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The Glenville Democrat Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009 The Glenville Pathfinder '1 I i Page 3 Remembering Fr. Ed's writings on Christianity; and other county issues The first words that Father Ed Daschbach, SVD. said to me in 1987 when being assigned to then my faro fly's Welch (McDowell County) parish were: "I'm very glad to be back in West Virginia!' So many people who leave our beautilul. mountainous state express similar sentiments. after returning here following an absence. He'd admirably had served St. Anne's Catho- lic Parish m Webster Springs for about nine years, before the Bishop transferred him to an Indianapolis, IN, parish earlier in 1987. After rural, rugged, natural, and scenic Webster County, he didn'! take well to the concrete jungle fouqd in big city life, asking to be returned to West Virginia. Then. in 1991, he was reassigned to Glenville's Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church as its new pastor. In June of 1995. when moving to Glenville. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Father Ed would be my pastor, once again. At that time of transition for me, he opened his heart and home to me, claiming that in Glen- ville, the "Good Shepherd" would look over and protect me. His assertion has proven to be true so far. On Sat.. Aug. 15. however, he died, follow- ing unexpected complications from major sur- 'Night Out' in Glenviile: a great time ~~ ~l~gr~..jan 1 ~ many people assembled to pray for his im- ! The mortal soul. Hence, all of us were feeling On Tues. evening, Aug. 4, downtown Glenville experienced something new, hallow inside, due to this great personal loss to and something good, that is a positive event for everyone to enjoy. us. , For the first time in years (except for Folk Festival weekends), it attracted whole Dr. Thomas Powell, president of St. Mary s families into" the downtown area, creating a lot of excitement, fun, and activities. University and Seminary in Emmittshurg, MD, IIllll By Dav,d H Co comn / Illllll who was a former GSC president as well, has It was Glenville s First National Night Out Festival,' which took place in the [H]]~ J Publisher-Editor ('J ~Hll~ written a fitting tribute to Fr. Ed a message Old Ford Garage s lot. And, that small area was packed with vendors giving out thatIdon'tneedtorepeathere.SeeDr. Powell's free food or promotional materials, but mainly local people -- all enjoying the Letter to the Editor in this issuet various activities and talent contests to the background sounds of John and Jodi ~ery, with his beloved sister. Judy Hernan. Oddly, before the funeral as I walked into Riaehart's lively musical CDs. ~ and brother-in-law. John. at his bedside, so the Glenville church, the officiating priest, I've been told. His Funeral Mass was held on Ft. Xavier Cooney, SVD. of the Summers- Tues., Aug. 18, most appropriately at Good villeparish, tookmeaback.asserting,"Iknow Shepherd's church, the assigned parish that you;you'retheMethodistministerhere, aren't was one of his most favored, you?" As a parishioner who had been under his I don't know why when walking through protective clerical garb twice. I was asked to shoppmg malls, or now in my own church, extend the condolences of our local parishio- people say, "How do you do, Pastor?" ners to the 15 priests who were present for the Of course. I think I look more like a "news- funeral, to his many former parish members paper editor" than a minister, but my canter from throughout the state, and to the entire and dress are maybe just too formal, so they Gilmer County religious community that was must just confuse most people. also present. My instructions, however, were I really felt much better after my feeble an impossible task, because everyone had remarks and the somber service when the nice such a personal relationship with Fr. Ed. He Elda CampbeR and her good daughter, Janis had been either a pastor, teacher, friend, or Derby, came to express their condolences to correspondent, via his weekly columns for me. They are Methodists here in Glenville. I most of his years here and in Welch. to the Continued on page 5 WV's second 'ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday' starts Sept. 1 Several teenagers and pro-teens walked away very happy, really feeling "on top of the world" at the end of the evening, grasping tightly their top prizes in the "Idol-style" dancing and singing contests. This end-of-the-summer vacati on event will be sending them back to school this week with a new sense of self- worth, self-esteem, and the right frame of mind for succeeding in their studies. Many volunteers made this successful First National Night Out Festival happen, led by the Downtown Glenville Street Gang, who enticed several other merchants and the Sheriff's Dept. into the mix, as well. Anytime a town can draw out approximately 150-to-200 of its youngsters and adults for a community evening event to enjoy the music, dancing, games, and contests, it's a great achievement. In fact, it showed the several downtown revitalization groups that if the commercial area is dramatized by upbeat activities, the people will come, like in the movie hit, "Field of Dreams." In that latter Hollywood hit film of several years ago, the star was told. "Build it (a baseball field), and the people will come!" As a result of the enthusiasm shown by the local people, the current ideas to convert the Old Ford Garage's lot into a Baker Pioneer Park and the Nettle's Lot into a Riverboat Park garner added creditability. Such green spaces will enhance the looks of the downtown, making it even more attractive for the Street Gang, downtown merchants, Glenville State College, and other civic groups to hold a wide variety of community activities there. So, to all of you dedicated First National Night Out organizers and volunteers, kudos to you. and keep up the good work! DHC, Sr., Publisher-Editor By Brent Boggs, through Nov. 30. 2009. During this extended State Delegate (Gilmer-Braxton) period. West Virginians will not have to pay Last week. the heat and humidity reminded sales and use tax on certain ENERGY STAR me that summer is still in full swing. However, I can't overlook the fact that football season begins this week, the nights are becoming a little cooler, and the shadows are getting a little longer, as the days gradually shorten. All signs point to fall as just around the corner - the best season of the year. Our Bond Rating upped While it mostly went unnoticed last week, Standard and Poor' s upgraded West Virginia's bond rating. This ~s great news for all West in~ the higher rating, our state and local govern- mcnts, includingcounty school boards, public service districts, and economic development agencies can stretch the available dollars further, by financing at a lower Interest rate. HON. BRENT West Virginia was BOGGS one of only three states to have received a rat- mgs upgrade this year. This accomplishment speaks volumes to our working to pay down our debts and build a better future for genera- tions to come. It also demonstrates that our executive and legislative branches are on the same page in working toward a stable eco- nomic base, despite the national and interna- tional economic downturn of recent months. Energy Star re-visited Here' s another way to save money this fall. Because of legislation passed in 2007, West Virginia's second ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday will take place Sept. I. 2009. use. If you have any qualifying purchased planned. I urge you to take advantage of this qualified products valued at $5.000 or less. cost-savings opportunity. Additional infor- The previous ENERGY STAR tax holidaymation and details are available at the tollow- in 2008 was for only seven days. This year it ing web site: www. has been expanded, so that more citizens can energyStarSalesTaxHoliday.html take advantage of the opportunity. Also. in To conclude this week, I want to extend 2008. the limit was $2,500. In 2009. the maxi- birthday wishes to my dad. He is a wonderful mum has been raised to $5,000. example, husband, father, grandfather, great- According to the Governor's Office, the grandfather, friend, and a Christian. first and typical U.S. household spends $2.200 a year foremost. Thanks, Dad. for all you do! on energy bills. With ENERGY STAR quali- Please address your mail to my home office fled products, consumers can save more than at PO Box 254. Gassaway, WV 26624. My 30 percent, or more than $700 per year, with phone number is 364-8411 and fax 364-8711. similar savings of greenhouse gas emissions. If you need immediate assistance, call the without sacrificing features, style or comfort Capitol office at 340-3220 or Assistant to the ENERGY STAR helps consumers make Majority Leader. Mr. Tom Bennett. at 340- energy-efficient choices. The ENERGY3262 or fax to 340-3213. If you have an STAR label is now on more than 60 product interest in any particular bill ora list of all bills categories, including major appliances, office that passed both the House and Senate, please equipment, lighting, and home electronics, let me know. EPA has also extended the label to cover new For those with Internet access, my e-mail homes, and commercial and industrial build- address is ings. You also may obtain additional legislative All West Virglma retailers of ENERGYinformation, including the copies of bills, STAR qualified products will participate in conference reports, daily summaries, interim the sales tax holiday. West Virginia retailers, highlights, and other information from the who sell ENERGY STAR qualified prod- Legislature's website at http:// ucts, have been asked to display a sign in the If you write or leave store's windows, on the door. or in the aisles, a message, please remember to include your noting theirparticipationintheSept. 1 through phone number with your inquiry and any Nov. 30, 2009 Sales Tax Holiday. details you can provide. Additional informa- ENERGY STAR qualified products are tion, including agency links and a state gov; designated by the EPA and are identified by ernment phone directory, may be found at the following label: Purchases qualify for the sales and use tax Remember to thank a veteran for their ser- holiday, if the purchase is for a product that: vice to our nation and continue to remember Has earned the ENERGY STAR label;our troops at home and abroad and keep Costs $5,000 or less: and them and their families in your thoughts and Is for non-commercial home or personal prayers. Until next week, take care! 1 Gilmer's Board of Health 'ailing' The Gilmer County Board of Health does a lot of good work in this community, offering many free or low-cost medical services in the basement of the Mineral Road Medical Center. That's why it's a great shame that they are faced with seemingly insurmountable financial challenges at this time. At the Gilmer County Commission meeting on Wed., Aug. 5, Board Of Health Chair, Gone Johnson, who was accompanied by Health Department Office Assistant, Connie Hacker, appealed to the county for some additional financial assistance. This health agency already gets approximately $70,000 from the county's Special Vital Services Levy, in addition to other governmental funding from both state and federal sources. Chair Johnson seems adamant on getting additional funding. Commission President Larry Chapman, however, came up with a viable county commission alternative, that being to extend an interest-free loan to the Health Department until their state funding comes through. Mr. Chapman explains that this same situation occurs each year, in that governmental funds sometimes don't arrive on time. In this year, the state government has been faced by decreasing oil, gas and coal revenues, due to the national recession. Thus, the state government itself has been barely able to keep up with its expenses, having to rely on federal Economic Stimulus monies to fill the void in the state's budget shortfall s. In the last fiscal year, Governor Joe Manchin didn't foresee the state's reduction in revenues, proclaiming that West Virginia didn't have the financial worries of most of the other states. His rosy picture, however, changed to "red" when the state's extractive industries went limp. As a result, if the Health Department can't find extra Federal Stimulus monies in the statehouse in Charleston to fill this dry desert gap, its representatives ought to be satisfied with the county commission's offer of a loan in order to bridge that gap. We citizens need the Gilmer County Health Dept.. and its Board of Directors has an obligation to the people to provide those services on a regular basis throughout the year. Go to it, Health Dept.! DHC, Sr. Edge of the PLMI /G Harper "SAY,WHAT'S WITH THE PADS mb HELMet: r0 THIS WEEEND." Ft. Edwin Daschbach SVD: A Eulogy for a Great Man Dear Editor, Last Saturday morning (Aug. 15), the news of Fr. Ed's death came hard to our family. Since we first met Fr. Ed in 1998. he has not only been our pastor, but a good and close friend. I am sad that my responsibilities to the University did not allow me to be with his family and friends in a tribute to his life. Fr. Ed was an extraor- dinary man. He was a living example of Christ's love. and he was first and foremost a teacher. As one of his parishioners, I came seeking and he carefully FATHER ED taught me. not so much by his words, but how he lived his life. I never met a better man than Fr. Ed. What made him so good? What made him so admirable? What made me want to emulate his life? Fr. Ed was filled with the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Until I met Fr. Ed. I never fully appre- elated the words of St. Paul to the Galatians, when he wrote about w]messing the power of the Holy Spirit in our personal lives and in our communities. The fruits of the Holy Spirit flowed freely in his life and in his work. We know those fruits: Love -- Fr. Ed sacrificed his wants and personal desires in order to serve others through his missionary work and in his last years in Glenville. He could have chosen an easier path. but was called to serve, and he accepted that call with love. Nothing is more noble. more an act of love than to give one's life in service to others. Joy -- Fr. Ed demonstrated an inner assurance that his will was aligned with God's will. His was a balanced, joyful, and con- tented life. knowing that his work was really God's work on earth. And. he exuded joy to others. Peace Fr. Ed was a tranquil man. In all of my time with Fr. Ed. I never saw him upset. St. Thomas Aquinas called this the "tranquil- ity of right order." He had a mature emotional life, full of real forgiveness and understand- ing. Patience No one was more patient than Fr. Ed. He was patient with God, he was patient when others were unkind, he was patient with his students, and he was very patient with me. while I was President of Glenville State College Kindness Ft. Ed exemplified the kind- ness that transforms society. He respected all human life and dedicated his life toward the dignity of all. His smile, a tender word. some praise, some gentle guidance. Ft. Ed was kind. Generosity Fr. Ed freely gave himself to us and to others. Even though he never had much money, he was always raising funds for his brother. Fr. Richard and the children of Topo Honis (orphanage) in East Timor. Ft. Ed taught me about the power of living a gener- ous life Faithfulness Fr. Ed was not only devout in his faith and God's promise to us. but he was also faithful to others. He was faithful to his Order. to his parish, and the families in our congregation. 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