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I The.GienvilleDemoc:aii ................ :... : ............ . Thurs., May 21, 2009 -- Page 3 Thei.~]enviile Pathfirl~ " .............. / .... ........... Memorial Day: A solemn remembrance, & Glenville Moving Forward Next Monday, May 25 is set aside as Me- morial Day. For the first time in many years, but earlier in the year, 1 got to practice the custom that many of you readers get to do annually over Memorial Day holidays to return to your hometowns, to visit your deceased loved ones' graves, and to place wreaths at their tomb- stones. This experience gives you a quiet opportunity to think and pray for them, not forgetting their many kindnesses to you dur- ing their lifetimes. A couple of weeks ago when visiting the New Albany, IN-Louisville. KY area to give a speech. I took a break from my normally hectic schedule in order to visit the cemetery where most of my forbearers are perpetually resting in peace. Unlike some other cemeteries in New Al- bany, our St. Mary's Cemetery is still very well maintained, with most of the tombstones standing as straight as when they were first erected. My school days buddy, Dave Ehlers. who has-many talents himself, also has a very creative, gifted, and energetic brother, Eddie. who is now the cemetery's very efficient care- taker. Most importantly, he takes great pride in not only upkeeping the cemetery properly, but also expanding it tastefully. In fact, he's added a beautiful poem {n memory of our loved ones at the cemetery's center crucifix It's very long, so I couldn't jot it down. 1'11 have to ask him to e-mail it to me, so that I can share it with all of you, because it seemed to \ The Corcoran Column By David H. Corcorat~ Publisher-Editer f me to be so special, touching, and appropriate for a cemetery. As I mentioned. I normally don't get the chance to revisit this great part of my upbring- ing, hut this year, I was fortunate to get to place a wreath at the graves of my parents. Thomas and Iola Corcoran, as well as the other Corcorans buried there in the family plot. In addition, I put another at the nearby gravesite of my grandparents, Charles and Lorena Moser, andAunt Evelyn and Uncle Frank Buche. I usually perform these tasks in December. when returning to the New Albany area for my annual high school class reunion. This year was special, though, for I'd just lostmy beloved first cousin, Paul Buche, to cancer. I was surprised that he didn't want to be buried in his parents' plot, but he under- standably desired his final resting place to be at Buck Creek Lodge, which, as we were growing up, was our "fun and play place" in the country 30 miles from the graveyard. Of course. I thought and prayed for Paul, as well. Most Gilmer Countians are fortunate to have their families still living in this area, so their trips back here to relive those childhood and growing-up memories With their family members at their gravesltes need not be so hurried or lonely. As a result, this Memorial Day means a little more and is much more comforting to me than many past ones, when I didn't have the chance to reconnect with my parents and grandparents' fin al places of rest. Thanks. Gilmer County, for letting me go for this one weekend,t A little more history Memorial Day, or Decoration Day as it used to be called, was purportedly originated after the Civil War. according to "The New American Desk Encyclopedia." This book claims that it was first practiced in the South in the late 1860s when the towns- people decorated the graves of the Confeder- ate and Union soldiers buried in their commu- nities. To the contrary, many years ago when traveling in New York State. my family drove into the mid-state town of Waterloo. which had a very large sign, affirming: "The Birth- place of Memorial Day." That grabbed our attention so dramatically that we stopped to read the historical marker. It maintained that the first Memorial Day in the recently re- united nation took place there in 1866. For Continued on page 5 !:!. .... ,,..:i~::ii:;ili;i:;i.+i;. &,,. "ii':::iii;:i:::L ':":z::::':::~:iCilZii:i;;:iiii;i;i;iiiii[ii:;:;i ........... i: ...... Legislature reconvenes May 26 for Budget finalization By Brent Boggs, State Delegate (GUmer-Braxton) As I write this week's column on Sunday evening, it feels more like early March than mid-May. We've been covering flowers and plants in anticipation of the weather forecast. However, that is only a minor inconvenience compared to the massive flood destruction in Mingo and Wyoming Counties. In checking with several legislative col- leagues and friends from southern West Vir- ginia, the narrow hollows and valleys, high concentration of mining activity and massive li amounts of rain combned ii!~i:::~ ............. ~:~::iiiiii to wipe out homes, roads, bridges, vehicles and dump untold amounts of mud, rock liiiii!iii~| and debris. lii]iiii~~i]]/ The National GUard has l~l been caltedinto the area and the President has signed a disaster declaration. It is possible that other counties may also be designated. With all the recent rain and the ground saturated, almost any area of our State could suffer a similar outcome if heavy rains should occur. I know how much folks in the flood area appreciate the generous donations of food. cleaning supplies, basic necessities and on-the-ground help. I want to thank owners Gene and Judy Alfonsi and the outstanding staff at Braxton Health Care and Rehabilitation Center on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the facil- ity last Friday. After days of rainy weather, the bright sunshine and warm weather al- lowed residents, visitors and guests the op- portunity to take in the occasion and various activities outdoors. I had the opportunity to visit with many residents, their families and many staff members during the day. It was a wonderful time to celebrate a cornerstone of care for Braxton County and central West The schedule for this month is as follows: Virginia. Ialsoappreciatethededicatedmem- May 26, 3:00 p.m., Post Audits bers of American Legion Post 33 for their May 27. 12:00 noon, Commission on Spe- recognition of veterans at the facility and the cial Investigations flag ceremony. May 28, 12:00 noon, Joint Committee on Legislature to reconvene Government and Finance On Tuesday May 26, the Legislature will Interim dates for the remainder of the reconvene per the call of Governor Manchin. year are as follows: Apparently, there is some confusion with some May26-28, June15-17,July14-16,August as to why legislators are going back for a 10-12. September 14-16, October 13-15 No- special session so soon after the regular ses- vember 17-19, December 7-9, January 10-12 sion ended. How to contact me! First, the Legislature has no choice but to Now that the session is completed, please reconvene since the Governor did not finalize address your mail to my home office at PO revenue estimates for the budget until earlier Box 254. Gassaway, WV 26624. My phone this month and after the 60 day session ended, number is 364-8411 and fax 364-8711. It was fiscally responsible to end the session If you need immediate assistance, call the and return after the necessary information Capitol office at 340-3220 or Assistant to the was obtained. Without the revenue estimates Majority Leader+ ~:T6m Bennett at 340- from the Governor. it is impossible for the 3262 or faxto 340=3213. If you have an House and Senate to put together a budget, interestinanyparticularbilloralistofallbills Furthermore, the Governor has vetoed a dozen that passed both the House and Senate, please bills and, in most cases, he is expecting us to let me know. correct the bills and resubmit them for his For those with Internet access, my e-mail signature, address is This special session will be held in conjunc- You also may obtain additional legislative tion with the May interim meetings. This will information, including the copies of bills, save public funds on travel expenses and pay. conference reports, daily summaries, interim While the Legislature can call itself into ses- highlights, and other information from the sion, in this case, it is not because we failed to Legislature's web site at http:// complete work before us within the allotted rime. As all members have regular jobs and message, please remember to include your responsibilities, we will be returning next phone number with your inquiry and any week because only now can we complete our details you can provide: Additional inf0rma- work on the budget and take up veto mes- lion. including agency links and state govern- sages, ment phone directory may be found at Typically, the interims immediately .after the regular session contain a limited agenda. Remember to thank a veteran for their ser- Also, the Joint Committee on Government vtce to our nation and continue to remember and Finance will determine the various stud- our troops - at home and abroad - and keep ies for the interim legislative meetings for the them and their families in your thoughts and remainder of the year. prayers. Until next week. take care. GilmerCounty High's musical program, Mr. Lopez highly praised Dear Editor, than 30. These students, many of whom have I am certain that all of these young people I am writing this letter to recognize and pay been playing their instruments for only one or greatly appreciated all those who attended tribute to Mr. John Lopez, and the Gilmer two years, have been so well-trained and their performances, including Principal County High School Jazz Combo, Choir, and instructed by him, that they have participated Butcher, Assistant Principal Chambers, Mr. Band. in competitions all over the state and in Penn- Casey Smith, and Mrs. Jani'ce Collins. Last night these talented young people gave sylvania. Most notably, they have received In closing, I just want to take this opportu- truly amazing performances to the delight of numerous awards, trophies, and accolades, nity to say how very grateful I am to everyone the crowd of family and friends in attendance. In addition to his teaching ability, Mr. Lopez who played a part in this wonderful concert, For approximately 90 minutes, the audience also possesses an unbelievable enthusiasm the mind-blowing performances oftheguitar- was treated to awide variety of contemporary and energy for music and his job in general, isls. drummer, and trombonists in the jazz and traditional music by over 40 of the most The students he works with cannot help feel- combo, the beautiful voices of the choir and talented young people I have ever seen. ing equally as enthusiastic and energetic about the pianist who accompanied them. the seem- The talent of this group of Gilmer County's their instruments, vocals, and performances, ingly flawless performances by the band, and youth is carefully drawn out, enhanced, and It is as though Mr. Lopez has "music fever" the expert direction ofMr. John Lopez. Thank and the many youth who are blessed enough you all so much for your dedication and hard honed by Mr. John Lopez. who could very well be the best high school music director in to work with him catch it. as well. work, but, most of all. for sharing your amaz- the state of West Virginia. While some may Besides the obvious enthusiasm and energy ing talent with all of us last night. disagree, there is plenty of factual data to back these young ladies and gentlemen have. they You are awesome!!! up this claim, are also no strangers to hard work. After Sherry Burke, In the few years he has been employed by watching the wonderful performances given Sand Fork Gilmer County Schools. Mr. Lopez has grown last night, it was evident that many extra hours the band from less than 10 members to more of practice had been put in. which shows genuine dedication on their parts. 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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 for 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 news and advertising side. Also. all political letters or news stories submitted in the last month prior to an election are to be paid political adverstisement, except for biographical sketches in an Election Guide or section. J armony - Now with Congressman Mollohan's $380,000 grant in hand, the 'Glenville Moving Forward' improvement groups can all realize their original dream In and around Glenville, spring is blossoming, and with the announcement of a nearly $400,000 grant for downtown re-development, the town is bursting with exciting energy, enthusiasm, and music in the ears of our progressive- minded people, who have put so much volunteer effort into this dream over the years. In fact, many positive streams have joined to form a strong current of change in the historic Little Kanawha River -- change which is bound to transform the town, Glenville State College, and the county into better places to live, study, shop, and work. Dr. Bob Henry Baber, who is a former mayor of Richwood and downtown beautification proponent, is just one new face that has helped encourage these "Glenvilte Moving Forward" groups. He recently and correctly told me that it would be impossible to thank our U. S. Congressman Alan Mollohan (Dem.- I st Dist.) enough for his efforts in procuring federal funds to reinvigorate the town. However, the grassroots support of many local groups and volunteers were all crucial and important from the start, that was about 15 years ago when locals came alive to the reality that we had to beautify our county and towns in any way possible, or Glenville and the county would be left behind, economi- cally, educationally, and socially. We editors are referring above lethe dedicated efforts of organizations, such as initially --the Gilmer County Economic Development Association, its Vision Plan Group, and, lastly, the Phil Reale LeadershipSummit. In addition, there were about two dozen Benedum Foundation-funded Projects that helped improve our communities, one notably being the installation of the nice "Welcome to Gilmer County" signs that greet visitors to our home turf. Then came the energetic pushes of the Communities '4' Development's regional approaches to community development, the combined Family Resource Net- work (FRN) and EDA initiatives, followed by the Blueprint Communities. And, of late, the Recruitable Communities, Sidewalk Gang, and FRN-Con- gressman Mollohan grant proposal -- all have not only made it possible, but logical, to secure the federal and' state funding. Thus, after many years of struggling, Glenville is poised to reclaim its historical roots and carve out an enhanced image that will attract and keep more small businesses downtown, which will, in turn, appeal to more college students, retirees, tourists, and local residents. Donna Waddell, Director of the Family Resources Network, is to be con- gratulated for penning the Mollohan grant proposal that will finally allow the Glenville Moving Forward efforts -- once only a dream to actually happen. Additionally, Dr. Peter Barr and First Lady Betsy Barr, of Glenville State College, should be recognized for "walking the walk" of the "Town and Gown" concept. They truly understand that what's good for Glenville is good for Glenville State College. The more Glenville looks like a college town ... and provides college town amenities, such as art galleries, music stages, specialty shops, murals, green space, and the like, the more everyone in Gilmer County, not excluding the College, will prosper. Furthermore, the "Sidewalk Gang" a mixture of College students, govern- ment representatives, EDA members, common citizens, seniors, and college staff and students is to be commended for their on-going efforts at sweeping, painting, and attempting to secure another federal/state grant for a massive span of new sidewalks that could dramatically change the streetscape. So far, it looks as if that proposal is still in the running. Of course, Minnie Hamilton Health System's role in bringing in the West Virginia University Design Team could not have been timelier ... and have a more positive reinforcing impact on making Glenville's downtown beautifica- tion dream come true. And the Folk Festival Comrnittee's dedication inkeeping the music playing all these 60 years cannot be overlooked, either. I'm sure there are many other individuals and organizations, unnamed but herein recognized, that deserve a pat on their backs for keeping the faith. There is much work to be done. And no doubt there will be some bumps along the road. Facilitating community involvement and prioritizing projects will no doubt be a challenge. But after years of planning, praying, expending countless hours in meetings, working in community service, and, finally, FRN's taking the "bull by the horns" and moving forward with the downtown beautification and development plans, the City now has the capital to "prime the pump" for a new Glenville. Best wishes to all for a job well done, and let's all keep our eyes on that ideal vision for Glenville's ever brighter future. DHC, Sr., Pub.-Ed. Edge o! the_______ e Harper CHRYS!. + FIAT FIAT FIAT- L[B (Hy dd, or half bre 4s?] : ::: : :-: :::::i: :::/;ii:i::::;: ;: :: !:~:~::i: :: ::: ::