After a rather crude gesture at graduation by the correctional officer students at a recent ceremony, the state's Dept. of Military Affairs & Public Safety (DMAPS) has fired three “individuals”- reportedly two instructors and one student- and suspended all the graduates, we editors assume.

Their offence was to celebrate their graduation exercises not by throwing their hats in the air like other college-type new graduates, but, instead, to, in unison, thrust up their right arms in salutes in WW II's “Hail Hitler” Nazi style!

Worst of all, even if it was a rather foolish and ill-conceive prank, it was photographed, which has been shown over national TV. And, to a nation which fought through WW II and lost many thousands of brave military personnel and injured for life many others, what does this rude incident say to those remaining World War veterans. That being stated, what kind of warped-minded instructors teach these new recruits?

This Sr. Editor has always wondered why we local journalists are never invited to these graduation ceremonies. Moreover, it's not that we haven't asked the DMAPS administrators before to inform us of them, so that we can report on the top-notch speakers they- perhaps now- still have. My requests have fallen on deaf ears to-date. The one time I did attend the ceremony my good friend, the Honorable Circuit Judge Todd Kaufman of Charleston, informed me that he would speak and wanted to reunion with me. For that event, it all worked out just fine and a good story was developed and written in this newspaper by this Sr. Editor. Ironically, I suspect that all of their commencement speakers think the college's administration will inform the press, so that they can get some favorable publicity. Not so!

Most importantly, in today's society when correctional officers or police are being prosecuted for mishandling inmates or the arrests of suspects of color, mostly Blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans, respectively, new recruits have to be given a certain “sensitivity training” in these instances or they may break the civil rights laws. This notice goes to those working for community police forces, regional jails, or prisons. Often individuals are prejudiced against people of color, but working in a “public safety” unit, they can't show this bias which is against the suspect's civil rights. In addition in their private life, officers should not display such Nazi, White Supremacist, or any like bigotry, if they want to keep their jobs. Indeed, what they espouse in their private lives directly reflects on their public trust to “uphold the laws and Constitution of the United States!”

The DMAPS's officials are not releasing the names of the people involved in this ugly miscue, because they could possibly be prosecuted. Nevertheless, the fact remains that on the Glenville State College's campus, there is DMAPS's signage all over. As an observation, we hope that this incident, which has drawn nationwide condemnation, does not implicate GSC faculty! God forbid!

David H. Corcoran, Sr., Publisher-Sr. Editor

Note-

Bloodmobiles coming to Gilmer County on Jan. 3 and Apr. 6

Here might be a good New Year's Resolution for any of you brave and generous readers!

The American Red Cross' Bloodmobile is going to make two of its periodic stops in Glenville in the first quarter of 2020, the main office having emailed me the message "to give!" I most certainly will, although the first date is problematic for me.

The first one is from 12-5 p.m., Fri., Jan. 3, at the 1st Baptist Church of Glenville; while the second is from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Mon., Apr. 6, at GSC's Mollohan Campus-Community Center.

You can sign up for a specific appointment time, which is the best way for any busy person, at www.redcross.org.

Most importantly, the Bloodmobile needs our attention and action, as this community's goal is 30 pints of blood, or, better yet, "more," to be collected on those days.

We editors understand that the blood supply is very low throughout this region and the state now, but especially following the upcoming Christmas and New Year's Holidays when the demand is greater.

Actually, if everyone who can give blood just seeks out the date in this newspaper to place it in his/her mind, you won't forget! Gilmer Countians are good people, especially giving whenever blood's needed for a particular local victim or if there is a national tragedy. For example, remember after the awful 9-11-01 terrorist tragedy, approximately 150 pints were given at that next Blood Drive, thereby showing that we “do care,” have big hearts, and want to help victims of disasters and tragedies, anywhere in the United States or world.

Best of all, the Red Cross Bloodmobile's operations generally go very smoothly, especially in the First Baptist Church of Glenville's Fellowship Hall on East Main Street. So, thanks to First Baptist's Pastor Larry Fleming and his congregation for opening their doors for this crucial lifesaving cause!

Moreover, the Red Cross's dedicated and courteous blood collection staff typically has a great time and a lot of fun during these visits. This makes it easier for you Ñ the donor Ñ to give, so you'll most probably have a good time, as well.

Finally, remember that the Red Cross' Collection Team comes all the way from the Morgantown and/or Wheeling areas to secure the badly-needed blood for this state! It is always a long day for them, but they remain helpful and cheerful to the day's end- a long one as they start here fairly early and stay until the final donor finishes.

Finally, be aware that if you haven't given blood before, you're not alone! Hence, the Red Cross' professional staff will help you to make that first donation an easy one. So, why not give it a try? It's simple, doesn't hurt, and helps fellow human being!

DHC, Sr. (a proud blood donor)

The Gilmer County Christmas and New Year's Season got off to a fast, inspiring, and energetic start this year- on last Sat., Dec. 7, notably when the Firefighters Christmas Parade took place!

Fine weather, many well-decorated and lighted floats (more elaborate than ever before), numerous walking groups, including the GCHS Marching Band which played with much spirit, and, finally, Santa Claus and Smokey Bear- all highlighted the evening's events, the latter two gents being a real treat for the kids.

Kudos to the High School Band and all of the other float units' volunteers, who created such interesting and well-decorated displays! At least once, I helped to make up a float, and it takes a lot of creativity, skill, and hard work Ñ all done in after school or church hours ... so much volunteerism.

And, talking about putting in hours, the City Square Park's Shelter Area had several give-a-ways for the kids and their families. The Marthas & Marys gave out hot chocolate; Connie Stewart, children's gloves; the Sheriff's Dept., candy and goodies; FRN, candy and information; McDonald's, cookies and winter coats; and this newspaper's office, candy and “Letters to Santa” forms to be filled out, that are also in this week's newspaper (page 8). If your child hasn't filled out one, there's still time, with no children being excluded by way of county boundaries.

What more can be said, except Santa, Smokie, and the Gilmer County Volunteer Firefighters and their Auxiliary Unit did a fantastic job in pulling this event all together once again this year. Special commendations to Melissa Hess, who seemed to be the go-to person in the Fire Dept. during the whole parade! Great organizational work there, kind Melissa!

Catholic Church

Our local Good Shepherd Catholic Church, once again, is having its woes- faced with finding a new pastor. Father Cody Ford, our newest pastor, just announced that he was being reassigned to the Eastern Panhandle in order to be Asst. Pastor at St. James and Pastor of the Shepherd University Newman Center. Also, there is some hints that we may not have a pastor in the future.

Father Cody is a personable younger priest who has been the best one we've had since Father Ed Daschbaugh, SVD died about 10 years ago. Since then, we've had three or four different priests, who have left either retiring or being reassigned elsewhere.

Father DeViese, Pastor at Weston will fill in for Father Cody in Jan.-Feb., but after that, who knows what will happen. He, too, is a very likeable person, and will get along well with us ... even in the short term.

In the end, I suspect that I'll have to educate our new Bishop Mark Brennen about the pastoral needs of rural counties like Gilmer.

Nevertheless, we parishioners wish Father Cody good luck and God speed in his priestly ministry!

In the main, I'm sensing that many of our rural county churches are having the same problem of finding pastors. Rev. Karen Kinney, of the Glenville Presbyterian Church, was also appointed Pastor of Trinity Methodist Ministries, serving both the community and the College's Wesley Foundation Ñ both strongholds of faith here. Once again and although having no first class knowledge, I suspect that after the Rev. Jeffrey Kanode left Glenville for the Alderson Charge that no substitute Methodist minister could be found ... wanting to live in Glenville ... sadly. I may be wrong, but like with the federal prison's transferred in correctional officers, their families want to live 10 minutes from, yes, Walmart. I know this latter fact firsthandedly!

Luckily for me, Mrs. Myra Chico and husband, Jeff, grew up here, are taking care of parents, and want to stay. Thanks to Myra, our talented County Editor, we have been able to expand our news and advertising coverage over the past year or so. This couple likes it here in Gilmer County! If others would give us a try, they would like bucolic and beautiful rural living, too!

High School Reunion

It's always comforting and cheerful to attend my high school reunion in Southern Indiana. I think that we all have had a special bond ever since our Golden School Years. Back then, rather than letting the summers go by without each other, we'd plan picnics and short trips together, mainly to Coney Island Amusement Park in Cincinnati, Oh.

After graduation and college, we'd try to get-together every five or 10 years, but following our 45th and 50th, we gather twice every year. The years seem to go by faster the older one gets. Possibly those many reunions wouldn't happen if we focused our discussions on politics rather than the “good ole days!” But, most of us are “politically correct” and don't argue about the give and take of the Washington winds.

In the past few years, I've stayed with a cousin, but her husband died and she had some strokes. She's now ill at ease around strangers, of whom I am now numbered. Hence, this year I'm overnighting at the beautiful home of Dave Ehlers at Georgetown, In. He and I have been friends ever since grade school. It's always a pleasure to visit with him, as well as the many other classmates who have been close to me- too numerous to list here.

Our Providence High, a Catholic school in the Indiana-Kentucky, has many outstanding graduates, among them my classmates. But also, the late John McLeod, who was a NBA Pro Coach and, later, the Notre Dame basketball coach. Also, Sister Denise Wilkenson, S.P., became the Superior General of the very large Sisters of Providence order of Catholic nuns who founded my high school. Of late, the Hon. Terrence Cody, J.D., has made quite a name for himself as Floyd County's Circuit Judge, of which is the highest political-legal position in Indiana counties. Finally, the PHS girl athletes seem to bring in more state championships than what a school of about 800 merits. Very talented young ladies, they are indeed!

Commercial updates

Small Business Saturday on Sat., Nov. 30 got Gilmer County and our regional advertisers off to a great holiday shoppers season start, so I've been told. Our newspaper's “Winter Wonderland of Savings” page is going well; Mrs. Deloris Furr's Log Cabin Christmas Crafts opening was great; and John and Katina Smarr's J & K Auto Care Shop on SR 5E got off to a promising start.

But, we still need a Chamber of Commerce or Merchants Association here to promote all of these small businesses and special events more aggressively. As a community, we all need to work on this!

Commerce here

* Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick is doing his share for small businesses by making parking free for downtown Glenville in December.

* Some of the commercial opportunities here and elsewhere are noted in this newspaper issue, notably on the “Winter Wonderland of Savings” page.

* The Historical Society will be offering handicrafts to your delight in the days ahead.

The holidays in Gilmer County are festive and happy. Moreover, it's easier shopping close to home than traveling to the distant big cities. Truly, look for the colorful happenings and gift offerings right here at or near home. Try out Rustic Treasures in the downtown! Sheila Hamric will help you select appropriate gifts; or Minnich Florist next door!

Conclusion

My final note is for all of you readers and advertisers to have a splendid Christmas season and to be able to enjoy and be thankful for all of the Christ Child's gifts in your own lives- your personal reason to be thankful! And don't forget, be kind to others!

Our Gilmer County Volunteer Firefighters Christmas Parade needs to be our area citizens' main focus for this Sat. evening, Dec. 7 at 5 p.m.

Truly, these hard working firefighters and their dedicated Auxiliary members need to be commended for taking on this gigantic task of organizing and pulling off the mega large and gala Christmas Parade annually. In fact, for many weeks in November, they work their tails off in putting it all-together for early December.

As Fire Chief Martin Hess states, “They do it for the county's children who would like to see a parade and Santa Claus.”

Moreover, the firefighters, both men and women, go the “extra mile” by inviting the whole community to participate in it and to entice Santa Claus to travel down from the North Pole to talk to the kids, then giving each one a treat. Yes, the local volunteers have to make up most of those kids' treat bags themselves. They are always working at some project to advance not only our area's fire protection, but also those folks here who need a holiday boost.

Now, I'll be there at the 5 p.m. Christmas Parade this Saturday, so why don't you also plan to do the same? You're whole family can't find another colorful and lively event like this close-by anywhere. It's all here- to get your family's Yuletide Season off to a good start!

Thanksgiving apology

Yes, I apologize to the Gilmer County Historical Society for my Thanksgiving Treatise on that local organization. While I pointed out all of the bad things being done to me at Thanksgiving, our Country Editor Myra Chico wrote a much more positive column, pointing out all of the things she was thankful for. Cheers to Myra and her fine family and friends!

My good, kind, and perceptive friend, the 2016 Mason County Folk Festival Belle April Pyles, relates to me that her county has seen the same thing happen with CEOS (Community Education Outreach Service) of the WVU-Mason Extension Service. In years past, the countywide planning committee had two vice-presidents, one for the individual clubs' coordination and the other, for education. After a while, they thought the meetings lasted too long, so they eliminated the educational program's vice-president. Of course, changing such directions takes the membership awhile to get used to, but they eventually worked it out.

April was more concerned, as you local readers should be, about “Pat Chat” Ridpath's fall and fear of being able to walk due to dizziness! Yes, Pat is certainly a valued member of our Correspondents' Team, so we wish her a speedy all around recovery. For years, she's written about the local events in Burnsville and other points east of Gilmer County. Moreover, I know how she feels because on wintertime ice, you can bet I'll fall down; like Pat, my fingers are crossed that I don't break a bone. Nevertheless, get feeling more fit ASAP, Pat and you'll be in our prayers!

On the other hand, history, especially the preservation of our local past events and lore, is very important. Within the Historical Society's Archives/Library are the genealogies and other historic writings about many of our Gilmer County families, as well as others. Along with this, the Historic Holt House Museum contains a real look into the lives of this prominent Gilmer County family. It's significance is that it is the birthplace and family home of Helen Holt Mollohan, who was the wife of a U.S. Congressman and the mother of another, Robert and Alan, respectively. This is a rarity of occurrence not only in the Mountain State, but also in America.

In addition, the museum also features a Veterans Room, School Item Room, Children's Room, and other Gilmer County specific antiques and old records' rooms. Plus, the society is trying to get a historic rug loom in operation now- a early day mechanical and hands-on operation which should be of interest to our area's history, skilled trades, and other classes.

In this unique package, the society has the historical archives of area families to write about and the house museum shows the public how they lived in the early 20th century. As a 21st century teaching tool, this powerful combination should be an ideal site for public school and college professors of history and the social sciences teachers to have their classes utilize! It's all about building “Gilmer County Pride” in future generations!

Hence, we editors wish the Historical Society well, I'm still an member, and ready to help whenever needed!

Small Business Saturday

Although the whole nation was making the most of Small Business Saturday last Sat., Nov. 30, the closest Gilmer County got to that national commercial peak for small enterprises is our “Winter Wonderland of Savings” page, along with the amiable Mrs. Deloris Furr's Log Cabin Christmas Crafts seasonal opening. Additionally, kudos to John and Katina Smarr for launching their J & K Auto Care Shop on SR 5E, featured in last week's edition! It's just too bad that we don't have a Chamber of Commerce or Merchants Association here anymore to promote all of these small businesses and their special events. Indeed, 25 years ago when I moved to Glenville, there was a very active and energetic Merchants Association. But, that's the past ... not the present! As a community, we all need to work on this!

Commerce here

* Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick is doing his share for small businesses by 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.

* The Historical Society, Crafters in the Glen, and others will also be offering handicrafts to your delight. Check out these events elsewhere in this issue, 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 and gift offering right here at or near home, starting with those establishments advertising in this newspaper!

Conclusion

My final note is for all of you readers and advertisers to have a splendid Christmas season and to be able to enjoy and be thankful for all of the Christ Child's gifts in your own lives! And too, be kind to others!

public schools and Glenville State College students are now back in classes. The latter sentiments are the bad news for students, but the good news is there are now only 20 days left until Christmas Ñ one of the most colorful and joyful times of the year!

So for all students, “Welcome Back to Glenville” and be assured that we editors hope that you had a most gratifying and joyfilled holiday week and productive hunt, if you went out deer hunting with relatives or friends or just enjoyed the Big Meal. Nevertheless, we are certain that you had a good time socializing with those closest to you, wherever your home might be.

Right now, though, for Glenville State and all area high school students, it's time to settle back into your scholastic study routine, so that you can go into those Final Exams and “Ace” them. You can do it; just get your noses into your textbooks and notes. Then, review the instructional chapters that your professors have outlined to you. If you follow this clue, you'll succeed, with all other individual factors and problems being put aside during this time period.

Good luck, students, and remember that we, the business and academic people of Gilmer County, are pulling for your success!

David H. Corcoran, Sr., Publisher-Sr. Editor

Parade -

Christmas Parade this Sat.!

At 5 p.m. on this Sat., Dec. 7, the Annual Gilmer County Firefighters Christmas Parade will take place in downtown Glenville.

If you are a GSC student and haven't seen this parade before, it's colorful, energetic, and worth your while to stay in town over this weekend. We editors know that many of your home communities have parades, too, but it might be a cheerful time for you to remain here with your friends to enjoy our local one.

Indeed, the county's firefighters attract many parade entries and Santa Claus, as well. Hence, you can even get your picture taken with Santa after the parade in the City Square Park. Moreover, if your college, high school or elementary school wants to participate, they can. All you need are some signs and a banner to identify your group.

This Saturday's Volunteer Firefighters Parade lines up on College Street at 4 p.m. in order to start the march to the park at 5 p.m.

All families in this county and in the region are welcome to attend this festive activity, as the children, in particular, really enjoy seeing Santa Claus, talking to him, getting their picture with him, and meeting the participating local businesses, clubs, and organizations in the park.

It's just a super way to kickoff your or your family's Yuletide Season. So, Merry Christmas, folks, and many thanks are extended out to our Gilmer County Volunteer Firefighters and their active Auxiliary! Say “Hello” to me and your other friends at this gala event! DHC, Sr.

Ugly sights ...

Gilmer folks need to stamp out the 'litterbugs' around the area!

In the past several months, the litter along our county's highways and secondary roads has been increasing, thereby creating ugly sections in these otherwise beautiful country scenes.

Such negative views are offensive to the eyes not only for motorists and holiday visitors, but also for those of us living and working here.

People from throughout the county need to be vigilant as to who the litterbugs are and to report the suspects to police authorities. A lot of times, just a visit from a law officer will straighten up the offender. Yes, just note down their licence plate number and law enforcement authorities will take care of the rest.

In addition, we all need to be careful about storing junk in our yards, because these objects can become unsightly, unsafe and, often times, unhealthy debris.

Fortunately, the full force of winter has yet to hit the county, but it's coming. This cold spell makes it even more difficult to keep down the litter and debris on our highways and in yards. We citizens certainly don't want to put our Dept. of Highways workers at risk, picking up the litter in this winter weather. (Yes, your Sr. Editor is freezing his back end off already, when moving around outside. Haha!)

In fact, this Thurs. evening, Dec. 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Bluegrass enthusiasts are coming from near and afar to see the GSC Pioneer Stage performances downtown.

Also, note at 7 p.m. on this Fri. evening, Dec. 6, the GSC Music Dept. will put on a gala Holiday Program at the Fine Arts Center.

Finally, and as noted above, at 5 p.m. on this Sat., Dec. 7, the colorful Gilmer Firefighters Christmas Parade, featuring Santa Claus, will take place.

As a result, we editors hope that every homeowner or renter will keep a tidy front yard. We realize that in the spring, the county commission and city of Glenville typically hold "clean-up days," when quite a few volunteers come out to make whole area prettier places to live and work. But, stopping littering is everyone's business and responsibility all year long, if we Gilmer folks are to keep the visitors content and happy for our many college and town events.

Finally, until the county gets in gear for its annual clean-ups, our first kudos goes to all of you alert, observant, and good citizens who don't like seeing litter and want to do your part to prevent it. DHC, Sr.

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.

In addition, “Project Warm Hands” is still needing more gloves. This adult-to-child initiative has been an annual event for several years here, because it has been noticed that many children go to school without them and have “Cold Hands.” For more details, Project Director Connie Stewart can be reached at: Project Warm Hands, 304-462-7632; or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This is just another very worthy local fund-raising cause.

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.

Commerce here

* 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!.

Conclusion

A final note for all of you readers and advertisers to have a splendid holiday season from us editors!

Yes, the holidays are festive, here in Gilmer County as elsewhere. Often we rural dwellers think the holiday attractions of the big cities are right for us, but let us not overlook the festive happenings right here at home.

The Pioneer Stage

Dr. Megan Darby, Bluegrass Music Dept. Chair, has kindly let me know that there will be continuing performances at Glenville State College's Pioneer Stage. Moreover, if you or any visiting family member(s) haven't been there yet, please take them to this downtown Glenville entertainment center.

Dr. Megan tells me that at 6 p.m. on this Wed., Nov. 20, free dancing lessons will be given at the Pioneer Stage. Now, that's a good, healthy activity for these holidays when we all tend to “over eat!” Good call, there, Bluegrass Music Dept.

Also, for older folks, this lesson session might be good for testing out your strength or movements. Then, for the youths, this is an ideal introduction to learning to dance and socializing. I've noted in the “antique novels” I read, that dances in the olden times were the primary ways members of the opposite sex got together ... to set the stage for romance.

Why not give this dancing session a try?

Next, Megan announces that the 6-to-9 p.m. music jams on Thursday evenings will continue throughout the holidays. (It may not happen on Thanksgiving night itself on next Thurs., Nov. 28, but, then again, it may. Just check with her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..)

Another dance: At 7 p.m. on this coming Fri., Nov. 22, a Folk Festival Square Dance will take place at the 33 Country Club. This is a fund-raiser, so a modest admissions is charged at the door. Also, if you come early, you can eat there, as Chef Karen Shackleford and her crew always put out good meals.

By the way, the 33 Country Club used to be the county's roller skating rink back in the 1950s and 1960s! I wish that we would have another skating rink for our youths and their families to enjoy. I always roller skated in Beckley and Wisconsin, and it was much fun.

Youth Christmas Camp

At 9:30 a.m. on Sat., Dec. 7, the Pioneer Stage will, once again, sponsor its “Youth Christmas Camp,” a day long fun and learning affair for area youngsters who may be interested in learning some musical techniques. It takes place from 10 a.m.-to-4 p.m., and the Christmas Parade will follow this for the youths and their families.

Thanksgiving Dinners

Now, don't tell me you have no place to go for your Thanksgiving Dinner! If you don't, you're not in Gilmer County. So, if you are here, cheer up and enjoy one or more of these Turkey Feasts ...

* Starting at 4 p.m. on this Sun., Nov. 24, the always kindhearted members of the Cedarville Community Association cordially invite you to their Annual Deer Hunters/Homecoming/Thanksgiving Dinner at the Cedar Creek State Park's Activities Building. Yes, this is a change from the years past, as this popular dinner has outgrown the town's Fire Station. At the park, you'll find abundant parking, well-prepared and hot food, plenty of tables to stretch out on, and adequate restrooms. It's a fund-raiser for the group, so there's a gun raffle, plus door prizes, and a modest charge for the meal. Music will fill the air, too. A great time for all visitors to the county, as well! A friendly people activity, truly!

* Now, you say, “I want my Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving Day itself!” Look no farther than Glenville's Presbyterian Church on SR #5 west just a short distance from the Fire Station, where the New Found Freedom Baptist Church sponsors its free Thanksgiving Dinner. From 2-to-4 p.m. on next Thurs., Nov. 28, Pastor Lloyd Stewart and family will be welcoming old friends and strangers alike. They will also honor takeout requests, as well. Yes, in this and all other such holiday meals, good folks work them up for those who have no where else to go and to socialize over the big occasion. Such gatherings truly warm the heart!

* Talking about community feasts, the Coxs Mills folks are, once again, at 6 p.m. on this Sat., Nov. 23 offering their famous “Rabbit Roast,” along with other wild dishes, I believe. This annual event takes place in the town's Community Center, and all are welcome. Bring a covered dish and a friend, these folks entreat. Finally, there will be drawings for a $500.00 gift card- a great idea for getting an early start on your Christmas shopping.

* Now, if you are already in town, you Deer Hunters are welcome at any of our area's churches. Moreover, a prayer may get you the Big Buck during the week.

* Before or after church on this Sun., Nov. 24, another fundraiser will take place for breakfast at the Gilmer County Recreation Center from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. A wide variety of pancakes, eggs, bacon, etc. is being featured on the menu. Moreover, for an $8.00/$4.00 kids charges, you won't go away hungry. Try out the Buckwheat Pancakes, and you won't regret it!

* Local Shopping Events: From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on next Sat., Nov. 30, the Log Cabin Crafts Christmas Open House will take place in Letter Gap, just over a couple of hills from Glenville. Look for the Log Cabin on your left and pull in to find many Christmas craft items that the Furr family works on all year long on for this extravaganza.

* Talking about handicrafts, at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 7, the “Christmas Crafts Show in the Glen” will take place at the Gilmer County Rec Center. Annually, this festive event brings together the finest crafters from ours and the surrounding countries. There are possibly up to 60 or more displaying their wares and goodies.

Christmas Parade

We editors hope after all of these Pre-Christmas activities, that you won't be too tired to step out of the house and bring your kids or grandkids to the Annual Firefighters Christmas Parade, staring, as usual, Santa Claus.

At 5 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 7, the Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department and its active Auxiliary will sponsor their Annual Christmas Parade in Downtown Glenville, featuring, once again this year, a visit from “Santa Claus.”

Indeed, our Gilmer County firefighters, their families, and volunteer friends have clout to persuade Santa Claus to forgo making Christmas toys for that evening and come to Glenville for this gala festivity.

Also to make the visit go smoothly each year, if you want to volunteer to help out in this countywide children/family'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. As to floats and marching units, youth, businesses, political candidates, college, and church groups, in addition to others, come out to help make a splendid and colorful Christmas Parade. This is the way it's been for the past decade-plus!

Time does fly, 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 affirms, “Let's keep it going for the kids,” and the Dept. has!

We need this Christmas Parade for the sake of the area's kids; they look forward to it, especially seeing Santa Claus.”

Most impressively, every year that the Fire Dept. has sponsored it, the Yuletide lineup has grown longer, larger, and more colorful, thereby making it a joy for all who attend it. It started off small, but has grown larger every year to be more impressive!

Hence, Fire Chief Hess is thankful for not only all of the firefighters and their support group's commitment and helpfulness, but also that of the entire Gilmer County and area's citizens coming out to see the event and to get the children's pictures taken with Santa Claus. “We all work together for our community and children's benefit,” he was quoted.

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 lovely and energetic Junior Women tried it out for a couple of years, before those past harsh winters held down the crowds and disheartened these civic-minded ladies. When the Fire Dept. started it up again, many of the former sponsors applauded them for their leadership and community-mindedness.

It's worth the trouble because the Christmas Parade each year brings smiles to the faces and joy to the hearts of the children. It also warms the hearts of their parents, grandparents or guardians, who are enjoying the festive occasion, too. In conclusion, we editors, once again, commend the firefighters, their ladies and other volunteers, all of whom deserve our most sincere editorial THANKS!

And, for all of you fine readers, Happy Holidays and Deer Hunting!

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

Alert ...

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!

DHC, Sr.

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

 

Trump Watch-

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!

Senior Concert

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.

Trappers Conference

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.

Around Gilmer/State

* 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).

Conclusion

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!

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