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November 18, 1976     The Glenville Democrat
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November 18, 1976

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I lenvi!le emocrat The A Gilmer Graphics, Inc. Newspaper 9 i- : i:  -  (' % , snows are special. Gilmer County's initial of the season came last Thursday. It was barely snowman, but lightly covered trees and ast winters and snows to come. [Democrat GLENVILLE, GH.MER COUNTY, WV 26351 Thursday, November 18, 1976 Freshour to fill board vacancy John Freshour of Cox's Mills was appointed Nov. 8 by the Gilmer County Board of Education to fill the vacancy created by the recent death of former board member ]ames McCartney. The board made the appointment after Superintendent of Schools Ron Welty consulted with Mrs. McCartney. She told Welty that her husband, who died of cancer, had intimated to her that if he had a choice he would have chosen Freshour as his successor. The board changed their meeting time from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of every month to accommodate their new member. After reading a petition from Normantown Elementary students and faculty and noting that a majority of voters voted for the school bond proposal Nov. 2, the board decided to olace the same bond proposal before the voters again on Dec. 17. In other business: Welty read to the board, proposals from the county's Associa- tion of Classroom Teachers which the Aeachers had submitted on Oct. 28 for he board's consideration. They are: 1. guidelines to be given to us as to what constitutes reasonable requests for personal leave 2. that letters be posted in each of the schools and in the board office stating teaching positions which will be [or are] open for the next school year, giving our present teacher/ an opportunity to apply for said positions 3. thata contract and letter stating coaching duties [what school assigned, what salary and what sports] be given to each person assigned said duties, to prevent any discrepancies from occuring regarding these duties 4. that students and teachers alike be allowed to have an early dismissal at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 23, 1976, for the Christmas holiday. Welty told The Democrat that the board would probably grant proposal No. 4 and would probably have to draw up a separate coaching contract to satisfy proposal No. 3. He said the Gilmer stops included in tour guide has I our Spencer Illecessary that for the Nov. 25 no later Nov. 19. your us meet this giving Plans for the publication of a Scenic Automobile Tour Guide to include man,, stops in Gilmer County are being finalized by the Country Roads Travel Council. Stops in Gilmer County include: Cedar Creek State Park, Arbuckle Roadside Park, Glenville Country Store. Gilmer County Recreation Center, G!enville State College, Roberts Riding Stable and Job's Temple. Publication of these tours will be completed by Jan. 1 in order to have them ready for distribution at the out-of-state travel shows which will be part of the Country Roads Travel Council's promotional campaign for 1977. In addition, any fair, festival, tourist attraction, or tourist facility in Gilmer County which is a member of the travel council may have their literature distributed also. In commenting on the tour Steven Nicely, spokesman for the travel council, explained that it was the hope of the Council to utilize these tours to entice tourists off the interstate highways. He went on to say that in other places tours such as these have been extremely successful in increasing the amount of money they leave behind. In conjunction with "Operation Latch-String," the new travel promo- tion and development program currently being undertaken by the Department of Commerce and the Country Roads Travel Council, Nicely stated that a county by county inventory will be made in the near future to determine what each county has to offer and what the needs are. Afer determining this, efforts will be made to obtain facilities that are needed or to upgrade existing business es or tourist services. People interested in more infor- mation about the scenic tour guide or "Operation Latch-String" may contact the travel council office in Parkersburg. Recreation Council increases camper fee The Gilmer County Recreation Council voted Nov. 10 to raise the camp fees chared at the Gilmer County  RCi;tica Cente from $15 tu $16 [or campers from Cilmer County and from $20 o $21 for campers from outside the county. Senior Citizen campers will pay the $t6 fee. All other rental fees charged at the Recreation Center will remain the same. Council member Dick White reported that the tennis courts and basketball court Located along Sycamore Road have been graded and stone has been partially spread over them, He noted that an offset post and baakia board should be purchosed, for the basketball court and both courts should be fenced. Council member Loren McCartney suggested that cyclone fence be constructed along the road from the picnic shelter to the end of the games area in order to keep cars off the field and to enclose the games area. The group decided to delay any fencing until after the court areas are paved. The council voted to have some McCartney also asked the council pine trees removed from along the to consider constructing four or live oad to the recreation center. The new box stalls near the new show ring ees are located along an aa that on ttm racreatioa Cnter grOunds He was recently re-graded. According to noted there were more calves than box White they are close to falling across the road. Council President Everett Mason infarmed the group that the Gilmer County Parks Commission had recently approved a plan to install air conditioning units in the Gilmer County Recreation Center's main building. stalls during this fall's Farm Show and he predicted that the number of Farm Show participants would continue to rise. since the new show area adds to the attraction. Council treasurer Vienna Skinner reported that the council had a balance of $14,668.69. leys gain national fame ith handcrafted knives "When Cliff and Lou Manley travel to a gun and in the formal attire of 19th century country quality knives they display. Their sister them when this picture was taken at the Show b, Dallas 'rex. Cliff and Lou Manley, of Glenville, are craftsmen who've always directed their talents toward the unique rather than the ordinary. Working as leather craftsmen a few years ago, they quickly dispensed with making the usual leather purses and belts in favor of large handcrafted leather portraits and plaques. One of their large leather plaques of the state seal hangs in Governor Arch Moore's office. They made a similar plaque of the United States seal for Michigan Congressman Dingle and a large portrait in leather of the founder of osteopathy which now hangs in the office of the president of the U.S. Osteopathic Association. But more than a year ago the Manleys. sons of Dr. and Louis Manley of 202 Court St., decided to enter the even more unusual field of making handcrafted knives. The Manley Blade trademark is now known throughout the U.S. and in some foreign covnlries. The young men got into the trade after Lou Manley's curiosity was sparked by an advertisement in a sporting magazine which demonstrat- ed how to craft your own knife and tomahawk set. The advertisement was placed by Ron Wilson. a metal engraver from Weirton. Wilson subsequently agreed to teach Lou the art of metal engraving and knife making. He also taught him the ancient art of scrimshaw engraving, which has been traced to designs made by whalers on whale teeth. Lou now uses this technique to engrave small, detailed pictures on ivory-handled knives. The brothers combined their talents. Cliff fashions the blades and Lou does the metal engraving. They opened a shop on their farm outside el board would make every effort to comply with proposal No. 2, but he noted that the board usually doesn't know about }ob openings until the end of school or over the summer. As for the first proposal, Welty noted that the board does net have a personal leave policy. In his opinion the board's current sick leave policy provides adequate leave provisions. Welty also told the board that his office has been receiving a number of complaints about excessive home work. assignments. On Oct. 21 Welty sent e  memorandum on the subject to the county schools. In the memorandum Welty said, "... that any teacher who is assigning homework, without considering the mental and physical capabilities of the majority of the class to complete the assignment, is doing the children and the school system an injustice. And, if any teacher is assigning homework without regard to the total amount of homework given the child in a single day or assigning homework as punishment for being out of class for extra curricular activities, I believe that he or she is performing in a totally irresponsible manner." ( process takes weeks and sometimes months to complete. Their knives range in price from $35 for a recently designed light weight backpacker's knife to over $2,000 for a pair of daggers. Handles are fashioned to tit each blade. The handles are made from ebony, rosewood, antlers from the sambar stag of India and elephant ivory which costs $60 a pound, The Manleys have displayed their knives at gun and knife shows in Gatlinburg, Tenn., Dallas. Tex.. Friendship, ind., Columbus, Ohio and Las Vegas, Nee. Orders come from connections made at these shows and through direct mail and sporting magazine advertising. The knives are on sale locally at The Scoreboard. One of their more famous buyers is western movie star Slim Pickens. Wen they find the time the brothers are alsowritlng a book about knives and knife making. The Manleys make various kinds of hunting knives, ceremonial daggers and one knife designed for use by U.S. Army,Special Forces soldiers. Hours of planning, drawing and lay out goes into each knife design. The entire Glenville. They've perfected their talents to such a degree that they were recently commissioned to do a Shakespearian dagger for the world famous private knife collection of Dr. Jack R. Holifield. MAKING GLENVILLE FAMOUS--Manley Blade knives llke the ones pictured above can now be found throughout the United States. Each time they're displayed or advertised the name of Glenvllle, W.V. is seen right along side them. At right is an example of the ancient art of scrimshaw engraving which the Manleys use on Ivory.handled knives. to state post i Mrs. Janet Deal, a member of the i Gilmer County Board of Education, was elected to the Board of Directors of the West Virginia School Boards Associat i ion at their regular meeting in Weston on Nov. 4. Mrs, Deal was elected to the post of associate director and along with Dr. Frank Stevens, board member from Harrison Ceunty. will represent the north central section of the state. The West Virginia School Boards Association is concerned with the general advancement of education and it promotes solutions to the common problems of boards of education. Mr, :: Robert Walthall. board member from : Mercer County is president of the association. Deal named