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Jeanette Riffle: Who Remembers These?

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My brothers shot marbles when they were growing up and had their favorite shooters. My friends and I played with jacks. Remember the little rubber ball and a hand full of jacks that you would throw on a surface and see how many you could pick up and then catch the ball after you bounced it? Throw the jacks, bounce the ball and pick up jacks and then the ball. We had games we played that had been handed down through the generations and on Friday nights, Dad went fox hunting with some buddies.  Mom sometimes took us kids around the turn to Lockney, to the Community Building where we learned to dance the Weavely Wheat. That one was easy. Virginia Reel was a bit too difficult for me as a child. Mom loved music and dancing. It was good exercise and we enjoyed the refreshments. Ladies brought cupcakes and Kool Aid for kids and had coffee for the adults. I remember a man calling the square dances, “Eight in the boat and it won’t go round; Swing that pretty girl ‘round and ‘round. There were several other mothers there with their children. Someone brought in a record player with records for for dancing.  It was a good clean form of entertainment and we enjoyed the walk in summer.  We got a ride back home with a neighbor lady.

The big bright harvest moon that we have been enjoying lately reminds me of a song, “Shine on, shine on, harvest moon, for me and my gal.” Autumn seems to be the most glorious time of the year. I found a poem in Alyce Bragg’s column of the Charleston Gazette that I will share.

O suns and skies and clouds of June,

And, flowers of June together,

Ye cannot rival for one hour,

October’s bright blue weather; 

By: Helen Hunt Jackson

This reminds me of the clear blue skies I have been seeing this week and the leaves starting to turn. They are dull and burnished this fall though, due to lack of rain, but we got much needed rain last night and into this morning. More is supposed to come in from that hurricane down south. We have been needing rain, bad ! Until next time, enjoy the fall days. Snow will be flying before we know it.

Take care and God bless!

Jeanette Riffle: A Lovely Birthday

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The seasons come and go and every year in the fall, at the end of September, my youngest brother and I have another birthday.  I am nine years older than him. Two days later was Dad’s birthday, in October, and by that time he was tired of chocolate cake and told Mom to bake some lemon meringue pies. This year I got several phone calls, cards and a visit from my sister in law down the road. She brought a nice card and a birthday bag full of gifts. My hubby took me shopping to get some comfortable shoes that I needed and got me a nice card.  Our son and granddaughter called from Michigan and our church sang, “Happy Birthday” to me this morning. Several friends and relatives sent birthday greetings on my Timeline page of FB. Usually by this time in the fall, I don’t want to go out to eat or get a birthday cake because I am trying to lose some weight from the summer. Butter on the corn, green beans cooked with bacon in them, bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches with mayo, and then all those other good garden vegetables seasoned just right. Potatoes with butter. All that always puts on the extra pounds. So, it’s fall foods now. I’ve been getting out the soup pot a lot. We have switched over to furnace heat. It got down to 35 degrees at Shock last night. The garden will be mowed down before long. The tomato stakes and posts that pole beans were vining on, have to taken down, first. Deer love to come and dig up the remnants after the electric fence has been taken down. They eat the chopped up corn and other things that they find.

My middle brother gave us some potatoes as we don’t raise them anymore. We have had to downsize on gardening in our old age. It gets to be a lot of work.  Now, I have plenty for potato soup, mashed potatoes, fried, baked orboiled, depending on the menu. I can light the oven now without worrying about running the air conditioner too death. A friend gave me a new recipe for Impossible Coconut Lemon Pie. It makes it’s own crust. That sounds easy enough. If it turns out good for me, I might include the recipe in a story.  About the middle of October we will probably make our hot peppers in sauce. That will call for a pot of pinto beans, some buttermilk cornbread and boiled potatoes. Until next time, enjoy the lovely fall days and pray for rain. It is very dry.

Take care and God bless!

Jeanette Riffle: Learning To Parallel Park

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I was on the phone with our granddaughter, Shelby Riffle, of Taylor, Michigan, recently and she was telling me she has to practice parallel parking more before she takes her driver’s test. My mind went back to when I went through that. It is one of the hardest things to learn for most teens. My boyfriend, who is now my husband, taught me how to drive. I did fine with everything until I got to the parallel parking test. I didn’t get in close enough to the curb. This was held down at Grantsville, WV and a State Trooper did the test. Nowadays, it is given at the Dept. of Motor Vehicles. Anyway, Duane was standing behind the car where I could see him in the side view mirror and he was motioning with his hand which way for me to turn the steering wheel to get in closer and I passed that test. We had Dad’s Chevy.  I think it was his third car. Before that he had Studebakers. I learned on those old manual shift cars. Nothing was automatic. The first car he brought home was a grey 1950 Studebaker that looked like an airplane. Mom didn’t like it but like she said, it got us where we needed to go. A few years later, he traded that one in on a black 1954 Studebaker. We liked it better. It was shaped more like a car.

When I was a small child, not very many people had vehicles. They got around on horses. This week, we went to see my youngest brother, Brent Stewart, and wife, Debbie Hale Stewart, that live down at Newark, and we were reminiscing about old times and our relatives. I am nine years older than him and I was telling him about men going by our house on horses to a country store.  You couldn’t go very far. It took too long to get there and back.  Our great grandfather, Ben Stewart, and wife, Rebecca Ross Stewart, came all the way from Doddridge County to the Middle Run, up a hollow from Lockney. She had Ross relatives already there and they wanted to go live near them. They probably came with a wagon load of belongings and team of horses. How many days would that take? And, I wondered if it rained on them. Surely they came in good weather. I don’t remember asking Dad about that when I would hear him talking. Ben Stewart was the only son of an only son and his father was sheriff of Doddridge County.  Ben and Rebecca raised a big family on the Middle Run.

Our new puppy is growing so fast and he just acts like he can’t get enough to eat. We feed him his Puppy Chow twice a day and we have to separate dogs at feeding time. The big dog eats his food in the garage and we have to bring little Rascal inside with us. Otherwise, he dives headfirst right into the big dog’s pan and tries to eat those big pieces of dog food. Buddy is tolerant to a certain extent, though. They are getting along pretty good, now.  We are enjoying these cooler fall mornings and evenings.

Colors should peak here by the middle of October. I was reading that they are farther along in the Blackwater Falls area and are expected to peak in about two weeks. Until next time, just enjoy the fall weather and colors changing, and take care. God bless!

Jeanette Riffle: Do Katydids Predict The First Frost?

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Old folks used to say that it would only be six weeks till a frost, when the Katydids started hollering. We have been hearing them at night for quite a while, along with the tree frogs and crickets. When we were small and growing up, Dad used to entertain us with a saying that goes like this. “Katydid did, no she didn’t,” and would repeat that over and over. One time I asked him, “What did Katy do?” He just smiled and repeated it. There is plenty of folklore about these insects on just how they obtained their name. One tale is about a fair young maiden who fell in love with a handsome man but he shunned her and married someone else. After their honeymoon, the couple was found dead in the same bed. The bugs began arguing about whether Katy did it or not. If you listen carefully, you can hear them debating back and forth, “Katy did!  Katy didn’t!” One thing for sure, the earlier you hear the Katydid chirp, the earlier the first frost will be that fall. We love those autumn night sounds. We don’t hear the whippoorwills any more but the folks up the Tanner #4 road say they still hear them.

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Sometimes it sounds like there are crickets in our walls already. I found one recently by the back door that had made it inside.  Another night sound that I am remembering is the whistle of a train. Dad had a brother, Scott Stewart, and his family, that lived at Walker, WV and they had a house and store by a railroad track. One summer I went down to stay a week with my cousins. Every night that train would go through and the train tracks were so close to the house that it shook the windows. That was something different for me. We didn’t have trains where I lived between Lockney and Normantown. In a way, I’m glad we didn’t though, because it was hard to sleep with all that going on and you got woke up every night.

The new puppy is adjusting very well and learning the ropes here. He knows he is to go up to the road for the morning paper with Duane and that is quite a jaunt for him. Next, he gets fed his Puppy Chow and then he wants inside with us where it is warm. After a big romp, he is ready to go back outside again. He has been venturing around a little but not far. This place must look awfully big to a little pup. The weeds have taken over in the garden and he gets lost in them and runs clear to the end of the garden and around the end, till he sees Duane and then joins him. Our deep freeze is full and so is the side by side in the house. We are ready for winter.  I made one turn of pear butter that tastes like apple butter and I found another recipe that I want to try. We sliced and froze pears to use for recipes.

Until next time, take care and listen for the Katydids. God bless !

Jeanette Riffle: Like Father, Like Son

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If I didn’t know better, I would think that Rascal was Buddy’s pup. They are so much alike. Rascal has the lab head and acts like a lab. Buddy chewed on wood though when he was a pup and this one likes to chew on fingers. We got him some rawhide bones and they are chicken flavored. That is helping. He is still sleeping on the big doggie bed most of the time. One morning, Duane went to check on dogs and that pup had dragged him a gigantic teething ring over on his bed. There was a tire chain over in one corner of the garage and it must have weighed ten pounds. I couldn’t believe how much strength that puppy had. He also had one of Duane’s T shirts, a leg off a pair of pajamas and one of Duane’s boots in bed with him. We don’t know if he crawled up in that boot or what that was all about. The pajamas had been taken to the garage to be used for rags. He comes out of the garage and goes up to the road with Duane to get the morning paper and that is quite a jaunt. We have had quite a week with training in a pup and working on garden vegetables. When he comes inside, you have to keep your eyes on him all the time to keep him from getting into things, but he is so comical. Keeps us laughing.

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We always had dogs at home when I was growing up and Dad had a dog named, Tippy, when he got older. One time we were down here on vacation when we lived in Michigan and Dad was telling us that Tippy rode with him in the jeep everywhere he went and if that dog sailed out, you better pull over. They were coming down out of Chestnut Lick one time and Tippy jumped out of the jeep and Dad didn’t go very far until a wheel came off. It flew off and hit Mack Hardman’s barn and knocked a hole in it. There were other incidents too, where the dog knew that something was wrong. We heard so many funny stories about that dog. Mom said that they were sleeping in the front bedroom near the road and one night they heard this big crashing sound that woke them up. Dad said, “ Elma, what the thunder was that?” She was trying to get him to settle back down and she told him that it was just Tippy going through the open basement window. He said, “ If that was Tippy, he’s a dead dog !” Dad said that if that was Tippy, he had knocked over a table of canning jars and broke every one of them.  He told her to go see what that was. She went to the front door and opened it up and as the porch light was on, she could see a man walking up the road to the house. He yelled and asked if he could use their phone to call for help. He had wrecked in the turn below the house and went over the hill. He said that if it hadn’t been for a big tree, he would have gone in the creek.  They let him in to use the phone. Every time we had a family gathering over there and my parents would tell that story, they had everyone laughing their heads off.

Until next time, take care and God bless !

Jeanette Riffle:  Summer Is Winding Down

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Corn tassels are hanging heavy in the air and the stalks are turning brown and dry. The only things left in the garden are pole beans, tomatoes, bell and hot peppers. One of our beefsteak tomatoes, that was brought in this week, was so large that by the time I got it cleaned up and sliced, it filled up a vegetable dish.  I froze a lot of tomatoes for soups and creamed tomatoes this winter. I don’t do much canning any more. It’s too hard on me. Mom used to fill her cellar and say, “We won’t go in on it, till the snow flies.” Sure enough, when the snow flurries started flying, she would head for the cellar.

We have a new addition to our family to keep us busy this fall and winter. Rascal is a two-month-old male, Border Collie mix.  He is good company for our black lab. Well, I should say, good company part of the time. We wondered how Buddy would react to a rambunctious pup, but he seems to tolerate it. Much to our surprise, he even gave up his nice soft doggie bed. I can only imagine how that must have come about, but last night was the pup’s first night here and when we checked on the two dogs this morning, Rascal had the big doggie bed and the old dog was back behind the truck, in a corner all to himself. I think we need to get some straw for the dog house and put the pup on the back porch in the dog house, so that poor Buddy can get some sleep. Rascal has been used to being in a kennel with other puppies and in a large dog house, I think.  This should get interesting as time goes along.

Until next time, take care and God bless !

Jeanette Riffle: Thankful For Skunks

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I never thought I would be making a statement like that!  We have been seeing a couple of skunks on our property from time to time here lately, and was afraid the dog would spook them and get sprayed, but so far, so good. Well, hubby was mowing on the big tractor one day and noticed a few yellow jackets flying around. He stopped and back tracked to see if he had stirred them up by mowing over their nest as they build their nests down in the ground. To his surprise, he found where a nest had been dug up and everything was gone__ yellow jackets, nest and all. Just a few had escaped. He came in telling me all about it and that he sure was glad to see that. He might have been attacked with bees and stung bad before he could outrun them. These skunks seem tame. We have not gotten a whiff of skunk one time. I better knock on wood but they act like they are used to people. Maybe they have taken up residence under our trailer again, and got used to us coming and going, like the one a few years back. Buddy, our big black lab, was barking at the underpinning out back of our trailer. Duane went out and slid a panel of it back, thinking we had caught a wood rat, and couldn’t believe his eyes. He came inside and told me that I would never guess what was in the live trap under the trailer. I said, “bob cat?”

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When he told me what it was, I just started pacing the floor. We were getting ready to go on a fall color tour the next day and all I could think of was that we wouldn’t be able to go for the smell on us. Duane rounded up the tree trimmer that is on a log handle. He reached in and slowly dragged the live trap out and down in the woods here beside us. Then, he slowly opened the trap door with it and ran like crazy back to the trailer. The skunk just politely walked out and went on down through the woods away from here. People have since told us that if a skunk gets under your house or a building close by, they are like a pet. They aren’t afraid of you. A woman at church told me one time that she was sitting on a chair out in the yard, stringing beans and a skunk walked right up to her. She shared some beans with it. When we lived in Dearborn Hts. Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, I went in our back yard to hang clothes one morning and I saw the neighbor girl and her friend with a baby skunk, walking along with them, as they were on the sidewalk going to the garage.  I yelled, “Skunk!” The neighbor girl said, “Oh, it came from the pet shop. It’s been de skunked.”  Then later, the girl’s father had it on a leash going down the front side walk. People were driving by, slowing down, and staring all big eyed, like they thought they were seeing things. That was strange.

Until next time, take care and God bless !

Jeanette Riffle: Memories of First Day of School

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There was no kindergarten back in 1950 when I started school. I was going to turn six the last of September so Mom started me to first grade at Normantown High School, when I was five. School started in September back then. The school bus came by about 8:20 a.m. and there was a bus house down by the Chestnut Lick bridge above Lockney, just in sight of where we lived. First day of school, Mom took me down to the bus house and talked to an older girl who lived on Chesnut Lick and asked her to help me on the bus and show me where my room was at school. Her name was Gracie May Yeager. She was in sixth grade and that worked out good because her room was next door to mine. She and her friend, Alice Jones of Lockney, would come in my room at recess and talk to me. Everything was new and I didn’t know anyone.  Charlotte James was my teacher.  I can’t remember anything about lunch time until fifth and sixth grades. We must have carried a sack lunch.  I remember a new lunch pail in fifth grade and   what Mom fixed me. I never got tired of it. I got a deviled egg sandwich, banana, snowball cupcakes and a thermos of chocolate milk.

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We had a nap time every afternoon and I remember sitting at a big wooden table with my arms folded up over the top for a pillow. My favorite toy was the Chinese Calculator. It was a big square wooden thing with colorful balls strung up on wooden rods and I enjoyed moving those pretty plastic balls along the rods. Each ball had a big hole in the center which made it easy to move on the rod. My husband said about every school had those and no one could figure out how to play that game. No one explained to me that it was a game or how to play it.

I just enjoyed moving those bright colored balls back and forth and lining them up.  We had reading circle and Miss James read us stories from the Dick, Jane and Spot series. Spot was their dog.  I remember a book called, See Spot Run. I was used to story books at home but this one was simple and it taught us how to recognize the letters of words and put them together in a sentence. The pictures were colorful and interesting to look at.  Some children have already gone back to school and some will be starting tomorrow on Monday. Most of them have to get up very early to catch their bus. Many things have changed over the years. Until next time, enjoy the nice cool fall like mornings and evenings we have been having. It seems like everything has been a month early this spring and summer but I will take an early fall any time to get away from heat and humidity.

Take care and God bless!

GILMER COUNTY SCHOOLS BUS SCHEDULES 2017-2018

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GILMER COUNTY SCHOOLS
BUS SCHEDULES
2017-2018

Run times are approximate and subject to change.
All Students need to be at designated bus stop
at least 10 minutes prior to scheduled pick up.

GLENVILLE AREA

#65 Darrel Ramsey
MORNING EVENING
7:05 County Line 3:27 Gilmer Elementary
7:20 Robert’s Service Center 3:37 GCHS
7:35 River Street 3:42 Mineral Road
7:45 Sycamore Road 3:47 Sycamore Road
7:50 Mineral Road 3:57 River Street
7:55 GCHS 4:12 Roberts Service Station
8:05 Gilmer Elementary 4:27 County Line
#69 John Isenhart
MORNING EVENING
7:15 Trace Fork 3:27 Gilmer Elementary
7:25 Tanner School 3:33 Watch Me Grow Daycare
7:37 Mouth of Third Run 3:35 Main Street (Elem. Only)
7:50 GCHS 3:39 GCHS
7:55 Main Street (Elem. Only) 3:55 Mouth of Third Run
7:58 Watch Me Grow Daycare 4:07 Tanner School
8:05 Gilmer Elementary 4:17 Trace Fork
#63 Robbie Bee
MORNING EVENING
6:45 Mouth of Cub Fork 3:27 GCHS
7:04 Turn at Sherwoods 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:15 Head of Steer Run (Jim Moss) 3:44 Camden Flats
7:25 Mouth of Steer Run 3:54 Mouth of Cedar Creek
7:27 Normantown 4:04 Normantown
7:37 Mouth of Cedar Creek 4:06 Mouth of Steer Run
7:42 Camden Flats 4:16 Head of Steer Run (Jim Moss)
7:54 Gilmer Elementary 4:27 Turn at Sherwoods
8:04 GCHS 4:46 Mouth of Cub Fork

SAND FORK AREA

#67 Glen Greathouse
MORNING EVENING
7:00 Turkey Fork Turnaround 3:27 GCHS
7:12 Tolar Fork Turnaround 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:20 Dusk Camp Turnaround 3:47 Duck Run Turnaround
7:34 Low Gap 3:57 Edna Street
7:40 Edna Street 4:03 Low Gap
7:50 Duck Run Turnaround 4:11 Turkey Fork Turnaround
8:00 Gilmer Elementary 4:23 Tolar Fork Turnaround
8:10 GCHS 4:37 Dusk Camp Turnaround
#66 Susie Kirkpatrick
MORNING EVENING
6:55 Gilmer Straight 3:27 Gilmer Elementary (Load Elementary)
7:00 Copen Turnaround 3:37 Gilmer Elementary (H.S. Transfer #73)
7:18 Sliding Turnaround 3:42 Mud Lick
7:35 Lynch Run Turnaround 3:47 Lynch Run Turnaround
7:40 Mud Lick 4:04 Sliding Turnaround
7:50 Gilmer Elementary 4:22 Copen Turnaround
8:05 GCHS 4:27 Gilmer Straight
#68 Tim White
MORNING EVENING
7:05 Right Fork Ellis 3:27 GCHS
7:20 Ellis 3:35 Gilmer Elementary
7:30 Hub Cab Corner 3:40 VanHorn Drive
7:37 Hacker Run 4:00 Hacker Run
7:57 VanHorn Drive 4:07 Hub Cap Corner
8:02 Gilmer Elementary 4:17 Ellis
8:10 GCHS 4:32 Right Fork Ellis
#62
MORNING EVENING
7:00 Rocky Fork 3:27 GCHS
7:21 Indian Fork 3:30 Main Street (H.S. Only)
7:24 Upper Sand Fork (Bridge) 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:30 Mouth of Ellis 4:03 Mouth of Ellis
7:57 Gilmer Elementary 4:10 Upper Sand Fork (Bridge)
8:04 Main Street (H.S.Only) 4:13 Indian Fork
8:07 GCHS 4:34 Rocky Fork

NORMANTOWN AREA

#74 Colin Hartshorn
MORNING EVENING
7:10 Head of Tanner Ck. Rd. 3:27 Gilmer Elementary
7:18 Mouth of Tanner Ck. Rd. 3:37 GCHS
7:30 Stumptown 3:57 Normantown
7:35 Lockney 4:02 Lockney
7:40 Normantown 4:07 Stumptown
8:00 Gilmer Elementary 4:19 Mouth of Tanner Ck. Rd.
8:10 GCHS 4:27 Head of Tanner Ck. Rd.
#75 Dean Baringer
MORNING EVENING
6:55 Cedarville Store 3:27 GCHS
7:06 Leather Bark 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:18 Little Bull Run (Turnaround) 3:47 Mouth of Cedar Creek
7:28 Cedar Creek State Park 3:57 Head of Spruce
7:35 Head of Spruce Run 4:04 Cedar Creek State Park
7:45 Mouth of Cedar Creek 4:14 Little Bull (Keysucker’s Turnaround)
7:55 Gilmer Elementary 4:26 Leather Bark
8:05 GCHS 4:37 Cedarville Store
#63 Robbie Bee
MORNING EVENING
6:45 Mouth of Cub Fork 3:27 GCHS
7:04 Turn at Sherwoods 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:15 Head of Steer Run (Jim Moss) 3:44 Camden Flats
7:25 Mouth of Steer Run 3:54 Mouth of Cedar Creek
7:27 Normantown 4:04 Normantown
7:37 Mouth of Cedar Creek 4:06 Mouth of Steer Run
7:42 Camden Flats 4:16 Turn at Head of Steer Run (Jim Moss)
7:54 Gilmer Elementary 4:27 Turn at Sherwoods
8:04 GCHS 4:46 Mouth of Cub Fork
#70 Mike Hill
MORNING EVENING
7:07 Mouth of Flat Run 3:27 Gilmer Elementary
7:12 Mouth of Cross Cut 3:37 GCHS
7:17 Mouth of Popular Lick 3:40 Brooklyn
7:23 Steer Run Church 3:46 Mouth of Cedar Creek
7:30 Normantown 3:52 Mouth of Grass Run
7:40 Mouth of Grass Run 3:57 Normantown
7:48 Mouth of Cedar Creek 3:59 Steer Run Church
7:54 Brooklyn 4:06 Mouth of Popular Lick
7:57 GCHS 4:16 Mouth of Cross Cut
8:07 Gilmer Elementary 4:21 Mouth of Flat Run
#60
MORNING EVENING
7:00 Rosedale 3:27 Gilmer Elementary
7:07 Shock 3:37 GCHS
7:16 Aunt Minnie’s Farm 4:05 Mouth of Grass Run
7:21 Intersection Rt. 33 4:12 Intersection Rt. 33
7:32 Mouth of Grass Run 4:15 Aunt Minnie’s Farm
8:00 Gilmer Elementary 4:23 Shock
8:10 GCHS 4:37 Rosedale

TROY AREA

#71 Kelvin Sprouse
MORNING EVENING
6:55 Head of Big Run 3:27 GCHS
7:04 End of Coning’s Straight 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:22 Mouth of Hemlock Road 3:45 Dowell (Transfer w/#72)
7:29 Leading Creek Elementary 4:03 Leading Creek Elementary
7:47 Dowell (Transfer w #72) 4:10 Mouth of Hemlock
7:55 Gilmer Elementary 4:28 End of Coning’s Straight
8:05 GCHS 4:37 Head of Big Run
#73 Woody McCullough
MORNING EVENING
6:55 Ellis Run (Newberne) 3:27 GCHS
7:05 Jesse’s Run 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:14 Newberne 4:00 Leading Creek Elementary
7:37 Leading Creek Elementary 4:23 Newberne
8:00 Gilmer Elementary 4:32 Jesse’s Run
8:10 GCHS 4:42 Ellis Run (Newberne)
#72 Todd Stewart
MORNING EVENING
6:57 Upper Horn Creek 3:29 Leading Creek Elementary
7:02 Cox’s Mills 3:42 Baldwin Church
7:12 Auburn 3:47 Dowell (Transfer w/ #71)
7:23 Lower Horn Creek 4:11 Lower Horn Creek
7:47 Dowell (Transfer w/ # 71) 4:22 Auburn
7:52 Baldwin Church 4:32 Cox’s Mills
8:05 Leading Creek Elementary 4:37 Upper Horn Creek

Jeanette Riffle: Grand Champion Steer

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Pictured is Kraden Mitchell, son of Richard and Angela Stewart Mitchell of Frametown. Kraden’s angus/char, weighing in at 1, 225 pounds at fair time, won Grand Champion Steer at the Braxton Co. Fair of 2017. He named the steer, Fred.  Kraden also won ribbons and plaques besides highest gain of weight for his steer. He is my great nephew on the Stewart side. He is my brother, Elder Roger Stewart’s, grandson. Marina Marks Stewart is his grandma. Marina is a daughter of the late Geraldine Marks who wrote the column, “Around the Kitchen Table.”

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There have been lots of fairs and festivals going on in Gilmer and Braxton counties. Lots of reunions and family get togethers. People have gone on vacations and some have taken day trips. Right now, we are having fall like weather and it makes everything more tolerable to be outside. Farmers are in hay and gardens are flourishing. Housewives are canning and freezing food for the winter.  It’s a busy time of year.  We are still having the thunder storms nearly every week. I can remember when we were growing up that Mom and Dad made us kids go to bed during a storm. They thought the feather pillows would protect us from lightening. Aunt Bea Stewart Watson, said that my Grandfather, Frank Stewart, would put a feather pillow up over the phone on the wall. He was afraid of lightening running in on the phone. Another belief was that if you were out in a car, the rubber tires would protect you. Mom always got us quiet. Old folks believed that noise attracted lightening. Another belief was that you had to stay out of water, not only out of the creek, but also in the house. Don’t even have your hands in water.

Our son was always fascinated by a storm. We were on a camping trip, in a campground, up in northern Michigan one time and it came up a thunderstorm during the night. I woke up and checked on him. He wasn’t in his bed.  I opened the camper door and saw him sitting out on the picnic table in that rain, all excited and watching the sky. I yelled at him to get back inside the camper and asked him why he was out there in that storm. He said he just wanted to see what was going on.  We got him back to safety. He was probably about 8 or 9.  Some boys do not fear anything and he was one of them. I think he had guardian angels watching over him or he wouldn’t be here.  When we first moved back to the farm at Shock, we had a tin roof on our trailer and I always enjoyed the sound of rain hitting on the tin roof. I’ve heard a lot of people say that they like to hear that. That’s all for this week, folks.

Until next time, take care, stay safe from the storms and God bless.

GILMER COUNTY SCHOOLS BUS SCHEDULES 2017-2018

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GILMER COUNTY SCHOOLS
BUS SCHEDULES
2017-2018

Run times are approximate and subject to change.
All Students need to be at designated bus stop
at least 10 minutes prior to scheduled pick up.

GLENVILLE AREA

#65 Darrel Ramsey
MORNING EVENING
7:05 County Line 3:27 Gilmer Elementary
7:20 Robert’s Service Center 3:37 GCHS
7:35 River Street 3:42 Mineral Road
7:45 Sycamore Road 3:47 Sycamore Road
7:50 Mineral Road 3:57 River Street
7:55 GCHS 4:12 Roberts Service Station
8:05 Gilmer Elementary 4:27 County Line
#69 John Isenhart
MORNING EVENING
7:15 Trace Fork 3:27 Gilmer Elementary
7:25 Tanner School 3:33 Watch Me Grow Daycare
7:37 Mouth of Third Run 3:35 Main Street (Elem. Only)
7:50 GCHS 3:39 GCHS
7:55 Main Street (Elem. Only) 3:55 Mouth of Third Run
7:58 Watch Me Grow Daycare 4:07 Tanner School
8:05 Gilmer Elementary 4:17 Trace Fork
#63 Robbie Bee
MORNING EVENING
6:45 Mouth of Cub Fork 3:27 GCHS
7:04 Turn at Sherwoods 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:15 Head of Steer Run (Jim Moss) 3:44 Camden Flats
7:25 Mouth of Steer Run 3:54 Mouth of Cedar Creek
7:27 Normantown 4:04 Normantown
7:37 Mouth of Cedar Creek 4:06 Mouth of Steer Run
7:42 Camden Flats 4:16 Head of Steer Run (Jim Moss)
7:54 Gilmer Elementary 4:27 Turn at Sherwoods
8:04 GCHS 4:46 Mouth of Cub Fork

SAND FORK AREA

#67 Glen Greathouse
MORNING EVENING
7:00 Turkey Fork Turnaround 3:27 GCHS
7:12 Tolar Fork Turnaround 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:20 Dusk Camp Turnaround 3:47 Duck Run Turnaround
7:34 Low Gap 3:57 Edna Street
7:40 Edna Street 4:03 Low Gap
7:50 Duck Run Turnaround 4:11 Turkey Fork Turnaround
8:00 Gilmer Elementary 4:23 Tolar Fork Turnaround
8:10 GCHS 4:37 Dusk Camp Turnaround
#66 Susie Kirkpatrick
MORNING EVENING
6:55 Gilmer Straight 3:27 Gilmer Elementary (Load Elementary)
7:00 Copen Turnaround 3:37 Gilmer Elementary (H.S. Transfer #73)
7:18 Sliding Turnaround 3:42 Mud Lick
7:35 Lynch Run Turnaround 3:47 Lynch Run Turnaround
7:40 Mud Lick 4:04 Sliding Turnaround
7:50 Gilmer Elementary 4:22 Copen Turnaround
8:05 GCHS 4:27 Gilmer Straight
#68 Tim White
MORNING EVENING
7:05 Right Fork Ellis 3:27 GCHS
7:20 Ellis 3:35 Gilmer Elementary
7:30 Hub Cab Corner 3:40 VanHorn Drive
7:37 Hacker Run 4:00 Hacker Run
7:57 VanHorn Drive 4:07 Hub Cap Corner
8:02 Gilmer Elementary 4:17 Ellis
8:10 GCHS 4:32 Right Fork Ellis
#62
MORNING EVENING
7:00 Rocky Fork 3:27 GCHS
7:21 Indian Fork 3:30 Main Street (H.S. Only)
7:24 Upper Sand Fork (Bridge) 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:30 Mouth of Ellis 4:03 Mouth of Ellis
7:57 Gilmer Elementary 4:10 Upper Sand Fork (Bridge)
8:04 Main Street (H.S.Only) 4:13 Indian Fork
8:07 GCHS 4:34 Rocky Fork

NORMANTOWN AREA

#74 Colin Hartshorn
MORNING EVENING
7:10 Head of Tanner Ck. Rd. 3:27 Gilmer Elementary
7:18 Mouth of Tanner Ck. Rd. 3:37 GCHS
7:30 Stumptown 3:57 Normantown
7:35 Lockney 4:02 Lockney
7:40 Normantown 4:07 Stumptown
8:00 Gilmer Elementary 4:19 Mouth of Tanner Ck. Rd.
8:10 GCHS 4:27 Head of Tanner Ck. Rd.
#75 Dean Baringer
MORNING EVENING
6:55 Cedarville Store 3:27 GCHS
7:06 Leather Bark 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:18 Little Bull Run (Turnaround) 3:47 Mouth of Cedar Creek
7:28 Cedar Creek State Park 3:57 Head of Spruce
7:35 Head of Spruce Run 4:04 Cedar Creek State Park
7:45 Mouth of Cedar Creek 4:14 Little Bull (Keysucker’s Turnaround)
7:55 Gilmer Elementary 4:26 Leather Bark
8:05 GCHS 4:37 Cedarville Store
#63 Robbie Bee
MORNING EVENING
6:45 Mouth of Cub Fork 3:27 GCHS
7:04 Turn at Sherwoods 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:15 Head of Steer Run (Jim Moss) 3:44 Camden Flats
7:25 Mouth of Steer Run 3:54 Mouth of Cedar Creek
7:27 Normantown 4:04 Normantown
7:37 Mouth of Cedar Creek 4:06 Mouth of Steer Run
7:42 Camden Flats 4:16 Turn at Head of Steer Run (Jim Moss)
7:54 Gilmer Elementary 4:27 Turn at Sherwoods
8:04 GCHS 4:46 Mouth of Cub Fork
#70 Mike Hill
MORNING EVENING
7:07 Mouth of Flat Run 3:27 Gilmer Elementary
7:12 Mouth of Cross Cut 3:37 GCHS
7:17 Mouth of Popular Lick 3:40 Brooklyn
7:23 Steer Run Church 3:46 Mouth of Cedar Creek
7:30 Normantown 3:52 Mouth of Grass Run
7:40 Mouth of Grass Run 3:57 Normantown
7:48 Mouth of Cedar Creek 3:59 Steer Run Church
7:54 Brooklyn 4:06 Mouth of Popular Lick
7:57 GCHS 4:16 Mouth of Cross Cut
8:07 Gilmer Elementary 4:21 Mouth of Flat Run
#60
MORNING EVENING
7:00 Rosedale 3:27 Gilmer Elementary
7:07 Shock 3:37 GCHS
7:16 Aunt Minnie’s Farm 4:05 Mouth of Grass Run
7:21 Intersection Rt. 33 4:12 Intersection Rt. 33
7:32 Mouth of Grass Run 4:15 Aunt Minnie’s Farm
8:00 Gilmer Elementary 4:23 Shock
8:10 GCHS 4:37 Rosedale

TROY AREA

#71 Kelvin Sprouse
MORNING EVENING
6:55 Head of Big Run 3:27 GCHS
7:04 End of Coning’s Straight 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:22 Mouth of Hemlock Road 3:45 Dowell (Transfer w/#72)
7:29 Leading Creek Elementary 4:03 Leading Creek Elementary
7:47 Dowell (Transfer w #72) 4:10 Mouth of Hemlock
7:55 Gilmer Elementary 4:28 End of Coning’s Straight
8:05 GCHS 4:37 Head of Big Run
#73 Woody McCullough
MORNING EVENING
6:55 Ellis Run (Newberne) 3:27 GCHS
7:05 Jesse’s Run 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:14 Newberne 4:00 Leading Creek Elementary
7:37 Leading Creek Elementary 4:23 Newberne
8:00 Gilmer Elementary 4:32 Jesse’s Run
8:10 GCHS 4:42 Ellis Run (Newberne)
#72 Todd Stewart
MORNING EVENING
6:57 Upper Horn Creek 3:29 Leading Creek Elementary
7:02 Cox’s Mills 3:42 Baldwin Church
7:12 Auburn 3:47 Dowell (Transfer w/ #71)
7:23 Lower Horn Creek 4:11 Lower Horn Creek
7:47 Dowell (Transfer w/ # 71) 4:22 Auburn
7:52 Baldwin Church 4:32 Cox’s Mills
8:05 Leading Creek Elementary 4:37 Upper Horn Creek

Class of 1962 Celebrates #55

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First row, L to R,  Dixie Moyers, Carol Moss Sprouse, Dolly Baker Reaser, Ann Skidmore Lupert, Sherri White Johnson and me, Jeanette Riffle.  Back row, L to R are Charlie Greggory,  Larry Gainer, Robert Miller,  Richard Vanhorn and Duane Riffle.

You can Read Jeanette Riffle’s story on this celebration in OPINIONS section….

Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries

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CLERK OF THE COUNTY COMMISSION OF GILMER COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA
NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND BENEFICIARIES

The administration of the estates(s) of the following deceased is pending before the Clerk of the County Commission of Gilmer County, 10 Howard Street, Glenville WV 26351.

The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below.

Notice is hereby given that the estate(s) of the following has been opened for probate.  Any interested person objecting to the validity of the will, the qualifications of the personal representative or the venue or jurisdiction of the court, shall file notice of an objection with the County Commission within ninety days after the date of the first publication or within 30 days of service of notice, whichever is later.  If an objection is not timely filed, the objection is forever barred.

All persons having claims against the estate(s) of the said following deceased, whether due or not, are notified to exhibit their claims, with the voucher thereof, legally verified, to the undersigned, at the County Clerk’s Office on or before July 16, 2017  otherwise they may by law be excluded from all benefit of said estate(s).  All beneficiaries of said estate(s) may appear on or before said day to examine said claims and otherwise protect their interests.

Claims against the estate must be filed in accordance with West Virginia Code 44-1-14a.

 

DECENDENT NAME PER.REP/NAME REPER.REP/ADDRESS
Ida Belle Davisson Judith Leggett 302 Walnut Street
Glenville, WV 26351
Darren W. Pritt Richard Pritt 7259 Rosedale Road
Shock, WV 26638
Shirley P. Wilson Don Arna Wilson 173 Robin Lane
Mt. Clare, WV 26408
H. Darrell Woofter aka Harvey
Darrell Woofter
Timothy B. Butcher PO Box 100
Glenville, WV 26351
Leamon Otto Turner Sheila K. Davis 122 Laurel Run Road
Camden, WV 26338
Donald Robert Kelble Eileen Kelble 420 Kelble Hollow Road
Glenville, WV 26351
Howard L. Raines Elsie D. Raines 2543 Gassaway Road
Normantown, WV 25267
Douglas Allen Broome Edward A. Broome PO Box 131
Glenville, WV 26351
Charlotte G. Thompson Anita T. Simpson 805 Hale Street
Glenville, WV 26351


Clerk of Gilmer County Commission
Jean Butcher
10 Howard Street
Glenville, WV 26351

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : May 18, 2017

Gilmer County Family Court Report

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•  May 10, 2017 -  Joshua Jackson of FCI Gilmer divorced Sylvia Jackson of Columbus, Ohio


•  May 15, 2017 -  Emily Stuart (26) of Shock, WV divorced Jerama Stuart (23) of Glenville, WV


•  May 15, 2017 -  Rocky Jamison (60) of Sand Fork, WV divorced Wendy Jamison (34) of Weston, WV


•  May 15, 2017 -  Felicia Hall (27) of Glenville, WV divorced Daniel Ray Hall (29) of Cox’s Mills, WV


•  May 15, 2017 -  Kimberly Hess (27) of Sand Fork, WV divorced Jeremy Hess (30) of Glenville, WV


•  May 15, 2017 -  Kristan Ramey (29) of Glenville, WV divorced Eric Ramey (38) of Glenville, WV

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