May 15, 2015. Applica- tions must be complete and on time to be considered. "God bless each of you in your endeavors to become productive members of society. The only one that stands in your way is you. Be- lieve in yourself and become all God created you to be," states the applica- tion committee. Continued from page 1 9 Municipal Election. Back to the clean-up,check tire ad on page 11, as well. Also, the Mayor and City Council signed two proclamations to bring the City Government on board in recognizing the importance of April as "Child Abuse Prevention Month," presented by Jessica Greenlief, and "Alcohol Awareness Month," presented by Sarah Harper. These local awareness program initiatives are sponsored by the Gilmer County Family Resource Network (FRN) and MHHS, respectively. Finally, Councilperson Pedro Montgomery, who has been ailing, attended Monday's meeting by speaker phone. ,-,~~,-,~ Correction ~~~~~ Okay, yes, we editors really goofed up in last week's story about the Lynch Run Road area's old mine blowout and resulting mud and refuse slide. The muddy sludge actually ran out on "SR 5," not 33 (as reported). It entered onto the highway across the road from Dominion's Compressor Station and Energy Corporation of America's Office. We apologize for this error, especially because it may have caused some confusion in the minds of those former good native Gilmer Countians who may have been away from here for some years. This editor takes full responsibility for the miscue. DHC, Sr., Pub.-Editor Smiths" Adoption Benefit this Sun. Charlie and Ashley (Moss) Smith, a Glenville area couple, are still $5,000 short for their initial adoption costs. They have started the adoption process and paperwork with the money they raised at their bingo last fall, but they are still lacking some funds to finalize the process. All money raised goes toward their dreams of being able to be parents after learning they are unable to have their own baby, due to medical reasons. Their last fund-raiser is scheduled for this Sun., Apr. 12 at the Glenville Firehouse. It will be a benefit Pork BBQ dinner with all the trimmings. The cost will be by donation. As stated above, the money raised will go toward the very expensive process of adopting a child of their own that requires $10,000 down, $1,000 for the activation cost, $1,300 for their video profile, and $1,800 for the home study. Remaining costs are the $30,000 "budget" after being selected by a birth mother. Chaflie and Ashley are so very thankful for everyone helping make their dream come true and hope to see you at the benefit dinner on this Sunday. They have already started filling out the questionnaire for their profile and will begin working on their "Dear Birthmother" letter soon, so they just need your help to have their own little family. See Page 9 of this week's issue their picture and ad/ Community Job Fair Apr. 13 There is a Community Job Fair scheduled for next Mon., Apr. 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Glenville. You can also get resume assistance by calling 304-462-7061 and scheduling an appointment. Gilmer Co. Parks & Rec. Bingo Apr. 11 The Gilmer County Parks and Recreation Center will be hosting a Longaberger Basket, Coach purse, and cash bingo fund-raiser on this Sat., Apr. 11 at the Recreation Center. Doors open at noon and games begin at 1:00 p.m. The cost of the ticket will buy you 20 games of bingo. The 21st game cards can be purchased at an additional charge and the winner of that game will get cash. Concessions will be sold throughout the day. There will also be a special guest for one game, and Barbie and Ken to celebrate their 50th year together. For more information or to purchase a ticket, you can call Rec. Center Director Darrel Ramsey at 304-904-3450 or 304-462-7653. Autism 5K Run & Walk here There is an event sponsored by Pioneers for a Cause and GSC's Student Government Association coming up called Color a World Without Autism 5K Run and Walk on Wed.; Apr. 15 beginning at 6:00 p.m. The race is noncom- petitive and color powder will be thrown on the runners as they go through the race route. All proceeds will benefit Autism research. The event will start in front of Goodwin Hall and will consist of three laps around the GSC campus. The event is open to everyone, GSC students and general public. For more information or to register for the race, contact Jade Spencer at spencer.jadee@ gsc.glenville.edu. Pancake and Sausage Dinner Apr. 26 There will be a pancake and sausage dinner held on Sun., Apr. 26 beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the Smithville Community Building. All proceeds from this benefit will go to the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department. GSC Football Team's Kids Camp Sun., Apr. 19 The Glenville State College Pioneer football team along with head football coach David Hutchison will be hosting a FREE kids camp on Sun., Apr. 19. The instructional camp is free to ages pre-k through 8th grade and will be held at the I.L & Sue Morris Stadium. The camp will run from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. It will be a fun filled afternoon with the GSC football players and coaches and they look forward to seeing you there! VVV Last Food Distribution Sat., Apr. 18 Vision, Vessels, and Victory, Inc. will have a large food distribution on Sat., Apr. 18 from noon until 2:00 p.m. at the Appcon Building location. This will be the last regularly scheduled food distribution from this location. After this date, VVV will be utilizing four county locations in an effort to reach more people and help with travel, time, and traffic issues. VVV is taking the pantry to the communities. One can NOT go to more than one location. This is a work in progress and VVV will eventually issue a map of which pantry a client must utilize. For now, simply go to the pantry nearest your home. There are already established locations in Tanner and Shock. VVV is needing locations and directors for Glenville and Sand Fork. Currently, Troy area citizens should be traveling to Tanner for the give out (first Friday of each month). If you have any questions, call Deana at 304-588-3398 or 304-462-4740. M.EDICAL D.IRECTORY By Annie Hauser, Senior Editor Spring is in the air! If the wanner weather isn't reason enough to cel- ebrate, these surprising health ben- efits will put an extra spring in your step. Birds are chirping. Flowers are blooming. Love is in the air. When spring hits, it's hard to feel down in the dumps. Add Spring Break, March Madness, and the return of short sleeves to the mix, and you just might find yourself wishing that spring would last forever. The good news is that all the things we love about spring are surprisingly good for us, too, so as you pack up your winter coat for next year, check out our favorite reasons to be ex- cited about the new season. 7 Healthy Reasons to Love Spring Extra daylight. Springing forward for daylight saving time feels rough the day after, but once you're recov- ered from a night of sleep depriva- tion, the benefits are far-reaching. In addition to giving us more time to spend outdoors and serving as a natural mood booster, that extra hour of light may help reduce traffic ac- cidents and fatalities. Multiple stud- ies, including one recently published in the Journal of Economic Analy- sis and Policy, have found that day- light saving time prevents automo- bile accidents because daylight pro- vides better visibility for motorists. A healthier home. During warmer weather, open your windows and let the sunshine in while you spring clean, declutter, and organize your home. Not only will a more stream- lined space help you feel more in control of your day-to-day life, it could also make you fitter. Re- searchers at Indiana University found that the owners of tidy homes are more likely to be physically fit than those who live in messy envi- ronments. Plus, a little elbow grease can torch serious calories. According to Everyday Health's My Calorie Counter, a 150-pound person can burn 133 calories in 30 minutes of vigorous cleaning. A spring-cleaned diet. Sweep the cobwebs about of your cold-weather diet with a dose of fresh spring produce. Peas, asparagus, kale, radicchio, and rhubarb are just a few of the fresh foods that reach their peak during spring. Chances are, you'll find yourself wanting to eat less during warmer weather than you did during the dark winter months, so use your body's natural cravings as a way to focus on filling up with whole, fresh foods. Outdoor exercise. If winter is too cold and summer is too hot, spring is just right for outdoor exercise, which according to a study pub- lished in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, can actu- ally improve your mental and physi- cal well-being better than an indoor sweat session. Whether it's an af- ter-dinner walk, an adult rec league, or an early-morning run, longer days and moderate temperatures are per- fect reasons to take your workout outside. The return of America's favorite pastime. For sports fanatics, no sea- son is sweeter than the one that starts with NCAA March Madness and goes through opening day of Major League BasebaU. And all that time obsessing over team sports has benefits, such as the emotional perks that come with social interaction and feelings of community around a sports team. According to a study conducted at the University of Kan- sas, sports fans are less likely to experience feelings of depression and alienation than their uninter- ested peers. No more winter skin. Gone are the freezing temps and harsh winds that wreak havoc on your skin and hair -- and summer's heat hasn't yet arrived to turn up the frizz fac- tor. It can be tempting to skip mois- turizing once you no longer feel like you need it, but remember that sun protection with a daily SPF of at least 15 is essential year-round. Spring break! Whether spring va- cation means tequila shots beachside or a relaxing staycation, getting away at the end of winter has defi- nite health benefits. 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