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Thursday, November 20, O to Gilmer's the girls at Gilmer t t want to be up- he boys. ,t, upon the heels of the GCHS 42 I-IP~ Team s winning of the Class A 38 ~n.ship and ~,nthony Reale's t, 40~J titlist status in all three classes, E~'0~ Trtan Girls Volleyball team shot ~bo.ff of lightning through Class A ~ks across the state by becom- ~:~ in the state themselves. i.~Saturday, Coach John Nicolais's 5!6;i~ns brought home the State V,51~ship Trophy by besting two )r'n ~q'tuted opponents. commend Coach and Asst. Coach Mickey Metz, the team's members: Cristin Williams, Shannon Szabo, C, amai Roberson, Emma Smith, Crystal Metz, , Andrea Starcher, An- and Amber Lowther. compiled a 45-7 season's to the State Champion- ~, they played with a lot of talent ~PrOviding the competffive edge I_"~'u Super, rty for them, espe- /P,.,Season s end. ~i~.s, Gitmer County Volleyball Team /for rr~ng us Proud) ,~ was area's World War II veterans gratifying success. s commented to me, everyone wait for 60 years to do question, showing that we keep more in tune with the wOmen who have guarded and/or lXeserve our freedoms over the m this current generation, owe ." State College's and its WW II Veterans' are right in line with place in the Heflin Student Union by GSCs Ararnark. the colorful the official public kick-off of World War II Oral History girl's volleyball team & Corcoran | ]]]lJ Column flllll initiative. Dr. Michael Gherke, a history teacher and project coordinator, is the dynamic force behind this effort. And, his students are no slouches, either, having already begun to record the biographical sketches and memories of several area WW II veterans. For example, Jim Bettis, a history major, has interviewed one veteran of the second Great War three times. So, he's collected much good informa- tion that can be preserved for posterity as a part of the larger historic preservation project un- der a grant from the Vandalia Heritage Foun- dation of U. S. Congressman Alan Mollohan. Many WW II veterans, being humble people by disposition, don't want to relate their trium- phal moments of that war to anyone. That's understandable, but of no help to either future historians or their descendants. What the Oral History Project does is to make certain that each of these veterans ---- whether they con- sider their military service important or not -- is accurately written down, stored and made available as time goes on to those people in future generations who are interested in him or her. As a result, a veteran, or his thoughts, can live forever via this project. I know that having NOT heard the stories of my now deceased brother who fought in W'W IL I've been denied a crucial source of family history that pertmps would have been impor- tam to me and my children. Charles, my oldest brother, was a navigator on one of the B-29 bombers that pounded Germany during the war. In those early years of dangerous night- time navigation, I'm certain that it took a lot of courage to step into one of those planes, to take off, and not to know if you'd ever return the next morning. In fact, he suffered with night- mares for the rest of his life because of those GSC WW II project wartime experiences. As a result, by participating in the GSC project, he may have gained some mental relief from his troubling thoughts. It's good to get certain things off your chest! War affects different people in different ways, and while ] always admired and respected my oldest brother, I didn't understand him, If a sympa- thetic third party, like a GSC student, had interviewed him, that may have just been the right therapy to ease his memories, anguish and fears. So, for all of you veterans, you may find out that these upcoming interviews are not only instructive to the interviewer but also thera- peutic to those of you who choose to be interviewed. If you served in World War II and haven't been contacted yet, please call Dr. Gherke at his GSC office at 304-462-7361, Ext. 7272. If he is not there, please leave a message -- he'll return your call ASAP. Finally, remember that you are invited to view the growing World War II display at the Robert F. Kidd College Library on the GSC campus. It has a lot of nifty memorabilia dealing with the war. Mr. Reale gets honor Philip A. Reale, a Glenville attorney and Gilmer County civic, economic and youth leader, was recently selected as the "2003 Gilmer County Democrat of the Year." The local Democratic Executive Commit- tee and Democratic Women's Club chose Mr. Reade for his past and current achievements in advancing the Democratic Party and its candi- dates. Currently, he's been working to get the Democratic legislators re-eleO.ed as their cam- paign chair. In past years, he's served the state's Denm- crats in a variety of posts, notably being Cal- houn County's Prosecuting Attorney from 1979-1981, Governor Gaston Cape~on's Chief of Staff from 1988-90, and his Campaign for Re-election Manager in 1992. For his "Gilmer County Democrat of the Year" recognition, he was honored on Oct. 19 at a Gilmer County Democratic BBQ at the Recreation Center and, again, on Nov. 8, at the annual Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner at Continued on Page 5 of an oldtimer --- 1 i !t ill Formality or respect 'MissMary.'Ineverheardanyofthemusefirst is unbecoming for me to tell people he is a names! To understand 'Miss Mary', one needs doctor." (Ph.D. not M.D.) ImmyCartermadeabasicchangeto know that the eldest unmamed girl in a Classes were still formalat GlenyillStale which surely has had family would have heard the more formal when l entered as a freshman in193g, lkm)w ramifications. I am thinking about name. My Aunt Ivy, who taught at ~ college my new fellow students only as 'Miss Hardin', here, was 'Miss Myers.' When her sisters vis- "Mr. Ward', etc. In class I was "Miss Myers' he told us. ited, they were 'Miss Emma', 'Miss Rachel', (not Miss Frances), even with ins~ I called 'Olive' until and 'Miss Mabel.' had known since I was seven years old, i.e. hip in the 1980s and hospital All this continued in rural Virginia long Mr. Wagner, Miss Brand and Mr. Hickman. her by her first name. Dadenough that it affected me as a second daugh- What does all this have to do with respect? from the time I can re- ter. Dad called me 'Fancie' and the farm help Familiarity breeds contempt! (When Mark there was an exception when called me "Miss Fancie' even when I was a Twain wrote it in 1935, he added "and chil- visited; they had known her teenager. (I hated it!) . dren') I don't need to belabor the fact that were college students and Dad was 'Dr. Myers' to the general public, respect for authority has disintegrated into a be Dad's wife! but Mother always referred to him as '~L sorry state. The names we use are evidence friends for her last 50 or so Myers.' When I asked her about it, she said "It and, I believe, part of the cause. 'Mrs. Woods', "Mrs. Guild', and am: m m: : i Ju , 8 ne Mollohan Bell s generosgty to the Gdmer County Ambulance g AuChority needs a public explanation aml comme"ndoIion twriting this letter to let the citizens of explained as a past member of a small town future and entered this in her Last Will and ~W~TenttY know that June Mollohan Volunteer Fire Department, one major way Testarnetit. we got funds to help in purchasing equipment So I take great pride and commend June I'~S.,. ted August 29 2"o02 in her Last and helping tbe community, wasmnningbingo Mollahan Bell for donating this to a very il~l"~.~ * estarnent, left $76,546.~17 and stipu- ~',~ ice so it could be applied we would have only had people like June to In ending, I find it very odd nothing has ~t~the~,Purcb-ase and/or maintenance of help our efforts how much easier and appreci- been communiicated by this Ambulance ! s=- it would have us to achio.e S =ce to of ilmer Count. of Ii~e~ 7tt~o~ yUlisyearacheck wasdonated goals much sooner, this good deed and felt it was time to share ~~, aaaounL June had been one to help family or friends, this with you.Thank you, were over,f-,msto.es|have .tol,lsoonAp.l . ~why was it left to us? I 1998, June must have found a way to leave Danny M. Sherwood, Jr. funds that would help many people in the Pa/ner~/e, Oh/o I Mountaineer Food B FA~20Q2 stand the cabinets and Virginia counties. ~ help our empty refrigerator-s. programs , we witnessed thousands of Try to imagine your neighbor, your neighbor's friends and neighbors fill the gap when their ~eF'~'~.,,~ being deployed to the children or even a family member who comes pockets are empty. From 2000-2002, ~o~ t m_s deployment was executed to your church having been hungry the night Moutaineer Food Bank distributed 15.5 mil- ~'ur~ettort to end the reign of terror before. Thinkofthe children whose only good, lion pounds of product to agencies, feeding ~-w~., our fellow human beings. As nutritious meals are served in the school caf- programs, soup kitchens, etc. ,~ sepmmed, day-to-day concernseteria. Are they getting proper nutrition dtu'ing To become part of this effort, simply "~ uoctor i ~!ltsT e,_ aPPo ntments, dentist appoint, the summer months? a check payable to "Mountaineer Food Bank ~,~,.~-, seemed unimportant. Our fami- This letter gives the readers of our newspa- arid mail it in to the below address. Remem- ~'~er:Tnmre.. precious to us than before, pers the opportunity to be a Mountaineer Food ber:Everydollaryoudona-tegenerates$14.64 -, n sptte of the shift in our focus, BankCaring Donorandtohepartofthefuture worth of product to be distributed to hungry ~%~ go i,g ,o bed h,n~-m as ~y ~e the inception of Operation lraq~ efforts to feed hungry West Virginians. West Virignians. Watch your mail for your Mountaineer Food Bank was established in Caring Donor card. Your donation is tax de- E cost of living is rising, and many in- 1981 and has provided food for thousands of ductible. Ha t~een~,eFcoOcrod budgets are being stretched hungry West Virginians. Mountaineer Food Car/a Narde Bank receives donations of food from whole- Executive Direaor Illmt. ,.costs ofmedicine, etc. Hungry salers, grocers, manufacturers and corpora- Mountaineer Food Bank J-~s'~to';e~neverycommunity, and it is hard dons within West Virginia and across the 180 Ent~tptis, Dri,, -- ,oe now difficult life is for ie w a peop L'~i~r~ bout Where the next meal will United States. As part of America's Second Gassaway, WV 26624 Harvest, Mountaineer Food Bank uses dona- ..... ~Y children don't under- Letters Continued on Page 5 tions to supply feeding programs in 48 West ,,,.,. ,,, ,, Our 'Letters to the Editor' Policy more letters to the editor. Feel free to send them in to us. letter via snail mail. Deadlines for letters are Mondays at 10 a.m. for that our policy on the letters, week's paper. After 10 &m., they can be accepted for that week as have long been the sounding boards for political, per- advertisemems, However, it would appear for free in a future edition. Patriotic views and this paper is no exception: Also, for writers who consistem..ly send in Letters wee& ~ week, the~ plea_se keep in mind our Editorial Policy: we messages are constantly evaluated as to content and to purpose, so they may on a space available basis only and they wile be subject to be considered as anadvertisement, especially ifUmy are weekly, lengthy, and content relative to libel, good taste and timeliness, repetitious of previous letters. Nevertheless, you will be contacted iftl~ latter "-sPaced )~s~ly one to one-and-a-half standard typmg pages, is the case arm will be charged only our regular advertising rate. i ...." ' ' t~elston of the Senior Editor will be final. L,.tters must be For more information, contact either Dave Corcor~ah Sr. or Jodi at 36.d62_ "" muer robe - . . Pubhshed- e-marled letters must include a phone number 7309. YOur identity can be verified, but you may still be required to sign the ~o,- -- Last Issue Before Election: News, Letters, & Ads - g-standing policy of this newspaper has always been that if, in the issue before an election, one candidate or citizen makes allegations about another that the other party be given the right of rebuttal. Readers of this newspaper know that we editors have had this policy in effect for the order to make certain that the journalistic and ethical principles of fairness and equality be assured on these pages relative to both the news side. .2 With the start of the gun Deer Season next week, many hunters will be converging on Gilmer County. You're all welcome! And, for many of you out-of-county and out-of-state folks, the gun season coincides with your family's Thanksgiving Holiday here in your native Gilmer County and the surrounding area. Thus, this hunting season means even more to you. Be assured that we editors wish you every happiness during your family's reunion for Thanksgiving. In addition, for those of you who don't have family here, you're welcome, too. Be assured that our local businesses, many of which are found advertising in this issue of the newspaper, are ready and willing to help you in any way they can. Our business men and women know that you've been looking forward to this hunting season, and want it to be pulled off smoothly. It's been my experience while living in Glenville that our area's business people are very knowledgeable and for the stores, that they stock up the right supplies for the hunting season. So, if you run short of anything, just consult the advertisements on these pages in order to find what you need. For you strangers to Gilmer County, don't forget that a good place to meet new, friendly people and to get some hunting advice to boot is at the popular, annual Thanksgiving & Deer Hunter's Dinner from 5:00-to-7:00 p.m. on this Sun., Nov. 23 at the Cedarville Firehouse. The leadership of the sponsoring Cedarville Community n, ssociation put together a fabulous, low-cost meal at this time of the year because they know that many of you are far from your homes and may miss your family's Thanksgiving Dinner. Hence, they want to provide a family and small town atmo- sphere for you to enjoy in a "home away from home." Finally, we wish you a very successful hunt, but, at the same time, we ask you to be mindful, respectful and careful of other people's property, particularly on the farms where you hunt. All farmers have to work hard to make ends meet, so if they lose a few cows or have fences damaged during each hunting season, their year's profits may be spoiled. This is bad for farming, but, moreso, bad for hunting. Nevertheless, best of luck and have your best hunting season ever! DHC, Sr., Publisher-Editor Community Resources, Inc. needs at Thanksgiving and Christmas Every year at this holiday season, Community Resources, Inc. (CRI), needs donations of food, money, and toys. Located on South Lewis Street just a short distance across the bridge in downtown Glenville, CRI is our Giimer County social service agency, making a big difference in the lives of those who really need the help. CRI's food pantry, thrift shop and, most recently, "13any L.toset are available to anyone whois truly in financially-bad straits. At the current time, however, the food pantry is rather bare --- of food. Gifts from the general public of non-perishable foods or money to purchase them are, therefore, very badly needed. Just this past Sunday, an unemployed man told this editor that he had run out of food and that CRI made the difference of whether or not he'd eat on some days. So, CRI does do a lot of good work. In addition to the food pantry, the CRI Building, also, houses the new Gilmer County "Baby Closet." Established and operated by the new Americorps workers, Sandra Harding and Sandra Hess, the closet is asking people to donate new, or gently used, baby blankets, infant clothing, toys, combs, brushes, diapers, pacifiers, lotions, powders, or any other newborn help item to this closet. Baskets for new mothers are then made up, thereby cheering them up at this important time in their lives. If a business or individual can afford to donate a larger present, such as baby furniture, car seats, changing tables, or bassinets, that would be fantastic, too. But, remember that, unlike CI~3, Americorps can't accept cash contributions, only donated Baby Closet items. The CRI office is open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Mon.-Fri. Or, for further information, call 304-462-8698. Your help, too, can make a difference! DHC, Sr. eee DEAD and MOUNTED: THE DNR OFRCE - EDGE OFTHE DNR OFFICE, GILMER COUNTY & DEER HUNTERS -- One of the most anticipated events of the fall and winter is Deer Hunting Season which will be starting next week for gun hunters. Bow season is currently in progress. As a result, excitement is in the air -- a condition that sparked the thought that led to the above "cow-toon." George Harper, our newspaper's award-winning cartoonist and a retired Glenville State College art professor, likes to put "the conversations" of a lot of cows in his cartoons; hence, they're more aptly called, "cow-toons." In this current cartoon, he, likewise, makes his point using the cows. One other point that should also be considered is that dudng deer season, a number of farm animals, like these Harper cows themselves, are sometimes mistaken for being deer, and are shot by hunters. As a result, our Gilmer County farmers ask not only that you request permission to hunt on their property but also that you be respectful and careful not to injure any of their cows. goats, chickens, any other farm animal or property, For you experiencedand annual hunters coming to Gilmer County, that's no problem. But, for first-timers, use extreme caution when hunting in our area's hills and fields! Then, you'll never lose your welcome. Thank youl DHC, St. J ), iii r IH r P.O. Box 458; 105 N. St., G illl, WV i I FAX 304"462"7300 " E-MAIL-- VISA l Mmlt~rd are now ....... I I I I II II II