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Chasing the Snowshoe hare, then and now, in Pocahontas County cont'd ... Cecil Underwood was our emcee, future Governor Jay Rockefeller gave the welcoming address, and U.S. Senator Jennings Randolph made the main speech of the gala event. I suspect that several of the ladies from the Woman's Club of Glen- ville-- a strong hacker of the restora- tion -- were there to enjoy these fes- tivities. The State's Women's Clubs had raised the money for the federal match for the state's first Historic Pres- ervation Act Grant of $100,000 in order to see the property saved, re- stored, and made into a museum. So, after seeing and speaking be- fore the 3,000 or so in attendance, and personally giving Senator Randolph his tour of the historic shrine at the PSB Museum's Grand Opening, I was disappointed with the more highly- publicized Snowshoe's opening day in that winter of 1974. Then and now What Snowshoe lacked back then, they don't lack now. That first initial ski center has expanded into well over one dozen other buildings, mostly condominiums and convention cen- ters. In fact, every time I return, more buildings and play areas have come into existence. It's truly a modern American success story, providing a badly-needed recreational facility in that rural and poor area of the state. Pocahontas County was never rich. because too much of it is untaxable federal and state forest lands. Also, the tanneries and other early day in- dustries are no more, having closed their doors during the past hard time years. Showshoe, however, is so attrac- tive that it creates tourist business at the county's other sites of interests, notably, the Cass Railroad and its restored logging village, the Green Bank Observatory, downtown Marlinton's attractions, Allegheny Lodge B & B at Minnehaha Springs, the Cranberry Visitor's Center atop Kinnison Mountain, the Pearl Buck Birthplace in Hillsboro, and three state parks: Wataga, Droop Moun- tain Battlefield State Park, and Beartown, which is also atop Droop Mountain. Indeed, there's a lot to see in Poca- hontas County, and it would make for a lively family mini-vacation week- end for any Gilmer Countian or other reader of this newspaper. Moreover, it's only about a two hour-45 minute drive to get there, via Rte. 33 to Elkins and, then, south on U.S. 219. Most importantly, and like in Gilmer County, you'll find very friendly and helpful people ready to help or serve you there. And, Mr. Bill Rock, the Snowshoe president, and Gall Hyer, of the Pocahontas County Visitors & Convention Bureau, will be the first people to be there to help. As for me, I had a grand time this past weekend at Snowshoe, and look forward to returning in the near fu- ture, maybe even to learn how to ski. Glenville people present On this past weekend, while at- tending the West Virginia Press Association's Convention at Snow- shoe, I saw one Gilmer Countian, Greg Smith, the owner of Smith Land Surveying. He seemed to be enjoying the special festivities going on that weekend on the mountain. Jim Brandenburg, our newspaper's Advertising Manager, also enjoyed that same special festiv- ity, the Wine and Cheese Festival, which took place there that weekend. I looked for Alan and Elaine Wolfe, of Gilmer's own Jones Cabin Run Vineyards, but they weren't present for this unique tasting lest. At Snowshoe, Andrew Hedges, our SpencerNewspaper's pressman, didn't see the famous white-tailed hare that the mountain is named in honor of, but did spot a black bear, which was, of course, foraging for left-overs through the garbage cans late one evening. Andrew was joined by this publisher father and mother, David and Starr Hedges, and his sister, Marie. Other area news people present were Publisher Bob and Eileen Billiter, of The Weston Democrat. Also from that paper were Connie Sharpe and Armand Grupe. Oh, I did see a Snowshoe hare run- ning across the road enroute to the mountain top resort: And, that was the first time that's happened in nearly 40 years. In GlenvUle beforehand Before going to Snowshoe, my old friends, Gary and Iva Rogers, of Georgetown, DE, visited Glenville for a few days,just to reminisce about Gary's old and golden school days at Glenville State College. We ate at our usual meeting spot, The Common Place Restaurant, where they seem to know Gary and Iva well. They surprised me with several gifts, all relating to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, in that they have season tickets to the Navy's football games. They were too kind to me, but they stressed that they enjoy the newspa- per so much every week that this was the least they could do, especially after my recent hospital stay. In addition to being Navy football fans, they're still tried and true back- ers and followers of the Pioneer and Mountaineer Football teams. I was sorry that these good friends had to leave so soon this year, because with Gary's interest in GSC as a devoted alumnus, I'd wanted them to meet Dr. and Mrs. Peter Barr, the College's President and First Lady. That was not the case with another visitor of mine later in the week, Dr. Jim Goll, an associate professor and knowledgeable natural science divi- ~i~?i~i~!~i~ii!i~!~iiiiii!i!iiiiii!i!i!i~!~iiiiiii~iiiii!i~iiiii!i!i~i!i!i!i!iiiii!i!i!i~iii~iii~i!ii MAIN STREET SNOWSHOE -- This festive European-style area is the heart of Snowshoe's newest addition, a commercial area of shops and restaurants -- all within easy walking distance of each other. In addition (to the left), the village provides entertainment for youngsters, such as rock climbing, trampoline jumping, and bicycling. At night, children's movies are shown outdoors. In the inset picture, Greg Smith, owner of Smith Land Surveying of Glenville, took in the activities at Snowshoe on this past weekend. There was a Wine & Cheese Festival and, also, an Art Auction. In addition, and not pictured, Dave Corcoran, Sr. and Jim Brandenburg, both of this newspaper, attended the West Virginia Press Association's annual convention there that same weekend. The Glenville newspapers won several best newspaper awards, as well. 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The American Red Cross wants to encourage the teaching of the principles of the Geneva Conven- tions in high schools as part of the civics or world affairs curriculum. The petition text explains in greater detail the specific aims of the Red Cross campaign. Some historical background and a personal note: you will recall that President Bush proclaimed in 2002 that the US Government would no o tv hm~er be legally bound by the Geneva conventions when it came to the treat- mcnt of captured enemy combatants. There were long and bitter debates within the US Government before the policy was announced. The main ad- vocates in favor of repudiating the Geneva conventions were Cheney, Rumsfeld, Ashcroft, Tenet, and Rice. Opposing were the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Chief Legal Officers (the Judge Advocates General) of the three armed services, the Army, Navy, and Air Force. Secretary of State Powell and his chief Legal Adviser, William Howard Taft IV, were also strongly opposed. While the uni- formed officers in the Pentagon were forbidden by Rumsfeld to speak out against the new policy after it was proclaimed by the President, Secre- tary Powell continued to fight behind the scenes. Carrie Santos and I wrote numerous memos and briefing papers An extra editori ! Be kind to immigrants because all of our families c~.,-e to America from elsewhere! When mine came in the 1840s and '50s, they spoke only German and Gaelic. It took a while for them to assimilate, but they did. As a result, here I am, here you are, so here we all are together ... in the USA, and proud to be Ameri- cans. DHC, Sr., Editor to help prepare Powell for his many meetings with other Cabinet officers on the subject of the Geneva Conven- tions. President Obama has publicly announced that the policy of the US Government toward the Geneva con- ventions is to return to the status exist- ing before the Bush Administration. Would you please consider signing this online petition? The team came up with this idea to launch American Red Cross's first- ever online petition on Facebook to promote teaching the Geneva Con- ventions in US schools. We are trying to gather 100,000 signatures before the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Geneva conventions on August 12, 2009, when we will be jointly hosting an event at the Library of Congress. We were told you did not have to be a member of Facebook to sign the petition, but please let me know if you encounter any problems (or maybe you ARE a Facebook mem- ber). You will have to enter your email address, but I believe you would not have to join Facebook and create an account. If you click (or press "control" then click) on the link below; it should take you to the petition. Oryou can cut and paste the address below into you web browser, facebk'cm/causes/peti- tions/193 John Buehe, Washington, D.C. sional member of Edgewood College in Madison, WS. I took Jim to the historic Job's Temple Homecoming on Sunday, an experience that he thor- oughly enjoyed. He found out that it's one thing to visit the landmark log cabin shrine by yourself, but yet a more meaningful experience to be there at the Homecoming, when most of those present came from the origi- nal families of Maxwell, Pickens, and Stalnaker. Among others, they re- stored the church back in the 1930s and started-up the annual reunions. With Betti Bland Volkers giving the main speech at the afternoon pro- gram, and Pastor Bill Thomas offer- ing the homily in the morning church service, the 2009 program was hard to beat. These speakers really touched all of our hearts. Around the region In the past, we've referred to the La Dolce Vita restaurant, which is lo- cated across the street from the Brax- ton County Courthouse and occasion- ally advertises in this newspaper. It makes for a good night out on the weekends, either offering live music or short plays. Jim Walker is the sociable owner and piano entertainer. At La Dolce Vita on a recent Friday night, I spotted Kenny Foglesong, Glenville's Nationwide Insurance agent and Hays City Auto owner, and Linda Moore, who seemed to be lik- ing the food and entertainment. Downtown Sutton has a pretty strong package for entertainment, in that it not only has La Dolce Vita, but also has enough community players to have regular legitimate theatrical productions at the Landmark Studio for the Arts, which is located just adjacent to the Courthouse. The end I've rambled on long enough for this week's edition, so, kind folks, have a good week andsafe weekend. I'm glad that the Jobs Temple Home- coming went so well last Sunday, and that it didn't rain. Welcome to all other family, church, and other reunion groups coming here, as well ! See you all next week! i "(NAPS)" Edget'ech I.G., an Energy Star partner, is educat- ing homeowners, legislators and companies worldwide on energy conservation and sustainable building. To learn about how you can conserve energy, visit www. healthsmartwindows.eom or C r,4 rsday, August 13, 2009 -- The GlenvUle Democrat Page 5 Not Everyone Calls Me Father By Edwin Daschbach SVD A Little Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing Satan is a sly tbx. He knows how to take advantage of humans in their weaknesses. He proved this back in the Garden of Eden at the start of the .human race. Knowing Evc was defi- cient in knowledge, he preyed upon her with an offering to become "like gods who know what is good and what is bad" (Genesis 3:5). Eve succumbed and - presumably shar- ing the same satanic offer with Adam - caused him to share with her the original sin. Lack of knowledge was their downfall. Satan tried the same slithering trick on Jesus. He apparently figured that Jesus would be weak alter his long fasting and would easily succumb to the threefold temptations of power, pride and false worship. But here Satan misjudged. Unlike our first parents, Jesus wasn't ignorant. He saw. through the lies of the Prince of :deceit and thwarted them all. A little knowledge is indeed a dan- gerous thing. It can make us feel we are wise, self-sufficient, and in our pride cause us to take chances, ig- nore good advice. A stereotypic Sophomore in high school can easily succumb to the same weakness over those poor incoming Freshmen. A good balance to that weakness is to remind him/her that "Sophomore" comes from two Greek words .... meaning "a wise fool." Truly wise people with a lot of knowledge should be very humble for they understand how vast the field of knowledge really is, and how much they still don't know. It is something like a comment made one day by world famous cellist Pablo Casals. When asked why, in his 80's, he still practiced eight hours a day he responded: "Because I think I'm getting better. " I remember an incident in the life of St. Theresa of Avila, great mystic and doctor of the Church. She was asked that, if she had a choice, would she choose for her spiritual director a "holy priest or a learned priest." She immediately chose the learned one. Little knowledge, despite holi- ness, can still prove a poor guide...something like the "blimt leading the blind." Many years ago in the seminary, while reading Scripture, I came across a quotation from the prophet Hosea that I have never forgotten. In fact, I copied it to the front page of my Bible where it still is there to greet me when I open God's sacred pages: "My people perish for want of knowledge! Since you have re- jected knowledge, I will reject you from my priesthood" (4:6). Knowledge is at the heart of faith. We can only love what we knqw. 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