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Vol. VI No.25 August 30, 1990 From the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia Ronceverte School, 1927 old Ronceverte High School? If you do, you were born well before 1928 when the Virginia Yates of Ronceverte loaned us this postcard picture of the old school. high school was constructed on the original site of the old high school. Marshall Assistant d Center has been hired A cheese production plant ill Union will be back in operation as soon as a new cheesemaker is hired, officials say. Cheeses of Monroe, a 20-em- ployee firnl which opened in July 1989, closed several weeks ago when its cheesemaker left. Since then the board of directors has interviewed a number of applicants for the position, mostly from Wisconsin, accord- ing to ~,,awson Hamilton. Mr Hamilton of Lewisburg and lira Justice of Beckley recently bought controlling interest in the plant. "We had an expert from Wis- consin in recently to give us some advice on what we need to do to get back into production," Mr Hamilton said. "He advised us we'll need to produce a wider assortment of cheeses, which we plan to (Io." Mr Hamilton said he anticipates the eventual re- hiring of the 20 employees who worked at the Union plant belbre its July closing. Byrd White, a Beckley busi- nesslllan ~,vh() ~'rves as treastlrer for the operation, said produc- tion was "sporatic" before op- erations ceased in ]ely. Al- though some sales were realized in the local area and at the plant's fetal! tgre on the prom ises, most business was gener- ated bv a sales rep,'esentative in New York, he said. Cheeses of Monroe is located one-half mile east of Union on Route 3. By Jonathan Wright Country traditions are the fo- cus of one of weslern Greenbrier County's most popular annual events: the Rupert Country Fling, scheduled this year for September 8 and 9. The Rupert Area hnprovenmnt Council sponsors the festival each year, with much of the profit used lot maintenance of the Rupert Community Building. The remainder of the profit is given back to participating civic groups. Jeanne Brenneman is chairman of the 1990 event. The Rupert Junior High School Band will kick off the lling with a concert at 10 a.m. September 8, along with the opening of the Country Store at the Rupert Community BuiMing. The store will offer arts, crafts, home-canned foods, plants, llowers, and garden vegetables.. Among displays featured dur- ing the two-day event are a quilt disl)lay by the Crawley Home- makers at the Rupert Public Li- brary, a trap display by the Greenbrier County Trappers' As- sociation at the community buiMlng, and antique car dis- plays in the community buiMin/4 ,_ parking lot. Children's games will kick off September 8 at 10:30 a.m., fol- lowed by a wheelchair race at noon. Forestry fieM day events will begin at 1 p.m, int~luding a log roll, wood split, pulpwood toss, and crosscutting. At 6 p.m. that clay awards will be presented for old-fashioned costumes, followed by a "Great Craft Giveaway." The "Hometown Show" at 8 p.m. will feature the Greenbrler Stompers, Tall Tales, and the Rupert History Drama entitled "Mountain P.oots." A cakewalk will be conducted dur- ing the show, free to everyone wearing official "Fling', buttons. September,9 festivities will start off at 1 p.m. with the Ro- tary Club Horse Show at Joe Costa's farm at Crawley, The Greenbrier Stompers 4-t-t Club will conduct a pet show at 2 See "Fling", Page 2-A assistant lot s Carnegie flail. Mrs Previously served as tor of Southeastern (SERW) in Popular Stop On Tourist Circuit Position at the re- center, Mrs ticket sales, and general of duties. The set- Hall is lkuniliar Cotmtv native. graduate of Green- for Women. which buiklin~ as until the school Un job.- she said. SChool he[e, I'm Hall being to good tlse. I1 lime. I look anti feel re." ited potential lot she continued. of Space in this sponsoring a classes, and schedule. space lor I", Page 2-A ..10A ....................... 7A ....................... 3A &7B ............. 5A 5B 7A """'",. ........ ..... 8A "'""'""'-" ... .......... 4A "'"'"" ...... ..... ...... 6A .................. 3B ........................ 1 e ........................ 8B It's Pocahontas County's larg- est slaughter house and a popular stop on the local tourist circuit. Mountain State Meats, an un- assuming building on Highways 92/28 in Green Bank, is a sur- prise to many who visit it for the first time. The small, cramped retail area represents only a small fraction of the entire area of the building. No space is wasted. Besides the large-meat counter on one side of the r( )m is an assortment of 30 different homemade fruit preserves; nu- merous boxes and jars of special- ized, ,sometimes hard-to-find grocery items; maple syrups; specialty nuts; honey; and other products. Meats offered are those prepared at the plant itself, along with cheeses from Helvetia and goat's milk cheese from Birch River. Owner and manager Sheldon Risser displays an assortment of antiques both inside and outside the shop, including a collection of meat cleavers, butcher blocks, and sausage stuffers. One of the stuffers dates from 1858. "We get a big tourist trade,," Mr Risser says. "Lots of folks come over from Cass, and we have many customers from the Charleston area who have camps here. With the paving of the road from Snowshoe to Cass, we expect to to get even more business. Also, the [National Radio Astronomvl Observatory creates a demand for the some ot the specialty items we carry. We have good, consistent trade among our local people." The business sees its busiest times in the hll and early win- Sheldon Risser And Porker ter, from October to January, when employees butcher np to 12 beef and 25 hogs each day Nearly all animals used corne from the local area and livestock auctions, The firm implements a large variety of meat prepara- tions and often provides custom preparation for wild game brought m by local hunters. "We cure enure deer hams See "Slaughter", Page 2-A Citizens On Guard Again At Local Wood Treatment Plant "We are here to remind Mr Moore and his associates (own- ers of Woodguard wood treat- ntent plant) that the citizen eflbrt remains active. There has been some activity here, but we don't Local Man On State Legal Ethics Board For the first time a physician has been appointed to the West Virginia State Bar's Legal Ethics Committee. Retired Charleston pediatri- cian Dr Thomas G. Potterfield, now of Lewisburg, was recently appointed to the Investigative Panel of the Bar's Imgal Ethics Committee by President Richard L. Douglas. Dr Potterfield will serve as one of the two non-lawyer members of the SLn-member panel that re- views complaints of unethical conduct of attorneys. Other newly-appointed members of the committee are Elkins attorney Stephen Jory and Fairmont at- torney El~abeth Rose. After reviewing allegations of misconduct, the panel may refer the matter to the State Bar's Le- gal Ethics Hearing Panel for dis- position or may dismiss the complaints. Mr Douglas said. Dr Potterfleld has served as Chairman of Charleston Area Medical Center's Hospital Ethics Committee, established a Bio- Ethics Committee lbr the West Virginia State Medical Associa- tion and has authored several articles on hospital ethics. "Dr Potterfield brings to the legal ethics process not only the perspective of a non-lawyer, but also he is keenly aware of the necessity of maintaining a high standard of ethical conduct within a profession," Mr Douglas said in annotmcing the appoint- ment. Dr Potterfleld served as the Director of the Medical Affairs at Charleston Area Medical Center from 1977-82 and as its Chief Of Staff in 1976. He practiced pedi- atrics In Charleston for 26 years, and was Chief of Pediatrics of Charleston Memorial Hospital from 1960 to 1972. A graduate of Georgetown University and the Medical College of Virginia, Dr Pot terfield served as a Cap- lain in the Army Medical Corps at Walter Reed Hospital. He re- tired to Lewisburg in 1988 where he lives with his wife. Ann. They have eight children and five grandchildren. know what," Ed Brown, spokes- man for a group of demonstra- tors said August 22 at the Woodguard plant located near Alderson. Controversay has swirled in this Greenbrier River commtmity ever since Woodguard started construction of a plant designed to treat lumber with preservative chemicals which are considered toxic. "David Cheney, a DNR (West Virginia Department of Natural Resources) geologist toM us he doesn't know what is going on here either," Mr Brown said. "Its that unknown aspect which bothers us. Plus there's an tlnle~ solved appeal before the state's Water Resources Board, a Small Business Administration investi- gation which is now underway in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and a Flood Emergency Management Agency inquiry, "The citizens cannot rely alone on these agencies for the safety of this operation," Mr Brown added. A WOAY-TV (Oak Hill) career- man recorded the quiet demon- straiten during the early morn- ing hours of August 22 when about 20 placard-bearing per- sons gathered at the Woodguard installation. State Pianist Will Give Carnegie Concert Dr James Argent, a native West Virginian, will present a concert of classical nlusie at Carnegie Hall Stmday. Septem- ber 9 at 3 p.m. Dr ArRent at-. tended Wilberforce University where he studied with Marie Y. Ware and received a B.A. De/.{ree in music. He also attended the Chicago Conservatory, studying with Celia Bender and received the M.M. Degree in Music. Ite completed his academic work for a Doctoral Degree at Ohio State. Dr Argent does not consider himself a concert artist but more oVa composer and is listed in the "Contemporary Composers of America'. The public is encouraged to attend this concert which is sponsored by the Choir of the John Wesley United Methodisl Church in Lewisburg. Tickets are $3 and can be obtained front Reverend David Jasper or any member of the John Wesley choir. For further information, call 645-2470. The continuing preliminaor hearing before Judge John Ashworth regarding proposed junior high school consolida- tion in Eastern Greenbrier County has been postponed until 9 a.m. September 6. The continuance was made upon a request from the plan- tiffs In the matter. Judge Ashworth has been appointed to hear cases In the Greenbrler County Circuit court during the absence (due to illness} of Judge Charles Lobban.