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O Single Copy Price-5(P (47* plus tax) (ISSN 0746-5882) Published by and for Gilmer County People 5 Make your . VOICE heard! / Vote in next Tuesday's, May 11 Primary Election! ditorial Page--- Part2: Meet the Candidates' Page 3A Gilmer's Sports Scene -- Local Spring Sports updates. Page 4A Happy Mother's Day! - The area's merchants, businesspeople and professionals wish all area mothers a most happy day! Pages 2-3B .- ATTENTION CANDIDATES - 'Thank You' ads now being accepted As the Tues., May 10 Primary Election fades in our memories, The Glenvil/e Democrat/ Pathfinder's editors and staff wish to thank you for your patronage and information during the recent campaign. In addition, we stand ready to bolster your candidacies during the upcoming General Election in November. For your information, our phone number is 462-7309; FAX 462-7300; and E-mail glenvillenewsad @ rtoL net Remember not to forget your backers and voters in this past Primary Election, either. We are now accepting 'q'hank You" ads. ilmer Goings BAKE SALE/CAR WASH There will be a bake sale and car wash at the Foodland store to raise money for theCancer Society to help find a cure for cancer and is being sponsored by the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church Relay for Life Team, Friday, May 7, at 3 p.m. - ? Please stop by. Thanks! AMERICAN RED CROSS MAY BLOOD DRIVES Please help accident victims, cancer patients, and others celebrate life by donating blood on Wednesday, May 12, at the Wesley Arbuckle Center, Court & Church St., from 12:00-6:00. Also on Friday, May 14, at the Gilmer Co, High School, Band Room, from 9:00-2:00. Every day Blood saves lives! RETIRED SCHOOL EMPLAYEES The Gilmer Co. Assoc. of Retired School Employees will hold itd me- modal service dinner May 18, at 6:00 pm at the Gi|mer Co. Recreation Cen- ter. Bnng volunteer hours worksheets to the meeting. Reservations may be made for the dinner by calling Gloria Summers at 462-7587, or Helen James at 462-5369. FOLK FESTIVAL MEETING There will be a Folk Festival Meeting on May 14, at 4:30 pm., in the yellow annex building of the Holt House. Continued on page 8B The Gilmer County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. on this Thurs., May 6 at the Courthouse for its first regular meeting of the month. To be placed on the agenda, a citizen must contact County Clerk Beverly Marks (462-7641) two days in advance, if action on an issue is being requested. For any other non-action business, the general public is invited to just drop in. The Gilmer County Historical Society will meet at 1 p.m. on this Thurs., May 6 at the Society's Holt House Museum's office at 202 East Main Street. The Society will discuss the its next Bulletin which has become a matter of dispute. The meeting is open to the general public. The Gilmer County Board of A 1970s Glenville State College graduate, who has distinguished himself in the nation's military service and in the V.ietnam War with Purple Heart decorations, will address the 2004 graduating class at the College. Col. Larry J. Godfrey, now a medical doctor and Army War College Professor, will deliver the keynote address at GSC's 130th Commence- ment ceremony in the College's Lilly Gymna- sium on this Sat.. May 8. The United States Army officer will speak to over 300 graduates of the Class of 2004, their families, friends and faculty, as well as GSC's alumni and community members. A native of Grantsville, Godfrey was a 1974 Glenville State graduate. Prior to that, after his graduation from Calhoun County High School in 1967, Colonel Godfrey enlisted in the United States Army. Upon his completion of training to qualify as a Special Forces Weapons Special- ist, he was deployed to the Republic of Vietnam where he served with the 5th Special Forces group and FCompany, 75th Rangers as a recon- naissance team leader. After being severely wounded in action, then Staff Sergeant Godfrey returned to the United States to recover from his injuries. He was discharged from the Army in 1970 and immedi- ately enrolled in college. Following his Magna Cure Laude graduation from GSC in 1974, with majors in both Jubilarians -- will also be honored as 50- Lilly, Jr. Gymnasium on the College campus. chemistry and biology, Colonel Godfrey at- year graduates by President Robert Free- A luncheon will be held immediately fol- tended West Virginia University where he man. lowing the ceremony for all graduates and received his Medical Doctorate degree in The commencement ceremony will be- their families and friendsin the HeflinStudent 1978. After graduation, hereturned to active gin promptly at 10:00 a.m. in the Jesse R. Union. duty with the Army, receiving a direct com- mission as a Captain. ~ I'~ ' i i I ' Ultimatelyreceivinghiscurrentrank, Col.~ : ,I ept. gOes Back tO the Future Godfrey is trained in anatomic, clinical, and forensic pathology, aerospace medicine and holds ratings as an Army and Naval Flight Surgeon. Throughout his medical career, he has been an active opergor in most of our major military engagements, starting with Vietnam. Currently, Col. Godfrey is a professor at the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and the Director of Medical Systems in thel3~partment of Com- mand, Leadership and Management. In addi- tion to his Doctorate in Medicine from WVU, Col. Godfrey holds a Master's Degree in Strategic Studies from the Army War Col- lege and is completing a Master's in Public Administration at Shippensburg University. During the commencement exercises, GSC's Emeriti Professorswill be recognized, as well as the Outstanding Faculty member and Student Leadership awardees. The GSC Class of 1954 -- the Golden : GSC'S VETERANS' HISTORY PROJECT-- One of the most publicized projects at Glenville State College during this academic year has been the Veterans' oral history preservation initiative, ln conjunction with West Virgima University's archives officials, GSC's History Department has been contacting all Gilmer area Wodd War . II veterans in order to personally interview them and to preserve their memories of this great conflict to preserve freedom for posterity. Here, Dr. Espy Miller (right), a ..... ........ . popular GSC Professor Emeritus of English and a World War II veteran, is recently being interviewed and filmed by Jim Bettis, a graduating senior history major who was a student of Dr. Mike Gherke's classes which were doing the lion's share of the interviewing. This session was conducted in the Kidd Library. Dr. Miller recalls that he first came to GSC in 1939 after a 13-month stint in the Civilian Conservation Corps at Camp Boone near Whiteville in the southern part of West Virginia. "We built fire trails in the mountains down there," he recalls of this Roosevelt Administration's New Deal program. Initially earning his Bachelor's Degree at Concord, he, later, took his master's at Northwestern and doctorate at Ohio State University. In the pedod between his academic studies, he served in the Er VI=I V'II'MIIM' .'_ M('IVIIM( . &Hl &rll -- Th.-, C4ihmczr ,r h.t Puhlk. -' , -rvice D stnct U.S. Navy during WW II before returning to GSC to start a long and distinguished "o' i , ' ,,=-hlormantown- tenure of college teaching. Finally, he fondly recalls rooming at the old Firestone Hall ..... ........ I n hi dunng first three years at GSC It was a men s dorm back then, the recently- Stumptown watedme P ire ect. The board s regular monthly t=.r i look p ace, o t s ....... . past Men., May 3. Chair Bill Statnaker (second from riclht/listet:s utility s general urrn.eo uu-years -o age.gen!leman rememo, ers. . . . , man ,,er Brenda Lawson tfar nnht --** awthe-t#ner ........ AJ, ne areaano bL;wwtlveteransareamobeingencourage tooeintePiewe(]. pad c " pants take notes from leff to d t ty staffer Sherry t. u er and Board In add t=on, the College sponsored aWW II Veterans Reuntonlaet Fall and a Wodd Members Ed Talbott and Nelson Smith. . " War Historical Exhibit in the Library. For details, contact Dr. Mike Gherke at 462- 7361. (Staff photo by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) PSD forging ahead on new waterlines By David H. Corcoran, June 9, Bruce Smith, of the state's Dept. of .... Publisher-Editor Environmental Protection, will meet with us So far, 117 people, households and/or busi- and clarify our issues involving the grant," nesses have signed up for hook-ons to the pro- she outlines, also ~oting that Region VII posed Normantown-Stumptown waterline, be- PlanningandDeveiopmentCouncil willcon- ing promoted and administered by the Gilmer tinue to handle the paper work from their County Public Service District. perspective. The $2.9 million, 22-mile system promises to Even though the bids can't be awarded spark economic progress to the western end of until the state's Public Service Commission the county for the fh'st time. It is being funded by approves the project, the local PSD can put two different governmental grant and loan pro- the project out to bid. grams. On another waterline issue, the Board wants Although the 117 individuals or entities have to survey the residents of the Stumptown to signed-on for the $100 ho0k-up fee, the PSD is Rosedale area about the possibility of pro- still 50 short of reaching the necessary-167 riding water to them. customers. "We still need everyone to sign up In addition, the Board approved a new for this new service," states Chair Bill Stal- termination policy, in that the PSD will not naker, charge late fees when reconnecting cut-off Brenda Lawson, the utility's general man- water lines. ager, reports that the governmental agencies The 7 p.m. Men., Apr. 3 meeting ad- that the PSD is dealing with, are taking the journed at 7:40 after handling mostly routine needed steps to move the projeet ahead. "On this business. The next meeting: Men., June /. WORKING TOGETHER AGAIN- Pictured here at the Best Western Glenville 10n on EDA's courthouse office being reorganized 28 are Gilmer County Commission President Larry Chapman (left) and W. Vs. State Senator Bill Sharpe (Dem.-12th Dist.), discussing politics and Gilmer County's "Patience" is now the by-word at the Gilmer County Economic Development Association's need to be considered in the upcoming udget Digest. Chapman and Sharpe have office in the Old Jail Building at the Courthouse. worked together for G Imer County imp vement and expansion numerous times in ' " " "r " With the recent resignation ofJ~m Fealy, the local agency s full-ume execut|vc d~ ctor w=th the last 15 years. Both Sharpe and Chapman are among the dozens of candidates a 10-year tenure, the office is now manned only on a part-time and volunteer basis. EDA seeking re-election to their respective offices in next Tues., May 11th's Primary President Denny Pounds relates, "People are just going to have to be more patient with us until Election. (Staff photo by Kri~ta/Sheets) we can get the office routine back in sync. Right now County Commissioner Reta Kight is answering the phone and I'm handling responses to many of the messages and inquiries. The Education will hold its regular meeting office duties, though, are a full-time job." at 7 p.m. on next Men., May 10 at the Hegoesontosaythathe'shopingtogettheEDA'sonce-failedexcessle JonthisNovember's Gilmer County High School. The General Election ballot. Last year the EDA's $35,000 per year funding rcquest in December's general public is invited to attend. Vital Services Excess Levy fell short of passage by about three percentage points. / Local businesses now providing folksy The Editorial Page .................. '......,3A i to music to spark commercial activity m By Kristal Sheets, other senators and delegates, [Sharpe] was 4A mo.e an. to oo,o.aio om, ,oo. ,we .oa u,'oo .s-o 0re'" ' oa- o, u, a., O,oo i,,o ............................. ............................ 9B I Bluegrass or folk music to augment their regular commercial products. A fund-raiser held on Wed., April 28, at State College during an uncertain time for the Treza Shock and her husband, Dan, of Trezan s Restaurant and Lounge next to the Best the Best Western Glenville Inn brought school,' Freeman said. local overnment offi Soocu~ouse~"w".e s ........................ !..EBEB I Western on SRE, willbeinvitingwidelyacclaimedWestVirginiaBluegrassmusicianstotheir together state and g . Some of the bigger projects that benefit Legals ....................................... ,..6-7B business for Friday evening concerts. In an inaugural concert on this Friday at 9 p.m., Brandon cials, as well as leaders of Gilmer County GSC with which Sharpe has been involved IO- 11A Classifieds ................. : ............. I Bentley, a multi-state champion fiddler from Sumerco (W.Va.), will join friend, Matt post, to businesses and the Democratic Party, to include helping secure a $5.4 million grant to "-'~ IA& 8B t us .................................... I do a little flatpickin~.,, relates Mrs. Shock. "If this takes off, we want to invite other area support State senator Bill Sharpe (Dem,' upgrade and remodel the Science and Math GSC News ...... ' ....... lA, 5A, 6A:& iB |musicians to perfo _rm here in Glenville on Friday nights," she adds. Phone 462-0212 for details Dist. 12). building, acquiring funding to build the Fine r check out Trezan s Mo ' n adv Norths!de Chevrolet, ................... I~ :] o ther s Day Sectio ertisement in this issue. While his cherubic appearance and high Arts Auditorium and upgrading and building Region s Best Marketplace .9A & lOB ] Mr. Chris Higgins, _t/~_,witty Brit who is proprietor of Plant and Gnome Nursery on Spruce energy level belie his age of 75, all of the dormitories on campus. A Salute to Mothers.., ..... 2-3B ] Run, also reports that he s filtering in folk musicians to entertain the local people seeking to many expressions of support given during Another strong proponent of GSC, Board of Medi nM nt s nn and summer flow .... purchase p g ers, plants and trees. These musicians are a funny breed, he Wednesday night sfund-raiserpointtoac-. Governors President Marge Burke, concurred tatio ome can- quipS_,getbUt theto theYgreenhouselike helping me OUtand nursery" NOWOby drivingpe n on all Mondafrom GlenvilleY s in May frOmon SR 33/ll0a m -6 p ml 9 to .... Cedar Creek'ne cumulatedstate lawmaker.Wisdm and expesince as a assessmentwith Freemanof SsharpePraiSe.asaShe feliowadded legislator,t this an Thought for GSC's Graduation ~ Road, turning left toward the park, going one mile to Spruce Run Road and, finally, motoring "Bill Sharpe has been a real force in the citinghisaccomplishmentswhileBurkeserved up the hollow for about one mile to the new business. For further information, call 304-345- state of West Virginia," said fellow State in the House of Delegates. "He has a great "What spectacle can be more 1282. , ~; ' Senator Mike Ross (Dem.'Dist. 15) during knowledge of the system and how to work the edifying or more seasonable, than hisremarks."He'sananchorwhenitcomes system, and hewas always willing to share the that of Liberty and Learning, each GSCtohost statewide broadband meeting to resolving disagreement on the Senate credit for what he acomplislied," Burke said. leaning on the other for their floor." The current President Pro Tempore of the mutual and surest support?" On next Wed., May 12, Glenville State College is hosting a private work session for a statewide Internet access group. Glenville State College President Dr. upper chamber, Sharpe has served in thdWest Robert Freeman commented on Sharpe's Virginia State Senate in two phases, from James Madison TheWestVirginiaRuralBroadbandWorkingTeamaskedGSCtohosttheday'sworksession role in representing GSC in the State Senate 1961until1980, and from 1984 to the present. American president because of Glenville's central location in the state, says the College's associate vice-president last year. "With the work of local folks and Continued on page 6A (1751-1836) Continued on page 6A *