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The Glenville Democrat Single Copy Price-75 (70 plus tax) (ISSN 0746-5890) Published by and for Gilmer County People Volume 105, Number 31 Glenville, Gilmer County, West Virginia 26351 Thursday, July 30, 2009 This week's prayer Heavenly Father, Help all of our govern- mental and non-profit leaders in working together to make countywide improvements; Provide the people of Gilmer County and their relatives with good health, happiness, and stable finances during this national re- cession; Also, ease the pain of those suffering from illnesses, notably Robbie Cottrill, Margaret Moss, Jane Law, Judy Stalnaker, Wanda Luzader, Don and Marilyn Phillips, Blake Grogg, and Tyler Moore; Give consolation to the families who have lost loved ones this week, notably to the Hulse family, of Newberne, which suffered a double tragedy this past week, Albert Moore, and Gary Rose; Finally, bless our many community vol- unteers in their efforts to improve and beau- tify Gilmer County, and to our new Superin- tendent of Schools, John Bennett, for help- ing to create a palatable atmosphere for the dramatically-needed changes in our school system's structure for this fall. 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(These historical notes should give you some good ideas for weekend trips. Travel WV first!) Gilmer Goings Onj FOOD HANDLER'S CLASSES Effective August 1, 2009, Food Handler's Classes will be held on the first Thursday of each month from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Other Environmental Health services will be provided Mon- day- Thursday 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Continued on page 2B 00ub00io M00:ings At 7 p.m. on next Mon., Aug. 3, the Glenville City Council will meet in the upper City Hall's community room for its regular monthly meeting. At 7 p.m. on next Mon., Aug. 3, the Sand Fork's Town Council will meet at City Hall for its regular monthly meeting. At 9 a.m. on I ues., Aug. 4, the Gflmer County Commission will meet at the Courthouse for its regular monthly meeting.The public's input is welcome, but getting an appointment is recommended. Call County Clerk Beverly Marks at 462-7641 for details. The Gilmer County Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. on Mon., Aug. 10 at the high school's library for one of its regular monthly meetings. At 7 p.m. on Mon., Aug. 10, the Gilmer County Public Service District's Board will meet at their West Main Street Office. The public is invited to attend. The Editorial Page ............................. 3A Sports ................................................... 6A Society ........................................... 1-10B Courthouse News ........ ............ ... ....... 7A Legals ............................................. 7A Classifieds ............... ..... i ......... 8-9A GGOs ....................................... 1A & 82B Memorial to Russell McQuain, Jr ..... 4-5B Spencer Auto Group ............................. 3B Cedarville Festival-B. BOggs Page .... 10A Obituaries ............................................. 6A Meditation Moment Thought(s) for the Week "Put your trust in God, my boys, but mind to keep your powder dry. " Oliver Cromwell " English dictator (1599-1658) "In the darkest night to be certain of the dawn ... to go through Hell and to continue to trust in the goodness of God-- this is the challenge and the way." Abraham Joshua Hesehel Author, ( 1907-1972) U.S. Rep. Mollohan get s an(00th, r $400K for Glenville's Downtown By Lisa Belknap, News Editor In every endeavor, relationship and life- time, there are hard times and times that aren't quite so rough. In hindsight, the good days are typically the product of hard work, dedi- cation and good decision-making: Glenville is currently enjoying one of these "good days." On Fri., July 24, United States Congress- man Alan B. Mollohan's office announced that $400,000 worth of federal funding for improvements in downtown Glenville had been passed by the House of Representa- tives. "This is a wonderful project that I am U.S. CONGRESSMAN ALAN MOLLOHAN (DEM.-1ST DIST.) pleased to support," says Mr. Mollohan, a senior member of the Appropriations Commit- tee who was able tO insert the grant into the Fiscal Year 2010 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act. "Too many of our communities in West Virginia - and across the country for that matter - have seen their downtowns deterio- rate as businesses and residents move out and economic activity declines. It's impressive how the entire community of Glenville is deter- mined to reverse that pattern. They are taking maximum advantage of this grant money by including a broad cross-section (of citizens) in the planning process." The Gilmer County Family Resource Net- work (FRN) will administer the grant, which is to be used to further downtown revitalization efforts. Last year, Congressman Mollohan as- sisted the community with a $385,000 grant, which is also being administered by the FRN. "I look forward to working with Congress- man Mollohan and the community on these two grants," says FRN Executive Director Donna Waddell, a Professional Community and Economic Developer, "Community in- volvement is the most critical component dur- ing this planning stage." She adds, "We all have a right to design the type of community we desire. The door is open, and there will be numerous public meetings." 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Through good communication, strategic thinking, and plain hard work, they have helped Glenville attain recognition and assistance that is rare for a small town in Central West Virginia. However, Mollohan's assistance can hardly be overstated. He has consistently brought needed funds and direc- tion to Gilmer County. It must be noted that the Transportation- HUD Appropriations Act must still be consid- ered by the Senate and signed into law by the President before funding can be released. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FROM THE GROUND UP--At last Thurs., July 23rd's Business After 5 P.M.'s Social Hour, the Jobs Squad, Inc.'s representatives explained their non-profit organization's jobs-creating programs to the local business owners and other interested citizens present. Russell Sickles (right), the Jobs Squad's manager, and Brian Connaughton (left), a jobs counselor, stressed that they create custom-made jobs for people -- one person at a time. Also, they complimented the people in Gilmer County for being so open and cooperative with them in their pro-jobs initiatives in this area to-date. (Staff photo by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) Moving from 'welfare to work' is easier than some people may think, reps claim AT GILMER COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY-- Rich Brannon, a native of Stumptown who splits his time between there and Parkersburg as a homeowner, is the president of the Normantown High School's Alumni Association. In recent months, he's beginning to fear that the former high school's trophies and class photographs may be endangered, and may become lost to posterity. In speaking to the Thurs., July 23 Gilmer County Historical Society meeting, he requested that the Society and its museum take control of and display some of the school's most important artifacts, namely its 1945 State Championship Basketball Trophy and several pictures of the school's prominent alumni and teachers. Society President Marion Reed (seated) assured him that his request would be placed on the next meeting's agenda. Mr. Brannon gave a spirited history of the school, fearing that in the future, the now-closed main building may be lost, due to continuing deterioration. (Staff photo by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) By David 1t. Corcoran, Sr., Publisher-Editor The energy, good will, commitment, sin- cerity, and vision of the Job Squad's represen- tations shined brightly through our area's cloudy sky on last Thurs. afternoon, July 23, when they started explaining their jobs cre- ation strategies for Gilmer Countians at the Business After 5 Social Hour. Speaking in the Best Western's Conference Room to area business owners and other in- terest individuals, Russell Sickles, manager of the Job Squad's Clarksburg area headquar- ters, affirmed, "We do economic develop- ment, and do it from the ground up. In fact, we work for jobs one person at a time, one busi- ness at a time." In presenting a power-point show describ- ing their services, Brian Connaughton, a Job Squad coun'selor, grimly pointed out that Continued on page 4A Ed Toman is named as Director of GSC's collaborative 'JASON Project' Ed Toman has been named the Director of the Glenville State College JASON Project and Coordinator of the GSC blidden Promise Consortium. "I am so excited about this opportunity to work at my alma mater. Glenville State College changed my life, and now I can give back even more to the place that is near and dear to my heart. I am fortunate to work under Dr. Barr's leadership and thank him for this incredible opportunity," said Toman. Continued on page 4A ......... Area Briefs Young Sand Fork man gets oriented On last Thurs., July 23, a young man from Sand Fork, who faces several life-tl,-#,,%a]p% was able to get oriented about upcoming medical tests that will be performed on him this fall. Robbie Cottrill, 26, who, as a youngster, was a local recipient of a "Make-A-Wish Foundation's" dream-of-a-lifetime grant, has been plagued by several chronic illnesses of his liver, heart, and other internal systems throughout his life. Sadly, he now faces the possibility that he's contracted cancer in his renal system, according to his mother, Rita Brown, also of his home in Sand Fork. Mrs. Brown says, "I was able to get him to the University of Pittsburgh Hospital on July 23 to touch base with the doctors and staff, as to what procedures they will use in testing him on September I. This has been our third trip to Pittsburgh since July 1." Continuing, she relates, "Robbie is still optimistic about life, and tells me, 'I'm going to beat this Continued on page 4A In memory of former Sheriff 5.nj 00ose . (9So-2oo9) who was one of many good-natured and likeable sheriffs of Gilmer County, always available either to help the press in getting news stories, or to work with citizens in solving problems. His tenure, though, was shortened by the cancer that he so valiently fought. He was truly a cheerful warrior in his personal fight, and an inspiring role model for all who deal with life-threatening illnesses. The complete obituary of Sheriff Gary Rose is located on page 6 in this issue. REMEMBERING THE FOLK FESTIVAL'S FOUNDER--The late Dr. Patrick Gainer, who founded the Folk Festival in Glenville in 1950, would have been proud that two of his grandchildren are keeping his memory alive, especially through folk singing. Dr. Gainer, who was a noted WVU folklore professor, became nationally-known, due to his books about folk songs and lore. In 1950, this Glenville State College graduate also taught a folklore class here, having his students, as a class project, start-up a Folk Festival. That small beginning on the college's front lawn has grown into the large festival of today. Preserving his memory on each Folk Festival Saturday morning is Molly Gainer, who, here, is being helped in song by her cousin, Mike Gainer. Many of the Belles attended this event, which reviewed some of the history of the Folk Festival, but, more importantly, gave an insight into the kind-hearted scholar who inspired its creation. Here, they got a lot of chuckles when singing some of "Papa Gainer's" favorite folk songs, namely the lively "Groundhog" and "Barbara Allen." (Staff photo by Dave Corcoran , Sr.) 00ilmer 00ilestone In memory of former 00rincipal 00Ttlbert 00toore, 96, (I9?-2oo 9) After earning his bachelor's degree from Glenville State College, and a master's from West Virginia University, Albert Moore began a long and successful educa- tional career in the public schools of both Clay and Gilmer Counties. In those years, he proved himself not only an able teacher and principal, but also one who was beloved by his students during a 40-year career span. In these later years, he was always a popular guest at the alumni reunions of the schools, where he taught and administered  his former students always giving him a smile and a "Thank You." The complete obituary of Principal Albert Moore is located on page 6B in this issue. \