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The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder Thursday, Aug. 12, 2004 -- Page 3A Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder enter new 'Ditigal Age' o a'--y yuw u--" xeninwa t n tn Internet for "Glenville News," history was place. She is quite resourceful and hard work- made when you may have discovered a new The ing when it comes to figuring out how to website that popped up on your computer present, in a convenient way, this site to you screen, rcoran readers. " The domain's name is as follows: The Website'scontent www.GlenvilleNews.eom i[ ~~ Column ] iJ[ll After logging on to Indeed, this development is a historic and ~~~ CE~.~;an ~ !i~[], you'llnoticeava- dramatic new initiative for yourcounty's 111- riety of options available to you to search. year-old newspapers-- The Glenville Demo- The "Headlines" section will indicate the crat and Glenville Pathfinder-- thereby vault- major stories on main ly Page One. In general, !ng us into middle of the 21 st century's emerg- most of our feature stories and columns will mg "Information and Communications Age." during our"non-deadline times" of the week, be posted each Thursday by noon --- the The site's design namely Wednesday through Friday. We did publication date of that week's regular news- The credit for designing and making up this have to get out three weekly newspapers paper. new newspaperwebsite forGlenville, Gilmer during their on-site visit here. The above Likewise, other news, opinion and adver- County and, now, the world goes to a wide students were also assisted by Nachiketa rising sections placed there on that same day variety of dedicated and talented people, but Chopra, Rajesh Seenichamy and Eugene Yee will be "Business," "Editorials," "Society," mainly to the students of the Center for Appa- when their particular expertises were de- "Classifieds," "Legals," and other "Advertis- lachian Network Access (CANAl of Cam- manded, ing." egie Mellon University ~f Pittsburgh, GSC During their work periods here, they con- At the same time, The Democrat/Pathfind- Assoc. Vice-President for Technology, Larry suited with our newspaper's staff when they ers will become a daily source of information Baker, and our newspaper's own Internet needed specific assistance, but, otherwise, to you when it comes to the following infor- Editor, Kristal Sheets. they worked quietly, on their own, and with- mational sections: "GGOs," "Sports," and During the three weeks that the CANAout getting in the way of our conducting of "Obituaries." In addressing the latter point as students were getting the new wireless broad- routine business and news-gathering,an example, our readers need to know when band Internet access system up-and-running Moreover, the students worked well with residents die in a timely manner, so that they at Glenviile State College and in the commu- Glenville's Palmer Stephens and can attend the funerals. This will become one nity, four ofthem--underthedirection oftbe MyServerOnLine to get the site's domain of the greatest assets that your hometown group's astute field manager, Mr. JohnWhite- registered and working. I, also, appreciated newspapers will provide -- help to the be- hill--descended on your county's newspaper his cooperation with the CANA team and the reaved family in the time of their greatest office. installing the new wireless technology newspapers, need for consolation. Indeed, this editor has and making up the website's structure. Enthu- The students' final site design and informa- always lamented that if someone dies on a X'siastic and computer savvy CMU students-- tion was then perfected by our own newspa- Wednesday (or the day we print the paper), Elizabeth Lingg, Anmol Misra, Tom Quisel pers' City and Internet Editor, Kristal Sheets. their obituary and funeral service schedule and Ozlem Armuteuoglu-- would have been She has designed and developed websites in doesn't go into print until the newspaper's at our office every day of the week had we the past, as a part-time occupation. More- Continued on page 5 editors not had to restrict them to working over, her ideas have proven to be valuable Don'1 Get Me Started! KristalSheets The night Princess Diana was killed in an auto accident, I was staying with my friends Steve and Susan; when the news broke, I was curled up on a couch watching "Saturday Night Live." My first thought was, I wonder if Grandma knows? The thing is, my grandmother had been dead for nearly a year in August of 1997. But she, like I, had been an Anglophile, and we'd spent many Sunday nights watching "Masterpiece Theatre" together, killing time when neither of us could sleep by talking about Princess had trouble reconciling my deep love for Diana and Bonny Prince Charlie and Queen books and book lovers with the sterile, corpo- Mum. rate packaging of"product" I had to carry out As a kid, I had Lady Di fever, and during while employedwithBooks-A-Million. When summer vacation before I entered sixth grade, I was working there, most of the people who I rose at 5 a.m. to watch the royal wedding. I ran that company knew about as much about collected photos and articles about Diana for books and the book business as I know about many years, much in the same way nerdy athletes and sports, which is to say: nothing. teenaged boys in the 70s collected Star Wars About three minutes after Princess Diana action figures: with a mixture of secret pride died, we received from corporate headquar- and debilitating shame, ters a directive to build a huge display of Watching Princess Diana's funeral at 3 or 4 Diana-themed titles. In their infinite wisdom o'clock in the morning a few days after she aboutpopularcultureandthetitleswestocked, died, I cried my eyes out, especially every Home Office bigwigs even wanted us to in- time I saw the two princes walking with their elude Kitty Kelley's book-of-the-moment, father, which, while marginally kinder to Diana, was During this time, I was working at a chain not an especially fawning glimpse of any past bookstore as an assistant manager. I'd always Continued on page 5 ii i il Musings of an oldtimer --- Gourds and the Art of By Frances Myers Schmetzer, Glenville columnist Do you remember the art of darning socks? The thread, called darning cotton, was soft, and we learned to weave back and forth across the holes so smoothly that skin was not rubbed raw from ridges of cloth and thread. My mother used a darning gourd that rattled. It fascinated me. It was about the size of a medium egg and slipped easily into our socks to hold them in shape as she mended the holes. Once, after I was grown, I asked Mother where she got her gourd. She told me she had grown it herself when she was 12-years-old. After she picked it from the vine, she made two holes in the neck so the insides would dry and the seeds would rattle. Her gourd was shiny and smooth and a rich tan, so I asked if she had shellacked it. "No. Gourds are naturally smooth. The shine has come from much use. Our hands have oil in them, and the gourd is constantly polished as we pull the socks over it." I was so impressed that I wanted my daugh- ters to have the same experience. When my oldest, Peggy, was 12-years-old, we planted gourds. We picked several and made holes in the stem end. Guess what! The holes were too big, and all the seeds fell out; there was nothing to rattle! One of those is now in my sewing basket, but I never succeeded in teach- ing Peggy to darn socks. Over the years, I did try again, but it just wasn't the same. Finally, after retiring to Glenville, I grew some gourds that were close to being the right shape, so now I have several with small holes and seeds that rattle. I also have a darning basket full ofhole-y ocks that I stopped mending years ago. My daughters are not interested, but at the family reunion I was asked about Grand- mother (my mother) darning socks. Denise wondered where she got the "thing she put Socks inside them." I said, "The darning gourd?" And she said, "I guess so. It was wood, shaped like an egg, with a handle." Oh! Mother's darning gourd would have been destroyed in the house fire of 1964, and she replaced it with what I've heard called a 'darning egg.' It is called a 'sock darner' in an Amish catalogue that Lori Plummer lent me, but, in our house, we still called the wooden tool 'a darning gourd.' As I started asking people what they remembered about mending socks, Judy Brown said she just calls the tool a darner. Wanda Luzader said her family used light bulbs; she hadn't known there was any- thing to buy. We do have a wooden darner on display in the Country Store Mu ;eum. When I am a hostess at the museum this coming Saturday, I think I will darn some of those socks I have kept for years. I will use one of my gourds, though I doubt that it will ever be shiny.and polished. ,, , ,< i, ;,,,, ,; 81 was a 1 Dear Editor, , ing money. My cottage was across the low I received many phone calls and letters ground where she lived, the building she lived about the Phyliss Marks story. The most ira m belonged to Glen Springston. His wife was portant things about that story is even though Edna, no one had any money but a few coins you are handicapped, you can still make an in a baking powder can buried in the swamp. impact on people. Some said they loved me I rushed home to get a baking powder can because I had persevered under great odds. but the most valuable things we had was I would like to talk about the Hershman couponsthatcamefromOatsthatlwassaving family who persevered under great odds. Yes, to get a ring with my initial on it. A girl by the I did ask Justine Hershman McHenry if I name of Peggy wanted to wear it home. She could write the story. It starts with the never broughtitback. We live and ieam from Hershman family moving to Sand Fork. Mrs. one another. Hershman came to Sand Fork with her five Another thing that I owned that wasn't a children. She came to be near the college. She hand-me-down was a red purse. A girl by the was a great Sunday School teacher and a great name of Hazel wanted to take it home. 4-H leader. Glen Springstons wife and four daughters She taught her children Edd, Iris, Ray, decided to move back to Sand Fork. Erma, LenoraandJustinetohavefunwithoutspend. Helen, Loraine and Betty must have used a sanitary toilet. Most everybody did. That was a project Roosevelt started on WPA. Hazel Hershman was going to college. The clothes were hanging on the line and flapping in the breeze as I skipped school that morning. Everyone washed on the board with lye soap or Fels Napa. Everyone worked. If there was time to play, it was simple things like hide- and-go-seek, hop scotch, fishing and swim- ming in the local steam. The morning the tragedy struck the build- ing the stairs that went to the top floor were burning. Roy Burke would have liked to have kept us in school. I went home for lunch and watched it from the backyard. Curiosity killed the cat. Also, I had to watch it from the front Letters continued on page 5 Attention Readers: Our 'Letters to the Editor' Policy We are in need of more letters to the editor. Feel free to send them in to us. number where your identity can be verifie, but you may still be required to sign Just remember our policy on the letters, the letter via snail mail. Deadlines for letters are Mondays at 10 a.m. for that Local newspapers have long been the sounding boards for political, week's paper. After 10 a.m., they can be accepted for that week as pa/d personal, and patriotic views and this paper is no exception! advertisements. However. it would appear for free in a future edition. Relative to writing responses, please keep in mind our Editorial Policy: we Also, for writers who consistently send in Letters week after week, these will accept letters on a space available basis only and they will be subject to messages are constantly evaluated as to content and to purpose, so they may the Editor's scrutiny as to content relative to libel, good taste and timeliness, be considered as an advertisement, especially if they are weekly, lengthy, and A good length is generally one to one-and-a-half standard typing pages, repeats of previous letters. Nevertheless, you will be contacted if the latter is double-spaced. The decision of the Senior Editor will be final. Letters must the case and will be charged only our regular advertising rate. be signed in order to be published - e-mailed letters must include a phone For more information, contact either Dave Corcoran, Sr., Charlene or Rebecca at 304-462-7309. ~ Last Issue Before Election: News, Letters, & Ads ~ The long-standing policy of this newspaper has always been that if, in the issue before an election, one candidate or citizen makes allegation s about another candidate or issue, that the other party be given the right of rebuttal. Readers of this newspaper know that we editors have had this policy m effect for the past eight years in ~-rto make certain that the journalistic and ethical principles of fairness and equality be assured on these pages relative to both the news and advertising side.,,,) Bush Administration should work more closely with U.N. & Allies Terrorists from many Arab nations have been sneaking into Iraq and centering their bloody crimes against humanity there in an effort to disrupt the new government and to decry our American intervention. It's time for the George Bush Administration to work more earnestly with the United Nations to have Iraq's borders sealed off, thereby preventing the continuing migration of terrorists into that troubled country and enhancing the chances for the new government to be successful. In addition, a larger contingent of American troops should be deployed to Iraq'sborders to stymie these terroristic entrants. A look at last week's headlines proves our point. Sunday a week ago, assailants, including non-Iraqi terrorists, coordinated a series of explosions outside churches in Baghdad and Mosul, ki:ling 11 people. On the following day, other savages shot a blindfolded Turkish hostage in the head on an Internet execution, thus sending a message warning Muslim workers to stay out of Iraq. On that Tuesday, the so-called "insurgents" killed seven Iraq security personnel in a car bombing and other attacks, while six American soldiers lost their lives, too. On Wednesday, street fighting in Mosul killed 14 Iraqi civilians. Thursday's action found militant Shite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's rump militia fighting Iraqi and U. S. troops, 20 Iraqi civilians being killed in the crossfire. On Friday, U. S. forces went on the most intense offensive in many months in Najaf, where our military reported killing 300 assailants over a two-day period. Finally, Saturday found the Arab terrorists setting off 12 explosions ]n central Baghdad in an apparent attempt to disrupt the new government. While we Americans want to see a democratic government established to replace Saddam Hussein's dictatorship, the good Iraqi citizens will never be able to pull this off, if they are constantly being shot at, assassinated and bombed by fanatical terrorists. Mr. Bush needs to face up to this insurgency by placing increased pressure on our OPEC "allies," the United Nations and other like-minded countries of good will. We editors have no doubts about the ability of Iraqi leaders to form a new and solid government, but to do so they need a stable environment. This is what the Bush Administration has failed to work toward and to provide, to-date. DHC, Sr., Publisher-Editor Welcome new GSC professors & staff! With the first Glenville State College faculty meeting to take place next Monday and with President Robert Freeman's State of the College address being on the front burner, we editors wish to take this opportunity to welcome all of the new faculty and staff members to Glenville. Glenville State College is on the move, so this academic year presents an exciting opportunity for any new, industrious faculty or staff member to be creative, to excel and to make a name for him or herself. Moreover, by doing so, it will bring further laurels to our College. In addition, current faculty and staff members can also experience this same new spirit, enthusiasm and productivity that the newcomers will bring to Glenville and Gilmer County. The Admissions Department has done an excellent job in recruiting new students, with application inquiries being dramatically up. This positive trend shows that President Freeman's leadership is paying off, in that the first of his "Three R's" -- his initially-stated goals -- is the necessity for everyone at the College to focus on "recruitment." Also, the need for "retention" and "revitalization" remain omnipresent in those halls of ivy, as well. Most significantly, the College is being revitalized, technologically, via a $250,000joint Appalachian Regional Commission and Benedum Foundation grant in order to provide wireless broadband Internet access to the campus and community. This initiative of GSC's Technology Dept., in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon University's Center for Appala- chian Network Access (CANAl of Pittsburgh, is advancing GSC slowly, b,tt solidly into the 21 st century's Information and Communications Age. So for the new and current GSC administrators, faculty and staff members, we editors welcome you to Glenville and wish you much success in this academic year. You have the rare chance to lead your students on an outstanding learning adventure, especially by fully utilizing the College's and CANA's new Distance Learning Center and wireless broadband Internet access tools at your disposal. Good luck and have a happy school year! DHC Commendations to Glenville's SunBridge! SunBridge for Glenville, our local nursing and convalescent facility at Hays City, caused a big "good news" splash in their corporate chain's large pool of facilities this summer on July 21. In fact, at their corporation's regional awards event at North Bend State Park taking in 12 facilities in Ohio and West Virginia, our local SunBridge unit brought back six major distinctions to Glenville and Gilmer County, notably being named "Facility of the Year" for a second year in a row. Of the 12 SunBridge nursing facilities, our Glenville unit swept the top awards in six important categories, notably being recognized as the chain's "Facility of the Year." Additionally, individuals pulling down special honors at the annual event were Diana Crickard who was named "Administrator of the Year;" Belinda Burkhammer, Director of Nursing, "Rookie of the Year;" Sally Webb, "Clinical Case Manager of the Year;" Tammy Foster, "Business Office Manager of the Year;" and, finally, last but not least Eric Williams, "Maintenance Person of the Year." In fact, Maintenance Director Williams won his award for a second year in a row. Rightly proud, Administrator Diana Crickard states, "The entire staff has to be doing their jobs well for directors to win awards. We have the best staff around, and it's a privilege to work with this staff--they aren't just here to collect a paycheck. They truly care about the residents of this facility." These awards underscore the fact that our area's older and convalescing people, who are residents of the Glenville nursing facility, are getting first-rate care. Thus, SunBridge for Glenville is truly a great asset to the people of Gilmer County. Keep up the good work, SunBridge personnel! DHC of the Meadow: DHC, ~Sr., Publisher-F.dltor A CREATIVE "STAFF'MEETING A PAST GOLDEN CARTOON -- Glenville State College Professor Emeritus George Harper is taking a vacation this week, so we are reusing one of his great "Golden Oldies." The ....... :: :: i .i :i iii i!i'i:> David 14. Corcoran, Sr., Publisher-Editor ::: : P.O. Box 458; 108 N. Court St., Glenvlile, WV 26351 PHONE 304-462-7309 i FAX 304=462-7300 E-MAIL-" g/ , r j r - .