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~- Mountain Messenger - February 25, 2017 - The Weekend Paper For The Greenbner Valley Kids Science Carnival r The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine Pediatrics Club and the WVSOM Family Medicine Club w host the 2nd annual Science Carnival Saturday, Feb. 25, from 10 a.m.-12 noon atthe WVSOM Alumni Center. The carnival will feature free, fun, hands-on learning for kids of all ages who are interested in sci- ence. Register by Feb. 20 by emailing audreanna- haines@gmail.com with the child's name and age. Flying Falcons 4-H Soup Luncheon Come share lunch with the Williamsburg Flying Falcons 4-H group. Choose from a variety of home- made soups and peanut butter or grilled cheese sand- wich, many homemade desserts and a drink Sunday, Feb. 26. The lunch will be from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Williamsburg Community Building. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Proceeds will help send club members to camp .and on their I annual club trip. Call 304-645-6867 for more informa- Ition. Directions to Williamsburg: 1-64, exit 161, north Ion Rt. 12, east on Rt. 60, first left onto Sinking Creek Road for nine miles (stay on the two-lane), commu- nity building is on the left. Alderson third grade art show The Alderson Artisans Gallery will showcase art from Alderson Elementary School's third grade classes from Friday, Feb. 24 through Mar. 10. Opening night will be Feb. 25 from 6-7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be offered. Parking is available at the Alderson Visitor's Center. AHMH February schedule American Heritage Music Hall, Inc., 315 Monroe Avenue, Ronceverte, opens their door at 6 p.m., mu- sic 7 to 10:30 p.m. Admission: Tuesdays: $7/each, Saturdays: $10/each. Break at 8 p.m. for announce- ments and food. (Food & drinks are supplied by the audience). Tuesday Jam Session: Feb. 28 Saturday Dance Feb. 25 with "Prime Country" Contacts: Charlie Massie at 304-645-3982; Bill Evans at 304- 392-6079; AHMH at 304-645-4667; (www.amed- canheritagemusichall.org) Handicap accessible. No Alcohol and No Smoking nonprofit organization (ref. IRS 501(c)3. E-mail: charliemassie@suddenlink.net AA meetings at St. James Episcopal Church, 218 South Court Street, Lewisburg, Monday, Wednesday and Friday 7 p.m. and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12 noon. NarAnon meetings Wednesday evenings 7 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, 218 South Court Street, Lewisburg. NarAnon is a 12-step support group for persons affected by someone else's addiction, Call Susan at 304-646- 6506for more information. Weekly AI.Anon meetings every Thursdayi 7-8 p;m. at Lewisburg United Meth dJ hur Lee Street door. AI-Anon is a l ep or.g ni'Zati r family and friends of peo- ple aloohol prob!eA .. For information call Sue at 304-646-6506 or Dee"at 304-667-1766:' Bluefield Princetbn area Multiple sclerosis (Ms) support Group meets once a month, usually around the last Tuesday. The group is open to all who have MS and family and friends. Medical students and such are welcome. No charge or fee to join. We're into our 29th year as a group. Please come, you'll find us a caring and en- couraging group. For information call Doug Mullins, group leader, at 304-753-9126. Ronceverte Phillip D. Hayes to Charles R. Vanreenen, 5.799 Acres, Blue Sulphur Dist., Lots #66, 67, 68, 69, 70 & 71, Mont- vue Subdivision, Lewisburg Municipality Lonnie L. White and Pearl Eldridge White to Miles E. Perry and Kandyce S. Perry, Property I-2.2 Acres; Prop- erty 11-11.75 Acres, Fort Spdfig Dist. . James Lee :Carson and Teela M. Carson to Twinkle Martin, Lots #65 & 66, Osborne Addition, Town of East Rainelle Christopher L. Hunter and Jessica R. Hunter to Kevin J. Ingles and Mary Ingles, 2.0 Acres, Blue Sulphur Dist. Jessica Suzette Neal to Arnett Berry and Nile Berry, Par- cel I-Lot #13; Parcel 11-6,180.38 Sq Ft, J. Preston Zopp Subdivision, Town of Rupert Tonya R. Ball and Charles J. Ball to None Shatley, Par- cel I-Lot #19; Parcel II-Lot #18 & Lot #B, Sectien 11, Levelton Land and !mprov0mentco. Addition, Town of Rainelle ,, .~:~ ~,a~( ii'i::;''i~.~: Holly Clark, Jr. or Holly Clark ill!to Cad S. Jarvis, Ed- ward Lewis and Frances Lewis, Lots #14 & 15, Block 6, Rainell Corp. Dist. Tamela Sue Blackburn to Christina Isabelle and Yubre- nal Isabelle, 2.83 Acres, Meadow Bluff Dist. Sharon Luchsinger and James Luchsinger to Skipper J. Zickafoose, 4 Acres, Meadow Bluff Dist. Johnie D. Lucas and Tamara L. Lucas to Henry A. Lu- cas, Property I-1.0 Acre; Property II Tract I -6.405 Acres; Property III- 1.157 Acres, Irish Corner Dist. Seneca Trustees, Inc. to Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Lots #33 & 35, Pocahontas Ave., City of Ronceverte Barnwood Continued from Front Page household items made by local artisans using reclaimed ma- terials. The hand-held tools, hanging on the walls around the room, recall another age when tools were lovingly handed down to the next generation. There are T-shirts, hats and other clothing items, too, com- plete with the Barnwood logo, for the fans to take home and wear proudly. Several barnwood pieces are also on display for those interested in getting a feel for the rough-hewn and aged wood, and who may be considering a reclaimed wood project of their own. The Bamwood Living showroom will hold its offi- cial grand opening for is scheduled for Saturday, May 27, Shelton said, and the entire crew will be on hand to meet and greet visitors with plenty of photo ops for fans. The open- ing is timed to coincide with White Sulphur Springs' annual Dandilion Festival. Bamwood Living showroom is now open Tuesdays- Fridays 10-5pm. For more information, you can reach Shelton at 888-941-9553 Or at info@barnwoodliving.com. A catalog of many of the hand-made items are also available at their website at www.barnwoodliving.com. (Photo by Peggy Mackenzie) The Barnwood Living showroom now open on Main Street in White Sulphur Springs At the Capitol By Phil Kabler For The West Virginia Press Association Slow start on passage of Legislation Unlike the past two legislative sessions, when the new Re- publican leadership jumped into each new session with the passage of a flurry of bills, the 2017 regular session has gotten offto a comparatively slow start. After 10 days in session, 0nly two bills have been passed by the House of Delegates, and none by the Senate. Looming over the session, of course, is the issue of dealing with a $500 million shortfall in the 2017-18 state budget. Legislative leadership balked at Gov. Jim Justice's budget plan, which would close the funding gap with $400 million in new taxes, about $26.6 million in sPending cuts, and about $50 million in funding shifts to the general revenue budget. In the House, Finance Chairman Eric Nelson, R-Kanawha, said he has set up subcommittees to look at different section of the budget, instructing them to come up with recommenda- tions within two weeks. Meanwhile, Justice continued to use the bully pulpit to sway public support for his budget plan, telling the annual West Virginians for Better Transportation rally at the Capitol Friday that short-term tax increases are the only way to get through the budget crisis. "I wish it cost nothing, but the alternative is real simple," he said, outlining the state parks, colleges and universities, and state programs he will have to close if there is no additional revenue in the 2017-18 state budget. !'Every time we constrict now, more people leave the state," Justice said, challenging legislative leaders who want to bal- ance the budget through spending cuts. "If we lose this battle here, trust me, it's over," he added. The annual rally for more funding for state roads and trans- portation took on a different tone this year, since Justice is proposing selling some $2.8 billion of road bonds to fund a massive highways construction and maintenance plan. Justice said the plan would Create a total of 48,000 jobs, which he said would lead to much-needed increases in sales tax and income tax collections. "We can put our people to work," he said. In exchange, Justice said he is asking the average West Vir- ginia driver to pay an extra $126 a year in gas taxes, and $20 more a year for license plate registrations. A day earlier, TRIP, a national transportation association, released a report showing that poor roads cost the average Charleston driver $1,357 a year in additional expenses, with comparable costs for drivers in other parts of the state. Statewide, deficient roads cost West Virginia drivers a total of $1.4 billion a year for additional vehicle repair and mainte- nance costs, crashes where road deficiencies are a contribut- ing factor, and lost time and fuel from traffic congestion, the TRIP report found. Justice adn,inistration Transportation Secretary Tom Smith called the TRIP report "alarming," and cited it as proof the state needs to move forward with Justice's road-building pro- posaL "Roads are getting worse. Bridges are getting worse," he said. "It really makes the point Gov. Justice has asked us to make." Besides financ.ial costs - the TRIP study found that West Virginia drivers spend an average of $647 a year on additional vehicle maintenance and repair costs - poor road conditions contribute to accident and fatality rates that are significantly above national averages, according to the report.. Citing data from the Federal Highway Administration, the TRIP study noted that 29 percent of major roadways in the state are in poor condition, with 55 percent rated mediocre or fair. The report released Thursday also notes that 17 percent of bridges in the state are rated as structurally deficient, which is 5th worst nationally. Also last week, the Educational Broadcasting Authority held an emergency meeting on Justice's proposal to eliminate state funding for the authority, which operates West Virginia Public Broadcasting stations across the state. "Although it was a surprise to us, we have confidence in this administration. We have confidence we can work this out," authority chairman Bill File said of proposed $4.6 mil- lion cut, which amounts to about 45 percent of EBA's total budget. "Without a state subsidy, we will not be able to maintain the network," Public Broadcasting executive director Scott Finn told the authority. "We will have to make hard choices on what stations stay on or go off." Several authority members said the EBA needs to make the public and Legislature aware of the services Public Broad- casting provides, including Bruce Berry, who said, "We need to show the governor and the Legislature what we provide to them." www.mountainmessenger.com Public Meetings will meet Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7:30p.m. in Lewisburg City Hall, 942 Washington Street West, in the Paul R. Cooley Council Chamber. On the agenda: Visitors' Re Ronceverte Public Library Board of Trustees will meet Wednesday, Mar. 1, at 6 p.m. in the Howell Room 0f the library. An agend~ ~S~availabie and the public is welcOme. .... ..... ~ "J' ~; :! ~ " ..... " Jenkins Continued from Front Page tled speaker, that"West Virginia is a state to be disposed of." "Mining is a way of life," said another. 'Tve heard that statement all my life, but have you seen the coalfields? The coalfields don't look like a way of life. And there's nothing nurturing about the gas and oil industries either. A true way of life is something to be preserved and passed on to nurture the next generation." "Coal is in decline and has been for years. It has nothing to do with Obama. It's an economic thing. But by continuing to promote coal production allows coal costs to be continu- ally externalized" onto the people, the land and the water, said another frustrated speaker. "This is shameful. Thinking coal is returning is like thinking the buggy whip business is coming back!" " Aman who ran a coal company said he'd been a coal min- er most of his life, but no longer. His father died a horrible death from black lung disease, he said, and even two days before he died, the insurance company was still denying that black lung was what was killing him. The system is set up so "you cannot win a black lung case." "In 1950, he went on, "there were 150,000 miners work- ing. By 2000, the figure had dropped to 20,000, due primar- ily to the longwall and continuous mining methods. West Virginia should have diversified years ago," he said. "Oligarchy rules in West Virginia," said another, who re- called how the coal industry "batted down any and all at- tempts at diversity" just so they could continue to maintain their exclusive hold on the powers of the state. A young woman brought up another point: "There are no jobs for youth in West Virginia. The only people known to live here are the elderly, the druggies and the die-hards. These are the die-hards - the ones here in this room. I'm a young die-hard and I want to remain here, but work is hard to find." The "for-profit" health system is also not interested in us, said another speaker. "The ACA should be expanded and fixed where needed. Trump said in his campaign speeches that his health care plan will be better than ACA, available to all and cost less. Is Jenkins willing to push for that?" House Majority Leader Paul Ryan's proposals for a new health care system didn't impress one speaker, who said the three components of the system included a plan for health savings accounts, high risk pools and insurance access from across state lines - none of which actually gave better cost protections to West Virginians nor guaranteed health care options ........................... .................... It comes down to a matter of priorities, said one wom- an, profits, or health care.services for realWest Virginians: "We're not a fringe grou~;", ~xioman exclaimed. "We care about the state and its policies, but we're also scared and ': angry. We need more health care, not less. The single payer system is viewed the world over as the best way to go for health care - except in the U.S." Another woman spoke to the dangers of gas pipelines pro= posed for Greenbrier County. Having visited Durbin County, PA, famous for its gas wells and methane leaks, she said, the methane fumes are everywhere. She was there for two days and was sick for two weeks. "They all leak!" she said. An elderly, white haired woman rose to her feet and put all the issues at the meeting very simply to Jenkins field repre- sentative, "We're just people. 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