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2 The Glenvflle Democrat/Pathfinder Iklmr 3, 19715 Save Bear Run This week's article about the huge slag pile along Bear Run {see page 1} may have brought back some memories for some long-time residents of Gilmer County and surprised some newcomers to the area. We all should be aware of that blight on our county. It's been there for over ten years and no one has done anything about it. With every rain the problem becomes worse as the refuse material keeps eroding toward Bear Run. Over the years the coal companies have gradually succeeded in killing Bear Run and destroying the landscape surrounding it. In time the stream can be brought back to life, if the state comes in and does the reclamation work necessary and if the coal company that's working in there now does its reclamation job correctly. This problem has to be brought to the attention of the state partmnt of Natural Resources and the federal Soil Conservation Service funding branches. One way to see that it does, is to corner every one of these fellows who are running for political office this November and ask them what they can do about cleaning up Bear Run. Be stingy with your vote commitment until they give you a satisfactory answer. Those beauracrats depend on the politicians for their jobs, they'll start to jump ff enough pressure is applied. Send a letter In an editorial last week we suggested that the county commissioners consider placing guard rails along River St. where a truck had gone off the side of the road and into the Little Kanawha River. We were directing our plea to the wrong people. The county commissioners do not appropriate funds for county road maintenance. That money comes from district offices of the state department of highways. Perhaps the county commissioners could exert some pressure on the district office by sending them a letter informing them of the necessity for such action. Community effort on field To 1 Editor, During the past year some concerned citizens have put forth tremendous effort, physically and financially to upgrade the Gihaer County High School , fgtpll field, It ,w0d be aost impossible to list all the individuals and the omdmtions who have c.eQtributed to the project. Many. after a day's work,  ha worked at the field on grad/ng, Fdin" g, seed/ng, mowing, erecting lights L erecting fence, putting up goal posts, ereg fence for advertisements, putting rock base on road, improving press box, assembling additional bleachers, building ticket beoth  etc. Many also gave money. ,aAI of these people are to be commended for a worth-while project. Because of their continued efforts, this much-improved facility will be ready this Friday night, September 3, for the opening of the 1976 Gilmer County High School football season. Friday night will be a first in high-school football in Gilmer County. Instead of Gilmer County going down the river to play Calhoun County High. the Red Devils will come up to the Titans stadium on VanHorn Drive. Only because a great many people cared and worked would this be possible. The entire high school community will share in this accomplishment. The football squad, the cheerleaders, and the band will be "Center field". This is the way it should be. There will be so many others, however, who will share and take pride in this progress. Among these will be the GCHS student body and faculty, parents and the many friends of the school. Because many concerned citizens gave time, effort, and money, Gilmer County High School has a football field of which all can be proud. In answer to the parent who said after several hours of work, "Is it worth it?" The answer is. "Yes. it is and will be worth it." Damon West, Athletic to: Gilmer County High School Big Man on Campus! Published Every By GILMER COUNTY PUBLISHING, INC. At 109 E. Main St, Glenville, WV 28351 Phone 4-T309 Second-Class postage paid m Gledlls and m additional mailing offices Sutmoription price $6.60 tax included in Gilmer County; other West Virginia rslickmts t45.00 tax included. Out of stme subscriptions $7.00. Cannot accept eubpticrm for te than 6 months. (ALL PRICES EFFECTIVE FEB. 1st. 19715.) ROBERT D. ARNOLD PRESIDENT/PUBLIsHER PAUL BROWN EDITOR JOAN LAYNE OFFICE MANAGER from the Publisher's Pad We at first thought we would put out a really big spread about our fifth anniversary (we have been owners of the Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder for five years and a day today). We envisioned pictures, testimonials from local dignitaries and flowery statements from management, coupled with statistics showing our growth and spreading influence. The growth is real enough. Five years ago we were writing to about 2600 people each week; now our papers go to 11,000 readers of which some 3500 receive the Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder. As to influence,-well-you never know. If you keep whacking away at something, s6metimes something happens. You are never really sure that your words or stand on a given issue had anything to do with it and unlike most politicians who will stake a claim to anything that happens in their fiefdom that smacks of good, whether they had anything to do with it or not, we are more than willing to let others have any praise or credit due for bringing things to pass. This is so mainly because it is certainly true that there is always some unassuming, unsung slugger or a group of such sluggers somewhere in the background who get things done and our role as a newspaper is fairly much confined to setting the stage for such action through helping the public make up its own mind by keeping you, our readers, as informed as we can about what is happening in our community and by stating what we think about it. We believe strongly that a local paper should serve its local community and we work atit. We also suspect that the community knows long before the editor or publisher does whether or not that service is being provided and needs no chest-boating on the part of the newspapers trying to pump up its own image to make up its own mind. So we decided not to run a promotion piece. In any case, we did take a few minutes to look over copies of our first efforts as publishers five years ago. We were rather proud to see that many of the things we stated editorially as being important to our community and to which we would give unwavering support have come about to some degree or other. To mention briefly. 1. We have a permanent shoe manufacturing facility in the county! This is a development we publicized mightily; supported most vigorously editorially and worked for as individuals. 2. The Burnsville Dam is reality, We had little to do with its planning or building. In fact. we had nothing to do with it, But we believed it was, and is, good for our valley and for Gilmar County and we supported it and tried to keep you as our readers informed of its progress. 3. Our school plant in Gilmer CounW is in the best Some th about our Fi shape it has been in for decades. We were on in this effort, of faking photographs show Gilmer Countians the deplorable community schools and of the very real we were exposing our children by refusing to correct those deficiences. We are of the o school system, in every sense of that phrase, essential to the economic well-being of any have stood four-square behind any upgrade our schools. This posture has not effort to inform the public has cost us a great some business and a few friends. The job is not We still need to re-think our educational we willing to accept the control that comes more state and federal aid to schools? Is neighborhood schools for our younger offering the curriculum necessary for our well in competition with others? Are we program of self-support for self-run schools? we will have to decide these issues. 4. State Route 5 from Grantsville great shakes as a highway, is in so much we have ever seen it that it is almost a We still chuckle over the recollection representative of the Regional office of the Department sitting in front of the Democrat Wednesday for three or four weeks waiting to our paper so his superiors could see "newspaper SOB's had to say about Route (his words}. His temper had not been forced to drive sixty or so miles over roads felt were good enough for us - but which 5. We still think the orderly recreation potential of the Upper Little important, though there has not been much the past five years to encourage us in this that some land has been deeded to for laboratory use and some significant reclaim stripped land for wild-life purposes. still too many people who view our streams garbage dumps; too many people who exploit ( without due regard for what is to follow their  going and too much inaction on the part governmental entities to take steps to problems and to plan for the increased that must inevitably come to our beautiful Maybe someday! What do we think is important for the see us here next week. sat, sept. 4 The Glenville Rebokah Lodge 104 will hold a bake sale on the Kanawha Union Bank porch beginning at 8:30 a.m. The Gospel Travel-Aires singers will sing at the Hyers Run Methodist Church at 7:30 p.m. sun, sept. 5 The Three Poplar Church will hold a homecoming. Rev. Ray Bartlett will speak in the afternoon. Everyone is wel- come. CALENDAR The Reunion Arbuckle Park. Bring a picnic lunch. A reunion for the Upper and Lower Spruce Run School students will be held at the Cedar Creek State Park at 10:30 a.m. Any former students and teachers are invited. Mary Harvey requests that addresses of former students be sent to her at Linn, W. V. Bring a picnic lunch. The Heckert-Brown reunion will be held at the Gilmer County Recreation Center. Everyone is invited to enjoy lunch and visit with old friends. Marks and Gregory will be held at men, sept. 6 The Gilmer County Coon Hunters Association will hold a meeting to elect new officers at 7:30 p.m. in the Glenville State College Forestry Building. wed, sept. 8 There will be a food handlers conference at the Gilmer County Health Depart- ment at 7:30 p.m. thurs, The of the Veterans at Town fri, The chicken p.m. to Agriculmrs Gilmer ter IIIII II I [ I III Bonus available for state's vets The deadline for filing for West Virginia Vietnam Veterans bonus is rapidly approaching. No applications will be accepted after Dec. 31, 1976, the cut off date established by the State Legislature. The Vietnam Bonus Office has now disburH more than $25.4OO.000 to almost 81,000 veterans, but there are still some 25,000 Vietnam Era veterans eligible for the West Virginia bonus who have not yet filed. The bonus is payable whether or not the veteran served in Vietnam. Eligible are those veterans who were residents of West Virginia at the time they entered the service and for six months immediately prior thereto. provided they served on active duty for at least 90 days between August 1. 1964 and March 28. 1973. Service prior to August 1, 1964 is also compensable if the veteran was awarded a Vietman Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for service prior to that date. The veteran must not have been separated under conditions other than honorable; however, veterans must now have been separated under conditions other than honorable: however veterans who were discharged under conditions other than honorable are encouraRed to file for the bonus prior to the deadline if they have filed for an upgrade in their character of service. or if they are planning to take such action in the future. Veterans still on active duty are also eligible, provided they meet all other eligibility requirements. Application forms and instruc- tions can be obtained by writing to the Vietnam Veterans Bonus Office, 604 Aries Building. Charleston, WV 25301, or by applying at any Field Office of the West ?irginia Department of Veterans' Affairs located throughout the State. Applications may also be obtained by calling 348-3842. in Charleston. GARDIT ODDITY - Timmy White, 11, of Sand Fork IpmW this unusu e,r of pop  ia ld grd. The prmp m me sad.