West Virginia was the last one of the 50 states to report a case of the often deadly Coronavirus, Covid-19. Hence, we mountaineers have finally found a statistic that it's good to be last in ... and that we can be proud of. So, let's be the first in the nation to ward off its terrible attack!
And, on last Sat. night, Mar. 22, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice and WVU's Medical V-P Dr. Clay Marsh spoke out strongly on the subject of hunkering down with good hygiene and social distancing practices in order to keep the state's infection level under control. Although over 14,000 cases have been reported nationally, the mountain state has only 12 as of last Saturday. That's great, but we can't sit on our laurels.
For some time, Dr. Marsh has been warning West Virginians that owing to our aging population, we stand to be hit the hardest by the new virus, of which there is no immunization to prevent it from happening or instant cure. Also, we can't delay- our personal actions- in the hopes that it will blow over our counties and state. He advises us to stay at home, if possible, wash hands regularly, and don't be touching your face. According to the current nationwide spread of the virus, health analysts estimate that over 1.7 million people can die from it. Not a pretty prediction, and killing way more than the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918-19!
Governor Justice relates that he's in touch with all of the state's healthcare and emergency services officials, and he will continue to do so throughout this crisis. As to prevention, he has noted that he already cancelled state's high school basketball tourneys, other athletic events, the schools, places of crowds over 50, the Hatfield McCoy Trails, and restaurants, except for carry-outs. He rightly notes that this virus is a challenge, because 60 percent of the people are bearing down on it, but 40 percent aren't taking it seriously enough. But, Mr. Justice's estimates are, we editors suspect, about right, owing to the fact that we mountaineers consider ourselves to be “free.” On the other hand, it might be better for us to be “prudent” in our lifestyles rather than to be dead in our graves!
Another suggestion of the Governor is for healthcare and hospital workers, who are on the front lines of virus control, to not go home for fear of infecting their families. He suggests that they seek out low cost college housing or hotels for their overnight stays until the virus passes over us. In New York State, the healthcare and hospital workers, at least many of them, are exhausted, sick, and some have contracted the disease. We editors take it from his speech that this latter safety of health providers isn't mandatory yet, but it could be implemented, if conditions worsen.
In conclusion, the Governor and we editors certainly commend the efforts to contain this deadly pandemic virus by our state's doctors, nurses, other healthcare providers, firefighters, and emergency services personnel, along with all of the volunteers who are helping them. Kudos to these brave folks who are now being called into action, even here in Gilmer County at Minnie Hamilton Health System-Glenville Clinic!
David H. Corcoran, Sr., Publisher-Sr. Editor
(Editor's Note: The page 1 story about the Governor's updates on virus control are stated there. While many locals thought Mr. Justice's Statewide Chat didn't go far enough, maybe the Monday one does. DHC, Sr.)
Trump Watch ...
No. 76: The Covid-19 Pandemic
By now, all of you have been updated on President Donald Trump's handling of the Covid-19 Pandemic Crisis, and I thought- from the bottom of my heart- there would be something good to comment about his presidency about two months ago. Such good things bring joy to the hearts of our South Carolina subscribers (fine folks), much less to our Gilmer County “Trump 2020” ballcap wearers.
To the contrary, has it sunk in yet that due to Mr. Trump's apparent hatred of President Obama, that the former discontinued the latter's National Pandemic Task Force upon coming into office over three+ years ago? That was a shortsighted and- by the way- stupid decision to make. Why? Various types of epidemics spring up too frequently to predict what, why, and how to cure them.
In addition, Mr. Trump's constant news conferences on the subject lack real substance because he is NOT a physician. Any normal president would merely outline the problem and next let the physicians from the Center for Disease Control and other healthcare agencies explain the medical particulars. As it is, his comments have lacked any medical awareness, any breath of the pandemic, and any systematic line of statements. At one time, it's a bad thing to him, while at another interview, it's nothing to worry about?
Another troubling issue is when did the White House know that the virus was spreading around the world at a rapid pace? We editors mean: Did they keep it submerged in order to maintain their perceived “peace and harmony” at home in looking toward the 2020 election? We sincerely hope not, but the facts are stacked against the administration. The breadth and depth of the infections and deaths that struck in China last October, after it had been concealed there for months by the Communist regime should have been a wake-up call for Mr. Trump's chaotic White House lackeys. It apparently wasn't, so the nation suffers now!
The latest is the “foreign aid” package that Mr. Trump is offering to North Korea's Kim Jong Un in order to fight the virus. First off, Kim keeps on testing explosive rockets, even though Mr. Trump's deal with him said, “No more nuclear testing!” Why would we Americans want to help these hardshell communists when our Allies in Europe are suffering under the virus' savage cloud? If there's foreign aid to be given, why not to our friends, rather than enemies? This just doesn't make sense.
Although, then again, not much of what Mr. Trump conjures up makes sense! DHC, Sr.
Knowing too much about some things often gets your mind cluttered ... with no usefulness.
How many times do we need to be told to wash our hands, do social distancing, stay at home, and telephone for all of your needed services. Although, it does open up a new venue for local small businesses- that being for carry-out and home delivery.
With all that being said, and the predominant national and international crisis being bad, what else is there to talk about? Well, this is a good time for planning (via phone/internet) for local organizations, social clubs, churches, schools, governmental bodies, and Glenville State College officials! The time now being there and available for picturing how the future of the county can be improved. We editors would like to believe for the positive, and not for any individual or group's aggrandizement!
Local businesses ahead
I suspect that this is the first time that Gilmer County and other rural West Virginians have had to think about making their purchases within their counties rather than packing the family into the car and speeding off to metro malls. This is especially true for groceries, eating-out, and other available in the county goods and services.
Moreover, it might be the right time for these small businesses to advertise their hours and services in our newspaper's Classified Ad Section; it's cheap and effective. And, there I go tooting my horn again, but this newspaper is hurting as much from this economic slowdown as any other local small business. Just call Pat, our Classified Ad Manager, at 304-462-7309 for details.
In addition, now might be the right time to order your Subscription to the paper of your choice- The Glenville Pathfinder (GOP inclined) and The Glenville Democrat (Democrat Party leaning)- and it will be delivered to your mailbox.
Also, this viral respite from ordinary life and sometimes work, can also benefit our political candidates, in that they have the time to reach out to the voting public in our paper in place of knocking on doors and shaking hands (which should be avoided), in order not to get either the flu or deadly Covid-19. There I go again, mentioning that awful new dictionary word! Shame on me! Haha!
Indeed, our local newspapers are a great medium to know what's going on in this area and keeping with your pledge to “social distance!”
Just call Sara, our Circulation Manager, at 304-462-7309 for details.
Or, if you want to speak with Dave Corcoran, Jr., Myra Chico, or me, we can help you, too.
We greet you warmly and with full heart by this newspaper.
Gilmer Public Library Update
Librarian Lisa Hayes-Minney, a golden find for our local public library, writes her many friends that great progress is in the offing there. Plans are for a shade patio, seed bank, and activity building, a very ambitious but futurist vision for the facility. With that kind of advancement, Gilmer and the surrounding area people will be well-served.
Facts to back up the need: Enriching the area's educational and cultural life by providing free books, local access to books, movies, computer and internet usage, and programming. Regularly open, the library provides access to 27,000 books, 3,500 movies, 10 public access computers, children's tablets, research assistance, and fax and copy services. Plus, much more is provided through its computer generated offerings.
Folk Festival 2020
My thoughts this week have been on the 2020 Folk Festival and if it, too, will have to be delayed?
Gilmer and Mason counties have already chosen excellent Pioneer Belles for this year's gala event. Jeanie Gordon Matheny is our Gilmer Belle and Janelle Erwin, Mason County's. Both have drawn high praises, so congratulations to them!
Talking about Mason County with Pt. Pleasant as its county seat, PBS-TV aired a special on it last Saturday night. It was quit dynamic, in that it followed the area's history from its discovery at the mouth of the Kanawha River into the Great Ohio ... on up-to-date. George Washington had surveyed it before the French & Indian War of the 1750s-60s. It also suffered the Battle of Pt. Pleasant, which is called by West Virginians, the first Battle of the Revolution. American troops defeated the British and their Native troops. Chief Cornstalk is now buried at the reconstructed fort there. Then, Gen. George Rogers Clark went through the area on his way to winning the West for the Patriots during the American Revolution.
In the Civil War, and like “Gilmer's Rifles,” a sizable group of Mason men volunteered for Confederate service, under the command of soon to be Gen. John McCausland. After the war, he escaped with his life to live abroad for several years before returning to his family farm in Mason County.
The TV documentary then outlined the current life of his descendants in trying to keep the family's farm afloat. A small farm compared with those in the Mid-West, they are trying everything to keep it alive and profitable. Also, they are restoring the General's once very fine home, which majestically overlooks his early tobacco plantation, now converted to supplying Farmers Markets, in part, throughout that region. Kudos to these brave entrepreneurs in agriculture!
Ironically, on Sunday, I received a note from Mrs. April Pyles, the Mason Belle of 2016, who provided the name of Janelle Erwan as their county's newest Belle. Indeed, that county's Belles of the Past stay very involved with the Folk Festival, one year having four of them to return to ride in the Sat. Parade. This, I surmise, is all a part of what I expressed before, in that the Mason countians really treasure their rich historic heritage, even the Mothman sighting, which is a real money-maker there.
April mentions that conditions there, via the virus crisis, is about the same as elsewhere in the state. She was disappointed with Governor Jim Justice's Sat. night “Covid-19” speech to the state's residents because he didn't take any further action than to talk. Agreed, it was a whole lot of hot wind, signifying nothing but that he agrees with the federal guidelines for fighting it. He didn't mention any relief action for the state's healthcare providers, primarily doctors, nurses, aids, hospitals, clinics, or other medical personnel, all of whom may be severely impacted by the pandemic.
One action he could take is to “deputize” all of the state medical and osteopathic junior and senior students to go to specified locations in the state to aid licensed practitioners. All of them will be licensed within two years and during their last two years, they go on clinical rotations anyway. Why not send them to help out in this state until the virus' reach has been stymied and put under control. As of this writing Sunday evening, 12 cases have appeared in the Mountain State, 19 as of Tuesday. This is just an idea for Governor Justice for “if” the conditions worsen, may God forbid!
Nevertheless, thanks for updating me on Mason County and its Pioneer Belles spirit, dear April Pyles!
Other Covid-19 mail
Gary Rogers, an old friend from Georgetown, DE, sent me a photograph from the Delaware State News, showing the marquee at the historic Clayton Theatre in Dagsboro, DE. It stated:
OUT OF TOILET PAPER
I thought that you all would get a laugh out of that bit of Covid-19 humor.
Moreover, we'll accept other such quips for future issues.
By the way, the Clayton Theatre looks well kept up and still in business. It was built in the late 1940s, and you senior subscribers will like its first movie, “One Touch of Venus,” starring Ava Gardner.
Thanks to Gary and wife, Iva, who always make our days much brighter! Keep well, kind couple!
Putnams of Shock
Another kind person, John Putnam, of Shock and the Putnam Family Bluegrass Band, sent me a note about the achievements of his two sons, Isaac, a member of the GSC Bluegrass Band, and his younger brother, Andrew, who has been selected for the WV Governor's School for the Arts- a prestigious achievement, indeed.
These studious young men should make for a good feature story, thanks to their father, John, a GCHS teacher!
First things first
Easter Egg Hunt?
At the outset of this column, I should have lamented that we, at the Glenville Newspapers, have had to postpone our community's Annual Easter Egg Hunt. That sort of bummed us out to make that decision, but the Rec Center made it for us. They've cancelled all large gatherings there, due to Covid-19.
In retrospect, this Senior Editor would not like to think that we sponsored an event that actually hurt some of our area's children, rather than cheering them up and benefiting them. I hope that you parents will agree with our reasoning. We'll sponsor it, with the help of dozens of already committed and fine local businesses, organizations, and individuals as soon as we can without endangering either the kids or their families.
It got us all
A local paper
Mrs. C. E. Talbott, of Leading Creek, sent us a fascinating Bicentennial Edition of the Glenville Democrat. She was so kind to do this because we don't have editions of the papers before 1995 when I bought them from the late Bob Arnold. He had told me that all of the old files were destroyed in the epic Flood of 1985. Nevertheless, GSC's Robert Kidd Library has all of the editions on either microfilm or digital. So anyone needing to research their family's history in the county have this option to discover more facts about them (No “Fake News”).
So thanks, kind Mrs. Talbott for thinking of us and stay healthy and happy!
On the Ides!!!
Thinking of last week's Corcoran Column, it now appears that not only I needed to heed the 44 BC, warning to Roman Emperor Julius Caesar (“Beware of the Ides of March”), but also all the rest of America with the Covid-19 coming to a head!
Have a great week at home ... alone ... or with family, nice folks and be as kind to others as possible if you see anybody else in need or distress. Help out if you can! Meanwhile, let us all keep clean and healthy to defeat this scary virus!
As you read this Thanksgiving Day Edition of our Glenville newspaper, we editors hope that you have already enjoyed a sumptuous and delicious meal with big turkeys or hams, have had many cheerful conversations, and have reconnected with your families or friends. Each family has its own traditions relative to this traditional celebration and holiday. And, since it always falls on a Thursday, even us editors and our staff have the day off. For other holidays, we may not have days off, due to our printing deadline schedules.
(Note: On that latter deadline issue, we'll alert you to these updates during this Holiday Season.)
As for our staff, we had a great Thanksgiving luncheon early- that being on last Fri., Nov. 22, when we all could gather without work schedule agitation. The ladies made up some pretty powerful and delicious desserts, of which this Sr. Editor has delighted in. We had wanted to stay away from turkey or ham, in that there are so many of those dinners, for which we could attend around the county. For example, kudos to the Cedarville Community Association for, once again, offering a splendid combined Thanksgiving/Hunters/Homecoming Dinner on last Sun. evening, Nov. 24. A great way to greet Homecoming family and out-of-county hunters at the splendid Cedar Creek State Park's Activities Building.
Then, on Thanksgiving Day itself, a Community Dinner is being sponsored by the kindly members of the New Found Freedom Baptist Church. This annual feast will take place from 2-to-4 p.m. on this Thurs., Nov. 28 at the Glenville Presbyterian Church, which has the kitchen facilities that Pastor Lloyd Stewart, his family and friends need to pull off this holiday gathering. These community-style dinners are especially appreciated by residents who don't have family to celebrate with, visitors to the county who'd like a traditional meal on that holiday (as most of the local restaurants are closed), and families who can't get all the meats and trimmings together fast enough to enjoy the holiday itself.
Also, countless Gilmer County and West Virginia residents invite their neighbors, singles, or seniors living alone to their special holiday dinner. Kudos to them!
Yes, we editors admire all of the families who open up their hearts and homes to those who may be needing that festive boost or to celebrate with those they love.
We truly hope that all West Virginians have found such a place of contentment on this Thanksgiving Day. Our heartfelt wishes for you to enjoy yours! David H. Corcoran, Sr., Publisher-Sr. Editor
Preparing for ...
The Christmas Season!
Planning for a splendid Christmas Season and Happy New Year for 2020 are already underway in Gilmer County ... and to the benefit of our residents and visitors. But, to make special events take place in any community, it does take planning, effort, and volunteering! Only then will holiday events happen without glitches, disasters, or tears.
So, kudos to the Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Dept. for, once again, sponsoring its gala Christmas Parade, which is to take place at 5 p.m. on next Sat., Dec. 7 in downtown Glenville. This event is always highlighted by Santa Claus' appearance, riding atop a fire truck and waving to the kids and families on the sidewalks. He's then available at City Square Park's Gazebo for photographs and seasonal greetings to the children who are brave enough to go sit on his knee. He's truly the “jolly ole fellow” you see in the movies. Indeed, we're most fortunate to have him and the Volunteer Fire Dept. here in West Virginia. To volunteer in some small way, to sign on to the colorful parade, or to donate to the cause, just call Fire Chief Martin Hess at 304-804-2008 or 304-904-8786.
Additionally to this event, the Angel Tree Project is going on to provide gifts to needy children. The local churches are involved in this, sponsoring gifts to those kids. Talk with your pastor or youth minister to find out more because many children this winter are in need, so we understand.
Also, if the above isn't an option for you, perhaps donating food is. In fact, Glenville McDonalds is collecting nonperishable food for Gilmer families this holiday season. Please drop off food donations during store hours.
Hence, kudos to all those making this season joyful for others! DHC,
In looking ahead at Christmas, I'm wondering how “jolly” it will be for me?
Not getting off to a good start, your trusty Sr. Editor has already been “deposed” as the Gilmer County Historical Society's vice-president. The Society's most recent newsletter informed me of the recent membership's decision, at which I looked with disbelief- not anger- they might have been in the right.
Oh well, it's not the first time I've been fired, but the for time for, I suspect- laziness? (You get that way when you grow older, haha. Yes, “nap time” is now one of my pleasures in life, aside with an editor's frolicking.)
I don't blame the Society's high-ups for their action because, in fact, I'd been open to the idea of stepping aside to let some new, younger leader step forward. And, I think Society President Steve Ostaff- as a kindly gentleman- is open to the same idea.
My time there was sort of numbered anyway, because the current leadership wants to let up on historical programs at our monthly meetings. Just ironically, I was in charge of those programs, of which we had some really interesting ones in past years. Not at our recent meetings, though. We did have a few somewhat exciting ones at the 2019 WV State Folk Festival, though, including a Genealogy Workshop by member Becky Oppe, of Parkersburg, and two Ghost Tales Open Mic Nights by myself and other attendees. The highlight, however, was a “Hank Williams, Sr.” review and memorial by Glenville State College's Dr. Jason Barr, now the Music Dept.'s Chair. Much interesting stuff in his talk for us Hank Williams, Sr. fans! In fact, Dr. Barr has always presented interesting musical programs to the society over the past several years, many on his favorite jazz genre. I didn't know that there were numerous Jazz Bands in WV in the early 20th century until I heard him speak of their popularity.
Also, the society was one of the hosts, along with the City of Glenville's Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick, for the Veterans Parade & Program the Saturday before Veterans Day itself earlier this month.
Now, in my “Swan Song,” I can take credit for getting the Historical Society the new “Gilmer Rifles” Historic Marker from the State's Division of Culture & History, which now graces the outside of the Historic Holt House Museum. When State Historian Dr. Joe Geiger called me about the marker, he asked where it should go? It could have gone at our historic Courthouse, or near the other Civil War markers at Glenville State College, or- if I was selfish- at this newspaper office, where the oldest home in Glenville, a log cabin, once stood. But, I said, “The Historical Society to give it another reason for tourism visits.”
In addition, I couldn't have found a better speaker to dedicate it than in former U.S. Army Ranger and retired State Police Commander Jeff Miller, a resident on SR 5 West. He gave a very well-researched, informational, and eloquent speech about the “Gilmer Rifles” who fought bravely and brought back honor to our county.
No doubt many of them spent the rest of their lives farming, running businesses, raising their families here, and doing the county proud. This is something to think about as you read this new Historic Marker to your children. Veterans, as Jeff Miller at the dedication and Dr. Gary Morris at the inside program, are among the staunch advocates for our Gilmer County's progress. And, the county's Volunteer Fire Dept. and American Legion Post #33 of Weston added much zest to this year's Centennial of the Veterans Day holiday. It was a great day which all of our local Veterans could enjoy being honored at. I hope we'll all be back for the 125th Anniversary of Veterans Day, giving us something to shoot for!
In the main, I believe that the Historical Society will be able to advance without me, so I leave it with good will, but with a heavy heart, especially remembering the super efforts of Hunter Armentrout, Marion Reed, Gary Coberly, and others to make it click.
* Thanks to Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick and City Council for making parking free for downtown Glenville in December.
* Some of the commercial opportunities here and elsewhere are noted in this issue of our newspaper, notably on the “Winter Wonderland of Savings” page.
* Log Cabin Crafts in Letter Gap has many handmade Christmas craft items that the Furr family works on all year long on for this gala time of the year: Yuletide. Visit them to see the colorful selection on this Sat., Nov. 30.
* Talking about handicrafts, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on next Sat., Dec. 7, the “Christmas Crafts Show in the Glen” will occur at the Rec Center. And, from 30-to-40 crafters are there to show off their, at times novel creations. Last year, I bought a handpainted "Guardian Angel" from Joyce Greenlief there, plus other items for my family and friends. Good stuff, there too!
* The Historical Society will also be a crafters delight, mainly on Wednesdays during December. Check out these items, too!
Yes, the holidays in Gilmer County are festive. Moreover, it's easier shopping close to home than traveling to the distant big cities. Truly, look for the festive happenings right here at home and on our newspaper's “Winter Wonderland” page!.
A final note for all of you readers and advertisers to have a splendid holiday season from us editors!
With the annual Deer Season, once again, here, we editors and Gilmer Countians take this opportunity to say, "Welcome, hunters, to our county!"
We wish you all well in your hunts, a time of vacation for most of you, and a respite from your daily working/career/retirement routines. For others, it is a good reason to return to your home county of Gilmer in order to partake of your family's delicious Thanksgiving seasonal dinners. Then again, some of you may be here just for the good hunting and the comradeship with fellow hunters and friends. Nevertheless, whatever the reason you're here in Gilmer County, we warmly welcome you, and invite you to eat in our local restaurants, to shop in our area's stores, to transact any business that's been pending for you here at the Courthouse or elsewhere locally, and to enjoy the beautiful scenery which draws many people back here, year after year.
But, most of all, be careful and mindful of the safety rules and protocols that apply to hunting! (Already this season, a young man fell from his tree stand, sustaining fairly serious injuries.) We don't want any of you to become the victim of any such accidents or an unintentional shooting. The past several seasons have been safe ones, so we'd like to keep it that way. Also, be considerate by being sure to get the permission of the property owners before hunting in their forests and fields.
Finally, don't litter here; pack your garbage out and dispose of it properly! We Gilmer folks truly value our county and state's beauty! In fact, Glenville Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick has made it a priority in his administration to keep the city clean of litter and unsightly front yards, so we, here, hope that you'll appreciate our care to keep our house clean for your pleasure, safety, and good health. Hence, we hope that you'll do the same for those who follow you through our “hills 'an' hollers!”
In conclusion, good luck, good hunting, and Happy Thanksgiving Week! David H. Corcoran, Sr., Publisher-Sr. Editor
Gilmer County's Volunteer Fire Dept. is sponsoring 2019's Christmas parade
At 5 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 7- rapidly approaching, the Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department and its active Auxiliary Group will sponsor their Annual Christmas Parade in Downtown Glenville, featuring a visit from “Santa Claus.”
Yes, our Gilmer County firefighters, their families, and volunteer friends have impressed Santa Claus so much over the past 13-14 years that he takes the day off to visit Glenville for the celebration and to give much joyfulness to the area's children and their families.
And, yes, if you want to volunteer to help out in this countywide children's event- either you personally or your organization- the Fire Dept. welcomes you. They need dedicated volunteers for this time-consuming and working event on Christmas Parade Day. Generally, newcomers, youth and church groups, and others come out to help bring all of the community together, thereby making it, once again, a splendid Christmas Parade as it has been for the past decade-plus!
My, time does pass fast, because it seems like just yesterday that the Fire Dept. and its then Ladies Auxiliary picked up the Christmas Parade, after it lay dormant for a year or two. At that time, now Fire Chief Martin Hess affirmed, “We need this Christmas Parade for the sake of the area's kids; they look forward to it, especially seeing Santa Claus.” How right Mr. Hess was.
Most impressively, every year the Fire Dept. has sponsored it, the Yuletide lineup has grown longer and larger. It started off small, but as Mr. Hess predicted, “Wait and see, for it will grow every year to be more impressive!” And, his foresight was, indeed, accurate.
He is just thankful for not only all of the firefighters and their support group's commitment and helpfulness, but also that of this entire Gilmer County community. “We all work together for our community and children's benefit,” he was quoted as saying some years ago.
Had the firefighting group not been so community-minded, there would be no Christmas Parade! Sadly, 20 years ago and before, the downtown merchants originally sponsored the event, but they ultimately retired or went out-of-business. Then, the Junior Women of Glenville tried it out for a couple of years, but they were hampered with terrible snowy or rainy weather, both of which held down the crowds and disheartened these fine ladies. Their membership later had to give up on it, but they now come out to provide hot drinks for the attendees. Good show, local ladies! When the Fire Dept. started it up again, all of these former sponsors applauded them for their leadership and community-mindedness.
It's worth the trouble because the Christmas Parade each year brings joy to the eyes of the children and warmth to the hearts of their parents, grandparents or guardians, who are photographing their little ones, right and left. For this reason alone, the firefighters, their ladies and other volunteers deserve our most sincere THANKS! Keep up the good work, kind people of the Gilmer County fire stations!
As stated last week, an intrigue facet of American democracy is to let our citizens know ahead of the elections what the views of political hopefuls are. It's more difficult on the local level to learn the candidates' beliefs because many think that they've won their party's nomination, so they don't have to present, propound, and publicize their platforms, if they even have them. Maybe their friends will “carry the day” for them, but unless they advertise their candidacies, they can't reach the wide spectrum of voters in this or any other county in the USA.
In national presidential elections, the above is even more demanding, for in order to win, they must advertise! The United States of America is a gigantic country from sea to shining sea, with many different cultures therein. To reach these many different constituencies, a presidential candidate must reach out to enlist their support. They talk to small town groups wherever they are, attend dinners and flip steaks in Iowa preliminaries to their party caucuses, brave cold snowy weather in New Hampshire's Primary, and, then, head into South Carolina for a second primary. After these and a few other primaries to follow, there will be an outstanding Democratic presidential candidate to carry the party's banner into their convention next summer.
Last week touching on the strengths of the three frontrunners of former V-P Joe Biden, and U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (Independent-VT), we editors now turn to the other candidates on the Houston stage of three weeks past. Most of these hopefuls poll from 1-to-10 percent in the contest, so far. We editors prefer former Congressman Beto O'Rourke (D-TX), because he's a proven vote-getter in a solidly Red State-Texas. In last year's U.S. Senate race, he contested the powerful Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who had run for president in 2016 against the winning Donald Trump in those primaries. Cruz is a formidable foe, especially among evangelicals. Nevertheless, with Mr. O'Rourke's sincere demeanor and boots on the ground campaign style, driving and speaking in all of Texas 100+ counties, he won over the people's hearts, many of whom would have ordinarily voted Republican in that race. Moreover, Beto can do the same in a nationwide presidential race, maybe even re-creating FDR and Harry Truman's popular Whistle Stop Railroad Campaigns of times past.
Next up, there is Pete Buttigieg (D-Ind.), mayor of South Bend, Indiana, a Mid-Western Rust Belt city which is making a comeback. He recently got the endorsement of 60 of the nation's mayors and seems to have the enthusiasm of the country's gays- a growing group- for good or bad. Of course, Americans are not “politically correct” if they discriminate against any minority, and we editors will buy that, too. Nevertheless, he appears glib and stiff on the debate stage, although with his extensive education, he could easily “trump” Mr. Trump in a debate!
Next up is U.S. Sen. Corey Booker (D-NJ), who has won the hearts of many via his positions on eliminating inner city crime and poverty. As the former mayor of Newark, N.J., he is well-spoken and persuasive on urban issues. He stands out for his stout defence of city dwellers who are attempting to create formulas for more peaceful neighborhoods, among other issues.
In talking about urban affairs, though, the Honorable Julio Castro (D-TX), as the former Secretary of Urban Affairs in Mr. Obama's Administration, also takes a main seat. His candidacy, however, appeared to sputter when attacking V-P Joseph Biden on the age issue. Mr. Castro apparently thought that the V-P had forgotten what he'd previously said which he hadn't. A Castro gaff!
In these Democratic debates, it's dangerous to play the “Age Card,” because all three frontrunners- Biden, Warren, and Sanders- are all over 70, as is Republican Trump. Hence, that's not a good strategy for differentiating candidates. In the 1980s, the G.O.P.'s Ronald Reagan was well over 70 when he won the second term as president, and, moreover, he got confused many times when talking to reporters, as well.
Quiet but likeable, Andrew Yang (D-CA), another Democratic candidate, takes his campaign back to the 1930s promises of U.S. Sen. Huey Long (D-LA) of “Every man a King.” Then, Long ran against President Franklin Roosevelt with the platform that every family would get $5,000 per year from Uncle Sam. Updating that economic theory, Mr. Yang, a savvy High Tech entrepreneur/businessman, has upped that amount to $1,000 per month per person (18 year olds and over). Sounds good, as young people could finance their college or technical educations, pay off their student loans, get started in a business with less risk, buy a home, etc. Of course, older Americans could then afford to have “the good life,” without financial worries. The one problem that I foresee is that like Mr. Trump, another businessman, he knows very little about the administration and operations of the vast federal government. (Owing to Mr. Trump's record so far, and that of West Virginia Governor Jim Justices', both lining their pockets with taxpayer dollars spent at their luxury hotels and resorts, I remain leery of untested business persons in public office!)
Lastly are the very persuasive Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) who were both prosecuting attorneys in their respective states. They advocate good, salient points, but their abilities as newcomer U.S. Senators have yet to be tested. Sen. Harris would certainly be the better debater against Mr. Trump, but the question is: “Could she withstand his acid attacks without buckling?” The same question, but moreso to the meeker Sen. Klobuchar! On the other hand, often times the events make the candidate stand out, like former Congressman Beto O'Rouke after the mass shootings in his hometown of El Paso and in the neighboring areas of Odessa and Midland. These tragedies have elevated his presidential campaign by “leaps and bounds.”
The next Democratic Debate will be in mid-October, so all good and fair-minded Americans, not just Democrats, should make it a priority to watch them because they will be arguing both Democratic and Republican politics. We all will face these same issues when stepping into the polling booths within the next several months. An informed voter is a good and patriotic American!
David H. Corcoran, Sr., Publisher-Editor
No. 69: What's what now???
For the past two months, this Sr. Editor has let down you “Trump Watchers!” We've only published about two, but our reason has been like with you perhaps- we're very confused with what he's been doing.
On one day he attacks the Federal Reserve Bank (the Fed) for upping the federal funds/interest rates, then the Fed's chairman, next threatening to expand the wars in the Middle East, retreating to just sending troops to protect Saudi Arabia (where the majority of 9/1/2001 culprits came from), also to fallaciously stating he helped 9/11 victims, then too calling an international meeting with the Afghanistan terrorist leaders at the revered Camp David (that no one seemed to know about), and, the latest, drawing Ukraine into our internal politics by asking them for “smut” on Joe Biden's son, Hunter, who does business there. Frighteningly, all of the above is being announced by Presidential “Tweet,” not by well-reasoned White Papers that other presidents have used for explanations since the Republic's beginning. Oh, my!!! DHC, Sr.
For the past couple of weeks, I've noticed a lot of students just milling around at Goodwin Hall and the Mollohan Campus Community Center, but without much activity going on in town.
Of course, Glenville isn't Pittsburgh, Charleston, Cincinnati, or St. Louis where students have a beaucoup of museums, parks, zoos, theatrical and musical performances, and other similar activities to occupy their interests and studies on the weekends.
A musical town
In the main, though and to the contrary, I've been impressed with Glenville in recent weeks on the number of activities that are going on toward the week's endings. For instance, on last Thurs. evening, Sept. 19, the gala 1st Anniversary of Glenville State College's Pioneer Stage put much life into this community. Ringing out were Bluegrass music by community/college musicians, old-fashioned Hoedown Square Dancing, and much perhaps Appalachian food to growl in one's stomach- all of this was happening and keeping life alive for both the GSC students and area residents.
In fact, on each Thursday evening 6-to-9 p.m., the community's musicians are invited to come down to the Pioneer Stage and jam. This facility is the GSC Bluegrass Dept.'s headquarters now.
So, kudos to Glenville State College in its initiatives to bring the institution closer to the community!
Also, on last Fri. evening, Sept. 20, the talented Nikki Renay English gave her spirited Senior Concert on the flute. She was well pleased by the large turnout of students and locals. And, such a nice young lady deserved that, as she's working her way through college as a part-time server at Tudors Biscuit World. Hence, good luck in your student teaching, Nikki!
The Theater is NOW!
Then, starting at 7 p.m. on this Thurs.-Sat., Sept. 26-28, the GSC Theater students will perform a fantasy play entitled: “She Kills Monsters,” which revolves around Dungeons & Dragons gaming players. It's an addictive game, of which some parents may want to see before letting their preteens and teens jump into it. This play came too late for this Sr. Editor, as his kids jumped into it, for good or ill, in years past. I know that good Son No. 1, Dave Jr., would stay up all night writing the D & D magazine articles, sending them into their contests, but receiving no responses. I suspect that his ideas were later used in the Wisconsin publishing company's magazines for everyone to use. One never knows about this type of contest???
Back to the GSC play: The Drama Dept.'s performances, under the seasoned and devoted Professor Dennis Wemm, are always excellent and the low admission's cost makes them even more attractive.
Another unusual event, always in Glenville, is one of the annual Conferences of the W.Va. Trappers & Wild Root Association. There, at the Recreation Center, any history major can get a firsthand experience of what happened at a 17th century French Fur Trading Post. All of the pelts and roots, like ginseng, are brought in from this and several other surrounding states.
Additionally, they offer trapping classes, among other related subjects that trappers need to know relative to the laws and capture techniques. They also have a good time with a dance on Saturday evening. Nevertheless, any student of American history can see, firsthand, the pelts of various animals being brought in, how they are graded, then placed on racks, and, finally, sold to the highest bidders. The buyers come from everywhere, but primarily Russia, where thick winter garb is needed to combat the harsh snows and low temperatures.
If you have an allergy to animal smells, though, don't go to this type of Fur Rendezvous, as the trappers call them! The odor will overtake you.
New GSC President
On a side note, GSC's new Interim President Kathy Nelson and her husband, Mike, have spent quite a few years in the upper Great Lakes area when she was President of the Lake Superior College. In one of my brief conversations with her, I noted that I had camped out in the area north of Duluth, MN and had gone up to see Grand Marais and Grand Portage on the way to Thunder Bay, Canada. She said that the only way to Canada from their home was by boat. That must have been an interesting trip!
I had wanted to give her my one-hour History Lesson on the French Fur Trade (haha), but she was on her way to a meeting in Clarksburg (she was safe then from an old professor). On the other hand, I suspect that she's more interested in the Glenville State College's history, and I know who can give her that lesson!
Then again last Saturday, I spoke of this rugged lakeside region of Minnesota to the kindly attendees at that evening's Cedar Creek State Park public meeting. Superintendent Benny McCune is trying to do his best to advance the public offerings there. Moreover, with the enthusiastic crowd that met him there, a group of avid park advocates who are making progress in setting up a tax-exempt foundation to help finance some of those projects.
The Park's Mr. Retiree, Wayne Woodyard, got a standing ovation for his 40+ years of service there. That round of applause was well-deserved, too!
And, working all together on the on the State Park's upgrades, it will all come about! So, commendations to all of those who came out in support of the forthcoming Park Foundation and their love of a special place!
Moreover, for students at GSC and in Gilmer County, what better spot to study nature, to recreate, and to enjoy the outdoors. There are plenty of well-mapped walking trails full of adventure, great tennis courts for more exercise, great fishing and boating ponds for those desiring sports and romance, plus much more to see.
* Last weekend, I believe, there was a Flatwoods Monster Festival in Flatwoods, at Exit 69 on I-79. Even if a fest isn't happening, visitors can just ask anyone about the Flatwoods Monster and you'll probably get an earful.
According to a brochure picked up on the interstate, there's plenty to do in Braxton County. Kayaking on either the Little Kanawha or Elk rivers, boating or swimming at Sutton or Burnsville Dam areas, many back roads adventures, and fine dining at Cafe Cimino in Sutton and the Red Rooster in Gassaway- those in addition to many fast foods at the Flatwoods exit and strip mall.
The flier states, Discover everything: BraxtonWV.org! Yes, much is going on in our neighboring county.
* Another booklet picked up last weekend features the 66th Annual Hardy County Heritage Days, which has quite an extensive list of events from this Fri.-Sun., Sept. 27-29.
On Sat., they have two historical re-enactors portraying Underground RR go-between Harriett Tubman and an hour later, Stonewall Jackson. Plus, a nighttime movie, “Mary Poppins” in the Historic McCoy Theater.
Hardy County not only preserves it historic homes, but also shows them off during the Annual Heritage Days, all of them being open for the people to see. One of the cabins was built by one son of Henry “Lighthorse Harry” Lee, of Revolutionary War fame, who had another son named: General Robert E. Lee. Plus, all of the historic churches and barns are open, generally on Saturday. Additionally, community Yard Sales are going on throughout the county.
Hence, there's much variety in Hardy County, especially in historic sites that local leaders are taking advantage of. Wish this would be the case in Gilmer County, especially in making the Poor Farm a place of attraction and education!
Nevertheless, to see Hardy County's rich heritage, log onto the website under: www.heritageweekend.com
Other odds 'n' ends
* Note from a satisfied subscriber- “Love reading my Glenville News! Keep those great stories coming!” Our editorial appreciation for her kind words goes to Suzi Call Hauman, of Pittsburgh, and a former GSC cheerleader. Moreover, she's still leading the cheers for good ole Glenville State!
* The idled Country Life Health Store on North Lewis Street remains closed. David and Alice Myer, the owners, may want to sell it. Any buyers out there? Kudos to Debbie Greenlief Yeager and Lori Ross who have kept it open for regular customers for some time.
* No word yet from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) on their updates on Glenville State College's status. Two weeks ago the HLC team met with administrators, Board of Governors, faculty, students, and community members in order to check up on certain accrediting issues faced in 2016. Again, good luck to GSC, but the faculty, students and public will have to be informed of these gathered facts, so they can be confident in their current prospects.
* “Appalachian Alchemy” - Still not any updates or more information from No. 2 Son Patrick about his new business, “Appalachian Alchemy,” in Beckley. The ancients used alchemy a lot, so we'll have to find out what its 21st century application is. He also does Massage Therapy as a sideline in the Old United Bank Building across from the downtown Courthouse.
Best wishes for much success to Patrick and all of my creative and hardworking kids, too!
* Saw June Evans on Monday evening, former owner of the State Liquor Store, who asked about my daughter, Catherine Corcoran. She's doing well but needs to plan a longer visit to Glenville in order to see all of her friends who have asked about her. She just came in for a day for No. 1 Son, Dave, Jr. and Mary Kay Miller's wedding three weeks ago. By the way, Son Dave informed me that in my description of their wedding that I had gotten three things wrong. Well, now all of you newsmakers and readers know that I don't discriminate in my reporting and writing gaffs. Haha! To the good, he's taken the issues in his own hands and done a rewrite in this edition (to be seen right below here).
A final note: Have a great week and weekend! Also, thanks to all who have contacted us over the past week, for we value the input of you subscribers and advertisers!
Also, commendations to one of our State Senators, The Honorable Charles Clements, for sponsoring this week's GSC-PAC ad on the sports page. Have a great Interim Session, Charles!