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Page 14A.--- The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder --- Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004 L Celebrates 75th AnniversaryJ " \ GILMER COUNTY COTTAGE AT JACKSON'S MILL Efforts Net $6, Gilmer County's Cottage at aretryingtofindoutwhosomeofthe and Mrs. Ed Talbott, Mr. and Mrs. Jackson's Mill celebrated its 75th an- men who worked on it. Bill Bennett, Baldwin CEOS, niversary this past September 2004. The cottage was completed Sep- Charles Jenkins, Gilmer County Fund-raisingeffortsbytheCEOSand tember of 1929. The Gilmer County Senior Center, B.D. Decker, theGilmerCourity Senior Center are Cottage stands as testimony to the Glenville Gardens Seniors, Cox's being held so that the cottage can be power of purpose to what can be ac- Mills Seniors, Mary Radabaugh, upgraded and renovated. The cost for complished when a group of people Ruby Coberly, Mrs. Marion Reed, this project is $1,000,000. The cot- work together on a common goal. Mrs. Jean Flesher, James Turner, tage will be fully restored, including Fund-raising continues and dona- Louella Stalnaker, Dawson Farm, the old mill stone which will be placed tions may be sent to Eleanor Shock, Pam and Danny Furr, Mary Young in front of the cottage. It is presently Box 115 Normantown, WV 25267.in memory of Mary Young. Please being worked on. The wheel was taken Wewanttothankthefollowingpeople help us reach our goal. We have from the grist mill located near who have already donated: Jack .collected $6,000 so far. TrubadyanddonatedtoJackson's Mill Stalnaker, Georgia Burke, John D. for the Gilmer County Cottage. We Radabaugh, Francis Schmetzer, Mr. people with The Muscular Dystrophy Association is offering flu shots at no cost to-people with any of the more than 40 neuromuscular diseases in the Association's program, Influenza is particularly dangerous to people with pro- gressive neuromuscular diseases, which may damage the muscles responsible for lung function. This makes influ- enza risky for those with muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease) and other neuromuscular diseases. "The flu can cause respiratory infections that can be- come very hazardous for children and adults with neuro- muscular diseases," MDA President & CEO Robert Ross explained. "Eachyear, MDA provides those we serve with free flu shots in order to reduce their chances of serious illness." MDA provides thousands of free flu shots annually. To find out more about obtaining a free flu shot for people with neuromuscular diseases, call the nearest MDA office, call MDA headquarters at (800) 572-1717 or visit the MDA Web site at www.mdausa org. MDA is a voluntary health agency providing services, research and professional and public health education. The Association's programs are funded almost entirely by individual private contributors. I I I I I I I I . FIRST CHURCH GLENVILLE l "To Present the Gospel to all People Preparing Them to be Followers of Jesus Christ. " y Special Singing 7:00--7:30 p.m. Jim Mike Ward will present the Message 7:30 Night Youth Night I Monday Night Special Singing--" Forgiven" Night Special Singing--"Rev. Walter Truss" Wednesday Night Special Singing--"N0rfolk and Southern" Glenville First Baptist Church 217 E. Main Street Glenville, WV 26351 (304) 462-7015 fbc@rtoi.net TANNERfest STARTS OUT WITH SOME FUN!: The annual lawnmower race was coordinated by Robin Hickman. Hickman is shown here sneaking around Jeff Skidmore in what seemed to be a neck-to-neck race, with Jerry Frymier trailing significantly. But soon after Hickman's mower brokedown and Skidmore won the race with no worry from slowpoke Frymier. HATS OFF TO TANNERfest 2004: One of the many contests held at TANNERfest 2004 was the Decorated Hat Contest. Participants created a hat of any style of their choosing and displayed it on a table in the gymnasium of the old Tanner High School. People attending the festival then voted for their favorite design. Ina Woodford took first place in the competition. Congress mUst deal with soa ng health care costs By Senator Jay Rockefeller Unless Congress and the Adminis- tration soon change their priorities, by the time children born today reach retirement age, virtually all of their Social Security benefits will be eaten up by health care costs. Many senior citi- zens in West Virginia live on a fixed in- come, and they often must spend a large portion of that income on health care. The convergence of a lackluster economy with rapidly rising medical costs continues to push affordable health care beyond the reach of more and more seniors. I have seen little interest in Wash- ington in tackling the root of the prob- lem; we must reign in soaring health care costs. When you consider who is really bearing the brunt of the health care crisis - our seniors - the priorities of the administration and leadership in Congress seem upside down. Insurance companies, HMOs and drug manufacturers have been given lavish perks and protections that seem to be designed primarily to help them grow their earnings. The new Medi- care law includes a $12 billion slush fund for HMOs and private plans, but it is unlikely that these plans will be available everywhere. Drug manu- facturers are allowed to maximize their revenues because the new law fails to rein in escalating prescription drug costs. Meanwhile, seniors have been left with a meager Medicare drug benefit which won't go into effect until 2006, a prohibition on buy- ing cheaper pre- scription medica- tions from neighbor- ing Canada, a com- plicated drug discount scheme with 41 different cards to choose from and, most recently, a 17.4 percent increase in their monthly Medicare Part B pre- miums. We must be willing to face the truth about the problems with our health care system before we can begin achieving meaningful results for health care consumers. Unfortu- nately, the realities of the health care dilemma in America have at times been obscured from public and Con- gressional scrutiny. Last year, as we debated the Medi- care legislation, Members of Con- gress made repeated requests for the Administration to share their estimates on the costs of the proposals being considered. Federal agencies often have the data and projections that lawmakers need to develop effective public policy. And, Federal law re- quires that Congress be granted inde- pendent access to the actuaries at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Despite the requirements of the law, the Administration refused to provide Democratic Members of Congress with its cost-estimates of the Medi- care bill. Only after the Medicare law was voted on and signed into law did the Bush Administration reveal that their own cost-estimate of the Medi- care bill was $139 billion higher that the Congressional Budget Office es- timate provided to Congress. Congress has a clear and unassail- able right to request and receive infor- mation and data from federal agen- cies. In this case, the Administration's decision to intentionally supplant ac- curate cost estimates with "'low ball" numbers hindered the policy-making process and impaired the ability of Congress to carry out its oversight responsibilities. We will never be able to adequatel5 address the enormous challenges of lowering the cost of health care and increasing access for seniors unless we have the courage to be honest and straightforward about the scope oftbe problem. The emerging pattern oftbe Administration' s willingness to white- wash our problems is increasingly disturbing and destructive. Americans expect and deserve better. 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A native of We~tNirginia, she now considers Glenville to be her home, being active in the Chimer County Senior Center and other community organizations. 4~~- Prior to moving to Glenville, Peggy had a very active life and career, being particularly good as a stunt rider on horseback. She's always ready to relay these excit- ing episodes to the younger and older generations. As a resident of Glenville Gar- dens, she enjoys socializing with the other residents, especially at their monthly community dinners and fish frys. Heractual birthday was on Tues., Oct. 19, being born on a lucky numbered day -- Oct. 19, 1919. f