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i00i:00/:i!iiiil;iii'! i!i:i!00iii: .... , Traveling up north & our highly-valued Folk Festival Belles Before my "Aggravated Esophagus" spoiled my great weekend of fun on the Sunday evening prior to the Folk Festival, son Patrick and I traveled from the Pearl Buck Birthplace to Elkins, where we, as I noted before, saw the late Governor Guy Kump's home, which needs to be preserved, like the Pearl Buck historic house. Likewise, the people of Arthurdale, through their own staunch volunteerism, have made this New Deal Model Community a real memorial to President Franklin Roosevelt's Recovery Program. Tours, though, are avail- able only on Saturdays. From there, we proceeded northward to Morgantown, where we visited old friend and co-worker, Tom Reaser, at Ruby Memorial Hospital. Tom, who passed away Saturday a week ago, was an outstanding advertising salesman for The Glenville Democrat & Path- finder newspapers for a number of years. Loyal and determined, he served our advertis- ers very well for about 10 years. About three weeks before, Tom had visited me at the office, saying after his by-pass surgery -- that he hadn't felt better in years. So it was a shock when he later went into a coma. was sent back to Ruby, and succumbed. Our hearts go out to his fine wife. Karen. and family ! After visiting Tom, we decided, before re- turning to Glenville, to eat at the Old Historic Hotel Morgan. Our supper was superb, espe- cially eating it at the colorful restaurant at the top an open air place, with some classy oldies music being played. At 8 p.m. when we left Morgantown, it was still light, so we decided to stop offal Prickett's Fort State Park, just north of Fairmont off 1- 79 They apparently have theatrical produc- tions in an amphitheater during the summer months. Like the Hotel Morgan, the Prickett's Fort tour is a good family experience, taking advantage of our interesting historical assets right here in West Virginia. While we on this two-day mini-vacation trip focused on places of interest in the central part of the state, there are many similar spots in the Northern Panhandle, Eastern Pan- handle, and southern coalfields. To get a map of the Coal Heritage High- way for touring, call the Southern WV Con- vention & Visitors' Bureau in Beckley at (304) 252-2244. Also. the Midland Trail. which goes along The Corcoran Column By David H Corcoran Publisher-Editor the old U.S. Route 60 (now 1-64 part of the way), provides many exciting places of inter- est between White Sulphur Springs and Point Park in Kenova. For information and a map, call 1-866-route60, or log-on: www. midlandtrail, corn With each region of our state possessing so many treasures to see, all of us, including our Belles and their families, need to plan to visit the Mountain State this and the next vacation season. West Virginia, indeed, has a lot of historical and scenic gems that really sparkle, so when coming to Glenville for next year's Folk Fes- tival in June 2010, include some of these other fascinating sites and experiences for you and your family's mini-vacation. (And, for all of our readers, not just Folk Festival goers, we editors would recommend the same.) Seeing the Belles Also. when visiting the Folk Festival, don't feel out-of-place in striking up conversations with the Belles. They are all very conversant, or they wouldn't be Folk Festival Belles. These ladies have earned the honor of being named as Belles by their home counties. This selec- tion is based on their community service, as well as a dedication to promoting West Virginia's Pioneer tradition of morals, educa- tional, and family values. They are very ap- proachable, engaging, talkative, and able to impart much wisdom. One example of such Belles begins with Marge Talkington. Ritchie County Belle Mrs, Marge Talkingtonis the 2009 Ritchie County Folk Festival Belle. After graduating from Doddridge County High School. Marge embarked on two fasci- nating careers, two in private business and one in government. At 18. she started working for the Community Bank, then after six years, switched jobs to the Ross Brothers Store. The lure of contributing her fair share to bettering county government, however, eventually won out, as her final 20 years before retirement were spent working for the Ritchie County Sheriffs Dept. In her private life, she excelled at fraternal and community service, being a 53-year member of the Order of Eastern Star and a member of the Queen Rebekah Lodge, #121 in Pennsboro, her home. Added to her church service through the years, she's helped to cheer up people by singing with the Melody Sisters Quartet and the Pennsboro Ladies Quartet, particularly enjoying easing the lives of nursing home residents. For any younger woman of today to be successful, Marge's advice is simple: "Be honest and dependable! Have consideration for others! Know the joy of living! Have faith in God!" Belle Marge Talkington, of Pennsboro, is sponsored by the Pennsboro and Ritchie County CEOS (Community Education Out- reach Service of WVU). Tyler County Belle Mrs. Hilda A. Wright is the 2009 Tyler County Folk Festival Belle. After attending Sistersville High School, Hilda's work life at the Paden City Glass House proved to be only her secondary inter- est, genealogy, history, and her family being her first loves. Her awards for community service-- resulting from her contributions of time and talents to the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution, the WV DAR Cameo Club, Daughter of the Union, and Tyler County Heritage and Historical Society -- aptly attests to her commitment to preserving our state's rich history. Teaching family values have also been crucial to her life, in that in addition to rearing her own three children, she also took in the five children of her tragically lost brother and sister-in-law who perished in an auto accident. Now, after years of nurturing youngsters, she still enjoys entertaining in a full house of 15 grandchil- dren, 21 great-grandchildren, and four great- great grandchildren, all of whom she is proud. To younger people, she affirms: "Put God, home, and country first! Love, honor, be kind and show respect to others! Have faith in yourself! Be able to give, as well as to receive ! Listen to what others are saying; sometimes you will see things differently after listening! Be able to say you are wrong! Laugh at your mistakes and try to do better! Continued on page 5A A warning About "Meningitis" By Brent Boggs, State Delegate (Gilmer-Braxton) This past week, the National Conference of State Legislatures held their annual meeting in Philadel- phia. While 1 did not attend this year's meeting, NCSL is an outstanding resource for legislators from across the nation. Recently, l noted information from the NCSL regarding meningitis. This caught my attention, as each year, health officials note tragic accounts of chil- dren or young adults suc- cumbing to the disease. Likewise. reading in the Charleston newspaper of the recent illness of Charleston Mayor Danny Jones height- ened by interest and con- cern. Mayor Jones's wife. Sara. has worked with me for several years at the Capi- HON. BRENT tel. BOGGS NCSL provided me with the following information, which I would like to share with you. As school will begin very soon. it is timely information: In March. 2000, the parents of Joseph Patrick Kepferle-- Pat to friends and family received a phone call from a hospital emergency room urging them to come quickly. A college freshman in Maryland. Pat had contracted bacterial meningi- us. Within 24 hours of the initial onset of symp- toms. Pat died. In the week following Pat's death, Maryland became the first state to pass a law to require college students who reside in on-campus housing to receive a meningitis vaccine or sign a waiver to verify receipt of information about the disease and the vaccine to prevent it. Meningitis is a viral or bacterial infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Men- ingococcal disease, a leading cause of bacterial meningitis, can be prevented through immuniza- tion. No vaccine exists for viral meningitis, which is not as severe and usually s resolved without specific treatment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1.000 to 2.600 people contract meningococcal disease each year in the United States. and more than one in ten results in death. Bacterial meningitis infections also can cause loss of limbs deafness, nervous system problems, mental retardation, seizures and strokes in 11 to 19 percent of survivors. Although meningococcal disease can progress rapidly, initial symptoms headache, high fever. stiff neck or a dark purple rash often resemble the common flu. Given the high mortality rate and rapid progression of the disease, it is recommended that people at high risk for meningitis be immu- nized. Although anyone can contract it, the popu- lations identified to be at highest risk are infants under age one, people with certain medical condi- tions, such as immune system disorders, certain laboratory personnel, college freshmen living in dorms, and teens ages 15 to 19. Current meningitis vaccines are approved in the United States for people over age two and protect against some. but not all. meningococcal disease strains. The Advisory Committee orrlmmunization Prac- tices (ACIP) consists of 15 health experts ap- pointed by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services who make vaccination recommendations for the public. The ACIP recommendations intend to reduce the incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases and form the basis for most state vaccine- requirement laws. The advisory committee recom- mends that those populations at high risk for con- tracting bacterial meningins recetve the vaccine. In 2005, the recommendation included young adolescents (at their 11- to 12-year physician visit) and previously unvaccinated students entering high school. State meningitis laws are directly influ- enced by these recommendations. Approximately 95% of publicly-funded vac- cines are financed through two federal programs: Vaccines for Children and Section 317 ot the Public Health Services Act. Each program provides children and adoles- cents access to all ACIP-recommended vaccina- tions, including the meningitis vaccine. Vaccines for Children. a Medicaid entitlement program. provides vaccines at federally qualified health cen- ters or rural health clinics to children who are uninsured. Native Americans or Alaskan Natives. the Medicaid-eligible and the underinsured. Sec- tion 317. a federal grant program to 64 state and local grantees, provides vaccmes to underinsured children and adolescents not served by the VFC program. As of December. 2008.37 states had one or more laws related to meningttis immunization. In 1999. Arkansas became the first state to require colleges and universities to disseminate information about the meningitis vaccine to students and their fami- lies. highlighting the increased risk of contracting the disease for students residing in dormitories. Illinois, Indiana. Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, South Carolina, Washing- ton and West Virginia passed similar laws. The laws usually require state health departments to develop the materials for dissemination to colleges and universities. Rhode Island adopted a similar requirement through regulation. Twenty-two states require that certain post-sec- ondary students (e.g., those living in dormitories) receive the meningitis vaccine, stgn a waiver to refuse the vaccine, or report their immunization status to the college or university. Connecticut. New Jersey and Vermont require that students be vaccinated against meningitis, allowing only for state-established vaccine exemptions. Following the revised 2005 ACIP recommenda- tions related to meningococcal disease, some states expanded immunization requirements to second- ary students. Eleven states require middle and high schools to distribute meningitis information to students and their parents. Three states have laws requiring a vaccine, waiver or exemption for secondary school students: four additional states and the District of Colombiaestablished similar requirements through regulations. Meningitis remains a relevant issue for state legislatures. Twenty-two bills were introduced in the 2007-2008 legislative sessions, and at least 18 have been introduced m sessions to date in 2009. Among the bills this year, Texas Senate Bill 819 would require that first-time students at institu- tions of higher education who reside in on-campus student housing receive the meningitis vaccine, allowing only for medical and religious exemp- tions. Public health is a serious and important issue. lhe swine flu vffus lS the most recent example. However. as noted by the NCSL information, lo- cal. state and federal officials must stay on guard to warn of dangers and seek health solutions to pro- tect our cttizens. Please address your mail to my home office at PO Box 254. Gassaway, WV 26624. My phone number is 364-8411 and fax 364-8711. If you need immediate assistance, call the Capitol office at 340-3220 or Assistant to the Majority Leader. Mr. Tom Bennett, at 340-3262 or fax to 340-3213. If you have an interest in any particular bill or a list of all bills that passed both the House and Senate, please let me know. For those with Internet access, my e-mail ad- dress is You also may obtain additional legislative infor- manon, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and other information from the Legislature's web site at If you write or leave a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional information, includ- ing agency links and the state government phone directory, may be found at Remember to thank a veteran for their service to our nation and continue to remember our troops-- at home and abroad and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers. Until next week, take care! PATH & coal electricity don't bave benefits of solar or wind Dear Editor, I didn't read your column too closely, yet. but didn't notice much mention of solar. The coal industry likes to tell lolks how much a watt they charge, thinking it makes solar look bad. But if you pay a nickle a watt for grid power, this of course, does not include the health costs like asthma, autism, black lung and ash storage acci- dents. Or. $6 a watt for solar panels, it is like comparing one meal (laced with poison) to a life time supply of (wholesome) food. You pay for every watt every day on the grid. But every morning, you get a new supply of your rated wattage times the hours of solar gain. For your one time payment of $6 a watt. go figure... :Check this website: www. solarbear, html. We have sustained several wind shear events with no interruption of power. While everyone ts familiar with wind shear power loss events, the modular nature of solar electricity makes paying for it doable. The industrial foot dragging approach to battery research is the weak link, since different aged batteries don't mix! Just some other ideas to think about besides PATH ! Michael Condon Lobelia, Pocahontas County Editorials 00-rogress J GSC's Pioneer Football Team & Glenville Moving Forward place Gilmer County on the national map When the Gilmer County Economic Development Association (GCEDA) met on Fri., June 16 in the Town and Country Real Estate office, the members probably didn't expect to hear a lot of good news. After all, they've, been hearing "good news" about Gilmer County's progress for some time now, principally the upcoming Mollohan-FRN $380,000 grant to move downtown Glenville's beautification forward, the strong citizen and college's volunteerism in painting the town's storefronts, and the GCEDA's successful Farmers' Market taking place on each Saturday morning. Nevertheless, at GCEDA's June meeting, the Board members heard even more good news. In fact, the two matters brought to their attention will vault Glenville even higher than the statewide arena, and onto the loftier national stage. First of all, on Thurs., Nov. 5, Glenville State College's Pioneer football team, which won the highly-coveted West Virginia College conference's championship last year, wilt play arch-rival Shepherd University's Rams in a nationally-televised CBS Sports game. This annual hotly-contested game is always a close one, typically one that may determine the league leader and conference winner. It was an ideal choice for CBS Sports, when it looks over the smaller college football programs around the country. GSC's Athletic Department, represented by Assistant Athletic Director Cam Perry and Head Football Coach Alan Fiddler, requested funds for replacing several lights at Morris Stadium in preparation for this high profile game that will also showcase the College and Glenville area. In exllaining the request, Coach Fiddler relates, "When I first came here five years ago ... we were probably the top facility in the conference. In just five years, we've been passed by. People have really put money into their (WV colleges') facilities." In the end. GCEDA rightly contributed $1,000 toward this lighting renovation, as a means to promote Gilmer County ... nationwide. That wasn't the only great news about advancing Glenville's stature on this great nation's large stage that they heard on that day, though. In addition, Mr. David Millard, a community volunteer and Farmers' Market promoter, announced that CNN would be airing a piece on the West Virginia University's Community Design Team, noting that Glenville's down- town revitalization efforts would be featured as a model poster child. This national recognition can be attributed to the state's Recruitable Community Program, which assists rural areas in recruiting and retaining health care providers. Brought here by Minnie Hamilton Health Systems, its purpose was to evaluate and make recommen- dations to Glenville's officials on how to improve the community's quality of life. The initial wsiting team, which was comprised of mainly WVU faculty and other area leaders, came to Glenville unannounced, seeking to see what the community's strengths and weaknesses are. They, then, published a 56-page report called, "First Impressions," which explained their findings to community leaders and volunteers. Based upon these recommendations, the design phase was begun in March, with a different team coming to town to meet with community leaders and residents. From this trip, in conjuncnon with the previous First Impression team's findings, a series of new Design Team's documents, drawings, recom- mendations, and written ideas were created, as a road map for revitalizing Glenville. These were presented at town meetings during the visit, and 40 copies of the full-report should be provided to Glenville's leaders soon. Nancy Melton. the program's coordinator with the state's Division of Rural Health and Recruitment, explains that, ideally, following this process, a town will be equipped to proceed on its own with development plans the end result being a more attractive town for the recruitment of health care providers. Hence, not sitting on our fannies, the "Street Gang," a dedicated group of community and college volunteers, has taken the initiative toward correcting what the Design Team sees as our liabilities, thereby putting into action their recommendations and making this town a model for the CNN program. Also. in tandem to the Design Team's approach. FRN has secured the substantial grant through U.S. Congressman Alan Mollohan's (Dem.- 1 st Dist.) committee to create a park and green space in the center of town, thereby advancing the downtown's long-needed beautification. Now that Glenville is being boosted into the national spotlight, it becomes even more important that we average citizens keep Glenville and Gilmer County Moving Forward by tmproving our businesses and private properties as much as economically possible. In that way, downtown Glenville's revitalization will not become a beautiful oasis in the midst of a dry and ugly desert. .- - DHC, Sr., Publisher-Editor Congratulations - 2009 Relay for Life is a success From what we editors have been told, the 2009 Gilmer County Relay for Life, which was held on Fri.-Sat., July 10-11, proved to be, once again, another very successful fund-raiser. Approximately 10 tents where area volunteer teams set up their food and cots for resting in-between laps made for a colorful scene at GSC's Football Field. Most importantly, more than 200 people participated in this year's walking fund-raiser. Traditionally, those local people, who have or had cancer, lead off the evening and night's many activities in the Survivors' Walk. Moreover, these brave survivors, many of whom do not want to be identified, get abundant support from their families and friends, cheering them on during that first lap around the D. Banks Wilburn Track the first lap of many that evening. Later, there is an emotional "Luminary Ceremony and Prayer," when lighted candles each with the name of a person who died of cancer or a survivor are positioned all around the track. This annual Relay for Life is a project of the American Cancer Society, and this year's coordinator was Kip Colvin. of GSC. who spent many hours m preparing for this mega- event. He, along with an army of volunteers, is to be commended for a job well done. DHC, Sr. by George Harper Hikino SALEHERE :::-..Q* t ,,'T 'i;,,.,w,.,u I'li'l!.rhoi-rl 1 -i,rV,:(H'r'.) (foreVer ow or ta',e o{Y) : Ocrat/Pathfinder ..... :i:: :::::i:::i ......... 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