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2A The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, September 27, 1990 Antiques And Collecting by Ralph & Terry Kovel Sweet Adel/nes Greenbrler Valley Chorus of Harmony International meets Mon- day evenings from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., First Baptist Church of Fa lrlea. Visitors welcome. For more information 645-1390. Racquetban Lea [ue An organizing rneeFmg to form a league, Wednesday, October 3. at 5:30 p.m,, Seneca Behavioral Health Center, 100 Church St., Lewisbwg. Team make-up, league rules and playing sch~,dule will be discussed, matches will be played at the new Greenbrler Health Center. All interested players are invited. Lewlsbt~rg Merchmats Meeting Thursday,-October 4, Fort Savannah, Breakfast 7:15 a.m., meet- ir~ 7:30 a.m. David Harley, consultant for strategic plan for Le- wisburg will be guest speaker. The public is invited. Hummaa Seniors/msoclation Will meet for their October meeting at the First Baptist Church In Fatrlea, Thursday, October 4 at 10 a.m. Jeffrey Zervas, M.D. Opthalmologist Specialist at Greenbrier Physicians, will be guest speaker. Missy Harris, RN, Seniors' Advisor, and Linda Brewer, Insurance Specialist and coSrdinator for seniors, invite all mem- bers to attend. Lewisburg Strategic Development The public input meeting for Lewisburg's proposed strategic de- velopment plan will be held Thursday October 4, 7:30 p.m., Le- wisburg City Hall, Lewisburg Recycle Pick-Up Notice The city will make its monthly pick.up of recyclable materials the week of October I, on your usual trash collection day. Greenbrier Valley Soll Conservation District's Board of ~upervtsors monthly meeting Tuesday, Octo- ber 2, 7 p.m., in the conference room of the Agricultural Service Center, Lewisburg. The public is invited. Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church Saturday, September 29, Wednesday, October 3, 8:20 a.m. Ro- sary recitation after the 8 a.m. daily Mass. Good Grief A group for those undergoing the traumas of sorrow from divorce, death or the loss or separation of any loved one will meet Thurs- day, October 4 at 7 p.m. in Tidce Hall, Saint Thomas Episcopal Church.. White Sulphur Springs. All are welcome. Greenbrier Valley onomic Development Corp. Will hold their annual meeting Wednesday, October 3, 6 p.m. For the dutch treat dinner meeting at the Brier Inn, call Ramona at 645-7155 by noon Monday, October I. White Sulphur Springs Chamber Will meet a( City Hall M6nday, October I, 7 p.m. This month Jeff Brlckett will give a special presentation on Main Street White Sulphur Springs. Open House For Main Street White Sulphur Springs at the new ,City Hall NOT JUST PEANUTS About 1910, vending machines were made to sell gumballs or peanuts. The "silent salesman" became a popular money-making device for stores and saloons. Hundreds of different models were made and patented. The Columbus Vending Company of Columbus, Ohio, made many of the early peanut vending machines. The bases were made of painted cast iron and the tops were clear glass globes that displayed the tempting peanuts. The globe had a lid that was padlocked in place, and the coin section of the machine also was locked. Some vending machines had added features such as a magnetic "slug detector" which rejected bad coins. Collectible vending machines by Columbus were made until the 1940s Many are identified with patent dates and a company name. Q. My sister collects plastic jewelry. My mother searches for glass dishes. My father collects steel toys. I want to join them at the flea markets, and someone suggested that I look for early objects made of vulcanized rubber. What might I find? A. When everyone else in the family collects, it is always a good idea to join in with your own specialty. We know of only one collector who specializes in ruboer. Look for early boots, footwear, tire-shaped ashtrays and many other rubber souvenirs. Also look for 19th-century powder or whiskey flasks, dishes, knife handles, balls, toys, buttons and medical devices. Rubber was used for clothing, raincoats and boots as early as the 1820s. Vulcanized rubber was invented by Charles Goodyear in 1844, and rubber became a more useful and pliable substance. Many items were used by Civil War soldiers. You will probably find unusual objects made in this century. Many are marked by the manufac- turer and you can do research into the history of the item. Q. I have what looks like a blunt wooden scissor. Squeeze the handles and the dull round wooden blades open and close. What could it be used for? A. Could you have a glove stretcher? This was a popular tool in the late 19th century when every lady owned many pairs of gloves. A glove stretcher was kept in the dressing room. After the gloves were washed, the stretcher was used to open up and stretch each finger. Collectors today rarely stretch gloves, but the antique stretchers work well as large paper clips. 'Strate A drainage problem currently facing Lewisburg would cost an amount "in the low six figures," to correct, according to civil en- gineer Criss Haynes. Mr Haynes reported his findings to the Le- wisburg City Council in its monthly meeting September 18 at City Hall. The study focused on the cause of occasional flooding at Fort Savannah Inn, located sev- eral feet from a cave into which a considerable portion of the city's downtown storm drainage sys- tem empties. Mr Haynes said al- though the system is in good re- pair. the portion which travels under the motel's parking lot and buildings is much narrower than the rest of the line. causing water to back up into the rooms and parking lot two or three times per year. The ideal correction to the problem would be to construct a new drainage system beside Lafayette Street, leading past the pump station into the cave, Mr Haynes said. Councilman Joe Turley said the city should investigate the possibility of future legal prob- lems with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) con- cerning the routing of storm drainage water into the cave. Mayor Phil Gainer said he would have City Attorney Jesse Guills to study the legalities relative to the DNR and to determine whether it is the city's or the motel's responsibility to correct the problem. In other business, the Council approved the hiring of David Harley to prepare a strategic plan for the city. Mr Hath suiting planner Ohio. The plan is take approximatel' and will drainage and sewer water system tation needs, and land use. The nance will also be The Council reading an the zoning of the erty" at 237 North from R-1 to R-2. allow for "light office: site, according to Pennington. On the Streets Paul Cooley, favor of the sign at the corner and Edgar drives. traffic-related agreed not to an earlier eliminate three at the corner of Drive and Church city will send a Greenbrier Center sonnel not to site, which have some sight distanCe there. Mayor Gainer said Shanghai Pageant held this year of persons to solicited help in Hall of any possible the annual event. The next cil will be October at City Hall. Ronceverte Nursery Seeks Additional Many of our area's three- ana four-year-olds are now in their fourth week of classes at Ron- ceverte Community Nursery School (RCNS). This is due largely to the volume of dona- tions of dollars and classroom materials from the citizens and merchants of Ronceverte and surrounding area. At their Sep- tember 18 meeting, the RCNS Board of Directors discussed finding additional teachers to CALL TODAY! 647-5724 a word ($2.25 MINIMUM) ($3.00 MINIMUM) Just write your ad to buy, sell or trade below and return it to our office at 122 North Court Street. Lewisburg, W.V 24901. Thursday, October 4, 7 p.m. ( "~ Lewisburg Merchants' Association | ! Will meet a-t Fort Savannah Thursday, October 4, 7:15 a.m. I i . i i J [. r-L.L_L a Tnt tc't-t ,'~. ;epression Glass~'X : : L-L =.....,..s ,,._. =: Rhinestone & Costume Jewelry I/ litof GLASS ANTIQUES / I:1 aC'L._ I:1218 8th streot (Main st.) J. FineGerns I : MARLINTON. WV Antiques Sterling Silver ) S . Mon - Sat 9 to 4:30 Buying Rhinestone, Jewelry & Dopcession Glass o t:l "- va_ .4 I:1 ........ IL " """"' ] whenaccomDanled if billed. . APPLE. 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