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O Rockefeller encouraged by National Energy Commission report Thursday, Enrollment Hi Dec. 30, 2004 --- The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder --- Page 7 for Students Receiving Need-Based Financial Aid Merit and Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) demand. By doing so, we will also be investment would bring about "a fu- Officials from the West Virginia percent (48) enrolled at out-of-state (3449) were 2004 high school gradu- Higher Education Policy Commis- schools. Almost three percent (295) ates. recently welcomed a report by the betterabletoprotectAmericanmanu- ture for the nation's most plentiful sion recently released enrollment in- of the Grant recipients enrolled in Accordin2 to J. Michael Mullen, non-partisan National Commission on facturing jobs. energy source." ,_ Energy Policy that offers new ap- "This report's call for a large in- AlthoughtheCommission'sfind- formation on students receiving need other institutions such as proprietary Chancellor for the Higher Education proaches to making the United States vestment in clean coal technology is a ings are non-binding, they are ex- andmerit-based financial aid.schools. Officials report that 21 per- Policy Commission, both PROMISE less dependent on foreign oil. longstanding goal of mine, and it con- petted to serve as a key part of the t:or tile 2004-2005 academic year, cent (2, 164) of the 9,157 recipients and the Higher Education Grant Pro- The report calls for a broader, more firms what West Virginians already debate on a comprehensive energy over $ 50 million in financial aid and were 2004 high school graduates, gram are vitally importantinthestate's domestically-driven energy policy, know. Simplyput, coal must play an policy. Congress is expected to con- scholarshipswasawardcdbytheWcsl A total of 8,378 students were efforl to cncourage students to pursue including a greater use of coal and integral part in our national energy sider a national energy plan next VirginiaHigherEducationGrantand avJardedaPROMISEscholarshipand ahighcrcducalionandrenmininWcsl natural gas. policy. We must have an aggressive year. / or the PROMISE Scholarship.enrolled in WestVirginia'spuhlicand Virginia. "Few states can match our "Our country very much needs a program of focused research and de- SenatorRockefellerhasbeenalong- Accordingtothcrcport, 10,099stu- private colleges and universities, commitment lt~ need-based and new, comprehensive energy policy," velopment with cooperation between time advocate of a comprehensive dents were awarded the need-based Eighty-two percent (6937) attended merit-based financial aid. Through Rockefeller said. "We need to make industry and government." - .-, -. . WV Hi,,her Educ'ttion Gr'mtand sub- a West Vireinia public colle~ze. Six the fundin~ of these progr;.|ms. West ana responslole national energy ~ .... ~ ,_ betteruseofth~sourcesofenergythe "Congress has been sitting on a policy. Over the past decade,scq!tcn}lycnrolledinapostsccondary percent (530) of the PROMISE re- Virginiaismakingawiscinvestmcnt United States has in abundance, most comprehensive energy bill for sev- Rockefeller has been the chief Senate msututlon for the fall semester. Sixty cipients enrolled at a community and in the statc's future." ql "~ notably coal. We need to reduce our eralyears.Thetimetopassnewpolicy sponsor of tax incentives designed to perccnt(6,~_0_,)matr~culatcdatapub- technical college and ahnost eleven reliance, On Middle East oil, we need is now." increase the development of gas from lic four-year institution and twenty percent (911) chose a West.Virginia toconservemoreenergy,andweneed TheCommissionreportcallsfor$7non-conventional sources, such as percent (2,073) enrolled at a public independentcollege. Bylaw, students to use our energy more efficiently, billion in federal spending over 10 West Virginia's coal seams, two-year college. Fourteen percent may not use the Promise Scholarship "Wemustdramaticallyincreasethe years on clean coal technology and Rockefeller has also been a co-spon- (1,480) chose to use ttae WV Grant at at an out-of-state institution. Of the production of natural gas, in the Ap- research into ways to capture emis- soroflegislation to help electric utili- a private institution and less than one 8,378 students, forty-one percent palachian Basin and elsewhere, to sions of carbon dioxide from power ties convert to state-of-the-art clean satisfy both industrial and residential plants. According to the report, that coal technologies. Moose Lodge Two-Year Advance Reservations at West Virginia Announces State Parks' Lodge Rooms & Cabins a Success Winners "he December 1,2004 launching of the new two-year guests for waiting to get through the phone lines. For those advance State Parks reservations program was a success, still wanting to reserve a lodge room or cabin, there are according to West Virginia State Parks officials. More still many more available dates." than 800 advance reservations, yielding more than 3,000 In addition to the traditional methods of making reser- nightly sales, were booked by phone for lodge rooms and rations, beginning January 1, 2005, reservations can be cabins on the new program' s first day at Blackwater Falls, made two years in advance online at the listed parks Cacapon Resort, Hawks Nest, North Bend, Pipestem through the state park website at Resort, Twin Falls Resort and Tygart state parks. . On the first day of 2005, all reservations online, phone These are the only parks accepting reservations two years and in-person will be available through December 31, in advance. 2007 on a first-come basis. "We had a very busy first day as guests were taking All current reservation policies are still valid. For more advantage of the two-year advance reservations," says information or for reservation, please visit J.R. Pope, chief of the Parks and Recreation Section of the or call 1-800-CALL WVA and Division of Natural Resources. "I would like to thank our ask for the individual park. to start cost savings In the club's December, 2004 news- letter, the lkHlowing program winners wcre announced. For Casino Night, (Oct. 2, 2004,) the following won: Anne Flynn, $50.00; Bacil Drcnncn $50.00; and John West fall $30.00. The Elimination Dinner (Oct. 23,2004,) li)und the lucky people win- ning: Kelly Summers $50.00; Judy Steele $100.00; Carol Putnam $150.00; Cookie Grossman $200.00; Ronnic McHcnry $250.00; June Evans $300.00; Glen Jones $350.00 and Wilda Jones $1,000.00. Finally, on Casino Night (Nov. 6,2004,) the following won: Michael Carson $75.00; Paul Whitfield $50.00; Paul Whitfield $20.00; and Milch Queen $20.00. Wise issues Executive landmark prescription drug Just two weeks after legislative pricing not only for beneficiaries of erful in controlling costs. Creating the pharmaceutical advo- cate is just one of the many steps Wise has taken to lower prescription drug costs during his four years as gover- nor. During his first year in office, the governor created the first-ever pur- chasing pool of state-provided em- Last Minute Tax-Saving Tip , For people looking for a last minute . tax savings idea, a contribution to the" state's SMART 529 college savings plan could be your ticket and at the same time help pay for a college edu- action in a special session, West Vir- state programs, but eventually those ginia Gov. Bob Wise took the first in the private sector." major step to implement far reaching "I applaud the work done by Gov- initiatives that seek to mobilize the ' ernor Wise and the members of the state's agencies to achieve lower pre- Legislature to create the Pharmaceu- scription drug prices, tical Cost Management Council and Joined by his successor, Gover- the State Pharmaceutical Advocate, nor-elect and current Secretary of and I pledge, as governor, to build State Joe Manchin, Wise signed an upon their efforts to lower prescrip- executive order creating astate phar- tion drug costs for all West Virgin- maceutical advocate. The advocate ians," Manchin said. will negotiate for state agencies that The pharmaceutical advocate will annually purchase more than one- implement the initiatives set forth by half billion dollars of prescription the Pharmaceutical Cost Manage- drugs. In negotiating with the brand- ment Council, created by legislation name drug manufacturers, the advo- signed last year by Wise, Among cate is directed to seek prices in line those initialciyes is pooling the buy- with the Federal Supply Schedule, ing power of state agencies that buy the substantially lower than com- .prescription drugs. Members of the mercial cost the federal government private sector also would be allowed pays for pharmaceutical products, to join the pool. "This executive order combines "Prescription drugs are the single the buying power of state agencies to largest cost of the Medicaid program, make the state much more effective which covers about 300,000 West in bargaining with major pharma- Virginians each year," Wise said. ceutical manufacturers for lower "PrescriptiondrugsforMedicaidwill prices," Wise said. "I want to stress cost more than $310 million - that's that this order does not mandate any more than it costs the program to price level, but does direct a starting keep 10,000 West Virginia citizens point for the advocate to begin dis- in nursing homes." cussions from which the price can go Wise added that eventually allow- up or down. With its new tools, the ing entities from the private sector to state will be able to negotiate lower join the pool will make it more pow- pioyee health insurance plans. ' cation, says State Treasurer John Per- "Early in my administration, we due. realized the need to cooperate with "West Virginia Personal Income other states, so I created a prescrip- Tax payers have until December 31 to tiondrugpurchasingpool,"Wisesaid. 'make contributions to a SMART529 "This pool allows other states to com- college savings account and still bine our purchasing power to negoti- qualify for a state income tax deduc- ate for lower prescription drugs costs." Additionally, the governor pio- neered a prescription drug discount program for seniors through the Golden Mountaineer Discount Card that has provided an average 18 per- cent discount for 17,000 senior citi- zens. He also saved $40 million last year in the Medicaid program by implementing a Preferred Drug List giving preference to manufacturers willing to supply at lower prices. "I am delighted that my successor is with me today," said Wise, who .; leaves office Jan. !7, 2005. "With, this executive order, my goal is to' save him several months in getting ~1 these important initiatives under. way." tion in the 2004 tax year," Perdue Partnership promotes reforestation on mined lands i says. Under state law, all contributions to West Virginia's SMART529 col- lege savings program made by De- cember 31,2004 qualify the contribu- tor to make a dollar for dollar in- come-reducing modification when filing his or her 2004 West Virginia Personal Income Tax. The eligible amount for this modification is the total amount the individual paid into any SMART529 college savings and West Virginiaprepaid tuition accounts during the calendar year. For example, if the taxpayer is in the six percent marginal tax bracket, one not uncommon for middle in- come families, a $1,000 contribution to SMART529 could save the tax- payer $60 on the West Virginia Per- sonal income Tax. This special fea- ture is one of the few deductions avail- able tor amounts not able to be de- ducted inthe current year's tax filing. The deduction is not allowed on the federal income tax. Current high school seniors may apply on-line for the PROMISE Schol- arship and the WV Higher Education Grant at www. wvapply, com. The dead- line to apply is March 1,2005. Building Your Life By: Joseph J. Mazzella a-warm hug and few things sound My wife and her brother recently quite so Heavenly as saying, "I love built a new deck on the back of our you." I have come to know that few house. It really looks fantastic, and things are as peaceful as a walk in the on~ of the reasons for this is probably woods and that few things are as in- because I had nothing to do with it. spiring as watching a sunset. I have The truth is that, while I have gotten come to know that petting a dog or a better at fixing things over the years, cat is not only good for your health, I am still far more skilled at breaking but also good lbr your soul. I have them than putting them back together, come to know that any joy you gm It is a running joke here that my wife from your work or your life will be in is both the better cook and the better direct proportion to the joy that you handyman in this house, bring to them. I have come to know As little as I know about building that it is the good things you do tk)r things with nails, screws, and lumber, your community, the kind acts you do however, I am happy to say that I for your friends, the compassion you know far more about building a life. show for strangers, and the love you While I still make mistakes in that give this world that bring meaning area, too, I think that I am becoming and richness to life. i have come to more skilled as I get older at knowing know, most of all, though, that it is how to construct and live a life full of with every choice we make, that we love, joy, goodness, and giving, build our lives, create our joy, share I have come tO know, for instance, our love, and grow in our oneness that a great way to start the day is with with Go(,l. May you build your own a joyous: "Good morning God. Thank life well then. And may God always you for my life." I have come to know smile upon your handiwork. that few things feel better than giving (Mr. MazellaisaGSCgraduateand a freelance writer) Caf e" Cimino & Landmark Studio Willis Vogel, formerly of the US For- est Service. Currently~research is on- going at the Starfird Reforestation Project through the University of Ken- tucky under the direction of Dr. Donald Graves. Reforestation research also takes place at the Powell River Project, VirginiaPolytechn!c Institute and State University led by Dr. James Burger and at West Virginia University by Dr. Jeff Skousen. The objectives of the ARRI partner- ship are: Establish a reforestation program with each of the seven Appalachian Region states that promotes the FRA during reclamation of active coal min- ing operations and abandoned mined lands projects. Raise the awareness of government agencies, private organizations and the general public on economic and envi- ronmental benefits associated with Getting more hardwood trees planted conservation; improvement of overall on coal-mined lands is the goal of an water quality; and carbon: sequestra- agreement signed December 15 by a tion. broad-based partnership including the Economic benefits are also made coal industry, the federal government possible by reforestation; they include: and seven Appalachian states, increased timber value; landowner tax Meeting to sign the agreement at reductions; enhanced recreational op- Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park in portunities;jobsforthelocaleconomy; theheartofWestVirginiacoalcountry andlocal tax revenue. were representatives of the US Office Reforestation provides an environ- of Surface Mining (OSM), the US mentallyandeconomicallyviablepost- Forest Service,thefederalDepartment mining land use option for both the of Energy, the Appalachian coal min- landowner and the mining company. ing states of Kentucky, Maryland, A core group of the ARRI began Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vir- meeting in May to address ways to ginia and West Virginia, the coal in- increase the planting of more high- dustry, environmental organizations, _ value Appalachian hardwood trees on land companies, and academia, active and abandoned coal mines Together they form the Appalachian through the use of Forestry Reclama- Regional Reforestation Initiative tionApproach(FRA)technology.This (ARRI). The Statement of Mutual reclamation technology will provide Intent signed today creates anew state for the sound restoration of healthy and federal project to promote and productive forest on mined lands in the Musical Revenue and Dinner Cafe" Cimino, Sutton culinary de- Dinner includes coffee, tea, or soda light, is proud to host acozy afternoon and a fantastic dessert buffet will bc of food, fun and music on behalf of provided by past Taste of the Land- the Landmark Studio for the Arts mark winners and competitors. All Capital Campaign on Sunday, Janu- activities will take place at the restau- ary 9, at 3:00 pm. The Landmark was rant and there is a charge. awarded a three year matching grant Reservations are limited to Cafe" from the State of West Virginia and Cimino seating. Make your reserva- all profits from the dinner will' be tions now by calling Jim Walker at donated to the capital campaign. For the first time, the Landmark has organized a musical revue consisting of singers performing their favorite songs from past musicals. The enter- tainers include Cheryle Bailes and Lex DeGruyl, Anthony Barker, Amanda Boggs, Jeanette and Joe Boyce, Dana Cogar, Molly and Jeff Hudkins, "Poozy" Geary-Null, Rose- mary Napierkowski, Steve and Paula Sanders, Mike Schartiger and Elaine Wine. Accompanying the singers on the piano will be Margie Foster and Jim Walker. A hearty winter buffet prepared by Chef Tim Urbanic will include as- sorted cheeses and olives, baked shrimp, green salad, garlic/pasta brushetta, Cafe" Cimino Bread, Tuscan Bean soup, baked penne pasta with sausage/peppers and/or meat- balls as well as ricotta/spinach lasa- gna. TO 765-7566 between 10 am and 5 pro, or Cafe" Cimino at 765-2913 I I I ~~1~ Serving G ilmer & j[lnsutaare ] Surrounding Counties Since 1953 COLLINS For your home, auto, life, health and long-term care motorcycle, flood, business insurance, & bonds. Jim Collins, Agent Travis Woodford, Agent 216 E. Main St. Glenville, WV Phone 462-7951 Fax 462-4600 ~tf01102 @ LOSED SATURDAYS II encourage the reforestation of coal mined lands. "We're here to share our experi- ence," said Butch Lambert of the Vir- ginia Department of Mines. "We're here to make a commitment to pro- mote reforestation, to develop an ini- tiative through which we can get coal companies in'volved in planting more trees and not just more trees, but more viable trees." "Over the last 50 years of Surface Mining in Appalachia, the vast major- ity of mined land was originally for- est." said Brent Wahlquist, director of OSM's Appalachian Regional Office. "It is our hope that through this initia- tive, perhaps 50 or 100 years from now it can be forest again, and be virtually indistinguishable from the rest of the landscape." Rctbrcstation of coal-mined lands has the potential to provide many envi- ronmental and economic benefits. Environmental benefits include: di- versity of Dlant species; natural suc- cession of native forest plants; en- hanced wildlife habitat; soil and water Appalachian region, planting quality trees using FRA tech- Organizations that signedthe State- nology. ment of Mutual Intent agreed to work Work with federal, state and local together to promote use of the FRA governments, mining companies, en- technology, which is a five-step recla- vironmental groups, industry groups, mation process that has been proven academic and other public and pri- by tbrestry research to increase tree vate organizations to identify land- survival and productivity, owners and mining companies that The FRA steps are: will use the FRA technology in recla- Create a suitable rooting medium mation. ' forgoodtreegrOwththatisnolessthan Provide a torum to transfer tech- four feet deep/and~ comprised of top-' nology and other information con- soil, weathered sandstone or the best cerning the creation ofhighlyproduc- available material. " tive forestland and related environ- Loosely grade the topsoil or topsoil mental assets and cooperate as aclear- substitute to create a non-compacted inghouse to share data and informa- growth mediUm, tion as it relates to current FRA tech- Plant native and noncompetitive nology. ground covers. Apply FRA technology for growing Plant two types of trees, early suc- quality trees while supporting the de- cession species that provide for wild- velopment of new technologies. life enhancement and soil stabilization Prepare periodic reports to describe and commercially valuable crop trees, the current status, success and increased Usepropertreeplantingtechniques. productive tree-planting efforts of The FRA technology owes much to projects using the FRA technology by academic research, includingthatdone all parties to the agreement. initially by Dr. Clark Ashby, formally Promote the establishment of native of Southern Illinois University and forest species. 1ll oz. Jug, 1.0 or m'iI'N Virginia Stores $2,49 Sale in effect Thru Sat., Jan. 1