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2 The Glenvflle Democrat/Pathflnder luly i, 1976 Parks need local planning It's taken them four years, but the state Division of Parks and Recreation has finally gotten around to doing something about the water shortage problem at Cedar Creek State Park. In 1972, $120,000 was appropriated for a new water system at the park. No substantial change was made in the system until last week when the well went dry and over 400 people signed a petition demanding action on the problem. The parks department has not necessarily intentionally overlooked the problem, they have just been tripping through a bureaucratic system which is based primarily on crisis decisioning and planning centered in Charleston. An example of this misguided planning was the construction, last winter, of an additional maintenance building at Cedar Creek instead of a new water system. Last year, a legislative subcommittee recommended that park superintendents be permitted to give the input on work projects they feel their parks are in need of. Cedar Creek park employees have been aware of the severity of the water problem for years, but had no way to influence planning in Charleston. We'd like to see the legislature dust off that report and implement it's suggestion of local responsibility. Police may ruin festival spirit Editor, the Democrat Concerning two recent articles in your paper (Police Crackdown; Rains Come.June 24 edition), I would hke to add a few comments of my own. First of all, I am of the opinion that a larger police force for the Folk Festival was totally unnecessary due to the fact that no matter where one may have wandered, no "crowd" could be found. Perhaps, however, I did not look in the right places at the right times. Not intending to be sarcastic, may I say that the only crowd I encountered was not made up of spectators, but rather of policemen patrolling the streets. And as for the minimal "rowdy disturbances", has anyone stopped to think that perhaps people were here simple to have a good time, and not to wreck havoc on the town of Glenville? Furthermore, I cannot even see how the rain prevented people from being here - after all, at the 1975 festival there were rains, and a power failure that lasted several hours, and yet, there were many more people here then, Let's be realistic, Glenville. The State Folk Festival is undoubtedly the largest attraction you can boast of. But if spectators are going to be (as I feel) unnecessarily harrassed by law enforcement officers, the festival will most assuredly become non-existant within the next few years. If some of these laws and regulations which I feel are outrageous, unreal, and archaic, are not imontinued or altered, Glenville will soon become nothing more than a dot on a map. It is up to the citizens of Glenville to make a decision concerning the future of the town, and I can only hope that they choose wisely, for I wish only to Glenville progress, and not regress. Cynndi Bolton In praise of police and 6urke To the Editor I read the complaint in your paper of the treatment of some persons at the Folk Festival. It seems to me that a light in your face for a moment was a small price to pay for protection. It reminds me of the people who complain when their luggage is searched to prevent hi-iacking. I don't get around in the county much but I literally heard dozens of people dreading and wondering how it would be, and I am glad that it turned out better this year. You know you can't make an omelet without breaking some eRRs. Also I commend Billy Burke for his stand on Public Television. Just because so many people have no ethics doesn't mean that it is right. People can make statements without profanity, and there are educational programs that anyone could view. I am tired of the smutty TV programs, but I have no influence with the networks. Sincerely, Mrs. Ruth Ireland PHOTO AN OLD TIME LINE UP - Back in the days when  picture was taken, it was a real occasion to get your picture taken. You can see these gentlemen are spiffed up in their finest suits. They are [front row, l-r] Roland Holt and Erie Arbuckle; [back row, l-r Bern Stump, Key andBantz Craddock. Alice Arbuckle of us use this picture. PROMISING FARMERS Recently West Fork Soil Conservation District and (;timer Co. Agricultural Council awarded young conservationists for their efforts at local banquet. L-R: Larry Skidmore, Normantown; David Scott, Troy; Bruce Smith, Tanner; Steve Marsh, Sand Fork and Carroll Greene, Executive Secretary, State Soil Conservation Committee, who presented the awards. Each boy received a baseball glove provided by funds from the Kanawha Union Bank. KUB President John E. Arbuckle was also presented with a certificate of appreciation since he has supported the program during its 15 years of operation. - [Bayard Young Photo] 'HoinecominE a flop' To the Editor, I think the homecoming was a complete flop. When they moved programs up on the hill, old people could not get up there. And all the new "No Parking" signs did not look very good. Welcome signs would have looked better. Everett L. Miller Box 191 I,ost Creek, W.Va. I II I III I II I i CALENDAR OF EVENTS / JULY 3-The Tanner High School Alumni Association will hold its annual meetlnl at the Tanner school. The classes of 1941 and 1942 11 be honored. Feint! will be available through the Tanner Church Youth Group. Evening recreation is planned. JULY 3-Almani and former students of Sand Fork High School are invited to attend the annual dinner reunion in the school cafeteria at 6 p.m. Those planning to attend should contact Patty Hamrtc, secretary, at Box 85 Sand Fork or call 472-5233. |ui 3 - There will be gospel singing by Peck Skinner and his group at the flyers Run Methodist Church at 7:30 p.m. JULY 3--A boa social will be held in the Cedarv/lle Community Building tonight at 7:30 p.m. JULY 4-The Gllmer County Bicentennial Commission will sponsor a basket-picnic at Cedar Creek State Park. JULY 6-The next regular meeting of the Glenville City Council will be held July 6 at 7:30 p.m. JULY 10--The Gilmer County Democratic Women's club will meet at 7 p.m. in City Hall. All members are urged to attend. JULY 22-The Gllmar County Health Dept. will hold a blood pressure and diabetic screening clinic from 9 a.m. - 11:.30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. at 809 Mineral Rd. A nutrltionist will also be on hand. t IN APPRECIATION - Tom Luzader [far right] receives a Red Cross certificate of appreciation for over 100 hours of service during blood unit visits to the county. Others, L-R: Nora Stoneking, Gllmer ambulance driver; Barbara Hickman, EMT; Mrs. Sally Yeagcr, chairman, (;timer Co. chapter of American Red Cross; and Giimer's second female ambulance not present for the picture. Luzader ambulance driver, fireman, and Disaster Program. - [Bayard Young Questions city priorities t To the Editor, "-. This letter is in response to yqur recent article "'Police crackdown bails city out of possible debt." As a citizen of Glenville I would like to comment on Mayor Davidson's over-rated police force. Mayor Davidson accredited a new police car, police uniforms and inflation as the reason for the sharp rise in expenses. I fail to ee how a new uniform helps to keep order in our town. I also can't understand the reason for a new car that spends most of the time sitting in the station or at a local service station while cars are constantly exceeding safe speeds up North Lewis. Mayor Davidson, stand back and take a good hard look at your "effective' police force that you evidently did not hestitate to spend money on. The extra money used for these {lems could have been used for things the whole town could benefit from. Elizabeth Reed ; Glenviile Published Every Thursday By GILMER COUNTY PUBLISHING, At 109 E. Main St. Glenville, WV 26351 P hone 462-7309 Second-Class postage paid at and at additional mailing offices Subscription price $5.5D tax included in Gilmer West Virginia residents $6.00 tax included. subscriptions $7.00. Cannot accept subscriptiOOS 6 months. 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