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Area Briefs 02-06-14

City's Special Election this Sat., Feb. 8

The city of Glenville's Special Levy Election for the maintenance and improvement of streets, curbs and lighting will be held on this Sat., Feb. 8 at City Hall.

This is the only remaining opportunity for the public to vote on this important issue that will continue the progress being made by the city's Street Department.

The polls will will be open from 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. this Saturday at City Hall at the corner of North Court Street and Howard Street.

Local 'Business Social' to feature Lamberts

Lamberts Winery of Weston will sponsor the first "Gilmer County Business After 5 P.M. Social Hour" of the New Year of 2014.

It will take place at 5 p.m. on Thurs., Feb. 27 at the Glenville Inn, according to Annette Barnette, the college's Public Relation's Director and a co-sponsor of this business service to the Gilmer community along with this newspaper.

In making the announcement, she outlined that Lamberts has wanted to sponsor Gilmer's "Business After 5" for some time, because they want local people to have the chance to taste their wines and to learn more about their special events at the Weston Winery.

Gilmer County's Business After 5 P.M. Social Hour starts at 5 p.m. with meet and greet to start out. Often local business, school, civic and youth organization and church and charitable group representatives can then use some of this time for networking and getting to know each other.

Next, at about 5:30 p.m., after most of the area's businesses have closed, thereby freeing the owners, managers and employees to attend, the featured business takes center stage, this month's being Lamberts of Weston.

For about 20 minutes, Lamberts representative will describe the nature of their business, regular events, new upcoming promotions and, then, open the floor for a question-and-answer period.

The programs are informative, and Lamberts should be fun, as they'll offer a free wine tasting of their signature beverages. The Weston Winery has done a wine tasting here at least once before, and it proved to be a popular event during one of the community's festivals.

"Business After 5 is designed to help new and existing businesses, organizations, non-political cause oriented groups and churches to attract newcomers to their stores and organizations," states Ms. Barnette, who notes that various departments on the Glenville State Campus have utilized this public venue to get positive publicity and newcomers to their departments and student clubs.

There's no charge for the sponsorship, although some cost should be expected for providing the light refreshments. The College's PR Dept. and The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder newspapers have organized these social and business sessions as a public service.

Also, the general public is invited to attend Ñ for free Ñ any upcoming Business After 5 that would be of interest to them. "This is a good deal," states Glenville newspaper publisher Dave Corcoran, Sr., a founder of the event, who points out that in Charleston, the Chamber of Commerce charges $15.00 per person for attending their business social hours. "The rationale for that charge is that with the networking that sometimes happens, some business executives can find new and lucrative business accounts or partners at these informal get-togethers," he explains.

To schedule a Gilmer County Business After 5 Social Hour for your business or group this year, telephone either Annette Barnette at 304-462-6391 or Dave Corcoran, Sr., 304-462-7309.

Some upcoming events here

There are a number of agencies in Gilmer County that will hold public meetings over the next week, including:

  • On this Fri., Feb. 7, 2014 there will be a Longaberger and Coach Bingo at the Gilmer County Senior Center. The doors will open at 5:00 p.m. and bingo will begin at 6:00 p.m. Concessions and raffles will be available. A super 21st game and extra games will be offered the day of bingo. All proceeds will go to Sand Fork PTO. The PTO is trying to raise money for school trips, fun/field day and yearbooks for all students.
  • An Evening of Elegance is planned for next Fri., Feb. 14 at the Gilmer County Senior Center. Come enjoy an evening of music, dancing, food and fun with friends. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m., with a Italian-themed buffet served at 6:00 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. For more information or to reserve tickets please contact Devin at 304-462-5761.

Free assistance to veterans

A Veteran Services Officer will be in Glenville at the Gilmer County Senior Center on next Wed., Feb. 12, from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. Veterans Services provide free assistance to veterans, widows and dependents in filing VA claim forms. Various claims are available to apply for, including: Service Connected Compensation, Pension, Widows Pensions, Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, & Home Loans. They can also facilitate home loans and resources for education, finances, housing, employment, counseling and more.