Volunteerism — Welcome to the Boy Scouts!

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At the recent County Commission meeting, Mr. J.A.K. Kincaid, representing the Citizens Conservation Corps, announced that the Boy Scouts during this summer’s National Jamboree in Fayetteville desire to do some community service in Gilmer County.

Last year, the scouts did much good work, helping people in the poorer areas of the state, but now they are expanding their reach to all 55 counties. That is an admirable goal, because there’s not a county in this state that couldn’t benefit from the Boy Scouts taking on smaller projects — perhaps those having been put on the back burner by officials — due to more urgent needs being addressed first. Yes, some residents, particularly seniors, may need new steps or a wheelchair ramps built, some clean-up help being eyed, or a neighborhood improvement project done, etc.

As a result, we editors are pleased that the County Commissioners voiced a big “Welcome to the Boy Scouts” to Gilmer County! DHC, Sr.

Thanks to — GSC’s Alumni team!

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To Glenville State College alumni who didn’t come back to Glenville on last Saturday, you missed a big time in the old town that night!

GSC Alumni Association President Bob Marshall, College President Peter Barr and his Asst./Alumni Coordinator Debra Nagy went all-out to make an Alumni Day that would prompt moments to remember. And, for those alumni who did attend the day’s activities, it was memorable — renewing old friendships, seeing old professors, but also making new friends and experiencing the new “Pioneer Spirit!”

So, absent graduates, plan to attend the following alumni events: Sat., Oct. 1, the Curtis Elam Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet; Sat., Oct. 22, the 2016 Pioneer Homecoming Parade, game and other gala ceremonies; and Sat., Apr. 22, 2017, next year’s Alumni Day!

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Earth Day — April 22 weekend found Gilmer County cleaning-up

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This year's Earth Day, which took place nationally on last Fri., Apr. 22, was a good motivator for a comprehensive and thorough weekend clean-up countywide, but particularly in and along the Little Kanawha River.

Kudos to the new Little Kanawha River Trail group, headed by Kathy Gilbert, for taking the bull by the horns and ridding the debris from the river at Glenville and Sand Fork! This generous citizen and Glenville State College student effort came the day after Earth Day, but that was close enough to merit the praise that this special day exudes.

Likewise, the City of Glenville’s clean-up initiative, in conjunction with GSC Coach Dave Hutchison’s football players, yielded similar positive results earlier in April. Congratulations to Glenville Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick for renewing this “West Virginia Make It Shine” clean-up initiative, sponsored by the state Dept. of Environmental Protection Agency!

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Welcome to — GSC’s 2016 Alumni Day!

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You Glenville State College alumni, your families and friends are in for a big time on this year's Alumni Day!

GSC Alumni Association President Bob Marshall has gone all-out to talk-up, promote and encourage all alumni to come back to Glenville in order to enjoy the traditional and colorful Alumni Day festivities. And, his efforts on your behalf are not without purpose.

Those — who accepted Alumni President Marshall’s and the college's invitation to return to the campus on this Sat., Apr. 23 — should be happy alumni with what you are seeing. Most importantly, you should be proud of your alma mater, in that a lot of progress has been made over the past few years under Dr. Peter Barr’s presidency.

In addition to the regularly scheduled activities, and if you haven’t done this before, on Saturday you will have the opportunity to visit and be able to walk though the newest campus building — the large and impressive WACO Center on Mineral Road, across the street from the Pioneer Village. Like Goodwin Hall on the main campus, both student lodging places make for premium residence hall lodging for our GSC students. Sad to say, all of these are much better housing than in earlier years when you matriculated here.

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