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The Glenville Pathfinder A GUmer Graphics, Inc. Newspaper Published By and For Gilmer County People Single Copy Price 15c [Incl. Tax] GLENVII.I.F. GILMER COUNTY, WV 26351 _n t Friday, September 3, 1976 ....... : ..... . ,!,i i" : i. ,%:;: , *,, '~ OPEN-Duck Run bridge was closed nearly a Dewell truck backed onto it, breaking some of bridge floor. State highway engineers in will be repaired whenever the new timbers repairs planned of the West Highways in these days in Gilmer 26 the Run near ACcording to for the a Service load. Crews offices are aintenance may Rt. 40 while the bridge is being replaced. However, he estimated that the new bridge would be in place by the end of this week. The Duck Run suspension bridge which spans the Little Kanawha River just east of Glenville was damaged nearly two months ago when a Dowell truck backed onto it. The weight of the truck snapped three of the stringer beams on the north end of the bridge. According to White, the bridge will be repaired whenever the specially cut bridge timbers arrive. He also noted that district engineers are planning to put in a new bridge just above the low concrete bridge east of the suspension bridge. They have not settled on a final design for the bridge. credits course will be for credit of family course ADAMS the hours or at Work for the at or obtain from the at Glenville 20- Coordinated f the same New York, the Public Men- P.m. ovr check Stations' Noteworthy among the Adams's professions were two U.S. presidents {the second and the sixth), a vice-president, I a delegate to two Continental Congresses, a secretary of state, several ambassadors, negotia- tors of major treaties, members of the U.S. House of Representatives, a member of the Massachsetts legisla- ture, Cival War officers, historians, fmancers, and other selfless individ- uals. Accompanying the course will be textual materials including a coml3re- hensive and illustrated text writter by Jack Shepherd, an anthology of historic documents and papers collected and edited by history professor David J. Rothman of Columbia University and a comprehensive study guide produced by Regina Janes, instructor of history, for the Coast Community College District, Costa Mesa, California. The series was made possible by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Atlantic Richfield Company. I I Students to 'brown bag it' If you're sending a child to school in Glenville this Tuesday, Sept. 7, you're going to have to pack his lunch. Superintendent of Schools, Ran Welty reported that the new cafeteria at Gilmer County High School will not be completed by the first day of school. The cafeteria will supply meals for both the high school and grade school. All other county schools, including Tanner and Troy, will be serving hot lunches. Students will be informed on the first day of school how long they'll have to continue to "brown bag it." I II NORMANTOWN SCHOOL ]tE MODELE RS--Custodiau Kes. slle Minney [left] and Calvin Cottrell stand in front of the newly expanded early childhood center they helped to remodel. The Viking ship at right was drawn on the principal's office by Kent Walker, an art student at Glenvme State College. It was done in blue and gold, the school's colors. a i School exp nds child center Kindergarten students at Nor- mantown Elementary will have room to roam this year in an early childhood center. Board of Education crews joined Normantown's Custodian Kesslie Minney and his crew of s student workers in the expansion project this summer. The workers removed a wall which had previously separated the room into two classrooms. Red carpet was laid in one section of the room and the walls were painted blue. The added space will give Principal Roger Brady the opportunity to implement a "Manipulative" rather than an academic learning environ- ment. In this setting, children move around the room from one learning station to another rather than, remaining in a seat for the whole day. "There is no way that a teacher can work with 30 Kindergarten students who are all crowded together. Their attention span is just too short. With the learning stations, students are often learning things when they aren't e threatens local ecology plant burst, sending aciditic waters rushing down Bear Run and into the Little Kanawha River. The result was a severe fish-kril in the river. That same sediment pond now serves as an impoundment for run-off from the ever-erod- ing slag pile. The pond is slowly filling up with the refuse material. There isn't much water in the pond, it trickles out through a pipe and into Bear Run. But with erosion, the slag pile is now inching its way into the pond and eventually will fill it, Gilmer County Soil Conserva- tion Supervisor, Junior Kennedy estimated it could take as many as 15 years for the pond to fill up, but added that this is just a rough estimate since varying climatic conditions would de- termine the erosion rate. The result, of course, would be pure aciditic run-off and a slag pile in Bear Run instead of alongside it. Kennedy pointed out that Bear Run is now little more than a series of swamps because of the heavy siltation caused by run-off from old strip mines and slag pries. Harry Boggs, of Spencer, is currently operating a strip mine on Bear Run and plans to open a deep mine near "the stream soon. He also plans to build his own preparation plant on the site of the Crosier Lumber Mill near Stouts Mill. It's been four years since Kennedy visited the slag pile. When he saw it again last week, he was appalled. "This is just terrible. It's easily the worst reclamation problem in the Braxton, Calhoun, Gilmer area and maybe one of the worst in the state," he said. The slag pile was deposited before West Virginia had enacted any strong reclamation laws, therefore Rochester and Pittsburg Coal Co. is not legally responsible for the reclamation. The state has assumed the burden of reclaiming such sites. Kennedy filed reports over a year ago asking for the help of the Resource, Conservation and Development arm of the Soft and there environ- miles a huge Careless 250 ft. Which is now of coal ?'S The deep to drew lnine, the and oUt-of- from aware of it," said Brady. A blackboard, blocks or a corner devoted to story telling or finger painting can serve as a learning station. With the carpeted area small groups of children can gather on the floor for projects. Brady said the goal of his kindergarten program is to develop readiness skills, so that a child will be better prepared for the first grade. The children attended kindergarten on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fri- day. The school provides them with lunch, a nutritious afternoon snack and this year they will get some sort of light breakfast. The construction of Glenville Elemementary School has caused a decrease in Normantown's enrollment thus allowing for the expansion of the early childhood center and also the principal's office. The playground equipment, fire escapes and other parts of the school buildings have also been painted this summer. City proposes raise in sewer rates In an effort to bail out the beleaguered Glenville Utility Co., the Glenville City Council voted in a special meeting Aug. 24 to ask the West Virginia Public Service Commission for a sewer rate increase. According to Mayor Delbert Davidson, the utility company is losing $2,500 a month. The city had applied for a water rate increase but this request was turned down at a PSC meeting on Aug. 23. During that meeting, members of the PSC told Mayor Davidson that they would be more receptive to an increase in sewer rates instead of water rates because they had granted the city an increase in water rates three years ago. Therefore the city has withdrawn their request for a water rate increase and asked for the following new sewer rate schedule: First 3,000 gallons used per month - $1.60 per 1,000 gallons Next 3,000 gallons used per month - $1.44 per 1,000 gallons Next 4,000 gallons used per month - $1.28 per 1,000 gallons Next 10,000 gallons used per month - $1.12 per 1,000 gallons Next 20,000 gallons used per month - .96 per 1,000 gallons Next 60,000 gallons used per month - .80 per 1,000 gallons All over 100,000 gallons used per month - .80 per 1.000 gallons No bill shall be rendered for less than $4.80 per month House trailer courts, master meter $2.40 multiplied by number of units includes both mobile and immobile units. Multiple Occupancy - On apart. ment building, or other multiple occupancy buildings, each family or business unit shall be required to pay not less than the minimum monthly charge herein established for a 5/8 inch x 3/4 inch meter service. Motels and hotels shall pay according to the size of meter installed. The council will hear comments on the rate change during their next regularly scheduled meeting on Sept. 7. According to Davidson, the utility company currently has $9,000 in bills that they are unable to pay. "In the past few months we've loaned them $5,000. Now it looks like we're going to have to advance them some more, to help them pay these bills," said Davidson. Davidson attributes the utility company's losses to increasing costs of electricity, chemicals and supplies. He said the utility company's electric bill has jumped $1,500 in the past five months. "We've been audited by the state tax department, the PSC auditor and by Paul Starr {a local accountant} and they've all told us we're losing money because of increasing costs," said the mayor. "We won't be making 'any money on this. It will just bring us to the break-even point," he added, Merchants have values This week the merchants of Glenville are honoring the consumers of th trade territory :. oqren values and services as complete in shoppg.centersi See ' .... the Festival of Values pages in this edition of The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder. Glenville for years has been referred to as a friendly community. Progressive merchants, courteous salespeople, an understanding and efficient government, and a friendly citizenry are the greatest assets any community can have. Glenville has these assets. You, Mr. and Mrs. Consumer, deserve full credit for the growth as a commercial center. Your knowledge of merchandise, shopping habits and buying skill stand as a constant challenge to our merchants to bring your quality merchandise at a price you are willing to pay.. The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder serves as messenger to bring buyer and seller together. We respect your shopping habits and are proud to join the following firms in a Salute to you, Mr. and Mrs. Consumer: Community Super Market, Glenville Variety, Glenville Ford Sales, Modern Dry Cleaners, Sears, Towne Bookstore, Spirit of Fashion, Daltons, Kanawha Union Bank, Hamric's Jewelry, Davis Clothing, Glenville Superette, Guyan Shoe Outlet, Calhoun Super Service, Glenville Supply, Hardman's True Value, Summers Pharmacy, M & G Furniture, Ben Franklin, Pioneer Grocery. / !iii 1 i! 00ii!iiiil i BEAR RUN MOONSCAPE..Although it looks llke over ten years ago from refuse material from S something from another planet, the picture above is Rochester and Pittsburg Coal Co. preparation plant. actually a huge coal slag pile that is eroding toward [Democrat photo] ;/ Bear Run, east of Glenville. The slag pile was created Conservation ervice and the complete such a project, hold of the right peepS' The Wes-Mon-Ty soil conservation "It's not impossible to get district. He estimates it would take as much as $500,000 to squeaky wheel usury  this done. We've just got to get grease," he /ii!ii! 00iii;/(ii i