Enjoy the Spring

Volume 2, Issue 4
April 2013

Rowlesburg News
April 2013


News & Events


Civil War History

School Schedule

Church Schedule


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The Etam Eagles 4H Club was given a presentation by Officer Childers and his K-9 partner, at the Szilagyi Center on March 3rd at 4:30PM. Much information was learned about the deputy and his dog’s duties and abilities.


Justin Childers and K-9 Dog

The Health Officer, Brittney Sanders, chaired the exercise activity. Melissa Brewer and Wendy Bever, along with participants in their Zumba Class, gave a presentation.


Melisa Brewer demonstrates Zumba

After a short exercise, the club members enjoyed home-made ice cream and other healthy snacks before calling the regular meeting to order.

Members will be selling and taking orders for cheese until March 29th

The Preston County 4H Days and the 4H Elimination Dinner will be on June 1st at the 4H Camp, doors will open at 5PM and dinner will be served at 6PM.

Be sure and purchase your tickets early, they are available by calling 304-454-9747, Kim Felton, or 304-454-9698, Chris Dean. Price of the tickets are $40.00

All donations will help with the up-keep of the Preston County 4H Camp.

County 4H Days will be at the Baptist Church in Kingwood with registration starting at 9:00AM.

The Etam Eagles 4H Club will be having a Lock-In on March 16th at the R.V.F.D. Building. Time for this activity will be from A.M. to 8P.M., No electronic games or devices will be allowed.

The next meeting will be on April 7th at the Rowlesburg Community Center at 4:30P.M.


Sad to say this but without donations to pay for a new fire suppression system in the fire hood we will not be allowed to open the concession stand this year. If you could help us please send your donations to Betty Moats, Chairman Rowlesburg Park Commission, P.O. Box 41, Rowlesburg, WV 26425. We will (continued on page 2)

need approximately $2000. We already have a donation of $100 from Rowlesburg Printing. Really would like to open the concession stand along with the soft ball season!


Did you know that in 2012 the Home Depot Foundation funded repairs and renovations to 4,400 units of housing for Veterans and their families thru grants from Home Depot?

May 24,25,26. 2013
Memorial Day Weekend

Featured during the River City Festival will be popular, jazz, opera, and patriotic music presented by known artists. There will be a living history portrayal, a play by a local play-write with local students as actors. History narrated by a known historian. Specialty foods will be presented by locals chefs with two dinners offered, one Saturday and one Sunday. There will be history exhibits and other exhibits open for public viewing all weekend . Most of the activity will be presented in the Janet and Imre Szilagi Center for the Performing and Visual Arts in Rowlesburg, WV Events are sponsored by the Rowlesburg Revitlization Committee, the River City Festival Committee, and the Rowlesburg ON TRAC..

There will be a Grand opening of the Carolann Hooton Research and Reading Library. The benefactors are Carolann and Mike Hooton.

There will be Civil War Tributes: A play on West Virginia Statehood, “April 26, 1863: 150 Civil War Battle of Rowlesburg” and a living history portrayal of “Belle Boyd”, Confederate Spy both presentations are in honor of West Virginia Statehood and the role of Rowlesburg in the Civil War.

Exhibits open during the festival will include, the West Virginia Humanities Council’s exhibit “Born of Rebellion”, the Carolann Hooton Research and Reading Library, the Preston County 4-H History and Learning Center the Rowlesburg Community Quilters Quilt Show, Walter Shaver’s Carving, WWII Museum, the Smithonsonian Bridges Exhibit, the Preston County Sports Museum, Arts Preston Pottery Exhibits, Rowlesburg School Art and Social Studies projects, River City Café Exhibits, The Emporium and Vendors.

For tickets and more information call: Anna Nassif,304-454-9786, Shirley Hartley, 304-454-9232. Kathleen Orescanin, 304-329-9232


Dean Family & Friends team is sponsoring a Relay for Life Basket Bingo. Hosted by Rowlesburg Volunteer Ambulance Service on Sunday, April 7 from 2-4 pm at Rowlesburg Ambulance Building.

Tickets will be sold at the door. $10.00 donation per ticket. All proceeds go to American Cancer Society.

Questions call Mary Kay 454-9481 or Helen 568-2776. Volunteer snacks and drinks appreciated.


The Upper Cheat Crime Watch Meeting held its monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 7:00 in the Rowlesburg Community Building. Those in atten-dance were:Rob and Brenda Mayne, Sharon and Terry Harris,Patty Wotring, Betty Bell, Mayor Margaret Schollar, Sheriff Dan Loughrie, Craig Felton, C J Felton, President Donna McNeil and Secretary/Tresuerer Bruce Simon. Our Special guest was Deputy Thomas Mitter and his dog, Blek. Mayor Margaret Schollar led in a brief prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited

Before any business was con-ducted, Deputy Mitter gave a brief and encouraging talk to the group about the positive gains in law enforcement since the beginning of the year. Since his installment as sheriff, Dan Loughrie has been pro-active in drug enforcement and accelerating the issuance of search warrants. Deputy Mitter further stated that there has been an increased vigilance and dedication in combating drug activity in our county.

It has been noticed that Terra Alta has now surpassed Uniontown, PA in drug trafficking and that is disturbing. Deputy Mitter's trusty canine, Blek, is a major reason why drug dealing has declined overall. Deputy Mitter was happy to report that although bath salts are no longer a threat in Preston County, cocaine use is on the rise and so more effort is needed to deal with this new problem. He stated that drug crimes and residential break ins go hand in hand and stressed rig-orous home security measures to protect property. Gun safes are re-commended for firearms.

The deputy also pointed out that K2 is a synthetic marijuana derivative that has twice the intensity of meth-adone, a heroin substitute and is very dangerous, Subutex is an anti-anxiety anti depressant and is being sold in large quantities as well. At the end of the talk, Deputy Mitter set up a small exhibit which had examples of common drugs and what they looked like, The presentation was highly informative.

The minutes of the January meeting were read without additions or corrections. Betty Bell made a motion to accept the minutes and Mayor Schollar seconded the motion. All voted in favor.

Old Business-President McNeil distributed forms to be a part of the Emergency Rescue Registry which would benefit seniors and shut ins. Red and green construction paper will be purchased to make emer-gency signs.

Treasurer's Report- As of this meeting, our treasury is at $193.27.

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New Business-President McNeil received message from dispatcher, Kayla Huggins, that a facility where people can turn in drugs and old prescriptions is needed on April 27, 2013 from 12-3. Our community building was volunteered for this purpose and was met with unanimous approval. At our next meeting, Mayor Schollar volunteered to furnish simple refreshments as well. The Preston County Com-mission and Sheriff's Department together donated an automobile to Rowlesburg for our officer and we thank them for their generosity. Patty Wotring made a motion to adjourn the meeting and this was seconded by Mayor Schollar. Meeting was adjourned at 7:40.

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, April 3. 2013 in the Rowlesburg Community Building at 7:00. Our scheduled guest speaker will be none other than Mel Snyder, Preston County Prosecutor and his message promises to be timely and informative. As always, the public is encouraged to attend.


The big winners for the night were that split the $1000.00
Brian Shaffer
Elisha Buckingham
Charles Pase

$35.00 Winners:
1st ticket drawn out Michelle Liga
25th ticket drawn out Paul and Delores Riggs
50th ticket drawn out Kevin DeSantis and Troy Barrett
75th ticket drawn out Kylea DeMarco

Silent Auction Winners:

Aflac Duck won by Brian Shaffer donated by Rowlesburg School

Boogie Beagle won by Vera Strawser donated by Rowlesburg School

Spring Bath Basket won by Kayla Hartley donated by Birch Root Farm

Kitchen Set won by Kayla Hartley and donated by Sam and Esther Sanders

Butternut Bowl won by Roger Thorn and donated by Jack Sanders

Magazine Rack won by Lee Auvil and donated by Jack Sanders

Bracelet won by Sarah Riggs and donated by Rowlesburg School

WVU Doll won by Skylar Lamb and donated by Rowlesburg School

Rock Candle won by Ralph Thomas and donated by Bill and Norma Simmons

Bookends won by Pat Hovatter and donated by Gary Henline

Apple Cutting Board won by Rocky Hartley and donated by Jack Sanders

Bookends won by Mary Kay Dean and donated by Gary Henline

Sassafrass Bowl won by Roger Thorn and donated by Jack Sanders

Clock won by Ryan Brewer and donated by Gary Henline

Easter Basket won by Shelly Carnes donated by ?

Castle won by Mary Riley and donated by Rowlesburg School

Coat Rack won by Sarah Riggs and donated by Gary Henline

Stone won by Beverly Knotts and donated by Cheat River Limestone

Lamp won by Sarah Riggs and donated by Jack Sanders

50/50 won by Barb Darlington and she donated a portion by to PTO

Last Chance ticket won by Sue Sheets.


Pottery Class in the Art Studio in the Szilagyi Center - Buttons Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m. to 12 noon and Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Make two sets of seven stoneware buttons during the first class. Come back the next week to wax and glaze them. This class will include fun with design when you make them and color when you glaze them. Cost: $33 per person. For information or registration, contact Susan Ramey of Ridgetop Pottery at 304-329-1883.

Special request: Frappuccino bottles are needed for this class to use as part of the process in making the buttons. If anyone has any (whether or not you are going to take the class), please contact Susan so she can arrange to get them.


The RVFD will host an Open House on Saturday, April 20th from 2:00-4:00 PM. Stop in and meet the firemen, check out the gear & equipment, see the improvements made to the station, and win prizes! Come out and support your fire department.


The Rowlesburg VFW Post 3008 Jr. Girls worked hard during the month of March.

The girls helped with the VFW and Lions Club Breakfast that was held at the beginning of the month by helping clean tables and serve customers. They really enjoyed helping out.

For Easter, the girls did Easter Cards and letters for the veterans and residents of Heartland, which when added up, there was around 140 cards and letters. They worked hard to make sure the residents knew (continued on page 6)

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"some bunnies" loved them and were wishing them a Happy Easter. We will be planning some more activites in the upcoming months and are always looking for anyone who would like to help us with our activities. We will be placing flags on the cemetery for Memorial Day and can always use extra help. We will be doing car washes ( when it gets warm again) and helping out with dinners and breakfasts.

The VFW Jr. Girls are going to be selling blue and gold beaded bracelets to benefit the Shriners Hospitals. The money raised will go towards a little girls goal of over $18,000 raised for other kids like her. She is 7 years old and started selling cupcakes to raise money for other kids to have surgeries like she did. They were Getting so many orders, they couldn't keep up with the cupcakes, so she switched to selling bracelets. Different groups have been helping her by making and selling these bracelets to help her reach her goal. If you would like to help or purchase a bracelet, see any Jr. Girl or contact Summer Goff or Shawna Sines. Let's help this little girl reach her goal and help other kids like her at the Shriners Hospitals.


Coming to the Szilagyi Center is a, new library, to open Memorial Day Weekend during the 6th An¬nual River City Festival.

The Carolann Hooton Research and Reading Li¬brary's grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony will be at 1 p.m. May 24. A reception will follow in the River City Café. Hooton will serve as benefactor and director of the library.

The library, located on the third tier, will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, and from 1-5 p.m. Sundays from May 1-Oct 31.

Rowlesburg Revitalization Committee member Anna Nassif said the library will feature two sections a general reading area with books of various interests including fiction and non¬fiction books available to check out and a research area with books about Rowlesburg, Preston County and West Virginia. Those books are not to be removed from the library There will also be a rare book section and a special area with books on Egypt. "Many are no longer in print and very difficult to find," she said. "Quite a few were written by the archaeological giants of the late 1800’s and early 1900s. As with the other books in the research section, these will be available for use only in the library"

There will also be a children's section.

Along with the opening of the Carol Ann Hooton Research and Reading Li¬brary and 6th Annual River City Festival, a "Born of Rebellion" exhibit celebrating West Virginia's Statehood Sesquicentennial and sponsored by West Virginia Humanities Council will be on display in the library from 1-5 p.m. daily May 24 through June 4.

Info: rowlesburgguide.com rowlesburg.org. rowlesburg.info, or 304-454-9786.

MARCH 26, 2013
A river and history
flow through it
Rowlesburg's Szilagyi Center
continues to churn up interest
in Preston's past

Rowlesburg's past flows directly through that com¬munity on the Cheat River.

And in a fashion, it's responsible for the latest page in its storied bygone days.

During the devastating 1985 flood, the Cheat left its banks and roared far and wide through Rowlesburg, destroying homes, small businesses and the town's centerpiece, its school.

Though the building was not swept away, the damage from the floodwaters caused it to be condemned.

The three-story, brick structure was then put up for sale and fittingly, a river rafting company bought it to use for its business. About two decades later the owners of the rafting company donated the site to Rowlesburg's Revitalization Committee.

Almost like the 1985 flood's stops and starts from obstructions and bridges, plans since then for this building have not been a steady flow, either. More aptly, good ideas for the site's use have appeared, then seemingly get dammed up with details and then break through picking up more interest, and repeating the process.

Anyhow, you might make that connection if you look at how the Szilagyi Center — named for the building's donors — has developed since 2008.

It started with housing a World War II Living History Museum, then a Preston County Sports Museum and will soon serve as a place to display Preston 4-H'ers' mem¬orabilia. Later this spring a library will also open, com¬plete with a reading room, and children's and rare book sections.

Some may wonder how such projects emerged to fill the Szilagyi Center's space. What's not hard to imagine is what this building might have become.contnue page 7

One vision that quickly comes to our mind is one more shuttered eyesore like other condemned school buildings in Preston County.

Or it could have been razed and become either a vacant lot or a parking lot.

But thanks to the efforts of scores of Preston County residents this building – this old school – is still serving to teach the area and this community about its history.

AWe applaud everyone who has contributed to the Szilagyi Center’s development and smart use.

Many communities in this area and across the state and nation continue to wrestle with how best to use antiquated school buildings and others damaged by natural disasters.

It seems to us that Rowlesburg and Preston County might have the perfect blueprint. Who not only know exactly where they’re going with this site, but don’t want to go anywhere else, just like the river.

Greater Downtown Rowlesburg

The weather was cool and sunny, just right for a spring time outing for youngsters and adults alike. This was the setting for the 13th Annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by Greater Downtown Rowlesburg (GDR) on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at the Rowlesburg Community Park.

The more than 141 children who participated in the egg hunt found plastic eggs filled with treats and, in some instances, were rewarded with tickets to claim special prizes. Two bunnies circulated among those gathered for the event, posing for pictures with the children and their parents, and wishing everyone a happy Easter. Refreshments at the Sun Deck in the park were enjoyed by all. It has been reported that pictures of the event have shown up on Facebook.

Winner of the gift basket was Vera Stawser and Robbie Mayne, Jr. won the $25.00 gift card.

GDR wishes to thank all the event financial sponsors and all those who helped fill the eggs, bake refresh-ments, prepare the field, hide the eggs, hand out prizes, and help provide assistance in many other ways. The Easter egg hunt would not be possible without the financial sponsors and helpers. Thanks also to those who brought their children to participate or to those who just stop-ped by to enjoy the excitement. GDR always looks forward to helping build special memories for young and old in our community.


The Preston County 4-H Leaders Association, in cooperation with Preston County 4-H Foundation will be creating a Preston County 4-H History and Learning Center located on the third floor of the Szilagyi Center.

The opening dedication will be held on April 28, 2013.

Former 4-H’ers from the area clubs, old and new, who wish to donate items from their 4-H years with an explanation of the item, the year it was received and any other pertinent information may do so by contacting their local leader or other designated personnel.

Tiles from the ceiling of the room are “for sale” (they remain in the room) money from the sale will help the group to fund the painting and the refinishing of the floor. Each tile will cost $20.00. Purchase will be on a first come basis. Further inform-ation may be had by contacting the Extension Service.

Donated items from the Rowles-burg area may be left with Mary Ellen Wiles, Liaison for the Rowlesburg Area.


First organized in 1912 in West Virginia;

Originally planned to provide needed life skills and vocational education for youths whose parents could not provide these resources;

Originally conceived as an excellent way to initiate technological change through families;

A 100-year history of creative developmental work with youths; always been delivered in a variety of models.

Head: developing life skills and knowledge

Heart: building self esteem and supporting positive values that build character

Hands: fostering active citizenship and service to others

Health: teaching healthy habits


For Tocqueville, political freedom is best shown and best preserved in elections, particularly local elections. Such elections multiply the occasions for citizens to act together, depending on one another instead of a central administration that acts for them. The election of a local official is a democratic procedure that secures the independence of that official vis-à-vis the central power, analogous to a local noble in a monarchy who, by his hereditary right, has a certain independence from the king.

Here, and in general, Tocqueville likes to contrast democracy with aristocracy, and sometimes he uncovers hidden similarities between democratic practices and their aristocratic counterparts. On the(continued on page 8)

whole, he believes that government of the many is distinct from government of the few, and yet, as we have seen with the other modern philosophers, the few are there behind the scenes, acting behind the cover of the many, present in fact and absent in name.

Contrary to Rousseau, for Tocqueville elections are not the mere surrender of freedom; they are the prime expression of the crucial freedom, political freedom. Elections, as it were, tend to ensure that democratic monarchy, instead of being assisted and promoted by democratic bureaucracy, is checked by democratic aristocracy.

whole, he believes that government of the many is distinct from government of the few, and yet, as we have seen with the other modern philosophers, the few are there behind the scenes, acting behind the cover of the many, present in fact and absent in name.

Contrary to Rousseau, for Tocqueville elections are not the mere surrender of freedom; they are the prime expression of the crucial freedom, political freedom. Elections, as it were, tend to ensure that democratic monarchy, instead of being assisted and promoted by democratic bureaucracy, is checked by democratic aristocracy.

The number and frequency of elections enliven the nation, keeping it alert and awake rather than passive and inert under the soothing providence of the state. The expression of public spirit enhances rather than overrides the activity of private interest: “It is not the elected magistrate that makes American democracy prosper; but it prospers because the magistrate is elective.”
Aristotle’s Politics calls into question the assumption that elections are democratic. Democracy stands for living as you please, he says, which means as you choose. But choosing means taking better over worse, or a respectable life over doing menial tasks, the noble over the necessary. In choosing to have an election—the word for choice also means “election”—you give your support to someone or a party you admire or at any rate think better of. What is this preference but the choice of an aristocracy, literally, the rule of the best, or of the best in this situation?

Do not just think about elections, that will not do you any good. You must Participate and Elect whom you feel is the best person for the position.


April 3 - Governor Francis Pierpont commissioned Henry Stratzman of Preston County as quartermaster of the 7th (West) Virginia Infantry.

April 13 - Citizens of Preston County met at the courthouse in Kingwood.
Union citizens of Lewis County met at the courthouse in Weston to appoint delegates to the Parkersburg Convention.

April 16 - The president of the constitutional convention and the new state commissioners certified the vote on the amended constitution for the State of West Virginia.

April 20 - President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation declaring that in sixty days, West Virginia would become the 35th state in the Union.
A Union meeting was held at the Upshur County Courthouse in Buckhannon.
A meeting of Tucker County citizens was held at the courthouse in St. George.

April 21 Jones-Imboden Raid - Forces under confederate General John D. Imboden reached Hightown.

April 22 Citizens met in Charleston to select delegates to the Parkersburg Convention.

April 26 - A new state convention was held at the Ohio County courthouse in Wheeling.
Jones-Imboden Raid - Part of Imboden's forces approached the railroad at Rowlesburg and attacked a portion of the Sixth [West] Virginia Infantry.

April 30 -Jones-Imboden Raid - Union and Confederate forces skirmished near Bridgeport.

~Robert Louis Stevenson

A child should always say what's true,
And speak when he is spoken to,
And behave mannerly at table:
At least as far as he is able.


The following clues lead to two words or phrases that are the phonetic reverse of each other. When you answer the first clue and flip the syllables, you get the second answer. (Phonetic only, not letters.)Using the clues below, please find the words/phrases in question. Example: Impertinent * Teetertotter Answer: Saucy/Seesaw

1. A clock or watch * Period between wars (2 words)
2. Fabulous * Chase after
3. Have faith in * Not disturb (2 words)
4. European weight, informally * Understated (Hyphenated)
5. Student, say, with a summer office job * Go to bed (2 words


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1. ENFR ______________________
2. NTLPA _____________________
3. LWRFOE ___________________
4. EVSLAE ____________________
5. CLMHNGUI__________________
6. ERWTA ____________________
7. EDSE ______________________
8. TPALE _____________________
9. OSORT ____________________
10. ESMT ____________________
11. UTIFR ____________________
12. OLSI _____________________

How Our Brian Raeds

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West Virginia Civil War Trivia

On February 27, 1863, Hancock County citizens met at the courthouse to hear a speech by this man.


BRAIN Teaser

1. Timepiece / Peace Time
2. Super / Pursue
3. Believe / Leave be
4. Kilo / Low-key
5. Intern / Turn in


April is the time for flowers to bloom.


1. Fern
2. Plant
3 flower
4 leaves
6. Water
7 seed
8 Petal
9 Roots
10 Stem
11 Fruit

As long as the first and last letter of the word is in its correct position, you can position the middle letters in any order and still make sense of it. Our eyes just glance at the first and last letters of a word.

WV Trivia

Sherrard Clemens

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