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It's Christmastide: 'Letters to Santa'& fond 'memories' sought With all of the colorful holiday bows and greenery decorating downtown Glenville, the Christmas season is, once again, moving into a slow, steady swing -- a speed which will become more rapid as December 25 draws closer. For this great seasonal treat to the city's residents and visitors, the Glenville's Junior Woman's Club is to be commended for their decorating talents and efforts, because they used such good taste in adding real beauty to our community to help make this time of year more joyful for everyone, the old and young alike. Likewise, the TKE fraternity, Linn Street, on the Glenviile State College campus has done a superior job of decorating their frat house for this season. In fact, TKE President James Upton is challenging other area resi- dents to see if they can out-do the fraternity in this colorful display. In the past, we editors have noticed several very nicely and tastefully decorated homes throughout Gilmer County. We, therefore, believe that the TKE's challenge will he taken up by a number of homeowners and busi- nesses. Nevertheless, congratulations to the Jr. Women and TKEs for doing more than their fair shares to make this Gilmer County's most festive and meaningful Christmas. Attention Readers Every year we editors ask our newspaper's readers to share one of their special "Christ- mases Past" or hopes for a "Christmas Future" with the general public. In addition, we re- quest that our area's teachers in the elemen- tary schools have their students write "Letters to Santa." Of course, we believe that these "writing exercises" can be beneficial both to the writ- ers and our readers. Often in expressing our- selves as adults by "journaling" our memories into a book, we can rekindle fond memories of the joyful Christmases of our past and/or to give closure to the sad ones. In this festive holiday season of 2004, we are, once again, offering you readers this opportunity to put .your thoughts about Christmas down in writ- ing. Additionally, you teachers can take ad- vantage of a golden excuse to ask your stu- dents to do a pleasurable writing assignment by penning down their requests to Santa. The Corcoran Column By David H Corcoran Pubtisher-E~or 'Both of these adult and children's short stories will he highlighted in our upcoming Special Christmas Edition on Thurs., Dec. 23. 'Letters to Santa' As you teachers are decorating your class- rooms for the Christmas season, don't forget that this newspaper is accepting "Letters to Santa" from our area's school children. Some suggestions: As in the past, teachers can use this once-a-year, Yuletide opportu- nity to create a "fun writing project" for your students. It's easy! Just have them write a paragraph about what they'd like Santa Claus to bring down their chimneys on this Decem- her 24 and place under their Christmas trees! These "Letters to Santa" only need to he two-or-three sentences or paragraphs long and be signed by the child's first name and age ONLY. (With all of the crimes going on nationwide involving innocent children, we editors don't want any more information about the child than their first name and age.) Their requests to Santa will be printed in the Dec. 23 issue of this newspaper. These "Letters to Santa" are traditionally cheerful, humorous, cute, and heartfelt. Most importantly, they give the children an oppor- tunity to write, to accomplish a goal and to have their Christmas list to Santa published. In addition, teachers may want to post them on your bulletin boards in order to make your classroom Yuletide decorations more special and exciting for the kids. Again, the deadline is Thurs., Dec. 16 m two full weeks away. Please send or bring your letters to us at: Democrat~Pathfinder, P.O. Box 458-108 N. Court St., Glenville 26351 (across from the Gilmer County Courthouse). Our office fax number is 304-462-7300 and e-mail: g lenvillenewsad @ rtoL net For further information, call Editor David Corcoran or Receptionist Charlene Dulude at 304-462-7309. But, please remember: The deadline for THIS YEAR is Thurs., Dec. 16, so that the letters can all be printed in our Thurs., Dec. 23 issue --- the 2004 Christmas edition. In years past, many, many of these letters come in at the last possible moment, not giving our small staff ample enough time to typeset them accurately. We don't want to goof up your students' letters, because each letter is very important to that specific youngster and he or she wants to be proud when seeing it and reading it in that final printed newspaper copy. Thus, your consideration and adher- ence to our deadline requests are much appre- ciated. Personal Christmas memories*. For you faithful mature subscribers, teach- ers or readers, we editors don't want to forget you, either! As a result, we invite you to write your own Christmas story for our upcoming special edition in order to make this 2004 Yuletide season something special, maybe even your most meaningful one ever. What can you write about? An example: Perhaps this year is an anni- versary of a very special past Christmas for you. Or, maybe this seasonal warm spell or the upcoming chilly winter weather or snows bring back fond memories of one extra special childhood Christmas. Or, for this December 25, 2004, you may be planning a "traditional Christmas celebration" for your family-- one with just the right old-fashioned tree, the appropriate colorful ornaments and ginger- bre~td people, the old creche scene, etc. But, before you start to plan it, write down your memories of those traditional family Christ- mas celebrations in story form for this news- paper. Your sharing of those "good times" or "sad or hard times" with others might just cheer up or give an uplift of hope to those of us in the general public who are experiencing the same emotions this year. If you want to take a few minutes to make this Christmas something special for every- one, we editors of the GlenviUe Democrat/ Pathfinder invite you to pen down whatever Yuletide memories or thoughts you'd like to -share with our readers. Your "Best (or hard- Continued on page 5 i!:ll iiiiiill ili!ii!i ili ill Musings of an Oldtimer--- School teaching varies on Cali movie set ~By Fran Schm~tzer, assignments were something just introduced "Today we did not get our three hours Gien.pille Correspondent to them so they were not sure what they were completed, but the kids never bring that much doing -- learning to add or multiply, vowels, work anyway. They were on camera right up As a Studio Teacher/Welfare Worker in consonant blends, trouble with word defini- to the very last second of their allowable time. the film indmtry, the daily activities and chal- tionsetc.Iusedalotofworksheetsfortheone The warm-up man kept the live audience lenges of my daughter, Peggy Schmetzer, boy who was off track and had brought abso- screaming, cheering and generally raucous. enthrall me. For about 16 years, I substituted lutely nothing to do even though I had told My six kids were awfully full of energy de- in the public school system. Her job has fasci- him yesterday to be sure to bring something, spite keeping them away from all sugar. While nating differences. (This was my second day with three of the in the school room they required constant A dozen or so years ago, Peggy finished her children.)" pressure to stay focused on their own work. I California certification for kindergarten "The parents expected me to provide their told each child that when he showed me a through grade twelve and passed the test on supplies, so I let them know that is only a completed page of work he could have five lawsgoverningtheworkofvariousagegroups, courtesy on my part. They did not return my minutestodosomesit-upsandpush-ups.That She has been a substitute over the years, while pencils from yesterday, buttheparentsthought turned out to he good motivation as they sometimes working in other film industry they did since they did not see pencils lying needed to move so badly and wanted to beat jobs. She may be responsible for up to 10 around. Thus, I was not happy having to give the others for their mini break. I was surprised children on school days and up to 20 if school them more the very next day with only two left that they fell for who could he the quietest the ts not in session, in my bag. My battery-operated sharpener is longest. The little six year old then whispered In the account below (in parenthesis are so fascinating to the younger children that if I his questions to me for the longest time. Only explanations I have inserted), she wrote the don't monitor it, they will grind the pencils one older boy forgot and spoke and was genu- following: down to s~bsjust for fun. I only got back one inely sorry, clapping his hand over his mouth "Today was rather hectic with six young today. When ADs (Assistant Directors) rush when I said, "You're the first one to speak." children in first through third grades, all need- us out for filming, I scoop up whatever is in Amazingly, he then stayed quiet. " ins a lot of help at the same time. I let one sight. The kids tend to walk out with pencils in third-grade girl help the first grader once she their hands and then drop them somewhere in (To be continued) had her own work completed. Most of their transit. Now I know to say 'pencils down.' " Reader appreciates Dr. Mr. Editor, tremendously relieved, too, to learn that the not finish his term, the evangelicals will preb- end will come in three waves; I had been ably rise up in righteous indignation and pro- I am so thankful that from your weekly taught that it wouid he five, which even in my claim their betrayal by Pat Robertson. But series of"Our Letters" I get some of my most childish mind I thought was far too many. Of little do they know that God can hardly wait to valuable information. I did not know, for course, Charles Darwin has been belabored tell George what a good job he is doing. Who example, that the End Is Near, but since God many times by many critics; but it seems that can blame him for wanting to hurry it along a never does anything in the dark, it willl hap- his most ridiculous claim for fame was based bit? Would that we could all be so sure of pen almost simultaneously with a blinding on evidence of a tooth from the jawbone of a getting a like reward come the trump. Yes, flash oflight seven times as bright as the sun. boar. I am much gratified to learn the truth, for I'vereadmyBible, but cannot see it(?) before That will he much brighter than seven and a I had labored for years under the delusion that my eyes. It is before my intelligence that the half times brighter than the'moon. (I gotthat itwasthejawboneofanass! And, bytheway, difficulty lies. last figure from God on our private line.) I was I believe that ifit he true that George Bush will CarlKerr GlenvUle DNR criticized by Gilmer Station residents DmrEditor, Nothing was said, nothing was done. Last ing out the deer, he stopped and gave the On Nov. 11, 2004, I stepped out my back Wednesday a young couple was remodeling young couple a ticket for piling the wood up door at daybreak. The creek that runs behind their house. They had taken out a wall, which too close to the creek. my house was white. It stayed that way all had a small amount of insulation in it. They Whfit is the worse --- poisoning the creek or day. They had fracked a well about one--half were piling it in their yards, piling up wood? mile above my house. There is a small stream running down from Mike Webb I tried to get a hold of the DNR in two where they piled the wood. G//mer Star/on counties for close to one hour, without any A DNR officer was going up the road, to success. I called the EPA, they sent a man from Boone County. check outan illegal deer kill. Instead of check- Continued on page 5 Attention'Readers: Our 'Letters to the Editor' Policy We are in need of more letters to the editor. Peel free to send them in to required to sign the letter via snail mail. Deadlines for letters are Mondays us. Just remember our policy on the letters, at 10 a.m. for that week's paper. After 10 a.m., they canbe accepted for that Local newspapers have long been the sounding boards for political, week as paid advertisements. However, it wouidappear for freeina future pcrsomd, and patriotic views and this paper is no exception! edition. Relative to writing reSlXam~, please keep in mind our Editorial Policy: Also, for writers who consistently send in Letters week after week, tbese we will accept letters on a space ava//ab/e bas/s on/y and they will be subject messages are constantly evaluated as to content and to purpose, so they may to the Editor's scrutiny as to content relative to libel, good taste and be considered as an ~lvertisement, especially if they are weekly, lengthy, t/me//ness. A good length is generally one to one-and-a-half standard typing and repeats of previous letters. Nevertheless, you will be contacted if the pages, double-spaced.Thedecision oftbe Senior Editor will he final. Letters latter is the case and will be charged only our regular advertising rate. must be signed in order to be published - e-mailed letters must include a For more information, contact either Dave Corcoran, Sr., Charlene or fl~one number where your identity, can be verified, but you may still be Rebecca at 304-462-7309. / Gov.-Elect Manchin needs to aM Gilmer's EDA & Glenville State College to boost economic development here/ In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Governor-Elect Joe Manchin made it clear that dramatic changes will he in order after he assumes office on January 17, 2005. And, from the Gilmer County perspective, this looks mostly well and good! The Governor-Elect's priorities, which were outlined in that AP interview, look promising, in that some state government reform and reorganization is on the table. Specifically, he wants to create a warmer climate that will promote business and jobs growth in West Virginia. In the main, this is what the state desperately needs to solve many of its long-standing and nagging problems. As a result, he'll take a greater hand in the State Development Office's daily operations, future planning and bold initiatives. Continuing, he is quoted as saying, "I'm the chief salesperson, I'm the one on the front line every day, because eventually someone says: 'I need to talk to the governor. I'm going to be much more intricately involved "in economic development in West Virginia and its day-to-day operations." We editors agree! Moreover, with the failure of the November 2 Excess Levy for Gilmer County's Economic Development Association, we locals will need a more understanding person in the Governor's Mansion to deal with our economic growth possibilities and problems. Indeed, this levy provided $30,000 in funds which was enough to hire a full-time executive director who specifically handled the local development'group's daily operations. A full- time person is ultimately needed to fill this position. Although Donna Waddell -- the Family Resource Network's head -- has volunteered to be the EDA's chief in the interim, the EDA will eventually have to find a full-time executive, if we, in Gilmer County, expect to continue our economic growth. So, creative help and financial aid from the new Governor would be appreciated here. Additionally, even though it wasn't mentioned in the AP interview, our state college system deserves the Governor's ear as well. Our state colleges, including Glenville State College, are economic engines in their respective regions, generating revenues through tuition and services offered. With a bit of targeted advertising throughout this multi-state region; however, our colleges can become more visible as the educational and cultural magnets that they are, attracting even more students and fine arts spectators into the Mountain State for college classes and music and artistic events, respectively. Most notably, GSC is crucial to the higher educational access of students in this 15- county central region and to the cultural benefit of the general public as well. Consequently, it would be prudent for new Governor Manchin to consider our editorial recommendation of more fully utilizing these academic and cultural institutions to bring more dollars into the state rather than relying totally on the tourist destinations, and lottery, gaming and racing centers to do the job. Hence, instead of cutting the college and university systems' budgets, it would be worth exploring to see how these academic budgets can be increased in order to take full advantage of the economic development and commercial potential that rests outside of our state's borders, not to mention the benefits of better publicizing them to in-state residents. Good luck, Governor-Elect Joe Manchin! DHC, Publisher-Editor New PSD water project good for Gilmer The Tues., Nov. 16 public meeting of the Gilmer County Public Service District (PSD) introduced that hard-working agency's vision of providing public water in several new areasin and just off SR 5. In addition, after hearing about the nuts-and-bolts of the new project from Project Engineer, Randy Watson, he stressed the importance for the targeted residents and businesses to sign up early for the proposed waterline extension. To the 28 members of the general public in attendance at the explanatory hearing, Mr. Watson didn't mince words, "If you (in Gilmer County) don't get enough people to sign up, the job doesn't get done." He further confu-ms that unless enough user's agreements are signed, it may not be economically feasible to run water into those areas. To be taken seriously by the funding agencies, the affected public will he required to put up a $I00 tap fee in order to cover the installation costs of the water line to your property. Moreover, after the water line is put in, the tap fee increases to $250. Additionally, by signing the agreement, the local parties are agreeing to maintain the service for at least three years at the minimum billing relative to appropriate PSD fees. Finally, for some customers, the PSD's occasional need to acquire rights-of-way across private properties is crucial to the last phase before construction begins. Those targeted Gilmer Countians, mainly the residents and businesses in the Dusk , Camp, Gluck Run, ,Little Ellis, and the SR 5 areas, now have the real possibility of getting : clean,,safe, and reliable public water in,the future, But, to do that, the~ affected people mint act no,~ not tater. ' ..... .... For more information, contact General Manager Brenda Laveson at the Gilmer County Public Service District at 462-4272. This proposed waterline extension project is endorsed by this newspaper. DHC, St. Gilmer's history comes alive again The Gilmer County Historical Society, under the leadership of Hunter Armentrout, is to be congratulated for "biting the bullet" and for reprinting the expensive, ~,et extremely comprehensive and useful "Gilmer County 'History" book. Publisher Shirley Johnson Grose, a Summersville businesswoman with strong Gilmer County roots, expertly guided the members of the local Historical Society through the steps to be taken for the reprinting --- a major Society idea, initiative and task. Because the colorful heritage volume has been out-of-print and sold out for many years, this reprinting comes at a good time of the year -- the Christmas season --- making it an ideal gift for family or friends, perhaps loving their Gilmer roots but living far away from their native county. More noteworthy, we editors understand that this volume may also he available on a CD disc, thereby making it even easier to call up family names in genealogical searches. The non-profit society is selling these books at a bargain price. For details, call Margaret Moss, the Society's secretary, at 304-462-4295 between 10 a.m.-I p.m. during the week. Our commendations go to the Gilmer County Historical Society for this accomplish- mend DHC, Sr. ON CURRENT EVENTS ---Glenville State College Art Professor Ementus George Harper is our newspaper's, award-winning cartoonist, giving his "Cow-teens" cartoons a wider readership, especially among the state's farming residents.