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West Fork Conservation District Supervisors Meeting – 06.07.11

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The West Fork Conservation District Board of Supervisors monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 07, 2011 at the Gilmer County Senior Center, Glenville, WV.

The meeting starts at 9:00 AM.

Contact Dinah Hannah, Administrative Officer, at 304.627.2160 for further information.

The West Fork Conservation District in West Virginia is comprised of the following four (4) counties located in the northern-central portion of the state:

•  Doddridge County
•  Gilmer County
•  Harrison County
•  Lewis County

Congressman Nick Rahall: Alzheimer’s Awareness

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In the United States, an estimated 5.4 million people are living with Alzheimer’s.  It is a devastating disease affecting Americans across all walks of life. No two individuals are affected in the same way by Alzheimer’s, and no two families will be able to provide care in the same way.

Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the fifth-leading cause of death for those aged 65 and older.  It is the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed.

In West Virginia, over 44,000 citizens have been diagnosed as Alzheimer’s patients, and this number is expected to grow to 50,000 by 2025.  Starting this year, more than 10,000 baby boomers a day will turn 65, meaning more families in West Virginia and across the nation will face this heartbreaking disease.  The Generation Alzheimer’s report estimates 10 million baby boomers will develop Alzheimer’s disease, and one in eight will either die with it or from it.

Living with and caring for a loved one afflicted by Alzheimer disease places tremendous burdens on families and caregivers. It can be financially crushing, and emotionally and physically exhausting.
Over 93,000 health care providers work with Alzheimer’s patients in our state, and thousands of family members become caregivers for loved ones. We must continue to pool our resources so that we can see a cure and improved treatments for Alzheimer’s before it takes hold of a generation.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2011 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, the cost of caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias will amount to $183 billion, with Medicare and Medicaid making up the overwhelming majority of these costs. Unless something is done, by 2050, the figure is expected to increase to reach $1.1 trillion.

The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that treatment which delays the onset of Alzheimer’s for five years, similar to the effect of drugs that regulate cholesterol in preventing heart disease, would save Medicare and Medicaid $362 billion by 2050. Additionally, developing a treatment that slows the progression of Alzheimer’s would save Medicare and Medicaid $180 billion by 2050.

I am proud to say that last December, I cosponsored the National Alzheimer’s Project Act, which will marshal resources across the Federal government to establish a national strategy to find a cure and improve treatments for Alzheimer’s.

This Congress, I am continuing my efforts with my co-sponsorship of two bills which focus on the Alzheimer’s patient and promote research into the disease: H.R. 1386, the Health Outcomes, Planning and Education (HOPE) for Alzheimer’s Act, and H.R. 610, the Making Investments Now for Dementia (MIND) Act.

H.R. 1386 aims to improve access to diagnosis, care planning, and medical record documentation for patients and their families. While the numbers of patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is growing, there are still a staggering number of people who have not been formally diagnosed.  Without a proper diagnosis, these patients not only do not have access to the medical care they need, their families are then unable to get services to assist their family members.  H.R. 610 would create a new form of U.S. Bonds to specifically fund Alzheimer’s research at the National Institutes of Health, creating a revenue stream, and thereby, increasing the focus on finding a cure for this disease.

These initiatives, fostered through advocacy by groups like the Alzheimer’s Association of West Virginia, must continue as we forge a path towards a cure for this debilitating disease.

If you have any questions please contact my office, at 202.225.3452 or feel free to visit to my website at www.rahall.house.gov and email me.

With warm regards, I am

Sincerely,
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NATIONAL and Local FEEDER & STOCKER CATTLE SUMMARY - WEEK ENDING 06.03.2011

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RECEIPTS:        Auctions    Direct    Video/Internet     Total
This Week         105,000    10,100        10,800        125,900   
Last Week         149,700    19,200        32,600        201,500   
Last Year         120,600    21,300         4,800        146,700

Compared to last week’s sharply lower market, feeder steers and heifers sold mostly steady to 3.00 lower in a light holiday test.

Stocker cattle and calves traded uneven across the country with most trends ranging from 3.00 lower to 3.00 higher.

Most major Monday auction markets were closed for Memorial Day and direct trading was extremely slow with continued pressure from lower early-week CME cattle futures.

Feedlot managers stopped the fed cattle market bleeding this week and held prices mostly steady from 104.00-107.00, after losing 15% of their market position in the last several weeks since posting all-time record highs at the tail-end of March.

Market influencing factors have been stacked against feeder cattle with economic recovery slowdown fears, drought conditions in the Southern Plains inflating feedlot inventories, and flooding in the Midwest drowning corn acres and driving grain prices.

Dallas has received some rain which has cooled the media frenzy on the drought, but to the west where the real stereotypical Texas lies and in neighboring areas of New Mexico and northward through western Kansas the persistent heat, wind, and dryness brings to mind The Grapes of Wrath.

Wildfires continue to ravage the prairie and mountainsides with tinder pastures providing much more protein for the fires than for the few cattle still residing.

Farther north and east the Army Corps of Engineers (who will no longer be receiving Christmas cards from river valley farmers and small-town residents) have been busy blowing levees along the Mississippi River and now have started releasing a tidal wave from the six major dams that make up the Missouri River Mainstem Reservoir System.

Flooding rains and rapidly melting snow will be making its way down the Missouri and wreaking havoc on places like Sioux City, IA where the nearby Tyson beef packing facility in Dakota City, NE is said to be safe but will temporarily close to allow employees to prepare their homes.

Cattle producers in the Southeast are still recovering from earlier spring flooding but have used recent sunshine to make hay, which has reduced auction receipts.

Feeder cattle sales have been very light all across the country while most industry members still suffer from the April placement hangover from last month’s cattle-on-feed report.

Feedlot replacement data can be very difficult to predict, but nationwide reported auction receipts are much simpler.

Over the last eight weeks (which should encompass some degree of May placement totals) headcounts of feeders moving through livestock auctions reported by the Federal-State Market News Service were nearly 21% lighter than the same period last year.

Some of the buyers that attended the Ogallala, NE Livestock Market’s 60th Anniversary Special may be experiencing much lighter numbers of available feeder cattle.

There were 640 head of top quality 800-900 lb steers on hand that averaged 121.39 and over 500 head weighing from 900-950 lbs with a mean of 119.59, both of which far exceed projected breakeven purchase levels.

This week’s reported auction volume included 53% over 600 lbs and 49% heifers.

Auction Receipts:  105,000   Last Week:  149,700   Last Year:  120,600

Buckhannon Livestock, Buckhannon, WV
Weighted Average Report for Wednesday Jun 01, 2011

Cattle Receipts:  22 Total Head: 40

Slaughter cows made up 36% of the offering,
replacement cows 23%, and feeders 41%.

The feeder supply included 67% steers, and 33% bulls.

Near 89% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    675-675    675       114.00         114.00
    1    820-820    820       103.00         103.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    2    610-610    610       131.00         131.00
    2    608-608    608       111.00         111.00   RWF

Feeder Bulls                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    390-390    390       107.50         107.50   RWF
    1    610-610    610       110.00         110.00
    1    735-735    735        85.00          85.00

Bred Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    805-805    805       760.00         760.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    3    950-975    958    730.00-810.00     782.87   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    1    805-805    805       760.00         760.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred

Slaughter Cows                Breaker 70-80% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1515-1515  1515        75.00          75.00
                                Lean 85-90% Lean
    1    795-795    795        68.50          68.50   Low Dressing
    2   1130-1155  1143     72.00-73.00       72.49
    1   1155-1155  1155        79.00          79.00   High Dressing
    3    825-940    878     45.00-60.50       52.82   Low Dressing

Cow/calf pairs
 Head 5 
         Age 2-8 / Calf 250lb  under       885.00-1250.00         
         
         Age 8-over Calf 250lb over        835.00-920.00
          
Baby Calves Returned to the farm
  Head 4                      Beef             Dairy
             Newborn          70.00             22.50
             100-150lbs                      
             150-250lbs                        125.00

Weston Livestock, Weston, WV
Weighted Average Report for Saturday May 28, 2011

Cattle Receipts:  92

Slaughter cows made up 21% of the offering, slaughter bulls 8%,
replacement cows 4%, and feeders 67%.

The feeder supply included 25% steers, 53% heifers, and 22% bulls.

Near 44% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    375-375    375       105.00         105.00   Exotic
    1    485-485    485       130.00         130.00
    1    545-545    545       128.00         128.00
    1    685-685    685       120.00         120.00
    1    750-750    750       115.00         115.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    325-325    325       111.00         111.00
    1    365-365    365       112.50         112.50

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    310-310    310        85.00          85.00   RWF
    1    365-365    365        99.00          99.00   RWF
    3    435-445    442    103.00-117.50     107.76
    1    490-490    490       118.00         118.00   RWF
    1    520-520    520       118.00         118.00
    1    585-585    585       120.00         120.00
    1    620-620    620       115.00         115.00
    1    660-660    660       113.00         113.00   RWF
    1    700-700    700       103.00         103.00   RWF
    3    833-833    833       107.00         107.00   RWF
    1    940-940    940        87.00          87.00   Exotic
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    250-250    250        97.00          97.00
    1    370-370    370       101.00         101.00

Feeder Bulls                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    435-435    435       115.00         115.00
    1    495-495    495       114.00         114.00   Exotic
    1    640-640    640       103.00         103.00   RWF
    1    675-675    675       114.00         114.00
    1    710-710    710       112.00         112.00
    1    925-925    925       107.00         107.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    335-335    335       120.00         120.00

Bred Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1220-1220  1220       940.00         940.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred
                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Middle Aged
    1   1205-1205  1205       900.00         900.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred

Slaughter Cows                 Boner 80-85% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    4   1045-1285  1189     69.50-77.00       73.61
    1   1095-1095  1095        80.00          80.00   High Dressing
    2   1055-1255  1155     64.50-65.00       64.73   Low Dressing
    1   1475-1475  1475        84.50          84.50   High Dressing
                                Lean 85-90% Lean
    2    910-1155  1033     61.00-65.00       63.24   Low Dressing

Slaughter Bulls                Yield Grade 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    4   1905-2375  2119     91.00-100.00      94.89

Cow calf pairs, head 10
 Ages 2-8                  calf 250 lb or less    calf over 250 lb
                L&M 1      1100.00-1300.00
                L&M 2      635.00-885.00            

 Ages 8 & up    L&M 1      910.00-1135.00

Bulls by the head, Head 4
  800-1000 lbs             810.00-1050.00
  1000-up                  1400.00

Jackson County Regional Livestock Market, Ripley, WV
Weighted Average Report for Saturday May 28, 2011

Cattle Receipts:  132

Slaughter cows made up 23% of the offering, slaughter bulls 5%,
replacement cows 14%, and feeders 57%.

The feeder supply included 17% steers, 44% heifers, and 39% bulls.

Near 31% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    285-285    285       137.00         137.00
    1    420-420    420       138.00         138.00
    1    455-455    455       120.00         120.00
    4    550-575    565    114.00-125.00     120.19
    2    615-635    625    123.00-126.00     124.52
    2    665-670    668    119.00-131.00     124.98
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    410-410    410       117.00         117.00
                             Holstein Medium and Large 2
    1    670-670    670        69.00          69.00

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2    270-295    283    129.00-134.00     131.39
    4    375-385    383    119.00-129.00     126.05
    8    400-445    432    120.00-133.00     126.62
    5    455-455    455    123.00-131.00     124.60
    2    500-525    513    117.00-131.00     123.83
    4    570-590    576    123.00-126.00     124.26
    1    640-640    640       114.00         114.00
    2    657-657    657       109.00         109.00
    3    735-742    740    100.00-104.00     102.68
    1    780-780    780       100.00         100.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    575-575    575       103.00         103.00

Feeder Bulls                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    4    392-392    392       145.00         145.00
    8    465-496    487    109.00-141.00     119.53
    3    483-483    483       110.00         110.00   Exotic
    1    540-540    540       132.00         132.00
    1    550-550    550       124.00         124.00
    5    615-640    625    100.00-122.00     113.96
    1    695-695    695       116.00         116.00
    2    775-785    780     94.00-99.00       96.52
    1    825-825    825        95.00          95.00
    2   1020-1025  1023     84.00-88.00       86.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    540-540    540       119.00         119.00

Bred Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    875-875    875   999.00-1135.00    1135.00   Per Head  1-3 Months Bred
    1   1150-1150  1150       925.00         925.00   Per Head  1-3 Months Bred
    1    930-930    930       700.00         700.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    3    725-820    757    650.00-750.00     686.12   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred
    1   1135-1135  1135   999.00-1100.00    1100.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred
                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Middle Aged
    2   1125-1160  1143    700.00-850.00     773.85   Per Head  1-3 Months Bred
    5    965-1120  1040    700.00-875.00     794.73   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    1   1065-1065  1065       875.00         875.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred
    2   1275-1365  1320   999.00-1100.00    1056.53   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred
                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Aged
    2    910-1150  1030    525.00-675.00     608.74   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred

Slaughter Cows                Breaker 70-80% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2   1125-1325  1225     81.50-83.00       82.19   High Dressing
    2   1435-1470  1453     74.00-77.00       75.48   High Dressing
                               Boner 80-85% Lean
    1    830-830    830        70.00          70.00
    1    840-840    840        76.00          76.00   High Dressing
    5    735-875    822     43.00-65.00       56.45   Low Dressing
   10    920-1395  1160     68.00-83.50       74.64
    5    930-1365  1234     75.00-84.50       79.38   High Dressing
    3    925-1375  1175     50.00-60.50       54.67   Low Dressing
    1   1410-1410  1410        83.00          83.00
    1   1610-1610  1610        88.50          88.50   High Dressing

Slaughter Bulls                Yield Grade 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    5   1175-1175  1175        81.00          81.00
    2   1610-1610  1610        88.50          88.50   High Dressing

Head BUlls
 Head
    2   975.00

Babyf Calves
 Head
    9   25.00-210.00

Cow Calf Pairs
 Head
    36  650.00-1300.00

Weekly Horoscope: 06.05.11 - 06.11.11

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Aries (Mar 21-Apr 19) - Your mind will be racing a mile a minute on the 5th. Harness the most important impulses and give them your undivided attention. Take better care of your health on the 6th and 7th. You’ll be prone to minor infections, ears, nose and throat problems. Difficulties with someone you deal with at work will be directly linked to emotional deceptiveness. Leave the talking to someone else on the 8th and 9th. You are likely to say something that you’ll regret later if you react instead of respond. A change of plans will work in your favor on the 10th and 11th. Getting together with someone you want a stronger relationship with will help bridge the gap that you have with one another.

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Taurus (Apr 20-May 20) - Home is where the heart is on the 5th. Invite friends over or spend a quiet day with your lover. Good ideas will develop through the discussions you have with others. Emotional upset and anger will make you feel ill on the 6th and 7th. Dealing with children or a loved one will leave you questioning where you have gone wrong. Don’t blame yourself for someone else’s problem. Make up your own mind on the 8th and 9th when it comes to your schedule and planning for events you want to attend. An interesting turn of events on the 10th and 11th will give you reason to celebrate. A job, promotion or completing a project will have its perks as well as bring you recognition.

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Gemini (May 21-Jun 20) - You may be in a chatty mood on the 5th but avoid embellishing your content or someone will correct you. Take care of any personal or domestic responsibilities on the 6th and 7th before you make a promise to help an outsider. It’s important to let the people you are closest to know that you can be counted on when help is needed. You will be tempted to get involved in something that is questionable on the 8th and 9th. Consider the consequences as well as the impact your choice will have on someone who depends on you. Socializing on the 10th and 11th will do you good and help you realize what you need in your life and what you must do in order to make it happen.

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Cancer (Jun 21-Jul 22) - Don’t let mood swings result in disappointment on the 5th when you should try to be passionate and loving instead of difficult to deal with. Be honest on the 6th and 7th about what you want and how you see your life unfolding. If you don’t follow the path that suits you best you will not be happy. Create the ideal situation in your head and do your best to make it happen. Put more emphasis on home family on the 8th and 9th and how you can make your life more comfortable. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones. You are best to be secretive about your comings and goings on the 10th and 11th rather than upset someone who doesn’t understand what you are doing.

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Leo (Jul 23-Aug 22) - You’ll tend to overreact on the 5th. Before you do or say something you’ll regret consider that you may not have all the facts. Give someone the benefit of the doubt. You’ll take on too much on the 6th and 7th. Before you end up with little time to take care of your responsibilities refrain from making impossible promises. Don’t let anyone take advantage of your generosity on the 8th and 9th. It’s nice to want to please others but don’t do so at your expense. You can impress without going overboard. You’ll be in a better position on the 10th and 11th if you socialize and network with people who can actually help you instead of you being the one doing all the work.

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Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22) - Don’t overspend on the 5th on luxury items or to impress someone. It’s better to keep things simple and let your knowledge and experience be memorable. Emotions will be difficult to ignore on the 6th and 7th. Before you let someone or something upset you consider all the good in your life and make plans to spend time with the people you enjoy most. You may feel bored and unhappy with your current position on the 8th and 9th but now is not the time to make impulsive alterations. Think about your future on the 10th and 11th and what is required in order to live the lifestyle you desire at a price you can afford. A geographical change may be necessary.

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Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22) - Nothing is too difficult if you organize your time and budget properly on the 5th. As long as you don’t underestimate what’s required you’ll do fine. A moneymaking opportunity is apparent on the 6th and 7th. Take advantage of an investment that will tie up your funds so that you can avoid spending on people and items you don’t need. Express the way you feel on the 8th and 9th and you will find out exactly where you stand. Communication will bring results that will allow you to move on to bigger and better situations. You need a break on the 10th and 11th. A mini vacation or traveling to see someone you miss will help you put your life and your goals back on track.

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Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21) - Take a moment to assess your situation before you take action on the 5th or you may make an error of judgment that will affect an important relationship. An opportunity is apparent on the 6th and 7th regarding a job project or advancement within your chosen field. Jump at any chance you get to show off your skills talent and expertise. Take care of any contractual financial or legal matters on the 8th and 9th so that you can get down to business without worrying about the paperwork involved. Emotions will be difficult to contain on the 10th and 11th due to information that you have been given regarding a medical legal or financial problem you encounter.

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Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 21) - Put money into your residence your living quarters and your comfort on the 5th but don’t go over a set budget. Someone is likely to mislead you on the 6th and 7th. Do your own fact finding especially if money is involved. Networking socializing and asking a lot of questions will help you make a good decision. You’ll be impulsive engaging and unpredictable on the 8th and 9th. The changes you make will allow you to revamp your lifestyle to better suit your current needs. Love is in the stars and time spent with someone special will pay off. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you can get something for nothing on the 10th and 11th. Empty promises are apparent.

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Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 19) - Weight the good and the bad on the 5th and make whatever changes necessary to make your personal life better. Don’t let your emotions cause you to make poor choices. Property purchases residential moves renovations or changing your living arrangements on the 6th and 7th will benefit you emotionally mentally physically and financially. Don’t take on responsibilities that don’t belong to you on the 8th and 9th. It’s time to let the people who lean on you to stand on their own two feet. Say what’s on your mind and do what feels right on the 10th and 11th regardless of what others say, do or think. You are the one who has to live with your decision.

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Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18) - Think before you act on the 5th. The choices you make now will determine how well you do in the future. Pick your friends and associates wisely. Take good care of your health happiness and your emotional wellbeing on the 6th and 7th. A problem with a friend, neighbor or relative will leave you in an awkward position. Protect your assets. Take care of your responsibilities on the 8th and 9th before someone complains. Physical effort on your part will show that you are trying your very best. Look at your investments on the 10th and 11th and you will find a way to stretch your profits. Putting money into your home or a small business endeavor will pay off.

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Pisces (Feb 19-Mar 20) - Take part in events on the 5th that will bring you in touch with your past. Attending a reunion or visiting places and people you remember fondly will lift your spirits. Don’t question what needs to be done on the 6th and 7th if it has to do with work. You are best to do a stellar job without making a fuss. Treat business or personal partners fairly on the 8th and 9th or you will face opposition. You must be willing to put in as much effort in as everyone else if you want to avoid criticism. Make plans to do something with someone you enjoy spending time with on the 10th and 11th and you will enhance your relationship. It’s what you do for others that will make your life better.

Bon Appétit: Pumpkin Bites

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Ingredients:
1-pound piece pumpkin or butternut squash
6 thin slices dense German-style rye or pumpernickle bread
1/4 cup basil pesto
24 small sprigs watercress


Directions:

Cut out 24 balls from pumpkin piece or butternut squash (halved) and steam until tender, 8 minutes.

Cool.

Cut out 6 rounds from each slice of bread and spread each round with 1/2 teaspoon pesto.

Top pesto with pumpkin balls.

Prick each pumpkin ball once with a toothpick and stick watercress sprig in hole.

Daily G-Eye™ : 06.05.11

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construction at Glenville Community Church - Walnut Street - Glenville, WV


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Send your photo(s) to “tellus@gilmerfreepress.net”

Stargazing - 06.05.11

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Cygnus, the swan, is beginning its climb to prominence in the summer sky.

It is low in the east and northeast a couple of hours after sunset.

Its long, graceful body runs parallel to the horizon, with its wings stretched to either side.


Transit of Venus

One year from today, a tiny black dot will creep across the face of the Sun: the planet Venus. It’ll take more than six hours to pass from one edge of the Sun to the other, so at least some of the event—known as a transit—will be visible from most of Earth.

The transit will be fun to watch, but it won’t have much scientific value. That wasn’t always the case, though. Transits of Venus were some of the most widely anticipated scientific events of the 18th and 19th centuries.

The first transit ever recorded took place in 1639. Around that time, astronomers realized that you could use transits to measure the distance from Earth to Venus, which in turn would reveal the distance to the Sun and all the other bodies of the solar system; more about that tomorrow.

But it was a long wait for a chance to try it out. Transits occur in pairs, with a gap of eight years between the first transit and the second. But the pairs are separated by more than a century. There were two transits in the 18th century, two in the 19th, and none in the 20th. So after the transit of 1639, the next one didn’t come along until 1761.

Using the transits of the 18th and 19th centuries, astronomers were able to calculate the Earth-Sun distance to within a fraction of a percent of the true distance—a bit less than 93 million miles.

So mark your calendars for next June’s transit of Venus—the last one until the year 2117.

TRUTH OR TRADITION?  – The Form of Doctrine #125

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The Form of Doctrine

The Gospel.
The fundamentals of the gospel of Jesus Christ are His death, His burial, and His resurrection (1 Cor. 15:1-4) .  The doctrine of Christianity stands on these three great truths:  Christ died for our sins,  He was buried in the tomb,  and He arose on the third day.  These three facts cannot be obeyed, but a form of them can be.


Free From Sin.
“But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin,  but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.  Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness” (Rom. 6:17-18) .  These Roman Christians had been servants of sin, but are now the servants of righteousness.  At what point had they been made free from sin?  When they accepted Christ?  When they believed that form of doctrine?  When they confessed that form of doctrine?  Or, when they obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine?  How does Paul answer that?


Baptized Into.
What form of doctrine is Paul talking about?  What had they obeyed?  We need to back up in the chapter to see that. “Know ye not that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?” (Rom. 6:3) .  Must we be “in Christ” to be saved?  Can one be saved outside of Christ?  How does Paul say we get into Christ?  Accept into?  Believe into?  Confess into?  Repent into?  Baptized into?


Buried And Raised.
“Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death:  that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”  (Rom. 6:4) .  According to Paul,  is baptism sprinkling, pouring, or immersion?  Does that newness of life begin before or after we are risen with Him?  Can we be raised with Him if we have never been buried with him?


Planted Together.
“For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death,  we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:” (Rom. 6:5) .  Can we be in the likeness of his resurrection if we have never been planted with him?


The Old Man Crucified.
“Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed…” (Rom. 6:6) .  Before a new life in Christ can be enjoyed, the old way of life…the old man of sin…must be put to death.  What do we do with a dead body?
Sprinkle a little dirt on it?  Or bury it?


The Form Of Doctrine.
The basic doctrine of Christianity is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.  We can’t obey that,  we can only believe it.  But baptism is a form of that doctrine that we can and must obey.  We must die to sin….crucify the old way of life.  We must bury that old man of sin in water.  Then we are raised to walk in newness of life.  Baptism is a form of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.


The New Birth.
That’s the new birth of water and spirit that Jesus told Nicodemus about (John 3:1-8) .  We must die to the old way of life before we can live and enjoy the new.  If you would like to study these matters further, give us a call.


Steer Creek Church of Christ,  3466 Rosedale Road,  Stumptown WV 25267
Minister: Gene H Miller, 3281 Rosedale Road, Shock WV 26638-8410.
Phone:  304.462.0384     E-Mail:  “ghmiller@rtol.net”  Web Site:  steercreekchurchofchrist.org

06.05.11

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Today - June 05, yyyy

Today is Sunday, June 05, the 156th day of 2011. There are 209 days left in the year.

Thought for Today: “Dare to be naive.“ - R. Buckminster Fuller, American inventor and philosopher (1895-1983).

Today’s Highlight in History:

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On June 05, 1968, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in Los Angeles’ Ambassador Hotel after claiming victory in California’s Democratic presidential primary. Gunman Sirhan Bishara Sirhan was immediately arrested.

On this date:

In 1884, Civil War hero General William T. Sherman refused the Republican presidential nomination, saying, “I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected.“

In 1916, the Arab Revolt against Turkish Ottoman rule began during World War I.

In 1933, the United States went off the gold standard.

In 1940, during the World War II Battle of France, Germany attacked French forces along the Somme line.

In 1947, Secretary of State George C. Marshall gave a speech at Harvard University in which he outlined an aid program for Europe that came to be known as The Marshall Plan.

In 1950, the US Supreme Court, in Henderson v. United States, struck down racially segregated railroad dining cars.

In 1967, war erupted in the Mideast as Israel raided military aircraft parked on the ground in Egypt; Syria, Jordan and Iraq entered the conflict.

In 1976, 14 people were killed when the Teton Dam in Idaho burst.

In 1981, the Centers for Disease Control reported that five homosexuals in Los Angeles had come down with a rare kind of pneumonia; they were the first recognized cases of what later became known as AIDS.

In 2004, Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, died in Los Angeles at age 93 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Ten years ago:
•  Tropical Storm Allison made landfall on the Texas coast (the storm resulted in severe flooding and tornadoes blamed for 41 deaths).
•  Senate Republicans spent their last full day in power before turning control over to Democrats, a change that came about because of a decision by Vermont Senator James Jeffords to leave the GOP and become an independent.

Five years ago:
•  More than 50 National Guardsmen from Utah became the first unit to work along the US-Mexico border as part of President George W. Bush’s crackdown on illegal immigration.
•  Serbian lawmakers proclaimed their Balkan republic a sovereign state after Montenegro decided to split from a union and dissolve the remnants of what was once Yugoslavia.

One year ago:
•  Israeli forces seized a Gaza-bound aid vessel, the Rachel Corrie, without meeting resistance days after a similar effort turned bloody.
•  Finance ministers and central bankers from the world’s leading economies meeting in Busan, South Korea, agreed on the need to cooperate in fending off financial market turmoil and keeping the world economic recovery on track.
•  Francesca Schiavone beat Samantha Stosur of Australia, 6-4, 7-6 (2), to win the French Open, giving Italy its first female champion at a Grand Slam tournament.
•  Drosselmeyer pulled off an upset in the Belmont Stakes.

Today’s Birthdays:
Actor-singer Bill Hayes is 86
Broadcast journalist Bill Moyers is 77
Author Margaret Drabble is 72
Country singer Don Reid (The Statler Brothers) is 66
Rock musician Fred Stone (AKA Fred Stewart) (Sly and the Family Stone) is 65
Rock singer Laurie Anderson is 64
Country singer Gail Davies is 63
Author Ken Follett is 62
Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, is 60
Rock musician Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden) is 59
Jazz musician Kenny G is 55
Rock singer Richard Butler (Psychedelic Furs) is 55
Actor Jeff Garlin is 49
Actress Karen Sillas is 48
Actor Ron Livingston is 44
Singer Brian McKnight is 42
Rock musician Claus Norreen (Aqua) is 41
Actor Mark Wahlberg is 40
Actor Chad Allen is 37
Rock musician P-Nut (311) is 37
Actress Navi Rawat (RO’-waht) is 34
Actress Liza Weil is 34
Rock musician Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy) is 32
Rock musician Seb Lefebvre (Simple Plan) is 30
Actress Amanda Crew is 25

WV Lottery - 06.04.11

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01-10-22-25-31     HB: 11    

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17-19-39-41-58     PB: 21   PowerPlay: x 5  

Glenville: GCVFD Flea Market - Sunday, 06.05.11

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Flea Market!!!

New Glenville Fire Department

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Noon- 5:00 PM


Come out and find great deals on new and used items of all sorts.

Or set up your own table and make some extra cash by selling your unwanted treasures.

Cost of table rental is $10.00 per table.

Donations will also be accepted!!!

For more information: Contact 304.904.8141

Minnie Hamilton and other WV Health Centers Receive Federal Grants

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Federal grants totaling more than $6.6 million have been awarded to three West Virginia community health care centers to increase access to care in underserved areas.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Home Cluster Program awarded more than $1 million to the Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center in Grantsville and $767,605 to E.A. Hawse Center Inc. in Baker.

Huntington-based Valley Health Systems received the largest grant, more than $4.78 million.

U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller announced grants Friday.

WV Governor: Private Sector Growth

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In recent weeks I had the opportunity to meet with hard working West Virginians who are growing our state’s private sector. From a large employer with thousands of employees, to a small entrepreneur with less than twenty employees, their individual accomplishments are strengthening West Virginia’s economic stability. Whether through new commitments from established companies, or the birth of a new business venture, the jobs maintained and those created in West Virginia are keeping our citizens employed, putting food on the table for our families, and paying household bills.

There are often unique circumstances that lead to business development. As an example, there were many private and public entities that gathered for the West Virginia Summit and Expo on Homeland Security at Marshall University in Huntington this week. United States Senator Jay Rockefeller and the Discover Real West Virginia Foundation hosted the event as a means to share ideas regarding security in our ever changing world, and to discover new avenues for economic development within the security industry. I enjoyed my visit with this group as they demonstrated the skills they have acquired while also sharing their concerns for ever-evolving security threats. It is my hope that this exchange of knowledge will further expand West Virginia’s security industry and assist our state and country in becoming more vigilant and prepared for the dangers that threaten our way of life.

The road, from conception of a business idea to the opening that business’ doors, is one that can be quite intimidating. Throughout the state there are business summits and conventions held to assist our private sector companies in their various fields. I encourage company leaders and founders to make use of such opportunities as one may discover a new avenue in which a business can explore and expand. Local chamber of commerce offices are also good sources of information and assistance. At the same time, the West Virginia Development Office offers various means of business development. From the new business to the existing, the experts at the West Virginia Development Office are there to help companies seek and obtain their highest potential.

It is my goal to help West Virginia’s economy expand. From our state’s business tax structure to our second-to-none work force, West Virginia’s business climate is improving, and the potential for economic growth will only increase as changes we have previously employed take root. While I and other state leaders will do more to lay the ground work for an improved business climate, it is the private sector leaders, innovators, and thinkers that will ultimately create and maintain employment opportunities for all West Virginians. I am pleased to see so many businesses are taking advantage of our economic strengths and making it their own.

WVDNR: Spring Gobbler Kills Down 10%

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Hunters killed 9,216 bearded turkeys during the spring season in West Virginia, a 10% drop from a year ago.

The Division of Natural Resources said Friday that a lower hunter turnout due to high gas prices and rainy weather was to blame, along with a smaller turkey population.

The spring kill was the lowest since 1990.

Mason, Preston, Kanawha and Jackson counties reported the most kills.

WV Aims to Regulate Safety While Keeping the Zest in Zip Lines

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Hurtling down a cable suspended over the treetops is becoming an increasingly popular entertainment known as ziplining or canopy touring.

West Virginia businesses offering the sport will be required to meet the state Division of Labor Safety Section standards, effective June 10, 2011.

The regulations require that zip line and canopy tour operators meet standards set by the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) for safe installation, operation and inspection. ACCT is the trade organization for challenge course programs.

The new law also sets rules for annual permits, commercial liability insurance and inspector certifications.

Operators can get a permit application by visiting the Labor Safety Section website www.wvlabor.com/ziplinecanopytour or calling 304.558.7890.

The completed application must be turned in to the West Virginia Labor Safety Section, along with copies of the inspection report, the inspector’s credentials, proof of insurance and permit fee.

“The zip line and canopy tour businesses we have talked to so far view this as a positive step,” said Jennifer Burgess, Director, West Virginia Labor Safety Section. “The permits and certificates of inspection show they comply with safety standards. That is good for the adventurous tourist, the individual business and for the industry as a whole across the state.”

WV Division of Tourism Unveils New Civil War Brochure

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The West Virginia Division of Tourism is marking the first Civil War land battle at Philippi in 1861 with the release of a new brochure listing 150 Civil War sites and points of interest in West Virginia.

The brochure is aimed at attempting to show many, many stories about our people and our towns that really have not been interpreted and shared.

Two years of work went into the brochure that is out in time for the commemoration of the Civil War’s Sesquicentennial.

In addition to West Virginia, the program also includes Virginia, Maryland, North Caroline and Tennessee.

For more information, you can go to www.civilwartrails.org.

Annual Calhoun County Wood Festival: ‘Takin’ it to the Streets’ - 2011

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49th Annual Calhoun County Wood Festival: ‘Takin’ it to the Streets’
Grantsville, WV


Saturday, June 04, 2011

8:30 AM:  5K Walk/Run and Kids Run sponsored by State Farm Insurance - Tim Moore, Agent and Change the Futurek West Virginia (Courthouse Steps)

9:00 AM: Booths Open

10:00 AM: Registration begins for Corn Hole Tournament

10:00 AM:  Kids Day Activities sponsored by Loren B. Howley (Court House Steps)

12:00 Noon:  Grand Parade (Parade Marshalls,  Burl & Jean Muncy Simers

12:00 Noon:  Registration begins for Kiddie Garden Tractor Pull (Information Booth)

12:30 PM – 3:00 PM:  West Virginia Blue Grass Alliance (Main Street Stage)

1:00 PM:  Corn Hole Tournament begins

2:00 PM:  Kiddie Peddle Garden Tractor Pull

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM:  Stoker 7 (Main Street Stage)

4:00 PM – 4:35 PM:  John Richards (Main Street Stage)

5:00 PM –6:30 PM: The Will Freed Band (Main Street Stage)

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM:  Plan B (Music from Oldies to Today) - Sponsored by Rogers and Son Oil and Gas (Main Street Stage)

8:30 PM:  Calhoun Wood Festival 50th Anniversary Auction

9:00 PM – 11:00 PM:  The Traders Guide Presents Dangerfield with Roger & David Bush, Harry Beall, Rick Poling and Lyle Kerby (Main Street Stage)

11:00 PM:  Grand Fireworks Finale sponsored by Calhoun Banks and Grantsville Foodland

Car Wash at McDonald’s - Saturday 9:00 AM

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The Self family’s home burnt down on Wednesday 06.01.11 and the athletic program at the Gilmer County High School is giving a car wash at McDonald’s Saturday morning at 9:00 AM to help them financially.

DONATIONS also would be very much welcomed.

Thank You

G-Comm™: Obama in a Dream World

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At the G-8 summit in Deauville, France, the news was dramatic, delivered by Nicolas Sarkozy of France and Barack Obama.

To sustain the Arab Spring, America, Europe and Japan will provide $40 billion in fresh foreign aid for Arab nations that take the democratic path.

The $40 billion breaks down thus: $10 billion from the G-8, $10 billion from the Gulf Arabs, and $20 billion from the World Bank and the international development banks.

Now, as Gulf petrodollars come from U.S. consumers of gas and oil, and we are to be the largest contributor of direct aid, and we are the largest contributor to the World Bank and the development banks, U.S. taxpayers have just been put on the hook for untold billions.

Yet that $40 billion over three years is pocket change compared to what Hillary Clinton promised at the Copenhagen summit.

In December 2009, a year that millions of Americans lost their jobs and homes, Clinton pledged $20 billion annually as the U.S. share of a $100-billion-a-year transfer of wealth to help Third World nations cope with global warning.

The U.S. contribution would start under Obama and rise to $20 billion annually by 2020, when the First World would begin transferring $1 trillion dollars every decade to the developing world.

Ethiopia’s prime minister, Meles Zenawi, who announced the plan, indicated Africa’s disappointment at its meagerness. But, in return for a seat at the table managing the money, he graciously accepted.

Am I missing something?

Was not 2009 a tough year for America? Was it not the first of three in which we ran a deficit of 10 percent of our gross domestic product? Are we not talking of cutting Medicare and Social Security for seniors who have chipped in to those programs all their working lives to secure their retirement years?

Cities are cutting education. States are slashing pensions. The Pentagon is killing weapons systems. And Barack Obama is ladling out fresh foreign aid.

The Europeans, too—are they living in the real world?

Greece hangs on a precipice, with Europeans debating whether Athens should be allowed to default, which would blow a hole through banks all across Europe. Portugal and Ireland could follow. In the worst case, Spain and Italy fail, entailing a terminal crisis of the EU.

In Athens, anarchists have taken to the streets. Huge protests have erupted in Spain and Britain. How long can the austerity continue among the big debtor nations before social cohesion collapses?

Across the continent, populist parties of the right are rising that seek to retrieve the sovereignty surrendered to transnational institutions by their globalist elites.

~~  by Pat Buchanan ~~

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