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July 30, 1976     The Glenville Democrat
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The Glenville Pathfinder A Gilmer Graphics, Inc. Newspaper Published By and For Gilmer County People Single Copy Price 15c [Incl. Tax] i * Gilmer County Com- a special crew whose job is repairs throughout the county. crew is doing repair to the GLENVILLE, GM foundation of a house in the Letter Gap area. Members of the crew are, l-r: Paul Wine, crew chieL Marvin Mlnnich, Larry Conrad, Billy Huffman, Herb Young and Jim Steel. [Democrat photo] DRIVING SPIRIT-Last year Bob Waggoner took over a Gilmer County Community Action agency which was one of the least active In the 11-coun west central West Virtula district. Under his direction the agency is now one of the must active in the district. [Democrat photo] started a busing system that brings elderly people in from the county to man of Glenville once a week for a dinner aAd y any other business that person may need to conduct. director of has He raised the number of families list of II participating in the CAA gardening countiet program from 26 in 1975 to 85 this year. This is a program by which 'Categories. disadvantaged families are given site seeds, fertilizer, hoes, freezer bags, Citizens canning supplies and other gardening than aids for their home garden plots. No This is other county had more families citizens are participating in their gardening Utritionally program this year. Vv'aggoner The Gilmer County CAA is .kick-off sales campaign Qlenville the finest shopping area in this habits and buying skills have thrown and caused other communities to Our direction, advertising on the "Festival of Values" of The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder value, but have recently come to Veers when they compare sales receipts With other communities throughout the of merchandise keeps these merchants for bigger and better values to pass on proud of their new merchandise. They they can supply your every need. Pleasure in knowing you can find the that you can find in any shopping s for the same money, sometimes even in currently operating five summer recreation sites throughout the county, Last spring CAA workers comple- ted 22 winterization projects and also worked on one of the most rewarding programs administered by the CAA-the home repair program. Under this program, Waggoner gets $500 from the Gilmer County Department of Welfare for materials needed to repair a home. The CAA provides a crew of six workmen headed by Paul Wine of Stout's Mill Home repairs completed by the CAA crew include septic tank installation, roof repair, wall papering, painting, foundation repair and many other miscellaneous repairs. The local CAA office has 87 applicants on their home repair waiting list. Waggoner beams with pride when he tells of one job the home repair crew completed in Tanner. "We had a partially crippled woman living in a 11S-year old log cabin in Tanner, who was using an out-house. Her doctors found that she had heart trouble and told her to have a septic tank installed, rather than risk the strain of walking to the out-house. We installed the septic tank. a hot water tank and sink and all it cost her was $70. She just thought it was the greatest thing in the world," says Waggoner. e Last week, Wine and his crew were completing a repair project for a nearly-blind woman in the Letter Gap area. The walls of the house had rotted away from the floor and sunk into the ground. The repair crew had to raise the walls and replace some of the floor. CAA got a helping hand in this project when members of the Glenville State College Christian Youth Fellowship volunteered a day's work. Community contributions like this have also added to the success of local CAA programs. Gilmer (',aunty had-the largest in-kind contributions of any other county in the district except Wood. One determinate of the amount of matching funds county CAAs 'receive is based on the number of in-kind contributions they collect. Bob Waggoner has managed to combine generosity of Gilmer County citizens with his own driving spirit for a successful Commurfity Action Associa- tion. Glenville with confidence. The friends. Their purpose is to supply merchandise at the lowest possible of Values" pages for your family week for a tremendous "Festival of Znerchants: Community Super Market, Ford Sales, Modern Dry Cleaners, Spirit of Fashion, Daltons, Kanawha Jewelry, Davis Clothing, Glenville Outlet, Calhoun Super Service, Value, Summers Pharmacy, L Franklin, Pioneer Grocery. COUNTY, WV 26351 Friday, July 30, 1976 Severance tax filters into county Gilmer County and the cities of Glenville and Sand Fork received $5,454.56 last week as their shares of the 25 per cent allotment of the West Virginia severance tax on coal. According to an announcement made by the state treasurer, Glenville received $1,530.09, Sand Fork received $176.62 and Gilmer County received $3,747.85. State treasury guidelines state that up to 25 per cent of the money can be used for salaries, while the remaining 75 per cent goes into the general fund. Gilmer County Clerk Mary Davidson says that they county commissioners haven't decided exactly how they're going to use the money. However she says they have discussed the possibility of using it to build tennis courts at the recreation center or to help pay off part of the debt incurred in the construction of the Gilmer Cmmty Medical Center. Davidson says that the commis- sioners will discuss possible used for the money at their next regular meeting on Aug. 2. Glenville Mayor Delbert Davidson also is unsure about how the city will spend their share. The council holds their next regular meeting on Aug. 2 at 7:30 p.m. An act passed hy the first regular session of the 1975 Legislature established the severance tax of 35 cents per $100 of valuation on produced coal, and earmarked the proceeds to be returned to counties and cities in the state. Of the total collected, 75 per cent stays in those counties where the coal was produced. The remaining 25 per cent is distributed on a population percentage basis to the state's various counties and municipalities. The $5,454.56 received by Gilmer County represents the first two quarterly allotments returned by the state treasurer. From this point, the money will be returned on a quarterly basis. Byrd to attend Job's Temple homecomin! United States Senator Robert C. Byrd will be the guest speaker at the thirty-eighth annual Homecoming at Jobs Temple August 8. The day's activities will begin with morning worship services at 10:30 :.m. led by the Rev. Clifford Sams. Following this, James Hoofler will conduct the annual business meeting. Following the noon recess and basket lunch, Senator Byrd will speak at 2 p.m. This will be his third visit to the Homecoming. He made visits in 1968 and in 1975. The public is invited to attend the Sen. Robert C. Byrd day's activities. Board approves curriculum for two. student Adventist school The Gilmer County Board of Passed a motion to employ Anna Voted to accept the resignation of Education approved the instructional Belle Gillespie as a teacher at Brenda Jarrell as Remedial Reading program of the Glenville Seventh - day Normantown School. at Normantown School. Adventist School at the board's Market features home grown produce regularly scheduled meeting, July 12. According to a letter from Daniel Taylor, state supt. of schools, to Mrs. Ruth Meyer, principal of the Church School, the approval of the school's facilities and textbook list is the responsibility of the board of education in the county which it is operated. Two students are currently enrolled in . 'et's hool. In other business the board: Gave approval to install masonry walls with folding partitions, extend sewer lines and to install coated gas line at the Gilmer County High School Lunch Room Addition. Local residents will have a chance to buy fresh-grown Gilmer County vegetables from their neighbors this summer through a recently-established farmer's market at 405 N. Lewis St. in Glenville. Pat Corner and Ruth Walsh, proprietors of Appalachian Alterna- tives natural food and crafts store, have decided to open their building to vegetable growers on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through September. There will also be space available for a flea market. The market is open to anyone. Bring you produce in on any Saturday and you will be assigned a selling space by Comer and Walsh. Food stamps will be accepted as payment. Tlsme- be a 10 per croat charge on all sales to cover clean-up costs. For further information on the farmer's market and flea market see Pat Comer or Ruth Walsh at their store in the Woodshed Building or call 462-9902. 'That fiddlin man' almost quit playing once By DAVID BEAN Feature Writer Melvin Wine's father didn't have a case for his fiddle so he kept it in a drawer. When nobody else was home Melvin would get the fiddle out and try to imitate one of the songs he would often hear his father play. Sitting on the porch of his far- mhouse, Melvin leaned back smiling as he talked of those years now long gone. "I just wanted to learn that one song," said Melvin. "One day mother came in and found me playing. She asked me to play for her. Well, she recognized the song so she took me to my father. I wasn't very good, of course, but after that e started giving me a few lessons." The only lessons Melvin ever had were those that his father gave him when he was very young. That didn't stop him from becoming the West Virginia State Fiddle Champion last month at the Glenville Folk Festival. Earlier this July, at the invitation of the Smithsonian Institute, he went to Washington, D.C. to take part in the Festival of American Folklife. He was one of only five fiddlers invited from the Appalachian and Ozark regions of the country. According to Pat Shields of Braxton County who accompanied Melvin to Washington, he was one of the most popular performers at the festival. "He was referred to by everyone as 'that fiddlin' man'," said Shields. During the day Melvin par- ticipated in "fiddle styles" workshops and in the evenings he played for square dances. "It was quite a thrill," said Melvin. "We were like one big happy family down there. At night we would go out and see the sites. Of course I was too tired from playin' all day to stay out very long." Accompanied on banjo by his late "brother Clarence, Melvin started playing in Gilmer and Braxton counties nearly 60 years ago. Twice , AS SWEET AS WINE-Fiddler Marvin Wine has been entertalnins area residents since the '20s. Recently he was invited to participate in the Festival of American FoUdtfe in Washington, D.C. [Democrat photo] CUTLINE a week they would hitch hike to Laurel Fork to play at a square dance. "Sometimes we would lug our instruments 10 or 12 miles to a dance," he said. "It was in the early 20's and we were always anxious to pick up a little money. Times were pretty bad then." When the travelling fair came to Glenville or Sutton, Melvin would be there with his father's fiddle. One time, when he was 16 or 17 years old, he went with the fair to Dunbar where he played for a week before returning home. Deciding around 1929 that they wanted to take a shot at some of the money musicians in the city were making, Melvin and his brother moved to Fairmont. They stayed for seven or eight months, playing at dances and on the radio. Like many Central West Virginians the hard times of the 30's drove Melvin to the mines. H, ,: labored in the pits of Gilmer Webster and Lewis counties, quit ting after 17 years to work his 145 acre farm just south of Copen in Braxton County. In the early 50's he nearly quit playing his fiddle entirely. "Some of the fightin' and carryin' on I saw at those dances. I just quit one day and! didn't play no more for 20 years," he said. "Then our granddaughter came tc live with us when she was just 10 days old. When I had to baby sit I'd play the fiddle to make her stop crying. It was then that I realized that God gives you the best things. I started playing again." Melvin Wine's soft voice and gentle manner reveal a man who is l most secure in his faith. ', "Music gives only happiness," he i said. "The church gives spiritual! joy."