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The Changing West - Part H n 16 years ago, I carried my Dad's lO-foot road flies down a narrow, one-lane dirt road. 6 e River. It was about a one-mile walk. Cabin at the Roosevelt Lodge area in Yellowstone National morning. The bird song and other tranquil sounds wildlife were mine alone to enjoy. My thoughts were of trout I hoped to tease from that well-known rushing the music of white water. I quickened my gait, attempt at the fine art of fly fishing. Here. I figured, I away in my amateur way without enduring the )f any self-styled experts more practiced in the sport river, I stopped in total surprise, for there, parked less river's edge, was a pickup camper. As I stood and and out stepped a fisherman resplendent in waders, aud cap, and basket-type creel, a mug of hot coffee in his Said. "Going' to try your luck?" even offered me advice as to where to fish. I've fish that day or not, but I have never forgotten stepping out of his camper home less than 10 finer cutthroat trout streams. That's the way to future that would be the way I'd West. I saw few other recreational vehicles that as common as convertible Cadillacs are in Gilmer has all changed today. coming in 1966 when. true to my vow, I borrowed a But even then, the RecVees were a relatively the scene. Finding a suitable site along an a parking space in downtown afternoon. a 2e-foot motor home, four of us had no trouble quail and ringneck pheasant fields near the In Oklahoma, we parked to camp overnight only 300 we used. We were the only RecVee in sight. COurse _ the RecVee business has boomed since then. rand I observed on our two-week western swing last changed the West that the traditional picture many idealic, relatively people-and-vehicle-free western obsolete. on Interstate 70, in Kansas and Colorado, I of the RecVees on the road -- the travel trailers, the homes, luxury motor homes, pickup campers and we saw an average of one RecVee every 55 Country Cured Ham Berrlies Fish and Chips What I consider a roadway RocVoo Revolution, we able to find a Colorado Springs campsite for our beloved Country Caddy. Several campgrounds, we only RV's using hookups for electric, water and hookups for anything. We found a site at a Safari B west of Colorado Springs and quickly discovered we camper clan. More than 300 sites were filled with beckroad travel once we got to our destination, we Colo., a few days later, to the tiny, still true Crested Butte, a base for elk hunting in the high Forest. There we saw, mounted on the wall of biggest set of elk antlers ever recorded in the From Crested Butte we followed a gravel road Rockies. The road had been opened only one week in showy contrast to the dark green of the huge. so profuse there, could be seen on every mountain a container of snow to bring back (melted. of of Colorado high country splendor defied we recorded it on film. We stopped at the top of Ten years ago. seeing even a backpacker at this say, would have been rare, but there, parked on of stood a RecVee - a mini motor home! we stopped at one of Colorado's biggest tourist parking lot was full - not with cars, but with tort near Aspen where our conference was held, we but even there the management, because f area for the many writers and their families who RecVees. them many times, and some day hope to own COnvenient and as comfortable and nice as they are, Western scene from a once nearly isolated outdoor countryside crisscrossed by paved massive rigs almost anywhere. The effects of of the West and its habitat is devastating. that, and I can't help but wonder how some of feel about the change. GROCERY FISHING TACKLE SALE SP00:00AL U.S. 76, sale price $2.49 e price $9.95 e price $12.95 5000, sale price $38.95 5000C, sale price $42.95 reels on sale too. 50% off. T COmpound bows, sale price 119.95 this 11 in stock now, and will have the in Soon, stop in and look them over. Crawlers for sale. July 15, 1976 The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder 5  / Friday afternoons during Gilmer County High School games. Thanks to the initiative of the Glenville Lions Club, the Titans will play all of their home games under the lights this year. "In years past," said GCHS Athletic Director Damon West, "nearly the only persons present at afternoon Snake! James Jordan unexpectedly ran into this black snake near the' Equitable Gas Co. meter house on Grass Run. It is over six feet long, The black snake is non-poisonous and is a valuable part of man's ecosystem since it helps keep down the rodent population. [Democrat photo] Area golfers tee off in Ratliff Memorial Members of the present and past Glenville State College golf teams, along with several other area golfers. will be competing in the Glenville Golf Club's Carlos Ratliff Memorial Tournament July 17 and 18. The 36-hole event is named in honor of Carlos Ratliff for his many contributions of time and energy to the Glenville Golf Club. Ratliff was head coach of football and baseball at Glenville State College from 1941 to 1962. Tournament officials are estima- ting prizes to come to over $800 to be presented to the top three winners in five flights. Moving? Please send us both old and new addresses so that we may make your subscription change without delay. OoOOOOooooeooooooooo•ooooo i _ . /-%, "Daddy, • with Income Benefits. • • Call me today for details, • : HUNTER B. BEALL, JR. : 813 Grand Central Avenue : : Vienna, W.Va. 26105 . i Office: (304} 295-4561 Residence (304) 235,5353 O Metropohtan i • Where Ihc Iilltirc in II('A,' : ee MetfUl)olll;In Lfe Iris Co . N Y , N Y • o•••o•eeseo••oeeoo••••••• the Lions Club began a drive to raise money for the purchase of lights for the field, located off Van Horn Road. The Lions themselves donated $3,000 to kick-off the campaign. A pledge of $5,000 was received from the Gilmer County Athletic Boosters. The Gilmer County Commis- sion gaye $8,000 with the provision that the field be made available for use by any organized group for athletic events. The Kanawha Union Bank gave $1,000. Generous contributions by area businesses and individuals have raised the present total to $19,471. Local Monongahela Power Co. employees donated their off-hours to erect the eight poles. Last week the lights arrived and a crew of 16 volunteers placed them on the poles in one evening. With the aide of a jeep and a block and tackle, the lights were lifted to the top of the poles where the installation was completed by Monongahela Power Co. linemen. The Gilmer County School Board has added $4,000 to money remaining West, "that new bleachers have been John Fox, Guy Perry, Bill Perry, Tom bought to replace old ones that were McPherson and Bill Bennett. falling apart. This is untrue. The old bleachers are in nearly perfect shape plIIIIIIIIq and will be put back up prior to the / DON'TMISS OUR AD FOR NEXT WEEK • start of the season." I According to Mr. West, the • bleachers were taken down and stored ..i STOCKJAMEsREDUCTIONDEPT. SToRESAtE at the end of last season to protect 1 $TARTIN. JULY 22 1 them from deterioration during the winter months. Soil from the Glenville Elementary | School excavation has been hauled to I the field by Ike Morris and Carl Carr to I improve the playing area.., rantsville I Those donating their time for the installation of the lights were Tom  mm m mm m re,ms m m J IX Purina Farmers Chows Friend We carry a complete line of Purina Chows Et Health Care Products, also a complete line of Protein Blocks, Salts Et Supplements• Custom Mixed Feeds DAWSON TACK Et SUPPLY Glenville, WV ..... i:i:i:!.i.::::::'. ........ OFF Now in ProFess Mon. July 12th thru Sat. July 24th ON ALL MERCHANDISE REGULAR OR 00RKED.DOWN :.:.:.: .: .:.:.:. :.:.:.:. :. :......................................................... ,....................... ................................... ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::!:!:i:i:i:8i8i:!:i:i:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::ii:::i:ii:i:i:!:!:i8!::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::!i:!:i:ii:!:!:i:i::::::: NO LAY-AWAYS NO APPROVALS ALL .. SALES FINAL iiii00iiil AT Local groups provide lights 00!o!o oT!00n .igames b aTlleaes sCDrgOw javl ]enEt: :f ? aea ;h!];iili!:rii)i:i:li'i!i:a;e!!:::/d::inM s Roger Roberts, Chester Westfall, Everett Ellison, Bill Stout, George Ellison, Carl Carr, Ray Hamric, foot orkron ngl s Bob Fox, John Westfall, Mike Boggs, :'