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7 L O O A Gilmer Graphics, Inc. Newspaper Published By and For Gilmer County People Single Copy Price 15c [Incl. Tax] GLENVILLE, GILMER COUNTY, WV 26351 Friday. October 3, 1W/S the County submit hwavs to Improvement hfa re in to a recent IF.. a list of 'COmpleted over suggestions plenty of ef Glenville to stabiliz- banks and i improvements Sand Fork one mite west miles east of Signs at and Rt. 5. and Rt. 5 crossing). 5 and Rt, 5-13 intersection- or Major crossing mile 5-40. on Rt. 40. Fork on Fork Creek. Bridge in Sand Fork on RT. 35/22 crossinv Little Kanawha River. Mineral Road, 119/8, Glenviile: major improvement, including widen- ing. paving, drainage, remove safety hazards:: intersection with US 33/119 arid WV 5. including improve safety factors and improve traffic flow. Sycamore Road, 35/15, Glenville: major improvement, including wide- ing, paving, stabilization, repairing of slips. Rt. 33/22, Sand Fork: pavement of route from intersection 5 and 35/22 to bridge crossing Little Kanawha River. drainage impi'ovement~ V~W Rt. 40 Sliding Run from intersection of WV 5: elevate road out of flood plain to prevent population from being isolated during flood periods. V~W Rt. 17 Cedar Creek Rd: from inte rsection of WV 17 and US 119/33 to eastern border of county, widen, pave. drainage, remove safety hazards. ",NV Rt. 5 west of Gleuville to Parkersburg: paving, widening, stabi- lizing, bridge improvements at Leading Creek and Sinking Creek. guard rails at Kanawha Drive Community Church. Bridges needing improvement: Cedarville intersection 'WW 17 and "~,WSO, Leatherbark intersection ~4V ~nd perhaps 30 from a location on to Riffle g to a or Delbert County reached between and )lens grew out Mayor James In addition, a report entitled, "Burnsvflle Lake: Request for Reconsi- deration of Recreational Facilities." written 5y Dr. Ron Burke, CPC secretary, was introduced at the meeting with Col. Smith. In essence, the 12-page report proposed "'alternatives which deviate from the Corp's current plans," supported by city and county officials ar , , ncer ed citizens. The report revealed that the year-round marina, if constructed at Bulltown. could not be used during periods when pool elevation is at minimum pool," .as not enough water would exist in the lake to allow boats to Region VII enter or exit Development, Corps district previous- officials and Gilmer and Want to see away from area and dam site. In businessmen the potential- a tourist and have if it were e and from the marina." Minimum pool exists during fall, winter and early spring. The report also claimed that the marina and nearby tacilities would be flooded during flood control pool. In general, the report explained that. considering the "'environmentally fragile" nature of the Bulltown area {in the Corps own words), it appeared to be "environmentally inconsiderate for the high concentration of facility development" in that location. The report was critical of the Corps plan to concentrate within a very small area "incompatible facilities" including a camping area. 17-4 and WV 17. on WV 23 from Stump-town to Rosedale (two bridges). on WV 119/21 on Chestnut Lick near Lockney, and WV 30 (Duck Run} near intersection with Rt. 5. Other projects to be considered are: widen bridge on US 119/33 south of Glenville crossing Cedar Creek; replacement of Linn Bridge, upgrade north side of Stewarts Creek Hill on Rt. 33/119 between Linn and Baldwin; upgrade Newberne Road from Rt. 47 south to Tanner including bridges: topping Rt. 47 Linn to Cox's Mills; topping Rt. 18 north from intersection of 47 near Troy; repair slip areas and reduce safety hazards on Sand Fork WV 13, four miles north of Sand Fork; guard rafts on WV 20 northwest side of hill known as Sunshine Hill two miles east of Tanner; improvement of WV 20 from intersection of Rt. 5 to Tanner and Rt. 9 to Burnt House; improve county portion of U.S. 33/119 with paving, widening, drainage and reduction of safety hazards; improve Steer Creek Road WV 19 with paving, widening, upgrading bridges, guard rails at Oak Grove Hill and Perkins Hill; resurface WV 42 Dusk Camp Road and improve shoulders; and improve WV 17 west of intersection with U.S. 33/119. 2 day use area, historical overlook area, scenic area. marina and accompany- ing facilities and fishing access area. It was also pointed out that the "vast maiority of potential users will approach the facility from the west, yet the vast majority of facility is located at the east" portion of the lake. Another criticism of the Corps location was that it was too far away from Burnsville in terms of travel ~ ,*. and the Ik{g h db *f"61' fuel. In addition. the report claimed that the historical overlook at Bulltown would be operated without charge, thus making it economically unfeasible. It was also questioned whether the Bulltown area. site of a massacre of Indians, was historically significant or even proper. In summary, the report suggested that the Riffle Run area "is a more desirable area for.., development and that the inadequancies inherent in the Bulltown sites will be minimized if not eliminated by construction of facilities in the Riffle Run area." After the meeting. Col. Smith said the Corps would consider the alternatives proposed in the report. He also said that "'every attempt will be made to insure that the proposed recreational areas are developed in accord with project purposes and in the best interests of the public." Facing possible penalties in 1977 for non-compliance with federal clean water standards, area government officials pondered alternate sewer system plans presented by representa- tives from JH. Milam Inc.. consulting engineers. Engineers from the Dunbar company are developing preliminary plans for a waste water treatment system for an area including Sand Fork and Glenville which, they say. might be paid for primarily with federal and state funding with a minimum of local matching moneys. 1'his is the third wer system study presented by Milam. Two previous studies were rejected by Sand Fork City Council, the agency which commissioned all three studies, as being too costly The need for an effective waste water treatment system here grew out of the federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1972. It is being administered by the Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA) formed to move the nation towards the goal of clean waterways and water sources by the mid-1980's {See related article P. 2}. At present, state and county health officials are concerned over the vast amount 3f raw sewage being channeled into the Little Kanawha River and other county streams, EPA, under their water control deBnes. could fine noncomplying c, ommunities a subttantial amount of money if waste dischm'ge into waterways is not eliminated. Sen. lenntnp Randolph. D-W.Va. Iromcally, as the compliance deadline draws near. the cost of installing a waste water treatment system looms larger. The third and most recent sewer system study may cost each household as much as $15 per month If federal and state grants would be forthcoming, the minimum monthly cost to each household within the system might be $10. according to Milam representa- tives. Estimates in previous years were lower, but hikes in the cost of materials to construct a sewer system push the total cost up every six months, the engineers said, Milam's spokesmen presented eight alternate plans last week at a meeting of the County Planning Commission. Area officials are expected to favor one or two of the plans on the basis of cost and environmental effectiveness. Two plans were selected the most feasible. The first would be to place sewer lines along River St., Town Run and Kanawha St. and out Van Horn Drive to near the area of Four D Sales Co. at Hays City. The second plan calls for construction of two pre-fabricated sewer treatment plans at Sand Fork with sewer lines to serve resident and business units. Once the study is completed, it will be sent to the Department of Natural Resources and to EPA for approval. The final step would be for local government to approve the planned system. Federal I~'amts are scaled to cover U.S. Sen. lennings Randolph D-W.Va. will beo at lefferson-lackson Day dinner on Saturday. October 4 at the Gilmer County Recreation Center. A buffet dinner will he served at 6:30 p.m. and all interested persons in the area are invited to attend. The annual event is sponsored by the Democrat Executive Committee and the Democrat Women's Club of Gilmer County. Randolph has served four terms in U.S. Senate and. previously, served seven terms in the House of Representatives. He is chairman of the Senate Public Works Committee. 75 percent of the sewer system's cost. The remainder would come from a possible mix of local funds, and, perhaps, grants from the State Water Development Authority. Another sible source of funds (for collection lines} might be HOD Community Development Grants. Glenville was recently awarded a $155,000 grant to replace a 300.O00-gallon capacity water tank. Appalachian Regional Commission might also be a source of funds, according to James Martenoy, director of Region VII. "Fne major factor coneernin8 mot government officials is whether or not enouah money can be 8eneratod locally to pay the l quirod sew system. of envme recently completed a project of expanded water and sewer services including llft stations and a sewage treatment plant at a cost of $814.O00. Mayor Delbert L. Davidson told Milam representatives the city could not afford further expansion unless it were paid completely by state or federal grants. He said loans were out of the quest3on asthe city's debt service payments are already too high. In an effort to reduce the amount of waste being pumped through the Glenville treatment plant, city officlels conducted an inspection of all residential storm drains, warni residents to disconnect them frma sewer lines. Mflam officials claim new Glenville system is cu~ overloaded due to excessive infiltra- tion from residential storm drains. * Despite the fact that the new treatment plant is designed to serve 5,000 customers, only 800 households are currently hooked up to the system. Yet the claim EPA standards due to excessive im ow. David m also claimed that the addition of new customers as outlined in the first plan would place an exU'a financial burden on the city, which ie currently losing approximately a month since the new system was installed. Milam engineers said a public meeting would be announced later tn the month when exact cost estimates of a new or expanded sewer system would be available. Surface mining permits were issued to Trio Petroleum Cot. {27 acres) and Grafton Coal Co. (108 acres, i Lewis and Gilmer Counties} in September. according to the W.Va. Department of Natural Resources. keep dose watch on cooking cane iuice Barbara Ann Hathaway, the KimMe's doughty, t's husband Charles fed sorghum through [below]. ) II "Nobody makes molasses the way we do," boasts Lillie Kimble as she jugs another gallon of thick-brown syrup while her husband, John, and son-in-law. Charles Hathaway. skim green scum from one end of their large evaporating pan. Charles" son, Greg, keeps an eye on the driver-less tractor as it chugs its way around the 6e-year-old three-roll. er mill. all the while feeding sorghum cane to squeeze the juice which will become molasses. Barbara Ann. Hathaway changes into work clothes on this last day of molasses making. "'We won't eat dinner until we've finished, honey.' Charles says. and Barbara reaches for a skimmer to help. Meanwhile, two other Hathaway children. Scottie and Suzanne. change into work clothes and play with a pony while Christine Kimble sits nearby, ready to spell the others who are perspiring from the steady roll of hot steam from the evaporating tray. The aroma of sweet, sticky syrup fills the open-ended shed. helping to make the hard work more enjoyable. As they've done for the past 18 years, the Kimble clan has gathered at John and Lillie's 76-acre farm just above Aunt Minnie's on Frametown Road. This year. they will work five long days boiling down 2.000 gallons of sorghum iuice 1o make 70 gallons of molasses because, as Charles says, "We're finicky people: we can't find any other kind that suits us." The Kimbles began the arduous chore of outline ~-'rindinR and cooking last Saturday, By early Wednesday evening, as a damp, chilly breeze blew steam in their faces, the last crisp stalks of cane were being pushed through the old Kimble family press. Burl and Carol from near Cedarville and John Albert were to come by later to help finish. Indeed. the Kimble molasses "factory" may be unmatched in West Virginia for its equipment, efficient production process, and dedication to turning out some of the finest-tasting molasses in the area. "The mill belonged to my father, A.C. Kimble.'" said John. who retired eight years ago from Cabot Corp. Gas Co. "'Of course. Dad used a horse to work the mill in those days." John devised a unique method of turning the mill a few years ago. He used a tractor, which is the case with many modern molasses makers, but with a hitch. "'We were afraid somebody might get hurt driving around and around for so long. So we fixed up two beams from the mill to the tractor, All we have to do now is start'er up and h,.t'er go. Sure beats the monotony of driving it.'" used to end5 helping his father make molasm~.s. "'It was a gr,,at excuse to miss about Ihree weeks of school each hill.'" he smiled. He got hack into making molasses 18 years ago. Over the years, it has almost become a lost art. lie still had his father's old mill. but found it difficult rounding up the remainder of the equipment. "Used to be. llardman Hardware in Spencer stocked fire boxes and evaporating trays, but when I went down there they said they were out of 'am." "They wrote several outfits down south but those supplies said they went out of business, So we got some angle iron and h,~avy tin and had the firebox and pan made by a tinplate man in Spencer." As John always took his vacation during molasses-making season, so now does Charles. who works for Consolidated Gas Co. in Weston. "'It's hard work making molasses, but it doesn't cost us a cent." said Charles, keeping the flow of cane iuice moving, watching it change from runny, light green to thick, dark brown. "We use old. dead Chestnut logs. split into smaller pieces for firewood. we have family labor-Carol makes lunch and Barbara makes dinner for us-and we even use seeds from the previous year's sorghum crop to plant the next year." John explained the process. "We've got approximately three-quarters of an acre of cane. First We strip it and top it. then we cut it and haul it to the mill where it's cruslm, d to make the iuice-filling a large tub every 45 minutes. We then pour the iuice onto the evaporating tray and move it ahmg. -ver thai g~.~t, hot fl);, m,h~ ~' r,,rm~ molasses. That's all there is to it." he said. The evalmraling fray is h)(:ated in a shed, st) the Kiml)h.s can work despite rai~t. An 18-im:b-d(mp'pit next to the re;l% is filled will) "'skintlnings." Each family member'keeps the flow Of juice to molasses going in 'a smooth series of tasks. Lillle then containers, labeling them for friends who are regular customers, and stern them in a nearby shed. "In the old days. the sweet skimmings were mixed with mill feed and scraps to be used to fatten the' hogs. The pomace or crushed stalks; were either plowed under as mulch or used for cattle bedding. Nothing was wasted." John said. .- Lilile titled a gallon container with a hot molasses, draining it from evaporating tray thru a spigot. it's just right for biscuits," she smil~;= "Of course," she added, "you can it for gingerbread and cookies or in making bread, too2' Making molars used to be necessity for many farmers. They used it in making all kinds of butter~. including apple butter, pumpkin: butter, tomato butter, to mention a few. Molasses was also used to sweeten sassafras tea, birch tea as well as all kinds of cereal. Often. fa rmers would grouI~ together and share the cost and worl of making molasses, long before sugar was plentiful-if one had the money t0 lmV it. .. But the art uf making molasses, as:: well as the equipment needed to: prepare it. is slowly disappearing from: the rural scene. The Kimble family, li~e, nlanV in the (:ountv who are proud 0~' their al)ilitv to remain self-sufficient |n many of the farming ways of OMi WtU ke(;I) al it. It's it fanlily affair. :,