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Ronald McDonald Charities ers participating in the Fun In with anaverageofl0to 15books o= n, 150 to Head Reading program, to develop their own children's ll- Awards In this program, Greenbrler braries. County Head Start representa- "Fun In Reading has been in- "Giving children The National Ronald McDonald fives use the books to teach par- credibly well-received by parents their own books-- Children's Ch~ties (RMCC) has ents how to become the primary and children," said Terrl Won- has long-lasting e f-awarded $9,150 to Greenbrier educators of the children. trobski, director of Greenbrler County Head Start to purchase program targets parents of ctm- - County Head Start. "Giving chll- fects," books and magazine subscrip- dren aged three and four, and dren their own books not only --Terrl Wontrobskl tions for children and their moth- provides participating families teaches them respect for books, but encourages their parents to read to them each day. The pro- gram has many Iong-lastlng, positive effects." RMCC is governed by a 25- plus member Board of Trustees comprised of McDonald's Corpo- rate officers, franchisees, suppli- ers, health professionals and business and civic leaders. RMCC, based in Oak Brook, Illi- nois, is supported by 94 U.S. Chapters and 13 internationally. Organizations wishing to apply can received a grant application by writing: Att: Kathy McKinnis, Ronald McDonalds Children's Charities, c/o Fahlgren, P.O. Box 1628, Parkersburg, WV 26102- 1628 January I, 1995 Serving the Greater Greenbrier Valley From Lewisburg, West Virginia iii 84.q.X RATE U.S. POSTAC~ PAID LEVVISSUFIG, W.VA PER~IT NO. IQ PO6TAL PATBON LOC.;At /' OIX.aD1. ! By Brenda Gherman On December 29, in City Hall a surprised Lewlsbug resident, Marshall Musser, was presented the City of Lewisburg's "volunteer Of The Year award' by Mayor James "Butch" Matheny. Matheny sprung this surprise on Musser, by asking him ff he would be available Sunday, January 1 to ride in the Shang- hai Parade. When Musser replied he wasn't interested in riding in the parade, Matheny told him he would have to because the "Vol- unteer of the Year' always rides in the Shanghai paradel Matheny explained a commit- tee consisting of one council member, past award winners, and members of civic organiza- tions submit the nominee's name for the award. He said there have been thirteen winners, of which four are now deceased. Musser was born in Georgia, later moved with his family to Lewisburg and settled to his home place in Frankford. From a family of nine children (one now deceased), he graduated from Frankford High School. He is married to the former Helen Many area children (now adults) will recall his playing "Santa" to residents for more than 40 years; handing out candy canes and silver dollars. Those lucky children who waited for his arrival, could always be assured of his appearance. where the Greenbrier Insurance Agency now stands on West Washington Street, below the for- mer Lewisburg Town House Mo- tel. Upon leaving the business af- ter so many years, Musser stated, "Sears has been good to me and According to friends and the community, I've been very neighbors, he relishes helping fortunate to have worked with Marshall Musser Is congratulated by Mayor "Butch" Matheny "Joining" the 25-year "club" were Gill Patrick (left), Lavena Morgan, Gary Wikle, Pete Weyen, Patricla Hoke, Mary Canada, Richard Donovan, Wilson Ryder, Doyle Wade, Billy Bryant, Lucllle Kershner, Michael Lyle and Ted Klelener. e The Greenbrier is committed aging Director, and Gil Patrick, Hoke, White Sulphur Springs, to being the recognized leader in General Manager, inducted 21 Accounting; Lucille Kershner, the resort industry. Through the new members on Tuesday, No- White Sulphur Springs, Livery commitment and loyalty of its vember 29, during the Quarter Department; John Lawhorn, employees it is able to maintain a Century Club reception and din- White Sulphur Springs, Audiovis- legacy of excellence and consis- ner. ual Department; Lavena Morgan, tently exceed the expectations of1994 inductees include: Caldwell; Security; Doyle Wade, (Dahmer) Musser and has been a ~,,h~,~ T41~ ~f,. T4plp. ~.aid "He them for so long." its guests in the spirit of "ladies Burless BosUc, Maxwelton and White Sulphur Springs, Motor ident of Lewisburg for 49 . -" ............ ]s not me type to go goumg ur Among the many projects and gentlemen being served by Wilson Rider, White Sulphur Services; Warden Leroy Foster, yea~s. _ .... fishing, but rather takes pride in Musser has been involved in, one ladies and gentlemen."Springs, both from the Engineer- White Sulphur Springs, Lester musser serves m me P.rmy - ..... o~s for his nel-'-bors ...... aomg oaa j o g~, stands out~hts mission work in Each year The Greenbrier rec-ing Department; Bellman Grover Mabry, Caldwell, Raymond Tay- aurlng trle txorean war ana at the "- eeds him He's .... or anyone WhO n . Haiti. He has spearheaded seven ognizes loyal employees who have Breckinridge, Gap Mills and Wal- lor, White Sulphur Springs, Gary ena oi world War II .... .. ..... ,...t...u^ - _ ,r_~uy ~,wu~,~,, .... trips to Haiti as a mission served the resort for 25 years, ter Crosby, Caldwell from the Wilde, white Sulphur Springs, all .. Tne many o rgan.ization,s In Musser's earlier working ca- worker. The local group corn- Ted Kleisner, President and Man- Laundry Deportment; Patricia Sec "Recognlz6d" ___._page 2& musser nas oeen assocmtea wRn reer, he was employed with prised of area cburhes saw the ~ are:the Lewisburg~t*Club~ A&PGroceryandLeggett'sDe-trip as an opportunity towork .---- -~---.~i~(~-- k~p~ in '.le Vl(V [ (since 1960), AF& AM #42 Ma-partment Store in Lewisburg. In a with other Christians to help , sons, the Rosewood Cemetery long-term business association, carry out the missionary work ', r Board, the Hollowell Foundation, musser managed the Lewisburg throughout the world--not Just 18 ID and the Greenbrier Public Service Sears store since it's opening in send money. These workers, District. He is a past Elder of the August 25, 1959. Sears and Roe- along with Musser, left the com- As 1994 slowly winds to a brier for a post at The White received her citizenship certlfl- Old Stone Presbyterian Church. buck sold the franchise, at which fort of their homes and headed close, we see Old Father Time House. On the 13th of the month, cate. The State Fair opened and Musser presently volunteers his time Musser turned over the for Haiti to focus on efforts in heading over the hill and know popular young pool Champion enjoyed record-breaking crowds. time to the American Cancer So- reins to the new owner Dennis construction, teaching, building, Baby New Year will soon be vis- Chan Whir Jr., known as -T-he Lewisburg BPW celebrated its ciety by transporting patients for Rudd, on March 1, 1991. The painting, roofing clinics and ible to us. I couldn't let the year Little Prince," was killed in an 50th year "in business." their treatments, business was originally located building school desks and church go without looking back and re- auto accident in Virginia. Martin September Former Lewisburg benches to name a few of their discovering all the things that & Jones in Ronceverte celebrated Lawyer "Skip" Ikner changed his made me laugh.., or cry. its 90th anniversary in business, plea to "Guilty" and agreed to January The new year, 1994 May Rick Honaker was named make restitution to his victims. 1)~e 2A was "brought in" with a bang Alderson's "Fireman of the Year." Wal-Mart began construction on when Dr. Steven Issenberg's of- Over 40 rescuers aided a woman its "super center" on Rt. 219 rice building in Fairlea was de- who had become injured in a fall North.The Greenbrier County stroyed by fire. On a happier in a cave near Renick. The Kmart Planning Commission agreed to note, Kodie Rya Taylor made his Classic wheeled into Lewisburg support a windpower project. appearance in the world at theand was won by Malcolm Elliott October The executive board Greenbrier Valley Medical Center of the L.A. Sheriff team. Lori An- of Appalachian Electronics In- and Wayne Pennington was derson was a semifinalist for struments donated their building named"Volunteer of the Year" by June's "TEEN" magazine. Sixty to the City of Ronceverte. The the City of Lewisburg and of students at WVSOM gained the Greenbrier East Marching "Spar- course, it wouldn't be complete right to be called *Doctor.* Bar- tan" Band swept the Governor's not to mention the snow, ice and bare Walton was the Mountain Cup in Charleston with its much- bone-numbing cold. Messenger's "Mother of the Year" acclaimed show--'Gettysburg." February Col. John Gwinn for 1994. Lewtsburg mourned the loss of activities. See "Mussex~' A New Year's Day tradition in greeted over 250 well-wishers at June The Greenbrier Valley Layne O'Shea from a traffic accl- ' Lewisburg over 100 years old is The Greenbrier in honor of his re- Theatre opened the summer sea- dent in Pennsylvania in which once again on the sc.hedule of tirement as founder and manager son with A Funny Thing Hap- she and her grandmother were Lewisburg *happenings." The of the Greenbrier Valley Airport pened On The Way To The Fo- killed. Sheryl Porterfield was Shanghai Parade, will march, at Maxwelton. February 15 saw rum. The Dandelion Festival in named Greenbrier County's ride, wave and trot down Wash- the formal start of GreenbrlerWhite Sulphur Springs had "Teacher of the Year." The month ington Street at 2 p.m. Community College Center s "something for everyone." The closed on a high note---the US re- Although no one knows the ac- search for over $I million to move Greenbrier East Class of '94 en- captured the Solheim Cup. tual year it started, records show the college center to the former Joyed an all-night party on gradu- Sea "Review" page 3A a Shanghai Parade took place in Greenbrier Center--originally ation night. Kelly Allison Keadle Lewisburg in the late 1800's. The Greenbrier Hall. Former Lewis- was named *Miss Fireworks ..... term Shanghai is thought to be a burg Attorney Gordon T. "Skip" 1994" and prepared to reign over Jess Pennlngton Inside Today The 1995 white House Confer- ence on Aging Rural Mini-Confer- ence is being convened on janu- ary 19-22, 1995 at the Savanna Marriott River Inn, Savanna Georgia. The Kentucky/West Virginia Green Thumb Inc. has chosen Jesse W. Pennington of Fairlea as a Delegate to this Conference for the purpose of participating in developing policy recommenda- tions to improve the lives of older, rural Americans and their fami- lies. These recommendations will be submitted to the White House Conference on Aging in May 1995 and to elected officials at state and national levels. Together the 100 Eastern United States Delegates will work According To Bob ......... 3A Comics ......................... 7A Class/fled ..................... 13A Down Home .................. 2A Ethics & Religion ......... For the Record ............. 2A Govenor'a View ............ 4A Home Accent .............. 12A Obituaries .................. 11A Opinion ......................... 4A Real Estate Review 9&IOA Social Security Facts ...4A Sports ........................... 8A TV Week .................. 6&7A to draft and adopt a wide range of The VIP Coalition is a State- corruption of a Scottish word, Ikner was released on $70,000 Resolutions on Rural Aging is- wide, coalition of organizations "shangie," brought to this coun- bail when he pleaded "not guilty" sues, including health, housing, formed in 1992 whose mission is try by immigrants. Early Scottish to charges of uttering, forgery, economic security, retirement to collectively advocate for hu- and German settlers were famil- embezzlement and falsifying ac- and income, employment, train- man services and issues affecting lax with wild New Year's Day cele- counts. ing, community safety, nutrition the quality of life of West Vlrgini- brations. March True to its "nature," and access to services, ans, including persons with dis- There are several classes or di- March came "in like a lion." That Alderson's Independence Day bash. Water rates were raised in Lewisburg. Warden Vic Loy was transferred out and new W arden Phillip Wise replaced him at FPC in Alderson. July Lindy Hedges, Virginia Registration will be from 4 to 8 abilities, children and families, visions to the parade and every- didn't stop the Eastern Green- Faber and John Bethel, new city p.m. on January 19, and the con- senior citizens, consumers, vet- one is invited to come and take brier Jr. High "Marching Knights" commissioners, were sworn in in ference will be adjourned on ers, leaders in business, labor, part. Band from traveling to the St.Ronceverte. JanuarY 22, 1995. religion and others. The VIP Cos- Prizes will be given in several Paddy's parade in Washington, According to Sheriff McGulre, Pennington is considered to be litton serves as a clearinghouse of categories: Walkers division, D.C. Charges were lodged against the prison transport to the new a strong contender as a Delegate information to policymakers, leg- Award for those who come the Tracy Michelle Lippard of Virginia Regional Jail near Becldey went to the president's White House islators, and the public, greatest distance; oldest entrant; due to her attack on school smoothly. Tax paying time came Conference on Aging to be held~ Pennington is also active in youngest entrant; Mary Satter- teacher Rodney Weikle. The to the Courthouse and tempers Washington in May. Reported y volunteer services as a member of field "Spirit of Shanghai" prize; White Sulphur Springs Post Of- were hot. Alexis Bohrnstedt was he has strong endorsements from the Advisory Council of the Appa- Rotary Chairman's Award; Joe fice was closed for a number of named West Virginias Homecom- the various groups he represents lachian Area Agency on .Ag, ing, Ellis Memorial Tradition Prize. weeks due to a gas leak and Sh- ing Queen. Patrick McKinney was as a volunteer. Vice President of Lewmourg And everyone is looking forward enandoah Manor in Ronceverte named Ronceverte's Police Chief. Pennington has also been in- Chapter 671 AARP, President of to see New Year's Baby Wayne was the target of a bomb scare. Hundreds of Coachmen campers cited to attend the VIP (Voices for the Greenbrier County Co nm~it- Penningtonl AprlI seemed a time for great pulled into Fairlea as the West Investment in People) January tee on Aging and a member of the Also, no Shanghai Parade tragedy and great Joy. WVSOM Virginia State Fairgrounds played '95 meeting to be held in Char- Board of Directors of the Con- would be complete without the student Loretta Moore was shot host to the Coachmen Caravan leston on january 9, 1995. He cerned Citizens of West Virginia Sooper Deeper Pooper Scooper. and killed by her boyfriend David Ra~YA~us will represent the Partners in Pol- for Better Government and for- That is a deep, dark secret. Who Andruzis of Cross Lanes (VA). t Angry crowds turned icy Making, of the West Virginia mer Judiciary Chairman of the will it be? We'll all find out Sun- She left two small children. Wal- out in Ronceverte to voice their Developmental Disabilities Plan-West Virginia Silver-Haired Sen- day at the Shanghai Parade. ter S. Scheib, Ill was named displeasure with the new Police ning Council. ate. "First Chef' and left The Green- Chief. Betty Forren of Fort Spring oo 0o~ o oo