Happy Valentine's Day

Volume 2, Issue 2
Februray 2013

Rowlesburg News
February 2013


News & Events


Civil War History

School Schedule

Church Schedule


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On January 10th there was an informational meeting on the status of the Rowlesburg Post Office.

Paul Portillo spoke to the group telling them that the Rowlesburg Post Office will remain open based on the employees already working for the postal service bidding on the job. In the event that no postal employee bids on the job then the postal service will accept applications from the general public for the position.

The potential retail operating hours will be Monday thru Friday 7:30AM to 3:30PM with lunch from 12:00 to 2:PM, Saturday 7:30AM until 9AM.

Total Saturday window Service will not be reduced from what it now is nor would access to our delivery receptacles (mailboxes) will not change as a result of the POST PLAN realignment of weekday window service hours.

The Rowlesburg Post Office will be open as it now is 24 hours, for patrons to be able to reach their mail boxes at their convenience.

The postal service has a freeze on wages for administration personnel, this is from the position of Postmaster up to the top.

For additional information, please go to: https://usps.com/ourfuturenetwork

Did you know that you may buy stamps, get mailing & shipping supplies, buy custom postage, 2013 calendars, buy gifts & fun stuff or collectables online? https://usps.com


Let’s try again! Rowlesburg Health Clinic to be scheduled for March 2th, in the Szilagyi Center. It will be from 7-11AM. Breakfast will be served.


The Upper Cheat Crime Watch held its monthly meeting on Wednesday January 9, 2013 in the Rowlesburg Community Building at 7:00P.M.

Those in attendance were: President Donna McNeil, Secretary- Treasurer Bruce Simon, Betty Bell, Rob and Brenda Mayne, Terry and Sharon Harris, and Mayor Margaret Schollar.

The meeting was called order by President McNeil and Bruce Simon led in a brief prayer followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Old Business- Betty Bell had called and ordered Neighborhood Watch signs from the national Neighborhood Watch Institute. When she did not receive them after an appropriate wait and compensation for delay time, she called again. She was told that the company did not have a shipping address to send them, even hough she was charged. When the signs and final invoice is received, the Crime Watch treasury will reimburse her completely.

Sheriff Dan Loughrie, the scheduled speaker, could not come due to a prior commitment so his talk was postponed to be rescheduled at a later date, hopefully in February.

Treasury Report- As of now, our treasury has a balance of $392.27

New Business- A generic flyer has been printed and is now available for distribution around town. This will inform people of monthly meetings and schedule of informative speakers.

Bruce Simon made an announcement of an informal prayer gathering in the Rowlesburg Community Building at 7:00P.M. on January 15 to intercede for our nation. Possible future speakers could include: Rita McRobie, who works in the Attorney general's Office, Deputy Tom Mitter and his canine companion, Blek and other potential speakers on various community concerns.

Betty Bell made a motion to adjourn and Mayor Schollar seconded the motion. The meeting was adjourned.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 6, in the Rowlesburg Community Building at 7:00P.M. As always, the public is cordially invited to attend.


The Rowlesburg Lion's Club met for their regular session on January 08, 2013 at 6:30pm in the dining hall of the Rowlesburg VFW Building.

Those attending the meeting were Donnie Riggs, Darrell & Gloria Dean, Katie & Walter Burke, Anna Nasiff, Barbara Banister, P.L. & Lucille Grimm, Warren Hare, Eugene & Linda Wilt, Bob & Bonnie Hemerick, Rev. Harold & Mrs. George, Delores Riggs, Tom Smell, Bob Sypolt and Margaret Schollar. (Total of 14 Rowlesburg Lions; 01-Kingwood Lion 02 Aurora Lions and 3-guest).

Cooks for the evening were: Ron Sines, Mary Kay Dean, Donnie Riggs, Amy Durr and Tina Tichnell.

The meeting was called to order by President, Eugene Wilt. The secretary was absent and the minutes were not available to be presented at this time.

The treasurer's report was given by treasurer, Delores Riggs

Katie Burke presented the Preston County News article. The article reported a presentation check from the Lion's International Sandy Disaster Relief Fund to the South Preston Food Pantry of Rowlesburg, in the amount of $500.00.

At this time, P.L. Grimm, read a letter from Barbara Fishel, District Governor, which held a second check in the amount of $500.00 to the South Preston Food Pantry of Rowlesburg. This check was given to Margaret Schollar, co-chairman of the Rowlesburg Food Pantry. Margaret will send Barbara Fishel a thank you letter.

P.L. Grimm sent a thank you note from the Rowlesburg Lion's Club to Barbara Fishel along with a copy of the newspaper article.

Bob Sypolt, guest from Kingwood Lion's Club, reported on the 17th Annual Leadership School, which will be held on January 25, 26 & 27, 2013 at Flatwoods Days Inn. This school will be helpful in navigating the web to our own sight foundation, club officers training and diabetes training. Training on how to work and serve together, to better serve our communities. A handout explaining this meeting was received for our records and everyone is invited to attend.

A discussion was held regarding correspondences. Margaret Schollar made a motion to donate $100.00 to the Lion's Club International Foundation,, LCIF, Bonnie Hemerick seconded the motion. Motion carried.


Also a discussion was held on our zone meeting date of February 12, 2013. This would be Shrove Tuesday and followed by Ash Wednesday. Shrove Tuesday the Methodist Church will hold a pancake dinner so the club discussed and agreed tc change the zone meeting to the third or fourth week to accommodate everyone. Eugene Wilt will check with the Zone Chairman and change the date if possible.

The drawing for the 50/50 was held and won by Gloria Dean, $21.00. Gloria decided to buy a broom.

Delores Riggs presented the bill of membership dues. Tom Smell made a motion to pay the bills, Barbara Banister seconded the motion.

Ron Sines made a motion to adjourn, Tom Smell seconded the motion.

Our next meeting will be held in February, 2013 pending outcome of the changed date of Zone meeting. Barbara Banister will inform members on the regular dinner call.

Valentine’s Day Dance
Music by
The Classics

Date: February 16, 2013
Time: 8:00 – 12Midnight
Place: Szilagyi Center, Rowlesburg, WV(Old Rowlesburg High School)
Price: $10.00 per person
BYOB—Setups available—50/50 Drawing,BR For more information contact Kenetta Moreland @ 304-454-9288


December was a busy month, but a productive one as Santa visited the fire department and greeted all the kids. This is one of the most enjoyable task that the fire department has all year! We want to thank Santa for coming each and every year to help with this.

RVFD has started making plans for 2013! Spring events include: April 6—Ice Breaker Mud Bog and April 20—Open House at RVFD station.

We are already making plans for the 50th anniversary of the Rowlesburg Labor Day Festival! We hope this year’s event is bigger & better than ever before!


As we approach the 2013 opening of The Emporium at the Szilagyi Center the first weekend in May, we look forward to seeing old friends and making new acquaintances. Building on our successful year in 2012 we have high expectations of eclipsing those sales with the aid of new advertising methods and the addition of new products.

We welcome and encourage new vendors with the emphasis on showcasing new crafts made in West Virginia.

Twenty percent of all proceeds go to the RRC unless otherwise designated for the Historical Society. Please note that our Hours of Operation will be similar to last year on Weekends and for Special Holidays and Events.

To arrange for Special Appointments cal 304-415-5263. Sat. 11A.M.-5P.M. ans Sun 1P.M. -5P.M.


For the events calendar, please click here.


The VFW Post 3008 Jr. Girls had a Glamour Magic Fundraiser at the beginning of January and the event was a great success! Thank you to everyone who bought tickets and helped support our girls and the things they do, we greatly appreciate all who support us.

February brings on Valentine's Day, and the girls will be doing Valentine's Day Cards, to send to the VA Hospital and our Wounded Warriors in West Virginia. We will continue our support through the year to these wonderful men and women. If anyone would like to help out at any of our activities or just help in any way possible let us know. We would love to have your help and support.

Thank you to our wonderful supporters, without you, our girls would not be able to do some of the activities they have been able to do or continue their support of our troops deployed overseas, our Veterans or our Wounded Warriors. Because of your support, we get to support and thank them.


GDR is anxious to start new projects and maintain existing gardens in Rowlesburg for the coming year. Our current weather of subzero days makes us long for the sunny days of spring and the emergence of beautiful flora displays of forsythia, weeping cherry, the snow fountains and other woody plant blossoms. Our first project will be the Rowlesburg Community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at 1:00 PM in the Rowlesburg Community Park. As always, we will be asking for volunteers and financial backers for this event, enjoyed by so many youngsters in our community and the surrounding area. We have been privileged and are so thankful to have so many loyal supporters for this event in the past.

In looking ahead, we will be utilizing sedum in the flower pots along Buffalo Street near the Cheat Wood Products and The Curiosity Shoppe locations. We think the sedum beds along the tracks at the CSX crossing and near the Post Office prove to be attractive over the summer and autumn seasons; hence, we want to experiment with the sedum to replace marigolds, which of late seem to succumb early to insects and disease. Other gardens and pots will be pretty much maintained or established as in the past. Again, we are so thankful to the many loyal supporters of the beautification projects in Rowlesburg.


Rowlesburg Community Park Commission met on January 22.

They hope to have natural gas installed in the park before opening of the concession stand this spring. This will help in not running out of gas during hours when the concession stand is open!

They plan on having more games during the summer vacation time to interest more of the local students.

Plans are underway to have mini carnival type adventures during the summer. Perhaps some bingo during the middle of the month.

Since this is the 50th Anniversary of the Labor Day Festival, there will be special events all year long. They would like to publish a “Memories Book” on the past fifty years of the park and Labor Day Festivities. To that end they respectfully request help from the people of Rowlesburg and Preston County. If you have any pictures or would write a bit about your memories of the times they would appreciate it. Please send these to any member of the Commission, Betty Moats, Craig Felton, John McGuin or Rebecca Banister.

Preston High Theatre Production

On February 7th , 8th and 9th the Preston High Theatre Department will be presenting You Can't Take It With You at 7:30 p.m. at the Preston High Theatre. This play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1937. We hope to see you there for an enjoyable evening of theatre as the students present this memorable comedy

RRC Meeting

The RRC met in the VFW Dining Hall, January 19th Minutes were read and approved. The Treasurer’s report was discussed and approved. It was discussed that perhaps the River City Café could be taken on by volunteers within the RRC or perhaps, other organizations in town that would like to use it to raise funds. This could be discussed with RRC and maybe different organizations could take it for a week-end. Any organization interested call Shirley Hartley, 304-329-1240.

Katie Orescanin reported that she has no grants in progress at this time. She will be looking for grants to repair the roof, install handicapped accessibility for the restrooms, finish some of the restoration in the building and help with the new library.

Anna Nassif discussed the Ontrac Report. The OnTrac officials feel that Rowlesburg has proceeded in growth to the place they need a Main Street Director.

There is a proposal for a “Riverfront Pier”. This is headed by Amanda Pitzer, and Jim Snyder.

River City Festival plans are under way. Lee Waybright has the signage. The brochures should be out by the middle of April, earlier than last year.

Dejà Vu, and Cristina Nassif with Jamie Kotmair will be returning this year and there will be an additional tenor! Lynn Broderick will present a play on the birth of the state of West Virginia.

Anna has planned a couple of pleasant surprises for the weekend! These will be revealed in April when the brochure is ready!

There will be a “Born in Rebellion” art exhibit on view during the festival. We are hoping to continue the viewing for a couple of weeks after the festival if we will be allowed to keep it that long!

Helen Edmunds will have a Quilt Exhibit on the Third Tier of the Szilagyi Center during the River City Festival. It’s a great opportunity to see what the Community Quilters have been doing. She has chances on a “Christmas Quilt” that she is working on that is gorgeous.

The Community Quilters are making kids quilts for the local hospitals. They have already donated six or seven quilts to the hospital.

Maggie Dewierdt is returning to the WWII group to help with that, we missed her last year.

Joe Nassif was unable to attend this meeting, but plans are well under way for the Chestnut Festival 2013.

Jewel Reed reported that the Emporium has done well for those people bringing in items for consignment. They helped the RAHS with sales of books this past year. They need volunteer clerks to help keep the Emporium open for the public.

Jewel is doing some redesigning of the room for the spring opening.

The Sports Museum is doing well. It has had many visitors this past year. Many new donations are to be placed in the rooms for 2013.

The kitchen will be busy this year with a Sunday Dinner scheduled for every month. These will be on the fourth Sunday starting at noon with four exceptions. Exceptions are the May dinner will be on Mother’s Day, the June Dinner will be on Father’s Day the November Dinner will be the third Sunday and no dinner in December.

New projects this year, are the Health Fair which will be held the first Saturday in March.

The 4H are planning a “Historical room” displaying the history of the 4-H on the Third tier of the Szilagyi Center to be open in late May.

Also to be opened at the beginning of the “River City Festival” will be the NEW LIBRARY AND RESHEARCH ROOM. This also will be on the Third Tier of the Szilagyi Center.


Saturday, March 2, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The name Pysanky derives from the verb pysalty which means "to write". Take a four hour class at the Art Studio in the Szilagyi Center and learn the art of writing on eggs with a kistka and bees wax. Colorful designs will be created using a wax-resist ( batik) method and vivid non-edible dyes. Instruction will be provided by Bernice Schwarzenberg who has been creating Pysanky for many years. Refreshments will be provided. 20 per person. Contact Janet Szilagyi at jlsz@aol.com with questions or to register.


Saturday, March 9 – 9 a.m. to noon

Make a stoneware woven basket such as a flower basket, Easter basket, bread basket, or whatever design you are inspired to create. $33 per person. Contact instructor Susan Ramey at 304-329-1883 with questions or to register.


Wednesdays March 20 through May 8

This class offers fundamentals of wheel-throwing for beginners as well as advanced techniques for those who have already had instruction on wheel-throwing. Three class times: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., or 6 to 9 p.m. $249 per person. Size limited to 4 at each class time.

Contact instructor Susan Ramey of Ridgetop Pottery at 304-329-1883 with questions or to register.

FILING FOR MUNICPAL OFFICE Council: Bruce Simon, Scott Maxwell, Don Riggs, Gary Henline, Bobby Goff, Betty Bell, Terry Wotring, John McGuinn Mayor, Marg Schollar, Barb Banister, Chad Bolyard Recorder Kim Felton Withdrawals and write-in candidates have time to add to or subtract from the above list. Any changes will be noted in the March Edition of the Newsletter


Six words have had their astronomical terms removed. The astronomical terms have been placed into Group A. The remaining letters of each word have been placed into Group B. Your task is to reconstitute the words by merging each astronomical term with the proper set of letters. Other than merging the two groups together, there is no rearranging of the letters. Example: sand + pne = spanned (SpANneD).

(You must find the group of letters that fit with the group of words in order to make the new words)
Group A: comet, moon, nova, orbit, star, sun
Group B: egosu, islble, ojor, onty, sic, vee

A Boundless Moment

He halted in the wind, and -- what was that
Far in the maples, pale, but not a ghost?
He stood there bringing March against his thought,
And yet too ready to believe the most.
"Oh, that's the Paradise-in-bloom," I said;
And truly it was fair enough for flowers
had we but in us to assume in march
Such white luxuriance of May for ours.

We stood a moment so in a strange world,
Myself as one his own pretense deceives;
And then I said the truth (and we moved on).
A young beech clinging to its last year's leaves.
Robert Frost


A Public Library suddenly announced that each member could borrow an unlimited number of books and not return them for up to six months. Why?


Question: A few questions about cigarettes: a. The best-selling brand of cigarettes, since 1976, has been what? b. In what year were cigarette ads banned from television and radio in this country? c. What was the first cigarette, around 1955, to have a filter?


1. Yankee Doodle went to town riding on a chicken.
He went into a restaurant ____________________

2. Yankee Doodle went to town riding on a monkey.
He had to take a shower quick,_______________

3. Yankee Doodle went to town riding on a rooster.
His saddle wasn't high enough, ______________

4. Yankee Doodle flew through space riding on a rocket.
He landed on the moon and brought__________________

5. Yankee Doodle went to town with his favorite blankey.
Every time he had to sneeze _____________________

6. Yankee Doodle went to France with his golden Visa.
But he could not afford to buy ___________________

7. Mrs. Doodle went to town riding on a 'gator.
She didn't feed the 'gator __________________


Betty Botter bought a beaver.
But the beastly beaver bit her.
So she bought a biting badger.
And the badger bit the beaver.
Since the badger bit the beaver,
now the beaver will not bite her.
So 'twas better Betty Botter
bought a beaver-biting badger.

Friends care
Friends share
We need friends


comet+sic=cosmetic (COsMETic)
moon+onty=monotony (MonOtONy
nova+islble=insolvable (iNsOlVAble)
orbit+vee=overbite (OveRBITe)
star+egpsu=stegosaur (STegosAuR)
sun+ojor=sojourn (SojoUrN)

The Library was moving to a new building but due to poor budgeting, the had little money left for the move. By giving all the members extra time, it ensures that the borrowers moved most of the books.


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