Hosted by the Gilmer County Commission (through a grant from the State of West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection), the “Day of Recycling” event will take place in the Foodland Plaza parking lot on Sat., Sept. 13, 2014 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
This drop off point is open to the general public and businesses in Gilmer County. All donated items will be taken and recycled.
By Brandi Smith,
The Board of Education gathered for a regular meeting at the Gilmer County High School Library on Mon., Aug. 18 with all members present.
The meeting began with the call to order and roll call by the President of the Board Dr. William Simmons. Next, the Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all Board members as well as those in attendance at the meeting.
Happy holiday ...
From the time America was first inhabited in Jamestown in the Virginia Colony in 1607 until the present, the one strong force that has excelled in making the United States the greatest nation on earth has been the men and women who have worked as laborers to make it so.
For examples, the building of the Erie Canal in the 1820s and the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s — both opened up the enterprising east coast’s entrepreneurs to the vast agricultural and mineral wealth of the Mid-West, Great Plains and West Coast. Closer to home, the pushing of the National Road from Baltimore, MD westward and, then, through Wheeling in what was to later become the first capital of West Virginia, also added to the great westward expansion.
We editors were recently questioned about if the Little Kanawha Bus service can "make a financial go of it" here in Gilmer County. All we can say is: "It's still running, but, maybe, at half speed or one-fourth of capacity." Truly, this public service really needs a boost.
To increase ridership, our suggestion is that the service's management make contact with the agencies and places that would most benefit from its services, notably the college, senior center, Historical Society, the downtown and Hays City merchants, among others. In that way, the bus line can create special trips to accommodate the specific clienteles. Or, with the senior center, maybe even arrange day mini-vacation trips to historic and scenic sites around the Mountain State. In fact, this senior editor would be happy to give a tour of the historic Southern West Virginia Coalfields to any area groups who'd want that type of day long excursion. Seeing the hometown of the Rocket Boys, the first Head Start School, the only World War I Colored War Memorial Building in the United States, and other landmarks of the coal mining history. Yes, we editors will help the LK Busline, if asked.
Bloodmobile in Glenville next Thurs.
From 1-to-6:30 p.m., on next Thurs., Sept. 4 the American Red Cross’ Bloodmobile will be set up at The First Baptist Church of Glenville, next to the downtown Post Office. Donors are encouraged to give at this regular blood collection activity in Gilmer County. For some good reasons to give, see this week’s “Corcoran Column” on page 3.
Davisson Brothers at Waco Cr. Sat.
The up-and-coming Davisson Brothers Band, of Nashville, will perform the first headliner concert at the new GSC WACO Center’s Special Events arena at 7 p.m. on this Sat., Aug. 30. The general public is invited to attend at a modest charge, although any students with valid IDs are admitted for free.
Cedarville's Homecoming this Sat.
The annual Cedarville Homecoming will take place on this Sat., Aug. 30, at the Cedarville Volunteer Firehouse. The scheduled activities will begin at 3:00 p.m. and continue until 7:00 p.m. Music, games, and time with friends and family, including State Delegate Brent Boggs and wife, Jean, will be the main activities. Also, food is in order, featuring Grilled "Fixens" Hot Dogs to be served from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Attendees are requested to bring a favorite covered dish and spend the day. For more information, contact: Linda Brannon at 462-8185, or Jim Bailey, 462-7545 or 7507.
Sand Fork's Community Picnic Fri. and updates on other activities
As is the growing popular tradition, the Town of Sand Fork will host a Community Picnic and Fireworks on this Fri., Aug. 29, 2014 from 6:30 -8:00 p.m. at the Sand Fork Elementary School.
The fireworks will begin at dark.
Pulled pork, buns, and drinks will be provided. Bring a COVERED DISH AND CHAIR! Music and games will be available for all to enjoy.
Handicapped parking is available at the school.
The shuttle service will run from the Sand Fork Baptist Church & SF Church of God parking areas to the school, thereby relieving the traffic congestion atop the school hill. The rain date will be on Mon., Sept. 1. If you have questions, please contact SF Town Council members.
Importance of Labor Day
Labor Day was first established in 1894 by Grover Cleveland after a failed attempt to break up a railroad strike.
Each year, the federal holiday is observed on the first Monday in September and it pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of the wage earning Americans that keep our country running. See related editorial on page 3.
Make sure to kick off your Labor Day weekend right by attending these festivities on Friday. Everyone is welcome! Bring a chair and enjoy your time with family, friends, and neighbors!
Sand Fork Veterans Memorial update: More names needed
The town of Sand Fork would like to install a third plaque on its Veteran’s Memorial Wall for both Gilmer County and Sand Fork area veterans. To do this, the Town Council needs your help. Additional names are being searched for to fill the plaques. To fill the plaque, a full 52 names are required, according to officials.
The city’s original plans were to install the next plaques on Veteran’s Day 2014. However to-date, there have not been enough names received to fill the plaques, but the order for the granite must be placed three months in advance to allow time to have them in stock and engraved. The city, consequently, is now looking at Memorial Day 2015.
If you have a family member, friend or neighbor you wish to honor, this would be a very special way to show your appreciation for their service. A donation of $20.00 per name is requested. Application forms are available at the Sand Fork Post Office, at the Gilmer County Senior Center or from any town council member. The deadline will be March 1, 2015. If you have any questions contact a town council member or call the office at 304-804-2177 and leave a message and someone will contact you.
We’ve got ‘Our Little Library!’ It’s worth seeing & patronizing
The Gilmer Public Library and Gilmer County FRN’s “Little Free Library” has been installed in the City Square Park in downtown Glenville.
A little free library is a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. Funding for this project originated from the Prevent Child Abuse WV grant through the Gilmer FRN to encourage parents to read to their children, as well as supply free and discrete self-help parenting information to parents with a goal of promoting prevention of child abuse and neglect. This has been expanded to include books for all ages! Please feel free to visit our Little Library and take a book!