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/ Vol' VI No.3 March 20, 1990 From the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia The Hill Lorists Elementary and Parent/Teacher Or- conjunction with Car- present "The Hill Lo- at Carnegie Hall are West Virginia's )rytelling troupe. Re- you were told as a Children will learn new Stories, legends, plus can continue to be through the genera- Hilton of the PTO FLorists,, are Dr Judy P. Byers of Marion County; John H. Randolph of Harrison County; Noel W. Tenney of Upshur County. They wilt perform at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children. "If you be- long to your School's Parent/ Teacher Organization, CEA, et- cetera bring your membership card or proof of membership -- your tick- ets will then be $3 for adults and $2 for children," Ms Hilton said. Ad- vance reservation ~; or tickets may be obtained from Carnegie Hall -- 645-7917 or from Martha Hilton -- 645-7633. ira's still a tall bell tower, red ;, steep windows, and and hitching post travel Route 39/92 this quaint building is wide-eyed children teachers. and consolidation Springs Ele-. tong ago. The two- Was closed to educa- in the early 1950's In a field of dense when James and / it and began ~ renovation project on the Worths have op- Minnehaha, a boys' ) located on 150 acres old school building. Gradually the schoolhouse captured their imagination. They purchased it from Sherman Kincaid, a Minnehaha Springs resident who had bought it an an school board auction several years before. The building was constructed in 1911 by civil engineer Winston He- rold, according to the Worths. Its main front entrance had two cloak rooms, which the couple changed into rest rooms and closets. One of the two classrooms was for grades 1-3, and the other was for grades 4- 6. Both were turned into apartments. Until last year the Worths rented one of them and spent part of the year in the other. They now live year-round in the entire building. The twelve-foot ceiling was low- ered to ten feet to line up with the top of the tall classroom windows, The paneled lower portions of the walls have been preserved, along with some of the students' carvings representing several generations. Additionally, the Worths dry-walled or re-plastered the walls, added in- door plumbing, completely re-wired the building, covered the oiled floors with hardwood, and installed a spiral staircase to the attic, which appar- ently had never been used. Bridge- type trusses provide support for the See "Home", pg. 2-A ~i~ i! James & Sally Worth College Students Speak On Strike By Amy Ingrain Greenbrier College Trainee The teachers' str~ke is a contro- versial subject. We now know the opinion of the West Virginia Educa- tion Association (WVEA), the Ameri- can Federation of Teachers, the governor, the local and state boards of education, and various other indi- viduals. Did anyone think to ask the ,:~: ~.. up-and-coming teachers? The Mountain Messenger did and we interviewed several education ma- jors at Greenbrier Community Col- lege for their opinions on the strike. Some of these students are members of the Student Education Association (SEA). This organization has a full slate of officers and spon- sors beneficial student activities, such as lectures, at the college. Al- though most of their involvement is within the college sphere they are members of the WVEA and pay both state and national dues. For every year they are early members they will receive reductions in their After a 50-minute executive ses- dues when the begin their careers, sion March 13, the Greenbrier They will a.lso be covered by the un- County Board of Education withdrew ion when they do observations and its March 12 ultimatum mandating Parents gather at Board of Education Office, Lewisburg are student teaching in the schools , . "~ ........... ind striKing teachers return to work or be benlors I-'atrlcla blrcnrlelO L., y ....... ' , fired. The agreement was part of a uurnam bammy ,Jo L==Dson Troro .... .... ' ..... "-' r -compromise worKeo out with the Ine Halnelle area ano L,;narlle hlO a, ........ " --m Greenbrier County Education Asso- f=uN~ the Maxwel[on area are me - ciation (GCEA), which 'had directed the "extended work stoppage" since March 7. The Board approved the the compromise by a 5-to-0 vote. Nearly 100 Greenbrier County parents packed the meeting room of bers of the SEA and agreed upon their response to our questions. Charlie Flora and Sammy Jo Gibson have children, Mrs Flora has three children, in the fourth, fifth, and sixth grades and Mrs Gibson has two chil- dren, the oldest of which is in the fourth grade. These students agree, "It is not a question of legality but a question of moral responsibility for the education of our children." They also think the strike should be a the'Board of Education in Lewisburg March 13 to protest the Board's March 12 ultimatum vowing to fire striking teachers not returning to work March 14. The meeting was one of several episodes marking the second week of the statewide teach- ers' strike. Greenbrier County's board was the first to issue a back-to-work mandate threatening job termina- tion. Its decision was unanimous. Over 300 of the county's 440 teach- ers had left the classroom as of March 13. The executive session was at- tended by Superintendent of Schools Steve Baldwin; Board mem- bers Clarence Hinkle, Henry Ses- sions.Cheryl Griffith, Bruce Bowling, and Gary Wilson; GCEA president Houston Arbuckle; West Virginia Education Association (WVEA) rep- resentative Gary Archer; Board at- torney Richard Lorensen; and a Charleston lawyer hired by the WVEA as a legal advisor. After the meeting Mr Arbuckle read a joint statement to the audi- See "Strike" pg. 5-A See "Students" pg. 2-A Mr Barnes John R. Barnes, an employee of Process Analytics in Lewisburg, has been awarded recognition in Who's Who in U. S. Executives. Mr Barnes is Materials Manager at Process Analytics (formerly Combustion En- gineering). Who's Who in U. S. Executives' is the world's largest organization for professional business persons which recognize and profile out- standing executives in an annual publication. The organization only accepts members who are top cor- porate executives or those who have made significant accomplish- ments during their business career. Mr I~arnes holds a BS in Mathe- matics, with a minor in education and physical science from the Uni- versity of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Mr Barnes joined Process Analyt- ics in August 1987 as Materials Manager. He has been with the cor- poration for approximately 13 years in Texas, Oklahoma and on special assignment at corporate headquar- ters in Stamford, Connecticut before coming to Lewisburg. About Herbs ....................... 7A Agriculture ......................... 6A Briefly ................................. 3A Classified ........................... gB Deeds .................................. 8A Hand In Hand ................... 10A Obituaries ....... ; ................... 8A Opinion ............................. 4A Roberta ............................... 2B Saints ................. Sports ...... . ...... By Blair Shultz Smith talk ~n~ read !rom h!s wo~ David Martin is~ the ultimate The N~York Times writer. He goes where others dare not go. The unsubpecting first-time readers of one of his books cannot know, as they read the first few pages, they will become addicted to a style of prose that is poetic narra- tive. Every phrase, everY sentence, every paragraph and every chapter is so ingenuously and seductively crafter, a collage of imagery is cre- ated that is as powerful and de- manding as the need to breather. The reader cannot put the book down. This noted author, whose novels have been critically acclaimed by major newspapers in the country, will be honored with a reception at the Ronceverte Public LibrarY at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31. During the reception, Mr Martin will give a short second book, "The Crying Heart Tat- too," one of the most notable novels of the year. His fourth novel, "The Beginning of Sorrows," is currently available in Vintage Contemporaries paperback. Newsday called that novel "impressive . .. powerfully written, eerily moving, aching with sorrow for life's too frequent wrong turns." "The Beginning of Sorrows" will be available for purchase at the Ronceverte LibrarY reception and Mr Martin will autograph copies upon request. All proceeds from the sales of this book will be donated to the librarY. The oldest of four children, Mr Martin grew up on a family farm near Mount Olive, Illinois. While at- tending high school, he cared for the farm's livestock, while his father commuted to work at the Granite City Steel Company, just as his fa- ther had done before him. Upon graduation from high school, the fu- See "Author" pg. 2-A By Chas. A. Goddard There always comes a time in children's lives when they wonder how they came to be born -- how they came to have the parents they have. Are you old enough to remember when your parents told you babies came from the cabbage patch? Do you recall those fanciful pictures of a bespectacled stork carrying a baby, slung in a diaper, in its bill? Nowa- days, however, even very young children know about spermatozoa and ova and many have a pretty clear clinical picture of human repro- ductive procedures. As complex as the possible an- swers, to children's questions can be, they are even more complicated when the child is an adopted baby. Kathy and Chuck Merrill of Ron- ceverte desperately wanted to have a child. They were just married and living in their hometown (Morgan- town). Kathy took fertility drugs -- 'q'hey made me cranky and I vom- ited all the time." No luck -- Kathy did not get pregnant. When, Chuck found out he had a low sperm count, the couple decided to try artificial in- semination. Kathy had to travel to a nearby county for the procedure three times a month. "1 went through that 24 times in all," Kathy ays, "and still there was no result." When nothing else worked, the Merrills began to actively seek a child for adoption. "With abortion, birth control, and the fact there is no stigma attached to being a single mother now," Kathy said, "babies are very difficult to get in this coun- try. We came very close to privately adopting a child on five different oc- casions. However, something would come up at the last minute." And the Merrills continued their quest for a child. They went to adop- tion agencies --- "We came close, perhaps a dozen times, with agen- cies. Working with an agency can be verY, very expensive," Mrs Merrill says. The last agency Kathy and Chuck Merrill went through was the International Christian Adoption Agency in Watervitle, Maine. "We found out about them through United Methodist Child Placement in Charleston. Since that time, how- ever, I understand the Methodists have withdrawn their endorsement See "Adoption" pg. 2-A Kathy end Chuck Merrill and Baby makes Three .., 1t if' / i ii ii !