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Single Copy Price-50' (47' plus tax) (ISSN 0746-5890) Published by and for Gilmer County People the 4th of July ' 4. Don't forget white, and our local its way present) and the preserved By Kristal Sheets, nomic development in our area. "What we're in and tears! News staff reporter the process of developing for Gilmer County is As part of a pilot project sponsored by the technology not available in any other rural area Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) of the entire nation," Fealy says. leDistdct and the Benedum Foundation, the Gilmer Right now, people in Glenvitle and in other gh Field County Economic Development Associa-rural areas of the country use dial-up modems tion (GCEDA) and Glenville State College connected to their phone lines for access to the Page 4 (GSC) are joining forces with technology Internet. wizards at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon While the computer industry has developed review University (CMU)todevelopwirelessbroad- technology to speed up the online experience, 1 of July, and the band Internet service for Gilmer countians, even the fastest dial-up modem can be as much Mr. Jim Fealy, GCEDA's executive direc- as 10 times slower than a broadband connec- Page 3 tor, knows that this will be a boon to eco- tion. about the ~... P e5 Fest;'val. inesses, public people, and everyone a Page 16 On Day activities & VICTORY and Drinks. pickup. open M-F 9-2 CHAPTER Cross will be on Show- or Donna on Thurs., at the Commu- Main St.). Mr. Geo- speak encouraged to contact PICNIC Association of hold a Creek Park may Gloria Summers L62-5369. CLOSED is closed July 4. DHC Commission July meeting of the on the agenda, County Clerk days in an issue is being Other nomaction Public is invited meet This will first general public Council will Ion., July 7 at the al public is Public Service 7 P.m. on Mon., )nthly meeting. 3 ............ 4 .............................. 10 .................... .9 & 11 12 14-15 4th m us life, gave same time." 'the KIM LA BARRE AND JO-AN LAPAN, 2/3 OF THE TEAM AT MAMA'S PLACE ! While Jo-An Lapan and her husband were American crafts, specializing in dance regalia. driving around Glenville one afternoon, they While on the "pow wow circuit," Lapan had met were trying to find a place they wanted to eat, Kim La Barre, a Kentucky native. The idea of but with little luck. opening a restaurant appealed to La Barre and to This was not surprising, given the scant hum- her mother, Eileen Perdue, so the three decided to bet of dining choices in the town, they thought, help diversify the dining experience in Glenville When they noticed that the site of the former by opening their own restaurant. Mary's Pizzeria was for sale, Lapan. who was The coming together of Perdue, La Barre and looking at starting a new business, says she and Lapan has resulted in "Mama's Place," located on her husband discussed such a venture briefly N. Lewis St. in Glenville. With everything from before pursuing it. baked chicken Parmesan to cold subs. the menu is Lapan, who hails from Fultonville, N.Y., a as diverse as the three women who serve its town about one hour's drive from Albany, had specialties: pizza, Italian sausage sandwiches, and once owned a business which made Native Continued on page 6 MAKING A PRETTY -- The Almighty Father isn't the only person who can make a beautiful flower, as the children visiting the 2003 West Virginia State Folk Festival found out between June 19-22. When walking by the Nettles Lot's Crafts Exhibit Area, dozens of kids seemed to gravitate to and have their eyes glued to the handicraft demonstrations and products of Alum Bridge glass-blower, Clifford Rock (right, foreground). One little girl asked him, "What can you make me?" He responded, "A beautiful flower like you!" And, he blew the object and fashioned it in front of her, as his devoted brother and exhibit helper, Dave Rook, of Glenville, observes from the (left) background in the tent. (Staff photo by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) Glass-blowing is still a vital industry in West Virginia to Alum Bridge's Cliff Rock By David H. Corcoran, Bridge, knows his business. Publisher.Editor As owner of Willow Creek Glass, Inc., he Although the glass industry has been de- admits that he can make, by hand, almost any clining in West Virginia for the past four object, but some are much more difficult to decades -- being the victim of economic fashion than others. A regular Folk Festival realities that have taken those once-numer- crafts demonstrator, he feels that he's doing ousjobs elsewhere, there are still a handful of what the founders of the mid-June fest wanted glass-blowers left to keep this special, corn- in the first place 54 years ago --- craftspeople I~X skill and art alive, who demonstrate the old-fashioned skills and With20yearsofworkingexperienceinthe arts that were done in many Mountain State glass industry itself and 10 years as an inde- households during the l 9th century and before. pendentglass-maker, CliffordRock,ofAlum Continued on page 6 Broadband access enables larger than av- loading large amounts of information from erage amounts of information to be transmit- web sites. ted at incredibly high speeds; this comes in From the project's inception, the goal of handy for listening to lnternet radio stations, CMU's Center for Appalachian Network watching streaming video, such as reports Access was to develop broadband Internet on news sites, and for the purpose of down- Continued on page 6 TALKING TECHNOLOGY- Jim Fealy, Executive Director of the GCEDA, is pictured here briefing GCEDA members on the recent wireless broadband Intemet project which will partner Glenville State College with some of the brightest minds at Carnegie Mellon University's Center for Appalachian Network Access. ( - ) GHS 'ALUMNI OFTHE YEAR' -- At last Sat. evening's Annual Glenville High School Reunion, Rita and Denzil Huff (center and right), two long-time and hard working members of the local Reunion Committee, were honored as their alma maters "Alumni of the Year for 2003." The Cox's Mills couple are retired, but do own and operate a farm. In addition, they are very active in the state and county's Farm Bureau and have been big supporters of the annual Farm Show at the Rec Center. Nevertheless, they received this "Of Year" award because of their unselfish and dedicated service to the GHS Alumni Association. Over the past four years, the association has grown from only a few members to over 600. Making the special, surprise presentation is Earl "Rusty" Stalnaker (left), of Charleston, who is chairman of the Alumnus of the Year Committee. In his remarks, he notes that this is about the only time that a couple has earned the award. Moreover, because the old Glenville High School Alumni Association through its numerous leaders and volunteers continues to bring pride in our community, we editors declare this couple (the Huffs), Alumni President Bill Gainer, Immediate Past President Margaret Ann Miller Goodwin, and all of the officers and volunteers of the club as our newspaper's "Folks Who Shine" for'this week. It is through their creative and devoted efforts that a valuable piece of our county's history is being preserved and a social function is being continued for the enjoyment of all the alumni. Congratulations, Denzil, Rita, Bill, Margaret and all of you officers "and volunteers for a job well done! (Stmff photo by Dave Corcoran, St.) Glenville High School's Alumni Associa- tion sets high goals, has good reunion Over 250 alumni and friends of the old State College's Heflin Center Ballroom Satur-" Glenville High School met toreminisce about day evening, Mr. Bill Gainer(Class of 1959), their"goodole school days," to make new or of Parkersburg, enumerated many achieve- renew old friendships, and to break bread ments of the Glenville High School Alumni together in Glenville on last Fri.-Sat. eve- Association during this past year. "We've es- nings, June 27-28. sentially been able to build on what Margaret In the presidential address in Glenville Continued on page 6 i II I IIII III II eeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeoeeeeee J The term of office of Glenville attorney, R. Terry Butcher, Esq., as chairman of the Glenville State College's Board of Directors officially expired on Mon., June 30. But, he confirms in his law office Monday, that he will serve in that position until a replacement is elected by the Board at its Tues., July 8 meeting next week. Board Chairman Butcher, who is also the College's Alumnus of the Year in 2002 and a GSC presidential community citation honoree, has served as its chairman since July I, 2002 when the Board of Governors was created by the state's Legislature. At 12:30 p.m. on next Tuesday, the Board will convene in the Verona Mapel Room of the Heflin Student Union on campus. At this meeting, a replacement for Mr. Butcher is expected to be elected. The general public is invited to this meeting. For more information, contact Ronna Dittman at 304-462-4129. Vision Plan, Manley Project discussed at EDA On Wed., June 25 at noon, the Gilmer County Economic Development Association (GCEDA) met at the Courthouse for its regular monthly business meeting. One of the main topics on the GCEDA's agenda was discussion of the Vision Plan draft. Comments were solicited from those present, and plans were made to submit the plan for finalization. Once finalized, the Vision Plan, which is mainly an urban design for modernizing Glenville's Business Districts, will be moved forward. Discussed alongside the Vision Plan was the city's proposed Walking Trail, which will require that funds be raised and matched in order to begin implementation, Mr. Jim Fealy, GCEDA's executive director, updated Association members on the status of FCI- Gilmer by stating that the facility is continuing to hire new employees, with officers being Continued on page 5 I; 1 !