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Area Briefs 01-02-14

gilmer signGrantsville plans New Year's Eve Celebration

The Calhoun County Wood Festival and the Calhoun Youth Football league are joining with others to sponsor a New Year's Eve celebration at the Calhoun County Courthouse. The event will begin at 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 31, and end at 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2014. There will be entertainment in front of the courthouse and light shows at the town Christmas tree. Hot dogs, hot chocolate, party favors and more will be available for purchase inside the courthouse. Rest rooms will be available and the public may use the courthouse as a place to get warm. For more information, contact Jim Sullivan at 304-531-0084 or 304-477-3489.

Save Money in the New Year with Help from the WVU-Gilmer County Extension Service

At 6:00 p.m. on Fri., Jan. 10, there is a "Saving Seminar" taking place at the Gilmer County Fire Department on Rt. 5 in Glenville. Invite your friends to come with you and learn how to utilize coupons to maximize your savings. Why spend more when you can save more? Are you interested in saving money in 2014? If you answered YES, then come out and join us for an evening of learning how to COUPON to save money. If you watch shows and read the success stories of people that coupon and wonder if you could do it, YOU CAN! Come and LEARN HOW! If you already coupon, then come and share your Couponing Stories. If you are interested in attending, please contact the WVU-Gilmer County Extension Office at 304-462-7061.

Benefit Dinner for the Stanley Starcher family

On Sat., Jan. 4, friends of Stanley Starcher, Glenville's Street Supervisor, have planned a benefit dinner to help out his family as his son, "Bub," recently endured a long hospital stay in Charleston. Due to an infection in his blood, Bub went through several surgeries and, finally, made it home just before Christmas. While Stanley is happy to have his son home, the hospital bills and days off of work have put a big financial strain on his family.

Stanley does so much for the City of Glenville and it has been hard for him to be away. He has worried about the streets being snowy and unsafe for the citizens, but has been assured that everyone understands why he hasn't been around. Now, everyone has an opportunity to do something to help him!

The dinner will be held at the Glenville Fire Station. The menu will include pulled pork, with all the fixins, and desserts. The cost is by donation. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction. Donations for the silent auction can be dropped off at the firehouse or at the newspaper office on North Court Street.

Postage rates set to increase in January

On Jan. 26, 2014 the United States Postal Service will implement new postage rates for several mail classes, including First Class Package Service, Priority Mail and many other special services.

The cost to mail a First Class letter will increase by three cents - from $0.46 to $.049 each. Each additional ounce will cost an extra $0.21, up one cent from 2013.

The USPS expects the increases will bring in about $2.0 billion in new revenue. Being that it receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations, the revenue is badly needed.

The post office has been looking for ways to cut costs and boost revenue for the last few years. Their attempt to close small rural post offices met with much opposition and, subsequently, the majority have remained open. Another option that was being considered was stopping mail delivery on Saturdays, but that has also continued.

"Of the options currently available to the Postal Service to align costs and revenues, increasing postage prices is a last resort that reflects extreme financial challenges," said Mickey Barnett, USPS Board of Governors Chairman. "However, if these financial challenges were alleviated by the timely enactment of laws that close a $20 billion budget gap, the Postal Service would reconsider its pricing strategy," he continued.

According to a Sept. 2013 article in the Washington Post, the Postal Service recorded a $15.9 billion net loss last fiscal year and expected to record a loss of roughly $6 billion in the current fiscal year.

REMINDER! SBA Seeking 2014 National Small Business Week Award Nominations

Do you know a small business person that stands out from the crowd or a West Virginia business that excels at exporting? If so, why not nominate them for the SBA's Small Business Week awards? All nominations are due by Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.
National Small Business Week award categories include Small Business "Person of the Year" and "Exporter of the Year." Winners of the national award categories compete for national titles and attend related Small Business Week events in Washington, D.C., May 12-16. National awards can be submitted through SBA's online portal at or sent to the West Virginia District Office.

This state's District Office is seeking nominations for the following district awards: Entrepreneurial Success of the Year, Family-Owned Business of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Financial Champion of the Year, Home-Based Champion of the Year, Minority Small Business Champion of the Year, Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year, and Women in Business Champion of the Year. Note the district awards will not compete in national judging.

District nominations must be submitted directly to the West Virginia District Office. Guidelines and nomination forms can be found on the SBA's West Virginia District Office web page at or by contacting Nikki Bowmar at 304-623-7445 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Lewis and Gilmer high school seniors can apply for Healthcare Scholarship

High School seniors are encouraged to apply for the M. William Alder Healthcare Scholarship administered by Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital (SJMH), in Weston. Students who attend either Lewis County High School or Gilmer County High School are eligible for the scholarship. Children and grandchildren of SJMH employees are also eligible. Students must plan to attend a West Virginia school, and to graduate in a healthcare field.

The late William Adler was a long-time board member at SJMH and a great believer in the importance of education. With his passing in 2002, the Weston hospital decided to start a scholarship program to honor him. In the past 10 years the Hospital has given more than $140,000 dollars to 70 students. The students have enrolled in a variety of healthcare areas including: nursing, physical therapy, radiology, healthcare administration, and pre-med.

Several of the scholarship winners have graduated from school and are employed at SJMH.

One of the main fund-raisers for the scholarship is the annual Charity Golf Tournament held each year in the fall. For more information on this scholarship call Julia Spelsberg, at 304-269-8167.