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Patterson Named as New Coordinator of Emeritus Club at Wesleyan

Molly Patterson has been named the new Emeritus Club Coordinator at West Virginia Wesleyan College, effective November 01.  Patterson will also continue to serve her current role as Coordinator of Stewardship in addition to her new duties.

Patterson began her tenure at Wesleyan in August 1996 as the Advancement Assistant in the Advancement Office.  Through the years, she has served as Campaign Assistant and Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Advancement.  A native of Cleveland, OH, she graduated from business college and was employed by Price Waterhouse before relocating to Upshur County.  Prior to the College, Patterson worked at First Community Bank as a bank teller and a customer service representative.

Patterson is excited to take on the duties this new role entails, citing friendship and fellowship as her main goals.

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“The purpose of the Club is to promote friendship and fellowship to our older alumni,” Patterson stated.  “I want to coordinate with the Club’s officers to help ensure our alumni feel welcome when they return to their ‘Home Among the Hills.’”

It was just over two decades ago that Patterson joined Wesleyan’s Advancement Office, so she feels as though she has been a part of the team for a long time.

“I feel like I have grown up with many of our alumni since I have been here numerous years,” she said.  “In the last 20 years, I have made meaningful friendships with many of the folks who have moved into the Emeritus Club.  I am looking forward to visiting with ones I know and introducing myself to the ones I do not.  I am truly honored to work at Wesleyan and am grateful to the mentors and colleagues I have had along the way.”

Patterson resides in Buckhannon with her husband, Kevin.  They have two sons, Christopher ’08 and wife Samantha of Morgantown, WV, and Casey and wife Kaitlin of San Antonio, TX, and three grandchildren: Lain, Tucker, and Eleanor.

The Emeritus Club was organized in 1961 and is open to anyone who attended or graduated from Wesleyan 50 or more years ago, regardless of whether a degree was obtained.  To become a member or receive additional information, please contact Patterson at or 304.473.8540.

Commissioner Leonhardt to Present Award to Student Ag Innovation Winner

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On Friday, November 17th, Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt will award $500 to the winner of the West Virginia Agriculture Student Innovation Challenge. The six finalists were chosen during a competition held at Eastern Community and Technical College Thursday, November 02nd. The finals will be held at the Marshall Memorial Student Center. This is the first year for the event.

“Innovations in agriculture are changing the way we think about farming. West Virginia has an opportunity to inspire the next generation of scientist and farmers that will change the way we eat,” said Commissioner Leonhardt. “Events like this are vital to our state’s and country’s future.”  

As part of the competition held on November 2nd, students in grades 7 through 12 were challenged to develop creative strategies to address pressing issues and problems facing agriculture. Each team submitted an application which was scored by a panel of judges from across the state. The top applications were then notified and the teams were asked to develop a pitch for their innovation. Twenty-six teams presented to a panel of judges who then selected winners from six categories.


Six finalists:

•   Plants Systems - Hayden Kestner - Sherrard Middle School (Ohio County)

•   Animal Systems - Ryan Anderson and Johnny Slattman - South Harrison High School (Harrison County)

•   Environmental and Natural Resources – Ivy Ward, Catie Walton, Cole Anderegg and Nathaniel Bailey - Buckhannon-Upshur High School (Upshur County)

•   Power, Structural and Technical – Levi Hamrick and Colby Grose - Clay County High School (Clay County)

•   Food Products and Processing – Clarissa Keiffer - Clay County High School (Clay County)

•   Agribusiness Systems – Abigail Schoonover, Leighvi Cummings and Shayna Bennett - Clay County High School (Clay County)


The West Virginia Agriculture Innovation Challenge was created by the West Virginia Agricultural Catalyst team which includes: Eastern WV Community & Technical College, the Robert C Byrd Institute, the WV Department of Education and the WV Department of Agriculture.

Pat’s Chat

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My mom, Allegra McNemar Wiant, was born on this day in 1912, but lived only long enough to be a wonderful mother to her four children and to see all of her ten grandchildren, barely.  The last one, Angela Wiant, was born in 1967 and mom died September 29, 1967.  She was only 51!  I still miss her.  She is resting until the great resurrection morning when Jesus comes.  I am glad that is what the Bible teaches – that death is a sleep.  Jesus called it that.  We all need to do as the ancient Bereans did, who, according to Acts 17:11, “received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”  If we believed this, there would be no one fooled by the apparent appearance of one of our dead loved ones, no fear of ghosts of departed souls.  I say, I am glad because I would not like her to see the state of the world as it is now, only evil continually, or the problems in her family.  That would not be Heaven for her who refused to listen to very much of the world news.  No, she is resting in peace and will be resurrected in the first resurrection, at the last trump, just as the Bible says.  There was an old country song that said, “I’d like to be standing at Mother’s grave, when Jesus comes in His power.”  I would like to do that.

Not everyone agrees with me on this and it is good to remember that millions are where they are, as to religious denomination, through the accident of birth or association rather than through study or conviction.  I think we all need to recognize that others are as honest as we are—and as anxious for the light of God’s truth.  But opportunities differ for everyone, and surroundings are not often the same.  We must not attempt to judge human hearts.  God alone can do this.  If you disagree with someone’s views, don’t argue.  Just search it out for yourself.  The internet makes it easy to look up differing views, but only the Bible, not other writings, will give you God’s Word alone, which is the true light.

Talking about remembering my mom, Thursday evening, November 09, the Seventh-day Adventist Church had a wonderful get-together to honor our veterans.  Without advertisement we had nearly 60 people attend and 18 of them were veterans, including one female who reported 18 years of service.  Thanks to Mike and Sandi Stutler of Weston, and his sisters and other members of our church, we had plenty of good food.  The organization of it all came mostly from Sandi and Mike Stutler.  It has been almost a yearly celebration at our church, but Sandi’s organizational skills helped create a wonderful occasion.  Folks from Highland Adventist Academy of Elkins led us in the pledge to the flag, the national anthem, and God Bless America to set the tone for the service.  After dinner each veteran told us something about his or her memories of their service in the different branches of our armed forces. I only wish we had recorded the many interesting stories that each of them shared with us.  One veteran was unable to attend although he was ready to go but I didn’t pick him up as I had promised to do!  I felt so sad about that.  (I had tried to call him several times to see if we could leave earlier and got no answer because, as I learned later, his phone was being charged, so I went on without him).  He says we will do better next year because it will be the actual 100th anniversary of the Armistice and we’ll remember that.  Wikipedia tells us “Armistice Day is commemorated every year on 11 November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. The date was declared a national holiday in many allied nations, and coincides with Remembrance Day and Veterans Day, public holidays.”  So I am praying that Alvin J. “A.J” Duke will attend for certain next year.

Veterans who attended, in the order that they signed my paper:

Al Tucker, USAF, Retired,

Jim LeVos, MASH Unit,

Terry N. Gould, (Failed to write branch of service),

Donald Canterbury, USN,

Richard Whiting, Army 101st Airborne 187th INF,

Charles A. Howell, Army,

Gene Hornbeck, Army,

Jack Marteney, Marine,

Fred Seeley, Army,

Jerry Heckert, Air Force,

John Simons, USAF,

Susan Bradley, Army

Rev. Paul J. Ours, Army

Michael Stutler, USN

Benny Shifflett, M.O.P.H. Comm Ch 1118 Clarksburg

George Erwin, U.S.M.C.

H. Ford Carver, U.S.M.C.

Gary Wolford, Marine

Alvin J. Duke, Air Force


Schools in 28 Counties to Ask for SBA Funding

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School superintendents from nearly 30 West Virginia counties will be in the Capital City to start the week to pitch needed school construction, renovation and other improvement projects to the state School Building Authority.

In all, the requests for funding total $106 million and Frank “Bucky” Blackwell, SBA executive director, said the Authority has $50.5 million to allocate this year.

Three of the 28 county school systems are requesting SBA funding for the construction of new schools.

“The rest of the needs, they just fluctuate. Some of them are like new roofs, new HVACs for schools even drainage problems, renovations, classroom additions,” Blackwell said of the proposals.

Summaries of the projects, in the order they’ll be presented to the SBA on both Monday and Tuesday, are as follows:

Lincoln County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $1,129,270 and will be providing $200,000 in local funds for a total of $1,329,270. These funds will be used for roof replacements at Guyan Valley Middle School (partial), Midway Elementary School,
Hamlin PK-8 School (partial), Duval PK-8 School, and Ranger Elementary.

Ritchie County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $1,512,431 and will be providing $504,144 in local funds for a total of $2,016,575. These funds will be used for additions and renovations to Ritchie County Middle/High School, which include a safe school entrance, exterior door replacement, and relocating the administration offices.

Wayne County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $3,686,750 and will be providing $150,000 in local funds for a total of $3,836,750. These funds will be used for HVAC renovations and a roof replacement to correct indoor air quality and water
infiltration issues at Spring Valley High School.

Wood County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $8,400,600 and will be providing $1,591,400 in local funds for a total of $9,992,000. These funds will be used for additions and renovations to the Wood County Technical Center, which include additional space for for expanding enrollment and programs. Also, this will allow Wood County to house all programs within one facility in increase operating efficiency.

Wirt County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $1,064,706 and will be providing $125,000 in local funds for a total of $1,189,706. These funds will be used for door, fire alarm, restroom upgrades and HVAC renovation at Wirt County Primary/Middle School. These renovations will correct several school access safety,
ADA and indoor air quality issues at this facility.

Pleasants County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $464,494. They are providing $81,969 in local funds for a total of $546,463. These funds will be used for safe school entrances at St. Mary’s Elementary School and Belmont Elementary School in order to more adequately address today’s school access safety standards.

Monroe County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $16,242,000 and will be providing $1,192,000 in local funds for a total of $3,758,000 upon the passage of a local bond issue and is requesting an additional $1,000,000 in QZAB funds for a total of $22,192,000. These funds will be used for the construction of a new Peterstown PK-8 School. Should this project be funded, the existing Peterstown Elementary and Peterstown Middle School will close and a new 750 student facility will be built in the Peterstown area.

Monongalia County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $4,024,133 and will be providing $1,341,377 in local funds for a total of $5,365,510. These funds will be used for classroom addition and school access safety upgrades and other building renovations to the existing Morgantown High School.

Mineral County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $8,718,368 and will be providing $500,000 in local funds for a total of $9,218,368 for interior renovations at Keyser Middle School, reconfiguring the facilities original open-concept floor plan into
more traditional spaces.

Preston County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $1,292,400 and will be providing $0 in local funds for a total of $1,292,400. These funds will be used for roof replacements at Bruceton PK-8 School and Kingwood Elementary School.

Tucker County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $828,647 and will be providing $0 in local funds for a total of $828,647. These funds will be used for a new roof replacement and site drainage improvements to assist with water infiltration issues at Davis Thomas Elementary/Middle School.

Webster County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $6,489,390 and will be providing $0 in local funds for a total of $6,489,390. These funds will be used for additions and renovations to the Webster County High School. The work proposed includes exterior façade wall repairs, HVAC unit replacement, sidewalk replacement, flooring replacement, door security hardware upgrades, and a middle school gym addition.

Calhoun County is requesting SBA funding in an amount of up to $895,118 and will be providing $0 in local funds, for a total of $895,118. These funds will be used for renovations to the existing waste water treatment plant and restroom renovations at
Calhoun County Middle/High School.

Braxton County is requesting SBA funding in an amount of up to $575,979 and will be providing $200,000 in local funds, for a total of $775,979. These funds will be used for a new roof over a majority of the facility and HVAC replacement of 3 existing HVAC units at Sutton Elementary School.

Mason County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $482,261 and will be providing $53,585 in local funds for a total of $535,846. These funds will be used for building automation and fire alarm system upgrades at Roosevelt Elementary School, Ashton Elementary School, and Point Pleasant Middle/High School and Career Center.

Kanawha County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $6,992,759 and will be providing $1,748,190 in local funds for a total of $8,740,949. These funds will be used for HVAC renovations and a new roof replacement at Ben Franklin Career Center.

Cabell County is requesting SBA funding in an amount of up to $6,618,539 and will be providing $6,618,539 in local funds, for a total of $13,237,078. These funds will be used for the construction of a new Highlawn Elementary School on the site of the old Enslow Middle School. The existing Enslow Middle School building, with the exception of the gymnasium, will be demolished in order to build the new 300 student facility within the Highlawn neighborhood.

Clay County requests SBA funding in an amount of up to $9,263,438 and will be providing $500,000 in FEMA disaster relief funds, for a total of $9,763,438. These funds will be used in conjunction with a FEMA grant to renovate the existing Clay County High School, where the basement and locker rooms were flooded in the June 2016 disaster. SBA funds will be used for the reconfiguration of the gym/locker rooms, access safety upgrades, restroom renovations, HVAC, Electrical and window upgrades and a commons area addition. While the school sits within the 100-year flood plain, all proposed work, with the exception of the basement, will occur in areas that were not flooded in June, 2016.

Mingo County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $916,365 and will be providing $310,000 in local funds for a total of $1,226,365. These funds will be used to transform Gilbert Middle School into a renovated Gilbert PK-8. Should this project be funded, the existing Gilbert Elementary will close.

Mercer County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $10,704,032 and will be providing $1,500,000 in local funds for a total of $12,204,032 for the construction of a new PK-2 Elementary School. Should this project be funded, at the conclusion of
construction of this facility, Memorial Elementary and Whitethorn Elementary will close. Two additional Pre-K classrooms will be included to accommodate additional Pre-K students. Additional space for special education students from this attendance area, that are currently being transported out of area, will also be included to allow for reduced travel times.

Tyler County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $1,414,800 and will be providing $157,200 in local funds for a total of $1,572,000. These funds will be used for new roofs at Arthur I. Boreman Elementary School and Sistersville Elementary School.

Randolph County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $6,178,645 and will be providing $100,000 in local funds for a total of $6,278,645. These funds will be used for renovations and additions to Beverly Elementary School and George Ward
Elementary School to accommodate for the additional students as a result of the closures of Valley Head Elementary and Homestead Elementary Schools.

Marshall County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $693,780 and will be providing $341,713 in local funds for a total of $1,035,493. These funds will be used for safe school entrances at Cameron Elementary School, Center McMechen Elementary School, and Moundsville Middle School.

Hancock County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $1,000,000 and will be providing $270,000 in local funds for a total of $1,270,000. These funds will be used for a new roof at Weir Middle School.

Hampshire County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $168,562 and will be providing $56,188 in local funds for a total of $224,750. These funds will be used for a partial roof replacement at Augusta Elementary School.

Pendleton County requests SBA funds in the amount of up to $2,564,624 and will be providing $200,000 in local funds for a total of $2,764,624. These funds will be used for new HVAC systems at Pendleton County Middle/High School and North Fork Elementary School.

Upshur County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $546,164 and will be providing $0 in local funds for a total of $546,164. These funds will be used for a roof replacement at Tennerton Elementary School to correct numerous issues which have caused roof leaks in several areas of the building.

Wyoming County requests SBA funds in an amount of up to $3,054,500 and is requesting $1,000,000 in QZAB funds for a total of $4,054,500. These funds will be used for a roof replacement to correct water infiltration issues and an HVAC system upgrade to improve indoor air quality at Wyoming East High School.

Local funding helps, Blackwell said, but “It’s not required because there may be a county that just has a daggone need that just does not have the revenue to match it in any way, but it’s a desperate need and, I think, the SBA will fund it.”

The SBA meeting for presentations begins at 8:30 a.m. Monday and continues at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Funding decisions will be made in December.

Since 1989, Blackwell said the SBA had allocated more than $3 billion total for school projects across West Virginia.

“That’s a lot of money and a lot of improvements that have been made out in our county school systems,” he said.

2017: The Final High School Football Playoff Ratings from the WVSSAC


4SPRING VALLEY12.6823901669630
10JOHN MARSHALL8.7733252007215
11WHEELING PARK8.5643242586916
12CABELL MIDLAND7.8554033406018
13GEORGE WASHINGTON7.2552251775715
14SPRING MILLS7.1552112566011
16SOUTH CHARLESTON5.8461312614810
17ST. ALBANS5.646023332045
20PARKERSBURG SOUTH4.137019828536
24PRESTON HIGH SCHOOL2.928014734221
25GREENBRIER EAST2.528016233324
27WOODROW WILSON1.419011138412


1MINGO CENTRAL13.61005632029046
4FAIRMONT SENIOR12.2913811348438
6JAMES MONROE10.1823541747823
7POINT PLEASANT9.9824161527227
8LIBERTY (Harrison)9.6823512436927
9NICHOLAS COUNTY9.6823411566333
10PHILIP BARBOUR9.1822731886625
15BRAXTON COUNTY8.1732842046318
16ROBERT C. BYRD8643492715426
19NORTH MARION764037827557
23BERKELEY SPRINGS6.264032024145
25SHADY SPRING5.755020318245
26CLAY COUNTY5.364022316345
26OAK HILL5.355022528939
30HERBERT HOOVER3.237018134527
32WYOMING EAST2.328012730618
34RIVER VIEW2.128013636515
38OAK GLEN HIGH SCHOOL1.828018845918
39Lewis County1.319015930112
40EAST FAIRMONT1.11901283379
41MAN HIGH SCHOOL11901212819
42ROANE COUNTY001001523430
42LIBERTY (Raleigh)00100953730


1EAST HARDY10.91003961216940
2SOUTH HARRISON10.5914381135748
3MIDLAND TRAIL9.4913831346331
4TUG VALLEY9.3913191006033
5ST. MARYS9813761235130
6WEBSTER COUNTY8.9913221725732
10WHEELING CENTRAL7.3642791934528
11SUMMERS COUNTY 7.1642602003932
12DODDRIDGE COUNTY7.182397834823
13POCAHONTAS COUNTY6.2732691774517
18TYLER CONSOLIDATED4.855036126730
20VALLEY (Wetzel)4.764017521636
23MOUNT VIEW4.246026234230
24WIRT COUNTY3.755023627730
25NOTRE DAME3.646024338824
28MEADOW BRIDGE2.937012429718
29VALLEY (Fayette)2.837016728621
30TUCKER COUNTY2.337013426218
31PENDLETON COUNTY2.237024630218
32GREENBRIER WEST2.128018030812
33GILMER COUNTY237015131218
36TYGARTS VALLEY1.428015035812
36PADEN CITY1.428016737712
38RITCHIE COUNTY1.228012935212
40CALHOUN COUNTY00100744680

2017: High school football playoff pairings and times

Dates and times announced for the high school football playoff opening round games.



Friday, November 10 at 7:30 PM

# 15 Morgantown (4-6) at # 2 Martinsburg (10-0)

# 14 Spring Mills (5-5) at # 3 University (10-0)

# 13 George Washington (5-5) at # 4 Spring Valley (8-2)

# 11 Wheeling Park (6-4) at # 6 Capital (7-3)

# 10 John Marshall (7-3) at # 7 Parkersburg (7-3)

# 9 Hurricane (6-4) at # 8 Hedgesville (7-3)

Saturday, November 11 at 1:30 PM

# 16 South Charleston (4-6) at # 1 Huntington (10-0)

# 12 Cabell Midland (5-5) at # 5 Musselman (8-2)


Class AA Pairings

# 16 Robert C. Byrd (6-4) at # 1 Mingo Central (10-0)

# 15 Braxton County (7-3) at # 2 Bluefield (10-0)

# 14 Weir (7-3) at # 3 Bridgeport (9-1)

# 13 Keyser (7-3) at # 4 Fairmont Senior (9-1)

# 12 Sissonville (7-3) at # 5 Wayne (9-1)

# 11 Winfield (7-3) at # 6 James Monroe (8-2)

# 10 Philip Barbour (8-2) at # 7 Point Pleasant (8-2)

# 9 Nicholas County (8-2) at # 8 Liberty Harrison (8-2)


Class A Pairings

# 16 Williamstown (5-4) at # 1 East Hardy (10-0)

# 15 Richwood (6-4) at # 2 South Harrison (9-1)

# 14 Fayetteville (6-4) at # 3 Midland Trail (9-1)

# 13 Pocahontas County (7-3) at # 4 Tug Valley (9-1)

# 12 Doddridge County (8-2) at # 5 St. Marys (8-1)

# 11 Summers County (6-4) at # 6 Webster County (9-1)

# 10 Wheeling Central (6-4) at # 7 Cameron (9-1)

# 9 Sherman (8-2) at # 8 Madonna (8-2)

2017: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 11

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Area High School Football Scoreboard
2017: Week 11 Games
Gilmer County (3-7) 18 #11 Braxton County (7-3) 27
Meadow Bridge (3-7) 34 Sissonville (7-3) 34
Roane County (0-10) 20 #7 Parkersburg (7-3) 27
 Independence (6-4) 24 Parkersburg South (3-7) 24
#12 Robert C. Byrd (6-4) 20 Tyler Consolidated (5-5) 14
#13 Philip Barbour (8-2) 21 #5 St. Marys (8-1) 55
#8 Doddridge County (8-2) 67 #7 Cameron (9-1) 65
Parkersburg Catholic (0-8) 6 Hannan (2-8) 0
Wirt County (5-5) 8 Tolsia (2-8) 0
#10 Sherman (8-2) 55 #16 Williamstown (5-4) 42
Notre Dame (4-6) 14 Valley (Wetzel) (6-4) 45
Tucker County (3-7) 12 Paden City (2-8) 6
#2 South Harrison (A) (9-1) 40 #6 Webster County (A) (9-1) 8
#6 Liberty Harrison (8-2) 0 Clay County (6-4) 6
#14 Lincoln (6-4) 21 Buckhannon-Upshur (AAA) (3-7) 14
#4 Bridgeport (9-1) 56 Elkins (5-5) 47
#13 Richwood (A) (6-4) 7  
#10 Nicholas County (8-2) 42
BYE WEEK:  Calhoun County, Lewis County, Ritchie County

Pat’s Chat

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Last evening the Children’s Department at our Brushy Fork Seventh-day Adventist Church enjoyed Fall Festival which was very festive.  Some of the children dressed up in Bible character outfits (as opposed to witches, devils, etc.).  I was there and enjoyed their games and crafts, the yummy snacks, and later popcorn and a movie I MUST have seen as a youngster myself, but I remembered nothing about it, so it was like new to me.  “Old Yeller!”  The children then had a sleepover, sleeping bags and all.  I heard one of the children say, “I hope we get to do this again, Ms. Bonnie!”  Bonnie Cutright, the pastor’s wife and Darlene Parker, the Children’s Department Leader, planned the celebration.  On Sunday morning, the children were taught how to make homemade bread and worked on other crafts.

One of our church members, Reese McElwain, passed away this past week at age 95.  We will miss his poetry and lively comments.

Ms. Bonnie also had the Children’s story a couple of weeks ago.  She had the older (like 83-year-old) children in the congregation also interested in it!  Her topic might surprise some of you.  What many people don’t realize is that in the Bible are only a few words actually WRITTEN by God Himself.  These few words are said to be written by God’s own finger IN STONE, no less.  Haven’t you heard the expression quoted when speaking of a rule or regulation, saying, “It is not written in stone, you know!”?—-meaning that it is not as important to obey as it would be if it were written in stone.  I am sure that expression came from people who knew that the Bible had only the 10 Commandments that were said to be written in stone and these stones were placed inside the Ark of the Covenant, a very sacred place.  All the other rules and regulations were written by priests and scribes on scrolls and rolled up and placed in a cubicle on the OUTSIDE of the Ark, alluding, I am sure, to the fact that those ceremonial laws would be done away with at the cross, since they were all pointing to the that event when Jesus would become the actual LAMB sacrificed to pay the penalty for our sins.  Some of the verses that mention God writing the commandments are Exodus 24:12, 31:18, 32:16, 34:1 and Deuteronomy 9:10?  (You can read the Commandments in Exodus 20.)

The third commandment talks about not taking the name of the Lord thy God in vain (or carelessly).  Bonnie then explained that these days we often see written or abbreviated or hear these three little words which, if taken separately can be good.  Like “Oh!”  Not a bad word.  Then “My!”  Also, not a bad word.  Then “God!”  Can be either bad or good, depending on how it is used.  The abbreviation, OMG, or Oh, my god becomes careless when we are told that some angels veil their faces when He is near, possibly out of respect.  My grandfather used to never allow himself to say anything stronger than, “My, Oh!”  It came out more like “Myee Yo!”  If you knew my grandfather, Arley McNemar, very well I am sure you heard him saying that.

As Bonnie told the children about these things, she told them that Jesus taught His disciples to pray saying, “Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed by thy name.”  Hallowed means holy.  His NAME is holy.  We should treat it with respect because it is special and holy.  She also told them that many common exclamations used carelessly are euphemisms for God or slang that was considered less offensive, like Golly, Gosh, Gee, are euphemism for God or Jesus.  Then “heck” is slang for Hell and “darn” is euphemism for Damn.  I wish you could have seen those children sitting on the front pew, wide-eyed and attentive as she told them.  The rest of us (older children) enjoyed it, too.  I am thinking that I probably should not use my favorite exclamation, “Oh, my goodness!” since, if you think about it, I have no goodness of my own.  The Bible says our righteousness is as filthy rags compared to Christ’s righteousness, but if we accept Christ as our Savior, He forgives us and cleanses us from all unrighteousness (I John 1:9) and what God sees is His righteousness that saves us.  If I am good, it is just “Christ in me, the hope of glory.”  So, let me repeat that it is His righteousness that saves us, as we have none of our own.  It is by His mercy, His grace that we are saved.  We don’t obey the commandments to be saved, but because we love Him and like to think it brings a smile to His face when we rightly represent Him to others.  It is out of respect for our Savior that we use His name respectfully.


2017: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 10

The Gilmer Free Press

Area High School Football Scoreboard
2017: Week 10 Games
Gilmer County (2-6) Cancelled East Fairmont (1-8) 7
Parkersburg Catholic (0-6)   Saturday Cancelled  #11 Braxton County (7-2) 48
Clay County (AA) (6-3) 42 #7 Liberty Harrison (8-1) 35
Calhoun County (0-10) 6 Lewis County (1-9) 7
Ritchie County (A) (2-8) 15 #9 Lincoln (6-3) 6
Berkeley Springs (6-4) 57 Philip Barbour (7-2) 27
#1 South Harrison (8-1) 20 #5 St. Marys (7-1) 20
#2 East Hardy (9-0) 41 #13 Ravenswood (5-4) 10
Montcalm (3-5) 7 #7 Cameron (8-1) 52
#6 Webster County (8-1) 39 Bridgeport, OH 6
Notre Dame (3-6) 34 #11 Summers County (5-4) 14
#16 Clay-Battelle (6-3) 20 #15 Richwood (6-3) 28
Tygarts Valley (2-7) 6 Paden City (2-7) 20
Wirt County (5-4) 42 Beallsville, OH 35
#13 Nicholas County (7-2) 45 Mount View (4-6) 16
#12 PikeView (7-3) 14 Meadow Bridge (2-7) 22
North Marion (5-4) 46 Tyler Consolidated (5-4) 51
#15 Robert C. Byrd (6-3) 68 Valley (Wetzel) (5-4) 8
Ripley (AAA) (3-6) 44 Riverside (4-6) 30
Roane County (0-9) 14 #10 Parkersburg (6-3) 44
Parkersburg South (3-6) 28 Preston (2-7) 24
#14 Wheeling Park (5-4) 35 Buckhannon-Upshur (3-6) 3
BYE WEEK:  Bridgeport, Doddridge County, Williamstown

Pat’s Chat

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I have always said that we are as young as we feel and keeping a positive, happy attitude will help us live healthfully and happily longer.  Here is a note from my cousin, Betty Sorrentino, RN wrote for her church’s newsletter:


    “  Question:  How old would you say you are, if you didn’t really know how old you are?  Pretend that there are no mirrors around anywhere.  Just kind of look out into space and let your self-perception tell you!  I used to think that I am probably the only crazy person in the world that continues to feel significantly younger than my actual age!  But according to a nationwide survey, 72% of people feel younger than they actually are!

    “  So what?!  Does that matter?  New research from Purdue found that the maxim ‘you’re only as old as you feel’ is more truth than fiction—especially for older adults!  Our perception of feeling younger than our chronological years gives us an edge in maintaining a lot of the skills and abilities that we prize.  People who feel younger than their age are more likely to have greater confidence about their cognitive abilities a whole decade later than those who feel every bit as old as they really are.

    “ In addition to the natural tendency to feel younger than our years, there is also the desire to feel younger and to maintain our abilities.  So there may be actual benefits in trying to maintain a sense of youthfulness by keeping up with trends and activities that feel invigorating.  For example, it may be worth the effort—frustrating as it is—to master your computer and smart phone; or to learn a new skill—like quilting or woodworking or golf; or how to speak a new language or play a guitar.  Learning new skills is one way that people can continue to improve their cognitive ability and maintain their youthful attitude, and maybe even extend their lives.

Sources: Parade and Cleveland Clinic; Science Daily and Purdue University; Psyche Central.  (Thanks to Dave Rau for the Parade article and the idea!) 

I played the piano for a beautiful wedding at the Methodist Church in Burnsville for David and Sharon Brinkerhoff.  Their combined family includes triplets who were planted right up there on the rostrum in their individual jumper, bouncing seat adding their special happy blessings to the special ceremony.  I was blessed by being asked to be a part of the joy of the day.  I also saw friends from the community and that church.

Might you be lost and not even know you are lost?  Here is another message from my favorite devotional, Walking Through the Bible with H.M.S. Richards.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did:

“The son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).

“A picture program was being held in a little church in central England several years ago.  All the children in the neighborhood were there on the front seats, listening to the speaker who was showing the Bible pictures.  Someone came to the door and passed a note up to the minister, who stopped to read it and then said, ‘A report has just come to us that Mary Jones is lost.  Her parents don’t know where she is, and her father and the policemen are out hunting for her all over town.’  Well, no Mary Jones responded and they went on with the service.

“After it was over and they turned on the lights, there was Mary Jones on the front seat.  A lady said, ‘Why, Mary, didn’t you hear the announcement that you were lost and that your parents were looking for you?  Why didn’t you speak up?‘

“Mary answered, ‘I wasn’t lost.  I knew where I was all the time.  I was right here in church.‘

“You know, friend, there are many people today who don’t know that they are lost.  There are thousands of people lost right in church, sometimes on the front seat.  Sometimes some of us preachers get lost—in the winding paths of modern speculation.  We get lost in philosophic subtleties of our supposed modern superiority.  Some of us are just plain lost in sin.

“We need to be found by somebody, somebody who is out seeking the lost for Jesus.  Oh, my friend, you may not know that you are lost; but if you do come to the realization that you are lost from the fold of Christ, I pray that something in this book may help you back to the fold of the true shepherd, the only place where you will find peace and confidence and hope and rest.“


2017: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 9

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Area High School Football Scoreboard
2017: Week 9 Games
Hannan (2-6) 6 #12 North Marion (5-3) 28
Gilmer County (2-6) 46 #12 Braxton County (6-2) 30
Calhoun County (0-9) 18 #11 Valley (Wetzel) (5-3) 7
#6 Webster County (7-1) 53 #10 Doddridge County (7-2) 35
Wirt County (4-4) 40 Williamstown (4-4)  
Ritchie County (2-7) 6 Parkersburg Catholic (0-6)    Saturday  
#1 South Harrison (8-0) 43 Magnolia (3-6) 43
#3 St. Marys (6-1) 15 Tyler Consolidated (4-4) 21
Roane County (AA) (0-8) 14 Paden City (2-6) 12
#14 Ravenswood (5-3) 35 Van (4-5) 66
#4 Midland Trail (A) (8-1) 29 Beallsville, OH 25
Nicholas County (6-2) 34 #8 Cameron (7-1) 58
#4 Liberty Harrison (7-1) 14 Valley (Fayette) (3-6) 8
Robert C. Byrd (5-3) 48 Richwood (5-3) 41
#9 Keyser (5-3) 0 Elkins (3-5) 44
#5 Bridgeport (8-1) 30 #11 Lincoln (6-2) 45
Shady Spring (4-4) 31 #8 Hurricane (4-4) 7
Clay County (5-2) 6 #12 Parkersburg (5-3) 35
Philip Barbour (6-2) 24 Buckhannon-Upshur (3-5) 7
Lewis County (1-8) 22 Brooke (2-6) 28
Greenbrier East (1-7) 12    
Parkersburg South (3-5) 29    
BYE WEEK:  Notre Dame

WVDEP Announces Clean County and Community Award Recipients, Environmental Teachers of the Year

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) has announced the recipients of the “Clean County and Clean Community Awards” and has also recognized three educators as “Environmental Teachers of the Year.” 

The seven municipalities recognized as “Clean Communities” are:

    - Buckhannon, Upshur County ($500 Grand Prize)

    - Beech Bottom, Brooke County

    - New Cumberland, Hancock County

    - Wardensville, Hardy County

    - Clendenin, Kanawha County

    - Pleasant Valley, Marion County

    - Elkins, Randolph County

Communities that did not receive a cash prize will receive a glass award signifying their achievement and if necessary, two road signs designating their community as a Make It Shine Clean Community.

Four counties were recognized as “Clean Counties”:

    - Upshur County Solid Waste Authority ($2,000 first place award)

    - Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority ($1,000 second place award)

    - Boone County Solid Waste Authority and Putnam County Solid Waste Authority (Tied for third place, and will each receive $500) 

The “Environmental Teachers of the Year” are:

    - Elementary: Susan Vandall, Shady Spring Elementary in Raleigh County

    - Intermediate: Thanh Ashman, Patch Science After School Program in Roane County

    - High School: Ruth Ellen Windom, Ritchie County High School

Each Teacher of the Year will receive a $500 personal award and a $1,000 award to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education in the classroom.

Each award will be presented at the Association of West Virginia Solid Waste Authorities annual meeting on Oct. 23 at Pipestem Resort. 

“This year’s recipients come from all across West Virginia and prove that no matter where you live in our state or how many people live in your community, protecting our environment is something we can all agree on,” said WVDEP Cabinet Secretary Austin Caperton. “Congratulations to all of the recipients, and I encourage all of them to continue their good work in promoting clean communities and providing a quality education for our young people.”

Pat’s Chat

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Patsy Reckart has her first book published.  She sent me a message, but I didn’t find it right away.  It is a children’s book named “Little Kokamoe Joe.”  It is about a red and yellow dump truck.  All the other trucks made fun of the little red and yellow dump truck.  Patsy’s church has started a writers’ group which will meet on November 4th at the library in Weston at 10 o clock a.m.  You are invited.  Contact Patsy through Facebook for more information.

I want to include just a short but VERY precious quote from my devotional this morning.  It is God’s goal that everyone be saved and then be with Him eternally, but there are many who don’t know Him.  They may know ABOUT Him, but don’t know Him personally and don’t have faith in His wonderful promises.  He will never force a person to believe.  He created us with power of choice.  We can get to know Him whom to know is life eternal (John 17:3) by hearing [reading] the Word of God. (Romans 10:17).

“Every soul is as fully known to Jesus as if he were the only one for whom the Saviour died.  The distress of every one touches His heart.  The cry for aid reaches His ear.  He also knows who gladly hear His call, and are ready to come under His pastoral care.  He says, ‘My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.’ He cares for each one as if there were not another on the face of the earth.”—- The Desire of Ages, pp. 476—480.

The Bible is God’s love letter to each of us.  I suggest that you begin by reading the book of John first, with one Psalm from the Old Testament every day for a few weeks, and I am sure you will want to dig in more deeply by the end of a month.’

I attended the wake for Dee Milburn:

Age 77, of Buckhannon, WV, passed away Monday, October 09, 2017, after a lengthy illness. Born July 30, 1940, Dee Anna was the daughter of the late Dr. Robert DePue, Esquire, and Mary Davies DePue of Spencer, WV. Daughter-in-law of the late Ellsworth R. Milburn and Estella Kratovil Milburn of Jeannette, PA, Dee Anna was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Dr. David Milburn, Professor Emeritus of West Virginia Wesleyan College, her parents and parents-in-law, her brother-in-law, Debbie Ellsworth Milburn, Professor Emeritus of Rice University in Houston, TX.


Pat’s Chat

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So much is going on, some of it not joyful news, but Jesus told us to expect these things but continue to trust God.  Read Matthew 24: 4 through 14.  Never give up.  Soon Jesus will return as He promised and He will bring joy and peace that will never end.  My heart goes out to all who have suffered through terrifying violence and devastating hurricanes, etc., but if we read the promises and hang on, we will endure.  It WILL be over.  We will never be worthy of Heaven but through the grace of Christ who took our sins on Himself and gives us HIS righteousness, we will reach His goal for us…

There are happy times, too.  Our church does a service at Holbrook’s Nursing Home the first Sabbath of each month.  This time all of our pastors had other responsibilities or were out of town, so I decided to call Gary Garden, my grandson, to see if he could bring words of comfort and joy to those who attend the service.  I failed to call ahead and ask them to announce the service, so, sad to say, there were very few residents who attended, but, as one of the residents said, “Where two or three are gathered together,” [the Lord is there with us.}  We sang a few songs and Gary gave us a lovely lesson, emphasizing God’s love for us and His death to pay for our sins and give us strength to abide in Him because He promises to abide in us, bringing His righteousness to our account and His strength for our weakness, His cleanness for our uncleanness.  [Read Psalm 91 for comfort in times of discouragement and scary newscasts.]  I am so grateful for Gary’s willingness to leave his home projects and come to help us out.  His grandfather, Alfred Hagy, is a resident at Holbrook’s and I try to visit him each time I go there.

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Today several of us met at the 88 Restaurant here in Buckhannon in honor of Mary Ellen Davidson’s birthday, and surprisingly it was also her sister, Hallie Hurst’s birthday.  One was born on October 7th and the other on October 9th.  The service and the food were wonderful and the cake was delicious.

Most of us are retired nurses.  Caroline, Joan, Hallie, Mary Ellen and Pam all attended Alderson-Broaddus with Joan and Caroline graduating the year Pam began.  Hallie is retired from teaching.  Mary Ellen still works at Sharpe and UHC, I believe.  Pam is now a Nurse Practitioner at Fairmont.  Those pictured seated (left to right) are Joan Danner, Pam Fisher, Mary Ellen Davidson, Hallie Hurst, and me, Pat Ridpath.  Standing are Caroline [forgot her last name] who is visiting from Parkersburg, Libby Ferrell and Faye Mullooly. 

My deepest sympathies go out to my cousin, Christy Davis Blair and the family and friends of her sister-in-law who was one of the tragic victims of the Las Vegas shooting.  Her brother-in-law survived but I am sure the horror of that night will live long in his memory.  I pray for them and all who have suffered so terribly because of rampant sin in the hearts of so many.  Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

Stay safe, everyone!


2017: Area High School Football Scoreboard: Week 7

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Area High School Football Scoreboard
2017: Week 7 Games
#14 Doddridge County (5-2) 38 #15 Nicholas County (4-2) 20
Gilmer County (0-6) 6 Braxton County (4-2) 28
#1 St. Marys (5-0) 61 Tyler Consolidated (3-3) 54
Calhoun County (0-7) 8 Ritchie County (2-5) 6
Roane County (0-6) 44 #15 Van (3-3)  
#3 Liberty Harrison (6-0) 59 Richwood (2-3)  Saturday  
Southern Garrett, MD 56 Parkersburg Catholic (0-5) 6
Notre Dame (1-6) 7 #4 Madonna (6-0) 43
#3 South Harrison (6-0) 57 #8 Webster County (5-1) 35
Tygarts Valley (1-5)  Thursday 0 Meadow Bridge (0-6) 14
Buffalo (1-5) 0 #10 Cameron (5-1) 58
Williamstown (3-4) 41 Conotton Valley, OH 0
Ravenswood (4-2) 38 #13 Clay-Battelle (5-1) 32
Wirt County (3-3) 14 Paden City (1-5) 7
#5 Bridgeport (6-1) 40 Hundred (0-6)     Forfeits due to lack of players 0
#10 North Marion (4-2) 22 Valley (Wetzel) (4-2) 1
Grafton (3-3) 21 Philip Barbour (5-2) 41
#16 Lincoln (4-2) 42 East Fairmont (0-6) 14
Robert C. Byrd (4-3) 28 Woodrow Wilson (1-6) 8
Elkins (3-3)   Thursday 24 #10 Parkersburg (4-2) 34
Parkersburg South (2-5) 28 Lewis County (AA) (1-6) 6
Brooke (1-5) 7 Buckhannon-Upshur (3-3) 14
BYE WEEK:  None in the Area

Foliage Report: Fall Colors Beginning to Pop in West Virginia

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The West Virginia Tourism Office in partnership with the West Virginia Division of Forestry released the third fall foliage report of the season Wednesday:

Higher elevations in Region 2 (Braxton, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Lewis, McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Raleigh, Randolph, Summers, Upshur, Webster and Wyoming counties) still have some good viewing opportunities, but leaf drop has begun. Color is beginning to extend to the mid elevations of the region, but the best viewing is still a week to 10 days from peak color. This may be the last colorful weekend in higher elevations.

West Virginia counties currently showing vivid color:

Greenbrier (65%) — Beech Ridge is at peak this weekend but the rest of the county will color in the next 10 days.

Mercer (50%) — Higher elevations around Flat Top may be near peak this weekend. Expect good color on U.S. 19 from Flat Top to Camp Creek State Forest.

Nicholas (60%) — Higher elevations around Richwood should be near peak this weekend and Powells Mountain appears to have good viewing.

Pendleton (45%) — Dolly Sods will be peak color this week. In Petersburg, South Side Depot Fall Train Rides begin October 07.

Randolph (70%) — Higher elevations, especially Cheat Mountain and the Harman area, will be at peak or slightly past peak this weekend. Recommended drives are U.S. 33 from Bowden to Harman; U.S. 19 from Huttonsville to Mingo; and U.S. 250 from Huttonsville to Durbin.

Webster (65%) — Higher elevations have reached peak viewing for the weekend while the lower elevations still have green colors mixed with the maples, beeches, birches and gums. A recommended drive is WV Route 15, from Webster Springs to Valley Head. The Upper Gauley River should be peak this weekend.

Featured #AlmostHeaven Road Trip: Pocahontas County

At 70 percent peak, higher elevations in Pocahontas County should have some good viewing, but leaf drop has begun, so this weekend may be your last opportunity to see the best color.

Recommended drives are U.S. 219 from Mace to Marlinton; County Route 66 from Slaty Fork to Cass; and WV Route 150 (Highland Scenic Highway).

The area has much to explore, from the natural beauty of the Falls of Hills Creek, Cranberry Glades Botanical Area and Beartown State Park, to the historical sites of Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park and the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace, to the wonders of science and technology at Green Bank Observatory.

You can find overnight lodging, dining and lots of recreational opportunities at Snowshoe Mountain. Ride the Cass Scenic Railroad and explore a historic logging camp while you savor the brilliant fall color of the surrounding mountains.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to continue sharing their favorite fall photos, moments and memories using #AlmostHeaven.

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