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2 The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder June 17, 1976 WELCOHE FESTIVAL FANS We'd like to say "welcome" to all those who are visitin 8 GlenviUe for the West Virginia State Folk Festival. We're proud of the continuing role our town has played in the maintenance of West Virginia folk heritage. The folk festival is a very informal affair. If you've got a musical instrument sit down on the corner and join the pickin'. If you're a singer, give shape note singing a try at the, Presbyterian Church. Some of the state's best craftsmen will be selling their wares at City Hall and other places about town. When you get hungry don't miss the barbecued beef and chicken lunches local groups will be sellhlg at the festival food center. And of course the traditional muzzle-loading rifle, banjo and fiddling contests will be presented for your enjoyment. If you're looking for a respite from all the festivities, take a drive through Gilmer County. It's one of the most rugged counties in the state, as you'll soon find out. If it rains don't stray too far from the paved roads or you may Fred yourself stuck in some of that good o1' Gilmer mud. In these times of whirlwind-like change, Glenville is happy to provide you with a trip through the past. Many residents of our town volunteer countless hours to bring you this pleasing diversion. We hope you enjoy it. Food store becomes natural success By Paul Brown Feature Writer Six items and $30 is a rather inauspicious starting point for any busiuess. But Appalachian Alter- natives natural foods and crafts store at 405 N. Lewis, has grown from just such meager beginnings to a near-successful operation. "We've reached the point where we can at least start paying ourselves a salary," says co-owner Ruth Walsh. Walsh and her partner Pat Comer started their business last January when they realized there was a market for natural foods in the Glenville area. "A lot of our friends liked natural foods and the closest place to buy them was in Spencer or Morgantown," says Walsh. "There had always been talk of starting a food co-op, but it never got started. So we just went ahead and started the business." The partners also decided to take advantage of the talents of local craftsmen by taking items on consignment. Pottery from Bob and Karen CoWs Bonnet Run Stoneware is offered for sale. The oven-proof pottery is made with lead-free glazes and from native clays. Various pieces of woodwork from the shop of Eugene Breza are on display as are cushions and potholders made by Clyde Covil. Micheal Gruszkowski's delicate earrings made of feathers, local woods and tortise shells are also popular items in the crafts section of the store. As the store's name implies, natural foods are offered as an alternative for local food buyers. "We're not really in competition with local food stores, because we offer foods that usually aren't available locally. We have things like fresh dates and figs, excellent natural peanut butter, herb teas, coconut, rye berries, mung beans and various grains-things for people who like to eat well," says Walsh. Although Welsh and Comer order most of their foods from a warehouse, they would like to buy more food locally. "West Virginia imports 90 per cent of their foodstuffs and we think that's too much. We'd like to see local people selling food to their neighbors," adds Welsh. In order to help achieve this goal, Appalachian Alternative may sponsor a farmer's market. The market is just in the planning state now, but if you're interested call the women at 462-9902. Now that the owners are prosperous enough to pay themselves a salary they're contemplating ex- pansion. In the next few weeks they plan to knock out a wall to make room for more inventory. The future looks good for Appalachian Alternatives- naturally. , GRAINS THAT ARE GOOD FOR grain sold in her natural foods store. Other ..... rd s- e V00ew crafts are on sale in the store located at 405 N. i}i}i :: By U.8. 8en&tor Robert C. Byrd Forestry incentive hits was a steam locomo- News for Consumers Atty. Gem. Chatmcey Brewing Like spring showers, the fly-bye night home improvement "experts" are with us again this year. These "specialists" promise low prices, professional results, and solutions to all your home iraprovement problems; so I thought it would be appropriate to issue, as we did last year, a warning about these annual "visitors". One such Sroup hit an area of the Emetern Pmhs,ndlo recently, offering to seal cracked driveways with used motor off. Another team has been in the Kanawbe. Valley charging hun- dreds of dolletrs for worthless roofing repairs. There are several ways to protect yourself from these rip-offs. You should nave r agree, on the spot, to have work done by anyone who appears at your door. In many instances, tha "specialist" requires a subetantial down payment, performs part of the work. asks for final payment, 'then promises to return the next day ta finish, That's the last time a homeewnfer ever sees the individual. The best way to handle these situatiorus is to ask for an address and phone n'umber of the company, than request 'the "expert" to return in a few days to 1give you time to think about the offer. Chances are he will go down the road and .try to sell his services to anothe r, take his money and head for the co,unty line. However, should he return, take tims to contact several local comp antes and request that each send a re)rmmntetive to your home. Ask for firm written timates in detail. After you have three or four of these esmates, you are ready to make a choice. Consider the price, the work time involved, the guarantees offered, and any reports about the contractor you might be able to obtain from friends or neighbors. After selecting a contractor, ask him to submit a written contract based on the estimate. Then take a day to read the contract thoroughly. Make sure it contains all the details of the job and a completion date. Never sign a contract if you are unsure of your obligations or if there are any blank spaces. As to the payment schedule, never agree to pay in full before the work is begun. A good arrangement is to pay in installments as different sections are completed or after the entire job is finished to your satisfaction. Be especially wary of contractors who claim they need a payment in advance to buy materials. An established firm should have enough capital to cover this initial expense. It is not uncommon for a "fly-by-night" operator to leave town before paying the suppliers. In this instance, the supplier, such as a lumber company, has an interest in your home known as a mechanic's lien. Since the contractor is nowhere to be found, you will be responsible for the debt even though you have already paid the contractor for this expense. Informed consumers can help keep fly-by-night companies out of our state by turning them away. If you are approached by home improvement "experts", it also would be helpful if you contacted the Consumer Protection Divison of my office. Published Every Thursday By GILMER COUNTY PUBLISHING, INC. At 109 E. Main St. OlenvillL WV 26361 phom4m2-73o9 Second-C'dms postage paid at Glenviile and at additional mailing offic Subsiption price (Ha.B0 tax included in Gilrmr County; other West Virginia residents )45.00 tax included. Out of state subscriptionll trT.00. Cannot accept subscriptions for less than il moo@as. (ALL PRICES EFFECTIVE FEB. 1st, 1976.) ROBERT D. ARNOLD PRESIDENT/PU BLISHER CHUCK CAVALLO EDITOR JOAN LAYNE OFFICE MANAGER In May, 1876, the Can- tennial Exposition opened in Philadelphia to celebrate America's first century as a Republic. During that summer, millions of Amer- icans and foreigners from all around the world travelled to Philadelphia for the gigantic birthday party planned to be the grandest exposition the world had ever seen. Even after only 100 y e a r s o f independence, America was already recog- nized as a leader among nations. We were a young and diverse people, and were respected for our energy, foresight, and ini- tiative. In 1876, America was hard at work, rebuilding the economy and healing the old wounds left over from the Civil War and the Reconstruction era. T h e hardy and the adventurous in the land were going West to carve out a nation from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Rather than look- ing back, people were opti- mistic and were talking anxiously about the future. A new machine age-- which promised to ease everyone's burden and pro- vide more goods and serv- ices--was just around the corner. Everyone who went to Philadelphia in the summer of 1876 wanted to see some of these new machines and gadgets. One of the biggest tire representing the rail- roads which had helped to open the West. Two unrelated events which also occurred in 1876 represented the watershed the country had reached after 100 years. Custer and his troops were massacred at the Little Bighorn in Montana, and Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. America's west- ward expansion was about over and a new age of in- ventions and industry was beginning. Looking back, it is re- fleshing to see how much our ancestors had accom- plished in their first cen- tury. And being a proud and dedicated people, they wanted the whole world to come to Philadelphia to celebrate their Centennial with them. And today, with America celebrating her Bicenten- nial, we have just as much to be proud of. After two world wars we helped out our allies and former enemies alike and rebuilt Europe and Japan. We have landed men on the moon and are leading the world in the all-important technological revolution. When our grandchildren and their children look back at us during their Tricentennial in 2076, I am sure they will be just as proud of us as we are of our ancestors. Regi0n VII consumer pr0Eram aids 3,000 The consumer education program carried out in Region 7 of West Virginia reached nearly 3,000 persons during the 12 month program period ending May 31, according to a year end report released recently by Region Project Director Carol Yount of Philippi. The consumer project carried out by faculty members from Glenville State College, Alderson-Broaddus, Davis and Kln_s and West Virginia Wesleyan Colleges, included 77 individual programs since the begin- ning of the project year on June 1, 1975. These programs, held in various towns throughout Tucker, Randolph, Bar- bour, Upshur. Lewis, Gilmer and Braxton Counties, were attended by a total of 2,947 persons. Programs held during the year included talks on health care, avoiding consumer ripoffs, estate planning, nutrition, wise grocery shopping and a number of related topics. The talks and workshops were held in over 20 towns, including Gassaway, Sutton, Glenville, W,:..toh, Buckhannon, Philippi, Gallo- way, Belmgton, Volga, Nestorvilie. Elkins, Huttonsville, Mill Creek. Norton, Elkwater, Parsons, Davis, Thomas, St. George. Hambleton and Flanagan Hill. "We obviously are very pleased that the programs we held during the past year were able to reach, and hopefully aid so many people," said Mrs. Yount. "Our major target groups for this consumer project were senior citizens and public school teachers, and the 66 programs for the senior citizens and 11 inservice workshops for the teachers helped us to reach these people throughout Region 7 with valuable consumer information." Twelve faculty members from the four colleges involved presented the consumer topics to the senior citizens and public school teachers throughout the region. Funding for the program came largely from a grant through Title I of the Higher Education Act of 1965, and from the colleges involved. The program will continue under a revised grant for the coming project year, with light modifications in format. available to county The Gilmer County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS) County Committee recently announced that all funds for cost-sharing under the 1976Agricultur- al Conservation Program {ACP) have been allocated to local producers and that no additional funds are expected at this time under the 1976 ACP Program. The County Committee also announced that funds are still available under the Forestry Incentive Program {rIP}. The Forestry Incentive Program was authorized by Congress in 1973 to share the cost of tree-planting and timber stand improvement with private landowners. The Federal cost-share rate is 75 percent. The demand for wood in this country is expected to exceed the supply within 30 years unless many more trees are planted each year and much more forest land is placed under good forest management. Lands owned by the forest industry and by the public are being planted and improved at the fastest rate possible. But smaller private owners, who control the majority of forest lands in the Nation, do not have the funds to make such" long-term investments. Therefore, the Forestry Incentives Program is designed to share this expense with these private, eligible owners. To be eligible for cost-share assistance under rIP, a landowner must: 1. Own a tract of no more than 500 acres of eligible forest land (unless the Secretary of Agriculture deter- mines it is in the public interest to grant an exception for a larger unit). 2. Be a private forestlandown- or. Any individual, group, association or corporation may be eligible provided they are not regularly engaged in the business of manufactur- ing forest products or providing public utility services of any tvr 3. for forestatio for forest eligible softwoods, proved in 4. " producing and meets standards in his State. 5. harvest on cost-sharing within the cuttings, unproductive convert exempted Eligible Tree Planting, Releasing, land Fencing Logging The rIP by ASCS under this them. The first contact the ASCS Office, of the Pot for the Service examine your need He will Plan in provide Finally, certify that completed cost-share US. advantage program the growing country. Life-savinE breast cancer m WWU-'ff A special repeat broadcast of "Why me?", a candid, straightforward report on breast cancer-how it is detected and what can be done about it, will be shown locally on WWVU-TV, Tuesday, June 22. at 9:00 p.m. Narrated and hosted by actress Lee Grant. the program intimately documents what happens after discovery and surgery as ten women who have undergone mastectomies describe their physical and emotional experience. "it is as hard for me to talk about breast cancer as it is for you to listen and watch. But please bear with me. This program could save our lives," states Lee Grant in a personal appeal to women to watch the program. At 10:00 p.m., immediately following the telecast, WWVU-TV will present a live follow-up phone-in titled "Ask About Breast Cancer." Area viewers may call WWVU-TV studios toll fre,, at {304} 293-4022 and ask a panel brest directly to questions passed on. TSe telecast Chairman at West Center and Medicine; Research West Center: member chapter Society. Reach to serve as tele,:ast.