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June 25, 1976     The Glenville Democrat
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June 25, 1976

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Z The Glenvgle Democrat/Pathfinder lune ". lyT A 00parental not political right Del. Billy B. Burke's critical remarks about educational "IV have sparked editorial comment from newspapers and television stations around the state. If the remarks had merely been e ramblings of an average citizen they may have gone unnoticed. But they came from the man who controls the purse strings for 65 percent of the funding for the educational television station that serves central West Virginia. The ominous shroud of censorship hangs heavy in the air when a powerful government official makes statements like these. There are of course many of us in Gilmer County who find the shows Burke objects to intellectually stimulating and entertaining, We find the disclaimer which preceeds adult programs adequate warning of potentially objectionable material. This leaves the responsibility for overseeing children's viewing with parents and not politicians. Public television has advanced further in this respect that the commercial networks which air more suggestive and also more popular programs with no "adult-fare" warning. For many public broadcast programming is the only bright spot on their television dial. There has been much more praise than criticism accorded public television. Mr. Burke is entitled to his views, but we hope he realizes the serious consequences his subtle threats of censorship bring. 'Police unnerving at festival' ]Editor, I want to publicly commend those responsible for supervision of the police force during the West Virginia State Folk Festival. Shining flashlights in the faces of ordinary citizens who were merely listening to music was unnerving to say the least. The technique was very successful in driving off both musicians and music lovers. The City of Glenville certainly has no shortage of tax money to be able to afford and justify such measures. One should be able to look for a lowering of the municipal levy next year. With this sort of leadership Glenville and Gilmer County should make it to 1984 right on time. Sincerely yours, Alvin L. Engelke 'Use more local talent' Dear Sir, I really don't know who this letter should be written to. but I feel sure that our county paper will see it gets to the right people. I say county people because I was raised in this County and came all the way from Missouri to see and hear some of the old traditions I gre w up with. Some of your program was nothing more than I could get on radio and television at home. ButI did find a few people I remember, like Phyllis Fresher for instance. I wondered why you brought in so many out-of-state people when you have so many at home. Why don't you make more use of your own talent, just helpful remarks, I hope. I really did enjoy the festival and will tell my neighbors about it when I return home. Sincerely, Donna Fitsinger / CALENDAR OF EVENTS / JULY 6--The next regular meeting of the Glenvllle City Council will be held July 6 at 7:30 p.m. JULY 4--Tbe Otlmar County Bicentennial Commission will sponsor a buket-plcnic at Cedar Creek State Park. Friday, June 25-'l'ne Gihner County Head Start class will graduate at 1 p.m. Jn the white house on the Rereation Center grounds in Glenville. ay, June 28 - Friday, July 2 - Vacation Bible School will be held at The Glmsvme Church of Christ on Powell St. from June 28 - July 2. Classes will be offered for pre-schoolers through ninth grade. Classes will meet from 6:30 p.m. - 8:.30 p.m. For further information or transportation contact Vernon Ferns at 462-8136. july 3 - There will be gospel singing by Peck Skinner and his group at the Hyers Run Method}st Church at 7:30 p.m. wire ;- BARBAIA WILLIAMS v v v v v Extension Agent The advent of the Folk Festival, in addition to an office conversation last week, led me to reminisce about one learning experience I had in Wisconsin. The whole episode began with Lucy Ann Ellyson's denunciation of the term "hillbilly", along with its often derogatory connotations. She feels quite strongly, as I do, that the image associated with this label is not that of the strong, hardy, and determined pioneer, as it should be. One of my professors in Wisconsin was e Tennessean. and had an accent so thick you could cut it with a knife. During our initial class period, he referred to himself as a hillbilly, and I. in Bill Bennetrs terms, "cut a rusty" (which is about the same as throwing a fit). I launched into a spirited dissertation of the inaccuracy of the hillbilly image, and the harm it had caused all Appalachian people. ignoring their rich heritage in favor of what is, perhaps, a more "sellable" picture. Well. dear Dr. Carter smiled quietly end waited for me to finish lambasting him before giving me a history lesson of his own. It seems that 8 whole herd of Englishman dicided to Dopulate this new country, under the direction of King William. They became known as "Billy's men". When they finally arrived, most of the men opted to settle the flatlands; they became "Flatland Billies". The tougher of the species were drawn to the hills, and, of course, were dubbed "Hill Billies". Boy, did I have it all wrong! To me, the term appeared to have a direct relationship to male-type goats, and I did not find any comparison complimentary. So, be informed, public! "k*** People keep telling me that my anti-cry onion method works for them. Well, it works for ALMOST everyone. Anne Jones still cries, but, then, by self-admission, she's a little different! We watched Fearless Leader {Mason} and the land judging team on TV last week. All four of the kids, Ina, Myron, Jan, and Willard, did well. After the experience Anne and I had on television a couple of years ago. it may well be that we should take lessons from them....unless, of course, we decide to bill our act as a comedy routine! 0 PHOTO MOUNTAIN MARKSMAN This Virginia muzzle-loading rifle expert, dressed in old style "Mountain Man" garb, prepares to shoot during the muzzle-loading rifle contest Saturday near the Recreation Center. CHILD'S PLAY - Little Doug Foster sits behind the controls of his father Bud's huge pay-loader as if it were just a big toy. The elder Foster has subcontracted to tear out the old pavement on Minera Road in Glenville. City crews will begin re-paving that section of the read soon. AL STIRRING UP Waggoner [I] spent several butter for fol weekend. says that she for every folk inception 27 MASTER AND APPRENTICE - Victor Chlldress of one-time apprentice Rick Barnhart of Chester, W. Va. equipment during the folk festival. Barnhart came to i and asked him to show him what he knew of the Childress is well known in the county for his skills. MUSKIE MASTER-It took Jim Wolfe about five 61/2 lb. and 313 inch Muskie. He caught it in the while fishing with his brother Eddie d Robby used 12 lb. test line and a No. 6 hook. This is the this year at Pine Munor's "Big (e" contest. Jim snd l Edward Wolfe Jr. of Glenville. Jim is employed at Published Every Friday By GILMER COUNTY PU! At 109 E. Main St. Glenvtlle, WV 26361 Phone 462-7309 Sacond-Cless postage paid and st additional Subscription price 3.50 tax included in West Virginia residents $6.00 tax subscriptions $7.00. Cannot accept subscrii 6 months. (ALL PRICES EFFECTIVE FEB. ROBERT O. ARNOLD PI PAUL BROWN JOAN LAYNE