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Number 56 for ior as ssed Gilraer County Commission representatives from the Council and Dr. Director of the Office of Development at Glenville on Friday, October 21, at 3restry Building. the meeting was to sites and other items possibility of obtaining a the Senior Citizens in Former Glenville L. Davidson had earlier that he had Jl from the office of Senator lennings him thai funding building had been Outset of the meeting, Bob land Urban Development from Region VII, that the money is available. had spoken with Steve the Governor's Office of had informed him would be available from ,rnment. o pointed out that a be held in Charleston Ltives of HUD, the Regional Council {ARC). of Economic Development, to who will administer the set up guidelines for the of the fact that it has not / which agency the funds or what the use of the money tnay be,  it would .be shy definite decisions to this time. He said, however, certain preliminary items aken care of. "so we can he 'act when the time comes.'* members who Beryl Langford and along with Rice, Betty Kruger, Region VII looked over a large-scale Glenville area. The map la presently vacant lots, uildings, and other items in the planning of any the corporation limits possible locations were comments concerning and other attributes have for the Senior possibility of supple- from the Commission to set up a meeting Citizens and Mayor Yatt of Glenville for one day the session adjourned. action will be taken meeting in Charleston the agency to funds for the project, Commission confers with and Senior Citizens. to post rsburg formerly of named Coordinator State College program Community College as Acting Director, resident William K. an Assistant Professor holds an A.B. Education from College and an M.S. Virginia University held teaching High School, High School. He has since 1968. He as Baseball Coach Coach at married and has two 'is now g. changes Time will end on you retire for set your clock you'll have the morning. The A Gilmer Graphics, Inc. Newspaper lenv il le emocrat | Published By And For Gilmer County People Single Copy Price 15c [Incl. Tax] GLENVILLE, GILMER COUNTY, WV 26351 Thursday, October 27, 1977 PREPARING SPEECHES--Gflmer County Superintendent of Schools Ronald J. Welty [left] and Gilmer County High School Principal William J. Plercy are shown working on the speeches they delivered to a group in New York on Tuesday, October 25. [Democrat Photo] Welty and Piercy speak in favor of lunch program "I am sure that you all have heard the old adage, 'When you've got it, flaunt it!' Well, we think that the present program 'has it!', and I for one am willing to plan, work, fight, testify or whatever it takes to maintain it." With those words, Gilmer County Superintendent of Schools Ronald J. Welty summed up his address to the audience and panel at a public hearing concerning child nutrition programs held Tuesday. October 25, in New York City. Welty and Gilmer County High School Principal William I. Piercy were in New York to testify concerning Gilmer County's lunch programs at the request of the West Virginia Department of Education. The state paid all expenses for the trip. In the Superintendent's remarks. concerning "The National School Lunch Program as it relates to Rural America," Welty began by saying he had two purposes in appearing at the hearing, First, he said, he had come to respond to Assistant Agriculture Secretary Carol Tucker Foreman's statement. "We want to know how well our programs are serving people." Secondly, Superintendent Welty said he chose to speak in support of the present program in an effort to eliminate "too many changes that may adversely effect local programs that are working/' In addressing the group, Welty pointed out that "I do want to make it clear to you that we don't think the program is perfect, however, I do want you to hear, first hand, both the financial and nutritional successes that we have been enioying with the present system." The Superintendent continued, "Because of adequate federal sub- sidies, better than average state supervision, and attention to detail on the local level, we in Gilmer County do not have to take a back seat to anyone when it comes to the efficiency of our food service personnel, the adequacy of our equipment, or the quality of our meals." Superintendent Welty then ex- plained the problem that confronted the Gilmer County Board of Education with regard to maintaining an adequate lunch program for Glenville, Troy and Tanner Elementary Schools after the construction of Glenville Elementary School. "After months of exploring various alternatives," he said, "we finally hit upon a workable idea. We would prepare the food in the already established high school kitchen and satellite meals to all three schools in question. "We felt that this could be the least expensive method and practically the only alternative that would allow most of the food service staff to retain their present positions." Welty continued. "in addition, it would enable us to continue to make hot lunch available to all students in our school system," the Superintendent said. Welty explained in detail the satellite lunch program as it presently operates in the county and added, "I can report to you that our success has surpassed all of our expectations." Continuing, the Superintendent said, "Permit me to point out iusta few of our accpmplishments. First, this system eliminates the necessity of paperwork in the satellite schools. Second, we started the lunch program in a new school with less than a $10,000 investment in equipment. Third, we employed one less cook than would have been necessary under the existing system, and only one cook was required to transfer. "Fourth, as a result of this program, all food service personnel in the county plan cooperatively on all facets of menu planning, food preparation, and portion control. Fifth, all menus are now published one month in advance and the parents and students are delighted. Sixth, we have reduced our student complaints to practically zero," Welty said. "And, seventh," he went on, "we did not have to increase the price of our meals and we ended the year financially healthy." The Superintendent explained, "Gentlemen, I am here today to testify that your present school lunch program, when operated properly on the state and local level, can and does work. I believe that we would have to search long and hard to come up with a better arrangement, short of unlimited subsidies." He concluded, "In summary, let me brief you on just how well the present program serves our county, which had a per capita income, in 1975, of $3,430. Over 60 per cent of our children qualify for free lunch. While closely following the present guide- lines, we serve over 90 per cent of our K through 8 population and over 62 per cent of our students in grades 9 through 12. "In addition, our plate waste averages a meager five to ten per cent in the elementaries, and 17 to 23 per cent in the high school, depending on the menu. Also, let me once again remind you that we are financially solvent and our meal prices are only 50 cents for high school and 35 cents for elementary schools." Principal Piercy spoke concerning ".Student Attitude and Participation in the School Lunch Program." He outlined the lunch program at Gilmer County High School since its beginning and pointed to changes made along the way. He stated he felt the lunch program has improved greatly in recent years. Saturday, October 29 There will be a basketball Clinic at the Glenville State College Gymnasium from 9 a.m. to noon. The Glenville Lions Club will sponsor a party for all Gilmer County children beginning at 7 p.m. at Gilrner County High School. Sunday, October 30 D.H. Hornbeck will be at the Rock Grove Baptist Church near Linn to show slides of his trip to the Holy Land and the Middle East beginning at 7 p.m. The Gilmer County Ministerial Association will sponsor a Trick or Treat for UNICEF Drive from 2 to 5 p.m. Children and youth interested in helping with the appeal are asked to meet at the Wesley Foundation on the Glenville State College Campus at 2 p.m. Monday, October 31 The Tri Sigma Sorority will be holding their Annual Chili Dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. in the GSC Ballroom. Trick or Treat Night will be observed in the City of Glenville from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, November 1 The first meeting of fourth and fifth grade students participating in GSC's Science 321 activities will take place beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Science Hall. Thursday, November 3 The Glenville Woman's Club will sponsor a bake sale on the steps of the Kanawha Union Bank. Center answers given Following numerous questions and complaints concerning the Gilmor County Medical Center, The Demo- crat/Pathfinder brought the matter to the attention of the Center's President, Dr. Byron J. Turner, recently. In an interview with President Turner, he discussed the operation of the Medical Center. In reference to questions con- cerning the relationship of Dr. Katherine Kiehl to the Medical Center, Dr. Turner explained, "For part of July, we {the Medical Center} agreed to pay her a salary. At that time, we thought she was going to work under the National Health Service Corps {rsc}. "However, she decided not to work under the NHSC, and we have a legal agreement to lease to her office space and the usa of our facilities indefinitely. However, the agreement can be terminated by either side with a 60 day notice." Turner explained. Turner pointed out that Gilmer County was one of the first counties to receive doctors through the NHSC. The NHSC helped to furnish the area with doctors during the past six years. The last NHSC-related doctors left Gilmer County on June 30 of this year. Dr. Turner explained that the NHSC is "not a grant program. We have no grant." He went on, "Under our agreement with the NHSC, we were obligated to charge every patient who came into the Medical Center for treatment. We did, however, have an obligation to provide free service if a person was unable to pay, and we have done this." President Turner said fees at the Medical Center were studied by the NHSC and were determined to be too low. "They believe," he said, "that our fees should be similar to those in other medical facilities in our area. However, we have always maintained our fee schedule below the average of other institutions in this area." The President also said that he and the Board of Directors at the Center feel the county needs additional doctors. "We feel we need at least one and possibly two additional doctors. They may be under private practice or the NHSC, but we do need them," he said. "I have talked with the NHSC and they are working to try to find doctors for this area. We are also in constant contact with the West Virginia University Medical School and they keep saying that 'we're trying' to find doctors for you," Turner continued. "The Board is also constantly looking for doctors," Turner went on. "It seems difficult, though, to find doctors for small areas such as ours." When asked if a letter written by Gilmer County Medical Center Administrator John V. White concern- ing collection of bills had caused many complaints to be registered with the Center, Turner replied that it had. In the letter, White states, "We have billed you at least twice relative to this obligation and have had no response. It is expected that you make some kind of arrangement for the payment of this debt by September 30, 1977 or we will have no choice but to turn the matter over to the courts for collection." Dr. Turner said in regard to the letter, "We instructed personnel to bill each individual twice a month during July and August. It was certainly our belief that each individual who received one of these statements had been billed twice before. "However." he continued. "it is apparent by checking our files that some of the people involved were not billed on two occasions previously?We .regret those instances. However. we have more than 200 past due accounts to which no one has even replied. They don't even say they aren't able to pay, they just refuse to reply." He explained that the Center is making a special effort to collect on some of the past due accounts because the group would like to pay the NHSC all money that is due to them. Under the original agreement, the Gilmer County Medical Center was to charge patients for treatment by NHSC doctors. The doctors werepaid by the NHSC, but the local Medical Center was to pay to the NHSC a percentage of the doctors' salaries. According to Turner and repre- sentatives of the NHSC, the Medical Center will have to pay the NHSC $19,854 to relieve the obligation. However, the Medical Center has requested that $7,057 of that amount be deducted, and the total be placed at $12,797. At a meeting Tuesday, October 18, the group voted to pay the $12,797, if the NHSC agrees to that amount. As far as Dr. Kiehrs practice is concerned, Dr. Turner said the Center is furnishing her with the use of the medical facility for one year She is responsible for, and pays, her staff. She also pays her telephone bill and for working supplies. The agreement to allow her use of the space became effective August 1. Turner also explained that the building housing the Medical Center is owned by the Gilmer County Commission and is operated by the Gilmer County Medical Center, Incorporated, under an indefinite lease from the Commission. There is no indebtedness on the property, and some federal grants were received for its construction. The Gilmer County Medical Center. Incorporated, also owns the original Medical Center building on Walnut Street, Some money is still owed on it. and it is presently being rented to other agencies. It is hayed that the questions concerning the Medical Center will be cleared up by the explanationm given by Dr. Turner. Gilmer Recreation Council wants swimming pool at Recreation Center While there are still several obstacles to overcome, the Gilmer County Recreation Council is solidly in agreement that there should be a swimming pool at the Gilmer County Recreation Center. At least that was definitely the consensus of ten members present for a Council meeting held Tuesday, October 18, at the Recreation Center. The Council meeting was called to order by President P.E. Mason. Present for the session, in addition to the President, were: Rome Adldns, Viona Skinner, Dr. Duke Talbott, Rev. Martin A. Berisford, Jr., Mrs. Grace Oppe, Loren McCartney, Harlan Hague, Mrs. O.R. Spurgeon and Ran Gregory. Mr. Mason opened the discussion concerning the proposed swimming pool by stating, "Dr. Talbott and I have discussed this matter quite thoroughly and we are very interested in it. The County Commission is very much interested, the Parks and Recreation Commission is very much interested. and lots of other people are very much interested." Dr. Talbott, who heads the Office of Community Development at Glenville State College, noted that he had compiled a good deal of supporting data pertaining to the proposed pool. He also presented the Council members with a report prepared by John Hymes, Social Studies Instructor at GSC. The report included a map outlining where various facilities related to the pool would he placed and the probable dimensions of each. It also stated that Trident Specialties, a Charleston firm, had quoted a price of $160,000 for the proposed facility. this figure included lighting and other extras. "From the discussions rve had with various people." Mason declared, "I believe we could probably get a pool in the ground for between $50,000 and $55.000." It was unanimously agreed that the Council felt a pool would be a valuable addition to the Recreation Center. and considerable discussion followed concerning where the proposed facility should be located. Several spots were mentioned and Mason said he felt the Council should arrive at a list of priorities as to possible location. Dr. Talbott said he believed a parking lot would be a necessity in order for the pool to be considered for any type of funding from governmental agencies. After lengthy discussion, the Council agreed to list the area between the picnic shelter and the access road to the Recreation Center buildings along Sycamore Road as the first choice. The area is currently designated as a parking lot. It was noted the pool complex should be fenced in order to prevent children from easily running out into the road. The Council went on record as being completely opposed to locating the pool in front of the Dining Hall and Administration Building. The second location in order of priority is in the vicinity of the parking lot near the lodge. The third spot is behind the boys cabins. It was pointed out that the assistance and approval of several governmental agencies would be required. Still Mason said. "I have a feeling this may all come about by next summer. It's just a feeling and it may not be worth a nickel, but it's my feeling. Sometimes things happen and I believe in this case smaething will happen." In other action, the minutes of the previous meeting were dispensed with in absence of the Secretary, Merge Burke. Viona Skinner. Treasurer, reported a balance in the treasury of $4.040. Concerning construction. Harlan Hague and Larch McCartney reported the tennis court and basketball court have been paved, one box stall has been added to the Agriculture Building, drainage problems in the basement of the old Assembly Hall have been corrected, and a new basement floor has been completed in that building. It was also pointed out that the Woman's Club of Glenville provided paint for the restrooms and shelter at the Center. and the painting has been completed. The Woman's Club also donated $200 to the Recreation Council for use in repairs and alterations. Viona Skinner mentioned the need for an additional boys cabin at the Center. The President nominated two committees. The Nominating Commit- tee is to be composed of Mary Morrow, Chairperson: Grace Oppe; and Larch McCartney. An Auditing Committee will be made up of Nelson Garrett. Chairman: Marge Burke: and Duke Talbott. There being no additional business, the Concil adjourned at approximately 2:30 p.m. to meet again in December. Hymes suggested that cost of the pool complex could be greatly reduced if economy measures were introduced with regard to labor. Ha noted that materials for the facility would cost approximately $40,000. The possibility of some volunteer labor was discussed. It was pointed out that there are several other firms throughout West Virginia dealing in the swimming pool installation business, and suggestions were made that some other companies be contacted. Mr. Mason said he had discussed the matter of a pool extensively with Larry Cavendish, Director of the State 4-H Camp at Jackson's Mill. He said Cavendish had informed him the pool at the Mill was constructed at a cost of approximately $!25,000. He added that GILMER COUNTY POOL?-The Gilmer emery Recreatlm Onmell favors placing a swimming pool in the ares in the fereground e picture. The spat Is at the Gllmer Comity RecreaUon ter near Gleavii_le. [Demecrat Pheto]