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Page 4 - The Glenville Democrat / Pathfinder - Thursday, October 17, 2013 Bullying prevention efforts in Gilmer cont'd... Continued from page 1 Mingo County took the #2 spot, with 5.8%. Gilmer County ranked #3 in the state with 5.37% of students being reprimanded for bullying, etc. The report lists a total enrollment for Gilmer County of 931 students with 50 refer- rals for the 2011-12 school year. Lewis County (5.1%) and Pocahontas County (4.8%) rounded out the top five. The report also noted that 73% of all discipline referrals statewide were given to male students and more than half (53 %) were reported at the middle school level. Only 18% of referrals came from elementary schools and 26% from the high school level. In Feb. of 2012, the issue at Gilmer County High School even got cover- age on the local evening news after one student began cutting herself, alleg- edly because of the bullying. Accord- ing to that report, she left the high school to .continue her education through home schooling. In a telephone interview with GCHS Principal Nasia Butcher, the numbers from the report were broken down to give a more realistic picture of the atmosphere at the high school. Mrs. Butcher explained that 30 of the 50 total referrals were associated with the middle or high school. Twenty- seven of those were handled with a "harassment letter" which both student and parents must sign. In most cases, once parents.were notified of the problem, the behavior stopped, accord- ing to Butcher. The remaining seven referrals resulted in out of school sus- pension. Gilmer County Cancer "We don't want to suspend students Bolts" initiative rewards students Unit becauseit leaves them with unexcused caught in the act of doing something absences and can result in truancy," good. needs your help! saidMrs.Butcher,"butwearen'tafraid Every week, faculty and staff have to suspend students if their actions the opportunity to submit students' warrant that discipline." names for a drawing if they witnessed Make & donate a salad Things have gotten better and a kind act or saw improvement in a Butcher noted that there have been student's attitude or test scores. Then, The Gilmer County Cancer Unit is" zero office referrals for harassment, Mrs. Butcher draws one name to re- again sponsoring the annual Salad intimidation or bullying this year. ceive a prize. The adult who submitted Luncheon on nextWed., Oct. 23,2013, She warns that a lot of the bullying the name gets a little reward, too! At from 11:00 a.m. to t:00 p.m. in Glen- starts on social media websites like the end ofthe 9 weeks' grading period, ville at the Trinity United Methodist Facebook. Then, when students get to she plans to have a "second chance Church's social room. school and see each other face to face, drawing" where all the students who All proceeds from this luncheon problems can arise. The principal en- didn't win the weekly drawing have have been earmarked for donation to courages parents to monitor their another chance for a reward. Sheplans the cancer fund set up by the First children's activity on the internet, to select up to five winners.Baptist Church of Glenville. This ven- Throughout the courseofthe school "I don't want to just punish bad be- ture will not be successful without year, each student at GCHS is requirOd havior, I want to highlight good behav- help from concerned citizens in Gilmer to complete a cyber bullying course, ior," said Mrs. Butcher. County. Again, the local Cancer So- The school has arranged assemblies School admirfistrators are stilltrying ciety asks you to help raise the funds for the ent!re student body on the same to get the message out to the younger needed to stamp out cancer. topic. Gilmer County Prosecuting At- students as well, before they reach If you can provide a salad for the torney Gerry Hough has given a pre- middle school. Most recently, Glen- luncheon, please deliver it to the sentation on the social media and the ville, Normantown and Sand Fork church between 7:30 a.m. and 9:00 legal ramifications of its misuse. State Elementaries gathered at Glenville El- a.m. on Oct. 23. Please label ALL Police officers have even talked to emen arytoseeapresentationfromthe parts of your container if you are different groups: JLineDanceCrew.Themain"speaker" unable to use a disposable container These are just some of the things that shared his message of tolerance and (which is recommended). Volunteers have been done to improve the behav- kindness through song and dance, will wash all containers and they can ior and environment at the school. The Overall, the atmosphere seems to be be picked up immed!ately following Olweus Bullying Prevention Program getting better. Maybe all the talking is the luncheon. is still being used for K thro_ugh 8 finally sinking in. Maybe students are If you 'have questions or want to students, while students in grades 9 understanding more about the effects inquire about what kinds of salads are through 12 address the issues through of bullying on the victim and the ag- still needed, contact Rosa Belle character education, gressor. At any rate, high school and Cunningham at 304-462-7534. "Through our efforts, we have seen middle school are hard enough without "With your help, the Salad Lun- a decrease in bullying, harassment and fighting with ones peers, so the current cheon will be a success and the first intimidation," said Butcher. "I am op- report from Mrs. Butcher is encourag- 2013-2014 fund raising project will timistic that we are making strides in lng. be off to a good start," said that area." If your child is the victim of bullying Cunningham. She added, "We sin- She is also making an effort to rec- at school, contact the principal and/or cerely commend all of you who have ognize students who exhibit good be- teacher immediately. Sometimes just generously donated to this cause over havior and character traits. The "Titan bringing it out in the open will stop it. the years!" GCEDA meeting continued ... has in with police Continued from page l tweenteams, Gilmer County wOuld run , Flex:E Grant. This grant (not to ex- have ranked first in the state, but was ceed $10,000) could only be spent on given third-place honors. Campbell By David H. Corcoran, St., Publisher-St. Editor training purposes for the Board. An was applauded by the EDA for his At presstime on Tues., Oct. 15, Don Smith, executive director of the WV emphasis was to be placed on eveflts tireless work on the project. Future Press Association, informed us Glenville editors that a Gilmer County native where the Board themselves would projects for the county could include and the press trade group's attorney/lobbyist, has been involvedin a run-in with receive the training. A Brushy Fork a "Turkey Trot" around Thanksgiv- the Charleston Police Dept. trip or a Berea trip were both mused ing, or perhaps a health and wellness Philip Reale, now a Charleston attorney/lobbyist and former longtime about, and a final decision will be day sponsored by the EDA. Glenville lawyer/civic leader, was accused of and charged with soliciting a made later. President Millard spoke on the prostitute, an allegation which, with all of the facts being known, appears to be Member Mary Lee McPherson Nominating Committee and had the unfounded. In the 1990s, he had gained statewide political prominence by spoke about the Gilmer' CountyunfortunatedutytoreadJohnBennett's being former Governor Gaston Caperton's chief of staff and campaign man- Farmer's Market this summer and its letter of resignation from the post of ager. successes and profits. The EDA will Treasurer. Also, several people were In a statement explaining the incident's circumstances, Mr. Reale tells it as make Oct. 19 'Kids Day' at theremoved from the EDA's list of active follows: Farmer' s Market, and willprovidehot members as they had both missed "The sole purpose of my actions on July 11 was to assist a person who dogs for the youngsters. Already, meetings andnot communicated with seemedoutofplaceontheWestSideofCharleston.IwasdrivingtoBerryHills Melissa and Ashley Gish have been the EDA as to the reasons for,their to hit golf balls and have dinner when I noticed a woman at the corner of verified as attending to do kids' crafts, absence. Washington and Beatrice. The only negative comment about the Next was the discussion aroundthe "My first inclination was that she needed assistance. When she approached market came from President David upcomingEDABloodDriveonTues:, my car, I was shocked to learn that she was propositioning people. I immedi- Millard's observation that someone Nov. 12. Millard voiced the trivia that ately declined her offer, but made a nervous, flippant response. She told me to had hung a banner claiming that this an individual can only give blood once meet her at 7th Avenue to continue the conversation. After the exchange, I was the "Glenville Farmer's Market." every 56 days, so he requested that the resumed the route I was taking to Berry Hills. Within seconds, I was pulled Millard's reasoning is that the facility EDA watch carefully so they can space over by Charleston Police Officers. is the "Gilmer County Farmer' s Mar- it out from the summer event. He also "I believe there was absolutely no agreement made between me and the ket" and to label it as otherwise might mention.ed the idea to give out small undercover officer and my actions demonstrated it as I resumed my route to alienate other parts of the county. It door prizes to participants to thank Berry Hills. was agreed that the sign needed to go. them for their donation. He .reminded "These unfortunate circumstances have been stressful to my family and in The Media Committee spoke nexteveryone that O and O+ are in high no way reflect the type of person that I am. I've spent a lifetime in service to and passed around a folder that had demand, and the November drive has my community and state, sharing my time and talents, been done for Wyoming County high- a goal of at least 25 donors. "While I disagree with their interpretation of the situation, the Charleston' lighting all of the important informa- The CDC Grant next discussed Police Department dealt with me professionally in all respects." tion in the county aimed at new resi- and the paperwork is due in March The full story appeared on the Charleston Daily Mail's website on Tues., dents. It included such info as location 2014. This is the "big one" that funds Oct. 15, 2013 under the byline of reporter, Dave Boucher. It included of utility companies, DMV offices, most of the EDA's projects. It was comments by Charleston Police officers, as they explained why they didn't and other places of interest for new- agreed that the members would medt release his name to the public in a news release about the sting operation. The comers. After the success oftheEDA's again at the H & R Block building after chargeagainstMr.RealewasdismissedwithoutprejudiceonAugust 13,2013. fliers, this might be a good'next step. 3 p.m. on Oct. 17 tofinalize thepaper- As a former President of the WV Press Association, this Glenville Publisher, Jeff Campbell then spoke for the work. who is writing this story, is confident that Mr. Reale has told the truth in this Health and Wellness Committee. He Having observed no need for an matter. Also, the attorney has always been honest and open to the state's reported that the Gilmer County par- Executive Session, President Millard newspapers and our association over the years. Finally, as a Press Association's ticipation in the Summer "Steps Chal- called for a move for adjournment and Executive Board member, this Publisher does not envision any changes in our lenge" had been very good. Had there the meeting was ended at approxi- group's professional relationship with Mr. Reale and his firm. not been a miscommunication be- mately 1 p.m. : Continued from page 1 GSC 'Music Fest' next Tues, cont'd... performances from the GSC Music Department, including the Jazz Band, Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Brass Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble, Bluegrass Band, GSC Drum Line, and the GSC Marching Band. "I feel that Music Fest is always one of our finest concerts. The concert has something for everyone! All of our ensembles perform at least one inusical selection making for one of the most musically diverse campus events of the year," said GSC Fine Arts Department Chair Lloyd Bone. Admission costs for the 2013 GSC Music Fest are as follows: $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for public school students and GSC faculty and staff, and free to all GSC students with IDs. All proceeds of the evening benefit the Bertha Olsen Scholarship Fund. This endowment fund was established in 1980 in honor of Bertha E. Olsen, Professor Emeritus, who was a music teacher for 42 years at GSC. This annual scholarship is awarded to well-deserving GSC music majors. For more information on the event or the scholarship, contact GSC Fine Ai'ts Department Assistant Sheri Skidmore at Sheri.Skidmore@glenville.edu or at 304-462-6340. GSC Land Resources sponsoring next 'Business After Five' in New Waco Center Glenville State College's Land Resources Department faculty and staff will be hosting the next "Business After Five" social meeting. It will take place on Thurs., Nov. 7 at 5:00 p.m. at the GSC Land Resources Department, located in its new home in the Waco Center on Mineral Road. The Chair of GSC's Land Resources Department and Professor of Natural Resource Management, Dr. Milan Vavrek, has nothing but positive words when speaking of the new Waco Center, "We have been in the Waco Center for eight weeks. The new facility is tremendous. We have more, and larger, classrooms, a library with a wonderful view, and very comfortable offices. I believe that the facility reaffirms the importance of our natural resource programs to Glenville State College and the region. I hope the community will come and explore the Land Resources Department during 'Business After Five'," says Vavrek. Refreshments will be served at the event, which is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Vavrek at 304-462-6375. Hunter Education Course offered this month at GES The WV Division of Natural Resources will hold a Hunter Education Class in Gilmer County atthe Glenville Elementary School on Sat., Oct. 26 and Sun., Oct. 27. On Sat., class will be from 9:00 a:m. to 5:00 p.m. andon Sun., from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This is a 10-hour course and students must attend all sessions to be certified. No base hunting license may be issued to a person born on or after Jan. 1, 1975 unless the person presents to the license agent proof of completion of a Hunter Education Course. The course is open to the public and is free of charge. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible adult. Students must be 10 years of age to receive permanent certification. Students who are eight and nine years of age will receive a temporary certification. Class size is limited, so preregistration is required. If you would like to preregislEer or need additional information, please contact the WV DNR District VI office at 304-420-4550 Mon. through Fri. between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Reminder: No alcohol, tobacco or firearms permitted on school premises ! Historical Society to have Halloween mtg. At noon on Thurs., Oct. 31 (Halloween Day), the Gilmer County Historical Society will, once again, sponsor its delicious, homemade covered dish luncheon, followed by guest speaker, Mary Ann Radabaugh, who will trace the county's education:hero, re, 6uring and after the Civil War. This is part of the society's Mountain Statte Sesquicentennial celebration. Mrs. Radabaugh, a Gilmer County native and retired teacher, is both a published ,poet and historian, and has written several histories, many dealing with the area's schools. Afterwards, the election of office, rs is also scheduled to take place during the business meeting. Additionally, and on the program, members may also want to share their "Most Memorable Halloween Story," under the "Good of the Society" agenda segment. The general public is invited to this lunch and meeting, to share their Halloween stories and to cook up a covered dish. For food ideas, please call the Society's sociable Librarian Dot Frey at 304-462-4295 (anytime in th6 afternoons of Wed. through Sat.), or drop by to see her at the Holt House Museum's Annex. Public Meeting in Arnoldsburg this Thurs., Oct. 17 concerning Electric Bill problems The Coalition for Reliable Power, a statewide organization dedicated to educating citizens about our electrical system, will be sponsoring a public information meeting at the Community Building at the Arnoldsburg Park in Arnoldsburg at 7:00 p.m. on this Thurs., Oct. i7, to help Mon Power customers understand what has been going on with their electric bills and to explain how we can get involved in the WV PSC investigation process. Bring your own electric bill.to the meeting, because the Coalition will provide explanations about how Mon Power calculates your bill and PSC rules about meter reading and estimated bills. For more information, see Coalition for Reliable Power's web site: http://www.forreliablepower.com By Sharon Tanenbaum Jamie Oliver, who has said that fla= simply refuse to drink plain milk. (Ac- chocolate milk contains about 160 their lunch at school. (Kids shouldn't which only adds around 7, eXtra grams Chocolate milk: Todrinkornot to vored milk has as much sugar as a cording to dairy industry data, milk calories and 25 grams of sugar (the drink whole milk after age 2, accord- of sugar and 35 calories. dnnk? That's the hot-button issue candybar, consumption in 58 schools dropped by increased amount comes from added ingtotheAmericanAcademyofPedi- One thing most experts can agree on the minds of school officials, In April, The Washington Post re- an average Of 35 percent when fla- sugar), with comparable levels of atrics.) If your child will only drink on: Kids need to get enough calcium parents, and nutrition experts across portedthatFairfaxCounty, Va., schools vored milk was removed or limited.) vitamins and minerals. - flavored milk, Bauer says it's better to (800 milligrams a day for ages 4 to 8; the country, would reintroduce chocolate milk if- Chocolate Milk vs. Regular Milk ShouldKidsDrinkChocolateMilk havethemdrinkwaterwiththeirschool 1,300 milligrams a day for ages 9 to The debate over whether choco- ter they banned it (along with D.C. All milk -- flavored or not -- is at All? late milk should be served in school schools) last year. The new, reformu- packed with nutrients. 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