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Page 8B -- The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder ---Thursday, Dec. 9, 2004 9 to the 0 Liveconcert Dec. 16at 8p.m. atthc "When Susan sang songs from this Cultural Center in Charleston You can get tickets by calling 1- CD in a recent appearance on Moun- 800-594-TIXX (1-800-594-8499), tain Stage," Thompson said, "we were from Taylor Books in Charleston or inspired to invite her to be the guest through the Web site vocalist on this evening's program. www.wvpubcast.org. We are so pleased she accepted." Holidays sparkle just a bit more Thompson himself is at home in a withWestVirginiaPublicBroadcast- number of places, including ing and the annual Joy to the World keyboardist for the Mountain Stage concert. This year, Bob Thompson, band. For more than 30 years, his band, and special guest Susan Thompson's goal as a musician has been to communicate through his Wemer create the 12th annual Joy to the World concert on Thursday, Dec. music. Throughout his career Thomp- 16 at 8 p.m. at the Cultural Center in son says he has tried to remember the Charleston. advice of a fellow musician. "He used The 2004 concert will be recorded to tell me, 'Whenever you sit down to for national and international distri- your instrument, play as though it button through Public Radio Interna- might be the last time. So don't fool tional and Voice of America in De- around, don't jive. Go ahead and say cember 2005. In addition, enjoy this what you've got to say." That's what year's performance on West Virginia I do." PBS Friday, Dec. 24 at 10 p.m. and More information about Thomp- Saturday, Dec. 25 at 6 p.m. son and his band at Vocalist Werner is often described www. colortones, com. More informa- as an incredibly versatile artist who's lion about Susan Werner at at home in a number of genres. Her www.susanwerner.cottt. influences range from Nanci Griffith Taylor Books in Charleston. West andTheloniousMonktoJoniMitchell Virginia Public Broadcasting ad- and Sting. On her newest CD,"I Can't vances education, culture and citizen- Be New," the singer-songwriter ship through high-quality program- moves distinctively away from folk ruing and services.. West Virginia and toward tile jazzy American Public Radio, West Virginia PBS, songbook style recently embraced by wvpubcast.org and Ready To Learn artists such as Rod Stewart and Norah are all services of West Virginia Pub- Jones. tic Broadcasting. Gilmer County Commission cont'd ... Continued from page IA Center and $15,000 for the Court- house roofs replacement (Voted to don was formed to appear before the submit them to the proper agencies); council on the next Monday (Dec. 6) Were given audits for the Ambu- evening. See related story by Bill lance Authority and County Court- Williams on page 1A. house by the State Auditor's Office; CommissionPresidentLarryChap- Got a request from Randy man advised, "These notices need to Atkinson to have his road's (18/6just be sent out, and can we (at the corn- off 18) name changed to Big Cove mission) help you do this?"Road (No action taken); The commissioners, then, left the Learned that Glenville and Sand room in order to let the committee of Fork Flood Hazard Mitigation grant volunteers reorganize in private. The applications of $257,000 were not committee discussed the matters and funded, due to the state's lack of appointedGSC Professor and County money; Surveyor Rick Sypolt as its chair. Heard Tanner resident, Ron They also agreed to meet again within Mumma, read the law relative to the one week to take action on the un- commission's need to let the media sightly and unsafe properties that are record its meetings, among other star- of general concern in the county's utes (No action taken); neighborhoods. Listened to a comprehensive pre- In other business, the commission- sentation by Dreamhome Develop- ment Corporation, of Calhoun County, e~: Heard George Frymier request for starting up home construction payment of $2,400 for servicing the projects in Gilmer County See related county's sewer plant at the Industrial story on page IA; and Park; Adjourned the meeting that began Met with Joanne Stewart, the at 9 a.m. at about 4 p.m., with a one- Community Resources, Inc. manager hour break for lunch. who requested $10,000, so that she Nov. 18 meeting addition could meet her operating budget Mr. Paul Macom, speaking for the (Taken under advisement); United-Summit Center, appeared be- - Passed a resolution to adhere to fore the commissioners, requesting the emergency procedures mandated that they vote to appoint Jill Florio, a by theNationalIncidentManagement Steptoe & Johnson attorney, to the Systems; health agency's board to represent the Worked up ideas for grant re- counties in this region. The commis- quests of $20,000 for the Recreation sioners okayed her appointment. Supreme Court announces New of Appeals Chief The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia announces-that Justice Joseph P. Albright will be chief jus- tice, effective January 1. 2005. Justice Albright was elected to the Supreme Court of Appeals for a full 12-year term in November 2000. He previously had served on the Supreme Court from September 1995 through December ! 996, when former Gover- nor Gaston Caperton appointed him to an unexpired term. A Parkersburg native, Justice Albright earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Notre Dame. He began his private law practice in 1962 in Parkersburg and surrounding counties. He has enjoyed a long career in public service, including serving as assistant prosecuting attorney of Wood County and tormer city attor- ney 1or the City of Parkersburg. He was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 1970 and to six more terms commencing in 1974. He served as Chair of Education (1977-78), Chair of Judiciary (1979-84), and as 52nd Speaker of the House of Del- egates in 1985 and 1986. rrl Hearing Test ;et For ilmer unty 1 BOB PHILLIS Owner/Hearing Instrument Specialist WHERE: Gilmer County Senior Center DATE: Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2004 TIME: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. PHONE: 1-800-303-3277 Beltone Hearing Instrument Center 200 Country Club Road - Fairmont, WV 26554 ON SITE REPAIRS WHEN POSSIBLE/ West Virginia Workers Compensation Provider i FREE pack of batteries to the FIRST three people presenting this ad. Discounts at www.beltone.com/p fl 2004 Beltone Electronics Corporation -- i i i Reserve State Parks Lodge Rooms and Cabins Two Years in Advance Beginning December 1, 2004, the public can reserve lodge rooms and cabins for December 2006 at a West Virginia state park, including those at Blackwater Falls, Cacapon Resort, Hawks Nest, North Bend, Pipestem Resort, Twin Falls Resort and Tygart Lake state parks, according to J.R. Pope, chief of the Parks and Recre- ation Section of the Division of Natu- ral Resources. These are the only areas that will accept reservations for lodge rooms and cabins two years in advance Two- year reservations will be taken by phone only, beginning December 1, 2004. In addition to the traditional methods of making reservations, be- ginning January 1,2005, reservations can be made two years in advance online at the listed parks through the state park website at www.wvstateparks.com . After this time. all reservations online, phone and in-person will be available on a first-come basis. "'This is a very exciting option as many of our lodge parks are already offering online reservations." Pope says. "Visitors can reserve lodge rooms or cabins for a getaway or special occasion such as a reunion, anniversary or meeting years in ad- vance." All current reservation policies arc still valid. For more information or for reservation, please visit www.wvstateparks.com or call 1-800- CALL WVA and ask for the indi- vidual park. Waugaman competes 'William Tell' Air Force Tech. Sgt. Scott L. Waugaman participated in the Air Force's air superiority exercise termed "William Tell" at Tyndall Air Force Base, Panama City, Fla. The two- week, air-to-air competitive exercise pits the Air Force's top F-15 fighter aircraft crews. The exercise tests aircrews in such areas as air dominance, evalu- ates cold and live fire competitions, combat tactics, even weapons load- ing and maintenance The competi- tion pits units representing five major commands, which include the Air Combat Command. Air Education and Training Command. Air National Guard, Pacific Air Forces, and U,S. Air Forces in Europe. This year marks the 50th anni- versary of the exercise, sponsored by the Air Combat Command headquar- tered at Langley Air Force Base, Va. The exercise was in an eight-year hiatus due to the high operational tempo and recent operations in Af- ghanistan and Iraq. Waugaman, a flight line expedi- tor with ten years of military service, is assigned to the 19th Aircraft Main- tenance Unit, Elmendorf Air Force Base. Anchorage, Alaska. He is the son of Randall and Norine Waugaman of Rural Route 2. Jane Lew, W.Va. "His wife, Mary, is the daughter of Richard and Kathleen Flanigan of West Milford, W.Va. The sergeant is a 1990'graduate ot" South Harrison High School, Lost Creek, W.Va. Photo sale here The Glenville Democrat and Path- finder newspapers have a number of photographs in our "Photo Morgue." They sell for four for $1:00, plus with any purchase in that amount, you get two free ones. Your picture, or one of your loved ones, may be there. Our offices at 108 North Court Street are open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. In the main though, Wednesday through Friday are better days to hunt for any of your old pictures that we editors may have taken. Mondays and Tuesdays are deadline days, so there is much activity going on at that rime, making searching for information more difficult. New CK.30 Hydrostat Tradors in Stock. Just In*. New 3054 K~i w/Loader & Backhoe ............. q9,900 555C Ford Backhoe, 4Wb ......................... 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Diesel ............................... t6,000 New, 7', 3 Poinl Backhoe w/Pump ................... t4,975 2000 Ford, 38 HP Gas ..................................... t4,~O B-6200 Kubota, 16 HP, 4WD, I Owner, 500 Hours .............................. s3,950 601 Ford, 34 HP, Gas, New Paint, Real Sharp s3,500 880 Dav~ Brown, 40 HP, Diesel ....................... =3,500 Kioti Tractors in Stock Complete Line of New & Used Implements Farmington; a Tragic Reminder of a coal mine disaster By Robert C. Byrd, U. S. Senator Bush Administration. which has lective bargaining rights. November marks the 36th anniver- championed the most anti-labor poll- Under this Administration's watch. sary of the tragic Farmington Mine cies in more than acentury. The Bush 2.5 million good-paying manufactur- Disaster. it was this mine disaster, in White House has proposed increas- ing jobs, including several thousand which 78 coal miners lost their lives, ing the allo~vable level of coal mine in West Virginia, have disappeared. that prompted Congress to pass the dust, reversing the 1969 act and need- On average, 34,000 jobs a month are Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety lessly exposing miners to Black Lung. being shipped overseas. ACt of 1969 --the most comprehen- Furthermore, the Administration has Today, when the real value of the Sire mine health and safety legisla- proposcdkillingahostofmine-safety minimum wage is sinking to record tion to date. In addition to enacting regulations, includingrulesnecessary lows, the Bush Administration ha~, new, stonger safety and enforcement to protect miners form toxic chemi- trapped millions of workers in pov- provisions, the 1969 act protected cals. erty by blocking congressional ef- America's coal miners from Black The Bush White House assault on forts to raise the standard of living for Lung by limiting their exposure to American workers hardly ends with working Americans. coal dust. The anniversary of the coal miners. The Administration has When the great American labor Farmington Mine Disaster is an un- cut funding for needed job training leader Samuel Gompers was asked fortunate reminder that the struggles programs, h is blocking efforts to what labor wanted, he had a simple of American Labor have been a fight provide unemployment benefits to answer, "more." President Bush has for safer working conditions as well jobless workers. It is stripping many answered with more -- more for big asbetterwages, shorterhours, andjob workersoftheirrighttoovertimepay, oil, more for big insurance compa- security. It alsois a reminder that our It is repealing safety rules necessary nies. more for the well- connected federal government must be commit- for the protection of American work- high rollers -- but. sadly, less for ted to making America's coal mines ers. It has attacked the civil service America's working families. safer. This message seems lost on the system, it has sought to weaken cot- I i Mandatory Use of Solid Waste Collection Service Effective June 1988, each person hauler to pick up bulky goods at three(3)feetinlength, width,orheight occupying a residence or operating a curbside. This service is designed as oral least fifty (50) pounds in weight. business in the state of West Virginia a customer friendly alternative to the Bulky goods pick up in your neigh- is required by law to either subscribe illegal disposal of such items. This borhood will occur each month (on a to and use a solid waste collection rule does not apply to service sup- specific day determined by your solid service or provide proper proof that plied by municipal governments, waste carrier.)" solid waste is disposed of at an ap- Each solid waste carrier is required The following are not included in proved facility in a lawful manner, to provide regularly scheduledbulky goods service: (a) automotive Public Service Commission Re- monthly bulky goods collection seT- components, parts, or frames that quires Waste Haulers to Pick up Tires viceavailabletoallsubscribinghouse- weigh at least two hundred (200) andOtherBulkyGoodslllegaldump- holdslocated in thatcarrier'soperat- pounds each; (b) automotive parts, ing of bulky goods such as appli- ing territory, suchasmotorsandtransmissions,that ances, furniture and tires continues to The carrier is required to mail, on have a high density; (c) hazardous be a growing concern in West Vir- an annual basis, written notice of its waste; (d) items that can be easily ginia, bulky goods collection schedule to all divided and placed into bags, boxes, Although the Divisions of High- residential customers, as follows: or other containers, less than three (3) ways and Natural Resources in coop- "Your service includes monthlyfeet high, long, or wide, that, with eration with the Department of Envi- removal of oversized items such as, contents, weigh less than fifty pounds ronmental Protection have been bat- but not limited to refrigerators, wash- each; and (e) construction anddemo- tling this problem for more than 15 ing machines, clothes dryers, dish- litton debris generally. years through such programs as washers, ovens, stoves, microwave Thecarriermustalsoprovidebulky Adopt-A-High'way, Adopt-A-Dump ovens, and other appliances; televi- goods service, upon request, to non- and Make It Shine, the problem con- sions; home computers; air condi- subscribing households. tinues. In an attempt to make dis- tioners;bicycles;furniture;wastetires Call the Environmental Resources posalofsuchitemseasierforresiden- offtherim, havingaradiusofnomore Section of the Division of Natural tial customers, the Public than 16.5 inches, from automobiles, Resources at 800-322-5530 or the Service Commission put into effect from pick up trucks, from motorcycles, Public Service Commission at 800- a rule in 2003 that requires evew from all-terrain vehicles, and from 344-5113 for additional information. West Virginia residential solid waste farm tractors; and other items, not included in the above, that are at least OSM Transfers $69 Million to United Mine Workers of America Combined Benefit Fund for FY 2005 The U.S. Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and currently exists On the amount of interest to be transferred Enforcement (OSM) announced today it is transferring $69 million to the United Mine Workers Combined Benefit Fund (CBF) to help defray the costs of health benefits for retired coal miners. Under Public Law 102-486, OSM is required to transfer annually a portion of the interest collected from the Aban- doned Mine Land Fund to the UMWA Combined Benefit Fund. The UMWA fund provided medical benefits in Fiscal Year (FY) 2004 for 17,394 coal miners living in 45 states who worked for companies that no longer exist. States with the most miners receiving benefits are Pennsylvania (4,935), West Virginia (3,957), Kentucky (2,507), Virginia ( 1,200) and Ohio (883).. The cash transfer is based on OSM's estimated interest earnings for the upcoming Fiscal Year. OSM projects its FY 2005 annual investment collections will be $69,040,000. In addition to the annual transfer, adjustments are made to prior year transfers based on actual interest collected, actual costs of bealth care, and changes to the unassigned benefi- ciary population. On October l, 2004, that population is 16,502. OSM's continuing obligation to make such transfers was jeopardized earlier this year when it appeared that Congress would not reauthorize OSM's authority to col- lect the AML fee that funds the annual transfers to the CBF. The AML fee was set to expire September 30. About two weeks before that deadline, OSM put in place an emergency rule that would have enabled it to continue collecting fees from coal operators to provide transfers to the Combined Benefit Fund even if the AML fee had been allowed to expire. On September 29, Congress approved a Continuing Resolution to fund government operations through Novem- ber 20 and extended OSM's AML fee authority until the same date. Since the AML fee is still in force, OSM's emergency CBF rule has not taken effect. OSM does not manage the fund or participate in making decisions about its administration. However, earlier this year the Bush Administration proposed legislation to reau- thorize and reform the Abandoned Mine Land fund which would also increase the stability of funding for th CBF by: "Removing the $70 million funding limitation cap which annually to meet the needs of the unassigned beneficiaries; "Making all interest earned on the account available for transfer as needed, including the $76 million in ~'stranded" interest from prior years; "Clarifying that the fund's investment policies shall reflect both the needs of the fund and the unassigned beneficiaries of the CBF, supporting the Administration's effort to increase the fund's return on investment. This change, along with the Administration's extension of the prescription drug program and the transfer of stranded interest, will provide the CBF with an additional $310 million over the next two years alone. The Administration legislation would extend OSM's authority to collect the fee for AML reclamation and to make reforms in the distribution of AML funds that would devote more of the fees being collected to the worst AML problems. Sen. Arlen Specter (PA) has introduced the AdministraTion's proposal as S. 2049 and Rep. John Peterson (PA) has introduced the legislation in the House as H.R. 3778. Title IV of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA) created an abandoned mine recla- mation program funded by a fee assessed on each ton of coal used, sold, or transferred (35 cents for surface-mined coal, 15 cents for coal from underground mines, and 10 cents for lignite). Money from these fees is placed in a fund, which, subject to appropriation, is used to reclaim lands and waters adversely impacted by mining conducted before the enact- ment of SMCRA and to mitigate the adverse impacts from these sites on individuals and communities. The Energy Policy Act of 1992 anaended SMCRA to transfer, subject to certain limitations, an amount equal to the amount of interest earned on the fund to the United Mine Workers of America Combined Benefit Fund for use in paying health care benefits to "unassigned beneficiaries" -- former coal miners and their dependents for which no company is responsible for paying premiums. The Energy Policy Act also amended SMCRA to extend collection of the reclamation fees through September 30, 2005, with an additional requirement that after that date the fee must be established at a rate sufficient to continue to provide for transfers to the Combined Benefit Fund with respect to unassigned beneficiaries. columbia FOREST PRODUCT'S Columbia West Virginia Corporation is seeking to buy standing timber and logs in North Central West Virginia. Columbia can also provide management plans for landowners to help in wildlife and timber management. 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