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May 28, 1976

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The Glenville Pathfinder A Gilmer Graphics, Inc. Newspaper Published By and For Gilmer County People Single Copy Price 15c [Incl. Tax] GLENVII.LE: GILMEE COUNTY, WV 26351 Friday, May 28, i97 team 4-H Land eighth in the Contest City, rbers compet- C. Myron Jr. and Jan was Everett eighth place show our quality those from Dr. Richard in plant with the Center for Education. trains so they land use." the Okla- as the States Compete for Diane GerwiE, Karen Bush receive honors at GCHS graduation /' / / ) Diane Gerwig,Cdaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. Gerwig of Cedarville has been named valedictorian of the 1976 graduating class at GCHS. Karen Diane Bush, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Asa Bush, has been chosen salutatorian. Diane has been a member of FHA and of National Honor Society for the past two years. She is FHA vice-president of state and national projects and NHS vice-president this year. She received an award pin as outstanding mathematics student as a freshman and a similar geometry award as a sophomore. She was chosen as a junior for inclusion in the publication, "Who's Who Among American High School Students," and this year was selected for the Society of Distinguished High School Stu- dents." She expects to enter the local college for a business administration degree. Karen has participated in Pep Club and Drama Club and was secretary in her junior year and president this year ih GAA. She is a member of Student Council. She has been a member of National Honor Society two years, for which she now is chair person of social activities. She has been in chorus and was class treasurer her freshman year and secretary her sophomore year. Karen participated in girls' basketball as manager last year and on class teams. She was in track one year. She was awarded the GAA pin for outstanding service her junior year and was FFA Sweetheart that year. She hopes to become a medical secretary. Other seniors who are graduating with honors are: Sue Burke, Mary Ellen Scott. Vickie Osborne, Bey Hamric, Tim Brady, Mary Wiseman, Iarry Frye, Richard Smith, Martha Villers, Eddie Radcliff, Patty Manley, Kim Roten and Marilyn Minigh. Gilmer County High School's eighth annual graduation exercises will be held in the school gymnasium beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 28. with Dr. Espy W. Miller as guest speaker. Diplomas will be presented by Mr. Ronald Welty, superintendent of Gilmer County schools. Music will be by the school band. The annual sermon for the school's one hundred eight seniors will be delivered by Ray. Jay Slater on Thursday, May 27, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Miller, chairman of the English Department at Glenville State College, is a former president at the West Virginia Association of College English Teachers. He has been a member of the English faculty at GSC since 1946. His wife, Mrs. Resales Miller, was a teacher of English and French at GCHS until she retired in 1973. Rev. Jay Slater is the minister of the First Baptist Church in Glenville. Local senior citizens attend state conference Lucille Reese, Merle Owens and Ardoll Fisher, members of the Gilmer County Senior Citizens group, attended a three day conference sponsored by "ng Arts Center children's recital for the sponsored by various persons and Children's donations. 14. in the According to Ms. Wilt, many children in the county are very 'Wilt, teacher talented but unable to take advantage the recital of formal training. This program  would e.b|e them tdo so at a ' ' ..... minimum'of cost. center, so far, enough money has been were donated to sponsor ten children for one month this summer in the program, Donations will continue to be accepted the throughout the summer, she conclud- ed. begin a For more information on the G.C.C.P.A. or the summer program, to enroll 50 interested persons may call 462-9902 Nho would between I0 a.m. and 5 p.m. or write classes 405 North Lewis Street, Glenviile, will be 26351. county take top honors 4"H'ers took club, placed second in the vocal portion of the Talent competition while held at Jim Hatton of the Cox's Mills club won May 8, second in Public Speaking for boys. Frank Minney, Lockney, placed third in Horses and Horsemanship, Senior Division and Sherri Cain, Tanner placed third in Public Speaking for girls. Renee ChadweU, Lockney, was awarded a red ribbon in Foods and Nutrition; Judy Chisler, Camden Flats, a red ribbon in piano solo; and Kathy Ellyson and Melissa Adams, Cox's Mills, a white ribbon in Talent Division {vocal). 4-H and Collins, and Lockney, and Bailey, in the Community a team. Flats 4-H the Council of Senior West Virginian's. Programs with greater flexibility, better and inexpensive health care and more "helping hand" support systems were among the topics discussed. It was held at Jackson's Mill, May 20-22. The camp was the gathering point for some 800 senior citizens from throughout the state who first came to take part in the seventh annual Senior Citizen's Conference sponsored Tues- day through Thursday by the West Virginia Commission on Aging. Thursday afternoon the Council kicked off its annual meeting with a workshop on "Alternatives to Institutionaliza- tion," which was co-sponsored by the Consumer Education Program at Fairmont State College. Keynote speakers for the work- ,shop were Dr. LeonardCsin, Spegial Consultant, Task Force on the Frail Elderly, Federal Council on the Aging, Washington, D.C., and Frances Klafter, chairperson of the Washing- ton, D.C. Gray Panthers Health Action Committee. Dr. Cain described his policy proposals from which national programs will be developed to help the "frail elderly" remain independent, living in their own homes, guiding their own lives. Instead of placing a person in some institution, the program would step in as necessary to provide support when an elderly person could no longer do his own shopping, cook his own meals or clean his home. The program, Dr. Cain explained, will be offered in every community, unlike other elderly programs that depend upon local initiative for sponsorship. Dr. Cain's request for planning suggestions was met with pleadings for program flexibility in determining eligibility. His tentative plan for having age 75 as the beginning age for benefit entitlement was challenged by one participant with: "And what about the 55-year-old widow who has no Social Security, no work experience. Where are the programs for her?" The seniors and social workers cited case after case to prove that "fraility" cannot be defined strictly in terms of a specific age, physical condition or situation. Dr. Louise Gerrard, Executive rector of the West Virginia CommiesioD'on A4/ns, told Dr. Cain that "we are fighting for programs that cover the whole life span. We need prevention programs very early in life - programs that are flexible to help all people remain frisky" rather than helping them after they fall into fraility. The total care theme also echoed throughout the presentation made by Ms. Klafter when she discussed the health care goals of the Gray Panthers. "The elderly need senior centers with complete care, not just health care. Centers should provide every- thing under the same roof - nutrition, legal services, social services, socializaton," she said. Such services are provided by the Minneapolis Age and Opportunity Center in Minneapo- lis, Minn., which charges only those who can afford to pay, she said. NOTICE The Post Office will be closed Monday, May 31, 1976. If you are mailing ads or news please mail early to assure that we wig receive them in time for our June 3 issue. Diane Gerwlg Karen Bush Stacy SpurEeon selected County Belle for upcoming Folk Festival ',i ':mk st;,00 SP,00.n / Mrs. Stacy Spurgeon, a life-long resident of Gilmer County, will ,--ve as the county's Belle at the u ruing West Virginia State Folk Festival to be held June 17-20 in Glenville. The Gilmer County Home Demon- stration Council sponsors a Belle each year for the Festival. Mrs. Spurgeen, 70, of Bear Fork, was born at Connings on August 23, 1905, a daughter of the late Clinton and Blanche Tyson Burton. She is one of five children. She married O.R. Spurgeon on July 10, 1929 and they have lived in the same home on Bear Fork for the past 47 years. She is the mother of two children, Winoma, a band director at Coalton in Randolph County and Robert, a senior contract salesman for Pittsburgh Plate Glass Industries. He resides with his wife and three children in Hurricane. West Virginia. Mrs. Spurgeon has been a member of the Church of the Brethren for 47 years and has been a Deaconess there since 1930. She has taught Sunday School for quite some time and is presently serving as the churchs treasurer. She has also been a church conference delegate in Illinois. Nebraska and New Jersey. She is vice-president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the West Virginia Tri-district Soil Conservation District Supervisors Association, a member of the Gilmer County Senior Citizens group, a member of the Women's Farm Bureau Committee and is president of the Couings Home Demonstration Club. Her many hobbies include sewing, quilting, embroidering, canning, fish- ing, traveling and tends a large garden, cares for her lawn and flowers and on many occasions, helps with livestock, drives a truck and bales hay. She taught school for three years before her marriage and she organized the Thanksgiving Day Rabbit Dinner at the Smith School in Doddridge County. This will be the 50th year of the dinner. She has spent many years taking care of the aged in her home. caring for her father-in-law, mother-in-law. her own mother and a brother-in-law. Mrs. Spurgeon sings soprano, and coming from a very musical family. enjoys gathering around the piano with her husband, daughter, son. daughter- in-law, and three grandchildren for an old fashioned family sing.