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I I I I II I . L.'. m The Governor's Desk:[ IlFrO Aweekly column byGov. Earl Ray Tomblin ,.I The Next Step Toward Ending Substance Abuse Starting a new business isn't easy. There is a lot that happens between the initial planning phase and earning the first dollar. Once someone comes up with an idea for a company, they develop a business plan, delve into finances, licensing and many other legalities in order to get off the ground and on the map. It reqmres a tremendous amount of commitment and dedication. It's not an easy process, and it' s often one with many obstacles along the way. As I have travelled and met with business owners throughout the Mountain State, I have been told time and again that our workforce has the skills necessary for the jobs available but one of the main obstacles busi- nesses face is finding qualified candi- dates who can pass a drug test. When prospective employees fail to pass a simple pre-employment drug screening, the individualand the busi- ness owner both suffer. This scenario has played out far too often, and it must stop. Thousands of West Virginians look- ing for employment go through Workforce West Virginia, a division of the state Department of Commerce each year. Workforce West Virginia provides a vital service for our state; they offer numerous training programs and a database for employees and employers to connect. Many folks receive these free ser- • - vices and then they fail the employer's drug screening and can't be hired. As a solution, I signed Executive Order 8-12 which requires Workforce West Virginia, to require drug testing before providing services to those seeking employment. This change will save taxpayer dollars by ensuring par- ticipants in Workforce West Virginia's training are drug-free and ready to work. I believe we are making great progress towards ridding our state of substance abuse. Last September, I created the Governor's Advisory Council on Substance Abuse and six regional task forces. The council and the task forces include doctors, dentists, pharmacists, business .leaders, state, county and city officials and citizens from around the state who identify the specific problems in their communities and offer suggested policy changes to end this epidemic. The task forces acted quickly. In fact, many of their recommendations were included in the recent substance abuse bill I recently signed into law. This new executive order requiring drug testing for Workforce West Vir- Thursday, May 3, 2012 -- The Gienviile Democrat/Pathfinder -- Page 15B O i Governor Tomblin Encourages College Students to Take his Mother's Day The idea for Mothers Day origi- nated in West Virginia. And, Tama- rack, the nation' s first retail showcase for handcrafts, celebrates the occa- sion with West Virginia traditions and Tamarack's classic flair. Tamarack's popular annual Moth- ers Day Brunch buffet is available for two seatings: at 10:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Reservations are required for the brunch by Thu., May 10. Entertainment, dining and gift giv- ing are all available at one location: Tamarack. Du.ng May Tamarack's studio a'rtisarr work in the areas of contemporary textiles, such as wall hangings, book covers and small bags; pottery for functional and decorative uses; wooden handmade musical in- struments; handblown glass vases and ring holders, etched glass suncatchers and vases. On Mothers Day weekend Tama- rack artisans Frances Boone with dried flowers and June Willey with hand- made aprons will be on site. Fri.-Sun., May 4-6 Delbert Pitchford, who carves wooden decor, and Earl Grey, who OF SCIENCE SCOTT ROBERTS, LEFT, AND DR. THOMAS BRENNAN, RIGHT, WITH THE SOLAR PANEL AT CHRISTOPHER HALL OF SCIENCE. Local Student Invests in Solar Power ginm participants is just the next phase in my fight against substance abuse. The initiative and personal invest- I believe my executive order will save ment of West Virginia Wesleyan Col- our taxpayers money, alleviate head- !ege senior engineering/physics ma- aches for business owners and make it jor Scott Roberts, of Jane Lew, will easier for folks looking for work to find generate power. Solar power that is. a job. You can count on me to continue A largesolar panel above the door- way of Wesleyan's Christopher Hall of Science is ready to catch the sun- light and generate and store enough fighting to rid our state of substance abuse for our workfome and business owners of today and tomorrow. To learn more about the programs available at Workforce West Virginia visit www. workforce, wv.org - Tamarack Style David Bragg, wood carver' Pam " --_-:- -k : -:v -s L/st Gatens, pet art and Barbara Miles, hardanger embroidery, visit Tama- rack over Memorial Day weekend. Live entertainment scheduled dur- ing May includes a special event, Remembering Cyan, a tribute concert with Bob Thompson, Lady D and MiSSion and John Yurick. A live and silent auction is included, along with refreshments, for $25. Sunday @ Two free concerts for May kick off with Allegheny Echoes on Sun., May 6, and John Lilly on Mother's Day. Jennifer Rose Lilly, who signs bluegrass and country en- tertains on Sun., May 20_ with Redd Brand scheduled for Sun., May 27. Free Sunday @ Two tickets may be reserved Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. for the next Sun- day @ Two, and may be picked up at the front desk on Sunday mornings. Tickets are required due to limited seating. Open daily 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., Tamarack is located at Exit 44 off 1-77/64 in Beckley. electricity to power offices inside the building. • During the past year and a half, Roberts and Research Assistant Pro- fessor of Physics Dr. Thomas Brennan discovered their mutual interest in renewable energy, enabling the project to come to fruition. It was then that Roberts approached his professor about the possibility of installing the panel because of Brennan's previous work with solar panels. Brennan could often be seen on campus using small solar panels to power a guitar and amplifier. Roberts said he wanted to familiar- ize himself with the solar panel sys- tem and see how well it could work and was curious to find out if it could power an office. "Scott initially wanted to learn how to build and install a solar panel so that in the future he would be able to repeat the project at his home," Sunday @ Two • Sun., May 6 - Allegheny Echoes • Sun.. May 13 - John Lilly • Sun.. May 20 -- Jennifer Rose Lilly • Sun., May 27- Redd Band Book Authors • Sun., May 6 - Bob Brunner, Re- porters' Recollections • Sat., May 12 - McCloud & Grayson, Shadows and Mountains • Sun., May 20 - Dr. J. Banks, House Call in the Hills; David Brown, The Hollow Series • Fri., May 25- Camewn.& Fuller, Full Moon Bone Demonstrations • Fri.-Sun., May 4-6 - Delbert Brennan said. Pitchford, wooden carvings, Earl "I hope that by seeing this project Grey, stone sculptures and jewelry unfold successfully, more people will . Sat.-Sun., May 12-13 - Frances be inspired, like Scott, to take the Boone, dried flowers; June Willey, initiative and put a little money and aprons effort forward to install even more solar panel Systems on campus." In order to begin the experiment, the two began searching online for the equipment - a "really good" solar panel, an array of storage batteries • Fri.-Sun., May 18-20-Jo Brewer, dolls; Kathy petrella, cornhusk dolls • Fri.-Sun., May 25-27 - David Bragg, wood; Pam Gatens, fine art; Barbara Miles, embroidery and a charge controller. After finding the right equipment and preparing the panel, Wesleyan physical plant em- ployees recently installed the panel above Christopher Hall's doors, which faces the Chapel Green. When the panel is fully wired to offices in Christopher Hail, it will generate.5 amps of current at almost 40 volts when it's exposed to the sun - that equates to 200 watts of peak power. With batteries to store the energy absorbed from the sun, the offices will still be functioning properly at night or on overcast days. The battery back-ups will even haveenough power stored to operate a refrigerator. Brennan explained most offices in the building have florescent lights, which consume approximately 20 watts, and estimates that most offices should use only around 50 watts of power each day. While the panel is installed, Rob- erts will analyze its efficiency and study ways to improve the solar panel system. "It is my hope that the panel will be there permanently and that more will follow," Roberts said. "Also, I hope that through this project Wesleyan will begin to take advantage of solar energy, and there will be more aware- ness of solar energy." Roberts was a WVWC Bonner Scholar, and a member of the Green Club and Physics/Engineering Soci- ety. He has also served as a lab assis- tant for classes such as General Phys- ics I and II, Science of Sound and Holography. Scotty is the son of Michael and Julie Roberts of Stumptown, WV. Safe Driver Pledge Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin recently spoke to Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community and Tech- nical College students about the im- portance of his new legislation ban- ning texting and handheld ceilphone use while driving. He also encouraged the students to take his safe driver pledge. "'College students are often consid- ered masters of multitasking. They juggle coursework, family and the jobs that help fund their education," Gov. Tomblin said. "But there's one place where one should never multitask and that's be- hind the wheel. Unfortunately, cellphones are a real distraction a distraction we can't afford on our roadways." Senate Bill 211, effective July 1, 2012, will make texting while driving a primary driving offense and talking on a handheld cellphone will become a secondary offense. Effective July 1, 2013, talking on a handheld cellphone will be a primary offense. Gov. Tombli n created the safe driver pledge after signing the bill earlier this month. He encourages all West Virginians to sign his safe driver pledge: ! pledge to put my safety and the safety of others first. I will not text while ! am driving 'b/ c it cn w8'. I will always use a hands-free cellphone while driving because I am a responsible driver. ! will do my part in keeping our roadways safe. The safe driver pledge is available online at www.governor.wv.gov --_.2 sculpts yard art and jewelry from For information and details about Special Events stone, will demonstrate their work. upcoming Mothers Day activities at • Fri., May4-RememberingCyan: Jo Brewer and her daughter, Kathy Tamarack, visit tamarackwv.com or special guest Bob Thompson Petrella, return with their handmade call 1-88-TAMARACK. Tamarack • Sun., May 13 - Mothers Day ,,,d the webkend, cf, St,, My.,9. Events are also available at__Facebook. Bneh:Reserv  M a.,'!0 _.,[,: ~~~~~ Bovine Maa ness ~~~~~ By Daris Howard My friend, Lisa, had just had a whole bottle of milk spilled on her, after which she was licked by a thou- sand sandpaper calf tongues. She was not in a good mood, and would have probably gone home if it hadn't been that her cousin, Amanda, still wanted to milk a cow. We stepped into the milking barn, and a cow, smelling the milk on Lisa, reached out her nose to sniff her. Lisa glared at the cow. "Don't even think about it, Bessie." "Her name isn't Bessie," I said. "What is it?" I didn't want to tell her that since the cow's nose was always running, we had named her Snot Nose, so I fudged. "Bessie will do." Just then, Snot Nose, or, uh, Bessie, teaChed up with her tongue and Cleaned out her own nose. "Eww!" Lisa exclaimed. "That is just gross!" As if in response, when Lisa turned to look at me, Bessie reached over and ,licked Lisa on the side of the face with the same tongue with which she had just disemboweled her own nose. She left a big streak of green slime on Lisa's cheek. "Ahhh!'" Lisa screamed: "I hate cows!" "Well," I said, "she really seems to like you. She doesn't usually kiss on the first date." "I think I hate you more than I hate cows," Lisa retorted. I chose a very gentle cowfor Amanda to milk. Amanda wanted to try milking by hand first, so I showed them how to get the milk coming. "What you are really doing when you milk is squeezing the thumb and forefinger tight around the top of the teat," I told them. "That locks the milk in. Then, with the other four fingers, you press the teat against your palm, and that forces the milk out." I demonstrated in slow motion while they watched, and then sped up until I was milking quickly. It took Amanda a few tries, but soon she had the hang of it. After she had milked a little while; I showed her how to put the milker on. She did that, and then she took it off when the cow was finished milking. It was Lisa's turn next. I chose another gentle cow. I started the dem- onstration again, butLisa stopped me. "Yeah, yeah. I saw it the first time." Lisa tried to get some milk to come out, but wasn't having any luck. "Every once in a while the cow gets something on the end of the teat, block- ing the milk flow," I told her. "Here, let me help you." I reached out my hand and squeezed hard on Lisa's hand just as she turned the teat up to look at the end to see if there was anything there. With my squeezing, the blast of milk hit Lisa squarely in the face. She snorted and wiped the milk from her face. "You did that on purpose!" "No," I answered, "but if I had thought about it, I would have." I encouraged her totry again. "Only if you stay away from me!" she re- plied. I moved up to the front of,the cow, and Lisa made another attempt. She finally got some milk out, and had just finished putting the milker on, when the cow swung he( tail. It hit Lisa hard and about knocked her over. "I thought you said this was a nice cow!" Lisa hollered at me. "She is," I replied. "She didn't kick you." "No, but she tried to club me to death." When the cow was finished, and Lisa had taken the milker Off, I said, "You know, Lisa, I think you were absolutely meant to be a dairy farmer." "I think I would rather be dead," she replied, "and that would be right after I killed you." I guess cow milking just isn't her thing. I VOTE Dan D. Sizemore H'OIlS00 O)f Delegates "It's time to get things done!" &aid for Bj tfie Candidate A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song. ~Lou Holtz Hell Fellow Gi .... . , :, o ,:,,,un..ans;, .......... My name is Tracy Rexroad and I am candidate for the Gilmer County Board of Education. I believe it is time to put politics aside and put the needs of our children first. I was raised in Braxton and Gilmer County. I graduated from Braxton County High School in 1994. Following high school, I attended Glenville State College for two years. At that time I felt the call to serve my country. I enlisted and served for five years in the Airbome Division of the Navy. Currently I am an active member of the Sand Fork Elementary Parent Teacher Organization. I also serve as a member of Sand Fork Elementary Local School Improvement Council. In addition to this, I am an officer of the Gilmer County Little League Organization, serving as the Player Agent, advocating for the players. I am also a coach for the Gilmer County Blue Angels Softball Team. I am married to Jonathan Rexroad, who works in the oil and gas industry. We are the proud parents of our daughter, Samantha. Samantha is a sixth grade student who maintains a 4.0 G.EA. at Sand Fork Elementary. This fall she and her friends from our other elementary schools will begin their junior high/high school education at Gilmer County High School. I have a vested interest in the success of Gilmer County's educational system. I believe my daughter and your children need an unbiased voice to represent them on the Board of Education. I believe it is necessary to have an honest person to represent our children that is not politically motivated. I believe it is necessary to have board members that make decisions based on fundamental educational principles. As a parent of a child attending school in Gilmer County, I am concerned with the direction our system seems to be headed. The truth of the matter is that we need to work with the State to correct our deficiencies in order to regain control of our educational system. I believe our children need a representative who is willing to work with the State. We need to face our responsibilities and work with officials in charge to ensure our children have the very best possible education in modem facilities that are safe and conducive to reaching the 21 st Century Goals estab- by the State. I may not always agree with State recommendations, but I promise to fight for in an appropriate and respectful manner. I will present my ideas, based on your recommendations, to the State in the same respectful manner. If you choose to elect me, I will make myself available 24 hours a day so that you may voice your concerns. I would be honored to represent our children and you as a member of the Gilmer County B oard of Education. Your support would be greatly appreciated on Election Day, May 8, 2012. We Must Not Fail Our Children Again. ] Political Ad: Paid for by the candidate. Thank you, Tracy J. Rexroadll