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Thursday, May 21, 2009 -- The Glenville Democrat / Pathfinder -- Page 5 I N°tEveryOneCallsMeFather By Edwin Daschbach SVD Memorial Day: A solemn remembrance, & Glenville Moving Forward cont'd ... Obama and Notre Dame me, thatmadesense, soIneverdoubted is affordable, andagreatoutdoorplay- worked the historical records in the brothers, all wanting to serve together its validity, until reading the "Desk ground is in your backyard (or close- County Clerk's Office. If anyone Encyclopedia." by for those weekend travel breaks), wanted to know genealogy, they'd go I suspect if I'd get on the Internet, More information on this topic can to the Courthouse and ask Hunter. He there'd be several other towns claim- be found at www.hometowv.com was a historian's historian, living, ing to be the birthplaces of Memorial Hunter Armentrout: RIP breathing and talking about West Day. In mentioning our ancestors on Virginia's rich heritage. Mostimpor- Of course, the important thing is, Memorial Day, tne person who had a tantly, he was a kind, helpful, and like in Gilmer County, to reunite with particular love for his forbearers-- in visionary gentleman of the old school your family, and to pay your respects fact, all of our county's pioneers -- who typically shared his knowledge and say a prayer at your family'scem- and made a practice of visiting their of history without reservations. As a etery, cemeteries regularly was the late result, he befriended many of these Memorial Day in West Virginia Hunter Armentront, of Little Cove families --: both from near and far Since this weekend is the start of all Road, near Troy. away -- who were in search of their oftheannualreunionsthroughoutthe When president of the Gilmer roots. state, Governor Joe Manchin would County Historical Society, he took it Now, it's time for Hunter to rest in be well-advised to put a publicity as his mission to personally get the peace, for his good works and help- emphasis on his "Come Home to restoration of the Old Glenville Cem- fulness to others will long be remem- West Virginia" initiative. He wants etery, atop College Hill, going. On bered with thankfulness. not only for former residents to"come any good weather Saturday, you could Gilmer's patriotism home," but also to stay and enj oy their find him clearing the brush away from In talking about serving one's coun- home state's many amenities. Of the many graves, straightening up the try in the military service, the three course, if they'd want to start-up a tombstones, cutting down rotten trees sons of Dave and Judy Brown, the new business here or to expand an that were threats to the peace of those former curators of the Folk Festival's existing one, that would be even bet- resting there, and just sitting down Country Store Museum, is becoming ter yet. and contemplating these people, legendary. Jeremy, Poleman, and As he stressed in a recent news Moreover, these deceased pioneers Ellsworth Brown are now embarked release, new jobs are being created of Glenville and Gilmer County were on their second tour of duty in Iraq. here, the cost of living is low, housing well-known to him, because he also These three are, indeed, special i)i)iii)iiii iii ili! iil)i)!)iiiiiiiiiiiii iii ii ii i)iii iliiii)iiiii i iii!iiiiii)iiiiiii)i)!)!)i)ii!)i )iii)i)i i)i)i )i)i)i)iii i! iiii!iiii! i iii iiii! il !i iii iiiiii!iii! i!i!! ii !iiil i !i ii iliii ii iilil il iili)ii ii iiii!il iliil ii ii!ii ii !)i)i i!)i iiiiiil iiiii ii ii iii ii!! iii!!i! iiiii i! i!)ii ii iiiii)ii! i!ili iiiil)!i!iiii Parent complains about GSC take-over of Wesley Foundation Dear Editor, than May 25, 2009. (This property tion Center is a clean facility that is This letter is to inform you about was formerly ownedby the Presbyte- well-maintainedbyMaryHeckertand whatGlenville State College is trying rian Church and purchased last sum- staff. Mrs. Heckert has dedicated to do to your childcare center, Hands mer.) Yourchildren will now nothave nearly 26 years to helping children in of Pride. a playground to go outside everyday. Gilmer County, as well as some of the As some of you are aware (if you Glenville State College is going to surrounding counties. We need your read the Glenville Democrat~Path- have a ground-breaking ceremony in help. Let your voice be heard, so we finder), Glenville State Collegeis try- early June for tearing down the main- can keep Hands of Pride Education ing to purchase the Wesley-Arbuckle tenance building, TKE house, and the Center for our children. building from the Methodist Confer- Wesley Arbuckle Center. The Col- Sincerely, ence. If the Wesley-Arbuckle is in- lege and the Methodist Conference Anonymous deed purchased by Glenville State are expecting Hands of Pride Educa- (Editor's Note: This letter was College, the building will be torn tion Center to move their location, given to us editors by Mary Heckert, down. and the College plans to build Just one problem! who told us that it had been written by another housing development there. Glenville State College and the aparent. In this case, the parent alleg- (Refer to The Glenville Democrat/ Methodist Conference have not come edly told her that if her name ap- Pathfinder-Thursday, May 14, 2009, up with a suitable location for the peared on it in the paper, that her job It states that an emergency meeting of center to be located that has passed all would be in jeopardy. Hence, we edi- GSC's Board of Governors took place of the state regulations, compliances, tors-- owing to the need for daycare after last Sat., May 9th's graduation, and inspections. The Methodist Con- for the college students' children and They decided to turn the dorm project ference offered Hands of Pride, others in this community -- have over to the development firm and $7,500, to walk out and close the granted her wish to remain anony- move to condemn some property to doors, mous. This letter also pertains to our get college construction underway, Losing daycare in this areais not an page one story in this issue about the according to college sources.) option, especially one that has such Hands of Pride received a certified compassion for our children and that letter from Glenville State College has=such .-high expectations of our sayingthattheplaygroundequipment children socially, emotionally, and has to be off their property no later educationally. HandsofPrideEduca- and never to be apart, in spite of the military's objections to placing all sib- lings in one unit. Good luck and God speed these Brown boys home, safely and soundly! Like their fine parents, we editors are very proud of them-- their patriotism and love of this great country is un- equaled. Postal Service Drive As a part of the U.S. Postal Service's community service, the National As- sociation of Letter Carriers asked area residents to give them non-per- ishable food items, such as canned meats and fish, soup, juice, pasta, vegetables, cereal, and rice on Sat., May 9. Glenville Postmaster Vanessa Raschella reports that the local food drive was very successful, in that the local postal patrons really opened their hearts and pocketbooks to make this food drive a gigantic success. On the following Monday, the Glen- ville Post Office divided these many food items among the Senior Center, CRI, Inc., and Visions, Vessels, & Victory food pantries. "All were very appreciative to get this food for the area's needy," Vanessa told me. Kudos to this area's Letter Carriers and the kind-hearted people of Glen- ville. Hospice-Senior Center Fair Julie Beckner, Hospice's Care Rep- resentative and Volunteer Coordina- tor, tells me that the recent joint Hos- pice-Senior Center Health Fair and Blood Screening was a gigantic suc- cess. In fact, it was so successful that the two local agencies want to make the event an annual affair. What a great idea! At it, you could get a pretty good cholesterol and other blood testings for only $30.00. Can't beat that bar- gain ! If you have any questions about end-of-life care or if you want to be a Hospice volunteer in its "helping hands and caring heart" program, just contact Julie at 304-354-9343 (home phone). She's generally on the road, but will return your call ASAP. End-of-column In talking about "endings," this col- umn has rambled on for too long. Remember, though, have a happy and thoughtful Memorial Day ! And, until next week, kind folks, be comforting All my life I looked upon Notre Dame University in Indiana as a stellar Catholic University. Dedi- cated to Mary the mother of God (Notre Dame means "our lady"), it has been a top attraction for high school graduates looking for a solid education both secular and religious. I would without a moment's hesita- tion have encouraged top students to apply there for admission. But things have changed. In 2004 the Catholic bishops of this country issued a statement that is to be ap- plied to all Catholic institutions of higher learning: '!The Catholic com- munity and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their ac- tions. " In defiance of this directive, Notre Dame University invited Presi- dent Barack Obama to be the princi- pal speaker and the recipient of an honorary doctor of laws degree at the school's 164th Commencement Ceremony on May 17th. The invitation, and especially the honorary degree, has ignited a firestorm of outrage. Obama is an arch liberal on abortion. Early in his presidency he acted to strike down restrictions on abortion and its fund- ing and has promised openly to pass FOCA (Freedom of Choice Act). This heartless legislation specifically intends to strike down 'every state law restricting abortion (including the heinous partial birth procedure), strike down parental notification, waiting periods, term limitations. It will repeal the Hyde Amendment and so force taxpayers to pay lbr the abortion of others. Over 350,000 people (and my name is proudly among them) signed a petition protesting Notre Dame's invitation. But that's only the tip of the ice berg. A new Rasmussen :sur- vey lbund that 60% of US Catholics oppose the invitation. And it's not just Catholics. An enormous 87% of Evangelicals and 63% of other Prot- estants, and nearly 2/3ds (65%) of all respondents agreed with the ma- jority of Catholics that it is impor- tant for speakers at religious under- sities to share the university's views. That is quite a reaction. It is true that, according to polls, 52% of Americans- who aren't aware of the bishop's above statement - feel Notre Dame shouldn't cancel Obama' s appearance because o fpro- life opposition. But when they ARE made aware that Notre Dame is clearly violating a US bishops direc- tive based on moral teaching, their opposition to Obama speaking there swings in the opposite direction. Mary Ann Glendon, Harvard pro- fessor and former US Ambassador to the Vatican, who was to be hon- ored at the same ceremony, wrote to Notre Dame saying she would not be present to accept the Laetare medal to be given her. She said a decisive factor in her decision was Notre Dame's administration guidelines to trustees that seemed to suggest that her speech "would somehow bal- ance" Obama's presence. She re- fused to be so used in a ceremony she said "to honor a prominent and un- compromising opponent of the Church's position on issues involv- ing fundamental principles of jus- tice." Bravo Mary! Father Ed can be contacted through his e-mail svdglenville@rtol.net High Speed Internet for ALL of rural America! • Available Nationwide • Surf at least 10x faster than dial-up • Equipment only S49.00]![ after mail-iq rebate Hurry Promotion ends soon[ 1-866-697-5992 www.skywayusa.com *For first three months. S I0 additional/mo for remainder of 12 month agreement snails. The Home Show Spencer 1-888-927-2338 11hleH(NINISlIow US Route 33, Spencer Feet Ri~t At Home. Spring Lot Model Sale.* The Phoenicians and Romans made s purple dye from Murex sea Cloth colored with thls~,d~e was more valuable than gold. TOWN OF GLENVILLE PUBLIC NOTIFICATION The USDA, Rural Development has received an application for federal assistance from the Town of Glenville. The purpose of this notice is to inform the public of the proposed water project. The proposed project will include the replacement of old water lines in specific areas and various other improvements to the Town's potable water system. This notice is also to inform the public of a public meeting to be held on May 27, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. in the Glenville Utility Office to provide an opportunity to become acquainted with the proposed water project and to comment on economic and environmental impacts, service area, or alternatives to the project. For further information regarding the proposed project, please contact the USDA, Rural Utilities Service office at (304) 636-2158, Joseph D. Crickenberger, Rural Development Specialist. 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