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The The Glenville Democrat Glenville Pathfinder Thurs., Apl Gilmer County's little town may be growing Glenville -- unlike what most of GSC's alumni left behind years ago is not the sleepy, little college town that it used to be. Within the past year. a number of commu- nity development groups have been estab- lished in order to move the town forward. thereby making it more attractive to prospec- tive retirees, new businesses, the college's faculty and students, and you alumni, as well. One such town improvement group ts the Recruitable Communities Grant Commit- tee. which is the brain-child of the Minnie Hamilton Health System and its Glenville Primary Care Office. This Grantsville-head- quartered healthcare center has been inter- ested in finding ways to make the communities that it serves more appealing to physicians and other healthcare professionals to move mto this region. The grant, which came from the state's Divi- sion of Rural Health, funded, as a first step, a walk- and drive-through of the county by three independent community developers an tm- tlativ.e which is called "First Impressions.' And. in some instances from what they saw, they got~positive "first impressions." but in others, negative. This first trip to Glenville and Gilmer County was followed by the longer visit of an eight-to- 10 member Design Team. a group of profes- sors and personnel mainly from West Virginia University and its Extension Service. They came, looked at the First Impression's \ The Corcoran Column By David H. Corcoran Publisher-Editor ( group's findings, talked with local people, brain-stormed, and came up with some sug- gestions to move the city and county ahead. In general, they found Glenville to be a quiet, little college town on the Little Kanawha River, but with much need for revitalizing and beautifying its downtown and other commer- cial areas. Here are some of their specific recommen- dations: Install a safe walking trail from the down- town to the Hays City business district (that would make it safer for college students and other pedestrians to get to and from that shop- pmg area); Establish a Skate Park for local teens (the into a small park, with a stage for outdoor performances (In Mullens, the city estab- lished such a park for only $1,000.) This idea, we editors understand will become a reality with the gift of this property to Glenville State College. which will in turn establish the "Pio- neer Park." There will be more news on this "green space" initiative in the near future: Don't stop at one park, but create another one in the Nettle's Parking Lot in the center of town. This second park would have the River Packet History theme. (Glenville's relation- ship with the Little Kanawha River should be exploited, the Design Team argues.) Again, this would be a place for public performances of music and theater, along with being a boost to the West Virgini& State Folk Festival. By the way, this year is a special anniver- sary for the Folk Festival; it will be 60 years old. Why not plan to attend one or more days of it? The fest will take place between Thurs.- Sun.. June 18-21. The Festival Committee has made many positive changes to the once de- clining annual fest, which was thought up and started by GSC and WVU's late folklore pro- fessor. Dr. Patrick Gainer. Create more downtown stores with a gen- Design Team was, very concerned about this area's lack of youth activities); Start-up a non-alcoholic Dance Club for the college and high school students: Convert the Old Ford Garage's empty lot eral appeal, such as shops for clothing, coffee and tea, ice cream, etc.; Designate a Welcome Center, so that tourists can get information about the city and county; Continued on page 5A ::!iii i i?isl:~i .... ]pe i!::~:: :: ~i~:i~; ; z :. :: i:::il ~ ~:: 227 Bills were passed; 23 signed by Governor to-date By Brent Boggs, funds are allocated. SB 321 - Modifying certificate of need State Delegate (Gilmer.Braxton) Of the 227 bills passed by the Legislature, process 04/13/09: as of Thurs., Apr. 16, 23 bills have been SB 329 - Updating terms in Personal In- One week back from the Legislature and signed by the Governor. By bill number, title come Tax Act 04/01/09; another week back on the railroad, and date signed, they are as follows: SB 341 - Transferring juvenile justice data- Not unlike other businesses across the na- HB 2225 - Authorizing the Department of base administration to Supreme Court 04/13/ tion. rail business is down and many younger Education and the Arts to Promulgate Legis- 09: workers are furloughed. After about 10 weeks lative Rules 04/11/09; SB 346 - Correcting code reference related away from the job, I was surprised to see how HB 2305 - Revising appointment and com- to bear tagging 04/13/09; much rail traffic has declined locally, pensation provisions of the Supreme Court SB 403 - Making supplemental appropria- At home, we've been cleaning up around the Clerk and his or her staff 04/11/09:tion from State Road Fund to Department of property and Jean's making her plans for flow- HB 2474 - Exempting land-based finfish Transportation 03/23/09; ers around the house. I'm always content to aquaculture facilities from certain sludge SB 410 - Updating terms in Corporation stay one step ahead of the mowing at this time management requirements 04/11/09; Net Income Tax Act 04/01/09; of year, as with warm days, cool nights and lots HB 2652 - Repealing the Tree Fruit Indus- SB 436 - Updating terminology relating to try Self-Improvement Act of 1984 04/11/09; surface mining reporting requirements 04/13/ liii ]ofrai youc amostseeth rass grow As I write this week's col- umn on Sunday evening, the Governor is preparing to iiiiiiiiii,,~ .............. announce his special ses- sion agenda early this week. It is unclear what will be on the call. but one can specu- late that a few of his bills that failed in either the House or Senate will be placed back before members. I will be at the Capitol at least a couple days this week. The budget hinges on the April revenue receipts, which should be in by the middle of next week. April is considered a key indicator month by Tax Department's analysts and those figures wilt shape how deep the spending cuts will be for the upcoming fiscal year. Governor Manchin has already proposed a 4.5% reduc- tion, but this could change in either direction. Whatever estimates he supplies, the House and Senate must keep the budget within the parameters of available funds, but the Legisla- ture has the discretion to determine where the HB 2702 - Relating to the Deputy Sheriff 09; Retirement System Act 04/11/09: SB 453 - Relating to Public Service Corn- HB 2703 - Relating to the State Teachers mission service of decisions 04/13/09; and Retir.ement System 04/11/09: SB 552 - Relating to affordable health in- HB 2795 - Creating a special hunting and surance plan proposals 04/16/09. fishing license for persons with a life-threat, . I am.. somewhat~ disappointed that there ening condition who are under twenty-one seems to be a lot of finger pointing at the years of age 04/08/09: outcome of the regular session. I am espe- HB 2904 - Authorizing rules for higher cially surprised that blame is being assigned education 04/11/09; because a few bills were given a close look HB 3066 - Clarifying the supervision re- and then did not pass both houses. quirements for elevator apprentices under el- Historically, the Legislature usually gets evator safety 04/11/09: criticized often justified when just the HB 3076 - Relating to the regulation and opposite happens; when bills are not ad- operation of cranes 04/11/09; equately vetted, rushed through to passage, HB 3083 - Permitting blood donations by only later to find out that there were unfore- persons age 16 with parental consent 04/01/ seen problems. I think this has improved 09: greatly over the past three years, whereby the HB 3189- Adding members to the Capitol last night's blitz of legislation has been re- Building Commission 04/11/09; placed by a more orderly process. SB 263 - DisclOsing certain inmates' per- I'm going to offer my opinion here. The sonal communications 04/13/09: Senate. with only 34 members, tends to take SB 307 - Creating Maternal Screening Act 04/13/09: Continued on page 5A Ill : Ill:: ill .~;: Dear Editor, can West Virginia prosper, if all its money and with it, family $greed$. "China"-Mart has been hurting small busi- goes to China? Stop, or at least slow down, All businesses deserve a fair amount of nesses in our state, and at the same time, your shopping at China-Mart. success. We had thriving small towns BE- killing the American conscience. Obviously, When you need a gallon of milk and your FORE China-Mart came; we can have that their huge buying power stifles and stomps local market, or supermarket, is in walking again. First, we must recognize the poison in thesmallbusinessownerinitsabilitytocreate distance, don't jump in your car, put $40.00 the monopoly and clear our conscience of sales, worth of gas in to drive an hour to China-Mart, their "low-price" gods. Let me point out rubber mulch for an ex- because you saved a nickel on the milk! Give Support your local businesses, keeping our ample: you can buy a bag at China-Mart for that extra nickel to your local merchant, save money here to do the most good! $6.00. It costs that much for a small business gas and help slay the China-Mart dragon! Jim Brandenburg, owner to buy a similar bag, yet he has ship- After Sam Walton's passing, the American Spencer ping/freight expense to add to that. So how store went Chinese for thecheapestjunkever, Dear Editor: having served on committees for the March feel very passionate about. I would like to take this opportunity to for Babies and the Signature chef Auction. The March of Dimes was established by introduce myself. I am the Family team Spe- twoofourpremiereyearlyfund-raisingevents., president Franklin D. ROosevelt in 1938 to cialist for the West Virginia Chapter of the Idothisbecauselhavetwochildrenwhohavesave America's youth from polio. Bycreating March of Dimes. I have been volunteering for benefited from the research and hard work of a partnership of volunteers and researchers, the March of Dimes for the last 12 years, the March of Dimes. and it is a subject that I Letter continued on page 5A Attention Readers: Our 'Letters to the Editor' Policy We are in need of more letters to the editor. Feel free to send them in to us. Just you may still be required to sign the letter via snail mail. 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Nevertheless, you will be contacted if the latter is the case and will be charged generally one to ~me-and-a-half standard typing pages, double-spaced. The decision only our regular advertising rate. of the Senior Editor will be final. Letters must be signed in order to be published ~. e- For more information, contact either Dave Corcoran. Sr.. Charlene. or Cassandra mailed letters must include a phone number where your identity can be verified, but at 304-462-7309. -- Last Issue Before Election: News, Letters, & Ads ~ The long-standing policy of this newspaper has always been that if, in the issue before an election, one candidate or citizen makes allegations about another candidate or issue, that the other party be given the right of rebuttal. Readers of this newspaper know that we editors have had this policy in effect R~r the past 10 years in order to make certain that the journalistic and ethical principles of fairness and equality be assured on these pages relative to both the new:, and advertisi ng side. Also, all political letters or news stories submitted in the last month prior to an election are to be paid political adverstisement, except l~)r biographical sketches in an Election Guide or section. j, J GSC alumni, have a great weekend! It's great to have all of you Gldnville State College alumni back in town for Alumni Day on this Sat.. Apr. 25. Moreover. in addition to alumni, friends of the college are also invited to attend one or more of the colorful events. Some pretty good. tasty, and entertaining functions are scheduled: From 5-6:30 p.m. on Fri. evening, Apr. 24. GSC's chapter of MENC's fMusic Educators National Conference~ will sponsor its annual spaghetti fund-raiser on the lawn of the Fine Arts Center. At 7 p m. that same evening, GSC's Spring Band Concert. under the direction of Professor Lloyd Bone. will take place in the Fine Arts Center's Auditorium. In addition, on that same evening at 7 p.m.. GSC's Theater performance, As You Like It, directed by Professor Dennis Wemm. is scheduled for the President's Auditorium of the Harry B. Heft in Admimstration Building. On Saturday morning, the golf tournament will take place. It's being held as a fund-raiser for the GSC men's basketball team. To register for it. please contact head coach Dwaine Osborne at 462-7361. Ext. 7228. For those alumni wanting to socialize, reminisce, and re-establish contact with fellow alumni, the Alumni Center. which will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.. is the pl~l'ce to go. Also, the center will serve'as the alumni's headquarters for the day's activities, with registration, tickets, name tags, etc. For those who want to tour the campus, the Robert F. Kidd Library and College Bookstore will be open from 1-5 p.m. Also. another interesting showplace will be the GSC Art Gallery in the Fine Arts Center. It will be open on Saturday from 1-5 p.m. Of special interest to alumni, it will feature paintings by GSC Professor Emeritus, James W. "Jim" Rogers ('Class of 1963). He will be available to meet guests and old friends from 2-3 p.m. that afternoon there, as well. At 3 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium. GSC student Lori Ware will present her senior recital. For graduates in the honored classes. GSC's Alumni Association will hold an afternoon reception from 3-4:30 p m. in the pre-function area of the Alan B. Mollohan Campus Community Center. Graduates from this year's 1984 honored class (25 years) and recognition classes of 1942, 1955, 1963, 1971, 1981, 1982, and 1988 are encouraged to attend. Afterwards, at 4:30 p.m. in the Mollohan Center's pre-function area, a special presentation will be made by Mr. Lacy Jones to the Alumni Center. Mr. Jotles will present a Faculty Wives' Friendship Quilt that was given to his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. D. Banks Wilburn, when they retired from GSC in 1977. From 5-6 p.m., the annual' meet-and-greet socialhour' will be held in the pre-function area, followed by the Alumni B anquet at 6 p.m. in the ballroom. The banquet's spotli ght will be on the Alumni Association's special guests who have achieved high honors during their lifetimes and careers, all of which have reflected very well on their alma mater. At the banquet, recognition will also be given to members of the honor class (1984) who have registered with the Alumni Office prtor to the evening's banq uet and to outstanding GSC students who will receive GSC Foundation Academic Awards at the banquet. These academic awards are presented each year on the recommendations of faculty members with funds for them provided by alumni, faculty, and friends of Glenville State College. Prior reservations are required for the banquet. Contact the Alumni Office at 462-4122 or 866-239-0285 to make your reservations. All in all, Glenville State College's Alumni Day offers an ideal opportunity for the alumni to meet old friends and to make new acquaintances, amid reminiscing about those golden iyears in Glenville. Have a lot of fun, GSC alumni! DHC, St., Publisher-Editor J Dr. John Westfall and his staff spon- sored another excellent Easter Egg Hunt Many thanks from the general public should be expressed to Dr. John Westfall and his able dental staff for, once again, sponsoring the Gilmer County Community Easter Egg Hunt! The faces of approximately 60 children lit up on Sat. morning, Apr. 11 (the day before Easter Sunday), when Dr. Westfall yelled out. "Go find those eggs !" Moreover, before these children experienced the joy of finding the eggs with their enclosed prizes, they also got the opportunity to speak with the Easter Btii~ny (Brittfiny Wine). For over 20 years, he's been organizing and financing most of this annual children's festivity, with the financial assistance of a number of area businesses. In a community that has very few activities for children, it's refreshing to see the enthusiasm and appreciauon of the participating youngsters and their parents or grandpar- ents for the opportunity to be a part of this yearly Easter Egg Hunt. So, keep up this fine tradition, Dr. John Westfall and staff! Your efforts are greatly DHC, St. J Old Tanner School Building to be auctioned off The Gilmer County Commission, which owns the Old Tanner School. recently chose to place the building on the auction block. The school has much significance for both its alumni and its Tanner area neighbors it's truly a distinctive landmark and the center of the Tanner community's activities. Although this decision didn't come easily for the commisszoners, it was the right one. Under new ownership, it could be converted into an enterprise that can pay for the renovations needed. Other counties have sold their schools, and they've been converted into useful assets to their communities, such as apartments, business incubators, commumty centers, or crafts businesses, amon3 other uses. Like the commisstoners, we editors are hopeful that the future will be bright for this building and its surrounding community. DHC, Sr. SOt, tJA/ E the R(~o(~~e~;? George )er TOO BIG FOR OUR O',qh GO0/>? (A~E OUR CONTAINER SHIPS GETTINk; TOO LAR~ TO k~ANEUVER?) i ;:if: i~. :: D~VidH. Coi~coran, iSr., Publisher, Editor .... P O. Box 458 ,,, 108 N. Court St., Glenville, WV 26351. PHONE 304-462-7309 Check out our Web Site: T .... t ( Iiursday s on-l,ne weekly edition may be delayed due to weather or technical problems) FAX 304-462-7300 E-MAIL -- VISA & Mastercard are now accepted