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& Ms FBLA McCormick and Ryan McClung Business Leaders of (FBLA) met at Greenbrier School April 4. Ryan McClung and Ar- attended the an- Conferences. Both Second for Mr and Ms will now attend State May 5. If they place, go on to Washington, Conferences. To and Arlene on their having fund raisers. month's meeting the club what activities it the school fair entitled --- a week-long event through April 27. next meeting the under- will have a party for seniors. Also, the club year's president. Leaders Politicos County 4-H Leaders met on April 23 at the County Courthouse to J. D. Brackenrich and Delegates Representa- Rowe and Bill Wallace. Brackenrich, Delegate Delegate Wallace were in the Legislator's to pass a bill which would for the CoGperative Service," according to extension agent. the Cooperative i Service presented the representatives each )f a crystal Cooperative paperweight and thanks," Mrs Gainer the reat demand for brooms, many persons because the sup- ran out. rnett, president of the stated that addi- rns and mops have been the order is received as another sale has been for the evening of May 8. will meet at 5 p.m. at ,Urg United Methodist date. are sorry for the incon- may have expert- are, however, elated tremendous response. to thank you for your YOU DO IS NEWS TO US ,000 J MOUNTAIN OUR NEWS 724 Street 24901 ountain essenger TODAY! 647-5724 widely classifieds now reach households r,=.=. a word lnled 'ment. minimum) a word billed minimum I~mt ptainly, 9 AM FRIDAY WV 24901 Lions Set Members of the Ronceverte Lions Club helped about 140 ele- mentary students at Ronceverte Ele- mentary School "set their sights on the future." April 18. Lions Club president Charles Carney and mem- ~bers Homer Parker and John Phil- lips administered vision screenings to second and sixth grade students at the school. Students screened were those in the second level classrooms of Jane Morgan, Kim Curry, and Kim Gee. Sixth grade classes that were also part ot today's vision check were those of Nancy Kaptis, Joyce Montgomery and Marvin Morgan. Any students having problems during the vision exam were given letters to their parents advising fur- ther professional testing. The vision screening tests are part of a com- munity involvement plan sponsored by the Ronceverte Lions Club which also includes the purchasing of needed eyeglasses. Ronceverte Lions Club hopes to make this proj- ect a priority for the students of Ron- ceverte Elementary among its an- nual community service plans. Homemakers News The Greenbrier County Extension Homemakers International Commit- tee held a bake sale at Kroger's in Fairlea April 12. Seventeen of the clubs donated to the sale. Proceeds are to be used to help with the ac- tivities of the committee in the county, such as the Dinah Barr proj- ect; entertainment of the Interna- tional student from Brazil; Interna- tional Four-H Youth Exchange; the Letter Friends. Thanks go to the International chairman of each club who helped and especially to Vivian Lusher, Ada Brackman and Helen Williams of the Rainelle Club who helped all the baked goods. The Homemakers held their council meeting April 16 at the Court House. The County Belle is Marga- ret Shanktin of the Organ Cave club. Beulah Arthur spoke about the arri- val of the International Student June 25.. There will be a covered dish dinner held in her honor at the Clin- tonville Community Buitdirlg. Nomi- nees for County Vice President were Meta Costa of the Crawley club and Jannette Jeffries of the Richlands club. Nominees for the County Treasurer are Joanna Hed- dinger of the Frankford club and Ed- ith Wilson of the Richlands club. The next council meeting will be in July. No Senior Meals Served May 8 The office of the Greenbrier County Committee on Aging, Inc. will be closed on Tuesday, May 8, to observe Election Day. No meals will be served at th~ Rupert Senior Center, the Lewis- burg, Alderson or Frankford nutrition sites. No transportation will be pro- vided by the Senior Bus or the Sen- ior Van. Helen Woodward II In using herbs, either in cooking or for medicine, three of the safest plant families to consider are the compositae, the cruciferae and the rosaceae. Similarly, one should be aware of the dangerous potentials of plants from the anacardiacoae, ranunculaceae, solanceae and um- belliferae families. Let's consider the truly beginner- safe families first. Compositae, the largest of all botanical families, is of- ten referred to as the sunflower fam- ily. When in bloom the flowers are actually compound bunches. Good examples are daisies and dandeli- ons with the largest groups being the asters and the goldenrods. Ab- sinth, camomile, chicory, lettuce and yarrow are also compositae. The only potentially dangerous member is arnica, a daisy-like yellow flower. Arnica grows about one to two feet tall and is found in mountainous ar- eas. Plants in the mustard family, cru- ciferae, are either edible, medicinal or both. All the flowers in this family have four sepals, four petals, six stamens (two of which are shorter than the rest) and one pistil. When spread out flat the petals will form a symmetrical cross. Some of the fam- ily members include candytuft, cresses, horseradish, mustards, na- sturtium and garden vegetables like cabbage, radish and turnips. When used beyond the limits of ordinary common use, the oil of mustard, found in most of these plants, can be harmful in overly large doses, but none of the cruciferae plants are considered dangerous. The rosaceae or rose family con- tains over three thousand species of the safest and most useful of all plant families. Included here are strawberries being the most mild. Naturally roses are rosaceae mem- bers. Their leaves make a good tea and their fruit (hips) are an excellent source of vitamin C, the cold pre- venter. On the reverse side, members of the ranunculaceae, crowfoot or but- tercup family, are best learned one at a time. Some are useful and some are potent to the point of being extremely dangerous. Al- though most of our familiar wildflow- ers like anenome, buttercup and col- umbine belong to this group, some are important medically like gold- enseal and hepatica. Poison ivy, poison oak and poi- son sumac belong to the rhus fam- ily, anacardiaceae. These plants can be harmful to touch. Sometimes you have to learn the dangerous mem- bers to be aware of the safe ones like staghorn sumac, also a rhus member, which makes a delicious tea high in vitamin C and is a source of dye and medicine. Potatoes and tomatoes may be alright but many members of the nightshade family, solanaceae, are not and even though all green parts of potato plants are dangerous, the green parts of tomato plants make good repellants for some insects. Similarly, the parsley family, um- belliterae, contains many of the most useful foods and seasonings, anise, dill, caraway, carrots, parsley and parsnips, and some of the world's most dangerous, like wild caraway, fool's parsnip and poison hemlock. Wild carrot, Queen Anne's lace, is the most widely recom- mended member of this family to use.from the wild. To be safe, buy these plants or seeds from a repu- table dealer. Don't be confused, most of the common fruit trees and learn the family names and their shrubs -- apples, blackberries~ members to be aware of both the pears, plums, raspberries and straw- good and the bad botanicals. berries. Agrimony, burnet, hawthorn Editor's Note: These articles and lady's mantle also belong to this are intended for educational pur- grouping. Five or multiples of five is poses only. They are not intended the common trait to look for in the to treat, diagnose or prescribe, blossoms. In medicine, rose family nor to be considered as a substi- members are basically all astringent, tute for professional care. VFW Post 4484 Meet Politicians Veterans of Foreign Wars John Page #4484 and Ladies Auxiliary held a "Meet the Candidate" night on April 21. Twenty Five candidates attended, including Eugene Walker, Hilbert Bennett, Mary Walker, Paul R. Lilly, John Bowling, Sandy Manspile, Mike Quick, Jim Ander- son, Rosalie Carr, Mildred McClung Craig, Jim Gerl, Pat Detch, Bill Wal- lace, Pritchard F. Collins, Ann Livesay, Michael Sheridan, Sarah Lee Neal, Joe Feamster, Barry Keadle and J. D. Brackenrich from Greenbrier County; From Clay County, Elizabeth Brannon Sampson and Jerry Bind; Fayette County, Fred Neudek. The Post and Auxiliary, Depart- ment Legislative Chairman Madeline Baldwin and Eugene Adkins wish to thank all who took part in this pro- gram and to the radio stations and newspapers who gave them public- ity. e In Concert ANNUAL SHOW ,41'/17,q 4'S ATTIC FRIDAY & SATURDAY EVENING MAY 4 & 8:00 PM CARNEGIE HALL Advanced Tickets May Be Obtained From Carnegie Hall or From Chorus Members. ._ . Chapter of tim Society for the Ih'eservatln and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singlng In America, Inc. 647-5724 The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, May 3, 1990 3B The Greenbrier County Commit- tee on Aging, Inc. held a County- wide Meeting and Candidate's Day April 19 at the Alderson Nutrition Site. Sixty-seven people participated in the covered-dish luncheon. Twenty-one candidates were given two minutes each to speak on their issues. Director Laura Sevy, moderated the forum. Ms Sevy also introduced the Greenbrier County Committee on Aging staff: Alice Hicks, outreach worker; Dolores Barnett, Alderson Site Manager; Thelma Forren, Green Thumb worker; Uphene De- Priest, van driver; Blanche Whitlow, Medicaid coGrdinator. Blanche Whitlow spoke on the Care Program and thanked the senators and delegates for appropri- ating money in the Legislature to continue the program. The West Virginia Workers' Com- pensation Fund has changed its toll- free telephone numbers in all field office locations and added another toll-free number in the Charleston office. Toll-free numbers in the Logan and Beckley offices are available to callers in Kentucky and Virginia ss well as in-state callers. The addi- tional Charleston number is free to callers nationwide. The new toll-free numbers are: Charleston 1-800-628-4265, Beck- ley 1-800-628-4254, Fairmont 1- 800-339-2806, Huntington 1-800- 339-2806, Logan 1-800-628-4228, Martinsburg 1-800-339-2805, Wheeling 1-800-339-2803. The cur- rent toll-free number in the Char- leston office, 1-800-642-9091 re- mains operational for in-state callers only. County Anti-Litter Group Has First Meetin A Monroe County Anti-Litter Or- ganizational meeting was held at the Monroe County Library April 16. Linda Bishop, acting chairperson for the coalition, gave an overview of the Governor's Fifth Annual Con- ference on Environmental Education and Litter Control which she at- tended in Charleston. Phyllis E. Farley, co0rdinator of Volunteer Services with the Division of Natural Resources (DNR), an- nounced the appointment of Julia D. Mustain as chairperson for the newly formed coalition. Ms Farley lead a discussion and planning ses- sion for the cause of eliminating litter in Monroe County. Mickey Sylvester and Susan Kershner from the DNR were on hand to answer questions about illegal dumping in the county. "The goal of the DNR and the coalition is to coGrdinate a continu- ous plan of education, control, pre- vention and the elimination of litter. Several objectives for the Monroe County coalition were discussed," according to Ms Bishop. "Anyone interested in becoming a part of the coalition is invited to join the Organization with hopes of setting the wheels in motion for a cleaner, more beautiful Monroe County. If interested, please call 772-3418 after 5 p.m.," Ms Bishop added. VOTE DEMOCRAT TE "'Your New Connection To Better Lightin FEATURING LIGHTING 456 Reoiand Road 256-2200 Beckley ,m STORE HOURS Weekdays 7:00 5:00 Saturdays 8:00 - 12:00 Wotkin0 to Make Your Life A Little Brighter i 7 : 5