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35 The A Gilmer Graphics, Inc. Newspaper lenville Single Copy Price 15c [Incl. Tax] GLENVILLE, GH.MER COUNTY, WV 26351 emocrat Published By And For Gflmer County Peopie ThursdaY, June 2, 1977 h Damewood Folk Fest Belle one of the i one of inherent West Virginia been selected County Home represent the Belle. 69, was health for 23 years. Her primary estival has in shape note tditional singing Roane County. the notes and style through sister and ',is based on the shaped notes the scale {do, The shaped staff just as t a )roficient scan a the tune by shaped note learned to style. in her home of Miss for traditional avid antique nearly back to 1873. antiques Lbinet some of her but her of health a float in the parade nearly 20 years ago. She has been an avid supporter of the Folk Festival ever since. "The Folf Festival gives our county a little recognition. We've got a lot of talented people here and I'd like to see more of them involved." she says. Miss Damewood says she's most proud of her accomplishments as a public health nurse. "Many times in public health you don't immediately see what you've accomplished, but when people come up to me now and remind me about what I did for them, it makes me feel like I've helped them," she adds. . She received her registered nurse's certification from Mt. State Hospital in Charleston and took post graduate courses at Marshall and George Peabody Nursing Collage in Nashville, Tenn. She helped organize the Gilmer County Senior Citizens group, is on the Board of Directors of the Gilmer County Community Action Association and the Gilmer County Medical Center, is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Medical Center and is one of Gilmer County's two representatives in .= Region VII's Health Advisory Com- mittee. Belles from 38 counties in the state will take part in this years fesffval. This marks the 20th year Belles have participated in the festival. They will attend a reception Thursday night, June 18 at the Home of Dr. and Mrs. Bryon Turner, will be introduced at a luncheon on Friday, attend a tea at 3 p.m. Friday in GSC's Pickens Hall and will be served an evening meal Friday by the Rebecca lodge. Glenville were fawcets as Delberf Utility Super- Were "4aletly uply crisis. nervously level drop in : ! Folk Festival's schedule undergoes few changes GILMER COUNTY'S FOLK FESTIVAL BELLE, Ermah Damewood, is an avid shrub and flower gardener. She is pictured above near one of the many trees she planted around her house near Letter Gap when she moved into the house in 1958. Miss Damewood was selected as belle by the Gilmer County's Homemaker Home Demonstration Council. [ Democrat photo] na/rowly averted. ....... Members of the West Virginia Folk Festival Inc. met last Wednesday, May 25 to begin final preparation for this year's festival, June 16-19. A few minor changes have been made in the festival program. The pit-barbecued beef lunch has been changed to a sandwich affair and the times for the over 50 years of age and under 50 years of age banjo and fiddle contests have been reversed. The beef sandwiches will be served Friday at 11 a.m. and barbecued chicken will be served Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Folk Festival food stand. The food committee includes: Mike Farber, Harlan Hogue, Ed McElwee, Everett Mason, Jia Copeman and Charles Cole. The Normantown P.T.A. will assist with the chicken barbecue. Shape Note singing classes will again be offered this year at the Clenville Presbyterian Church on Thursday at 3 p.m., Friday at 2 p.m. and Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Among those assisting in the school will be Mrs. Rite Emerson, Dr. Raymond' ]ones, Ermah Damewood and Jesse Marks. There will be music and dancing on Main St. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 7 p.m. Music will be provided by Chester Iones and his group from Calhoun County. Programs of music and dancing will also be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m, in the GSC Auditorium. Mac Samples will introduce the performers on Thursday and Saturday nights. Friday night's performances will be limited to old-timers who have participated in the folk festival for several years. Dr. Byron I. Turner will emcee this program. The McGuffey Spelling Bee will be the Little Kanawha River as the area has gone without rain for almost three weeks. As the water level came perilously closer to the top of the water plant's intake pipe in the river, the city called in Carl Carr to deepen the pool near the plant where the city draws water. police chief re after 23 years Qilmer County's Commander. will retire Greg Lemaster of Moundsville, is in his first assignment after recently graduating from the police academy "We'd been praying for rain all week and nothing had happened. So I guess you could say we prayed to the Corps of Engineers and got a foot of water." added Davidson. Engineers at the dam released enough water to raise the fiver one foot in Glenville. It took six hours for the water to reach Glenville. "That dam was built for flood control, but it's nice to know it can be used during dry seasons too. They said they'd cooperate with us any time we might need water again." said Davidsou. The mayor noted that the water shortage could have been much worse if Glenville State College had been in session. City water use is almost doubled when the college is in session. - held Frkla st 2  in. the Trinity VOTE Town Hall will open at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 7 for the dty election. Although there are five wards in the city, Town Hall is the only voting place. The poll will close at 7:30 p.m. Anyone who has registered to vote in city elections with the county clerk is eligible to vote. Voters will choose between six candidates for mayor. They are: Robert J. Wyatt, Garry Kight, Patrick V. Reals, Guy Simmons, A.E. Stewart and Clark Wolfe. United Methodist Church. Dr. Barbara Tedford will pronounce the words from an original McGuffey Speller. Anyone can participate. The Festival parade will begin Saturday at 10:15 a.m. Mrs. Phyllis Marks of Tanner will be the parade marshal this year. The parade will form on College St. and proceed west on Main St. to Walnut St. The parade committee includes Tom Luzader. Mrs. Tom Minney and Kathy Luzader. The Old Time Fiddler and Banjo Pickin' contest for performers over 50 years of age will be held Friday at 2 p.m. and the contest for performers under 50 years of age will be held Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The contests will be held in the air-conditioned GSC Auditorium. Contestants should register with Mac Samples. A coon dog show is planned for 5:30 p.m. Saturday and a beagle show will be held 5:30 p.m. Friday. They will be held on the festival platform on Main St. The committee includes Charles ]ames and Loris Roberts. Muzzle Loading Rifle Shooting matches will be held on Sycamore Creek at the Gilmer County Recreation Center under the direction of Tom and Nancy Minney. The Horse Traders will again get together on Sycamore Creek Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Vern Martin is arranging for trash barrels around town and Bob Layne is providing trash bags. The Country Store is Festival headquarters and will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday. Friday and Saturday. Clerks in the Country Store will include Mrs. Nellie Engelke, Mrs. Myra Mick and Mr. and Mrs. Michael Bondi. A religious service and shape note singing at, Job's Temple ill close the Those running for city council are: Ward 1-Don E. Barker and Robert E. Reed, Ward 2-Jess R. Pritt and Lowell Fredin, Ward 3-Lonnie Fitzpatrick, Ward 4--John W. Collins and Ward 5-John W. Jamison and Harry Hoover. Delbert Lee Davidson is unopposed for municipal judge and Edna White is unopposed for recorder. A special meeting of the city council will be held Wednesday, June 8 to authenticate the ballots. Any challenges will be heard at that time. been a state 23 years. He B in time. His in Barbours. 1959. He in nd spent the ?arkersburg has been a position as Wood County recently I trooper. in Institute. A new detachment commander will be assigned in the near future. Davis had praise for the people of Gilmer County as he left his position here. "I've enioyed working in Gilmer County. We've always had the support of the people, They're good law- abiding citizens. In the eight years I've ten here we haven't had to deal with any violent crimes. I think this speaks well for the people of Gilmer County," he said. Before assuming his new position Davis will vacation in Florida for three weeks, visiting relatives. Wants to get more men participating Street ithi city of Glenville for two Years. He and his wife Donna mOved here from Parkersburg. He feels his busine experience will be an asset as mayor. "I think if YOu're able to run a profitable business, you should be able to run the city pretty well. I'm proud of this town and I'll Work with the city Council to improve it. This is a job you have to.have enthusiasm for," he adds. Wyatt says h--,n  . . . . the -reatest - "T u uey to determine aeeo that the city can meet with the limited fu "I thin - th nds available. e Present adm!nisa- Pursuit of hit-and-run reveals other crimes What looked like a routine arrest for Glenville police Sgt. Denzil Hess Sunday, May 22 turned into a labyrinth of associated minor crimes. Hess pulled over a Maverick driven by Melvin R. Stere of Orma when he noticed the car weaving through town. Hess arrested Stars for driving under the influence of alcohol. Stars asked that a passenger in the car, John Hickman also of Orma, drive the car away rather than have it towed away. Hess agreed to the request, but as Hickman pulled away he s/de-swiped the patrol car and immediately sped up Town Hill. Hess pursued him at speeds reaching 60 m.p.h. Hickman lost control of the car just outside the city limits and it plunged over the hill. When Hess got to the car he found that Hickman had vanished. A long search failed to turn up any sign of the man. Siers later told police who Hickman was and Deputy Sheriff Dale Hacker and Hess brought him to Glenville for arraignment. In municipal court Davidson fined Siers $113.60 and sentenced him to ten days in jail for driving with a revoked license and fined Hickman $,50 for __Meet The Candidates Robert Wyatt tion has done a real good job. But no matter how well they've done, you can't stand still, you've got to keep improving. "If I'm mayor I'll listen to the little voices tlmt sometimes don't get heard." Wolfe wants cooperation Clark Wolfe believes one of the main ingredients for the progress of Glenville is cooperation. As mayor he says he would work to foster cooperation between city and county, the city and local businesses and the city and its citizens. "I think we could accomplish great things if there were more cooperation between the city and county governments. For some reason they haven't been working together. What's good for Glenville is ultimately good for the rest of the county, We also need to get more input from businessmen and citizens. I wich they'd attend our council" meetings and follow what's going on in city government." says Wolfe. He has served three terms as a councilman, He recently retired as ,GlenviUe's Postmaster. He had beei mployed by the post office for 23 years. 15 of which he served as postmaster. He feels the fact he's retired will benefit him as mayor. "Since I'm retired I have the time to devote to the mayor's office. Believe me. being the mayor of a town the size of Glenville is a time consuming job. I will maintain regularly scheduled hours." he adds. Wolfe feels he possesses a less tangible qualification for the mayor's office. "I thank I have enough of a sense of humor to go with the job. I think this is a basic requirement, no matter what kind of job you hold." He calls his No. 1 priority, the repair of the sidewalks on Main St. He also says he would try to convince the state department of highways to give higher priority to the paving of Main a,d College Sts. "I'm wide open to any suggestions imporve downtown parking," he adds. Wolfe says he's pleased with the speeding {no damage was done to the patrol car}. Magistrate Robert Minigh charged Hickman with reckless operation and driving without a license. He was fined $26. Further investigation revealed the car was registered to Homer Roy Siers of Orma. but the license on the car belonged to a car registered to a juvenile. Police are sill investigating. Police are still investigating. ! Clark Wolfe quality of work turned in by city employees and would try to maintain that level. "I think the last mayor and council have done a good lob. I think we could continue this work ifI were mayor." he ,aintaina,