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November 22, 1984     The Glenville Democrat
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November 22, 1984

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Z TlU ll mm: t Do you remember the days gone by When joys were great and hearts were high? We went together, you and I To our Grandmother's house on the hill. The flowers with their buzz of bees, The brilliant hues of Autumn leaves That gaily wave from their bough in the breeze, It seems I can see them still. Just up the road past the country store With its graying walls and pestered door, Where a nickel would buy all you wanted and more Of candy, kite strings, or hooks. The old school stands, so vacant and still, Waiting the day when its room would fill With happy shout and laughter shrill Of children returned to their books. The tree that stands by the side of the way To shelter the road from the heat of the day. What a favorite spot for two boys to play And rest awhile in the shade. Then, with a happy shout, onward again, Into the woodland that swallowed the lane Where the soft sunlight was dappled and wane, And we danced in the patterns it made. From the meadow path where the orchard lay, Where Autumn breezes were want to play And we thrilled to the scent of the new-moTh hay, Our steps would stray for awhile. , Then through the bars in the fence we d slide To take up the path on the other side, as the front door opened wide, We d see her happy smile. Every seam in her wrinkled face Spoke of her simple and rustic grace, With never a frown to take its place As she welcomed us, all aglow. That cool dim hall with its wonderful things-- Boxes of books and magazines And the banister smooth that lent us wings. As gliding down we d go. The cellar shelves were heavily lade With rows of good things she had made-- Jellies and jams and marmalade And wonderful things she had canned. The old black stove in the kitchen where Magic was worked in her country fare, And the more we ate was the more to spare. - Was ever there good so grand? Ah! yes, what,memories with me dwell-- The creak of the bailer that hung by the well Her favorite horse she called "Old Nell,' And her flower beds so neat. The guinea's clack, the rooster's call, The low of the milk cow in her stall, The old barn loft with its roof so tall And the smell of the clover sweet. With earnest voice, yet gentle and low, She spoke of the things that a boy should know And filled our hearts with joy. With a wisdom that's only acquired with age, And goes far beyond what is found on the page, Oh! was there ever a nobler sage To counsel the feet of a boy? But, oh! my brother and sisters dear, Time has passed us year by year; And it's many a sorrow and many a cheer Since we traveled our separate ways. Today I traveled the country lane Like days of old when our hearts were fain, For memory called me once again To scenes of our childhood days. Through eyes I gazed around At all thebuilding" tumbliug down. And long I stood until I found The evening had grown chill. Gone is the old home cheerful and say Where she lived in her simple way, And a memory is all that is left us today, Of our Grandmother's house on the hill. Wrm.a by Submitted by Carrie Frame The Baldwin Merry Makers Secretary-Chris Minigh, met for the regular meeting and Treasurer-Angle Burroughs, the members sang the 4-H song and Reporter-Patricia Drake. and said the 4-H pledge. They Plans were made for the welcomed three new members Halloween party at Baldwin to the club, Patricia Drake, Community Building. Other Justin Minigh and Don Hefner. A children of the community will report was given about the ban-, be invited. Decorating, game quet. A treasurer's report was and refreshment committees given, were appointed. New officers were elected as The 4-H members worked on a follows: President-Leslie Drake, poster for National 4-H week to Vice President-Violet Hefner, be displayed at school. II II H III IIIlfllll I~ III Illl III II I III IIIIIII il III I I widen Marco Polo wits c ptutm:i and jailed war Im mm Venice and Gmma in 1298, he wro "The trmmls of Mar Polo," dic tting it to an fellow prisoner. The Glonville Democrat 0ss Publi Sl we s of Second Clau Postage paid at Glonville, WV 26351 Notloe to Postnumt . Ptemm cc m:tlone to P.O. Box 4M, Olenvi , WV west vsqjm~ roeJd~mt$, H.SO, tax ~ Our of strafe n~ddonts, $1 .00. em m scdptions for tlum elx months. Kelly $. Arnold Terrl B. Arnold Editor/Publisher Every so often a writer of a controversial column receives scathing letters h .m readers who disagree with the opinion stated by the columnist. This is as it should be, for everyone deserves the opportunity to state their opi- nion. Usually, the respondent is polite enough to sign their name. This means that their letter will usually be publish- ed, and their views made public. On the other hand, there are those who write letters completely typewritten, and sign their letter with some phrase they hope will insult the columnist. Although these people always state their opinions in a subtle, insulting way, they apparently don't feel strong enough in their con- victions to sign their name. One wonders if they are ashamed of their opin/on? I received such a letter a couple of weeks ago. signed 'lone of your former readers. ' This reader tells me he/she ' used to read your weekly column faithfully," but goes on to say that they have lost a good bit of respect for your judgement since I read your article this summer on Trapp- ing." This reader really strikes to the quick when he/she continues to challenge me as a Christian by asking, 'How GC IS STUDENT COUNCIL--(L]R) Front area: can you, as a Christian, do such a thing to God's rmner, advisor; Jeff Bonne t, parliament ' creatures? The subject had been gnawing at this reader's consc!ence ever since they read the column and finally uwens, treasurer:, Tammy Tyler, vice premd they ...just must let you know how some of us feel...regar- eron, reporter; Doug Morris, president; and not Kris Beckett, secretary. Behind them are the din this matter." The reader closes by volunteering to representatives. (]Photo by Bayard Young) "cheerfully take a hatchet to every steel trap the e is." WheT! For a moment I feared that the hatchet was going Oh. yes, in a little ad-lib in the corner this correspondent nCH ent asks, "Doesn't one of the H s in 4-H mean HEART?. Have a ' 4 little heart for animals. Let me answer this last question first. 4-H stands for , [ unc l repr )entatJv Hand, Heart, Head and Health. The H s are derived from the biblical verse in Luke, 'And Jesus increased in wisdom By Bayard Young Patty Steele, Davi and stature, and in favor with God and man. ' The Heart H Students at Gilmer County Joel Shanesy, and deals with the 4-H members relationship with God, and High School have selected Junior represen stresses spiritual growth in a Christ-like manner. One of students from each homeroom to council are Jimmy the projects offered in 4-H is Trapping!! represent them in decisions af- Carney Mercy w It must indeed be a narrow-minded individual, who fecting school activities. Lowther, Pam a would "faithfully" read my column and become a 'has- Their advisor is Mr. Kennethhie Sandy -- gl been" simply because they disagreed with me on one issue. Fisher. Officers are Doug Mor- The "sophom0 Then, to judge my Christianity on the basis of my stand on ris, president; Tammy Tyler,represented by trapping means this reader is violating one of the basic vice president: Kms" Beckett, Mary Jo Ellyson, tenets of Christianity, which teaches that only the Lord secretary: Kelly Owens. Missy Minney, xe may judge my sincerity as a Christian. treasurer. Jeff Bennett, and Am te t. There is a general movement among well-meaning folks . . y S wart. parliamentarian: and Tim Representing ths to protest cruelty to animals, in a recent column I discuss- Baron, reporter, class are Jason ed a movement afoot to prohibit the use of animals for The senior class is Foster, Chris Kenn laboratory testing to develop medicines which will prevent represented by J.R. Adams, Bob- Meads, Tracy or aid in the treatment of human disease. These topics are by Fox, Patti Kuhl, Beth Oppe, Valeria te. related, and are often supported by individuals who allow Whi emotion to take precedence over logical thought. Let s look at the statement made in a pamphlet publish- ; ed by the Animal Protection Institute of America, which : AS was graciously supplied by the reader who wrote to Letter. Surrounding a picture of a raccoon, held by four toes in a single-spring trap, the Institute offers a striking an- nouncement--"Condemned to Die! Why?" It goes on to say "Because of his beauty. Because trappers make money selling the pelts of animals like this innocent raccoon. Because "hobby trappers," recruited by the trap industry, want to make extra cash. Because "chic" women and men must adorn themselves with fur--"fun fur" they are call, sider what our world would be like if these beautiful animals were allowed to multiply unchecked. Do they sup- pose my neighbor, who lost 20 chickens to a marauding raccoon last summer, would have felt much pity for the coon? Does the farmer who sees his cornfield, the result of a lot of hard work and a lot of money, torn up by an old sow coon and her litter, care how the destruction is stopped? Unless wild animals are kept under control by hunting and/or trapping, they will take over. Disease will set in, which will kill them off. sure, but is it more humane to con- trol their numbers or let them starve? Once one admits that there is a necessity to control the number of any species of wild animal, the question as to the disposition of the animal killed arises. DO we simply kill it and leave it for the vultures? Seems to me it makes more sense to skin the animal, sell the fur, and dispose of the carcass. I cook coon carcasses and feed them to my dogs. No waste there. If the only argument is against "steel-jaw, leghold traps," I would ask the supporters of the movement, if they would permit the use of "catch them alive" or "instant kill" traps? If so, compare the price of the trap types----S3.50 for a spring, steal-jaw {I prefer jump traps} traps, or $35.00 for a "catch them alive" trap. That means ten times more for the trap, so the trapper would have to demand ten times as much for the pelt. Fur dealers would seek foreign furs where the squeamish haven't gained the upper hand. American fur trade would be a thing of the past, but the animals would still be killed by people in rural areas who must protect their possessions. Now, instead of being an important part of the economy, these fur-bearers became expendable waste. Somehow, this doesn't sound like an economically sound alternative. There are exist'rag laws to protect the animals from un- due suffering. Traps must be checked at least once every 24 hours. Any serious trapper wouldn't think of having it any other way, for it is to his advantage to do so. I fit the category of the "hobby trapper." I refuse to set traps I can't tend daily. When trapping muskrats, I make only drowning sets, and check theni twice daffy--once around midnight and again early in the morning. In a drownin set, properly placed, the muskrat is dead within five minutes of having been caught. In all my years of trapping, I haven't found more than a dozen live muskrats in my traps. Yes, I love nature, and admire the wild creatures in our world. I love domesticated animals and oppose wanton cruelty to any animal, domesticated or wild. However, I am also aware that God created these creatures to be dominated and used by mankind, giving us Dominion over them. We are charged to use them (wisely, of course) by our creator. And isn't it a bit odd that He instructed "chic" Adam and Eve on the techniques of making clothing out of "skins." Through the ages animals have served mankind as beasts of burden, as food, and as clothing. Animals have been trapped, shot, speared, ran over cliffs to break their bones--in every conceivable way they have been killed to fulfill their created purpose--to serve man. Even scientists acknowledge the "survival of the fittest" doctrine of crea- tion, and we human beings have proven ourselves to be the "fittest" of all God's creations. It's a harsh world, a cruel world. This is reality! Wouldn't we live in a much better world if all the money and energy expended to protect God's lesser creations was spent to improve the lot of the single creation that was created in His image? The seventh grade Language Arts class at Elementary performed "A KnigM for Safety." was produced and directed by Deals James and McWhirter. The cast of characters included: King Travis Drennen: Little Willie Careless, John Ssfe Sprites, Wendy Hymes, Billy Krol], Joyce Hmarick, Cindy Heater, Stacy Nelson and Ho]ton. Accident Elves were portrayed by Clevenger, ]ackle Howes, Tina Isenhart, Gary Diane Gill. Props were prepared by grams were distributed by Carissa Vfllanuev J Clh~Jene Myers. Monday, Nov. 26: Hamburger and milk. on a bun, potato, confetti slaw, Thursday, Nov. peach half, and milk. patty, mashed Tuesday, Nov. 27: Spaghe i gravy, mixed with meat sauce, tossed salad, jello, roll, and milk. green beans, pear, roll, andFriday, Nov. milk. stick, potato, Wedmmday, Nov. 28: Hot dog' fruit, roll, and milk, on a bun with meat sauce, High school french fries, corn, fresh fruit, parred roll and by Diane Ccmk For your Thanksgiving br ddast why not delicious loaf of cranberry bread sliced warm oven, topped with cream cheese, and served with crisp bacon and fresh orange juice. The perfect w, start your special day. Happy Thanksgiving! Quick Cranberry Bread cup oil Vz cup sour cream cup milk 3 eggs 2 ,5 cups Bisquick cup sugar 2 tablespoons grated cup chopped cup chopped orange peel fresh or frozen cranberries nuts The U.S. populetion in 1540 WaS 131J,2/S. Heat oven to 375. Generously grease bottom of a loaf pan. Stir all ingredients exospt with fork until moistened; beat visorously for 1 in Cranberries and nuts. Bake until toothpick center comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes. minutes, remove. (Makes 1 loaf