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8A The Mountain Messenger, Sunday, March 26, 1995 Heather Brown and Jody Adkins of Western Grsenbrier discuss the David Richmond and David Canterbury (seated) of Appalachian Elec- Grsenbrier-sponsored Food Program at Grsenbrler East with Angela ".tonics Instruments, Inc. explain their display to Eastern Greenbrler Cole and Leigh Ann Baldwin who are in the program Juilior High student Darren Clark. Graders Attend Career Fair at The Greenbrier By Carol Hall Five hundred and 20 8th grade students from Greenbrler County schools visited the Ca- reer Fair held for them in the Exhibit Hall at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs on Tuesday, March 21. The Fair, with its 88 present- era, provided the students with a wide variety of perspective ca- reer fields to investigate for their future choice(s) of employment. According to Sally Dalton with the Greenbrier County Board of Education, a larger space was needed this year to hold the many presenters who were added this year. Tables were set up around the perime- ter and in the center of the large room. They were divided into various llke interests. They were: the arts, business, minis- try, medical, child centered ca- reers, hospitality/tourism, in- dustrial/technical and agricul- ture/business. The students were brought in -, in groups. After a specified pe- rlod of time, they moved on to a presentation by Historian Dr. Robert Conte who presented them with a history of The Greenbrier. At the close of the morning session, the students were treated to lunch. The guest speaker following the lunch was Steve Roberts of Charleston, who is president of th.e West Vir- ginia State Chamber of Com- merce. In his remarks, Roberts told students not to allow fear to prevent them from trying to do the things needed to help them accomplish their goals. "Some dwell on failure, while others use failure as a means to grow." Ruth Ray(left) of Wiseman Floral in Ronceverte presented corsages to He said, "Macy tried seven Tamara Beard and Lindsey Browning, both of Eastern Greenbrler Jun- times before his store caught on ior High and Babe Ruth struck out 1,330 times but had over 700 hits in his career." Roberts said "Noth- ing takes the place of persis- tence. Talent won't and genius won't. Nothing lust grows.' " "We can look forward with eagerness to the many things this State has to offer," he said. He named six items: proximity to major population centers, great natural resources, a good transportation network, low coat utilities, availability of housing and industrial sites and the quality of life--affordable hous- ing and good schools. "You and I can look forward with eager an- ticipation of what we have here in West Virginia," he said. Sally Dalton thanked Roberts and The Greenbrier and said she had some "special thank you's" to make. She thanked: Sharon Rowe and Pare Ritchie of The Greenbrier; Ronnie Hylton's class which drew the signs and maps for the Fair; the ladies at Wlseman Floral of Ron- ceverte who made up the cor- sages, Sally Harrington of Char- leston and the West Virginia Department of Education which provided the grant money and the Greenbrler County School Board members, two of which-- President Bruce Bowling and Sue King--were present. Door prizes donated by area businesses were won by Trip Walker, Justin Foster, Adam Yates, Tara Trout, Ben Dressier, John Ramsey, Roy Lawhorn, "Ha Bowman, Tlna White, Autumn Buckland, Tlna Wlthrow, Tuffy Small, Jacob Huffman, Candice Byer, Trey Bowyer and Chris Reynolds. I read the other day about efforts to promote tourism in and around Lewisburg. That isn't a bad idea. Tourists bring money and actually spend some of it with local busi- nesses. Of course the new Walmart store will draw people from near-by communities in- state and from Vir- ginia, but let's face it, except for em- ployees' wages and taxes the Walma(t money will go to Alabama or Arkansas or wherever corporate headquarters are. Locally owned businesses in competition will suffer and the local economy will probably lose in'the long run. True tourists, however, will not have Walmart as a destination. After all,.unless they live an undeveloped country they more than likely are coming from a city that boasts a Walmart of its own. Instead, tourists will shop at small independent shops and speciality stores that feature lo- cal artifacts and hillbilly items made in Korea. To get them here, all we have to do is tell them where we are and what we have to offer. We can flood the nation's travel agencies with fliers that go something like this: For a laid back vacation visit Lewisburg, a quaint little town on U.S. 219, half way between Organ Cave and Renick, West Virginia. Tour the tree shaded streets of Lewisburg's historic district and view fine old homes of ante-bellum vintage. Lewisburg is the site of an historic courthouse, the Old Stone Church, and numerous other buildings of his- torical interest. Its quiet attractive streets offer an abundance of antique stores, attorney, gift shops, barristers, antique marts, solicitors, unique res- taurants, antique shops, law offices art galleries and a wide selection of antiques. The town was originally an agri- cultural center, bolstered by a mili- tary academy and a women's college. Though business is no longer cen- tered on agriculture, education con- tinues to have a significant impact on the economy. There is a medical I '| I By Robert Iiarvey school and a community college, both housed in buildings of distin- guished architecture. The medical school building boasts a castellated roof line and sally ports while the community college resides in an im- posing edifice reminiscent of Ivy League gone south. Aside from edu- cation (judging from the number of attorneys per capita), the chief indus- try is litigation. For entertainment the fire depart- ment holds practice on Monday nights and cultural events of fine quality are frequently scheduled at a magnificent Carnegie Hall. Scantily clad joggers labor along streets and highways and there is always the chance you might see one of them encounter a semi. A local theater group provide seasonal productions at various locations and there is a mad scramble every two hours to avoid the meter maid. The surround- ing area offers vistas of scenic gran- deur and activities such as camping, watching the bulldozers at the Walmart site, hiking, carriage ridds, golf, fishing, spelunking, night clubs and a few honky-tonks. A variety of dinning is available. Various franchise joints dot the area, and there are several good restaurants downtown that offer fine cuisine and a comfortable ambiance. Dine at The General Lewis Hotel in classic el- egance; at Food and Friends, quiet, efficient and private; at the Blue,, Moon, clean and airy, reminiscent of a neighborhood cafe; at Del Sol for a Latin American atmosphere; at Clingman's Market for democratic company and hay-hand victuals; or hit the lunch counter at Cozy Corner where everyone is on first name ba- sis and local politics are discussed with enthusiasm. Lewisburg sometimes puts on airs, but it is full of courteous friendly people and is a shinning example of small town America. It is a nice place to visit and you might even want to live there. The Family Refuge Center in cooperation wlth Options and Changes: An Abuser Change Project, would like to invite men In this community to a meeting focusing on men's role in ending domestic violence. The meeting will be held at Old Stone Church, 200 Church Street, Le- wisburg, on Thursday, March 30, from 7 to 9 p.m. The use of domestic violence and abusive behavior to main- tain control over family or household members has reached epidemic proportions. Communities need to implement strategies that protect the vic- tim, not the assailant. This can be accomplished through devel- oping policies which increase the use of pollce-initiated proba- bly cause arrest, prosecuting with a signed complaint from the police rather than the vic- tim, mandating rehabilitation programs for assailants which focus on ending the use of coer- Fiddlers cive and violent behaviors. These policies need to make The West Virginia Dandelion clear the role of the community Festival held in White Sulphur as distinguished from the role of Springs, will sponsor a Fiddler the victim. The system must, Contest on May 27 from 12 whenever possible, shift the noon till 1:30 p.m. at the Green onus of imposing sanctions on Devil Civic Center. the assailant from the victim to There will be $150 awarded the community, in prize money. As a community that has Please submit entry form to seen tragedies related to domes- Fred Bolt, 580 Tuckahoe Road, tic violence, we must join to- White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986 or Call 304/536-2520. gether to see that these trage- dies do not happen again. Please Join in a meeting to form a Men's Community Task Force Against Domestic Violence. At thls meeting we will discuss men's role in ending domesUc violence and also what men can do to improve community re- sponse to this issue. Please join in and let your voice be heard. 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