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What did you and the Editor miss at the 2015 Folk Festival? There was so much going on at the ~ As to the Oral Traditions Tent, I Folk Festival this year that you, like I,Thef~ have always enjoyed the stories of may have missed something interest- Corcoran Susanna Holstein, also popularly ing, funny, instructive or entertaining, known as "Granny Sue," who can Truly, it's like the old joke of the Column really tell some good ghost stories, By David H. Corcoran Maine farmer who won a trip to New Publisher-Editor having written books about them. She York City, via the train. When return- generally sees me at the Historical ing home, his friends asked him, Society's Thurs. or Fri. nights' Ghost "Itow'd you enjoy the city?" even though we didn't even see him! Stories Open Mic sessions, but didn't Referring to Grand Central Sta- Likewise, we missed the opportu- have the time this year. tion, he replied, "Well, there was so nity to hear Ginny Hawker's rich Incidentally, we did have a crowd much going on andto see at the station singing voice either at the popular on Friday evening when Troy resi- that I never had the chance to walk out Gospel Sing or in the Singing Tent. dent and local "ghostbuster" Jim into the village!" For Ginny, folk singing has always Matthews outlined how he communi- Likewise, this Editor was so busy come natural to her, so much so in cates with the spirits. with the lovely and charming Folk enjoyment thatin years past, she served Back to the Oral Traditions: I hated Festival Belles and their activities, several terms as the Festival missing Kirk Judd, a masterful sto- along with representing the Gilmer Committee's president, ryteBer from Morgantown, mainly County Historical Society at its On Main Street because we both serve on the Pearl S. events, that I didn't have time to "see We, as always, had some excellent Buck Manuscripts development ad- all" the events in the downtown or at crafters at the Gilmer County His- visory committee at West Virginia the college, torieal Society, so I didn't have the University Library's Regional His- Where's Buddy? opportunity to see and make some tory Archives. Next Folk Festival, First of all, we editors would like to purchasesfromthecraftersattheTown this project is so important that I'll congratulate BuddyGriff'm, Glenville Square Park. I'm certain that I missed probably give a Chautauqua-type talk and Glenville State College's es- some good deals, on it ~it the Society, as a part of our WV teemed "Grand O1' Opry" fiddling Also, the Thimbles 'N' Threads history programs, this year which fea- ace and legend, who was the Folk Guild's Quilt Show at the Trinity turedPatty Cooper, of Parkersburg, Festival's main honoree this year. As a United Methodist Church was a col- as a 1901 School Mann, and Dick GSC Professor Emeritus and longtime orful display that is worth seeing and and Martha Hartley, of Harrisville, festival participant, Buddy is one of admiring. Moreover, theladiesaremost as the historic food experts outlining the most civic-minded persons that we welcomingofnewcomerstothisshow, the tastes of Mountaineers from the haveinthiscounty.He'salwaysthink- If I knew how to quilt, and had the 1790s up to the present. Better yet, ing up new ways to promote the popu- time, I definitely would. It is a very their next book compiles those historic lar GSC Bluegrass Music program, stressless pastime, during which one recipes. of which he established several years can create beautiful art objects or ones In reference to Party's portrayal of ago. Affable and humble, this talented with deep and endearing meanings, the school mama, Linda (Mrs. Bill) gentleman richly deserved his 2015 Congratstotheexhibitorsinthisyear's Gainer, of Parkersburg and a retired FolkFestival acclaim. Kudos to Buddy, Quilt Show! Continued on page 5 Prevailing Wage law's failure will "throw WV workers under the bus" By the Honorable Brent Boggs, State Delegate (34th Dist.) For the first time in many years, our daughter Jessica's work schedule pro- vided an entire week to be home. While her boys have been coming since they were toddlers, we usually had to meet half-way be- tween here and Charles- ton, SC to make the hand-off. This year, she had enough time to come for an ex- tended visit, HON. BRENT too. Wehad a BOGGS wonderful time together, visiting with family, fish- ing on the lake and doing quite a bit of work, mowing, etc. between the sun and rain. She made it back home safely, but the boys will be in for a couple more weeks, visiting with family and enjoying being "home" in West Vir- ginia. Camping out one night last week, Collin and Gavin broke into singing "Country Roads" and it was the most beautiful version I'd ever heard. CARE Grand Opening I was honored to attend the grand opening of the new CARE, Inc. du- rable medical goods business in Sutton last Thursday. Located in the rear of- fice space formerly part of City Na- tional Bank, it will provide loc~jobs in downtown Sutton and convenience for those with health needs that require specialized equipment and supplies. Congratulations to owner Evelyn Post and her staff on the launch of this new, much needed business here at home in central West Virginia. Prevailing Wage law fails It appears the state prevailing wage law will disappear on July 1, at least temporarily. Despite the votes of Sena- tor Kessler, Delegate Miley and me to extend the deadline for recalculating a combination of data, including BLS new rate until September 30, the new data, surveys of contractors, and work- majority basically voted against the ing in conjunction with WVU and wording included in their legislation Marshall experts. and attempted to throw the Workforce As for me, I'll always stand with WV employee in charge of calcula- hard working, skilled and well-trained tions under the bus. West Virginia workers and businesses. During the session, House and Sen- A family sadness ate majority leadership did not want Finally, this was a good week with the WV Department of Labor to do the family but not without family loss. My calculations for prevailing wage. In- mom'sbrother, RalphWestfall, passed stead, they drafted and passed legisla- away at the WV Veterans Nursing tion to allow Workforce WV to calcu- Home in Clarksburg after a long and late a new rate, using federal BLS data difficult struggle with Parkinson's dis- and other relevant information to de- ease and several years of declining termine :the new rate. It was readily health. Please keep his wife, Nancy in apparent in the Joint Committee meet- your prayers, along with my Mom and ing that they were not going to get the her brother ,Denver (Joe) Westfall. calculations they wanted, so they How to contact me! teamed up to attempt to kill the poten- In the interim, send your inquirieS to tial results of their bill even though my home office at: 151 Park Street, Workforce WV was following the law Gassaway, WV 26624; call 364-8411; they drafted by using "methodology or fax 364-8711. If you have an interest for annually calculating the prevailing in any particular bill or issue, please let hourly rate of wages as evidenced by me know. For those with Internet ac- all appropriate economic data, includ- cess, my legislative email address is: ing, but not limited to, the average rate Brent.Boggs@ WVhouse.gov of wages published by the U.S. Bureau You may also obtain additional leg- of Labor Statistics, and the actual rate islative information, including the cop- of wages paid in the regions of this ies of bills, conference reports, daily state to the workers, laborers or me- summaries, interim highlights, and chanics in the same trade or occupation leave me amessageontheLegislature's in the construction industry...." web site at http:// Lack of a prevailing wage on July 1 www.legis.state.wv.us/When leaving will cause great uncertainty among amessage, please remember to include those bidding on state projects and will your phone number with your inquiry likely lead to additional out of state and any details you can provide. Addi- contractors coming in to bid on and tional information, including agency possibly take jobs from West Virginia links and the state government phone workers and thereby further hurt work- directory, maybe foundat www.wv.gov. ing families. Money that is made here Also, you may follow me on Facebook by West Virginians stays in our West at "Brent Boggs", Twitter at "@Del- Virginia economy. It's starting to ring BrentBoggs", as well as the WV hollow about overpaid workers when Legislature's Facebook page at "West prevailing wage is to encompass not Virginia Legislature" or on Twitter at only a living wage, but benefits and http://twiner.com/wvlegislature insurance costs in the calculations. Remember our troops -- at home I commend Governor EarlRay Tom- and abroad -- and keep them and their blin for not being deterred by threats families in your thoughts and prayers. and has instructed Workforce WV to Until next week, celebrate a safe and continue their calculations by using a Happy Independance Day. Take care! Local senior dissatisfied with center's bus charges Dear Editor, Everything I am saying here is the truth that is being openly proven, but not many people seem to be aware of or else they will not speak out for fear of not being able to get to their doctor. Our local senior center has made it mandatory for the disabled and elderly to pay a hefty service charge fee for a trip to their doctor. They have been and still are calling it a "Suggested Donation." However, if the needy do not pay the specified charge, they are denied transportation. Most of our elderly live at poverty level and cannot afford this, but they are being given no choice. It is pay or stay home. Our senior center is heavily funded by the government and also have many ways of fund raising. This transporta- tion tragedy is being enforced by their "leader" and employee helper who is takes three people to the doctor in the head of the transportation depart- Weston, all at the same time, they are ment. each charged at least $15. In that in- Is this what Christian love is all. stance, the Center has just made $45 about? What a travesty of unnoticed misrepresentation of a friendly social program! This is obviously unjust to many needy people. It is also misrep- resentative (false) type of advertising. As we all know, such a thing is also illegal. Many of our elderly involved in this are often too sick or uneducated con- cerning this oppression. What has hap- pened to our Christianity? Is this what Jesus meant by love? It is such a major way of deceitful stealing that is diffi- cult to believe. I am writing this because o~r com- munity needs to be made aware of this. And lastly, I will give an example of how the setup operates: If the Center for a trip to Weston!!! This is the way the program operates all the time. Can anyone stop this atrocity?! I certainly hope so. In case our Center leaders do not have enough brains to know this then I will tell them: a "Suggested Dona- tion" is equal to a "Recommended Free-Will Offering;" it is NOT a"Man- datory Service Charge Fee," a fee which is pretty hefty for the needy of our community. I certainly hope this tragedy con- cerns someone besides myself. Shannon Rush, GlenviUe, WV r Attention" Readers: Our 'Letters to the Editor" ' Polic2TM" i o or rso " ~. " ~" "~" " '~ " w" " " . . e . " w . se css ~ s, co s' ew u" s*c n, Weare nneed fm e ette t Iheedlttr Feellreet( sendthem The decl ton ol the Senu r Editor dl be hnal I elt rs must be alter eek the m ae are n tautly aI ateda I e la in Io us. Just remember our policy on the letters. 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For more intormaflon on this newspaper's editorial page pelicy, conlacl Dave Corcoran, Sr,, Ph.D., Publisher-Senior Editor-Owner, at 304462 73(19. ~ Last Issue Before Election: News, Letters, & Ads ~ The long-standing policy of this newspaper has always been Readers of this newspaper know that we editors have had this Also, all political letters or news stories submitted in the last that if, in the issue before an election, one candidate or citizen policy in el feet tbr the past L 8 years in order to make certain that the month prior to an election are to be paid political advertisements, makes allegations aboul another candidate or issue, that the other journalislic and ethical principles of fairness and equality be assured excepl for biographical sketches in an Election Guide or special ~arly be given the right of rebuttal, on these pages relative to both the news and advertising side. section. J Family Resource Network's (FRN) park deeded to Glenville For many years, the exact fate of the Town Square Park was somewhat in question. The Gilmer County Family Resource Network, Inc. (FRN), then under the leadership of Donna Waddell, originally obtained the major federal govern- ment grant funding, via the good offices of former U.S. Congressman Alan Mollohan (D- 1 st. Dist.). The grant was in the hundreds of thousands of dollars because the ugly vacarit parking lot that had been there for a couple of decades had to be purchased. Then, an architect needed to be retained and, finally, a general contractor put to work leveling the lot, erecting the structures and doing the plantings. In the main, it was both a major community improvement project and beautification initiative. In fact, when completed, this crowning gem in city center served to motivate other downtown property owners to spruce up and paint their storefronts, thereby creating more pride in the downtown commercial district, which hadn't gotten such a major boost in decades. With the park conveniently located in the center of downtown and only a couple of blocks from Glenville State College, it serves as an appropriate socializing and special event venue for this area' s people. The young and old, rich and poor, individuals and families, businesses and civic groups, governmental agencies and nonprofits, and college music majors and Folk Festival-type jammers -- all of these groups now have a comfortable and lovely setting to meet enjoy and to stage their public functions; or for individuals, just to meet in, chitchat or rest. For the past several years, however, the public's question in common parlance has been: "When will the FRN turn the park over to the city?" This outcome, indeed, was the original intention of the FRN, and during the 66th Annual West Virginia State Folk Festival this year, the local social and community service agency gave its answer. In a pre, announced public ceremony, the FRN, with its Treasurer Mary Lee McPherson doing the honors, officially tumed the East Main Street city park over to the City of Glenville. Moreover, Glenville Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick graciously accepted the donation after being handed the key to the park. Thus, what the FRN built, perfected and nurtured along ... now belongs to City Government. So, all is now good with this transfer, and the city can use this beautiful oasis downtown in future plans for energizing the business and commercial district, as well as being a major economic development lure for new enterprises to establish on Main Street for the betterment and convenience of the Gilmer County shoppers and pedestrians. Best of luck to Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick and the City Council for taking the bull by the horns and moving this project and opportunity forward! David H. Corcoran, Sr., Publisher-Editor III Gilmer County Master Gardeners/ Three weeks before the 2015 West Virginia State Folk Festival took place, members of the Gilmer County Master Gardeners Club took up a much needed task-- in addition to their regular beautification and gardening efforts around the county -- in cleaning up and making the Town Square Park Folk Festival enticing this year. Over the past year or so, much brush had accumulated in and around the park, litter was found in certain out-of-way places and new potting soil, or bark, was needed around the plantings. Plus, the small, but determined group of green thumb volunteers donated some flowers to add to the public space's beauty. Because they took up this task for the FRN on a hot and humid day, they deserve the public' s commendation for a job well done. In addition, Gardener Association President Cliff Thrasher reports that they were paid $80.00 to handle this task, but they would have done it for free as a community service. As a result, they are going to use the money to aid a local student in a small scholarship. To the sturdy participants who donated their time that day, we editors congratulate Bryan Montgomery, Donna Vavrek, Margie Colvert, and Cliff and Patty Thrasher. Kudos to these happy gardeners and happy people for beautifying our park in particular and the community in general! DHC, Sr. Iml LIREC Grant's funding buys first children's books here Make no mistake: Gilmer County's children will be richly benefited by the new literacy grant's book bonanza coming into the county and by the cooperation of parents, relatives and others to read to them. Truly, in some of the latest medical and psychological research, the fact has been verified that from infancy up to about 10 years of age, the children who are read to daily have all of their brain' s learning channels opened up for later life, thereby making their learning progress at school easier, more meaningful and accelerated. At the recent Folk Festival, Cherri West, the Gilmer County Board of Education's Literacy Coach, headed the downtown headquarters to publicize this new U.S. Dept. of Education initiative, along with several nonprofit cosponsors. In addition, she invited parents and the general public in each school district to sign up as readers for the children. Of course, the parents or guardians should be the first readers to their youngsters, but if they need training, it will be provided through this LIREC, or the "Literacy Improve- ment Rural Education Community" grant. The 1 st grade students at all of the county's elementary schools have already expressed their appreciation for the readings from the new books to-date. Moreover, the teachers are just as excited to have new books to use in their classroom instruction. But, the point of the LIREC thrust is to also get the I parents and community volunteers involved in regular reading to the kids programs, as well. That's where you -- in the general public -- come into the picture! DHC Edge of the ~O~T~,I~_ by George Harper (DRINK LESS - EAT LESS - EXPLODE LESS) ?'