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Vol. VI No. 19 July 19, 1990 From the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia ear-Old Wagon Home --- Restored i !!~ ~i i ii~ !ii i~ Don H. Berkebile examines the 200-year.old Conestoga wagon he recently restored, temporarily exhibited in the lobby of the Greenbrier Valley National Bank in Lewisburg. Mr Berkebile worked on the vehicle in ~ts hometown of Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, from April 1989 to early July 1990. The wagon is said to h'ave brought to the Greenbrier Valley in 1788 by the Isaac Kaufman family (later spelled "Coffman") and was USed between 1815 and 1830 for a freight service between Lewisburg and New York. The restoration was funded by donations through the Lewisburg Foundation totalling over $7,000. Tentative plans call for the wagon to be displayed in a shelter to be constructed on the grounds of the North House Museum at Church and Washington streets. Lewisburg Mime And Canadian Team Up For New Type uor Stores Up For Sale "Mrs Jones" and "Mr No" By April Hefner Lewisburg resident Gtenn Singer, treet performer, is developing plans a new theater-type show with his ~artner Pint Tredders, otherwise ~nown as "Mrs Jones." The show, a play set in the late )40's, will be called "At Home with rs. Jones, starring Howard I. No." ne Umque aspect of this play, =s ~at it requires audience participa- "a show for me is a conversa- With the audience," Mr Singer sa~d It ~s that sense of relationship the crowd that is obviously his ;]reatest appeal. Singer, who is also known as I. No, will play a variety of -" everything from the mail- an encyclopedia salesman. title of the show refers to the rst time Mr Singer met Ms Tred- ers. While juggling in a street show Nova Scotia, Mr Singer was sur- ~sed by a young woman suddenly in on his act. Unfortunately, ne particularly wild toss of a jug- pin by the attractive new addi- Mr Singer in the head -- ren- him unconscious. When he his"attacker-asked him his Still somewhat groggy, Mr sarcastically responded "How I know?" "Being an improvisa- 3nalist. the female juggler calmly "Nice to meet you Howard, Mrs Jones." And thus was born a which has developed into entially unique and entertaining idea. Mr Singer, who has been a pro- onal sir*eat p.edormer..~r..six years, incorporates mime perform- ances, clowning, character and physical comedy into his act Raised in a small suburb in Newark, Dela- ware as the son of a rocket scientist, the dark-haired entertainer claims his first ambition in life was to be Mighty Mouse. "1 was born in the house of a rocket scientist in the year of Sput- nik with the heart of a gypsy," Mr Singer said, a description clearly portraying his flair for the dramatic. He decided in h=gh school to con- vert this talent into a career and so he began to study theater during his time at the University of Delaware. The young mime further cultivated his gift by training in New York City with Tony Montanaro. Mr Singer was asked to be one of twelve performers from around the world to appear in the Interna- honal Super Street Performers Theater Show in Holland last year. He has an offer to go to Japan this fall. Ms Tredders, a citizen of Indone- sia and Holland, comes from a cir- cus family where her mother was a high wire artist. Together the combined experi- ence, charm and comic antics of Mrs Jones and Howard I. No should make the theater show quite a sight to behold. Inside Today About Herbs ..................... 7A Agriculture ....................... 7A Briefly ............................... 2A Classified .......................... 7B For the Record ................. 3A Garden Patch ................. 11A Home Accent .................... 8A Horoscopes ...................... 6A Joy of Farming ................. 7A Obituaries ......................... 9A Opinion ............................. 4A Roberta ........................... 10A Saints ................................ 4B Sports ............... .: .............. 1B West Virginia's state-owned hq- UQr sto~es a~e.up lot sale The dead- line for written questions from poten- tial bidders comes up July 21. Au- gust 28 has been set for the dead- I~ne for submitting btds according to information released by the West Virginia State Retail Liquor Licens- Jng Board and me Alcohol Beverage Control Commissioner. Greenbner County has been di- vided into three market zones -- Zone I, The Greenbrter Hotel and the Town of White Sulphur Springs; Zone II, which includes the central portion of the county where two state liquor stores are currently lo- cated, at Ronceverte and Lewts- burg; Zone tll which presently has two hquor stores, at Qu=nwood and Rainelle See "Liquor", Pg. 2-A Ralph Williams Cited; Fined By Jonathan Wright Rainelle businessman and former state senator Ralph Williams was Cssued a citation July 13 for illegal disposal of solid waste by Gary Amick, conservation officer for the Department of Natural Resources. The citation results from the burning of tires and building materials July 9 on property owned by Community Aid, Incorporated (Mr Williams is president of the non-profit organiza- tion). Mr Williams pied guilty before Magistrate Ernest Backus in Rupert and paid a fine of $194 plus $56 court costs. The Rainelle Volunteer Fire De- partment was called at approxi- mately 6:00 p.m. to the property, lo- cated near Pennsylvania Avenue about 200 feet to the south of an apartment complex owned by Com- munity Aid. Fire Chief George Brooks said he received a call from the DNR asking his department to extinguish a brush fire at the site. One unit with three men responded The group observed several separate, contained brush fires on the property. One contained several tires that fire was extinguished, according to Mr Brooks. '1 take total responsibility for it," Mr Williams said. "Some kids appar- ently playtng around the area set fire to the pile. We had some other brush piles burning nearby, but that one was not to be burnt. There were five or six tires in it." Mr Williams said the tires had previously been used as "bumper guards" for four-wheel-drive ve- hicles, whose operators once used the area for recreational purposes. The area is being cleared for the possible construction of additional residential buildings on the site, ac- cording to Mr Williams. DNR conservation officer Gary Amuck sa~d he came-to~the~s+te after notlcing smoke while on another call in the vicinity. "No kids were in- volved in setting those tires on fire. The fire was going.with the tires still ~n the pile, instead of being hauled away first as they should have been." Mr Amick said he observed sev- eral brush piles smoking, and one shll flaming, when he arrived on the property. The pile n question con- tamed several tires still not burned. he said, along with roofing and wir- ing materials. "The only materials which can legally be burned are wood and grass," he said. "Anything else has to be disposed of properly." .The roofing and wiring materials nave now been covered with dirt, and /he tires have been removed Mr Amick said. Artist's rendition of the WVSOM science laboratories building. School Be New Facility On Local The first major new construction project at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) since the school was founded is now underway. On July 5, excavation began on a new science laboratories building being constructed on the field be- hind the WVSOM administration building. The two-story, 22.000 square foot building will house a new anat- omy lab, morgue, autopsy facility and research areas. "The excavation has proceeded perfectly," notes Lewis Miller, direc- tor of institutional services at WVSOM "Water and electricity are available onsite. A new road has been cut in from the entrance into Silo Square, and we've been really careful to make sure that the con- tractor is cleaning the mud off their vehicles' tires before going out on Silo Lane." Mr Miller adds. Other programs on the project involves constructing a fence around the site. "If the weather Local Churches Send Envoys To Help In Haitian Countryside "He's got the whole world, in his hands...," sings Marshall Musser of Old Stone Church, along with the children of Grande Colline. The group is inside the Episcopal Church, with the 19 new benches that Marshall helped to construct. Criss Haynes and Klase Longanacre of Old Stone Church, and Weston Guthrie and Bart Baker of Ronceverte Presbyterian Church, also helped in the construction of the church benches, 61 school benches, and the roofing project. ,See additional pictures Page 12-A unce , Welcomes Visitors From Round The World Tucked away n a hollow of a mountain near Rainelle, the rugged Ponderosa Lodge plays host to hun- dreds of persons each year-- 70 per cent of them have been there before, according to owner Ray Gilbert. "People like the quietness." he sa~d "It's comfortable, yet rustic. The* draws them back again and again." Hallways open onto the mare lobby, which ts decorated with a cooperates, Mr Miller explains, '1he first concrete footings should be poured this week " "This project has been a long time in coming," explains WVSOM President Oten E. Jones, Jr, "and we're certainly pleased it's mowng right along. "This new lab space has been greatly needed, and it's a proj- ect that all those associated w,qh WVSOM can take pride in. Now it is time to put our energies ~oto our wide variety of pelts and stuffed ani- mals. "Most of them you see there are from the zoo which once oper- ated here," .Mr Gilbert said. "They were added to our lobby gradually as the animals died." The building was constructed ,n 1968 along U.S. Highway 60 atop Armstrong Mountain, near Sewelt Mountain, seven miles west of Rainelle. After operating for two years as a hotel, it was closed in 1970 and was run as a private bow- and-arrow hunting lodge for s~x years. "The lodge closed altogether in 1976," Mr Gilbert said. "Then in 1983 the owner, a friend of mine, came up to me and asked me if I would like to buy it The building needed a lot of work. You look at a place hke this and Know you can do something with it, but you have to have the initiative to do what you. want with it. I decided to give rt a try,~ so I purchased it, and my wife Ann and I began renovating it. We had it open for business m 45 days. By the- end of the month the place was full every weekend." The lodge is open year-round and regularly hosts special dinners. reunions, small conventions, and other gatherings. A restaurant, seat-" ~ng up to 50 persons, is part of the building and is open by reservation, "We get a lot of groups n here for whttewater rafting," Mr Gilbert said. In fact, all our rooms from now until" the middle of August are filled for every weekend. Some groups come here two or three t~mes a year. We've had guests from 48 states and about 15 foretgn countries." The initial decline in traffic on U.S. 60 two years agmn when Inter- state 64 was finished hurt the lodge at first. "It's picking up really well now, though," Mr Gilbert said. "This ~s pnmarity through the efforts and publicity of the Midland Trail Scenic Highway Association, I believe:" Mr See "WVSOM', Pg. 2-A See "Lodge", Pg. 2-A Q enan