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/ Vol. V No.50 March 6, 1990 From the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia ! : ,,, ,,,, , % ~*- Mrs Patterson, c. 1925 ephine C. 101st Birthday ht Brooklyn, New York, and moved to fig0res line her the Alleghenies around the time of" L.White stuffed cat rests World War I. In a time when female her bed. The lady is accountants were rare, she worked in that position for a French dress Patterson, known by designer who had stores at both residents and The Homestead in Hot Spring~, Vir- 101 March 1. ginia, and The Greenbrier in Whi~e cat with nine Sulphur Springs. no signs of leaving At that time she met Reginald H. but mostly "You can take them and care for them is being honored party at the Roncev- March 6, where since 1981. Nurses' takes special care and says the cente- no medication. "She endurance," She whose maiden !Cooke, grew up in Patterson, chief engineer for The Homestead. The two were soon married and eventually moved to The Greenbrier, where they lived for 22 years. Mrs Patterson's husband served in the same position at the White Sulphur Springs resort. During World War II he was commissioned as a colonel and ran the army hospi- tal housed in the hotel, known as Ashford General. After the war he was a top administrator in the con- version of the hospital back to a re- sort. See Birthday, pg. 3-A 4" er King Manager a Burger ' ~i~ / i ~ t[~ ~::i\, , manager Nancy Napier recently announced Linda Burger King restaurant manager, received the 1989 Excellence" for the nine.member Virginia- L area. Work for the restaurant chain 6 1/2 years ago in and transferred to the Fairlea restaurant five years ' job, she said, "I enjoy the challenge of dealing with People." on the restaurant's achievements in having the turnover and most efficient overall operation. "1"his also received high marks on cleanliness, speed, and ," area manager Nancy Napier said. Mr Dulee: Alderson Teacher Gets $1,000 Grant Alderson Elementary School teacher of the"gifted," Richard Dulee, has received a $1,000 grant from the Geraldine Dodge Founda- tion for his special project "A Cele- bration of Teaching." The award is one of fifty given by the national foundation to promote the teaching pr0fession among students. Mr Dulee's project will establish a schoolwide-peer instruction project in math and science. The events will span the remainder of this school year and next. "We will be impressing students with the notion that they can be teachers right now," said Mr Dulee. The project will establish a basic math skills game program and train students to conduct hands-on sci- ence experiments in the classroom. Each student will receive recognition for their role as a peer teacher in the form of a button proclaiming, "1 TEACH TOO!" Additionally, the grant wilt allow the school to extend its involvement with Concord College. A program, funded by another grant Mr Duiee secured earlier this year through the West Virginia Education Fund, pra-" vides for student examination of col- lege careers and educational trips to the college. "These programs expand student horizons and supplement the exist- mg curriculum In exciting ways," ac- cording to Mr Dulee. Inside Today About Herbs ......................9A Saints ................................ 4B Sports ............................... 1B The Department of Health and Human Resources offices in Fairlea are now located in facilities twice as large as the former site--and the rent has more than tripled. After a move which took only one week, the. agency is now housed in the Weslakin building in Fairlea. The of- fices opened at the new site Febru- ary 2. The former center, next to West Virginia Power in Fairlea, contained 7,600 square feet and rented for $36,000 per year. The new facilities contain 15,300 square feet and rent for $120,000 per year. When asked about the large rent and regional adminis- trator Louie Palma said the lower rent at the former site was a matter of understanding with landlord Amos Bolen because of state budget prob- lems and was significantly lower than other rents paid throughout the state by the agency. The move was made necessary when Mr Bolen worked out a lease agreement last fall allowing West Virginia Power to take over the old quarters for an anticipated expan- sion project, according to local De- partment of Health and Human Re- Frank Lewis and Mary AItizer Move; sources economic service coordina- tor Frank Lewis. The agency was given three months to be out. "We began looking at the Weslakin Build- ing around the first of November. Af- ter the decision was made to move here, the building was remodeled in a little over two months, tt was fin- ished by January 15." Larry Beckett, Director of General Services at the department's state headquarters in Charleston, said the Fairlea office's annual rent of $7.80 per square foot is not excessive. "Rents in our offices range from $2.35 per square foot in Brooke County to $13.50 per square foot in Wood County," he said. "We feel wg got our money's worth in the agree- ment worked out with the owners of the Weslakin Building, We feel fortu- nate we were able to find facilities in such a short time." Weslakin building owners Joe and Helen Cheuvront had the build- ing remodeled for the needs of the agency workers. "This is much bet- ter suited for both our clients and our staff members," Mr Lewis said. "We now have 10 private interview rooms, whereas before we had s~x in which we often had to conduct two interviews at a time. In the work Bill Hensley (left), Carter Sykes, and Gloria Morrison Union Pickets Appear At Battleground Shopping Center Union members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Lo- cal 347 are picketing tho newly opened Food Lion in White Sulphur Springs, protesting "low wages, low benefits, and foreign ownership," according to union member Jodie Ward of Oak Hill. The store opened February 25 at its Battleground Crossing Shopping Center location on Highway 92. Picketers handed out fliers to customers entering the grocery store. The fliers urged them to "sup- port American stores." Most union protesters were from the local area, but others, like Mr Ward, came from other parts of the state to support the group in its ef- forts to "get the message across," as Mr Wa~'d said. "Our problem with Food Lion is that they come ~n with substandard wages and benefits. They are not unionized, and we feel we must pro- test to maintain our standard of liv- ing. Our members own homes, be- long to civic organizations, and are able to get involved in their commu- nities because they are paid ade- quate wages. This is often not ;x~s- sible for workers paid inadequate wages." Union member Bill Hensley of Ronceverte protested what the See Pickets, pg. 3-A we do, confidentiality is very impor- tant. People are often reluctant to give us all the needed information when other people are in the same room." "We also have a lot more work space for our employees," Mr Lewis added. "It allows us to be spread out more and cuts down on a lot of the noise we had in our other location. Our client area is separated from our office area now." In addition to the private interview rooms, the new facilities include a client conference area accommo- dating up to 20 persons, a staff con- ference room, increased parking area, separate rest rooms for staff and clients, handicapped-accessible rest rooms, and a new telephone system. The office serves Monroe, Greenbrier, and Pocahontas coun- ties. "We cover one-tenth of the land mass of the state but only three per cent of the state's population," Mr Lewis said. The department's four major divi- stons at its Fairlea office are Income Maintenance, Community Support Services, Work and Training, and the Child Advocate Bureau. Mr Cornwell Mr Musser In Hospital Two area business men, Marshall Musser of Lewisburg and Darrell Cornwell of Ronceverte, are patients in out-of-town hospitals. Both men are reported in satisfac- tory condition. Mr Cornwell, employed at Ron- ceverte Ice and Produce Company," was seriously injured in a four-ve- hicle accident near Beckley Febru- ary 17. As a result of his Lnjunes, Mr Cornwell's legs were amputated five inches below his knees according to his family. He also suffered a bro-- ken hip. Mr Cornwell is at Beckley Hospital, 1007 South Oakwood Ave- nue, Beckley 25801. His room num-. ber is 249. Mr Musser, general manager of the Lewisburg Sears store, suffered an apparent heart attack February 27 while he was on a business trip to Lexington, Virginia. he was first taken to a Lexington hospital and then transferred to Roanoke Memo, rial hospital where he is listed in good condition, according to his family. Mr Musser is in Room 614, Roanoke Memorial hospital, Bellview Avenue at Jefferson Street Southeast, Roanoke, Virginia 24014. !iiiiiiii iiiiiiiiii iii ii!iii !i i iiil iiiiii i iiii !iiili ill iiii g 1 9