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r 4A ntain Messenger, Tuesday, January 16, 1990 I Greenbrier County was once known as a center of learning• There was a time when the Powers That Be considered putting what is now West Virginia University in Frankford. The Presbyterian Church, dour Scots that they were, knew the value of education and so they started an academy which was the progenitor of two famous schools -- Greenbrier College for Women and Greenbrier Military School• Those two honored schools closed in the early 1970s due to a lack of foresight. Granted, both GMS and GCW were elite, private institutions which had probably come to the end of their useful lives in a rapidly changing world• You may lament the passing of such an educational system. There are those who feel education is not a suitable activity for the hoi polloi but that it should be reserved for a privileged few. Thank God that concept does not prevail today --- else there would be precious few who would know how to read and write. The strength of any nation is based upon the democratic education of all its con- stituents. And, more important per- haps, is the fact a nation gains its place in history through its educa- tion in the arts• (More on that in a moment.) Soon after GMS closed, the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medi- cine was established as a worthy and valuable medical facility with a mission of educating highly-qualified physicians for rural America. Greenbrier Community College then came into being and provided for local students who might not otherwise have been able to obtain a college education• Greenbrier Community College was wedged into the WVSOM campus, Both have expanded to.the point they are now crowding one another and their ability to provide for their students is compromised. The time has come for us to pro- vide Greenbrier Community College with a suitable and adequate physi- cal plant in which it may flourish. Governor Caperton, in his State of the State address, just may have given us the opening we need in or- der to once again make Southeast- ern West Virginia an educational Mecca. The Governor called for the closing of Greenbrier Center• That center is located in the old GCW buildings. Since the 1970s it has been a state-owned and operated institution for the mentally retarded.it has been among the best of state institutions, with hundreds of em- ployees providing custodial care for their patients. First it was a "training center" for mentally retarded chil- dren. Then, latterly, it became an in- stitution for long-institutionalized mentally ill adults. (The change oc- curred when a far-reaching civil rights case --- The Medley Decision - was heard in the State Supreme Court. In essynce, the Medley Deci- sion found that, because you were t Dear Editor: I received a copy from your paper of the article, "Teaberry --- The Vil- lage" by Roberta Patten Rodgers. It was sent to me by my cousin, Mrs Homer Phillips of Ronceverte. The article was most interesting and it brought back many memories. I was one of the children from the East End of town and attended the two room school house just across the Lewisburg and Ronceverte Rail- road tracks. We livedwithin sight of the cemetery. The most memorable teacher in my childhood years was Miss Nellie Hogshead. What a beau- tiful head of red hair she had! Grades 1-3 were in the "Little Room" and grades 4-8 were in the "Big Room." Miss Hogshead taught in the "Big Room" and I still have a compo- sition book filled with notes on geog- raphy, history, English and Civil Government. I passed the eighth grade in 1924 and entered Green- ; brier High School that fall. Teaberry was farther up the road from us. We walked up there many times to visit friends and relatives. man)( times Uncle Andy Wright would bring us home with the horse and buggy. Uncle Andy had a valley below his house with a dozen or more chestnut trees. Every fall my mother, Neta Green Arritt, and my grandmother, Margaret Honaker in'l mentally retarded did..not necessar- ily mean you should be institutional- ized -- an Emancipation Proclama- tion for the Retarded•) The 56 residents at Greenbrier Center are destined to be placed in private "group homes" where they may be better cared for, in a more intimate and less costly setting than that provided by a state institution The writing has been on the wall for several years• There has been a na- tion-wide move to provide more hu- mane, more natural surroundings for the mentally handicapped. So, Greenbrier Center- located on 100 of the most prized acres in Lewisburg --- may be up for grabs. There is the three-storey "Green- brier Hall", built in 1922, which was, and still is essentially, a dormitory. The "Activities Building" was con- structed in the late 1960s at a cost of something less than $500,000• It contains a beautiful Olympic-size swimming pool, bowling alleys with maple floors, classrooms, and a huge gymnasium. There are several small houses and a riding stable. There is a solar-powered green- house, storage buildings, and excel- lent out-door tennis courts. There is Carnegie Hall, with a 500-seat auditorium, classrooms, meeting rooms, and studios "North House", the home of the county his- torical society, is located on-the campus. We suggest Greenbrier Commu- nity College be moved to the Green- brier Center grounds. Yes, the mod- ernization and renovation (which would be mandatory in order to house the college there) would be costly. However, we think it would be worth the cost. But wait, let's not just think of re- locating Greenbrier Community Col- lege. Let's plan for an enlarged col- lege which would provide a broad liberal arts education. We could bring professors from other state colleges to Greenbrier County. (We'd have no difficulty, and little added expense, in getting educators who are already on the state payroll to transfer to our pristine environs.) Many of the Greenbrler Center em- ployees could continue their em- ploy ment on the campus. Greenbrier Community College and a liberal arts college! There we'd have something, if we but want it. A sagging local economy would greatly benefit by the influx of more students and faculty. New jobs would be created by a support staff. The somewhat tarnished image of West Virgima as a cultural desert would be enhanced to a scintillating bright hess. We have the opportunity at hand to help ourselves, our beloved state, our nation. Will we have the vision, the tenacity, the strength to make a beautiful dream come true? Will we dismiss our own egos, our own selfishness, our regional- =sm, to work for the common good of West Virginia? We can only hope• J Green, would take. my cousins and me to pick up chestnuts. These chestnuts were much smaller and sweeter than those found in the stores today. A few years later a blight killed all chestnut trees• Every Sunday my grandfather, J. J. Green, took us to Sunday School at the Presbyterian Church in the West End of Ronceverte. That after- noon he took us for walks through the woods where we played and picked wild flowers and nuts. My aunt Katie Green took several ol us to the river many times near Brown's Factory to play in the water• Of course bodies weren't exposed then so we went in the water with our dresses and stockings on. The Brackmans were mentioned m the article. We went to their house often and bought milk for ten cents a quart. We also bought milk from the Kelleys. Three events stand out in my mind as a child• The first was the West Virginia State Fair. We caught the trolly in front of what is now the Waugh house. At that '{ime it was the home of the Clyde Baker family and before that my father had a small general store there in part of the house where we lived. (I remem- ber the pickle barrel and the glass candy case). The trolley cost twenty i Mountain Messen STAFF Chas. A. Goddard, Editor Dottle Brackenrieh. Office Manager Troy Forren. Advertising Sales Terri Boone. Advertising Sales I)ebbie McClung, Ad Design Betty Morgan, Ad Design Jonathan Wright, Staff Writer Lou Burroughs, Typesetting Brenda Gherman. Production 122 N. Court Street L~wisburg, WV 24901 304/647-5724 Published weekly and distributed throughout the greater Greenbrier Valley. Circulation: 93,654 If you would like to submit material for publication: Articles submitted to The Mountain Messenger should be typewritten or clearly written 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 SUBSCRIPTION RATES: In state, $14.00; Out-Of-State, $15.00 Students (9 mos.) $10.00 By Jonathan Wright It's a dangerous practice to drive around in the ram and snow without your headlights on. Yet here it is 1990, and the State of West Virgima still says it's all right to do so. Many times precipitation is ac- companied by dark skies. The com- bination of rain or snow on the wind- shield and the twilight-like conditions make other vehicles are much harder to spot. So why not require headlights to be on when precipita- tion is falling? Several state legislatures have been wise enough to mandate this directive: "When your windshield wipers are turned on your head- lights should be on as well." A few days ago when I was out driving it was raining heavily. The leaden clouds had darkened the skies prematurely. As I was prepar- ing to pull out onto a major street I fortunately noticed an automobile coming in my direction--headlights off and quite difficult to spot. It was a bit frightening to realize how easy it would have been not to have seen and reacted to this obscure vehicle. Another one followed right behind it, in all its darkened glory• Yes, this was in the daytime, when it is perfectly legal in West Vir- ginia to drive without headlights on--except when it's foggy• No other exceptions exist. I can't under- stand that. Out on the interstate it seems most drivers have the good sense to turn on their lights when it's snowing or raining. But for some unexplained reason, a great many of them fail to do so when they're driving on other roads--and that's where more acci- dents happen! It's time our state lawmakers pass legislation making it absolutely mandatory for drivers to have their headlights on when precipitation is falling. It would be a simple law to enact, and I can't imagine where any opposition would come from. In- numerable hazardous traffic situ- ations would be eliminated as a re- sult of that simple precaution. We were one of the first states to jump on the 65-mile-per-hour speed- limit bandwagon in 1987.\Too bad we're still lagging behind lhis one• Maybe 1990 will be the year we do something about it. cents to the Fair Ground Gate. We spent the day, returmng home just before the gates closed at mght. In the fall was apple Outter time. ]he neighbors came to my grandmother's house and peeled and cored bushels of apples. The next morning a fire was built in the yard under a huge brass kettle and the apples were put in. It took all day to make the apple butter and many people had to continually stir it with a long ladle. By dark it was ready to put in the jars. The third memorable event was hog killing time in November. My sister, Elva and I always ran to the back of the house and held our hands over our ears to keep from hearing the shots. This was an excit- ing time to our brother, Clayton. The next day was spent grinding sau- sage, salting the meat and getting it ready to hang in the smokehouse to be used during the winter. During those years we had no modern con- veniences but life was good and we were happy. This past summer I visited my cousins, Basil and Leon Baker and their families in Teaberry. I was amazed at the growth of The Vil- lage. Where there had been fields and open spaces there are now many houses. I found that the people there are .lust as proud and interested in their Village as they were when I was a child. Oleta Arritt Pitcher Virginia Beach, Virginia January 4, 1990 Dear Editor: In case your readers do not get a copy of the Federal Register, there is something they should know, There is an application to the Fed- eral Office Of Surface Mining to STRIP MINE about 1000 acres of the national Forest in Pocahontas County on Briery Knob above Hills Creek. This application was first filed by State Senator Walt Halmick (ap- pointed to fill Larry Tucker's seat). Now Mr Hslmick has sold the min- eral rights to Cecil Nichols of Sum- mersville, but the application for Valid Existing Rights to mine re- mares in effect. Spruce Run, which runs through the property proposed to be mined, comes into Hills Creek just below the Falls area. Hills Creek is a stocked trout stream and also con- tains native brook trout. The Black Bear Sanctuary begins on Briery Knoll• Comments on this application are encouraged, and will be accepted through January 16, 1990. The ad- dress to write is: Carl Close, Assistant Director Eastern Field Operations Office of Surface Mine Reclama- tion and Enforcement Room 246, Ten Parkway Center Pittsburgh, PA 15220 (412) 937- 2897. Leslee McCarty Hillsboro. Dear Editor: I would like to share with you my favorite "recipe" for the coming year. It can be found in "Uncle John's Bread Book." "Take 12 fine full-grown months; see that these are thoroughly free from all old memories of bitterness, rancor, hate, and jealousy• Cleanse them completely from every clinging spite; pick off all specks of pettiness. Cut each month into 30 or 31 equal parts. Do not attempt to make up the whole batch at once• Prepare one day at a time as fol- lows: Into each day put equal parts of faith, patience, courage, work, hope, fidelity, liberality, kindness, rest, prayer, meditation; add about 1 teaspoonful of good spirits, a dash of fun, a pinch of folly, a sprinkling of play and a heaping cupful of good humor. Pour love into the whole and mix with a vim. Serve with quietness, unselfish- ness, and cheedulness." I urge your readers to try this rec- ipe -- to the delight of family and friends. Yours truly, Shay Huffrnan Jacox, WV • j-, By Roberta Patton Rod Mrs. Coretta Scott King, Presi- dent -- Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Non-Violent Social Change Atlanta, Georgia Dear Coretta: Personally I would rather just chat with you awhile via an informal letter. When I read your title it certainly "hit the spot" of compassion with me -- non-violence is certainly what I, as a mother of six and grandmother of fourteen, would hope to see this year of 1990 and for years to come! Mothers, I believe, for the most part, do not like human suffering as a way to live. 1989, as you well know, has brought about lots of vio- lence• But freedom resulted in so many ways across the world, for which we are thankful. Coretta, I've always heard that behind every successful man there is a good woman or a successful woman. You have shown by your actions, in word and deed, that you were and are behind your late hus- band, Dr Martin L. King, Jr. You have shown your Christian beliefs and ,faith! • My husband Frank and I were in the South --touring and sightseeing during some .of those famous marches which your husband lead for Civil Rights. I always kept a prayer in my heart for all freedom loving folk. It actually brought fear to my heart too! We all know there are those who believe in what is right and in fair play, and those who don't. One evening, as we are getting ready for bed in .our camper, news came over the radio about a march then in progress. Yes, I was afraid -- not only for mys.elf but for all races, creeds, and colors• We are all human! We all like to live on this earth as long as we have mental and physical health and Creator that we can still wisdom in statute and in God and Man. That particular night into a motel parking lot it was okay to park there (because of the forebodin casts regarding the march). keeper and his wife request and granted one minister explained being born in a manger hadn't wanted him to be stable, he wouldn't have Would we have listened the message. "Peace or Goodwill to Men," if he born an earthly king?" those who have listened not yet heard the I heard Reverend Thomas say that, over radio a few We listen, but do not hear! not too much different shepherds keeping watch flock by night when the peared and said "Fear not, bring you good tidings of for unto you a Saviour • . id We know the rest. We human we become many things and people i earth because of what we see happening. Corettal I am glad you and mother are Martin L. King, Jr. Center Violent Social Change. only way for Peach on P.S. A dozen ima¢ stemmed American you. and to that center stands for! Our American calendar ways have January 15th Martin L. King Jr. Day! By Delegate Bill Wallace I counted six. Six new members of the House of Delegates ap- pointed by the Governor to fill the seats of delegates who resigned to become either state senators (two) or a state bureaucrat (one), or who quit for personal reasons (three). Some delegates were moved to dif- ferent desks, but not me, and I will continue to give you the view from my seat. The President has his State of the Union Address. The Governor has his State of the State Address. If I may be so bold, I will call this my version of the State of the County Address. Our biggest concern remains jobs --- keeping the ones that we have and creating more in our county. A group of hard-driving citi- zens have revitalized an association of businesses and interested parties known as the Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Authority. Soon, if they have not done so al- ready, the authority will be hiring a full-time director to recruit new busi- ness and industry to our area. In my own volunteer work in the local chamber of commerce, I soon be- came aware that it takes more than part-time, spare-time effort. Every community in America wants to at- tract more business, every commu- nity is competing for new jobs. Now, we have a means by which we can compete as an equal. Become a part of the solution to our jobless situation. The authority meets the first Wednesday of Bach month. Watch The Mountain Messenger for the time and place for its February 7 meeting• The West Virginia Osteopathic School of Medicine appears to be safe this year, but keep your guard up. The school continues to provide quality practitioners to rural West Virginia, and we must stand ready to defend it. Unfortunately, another facility near us appears to be marked for closing. Many residents of Green- brier County are employed by Den- mar State Hospital• These folks are dedicated to providing good service to their patients, although they have received little attention from the state. If Denmar is closed, there must be some provision for transfer- ring the patients to another accept- able facility, and an treatment of those ployed at Denmar. I served on an interim that 6tudied the need for proved roads in southern ginia, tt soon became me that there are as man' to where a new road as there are people in West Virginia. One hi, ing serious attention for ment runs through County, U.S. 219, althougll definite has been that all of the interstates h~ completed nationwide, must decide what to do eral tax revenues that earmarked for interstate tion. West Virginia is position itself at the trough v money is redistributed. Many of the problems face in Greenbrier County mon through the state --- our schools, payments to by Medicaid and public insurance, and the both employers and em the workers' compensati0 Our backs are against the these and other issues• legislatures have ducked decisions that must ba would appreciate your and suggestions. Address! ters to Delegate Bill E-231 State Capitol, 25305. Oh, one more thing -~ sus time again. The CensUS ducted every ten years to many people live within area. The count is to be April 1 this year, and soonl be visited at your home by ployee of the El. S. Census It is very important to all Greenbrier County that yo this form that you will be mail it back. The Census mately determines our lion in government, our federal funds, and so much is just as important as vote --- your right to be cidentally, a few weeks) jobs may still be Call the regional office of sus Bureau at Beckley, an application, but hurry! Save Jobs: Shop In Your Own