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.
Rec Center pool could open Friday
According to the latest information that we editors have, the Gilmer County Recreation Center's Swimming Pool, which has been closed for repairs for over one year, has been filled with water, so it may be opened as early as the end of this week (Fri., July 11).
What may hold the opening up, cautions Darrel Ramsey, the Rec Center's Managing Director, is the arrival of the needed clorine, plus the inspection of the Health Dept. agents. But, the life guards have been hired and are ready to go to work, he adds.
Pool hours will be 11:30 a.m.-to-6 p.m. daily, and this summer the admission fee will be waived, due to the Rec Center's appreciation of the community's patience in awaiting its repair and re-opening.
Pool Parties can still be scheduled from 6 p.m.-to-8 p.m., he adds, although a fee could apply to these social functions.
"We're aware that local people and especially youngsters want to use the pool, so we're trying our best to get it fully operational," Mr. Ramsey re-emphasizes.
FRN Meeting rescheduled for July 16
The Gilmer County FRN Board of Directors' meeting scheduled for Wed., July 9th at 4 p.m. is rescheduled for next Wed., July 16 at 4 p.m. at the FRN office on Main Street. The public is encouraged to attend. Please contact us at 304.462.7545 with questions.
New event: 'Movie Night in City Square'
Frozen in the Park, a community movie night in City Square downtown Glenville, will take place on next Sat., July 19, estimated starting time is 8:30 p.m., weather permitting. Organizers will be showing Frozen. Bring a blanket and enjoy the movie! They ask for donations of non-perishable food items to be donated to the CRI's Food Pantry.
All invited to 'Business After 5 PM' July 24
Dawna Smith, owner of the Freedom Home Structures at Glenville's stoplight, will be sponsoring the July "Gilmer County Business After 5 P.M. Social Hour," starting at 5:30 p.m. on Thurs., July 24. It will take place on the Old Ford Garage lot, where her yard and camp structures sit.
What's new? Mrs. Smith is inviting all business owners, managers and employees on Main Street to come to this Business Social, and to tell the other business people about their businesses. "It's free publicity," she points out, plus an opportunity for everyone to get acquainted. Also, there's the chance for local businesses to network, since there is no Chamber of Commerce in this town. For more information, call Dave Corcoran, Sr., Coordinator of the Business After 5 Social Hour initiative, at 304-462-7309.
Back to School Bash to be held
Nat'l Night Out & History Joint mtg.
Two events of local interest coming up in August are the annual National Night Out in downtown Glenville, which is being sponsored by City Government, and the Joint Meeting of the Gilmer and Calhoun County Historical Societies.
On Tues., Aug. 5, the city of Glenville will join many other communities in the United States in sponsoring the "National Night Out," which is a fun-filled family evening with games, contests and dancing for the area's young people, as well as events in which the adults can participate. Generally, community clubs, organizations and businesses set up give-a-way booths with games or contests. For more information, or to sign up your organization for a booth, contact Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick or City Hall at 304-462-8040.
In another annual event, Gilmer County Historical Society members are invited to the Calhoun County Historical Society's History Center in the Old Stump Hotel for a meal and desserts, as well as a program. The meal will start at 5 p.m. on Thurs., Aug. 14, and the Calhoun members will supply the food, with the Gilmer members, the desserts. "This has been a popular joint event for several years and a lot of fun," states Gilmer's Historical Society President Dave Corcoran, Sr. For further information on what dessert to bring, contact Society Librarian Dot Frey at 304-462-4295.