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From Alderson To Swaziland rn Lehrke (pronounced does not fit the mold of missionary. In fact, go far beyond the spe- she was hired for. Lehrke has been in Alder- May at the home of her Harold and Crystal Lehrke, of her nine-month furlough y work. She serves of the Nazarene as a Instructor in Swaziland, a bordering South Af- my assignment is to teach students at our training col- there are many other I've had the privilege of she says. "It's been a fun me to be able to put other and hobbies to work." amateur photographer, Miss uses a colorful display of she has taken as part of her in churches she in during her furlough. Her also comes in handy in slide presentations for her and identification badges for working in the adjacent Fitkin Memorial Hospital in have the opportunity to woodworking skills," she ~"1 make incubators, splints, made shelves and cabi- remodeling our emergency then I have started an our church there, in ad- helping with Bible studies ministries." talents take on a special for the 47-year-old mis- "All that we make available to the Lord He will use," she says. "No skills go to waste when given to Him. It's both challenqinq and fun working ~n this capacity--not dull at all." Miss Lehrke grew up in Jamestown, North Dakota. After her nurse's training in Illinois, she worked as a registered nurse in Illi- nois, Nebraska, and Louisiana. In 1985 she was assigned to teach one year in the denomination's Nazarene Nursing College in Manzini, Swaziland, as part of a vol- unteer program. She was then given a formal four-year paid assignment by the church's World Missions Divi- sion. The nursing college, which now has 107 students, is an affiliate of the University of Swaziland and an extension of the church's 300-bed hospital. Officials plan to phase out missionary help at the school within the next two to three years, Miss Lehrke says, in order to have a to- tally indigenous staff of Swazis. Living and working in a foreign country has required some adjust- ments for Miss Lehrke. "One of the way's I've had to adapt has to do Irst Place Winner Winner, Civic Division at Union's Farmers' Day Celebration Greenbrler Saltpeter Cave. Stephen Broyles is the driver. y Per Cent Vacancy On November Ballot f twenty per c6nt of the 248 on the federal and state- of the general election vacant after the May 8 Secretary of State announced today. "Ex- )s can make 48 by September 4 for the Mr Hechler said. of the openings are in Party. The remain- Party vacan- nominees Bob U. S. House of ..... 8A ............ 7A ...... 3A ..... 7B ................ 3A ..SA ........... 6A &Ccent ................... 4B Late Night Radio .. 5B ..... 9A ..... 4A ........... 2B ...... 1B Representatives and Mario Palumbo for Attorney General are currently unopposed. Seven Republican va- cancies exist in as many senatorial districts around the state, as well as 35 vacancies for House of Dele- gates in 22 of the 40 delegate dis- tricts. "A full ballot generates voter par- ticipation and helps citizens focus on the issues," Mr Hechler said. "1 hope for the day when every Demo- cratic and Republican nomination is made in the primary election from among candidates who filed for the office. If we want to solve our prob- lems as a state, more people need to take the risk and the opportunity to enter public service." Candidates to fill these vacancies must be appointed by the appropri- ate party executive committee. They will be certified for the ballot if a cer- tificate of appointment, a candidate's certificate of announce- ment and the proper filing fee are filed by September 4. When a com- mittee fails to agree on a nominee, the chair may appoint by September 7. Candidates on the ballot in only. one county file with the local circuit clerk, while candidates in multi- county and statewide races file with the secretary of state. See "Vacancy", Pg. 2-#, with familiar tastes of products not available in that part of the world," she says. "They are really silly things, though, like Hershey's chocolate bars---certainly unessen- tial to living---but because you can't get them over there it's a bit frustrat- ing at times. There are a lot of little things like that." The Alderson Church of the Nazarene, which Miss Lehrke's par- ents attend, has helped with the ad- justments. "One of the nicest things that has happened to help me is the support I've had from the missionary society at the Alderson church," she says. "About every three months they send a box to me, usually con- taining favorite foodstuffs--cakes, Jell-o, and other items. These are things we can usually get there, but they're not the same as our own brands. They've also sent sham- poDS and soaps I like. These are not necessities, of course, but simple expressions of concern." Miss Lehrke also mentions the Swazi church services. "1 don't think Swazis would be too comfortable in our American services," she says. "Most expect to spend at least four hours at church. This is partly be- cause rural people travel so.Lar to go to church--many of them by foot--anywhere from one to ten kilo- meters. It's not only a time to wor- ship, but also a social time. So why would they walk up to ten kilometers for only a one-hour service?" The Church of the Nazarene has 101 churches and .69 missionaries in Swaziland. Miss Lehrke returned to the country May 31 for another four years. uick Wants Itemized Bill "1 don't mind loosing the election. I don't mind paying the bill. I just want to know the results are accu- rate and I want to know what I'm paying for." Mike Quick, unsuccessful candi- date for the Greenbrier County Board of Education looks at bill for $274.83 from Eugene Spence, Greenbrier County Clerk rendered May 23. The bill is for the costs of a recount Mr Quick asked for when he lost the election by only 24 votes. '1 want to know what this $208.58 for labor is actually for. Simple arithmetic tells me this represents $10 an hour for each of six people --- the three commission- ers and three county employees -- more than $21,000 a year for each one of them! I know the commis- sioners make $14,000 a year! Where's the rest going?" Mr Quick asked. " "All I want is an itemized state- ment. I've had to go to my attorney to get him to write the county a letter in order to see if I'll get one or not," Mr Quick said. "1 don't mind paying the bill at all, I just want to know where my money is going." Alexander Zaitsev (left), Alexander Tihonov, Igor Nozeov, and Oleg Gaitchovk 'Stranded' In Pocahontas By Jonathan Wright One hundred thirty-two stranded circus performers from the Soviet Union are staying at Silver Creek Mountain Resort in Pocahontas County this week after an invitation was extended by the resort's offi- cials. "The Troupe Bondarev" arrived in the United States in April for a two- year peace and goodwill tour throughout the country. The group drew national media attention when they lost financial backing from the son of a Kuwaiti oil producer in early May. As a result, they were stranded at a large motel in Marietta, Georgia, near Atlanta. Few of them speak English. Silver Creek Group Sales Man- ager Jo Debra Galford invited the performers to the Pocahontas County resort, and 35 arrived by bus June 1. The remaining 97 members arrived June 7. "We were amazed nobody else responded to help these PeOple,, Silver Creek Marketing Director Steve Drumheller said. "We checked out the facts to be sure they were really in need, as the media re- ported, and we were more than glad to honor them with accommodations here," "It was just the right thing to do," Silver Creek General Manager Btaii Taylor said. "These folks were in our country promoting good will and sharing their talent, and they got into a bad situation. We're happy to help them. From what we're told, it's been very therapeutic for them just to be here. In Atlanta it was hot, with a lot of traffic and small motel rooms at the place they were staying. Here at Silver Creek we have much more room, lots of recreation--they are really enjoying it." Jon Stallion, from Long Beach, California, is traveling with the per- formers and serving as their pro- moter in the United States. "These are the 'cr~me de la cr~me' of all circus groups," he said. "Everyone you see here became a part of the group by invitation. You can't just audition to get into it---you have to be invited. It's the dream of many a Russian to be a member of the troupe. It's one of the largest such groups in the world today." Mr Stal- lion said the Moscow-based group draws members from throughout the Soviet Union. Ben Silva, a native of Toullerouse, France, is touring with the performers as their artistic direc- tor. According to Mr Silva, the group travels with 18 semi-trucks of circus animals, 13 trucks of sound, lighting, and other equipment, and is also accompanied by a 16-piece orches- tra. The group has seen an outpour- ing of support and concern from per- sons throughout Pocahontas County and the state. Among activities members of the group have taken part in are fishing with members of the Board of Education, touring Cass Scenic Railroad State Park and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, giving performances for all Pocahontas County schools, attending a meeting of the Rotary Club in Marlinton, visiting Russian language students at Pocahontas County High School, mountain bik- ing, and attending church services at Cummings Creek Victory Chapel near Huntersville, Mr Taylor said food has been donated from such places as the Red Fox Inn at Snowshoe, the Sal- vation Army, and the Wheeling Civic Center, where the group trained be- fore beginning their tour. Financial donations have come in from a num- ber of businesses and individuals, also. Mr Silva said he was impressed with West Virginia's people. "Your li- cense plates ought to read, 'The friendliest place in the U. S.' West Virginia reached out its hand to help us when the bottom fell out. Last week we saw a troupe in ultimate despair. There was extreme ten- sion--members of the group were wondering where their next meal was coming from, where they were going to stay, and what was going to happen to them as a group. Despite all this, they were determined to stay in the United States and go on with their tour if at all possible. They had come here for peace and goodwill, and they are willing to fight to see it through. We are overwhelmed by all See "Russians", Pg. 2-A Local 'Quiz Kids', of 19? Who Are They? Where Are They Now? Bennle Gee, at the Greenbrler County Board of Education, found this old photograph and wonders "Whose class Is it?" One of the boys has on a "Quiz Kids" (a popular radio show in the 1940s and 1950s) shirt; the picture to the left, above the door, is General MacArthur. If you know who any of the students are, please write Mountain Messenger. Private Prison For HiUsboro? A 2,280-bed minimum-security prison has been proposed for the Hitlsboro area in response to a letter of inquiry by Pocahontas County Commissioner Norman Alderman. Private Prisons of America, a pri- vate management company based in Midland, Texas, responded fa- vorably to Mr Alderman's letter by proposing a facility which would employ more than 600. "We are looking to construct and manage prisons in states which permit pri- vate management," the firm's presi- dent Frank Powell said from his of- fice in Midland. "West Virginia is such a state." Preliminary plans call for the fa- cility to be located near Hillsboro. Construction would be in three phases, the first including 500 beds, the second containing 780 beds, and the final phase adding 1,000 beds. Civilian workers would be used in Phase One. Both civilian and supervised, compensated in- mate employees would be used for Phase Two and Three construction. Phase One could be operational within ten months, according to Mr Powell. The entire complex could be constructed and at full capacity within three-and-a-half years, he said. Total cost of the facility would be $60 million. According Mr Alderman, "Certificates of Participation," invest- ments made by large corporations, would be sold to finance the ven- ture. "The county pledges no credit and is not liable should the project fail," Mr Alderman stated in a press release. "No tax dollars are utilized. See "Prison", Pg. 2-A Pet Show Set For June 10 Tanyia Montie, president of the Greenbrier County Humar~e Society, has announced that plans are com- plete for Pet-Tacular 1990, a just- for-fun pet show. This event is scheduled to take place at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medi- cine Athletic Field Sunday, June 10, 2p.m Medals, trophies, and ribbons purchased by local merchants and individuals, will be awarded for vari- ous categories including the special Best Dressed category and the Crowd Pleaser Award. Non-pet- owners are invited to enter their cut- est stuffed animal in the Stuffed Pets category. Entry fees for live pets are $2 per pet and for stuffed animals, $1 per pet. Registration begins at 1 p.m. at the Athletic Field. Guest of Honor will be Wendy Igo and her collie "Sunny," Grand Champion of Pet- Tacular '89. Pet owners may wish to take a container of water for their pets, along with a leash, crate, or cage for their pet's safety. All pets are welcome . . . from ants to zebras. Spectators are urged to attend and show their support for the Humane Society and their favor- ite participant. There will be no ad- mission charge. Proceeds from Pet-Tacular 1990 will go to the Greenbrier County Humane Society. tt Fun at