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v 6A The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, September 6, 1990 Oliver Luck At Alderson Oliver Luck, candidate for West Virginia's Second Congres- sional District, will be the guest speaker at a combined meeting of the Alderson Lions and Rotary clubs on Monday, September 10, at 6:30 pan, at the Big Wheel Restaurant in Alderson. Mr Luck, a Morgantown attor- ney, spent a year in West Ger- many on a legal fellowship, and will discuss how the 1992 changes to the European Eco- nomic Community will help West Virginia. ~l'he year 1992 is the targeted year for removing sev- eral trade restrictions between the Western European countries. One of the goals is to have trade laws similar to our limited inter- state restrictions in the United States," Mr Luck said. "Based on a percentage of our state economy. West Virginia ranks third in exports behind Alaska and Washington. While exports are not the sole solution to our economic problems ira this state, we need to take advantage of these emerging markets in Europe," Mr Luck said. "A recent survey of 17 south- ern states showed that West Virginia finished last in job crea- tion. We can help develop indus- try by expanding our export capability in West Virginia as the trade restrictions open in Europe," Mr Luck stated. Mr Luck, who graduated with highest honors from West Vir- ginia University, was recently appointed to the American Council on Germany. According to American Council on Ger- many president Carroll Brown, Mr Luck. who resides in Morgan- town with hls wtle Kathy and their son Andrew, is the first West Virginian ever to be hon- ored with a position on the council. Lewisburg Council Meeting News By Jonathan Wright The Lewlsburg City Council discussed two proposed amend- ments to its traffic control map at its August 21 meeting at City Hall. One would eliminate truck and van parking in the first three spaces at the intersection of Church Street and McElhen- ney Road. The change was sug- gested due to limited sight dis- tance at the site, Mayor Phil Gainer said. The other proposal involves the installation of a stop sign at Brandon Drive and Edgar Drive for improved safety. After brief discussion, Coun- eihnan Paul Cooley said he would investigate conditions at both sites Ibr a report and final recoinmendatlon at the Septem- ber Council meeting. In olher business, the Council voted to tour the Eastern Green- brier County I andflll next month lbr informational purposes. The tentative date set lbr the tour is September 11. Mayor Gainer presented cer- tilicaies of recognition to three police officers who recently com- pleted apprenticeship training. They are Dan Fisk, Lawrence Reed, and Rosalyn Lee. The three are now designated as pro- fessional law enforcement jour- neyrnen. The Council approved the ap- pointinent of Robert Brown to fill the remainder of Gerald Wil- liams' term on the Board of Zow ing Appeals. The term ends De- cember 31 of this year. Mr Wil- liams cited health problems as the reason for his resignation. Mayor Gainer reported that preliminary census llgures show Lewisburg's population has grown to 3,613. The 1980 ligure was 3,065. The next meeting of the Coun- cil will' be September 18. 7 p.m., at City ttall. AT White Springs Auto Bath $1.00 OFF! " Automatic Car Wash r:(]rO $3.00 for each wash cl-qng September no coupon needed Corner of Main & Ingleside in White Sulphur Springs Last week I wrote about sev- eral consequences of adults and teens failing to communicate wlth each other. The conse- quences ranged from mild to llfe threatening for both adults and teens. I concluded that if teens and adults could communicate more it would make everyone's life a little easier. mean much anymore. The par- ents dismiss their son's state- ment thinking he's just going through a rough period. Two weeks later, after the police tell them their son has just at- tempted to commit suicide, the boy's parents wish they would have taken their son's stateinent more seriously. There are many different forms of communication. For ex- ample, many people can tell if someone is upset, angry, happy or sad by simply looking at a person. I can tell the kind of day the people I work with are hav- ing by the way they work at the office. I can tell my teenage girl is having boy problems when- ever she mopes around the house. I know when report card thne is near when nay son starts doing extra chores around the house. My children know it's payday when there are groceries in the car. In these cases not a single word is spoken yet people are communicating. Listening }.o what the other person is saying is the most im- por{ant part o( communication. Listening isn't hard. Being a good listener simply means pay- ing attention to what is being said as well as underslanding it. Good listeners ask questions. Good listeners make eye contact. Good listeners try to tmderstand what the other person is saying without trying to pass judgement on what is being said. Good lis- teners are usually trusted by young people. Unfortunately most grown-ups are poor listen- ers and keep things to them- selves instead of sharing their thoughts with adults. When two people speak to each other it is assumed those people are communicating. Last weekend, I was watching a box- ing match on T.V. During the match, my wife told me she was going to the store. When the boxing match was over, I had no Idea where my wife was. After she returned home, I asked her why she didn't tell me where she was going. She said she had told me before she left. I had said fine. My children love to ask me for money when I'm almost o asleep. I always say o.k. I usu- ally wake up wondering where my money went. A young per- son who has trouble in math at school goes home and tells her parents. Her parents say every- thing will be fine if she studies harder. When she takes her re- port card home, her parents gel upset because she has made a D in math. They demand to know why she did not tell them about her problems in school. She tells her parents she told them about her math problem a few weeks ago. A teenager tells his parenls he is depressed and life doesn't Trust is another important part of communication. Many young people don't try to com- municate with grown-ups simply because they feel older people can't be trusted. Teens fear grown-ups will betray their con- lldence by telling people in tire community personal details of their private lives. As a result, many teens refuse to seek help for problems which are eating them up Inside. Instead, many teens turn to alcohol, drugs and suicide to help solve their prob- lems. Communicating with a teen can be difficult. In some cases teens will refuse to comnmnicate with anyone. However, what does anyone have to lose by trying to talk to a teen? If adults will try to listen, try to under- stand and try to build trust with teens in this area perhaps the problems of teen pregnancies. drug and alcohol use, child abuse, teen suicides, school dropouts and a host of other problems facing teens today will be greatly reduced. (not a Chevy, but a Kingsridge!) A new generation of blazers in a new generation of colors created for you in perfect style and a blend that makes perfect sense Select your new Blazer before Sept. 22 and (Our Blazers carry a lifetime warranty on workmanship and wear.) offer good thru Sept. 22 i J._ 647-5O00 Lewisburg Amex Master Card Th rusday 9:30-5:30 Visa Fdday 9:30.7:00 Yarids Charge Saturday 9:30-5:30 Woman's Club 'Fling' Dinner The Rupert Woman's Club will serve lunch and dinner in the Community Building Sep- tember 8, the day of lhe Rupert Country Fling. Their hmch menu will consist of brown beans and cornbread, ham biscuits, assort- ment of desserts and iced tea, lemonade, punch and coffee. The dinner menu will be chicken and dumplings, ham, green beans, brown beans, buttered potatoes, salad, various desserts, biscuits, cornbread and drinks. Lunch will be served fi'om 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is $5 adults and $2.50 children under 12. Also, the Rupert Rotary Club will have Don's Doghouse back serving hot dogs, barbeques, fried apple pies, fudge (chocolate and peanut butler), and many more treats. By Blair Shultz Smith "Without the initiative and continuous year-by-year efforts and support of Simeon Berkley, our project would have neither come to fruition nor be the suc- cess it has become," declared Dorothy Miller, president of Life- line of Greenbrier County, at a recent meeting of the board of trustees of that organization. Trustee Linda Nelson added, "Mr Berkley's expertise and knowl- edge of communications engi- neering has been essential to the proper inslallaiion of the units in the homes of the patients and the telephone hookup with the base unit located in Humane Hospital." Treasurer Rose Sum- mers said, "Sim's unlailing, com- passionate caring about the patienls and his willingness to do the necessary hard work has been indispensable to the pro- gram". The stotT of how Lifeline of Greenbrier County came into being is lhe epitome of volun- teerism and personifies what a few determined individuals can accomplish. In 1983, the Lewis- burg Quota Club members asked their community services committee c.hairperson, Rose Summers, to search lor a worthy project, Her quest led her to Elaine Pugh, then the Director of Professional Relations at Hu- mana ttospital, who suggested that the club lake the responsi- bility for the implementation of a Lifeline in Greenbrier County. The Club accepted the chal- lenge and commissioned Ms Summers to research and publi- cize the projecI. It was learned that lifeline is a registered trade- mark of Lifeline Systems, Inc. of Watertown Massachussets. It is a personal emergency response system which at a lime of need, the user presses the portable help butlon tan'ted at all times. Within seconds, the home unit, which is attached to the user's telephone, automatically dials the Emergency Response Center even if the phone is off the hook or during a power failure. But, just in case the user cannot use the help button, for any reason, the unit has a timer, and if it is not reset at regular intervals, Lifeline starts the response pro- cedure. Medicare declined to subsi- dize lhe $495 cost of the home units. Arid the C&P Telephone Company's policy is to not fur- nish free or discounted service to non-profit organizations. The first real support was offered by Humana Hospital to house arid monllor the base trait free-of- charge. Thus, the challenge to raise $8,000 lbr the cost of the McCulloch PPo-Stream'" Blower 21.2cc gas engine Rugged ball bearings and hard-chrome cylinder for durability * Anti-vibration grip on handle Fish-tail nozzle for wide air stream Primer carburetor for easy starts $; 1 422 EDGAR AVE. RONCEvERTE, W.VA. 647-5353 base t|nit, plus home units, had to be Accordingly, a pul paign was launched. all area service clubs vited to send a a public meeting. It meeting, that Sire came involved. He representalive of the! an organization of phone company From that time been an inst His talents and a perfect match for said Lifeline trustee son. Within six was raised, the ec purchased and the was installed. The unit was loaned to liams of Lewisburg. 1983 was declared by area mayors, and cutting ceremony the hospital. From that be 127 patients have Lewisburg, Fairlea, White Sulphur, Frankford, sinks Hillsboro, Snowflake, Rupert. Charmco, Crichton. Rainelle, Hines, Marfrance and Because lifeline be a profit-making the original interested in project, several formed the non- Greenbrier County, purported to be one two non-profit United States. It is solely by public when the user or ford the $526 cost unit. Installation charge but there is! month service turned down for There is a waiting nal first home unit is Church groups, tions and altruistic may donate to this deavor. It should be although the base in Humana Hospital may request to be hospital of their Due to a short~ stallers, Mr Berkley, past, installed He is assisted shanks in the nie Anderson in t11~ parts of the county. Chosen "1989 the Year", by the County Interage~ Simeon Roe "My wife Thelma is neer. She is my supports me in WHAT YOU DO TO US (AND AB CONTACT MOUNTAIN WITH YOUR N 122 North coud Lewisburg NEW IDEA "Your Nursing ...either we can Call No Obli BANKERS LIFE