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i bialysis patients will no longer ~V~'to travel outside the Green- ~er Valley for treatment when a w tr.eatment center opens Febru- lY 1 in Fairlea. , . LPr0Corp, Incorporated, a neahh- ~re management company based IHarrisonburg, Virginia, is convert ~lStore space at the Greenbrier ley Mall for the 2500-square-foot ~r. Five patient stations super- Sta~ a three-member local nurs- and additional support per- nnel will be included. ProCorp vice-pr:sident Alan ~Leeuwerk explains 'The reason F are opening smaller facilities like lie is that many patients have to ~Vel so far for treatment. It usually ~kes four hours for the treatment, Fee times per week. By having a iCility in this area, patients will not live to travel as far as Low Moor or Ckley anymore." ~ACCOrding to the assistant coordi- ~t~r of ProCorp's treatment center ~ulpeper, Virginia, dialysis treat- ~e'l! L;ulpeper about $t18 '~nts cost each. Ex- Ses for any medicine which may needed are added on to the satrnent cost. Dialysis is the mechanical re- loyal of impurities from the blood, ilrnally done by the kidneys. Mr eeuwerk says dialysis patients ~. those who have lost approxi- ~tely 90 per cent of their kidney [nCtion. "It is literally a life-preserv- p:rsatment," he remarks. lMrj,,:_ DeLeeuwerk estimates ten ~ents willinitially use the Green- ~er b Vallev center, and an addl- e Seven who have dialysis facili- is at home will come in once a bnth lot monito.ring. "The reason t,.,r putting this cen- r'ual , a fair number of our patients l" not able to transport themselves [Our Centers--they are dependent !' larnily and friends, who must wait four hours for the treatment to ~eor'npleted. The mall setting will ~'e the patients' drivers a way to ~PY their time while waiting." L~rCorp ,operates other kidney ~lt~sis treatment centers in Wash- ~tn, b. C., and in Low Moor Lex- ,~ on, Staunton, Harrisonburg, and !l:i~lr} ~emi!rgh:':T:aF;: efa Cste~n nger Ronceverte to Elkins stmas Winners of the Lewisburg Merchants' Association's $100 cash drawing exult in their good fortune. The December 22 drawing was the culmination of the organization's "A Christmas Wish" promotion con- ducted December 4-22. Customers registered in any of the 40 participating Lewisburg stores for dally prizes and a chance to be one of three persons to win $100 each. "Our major purpose in the promotion was to draw people to shop downtown Lewisburg," the organization's president, Larry Napier, said. Pic- tured are Barbara Hunter (left) of Ronceverte, a secretary for the West Virginia University Co-Operative Service in Lewisburg; Tanya Ratliff of Renick, former furniture finisher a~ cabinet maker at Maxwelton Manufacturing Company; and Anna Ruby of Lewlaburg, a student at Lewleburg Junior High School. By Jonathan Wright Mayors and City representatives throughout the Greenbrier Valley looked back on 1989 last week as the year drew to a close, evaluating accomplishments of their cities and anticipating projects for 1990. Accom pl is hm ents centered mostly around mprovements to city facilities, including streets and downtown areas. Aspirations for the new year include physical improve- ments as well. Mayor Eugene Kelley of Ron- ceverte said, "Our Streetscape Proj- ect, which is now almost complete, is definitely a highlight of .1989. We're happy about all renewed interest in the downtown area. Many new businesses moved here in '89, and it really appears the city is mov- ing ahead. With the renovations of buildings, increased commerce, and fewer empty storefronts, it's clear our town is moving ahead. 9 "We also made improvements to most of the work finished on our the water pump station, which now Downtown Revitalization Project. implements more modern technol- We nave removed some dilapidated ogy. This was made possible by a buildings and have made our city federal grant." more attractive, not only for new in- In looking to 1990, Mr Kelley .vetitments and tourism, but for our said, "We're looking forward to See "Mayors", pg. ~A tracting even more new b to town and filling up the remaining store spaces. We also hope to pur- chase many of the vacant buildings on Main Street and get the more unsightly ones torn down. I Would also like to get a grant to re-pave our residential streets;" Rupert Mayor Charles Mundy said, "We did repairs and mowed the grass at the Rupert Community Park. We paved Monroe Street from Fourth Street to Sixth Street. The Summer Youth Program workers cleaned and mowed vacant lots in town and painted parking spaces. They also painted, mowed grass, and cleaned at the Rupert Village Park, the Rupert Community Build- ing, and the Rupert Public Library, The Rupert Area Improvement Council purch'ased Christm as lights for our town. "In 1990 we hope to build a bridge across the creek to the Rupert Community Park, complete work on the Little League Field, and further develop Rupert Community Park, where we would like to build another baseball field and parking lot. We plan to have the Summer Youth Program workers do a large number of jobs around town again. We also hope to install additional street lights." Mayor John Bowling of White Sulphur Springs said, "Certainly .the completion of our new sanitary waste plant was a highlight of our city in 1989. This project gives us a system which will take us into the Twenty-first Century, with spare ca- pacity for future growth. Other high- lights include the renovation of our water system, and continuing reno- vations to our sewage collection system, which will cut down on infil- tration and inflow into our sewage plant. This will help decrease the Cost of processing what goes into that plant. "in 1990 we look forward to mov- ing into our new City Hall facilities at the former site of the White Sulphur Pharmacy. We hope to see progress on the Howard's Creek Watershed Flood Control Project and also the preliminary work toward eventual construction of hydroelectric power facilities at Bluestone Dam, which we will be a party to." Aldereon City Councilman Todd Hanger remarked, "The big- gest .highlight of 1989 was getting Maxwelton Manufacturing Com- pany closed its doors December 26 after 36 years of business in the Greenbrier Valley. Twenty-five em- ployees were affected, according to Frank Stumps, Board Chairman of Acme Fixture Company, Inc., which has owned the plant for six years. A communique to employees lmm Acme's Richmond headquar- ters said Acme had filed a Chapter 11 petition with the United States Bankruptcy Court in Richmond De- cember 26. "Effective immediately, Acme is suspending all normal Olm erations at both its Richmond plant and at Maxwelton Manufacturing Company," it reads. "Acres does not anticipate it will re-open its plants. The owners of the company have invested heavily in the business in the last twelve months in hopes ~m- provements in the company's effi- ctency, together with an upturn in the marketplace; would return the company to profitability. Unfortu- nately, the company continues to be e ! By Chas. A. Goddard "Why, its the most damn idiotic idea I've ever heard of! Don't you know it would cost billions, yes bil- lions, of dollars to build a railroad today --- even it they were to get use of the old railroad right-of-way!" Mark Hankins, retired Manager -- Real Estate for the C & O Rail- road, reacted to an advertisement which first appeared in the Decem- ber 13 edition of The West Virginia Daily News (a neWspaper printed in Lewisburg). The two-inch display advertise- ment seeks "Experienced men and women to fill railroad positions on all levels and in a wide variety of posi- tions. Reactivated railroad will run from Elkins to Ronceverte." Appli- cants are instructed to write "Rich- ard L. Wood Associates, 1630 East Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Mary- land 21231 ." The Mountain Messenger con- tacted the Baltimore Chamber of Commerce, The Baltimore Public Library, the Baltimore City License Bureau,and the Southeastern Dis- trict Baltimore City Police Depart- ment in order to ascertain whether Richard L. Wood Associates were listed. No listing could be located at any of these agencies. The telephone company has no listing for Richard L. Wood Associ- ates. Nor did the phone company have a private listing in that name. David Lancaster, Vice President -- Real Estate for Chessie Re- sources (a holding company for CSX railway real estate) said "We have not heard anything of a Rich- ard L. Wood Associates or of any approach to us concerning any con- unprofitable, and the owners are unable to obtain additional financing for the business. The plant was one of two busi- nesses located in the Eastern Greenbrier County Industrial Park, adjacent to the Greenbrier Valley Airport at Maxwelton. The company designed and manufactured store fixtures. According to information given by Dr Otis K. Rice in a recently pub- lished history book of Greenbrier County, Maxwelton Manufacturing Company was established in 1953 by Fred M. Montgomery and Carl Wykle. In 1957 Mr Montgomery's brother A. Gray Montgomery bought Mr Wykle's interests in the com- pany. Louis Dart was the next owner, after which it was purchased in 1985 by Acme Fixture Company. Dr Rice writes that the firm did busi- ness from Florida to the Great Lakes, and from the East Coast to the Midwest. David Robertson was general manager of the plant. a I! struction of a railroad in s,0utheast- ern West Virginia," Mr Lancaster agreed with Mr Hankins' estimate of several billion dollars construction cost. Mr Lancaster added "If there were a railroad in the works for your area, we feel sure we would know something about it. However, we have heard nothing." The one railroad grade right-of-. way from the Elkins area to Roncev- erte was donated to the State of West Virginia about 10 years ago. It is now the 75-mile-long Greenbrier River Hiking and Biking Trail which runs from Caldwell in Greenbrier County to Cass in Pocahontas County, The trail follows the old C & O right-of-way along the Greenbrier River. "11 is 100 miles to Durbin from Ronceverte, 25 miles on the West- ern Maryland lines and then another 40 or 50 miles to Elkins," Mr Hank- ins said. "We're talking about over 200 miles of railroad! There isn't enough commerce in that area to support a railroad. The whole thing is preposterous." Mr Hankins was employed by the C & O Railroad for 41 years, all but two of those years in the real estate division. He retired in 1969. Asked about the feasibility of building a railroad from Elkins to Ronceverte on newly-acquired right- of-way which did not follow the old railroad lines, Mr Hankins said "Of course anything is possible, but you're then talking about increasing the costs by billions, rm unaware of any company who would sink that much money into a 'reactivated rail- road.'" Beckley Mining Company Sues UNW Editor's Note: This news re. lease was prepared by Charles Ryan Associates, inc. of Char- leston --- a public relations firm. New Beckley Mining Corporation today filed a $60 million lawsuit against the United Mine Workers of America International (UMWA)in United States federal district court in Beckley. The lawsuit was filed under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and~g~'ged the UMWA and its offi- cers and agents with a pattern of racketeering activity that includes 34 counts of attempted murder, 23 counts of arson and 79 counts of ex- tortion. Under the federal RICO racketeering statute, the requested damage-of $20 million may be tripled if the union and various charged individup.ls are four~d guilty. New Beckley Mining, also an- nounced that it will shut down and seal its Glen Daniels Mine because of UMWA violence. Jay Sasall, president of New Beokley Mining said, "The decision to and seal New Daniels Mine was reached because continued organized violence or- chestrated against New Beckley has reached an intolerable level of ac- ceptability by any rational standard. "Marauding pickets continue to cause great hardship upon the com- pany and its families on a daily be- sis. We are disappointed that tt~e UMWA has chosen this loath of de- struction of a fine company, forcing us to take these severe steps to pre- vent further harm toour employees." See "Suit", pg. 2A i t t