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Daylight Saving Time: Move Clock 1-Hour Forward on Sunday 03.11.12

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At 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 11, 2012, we need to turn our clocks forward one hour, marking the beginning of Daylight Saving Time (DST).

The federal law that established “daylight time” in the United States does not require any area to observe daylight saving time. But if a state chooses to observe DST, it must follow the starting and ending dates set by the law.

From 1986 to 2006 this was the first Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October, but starting in 2007, it is observed from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November, adding about a month to daylight saving time.

OddlyEnough™: US Regional Dictionary Gets In Last Word As It Wraps Up Work

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The Dictionary of American Regional English has finally reached its final word - “zydeco” - as researchers wrap up almost 50 years of work charting the rich variety of American speech.

The dictionary’s official publication date is March 20 but lexicographers and word fans have been celebrating ever since its fifth and final volume emerged earlier this year.

“It truly is America’s dictionary,“ Ben Zimmer, a language columnist and lexicographer, told a Washington, D.C. news conference on Thursday.

He said when the final printed volume was delivered to its longtime editor, Joan Houston Hall, at a meeting of fellow dialect scholars: “There were audible gasps in the room.“

The Dictionary of American Regional English’s (DARE) 60,000 entries running from “A” to “zydeco,“ a style of Louisiana Cajun music, serve as a comprehensive sample of how American speech changes from region to region.

That space between sidewalk and curb? Depending on what part of the United States it is in, it can be called “parking,“ “devil’s strip,“ “swale,“ “parkway” or “tree lawn.“

Hall, who has headed the DARE project since 2000, said she was convinced fears that American English was becoming homogenized through television and mass media were unfounded.

“I don’t buy it. Yes, language changes at different rates and at different places,“ she said. “But most of the words among our family and friends that are regional we don’t even recognize as regional.“

Although the idea of a dictionary of American dialects had been around since the 1880s, the project did not take shape until 1962, when Frederick Cassidy, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was appointed editor.

The DARE project was based on interviews carried out in more than 1,000 communities from 1965 to 1970 by University of Wisconsin researchers.

They asked Americans about their ways of talking about kitchen implements, housing, animals, diseases, food, music and more.

For the next several decades, editors sifted the 2.3 million responses and a mass of written materials including newspapers, letters and diaries ranging from the Colonial period to the present.

The dictionary, published in five volumes by Harvard University’s Belknap Press and running to over 5,500 pages, includes words from about 70 languages, ranging from Bantu to Lithuanian to Choctaw. It retails for about $545.

Hall, who took over the project with Cassidy’s death in 2000, said the last volume took longer to complete, about 10 years, because of the wealth of materials that had become available online.

“We felt that there was so much of value we didn’t dare ignore it,“ she said at the news conference at the National Endowment for the Humanities, one of the book’s main sponsors.

Dictionary entries include “bealing” for an abscess, “bear claw” and “kolacky” for types of pastries, “calf rope” for surrender in children’s games, “dew poison” for a foot rash, “Lucy Bowles” for diarrhea, “rippet” for a disturbance or fight, and “pogonip” to describe a thick, cold fog.

West Virginia Bill Would Criminalize Selling Children

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Selling a child would be a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison under legislation going to the governor for his consideration.

The full Senate unanimously approved the bill Thursday, the final legislative hurdle needed for passage.

Under the bill, parents could pay reasonable court fees, legal fees and medical fees related to adoption and expenses for a surrogate mother.

But the bill aims to prevent parents or guardians from seeking money, property, services or other goods in exchange for their child.

Anyone who accepts money, property, goods or services in exchange for providing a child also would face felony charges.

A related human trafficking bill went before the Senate for a final vote Friday.

It addresses the enslaving of two or more children or adults.

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WVDNR Fish Health Survey Discovers Presence of Largemouth Bass Virus in Four Lakes

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Recent fish health surveys conducted by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources revealed the presence of largemouth bass virus (LMBV) in four West Virginia lakes, according to Bret Preston, assistant chief of the Wildlife Resources Section.

Surveys performed during the summer and early fall of 2011 were focused on monitoring overall fish health in water bodies where WVDNR staff collects broodstock for hatchery production. Several species of fish were collected from 10 water bodies and samples were sent to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Lamar Fish Health Laboratory for analysis.

Virology and bacteriology results were negative for targeted pathogens except for LMBV at East Lynn (Wayne County), North Bend (Ritchie County), Stonewall Jackson (Lewis County), and Sutton (Braxton County) lakes.  Fish health surveys also were conducted at Mount Storm (Grant County) and Moncove (Monroe County) lakes and Little Kanawha (Wood County), Monongahela (Monongalia County), Tygart (Barbour County), and New (Summers County) rivers.

“Largemouth bass virus is a common pathogen found primarily in southern United States largemouth bass populations, but has been expanding throughout North America,” said Chris O’Bara, WVDNR fisheries research biologist.  “LMBV has not been linked to any human health concerns but, as always, fish should be properly prepared prior to eating.”

Largemouth bass populations infected with LMBV have experienced summer die-offs, depressed growth, and less than optimal health condition. LMBV is more problematic during summertime and elevated stressful conditions. The spread of LMBV has been linked to increased stress, fish to fish contact , and movement of fish and water between water bodies.

To minimize the spread of LMBV and all fish pathogens, WVDNR encourages anglers not to transfer any live fish or water between water bodies, handle all fish with care prior to release, reduce stressful conditions especially during warm water months, and properly clean and maintain all boats, live wells, and tackle.

WVDNR staff will continue to monitor fish health statewide and expand the survey into several new water bodies in 2012, according to O’Bara.  Results of the 2011 survey, as well as future surveys, will be provided on the DNR website at www.wvdnr.gov.

West Virginia to Clarify Autism Insurance Mandate

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West Virginia is poised to revise its law requiring insurance coverage for autism.

The Senate unanimously voted Friday to make clear that caps on these mandated benefits are only for applied behavioral analysis.

Experts say ABA treatment can make a dramatic difference for many children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. These neurological conditions are considered more common than diabetes or Down syndrome.

The insurance law passed in 2011 after years of debate. But as written, its benefit limits applied to all autism-related treatments.

Besides changing that, the pending bill also fixes technical errors left undetected when the law was enacted.

The House must now approve a minor Senate amendment. The session ends at midnight Saturday.

The law exempts small employer plans. It also allows for cost-containment by insurers.

WV TRAPPERS ASSOCIATION - March 09 -11, 2012

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The WV Trappers Association is having their annual March Fur Sale and Spring Rendezvous March 09-11, 2012 at the Gilmer County Recreation Center in Glenville, WV.

Consigned Fur, fleshed and dried, will be taken Friday from 10: AM – 5:00 PM and Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Raw fur may be consigned Sunday from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM and the fur auction will be at 1:00 PM Sunday.

The WV Muzzleloaders will also be having their annual shooting matches.

Vendors will be selling trapping supplies throughout the weekend.

Public is welcome to attend.

For more information call Scott 304.462.7270 or Janet 304.462.5985 or log onto www.wvtrappers.com

Tanner Chapel Song and Praise - 03.11.12

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The Tanner Chapel’s Song and Praise Service will be at 6:00 PM on Sunday, March 11, 2012.

This is the re-scheduled service that had to be cancelled on February 12, 2012 due to the weather.

Join us for a great evening of praise and fellowship. Alfred Hickman, Pastor.

Glenville: HUGE INDOOR SALE!!! – Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 03.09.12 - 03.11.12 - This Weekend

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HUGE INDOOR SALE!!!

3 DAY EVENT

Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

March 09-10-11, 2012

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Gilmer County Recreation Center

Glenville, WV

All NEW Rocky, Georgia, Durango Brand Clothing from adult to youth (Coats, Bibs, Pants, Shirts) Boots (Casual, Western, Insulated and Non, also Steel Toed) for Outdoor Hunting or work use.

Also, Camo and Fashion Purses for the ladies and Guns, Knives, Hunting items,  Hand tools, 800 thread ct. sheet sets, Candles, home decor and misc. items from the home.

Questions call 304.477.3654.

We Buy, Sell, and Trade

Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito – 03.09.12

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It has been a busy week on Capitol Hill.  On Thursday, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the JOBS Act.  With so much gridlock in Washington, West Virginians deserve to know that we can and will work across party lines to pass legislation to help job creators.  I am appreciative of the President’s support of these bills, many of which originated in the Financial Services Committee where I serve.  We must ensure that America continues to be an incubator for start-ups and entrepreneurs.  We need to cultivate a new generation of Americans who dare to be bold and dream big ideas.

For more information about the JOBS Act click H E R E.

I spent Monday in the Eastern Panhandle where I toured STaSIS Engineering’s new headquarters in Summit Point.  STaSIS assembles high quality automotive performance products, specializing in performance-enhancing brake, suspension, driveline and engine products.  Check out my Facebook Page to see pictures of my visit.

I also hosted a briefing on Free File, an innovative partnership between the government and private tax software companies to help West Virginia residents file their tax returns quickly, easily and for free.  To learn more click H E R E.

It is an honor to serve you.
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Delegate David Walker - 03.09.12

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West Virginia lawmakers have been hard at work throughout the session and finally the fruit of their efforts is being realized. I am very pleased with the accomplishments made by the Legislature for the citizens of our great state.  It is with great pride that I represent the residents of the 33rd District.

In the last week of the session, numerous bills have both chambers and have completed legislative action. I am a co-sponsor of House Bill 4037, which completed legislative action Tuesday. The bill will put into consideration military training, experience and education towards qualification for professional or occupational licensure. It would also extend and renew professional licensees of active duty military and spouses stationed outside West Virginia.

I am especially proud to report that the Governor’s mine safety bill, House Bill 4351, completed legislative action Tuesday. The bill was presented by the Governor in the beginning of the session and has been discussed in great detail by state lawmakers, Governor’s administration officials and representatives from United Mine Workers of America and the West Virginia Coal Association. I believe that preventative action needs to be taken to ensure the safety of our miners and I am confident that the engrossed bill presents a comprehensive plan to regulate safety in our mines.

Another bill introduced by the Governor, Senate Bill 437, is being read in the House this week. The bill would propose a comprehensive plan to combat the substance abuse in the state. I believe that the passage of this bill will be essential for the state to make positive strides in the battle against substance abuse.

I had previously mentioned House Bill 4263, which would create the “West Virginia Buy American Act.” The bill is being read in the Senate this week. The “Buy American Act” would require any public agency construction contracts for public buildings or public works which utilize state grants or state loans in part to finance all or part of the construction costs to contain a provision requiring that the iron, steel, manufactured goods, coal and timber used or supplied for the project be manufactured or produced in the United States.

It is with great pride that I represent the residents of the 33rd District. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns regarding these or other issues in the Legislature. I welcome the input of my constituents and encourage their involvement in the legislative process. My capitol phone number is 304.340.3135 and my email address is “david.walker@wvhouse.gov”. Letters should be addressed to Delegate David Walker, State Capitol, Building 1, Room 210-E, Charleston, WV 25305.

Bon Appétit: Dumplings

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Ingredients:

  1 cup all-purpose flour
  2 teaspoons baking powder
  1 teaspoon white sugar
  1/2 teaspoon salt
  1 tablespoon margarine
  1/2 cup milk


Directions:

Stir together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in medium size bowl.

Cut in butter until crumbly.

Stir in milk to make a soft dough.

Drop by spoonfuls into boiling stew.

Cover and simmer 15 minutes without lifting lid.

Serve.

To make parsley dumplings, add 1 tablespoon parsley flakes to the dry ingredients.

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Stargazing - 03.10.12

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As the Moon rises in late evening, its eastern hemisphere is at the top, highlighted by the seas of Serenity and Tranquility.

The bright planet Saturn stands close to the upper left of the Moon, with Spica, the brightest star of Virgo, above them.


More Moon, Saturn, and Spica

The face of the Moon is like a celestial yin and yang symbol. One side is serene and calm, while the other is stormy and turbulent.

This dichotomy comes from the names of the Moon’s most prominent features—the dark volcanic plains known as oceans or seas.

The names were bestowed more than three-and-a-half centuries ago in a map created by two Italian astronomers. They named most of these dark areas for the weather or for states of mind. So most of the features on the eastern hemisphere have calm, soothing names like Sea of Serenity, Sea of Tranquility, and Sea of Nectar. But on the western hemisphere we get the Sea of Clouds, Sea of Rains, and Ocean of Storms.

All of these features are bone dry—you won’t find a drop of liquid water in any of them. Instead, they’re vast fields of dense volcanic rock. They formed about four billion years ago, when giant asteroids slammed into the lunar surface. Molten rock bubbled to surface to fill the basins created by the impacts. The rock then cooled and hardened—forming the dark features that we see today.

And most of these features are in good view tonight. As the Moon rises in late evening, the eastern hemisphere is at the top, highlighted by the seas of Serenity and Tranquility. The western hemisphere is at the bottom, highlighted by the large Ocean of Storms. The bright planet Saturn stands close to the upper left of the Moon, with Spica, the brightest star of Virgo, above them.

G-MM™: Meditation Moment - 03.10.12

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Celebrate and rejoice!

‘We must celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and now has come to life.’

The father said this to the son who had been working in his father’s fields while the younger son had come back home, poor of health and fortune.

We can sympathize with the son who was full of jealousy and anger.

Life isn’t fair.

We may work long hours without recognition while others appear to climb the corporate ladder or receive their wishes with ease. How does this happen?

Then again, we can rejoice with the father on his son’s safe return.

This is an occasion to celebrate.

Let us try to open our minds and hearts to the grace of the father embracing his prodigal son.

May we be blessed with the same grace to receive our children and other family members.


Micah 7:14-15, 18-20. The Lord is kind and merciful—Ps 102(103):1-4, 9-12. Luke 15:1-3, 11-32.

Robert Edward “Bobby” Swisher

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Robert Edward “Bobby” Swisher

Age 56, Of Grantsville, WV, passed away Tuesday, March 06, 2012 at Minnie Hamilton Health System after a long illness.

He was born February 06, 1956 in Parkersburg WV a son of the late Robert Ebb Swisher and surviving mother Opal Buck Swisher.

Bobby was a retired employee of the West Virginia Department of Highways.

He was a 1974 graduate of Calhoun County High School.

He was a member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church.

He was a member of Grantsville Lodge #40 A.F.&A.M. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with friends, family and especially the light of his life and lil’ fishing buddy, Landon.

Survivors include his wife Marcia Radabaugh Swisher of Grantsville; one daughter, Tiffany Swisher of Grantsville; one grandson, Landon Summers of Grantsville; one brother, Calvin Swisher of Parkersburg; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, March 10 at Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville.

Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 12:00 Noon Saturday until the time of services.

Margaret Carol Hicks

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Margaret Carol Hicks

Age 71, passed away on Wednesday, March 07, 2012 in Chapel Hill Community of Canal Fulton Ohio, following an extended illness.

She was born in Jane Lew on December 14, 1940; daughter of the late June Allman and Marie (Clark) Allman.

Mrs Hicks is survived by her children Debra and Ronald Bever; Tanna and Arthur Minieri; Angie and Bo Sellers; Jay and Sarah Hicks, 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; her siblings, Robert and Leona Allman, Rodney and Rose Allman, James Allman, Patricia Lake, and Helen Wilds. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Billy June Allman, Bernard Allman, Bernadine Allman, Melba Ehrnschwender, Mary M Dennison, Mildred Jenson, Rose Kovach, and Shirley Allman.

Mrs Hicks was a retired environmental service worker with Sharpe Hospital of Weston.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Saturday, March 10, 2012 from 2:00 to 6:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 1:30 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Russell Furr officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Broad Run Cemetery of Jane Lew, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for Margaret Carol Hicks.

Hanie Lane

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Hanie Lane

Age 98, of Nicut, WV, passed away peacefully at home Thursday, March 08, 2012 following an extended illness.

She was born March 25, 1913, daughter of the late Esta and French Cottrell.

Hanie was a homemaker and a member of the Apostolic Faith Tabernacle in Grantsville.

Surviving are her daughters, Maxine Edmond-Felter of Massillon OH and Betty Eddy of Lumberton NJ; one son, Roud (Rosalie) Lane, Jr. of Bolivar OH; 13 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, and 26 great-great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Roud Lane; one son, Russell F. Lane and his wife Dixie Lane; and one grandson, David Edmond.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, March 11 at Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg.

Interment will be in the Minnora Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 1:00 PM Sunday until the time of services.

George H. Bailey

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George H. Bailey

Age 79, of 59 Grandview Drive Weston passed away on Friday, March 09, 2012 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.

He was born in Dutch Hollow in Lewis County on August 12, 1932: son of the late Minter E. Bailey and Rella Jane (Funk) Bailey.

On June 10, 1955, he married Willa D. (Metzgar) Bailey, who survives.

Mr. Bailey is also survived by two daughters: Kimley J.(Roger) Bailey Peck of Overland Park, KS and Janet S. (Mike) Bailey Summers of Fairmont, one son: John H. (Julie)Bailey, PHd of Durham, NC and three grandchildren: Colin Bailey Peck, Olivia Jane Bailey and Anika Deloris Bailey. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Mr. Bailey was preceded in death by four brothers: Minter J. Bailey, William J. Bailey, Charles Fred Bailey and Howard Ross Bailey and three sisters: Mary A. Heck, Wilda Gelder and Helen Frashuer.

Mr. Bailey was superintendent of buildings and grounds for 30 years at the State 4-H Camp at Jackson’s Mill. Mr. Bailey was never in service due to poor vision. George was a 4-H All Star, designed and helped build the Jackson Lodge and helped Junior Lewis build the middle gate at the lodge, which Junior designed.

Mr. Bailey was a member of the Weston Moose Lodge #1376 and Pairs & Squares Dance Club. He helped with many programs at McCann’s Run United Methodist Church, where he played Simon the Zealot in the “Last Supper” at Easter. For several years he helped make apple butter for the Jubilee for most of the years of the Jubilee.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Sunday, March 11, 2012 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 12, 2012 at 2:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Mary Conley officiating.

Interment will follow services in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens of Jane Lew. WV.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to McCann’s Run UM Church in care of Sheila Dempsey, McCann’s Run Road Jane Lew, WV 26378.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for George H. Bailey.

03.10.12

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History on March 10, yyyy

Today is Friday, March 10, the 70th day of 2012. There are 296 days left in the year.


Today’s Highlight in History:

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On March 10, 1876, the first successful voice transmission over Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone took place in Boston as his assistant heard Bell say, “Mr. Watson — come here — I want to see you.“


On this date:

In 1496, Christopher Columbus concluded his second visit to the Western Hemisphere as he left Hispaniola for Spain.

In 1785, Thomas Jefferson was appointed America’s minister to France, succeeding Benjamin Franklin.

In 1848, the Senate ratified the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the Mexican-American War.

In 1880, the Salvation Army arrived in the United States from England.

In 1906, about 1,100 miners in northern France were killed by a coal-dust explosion.

In 1933, a magnitude 6.4 earthquake centered off Long Beach, Calif., resulted in 120 deaths.

In 1948, the body of the anti-Communist foreign minister of Czechoslovakia, Jan Masaryk, was found in the garden of Czernin Palace in Prague.

In 1949, Nazi wartime broadcaster Mildred E. Gillars, also known as “Axis Sally,“ was convicted in Washington, D.C., of treason. (She served 12 years in prison.)

In 1969, James Earl Ray pleaded guilty in Memphis, Tenn., to assassinating civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. (Ray later repudiated that plea, maintaining his innocence until his death.)

In 1972, the three-day National Black Political Convention convened in Gary, Ind.

In 1980, “Scarsdale Diet” author Dr. Herman Tarnower was shot to death at his home in Purchase, N.Y. (Tarnower’s former lover, Jean Harris, was convicted of his murder; she served nearly 12 years in prison before being released in Jan. 1993.)

In 1985, Konstantin U. Chernenko, who was the Soviet Union’s leader for just 13 months, died at age 73.


Ten years ago:

Israeli helicopters destroyed Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s office in Gaza City, hours after 11 Israelis were killed in a suicide bombing in a cafe across the street from Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s residence in Jerusalem.

Russell Crowe won best actor honors at the Screen Actors Guild awards for “A Beautiful Mind” while Halle Berry won best actress for “Monster’s Ball.“

Actress Irene Worth died in New York at age 85.


Five years ago:

In their first direct talks since the Iraq war began, U.S. and Iranian envoys traded harsh words and blamed each other for Iraq’s crisis at a one-day international conference in Baghdad.

President George W. Bush, in Uruguay as part of his Latin America tour, asked Congress for $3.2 billion to pay for 8,200 more U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq on top of the 21,500-troop buildup he had announced in Jan. 2007.

Standup comedian Richard Jeni, 49, died at a Los Angeles hospital of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.


One year ago:

The House Homeland Security Committee examined Muslim extremism in America during a hearing punctuated by tearful testimony and angry recriminations. (Chairman Peter King, R-N.Y., accused U.S. Muslims of doing too little to help fight terror in America; Democrats warned of in-flaming anti-Muslim sentiment.)

G-Fin™: Payrolls Up Solidly, Jobless Rate at 8.3%

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Employment grew solidly for a third straight month in February, a sign the economic recovery was broadening and in less need of further monetary stimulus from the Federal Reserve.

Employers added 227,000 jobs to their payrolls last month, the Labor Department said on Friday, while the unemployment rate held at a three-year low of 8.3%.

It marked the first time since early 2011 that payrolls have grown by more than 200,000 for three months in a row - bolstering President Barack Obama’s chances for re-election.

The economy created 61,000 more jobs in December and January than previously thought, and the jobless rate held steady even as more people returned to the labor force.

Although the job market is gaining some muscle, the pace of improvement remains too slow to do much to absorb the 23.5 million Americans who are either out of work or underemployed.

Fed Chairman Bernanke last week described the labor market as “far from normal” and said continued improvement would require stronger demand for U.S. goods and services.

Still, he suggested the outlook would have to deteriorate for the U.S. central bank to launch another round of bond buying to drive interest rates lower. Officials said in January they expected growth this year to be no higher than 2.7%.

The jobs report, which sets the tone for financial markets worldwide, added to the list of data highlighting the U.S. economy’s underlying strength.

It also provided a hopeful sign for the global recovery at a time that growth is slowing in China and the euro zone appears to be sliding into recession. The jobless rate in the 17-nation euro zone area rose to 10.7% in January, the highest since the euro started circulating in 2000.


NUMBERS GOOD FOR OBAMA

In contrast, the U.S. unemployment rate has dropped 0.8% since August, providing some relief to Obama, who faces an election battle in which the economy has been center stage.

Economists predict the jobless rate could fall below 8% by November, even if the recent firming in the jobs market lures Americans who have given up the search for work back into the labor force.

The labor force participation rate – the percentage of working-age Americans either with a job or looking for one - rose to 63.9% from 63.7% in January.

The separate survey of households that is used to measure the jobless rate showed even brisker hiring in February.

While some parts of the jobs market have benefited from unseasonably warm winter weather, economists say a genuine improvement is under way, even though they expect a slight pull back in March.

Private companies again accounted for all the job gains in February, adding 233,000 positions. Government employment fell a modest 6,000, declining for a sixth straight month.

Manufacturing, which in January recorded the largest gain in a year, dominated job creation in February, hiring 31,000 new workers. The sturdy job gains reflect stepped up auto production.

Most auto companies are taking on new workers and adding shifts and overtime to meet pent-up demand after production was disrupted early last year following the tsunami and earthquake in Japan.

Average hourly earnings increased three cents in February. Average hourly wages have increased 1.9% in the 12 months through February.

The overall workweek held steady at 34.5 hours - holding at the highest level since August 2008.

Earnings are being closely watched for signs of wage inflation after unit labor costs grew much more strongly than initially thought in the third and fourth quarters of 2011.

Outside manufacturing, construction payrolls fell 13,000, the first decline in four months.

Although hiring has quickened, the economy faces persistent long-term unemployment. In February, about 43% of the 12.8 million unemployed Americans had been out of work for more than six months.

West Virginia Schools Encouraged Celebrating the Arts in March

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West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple is encouraging schools across West Virginia to recognize the arts during March.

The month is designated as national Celebrate Theatre in Our Schools Month, Music in Our Schools Month, Dance in the Schools Month and Youth Art Month.

“As a community, we must more effectively serve the learning needs of each of our children,” Marple said. “Arts education, including music, dance, theater and fine arts, is a fundamental structure that allows us to do just that. Research clearly tells us that an arts-rich education is closely aligned to gains in math and reading, and improves cognitive ability, critical thinking and verbal skills.”

More than 50 percent of West Virginia public school students live in poverty and a large percentage of those students suffer from chronic stress that interferes with concentration.

Research shows that arts learning can improve not only concentration, but also motivation, confidence and teamwork.

“The arts are an important part of a well-rounded education for all students,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “All of the arts – dance, music, theater, and the visual arts – are essential to preparing our nation’s young people for a global economy fueled by innovation and creativity and for a social discourse that demands communication in images and sound as well as in text.”

One school in West Virginia where the arts is flourishing is Wyoming East High School in Wyoming County.

Students are eager to become members of the theater program, started by teacher Benny Mills.

The Wyoming East theater team is an eight-time state champion and is among 4,000 theater artists and practitioners studying and competing this week through Sunday at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Chattanooga, TN.

“We are one of the largest high school programs in the state,” Mills said. “About one-fifth of our student body, 100 of 500 kids, participates, boys and girls equally. It has become part of our school culture.”

Theater performances in West Virginia take center stage in March during multiple area student competitions of the West Virginia Thespians. Students compete to qualify for the state thespian festival to be held in April in Charleston.

The international group has its origins in 1929 in West Virginia, where three educators created the organization for high school theatre students.

Today, Thespian Troupe No. 2 is still in operation at East Fairmont High School in Marion County. The organization now has 3,900 middle school and high school affiliates.

Music is the focus March 15 to 17 at the West Virginia Music Educators Conference in Morgantown, where about 300 music teachers will participate in professional development and more than 800 students will participate in band, chorus, orchestra, ensembles and soloist performances.

“When we expand strong arts programs in each and every school in West Virginia, we will be better able to serve the personal needs of students and close the achievement gap that has left many children behind,” Marple said. “The arts must be valued and supported for the role they can play in our schools.”

G-LtE™: Gilmer County Democratic Executive Committee

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In accordance with the Rules and Regulations for the Governance of the Democratic Party in West Virginia, as amended on December 08, 2007 by the WV State Democratic Executive committee, the Gilmer County Democratic Executive Committee is the supreme governing authority of the Democratic Party in Gilmer County and shall have control and supervision over all matters relating to or affecting the party organization and campaign.

The local committee has contacted the Secretary of State’s Office, the WV Democratic Party and attorneys to determine any action to be taken in response to the concerns of the qualifications of any and all candidates.  The Secretary of State’s Office has said their office is limited to verifying that a candidate has properly filed for office, not whether the individual is qualified to serve, if elected.

Inasmuch, the local committee has been told they have no responsibility or authority to determine who can remain on the ballot once the candidate has properly filed for office.  At this time, the matter can only be resolved in the judicial system.  Similar instances have recently occurred with a State Senate candidate Frank Deem in Wood County and Commissioner of Agriculture Candidate Walt Helmick from Pocahontas County.

At this time, the Gilmer County Democratic Executive Committee would also like to note that the committee remains neutral with all democratic candidates during the primary process.  The committee will not and cannot be involved in determining or proving the credentials of anyone seeking office and will provide support to all Democratic candidates, without preference, who meet said qualifications and have properly filed to run in the primary election.


Gilmer County Democratic Executive Committee
March 08, 2012

Governor Tomblin Issues a Proclamation Extending the Legislative Session

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In accordance with the Constitution of West Virginia, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today issued a proclamation extending the 2012 Legislative Session for three additional days allowing consideration of the budget bill.

When the budget bill has not been finally acted upon by the legislature three days before the expiration of its regular session, the state constitution requires the governor to issue a proclamation to extend the regular session of the legislature.

The proclamation filed today specifies the legislature shall only consider the budget bill and a provision for the cost of the said extended session during this extension of the session.

To View The Proclamation Click Here.

Boys Scouts to Hold West Virginia Licensing Information Sessions

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The Boys Scouts of America is holding information sessions for companies interested in creating and selling licensed products related to a national adventure camp in southern West Virginia.

The sessions are scheduled for March 13, 2012 at the Charleston Marriott and March 15, 2012 at the Resort at Glade Springs in Daniels.

Both sessions are free and open to the public. Seating is limited and advance online registration is required.

The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in Fayette County will host the Boys Scouts’ 10-day National Jamboree next year. It’s expected to draw 50,000 scouts and hundreds of thousands of tourists.

Benefit Dinner: Rose Greenlief & Family - 03.18.12

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Gilmer County 4-H: IcyHot Challenge 2012 - 03.09.12 - Tonight

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G-Biz™:  Dollar Dog Days at Build-A-Dog

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For a limited time only Build-A-Dog in downtown Glenville beside of Self Suds and across from the Glenville Post Office will be offering their all beef hot dogs for $1.00 and 10 cent toppings.

You can still get the Awesome Dog with unlimited toppings and the Jumbo Dog. All hot dogs are all beef and cooked to a temperature of 160 degrees.

Build-A-Dog is now also offering other great menu items such as, pepperoni rolls, mac and cheese, nachos, Pepsi products and Tornados!

Tornados are a whirlwind of flavor. The perfect blend of bold ingredients, all rolled in a crispy seasoned crust. They currently carry, Sausage, Egg and Cheese, Cheese and Pepperoni, Cheesy Pepper Jack, Southwest Chicken, Ranchero Beef, Apple Cinnamon, French Toast and Sausage, Spicy Cheesesteak and more.

If you are in a hurry for something quick, affordable, and hot with no time to wait in a drive thru stop in. Build-A-Dog is all self-serve but the attendant will gladly assist you if you need help. It is recommended for large orders you call ahead to 304.462.3030 so that it can be hot and ready for you when you arrive.

Gilmer County Little League Final Sign Up - 03.09.12

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Sara Jane Singleton

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Misty D. Nelson and Rodney G. Singleton of Glenville announce the birth of their daughter, Sara Jane Singleton, born on February 22, 2012, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.

The little girl weighed 7-pounds, 73-ounces.

Maternal grandparents are Allen Nelson and Debra Cason of Calhoun.

Paternal grandparents are Donald and Wilda Singleton of Glenville.

Thomas William Harper

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Rose Greenlief and Jeff Harper of Glenville, announce the birth of their third child, a boy, Thomas William Harper.

He was born on February 22, 2012 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston.

He weighed 7-pounds, 6-ounces and has two other siblings, Pat and Jon.

The mother is employed by Glenville Inn.

The father is employed by WV DOH.

Maternal grandparents are the late Glen Greenlief and Arlene Greenlief of Glenville.

Paternal grandparents are the late Sam Harper and Carol Harper of Normantown.

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Call on CFTC to Prevent a Few Wall Street Insiders from Raising Price of Gas

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Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, as well as Congressman Nick Rahall, today urged a federal watchdog to do more to make sure that a few Wall Street insiders are not impacting the price of gas for struggling families.

Rockefeller, Manchin, and Rahall sent a letter to the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) urging the agency to implement new policies to better regulate oil speculation as required by the Wall Street reform law passed in 2010.

“It’s unacceptable that a few people on Wall Street trying to make an easy profit can mean higher gas prices for West Virginians,” said Senator Rockefeller.  “The CFTC needs to do its job better so that struggling families trying to make ends meet aren’t paying more because Wall Street insiders are betting against them.  Last spring I called on the CFTC to better control these activities and it’s extremely frustrating that they have yet to take any action.  We need a comprehensive strategy to bring gas prices down in the short and long-term, and CFTC action would be another important step.  We also need to crack down on the larger windfall profits that the oil companies get as gas prices go up.  We should all be able to rally around making gas prices more affordable.”

“The only thing that will ultimately end our dependence on foreign oil is having a national energy plan that uses all our domestic resources.  I have been pushing for that plan since my first day in the Senate,” Senator Manchin said.  “But until we have a plan in place, we need to do everything in our power to crack down on these out-of-control price hikes.  By some accounts, speculators have increased the price of a barrel of oil by as much as 25 percent, so I’m urging the Commodities Futures Trading Commission to step in and put a stop to these abuses so that West Virginia families don’t have to pay the price.”

“Family budgets are suffering at the hands of market speculating that continues to drive our domestic gas prices ridiculously higher,” said Rep. Rahall. “The CFTC can apply a quick and meaningful brake by fulfilling an important duty to ensure prices hardworking Americans pay for gas and heating oil are free from fraud, abuse and manipulation.  I have long advocated a sustainable, long-term energy policy to reduce our dependence, especially on foreign oil, and continue to support investing in energy research and technologies to take advantage of our nation’s domestic energy sources, like coal.”

Oil speculators look to profit by betting where oil prices will be at a set time in the future.  They drive up the price of oil today, and hurt consumers and businesses across the country.  Many experts agree that this irresponsible betting must end and that these few investors are controlling too much of the market.  Even Commissioner Bart Chilton, one of the five members of the CFTC recently said that oil speculation could add $7-14 to every tank of gas that is purchased.  Oil speculation was also considered one of the root causes for why gas prices rose so much, so quickly in the summer of 2008.
Click H E R E to view the letter to the CFTC from March 05, 2012.

Bon Appétit: Bacon Chicken and Dumplings

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Ingredients:

  3 slices bacon
  3 large potatoes, peeled and diced
  1 onion, diced
  4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - diced
  3 cups chicken broth
  1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  salt and pepper to taste
  1 (15.25 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained and rinsed
  3 cups half-and-half
  1 1/2 cups biscuit mix
  1 cup milk


Directions:

Place bacon in a large, deep skillet.

Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown.

Drain, crumble and set aside; reserve bacon drippings in skillet.

Add potatoes, onion and chicken to bacon drippings and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Pour in chicken broth; season with poultry seasoning, salt and pepper.

Stir in corn, and simmer all together for 15 minutes.

Pour in half-and-half and bring to a boil; add crumbled bacon.

In a medium bowl, combine biscuit mix with milk and mix well (dough should be thick).

Drop tablespoon sizes of dough into boiling mixture; reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes uncovered, then another 10 minutes covered.

(Note: Do not stir while simmering, or dumplings will break apart).

Serve hot.

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