Area Briefs 2014 08 28

Bloodmobile in Glenville next Thurs.

From 1-to-6:30 p.m., on next Thurs., Sept. 4 the American Red Cross’ Bloodmobile will be set up at The First Baptist Church of Glenville, next to the downtown Post Office. Donors are encouraged to give at this regular blood collection activity in Gilmer County. For some good reasons to give, see this week’s “Corcoran Column” on page 3.

Davisson Brothers at Waco Cr. Sat.

The up-and-coming Davisson Brothers Band, of Nashville, will perform the first headliner concert at the new GSC WACO Center’s Special Events arena at 7 p.m. on this Sat., Aug. 30. The general public is invited to attend at a modest charge, although any students with valid IDs are admitted for free.

Cedarville's Homecoming this Sat.

The annual Cedarville Homecoming will take place on this Sat., Aug. 30, at the Cedarville Volunteer Firehouse. The scheduled activities will begin at 3:00 p.m. and continue until 7:00 p.m. Music, games, and time with friends and family, including State Delegate Brent Boggs and wife, Jean, will be the main activities. Also, food is in order, featuring Grilled "Fixens" Hot Dogs to be served from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Attendees are requested to bring a favorite covered dish and spend the day. For more information, contact: Linda Brannon at 462-8185, or Jim Bailey, 462-7545 or 7507.

Sand Fork's Community Picnic Fri. and updates on other activities

As is the growing popular tradition, the Town of Sand Fork will host a Community Picnic and Fireworks on this Fri., Aug. 29, 2014 from 6:30 -8:00 p.m. at the Sand Fork Elementary School.

The fireworks will begin at dark.

Pulled pork, buns, and drinks will be provided. Bring a COVERED DISH AND CHAIR! Music and games will be available for all to enjoy.

Handicapped parking is available at the school.

The shuttle service will run from the Sand Fork Baptist Church & SF Church of God parking areas to the school, thereby relieving the traffic congestion atop the school hill. The rain date will be on Mon., Sept. 1. If you have questions, please contact SF Town Council members.

Importance of Labor Day

Labor Day was first established in 1894 by Grover Cleveland after a failed attempt to break up a railroad strike.

Each year, the federal holiday is observed on the first Monday in September and it pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of the wage earning Americans that keep our country running. See related editorial on page 3.

Make sure to kick off your Labor Day weekend right by attending these festivities on Friday. Everyone is welcome! Bring a chair and enjoy your time with family, friends, and neighbors!

Sand Fork Veterans Memorial update: More names needed

The town of Sand Fork would like to install a third plaque on its Veteran’s Memorial Wall for both Gilmer County and Sand Fork area veterans. To do this, the Town Council needs your help. Additional names are being searched for to fill the plaques. To fill the plaque, a full 52 names are required, according to officials.

The city’s original plans were to install the next plaques on Veteran’s Day 2014. However to-date, there have not been enough names received to fill the plaques, but the order for the granite must be placed three months in advance to allow time to have them in stock and engraved. The city, consequently, is now looking at Memorial Day 2015.

If you have a family member, friend or neighbor you wish to honor, this would be a very special way to show your appreciation for their service. A donation of $20.00 per name is requested. Application forms are available at the Sand Fork Post Office, at the Gilmer County Senior Center or from any town council member. The deadline will be March 1, 2015. If you have any questions contact a town council member or call the office at 304-804-2177 and leave a message and someone will contact you.

We’ve got ‘Our Little Library!’ It’s worth seeing & patronizing

The Gilmer Public Library and Gilmer County FRN’s “Little Free Library” has been installed in the City Square Park in downtown Glenville.

A little free library is a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. Funding for this project originated from the Prevent Child Abuse WV grant through the Gilmer FRN to encourage parents to read to their children, as well as supply free and discrete self-help parenting information to parents with a goal of promoting prevention of child abuse and neglect. This has been expanded to include books for all ages! Please feel free to visit our Little Library and take a book!

Area Briefs 2014 07 10

Rec Center pool could open Friday

According to the latest information that we editors have, the Gilmer County Recreation Center's Swimming Pool, which has been closed for repairs for over one year, has been filled with water, so it may be opened as early as the end of this week (Fri., July 11). 

What may hold the opening up, cautions Darrel Ramsey, the Rec Center's Managing Director, is the arrival of the needed clorine, plus the inspection of the Health Dept. agents. But, the life guards have been hired and are ready to go to work, he adds.
Pool hours will be 11:30 a.m.-to-6 p.m. daily, and this summer the admission fee will be waived, due to the Rec Center's appreciation of the community's patience in awaiting its repair and re-opening.
Pool Parties can still be scheduled from 6 p.m.-to-8 p.m., he adds, although a fee could apply to these social functions.
"We're aware that local people and especially youngsters want to use the pool, so we're trying our best to get it fully operational," Mr. Ramsey re-emphasizes.

FRN Meeting rescheduled for July 16
The Gilmer County FRN Board of Directors' meeting scheduled for Wed., July 9th at 4 p.m. is rescheduled for next Wed., July 16 at 4 p.m. at the FRN office on Main Street. The public is encouraged to attend. Please contact us at 304.462.7545 with questions.

New event: 'Movie Night in City Square'
Frozen in the Park, a community movie night in City Square downtown Glenville, will take place on next Sat., July 19, estimated starting time is 8:30 p.m., weather permitting. Organizers will be showing Frozen. Bring a blanket and enjoy the movie! They ask for donations of non-perishable food items to be donated to the CRI's Food Pantry.

All invited to 'Business After 5 PM' July 24
Dawna Smith, owner of the Freedom Home Structures at Glenville's stoplight, will be sponsoring the July "Gilmer County Business After 5 P.M. Social Hour," starting at 5:30 p.m. on Thurs., July 24. It will take place on the Old Ford Garage lot, where her yard and camp structures sit.
What's new? Mrs. Smith is inviting all business owners, managers and employees on Main Street to come to this Business Social, and to tell the other business people about their businesses. "It's free publicity," she points out, plus an opportunity for everyone to get acquainted. Also, there's the chance for local businesses to network, since there is no Chamber of Commerce in this town. For more information, call Dave Corcoran, Sr., Coordinator of the Business After 5 Social Hour initiative, at 304-462-7309.
Back to School Bash to be held
Gilmer County FRN is hosting a "Back to School Bash" on Fri., Aug. 1, 2014 at the City Square in downtown Glenville around 5:30 p.m. Entertainment and activities will be provided free of cost; 4-H will be selling concessions. If your school aged child needs a backpack and school supplies, you will need to RSVP no later than July 25th. Contact us at 304-462-7545 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know gender and grade your child will be attending this fall. Without the RSVP, back packs and school supplies will not be guaranteed.

Nat'l Night Out & History Joint mtg.
Two events of local interest coming up in August are the annual National Night Out in downtown Glenville, which is being sponsored by City Government, and the Joint Meeting of the Gilmer and Calhoun County Historical Societies.
On Tues., Aug. 5, the city of Glenville will join many other communities in the United States in sponsoring the "National Night Out," which is a fun-filled family evening with games, contests and dancing for the area's young people, as well as events in which the adults can participate. Generally, community clubs, organizations and businesses set up give-a-way booths with games or contests. For more information, or to sign up your organization for a booth, contact Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick or City Hall at 304-462-8040.
In another annual event, Gilmer County Historical Society members are invited to the Calhoun County Historical Society's History Center in the Old Stump Hotel for a meal and desserts, as well as a program. The meal will start at 5 p.m. on Thurs., Aug. 14, and the Calhoun members will supply the food, with the Gilmer members, the desserts. "This has been a popular joint event for several years and a lot of fun," states Gilmer's Historical Society President Dave Corcoran, Sr. For further information on what dessert to bring, contact Society Librarian Dot Frey at 304-462-4295.

Area Briefs 2014 07 03

Cedarville Independence Day night community show on this Sat., July 5

The Cedarville Community Association is sponsoring the traditional Fourth of July Holiday “Sound & Light Show” Sat., July 3, with the sky show beginning at dusk.

Special appreciation, as always, is extended to Robert Stout and his family, the Volunteer Fire Dept., all singers and volunteers who make this event possible.

The Association, a non-profit organization, promotes fellowship and improves the environment within the community. It also supports the education of youth and supports other organizations within the county.

If you would like to join this organization or help in anyway, contact Linda Fisher Brannon at 304-462-7304.

Community organizers want you to come early to enjoy the food and fellowship.

The fireworks display will occur this Sat., July 5 after dark. Bring your family out for the spectacular show.

FRN mtg. rescheduled, July 16

The Gilmer County FRN Board of Directors’ meeting scheduled for July 9th at 4 p.m. is rescheduled for Wed., July 16t at 4 p.m. at the FRN office on Main Street. The public is encouraged to attend. Please contact us at (304)462-7545 with questions.

Movie Night in City Square

Frozen in the Park - Community movie night in City Square, downtown Glenville on July 19th, estimated start time is 8:30pm, weather permitting. We will be showing Frozen. Bring a blanket and enjoy the movie! We are asking for donations of non-perishable food items to be donated to CRI’s Food Pantry.

Something new at ‘Business After 5 PM’

Dawna Smith, owner of the Freedom Home Structures at Glenville’s stoplight, will be sponsoring the July Gilmer County Business After 5 P.M. Social Hour, starting at 5:30 p.m. on Thurs., July 24. It will take place on the Old Ford Garage lot, where her yard and camp structures set.

What’s new? Mrs. Smith is inviting all business owners, managers and employees on Main Street to come to this Business Social, and to tell the other business people about their businesses. “It’s free publicity,” she points out, plus an opportunity for everyone to get acquainted. Also, there’s the chance for local businesses to network, since there is no Chamber of Commerce in this town. For more information, call Dave Corcoran, Sr., Coordinator of the Business After 5 Social Hour initiative, at 304-462-7309.

Rec Center pool to open in week

According to the latest information that we editors have, the Gilmer County Recreation Center’s Swimming Pool, which has been closed for repairs for over one year, is currently being filled with water, so it may be opened as early as the end of next week, or Fri., July 11.

Darrel Ramsey, the Rec Center’s Managing Director, outlines that after the pool is filled with water, it will have to be inspected by Health Dept. agents. Moreover, life guards have been identified and are being hired, he adds.

Pool hours will be 11:30 a.m.-to-6 p.m. daily, and this summer the admission fee will be waived, due to the Rec Center’s appreciation of the community’s patience in awaiting its repair and re-opening.

Pool Parties can still be scheduled from 6 p.m.-to-8 p.m., he adds, although a fee could apply to these social functions.

“We’re aware that local people and especially youngsters want to use the pool, so we’re trying our best to get it fully operational,” Mr. Ramsey states.

Back to School Bash to be held

Gilmer County FRN is hosting a “Back to School Bash” on August 1, 2014 at the City Square in downtown Glenville around 5:30 p.m. Entertainment and activities will be provided free of cost; 4-H will be selling concessions. If your school aged child needs a backpack and school supplies, you will need to RSVP no later than July 25th. Contact us at 304-462-7545 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know gender and grade your child will be attending this fall. Without the RSVP, back packs and school supplies will not be guaranteed.

Nat’l Night Out & History Joint mtg.

Two events of local interest coming up in August are the annual National Night Out in downtown Glenville, which is being sponsored by City Government, and the Joint Meeting of the Gilmer and Calhoun County Historical Societies.

On Tues., Aug. 5, the city of Glenville will join many other communities in the United States in sponsoring the “National Night Out,” which is a fun-filled family evening with games, contests and dancing for the area’s young people, as well as events in which the adults can participate. Generally, community clubs, organizations and businesses set up give-a-way booths with games or contests. For more information, or to sign up your organization for a booth, contact Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick or City Hall at 304-462-8040.

In another annual event, Gilmer County Historical Society members are invited to the Calhoun County Historical Society’s History Center in the Old Stump Hotel for a meal and desserts, as well as a program. The meal will start at 5 p.m. on Thurs., Aug. 14, and the Calhoun members will supply the food, with the Gilmer members, the desserts. “This has been a popular joint event for several years and a lot of fun,” states Gilmer’s Historical Society President Dave Corcoran, Sr. For further information on what dessert to bring, contact Society Librarian Dot Frey at 304-462-4295.

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Longaberger and Coach Bingo
Will be held on Fri., Feb. 7, 2014 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 which is raising money for school trips, Fun/Field Day and Yearbooks for all students.

Gilmer County Senior Center
An Evening of Elegance is planned for February 14, 2014 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. and a Italian themed buffet will be 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.

Little Kanawha Trailriders
Little Kanawha Trailriders 6th Annual Valentine's Dance. Sat., Feb. 15, 2014 at the 33 Country Club from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Admission $5.

The Gilmer County Unsafe Buildings and Lands Enforcement
The Gilmer County Unsafe Buildings and Lands Enforcement agency will meet Wed., Feb. 12, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. at Gilmer County Commission Office. All welcome.

Huntington's Disease Support Group
A HuntingtonÕs disease support group meets on the second Saturday of each month from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Saint Francis Hospital in Charleston. The next meeting is Sat., Feb. 8. Meetings are for patients, families, caregivers, at-risk or anyone affected by HuntingtonÕs disease. For more information contact Debbie Armstrong at 304-549-3266 or debarm@sudden link.net.

Executive Board Meeting
The Region VI Workforce Investment Executive Board will meet Thur., Feb. 13, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Region VI Workforce Investment Board Office, 17 Middletown Road, White Hall, WV. For more information about the meeting, contact Barbara J. DeMary at 304-368-9530.

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AA MEETINGS

The AA meetings will be held on Monday and Thursdays, at 7:00 p.m., at the Gilmer Public Library.

THE GC RETIRED SCHOOL EMPLOYEES MEETING

The GC Retired School Employees will meet Tues., Jan. 21, at GC Senior Center for lunch at 11:30 a.m. followed by a regular meeting. Educational objectives will be the topic by the membership committee. A reverse raffle will be the activity for our scholarship fund.

THE GILMER COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH MEETING

The Gilmer County Board of Health will be meeting Tues., Jan. 14, at 2:00 p.m. in the Conference Room at the Gilmer County Health Dept. As always the meeting is Open to the Public.

Huntington's Disease Support Group

A Huntington's Disease support group meets on the second Saturday of each month from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Saint Francis Hospital in Charleston. The next meeting is January 11. Meetings are for patients, families, caregivers, at-risk and anyone affected by Huntington's Disease. For more information contact Debbie Armstrong at 304-549-3266 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..