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Delia and Thomas Lively WEur Vet Fi: Goddard the paper mill stopped that put me out of I Used to haul 4-1/2 foot, over 12 feet. I tried long wood, but it just Lively rubs a hand over hair, his clear eyes at you as he speaks. goin' fairly decent there But now I'm in trouble Some help. I'm not askin' It sits on a rock-hard couch house trailer in White Thomas Lively-- Veteran, woodsman, and Freewill Baptist minis- how his financial diffi- him to put three $1 envelope addressed to Messenger's classified 19 department. With his enclosed the handwritten his ad: "Disabled veteran help. Guaranteed Write Box C440, White S." ~,pril 23, 1952. The young was in the Mung with the 27th Regi- 25th Division of the U. "A mortar round hit me. in the right arm and in :Was discharged November 20 years old." doesn't dwell long on of the Korean War. I started drivin' a runnin' a bulldozer. I can almost anything that don't now, I ain't got any wind. Says I'm 90 per cent dis- takes me more than an in the mornin.'" the former Della Far- Branch in Raleigh quietly and nods in "I'm not much good el- and broke my leg last bone has healed, but hasn't. And, several I had a kidney removed." shifts slightly on her face shows obvious dis- imagine, I've got There's ten years ;he oldest (36) and the Durin' that time I was )ies nobody rested. We and three girls." says their children as much as possible. "We to our daughter and the to our son. We used to car. We turned it over to Sons so he could make Well, someone ran we still owe $2,500 on tryin' to make the pay- Work is hard for him to so we've had to its went to the Depart- and Human Services stamps. "They of- month because we're trailer,- Mrs Lively ex- monthly payments on are $170. Why, we no place for that could have these bills, we a king and queen on Cuts the occasional and sells it. "1 clear when I'm able to do the cuttin'. It takes fill up the truck now." his firewood income, "a little help from my Jnt Olive Baptist Church Road). There's about go there. They help can, but they're off than I am. I don't on them." "Preached a little in at Crow" near Beck- e lieve in any organization. It's bein' born again that's goin' to help you. Remember, 'Him who God calls, he qualifies.' "If I could get up and go, I'd get up and go to Richmond where I could find some work. I like it here though and its cheaper to live here than just about anywhere else I can think of. I don't know what's goin' to happen unless somethin' breaks. "You can add to the end of your story somethin' like this -- whether I receive help or not, I hope that God will bless each and every one." Mrs Lively slowly rises from her chair. Mr Lively joins her. "We're ready for you to take our picture now." Renick Town Council Meets The Renick Town Council ap- pointed Donald Vandervort as mayor, effective April 1, at its monthly meeting February 5 at the Mount Hermon United Methodist Church. Mr Vandervort will replace current mayor Betty Yates, who cited her mother's Mncss as her rea- son for submitting her resignation at the meeting. The Council accepted her resignation. In other business, the Council voted to advertise for bids during February for the sale of the town's Gravely lawnmowing tractor, which has been replaced by newer equip- ment. Bids will be opened at the March meeting. It was announced that Mrs Luella Williams had received an insurance payment for damage to her fence. A town snowplow in December inad- vertently damaged the fence, result- ing in a claim to the town's insur- ance company. The Council voted to contribute $65 to Mountain Transit Authority for operating assistance for the coming year. The Authority provides bus service to the public throughout a wide area of Greenbrier County and beyond. Council members spent the rest of the meeting discussing projects they would like the town to work on as funds become available. These included cleaning up the downtown area, building ramps at the Town Building for easier transportation of equipment, repair of potholes, and the installation of new street sighs. The next meeting of the Reniok Town Council will be at the Mt. Her- men Church March 5 at 7 p.m. George's Birthday: No Senior Meals The office of the Greenbrier county Committee on Aging, Inc. will be closed Monday February 19 to observe Washington's Birthday. No meals will be served at the Rupert Senior Center, the Lewisburg Nutrition Site, or the Alderson Nutri- tion Site. No transportation will be provided by the Senior Van or the Senior Bus. 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Albert Meyer, vice president of Acme, was in Lewisburg February 7 to create the audio-visual aid and drum up local interest in the effort. The tape will include a "tour" of the plant and comments by local business people and residents. It is available to anyone interested in purchasing the plant, Mr Meyer said. Among the advantages the Maxwelton facility offers, according to Mr Meyer, are the former employ- ees of the plant. "We feel the best thing we have to offer is an excellent work force and its willingness to work. I can't say enough good about them. We never had a call-back for quality on any of our products. We had a very disciplined group of indi- viduals." Maxwelton Manufacturing Company employed approximately 35 workers. Mr Meyer says he hopes Acme will be able to sell the plant, along with its equipment, to a business specializing in the manufacture of wooden products. The Store Fixture Association, he says, has notified its nearly 200 store fixture manufactur- ers of Maxwelton's availability. So far eight of them have expressed interest in the plant, according to Mr Meyer, including firms in Ohio, Illi- nois, California, Washington, Penn- sylvania, Rhode Island, North Caro- lina, and Virginia. More specific in- formation is being sent to these groups. Meanwhile, Acme's home plant in Richmond will hold an auction Feb- ruary 23 and 24 to sell its equip- ment. The company's third plant, Romac Fabrications in Charlotte, North Carolina, was purchased-by its manager in January. By Jonathan Wright Residents concerned about inci- dents involving persons living in a group home for mentally retarded adults on Montvue Drive aired their feelings at the January meeting of the Lewisburg City Council. Individuals who live near the home described the alleged enter- ings of their houses by residents of the group home. The discussion be- tween the neighborhood people and City Council members occupied more than 50 minutes of the regular monthly meeting at City Hail. "We are here to air our com- plaints and fears about this home," Montvue Drive resident Ann Teubert said. "We are not a vengeful people and not without human compassion, but this home is not being operated to the best of Voca's ability." Voca is a private firm providing group home services by contact with the West Virginia Department of Health. According to Mrs Teubert and her daughter Kim O'Brien, on several occasions Voca residents have en- tered private homes uninvited. One resident tried to open a homeowner's front door, and an- other was found "pounding" on a door, they said. Another has repeat- edly run away from the group home, and several of the home's residents take "unsupervised walks," from time to time, they contend. Parents are concerned about the safety of their children. Mrs Teubert operates a clay care center in her home. "1 have already lost the income from three children's parents because of Montvue Drive Group Home this," she said. "We want the public to under- stand--we are not dealing here with small children," Mrs Teubert said. "These are fully grown, strong adults. I challenge anyone to come out here for a visit to see exactly what we are facing." In asking for help from the Coun- cil, Mrs Teubert said, "What we want is for you to tell us how we can deal with the danger, loss of income, and the invasion of privacy." The group home, along with an- other located on Judyville Road, were constructed last year after un- successful attempts by area citizens to halt the plans. Mayor Phil Gainer responded by suggesting citizens write letters to the Department of Health, West Vir- ginia Advocates for the Develop- mentally Disabled, Seneca Mental Health-Retardation Council, and both state and federal legislators, He also suggested contacting Ka- nawha County Circuit Court Judge Andrew McQueen, who made the decision that the state had to pro- teed with plans to de-institutionalize mentally retarded individuals. Council members expressed con- cern for the complaints of the Montvue Drive residents and urged pressure be put on Voca to comply with regulations. Speaking on behalf of the Voca home residents, Seneca Behavioral Health Center staff member Gene Winebrenner said, "1 think it's impor- tant to understand it's not the group home residents' fault here--it's the fault of the system itself. These people didn't put themselves in these positions. Let's not put the burden on them, but on those who have failed the system." 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