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The Glenville Democrat 2009 ~ Page3A .......... : :%: : ;:.;.iLi:.::.i:::: =-::c-..: ....• • • : • • . • : .• • : : • .: • . . _: :::..:• .... : ::: •-•: .•: •.•• ..•.:. Welcome to the Neighborhood!...60th W.Va. Folk Festival! Hoorah! The Corcoran Column By David H. Corcoran Publisher-Editor band. but. these days, I wouldn't put it past a young bluegrass group to take a name like that! Anyway, I'm sure he'll elaborate on the scenario in a future issue. Thank you to Wanda and Pedro and Lisa for calling Dad at the hospital to wish him well. I was with him and he perked up immediately upon hearing your ladies are awesome! I hope this Folk Festival is extremely enjoyable for you all! everyone else, for that matter! Wow. this is the Sixtieth West Virginia State Folk Festival! The 50th seems like yesterday for me. They've just been getting better and better over the years. A certain ambiance that I hear about from the early days of the Folk Festival seems to be resuffacing. Is it new energy? Different interests? Old angle? What do you think? Can you feel the vibe? Thank you tot bearing with us at this rather interesting time! Glenville, Gilmer County, West Virginia and all those who attended from afar...enJoy yourselves to the hilt on this Folk Festival 2009! Send Dad some Good Energy and browse what there is to do in the following schedule of events. Peace. Prosperity, & Passion to everyone! ---Patrick Saturday, June 20, 2009 12 PM 12PM 12:20 1:30 2PM 3 PM 9 AM Country Store Museum Opens Informal Music Sessions - all over town. all day & evening Kemper Family's Hand Carved Birds Old Bank. Howard St. 10 AM Papa Gainer's Favorite Songs Trinity United Methodist Church - Main Street Craft sales open Quilt Show - Trinity Methodist Church until 4 PM Storytelling Tent - Fran Schmetzer Basket Making Workshop - Joyce Cain 10 AM - 6 PM 11 AM Unaccompanied Gospel Sing Trinity United Methodist Church Singing Tent - Molly Waters and Mary Shipley Storytelling Tent - Susanna Holstein Musicians/Dancers meet at Conrad Motel lot to go to nursing home Lion's Club Parade - Main Street Under 50 Fiddle & Banjo Contests Register 1:30 PM, GSC Fine Arts Bldg. Spelling Bee - Trinity U. Methodist Church Singing Tent - Falling Branch String Band Storytelling Tent - Cat Pleska H~stoncal Reenactor - Belle B0yd, Confederate spy- Patty Cooper Holt House Children's Activities Behind the Baptist Church- Powell Street 4 PM Singing Tent - Ron and Rory Mullennex Storytelling Tent - Suzi Whaples Awards - Bird ID Contest Old Bank on Howard St Shape Note Singing Workshop Bob Cain. Church of Christ - Powell Street 5 PM Singing Tent- Putnam Family 7 PM Evening Music Program GSC Fine Arts Bldg., Donations 8 PM Old Time Square Dance - Donations Dance Platform Sunday, June 21, 2009 t0:30 AM Church Service and Singing Job's Temple. Rt. 5 West. 10 miles This "Corcoran Column" is a little different than years past. Even though we Corcorans, at the Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder, are keeping in a 15 year tradition of displaying the schedule of events for, and having the privilege of reporting on, the West Virginia State Folk Festival. Dr. Dave Sr. decided to take an impromptu sabbatical. Perhaps my loquaciousness gives away my iden- tity, or further endures me to Dad and his gift of gab...?!!! So. I'm the youngest son, Patrick, and with both my brother. David Jr. and sister, Catherine. have the bittersweet blessing this week to be to- gether and help out the newspaper team. Dad's all good now. yet, gave us a scare last Sunday night with a trip to the hospital for an aggravated esophagus...that sounds like a band name, doesn't it? Probably more of a heavy metal Thursday, June 18, 2009 4 PM Festival Opens at Square Dance Platform Bell Ringing Ceremony (Dance Platform) Country Store Open - Cotirt St. New 60th Anniversary CD available at the Country Store and Information Tent Craft Sales Open Informal Music Sessions -all over town. all day & evening 7 PM Doug Wood portrays Ostenaco. Cherokee Leader Holt House 302 E Main Street 8 PM Old Time Square Dance - Donations Dance Platform Friday, June 19, 2009 9 AM Country Store Museum Opens Informal Music Sessions - all over town, all day & evening Kemper Family's Hand Carved Birds Old Bank. Howard St. 10 AM Craft Sales Open Quilt Show. Trinity Methodist Church until 4 PM Basket Making Workshop - Joyce Cain 10 AM- 6 PM 11 AM Storytelling Tent - Kirk Judd 12 PM Storytelling Tent - Laura T. Bentley 1 PM Singing Tent- Rachael Meads and John Meeker 2 PM Over 50 Fiddle & Banjo Contests Register 1:30 PM....GSC Fine Arts Bldg. Singing Tent -Mike Momingstar and Rick Roberts Storytelling Tent - Mare Harshman 3 PM Horseshoes on Court Street beside Country Store Museum Singing Tent - Grayson Samples Storytelling Tent- Mountain Echoes 4 PM Singing Tent - John Lilly 5 PM Singing Tent - Linda Moore and Jack Greathouse 6 PM Pet Show - Behind the Post Office All pets must be on leashes! 7 PM Evening Music Program Fine Arts Bldg, GSC- Donations 8 PM Old Time Square Dance- Donations 8:30 PM Women's Club Belle Reception- GSC Alumni House Making up for the bad weather -- Gilmer receives award By Brent Boggs, ~ . State Delegate ~ " " A beautiful Saturday and Sunday made up forall the hard rains and wet weather, but it is making life difficult for those trying to cut and put up hay. Between railroading and legislative dut!es, this was a busy and productive week. Last week, Gilmer and Braxton Counties were included in the list of recipients for awards under the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) American Recovery Act grants and STOP Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Recovery Act grants. The agencies that servecounties, including Gilmer(Hope, Inc.) and Braxton (Women's Aid in Crisis) received'a total of $338,550.00 in grant funding. Thanks to the Cedar Creek senior citizens center for inviting Jean and me over for a great informal dinner and to check out the new remodeling. This location will continue to grow and pros- per m serving all the citizens of the area. The day also provided an opportunity to inspect a major roadway slip near the entrance of Cedar Creek State Park. This dangerous situation needs ad- dressed as soon as funding is located. As always, it was my great pleasure to attend and address the graduates of the Adult Basic Education program on Wednesday at Days Inn. A total ot 22 graduates completed the requirements for a GED. Again, congratulations to all the graduates and the families that attended. On Friday, Governor Manchin stopped by to attend two important functions. Fh'st, we toured the soon to be completed CHEMTAC statewide medi- c al command center, conducted by Dr. Bili Ramsey. Afterwards, we moved to Sutton Lake and the Bee Run Recreation Area for the ribbon cutting of the new marina complex. The rain held offlong enough for Governor Manchin to deliver his brief remarks; then over to the marina for a great reception for everyone in attendance at the evenL Hats off to Bill and Mary Hunt for arranging the event, for their investment in central West Virginia. and, for the complete rebuilding of the marina. This first-class facility will lure many boaters, fishermen, and tour- ists to the area. June interim meetings are being held this week. June 15 - 17 at the Capitol. In conjunction with interims. Governor Manchin has called the Legisla- ture into a brief special session for the purpose of supplemental appropriation bills. Unless the Gover- nor expands the call, it should mn concurrently with HON. BRENT BOGGS interims and conclude on Wednesday. The follow- ing is the language from the official special session call: GOVERNOR'S SPECIAL SESSION CALL FOR JUNE 15 I, JOE MANCHIN IlL GOVERNOR of the State of West Virginia, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Section 7, Article VII of the Constitution of West Virginia, do hereby call the Legislature of West Virginia to convene in Extraor- dinary Session at twelve o'clock noon on the fif- teenth day of June, two thousand nine, in its cham- bers in the State Capitol, City of Charles- ton. for the sole purpose of considering and acting upon the following matters: FIRST: Legislation to authorize and appropriatetheexpenditure of public mon- eys to pay the expenses of this extraordi- nary session. SECOND: A supplemental appropria- tion bill to fund 0596, fiscal year 2009. organization 0420, of the Higher Educa- tion account. THIRD: A supplemental appropria- tion bill to fund 0586, fiscal year 2009. organization 0442, of the Higher Educa- tion account. FOURTH: A supplemental appropriation bill to fund 4925, fiscal year 2009. organization 0441, of the l-hgher Education Policy Commission account. FIFI"H: A supplemental appropriation bill to fund 3517, fiscal year 2010, organization 0402, of the State Department of Education account. SIXTH: A supplemental appropriation bill to fund 3951, fiscal year 2009, organization 0402, of the State Depamnent of Education account. SEVENTH: A supplemental appropriation bill to fund 0450, fiscal year 2009, organization 0608. of the Department of Military Affairs and Public S afety account. EIGHTH: A supplemental appropriation bill to fund 0403, fiscal yea,- 2009, organization 0511, of the Department of Health and Human Resources account. NINTH: A supplemental appropriation bill to fund 0407. fiscal year 2009. organization 0506. of the Department of Health and Human Resources account. TENTH: A supplemental appropriation bill to fund 0126, fiscal year 2009. organization 1300. of the Treasurer's Office account. ELEVENTH: A supplemental appropriation bill to fund 0293, fiscal year 2009, organization 0432. of the Department of Education and the Arts account. TWELFTH: A supplemental appropriation bill to fund0105, fiscal year 2909; organization 0100,of- the Governor's Office aocount. THIRTEENTH: A supplemental appropriation bill to fund 0155, fiscal year 2009. organization 1600. of the Secretary of State account. FOURTEENTH: A supplemental appropria- tion bill to fund 0256, fiscal year 2009, organization 0307, of the Department of Commerce account. FIFTEENTH: A supplemental appropriation bill to fund 0273, fiscal year 2009, organization 0313. of the Department of Environmental Protec- tion account. SIXTEENTH: A supplemental appropriation bill to fund 9017, fiscal year 2009, organization 0803. of the Department of Transportation account. SEVENTEENTH: A supplemental appropria- tion bill to fund 0186, fiscal year 2009, organization 0201, of the Department of Administration account. EIGHTEENTH: A supplemental appropriation bill to fund 0310, fiscal year 2010, organization 0932, of the Department of Education and the Arts account. NINETEENTH: A supplemental appropriation bill to fund 4908. fiscal year 2009, organization 0442, of the Community and Technical College account. Please address your mail to my home office at PO Box 254, Gassaway, WV 26624. My phone number is 364-8411 and fax 364-8711. If you need immedi- ate assistance, call the Capitol office at 340-3220 or Assistant to the Majority Leader, Mr. Tom Bennett, at 340-3262 or fax to 340-3213. If you have an interest in any particular bill or a list of all bills that passed both the House and Senate, please let me know. For those with Interact access, my e-mail ad- dress is You also may obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summa- ties, interim highlights, and other information from the Legislature's web site at http:// If you write or leave a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional information, including agency links and state government phone directory may be found at Remember to thank a veteran for their service to our nation and continue to remember our troops - at home and abroad - and keep them and their thmilies in your thoughts and prayers. Until next week, take care. [ Don't Take Soldier's Work for Granted Dear Editor, I read a political ad in your paper on June 4, which really upset me. It had nothing to do with your paper or staff. It just happened to be in your paper. Being from a military tamily, I have the deep- est respect for all military personnel and their families. What the soldiers do to protect our country/town of Glenville. is not to be taken for granted. Our service men and women go through a]ol of mental and physical training. This is their job. They cam credit/honors/rank due to their hard work. Some ~,oldiers have died [rr the safely and freedom of our country. This takes courage, bravery and love tbr us. As one soldier said "If I do not go over there, then the enemy will come here." For someone to give themselves ranking in the U.S. military, when they did not even go to basic training really, really, upsets me. This person has no right to take this honor and achieve- ment away from our soldiers who are serving now or who have served in the past: not to mention those who have died for this so-called sergeant. He needs to wake up and realize what he is doing and either join the military or apolo- gize to those he has disrespected. Some of our soldiers only make it to private before they are called home by the lord. and he just up and calls himself a sergeant? Yes. I am outraged by this. He is not a child playing in the backyard that has a dream to become a soldier one day. He is an adult who can read. write, drive, and run for office. I hope he reads this, he knows who he is, and stop disrespecting our soldiers. May God Bless all our soldiers and keep them safe. 1 would like to say thank you to all those who have served and gave us freedom. Tressa Ashley, Glenville Editorials Support Folk Traaitions ~ Support Hemp! It was 3 or 4 years ago that I picked up my first hemp belt at the West Virginia State Folk Festival. I'm wearing it today. It's a little dingy from my personal lack of upkeep, but overall, it's still truckin'. Hemp is a historically grown crop in our nation and is contemporarily grown worldwide. The Ancient Chinese empires, millennia ago, utilized hemp products, at least a few of our original 13 colonies were required by law to grow it. and nowadays, the U.S of A. is the only ndustrialized nation NOT utilizing this versatile plant. Currently, H.R. 1866, the "Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009". is moving through the U.S. Congress. This prolbundly simple legislation separates industrial grade hemp from marijuana, thereby dispelling a myth that has been plaguing our country since the Alcohol Prohibition Era. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency and Department of Justice. marijuana is considered a Schedule 1 substance, which is in the same category as cocaine and heroin. There has not been a legal distinction made between hemp and marijuana since the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. which made growing industrial hemp extremely costly due to exorbitant taxes...basically making it illegal in an indirect way. What is the difference between these two plants? Well. scientifically, they're both of the Cannabis family, but what differentiates between them are the levels of THC. THC is the molecule that gives a "high" to users of marijuana, so it is grown for the concentrated amounts that swell up from unpollinated flowers. Industrial hemp utilizes seeds and stalks. so it is either cultivated to produce oily seeds and/or fibrous stalks. Hemp grows in every state and is an extremely hardy plant. Growing quickly, and densely, it overpowers weeds and helps insulate the soil. During growth, it creates a microcosm, or miniature, forest environment, in which nitrogen-rich leaves fall and mulch the ground. All the while, strong root systems loosen and aerate the soil. All these factors lead to an enriched humus top layer after harvesting...ready for the next crop! What can hemp be used for? This is the point where the limit is your imagination. Ethanol for fuel, fiberglass for car bodies (Henry Ford envisioned and produced a car grown [and fueled] from the ground up!), fiberboard, insulation, plastics, paper of all kinds, oil-based inks, animal feed. birdseed, highly nutritious seed oil and flour: all biodegradable from a plant that matures in a single growing season! We Mountaineers are ahead of the curve when it comes to hemp legislation. The 2002 W.Va. legislative session ushered in the "Industrial Hemp Development Act" which set the groundwork for reestablishing hemp farming in our state. We are one of eight states to have similar laws on the books. Once federal action makes the legal hemp distinction, West Virginia farmers, manufacturers, and traditional artisans alike will benefit from this profitable, prolific and time-honored plant. Please urge passage of H.R. 1866! Call or write your congressional representatives! Also. look up something about hemp in your local library or on the internet, is a great place to start for info and standardized letters for our politicians. PDC CC C Keeps Traditions Alive Road building, stonemasonry, blacksmithing, woodworking, big and small construction. oral histories, artistic endeavors, environmental reclamation, forest fire fighting, teaching, et cetera, all were trades and professions that sprung from the Civilian Conservation Corps and other New Deal projects during The Great Depression. Our Mountain State was blessed many times over by the hard work of the "CCC boys". The vast majority of our state park jewels were built from scratch by this public work force. These civilians were given the opportunity to find their niche in society by learning or honing in on a trade. After WWII broke out, most of these CCC camps shut down since wartime demanded the soldiers, but the institution as a whole was never officially ended. As a matter of fact. West Virginia still has an active vestige of this original legislation. Now called the Citizens Conservation Corps, their mission is "TO CONDUCT PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS THAT STRENGTHEN AND REVITALIZE OUR COMMUNITIES; PROVIDE SELF- ESTEEM. EDUCATIONAL ENHANCEMENTS AND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNI- TIES THROUGH MEANINGFUL WORK EXPERIENCES FOR BOTH YOUTH AND ADULTS; AND, CONSERVE, DEVELOP, AND ENHANCE OUR STATE'S NATU- RAL RESOURCES." Their projects are many and far-flung. You may be aware of the Courtesy Patrol on the interstate? That's them. Lesser known to the central part of the state. is the Twin Branch Adventure Facility in McDowell County (southernmost W.Va. county). This ties in with the burgeoning ATV trails, along with hiking, paintball, climbing, fishing along with natural and historic appreciation/preservation. For further information, contact Ms. Jennifer Douglas~s( Executive Director, at 3621--.254-9196 or on the internet at In tandem with this progressive action group, historically minded West Virginians are diligently preserving the knowledge, know-how, and experiences of the original CCC and those associated with it. The West Virginia State Civilian Conservation Corps Museum Association (W'VSCCCMA,Inc.) is based off the Stonewood Exit on 1-79 at the historic Quiet Dell schoolhouse and cooperative. This group has regular monthly meetings and enjoys new input and new members. There is very exciting potential to the development of the CCC museum, so if you or someone you know may be interested in participating, donating artifacts, volunteering, or all of the above. call Mr. Ivan Austin, President at 304-366-1082 or Mr. Patrick Corcoran. Board Member at 304-342-7324. PDC I by George Harper is OPEN .............. 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