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W Pat Ridpath, Burnsville 472-5102 or 888-294-5401 I lll 'The Letter, ' l am so glad that l have no deaths to IgotanotherorderfromParkersburg the importance of that run as it sped report this week. Although I am sure for the Vegetarian Cookbook that we through B urnsville, turned right on Oil there are some of you who have lost put together for Brushy Fork Chris- Creek and a half mile later turned left beloved liends or neighbors and l am tian School. There are still a few of onto Dumpling Run. At the first mail sorry for your loss, I am just so grate- the cookbooks available. I wouldlike box, the people were trying to mail a ful for a Chat without such a report, for you to report to me any mistake package, and at the second mailbox my I am also happy to report that Rob- you find in the book, j ust in case we brother had to write a money order, but ert("Bob") Knight willbeninety-two redo it. I want to correct all the finally, we arrived at the Zinn's mail- years young on October 4 (if all of us recipes. I think we have found two or box. who know him would send a card to three that need corrected. 'Any mail from Thomas today?' him at P.O. Box 186, Burnsville, WV The Burnsville United Methodist came the usual question. My brother 26335, I know he would appreciate Rummage Sale will be held the first did not say aword, stepped outside the it)! weekend in October, so be sure to get truck and waved Tommy's letter high Bob is still doing for others. He is your extra treasures to them, or call in the air. paying tohave anew green metalroof them so they can pick them up.I sat on the passenger side and put on the Burnsvilte Baptist Church. We attended the 50th wedding an- watched the panorama unfolding be- DarrellBrown and crew are doing the niversary celebration for Jerry and low me. When my brother had waved work, and Bob says each sheet of Alma Heckert, who live on the other theletter, Mr. Zinn had started running metal is 22 feet long! He is doing this side of Buckhannon Mountain. Their down the path to the little bridge. Gene in memory of his mother and family, children planned such a beautiful oc- had started running down the path on He first attended that church when his casion for them. They are truly a very our side ofthe bridge. When they met, mother took him when he was only special couple, and I am so glad we I never saw so much backslapping and two days old! could attend. I metfolks from Sharpe hand shaking in my life (high fives He also said he might even help me Hospital, the neighborhoods where were still unknown to us). I suddenly with getting equipment for the play- Jerry andAlmahavelived, andpeople realized I was yelling, too. Mrs. Zinn ground at Brushy Fork Christian from our church, was clapping her hands and hopping School. How great is that?! No one Call me at 304-472-5102, or email upanddown. Idon'tbelievetheMagna else has responded to my latest re- me at I love Carla ever received this much atten- quest for help. It is very disappoint- hearing from you; it is one of the lion. ing, but I know times are hard. reasons I continue to write the Chat. Mr. Zinn finally took the letter and We went to Morgantown with Mary If there is something you want to say started up the path to his wife. They Ellen Davidson, of Buckhannon, and or ask about or just tell me, please would take it to one of their favorite Libby Ferrell, of Weston, and had a don't hesitate. I have little or no time spots and read it over and over. wonderful meal at Olive Garden. The to read forwards, but I never delete a purpose of the trip was Mary Ellen's personal note; I love them. check-up, which was very good news! Here is the rest of the story included Her appointment was at 2 p.m., but in last week's Chat: due to an emergency, she did not see "THE LETI'ER" He blew his nose and wiped his eyes a the doctor until after 4 p.m. We had [by Charles Crutchfield]couple of times. Feeling composed, he not eaten lunch! "The Zinn's home sat on a knoll got in the truck and headed for the next While sitting in the waiting room, across astream called Dumpling Run. mailbox. The run that day seemed like Max Groves, of Dusk Camp, came A dirt road ran down the hill, across a cakewalk atier that. and talked to us. He worked with me the bridge, and up to the road where Gene and I were both taken into the at Home Improvement in Burnsville. we drove our mail truck and where Army in 1942. We were both overseas He is such a wonderful human being! their mailbox was located. The Zinns when we heard of Tommy's death. In He had attended the funeral of Buck would stand in their yard and watch David Pahner's good research, he said Ratliff, a very sad occasion in memory our mail truck approach. They could Tommy was gunned down by German of another wonderful human being, see us from a half-mile away. fire while leading his men. It was I want to report something that will Whether the flag was up on theduring the ill-conceived, ill-planned give you a chuckle about (who else do mailbox or we had any mail for them, operation known as 'Market Garden.' grandparents talk about?) a great- my brother would always stop. 'I The plan was the work of General grandson. Four-year-old Ian Donnen, cannot pass them by,' he would say. Bernard Montgomery. It was later of Buckhannon, was walking in The query from them was alwaysmade into a movie, 'A Bridge Too Meadowbrook Mall last week with the same - 'Any mail from Thomas Far.' his father, James. As they passed today?' My brother had a stack of Gene and I went to visit the Zinns a Victor!a's Secret, Ian looked up at his answers. Tommy might be in seines- couple of years after returning from the dad and said, "Those must be very ter tests, he might be on a road trip war. They had moved to a hilly farm beautiful women to look so good in with the team, or maybe there will be between Weston and Jackson's Mill. just their underwear!" a letter next time. He wanted to give They had become very bitter, frozen in Someone asked me what "PPR" them some excuse. They would turn time. Our conversation was strained, means that I previously reported; itis slowly and go into the house, so we did not stay long. As we left an abbreviation for "Pastor-Parish I arrived at the Post Office in them, I could still hear the haunting Relations." Join us at the famous Burnsville one day, ready for our run. refrain, 'Any mail from Thomas to- Methodistdinnerthatfolksfrommiles, Mybrother had the mail separated day'?'" . away come to enjoy. This one will and in the big leather bag marked (If you are lucky enough to have occur on September 12, at the 'U.S. Postal Service.' He turned to parents or a parent, get in touch with Burnsville Community Center. The me with agrin and said, 'Aletter from them today!) time is 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., and dona- Thomas today!' tions will be accepted. Ourlittlemailtruckseemed tosense Maranatha! After the success of the "Glenville' s Got Talent National Night Out the Sidewalk Gang is planning a Hallow- een costume Party and dance on Fri- day October 30 from 7 - 10 PM. There will be prizes for the best cos- tumes in several categories. Food and beverages will be served. Come dance and have fun. Also being planned is a haunted house. Watch for news releases, post- ers and flyers with all the details. This is not for the faint of heart. Anyone interested in volunteering to help would be appreciated; as well as donations to defer the cost of these events. It is the hope of the Sidewalk Gang this will be the first annual county wide Halloween Costume Party. Watch for details and plan to attend. Upcoming Civic ""'o-' ..... ' Breakthrough Non-Surgical Back Pain Relief Center Events By DALE KELLER private insurances with no out of Stephen Freeman will perli)rm pocket expense. This non- his "Tribute to Elvis" at the Char~cs- INDIANAPOLIS, tN- Peoplessurgical procedure only takes ton Civic Center on October 10 Medical has discovered a newminutes to apply, and treats even On October 10 and 11, the WV remedy to eliminate back pain the most severe types of pain Book Festival is coming to the without surgery. Anyone suffering alleviating years of suffering... Charleston Civic Center. from back pain can gel this new Call the national hotline lbr flee For more information, please visit home treatment now approved by infbmmtion call 1-800-526,8926 wwwcharlestnwvciviccentercm Medicare. Medicaid, and most Want To Work and Not Lose Your SSI / SSDI Check? Thursday, September 10, 2009 -- The Glenville Democrat Page 9 Sidewalk Gang Braxton Co. Chapter of "The Halloween Party Compassionate Friends" Offers Help in Times of Need How rare and wonderful is that flash of a moment when we real- ize we have discovered a fad'end. --William E. Rothschild Farm Bureau Chicken Dinner Fundraiser is Sept. 10 My brother turned and started up the path to our truck. Like in the poem, 'he Tickets are on sale now for the wore a smile you could see a mile.' I Farm Bureau's Chicken Dinner, to be watched him in the rearview mirror, held Thursday, September 10, from Want A Job That Gives You A Feeling Of Self-Esteem? Want To Conquer Your Disability and Show Your Family & Friends You Count? If you want any or all of the above, including extra pay during these tough economic times, contact us ~ a n0n-pr0flt agency ~ for FREE 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Gilmer County Recreation Center Dining Hall. For more information, contact Farm B ureau President, Gary Bush, at 462- 5627 or (304) 871-3928. The Compassionate Friends is a * that there is a reason to keep on mutual assistance, sell-help organi- living zation offeringfriendship, understand- * that joy does return.., only in a ing, and hope to bereaved families different way following the death of a child. Our * to accept that I may never know mission is to assist families toward why the positive resolution of grief fol- * not to blame people when they lowing the death of a child of any age, don't understand and to provide information to help * the importance of support and others be supportive. There is no encouragement religious affiliation, no membership * that I need others who have been fees or dues, and all bereaved family there to help me through members are welcome. For further * we are all connected and we need information, visit The Compassion- each other in such a special way ate Friends on the Internet at * that eventually you do want to go www., on and live again The Braxton County local chapter * that I must create a"new normal" meets the first Monday of the month for myself at 6:00 p.m. at the First Southern * that only in the articulation of Baptist Church on Herold Route, grief does it diminish Sutton (off of the 1-79 Gassaway/ * that l can laugh again and not feel Sutton exit, above the new Senior guilty Center. For directions, call Cindy at * it's OK to say "no" 304-765-2865). The TCF support * that some of the things I thought group will alsobe holding theirannaul I'd never do again, I have Walk to Remember on Sunday, Sep- * that along with all the pain and tember 27, 2009, from 2:00 to 4:00 at despair,joy and happiness have found the Holly Gray Park in Sutton. a place in my life again Following is an exerpt from "The * that love never dies F Empty Chair," by Sandy Goad. Many of you are caught in the I've Learned... middle of a terrible storm, but in time, to take one day at a time that storm will begin to cease and~ if today is bleak, tomorrow can be somewhere...somehow., at some- better time, you will see the sun again. not to take my health for granted Formoreinformationcontact: Lori that no one grieves like me; ev- Craft at 304-765-3123 or Cindy erybody grieves differently Robinson at 304-765-2865. Laziness Folk Festival is a heavy bltrden. --Irish Proverb Meeting is Sept. 15 Community members are invited every year. The billboard beside the spirit and authenticity. Visitors from to attend the next WV State Folk Common Place Restaurant has the far and wide remark on the friendli- Festival Committee Meeting and be new dates in place- June 17-20,2010. ness and feeling of inclusion they find part of the largest annual event in Currently, there are about 20 mem- here. We are unique, because people Gilmer County. New officers will be bers on the committee who make the can sing and dance, and participate in elected on Tuesday, September 15, in Folk Festival happen. We believe the old-time ways, not just watch. ameeting of all interested volunteers, that our West Virginia heritage and The FolkFestival gives peopleasense at 5 p.m. at the Country Store on our sense ofcommunity are so impor- of coming home. Court Street. Yearly dues of $1 (an tant that we work to nurture them. If you want to work with the Festi- amount established in the incorpora- However, we need new ideas, new val but do not wish to participate in tiondocumentsofmorethan50years energy, and more hands to keep things monthly meetings, we can still use ago) will be received, rolling, your talents. See the Folk Festival TheFolkFestivalCommitteemeets GilmerCounty has something very advertisement near this article for monthly to lay plans for our big an- special going on here. Many musi- some suggestions as to how you can nual Gilmer County celebration, be- cians and dancers alike say that our is helpingivingbacktoyourhomecom- ginning the third Thursday in June their favorite festival because of its munity. Everyone Third Next Folk 5:00 Career Counseling without cost or obligation. Tamara A. Woods Career Counselor 304.848.0850 twoods @jobsquadinc. org Susan Blosser Career Counselor & Active Employer Council Manager 304.848.0850 sblosser@jobsquaclinc, org Brian Connaughton Career Counselor 304.848.0850 gconnaughton k Welcome at Meetings Tuesday of each Month. Festival Committee ,tember 15, P.M.- Country Store Can you saw a board, sing a tune, Paint a sign, sweep with a broom, Pound a nail, assist the Belles, Answer questions, stock the shelves, Organize, deodorize, and banish dust, Wiring outlets is a must, Lead the children in their play, Paint a wall, set up displays, Put up the tents, write a grant, Sew a dress or a pair of pants, Pen our history in neat order, Cement bricks in mortar, Carry chairs and bales of hay, Be a go-for on set-up days Weave a baker, round up dancers, Do something special to enhance us, Inspire us to love our hertiage, (Past and present niake a good marraige/ Appraise antiques, drive a shuttle. Keep people calm, not in a mnddlc Teach others crafts or old -time ways, Make history alive throughout our days, Bring energy and ideas galore'? Please come Tuesday to the Country Store. Make our day with a call to: Sadie or Don Kelble - 462-8526 Lynn or Joe Yurkiewicz - 462,5000 Judy or Jim Meads - 462'8708