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I The Glenvillemocrat TheGlenvillePathfiBcle  TSrsdy;Ju!y ' !:i00Ji!iii!i!!!!!i!ii0000i00i00ii0000ili!iii!iii2ilili!iiiiiiiiiii!iiii!!00 i0000:i,00iiii!iiiiiii!iiiiiiiii!iiiii!!i!iiiiii iiiiiii!i!!i!0000iiiiiii!iiii!!!!!00i/000000 00i0000i00i,,i00iii00i!i!!iiii!!!00!ii00iiiiiii!!!iiii!i!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii I I A drive up north & our mv-valued Folk Festival Belles The editor and his son, Patrick, were on the road again, the weekend before the 60th An- nual Folk Festival. Now in Elkins, the Home of the Forest Festival, we were seeking out the mansion of Herman Guy Kump, the state's 19th and New Deal governor. His property has recently been donated to the city of Elkins in order to be preserved as a historic house museum. We found it at the intersection of Highways 219 and 250, being relatively unnoticeable among all of the commercial developments around it. It is a solid house, but will need a lot of small renovations and painting on the exte- rior, just like the Pearl Buck Birthplace Museum in Hillsboro, that we had seen the day before. Governor Kump's administration (1933- 1937), which was the first time the Democrats had controlled the executive and legislative branches since 1894, was very unorthodox for a New Deal state government. The Governor apparently went against several New Deal social initiatives in order to negate $20 mil- lion in budgetary shortfalls. In fact, he insti- tuted the sales tax, an income tax, and several indirect taxes. With the tight budget, he also took more control over the Highway Dept., the state's finances, and schools at the expense of local control. His unpopularity was veri- fied in two failed bids seeking U.S. Senate seats in 1940 and 1942. As the first full-time executive director and curator of the Pearl Buck Birthplace Museum in the early 1970s, I had the pleasure of giving his daughter a tour of the home. She later willed her famous father's property to the city of Etkins. I understand that the new Elkins' mayor is Dr. Duke Talbott, a retired Glenville State College history professor. Go, Duke, save that mansion for posterity ! (This year oddly and sadly, Randolph County didn't send a Folk Festival Belle to Glenville, so there was no one from the Elkins area to update me on that issue.) Talking about the Franklin Roosevelt era, our next stop was Arthurdale on SR 92 en route to Morgantown. It is one of West Virginia's three model New Deal communi- ties (the other two being Tygart's Valley and Eleanor). There in rural Preston County, President Roosevelt, with a strong assist from his wife, Eleanor, created 165 homesteads, all with enough acreage for a house, barn, garden, and other outbuildings. With these homesteads, the rural folks of that area could grow their own food and to become self-sufficient dur- ing the Great Depression. In addition to several small home-type in- dustries, they got a Community Building, which now serves as the Community and Visitors' Center. This is still the hub of local activities, and the Saturday we visited, a couple's 50th Anniversary was being cel- ebrated there. Moreover, during the New Deal, the The Roosevelts made it hum, as well. At the Arthurdale High School, the First Lady gave every Commencement Address during her husband's administrations, except for one, in which he, himself, gave the speech. Can you image President Obama coming to a very small West Virginia high school to give the commencement speech? More likely, he'd choose Harvard, Notre Dame, or any other major university, instead -- prestige, you know, is important these days. Nevertheless, every Saturday, public tours of Arthurdale are available by very conscien- tious volunteer guides up to 4 p.m. After viewing a small museum, our group walked around the small town, seeing a blacksmith shop, filling station, and home, among other interesting sites. Arthurdale is now a National Historic Dis- trict and can be reached by phone at 304-864- 3959, or log-on: Plan a side trip to see this rare and unique site in state and New Deal history! We'll end our two-day mini-vacation through West Virginia next week. And, most importantly, in spite of these high gasoline prices and the national recession, we will not have emptied our family's wallets by touring and overnighting in our beautiful and histori- cally-rich Mountain State. Saluting our Belles! In continuing my traditional "Salute to the Belles," I've got a lot of outstanding ladies still to review. Each one of the 30 is, at least, 70 years of age and, due to her high moral values and community service in her respective county, she's merited being honored as a"Folk Festival Belle." Lewis County Belle Mrs. Mida Bailey Peterson is the 2009 Lewis County Folk Festival Belle. To this Lewis County resident, Gilmer County is "home." She grew up in Gilmer County, graduated from Troy High School, and, later, Glenville State College. At GSC, she earned degrees in home economics and health and physical education--two subjects that have served her well, career-wise. In fact, for many years, she taught them and coached at Buckhannon-Upshur High School, before retiring in 1989. Sitting around, however, is not what Mida has done in the meantime, in that she and her husband own Rocking P Farm and raise registered Angus cattle. Being ac tive in 4-H, CEOS, her Stonecoal United Methodist Church, and participating in vari- ous Angus Shows keep her hopping. More- over, she's especially proud to be a Belle, because her late mother, Lena Bailey Peterson, was Lewis County's 1988 Belle. To young ladies, she advises: "Strive to be the best you can be! Enjoy your family and keep God in your life! Always look to make a difference in someone's life!" Belle Mida Peterson, of Horner, is spon- sored by the Lewis County CEOS. Logan County Belle Mrs. Mary Virginia West Conner is the 2009 Logan County Folk Festival Belle. After attending Man High School, and be- ing active in its alumni association through the years, Mary Virginia worked as a proof- reader for the Logan Banner for a number of years. In addition, she's helped to enrich many of that coalfield area's civic and social en- deavors, such as being a Red Hat standout, bolstering the Garden Club, assisting in the Vacation Bible School, and participating in the Ladies' Circle. For leisure, she likes mak- ing clothes for her family, walking, drawing, dancing, singing, traveling, flower arranging, quilting, crafting, visiting shut-ins, and being a care-giver. In her advice to the younger generation, she affirms: "First and foremost, always keep God in your heart! Show kindness and respect to your parents! You may not understand until you are much older just how much they love you! Pay attention to your education, so that your life may have fewer struggles! Never underestimate the importance of proper En- glish language skills! A well-spoken young lady will always make a good first impression wherever her life may lead." Belle Mary Conner, of Stollings, is spon- sored by the Logan County Chamber of Com- merce. Marshall County Belle Mrs, Eleanor Knight is the 2009 Marshall County Folk Festival Belle. After graduating from Cameron High School in 1955, Eleanor had the skills to excel in business and governmental careers during her working life. For five years, she worked for Yoho Motor Sales, before, later, taking on a 24-year set of duties at the West Virginia Office of Unemployment in Wheeling. In spite of a heavy work schedule, she's found the time to be a contributing 39-year member of CEOS, being the Marshall County Senior Citizens Tour Director, and Limestone Senior Citizens secretary. For enjoyment, she likes to travel, play the piano, work with children and 4-H, and to be an active member of the Lime- stone Presbyterian Church. To young women, she kindly recommends: "Dream and follow your dreams ! With God in your life, all things are possible, as He can be your strength and guide." Belle Eleanor Knight, of Moundsville, is sponsored by the Ma!ha!! County CEOS. Merce# County Belle Mrs. Lois Mitchell is'the 2009 Mercer County Folk Festival Belie. Fairfax High School in Virginia started her education off, leading her to aspire to get Continued on page 5 A Full House and Interim Legislative Schedule The Independence Day holiday weekend may have been a week earlier, but last week- end brought our share of fireworks to our home in the form of all four grandkids home at once. With Jessica, Paul and the boys and Justin, Jennifer and the twins, it was non-stop around our house, yard and neighborhood. I took a week's vacation time, simply because I've iii learned enough to know you never get time like this back and life is much too short to neglect spending time with faro- HON. BRENT ily. Everyone headed BOGGS home on Sunday, and thankfully, made it back to their respective destinations safely. Jean and 1 are definitely missing them as we get back into the daily routine. It's back to the railroad for me this week, with legislative meetings in Charleston during mid-week. Interim Legislative meetings for July are this week at the Capitol. Here is the interim schedule for Thursday, July 16: 9:00 a.m. - Forest Management Review Commission House Gov. Org.; 9:00 a.m. - Joint Standing Committee on Education House Chamber; 10:00 a.m. - Joint Committee on Govern- ment Operations House Chamber; 10:00 a.m. - Joint Standing Committee on Government Organization House Cham- ber; 12:00 p.m. - Agriculture and Agri-busi- ness Committee House Gov. Org.; 12:00 p.m. - Legislative Oversight Com- mission on Health and Human ResourceAccountabili Senate Finance; 1:00 p.m. - Parks, Recreation andNatural Resources Sub.House Gov. Org.; 1:00 p.m. - Select Committee on Children, Juveniles and Other Issues Senate Finance; 2:00 p.m. - Joint Standing Committee on Finance House Chamber; 2:00 p.m. - Joint Standing Committee on the Judiciary House Gov. Org. 3:00 p.m. - Joint Committee on Govern- ment and Finance Senate Finance. Many of these committees now post a link to their agenda on the legislative website. This information - while too lengthy to pub- lish each month - may be of assistance in determining what meetings you would like to attend or monitor. If you have any questions, please let me know. Please address your mail to my home office at PO Box 254, Gassaway, WV 26624. My phone number is 364-8411 and fax 364-871 I. If you need immediate assistance, call the Capitol office at 340-3220 or Assistant to the Majority Leader, Mr. Tom Bennett, at 340- 3262 or fax to 340-3213. If you have an interest in any particular bill or a list of all bills that passed both the House and Senate, please let me know. For those with Internet access, my e-mail address is You also may obtain additional legislative information, in- cluding the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and other information from the Legislature's web site at If you write or leave a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional informa- tion, including agency links and the state government phone directory may be found at Remember to thank a veteran for their ser- vice to our nation and continue to remember our troops - at home and abroad - and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers. 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How a few of the Caucasian officers have, and are calling the African American prisoner's, spooks, and things of that nature and, that even when an African American prisoner takes these type of complaints to the warden, she doesn't do anythingabout it. I would like for you to send one of your reporters out to this prison to talk to me. If not, will allow me to place an article in your two papers. I'm more than willing to pay to have articles published in your newspapers. So, please re- spond either way. Thank you in advance for your time. Also, you will be hearing from my wife, my family, and my mother. Anonymous FCI Gilmer, Glenville (Editor's Note: Thank you, sir, for your "Letter to the Editor," and we editors are glad that you brought this serious allegation ,of racism to our attention. Unfortunately, in our initial attempts to get basic information from FCI-Gilmer, the top officers told us from the start that we, at this Newspaper, were not then, please respond and let me know if you permitted to do inmate stories, "Privacy" is, sues, they responded. Also, we were even excluded from their "Community Relations board," even though we were their strongest advocate for locating the prison here. Neither do we receive press releases from this so called "Community Relations Board" nor get a listing of the local people supposedly serv- ing on it. Truly, FCI-Gilmer is a "Town within a Town," and, like the mythical Scottish com- munity of "Brigadoon," it only appears once ever 10 years or so, when kind residents (inmates), like yourself, choose to write your stories to us. Thanks, and keep on writing. Finally, I am -- of my own volition -- with- holding the writer's name in order to prevent any further harassment of him. DHC, Sr., Publisher-Editor Letters continued on page 5 Editorials i00hanks m Mary Oldaker & Bobble Mont- gomery retire at Senior Cr. Hey, Mary and Bobble, thanks for the memories, not to downplay the crucial importance of your dedication, hard work, and vision for improving the Gilmer County Senior Center and its services all through your tenures! Mary Oldaker, the local Senior Center's managing director for more than three decades, and Bobble Montgomery, her right-hand and long-time activities coordinator, were justifiably feted with a gala "Open House and Retirement Lunch" on Tues., June 30 at the Senior Center. The achievements of this "dynamic duo" were affirmed by the "no parking spaces being left in the center's huge parking lot" on that day, with senior officials from all over the region, a wide variety of public officials, and about every Gilmer County senior being in attendance to extend their personal well-wishes to his wonderful pair. The current, ultra-modern, and spacious $1.5 million Senior Center at the Hays City (Glenville) intersection is a dramatic testimonial to the dedication, hard work, and vision of these two ladies. In the early 1980s when Mary got the county's newly-reinstituted Senior Center moving forward, the membership grew so rapidly, that they outgrew their small quarters in the basement of the Glenville City Hall. Then, they were off-and- running for a long period at the Annex of the now Holt House Museum on East Main Street, ultimately outgrowing that facility, too. For example, at the latter facility, every time they had a fund-raising dinner, there weren't enough seats and tables to accommo- date the crowds of Senior Center patrons, wanting to contribute and to eat the tasty meals. Finally, the Senior Center's Board, under the encouragement and guidance of Mary, decided to mount a gigantic fund drive -- the likes of which Gilmer County had never seen before-- to raise $1.5 million to construct a new, state-of-the-art Senior Center. To many seniors, this goal seemed to be "the impossible dream." Not for Mary and crew, however! During the fund-raising period, there weren't many times when you didn't see Mary, Bobble, and other members of the committed staffmanning the booths and tables, selling donated baked goods and ATV tickets, putting on spaghetti dinners with the help of State Senator Joe Minard, holding Ramp Dinners, and doing anything else to raise the money. Ultimately, with a generous donation from the late Mr. Claude Killingsworth, several grants from governmental sources, and the money raised locally, the beautiful, new Senior Center was constructed and dedicated. This new buildingj ust wouldn't have happened without Mary's leadershipand Bobble and the entire Senior team,s and Board's devoted support and perserverance! Now Gilmer County has a Senior Center with a dining area to seat over 300, along with rooms for physical fitness, crafts, computer-usage, small meetings, dances, and handling the center's business functions. In fact, this ultra-large and modern center is the envy of many other counties. In conclusion, as Mary Oldaker and Bobble Montgomery enter their well-deserved retirements, let us all -- when we see them on the street in the days and years to come -- give them a hearty "thank you" for "jobs well-done." Indeed, because of this pair's vision, planning and follow-through, today's and tomorrow's seniors in Gilmer County won't have to worry about if they will, or will not, have a place to go during the day or evening to socialize, get a good meal, play bridge, or to have a lot of fun in their Golden Years. Thankfully, they have, and can count on, the Gilmer County Senior Center! DHC, Sr., Publisher-Editor (Editor's Note: For more information about the Senior Center's activities, contact it at 304-462-5761.) t,ongratulations to - / Gilmer County's PSD for desiring to extend public water into Cox's Mills It was music to the ears 0fCox's'MillgAnd its area residents -- at the Gilmer County Public Service District's June 8 meeting -- that the next public water extension project will be to run the waterline into that rural and unserved area. Indeed, on June 8, Gilmer County's Public Service District's (PSD) Board of Directors announced that it would be seeking $3.2 million in governmental assistance in order to extend the reliable and clean public water supply to Cox's Mills and some of its surrounding area. By way of explanation, PSD Chairman Bill Stalnaker relayed, "The people in Cox's Mills have been requesting it for some time." In fact, the entire PSD Board felt it was the right time to move forward in providing the potential 104 customers in that area with public water. The PSD Board, therefore, gave its approval to Thrasher Engineering for seeking $1.5 million in Small Cities Block grants and $1.7 million from other sources in order to adequately fund the project, without unduly raising every user's water rates. To the PSD Board of Directors, the citizens of the Cox's Mills and its outlying area ought to reply to them with a resounding "thank you," not to forget the importance of signing onto the new line and putting down their security deposits, when asked. 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