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6A- Mountain Messenger- August 30, 2014- The Weekend Paper For The Greenbrier Valley Amanda L. Baker named Director Of Human Resources at New River CTC Amanda L. Baker has been named Director of Human Resourc- es at New River Community and Technical College• Baker earned a bachelor's degree from Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC and has more than 11 years of professional human resources expe- rience. She joined New River CTC as a human resources representative in 2010 and has served as the hu- man resources representative senior since 2012. In her new position, Baker will "provide leadership and management of the human resources functions including oversight of the Office of Human Resources and its staff. She will be responsible for employ- ment, performance management, employee relations, classification and compensation, training and de- velopment, and leave and benefit management. Additionally, she will manage institutional initiatives re- lated to increasing and maintaining diversity and fostering equal oppor- tunity for faculty and staff. New River Community and Tech- nical College serves nine coun- ties in southeastern West Virginia from the Greenbrier Valley Campus (Lewisburg), Mercer County Cam- pus (Princeton), Nicholas County Campus (Summersville) and Ra- leigh County Campus (Beckley). Administrative offices are located in Beckley. New volumes added to New River CTC Library's West Virginia collection The New River Community and Technical College Library has re- cently added "four volumes to its extensive collection of books about West Virginia or written by West Vir- ginia authors. The Library, located at 301 Courtney Drive in Lewisburg, adjoining the New River Greenbrier Valley Campus, serves all four New River CTC campuses. Librarian Bob Coston said that the library has added two volumes of Fireside Folklore of West Virginia by Sherri Brake of Muddelty, Nicholas County. Brake, a native of Ohio, has a long family history in West Virgin- ia, particularly in Webster County, and she invites the reader to "venture with the author as she covers spirited hollows, creepy cemeteries, haunted buildings and spooky back roads." Brake has compiled many of the tales from her column in Two-Lane Livin 'Magazine and also has includ- ed stories she uses in her business, Haunted Heartland Tours. Also added to the WV Collection are the .Anthology of Appalachian Authors: Vol. V/by Frank X. Walker and Anthology of Appalachian Writ- ers Vol. IV by Ron Rash. The New River CTC Library WV Collection began with books that belonged to the late Jim Comstock of Richwood and his publication, the WV Hillbilly. The college's li- brarians have prided themselves on adding to the collection to keep it current. The New River CTC Library is primarily used by students of the col- lege, but it is also open to the public. Library hours for the fall semester are Mondays through Thursdays 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Fridays 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is the primary general research library serving the Green- brier Valley/New River Valley area and is a member of the Mountain Library Network, an organization of 33 public'and college libraries in 20 counties in West Virginia. Gardeh Thoughts for September $eptember 2014 Gardening Calendar Chestnut Tree Blight By, Dave McGill WVU Extension Specialist F°rest Resource Management "The American chestnut (Castanea dentata) was Once a dominant and widely distributed species in th5 forests and woodlands of West Virginia. In 1900, a fungus known as Cryphonectria parasit- lCa, the pathogen responsible for chestnut blight, Wts inadvertently introduced into North America on imported Japanese and Chinese chestnuts. The result was the destruction of all large chestnut tr%s. This is why, today, the American chestnut exists primarily as small clumps of sprouts or sap- lirgs, rather than as large trees. Over the past few decades, researchers have de:veloped methods to preserve the American clestnut, with plans to reintroduce it into the West Vrginia woodlands. Research has focused on two m'ethods: 1) development of blight-resistant trees b)1 repeatedly back-crossing the American chest- nqt to the Asian species; and, 2) exploring ways to reduce the destruction caused by the blight-fungus b3f infecting it with viruses, a phenomenon called h3¢po-virulence. The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) is dSdicated to restoring the American chestnut. The °r'ganization is putting its efforts toward cultivat- ing the back-cross hybrids that are resistant to the blight. Since 1989, TACF has been introducing resistance from the Asian chestnut, thereby trans- ferring it to American chestnut stock by the back- 1 Labor Day;, Order spring flowering bulbs; Seed fall carrots 2 First Quarter, Seed spinach; Plant crocus; Dig late potatoes; 3 Renovate. lawn or re-seed bare spots; Seed cover crops 4 Tum compost; Prepare root cellar 5 Aerate lawn; Seed Lettuce for fall crop 6 Plant fall turnips and radishes; Divide peonies 7 Build a cold frame 8 Full moon; Build a high tunnel 9 Seed carrots in high tunnel or cold frame 10 Harvest early pumpkins 11 Patriot Day;, Plant hardy evergreens 12 Don't let weeds go to seed 12 Control broadleaf weeds in lawn 15 Seed scallions (bunching onions)in a cold frame 16 Plant garden mums; Harvest colored pep- pers 17 Begin pumpkin harvest; Seed fall spinach 18 Begin 14 hours of darkness to turn color of poinsettias 19 Seed rye and hairy vetch for winter cover crop 20 Seed lettuce in high tunnel; Re-pot house- plants 22 Autumn Begins; Take a fall soil test from lawn and garden 24 New Moon; Rosh Hashanah begins 25 Water young trees and shrubs during dry periods 26 Seed salad greens in high tunnel 29 Plant hyacinth cross b.reeding procedure. Now, TACF boasts a nearly pure blight-resistant American chestnut. At West Virginia University, research continues to explore the benefits of the second method of preservation - the use of weakened fungus to in- hibit the damaging effects of the stronger, more pathogenic strains. Dr. Bill MacDonald and his team of colleagues have been working to under- stand the ways that these weakened hypo-virulent strains of fungi work to compete with the lethal blight-causing strains. Understanding the differ- ences in the hypo-virulent strains and discover- ing ways they might be spread into populations of chestnut sprouts may provide an alternative approach for chestnuts to gain prominence in the West Virginia forests once again• There is a lot to do in the yard and garden this month• Stay ahead of the game and you will be able to enjoy the beginning of fall more relaxed and enjoy the season of harvesting. WV Master Gardeners and the WVU Extension Service would like to thank all of those folks who stopped by the Demo Garden at the State Fair this year. The garden is a labor of love by the Green- brier County Master Gardeners and we love to show you our hard work. We especially enjoyed all of your warm and wonderful comments and at times, gardening questions that stretched our knowledge of such. We had fun this year helping enrich the Monarch butterfly project and partici- pating in hatching out some wonderful butterflies and tagging them. See you next year! For more information, see Greenbrier County Special Olympics Fundraisers planned for September Greenbrier County Special Olympics announc- es the following fundraisers for September: • Wednesday, Sept. 10, 5-8 p.m. - Pizza and Salad Buffet, April's Pizzeria, 705 E. Main Street, White Sulphur Springs. A portion of the buffet price will go to Special Olympics, • Thursday, Sept. 11, 5-8 p.m. - Burger King Cash-o'la, 101 Seneca Trail Road, Lewisburg. Athletes and volunteers will be handing out cou- pons and Burger King will give 20 percent of pur- chases to Special Olympics. • Saturday, Sept. 13, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Hot Dog/ BBQ/Bake Sale at Wal-Mart, 520 N. Jefferson Street, Lewisburg. Athletes and volunteers will be will be selling hot dogs, BBQ, chips, drinks and baked goods. All proceeds go to Special Olym- pics. • Tuesday, Sept. 16, 1t a.m. - 10 p.m. - Pizza I-]rut, 41 E. Main Street, White Sulphur Springs• Present a flyer at purchase and Pizza Hut will give 2) percent of purchases to Special Olympics• Fly- ers will be available from athletes and volunteers, ahd on Greenbrier County Special Olympics Facebook page. Direct donations may be made by check to Greenbrler County Special Olympics" and rraailed to Linda Weikle, 276 Bailey Road, Lew- iburg, WV 24901,9389• The funds raised at tese events go towards the registration fees for State athletic competitions• It costs about $1,400- $:2,000 for each event that athletes and volunteers attend. Greenbrier County athletes appreciate of the community! Visit our website,, for more information. Greenbrier County Special Olympics is a non- profit organization that uses its funds to purchase tee shirts/uniforms, pay registration fees for sloe events, and other fees as needed for its athletes• Special Olympics offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities comprehensive year-round training and competition in Olympic-type sports. It is open to all people with intellectual disabilities who are at least 8 years old, regardless of the de- gree of their disability. Athletes interested in par- ticipating in Greenbrier County Special Olympics may contact Director John Miller, Jr. at 304-646- 0579 or Co-Director Patrick Walker at 304-992- 1416. DSLCC Practical Nursing graduates All of the May 2014 graduates of the Practical Nursing Program at Dabney S Lancaster Community College have passed the NCLEX- PN Board examination on the first attempt and are now officially Li- censed Practical Nurses, according to Associate Professor Penny Fau- ber, director of the PNP program at DSLCC - Rebecca Chaplin of Warm Springs (left); Kristen Brammer of Buchanan; Stephanie Hostetter of Lexington; Amber Stephens of Mill- boro; Damien Farris and Chrystal Knick, both of Lexington; Cyndie Lively of Glasgow; Brittany Fitzger- ald, Kirstin Gibbons and Karla Ham- ilton, all of Buena Vista• Prospective students are now required to take the DSLCC mathematics placement test before taking the nursing entrance exams and this step should be com- pleted this fall. Call 540-863-2820 or 540-261-12il for more informa- tion. New River CTC offers 40-hour Mining Class in Summersville The New River Community and Technical College Office of Work- force Education will offer a 40-Hour Mining Class Sept. 22 -26 at the Workforce West Virginia Building on Northside Drive in Summersville. The hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The class includes the truck driv- ing card. Tuition is $140. Instructor Terry Casto was a safety director for a coal company for nine years and a state mine inspector for 25 years. For more information, or to reg- ister, please contact the New River CTC Office of Workforce Education in Summersville at 304-883-2446• Pre-registration is required•