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The Garden Patch Leslie Price Shaver le first heavy snow of the winter us this morning. No school. No carpools. Every- stops for awhile, and relief over the land. What better to sit in my chair by the and watch the snow level My tea cup balanced on rm, an afghan in my lap, home- soup simmering on the stove; through books and gar- notes from another season. tn a while I pause to take a sip and watch the progress of the My youngest son is coming the back hill with his friend on Our chocolate labrador is bounding beside them his tail wagging. Birds have ted in number at the feeder this !ing, and the pine branches are ing from the weight of the wet v. Unidentified tracks trail ld the junipers below my win- from the page to the out- I Wonder where do all these go in the winter. In my head I the leaves die back late in au- the first freeze takes care of of my garden. The go underground for the winter been told, but I have a hard g. One day I went biology teacher at the school I Work. He has a good reputa- a teacher and a Ph.D. in He uses big words like )synthesis" and "cellular trans- I am a reluctant scientist, my point of view he'sonly me the "what" and "how" de- and not the "whys." My "So response to how the tern- changes and moisture lev- new growth left him and me unsatisfied. I wanted to know why when a seed has been frozen it still has the power to regenerate itself. Even with all his academic degrees, he couldn't answer my question. I guess I shouldn't have embarrassed him. My mother always told me I asked too many questions. Watching out the window, I think of my future plants lying now be- neath the earth's white surface. I wonder what they are doing down there this morning. Shivering, huddled up together against the cold? Or are they fast asleep, and totally unaware? Are they even there? Or have the disappeared al- together? Are my delphinium seeds shaking in their boots, or are they dreaming blue dreams of spring- time? Do the peonies listen to the soft thud of flakes on their roof or are they dead to the world? Is it some unexplainable, super- natural, magical miracle that brings forth the peony's red-green shoots on a warm April morning? What is the reason they venture forth from their secret hiding places? Where have they been all winter? Are they something entirely new or a continu- ation of something very old? I have no idea and no one, not even the microbiologist, has been able to tell me. How does that red shoot lose its redness to dark green leaves that will then shoot out other buds that will turn into fat pink flowers that will shed their petals all over the ground like this very snow that is falling now? Tell me, readers, if you know. Send me news. I am so tired out from thinking about it all that I'm going to close my books and have another cup of tea. I. Insurance Dividends Declared Drding to Nash L. Powell, Vet- Officer of the West Vir- Division of Veterans Affairs, million veterans Who have ~ed their G. I. Life Insurance will in a record $1.036 billion divi- be in 1990. explained the divi- Will be paid automatically on .nnwersary date of the insurance policy. No ap- is necessary. Payments will ade in various amounts de- on the type of policy, the nt of insurance in force, the age at issue or renewal time the policy has been in force. Mr Powell said the largest group receiving 1989 payments will be 2.39 million veterans of World War II with National Service Life Insurance "V" policies. Members of this group will receive average dividends of $373. World War I veterans holding "K" policies will receive average divi- dends of $274. Veterans' special life insurance "RS" and "W" policies will receive average dividends of $351. Anyone desiring further informa- tion on this or any other veterans benefit should contact Mr Powell. His office is located at the Greenbrier County Court House, Lewisburg. You like The Mountain Messenger... Please thank our advertisers Greenbrier Valley Farm Center is now providing convenient UPS parcel pick-up service. Ronceverte, WV 647-4911 Genevieve Bennett (seated, left), Martha Youmans. Standing (left) Thelma Berkley, Simeon Berkley, Blanche Whitlow, and Jeff Myers. Mr Berley is the recipient of the James F. Zabierek memorial Award for Volunteer of the Year. Mr Myers is chairman of the selection committee. Ms Youmans is incoming presi- dent of the Greenbrier Valley Interagency Council. Interagency Council Blanche Whitlow, president of the Greenbrier Valley Interagency Council gave a review of 1989 ac- tivities and welcomed members and guests. Mrs Whitlow announced that upcoming year's officers would be: President -- Martha Youmans, Vice- President -- Rudi Holbrook, and Secretary-Treasurer, Genevieve Bennett. Jill Fisher will serve as back-up for the Secretary-Treasurer position. "The Golden Boys," entertained the group with a melody of songs. The "Golden Boys" (a quartet from the Men of Greenbrier), include Robert Modlin, Bill Crickenberger, Jack Ewart and Burr Shaver. Mr Simeon R. Berkley"Was the recipient of the James F. Zabierek Memorial Award for the 1989 Volun- teer of the Year. Mr Jeff Myers, Chairman of the Selection Committee for the Volun- teer of the Year Award, read ex- cerpts from a letter nominating Sim- eon "Sim" Berkley as Volunteer of the Year. The following is a sum- mary of activities/organizations in which he participates. As a member of the Telephone Pioneers, Sim helped build and put up birdhouses along 17 miles of the Greenbrier Walking Trail. He has given talks to local garden clubs in an effort to help preserve Eastern bluebirds. He has presented school programs on how to use the phone system in case of emergency and school programs to help raise money for the restoration of the Statue of Liberty. As a member of the Lewisburg United Methodist Church, Sim is now Chairman of the Trustees, a member of the Methodist Men's Or- ganization, and a member of the Pastor-Parish Relations Committee. He spends countless hours working for the improvement of the church. He also served as part of a commit- tee charged with selection of a lis- [ening system which would provide hearing impaired persons access to church activities. Through his membership in Farm Bureau Sim tries to promote farming and FFA membership among area youth. He has allowed FFA cattle to be kept on his farm when neighbor- hood FFA members have had no place to raise them. The Lewisburg Lions Club has benefited, from Sim's membership. He helps, with their annual Christ- mas tree sale and their annual an- tique show and sale. Since its formation in December, 1983, Sim has been an indispen- sable part of Lifeline of Greenbrier County. He has served as a mem- ber of the advisory committee, as the primary installer, as the primary repairman, and as a spokesman for the project. Sire is an old-fashioned good neighbor, too. Sim Berktey is an un- selfish man -- willing to help his friends, his neighbors, and his com- munity whenever the need arises. His retirement has not been a time of leisure, but rather a time to de- vote hours and hours to doing what he does best -- helping others. Two previous Volunteer of the Year people, Viola Loudermilk and Roberta Rodgers attended the din- ner. Tri-County Has Soft-Side and Hard-Side Mattresses by Land and Sky Great Selections To Choose From. Buy Super Single, Queen or King. Any Size - Same Price ALL BEDS COME COMPLETE Prices Starting At San Diego # I FURNITURE CARPET APPLIANCES 618 Main Street. Rainelle, WV 304/438-7181 175 N. Maple Ave. Covington, VA 703/962-5137 1980 The Mountain Messenger, Tuesday, January 9, 1990 5B " Set The Greenbrier East class of 1980 has made plans for their ten- year reunion. A weekend for class- mates, friends and families will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 27, 28 and 29. There are a few class members who reunion organizers are still un- able to locate. If you have any infor- mation on these people, please con- tact Debbie Sponaugle, 1980 Reun- ion Committee, P.O. Box 1253, Le- wisburg. If you, as a 1980 class Process Analytics member, have not been contacted, please write to Debbie Sponaugle. Missing 1980 class members in- clude Cheryl Bennette Honaker, Stephen Douglas, Ben Scott Neal, Renee Meintell, Helen Foster, Lisa Ann Garrett and Richard Fischer. If you are interested in being a part of the reunion committee con- tact Ms Sponaugle at 497-2945; Ju- lie Anderson Masters, 645-2196; Kendra Wedd, 647-4440; or Greg Miller, 645-3530. Mr Johansen, a twelve-year em- ployee, "has been recognized for his outstanding ability to produce quality on each assignment. He utilizes in- novative techniques and has an atti- tude for excellence in his work and photography lab. James often alters his own personal schedule to devote time to company events. He assists all departments and always portrays a quality image for the company. He works as Engineering Technical Specialist in the Engineering De- partment," Mr Braun said. Five Stars James Johansen Process Analytics, a unit of Com- bustion Engineering of Stamford, Connecticut, is a supplier of analyz- ers to the chemical and refining in- dustries. Greenbrier Hotel Rated Best The Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs has won the Five- Star Award from the "Mobile Travel Guide." The resort is one of only 32 dining and lodging establishments in North America to earn the Guide's most coveted honor for 1990. "Five Stars mean that an estab- lishment is in an elite category, among the very best in the country," says Travel Guide Manager Jack Andresen. Each'year, the Guide rates more than 21,000 lodgings and restaurants in the United States and Canada on a One-to-Five Star system. "The only thing common about Five-Star establishments is their common dedication to impec- cable service, fine decor, lavish amenities and atypical ambiance. Five-Star restaurants must meet those criteria, and offer unsurpassed cuisine as well," Mr Andresen said. All of the star-rated establish- ments are listed in the 1990 Mobil Travel Guide. The Guide is pub-' lished in seven regional volumes plus a special edition for "Major Cit- ies." A complete travel planner, the Guide includes maps, sightseeing and amusement ideas. The Green- brier Hotel has been listed in the Guide for the past 28 years. 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