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Vol. VI No.38 / November 29, 199,0 From the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia i Meresa Hutchison, Nellie Hutchison, Nathan Wiley, Bill Hutchison, and Wilimena Hutchison Gap Mills Nellie Hutchison were ith just dreaming restaurant After several years over their plans and the right place, the settled on a farm the eastern Monroe of Gap Mills. View Family Din- open. Responding and tilers, visited the res- 16-1q. its first " Mr Hutchison no other place in Where you can come a meal family-style. to serving tra- to people who pace. It was in- stilled in me years ago that if you give good-quality service and food. people will come back. even if they have to travel a ways." Mr and Mrs Hutchison pur- chased the farm house, located on Route 3 two miles east of Gap Mills, in 1988. It is over 100 years old. Mrs Hutchison said. "We looked at this house, and it seemed to be just right." Mr Hutchison said. "1 really didn't know if we could swing it, open- ing a restaurant. I realized I was getting older and would have to do something about it one way or another belore long. So on October 12 we made the decision to get it open by November 16. I still can't believe we did it in such a short time." See "Family Style", Page 2-A Old Railroad Cars On Dis, At Clifton Forge; Parade Too The Chesapeake & Ohlo His- torical Society has announced that the Baltimore & Ohio Rail- road Museum in Baltimore. Maryland, and CSX Corporation of Richmond, Virginia have donated to the society two former C&O passenger- train cars for res torat ion. display, and possible future excursion train service. One car is C&O Coach No. 1632, built by Pulhnan-Standard Car Company in 1950 as part of a massive order to replace all the cars on the C&O mainline pas- senger trains. It will need resto- ration but is in basically good mechanical condltio~l. "llle sec- ond car, C&O Combination Bag- gage/Coach, No. 458, has greater historical significance for this area in that it served as the standard coach and express/ mail vehicle for the Hot Springs Branch mixed train service which was terminated in 1970. The Hot Springs branch was later used for a tourist railroad and has now been comI31~tely abandoned. Since car #458 used Clifton Forge as its terminal and was Important m carrying the local passengers between Covington and Hot Springs during the last quarter-century of C&O passen- ger service in the area, tt was thought that the car would be more valuable as a display in this area than in Baltimore wh~,e it has been in storage and later on display since its retire- Inent in 1971. The car will be presented to the society by CSX and B&O Museum officials at the Clifton Forge C&O Coach Yard (just west of the passenger platform directly of Ridgeway Street) in a ceremony at 2;30 p.m., December 8. Local govern- mental officials, as well as soci- ely and railroad officials, will make brief remarks. The car will be available Ior inspection lbl- lowing the ceremony lor those interested. "Ilia C&O Historical Society in CliIlon Forge will hold an open house at 1 p.m. Every- one is invited to stop in and look at the C&O related displays, and to brouse in tile society's gift shop which is stocked with rail- way related itelns. RefreshnlelHs will be available beghming at 3 p.m. The society will atso give away several copies of its book. C&O Allegheny Subdivision, which is a 148-page history of the C&O betweell Hinton, West Virginia arid Clifton Forge, Vir- ginia (regularly available at $18.95). Tickels will be given free to those who attend the open house. You do noI have to be present to win. The C&O His- torical Society is a national or- ganization devoted to tile preser- vation, study and dissemination of historical material on the C&O Railway and its predecessors. It has approximately 2,500 mem- bers in 49 states and seven for- eign countries, publishes a monthly magazine as well as an annual calendar, and currently has seven books in print on C&O stlbjects. Its national headquar- ters is at Clifton Forge. Member- .ships are available for $16 per year (includes subscription to the magazine 12 limes a year). You May inquire at the archives or write P.O. Box 79. Clifton Forge, Virginia 24422. or call 703-862-2210. Scheduling of this event was mTanged in co6peration with the Alleghany Highlands Arts & Crafts Center, the Alleghany Highland Chamber of Commerce and the Clifton Forge Retail Mer- chants & Professional Associa- tion In an effort to promote a fes- tive day during the holiday sea- son in downtown Clifton Forge. A Christnms parade will also be held in conjunction with the rail- road event. At Carnegie Hall Chorus Performs Messiah December Music. known the world 'round Ior almost 250 years, will come to Lewisburg's Carnegie Hall December 2 at 3 p.m. wtten the Greenbrier commUnity Cho- rus presents Handel's Messiah. "ltlere is no admission charge for this special perfornmnce. In addition to the Carnegie Hall performarlce, the Greenbrier Cornnmnity Choir will appear at The Greenbrier Hotel later this month in a Christmas presenta- tion lor the resort's guests. Forty singers, along with five soloists, comprise the chorus under the direction of Barbara Wygal. Miss Wygal is a music educator In the Allegheny High- lands (Virginia) Public School Systenl. She is the director of the local chapter of Harmony In- ternational (a woman's barber- shop singing group) and is a member of the Larry Parsons Chorale. Miss Wygal has appeared in a number of musical shows locally Opera Society and the Roanoke Opera. She lives in White Sulphur Springs. Mary Francis Harrlngton Hicks, a teacher of voice and pi- ano from Frankford, is the other soprano soloist. Mrs Hicks has a Bachelor Degree in Music Edu- cation from Ohio Northern Uni- versity and has been a featured singer in the Messiah a number of times. Ginny Wails, from Lewisburg. sings the alto solos. She is the owner and operator of Green- brier Dance Academy and has " performed numerous times In musicals with the Greenbrier Valley Theatre. She majored in Musical Theater at West Virginia University and at the American Conservatory in San Francisco. Tenor soloist Charles McClung is a second year medi- cal student at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. He studied voice at Concord Col- staged by the Greenbrier Valley lege and has sung in the Mes- Theatre and was previously the stah in IZichmond, Virginia. He Artist Director of Carnegie Hall. and his family live in Alderson. She has also taught in the Greenbrier County school sys- tem. Miss Wygal has a Bachelor of Music In Education degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College. She lives in Lewisburg. Dorothy V. Arbogast of White Sulphur Springs is the accompa- nist for the performance. She taught piano at Greenbrier Col- lege for Women in Lewisburg and appears frequently as a solo pianist locally. Mrs Arbogast studied at Lawrence University in Wisconsin and at the East- man School of Music, University of Rochester, New York. She has a Maslers Degree in Piano IAI- erature arid Music History. Rene~ Fife is one of the so- prano soloists for this perform- ance. She has sting with the Greenbrier Community Chorus for more than 15 years and has appeared with the West Virginia See "Messiah", Page 2-A Inside Today About Herbs ..................... 6B Agriculture ....................... 7A Briefly ............................... 2A Classified ......................... 9B Comics & Crossword ...... 8A For the Record ................. 5A From the Back Porch ...... 6A Home Accent ................. 10A Horoscopes ..................... 6B Joy of Farming ................ 7A Obituaries ........................ 9A Opinion ....~ ................ . ....... 4A Robeda ............................. 5A Saints ............................... 3B SpoHs ............................... 1B Teen Notes ....................... 5B East High School Students Get Taste Style From Greenbrier's Chefs At Lunch in high style for East High 14 as staff The Greenbrier the cafeteria staff a meal for the 950 teachers. part of the high observance of Week and its With the White resort. On the lasagna, ltal- garlic bread. Des- sert was the "Oreenbrier peach" topped with whipped cream and a chqcolate "G." It was the second year for the special dinner. This year's was held in the gymnasium to allow more room and to re-create as much of The Greenbrier atmos- phere as possible, according to the resort's Food and Beverage Director Rod Stoner. "We wanted to extend a bit of The Greenbrier to the school in as much a typi- cal setting as possible." he said. Individual tables with table- cloths were set up in the gymna- sium. along with plants, ice sculptures, and live music. "The Populaires." an orchestra from the hotel, provided the music. Staff members from The Green- brier spoke in a number of classes at the high school during the day, including experts who taught ice sculpturing to art stu- dents. See "High Style", Page 2-A New Writer It is a pleasure to wel- come Greg Johnson of Le- wisburg as a regular colum- nist today. Turn to page 6-A for a true reading treat. Mr Johnson is a native of Florida and uses his native clime as the setting for some of his stories; others are about local folks (the names have been changed to pro- tect the "guilty'). Most of the situations are real. Mr Johnson has only embroi- dered them enough to make them into story-teller's clas- sics. A ready wit pervades each of Mr Johnson's columns. We know you will enjoy reading "From The Back Porch" each week in your community newspaper -- Mountain Messenger. H|i Pray the leaders of the world always have peace in their hearts; our best interest in mind . . . and their hands out of our pockets. "| Amy Brockway Is Drum or At West Virginia University Amy Brockway Leading a 350-member band before crowds of 65,000 will be- come standard practice next fall for Amy Brockway of White Sulphur Springs. The 20-year- old college senior has been se- lected to be one of two drum ma- jors heading the West Virginia University (WVU) Marching Band for the 1991 football season. "It's going to be quite a chal- lenge." Miss Brockway said. "i'm ready for It." The 1988 Greenbrter East High School graduate has been baritone horn section leader for the past two years In the WVU band. "A lot of people asked me, "Why don't you try for drum ma- jor?' So 1 decided to go ahead with It. You have to go to band members and get them to slgn a petition in your favor. Twenty- one petitions were turned In." Miss Brockway said after the 21 candidates Introduced them- selves to the entire band. mem- bers voted. The director urged band members to base their votes on leadership. Those with the top two vote totals were Miss Brockway and Jay Jacobs (of MorgantownL who will share re- sponsibilities. "The election is held at the end of the marching season since it's the last time we'll see each other before the next marching season." Miss Brock- way said. "We're not llke high school bands, which automatl- cally go Into a concert season In the winter--so this is the time the drum majors are voted on." The two students will teach drills to the instrumentalists and auxiliary groups and will alter- nate with each other in directing the band during pre-game and half-time shows. Most of the per- See "Drum Major", Page 2-A has been under constructton since 1980. Bob and Marguerite by building just the church as a hobby. work so much we added the mill bulling," Mrs Wyatt said. Mr Wyatt made the buildings and Mrs Wyatt =Many items are handmade. All the fruits and veggies in the the telephone and the chairs have been bought over real water flowing over its minature wheel "Mrs Wyatt said. ~n display at Wyatt Home Center, downtown Lewisburg. "Many so much we may leave the village out all year and the seasons," Mrs Wyatt added. ts on display in their store window -- complete with all the hasn't yet provided. e