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} See Page 6A GVT presents 'Stand By Your Man' , See Page 7A Ivy Terrace final 2014 performance, See Page 8A Deer hesitate at the edge of the woods, on Brownstown Road (Photo by Mark Robinson) Sarver Heritage Farm has re- cently become the only American Grassfed Association (AGA) certi- fied grassfed beef producer in West Virginia• AGA is "a national third party, multi-species entity organized to protect and promote true grass- fed producers and grassfed'products tlvough communication, education, research and marketihg~ From their I~- website: "AGA defines grassfed ani- mals as those that have eaten nothing but grass and forage from weaning to harvest, have not been raised in confinement, and have never been fed antibiotics or growth hormones. In addition, all AGA-Certified Pro- ducers are American family farms and their livestock is born and raised in the U.S." Robert and Jewell Doering said that certification and audit process took several months from start to fin- ish and that the audit was conducted by WS Swecker, Jr. DVM, PhD from Virginia Tech University. AGA will hold annual audits to ensure that Sarver Heritage Farm holds true to AGA standards. "The audit process was very rigorous• But our practices have always been in line with AGA standards and we keep pretty good records", said Robert. "We are proud to represent West Virginia and the Greenbrier Valley as the first, and so far, the only AGA certified beef producer in the state•" They actually Visit us at -- www.mountainmessenger•com Inside This Week Number of Sectio, ns: 1 , General Briefly ............................... 3A Business ............................ 11A Church Bulletin ................. 10A Classifieds ......................... 12A Club & Church .................. 10A For the Record .................... 2A Obituaries .......................... 10A Opinion .......... ~ ................... 4A Reunions ............................ 10A Sports ....... ~ ......................... 6A Entertainment Steppin' Out ...................... 7A Sudoko Puzzle ................... 9A nl Black Angus and Galloway/Angus Sawer's Organ Cave farm go a step beyond AGA standards by not using herbicides, pesticides, or fungicides in their management practices• Sarver Heritage Farm raises pre- mium grassfed beef from Galloway/ Angus cross cattle on 250 acres in Organ Cave. Robert is the grandson of Lacy and Viola Sarver, who estab- lished the farm in early 1951. Robert entered the farm under conservation easement through the Farmland Pro- tection Program in an effort to pre- serve the farm for future generations and protect it from outside pressures and development. As Jewell says, "We are a forever farm." For the 16th year, medical students comprising the newest class at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) will make a pledge to commit to a life of health care service during the annual Con- vocation and White Coat Ceremony• The ceremony, which begins at 9:30 a.m, Saturday, Aug. 23 on the WVSOM parade field, is the first op- portunity for students in the Class of 2018 to be presented as student doc- tors. The white coat symbolizes their 'dedication to medicine and a life of service to others, i This year's keynote speaker is An- drew Naymick, D.O., FACOOG, a 1988 graduate of the school. Dr. Naymick said that the cer- emony marks a time when medical students make commitments.' "I want to .explain to the students that their medical school expenence is going to be like a marriage," he said. "It's going to be a commitment that's going to affect their lives for- Cross cattle grazing on the Speaker at this year's WV- SOM White Coat Ceremony is Dr. Andrew Naymick, a 1988 rWVSOM graduate • Since entering the diverse grassfed beef market, Sarver Heritage Farm has been quietly building a reputa- tion for producing beef with superb flavor and quality, both locally and nationally. From a taster at the Arti- san Beef Institute: "I'm in hamburg- er heaven•" From Craig "Meathead" Goldwyn: "It was the Platonic ideal • of the modem steak. Sooooo beauti- fully.bee .fy and best of all, balanced. None of those quirky flavors stick- ing out from the edges. If I did not know better I would have guessed it to be an aged USDA prime corn fed steak•" See "Sawer" Page 2A ever. It's a commitment that they can't back out of and requires dedi- cation and sacrifice." Although there was no offi- cial White Coat Ceremony when Naymick attended school he knows the importance that article of cloth- ing represents. "To me the white coat symbolizes student commitments to the patients they will see in the future. WVSOM gives physicians the foundation to help patients cope with not only physical illnesses but also the emo- tion behind their illnesses," he "said. Naymick practices obstetrics and gynecology at ,Hanover Hospital in Hanover, Pa. He has chaired the hospital's Department of Obstetrics since 2011. A member of the WV- SOM Alumni Association Board, he is also a one-third partner/owner of Mountain View OB-GYN, Ltd., an independent practice dedicated to women's health, nutrition and well- being• The Convocation and white Coat Ceremony is part of WVSOM's See "WVSOM" Page 2A By David Esteppe Dominion Resources~ Inc. is pro- posing a 550 mile natural gas pipeline ranging from 42 inches in diameter through West Virginia and Virginia, and 36 inches in diameter once the pipeline crosses into North Carolina. According to Dominion, the pipeline could originate in Harrison County, WV, run through Greensville Coun- ty, VA, and then run south into North Carolina. A lateral extension is being By Peggy Mackenzie The Wegt Virginia State Fair is an- ticipating the construction of an un- derpass beneath Hwy. 219 sometime in October 2014 to improve access from the west parking lot onto the fairgrounds, according to WV State Fair CEO M,arlene Pierson-Joliffe. The news of a tunnel, however, has been received by some• as just another looney idea, and by others as an expensive boondoggle to be "passed on to taxpayers." And to still others, in particular, some officials with the Greenbrier Public Service District No. I(PSD No. 1), it is "a topic of concern." When the bridge over Route 219 was built in 1975, Joliffe says, it al- lowed pedestrian traffic safe passage across the highway to the fair. As the years passed and more and more events were held on the grounds, the bridge was not wide enough to accommodate the volume. Joliffe noted, the bridge itself did not pre- vent anyone from booking events on the fairgrounds, but for many event planners it was a source 'of some contention. The fair board met and discussed the issue for a number of years, toss- ing around ideas incltfding reramp- ing the bridge. A break came when the West Virginia Division of High- ways (DOH) approached the board about partnering to create a pedestri- an tmderpass. The fair planners were apparently delighted, and as stated in the 'West Virginia Daily News, "the plan was quickly set in motion." Though still in the "engineering phase," funding for the project is projected to come through the Divi- sion of Highways by way of a fed- eral grant, however, the total cost of See "~unn~|" Page 2~ A Greenbrier River Cel- ebration will be held at Lost World Caverns, Sat- urday, Aug. 23, from 1 to 5 p.m. There will be free Cave Tours, live music, food vendors and kids' ac- tivities. Guest speakers •in- clude DEP Environmental Advocate Wendy Radcliff and Senator Ron Miller. The event is sponsored by Friends of the Lower Greedbrier River, Green- brier River Watershed As- sociation and WV Cave Conservancy. For more in- formation email: info@low- ergreenbrierriver.org. By Peggy Mackenzie private patient information and we bypass security systems and get the Four Southern West Virginia hos- sincerely regret any concern or in- information they wanted, most like- pitals were among more than 200 convenience to patients• Though we ly intellectual property. GVMC says nationwide targeted in a cyber at- have no reason to believe that this the intruder has been eradicated and tack by a foreign-based intruder. The data would ever be used, all affected applications have been deployed to, four affected hospitals - Bluefield patients are being notified by letter protect against future attacks. They Regional Medical Center, Plateau and offered free identity theft protec- are working with federal law en- Medical Center in Oak Hill, Wil- tion." forcement authorities in their inves- liamson Memorial Hospital and the The theft was limited to personal tigation and will support prosecution Greenbrier Valley Medical Center - identification data belonging to some Of those responsible for this attack. are controlled b.y Community Health patients who were seen at physician In a statement from West Virginia System (CHS), based in Franklin, practices and clinics affiliated with Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's TN. The hackers took information Greenbrier Valley Medical Cen- office, people are advised to "be on of more than 4 rriillion patients from ter over the past five years, stated the lookout for things like being its computer network. The company Kimberly Estep, marketing director billed for medical items you never said in a filing with the U.S.. Securi- with GVMC, which included patient ordered or received, or if you're be- ties and Exchange Commission orr names, addresses, birth dates, tele- ing billed multiple times for certain Aug. 25 that the information was phone numbers and Social Security procedures or items." He advised taken possibly in April and June of numbers. She emphasized that no people who think they might be af- this year. medical or credit card records were fected to check their credit reports As stated in a press release from taken in the attack, and credit card billing statements the Greenbrier Valley Medical Cen- The theft is believed to have origi- carefully. Morrisey emphasized the ter (GVMC), "We take very serious- nated from China using sophisti- breach affected only clinics and ly the security and confidentiality of cated malware and technology to See "GVMC" Page 2A considered along the Virginia-North can't control what private industry Carolina border to Hampton Roads does., They have their own employ- on Virginia's east coast, ment guidelines." In short, Ragland Dominion's Southeast Reliability says, "Despite a large increase in Project Fact Sheet(SRPFS), projects natural gas activity in that area, it an increased availability of natural has the highest unemployment rate gas supplies to West Virginia, virgin- in West Virginia, with no significant ia and North Carolina is important jobs stemming from the activity. You to the economy and environment of can listen to Dominion, or you earl the region. •Dominion is suggesting listen to West Virginia employment the possibilities of more jobs, lower numbers. The jobs from the pipeline heating and power costs, and finally, are for very skilled union workers cleaner air in comparison with using who have beer} doing this work for other fossil fuels for power• years." In response to the proposed pipe- As reported in the Pocahontas line, an environmental group - West Times, an April 2014 report from Virginia Wilderness Lovers - has the West Virginia Center on Budget arisen with its founder Laura Rag- and Policy states, "while there was land, and is fact finding and advo- some economic activity due to the caring education about the impact of increase in the oil and gas industry pipelines on the environment and the' activity,, there are complaints that people who live around these proj- most of the drilling jobs have gone ects. to out-of-state workers. Despite the At a recent public educational growth of the oil and gas activity, the presentation hosted at the Durbin industry accounts for less than two Fire Hall on Aug. 7, Ragland, along percent of all jobs in Wetzel County, with Ed Wade, Jr., representing Wet- and the unemplo~ent rate remains zel County Action Group, and Matt high." The entire report examining Walker, Community Outreach di- the impact of the natural gas industry rector with the Clean Air Council, in rural Wetzel County can be found delivered information outlining the at www.wvpolicy.org. more important considerations of the Pipelines require compression proposed pipeline• stations along their route to propel Ragland provided insight pointing the materials over long distances. to no significant jobs being created According to Dominion's SRPFS, when areas are developing natural the currently proposed pipeline will gas pipelines and maintenance. She require only three compression sta- quoted a November 2011 article tions. One station would be near the from the Wetzel Chronical: "The in- beginning in West Virginia, one in dustry has drawn criticism for using Central Virginia and the last just near out-of-state labor, but Wetzel Coun- the Virginia/North Carolina boarder. ty Commissioner, Scott Lemley, ac- Ragland suggests this is the antith- knowledged there'S only so much eses of industry standards. Ragland a government can do about it. We See "Conflict" Page 2A