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'This Old House' is not "This Old School,' Bryan in Gilmer & more W eowera a on houses, like on Glenville's Col- The mantown High School Alumni Asso- lege Street, small eyesores are ~o/'Goran elation; created. • Use as a museum for storage, dis- On the other hand, when school Column play, and public view of all the Nor- By David H CorcQ'an buildings are vacated.big and even- Publisher-Editor mantown School's historic materials, tually ugly structures are created, ......... trophies, and other memo :abilia, such not to mention their becoming them, gather socially to chat on the as the historic 1945 State Basketball major safety and health hazards grounds, find entertainment close to Championship memorabilia and the within those communities, home at the ball games, hold their 1966FFA International Land Judging This column wouldn't be written if reunions in the gyms, etc. As a result, trophy and memorabilia. Both of these the Editor had not lived in depression- when a school is closed in a comma- accomplishments represent once in a plagued MeDowell CounO, for a de- nity,thatarealosesalotofidentity and lifetime historic events forthe State of cade. ]"hat county is the nation's poor- town spirit is lost, as well. WV, Gilmer County, as well as Nor- est and where the old schools were That's why we editors look with mantown High School that will never consolidated into new ones. Then, the optimistic favor on the Blair Wright happen again, the gentlemen argued; former schools were left without any and Gat3' Smith proposal to transform • Form a youth center for learning, thoughtofsecufity,therebyencoumg- the old Normantown School into a various sports activities, such as bas- ing vandalism, theft of school board CommunityCenter, withmultipleuses ketball and baseball, etc. property, infestation of rats, mice and -- something for everyone in the Nor- • Create suitable places for Boys/ birds, and the creation of a giant, ha- mantown area. Girls Scouts, 4-H adult learning, se- ked and horrible looking sight within On August 15, 2016, the pair pre- nior center exercisiug for healthy liv- that community, sented the plan to the Gilmer County ing and nutritious meals; and We editors know that the local Board ofEducation. The proposal out- • Set it up for a variety' of other BOE's are forced to consolidate lined that the school's alunmi and area youth, adult, and community activi- schools, based on enrollment projec- residentssoughttheNorm,'mtownprop- ties. tions,by the State Board of Education. erty to be transferred to the School's This Community Center proposal, But,withthatrealityassured,shouldn't Alumni Association for various put- the developers said, was "enthusiasti- the State Board al o provide funding poses and for a Community Center to cally supported by all members of the for the local BOEs to work up "exit fulfill a variety of activities, including Board of Education." One roadblock, strategies" to adapt the old schools for the following: unfortunately, is that the local board is new uses, thus preventing the deterio- ° Develop the Normantown School not in charge of the school properties ration and vandalism that is sure to facilities and property into a Commu- at the [n'esenttime.Thisresponsibility come after their abandonment? nit}' Center for Center District, which rests withthe State Board of Fxlucation After all. tbr small communities, includes Cedarville, Letter Gap, Nor~ and its representative, the Cotmty Su- their schools are nol ouly places for mantown, Steer Run, Steer Creek, perintendentofSchools.Mr.GabeDe- yonth education, but alsothe heart and Shock, Lockney,and Rosedale,and all vono agreed to meet with the State soul of those entire regions. Residents thehollows inbetween.Inotherwords, Board this month topresentaproposal pick up their children there,have their all of the former NHS attendance dis-- to them. Indeed, he will submit the neighborhood and club meetings in trict: Continued on page 5 The dollars & cents of the 2016 Flood's Aftermath By the Honorable Brent Boggs, State Delegate (34th District) It was a pleasant and welcome sight to have a gentle, steady rain falling after church on Sunday. While it will take much more rain to make up for the past several weeks of extremely dry weather, every- one getting .concerned about the upcoming fall weather and dry conditions; a combination that may make this a very dangerous forest fire season. Unlbrtunately, there seems to be no movement by HON. BRENT BOGGS legislative leadership and the Governor on putting our much needed state foresters back to work as of this writ- ing on Sunday night. The Special Session The Governor only in- cluded one bill on h is special session call: House Bill 201 -- a supplemental appropria- tion bill to come up with the state match for drawing down federal FEMA funds to pay for the devastating June floods. The estimated cost for the flood breaks down, as follows: Public Assistance ...................... $88.8 million Individual A sistance ............... $33A million Other Needs Assistance ............. $6.5 million Schools ........................................ $130 million Direct Federal A istance .......... $1.6 million WV Conservation Agency .......... $32 million Mitigation .................................. $37.5 million Non-Federal Costs ....................... $10 million TOTAL ................................... $339.8 million At minimum, FEMA will cover 75% of the total. If the State meets FEMA's designated threshold of $253 million in disaster costs, FEMA could cover 90%. All the aforementioned categories do not count toward the threshold. However, the funds must be obligated, including school construction costs, to be eligible for the higher reimbursement rate. Meanwhile, HB 201 covers the initial 25% cost - a total of $85 million. If the Federal govern- ment allows the full 90%, the difference will be retained in the Governor's Civil Contingency Fund. This is the front line in disaster funds and is separate from the Revenue Shortfall (a.k.a. Rainy Day) Fund. Multiple schools were impacted and five schools were deemed a total loss: Nicholas County Middle School, Herbert Hoover High School, Clendennin Elementary School; Richwood Middle School; and Richwood High School. The state portion is coming from the following sources: $55 million from Rainy Day Fund; $9.0 million from FY 2016 surplus fimds; and $21 mil- lion from lottery funds ($13.7 million from Lottery account; $7.3 million from Excess Lottery account). Additionally, in a call last week with the Governor, he noted that he had requested an additional $310 million from the President for the State of West Virginia, which if approved, would be available only to the disaster declaration counties in the form of Community Development Block Grants for housing, economic development and infrastructure. This would be above and beyond the FEMA funding. That odd camera??? Finally this week, a note about technology, parents and kids. When going through a storage closet at their home, Justin found his old Kodak camera from grade school. He showed it to his son, Carson, who after a complete examination was unable to identit), it as a camera. Carson wanted to know how you turned it on; where did you plug it in to recharge; how did you make a phohe call on it; where is the screen: and many other legitimate questions that someone would ask that never saw or used a conventional camera. Ex- plaining film, dropping it of to be processed, and waiting for the pictures was another amazing, histori- cal fact for Carson. Justin was relating the conversation to me and we both were laughing because Justin said it made him feel old. After we ended the call, I realized if it made Justin feel old, it made me very old. Ready or not, time and technology march on. How to contact me! In the interim period when not in session, please send your inquiries to my home office at: 151 Park Street, Gassaway, WV 26624; or to the Capitol office: Building t, Room 258-M, Charleston, WV 25305. My home number is 304-364-8411. If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know. For those with lnternet access, my legislative e-mail address is: Brent.Boggs@ You may also obtain additional legislative infor- mation, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights., and leave me a message on the Legislature's web site at When leaving a mes- sage, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional information, including agency links and the state government phone directory, may be found at w w. Also, you may follow me on Facebook at "Brent Boggs'; Twitter at "@DelBrentBoggs"; as well as the WV Legislature's Facebook page at"West Virginia Legislature" or on Twitter at http:// • Conclusion Remember our troops -- at home and abroad -- and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers. Until next week, take care! Living on the 'Main Highway' isn't so bad ... at Millseat Dear Editor, William Stalnaker (one of the 1812. 1 found a shoe from an ox on my county's first commissioners) chose "Iqae book is for sale at the Gilmer road. It is the second one that I have that place because that was where the Cotinty Historical Society,located on found in the 43 years that I have lived road from Weston to Charleston East Main St., Glenville. on Millseat Run Road where the "Old crossed the Little Kanawha River, ac- So.l live on what was the main road Brick' Stalnaker house was. This is cording the book, Gil mer county His- 200 years ago. where the first courthouse was located, tory', 1845-1989.He receivedthe 1,000 Steve Ostaff in late 1845. acre grant after serving in the War of Glenville The Glenville Democrat - Thursday, September 22, 2016 - Page 3 I lll As the end of summer's vacation season comes, the litter along our county's highways and secondau; roads has been increasing, thereby creat- ing ugly sections in our otherwise beautiftd countrysides• Such scenes here and throughout our region are offensive to the eyes not only for visiting motorists, hut also for those of us living and working here. People from throughout the county and region need to be vigihmt as to who the litterbugs are and to report the suspects to police authorities. A lot of times, just a visit from a law officer will straighten up the offender. In addition, we all need to be careful abont storing junk in our yards. because these objects can become unsightly, unsafe and. often times, unhealthy items of debris. For example, when it rains, the discarded car and truck tires hold water: you've heard of the spread of the hated "Zika virus." have you not? They incubate in stale, standing water. Fortunately. the winter isu't here yet to hit the area. so there's still time to get outside and do some picking up. In fact. on some of the upcoming nice autumn days.such physical exercise could be a pleasant activity for you. The cold spells of winter, bowever, make it more difficult to keep down the litter and debris on our highways and in yards. In each spring,the county commission and city of Glenville typically hold "clean-up days," when qnite a few volunteers come Out to make Glenville and Gilmer County prettier places to live, work and enjoy. At that time next year, the major event, which has traditionally been very successful here,is the "West Virgin aMake It Shine Cleari-np Day." In early April, its primary sponsor is the state of West Virginia's REAP (statewide clean-up) project. Note also, a "Tire Amnesty Day" will be held from 8 aan.-2 pan. on this Sat., Sept. 24 at the lot next to Foodland Plaza. For the past few years, Mayor Deunis Fitzpatrick has led the charge for beautification and against littering. He's organized the activity in the city with the help of Glenville citizens and Glenville .State College vohmteers. particularly the football team, which is doing so well this season. Atthe same time, these few people can't pick up litter throughout the whole city and for the whole year. so a lot of the responsibility rests with our city's neighbors in our neighborhoods. Indeed, all local residents, themseh:es, need to help clean up the litter. It's not too much to ask residents to keep their yards and the streets in front of them picked-up and litter free, because that will make for a more beautiful neighborhood. The same goes for our rnral residents, especially those living in unincof pointed communities and on farms, lfthe people in these areas wilt volunteer and get to~ether, they can set up a clean-up day on their own. Moreover, the Gilmer County Commission can usually help by providiug dump;ters for placement in centralized Ioadm~ areas.especmlly durra, the g V: Make It Shine" time of the year. As of yet. we editors haven't heard much complaining about the littering, but it won't be ong before our clean-conscious citizens, who've noticed the highway litter, will grimace and ask us fbr help in preventingits spread. As a result, we editors have every confidence that our local governments will work closely, once again, with the State's Dept. of Environmental Protection and Dept. of Highways in pulling off these special clean-ups,. both~now and in the spring. Also, kudos to the new Little Kanawha River Trail group for their eflbrts to clean tip the waterway in order to make it more usable for boating, kayaking, swimming and fishing! President Kathy Gilbert is to be com- mended for keeping this progressive cause tnoviqg brward. Moreover, and perhaps most importantly, we lrnst that our teachers will emphasize the importance of being good citizens to their students by not littering the highways and their streets. Youngsters can also have a positive effect on their parents by going home and telling them that the main lesson in school was being good citizens by keeping our highways neighborhoods and homes clean. So often, we editors see motorists throwing paper and plastics OUt their windows. The children notice this. too. and shonld be told that it is "wrong." Additionally', teachers might be well advised to prepare lbr "Earth Day" on next Apr. 22 by having a class project to show how each one of us can be more Earth-friendly. (In Wisconsin. they take Earth Day seriously, and they even invited me to speak to the students in one elementary school about how the newspaper was "Earth-friendly.") As a result, let's all deputize onrselves as "anti-litter volunteers" arid do otu" fair shares in cleaning up litter wherever we see it. Finally and most simply, by adopting the priuciples of the "3-Rs" by "Reducing" our usage of unrecyclable goods, "Reusing" what plastics and metals that we can and "Recycling!' everythiug that can be, we Gihner Countians will really prove that being Earth-friendly works. County recy- cling bins are at the old U-Pak Supermarket's parking lot (between McDonald's and Tudor's) -- that being a place where yon can trash your plastic milk and pop bottles tin and aluminium cans and old newspapers. But, until the county gets in gear for its clean-up, our first kudo goes to all of you alert and obserwmt citizens who don't like seeing litter and want a crusade to stop it. David H. Corcoran, Sr., I ublisher-Editor t 9u e of the I'~ ~VONbE~ WH'aT I Bt,AtaE ON | HILLARY THIS WEEK;l I BLAMED HER FOR 1 [THE B THEI COMMENTI ILAST WEB( ANt> THAT i -- WENT WELL? by George Harper Send letters to: Glenville Newspapers, P.O. Box 458, Glenville WV 26351. 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