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2 The Gienv/lle Democrat/ Pathfinder May 12, 1977 Editorials & Comments I I I Protect the environment With President Carter's recent statements in favor of increased use of coal, it looks like West Virginia is headed for another 1940's style boom period. There are signs the boom is already reaching into Gilmer County. Applications for two new strip mines have been filed within the past month; Mines on the Lewis and Braxton County lines show this area is a burgeoning coal producer. The urgency of our country's energy needs coupled with the higher price of coal could produce a mad scramble by mining companies to dig as much coal as possible wherever they can find it. (An example is the controversial attempt to mine coal in Nicholas County's Cranberry Backcountry, a proposed National Wilderness Area.) In the face of this inevitable increase in mining activity, we can only ask that miners strictly follow laws which protect the environment. Our story on page 1 about the proposed strip mine near Linn shows people are concerned about possible environmental damages. It was heartening to see Division of Water Resources inspectors are on the watch in Gilmer County (see prep plant story on page 1). These inspectors are few and far between and usually overworked, so we hope the miners who come into our county show the proper respect for the law and environment. I Clover Line by"Roma W I Calendar thurs, may t2 The Parent Education Resource Project (PERC) will hold a monthly meeting at I p.m. in the First Baptist Church Annex. Parents of children aged two to five are invited. Child care will be provided during the meeting. Gilmer County Trailriderswill meet at 8 p.m. at the clubhouse. fri,-may 13 The Sojourners quartet from Weston will sing at the Revival at the Heaters United Methodist Church. The Belle Harmoneers from Belle will sing at the May 14 meeting. The May 21 meeting will feature the Gospel TravelAires from Grafton. Minister in charge of the meetings is Rev. Bernard Skeen. Services start at 7:30 p.m. each night. Everyone is welcome. sat, may 14 The 4-H Junior Leaders' Walk-A-Than will begin at 9 a.m. from the Extension Office. The Gihaer County Gospel Singers Association will sponsor an all-night gospel sing at the Gilmer County Recreation Center beginning at 7:30 p.m. Sing Master for the evening will be Clarence Moore, former lead singer with the Brighter Side Quartet, The Sojourners, The Harold Family, The Christian Heirs and various local groups. Refreshments will be served by the Eastern Star. The public is invited. Sand Fork PTA will sponsor a benefit dance starting at 8 p.m. at Sand Fork School gym. Featured performers are Lee and the Country Swingers. All donations will go to the school PTA The public is invited. The Smithville Eighth Grade Class will sponsor a square dance in the Smithville School gymnasium from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. The Smithville Eighth Grade Class will sponsor a square dance in the Smithville School gymnasium from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. The dance will feature live music. Refreshments will be served. Proceeds from the admission charge will go to the art fund for grades six, seven and eight. sun, may 15 " ..... ........... ........... The Troy Elementary PTA school sports banquet will begin at 1 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Everyone is reminded to bring two covered dishes. I don't believe I have ever seen so many people having so much fun at one time as I did this past Saturday at the Gilmer County 4-H Fun Day. It may have been a dreary, rainy day outside, but over 120 4-H'ers and friends of 4-H didn't let that get in the way of the fun-filled day. Obviously a number of activities had to be adjusted since the event was moved indoors. I might point out that many of those present were overwhelmed and even scratched their heads in wonder when I announced that the indoor field events would consist of contests in feather blowing. balancing a straw on a teaspoon, balloon bounce, two-man wheelbarrow. red-hot straw, plantin' corn and a grapefruit relay. I must admit that some of the events even amazed me! Especially the balloon bounce. Ron Stalnaker (Letter Gap Clover Climbers}, Cathy Sears {Lockney Braves} and Mike Peggs {Cox's Mill Jolly Millers} really showed me up as they finished in first, second and third places respectively in this event which I myself am unable to muster. Jeff Furr (Glenville Mountaineers} was found to be the windiest of all the Gilmer County 4-H'ers as he won the blue ribbon in the feather-blowing contest. Mark Burkhamer {Troy Happy Hearts} and Jamie Minney {Sand Fork Peppy Steppers} came in second and third respectively in the strong lung, scooting knees event. What a contest! Tammy Collins of the Glenville Shooting Stars won first place in the straw balancing event. This activity sounded easier than it was. right Tammy? I think we had as much fun at this event held inside as we would have had outside if it had not rained. I know for a fact that Andy Collins. Barry Williams. and Karen Brady, all of the Lockney Braves displayed smiles and enthusiasm which in my opinion could not have been greater. Speaking of the Lockney Braves. one of the blue ribbons which they won was for the greatest percentage of 4-H club members present at the event. Eighty,eight percent of their members turned out for the gala activities. Of course this drippy day kept very few 4-H'ers away. The Baldwin Merrymakers and Glenville Shooting Stars were close behind in attendance with 'ed and white ribbons won respectively. "How-How" to all the 4-H clubs for their attendance and the enthusiasm they displayed for 4-H at this event! A special hanks to Donzella Villers. Lorraine Small, Helen ]ones, Sondia Shaw. and Joan Allen who assisted with the events. I also appreciate the help given by the Junior Leaders' in conducting the registration, leading songs to open and close the event, and setting up for the activities as well as cleaning up afterwards under the direction of "Mother Skinner" on broom and dust mop maneuvers. sat, may 2 t The Glenville Jr. Womens Club will sponsor a Spring Bike-A-Then for youngsters aged ten and older from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Bike-A-Then will start at the Pioneer Motel. Proceeds go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Instructions are available at the Towne Bookstore, Pioneer Grocery, Ben Franklin Store and from Bobbi Nicholson at Gilmer County High School. For more information contact any club member or Diana Kuhl, 462-5372. Rain date will be May 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. The Town of Glenville will send a truck around town today to pick up any garbage too large for the regular trash collector. The service is free. A ramp dinner will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Glenville I.O.O.F. Hall on Kanawha Street. Consumer News By Atty. Gen. Citauncey Browing The lg76 activity report of the Consumer Protection Division (CPD} has been completed and the statistics contain both good and bad news. Taking the "bad news" first, the report shows that the number of complaints and inquiries about mail-order sales increased noticeably last year. as compared to 1975 data. I am concerned about the situation since the CPD has limited jurisdiction over out-of-state firms, the group which brought about almost all of the mail-order complaints. However. there's some hope since new Federal Trade Commission regulations are designed to tighten the control of such operations. and,,they should be helpful in reducing consumer problems. As to the "good news", the 1076 report indicates most consumer complaints arose as a result of breakdowns in communications between the seller and the buyer, rathe1 than the existence of unfair or deceptive acts. This is not to say that West Virginia is free of unscrupulous business operations, but it does indicate they are becoming more and more rare in our state as a result of the Consumer Credit and Protection Act. Last year's report also indicates the CPD received approximately 15.000 inquiries or complaints, with the greatest numer involving motor vehicles. home furnishings and home improvements. Such categories are traditionally more susceptible to complaints because the transactions usually involve large sums of money, complicated or mechanically sophisticated items, and repai requirements usually beyond the normal skills of the average consumer. Other categories which were the subject of a large number of complaints involved credit, mobile homes, television and radio merchandise, publications, clothing and public utilities. The lowest number concerned vending machines, real estate agents, pharmacies, hospitals and nursing homes. I am pleased to report that the CPD was successful in resolving the majority of last year's complaints to the satisfaction of all of the parties i;,volved. I anticipate we will meet our 1977 challenges just. as well. by Hints from Mother The world of plants is truly fascinating! For biologists plants are objects of study. An artist shapes, vibrant colors, and pleasing aromas. For the center of his life and source represent food and nourishment. And for the old an important part of his medical kit. It is a known fact that friends possess healing properties which, if correcfl.y cure ills, ease suffering, and save lives. Until the second world war most medicines were found in the plant and mineral world. Now they are chemicals. Does it make them more effective? I doubt it. the fact that many modern medicines are, indeed, wonder about the disdain and condescending attitudes big cities in particular} have towards plants and their spite of the fact they have been used for centuries and saved looks like we put more trust in the man-made, compounds. They seem to be more modern and scientific. effective. We often erroneously feel that old and silly possibly measure up to proudly sounding Well, well. Phenylephrine may be very helpful is is not always superior to good, old fashioned, home and love. Moreover. the man-made chemical drugs ofte side-effects which are worse than the ills they Antihistamines are known to cause dizzy spells which can car drivers as alcohol. Aspirin can cause stomach upsetS Hence. if simple, chestnut leaf or wild cherry bark can FOR I work as Glyceryl Guaiacolate why shouldn't we save two or make our own. better tasting and just as effective cauh This is exactly what Mrs. Enna Clayton of Newberne chestnut leaves and cherry bark every fall. She deliciously tasting and very effective home-made cough recipe: Take a cup of dried chestnut leaves, preferably original tree. or half chestnut and half mullein leaves, over them and simmer till half of the liquid evaporates. of decoction add / cup of honey or Karo syrup (do not use l crystalize). Pour into 2 clean bottle, and keep in a cool This mixture is very helpful in cases of cough and complicated chemical name. so we shall call it "EMMA'S Some people prefer syrup made of wild cherry bark, tastes better, especially to children, In order to make it, and mullein leaves with wild cherry bark (not leaves, poisonous!). Then, follow the same procedure as for For mild kidney disturbances, when there is burnin bladder, Mrs, Clayton says try corn-silk. Corn'silk wonders! How do you make it? You simply don't throw the silk away after you instead, and keep it in plastic bag until you need it. When arises, you steep a cupful of the silk in two cups of three cups of this tea daily. Your kidneys will surely quit two. ,If they dtt' u't ,meems-tha you  need a doctor. .... vebedyhss,a favorite, hems remedy by Clayton swears by corn silk and her famous cough syruP. Vera. Aloe Vera is. in my opinion, the most wonderful pla ! addition to being pretty it is very soothing to minor, and Since I am somewhat absent-minded I always keep this window to soothe and heal the many minor burns experience while cooking or canning. How to apply Aloe pinch off one of its juicy leaves and squeeze its juice onto may have to repeat this procedure several times or the inside part of leaf cut lengthwise. At a certain (approximately after 15-20 minutes) "all your pain is gone even look red anymore. Here is another interesting and little known fact plants and their healing properties. Did you know that plant (also called Indian Hemp, or marihuana} is actually  Most old herbal books recomend its use for a variety menstrual cramps, nervousness, flu (to promote glaucoma. The Nov, 8. 1976 issue of "Newsweek" carrie' interesting court case. Robert Randall, Washington D.C. teacher is a vict diseasd which often leads to blindne: the main symptom of glaucoma, i.e. pressure within the drainage of optic fluid. Randall's attorney a Enforcement Administration for legal access to While studying Randall's application, the agency application from a D.C. Optalmologist associated with the College of Medicine who wanted to conduct studies medicinal effects of marihuana on glaucoma victims. and Randall became the first "gu/nea pig". At the same D.C. Supreme Court has charged Randall with marihuana, and the teacher is awaiting both medical research. One wonders what will happen if College of Medicine will prove that, yes indeed, glaucoma? Will this common weed with healing proper tts: and condemned? "'Mind Openers" is very interested in hearing about home remedies. Letters A Saving To the Editors: Three years ago, to be exact April 18, 1974, I sent a the Democrat. It was after a visit to West Virginia and it the kind and generous people of Glenville to preserVe  the little old bank in the center of town. We have recently received word from Mr. building has been given to the West Virginia be moved, restored and become a useful May I express our appreciation to the this building and to the Society for accepting responsibility of restoration. My husband and I contribution to this worthwhile project. We hope many will do the same.