Folk Festival Raising Money for Repairs of Little Kanawha Valley Bank Building

Located on Howard Street overlooking downtown Glenville is the Little Kanawha Valley Bank building. The Little Kanawha Valley Bank received its charter in 1901, and the building was constructed the same year. In 1906 the bank merged with the First National Bank forming the Kanawha Union Bank, and the Classic Revival-style building was occupied by until 1916 when the bank outgrew the small facility. Originally located on Powell Street, it was moved to its present location in 1977 when the Kanawha Union Bank donated the building to the West Virginia State Folk Festival. The building has served various functions since 1916 and has been moved three times, but is now situated on a lot roughly a block from its original location.

The building is architecturally significant for its pressed metal material and its use of classical detail – the bank’s sheet metal exterior is its most notable characteristic. Pressed metal was a popular building material during the early twentieth century, and the low cost of the material allowed the bank to imitate the impressive classical fronts of larger, urban financial institutions. Since the 18th century, American buildings have displayed ornamentation in a variety of metals which was primarily reserved for grand houses and large commercial and religious buildings. Technological advances after 1800 led to a greater variety of metals available at a lower cost, but sheet metal became less popular after the 1930’s. Many buildings that had been covered with metal were stripped, and those that were originally covered with the metal during the turn of the century are few. Although the Little Kanawha Valley Bank has been moved several times, it still retains its original sheet metal exterior that it had in 1901.

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For many years, the building was home to the late Claude Kemper’s “Birds of My Hollow” exhibit during the Folk Festival, and this tradition continues with Ron and Lynne Kemper. The building is also home to the paper quilling demonstrations by Reita Marks during the festival. The Folk Festival would like to continue to use the building for these purposes, as well as for other artistic purposes throughout the year.  In order for this to continue, repairs to the roof and windows are urgently necessary.

The Little Kanawha Valley Bank is a historic treasure that only adds to the legacy of the downtown area, but it has had little attention in recent years. Its most urgent need is a new roof, which requires that the Folk Festival committee conduct fundraising activities.  The results of a successful fundraising effort toward the repair of the building can only be a positive for the Glenville and Gilmer County communities.

The Little Kanawha Valley Bank building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1991 and is now under federal protection. Contributions for the maintenance and improvements to the building are welcome and may be sent to the West Virginia State Folk Festival, P.O. Box 362, Glenville, WV 26351. Donations may also be made online at

Horoscopes: March 26, 2015

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Venus exploring the early part of Taurus tunes us in to the many ways we can fill our experience with beautiful sights, sounds, tastes, smells and physical feelings. This sensual passage also has a way of making us think that these pleasures are worth whatever amount money is being asked for them. True quality cannot be bought.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Try new things, even if you’re pretty sure you won’t like them. A too-limiting belief about what kind of person you are will restrict the range of experiences you could be enjoying.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The rotten-apple theory suggests it only takes one to spoil the bunch. Someone who lacks integrity is a danger to the group. Take courage and stand up against those who are on the wrong path.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). If your mood dips, your mind may become occupied with concerns that weren’t there when you were feeling good. Keep worry at bay by continuing to do the things that contribute to a high level of positive energy.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). The old rule won’t apply, and the new rule hasn’t been made yet. While things are in flux, take this opportunity to shake things up. Bonus: You’ll expand your network in the process.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Just because someone is not on your wavelength doesn’t mean you shouldn’t at least try to communicate. Your efforts to connect will be meaningful and will lead to gains in the distant future.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). If you don’t act when you see the opportunity, someone with less experience and wisdom will. Take initiative. It won’t be as much work as you think, and you’ll get help once you commit.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). While your community service may be commendable, today your compassion will not be measured by the degree to which you knock yourself out to help others. It is better assessed by the kindness you afford yourself.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). To get to happiness, you do not always have to go through the dark forest of unhappiness. It helps that you’ve been there before and already understand the contrast. Avoid the forest, and try a new path.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Overnight success is a matter of preparation, the likes of which takes years, not hours, to cultivate. Continue doing the work in good faith. Keep a strong grip on your optimism, as it’s one of your best qualities.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You’re an independent with your own ideas about how things should unfold. If you dare to stand alone, you won’t be alone for long, mainly because you’re right.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You may not start out in an optimum mood, but you can get there with a little work. Remember how you overcame your last big challenge. Review the steps you took. You will learn from yourself.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Someone should only be able to hurt you once. If you get hurt by the same person twice, it means that on some level you’re agreeing to it. You can be friendly and loving and still stay inside your own emotional boundaries.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY. You’ll get what you need indirectly this year. Unexpected relationships will be emotionally fulfilling. Next month, a personal risk will lead to lifestyle upgrades. May shows you clearing up misunderstandings to move forward with an exciting venture. You’ll become a leader at work in August. Taurus and Cancer people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 47, 33, 50, 41 and 13.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: “I was born on March 8 and am over 50 now. I plan to move to another state due to health problems in my family. But I am terrified that at my age it will be impossible to find work in a new place. I am alone here right now, and my family is already over there. I feel so lonely and would like to be near my family. Will I find a job in this place? Am I too old for work?”

Ageism is a big topic these days as the baby boomers enter retirement. But be careful not to buy into the media spin on this topic by being fearful or creating problems that do not exist. Being terrified will create the exact state you do not want. So start being optimistic and imagining yourself as absolutely employable. Indeed, being young is a state of mind, and you are the sign of mind-over-matter. Pisces people can do spiritual work that will work better than any facelift to appear, and indeed be, in the prime of life. You should also know that if you are moving closer to family in order to aid in someone’s healing or to care for their health in any way, this will be an especially fortuitous move for you.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Look for Keira Knightley in the upcoming adventure film “Everest,” co-starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Aries actresses like Knightley are drawn to physically demanding roles because this energetic sign can handle the challenge. Knightley’s natal sun, Mercury and Venus are all in high-octane Aries.

WayBackWhen™: March 26, 2015

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Today is Thursday, March 26, the 85th day of 2015. There are 280 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlights:

On March 26, 1945, during World War II, Iwo Jima was fully secured by U.S. forces following a final, desperate attack by Japanese soldiers. Former British Prime Minister David Lloyd George, 82, died in Ty Newydd, Llanystumdwy, Wales.

On this date:

In 1812, an earthquake devastated Caracas, Venezuela, causing an estimated 26,000 deaths, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

In 1827, composer Ludwig van Beethoven died in Vienna.

In 1874, poet Robert Frost was born in San Francisco.

In 1892, poet Walt Whitman died in Camden, New Jersey.

In 1917, the Seattle Metropolitans became the first U.S. team to win the Stanley Cup as they defeated the Montreal Canadiens.

In 1934, Britain enacted a Road Traffic Act reimposing a 30 mile-per-hour speed limit in “built-up areas” and requiring driving tests for new motorists.

In 1958, the U.S. Army launched America’s third successful satellite, Explorer 3.

In 1964, the musical play “Funny Girl,” starring Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice, opened on Broadway.

In 1979, a peace treaty was signed by Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and witnessed by President Jimmy Carter at the White House.

In 1982, groundbreaking ceremonies took place in Washington D.C., for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

In 1990, “Driving Miss Daisy” won the Academy Award for best picture; its star, Jessica Tandy, was named best actress. Daniel Day-Lewis won best actor for “My Left Foot” while Oliver Stone was honored as best director for “Born on the Fourth of July.” Designer Halston died in San Francisco at age 57.

In 1997, the bodies of 39 members of the Heaven’s Gate techno-religious cult who’d committed suicide were found inside a rented mansion in Rancho Santa Fe.

Ten years ago: German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger stood in for Pope John Paul II during the Easter Vigil Mass at the Vatican. (Ratzinger later succeeded John Paul, becoming Pope Benedict XVI.) Former British Prime Minister James Callaghan died one day before his 93rd birthday in East Sussex, England.

Five years ago: The U.S. and Russia sealed the first major nuclear weapons treaty in nearly two decades, agreeing to slash the former Cold War rivals’ warhead arsenals by nearly one-third. A South Korean warship exploded and sank near a disputed maritime border with North Korea, killing 46 sailors. (South Korea blamed North Korea, which denied involvement.) A truck collided with a van on I-65 in Kentucky, killing 10 Mennonites in the van and the truck driver. NBA player Gilbert Arenas was sentenced to 30 days in a halfway house for bringing guns into the Washington Wizards locker room.

One year ago: Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, was convicted in New York for his role as al-Qaida’s fiery chief spokesman after 9/11. (He was later sentenced to life in prison.) In a ruling that stunned the college sports industry, a federal agency said that football players at Northwestern University could create the nation’s first union of college athletes. (Northwestern has urged the National Labor Relations Board to overturn the regional ruling.)

Today’s birthdays: Comedian Bob Elliott is 92. Conductor-composer Pierre Boulez is 90. Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is 85. Actor Alan Arkin is 81. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is 80. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is 75. Actor James Caan is 75. Author Erica Jong is 73. Journalist Bob Woodward is 72. Singer Diana Ross is 71. Actor Johnny Crawford is 69. Rock singer Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) is 67. Singer and TV personality Vicki Lawrence is 66. Actor Ernest Thomas is 66. Comedian Martin Short is 65. Country singer Ronnie McDowell is 65. Movie composer Alan Silvestri is 65. Rock musician Monte Yoho is 63. Radio talk show host Curtis Sliwa is 61. Country singer Dean Dillon is 60. Country singer Charly McClain is 59. TV personality Leeza Gibbons is 58. Actress Ellia English is 56. Actress Jennifer Grey is 55. College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Marcus Allen is 55. Actor Billy Warlock is 54. Actor Eric Allan Kramer is 53. Basketball Hall of Famer John Stockton is 53. Actor Michael Imperioli is 49. Rock musician James Iha is 47. Country singer Kenny Chesney is 47. Actress Leslie Mann is 43. Actor T.R. Knight is 42. Rapper Juvenile is 40. Actress Amy Smart is 39. Actress Bianca Kajlich is 38. Actress Keira Knightley is 30. Rapper J-Kwon is 29. Actress Carly Chaikin is 25.

Thought for today: “Make voyages. Attempt them. There’s nothing else.” — Tennessee Williams, American playwright (1911-1983).


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