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i,i did we see and what happened at the 2003 Folk Festival? Wednesday and .19-.... the first two 54th Annual West revved up at Gienville Student Union. our state's tradition, accomplish- by seasoned of each one 33 Belles will be gof it :Folk Festival's Pet pets were en- 14 dogs, three believe. Martin Folk Festi- top of the situa- Moore, the of Fred and Peggy twin kittens E foot. According to and Nobel Literary author Earnest cats. So, the among the See them every day Restaurant. SCene, I visited the booth, manned by McClain, one were being men both have Thursday night place outside, as Saturday nights. County, Ken and Taylor were among evenings, with heading up the music. wooden floor , with everyone time. And, the once during one so I must be Butcher, Bill ,Gonot, Smith, Larry and Louise David- Were some of the on and around ; highlights present at the Dr. Corcoran | llllll Patrick Gainer Remembrance Program on Saturday morning at GSC's Fine Arts Recital Hall, they recalled the Folk Festival's founder vividly and fondly. The program consisted of songs that Dr. Gainer liked and were sung by his grand- daughter, Molly Gainer Waters, and her ! 0-year-old daughter, Mary. Molly men- tions that she's glad that her daughter is learning the folk songs, many of which have been handed down in the Gainer family. In addressing the audience of nearly 50, Molly states, "It is important to carry on these oral traditions from genera- tion to generation." Afterwards, Dr. Gainer's son, Patrick, of Tanner, and his cousins, Fred and Mazie Gainer, of Laurel, Delaware, told me a good deal about their family's rich history in the Tanner area. Additionally, for Tyler County's 2003 Belle Betty Tustin, of Middleboume, she confides that this early morning session "made" the Folk Festival for her. She was a student in one of Dr. Gainer's folklore classes at GSC in the early 1950s, relating that he was a real inspiration to her. The Lions Club Parade, which started at about 1:30 p.m., took place under cloudy skies, so everyone was worried that the rain might start up at anytime. Thank- fully, it didn't. The club's charter mem- bers ,- Everett Ellyson, Bill Bennett, and Chester Westfall -- were honored as this year's parade marshals. The parade's highlights were the patri- otic Gilmer County Veterans Flag Unit, the stunning Belles' Class of 2003, and most of the other colorful participating units, notably the antique cars. It seemed, though, that only the Camden Flats Bap- tist Church went to the trouble of building a float. They were promoting their Vaca- tion Bible School. Call Pastor Tony Con- rad, of Glenville, for details. After the parade, I had a nice conversa- tion with John Moss, of Glenville, and Jim Collins, of New Milford, Penn. They were classmates in Normantown High School's Class of 1942. Another of their classmates, who helps out with their re- unions but who couldn't be present at the parade, is Ann (Mrs. Jack) Stalnaker. As we were talking, George Daugh- erty, an Elkview attorney, came by to say, "Hello." He's running for Secretary of State. Because he's promoted the good- ness of our state via his song and slide show as "The Earl of Eikview," he should have an enthusiastic group of supporters throughout the entire state. Indeed, he'd make an excellent "ambassador of good will" for West Virginia during these re- cessionary times -- someone who knows how to talk positively, to lift our spirits, and to attract new businesses into the state. At the Oral Traditions Tent, South Charleston's Bil Lepp, the winner of West Virginia's Annual Liar's Contest for the past several years, really told some big tales, jarring the crowd to wake up --- by laughing. Shortly thereafter, Gilmer County singer, Mike Morningstar, drew a large crowd into the Singing Tent by the Post Office. He told the background to several of his protest songs; it was quite instruc- tive as well as entertaining. In one song, "Mountaineers are Always Free," he recalls, "About 20 years ago, I was sitting on the Ohio River and saw all of those smokestacks. I, then, asked my- self for the benefit of my children and grandchildren: 'Have we sold our souls to outside business interests and will we Mountaineers always be free.'?' Now-a- days, we're looking at the profits from mountaintop removal going straight to the big boys in Pittsburgh, thereby by- passing our state's little people and leav- ing us with only a dust bowl to eat from." This song he wrote hit a nerve note and was very well received by the crowd. Right next to the Singing Tent, Made Frymier, our county's newest author, had her personalized card and book booth set up. Her creations are very Mountain State- oriented, focusing on farm animals, chil- dren, and friendships --- mostly upbeat and uplifting situations and ideas not treated by Hallmark. Other crafters, with whom I spoke, were Jason Collins (hand-carvings), Clifford and Dave Rock (glass-blowing), and Chris Higgins (landscaping and plants to match), all of these crafters being, more or less, from Gilmer County. On Saturday evening, the Melvin Wine Family Singers concluded the folk music program at the College's packed-house Fine Arts Auditorium in arousing fashion with several of their late father's favorite songs. The 2003 Folk Festival was dedi- Continued on page 5 :i! : : ~ ! [ I Ill ! CoUntry Store Museum now has a '35-star flag' two more stars were added for the admission tributed toward our new 35-star flag, e-mailed, of Vermont and Kentucky. That 15-star flag "Where is the thirty-fifth star?" I know that the ; arrived in Glenville! of 1795 was the only one ever to also have 15 West Virginia troops at Gettysburg snipped a across the United stripes! It flew for 23 years, star out of one flag and sewed it onto another to July 4, 1865, In 1818, when five more states had been to make the right number, andwhenliearned the newest state in admitted to the Union, Congress passed the that the 34-star flag had a star in each comer Flag Act retuming the design to 13stripesand and the other 30 in two concentric circles t is on display in the only the stars equal to the number of states, around the empty middle, I had little doubt Skip to 1861. Kansas was the thirty-fourth about where they sewed it. But I was wrong. It the same pattern as state, with the appropriate flag flying for two seems that they modestly stitched it along the not obviously years before West Virginiachanged the hum- edge." the 13-star Betsy ber of stars. I can't answer the Clawscy question, for I've United States I am almost using the word "official" in- not seen any word that certain stars are as- Ross stead of "appropriate" -- but that is not ex- signed to specific states. Our 35-star flag was actly true. Every flag onlcrcd by the United in place for two years. Nevada became the had 13 stars evenly States Congress remains official and may he 36th state in 1865, and two years after that, field. Some of theflown as such. There are stories of other Nebraska was the 37th state to be admitted to point aiming unofficial flags, the union. as has been the law Hunter Arrnentrout has joined other con- If you want to know more, log onto tributors in paying for this flag.ww.usflag.org/the.13.star.flag (Notice the flew for 18 years before Mary Crawford Clawsey, who also has con- periods where it looks like spaces.) ., ::" i) 's quotes don't reflect Catholicism accurately The ones who thought that they were"forced the first century, cites Peter's and Paul's mar- letter toRev.Larry to admit that the gradual corruption of Chris- tyrdom as an example of the sad fruits of Thank you for tianity began very early" were the founders of fanaticism and envy, saying they have suf- ~eWspaper. Protestantism, not anyone else. It appears, feted "amongst us." therefore, that the corruption so evident to Clement had been ordained by Peter. St. accusations againstLuther has gone undetected by many millions Peter himself wrote "The Church that is at ' to me, I would of pious Christians to the present day. Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth You have cho- You would also have seen that the very next you, and so doth Marcus my son" (I Peter, 5, Therefore, Ihaveno paragraphoftheCatholicEncyclopediashows [3). You know, of course, that Babylon the Catholic point of view which refutes the stands for Rome, asusualamongstpiousJews. The real Babylon had no Christians at the Against Itself, contentions of the Protestants that were pro- You betrayed the sented in the previous paragraph. Youshould time. (Catholic Encyclopedia, Vol. I, 1907 read the part of the be more careful when you accuse another of edition). that was quoted. Ifunsubstantiated claims. You will find a more recent edition of the seen that the quoted The same admonition applies to your un- Catholic Encyclopedia in the Glenville State the opinion of the substantiated claim that Peter was never in College library. I have been quoting from the infact aquote, out Rome. Whatever the order of succession, 1907 edition which is available on the lnternet ClementofRome, writing to the Corinthians, athttp://www.newadvent.org. I'm sorry l can't probably in 96~ but certainly before the end of Letters continued on Page 5 the Editor' Policy The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder has via snail mail. Deadlines for letters are Mondays at 10 a.m. for that of relevant and timely "Letters to the week's paper. After 10 a.m., they can he accepted for that week as !(1 good citizens! paid advertisements. However, tt would appear for free in a future long been the sounding boards for political, edition. views and this paper is no exception! Also, for writers who consistently send in Letters week after week, es, please keep in mind our Editorial these messages are constantly evaluated as to content and topurposc, n a space available basis only and they so they may be considered as an advertisement, especially if they are scrutiny as to content relative to libel weekly, lengthy, and repetitious of previous letters. Nevertheless' " one to one-and- you wdl be contacted if the latter is the case and will be charged only decision of the our regular advertising rate. Letters must be signed in order to be For more information, contact either Dave Corcoran, Sr. or Jodi at phone number where your 304-462-7309. , but you may still be required to sign the letter I With traditional 4th of July community celebrations being planned for Cedarville and Dusk Camp, Gilmer Countians, not to mention most other West Virginians, are preparing to enjoy this Friday's national holiday. Like most of our other holidays, this celebration is truly 100 percent American, with almost all of our families getting together for reunions, cook-outs, and fireworks. (On that latter point, I still remember the Independence Day that my cousin, Paul, got so excited about shooting off the fireworks that he lit a firecracker with rolls of firecrackers in both hands. And, I know he remembers his "celebration" in the hospital, fortunately with no permanent damage to his hands. Parents take note: "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!") Speaking of notes, here's the history of Independence Day for your ponderings. On July 1, 1776, the Continental Congress' Special Committee voted out the iesolul;ion to declare the independence of our 13 American Colonies from mother country, Great Britain. Then, on July 2, Congress, now sitting in formal session, took the final vote for independence, with 12 voting for; none against; and New York abstaining. Next, on July 2-3, the form and content of the declaration prepared by Virginia planter and rising politician, Thomas Jefferson, were di scussed. After several changes were recommended, the amended Declaration of Independence was approved without dissent (New York abstaining again) on July 4. The historic document was then signed by John Hancock and by August 2, most of the other 55 signatures were affixed to the original document now preserved in our National Archives in Washington, D.C. On July 5-6, copies were prepared for sending to all the states, and the Declaration was first :)roclaimed in Philadelphia on July 8 and, then, read to General George Washington and his troops stationed in New York City the next day. On July 9, New York voted to accept the declaration, thereby making it unanimous. Thus, the ability of all Americans to enjoy the natural fights of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" on this 4th of July were formally recognized in that document of 227 years ago -- these freedoms being later guaranteed by the blood and bravery of every Continental soldier and sailor who forged this new nation through their military acts of courage, determination, sacrifice, and heroism. We can all appreciate our leisure activities and formal celebrations this Friday because of our forefathers and mothers' foresight, hard work, and courage so many years ago. DHC, Sr. 'Public Citizen' Jim James is wrong again/ If you read Nutter Run resident Jim James's Letter to the Editor last week entitled, "Public Citizen Mr. James maintains 'No-Spin' position," you'd think that neither I, as editor, nor the county commissioners, as our top governmental officials, knew anything about what we're doing. His allegation couldn't be any further from the truth. In the main, Mr. James's mostly negative ideas about county government have little, if any, following. If other county residents believed]aim, they'd attend the public meetings with him to show their support. To-date, this hasn't happened, so he's had to rely on this newspaper to report his various obtuse protestations to the general public in the form of letters to the editor. Now, he apparently wants to bite the hand that feeds him. Nevertheless, he should know by now that this editor can bite back. The crux of his arguments are that the county commissioners are self-serving and incapable of running local government effectively. To the contrary, this editor has lived in "six" different West Virginia counties, so I've seen and reported on a lot of county commissions. In fact, I've witnessed and played editorial roles in county commissioners and other officials going to jail for their misdeeds such as awarding bids to their high bidder friends, using public funds for their own pleasure, taking bribes, and other federal and state offences. Relative to these past officials in other counties who had a "public be damned" attitude, they used their power to take the low road. Conversely, I'm pleased that we, in Gilmer County, have selfless, hard working, and public-spirited officials of the quality of County Commissioners Larry Chapman, Reta Kight, and Dave Hess. Indeed, they've taken the high road on the issues coming before them. I've been observing these specific public servants for the past eight years, so I know what I'm talking about. This is not to say that I turn my head to their alleged faults and don't --- from time to time -- disagree with some of their decisions, but you've read these exceptions in this editorial column over the years. In general, our Gilmer County commissioners are people of substance and forthrightness, ;w, ople of generosity of their time and talents, and people of commitment to our county's future progress. On the other hand, and in paraphrasing the words of the great William Shakespeare, Mr..Tim lames --- in almost all of his often obnoxious public protests before the commission and several other public agencies -- is a man who voices much "sound and fury," but is very lacking in real substance, thereby "signifying nothing." ~ DHC, Sr. The ethics of corporate practices ... and THE COOK? .I ECONOMY - EDGE OF THE ECONOMY - EDGE OF THE EC o . , MEANWHILE AS THE CROWD YELLSI" - 5HE 5 FROM ONE OF THOSE NEW STATES WHERE 7EY USEb TO BUP WITCH-FS " 50 HB " "two OVeR-rWp execo'nv .s i ("THIS IS NOT A GOOD TI-~NG.") WHAT IS JUSTICE FOR THE HIGH 'N' MIGHTY? --- As our award-winning cartoonist sees it, maybe the Federal Govemment needs to move slower on "cooking (Martha Stewart's) goose." GSC Professor Emeritus George Harper apparently likes her recipes for meals and success. The federal investigators, however, don't have even one "sympathetic bone" to throw her way, seeming intent on cooking her. But, as Professor Harper comments to us editors, "Ever notice how 'high profile' personalities are always the first to incite a crowd? Perhaps if the media spent more time reporting the criminal actions of lesser known Chief Executive Officers, folks wouldn't be so quick to judge Martha." The good professor does have a point. In just surveying any major corporation, the real problem is evident -- every executive and corporate director has his or her hand in the company's treasury. With directors making anywhere from $30,000 to $150,000 annually for attending only 12 board meetings, not to mention CEOs making $1 million-plus for managing faltering companies, it's no wonder that American business's ethics --- to say nothing of its efficiency -- is at an all-time low. While Martha Stewart's corporate sins are condemning in the public's eye, what about all of the money-grabbing shenanigans of the "high 'n' mighty" that are being kept secret? Each American corporation must do some house-cleaning, and to start with, they ought to pay attention to Martha's trial, or they may end up with a bad case of indigestion too. DHC, Sr. The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder David 14. Corcoran, St., Publisher-Editor P.O. Box 458; 108 N. Court St,, Gle Ble, 26351 PHONE S04,.482,7a " FAX 304-462-7300 - E.MAIL --gMnvlllenew- adOrtoLnet VISA& Mastereard am tmw