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Volume 2, Issue 3
March 2013

Rowlesburg News
March 2013


News & Events


Civil War History

School Schedule

Church Schedule


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Congratulations to Clarissa Carrico and Taylor Mayne who will be representing Rowlesburg School at this year’s Preston County Buckwheat Festival.

Junior Princesses are selected from the seventh grade student body. Girls wishing to participate should have leadership, personality, poise, scholastic achievement and beauty. They must have a 3.0 GPA, should possess high ethical standards, good moral conduct, be willing to work with others, and represent their community and county with pride and dignity.

We look forward to seeing Clarissa & Taylor throughout the Buckwheat Festival. We know they will represent our school with pride!


Well, the middle school basketball season is barely over and the grasshopper season is in swing! The grasshopper league is a little different this year. Rowlesburg School will field a Boys A division, a Boys B division and a Girls A division. Unfortunately, there will not be a Girls B division due to the lack of participants at other schools. Rowlesburg was the only school in the county that had enough girls participating to field a B team.

The A division is open to students in 4th -6th grades. This will be the ‘competitive’ division in the county. The B team is made up of 4th - 5th graders who are working on developing basketball skills.

We would like to welcome back coach Jim Mayne. Jim coached last year’s 6th grade girls grasshopper team to the Preston County Championship! He returns in a new position this year as coach of the Boys A team. New to the coaching position are B team coach Rob Goff and Girls coach Deb Turner. We welcome these two new coaches and look forward to all they bring to our school and our teams! All three coaches held try-outs last week and are anxious to get the practice season started.

The games begin the first week of March. Watch for the schedule.


The Town of Rowlesburg will be accepting applications for a general laborer. Applications will be accepted until noon on March 11, 2013. Applications can be picked up at the Rowlesburg Town Hall, 42 Poplar Street., from 8 a.m. until 12 noon. For questions, call 304-454-2441. Applicants must be 21 years of age, have a valid driver’s license and a high school diploma or GED.


"Heaven will be inherited by every man who has heaven in his soul." -Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)


After the flood of 1985 the old school was sold to the whitewater rafting company. The Rowlesburg Alumni Association auctioned off to individuals all of the class pictures that hung on the walls of RHS.

RRC is collecting the pictures to again hang on the walls of the top floor. People have donated some of the pictures back. RRC is in the process of repairing the backings, affixing new wires, cleaning frames and glass, and polishing the frames in order to have the pictures on the walls by River City Festival on Memorial Weekend.

The class pictures still missing are 1930, 1932, 1935, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1942, 1944, 1949, 1952, 1955, 1957, 1960, 1962, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1973 through 1979, 1981, 1983,1985, 1986, 1987, 1988.

If you bought a class picture at the auction, please consider donating it back to RRC so it will hang with the rest of them in old RHS. Contact Katie Wolfe, 454-9232 or Katie Burke 454-9601.

…encouraging and supporting the vitality of the arts in Preston County, West Virginia

Classes and Membership Drive 2013

Check out our website www.artscouncilofprestoncounty.org *** Like us on Facebook ***

Board meetings are the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at The Preston County Inn. We encourage members to attend our Board meetings to participate in the discussions about the arts in Preston County.

Classes in the Art Studio at
the Szilagyi Center
Pysanky: Ukrainian Easter Eggs

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.

Hand-building Pottery Class

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.

Eight-week Wheel-Throwing
Pottery Class

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.


The Upper Cheat Crime Watch held its monthly meeting on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 7:00PM in the Rowlesburg Community Building. Those in attendance were : Rob and Brenda Mayne, Sharon and Terry Harris, Betty Bell, Roxanne Bautista, Mayor Margaret Schollar, President Donna McNeill, Vice President Eric Bautista and Secretary Treasurer Bruce Simon. Our Special Guests were newly elected Sheriff Dan Loughrie and his wife, Donna.

Eric Bautista led in a brief prayer, followed by the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. The minutes of the January meeting were read without addition or correction. Mayor Schollar moved to accept the minutes and was seconded by Roxanne Bautista.

Old Business: following a lengthy delay Betty Bell finally received the Neighborhood Watch signs from the Neighborhood Watch Company of California. The matter of non-delivery was remedied and an extra sign was sent at no charge. So, six signs were ultimately received and Betty Bell was reimbursed from our Treasury for her effort. Five signs were given to Sheriff Loughrie for subsequent distribution.

We were honored to have Sheriff Dan Loughrie as our guest speaker. As a newly elected official, he described at great length the process to adapt to his new position. This involved in depth classes, meetings and concentrated instruction. However, Sheriff Loughrie was certainly up to and relished the challenge. He used his time to make certain suggestions for implementation. He stated that Facebook can be an important tool that can aid law enforcement if used properly. He stated that he will try and represent each citizen of the county fairly. The sheriff outlined the need for more manpower to serve this county of 34,000 people more efficiently and believes that putting officers in our school system would help make our schools safer and potentially prevent violent outbreaks. He also believes that if deputies are called out to answer false claims or complaints, the person issuing the (Cont’d. page 3)

complaint should be charged for wasting an officer's time. In his first month, Sheriff Loughrie cited 68 concealed weapon permits, 32 inmate transports, 35 traffic accidents and 416 total calls.

Emergency red and green sheets in windows were also discussed, (red would indicate distress) especially for the elderly and the sheriff fully endorsed the vigilant efforts of Neighborhood Watch programs. His talk was inspiring and gave our group encouragement that county wide problems would definitely be scrutinized and action would be stringently taken against drugs and related criminal activity.

New Business: Donna McNeil, Betty Bell and Mayor Schollar went to a L.E.A.P. meeting.

L.E.A.P. stands for Law Enforcement Advisory panel, County Prosecutor Mel Snyder, County Commissioner Craig Jennings and Sergeant Deberry were also in attendance. One principal topic of discussion was how to tackle the ongoing drug problem and the fact that drugs are behind many crimes. Aerial surveillance is a tactic used to find drugs and the use of specially trained canines in drug detection has netted positive results.

Treasurers Report: As of this day, our treasury had a balance of $193.27 Betty Bell made a motion for adjournment, and she was seconded by Brenda Mayne.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:40..

Our next meeting promises to be very exciting. It will be held on March 6, 2013 in the Rowlesburg Com-munity Building and our special speaker will be Officer Thomas Mitter and his crime dog, Blek. This talk will highlight how having a trained, drug-sniffing canine has further helped our county become more victorious in fighting the war against drugs.

Our next meeting promises to be very exciting. It will be held on March 6, 2013 in the Rowlesburg Com-munity Building and our special speaker will be Officer Thomas Mitter and his crime dog, Blek. This talk will highlight how having a trained, drug-sniffing canine has further helped our county become more victorious in fighting the war against drugs.

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.


There will be a class on the above stated quilt starting on April 13th at 10:00 A.M. to be held at the Szilagyi Center (old RHS) in the Quilting room on the 3rd tier (floor).

A registration fee of $15.00 is due by March 25th (this does not Include the price of the pattern, which is $5.00) Please make checks payable to the Rowlesburg Revitalization Committee.

Students will be sent a list of materials that they will need upon receipt of registration. Please contact:
Helen Edmunds
3845 Fill Hollow Road
Tunnelton, WV 26444
Phone: 304-568-2776

Cristina Nassif, Soprano, Sings,
the Title Role in Carmen in
London, England in March, 2013

Interested travelers to London, England might wish to attend Bizet’s opera, Carmen, featuring Cristina Nassif, international opera star and lead soloist in multiple performances in a March, 2013 production of Carmen. This version of Carmen is a masterful operatic tour de force featuring at least 100 performers and is directed by Maestro Raymond Gubbay, famous European Impresario. Carmen, a world famous opera and spectacular event, will be held at London’s Royal Albert Hall in March, 2013.

If you love opera and can’t make one of the London performances then come to the 6th Annual River City Festival where Cristina Nassif, soprano and Jamie Kotmair, baritone will give a concert with Dr. Thomas Nassif, accompanist, and feature remarkable guest artists: Lucas Tannous, Tenor and Cristina Herrera De Nassif, mezzo soprano.

• Cristina is the daughter of Thomas and Cristina Nassif and the granddaughter of Joseph and Bertha John Nassif. Jamie and Cristina, husband and wife team will introduce their new born son, Sydney Charles Kotmair to an adoring audience and to the ancestral homestead.

• RRC, Inc. and RCF Committee present The 6th Annual River City Festival of the Arts in Rowlesburg held in the Szilagyi Center/OLD RHS on May 24,25,26, 2013.


The Joycelyn A. Ayersman Memorial Scholarship, is to be an assistance to a Rowlesburg resident who is a graduating senior of Preston High School. The student must have maintained at least a 2.5 grade point average through high school.

Ask your Guidance Counselor for an application.


We have our First Mud Bog of the season on Saturday, April 6th!

Registration begins ar 12:00 and racing begins at 2:PM. Registration fee is $20.00. Classes include outlaw, super modified, modified, super stock & street stock.

We will have food available. Come join in the fun, it has been a long troubling winter time to have some fun!

For the events calendar, please click here.

Greater Downtown Rowlesburg

Greater Downtown Rowlesburg (GDR) will sponsor the 13th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Rowlesburg Community Park on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at 1:00 P.M. for children ages 12 and under.

The rain date is March 30, 2013. There will be 3000 eggs hidden and filled with candy and 100 of the eggs will contain coupons for special prizes.

There will be 25 special prizes for each of the following four age groups: (1) children 3 years and under, (2) children 4 to 6 years of age, (3) children 7 to 9 years of age, and (4) children 10 to 12 years of age.

Each child will receive a free bucket to hold the eggs they find during the egg hunt. Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny will be there, so bring your camera. Free refreshments will be available at the Sun Deck for those in attendance. GDR will have tickets for a large gift basket for sale at Bell’s Grocery.

Donations are $1.00 each or 6 tickets for $5.00. Ticket sales help finance the Easter Egg Hunt

On Saturday, March 23, 2013, at 1:00 P.M. come to the Rowlesburg Community Park and enjoy the excitement and festivities as childhood memories are being made.


Ladies, It's time to tighten up those lazy, lax, winter muscles!

There is an exercise regimen in the workout room in the Szilagyi Center. It's a shame not to take advantage of this asset.

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM. We can probably accommodate 6 to 8 women on the machines. There is only one treadmill time limit to 10 or 15 minutes each.

If we have more than 8 we can also do a 10:30 - 11:30 AM or for early birds we could do 8:30 - 9:30 AM. Wear appropriate clothing and sneakers.

Invite your friends but no one with a serious heart or stroke condition, please. This is for ladies only and there's no cost - consider it a community outreach. If men are interested, we can schedule another day or time for them.

Let me know if you're coming. 304 454-9232 or kvwo@frontier.com.


The postal service has review all the input for Rowlesburg considering all responses from the public and reach an implementation decision.

It has been determined that effective 04/6/2013 the Post Office Plan will provide 6 hours of window service each weekday. The facility retail hours will be from 7:30AM to 3:30PM, lunch from 12:00-2:00PM on Monday thru Friday, and from 7:30AM-10:00am on Saturday. Current Saturday window service hours will not be reduced and access to delivery receptacles will not change as a result of the POST Plan realignment of weekday window service.


John Locke (1632-1704)

John Locke was one of the most influential philosophers with respect to the United States form of government. He believed in the natural rights philosophy. This involved how human beings would act in a "state of nature," a condition in which there was no government. Locke believed that there are certain rights one cannot be denied, among them the rights to life, liberty, and property. In a state of nature, there would be people who would take advantage of the lawlessness by depriving others of their natural rights. In order to protect themselves and keep this from happening, people form governments. The people enter into a "social contract" with their government. They agree to give up some of their rights so that the government may protect the people's natural rights. For example, today, people must obey the laws or risk punishment for not doing so. The laws are there to protect the people from each other and to secure their natural rights, the ones that they cannot be denied.

The past has set the foundation for the future.

What we have in our Government today is a contract between the people who elect the officials and the government composed of those elected officials and their employees. The elected officials have the responsibility to the voters that they perform the duties of their office with honesty, integrity and loyalty to the mandates of the office and the constitution of the country, state, county, and city.

When performing the duties of elected office, an official should give no preferential treatment to one voter over another voter.

There have been no additions or withdrawals from the filings for office in the town of Rowlesburg. Those filed:

Mayor, Marg Schollar, Chad Bolyard and Barbara Banister Recorder, Kim Felton Council, : Bruce Simon, Scott Maxwell, Don Riggs, Gary Henline, Bobby Goff, Mathew Street, Betty Bell, Terry Wotring, John McGuinn.

Wheeling Daily Intelligencer
March 6, 1863

Meeting of the New State

At a meeting of the New State Central Committee for the county of Preston, held in the office of the Clerk of the County Court, at Kingwood, Va., on the 3rd day of March, 1863, the following appointments of District Committees for the several districts and voting places of the county were made, viz:

District No. 1. – H. Hagans, Jacob M. Thomas, Charles Kantner and Isaac McGraw.
District No. 2. – Soloman Miller, David Graham, Jacob F. Martin, Daniel Tichnell and John Jenkins.
Feather’s. – John Feather, John Rodebearer, John Annan, William H. King and Abraham Elliott. Portland. – Isaac L. Painter, Dr. Wm.
West Union. – John O. Heckert, Isaac Startzman, Dr. A. T. Doll, James H. Shaffer, John Lantz and David Stemple, Esqr.
Graham’s. – Sam’l Graham, P.M. Hartley, James M. Carroll, G. A. Heidleberg and Rawley Watson.
Gordon’s. – A. Gordon, Barton Hawley, Dr. Ashford Brown, William J. Kelley and Wm. Reed.
Martin’s. – C. Jacobs, Wm. B. Zinn, G. G. Murdock, John Zinn and Dan’l R. Fortney.
Kingwood. – John A. Dille, Alexander Shaw, Wm. W. Scott, John Potter and Jno. J. Gocke.
Independence. – Jno. Howard, Amos Gaudy, Thos. Gregg, A. W. Moore and Joshua F. Herr.
Evansville. – Joseph G. Baker, Charles A. Howard, Job Jaco, William E. Tutt and John Bolyard, senr
. Nine’s. – Orpheus Purinton, Thornton F. Jeffreys, Wm. H. Brown, Matlick and Jno. Nine.
Rowlesburg – Col. Charles Hooton, Jonathan Funk, Henry Shaver, J. P. Call and Auber Brakely.


We have selected you, not because we believe you are more devoted and earnest New State men than hundreds of our fellow citizens, but because of your ability to spend your own time and your means in a cause more deeply vital to West Virginians, both individually and collectively, than any other case (short of our, eternal salvation) that ever called for earnest, patriotic devotion, and prompt, zealous and determined action. Failure now involves the swift destruction of all our temporal interests – it may be of our lives and our homes. Men die, but their memories live. We make a record now that will live after us – that will cause our children to rise up and call us blessed – that will give them a home, a country and a future – that will make them freemen – that will light up for them the pathway, which to their fathers has been with many a cloud o’ercast. Men of Preston! Will you work now for your little ones, who are to live after you – you gather around your hearthstones, and with artless innocence and unwavering faith look to you for protections? Let the rallying cry – God and Liberty – uttered by the freemen of the Alps, led on by their patriot. Tell, go forth and leap from crag to crag, and be heard on the pinnacles, and re-echo along the slopes and rallies of our own Alleghanies.

“Strike for your altars and your fires, God and your nature land.”

And should any of our countrymen be so far lost to a sense of their own interests as to be disposed to cast their votes against our cause, we earnestly ask them to stop and think – think of the past – think of the future – think of your children – think of your country – think of your God, and then reconcile your proposed action with your conscience and your duty if you can.

Do you desire your lands improved in value? Do you want your taxes reduced? – Do you want to invite capital and skill and labor into your midst? Do you want your resources developed, your coal, your iron, mined and manufactured, your vast water power rendered profitable, and your onward march in physical, mental and moral development unobstructed and unimpeded? If you want all this – vote for the new State. Your taxes have been reduced in the reorganized government to 30 cents on the one hundred dollars worth. Will you cleave to old Virginia and pay one dollar and twenty cents on the hundred dollars worth of property, which is now the rate of taxation in the rebel government of that State. And now we say to you, fellow-citizens, look carefully over the whole ground and weigh all the arguments, and having learned your duty and your highest interest, go on the 26th day of March, 1863, and vote for the new State.

The duties of the committee will be to ask every man in his district, and to see that he is at the polls on election day, and that he votes for the new State. To fix a time and place in your districts for holding new Senate meetings, and to notify the Central Committee thereof, and also give general notice to the people, in which duty the Central Committee will aid you and as far as possible furnish you, if desired, speakers for the occasion. And now we invoke your earnest patriotic efforts in our good cause and the blessings of Almighty God upon the new State.

Smith Crane,
Jno. R. Stone,
Jno. S. Murdock,
Central Com.
P.S. There will be a mass meeting of the citizens of Preston on court day, the 9th of March. By order of the Committee.
Smith Crane, Chairman.Wheeling


~Robert Louis Stevenson

A birdie with a yellow bill
Hopped upon the window sill,
Cocked his shining eye and said:
"Ain't you 'shamed, you sleepy-head?"


A dad and his son were riding their bikes and crashed. Two ambulances came and took them to different hospitals. The man’s son was in the operating room and the doctor said, “I can’t operate on you. You’re my son.”

How is that possible?


The language of a society changes slowly but steadily with the result that an educated person will not be able to read or understand the words in his language written 500 years ago.

Do you feel like you can’t talk to your parents? Maybe it’s because you belong to the Niger-Congo family. More than 1,400 languages are spoken by different members of this family from Africa.

It has been estimated that the number of actively spoken languages in the world today is about 6,000.

There is no word that rhymes with orange.

Pinocchio is Italian for “pine head.”

The most common letters in English are R S T L N E.

There was only one code during World War II that was never broken by the enemy and was used by the US Army. Navajo soldiers, called Codetalkers, developed a radio code based on their native language. It was the only way US soldiers on the battlefield could be sure that messages were from there own side and not from Japanese imitators.

Did you know that the word “typewriter” is the longest word in the English Language that can be spelled with the top of the keyboard?

You speak about 4,800 words a day.


The holiday Boxing day was originally celebrated in England, for the servants to the rich people. After Christmas, the servants “boxed up” all the left-overs from the rich people and bring them home.

A palindrome is a word that is spelled the same way from both ends. For example: racecar


The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.

If you lined up all the cars in the world end to end, someone would be stupid enough to try to pass them, five or six at a time, on a hill, in the fog

The things that come to those who wait will be the things left by those who got there first.

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will sit in a boat all day drinking beer.

My Father's Chevy

My father has, over the years, restored his magnificent 1956 Chevrolet convertible to near perfect condition. Last weekend, he decided to go on a little spin ('twas a warm day, perfect weather for a convertible). As he was pulling out of the driveway, he noticed he was low on gas - the gauge was practically on empty.

On his way to the gas station, he made a quick stop at the local fast food restaurant. Having nowhere to park, he reluctantly stopped his car down a side street. As he was leaving, he noticed a few young guys eyeing his vehicle. Thinking nothing of it (it's rare to see this model car in such good condition, so people typically stare), he walked into the food establishment to get himself a deliciously awful burger.

The line was long, so it was a while before he returned to where he parked. He returned to his worst nightmare: his car was gone.

He hurriedly called the police and reported his Chevy convertible was stolen. He then went back into the restaurant and ordered a half-pounder with bacon, to go.

About 15 minutes later, the police called him back. Apparently, right after he called, the police received a call from a female worker at a gas station about a mile out of town. The worker reported that a beautiful car was left nearby. She said three young men drove up and prepaid for $20 of gas.

The three men walked around the vehicle many times, checking under the hood and in the trunk. After a couple minutes of studying the car, the men left without filling up. As they were leaving, the car ran out of gas near the gas station. The men left it there and took off running. The police couldn't think of a reason for the young men paying for gas they didn't use. My father, however, knew exactly what happened.

The question is, why would the three men pay for gas they needed but didn't use?


My father knew that the reason the men didn't fill the car up was simple: they didn't know where to put the gas! In this particular car, the gas tank isn't on either side of the car. It is, however, hidden behind the left taillight. There was a little lever you turned, which revealed the gas tank. That is why the men walked around the vehicle, studying it for a place to insert the nozzle of the gas pump. ...And yes, my father enjoyed his hamburger.

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