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A week later while visiting my son, Patrick. in Charleston, I asked him if he knew this Jason Jales. His reply: "no." In getting the site up on the lnternet, low and behold, there was'Jason again, but this time he was listed as a resident of the Charles- ton-Huntington area. It was apparent that this particular success story, or at least the brilliant master of it, was a fraud. He was probably listed as a resident of every small and large market area in the United States. A couple of weeks later, a lady, also claim- ing to be from Glenville. was featured in the same side advertisement on the same page, as having the dramatic and true key to our weight loss dilemmas. Of course, there was a $20.00 price tag to this bit of "wisdom." Onceagain, checking with Patrick, via telephone, ditto; in the Charleston market area. she was listed as being a resident of that capitol mty. This is the type of dishonesty that our Folk Festival Belles would never stoop to do in order to earn money. That's only one reason why they are honored by their respective counties every year. and sponsored by the The Corcoran Column By David H. Corcoran Publisher-Editor Community Education Outreach Services (CEOS), County Commissions, and County Economic Development Authorities from all over this great state to attend the West Vir- ginia State Folk Festival. Hence. 30 ladies this year who exem- plify not only honesty, but also integrity, community service, family strength, career excellence, faith in God, and love of West Virginia and America composed the Folk Festival's Belles Class of 2009. They also must be at least 70 years of age and still have that "can-do" Mountaineer spirit. Over the next three weeks, we'll give you an inside view of them. Barbour County Belle Mrs. Anne C. Blake is the 2009 Barbour County Folk Festival Belle. A resident of Belington, she is one of the few people today who attended a one-room school and smgs its praises, later graduating from Belington High School. Education, she believes, is a lifelong process, so reading a variety of books is one of her favorite self- improvement habits. As a 19-year Post Office employee in Junior, she proved herself able at making a good career for herself. In civic affairs, she's a 48-year member of the CEOS in Junior. Very active in her Westside United Methodist Church, she's also found time to master the home crafts, such as cake decorat- ing, quilting, and sewing, the latter skill she enjoys using to make her family home-made clothes. As to her advice for younger women, Anne says, "Be serious about getting an education. You will probably get a better job and your self-esteem will benefit. Treasure your family and friends who love you for yourself. Be courteous, patient, and friendly to those you meet. They will remember and pass tt on." Belle Anne Blake is sponsored by the Jun- ior and Barbour County CEOS. Berkeley County Belle Mrs. Greta Lusk is the 2009 Berkeley County Folk Festival Belle. Now a resident of Inwood, Greta originally hails from Webster County, where she grew up the hard way on a farm without running water or electricity, later graduating from Cowen High School. In her life, she's moved around the state, having a variety of different experiences, like working in the Maiden Form Plant in Clarksburg. But, first and foremost, she's a wife, mother, and homemaker, being active in the CEOS for years and her Method- ist churches. She enjoys sewing, crocheting, basket-making, chair-caning, and weaving. To younger ladies of this current genera- t!on, she advises, "Don't expect a rose garden. Be prepared to work for everything you want. Wear it out. use it up, and do without. Follow this advice in good times, and you'll get through the bad times. To have what you want is riches; to be able to do without is POWER!" Belle Greta Lusk is sponsored by the Bun- ker Hill and Berkeley County CEOS. Boone County Belle Mrs. Toshiko "Judy" Sheets is the 2009 Boone County Folk Festival Belle. Judy, now a resident of Danville, is one of the few Folk Festival Belles in history to be foreign-born, coming into this world in Japan. There. she attended the elementary schools and Kotu High School, where she learned the Continued on page 5 Kudos to our Gilmer & Braxton Senior Center executives ! By Brent Boggs, State Delegate (34th District) As I have mentioned here many ttmes be- fore, both Braxton and Gilmer Counties are advantaged to have two of the most modern, well-equipped senior citizens centers in West Virginia, staffed with dedicated employees. Moreover, both centers are filled with enthu- siastic senior citizens and the facilities are home to a host of senior4"elated and commu- nity services and events:-.,*- .......... [t is with great sadness that the directors of both centers - Leigh Ann Singleton in Brax- ton County and Mary Oldaker in Gilmer County are leaving their respective posi- tions. Leigh Ann is mov- ing to Ohio with her hus- band, as he accepts new employment. Mary is retiring while continuing her recupera- tion from a serious acci- HON. BRENT dent. Also rettring in BOGGS Gilmer County is the se- nior center activities di- rector, Bobble Montgomery, who has been a great asset to the center and senior programs. Bobble, I appreciate your service to our se- niors! In stepping down from their directors' posi- tions, both Leigh Ann and Mary will be missed greatly. In addition to their numerous accom- plishmen ts i n lead i ng their respective entities. they led at a ume of great transition in secur- ing funding, constructing and moving into a new facility. [t has been my privilege and honor to work closely with both of these directprs, and I consider both to be great friends, advisors and advocates for senior programs in central West Virginia. We owe a debt of gratitude to these ladies for their leadership and vtsion m moving programs for semor citizens to the next level, where Gilmer and Braxton Counties are looked upon as leaders in West Virginia for senior citizen programs. I am pleased in the continuation of strong leadership in the selection of new directors of both agencies. Sally Mathess will now head the Council of Senior Citizens of Gilmer County and Mary Chapman will assume the positron of Director of the Braxton County Senior Citizens. Both bring years of expert- wire line, broadband and long distance assets in 14 states, including West Virginia, to Fron- tier Communications. In reviewing informa- tion I have received, there is concern on my part that aging telephone infrastructure now in place will not be upgraded or replaced in a timely manner, thereby potentially placing reliable service at risk. Apparently, Frontier plans to cut operations by approximately 21%, ence and knowledge to the positions and I am .jfthe transaction is approv.d. With the needs confident they will continue the tradition of excellence that seniors in both counties have come to know and appreciate. Best wishes in your new positions. Now, to utilities. As most of you know by now, American Electric Energy and Allegh- eny Energy have announced a 224 mile 765 kv powerline project between PutnamCounty and Berkeley County. The proposed line cuts through Braxton County in a location that appears to be the most western portion to the most eastern portion of the county. This line, the Potomac-Appalachian Transmission Highline (PATHyis scheduled for completion in 2014. It has yet to be approved by the West Virginia Public Service Commission. The PSC wants all formal petitions to inter- vene in the approval of the PATH line by mid- July. The request to mtervene must be made in the form of a letter to the PSC with the case number and the name and address of the person(s) or entity seeking to intervene, along with a statement as to why they wish to intervene. This must be filed with the Execu- tive Secretary of the WV PSC by July 13. 2OO9. When writing to protest and/or intervene. reference the Potomac-Appalachian Trans- mission Highline (PATH) and Case # NOIE- 08-A. Address your correspondence to the following: Ms. Sandra Squire, Executive Secretary, WV Public Service Commission. 201 Brooks St.. PO Box 812. Charleston. WV 25323 Finally, one additional utility note. As most of you have heard, Verizon intends to sell its we have locally, I am concerned where these massive cuts will be made. This Is again another case pending before the WV PSC. It is case no. 09-0871-T-PC. You can use the aforementioned address to give the PSC your opinion on this pending matter, as well. Please address your mail to my home office at PO Box 254, Gassaway, WV 26624. My phone number is 364-8411 and fax 364-871 I. If you need immediate 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 m any particular bill or alisl of all bills that passed both the House and Senate, please let me know. For those with Internet access, my e-mail address is You also may obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and other information from the Legislature's web site at http:// you write or leave a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional informa- tion, including agency links and state govern- ment phone directory may be found at www. Remember to thank a veteran for their ser- vice to our nation and continue to remember our troops  at home and abroad and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers. Until next week, take care! I Looking for info or descendents of Enock 7". Dear Editor: Three or four years ago, your paper printed an article about the home of Enock T. With- ers. His home was in close proximity to your current paper headquarters. As I recall, Mr. Hunter Armcntrout provided you with the photo. I saved the article, but now cannot find it. There is a Mr. Scott Withers. a traumatic plastic surgeon in Houston. TX, who thinks his lineage goes through Alexander Scott Withers. my great-great grandfather. I have spoken with the family on three or four occa- sions. Dr. Edward Withers feels his ancestor came to Texas from Missouri. Recently I Withers found some letters addressed to Major Henry Howard Withers -- a prisoner of war interned in Richmond, VA's Libby Prison. He was a younger brother of Enock T. Withers. and Enock like his father Alexander was a lawyer. While Henry was in prison, he received letters from his sister in Parkersburg, saying Alexander and his son Enock had gone to Missouri -- seems both were dissatisfied. Alexander returned to West Virginia and Enock homesteaded a farm about 15 miles from Houston. I was hoping I could purchase a photo of Enock's home and secure a copy of the fragile letter indicating Enock had gone first t) Mis- souri, which I would pass along to Dr. Edward Withers. Hope to see you during the "Glenville High School Reunion." Thank you very much. Yours Truly, Scott Withers, 1250 Tennis Place Court; #A25, Sanibel, FL 33957-3703 (Editor's Note: It was very pleasant con- versing with yQu, Scott. at the GHS Reunion. I hope that you were able to find out some information about Enock Withers at our Gilmer County Historical Society while you were m town. Sincerely, DHC, Sr.) Construction firm has loyalty to Pletchers GM/Pontiac Dear Fditor, This letter is in protest ofthe GM dealership hcmg taken away from Plctc her's GM/Pontiac m (;assaway. 1 have bought vehicles rrom this dealer for over 3(I years. I have bought all my children vehicles l rom Ibis dealer. I g UY [)I,ETCHER VItlICI.I'S. NOT (;M! I emphasize that last scntcncc, sincc i think it goes to the heart of the issue. I f I am forced to go somewhere else. I don't have, brand loyalty, I have dealer loyalty. You scc. this dealer has integrity and a personal relationship with everyone who buys there that I can't find at larger, less personal dealerships. I know of no other dealership that I can experience the trust that I have devel- oped with the three generations of Pletcher's I have dealt with. As a businessman and a tax payer, it makes no sense to me to close this dealership that costs GM nothing. They pay their own way and they have more loyalty from their buyers than the GM brand, let me assure you! Letters continued on page 5 Editorials Welcome l New officers are elected at the FRN, and the beginnings of a new Glenville The Gilmer County Family Resource Network's (FRN) Board of Directors met on Fri., June 12, principally to elect new officers and to take care of other business. We editors, therefore, welcome these new officers, notably Dave Brown, who was elected as President; Lynn Yurkiewicz, Vice-President; Joanne Stewart, Secretary; Barbara Marks. Treasurer; and Paul Hartman, member at large. Working closely with Executive Director Donna Waddell, this is a solid leadership team, along with the other Board members, too numerous to mention but valuable advisers and volunteers, as well. In this fiscal year of 2009-2010. the FRN, which has developed a close partnership with U.S. Congressman Alan Mollohan (Dem.- I st Dist.), has great plans, specifically to purchase the Nettles Lot. some other property downtown, and to create a park. Such a park, with its implicit Green Space, entertainment, and leisure functions, promises to start-up the revitalization and beautification of our aging downtown commercial district. Moreover, with Glenville State College's proposed J. C. Baker Pioneer Park idea for the Old Ford Garage's empty lot, this potential improvement being right in the center of the major highway intersection that it is m will help draw people into the downtown, thereby creating more badly-needed commerce for community businesses and exposing the college's campus to more potential students. These would all be good developments. Mrs. Waddell and her board members are to be congratulated for their vision, hard work, grant writing, and planning accomplishing way more than their fair share of rejuvenating downtown Glenville and beautifying the whole city. Working in tandem with GSC President Peter Barr, Glenville's Street Gang volun- teers, and new Mayor Tashua Allman, the small town of Glenville has the rare opportunity to accomplish big improvements within the next couple of years. But. to make these advancements move forward, it will take that close cooperation! Let's make it happen, FRN officers and Board members! DHC, Sr., Publisher-Editor Memories - Glenville & Sand Fork alumni were in town, and the value of these old schools today Over this past weekend, the alumni of the old Glenville and Sand Fork High Schools were m town, this being their big and gala annual reunion and banquet weekends. These two high schools along with the old ones at Tanner, Troy, and Normantown, always hold yearly get-togethers here in Gilmer County. Most interestingly, they bring not only themselves and some family members, but also, and perhaps more importantly, their memories of the ways of life that once existed in Gilmer County and helped to form it into our modern age. Particularly for newcomers to the county, it's, therefore, very instructive to attend these all-class reunions, and one can pick up much Gilmer County history that may be lost to future generations. Certainly, the one-room school house experiences for many of these alumni -- looking into our crystal ball 100 years hence  will all but have been forgotten. The current educational and economic trend is to consolidate, consolidate, consolidate, ad infinitum. The modern educators' argument for these continuing mergers is that the best academic resources, principally their teachers and equipment, will be made available to all the students of an area, just not those privileged enough to have them in their own schools. The bottom line, however, is that especially during recessionary times like these we're in now, the tax dollars just aren't there to keep all of the smaller schools open and operating. How sad! Nevertheless, with the alumni of these old schools returning annually, it gives them an ideal opportunity to chat and stress with the youngsters in their families here about their long-ago commitments to get a sound education at a small school and the hardships that they endured to do so. In spite of not having all of the modern educational equipment and computer learning programs of today, there aren't too many of these old-timers who can't write olearly speak fbrcefulty. recite poetry from memo(y, diuss history flawlessly, or do matii arCurately. All of our Gilmer Co'Lint) , iild/'en need thi type Of encouragement from theii" patents, relatives, and friendg; ad tEge family etlibrg:iaw living far away, offer a good argument for the value of getting a sound public school education, as well as a college one at primarily GSC. As a result, we editors appreciate these alumni of the Old Glenville, Sand Fork, Normantown, Troy, and Tanner high schools, among the other now-closed smaller schools, returning to Gilmer County once a year. We truly value their wisdom, much of which is contained in the memories that they so kindly share, with others. On a side note, we've noticed that possibly due to the recession, many of the alumni regulars didn't attend this year's reunions. That's a great shame, but amply demonstrates the financial sacrifices that those who did attend made just to travel to Glenville for these grand festivities. We, therefore, thank them for their strong commitment to their old schools and their native county, in spite of these trying economic times. Hence, keep up your connections with your old schools, Gilmer County school alumni, and know that your annual presence is greatly appreciated and looked forward to by us residents. DI-IC, Sr. (Editor's Note: This past weekend (Fri.-Sat., June 26-27), the Old Glenville High School's Alumni Association's All-Class 2009 Reunion took place at the Senior Center on Friday evening and at GSC's Mollohan Campus Community Center the next one. In addition, the Sand Fork Alumni Association sponsored its Annual Golf Match at the Glenville Country Club on last Saturday morning, with its annual banquet being at the Senior Center that evening.) Edge of the FOURTH? f "HONEST TO GOD. 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