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July 23, 1976

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i! Two county post offices may close in near future above is the Baldwin Post Office. Serving 36 19 of Bces In West Virginia threatened with closure. BY DAVID BEAN Feature Writer "If they were to close the post office, why there wouldn't be any more Newberne," said Postmistress Stella Gordon of Newberne. Her's is one of two Gilmer County post offices threatened by the Postal Service's recent decision to close 231 small offices throughout the country. The other is at Baldwin. Accoring to Mrs. Deward Black, postmistress at Baldwin, she had been notified that on August 27, the office there would be closed. But last week the Postal Service decided to leave the offices open while Congress considers legislation to increase the service's subsidy. The Senate is expected to vote in late July on a bill which would pump $1 billion into the Postal Service over the next two years in addition to funds already approved. Mrs. Black, who has been postmistress at Baldwin for 21 years, sees the delay as nothing more than another election year tactic. After the election she feels many small offices will be closed. A petition was circulated among the 36 families serviced by the Baldwin Post Office asking that the branch remain open. Thirty-five families signed. The remaining family was away at the time. "The community wants to keep the office open." said Mrs. Black. "We give better service than a large office. We wilt wrap or rewrap packages. Some people who come in here can't read or write. We will help them write a letter or read a letter to them. They could never hope to get this kind of service at a larger office, there just isn't time." Mrs. Gordon became postmistress at the Newberne office at the time of her husband's death in 1968. He had been postmaster since 1925. According to Mrs. Gordon, the office and general store serve as a meeting place for residents of this small, isolated community and she feels its closing would result in a loss of community identity. "That would be the end of Newberne," she said. "'Everyone likes to have some feeling of identity." Ill li Ill A COMBINATION BUSINS -Postmistrass Stella Gordon stands on the porch of the Newberne Post Office ud glmeral store. She and her late husband have boon at this popular community mooting place for 50 years. The Glenville Pathfinder A Gilmer Graphics, Inc. Newspaper Published By and For Gilmer County People Single Copy Price 15c [Incl. Tax] GLENVILLE. GILMER COUNTY, WV 26351 lets suspended II ni negligent homicide found guilty negligent death an August Hill, about Arbuckle and were a Fiat pick-up The young rushed to given and years. by Judge term of awarded suit brought Supply and Son which had a contract to lay pipe for Consolidated Gas. Beall maintained that the bulldozer he was driving, fell over him because a Consolidated Gas inspector was riding on the bulldozer and blocking his view. The case was settled before it want to the jury. Michael Ross had sued Margaret B,i Cm,ey, contending that they had "made a binding contract on the sale of property known as the Farnsworth property. Ross maintained that he had originally bought the property for $110,000. but Covey maintained that the contract was not valid and she received higher bids for the property. This case was also settled before it went to the jury. Ross was allowed to purchase the land for $160,000. Matthew Holt Jr. was awarded $1,060.85 in a suit brought against William Cox. Holt was injured in a car accident involving Cox near Alum Bridge in Lewis County, new degrees, beEins program with PCC BOard of from Glenville State College and approved Parkersburg Community College. college to Open admission policy is in in operation at both colleges. The extent education of the course offerings will depend on secondary the demand of upperclassmen who will be have completed course work for social I Community service technology or the two-year July program. Those of junior or senior in status are urged to contact Mr. Willis addition, a J. Perry, coordinator of the Glenville was State College-Parkersburg Community College programs, at his office at Parkersburg Community College con- health cerning record evaluations on the Science, program. Completion of the four-year program in social work will include: of completion of a general studies in Corn- program; completion of one-third of the social work core courses, a number of social work electives, dependent on to a the student's interest; elective courses work in sucn areas as mental health, the fall children's services, services to the to aged: corrections and school social at services. A student will receive or the professional work experience in the classes social service agency of this choosing. inpd from handicapped those are in their Series of collect of the as in these for the Handi- in Persons interested in attending the Region VII meeting in Philippi shoum contact Paul DiBacco or Bill Fuller, P.O. Box 348. Elkins. WV 26241 by July 23, or call 636-3710. For further information contact Bill Cutlip at the Vocational Rehabilitation Office, 462- 5390. Plans are being made to help with transportation, dietary, medical and other problems of handicapped individuals so that as many as possible from the seven county area will be able to attend. There is absolutely No Cost to participants. All services are free including meals {also special diets!} Local sroups build livestock showplace for county,: youth Local youth will find a pleasant surprise when they gather to display their livestock in the Gilmer County Farm Show this fall. In years past, 4-H and FFA members had to show their livestock in a cramped area in front of the agriculture building at the Recreation Center. There was hardly any room for spectators. Through the work of the Gilmer County Farm Bureau, Gilmer County Commission and other local citizens this has all changed. These groups A community effort Grimm" County Farm Bureau President Loren McCartney and Vice-president Harlan Hogtie inspect one of the six new box stalls that local citizens recently built next to the Agriculture Building on the Recreation Center grounds. The stalls can accomodate as many as 50 calves. Livestock show participants can now bring their animals to the show area the night before competition. Mr. Hogue was one of the prime movers behind the project, volunteering over 200 hours of technical planning, supervision and labor. [Democrat photo] A vlaNe addm0n The new show ring was built as an addition to the Agriculture Building. The ring is well41t and has bleachers which will accomodate 100 people. It can be used not only for livestock shows, but also for classroom-t'pe demonstrations and other events. [Democrat photo] Friday, July 23, 1976 combined to build a covered and well-lit show ring onto the rear of the agriculture building. The addition features bleachers which will accomodate lOO spectators (benches can be added for more spectators] and six box stalls, which can accomodate up to 50 calves. Participants can now bring their livestock to the show area the night before the event. However, they must be responsible for their own fee.d, water and security. Far u president Lor6 " i McCartney stressed that the new | facility was not just for the ahnual Farm Show. "/hile we built the building for the 4-H and FFA kids to show their livestock in, we want it available for anybody in the count,, to use. For example, it would make an excellent classroom for large groups," said McCartney, The facility has been used by Mrs. Marge Burke and her daughter Diane during the recent 4-H camp for instruction in the care, grooming and show techniques for feeder cows and calves, Coon hunters used the facility during the Folk Festival Field Day. The Gilmer County Commission donated $1,156.14 for roofing, wiring, truss and other supplies; the Gilmer County Farm Bureau donated $445 for lumber and Monongahela Power Co. donated poles for the framework. The new show r,  couldn't have been completed without the valuable aid of volunteer labor. Harlan Hogue volunteer, ed approximately 200 hours of technical planning, supervision and labor. B.G. Roberts donated equip merit, labor and purchased the trusses. Daniel Gordon and Nelson Garrett also volunteered use of some of their equipment along with labor. Other volunteer laborers were: Gary Bush, Glendell Butcher, Adrm Jones, Everet Mason, Loren McCart- nay, O.R. Spurgeon, John Waldeck and Mauley Z inn. Mrs. Viona Skinner and Mr. and Mrs. Abrams of the Recreation Center staff also provided assistance.