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2 The Glenville Democrat/Patldinder ~-ptembw IL tr/s II[ I II IIII III e Now that Gilmer County has been presented , two new ambulances, with an older vehicle in backup, it's time for the newly formed Ambulance Board to come to grips with equipping and supervising the ambulance service. The fledgling ambulance service has limped along since its inception nearly four years ago. Operating on a shoestring budget with inadequate equipment, the ambulance service has in the past struggled to meet the emergency services needs of county residents. Until recently, the four-man ambulance service has operated without essential equipment, such as light rescue apparatus, and with only the minimum of medical supplies. EMT-trained volunteers have assisted in many runs, without the benefit of protective insurance. Makeshift headquarters at County Courthouse and the Fire Department have served as decentralized parking areas, with no central staff area to facilitate rapid deperture In its early stages, the ambulance service was criticized by area residents and police as bein$ inadequate for thorough, professional emergency health services-the type of services we should expect with more than adequate financial resources and local supervisory capacity. If a serious medical problem should ever occur in the county, like a school bus accident or multiple injury mishap with the lives of one or many persons hanging in the balance, it is imperative that our ambulance service perform to its greatest potential to speed patients on the way to hospitals, with the best emergency care already administered. The ambulances are here. Expect medical advice is available to help order the proper supplies and equipment. The County Commission has more than ample funds to secure such equipment. All that's needed is the committment, supervision and direction necessary to lift our ambulance service to its peak of potential performance. The people of Gilmer County deserve nothing less. We applaud the good working relationship formed between Mayor Delbert L. Davidson and Everett Stoneking, county supervisor of the State Department of Highways. Not only has the DOH paved a portion of Colleae St., eliminating the annoying post-rain storm runoff of gravel, but they have agreed to take over a 1,000-foot stretch of Sycamore Rd. adjacent to Rt. 5. A DOH crew has already smoothed, graded, graveled and paved a treacherous slip on Sycamore, by an agreement worked out between Davidson and Stoneking. The remaining surface that needs work will receive similar treatment, accordin8 to Davidson, saving the city much-needed revenue by this cooperative effort. It's a rare experience to see officials from levels of government work closely together with seemingly effortless compatibility. We hope to see more concurrent effort between state and city officials now that Stoneking and Davidson have shown the way. And we hope the example of good workin$ relationships holds for the expected association between city and county government when they tackle common problems. An amber tinge is beginning to show amens the deep green hills and hollows of Gilmer County. Mornings are crisp with a damp chill and the evening shadows stretch longer across our gardens and lawns. Warm, dry breezes sweep a few falling leaves to rest on the hardened country roads. The call of the dove is beginning to mellow the tempo of life from the frantic, shrill bird and insect chatter hot summer evenings. Darkness comes early and lasts a bit longer and corn stalks are turning dry and yellow. Cellar brim with summer garden produce. Squirrel deer hunters flex their trigger fingers while toss footballs and wrestle after the long end. A beautiful, sunny summer is slowly passing by the universe adjusts its jewelry to make way for most colorful and breath-taking seasons of all. How fitting it is that the season which signals an of life full-blown should come upon us with rainbow stealth; before the leaves wither and we are treated to nature's most climactic race. And autumn begins its all too brief by Jim Jacobs Mmmaaahela Power Co. is sponsoring an energy conference the weekend of October 3-4 in Clarksburg and are inviting journalists from all over the state to attend. They're also offering to pay hotel expenses for any newsperson requesting the freebie. Most likely, the conference will feature company spokesmen who will try to justify rate increases based on higher fuel costs. For example, one Monongahela spokesman pointed out that in December, 1973, Monongahela was paying 36 cents per million BTU of coal. By May, 1975, this had gone up to $1.01 per million BTU. Journalists covering the confe- rence will be expected to digest two days of sophisticated information and explain rate increases to families who pay $1,200 or more a year for electricity. There are economists who write every complicated books to explain rising costs of electricity, fuel oil and coal for heating. They spread the blame around in such a way as to confuse the layman, whose natural tendency is to blame the electric or gas company. For example, there is the man who r cently complained to a newsman that he had converted to all-electric heat a few years ago on the assurance his budgeted bill would remain steady at $35 per month, but that the amount was increased first to $39 then to $51, and now to $99 per month. This gent is a working man with a small family who can live with the rate increases. But what of pension- ers on fixed incomes? Or those em- ployed who receive low incomes and have large families and must bear other crucial expenses? In the last analysis, it matters little to the average consumer what the reasons for the rate hikes are. What might impress the overburden- ed consumer would be a plan by utility companies or stat'e legislators to limit rate hikes for those who can't afford to pay skyrocketing energy bills. Taking a cue from the federal food stamp program for the nourishment of poor families, State Senate President William T. Brotherton offered a possible but not practical solution a few days ago when he said he had initiated preparation of utility stamp legislation "to provide-money for payers of electric and gas bills in the winter, when they're unusually high." Other forms of state assistance such as welfare and food stamps are available to people in need, Brotherton reasons but so far nothing has been done to help a pensioner faced with a $100 utility bill. he said he believes utility stamp legislation could bridge that gap. Considering the reality that fuel costs are not going to lessen, perhaps an alternative plan might be considered that should require no expensive growth in the bureacracy necessary to operate Bro 's plan. That would be the establishment, by electric or gas companies, of a basic low rate for those who qualify. This rate would remain constant for consumers in a given income bracket, and any increase justified before the Public Service Commission would be imposed upon the more affluent and business-industrial com- munity. Certainly there can be no justification for continued use of preferential rates for high consump- tion. In this era of energy shortage, when all are asked to conserve, the rate procedure should be reversed: lowest rates for those who the least, be it electricity, gas or water, with the rates increased in relation to usage. In the utility field there are two fundamental requirements: to keep services for heating a home or cooking a meal wil n reach of all, including pensioners and others on low income, and to conserve precious energy. Both needs must be met. Berber= Willie=us Extension A|emt I think I've been had-again. It just doesn't make any sensze to me that spitting tobacco on a hooked worm would help you catch any more Fish. If I wore a fish, it certainly would not give me a incentive to nibble. {Don't believe everything you hear in a pharmacy, folks!) I would really interested to know if anyone could give me a logical explanation for this phenomenon-and progf that it is a phenomenon! Did you ever make it a point to appreciate some of the everyday things that make life a little more bearable? Like for instance, vinegar? Puckering pickles, you say? OK, take note: After you fry the fish that you catch with your nicotined worm. some vinegar poured into the hot skillet will clear out the smell. A mixture of half salt, half vinegar, while not particularly appetizing, will take the tarnish off brass and copper, and the rust stains off many washable items. For the stains, just put a heavy layer of the stuff on each stain, put the items in the sun to dry, then launder. Ever notice the sediment in your tea kettle from hard water? Boil a solution of vinegar and water in the kettle about once a week, and-no more sediment! If your little Fide (or Physdaaux) has an inappropriate sense of timing, a solution of 3 tablespoons of white vinegar to a quart of warm water, with a liquid detergent, applied to the stain should zap it right out. In cooking ? Well, if you've ever had apples pieces turn brown before you could use them, remember this one: sprinkled over the freshly cut pieces, white vinegar will prevent change in color. To turn fresh milk or cream into sour {milk or cream}, just blop a tablespoon or so of vinegar right in there. Most of us have used vinegar water to wash windows, but did you ever use white vinegar to set or remove creases from polyester knits? It works like a breeze! If you're soured on buying every new product on the market, try vinegar-it may get you out of your household pickles! Don't fnrget to visit the Farm Show this weekend - and be sure to get in ee the Leaders' chicken barbecue Friday, IMam 4:30 .:8:30 p.m. II II IIIIIIllll I~ I The Glenville Pathfinder 8ecmzl-C ee pou,ge pekJ at GIe, JkP and at addJtJoMI maillng offlc~ -- +. I II By U.S. Senator T h e average age of Americans is increasing, and the country as a whole is becoming more coimerv- ative, according to demog- raphers who have just completed a study of our population. In 1965, about half of all Americans were under 25, and the average age was in the 18-24 range; but, by 1985, for the first time in our nation's history, less than 40 percent of our population will be younger than 25. The average age a decade from now will be between 25 and 39. The baby boom of the 1950's and early 1960's has ended, and. currently, the birth rate in the United States is about one per- cent annually. Looking at a 20-year period that began in 1965 and will end in 1985, t h e demographers ~11 the rise in the over-25 age group "'~_ breath- taking." An flmated 24 million &meriearm will have been added to' that age by the end of 1985. which will be an increase of 70 percent in the numo bar of citizens between the ages of ~ and 39. And the study says "our country is a great deal more conservative than the popularizers of new living styles might suggest." For example, the demographers predict "a continuation of traditional household for- mation 8t levels" mainder of into the 1985, there will twice as many households in there were in means that other styles have been more publicity deserve. The increasi~ of families in decade, however, fewer children of today. And a larger number combining both s making career and outside the fact, four out of persons in the workforce in 1985 women--that's a over the percent~ work force made women in 1955. According to rapiers, the more women win t and dren will affluence for the predict that be reached at an age than is now The study Americans have son "to take pride accomplishments past 20 years, optimistic about seeable future." ;|/mr ( ,ty C=b l=r Manday-Thm'gday - Nut ritioa Program at Center, reservat/eB a day ha advsace, sdabs i Gihner County Athletic &metere of each mouth. 7: 0 p.m. at the High ScbNL Friday, - entertainh=8 Wm tm at t:l~ p.m. Saturday, S pt mbw t3 - C_,SC at ssaim Msdlsm Co/i e, 1:30 pJL September t2-t3 - County Farm Shoe, C~tw. Sep e=,ber t -t4 - Goepel Sing at C.ab,e C.=e Cater, Saturday, 13th begiu at 7 p.m. Sund y, Tueeday, Septembe," 23 - Meeting ef Com=deslon, te pesdl Sead project, 7 p.m. at GSC Fetwtry BidS. Secee Monday each smatk - meetb , 7:30 p.m. at the high plans saves to get ii II II G ,gle. W.Ve.