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Page 4 -- The Glenville Democrat Thursday, August 13, 2009 II II College prepares for Fall Semester cont'd ... Continued from page 1 cataloging field specimens. Their sched- ules were mixed with class work, special presentations and field trips to such places as Washington D.C.'s Smithso- nian Institute. Making their first visit to GSC were more than 80 high school students and teachers involved in the Health Sciences & Technology Academy (HSTA). The college's criminal justice depart- ment provided the backdrop for them to conduct a mock investigation of the his- toric 1919 Glenville murder of Sarah L. "'Sis" Linn. HSTA provides an environmcm en- couraging interest and success in the health sciences. Students who con> plete program requirements dun ng their high school years can qualify for col- lege scholarships and tuition wai vers. Lightning damage update In mid-June, the college's landmark clock tower was struck by lightning during a severe storm. Witnesses re- ported it appeared that a "ball of fire" rolled down the face of the Heflin Ad- ministration Building. The intensity of the "strike" was felt across campus and damaged a variety of equipment. Maintenance personnel said ahhough there were redundant safety measures in place, the electrical overload trav- eled through campus phone lines, spreading to a variety of equipment, including the gymnasium air-condi- tioning units and the main telephone switching system. By late July, total damage had ex- ceeded $100,000. Officials said once the control and phone systems are "stressed" with the influx of fall semes- ter faculty and students, any unknown damage should be quickly apparent. A COMFORTABLE PLACE TO BE ~ Who would have thought a laundromat could be clean, comfortable and customer-centered? Apparently GSC student John Brown did. The Education student has created just such a fine establishment on Main Street ~ directly across from the post office. Pictured above John (r-I) poses with two of his store attendants, Bill Hardman and Sandy Buckhannon. Mr. Brown's "Self Suds" even offers an Early Bird Special Mon.-Fri when clients receive free name-brand detergent and fabric softener, if they arrive before 2:00 p.m. (Staff photo) 'Self Suds' offers laundry service and comfort cont'd ... Continued from page 1 duty -- who cleans each machine from "top to bottom" after each use. The shop has a largely available schedule, as it is open Mon.-Fri. from 7:30 a.m. until 11 p.m., and Sat.-Sun. from 8:30 a.m. until 11 p.m. The facility is air-conditioned, and offers cold beverages, the lowest priced ATM services in town, and accepts all major credit cards. Parking meters are paid for those who drive in, and laundry stain treatments -- such as Oxy-Clean and Spray & Wash -- are available to all customers at no charge. For those who get moving early, Self Suds offers an Early Bird Special, where those who arrive by 2 p.m. Mon.-Fri. are provided name brand laundry detergent I such as Tide -- and fabric softener, free of charge. For those who are too busy or inexpe- rienced for laundering, Self Suds can provide a "through drying" service. A person can bring in their clothes, sort and load them into a washer then for an additional tour bucks -- including the cost to dry -- the attendant will move the wet clothes over to a dryer, and call the client a few minutes before the clothes are finished. A great service, a boost for the local economy, and a welcomed addition to the downtown business mix, Self Suds is sure to be another one of Glenville's small, but treasured commercial as- sets. So, for those who have long ab- horred the task of driving their weekly laundry to a hot and typically untidy laundromat, Self Suds is here to "make your day," and the maintenance task at hand, a little more cool and comfort- able. Self Suds is located directly across from the Glenville Post Office on Main Street in Glenville. Finally, see the related ad value for the laundromat in this issue. Area Briefs con t'd... Continued from page 1 project to U.S. Congressman Alan Mollohan's area representative, Mrs. Jane Merandi. She'll be meeting constituents at the Senior Center from 10 a.m.- noon on Fri., Aug. 21. In other PSD business, the Board -- Learned of vandalism at the Stewart's Creek Tank, which is a federal offense -- now being investigated by police agencies; Discussed the DOH's meeting with prison and PSD officials, due to a slippage on the Duck Run Road; and Approved $68,098.45 in bills and set the next meeting for 7 p.m. on Mon., Sept. 14. Robbie Cottrill getting ready for hospital A Sand Fork youth, whose family is trying to raise money to send him to a Pittsburgh hospital for perhaps life-saving tests and treatments, remains optimistic about his future. More importantly, Hobble Cottrill, 26, who, as a youngster, was a local recipient of a "Make-A-Wish Foundation's" dream-of-a-lifetime grant, is remaining upbeat about his future, as well. As in the past. contributions can be sent to Robbie's grandfather, "Haymon Cottrill." 1072 Sliding Run Road. Burnsville WV 26335. Or. call either Mr. Cottrill o1 his wife, Linda. for further information at (304) 462-7494. Or, you can speak with Robbie or Mrs. Rita Brown, his mother, directly at 462-4765. Little Kanawha Continued from page 1 The parkway would, ideally, be a four-lane highway, though advocates recognize the limitations which may keep it from being such. At first, it was thought that this highway system would originate in Parkersburg and, by improving existing roads, widen- ing bridges, and making use of inge- nuity in various challenging geo- graphic areas, would run through Glen- ville, and out SR 5 to 1-79 in Burns- ville, thereby linking 1-77 with 1-79 in its entirety. Since 2002 when Gilmer's prison became active, though, there's been constant rumors that the first LKRP construction project should be from Burnsville to Glenville, thereby mak- ing travel safer, easier, and faster for the federal prison personnel, as well as GSC's commuter students and faculty and other users. According to Mrs. Kight and other LKRPC officials, this project offers River Parkway project cont'd ... several benefits to the river area coun- ties. Primarily, it is believed that by providing a pleasant, less arduous, and less winding drive to potential tourists from areas, like Ohio, the Little Kanawha's vast hunting and fishing reserves would flourish. In addition, there are other benefits, like the possible elimination o f surcharges commonly imposed by tractor and trailer drivers who are made to exit the interstate and drive the winding, narrow back roads to towns like Glen- ville. This surcharge, alone, hikes the cost residents incur for building ma- terials and other products, LKRPC officials have pointed out in the past. Of course, there is also the obvious benefit to residents o fen joying a more fluid and less hazardous drive from Gilmer County to 1-79, and, later, toi- 77. Mrs. Kight, also, relates that she's talked with U. S. Congressman Alan Mollohan (Dem.- I st Dist.) about this issue. At that time, hc promised to do some investigation to see if there is any feasible way to start this project on at least one end or the other. Mrs. Kight is currently working in conjunction with well-connected Statehouse officials, as well. She even- tually hopes that Covernor Joe Manchin will become convinced of this project's importance, which would be considered a "road of major sig- nificance." As such, the LKRPC project might be pushed up higher on the highway dept's priorities listing at both the state and federal levels, thereby opening it up for brick 'n' mortar grants and other means of plan- ning and operational assistance. The Business After 5 PM Social Hour--co-sponsored monthly by The Glenville Democrat/Pathfindernews- papers and the Best Western--com- bines business and pleasure in an in- formal setting. For details, call editor Dave Corcoran at 304-462-7309. Commissioners confront controveries cont'd ... Continued from page 1 instead. Chairman Johnson reiterated that most counties provide facilities in exchange for services. It was pointed out by the commissioners that the Gilmer County unit -- unlike most others--does receive roughly $70,000 from the levy. The commissioners asked to be present in a meeting between the local board and its Charleston superiors, in order to better understand the situa- tion. Commissioner Brian Kennedy voiced some reservations about the method used to calculate this non- profit organization's cost at the Medi- cal Center, as all the businesses lo- cated there are asked to pay a set amount, based upon square footage. This "rent" covers the cost of utilities. As the Health Department has very little equipment, it is believed that the energy consumed there should be far less than that being used by its neigh- bors- who are mostly for-profit busi- nesses. (The commissioners have been look- ing further into the situation since Wednesday's meeting, and an update will be forthcoming.) Greathouse Towing Robert Ables, of Greathouse and Sons Towing, complained that the Sheriffs Department is not using his btisiness when towing is needed .... officers. He opined that if Able's ga- rage was truly in Sand Fork, he should be able to reach anywhere in Gilmer County in 40 minutes or less. Mr. Ables stated that this was not a legal requirement. Sheriff Metz told the tow-truck operator that it was the Sheriffs own requirement, and if it was not adhered to, Ables may not be called at all. Tanner Fest sherry Beall approached the com- mission to take care of loose ends from the transaction, whereby she pur- chased the Tanner School Building. She announced the board's meeting on August 17 and asked that a com- missioner be present, for informa- tional purposes. She further related that Tanner holds its monthly Flea Market on the first Friday and Saturday of each month-- the next market will be on Sept. 4-5. A person can purchase a 10xl5-foot lot for $10 to display their wares. Re- freshments are available, as well. Mrs. Beall also mentioned that Tan- ner Fest would be held Sept. 18-19. She says there will be a haunted hay- ride, silent auction and chili cook-off. Festivities will begin at 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday. The next get-together in Tanner will be the community "Corn-Hole Tournament," on Sat., Aug. 22. : Rural Development Grant Mr. Ables said it proved to be of no Paula Moeller, Cotnmunity Facili- use approaching the Sheriffregarding .... ties Coordinator 0f t[ae USDA Rural this situation, and supplied a call-log as proof that out-of-county towing ser- vices were getting more calls than he. He maintained that he has a proper location in Sand Fork and that he has met all requirements to be considered a Gilmer County business. The commissioners called for Sher- iff Mickey Metz, who stated that he didn't believe Mr. Ables was truly operating in-county, as the department had made it a point to attempt to call him in most every case. He further complained that Mr. Ables was almost never available, and that when Greathouse and Sons was contacted, they were usually very late to the scene. Sheriff Metz told Ables that he would not allow a vehicle to sit for so long, inconveniencing the public and his Development, has landed Gilmer County some very impressive grants lately. Funds have been approved for the Family Resource Network (FRN), the Ambulance Authority, Volunteer Fire Department, and Recreation Cen- ter. Ms. Moeller visited the commis- sion during this meeting to finalize paperwork for the Recreation Cen- ter's grant, which will be for purchas- ing a tractor for the facility. 'Tm glad to see the county taking advantage of agency funding and keeping it in Gilmer County," says Moeller, who explains that the grants come from disaster relief funds from the summertime flooding of 2008. Landmarks Commission Landmarks Commission Chairman Jim Bailey presented an update on the work he is doing to maintain the county's historical sites. Bailey re- ports that Dr. Emory Kemp, of Gannett Flemming Engineering, has sent word that both the Duck Run and Old Glen- ville bridges are in very good condi- tion for their ages. He anticipates be- ing able to secure a $24,000 T-21 (transportation) grant for the truss bridge in downtown Glenville. When asked by President Chapman if tax- payers would have to foot the bill, he responded that at this point, they would not, but that there was a $6,000 match to the T-21 approach. Priority Points The commissioners dlstr|buted their 45 priority points to Region VII Plan- ning and Development Council. They gave 25 points to waterlines at Cox's Mills, and 20 points to construction of a new jail. WV Paging Mr. David Goff, of TNT Communication's West VirginiaPag- ing, appeared to address the compa- ny's use of the West Fork tower -- previously owned by the Ramezans and sold to the county roughly three years ago. Goft's contract was passed onto the county, bt,t now needs to be i'enewed. A few mi .. ;'hanges were made to the contract Goffmailed last month, in order for it tc be acceptable to the county. Prosecuting Attorney Gerry Hough will examine the new document, and if deemed acceptable, it will be signed by the county and returned to Golf. Magistrate Wolfe Magistrate Carol Wolfe appeared to request that new lines be run in the Courthouse Annex. At this time, the magistrates must leave the court room in order to correspond with others in the courthouse, which is seen as a dated, cumbersome, and possibly dan- gerous reality. The county granted the roughly $800 for this new wiring to be installed. Dog Warden Retires The commissioners accepted the resignation of Dog Warden Charlie Campbell. Next Meeting The next meeting of the Gilmer County Commission will be Tues., Sept. 1. M.EDiCAL D.IRECTORY More and more, responsibility for A merica' s healthcare price tag is shift- ing to individuals and families. Medi- care laces constant cost pressures, and some people are concerned that the program may eventually become insolvent. Premiums for employer- sponsored insurance have increased 87e~ cumulatively from 2000-2006, compared to a 20% increase in wages and an 18% increase in overall infla- tion. In addition, employers are mov- ing to limit the benefits and coverage they will offer to current and future retirees. Many Americans are rightfully con- Healthcare Planning: Practical Considerations for a 'Graying'America, Part H cerned. In this article we focus on governmental healthcare financing through Medicare, and Medigap. Medicare is the federal cornerstone of healthcare.Introduced in 1965, Medicare provides health insurance for almost everyone age 65 or older, as well as some younger people who have disabilities and people with end- stage renal disease. Typically, indi- viduals are eligible if they or their spouse worked for a minimum of ten years in Medicare-taxed employment (including self-employment), are 65 years of age or older, and are citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Even if you have other insur- ance, such as retirement continuation of an employer-sponsored program, Medicare automatically covers you at age 65. If you have other insurance, it will complement your Medicare coverage and further reduce your out- of-pocket costs. Originally, Medicare consisted of two parts: Part A for hospital insur- ance and Part B for medical insur- ance. Part A helps pay for care in hospitals as well as some skilled nurs- ing facilities, hospice, and some home- health care. If you or your spouse contributed to Medicare taxes while working, there are no monthly premi- ums for Part A. However, there are monthly premiums for Part B, which helps cover doctors fees, outpatient hospital care, and some other medical services, such as physical and occu- pational therapists. Part C, added in 1997, gives Medi- care beneficiaries the option to re- ceive their Medicare benefits through private health insurance plans. Part D, introduced in 2006, adds general coverage options for many prescription drugs. Private compa- nies are responsible for setting up Part D plans, so each one will be slightly different. Part D is not automatic: one must choose to enroll in one of the many prescription drug plans. These plans vary widely in cost structures and drugs covered, and there is a gap in coverage - known as the "donut hole" - that could prove bur- densome. To make your selection easier, Medicare has an interactive online tool called the Prescription Drug Plan Finder, which lets you view and compare program structures and costs in your geographic area, based on general attributes or your person- alized search criteria. You should also compare the Medicare D plans to drug coverage costs offered under some Medigap policies. FAMILY DOCTOR FAMILY DOCTOR HOSPITALS MINNIE HAMILTON Little ~ha ~ ~ledicine Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital OPTOMETRY EYE) HEALTH SYSTEM Dr. Hilary Miller, D.O., M.P.H. 230 Hospital Plaza Dr. Mark Cinalli 809 Mineral Road, Glenville, WV 26351 NEW HOURS: M-F 7:30-6 p.m.. Sat 7:30-5 p.m.. 304-462-7322 For appointments, please call 462-7460 604 West Main Street, Glenville, WV 26351 Weston 269-8000 College and Howard Streets Glenville 462-5366 Minni~ Harnilto=n HGa|th S:hllst~rn 809 Mineral Road Suite One Glenville, WV 26351 Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturday 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. A New Era of Caring Hospice Care Corporation PO Box 323, Burnsville / iliII- 304-853-2279 or 1-866-656-9790 Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Providing end-of-life care for patients in Gilmer, Braxton and Calhoun Counties. ii