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2 The Glenvtlle Democrat/Pathfinder June 19, 1975 I e II HII Trying to clarify the legislature's intent in the 1972 Better School Buildings Amendment. the subcommitee of the Joint Committee of Finance and Government questioned State School Supt. Daniel B. Taylor last June 8. Taylor told the subcommittee that the State Board of Education was aware that BSA funds were intended for counties in need of school construction and renovation without requiring local matching funds. However, Taylor said the board also knows it has the prerogative of requiring counties to provide locally matched funds via bonds or levies to help pay for costly programs. Taylor said most county comprehensive school plans require more money than the state has allotted. That's why counties like Gilmer are asked to pass bond issues-to supplement BSA funds. Gilmer County's comprehensive plan calls for an expenditure of $2.2 million plus $829,565 in state matching funds. State funds, Taylor implied, could not pay the total cost of the loal plan. But it appears that the BSA issue vs. local funding is a issue after %: least for Gilmer County. In "order to put Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan into effect here, voters still must pass a $2.2 million bond. BSA funds will not pay the way entirely. ...... Taylor did admit that two counties - Clay, Hampshire, and most recently, Preston-received BSA funds when comprehensive plans were State Board-approved, But these were special cases. Clay and Hampshire only needed BSA funds that were coming to them to complete their programs. Both counties were already heavily bonded. Preston was awarded $3.4 million in state funds because they've voted and renewed special school levies and can presently tap a portion of that allocation over a five-year period for new construction and maintenance. If area residents felt that State Board was being unfair with Gilmer County in not immediately allocating BSA funds after approving the CEF Plan in March, we must remember that Gilmer County voters have not approved spending local money in over 20 years, a poor record compared to many other counties. The State Board inserted a proviso into the approval, as they are legally entitled, in an effort to guarantee that the local board would run a bond issue to help pay for school improvements and new construction. Supt. Ran Welty was assured at a recent State Board meeting, however, that the board would reconsider that proviso. Evidently, the failure of area voters to pass a bond was a sore point with the State Board, and the sched ing of a late August bond vote may soften their doubts of local desire to improve the badly deteriorating schools. But it must be emphasized, that even if the State Board reconsiders next month and awards Gilmer County BSA funds, this will in no way negate the need to pass a bond issue. In light of Taylor's appearance before the subcommittee, we must conclude that the State Board is not short-changing Gilmer County. On the contrary, they want to see evidence of local support of Gilmer County schools. To visitors and returning Gilmer Countians, welcome. Enjoy this 26th annual W.Va. Folk Festival, planned and made possible by members of .the community. We are certain you'll find plenty to enjoy, from the parade to hours of scheduled and impromptu traditional music; from lectures on West Virginia folk culture to demonstrations of heritage crafts; from singing to dancing. Keep in mind, while you're thrilling to the music, fine crafts, good food and hospitality that the festival is organized and directed by volunteers who have donated their services without state or federal subsidy. We're proud of the festival and the folks who've made it an annual success. If you're able, drop by at Store and let there how ! by Jim Jacobs Kathy and I sat on our front porch, deep in the hollow surrounded by forested green hills, and watched the Sunday sky change from deep blue to massive, dark-gray thunderheads. In a special sense, we observed a change from California to upstate New York. Kathy is used to deep blue, constantly deep blue, southern California skies. Upstate New York, on the other hand, gets more cloud cover than nearly anywhere else in the U.S. The transformation we witnessed in less than three hours lends a metaphor to these days of increased mobility. Along with so many other changes in our lives, movement away from home in search of jobs and opportunities has become a hard reality. I suppose it's always been that way, especially if one recalls the expanding settlement of this country over a century and a half and pioneer movements in other colonies like Australia, Canada and Latin America. But instead of whole families leaving homes for a new way of life, now we see a fragmentation taking place. Young people, seeking employment in trades and professions far from home, peel away from the homeplace. It is especially inevitable in a rural setting like Gilmer County where skilled jobs are as scarce as inexpensive, tillable farmland. Professional people, physicians and teachers and engineers, almost always have to leave home to Fred positions. And with the emphasis on specialty training and progression through a large firm's heirarchy, near-constant movement is almost the rule. Mobility also results when a person wis e"td': ehange jobs, for whatever reasoh safisfaction, bqt- tar opportunity, opting for a differeht lifestyle. For as many young persons who leave the country for the city, there are home-based construction or pipeline workers who must go where the work is. Kathy and I like to think our coming together was a special case. We met in Mexico. She came from California to be with me in New York and we moved to start our lives together in'West Virginia. All in the space of a year and a half. That's mobility!: But not unusual. How many Gilmer County G.I.'s now live abroad? Jim Hawkins' boy just returned from a cruise to Spain, Italy and Yugoslavia. Soon, Jim will have a reunion with Dana at Norfolk, Va, 'l ar Frlunds. Just the other day, on my way to the library, I was stopped by Johnny and Tommy Maze. They asked me to sign my name beneath a dozen other hand-written signatures. What's the reason for the list of names, I asked. Because we want to remember you, they replied. It somehow seemed especially touching because they had no idea who I was. Johnny and Tommy are leaving, in July, when their dad, Dr. Clarence Maze Jr. becomes president of Richard Bland College of the College of William and Mary, Petersburg, Va. That same week I said goodbye to former Mayor David Gillespie and his wife, Yvonne, leaving for Tallahassee, Fla. and a 15-month stint in graduate school. Of a close group of five graduate students-my roommates several years ago-one is on his way to San Salvador to grow trees as a Latin-American trained forester, one is a special education teacher in San Francisco, one is opening a restaurant in Colorado, one is teaching at Eastern Michigan University, and I'm here. Of course, the best part of living away is having friends and family visit. Several of our friends have stayed with us for short but intensely close reunions. Our folks are coming this summer. Kathy's have never been east and my mom, whose folks are originally from Pittsburgh, has never seen this part of the country. And speaking of mobility, she recalls all-day family outings as a child when the gang of them piled into a wagon and traveled out to what is now a suburb for a picnic. A drive to "The Valley" now takes 15 minutes. I don't know how many former Gilmerites will be returning for the Folk Festival, but I gather there will be quite a few. Many have written us and expressed excitement at coming back. We'll have old friends coming down who will, like us. see the festival for the first time. This time of year, like Christmas and Easter and Thanksgiving, is a great time for family and homecom- ings. It is also a time for nostalgia, for remembering and celebrating the past. Quite a few articles in this edition give testimony to that sentiment. And in the summer, as the huge clouds billow past and mingle with the blue sky, we've got the perfect time to celebrate and reflect upon our good fortune at having the world stop for a few days. There's a homecoming and a harry going on. Leaving is never an easy experience, but leaving Gilmer County is certainly the hardest separation we have ever faced. Not only have we both loved the challenges of practicing our professions with you; thrilled to the music of dulcimer, banjo, and fiddle; collected beautiful examples of heritage crafts: and hiked your hills; but we received an answer to our most heartfelt prayer while here in Almost Heaven, our beautiful daughter Rebecca. To Our Walnut St. neighbors; the staffs of the Medical Center, ECD, DVR, Health dept. and ambulance service; Jim's patients, Ann's students and theft families, the Board of Education personnel, Parishoners of Good Shepherd Church, AAUW, faculty of GSC, Glenville's friendly merchants, and all you very special people who have become our friends, we say a huge thank you and muted good-bye. We have loved you and will miss you. Our best wishes to Gilmer County and her people for happy, healthy, growing lives. Affectionately. The Pipers The Glenvllle Pathfinder Publtsho l Ever7 rridal BYGILMER COUNTY PtJBLISHING, INC. At 10e E. Main St. : ~ ~ Glenville, WV 26381 Pho a2-7309 Second-Class posts~ paid m Glemille at miditiomd nmiling offmm. S~ption price K00 #tin 15 clnts ~im tax in Gilmer Cotmty; othar West Virginia rmidents t6.50 I~us 17 cenm ta~ Out of state subscriptions t4L00. Can not m Ot sube ptiom for than 6 months. ~ . EDITOR ;ER GREG ;ER By U.S. Senator Not to() many years ago, national publications and the television networks de- voted a great deal of cov- erage to West Virginia and their stories were far from complimentary. They told of an impoverished state, with a declining pop- ulation, and little hope for the future. Many West Virginians, myself included, spoke out against those stories. I considered m o s t of the accounts to be biased, superficial reporting, which failed to recognize o u r state's natural resources, natural beauty, and the strong character of our people. Now, however, the na- tional media are rediscov- ering West Virginia; and their 1975 stories differ greatly from those of the 1960's. The state's coal reserves are being hailed as the single best hope for solving t h e energy crisis, a n d Americans increasingly are finding West Virginia to be an ideal vacation spot. Unemployment in t h e coal fields caused West Virginia to lose population in the 1960's, with many residents travelling to De- troit for jobs on auto- mobile assembly lines. But with auto factories closing, West Virginians are corn- ing home to! resurgent The Statistics West ment rate ~ lower than rate of 9.1 also that some of the counties is cent. The notes that ulation rose 2.5 percent and to to our state. this year, requests mation quests in dollar the state $54O mil O $568 What that West growth c:~te on t little ag~,, The Poat is ori~ :hal diet d the not period Satu folde t in Enjoying sunny spring day riding down with little Garry Ted Ellysem IL ............ Gilmr C0nly lmmwwmmmmmm GSC pool open to community - 2:30 - 3:30 p.L: Tuesday and Fee is 25 cents. Third Monday each month - GCHS 7:30 p.m. at the high school's bend Second Mm~ay each moath - meeting, 7:30 p.m. at the high school. ' Wednesday, June 18 - Dance, Scho~. 9 p.m~ to midnisht. Band " sponsored by CAA Youth O~uncJ]. June 19 - 22 - W.Va. State Folk week's Democrat/Pathfinder of newlpaper for schedule of events. / Friday, June 20- Disabled installation of officere, Putnam's Saturdsy, June 21 - Sing, P~gsh Rt. 5, 7:30 p.~ Sunday. June 22 - Little Ksnawba llth 8nnusl Jamboree. Gilme Center. l me 23-July 2 - Community Vaced