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10 The Mountain Messenger, Tuesday, March 6, 1990 Leslie Price Shaver A neighbor who use to live in back of us, Mrs Estelle Pierrot, hated children and unruly plants She was a tiny woman who wore rust-colored polyester pantsuits and had thin gray hair. She must have been in her fifties when I first met her. Her idea of the word "garden- rag" was contained in the word "tidy." She didn't plant, she pruned. She didn't cultivate, she cleared. Shrubs, trees, bushes, and flower- beds disappeared weekly after she moved in. She installed a burglar alarm and lock bolts on all the doors and kept the venetian blinds pulled shut all day. Obsessively, she picked up any loose gravel in the driveway. The outside of her house was ferociously clean. Not a stray dried leaf skittered across her yard. The lawn she kept in the style of crewcut, never allowing it higher than an inch before she got the re- tarded man down bhe street to now it for a $1.75. Before Mrs Pierrot moved in, my three sons had always cut through her yard on their way down town, but she wasn't about to allow them tollfree passage. She negotiated a deal with them: They could use her property as a shortcut provided they stayed only on the driveway and took her garbage cans out to the street curb on Thursday mornings. When the first trash day arrived, the boys forgot. Mrs Pierrot's mercy, however, didn't include second chances. She declared her yard off limits. So naturally the next n~ght they stationed a guerilla camp on our back deck. It offered the perfect angle to egg the back brick wall of her house and chimney. My sons were not experience enough yet with terrorism either to predict the adhesive qualities of albumen to They were "off and spelling" when 36 students in grades four through eight competed in the 1990 Monroe County Spelling Bee. This tenth annual event tool place at Un- ion Elementary, February 20. All public elementary and junior high schools were represented: Gap Mills School, Greenville School, Peter- stown Elementary and Peterstown Junior High. After three hours of competition between grades and individuals, two students emerged, one to lay claim to the winning position and one to me runner-up position. The winner was a sixth grade student from Pe- cerstown Elementary, Morgan Nowlin. Morgan drew to a ciose the eighth and final round when she spelled correctly the word "ordi- nance, "' which means "an authorita- tive decree or direction." Runner-up in the contest was Joyce Weikle. She is an eighth grade student from Greenville Schools. The menacing word for her was "craftsman," which means "a workman who practices a trade," Both Morgan Joyce will have another chance to I ove themselves in the war of the spelling words when they go to Charleston April 7 [o compete in the stat~wide spelling bee sponsored by thee Charleston Daily Mail and the Charleston Re- gional Chamber of Commerce and Development. It is hoped that Monroe County will produce a win- ner or runner-up who will then par- tic=pate ~:', tha 1.990 National Spelling Bee scheduled for May 27 - June 2 in Washington, D C. Other finalists, m grades 4 through 8, participating in the countywide bee were; Jo Ann Cathcart, Kristi Honaker, Steven Dowdy and Kim Hefner of Gap Mills School: Carrie Wilson and Rachel Ccmer of Greenville School; and Heather Vance and Lori Waaker of Union Elementary, Kelly Ford, former administrator from Greenbrier County Schools, served as pronouncer of the bee. Serving as judges were; Harry Moh/er, Hester Noble and June Sprouse. Lois Fullen taped the bee. Susan Cobb tallied the rounds. Frank Upton, principal of Union Ele- mentary, served as nest. Awards and presentation s were made by school board members, Tommy Hess and Sharon Harris. The Monroe County Board of Education Office would like to recog- raze and thank all the students who participated as well as the spelling bee coordinator for each school. The coordinators were; Susan Cobb, Gap Mills School; Libby Jen- nings Donna. Greenville School, Dorothy Fields, Peterstown Elemen- tary; J Jackson, Peterstown Junior High; and Pare, Union Elementary. A final word of thanks is to be extended to the Monroe County brick or to feel their secret position of attack exposed. At midnight on the deck they felt safe from the dis- approving eyes of their parents as well as Mrs. Pierrot. While MIs Pierrot had no/ actu- ally witnessed my sons' villainy, when she came out to sweep the driveway the next morning, she spotted the sticky yellow residue immediately. She grabbed the top of the broom handle and flattened the bristles against the asphalt. She was so angry, she trembled When she screwed her head up in the di- rection of our house, and shook the broom in the air, I knew we were in for it. I gave my boys the scrub brush my husband used to clean the out- door barbeque grill and poured a gallon bucket full of ammonia and water. It was alt the armor I had to give them against Mrs Pierrot's wrath. She stood in back of them watch- ing every back and forth arm motion of the scrub brush, continually point- ing to spots they missed. I watched from the deck praying the clouds would hold off the sun long enough to insure the boys a better chance against dried egg yolk. They worked for about two and a half hours, a far more sustained effort than I had ever gotten out of them. They wiped the siate clean, or so | thoug ht. Mrs Pierrot obviously did not have the vantage point I did to ob- serve a neighbor's habits. Nor did she know I rose as early as she in the mormng to drink my coffee on the deck The next morning while the light was still dark gray I watched her take her revenge. She was fast at work hacksawing my pink dogwood. Some of the branches grew over our boundary lines into her yard, too close for Mrs Pierrot's comfort For Us Education Association and the Monroe County Reading Council for the fully funded financial support of the spelling bee. John W Lewis and Ann MeClung Tooth Grant Goes To West John W Lewis, science teacher at Greenbrier West High School, was awarded a Dental Health mini-grant for the school year 1989-1990. He was one of 35 recipients in West Vir- ginia. The mini-grant are sponsored by the Auxiliary to the West Virginia Dental Association and the West Virginia Dental Association. This is the first year for the program. Mr Lewis will be using his award to allow students in his Biology II class to take bacterial counts in their own saliva and culture those bacte- ria. Students will also be able to pre- pare permanent casts of their own teeth. The students will be able to apply their knowledge of microbiol- ogy through this lab activity. Each teacher awarded a mini grant will direct a project in dental health. 6,686 children in elementary, junior high, vocational and high schools will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of projects according to Ann McClung, project director. Hal III Have you experienced difficulty in getting your Mountain Messenger If so, please phone 647-5724 Weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. We strive to bring you the best newspaper in a timely fashion. Thank you. Haman It "...and we danced until the sun came up!" CHOOSE... from our very new and our largest selection of gowns ever THEN... add jewelry, gloves & hosiery as well as our Dye-To-Match footwear to complete your total look in Tea Lengths Full Lengths Hi-Lo Lengths And Short Lengths A you'll cherish forever! 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