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Single Copy Price-50r (47r plus tax) (ISSN 0746-5890) Published by and for Gilmer County People Volume 100, Number 31 Glenviile, Gilmer County, West Virginia 26351 Thursday, July 29, 2004 J A Gilmer County Prayer-- That our county, region and state's Armed Forces serving as peacekeepers in lraq and Afghanistan be made safe during the transitions in those governments. Editorial Page-- Budget Digest, W. Va. Folk Festival Belles & Letters! Page 3 Gilmer's Sports Scene -- Local sports update. Shopping Happiness Page 4 Stay up-to-date with shopping bargains via our Region's Best Marketplace page! Page 11 Salute to Cedarville's Celebration -- Brent Boggs commends Cedarville for patriotism during July Fourth Fest. Pages 14j ilmer Goings ATHLETIC BOOSTERS The Gilmer Co. Athletic Boosters will ~ be having a meeting on Tues., Aug. 3, at 6 pm, at GCH~;. Support your GCHS Athletics, by attending! C&G J, ND HOPE GAS ANNUITANTS The C&G and Hope Gas Annuitants will meet for break/ast on Tues., Aug 3, at 8:00 am, at the Log Cabin Res- taurant in Hardsville. TANNERfest MEETING There will be a TANNERfest meeting on Tues., Aug. 3, after the monthly Tanner Senior Satellite Dinner at the Tanner Community Building (in the alley). Anyone interested in helping to organize this year's lest, please plan on attending. The meeting should start at approximately 7:15 pm. *t U4,NNUAL YARD SALE The Cox's Mills Jolly Millers 4-H Club will have their annual yard sale on Fri., July 30 and Sat., July 31, at the Lions Club Park, 4.3 miles west of town, on Rt. 5. FRN EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE The Gilmer County FRN Executive Committee will meet at noon, Friday, Aug. 6, at the Community Showcase. For more information contact Donna at 462-7545. FRN BOARD OF DIRECTORS The FRN will hold its regularly sched- uled monthly meeting at noon on Fri., Aug. 13, at the Community Show- case, 115 East Main St. The meeting is open to all members of the com- munity. For more information contact -_Donna at 462-7545. Continued on page 8 The Glenville City Council will meet at 7 p.m. on next Men., Aug. 2 at City Hall for its regular monthly meeting. The Final Reading and Public Hearing on the proposed Back Flow Ordinance will take place at 6:30 p.m. before the regular meeting. The general public is' invited to attend. The Sand Fork Town Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. on next Men., Aug. 2 at the new Town Hall. The general public is invited to attend. The Gilmer County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. on next Thurs., Aug. 5 at the Courthouse for its first regular meeting of the month. To be placed on the agenda, a citizen must contact County Clerk Beverly Marks (462-7641) two days in advance, if action on an issue is being requested. For any other non-action business, the general public invited to just drop in. The Gilmer County Historical Society will meet at noon on Men., Aug. 9 at the Society's Holt House Museum's office at 202 East Main Street for lunch. Planning for the joint Gilmer and Calhoun County Historical Society picnic at 5 p.m. on Thurs., Aug. 12 at Grantsville and the County Park will take place. This Week The Editorial Page ............................. 3 Sports ................................................. 4 Obituaries .......................................... 8 Society ........................................... 7-9 Courthouse News ............................ 10 Legals .............................................. 10 Classifieds .................................. 12-13 GGOs ......................................... I & 8 GSC News .............................. !, 5 & 6 CANA News .......................... 1, 5 & 6 Region's Best Marketplace .............. 1 I Cedarville's July 4th Pictures .......... 14 Meditation Moment Thought -for Week -- "The car is a superb piece of uni- form, standardized mechanism that is of a piece with the Gutenberg technology and literacy which created the first classless society in the world. " Marshall MeLuhan Canadian author & phdo.~opher ( 191 i-1980) e By David H. Corcoran, , Publisher-Editor As a colorful culmination of The Center for Appalachian Network Access's (CANA) three- week work project in Glenville, CANA and Glenville State College officials and students jointly introduced GSC's new, state-of-the-art learning center in the Administration Building's old first floor art room to about 30 fascinated listeners. At 3 p.m. on last Thurs. afternoon, July 22, the new Distance Learning Center (DLC) was alive with representatives from the wireless broadband project, state government, the Appa- lachian Regional Commission, county com- mission, city of Glenville and GSC itself-- all eager to see what advantages the new technol- ogy will bring to the College and community. The futuristic DLC's technology, using CANA's wireless broadband Internet access, can hook into classes, conferences and other discussions worldwide, and allow participants in Glenviile to interact with other far-ranging groups via this digital medium. The DLC had been installed by the CANA group from Carn- egie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, in con- junction with GSC's Office of Technology, as a part of a $250,000 wireless broadband grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission and Benedum Foundation. In extending the College's greetings, Dr. Robert Freeman gave an overview of the new DLC. "We're terribly excited about this learn- ing center," he states, explaining, "For ex- ample, other institutions can tie into one of our chemistry or other classes. On the other side of the coin, we fat GSC) will be able to offer majors (to GSC's students by connect- ing with larger university courses) that our small college doesn't have now, and other PRINCIPAL SPEAKERS AT GSC -- Introducing the new, state-of-the-art Distance small collegeshookingintothisdistancelearn- Learning Center at GSC's Administration Building on last Thursday were the ing center can do the same." following dignitaries from left to right: Larry Baker (GSC's Office of Technology head), Continuing,heseesanotheracademic value Dr. Robert Freeman (GSC president), Mrs. Marge Burke (GSC Board of Governors' to the DLC, in that if only two students are chair), Hen. Brent Boggs (State Delegate), Mark DeFalco (ARC'sTelecommunications interested in taking a specific specialized Initiative manager), Ed Ward (WVNET's head) and John Whitehill (CANA team's class here, they can be teamed up with small manager). The Distance Learning Center (DLC), in part, will allow GSC students to numbers of students at many other colleges take specialized classes from internationally renowned universities all over the world across the region to take advantage ofdistinc-via an interactive digital network. The establishment of the DI.C was made possible, tive teachers at major universities, in part, by a grant from the I.L. Morris family, of Glenville, in addition to major funding In conclusion, he stresses, "We're commit- from the wireless broadband Internet access project's other two contributors, the ted to be ahead of the curve in the distance Appalachian Regional Commission and Bened0m Foundation. (Staff photos by David learning technology." H. Corcoran, Sr.) Eugene Yee, a Carnegie Mellon student /"- and CANA worker, further adds, "With this t distance learning center, you, at GSC, can have a class with Carnegie Mellon students when they hear a lecture from a noted profes- sor in Athens, Greece." Another CANA spokesperson, John White- Continued on page 6 .# DEEP IN THOUGHT- Gilmer County Board of Education member Alton Skinner (left) is not alone in what appears to be deep'thought. Beside him, Larry Butcher seems to be considering a packet of information used during the recent BeE meeting, held in the Gilmer County High Schoo! library. (Staff photo by Kristal Sheets) Now Schools Levy at BOE meeting Monday By Kristal Sheets, Schools Superintendent Ed Toman profusely City Editor thanked the Board and central office staff for The Gilmer County Board of Education met continuing to ease him into his new position, on Men., July 26 in the library at Gilmer while aiso reiterating his open door policy for County High School for the final meeting of any resident of Giimer County wanting to this month, address education issues with him. During the meeting, several new postings, Employment new hires and resignations were announced, The following individuals were approved along with a summary of excess levies for the for employment with the Gilmer County Nov. 2 levy ballot. Board of Education for the 21304-2005 school It was decided that the current 40% levy year: over three years will be maintained by the .PatriciaManleyPhillips-Peggs, TitlelRead- current Board, with total funds at $681,88 I, an ing Teacher, SFES; increase over the $599,057 amount in 2002, Kim Cottrill, .5 Title I Math Teacher, SFES; with the only reflected increases in the areas of Cynthia Szabo, Mini Titan Girls' Volley- text book purchasing, instructional supplies, ball Coach, GCHS; extended curricular expenses at the elemen- Joe Dennison, Head Mini Titan Football tary level, and 4-H. Coach, GCHS; During opening remarks, Gilmer County Continued on page 6 lne ,/ ARC SPOKESPERSON IN TOWN --- In Gtenville for the kick-off of the new Distance Learning Center at GSC was Mr. Mark DeFalco (seated), manager of the Telecommunications Initiative at the Appalachian Regional Commission. He stresses that his boss, Anne Pope, the ARC's Federal Co-Chair, wants to get on with wireless broadband Intemet access technology throughout the. entire Appalachian Region. Glenville and GSC is "a model project," he relates. Shown here relaxing for a moment on last Thursday in GSC's new FIPSE Computer Lab, he surfs the ARC site. Moreover, he enjoys chatting with a diverse group of students who reflect how the Internet brings foreign cultures closer to Appalachia. Working for Carnegie Mellon University's Center (CMU) for Appalachian Network Access (CANA) on the GSC and Glenville project are students from left to right: Nouhoum Cisse (a native of South Africa), (Mr. DeFalco), Nachiketa Chopra, Rajesh Seenichamy (both of India) and Kai Zheng (China). Certainly, because Anne Pope and Mark DeFalco's ARC federal-state agency brought $125,000 to the plate, which was combined with a like amount from the Benedum Foundation, their grant to CANA and GSC is now coming to fruition. For that reason, the ARC officials and CANA Center participants here and at CMU deserve our newspaper's coveted "Folks Who Shine" award this week. DHC, Sr., Publisher-Editor (staff photo by David H. Corcoran, Sr.) Appalach/an Regional Comm/$s/on rep, Mr. DeFalco, sees GSC as 'model' By David H. Corcoran, Mr. DeFalco relays that CANA's project Publisher.Editor . here, or the Glenviile Model., is already being "The Appalachian Regional Commission studied by various other Appalachian counties hopes that the Glenville Model will be a for possible future start-ups in them. conduit for others throughout Appalachia," Most importantly, h~s Department s telecom- states Mark DeFalco, manager ofthe Wash- munications initiatives, like the Glenville ington-based, federal-state regional Model,hasthesupportoftheARC'stopadmin- agency's Telecommunications Initiative. istration. "The ARC has been involved in tele- He's referring to the wireless broadband communications project~ in Appalachia for Internet access project being installed here decades, but now we're trying to bring inbroad- in a joint effort of Glenville State College band to these rural areas,as a wave of the and the Center for Appalachian Network future," he explains, quickly stressing, "Anne Access (CANA) of Carnegie Mellon Uni- Pope, our agency's Federal Co-Chair, wants to versity in Pittsburgh. The CANA-GSC get it (broadband) into the rural areas, so that project, funded by a combined $250,000 they'll have access." He adds, "She knows the grant from the ARC and Benedum Founda- necessity of this project (the growing broad- tion, hopes to open up the world wide web band initiative) and it is for us." faster and more effectively for Glenville CANA in Glenville State College, local public schools, govern- Admitting that Glenville isn't the ARC's first ment units, non-profit organizations, busi- attempt at providing broadband to a very rural nesses and individual users. Continued on page 6 0000000000000 eeeeeeeeeeeee GILMER COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY & THE FOLK FESTIVAL---At their recent meeting, Gilmer Historical Society members discussed the group's activities during the annual Folk Festival. Although a number of people toured the Holt House Museum to see the Old School House Exhibit which is still running for the next few months, very few people came to the Fri.-Sat. evening historical tours programs. Don Kelble suggested having a live demonstration at the museum and a town crier, going up and down Main Street telling the crowds about the programs taking place throughout the downtown. Most of the people congregate around the jamming groups and concessions stands, the members concede. The Society was also introduced to Jennifer James (third from left), a recent GSC graduate and historical intern from the Vandalia Foundation. Among those in attendance at the July 9 meeting were from left to right: Agnes Hullman, Hunter Armentrout, Norma Hurley, (Ms. James), Margaret Moss and Marion Reed. The Society's next meeting is for lunch at the Society at noon on Men., Aug. 9 in order to plan for the joint Gilmer-Calhoun Historical Society picnic. This annual picnic will start from the Old Stump Hotel Museum in downtown Grantsville at 5 p.m. on Thurs., Aug. 12 and end up at the Calhoun County Park. (Staff photo by Dave Corcoran, St.) Country Store Museum opens weekends A new initiative at the Folk Festival's Country Store Museum is being headed up by Dave and Judy Brown, of Sand Fork. "We're retirees, volunteers and crafters, so we'd like to establish a volunteer group to keep the Country Store Museum open on Fridays and Saturdays starting this August," Mr. Brown announces He's hoping to find enough volunteers to allow each person at least every other weekend off. Local residents interested in folk music jamming or crafts demonstrating would be ideal as volunteers. Or, just people who want to help out the West Virginia Folk Festival Committee in a quiet and systematic way will be welcome. But, from this August through October (the tourist and football season), he'd like to keep the museum open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays. "There are so many historical artifacts in here that they need to be on display more often during the year," he says. He can be reached by phone at 462-4682 or by e-mail No Gilmer Countian at Democratic Convention Sand Fork's Marge Burke, a former Democratic Stale Delegate from Gilmer County, was not elected to be a Delegate to the Nah~mal Dcm~)crat=c Convent=on m Boston thts week. She says that although she carried Gilmer, Braxton, Clay and some other small counties, the bigger city candidates had the necessary numbers' clout to be elected. Nevertheless, it turned out for the best, as shJ~nd her husband, Billy, will be tending to important family business, cheering on two grand~ughters in separate contests this week.