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August 15, 1975

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2 ' The Gien'ville Democrat/Pathfinder A~sw! 1S:.1975 II II | I | o t Ill I II | ,5 I, ,, b u, nab While State Legislators battled to come up with " an, 5 8.4" million highways improvement package, G lmer" County's State Road Commission workers rnqd out.ip force along Route 5 and Route 33/119 and, in a flurr of activity, cleaned out ditch lines, s rapq'd down berms and cut brush. , l ew White lines were painted on road edges, and patching matel'ial was put into one of the more " " " " " n R " " 1 : , l nger.ohs dips o t. 5, described m a two-part 1 A broken down pile-driving machine became Pe'ra dve once again and .steel beam pilings were I pounded into the earth beside slips on Rt. 5. I Counters, we note, also have been put out at I several points of Rt. 5 East and West. The renewed maintenance work on major routes was a welcome ight. Whether this flurry of activity is a sign of bigger and better things to come, however, appears to be doubtful in light of an Advanced Planning Division "Route Condition Report"W.Va. Route 5." prepared .. ~.e year ago by hhb State Departxpent of Highways. tn .the report and an accompanying letter from Commissioner William S, Ritchie, Jr., Rt. 5 is described as a "system of corridors.'" with Rt. 5 East as Trunkline Corridor 17. "Only 13 miles of Rt. 5 are in need of improvement," Ritchie wrote on June 1974, and then for "minor improvement in the form of lane and shoulder widening." Improvements on any other part of WV 5 "'cannot be justified in relation to other needed improvements in the state." The 20-Year Highway Plan of Action, prepared by the Highway Department "provides no funding for any 5 projects," the Report states. There is one glimmer of hope: ".. circumstances do" change," Ritchie wrote in response to a local resident's inquiry about upgrading Rt. 5. "and in public interest we sometimes change our plans." We urge Commissioner Ritchie and his highway planners to reconsider and give rural Central West Virginia the kind of highway corridor it deserves. I 9 I like right moments. Like Saturday night at Dave's Drive-in. The Gilmer Guardians of the Night left their jugs long enough to hold back the fog from the river. We made it into the pit before the movies started, tasty cookies and lemonade intact, finding a spot next to Lou and Loren. There's nothing like friendly exchangibles at the movies. The wife and I settled back in our dusty but comfortable seats, quietly congratulating Dave Montgomery for not holding up the main features with loud refreshment ads and coming attractions. The big feature, "'Paper Moon," was to be held till last, Well, that's okay. We'd had plenty of sleep the night before. We hadn't heard of the first movie, "Man on a Swing." Hopefully it would be a light, comedy film like the second. Our kind of movie. Our mistake, and the right moment faded with each new camera angle. Sitting wide-eyed and expec- tant, we were slowly drawn into a bone-chilling, white-knuckle murder mystery, based on a true story no less, featuring a blithering psycho. Slowly we tensed and curled against each other, like two flowers seekihg solace just before a storm. Panic lined our cookie-filled stomach. The pecan sandies were gripped in mid-digestion between rising anxiety and deepening gloom. Not only were we doomed to an hour and a half of who dunnit, but the scalp-tingling music-adopted by all film producers since Psyche's success with horrific scores-set my recently- filled molars on edge. Now how can you drink cold lemonade in a situation like that. I've never been good with horror and suspense. Neither has Kathy. Besides Several months ago, County Planning I i! Comm./ssin {CPC} and city officials were lamenting ! the alleged lack of attention paid by HUD officials to three pre-applications for block grant funds. All three pre-applications were rejected by HUD. It was felt by some area officials that HUD did not : even read the pre-applications. The requested funds were deslSerately needed i: and rejections by the federal agency disappointed those who had worked so hard in a short period of time to file the pro-applications. After huddling with Region VII's Jim Marteney, Dr. Ran Burke, CPC secretary and champion grant applicant, was encouraged to try again-this time in the form of a full application. Former Mayor David Gillespie also backed the request for funds to replace the old, badly leaking water tank on College Hill. Because of the initial turndown, local oficials including new city Mayor Delbert L. Davidson decided to push the application as hard as possible. Obtaining even partial funding appeared a longshot in the dark, according to Gillespie. The longshot has just come through. Those officials responsible for pressing HUD, including our area elected representatives, are to be congratulated. Not many gave them a chance to Succeed. Their victory is that much sweeter. ~ Of course, the city is also thankful to HUD. The large amount of money they have bestowed upon us I is gratefully accepted. Their award has undoubtedly saved the city from a possible disaster situation. We only wonder why the initial pre-application ! was rejeeted. That HUD officials changed their minds, of course, is to their great credit. ,. The Glenville Pathfinder Published Every Prlday By GILDER COUNTY PUBUSHING. INC. At 10~ E. Main St. Glenvill~ WV 2a61 Phone 2.n a by lim lacobs and at additional nu,81ng affix. ~uh~criptton price $6~00 plus 15 cents sale tox in Gilmer ~n.nty" other West Virginia re~tdentg ~i.$0 plus 17 cents ~ Out of state subscriptions ~M$.00. Can not accept ,lhq~r|otions for less tl,.tn 6 months. .IIM JACOBS. EOITOP lOAN LAYNE ............... CIRCULATION MANAGER ~y tension, sweaty and FEAR. overeating, was 10. A mean 10. | didn't know it at the time. He was hardly a part of my circle of friends. But when he suggested I ask my mother if I could accompany him to the Nork Park theatre to see, for the first time and for only 35 cents, a Boris Karloff-Frankenstein movie, he be- came a momentary idol. I'd never been allowed to go to the movies without my parents, but my mother was probably anxious to have me out of her hair and she missed the name of the movie. Of course, she said, you may go with Humphrey (what a trusting name) but don't eat too much popcorn. It'll spoil your dinner. We played all the way to the theatre, several blocks out of my familiar domain. I paid no attention to direction; I was caught up in an adventure. Everything was fine. We found seats among several hundred squaling popcorn freaks and waited,I'll never forget the abject horror which blossomed from a germ in my stomach to mind-blowing proportions when the screen two rows away filled with the image of a grotesque, bellowing Boris Karloff drooling with sadistic glee atop the Transylvania Cliffs with his wolf companions. He was about to attack a young, unsuspecting bride. The arcing laboratory lights, the fog-filled castle grounds, the bolt penetrating Boris' gigantic square head, his animal-like grimace, all served to scare the daylights out of me. As I inched closer to my new idol, Humphrey let out a Karloffian howl and ran away. Numb with fear, alone, I panicked. Scrambling out of the aisle. stepping on the feet and ankles of the now-paralyzed second row spectators I ran for daylgiht. I was home in ~ one-half hour, searching breathlessly As a youngster, I learned dread-in-the-night from watching scary movies. I kept my cap pistol beneath my thin pillow, it's hard plas- tic longhorn handle pressed against my cheekbone. It all began with my upstairs neighbor, Humphrey. I was a naive eight. Humphrey, ballooned to twice my size due to which would provide protection against the demons for several years to come. In later years, Rolaids helped alleviate the cramped fear deep within my belly and I left the pistol behind. Between popcorn and John Carradine Sr. I was doomed to an early case of ulcers. Montgomery, you brought it all back to me. Fog on you. To the Editor: Th_is letter is in response to your June 26 and 27. 1975 editorials entitled. "HUD's Second Look.' The following should answer several questions which were rats ,ed and clear-up a number of misconceptions. GlenviUe s pro-application for Community Development assistance was one of 165 pro-applications received in this office from West Virginia non-metropolitan communities, With requests totaling $37.694.000 compared with $4.4 million in on-metropolitan discretionary assistance available, it was impossible for us to encourage all acceptable applicants to submit full applications. Additionally. and in an attempt to fund more communities with limited funds, a $500.000 limit was established for non-metropolitan applications. In mid-March, 1975, we made a difficult but necessary decision to invite only 26 communities to submit full applications. The 139 communities with many worthwhile proposed activiites not invited were given the option to submit full applications if they desired to meet additional requirements. I assure you that our decision was not lightly made. Neither did our decision reflect "Big city bias" as evidenced by the fact that we invited applications from Monroe. Lincoln, Nicholas, and Hardy Counties, and from Ripley, Millcreek. and Spencer. HUD Pittsburgh Office staff reviews and decisions on discretionary grant applications are concerned solely with the merits of the proposed projects and with their conformance to HUD regulations. We subsefluently accepted Glenville's full application, and reviewed it no differently than we did 38 other such applications filed. {In addition to the 26 invited, and additional 13 communities decided to submit full applications. Glenville was one of these communities.) Once again, as with the 165 pre-applications, my staff has reviewed all 39 competing full applications. discussed and compared the merits of the proposed undertakings, and ranked all applications. While we have not made or announced our final decisions on these requests, we have considered all local evidence submitted by Glenville. as well as that by competing communities. Finally, your editorials correctly state that St. Albans and Dunbar are spending Community Development Block Grant {CDBG) funds for such community facilities as parking lots and swimming pools. You question whether these cities have to meet the same rules as Glenville. The answer is "No." Neither were they subject to the $500,000 limit. Because the former are Hold-Harmless communities, with a five-year legal'entitlement or guarantee to HUD funds, they can use CDBG funds for varied public purposes as they see fit. Glenville is not a Hold-Harmless community because it did not receive HUD financial assistance in the period 1968-1972. Glenvi]le must therefore compete for discretionary funds, and meet CDBG Program Selection Criteria. However, as Federal law now states, at the end of the five years {except for core cities and urban counties in metropolitan areas}, all communities must compete for discretionary funds. I hope the ebove will give you and your readers a better idea of HUD's application procedures relative to Community Development Grant funding. Should you have furhter questions, please write or call me. Charles I. Lleberth Area Director, H.U.D. Pittsburgh. Pa. By U.S. Senator One of the contributing machinery i~ factors to our high unem- trialized ployment rate is the fact percent of our: that, over the past several ing machine years, too many American years old or companies have opted to an extremel~ invest overseas, rather than statistic. expand their operations working here at home. central Take the period between tion. 1960 and 1970. for exam- And in pie. During that decade, dustries in ~1 billion of American States, the capital went directly intosional manufacturing and other ricers. industries abroad -- whichlike--to was the same as sending ers b.a.s fallen~ three to four million jobsratio is overseas, and leaving three nician for to four million of our ownduction workers, citizens jobless in the ly, the ratio same as exists United States. industries---seve~t The situation is alarm- Technicians ate ing, despite the optimistic who develop predictions by some labor er production statisticians that it willby increasing correct itself over the next and jobs. few years. Wage demands fleets the by foreign workers will ment of continue to increase, the hies in optimists predict, and thetions. salary gap between foreignIf more and American workers will narrow, if not entirely dis- States appear, the~ True, as the salary levels if tariffs have in foreign countries in- to prevent crease, it will become less products frv~ profitable f o r American companies to locate abroad. .they should be But, in the meantime, The first h e a v y American invest- sponsibility of ments in overseas' manu- States facturing operations has the U.S. already taken its toll on cannot protect~ domestic production, and our own For instance, U n i t e d American States manufacturing in: tinue to find dustries currently operate overseas the oldest metalworking at home. Oilmer oHfy Jomala GSC pool open to emmua - Mend to p.m.; Tuesday ud Thursday MIht=. 7-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday - Nutrition Center, ~atiou a day in advam~, Thursday, August 14 - lh~c~Mmm fro" ~' Cdlmer County Medical Center public is invited. Friday, August lS - Disabled Hall. L x6 .-C.a,.r Cr k clubhouse. Saturday, August 16 - Sing. I~gah begins 7:30 p.m. Saturday, August 16 - Good Will Dinner, County Fsrm Burea bcrentinm Center, S dish. Saturday, August 23 - Retired School home of Mr. and Mrs. Cdlimrt gee& Tuesday - Thursday, Ausuat 26-2~ - IPrN CAlmer County Health Department pmrki~ 1-3:30 p.m. N s 0a/ er Storm Storm wl im AwningS, C~ KENNETH ONLY THE NEWSPAPER tells so much about your communi- ty -- from the happ ings of youth organizations to the news about school activities. Newspapers are truly local. 9 WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEAH A ARE Yell INTERESTED M: Nurse Food Commercial Sewing Automotive Mechanl Business a Of Bce Fain. 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