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2 The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder July 9, 1976 A stubborn regard for children The Gilmer County Board of Education has decided to appeal to the voters once more for the passage of a bond levy for renovation of the county's schools. This will be the tenth time in the last 24 years that the school board has tried to convince the voters of the necessity for better schools. They've turned thumbs down every time except in 1955 when they agreed to a levy to build the Gilmer County High School. We would hope that the need for renovation of our community schools would soon become apparent. When we elect our school board members we entrust them with the responsibility to insure that our children get the highest quality education available. For the past quarter of a century they've been asking for funds to improve the schools. Each time they're turned down, costs of renovation go up. But the school boards have been stubborn. They continue to bring up bond levies because they want the best for our children. The lack of funds to renovate county schools has resulted in an accumulation of over 50 health and safety violations. When a child is killed or seriously hurt because of one of these violations, who wig be to blame? The school boards have been trying to sell you for .24 years. The referendum is not until November. Those favoring the levy can spend the time drumming up support. We hope that opponents of the levy take their complaints to the school board to find if they're justified. Disspellin! rumors To the Flltur This letter is to inform my neighbors in the Tanner area that I was NOT arrested at the Folk Festival nor was I even present in Glenvilte at the time of the alleged arrest. I was at HOME. I hope whoever started this unfortunate rumor will help me to undo the harmful effects it may have had. Sincerely. Jim Hartwan PBS a welcome alternative To tim Editur, Last night, thanks to PBS, we were treated to a superlative performance of the ballet Swan Lake. Rarely do we here in Gilmer County have the opportunity to enjoy such performances unless we travel to Pittsburgh, New York, or other large Eastern cities. Were we not afforded the benefits of PBS we would certainly be even more "culturally" deprived. PBS is also a welcome antidote to the vulgarity of dail commercial television i; fa:the gratuitous violence Of many serials, the thinly :veiled sordidness of the "soaps,, the shallow emptyness of most of the "talk" shows, the fatuous drivel of the "game" shows. One might justifiable object, for example, to the nasal condescension of a William Buckley, Jr., but he at least deals with issues and ideas that are worth consideration. It is possible that if PBS were ever to leave the air the Kanawha Cable Company would lose a few customers, and, for at least a few Gilmer Countians, WWVU would become just another foreign country, Sincerely yours, Carl A. Kerr Disappointed in Demcrat To the Editur. Although the Democrat had several articles about the Folk Festival, I was very disappointed with your coverage of the actual event. Surely the winners of the banjo-fiddling contests and the shooting competitions deserved a mention, if not pictures. Because of work, I was not able to attend all the contests, but was sure I would see the winners in the Democrat. It is too bad you did not take the time to properly report on Glenville's biggest event. Sincerely, Betty Kruger JlULY 10-The G0mer County Democratic Women's club will meet at 7 p.m. in City Hail  members are urged to attend. July 10 - Revival services begin at the Hepzibah Baptist Church in Stout's Mill. Services will bqin each evening at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited. July 13 - A.F. & A.M. Lodge No. 118 will hold their regular meeting at 8 p.m. All Magmas are urpd to attend. July 18 - The annual Greenlief reunion will be held at the Greenlief Camp on Lower Big Run of Horn Creek. Bring a picnic lunch. JULY 22-The Gihner County Health Dept. will hold a blood pressure and diabetic screening clinic from 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and from I p.m. - 3:30 p.m. at 800 Mineral ltd. A nutriflonist will also be on hand. Published Every Friday, By GILMER COUNTY PUBLISHING, INC. At 109 E. Main St. Glenville, WV 26361 Phone S2-7309 Second-Cless postage paid at Glenviile and at additional mailing offices Subscription price $5.50 tax included in Giimer County;, otner West Virginia residents $6.00 tax included. Out of state subscriptions 7.00. Cannot accept subscriptions for less than 6 months. (ALL PRICES EFFECTIVE FEB. 1st, 1976.) ROBERT D. ARNOLD PRESIoENT/PUBLISHER PAUL BROWN EDITOR ) LAYNE OFFICE MANAGER Clean-up man! iii I i i if/omen and the America's fight for inde- pendence produced count- less tales of extraordinarily brave men, but, as a whole, women have never received proper recognition for the important role they played in the founding of our na- tion. Only a handful of women emerged from the Revolu- tionary War with their names forever guaranteed a place in history. Betsy Ross, the famous seam- stress, and Mary Hays, who carried pitchers of water to the fighting men and earned the nickname Molly Pitcher, are two of the best-remebere women.  But there were many, m a n y others. Deborah Champion and Molly Cor, bin are just two examples of women whose heroism could match that displayed by the men of the period. Miss Champion was called "the female Paul Revere," because she used her eques- trian skills to carry dis- patches through enemy lines in the cause of free- dom. And Mrs. Corbin, who took her husband's place behind a cannon after he was fatally injured, fought so bravely that, when she died several years later, she became the only wom- an ever buried in the West Point Cemetery. It was not uncommon, during the Revolutionary War, for women to follow their husbands off to war. U.S. Revolution Nor was it uncommon for those women to join in the fighting when the need arose. The women who stayed home also showed tremen- dous courage. With their husbands off at war, they became solely responsible for running the farms and businesses --- and their ef- forts contributed greatly to the cause of inde- pendence. Mary Katharine Godard of Baltimore took over her husband's news- paper, and became a cru- sading editor; Mary Draper found herself in charge of the family bakery, and used her iSll i$o.atablih, an unofficial quartermasters' service foWthe Continental Army ; and Catherine Schuyler, left alone to run the farm, made a most courageous decision, set- ting fire to the family home and all the crops rather than have them captured by British Gen- eral Burgoyne's army; and the wives of Groton, Conn., organized themselves into a self-defense unit, and, a r m e d with whatever weapons they could find or make, kept the British from crossing the bridge into their town. The Bicentennial is a special time in our nation's history; and, in recalling our past, we should re- member that, without the contributions of pioneer women, America might not have won independence. Hospital needs more hinds Editor: The Bible says to comfort the mentally ill. We are not doing that. In a visit to the Weston State Hospital during their Open House I was shocked at what I saw. The first ward that I visited was a long room consisting of iron cots placed close together. Beside each cot was a hard uncomfortable chair. Underneath the cots were cardboard boxes containing the personal belongings of the patients. The room was unattractive and bare. No wall-to-wag carpeting. No coffee tables with vases of flowers on them. No soft music. This is the home of the patients. Compare it with your own home. On the third floor of one building that I have visited the temperature is so hot you can scarcely breathe. If the temperature is lowered to a comfortable degree, the second and fourth floors become unbearably cold. This condition has existed ever since the building was erected over one hundred years ago! Imagine living and working under such barbaric conditionM It would take a pretty thick volume to list all of the needs and problems of our mental institutions. It isn't that we don't have the money. We build luxurious lodges in our State Parks to accommodate visitors for short visits. We erect field houses and football stadiums at our schools to train a handful] of students and provide entertainment for the fans. We tear down or abandon school buildings that are not half as old as some of the buildings at our mental institutions at tremendous costs. We do these things while our sick people suffer in our mental institutions. . The Weston Hospital requested $45.000 for an important project and was told that the State could not afford it. $18,000,000 is being provided to upgrade the Mountaineer Field. That's hard to believe! Over at Weston the patients are provided with a library which must be closed two days each week because they cannot afford an assistant librarian. There is a snack bar where patients can purchase soft drinks, sandwiches, etc. They are only permitted to remain in the room 15 minutes because of the crowded conditions. Due to lack of help the room must be closed one day each week so the employees can clean it. There is also provided a recreation room but the noise from the pool tables and pinball machines is too hard for the nervous patients to endure long. there are no other places for the patients to assemble. The State Hospitals are so badly understaffed it is pitiful. Athletic coaches are provided with all of the assistants they ask for while our mental institutions are expected to get along with a fraction of the help they need. News for by Atty. Gen. Chauncey Browning "Siding experts" are now in season, busily installing siding for homeowners interested in improving the appearance of property and in lowering heating bills. Although siding of good quality applied by a knowledgeable contractor has much to recommend it, consumer offices receive a multitude of complaints from dissatistied customers. Two Charles- ton-based siding firms recently were sued for questionable business practices. The suits resulted in the closure of both. The best protection when buying siding is to deal with an established company and to compare warranties. If the salesman assures you that a product is guaranteed, don't rely on an oral promise; insist that it be in writing with all the specifics included. Watch for guarantees that are unrealistic and be sure that the local firm can fulfill the terms of a contract rather than a manufacturer located out of state. A common practice among siding firms that you should avoid is "farming out" or subcontracting your job to another individual. Competent con- tractors are in extremely short supply in West Virginia. Often a subcon- tractor is inexperienced and may not apply the siding properly. Shoddy workmanship in siding work is a major complaint When you'll also pitches, soma good to be a "special house to be advertising homeowner from su: pitch the only price is that i than the Another payments referral sale. you that the reduced a list of after the sale, conditions that payment. For names is siding before t paid, Since with abuse, it Virginia. If you complaints of siding, Protection Attorney Charleston, Music theatrical ) for cultural center The new West Virginia Science and Culture Center will open July 11 with a noun-to-midnight line-up of activity. The Gala Opening will offer the public its first opportunity to stroll through the $14 million Center and to enjoy the 16 performances by West Virginia entertainers {presented con- tinuously in the new State Theater and outdoors}. Free refreshments, mementos and favors will be distributed outdoors. Among featured events is the formal dedication of the Science and Culture Center by Governor Arch A. Moore, Jr., at 1:30 p.m. in the Theater. A complete schedule of perform- ances, their times and artists incluces: NOON--PUPPET-MOBILE (out- doors}: Puppet shows which have been designed, built and operated by graduate students from WVU .... i p,m,-AIEY ;BRASS GUILD (outdoors]: Brass quartet featurin two trumpets, French horn and trombone. 1:30 p.m.-DEDICATION OF SCI- ENCE AND CULTURE CENTER (Theater): The Honorable Arch A. Moore, Jr., Governor; Father Robert Wanstreet, St. Joseph's CathoLic Church, Huntington; Rabbi Frederick Wenger, B'nai Sholom Congregation. Huntington; and the Rev. James Clair ]arvis, St. Marks United Methodist Chruch, Charleston. 2 p.m.-PUPPET-MOBILE {out- doors). 2 p.m.-ROGER BRYANT {out- doors): Traditional and contemporary folk artist who accompanies himself on guitar, autoharp or dulcimer. Bryant will perform periodically throughout the day, strolling among visitors outside the Center. 2 p.m.-THE CHARLESTON SYM- PHONY ORCHESTRA (Theater): Charles Schiff, Conductor. 3 p.m.-WILD TURKEY STRING BAND {outdoors): Appalachian string band music 3:15 PICKERS semble which country, utilizing guitar and and was Culloden. 4 doors). 4:15 {Theater}: Professor of State College, Charleston S 5I {outdoors): jazz area; contemporary 5:15 p.m. THERS perform music with group is 6:15 utilizes performers ranges from Irish balladry; Montrose. 7:15 CHORUS through the ton's First performs for concerts and various cities Letlow, 8:15 PHONY Cook. 9:15 {Theater): Choreographer. 9:45 THERS performing music. The patients in these Hospitals consist of coils8 men and women, veterans who fought for our country of life. Some are here because of some little nervous nervous breakdowns due to tension, worry, knows, some day you may be one of the patients. In the numerous times that I have visited the throe visitors there. One Baptist minister and his wife been frequent visitors. One woman from Buckhannon has often has taken a patient to her home for the weekend. one Congressman has ever visited the State Hospitals. when he was a member of Congress. The employees of our mental institutions are work hard and long hours and under far more rest of us. Their salaries should be more than doubled. hospital aides are only paid the minimum wage These overworked, tired and weary people work day ir under the most trying and nerve-wracking conditions. lose patience with these sick people. That is had tor 15atients. These aides should not only have their have their hours cut in half. But there is hope ahead. Senator Edward Government has done little improving our mental support and work for financial assistance t( Congressman Staggers said he had introduced a mental hospital in each county. He says "God onlY enacted." lay Rockefeller has promised to do everything he mental hospitals in West Virginia. He plans to es State to replace those at Weston, Spencer, HuntingtOa Let's do something good for America during the something besides shoot firecrackers and have pare worthwhile during our 200th Anniversary. Let's remembered. Let's make the mental institutions the America and the grounds more beautiful than our m st Editor's Note - Mr. Johnson, a one-time resident of f extend an invitation to residents of the area to his garden and on his front porch. He says they're the country. He lives at 146 Pocahontas St. in