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Vo]. VI No.4 1 December 20, 1990 From the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia al Dumps 20 and 30 illegal )s were identified tn a 25 survey by mem- of Greenbrier County's Authority (SWA), ac- to John Tuckwiller, of the authority. survey was part of re- in preparation of a solid waste plan to by the county by 31. Each county In the must turn in its own plan, Includes the locations of illegal dumping. the identification of )s, which was done by SWA members are to plot the sites on a the SWA will submit Department of Natural (DNR). The DNR, Mr said, has the respon- to see that each site is up. of the most obvious Ille- Mr Tuckwiller said, the Greenbrier East campus and behind lot of the State Fair- Both sites are In After notifying the Board and the State Fair Mr Tuckwiller said, the perty owners had the up within one removed 100 trash from the Green- site and 50 tons from rounds site. Another site, which has not up yet, is the for- city dump west the Brushy Ridge of the other are being notified and opportunity to correct before action is The Rock House, Marllnton Mountain Messenger Staff Betty Morgan (left), Helen Searle, Charley Goddard, Torrl Boone, Matt Landers, Lou Burroughs, Brenda Ghorman, Dottle Brackenrlch, Troy Forren, Jonathan Wrig ht Greenbrier Board Proceeding With Junior High Consolidation Plans If all goes as planned, the Greenbrler County Board of Education could be breaking ground for a new consolidated junior high school by mid- March, according to Superinten- dent of School Steve Baldwin. The Board is presently await- ing word on a letter it recently sent the State Board of Educa- tion asking to be placed on the agenda for the January meeting in Charleston. The group hopes to discuss details of construction ~State Board's approval to pro- ceed with construction. The county Board of Educa- tion is presently negotlatlng for the purchase of a 31-acre slte of the "Boone property" adjacent [o Greenbrier East High School in Fairlea. The proposed l l0.000- square-foot building project is expected to cost $8.5 million, funded by a grant from the State School Building Authority and monies from county School Board savings. )lans at that time and get the ,. I Roof Going Up at Amphitheater Letters to Santa appear on pages 3B, 4B & 9B. Volunteers are working week- ends to install a permanent roof over the stage at Ronceverte's new Island Park amphitheater, According to City Commissioner Lindy Hodges, who is overseeing the fund-ralsing and labor for the project, most work is ex- pected to be completed by early January. Work began in mld- November. The cathedral-style roof measures 51-I/2 feet wide and 30 feet long. Its peak is 26 feet high. No city funds are being used for the work or materials, Mr Hodges said. Contributions have come from numerous local businesses and individuals. The project is part of an ongo- ing construction for the amphi- theater, whose various seating levels were built with concrete railroad ties donated to the City by CSX Transportation. The tles were removed over a year ago from tracks near Alleghany, Vlr- ginia. The new amphitheater re- ceived its first use last June at the Ronceverte River Festival. "Subsequent community concerts have been held at the facility, with proceeds going to the Island Park Improvement Fund. Organ- izers of events have used tempo- rary stage coverings. Mr Hodges said "scissors- type" trusses used in the new roof will help project sound bet- ter. Plans call for the eventual addition of stage lighting, he said. iii i ,Jl Inside Today About Herbs .................... 11A Agriculture .................... 10A Briefly ................................ 3A Chestnut Street News ...... 2A Ctassifled ............. ::2 ........ 11B Comics & Crossword ..... 11B For the Record .................. 3A From the Back Porch ..... 11A Joy of Farming ................ 10A , Obituaries .......................... gA Opinion .............................. 4A Roberta .............................. 5A Saints ................................. 2A Sports ................................ 1B Teen Notes ........................ 8A Lewisburg Food Locker Provides Help To 1670 Individuals In Area Rock House-Big on Crafts, on History stone building on Marllnton looks as if in history. Set rugged mountain, with window , small tan- rugged hand-hewn small structure glances from and exiting the County town. not much history to though, Jane Jessee Jessee operates *The as it ls commer- a small business of local crafts, Al pala- recordings, and and magazines. of people come in here thls must be an awfully Ing,- she said. "I have to the truth, though--it built until the late constructed the on the property of Hunter, Mrs Jessee's rocks from Dry Creek. located "My great-aunt used and storage area Into it in 1973," Said. "When I moved and lived In it off 1985. It was rented that time. too." 's first and only use came in 1980's when Maddy operated an antique for two years. It was for a short time Then in March 1990, Mrs Jessee opened up *The Rock House" in the building, which her mother. Jane Price Sharp. now owns, *It's been a lot of fun. I'm still learning a lot about antiques, A lot of collectors stop in. and they teach me a lot. It's been very educational for me." During the height of the tour- ist season in the summer and early fall of her first year, Mrs Jessee encountered her greatest number of visitors. "It's great meeting so many people and tell- ing them about all the places around here they can visit." "One of our biggest items is our collection of rocks, believe it or not." she said. *We have a large assortment of petrified coral. We get It In the fields around here. My brother's been collecting It for years. He dumps It in my mother's field, and I get a lot of mine from there." The Rock Shop sells used books and magazines, catering largely to collectors. Also In- cluded are a number'of local- interest books on Pocahontas County and West Virginia his- tory and traditions. Mrs Jessee said she enjoyed taking customers on short "ramp digs" just outside the shop In the spring. She said she wants to continue the activity every year, educating visitors on the tech- niques of harvesting ramps and the ways of preparing them for meals. 80M0 Of [IIX:~ION Of T)~ COCMTY OF GI~=[I~i~I[R /11 THISPROPERTY IS ]NFLOOOZON(X THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF :.. THE COUNTY OF fiREENBRIER 31.50 RCRES .. - .... " ~ FORT SPRING DISIRICT G,~EENBRIER COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIfl SCRLE= 1"=300" DECEMBER 4. 1090 N. E, KELLEY SURVEYING CO. - 208 W. EDGRR RVENUE P.O. BOX 296 RDNCEVERTE. WEST UIRGINIB By Chas A, Godd~rd There are 501 families. 1670 individuals, in the Lewlsburg area who rely on the local Food Locker for supplemental nourishment every month. The Food Locker, sponsored by seven local churches, provides each recipient with either one or two bags of groceries -- depending upon the family size. When there are one to four In a family, they receive one bag per month; five or more in a family get two bags per month. By no stretch of the imagination could the food be considered anything more th~un very basic --- oats or cornflakes, saltines, peanut butter, soup, a pound of flour, canned milk, macaroni and cheese dinners, pinto beans, one can of green beans and one can of corn. Even though there are seven churches participating -- Old Stone Pres- byterian, Lewisburg United Methodist, John Wesley United Methodist, Saint Louis Catholic Mission, First Baptist church in Falrlea, Shuck Memorial Baptist Church, and Saint James Episcopal --- there is really just one man who shoulders the main burden of doing the shopping; distributing the food; and questioning recipients about their circumstances. "['nat man is Gary Waple. Mr Waple is an Episcopal Theo]o&qcal Seminary graduate. He moved to the Lewlsburg area in 1980 and was an x-ray technician until a leg injury forced him to retire, fle has been running the Food Locker since March of 1983. "Our contributions are down this year by $20,000. We rely on funding from donations from individuals and clubs and organizations. We are vying with other agencies for the same money and times are tight," Mr Waple sai=some,1 people think we are taking care of a bunch of people who do nothing but sit back -- this is just not true. Sixty-eight per cent of the people we serve are senior citiz.cns. And 1 know of many seniors who are too proud to accept help. I wish they would ask, even though we are having a tou h time of it ri ,ht now We d fi u g ' g . " g re out some way to help them, " Mr Waple says with conviction. The Food Locker does receive some government food supplies. However, Mr Waple spends approximately $2,000 a month on groceries alone [they purchase from a locally owned and operated food store at I0 per cent over cost}. The Food Locker not only distributes food, but provides some utilities assistance too. Lewisburgs Food Locker Is one of seven In the area. Others are located at White Sulphur Springs, Ronceverte Renlek Ralnelle Rupert and Quin- - wood. The l~wisburg Food Locker how~wer is 'the lar~t o(the seven and has the greatest number of clients. "We take in a large gray area. The State won't help in any way if you are $2 over the limit. That's where we come in. We follow the State Human Services guidelines, but we help those others too. I take food to a lot of people 1 know need it. West Virginians are very independeht and proud you know." Mr Waple said. Mr Waple expressed special gratitude to Boy Scout Troop # 122. "During the food drive in November, they took a ton of food to the locker. [t took us some time to get it distributed, but we did do it and the people were very grateful." Contributions to the Food Locker may be made through any one of the participating churches. Be sure to indicate you wish your contribution to be used to assist the Food Locker.