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GSC Theater to Hold Performance

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Students in Glenville State College’s Theater program invite the public to attend their latest production entitled Apartment of the Feign by Channing Caldwell. Performances, which will be held in the Heflin Administration Building Presidents Auditorium, will begin at 7:00 p.m. and run from Monday, October 17 through Wednesday, October 19.

The play tells the story of an autistic man, Bert, who is alone in the world. He fills his life with imaginary friends because the real people he comes into contact with are a problem: abusive, insulting, and controlling. He is much more comfortable inhabiting the imaginary life in his apartment. The Feign is the play’s word to describe the life of imagination that Bert inhabits.

A young woman who is trying to get away from her drunken boyfriend, hides in his apartment. Liz has lost her brother, who was also autistic, and sets out to help Bert cope with his real world. As they become greater friends, tragedy strikes, and Bert’s world cannot stand up to the pressure.

The play is relatively short, being told in three acts.

The performance is open to the public and is free to GSC students, faculty, and staff. General admission tickets are $3.00.

For more information, call 304.462.6323.

GSC Theatre Performing ‘Almost, Maine’ February 18-20 Starting Tonight

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GLENVILLE, WV - Students in Glenville State College’s Theatre program are exploring love in a northern town with their upcoming play, ‘Almost, Maine.’

The story takes place in the state of Maine and chronicles the adventures of 19 people living in the town of Almost, one of the loneliest places on earth. On a magical sub-zero night in February, at exactly 9 o’clock in the evening, 19 people in the town find new loves, lose an old one, or just find themselves for the first time.

The ensemble cast includes (in order of appearance): Tyler Hammack, Allegra Hensley, Eric Jones, Katelyn Miller, Victoria Guillory, Andrew Mattox, Megan Wright, Samantha Wolford, Eric Parrish, and Chase Rakes. Stage managers include Brandon Nelson, Logan Saho, Mazie Elliott, and Bradley Benson.

Three GSC students, Tyler Fortney, Mary Lewis, and Brittany Robinson, are directing the cast for partial fulfillment of the requirements of the CART 311 Directing class.

Performances of ‘Almost, Maine’ are scheduled for Thursday, February 18 through Saturday, February 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the Heflin Administration Building Presidents Auditorium. Some subject matter may be too sensitive for children. Admission is free for students and $3.00 for general admission.

Christmas Parade and Santa’s Arrival in Glenville

The train blows its whistle, and it rounds a bend in the woods. It slows as it approaches the wooden platforms, where scores of elves are waiting to meet the children aboard.

The elves – a crew of volunteers all in red hats and coats, green pants, and brown pointed shoes – greet the train with wild waves and cheers.

The Polar Express had arrived at the North Pole.

Dressed in pajamas and bathrobes topped with coats, hats and mittens, children and their parents hop off the train with assistance from the conductors. Elves adopt a family and lead them up the winding hill path with lanterns to Santa’s toy workshop.


Along the walk, each elf shares his or her story.

Sprinkles works in the kitchen, baking cookies for Santa and the elves. Jingle makes sure the reindeers’ harnesses are well-equipped with shiny, jingle-jangly bells. Noel and Carol help write new Christmas songs. Volt makes sure all the electronic toys run before they are wrapped.

It all happens as well as the Christmas Parade in Glenville.

The biggest surprise of the night was when Santa arrived at the end of the parade on his sleigh. He then went to City Park meeting the kids and presenting them with the first gift of Christmas, a bag full of gifts – a bell from his sleigh.

Before meeting the big man in red and dropping off letters at the North Pole post office, families were in downtown Glenville awaiting the parade.

A Great Parade and occasion, thanks to all participants and organizers.

Museum in the Park to Present Black History Program “Rosa Parks Portrayal” on Friday, March 13,

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Museum in the Park to Present Black History Program “Rosa Parks Portrayal” on Friday, March 13, 2015
The Museum in the Park at Chief Logan State Park will present Cora Lee Hairston, a Logan County resident, in a Black History program titled “Rosa Parks Portrayal” on Friday, March 13, 2015.

The program is free and open to the public.

Hairston will share the story of Rosa Parks’ achievements beginning at 9:30 AM and continue to perform and answer questions for students and other visitors throughout the day.

Hairston, who is well-known throughout southern West Virginia as a musician, author and gospel music writer, has been a speaker at area schools for years. She is a child advocate and 20-year veteran of the Logan County Improvement League. She also was the radiology coordinator for Logan General Hospital, retiring after 30 years of service.

She has performed at the annual Aunt Jennie Festival and published her first novel, Faces Behind the Dust, in 2013. The book traces the challenges, triumphs and tragedies of a young black woman coming of age in the southern West Virginia coalfields in the 1950s and 1960s.

Visitors also are welcome to tour the Museum in the Park and see the current exhibits. They include We Are Marshall; Railroads and Coal Mining in Southern West Virginia; DeHue: A Special Place; Ron Moxley Collection; Buffalo Creek; Communities Grieve; Early Farming in West Virginia; Blenko: West Virginia’s Gift to the World; Vandalia Award Winners; and the General Store. There also are quilts, textiles, looms, spinning wheels and a Conestoga Wagon made in the 1880s in Berkeley County on display.

For more information about the “Rosa Parks Portrayal” or other programs at Museum in the Park, contact Deborah Durham, site manager of the facility, at 304.792.7229.

The Museum in the Park is a regional cultural center showcasing the best in West Virginia history and the arts. It features changing exhibits and displays of artwork and historical items from the collections of the West Virginia State Museum and the State Archives. One area of the museum is dedicated to local and regional history. It is operated and maintained by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and is four miles north of Logan on WV Highway 10 in Chief Logan State Park. The museum is open from 9 AM to 5 PM Tuesday through Saturday.

GSC Brass Ensemble to Perform at Charleston Town Center Mall - 12.20.14

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The Glenville State College Brass Ensemble will again be entertaining shoppers at the Charleston Town Center Mall on Saturday, December 20, 2014 with a selection of holiday music.

The ensemble is under the direction of GSC Assistant Professor of Music and Department Chair Lloyd Bone and consists of seventeen students. They will be performing from 11:00 AM until 6:00 PM at Macy’s Court in the mall on what is traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year, the Saturday before Christmas.

“This is really great exposure for GSC. We have been given a premier time slot, and we will have the opportunity to play for thousands of people as they go about their holiday shopping,“ said Bone. “Mall employees tell us they receive many great comments about our group and we really enjoy being invited back year after year,“ he added.

Glenville: GCVFD Christmas Parade 2014 - Saturday, December 13, 2014

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The Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department will be holding its annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 13, 2011 at 5:00 PM.

Santa along with local organizations and businesses will be visiting with area children in the City Park after the parade.

There will be a movie presentation by GCFRN immediately after the parade.

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UHC and Core to Dedicate a Rose for Inclusion on Donate Life’s Float in 2015 Rose Parade

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United Hospital Center and Center for Organ Recovery & Education to Dedicate
a Rose for Inclusion on Donate Life’s Float in 2015 Rose Parade

Each New Year’s Day, the world focuses its attention on Pasadena, California, home of the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game: a festival of flowers, music and sports unequaled anywhere in the world. A tradition dating back to the 19th century, the Tournament of Roses Parade is America’s New Year Celebration®.

Bruce Carter, president of United Hospital Center recently signed a Rose Vial with a dedication message for a rose that will appear on the Donate Life Float in the 2015 Rose Parade. The Donate Life Float is sponsored by Organ Procurement Organizations across the country including CORE, the Center for Organ Recovery & Education, the not-for-profit organ procurement organization that covers West Virginia.

“By participating in this event we are honoring those who have donated life to others,” said Carter.  “Donated tissue is transplanted at UHC, which enhances the lives of many North Central West Virginians.”

Each dedicated rose is placed in a vial that carries a unique, personal message of hope and remembrance to honor organ donors, recipients and those touched by organ, tissue and cornea donation. Altogether, these roses create a Dedication Garden that is a featured design element on the Donate Life float each year.

“We are happy to celebrate with the nation, West Virginians who have donated life,” said Juanita Alfred, RN, critical care educator/supervisor at UHC. “It is with deepest gratitude that we honor these families and celebrate the gifts of life given.”

The theme of the 12th annual Donate Life Rose Parade float is “The Never-Ending Story,” featuring butterflies emerging from storybooks to symbolize the enduring power of organ, tissue and cornea donation and transplantation.

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Standing is Michelle Lester, RN, BSN, professional services liaison with Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE);
Juanita Alfred, RN, clinical educator and supervisor of critical care at United Hospital Center (UHC)
and seated is Bruce Carter, president of UHC signing a rose vial that will appear
on the Donate Life Float in the 2015 Rose Parade.
Each dedicated rose is placed in a vial that carries a unique, personal message
of hope and remembrance to honor organ donors, recipients and those touched by organ,
tissue and cornea donation. Altogether, these roses create a Dedication Garden that is
a featured design element on the Donate Life float each year.
The theme of the 12th annual Donate Life Rose Parade float is
“The Never-Ending Story,” featuring butterflies emerging from storybooks to symbolize
the enduring power of organ, tissue and cornea donation and transplantation.


The purpose of the multifaceted national campaign is to extend the impact of the Rose Parade participation to all corners of the country and ensure a once-in-a-lifetime guest experience, including:

• An effective national and regional PR campaign that places hundreds of stories each year

• Special events for float participants, sponsor representatives and their guests

• Float and floragraphs decorating operations, supplies and volunteer support

• Support for more than 60 local floragraph finishing media events nationwide

• Thousands of dedicated roses that honor donors, recipients and transplant candidates nationally

Each and every New Year, the Donate Life Rose Parade float’s universal, emotional message and the float participants’ moving stories of hope in the face of adversity communicate an uplifting message that inspires people worldwide to donate life. Visit the official Donate Life Float website: www.DonateLifeFloat.org

The 2015 Donate Life Rose Parade Float will be seen by 800,000 spectators, up to 40 million U.S. television viewers, and tens of millions more through news coverage inspired by the deeply meaningful purpose of our parade participation:

• 114 float participants (30 recipient riders, 12 living donor walkers and 72 floragraph honorees) sponsored by organ, eye and tissue donation and transplant organizations inspire news stories that air and publish throughout the three-month season of giving.

• Thousands of roses dedicated by families, hospitals and advocates fill the float with personal messages of love, hope and remembrance.  These roses help to rally communities to remember and honor donors and their living legacies.

• 1,500 volunteer float decorators bring the float to life in front of TV cameras. Parade and Float Theme Each and every year, the Donate Life Float Committee draws upon the Rose Parade theme for inspiration as we craft our float theme, design and national media campaign.

The 2015 Rose Parade theme, Inspiring Stories, is a natural starting point for the Donate Life float, which from the beginning has been about people and their courage in the face of adversity.

SJMH Craft Show on Friday, November 21, 2014

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Members of the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital Social Recreation Committee are planning the twelfth annual Craft Show on Friday, November 21, 2014 at the Hospital.

Twenty crafters and vendors are scheduled to be setting up that day from 7 AM to 4 PM on the SJMH boardroom and classroom.

Organizers began the event to provide Hospital employees with a venue to sell their crafts.

This year at least three of the vendors are employees including Kat Ramsey who makes jewelry; Joyce Greenlief who provides original paintings; and Wanda Scranage who will be making pumpkin rolls for purchase.

Recitals Planned for GSC Seniors - 11.16.14 - Today

Two Glenville State College seniors have upcoming recitals planned.

Vocal major Seth Stemple will perform his senior recital on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 3:00 PM in the GSC Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

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Stemple, from Fairmont, West Virginia, will perform his recital in French, German, and English. The program music ranges from Baroque to Atonal and the composers vary from Handel to Schoenberg.

“Being at Glenville State has made me the best musician I could be on the bachelor’s degree level. I honestly believe I would not have been given this much time and attention at any other college or university. The opportunities have been tremendous and life changing. I wish people knew how great the program here is and how much it has changed my life for the better. I will always be proud of calling Glenville State College my alma mater,” said Stemple.

“Seth has really developed into a fine, well-rounded musician. He not only sings, but plays low brass very well and arranges music for the department. He will surely be missed but I am confident in his success,” said Assistant Professor of Music and Choir Director Teresa Dody.

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Additionally, music major Courtney Cole from Lizemores (Clay County), West Virginia will perform her senior recital on Tuesday, November 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the GSC Fine Arts Center Auditorium. Cole, who will play trumpet, cornet, and flugelhorn during her recital also will display her vocal talent by singing some pieces.

“I really appreciate the attitude of all the professors at GSC, but especially my music professors. They really made me feel comfortable and gave me all the attention and help I needed,” said Cole.

“Courtney is a top-notch student both in and out of the classroom. She is a fine young trumpet player who works diligently and has a deep passion for being a serious musician. Her senior recital will be a reflection of her great dedication and diligence. She will be deeply missed after her graduation,” said Assistant Professor of Music and Fine Arts Department Chair Lloyd Bone.

12th Annual Craft Show - Friday, November 21, 2014

The twelfth annual Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital (SJMH) Craft Show will be held on Friday, November 21, 2014 in the SJMH boardroom and classroom from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

The public is invited to check out the local crafts, baked goods, and jewelry…just in time for Christmas. If a crafter is interested in displaying that day, please contact Julia Spelsberg at 304.269.8167.

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Lisa Lewis will again bring her homemade wares to the annual SJMH Craft Show

Sandy Conrad, worked for may years in most of Lewis County’s glass factories including West Virginia Glass and Louie Glass. She spent time as a glass setter; in the blow room; and in the finishing department.

So far, seventeen vendors have signed up to participate and include: Kat Ramsey - jewelry, Kristan Ramey - bows, the Waldeck Church, Beverly Ellyson, Lisa Lewis, Bonnies Rogers, Bev Berloo, Deanna Foxworthy, S. Conrad, Charlotte Snead, Cecelia Hodges, Wanda Scranage, Breanna Johnson, Joyce Greenlief, Georgann Riffle, Kathy Boyle, Chasity Harper, Gretchen Griffin, Teresa Adams, and Melissa Bucheimer.

1st Annual Christmas Craft Show in the Glen - 12.06.14

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Recitals Planned for GSC Seniors - 11.16.14

Two Glenville State College seniors have upcoming recitals planned.

Vocal major Seth Stemple will perform his senior recital on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 3:00 PM in the GSC Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

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Stemple, from Fairmont, West Virginia, will perform his recital in French, German, and English. The program music ranges from Baroque to Atonal and the composers vary from Handel to Schoenberg.

“Being at Glenville State has made me the best musician I could be on the bachelor’s degree level. I honestly believe I would not have been given this much time and attention at any other college or university. The opportunities have been tremendous and life changing. I wish people knew how great the program here is and how much it has changed my life for the better. I will always be proud of calling Glenville State College my alma mater,” said Stemple.

“Seth has really developed into a fine, well-rounded musician. He not only sings, but plays low brass very well and arranges music for the department. He will surely be missed but I am confident in his success,” said Assistant Professor of Music and Choir Director Teresa Dody.

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Additionally, music major Courtney Cole from Lizemores (Clay County), West Virginia will perform her senior recital on Tuesday, November 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the GSC Fine Arts Center Auditorium. Cole, who will play trumpet, cornet, and flugelhorn during her recital also will display her vocal talent by singing some pieces.

“I really appreciate the attitude of all the professors at GSC, but especially my music professors. They really made me feel comfortable and gave me all the attention and help I needed,” said Cole.

“Courtney is a top-notch student both in and out of the classroom. She is a fine young trumpet player who works diligently and has a deep passion for being a serious musician. Her senior recital will be a reflection of her great dedication and diligence. She will be deeply missed after her graduation,” said Assistant Professor of Music and Fine Arts Department Chair Lloyd Bone.

Interactive Murder Mystery at GSC - Thursday, November 13, 2014

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The Glenville State College theatre group is finalizing its fall production of ‘Mandate for Murder,’ which will take place for one night only on Thursday, November 13, 2014 in the Heflin Administration Building Presidents Auditorium at 7:00 PM.

‘Mandate for Murder,’ an interactive murder mystery that centers on political corruption and murder, is under the direction of junior English major Lindsey “Luna” Acree from Ripley (Jackson County), West Virginia. Throughout the play the audience will help solve the mystery of a political aide who was stabbed to death at a party.

“This has been a very positive experience for me. When Dennis Wemm, GSC’s Professor of Communication and theater director, mentioned that there was going to be a student-directed play, I jumped at the opportunity. This has become a great learning experience and has given me a better appreciation for directors and the work they do,” said Acree.

Admission for this one-night-only performance is $3.

For more information or to reserve tickets early, contact Wemm at or by calling 304.462.6323.

12th Annual Craft Show November 21, 2014

The twelfth annual Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital (SJMH) Craft Show will be held on Friday, November 21, 2014 in the SJMH boardroom and classroom from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

The public is invited to check out the local crafts, baked goods, and jewelry…just in time for Christmas. If a crafter is interested in displaying that day, please contact Julia Spelsberg at 304.269.8167.

The Gilmer Free Press
Lisa Lewis will again bring her homemade wares to the annual SJMH Craft Show

Sandy Conrad, worked for may years in most of Lewis County’s glass factories including West Virginia Glass and Louie Glass. She spent time as a glass setter; in the blow room; and in the finishing department.

So far, seventeen vendors have signed up to participate and include: Kat Ramsey - jewelry, Kristan Ramey - bows, the Waldeck Church, Beverly Ellyson, Lisa Lewis, Bonnies Rogers, Bev Berloo, Deanna Foxworthy, S. Conrad, Charlotte Snead, Cecelia Hodges, Wanda Scranage, Breanna Johnson, Joyce Greenlief, Georgann Riffle, Kathy Boyle, Chasity Harper, Gretchen Griffin, Teresa Adams, and Melissa Bucheimer.

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