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Volume 1, Issue 13
December 1, 2012

Rowlesburg News
December 2012


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Rowlesburg VFD News.

class="sansSerifIndent"> Well October & November sure were busy months. Early in October the RVFD hosted a Halloween Dance with Stix-N-Stonz. These band members came from Morgantown & Clarksburg and were AWESOME! The dance was not well attended but those who were there were showed a good time! If you ever get the chance to see this band, I would highly recommend it! Unfortunately, due to several unforeseen reasons, our haunted house & hayride had to be cancelled. Then came Superstorm Sandy! Boy, did that keep us busy for a while!

Beginning at about 9:30 PM on Monday night, Oct 29th, the firemen started responding to downed trees. I don’t know how many trees were cut but it was well into the hundreds! They spent many, many hours cutting trees along Route 50 & Route 72 in the cold, wet snow. It was reported that they cut Route 72 out three times and it was still closed to most traffic! I know that my husband, the fire chief, left our home in Green Valley at 9:00 PM Monday night and couldn’t even make it back home until 6:00 PM the following night due to closed roads! The weather made it completely unsafe for anyone to be out on the roads. The trees were falling all around our firemen as they worked to cut the roadways clear. Several firemen cut the downed trees while other firemen watched the surrounding hillside for other falling trees so that he could warn those operating the power saws to get out of the way when yet another tree came crashing down.

Along Route 50, a truck was stuck between downed trees. While waiting for help a tree fell on top of his truck. It took hours for Rowlesburg and Fellowsville Vol. Fire Departments to reach him due to all of the downed trees and closed roads. While waiting for help, another truck became trapped between trees and that driver got out and began cutting trees and trying to help. Unfortunately, in the process of cutting, yet another tree fell, this one landing on his truck! Needless to say, it was extremely unsafe and quite a mess.

The fire department struggled all throughout the week to keep the roadways cleared. The main concern was to keep the roads open in case an ambulance, fire truck or law enforcement would need to get to someone quickly. There were several emergency calls throughout the storm. One call being an unconscious patient in the Green Valley area which required trees to be cut in order for the ambulance to get through. Actually, the ambulance never made it to the residence—their road was completely closed due to trees. Neighbors transported the patient by ATV (through a neighboring field) to .

meet the ambulance about a ½ mile from their home. It was this call that brought a tree down on the fire chief’s personal truck, busting his windshield.

Another emergency call came during the storm that took a man’s home. A structure fire in Manheim brought out Rowlesburg & Kingwood Vol. Fire Departments and destroyed a two-story home. These men worked that fire for several hours and some things were able to be salvaged from the home. A few hours later, the structure rekindled and the men were called back to the scene. A few days later, a camper fire brought out our firemen again.

For days after the storm fire trucks could be seen throughout the area still cutting trees, clearing roads and delivering supplies. The OEM office sent a pallet of drinking water and several cases of army rations which firemen delivered to people in the outskirts of town—those not having water due to the power outage.

At times we have all wondered if there are any good people left in the world. Well “Sandy” showed us that there are! There are many good folks right here in Rowlesburg! During the storm, those brave firemen, ambulance service volunteers, and state road employees were out there—in that storm—working to keep our citizens safe! There were people travelling the roadways that would stop and help cut trees and move brush out of the roads. (In my neighborhood, a truckload of men started at one end of Green Valley Road and cut trees clear to the other end! They also cut along a side road to get to an elderly lady who was stuck in her cold, dark home.) There were ambulance personnel and community volunteers who worked numerous days to keep the emergency shelter open in order to keep citizens warm and offer them good food to eat. The Salvation Army volunteers made trips to our town delivering supplies to those who may be in need. Neighbors helping neighbors. That’s what Superstorm Sandy brought out in Rowlesburg. We thank everyone who helped during the storm: the volunteers, the power company crews, phone company workers, State Road, National Guard, 911 center, etc. Your countless hours did not go unnoticed nor unappreciated. We are thankful for all that you did for our community!

Speaking of being thankful, RVFD hosted the 4th annual Deep Fried Turkey Dinner on November 18th. We had approximately 70 people turn out to feast on turkey, mashed potatoes/gravy, green beans, salad, roll & dessert. The men were kept busy making six turkeys in those fryers! The women made pot after pot of potatoes and several volunteers brought in some delicious desserts! If you missed it this year, make sure to stop in next year!

So now that Sandy is gone, the power company trucks have moved out and the telephone cables have been picked up out of the roadways our thoughts can turn to something much more positive—Christmas! Carrying on the tradition, Rowlesburg VFD will host our annual Christmas Celebration on Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24th. Children are invited to the fire station beginning at 5:30 PM to participate in the coloring contest while waiting on Santa’s arrival at 6:00 PM. Prizes will be awarded for each coloring age group and then Santa and his elf will pass out treats to all the good boys & girls! Come celebrate Christmas Eve with us!

JANUARY 10, 2013

The Postal Service will hold a meeting to answer questions and provide additional information about POST Plan. At the meeting, local management will share the results of the survey and answer questions. Although survey results will be known and shared, the Postal Service will not make a final decision regarding this office until after the public meeting. This will enable the Postal Service to obtain all community input and opinions, from both the surveys and the meeting before making a final decision. Surveys will be sent to customers within the delivery zip code(s) of this Post Office and the Post Office Box customers. Below are the options that the Postal Service is considering. If you do not receive a survey by 12/20/2012, and would like to fill one out, surveys are available at the counter.
Below are the choices, but really there is only one. The first will keep our local post office open.
1. Conduct a discontinuance study for the office and offer roadside mailbox delivery. Retail and delivery service would be provided through a rural carrier. Mail delivery points will be established and customers can purchase most postal services through the carrier or other alternate access points.
2. Conduct a discontinuance study for the office and offer roadside mailbox delivery. Retail and delivery service would be provided through a rural carrier. Mail delivery points will be established and customers can purchase most postal services through the carrier or other alternate access points.

3. Conduct a discontinuance study for the office and find a suitable alternative location operated by a contractor, usually at a local business. When businesses are found that meet the criteria, these establishments are contracted through the U.S. Postal Service and offer stamps and flat rate products with service hours generally more expansive than what the local Post Office will be able to offer.
4. Conduct a discontinuance study for the office and provide P.O. Box service via another nearby Post Office and relocate P.O. Box delivery to that Post Office.


The Upper Cheat Crime Watch held its monthly meeting on Wednesday, November 14,2012 (a week later because of the storm) at 7:00 in the Rowlesburg Community Building. Those in attendance were Rob and Brenda Mayne, Sharon and Terry Harris, Rodney Stafford, Eric Bautista, Betty Bell- President, Donna McNeil,Mayor Margaret Schollar and Bruce Simon- Secretary- Treasurer, Special Guests- Officer Fred Harrison and newly elected Sheriff Dan Loughrie

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 and Mayor Schollar began with a brief prayer. The Pledge of Allegiance was then recited. Our meeting began with a brief talk from our newly hired town police officer, Fred Harrison. After a brief introduction, Officer Harrison affirmed that he has been certified by the Police Academy twice and he does have 24 years of experience. He assured us of his commitment to uphold the law and rigorously enforce the statutes of our town such as obedience to speed limits, stop signs, and a commitment to monitor safety issues for four wheelers. It was reassuring to have once again have a law enforcement presence in Rowlesburg!

Following Officer Harrison's talk, Betty Bell relinquished her post as President and in a gracious transition, Donna McNeil assumed the role as new President. All other officers (Eric Bautista- Vice President and Bruce Simon, Secretary- Treasurer) remained the same. We offered congratulations to Sheriff Loughrie for his election and he proceeded to tell us that Neighborhood Watch signs have been placed in the Irwin and Etam area. There was a recommendation to purchase five additional Neighborhood Watch signs and Betty Bell made the motion, seconded by Bruce Simon and the motion passed unanimously. Bruce will reimburse any expenditures from our treasury. President McNeil stressed creating signs to announce future meeting dates and hopefully this will give our group additional exposure.

TPossible ideas for future meetings were discussed. We are hoping to bring Officer Thomas Mitter and his dog, Blek, back for another stirring presentation. Sheriff-elect Dan Loughrie has been tentatively scheduled to lay out his vision for fighting crime in Preston County. Most of all we would like to encourage each and every member of our town to come to our meetings. Our Crime Watch is making a difference and we would like everybody to be a part of it! Mayor Schollar made the motion to adjourn the meeting and was seconded by Betty Bell. The meeting adjourned at 7:45. Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 5, at 7:00 in the Rowlesburg Community Building. As always, the public is invited to attend.


On Saturday, December 15, a hand-building pottery class to make a Christmas ornament will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Szilagyi Center in Rowlesburg. Fee: $30. Call the instructor, Susan Ramey of Ridgetop Pottery, at 304-329-1883 or email to register.

Christmas Flutopia

OA flute choir concert of Christmas music on Saturday, December 15, at 2:00 p.m. at the Szilagyi Center in Rowlesburg. No admission charge (donations will be accepted). Flutists Wanted for Christmas Flutopia Concert

Arts Preston is sponsoring the first Christmas Flutopia concert on Saturday, December 15 at the Szilagyi Center in Rowlesburg. Anyone who plays the flute or has played the flute in the past is encouraged to participate in this flute choir. Krystle Fryzel, master flutist from Morgantown, will conduct. This event will take place all in one day with registration at 10:30 a.m., rehearsal until 1:15 p.m., a short break for lunch, and then the concert at 2:00 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. A fee of $15 covers registration and music. Contact Janet Szilagyi at 304-329-1514 or to register so we know how many flutists to expect and so that you can get the music ahead of time.

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The VFW Jr. Girls hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. They have been busy once again. And will get busier.

We are preparing for our new fundraiser, Glamour Magic Photography. We are selling tickets for a Glamour Magic Photo Session. Each ticket is $9.95, and with it you get 4 poses, with your hair, make up, etc done professionally, and a free 8x10 of your choice of pose. All proceeds will help with future activities for the girls. Call Shawna at 304-698-6521, or Summer at 304-288-8608 for tickets or more information, or see any Jr. Girl. Tickets would make great stocking stuffers, and will be in by Valentine's Day.

Do you have leftover Christmas Cards from last year? Do you want to donate some cards to the Jr. Girls? We will be doing our Christmas Cards to Soldiers once again this year. This year, we will be sending more cards to our Veterans in the VA Hospital, our Wounded Warriors, and soldiers who remain overseas and those who are home. We will have a box set up at the Post Office in Rowlesburg if you would like to donate some cards.

During the week of Thanksgiving, one of our girls, Miss Avah Shrout, our Miss WV Princess travelled to Walt Disney World, Florida, to compete in the Miss United States Princess Pageant.

We helped her raise some money to make the trip, and before leaving, the girls threw her a Surprise Good Luck Party, including a princess themed cake, music, dancing, and of course, Fire Works. The VFW Post 3008 Jr. Girls would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Merry Christmas, and A Happy New Year!


Plans are underway for a new Library to open during the River City Festival in the Szlagyi Center.

Again Alumni of Rowlesburg High School have come through with help to establish one more improve-ment to the town of Rowlesburg.

Look for the Grand Opening of the Library on May 24, 2013.

This is an ON TRAC Implementtation Project for 2013-2014.


As you know we ran the ambulance building as a warming shelter and food. We would like to thank all those that donated their time to help us cook, feed and clean up cant remember all the names but we want them to know how grateful we were for their help. We are trying to get designated through the red cross to become an official shelter, where people can sleep, shower and eat, paper work has been turned in. We will then try to get grant monies (hopefully) for a large enough generator to operate the whole building and not just partial.
Bingo will be on December 7, we will be having our Christmas Dinner for members and their families on Dec. 16. We would like to wish all Safe and Happy Holidays and thank all for their support during the past year.
As always are looking for volunteers, whether for EMT, Driver, Aide, or associate member to help with fund raisers, etc.


The Rowlesburg Community Health Fair has been rescheduled to occur on February *, 2013. We are told that this health fair is a first for the county having screening provided. The Fair will be held in the Szilagyi Center from 7-11A.M. A complementary Breakfast will be served to all attendees. “Hospice Care Corp.” is planning the Fair which is sponsored by them and the RRC (RRC Chefs will serve the breakfast). Free Blood Pressure, cholesterol and glucose screenings will be available. Other screenings are Fee Based as follows: Multiparsic panel $33, Thyroid Check $34, and PSA Check $23. This is a great opportunity to get a wellness check for everyone in the community.

The Preston Community Chorus
Christmas Concert

Saturday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the Baptist Church on Jackson Street in Kingwood

Sunday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the Terra Alta Methodist Church Both concerts will also include music by Nick Royce and the Bell Choir from the Kingwood Presbyterian Church.


Despite disruptions by the storm in November and the impending Christmas Bazaar on December 8, The weight room in the Rowlesburg Gym is alive and well. On Saturday, December 15, it will resume normal hours from 10-12. Commit to renewed fitness this holiday season and beyond. Other times can be arranged if there is a lot of interest Contact Bruce Simon at 304-454-9299.


Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way... you become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions. Aristotle


The annual Christmas Market sponsored by RRC will be held on Saturday, December 8th at the Szilagyi Center. All potential vendors should contact Shirley Hartley to receive an application. Each vendor table is $20 payable in advance. Table space is limited and reservations will be on a "first come - first served" basis. As always there will be bratwurst sandwiches, hot home made soups, hot spiced tea and Gluwein will be available for sale from 9AM thru 4PM. Come enjoy the festivities!



ROWLEBURG CHRIST UNITED METHODIST WOMEN will have their new “cookbook” ready. These will make great Christmas gifts.

Stop by their table and take a look. The has recipes from some of your grandmothers. Also they have some of Mrs. Howard’s recipes.

The ROWLESBURG AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETYwill have a selection of their books and other items for sale at the Christmas Bazaar.

Each year the auditorium in the Szilagyi Center is filled with vendors and delightful items for sale Come and enjoy all the vendors . Many local small businesses will have items available

Arts Preston Hosts Artists' Reception and Holiday Sale

Location: 119 S. Price Street in Kingwood (where Sally Ann's Dance Studio used to be) - The sale continues from Friday, November 30.

Also, sign-up for the second annual Santa's Sleigh Run. For $5 per card, visit various holiday events and shops in Kingwood, and turn your card back in for a chance to win prizes. This year, in addition, children can get their photos taken with Santa from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and can make a Christmas ornament. Proceeds from Santa's Sleigh Run will be used to purchase Christmas gifts for children in Preston County.

Meet the artists, get the first chance to purchase unique holiday gifts, and enjoy holiday treats (including a chocolate fountain). Participating juried artists are: Susan Ramey of Ridgetop Pottery Gail Anderson of Clay Art by Gail Dave Cerbone of OfAlbright Photography Ed and Eileen Thomson of Artisan Workshop Eddie Maier of Eddie Spaghetti Art Katie Mullins of Rockables Donna Lohr of Whimsical Woollies Rob Riffe of Mystical Crystals Juliette Collins of Laurel Mountain Basketry Annie Morris Simcoe of AnnaBellePetuniahead Music provided by groups from Preston High School including the Madrigal Choir and the clarinet ensemble, the flute trio Flutopia (Sarah Hansen, Krystle Fryzel, and Janet Szilagyi), and Heidi and Holly Hayes.


Before noon on June 15, 2011 I was approached by three (3) different citizens on three (3) different occasions. The concerns of these citizens were all regarding the same issue, “the election was fraudulent, you must do something about it.” I tried, The West Virginia Court of Appeals has made their decision.

Thank you for your support. Barbara Banister


This Court has considered the parties’ briefs and the record on appeal. The facts and legal arguments are adequately presented, and the decisional process would not be significantly aided by oral argument. Upon consideration of the standard of review, the briefs, and the record presented, the Court finds no substantial question of law and dos not disagree with the decision of the circuit court. For these reasons, a memorandum decision is appropriate under Rule 21 of the Revised rules of appellate Procedure. Ms. Banister raises several issues on appeal to this Court: hat the election was prematurely certified by the Town Council without giving her the statutory forty-eight hour period within which to demand a recount; that the canvass was deficient; that a new election should have been ordered; and that the Town Council violated the Open Governmental Proceedings Act{West Virginia Code 6-9A-1 through 6-9A-12} during the election contest proceedings


“In reviewing challenges to the findings and conclusions of the circuit court, we apply a two-prong deferential standard of review. We review the final order and the ultimate disposition under an abuse of discretion standard, and we review the circuit court’s underlying factual findings under a clearly erroneous standard. Questions of law are subject to de novo review.”

With this standard in mind, the Court has considered the merits of the arguments set forth in the parties’ briefs, it has reviewed the designated appendix, and it has reviewed the circuit court’s “Order Denying Petitioner’s Appeal of Certification of Election” entered on November 4, 2011. We find neither an abuse of discretion nor clear error in the circuit court’s order and, therefore, adopt and incorporate by reference the circuit court’s findings and conclusions as to the assignments of error raised in this appeal.

Memorandum decision.
Issued: November 16, 2012
Concurred in By:
Chief Justice Menis E. Ketchum
Justice Margaret L. Workman
Justice Thomas E. McHugh
Justice Robin Jean Davis
Justice Brent D. Benjamin

My First Day at College

On the first day of college our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn't already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder.

I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being.

She said, "Hi handsome. My name is Rose. I'm eighty-seven years old. Can I give you a hug?"

I laughed and enthusiastically responded, "Of course you may," as she gave me a giant squeeze.

I said, "Why are you in college at such a young, innocent age?"

She jokingly replied, "I'm here to meet a rich husband, get married, and have a couple of kids."

"No seriously," I asked. I was curious what may have motivated her to be taking on this challenge at her age.

She said, "I always dreamed of having a college education and now I'm getting one."

After class we walked to the student union building and shared a chocolate milkshake.

We became instant friends. Every day for the next three months, we would leave class together and talk nonstop. I was always mesmerized listening to this 'time machine' as she shared her wisdom and experience with me.

Over the course of the year, Rose became a campus icon and she easily made friends wherever she went. She loved to dress up and she reveled in the attention bestowed upon her from the other students. She was living it up.

At the end of the semester we invited Rose to speak at our football banquet. I'll never forget what she taught us. She was introduced and stepped up to the podium. As she began to deliver her prepared speech, she dropped her three by five cards on the floor.

Frustrated and a little embarrassed she leaned into the microphone and simply said, "I'm sorry I'm so jittery. I gave up beer for Lent and this whiskey is killing me! I'll never get my speech back in order, so let me just tell you what I know."

As we laughed she cleared her throat and began, "We do not stop playing because we are old, we grow old because we stop playing. There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success.

You have to laugh and find humor every day.

You've got to have a dream. When you lose your dreams, you die."

"We have so many people walking around who are dead and don't even know it."

"There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up.

If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don't do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old."

"If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything, I will turn eighty-eight."

"Anybody can grow older. That doesn't take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change. Have no regrets. "

"The elderly usually don't have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets."

She concluded her speech by courageously singing 'The Rose.’ She challenged each of us to study the lyrics and live them out in our daily lives. At the year's end Rose finished the college degree she had begun all those months ago.

One week after graduation Rose died peacefully in her sleep.

Over two thousand college students attended her funeral in tribute to the wonderful woman who taught by example that it's never too late to be all you can possibly be.

These words have been passed along in loving memory of ROSE.


We make a living by what we get. We make a Life by what we give.

God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage. If God brings you to it . . . He will bring you through it.

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