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June 11, 1976

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The Glenville Pathfinder. ! A Gilmer Graphics, Inc. Newspaper Published By and For Gilmer County People 37 Single Copy Price 15c [Incl. Tax] GLENVILLE, GILMER COUNTY, WV 26351 red.y, Jkme n, 1.i.' season worse than usual in Gilmer burning 270 amounting to cost of $800. Winds were the fire season Normally 6 fires and fire season, 2 carelessness 4 by oil field equipment, 4 by carelessness on the part of smokers, 3 by incendiary, 1 by children playing with matches, 1 by lighting and 1 by a tanker truck spilling its cargo. According to Bob George, Forest Ranger with the Department of Natural Resources, things could have been a lot worse, but the public was more aware of the danger and more cooperative than in the past for which they are too be commended. Thanks and appreciation goes to the Gilmer County VFD, the Normantown Station, the Fire Ward- ens, the employees of the Sheriff's Office, Conservation Officers Steve Davis and Gary Bourne and especially to the volunteers who helped fight fire and donated their time to the Fire Department. Officials also stated that the March, April and May fire season is now over and outdoor burning may begin. the C a P Telephone Comptmy at Weston, to Mrs. Flora Welty and Mrs. Bertha Wagoner !COunty American Cancer Society. Society surpasses goal of the $2,100 this only on a vice commented on the had their donations ready when the chapter's solicitors arrived. Mrs. Wagoner went on to say that the county's goal has been met nine times out of the last ten years. Officers of the chapter include Jenney Kirkpatrick, president; Bertha Wagoner, vice president, Betty White, secretary and Flora Wilty and Clyde Cumberledge, Crusade. GCHS installs new council officers The new student council officers for the coming year at Gilmer County High School were installed recently in ceremonies during a special assembly program. The new officers are Kathy McCartney, president; Jennifer Chis- ler, vice president; Debbie Hamric, secretary; Randy Miller, treasurer and Kent Woofter, parlimentarian. Ms. McCartney, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Loren McCartney of Glenville. has been g' freshman class secretary, cheerleader and a class princess. She is also a three year member of the band. Other member- ships include the French Club, National Honor Society. GAA, honor- ary member of the G-Club, student council representative, varsity cheer- leader, track and basketball teams and vice president of the student council. She was recently elected to the Society of Distinguished High School Students. Ms. Chisler has been a member of the IV basketball and track teams, a cheerleader and a freshman clas princess. Ms. Hamric is a member of the National Honor Society, the high school band and a cheerleader. Miller is a member of the National Honor Society, vice president of the G-Club and a member of the varsity basketball team. dept. to get new office is offices at Kanawha bookkeeping 1McPherson, department,, into ' the new facility as soon as the remodeling is complete but plans are indefinite as to when the final move will be made. The final move will be made when new equipment the bank has ordered arrives. Part of the new facil/ty will include a machine, currently being built by the Burroughs Company, which will enable the bank to print its own personalized checks for custo- mers. According to McPherson, it has been on order since late 1974. The bank hopes to have the bookkeeping department moved into the office in a couple of months. \\; Brothers Ted, Roger and Mack Samples and their friend Frank Beau will be during the Wut Vlrfda State Folk Festival, June 17-20. The group altm plays at the state. Mack Si/mples Is associate academic dean at Glenville State College, his in Clay county and Frank Beall is owner of The Gallery  Glenvflle. Post Office Rockefeller committee, Burke window hours report campaign expenditures to change The Gilmer County Rockefeller for their help in distributing literature Clark Wolfe, Postmaster at the Glenville Post Office, has announced that effective with the close of business on June 18.1976, the window service at the post office will begin new hours. Present hours of service at the window are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m, These hours will change to 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The change is being made to accomodate the early morning customers, aid the preparation of mail for 5 p.m. dispatch (closing at 4:45 p.m.) to the Clarksburg sectional Center and to facilitate new accounting procedures. The box lobby will remain open as USUAl. Jerry McPherson to attend Boy's State Jerry McPherson Jerry Thomas McPherson has been selected to attend the 1976 American Legion Boys' State under the sponsorship of the Rotary Club of GlenviUe during the week of June 13 - 19 at Jackson's Mill. Boys' State is a leadership school for qualified members of junior classes in West Virginia high schools. Jerry is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas McPherson of Glenville and is a seventeen year old iunior at Gilmer County High School where he is an honor student with a 3.52 scholastic average. He is a participant in three major sports, football, basketball and golf. Jerry was named to the second LK Conference team and was given honorable mention on the Class AA All-state basketball team. Also, he is a member of the Student Council and the G-Club. Committee has reported that it spent $1.250 taking voters to the polls for the May 11 primary election, according to a report submitted to the Secrat:.t y of State's office. The report said the committee gave 40 persons between $20 and $60 and driving voters. Billy B. Burke, in his successful bid for re-election to the house in the 23rd district, reported no contribu- tions, $308.88 in new expenditures and $4o6.26 total expenditures. Former resident involved in new medical procedure Until a few years ago, diagnosis of viral diseases by serum testing took four to six weeks. By then, a patient may already have spent unnecessary time in the hospital and received unneeded medication for other suspected illnesses. Today, that diagnosis time has been drastically shortened, and a former Glenville resident is involved in the new testing procedures. Linda Minnich, who received her MS degree from the University of Washington in March, is presently working with Dr. C. George Ray, head of the University's Virology Laboratory where the testing techniques have been developed. Most diagnoses of viral diseases are now made at this Lab within five days and many in only one or two days, according to a recent article sent by Linda to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. lake Minnich. The Lab can detect virtually any virus known to infect humans. Linda, now working toward her Phl), developed one test that routinely determines antibodies in serum for a group of viruses that are a major cause of heart inflammations, with symptoms resembling those of heart attacks. The Virology Lab is the only facility in that region that routinely uses the test. The procedure is applied to about 50 patients a year, the article states. Linda majored in biology at Glenville State Collage and graduated in 1974. At the University of Washington, she has been a teaching assistant for one year. County Bicentennial committee to meet Mrs. Bessie B. Scott, chairwoman of the Gilmer County Bicentennial Committee, is urging all members of the committee and county ministers {or church representatives) to meet in the Town Hall, Sunday, June 13, at 2 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to plan for the county-wide picnic July 4th at Cedar Creek State Park. Committees are needed to plan the day's activities so that this ,ill be a real, old fashioned, basket picnic with activities for both young and old. She reports that the county has received their official Bicentennial flag and certificate from the National Commission. She also reports that the date for accepting biographies for the Heritage '76 booklet has been extended to June 20 since the distribution of forms was delayed. As a result, the booklets cannot be ready by July 4th. They will be mailed, or distributed, as soon as possible after they are printed to the sponsors. To date some 130 biographies have been received. A number of persons have advised that they are plonag. aend biographies. How- ever, none have been racMved for { number of persons who should be in this booklet. It is not necessary for the biographies to be submitted on th forms prepared and distributed. One should include the dates for birth, death, marriage, and any other important events in the person's life; occupation; education; any public offices held; parents and grandparents of the person and spouse; children: membership in organizations; and hobbies. One page of about 250 words, double-spaced, and typed is preferred. The sponsor is asked to contribute $5 for such a page to cover assemiy, printing, and distribution costs. Since many have been received handwritten, typists are needed to prepare these for the printer. Call Bayard Young if you will help with this job at'462-8634. Gilmer residents behind Folk Festival's success BY PAUL BROWN Feature Writer [Editor's Note] Although next week's 27th West Virginia State Folk Festival is billed as the state's affair, there can be no denying that the festival has come to depend on the indispensable talents and contribu- tions of several residents of Gilmer County. In the following article we take a look at three local participants and how their vital contributions help in the success of the festival, A Brotherly Tradition The performance of traditional Appalachian music is the foundation for the West Virginia State Folk Festival. And nothing could be more traditional than a group of brothers and their friend sitting down for a little pickin' for the folks. This is exactly what Mack Samples, his brothers Ted and Roger and their friend Frank Beall do when festival time rolls around. At other festivals, they may play bluegrass, country or popular music, but when they play at the folk festival they play only traditional Appalachian music. In fact. their folk festival presentations go directly to the roots of mountain music. "'I think we're the only group in Wast Virginia that plays songs with Elizabethan lyrics. This is music from medieval England. We do songs like "Greensleeves" with fo(ir different guitar parts," says Mack. Each of the group's members is primarily a guitar player, although they trade around and play fiddle, mandolin and other instruments. Mack says that he sometimes hears arguments over whether or not the guitar is a traditional Appalachian musical instrument. Elizabethan guitar music came through this area at one time or another. Several older members of my family play guitar and they tell me the instrument has been a part of mountain music as long as they can remember." maintains Mack. A talent for music seems to run in the Samples family. Mack says he can always remember his relatives along the Elk River in Clay county playing some kind of instrument. However. Beell, who grew up at Trace Fork, has no family background in music. None of the group's members have had a music lesson and none of them read music. Mack is assistant academic dean at Glenville State College, his brothers are high school teachers in Clay County and Frank is the owner of "The Gallery", in Glenville. The group has a repertoire of from SO-100 songs. But in keeping with the spontaneity of the folk festival they never know what they're going to play next. So you can be sure to hear a variety of Appalachian music when these local minstrels begin to pick. A Chairwoman's Dilemma Paramount to the success of any presentation such as the West Virginia State Folk Festival is the quiet but dilligont work of citizens' committees. There are eight committees at work on various aspects of the Folk Festival. It often takes the cooperation and coordination of diverse groups to get a committee's work done. And then there are times when 'insurmountable problems confront a committee. The Arts and Crafts committee, chaired by Kathy Lewis, recently ran into just such a snag. Last year, Kathy's committtm brought in 48 artisans to display and demonstrate Appalachian harttag arts and crafts. This year there will probably be only 15. Kathy's problem is Glenville's good fortune. Expanding business in downtown Glenville has moved into two of the buildings in which last year's craftsmen displayed their wares. Guyan Family has moved into the old West Virginia Welfare Department headquarters at 115 Main St. and the Kanawha Union Bank is renovating the office at 111 Mafia St. The only available space in tows is Town Hail Therefore inttoad of two artisans from each craft, there will be only one this year. Kathy and her committee of Clarissa William, Sherry Gray, Paul Wileon and Mary Kruger had a difficult time narrowing theUstof craftsmen to a manageable group. Continued tn Page 4 f