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ATTENTION DEMOCRAT READERS: Circulars enclosed this week are Glenvilie Foodland, Shop 'n' Save of Weston and Hardman's Hardware. Welcome, readers, to The Democrat/ Look for these inserts that go into specified local Zip Code zones or in I with these advertisers. Don't forget our regular On-the-Page businesses, though! Also, see our newsy pages, I correspondents, sports and local pictures. Moreover, see the editorial page com ments praising the the Gilmer Countians who will get out to vote thereby being very patriotic. Also, see all papers. We editors encourage you readers to shop The Gl00'.nville Democrat Single Cop Price-75 (70 plus tax) (ISSN 0746-5890) Published by and for Gilmer County People Vohmme 108, Number 18 GlenvUle, Gilmer County, West Virginia 26351 E-mail: glenvillenews@gmaiLcom Thursday, May 3, 2012 This week's prayer Heavenly Father, Provide safe traveling for the GSC graduates and their families for this funfilled weekend; May the teams and visitors to the Sue Morris Sports Complex for this weekend's games arrive safely and return home without accidents; Please protect our military service personnel at home and abroad: Give comfort and recovery to the sick. especially to Margaret Miller Goodwin (cancer treatments), Patricia Ellison Golden's mother (in rehab), Kenny Goff (infant), Blake Grogg (6-year-old), Jo Cailliouet Flesher (Lori Rosenburg's mother), Mat- thew Cottrill (cancer/leukemia patient), Delbert and Jean Sears. Dennis Varner (terminal cancer), Jordain Bush (recuperating). Richard Reed (now at home), Marion Reed (recovering), Brittany Malcomb, Judy Eaton. Macel Carr, Barbara McHenry (prayers still needed), Betty Maddix. Leonard Montgomery. Stan Mazzagotte (in good spirits: but a little weak at this time), William Heard, and others needing Christ's healing touch (if you need praye/'s, call us: no pranksters, please); Prayers to this week's deceased's families.. Amen. q ?.,f,.  ,%-,. ":,  ? ,i  7%4 :, ,i ' This Week in W V History May 4, 1896: The Children's Home Society was formed by a group of Charles- ton ministers. Their goal was to place or- phaned and neglected children with caring families rather than crowd them into county poorhouses. May 5, 1923: A fire started by welders working on a new swimming pool destroyed most of Luna Park, an amusement park in Charleston. Although Luna's owners an- nounced that they would rebuild, the park never reopened. May 6, 1812: Activist and physician Martin Roblson Delany was born in Charle Town. In February 1865, he was commis- sioned as a major in the U,S. Colored Troops. He was the only African-Ameri- can Civil War offieer to be given a field command. May 9, 1800: Abolitionist John Brown was born in Torrington, Connecticut. His 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry galvanized the nation, further alienating the North and South. May 9, 1843: Confederate spy' 'Belle" Boyd was born in Martinsburg. On July 4, 1861, Belle shot a Yankee soldier and started her career as a spy. 00ilmer Goings GILMER COUNTY FRN BOARD MEETING The Gilmer County Family Resource Network board meeting will be held Wed., May 9, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. at the FRN office at 113 E. Main St. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, call the FRN at 304-462- 7545. Continued on page 6A IPub00i M@@ting00 At 7 p.m. on next Mon., May 7, the Glenville City Council will meet at City Hall for its regular monthly meeting. At 7 p.m. on next Mon., May 7, the Sand Fork Council will meet at City Hall. The public is invited to both mtgs. The Gilmer County Economic Development Assoc. (GCEDA) will meet for its regular monthly meeting at noon on Thurs., May 10 at the Glenvillelnn. The public is invited. At 7 p.m. on Mon., May 14, the Gilmer County Public Service District will meet to handle its regular business at its West Main Street office. Welcome to 2012 Glenville State College graduation! See page 1B for the "Salute to the Graduates" from our local businesses, professionals and individuals! Glenville State College's 2012 Commence- ment Exercises will officially begin at 10 a.m. on this Sat., May 5 in the Jesse Lilly Gymna- sium on the campus. President Peter Barr will handle the final academic program and conferring of degrees for the great majority of the GSC Class of 2012. U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (Dem.-WV) will give the keynote address, and he, along with Gilmer County's State Senator Doug Face- mire, will receive special honorary doctoral honors from the college. The college's band and choir will also per- form for the regal occasion, with snacks be- ing available afterwards on the lawn. State BOE 00,fficial meets with Coalition and Delegate David Walker hears concerns By Dendra Miller, Mr. Walker said he had not been invited, News Editor but saw the meeting in the paper and wanted The Gilmer Schools Coalition met on Fri., to attend. Apr, 20 to get an update from Dr. William Simmons on any recent findings that may affect Gilmer County Schools and the taxpay- ers. The UoalltlOn members and otlaer attend- ees were very happy to see State Delegate David Walker there. Dr. Simmons explained to Delegate Walker. "In the last 11 months, it has been a real struggle to try to keep information and keep the truth out in the open because what we're dealing with is that the folks who are really Continued on page 4A THE SPRING CLEAN-UP ON COLLEGE STREET These Glenville State College football players did more than their fair shares to make the city a more beautiful place to live and visit on Wed., Apr. 25 by cleaning up all of the litter on College Street. And, their truck driver, Gary Ellyson (far left) who is now a Braxton County Commissioner, said, "Whenever it comes to helping out GSC football players, I'm all for it." He's the son of Edith and the late Gene E(lyson of Kanawha Drive. Last week's clean-ups started on Tues.-Wed., Apr. 24-25 and on Sat., Apr. 28, with the debris collected being discarded into the dumpsters at Foodland Plaza. This countywide effort was pushed, at first, by Glenville businessman Greg Smith, who quickly gained the support of other co-sponsors, notably GSC Coach Dave Hutchison and his football players, the city of Glenville's volunteers, the Lions Club, WACO, County Commissioners, Larry Chapman and Frame Oil Field Services. All of these fine volunteers all over the county deserve our thanks, and are, indeed, "Folks Who Shine." DHC, Sr., Pub.-Sr. Editor MASTER GARDENERS JOIN IN COUNTY'S BEAUTIFICATION Late last vgeek, a lot of action took place at the GG-EDA's Farmers' Market -- all spearheaded by a small, yet determined group of Gilmer County Master Gardeners. They were creating a beautification.project in order to make the entrance to the Farmers' Market more attractive. From left to rig ht are Cliff Thrasher, Donna Vavrek, and Patty Thrasher. Their Master Gardeners Club has nine members, who go through extensive training before being admitted to membership. For more information, call the WVU-Gilmer Extension office. But, for their backbreaking effort in shovelling around in WV soil of clay and rock, and planting flowers and shrubs, they are one of the many groups this week who richly deserve our "Folks Who Shine" recognition for helping to make a positive difference in our community, especially during this beautification and clean-up spring season. DHC, Sr., Pub.-Sr. Ed. LSIC meeting at By Dendra Miller, News Editor The lR4,hool Improvement Council gym She said it seems like a little thing, but meeting at TrofElerne Tues.. Apr. 24 the mstallatton of drip plstlc thatnow ctcfies began in the gymnasium, as three students the water and diverts it to the outside of the were set to entertain those present with a little show they had performed earlier in the year for their classmates and teachers. Principal Judy Stalnaker commented that often times adults see the students in sports activities, but the skit these students put to- gether was creative and well executed. All those in attendance appreciated the show Troy Elementary Next, Ms. Stalnaker showed the Board how they were dealing with leaks in the roof of the building was a great improvement to catching the water in cans. She also commended the cook and custo- dian for all the hard work those ladies do. then added, "Everyone here works very hard. We all pitch in and help each other.' Those in attendance moved to the main Continued on page 4A -- Area Briefs -.- GHS Red Terror Reunion June 29-30 The 2012 Glenville High School Reunion will take place on Fri.-Sat., June 29-30, Alumni President David Hall. Class of '53. has announced. In addition to the honored classes of 1942. 1952. and 1962, the Reunion, which takes place at the Senior Center Friday and Mollohan Center Saturday, will feature the GHS alumni who have been "educators." such as teachers, coaches, counselors, librarians, administrators, etc. Send Dr. Hall your biographical sketch and note one incident on it that you are particularly proud of or is funny. He can be reached at 15 Elgin St., Morgantown WV 26501 Also. when you receive your letter of invitation, you are encouraged to nominate an "Alumnus/Alumna of the Year." In addition, for planning on the dinner, fill out the reservation form and send it with your check to: GHSAA (by June 25) to John Gainer, Treas.. 20 Cabern Drive. Hurricane, WV 25526-9327 (304-562-6304). Continued on page 4A Meditation Moment Thought(s) for Voters -- "There is but one just use of power, and it is to serve the people. George Bush 41st President of the United States (1924-) "All Politics is Local." Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill, Jr. American politician & House Speake (1912-1994) "HELPING HANDS" AWARD PRESENTED TO GLENVILLE CIVIC LEADER On Sun., Apr. 28, the Marthas & Marys, an ecumenical organization of women on a mission to improve Gilmer County where the needs are the greatest, awarded their ."Helping Hands" plaque to Frances Myers Schmetzer (right), of High Street, Glenville. Fran has been active for many decades in church work all over the country, later retiring here in Glenville, where she had attended college. She didn't let her retirement get in the way of her civic, college and church works, though, taking on any volunteer duties that needed to be done. Judy Meads (left), moderator atthe First Baptist Church ceremony, read her biography, which is reprinted on page 11A in this issue. To Glenville newspaper readers, she's most remembered for her Iongtime weekly column, "Musings of an Old-Timer;" to the Folk Festival Committee, she's noted for being an enthusiastic volunteer in putting out the group's newspaper; and to GSC, she's appreciated for her wise counsel and unfailing support. Dr. Peter Barr, the college's President, stated, "She's been so supportive of the college, especially in understanding and relating to the kids. She's so well liked that the ball players look for her in the stands." Early 20th century author Thomas Wolfe said, "You can't come home again." To the contrary, Fran came home again to Glenville, but now she's going home, again, to her other home and family in Virginia for retirement. But, not without ou r"Folks Who Shine" commendation for a very happy and healthy future. DHC, Sr., Publisher-Sr. Editor THE BARBARA AND HER LATE HUSBAND, JESSE MARKS' FAMILY HONORED One thing's for certain in a small county like Gilmer: when there's a family in need, there's always an army of volunteers waiting and willing to help them. The late Jesse Marks a popular Linn gentleman who had retired from Mon Power several years ago, died on April 15, 2012 of a long-standing and costly heart ailment. Knowing of this situation, Gerry Moore (second from right) and Darrel Ramsey (far right) arranged with all of the local political office seekers to help out with a Jesse and Barbara Marks Benefit Dinner at the Recreation Center on this past Sun., Apr. 29. After Gerry and Darrel greeted the guests of honor, they escorted them to a table to partake of the de icious baked steak dinner. From left to right are Lenore Marks, Autumn Marks and Jesse's widow Barbara. When Barbara saw the almost completely full Dining Hall, tears came to her eyes and she said, "We are so thankful for so many friends." Her sponsors and the many local politicians who helped serve the tables are truly "Folks Who Shine." DHC, Sr., Pub. For another picture of this event, see page 4A.