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Traveling up north & our highly-valued Folk Festival Belles cont'd ... Belle Hilda Wright, of Middlebourne, is sponsored by the Tyler County Council of CEOS. Wirt County Belle Mrs. Betty Kerby is the 2009 Wirt County Folk Festival Belle In the true Pioneer Era tradition, Betty attended one-room schools in both Wirt and Calhoun County, later graduating from Calhoun County High School. Moreover, at home dur- ing her youth, she did her typical agricultural chores without complaint on a 500-acre farm, which was so isolated that she had to walk four miles to get to anywhere -- school, church, and the store. Ambitious aca- demically, she attended Glenville State College, a decision that led to her teaching in another one-room school for several years; plus, to make ends meet, she moonlighted at a local factory. Based on her upbringing, she likes fishing, gardening, and watch- ing her grandson in his school's sport- ing events Additionally, she enjoys sewing her own clothes and uphol- stering furniture. As to her commu- nity service, her record doesn't lack, because she's been a proud and active member of the CEOS, Daughters of the American Pioneers, and the Big Island Run Church. To the younger ladies of today, who probably haven't lived a physi- cally-hard youth, she advises: "Study hard! Learn to work and help your- self! Attend a good college! Take the advice of parents, grandparents, and pastors! Put God first in your life! Things pass away, but what you learn and achieve stays with you." Belle Betty Kerby, of Elizabeth, is sponsored by the Wirt County CEOS. Wood County Belle Mrs. June MeNickle is the 2009 Wood County Folk Festival Belle. Helping the sick-- one of the high- est callings in life -- has marked June's working achievements. After graduating from Wirt County High School, she sought more education, taking a medical terminology course of study at Parkersburg Community College. This academic preparation led to a successful career in the impor- tant healthcare area of medical records and retrieval, becoming arecords clerk for Camden Clark Memorial Hospi- tal, St. Joseph's Hospital, and Americare Arlington Nursing Home. In her personal life, June did much community service, notably being a Girl Scout leader for 14 years, along with participating in the PTA. For organizational memberships, she's a proud member of the South Parkers- burg United Methodist Church, the Gihon CEOS, and the Oil & Gas Museum in Parkersburg, the latter of which she and her husband volunteer as hosts. For her leisure, she likes to make scrap-books, grow house plants, sew, and handicraft children's toys. At 77, June's not bashful about giv- ing very practical advice for accom- plishing one's goals: "Know what your talent is! Pursue that interest! Com- plete your education! Have the love of God in your heart! Reach out to help others." Belle June McNickle, of Parkers- burg, is sponsored by the Gihon and Wood County CEOS. The Belles' Round-up This issue concludes our round-up of the 2009 Folk Festival Belles, each one of whom offers much good ad- vice to the younger generation, whether they be male or female. Truly, without ladies like these Belles, our "West Virginia Hills" would not appear to be so bright, beautiful, and welcoming throughout the Mountain State. We editors hope that you readers enjoyed meeting them, up close and" personal. Also, our appreciation is A history in which every particular incident may be true may on the whole be false. -Thomas Babington Macaulay ............. ............ ............. GIL-CO FAITH PHARMACY 356 WV HWY 5 East Glenville, WV IP Phone: 462-8300 "9 Hours: After hours emergency, call: Man. - Fri.: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm Doug: 462-5554 Sat.: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Scott: 462-7355 Our family looks forward to serving your family. Pharmacists: Scott Wanstreet, R.Ph. Doug Moss, R.Ph. Lori Plummer, R.Ph. "For the word of the Lord is right and true; He is faithful in all He does." (Psalm 33:4) warmly extended to Jim and Judy Meads -- two long-time and avid Folk Festival volunteers -- for col- lecting and writing up their biographi- cal sketches, primarily for their read- ing of them at the Folk Festival's Belles' Recognition Ceremony. With- out the kindness and generosity of this Glenville couple, our newspaper's recognition of the Belles' achieve- ments and advice would not have been possible. Thanks, Judy and Jim, for another job well done! Next year's Belles' program Mrs. Betsy Barr, the Folk Festival Belles' Program coordinator and Gien- ville State's affable First Lady, tells me that she'll try to improve on the state's participation in this traditional event next year. Like myself, she agrees that it's a great shame that only 30 of our state's 55 counties send a Belle to represent them. After all, it's great publicity for the county itself, not to downplay the value of recognizing an outstanding citizen to represent that area at the statewide Folk Festival. I realize that the WVU Extension Service is doing a commendable job in our agricultural counties in pro- moting Belle participation. But, it isn't a very strong organization in some counties, like in our southern coalfields. Yet, Logan County always sends a Belle, this year's being the conversant Mrs. Mary Virginia West Conner, of Stollings. As a Belle, she, like her predecessors, is sponsored by the Logan County Chamber of Commerce. Moreover, Mary Virginia was an able spokesperson for this C. of C. It's great and favorable publicity for that county, especially during these trying times for the Coal Industry. One problem in that region: In 1981 when taking over the reins of The Welch Daily News, I wasn't satisfied with our five reporters, whoj ust stayed in Velch, doing the traditional news beats at the County Commission, Board of Education, City Council, and a few other governmental agen- cies. As a result, I told them that in addition to their regular beats, my goal was to provide the people with human interest stories about "inter- esting people" daily. So, "Go out into these hollows and get these real people stories," I ordered! The next week, they shocked me at our weekly news meeting, by saying, "Dr. Corcoran, we've been back in the hollows, and there aren't any ladies who quilt and make handieraft:This isn i rliy an.palahin:igt, be- cause when the coal Companies came in (the 1890s), they destroyed all of the farms, where the pioneering skills were always practiced. You can't find cows, horses, and goats roaming the hills, because the land belongs to the land and coal companies." That was a real shock education for me, in that I knew I was living in a strange place. Also, it lead me to switch gears on our news coverage in order to focus on the typical coal miners, their wives, and familirs -- again, the human interest stuff that was available. With this in mind, maybe the county commissions in those southern coun- ties ouzht to be invited to nominate "We will not sit unconcerned while our liberty is invaded, nor look in si- lence upon public robbery." GIImer Go-Getters .rea ]onor cffoll of Cusiness & rofessional ,cheuers The following individuals or businesses want you readers to have a ready reference to them, via Ihcir Business Cards. As a rcsull, our "Gilmer Go-Getters" Honor Roll of area shops and offices was created to fill that need. When you have time, or if you need one of their roducts and/or services, just stop by and say, "Hello! 1 saw your Business Card in the Glenville newspapers, so I know Ihat 1 am at the right place at the right time." Area shoppers, enjoy this special section of our newspaper! i r Best Care Pharmacy ROSHELLS ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES II $2.00 off any prescription (Under new ownership) Ii Hours: Man. 8:30 - 7pm, T-F 8:30 - 6pm Sat 9-1pm 4 Garton Plaza Weston 304-269-3737 * L ayaways available NEWA shley Furniture 145 MAIN AVE. WESTON OPEN MON-SAT 9-5, SUN I-5 PM FREE GIFT W/$100 PURCHASE 304-269-287? ladies to be their Belles, rather than depending on WVU's Extension Ser- vice, which doesn't have a high pro- file down there. That's just an idea, because, since I've never seen McDowell County ever send a Belle, I feel that my old county is missing out on a lot by not participating in the Folk Festival. "Terror on the Tug" Talking about McDowell County, for the past 10 years local citizens have put on county playwright Jean Battle's play, "Terror on the Tug." It is the saga of the southern coalfield's Mine Wars of the early 20th century, including the gunning down of Mingo Sheriff Sid Hatfield and his deputy, Ed Chambers, on the McDowell County Courthouse's steps. Perhaps the old movie, "Matwan," made a post-script of this latter inci- dent, I can't completely recall. The play will take place at 8 p.m. on this Fri.-Sat., July 31-Aug. 1 at the amphitheater on Mt. View High School's hill, just a bit east of Welch on U.S. Hwy. 52. For more information, call (302) 585-7107; or log-on: McArts and Jean Battle's address is Box 415, Kimball, WV, 24853. Sutton's "Landmark" When it conics to tiffs region's thc- atrical programming, don't count out the "Landmark Studio for the Arts" in downtown Sutton! It's a nice experi- ence, although last weekend's pro- duction, "You Can't Take It With You," was the final play of the season. It was a great comedy. Also, in addition to the theater, La Dolce Vita restaurant, which is lo- cated across the street from the Brax- ton County Courthouse downtown, makes for a good night out, prior to the plays. Moreover, during the week- end, there's good musical perfor- mances for entertainment at La Dolce Vita, along with its signature tasty menu items. The end I've rambled on long enough for this week's edition, so, kind folks, have a good week and safe weekend. See you next week! 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"00o.r00estv,,/.e/-re ,," "oo',--' M-F 7am-9pm Sat. 9 am-9 pm Closed Sun ............ ,"',:,,,,.  yXx"   :','";!"''-,,.=,. , ..,. il i" ";i" k q' r iili i " Thursday, July 30, 2009-- The Gienville Democrat Page 5A Byrd's-Eye View By U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd t The Beauties of Vacationing at Home June 20th is West Virginia Day. It was on this day, 146 years ago, that our beloved State was born. This glorious day is a time to celebrate the natural beauties of our State! West Virginia has been blessed with unparalleled mountain views, cool green forests, sparkling lakes and rivers, and awe-inspiring geological wonders. And all of these glories are easily accessible because they are preserved in our magnificent State Parks. This year, with our country, in the midst of a recession and many families limiting their vacation plans, I would like to suggest that you enjoy your summer vacation in the state parks of wild and wonder- ful West Virginia! If you do, you will be treated to some of the greatest natural beauty in the United States. And you will have a great time! Stay in a pictur- esque lodge or secluded cabin, or pitch a tent in a park campground. Set up camp, and cook dinner over an outdoor stove. Gather the family around the campfire at night and share some tall tales while roasting marshmallows. Spread a sleeping bag and fall asleep under the stars while pondering the Almighty's infinite majesty, and thanking Him for creating such a magnificent State. If it is exercise you crave, go hiking or biking in our lush hard- wood forests. Or if a less energetic respite is sought, get on board the sternwheeler at Blennerhassett Is- land, or take a trip back in time on the Cass Scenic Railroad. West Virginians are so lucky to have so much recreation available right at home. Thanks to our state parks and forests, West Virginia offers some of the greatest hunting and fishing in the eastern United States. You can catch dinner for the family by going bass or trout fishing in a beautiful mountain stream. Our lakes also offer great recreational opportunities for swimming, boat- ing, and white water rafting. If you are a history buff, our state parks, among other things, have preserved the colonial frontier as well as Civil War battle sites. There is much to do to have a great time for you and your family, and think of the money you will save on gasoline or airline tickets. Happy Birthday, West Virginia! May we continue to be Ilessed with natural beauty and the best people in the world. High Speed Internet for ALL of rural America! 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