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December 13, 1988

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The Mountain Messenger, Tbesday, December 13, 1988 3A only three months of organi- under its belt, the newly Association for Retarded Valley enjoyed turnout December 1 monthly meeting at Rhema in Fairlea with two special leaders from Charleston. ' new group is working to in- community as to the con- developmentally disabled in addition to serving as group for families of the and working to collaborate a variety of groups. ARC can be really essential people," stressed Shari Charleston, who traveled to County to speak to the Organization. "It really im- me how many you have !ordy your second or third Sturm is the Director of of Developmental Dis- at the West Virginia Depart- Health and spoke of the aspects of her department's work. She fielded a variety of ques- tions related to her office's service3 and individual case problems. Also speaking to the ARC was NancY Thabet, Director of Special Education for West Virginia. Thabet noted that her department is now responsible for the educational needs of students eligible for special education from ages 3 to 23, as op- posed to federal cutoffs at age 21. She also helps administer funds for children with handicaps and moni- tors the compliance of counties with state regulations regarding the handicapped and developmentally disabled. State regulations for the educa- tion of special education students have been revised as of July 1, Tha- bet noted, reflecting more quality ef- fectiveness, eligibility requirements, and collaboration between special and regular education. She pointed out that a major goal of her depart- ment is to see the majority of special education students being served in Speclal guest speakers at the recent meetlng of the ARC/Green- brler Valley msetlng were (left) Nancy Thabet, West Vrlglnla Dlrector of Speclal Education, and (rlght) Sharl Sturm, Director of the Dlvlsion of Developmental Dlsebllltles, West Vlrglnla Department of Health. In the center Is Scott Mlller, Director of Children's Services at the Se- neca Mental Health.Mental Retardation Councll. regular school buildings and being provided services by qualified per- sonnel in the least-possible restric- tive environment. A big problem, she noted, is re- taining qualified personnel in special education. Many are going across state lines for higher pay, she said. Thabet briefly discussed the con- cept of the parent resource center, which brings educators and parents with disabled children together. Cur- rently, she noted, there are 22 such centers in West Virginia. The parent resource center in Greenbrier County is directed by educator Okey Moore and parent laison Jan May- hew. Individuals with questions about special education services provided throughout the state are invited to call Charleston at 1-800-642-8541. cost taxpayers money Salvage dealers throughout West Virginia may be the state's best line of defense against a problem that is costing taxpayers nearly half a mil- lion dollars a year. That's double the cost estimated for sign vandalism in the Mountain State last year, when the biggest problem was occasional thievery by those who 'Wanted a soovenir for a rec room or decided to use one for target practice from a moving ve- hicle," says Highway Commissioner W.S. Ritchie, Jr. "We hope any scrap metal dealer who is presented with a lot of alumi- num signs for the salvage money will contact the nearest Department of Highways location if his check isn't being made out to us," says Ritchie. The problem, he notes, is that aluminum scrap is bringing about 60 cents per pound from recycling deal- ers. "in February we recovered more than 4500 pounds of signs that had been stolen from our District One headquarters," says the. commis- sioner, "and in November we recov- ered 1300 pounds stolen from St. Albans. Thieves got into a fenced lot in our District Three headquarters and took 150 signs that had been bundled for scrap, and have been caught in the same area taking signs from the road and selling them in Ohio. "Although the signs had been bent and the messages obliterated with a blowtorch in order to disguise them, salvage dealers realized that they could only belong to the De- partment." Highways normally replaces about 5,000 signs a year due to ag- ing, according to Ritchie. "That's to be expected," he says, "since old age reduces a sign's re- flective quality and it must be re- placed for the safety of the traveling public. In past years we've also had to replace another 5,000 signs be- cause of willful vandalism and each one costs $50 to re-erect." In addition to the loss of taxpay- ers' money which could be used for road resurfacing or bridge replace- ment, Ritchie points to the safety in stealing. aspects involved sign "Thieves are ven removing con- struction signs," he notes. "That means the area where work is being done will be unsafe for both the work crew and the motorist passing through." / classes are scheduled to ! January 9, 1989 at Green- College Center of State College in Lewis- registration will be :J on January 5 and 6 for all who have not been previ- Students will be reg- from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on 5 and from 9:00 !noon on Friday, January who have been fully be registered prior to To qualify for early prospective students a completed application high school tran- r GED test scores, college clearance form if ap- ACT or SAT scores. about admission a schedule of spring Call 645-3303 from 9:00 :00 p.m. Financial aid is qualified students. an water treatment The new White Sulphur Sprlnge waste water treatment plant near Harts Run Is now close to completion according to White Sulphur l Mayor John Bowllng. "Our target date for acceptlng sewage into the plant is January 9," he seld. The building will house a laboratory, mechanical room which will house the electronic controls, the oil fired power generator and star- age room. Bowling noted that only the finish work, including grading and paving the road and parking lot, and lawn seeding need to be done. Three people will be employed at the plant. Robert Pack will supervise work at the Water Treatment Plant on Big Draft Road as well as at the Waste Water Treatment Plant. i as avings John W. McKinney, vice presi- dent, Administration, at the West Virginia Power division of Utilicorp United (NYSE:UCU) has been pro- mated to senior vice president, Op- erations, effective immediately, he will become the division's chief oper- ating officer in his new capacity. Richard C. Green, Jr., president and chief executive officer of Utili- Carp, said McKinney's promotion is part of a management transition that will enable James E. Harden, divi- sion president and chief executive officer, to pursue new business prospects for West Virginia Power and economic development within the service territory. Harden also will serve as a lobbyist on various indus- try issues while McKinney will be re- sponsible for day-to-day operations at the utility. "It's our policy to give maximum autonomy and support to our divi- sional utility management," Green /, Sty By Don McCoy Love the look of golden shimmer on cheeks, eyelids, shoulders? Great.- but don't mix golden glitter with silver, copper or any other "metal" look. The water you wash with wdl affect your hair If the water is hard, you'll need more conditioner, tf water is soft, dilute conditioner with it. Gift idea for him--the men's cologne that you hke. This soothing, smoothing mask is good for your hands. Beat two egg yolks together with two tablespoons of olive oil. Rub onto your hands and slip on cotton gloves. Rinse off in the morning. Fashion note: party styles this season are short and sassy and especially feminine. Lots of simply wonderful black dresses, too, in figure-flattering styles. Fashion note: everyone wants to look good at party season. That's why with-it gals and guys are getting t-heir hair cut at... W~tlll liilphl, ll" Swtnl~l S35,3768 Marllmo~ T;9-7151 .en, assumes said. "These moves will enhance the management structure at West Vir- ginia Power as it expands its scope of operations." McKinney became vice-presi- dent, Administration, at West Vir- ginia Power shortly after it became a UtiliCorp division in March 1987. Prior to that he was Manager Inter- nal Affairs and Taxes at Utilicorp's Missouri Public Service division. He had been with Missouri Public Serv- ice 12 years in a variety of account- ing and administrative positions. Prior to becoming division presi- dent, Harden was district manager of West Virginia utility operations for Virginia Power, the former parent of West Virginia Power. He was with Virginia Power for 40 years, holding various positions in engineering, right-of-way and management. Based in Fairlea, West Virginia Power provides electric service to about 23,000 customers in 37 com- munities in the southeastern region .of the state. It provides electricity solely through wholesale power pur- chase contracts. UtiliCorp United, based in Kan- sas City, provides electric and gas service to seven states through its divisions, Missouri Public Service, Peoples Natural Gas, Northern Min- nesota Utilities, West Virginia Power and Kansas Public Service. West Kootenay Power in British Columbia is a Canadian subsidiary. UtilCo Group, PSI and EnerGroup are non- regulated subsidiaries specializing in energy and utility related invest- ments and services. 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