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2 The Glenvllle Democrat/ Pathfinder II December 30, 1976 Hard to beat at $150 Small town mayors are sometimes the forgotten link in the olitical chain which forms our representative form of government. People sometimes fail to realize that action or lack of it by the ayor of their small town usually has more direct effect on their ves then some decision by a president or governor. The , sappearance of potholes from the street in front of your house, |he reliable flow of water and sewage to and from your house, the ecuritv of a well-directed police force and the attraction of conomic growth opportunities are all responsibilities of the small {own mayor. Even though he gets little recognition for the service which to him is routine, the citizens of the town know just who to call when their sewer line bursts or their sleep is disturbed by a marauding hot redder. Glenville is served by just such a dedicated major in Delbert Davidson. The accomplishments of his first term in office are reviewed in an article on page oneof this week's issue. The mayor's ob is one which can be executed in an off-hand manner or with the etermination of a man inspired by a strong sense of civic duty. Davidson is an officer of the Region VII Planning and Development Council. He has made several trips to Charleston and other cities around the state in attempts to learn more about programs which Could benefit Glenville and to conduct city business. He has spent hours wading through the red tape of federal and state grant requirements, a task growing more formidable by the day. In working with a concerned and competent city council he has engineered several changes in Glenville over the past year which has made the town a better place in which to live. The openness with which he conducts his office is a refreshing difference from the tight-lipped secrecy of most government officials. It would be hard to find a more conscientious mayor at the $150 per month salary which Davidson draws from the city. me of our fa , i I ;iiii: iii Fire destroyed Joseph Wiseman's home on College Ave on Sept. 9. Stan Meseroll was there in the early hours of the morning to snap dramatic photo of Gllmer County Volunteer Firemen at work. II III  I IIII I I I Open Letter: Well. the school bond was defeated by more than it was Nov. 2. The taxpayers is paying too much taxes now. They can't afford to pay any more taxes, and the renters know if the bond carried they'd have to pay more rent. I don't think that any bond will ever carry in Gihner County unless taxes come down. I think if the Board will ask for donations to help fix up the schools, nearly everyone will give a donation. I will give a good donation myself, On helping, if the Board will put boxes around in business places and tell people where they can make donations, they will get alot of money. A Friend of All the People , Yours, John H. Shuman i i ! i I i , i i The Well Body by Dr. Thomas Heller A year ago I wrote several columns on health related issues for the Democrat. With the coming of the new year, I plan to provide a forum for discussion of medical topics important to everyone in the community. A topic that has come painfully to my attention over the last three weeks is that of the provision of emergency medical services. Gilmer County is blessed with an outstanding ambulance service. Tommy Luzader, Bunnie jones, Nora Stoneking, Barbara Hickman, Lucille ]olliff and Opal Kirchberg have responded to emergencies all over the county. Available 24 hours a day, seven days per week, they have served as a true rescue squad, in many cases saving lives by their actions. Fortunate as we are to have such a service and such personnel, it is all too easy to become complacent--to begin to take emergency medical care for granted: "just call the Sheriff's resident, 462-7306, and the ambulance from Glenville will come a runnin." But some of Gilmer County's communities are 45 minutes from Glenville, and sometimes those 45 minutes can make all the difference. Gilmer County is rich with resources, both in its soil and in its people. In terms of provision of emergency services, there are scores of Gilmer Countians who have taken emergency medical training courses or have been medics in the military; others who have tractors and cranes and four wheel drive vehicles and crowbars, which can be used to free people involved in car wrecks and other accidents. Some communities have their own volunteer fire departments. Certainly, it is hoped that emergencies never occur. But they do occur, and it is crucial that people know whom in their area can be called on for help. Many people in the small communities of Gilmer County, I am sure, know whom to call in a critical situation. But many do not. Therefore, I suggest that those with special skills or useful equipment make yourselves known. People of Sand Fork, Ellis, Orlando, Stouts Mill, Gilmer, CedarviUe, Moss, Normantown, Lockney, Stumptown, Shock, Rosedale, Perkins, Baldwin, Linu, Troy, Conings, Cox's M_ills, Newberne, Tanner and any community I may have missed--call into the medical center - 462-7381 - and leave your name, community, phone number, and particular skill, whatever it may be. I will compile a list organized by community, which will be published in a future issue of the Democrat. The list can then be posted in appropriate places in your area so that the information can be spread. Of course, no one wants to be held responsible for care they cannot provide. Therefore, the published list will very specifically state the skills of each volunteer. Also, if you once had training in first aid or resuscitation measures hut feel you need a refresher course before you can volunteer, let me know, and such a program can be organized, Whenever a medical emergency occurs requiring the assistance of a local volunteer, the Gilrner County ambulance and/or a physician must also be summoned. Your cooperation in publicizing the names of those who can help out in an emergency will make our county safer for all its people. 5 II 1 al'a| III1 Iill 111111 i 1111111i It, 'lr" #1" The local Lions Club staged another successful Halloween party for area children as this smiling little witch attests. One of our oddest garden oddities of the year was this two-pound beet grown by Riley Murphey. Hannah Collins looked on. t , I I nsumer by Atty. Gen. Chauncey Browning Do you know your rights when it comes to credit reporting agencies? If you are denied credit or turned down by an insurance company and you know you've got a good credit rating, do you know how to find out why? Chances are. if you have a charge account, a mortgage on your home, or have ever applied for a job, there's a file somewhere that contains informa- tion on you. And if you ever have reason to believe that information is incorrect, you should take steps to protect yourself. The Fair Credit Reporting Act, passed by Congress on April 25, 1971, was designed to protect you against the circulation of inaccurate or obsolete information and to insure that credit reporting agencies exercise their responS'Pities in a fair and equitable manner. If you apply for and are denied credit or insurance coverage, you may, within 30 days after such denial, request and receive, free of charge, the information contained in your credit report. To do so, call the credit reporting agency and firrange for a personal interview or an interview by telephone. According to the law, you have the right to obtain the nature, substance and sources of the information collected about you and can be told who has received a consumer or credit report on you within the past six months or within the past two years if the report was furnished for employment purposes. If you have not been denied credit but simply wish to know if the information in your file is correct, follow the same procedure. However, you may have to pay a charge for the information. Next, if any information in your file is incorrect, you have the right to have it reinvestigated, and if found to be inaccurate, to have this information removed from the file. Then the agency must notify those persons or firms you name who have received the incorrect information, that this information has been deleted from your file. If the dispute cannot be resolved, you have the right to have your version of the situation placed in the file and included in future consumer reports. Any adverse information should be removed from your file after seven years, except for bankruptcy which can remain on file for 14 years. If you feel the agency has willfully or negligently violated the law, you can sue and, if successful collect damages plus attorney's fees and court costs. If you have any questions or desire additional information concern- ing Fair Credit Reporting and your rights as defined by law, please feel free to write or call the Consumer Protection Division of' my office at 348-8986. We have pamphlets avail- able on this subject and will be glad to send them to you on request. CALENDAR fri, dec. 3t A joint New Year's Eve service will be held with the Rosedale United Methodist and the Rosedale U.M.E. Church at the U.M.E. Church beginning at 7:30 p.m. Special communion services will begin at 10 p.m. Everyone is invited. Singers are welcome. There will be a New Year's Eve service at the Oak Grove United Methodist Church at Baldwin beginning at 8 p.m. All singers and the public are invited. Rev. Everett Mills is the pastor. sat, jan. t There will be e at the Hyers Rt featuring the Webster Springs Messengers from 7:30 p.m. mon, jan. t0 The jaycees Conrad Hotel at toes, jan. t t The Blue Ridge will appear in the Community Club p.m. Published Every Thursday By GILMER COUNTY PUBLISHING. INC, At 109 E. Main St. Glenville. WV 26351 P hone 462-730g Second-Class postage paid at Glenville and at additional mailing offices Subscription price $5.50 tax included in Gilmer County; residents $5.00 tax induded. Out of state subscriptions subscriptions for less titan 6 months. (ALL PRICES EFFECTIVI ROBERT D. ARNOLD PRESIDE PAUL BROWN JOAN LAYNE OFFICE