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! i w chained to a port of any kind. The absence of wires for lnternet access will also help with future changes to the library. '1 his will give us an added mobility when planning reno- vations to the Robert F. Kidd Re- search Library," says Larry Baker, GSC's computer department guru. Funded by a $5,000 grant from Verizon, the project was sponsored by the G ilmer County Economic De- velopment Association. Tech at C-GCC Recently GSC and the Calhoun- Gilmer Career Center began the pro- cess of updating their Articulation Agreements which allow C-GCC stu- dents to amass up to 17 college level credits. This "seamless education" project, connecting high school and college studies, permits young people an opportunity to get a head-start on college, in that they can earn a whole semester of credits at little or no expense. This really helps the chil- dren of financially hard-pressed fami- lies in this two county region. Although the criminal justice and business education agreements were updated at first, others will follow, such as the ones in computer science and environmental technology, among others. Dr. Robert Rentschler, the State Rte. 5 (West) school's adminiswator- principal, voices enthusiasm for these academic bridges being built to GSC. "GSC is the local college for most of our kids," he points out. "If they go to college, that's where most of them will go." In addition, the C-GCC is also to be commended for their effort to con- struct a new, $204,000 Adult Educa- tion Center. Dr. Rentschler, who spoke with us recently, explains, "The Cal- houn-Giimer Career Center has needed a separate adult building for some time. Adults deserve to have their own building. This is the grow- ing segment of our area's workforce." With the layoffs at several large regional factories, including B. F. Goodrich in Spencer and a couple of local sewing plants, C-GCC has been in the forefront of the workforce re- training process over the past four years. In addition, during the con- struction phase of the new federal prison at Glenville, the local vo-tech school offered continuing education and certification classes for several of the skilled trades employees. Dr. Rentschler: "We've tried to 'hit the ground running' in adult educa- tion in general!" Keep up the good work, C-GCC staff! On an unrelated note, Dr.. Rent- schler has written a novel, Four Steps from the Sycamore, which is garner- ing some good book reviews. It's nice that our local people are breaking into literary circles so much these days; we have some very talented writers in this two-county area. His book is avail- able at local bookstores. Historical Society update A change of programs has taken place, so I must warn you readers that this editor will be giving the main address at this Thurs. evening's, Apr. 22 Gilmer County Historical Society meeting at 7:30 p.m. Anything could happen, so be pre- pared ! Taking place on East Main Street, Glenville at the Society's Museum Annex, I'II present a program entitled, "How to Steal the Treasures of the State Library and Archives in the Dead of Night." Anyone wanting to learn more about the sleuthy side of local and state history will find this pro- gram interesting, I believe. Also, veterans's project and cem- etery reports will be given. The general public is cordially in- vited to attend, and refreshments will be available by order of President Hunter Armentrout. f" ll with dignity. been, and the stairs are now usable next to the magnificent old house. I Furniture and wallpaper through- out the house are all suitable to the period, with plumbing, wiring and air-conditioning top of the line late 20th century. While checking old wiring, a worker took up a closet floor and discovered a narrow stair- case! At the lower lever, steps had been removed, but that floor still showed where the newel post had again, believe it is a garage and storage build- I was eager to see the dining room. ing. It is still on the ground floor, often Added behind the parlor is a glass referred to as the basement. Some of room, called a conservatory in the the kitchen floor boards had rotted, tour brochure. Every amenity a faro- but the owners salvaged enough to ily could wish has been incorporated, make magnificent kitchen counters, yet not a thing distracts from the at- The outdoor entrance leads to a build- mosphere of the early 19th century ing where the old kitchen once stood, home. It is a gem, hidden in the woods, The new structure looks right at home northeast of Richmond, Virginia. Continued from page 3 the window. Sitting there in my childhood bed- room and hearing a scratching at the window by my desk instantly sent me back in time. I might as well have been writing an assignment for my eleventh grade composition class. On the many occasions when I was grounded during our adolescence, Beth would sneak through the yard and knock on my window, where we would whisper to each other until I would become paranoid and send her away. For the record, I never deserved to be grounded. But I knew it had to be Beth. And it was. "Spin !" she hissed. This was a nick- name used only by Beth and her fam- ily. "Hey, Spin!" She was standing on the deck out- side the window with our friend Genia Jo Domico, who had lived up the hill from Beth when we were growing up. "Go open the door and let us in!" Beth said. "Hurry up! We're going to Genia's and having a slumber party !" There was laughter and hugging, and the plan was, indeed, to Genia's house in Fairmont, about ten miles away, and have a slumber party. This is what old friends who grew up in a town with less than a thousand souls do when they reunite after spending years apart. I got some night clothes together, and woke up my mother, whom been sleeping for about an hour. "Morn?" Her eyes opened, followed by some close-mouthed approximation of "Huh?" "I'm going to Genia's. Beth's in town, and we're going to Fairmont for the night," I said to her. Eyes now closed, she said, "Okay," " I kissed her good-bye and we left. Never thought about my mona again the rest of the evening. We went to an all-night diner and liberated about twenty packets of grape jelly for Beth, who can't seem to buy it in Leicester, the city where she lives in the English Midlands. Before leav- ing the diner, I introduced myself to a gravelly-voiced and incoherent man I'd been listening to on the radio since childhood, Nick Fanatasia, whose "Italian Hour" made up the soundtrack to many Sunday afternoons stuffing myself with spaghetti at my surrogate parents' house. We moved on to Genia's, where we played a double-header of "Remem- ber when... " and "Since I last saw you.. "" then went to bed. The next morning at around 8:00, Genia's phone rang. After she talked to the caller for a momeht, she handed the phone to me. In the back of my mind, I thought it might be my mother, upset because I'd taken off at a time of night when decent people were in b&t sleeping. I had the same knot in my stomach, then, that I'd had at age sevenieen when I realized she knew I'd gone to see the Monkees reunion concert in Pittsburgh when I was s~lpposed to be staying at my friend Jenifer's to com- plete a joint homework assignment. But it was "Lug"Gower. Lug lived across the street from childhood home, and right next to where Beth had lived. I've known the man my whole life, and I don't think I could tell you his given name 'for a million dollars. Lug was also, morning he called Genia's house to speak to me, the town cop. i; "'Girl," he said tq me when I took the phone from Genia$"yon better CALL YOUR MAMA fight ! She' s got the STATE POLICE lookin' for you!" I later found out she dM have the state police looking for me. And she'd called Glenvill State College looking for me. And, of course, she'd had poor Lug searching the entire two- square miles of the town, as well as in my ear, and under my bed. : ~ : :i iii~!ii~!i!.~: /:~ ~/i Clearly, my mother wasn't com- pletely awake when I told her the night before that we were leaving. When she realized I wasn't in the house the next morning, she panicked. This was understandable, because my car was still parked in the driveway but I seemed to have vanished into thin air. Fromthere, quite logically, she just assumed that when I was letting Jay, my cat, in or out during the night, some stranger had appeared from around the corner of the house and abducted me. However, instead of assaulting and killing me---or returning me after a few hours, a la "Red Chief'-the kidnap- per opted to drive me right to work. 86 miles away. When I went to the PR office at G len vi lie S tate Col lege that afternoon. the secretary's face turned red when 1 walked in. "Did your mother find you?" she asked. All I could think was, "I'm 31 years old... I'm 31 years old... I'm 31 years old..." My mother couldn't look at me for the next two days without saying, 1 just didn't know what happened to you," before dissolving into tears. If she hadn't been so upset, I would have reminded her of what she used to tell me as a child about the implausi- bility of my ever staying abducted. I learned my lesson, though: no matter how awake your mother seems, you should not, if you are staying with her, and happen to leave the house in the middle of the night, forget to leave your mother a note, whether you're still of a kidnappable age or not. I mentioned this to Jay* this morn- ing, but he seemed more than disin- terested. *: Jay is not named, as so many people think, after W. Va. Senator Jay Rockefeller, though I've heard him telling his friends that he is. Kids! What can you do? GCHS volleyball player seeks sponsors for 'Dream Summer' Dear Editor, My name is Emma Bailey. I am 16 years old and a junior at Gilmer County High School. I've played volleyball for Gilmer County since I was in the seventh grade and was part of the State Cham- pion Volleyball Team. I was recently given the opportu- nity of a lifetime through Sports Tours of America and I am asking for your support so that I can reach my goals and follow a dream I've had for many years. I was recruited to play volley- ball for Sports Tours at a national and international level this summer I will be traveling to Hawaii for a week and competing against girls from across the nation and around the world. Not only will I get to compete, but I will also be able to take in the attractions experiences of a new culture. This is a great accomplishment for me and I would like to involve you readers idmy experience by asking for your sponsorship: I am required by the company that I'm traveling with to do fund-raisers to reach the amount of $3000. Even though this is a great amount of money, I believe that you can't put a price on a dreana come true. Living please feel free to contact me at (304) in a small, rural area sets many lima- 462-5488. Or you can write to me at tations on me as an athlete, which RR 1 Box 192 Cox's Mills, WV makes this experience all the more 26342. exciting to me as I pursue my volley- lfyouchoose tosponsor me I would ball career outside of high school, like to reward you as an individual or Once again, I would like to involve business in the local newspaper, be- you in MY dream come true. I would - cause I feel it's important to give appreciate any support youcould give credit and show gratitude when it is me in my fund-raising ventures and deserved would like to thank you for any sup- Sincerely, port you may have given to me and Emma Bailey my team in the past. Cox's Mill If you have any questions then www.flatwoods.com Don't trust your wedding reception, training, seminar, conference, parties, reunions, showers, or depositions to Conference Center anyone else." (304) 765-2032 I 1-79 Exit 67 Flatwoods 13,000 sq. ft. of adaptable ~ II ]l (304) 765-5055 ' MeetlngSpa~ ~ II II 2000 Sutton lane ,State-a-tbe-ArtF~ltllt~iz- II is ............ eludes High Speed Wlrel~s i$~'lmll~.~ll 3UROfl, WV ZO(O)! II , o,,,~ ~ ...... lnternet Capability, Business ~ II//lll II ,-ot~-~zJ-z~z.~ Center and mere I'l~i !11 II r x 304) 765-2067.O SiteR ta...tC. . "ll Emergency Thursday, Apr. responders to be asked to 'design' new training center If you are a firefighter, a police officer or a similar emergency re- sponder, the West Virginia Univer- sity Extension Service will soon ask you to help design the state's pro- posed Emergency Response Training Center. During the next two weeks, you will receive a questionnaire that will give you the opportunity to express your ideas-your needs and preferences-about emergency re- sponse training. The questionnaires will be deliv- ered either to the e-mail in-boxes or the U.S. Postal Service mailboxes of West Virginia' s volunteer ftrefighters, career firefighters, fire chiefs, police and other law enforcement officers, emergency medical services person- nel and community emergency re- sponse team members. Emergency responders are being asked to take about 15 minutes to answer the survey questions. The re- turned questionnaires will give de- signers the many details they must study to draft thecomprehensive plan for the state's first Emergency Re- spouse Training Center. The proposed site is nestled among the 525 acres of the WVU Jackson's Mill State 4-H Camp and Center for Lifelong I2arning, a year-round meet- ing and camping facility in Lewis County. WVU Extension operates Jackson' s Mill and WVU Fire Service Exten- sion. Extension's collaboration with W.Va. Regional Education Service Agencies and other entities annually provides training for more than 17,500 firefighters and other emergency re- sponders. Still in program and design review-no opening date has been set-the center will meet diverse train- ing needs. Therefore, planners want emergency responders to indicate how far they are willing to travel for train- ing, the types of facilities they already use, the types of facilities they need, the different criteria they need to meet their local qualifications and their in- terest in special seminars. The survey form provides opportu- nities to indicate needs for a variety of training facilities and equipment-including emergency ve- hicle driving course, simulated city streetscape, railroad car dome, tanker trailer fire, collapsed structure simu- lator and fire arms training simulator. For more information about the Emergency Response Training Cen- ter survey, contact Jeff Simpkins, di- rector, WVU Fire Service Extension, at 1-866-WVU-FIRE. 22, 2004 --- The Glenville Democrat/Pathf'mder" Page 5A WVSBDC Small Business Survey determines outlook is optimistic The West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC), in conjunction with the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Uni- versity of Charleston Entrepreneur- ship Center, recently released the re- sults of a statewide survey of approxi- mately 4,000 small businesses. The WVSBDC received 330 completed surveys and compiled the results, "One of the surprising changes be- tween August 2001 (the date of the last SBDC survey) and March 2004 is the increase in confidence by the small-business community toward business growth in the coming 12 months," said Conley Salyer, state director for the WVSBDC. "While buisness people recognize the chal- lenges posed to small-business growth, they view their own business prospects positively." Twelve-month expectation: Revenue-increase or stabalize: 2001- 83%, 2004 - 98%, Net Profit- increase or stabalize: 2001 - 75%, 2004 - 97%, Number of customers - increase or stabalize: 2001 - 89%, 2004 - 98%, Number of employees - increase or stabalize: 2001 - 89%, 2004 - 96%. Anotherarea of significant change is small business use of the Internet. West Virginia's small businesses have embraced the Internet as a busi- ness medium. Eighty-six percent of respondents have e-mail; 44 percent have a Web page compared to 56 percent and 27 percent in 2001, re- spectively. . Respondents reported shortages in employees with particular skills. Salyer said that 44 percent reported shortages in sales staff, 29 in tech- nology staffand 21 percent in man- agement staff. Father Edwin Let's Hear it Why is it that people, practices and ideas of one bent are incessantly criti- cized by the media, while those of an alternate bent are quietly ignored or even praised? Judge Moore is arrested for dis- playing the Ten Commandments on courthouse steps and refusing to heed the law's command to remove them. And his condemnation for acting so lawlessly is roundly con- demned around the coun- try. But when a mayor in California issues, contrary to an explicit law, licenses for homosexuals to marry, there is widespread report- ing but condemnations are painfully absent. Why do we hear major media describing (even vilifying) groups as "tra- ditionalists" or"ultra-con- servatives" (never just "conservatives") but sel- dom, if ever, hear a group described (let alone viii- fled) as "liberal?" Consider how movies, TV, books, magazines, art displays incessantly belittle Christianity: Andre.s Serrano's "Piss Christ" photograph, a crucifix submerged in Andres' urine; Rene Cox's display in the Brooklyn Mu- seum of Art of herself nude, repre- senting Jesus at the Last Supper; a Seattle gallery's display of Leigh Thompson's cross composed of inter- secting penises, with Jesus receiving oral sex from a veiled figure, and two nuns beneath the cross withthe ends of coat hangers protruding from be- tween their legs; Nigerian Chris Ofili's Daschbach, SVD for Fairness collage of a black Virgin Mary with lumps of elephant dung and female sex organ cutouts from porno publi- cations.., all defended by art critics and much of the media for value and/ or as valid expressions of art. Then in the same breath those staunch de,- fenders express strong criticism of anyone who could possibly be of- fended and wish to"censor"such free- dom of art expression. But along comes Mel Gibson's movie'q'he Pas- sion of the Christ" that reflects the pages of the Gospel text and it is at- tacked roundly as some- how being anti-Semific by the very ones who took pains to defend the belit- fling of Christ. Why the outrage for Jewish sensi- bilifies and none forChris- tian sensibilities? Why are Christians fair game for invective, their religion for dishonor, but not other groups? Would homosexuals or blacks tolerate for one instant such abuse? I'm not denying possible justifica- tion for some criticism of Mel Gibson's production. After all, a lit- eralisfic reading of the gospel narra- fives (something good biblical schol- arship says is to miss the true gospel message) is present in the movie and is reflective of later Jewish-Christian tensions rather than being simply an objective detailing of the Passion. Just, why criticize Christian-pro- duced works and extol anti-Christian ones? STATE COLLEGE Honor a GSC Graduate for $20.04 The 2004 graduate's name will be placed in the commencement program and special recognition will be given in the next issue of Today's Pioneer. We invite you to make them part of The Senior Gift with a small donation that will make the Class of 2004 part of this campus forever. Donations made to this fund will be used to enhance the revitalization of the Heflm Student Union. Honoring (graduate's name): From (donor's name): Make check payable to GSC Foundation and mail it to 200 High Street, Glenville, WV 26351. For Credit card orders, call 304-462-4125. t t .all