It should come as no surprise that Dr. Gary Morris, the current Acting Academic V-P/Provost at Glenville State College, has been named as the school's permanent academic leader. As a strong community, veterans, and academic advocate, he fulfills a purpose by pushing for the high educational standards that the school was once noted for. So, congrats Dr. Morris on your appointment and best wishes for moving the college ahead!
David H. Corcoran, Sr., Publisher-Sr. Editor
Pres. Trump lashes out at Joe
Under ordinary circumstances, but these aren't ordinary times, a president, who has been impeached would want to put it behind him and to attempt to heal the partisan wounds of the nation but not now. Indeed, it's “payback time” for Mr. Donald Trump.
Not one day since the U.S. Senate acquitted the president of “high crimes and misdemeanors” that our nation's head man and leader hasn't castigated one and all of his perceived opponents, even discharging the two White House officials who rightly answered their subpoenas and testified before the House of Representatives' Intelligence Committee. U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is right when he affirms that in the United States, nobody is “above the law,” although by Mr. Trump's acquittal, it appears that U.S. Presidents forevermore will be considered “above the law.”
As Senator Manchin says, in quoting his predecessor, the late Robert C. Byrd, Republicans and Democrats- and the President after an impeachment- “must come together to heal the open wounds, bind up the damaged trust, and, by our example, again unite our people. For the common good, we must now put aside the bitterness that has infected our nation.” Truer words were never spoken in a democracy! Senator Byrd was a brilliant scholar of not only the U.S. Senate, but also the Constitution.
This Senior Editor was particularly disturbed by President Trump's castigation of Senator Manchin because our Democratic U.S. Senator has worked so hard to meet a common ground with the president in order to advance the Mountain State. In fact, on many issues, our Senator has walked across the aisle to vote with the Republican majority when it would benefit our state's social and economic progress. Of course, he's always been a strong proponent of the Coal, Oil & Gas Industries, along with other West Virginia-based businesses and industries.
Hence, Joe should just let the President's ill-bred remarks about him drain off his back, just like “water off a duck's back!” These “pay backs” remind me of grade and high school antics, like when we were all students. If someone played a joke on us, we would reciprocate the embarrassment to them ASAP. You remember, but our President doesn't in taking the low road to his vindication for calling his hand in conspiring with the Ukraine to get political dope on his Democratic rival and in not adhering to the law relative to his staff answering subpoenas and appearing before Congress. He got away with these transgressions this time, but will his brand of lawless governing prevail in the long run?
It's now up to us voters to decide if we want to continue with democracy or if we desire a Monarchy!
David H. Corcoran, Sr., Publisher-Sr. Editor
From the WV Press Association & local editors
We Glenville editors hate to “talk shop” with you fine readers, but we think that you have a “right to know” how your personal lives and futures may be impacted by the current HB 4025 that is in the works at the State Legislature now. I know that many of you don't like the Legal Notices, but they are NEWS and there's some pretty interesting stuff in them. Please read on ...
The West Virginia House of Delegates is considering House Bill 4025, sponsored by Delegates Brandon Steele, R-Raleigh County, and Tony Paynter, R- Wyoming County, which would reduce the publication of legal ads for Public Notice in communities and counties across West Virginia in favor of placing this vital information on a government-owned website controlled by the state Auditor's Office. If this sounds like a little take on George Orwell's novel, 1984, yes, it is another step in that direction Ñ Keep the general public uninformed!
Currently, the West Virginia State Code requires the government, companies, corporations, and others to alert local residents of actions that would impact local lives. There are currently 346 such instances in West Virginia State Code.
Legal ads are required for issues from government financial statements, delinquent taxes, property sales and election ballots to changes in air quality permits, zoning changes, landfill permits, adoptions and public comment periods on environmental and other issues to advertisements for bids on local work. Truly, how would you like navigating the state's website to find the upcoming Primary Election Ballot for Gilmer County or the State's elective offices? If you are in any ways like this Glenville Senior Editor Dave Corcoran, Sr., you would find this journey into cyberspace daunting, if not impossible!
State code says residents are entitled to a Public Notice by a legal ad in their local newspaper. Depending on the issue, the notice is required to be published once, twice or three times to increase awareness.
HB 4025 would greatly reduce this public notice at no proven benefit to the people of West Virginia.
The State's Newspaper industry thinks the legislators and state officials pushing this legislation are dangerously wrong in thinking a document placed on a government website will be seen by or serve as Public Notice for West Virginians.
Read more in this week's issue- on stands now!
From the West Virginia Press Association:
The West Virginia House of Delegates is considering House Bill 4025, sponsored by Delegates Brandon Steele, R-Raleigh County, and Tony Paynter, R- Wyoming County, which would reduce the publication of legal ads for public notice in communities and counties across West Virginia in favor of placing this vital information on a government-owned website controlled by the state Auditor's office.
Currently West Virginia State Code requires the government, companies, corporations and others to alert local residents of actions that would impact local lives. There are currently 346 such instances in West Virginia State Code.
Legal ads are required for issues from changes in air quality permits, zoning changes, landfill permits, adoptions and public comment periods on environmental issues to advertisements for bids on local work, government financial statements, delinquent taxes, property sales and election ballots.
State code says residents are entitled to a public notice by a legal ad in their local newspaper. Depending on the issue, the notice is required to be published once, twice or three times to increase awareness.
HB 4025 would greatly reduce this public notice at no proven benefit to the people of West Virginia.
The West Virginia newspaper industry thinks the legislators and state officials pushing this legislation are dangerously wrong in thinking a document placed on a government website will be seen by or serve as public notice for West Virginians.
The negative impact of HB 4025 is real there are many reasons the public should notice:
No. 1- With a government website, residents would lose notice in their community about government and private organizations' plans that would impact their daily lives:
1 The bill would require all residents to frequently search online for legal ads. Many residents do not have access to a computer and high-speed internet.
2 Quality internet service is non-existent in several areas and unreliable in many others, especially in our rural counties. These counties rely on their community newspaper to keep them informed on vital happenings in their communities.
3 Many West Virginians- especially our aging population- would find online searching for legal advertisements too challenging.
4 The local newspaper is the most relevant and thorough source of news and information impacting communities in West Virginia.
5 Legal advertisements in local newspapers are published with related news items, drawing attention to the issue and allowing citizens to find important information affecting their lives and property.
No. 2- There is no evidence that HB 4025 would benefit local residents; in fact, the benefit is directed to attorneys, their private clients and state agencies:
1 The bill eliminates up to 66% of the cost for attorneys, companies and organizations now required by state law or a court to provide the public proper notice through publication of legal advertisements in their local newspaper.
2 There is no information on readership of a statewide website as compared to West Virginia newspaper websites, which attract millions of views each year.
3 HB 4025 ignores the fact the West Virginia newspaper industry has invested millions of dollars in creating and maintaining websites for their newspapers and already offers a free online legal advertisement website- wvlegals.com- for local residents.
No. 3 Ð HB 4025 has an apparent political element:
1 A sponsor comment indicates the benefit of this bill is to financially damage his local newspaper because of political differences.
2 HB 4025 could reduce the number of times an election ballot is published in the local community, giving incumbents an advantage over lesser know political challengers.
3 Some members of this legislature, while promoting “jobs, jobs, jobs” and granting tax credits, funding, special project funding and site preparation for numerous industries, are targeting a newspaper industry that provides a vital public service, supports economic development in all 55 counties and represents hundreds of jobs across the state.
No. 4 Ð While the sponsors talk of cost savings, most legal advertisements require a publication fee from the individuals involved or listed, meaning the cost of the legal ad is reimbursed by private parties, not funded with tax dollars:
1 The annual Delinquent Tax List requires each person or company to pay a publication fee to county government for the reminder published in the local newspaper.
2 Most counties in West Virginia actually gain tens of thousands of dollars in revenue to fund county services from those publications fees.
3 HB 4025 increases the size of state government and could move all of that revenue to state coffers and out of our counties.
4 This has happened to the counties before: When the Legislature moved “notices to redeem” from the counties to the State Auditor, state government got the publication fee revenue and also created an additional $25 handling fee for each notice that generated more than $5 million in 2018-19 that could have been county revenue
No. 5- With many regions of the state struggling economically and the Legislature suggesting major changes to the tax code and economic development efforts, this is not the time to reduce public notice for West Virginians:
1 There are 21 bills addressing policies for environmental regulations, water and air quality standards, oil and gas regulations, and public hearings this session.
2 There are 19 bills addressing consumer protection.
3 There are 13 bills repealing existing code statutes.
4 There are 14 bills on energy generate.
5 The state sold 187,208 individual tracts or lots for unpaid taxes in 2019
6 Governor Justice, in this 2018, State of the State, instructed the W.Va. Department of Environmental Protection for a plan to develop a system of man-made lakes in the state
7 This session legislators have mentioned creating the next Lake Norman- a North Carolina public works effort in the 1960s- in southern West Virginia.
8 Such actions would require use of eminent domain to take the land.
West Virginia legislators and residents should all oppose HB 4025.
The Tues., May 12th West Virginia Primary Election is about four months away now.
Most noteworthy, to hold a public office is to hold a public trust, so if you feel that an elective office is for you, let the general public know that you are trustworthy. One way of doing that- the easiest way, we editors might add Ñ is to display your credentials, honesty, and other big ideas you may have for Gilmer County in this newspaper. And, that is the best way to show the voting public that you are trustworthy.
Hence, it's now the right time for candidates to get their campaigns planned, and up and running for this May 14th Primary Election. Indeed, change is in the air, as much has happened since the 2018 General Election throughout the county, state, and national governments. You may fit in just fine, too!
So, if you can fix any of the many problems that have arisen, please step forward and let your potential voters know what these plans are. In that way, you may well win, and be enabled to serve the general citizenry in a position of authority, power, and trust.
One who seeks any elective office should always do so to be a good and effective public servant, and not one looking to aggrandize themselves with importance, wanting to stir up the political stew, or taking aim at their pre-election foes.
Since the time of Plato and Aristotle, great political philosophers, public service has been looked upon as a necessity for the body politic and society to move forward at any given time. Their pure view of politics and the goodness of humankind have been the bedrock of our American Constitutional system, among those of many other nations.
With all of that being said, it's difficult to run for any political office, because much personal effort, money, and time must be expended to win.
Most candidates think signs posted along the highways and streets provide them the name recognition they desire. On the other hand, what does this candidate stand for? How will he/she conduct the public's business and spend their money? And, who exactly is he or she? Signs can't answer these vital questions!
* To aid the candidates in the “Who is he or she” category, we editors, at this newspaper, offer each candidate one free mug shot and biographical sketch ... IF ... it is brought to us much before or by Fri., April 4- the issue of the next Thurs., Apr. 9th, or about one month before the election.
Mind you this is a free news service which we provide you, as a part of your campaigning and as a part of our public responsibility to inform them of you. It helps the general electorate to know who you are and how you're related to this county and state, as well as your educational credentials to hold that office you seek.
* Advertising, though, helps give a “Power Punch” to your campaign. Indeed, with it, you can focus on different aspects of your qualifying credentials. Example: One week you can explain why you're running for office; the next week, your business or academic attainments that set you off from the others in the field; finally, what you hope to accomplish, if elected. This latter point may take up two or three weeks of advertising.
Right now, there are fourteen (14) newspaper editions left before the Primary Election. It's, consequently, the time to plan out, to act, and to schedule your news biographical sketch and ads. If you need help, we editors will give it.
Note: The biography is only one (1) type or handwritten page on 8 1/2 to 11 inch paper or computer print out sheet (no smaller than 11 point type). Now, we editors and the people know you! Congrats!
By the way, our advertising rates are among the lowest in the state. Political ads are most economical here. And, that is to the candidate's best interest in advertising with us at the Glenville Newspapers. Indeed, your ad goes into two newspapers, The Democrat and The Pathfinder, for one and same low price. (By election laws, political advertising must be paid in advance, due to Candidates Financial Filings requirements.)
In general, ethics is knowing and doing the right thing, not following the wrong path. Although we realize that in some hotly-contested races, your ads will attack your opponent, rather then uplifting yourself, you must cite your sources for any negative advertising that you use. In the main, we editors canÕt print anything that we know to be untrue, so it is up to you to cite your sources to prove the allegations. These negative facts are typically in public or private documents for us to review.
In an ideal world, all campaigns would be determined on the Òhigh plain,Ó but this is not an ideal world anymore. Nevertheless, for the candidates, you must make your messages as simple, strong, and timely as possible to win the electorate over to your side.
Week before election
As in the past by this newspaperÕs high standards, and in that week prior to Election Day (when no other newspaper edition can be printed before May 12th), we editors can reject attacks on your opponent or work with you to make them printable, thereby avoiding libel and adhering to the ethics and campaign laws.
This is only fair play, and it has been our policy here for the 25 years that this Senior Editor has owned the newspapers, if not before. Indeed, play the political game hard, but play it fair, too!
All members of our staff are capable of aiding you with your campaigning requests, including giving suggestions.
They are being introduced to you as follows:
* Mrs. Pat Ellison Golden- An 11-year veteran in this office, she's been through many political campaigns with us. Her college degree is in Business. Moreover, she's eager to serve our political or other advertisers. Her family roots go way back in this county, too;
* Mrs. Sara Wise- She's been with us for seven years, so she's very adept and experienced in helping candidates with their political needs. Also, she's a GCHS and GSC grad and decided to remain in her native county, thereby being a benefit to you candidates and other advertisers. Her college degree is from GSC in Behavioral Science/Business;
* Mrs. Myra Chico- This County Editor has much political news and advertising experience brought to us from the highly competitive Southern West Virginia newspaper area. Her college degree is in journalism. But, she grew up in Gilmer County and is a GCHS grad. (Disclaimer: She is married to Jeff Miller, a candidate for Gilmer County Magistrate.);
* Mr. Dave Corcoran, Jr.- A longtime employee of this newspaper, he is now general manager, so very familiar with political campaigns and their advertising needs. Besides this newspaper, he has experience on three Bluefield, WV-Va. area newspapers; hence, he's an ace at political advertising. His college degree is in History-English double major, Computer Science minor.
* Dave Corcoran, Sr.- I am the Publisher-Sr. Editor-Owner of this newspaper. For over a quarter century a resident of Glenville, I have comprehensive experience in politics and journalism. My college degrees are in Political Science, History, and Economics. Available afternoons Wed., Thurs., Fri. (IÕm also the Ad Manager, thereby being out on the road at times, but always willing to help any candidate who needs it.)
Well, that is about it for our Newspaper's Candidate's Primer for this Primary Election of May 12th, 2020. And, our staff can be easily contacted at 304-462-7309 or here: glenvillenews@ gmail.com from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon. through Fri.
We editors wish all of you political hopefuls “good luck” and to be assured that our able and knowledgeable staff is here to serve you and to be fair to all hopefuls!
The final step to advance your campaign is only to contact us, which is just up to you!
* For all of you voters, please check on your registration, especially if you haven't voted for some time! Contact the Gilmer County Clerk Jean Butcher's Office at 304-462-7641 to ascertain your voting status, only if you haven't voted for a while. Many non-voters are regularly purged from the Gilmer County Voters Registration Books, due to thinking they may have moved or died. (Note: Incidentally, the Gilmer County Clerk's office's Voter Records are one of the tops among West Virginia counties, according to the Secretary of State's info. So, congrats to Jean and her crew!)
* Also, as I've urged before, encourage your young people, 18 and over, to register and to vote; it's just part of being a good citizen. Also, we all want a lot of good citizens in this county!
Moreover, if they are not of voting age, urge them to do their best in school. They need to be helped in structuring their daily learning time periods and to understand that they are part of the human family. Hence, good children come from good families.
Potential Table Talk For Youths: Why should you vote when you get of age? Good luck in your family discussions! (Note: It's not like when this Sr. Editor was growing up and all young people were just expected to become good citizens. In fact, one of this editor's first public attainments was being named his high school class's “Citizenship Achievement Awardee,” of which I am still proud of. Your kids can also aspire to do the same, maybe not receiving a plaque, but, instead, the plaudits of your principal, teachers, classmates, and parents!)
* Be of good cheer this week, kind folks!
Magisterial candidate Berk Reed must have “mental telepathy” and foresaw in my mind what I was going to write about this week! Truly, almost before we opened the office door this Monday, he was there placing his advertisements for the upcoming May 12th Primary Election. So, congrats to Berk for getting his campaign off to a fast start!
Our Welcome Page
To extend Welcome-Wishes to all of our new Gilmer Countians in 2020 and to let them know you want to greet and meet them, we editors suggest inclusion in our “Welcome Page” once a year! It is also posted on our newspaper's webpage for the use of everyone as a “County Directory,” staying there all year long.
Late-February is when we'll publish it just in time for “History Day at the Legislature.” As in the 25 years before, it will list our local public bodies, civic organizations, churches, and public figures. Also, at the Capitol, it's distributed to people from all over the state, as well as to our legislators. The listing price with your name and phone or address included is minimal!
Become a “Gilmer County Welcomer,” if your group hasn't been contacted in the past! Just call us at 304-462-7309 for inclusion.
In addition, the page will make our incoming GSC students, prison officials, and new residents feel at home with plenty of potential friends. Also, it will make them feel like returning to Glenville to complete their degrees next academic year.
By the way, I have noted some of the new students complaining about walking up and down the hill to get to the downtown and back. Well, in former days, the students liked this exercise and a chance to socialize with their friends away from the campus.
In fact, this Sr. Editor could use more of that exercise himself, so they should enjoy and be thankful for these strolls downtown while they are still able! Oh, those “Golden College Years” so fondly remembered by us seniors!
And, local business
If you haven't been to Glenville's Downtown Business District on Thursday evenings, you are missing the crowd and the joyful times at GSC's Pioneer Stage for its Bluegrass Jams from 6-to-9 p.m. There are plenty of good restaurants in the 'Ville for Supper Night Out beforehand. Actually, it might benefit the local restaurants to stay open a little longer that evening to offer the Music Concert goers some food and snacks afterwards.
For all newcomers to this area, you are most welcome to attend the Gilmer County Historical Society meetings on Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. We meet at the Historic Holt House's Annex at 301 East Main Street. Bring a Bag Lunch, as these are “Bag Lunch” Meetings- very stressless, very pleasant, and mainly social. Also, you can learn some Gilmer County history! Most conveniently, come in and leave whenever you wish.
Have a great week, enjoy the warmer weather, and be kind to others!
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!