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,, // Vol. V No. 46 January 23, 1990 From the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia A. Goddard "Sam" Fixter is a quiet Who is quietly dedicated to Other people. Her dedication to the Fairlea Rescue as a volunteer E.MT. -- Medical Technician her newly-opened private of massage therapy in Le- Fixter and her husband Mark from Up-state New York to rirginia in 1979. TheY now live Wood Farm, several Country miles from down- are so isolated that Mark we needed to know do if one or the other of us while working on our We both took First Aid Then we went into ad- Aid which led us, natu- Our E.M.T. training. Mr Fixter .=ston where he is Yed "asthe eyes and the of the medical profession." to her EM.T. training, is a graduate of the Flor- of Massage at Gainsville. ;]raduation as a fully-licensed ;]e therapist, she accepted at the Greenbrier Hotel v, in addition to her work at Jry spa, Ms Fixter is opening practice in Lewisburg. Her s located at 203 1/2 East ington Street where she Space with Doctor William W. utilizes four different ues in he;" practice: ie for increased cir, Therapeutic Massage, 'tt accupressure and de- o treat a specific discomfort; Stephanie Fixter at work, Polarity Therapy, developed by Dr Randolph Stone, which helps to bal- ance the electro-magnetic centers of the body and Neuro-Muscular Mas- sage, which is utilized only after a physician refers a client to Ms Fixter. A unique feature of Ms Fixter's practice is her "on-site massage therapy" service. Using a specially- designed relaxation chair, Ms Fixter provides a 15-minute treatment "which promotes clear-headedness, improves one's ability to perform du- ties, increases the healthy flow of oxygen throughout the body" and provides a general sense of well- being "The on-site therapy is especially beneficial to those who are engaged in high-stress work -- such as the medical profession," Ms Fixter said. "This is my major interest. You know, stress is neither good nor bad. It is just the body's way of al- ways attempting to keep itself in bal- ance. I want to help people learn that there's nothing wrong with feel- ing good." When Ms Fixter is not helping people through massage therapy, she uses her talented hands to weave and knit and to play the gui- tar and hammered dulcimer. "1 have a wonderful loom, a Gallinger made in Ohio. I have done production weaving on it and gone to as many as 12 craft shows a year to sell my work. And my music -- I play a dulcimer built by John Stroud of Williamsburg. He's built only a few of them and the one I have is a beauty." Ms Fixter often plays at weddings, receptions and at local square dances At Weaver's Wood Farm, Ms Fix- ter and her husband keep busy working on their owner-built home "There's an old Japanese saying my neighbor related to me 'Man finish house, man die.' Ms Fixter chuckles and says "We're living by that maxim" ,~ L,, i!i~/ : i ,urg e Jim Morgan ~urg organizers interested the recent re-zoning of Moore property to endure vote have secured Ures, according to Jim G. The petition was at Lewisburg City Hall "Sburg residents concerned construction of a ential complex on plot on U. S. 219 have neighborhoods throughout the required number res The City Code re- quires valid petitions to contain' the signatures of at least fifteen per cent of the number of residents who voted in the last gubernatorial elec- tion. According to records from the County Clerk's office, 1722 in Lewisburg's four precincts voted in the last general election This figure includes an undetermined number who live just outside city limits, how- ever. City officials will have to deter- mine the validity of each signature before making a decision to call an election. Petition organizers had 60 days from the re-zoning ordinance's enanctment to present the signa- tures to the city. "We have verified each signature as a voter," Mr Mor- gan said. "It's been a lot of work. We had the help of about 25 people." Mr Morgan says the purpose of the petition is to allow the public to decide whether the re-zoning should stand or not. He is clear, however, about his opposition to the Council's 3-2 decision on the property. "This sets a bad precedent. If you do it for one group, you have to do it for an- other. I'm concerned about the con- gestion it would cause, especially if a traffic light were to be installed in front of the property, rm also con- cerned for the people who live around there: it's not fair to them." Eight businessmen, all but one from the local area, plan a $2 million first-phase project including a drug store, grocery, and restaurant on the part of the property nearest U. S. 219, across from Bill Lewis Motors. The second phase would include business, medical, and professional facilities. The final proposed phase involves condominiums, town houses, and garden apartments. The second and third phases have an estimated cost of $10 million and would be located on the back two- thirds of the property. The Lewisburg Council voted November 21 to re-zone the front 40 percent of the property commer- cial, with the stipulation that a pri- mary access road through the prop- erty from U. S. 219 to Fairview Road must first be constructed before any building permits will be issued. In 1857 a German artist, Edward Beyer, visited what is now West Virginia and made sketches of the famous watering places and of natural attractions. He took these sketches back to Germany where he produced the finished pictures. They were printed in three colors from stone engravings (lithography). Beyer's "Album of Virginia" gave many Europeans their first view of the wilderness of America, The Album prints are prized by collectors today and usually sell for several hundred dollars each. This print is of White Sulphur Springs as Beyer saw it in the middle of the last century. Ronceverte By Jonathan Wright Massive, twelve-by-six-foot monoliths of green foam seemingly stand guard at various posts throughout the plant grounds. Sliced portions of the same green stuff lean up against a wall, strangely re- sembling gigantic tombstones. Much smaller boxes of the foam lie nearby, waiting to leave the factory. This is Jiffy Foam, Incorporated, one of Ronceverte's several manu- facturing plants. Its out-of-the-way location at the west end of River Road, on the banks of' the Green- brier River,,bet~.es its contribution to the floral industry throughout North America. The 30-year-old operation produces the familiar green foam used to position fresh, dried, or silk flowers in containers. "Business is good," plant man- ager Lucy Morgan says. "Because the floral industry is growing, so are we. In the past three to four years, particularly, we have seen a major increase in our activity" The plant's 16 employees keep busy making the foam, cutting it into increasingly smaller segments, and boxing it for shipment to wholesal- ers. Accounts are located as far away as Japan and Puerto Rico. Jiffy Foam was founded in 1960 by Albert Palomboof Hanover, Mas- sachusetts. "Experts were sent out to find an ideal location for a plant, with a centralized shipping area," Mrs Morgan says. The former plant of Mountain State Poultry, in Ron- ceverte, was selected and pur- chased by Mr Palombo in 1962 In 1972 Mr Palombo developed and patented an "internalized wet- ting agent," making the foam ca- pable of absorbing moisture to keep cut plants looking healthy longer Mr Palombo's son Bill now heads Jiffy Foam from its corporate and sales office in Newport, Rhode Island The process for manufacturing the phenolic and urethane foam be- gins with a base phenolic resin. Af- ter a serious of time- and tempera- ture-controlled reactions, the mixture is then poured into a mold and formed to dimensions twelve feet high and six feet wide. In what is perhaps the most im- pressive part of the entire manufac- turing process to plant visitors, the mixture is then poured into the large mold to a depth of 18 inches---and rises to its twelve-foot height in only three-and-a-half minutes. After "set- ting" about twenty minutes, the 1600-pound foam block is stored in a shelter at the rear of the plant complex for two days. Band saw operators then cut it into nine-inch- thick slabs. Several more cutting procedures result in the final prod- uct: foam "bricks" with dimensions of 3 3/16 by 4 1/4 by 9 inches. According to Mrs Morgan, sixteen tractor-trailer loads of foam have been shipped out so far in January. "We have good workers here," Mrs Morgan says. "One has been here twenty years, one has been here 16, and another has been with us 10 years. Although all of our crew members have their own major re- sponsibilities, each one is able to do just about anything at the plant. We all pull together to get the work done. "Also, all the people we sell to are very nice people. Weereally strive to keep up the quality of our product and to offer fast shipping" Mrs Morgan says the company is offering a new product now: model- ing and sculpturing foam. Major cus- tomers are craft shops, architects, and schools. The Ronceverte manufacturer recovered quickly from the 1985' Greenbrier River flood, which caused extensive damage to the plant. "Since then we have built a 50-by-50-foot extension for our warehouse, a 60-by-90-foot storage shed, and new offices, Mrs Morgan says "Now we are working on a new laboratory." Asbury Old Asbury Road, looking north ,er Heavy A soft road base cause by thaw- ing is apparently to blame for dam- age to a one-mile stretch of Old Asbury Road on Muddy Creek Mountain last week, acoopding to the Greenbrier County Assistant Supervisor Andy Morgan, of the De- partment of Highways' District Nine Office in Lewisburg. The affected road stretches from Asbury northward, with numerous segments of broken pavement and exposed base. According to Mr Mor- gan, the damage was done January 18. Johnson Limestone Company trucks were hauling limestone three days last week to a new plant of British United Turkeys of America (BUTA), approximately three-fourths mile from the location. Supervisor Raymond Johnson said, "Our trucks were not overweight. We have the tickets to prove it." The legal weight limit on the road is 65,000 pounds, Mr Morgan says. tk.tr Johnson says his company's trucks were hauling loads between