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6B The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, July 26, 1990 Another Si Stephen Cooke Of Lewisburg Earns Insurance Diploma Charleston Orchestra Nam New String By Jonathan Wright A controversy has developed concerning a sign application from a Lewisburg business complex occu- pied by the Subway Restaurant, T & E Wholesale Outlet, and Greenbrier HeaJth Club. Representatives of the three businesses are requesting approval to install a "directory" sign on U.S. Highway 219 listing the names of their businesses. The complex is approximately 300 feet from the highway and was completed early this year. Subway Restaurant owner Don Smith said he first applied for the sign June 14 at Lewisburg City Halt but was told by Mayor Phil Gainer the maximum square footage of signs had already been reached in the area by the Brier Inn. Mr Smith contends the shopping complex in which his restaurant is located, al- though owned by the Brier Inn, is a separate entity and needs its own sign. Mr Smith again visited City Hall June 29 and left his sign application at the office at that time, contending it should go to the Planning Com- mission for a formal decision before being denied. Mr Gainer wrote a let- ter to Mr Smith that day denying the request. In a later interview he said he has the authority to deny re- quests for projects which, according to his interpretation, clearly violate the City Code. Mr Smith said, "This is not part of the Historic District. If a driver comes off the interstate and sees no signs to particular businesses, he won't know they're there. I can see why more stringent regulations are needed in the Historic District, but we have a different situation here." Ray Wiley, manager of the Greenbrier Health Club, said, "All we're asking is for identification--the same as is granted to other busi- nesses along the highway." Mr Smith said he is awaiting word from his attorney regarding whether the mayor's denial of the permit, without its being referred to another city body, is legal. "We tentatively plan to apply for a variance, but we're not going to go that route if it is determined the first step was ille- gal," he said. Variances to the Sign Ordinance of the City Code are rec- ommended by the Board of Zoning Appeals. The City Council makes the final decision on such matters. in a related disagreement, T & E Wholesale Outlet owner T'erry Clemons claims the City discrimi- nated against her business in requir- ing she remove a portable internally fit sign she had displayed on U.S. 219. The sign has since been re- moved, but Ms Clemons hired an at- torney and went to court for a hear- ing June 23. "As part of my defense," she said, '1 showed photographs of five other businesses along U.S. 219, and there are a lot more than that, which have signs clearly violating the Sign Ordinance." Ms Ctemons said she was told she was still in violation of the Sign Ordinance and was required to re- move her sign. It violated the ordi- nance, according to Mayor Phil Gainer, in being an off-premise sign and exceeding the square footage allowed for her business, Mr Gainer conceded there were sign violations along U.S, 2t9 and said offending businesses would be required to comply with the ordi- nance. In regard to the request of Mr Smith, Ms Clemons, and Mr Wiley for a directory sign, Mr Gainer pointed to the same two violations. "The option of businesses wanting signs not within the stipulations of the Sign Ordinance is to appeal to the Board of Zoning Appeals," he said. "1 realize there may be a problem at that location," Mr Gainer added. "There may indeed be hardship in- volved in their situation; I don't quite know what the answer is at this point. We're willing to sit down with business and property owners to see what solutions can be worked out." Local Officers Named For Medical Auxilary Stephen B. Cooke Stephen B. Cooke, CLU, of Tommy L. Holbrook and Associates, Lewisburg, has earned the Char- lured Life Underwriter (CLU) di- ploma and professional designation from The American College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. One of the nation's oldest and largest accred- ited, nontraditional educational insti- tutions, the college specializes in professional education in financial services. The CLU designation is awarded to persons whq complete a ten- course program of study and exami- nations and fulfill experience and ethical requirements. Over 63,000 -persons have been awarded the CLU designation since the college was founded in 1927. Mr Cooke began his career with The Equitable Financial Companies in 1986 and joined Tommy L. Holbrook and Associates in 1987. He is active in the insurance indus- try as President of Greenbrier Valley Association of Life Underwriters, and has been a moderator for in- structional courses held by the Life Underwriter Training Counsel. He is also active as a youth worker in his church, Rhema Christian Center. Mr Cooke is the fifth underwriter in the Greeenbrier Valley to obtain the CLU designation joining the ranks with Stephan P. King, Tommy L. Holbrook, Tom Greenstreet and Mitch Scott. The CLU program was designed by University of Pennsylvania Pro- fessor Solomon S. Huebener who guided the college's founding to meet the career education needs of men and women primarily in the life insurance field services and man- The West Virginia Symphony has announced the residency of the Montclaire String Quartet for the up- coming season beginning in Sep- tember. The youthful members of the Montclaire Quartet who will be leaving their current post as Artists- in-Residence at the University of Northern Iowa are Julie Fox Henson and Kathryn Hudson Langr, violin- ists; Christine Vlajk, violist: and An- drea Di GregorJo, cellist. Maestro Thomas Conlin said of the new quartet: "The Montclaire Quartet im- pressed me with their fine musician- ship and dedication to quartet play- ing and to working with us to con- tinue to build the quality of our or- chestra . . . it's a real plus that all four are experienced in and inter- ested in orchestral work as well as in chamber music." The West Virginia Symphony's String Quartet Program, which be- gan in 1982, brings four outstanding string players to our community to perform as a quartet offering classi- cal concerts and educational serv- ices. The program has been partially funded since its inception by the Sarah & Pauline Maier Foundation and the West Virginia Arts and Hu- manities Commission. tion in Pasadena in 1987, Chamber Music Society of terey Peninsula Compel Carmel, California the same 1989, they were the winner' Prize for the Best Perf Contemporary Corn Evian International String Competition in France. The has coached with leading music performers, such as Arts Quartet, the Quartet, the Manhattan Strin tel, Dunes Koromzay of the Hungarian Quartet, and the: Quartet. Last November the Quartet performed at the Center the week following Virginia Symphony gala niversary Concert. From 1989 The Montclaire the Quartet-in-Residence at tl Hampshire Music Festival; Residence at the Universit consin, Whitewater; and Residence, Milwaukee Hk of the Arts. They were fellowships to the Aspen tival Center for Advanced Studies in 1985 and they studied with Earl agement, merly of the Juilliard I"~ Illh 1~ 1t i form As quartet members, the members of the Cleveland ( Montclaire String Quartet will per- They were also awarded a Cran Frry "ss Nursery School pubJ c concerts and school ship at the University of Cil programs as well as give master Is Umque Area Needs Gifts classes workshops and lectures College-Conservatory of By Willa Bragg throughout West Virginia and sur- where they studied with the! Tile newly developed Ronceverte rounding states. As members of the String Quartet. The Bogs are known by several names including glade and muskeg, but regardless of the name, they are biologically unique. A bog is an acidic area of wet, spongy ground which develops through a combina- tion of cool temperatures, poor drainage, and low oxygen. Bogs have a cushiony cover of sphagnum moss over an accumula- tion of peat. Peat is partially de- cayed sphagnum moss and other plants, as thick as eleven feet in parts of the Cranberry Glades. The Cranberry Glades is the larg- est area of bogs in West Virginia and contains both northern and southern species of plants and ani- mals. The area has tong attracted researchers, and is currently the site of a project conducted by Neal Ste- wart, a graduate student from Vir- ginia Tech. Mr Stewart has recently begun an environmental comparison study of bogs in Wesl Virginia, Vlrgima and Tennessee. He hopes to de- velop a mathematical model on nu- trient use of bog plants. He'll also collect other physiological data on these bogs, perhaps one day con- tributing to a greater understanding of these umque areas. If you'd like to learn more about bogs, visit the Cranberry Glades for a guided boardwalk tour. Tours are offered throughout the summer at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. In addition, an 11 a.m. tour will be available on weekends during the orchid bloom season. The peak bloom period is usually during the The Greenbrier County medical Auxiliary held its last meeting of the last week of June and the first week year at The Greenbrler Hotel in May. The West Virginia State Medical of July. Association Auxiliary President, Lois Spencer, inducted the new offl- For additional information, con- curs for the next year. They are (left to right) Judy Mossburg, presi-, tact the Cranberry Mountain Visitor dent; Llnda Wheeler, vice president; Lois Spencer, State president; Center at 753-4826. The center is Ramah Jones, secretary; Gretchen Kennedy, publicity, open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tit)If ~lfl:l~ HOME DECORATING CENTER P-c t" WOODLAND ASH per sheet Many Other Styles Also Available See Us For All Your Decorating Needs. 209 W. Washington Street Monday thru Saturday Lewisburg, W.Va. 645"6348 8 am to 5 pm Comrnunity Nursery School is seek- mg donations of the following items for their 1990-91 year. All items are for use by three- and four-year-olds and their teachers: table and chairs, card table, 3-way easel, tag board, tumbling mats, mirrors, puppets, wooden puzzles, blocks, dolls, doll furniture, games, paints, paint brushes, scissors, Pro-School Logo's, telephones, play food and dishes, Fisher-Price Sets, balls, peg boards, bingo, construction paper, lined or art paper, crayons, glue, newsprint paper, counters, tape, locking cabinet. Ronceverte Community Nursery School is a non-profit association. Donations are tax-deductible. To ar- range for drop-off or pick-up, please West Virginia Symphony, Ms Hen- son will be acting concertmaster, Ms Langr acting principal violin II, Ms Vlajk acting principal viola, and Ms di Gregorio acting principal cello. The Montclaire will continue the se- ries of four quartet performances at Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church in Charleston. Rapidly becoming known as one of America's most exciting young chamber ensembles, the Montclaire String Quartet was selected by Mu- sical America as one of the "Young Talents to Watch" for 1989. Origi- nally formed in 1982 in Boulder, Colorado, the Quartet won First Prize in both the 41st Annual Cole- man Chamber Ensemble Comport- formed at the Juilliard coin Center in New York ing the spring of 1989 as of the Juilliard Quartet This summer they will a Quartet-in-Residence at Hampshire Music Festival. The Quartet may be principals for the first scription concert September p.m. at Municipal leston. The debut the Montcisaire String be October 5 at 8 p.m. Matthew's Episcopal Hills, Charleston. For season or single performances, contact the ginia Symnphony, 342-0160. contact Sheri Hanshaw at 645-4638 or Valerie O'Brien at the Ronceverte t Public Library, 645-7911. 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