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ay ofte~ difficult:X iser to ! ~. Jing to! X porta0 \ ,s, so! \ erapy // Vol. No. 2 January 9, 1990 From the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia ,erson Pavin The future of emplayees of Anderson's Paving, Inc., remains uncertain in the wake of the business's purchase last month by a Kentucky firm. Mountain Enterprises, a paving company based in Lexington, Ken- tucky, bought Anderson's five plants, headquartered two miles east of Rainelle at McRoss. The plants are located in Fayette, Raleigh, Summers, and Greenbrier counties. The Greenbrier County plant is located in Caldwell. According to Anderson's man- ager Gary Wilson, "Basically our operations will be the same. We have made a smooth transition. A few jobs may be affected, but we don't know how many at this point." Mr Wilson says the company hires up to 50 workers in the sum- mer, but that number dwindles to approximately five or six in the win- ter when cold weather makes work difficult. Employee Jerry Dolan, who is laid off for the season, said he and other workers were told by the com- pany they would have their jobs until December 1990. "Then they'll see how things stand," he said. Mr Wilson discounted views the takeover would be bad for the com- pany. "It will better for everybody," he said. "It will be better for the people we do business with in the area, too. We'll continue giving the same good service to our custom- e rs." In explaining the decision to sell the company to Mountain Enter- prises, he said, "It was not some- thing that was decided overnight, it was a situation we took a look at closely, and we believe we made the right decision." Mr Wilson said Mountain Enter- prises owns and operates paving plants in Southern West Virginia, Ohio, and Eastern Kentucky. Anderson's serves a twelve- county area in southeastern West Virginia, according to Mr Wilson; "About 75 per cent of our business is on state and federal highways; The balance is private work," he said. The company was established in 1968 when the Anderson family pur- chased the D. M. Bostic Paving Company, according to Mr Wilson. min# t hi " tNard-winning Norman Blake, as one of this country's great !onal musicians, master of the king guitar, fiddle, mandolin or banjo, and his equally tal- W fe Nancy, on mandolin, i fiddle, guitar, bass and "single accordian, will travel directly a recording session with Doc 3n in Nashville to Lewisburg's Hall for a live performance January~ 27 at 8 p.m. Blake has been playing music SSionally for over 30 years, Nancy and Norman Blake e alone and in concert with Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, John Hart- ford, Joan Baez, the Nitty Ditty Dirt Band and with his wife since 1974. The Blakes have recorded many tra- ditional music albums and are de- voted to touring and playing country music. "Frets" magazine voted Mr Blake "Best Multi-Instrumentalist" and ma- jor critics have called him "a player of American music of incomparable purity and integrity. In his hands, stringed instruments produce pure ringing notes [nat reveal each song's essence." "- Mr Blake's first solo album, "Grand Junction," was acclaimed by the New York Daily News as "one of the eight best albums" of 1986. The magazine said of Mrs Blake's cello playing "she frequently bows it for the kind of booming, zooming, old-- time sounds that you feel from the floor up." For information or reservations call 645-7917. Cynthia Hubbard ii ,! !lying mentally retarded adults a r~ce at' competitive employ- i~'that's the purpose of a new ram at Seneca Behavioral ~h Center in Lewisburg. rtu lnterms of employment oppo - E, ,these people are the 'ast mi- " remarks Jim Johans, job ~inator for the agency. 'As a , we have made provisions in ~Orkplace for many other types andicaps. We now need to en- idthat these individuals are al- an equal chance as well." ! $50,000 grant from the West i_nl.a Developmental Disabilities imng Council made the three- Program possible A similar ef- ;n the Richmond and Virginia il" areas resulted in placement :most 300 workers with mental rdation duri n the ast ten. ~s n~ p ' according to Mr Johans. "We e to Place at least twelve candi- 'S e ,, I Sp r year through our grant, pys ~ne'o! the unique facets of the Iram Is that after an employer i.a~reed to hire ~g the program, an individual , Se a "job coach" neca Behavioral Health ier is assigned to the employee. !~ responsible for arranging ~:Ortation and providing the ~rtary on-the-job training and until the client can perform Warren Washes --- Aussle Watches Hubbard's Cupboard -- Full of Ceramics ~b duties" independently and suc- i~.,,,.~fo:~. He also helps the client L Lner skills, such as personal ~U, nnd, effective communication, ~ependent living' The sala- of ~nre ' e Job coaches are funded ~gh the grant he ultimate purpose of the pro- . .Jn is to help the ch n come an erwc~-e e t be .- e I~ ndent, self-supporting mem- O! society,- Mr Johans explains. Mike Sweeps at the Mall ar =rst he m lit c ~] . ust have a lob--and and needs of the mentally 'handi- with his performance. The job coach ~nl,,. m the confl can then move on to help another E way to make this possible s capped and instill in hi - dn [u"~rviding. the nece ar ob unityg[nhing and support, ss Y J ' d erform success Warren the local program's first J~,, dence that people with mental retar- candidate." daton can mdee p - , " ' )u've~ each case, we must first de- fully in the workplace client. , has been working, at the ~an apPropriate job in the oom-"After helping the client apply for P=zza Hut Restaurant =n Fairlea brier ~[_Y by approaching local busi- and secure the new position, the job since November 30. His responsibili- ~us on the client's behalf. We coach then assists him on the job ties have been dishwashing since ~ei~n the potential employer untii he can work independently he began but will likely include other , mg the special strengths and the supervisor feels comfortable See First jobs, pg. 2-A By Jonathan Wright A visit to the small mountaintop ceramics shop of Cynthia Hubbard reveals the object of her fascination. One colorful figurine after another focuses on a rich segment of America's culture--the Indians. Mrs Hubbard has been at it for twelve years, learning more and more about the techniques of pour- ing, firing, and painting ceramics. As part Cherokee and Chippewa In- dian, she has incorporated much of her heritage into her work. '1 love anything that has to do with Indians," she says "Their his- tory is so mysterious, so fascinating I enjoy learning anything I can about them I've even gone to Cherokee, North Carolina, twice to find out more about them. At one time I was "1 used to decorate cakes, crochet, and do a lot of creative things like that. A cousin of mine told me I should try ceramics. I took a class, learned how to do one small piece, and I've been at it ever since." After some additional successes at the craft, Mrs Hubbard opened up a shop named "Hilltop Ceramics" in the basement of her Second Creek home on Highland Green Road. Late this summer she and her hus- band Lewis, who operates a logging business, built a small shop near their house. All the mold pouring, fir- ing, and painting is done on the premises The new shop is known as "C and L Ceramics," the initials taken from the couple's first names. '1 don't ever like to paint two planning to write a book about the pieces alike," Mrs Hubbard says. "If Cherokees. It's interesting research, someone wants me to paint a piece "Many people have remarked a particular way, I'll do it~but it's not how obvious the Indian features are the same. I put a lot of time and in my face," she adds. "My great- effort into my work---and a lot of great-great grandmother was a full- feeling." blooded Cherokee who lived in New Family members get in on the York State." act, too Mrs Hubbard's sisters Mrs Hubbard became interested Shirley Vance and Effie Dempsey in ceramics in the summer of 1977. help with various jobs involved in creating the figures, along with painting and cleaning. Her children and neighbors often come by to try their hand at the craft also. "1 like getting the neighborhood kids involved," she s,~ss. "1 love see- ing them jump right in there and do it. They really enjoy themselves." Mrs Hubbard has a thirst for learning which has exposed her to many types of instruction. She has taken classes in computer, typing, guitar, and adult education, where she earned her General Education Development (GED) diploma. "1 regret not finishing high school," she says. "But I'm thankful for the opportunity I had to get my GED. My son is partially responsible for that. At one time he was seri- ously considering quitting school, and I asked him what I could do to keep him from doing that. He told me, 'You go back.' rm glad I did." "Now I want to take flying les- sons," she adds. "I've told people I'tl sell every piece of ceramics I have to do it! I've arranged to begin les- sons either this spring or summer." Save Jobs: Shop In Your Own Hometown ] By Chas. A. Goddard Eleven of the "820 some" mem- bers of' Carnegie Hall, Incorporated -- Lewisburg's cultural and educa- tional center -- attended the annual membership meeting January 3 and elected four persons to the 12-mem- ber board of directors. Vivian Conly, executive director of Carnegie Hall, said exact membership numbers are not known. "We have 820 some. The computer printout I have doesn't have any numbers on it." mer National Broadcasting Com- pany television news producer. The four new Carnegie Hall di- rectors were elected with no opposi- tion. There were no nominations from the floor. According to Ms Conly, officers were not appointed at the January 3 meeting. Officers for the public non- profit organization are selected from the 12-member board of directors, "A nominating committee has been named to come up with a slate of officers. It was felt that, in the past, The four elected to replace out- the officers were named too quickly going directors (or to fill existing va- after the annual meeting." Ms Conly cancies) were Doctor Robert Conte, said the nominating committee is historian at the Greenbrier Hotel; comprised of directors Doctor Wil- John Manchester, public relations tiara Fox, Martha Sums, and Peter director at the West Virginia School Bartos. They are to report to the of Osteopathic Medicine; Ann H. next regular Carnegie Hall board Potterfield; Wallace Westfeldt, a for- meeting scheduled for January 17. ~j ., .t