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\ / Vol. VI No. 15 June 21, 1990 From the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia Alderson FD tain esse Pioneer Days In Crank Up Old Lizzie Terrell Eddins at Old Mill Park ght Main Street Program in Sulphur Springs got off to its start June 13 with a visit from director Terrell Eddins and as- director Susan Salisbury. Program is designed to help the area in revitalization el- ls to attract business and in- pride. Eddins met with the media COmmunity representatives at Mill Park to outline the initial of the program. "One of the impressive things rve noticed in White Sulphur Springs is the Public and private support is effort," she said. '1 think the right for Main Street here." major purpose of last week's , She said, was to gather back- Jnd information on the area, to what role the downtown less district plays in the com- fy, and to spend time with the Main Street Committee. he Main Street West Virginia Program is part of national Main Street USA, a division of the Na- tional Trust for Historic Preservation. Organizers utilize a four-point ap- proach to revitalization efforts, in. cluding coordinating existing groups to implement the program, utilizing effective promotions to draw per- sons to the downtown area, design- ing improvements to downtown buildings, and providing guidance ~n econom;c restructuring. Main Street West Virginia began in 1987. White Sulphur Springs' ap- plication for acceptance into the prom gram was approved last month. The community has committed $40,000 in-monies and in-kind contributions to the program for each of the next three years. In exchange, Main Street provides consulting services to assist in each of the four phases of the program. Local Main Street Committee members include Catherine Jost, Cathy Rennard, Gall Collins, Marie Lewis, Melissa Shortridge, John Gitlespie. The Alderson Volunteer Fire De- partment and Emergency Medical Service is once again offering their annual ambulance service subscrip- tion plan. The plan is available to anyone in Atderson, Alta, Asbury, Blue Sulphur Springs, Clayton, Flat Mountain, Fort Spring, Glenray, Muddy Creek mountain, Pence Springs, Snake Run, Wolf Creek, and surrounding areas. The fire department and ambu- lance service is comprised of all vol- unteer personnel who respond to emergency situations. The member- ship is made up of approximately 35 active members; eight are certified paramedics, six certified Emergency Medical Technicians and the re- mainder are state certified First Re- sponders and/or Coronary Pulmo- nary Resuscitation certified drivers. This ~s one of the largest all-volun- teer ambulance services in the area. All personnel receive training in emergency care. This doesn't in- clude the 110-hour Emergency Medical Technician course or the 800-hour paramedic course. All trainina is done on volunteer time. See "Alderson", Pg. 3-A Pioneer Days in Marlinton, a week of family fun and frolic, starts Saturday, June 30 and runs through Saturday July 7. There's mud bogs and country music, gospel singin' and liars' contests; races; square dances; beauty pageants and more. See Page 7-A for a full list of activities. Catch 'Em On The Interstate, But Send 'Em Round The Barn? New highway signs highlighting area caverns and a portion of the Midland Trail are now in place on Interstate 64 in Greenbrier County. The new "Cavern Tours" signs at the Hart's Run interchange were in- stalled in early June by the Depart- ment of Highways (DOH) at the re- quest of the governor's office, ac- cording to Barry Warhoftig, State Traffic Operations Engineer for the DOH. The office made the recom- Old Union Academy Becomes Subject of New Speculation acad.emy," Dr Ripley, a retired den- tist, says. "It is certainly one of America's oldest standing brick academies." The two-story structure has at- tracted attention lately as the Union Town Council has discussed its de- teriorating condition. According to Mayor Bill Hancock, the Council is attempting to get the owners, who do not live in town, to clean up the building and grounds. Some consid- eration is being given by the city to pi,rchasing the structure, applying for historic preservation grants, and restoring it for use as City Hall. Organized education in Union Old Union Academy can be traced the Presbyterian Church, Dr Ripley says, which es- tablished a school at the site in 1816. It was known as Union Acad- emy until 1859. In that year Union lost a bid for a Baptist school to Blue Sulphur Springs, where the denomi- nation established AIleghany Col- lege. The Union school then pro- ceeded with expansion plans, add- ing boarding quarters and changing its name to Monroe Presbyterian High School. The restructured or- ganization prepared students for studies beyond grade school and enrolled approximately 60 boys from See "Union", Pg. 3-A, unpretentious building at the of South Street and the old IS-to-Salt-Sulphur Turn- the part it has played in eVeloping years of Monroe In fact, the peeling paint of COlumns, door and window and upstairs porch railings ests the fate of numerous 19th- homes left to the elements. ut talk to local historian Ron Ri- and the colorful history of the ~g comes alive. The "Old Un- ~ademy,- as it is known by residents of the town, from 1820. "It is perhaps West oldest remaining town mendation following numerous re- quests from area residents, accord- ing to Mr Warhoftig. The smaller one cost approximately $3,000 and is visible to westbound travellers at the Hart's Run interchange. The larger ones, also installed in early June, cost approximately $5,000. They were placed at the Hart's Run inter- change, advertising Greenbrier State Forest and the cavern tours, and at the White Sulphur Springs interchange, noting the Midland Trail and the ski area of Pocahontas County, via State Route 92. When asked about using DOH funds for a sign directing motorists to two privately operated caverns, Lost World and Organ Cave, Mr Warhoftig said it is the department's policy to erect signs for attractions and facilities visited by a large num- ber of motorists. "Our concern, how- ever, is the great demand we have for signing at many interchanges, he said. "We have many more requests for signs than we can honor. Basi- cally we are limited to how many secondary messages we can put up at any interchange. Lewisburg has presented many possibilities. We have tried to pick those items in the greatest demand in that area--we chose the osteopathic school, the airport, and the Lewisburg Historic District. Mr Warhoftig listed a number of sign requests the DOH has received for the Lewisburg interchange throughout the past few years."We've had people request signs for Hillsboro, Marlinton, the ski areas, Carnegie Hall, the Pearl Buck Home, and many others," he said, Inside Today Agriculture ................ .. ..... 6A Briefly ............................... 2A Carnegie Column ............ 4A Classified ......................... 8B For the Record ................ 2A Garden Patch ................... 5A Joy of Farming ................ 6A Obituaries ........................ 8A Opinion ............................ 9A Roberta ............................ 8A Saints ............................... 3A Sports ............................... 1 B P "but we've had to stick with the ones we've narrowed our decision down to," At the Catdwell interchange, how- ever, we didn't have a conflict in adding a message for the caverns," he added. "Additionally, we were were asked by the governor's office to add signage for the Midland Trail to the 'ski area' sign approaching White Sulphur Springs from the east." Orqan Cave owner George See "Cavern Signs", Pg. 3-A Lynn Garringer Featured In National Magazine Lynn Garringer of Lewisbuig has been selected for Early American Life magazine's Directory Of Ameri- can Craftsmen for 1990. Each year, Early American Life, through a juried process, selects the top craftspeopte in the nation on the ba- sis of quality of craftsmanship and fidelity to early American style. Crafts are also assessed on their ability to become antiques in their own right. Categories of the crafts include handmade furniture, bas- kets, painted decoration, pottery, glass, metal, needlework, textile, toys, dolls and woodcarving. Ms. Garringer submitted photos of Hand- woven textiles for review by an inde- pendent panel of experts at the magazine. Her entry was selected from hundreds of entries for publica- tion in the fifth annual directory of American Craftsmen in the August issue. Musical "Annie" Wins Hearts At Local Theater Boxoffice Records "Annie", the hit Broadway musical based on the cartoon strip "Little Orphan Annie", is now in production at the Greenbrier Valley Theatre Barn. Crystal Lake, a grade school student from Williamsburg has the lead role. Mason Preston, a veteran amateur actor from Lewisburg, is seen as Annie's benefactor Daddy Warbucks. "Annie" plays tonight through Sunday night and June 28 through June 30. Curtain time is 8 p.m. The Barn theater is located near the Green- brier Valley Airport on Route 219 north of Lewisburg. "Annie" is di- rected by Wayne Bowman with musical direction by Barbara Wygai. Virginia Walls is the choreographer. ii