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Annual GSC 'Constitution Day' Celebration By Dendra Miller, News Editor Last Tues., Sept. 17, Glen ville State College students had the opportunity to attend a special Constitution Day ceremony. Winners of the annual es- say competition were named and stu- dents learned about a new club on campus - Young Americans for Lib- erty. The event was sponsored by Pi Gamma Mu, the historical fi'aternity headed by Mr. Art DeMatteo, and the new group. . After everyone rose for the Pledge of Allegiance, Ronnie Mullins, Presi- dent of Pi Gamma Mu, welcomed the students, faculty and special guests to the President's Auditorium and then introduced one of the founding mem- bers of Young Americans for Lib- erty, Shelby Montgomery. Shelby told the audience a little bit about her organization, noting that Young Americans had clubs on over 400 college campuses. She invited people to write a statement on the "Freedom of Speech wall" (a banner at the entrance to auditorium) about why they value that particular fi'ee- dam. The group also provided free pocket Constitutions, like the one longtime WV Senator Robert C. Byrd carried, to anyone who wanted one. Sheiby is a senior from Roane County, WV. She said, in a short interview, that she wanted to get the Young Americans club started at Glenville State because she noticed that a lot of college students were not even registered to vote and they were not politically active. She hopes to work with her peers to show them the importance of being an involved member of the American society. Her main words of advice: "Don't be apa- thetic." Winners of the essay competition each had the opportunity to read their papers. Second and third place win- ners, Tyler Fortney and Tyler Wilson respectively, took turns reading their essays. Codi Carnifax, whose essay WHY DO YOUVALUE FREEDOM OF SPEECH?--That's the question the newest club at GSC, Young Americans for Liberty, wanted attendants of the Constitution Day event to answer. Here, students and faculty alike wrote short comments on this banner to be displayed on campus. (Staff photo by Dendra Miller) won first place, shared his writing last. They wrote on the topic of West Virginia's consiitutionality. Mr. Jim Spears, the Senior Vice President of External Relations, was the keynote speaker and he gave a moving speech He talked about dif- ferent times in :the country's history when there was so much political and social stress that there was a chance the nation would be torn apart. Mr. Spears s,'ad passxonately, "Our nation had the ifoundation to keep it strong." He went on to say that today Americans take the Constitution for granted and think its protections will always be in place. Others don't be- lieve it is still  pertinent document. "For more lan two centuries that document haslprovided a stable and free government for a nation that has grown in size and popUlation," said Mr.' Spears. "In the making of funda- mental law, lhere has been nothing like it." He went on to say that we, as Ameri- cans, have the responsibility to be educated and informed of our govern- ment. He lamented on the statistic that only one in three eighth graders are familiar with the Declaration of Independence. Spears said we must continue to have faith in our founding fathers, hope for the future and love for our country and the constitution on which it was founded. He closed his remarks by quoting one of the most notable people in all of history, Jesus Christ, saying that of all the responsibilities we have to Our fellow man, "the great- est is love." If you are a college student who is interested in history, contact Mr. DeMatteo at arthur.dematteo@ glenville.edu to learn more about the Pi Gamma Mu fraternity. Get in touch with Shelby Montgomery through the Office of Student Life to learn more about Young Americans for Liberty. Il From the Governor's Desk: A weekly column b Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin POW/MIA: You Are Not Forgotten i For haore than twenty-five years, Americans have designated the third - Friday of September asNational POW/MIA Recognition Day - a day dedicated to honoring the men and women who are former Prisoners of War or who are still listed as Missing in Action. On this day, we reaffirm our commitment to bringing every American soldier home. Throughout West Virginia's his- tory, our Armed Forces have been comprised of hard working, loyal, and exceptional West Virginians. These men and women defend our freedoms and ensure our safety. The Mountain State has more service members per capita than nearly any other stater chances are you know someone within the POW/MIA com- munity - a 13rmer prisoner of war, a , family o:[i r iliy ifiembr still miss- ing in ac, tin, or a member of the communit who has dedicated them- selves to [onoring these men and i' women. I, like miny West Virginians, have the highest level of respect for our military rr:mbers. We are all grateful for their s('vice and will never forget those whohave served and sacrificed. Our comaitment to our men and women n uniform can be seen througho,t the year during many lo- cal, statel and national observances held in communities across the Moun- tain Statd, In add!tion the West Virginia De- Flu Shots. are now available at Minnie Hamilton Health System. You may call and make a nurse appointment to receive the vaccine unless you have Medicaid or are 12 ,years of age or under, you need to seea provider. Flu Vaci:ine For Flu immunization shots, Flu mist nasal spray vaccine and Pneumonia immunizations. This amount can be billed to their insurance. Sliding Fee does not apply to this amount. Sliding Fee does apply to the office visit if required. 186 Hospital Drive 809 Medical Drive Grantsville WV Glenville WV 354-9244 462-7322 partment of Veterans Assistance and many other state agencies, such as Workforce West Virginia an d the Hgher Educatioia Policy Commis- sion, diligently work to assist our vet- erans every day. It's clear the people of the Moun- tain State appreciate our military mem- bers and their families. During this year' s National POW/MIA Recogni- tion Day, I ask all West Virginians to honor the families who wait patiently, year after year, for their loved ones to return - they do not wait alone. To- gether,,we will carry the legacy of these true American heroes, and await their return - for as long as it takes. "You are Not Forgotten." Follow us on Twitter @ GovTomblin Thursday, September 26, 2013 - The Glenviile Democrat/Pathfinder - Page 7A A 'So Long to Summer' Ride JUST PASSING THROUGH m These fellas stopped in at Audrey's Family Restaurant for breakfast before heading on to Front Royal, VA, their "far east" destination, on Thurs., Sept. 19. They traveled across Skyline Drive in Virginia and into the Blue Ridge Mountains on their five-day excursion.After that, they headed south to North Carolina before circling back to their home states of Illinois and Indiana. Picturerd (in no particular order) are Mike Guisewite, Steve Williamson, Dan Schonert, George Wintle, Mark Hopper, Kyle Schonert, Gary Buchanan, Jackie Hamilton and Leon Pixley. Update." On Man., Sept. 23, Dan Schonert commented on our Facebook page saying that they had made it home safely and that they enjoyed the hospitality in Gilmer County:. , , (Photo by Dendra Miller News Editor) House of Delegates WestVirglnla Legislature Delegate id Walker (O-33rd o==ct) One issue that continues to get at- tention through the West Virginia Legislature"s Interim Meetings is the topic of elder abuse. During the last interim meeting of the PEIA, Seniors and Long Term Care Committee that I am a member of, we were informed that elder abuse is robbing the nation of some $3 bil- lion each year, and in steadily aging West Virginia, the problem is a drain on the economy. Last year, there were 14,775 refer- rals to the Bureau of Children and anailies asking it to look into sus- pected elder abuse and neglect, a field consultant from the Bureau told us. As a result, he.said the agency led more than 6,000 investigations and, on average, about 10 percent of such inquiries prove to be genuine. He also referred to elder abuse as "the silent crime of the 21 st century" and suggested it-can transcend all groups. Last year, he pointed out, West Virginia's population "stood at 1,855,800 and 16.8 percent were 65 and older. In 17 years, the population is expected to rise to 1.9 million, and 24.8 percent of that figure will be classified as senior citizens. Nation- ally, the percentage will be 20 per- cent. The Bureau of Children and Fami- lies investigates suspected abuse and neglect on all fronts, homes, the com- munity, institutions such as nursing homes, assisted living facilities and non-residential settings including day treatment programs. Anyone who' feels victimized can file an individual report 'to the proper agency for an investigation. He further' told iis thatbetwee n 200 and 300 cases normally are consid- ered actual criminal offenses, but he didn't immediately have a breakdown as to the numbers committed by fam- ily members and nursing facilities. Training is available so that care: givers understand how to cope with an elderly person and what is ex- pected of them. The committee chairman with the will of the committee told the present- ers that we would be willing to tweak any existing laws or propose new ones, if they think this is needed in the upcoming 2014 session. We have to ;ive the people workin on the front lines the tools necessary to not only care for our aging population but to also recognize when and where abuse may be taking place and address and stop it immediately. I will do everything in my capac- ity as a Delegate in the West Virginia Legislature to ensure that our elderly and aging population gets the qual- ity care and protection they need and deserve. Any person who would abuse an elderly person under their care, whether physically, mentally ior financially; should be dealt with in the harshest manner. This week we will be meeting once again in Charleston for Interim meetings and I hope this issue remains front and center. If you should have any questions or comments regarding any issues or bills before the legislature please feel free to contact me. To write me, my address is Delegate David Walker, State Capitol, Building 1, Room 203-E, Charleston, WV 25305. Or you may call me at (304) 340-3135. I encourage all my con- stituents to remain active and be- come part of the legislative process. i What: Community Baby Shower come join us for tots of fun FREE baby items, When: .September 21st, 2013 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. games, door prizes, fool, parelltillg information, ana lots morel Where: First Baptist .Church Expectant parents ana .. Glenville, WV 26351 parents'ofchildren up to age 2 are invitea to Who: All parents-to-be and attena. all parents of o Child RsvP- call Gilmer FRN (up to 2 years old) at 30#.#62.75#5 by Sept. lOth, 2013.