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~ 0q - r~T r? r,.- ~ . sEA T;~% ,~ a ,,ll,,~,lti,,,t,,t,,J,It li,l,,|,,I .... I1,.,,,' .... The Glenville Democrat Single Copy Price-75 (70 plus tax) (ISSN 0746-5890) Published by and for Gilmer County People Volume 105, Number 25 Glenville, Gilmer County, West Virginia 26351 Thursday, June 18, 2009 This week's prayer Heavenly Father, Bless all of our 60th Anniversary of the West Virginia State Folk Festival's volunteers, especially giving them heart to continue helping out in this giant community endeavor that is enjoyed by so many. Provide the people of Gilmer County with good health, happiness, and stable finances during this national recession. Most importantly, ease the pain of those suffering from illnesses, notably David H. Corcoran, Sr., Tom Reaser (who had a re- lapse), Judy Stalnaker, Mary Jo Ours, Wanda Luzader, Margaret Moss, Don and Marilyn Phillips, Blake Grogg, Becky Sprouse, and T.A. Corcoran, Jr. (who faces heart and ar- tery repair surgery). Finally, help our community people come together, following the mildly-contested community elections in Sand Fork and Glen- ville. May these new leaders prove to be good. Amen. U.S. & W,V. History Shorts On June 9, 1925, a group of women picketed the Owings Mine of Consol, after the company and miners reached an agreement independent of the UMWA; On June 10, 1983, Don Cohen, founder and promoter of the National Track & Field Hall of Fame, criticized Governor Jay Rockefeller and The Charleston Gazette for not supporting its establishment in West Virginia; On June 11, 1873, a Wetzel County lynch mob shot and killed John Jennings, a suspected leader of a criminal gang in New Martinsvil!e; On June 12,1968, renowned African- American scholar and Harvard historian, Henry Louis Gates Jr., graduated as valedictorian of his Piedmont High School class; and On June 13, 1861, John Carlile presented "A Declaration of the People of Virginia," thereby clearing the way for West Virginia's later secession from its mother commonwealth. ilmer Goings On_ VETERANS' FLAG UNIT The Veterans' Flag Unit will be a part of the Folk Festival parade on June 20 at 1:30. Organizer Damon West suggests that all veterans report to the Pizza Hut parking lot at 1:00 p.m. Those veterans not able to walk, please bring your car and join the parade. GILMER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR Will be held on Monday, June 22, 2009, at the Gilmer County Health Department. With a physician's or- der, there will be Mammogram Screenings from 8 am to 3 pm. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 304-462-7351. Continued on page 12A Public Me@tings At 7 p.m. in Mon., June 22, the Gilmer County Board of Education will meet at the GCHS Library. From 8-10 a.m. on Fri.-Sat., June 19-20, Historical Society members are encouraged to help out at the Continental Breakfast -- a fund-raiser at the Folk Festival. Inside This Week The Editorial Page .................. :.., .......... 3A Sports ................................................... 6 Obituaries .................................. ..: ...... 12A Society ......................... 7A, 10A, 13A, IB Courthouse News ............................... 13B Legals ........................................... 2B- 13B Classifieds .................................. 14A- 15A GGOs ....................................... IA & 12A Iack Garrett Ford ................................. 5A Father's Day Page .......................... 8A-9A Folk Festival ...................................... 1 IA Meditation Moment Thought(s) for the Week -- "My interesl is ill the future because I am .going to spend the rest of my life there." Charles Franklin Kettering American engineer and inventor ( 1876-1958) Welcome to the 60th Folk Festival in Glenville, Baldwin CEOS member now to represent Gilmer at Folk Festival By Lisa Belknap, Staff Reporter Beulah Metz, of the Baldwin CEOS club, has been chosen as Gilmer County's Belle representative for the 2009 West Virginia State Folk Festival. Metz was born in her family's modest home on Jennings Run Road, in the Fall of 1933. She remembers her days there fondly saying, "We had it better then than we do now. Things were simpler." When asked about her life, two themes emerge: her love for music and dedication to her family. She remembers sitting in a rocking chair as a toddler listening to pho- nographs play on an old-fashioned wind- up record player. She smiles when recall- ing her family gathered around their mother's organ m the winter time. Her el- dest brother Charles would play guitar or fiddle and everyone would sing long into the evening. In the 1940's, Charles was called away for military ser- vice. Before leaving, he gave her a guitar, saying he expected her to play it by the time he came home. "I drove my mother crazy," she laughs. We had an L-shaped porch and I'd sit out there and learn my chords. Everyone else found a hiding place," she adds. Her long hours of practice paid off when Charles re- turned to find his little sister playing "Wildwood Flower." From that early age, guitar-playing remained a staple in Metz's life. "My mom would play the guitar and sing when I was growing up," recalls her daugh- ter, Anita Metz Carder, "The neighbors and friends would come over and we would have a music get-togethers on the week- ends. They would play and sing and there was always plenty of laughter." Carder further relates that, as a youth, her mother had came in second place in an amateur hour contest in Weston. The band that won first place asked her to go on the Ted Mack Show, but the girl refused because of obli- gations to her family. "She sometimes re- grets not having gone, but says she is happy anyway," relates Anita. Beulah relates that life in rural West Virginia during these years could be harsh. She tells of walking to school 2 1/2 miles each way. "I'd walk it alone," she says, "up the hill and through the woods to the head HAROLD JOE & of Granny's creek because the road wasn't there then." In order to help with the family farm she had to leave school in the eighth grade. A few years later at the age of 17 she went to work at the West Virginia Glass Factory. It was in 1955 that she met her husband of 49 years, Harold "Joe" Metz. "I was going to give a girl I worked with a ride home one afternoon," says Beulah "But when I got back to the store, her boyfriend was already there to get her ... Harold was with him," she recalls. "We all decided to go square dancing that night." It was roughly eight months later that Harold and Beulah were married. Three children fol- lowed: Charles, Gary and Anita, all of Glenville. "My mother has a ~! great sense of hu- :~ .... mor," remembers Anita. She had to have --raising three children. We were mischievous. She taught us values and discipline and hon- esty and humor," she says. When asked what advice she would give young mothers, Beulah says she doubts folks would want her advice be- cause she feels strongly in discipling children. "We usually had to toe the line," laughs A~ni~ta; "literally," she adds, "Mom would have us stand toe-to- toe and look at each other when we were arguing ... If.she said she was going to do something, she would follow through and do it." The family traveled from post-to-post, as Harold was a paratrooper in the US Army Airborne. They lived in several states in America; as well as spending three years each in France and Germany. After returning to the states and raising her children, Beulah attended classes at Glenville State College and received her GED. In 1975, tragedy struck when doctors confirmed that Beulah had cancer. "She didn't let it get her down," says Anita, "She did what she had to do and she fought it. She had the surgery that she needed and recuperated from that. Then in April 1976, she found out she had cancer again, and she was given cobalt and radiation treat- ments, but she has been cancer-free for many years now. Morn is a fighter and a very strong woman." BEULAH METZ Glenville welcomes new mayor - Tashua Allman- to town By Lisa Belknap, Staff Reporter On Tues., June 9, the ballots were counted and 21 year-old Tashua Allman became Glenville's new mayor -- by one vote. In taking this election, she will be the young- est female ever elected to the seat in this state, says Lisa Dooley of the West Virginia Mu- nicipal League during an interview with the Parkersburg News and Sentinel. Dooley stressed the significance of Allman's win stat- ing that there have only been nine women elected to this office in WV history. "I was a nervous wreck the whole day," says Alhnan during an interview on Thursday. "I MAYOR TASHUA ALLMAN pretty much did the impossible. I'm an out- sider ... I'm young ... and a I'm a female, but I worked hard." The mayor-elect beat out two other candi- dates for the win as a write-in candidate. She credits her formation of a campaign website as the major contributing factor, saying that it allowed people to get to know her better and ask specific questions, which she was able to answer personally. Allman, who graduated from GSC in May, seems to have been working toward this posi- tion throughout her undergraduate career. She polished her political skills while serv- ing two terms as president of GSC's Student Government and representative to the Glen- ville State College Board of Governors. She, also, served as president of the College Demo- crats organization -- concentrating on politi- cal science and global studies as a student. Moreover, she has logged many hours as a volunteer in the downtown community -- in- cluding fund-raising and renovation initia- tives with the Mainstreet Revitalization Gang. Allman pledges to use her skills to promote economic development and community revi- talization. She intends to investigate flood mitigation and encourage volunteerism as well. The Parkersburg native is the daughter of Bill and the late Tina Allman, of Davisville. When asked of her future political aspira- tions Allman laughs, "I don't know ... ask me again in two years." Considering the vast attention this historical win has garnered from news agencies such as FOX News, she may well be on her way to a long and fruitful career in politics. The new mayor's term begins July 1, and the first meeting of Glenville City Council will be on announced in next week's paper. Glenville's Belle of the Bail } READY FOR THE WEEKEND - Beulah Metz in her garb as Gilmer's Belle. Harold and Beulah owned a piece of property in Tomahawk Hollow on Butcher's Fork Road, bordering Lewis County. Be- cause the Metz family loved music so much they decided to start a music park on this property and called it Tomahawk Park. "Mom used to sing on stage and do some GILMER COUNTY BELLE BEULAH METZ AS A YOUNG WOMAN MC work, and she would do the work in the concession stand while dad would book the bands," says Anita. Moreover, Harold had attended a Pow- wow, and decided to host some of these gatherings in Gilmer County. Native Americans would come from all over the country to attend these religious get- togethers. These cermonies were open to the public in an effort to promote under- standing. These days, with her husband gone -- Harold passed away in 2005 -- Beulah dedicates her time to the CEOS, the Senior Center, and -- as always -- to her family. She especially enjoys time with her five grandchildren: Gary, Britney, Marcia, Trisha and Tyler and her great grandson, "Little" Gary. "I admire my mother very much," says Anita. "She is still going strong at the age of 75. After all that she has been through in her life -- she has maintained her sense of humor and love of life. She plants her garden, and tends to her flowers and loves her family. I hope when I get to be her age that I can have the energy and humor that she has." ELECTIONS AND THE IRS -- The Gilmer County Family Resource Network's Board of Directors met with Executive Director Donna Waddell on Fri., June 12 at noon. Waddell brought various matters of interest to the boards attention including the approval of policies newly required by the IRS from a non-profit organization, which the board moved to accept. In addition, the 2009-2010 Officers were elected. They are: Dave Brown, President; Lynn Yurkiewicz, Vice-President; Joanne Stewart, Secretary; Barbara Marks, Treasurer; and Paul Hartman, member at large (Photos by Lisa Belknap, FRN Board of Directors).