River City Festival

Volume 2, Issue 1
May 2013

Rowlesburg News
May 2013


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“Preston County 4-H History &
Learning Center”

On April 28th the Preston County 4H held a Grand Opening and Ribbon cutting ceremony in the auditorium, for the new Preston County 4 H History and Learning Center which is located on the third tier of the Szilagyi Center for the performing arts.

Sarah Dunaway, served as Emcee. She started the program with pledges led by the Club Presidents. This was followed by the Campfire song led by the Club Song leaders with everyone there joining in on the singing.

Sarah then introduced, special guests representatives of the 4 H History & Learning, these are people that have graciously agreed to help gather the history from their area of Preston County to be recorded and kept in the center, those attending were: Bruceton, Margaret Matheny, Fellowsville, Betty and Diane Hamilton, and Rowlesburg, Maryellen Wiles.

Then attending members of the RRC, Crystal Dean, Eric and Roxanne Bautista, Shirley Hartley,Kathleen Wolfe-Orescanin Walter and Catherine Burke, Helen Edmunds, Mayor Margaret Schollar, Phil and Mary Wotring, Gary Henline and Barbara Banister.

Representing the town were Margaret Schollar, Mayor, Kimberly Felton, Recorder and some of the council members.

As any 4 H’er knows we love to sing, we had three people that sang for us and the audience joined in.

Sarah then introduced Tracy Waugh first he sang an old favorite as the audience joined in the chorus.


Rowlesburg’s own Megan Riley was one of the featured singer’s. Her soft voice enthralled the audience.


Ryan Cool followed Megan. This an enjoyable presentation.


The symbolic Ribbon Cutting was performed in the auditorium for the people attending as there was not room for everyone to attend the actual ribbon ceremony on the third tier. Shirley Hartley, David Hartley, Emily Cobun, Diane Hamilton, Jeff Jenkins cut the ribbon for the audience in the auditorium


On the third tier, George Shaffer joined in the group.







The only visit “Born of Rebellion--West Virginia Statehood” will make to Preston County this year is Rowlesburg. The award-winning, traveling exhibit about the creation of the state of West Virginia opens May 24th and closes June 4th at the Szilagyi Center. The exhibit coincides with the River City Festival of the Arts, which this year features several other events on the Civil War. The West Virginia Humanities Council created the exhibit for the Sesquicentennial Year of Statehood. This is an exhibit not to be missed. The closest it comes to Preston County this year after visiting Rowlesburg is Philippi later in the winter. The exhibit tells the story of our statehood, a unique episode in American history.

Some residents in Western Virginia felt strongly that Virginia was wrong to secede from the United States. They pressed for secession from Virginia because the Commonwealth of Virginia had erred when it seceded from the United States. This debate raged during the first three years of the conflict. It was one of the reasons for the only battle that took place in Preston County, the Battle of Rowlesburg. Robert E. Lee had ordered Confederate General, W. E. Jones, to destroy the Cheat River railroad bridges at Rowlesburg, saying their destruction was worth to him an entire army. Lee and Jefferson Davis wanted to disrupt to the extent possible the “rebellion” in the western counties of Virginia.

The Civil War photographs of the Born of Rebellion exhibit tell the story of struggle to create a brand new state--within the existing borders of another state. The constitutionality of the Mountain State was debated in President Lincoln's cabinet and the Congress. It was questioned whether the new state would be dissolved once Virginia was restored to the Union. It was necessary for the US Supreme Court to ultimately decide the final state boundary. From this turbulent beginning the Mountain State emerged as the 35th state in the Union. Born of Rebellion is an exhibit with informational text, photos, maps, and images. It is currently booked up for 2013.


On Saturday May 2013 at 3 PM, soprano Cristina Nassif and baritone Jamie Kotmair will present a recital of duets, Operatic arias, Broadway Show tunes, Art songs, and Popular Civil War Era songs commemorating the Sesquicentennial of Civil War in WV. These are two international artists who have won acclaim on the some of the world’s biggest stages for musical performance. They have not scheduled any other performances in West Virginia this season. The program will include works by George F. Handel, Robert Schumann, Francesco Cilea, Stephen (continued on next Page


Foster, Edvard Grieg, Franz Lehar and more. Pianist Dr. Thomas J. Nassif will accompany the couple. This recital forms part of the Annual River City Festival of the Arts presented by the Rowlesburg Revitalization Committee, Inc. and the River City Festival Committee during Memorial Day Weekend. The Artistic Director for the River City Festival is Professor Emeritus Anna Nassif, University of Wisconsin.


CRISTINA NASSIF - Since her international opera debut in 2009 as Bizet’s Carmen at London’s Royal Albert Hall, soprano Cristina Nassif has performed Strauss’s Four Last Songs with the McLean Symphony, Countess Almaviva (Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro) with Opera Delaware, Opera New Jersey’s Concerts in the Park Series, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Buffalo Philharmonic and Virginia Symphony Orchestras, Lyric Fest of Philadelphia’s Biography in Music – Shakespeare and I’ve Got Rhythm, Donna Elvira (Mozart’s Don Giovanni)with the Virginia Opera, the Al Bustan Festival in Beirut, Lebanon, a revival of Carmen at London’s O2 Arena, Pasión por la Zarzuela at Carnegie Hall, Donna Elvira with Opera North, Carmen with the Allentown Symphony and Opera Africa (in the South African cities of Pretoria and Johannesburg) and, most recently, Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’ Eté with the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra. It gives her great joy to return to the River City Festival of the Arts and to perform once again with her husband, Jamie Kotmair, and father, Thomas J. Nassif.

Ms. Nassif’s repertoire also includes Violetta, Nedda, Vitellia, Rosina, and Tatiana with Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn and Mendelssohn’s Elijah among her other concert highlights. She’s performed with the Washington National Opera, London Royal Philharmonic, Shanghai Opera Orchestra, Shenzhen Symphony, Shreveport Opera, Piedmont Opera, Opera Tampa, West Virginia Symphony, Pan-American Symphony, Wichita Grand Opera, Central City Opera, and Opera Theater of Pittsburgh in venues such as China’s Shanghai and Shenzhen Concert Halls, the South African State Theater and Civic Theater, Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall), the George Washington Masonic Memorial, the Kennedy Center (Opera House, Concert Hall and Terrace Theater), and D.C.’s Lisner Auditorium and Austrian Embassy.

JAMIE KOTMAIR - Baritone Jamie Kotmair is from Baltimore, Maryland. After completing his Masters of Music in Vocal Performance at Boston’s New England Conservatory, he spent two seasons in the Virginia Opera’s Spectrum Resident Artist program, There he performed the role of Moralès and covered Escamillo in Carmen. In addition he covered Silvio in I Pagliacci, appeared as The Major General in an abridged version of The Pirates of Penzance and performed in everal touring shows throughout the year. During the 2006 season Mr. Kotmair covered the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro, was the King in Sleeping Beauty, and The Wolf in Little Red Riding Hood. Other operatic credits include Sid in Albert Herring, Pandolfe in Massenet’s Cendrillon, Mercury in La Calisto, the role of the Marquis in Shreveport Opera’s La Traviata, and the title role in Dido and Aeneas.

Mr. Kotmair appeared as Papageno with Boston Lyric Opera’s Opera New England in The Magic Flute and was a member of the ensemble for their productions of L’Italiana in Algeri and Lucie de Lamermoor. He also had the opportunity to appear in the American premiere of Conradi’s Ariadne, with the Boston Early Music Festival. Mr. Kotmair has premiered roles in works by Stan Hoffman, Seijo, and Daniel Shore, Works of Mercy. As a recitalist, he has performed frequently in both Baltimore and Boston, and as a concert and oratorio soloist he has performed Handel’s Messiah, Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, and the Requiems of Duruflé and Fauré.

Mr. Kotmair is currently the baritone soloist at St. Mary’s Church in Ardmore, PA. He and his wife Cristina live in Drexel Hill, PA and he is very happy to be joining her again at the River City Festival of the Arts.

Lucas Tannous Tenor Lucas Tannous is a native of Fairfax, Virginia. He completed his BM in vocal performance at Westminster Choir College in 2000, his MM in vocal performance at the University of Illinois School of Music in 2002, and his GPD from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in 2006. In the summer of 2002, Mr. Tannous was an apprentice with the Santa Fe Opera. Since then, he has performed several leading roles, including Il Conte d’Almaviva in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Edgardo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor with Houston Opera in the Heights under the musical direction of Maestro William Weibel as well as Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, the Duke in Rigoletto and Tonio in La Fille du Régiment with Bel Cantanti Opera under the musical direction of Dr. Katerina Souvorova.

In April/May 2008, Mr. Tannous had the great pleasure of making his debut as Rodolfo in the PSU Opera Theatre production of La Bohème, under the stage direction of Maestro (continued on the next page)

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Tito Capobianco and the musical direction of Maestro Ken Selden. He returned to Portland as Fenton in the 2009 PSU production of Falstaff. Mr. Tannous currently resides in NYC where he continues to perform in the NYC metropolitan area and is honored to collaborate with Maestro Pablo Zinger on a long-term recording project. Mr. Tannous worked as an artistic consultant to three different artist management companies from 2006 through 2010. He then established his own artist management company, Antonius Productions and Management LLC, in New York City, where he represented six solo artists and two performing groups.

In addition, Mr. Tannous has performed lead tenor roles in the classic opera repertoire with theaters in several U.S. cities, including Washington, D.C., Portland, OR and Houston, TX. He has also traveled, studied and taught in several European countries, including Italy, Austria, France, Germany, England and Spain.

Mr. Tannous has three degrees in vocal performance and opera, including a Bachelor of Music from Westminster Choir College (Princeton, NJ), a Master of Music from The University of Illinois School of Music (Urbana-Champaign, IL), and a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD).

Cristina Herrera de Nassif – Mezzosoprano, Born in Madrid, Spain, CRISTINA HERRERA DE NASSIF is a graduate of the Royal Conservatory of that capital and holds a Professional Diploma from the Liceo Conservatory in Barcelona. She made her stage debut at Barcelona's Gran Teatro del Liceo in 1968, singing with that company for three consecutive seasons. After her marriage to Dr. Thomas J Nassif, she moved to the United States in 1974, alternating her career with the raising of their five children. She has been heard extensively in opera and concert in the United States and abroad.

Mrs. Nassif will come out of retirement to join the group as the sultry Maddalena in the popular Quartet from Verdi's opera "Rigoletto", always an audience pleaser. This quartet is the subject of the hit Broadway play and movie entitled "Quartet".

Mrs. Nassif will come out of retirement to join the group as the sultry Maddalena in the popular Quartet from Verdi's opera "Rigoletto", always an audience pleaser. This quartet is the subject of the hit Broadway play and movie entitled "Quartet".

We highly recommend reading the provided program notes, which will enhance the enjoyment of this and every piece performed.

DR. THOMAS J. NASSIF - Dr. Thomas J. Nassif began piano studies as a child under Naomi Hooten in his native town of Rowlesburg , WV, continuing with Ruby Ward of Kingwood, WV and later with Oliver Manning and Miriam Gainer Goder, while completing pre-medicine studies at West Virginia University . He completed his first two years of medical studies at WVU and received his M.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He was an associate professor of anesthesiology at George Washington University in DC.

A former flight surgeon and now retired colonel of the U.S.A.F., Dr. Nassif's tours of duty included Spain, where he studied Spanish repertory with Concepcion Badia and Carmen Coll and, more recently, in the U.S., with pianist Miguel Valdes. He has accompanied his wife, Cristina Herrera de Nassif, and daughter and other soloists in numerous recitals here and abroad.

For tickets and more information see: rowlesburg.info, rowlesburg.org, rowlesburgguide.com. For Tickets Call: George Nassif or Anna Nassif, 304-454-9786, Shirley Hartley, 304-454-9232. Kathleen Orescanin, 304-329-9232; event e-mail: annarnas@aol.com


Oh, that wonderful aroma of ramps cooking and Chili steaming in the pot! Wait a minute. How did Chili get into the picture? Well, in Rowlesburg in April they mix very well. Indeed, it has become a tradition the last Saturday of April to challenge the taste buds or regional connoisseurs of both. You will want to come early and stay late. Chili is best served with beer and so the Great Chili Cook Off features draft beer and lots of chefs entering their favorite recipes. You will be able to sample many different ways of preparing chili.

The Ramp Dinner is a tradition in these parts going back decades. The recipes includes fried potatoes, ham and the hardy wild leek best known here as a ramp. You can eat them raw or cooked. The ramp is a wild onion native to North America. Though the bulb resembles that of a scallion, the beautiful flat, broad leaves set it apart. John Mariani, author of "The Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink," tells us that the word ramp comes from "rams," or "ramson," an Elizabethan dialect rendering of the wild garlic.

The Rowlesburg Ramp Dinner will be served April 27th from Noon to 4 pm at the VFW. Chef Ron Sines and his merry crew do the cooking and you can enjoy a day full of good food and fun. Come to the Ramp Dinner at the VFW then head over to the Great Chili Cook Off at the Szilagyi Center Auditorium.

The 4th Annual Chili Cook-off benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children. This is a very worthy cause and alone a good reason to come to the event. Come out and enjoy a full day of activities featuring (continued on the next page)

the Shriners clowns with live music, starting in the morning.


The Upper Cheat Crime Watch held its monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 7:00 in the Rowlesburg Community Building .Those in attendance were: Brenda and Rob Mayne, Sharon and Terry Harris, Roxanne Bautista, Mayor Margaret Schollar, President Donna McNeil, Vice President Eric Bautista and Secretary/Treasurer Bruce Simon

Special Guests: Chuck and Mary Alice Beatty, Emergency responders Coordinators from Terra Alta

Vice President Eric Bautista led the opening prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Old Business- There was a reminder based on a poster generated by the Preston County Sheriff’s Department about turning in any unused medication on Saturday, April 27 between the hours of 10-2 at four designated collection sites. In Rowlesburg, the site will be our Community Building. The L.E.A.P. (Law Enforcement Advisory Panel Meeting was cancelled on March 18 due to inclement weather.

New Business- Flyers were posted for the next meeting and for the drug turn in. A thank you card was sent to Deputy Thomas Mitter for giving the group his time.

Treasury Report- Bruce Simon paid the annual state filing fee of $25.00. Our present treasury total is now $168.23.

Due to the unexpected absence of our featured speaker, Mel Snyder, our guest Speaker, Chuck Beatty, gave a brief and informative talk about the importance of involvement in the Emergency Rescue Registry. This outreach is intended to alert rescue organizations to special situations experienced by seniors and shut-ins. Emergency registry forms are first distributed. Once completed they are sent to Patty Stafford and inputted to the 911 center People who fill out forms are encouraged to state their full medical condition and are given a piece of red and a piece of green construction paper. If the green paper is placed in the window, it is safe to assume there is no problem. If the red paper shows, then the appropriate rescue workers will be instructed to check for any problem. Terra Alta has trained postal workers, road crews, concerned citizens and deputies to be on the alert for any signals of trouble. With the new addressing policy, the ones in need will be able to be identified by their home address more easily .Mr. Beatty stressed that this system is not exclusively for the elderly, but for anyone in need. Following the meeting, the forms were given to members for distribution around.


The VFW Jr. Girls had a busy month! The girls decided to make bracelets to sell to help out the Shriners Children's Hospital on behalf of a little girl named Emily, who is 7 years old and started making these bracelets while she was recovering to help other children like her. She has Spina Bifida and Severe Scoliosis, and has to have biannual surgeries. The girls worked very hard to help raise money on her behalf.


Future activities that the girls are planning are placing flags on the Veterans graves at the local cemeteries for Memorial Day, a Car Wash, once school is let out and possibly a trip to Pittsburgh Zoo. If you would like to help out in anyway, contact any member or Summer Goff or Shawna Sines.


Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley.

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Early voting is conducted during regular business hours and from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every Saturday during the early voting period,. May 29, 2013- June 8,2013. This applies in every municipal election. Rowlesburg’s will be at the City Hall from 8 a.m. – 12 noon M-F

June 1st 2013
Early voting in person conducted 9 AM to 5 PM
At the Community Building
June 8, 2013
Early voting in person conducted 9 AM to 5 PM,
At the Community Building


SAMPLE BALLOT FOR MAYOR—VOTE FOR ONE Barbara Banister F. Margaret Schollar Chad Bolyard FOR RECORDER—VOTE FOR ONE Kimberly D. Felton FOR COUNCIL—VOTE FOR FIVE John McGuinn Matthew Street Scott Maxwell Donald B. Riggs Terry A. Wotring Betty S. Bell Gary Henline Bobby Goff Bruce Simon


In order to obtain an absentee ballot you must first fill out an application for an absentee ballot, fill it out and send it to the Town Hall.

You may obtain these forms from the Town Hall

Your application to vote by mail must be received by your Town Clerk no later than the 6th day before the election.

Your application to vote by mail must be received by your Town Clerk no later than the 6th day before the election.

If you are absent from your county during Early Voting and Election Day due to personal or business travel, school, an employment assignment, military or overseas status, or service as a state federal officer, you must provide an out-of-county mailing address.

Emergency Absentee Ballot - Deadlines

The voter's emergency admission to a hospital must have occurred no earlier than the 7th day before the election.

The ballot must be requested no later than noon of election day.

James Madison (1751-1836)

Campaigns and elections involve citizens by reminding them of their ultimate power — the vote. Campaigns today are increasingly elaborate and long, costing millions of dollars, and attracting the public's attention in any way they can. For all the expense and glitz, the process of electing government officials provides citizens with vital information regarding issues and candidates' qualifications for office.

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 of one voter over another voter.

One hundred and 77 years later these words still resonate true!


Many people have lost their lives fighting for our freedom and for our suffrage. Though its not mandatory to vote one should take in the consideration that lives were lost in order for us to vote and live in an indirect democracy where we the people have the power to vote for those who determine how we live on a day to day basis. So in other words if you don't vote, don't complain about the hardships our country is going through. Go out register to vote and make a difference because with the power of the people anything is possible. Some believe that their vote isn’t heard some do, though when stated back to the voice of Abraham Lincoln he stated, government of the people, by the people, and for the people. ” American citizens are “the people” and their voice should be the only voice heard. Some believe that at the age of 18 that it is our moral duty to vote. And that if you don’t vote you should not have the right to complain about who is in office and who is making decisions that will rule our lives, whether it be in the county level, State level, or National level.


Stephen French

Rowlesburg Tourism Commission and RRC are pleased to announce that Stephen French will be a keynote speaker for the Patriotic Dinner on May 26, 2013 at the VFW Upstairs Hall 4:00 pm. The speaker will precede dinner, which begins at 5:00 pm downstairs.

Mr. French, author and historian, has recently published his third book on Civil War action in the eastern panhandle and surrounding region. The new title, Rebel Chronicles: Raiders, Scouts, and Train Robbers of the Upper Potomac, is divided into three parts, and includes a foreword by Edwin C. Bearrs. Part 1: 8 chapters dealing with Potomac Scouts Captain Redmond Burke and Lieutenant Andrew Leopold, and 4 chapters covering the Valley Scout Captain John Corbin Blackford. Part 2: 3 chapters on the Highland Raiders and the Raids on Little Cacapon, Paw Paw, Capon Bridge, South Fork and Saint George. Part 3: 3 chapters of Train Robberies. The Winchester & Potomac Robbery, The Brown’s Shop Robbery and the Greenback Raid Robbery.

French is also the author of Imboden’s Brigade in the Gettysburg Campaign, winner of the 2008 Bachelder-Coddington Literary Award and the 2009 Gettysburg Civil War Round Table Book Award, and is the author of The Jones-Imboden Raid Against the B&O Railroad at Rowlesburg, Virginia, April 1863, The Papers of the Blue & Gray Education Society. BGES Monograph #10, March 31, 2001. He is also the editor of Four Years Along the Tilhance: The Diary of Elisha Manor. His more than seventy Civil War and other historical articles have appeared in The Washington Times, Gettysburg Magazine, North & South Magazine, The Southern Cavalry Review, Maryland Cracker Barrel Magazine, The Morgan Messenger, and Crossfire: The Magazine of the American Civil War Round Table.

Ted Alexander, Chief Historian, Antietam National Battlefield says: “Steve’s [recent] book is buttressed by a vast array of sources, many of them never before utilized in any other studies. The bibliography alone is worth the price of this book. Some scholars have thrown out the challenge that there is nothing new to write about on the Civil War. Let them read Rebel Chronicles. Steve French has provided us with a fresh look at an often ignored phase of Civil War History.”

Daniel Toomey

The Rowlesburg Tourism Commission and the Mon County Railroad Historical Society are proud to announce that author and historian, Daniel Toomey, will be the keynote speaker for the Annual Northern WV Model Train Show over Labor Day Weekend. Mr. Toomey will kick the weekend off on Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Szilagyi Center. Mr. Toomey has won numerous awards for his historical research and exhibits including the Gettysburg National Battlefield Award in 1985 and he was the recipient of the Peterkin Award given by the National Parks Service at Fort McHenry in 2001. His two fondest accomplishments are writing the inscription for the Maryland Monument at Gettysburg and playing on the first ever Howard County lacrosse team in 1964. He is currently the Guest Curator at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum for their five-year project entitled “The War Came by Train” commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War (more below). He has lectured for a number of colleges and institutions including Johns Hopkins University and the Smithsonian Institution.

“The War Came By Train,” is an exhibit Toomey designed for the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore. His book by the same name expands on the massive display and has the same basic title. It came out in January and is published by the museum. Toomey took a year to design the exhibit, which opened in 2011 and is updated each year to coincide with the years of the Civil War. It runs until May 2015. The exhibit outlines the impact of the war on the railroad — not from the viewpoint of famous generals, but everyday people. “(It’s history) from the bottom up, not the top down,” Toomey said. ‘They’re the stories that hadn’t been told. But they were the people who were there.” “I’m proud of it on so many levels,” he said. “It’s the largest Civil War railroad exhibit ever created.” Even so, the book goes into greater detail about the B&O, outlining its role in transporting troops. Many people don’t realize trains, tracks, bridges and railroad equipment were major targets of destruction by the Confederates, Toomey said. “The B&O Railroad was the single most important railroad during the Civil War, North or South. [It] was the first political and military objective of the war. Who controlled the railroad, controlled Maryland and West Virginia.” Toomey’s been retired for three years, but putting together the train exhibit and book were perfect ways of combining his interests. Toomey published his first work in 1976, a 36-page pamphlet on the history of Relay, MD from its inception through the Civil War and beyond. Relay was one of the earliest stops on the main line of the B&O. Toomey’s since written 11 books. “Some people grow up wanting to play baseball,” he said. “I wanted to write books on the Civil War….If I had all the money in the world, at the end of the day, I’d still study the Civil War,” Toomey said.


Chancing off a $500

Cabelo’s Gift Card

Benefit Warriors of Hope Relay for Life

Chances 1 each $1.00, 10 for $5.00 or 30 For $10.00

Contact Kevin Waybright for Tickets.



Monday, November 11, 2013
Rugee Bolt Action Rifle
(Choice of Caliber in Stock)
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Remington R1 1911 45 ACP
Prizes to Be Given Away on West Virginia Daily 3 listed on Date Above
Donation $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00
See a member of the Cannon Hill VFW Post 3008 for tickets


R.V.A.S. asks that you remember the regular Bingo games on Friday, May 3rd .

Also they are having Basket Bingo on May 5th to help a cancer patient pay expenses. Please come and enjoy the games and help support the volunteer Ambulance service. Please bring a snack to share!

Arts Preston – May 2013

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

Cheat Fest is Saturday, May 4

Several of our artists will be in the Art Market area of Cheat Fest. There is also a stage with performances of several different musical groups. Go to www.cheat.org/our-work/cheat-river-festival/ for more information on this fun festival.

Open House at Preston County
Chamber of Commerce

You are cordially invited to an Open House
at the Preston County Chamber of Commerce
200 W. Main Street in Kingwood
Friday, May 10 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Come to our Open House to check out our window display, learn about Arts Preston, meet the artists, and enjoy some goodies. There will be door prizes, too.

Arts Preston will have the display in the Chamber window throughout the month of May. If you can’t get to the Open House, stop by any time the Chamber is open (Monday thru Thursday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) for information about Arts Preston and art classes.

River City Arts Festival in Rowlesburg Friday through Sunday, May 24-26

Our artists will be in a tent on the grass in front of the Szilagyi Center. There will also be wheel-throwing demonstrations in the Art Studio.

There are numerous excellent music and theatrical performances throughout the weekend. For details, go to http://www.rowlesburgguide.com/river_city_festival_of_the_arts_2013.

Looking ahead

Classes in June at the Art Studio at the Szilagyi Center

Hand-building Pottery Class: Make a Stoneware Votive Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to noon. $22 per person. Contact instructor Susan Ramey at 304-329-1883 with questions or to register.

Shibori Silk Scarf Class – the Japanese art of silk dyeing

Saturday, June 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. The instructor will be Carolyn Light from Clarksburg. Contact Janet Szilagyi with questions or to register. 304-329-1514. *** Check out our website

www.artscouncilofprestoncounty.org *** Like us on Facebook *** *** Monthly meetings are the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at The Preston County *Inn except the next meeting which will be Monday, May 20. We encourage members to attend *our meetings to participate in the discussions about the arts in Preston County.


Update on progress, grant came thru for part of the placement of Ansel hood for the concession stand.

We are making progress but still very slowly. We are hoping we can raise enough to finish the job and open the concession stand soon. Thank you all for your interest.


The Open House was held on April 20th. Congratulations to Sandra Wagner, Katie Howenstein, Summer Perea and Betty Bell who each won door prizes. We had alot of helpful information on hand and as well as goodies for the kids

The firemen expressed the importance of calling 911 in case of emergencies, practicing exit drills in case of fire, and never playing with matches or lighters. After visiting with them in the classroom the students got to go outside and see the fire truck!


They even got to spray the hose!


hose! We thank Rowlesburg School for giving us the opportunity to meet with these students and help them to prepare in case of emergency.


Be watching for some big news coming soon from RVFD regarding the Labor Day Festival


May 1 The streets of Wheeling were crowded with militia troops. Jones-Imboden Raid - General John Imboden led his forces to Weston.

May 2 Jones-Imboden Raid - Imboden's forces moved toward Buckhannon en route to Weston.
Union cavalry attacked Edgar's battalion at Lewisburg but were repulsed.

May 3 Jones-Imboden Raid - A Confederate force under General John D. Imboden reached Weston in Lewis County.

A replacement bridge on the B&O Railroad over Buffalo Creek near Barracksville was completed.

May 4 The Fifth Regiment of militia paraded in Wheeling and departed for Fairmont.

Jones-Imboden Raid – Confed-erate General William Jones and his force arrived in Weston.

Union cavalry began a scout into Hampshire County, that night halting near Wardensville.

May 5 Delegates to the Parkersburg Convention left Wheeling.

Twenty-one Confederate prisoners, including two women, were brought to Wheeling and confined in the Atheneum.

Jones-Imboden Raid – Confeder-ate forces raided Jane Lew.

Union cavalry on a scout into Hampshire County were fired on near Moorefield.

May 6 Jones-Imboden Raid - Confederate troops under General John Imboden moved to Summersville.

May 7 Jones-Imboden Raid - Lieut. Col. Elijah V. White, Thirty-fifth Virginia

Cavalry Battalion, took possession of the bluff south of Cairo while a detachment burned bridges on the North Fork of Hughes River.

Union cavalry on a scout into Hampshire County arrived at Romney after a severe march on water-filled roads.

May 8 Jones-Imboden Raid - Confederate raiders were at Middlebourne in the evening.

The advance guard of a Union cavalry on a scout into Hampshire County was fired upon by bushwhackers at Cacapon Bridge without loss.

May 9 Jones-Imboden Raid - Confederate forces destroyed the oil works at Burning Springs in Wirt County.

May 10 Confederate General Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson, who was born in Clarksburg and raised at Jackson's Mill in Lewis County, died of wounds received in the Battle of Chancellorsville.

May 11 At a convention to nominate county officers, Taylor County chose Harman Sinsel for senator.

May 12 Jones-Imboden Raid – The 13th Virginia Regiment, camped at Hurricane Bridge, received orders to strike tents and move to Charleston.

May 19 The attack on pickets on the road from Fayetteville to Raleigh was renewed.

May 20 Rebels attacking pickets on the road from Fayetteville to Raleigh were repulsed.

May 21 The 13th Virginia Regiment encountered the enemy on the road to Raleigh.

May 22 A Union detachment led by Colonel George Latham returned to their camp at Beverly with seven Confederate prisoners captured at Huttonsville.

May 23 The 4th and 5th Regiments of the 24th Brigade, Virginia Militia, was ordered by Governor Pierpont to assemble each Saturday afternoon, commencing on May 23, for inspection and drill.

May 27 A South Wheeling man was arrested by the Provost Marshal for encouraging desertion. Thirty Confederate prisoners arrived in Wheeling aboard the steamer Victor.

May 28 The new State of West Virginia held its first election of State Legislature and county officers.

Samuel Price of Greenbrier County was elected lieutenant governor of the Confederate government for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

May 29 A Court of Inquiry for the 1st Battalion, 161st Regiment Virginia Militia, was scheduled to be held at Heyer's Hotel in Triadelphia.

Wheeling Intelligencer

May 29, 1863

Letter from Webster.

Webster, W.Va, May 23 1863

Editors Intelligencer:

Gents: News in this department is scarce. The rebs are not nearer than Mingo Flats, if there. Col. Latham (With his bloody 2nd Va. Vol. Inf.) is at Beverly, and with the assistance of two companies of the 14th Pa. Vol. Cav. Picking up an occasional horse thief – better known as Imboden’s Cavalry! Yesterday they brought in (CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE)

seven, captured at Huttonsville. I believe we are safe from the scoundrels now, until they eat up what they have stolen during the recent raid.

The best news I have now is that Gen. Averill has succeeded Gen. Roberts. He passed through here yesterday. He is a fine looking man and has a “military eye,” and I believe, will fight. I have no objections to Gen. Roberts only that he did not know the country, and was a little too slow.

I am happy to contradict a sentence in my recent letter from Grafton: J. Frank Phares, Sheriff of Randolph county, was not killed. He is now living and in a fair way to recover. I have just seen a man from Beverly, who tells me that he will soon be able to show himself to those infernal rebels who prayed so loudly for his death.

I have made the acquaintance of several of the officers of the 12th Peah’s cavalry and some of the men, and they are such a noble set of good fellows that I hope they will stay with us to assist in cleaning out the scurry devils who now infest our “happy land of Canaan.”

We want five or six thousand mounted riflemen in this section, a battery or two of howitzers, one battery of 10 or 12-pounders, about 5,000 infantry and then we can wipe out Imboden, Jackson, Jones & Co in short order. Give us the use of your pen in behalf of maintaining out West Virginia regiments, and if we succeed, you may sleep soundly in your smoky city.

The loyal citizens are returning to their homes, and corn-planting is going on briskly. I was pleased, as I came from Morgantown here, at the fine prospect of wheat, rye and oats. Monongalia, Marion and Taylor counties are looking forward to an abundant harvest. It looks cheering.
Yours, most respectfully,

Wheeling Intelligencer

May 7, 1863

The Ladies At Morgantown. – The ladies of Morgantown, and especially, we rejoice to say, the younger and unmarried portion, acquitted themselves with great credit during the recent raid of the rebels into that goodly place. The invaders inclined to be gallant and desired to propitiate the ladies, but it was in vain. They would not be propitiated. When they sung it was the “Star Spangled Banner” or it was “Hooker is our Leader,” and when they played it was the Union edition of “Maryland! My Maryland!” and other such tantalizing performances. Never a song or a note could the secesh get in praise of their miserable cause and its miserable bunting, and when they insisted they were tartly told that Morgantown was not the place where they could make an impression.

We wish all our West Virginia ladies would treat the rebels this way whenever and wherever they make their appearance. No influence would be more potent, both on the rebels themselves and on public opinion generally. The women of the South have been so many main pillars of the rebellion. All their smiles, beauty and favors have been reserved for active rebels and they have turned the cold shoulder, in fact no shoulder at all, to those who were suspected of sympathizing with the Union. No man can estimate such an influence. It has forced many an unwilling man, who in his heart loved his country, into the ranks to fight against it. Let our ladies here in West Virginia distinguish themselves as much for haughty exclusiveness on behalf of the Union sentiment as their “erring sisters” in East Virginia do against that sentiment.


"And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road." In this verse, "they" refers to ____.

o Mary and Joseph o The Magi (wise men) o Peter, James, and John o Paul and Timothy


Whether backwards or forwards I'm read,

It matters to me not a bit.

I am gentle and light, and transposed

I am ever ready and fit.


The blanks in the following sentences will be filled in with three different homonyms (words that are spelled differently but sound alike) to make valid sentences. The dashes indicate the number of letters in the words. Can you fill in the blanks?

1. The cut on his _ _ _ _ won't _ _ _ _ in time for the race, so _ _ '_ _ have to drop out.

2. The man was so upset about being _ _ _ _ that he regularly _ _ _ _ _ _ himself up on the bed and _ _ _ _ _ _ his eyes out.

3. I couldn't _ _ _ _ _ any of the _ _ _ _ _ _ in the flower shop, because for some strange reason I had 50 _ _ _ _ _ crammed up my nose.

3. I couldn't _ _ _ _ _ any of the _ _ _ _ _ _ in the flower shop, because for some strange reason I had 50 _ _ _ _ _ crammed up my nose.

There Was a Little Girl
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

There was a little girl
Who had a little curl
Right in the middle of her forehead.
When she was good
She was very good indeed,
But when she was bad she was horrid


HOMONYM SENTENCES Answer 1. The cut on his HEEL won't HEAL in time for the race, so HE'LL have to drop out. 2. The man was so upset about being BALD that he regularly BALLED himself up on the bed and BAWLED his eyes out. 3. I couldn't SENSE any of the SCENTS in the flower shop, because for some strange reason I had 50 CENTS crammed up my nose. 4. A bloodthirsty pirate will wander the SEAS and essentially SEIZE everything he SEES. Hide BACKWARDS OR FORWARDS PAT, TAP, APT. BIBLE TRIVIA THE MAGI

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