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Continued from page best to represent their county at the Folk Festival, so they'd be glad to speak with you. Try it next summer; you'll like it! A Belle's qualifications In this year's class of West Virginia State Folk Festival Belles, the 32 hon- ored women have used their God- time today. As to advice for the younger women of these days, Appalene says, "Finish school. You have more opportunities than the women of my generation had grow- ing up. Enjoy life!" She's sponsored by the Smithviile and Ritchie County Community Education Outreach Ser- n . given talents very well in benefiting vice (CEOS)of the WVU Extension i- " their counties and their people. Service. Moreover, as Folk Festival Belles, Helen Wilson is the 2004 Taylor It theyenjoylivingourMountainState's County Belle. After attending the s : pioneer values of honesty, hard work, one-room Knoxville School and, k "' devotion to their husbands, love of later, graduating from Grafton High l. r r t ) their children, civic-mindedness to their communities, dedication to their churches, and clear thinking. Finally, a Belle must have reached the age of 70, thereby having achieved a sense of wisdom. The 2004 honorees The 32 Belles and their counties are as follows: Lolita Coon (Boone County), Pauline D. Perkey (Brax- ton County), Ethel Shockley (Cabell), Katheryn S. Burrows (Cad- , houn), Chadeeu Underwood (Dod- School, she entered the workforce, like many other of the girls of her era. Among her varied career experiences was working in a sewing factory, a five-and-dime store, and the Student Affairs Office at West Virginia Uni- versity in Morgantown. Now retired in Grafton, Helen enjoys volunteer- ing at the Haymond United Method- ist Church and with dinners at the Community Center. Another plea- sure in her retirement is working in her flower garden. Her advice to you Thursday, July 29, 2004 -- The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder --- Page 5 dridge), Wanetta McKinney ladies of today is as simple as learn- County CEOS. (Fayette), Louella Stalnaker ing your A, B, Cs, "Strive for an Last but not the least is Edith Kerr (Gilmer), Catherine Ethel Harper education!" Helen is sponsored by who is the 2004 Wood County Belle. i(Grant), Helen I. Brackenrich • (Greenbrier), Genevieve "Gennie" ' Larew Heatwole (Hampshire), Theda S. Baker (Hardy), Patricia M. Ashcraft (Harrison), Gerry Bail Chapman (Jackson), Rebecca B. Whetherholt (Kanawha), Dortha Ik ~ Smith (Lewis), and Eldean R. iJ il,bss Wellman (Logan). In addition, the class contains Norma Daugherty (Marshall), Anna Kirk (Mineral), Caroline Davis (Monongalia), Echla Burwell (Monroe), Ann Moss Smith (Mor- gan), Sable Louise Hamilton (Nicho- las), Priscilla Mullenax (Pendleton), Irene Thompson (Pocahontas), Elaine Sapp (Preston), Jackie Raines (Putnam), Joann G. r -,. Maleomb (Randolph), Appalene ] :, Ferrell (Ritchie), Helen Wilson ~. (Taylor), Truey Anne Sterneman ~' Edith(Upshur)'KerrHelen(wood).Smith (Wirt), and ~ Continuing ourlisting from the past - three weeks, the final Belles to be highlighted this week are as follows: ~,'. Appalene Ferrell is the 2004 ~. Ritchie County Belle. After graduat- ~, inS from Harri. "sville High School, she r ~ began working for Glen L. Martin . Airplane Factory in Baltimore, MD. ;. Tben, wanting to get back to the Moun- • tain State, she entered a new career in , the garment industry near her home of MacFarlan in Ritchie County until her retirement. Her civic duties to her • Strait Creek Baptist Church at Brohard .~and th.__e Community Building's pro- ,t, Don't Gt t Ale Started/cont'd... Continued from pa e 3 i; | my vote from John Kerry to George Btish. Is it worth it to even debate the Florida election debacle in 2000? Clearly, that mess, and the subse- quent complicity of the Supreme Court, are to blame for the mess in which we' ve found ourselves increas- ingly mired since then. It also set a precedent for the com- ing election, touch-screen voting or not. If there is any way, no matter how small, to disenfranchise voters likely to cast their ballots in favor of John Kerry and other Democratic candi- dates, it will be attempted. The GOP is falling all over itself to get Ralph Nader on ballots in order to neutralize WmB sored by the Pringle Tree and Upshur County CEOS groups. Helen Smith is the 2004 Wirt Back home on the farm ... with 'Dixie Doodle' County Belle. After graduating from on what to do for her further. Follow- surgery on her to remove a two foot as her own, which we were also in- Sparta High School in North Cart- ing his direction on Friday, she was blockage in her throat. Dixie did very formed rarely occurs. Upon entering lina, she started working at a knitting much worse. All along she was tak- well through the surgery and aroused the stall with Sierra and her baby, mill in Galax, VA. where she met her ingcareofherbaby. Shelostweight in recovery, but died shortly after- Misty, Sierra sniffed Dixie Doodle husband. The couple, then, moved to rapidly and was in respiratory dis- wards leaving us with a five-day-old and nuzzled her, not showing any Ohio for work and, later, to Wirt tress. Being the 4th of July weekend, orphaned foal. , aggression at all. Dixie immediately County where her family operated a we desperately searched for a vet that This little foal had become very took to nursing Sierra an they bonded timber business. In addition, she would see her. We contacted vets all spoiled and bonded with humans dur- as though they were kin. worked in a box factory and cared for over West Virginia, leaving messages, ing her mother's fatal ordeal. Pete Today, if you pass our farm, you her aged mother who lived to be 96. following their referrals with no luck Smith supplied us with gallons of will see Sierra grazing in the meadow Now-a-days, she enjoys volunteering in finding anyone willing to see us. goat milk, instructed us to feed her with her two foals, Misty and Dixie at the Elizabeth Baptist Church and We contacted a friend of ours who every two hours around the clock and close by her side or kicking and run- theSeniorCitizensCenter, alongwith worked for a vet and she offered to offered us lots of luck on raising an ning in play, both healthy and doing gardening, traveling and listening to come and assist us in starting an IV. orphan foal, which he told us was well. We beat the odds and Sierra has music. Always important in her life, With the gracious help of the Gilmer very difficult, been made"Queen" of Stewarts Creek music was a mutual interest she held County EMS and SunBridge Health We soon renamed herDixie Doodle Stable. with her late husband, Glenn, a well- Care, we obtained the IV fluids and after her mother. She didn't like bottle Rob and Sally Lowther reputed fiddler at many past Folk Fes- supplies needed to start an IV for her. feeding at all and we struggled with Stewarts Creek Stable tivals and recipient of the coveted Staying in the barn with her most of feedingher, but soon she became hun- GlenvUle West Virginia Vandalia Award for the night, we doctored her. gry enough to try the milk out of a his contributions'to preserving folk Saturday morning, we contacted bowl. (Editor's Note: Thanks, Rob and music. Her advice, "Think for your- PeteSmith, a vet in Ohio who agreed We brought her back to our farm Sally, for sharing this farm story with self! Don't try to please everyone else. to see her. We loaded up Dixie and and introduced her to Sierra hoping our readers. And, continued best Be independent." Helen, anElizaheth herbaby, Daisy, and traveled that 2 1/ that this quiet, well mannered mare wishes to Dixie Doodle and family! resident, is sponsored by the Wirt 2 hourtrip. Heimmediatelyperformed would take pity on her and accept her DHC, St.) the Oak Grove and Taylor County In fact, she really appreciates the dis- CEOS groups, tinction of being named as hercounty's Truey Anne Sterneman is the Belle in a unique way. This Parkers- 2004 Upshur County Belle. After burg resident has been an active vol- being educated at Nyack College, unteer at the Crossroads United Meth- Houghton College and Indiana Uni- odist Church for the past 50 years, versity,thiscurrentBuckhannonresi- serving the last seven as its financial dent became a teacher for 38 years in secretary. In addition, she's the cur- pre-school, primary education and rent Wood County CEOS vice presi- special education. Because her hus- dent and has been president of the band is a minister, she got varied Valley Mills Club. For leisure, she experience by teaching in many dif- enjoys quilting, making baskets, cro- ferent states, such as Illinois, Texas, cheting and being a Folk Festival Indiana, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Belle, in that she represented Wood and Virginia, as well as a foreign County once before as its 1999Belle. assignment in Quito, Ecuador. The "I think it's kind of unique that I've couple have also been on mission been a Belle twice," she relates with a trips toTaiwan, Cambodia, Thailand, smile of satisfaction. Her advice, "Be Hong Kong, and Africa where their in organizations, like CEOS, where daughterservesasamissionary.Now you can learn a great @al!" Edith is retired, she is active in the ladies sponsored by the Valley Mills and ministry and mission organizations Wood County CEOS groups. in the Free Methodist Church. For leisure, she travels, sews, reads, deco- Conclusion rates, bakes, entertains others and As Folk Festival Belles Program writes short stories and poetry. Her emcee, Judy Meads, emphasizes,"We advice is philosophical and humor- honor these special 32 Belles and also ous, "Choose the Good Life. Keep honor the lives and accomplishments focused on the positive and 'bloom of all our mothers who demonstrated where you are planted.' Seek to find the pioneering spirit. We value your and fulfill your mission so that all lives and the lessons you have taught around you are blessed. Don't worry us." about retribution or getting even. Let Finally, we editors value the assis- God work out the tangles. Mindyour tance that Mrs. Meads gave us in tongue so that unkind words are never publicizing these individual Belles' recorded upon another person's biographies. Thanks, Judy! memory. Take your hurts to Jesus in Moreover, to all of you Belle., keep prayer,: and ... 'if life gives you lem- up your good works; your efforts are ons, makelemonade!'" Truey is spon- appreciated! some Kerry-leaning votes, zenship. He couldn't wait to register Elsewhere, I think we can count on to vote, and that'sexactly whatbewas the purging of thousands of names from offered the opportunity to do right voter rolls. We can also count on miss- outside the place where his citizen- ing ballots, and count on some "sur- ship was granted in Jacksonville. prise" Republican upsets in historically However, when he filled out the democratic counties in every state of the form provided by a Republican or- union, ganization which was registering John Kerry is counting on it: he has voters, Cruz noticed that he had no begun recruiting teams of lawyers and choice between the Democratic, In- election observers to wait in the wings in dependent or Republican party: the 50 states on election night, tomonitorall Republican party had already been possible recQunts, checked off on his form, and the If you think this is going a little over- form of everyone else who'd been board, let's look at Florida again. After railroaded into thinking they now living in the United States for 16 years, had the same right to choose as Dario Cruz was finally granted his citi- voters everywhere else. Part 8: CANA Team's Notes for July's Glenville Visit you! we did with By Anmol Misra, quality instruments that will allow students at Glen- CANA-Carnegie Mellon Student ville State College to have courses in conjunction Glenville, West Virginia missed out on the road with Carnegie Mellon University. It can also he used for development years ago when it did not take the to have courts with other Colleges/Universities. It opportunity to let a highway pass through it. As a would be very expensive to have all these varied result, it is not as developed as other towns of Courses being taught at GSC as the college would similar size are. . have to hire many more professors for this. But Today, yet another highway (the Informationthrough the Distance Learning Center (DLC), it will Highway) wants to pass through Glenvillc. The be able to have the best quality education through only question is whether Glen- video conferencing at minimal costs. ville and Gilmer County will Setting up high speed lnternet access at the DLC make use of this opportunily or has been made possible due to Canopy. We just have not'? to put a small subscriber module on the place where The goal of CANA is to pro- high speed Internet access needs to be, and it will get mote broadband network ac- the signal from Glenville State College. Once this is ::~ cess in the rural areas so that done. you have high speed lnternet access at your people can get connected with place at minimal cost. With this technology, though, the rest of the world, we have to be in the line of sight. Glenville State College plays But with the next generation technology, WiMax, an important role in the Glen- there is no necessity of having line of sight. It can go ANMOL ville and Gilmer County corn- up to 15-30 miles easily. Though this technology is MISRA munities and it's not just cco- stillinitsevolvingstage, it should be out pretty soon. nomic. GSC has embarked on It can travcl through trees up to five miles and, an e/tort to provide broadband hence, this technology would enable the lnternet to high speed lnternet access to peoplc at the College rcach almost all the places in thc town. and in Glenville, and has partnered with CANA to (Note: The CANA Team returned to Pittsburgh on last achieve this goal. Thurs.-Friday after three weeks in Glenvill˘.) One of the first things that CANA did during the . (Next week ~ topic: The CANA Team's Amnol Misra summerprojectin Glenville wasloset upaDistance continues his comments to Gihner county's citizens.) Learning Center at Glcnville State College• This For more information about CANA in Glenvill~e, center will be equipped with state-of-the-art, high e-mail: sigmond@andrew.cnm.edu By Delegate Brent Boggs Last week, I was honored to attend the opening ceremony for the new distance-learning center at Glenville State College. In addition, the gather- ing also served as an update and thank you for work performed by graduate students from Carnegie Mellon Uni- versity that were working on the broad- band internet project in Gilmer and Braxton Counties. Their excite- ment is as conta- gious as their expertise is im- posing. I wish every resident of central West Virginia could have heard the remarks by the stu- dents regarding the area and the people they met over the past several weeks. These are talented young men and women from across the United States and from several foreign countries that converged here and left with a lasting impression of the warmth and friendship of the citizens of our area and about the beautiful mountains and valleys. A Madison Avenue pub- lic relations firm could not have better conveyed the positive message about central West Virginia than the CMU students. As this project unfolds, it will strengthen GSC and the economic base of our counties. As a result, we hope to attract more businesses and opportunities for our citizens. One challenge that affects small business across the nation is the di- t lemma of providing health insurance Virginians having health coverage. for employees. While most large in- As soon as PEIA makes additional dustries carry coverage on their em- information available this fall, I will ployees,thebuyingpowerofasmaller make note of it in this column. operation often prevents health cov- Finally,congratulations to the work- erage from being either available or ers and managers at Weyerhaeuser affordabletoemployerandempioyee, upon receipt of the VPP Star Award Last session, the Legislature heard from the Occupational Safety and these concerns and passed a bill (SB Health Administration (OSHA). It 143) that would allow small busi- was indeed an honor to attend this nesses to get insurance at the same ceremony to recognize and congratu- rate as the Public Employees Insur- late the workers at the Heaters facility ante Agency (PEIA). This can range on becoming a national standout per- as much as 25% less than the average former in workplace safety. health plan. The Voluntary Protection Programs The legislation stipulates that in (VPP) promote effective worksite- ordertoqualify, a business must have based safety and health. In the VPP, between two and 50 employees; and, management, labor, and OSHA es- the business may not have offered any tablish cooperative relationships at health insurance coverage for at least workplaces that have implemented a one year previous, comprehensive safety and health man- The bill took effect in June, but the agement system. Approval into VPP program will not begin offering poll- is OSHA's official recognition of the cies until this November, according outstanding efforts of employers and to a conversation I had last week with employees who have achieved exem- a PEIA official. Thus far, no insurers plary occupational safety and health. have signed up for the plan, although Please contact me if I may be of Blue Cross-Blue Shield is expected to assistance. As the session is now con- offer a plan with PEIA rates, cluded, please address your mail to I want to stressthat private premi- my home office: PO Box 254, urns will not be funded by this legis- Gassaway, WV 26624. By telephone, lation, nor will this legislation affect you may contact me at 340-3137 or PEIA rates. It is, however, an oppor- 364-8411. For those with Internet tunity to use the group rates estab- access, my e-mail address is lished for PEIA to better assist the Boggs34@aol.com. You can obtain small business in West Virginia and" additional legislative information their employees in having available a from the Legislature's web site at more affordable health plan. In turn, it http://www.legis.state, wv. us. will assist in making WV business As always, please renlember ~r more competitive, troops -- at home and abroad -- a~Sd PEIA has a goal of 8,000 policies keep them and their families in your within the next three years, which thoughts andprayers. Until nextweek, could translate into over 20,000 West take care. Straight Talk from GlenviUe State College New Steering Committee Meets Administration The Glenville State College Strategic Planning• Kathy Butler, Vice President for Academic Affairs Steering Committee recently held their second Larry Baker, Associate Vice President for meeting to discuss the future of the College, Technology think o the best design for carrying out an effective strategic planning process, address Legislative critical issues related to effective planning Delegate Brent Boggs, at GSC and establish the next steps for West Virginia District34 the initiative. ~. Board of Governors The Committee includes individuals represent- ing various areas of the College and community Marge Burke, Chair of BOG members. Committee members include: Currently, the Committee is gathering as much Faculty background as possible prior to setting goals and establishing their recommendations. They Mike Gherke, Department of Social Sciences are examining historical studies and reports, as (named bySenate) well as' an environmental scan (including Gary Arbogast, Department of Businessexternal factors to be considered), to help (named by Senate) develop the planning assumptions. Some of the Mr. Wayne deRosset, Department of English studies that the committee is reviewing include: Dr. Debra Simon, Department of Education economic develoPment data, demographics, Students transportation, enrollment data and projections, student retention and education trends. Amber Ganoe John Lopez Staff Stephanie Wines, Student Activities (named by Staff Council) Lois Miller, Food Services (named by Staff Council) Brenda McCartney, Associate Registrar Community/Alumni Phil Reale, Attorney Larry Chapman, County Government Sandy Pettit, Alumni, Adjunct Faculty Athletics Greg Bamberger, Director of Athletics The review of the historical data will help the committee plan their direction and decisions into a reality-based framework that the College will use to move toward the future. During the last meeting, the committee also reviewed an assessment table to determine what other groups should be used during their survey process. The surveys, which will be available to the GSC community and the surrounding area communities, will allow the committee to review the thoughts of various individuals and organizations when they are creating their recommendations. The next meeting of the Steering Committee will be held on Tuesday, August 31. They will aim to have the initial implementation of the action plan in place by mid-November. GLENvlLLE STATE COLLEGE IS CENTRAL WEST VIRGINIA'S COLLEGE