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www.mou ntain messenger.corn riefly. . . J Greenbrier Co. Retired School Employees meeting is set for Friday, June 6 at Lewisburg united Methodist Church. Fel- lowship and refreshments at 10 a.m. and the meeting will begin at 110:30 a.m. All members are invited and encouraged to attend. Quilt Show in Alderson The Alderson Quilters & Crafters Guild will present a free Quilt Show "in the Alderson Community Center Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. Some items will be offered for sale. In addition, the Community Center will serve a Baked Steak Dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 2p.m. on Sunday. Cost: $10 for adults and $5S for children. Take outs available. Alderson Community Market's June special events announced Come out and join the fun! The Market is a family-friendly place with lo- cal vendors selling fresh produce and plants, baked goods, eggs, crafts, coffee and more. Plus, double your dollars when using SNAP/EBT card ($10 = $20!). Every Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Located on Rt. 12 at the Greenbrier Interpretive Center in downtown Alderson. June's spe- cial events are: June 7: "Water Day" and music by Marguerite. June 14: "Beach Day" and music by Lucy Ramey. June 21: "Who's in your Gar- den" and music by Sylvia Mann. June 28: "Bike to Market" and music by .The Bigbys. For more information: http:llaldersonmarket.orglcommunity- market.html. AHMH's June schedule Tuesday night Jam Sessions at the American Heritage Music Hall (AHMH) at Island Park, 315 Monroe Avenue, Ronceverte, are set for June 10, 17, and 24, from 7 to 10/10:30 p.m. Doors open at 6, music starts at 7 p.m. Admission: Tuesdays $7 each; dance night $10 each. Dance on Saturday, June 28 will feature music by Steele Country. Admission includes food, coffee and soft drinks brought in by the au- dience and donated to the music hall to share with everyone. (Bring your favorite snack to share.) (Note: AHMH DOES NOT PROVIDE ANY FOOD OR DRINKS). A family type atmosphere with no alcohol and no smoking, the Music Hall is handicap accessible, and a non- profit organization, 501(c)3, located at Island Park, Ronceverte. For more information call 304-445-3220, 304-645-3982 or AHMH at 304- 645-4667. (Leave a message). Greenbrier Democratic Party Executive Committee will meet Wednesday, June 11 starting at 5:30 p.m. in the law office of Attorney Paul Detch located directly across the street from the County Courthouse. Home & Garden Tour 'The 34th Lewisburg Home & Garden Tour is slated for Saturday, June ".14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information contact Martha Hilton at mar- ' 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 questions. !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 orga- nization for family and friends of people with alcohol problems. For information call Sue at 304-646-6506 or Dee at 304-667-1766. Young Writers 9th-10th Grade First Place: 'My Sweet Sixteen and (he Stop Sign' by All Montie, Lewisburg Baptist Academy, teach- er Blaine Comer My Sweet Sixteen and the Stop Sign By All Montie This was it, December 30th! The day I had been waiting for the past ten years, my sixteenth birthday. I was excited to be sixteen but more excited to get my license! I woke up at seven in the morning feeling a mix of emotions such as; nervousness, anxiousness, and happiness. I was ready to go and wearing my favorite scarf, since I was sure I was getting my picture taken for my licenses. After all, I had been practicing for the past ten months, and I had paral- lel parked forty times the day before, how could I not pass? It was ten in the morning when we got to the DMV. We thought we would be early, but so did the five hundred other people who were lined up all the way out the door. ,I was 'not giving up; I waited in line for forty-five minutes. Once I reached :the window, the man asked me for my current learners, and my proof of enrollment. Well I had my license, but I had forgotten to get my proof of '.enrollment before Christmas break. ii was still not giving up I was tak- ing that test that day! We drove up 'to the school in hopes of someone :being there. Thankfully, there was , someone there and we got my proof of enrollment. We then drove back , down to the DMV, got back in line, and waited for fifteen more minutes. We reached the window and the i man tried very hard to convince us i to come back another day since they , were so busy, but I was not taking no 'for an answer I was taking that test i no matter how long I would have to i wait. He told us he could not give i me the test for an hour so we went '. to lunch. ; Finally, we walked back into the ', DMV for the third time that day. My ',new, scary, intimidating, and non-hu- ',morous, "friend" from the window, ',Larry, was ready to take me on my ',driving test. We walked out to my ', car and started the test. The first part ',of the test was easy, or would have ',been if I was not shaking from ner- i vousness. Larry asked me to turn on my left turning signal, I turned on my right; he asked for the right and I hit the left. He asked me to tum on my high-beams, and I turned off my lights completely. I was not off to a good start. Next was the part I was more nervous for than anything else, parallel parking. I pulled up to the cones and I nailed it. After that, I was sure the rest was going to be so easy I could have done it in my sleep. We then proceeded on towards the gates with stop signs on them. Now, both sides of the gate had a stop sign on them, so it was very clear they wanted you to stop. I pulled up, looked both ways on the little, one- way, dirt road, and went right on. As I had predicted, the rest of the test was a breeze. I was already smiling and happy as we pulled back in the parking lot; I was sure I was headed in to get my picture taken and be on my merry way. Once we parked Larry said nothing. I got more ner- vous than I already was very quick- ly. He then asked me the unanswer- able question of, "Did you come to a complete stop at the first stop sign?" My answer was this, "Umm, well, maybe, I don't know? I guess not." Then Larry spoke the words that ru- ined my day, stopped my heart, and made me cry: "I am going to have to fail you for not making a com- plete stop." This was then end of the world; I just knew it was. Life would not go on during the week that I had to wait to retake my test. The following week I had much better luck. I did not have to wait in line, and I made a very complete stop. I was not going to miss that stop sign; I considered pulling up, putting my car in park and running around the car just to make a point. Although I was devastated to have failed on my actual birthday I was still happy to pass the next week. I know I will never forget my sweet sixteen. I will also never forget to stop completely at a stop sign and correct anyone else who does not! Mountain Messenger - The Weekend Pa)er for the Greenbrier Valley Snake Run Bridge closed for replacement West Virginia Division of Highways announces the closing of Snake Run Bridge on CR 42 in Blue Sulphur Springs, beginning June 11, according to Adrian Lusk, District Nine bridge engi- neer. WVDOT will close Snake Run Bridge located on CR 42, Blue Sulphur Road, at milepost 4.86, 0.08 miles west of CR 68, Ham- ilton Ridge, on June 11 through Aug. 15. The bridge is antici- pated to be closed 24 hours per day, the closing is necessary to replace the existing bridge. Motorists should allow ad- ditional time for their commute and are advised that detours will be in place. All traffic is being detoured onto CR 27, Grassy Meadows Road and CR 25, Blue Sulphur Springs Road. The anticipated completion date is set for Aug. 15. Please be advised that inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances could change the project schedule. June 7,2014 3A Greenbrier County Schools host three registration days for 2014-15 School Year Greenbrier County Schools 'will host countywide three countywide registration days for new students (Pre-K through Grade 12) who have not yet enrolled for the 2014-15 school year, including students who have recently moved into the area. Registration Days will be held at the following times and locations: Thursday, July 24 - 5 to 7 p.m. at Greenbrier County Board Office in Lewisburg; Monday, July 28 - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Greenbrier West High School in Charmco; Tuesday, July 29 - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Greenbrier East High School in Fairlea. Greenbrier County Health Depart- ment staff will be available at the July 28 and 29 events to provide TB tests and immunizations needed if entering West Virginia Schools for the first time. Parents should bring their child's immunization records, birth certifi- cate (from the Bureau of Vital Sta- tistics of the state they were born in), Social Security card, and a proof of Shalefield Stories: Personal and collected testimonies- Part IV By Peggy Mackenzie Judy Armstrong Stiles - Sugar Run, Bradford County, PA Exposure: Numerous wells within five miles of home Harm: Water contamination: lead, methane, propane, ethan, ethene, barium, magnesium, strontium, arsenic, radon, radium 226, radium 228, uranium Air Contamination: methane, radium 226, radium 228 uranium Human Health Impact: rashes on hands and feet, stomach aches, dizzy spells, intestinal cancer, daily seizures, lead, arsenic, and barium poisoning Industry Dishonesty/Disregard: DEP and Chesapeake did not acknowledge well contamination or methane leaks in yard Loss of Property: 85% loss of value from $75,000 to $10,000 Before my family's nightmare sent us a five-gallon water cooler; started, I lived a peaceful life in the level of methane in our well did Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Our not merit a water buffalo. house nestled on a mountain and However, we felt that we finally overlooked the Susquehanna River. had proof that our health problems There was little traffic in Sugar Run, were the result of some sort of con- but plenty of wildlife. It was quiet tamination. I demanded blood tests and clean. My husband, Carl, and I from my doctor. Hr'found barium planned on spending our lives in this and arsenic in my blood. Carl had beautiful Garden of Eden. to pay out of pocket because he did However, we were not the only not have health insurance. The test ones interested in Bradford County. cost $6,000. Since Chesakeake does Chesapeake Energy moved into not have to reveal the chemicals that Bradford in 2009 seeking natural they use, our doctors could not treat gas. With them, they brought prom- us for fear of causing a reaction with ises of clean energy, fair leases on other unknown chemicals or miner- land, little environmental impact, als. and more jobs. A Chesapeake En- After seeing a realtor who could ergy representative knocked on our not sell our house without us "clean- door in January 2010. Since Carl 'ing it up," Carl, Angelina, and I left and I were in between drilled land, our beautiful home and land to live we signed the lease, with relatives. We were living off of In February 2010, Carl and I start- Chesapeake's check while their drill- ed breaking out in terrible rashes on ing and denial of their accountability our hands and feet. Our skin would were slowly killing us. Meanwhile, actually peel. Our tap water now had our radon tests came back and we an odor to it and was yellow. The also had radon in the air, and trace rashes came and went, as did the wa- amounts of radium 226, radium 228, ter problems, so we shrugged it off. and uranium in our water. Then, we started getting stomach In February 201 I, Carl developed aches and had trouble keeping food intestinal cancer and had his intes- down. We grew dizzy and tired, and tines removed. My daughter, five started to forget simple things. Our months pregnant, suffering from joints started aching. We saw dec- seizures, had lead poisoning. We had tors who tried to figure out what been out of the house five months was wrong with us. Our symptoms and she was one point below toxic. mirrored so many other diseases and I would like to say that after mov- disorders. The doctors could not fig- ing out, our health improved, but it ure out what the problem was, and did not. Although the chemical and our health kept deteriorating, mineral counts have gone down in In April, a large hole opened in our my blood, my body is still paying yard. It emitted a terrible smell, and for those high doses. My daugh- it leaked a foamy fluid, ter suffers from daily seizures. She My daughter, Angelina, moved in cannot work or drive. My husband, ith us in June 2010. What should Carl, deteriorated day by day. Un- have been a happy time turned sour, able to handle the loss of memory because within a month, she, too, and speech, as well as the debilitat- started getting sick. ing daily headaches, he took his own We could not ignore the signs any life. I don't blame him. He was in longer. We consulted an independent too much pain, and his doctors could water tester from Scranton. We paid not help him. them $1,200 to come and test our I am the family of JudyAnnstrong water. Stiles. I lost my home, my health, In September, 2010, news came and my husband. I want hydraulic out that the Susquehanna River con- tracking stopped. We are not ex- tained methane. Shortly after, we pendable for natural gas. received our water tests. We called Shalefield Stories is a compilation the Pennsylvania Department of En- of first-hand testimonies and col- vironmental Protection (DEP). Also, lected stories from people who have we called Chesapeake. They arrived been harmed by dangerous drilling the same day. They made a visual de- in the oil and gas Shalefields across termination that our water contained the country. No one should be with- methane. We showed them the four- out safe potable water and clean air page report from the independent especially in this country. For more test. Our water contained dangerous information, go to the Shalefield Sto- levels of lead, methane, propane, ries Campaign found on the Thomas ethane, ethene, barium, magnesium, Merton Center webpage at http:// strontium, and arsenic. Chesapeake residency (i.e. utility bill, lease, tax statement or voter registration) to complete registration. Pre-K registration packets are also available for pick-up at all elemen- tary schools as well as the board of education office in Lewisburg. Completed folders may be returned during any of the registration events or during a scheduled appointment arranged by calling 304-645-3505 or 304-657-6486. In order to be eligible for a first day of preschool start date (Sept. 2), completed pack- ets must be received by Aug. 18. Students whose packets are received after Aug. 18 will receive a start date as space becomes available. Please remember that 7th and 12th grade students are required to have Tdap and Meningitis immunizations before they can enter this fall. Par- ents of new enrollees entering the 7th and 12th grade should bring their updated shot records on registration day. Please call Nancy Hanna, direc- tor of Early Childhood Education, or Lynne Bostic, director of Elemen- tary and Middle School Education, at 304-647-6486 with questions re- garding the scheduled registration days. WV Senior Medicare Patrol Project Worried about fraud and health care care journal to help track medical vis- seams? A session about Medicare fraud and how to prevent it will be held on Wednesday, June 11 at 1 p.m. in the Alderson Manor community building, led by the West Virginia Senior Medicare Patrol Pr0iect. All its and other important information. This session is free and open to the general public. Alderson Manor is located on Alderson Cemetery Road. Call 304-445-3040 with any ques- tions. II Serz00ice00l"aST00R The clean you expect The service you deserve." SERVICEMASTER Carpet & Floor Care PROFESSIONAL CARPET & HARD FLOOR CLEANING Upholstery & Windows Now offering Wood Floor Care (304) 645-9790 Toll Free (855) 645-9790 _.. II II Lewisburg Farmers Market Featured Vendor: Bootstraps Farm Market co-founder, Bootstraps Farm, has traveled into the world of Aqua- ponics. No, this is not a place where one believes they are hearing things underwater, but rather the marriage of aquaculture and hydroponics. In an aq uaponic system produce is grown in water that is circulated through fish tanks benefiting both the vegetables and the fish. Bootstraps hopes to one day market tilapia grown aquaponicly, but right now they are happy to offer vegetables grown in this system that were not possible using con- ventional means, like iceberg lettuce! That's right, Bootstraps' Michael Buttrill loves juicy, crunchy, organic iceberg lettuce and iceberg lettuce loves growing in an aquaponic system. Some people may find this ironic, that after spending three thousand dollars on this system that Mr. Buttrill would choose to grow iceberg lettuce, but that is not all he is growing in this system, there is also arugula, broccoli, tadpoles, pac choi, and very soon there will be aquaponic cucumbers! Wait, did he say tadpoles? While shopping at the Lewisburg Farmers Market this Saturday, stop to enjoy some complimentary strawberry shortcake as we celebrate our Second Annual Strawberry Festival. This Saturday many vendors will have strawberry related items for sale. Enjoy this tasty fruit while it is in season! Available This Week: Azimuth Organics Salad Mix ............................. $3.75 for 8 oz Asian Stir Fry Mix ............... $3.50 for 8 oz Kale Mix .............................. $3.50 for 8 oz Bootstraps Farm Strawberries ............................... $3.00/pint Broccoli .................................. $3.00/bunch Iceburg Lettuce ......................... $3.00/head Kale ........................................ $4.00/bunch Dogwood Hill Natural Gardens Strawberries .................................. $2.75/1b Pork Sausage ................................. $5.00/1b Lean Ground Chuck ...................... $7.00/1b Beeswax Candles ............. Price as Marked F&F Grelnhouse Zucchini ........................................ $1.50/1b Summer Squash ............................ $1.50/lb Assorted Plants ................ Price as Marked Greenbrier Cotswold Lamb (Chops, Ground, Stew, etc.) ........................ $6.00-$19.00/lb Wool Yam ......................... Price as Marked Sheepskin Pelts ................. Price as Marked Nima's Persian Food Whole Wheat Sun Bread ......... $10.00 each Unbleached Flour Sun Bread....$9.00 each Qotab (Traditional Cookie) ............... $5.00 On a Shoestring Jams .................................... $5.25/half pint Irises and Peonies .......... $2 00 and up Rainbow Farm Cornish Hens ........................... .....$4.25/1b Chicker Liver ...... $3 50/lb Lettuce Mix .................................. $7.00/1b Something Different Pocket Pita (5 units) ................. $5.00 Falafel (6 units) ................................ $5.00 Jerusalem Bread ................................ $2.50 Sweet Meadow Farm Chocolate Cream Cupcakes with Strawberry ......................... $2.50 each Strawberry, Blueberry, and Raspberry Scones ............... $2.00 each Rhubarb .................................... $2.50/pack Lewisburg Farmers Market Saturday 8:30 am to 1 pm The United Methodist Church parking lot.