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9 Vol. VI No.28 October 4, 1990 From the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia // i!!i!~ ~i!!/ athsr at a steam locomotive near the Monroe Avenue Bridge, Roncsverte, in the mid- nger sits high on the engine. Standing are George Sampson, Ira Bliss Stone, Paul Bob Goodall, and John Cackley. The next three are unidentified. Standing at far right is ring at the front is Charley Vallandingham. Kneeling at left is Jess Goodall. The other two of the piqtured men are Edgar Lloyd, Dan Sherwood, Hiran Palmer, and Billy Smith. Celebration At Ronceverte Wright history is the important to purpose of Rail- perpetuate this I buff George Clinebell about the city's of the two- Rail, a local group which promotes the pres- ervatlon of the Ronceverte's rail- road history, annually conducts the festival, which will take place this year October 6 and 7. I0 to 6 p.m., at the Clifford Armory on East Edgar Avenue. Numerous model railroad dis- plays will be available for public inspection, in addition to rail- road memorabilia. Videotaped shows of various steam engines will be shown throughout the two days. Flea marketeers will have tables of merchandise set up near the armory. On display on the tracks in front of the armory will be a CSX diesel locomotive. Another train available to the public will fea- ture the "Operation Lifesaver" video display, used widely at public schools to instruct chil- dren in safety procedures around railroad tracks. See "Railroad", Page 3-A Stanfleld and John Perry pour the pumpkin filling into the 12-foot pie shell. Pie Project: Be World's Bi of flour, 36 POunds of brown of other ingre- than 64 per- 29 at depot to possibly the In In the pie was diameter and organized director for ....... 6B ......... 7A ...3A & 11B .................. 9B ................. 2A Desk ...6A ................... 7B *'"'., ........... 6B ""~-o ............ 7B ................ 7A ...................... 9A ...... 4A .... 5A .... 3B .... 1B ) the Pocahontas County Parks and Recreation Department, as part of the town's fourth annual Autumn Harvest Festival. Ms Stanfield said she intends to submit docu~nentation for pos- sible inclusior, in the Guiness Book of Records. "We feel pretty sure it's the largest pumpkin pie in the state. We're hoping it's the largest in the world, too." No pumpkin pies are listed in the Gulness Book of Records, The largest pie of any type men- tioned is a 40-by-23-foot apple' pie made August 27. 1982, at Hewitt Farm in Chelsfield. Kent, England. Other ingredients in the Poca- hontas pie filling included 13-I/ 2 gallons of milk, 13-I/2 gallons of mashed pumpkin, four cups of spice. The crust, spread thin by dozens of young rollers, was composed of 38 pounds of short- ening. 5,1/2 cups of salt, an undetermined amount of water, and flour. Numerous area residents spent the previous evening mak- ing ingredients for the pie. Preparation time the next day took approximately four-and- one-half hours. Ms Stanfield said. Volunteers then moved hot See "Pumpkin Pie", Page 2-A Local Men Sent To Persian Gulf Area residents are dealing with the realities of the tenuous situation in the Persian Gulf re- gion as they attempt to stay in touch with local soldiers sta- tioned there. While many par- ents have sons or daughters in the service who have not yet been called into the conflict, oth- ers report family members who have been in the Middle East for several weeks now. Ryan Wilhite, son of Rodney and Pat O'Brien of Ronceverte. arrived in the Persian Gulf on the U. S. S. Shreveport Septem- ber 12. He entered the Marines in 1986. "We~ce gotten one letter from him so far," Mrs O'Brien said. His wife Vickl, who's stay- ing at Camp Lejeune In North Carolina, has received several letters. We stay in touch with her, and it seems from what Ryan tells us that conditions on tl~e ship are bad. It's in the Per- sian Gulf. and Ryan tells us the heat is pretty bad, and lots of the men are broken out in heat rashes." "Vicki got a 45-minute vide- otape from him recently," Mrs O'Brien continued, "and she said he is not himself. He's usually a happy-go-lucky guy, but he seemed worried. Just sitting around so much with not too much to do has had an effect. I'm sure." See "Persia", Page 2-A 204 N. Court St. Lewisburg, WV 24901 Phone 645-1525 e l Rowan Home In The Air The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) has extended to Decem- ber 31 a deadline for the Monroe County Commission to complete plans for its takeover of the An- drew S. Rowan Memorial Home in Sweet Springs. The deadline was extended from the previous date of October I after Char- leston attorney Bob O'Neil, rep- resenting the Commission and Springfield Associates. met with DHHR%fficials to ask for the ex- tension. According to DHHR Deputy Secretary Ramona Kinneberg, the extension was granted to al- low the Commission to continue efforts to secure a loan from area banks. "The banks will not ap- prove the loan until the certifi- cate of need for the substance abuse program is approved," she said. "This process takes 60 days, with an additional 30-day waiting period. We understand the Commission is ready to file for the certificate of need, which should take the process to the end of December." The. 30-bed substance abuse program is part of the Commission's plan for the home. -in additfon to a 150-bed per- sonal care program, food and jmce processing plant, water- bottling plant, and elderly inde- pendent living units. The Com- mission hired Springfield Associ- ates July 20 as its management team for the complex. The group includes Kay Hope and Don Richardson. both of Charleston, See "Rowan Home, Page 8-A Republican Seeks Senate Seat: Looks For Road To Victory Fred Sampson retired in 1987. However. in 1990 he is back at work and working hard in order to win the 11th Senatorial Seat. He and his wife Elizabeth have hit the road in order to visit as many people in Nicholas, Clay, Fayette and Greenbrier counties as possible. The Sampsons, and dog Andy, call their 35-foot Coachman "home" these davs. They have al- ready traveled more than 1,700 miles in a four county area knocking on doors and chatting with potential voters. "Elizabeth has been pretty involved in legis- lative issues," Mr Sampson said. "I got interested when we went to Charleston. I was upset by the way there seems to be inaction on the oart of the legislature. I See "Republican", Page 2-A Raymond Tuckwiller tests oxygen levels In Muddy Creek Man Dreams At Muddy Creek By Chas. A. Goddard Once there were nine mills humming on Muddy Creek be- tween Piercy's Mill (located near Asbury) to Alderson -- now there are none. Ro.kstool Mlll was one of those nine mills. It was built in the 1800s and continued to op- erate until sometime in the 1920s. There was a grist mill, woolen factory, and an up-and- down saw mill there. All of these operations derived their power from a 152-square-mile drainage area flowing Into Muddy Creek. Raymond Tuckwiller, a Greenbrier County man who has circumnavigated the world four times, has dreams of once again making Muddy Creek a produc- tive stream. He plans to build an electric generating plant at the old Rookstool Mill site, located just a few miles north of Alder- son on Route 12. Mr Tuckwlller's dreams, fired by a strong pioneering work ethic, came closer to reality when he filed an application with the Federal Energy Regula- tory Commission September 5. His project plans have actually taken him several years to de- velop. Many late hours are spent by Mr Tuckwiller and his wife Karen as they pore over volumes of Federal regulations and deci- pher pages of highly technical material. Their three young sons, William. Thomas and Nel- son have long been in bed while the Tu ckwillers consolidate their dreams of power electric power that is. Raymond Tuckwiller received a degree in business from Rutgers. He had" been accepted at two prestigious engineering schools before finally deciding upon a career in business and choslng Rutgers. Later he at- tended Columbia University. He helped pay for his own education by raising sweet corn. Upon graduation, Mt Tuckwiller felt he didn't want to settle down to a work-a-day job so he entered the U. S. Coast Guard. He is a certi- fied Merchant Marine Seaman. It Of Power Mill Site wasn't long before he found him- self in Chittagong, Bangladesh, on the Bay of Bengal in south- east Asia. He worked there as a crane operator on an LST barge. Later he was to spend time in Vietnam and even later, he worked on oil rigs operating heavy equipment. Coming back to the States, he worked on steam boats on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers as an assistant engineer. He took advantage of instruction offered by the manufacturers of large engines and equipment and Im- mersed himself in their technol- ogy. So, when it comes time for Mr Tuckwiller to install his tur- See "Power", Page 2-A Ald~rso