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Democrat/Pafhf'mder urs a , 29, o4-Page some unique surprises to At the final luncheon for the state's Folk Festival Belles at the Gilmer County Senior Center, the elder John Moss, of Glenville, got quite a nice surprise: he met a cousin that he'd never known. She is the 2004 Morgan County Belle. Ann Moss Smith, of Berkeley Springs, the 2004 Morgan County Belle, had always wanted to meet her distant cousin, John Moss, but never had the opportunity to do so before coming to this year's Folk Festival. So, when this editor heard her request and had previ- ously seen John in a room down the hallway, I said, "I'11 fetch him!" The cousins were happy to meet and to chat with each other, at long last. Since Ann's family roots are deep in Gilmer County and this region, she did most of the explaining The Corcoran | Illlll column / IIIIH about the exact lineage of how the two are related. "I didn't know that, but I'!i defer to your genealogical knowledge," the humble John responded. Ann is related not only to Gilmer County's Moss family, but also to the Waldecks, Goffs and Roses. iii | ii COUSINS UNEXPECTEDLY MEET AT FESTIVAL -- John Moss, of Glenville, and Ann Moss Smith, the 2004 Morgan County Belle who lives in Berkeley Springs, met for the first time at this year's Folk Festival. Ann had always wanted to meet John, as she does a lot of genealogy on the Moss family and has connected him to some of her ancestors. They had a pleasant conversation at the Gilmer County Senior Center and agreed to keep in touch. (Staff photo by Dave Corcoran, St.) John was also duly impressed with Ann's credentials for being named as Morgan County's 2004 Belle. After graduating from Cowen High School and West Virginia Wes- leyan College, she became a second grade teacher for 22 years, but now as a retiree, can't get teaching out of her blood --- volunteering as a reader in that county's schools. Moreover, Ann exudes such a good, posi- tive attitude. Although she's been ill of late, she doesn't let her health or hurts interfere with her civic and social duties of choice. In fact, she's energetic in advancing the following Morgan County community groups: the Francis Asbury United Methodist Church, the Eastern Star, Daughters of the Nile, the county's Planning Commission and Fair Board. But, for leisure and like many of the other Belles, she enjoys embroidery, photography and collecting teapots and Raggedy Ann and Andy items. She also likes traveling in West- ern European countries with her fine husband of many years. Thus, Ann is sponsored by the Morgan County CEOS. So, as a result of the 2004 Folk Festival, these cousins got to know each other and agreed to keep in touch. Both are avid readers of this newspaper, too, so they keep informed about Gilmer County's news and their Moss relatives. Likewise, many other Gilmer Countians, like myself, have the opportunity to see old friends when the Belles come to town. For example, I've personally known three of the last five Pocahontas County Belles. Neverthe- less, I always enjoy chatting with the Pocahontas and Greenbrier County Belles because I once lived in those counties. More- over, if Raleigh, McDowell and Wyoming counties would send Belles here too, I'd con- nect wire mem in a lllCe manner. It's tun, because in these conversations, we can almost always come up with mutual friends. Hence, for you Gilmer Countians who may be a bit shy about speaking to strangers, these County Belles aren't strangers. To the contrary, most Continued on page 5A Don't Get Me Started! KristalSheets Steal this On Thursday, July 29, Senator John Kerry will accept a nomination for United States President on the Democratic ticket. In Sep- tember, George Bush will accept his party's nomination. And so will be- gin the fight of our lives- for the soul of this nation, and for the restoration of true democ- racy. It'snot goingto be an easy fight. Those who refuse to believe that it won't be dirty, with each party pulling tricks out of every gag bag known or in- vented, have obviously been living the past three years with their heads in the sand. Some of these are probably the same people who refuse to concede that the nation is in a shambles under COP rule, led by George W. Bush. For those to whom this is obvious, it's also easy to see that the current administration is getting more desperate by the day. Twitch- ing and moaning and waking up with night sweats, advisers for the Bush campaign are most likely gearing up to wreak some seri- ous havoc on the democratic process in order to keep hold of the White House. In the very first column published by this paper under'the banner "Don't Get Me Started," on August 14, 2003, I expressed more than a little concern over the idea of touch-screen voting machines. As time went on, more attention was paid to this topic, and now there are some firestorms of protest all over the country regarding these machines. This is because they're the perfect conduit between dismantling a fair election and foi- lowing through with a coup. Paper trail? Why would we need a paper trail for computerized voting machines? As they stand, most touch-screen voting devices are as easily hacked and manipulated as the average home computer. Not only that, but some of the companies which make these machines refuse to allow for internal monitor- ing while they're being used at the polls. There's also the small matter of the strong, loyal ties between companies who manufac- ture these machines and the COP, who need all the help they can get. IfI wouldn't want some pizza-faced geek in Minneapolis hacking into my machine athome and reading my three rejected manuscripts, I surely don't want an army of geeks contracted by the COP to hack into machines and recast Continued on page 5A Musings of an oldtimer --- Dogs on our By Frances Myers Schmetzer, GlenvUle columnist Though our dogs on the Virginia farm were always pets, they were also part of the busi- ness. When our two female collies had pups, I learned that 'bitch' was not meant to be a swear word. Beginning with the summer I was 10-years-old, Dadsupervised me in writ- ing an ad for the newspaper and assigned me deal with buyers. Most of the puppies sold for five, ten or fifteen dollars, even though they were regis- tered. (These were deep depression days in the early 1930s.) I would have said the sire, Jack, was black, but the correct term was 'tricolor' because of tan on his muzzle and paws and his white ruff. Queen and Juno were sable and white, the most common color for collies. I remember one litter included ablue merle pup. Dad said to charge $100 for it, and he would talk with any interested buyer. Dad never came down in price, and Patsy didn't sell, which I think was his wish. It was the only puppy we kept over the years that I was involved. Dad bought a pair of Irish setters. They came infected with distemper, and Dad said he would have to 'put them down.' Mother would not allow that, and she nursed them for weeks near the kitchen stove or lying against the house in the sun when she hung out the laundry. Mickey and Katie survived to join Dad and his hunter friends over the years. They were never trained, but pointing at game seemed instinctive. I don't remem- ber having setter puppies, but we must have. Once there were three litters at one time, adding up to 26 puppies - and I think seven grown dogs. Dad had added a beagle (which I didn't like because of the ungainly gait) and a rat terrier. All the grown dogs ran loose, except a bitch when in heat. Dad made sure the pups had the right parents. No stranger ever drove into our yard and got out. of a car without a family member calling off the dogs! About 1949, I sent Dad a vure white collie puppy. I felt awful because she never got over the trauma of the train trip in a luggage car. Even though she was always afraid of people, and did not have registration papers, Dad kept her. Somewhere he found a proper mate. Twelve years later I owned one of her off- spring, which I called Kimo, short for Es- kimo. It was the only dog the Schmetzer family ever owned. He lived his last years on a farm in West Virginia, which brings the stories of my dog days full circle. . I Back home on the farm Dear Editor, I have a human interest story regarding my horses that I would like to share with the community. On June 15, 2004, my horse Sierra deliv- ered a red/white spotted filly we named Sierra's Mist. On June 28, 2004, my other horse, Dixie, delivered a buckskin filly whom we initially named Daisy. ,,. with a growing 'Dixie Doodle' The first evening that Dixie delivered we day, I noted that she seemed to be coughing brought her to the barn for her evening feed and still choked. I loaded her and Daisy up in and she choked on her grain, was unable to our trailer and took her to the vet and he clear her throat. We contacted our vet, who proceeded to insert a tube down her throat and gave us instructions as to what to do for her. dislodge the obstruction. Following his instruction, she seemed to be We watched her closely every day and on somewhat better and stable. We watched her Thursday, she was no better. We, then, con- closely and the next morning she seemed ok. tacted another vet and he gave us instruction Upon coming home from work on Tues- f .... I Letters continued on page 5A ~N Attention Readers: Our 'Letters to the Editor' Policy We are in need of more letters to the editor. Feel free to send them in to us. sign the letter via snail mail. Deadlines for letters are Mondays at 10 a.m. for Just remember our policy on the letters, that week's paper. After I0 a.m., they can be accepted for that week as pa/d newspapers have long been the sounding boards for political, advertisements. However, it would appear for free in a future edition. personal, and patriotic views and this paper is no exception! Also, for writers who consistently send in Letters week after week, these Relative to writing responses please keep in mind our Editorial Policy: we messages are constantly evaluated as to content and to purpose, so they may will accept letters on a space available basis only and they will be subject to be considered as an advertisement, espocia!ly if they are weekly, lengthy, and the Editor's scrutiny as to content relative to libel, good taste and timeliness, repeats of previous letters. Nevertheless, you will be contacted if the latter is A good length is generally one to one-and-a-half standard typing pages, the case and will be charged only our regular advertising rate. double-spaced. The decision of the Senior Editor will be final. Letters must For more information, contact either Dave Corcoran, St., Charlene or be signed in order to be published - e-mailed letters must include a phone Rebecca at 304-462-7309. number where your identity can be verified, but you may still be required to -- Last Issue Before Election: News, Letters, & Ads ~ The long-standing policy of this newspaper has always been that if, in the issue before an election, one candidate or citizen makes aflegation s about another candidate or issue, that the other party be given the right of rebuttal. Readers of this newspaper know that we editors have had this policy in effect for the past eight years in ~der to make certain that the journalislJc and ethical principles of fairness and equality be assured on these pages relative to both the news and advertising side.,,,/ ii Budget Digest' monies are a big help small, rural areas like Gilmer County During the 2004 legislative session, Gilmer County's legislators were hard at work for our county's best interests. Notably, they got nine different projects, totalling $90,000, approved in the "Budget Digest" for Gilmer County. And, in some cases, these funds are crucial to moving the county and its vital agencies ahead. The projects and the amounts approved for funding are as follows: Gilmer County Economic Development Association, $10,000; the Gilmer County Commission (capital improvements), $15,000; Gilmer County Commission, $12,500; Town of Glenville (community projects), $8,000; Calhoun-Giimer Career Center, $9,000 (Lottery funds); Giimer County Schools, $9,000 (Lottery funds); Gilmer County Schools, $20,000 O'hree- tier funding); Gilmer Coanty Farm Show, $3,500; and the Gilmer Public Library, $3,000. We editors appreciate the dedicated efforts that were expended on our behalf by our area's representatives in Charleston, including State Senators Bill Sharpe and Joe Minard and State Delegates Bill Stemple and Brent Boggs. Our only hope is that Gienville State College and the West Virginia State Folk Festival will also receive adequate funding in their budgetary line item categories. During these tight financial times, any monies that our small county can secure from the State (or Federal) Government is most welcome, very much appreciated and critical for the local bureaus to do their jobs properly. Keep up the good representation, local legislators! Your hard work and commitment to Gilmer County will not be forgotten. DHC, Sr., Publisher-Editor Glenville High's great reunion days Over 250 alumni and friends of the old Glenville High School met to reminisce about their "good tie school days," to make new or renew old friendships, and to break bread together at their growing annual reunion in Glenville on June 27-28. In the presidential address in Glenville State College's Heflin Center Ballroom June 26, Mr. Bill Gainer (Class of 1959), of Parkersburg, enumerated many achievements of the Gienville High School Alumni Association during this past year, stressing that he's been able to build on what Margaret Ann Miller Goodwin (immediate past president) and her predecessors got started years ago. President Gainer points out with pride that the GHS Alumni Scholarship Fund has grown to over $72,000. In addition, Glenville State has provided storage space for the now-closed high school's memorabilia. Most notably, the school's website has been updated and upgraded, among other achievements, he says. Finally and in conjunction with The Glenville Democrat & Pathfinder, a special 12-page edition of the old Glenville High's newspaper was printed last October. As a result, we editors commend out-going President Bill Gainer for a job well done over the past two years. It's been a real pleasure for this newspaper to work with him and Margaret Goodwin, so we look forward to a similar association with their successor, John Gainer, Bill's brother who is well known due to designing and upkeeping the website. In addition, we commend GHS Scholarship Fund Chairman, Bill Rhoades (Class of 1953), who was named as the year's Most Outstanding Alumnus. He distinguished himself by overseeing the successful distribution of $24,500 for the college educations of approximately 14 students with Glenville High School roots for the upcoming 2004-2005 academic year. Of those scholarship recipients, 12 are to attend GlenviUe State College and two, colleges elsewhere.' Relative to contributing to the GHS Scholarship Fund, Chairman Rhoades emphasizes that --- Checks can be sent to: GHS Scholarship Fund, c/o Mr. Jesse Huff, 57 Laurel Run Roac Camden, W. Va. 26338. DHC, Sr. Trooper 1st Class Randy Bolyard: R.LP. We editors were saddened to learn of the recent death of Trooper 1 st Class Randall W. Bolyard, 39, who started his State Police career at the GlenviUe Detachment. The quiet, yet personable Trooper lost his life as a result of a motorcycle-deer collision on June 24. His motorcycle struck a deer on U. S. Route 250, one-quarter mile north on Route 250 from the U. S. Route 50 intersection in Taylor County. He died early the next morning at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown where he had been transported for the extensive injuries. Most recently, he had been assigned to the Philippi Detachment in Barbour County after serving in Glen ville from 1995 to August of 1998, when he took an Elkins assignment. This native of Laurel, MD. resided in Grafton with his wife, Rebecca, and two children. He was buried in Taylor County. Contributions in his memory can be made to the "W. Va. Troopers Assoc.," 210 Chesapeake Ave., Charleston 25305. Our most heartfelt condolences are extended to his wife, children, family and fellow officers. DHC, Sr. Back Flow Ordinance up before Council At its July 5 monthly meeting, the Glenville City Council passed the second reading of the proposed Back Flow Ordinance. This statute would regulate how well water is used in conjunction with city water lines in order to meet state health codes and public safety regulations. The public hearing and the third and final reading of this proposed ordinance will take place at 6:30 on Men., Aug. 2 at City Hall --- a half-hour before the month's regular meeting time. As a result, we editors encourage all interested citizens to attend this final reading before the ordinance is passed. Although we editors don't see anything wrong with this measure, this final hearing is the only way that the general public can have input on this issue, if they feel distressed by it. DHC, Sr. Edge of the.~EN'CY:~ by George Harper 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT 9/11 COMMISSION REPOR"r 9/11COMMISS N REPORT 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT ~i [ COMMISSION II THIS WEEK IN WASHINGTON--- Glenville State College Professor Emeritus George Harper, our award-winning cartoonist, takes another look at current news in this 'teen. With the release of the 9/11 Commission's Report, the Congress went on "Summer Vacation." Seems a little contradictory, doesn't it? DHC, Sr.