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State Youth Environmental Conference Full of Fun and Learning

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Members of West Virginia’s Youth Environmental Program will tour some of the state’s most beautiful areas, participate in workshops and activities that focus on preserving our natural resources and learn about science from the experts during this year’s state Youth Environmental Conference.

The 41st annual event, sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, is scheduled for September 30 through October 02 at Canaan Valley Resort State Park. A limited number of scholarships are provided to members of the DEP’s Youth Environmental Program, for youth ages 14-18, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Among the activities scheduled for this year’s conference is a recycling workshop, which will include a craft project; a presentation on wetlands from Alyssa Hanna of the Canaan Valley Institute; and an additional presentation on wind energy turbine technology from Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College.

Tours are scheduled for the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area, Seneca Rocks Discovery Center and Smoke Hole Caverns. Conference attendees can also participate in a recycled art project, as well as an environmental project idea swap with other Youth Environmental Program members. A dance is planned for Saturday night.

For information on how your youth group can become a member of the state Youth Environmental Program and take part in the Youth Environmental Conference, please contact Diana Haid at 304.926.0499 x 1114 or email by September 12, 2016.

Gilmer County Schools 2016-17 School Year Important Date

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WVU Extension Service Extends Deadline To Gilmer County Organizations

WVU Extension Service Extends Deadline To
Gilmer County Organizations Interested In Promoting Healthier Communities

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The West Virginia University Extension Service will help organizations in Gilmer County support healthier environments in their communities with grants offered through the West Virginia Healthy Children Project. The new application deadline is September 01, 2016.

Competitive one-time mini-grants will be offered to organizations to promote healthy environments and impactful educational activities for young children (ages 2 to 5) and families in Barbour, Gilmer and Pleasants counties. Grants are funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention through the WVU Extension Service’s West Virginia Healthy Children Project.

Organizations may receive funding ranging from $500 to $4,000. Projects must be completed between November 2016 and September 2017. Only one application per organization is permitted. They will be prioritized and funded based on the availability of funds. Projects that show community collaboration, creativity and sustainability will be given priority. The total number of funded projects will depend on the requested amounts and the strengths of the proposals. Applicants should contact their local WVU Extension Service office, which can be found online at Completed applications must be emailed by the deadline, and must comply with all guidelines and procedures.

Organizations in Gilmer County that are interested in applying, partnering or looking for suggestions for local improvement should contact WVU Extension Service Gilmer County agent Lisa Montgomery at or 304.462.7061.

GSC Invites Community to Help Welcome Incoming Students

GLENVILLE, WV – On Friday, August 19, new students will be welcomed to Glenville State College (GSC) for the 2016-2017 academic school year. Students will use Friday and the weekend to become acquainted with the school and community before classes begin on Monday, August 22.

To help the new students learn about the Glenville community—including local businesses, churches, and other groups that might interest them—GSC is hosting a Community and Campus Organization Fair.

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Students attending last year’s Community and Campus Organization Fair

The event will take place on Saturday, August 20 beginning at 11:30 a.m. on the lawn near GSC’s Clark Hall. Representatives from community businesses, churches, and organizations are invited to set up displays to introduce themselves to the new students through the use of coupons, gift certificates, free samples, and information. The annual event is an opportunity to show new GSC Pioneers what the community has to offer them. Incoming students can also learn more about the campus student organizations that are available to them, as those groups will be on hand at the event as well.

“This is a very exciting time in the lives of these students, and we are giving local residents the chance to introduce themselves and their organizations to them. We are more than excited to be a part of such a wonderful community that’s so willingly gives back to those in the area,” said GSC Director of Student Activities Jodi Walters.

Anyone interested in participating should reserve a table by Tuesday, August 09. To make reservations or for additional information, contact Walters at or 304.462.6416.


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Brushy Fork Annual Institute: WEST VIRGINIA SCHOLARSHIPS

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The West Virginia program is made available through grant funds administered by the West Virginia Development Office with support from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.

This scholarship program is available to high school youth and their adult mentors and chaperones.

To be eligible, applicants must reside within one of the following counties: Calhoun, Clay, Gilmer, Lincoln, McDowell, Roane, Summers, or Webster.

Scholarships allow youth participants to participate in a youth leadership development workshop along with a cohort of Kentucky high school youth.

The program is also hopeful that it will be able to coordinate the participation of a youth cohort from Mississippi. Last year, 20 Kentucky students attended this session, which received rave reviews from all who participated.

Program guidelines and online application forms are available at

Community Foundation Makes National Top 100 Ranking

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The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) has earned a spot on one of three prestigious CF Insights Top 100 Lists that were released last week.  CF Insights assessed more than 700 community foundations in the United States; of these, the PACF placed 99th on the list of the most active grantmakers by volume.

In 2015, the PACF awarded over $2.87 million in the form of grant and scholarship support from over 340 charitable funds to benefit students and nonprofit organizations in the Foundation’s service area.  The Foundation also received 1,525 donor gifts and eleven new permanent charitable funds were created.

“This benchmarking report shows that the PACF is processing more gifts and grants than some larger community foundations across the country,” said Judy Sjostedt, the PACF’s Executive Director.  “The Foundation exists because of the generosity of the people of this region, and the investments these people make go right back into their community.  There’s much more work to be done, and many needs unmet in our region.  But it’s exciting to see so many local citizens involved giving through the Foundation and I believe as more people learn about how we can help them make a real difference in the lives of people now and in future generations, we’ll keep rising on the list.”

The Top 100 Lists were released by CF Insights which compiles and distributes data and information on finances, operations and best practices for community foundations nationwide. CF Insights was established by FSG Social Advisors, which consults foundations on how to accelerate their social impact, and the national association Council on Foundations.

The PACF works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or nonprofit organizations to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of our community.  The PACF is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages more than 340 charitable funds with nearly $34 million in assets.  The PACF works in partnership with its local affiliates to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of an 11-county service area.  Since 1963, the PACF has helped local citizens support charitable needs and touch every aspect of life in the community in a variety of lasting ways.

DHHR Announces Extended Reporting Period for SNAP Replacement

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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) Cabinet Secretary Karen L. Bowling today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) granted a waiver of the 10 day reporting requirement for households requesting replacement SNAP benefits lost in the mass flooding and mud slides that occurred on June 23, 2016.  The waiver extends the reporting period until July 22, 2016, in 21 counties.

Counties approved under the waiver are Boone, Braxton, Calhoun, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Jackson, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Mingo, Monroe, McDowell, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Raleigh, Roane, Summers, Wayne and Webster.

“Receiving this extension assists families who are facing devastating losses and challenging circumstances,” said Nancy Exline, Commissioner of the Bureau for Children and Families. “I am thankful for the USDA’s support during this difficult time.”

Households in the above-listed counties must request and complete a DFA-SNAP-36 form at a DHHR office by the close of business on July 22, 2016.  The replacement benefit is for food that was purchased with June SNAP benefits received by the household.  The replacement will not affect SNAP benefit allocations for July.

Replacement SNAP benefits for households affected by the June 23 flooding and mud slide that are not in one of the above-listed counties must request and complete the DFA-SNAP-36 form at a DHHR office by the close of business on July 05, 2016.

School Clothing Allowance Applications Accepted July 01-31, 2016

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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Division of Family Assistance will begin accepting school clothing allowance applications July 1, 2016, for eligible children enrolled in West Virginia schools.

“Clothing and shoes are important and necessary back-to-school supplies for growing children,” said Nancy Exline, Commissioner of the Bureau for Children and Families. “The school clothing allowance program enables eligible West Virginia children to have access to needed items and begin a new school year with comfort and confidence.”

Families with school-aged children currently receiving WV WORKS cash assistance, as well as those providing foster care, will automatically receive school clothing allowance vouchers for each school-age child in the home by mid-July 2016.

Families who received school clothing allowance vouchers in 2015 and currently receive Medicaid or SNAP benefits from DHHR should have received an application by mail in June 2016.  To ensure prompt delivery of the vouchers, mailing address updates should be made to the Customer Services Center at 1.877.716.1212 or online at
Each eligible child will receive a $200 voucher that may be used toward the purchase of appropriate school clothing or piece goods for families who sew clothing for their children.  Vouchers must be used at participating stores by October 31, 2016.

Others may be eligible for school clothing vouchers, but the monthly income for a family of four may not exceed $2,025.

To learn more about eligibility guidelines, or to apply, contact your local DHHR office, apply online at or call 1.877.716.1212.  Verification of income for the month of July must be submitted with the application.

Applications must be received in the local DHHR office by July 31, 2016.


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BUCKHANNON, WV – St. Joseph’s Hospital is pleased to welcome Peter Power, MD to the staff of The Physiciansof St. Joseph’s.  Dr. Power practices Obstetrics and Gynecology and is now accepting appointments for the beginning of July.

“We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Power to our physicians’group here at St. Joseph’s Hospital,” said Skip Gjolberg, Administrator.  “He will be joining our team at the Center for Women’s Health,  providing the best in healthcare to our community so there is no need to travel elsewhere.” 

Dr. Power earned his Doctor of Medicine from the Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska and his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. He performed his residency at the Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, West Virginia.  He has also performed research in Obstetrics and Gynecology while at the Charleston Area Medical Center.

Dr. Power’s office will be located on the second floor of St. Joseph’s Medical Office Building at 100 West Main Street.  He will be providing services in obstetrics, gynecology & infertility.  Appointments with Dr. Power can be scheduled by calling 304.473.2300.

Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center Offers Direct Scheduling

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Clarksburg, WV – On Monday, June 27, 2016 Veterans who are enrolled at Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center can begin making appointments with their local VA Audiology and Optometry clinics without seeing their VA Primary Care physician first. This is a significant change to doing business at VA because previously, enrolled Veterans had to visit their Primary Care Physician for a referral, even if they had no other health care issues.

The idea for this process improvement came from interviews with employees throughout the country who felt that this change would save time for Veterans and free up Primary Care clinical time. Research confirmed that valuable Primary Care access was partially being used for routine Audiology and Optometry referrals, while demand for Primary Care services was outgrowing the capacity of the Primary Care clinics. Direct Scheduling will save time for the Veterans and free up clinical time for Primary Care doctors.

This change is part of a nation-wide VA rollout of Direct Scheduling to Audiology and Optometry clinics, which VA expects to complete by the end of 2016. LAJVAMC has been selected to participate in the first phase of the VA nation-wide rollout of Direct Scheduling of Audiology and Optometry services.

“Direct Scheduling across all Audiology and Optometry clinics has the potential to decrease facility wait times by alleviating the case flow to Primary Care physicians, and would thereby improve the Veteran experience and access to services,” said Dr. Glenn R. Snider, Medical Center Director, “We are honored to be a leader in this effort. Taking the lead in efforts like Direct Scheduling affirms the VA’s commitment to fostering a Veteran-centric culture of care which honors Veterans’ service and empowers Veterans to achieve optimum health and well-being.”

For more information on Audiology and Optometry Direct Scheduling at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center, contact the Scheduling Department at 304.623.3461x7676. If you would like to enroll with the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center, please visit or contact the Enrollment Department at 304.623.3461x3332.

Summer Safety for Children

Bridgeport, WV - As summer approaches, parents must take all the necessary safety precautions to ensure their child’s wellbeing. Hot weather provides opportunities for children to enjoy the outdoors; however, they may fall, crash, slip and tumble during summertime fun activities. 

“Parents must remember that summer should be a time of enjoyment for their children,” said Mary-Ann Kroll, MD, pediatrician at Pediatric Associates in Bridgeport.  “While they need to let their kids play outdoors, parents must at the same time be careful to take a common-sense approach with safety.”

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Dr. Kroll says that summer is a time where we face several safety hazards.  Parents will need to know what steps they can take to prevent an emergency. It is important to be on the lookout for risks ranging from water safety, to how to deal with potentially deadly insects.


Swimming and other water activities are excellent ways for your child to get the physical activity and health benefits needed,” said Dr. Kroll. “However, drownings are the leading cause of injury or deaths for children between the ages of one to four years of age in the United States.”
There are some simple preventative measures that parents can take.  If a parent can swim, they should also teach their child to do so. Both the YMCA and Red Cross provide swimming lessons in most areas.
If for some reason you are unable to ensure your child receives swimming lessons, make sure he or she wears some sort of flotation device when in or around water. “The average adult has trouble sustaining their breath for 30 seconds, that average is even lower for young children,” said Dr. Kroll. “Taking your eye off your child for just a second around a body of water could lead to the unthinkable. When taking your children around water, please, take the necessary precautions to ensure their safety.”

Dr. Kroll also wants to help prevent you and your family from getting a recreational water illness. “This is an illness caused by germs and chemicals found in the water in which we swim,” said Dr. Kroll.  “I recommend that you take frequent bathroom breaks and check diapers hourly, as to avoid an accident in water. This tip will help to keep germs out.”


Dr. Kroll says that heat and sun can be very dangerous to children and even adults.  Children and adults exposed to too much sun can face serious heat exhaustion and sunburns. The first steps in prevention are staying well hydrated and wearing light, loose fitted clothing. A sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher should be applied periodically throughout the day.


“Ticks and Mosquitos are on the rise each year,” said Dr. Kroll. “ We must take preventative measures to stop the spread of the Zika virus, West Nile virus, and Lyme disease.”

Parents should keep their lawn cut short and reduce the time their children spend near wooded locations. These are areas where ticks and mosquitos often hide. Spraying down with insect repellent or putting on long articles of clothing before venturing outdoors will greatly reduce the number of bug bites received by both ticks and mosquitos.
Playgrounds and Recreation

“Playgrounds and recreational activities are responsible for more than 200,000 emergency department (ED) visits annually by children 14 and younger,” said Dr. Kroll. “Parents need to analyze each playground for faulty structures before allowing their children to play on them.”

It is important to ensure that a playground is well maintained and that each part is working as it should. Children must always wear the proper equipment before ever participating in any sports or recreational activity.


“Your children need to be aware of the plant-related dangers around them when playing outdoors,” said Dr. Kroll. “In fact nearly 85 percent of people are allergic to poison ivy, and it affects as many as 50 million Americans each year.” Poison ivy can be found in every state in the United States except for Hawaii, Alaska, and some deserts in Nevada.

The best way parents can keep their children from having to deal with this plant is by teaching them what the plant looks like. If you are not an outdoorsmen you can simply search online at to find images of poison ivy, as well as where it is most likely found.

You will also find how to treat the infected area if you believe you have touched poison ivy. You must first wash the area thoroughly with soap and water. Next you will want to wash any clothing or equipment that may have rubbed against the plant that day.

“Accidents will happen, but by being aware and educated about any potential risk, you can reduce your child’s chance of being affected,” said Dr. Kroll. If you have further questions concerning these summertime safety tips or other medical questions concerning your child, call Dr. Mary-Ann Kroll at 304.842.5777.

Dr. Richard Cain Coming to Minnie Hamilton Health System

Grantsville, WV— Minnie Hamilton Health System’s new Chief of Staff, Jason Fincham, D.O. is proud to announce the addition of Richard Cain, M.D. to our medical staff.  Dr. Cain will begin seeing patients starting September 13, 2016.  Appointments for Dr. Cain or any of our providers at Minnie Hamilton Health System, Grantsville can be made by calling 304.354.9244.

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Dr. Cain is a 1980 graduate of Calhoun County High School; Potomac State College in 1982 where he received the William E. Michaels and McPherson awards; West Virginia University in 1984 with a B. A. Degree in Biology.  Dr. Cain attended Medical School at Marshall University School of Medicine graduating in 1988 receiving the Edwin Black Award; residency at United Hospital Center in Clarksburg, WV from July, 1988 to 1991, where he served as Chief Resident from July 1990 to June 1991.

Dr. Cain has worked at and had affiliations with United Hospital Center; Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital; St. Joseph’s Hospital (Buchanan); Calhoun General Hospital; VAMC (Clarksburg); Minnie Hamilton Health System, St. Joseph’s Hospital (Parkersburg); Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Cornerstone Health Care; Selby General Hospital; and most recently at Marietta Health Care Physicians, Inc.

“The addition of Dr. Cain to our medical staff is another important part of Minnie Hamilton Health System’s commitment to deliver the best quality health care to our communities.  We continue to work on recruiting and retaining a medical staff that will provide long term patient/provider relationships to better serve our area.” said Stephen Whited, CEO.

For additional information on Dr. Cain and all the other providers you can find at Minnie Hamilton Health System, please go to

G-FYI™: Check Presentation for GCS

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On Monday, June 06, 2016 at 10:00 AM at the new Gilmer County Elementary School, the Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) and the WV Department of Agriculture will be presenting checks to Gilmer County Elementary School for a high tunnel (green house that is on top of the ground).

Also, there may be another agency, Highmark, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, may be in attendance to present their check for the irrigation, seeds, and hand tools.

The high tunnel grant that was received was from the NRCS for $5,000 and the WV Dept of Agriculture is pitching in $4,000 to finish out the cost of the high tunnel.

Senator Leonhardt to Honor Robert D. Taylor of Troy, WV with Bridge

Senator Kent Leonhardt and the Gilmer County High School Class of 1981 invite the pubic to attend a bridge dedication in memory of U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Robert D. Taylor, “Taylor” in Troy, WV on Friday, June 17 at 15:00 hours or 3:00 PM.  Taylor grew up in Troy, WV and was a 1981 graduate of Gilmer County High School and went on to serve in the U.S. Army.

U.S. Army BG General Charles Veit will be on hand with the Class of 1981 and Senator Leonhardt for the dedication to honor Taylor for his 8 years of service in the U.S. Army.  Officer Taylor was aboard an AH-1 Cobra Helicopter assigned to the 5th Bn, 501st Aviation Regiment U.S. Army patrolling the Korean demilitarized zone between South and North Korea and was killed on November 13, 1991 in a helicopter accident.

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The bridge being dedicated to his memory crosses Leading Creek served as the state road access to the community where the Taylor family lived. The bridge to be dedicated is just east of the community of Troy on US 47 on the road formerly known as Spruce Run Road now named as Hemlock Run Road. When Taylor lived on “Spruce Run” the West Virginia Department of Highways bridge was a steel truss bridge. The bridge was replaced in 2010 with a new concrete span that meets today engineering and safety standards and was designed by Tim Hermansdorfer and constructed by Kenton Meadows Construction from Gassaway, WV.

Senator Leonhardt said “I am honored for the opportunity to recognize Robert Taylor’s service to our country.  We must remember those who sacrificed and died in our nation’s service, so we can enjoy our freedom.  We must not take our freedom for granted”.  Taylor is remembered by his classmates and friends as someone who loved his community and country with big dreams of flying.

The bridge dedication ceremony will be held on the bridge on Friday, June 17, 2016 at 3:00 PM.  Everyone is invited to attend, the fellowship with family and friends and honor Robert D. Taylor for his ultimate sacrifice.  For more information, call 304.482.6135


Take US119/US33 West for 17 miles. (From Weston)
Turn Right onto WV-47 at Linn
Travel 2 miles towards Troy.
Turn left onto Hemlock “Spruce” Run Road
Parking in field next to bridge.

Take US119/US33 East for 10 miles. (From Glenville)
Turn Left onto WV-47 at Linn
Travel 2 miles towards Troy.
Turn left onto Hemlock “Spruce” Run Road
Parking in field next to bridge.

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