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Gilmer County Cross Country Needs Your Help

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The varsity girls and boys Cross Country Team as well as our middle school athletes are asking for donations for the team. Cross Country is an extremely rigorous sport that requires a combination of mind and body.

During the week, we run approximately 30-4o miles. One of our last meets is in a place called Cameron. The course offers a golf course, three water crossings, several log jumps. Our team is extremely excited. There is one catch; we must earn the money to stay the night before the meet.

Please show us that Cross Country is not a forgotten sport. Show our kids that you appreciate the blood, sweat, and tears that they put into their sport for our community.

Help our students raise enough money to stay in a hotel. Otherwise, we will probably not be going.

Thank you

Traci Evans
Head Track Coach
Gilmer County High School
304.462.7960

Russia Plans $65Billion Tunnel to America

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Russia has unveiled an ambitious plan to build the world’s longest tunnel under the Bering Strait as part of a transport corridor linking Europe and America via Siberia and Alaska.

The 64-mile (103km) tunnel would connect the far east of Russia with Alaska, opening up the prospect of the ultimate rail trip across three quarters of the globe from London to New York. The link would be twice as long as the Channel Tunnel connecting Britain and France.

The $65 billion (£33 billion) mega-project aims to transform trade links between Russia and its former Cold War enemies across some of the world’s most desolate terrain. It would create a high-speed railway line, energy links and a fibreoptic cable network.

Proposals for a tunnel under the Bering Strait were first advanced a century ago under Tsar Nicholas II but foundered with the outbreak of the First World War and the Russian Revolution. The idea was revived after the collapse of the Soviet Union but was shelved once again in Russia’s financial meltdown of 1998.

Russian officials insist that the tunnel is an economic idea whose time has now come and that it could be ready within ten years. They argue that it would repay construction costs by stimulating up to 100 million tons of freight traffic each year, as well as supplying oil, gas and electricity from Siberia to the US and Canada.

Maxim Bystrov, deputy head of Russia’s agency for special economic zones, said: “This will be a business project, not a political one.” The tunnel across the international date-line would be built in three sections through two islands in the Bering Strait and would link 6,000km (3,728 miles) of new railway lines. The tunnel alone would cost an estimated $10-12 billion to construct.

The scheme is being championed by Viktor Razbegin, deputy head of industrial research at Russia’s Economic and Trade Development Ministry. He has long advocated a tunnel under the Bering Strait to provide a land route between Russia and the US, and published a feasibility study in the 1990s.

He told journalists that state and commercial companies would form a public-private partnership to fund and run the project. A conference in Moscow next week will propose an inter-governmental agreement with the US to underwrite construction of the transport link in return for a stake in the business.

Russian Railways is said to be examining the construction of a 3,500km route from Pravaya Lena, south of Yakutsk, to Uelen on the Bering Strait. The tunnel would connect this to a 2,000km line from Cape Prince of Wales, in West Alaska, to Fort Nelson, in Canada.

The project could save Siberia and the US $20 billion a year in electricity costs, according to Vasily Zubakin, deputy chief executive of Hydro, a subsidiary of Russia’s main electricity producer, Unified Energy Systems. The company plans to build two giant tidal plants in the Far East to supply tengiga-watts of electricity by 2020.

However, some of those said to be involved in the project appeared sceptical. Sergei Grigoryev, vice-president of the state oil pipeline monopoly Transneft, said: “I’ve never heard of this plan. We need to first develop fields in East Siberia.”

Others also questioned whether it made economic sense, pointing out that Alaska has large oil reserves of its own and that China’s huge market was closer and more lucrative.

The tunnel on the Russian side would start in the Chukotka region, governed by Roman Abramovich, the billionaire owner of Chelsea FC, who appears unlikely to plough his fortune into such a risky venture.

Report: WV Rural Roads 7th Most Deficient in U.S.

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A nonprofit transportation research group says West Virginia’s rural roads are in poor shape.

In a report released Thursday, Washington, D.C.-based TRIP says West Virginia ranked seventh in the nation for deficient rural roads in 2008, with 27% of major rural roads rated in poor condition.

The report says 14% of the WV’s rural bridges were rated as structurally deficient in 2010.

Another 21% were functionally obsolete.

The report also says West Virginia has the 14th highest rural traffic fatality rate in the nation, with 2.62 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles of travel.

In 2009, 221 of the state’s 356 traffic fatalities occurred on rural non-interstate roads.

Glenville: Music Fest 2011

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Pulled Pok BBQ Dinner at Gilmer County Farm Show - 09.09.11

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Fishing Report - 09.01.11

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BEECH FORK
The reservoir level is at summer pool.  The surface water temperatures are 75 degrees or above.  Anglers should call the Beech Fork Corps of Engineers office at 304.525.4831 for more information.  Bass will be holding in 6 to 10 feet of water near logs or rock shelter.  Panfish fishing is good right now with bluegill being easily caught.  Try jigging around submerged trees for both black and white crappie.  Channel catfish can be caught throughout the lake on chicken livers and cut.bait, Beech Fork is heavily stratified so don’t put your bait on the bottom in more than 10 feet of water.  Recently some large flathead catfish have been found in the tailwater and in the lake.


BLUESTONE
Fishing on the lake is good.  Anglers should try their luck around any downed trees or weed beds using worms, small minnows or jigs for sunfish.  Nice crappie are being creeled by anglers using live minnows, small jigs, and small beetle.spins jig.spinners).  Bass anglers should concentrate their efforts on structure such as downed timber, rocky drops or weed beds.  Top water baits such as rapalas, tiny torpedoes and sluggos are excellent choices fished early and late.  Recent reports also indicate stripers are hitting shad on top early and late.  Target these fish with top water baits and shallow shad imitating lures in white and silver when they surface to chase shad.  Anglers do well on other species such as smallmouth bass and hybrid stripers in the tailwaters on jigs and minnows.  Channel catfish can be caught from the tailrace and main lake using chicken livers, worms, or prepared dough baits Powerbait, etc.).  For more information call Corps of Engineers at 304.466.0156.


BURNSVILLE
The lake is at summer pool.  Fishing is good.  Bass are being caught in and around cover.  Bluegill and crappie are also hitting live bait.  Reports of some big flathead catfish being landed this week on live bait. To beat the afternoon heat, try early mornings and evenings for the best action. Trout still remain in the tailwaters.  For more information call Corps of Engineers at 304.853.2398.


EAST LYNN
The reservoir is at summer pool with clear water in the main lake becoming a little more turbid in the upper arms.  The surface water temperature is 75 degrees.  For more information call the Corps of Engineers recorded message at 304.849.9861.  Bass will be holding deep in 6 to 12 feet of water near logs, stumps and fish attracting brush piles.  Bluegill and other sunfish can be found actively feeding in one to six feet of water.  Musky will be found near bush piles and fallen trees.  Channel catfish and flatheads are abundant in the lake and can be caught with a variety of baits.  Walleye have been seen in the upper reaches of the lake chasing schools of shad.


R.D. BAILEY
R.D. Bailey is a great place to try for bass and especially spotted bass.  Bass can be found along the rocky drops with points another good spot to try.  Good baits are plastic jigs in black and chartreuse colors or live shad.  Bluegills are providing consistent action in standing timber.  Best baits are worms and small jigs.  Hybrid striper and channel catfish fishing is good off of shallow points at night.  Best baits are chicken liver, shad, and soft shell crayfish.  Carp are also providing a lot of fun for night anglers.  Best baits are corn and dough balls.  Some trout are still being creeled in the tailwaters.  For more information call the Corps of Engineers recorded message at 304.664.9587.


STONECOAL LAKE
The lake is three feet below summer pool.  Fishing is good.  Bass are being caught in and around cover.  Bluegill and crappie are also hitting live bait and jigs in the late evening around beaver huts and fish attractors.  Also, a few walleye are being caught.  To beat the afternoon heat, try early mornings and evenings for the best action.


STONEWALL JACKSON
The lake is two feet below summer pool and milky. Fishing is good.  Bass are being caught in and around cover.  Bluegill and crappie are also hitting live bait and fishing is great.  A few large musky in the 50 inch range have been reported.  A few channel catfish have been caught.  To beat the afternoon heat try early mornings and evenings for the best action.  A few trout still remain in the tailwaters.  Before heading to the lake please call Corps of Engineers at 304.269.7463.


SUMMERSVILLE
The lake is at summer pool and clear.  Fishing is good.  Bass are being caught in and around cover.  Bluegill and crappie are also hitting live bait.  A few walleye are being caught at the mouth of McKee’s Creek.  To beat the afternoon heat, try early mornings and evenings for the best action.  Brood trout were stocked in the tailwaters on August 18.  If you are looking for a back country experience hike down in the gorge and enjoy some quality trout fishing.  For more information call Corps of Engineers at 304.872.5809.


SUTTON
The lake is at summer pool and clear.  Fishing is good.  Bass are being caught in about 10.15 feet of water.  Most are being caught in and around cover.  Bluegill and crappie are also hitting live bait.  Try fishing at the fish attractors artificial brush piles placed by WVDNR.in the lake to increase success.  To beat the afternoon heat, try early mornings and evenings for the best action.  The tailwaters are normal and clear. Trout still remain in the tailwaters.  Before heading to the lake please call Corps of Engineers at 304.765.2705.


TYGART LAKE
The lake is about two feet below the summer level.  The water temperature is 80 degrees from the surface to 40 feet, 78 at 50 feet, 77 at 75 feet, and 74 degrees at 100 feet.  The best fishing will be a dawn and dusk for all species.  Bass tournament success rates continue to be good for smallmouth bass.  Look for schools of white bass breaking water throughout the lake and make long casts with small spoons or crank baits.

There are lots of walleye and trout in the tailwaters.  A 6.pound walleye was caught two weeks ago.  The tailwater temperature is 74 degrees.  Call the Corps of Engineers telephone hotline at 304.265.5953 for daily lake and tailwater conditions.


NORTHERN WEST VIRGINIA


OHIO RIVER New Cumberland, Pike Island and Hannibal pools and tailwaters):
Bass tournaments have had outstanding success during the past month and fishing success for most species have been good.  Sauger, smallmouth bass, walleye, and white bass are attracted to the currents at lock and dam tailwaters.  During normal flows, walleyes and sauger will start feeding about an hour before sunset and then throughout the night.  Jigs with minnows are particularly good baits but 3.inch plastic grubs will also be productive.  White or chartreuse are good colors.  Hybrid striped bass will also move in and out of the tailwaters and tributary mouths, and can be caught using large crank baits.  Channel and flathead catfish are abundant throughout the river.


MONONGAHELA RIVER
The river is at a normal summer level and water temperature has decreased to the 76 . 78 degree range.  The best fishing will occur from 6 to 9pm and at 6 to 9am during low light conditions, particularly in the dam tailwaters.  Sauger and walleye will begin feeding at dusk.  Jigs with minnows are particularly good baits but 3.inch plastic grubs will also be productive.  White or chartreuse are good colors.  Channel catfish are abundant throughout the river.  Hybrid striped bass also move in and out of the dam tailwaters.  Troll for muskies using large crank baits anywhere on the river.


CHEAT LAKE
The lake is now at the summer recreation level and can only fluctuate two feet until November.  Channel catfish can be caught throughout the lake but are particularly numerous upstream of Mt. Chateau.  Large sunfish are abundant along the shoreline from Sunset Beach cove to the Ices Ferry bridge.  Cheat Lake has been one of the top lakes for bass fishing tournament success for the past five years.  The embayments at the Cheat Lake Park are good areas for bank fisherman to catch sunfish and largemouth bass.


EASTERN PANHANDLE


South Branch and Cacapon Rivers
Flow in many streams and rivers throughout the eastern panhandle are low for most streams.  Water temperatures are near 75 degrees and anglers are still catching smallmouth bass on both crankbaits and topwater lures in the South Branch.  Float trips on some sections of the river may be difficult.  Many smallmouth bass in the South Branch have been tagged as part of a fish movement and fish health study, so if you catch a tagged fish, please clip off the tag and return it to DNR for a reward.

A new fishing guide is now available for the Eastern panhandle which includes a steam map.  The new fishing guides can be obtained free of charge from any of our district offices.


Shenandoah River
The flows in the Shenandoah River are low but in great fishing condition. Smallmouth bass can be caught in riffle areas at the head of pools and around aquatic vegetation just before dark.  Channel catfish can be caught at head of pools just after dark but usually stop biting just before midnight.  Recent biological surveys showed many large smallmouth bass and lots of large channel catfish.


North Branch River
The flows in the North Branch are currently near 200 cfs and are projected to remain at that level over the next couple days.  This is a great time for trout fishing.  Float trips on the North Branch have been very successful catching lots of smallmouth bass, rockbass bass, and sunfish.  No additional whitewater events are scheduled for the North Branch this year.


Small Impoundments
Small impoundments are currently in great fishing condition.  Bass, bluegill and catfish are biting in small impoundments.  Anglers have been doing extremely well fishing for largemouth bass and biological surveys have observed bass in the 8 pound range.  Small impoundments are stratified which means deep water will have limited oxygen so fish shallow.  Catchable channel catfish have been stocked is some small impoundments and should provide great angling opportunities throughout the summer.


Jennings Randolph Lake
Jennings Randolph Lake is currently 16 feet below conservation pool and dropping slowly.  Both the WV and MD ramps are open for the season.  Anglers have been doing well fishing for smallmouth bass and trout, and some anglers are catching legal sized walleye.  The water is very clear and smallmouth bass are hitting top water lures.  Don’t forget you can buy a season boat launch pass for Jennings Randolph Lake and the pass is honored at both the MD and WV ramps.


Mt. Storm Lake
Anglers at Mt. Storm should target striped bass, black bass and walleye.  Anglers have been doing well catching both bass and walleye.  Fish can be caught throughout the lake but many anglers do well fishing with chicken livers near the discharges.  Recent fishing tournaments caught both smallmouth and largemouth bass.


CENTRAL WEST VIRGINIA

Water levels are normal and clear.  September is a great month to introduce a child to fishing.  The weather is nice and the bluegills are hitting.  If you are looking for a place to go, please check the fishing regulations and the WVDNR website for a list of public access sites or call your local WVDNR district office for some advice and a place to fish.  Lots of trout remain in area lakes, rivers, and streams from the stocking season.  If going alone, always tell someone where you are going and when you will return.


SOUTHERN WEST VIRGINIA

The New and Greenbrier rivers are providing good fishing for smallmouth bass.  With cooling temperatures, bass will bite throughout the day over the next few weeks.  Anglers should try white or chartreuse spinner baits and buzz baits, white plastic grubs, or small rapalas in black and silver or live bait such as minnows.  Soft plastics fished slow and deep are always an excellent choice for smallmouth. Think . BSD for trophy smallmouth, ‘big slow and deep’.  A large smallmouth has a lot to choose from in the New to eat, make sure you bait is always in the strike zone to maximize your catch.  Big fish like access to deep water, even if found in a shoal or riffle area. Spots below or above shoals are good spots to try your luck at this time of the year.  Finally, to interest a trophy bass, use large baits.  For bass in small impoundments, try fishing the end of points, or close to any visible structure.  Best baits include spinner baits, worms, senkos, spinners and buzz baits, or try to find what they like in your tackle box.  Lakes such as Plum Orchard, Stephens, Horse Creek, Hawks Nest and Pipestem all provide good bass fishing.  Most of these impoundments contain a channel catfish population, which are fun to catch also.  Best time to fish is late night and very early morning with chicken livers or soft shells.  This is a prime time to take a child fishing!  There is no better way to introduce a child or novice to fishing than to take them out for an evening of carp fishing.  Try chumming with creamed corn upstream of where you are fishing and use shredded wheat dough ball or whole kernel corn for bait.  Make sure your rods are anchored down with a rock or a carp may take it!!!  Good spots to catch a carp are Bluestone and R. D. Bailey lakes, New and Kanawha rivers.


SOUTHWESTERN WEST VIRGINIA


Lower Ohio and Kanawha Rivers
Fishing around dawn and dusk is the way to go to beat the heat and slay the fish. Skipjack fishing is really heating up with a new state record being caught in the R.C. Byrd tailwaters.  Try small jigs with minnows or white grubs, shad darts, or shad imitating lures.  Once you catch a few skipjack you can use them to lure in the monster flatheads.  At a recent tournament several monster flatheads were weighed in, all caught on skipjack.

Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass are actively feeding and can be caught on a variety of soft plastics and crank baits.  Sauger and walleye are being found in the tailwater section along with white bass, hybrid striped bass and drum.  Channel catfish are abundant and can be caught throughout the river on a variety of baits.


Guyandotte, Coal, Poca, Elk, and Mud Rivers
Smallmouth, spotted and largemouth bass are actively feeding.  With low clearing water you have to be able to spot the structure and cast to it without being so close that you spook the fish.  Panfish and rock bass can also provide some nice action in these streams.  Try using rooster tails and small crayfish imitators.  Now is a great time to plan a float trip on your local river.


Small Impoundments
Fishing for Channel Catfish should be excellent in area small impoundments that received catchable sized stockings.  Panfish and bass will be actively feeding and should be easily caught with nightcrawlers or artificial baits.  Bass fishing can be slow right now but with the cool nights lowering the water temperatures, look for feeding to pick up soon.


WEST-CENTRAL WEST VIRGINIA
Summer is an excellent time to fish Belleville tail.waters of the Ohio River.  Anglers are catching white bass, hybrid striped bass, and a few other species.  Lead headed jigs with twister tails white or chartreuses), which are fished along the bottom, are the lure of choice.  Clever anglers are tipping their jig hooks with minnows or shad.  Best spots to fish these areas include eddies and back.current sections, and anywhere that river flows are unusual.  Schools of hybrid striped bass will periodically move up to the surface to ambush prey, so keep a look out for this activity.  When this activity is seen, agitator bobbers fished with rubber minnow imitations or fresh bait fished with surf casting equipment, generally provides the best result.  Fresh bait small skipjack.can be caught from these areas using “Sabiki” rigs.  Fishing along the Willow Island tailwaters is restricted due to hydro.power development. Anglers now have access only to a point approximately 150 yards below the dam, and flows have changed significantly.

Elsewhere on the Ohio River fishing for catfish has been good.  Channel catfish anglers should use night crawlers, chicken liver, or prepared catfish type baits. Live fish should be used for flatheads.  Good fishing sites for catfish include deep areas along islands and tributary mouths.

Fishing has been good for largemouth bass in area lakes. Spinner baits, rubber worms, crank baits, and surface lures are producing bass in areas of good cover.  Good choices for area lakes include Mountwood in Wood County, Conaway Run in Tyler, Charles Fork in Roane, North Bend Lake in Ritchie County, and Elk Fork, Woodrum, and O’Brien lakes in Jackson County.  Best fishing times will be early in the morning and during the evening hours.  These lakes can also supply good bluegill fishing.  For these sunfish use trout magnets or spinners, small jigs, or small worms.

Summer is a good time to fish for channel catfish in area lakes and streams.  Chicken livers, night crawlers, and prepared catfish baits work well.  Remember fishing at night is generally better than fishing during the day for catfish in the summer.

Local musky streams should be fishable this weekend.  Summer musky anglers use large crank baits or jurk baits and best spots are usually around fallen trees or riffle areas.  Fishing has been quite good this year for musky along Middle Island Creek, the Little Kanawha River, and on the Hughes River and its forks.

~~  Stream Conditions ~~
NORTHERN   Levels       Conditions
Ohio River (Wheeling)   Normal   Clear    
Fish Creek   Normal   Clear    
Fishing Creek   Normal   Clear    
Big Sandy (Preston)            
Monongahela River   Normal     Milky  
Buckhannon River            
Wheeling Creek   Normal   Clear    
Buffalo Creek   Normal   Clear    
Blackwater River     High     Muddy
  
EASTERN PANHANDLE Levels Conditions
S. Branch (Potomac) Low     Clear    
S. Branch (Smoke Hole)   Normal   Clear    
Shenandoah River Low     Clear    
Patterson Creek Low     Clear    
N. Fork S. Branch Low     Clear    
Cacapon River   Normal   Clear    
Back Creek   Normal   Clear    
Opequon Creek   Normal   Clear    
Lost River Low     Clear    
  
CENTRAL Levels Conditions
Elk (Sutton)   Normal   Clear    
Little Kanawha   Normal   Clear    
Elk (Clay)   Normal   Clear    
West Fork River   Normal   Clear    
Gauley River   Normal   Clear    
Cranberry River   Normal   Clear    
Cherry River   Normal   Clear    
Cherry River (N. Fork)   Normal   Clear    
Cherry River (S. Fork)   Normal   Clear    
Williams River   Normal   Clear    
Knapps River   Normal   Clear    
Greenbrier (E&W Forks)   Normal   Clear    
Little River   Normal   Clear    
Shavers Fork   Normal   Clear    
Buckhannon River   Normal   Clear    
Holly River   Normal   Clear    
Elk River (Webster)   Normal   Clear    
Elk River (Back Fork)   Normal   Clear    
 
SOUTHERN Levels Conditions
New River (Hinton) Low     Clear    
Greenbrier (Hinton) Low     Clear    
Greenbrier (Ronceverte) Low     Clear    
Anthony Creek Low     Clear    
Big  Creek Low     Clear    
Meadow River Low     Clear    
Turkey Creek Low     Clear    
Potts Creek Low     Clear    
Second Creek Low     Clear    
Pinnacle Creek Low     Clear    
Horse Creek Lake Low   Clear  
Big Huff Creek Low     Clear    
Indian Creek Low     Clear    
Glade Creek (New River) Low     Clear    
Marsh Fork Low     Clear    
New River (Gauley) Low     Clear    
Glade Creek (Man) Low     Clear    
Camp Creek Low     Clear    
East River Low     Clear    
 Fork Creek Low     Clear    
Dry Fork Creek Low     Clear    
Berwind Lake  Low     Clear    
 
WESTERN & SOUTHWESTERN Levels Conditions
Little Kanawha River   Normal   Clear    
Ohio River   Normal   Clear    
Hughes River   Normal     Milky  

Bon Appétit: Buttermilk Pancakes

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Ingredients:

  3 cups all-purpose flour
  3 tablespoons white sugar
  3 teaspoons baking powder
  1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  3/4 teaspoon salt
  3 cups buttermilk
  1/2 cup milk
  3 eggs
  1/3 cup butter, melted


Directions:


In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

In a separate bowl, beat together buttermilk, milk, eggs and melted butter.

Keep the two mixtures separate until you are ready to cook.

Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat.

You can flick water across the surface and if it beads up and sizzles, it’s ready!

Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture, using a wooden spoon or fork to blend.

Stir until it’s just blended together.

Do not over stir!

Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/2 cup for each pancake.

Brown on both sides and serve hot.

Daily G-Eye™ : 09.02.11

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Morris Stadium - GSC - Glenville, WV
~~  by Gary Collins ~~

Submit photos for this daily feature. You may select to have your name listed as well.
Send your photo(s) to “tellus@gilmerfreepress.net”

Stargazing - 09.02.11

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Look for Mercury quite low in the east shortly before sunrise the next few mornings.

The planet looks like a fairly bright star.

You need a clear horizon to see it, though, because any nearby trees or buildings will block it from view.


Morning Mercury

As recently as the 1960s, astronomy textbooks reported that the length of a day and a year on the planet Mercury were the same. That’s because astronomers thought the same side of the planet always faced the Sun, just as the same side of the Moon always faces Earth. That would create a world where one hemisphere broiled in constant sunlight, while the other froze in perpetual night.

It turns out that that’s not the case, though. Mercury completes three turns on its axis for every two orbits around the Sun. So, on average, one “day” on Mercury lasts almost six Earth months.

The mistake came about because Mercury is difficult to study. The planet is small, and it’s quite close to the Sun in our sky, so it’s hard to see much detail on its surface. Every time Mercury came closest to Earth, astronomers saw the same vague features, so they concluded that the same side always faces the Sun. Instead, though, Mercury completes three turns on its axis between each closest approach to Earth, so the same features rotate into view each time Mercury comes close enough to see.

Astronomers discovered the truth about Mercury in the early ’60s, when they used radar to measure how fast the planet spins.

Look for Mercury quite low in the east shortly before sunrise the next few mornings. The planet looks like a fairly bright star. You need a clear horizon to see it, though, because any nearby trees or buildings will block it from view.

G-MM™: Meditation Moment - 09.02.11

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‘Surely you cannot make the bridegroom’s attendants fast while the bridegroom is still with them.’

Once again Jesus is at a party.

All the ‘wrong’ people are there.

As these gatherings were open to uninvited observers, the Pharisees could come and keep an eye on things.

They are trained in religious matters, so they ask questions of Jesus, perhaps out of professional interest at this stage of Jesus’ ministry.

Jesus delights in the company of all those there, and the questions give him an opportunity to bring wonderful news in a message that is new and will demand something new in us to receive it.

As we take our place among the guests, we might look at Jesus and speak to him directly using the words of the hymn of the first reading, and there find reasons for happiness in his promises and for saying thanks.


Colossians 1:15-20. Come with joy into the presence of the Lord—Ps 99(100):2-5. Luke 5:33-39.

Farrell C. Belknap

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Farrell C. Belknap

Age 86, of Glenville, and Parkersburg, WV passed away peacefully at Hospice Care Regional Center in Elkins, WV.

He was born on May 13, 1925 on Big Trace Run, near Exchange, Braxton County, WV a son of the late Henry and Roena Lake Belknap.

He was a US Army Veteran of WWII.

He worked for many years at Penn Metal and Brockway Glass Company in Parkersburg.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Brothers Eugene Belknap and Jack Belknap and eight step-brothers and sisters.

Mr. Belknap is survived by his wife Elda Blake Belknap of Glenville, WV. Daughter Shara Belknap Curry and her husband Joel of Glenville. Sisters, Fay Scott of Glenville and Maxine Wilson of Barbourton, OH, and sister in-law Alice Belknap of Parkersburg, WV, Grandchildren, Andrea Curry of Red Bluff, CA and Alicia Miller of Barboursville, WV, Great-Grandchildren include, Kadin and Nikia Oaktree of Californi.. Breanna, Ethan and Elianna Miller of Barboursville, WV.

Graveside services will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday September 03, 2011 at Braxton County Cemetery with Rev. Joel Curry officiating.

Friends may call from 1:00 - 3:00 PM at Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home in Flatwoods, WV.

William Roy “Bill” Cain Sr.

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William Roy “Bill” Cain Sr.

Age 57, of Weston, died Saturday, August 27, 2011, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston, following an extended illness.

He was born March 28, 1954, in Clarksburg, a son of Helen Jordan Cain of Weston and the late Robert Morgan “Bob” Cain.

He is survived by two sons, William Roy “Billy” Cain Jr. of High Point, NC, and Christopher Scot Cain of Randleman, NC; three grandchildren, William Roy Cain III, Amanda Cain and Zyna Cain; two brothers, Dale Cain of Big Isaac and Mark Cain of Pruntytown; two sisters, Beverly Cumpston of Grafton and Donna Miner of Philippi; and several nieces and nephews.

Bill was a veteran, having served in the United States Navy.

He loved working on motorcycles and cars and enjoyed his time out on the road.

He was Pentecostal by faith.

Friends called from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Wednesday, August 31, at The Way Of Holiness Church, Buckhannon.

Funeral services were held 1:00 PM Wednesday, August 31, at The Way Of Holiness Church with Pastor Jerry Murrell officiating.

Boyle Funeral Home, Weston.

Richard “Dick” Barton

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Richard “Dick” Barton

Age 88, of Pennsboro, Ritchie County, formerly of Doddridge County, departed this life on Wednesday, August 31, 2011.

He was born on March 03, 1923 at Owens, WV, the son of the late James Otis Barton and Lottie Comer Barton.

He is survived by one daughter, Caroline Robinson, Oakland, MD; two sons, James Richard “Rick” Barton of Vienna and Gregory R. Barton of Meadowwood Farms, Ellenboro, and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Leva Jean Barton. Mr. Barton graduated from Charleston High School, Charleston, W.Va., served in the United States Army (Air Force Division) in World War II and retired as a conservation officer (sergeant) from the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources. He had a commercial and instrument pilot license and flew with the West Virginia wing of the Civil Air Patrol and served on the West Union Town Council. He was a member of the Friendship Lodge No. 58 A.F & A.M. and had served on the Grand Lodge of West Virginia; Board of Director of the North Bend Rail for Trails, member of the Shiloh Trail Riding Club in Ritchie County and the Lake Trail Foundation.

A memorial service will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home, 212 Front St., West Union on Friday, September 09, 2:00 PM, with Pastor David McCauley presiding.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel one hour prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shiloh Riding Club.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Barton family.

Mary Francis Ball

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Mary Francis Ball

Age 90, of Sutton passed away at her home on August 31, 2011.

She was born on August 30, 1921 in Vanceburg, KY to the late Grover Cleveland and Eliza Josephine Bias Vance.

She was a homemaker, former member of Cazy Freewill Baptist Church and a member of Post #33 American Legion Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a son; Gary Lou Jarrell.

Mary is survived by her husband; Charles E. Ball, sons; Harold Joe Jarrell and wife Esteleane of Bim, WV, Alfred Jarrell of Uneeda, WV, daughters; Delores Hicks of Danville, VA, Gloria Tincher of Bob White, WV, 13 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday September 02, 2011 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with the Rev. Billy Griffin officiating.

Burial will follow at Family Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Low Gap, WV at 2:00 PM on Friday September 02, 2011.

Friends called 6:00 - 8:00 PM on Thursday September 01, 2011 at the funeral home.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, WV is humbled to serve the Ball family.

Janice Margaret Detamore

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Janice Margaret Detamore

Age 81, of Weston, passed away Tuesday, August 23, 2011, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.

Margaret made her home at 73 Dovener Street, “Deanville Area” with her nephew and niece, Jack and Crissy Brown.

She was born December 28, 1929, in Fayette County, a daughter of the late Russell W. Detamore and Irene Grogg Detamore.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her lifetime companion, Dr. Robert W. Boyle; two brothers, William Detamore and Richard Detamore; and one sister, Olive Roberta Ward.

Margaret is survived by two sisters, Phyllis Maxine Detamore Perkey and Dolores “Dee” Curtis; and several nieces and nephews who all loved her dearly.

Margaret worked hand in hand with Dr. Robert W. Boyle in the Weston office as receptionist for over 40 years.

She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church.

She loved NASCAR, baseball, needlepoint of all kinds and reading.

Friends were received Friday, August 26, at Boyle Funeral Home, Weston.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 PM Friday, August 26, at the Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend J. Stephen Vallelonga officiating.

Interment followed in Peterson Cemetery, Weston.

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