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Colurnncontinued,.. ) the past month. One Moreover, this out- brought out Sadie Crafter's Patch her colorful sewing ells me that next Fall the Street neighborhood to yard sales are for many of our Moreover, the big- gger the crowd; everyone. Society needs Order to operate the Holt and Family History Reed and Marga- cated yard sale related to me. In fact, I'd is the primary because right lety can't afford to pay ounty Commis- p in that regard. ~ler the HUD grant re- Holt home due to backing of U.S. Con- Mollohan, the rev- !~ tOUrism should help to ~that financial problem. .,r picnic enthusiasts ion's history --- at- 21 joint Gilmer- Society Picnic at Recreation home. efrom either county left except for those antici- to cook up the is it that I always iobs" that I'm no .I grew up, mothers sons to cook be- to get married ~arried. Unfortunately, work out in my Thursday, Sept. 18, 2003 --- The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder -- Page 5A case, so my cooking skills are mini- mal. To make matters worse tl at evening, our esteemed Gilmer Presi- dent Hunter Armentrout had a "frog," or something else, in his throat. As a result, as the Society's vice-president, I had to chair the meeting on a topic I knew very little about -- the Poor Farm. "Who were the poor people?" one astute Calhoun County Society mem- ber inquired. Fortunately, knowing much about the topic, Richard and Marion Reed, who as newlyweds had lived in the historic house, answered most of those questions. Marion explains that from the mid- 19th century to the 1930s, the Poor Farm housed many of the county's elderly, widows and orphans -- all people who were left alone in their families and had nowhere else to go. The New Deal's social programs, however, negated the need for county government to provide these social and shelter services which were taken over by other private and public agen- cies. Marion's family got their first-hand knowledge of the house because by the 1940s, it had become the home of the Rec Center and Golf Course's caretaker. Her father assumed that job, and later four generations of Reeds were to live there. "I loved playing here, running up and down the many staircases as a youth," she fondly re- members. houn County, led the march on Blair Mountain during the southern West Virginia Mine Wars." In addition, he adds that another cemetery, primarily for the Poor Farm's residents, is also on a knoll at the Golf Course. He explains that under the Old Com- monwealth of Virginia Constitution, each magisterial district was supposed to have its own Poor Farm. Bob Bonar, of the Calhoun Society, relates that his County's Poor Farm was at Bull River. Although the Gilmer County Poor Farm went out of existence in the 1930s, in some cities they lasted at least two decades after that. In the late 1950s, this editor remembers, as a high school youth on a community service project, we kids would visit people in the Floyd County Poor House, as it was called in southern Indiana. The residents --- all elderly and without families -- were always so happy to see us and to be cheered up on a periodic basis. He nee, our Gilmer County Poor Farm discussion brought back some pleasant memories to me, too. See related photos below. Exhibits ended The historical exhibits at the Society's Museum are now dismantled. Anyone having a good idea for a future exhibit, please contact any Historical Society member. At the same time, President Armen- trout is still leading a group of young volunteers in cleaning up and main- taining the Old Glenville Cemeteries A reply to Mr. Baker is called for, as he evidently doesn't understand the difference between loving one's neighbor and taking a stand against error. If my neighbor is involved in something wrong, I am obligated to speak out alxmt it. In Acts, Chapters 7 and 8, we have recorded the stoning of Stephen. Saul 0ater Paul the Apostle) had ~.n obli- gation to take a stand against this evil but instead became partaker of their evil deeds (Acts 7:58; 8:1). As apreacher of the Gospel, I have a duty and obligation to stand against error whether Mr. B aker accepts it or not. I am exhontd by Jude to "ear- nesfly contend for the faith," the faith here being the whole body of truth as revealed by God and the word 'contend' means to do so as a combatant. I am instructed by Paul to "reprove" the works of darkness (Eph 5:! 1). The word 'reprove' in the Greek actually means expose. I am to defend the faith and expose error. This I have done and my judge will not be Mr. Baker, but the Lord Him- self will decide if I have been a faithful steward. Challenging error is not the same as doing ill to a neighbor and Jesus's statement about loving your neigh- bor doesn't eliminate the rest of God's word. Mr. Baker, was Jesus being error ts a error of those religious Pharisees and pronounced many woes upon them in Matthew 23:13-337 Bcau of this namby-pamby, spir~less, humanisl.ic society in which we live today, to take a stand against error is to invite such vilification as wimessed by the Ic~cr from Mr. Baker. However, his letter has come at an excelllent time since we have a dem- onstration pre~nfly in the news of what happens when good people do nothing and say nothing, refusing to speak out and expose error. Because Christians would not stand up and expose the unscriptmd error of the celibate priesthood of the Roman Catholic Church, we now have over 500 cases of child molestation and abuse which has been acknowledged by the $85,000,000 settlement agreed to by that church. Where were the Christian pastors, where were the Child Protective Ser- vices and "Welfare Departments, where were all the good neighbors while this was going on? It has been happening for years! But Mr. Baker would have men of God, such as myself, to remain silent and look the other way. We don't want to offend anyone now, do we? Don't talk to me about being "unchristian," Mr. Baker. Without knowing me, my heart or my motives, you have, in your self- righteousness, set yourself as my Rschard started their 50 year-plus (and on non-rainy Saturdays. still counting) marriage there. If you're interested in preserving and Richard remembers the Blizzard maintaining these historic cemeteries, Cemetery up on the nearby hill. Hunter call President Armentrout at 462-8431. iniected, "Bill Blizzard, who came Your help, expertise, tools, and elbow from GilmerCounty but lived in Ca]- grease would be greatly appreciated. She also recalls the family growing on College Hill. More help, however, is "unchristian" when he rebuked the jud~;e. Yu have done that which you their own food on the farm there, needed. He normally works in the Later, after their wedding, she and woodedareabehindLouisBennettHall Are we accuse me of doing. Romans 2:1, 3, 21 "Therefore, thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest an- other, condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things." "And thinkest thou this, 0 man, thatjudgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shall escape the judgment of God?" "l'nou the fore which teachest an- other, teachcst thou not thyself?. Thou that prea, ehest a man should not steal, dost thou steal.'?" Mr. Baker, your kind frightens me. I, too, served as a Veteran for 15 years in the Navy in defense of this nation, its Constitution and especially the first amendment, and that is why your fi- nal paragraph really disturbs me. In the pious, self-righteous manner of your letter, you give lip service to the fights of Mr. Corcoran and myself under the first amendment, then cun- ningly attempt to get Mr. Corcoran to limit th~ very same rights, l de- tected your subtlety as I am sure Mr. Corcoran did, also. Mr. Baker, "a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways" (James 1:8). Pastor, Sincerely, Larry K. Keenan Kanawha Drive Church also? Dear Editor." and of greed, hatred, and jealousies near and far. Greece and all that rep- (Apparently my last letter to you among nations, it seems that sancti- resented beauty, clearness of think- was unacceptable toyourpublishing monious clerical bulletin-board ad- ing, freedom, and justice, Rome in all standards. Perhaps my satire of fla- monitions like JESUS IS its power and glory declined and fell, grant anthropormorpism may have COMING-ARE YOU READY? are and all nations ruled by all the most been too strong, in which case I have at least inappropriate. The terrorists base and violent elements of the na- rewriv.en the letter somewhat, shift- of religious fundamentalism in the ture of Man have declined and fallen. ing the emphasis, and hope that it is name of their gods are wreaking deathAre the nations of the world in this now more in line with your start- and horror in their unholy epoch of "civilization" destined to dards) self-sacrifice. We who have sancti- follow that same tragic path? When one considers the sorry con- fled in our self-assumed role of Big CarlKerr dition of the world today with over- Brolaher to the World wave our tat- Glenvill riding war, famine, pestilence, and tered ensign despite our being sus- death of Old-Testament dimensions, l: cted of vain[Iory our nei[hbors Letters to Editor continued on page 6A --- a reply to Pastor Larry Keenan I I ! !11[, = III I I II I II IIII IIIII IIII IIII Ill IIIIIII I I IIIIIIIII I111 IIII IIIII Ifll Illlllll I II pl.~= in p=r ~=,u~!er vt,tt, INew Homes ' Room Additions- Driveways- Sidewalks] - Garages - Roofs - Replacement Windows - Siding "i Floors, - Remoldefing - Aluminum Soffit (gutter systems) I J & R Builders, LLC Lamb Paul Ryan Lamb John St (304) 269-4-521 W.V. 26452 w.v.#013537 Fax: 304-269-3084 __ ew pie who has a first-hand knowledge of.the Gilmer County Poor One of the f _. .peop -'ed /standing, cemer). Locateo at the Gilmer County is Manon (Mrs. HicnarUlis being ru-n-novated, slowly but surely. At the recent joint" " meeting and l histofic building .... ;,,*;o= Mrs Reed reminisced about life at the Poor Farm n, J Calhoun Histo al s by t veCorcoran, St'.) had been caretaker f ttle mC"t'Y"" "" Straight Talk From Glenville State College , tnner supplied by both societies and the conversation at the the vered dish d" . .... =a, nar tCahoun County Society's president), Helen co left to ngm. ou , ,.,-, , , " tV), Hunter Armentrout and Richard Reed (both of the Gilmer Historical Socte . room was located when they lived at the farm and sat about where Mr. anu m, ....... in the 1940s. .. ain (dght), a Gilmer Countycrafts person, explains how she and , -- Mrs. Joyce C =.='"" historic, odgina cane Dottom chairs which' once were used nave re-caned many o_ ," .... ran Sr (left, holding a sample chair), the Gilmer , oave ~u,~,~ , " Poor Farm s Home chairs which are also ve comfortable to sit on shows off one of the finery restored ry Morr/s, publisher, CMhOtm Chronicle) Supporting GSC In response to the continued economic restraints faced by colleges and universitms in West Virginia, the GSC Foundation is dedicated to secudng the resources that the College needs to provide a quality educational environment for its students, The GSC Foundation has undergone several changes over the past few months. Eadier this month, Ronna Dittman was named Director of the GSC Foundation to lead the fundraising and frlendraising efforts of the College. Currently, GSC has several successful fundraising in place that the Foundation will continue to develop, The GSC Annual Fund is a yeady fundraismg effort that supports the general operating budget of the College As higher education costs increase and state funds decrease throughout West Virginia, it is essential that we strengthen the financial support from our alumni and friends. Gifts to the GSC Annual Fund help to make up the difference between the cost of receiving a higher educat~n and the support that is available from turn, fees, and the state of West Virginia. GSC is constantly challenged to compete among its peer instit~Jona. Other state colleges have larger total and student endowments, enabling them to invest considerably more in the quality of their programs. GSC needs Annual Fund gifts to remain compe~ve If there ever was a time to give to Glenvifle State College, it is now. Gifts to the Annual Fund are spent in a number of ways to help support the College. Financial aid and scholarships for students continue to be one of the most pressing needs of the College. Over 70% of our students rely on financial aid and scholarships to help pay a portion of their educational expenses. Through scholarships the College is able to ~it and retain academically gifted high school graduates. In addition, the Annual Fund helps our faculty - the heart of the Glenville State College academic experience. We need to maintain high academk: excellence through support of our faculty Annual Fund donations will assist our faculty in providing the best possible education for GSC students. Annual Fund contributions also help the College acquire state of the art computers and other technological equipment for classrooms, the library, and laboratodes Pioneer Athk~Ic Club The Pioneer Athtetic Club (PAC) allows student athletes to have the opportunity to further their edu~al and athletic careers The monies that are raised are used to fund GSC athletic ~olarships. PAC membership bene- fits can include (depending on-the level of giving) priority seating at athletic events, program recogn/tions, season ~, and other it..m'ns. Several fundraismg events are currently planned for athletic teams. On Saturday, September 20 at 6:00 pro, the annual Elimination Dinner to benefit the Pioneer Foo~all team will be held at Lockard Farm following the football team's home opener against Clarion University at 1:00 p.m. Tickets for the dinner are $50 and include admission to the dinner and a chance to win the grand prize of $1,000, as well as several other prizes If you have any questions, would like to purchase tickets or need directions to Lockard Farm, please call the GSC Athletic Depa~nt at (304) 462~102 Two golf tournaments are scheduled to benefit the GSC golf programs, On Sunday, September 28, a golf tournament ~11 be held at 9:00 am at the Riverside Golf Course in Mason. WVa Dunng Ho~ming ~ker',d, a golf tournament will be held on October 17 at the GSC Golf Club at 1:00 pen Anyone interested in either tournament is encouraged to partPJpate by contacting the GSC Athletic Department. The men's basketball team is also planning a lottery fundraiser for the month of November Tickets will be on sale soon. All of the other athletic programs are currently working to develop fundraisers. Information will be shared once plans are finalized If you are interested in making a gift to the GSC Foundation or the PAC, please contact us at (304) 462-4125, or via mail at GSC Foundation, 200 H~gh St,, Glenville, WV 26351, We will ma;I you a receipt acknowledging the amount of your gift. All contributions will be recognized in the College's annual report of gifts and are tax deductible. Friends of Fine Art= GSC takes great p~ in our arts programs and our presentation of the visual and performing arts, Our faculty are talented and dedicated to providing students with the education and experience they need To maintain our present level of excellence and grow in the future, we need additional private support If you wish to make a gift, we are providing the opportu- nity for donors to purchase nan~plates on seats in the Fine Arts Auditorium each year, as wel| as purchase a practice room and have it named for them in perpetuity. If you would like more information about becoming a member of Friends of the Fine Arts, please contact John McKinney at (304) 462-7361 x7341.