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Page 6A -- The Gienville Democrat/Pathfinder Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004 \ \ \ \ Store Hours: 8-5 Mon.-Fri. 8-3 Sat. 315 W. Main St. - 462-5631 County Commission's business Continued from page 1A after the family who lives there, un- less everyone along the new road is in the same family." In a related matter, two Braxton County representatives appeared be- fore the commission to get approval for two joint road name changes. The Gilmer Commissioners approved the renaming of Copen Run Road to just "Copen Road" as it is in Braxton County, while "Lower Crooked Fork Road" (in Gilmer) will also be the name of its extension in Braxton which is now just Crooked Fork Road in the neighboring county. Equipment bid chosen Relative to the three bids to pur- chase VI-IF Communications Equip- ment for the county's emergency ser- vices and law enforcement agency personnel, the commission awarded the job to Biser's Radio, of Lorentz (near Buckhannon). It's bid was $43,696.00, and was the low bid. Emergency Services Director Ed Messenger explains, "The high bid was too high, but Biser's provides the county with the equipment and train- ing that's needed." In an unrelated comment, he says, "I'm proud of the support we received for the Emergency Services Levy." He also asked the commissioners to pass a resolution to adhere to the NIMS guidelines for disasters. Computer upgrades Mrs. Norma Jean Hurley, the County's bookkeeper, appealed to the commissioners for funds to purchase a new computer system for, at least, two courthouse departments. "The old server is getting beyond capacity; it's slow and crashes often," she points out. Looking at a bid estimate from the county's current,computer provider (CSSI), she notes that the new system would cost $38,120 for the software and $10,695 for the hardware. But, this CSSI package includes 19 days of training for the county's County Clerk and Sheriffs Dept.. employees to learn the new system. Commissioner Chapman injects, "That's too long and too expensive." As a result, Mrs. Hurley was asked to get another estimate, based on only one week of training. She will try to bring that back before the commis- sioners at their Nov. 18 afternoon meeting. On an unrelated communications matter, the commissioners were in- formed of a petition currently being circulated in local stores complaining about Verizon's faulty phone service in some areas of the county. "There are ants in the lines and squirrels eat on the lines," explains Jim James. President Chapman comments, "I don't know who started those peti- tions, but the PSC (State's Public Ser- vice Commission) can force them to fix it. Also, every time you have a problem, call Verizon and file a com- plaint. I've called them, but they don't get a lot of citizens' complaints." Grant application idea Will Goodavage and Lourine Bailey, both of Calhoun County, want to write a large multi-county grant in order to aid senior citizens who want to live at home and employ jobless handymen and women to their home repairs. Geared to Gilmer, Braxton and Calhoun counties, the grant, which is expected to be funded by a private foundation, would provide $300,000 per year per county. The purpose of the grant is three-pronged: 1.) To help seniors maintain their residences via a handyman network; 2.) To employ the jobless in each county to make these home repairs; and 3.) To pro- GRANTSMAN -- Will Goodavage, of Calhoun County, is working up a three-county grant to a private charitable agency in order to aid the senior citizens in keeping up their homes and putting younger people to work at handyman's jobs. (staff photo by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) e co mtg. cont'd ... vide an Apprenticeship Program for these handymen, so that they'll be able to carry on their careers after the project ends. "I need to get a focus group to take advantage of this grant opportunity," outlines Mr. Goodavage, adding that four people --- appointed by the com- mission -- would be fine. He affirms that he was trained in grant writing by the Greater Kanawha Foundation, so he can write-up the grant whenever the focus group can get the facts together. President Chapman informed them that the Gilmer County Senior Center already offers a similar serwce. Goodavage replies, "You are already the model for this program. You'll provide reliable and trustworthy people for it." The commission liked their idea~ but asked them to see Mary Oldaker, the Senior Center's executive direc- tor, to be updated as ti what this county is already doing for its seniors. Assorted business In other business, the commission- el'S--- . Complimented Gilmer Countians for coming out by a 60 percent figure to vote; Approved Rondel McCumbers's mowing the grass on commission property in Tanner in exchange for letting him install a swing set for the area's children to play on; Hired Priscilla (Mrs. Carlos) Bailey for a temporary secretarial position; Learned that the Gilmer Public Service District is working with Lignetics in order to iron out a sewage bill estimate; Heard that a group of private in- vestors is trying to keep the Farm Continued from page 1A discovered the decal on one of the packed shelves in the Bookstore's cramped temporary quarters in the basement of Louis Bennett Hall. The Bookstore is located there until the Harry Heflin Student Union is reno- vated, although most people, espe- cially strangers like Mr. Phipps, wouldn't know it was there unless they had asked someone beforehand. One patron, who was waiting on his order to be gift wrapped, engaged the apparently very private man in con- versation: "You must be a GSC alum- nus, since you're buying a car decal!" "No, I'm not," replied the taciturn visitor, proudly offering, "I'm an UVA graduate, with a degree in history." "Oh, did you have Dr. Dumas Malone (the noted University of Vir- ginia biographer of Thomas Jeffer- son) for class," the Glenville man inquired. "No, but I met him while studying there," Phipps responded with a smile of satisfaction. Continuing their conversation, the Glenville man, who was coinciden- tally this editor, asked, "If you didn't graduate from GSC, why are you buy- ing the college's car decal?" 'Tin a collector of automobile de- cals of colleges and universities," he divulged, noting that he had been ac- tively engaged in this unusual hobby for some 34 years. Most impressively, he's already collected decals from 1,150 of the nation's 1,450 colleges. "I've had to focus on the traditional four-year colleges only," he quickly Flags lowered to honor Lance Corporal Byrd Service Agencyin Gilmer County by way of constructing a new office for Gov, Bob Wise recently ordered it; state flags flown at half-staff Thurs- Listened to a report from Jason Eager, of the Recreation Center, rela- tive to the installation of the new kitchen equipment and to its success- ful Open House; and Learned from Commissioner Kight that Minnie Hamilton Health- care Center is still trying to locate property to build a trauma center in the county and that the Little Kanawha Parkway Commission is hiring a lob- byist. The commission's next meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. on this Thurs., day, November I 1, in honor and re- membrance of Marine Lance Corpo- ral John Thomas Byrd II. 'q'his brave young soldier gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country," Wise said. "The bravery that Marine Lance Corporal John Thomas Byrd II exhibited shall not he forgotten and his family will remain in our thoughts." All state flags at all state facilities were displayed at half-staff on Thurs- day, November 11, the day of the burial. _ Ill visits adds, noting that to include the junior and two-year schools would make his goal of securing all the decals during his lifetime a virtual impossibility. "Right now I have a good chance of visiting all of the four-year campuses and getting one of their best decals to add to my collection," he explains. His normal method of collecting, he points out, is to go to a campus, find the bookstore, buy the decal and to leave as quickly as possible, so that he can fit in several campuses in one day. And, he's discovered some real trea- sures along the way. "Johns Hopkins (University in Baltimore) has the best- looking decal," he describes. "It looks like a church window and has a real distinctive scholastic and medieval flavor." What have been his most memo- rable experiences on college cam- puses across the Nation? "I got very emotional at two col- leges," he sighs. "Toccoa Falls Col- lege in Toccoa Falls, GA. suffered from a deadly dam-break and flood in the 1970s, drowning four-or-five stu- dents. The memorial that they erected there was quite tear-jerking. Like- wise, the memorial at Kent State Uni- versity of the May 4, 1970 killings over the Vietnam War issue was very moving." Mr. Phipps's individual college de- cal quests, however, have not always been successful. "At one college, I could only find a pair of socks with the school's emblem on them, while at York College of the State University of New York, they only had a ball IIlU cap," he says, quickly noting that he bought the socks and ball cap for the collection, if not to wear. How does he afford to indulge him- self in such an expensive life-long desire to collect these colorful college mementoes as a hobby, thereby ne- cessitating travel to time-consuming, distant and remote locatiop s all across America? In his real work life, he's the career manager/recruiter of the Intern Pro- gram in the U. S. Navy's Naval Center for Acquisition in Mechanicsburg. That job yields the spending mone~,,~ for his college-seeking adventures. ~ ~ As to the hobby and its future, one senses that the gaunt and serious- minded Sterling Phipps wants to learn as much as he can about America's diverse and significant centers of higher education. Moreover, as he grows older, he admits that very few people would have the interest to carry on his unique hobby. "After I die, I'll just will all of these decals --- hopefully one for each four-year college and university --- to the Smithsonian Institution, so I'll let them worry about how to display them for the public's benefit," he philoso- phizes. Then, shaking this editor's hand, he made his parting comment, "In my 1,150 college visits to-date, you're the first person to ask me what I'm doing and why." Editor's Note: For more information about his rare college decal collection, Mr. Phipps can be reached at (717)-605-3980 or e-mailed at sphipps @hropensacola. navy., mil Gilmer's Pubfic Service District handles problems at meeting In addition to the announcement that the Normantown/Stumptown/Ceda~ Creek waterline project has gotten the green light to go ahead, the Gilmer County Public Service District's members dealt with several other problems at their regular monthly meeting on Mon., Nov. 8. The PSD has also finally gotten a handle on the federal prison's water tank telemetry problem. "Buddy Hanes (a local electronics businessman) will upgrade the transmitter and receiver systems (at the water tank)," reports Brenda Lawson, the agency's general manager. To make the new motherboards and to guarantee them, the cost is estimated at $800 by Mr. Hanes, she says. The necessity for this upgrade is that the Dunn Engineering firm's design of the water tank telephone system to monitor the waterlevel is not compatible with Verizon's service, she explains. In addition, Verizon servicemen have been complaining that their prison security clearances still don't allow them reasonable access to the system, thereby delaying any repairs on the down system. In another business item, Cotmty Commission President Larry Chapman has contacted the Braxton commission in order to facilitate providing water to Rosedale's residents. The next regular PSD meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Mon., Dec. 6 in Glenville. Q Type 2 diabetes: are you at risk? November is American Dia- betes Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diabetes is the sixth deadliest disease in the United States, claiming the lives of more than 200,000 people each year. Ap- proximately 90-95 percent of people living with diabetes have type ;2, also known as adult on- set, diabetes. "The long term effects of dia- betes can be devastating and po- tendally life-threatening," says chances of successfully prevent- o People of African American, Dr. Kandeel suggests the follow- unusual thirst or weight loss, ex- Fouad R. Kandeel, M.D., Ph.D., ing or managing the disease, a Latino, Native American or ing: cessive hunger, fatigue, blurred directoroftheCityofHopeLeslie third of the estimated 18.2 rnil- Asian decent o Eat a well-balanced diet vision, slow-healing cuts and & Susan Gonda (Goldschmied) lion Americans with diabetes re- o Children who are overweight o Exercise regularly and shed bruises and tingling or numbness Diabetes & Genetic Research main undiagnosed. 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