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Catfishing Fun at West Virginia’s State Parks


Visitors and anglers fishing at 11 areas within the state parks system are more likely to catch a catfish this summer thanks to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources’ stocking of catchable-size channel catfish in parks waters.

“DNR stocked catfish the week of May 16 and another stocking is planned the week of June 06,” according to Chris O’Bara, DNR fisheries biologist.

Fish stocked are from three-quarter to two pounds. The first stocking of 9,000 pounds of fish, or 12,000 individuals, was transported and released in good shape at 27 lakes that included several designated state park areas.

The catfish stocking program provides fishing opportunities at easy accessible lakes. Generally, areas with camping opportunities are chosen for stocking.

Lakes stocked at state parks, forests and wildlife management area included:

•  Cedar Creek State Park Lake (Gilmer County)

•  Chief Logan State Park Lake (Logan County)

•  Coopers Rock (State Forest) Lake (Monongalia County)

•  North Bend State Park Pond (Ritchie County)

•  Pipestem State Park Lake (Summers County)

•  Tomlinson Run State Park Lake (Hancock County)

•  Watoga State Park Lake (Pocahontas County)

•  Cacapon State Park Lake (Morgan County) - will be stocked during the week of June 06.

Tagged channel catfish will be stocked into Berwind Lake (McDowell County), Laurel Lake (Mingo County), and Little Beaver State Park Lake (Raleigh County).

Anglers who catch a tagged fish are asked to return tag or tag numbers along with information on the date of capture, if the fish was kept or released, and the name and address of the angler, to WVDNR, 2311 Ohio Ave, Parkersburg, WV 26101. Anglers also can call in the information 304.420.4550 or provide the information via email “”.

Bret Preston, Asst. DNR Chief for Warmwater Fisheries Management, and superintendents at West Virginia’s state parks recognize the catfish stocking program as a way to encourage families to participate in outdoor activities.

“Fishing is a lifetime sport. Catfishing is just pure fun and entertainment for youngsters and families. For park visitors and area residents, this stocking program is a welcomed recreational resource,” said Steve Jones, Supt. at North Bend State Park.

Free Fishing Days in West Virginia are June 11 -12, 2011.

Woofters’ Yard/Garage Sale - Friday


Friday, June 03, 2011

From 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

5 miles from Glenville (5699 US Highway 33 East, Woofter’s), Glenville

Lawn mower, weed eater, electric GE mixer, Clothing (Cabelas, Coldwater Creek, others) several brand new; chair massager (same as new), paint, puzzles, books, many, many other items. 

Gilmer County 4-H Foto Booth - June 17-18, 2011


Glenville First Baptist Church: 2nd Annual Pancake Breakfast - 06.18.11


Fall 2011 4-H Soccer This Friday


Belknap Reunion – 06.12.11


The Belknap Reunion will be held at Cedar Creek State Park on Sunday June 12, 2011 from 10:00 AM to ?.

All family and friends welcome.


Congressman Nick Rahall: Summit of Hope


Without a doubt, drugs are among the greatest gifts provided to humanity by medical science.

Prescription drugs have proven to be great healers. They have allowed individuals who once had no hope of normal futures to live quite normally, unfettered by illness and pain.  It is no wonder that those tiny orbs have often been called “miracle pills.” But prescription drugs have also turned countless lives into a living hell.

As tragic as it is lethal, prescription drug abuse, once hidden away in the dark corners of homes or secreted away in institutions, is now out in the open.  It is rampant on our main streets, near police stations, and even in front of our schools.  It is an appalling epidemic among the young and old, the rich and poor, alike.

This is a nationwide problem and it needs national attention.  But, distressingly, our State has the Nation’s highest rate of drug-related deaths.  In fact, between 2001 and 2008, more than nine out of ten of those deaths involved prescription drugs.  We have to do something about that.

I know, firsthand, the devastating toll that drug abuse can impose on a family.  The resources, patience, and persistence, and the tests of loyalty and love required can be immense.  But, we have one another, and together, we can whip almost anything.  At the very least, I know this: the only thing we can be faulted for is not having tried.

Former First Lady Betty Ford spoke of addiction as being at the heart of the world’s most difficult problems – crime, health care, highway safety, family breakdown.  But she also said that, of all the many causes of modern dilemmas, the one that is most susceptible to solution is addiction. “Although cunning, baffling, and powerful,” said Betty Ford, addiction has “within it the seeds of self-knowledge and a better life for individuals, families, and communities.”

Recently, I assembled community and political leaders along with Federal officials to see how we can coordinate our tools, talents, and time for the benefit of the people of southern West Virginia.

By bringing together multiple stakeholders in the same room, we help to produce the beginnings of a coordinated and sustained effort to combat this scourge.

We also need the continued interest and support of citizens, businesses, volunteers, and community leaders.

And we need to involve our young people.  Let me say directly to them: your future is limited only by your own actions.  Be willing to dream big and to fight every day to make your dreams reality.  To do that, you need drive, commitment, energy, enthusiasm, and strength – all things that drugs will only take away from you.  To be quite honest, to get the most out of your lives, sometimes you have to feel a little pain.  Do not deprive yourself of the richness of life by numbing yourself to the best and the worst of it.

My longtime friend and colleague from eastern Kentucky, Congressman Hal Rogers, has, in his State, a model organization for addressing drug abuse, called UNITE, which stands for Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment and Education.  It has proven to be a centerpiece of local cooperation, and I think we can learn many lessons from the work and successes of UNITE that may help to guide our own efforts.

There are many to be commended on their initiatives to combat this abuse and many who travelled long distances and gave their time to participate in my summit.  It was clearly an overwhelming concern, true willingness, and resolve among all to come together and stand together to fight this.  It was politics aside, professions aside; law enforcement and laymen in lock-step determination to make a difference.

We must keep a spotlight on this issue.  I know that my summit was another step in a long journey to end this epidemic.  But we all can take comfort from the knowledge that we are trying.

If you have any questions please contact my office, at 202.225.3452 or feel free to visit to my website at and email me.

With warm regards, I am


G-Comm™: The Tipping Point

All I really wanted to do was run a 5k. No big surprise, I’ve been talking about it for years even before the surgery for cancer removed part of my left leg. There have been numerous times, both here and in New York City where I moved from two years ago when I got started and then slowly quit.

There was even some momentum a couple of times but no sticking power.

It’s possible at this point in the story to dissolve into the justifications and build a case for my inertia but that’s just another delay tactic. The bottom line is, I quit over and over again and my accountability level to myself was rather low.


Today’s a new day.

This time, my umpteenth try, I’ve started with a lot of prayers to stop thinking about myself so much and be of service. Take it one day at a time and stop worrying about how I’ll get up early enough for months and then years on end. Let’s just see if I can get out the door today and then get on with the rest of this day.

This is where the story takes a definite turn. In the past all of my running, even the running I did consistently years ago was a solo pursuit and no one was really checking in with me so no one knew how I was doing. If I didn’t sign up for a race, no one knew or if I ran a race really well, there was no one there who knew that either. It had its good and bad points.

I was still operating in that same headspace with just the addition of that single prayer hoping that would remove whatever fear that could sometimes glue me to the couch. I wanted change in my life and to feel better about the way that I move and what I see in the mirror.

Lately, I’ve been stepping out into all kinds of change and have also started using Twitter because my agent, Rachelle Gardner asked me to do it. That was enough to get me to do it. I wasn’t going to ask what was in it for me. An old bad habit.

Tweeting starts all kinds of conversations and so I mentioned that elusive quest for a 5k and figuring out how to make my leg work enough to get me across a finish line. Suddenly, help was everywhere. Last week, I you heard about Mo Wills at Infinity at Infinity Multisport and Sydney Owen at Chicagoland Skydiving Center. They both stepped forward and now I’m Chi running a 5k on August 6th and then jumping out of a plane to celebrate.

My accountability level has zoomed upwards and there’s a crew checking in with me about my progress.

This week, more tweeting and Thomas Hollowell, the author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Barefoot Running (Penguin), saw my tweets, was in Chicago for a book event and met up with me for a Chi walk around the park. He’s jumped on board too and we’re now all raising money for melanoma research at Northwestern. He’s brought in Rachelle Kuramoto of Kigo Footwear, who’s supplying thin-soled running shoes.

There’s even talk now of starting our own 5k to really raise awareness about melanoma and body checks and help find the first early-stage chemotherapy.

Thomas, one of the newest members of our team is 33 and has been running in bare feet for five years. The day we got together he had finished a half-marathon in Schaumberg, IL and was feeling fine. He believes in getting back to running the way our bodies were meant to and therefore we’ll have less injury, more fun and a lot more people out there running in their bare feet. He’s never had a puncture or a scrape.

“It doesn’t mean to just take off your shoes. That’s a very small part of the idea,” says Thomas. “It’s about teaching your body to run more naturally and eventually over a distance and then the speed comes.” Start with walking and build the ankle and foot strength, he says, go slowly. More complete instructions are outlined in his book.

Start on hard, smooth surfaces instead of grass where there’s too many hidden possibilities or a track where there’s a hard, packed surface.

Now that warm weather is here it’s an enticing idea to ditch the socks and shoes and walk around in our bare feet and maybe, eventually start running. I’ll be out there three times a week, gearing up for the August race in my Kigo shoes. Prayer works.

~~  By Martha Randolph Carr ~~

Bon Appétit: Individual Coconut & Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes



2oz butter
2oz soft brown sugar
2 tbsp rum (optional)
6 canned pineapple rings
6 glacé cherries

5oz butter, softened
5oz sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
5oz self-rising flour
1 tsp baking powder
2oz desiccated coconut
6 tbsp milk
custard, to serve


First, make the topping. In a small pan heat the butter, sugar and rum (if using) on a low heat until dissolved, then bubble for a few minutes until slightly thickened.

Divide between six well-greased ramekins.

Add a pineapple ring with a glacé cherry in the middle of each.

Heat oven to 325 F.

To make the sponge, beat together the butter and sugar with an electric whisk until pale and fluffy.

Gradually beat in the eggs, then fold in the dry ingredients.

Finally stir in the milk and divide the mixture between the six ramekins.

Put them on a baking tray and cook for 25 to 30 minutes until risen, golden and springy to the touch.

To serve, turn the ramekins upside down on to a plate or a bowl and tap gently to release.

Serve with custard.

Daily G-Eye™ : 06.01.11


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Stargazing - 06.01.11


Asteroid 2009 BD will pass about 200,000 miles from Earth today, which is less than the distance to the Moon.

The truck-sized boulder is too small to see without a good-sized telescope.

Close Encounter

A tiny neighbor will pay Earth a visit this evening. It’ll pass about 200,000 miles away—less than the distance to the Moon. It’s so tiny, though, that we won’t be able to see it.

2009 BD is an asteroid—a chunk of rock that’s about the size of a house. It’s a member of a group of asteroids known as Apollos, after a large member of the group that was discovered in the 1930s.

All of the Apollos follow orbits that cross Earth’s orbit around the Sun. In fact, the orbit of 2009 BD is almost identical to Earth’s.

We pay special attention to the Apollos because there’s a chance they could hit us. An Apollo about the size of an SUV slammed into Earth’s atmosphere in 2008. It exploded high above Sudan. It didn’t cause any damage, but it did rain tiny bits of debris across the desert.

2009 BD is larger, but probably not large enough to hit the ground. Instead, as it plunged into the atmosphere, the pressure would either break it into big chunks, or cause it to explode with the force of a small atom bomb. The odds are that the blast would happen over the oceans or uninhabited land. And even if it did happen over a city, if it were high enough in the atmosphere there likely wouldn’t be any damage.

Even if it doesn’t hit Earth—or the Moon—2009 BD isn’t a long-term visitor to this region of the solar system. Gravitational interactions with Earth will kick it away from us—thinning out our cosmic neighborhood.

G-MM™: Meditation Moment - 06.01.11


‘I will not leave you orphans; I will come back to you.’

Peter reminds us that, as Christians, we should always be ready to explain to anyone who enquires why we are people of enduring hope.

The main source of this hope is given in today’s gospel passage from Jesus’ Last Supper discourse.

We have his assurance that, risen from the dead as our ‘hope of glory’ (Colossians 1:27), he will always remain present to us in the gift of the Holy Spirit—loving us and revealing himself to us in our efforts to do God’s will.

How conscious am I of that presence and of that love as I go about my daily duties?

Blessed John Henry Newman writes: ‘A true Christian, then, may almost be defined as one who has a ruling sense of God’s presence within him [or her].’

Acts 8:5‑8, 14-17. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy—Ps 65(66):1-7, 16, 20. 1 Peter 3:15-18. John 14:15-21.

Goldie Bowser Perkins


Goldie Bowser Perkins
Age 94, formerly of Lakeview Estates, Parkersburg, died May 30, 2011, at the Worthington Manor Nursing Home.

She was born at Goff’s Ritchie County, WV, a daughter of the late Andy P. and Louella Hardman Hatfield.

She was a graduate of Harrisville High School and was a homemaker. Mrs. Perkins retired in 1970 from the former Best Photo and had also worked at the American Viscose Corporation.

She was a member of the Harrisville Baptist Church.

Survivors include one daughter, Donna E. Wells of Canton, Ohio; two sons, Joseph W. Bowser and wife Kay of Parkersburg and Larry D. Bowser of Dallas, Texas; two brothers, Leman Hatfield of Cross Lanes, WV and Dr. Asel P. Hatfield of Harrisville, WV; ten grandchildren and several great and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Kermit H. Bowser, second husband, Ernie M. Perkins, two sisters, three brothers, and one great granddaughter.

Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 PM Thursday at the Vaughan Funeral Home, Parkersburg with Pastor Larry Dale officiating.

Services will conclude with interment in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 11:00 AM until time of service.

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