Happy Easter 2013


Easter is the central religious feast in the Christian religion.

Jesus was raised from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion.

People all over the world celebrate this resurrection on Easter Day or Easter Sunday, two days after Good Friday and three days after Maundy Thursday.

Now officially Easter lasts for the fifty days until Pentecost. Easter also marks the end of Lent, a season of fasting, prayer, and penance.

The exact origins of this religious feast day’s name are unknown. Some sources claim the word Easter is derived from Eostre, a Teutonic goddess of spring and fertility.

Other accounts trace Easter to the Latin term hebdomada alba, or white week, an ancient reference to Easter week and the white clothing donned by people who were baptized during that time.

Through a translation error, the term later appeared as esostarum in Old High German, which eventually became Easter in English.

In Spanish, Easter is known as Pascua; in French, Paques.

These words are derived from the Greek and Latin Pascha or Pasch, for Passover.

Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection occurred after he went to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover (or Pesach in Hebrew), the Jewish festival commemorating the ancient Israelites’ exodus from slavery in Egypt.

Pascha eventually came to mean Easter.

Easter is really an entire season of the Christian church year, as opposed to a single-day observance.

Lent, the 40-day period leading up to Easter Sunday, is a time of reflection and penance and represents the 40 days that Jesus spent alone in the wilderness before starting his ministry, a time in which Christians believe he survived various temptations by the devil.

The day before Lent, known as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, is a last hurrah of food and fun before the fasting begins.

The week preceding Easter is called Holy Week and includes Maundy Thursday, which commemorates Jesus’ last supper with his disciples; Good Friday, which honors the day of his crucifixion; and Holy Saturday, which focuses on the transition between the crucifixion and resurrection.

The 50-day period following Easter Sunday is called Eastertide and includes a celebration of Jesus’ ascension into heaven.

In addition to Easter’s religious significance, it also has a commercial side, as evidenced by the mounds of jelly beans and marshmallow chicks that appear in stores each spring.

As with Christmas, over the centuries various folk customs and pagan traditions, including Easter eggs, bunnies, baskets and candy, have become a standard part of this holy holiday.

Dozens Indicted in Atlanta Cheating Scandal

The Gilmer Free Press

Juwanna Guffie was sitting in her fifth-grade classroom taking a standardized test when, authorities say, the teacher came around offering information and asking the students to rewrite their answers. Juwanna rejected the help.

“I don’t want your answers, I want to take my own test,“ Juwanna told her teacher, according to Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard.

On Friday, Juwanna — now 14 — watched as Fulton County prosecutors announced that a grand jury had indicted the Atlanta Public Schools’ ex-superintendent and nearly three dozen other former administrators, teachers, principals and other educators of charges arising from a standardized test cheating scandal that rocked the system.

Former Superintendent Beverly Hall faces charges including conspiracy, making false statements and theft because prosecutors said some of the bonuses she received were tied to falsified scores. Hall retired just days before the findings of a state probe were released in mid-2011. A nationally known educator who was named Superintendent of the Year in 2009, Hall has long denied knowing about the cheating or ordering it.

During a news conference Friday, Howard highlighted the case of Juwanna and another student, saying they demonstrated “the plight of many children” in the Atlanta school system.

Their stories were among many that investigators heard in hundreds of interviews with school administrators, staff, parents and students during a 21-month-long investigation.

According to Howard, Juwanna said that when she declined her teacher’s offer, the teacher responded that she was just trying to help her students. Her class ended up getting some of the highest scores in the school and won a trophy for their work. Juwanna felt guilty but didn’t tell anyone about her class’ cheating because she was afraid of retaliation and feared her teacher would lose her job.

She eventually told her sister and later told the district attorney’s investigators. Still confident in her ability to take a test on her own, Juwanna got the highest reading score on a standardized test this year.

The other student cited by Howard was a third-grader who failed a benchmark exam and received the worst score in her reading class in 2006. The girl was held back, yet when she took a separate assessment test not long afterward, she passed with flying colors.

Howard said the girl’s mother, Justina Collins, knew something was wrong, but was told by school officials that the child simply was a good test-taker. The girl is now in ninth grade, reading at a fifth-grade level.

“I have a 15-year-old now who is behind in achieving her goal of becoming what she wants to be when she graduates. It’s been hard trying to help her catch up,“ Collins said at the news conference.

The allegations date back to 2005. In addition to Hall, 34 other former school system employees were indicted. Four were high-level administrators, six were principals, two were assistant principals, six were testing coordinators and 14 were teachers. A school improvement specialist and a school secretary were also indicted.

Howard didn’t directly answer a question about whether prosecutors believe Hall led the conspiracy.

“What we’re saying is, is that without her, this conspiracy could not have taken place, particularly in the degree that it took place. Because as we know, this took place in 58 of the Atlanta Public Schools. And it would not have taken place if her actions had not made that possible,“ the prosecutor said.

Richard Deane, an attorney for Hall, told The New York Times that Hall continues to deny the charges and expects to be vindicated. Deane said the defense was making arrangements for bond.

“We note that as far as has been disclosed, despite the thousands of interviews that were reportedly done by the governor’s investigators and others, not a single person reported that Dr. Hall participated in or directed them to cheat on the C.R.C.T.,“ he said later in a statement provided to the Times.

The tests were the key measure the state used to determine whether it met the federal No Child Left Behind law. Schools with good test scores get extra federal dollars to spend in the classroom or on teacher bonuses.

It wasn’t immediately clear how much bonus money Hall received. Howard did not say and the amount wasn’t mentioned in the indictment.

“Those results were caused by cheating. ... And the money that she received, we are alleging that money was ill-gotten,“ Howard said.

A 2011 state investigation found cheating by nearly 180 educators in 44 Atlanta schools. Educators gave answers to students or changed answers on tests after they were turned in, investigators said. Teachers who tried to report it faced retaliation, creating a culture of “fear and intimidation,“ the investigation found.

State schools Superintendent John Barge said last year he believed the state’s new accountability system would remove the pressure to cheat on standardized tests because it won’t be the sole way the state determines student growth. The pressure was part of what some educators in the system blamed for their cheating.

A former top official in the New York City school system who later headed the Newark, N.J. system for three years, Hall served as Atlanta’s superintendent for more than a decade, which is rare for an urban schools chief. She was named Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators in 2009 and credited with raising student test scores and graduation rates, particularly among the district’s poor and minority students. But the award quickly lost its luster as her district became mired in the scandal.

In a video message to schools staff before she retired in the summer of 2011, Hall warned that the state investigation launched by former Gov. Sonny Perdue would likely reveal “alarming” behavior.

“It’s become increasingly clear that a segment of our staff chose to violate the trust that was placed in them,“ Hall said. “There is simply no excuse for unethical behavior and no room in this district for unethical conduct. I am confident that aggressive, swift action will be taken against anyone who believed so little in our students and in our system of support that they turned to dishonesty as the only option.“

The cheating came to light after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that some scores were statistically improbable.

Most of the 178 educators named in the special investigators’ report in 2011 resigned, retired, did not have their contracts renewed or appealed their dismissals and lost. Twenty-one educators have been reinstated and three await hearings to appeal their dismissals, said Atlanta Public Schools spokesman Stephen Alford.

APS Superintendent Erroll Davis said the district, which has about 50,000 students, is now focused on nurturing an ethical environment, providing quality education and supporting the employees who were not implicated.

“I know that our children will succeed when the adults around them work hard, work together, and do so with integrity,“ he said in a statement.

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission is responsible for licensing teachers and has been going through the complaints against teachers, said commission executive secretary Kelly Henson. Of the 159 cases the commission has reviewed, 44 resulted in license revocations, 100 got two-year suspensions and nine were suspended for less than two years, Henson said. No action was taken against six of the educators.

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Burnsville Lake: Volunteers Sought for Lake Operations

The Gilmer Free Press

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is looking for volunteers to help with operations at Burnsville Lake.

The corps said volunteers will work up to 25 hours per week.

Duties include mowing and weeding, cleaning facilities and grounds, staffing a visitors center, tour guide, painting, light carpentry, and general maintenance support.

Those selected as volunteers will be given a free full-hookup campsite at either Bulltown or Riffle Run Campground.

Riffle Run has been operated exclusively by volunteers for several years and has continued to remain open without shorter seasons or reduced services.

The corps says volunteers also are needed at the campground for mowing and weeding.

Those interested should call a park ranger at the corps office in Burnsville at 304.853.2371.

WV Takes ‘New View’ at Foster Care Cold Cases; Goal Is to Find 50 Children Permanent Homes

The Gilmer Free Press

Two branches of government that work with troubled West Virginia kids are teaming up to find permanent homes for 50 foster children — some of whom have been lost in the system nearly a decade.

The New View initiative involves seven attorneys hand-picked by the state Supreme Court and tough cases chosen with help from the Department of Health and Human Resources.

On average, West Virginia children are in foster care less than 12 months. But many bounce around the system for years.

The “viewers” will be trained in in April and investigate each case. They could recommend adoptions, guardianships, even emancipation.

A year-end report will recap the project and identify patterns. If it finds bureaucratic barriers, communication failures or other shortcomings, the courts could recommend new policies or laws.

Recalls - 03.29.13



Definitive Technology is recalling SuperCube 2000 Powered Subwoofers sold nationwide from November 2012 to January 2013.

An internal failure with the subwoofer’s level input jack RCA jack results in a shock hazard.

This recall involves the SuperCube 2000 powered subwoofers with “0912HB” as part of a serial number printed on the back of the unit. “Definitive” is printed on the bottom front of the speaker.

Consumers should contact Definitive Technology at 800.228.7148 from 9:30 AM to 6 PM ET Monday through Friday, or online at for a replacement.


Bell Sports is recalling Bell Full Throttle Bike Helmets sold exclusively at Toys R Us stores nationwide from July 2012 to January 2013.

The buckle on the helmet’s safety strap can release in an accident and allow the helmet to fall off the rider, posing a risk of head injury.

This recall involves Bell Full Throttle, full coverage bicycle motocross BM-.helmets with a chin bar.

The all-black helmets have UPC code 035011 937052 and part number 1009159 printed on a label on the side of the helmet shell.

Consumers should contact Bell Sports at 866.892.6059 from 8 AM to 5 PM CT Monday through Friday, or visit for instructions on receiving a full refund.


iCandy World is recalling Cherry model strollers sold nationwide from October 2009 to December 2012.

The opening between the bumper bar and seat bottom of the stroller can allow an infant’s body to pass through and become entrapped at the neck, posing a strangulation hazard.

This recall includes the iCandy Cherry stroller only in the colors Fudge light-medium brown and Liquorice red and black.

Consumers should contact iCandy America Inc. at 877.484.4179 anytime or visit to receive a free replacement bumper bar.


BabyHome USA is recalling Baby high chairs sold nationwide from March 2012 to February 2013.

The front opening between the tray and seat bottom of the high chair can allow a child’s body to pass through and become entrapped at the neck.

This poses a strangulation hazard.

This recall includes Eat model high chairs in red, black, green, purple, navy, orange, and brown.

The model number BH2104 is located on a label on the back of the high chair.

The word “babyhome” is printed on one leg of the chair and the word “eat” is printed on the opposite leg of the chair.

Consumers should contact BabyHome USA at 888.758.5712 from 9 AM to 5 PM ET Monday through Friday, or online at to receive a free crotch restraint repair kit.


Bugaboo is recalling Cameleon3 Strollers sold nationwide and in Canada from September 2012 to March 2013.

The stroller’s carrying handle can break and detach posing a fall hazard.

This recall involves the Bugaboo Cameleon3 strollers.

The words “Bugaboo” and “Cameleon3” appear on a fabric tag on the side of the sun canopy.

Strollers included in the recall have serial numbers from 19010 11153 00001 to 19010 51248 00215.

Consumers should contact Bugaboo , at 800.460.2922, from 7 AM to 4 PM PT Monday through Friday or online at for a free replacement handle.


3M is recalling Filtrete™ room air purifiers sold nationwidefrom November 2008 to January 2013.

The ion generator in the air purifiers can overheat, posing a fire hazard.

The two recalled models are Ultra Quiet, number FAP00.RS, and Maximum Allergen, number FAP00-L.

The products serial numbers begin with E, F, G, H, I or J and the model and serial numbers are located on the bottom of the product.

Consumers should contact 3M at 800.388.3458 from 7 AM to 6 PM CT Monday through Friday, or online at to obtain a prepaid shipping box to return the product for a free replacement.


West Music is recalling Basic Beat BB201 standard egg shaker sold nationwide from July 2012 to October 2012.

The outer “end cap” that is glued onto the top, smallest part of the egg can come off, posing a small part choking or aspiration hazard.

These recalled egg-shaker toy instruments are plastic, egg-shaped instruments sold in five colors: yellow, green, blue, red and purple.

The toy instruments are about the size of small eggs and have a “Basic Beat” label printed on the front of the product.

The toy instruments have Lot Number 0E0212 located on the bottom of the roundest part of the egg.

Consumers should contact West Music at 800.397.9378 from 8 AM to 5 PM CT Monday through Friday or online at for a free replacement product.


Modus Furniture International is recalling PT Domusindo Perdana drop-side cribs sold exclusively at JP Penney from January 1998 to December 2008.

The cribs’ drop sides can malfunction, detach or otherwise fail, causing part of the drop side to fall out of position, creating a space into which an infant or toddler can roll and become wedged or entrapped, which can lead to strangulation or suffocation.

This recall includes 14 models of PT Domusindo Perdana wooden drop-side cribs. The name, model number and date codes are printed on the plywood mattress board.

Consumers should contact customer service at Modus Furniture International at 800.827.2129 from 8 AM to 5 PM PT Monday through Friday, or visit to get a free immobilizer kit.


WRSI is recalling Whitewater Kayaking and Rafting Helmets sold nationwide and in Canada from March 2012 to November 2012.

The chinstrap buckle can fail, posing a head injury hazard.

This recall involves WRSI Moment and Trident models whitewater kayaking and rafting helmets. “WRSI” is printed under or on top of the helmet’s visor.

WRSI’s “Wave Logo” is visible on the back of the Moment helmet.

Consumers should contact WRSI at 888.441.1041, from 8 AM to 5 PM MT Monday through Friday, or online at for a free replacement or full refund.

Gilmer County on the Move Walking Challenge II

The Gilmer Free Press

Weekly Horoscope: 03.31.13 - 04.06.13

Aries (Mar 21-Apr 19) - Make some important life changes on the 31st and 1st. Consider signing up for a course or taking a short trip that has the potential to help you advance professionally. Not everyone will be on your side on the 2nd and 3rd. Stick to the people you know you can trust, and avoid those you find unpredictable or emotionally unstable. Keep your temper in check and your thoughts a secret for the time being. You can make significant changes or reforms to a cause you believe in on the 4th, 5th and 6th. Share your knowledge, solutions and ideas with people with whom you have worked or shared successfully in the past. Love is on the rise. Contact someone you want to spend more time with.

Taurus (Apr 20-May 20) - Be secretive regarding your financial situation and moves on the 31st and 1st. A chance to improve your assets is apparent if you invest in your own interests, skills and talent. Problems with financial, legal or medical institutions may catch you off guard on the 2nd and 3rd. Put pressure on someone who owes you a favor. A partnership will turn out to be your saving grace. Keep a low profile on the 4th, 5th and 6th. Saying less and doing more will help you maintain your reputation. Follow your basic instincts, and you will bypass someone’s attempt to make you look bad. Don’t let emotional matters cloud your vision or stop you from taking care of your responsibilities.

Gemini (May 21-Jun 20) - On the 31st and 1st, what you do for others will enhance your reputation and ensure that you get help in return. Partnerships that develop now will improve your life and bring you greater opportunities. Avoid making cash donations on the 2nd and 3rd. Lending or borrowing will lead to added stress and pressure. Search for a way to stay within budget, and you will impress someone willing to step in and lend you a hand. Put greater emphasis on what you can do on the 4th, 5th and 6th. Showing off will put you in the spotlight and confirm that you are capable of being a leader. Greater romantic opportunities are apparent if you are willing to make the first move. Follow your heart.

Cancer (Jun 21-Jul 22) - Focus on doing the best job possible on the 31st and 1st. Your actions will be assessed and will determine how capable others view you both professionally or personally. It’s important to step up and surprise those waiting for you to fail. On the 2nd and 3rd, a partnership problem is likely to develop if you have fallen short regarding a promise you made. Let your intuition guide you, and follow through with what’s expected of you. You can pull a deal together on the 4th, 5th and 6th if you compromise in order to make everyone involved happy. Don’t let personal issues stand in the way of a proposal that has the potential to bring in extra cash.

Leo (Jul 23-Aug 22) - Take a moment to enjoy your friends, family or your lover on the 31st and 1st. Taking a short trip or socializing with friends will enhance your relationships. Go shopping for a special item that will make you feel good about the way you look or will please someone you love. On the 2nd and 3rd, a problem with a colleague, friend or pet will be emotional. Do your best to help, but don’t let your plans be ruined because of someone else’s mistake or change of plans. Get serious about your personal direction in life on the 4th, 5th and 6th. Make plans to enhance a partnership that means a lot to you by making a promise that will give you something to look forward to.

Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22) - Put more effort into your home and domestic situation on the 31st and 1st. You can avoid criticism if you stick to a budget and make your surroundings more comfortable or entertaining. A social or networking event can lead to important introductions on the 2nd and 3rd, but you mustn’t move too quickly or make a commitment to get involved in something until you know what it entails financially, emotionally and physically. A business proposition isn’t likely to turn out to be what you expect on the 4th, 5th and 6th. Take your time and wait to get all the facts before you make a final decision. Listen and offer suggestions, but don’t offer cash.

Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22) - Partnerships must be addressed on the 31st and 1st. Making a life choice or commitment or just changing the way you live will help improve your love life and your future. Listen to any complaints being made on the 2nd and 3rd, and you can resolve issues that have been holding you back. Not everyone will be as open as you are, but in the end your honesty will be what stands out and makes you look good. Focus on love, romance, partnerships and enjoying life on the 4th, 5th and 6th. A short pleasure trip or taking on a new challenge will improve your life and help you to develop professional options.

Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21) - Don’t let jealousy stand between you and your own success on the 31st and 1st. Expect someone to boast about accomplishments in order to make you feel dissatisfied. Don’t begrudge what others do or have when it’s up to you to strive to reach your own success. You’ll have a better view of what you can handle and what you should take a pass on the 2nd and 3rd. Don’t let anyone talk you into something you don’t want to do. Keep your emotions in check on the 4th, 5th and 6th. Work on your own creative ideas or spend time with that special someone you share your secrets with. Don’t underestimate what you are capable of accomplishing.

Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 21) - Live, love and laugh on the 31st and 1st. Love and romance are apparent but so is deception and dishonesty. Make sure that you are true to your word and that the person you confide in will keep your personal information a secret. Someone from your past is likely to disrupt your life on the 2nd and 3rd. Don’t brag about your conquests or you will face opposition and criticism. Focus on home and family. You’ll come up with some great ideas that can turn into a profitable venture on the 4th, 5th and 6th. A few changes at home and an idea or service you can offer will turn a hobby into a lucrative endeavor. A partnership looks good.

Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 19) - Be careful what you share on the 31st and 1st. Not everyone you deal with will be as diplomatic as you. Expect to face disappointment due to someone’s change of heart. Don’t let your emotions escalate because you aren’t getting your way or someone is making it difficult for you to get what you want on the 2nd and 3rd. Use your intuition and you’ll find a unique way to proceed that benefits both you and the person opposing you. Follow your gut feeling when dealing with issues that initiate memories on the 4th, 5th and 6th. Reconnecting with someone from your past may be what you need to push you forward emotionally.

Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18) - Rely on people from your past to help you move forward on the 31st and 1st. There is much you can accomplish if you look at your assets, skills and talent and put them to work for you. Changing the way you earn a living will do you good. Love and romance are on the rise on the 2nd and 3rd. Share your feelings and intentions. A change at home or the way you live will improve your life. Update your look, and you’ll boost your confidence. Take a chance and present or promote something you enjoy doing on the 4th, 5th and 6th. Someone you respect will take an interest and help you move forward with your plans. Put time aside for romance and celebrating the future.

Pisces (Feb 19-Mar 20) -  Don’t let your emotions lead you in the wrong direction on the 31st and 1st. Too much of anything will work against you. Focus on developing your ideas and setting up a strategy that will help you utilize your skills and expertise to make financial gains. Someone will show an interest in what you have to offer on the 2nd and 3rd. Make sure that you don’t move too quickly in order to please someone who is impatient. Go at your own speed, and you will reach your goal when the time is right. Don’t count on someone else’s support on the 4th, 5th and 6th. Make your own plans and follow through. Proving you can make things happen on your own will give you leverage.

G-Comm™: Lockheed Martin at the Trough

The Gilmer Free Press

What do hungry children and the world’s largest military contractor have in common? Not much, it seems. At the very time when (thanks to sequestration) state governments are cutting back aid to low-income women and their children, the government of the State of Maryland seems en route to providing the Lockheed Martin Corporation with a handout worth millions of dollars. This is not just a Maryland issue; Pentagon contractors seek special breaks in virtually every Congressional district in the U.S.

Lockheed Martin, which did $47 billion in business during 2012 – mostly weapons sales to the U.S. government – owns a very large, luxurious hotel and conference center in Montgomery County, Maryland. In 2010, the corporation succeeded in getting the state to exempt it from paying the state lodging tax that all other Maryland hotels paid.

Then it sought exemption from paying Montgomery County’s 7 percent lodging tax. But the County Council, realizing that this would pull $450,000 per year out of its annual revenues – revenues that it used to fund education and other public services – refused to give way to corporate pressure. Indeed, it pointed out that the lodging costs of the company’s employees at the hotel, including taxes, were already subsidized through Lockheed Martin’s contracts with the federal government. The company readily admitted this, but stated: “The fact that some percentage of those costs over time can be reimbursed by the federal government doesn’t reduce the need to lower our overhead costs whenever we can.”

Rebuffed on the local level, Lockheed Martin turned once more to its friends in the state government, championing a bill that would exempt it from Montgomery County taxes and, furthermore, force the county to provide it with a $1.4 million refund for past tax payments.

But this new company demand sparked a lively citizens’ campaign in opposition to what was dubbed the “Corporate Welfare for Lockheed Bill.” Dozens of organizations threw themselves into the battle, including advocacy groups (Common Cause, Fund Our Communities, Progressive Neighbors, Progressive Maryland, and the NAACP), labor unions (United Food and Commercial Workers, SEIU, and unions representing teachers, police, and fire fighters), and peace groups (Peace Action, Pax Christi, and Maryland United for Peace and Justice). Articles started to appear in the press. Local politicians began to speak out against the legislation. The County Council again voted its opposition to exempting Lockheed Martin from taxation.

Faced with an upsurge of popular resistance, the State Senate sent the measure back to committee, where it was amended to eliminate the provision for retroactive payment to Lockheed. This action reportedly infuriated a Lockheed lobbyist and represented a small victory for opponents of the legislation. Nevertheless, a bill providing for the corporation’s future tax exemption went forward, and was passed by the Senate on the night of March 13 by a vote of 37 to 9. The large majority included all but one Republican, as well as a substantial number of Democrats.

A counterpart bill is expected to reach the Ways and Means Committee of the House of Delegates soon. Given the controversy surrounding the measure, its fate remains uncertain. But the corporation seems determined to press forward.

Actually, Lockheed Martin has a long track record when it comes to enriching itself through government support. Its C-130 military transport plane has been a major source of profit for the company. Although, in the late 1970s, the Carter administration concluded that the very costly plane was no longer necessary, Lockheed’s friends in Congress saw to it that the U.S. government purchased 256 of them over the next two decades. In response to a request from Senator John McCain, the Government Accountability Office did a study of how many of these planes the U.S. Air Force had ordered. The answer was: five. Finding no use for the hundreds of planes, the Air Force simply parked many of them on airport runways, where they gathered dust.

And so it goes. Making vastly expensive weapons systems for the government remains a lucrative business. Lockheed has already forecast a record profit in 2013. A January 2013 article in Bloomberg News reported: “Lockheed’s fortunes depend in large measure on the F-35 jet fighter, its biggest program and the Pentagon’s costliest weapon system, at an estimated development cost of $395.7 billion.”

Of course, Lockheed keeps billions of dollars flowing into its coffers by spending millions every year on lobbying and millions more on campaign contributions. According to Dina Rasor of the Project on Government Oversight, Lockheed is “the ultimate pay-to-play contractor.”

In this context, it’s not surprising that Lockheed has enormous influence in Maryland politics. Over the past year, Lockheed contributed $25,000 to the Maryland Democratic Party, plus thousands of additional dollars to the President of the Maryland Senate, the Senate Democratic Majority Leader, the chair of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, another member of that committee, and a member of the House of Delegates. Four of the five became co-sponsors of the Lockheed tax exemption legislation and all four Senate members voted for it.

This coziness with Lockheed Martin can also become a source of embarrassment now that the issue is hot. A day after the State Senate voted to send the legislation to the House Ways and Means Committee, a private dinner between Lockheed lobbyists and the members of that committee was abruptly canceled.

Of course, it might well be asked why Lockheed Martin bothers with getting itself exempted from Montgomery County taxes. After all, $4.5 million over the next decade is small change to this giant corporation.

One reason might be that most wealthy people genuinely believe that they are entitled to keep every cent of their income. This certainly explains why they resist paying taxes so ferociously.

Another possibility, though, is that Lockheed Martin, like most other military contractors, has grown accustomed to thriving at government expense. Thus, it just can’t resist going back to the public trough for a little more corporate welfare.

~~  Lawrence S. Wittner - Professor of history emeritus at SUNY/Albany ~~


RECEIPTS:        Auctions     Direct    Video/Internet     Total
This Week         162,000     59,700        26,000        247,700 
Last Week         224,100     51,400         5,400        280,900 
Last Year         196,400     27,600        55,500        279,500

Compared to last week, the bulk of the light offering of yearling feeder cattle sold steady to 5.00 higher with motivation from much lower than expected placements on last week’s cattle-on-feed report.

Calves failed to see much support from the yearling trade with early-week markets unevenly steady to 5.00 lower and many areas of the Southeast seeing even stiffer losses on lightweights.

Receipts were curbed from an early-spring snowstorm that moved across much of cattle country over the weekend, keeping sizeable consignments from making their way to town while most sellers were less than excited about the market.

However, salvation arrived after most of the week’s feeder cattle marketing had taken place with Thursday’s banner day for cattlemen.

The festivities started out with the USDA grain stocks and prospective plantings report that stated corn farmers intend to plant 97.28 million acres, which would be the largest corn planting since 1936 when much of the work was done by mules.

Corn stocks were also above expectations at 5.4 billion bushels, which ensures that we won’t run out of yellow kernels before the new crop gets here.

The news forced CBOT corn futures down the 40-cent limit, which sent the CME feeder cattle contracts up the 3.00 limit as far as the eye could see.

At the same time, packers were paying 2.00-4.00 more for finished cattle from 127.00-129.00 live and 204.00-205.00 dressed which was 6.00-7.00 higher.

Word spread instantly and trading became active in Thursday salebarns like Ogallala, NE and Dalhart, TX and Salina, KS and even in the still parched areas of southwest Kansas where Pratt had a short load of mixed colored and put together steers in a thin-fleshed and empty condition that weighed 606 lbs. and brought 177.50.

March 28th is when the feeder and stocker cattle market found a bottom with a springboard to bring demand and attitudes out from under the cloud that has plagued them since right after the first of the year.

Just a day earlier, it seemed there was no relief in sight from high feedcosts and the late spring might cause more farmers to plant soybeans.

Now, severely dwindling calf and yearling supplies are armed with the arrival of spring and its warmers days, greener pastures, and the annual lighting of the backyard grill.

The glimmer of hope for at least some relief in feedcosts is slim but nearby corn contracts fell below 7.00/bu for the first time in over a month and Good Friday’s closing prevented moods from changing until next week.

This week’s reported auction volume included 61% over 600 lbs. and 43% heifers.

AUCTION RECEIPTS:  162,000   Last Week:  224,100   Last Year:  196,400

Buckhannon Stockyards, Buckhannon, WV
Weighted Average Report for Wednesday March 27, 2013

Cattle Receipts:  36

Slaughter cows made up 31% of the offering, slaughter bulls 3%,
replacement cows 22%, other cows 11%, and feeders 33%. 

The feeder supply included 75% steers, and 25% heifers.

Near 8% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    3    515-515    515       145.00         145.00
    3    570-570    570       145.00         145.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    2    398-398    398       157.50         157.50
    1    715-715    715       102.50         102.50

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2    448-448    448       130.00         130.00
    1    485-485    485       120.00         120.00

Bred Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Middle Aged
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2   1275-1275  1275      1275.00    1275.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    1   1115-1115  1115      1175.00    1175.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred
    4   1230-1350  1295   999.00-1310.00    1167.24   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred
                            Medium and Large 2 Aged
    1   1080-1080  1080       900.00         900.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred

Slaughter Cows                 Boner 80-85% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    4   1145-1335  1244     71.50-77.75       74.65
    4   1505-1775  1580     69.00-77.00       74.03
                                Lean 85-90% Lean
    3    900-1320  1082     62.00-67.50       63.94

Other Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Middle Aged
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2    860-875    868     78.00-88.00       82.96  
    2   1030-1085  1058     80.00-89.00       84.38  

Slaughter Bulls                Yield Grade 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1460-1460  1460        90.50          90.50

Weston Livestock Special, Weston, WV
Weighted Average Report for Saturday March 23, 2013

Cattle Receipts:  128  Total: 214

Slaughter cows made up 27% of the offering, slaughter bulls 5%, 
replacement cows 4%, and feeders 65%.

The feeder supply included 43% steers, 29% heifers, and 28% bulls.

Near 17% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    425-425    425       141.00         141.00   SMOKE
    3    466-466    466       167.50         167.50
   14    500-512    506    162.00-171.00     166.73
   11    558-565    562    147.50-160.00     154.33
    1    590-590    590       136.00         136.00   RWF
    2    613-613    613       151.00         151.00
    1    820-820    820       113.00         113.00
    1   1125-1125  1125        80.00          80.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    280-280    280       155.00         155.00
    1    475-475    475       152.00         152.00

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    345-345    345       137.50         137.50
    1    385-385    385       118.00         118.00   RWF
    3    400-435    412    120.00-133.00     128.42
    5    455-477    465    120.00-126.00     122.36
    5    516-545    524    116.00-122.00     118.98
                             Medium and Large 2
    4    410-445    428    119.00-120.00     119.48
    2    498-498    498       113.00         113.00
    2    625-625    625       100.00         100.00   RWF
    1    855-855    855        95.00          95.00

Feeder Bulls                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    4    305-348    327       137.50         137.50
    2    353-353    353       132.50         132.50
    2    478-478    478       130.00         130.00
    1    540-540    540       130.00         130.00
    5    561-575    564    127.00-138.00     135.76
    3    615-645    635    129.00-131.00     130.35
    1    665-665    665        85.00          85.00
    1    705-705    705       115.00         115.00   RWF
    1    880-880    880       100.00         100.00
    1    960-960    960        97.50          97.50
                             Medium and Large 2
    2    245-245    245       175.00         175.00

Bred Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    790-790    790       785.00         785.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred
                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Middle Aged
    1   1325-1325  1325   999.00-1200.00    1200.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred
                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Aged
    1   1115-1115  1115       800.00         800.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred
    2   1235-1260  1248   875.00-1050.00     961.62   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred

Slaughter Cows                 Boner 80-85% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
   14   1030-1385  1201     68.00-78.50       72.63
    9    960-1350  1197     78.00-94.00       82.38   High Dressing
    3   1425-1610  1507     68.00-77.00       73.83
    3   1420-1440  1432     78.00-81.00       79.33   High Dressing
    1   1425-1425  1425        69.00          69.00   Low Dressing
                                Lean 85-90% Lean
    3    940-1100  1038     64.00-68.00       65.76
    1   1110-1110  1110        72.00          72.00   High Dressing

Slaughter Bulls                Yield Grade 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    6   1670-2230  1819     89.00-92.50       90.26

Jackson County Regional Livestock, Ripley, WV
Weighted Average Report for Saturday March 23, 2013

Cattle Receipts:  206

Slaughter cows made up 23% of the offering, slaughter bulls 8%,
replacement cows 6%, and feeders 63%.

The feeder supply included 22% steers, 44% heifers, and 35% bulls.

Near 29% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2    325-325    325       156.00         156.00
    1    415-415    415       141.00         141.00
    2    450-475    463       135.00         135.00
    4    631-631    631       137.50         137.50
    1    600-600    600       112.00         112.00   RED
    1    670-670    670       127.00         127.00
    1    825-825    825       105.00         105.00
    1    885-885    885       103.00         103.00
    1    905-905    905        88.00          88.00   RED
                             Small 1
    2    460-460    460       112.00         112.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    400-400    400       112.50         112.50
    2    521-521    521       118.00         118.00
    1    505-505    505       115.00         115.00   RED
    1    500-500    500       115.00         115.00   Smoke
    4    556-590    565    126.00-135.00     132.65
                             Medium and Large 3
    1    560-560    560       101.00         101.00
                             Holstein Medium and Large 2
    2    397-397    397        83.00          83.00

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    3    315-320    318    121.00-131.00     127.70
    3    355-390    378    120.00-125.00     123.44
    1    425-425    425       120.00         120.00
    1    465-465    465       120.00         120.00
    2    497-497    497       114.00         114.00   Smoke
    4    525-525    525       110.00         110.00   Smoke
    3    560-597    585    111.00-115.00     113.72
    4    630-630    630    100.00-107.00     103.50
    1    600-600    600        90.00          90.00   RED
    1    665-665    665       111.00         111.00
    4    651-651    651       101.00         101.00   Smoke
    3    705-705    705       106.00         106.00
    1    845-845    845       101.00         101.00
                             Small 1
    3    415-425    422     90.00-100.00      93.28
    2    515-515    515     83.00-85.00       84.00
    1    655-655    655        85.00          85.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    2    260-260    260       120.00         120.00
    1    375-375    375       115.00         115.00
    2    405-420    413    105.00-110.00     107.45
    1    480-480    480       111.00         111.00
    4    500-540    510    101.00-112.00     108.11
    2    570-585    578        90.00          90.00
    2    555-595    575    100.00-102.00     100.97   RED
    1    605-605    605        95.00          95.00
    3    665-665    665     95.00-100.00      96.67
                             Medium and Large 3
    1    425-425    425        85.00          85.00
    1    560-560    560       101.00         101.00

Feeder Bulls                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    345-345    345       142.00         142.00
    5    350-385    367    135.00-154.00     144.23
    3    455-455    455       140.00         140.00
    5    500-542    527    124.00-127.00     126.43
    1    505-505    505       110.00         110.00   RED
    4    595-595    595       139.00         139.00
    1    565-565    565       110.00         110.00   RED
    1    660-660    660       108.00         108.00
    3    705-720    715     95.00-121.00     103.55
    1    720-720    720       100.00         100.00   RED
    1    720-720    720        88.00          88.00   Smoke
    1    855-855    855        97.00          97.00   RED
    1    905-905    905        83.00          83.00   Smoke
                             Small 1
    2    570-570    570       120.00         120.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    2    385-385    385       117.00         117.00
    1    400-400    400       133.00         133.00
    6    465-492    482    111.00-120.00     116.30
    1    485-485    485       110.00         110.00   RED
    2    510-510    510       115.00         115.00
    1    650-650    650       115.00         115.00
    1    790-790    790        86.00          86.00   RED
                             Medium and Large 3
    1    490-490    490        98.00          98.00

Bred Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    860-860    860       800.00         800.00   Per Head  1-3 Months Bred
    2    715-715    715       630.00         630.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    2    715-885    800    600.00-685.00     647.02   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred
                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Middle Aged
    1   1185-1185  1185       850.00         850.00   Per Head  1-3 Months Bred
    1   1300-1300  1300   999.00-1050.00    1050.00   Per Head  1-3 Months Bred
    1   1050-1050  1050       800.00         800.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    2   1265-1370  1318   999.00-1210.00    1129.41   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred
                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Aged
    1    895-895    895       530.00         530.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    1    960-960    960       680.00         680.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred

Slaughter Cows                Breaker 70-80% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1350-1350  1350        70.00          70.00
    5   1060-1390  1239     80.00-85.00       82.58   High Dressing
    3   1525-1855  1675     71.00-73.00       72.02
    2   1400-1495  1448        80.50          80.50   High Dressing
    1   2065-2065  2065        73.00          73.00
                               Boner 80-85% Lean
    2    755-845    800     72.50-75.00       73.68
    1    885-885    885        82.00          82.00   High Dressing
   13    975-1365  1188     70.00-77.00       73.42
    9   1060-1395  1215     78.00-89.00       81.88   High Dressing
    5    925-1225  1069     58.00-68.00       63.64   Low Dressing
    1   1580-1580  1580        70.00          70.00
    3   1430-1670  1518     78.00-80.00       78.81   High Dressing
    1   1450-1450  1450        67.50          67.50   Low Dressing

Slaughter Bulls                Yield Grade 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2   1300-1475  1388     88.00-90.00       88.94
    2   1335-1350  1343     78.50-82.00       80.24   Low Dressing
    8   1565-2480  1983     90.00-95.00       92.73
    3   1580-2010  1795     94.00-113.00      99.95   High Dressing
    2   1965-2320  2143     86.00-88.00       87.08   Low Dressing

Cow Calf Pairs
    9   8 years and older  calf under 250#    650.00-1060.00

Baby calves 
    13  Beef  newborn   90.00-195.00
        Dairy newborn   50.00-90.00

No fat cattle offerings

    59  Nannies       80.00-120.00
        Big Billies   100.00-140.00
        Feeders  #1   75.00-105.00
                 #2   35.00-65.00

Market Hogs
    3  250-300 lbs    .75-.82.5

    2  over 400lbs    .43-.50

Bon Appétit: Bacon Cheddar Deviled Eggs

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Recipe makes 24 deviled eggs

  12 eggs
  1/2 cup mayonnaise
  4 slices bacon
  2 tablespoons finely shredded Cheddar cheese
  1 tablespoon mustard


Place eggs in a saucepan, and cover with cold water.

Bring water to a boil and immediately remove from heat.

Cover, and let eggs stand in hot water for 10 to 12 minutes.

Remove from hot water, and cool.

To cool more quickly, rinse eggs under cold running water.

Meanwhile, place bacon in a large, deep skillet.

Cook over medium-high heat until evenly brown.

Alternatively, wrap bacon in paper towels and cook in the microwave for about 1 minute per slice.

Crumble and set aside.

Peel the hard-cooked eggs, and cut in half lengthwise.

Remove yolks to a small bowl.

Mash egg yolks with mayonnaise, crumbled bacon and cheese.

Stir in mustard.

Fill egg white halves with the yolk mixture and refrigerate until serving.

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The zodiac arcs high overhead this evening.

This band of constellations outlines the path the Sun, Moon, and planets follow across the sky.

The “twins” of Gemini, Castor and Pollux, stand almost directly overhead as night falls.





“Study to shew thyself approved unto God.”  2 Timothy 2:15

Why Study The Bible?
Why should we take time out of our busy schedules to spend time with The Bible?  Is it really all that important?

It Is The Law Of Liberty.
When we look into man-made mirrors,  we see only the physical appearance, not the spirit that lives within.  “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein,  he being not a forgetful hearer,  but a doer of the work,  this man shall be blessed in his deed” (James 1:25) .  Only the Word of God can liberate us from the physical, and enable us to see ourselves as we really are…spirit beings, made in the image of God.

Freedom – A Universal Desire.
Millions have left home and family in the old country and come to America seeking freedom.  We are familiar with the words by Emma Lazarus at the base of the Statue of Liberty:  “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,  The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,  Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,  I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”  Wars have been fought for freedom. Millions have died for freedom.  But what man calls freedom often ends in slavery.  Where is true freedom to be found?

The Truth About Freedom.
Jesus said:  “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32) .

What is Truth?  Jesus answered that question in His prayer to His Father when, speaking of His disciples He said:  “Sanctify them through thy truth:  thy word is truth” (John 17:17) .  Millions of young people leave home and family and go out into the world seeking freedom, only to become slaves to the devil’s lies.  Paul said it this way:  “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey;  whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16) .  God’s Word…the Truth…is the perfect law of liberty.  “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36) .

The Bible – A Guide.
The Bible is the only guide that can free us from the bondage of sin, and keep us free.  But we must spend time with it to know what it teaches,  and then we must put those precepts into practice in our lives by obedience.

A Medical Guide.
If you had terminal cancer with only months to live, and someone came up with a medical book that could absolutely guarantee freedom from cancer, if you would but read and follow its instructions, would you let it lie on the coffee table and collect dust?  Sin is a cancer with far more devastating consequences.  God has given us a book of instructions on how to be free from sin.  What are we doing with it?


Steer Creek Church of Christ,  3466 Rosedale Road,  Stumptown WV 25267
Minister: Gene H Miller, 3281 Rosedale Road, Shock WV 26638-8410.
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Clayton Delano Young

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Clayton Delano Young

Age 77, of Mineral Wells, WV, passed away on March 21, 2013, at the home of his caregiver, former wife, R. Jean Young of Parkersburg.

He was born March 3, 1936, in Jackson County, WV, a son of the late Arthur Young and Ozella Workman. He was retired from the Wood County Board of Education, and was an avid hunter, fisherman and gardener. He was a tree surgeon and enjoyed working with trees. He was a member of the Tri-County Worship Center of Rockport.

He is survived by his son, Clayton G. Young (Jo Ann) of Mineral Wells; three brothers, Arthur Young Jr. (Frieda) of Vienna, WV, Delford Young (Opal) of West Union, WV, and Royal Hudson Jackson (Nancy) of Georgia; one sister, Regina Young of Salem, WV; three sisters-in-law, Betty Campbell of New Martinsville, WV, Beverly Young of Irondale, Ohio, and Patricia Young of Ravenswood, WV; one grandson, Wesley Clayton Young (Amanda) of Mineral Wells; three great-grandchildren, Abby Young, Cody Akins and Cady DeBarr; and his former wife and caregiver, R. Jean Young of Parkersburg. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Wendell Young, Falford Campbell, Opha Campbell, Raymond Young and Rockford Dwight ‘Rocky’ Young.

Funeral services were held 1:00 PM Monday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Pike St., south Parkersburg, with Pastor Everett Snyder officiating.

Interment followed at Sunset Memory Gardens. Visitation was 4:00-7:00 PM Sunday at the funeral home.

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