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www.mountainmessenger.com fiefly. . . C&amp;O Railway Heritage Festival & Train Show in Clifton Forge, VA, Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Events, ex- hibits and entertainment at the C&O Railway Heritage Center, Clifton Forge School of the Arts - The Mill and Clifton Forge Library. Spon- sored by the VA Commission for the Arts, Town of Clifton Forge, AI- leghany County, AH Chamber of Commerce & Tourism. Admission by donation, $5 suggested. AHMH's June schedule American Heritage Music Hall at Island Park, 315 Monroe Avenue, Ronceverte (website: www.americanheritagemusichall.org) is a non- profit organization (Ref. IRS 501(c)3) and handicapped accessible. No alcohol and no smoking. All music nights schedule: door opens at 6 p.m., music starts at 7 to 10:30. Break at 8 p.m. for announcements and food. (Food & drinks supplied by the audience.) Tuesdays: June 9, 16, 23 and 30. Saturday, June 27: "Steele Country Band?' Mountain Transit Authority will be closed Friday, June 19, for driver training. Regular operations will resume Monday, June 22. Please call 304-872-5872 for schedule information. AA meetings are held at St. James Episcopal Church, 218 S. Court, Lewisburg at 7 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 12 noon. NarAnon meetings are held Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, 218 South Court Street, Lewisburg. NarAnon is a 12-step support group for persons effected by someone else's addiction. Con- tact Susan at 304-646-6506 for more information. Weekly AI-Anon meeting is held every Thursday, 7-8 p.m. at Lewisburg United' Methodist Church. Enter at back door (Lee Street entrance). AI-Anon is a 12-step organization for family and friends of people with alcohol problems. For information call Sue at 304-646-6506 or Dee at 304-667-1766. College trips with High Rocks The Pocahontas Times Mountain Media Attending college or university is a big decision that most students will make. So many factors go into choosing a school and at High Rocks we think that the best way to decide if college is for you is to visit a few. We love helping students experience and explore colleges and universi- ties through our college trips. Our college trips integrate a variety of aspects that are important to the col- lege experience, including visiting the campus, meeting students, and learning about the community. We offer three-to-four college trips throughout the school year. Each year we base our trips on stu- dents' interests and feedback Our college trips are one weekend long and we visit anywhere from two- to-three colleges in an area. We ex- plore the campus, take tours, eat in the cafeteria, attend presentations, speak with students and advisors and most importantly we give the students opportunities to ask lots of. questions. On several occasions we visit High Rocks Alums at their col- leges. Our alums help us connect to the college on a more personal level, giving us tours of their favorite plac- es, talking about college life, and the community. This past year we have visited four different states and 10 colleges or universities, including West Virginia University, Berea Col- lege,. University of Kentucky, Uni- versity of Louisville, Chatham Uni- versity Shepherd College, Roanoke College, Bridgewater College, and James Madison University. Our college trips are open to girls, 7th tO 12th grade. If you know a girl that would be interested in par- ticipating in a college trip or joining High Rocks' or would like more in- formation about becoming a High Rocks girl, please contact Kendra Taylor at kendra@highrocks.org or 304-653-4891. For more informa- tion about High Rocks, please visit our website at www. highrocks.org. (Submitted by Marlyn McClendon, Community Outreach Coordinator, HighRocks for Girls) Visiting Shepherd University with the help of High Rocks Acad- emy for Girls were: Lexie Ruckrnan (left), Casey Griffith and Jac- qualyn D'Angelo. (Photo courtesy of Kacie Parsons) Saturday, June 6 marks a day of honoring heritage of the Alleghany Highlands: A day of celebrating regional cultures Alleghany Highlands Heritage Day in Clifton Forge, VA, will begin with a lively kick-off by the Pennsylvania- based Celtic Martins on Friday, June 5, at 7 p.m. at the Masonic Amphitheater. Join in with this lively band winning the hearts of any audience. Tickets are $10 adult; $8 seniors/military, $5 stu- dents. The C&O Railway Festival & Train Show will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, all other festivities will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. The event consists of over 100 arti- san demonstrations, exhibits, vendors and presentations: Also there will be continuous music throughout the day, gameS and experiential activities. It will include a wide variety of food vendors representing Irish, Scottish, English, Native American, soul food, German food complete with a German beer and Virginia cider garden, and baked goods sweet treats. Featured demonstrations include blacksmithing, felting, pottery, spinning and weaving, stained glass and fused glass, knit- ring, quilting, decorative painting, doll making and basket making, puppetry, wood carving, apple-butter making, and soap-making. Admission is free and there will be four entrance points to Heritage Day; one on Church and Conmercial Street, one on Church Street and Jefferson, one on the Masonic Amphitheater side of Smith Creek pedestrian bridge, and one at C&O Heritage Center. A bro- chure with the schedule of events and map will be provided at any of the en- trance points on the day of the event. For more information on the Historic Masonic Theatre and Masonic Amphi- theater and to view the Heritage Day Schedule of Events, visit www.his- toricmasonictheatre.com. There's something of interest to. ev- eryone, and our children and grand- children will learn much about the his- tory of their community. Mountain Messenger - The Weekend Paoer for the Greenbrier Valley Greenbrier Co. Police Blotter/Court Does On Tuesday, June 2, a Meadow Bluffman was sentenced to eight years in a West Virginia correctional facility and ordered by Judge Robert E. Rich- ardson at the Greenbrier County Courthouse to pay restitution in the amount of $105,659.75 for an indictment of one count of arson in the first degree. Joseph Keith Martin, 29, was credited with time served, which includes approximately 195 days of home confinement, 340 days at Southern Re- gional Jail, and an additional 60 days for the diagnostic evaluation that he underwent with the court approval. Richardson gave the defendant five years after his release date to pay back the large restitution amount. He also gave Martin.a 30-day period from the date of his sentencing to file a request to dispute the amount. According to Martin's October 2014 criminal indictment, on July 23, 2013, Martin set fire to a dwelling owned by Dylan R. Vanmeter after hav- ing spent the night drinking. He became angry when the owners of the resi- dence asked him to leave. He then allegedly set fire to the Rainelle home. Martin has the right to appeal both the sentencing and restitution amoun by filing requests with his attorney within 30 days of his sentencing date. Lewisburg Citizens Party candidates seek re-election Lewisburg Citizens Party candidates: John Manchester, Beverly White and Joseph Lutz Lewisburg Citizens Party can- didates John Manchester, Joseph Lutz and Beverly White announce that they are seeking re-election to the seats of mayor and city council in the June 9 Lewisburg Municipal Elections. John Manchester came to West Virginia in 1976 to attend grad school at WVU in Morgantown where he received his Masters in Ed- ucation in 1977. He graduated from Brown University (B.A., American Civilization) in 1975. He has served Lewisburg as its Mayor for the last 12 years. He served on Lewisburg City Council for two years before that and has also served as city ad- ministrator since 2006. He serves on the city'S finance, public works and public safety committees plus the planning commission. He was named Mayor of the Year in West Virginia 2011-12 and was elected President of the West Virginia Mu- nicipal League 2013-14. He was awarded 'the Certificate of Highest Merit by the WVU Local Govern- ment Leadership Academy in 2006. In 2012, he received the statewide Chuck Chambers Public Service Award from the West Virginia Envi- ronmental Council. Manchester currently serves as President of the Board of Region 4 Planning and Development Council and has served as President of the boards of Greater Greenbrier Cham- ber of Commerce (two terms), Carn- egie Hall, Inc, Greenbrier Episcopal School and Greenbrier Commu- nity Services Council. He currently serves on the boards of Greenbrier County Convention and Visitors Bu- reau and America in Bloom. He is married to Connie Manches- ter and they have one daughter. "It has been my honor to serve the people of Lewisburg. It has been a special privilege to be able to work with the wonderful people I am sur- rounded by-city council members, members of our boards and commis- sions and the numerous volunteers who make this community special," Manchester says. "I would like to serve one more term to complete the important projects we have under- way, especially at the water plant, in public works and for the fire depart- ment," he adds. Joseph Lutz grew up outside Buf- falo NY. He earned his Associate's Degree in Forestry from Paul Smith's College in upstate New York. He joined the United States Air Force as an Airman in 1974 and served 20 years, retiring as a Major. He worked six years as a Medical Service Technician and then as a Physician Assistant. His Physician Assistant degree is from the Univer- sity of Oklahoma. In April 1995, he took a position with Greenbrier Phy- sicians Inc. where he still works. His duties include Primary Care, Inter- nal Medicine, and care of the physi- cally and mentally handicapped in the area through ResCare. Lutz is a very active member of St. James Episcopal Church having served on the Vestry as Jr. Warden, (taking care of the building and grounds). He helped establish the adult education program. He is a trained Steven Minister trainer and has a certificate from the University of the South completing the program Education for Ministry. Lutz is one of the founders of Greenbrier Episcopal School hav- ing served twice as its president of the Board of Trustees and remains on the Board. He has also served as Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 6. He volunteers for the Greenbrier Chorale and Green- brier East High Schooi choir. He is married to Barbara Lutz and has five children and three grandchildren. He has served on Lewisburg City Council for the last four years, serves on the Finance Committee and is Chair of the Public Safety Committee. "I look forward to serving the citi- zens of Lewisburg for another four years and helping us maintain the safe, beautiful and vibrant city we all enjoy," Lutz says. Beverly White is a lifelong resi- dent of Lewisburg, a proud mother of two and grandmother of three. She is very active in her church, John Wesley United Methodist, and enjoys Volunteering at the Lewis- burg Food Locker and Greenbrier Valley Theatre. She works for TLP of West Virginia, Inc. and the Lewis- burg Children's Emergency Shelter. She enjoys working with teenagers and the elderly. White has been on Lewisburg City Council for 12 years. During that time she has served on the Finance Committee. She served as chair of the Parks Commission for many years and most recently has been serving as chair of the Public Works Committee, having been on that committee for many years. "I would like to be re-elected to city council so we can keep moving Lewisburg forward and build on the successes that have made Lewisburg the model for communities around the state, White says. Manchester, Lutz and White are proud of the many awards and rec- ognitions that have been given to Lewisburg over the last several years including being named "Cool- est Small Town in America 2011" by Budget Travel, being ranked #3 "America's Favorite Towns" by Travel and Leisure in 2014, being ranked "Best Town for the Arts" and" Best Town to Retire" by WV Living in 2014 and receiving WV Municipal League All Star Awards for Enrichment initiatives for nine consecutive years (2005-2014). One of their goals for the next four years is to build on these successes so that Lewisburg maintains its quality of life for residents and visitors alike. They remind voters that early vot- ing is being held in the Recorder's Office in city hall June 1-6 and that voting on election day, June 9, will be conducted in council chambers on the first floor of city hall, June 6, 2015 3A Greenbrier County Magistrate Court Convictions Erin L. W. Ambler, Pence Springs, shoplifting, NC, fine $50, rest. 0 - merchandise recovered by WalMart Gerald W. Skeens, Ronceverte, DUI, fine $200, jail 2 days Hannah B. Holliday, Lewisburg, petit larceny, fine $75 John J. Jackson, Detroit, MI, failure to keep right, NC, fine $15 Mary Brady, Lewisburg, distracted driving, NC, fine $100 Sammy D. Terry, Hinton, (1) defective equipment, NC, fine $15; (2) im- proper registration, fine $25 Eric Kemp, Ashvitle, NC, distracted driving - cell phone, fine $100 Joseph Morgan, Frankford, possession of prescription medication, fine $100 Joseph Morgan, Frankford, driving suspended - 2nd, fine $100 Frank Byers, Jr., Stuart, FL, seatbelt violation, fine $25 Sarah E. Beale, Lewisburg, distracted driving, NC, fine $100 Melvin L. Honaker, Ronceverte, domestic battery, fine $50, jail 3 months - suspended - 12 months unsupervised probation Raymond Dunbar, White Sulphur Springs, seatbelt violation, NCP, fine $25 Ellen M. Martin, Rainelle, (1) battery, jail 6 months; (2) domestic battery, jail 4 months - credit for time served - 12 months unsupervised probation Carey Vest, Asbury, possession <15 grams marijuana, fine $100 Steven Johnson, Quinwood, possession controlled substance, fine $300 DeMaris Williams, Poughkeepsie, NY, no operators, fine $25 Lon Allen Martin II, Rupert, (1) battery on officer, fine 0, jail 2 months - suspended - 8 months unsupervised probation; 3 months day report to run concurrent with unsupervised probation; (2) domestic battery, fine 0, jail 3 months; (3) shoplifting, fine $I00, rest. $75.92 William M. Hensley, Sinks Grove, seatbelt violation, fine $25 Patricia Clatterbuck, White Sulphur Springs, seatbelt violation, NC, fine $25 Kenneth Bragg, White Sulphur Springs, seatbelt violation, fine $25 Jason P. Lemons, Ronceverte, petit larceny, NC, fine $100, jail 4 months - suspended - 12 months unsupervised probation Gasper E. Sims, Rupert, domestic battery, NC, fine $100, jail 10 days - suspended -8 months unsupervised probation Keith S. Foster, Dayton, OH, speeding, NC, fine $20 Waker H. Reynolds, Jr., Ronceverte, distracted driving, NC, fine $100 Jamie Lee Crowe, Alderson, speeding, fine $8 Bryan Fitzwater, Meadow Bridge, seatbelt violation, fine $25 Ernest Gene Jarrey, Union, seatbelt violation, fine $25 Shane A. Snedegar, Pickaway, distracted driving - cell phone, fine $100 David B. Paulin, Lewisburg, speeding, NC, fine $26 Morgan Edward Talia, Leslie, seatbelt violation, fine $25 Send letters & comments to: Mountain Messenger, P.O. Box 429, Lewisburg, WV 24901 Call 304-647-5724 or fax 304-647-5767 Lewisburg Farmers Market 8:30 to 1:00, each SATURDAY at the United Methodist Church parking lot ii STRAWBERRIES GALORE!l!!! And to celebrate the Market is featuring" FREE STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE Despite the challenges presented by the weather, it's turned out to be a great year for strawberries. So join us in enjoying some strawberry shortcake ( glu- ten free available), buy some berries to take home, and put in your order for making jam (picked to order and delivered to LEWISBURG during the week). While we're on the subject, did you know that strawberries are #2 on the "Dirty Dozen Plus" list of the-produce with the highest pesticide loads? The "Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce - 2014" compiled a list based on government statistics of the produce t.hat you should either buy organic or grow yourself to avoid heavy pesticide contamination. The list may surprise (and, hopefully, annoy) you. Starting with the worst: apples, strawberries, grapes, celery, peaches, spinach, sweet bell peppers, imported nectarines, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas, potatoes, hot peppers, and blueberries. Cheap commercially grow produce may NOT be the bargain you thought it was. These are all nutritious and valuable foods and should definitely be included in your diet. But if you can only afford to buy some organically grown produce, put these on your list. And even at a farmers market, get in the habit of ask- ing the vendor what they used on the products you buy. There are products approved for organic production, but they are expensive and not all vendors use them. But no need to worry about the strawberries in the FREE STRAW- BERRY SHORTCAKE this SATURDAY! They are organically grown, local, fresh and delicious. Try adding strawberries to your salad to go with some chicken, lamb, pork or beef. And take home some delicate Persian cookies to accompany them for dessert. And hang around to enjoy traditional string band music starting at 11:00. We proudly accept SNAP and are pleased to be part of the SNAP Doubling Program. See our Market Manager, Audrey, for details. BUY FRESH! BUY LOCAL! SHOP WEST VIRGINIA STORES & PRODUCTS