Gilmer County High School Commencement 2011
Gilmer County High School held its forty-third commencement exercises in the Damon West Gymnasium on Friday, May 27, 2011 at 7:30 PM.
Janie Parker, Senior class Vice-President lead the Pledge of Allegiance
Dustin Lowther led the prayer
Emily Ramezan, Senior class President, gave the Welcoming speech
Cam Kinder, Top Scholar, gave the Valedictorian speech
Hannah DeMarino, Senior class Historian, gave a brief speech of the class history
Jacqueline Moore, Senior class Treasurer, read a poem
Bethany Miller, Senior class Secretary, gave the Farewell speech
Nasia Butcher, GCHS Principal recommended sixty-two seniors for graduation to John Bennett, Superintendent.
A reception followed the ceremony for all the family and friends.
|Gilmer County High School 2011 Graduates
|Amethyst Leigh Ash
||Terrell Lamarr Hill
||Isaac Morgan Ratliff
|Kourtney Dawn Beall
||Christopher Ryan Hoosier
||Amber Jurisha Richards
|Brittani Dawn Bell
||Franklin Delanor Hosey III
||Charles Stanton Riffle
|Monica Dawn Bush
||Michael Edward Jolliff
||Yumus Clinton Roberson
|Nikisha Nicole Carr
||Camden Lee Kinder
||Joel Thomas Roberts
|Rachel Kay demons
||Pamela Dawn Loudin
||Wayne Joseph Roberts
|Kellee Hope Collins
||Dustin Mark Lowther
||Charles Dennis Self
|Viktoriah Marae Collins
||Mpghan Nichole Luzader
||Ashley Marie Shackleford
|Samantha Dawn Cottrell
||Clint Colby McHenry
||Cody Alan Shackleford
|Alex Clay Cottrill
||Bethany Brooke Miller
||Jacob Malachi Sirbaugh
|Matthew Scott Cottrill
||Herbert Eugene Miller III
||Lindsey Eileen Smarr
|Charles Tyler Cunningham
||Jessica Diane Montgomery
||Taylor Cole Somerville
|Hannah Sue DeMarino
||Caleb Lee Moore
||Keith Richard Stewart
|Samuel Joseph Dennison
||Jacqueline Kay Moore
||Jerama Isaac Stuart
|Dakota Lowell Ellyson
||Zachary Tyler Morgan
||Robert Ray Stump
|Amanda Marie Fitzpatrick
||Ian Lee Morris
||Parker Eugene Tallhamer III
|Michell James Frame
||Megan Elizabeth Normant
||Beverly Kay Tomey
|Amanda Anna Maria Frederick
||Janie Marie Parker
||Jason Ernest Wagner
|Daniel James Gilbert
||Kelsey Jo Parker
||Jenny Nicole Wolfe
|Hollie Nicole Gragg
||Jodie Lee Parsons
||Hannah Elizabeth Yeager
|Ryan Joseph Heater
||Emily Elhaam Ramezan
Audit of State Education System Starts Next Month
An audit of West Virginia’s public education system is scheduled to begin on Wednesday.
A company called Public Works/MGT of America will conduct that audit that will include a thorough review of state public education statutes, the school aid formula, state and local policies, practices and procedures.
It’ll be a wide ranging audit that will include reviews of the following agencies:
• West Virginia Department of Education
• West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts
• Center for Professional Development
• West Virginia Office of Education Performance Audits
• West Virginia School Building Authority
• West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind
In addition, officials with public works will look at one Regional Service Education Area (RESA) and three school districts of varying sizes.
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin says the preliminary findings of the audit, along with recommendations, will be in to state officials by this Fall.
“West Virginia’s future is reliant upon the education of today’s youth,“ Governor Tomblin said in a statement.
“To give our state and its constituent the brightest future possible, we must focus on and analyze the tools currently employed in our classrooms in order to provide the best education possible.“
Gilmer County Health Department Food Handler’s Testing - Thursday, June 02, 2011
City of Glenville to Host 2011 WV State Folk Festival Parade & Antique Car Show Deadline 06.10.11
The 2011 WV State Folk Festival parade will be held in downtown Glenville on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 11:30 AM.
Immediately after the parade, the antique cars will proceed to the Gilmer County Senior Citizens Center where they will be judged.
Trophies for parade entries will be awarded in the following categories: float, band, marching/walking unit, car, and best overall entry.
If you or your organization is interested in participating, please submit an entry form before Friday, June 10, 2011.
Forms can be found by Clicking H E R E or on the Folk Festival’s webpage or you may request a form by contacting Glenville City Hall.
Additional information regarding this year’s Folk Festival and a schedule of events can be found at: www.wvstatefolkfestival.org.
Gilmer County Senior Center Menu for June 2011
Glenville Community Church VBS - June 01, 2011
Glenville Community Church presents SonSurf Beach Bash VBS
June 1st, 8th, 29th & July 6th, 13th, 2011 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Bible Stories, Crafts, Games, Prizes, Skits, Snacks, & Songs!
Join us for fun in the Son!
Public Notice: Gilmer County Schools CEFP Public Hearing - 06.15.11
The Educational Planner will hold a Public Hearing, regarding the Gilmer County Schools ten (10) year Comprehensive Educational Facility Plan (CEFP).
This CEFP is required every (10) years to chart the course for the school system through the year 2020, and must be approved by the County Board of Education, The West Virginia State Board of Education, and the School Building Authority of West Virginia.
The CEFP will include, but is not limited to, the Goals and Objectives, the Educational Plan, the Finance Plan and the number of facilities that can be operated within the County budget, and meet the Educational Plan.
The hearing will be held on June 15, 2011 at 7:00 PM at Gilmer County High School, Glenville, WV.
This public hearing is being held to give the public an opportunity to hear the new proposed CEFP.
The CEFP will be on file at the office of the board of education on June 02, 2011 and the Public is invited to review and submit written comments and/or will be given an opportunity to speak at the hearing.
Glenville First Baptist Church Golf Tournament - 06.04.11
Gilmer County Senior Center Flea Market - June 02-03, 2011 - Thursday and Friday
Legislative Update – by – Delegate Brent Boggs - House Majority Leader - 05.30.11
I sit in the late evening quiet on the eve of Memorial Day, reflecting on the weekend with family and friends. While I will be working on the railroad Memorial Day evening, it has been an enjoyable time over the past several days. Justin, Jennifer and their kids - Kenzie and Carson – are here and after a day of cooking out, fishing and watching the kids play in the creek at the farm, it’s been a great weekend.
However, our thoughts are tempered by the realization that Memorial Day is much more than a three day holiday weekend or unofficial start of summer. Originally established to pay tribute to our military men and women that gave their all for our nation, we honor all our Veterans today, living and deceased, for their valor, courage and devotion to the freedoms we hold dear as Americans. Although the calendar indicates we officially celebrate Memorial Day but once a year, honoring the ones that gave the ultimate sacrifice for our nation is a year-round duty for everyone.
In the coming weeks, you will be hearing and reading much about redistricting by the Legislature. As required by law, every ten years, in conjunction with the U.S. Census Bureau data, the House and Senate must adjust the lines for state Senate, House of Delegates and the Congressional districts.
Last week, Speaker Thompson appointed the House Select Committee on Redistricting. I am honored to have been appointed by the Speaker to serve as Chairman of this committee and to work with my colleagues who were also appointed. In representing the 100-member House, there are 30 redistricting committee members: 20 Democrats and 10 Republicans, representative of the ratio of elected members by political party. Additionally, they represent a good cross section of the geographic and regional diversity found within the Mountain State.
The members are as follows:
Brent Boggs, Chair (Braxton); Mike Caputo, Vice Chair (Marion); Ron Fragale (Harrison); Mary Poling (Barbour); Barbara Fleischauer (Monogalia); Randy Swartzmiller (Hancock); Dan Poling (Wood); Brady Paxton (Putnam); Tiffany Lawrence (Jefferson); Doug Reynolds (Wayne); Barbara Hatfield (Kanawha); Mark Hunt (Kanawha); Don Perdue (Wayne); Greg Butcher (Logan); H.K. White (Mingo); Dave Pethtel (Wetzel); Cliff Moore (McDowell); Margaret Staggers (Fayette); John Frazier (Mercer); Ricky Moye (Raleigh); Walter Duke (Berkeley); Ruth Rowan (Hampshire); Allen Evans (Grant); Erikka Storch (Ohio); John Ellem (Wood); Mitch Carmichael (Jackson); Bob Ashley (Roane); Carol Miller (Cabell); Ray Canterbury (Greenbrier); Patrick Lane (Kanawha).
We have a tremendous amount of work ahead of us prior to an expected special session in late summer/early fall. Our approach for soliciting comments and assistance from the public will occur by various methods, including a website that will be operative soon. Also the committee members will be front line representatives in the various regions of the State in working out viable plans. When plans are put together in the various regions, we will look to merge those plans with variations that will fit the legal requirements of 1/100th of the state population per member, plus or minus 5 percent. In the end, all must fit within the state borders.
When you look at the populations gains in some areas and loss in others, there will be some changes. Likewise, with West Virginia’s two panhandles, options are very limited in terms of the direction you move as changes occur.
This will be a time consuming task. I served on the committee in 2001, but serving as chairman is a huge undertaking. Thanks to the Speaker for providing this opportunity. Additionally, we will be working in conjunction with the Senate to form the congressional redistricting plan.
How to Contact
Please send address your inquiries to the Capitol Office at: Building 1, Room 226-M, Charleston, WV 25305. Or, call the Capitol office at 304.340.3220 or my Assistant to the Majority Leader, Mr. Tom Bennett at 304.340.3262 or fax to 304.340.3213. If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.
For those with Internet access, my e-mail address is “Boggs34@aol.com”. You also may obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and other information from the Legislature’s web site at www.legis.state.wv.us/. If you write or leave a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional information, including agency links and state government phone directory may be found at www.wv.gov and on the Facebook site of the West Virginia Legislature.
Remember to thank a veteran for their service to our nation and continue to remember our troops - at home and abroad - and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers. Until next week – take care.
G-Comm™: The Anglo-American Military Axis: West Backs Holy Alliance For Control Of Arab World
The standard-bearers of Anglo-American imperialism in the current epoch, President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron, met in London on May 25 to discuss the world’s two ongoing wars of aggression, those in Afghanistan and Libya, both under the command of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization dominated by Washington and London.
As well as joining a barbecue for American and British troops in the prime minister’s haunts, in the gardens of Number 10 Downing Street, the two potentates called for continuing to bomb Libya back to the Paleolithic Age.
Displaying what passes for sophisticated humor in the contemporary deadened age, Cameron told the press, “It was…probably the first time in history, as we stood behind that barbecue, that I can say a British prime minister has given an American president a bit of a grilling.“
Correspondents chuckled as Libyan, Afghan and Pakistani civilians writhe in their death throes from the bombs and Hellfire missiles delivered by Cameron’s and Obama’s warplanes.
Waxing as reflective as he is capable of doing, the British prime minister added: “Barack and I came of age in the 1980s and ‘90s. We saw the end of the Cold War and the victory over communism. We saw the invasion of Kuwait by Saddam Hussein and the world coming together to liberate that country. Throughout it all, we saw presidents and prime ministers standing together for freedom.“
Standing shoulder-to-shoulder in triumphalism and unbridled militarism, more like.
British, French, Italian, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian, Qatari and United Arab Emirate warplanes have flown over 8,000 sorties and more than 3,000 combat missions against Libya since NATO took control of the war on March 31, before which the U.S. and Britain fired at least 160 cruise missiles into the nation. Hours before Cameron and Obama enjoyed their barbecue, NATO warplanes launched a one-hour bombardment of the Libyan capital of Tripoli, the most ferocious attack in more than two months, killing 19 people and injuring over 130 others.
The third plenipotentiary of Anglo-American global power projection, the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton, Baroness Ashton of Upholland - who succeeded former NATO secretary general Javier Solana in the post - was in Washington last week to meet with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and plan more onerous joint sanctions against Syria, with Clinton stating “we discussed additional steps that we can take to increase pressure and further isolate the Assad regime,“ exemplifying the diplomatic finesse the world has come to expect from the foreign policy executrix of the world’s sole military superpower.
A week before, the European Union and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), whose six member states - Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman, to a one hereditary monarchies, emirates and theocracies, but accounting for 45 per cent of the world’s proven oil reserves - are the West’s main allies and proxies in the Arab world and the Persian Gulf, issued a joint declaration demanding that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi abdicate power in favor of the rebel Transitional National Council financed and armed by NATO and GCC nations and advocating the easing out of Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh in favor of a more pliant and reliable client.
The EU and GCC, with not a scintilla of apparent irony given the above, also demanded that Iran “play a constructive role and stop interfering in the internal affairs of GCC member states and other countries in the region.“ On March 14 the first of 1,500 troops from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the other GCC states entered Bahrain, two days after U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates left the kingdom, to back up the Al Khalifa dynasty against opponents of the religious minority-dominated autocracy.
The following week Kuwait deployed naval forces off Bahrain “to protect the territorial waters of the kingdom” as part of the GCC’s Peninsula Shield Force military intervention.
In announcing the penultimate round of sanctions against Syria in late April, President Obama included Iran, claiming “Iran’s actions in support of the Syrian regime place it in stark opposition to the will of the Syrian people.“ The will of the Bahraini people is another matter.
Since April the GCC, of which Yemen is not a member, has been pressuring the Yemeni government to accept its alleged mediation efforts to effect a change of regime, an initiative backed by the U.S. and its NATO allies. As German foreign ministry spokesman Andreas Peschke recently informed the press, “We call on President Saleh not to seek to wait out the situation, and to seriously consider and accept the mediation offer made by the Gulf Cooperation Council.“ He added that “The European Union might take new measures to up pressure on the regime ‘should President Saleh stubbornly hang on.‘“
During his meeting with Prime Minister Cameron on the same day, President Obama chimed in by stating, “We call upon President Saleh to move immediately on his commitment to transfer power.“
On May 23 European Union foreign ministers levied more stringent sanctions against Belarus, Iran, Libya and Syria, four nations - hardly surprisingly - also targeted by the U.S. for regime change.
Neither the U.S. nor its NATO allies in the European Union have breathed a word about introducing sanctions against the kings and emirs of the GCC states.
Qatar and its GCC partners were the prime movers behind the action by the Arab League, of which they constitute barely a quarter of the members, to call for a United Nations resolution against Libya on March 12. A week later the U.S., Britain, France and their NATO allies began the bombardment of the country.
Diminutive Qatar, an absolute monarchy with a population under 1.7 million, was the first country to recognize the rebel regime in Libya, the first Persian Gulf state to join a NATO combat mission by supplying French-made Mirage fighter jets and U.S.-origin C-17 Globemasters for the war effort, and set up a satellite television channel - Ahrar TV - as the mouthpiece for the Transitional National Council, as well as providing it with French-made MILAN missile launchers. Qatar is also managing oil exports from rebel-controlled Libya.
A news source in Azerbaijan published the following account on March 28, nine days after the war against Libya was launched:
“NATO’s operation, worth about $300-500 million a day, on sweeping the sky over Libya opens a new historical era: the beginning of colonial conquests by the Persian Gulf states. At the same time NATO acts as a ‘soldier of fortune’ - a professional mercenary, ensuring colonial conquest itself.
“The defeat of Colonel Qaddafi’s ground forces by NATO aviation has opened possibilities for the opposition for restoration of oil exports from Libya. As a result, according to a representative for the economy and oil of the ‘transitional government’ of the opposition, Ali Tarkhuni, the opposition has already reached an agreement on oil exports under the supervision of Qatar.“
On April 14 President Obama hosted the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, at the White House and praised his guest for “the leadership” he demonstrated in promoting “democracy in the Middle East,“ particularly in Libya, adding:
“Qatar has not only supported [the campaign against Libya] diplomatically but has also supported it militarily and we are very appreciative of the outstanding work that the Qataris have done side by side with other international coalition members.“ The emir responded by thanking Obama for “the position the U.S. has taken in support of the democratization process that has taken place in Tunisia and in Egypt and what is attempting to take place in Libya.“
The United Arab Emirates (UAE), which is one of 49 official Troop Contributing Nations supplying forces for NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan (Bahrain, though not in that category, also has military personnel assigned to NATO in the war zone), announced last week that it will be the first Arab nation to send an ambassador to NATO headquarters in Brussels. The UAE is also the only other Arab state providing warplanes for the now 68-day attack against Libya.
Along with its fellow GCC member states Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain, the UAE is a member of the NATO Istanbul Cooperation Initiative military partnership established in 2004. NATO has conducted conferences, sent leading military commanders and deployed warships to all six GCC nations, including Saudi Arabia and Oman, not yet full members of the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative. The Alliance’s ever-expanding role in the Persian Gulf is designed to contain and when the opportunity arises confront Iran.
Two years ago French President Nicolas Sarkozy travelled to the UAE to open his nation’s first military base in the Middle East, in the Abu Dhabi emirate, where he stated to his host: “Be assured that France is on your side in the event your security is at risk.“
In the middle of April, starting on the day Obama met with Qatar’s Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, NATO foreign ministers met in Berlin to plan the intensification of the war against Libya, with Hillary Clinton stating that the bloc’s members were “sharing the same goal, which is to see the end of the Gaddafi regime in Libya.“ The NATO foreign ministers signed a declaration pledging continuation of the war which was also signed by representatives of Jordan, Qatar, Morocco, Sweden, Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates, all members of NATO partnership programs: The Mediterranean Dialogue, Partnership for Peace and Istanbul Cooperation Initiative.
Ten days ago Moroccan Foreign Minister Taieb Fassi Fihri announced that his nation intends to join the Gulf Cooperation Council, and the GCC reciprocated by confirming that it was considering the request and a parallel one by Jordan. Neither country is near the Persian Gulf but both are monarchies.
At the Congress of Vienna in 1815 after the final defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo, the monarchies in Russia, Austria and Prussia created what became known as the Holy Alliance to unite the European continent under a coalition of kings, czars and emperors exploiting a patina of religiosity to forever fend off the reappearance of republicanism. Of forces they couldn’t control.
The self-proclaimed champions of Euro-Atlantic values gathered under the banner of NATO have now found their fitting complement: The kingdoms and emirates of Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. A kinship indeed exists, as the majority of nations bombing Libya on both sides are monarchies: Belgium, Britain, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, as well as NATO partner Sweden which has assigned eight Gripen warplanes for the war and Canada once removed.
Last September the Financial Times reported that Washington planned to sell $123 billion worth of arms to GCC states - $67.8 billion to Saudi Arabia, $35.6 billion to the United Arab Emirates, $12.3 billion to Oman and $7.1 billion to Kuwait - in addition to incorporating the Gulf states into the global U.S. missile shield system.
The White House later confirmed a $60 billion weapons deal with Saudi Arabia, the largest foreign arms transaction in American history.
The U.S., Britain, France, Italy and their NATO allies have revealed their plans for control of the Middle East and the Persian Gulf: A comprehensive military alliance with the royal families of the Arab world.
~~ by Rick Rozoff ~~
Ron Paul: Enabling a Future American Dictator
hese are truly troubling days for liberty in the United States.
Last week the 60 day deadline for the president to gain congressional approval for our military engagement in Libya under the War Powers Resolution came and went. The media scarcely noticed. The bombings continued. We had a hearing on Capitol Hill on the subject, but the administration refuses to bother with the legality of its new war. It is unclear if Mr. Obama will ever obtain congressional consent, and astonishingly it is being argued that he doesn’t need it.
Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution begs to differ. It clearly states that the power to declare war rests within the legislative branch - the branch closest to the people. The founders were a war-weary people, and the requirement that it would take an act of Congress to go to war was intentional. They believed war was not to be entered into lightly, so they resisted granting such decision making authority to one person. They objected to absolute warmaking power granted to Kings. It would be incredibly naïve to think a dictator could not or would not wrest power in this country.
Our Presidents can now, on their own: order assassinations, including American citizens; operate secret military tribunals; engage in torture; enforce indefinite imprisonment without due process; order searches and seizures without proper warrants, gutting the 4th Amendment; ignore the 60 day rule for reporting to the Congress the nature of any military operations as required by the War Power Resolution; continue the Patriot Act abuses without oversight; wage war at will; and treat all Americans as suspected terrorists at airports with TSA groping and nude x-rays.
Americans who are not alarmed by all of this are either not paying close attention, or are too trusting of current government officials to be concerned. Those in power right now might be trustworthy, upstanding people. But what of the leaders of the future? They will inherit all the additional powers we cede to the current position holders. Can we trust that they will not take advantage? Today’s best intentions create loopholes and opportunities for tomorrow’s tyrants.
Perhaps the most troubling power grab of late is the mission creep associated with the 9/11 attacks and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Initiated as targeted strikes against the perpetrators of 9/11, a decade later we are still at war. With whom? Last week Congress passed a Defense Authorization bill with some very disturbing language that explicitly extends the president’s war powers to just about anybody. Section 1034 of that bill states that we are at war with the Taliban, al Qaeda, and associated forces. Who are the associated forces? It also includes anyone who has supported hostilities in aid of an organization that substantially supports these associated forces. This authorization is not limited by geography, and it has no sunset provision. It doesn’t matter if these associated forces are American citizens. Your constitutional rights no longer apply when the United States is “at war” with you. Would it be so hard for someone in the government to target a political enemy and connect them to al Qaeda, however tenuously, and have them declared an associated force?
My colleague Congressman Justin Amash spearheaded an effort to have this troubling language removed, but unfortunately it failed by a vote of 234 to 187. It is unfortunate indeed, that so many in Congress accept unlimited warmaking authority in the hands of the executive branch.
Poll Result: Glenville Downtown Park - 05.30.11
Bon Appétit: Prawn Chow Mein
3 bags medium egg noodles
5oz broccoli, chopped into small florets
5oz baby corn, halved
1 tbsp olive oil
1 red pepper, sliced
FOR THE SAUCE
3 tbsp tomato ketchup
2 tbsp oyster sauce
Cook the noodles, broccoli and corn in boiling water for three to four minutes or until tender.
Drain and set aside.
Heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok and fry the pepper for three minutes, until starting to soften.
Tip in the noodles and vegetables along with the prawns and toss together.
Add the sauce ingredients and heat everything through for two to three minutes, until piping hot.
Daily G-Eye™ : 05.31.11
Gilmer County Farmers’ Market - Glenville, WV - Saturday, 05.28.11
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Stargazing - 05.31.11
A partial eclipse will streak across the Arctic tomorrow as the new Moon partially covers the Sun.
It will be visible from Alaska, but not the Lower 48 states.
The Moon will return to view as a crescent low in the west on Thursday evening.
Partial Solar Eclipse
The midday Sun will look a little feeble across the northern half of Alaska tomorrow—it’ll be partially covered up by the Moon. The eclipse will be visible from China to Scandinavia, but not from the Lower 48 states.
Eclipses occur because the Moon’s orbit around Earth intersects the Sun’s path across the sky twice during each lunar cycle. If that intersection takes place at new Moon, as it does tomorrow, then the Moon partially or fully covers the Sun, creating a solar eclipse. And if it happens at full Moon, there’s a lunar eclipse.
This eclipse begins around 11:25 AM Alaska Daylight Time, when the Moon’s shadow first touches Earth in northern China. The shadow races across the Arctic, reaching Alaska around noon. From the town of North Pole, the eclipse reaches its peak in early afternoon, when the Moon will cover a third of the Sun’s disk.
The sky may look a little murky, and temperatures may drop a bit. Otherwise, though, there won’t be much of a difference.
The Sun is still too bright for you to look at the eclipse itself. But you can view it through dark welder’s glass. Or you can poke a pinhole in the top of a cardboard box and watch the eclipse in the beam of light cast on the bottom of the box.
The eclipse path continues across Canada and on to Scandinavia. The best views of all come from Norway, where the Moon will cover about half of the solar disk—making the late-afternoon Sun look especially feeble.
G-MM™: Meditation Moment - 05.31.11
‘For the Almighty has done great things to me.’
Unlike our prayers which are often mainly intercessory in character, Mary’s Magnificat, Zechariah’s Benedictus and the psalms focus on and celebrate what God has already done and is doing for people of faith, hope and love.
Is there a better way of practising devotion to Mary than by imitating the devotion of Mary?
As her cousin Elizabeth and many great saints would attest, she is our exemplar in prayer as in so many other aspects of the Christian life.
With Mary I can say with gratitude, as I make her subversive prayer my own, ‘God has done great things for me.
Holy is his name.’
The church prays the Magnificat daily at Vespers.
We could make it a regular part of our own prayer at the end of each day.
Zephaniah 3:14-18 / Romans 12:9-16. Among you is the great and Holy One of Israel—Isaiah 12:2-6. Luke 1:39-56.
Len William Earl
Len William Earl
Age 88 of Calhoun Highway, Grantsville departed this life at 7:15 PM, Sunday May 29, 2011 at his residence following an extended illness.
He was born October 19, 1922 in Ritchie County a son of the late Harvey and Grace Grose Earl.
Len retired from Consolidated Gas (Dominion) with 36 years 6 months service. He was an Army veteran of WW II.
He was a member of First Baptist Church of Grantsville.
His passions in life were family, hunting, fishing, farming and picking out bluegrass tunes on his guitar with his grandsons.
On June 26, 1942 he was married to Genievie Ellyson Earl who survives at their Grantsville home.
Surviving Mr. Earl is one son, Phillip Earl and wife Sherri of Grantsville; one sister and two brothers, Letha Clevenger of Youngstown, OH, John Earl of Barricksville, WV and Frank Earl of Belmont, WV. 11 grandchildren survive: Cathy Lewis, Lisa Ferguson, Chad, Cody and Casey Earl, Micheal Earl, Victoria Ray, Jeff, Scott and Matthew Fluharty and Amanda Stoddard. There are also 18 great-grandchildren surviving.
Mr. Earl was preceded in death by three children: Orval Earl, Betty Fluharty and Arnold Earl and brothers and sisters: Rubin Earl, Eva Hodge, Loren Earl, Willard Earl, Harvey Earl Jr., and Arlene (Teckie) Reid.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 AM, Thursday, June 02, 2011 at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville with Rev. Ronzel Roberts officiating.
Burial will follow in the Meadow Lane Cemetery, Glenville.
Friends may call 5:00 – 8:00 PM Wednesday June 01, 2011 at the Mortuary.
Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville is assisting the family of Len W. Earl with arrangements.
Roxie Ardell Hamric
Roxie Ardell Hamric
Age 83 of Sutton, died peacefully on May 29, 2011 at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV.
She was born in Gilmer County, WV on June 03, 1927 to the late William King and Dottie Nicholas King.
Roxie was a homemaker and during her life worked for IMC Wood Working Manufacturing Company.
She was a member of Little Birch Southern Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband Dorsal Dennis Hamric,brothers; Lawrence King, Coy King, Gray Cottrill,sisters; Rachel Helmic, Delma Curry, several infant siblings, and several other step-brothers, and sisters.
Roxie is survived by her sons; Dorsal Hamric of Little Birch, John Hamric of Normantown, WV and Dennis Hamric of Glenville, WV., daughter; Mescal Rose of Birch River, brothers; Haymond Cottrill of Stouts Mills, Freddie Cottrill of Hodgesville, sisters; Hazel Walton of Buckhannon, and 9 grandchildren 11 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 01, 2011 at 10:00 AM at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home in Sutton with Rev. Be-Be Marshall and Rev. Randall Griggs officiating.
Burial will follow in the Cottrill Family Cemetery Stouts Mills, WV.
Friends may call on Tuesday from 6:00 - 8:00 PM and one hour prior to the service at the funeral Home.
Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to serve the Hamric family.
Geneva Dell Curfman
Geneva Dell Curfman
Age 85, of Petroleum, WV, passed away May 29, 2011, at Camden Clark Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Campus.
She was born in Palestine, WV, daughter of the late John and Bessie Strahan Kenney.
She attended Wirt County Schools and at one time had been employed by Yonkers, Greiners Bakery, The Economy Inn and had retired from Hodge Apparel in Harrisville, WV.
She had attended Shiloh Church and currently was a member of Goose Creek Baptist Church.
She is survived by her children, Shelia Curfman and Gary of Waverly, WV, Mary Kinney and C.F. Hopkins of Mineral Wells, WV, Steven R. Curfman and Betty of Petroleum, WV, Lane Curfman and Laura of Parkersburg and Sherry Lones and Bill of Belpre; one sister, Doris Wolfe Brill of Vienna; 10 grandchildren; two step-grandsons; 15 great-grandchildren; nine step-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Bartlett; one son, Shane Curfman; one grandchild; one great-grandchild; and one sister.
Funeral services will be 2:30 PM Wednesday at Leavitt Funeral Home in Parkersburg with the Rev. Connie Johnson officiating.
Burial will be in K of P Cemetery at Elizabeth, WV.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 2:00 - 4:00 and 6:00 - 8:00 PM.
Today - May 31, yyyy
Today is Tuesday, May 31, the 151st day of 2011. There are 214 days left in the year.
Thought for Today: “They that approve a private opinion, call it opinion; but they that dislike it, heresy; and yet heresy signifies no more than private opinion.“ — Thomas Hobbes, English political philosopher (1588-1679).
Today’s Highlight in History:
On May 31, 1911, the hull of the British liner RMS Titanic was launched from its building berth at the Port of Belfast, less than a year before the ship’s fateful maiden voyage.
On this date:
In 1790, President George Washington signed into law the first U.S. copyright act.
In 1859, the Big Ben clock tower in London went into operation, chiming for the first time.
In 1889, more than 2,000 people perished when a dam break sent water rushing through Johnstown, Pa.
In 1910, the Union of South Africa was founded.
In 1941, “Tobacco Road,“ a play about an impoverished Southern family based on the novel by Erskine Caldwell, closed on Broadway after a run of 3,182 performances.
In 1961, South Africa became an independent republic as it withdrew from the British Commonwealth.
In 1970, a magnitude 7.9 earthquake in Peru claimed an estimated 20,000 lives, according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s website.
In 1977, the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, three years in the making, was completed.
In 1985, at least 88 people were killed, more than 1,000 injured, as over 40 tornadoes swept through parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York and Ontario, Canada, during an eight-hour period.
In 1994, the United States announced it was no longer aiming long-range nuclear missiles at targets in the former Soviet Union.
Ten years ago:
• Veteran FBI agent Robert Hanssen pleaded not guilty to charges of spying for Moscow. (He later changed his plea to guilty and was sentenced to life in prison.)
• PLO leader Faisal Husseini died at age 60.
• Actress and TV personality Arlene Francis died in San Francisco at age 93.
Five years ago:
• The U.S. said it would join in face-to-face talks with Iran over its disputed nuclear program if Tehran first agreed to put challenged atomic activities on hold; Iran dismissed the offer as “a propaganda move.“
• NBC’s “Today” show threw a going-away party for 15-year host Katie Couric, who left to become anchor of “The CBS Evening News.“
One year ago:
• Israeli commandos stormed six ships carrying hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists on an aid mission to the blockaded Gaza Strip; eight Turkish activists and one Turkish-American were killed aboard one vessel, with each side accusing the other of starting the violence.
• Al-Qaida announced that its No. 3 official, Mustafa al-Yazid, had been killed along with members of his family. (A U.S. official said al-Yazid was believed to have died in a U.S. missile strike.)
• Artist Louise Bourgeois, 98, died in New York.
• Chris Haney, 59, co-creator of the popular Trivial Pursuit board game, died in Toronto.
Actress Elaine Stewart is 82
Actor-director Clint Eastwood is 81
Singer Peter Yarrow is 73
Former Anglican Church envoy Terry Waite is 72
Singer-musician Augie Meyers is 71
Actress Sharon Gless is 68
Football Hall-of-Famer Joe Namath is 68
Actor Tom Berenger is 61
Actor Gregory Harrison is 61
Actor Kyle Secor is 54
Actress Roma Maffia (ma-FEE’-uh) is 53
Comedian Chris Elliott is 51
Actress Lea Thompson is 50
Singer Corey Hart is 49
Actor Hugh Dillon is 48
Rapper DMC is 47
Actress Brooke Shields is 46
Country musician Ed Adkins (The Derailers) is 44
Jazz musician Christian McBride is 39
Actress Archie Panjabi is 39
Actor Colin Farrell is 35
Rock musician Scott Klopfenstein (Reel Big Fish) is 34
Actor Eric Christian Olsen is 34
Rock musician Andy Hurley (Fall Out Boy) is 31
Actor Jonathan Tucker is 29
Rapper Waka Flocka Flame is 25
Actor Curtis Williams Jr. is 24
WV Lottery - 05.30.11
Memorial Day 2011
“They hover as a cloud of witnesses above this Nation.“ - Henry Ward Beecher
“These martyrs of patriotism gave their lives for an idea.“ - Schuyler Colfax
“Each man is a hero and an oracle to somebody.“ - Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The purpose of all war is peace.“ - Saint Augustine
“In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.“ - Franklin D. Roosevelt
“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.“ - Billy Graham
“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.“ - John F. Kennedy
“Memorial Day (Decoration Day) is the most beautiful of our national holidays. The grim cannon have turned into palm branches, and the shell and shrapnel into peach blossoms.“ - Thomas Bailey Aldrich
“All we have of freedom, all we use or know - This our fathers bought for us long and long ago.“ - Rudyard Kipling, The Old Issue, 1899
Marshall University: Pharmacy School Plan Moving Forward
Marshall University officials are defending their plans to create a new pharmacy school now that some members of the Higher Education Policy Commission have questioned its necessity.
Earlier this month, a couple of Commission members criticized the plan after receiving a report that raised issues about whether Marshall has the money or resources to operate such a pharmacy school.
Marshall Spokesperson Matt Turner says they’ve done their own studies and determined the school, the third pharmacy school in West Virginia, is a good idea for many reasons.
“Overwhelmingly, I think it’s a very positive response to Marshall’s planning for the pharmacy school and clearly indicates that a school of pharmacy is needed, and Marshall is prepared to establish it,“ Turner recently told MetroNews.
During a meeting last week, HEPC Vice Chairman Dr. Bruce Berry was among those who questioned Marshall’s plan. He says the University of Charleston could not fill its pharmacy class last year and West Virginia University had trouble placing all of its pharmacy graduates.
At the same time, he says another pharmacy school will soon open near Huntington in Pikeville, Kentucky.
Turner says the concerns are unfounded. He says there’s plenty of evidence to suggest the school will work at Marshall. “Our consultants, as well as those at HEPC, have taken that into account and I think it’s clear that the school of pharmacy at Marshall is not only needed, but feasible,“ Turner said.
The MU Board of Governors has already approved the school and members of the HEPC have no authority to dismiss the plan.
However, HEPC officials have said they do not intend to include funding for the pharmacy school in their state budget proposal for next legislative session. Marshall will have to take on any financial costs.
Turner says despite the criticism, Marshall plans to have the school completed by Fall 2012.
“We’re moving forward pretty quickly,“ he said.
GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES - 05.30.11
State Farm Foundation: Grants
State Farm is committed to meeting the needs of our communities by focusing our giving in three areas: Safe Neighbors (safety), Strong Neighborhoods (community development), and Education Excellence (education).
Maximum award: varies.
Eligibility: nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations under Section 501(c)3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, Canadian charitable organizations, educational institutions, and governmental entities.
Deadline: October 31, 2011.
NCTM: PreK-6 Classroom Research Grants
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics PreK-6 Classroom Research Grants support and encourage classroom-based research in precollege mathematics education in collaboration with college or university mathematics educators.
The research must be a significant collaborative effort involving a college or university mathematics educator (a mathematics education researcher or a teacher of mathematics learning, teaching, or curriculum) and one or more grades PreK-6 classroom teachers.
The proposal may include, but is not restricted to, research on curriculum development and implementation, involvement of at-risk or minority students, students’ thinking about a particular mathematics concept or set of concepts, connection of mathematics to other disciplines, focused learning and teaching of mathematics with embedded use of technology (any acquisition of equipment must support the proposed plan but not be the primary focus of the grant), and innovative assessment or evaluation strategies.
Maximum award: $6,000.
Eligibility: classroom teachers currently teaching mathematics at the grades PreK-6 level who are current (as of October 14, 2011) NCTM members or who teach in a school that (as of October 14, 2011) has a NCTM PreK-8 school membership.
Deadline: November 11, 2011.
NSTA: Wendell G. Mohling Outstanding Aerospace Educator Award
The Wendell G. Mohling Outstanding Aerospace Educator Award recognizes excellence in the field of aerospace education.
The recipient of the award will be honored during the Awards Banquet and the Aerospace Educators Luncheon at the annual NSTA Conference.
Maximum award: $3,000, and $2,000 in expenses to attend NSTA’s National Conference March 29 - April 01, 2012 in Indianapolis.
Eligibility: K-12 teachers of science in formal education settings (e.g., elementary, middle, high school); Individuals must be nominated for this award and have a minimum of three years teaching experience.
Self-nominations will be accepted.
Deadline: November 30, 2011.
WVDOH Monitors Drilling-Related Road Damage
The West Virginia Division of Highways is monitoring road damage resulting from gas drilling operations to ensure companies make repairs.
As natural gas companies rush to tap the vast Marcellus shale reserves underlying much of West Virginia, they’re increasing traffic on state and county roads.
The operations require huge, heavy vehicles carrying water, sand and equipment.
District 6 engineer and acting manager Dan Sikora told The Intelligencer that roads in the Northern Panhandle weren’t designed for such heavy traffic, and some smaller back roads “are just gone.“
Often when a drilling job was completed, “there wouldn’t be anything left,“ he said. “It’s bad. It just got ahead of us. Nobody saw this coming.“
The DOH doesn’t have the manpower or the money to fix the damage, but Sikora said oil and gas companies are bonded and are cooperating with the agency.
“They are committed, and they are out there working with us. Roads are being repaired according to the amount of damage,“ he said.
Work is currently being done on WV 88 in Brooke and Ohio counties.
State and federal roads such as U.S. 250, however, aren’t covered by bonding requirements.
Sikora noted that coal and logging trucks are also damaging area roads.
The DOH has begun shooting video of roads in the district to document their condition before a major construction project and to help determine who’s responsible for the damage it creates.
“We know there are problems,“ Sikora said. “There are hundreds, if not thousands, of trucks traveling these roads. The roads are constantly being pounded.“
Glenville: City-Wide Yard Sale 06.02.11 - 06.04.11 This Week
GCHS Class of 2001 Reunion
Congressman Nick Rahall: Memorial Day
For many Americans, Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer – the opening of the pool, the first barbecue of the season, a three-day weekend for picnics, parades, golf tournaments, stock car races, and outdoor pleasures and chores.
At the same time, many in the Mountain State and across our Nation will spend this weekend in more somber poses – remembering those who have given their lives in behalf of our country and in the name of protecting our freedom and democracy.
This Memorial Day, West Virginians will proudly fly their flags and solemnly visit cemeteries, war monuments and battlefields, laying wreaths in memory of family and friends lost in past and present wars.
West Virginia has seen more residents, per capita, enlist in the armed forces than any other state. Since its birth in the throes of conflict during the Civil War, West Virginia has seen her native sons and daughters sent all over the world in defense of the liberty and justice we too often take for granted.
We honor their patriotism and final sacrifices by supporting our troops serving around the world, as well as those who have returned home. In Congress, I have always strived to ensure that our veterans know the heartfelt appreciation we hold for them and their service. As a nation, we rightly thank our veterans by helping to ensure access to affordable health care, educational and job opportunities, and other benefits and services which I proudly support.
We strive to articulate what their service means to our country, and the great American statesmen have left us memorable words to read and reread on Memorial Day.
Daniel Webster once said of our soldiers that “Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored.”
“We should thank God that such men lived,” George S. Patton once succinctly noted.
In the Chapel at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France is written: “These endured all and gave all that justice among nations might prevail and that mankind might enjoy freedom and inherit peace.”
Abraham Lincoln probably memorialized best the final sacrifice of every American soldier when he consecrated the battlefield at Gettysburg:
“The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say, but it can never forget what they did. It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated to the unfinished work that they have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us, that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion; that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
Memorial Day, like West Virginia, has its roots in the Civil War. It began as Decoration Day in order to honor Union and Confederate soldiers, and later evolved in the 20th Century into a national day of remembrance of all soldiers who fought and died in service of their country.
We honor our brave men and women in uniform by giving thanks to our veterans and their families, and remembering our world is safer and the ideals of democracy and freedom endure thanks to their service.
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
WV Governor: Honoring Our Military this Memorial Day
Each of us has a story. This Memorial Day explore the stories that have made you and your family who you are today.
Memorial Day, first known as Decoration Day, was first enacted as a tribute to Union soldiers of the Civil War and has since expanded to honor Americans who have died in all wars. As the state with the largest percentage of its residents per capita in the military, West Virginia men and women have many stories to share this Memorial Day. I encourage the younger generation to seek out their elders’ stories. Perhaps these can be told first hand, through journals of loved one’s passed, or family photo albums. When we know our past, we can focus on our future. Our country’s past is filled with individual stories of bravery and sacrifice. Those tales reside in the minds and hearts of West Virginians. In today’s world, such stories we thought were long past continue to be experienced by another generation.
With unknown domestic and foreign threats facing America today, our military has become increasingly important in securing our freedom and our way of life. Whether active, reserve or National Guard, our military members have given of themselves and their families for the greater good of our state and our country. Earlier this month the First Lady launched “Serve West Virginia Military Families: Serving Those Who Serve Us”. This initiative compliments a national movement led by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden. The goal of both projects is to show our appreciation to our military members and their families through various volunteer activities each and every day of our lives. By taking the time to assist a military family, we expand our understanding of the sacrifices that have been made for us. It is my hope that as Memorial Day weekend progresses, all West Virginians reflect on the blessings we have been given thanks to the men and women in uniform and their families.
Across West Virginia friends and families will gather to celebrate the national holiday this weekend. I encourage each of you to reach beyond the traditional gathering of food, fellowship and summertime fun. It is my hope that all West Virginians use this opportunity to learn more about one another, your familial and individual pasts that have made this country what it is. There will be some stories that may bring tears; and there will be others that will leave you breathless; while other stories will be told with laughter and good humor. Whatever the case, know that by the simple act of asking friends and family to share their stories you are telling them how much you care and that their life experience has meaning. It is my hope that once you hear these fascinating stories you will share them with others so they too will come to know and understand why honoring our military is not just another holiday.
This Memorial Day explore the past; strive to understand our present way of life so we may live a better future. I am truly grateful for the men and women who bear arms to defend our country. I hope you will join me in showing your support, in whatever way you choose, this Memorial Day.
Nascar: Coca-Cola 600 - Charlotte - Race 12 of 36 - 2011
Kevin Harvick - Chevrolet - Budweiser Armed Forces Tribute
Kevin Harvick was third on Lap 402, but took advantage of Dale Earnhardt Jr.‘s last-lap heartbreak to claim victory in the Coca-Cola 600.
01 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser Armed Forces Tribute
02 06 David Ragan Ford UPS “We Love Logistics”
03 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot
04 22 Kurt Busch Dodge Shell / Pennzoil
05 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford U.S. Air Force
06 09 Marcos Ambrose Ford Dewalt
07 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Amp Energy
08 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies
09 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine / Armed Forces Foundation
10 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express
Bon Appétit: Pasta with Spring Vegetables
1 lb. pasta
2 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 lb. slender asparagus, cut into 1-inch lengths
1/2 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch strips
1 small zucchini, cut into 1-inch strips
1 small Japanese eggplant, cut into 1-inch strips
1 C. Chardonnay
1 C. fresh basil leaves, chopped
3 Tbsp. tomato paste
1 tsp. dried thyme
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 C. grated fresh Parmesan cheese, plus additional cheese for garnish
Cook pasta according to package directions.
Drain in a colander.
Transfer to a large bowl or deep platter.
While the pasta is cooking, heat the butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat until the butter melts.
Add the onion and cook, stirring often, until tender, about 5 minutes.
Add the garlic and cook 1 minute.
Add the asparagus, bell pepper, zucchini and eggplant and sauté until almost tender, about 5 minutes.
Add the wine, 1/2 cup of the basil, tomato paste and thyme; stir to mix well.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer until vegetables are tender, 5 to 7 minutes.
Pour over the pasta; add the Parmesan, remaining basil, remaining 1 teaspoon of salt and pepper.
Toss to coat evenly.
Serve with additional Parmesan.
Daily G-Eye™ : 05.30.11
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Stargazing - 05.30.11
The brilliant planet Venus stands just to the right of the crescent Moon as dawn twilight paints the sky tomorrow.
They are quite low in the sky, but with a clear horizon you should be able to pick them out.
Mars is to the upper right of Venus, and binoculars will help you find it.
The Art of Science
On a clear Florida day in 1964, engineers were preparing for a new adventure in space: Project Gemini—a craft that would carry two astronauts into space instead of one. Artist James Wyeth recorded the scene: the blockhouse mounding up like a concrete blister, the fire-engine-red gantry looming behind it against a hazy blue sky. And in the foreground, looking as though a child had abandoned it during an afternoon baseball game, a bicycle leans against the blockhouse—a bit of low-tech serving the high-tech space program.
Wyeth’s watercolor, “Gemini Launch Pad,“ is one of more than 70 works on display in an exhibit that’s opening at the National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
The exhibit is titled NASA-Art: 50 Years of Exploration. All of its works were commissioned by NASA as part of its art program, which began in 1962.
The space agency was already recording its work in photographs, movies, and videos. But the agency also wanted to capture the space program in ways that film and videotape cannot. So it began commissioning artists to draw, paint, and sculpt their own impressions of the program.
Over the decades, the list of artists has included Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol, and Annie Leibovitz. They’ve recorded launches and landings, the minutiae of the space business, and alien landscapes.
The art program continues today—capturing the beauty, power, and mystery of space exploration in ways that no camera ever will.
G-MM™: Meditation Moment - 05.30.11
As we journey towards Pentecost, we hear the stories of the early Christian church with a sense of familiarity.
They are earthy stories of conversion that ring true today.
Lydia, ‘in the purple-dye trade’, therefore a working woman, ‘listened to us, and the Lord opened her heart to accept what Paul was saying’.
These stories resonate with the stories of conversion of heart of those initiated during the Easter Vigil.
Are there any neophytes in your community?
Seek them out in this Easter season, and listen to their faith journey.
Listen with the ear of your heart and allow the Lord to open your heart, as Lydia’s was.
We are all on a continuing path of conversion of heart to Jesus and we have much to learn from the newly initiated.
We are God’s children, and the Lord delights in us.
Acts 16:11-15. The Lord takes delight in his people—Ps 149:1-6, 9. John 15:26 – 16:4.
Age 46, of Exhange, West Virginia passed way, Friday, May 27, 2011.
A beloved wife, mother, daughter and sister, Kimberly Dawn Huffman was carried by an angel to meet with her Lord on Friday morning at 1:10 AM in CAMC General Hospital on May 27, 2011.
She was surrounded by her devoted husband and loving children, parents, sister, brothers and other family members.
Kim was born on August 10, 1964, a daughter of Donnie and Peggy Nicholson and was the oldest of five children.
Kim fell in love with and married Terry Huffman and they raised three lovely children, who were very devoted to her and her needs.
Kim always placed the needs of others above her own. She was the organizer of all family events with help from her sister Tonya and when it came to planning a camping trip, she was one of the best. Her beautiful smile and friendly personality made all who knew her love her.
Kim was a member of the Copen Independent Baptist Church, under the direction of Delmas and Diann Singleton.
She loved her Christian family and they all loved her.
Kim was teller supervisor at the United Bank at Weston. She loved her work and enjoyed all those she worked with. Her spirit of motivation made all those around her want to be a part of what was going on.
Kim was preceded in death by one brother, Timothy Shawn Nicholson.
She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Terry Huffman and 2 sons, Bradley Eugene and companion, Audrey Garnett; Dustin Huffman and soon to be daughter-in-law, Andrea Adkins and a gorgeous daughter, Chelsie Lea. She is also survived by her parents, Donnie and Peggy Nicholson, one sister Tonya Shaver and husband Willie and 3 brothers, Jody Nicholson and wife Rachel, Eric Nicholson and wife, Leah and several nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.
Kim well knew, “The Lord was her Shepherd and that she was one of His sheep.”
Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 30, 2011 at 12:00 Noon at Copen Independent Baptist Church, Copen, WV with Rev. Delmas Singleton and Rev. Ronzel Roberts officiating.
Burial will be at Little Kanawha Memorial Gardens, Heaters, WV.
Visitation was on Sunday, May 29, 2011 at Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home, Flatwoods is in charge of arrangements.
William E. “Gene” Tinney
William E. “Gene” Tinney
Age 80, of Mentor, OH died May 18, 2011 at Hospice of the Western Reserve surrounded by his family.
He was born at October 28, 1930 at Sutton, West Virginia.
Gene was a U.S. Army Veteran, Member of the NRA and an avid hunter. He retired in 1987 from General Motors after 30 years of service.
Surviving are his daughters: Stephanie Garland of Mentor, OH, Kimberly Tinney of Oregon, and Alishia Tinney of Cleveland, OH; grandchildren: Gary D. Jr. and Joshua E. Garland; Siblings: Roselie Knight, Margaret (David) McKeon and Sue (David) Stewart; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death was his beloved wife of 42 years: Phyllis J. (Facemire) Tinney, Parents: Rozzie and Edna Tinney, and Siblings: Junior Tinney, Mary Workman, Virginia Danbach, Ruth Greene, Robert Tinney and Judith Lynn Tinney.
Visitation was 2:00 – 5:00 PM Sunday, May 22, 2011 at Monreal Funeral Home of Eastlake, 35400 Curtis Blvd, Eastlake.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 East 185th Street, Cleveland.
An internment and a memorial service will be held in West Virginia at a later date.
Charles Richard “Rick” Hart
Charles Richard “Rick” Hart
Went home to the Lord on May 07, 2011.
Born in Braxton County, West Virginia, on March 03, 1952, Rick was preceded in death by his parents, Charles B. Hart and Betty Ayers.
He leaves his wife, Wanda; son, Scott Hart of Anville, Kentucky; daughter and son, Michelle and Jamie Hart, of Ohio; step-grandson, McKinley Harrison; sister, Janet Benton of Cleveland, Tennessee; sister Karen (Jack) Linger of Rosedale, West Virginia; and brother, Bill (Carolyn) Hart of Ravenna, Ohio, as well as a host of nieces and nephews. He was a member of the Twin Branch Methodist Church in London, Kentucky.
Graveside services were held on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at the Hall-Hart Cemetery in Clem, West Virginia.
Pastor Rick Hart presiding.
Nova “Judy” D. Hyer
Nova “Judy” D. Hyer
Judy was a homemaker and had also worked in hospitals during WWII as a nurse.
She was a great farmer and in fact, made a living off her bountiful farming. She was an avid hunter and fisher, and enjoyed gardening, and also raising birds and other fowl.
She married Wilford William Hyer on January 04, 1946 at Flatwoods, WV, byRev. S. McQuain.
Surviving are two sisters, Mary E. Samples of Litchfield, OH, and Johnna Heater of Walker, WV; one brother, Neil Stalnaker of Normantown, WV; Dr. and Mrs. David Stastney of Belpre, OH; special friends, Irene Collums of Mesa, Arizona, and Allen and Vickie Tanner of Walker, WV. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews, and numerous cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, infant son Steven Lynn Hyer, herparents, and her two brothers, James and Argil Stalnaker; and severalaunts and uncles.
Funeral services were conducted at 12-Noon on Saturday May 21, 2011, at the Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, 400 Green St., Parkersburg, with Rev. Jim Eakle officiating.
Interment followed at 3PM at the Morrison Ridge Cemetery, Braxton County, WV.
The family received friends from 10:00 AM until time of services on Saturday at the funeral home.
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