The Canton Regional and Greater West Virginia Better Business Bureau offers tips and advice for Stark County consumers to avoid fraudulent practices. TODAYS TOPIC: Don’t Share These 5 Things on Facebook THE CONCERN: From vacation photos to wedding albums, interesting news articles to political discussions, Facebook is a wonderful tool we can use to share information and interact with friends, family, and acquaintances in one place. With over 1.39 billion active monthly users worldwide, that’s a lot of information. How much is too much to share? Even if you’ve carefully set your privacy settings (though nothing on Facebook is truly private), here are five things you should keep offline, from Komando.com via USA Today. On their own, each of these pieces of information isn’t necessarily bad, but add them up, and you could be a target for identity theft or stalking.
After considerable deliberation, Hospice Care Corporation has decided to close its Glenville Resale Shop, effective Tues., Mar. 31, 2015. During this time, all clothes, merchandise, fixtures and furniture will be sold. During the weeks through the end of March special pricing and sales have been planned. From now through Sat., Mar. 8, 2015, all clothes and merchandise will be 50% off. Additional markdowns and specials will occur through the remainder of March. Fixtures will be priced individually for sale. The resale shops were opened as a community service, allowing people to support Hospice’s nonprofit organization and mission by donating goods and volunteering their time. Each store’s performance is evaluated based upon its contributions, and staffed by volunteers. Recently, it has become difficult to manage all aspects of the shop required for its continued success. “Retail is not our core business. The Resale Shops were created as an extension of our mission to benefit our indigent patient fund. Our organization provides quality end-of-life care for the terminally ill – hospice care is the heart of what we do,” said Cynthia Woodyard, Vice President of Public Affairs and Access for the Hospice Care Corporation. This decision allows the nonprofit organization to focus full attention on the patients and the families served. The Burnsville office will continue to serve as a hub for clinical care in the southern counties of the firm’s service area. “We have proudly served Glenville and its surrounding communities for over seven years. It will be missed by us and those who supported it over the years. We understand the impact this decision has on members of our Hospice Care family and the Glenville community,” Mrs. Woodyard states. And, the firm remains extremely grateful for the dedication and commitment to the mission that our staff and volunteers have given over the years, she adds. Hospice Care Corporation, a 501 (c) (3), nonprofit organization, is dedicated to serving the terminally ill and their families’ individuals transitioning through life-limiting illness while providing outreach, education and expertise in grief support to the entire community. Hospice Care Corporation has served 12 counties in West Virginia since 1983. It is owned by the communities it serves in North Central West Virginia.
While students may be enjoying the many snow days they have received recently, most parents are concerned with how long their children will be going to school this spring and if they will still be able to take that vacation that is usually planned for Spring Break scheduled this year for April 6-10. Upon talking with Superintendent Gabe Devono, his proposal to the Board of Education will be to NOT take Spring Break from the students to make up snow days. He says, “I think that is a break everyone needs in the middle of the semester.” While his proposal is just a recommendation, the BOE will make the final decision on the matter. Because Superintendent Devono does not want to take Spring Break away, there will be some changes to the school calendar made in order to actually achieve the 180 instructional days that are mandated for each year. When designing the calendar for the 2014-15 school year, officials built in six OS days throughout March and April. These will be days that normally the students would have off, but in this case, will be used as makeup snow days. Because the students are on their 12th snow day of the school year, they will have to use each of the OS days, including one on Good Friday, and, then, begin to tack days on to the end of the regular school year, scheduled for June 5. If no more snow days are called, the students’ last day of school will be June 15. By State law, the students can go the entire month of June in order to meet the 180 instructional days. Some parents are outraged with the number of snow days that have been called, while others are grateful that their children are safe at home rather than on the roads during inclement weather. “We don’t want our children out in the cold temperatures and on the slick roads,” Superintendent Devono affirmed. When trying to determine whether to call school off, he and Transportation Director Joe Frashure drove around Gilmer County, up back roads and places that the buses will have to travel, to determine if they are safe. The two, then, discussed the conditions with each other and will consult the upcoming weather forecasts before calling a snow day. The two attempt to call it early enough, as to give parents time to make arrangements for their children if need be, but not so early that the roadway conditions clear and the children miss an unnecessary day of school. The cold temperatures not only affect the children, but they ware on the buses, as well. If the temperatures are too cold, the buses will not run properly, posing another hazard to the children who are riding. The Board of Education is asking for the parents’ opinions on next year’s school calendar. There will be a meeting held this evening, Thurs., Feb. 26 that is open for everyone to attend regarding the school calendar and the changes that parents would like to see for the next school year. The meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. at Gilmer County High School. If you have thoughts, concerns, or opinions on the upcoming calendar, make sure to attend this meeting.
From the desk of Executive Director Jessica Greenlief
With spring peaking around the corner, many of us are preparing for the opening of doors and windows to air out our homes. The elusive spring cleaning is a commonality in many households. When cleaning out our medicine cabinets, we may find partially used prescriptions or over the counter vitamins. Then the question arises … how do I dispose of this unused medication? Community members are able to bring any unused prescription medications and safely deposit them in the prescription drug drop box located in the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Department. Prior to bringing in any unused medication, it is suggested the individual secures the medication in a ziplock bag or in as few containers as possible. When you visit the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Department, simply deposit your medicine in the white drop-box. What kind of medications can we put in the prescription drug drop box? Acceptable medications for the drop box are: controlled substances, any prescription medication, over the counter medications, vitamins, inhaler cartridges, pet medications, pre-loaded syringes, or medicated ointments and lotions. Items that are not acceptable for the drop box include toothpaste, shampoo, sunscreen, peroxide, or other non-medicated personal care products, as well as empty or used needles and syringes. If you have any questions regarding the prescription drug drop box, please contact the Gilmer County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition at (304)462-7545, or the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Department at (304)462-7441. Access to the prescription drug drop box is available Monday thru Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Funded by a grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities.
By David H. Corcoran, Sr., Publisher-Editor Fund-raising is hard anyway, but when you have to do it in 15-degree weather — and a time when people don’t want to travel anyway — it’s doubly difficult. But, for the local volunteers working to find a cure for the debilitating Angelman Syndrome, not even Gilmer County’s harshest of winter chills could hold them down. In fact, several of the dozens of volunteers stood out at the windy Hays City intersection collecting the passersby’ contributions, in a well publicized bucket donation effort. Then, in the Senior Center next door, more volunteers prepared and served delicious Brown Beans & Cornbread and spaghetti meals for donations. Plus, they held a 50-50 drawing in true Gilmer County style. Crystal Minney Fassett, youngster Dakota Moore’s mother, stated with a smile, “This fund-raiser went very well, due to the assistance of all of the Minneys and our many friends.” Well, how is Dakota doing? "He's doing well; the best he can do," his mother said with a smile, quickly adding, "There's real hope, because they've (medical researchers) found a cure in the mind's model. They are running tests on it now." Dakota is now 8-years-old, but his mental capacity is only at the 3-year-old level, she informs with an air of sadness, noting that he's under the care of a neurologist in Charleston. He doesn't know that he has Angelman Syndrome, but he can walk, a physical skill that most with that ailment can't do, she explains. He also loves playing in water, with a ball and he's a happy child, she relays. His favorite TV shows are action ones. How well is Crystal herself doing? She doesn't work, because taking care of Dakota is a full-time job. "My family has given me a lot of support, and I don't know what I'd do without them," the Gilmer County native now Upshur County resident affirms. Her family's devotion showed up clearly, brightly and strongly at last Sunday's fund-raiser at the Senior Center and Hays City intersection. About five or six of her relatives stood out in the 15-degree cold, not counting the wind chill factor, to hold out buckets for the passing motorists to drop in donations. They did this act out of kindness, she says, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. She also mentioned that Buddy Minney, Denzil Huffman and David Minney stood out there the whole time. Then, inside the ladies of the family and family friends cooked up homemade dinners, with many sides. "Very delicious," Crystal emphasized. Continuing, she confided, "I'm just thankful for all of their help." The more than $1,200 that was raised will go to the Angelman research centers in Massachusetts and North Carolina, she says, noting that they had planned the fund-raiser for Sun., Feb. 15, because that is National Angelman Syndrome Awareness Day. "I want every penny to go toward finding a cure for this ailment," Dakota's mother states. In a previous news article, she stressed, "A cure is possible, because they know what is wrong. It's the lack of one gene — UBE3A is missing." She also relays that if Angelman Syndrome can be cured, it would open the door to cure other neurological disorders, such as autism and Alzheimer's Disease. Also, the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics was founded in 2008 and is working diligently to find a cure. According to its website cureangelman.org, it was first diagnosed by Dr. Harry Angelman in 1965. In addition to using this newspaper to publicize Sunday's event, Crystal worked up a "Team Dakota" Facebook page to get the word out. Dakota Moore could not be present for the event, due to the ailment. His mother is Crystal (Minney) and Greg (stepfather) Fassett and John and Maneriva (stepmother) Moore. Also, Dakota is the brother of three sisters: Laken, Kallie and Brianna. His paternal grandparents are Peggy Moore and the late Fred Moore. His maternal grandparents are Brenda Minney and Buddy and Debi Minney, and the late Kesslie Minney. If you missed this fund-raiser, but still want to give, checks can be written to: Calhoun Banks, Team Dakota, and, then, dropped off at any branch: Glenville, Grantsville or Arnoldsburg. Or, just test FAST to 52000 in order to donate $10.00. Finally, and to show the joyfulness of the Senior Center crowd by participating in this event, Kelly Radcliff won the 50-50 drawing, and donated her winnings back to the cure cause.
The U.S. Dept. of Education recently awarded a $21 million grant to the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission in order to better prepare high school students to be successful in college degree programs from the “get-go.” College officials all over the state have long complained that many of the state’s high school graduates aren’t adequately prepared for the basic math and English classes, among others, thereby causing them to be placed in remedial courses. This new Dept. of Education grant hopes to “Gear Up” these targeted students to be “aware and ready” to undertake these undergraduate classes without the necessity of taking the “bone-head” remedial classes first. The area counties in this program are Nicholas, Webster and Wirt. Also, Boone, Fayette, Mason, Mercer, Mingo, Summers and Wyoming are included — totalling 10 counties. As the Boy Scout motto advocates, “Be prepared!” These 10 Mountain State counties are fortunate, indeed, to have the federal government helping their high school students to achieve that college-ready goal. DHC, Sr.
With last week’s major derailment of a CSX train of tank cars at Mt. Carbon (Fayette County, near Montgomery), and the accompanying explosion of the oil cargo and subsequent evacuation of all area residents, it’s about time to adopt the Keystone Pipeline XL as a primary method of moving oil from the oil fields to the refineries. As of Sat., Feb. 21, CSX crews were still cleaning up the overturned and mangled oil cars, pumping their contents into safe containers for transport. Rte. 61 could handle only one lane of traffic, around the area of the explosion, of which no one was killed, fortunately. Saturday, the residents were allowed to return to their homes or stay in the emergency shelters. The EPA, company and other crews were also cleaning up the Kanawha River and a ditch prevented more oil from leaking into a nearby creek.
GSC students & faculty back to town!
Hi there, Glenville State College students and faculty, along with those in the area's public schools! If you're not excited and eager for the spring semester to begin, cheer up! It can't get too much colder than what we experienced early this week, always remembering that the warm spring breezes are right around the corner.
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.
Red Cross Bloodmobile here Mar. 10
The American Red Cross’ Bloodmobile will be coming to Glenville for one of its periodic blood collections from 1-to-6:30 p.m. on Tues., Mar. 10 downtown. Bring your donor card or you can get one there for first time donors. For further information, or to schedule a time, call 1-800-RedCross.