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4A The Mountain Messenger, Tuesday, January 2, 1990 , Ide O O il ~rade 1 Irs Han Water --- that glorious "universal solvent" we learned about in high school chemistry. Two parts hydrogen, one part oxygen. One of the simpler compounds. Water -- that beautiful clear liquid that is supposed to gurgle merrily from the faucet whenever you turn it on. Water to drink, water to wash dishes, to bathe in, to cook with. Water to brush your teeth, water to shave with, water to flush the toilet. Water --- running happily out the tap and sadly down the drain. Gurgle, splash, bubble, swish, splatter. Isn't it strange how much for granted we take running water -- piped to us in our kitchens and bathrooms -- always there at our command. It is almost as if God ordained that every American household should have running water! Can you imagine my chagrin a few days before Christmas when I turned on thefaucet in the kitchen to draw the morning coffee water and, instead o! being greeted by the customary diamond-clear stream of liquid, I was accosted by a rude sound which can be politely described as a --- a cough! Less delicately, the spigot belched at me! What it did not do is provide me with any water! One of the pure joys of living in the country is the feeling that whatever happens to go wrong on the farm, you can fix it. I hate to admit it, but $297.93 and over a week later, I still don't have running water. In order to restore the water supply to normal I have resorted to practically everything --- short of burning the house down. There is an assortment of wrenches, pipe fittings, heat guns, screw drivers, Teflon tape, and hammers strewn over the basement floor next to the two pumps I now proudly own (neither of which are able to break the glacier lurking somewhere between the house and the spring. I have come to learn that ice is wonderful in lemonade on a hot summer's day; its also nice to skate on in the dead of winter. Ice is not bad as a whimsical sculpture medium and it is rather pretty when it hangs from the eaves and sparkles in a bright winter's sun. Wher ice is not nice us in your main water line. Oh, well. I have cleaned up the old enameled pails and I make the trek several times a day to the horse trough where there is a hole in the thick crust of ice just big enough for the bucket. Its amazing how thirsty you can get when you have to tote your own water. All of a sudden I've decided I must have the recom- mended eight glasses of water a dayt And the old dog, who hardly ever drinks water, has developed a thirst you'd think she could only have developed alter spending a week in the Sahara. Oh, yes. I almost forgot, another pure joy of living in the country is that you know you can make do with whatever comes your way. However, I do look forward longingly to the January thaw when there'll be less "making do." I hope all is well with you and that 1990 will bring you happiness, health and good cheer throughout the year. --Chas. A. Goddard fl i'~l i l i Dear Editor, Amtrak? What kind of railroad is it? I have not traveled on a railroad since steam engines went out of style. Sometime ago I decided I wanted to take a sentimental jour- ney from Greenbrier County to Charleston. I can 0nly say I was very, very disappointed. Since pioneer times my family has lived from Glen Lyn, Virginia down New River and from White Sulphur down the Greenbrier to Point Pleasant, i'm as familiar with these two rivers as I'm the back of my hand. I had to buy my ticket a couple of weeks in advance. When I went to the depot (it was very cold and snow was on the ground) it was locked until about two minutes before train time. I had to sit in my car to stay warm. Train, 30 minutes late. When I got on that train of nine coaches, I was as thrilled as a young boy with his first ride. It was loaded with passengers trying to re- turn home for Christmas. There is no use to tick off and name each station which I went by. Christmas lights were everywhere. Remember, you can't go home again but you can go and take a look. Sometimes it makes you sick. The railroad crew was overly courteous and I enjoyed the ride. But, what a crazy way to run a rail- road on the return trip. Train. nine hours late and then it was discontinued at Cincinnati. For three days I kept calling trying to get on the train. The tracks were in too bad of shape to trust them in cold weather. Engines were too cold to run. Ohl I heard a dozen reasons. In disgust, finally, I got on the Grey- hound bus and came home. Should Amtrack have its name changed to the "Fair Weather Spe- cial"? Paul R. Lilly Lewisburg Dear Editor and all the Staff: Webster has no words to use for the thanks to your paper for the wonderful coverage you gave our town on the "Christmas Light Din- ner" December 17. It was a great success. We ran 1:30 p.m. -- serving 200 p ople (in very bad i All the totals have not been run, but we believe we only fell short a few hundred dollars paying for our lights. Our sincere thanks to you for the grand coverage to "Lite up our town." We wish you and the staff the best and a very Merry Christmas and wonderful New year. Sincerely Sandy Manspile, Publicity Chairman Rainelle Dear Editor: Let's put Ed McMahon out of business, along with that .company he represents -- American Famly, or whatever it is. This is surely the worst scheme to delude good.. people into sendirtg them money that I have ever heard of. I pray none of you good friends will be de- ceived by the slick:tongued and odi- ous McMahon and the greedy and heartless bigwigs who, prey upon in- nocent, gullible people. Their victims The Mountain STAFF Chas. A. Goddard, Editor Dottie Braekenrich, Office Mallager ] Troy Forren, Advertising Sales Terri Boone, Advertising Sales Debbie McClung, Ad Design Betty Morgan, Ad Design Jonathan Wright, Staff Writer Lou Burroughs, Typesetting I~ra Smith, Production 122 N. Court Street Lewisburg, WIT 24901 304/647-5724 Published weekly and distributed throughout the greater Grcenhrier Valley. Circulation, 21,948 If you would like to submit material for publication Articles submitted toThe Mountain Messenger should be typewritten and do}lble spaced with ample margins in order to be considered for publication. Please include your name and a phone number where you may be reach- ed during business hours. The Mountain Messenger re- serves the right to edit any material and regrets that articles cannot be returned. Letters to the editor must include a full signature and address. If you would like a photograph returned, please provide a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Please observe the following deadlines: News Items: Thursday, 12 Noon Display Advertising: Thursday, 5 PM Classified Advertising: Friday, 9 AM SUBSCRIIXrION RATES: In state, $14.00; Out-Of-State, $15.00 Students (9 mos.) $10.00 n From the Congressman Harley Staggers U.S. Representative Harley Stag- gers Jr (D-W,Va.) said the U.S. Mili- tary action in Panama was neces- sary and an apparent success. He said steps must now be taken to continue meaningful democratic re- forms. "There are times when it is nec- essary to commit military forces, and the situation in Panama is one of those times. Given the threat to American citizens and Noriega's declaration that a state of war ex- isted with the U.S., I believe it was something that had to be done. The success of the operation is a credit to the U.S. military forces. The Pan- ama mission has cost American lives, and we should never forget their sacrifice," said Mr Staggers. The Second district congressman said steps should be taken to strengthen democracy in Panama. "The freely elected government that Noreiga refused to recognize al- ready has the support of the Pana- manian people. The administration and our allies in the region should support this government and work with them to promote Democracy in Panama. The perception that changes in Panama are rubber stamped "Made In America" will only undermine democratic progress in Panama and the region, given the historical involvement of the United States in Central America," Mr Stag- gers said. This New Year's Day, we cele- brate not only a new year, but a new decade as well. The last decade of the 20th Century. As we prepare to write the final chapters of this cen- tury, we can't help but refl0ct on the accomplishments of the "Modern Age" and the challenges of the fu- ture. My father, who was born near the beginmng of this century, can recall cans. There are many other chal- his father talking about some crazy lenges as well. men m North Carolina trying to fly. As we begin a new year, we can Earlier this year, I was at ~he Ken- resolve to just do it; to settle down to nedy Space Center for the spec- the job at hand and meet the chal- the 20th Century, For my father and his generation these were times of great change and challenges. We can admire our parents and grand- parents because they made no ex- cuses. They adapted to the rapid changes, met the challenges, and created opportunities for genera- tions to come. As a new father looking ahead, I know that my daughter will likely one day tell her children about my see- ing the launch of a space shuttle, and her children may look upon a space shuttle launch in the same way we think of the maiden flights of the Wright brothers. We can expect rapid change and new challenges in the coming decade and in the 21st Century. Like our parents before us. we can meet the challenges and create opportunities for generations to come. Following the example of those who during the 20th Century made America the greatest nation in the history of mankind, we need to ac- cept the challenges with open arms. We can't be afraid to make the hard choices that are necessary for our future. If we are not afraid to make edu- cation a number one priority, we can look forward to the next generation being better educated and prepared for the new opportunities that tech- nology will create. If we are not afraid to build roads and improve our "infrastructure," we can expect to have the transportation network and industries to effectively compete in the international economy. If we are not afraid to address the crisis m health care, we can expect to re- duce infant- mortality, extend care to the uninsured, meet the needs of the elderly and veterans, and im- prove the quality of life for al Ameri- tacular launch of the space shuttle lenges and create opportunities. "Discovery." The accomplishments Opportunities not only for this year are mostly the elderly, in manned-flight are symbolic of the and this decade, but for our children It is the shame of our government to permit th~s cheap, trickery to lure rapid changes that have oc~/urred in in the 21st Century. trusting people into thinking this or- , " ..... ------- - =,- ; ,-~ -- SCRIPTION Don't leave home without your local newspaper! 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Thee only winners in this ruthless "giveaway" are the owners of this sinister corn pany and McMa- hon, of course, who speaks the cun- ning words they put in his offensive mouth. They probably pick out some people at random, pay them a few dollars to scream "Wow! I'm a win- ner of --- twenty million dollars." Do you know any person who has won this phoney money? No? Nor will you. Folks, please do not send any money to these merchants of deception. They are greedy, un- kind, ill-favored and un-Chdstian. And, don't believe a word of the infamous "Publishers Clearing House" who belabor us with their fancy and dramatic letters of your chances of winning -- which are... none. Sincerely, Henry Dunn By Roberta Patton Rod A WHITE CHRISTMAS! For all of you who have been dreaming of a White Christmas, in Greenbrier Valley, West Virginia, U.S.A. -- you can stop, because your prayers and dreams along that line, have been answered. Please stop immediately, as it is now snow- ing again, and according to the weather forecast, it won't stop be- fore Thursday -- December 29, 1989! I have been discouraged, be- cause I arn a coward on the roads in this type of weather, and overjoyed at its beauty beyond words to de- scribe! So many people cannot re- member such a big snow, but I can. Last night Gaye and Beth came and brought our dinner. After eating, with Gaye at the wheel of a 4-whee drive Subaru, we toured main roads and back roads to look at the beauti- ful lights. We drove all around Fairlea. We really agmn appreciated the second annual lighting of the Fairgrounds! It is worth the effort. As we started our tour, we stopped and looked at the barn, with the hand- made star(b~, Frank himself), and underneath it -- Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus. Each night from our apartment window, that scene is so peaceful and colorful! While it Js lighted, we have taken a couple of pictures and also the mural in color just down Christmas street. Here is hoping they turn out beautifully. Al- though the Christmas Village as had planned it wasn't completed, the Good Lord covered everything with snow and icicles! A perfect Christmas Village as far as an eye can see. All the snow-covered junk became art treasures Trash was not seen. We know West Virginia, in its snow covered beauty, was hiding any and a litter. The flood lights did not show off the 40 or 50 foot pines as they should have, but the white snow enhanced their beauty, a com- plete Christmas Village! Lewisburg with its restoration was emphasized with green wreaths, red bows, and candle- lights. Lots of lights decorated Echols Acres, McLaughlin's Tourist Court, Underwood Estates, Garden Heights, Buckingham Acres and many other places. We went up Teaberry Road, came back by the Lawson Hamilton Estate, on through Fairlea south and into Ronceverte via the old road. We saw church steeples, snow men, stained windows and all the rest. Christmas art in every form{ Out Organ Cave way tion Edna and Virgil porch with Mr and Mrs Santa laughing, sitting side-by-side porch swing! They out, but happy I am sure!. It their fault if someone didn't them for their gifts and supplied. We've enjoyed all the fami prises and get togethers, west, north and south! Ging~ family of Tucson, Arizona are ing 75 degree weather tod Christmas snow (in about brought some of the prisoners from their prison outside White Sulphur S help open Rodgers Road, get the folk out to the hi brought pictures and memor their families near Cologne, many. They also brought an black bread to share wi This is a chapter in our lives to be forgotten. Excerpt from to us when Wilhelm Krengel note in English to us goes Dear Frank and Roberta We the children of Wilhelm want to inform you about the of our father who worked during the war. He was alwa happy when he heard from you. Now he is gone. you once again for everything. His son and Herrn Henrietta Zlegeggeb I found my new friend, Lassiter, wife of Dr Denny She is a German woman light to talk to. She was so to take time from her garden terpret our letter. People are basically the the world over They want derstanding, friends, food and rag. The average person no more and as the song not "study war," let's study everyone. Auf Wiedersehn P.S. That envelope also black cross on the outside. balls to .you with vanilla, top. Sprinkle coconut on top, choose. The chances of it happening were nothing short of astronomical. rm sure as we look back on it in the years to come, my family and I will remember Christmas 1989 as one of the most unusual ones ever: the Christmas of the Florida snowstorm. My brother David and his wife Linda live in Lakeland, Florida, about 30 miles east of Tampa, with their 3 1/2-year-old son James. They were planning to join the rest of our family at our parents' home in Dahlonega, Georgia, for Christmas. The possibility of winter weather foil- ing their plans never entered our minds. Well, I guess there could al- ways be some snow or ice as they approached north Georgia, but who would have ever thought they would run into it in Florida? Incredible! On the afternoon of December 23, when they were to begin their 500-mile journey, the rest of us were snugly nestled at my parents' home in front of an open fire. The tele- phone rang. My mother answered. As soon as the rest of us realized who was on the other end, we be- gan guessing what the call was all about. Pessimists as we were at that moment, we whispered, "They're not coming!" We figured there must be a problem if David was calling us this late. Sure enough, there was. He told my mother they had driven as far as Dade City, about forty minutes of Lakeland, and all warned against gmng north. part of Interstate 75,'w would be traveling, had been due to freezing rain, snow. This was in Flori, parts of central Florida. nomenal wintry mix of had slammed a formidable to prevent thousands of from either bxiting or enterir state. David and his family did th thing possible: they turned Their holiday would be cold, and a bit lonely (as would at least it would be safe. they would have encount~ raasing dangers trying to secondary roads in a unprepared for such missed having them with us, least we could relax and were all right. What is so amazing entire incident is its timing. Occurring in Florida the sand and palm trees, is enough. Hitting smack-dab middle of Christmas wreaking havoc with travelers, makes it an item record books. Yes, we'll remember 1989 for many years. It will tough one to beat in our Meetings All at town halls, unless noted othq Alderson Second Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Hillsboro Second Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., Fire Dept. Lewisburg Third Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. [Lewisburg Planning Commission: First Thurs., 7:30 p.m.] Marlinton First Monday, 7:30 p.m. Quinwood First Monday, 7 p.m. Rainelle Second and fourth Mondays, 7 p.m. Renick First Monday, 7 p.m., Mt. Harmon Methodist Church Ronceverte i-0rst Tuesday, 7 p.m. Rupert Second Thursday, 7 p.m., Union First Wednesday, 7 p.m, White Sulphur Springs Second Monday, 7:30 p.m.