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Grant award to Normantown Historical Community Center

We are pleased to announce the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation has made a grant award of $8,400.00 to the Normantown Historical Community Center to improve handicapped accessibility to the Cafeteria located on the second floor of the building. 

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The award was make possible by grants from the PACF’s affiliates, the Ausenheimer Memorial Trust for $5,000 and the Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation for $3,400.

The Normantown Historical Community Center located in the former Normantown High/Elementary School filed a request for funds to perform three goals:

(1) to provide a stairway lift for those who have trouble walking up the 22 stair steps to reach the cafeteria,

(2) to renovate two rest rooms making them handicapped accessible, and

(3) to purchase a food slicer and a food mixer to assist workers in preparing meals.

The grant award is a partial funding of the estimated $11,119.00 request but with good bidding on the installation of a stairway lift, we hope to be able to do one of the other proposed improvements.

We are very grateful to the PACF and its affiliates for this very generous award. Dr. Gary G. Smith and wife Wilma attended an outstanding grant award ceremony at North Bend State Park November 30, 2017 and received an information packet on the various requirements for fulfilling the projects funded.

This information will be presented to the NHCC Board of Directors at their December 12, 2017 meeting.

The Normantown Historical Community Center was formed last spring and purchased the Normantown School property from the Gilmer County Board of Education to establish a Community Center for the various communities the school served, basically Center District of Gilmer County including Cedarville, Cedar Creek, Rt. 33/119, Steer Run, Steer Creek, Normantown, Lockney, Shock, Rosedale and all the inter connecting roads included.

The major goals of the NHCC are as follows:

  • A youth center for learning various sports activities such as basketball and baseball and for after school tutoring and extended learning activities
  • A meeting place for Boys/Girls Scouts and 4H Clubs,
  • A center for adult learning such as computers, crafts, and healthy living issues
  • A senior center for exercising for healthy living and for providing nutritious meals and socializing activities
  • A center for performing arts and learning heritage music
  • A variety of other youth, adult, and community activities
  • A center for distribution of commodities- foods for the needy
  • A center for childcare services for working mothers
  • A Meeting place for the Normantown High School Alumni Association
  • A Museum facility for storage, display, and public view of the Normantown Schools historic materials, trophies, and other memorabilia such as the historic all class 1945 State Basketball Championship memorabilia and the 1966 FFA International Land Judging trophy and memorabilia.

Both of these accomplishments represent once in a lifetime historic events for the State of WV, Gilmer County, as well as Normantown High School that will never happen again.

Mr. Blair Wright is President of the NHCC and does a great job keeping everything moving.

Jeanette Riffle: First Snow, December 09, 2017

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We had flurries one evening, but Saturday night we had snow to lay on and our new pup was excited to death! He looked up at the sky and watched that white stuff coming down and he decided to taste it. He stood on his hind feet, opened his mouth up wide and was catching snowflakes. Rascal has been a “little rascal” but he is comical at times. He stands on his hind feet at night to make himself look bigger and he barks and growls at deer across the creek. Duane had the leaf blower out this week, and he stood up like that and barked at it. We have never had a dog that acts like this one. He will be six months old the first week of January but is already as big as a fox hound. Long legs and big paws make him look like a hound, but he is lab/border collie mix. Black and white with tan legs.

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Little by little we have been getting ready for Christmas and are just keeping it simple.  Our son and granddaughter are planning on coming home. We started downsizing last year with the tree. Instead of the big green artificial tree, we got a white table top one. It is different but very pretty with red decorations. Really everything shows up better on that white background.

I remember a Christmas when our son was in 5th grade, that he wanted homemade ropes and gingerbread ornaments on the tree. Back then we went somewhere and purchased a real tree. I popped corn and bought bags of cranberries and we strung them up with a darning needle and strong thread and made pretty red and white ropes for the tree. We baked gingerbread men and hung them on the tree with ribbons, and of course ate some, too. Best I remember, we did use the store-bought icicles and a star at the top of the tree. That tree was different but was tempting not to eat on it if we were hungry. After Christmas we took the tree out in the back yard for the birds to enjoy the popcorn and berries. That drew a lot of birds and I could see them out the kitchen window. Dad wanted a homemade tree one year for Christmas, but Mom was too busy for all that hard work of stringing up cranberries and popping corn to string up. I made the chain ropes for him. Take crayons and color in the lines of lined notebook paper. Then cut on the lines and cut strips of paper to glue, end to end and one circle inside another until you get a big rope of them to wrap around the tree. Grandmother Stewart had told me that Dad’s sister, Bea, made those when the kids were growing up.

We are planning on going to the Christmas program at Rosedale Baptist Church this coming Saturday evening at 5:30. They always have a good one. The Lord has blessed with a lot of talent, there.

Until next time, stay well and keep warm. God bless!

Jeanette Riffle: Memories of November in the 40’s and 50’s

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Most people butchered their hogs in November when the weather cooperated with cutting up and preserving meat. Some butchered hogs on Thanksgiving so they could have that fresh meat for the family meal that day. My Dad and Duane’s folks just did that whenever they could get that chore done and when the weather was cold enough. I remember going out to the wood fire where Dad and Glen Cogar had a barrel of hot water over it to dip the hog in. I asked all kinds of questions. Dad said they shot it in the head and you have to dip it in hot water to start scraping the hair off the hide. Duane remembers his men folks pouring buckets of hot water over a hog, and scraping one section at a time. I don’t remember having pork on Thanksgiving Day at our house. Mom always roasted a couple chickens and made fluffy bread dressing. She stuffed the hens with it and piled it all around them in the roaster pan lined with aluminum foil and pulled the foil up over everything.  We had the white sweet potatoes that Dad raised, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberries, biscuits, green beans, corn, and sometimes lima beans, potato salad, and a lot more. So much food !  My favorite pie was the homemade mincemeat one. Mom also made pies out of the butternut squash. She called them pumpkin pies. You cook the mixture on top of the stove and pour it into pre-baked pie shells.

We had real whipped cream. There was no deer hunting here. If anyone saw a deer it was really unusual. Duane remembers men getting excited over deer tracks and going to look at them one time. There was a deer behind the Shock log cabin. He was only 3 years old.  That was the first deer he had ever seen. He was small enough that his Uncle Ralph picked him up and held him on the banister of the porch so he could see it.  I don’t remember seeing one until Dad brought home a small deer from Doddridge Co.  He said he saw a herd of deer in the distance and shot into them and that was the one that went down.  He had it on the back-porch floor. I looked out the back-kitchen door at it to see what it looked like.

My Stewart grandparents had hogs, beef, chickens and sheep, and a couple turkeys for holidays.  When Dad went to help butcher a beef, he brought back a roast.  Mom didn’t like mutton. It was mostly chicken, pork and wild game in season, at our house.  We had some fish in the spring. I remember a big turtle one time when my fishing pole caught one. I got tired and went back to the house and Dad stuck my pole in the mud by him. The creek was just across the road from our house on the bank.  Until next time, everyone enjoy your Thanksgiving and the family gatherings.

God bless!

Jeanette Riffle: Cold Snap

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It got down to 18 degrees one night here in the valley at Shock, and the wind chill felt colder than that. I was sure thankful for the sunshine by afternoon, the next day, because we got a call from Spencer Walmart that my ring was in. It had to be sent off and resized. I got a new ring and we went out for Chinese for our 55th anniversary back October 27th.  The ring was back in a couple weeks. We have had wind and rain and a hard frost and now almost all the leaves are gone off trees. I wondered what the new pup would think of cold weather as he was born in summer time but he is sleeping on a warm doggie bed in the garage with the big dog.  When we lived out of state and would come home in winter, I remember how good that big gas stove felt in the living room at the Shock log cabin.  I would get a chair up to the front of the fireplace where a gas stove had been installed and set there to get warm.  When they got the gas lines in this area, that eliminated the back breaking chore of chopping wood for the fire place. I grew up with gas stoves on the floor of every room except the living room and kitchen. It is cold but I am so thankful that my outdoor allergens have been frozen down.

I have included a picture of the new pup. He has a bark like the big lab, now, and is starting to bark at intruders. Last night, he came out of the garage and barked a couple times at deer. He is Border Collie/Lab mix but he looks more like a lab. He likes to come inside once a week for a bath.

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Last Sunday, there were 104 people at Rosedale Baptist Church. God has called another preacher and he preached his second sermon at our church. We had a full house that morning. I didn’t know that he was going to be there, and I was up at the organ playing music before church and people just kept pouring in the church door. Some, I knew and some, I didn’t. I was trying to figure out what was going on and got my fingers on the wrong keys and had to watch my hands. That happens sometimes. Directly, I saw the parents, Jimmy and Jeannie Moss and saw their son, Nathaniel, and he was all dressed up in a shirt and tie. I knew then that he was going to preach. Nathaniel Moss announced recently at his home church of Mt. Carmel, that he was being called to preach. He preached his first sermon there and then our pastor got him over to Rosedale, the following Sunday.  He did great. I would be nervous with a big crowd like that, but he did a good job. Now, we have two new preachers in the association.……my nephew, Stewart Fitzwater, and Nathaniel Moss. God bless them both!

Until next time, stay warm and stay well. God bless!

Jeanette Riffle: Green Leaves Still Yet in November of 2017

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We can’t ever remember seeing leaves on some trees that were still green in November. We read in the Charleston paper that some leaves are still green all up and down the east coast, due to warmer fall weather this year.  Sometimes oak leaves will hang on even after they have turned brown and at times, you will see beech doing that.  Once in a while they hang on all winter. I am seeing a lot of golden leaves on trees behind us right now.  There was an eastern bluebird perched on top of a burning bush today outside my kitchen window. Wish we could have had a camera handy to hurry and get that picture. Those colors were so pretty. It flew to the ground before we could get a picture, though. I am reminded of a verse in the Bible that says, “The Heavens declare the glory of God; and the earth sheweth His handiwork.” (Psalms 19:1)

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November brings gun season on the deer and a few days later, we have Thanksgiving. Some people have venison on turkey day instead of the traditional turkey meal. My Stewart grandparents kept turkeys there for the holidays. Granny took chickens to the chopping block to chop off the head and then to dip them in a tub of boiling water and start plucking feathers. And, then of course you had to singe the pinfeathers over an open flame and put the bird in a big pan of cold water to cut the insides out.  I don’t know for sure how Grandmother dressed out a turkey, but I used to watch Mom kill and clean up a chicken. Granny really didn’t have any recipes. She just knew how to cook and bake and did everything from scratch.  I remember her dried apple pies and chocolate hickory nut cake. She dried apple slices on a screen tilted up to the window where they could get some sun. The screen was on a work bench in the smoke house. After the apple slices had dried, she bagged them up in small pokes and took them to the cellar underneath the house. When she wanted to bake a pie, she went after a poke of them and dumped them in a little pot of water to soak and wash them clean. Then she drained them and added sugar, a pinch of salt, a dash of nutmeg and cinnamon to taste, a couple tablespoons of flour to thicken, tossed all that together and poured it into a bottom crust. I would dot that with butter before adding the top crust.  Fold the top crust down over the bottom one and press down into the edge of the pie all around the pan. She took a fork, dipped the tines in flour and pressed it into the edge of pie dough, all around, and cut slits in the top crust to allow steam to vent. Bake it in a preheated oven about 350 degrees until golden brown and the filling is bubbly. Some of you have asked for my recipes. I might put together a book of my favorites, one of these days. I hope to get my second book published this winter about growing up in the WV hills.

Until next time, take care and God bless!

Jeanette Riffle: Back to Filling Bird Feeders

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We let the birds forage around for food in warm months and then fill feeders again in October every year. It didn’t take long for them to find the seed this time.  Some had been checking feeders for a couple weeks. It was almost like they remembered. We were sitting in our recliners resting after lunch today and all of a sudden it sounded like someone threw a rock at the back window. I yelled and saw a bluish bird fall to the ground. I said, “Ut oh! That one bit the dust.”  We looked out the back window and saw it lying on the ground, motionless, and thought it was dead, but after a while, it started moving its head. I guess it just got the wind knocked out of it. We later saw it take off flying real crazy. It had walked a few steps across the backyard and then tried to fly. Birds see a reflection of the background in windows and think it is wide open space. Makes me want to cover that window up but I wouldn’t be able to see them coming to the feeders to eat, if we did that. I looked the bird up in a book and saw that it was a white breasted nuthatch. That one is quite acrobatic. It acts different than most other birds. They will sometimes hang up side down to get at something they want to eat. I’m afraid this one today will really be acting strange with a head injury like that. Well, I am back to my bird watching hobby.

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Our new pup is getting so tall and so long. He is starting to look like a hound dog that has been on a hunt and came in half-starved and needing a biscuit. We feed him good twice a day, but he is not fat. He gets treats almost every day, too.  He is highly energetic though and runs it off. He is learning the hard way not to eat deer droppings and not to dig up moss by the roots and dump mud in the tub of drinking water. He likes to dig holes in the yard and that digging does dull the sharp toenails down, some. Our other dogs didn’t dig like that though, unless they wanted to bury a bone for later use.  He won’t mind with a rolled-up newspaper, so he got the shocker collar put on him. That did the trick! I have a cousin in Toledo, Ohio, that trains dogs for a dog show, there. Right now, she has three Border Collies. They are highly intelligent.

One of the females has learned to pick up things off the floor and take them to my cousin and she even takes clothes out of the dryer and puts them in a laundry basket. They toilet train easily. This one learned to go to the back door when he needed to go potty, the first week we had him. I have readers that enjoy hearing about our new puppy, so I thought I would include a little about that little Rascal.

Until next time, take care and God bless!

Jeanette Riffle: Emerald Ash Borer

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A crew had to meet Saturday morning to take down six dead ash trees at Rosedale Baptist Church. They had been ruined by ash borers. I did a research on the net and found the dirty culprit. It is an Asian beetle that has been found in eighteen states and as far north as Ontario and Quebec. This insect was first discovered in Detroit about fifteen years ago. Scientists around the world are working to try and find a way to stop the devastation of our beautiful ash trees that grace the country side. The larva bores groves inside the limbs of these trees and it eventually kills the tree. Our trees gave some free fire wood to those who needed it, though. We wondered what to do with all that wood piled up, but it was gone within an hour and a half, and we were thankful to be able to help people.

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We have had a busy week getting ready for revival and getting ready for company. Our son and granddaughter made it home from Michigan this evening, about 6:30. They had a pretty good trip. Glad they made it home safe and sound.  Our new puppy just loves them. He is getting a lot of attention and wanted to stay in the house, but we made him go back out so we could eat. He will be four months old the first week of November and is getting so big and rambunctious. A bit too much for us older ones to handle but these kids can deal with it. He is half Border Collie and highly energetic.  Never a dull moment around here anymore.

Well, maybe there won’t be any more mowing and we will get a hard frost to take everything down. I will be especially relieved to see the ragweed get frozen down.  Then we allergy suffers will get healthier. I have stayed in under the air conditioner a lot, all spring and summer, and into the fall. I had to go to our doctor recently and get on a prescription. It is helping.

We got our hot peppers canned and the deep freezer is full. We freeze almost everything anymore. Until next time, get out to revival. There sure are a lot of them going on right now. Rosedale Baptist is into a four-day revival, my brother, Elder Roger Stewart, is having revival at Crooked Fork Baptist and there are several others. My nephew, Stewart Fitzwater, is preaching this Tuesday night at Rosedale Baptist. He is a young preacher just getting started out and doing a wonderful job.

Take care and God bless!

Jeanette Riffle: “Trick or Treatin” in the 50’s

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We were shopping at the Spencer Walmart recently and the lady at the checkout was friendly and talkative and we struck up a conversation about the Halloween candy. She said that she grew up on a farm in a sparsely populated area and they never had any “trick or treaters.” She ever heard of such a thing until she grew up and moved to a city.  We didn’t get any “trick or treaters” either.  Mom bought us kids false faces at the Murphy’s 5 &10 cent store and that was he extent of our costumes unless we wanted to dress up in some sloppy clothes for disguise.

We didn’t have any store bought Halloween outfits, though. We kept it simple.

Dad would drive us around to the country stores and after we each had 3 or 4 bars of candy, he would bring us back home.  I think our car windows got soaped one time and after that Dad watched after dark and we always burned the outside lights. Mom stayed at the house while he drove us around.  I didn’t like the false faces. They burned my face. I must have been allergic to them. My brothers didn’t get a reaction like that. It was kind of fun watching the store owners trying to figure out who we were, though. Of course we knew all of them, but they acted like they didn’t know who we were.

After I married and left home, Duane and I got so many “trick or treaters” that we would run out of candy and had to shut the door and turn the lights off. We always lived in suburbs of a big city and the kids came in large numbers. Sometimes a whole van load at a time. By September it got cold and rainy in Michigan and really wintry by the end of October.  It worried me to see little children out in that kind of weather. You had to sit on a chair by the front door and it was opened so much that the cold air came right in the house. I couldn’t handle it and had to give it up. Duane had to take over that job but he enjoyed it. The mothers would bring the tiny ones around before dark and then the older ones would come.  Most of the time, it took about 3 ½ to 4 hours to get through all that and it was steady without much of a break.

Our son would go out with his little buddy next door and they took a pillow case and would come back and dump all their treats on my kitchen table to go through it. I think they got enough to last them until Christmas.

Until next time, stay warm on these chilly fall nights and mornings.

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 !

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Why was there no outrage like this when Billy Boy was doing his deed in the White House? and other places?

Oh, I forgot.  He was the media’s boy?

By HOW COME NOW ? on 12.14.2017

From the entry: 'Meet the Miss USA Contestant from Gilmer County, WV Accusing Trump of Sexual Misconduct'.

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Wanna bet that in green counties when results sag there is no hesitancy to make administrative changes when needed? In Gilmer County the approach has been to hide facts and to manufacture rosy ones to report to citizens.

By Moore on 12.11.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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This is basically the process for an improvement plan. A school board specifies student achievement standards and it assigns a superintendent to work with central office staff and school administrators to produce a comprehensive plan for making needed changes. After putting a plan in place results are closely monitored by a school board while holding a superintendent personally accountable for achieving the standards.

By School Board Member In A Top Performing County on 12.10.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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Did I miss the County Commission Agenda for the December meeting?  The GFP site is displaying a little differently and I can’t seem to find it.  Do they still meet on First and Third Fridays??

By Searching on 12.10.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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The no excuse rate for Gilmer County is 59% and there are only three other WV counties worse off. This alarming information flags dire need for the County’s school board to do its job by implementing an improvement plan.

By Gilmer Students Ripped Off on 12.08.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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“We’re going to see a sea change in American agriculture as the next generation gets on the land,“

Yeah, right.  That will last about as long as it takes to discover exactly how hard farming is, and the amount of work it takes to make even a minimal living.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 11.30.2017

From the entry: 'A Growing Number Of Young Americans Are Leaving Desk Jobs To Farm'.

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I always thought a Harvard education was something special.  Well, I guess it is.  Just a week ago they had ‘sex week’.  One of the course offerings was analsex101.  That’s right.  Google it.  Plenty of coverage. True story.

By Harvard 'taint what it used to be? on 11.23.2017

From the entry: 'Feds Threaten To Sue Harvard Over Asian-American Admissions'.

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This is nothing new.  It has been happening for years and no attempt to stop it.  Just quiet it down when word leaks out.  The court system thumbs their noses and laughs at ‘their hillbillies’.

Remember the hub-bub about $100,000.00 bathrooms in the Capitol building a few months ago?

Think they have them all remodeled so those whom you elected can krap in style the next legislative session?  lol

By Web on 11.18.2017

From the entry: 'Legislators Turn Focus on Supreme Court Spending Following Report on Luxury Purchases'.

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The justices are part of the aristocracy. Does anybody think that they care what the peons think?

By Skip Beyer on 11.18.2017

From the entry: 'Legislators Turn Focus on Supreme Court Spending Following Report on Luxury Purchases'.

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Why are Gilmer’s voters kept in the dark about activities of the two LSICs in the County? No published agendas before meetings, no published meeting minutes, and plans with details for school improvements are not disclosed. Violation of WV’s open meeting laws? To top it off memberships of LSIC’s and who selected the individuals are kept secret from voters.

By Gilmer Voter on 11.16.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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LSIC plans are short on specifics for measurable academic improvements to be achieved. That way no matter what happens extraordinary successes can be proclaimed. The strategy is designed to make meaningful accountability impossible for school system administrators.

By More Of Same For WV Schools on 11.15.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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A food pantry opens at Marshall University?

For students I can understand.
But its also for faculty and staff?

Really now?  Their salaries are that poor they need access to a food pantry?

Times area really tough in West Virginia.  Really are.

By Tough Times at Marshall University on 11.14.2017

From the entry: 'West Virginia News'.

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LSIC=Local School Improvement Council. Each WV school has one. Google to learn what each one is supposed to do to improve a school. Ask for plans for your schools.

By POGO on 11.13.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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What is this “LSIC” commenter speaks about?
Who and what is that all about?

By reader on 11.12.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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Fellow West Virginian’s.  What is being seen here is Paine’s return to ‘power’ and the continued 20 years charade by the WVBOE.

They spend your tax dollars.  They do their best to cover their failed efforts.  They cheat our children of a good education. 

They play (think manipulate) with the grading system every couple years, making it impossible to follow students upward or downward progressions.

Don’t expect any good, any progress, any improvement to happen in West Virginia.  It’s not in the cards.  Well, that is not in the ‘administrators’.

By 20 years of WVBOE 'playing' school on 11.12.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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All high schools in WV have ACT Profile Reports for each graduating class.

The only performance information typically cited in school districts is average ACT scores for graduating classes.

If you can get copies of Reports for your high schools read them to independently evaluate testing results for career and college readiness, science, technology engineering and math (STEM), and other categories.

Chances are that your local administrators gloated that average ACT scores for graduating classes are commendable to give your high schools passing marks, but other testing outcomes in the Reports may show otherwise.

It is doubtful if LSIC members for your high schools know about the Reports to be grounds for demanding academic improvement plans. Check Reports for high schools in your school district to make up your own minds.

By WVDOE Fact Checker on 11.11.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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Policy 2510 is an admission by the West Virginia Board of Education of their own failure.

Dumb down the standards in order that students can get a passing grade.

You grand pooh-bahs in Charleston BOE should be ashamed of yourselves!  But you have no shame. Obviously so.

Steve Paine, leading the failure of education in West Virginia.

By # 2510 policy--WVBOE ADMITS OWN FAILURE on 11.10.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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With a deal like this—WHY—are we selling road bonds and—WHY—were all the motor vehicle fees INCREASED on West Virginia’s citizens?  WHY ! ?

Thanks for nothing Jim Justice and the WV legislators.

By WEST VIRGINIA TAXPAYER on 11.10.2017

From the entry: 'WV Signes $84 Billion Shale Gas Deal with China Energy'.

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The Rosie Bell will be a nice addition to the Park !

A thank you to Donna Waddell and her leadership and the FRN for making the Park happen !

By Thank America's Rosie's ! on 11.10.2017

From the entry: 'What This Bell Means to Gilmer County'.

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Aren’t they supposed to have agendas AND minutes for each and every meeting, by law?  They put it right there on the agendas that there were None. And months’ go by without even Seeing an Agenda.  It’s a citizen’s right to go in and ask to see them ALL.  Someone needs to look into this.  Especially with all the speculation that goes on around legal issues in the county!

By GilmerCountyCommission? on 11.03.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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The grade 7 spike in math in comparison to lowered performances in higher grades begs the question about reasons. What is being done to ensure that math skills will not drop by graduation time? Has anyone looked at adverse effects of block scheduling and other factors?

By Answers Needed on 11.03.2017

From the entry: 'SEEING MATH IN NEW WAYS'.

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We’ll.  It’s a step forward to see the Commission AGENDA - but what about the minutes?  The last two agendas have said “ Approve County Commission Minutes-None”      Aren’t there supposed to legally be minutes for the public to read?????  This makes NO sense unless things are going on that the Commission doesn’t want the public to know.  Obviously.  SHOW THE MINUTES Jean Butcher, do your job!

By 304 More Issues on 11.02.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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This posting is very informative and it documents what can be done with innovative approaches to teaching math. For too long we were fed the party line that all was well in our schools for math and everything else. That myth prevailed because facts were hidden to hold down the County’s demands for accountability. Hats are off to Kelly Barr and Traci DeWall.

During intervention it was commonly known that school board members made repeated requests for all kinds of student progress information, but it was kept from them. That era has ended and the County’s school board is expected to focus on its top priority responsibility that is to continually improve student learning in our schools. Our kids can perform if they are given the chance.

By Gilmer County Parents on 11.02.2017

From the entry: 'SEEING MATH IN NEW WAYS'.

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Gilmer look at this Did You Know. If you look at the State’s data on Zoom Dashboard to review changes in mastery of math and reading for the GCHS’s 11th grade for the 2011 and 2017 testing years it is clear the you have a problem with your math program. In 2011 the math pass rate was 36.92 compared to 37.29% in 2017. Progress with reading was truly commendable. The pass rate went from 26.98 in 2011 to 64.41% in 2017. Why the lack of progress for math? We know that your school board members are trying to get information about plans for improvements for math and science, but is full disclosure of details any better than it was under intervention? Let us know.

By B. Cummings on 10.30.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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Lots to learn kids. By the way,  How’s the Commission coming along with the September meeting minutes?

By 304 on 10.30.2017

From the entry: 'GSC Criminal Justice Students Take Part in Scenario-Based Training with RJA'.

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Most of America lives in denial of toll the government approved ‘life-style’ that is shortening everyone’s lives.

We are living in an era where the government has been lobbied (think bought) in approval of many, many things that are destructive to life.

This article shows the result of a cumulative toll effect that vaccines, pesticides, GMO foods, chemtrails, and other poisons are taking on the American population.

This is likely the globalists dream of “depopulation” coming true.  Enjoy what time you, your children, and grandchildren have left.

By Your Government Taking Care of You on 10.25.2017

From the entry: 'Americans Are Retiring Later, Dying Sooner and Sicker In-Between'.

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I don’t care Who or What he killed.  He shouldn’t be doing it in a West Virginia Police hat.  It sends a bad message to do it with a Police hat on.

By Hunter on 10.24.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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Your outrage is misplaced Hunter. He killed Bambi, who will no longer will frolic through the forest.

By Democrats Against Deer Hunting on 10.23.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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It doesn’t seem like Gilmer County Law Officials seem to care about the murders in the area. In my opinion. We don’t hear anything from the law on Any of the pertinent local situations.  Why IS that?  We know MUCH more about national news that we know about the goings on in Gilmer. Crimes, drug busts, investigations and Answers to those investigations.  Why don’t we Ever hear any news from the Sheriff’s Department??  Still wondering why Deputy Wheeler was reassigned to school patrol officer and who took over his murder investigative duties.  Can’t get anyone to pick up the phone or an answer when I call.  Maybe someone on the Gilmer Free Press can shed some light?

By Where is the Law? on 10.23.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice, DOT Sec. Smith Announce First GARVEE Bond Sale for Roads, Bridges'.

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“We should welcome refugees and immigrants to the United States because it’s good for our society, for our economy, and for our nation.“

WRONG - Diversity in populations has been proven to be, not helpful to society, but harmful.  Immigrant groups who refuse to assimilate are a problem not a benefit, and will remain a problem until they do assimilate.

It’s understood that not all Muslims are terrorists, but for practical purposes all terrorists are Muslims.  And please spare me the Timothy McVey arguments.  McVey and his ilk were loners.  Muslim terrorists are part of an organized movement.

I think almost all immigration should cease until the present immigrant population can be dealt with, through assimilation or otherwise.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 10.22.2017

From the entry: 'Trump’s Muslim Bans Impoverish Us All'.

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Will the persons involved in Poor Fred’s murder ever be held accountable?  Ever?  Yet they walk among us every day?

Did not realize it has been 7 years since poor ol’ Willard met his fate?  There is plenty dirt kicked around there to cover the wrong doings too?

By Poor Fred is Dead on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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Hold on Gub’ner Justiss….
The juery stil’ be outs on yer barrering’ game….

Ways to er’ly ta be countin’ hens an roosters….

By no chickens yet... on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice, DOT Sec. Smith Announce First GARVEE Bond Sale for Roads, Bridges'.

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Wanna get votes for the school levy? Simply get truth out about where the County stands with low reading, math, and science scores and publicize a rational plan for fixing problems.

By Truth Will Win Levy Votes on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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I get it that it’s a pose for the camera, but should he Really be wearing a Police hat for hunting?

By Hunter on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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Nice to see the Gilmer County Commission finally reveal their meeting minutes after long lapses of no information.  Can’t help but wonder if this was posted specifically because of the topic -  Sheriff Gerwig being assigned to another estate case before closing out others. Memories of Willard F. Cottrill today. d. 10/20/10 R.I.P.  The minutes should be interesting.  Let freedom ring.

By MC on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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From WV Zoom Dash Board. GCES 6th grade student proficiency rate=20% for math and 31% for reading. Gilmer County demands a K-12 improvement plan everyone can understand and promote!!! We have had enough of the everything is just fine claims.

By School Kids Are Cheated on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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It is a common occurrence for school administrators to carefully select one small piece of information to purposely give a school a rosy performance rating for student learning and to hide unflattering information from an LSIC and a local BOE. The way to prevent the censorship is for superintendents to routinely provide access to all testing results so performance evaluations for a school can be based on a full set of facts.

By WVDOE Employee For Complete Transparency on 10.19.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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The community has observed that there is an improved way of doing business by the GCBOE and the new superintendent after the State pulled out. One problem to solve after the State’s neglect for six years of intervention is low student success at the GCHS for math and science. There is documentation on the ZoomWV Dashboard kept by the WV Education Department. The pass rate for GCHS students for M & S is in the 30s. What is the HS’s LSIC group doing to improve those scores? Does it have a detailed improvement plan for the school and if it does it should be disclosed. M and S under achievement underscores why it is important to know what the County’s LSICs are doing to improve our schools academically.

By Gilmer Business Executive on 10.19.2017

From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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Should not have to get LSIC membership from principals. The information should be published for the public record for all interested citizens including taxpayers to know. Gilmer’s secrecy has been a long time tool used to undermine accountability and it must stop!

By Stop Secrecy! on 10.19.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Is it true the GC Board of Education sold this to 4H for one dollar?  I should hope so!

This community has always supported our children and their 4H works.

Very good of our Board of Education to do this!
Thank all you board members!
Doing what you were elected to do!
Take care of the kids and community!

By WONDERFULL USE OF TRAILER on 10.17.2017

From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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We 4-H supporters wish to express our appreciation to Mrs. Hurley and the other board of Education members with the 100% vote to hold and sell this trailer for 4-H use/utilization.  This new office space for the very nominal fee is much appreciated.

Kudos to Hurley for staying in contact with the past 4-H director and making sure all was well and agenda requirements were met.  We had heard we were not going to get the trailer.  Thanks goodness the fake news was totally wrong.

Moving out of the old infirmary building will be a real blessing.  The group has learned a valuable lesson.

Do not take the word of ANY others about what the Board of Ed tries to do for each and every community in Gilmer County.  Go to the source.

By Thanks Mz. Hurley & Board of Ed ! on 10.17.2017

From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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smile It’s no secret that the Gilmer Board of Ed sets up a public meeting with the LSIC of each school presenting every year agenda and all. Always have.
 
If you want to know who’s on it or when it meets call your school Principal.  That’s who sets up this internal governance committee per code and will probably be glad to talk with you about it.

By Just Takes a Phone Call on 10.17.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Why the secrecy in not disclosing names of those on the County’s LSIC councils and when they meet with published agendas and official meeting minutes?

By Transparency Suffering on 10.16.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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This information is generally unknown in Gilmer County. Google WVDOE LSIC and chick on the item for frequently asked questions about local school improvement councils. Details covers how individuals are selected to serve on councils and what councils are supposed to do to continually improve our schools with keen focus on student learning.

By How Gilmer's LSICs Should Work on 10.16.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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I love the picture of Kenny because that is a true reflection of him.  I never saw him without a smile on his face.  Even when we would speak on the phone sharing our cancer struggles, Kenny would be laughing.  He always brightened my day when times were hard for me.  Linda, God bless you for what wonderful care you took of Kenny.  When we spoke he was always eager to tell me all you had done for him & how loved & cared about that made him feel.  He always said he could never have made it without you.  God bless you & May God bring you the peace, comfort, & happiness Kenny would want you to have.  My prayers are with you.

By Sue Holvey on 10.15.2017

From the entry: 'Kenneth Jackson Foglesong'.

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Still keeping up on Gilmer County after ending of your intervention. Been reading your test score information too. Your Local School Improvement Councils are responsible for defining specific approaches for improving student performances. The WV Statute covering roles of councils is 18-5a-2. The Department of Eduction has details on its web site for how councils are selected, their responsibilities, and how elected school boards fit in. Too often the problem has been that detailed results for student performance testing were withheld from councils and their members do not know that there are student performance problems in critical need of correcting. The solution is to ensure that all council members are fully advised of testing results and the full range of their official responsibilities.

By WVDOE Observer on 10.14.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Look at the WVDOE’s Zoom Dashboard. The State’s official results for 2017 testing are alarming. Eleventh graders tested out to be 37% proficient in math compared to 36% in science for 10th graders. Our kids can do much better than this. When will an improvement plan for the high school be developed for application with meaningful built in accountability?

By Fix GCHS' Science And Math Problems on 10.14.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Don’t believe all the Liberal propaganda being printed as facts….fake news from the left is an epidemic…if we cared so much about pollution and respiratory illnesses, we’d have outlawed cigarettes decades ago…don’t kill West Virginia’s economy over a few objectors.

By Truth?? on 10.13.2017

From the entry: 'Health Consequences from Carbon Pollution Rollback'.

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My child graduated from the GCHS with a high GPA and an ACT exceeding 30. Sounded good at first. At WVU the child was deficient in science and math and dual credit classes taken at the HS didn’t measure up. What is the GCBOE doing to make academic improvements at the HS and when will parents and taxpayers in general be informed of the details?

By GCHS Science and Math Programs Suffering on 10.12.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Here’s a prediction for you:

Half the money will be wasted on environmental impact statements, feasibility studies and the like.

Of the remaining half, most will go to wages and salaries, and damned few roads or bridges will be repaired.

Anyone want to dispute that?

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 10.10.2017

From the entry: 'Politics Aside, Voters Say, They Want WV’s Roads Fixed'.

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What a scoop!  One county gets 18% of pie!

Mon County wins!  Everyone else looses.

By nepotism will rule the day! on 10.09.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice Issues Statement on Passage of Roads to Prosperity Bond Referendum'.

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There have been repeated pleas for a detailed accounting for all the County’s education money spent on facilities and everything associated with them during State control. Why has nothing been done to verify how public money was spent? With use of modern computer records it should be relatively simple to do detailed accounting. Without one and the continuing secrecy lid suspicions are worsened. Didn’t the County have a seizable surplus before intervention and now we face going into the red?

By Where Did Gilmer's School Money Go? on 10.07.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Positive press out of GSC is always good for the community and the College.

What is not good for the community and GSC is the ongoing telephone scam GSC has nothing to do with.

The phone will ring, there is a GSC entry on caller ID, and a 304-462 number is given. If you answer thinking that it is a legitimate GSC call you get surprised.

The caller, usually with a strange accent, will make a pitch for money and it is obviously a scam.

It is common for the caller to try to convince a person that a grand child or another relative is in bad trouble and thousands of dollars are needed quickly for a lawyer or some other expense.

When the 304 number is called back there is nothing there. It would help if GSC officials would alert the public to the cruel scam and to involve high level law enforcement to stop the nuisance calls.

By Fed Up Glenville Resident on 10.05.2017

From the entry: 'GSC History Book Authors to be on hand for Signing'.

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So sorry.  You and your family have my thoughts and prayers. Butch, you may not remember me but you did such a wonderful job at my farm in Lewis County, dozing, ditching, etc. etc.  a few years ago.  I so appreciated your work. God Bless you and your family during this difficult time.

By Betty Woofter on 10.03.2017

From the entry: 'Florence Marie Hall'.

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West Virginia has 55 counties.

Mon County will get almost 20% of the highway money.  Actually about 1/8th.

Does that seem lop-sided to anyone? 

One county gets one-fifth.  Who gets the ‘payola’ ?

By watcher on 10.01.2017

From the entry: 'Latest Numbers on Road Bond Vote'.

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Nice letter and thought Senator Manchin.

Maybe now a letter to Milan corp, requesting Heather Bresch requesting a epi-pen price roll back?

By How About it Mr. Manchin? on 09.29.2017

From the entry: 'Manchin Letter Urges for Patient Access to Non-Opioid Painkillers'.

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That is the standard operating procedure for the Charleston Board of Ed and their mismanagement style. 

Is it any wonder the state has financial issues?

By truth seeker's answer on 09.28.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Apparently the 5 year, GC school news embargo, by the West Virginia Board of Education has been lifted ?  Hope so.

By will we get more news? on 09.28.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes'.

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We want investigative accounting for all the County’s school money spent on facilities during intervention. We are entitled to details for planning money, money paid out to architects, all money sent on Leading Creek, everything spent on the Arbuckle land plan and Cedar Creek, what was spent to get us at the new GCES, and a complete list for all money paid out for no bid work from start to where we are today.

By Citizens Deserve Facts on 09.28.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Can someone explain to me why in Gilmer County schools projects were given to certain companies without any bid? Even when these companies kept screwing up, they kept getting paid for fixing their own screw ups? A good example is our supposed to be brand new elementary school. I hear these all the time. What is the real truth?

By truth seeker on 09.27.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Where are all the Obama and Clinton haters now? Why aren’t they comment about the state of the country and the world now?

By wondering on 09.27.2017

From the entry: 'National News'.

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Most likely this road bond deal, will make millionaires of elected officials, families, friends.

The WVDOT has a proven track record on spending.  One not to brag about?

The ‘assisted’ suicide of the former DOT manager has been hushed too?

By reader6 on 09.25.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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The posting about Boone is a wake up call for the Governor’s road vote coming up.

WV has a bad reputation for graft and corruption when public funds are involved. With the amount of money involved for the road building program with bond money there would be vast opportunities for waste and mismanagement.

Just look at wasted money in County school systems under WVDOE intervention while local control was eliminated. 

Governor Justice should inform voters what he would do to ensure that the new road money would be spent wisely with iron clad accountability for every penny spent.

By Money To Burn on 09.25.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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There is an epidemic of misuse of County school funds in WV. We read about it all the time. That is what happens when finances are purposely packaged in ways to make it too complicated for board members to track and proper local level oversight cannot occur. This problem is one for Governor to solve.

By Boone Is Not Unique on 09.25.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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The same is being asked of the commission.  Meeting minutes and videos used to be available until fall of last year.  Now we hardly ever see even the agenda, let alone ever seeing the follow up minutes.  WHY DID THIS INFORMATION STOP?? Is someone hiding something because it surely would seem so.  We need to know what’s going on in this town and the Free Press is one of the few ways we can do it.  PLEASE bring back the public meetings videos!!

By Watcher on 09.11.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Commission Meeting - 09.01.17'.

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Appreciation is given to the City for posting meeting minutes on the GFP to be an example of good government by keeping citizens informed.

Why can’t the same be done with school board meeting minutes? Everyone knows that during intervention what got on agendas was censored and what happened during meetings was kept to a minimum to avoid information getting into the public record.

With the State out of here a request is made to the school board to exercise its authority to ensure that citizens are kept informed.

By Why Continuing Secrecy? on 09.11.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Commission Meeting - 09.01.17'.

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Interesting.  Deputy Clerk is the same one who tells people that come with an issue - that they should “go to church” if they’re angry This discrimination issue didn’t just happen once.  This is Gilmer County.

By Fact on 09.07.2017

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: WV Same-Sex Couple'.

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With the uproar about the excess levy passing again, it does not have a chance unless it is proven that a much better job will be done in managing the County’s school money than occurred during intervention.

For an example, why was new playground equipment purchased for the new GCES when perfectly good equipment at abandoned schools could have been used?

By Concerned Voter on 09.07.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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So nice to read of this hometown hero story!

So many stories like this have likely been lost to time.

By GFP reader on 09.06.2017

From the entry: 'Rosie the Riveter Ruby Coberly from Glenville Tells Her Story'.

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So sorry to hear of the death of Karol. I was to Ill to come to funeral, but. My thoughts and prayers was with the family. Classmate 1956.

By Nancy (Rose) Westfall on 09.03.2017

From the entry: 'Leota Karol Hatmaker'.

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Read the Sept 1st Gazette article about four WV school systems with major noteworthy gains in student proficiency in mastering subjects.

The Counties were Doddridge, Mingo, Taylor and Wayne. The proficiency increases were related to factors including curriculum changes, improved planning targeted to achieving specific goals,and use of modern tracking procedures to monitor results.

If other counties can do it Gilmer can too with the smallest school system in WV. For starters our administrators should learn what the four counties did and to adapt the practices to our school system.

It was insulting for some officials to claim that Gilmer’s citizens do not understand what is going on in our school system, they do not care, and nothing can be done about it anyway because of our poverty.

Citizens know more than they are given credit for and if the excess levy gains a chance of passing changes for the better must be demonstrated to voters.

By No More Excuses Accepted on 09.01.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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This is why Gilmer County must go on its own way by setting high standards, deciding on ways to achieve them for all children regardless of their pedigrees and family net worth. Part of it must include real time, unambiguous progress reports to establish accountability for school system administrators and the County’s school board.

A-F was a hoax. A WV school could get failing grades for student learning to end up with an overall A or B. Any wonder that we were stuck at 50th place with that brand of State cover-up?

By Gilmer--Go It Alone on 08.31.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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Yes, and in another year or two the grading system will change again.

And again and again and again.

The WV Board of Ed has played this gave for years, in order to ‘look’ accountable, but to escape any long term accountability.  Just keep changing the game.

By ~the people know~ on 08.31.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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The past 2 legislative sessions, both parties have proven their incompetence equally.

Gov. Justice has frosted the cake the legislature baked.

By Kanawha Watcher on 08.30.2017

From the entry: 'GOP Leaders Predict House Departures'.

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Yeah,you’re worried about the rule of law but want the illegal aliens to be exempt from immigration laws. Makes perfect sense to me.

By Skip Beyer on 08.29.2017

From the entry: 'Don’t Let Arpaio’s Arizona Become Trump’s America'.

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