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., riefly. . . Free Basic Income Taxes prepared for persons with low to moderate income ($49,000 max) by vol- unteer income tax assistants (VITA) at the White Sulphur Springs Public Library, 203 W. Main Street, White Sulphur Springs. Services available Thursdays and Fridays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call for appointment: Venise Le Grande 304-992- 1006 or Jettina Davis 304-992-1005. In partnership with EITC Co- alition. For more information contact Delana Daniels 304-834-7082. 2010 WVACD Scholarships available The West Virginia Association of Conservation District Super- visors announces their 2010 Scholarship Program. A limited number of $750 scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors planning to further their education in Agriculture, Forestry, or Engineering (agricultural, civil or hydrology), and attending a West Virginia college or university. Appli- cants MUST have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to qualify. Appli- cation forms are available in the guidance office of all high schools in Greenbrier, Monroe, and Pocahontas Counties, or the Greenbrier Valley Conservation District office at 179 Northridge Drive, Lewisburg, WV 24901. Applications must be received at the GVCD office no later than Monday, Mar. 22, to be Considered. Please contact 304-645-6173 for further information. Casasanta Foundation presents Evolver Sunday, Mar. 14, at 2 p.m. in the 4th "Second Sundays" free con- cert at the Loft atop the Masonic Temple, 122 N. Court Street, Lewisburg. Jazz - and other shenanigans - at Lewisburg&apos;s premier speakeasy. Call 304-645-1500 or visit for more information. Greenbrier Valley Breast Cancer Support Group will have their monthly meeting Tuesday, Mar. 16, at the American HomePatient office in Fairlea, starting at 7 p.m. All breast cancer survivors are invited to attend. For more information, please con- tact Brinda Renick at 304-497-2824. NARVRE (National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees) Unit #114 Rainelle will hold their monthly meeting Wednesday, Mar. 17 at 10 a.m at the Rainelle Public Library. With the weather getting nice, we are hoping for a good turnout. Members will be called to remind them of the meeting. For more information, call 304-438-6350 or 304-438-8071 or visit Williamsburg Jr. High All-School Reunion The alumni from Williamsburg Jr. High School will hold an all-school reunion for people who attended Williamsburg Jr. High from 1962-1992. The reunion is being tentatively planned for the summer of 2010 and is open to all who at- tended Williamsburg Jr. High, but did not fall into the classes who graduated from Williamsburg High School. The first plan- ning meeting will take place Saturday, Mar. 20, at 2 p.m. at the Williamsburg Community Building. Representatives are needed from all classes. If willing to search for your class, if you cannot attend the first meeting, but are interested in helping with the reunion, or for further information, contact Debbie Judy Sizemore at 304-645-6595 or email her at deb- Women in Agriculture Event slated The Greenbrier County Farm Service Agency Farm Loan Team invites all women, and any others interested, to attend a special celebration of "Women in Agriculture" on Wednesday, Mar. 24, from 9:30 a.m. until approximately 12:30 p.m. at the Lewisburg United Methodist Church in downtown Lewisburg. Workshops and demonstrations on topics of special interest to farming women will be presented including home garden- ing, local farmers' markets, loan and conservation programs, and farm safety. Pressure canner testing will be available for those who bring their canner lid. Free informational bags, refreshments, and door prizes. A light luncheon will be hosted by the Greenbrier Valley Conservation District. Call Susan at 304-645-6172 to pre-register or for more information. Hinton New & Used Furniture- Thrift Store Located in Hinton at the corner of Rt. 20 and 3rd Avenue (304) 466-2777 Cell (304) 923-1089 EPA Town Meeting to highlight youth The City of Ronceverte and the Ronceverte Development Corporation will host a town meeting on Thursday, Mar. 18, at 6 p.m. at the Clifford Community and Recreation Center. The session will high- light the opinions of Ronce- verte's youth and what they would like to see for their community now and in the future. Tim Stromberg and Scan Garrigan of Stromberg, Garrigan and Associates, Inc. of Somerset, PA, will conduct the meeting. The community meeting is part of the EPA Brownfield project, currently underway in Ronceverte that involves the inventory and testing of the old industrial areas of the community. "We are excited about involving the youth of our community in this pro- cess," commented Pam Ste- vens, City Administrator. "If the community is to continue to grow. it is important that the opinions of the younger citizens of Ronceverte are in- cluded in the planning pro- cess." "We are encouraging every- one to become involved," said Mayor Gail White. 'q'he EPA :' Brownfield program will only be successful if people par- ticipate in the process." At 7 p.m. the meeting 11 focus on adult participation. "There will be free pizza and drinks for the young folk so I encour- age them to bring their ap- petites and their good ideas," continued White. The EPA Brownfield project is under the oversight of the EPA in Washington. The city received a $200,000 grant to perform the inventory and site studies to determine the con- dition and any environmental hazards that may exist. Once this is done, the city can then apply for funds to assist with any cleanup or redevelopment of the properties that will en- courage light manufacturing or development for commer- cial and industrial use. Stromberg, Garrigan and Associates. Inc. are respon- sible for providing a vision for possible use of properties, which is why it is important that community participation is part of the process. The site inventory and testing is being done by Environmental Re- sources and Consulting, LLC of Elkview. For more information on the meeting and how you can be involved in the process, contact the Ronceverte Devel- opment Corporation office at 304-647-3140. Bus monials from people who re- gret dropping out prison inmates. When the movie is finished, the cell is revealed demonstrating the stark re- ality experienced by many dropouts. Students are then invited into the prison cell to briefly experience the uncom- fortable living conditions. As students exit the bus, they continued from Front Page Mountain Messenger - The Weekend PaDer for the Greenbrier Valley WSS Main Street receive a pledge card and are asked to make a commitment to finish school and make good choices. The Choice Bus experience is approximately 20 minutes long and is de- signed for grades 6-10. For more information or to book The Choice Bus visit: www.mattiecstewart, org. Emily Haas, Executive Director of Communities In Schools of Greenbrier County (ClSGC), and Sheriff Jim Childers joined Christy Clemons-Rodgers, Grants and Community Partnerships Coordinator for Greenbrier County Schools at the March 9 meet- ing of the Greenbrier County Board of Education to share infor- mation on the Prevention Resource Officer (PRO) Program and collaborative efforts of the organizations they represent to bring The Choice Bus to the county's middle and high school students in April. Street of vehicles from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. to enable street cleaning or snow removal maintenance crews access during those hours. Council also discussed the need to get Funding inventors and problem solv- ers through hands-on learn- ing, while encouraging an in- ventive culture in schools and communities." Each team will receive up to $10,000 in grant funding to create a techno- logical solution to a real world problem of their choosing. Last year, Leef said, the class got a grant from NASA for a robotics design program. They wct to Washington, DC with an entry in the First Ro- botics Competition, and out of 66 entries, they were 16th. Commissioner Betty Crook- shanks said the commission would consider assistance to the project. Also requesting sustain- ability funding was the Mead- ow River Watershed Asso- ciation [MRWA] with a visual slide show depicting scenes oftheir latest project: restora- tion ofthe Western Greenbrier Youth Park, which has been closed and abandoned for years. It was in "bad shape" said Matt Ford. Tires, old, rusty cars, oil drums and de- bris were hauled away and pooling water was drained from the area. Said Ford, they March 13. 2010 3A continued from Front Page notices out to the public about starting a two-hour time limit for parking along Main Street during business hours. The issue was left unresolved. continued from Front Page plan to build a walking trail, a kiosk, and a shelter for an outdoor classroom. He also described a rain garden, or infiltration basin, a widely accepted practice in the in- dustry for addressing storm- water issues, to improve aes- thetics and be an educational resource. The rain garden is about two feet deep with a bot- tom layer of sand and gravel, topped with mulch and native vegetation. The mulch and vegetatiofl holds water which then slowly fushes through the gravel and sand. Ford says MRWA has se- cured 60 percent of the need- ed funding from the Clean WaterAct, section 319 Fund and were requesting from the commission $6,920 to match those grant funds. Commissioner Brad Tuckwiller said, ''here are $18,096 county money avail- able for conservation pur- poses. Commission president Betty Crookshanks said the commission would investigate whether that funding came from the government or not, and would get back to MRWA with support. 25 Years continued from Front Page Valley. People have been ex- tremely supportive of the pa- per. They subscribe to it, run advertising in it and send news stories about everything going on in the Valley. We try to maintain a balanced and impartial perspective on the issues, allowing our readers to form their own opinions based on the facts we present. We employ over 15 people that are writers, graphic art- ists, account reps and deliv- ery people. The newspaper is located in the old Masonic Temple Building in downtown Lewisburg, which we pur- chased outright in 2006. Owning and operating the Mountain Messenger has been a blessing and an honor. I hope you join us a saluting it on its 25th anniversary this week. It would not have been possible without you, our readers and advertisers and employees. We look forward to the next 25 years. 'Women in Unions' topic of 2nd Women's History Month program at New River GV Campus A second Women's History Month program will be held on Wednesday, Mar. 17, on the Greenbrier Valley Cam- pus of New River Community and Technical College in Lew- isburg. Elaine Harris, an inter- national representative for the Communications Work- ers of America, will be the speaker at 2 p.m. in Room 307 of Greenbrier Hall, 101 Church Street in Lewisbnrg. Her theme will be "Women in Unions: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow." The program is open to the public free of charge. Harris is the manager for Communication Workers of America, AFL-CIO, Local 2055 in Charleston and is also associated with the West Vir- ginia Women's Commission which organizes Women's Day at the Legislature each year. For further information on this and other programs and courses of study available at New River Community and Technical College Greenbrier Valley Campus, telephone 304-647-6560 or e-mail Wan- da Johnson, program coordi- nator in the office of Student Services, wjohnson @newriv- FOURTH WAY PROPERTIES AVAILABLE FOR LEASE Offices, Houses, Apartments Lesia Campbell Interiors 104 West Main Street White Sulphur Springs, WV 304.536.5101 lemacampbeNmteriors@yahoo corn Monday through Friday 9-5 Saturday. 10-5 - Custom Drapery - Standard & Specialty Shutters - Woven & Traditional Wood Blinds Call or e-mail for a free consultation & estimate 1, 2 and 3 Bedrooms Prices start as low as $400 per month. Lewisburg, Alderson, White Sulphur Springs To apply and get more information about available rentals call 304-647-5608 or 304-667-7084 Local teacher charged with sex crimes On Mar. 5, a criminal com- plaint was fled in Greenbri- er County Magistrate Court charging Radar Lafferty age 51 with engaging in or at- tempting to engage in sexual contact with a student. Laf- ferty is a High School Psychol- ogy and. Civics Teacher. Depu- ties also discovered numerous sexually explicit photographs of a minor child. The investigation is still ongoing at this time. Laffer= ty will be arraigned today in Magistrate Court. Sheriff Jim Chflders wants to express ap- preciation to deputies Bart Baker and Adam Martin along with the WV State Police, the Board of Education and the Child Youth Advocacy Center for their assistance in the in- vestigation. Arriving March 16th!!! New Couches & Loveseats, Recliners, Wing Back Chairs, Recliner Couch & Love Seats, Bedrooms Sets & Mattress Sets!! 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