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2- Mountain Messenger - February 25, 2017 - The Weekend Paper For The Greenbrier Valley www.mountainmessenger.com Last week, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) introduced the Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area Act of 2017. This bipartisan legislation will provide a cooperative management framework to West Virginia and Maryland, 18 counties within On Feb. 15, John Manchester, mayor of Lewisburg, signed a proclamation honoring Pat and Willa Izzo. They are this year's recipients of Shepherd's Center's Community Service Award. The luncheon to honor them is quickly approaching - Mar. 14 at noon at the Roland P. Sharp Alumni Center at WVSOM campus. This is always a great event and the highlight of the afternoon will be the presentation of the video on their life of service by the award winning videographer, B.J. Gudmundsson. It is not too late to get your tickets for the luncheon to honor Pat and Willa. Call the Shepherd's Center office for details at 304-645-4196. On Thursday, Mar. 2, the spring Adventures in Learning classes will begin. The Shepherd's Center has added several new classes this session such as Everyday Gourmet, Faith in Action - After the Flood, to namea couple; plus'they have past favorites such as Current Events, Creative Writing, and more. Lunch is prepared by various churches or organizations in the area. For those of you living in Western Greenbrier County - Adventures in Learning held at the First Baptist Church in Rainelle will begin Mar. 22. Again, they are offering several new classes and a field trip is planned. They are happy to be back at the church after the devastation by the flood in June, 2016. Shepherd's Center just held the AARP Safe Driving Class Wk (lung,k lm and I =t I=m for seniors with Troy Holbrook presenting the new condensed curriculum to a packed class. A second (possibly a third) class is planned. If you are interested in taking this class and lowering your automobile insurance, let them know. A class is also being considered for W stern Greenbrier if there is enough interest. Please call the office if you would like more information on the driving classes and would like to register. Please call the Shepherd's Center office at 304-645-4196 for registration information for the Adventures in Learning Classes or if you would like to attend the CSA Luncheon. WVSOM RHI Continued from Front Page who have the intestinal fortitude of lions were on the job. People didn't just stay in a Holiday Inn overnight and sud- denly become great at what they do. They are great because they diligently practice their skills and work hard at actual scenarios that put them in the fire of any situation and pre- pare them to come out alive. There was no one individual that could have completed this rescue - it was a team effort from military to civilian, from pilot to doctors, they were all well trained and fear- less. Due to the efforts of all involved, everyone that was that are specifically trained, qualified and willing to go into dangerous situations and provide medical support is huge. The RHI program provides this opportunity to the highly motivated student doctors from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM). Janet Hinton, WVSOM RHI program coordinator, ensures that these opportuni- ties are there for future doctors to take advantage of. Army Colonel Steve Eshenaur, D.O:, and state surgeon, was the lead organizer for this event and is also WVSOM alumnus and RHI mentor. There were survivors on hand to talk about involved in the crash made it out safe. My hat is off to the their experience as well as many of the rescuers from that pilots who were able to hold position, to the medical per- crash to make it even more real to those training. There were sonal who were lowered by cable into five feet of snow, to 21 RHI student doctors participating in the event. the ones who scaled the mountain, and to the fire and rescue If you have a desire to be adventurous and find yourself in teams. With the growing number of outdoor enthusiasts and a situation where all seems lost, one pearl of wisdom taken the many activities that take place in the mountains of West from the event is, "There is no substitute for preparedness." Virginia, the need for wilderness medicine and mountain You can be guaranteed that there are people who are ready rescue is a high priority, and will have your back. Our great state has some of the This rescue in the mountains inspired the hearts of best trained and will always give 100 percent to the public's many to pursue a life on standby to the service of others, safety. Due to this event, the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (lead sponsor) and 11 other agencies including the WV Army National Guard, Shavers Fork Fire Department, attendo gning of his Marlinton Fire Department, Pocahontas Memorial Hospital, Pocahontas Emergency Services 911 Center, the WV Air to ovar N '0nli-oo0r 11110 National Guard, the US Navy and Snowshoe Resort facili- U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) attended the signing tated a preparedness event for medical students in the Rural ceremony of the resolution of disapproval under the Health Initiative (RHI) program that was held at Snowshoe Congressional Review Act (CRA) which Senator Manchin Resort and the surrounding area. introduced to overturn the "stream protection rule?' Last Within RHI, student doctors learn about wilderness medi- year, the Department of the Interior (DOI) Office of Surface cine and mountain rescue techniques, along with other con- Mining and Reclamation Enforcement (OSMRE) decided ceres of rural areas, that will help them if they are evercalled to send its final stream protection rule to the White House upon because medicine in the wild will often times have to without fulfilling obligations for state engagement as get creative. This training will also help them to think on directed by Congress. their feet and be fast to respond. Student doctors also learned "I have led the fight against this rule since my first days in the protocol of coordinating between medical professionals the Senate because it simply isn't commonsense and would during a disaster, survival and rescue in extreme situations, kills jobs in our state," Manchin said in a press release. tips to working in extreme environments and communica- "With the signing of this measure, we officially overturn this tion skills needed between different responding organiza- harmful regulation and can now focus on helping the many tions so that the outcomes of emergencies will be in the best West Virginia families and businesses that are experiencing interest of all involved. Trainees also had the opportunity to the negative effects of the war on coal. My concerns were load a victim on the Black Hawk helicopter and fly over the not just with the rule itself, but with the rule-making process mountains to simulate an actual response, that led to it. Not only did the Department of the Interior Also receiving training were fire and EMS personnel, the and OSMRE fail to consult with stakeholders and consider WV National Guard, physicians, nurses, physician assis- the economic impacts, including the possible elimination of tants. The need for hands-on training is a necessity, espe- thousands of jobs, but they also refused to acknowledge that cially here in the Appalachians. More people are getting out the rule conflicted with EPA authority and was duplicative of and pursuing an active lifestyle, and the need for personnel existingregulations under laws such as the Clean Water Act. I thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for coming Donations being accepted for together to reverse these harmful Obama-era regulations." Earlier this month, Manchin spoke on the Senate Floor Greenbrier Humane Society urging his colleagues to pass this resolution. In 2015, Manchin introduced the bipartisan Supporting The Bank of Monroe in coordination with the Greenbrier East Chapter of the National Honor Society are teaming Transparent Regulatory and Environmental Actions in together to gather donations for the Greenbrier Humane Mining (STREAM) Act. The bill would have prevented Society during the month of March. The Bank of Monroe the "stream protection rule" while adding transparency and Fairlea and Lewisburg locations will serve as drop-off stopping federal regulatory overreach related to mining. locations for items needed. Donations can also be dropped It would ensure that any role issued by the Department of the Interior is based on off at Greenbrier East High School. comprehensive, open data Items neededinclude: and would not unnecessarily increase regulations or eliminate thousands of jobs. Newspaper Liquid Laundry Detergent Dryer Sheets Paper Towels 13 Gallon Trash Bags Dog/Cat Toys Dog/Cat Food (NO DYE) Puppy/Kitten Food Dog/ Cat Treats Dawn Dish Soap Towels/Blankets Collars/Leashes CatNip Clumping Cat Litter Lint Roller The Bank of Monroe will also donate $20 for each new checking account opened during the month of March to the Greenbrier Humane Society. Please join us in donating to help out this wonderful organization. 2017-18 Greenbrier County Arts and Recreation grant allocations Applications are now open for the Greenbrier County Arts and Recreation grant allocations. Applications may be picked up at the County Commission office, Greenbrier County Courthouse, downloaded at www. greenbriercounty.net or by calling the Greenbrier County Commission office at 304-647-6689. The applications are due back no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Mar. 17. Uses of Arts and Recreation funds must be in compliance with West Virginia state code 7-18-14, and also under the guidance and recommendations of' the County Commission. Funds may not be used for salaries or wages. To view the application, West Virginia state code and County Commissioners' recommendations, go to www.greenbriercounty.net or pick up a copy at the Greenbrier County Commission office at the Greenbrier County Courthouse. Mae Da/e BOOKKEEPING & TAX SERVICE Smvlng Area Since 1986 $50 (ps.s tax) For Federal & State Short Forms Arbuckle Lane, Lewisburg, WV 304-645-6037 Office Hours: 10 am - 6 pm e-mail news stories to news@mountainmessenger. com those states, all levels of government and the private sector to work collaboratively to conserve the cultural, natural and historical heritage and pursue economic opportunities within the designated heritage area. "ThiS bipartisan measure is an investment in a healthy future for both our children and our growing tourism industry in West Virginia. As the third most forested state in the nation, West Virginians cherish the access we have to the outdoors. We must preserve the rich cultural traditions and natural beauty of this region for the next generation of West Virginians and for visitors from all over the world who visit our great state each year," said Manchin. "Our Appalachian Forest Heritage Area legislation is designed to recognize the importance of and bring additional economic activity to 18 counties in Western Maryland and West Virginia where people, mountains and forests continually shape each other," said Cardin. "This bipartisan measure will improve the collaboration among the many agencies, governments and citizens who manage, care about and depend upon the Appalachian region. It is a significant step forward in our stewardship of unique natural, historic and cultural resources." "West Virginia's mountainous forest lands are important to our tourism economy and scenic beauty, so it is essential that we designate this heritage area. I am proud to join my colleagues to introduce this measure that will help boost tourism and revenue in West Virginia, and help more people enjoy the natural beauty the Mountain State is known for," said Capito. The National Heritage Area program is a grants and outreach program that is administered by state governments, non-profit organizations or other private corporations. The National Park Service provides an advisory role with limited technical, planning and financial assistance. A National Heritage Area designation does not result in additional federal land management programs, regulations or management controls. There are currently 49 National Heritage Areas. National Heritage Areas leverage federal funds to create jobs, generate revenue for local governments, and sustain local communities. National Heritage Areas return an average of $5.50 for every $1 of federal investment. Hillsboro, WV Ch//d I like to play with my puppies. i)i :i !f ~iil 1. What are you currently reading? Halloween Howl by Gall Herman. It's a Clifford the big red dog book about Halloween. 2. What type of material do you like to read the most? What formats- paper, online, ebooks, audiobooks? I like books about Halloween and animals. I really like princess stories, as well. 3. What is your favorite book or one that made a big Impression on you? Why? I have a new favorite every week, but this week my favorite book is Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland. I think Alice is a princess. 4. If you have them, who are your favorite authors? Gall Herman and Dr. Seuss and anything Walt Disney. 5. where and when do you like to read? About how much time do you read every day? My daddy reads to me every day for at least a half hour, we also read three books together every night at bed time. 6. Why do you mostly read: for pleasure, for informa- tion on a specific topic, for work or school or to keep up with current events? I read for pleasure and for the pictures, because they are fun. 7. Tell us why you love to read! When did you start loving books? Why do you like them so much? I've especially loved books and reading since my dad had arstroke. When he reads to me, we are both learning together. That is very special to me. i!i iiii / Sizemore ramilg Den!islr!l New Patnents ', , Si ) ' (~alcb L, ~_ zemore, l DS Now ofeed 20% Discount on c/ean/ng & exam for new Performing any general dental needs such as cleanings, exams, cosmetic dentistry, crowns, Midges, veneers, fillings, dentures, partials, implants, implant restoration, extractions, rooL canals, whitening and preventive care. Will file with any insuronce Emergencies Welcome 304-536-3304 1029 East Main St. White Sulphur Springs, WV