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Vol. VI No. 12 May 31, 1990 From the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia The view from the top---Hart's Ionathan Wright of eastern Greenbrier most prominent mountains to become a major tour- if its owner's dreams businessman Charles purchased 3,140-foot-high Mountain, located near at interstate 64, late last in hopes of selling all or to developers. To attract ers he has been work- ing since December developing a network of roads on the 1,000 acres of wooded land. "Everybody I bring up here is amazed at the view," Mr Withrow said. A lot of folks have lived here all their lives and can't believe what all you can see from this mountain. Their mouths just fly open when they take a look at it for the first time." At various cleared sections on the summit are views of White I Communications the brightest hope for was the message Virginia School of Medicine's (WVSOM) class of 59 men and speaker William .O., of Jefferson City, received their Doc- (D.O.) degrees 26. than 800 family members at the WVSOM In Lewisburg for the thir- crying out for primary said Dr Voss, Of the American Osteo- "You, more than understand the hotistic care roedicine." Dr awarded honorary Doctor tree during the cere- ceremony, 681 phy- awarded the D.O. medical school which a dream for our ago," said Olen )resident of WVSOM. will transform indeed an entire health with their wisdom and their accomplishments. They witf also carry on a tradition.., a tradi- tion of excellence and quality within a profession and an institution." W. Douglas Ward, Ph.D., director of the Department of Education of the American Osteopathic Associa- tion (AOA) and secretary of the AOA Bureau of Professional Education, and Jerry L, Beasley, Ph.D., presi- dent of Concord College were pre- sented Distinguished Service Awards for outstanding efforts on behalf of the school. "You will soon find that your life is now dedicated to the service of other people," said David C. Hard- esty, Jr., president of the University of West Virginia Board of Trustees. "Our challenge to you ts to use that which you now have for the better- ment of human kind, by healing those who suffer and by helping to educate your patients in an effort to prevent suffering." Other speakers at the com- mencement were: Bruce N. Peter- son, D.O., chairman of the WVSOM Institutional Board of Advisors; Millie W. Peterson, D.O., president of the WVSOM Alum sociation;. Clyde J. Rorrer, Jr., president of the Class of 1990 and David R. Carr, D.O., presi ' st Y oc- ety of OsteOpath~edicii~ ............... 6A ................ 12A .......... 3A 7B .................... 3A .................... 14A 15A .......... 5A Iht Radio ...... 6A .................. 12A ............ 13A m-~.......,..........e.,.. 4A ........................... 11A .............. 2B ................ 1B reenbrler Airport Sulphur Springs, Hart's Run, Lewis- burg, Fairlea, Ronceverte, Union, and peaks as far away as Narrows and Hot Springs, Virginia. Familiar landmarks, such as Interstate 64, Greenbrier East High School, the former Greenbrier Airport, the pres- ent Greenbrier Valley Airport, and numerous water tanks can be seen. Among projects Mr Withrow envi- sions for the mountain are a revolv- ing restaurant on one of the highest peaks, a "sky-lift" from Hart's Run to the top of the mountain, condomini- ums, homes, and a possible assort- ment of ski runs. "Many of the roads we've made down the western and northern slopes would be ideal for skiing," he said. The elevation is not much lower than Winterplace (near Beck- ley), as a matter, of fact, and we're farther north than them, too." "A revolving restaurant up here would be impossible to miss from down below," he continued. "People playing golf at The Greenbrier Hotel would look up at the mountain, see this circular building, and ask what it is. It would advertise itself. Once oeol~le come up here they will be amazed at the view--and tell others about it." Location is a major attraction for potential developers of the moun- tain, Mr Withrow said. "What is par- ticularly appealing about this is its accessibility. It's right off Interstate 64, next to Greenbrier State Forest, close to The Greenbrier Hotel, near shopping areas, and is only 15 min- utes from the airport. And there's so much familiar detail you can see from the mountain--not like other views out where about all you see are trees and and a bluish haze." Rainelle Welcomes Enjoying the waves in Rainelle Tears flowed freely down bearded faces. Hundreds of hand- held and mounted flags fluttered fu- riously in the stiff breeze. Crowds roared their support as scores of motorcyclists drove by, It was one of Rainelle's finest hours. After being treated to a spon- taneous demonstration of support last year from the town, the San Di- ego, California-based POW (Prison- ers of War) Freedom Foundation again scheduled its cross-continent "Run for the Wall" motorcycle cara- van through Rainelle May 24. Nearly 275 cyclists, and an additional 50 in other vehicles, made their way through town streets to the cheers of approximately 1.200 well-wishers. It was the second annual staging of the event, which is orgamzed to draw attention and support for ef- forts to locate an estimated 2,300 servicemen still mmsmg and/or im- prisoned in southeast Asia. The eleven-day motorcade ended with a rally May 26 at the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D. C. See "RaineUe", Who Fired ot? One of the two Civil War era cannons located at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine on Lee Street, Lewisburg, was fired at approxi- mately 12:05 a.m. May 25, resulting in a flurry of calls to local law enforce- ment agencies. One call came from Muddy Creek Mountain, four miles away, according to Lewisburg Chief of Police Richard Weikel. Area citizens, awakened in the early morning hours by the cannon's report, complained of shock waves rattling windows and walls of their homes. The two bronze smooth-bore weapons each weigh more than 1,000 pounds. They are capable of firing 12-pound projectiles to a distance of almost a mile when loaded with one pound of black gunpowder and ele- vated to five degrees. In the May 25 firing, the first known since the cannon were brought to Lewisburg sometime early in this century, no projectile was used, according to Chief Weikel. Black gunpowder, left over from the Re acment Battle staged May 20 in Lewisburg, was used to fire the cannon, Chief Weikle surmised. Police are continuing their investigation of the incident. "My son-in-law says if there was a sky-lift built to take tourists from the bottom to the top, tour buses would be stopping every day. It would be a tremendous 'boost to the tourism industry around here." Mr Withrow and his father, Del- mar Withrow, have flown aircraft over the mountain for years. 'Tve looked at it and looked at it," he said, "and eventually I decided to buy it." Mr Withrow purchased the mountain from a Tennessee-based timber firm last September for $300,000. He declined to reveal how much he is asking per acre of the property. "1 haven't really had time to give it much thought yet," he said. "Right now I'm just wanting to show it to developers, and we'll work from there." Only two persons, Mr Withrow and an assistant, have worked since December to develop the two-mile road to the top of the mountain and the six-mile network of auxiliary roads, he said. "We've dealt with some pretty steep grades," he said, "but the road beds are solid and ready to use." "They key to the whole project is getting developers up here to see the place," he added. "Once they come up here, I know they'll be im- pressed with its possibilities." Mr Withrow is known in the area for his recent project in grading a 37-acre tract at the southwest cor- ner of the Hart's Run/Interstate 64 area, at the foot of White Rock Mountain. The land is for sale at $200,000 per acre. "That price may seem steep to a lot of people," Mr Withrow said. "But they should keep in mind we have already done all the preparation of the land--that's included in the price." Numerous businesses and devel- opers have inquired about the Hart's Run property, and Mr Withrow said one fast-food restaurant chain has already indicated by verbal agree- ment to locate at the site. No bind- ing purchase agreements have been signed yet, however. "You take that mountain, this piece of graded land, and put in some businesses here, and you're going to employ a lot of people," he said. 'Tm very optimistic about what "can be done here." Home Tour Saturday June Barr Residence Five homes of architectural or histo tic interest will be open for pub- lic tour from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sat- urday, June 9. This biennial tour is sponsored by the Lewisburg area garden clubs. A salad luncheon may be purchased for $6 at Saint James Episcopal church in Lewisburg from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year the Homes Tour is being held in con- junction with the annual Lions Club Antique Show and Sale at the West Virginia State Fairgrounds from Fri- day evening through Sunday after- noon. The cost for the Tour is $8 per person. Each ticket includes a map. A complimentary tea for ticket hold- ers will be held at the General Lewis Inn from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Advance tickets are available from the Visi- tors Center, 105 Church Street, Le- wisburg, or they may be purchased on the day of the tour at the General Lewis Motor Inn on Washington Street or the Fort Savannah Inn on Route 219. Proceeds from the tour are used for ciwc projects in the area Included in the tour is the resi- aence of Mr and Mrs Robert McCormick -- Best described as a "Neo-Classic Victorian structure," the house appears to have been built in 1896 or 1897 by H. A. Holt. The Alderson Family were the long- est owners of this house, having purchased it in 1918 from the Holts. The Atdersons lived there until the t 960s. The current owners purchased the property located at 503 East Washington Street in the Spring of 1988. They have remodeled and re- decorated and, as a result of some 25 years of living abroad, have fur- nished it for the most part with a mix of American antiques and pieces re- flecting their travels. Residence of Mrs Ralph H. Barr -- Visitors to Mrs Barr's home at 501 East Washington Street will be treated to seeing a fine old home of early Lewisburg. It has been re- stored to bring out the original inte- rior design. Guests will also see one of the finest collections of antiques of early Virginia and Greenbrier pieces in this area. This home was featured in the August 1988 Country Living magazine. Daywood -- Built in 1934 for Arthur and Ruth Woods Dayton, Daywood was originally a summer home. Mrs Dayton was the author of Lewisburg Landmarks, Greenbrier Pioneers and Their Homes and Pio- neers and Their Homes on Upper Kanawha. Daywood is situated on three acres of land close to the center of Lewisburg. The limestone exterior was quarried from the site during the construction. The house features English walnut shelving and molding throughout. The present owners are Dr and Mrs Terry Lesko. The Goshen-Wylie House -- Home of Dr and Mrs Thomas G. Potterfield. This house, at 302 See "Homes", Pg. 2-A A recount of the Board of Education May 7 vote in Greenbrier County showed incumbent Board Member Clarence Hinkle still leading Mike Quick by 24 votes, according to County Clerk Eugene Spence. County Commissioners certified the vote about 3:30 p.m. May 24, after spending about 2 1/2 hours on the recount, according to Mr Spence. j @