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The Glenville Pathfinder - Glenville, WV 26351 The GlenviUe Democrat - Thursday, December 1, 2016 - Page 7 A Our Neighbors THE FRIENDS AUXILIARY ANNUAL SILENT AUCTION Will be on Thurs., Dec. 1, 2016 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the William Sharpe Jr. Hospital (Lobby), 936 sharpe Hospital Rd., Weston. Many items up for public bid! All proceeds ben- efit patients impacted by se- vere mental illness through special events, programs, and activities. FULL BOARD MEETING The Region Vl Workforce Development Full Board will meet Fri., Dec. 9, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at via Veneto located in Bridge- port For more information about the meeting, contact Barbara J. DeMary at 304- 368-9530. THE GILMER COUNTY NEEDLEWORK AND FIBER GUILD Returning to Wednesdays starting in November. Join us at the Holt House Annex, 302 East Main St., Glenville from 11:00 to 3:00. Bring your knitting, crochet, em- broidery, quilting, weaving, spinning, tatting, quilling, etc. Even bring your coloring book if you like. Bring your snacks or lunch also. Stay the whole time or just drop in for a bit. We are asking for a $1 donation to help pay utility bills. We will not meet when Gilmer County schools are closed due to inclement weather By Joseph Mazzella, It was a cool November af- ternoon and I was standing ankle deep in leaves with a rake in my hand. The trees were almost all bare and it was time to rake the leaves before the first snows started to fall. The sun was low in the sky and I knew it would be dark in just a few hours. Still, I was thankful for the smell of the dry leaves, the stark beauty of November, and the chance to get a little exercise while I cleared the yard. I wasn't al- ways so thankful for things like these, but 1 had grown wiser :over. the.years. 1 :smiled as 1 raked and let my th0ffghts wan- der to other things that it took me a while to be thankful for. There were h,'md me down clothes, thick socks, and our wa~ wood stove in the winter time. There were spaghetti din- ners after church on Sunday. There were Nana's hugs and kisses. There was my Mom's kind smile that reappeared in the faces of my children. There was my Dad's quiet strength that kept our family going through the toughest of times. There were my two brothers who picked on me, teased me, toughened me up, yet loved me all the same. There was every mongrel and mutt that ever licked my hand and gave me the gift of their unconditional love. There were musky old books so full of wisdom, though teachers who made me try my hardest, and coaches who taught me to never give up. There were friends that 1 laughed with, played with, and grew up with who helped me to become the person I am today. There were tough times, poverty, pain, and my son's handicaps, and many other things that brought me both sorrow and joy.There were millions of moments and memo- ries that all kept me moving up the path of love on my journey back to God. And there was life itself! It is nevertoo late to be thank- ful and there are so many things to be thankful for. Let gratitude flu your heart then. Let grate- fulness bring you closer to god. Let love light your way. Let every day beThanksgiving. And always remember that the most powerful prayer in the world consists of just two words: "Thank you!" Joseph M azzella is a free-lance writer from Nicholas Co. anda GSC Alumnus. Y Level" By Andrea Lannom Register-Herald Reporter More people traveled along the West Virginia turn- pike during the six-day Thanksgiving holiday travel "period this year than any year in the past decade. Gregory Barr, general manager of the West Vir- ginia Parkways Authority, said the good weather and lower gas prices could have led to this increase in holi- day traffic. There were 774,000 total transactions for the four toll booth s- Chelyan, Pax, North Beckley and Ghent. Transactions reached 178,000 last Wednesday, dipped to 74,O00 on Thanks- giving day and then peaked on Sunday at 179,500. "It was a very good travel period," Barr said. "The weather was g~xxt, gas prices were the lowest in years and that contributed to a 3 per- cent increase over last year." Barr said last year's Thanksgiving holiday expe- rienced a 6 percent increase from the year before. The biggest travel years, Barr said, were back in 2006 and 2009, which this year sur- passed. Barr said although he hadn't checked records be- fore 2006, he remembered that year plus 2009 to be record years for travel with 774,000 transactions in 2006 and 772,000 in 2009. On an average day, there are about 100,000 transac- tions. "It was a very busy week- end for us in a good way," Barr said. "And it looks like we have a new record for transactions for those six days. It's trending in the right direction for travel and toll revenues." For the year, the average for EZ Pass traffic is 35 per- cent but that number goes down in the summer or dur- ing holiday periods, Barr said. The reason, he said, is because there aren't as many truckers on the road, who make up 25 percent of EZ Pass traffic. He said most holiday traf- fic consisted of out-of-state travelers, who make up 75 percent of transactions for the year. "It's a g(xxt sign that things are picking up," Barr said. "People are anxiou s to travel and get out to visit family." AAA predicted a high amount of people traveling over the holidays, stating in a news release last week that 1 million more people than last year would travel during the holidays. AAA said this marks a 1.9 percent increase over last year and is the most Thanks- giving travelers expected since 2007. The reason for this in- crease, the AAA release stated, could be contributed to improvements in the economy including in- creased wages, spending and consumer confidence. "I know West Virginia is suffering more than most states around us because it's an energy state," he said. "Coal is in bad shape. Some of the surrounding states aren't as reliant on energy production as us so they're not feeling as hurt as West Virginia." Lower gas prices also couldhave contributed,Barr said. AAA said Thanksgiv- ing gas prices were the sec- ond-cheapest in nearly a de- cade with the national aver- age price for a gallon of gas as $2.16. Gas prices in West Virginia last week averaged $2.15, according to AAA data. And even with more people on the road ,there was not a corresponding increase in traffic accidents. In fact, Ban" said, there were few accidents during the six-day period and no fatalities. "There were slowdowns, especially on Wednesday and Sunday, but nothing was really, really bad that ruined the travel period," Barr said. The Thanksgiving period is the top for turnpike travel for the year, Barr said, beat- ing out the 10-day Christ- mas period. During this pe- riod, Barr said the turnpike experiences an average of 120,000 transactions a day, dipping to its very lowest for the year at 54,000 on Christ- mas day. "The Christmas period is a 10-day period with an av- erage of 120,000 a day," he said: "Any time between December 19 and Dec: 28 is really busy but it's a con- stant." By Jeanette Riffle Shock, WV Now that Thanksgiving is over and we are coming out of our turkey coma, our thoughts turn towards decorating for Christmas. Little by little I bring out the pretty things that have been tucked away for a whole year and I have been rounding up my recipes for fru it cake, pecan pie and pump- kin roll. ! remember the first time 1 ate Fantasy Fudge. A good friend of Mom's from Millstone, Juanita Hall, had made us some candy and put it in a homemade sewing basket, which was a rocker made out of cardboard. The seat opened up for storage space. The whole thing had been covered with a dainty flowered material and there was a ruffled skirt around the bottom. Juanita and Mom worked at the Rubber Fabrica- tors of Grantsville. Morn brought that nice gift home one day and put it under the tree. She told me there was some chocolate fudge inside the sewing rocker that her friend had made and for me to try it. That was the best fudge I had ever tasted. After Christmas, Mom had me drive her over to visit Juanita and we got the recipe. It was on the back of a jar of marshmallow cream. I make a pan of it and put maraschino cheixies on the top. I have made that fudge every year for Christmas. Morn gave me the rocker as I was taking Home Ec in high school at the time and Dad had bought me a por- table sewing machine. That made a nice basket for my sew- ing notions. Some of my read- ers have requested the recipe for Dutch Cakes that I wrote about last week. My grandma on Mom's side made them. ! didn't have room forthe recipe last week, so I will include it this time: Dutch Cakes I cup soft shortening, 3 eggs, 2 tsp. baking powders, 1 cup brown sugar, 2 cups all pur- pose flour, 2 tsp. Nutmeg, 1 and _ cups white sugar, 1 tea- spoon salt,2 tsp. lemon extract More flour, about 6 to 8 cups. Dissolve 1 and _ teaspoons of baking soda in one tablespoon hot water. Do this in a 2 cup liquid measure cup and mix with 1 cup buttermilk. Cream shortening and sugars together; add eggs and mix thoroughly. Mix dry ingredients to the flour and add that to the creamed mixture alternately with the buttermilk mixture. Add lemon extract. At this point add extra flour, enough to make a stiff dough, that is not shiny or sticky and can be rolled out after thoroughly chilling Cover the bowl and place in the frig overnight or for sev- eral hours. When dough is cold and stiff, take out a manage- able portion and roll it out on a well floured board to a thick- ness of a little less than a quar- ter inch__not too thin. Cut cookies out in desired shapes and place on greased cookie sheets, not touching, and bake at 375 degrees for about 8 min- utes. DO NOT BROWN. The cookies should remain soft and cream colored. Touch lightly on top to test for doneness. Take out of oven to cool and remove from cookie sheets when they feel cool to the touch. I sprinkle extra sugar on the tops before baking, but you can use a store bought vanilla icing if you wish. Happy bak- ing! Students in Glenville State College's Theater program in- vite the public to attend their latest production entitled The Doctor in Wonderland by Don Zolidis. Performances, which will be held in the Heflin Ad- ministration Building Presidents Auditorium, will begin at 7:00 p.m. and run from Thursday, December 1 through Saturday, December 3. The performance, which is a mash-up of the classic BBC show 'Dr. Who' and Lewis Carroll's'Alice in Wonderland,' features Doctor What and his companion, Cara, who crash their TARDIS into a planet that bears an odd resemblance to a certain 19th century book. While Alice in Wonderland explores the scene from the eyes of a child, this play contains a mod- em sci-fi adventure and the en- suing insanity. Featuring favorite Wonder- land characters, the play answers burningquestions like 'Does the Cheshire Cat have hairballs?' and 'What's the difference be- tween a White Rabbit and a March Hare?' to 'What's the 1667 US Hwy 33 W, Weston face.ok e Caterpillar got i n that pi pet The play is rated PG-13 for a few adult innuendos and some other adult references. The performance is open to the public and is free for GSC students,filculty,and staff.Gen- eral admission tickets are $3.00. For more information, call (304) 462-6323. THROUGH A KEY HOLE It was the year 1947 Tanner students called It many things But eighteen of thma Called it Heaven. They were a very strange bland Bred by the confusion of the t~s Molded~ hands of love A product that would glisten forever in the narrows of my mlnd. I was a seventh grader But Z observed it ALL I did not totally comprehend But I knew that because of them Amer~awould never fall. Never fall to cynlci~mor cruelty Never fall to the confusion of the times Eight had~rched to Uncle Sam's tune Before they marched to their graduation chimes, It was not real to me then The fact that they weremen and then boys agaln Graduatlng to 1lye in the world they had already saved. But I felt secure in the knowledge that they were here and Z was there And that their love of who they were and what theywere Extended so far beyond themselves And made it possible for them to be man before they were boys. 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Yes, I saw it all thzough a key hole And Z locked it away in the regions of my mlnd Where it sill1 gl~sten~ in the darkest night And g~vss me undying inlq~Ir&tlona of mankind, And Z thank you For I saw it through a key holet Mary AnnRadabaugh Written Aprll 20, 1997 We were honoring the class of 1947 at Tanner High School These boys were: Billy Jo Bennett Claud Coberly Ray Coberly Lyle Fling Lynn Frymier, Jr. James Lewis Richard "Pete" L~dlck Willard ~Hep" Wright Willard had already lost a brother in the war. Class Of 1946 eodney Blake Weaver Ksaton Stalnaker