Volume 1, Issue 7
JUNE 1 2012

Rowlesburg News
June 2012


News & Events

Fun & History

School Schedule

Church Schedule


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About those sounds of cannon fire coming from Rowlesburg the last weekend of June. Not to worry. Likewise, the rumbling through town of WWII jeeps, trucks and even tanks. This is not an invasion and Hollywood is not shooting a movie! Rowlesburg will present its 7th Annual WWII Event, a Living History.

“The Andrews Sisters” are coming back! They will perform traditional 1940s songs following the fashion show on the field just beyond the second ball field. On Saturday night from 8 pm to midnight, dance the night away with Bobby Menear’s “Maestros of Swing.” This Pittsburgh Big Band will perform at the Szilagyi Center Auditorium (Old Rowlesburg




Ladies & Gentlemen, For Your Listening & Dancing Pleasure, We Proudly Present..


For an evening of exciting enter-tainment, you can't go wrong with "Bobby Menear's Maestros of Swing."

The band is continuing the Big Band tradition in this area. Many of the members are also members of the "BBB ~ The Band Director's Big Band," led by the late great Dusty Rhodes. Til his passing, Dusty led the group of professional musicians and area band directors in entertaining at functions in the tri-state area. Now, Bobby Menear, who himself enjoyed being in the BBB with Dusty, has picked up the torch and is carrying on the musical tradition, with a little bit of the old and the newer for today's audiences. Music has been both his life and his passion. Currently a leading free-lance trumpet player in several Pittsburgh area bands, he is also a retired high school band director. He is also staff arranger, lead trumpet player, and Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of the Concert and Stage components of the 249th Army Band of the WV Army National Guard, stationed in Morgantown, WV. Bobby is both a Baby Boomer and a direct descendant of the Big Band legendary pioneer Glenn Miller, and loves the music of his heritage. He has performed for U.S. Presidents and dignitaries. While a former member of the NATO Naval Show Band, his musical travels have taken him from New York City to Naples, Italy. While the list of celebrities he has accompanied onstage range from Barbra Streisand, The Coasters, Johnny Mathis to The Temptations, and many other well-known acts, his heart is devoted to the Big Band Sound.

Each member of the Maestros has a diverse musical background in all styles of music.

Ladies and Gentlemen, please share in the excitement of the "Big Band Sound" and "Swing Era" with Bobby Menear's Maestros of Swing.

Enjoy this great music on Saturday night, June 30th at the Szilagyi Center in Rowlesburg in connection with the “Living History Weekend”. Tickets for the Canteen dance are $25 per person which includes drinks (beer and wine available) and hors d’oevres. You can meet the re-enactors on the field beside the park from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. where their weapons, equipment, vehicles and artifacts will be on display. Also, WWII veterans will be present to share the stories about their experiences in WWII. Tickets are available at the Szilagyi Center, from any RRC member or contact Shirley Hartley at 304-329-1240. Tickets are going quickly. Dressy casual or period clothing is appreciated for the dance.

Rowlesburg RVFD News

Labor Day scheduling is underway for RVFD! We are changing things up a bit in order to fit everything in and not interfere with other weekend activities. This year’s parade will be held on Friday evening, August 31st, at 8:00 PM. It will run the same course as last year—beginning at Sanders’/ball field area and ending at the fire station. This allows us to feed the participating firemen & EMS participants at our station. We are looking forward to the emergency lights shining brightly during this later start time. If you know of any business or organization that would like to participate in the parade, please call 304-454-9799. Plans are not final, but we are looking to have a band at our station on Friday evening after the parade (possibly 10:00 PM – 1:00 AM). Anyone with band/music suggestions??

On Saturday, September 1st, we will host our 4X4 Truck Mud Bog behind the fire station. Registration will be 12:00-2:00 with racing at 2:00 PM. We have added an additional class bringing the total to 5 classes. On Sunday, September 2nd, RVFD will host an ATV Mud Bog & Dirt Drag races. Registration will be 12:00-1:00 with racing beginning at 1:00 PM. We are currently looking for business sponsors for these events. Sponsorship entitles you to a free banner and vendor table during the mud bogs. This is a great way to get your business/product advertised to the community while helping out your neighbor!

On both Saturday & Sunday we are excited to have back East Coast Extreme Pro-Quad Wars! This talented group of men performed for us 2 years ago, and they are anxious to come back to the River City! They come to us from of New York and put on a great show… fighting & racing their 4-wheelers to the finish! Two years ago, the West Virginia men had to show those New York boys just what 4-wheeling is all about. Think they can do it again?

New this year, we are extremely excited to offer Monster Truck Rides!!! That’s right… now you can see what it’s like to ride in a real monster truck. (Just ride…they won’t let you drive…I’ve already asked ?).

This truck will be offering rides at our station on Saturday & Sunday and will be offering them at the Rowlesburg Park on Monday.

Keep in mind, that the next 4X4 Mud Bog will be held on Sunday, June 10th. Registration 12:00-2:00 PM with racing at 2:00. General admission is just $5.00. We would like to thank the Town of Rowlesburg and the citizens on Elm Street for their patience, understanding, and support during our Mud Bogs. We know the traffic can get pretty hectic during times but we are doing the best we can with the space we have available. It may be inconvenient to have Elm Street blocked off, but in order to have enough parking for our participants, it is necessary. We appreciate your understanding.

I know it seems far away, but Gun Bash tickets are now on sale! This year’s Gun Bash will be held on Saturday, September 8th at the fire station. Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased from any RVFD member. Drawings will be held from 12:00-5:00 PM. Free food & drinks. Back by popular demand, Smokin’ BBQ (Brent Hauser) will be preparing this year’s food!

Our fire truck recently visited the kindergarten students at Rowlesburg School. We appreciate Mrs. Deems & Mrs. Wiles for inviting us to visit and share fire safety with these children! Fire safety is always important for everyone—not just kids! Remember to check your smoke detectors and practice fire escape routes in your home. Stay safe Rowlesburg!


If you missed the food handlers class held by the RRC don’t worry the Senior Citizens group are having one on June 13, at the Community Building at 7P.M.!


Regular bingo will be held on Friday June 1. There will be a basket bingo on June 10, Sunday with all proceeds going to a local cancer patient. We are not saying who the patient is but they are from Rowlesburg. Any questions give T, Scott or myself a call.

Also have elimination dinner in October, tickets will be available after the meeting in June, 2nd Thursday.

Also purchased a lifepak 12 heart monitor, hope to have on unit soon, had to order battery charger for it before we can put on and in use, with this heart monitor we will be able to transmit a 12 lead EKG to the hospital to read before we get to hospital and if patient needs to be flown or to heart unit we go straight to Ruby, Mon, or Preston as they deem necessary. The EKG 12 can now be performed by EMT B's and not just medics. If this helps save one life it is money well spent.


And the winners are......

Tied for first place: Mali Gank and Jennifer Sisler Henderson

Second place: Jennifer Sisler Henderson

Third place: Jozette Spracht

Honorable mention: Tori Lilly, Rebecca Tenney and Kathryn Davis.

The judges really struggled over the awards because there are so many fine examples of photography. Thanks to everyone for making this event at the Szilagyi Center such a great success.


The Rowlesburg Park Concession stand will be open weekdays from 4P.M. to 8P.M. Weekends hours will vary on week-ends.

We need adult volunteers to help in the concession stand. Please call Betty Moats at 304-454-3-9259.


The class next class is on Thursday, June 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. We will me making tiles with carved and/or pressed designs.

If you want to take the class, be sure to call Susan at 304-288-0832 or email her at: susan@ridgetoppottery.com to register. The fee is $30.


There will be a "First Annual Blue Grass Festival" in Rowlesburg Community Park, July.6-8. Sponsored by C.A.S.H. (Citizens Aiding Shriners H ospital of Children).

July 6, 4P.M., July 7, Noon - 9P.M., July 8, Noon-4P.M.

Three full days of music $10.00 Per person per day. Children under $10. free.

There will be food and drink available.

Clair LYnch and many local Blue Grass Bands will be there!

"Claire Lynch sings with warmth and depth. It’s the kind of bluegrass with a broad appeal. Her songs could be contemporary country hits, if the country music industry supported music that is honest and soulful half as much as it pretends to."

Please come and enjoy! This is going to be one more of the enjoyable festivals available in Rowlesburg during the summer months.


There will be a meeting at 7PM in the Computer Room at the Szilagyi Center on June 7th for anyone wishing to take a class on either Microsoft Office Word or Excel.

This is just an organizational meeting to ascertain who

We will set up times and projects for classes at the meeting.


The mathematician made a small fence around himself and declared himself to be on the outside

For the events calendar, please click here.


At our last meeting on May2, 2012, the group discussed generating a letter to other county crime watch groups to try and raise enough money to buy a protective vest (with badge) for Deputy Thomas Mitter's dog, Blek. It is our belief that such a co-operative venture would help county wide crime watch groups to work together better in various projects and become more familiar with each other in coordinating objectives.

The next meeting of the Upper Cheat Crime Watch will be Wednesday June 6, 2012 in the Rowlesburg Community Building and as usual the public is invited to attend.

September 29th 2012

Win $154,000 in prizes at the Osiris 2012 Cash bash. There will be 10 Early Bird cash prizes of $500 must purchase your ticket by July 15th.

Starting at noon $1000.00 will be given away every 15 minutes until 4PM with the exception of:

1PM the prize will be 2012 Honda Forman 4x4 w/48"Snowblade

1:30PM 2012 Yamaha Wave Runner VX Deluxe w/trailer.

2:30PM 2012 Ford F-150 STX 4x4 Regular Cab w/6 1/2' Box.

3PM- Caribbean Trip for 2 w/$1000.00 cash.

3:30PM 2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport 4x4 Soft top.

4PM Final Cash Drawing for $5000.

On 5,10,20,25,35,40,45,50 past each hour someone will win $500.

Undo's Italian Restaurant will be catering the Osiris Bash in the Hills this year! We hope you join us for the fun and enjoy their food.

They will raffle several guns at the event this year. They will post the entire list here when it is available.

They plan on raffling lots of wonderful prizes throughout the cash bash. They will list them here when the information is available.

Anyone wanting tickets can call:
Sam Sanders 304-454-9640
Jack Sanders 304-454-9212
Ron Sines 304-454-9391
Don riggs 304-454-2445

Rowlesburg ON TRAC Self-Assessment

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Rowlesburg ON TRAC Self-Assessment will take place on Thursday, June 7, 2012. On behalf of Mayor Margaret Schollar and Town Council, we wish to invite property owners, business members, Szilagyi Center Businesses and town citizens to attend the all-day ON TRAC meeting. The day will begin at Joe’s Place at 10:00am with a walking tour of the Downtown Rowlesburg Historic District to include Main, East and West Main, Church, Buffalo, Poplar, Catherine, Diamond and Railroad Alley. During this time, the USA MAIN STREET officer and Nikki Williams, West Virginia ON TRAC Coordinator will survey the beautification projects and historic buildings. Progress on streetscape projects and design projects will be noted. Officials will also meet with local business owners, property owners and town citizens. Lunch will be served at Noon by Rowlesburg Revitalization River City Café Staff in the Szilagyi Center/OLD RHS Auditorium. Afternoon meetings will take place in the Auditorium from 1pm to 4 pm on the subject of economic development, design, promotion and organization. Maggie De Weirdt, OT Liaison and Volunteer of the Year and Anna Nassif, Chairperson, Rowlesburg Revitalization Board Members and Town Citizens and interested parties are invited to meet to discuss larger questions on the future of Rowlesburg. One of the goals includes establishing Rowlesburg as a future Main Street Community. Rowlesburg Revitalization, Inc. is serving as fiscal sponsor and is doubling with ON TRAC, Tourism Commission and town organizations on committee responsibilities. Contact committee members for more information. Tel: 304-454-9786. E-mail annarnas@aol.com.


Time rolls around fast another year has gone and it is time for The Annual Relay For Life get together in the park.

Everyone is welcome to come join the festivities celebrating recovery and life of those battling cancer.


The installation of officers was after the regular meeting of the VFW Auxiliary during which is was mentioned that help would be needed for the upcoming dinners, Class Reunion on the 26th and the RRC Patriotic Dinner on the 27th.

The RRC meeting on the 29th was taken care of by Betty Bell.

Installation was performed by Rosemary Nice and Calla Frederick of the Grafton VFW Auxilary. Thank you both



The Rowlesburg Revitalization Committee in cooperation with the Greatest Generation Society museum presents the 7th Annual Living History Weekend on June 30th and July 1st. The WWII re-enactors will have camp set up on Saturday morning and visitors are welcome to visit. There will be weapons, tents, equipment and artifacts on display from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. in the field beside the Rowlesburg Park. You can meet and talk with WWII veterans about their experiences and listen as they exchange stories of their days in service. The re-enactors are anxious to spend time with visitors and explain their weapons and artifacts. Admission to the field is free.

There will be hot dogs, ham-burgers and other food offerings on the field. A Fashion Show will be presented in the celebration tent in the afternoon while WWII veterans are present.

Saturday evening you are invited to the World War II dance with Bobby Menear’s Big Band “Maestros of Swing”. The dance is from 8:00 p.m. until midnight. Tickets are $25 per person which includes drinks (beer and wine available) and hors d’oevres. On Sunday the re-enactors will enjoy the wonderful breakfast at the VFW. At 1:00 p.m. there will be a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the WWII Memorial on Buffalo Street. The 21 gun salute and taps are provided by VFW Post 578.

Please come to the field and welcome our guests to the great little town of Rowlesburg. Make them feel welcome and show your support for our veterans, past, present and future.


The RRC has successfully installed a chair lift at the Catherine Street entrance.

This allows handicapped people to visit the upper floors which include the Emporium, River City Cafe, WW II Museum and the Bridges exhibit. then on the Third floor the Art Studio, the Quilting Room and the new Sports Museum.

There are plans, waiting to be approved by the Culture and History Department of the State of West Virginia, to put in place a ramp at the Catherine St. entrance that would allow handicapped, and wheelchair access to the Szilagyi Center.

Installation of furnaces and the availability of installing air conditioning has greatly improved the building.

Through generous donations they will soon be installing air conditioning in the gym/auditorium. This will make dances more enjoyable during these hot summer months!

Looking forward to seeing you at the next dance!


Rev. Roy Mick is retiring. On Sunday June 3, there will be a retirement covered dish dinner honoring him in the Dinning Hall of the Christ United Methodist Church in Rowlesburg.

All are invited bring your favorite dish and enjoy good company. We will miss Rev. Roy as he has been with us longer than any other minister serving the Rowlesburg Parish.

Invitation to Governor’s
Main Street and ON TRAC
Reception and Awards Program
June 27, 2012

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin invite Rowlesburg ON TRAC Community to the Governor’s Main Street and ON TRAC Reception and Awards Program Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 5pm. A presentation of Main Street and ON TRAC awards will take place with a reception immediately following the award presentation. Light hors d’ oeuvres will be served. Rowlesburg’s nominee for the 2012 award will be announced at the event. Rowlesburg, the first town in Preston County to have the honor of becoming an ON TRAC Community was designated as an ON TRAC Community by Governor Joe Manchin in 2009. An implementation Award in the amount of $1,000 for projects in the areas of design and promotion has also been submitted. For those planning to attend please call Anna Nassif, OT chairperson at 304-454-9786 or Maggie De Weirdt, OT Liaison and Rowlesburg Volunteer of the Year for 2011, at 304-454-2009. RRC,Inc. is serving as the fiscal sponsor.

“The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.”

Albert Ellis

Here's a link back
Greatest Area

A farmer challenges an engineer, a physicist, and a mathematician to fence off the largest amount of area using the least amount of fence.

The engineer made his fence in a circle and said it was the most efficient.

The physicist made a long line and said that the length was infinite. Then he said that fencing half of the Earth was the best.

The mathematician laughed at the others and with his design, beat the others. What did he do?

If some animals are good at hunting and others are suitable for hunting, then the Gods must clearly smile on hunting.


All the World is a stage
And all the men and
Women merely players,
They have their exits and
Entrances, and one
man in his time plays
many parts.
William Shakespeare


like barrels of cannons,
hidden below the deck
maybe even a mirage
or the wire of a violin, broken
and threaded against itself,
inaudible psalms
cocoon against skin
- Katy Richey

Safe to swim here?

While sports fishing off the Florida coast, a tourist capsized his boat. He could swim, but his fear of alligators kept him clinging to the overturned craft. Spotting and old beachcomber standing on the shore, the tourist shouted, "Are there any gators around here?!"

"Naw," the man hollered back, "they ain't been around for years!"

Feeling safe, the tourist started swimming leisurely toward the shore.

About halfway there he asked the guy,"How'd you get rid of the gators?"

"We didn't do nothin'," the beachcomber said.

"The sharks got 'em."

"Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow."
Mark Twain


June2, 1862 Congress passed the Morrill Act authorizing financial aid to establish state agricultural colleges. Following the war, West Virginia University was established as the state's land grant college.

June3, 1862 Congressman William G. Brown presented the petition for West Virginia statehood to the United States House of Representatives.

June8, 1862 A skirmish was fought at Muddy Creek, Preston County.

June16, 1862 Lieutenant Colonel David Hunter Strother ("Porte Crayon") took over the Third West Virginia Volunteers.

June23, 1862 The West Virginia Bill, proposing statehood, was sent out of the Committee on Territories in the United States Senate. Senator John S. Carlile, appointed to prepare the bill, had added fifteen additional counties, including Berkeley County and Jefferson County in present-day West Virginia to those proposed in the original bill. Furthermore, he demanded that a new constitutional convention, including representatives from those new counties. This version of the bill was opposed by Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts on the basis that West Virginia would technically be a slave state since it provided only for the gradual emancipation of slaves.

June26, 1862 The Committee on Territories headed by Ohio Senator Benjamin Wade reported the West Virginia Bill, proposing statehood, to the United States Senate. This version of the bill was opposed by Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts on the basis that West Virginia would technically be a slave state since it provided only for the gradual emancipation of slaves. On the same day, Representative William G. Brown offered his own statehood bill in the House of Representatives. On July 1, Senator Waitman T. Willey accepted this instead of the U. S. Senate bill offered by John S. Carlile.