Labor Day Festival

Volume 1, Issue 8
August 1, 2012

Rowlesburg News
August 2012


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The VFW Post 3008 Jr. Girls helped out with the Rowlesburg World War II Living History Weekend the last weekend in June.

In addition to taking care of our wonderful WWII vets at the white tent, they also participated in the 1940s Fashion Show. The outfits ranged from an American Red Cross Doughnut Dolly to a Japanese dress and parasol to a school girl with her school books.



Shown in the picture are all the Jr. Girls who participated and the adults who help with them. Bottom row, Annie Masters, Lindsay Dean and Shanda Masters. Middle row, Shiona Perea, Ayla Perea, Fonda Masters. Back row,Gabrielle Dean, Shawna Sines and Melissa Evans.


The girls held a car wash at the park for a fundraiser to help with any upcoming events and to help send care packages overseas to our soldiers. They did a great job and thanks to all those who came and got their cars washed to help support our girls and help support our troops.


The RRC kitchen will be serving a baked chicken dinner on August 26th

Jean Wolfe and her helpers always have a good dinner at a reasonable cost.

Beat the heat and come on down and enjoy good home cooked food!


Dear Rowlesburg,

Just a note to say thanks again. It was a bit rough this year, but as usual you came through.

We arrived on Friday, a very warm Friday and after drinking a couple of gallons of water, the tent was up, the stuff moved in and we were ready to go.

After a visit with our friend and reenactor coordinator Jim Barnes, we went in search of dinner at the "building with the cow on top". I do love a general store that serves food, sells hardware, Borax and 9,000 other things that you really might need someday.

Just as we arrived back at the site, all hell broke loose. Yep, it was the "storm". Mother nature at her best or worst depending on how you look at things like that. We held up the tent, got wet and marveled that anything was still standing. The show tent moved a bit, the GP medium went down. Jim and o thers went around to help and calm the "rookies", experience in these matters is always welcome. As the storm wound down, I took a look outside and knew that some of my fellow reenactors were in for a long night. We tripled the stakes on the tent, offered a bit of dry shelter to a friend and got some sleep.

Saturday morning, the site did look a bit like a war zone, tents down, branches scattered about. We made some coffee and offered to share with the storm weary. We were complimented on the fact that our tent survived, but then we had seen this kind of thing before. Something like "this ain't our first rodeo". ( Well, at least the "rookies" will have exciting stories to tell). The morning was work intensive as people cleaned up and dried out.

We found out that the town had no electric power, and the band could not make the event due to the weather. The dance had to be cancelled sadly. We did have visitors and enjoyed talking to them and other reenactors.

Now here is the part where you Rowlesburg, really shine. Although the dance was cancelled, the folks brought food and beer down to the site for the reenactors. In other places if you were lucky enough to actually get fed, it would probably not have happened. And on Sunday morning, despite the lack of power, the folks of the town still fed us breakfast at theVFW.

I spoke to a lady that was serving juice and remarked on the fact that it was incredible that they were able to do so much even in the face of a big storm. She replied, "People in this town always find a way".

So, there it is. You did find a way and those of us lucky enough to enjoy your hospitality are forever grateful and will forever admire your tenacity in the face of large problems. I will be back next year Rowlesburg and I will encourage my fellow reenactors to make the trip. We will find a way.


There is a farmer’s market in front of the Szilagyi Center every Saturday morning, 10AM ‘til noon. Senior vouchers accepted.

Fresh vegetables and berries from our local farmers and baked goods.

Come enjoy music and find good food to eat!


The group met on Wednesday July 11, 2012 in the Rowlesburg Community Building. Our itinerary was light due to this time of the year when people were away. Our principal topic of discussion revolved around the potential planning of a picnic in Rowlesburg Park, tentatively planned for Tuesday August 28. Notifications will be sent out to all countywide Crime Watch groups and the public is also invited to come as well. There was also discussion of future subjects to address and the possibility of inviting speakers who could address pertinent issues such as gun safety, gun laws and identity theft. Our next meeting will be Wednesday August 1 at 7:00 in the Rowlesburg Community Building. As always the public is cordially encouraged to attend.


Bingo August 3rd . Come enjoy talking with friends and winning a little money!

Remember to obtain your ticket for the Elimination Dinner


The Rowlesburg Revitalization Committee would like to thank Don Shields and his son Scott Goff for their generous donation of exercise equipment to the weight and exercise room.


GDR would like to add stone flower pots to the Main Street Garden, it would enhance the architectural design of the garden. We need donations to help support this project. Stop and look at the beautiful flowers and landscaping around our town.

You can send a donation to: Greater Downtown Rowlesburg P.O. Box 665, Rowlesburg, WV 26425

The Arts Council of
Preston County

pcoming events.
Thursday, July 26 – 6 to 9 p.m.
– Hand-building pottery class

The project is an oil lamp. Location: Art Studio in the Szilagyi Center in Rowlesburg, WV. Contact or call Susan at 304-329-1883 for details and to register.

Friday, July 27 – 6 to 8 p.m. – Wine Tasting Fund Raiser at The Inn

The Arts Council and Main Street Kingwood are jointly sponsoring a wine tasting fund raiser at The Inn. Shield’s Farm in Spraggs, PA, will present several of its Melomel wines which range from dry to sweet Hungarian dessert wine. There will also be a silent auction of many interesting items. Tickets cost $20 and are available at the door.

Thursday, August 2, through Sunday, August 5 – “History Alive” performances at The Inn.
These are Free to the public. And are sponsored by the West Virginia Humanities Council/p>

Thursday evening, Aug. 2 , 7 p.m. Concert by Flutopia (flute trio) Jenny Lind as portrayed by JoAnn Peterson

Friday evening, Aug. 3, 7 p.m. Concert

Edgar Allen Poe as portrayed by George Bartley (Movie on the lawn at The Inn at dark, weather permitting)

Saturday evening, Aug. 4 7 p.m. Concert Sweet Adelines Quartet

Babe Ruth as portrayed by Gene Worthington (Movie on the lawn at The Inn at dark, weather permitting)Sunday afternoon, Aug. 5, 2 p.m. Concert by Christopher Harnett (guitar and banjo)

Clara Barton as portrayed by Karen Vuranch

The Art Studio at the Szilagyi Center in Rowlesburg is having a fund-raiser to raffle a cup and bowl made by potter Susan Ramey Bisgyer.

Anyone who wants to sell or buy tickets can contact Janet Szilagyi. Additional pieces of pottery made by Susan are for sale to support the Studio.


The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has implemented a new initiative, Specialty Care Access Network-Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (SCAN-ECHO), to increase access to specialty care services for Veterans in rural and medically under-served areas through the use of video conferencing equipment.

“We are committed to providing increased access to high-quality health care to Veterans regardless of where they live,” said Secretary Eric K. Shinseki. “Through SCAN-ECHO, patients in rural areas with complex medical conditions are now able to receive specialty care treatment from their local VA physician.”

SCAN-ECHO is modeled after an outreach program developed by the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center’s Project ECHO. SCAN-ECHO enables specialty care teams in areas such as diabetes, pain management, and Hepatitis C to use videoconferencing equipment to connect with Veterans’ local primary care providers ( PCPs) and Patient Aligned Care Teams. During a scheduled SCAN-ECHO clinic, the PCP presents a patient’s case and the specialty care team recommends a treatment plan. In addition to case presentations, formal clinical education is also provided.

This year, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), established a collaborative agreement with the Project ECHO program to educate and provide training materials to VHA staff. In addition, Project ECHO staff will be available for consultation as VHA’s program continues to expand and new Centers are added.

There is not one of these centers located in West Virginia, the nearest is in Pittsburg, Pa.

These centers are piloting the original model as developed by Project ECHO and adapting it to the VHA. The program is currently being evaluated to assure that Veterans are experiencing improved access to care prior to a system wide expansion.

One of Secretary Shinseki’s top three priorities is increasing access to VA care and services for Veterans wherever they live. VA is expanding access in a three-pronged effort that includes facilities, programs and technology.

Project ECHO is funded in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to improving health and health care for Americans.


The Aubrey Stewart Project program had to be re-scheduled from the “Living History Weekend” because of the severe storm which took power from the Szilagyi Center. This event has been re-scheduled for Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. The presentation will be held in the auditorium of the Szilagyi Center.

This is a story of eleven black soldiers who surrendered to the Germans in Belgium in order to save the lives of a Belgian family. These eleven soldiers were tortured, mutilated and killed by the German SS. One of these brave men was Mr. Aubrey Stewart of Piedmont, West Virginia.

The documentary about this event called “The Wereth Eleven” has been nominated for an Emmy award. Be sure to come to the Szilagyi Center for this very moving story about a relatively unknown event in World War II. The documentary will be presented during this program. There is no admission charge.


Labor Day week-end music festivities start with a dance at the RVFD building featuring THE ROAD DAWGS


The Road Dawgs are a southern rock tribute band from north central West Virginia. If you want to someone to rock the crowd and keep the party going then the Road Dawgs are for you. The Dawgs bring the big name southern rock shows to your local venue with an impressive catalog of original tunes as well as a great repertoire of cover songs. Cover songs include the best of popular artists such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, The Outlaws and many many more.

Then Saturday attend the ALUMNI DANCE in the Szilagyi Center, Gym/Auditorium. Featuring “The Classics” with 50 , 60 & 70’s songs.


Dave Kenny – Lead Guitar – Lead Vocals Terry Van Olst – Rhythm Guitar – Lead Vocals
Kenney Gibson – Bass Guitar – Lead Vocals
Don Sochko – Saxophone, Keyboard, Background Vocals
Roger – Drums

(Old Rowlesburg High Gym/Auditorium)
8:00 P.M. – 12.00
$10.00 per person

Sunday Sept. 2, 3-4:30P.M.
Confederate Country is a Grafton based band, headed by Bill Taylor. They have played in Sagebrush in Fairmount and also in Webster , outside of Grafton at the pavilion outside the Anna Jarvis House. on Saturdays from May-September. They have played together for over 2 decades and their musical venue includes everything from old folk coal mining songs to traditional southern gospel music.

Sunday 5-8P.M. Rockin Rednecks featuring themselves as West Virginia’s greatest hillbilly rock band.

Monday, Sept. 3, 12 noon Rowlesburg’s very own favorite Sam Bulford and the boys. A Rowlesburg native, that has given us good music for years. Thank you for returning again this year.

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August 2 Troops of the 44th Ohio started a scout from Meadow Bluff to the Greenbrier River.
Troops from the 37th Ohio began to scout in Wyoming County to clear the mountain passes of Guyandotte Mountains.
Waitman T. Willey and Francis Pierpont spoke at a War meeting at Mannington to support the call for additional troops.
A meeting was held in Hancock County to enlist volunteers and pass resolutions supporting the Union.

August 4 A meeting was held at the Mason County Courthouse, at which those in attendance passed resolutions supporting the decisions and actions taken by Union leaders and calling for the militia to be "thoroughly organized."
The 44th Ohio skirmished with Confederates near the Greenbrier River.
A war meeting was held at Fairmont, at which Governor Pierpont and Senator Willey spoke.

August 5 A detachment of Union troops at Wyoming Courthouse was attacked by Confederate cavalry. Albert Gallatin Jenkins submitted his resignation from the Congress of the Confederate State of America.

August 6 A skirmish occurred at Pack’s Ferry in Monroe County.

August 7 The Reverend Gordon Battelle died in Washington.

August 8 Francis H. Pierpont, governor of the Restored Government of Virginia, issued a proclamation moving the county seat of Wayne County from Wayne to Ceredo.

August 9 A large Union meeting was held in the Marshall County community of Cameron.
A Union meeting was held in Wetzel County.
The Tyler militia was called out, a pro-Union meeting held, and solicitations for volunteers commenced.
A meeting was held in Upshur County at which resolutions were passed in support of the Union and condemning John Carlile.
By order of Gov. Pierpoint, the departments of the Restored Government of Virginia closed their offices and executive officers and clerks attended the funeral services of the Reverend Gordon Battelle.

August 10 Union troops destroyed the Mercer Salt Works in present-day Summers County.

August 11 A war meeting was held in Lewis County at which resolutions were passed in support of the Union and condemning John Carlile.
A war meeting was held in Clarksburg at which resolutions were passed in support of the Union and Delegate John J. Davis was hissed.
A war meeting was held in Kingwood at which resolutions were passed in support of the Union and condemning John S. Carlile.

August 12 At a war meeting in Wheeling, Senators John Sherman and John Bingham spoke and resolutions were passed in support of the Union and condemning John S. Carlile.

August 13 The 106th Militia regiment mustered and paid respects on the death of Major John T. Hall of the 4th Virginia Regiment.

August 14 A group of men left Hacker's Creek to rendezvous with others in Webster County and join the guerrillas.
Volunteers for service were recruited and a meeting was held in Grafton.

August 15 Union troops at Meadow Bluff fell back to Camp Gauley Bridge.
Under orders of Union Gen. Cox, troops of the 1st and 2nd provisional brigades began march to Camp Piatt from the Pack's Ferry and Raleigh County areas.

August 17 Gen. J. D. Cox turned over command of the District of the Kanawha to Col. J. A. J. Lightburn.

August 17 Gen. J. D. Cox turned over command of the District of the Kanawha to Col. J. A. J. Lightburn.

August 18 Union troops killed bushwhacker Bob Edwards near North River Mills.
Union troops under Colonel Harris were attacked by bushwhackers near Huttonsville, killing two men.
Two men were accidently killed at Parkersburg by cannon shot.

August 19 Mary Jane Snyder (or Snider) traveled from Pendleton County to Tucker County to report on Imboden.

August 20 Confederates arrived in Tucker County, and Union Capt. Hall fell back to Rowlesburg.
Confederate Col. D. S. Hounshell and detachment moved into the McDowell and Wyoming county area in search of Union troops under Thomas Godfrey.

August 21 General Jacob D. Cox and seven thousand Union soldiers passed through Parkersburg.
Confederates robbed goods in St. George before leaving.

August 22 Joseph Snider of Monongalia County was appointed colonel of the 7th (West) Virginia Infantry.

August 23 A pro-Union meeting was held at Buckhannon.

August 24 Confederate A. G. Jenkins and troops left Union in Monroe County on a campaign through western Virginia.

August 25 The Mason County court approved relief funds for families of volunteer soldiers.

August 26 A number of Ritchie County Confederates were captured and sent to prison.

August 27 A skirmish took place near Gauley Bridge.

August 28 A squad of the Second [West] Virginia Cavalry clashed with Confederates at Shady Spring in Raleigh County.

August 30 Rebel guerrillas entered Buckhannon.
Gov. Letcher of Virginia issued a proclamation calling on citizens in western Virginia to join the Confederate Virginia military.


A local United Way office realized that the organization had never received a donation from the town's most successful lawyer. The person in charge of contributions called him to persuade him to contribute.

"Our research shows that out of a yearly income of at least $500,000, you give not a penny to charity. Wouldn't you like to give back to the community in some way?"

The lawyer mulled this over for a moment and replied, "First, did your research also show that my mother is dying after a long illness, and has medical bills that are several times her annual income?"

Embarrassed, the United Way rep mumbled, "Um ... no."

The lawyer interrupts, "or that my brother, a disabled veteran, is blind and confined to a wheelchair?"

The stricken United Way rep began to stammer out an apology, but was interrupted again.

"or that my sister's husband died in a traffic accident," the lawyer's voice rising in indignation, "leaving her penniless with three children?!"

The humiliated United Way rep, completely beaten, said simply, "I had no idea..."

On a roll, the lawyer cut him off once again, "So if I don't give any money to them, why should I give any to you?"


Amazing things appear.

A cat watches a yellow bird Hang like a flower on a winter branch.

March breathes feverish hope On the windowpane.
My mother stands in the doorway
Between dreams and hard, bare ground.
Do your homework now, she says.
Soon enough you’ll write what happens next
On the other side of the poem.

Monday, 1:30P.M. Keeping the Faith, a regular at the Labor Day Festival for years. Keep The Faith was founded by charismatic Jon Bon Jovi lookalike and soundalike Chris Newman. The band, led by Chris' uncanny resemblance to Jon and Ross Stewart's flawless interpretation of guitarist Richie Sambora, replicates the energy, musicianship, and visual aspects of a Bon Jovi concert. With their gifted talents they perform a depth of material from every Bon Jovi era, including all of the hits. The music and stage shows are crafted intricately and delivered with passion, designed to please the casual and most discriminating Bon Jovi fan alike.

Monday 3:30 P.M. Newcomers Tom and Carol Wriston play. We welcome them to their first time at the festival.


Monday 5:30-The Itty Bitty Band with the classic songs you remember.


Closing out the night at 7:30P.M. Pure Magic.


Pure Magic is just that, pure magical music

Fantastic Fireworks close out the evening at dark. We hope you all enjoy the Festival this year.


Friday, August 31st
Parade 8:00 PM

Dance—The Road Dawgs 10:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Southern & Classic Rock Band
$10 person/Must be 21+/ BYOB

Saturday, September 1st

The Ambulance crew will be having their annual boot drive, they need donations to help with the service. They donate their building for the Model Trains.


The Railroaders will be exhibiting their model trains at the Rowlesburg Ambulance building, the Rowlesburg Community building and this year in the top of the VFW building.. There will be a new feature this year--KIDS DAY! on Sunday with free pop-ups for the kids.

In the Szilagyi Center the café, WW II Museum, Antique Bridges, Sports Museum, the Pottery room, and Emporium will be open.

The Rowlesburg Historical Society will have the Library, Caboose and B&O Museum open. They will conduct trips to Cannon Hill, weather permitting.

In the Park the Concession stand will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They will serve Chicken Dinners Saturday and Sunday.

At 12:30pm on Monday they will start serving Pit Roasted Beef dinners and sandwiches from the grill.

There will be vendors with all types of crafts and interesting items to draw your interest.


doing due diligence on the potential for such a business.

6. As part of an on-going effort, going back four years, to locate a service station here, the Tourism Commission conducted a major consumer survey in the summer of 2011 to collect signatures on a petition requesting the following information: miles driven per week, gasoline consumed per week and willingness to buy petroleum products in Rowlesburg. The final report included the survey results and 2010 Census data for the area to determine the number of consumers and amounts of gasoline and diesel fuel they consume (report is attached).

7. Worked with and have joined the Cheat River Rail Trail Committee of Friends of the Cheat. The rail trail is an ongoing project dating back 10 years to the initial closure of the M&K branch of CSX. The Rail Trail Committee has held trail use rights to the property for the 10 year period and now has arranged with the WV Rail Authority to proceed with a deal involving Greer Limestone for the transfer of approximately one mile of the rail right of way to Greer. In exchange, Greer will make a financial payment to the Rail Trail. Greer will reopen the railroad from their plant in Manheim to Rowlesburg at the CSX shops. In addition to financial consideration Greer will build a trail around the plant to the trailhead near the Rowlesburg School in Rowlesburg. We will work with the Rail Trail Committee to develop the parcel.

8. Worked with and joined Friends of the Cheat to create the Cheat River Water Tails map. This important project will provide details to boaters who wish to navigate the upper Cheat (Henricks to Rowlesburg. The work is being done in conjunction with the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources. This is one of the most important projects on our list to encourage the use of the river. As Rowlesburg is the halfway point between Parsons and Morgantown, the location is strategically important to tourism. We intend to pursue this project and those that follow from it, as the river is one of our greatest tourist assets and has much unrealized potential for tourist business development.

9. We have continued to host Railroad Day as part of the Labor Day Weekend Festival. This year the Northern WV Model Train Show, part of Railroad Day, will be expanded to three locations: Ambulance Building, Community Building and the VFW upstairs hall. This will allow the model train clubs to enlarge their displays and to accommodate vendors.

10. For the three-year period, 2010-to date, we have submitted 20 articles on the seven festivals and other events in Rowlesburg such as the Ramp and Chili dinners and the Mud Bog contests. These articles are sent out to over 70 newspapers and media outlets in West Virginia and three other states.

11. In 2012 we sponsored the first ever Northern WV Photo Exhibit and Contest as part of the River City Arts Festival. The exhibit had 73 photos that line an exhibit area on the third floor of the Szilagyi Center. Photographers from all over the state took the photographs. This year the contest awarded prizes worth $625 to the four winners.

12. Perhaps, one of our proudest accomplishments is the development of the Rowlesburg Friends Facebook page. This small–scale experiment began last year with a handful of friends in the membership list and has now grown to 11 pages and several thousand members from around Preston County and all over the country. This is a no-cost experiment in social networking that has been a delight to undertake and a pleasure to see development. The pages are used to keep up to date on events involving festivals, community events, important health and related resources, family activities, the arts, businesses and links to many sources of information on the Internet. This is a project we will continue to develop.


The Storm Friday night put a damper on the events of the week-end. The re-enactors said the storm was “no big deal” for them. What kind of an army would run home because of a storm!




They all enjoyed a VFW Breakfast prepared by men from the VFW 3008 Post and women from the VFW Auxiliary 3008.

They promise to be back next year, come and see the camp and visit with our soldiers next year.

RHS Class1962 Celebrates 50th Reunion


Freeman Runner was present, but missing from picture

The Rowlesburg High School Class of 1962 (RHS62) celebrated their 50th year of graduation on May 26, 2012, at the Rowlesburg VFW. A “super” turnout of 20, RHS62 alumni attended the celebration along with 21 others including spouses and guests. The 41 attendees enjoyed a reception and dinner as they swapped memories and caught up on one another’s past activities. The RHS62 had 37 graduates and 26 are still living in the states of Wyoming, Delaware, Indiana, Ohio, Virginia, and many in West Virginia. RHS62 alumni from each of these states attended the celebration. For the celebration, a Memory Book was created and included past and present pictures, and as one alumnus put it, “a Readers Digest” version of the alumni’s lives, and the obituary of each deceased classmate. A copy of the Memory Book will be placed with the Rowlesburg Area Historical Society and in the Szilagyi Center. A large collage, which depicted past images of classmates and class activities, was created by Beverly (Lantz) Volk and was displayed at the reunion. It is hoped that the collage will hang in a public place such as the Szilagyi Center. Also, Linda (Taylor) Sanders created and displayed a special table memorializing deceased classmates. A great time was had by all those attending and we are looking forward to the next celebration in two years.


This committee is comprised of citizens living south outside the boundaries of Rowlesburg this side of the Tucker County line. Since then Mayor Bill Simmons held a meeting considering the extension of water from Rowlesburg south to the Tucker County line, east to the foot of Cheat Mountain and west to the foot of Laurel, these people have been trying to obtain water from the town.

With more and more wells running dry and having to carry water to kept their households running they are desperate to have water piped to their homes.

Lead by Bobby Grimm, Mary Loughrey, and Rhoda Sypolt, they brought their plight to the Rowlesburg Common Council pleading for water. The extension had been approved and encouraged by then USDARUS Randy Plum before he retired. It is still considered by this funding group.

This committee encouraged Clay Riley of Thrasher Engineering, Robbie Baylor of PCEDA, Dave Price, County Commissioner and Stan Shaver to attend the June 25 Rowlesburg Council Meeting.

At this time it was discussed how and what could be done to supply water to these people.

Hopefully the rusty wheels have started to grind.


Howard and Amy Durr are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on July 14th.

Now there is something to celebrate, CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU BOTH!!


The following is from the WVDOT:

Improving Access to Rural Re-sidential Homes in West Virginia The Situation:

Many low volume roads and bridges exist throughout West Virginia that are not maintained by a Govern-mental agency. Often, these roads and bridges are not maintained properly resulting in unsafe access to residential homes.

In many locations, citizens lose service from various providers because of the inferior condition of their bridges. For example, heating oil is not delivered to those who need it or ambulance service is not available to those who required emergency medical care. Fire departments are unable to offer fire protection because the bridges cannot be crossed safely. These issues also directly impact residents who want fire protection insurance for their homes. Occasionally, postal and parcel delivery services are not possible.


In 1998, the West Virginia Legislature found and declared it to be important for the economic and social development of the state that a program for the identification, acquisition, and maintenance of orphan roads and bridges be undertaken by the West Virginia Division of Highways. In particular, the Legislature concluded that basic maintenance should be performed on orphan roads and bridges to promote the well-being of the public. To date, more than 3,216 orphan roads, totaling slightly over 769 miles, have been adopted into the state highway system. These roads serve an estimated 25,000+ families.

In 1998, the West Virginia Legislature found and declared it to be important for the economic and social development of the state that a program for the identification, acquisition, and maintenance of orphan roads and bridges be undertaken by the West Virginia Division of Highways. In particular, the Legislature concluded that basic maintenance should be performed on orphan roads and bridges to promote the well-being of the public. To date, more than 3,216 orphan roads, totaling slightly over 769 miles, have been adopted into the state highway system. These roads serve an estimated 25,000+ families.

In 1999, the WV Division of Highways and the USDA Forest Service developed a partnership. The Forest Service, through its Wood In Transportation Program, provided a $95,000 grant to assist in the building of nine orphan road bridges. In 2000, the Wood In Transportation Program provided a $100,000 grant to assist in the building of 11 orphan road bridges. To date, 14 new bridge replacement projects have been completed on orphan roads for a total cost of $292,945.

Bridge designs employing new pressure-treated lumber for bridge decks use West Virginia native material when possible. New or used steel beams are used as supporting members. Substructure units are built using gabion wire baskets filled with stone, steel pilings, railroad ties, or used median barriers.

For additional information about the Orphan Road and Bridge Program, contact:

Janet L. Lemon Orphan Road Coordinator West Virginia Division of Highways Building 5, Room 925 1900 Kanawha Blvd., E. Charleston, WV 25305-0430 Phone: (304) 558-3931 FAX: (304) 558-4236 Website: August 2000 NORTHEASTERN AREA

A state is not a mere society, having a common place, established for the prevention of mutual crime and for the sake of exchange...Political society exists for the sake of noble actions, and not of mere companionship.


Preston County felt like time had reversed last Friday evening as a strong storm hit the area leaving over 60% of the county without electricity.

Older citizens remembered when the lived by candle and lantern lights, with no TV or computers to amuse them.

Doors and windows with screens allowed the houses to cool down through the night as much as was possible. They played cards or if anyone in the family could play a musical instrument, they would play and sing.

When the electric is off for a while the members of the present generation get a feel for how their parents and grandparents managed in “the old times”.

A relaxed less frantic time, don’t get me wrong, I like having air conditioning, TV, computers and all that we have available now.

We worked hard when I was young to manage to survive, it is much easier now. If I don’t feel like cooking there are Microwave dinners. In ten minutes I can have a meal ready, sit in front of the TV relax and be amused dress however I like.

Thank heaven for the present times.


President Roger Riggs presided over the business meeting during which Perfect Attendance Certificates were given to Walter and Katie Burke and Bob and Bonnie Hemerick. Everyone was reminded that the next meeting would be a picnic in the park friends were invited to come bring plenty of food!

After the business meeting was over, Bob Sypolt installed the new officers, by building a train to lead us into the new year. Bob Hemerick was the conductor with his “red flag”, Board of Directors: Tom Smell, Ron Sines and Darrell Dean comprised the first passenger car; Vice Presidents Margaret Schollar, P.L. Grimm and Warren Hare occupied the second passenger car; Treasurer: Delores Riggs was placed in the first class passenger car; Secretary; Sandra Wales was placed in a first class passenger car also, President Eugene Wilt was the engineer; Past President Roger Riggs handed down the “blue flag” to start the train. Which then proceeded to show the group that it meant business in leading the club throughout the new year.

We wish to give Bob Sypolt a special “Thankyou” for his creative-ness in installing our new officers!


Gloria Dean of “Greater Downtown Rowlesburg lead a group of citizens and the state On Trac representatives on a tour of the flower gardens that her committee has planted around the town

Scott Day and Vicky Walters were impressed with the work the committee has done enhancing the beauty of the town.

Scott Day was interested in the old building that have been saved and ones that should be saved as historic places.

After the tour the group adjourned to the River City Café for lunch.



Maggie Deweirdt closed the Ontrac meeting with her presentation showing the progress that the RRC has made over the past few years since 2008.

“We are doing very well, we are “Anywhere USA”. Most large cities do not do one-half of what Rowlesburg does with it’s five festivals a year. The Labor Day Fireworks are spectacular!

These festivals work because the minute one is finished the plans for the next years festival begins. It takes a lot of hard work from the few people planning with backup of a lot of volunteers throughout the Rowlesburg Area. These people are all dedicated to working together to a common goal.

Paul Riggs is our Volunteer of the Year. He has done much to help all groups toward success.

Don Riggs was selected as “History Hero” of Rowlesburg this year.

With such a wide range of volunteers there is no way we can so our great appreciation for the work they do except to say, ‘THANK YOU!!!”

There are a lot of small businesses in town that help and we should show support for them as well.

We are all OnTrac with our programs.



The Center will be open from 11am to 5pm Saturdays and from 1-5pm on Sundays.

You may visit the World War II Museum, The Sports Museum, the Bridge Exhibit, the Emporium of Antiques, and the River City Café

For appointments other times please call 304-3291240 or 304-454-9232.


There will be an eight week pottery class offered at the Szilagyi Center from 10am-1pm, 2-5pm and 6-9pm. The classes started June 12.

The fee includes tools 25 pounds of clay and glazes for $232. Anyone interested in these classes should call 304-329-1883

"If you don't run your own life, somebody else will." John Atkinson

0 to 200 in 6 seconds

Bob was in trouble. He forgot his wedding anniversary. His wife was really pissed.

She told him "Tomorrow morning, I expect to find a gift in the driveway that goes from 0 to 200 in 6 seconds AND IT BETTER BE THERE !!"

The next morning he got up early and left for work. When his wife woke up, she looked out the window and sure enough there was a box gift-wrapped in the middle of the driveway.

Confused, the wife put on her robe and ran out to the driveway, brought the box back in the house

She opened it and found a brand new bathroom scale.

Bob has been missing since Friday.


A completely black dog was strolling down Main street during a total blackout affecting the entire town. Not a single streetlight had been on for hours. As the dog crosses the center of the road a Buick Skylark with 2 broken headlights speeds towards it, but manages to swerve out of the way just in time. How could the driver see the dog to swerve in time?

I Taught My Cat to Clean My

I taught my cat to clean my room, to use a bucket, brush and broom, to dust my books and picture frames, and pick up all my toys and games. He puts my pants and shirts away, and makes my bed, and I should say it seems to me it's only fair he puts away my underwear. In fact, I think he's got it made. I'm not too happy with our trade. He may pick up my shoes and socks, but I clean out his litterbox. --Kenn Nesbitt


July 1 Senator Waitman T. Willey moved to take up the West Virginia statehood bill

Secessionist women arrived in Philippi and were detained by a Union officer.

President Lincoln issued a proclamation that a lien be placed on the real estate of the states in insurrection excepting named counties of Virginia, which included most of present-day West Virginia.

July 2 Several members of the Mountain Rangers were captured in Calhoun County after a skirmish with soldiers from the 11th (West) Virginia Regiment. The Fourth of July was celebrated in several counties.

July 5 Citizens of Tucker County met and passed resolutions regarding handling of guerrillas.

July 7 Senator Waitman T. Willey moved to take up the West Virginia statehood bill

July 10 At a meeting in the Randolph County community of Huttonsville, citizens passed a resolution stating they were willing to live under the laws of the United States government and would provide information on Confederate guerrillas to Federal commanders.

July 11 A Soldiers' Aid Society was organized in Wheeling, which included Governor Pierpont on the Board of Directors.

July 12 President Lincoln invited congressmen from the border states to the White House to appeal for their support of gradual emancipation.

July 13 A guerrilla raid captured groceries of Dr. Chapman in Roane County on the road between Spencer in Roane County and Ravenswood in Jackson County.

July 14 The West Virginia statehood bill was passed by the United States Senate by a vote of 23-17.

Border state congressmen, including John S. Carlile, signed a majority response to President Lincoln's appeal of July 12.

July 15 Some border state congressmen, including William G. Brown, J. B. Blair, and Waitman T. Willey, signed a minority response to President Lincoln's appeal of July 12.

July 16 Governor Pierpoint called for a creation of a unit from the Restored State of Virginia to be provided to the Union army to fill President Lincoln’s call to arms for the nation.

July 18 A group of bushwhackers arrested in Logan County arrived in Point Pleasant in charge of Capt. J. H. Dayton.

July 19 The commander at Camp Carlile in Wheeling gave notice to people improperly wearing insignia of United States soldiers to cease or be arrested, and also to soldiers "on furlough" to report or be arrested.

July 21 A meeting was held in Marshall County to respond to the president's request for additional troops and at which a resolution calling for John Carlile to resign was approved.

July 22 At a meeting in Taylor County to encourage enlistments, a resolution calling for John Carlile to resign was approved.

July 23 A meeting was held in Wetzel County to respond to the president's request for additional troops.

July 24 A detachment of the Twelfth Ohio began a scout to Wyoming County.

July 25 Confederates raided Summersville. Guerrillas shot a Wirt County magistrate and stole state muskets near Parkersburg.

John Carlile gave a speech at the Atheneum in Wheeling on the statehood question.

July 26 Governor Pierpoint spoke at a meeting in Wheeling regarding the president's call for more troops.

July 28 Residents of Parkersburg took action in response to false report of coming guerilla attack.

A mass war meeting at the county court session in Brooke County heard a speech from Gov. Pierpont and passed resolutions.

July 29 The town council of Point Pleasant approved the payment of $25 for each volunteer mustered into Union service in the corporation limits.

July 30 At a speech in Indianapolis, John Carlile blamed the decline for support of the Union in the South on "the determination of the abolitionists to change the purpose and objects of the war."

July 31 The military post at Ravenswood issued orders barring any secession assemblages in Jackson County and imposing other orders. Auditor Crane and Governor Pierpont spoke at a war meeting at West Liberty, and resolutions supporting the war were passed.

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