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37 The A Gilmer Graphics. Inc. Newspaper lenv i I le emocrat Published By And For Gilmer County People Single Copy Price 15c [Incl. Tax] GLENVILLE, GILM]ER COUNTY, IArV 26351 Thursday Jtme 9. 1977 Fest honors me story , balladeer is Marks Back in the 1930's when radio was a luxury for many in Gilmer County and television was unimaginable, the children around Sand Fork used to gather on Arlene Frashure's porch and listen to her tell stories. Mrs. Frashure probably didn't realize she was 'i perpetuating part of West Virginia's oral tradition, as her little daughter Phyllis listened intently. ::,:o:; Phyllis Marks' memory of her 4 ' , mother and grandmother's stories and ballads have made her one of the state's foremost sources of traditional mountain lore. The significance of her recollections was first recognized 23 2 years ago when Dr. Patrick Gainer, .... one oi the founders of the West Virginia State Folk Festival. came to her home with a tape recorder. She was persuaded to tell her stories and sing her ballads on stage during the festival and has been a part of the festival ever since. This year she will serve as parade marshal in the June J 18 Folk Festival parade. she At the invitation of Dr. Thomas and Brown of West Virginia University. she recently appeared at the Vandalia a childwere Festival in the new Science and of Culture Center in Charleston. She also are very recently spent a day spinning yarns She and singing at Glade Elementary for School in Cowan. Mrs. Marks is [Demo- sometimes surprised by all the attention he recewes. % "'l never really thought the stories or songs were unusual. It's just always been a part of my life. I never did think I could sing. Anybody can sing a silly song," she said. She began making attempts to remember the old songs and stories at age 14 when she was forced to quit school after doctors told her she was going blind. She later underwent a cornea transplant which has given her partial vision. "I can remember sittinz at homo Betty Rollins, 46, of Stout's Mill was killed Friday, June 3 at approximately 8:15 Impala she was driving struck an embankment and a utility pole while she was approximately two miles west of Burnsville. She was pronounced dead on arrival at Hospital in Weston. A passenger in the car, Opal Anderson, of Glenville fails to escape effects of on record in West Virginia in the helped ational Dick of rain spring COunty worse. We usually get our best growth of hay between April 15 and June 15. so if we don't get any rain soon, the damage will be done. Pastures are already very short in some areas." added Mason. He added that the freezes in early May may have done as much or more damage to the hay crop. .17 If drought conditions persist Mason advised home gardeners to water a lot or not at all. He said gardeners should apply water to their garden equal to at least one inch of rainfall. Less water than that upsets a this plant's natural defenses against drought. A plant will open its pores when a small amount of water is applied but when not enough is applied the plant becomes vulnerable to disease. Mason said Water equal to an inch even re: a to a week or so should suffice during a drought period. He also recommended mulching with black plastic or straw. Hay is not a good mulch because of the weed seeds included in it. He called the recent weather good for potatoes and corn but not so good for other vegetables like tomatoes. He advised watering tomatoes every day. Mason said he has not heard of any farmers having problems keeping their livestock watered. "The ponds that the farmers and the Soil Conservation Service have built around here have done a lot of good. If we didn't have those ponds we'd be in trouble," he added. The West Virginia Department of Agriculture reported that only 6.6" of rainfall fell in Weston from April 1 to June I and only 5.06" of rainfall fell in the time 23 YEARS AGO Phyllis Marks appear- ed on the stage at the West Virginia State Folk Festival for the first time. Her stories and ballads have been a fixture at the festival ever since. This year she will serve as the parade marshal. Dur. ing that first appear anee Mrs. Marks gathered her children around and told them stories and sang Just as she did at home. Surrounding her then were [l-r] Lynn, Iris, Jane and Jesse Jr. by myself trying to remember the words to some of the songs my grandmother used to sing and when my mother came home we'd piece them together as best we could. "Life was miserable sometimes. I did all the crying and feeling sorry for myself like everybody else. And I'd give up. But after a while I'd decide, no, I can't do that, I've got to keep on going. I'd tell myself there are things you can learn if you keep your eyes and ears :,,'n. Eventhough I did have to quit school, I think I did learn a few things." she added. As would be expected. Mrs. Marks is a supporter of the Folk Festival and its traditions. "There's been some changes in the festival recently. Last year wasn't bad, but the year before it got to be kind of like a carnival. Now rm not against carnivals, but they have their place. A folk festival should be a folk festival and not a carnival." she said. Mrs. Marks will also be celebrating another occasion when she rides in the parade next week. She was married to Jesse Marks 34 years ago on June 18. The couple had four children. They are; Mrs. Jane Law. 27, of Lynch Run, Mrs. Iris McCartney, 29. of Mineral Wells, Lynn Marks, 31, of Glenville and Jesse Jr.. 33 of Big Ellis. Mrs. Marks, who is employed in the Glanville State College cafeteria. was president of the Tanner Federated Womens Club for seven years. Gilm er CAA proje c ts complete d The Gilmer County Community Action Association, Inc. recently reported to the West Central West Virginia Community Action Associa- tion on their activities for the past year. The staff of six operated programs which served 2,100 persons. Programs and projects operated by the local CAA last year include: A Rural Arts & Crafts Association that had 13 participants who earned $6,326 in craft sales last year. The Gilmer County Craft Guild had 26 producers who earned $1,978 through the sale of craft items. Fifteen training sessions for producers were held last year. Youth activities included counse- ling for 22 youth, utilization of the Information and Referral System for 26 youths, a Youth Opportunity Camp for 103 youngsters, a Summer Recreation Program in five communities with over 500 people participating and various activities for youth members such as selling football pennants, viewing movies, a cemetery clean-up, three field trips, the publication of a newsletter and appearances of guest speakers. The Adopt-A-Grandparent pro- gram employed eight youths who worked with 10 elderly people for a total of 502 hours with earnings for the youth of $1,154. Senior Citizen activities carried out by a VISTA Volunteer provided many services including home visits. telephone reassurance and distribu- tion of 12 issues of a newsletter. Thirty- seven meals were served to the elderly under the Nutrition Program For The Elderly. Sixty-three home repairs were made for the low-income citizens and 42 home winterization projects were completed. Their Community Services pro- gram referred 343 people to other agencies, referred 65 people to Legal Services and provided transportation for 34 people. The Community Food and Nutri- tion Program established 82 gardens in Gilmer County and issued 30 food grants totaling $759. The Head Start program which also operates through the CAA. taught 20 children five days a week at the Recreation Center. Local CAA employees are: Bob Waggoner-Director. Jack Rogers-Pro- gram Aide. Hazel Moore-Program Aide, Macel Cart-Secretary, Pearl Williams-VISTA Volunteer and Pattie Dewey Wine-Program Aide. Team of women sought in two county robberies Three women allegedly pulled two robberies in and near Glenville Tuesday night May 31. The women first appeared at Mr. and Mrs. Audy Turner's house near Letter Gap. According to Gilmer County Sheriff Clark James, a car carrying the three women drove past Turner's house and parked and then drove back past Turner's house and parked in a different spot. Two women then came up to the house and began to talk to the Turners on their front porch. After a while the women asked Turner to fill up their jug of water. Mrs. Turner went in the house and filled their jug with water, but the Kathy McCartney named Rotary's student of the year activities and received many honors. including President of the Student Council. cheerleader and majorette, All-Area Band and 2nd Place in All-State Band Competition on the piccolo, Homecoming Queen, Rhodo- dendron Girls State. National Honor Society, Art Award. The Principal's and Service to the School Award and Who's Who in American High Schools.' She achieved a scholarship average of 3.72. Her hobbies are playing the organ and dulcimer. skating and swimming. She plans to attend West Virginia University next year. Her field of study is at present undecided, but she says "I would like to become an air line hostess so I can a Kathy McCartney recently re- ceived the 1977 Rotary Club Outstanding Student Award given annually to a member of the graduating senior class of Gilmer County High School. The award was presented Thursday, June 2 during'a regular club meeting by Rotary President. Kenneth Foglesong. Each year the recipient of the award is selected by a committee composed of faculty and staff members of the local high school on the basis of character, scholarship, "Services Above Self" attitude and participation in school and community activities. Miss McCartney is the daughter of Colonel and Mrs. Loren McCartney of Glenville. During her high school has women refused to leave. Some neighbors then came to Turner's house and they finally got the women to leave. As the two women were getting in the car. a third women came from behind the house. Turner asked her what she was doing but she didn't reply. Turner checked his house and reported a $2 gold piece missing. Women meeting the same description later appeared at John Shuman's house on Lewis St. at about 8:30 p.m. According to Glenville Police {continued on page 21