Suicide is ... Not the answer!

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In a recent social media post in Gilmer County, the writer opined that suicides weren’t that bad, because the victims were merely taking themselves out of the lives of those whom they might be a problem for or could hurt. The rationale was that by ending one’s life, it makes others “happier.”

This was, indeed, the first time I had ever heard this line of “reasoning.”

In reality, the opposite proves more truthful. Suicides bring on great sadness, remorse and unanswered questions to the victim’s families, neighbors and friends.

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Progress — Little Kanawha River Trail group ramps up cleaning

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What great news is coming out of the new Little Kanawha River Trail group’s initiative to clean-up the long neglected waterway and to make it an outdoor and water sports destination here in Gilmer County in particular and West Virginia and beyond in general.

Group President Kathy Gilbert has announced that the Duck Run Bridge area has been cleaned up, in that the overgrown brush from the road on down past the bridge to the river has been cleared off, the grass mowed, the picnic table reclaimed for the public’s use and the bridge reopened for careful walking. A canoe/kayak put-in area is envisioned, we editors suspect.

Most notably, the saving of the Duck Run Bridge brings music to the ears of Betty Woofter, the Baldwin lady who wrote its history, and would have rung bells of joy into the heart of the late Frances Myers Schmetzer, who was one of the principal leaders in its original restoration about 15 years ago. In fact, before Fran left Glenville to retire with her family in Virginia, her final request was: “Please save the Duck Run Bridge!” Gratefully, those first steps at it preservation have not been taken — not letting nature destroy it. (It is located between the I.L. Morris Bridge going to the federal prison and the River View Estates going east on SR 5 toward Sand Fork/Burnsville.)

Our editorial appreciation goes to all of the visionary and kindhearted volunteers from the college and community who have participated in these clean-ups to-date. Keep up the good effort, as you are appreciated! DHC, Sr.

Innovation at Linn PO — There’s hope for the U.S. post office now!

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We editors have little doubt that you newspaper subscribers realize that the United States Postal Service (USPS) has been lacking in its ability to handle, convey and deliver the mail that you’ve paid for ... in a timely manner. Complaints of nondelivery come to our newspaper’s subscription manager each week. We editors are very fortunate to have subscribers with an abundance of patience, loyalty and love of Gilmer County, in fact so much attachment to this area that they’ll wait an extra week to get the hometown news, when the post office finally gets around to delivering their newspapers.

The above statement is the reason that the recent keeping and repositioning of the Linn Post Office gives us the belief that the USPS is experimenting with different methods in order to improve its efficiency and services in small towns like Linn. At Somerville Exxon, this store and filling station will join a growing list for a new initiative, becoming the latest Village Post Office (VPO) in the Appalachian District. The Village Post Office is part of the Postal Service’s effort to provide communities with expanded access to mailing products.

Sadly, in 2015 when the Somerville Exxon Station/Post Office burnt down, some question arose if the Linn Post Office would be eliminated. Nevertheless, the Somerville family, owned by Rob and Larry Somerville, rebuilt an even finer and larger convenience store than what they had before, with many more products, foods, crafts and space, the latter of which could be utilized for a new “post office.”

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Good cause — Walk against Alzheimer’s disease

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Most West Virginians know someone who’s suffered — dreadfully —and struggled — hopelessly — with Alzheimer’s Disease, perhaps a retired friend, neighbor, coworker or even a beloved family member.

With this awful disease, they change into different people: once quiet and kind, they become loud and angry with loved ones and friends, along with contracting many other physical ailments making them more miserable before death claims their weakened bodies and frees them from their debilitating incarceration.

In fact, more than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s today. As Genesis-Glenville officials pointed out last week, it is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Money-wise, in 2016 alone, Alzheimer’s and other forms of Dementia are costing the nation $236 billion in healthcare costs. Sadly, one-in-three seniors die with Alzheimer’s or another form of Dementia. Hence, Genesis propounds that it’s time to find a cure for this disease, so on Sat., Aug. 27, it will be hosting the Glenville Center’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This fund-raiser will be a 5K Run/Walk. While participants will be asked to pay a registration fee to take part, the Glenville Center knows that this fee alone will not be enough to cover expenses and make a substantial donation to Alzheimer’s research. As a result, they are seeking sponsors within this community.

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