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Vol. V No. 47 January 30, 1990 From the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia urg 14-piece Eleventh North Regimental Band will play nt Weekend Ball" 19 in Lewisburg. are thrilled to death to have Snyder, ball chair- Says. "They play authentic, Civil War-era instruments Civil War uniforms. This is for us." will be part of a number May 19-20 commemo- 128th anniversary of the Lewisburg, including a pa- afternoon of May 19. The Will perform for a morning Service at the Union forces' site in front of Came- follower by a memorial ~honoring all SOlaiers Killed in 1/2 people read each ge Story Note: The following as Written regarding an ar- which appeared on Page of our January 23 as the article on the front page, we only fair to also print Ms to us on page one. for any Inaccura- may have been con- our article. -- Chas. A. Weaverswood Farm Asbury, W.V. Editor, 24 January 1990 to your recent article 23) entitled "Massage is of statements need to begin W th my practice will Pen until the, second week ary. Mark is, simply, a not the totally garbled eyes and hands of the n.M treatments I will be are: which a treatment for~ as stated, for in- Increased circu- to be the physiologi- to massage North Carolina Band the 1862 battle. The ball is scheduled for the eve- ning of May 19 at the Greenbrier Valley Country Club in Lewisburg. The public is invited to the event, Mrs Snyder says, which will be a partial re-enactment itself of an 1860's period ball. Participants are asked to dress in period costumes. A banquet will be served at the ball. Also scheduled to attend is dancemaster Dan Stanton, who will instruct guests how to do the dances of the Civil War era, such as the "Virginia Reel." The Greenbrier Dance Academy in Lewisburg will begin offering instruction into those types of dances beginning early March. Interested individuals may contact the academy for enrollment copy o1 the Mountain Messen which promotes relaxation. THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE is not similar to accupressure and does not only "treat a specific dis- comfort." Therapeutic massage con- sists of an integration of techniques specifically tailored to the client's body, lifestyle and needs of the moment. It may include Swedish Massage (for warm-up and transi- tion), Polarity (for balancing), Neu- romuscular and Accupressure (for specific areas). NEUROMUSCULAR MASSAGE -- 'Is an ~rea-specific treatment for pain and tightness, utilizing trigger- point therapy. It is often (not always) used in conjunction with a physician's treatment, as prepara- tion or follow-up. pQLARITY THERAPY is a gentle balancing of the electro-mag- netic energy in the ~ body (not "the electro-magnetic centers") through touch, using principles simi- lar to those of accupressure. Stress is not "just the body's way of always attempting to keep itseff in balance." Stress is, by defiT11tion, any reaction of the body to any stimulus. It is our perception of, and our reaction to, stress which deter- mines its effect on our bodies and minds. And, lastly, anyone who knows me well will know that i did not "chuckle and say 'We're living by that maxim'." Sincerely, Stephanle "Sam" Fixter State Senator Wolfe Suggests ' rorkfare" "Robust welfare recipients should earn their keep." That's the conten- tion of State Senator Jay Wolfe. And he's trying to see that they do. The Harrison county Republican has introduced a "workfare meas- ure" that would require persons re- ceiving welfare to be evaluated by a physician. "If they are certified as being healthy they would be placed on county public works projects in order to continue receiving benefits," Mr Wolfe pointed out. information. Mrs Snyder says con- temporary dances and music will also be a part of the ball. The event is sponsored by the Lewisburg Foundation, with pro- ceeds being used for a number of the group's projects, including the restoration of an authentic Conestoga wagon currently'~eing restored for permanent display in the city. Prices for tickets have not yet been decided on. "We're going to make the ball as festive as we can--lots of flowers, good food, and music," Mrs Snyder says. "Everyone will have a good time." Persons desiring additional infor- mation may telephone Mrs Snyder at 645-1424, Hal Walls at 645-2441, or John Mcllhenny at 645-1000. m- we trove 60.000 readers. -- .,_...J d 0 By Jonathan Wright She's about as close to Santa Claus as you can get in Greenbrier County. Her very appearance on the streets of Rupert evokes visions of toys, clothes, and Christmas trees among hundreds of people--chil- dren and adults alike. Last month Corena Young com- pleted her sixth year supplying gifts in her "Friends of Tots" program. "What makes our program different from others is that our gifts are wrapped and marked individually for each child, by name," Mrs Young says. "Each child receives three gifts and a bag of treats. According to the parents' wishes, we either deliver them to the home in order that they may place them under the tree or treat them as gifts from Santa on Christmas morning; or we have Santa deliver them in person to the home." The program has grown impres- sively. In its first year Mrs Young was able to help 25 children with a total of 75 gifts. Last Christmas sea- son the numbers swelled to 340 children and 1,000 gifts. Mrs Young began her effort after noticing several children near her daughter's home in Duo who had no toys for Christmas. "1 began to think, 'Why not fix up some gifts and take them to them?' After that year I got more and more calls telling me about families who needed help. It has really grown." Most of the toys and the money donated for the toys, comes from individuals, organizations, churches, and businesses throughout the county. Last year Mrs Young listed 58 businesses and organizations which helped in various .ways, Cupid's Choice FiE up your own heart for Valentine's Day 1990. Tell your sweetheart How much you love him or her by writing a message To be placed in your heart & published in the Mountain Messenger 0 Tuesday February 13 See details: page 9-B 0 i! I!Q .!~;~r ~ii Corena among them the placing of "money jars" for donations in stores. Labor in wrapping and distributing the gifts is also donated. In addition to toys and treat, Friends of Tots also provides Christmas trees and decorations for needy families, Trees are donated by Westvaco and Bivens Tree Farm, according to Mrs Young. Work for Mrs Young does not stop after Christmas. When she. learns of a child who needs clothing she locates a donor and quickly fills the need. "I've never been turned down when asking for help," she says. Mrs-Young, formerly Corena Gladwell, was born in Trout and at- tended school in Crichton.' She and her husband Dale were married in 1953. They have four children and eleven grandchildren. While living in Michigan they helped raise 35 foster children, she says. While living in Braxton County they had a total of eight foster children actually living in their home. In 1987 Mrs Young received the Jefferson Award, given m recogni. tion of outstanding public service by the American Institute for Public Service. She was one of six chosen for the award in West Virginia out of 100 nominated. Letters from Arch A. Moore, Jr., John D. Rockefeller IV, Robert Byrd, astronaut Jon McBride, and Ronald Reagan were ad- dressed to Mrs Young to congratu- late her for her sew'me. When asked why she took on the job of helping needy children, Mrs Young said, "1 feel someone needs to do something in this area to help them, As our motto says, 'Let no Young Hawk's Nest: As It Was in 1857 Last week we showed you a pic- ture of White Sulphur Springs as it appeared in 1857 to German artist Edward Bayer. This week we bring you the same artist's conception of another area landmark -- Hawk's Nest. The 1,530 foot elevation of the overlook at Hawk's Nest has in- trigued travelers for centuries. Little has changed there, with the excep- tion of the construction of the hydro- electric dam and tunnel on the New River just below this vantage point and the C & O Railroad lines and bridge. there wasnl room for two lines on one side of the river. Of course, the railroad was not opened until 16 years after Beyer made this sketch. The dam and tunnel weren't built un- til 73 years after Beyer visited Hawk's Nest. Beyer's famous "Album of Vir- ginia" prints were produced in Ger- many using the lithographic proc- ess (stone engraving) in three col- ors. The prints are much sought af- ter today by collectors and fetch several hundred dollars each. Today,s reproduction was from a photograph made by the It is at this point that the New bott Studios in Huntington about River Gorge narrows so much that 1910.. By Amy Ingram Greenbrler College Trainee In response to the proposal by the Greenbrier County Board of Education to consolidate the county junior high schools, meetings have been scheduled for January 30, and throughout the month of February. Public meetings have been planned by the PTA, PTO, and the School Improvement Committees of Crichton, Rainelle, Rupert, Smoot, and Williamsburg junior high schools. Public meetings will be held at Smoot Junior High School Janu- ary 30, and at Crichton Junior High School February 6. The Board of Education will sponsor meetings at Smoot Junior High School February 12; at Williamsburg February 13; at Crichton February 14, The Board- sponsored and the committee.spon- sored meetings are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at all locations. child be without the magic of Christ- mas.' A lot of folks have told me, 'If it weren't for Friends of Tots, my chil- dren would have no Christmas.' "Some children have told me Santa is dead, or their parents have told them he isn't coming this year. I tell them, 'Just wait until Christmas morning--look under the tree.' It's great being able to do this. I've not seen anyone we haven't been able to help so far. Even if we've run out of toys, we'll go to a neighbor for help or even take our own money and get one." The Youngs' Rupert home is a hub of activity during the Christmas season as the gifts are prepared and the deliveries are coordinated. The hectic work often makes family celebration scheduling a challenge. "Our Christmas. is re'ally the day after," she says. "One year we had just sat down to our Christmas din- ner when a man came to the door needing three gifts for a family he knew of who needed help. We all got up to take care of him, then came right back and picked up where we left off." Through all the hard work, logisti- cal problems, and expenses in- volved in the effort, Mrs Young and her helpers, which number around 15 each year, keep their focus on those they are serving. "We're doing this for the children's sake," she says. "We just love them. What's really tops it off a lot of times is when children themselves come to our door with toys and say, 'Can you find someone Santa can give this to?' That's the kind of people we have here." The various school committees have developed an alternative pro- posal which they intend to present to the Board at the meetings on February 12, 13, and 14. According to Genie McCombs, a spokesperson for the Crichton School Improve- ment Committee, "We are not op- posing consolidation, we only op- pose the way the board proposes it be done. We would like to leave the current schools intact and operating at their existing locations until the communities' proposals can be pre- sented and considered by the board." The Mountain Messenger con-. tatted the office of the superinten- dent of schools. A spokesperson for the superintendent stated that he was unavailable for comment and she did not know if he had received a copy o.f the community proposal.