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Greg Johnson &lderson Seafood Festival was standing on the en- ramp at the Lewisburg I- ~e with his thumb He didn't look like one of characters our moth- warn us about: he 'Ish. well-groomed, and a white shirt, a hand-lettered sign NEED RIDE -- TRUCK {Was he a truck driver needed a ride or someone riding with Team- drove past him and had a Experience. 1 remem- the parable of the Good I remembered Sun- 'School stories where the returned in the guise of a everyone ignored. Over- by guilt, social con- and vague notions the brotherhood of man. I over and waited while he Jp the incline. a lot," he said in a voice, and I knew I'd he flight thing. are you headed?" I him. into the passenger "Ripley. My truck broke in Covington and they say to be a week before it's Decided I'd better go on L only going as far as I let him know. Those the days before the Inter- Was finished, when anyone to Ripley took the Ser- ~e Skyway through An- Hawk's Nest, Gauley Montgomery and Char- or tempted fate via Beck- the two lane "lMrnpike. headed west. started talk- Fie delivered seafood to res- and institutions, he ex- and he was on his way L Norfolk when his truck had down. His company had another vehicle and ;to rescue the seafood, and out of work for the week. to know what l did. I I was a social worker by eSslon, currently doing at a mental health could clear a small fortune. "That would be great," I said, trying to downplay my enthusi- asm and move along with the negotiations. "How would you get it to us?" "I'll just leave it at the prison with George." Of course! Our common friend! Georgel By the time we reached Ralnelle the world was a brighter place. I'd been a Good Samaritan and been rewarded for my effort. A stranger on the side of the road had been transformed from an anonymous hitchhiker into a generous benefactor who would make the first annual Alderson Seafood Festival possible. With his help, who knew what future projects lay in store? Our jour- ney had reached its end, but our friendship was just beginning. As we pulled over he gave me a worried look. "I'm not looking forward to thumbing my way to Ripley," he confessed. I knew the torturous 70 mile highway from Rainelle to Char- leston well, and I could imagine the poor soul (my friend, our. benefactor) walking long, lonely stretches, and being sprayed with gravel by eighteen wheelers. I empathized. "If I had my druthers I'd take a bus," he confided, "but I've only got three or four dollars on me." He studied me hopefully. "You wouldn't know somewhere around here that would cash a check, would you? Just enough for a meal and a bus ticket?" It was an opportunity to prove myself an even more virtuous man than l'd seemed when I picked him up. I pulled out my wallet and gave him $25. "Send it to me when you get to Ripley," 1 said magnanimously, in an off- handed way that suggested I did this kind of thing for strangers all the time. At the moment $25 represented half my net worth. He looked guilty. "I can't take your money, Greg." ~Please," I urged, giving him a look that would have done Ma- hatma Gandhi or Mother Teresa proud, "l'm not worried. I'm sure you're good for it." out his wallet and me a picture of his an attractive blonde it happened, was a so- Worker. She'd graduated WVU, gone in the Peace and was in Africa. She her degree the same year my master's, but she an undergraduate and I known her. Nice girl, he Proudly; he wished I'd met asked where I lived, and I He knew the town delivered seafood to the there. He launched into a about two inmates who'd to escape in the back of his truck. )u must know my neighbor. Halder," I suggested. director of food service at he chuckled. "You ' old George?" We talked him for a minute or two, described the farm house that had been divided apartments, Were getting along fa- and when we reached he made a generous of- in any kind of club Sometimes we Seafood left over and we Up throwing it away. Spoils ckly to try: to save it. If with some non- I could give it to you raiser. The company'd r write it off than pitch it In the Volunteer Fire De- I let him know. "We aghetti suppers every then," rugged. "Could you use ip? My imagination ran probably hadn't ever organization in the Mountain State that Lrimp dinner as a fund free shrimp we He thanked me and pocketed the loan. He scribbled my name and address, tucked it in his wallet, and promised repayment would arrive in a couple of days, he issued the standard West Vir- ginia invitation. "If you're ever in Ripley, stop and see us. Have dinner with us. Remember, the name's Jerry Bean. I'm the only Bean in the phone book. And I'll be sure to have George get in touch about the shrimp." We said our farewells, he headed into the bus station and I went about my business. When I got home that evening I decided to call Ripley and see if my friend had made it home. I dialed Directory Assistance. "I'm sorry, I don't show a listing in Rlpley for anyone named Bean," the operator informed me. I had an uneasy feeling, but I knew that operators sometimes suf- fered from the inability to find numbers that were in plain sight in the phone book. I went over to the Holders' apartment. After a few pleasant- ries I brought up the subject. "Who delivers your seafood at the prison?" I asked out of the blue. George gave me an odd look. "What seafood?" "The seafood you serve the inmates," I elaborated. As the words left my mouth I had trouble picturing the local fed- eral prisoners feasting on lobster bisque, softshell crabs and shrimp newburg. I had a sinking feeling. "Do you know a guy named Jerry Bean who delivers seafood from the coast?" He furrowed his brow. "Should I?" "Probably not," I warned him, and told him the parable of the Dumb Samaritan. He saw a cer- tain humor in it I failed to see. The Alderson Seafood Festival never took place, and now, thir- teen years later, I'm still watch- ing the mail for my $25, Maybe he'll add interest. News Is Good News Merry Christmas to all our " / customers/ every Sunday up to Christmas ntil 5 p.m. Hope to see you[ S, Jefferson Street * Lewisburg 645-6910 Jonathan Michael (left) and Cliff Baker Scout Jonathan Michael Receives Eagle Award Jonathan Michael, 16, of Le- wisburg Boy Scout Troop 70, re- ceived the distinguished Eagle Scout Award at an Eagle Court of Honor November 25. The cere- mony was held at the Lewisburg Seventh-day Adventist Church and was attended by local scouts, friends, and relatives. Scoutmaster Cliff Baker made the presentation. Pastor Ron Boyce gave the invocation and benediction. Jack Horton ex- tended congratulations from the local Troop Committee. Assistant Scoutmaster Jerry Clemons read letters of congratulations from the National Boy Scouts of America organization. Assistant Scoutmaster Rich Ford chal- lenged Jonathan with the Eagle Charge. Assistant Scoutmaster Bill Snyder, Kevin Cooper, and Travls Shrewsbury, recent Eagle Scout recipients from Troop 70, escorted the family to receive the Eagle Scout pins. Scouts from Troop 70 participated in the opening ceremony, trail to Eagle, and the closing ceremony:- Jonathan has been active in scouting for eight years begin- ning as a Cub Scout in 1982. He has earned 25 merit badges and has participated in numerous service projects as well as hik- ing, canoeing, and camping trips. In 1987. he went to Den- mark and England with other members of Troop 70 to partici- pate in an international scout exchange program. As his Eagle Scout project, Jonathan organ~ed and super- vised ihe installation of the new sign for the Lewisburg Seventh- day Adventist Church. Through this project, he learned about the oily zoning and permitting procedures, esiimaled tile mate- rials and supplies for the project, supervised the outside contrac- tors Ibr the excavating and elec- tl-ical work, and organized the Scouts and olher vohmteers who provided the labor. Jonathan is a junior honor student at Shenandoah Valley Academy (SVA) in New Market, Virginia, where he has main- lathed a 4.0 grade point average. He is the first seat tuba player for the SVA symphonic band which will tour Brazil in March, 1991. He also peribnns with the SVA brass ensemble. His intra- mural flag football team recently came in first place in the playoff ga Ine s. Jonathan is the son of Robert (Doe) and Yvonne Michael of Le- wisburg. He is the .grandson of Viola Buckland of Ronceverte and the late Clarence and Mar- jorie Eades Michael of Marlinton. He is the greai-grandson of Nel- lie Michael Shrader of Marlinton. Eighteen Volunteers Finish Eighteen area people have completed training as Hospice volunteers. They are Chester Gordon (front left), Becky Kerns, Debbie Goodall, Wicky Knight, Terri Johnson, Carla Higginbotham, Sharron Ruther, ford. Barbara Bland (back row, left), Phyllis Hunter, Carolyn Snyder, Rose Summers, Martha Miller, Libby Kokoff, Catherine McCall. Not Shown: Anna Wells, Sara Van Horn, Rita Posner and Hilda McDowell. Hospice assists persons who are terminally ill McCulloch Pro-Stream" Blower 212cc gas engine Rugged ball bearings and hard-chrome cyhnder ior durabgJt, y An~i-vibra~ion grip on handle Fish-tail nozzle for wide air stream Primer carburetor for easy starts 422 EDGAR AVE. RONCEvERTE, W.VA. 647-5353 I The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, December 13, 1990 9B Two County 4-H Members Get Berths At National Congress Receiving an expense-paid trip to National 4-H Congress in Chicago, Illinois. is the highlight of a 4-H member's career. Two Greenbrier County 4-H'ers have earned that distinction in recog- nition of years of hard work, achievement and leadership. More than 1,500 youth dele- gates are participating in Na- tional 4-H Congress this year. The 69th annual session was held December 1-5 at the Chi- cago Hilton and Towers. This year's theme is "Celebration of Choices." West Virginia's delegation comprised 21 youths. Attending from Greenbrier County were Deanna Williams, daughter of Wayne and Gloria Williams of Caldwell and Cindy Tuckwiller, daughter of Tom and Brenda Tuckwiller of Clinionville. Deanna Williams attended in the program area of Yeast Breads and Cindy Tuckwiller in the program area of Photogra- phy. National 4-H Congress is an educational program under-writ- ten by private sector donors. More than 60 corporations, foundations, and other organiza- lions provide trips, scholarships and other support through the National 4-H Council. Additional support is provided through in- dividual state 4-H foundations. A 4-H member for 10 years, Deanna, 18, also has worked with 4-H bread projects for 10 years. "I first started out in breads, Deanna explained," by helping my mother fix biscuits for the family meals. But I soon found myself bored with just making biscuits. "ltlat is when l learned to make yeast breads. When I took (4-H) yeast breads I was, very surprised at the many crea- tions I could make with regular roll dough. "Through the yeast breads project I not only learned about different varieties of bread but also about the nutrients found in bread and how to make lighter and crustier bread Deanna said. Gradually, she progressed to making breads for bake sales. Her other 4-H proj- ects include purebred beet heifer, teen leadership and rab- bits. A 1990 graduate 'of Green- brier East High School, Deanna attends Greenbrier Community College. She is considering a ca- reer in agriculture. Or. she said, she may pursue her Interest in working with young children. Both career interests grew from her experiences in ~I-H club work, she said. Cindy Tuckwiller began her photography exploration six years ago. Eventually, her novice attempts turned into award-win ning photos and presentations. "One of the most important characteristics of the 4-H Pro- gram," she said, "is that 1! makes goals achievable for the youngest, most shy, or disabled Individual. l began by taking a project tn an area In which I was interested; it had no demands of public speaking or stressful situ- ations." "I had guidance, pa- tience, and encouragement," she said. "form my teachers, leaders, family, and fellow 4-H'ers each step of the way--until I was ready to advance to a new level of participation. "As I reviewed my 4-H record, I was surprised to see how I had gone through the proverbial de- velopmental stages of onlooker, silent participant, active partici- pant, helper, planner, leader, trainer and evaluator...l recog- nized the impact which the pro- gram has had in molding me into the individual which I ,'ml now, Cindy explained. A West Virginia University freshman who plans on a career in aerospace engineering, 18- year-old Cindy has earned a va- . riety of awards and honors through 4-H and through other educational and leadership pro- grams. The 4-H Program is sponsored by the West Virginia University Extension Service through the Greenbrler Counly Extension Of- rice in Lewisburg, SUBSCRIPTION RATES: In State $14.84 In State Senior Citizens $13.78 In State Students $11.13(9 mos.) 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