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8A The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, July 19, 1990 By ANDREA GAINER WVU Extension Agent, Home Economics, Greenbrier County You can bring new life to your kitchen without remodeling, The right paint on the right places -- par- ticularly on those cabinets-- can re- turn sparkle and freshness to your kitchen: Face it. Those cabinets have a hard life, A day in the life of a typical kitchen cabinet may include grubby hands constantly opening and cios- ing cabinet doors; stored foods spill- ing onto cabinet shelves; and cook- ing grease spattering onto cabinet surfaces, While they daily sustain such det- rimental use, kitchen cabinets re- main the most noticeable element in your kitchen. Rejuvenate your cabi- nets, and you will rejuvenate your kitchen. The first step in reviving tired cabinet surfaces is to strip off old paint or coverings. Start by remov- ing the cabinet doors from their hinges so you can work on them at a comfortable angle. You may discover several.layers of old paint or coverings. (Some older cabinets, especially wooden ones with'glass windows, may have been covered in wallpaper that has stuck to the glass.) Soak the doors in remover. Be careful to follow di- rections provided by the chemical's manufacturer. When removing paint from old cabinets, be careful not to scrub the surface too hard. The original sur.- faces, hidden under !ayers ot o!d paint, may be fragile. Once old paint or coatings have been removed, give the cabinet surface a light sanding to prepare it for fresh paint, One way to create a cheery kitchen is to use bright, white, and primary, colors. Red with white trim, for instance, is a modern-looking kitchen combination. If your kitchen cabinet doors have wood-framed windows, outline the windows in a bright, enamel red. Use th same red paint on moldings and trim around windows. Use a semi-gloss white on walls. The result will be a light, li~ely kitchen with welcoming color. Yellow Is another popular c01"or for kitchens, creating a sunny, warm environment. In a small kitchen, use a semi-gloss yellow paint on the walls. Trim with bright enamel in springy light green on cabinets, moldings, and window frames. In a large kitchen, use warm col- ors for walls and cabinets to create a homey leeling. Soft pastels can warm a drafty kitchen and reinforce the room's function as the center of activity. lo make your kitchen truly indi- vidual, complete the new look by stenciling a pattern on the molding or around a window. Use paint to make delicate decorations in bright contrasting colors -- such as red on white or blue on yellow. Don't forget that using paint makes housekeeping easier in the kitchen .-- enamel paints wipe clean easily and won't retain grease or dirt. Repainting your kitchen and cabinets can make your kitchen more attractive . . . and more effi- cient! TODAY'S CHUCKLE: A woman sauntered up to the customs official and put her bags down for inspec- tion. The customs man asked if she had anything to declare. "Why, not a thing," was the woman's reply. "Then am I to understand that the fur tail hanging down below your coat is your own?" Oliver Luck Meets With Congressional candidate Oliver Luck met with President George Bush at the White House in June to discuss Mr Luck's congressional race and the problems facing West Virginia. 1 was thrilled to have the oppor- tunity to go to the White House. hav- ing never met the President or been help is to be aware of the need for the federal funding of highways. More than 80 per cent of new jobs in West Vi~rginia come in counties which are part of an ~nterstate high* way system. In the Second District we already have access to Interstate 81 in the Eastern Panhandle -- now we need to see growth occur in Property Tax Revision Told The 1989 Legislature clearly set a new direction for property tax ad- ministration in West Virginia. It es- tablished a new property tax reap- praisal program and created a com- mission to oversee the general con- duct of the reappraisal. The Property Valuation Training and Procedures Commission con- sists of three county assessors, two county commission members, four citizen members and the State Tax Commissioner. They are respon- sible for the development of plans, procedures and methods that will govern the assessment activities. The Commission has general re- sponsibilities compatible with the oversight responsibilities of the State Tax Commissioner. One of the most significant provi- sions of the recent Legislative action regarding property tax reappraisal is that it calls for all property to be re- appraised over a three year period, beginning not later than July 1, 1991. It also expressly states that it is not an implementation of the 1980s statewide reappraisal. The objective of the assessment program is assessments at 60 per cent of current true and actual value by the assessment year beginning July 1, 1994. Property assessments will then be maintained by continu- ing three year cycles for visiting par- cels of real property, whereby all properties wili be adjusted to reflect changes in the current market value. As property assessments ap- proach 60 per cent of current market value, tax rates will be adjusted so that current property tax yields will not exceed the previous tax year revenues by more than 101 per cent', plus 2 per cent funding for county assessors. Regular levy rates may be increased up to the maximum levy rate by adequate no- lice to the property owners, county and city rates cannot generate more than 10 per cent above the prior year's revenues. Special levies in existence as of March 10, 1990 are to be applied to the assessment base as of Juty 1, 1989. Special lev- ies enacted after March 10, 1990 will be applied to the assessed val- ues as developed each succeeding July 1. The legislation established a new in the White House, it was an mvita- other area id. category of proper~r preferential tion I was honoreS"{oacce~t~'~r"~* .... ~A~;t~ '}~eeF' ~sses'sment. Mar~a'~iimberland is Luck said. Mr Luck and other top congres- sional candidates spent about two hours with the President. Mr Bush also had a pnvate conference with Mr Luck in which Mr Luck described the progress of his candidacy and the problems facing the Second Dis- trict, '1 had the opportunity to discuss the need for job growth in West Vir- ginia One way the President can ~ng, I mentioned the growing drug problem n the Eastern Panhandle, I will hopefully get a chance to dis- cuss this in more detail at a later date," Mr Luck said. "All in all. I was very happy with the outcome of my visit to the White House. I look forward to hawng an- other opportunity to meet with tl~e President and discuss more issues of concern to the voters of the 2nd District of West Virginia." to be valued based upon tile pro- ductwe potential of the land, as op- posed to what a wdling buyer would pay a wilhng seller. Other existing preferential trea;ments wdt continue. For example, land used for agricul- tural purposes will st be valued ~n a preferential manner. Other major changes include mandatory assessor traimng and m- creased annual funding for asses- sors' offices. Visitors From 34 Countries Look At West Virginia Soil By Jonathan Wright Over 200 individuals representing 34 countries toured eastern Green- brier County June 27 as part of an international symposium on plants and soil. The meeting was based at Pipestem State Park near Athens and hosted by the United States Department of Agriculture Research Service in Beckley. The purpose of the symposium was to discuss ways of improving crop utility Jn hilly farm lands, ac- cording to spokesman Paul Murrmann, director of the Appala- chian Soil and Water Conservation Research Laboratory in Beckley. "This is an international problem," he said, 'and we hope this event helped increase knowledge of how to cope with it." Sukhdev Malhi, a participant from Lacombe, Alberta (Canada), said, '1 like the whole geography of this area. The mountains are beautiful-- it's one of the best areas to visit in North America." Kelley Sponaugle, area conser- vationalist from the Agriculture Re- search Service, said, "This is an an- nual effort to exchange information on this topic. During the tour of the Lewisburg area, we examined farm- ing methods in acid soil on lime- stone." The group took time out from its business to tour the historic district of downtown Lewisburg. Tours were directed by John Mdllhenny, director of the Lewisburg Visitors and Con- vention Bureau. Other attractions of historic and natural interest in the surrounding area were also visited, including the Pence Springs Resort, Morlunda Farms, and farms. Dr Murrmann said, "Thi-~ 'West Virginia Country We wanted to show the history of this area of the believe we gave everyone impression of West Vir, The group meets years. Its previous meeting at the University of Alberta ada. Planning for the directed by a steering made up of rel: twelve research institutions. "We got an extremely reaction to the tour here in West Virginia," Mr S "Everyone enjoyed seeing tryside. Both the weather appearance of the great." Mr Staggers Sponsors Flag Bill: No Constitution Change Needed US. Representative Harley Stag- gers, days he's sponsoring a bill that would protect the US. flag without having to amend the U.S. Constitution. A member of the House Judiciary Committee, Mr Staggers says he "Made in America United States Flag Protection Act of 1990" would create a U.S. Flag Commission to license the manufactunng of official U.~,,.,f~ags, which would have the same protections gwen US. cur- rency and U.S. government prop- erty. He said that current flag own- ers would be able to keep their flats and have them designated as offi- ctai flags. "We can protect the integrity of the U.S. flag m a way that is consti- tutional and hmely with this bill," said Mr Staggers. "Official U.S. flags would be made here in America. They would have full protection un- der the law. Those who own US. flags now could receive a seal mak- ing their flags official and protected by law." The Second district congressman says that under the bill destruction or altering of an official U.S. flag would, like destruction of U.S. cur- rency or U.S. government property, be a federal crime punishable by a fine of up tO$250,000 and/or impris- onment for up to one year. Mr Staggers says the bill also would accomplish his longstanding goal of banning foreign-made American flags. He notes that last year some 100,000 foreign-made American flags were imported into the U.S. He says in just the first four months of this year the number has more than tripled to 322,000. The West Virginia State Home at Barboursville openings for Peacetime, Korean. World War I, and War I1 Veterans. Veterans able to feed and dress and attend the cafeteria to sic requirements. Clean pleasant rooms, prepared meals, TV areas and social worker staff, reation and transportation MediCal Center is available. The home is located near! postoffice, grocery and stores, pharmacy, public tion and Veterans Or( Help a Veteran find home. Contact: Registrai' boursville Veterans Home, 5~ ter Street, Barboursville, your nearest West Virginia of Veterans Affairs Field If you like the Mountain Messenger, please thank our