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Volume 1, Issue 6
October 1 2012

Rowlesburg News
October 2012


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Cool mornings! A diffenate feeling of fall in the air. Leaves starting to turn to orange and gold, it is time again for the 5th Chestnut Festival!

On October 7th the park will abound with various ways to indulge in chestnuts. This tree supplies us with shade in the summer, food in the fall and lumber to build our houses.

There will be a continental breakfast served in the River City Café. Dr. Dennis Fulbright, noted Chestnut researcher, educator and writer will be attending.

From noon until 5PM the park will host Fire Roasted Chestnuts Sampling, Chestnuts To-Go, History of the Great American Chestnut Displays (by West Virginia Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation Prof. Charles Sypolt), Throwing Chestnuts-in-the-Well Contest, Prizes for children, Live Music -- Food and Beverages

The public is invited to attend the American Chestnut Foundation, West Virginia Chapter meeting at 1PM in the Szilagyi Center for the Arts, on the second floor.

At 4PM Chestnut Research Presentation will be in the same room.

Then the Gala Banquet will be served in the Szilagyi Center Dining Hall.

This year they will honor Professor Mark Double and his wife Mindy.


The big band dance featuring Bobby Menear’s “Maestro’s of Swing” which was formerly scheduled for June 30th in conjunction with “The Living History” weekend in Rowlesburg has now been re-scheduled. The new date for the event is Saturday, October 27, 2012 beginning at 8:00 p.m. The band will be expanding its repertoire to include music from later eras. They will add in some 50’s, 60’s and a little rock and maybe a little “Elvis”. All the music is the kind you like to dance to!

If you previously ordered and paid for tickets for June 30th, please return those tickets to Shirley Hartley, 115 View St., Kingwood, WV 26537. If you can't find your tickets and plan to attend the dance please contact Hartley either by email at, or by telephone at 304-329-1240. She will send you new tickets.

All others who have just reserved tickets and not paid in advance must reorder your tickets by contacting Hartley or any member of the Rowlesburg Revitalization Committee. If you reserved tickets and planned to pay at the door, you must contact Hartley immediately to confirm that you will attend. Tickets that were previously reserved but not paid for CANNOT be guaranteed unless you reconfirm. There are a limited number of tickets available so secure your reservations soon.

The price of the ticket is $25 per person, which includes beverages and hot and cold appetizers. Come on out with your dancin’ shoes and enjoy a wonderful evening at the Szilagyi Center in Rowlesburg.

The Rowlesburg Revitalization Committee, sponsors of the dance, wishes to offer big thanks to everyone for your cooperation!



…encouraging and supporting the vitality of the arts in Preston County, WV Big News
The Arts Council of Preston County will now be known as Arts Preston. We hope that this user friendly name will have an appeal to everyone. Arts Preston! .

If you have a group that would like a presentation about Arts Preston, please contact Janet Szilagyi at 304-329-1514 or to schedule.

Upcoming events

Buckwheat Festival – Come by our booth in the Community Building. The Arts Preston booth and Ridgetop Pottery are across from each other.

The 5th Annual West Virginia Chestnut Festival on Sunday, October 7, in Rowlesburg – The Art Studio, which is on the top tier of the Szilagyi Center, will be open. Artists, including Clay Art by Gail, and other vendors will be in the park. The lecture and information about Chestnut trees is always interesting, and the dinner features delicious dishes made with chestnuts. Get more information at

Successful events
Three of our artists, Gail Anderson, Susan Ramey, and Rob Riffe, participated in the Friends of the Cheat’s Summer Send Off Concert on August 25th. Janet Szilagyi manned a table with the Arts Council display.

Christine Croucher and Janet Szilagyi manned the Arts Council table at the McGrew House on September 8. Susan Ramey demonstrated wheel-throwing and also had pottery there for sale. Art Studio News

Thank you to everyone who bought and sold raffle tickets for the stoneware mug and bowl. The winner was drawn on September 1st and the pottery has been delivered. We appreciate your support of the Art Studio.

The Art Studio was open on Labor Day in conjunction with Rowlesburg’s Labor Day Ox Roast. Susan Ramey demonstrated making wheel-throwing pottery and had her pottery there for sale.

Classes: The fall session of wheel-throwing pottery classes begins on October 10. This Fundamentals of Wheel-Throwing will meet on eight Wednesdays (no class the day before Thanksgiving). Morning, afternoon, and evening class times are available (10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.) Cost is $232 and includes tool set, clay, instruction, and open studio time.

The next hand-building pottery class is Saturday, October 20, from 9 a.m. to noon. The project is a slab-built candlestick. Cost is $30. Bring a friend—the more the merrier! Contact Susan Ramey of Ridgetop Pottery at 304-329-1883 or for information and registration of either of these classes. Also, you can contact Susan to set up a hand-building class in your community.

Next meeting: Monday, October 8, 2012, at The Inn. We encourage members to attend our regular Board meetings to participate in the discussions.

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POST 3008

District President Melody Everitte spoke at the September meeting of the VFW Auxiliary. She encouriaged the recruitment of new members and complimented the group on being one of the more active group under her leadership. She was especially pleased with Shawna Sines, the Junior Girls leader. The Junior Girls have flourished under her leadership.

Ms. Everitte said that the group, even tho they feel they haven’t accomplished all that much, has performed very well this past year.


Hunter’s safety classes will be held in the VFW Post 3008 on OCTOBER 13th & 14th.

The classes will begin at 8:00A.M. and last until 4:00P.M. Saturday. Sunday 1:00PM until 5:00PM

Luncheon will be served on Saturday by the VFW Auxiliary. Snacks will be served on Sunday

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


TThere were representatives from neighboring crime watches . Towns and areas represented were Tunnelton, Kingwood, Terra Alta, Bruceton Mills, Gladesville and Albright. Different groups brought covered dishes while our group supplied hot dogs and hamburgers. Eric and Roxanne Bautista were our chefs supreme. Candidates for Sheriff Dan Loughrie and Ron Crites were our honored guests and were present with their spouses. This was a fun evening of friendship, fellowship and viable exchanges of ideas and we hope to have this gathering as an annual event. It was suggested that our Upper Cheat Crime Watch get its own mailbox and this measure passed unanimously. There was also talk about erecting a Neighborhood watch Sign at the strategic location of RT 50 and 72 on the entrance to Rowlesburg. Locations at Irwin, Macomber and Oak St are also suggested locations. Dan Loughrie has volunteered to put up signs. Next month, there will be nominations for new officers and an amendment was attached to the by laws to expedite the nominating procedure. As the Upper Cheat Crime Watch enters its third year, we would like to encourage our community to continue to support us. We would like to see more participation and a greater attendance at our meetings. We want Rowlesburg to continue to be a safe community and we need every available person to help us in our outreach to maintain this. Our next meeting will be Wednesday October 3 at 7:00 in the Rowlesburg Community Building and as always the public is invited to attend.

Bernie McCourt of the NRA will be the guest speaker at the next Upper Cheat Crime Watch Meeting on Wednesday October 3, 2012. His informative topic will be Present Day Handgun Laws in West Virginia. This topic is both timely and important to West Virginians and the public is encouraged to attend


The regular meeting for Sept. was held on Wednesday instead of the regular time of Thursday 7PM.

Election of officers was held at this time.

The officers and will take office October 1; President Scott Maxwell, Vice Pres. Matt Street, Secretary Tish Lambert, Treasurer Kathy Sines, Renting of Building Scott and T Maxwell. Anyone wishing to rent building call Scott or T @ 304-454-9602.

Our elimination dinner is October 20, still have tickets left but going fast, contact any member for ticket.

Bingo Friday October 5th, doors open a 5PM, games begin at 6PM. Come and enjoy good company and good food, maybe even win a little!

Our next meeting will be on October 11 @7pm.


A group of 48 people gathered in the dinning hall of the VFW to hold the Zone 7 meeting of the Lions.

They began the meeting with a rendition of “America” lead by Anna Nassif. Eugene Wilt ledge the Pledge of Allegiance and Robert Sypolt gave the blessing.

The group enjoyed an excellent meal served by the Rowlesburg VFW Auxiliary.

David Damewood, Zone Chairman spoke to the group. He noted that the District Congerence will be October 19 & 20 at a cost of $45.00.

The Lions are asking for donations for their silent auction.
Also asking membership to think of ways to encourage people to join their clubs.

Global actions: campaign for vision increasing eye glass donations by having a contest “Reading is Fundamental”. Lions are asked to increase literacy rates by participating in after school reading programs.

Dave ended his talk by stating that Zone 7 is in good standing and has a net growth in members. Leadership Training is available. Please have all reports turned in a timely manner.

Eugene Wilt conducted a short local meeting.

Our local eye glass applicant has her glasses and is pleased with our help.

Reported that he felt the Labor Day Weekend was a success. We have only one broom left.

He felt all the organizations worked well and appeared to be successful. Perhaps next year the Lions could take a bigger part in the festivities.

Certificates of service were given to Walter Burker for 40 years with the Rowlesburg Lions Club, to Ron Sines and Darrell Dean for 25 years service to the Rowlesburg Lions Club.

Entries for the 2013 birthdays and Anniversaries Calendar should be turned in at the next meeting.

The first meeting in October will be on Wednesday, October 10th dinner will be served at 6:30PM The District Governor will be the guest of honor.

For the events calendar, please click here.


The Rowlesburg School PTO will once again sponsor their annual Fall Festival. This year’s festival will be held on Friday, October 19th from 6:00-8:00 PM at the school.

This event is open to the public. There will be plenty of games and activities for everyone to enjoy. We thank the PTO, teachers and parents who work very hard each year to make the fall festival such fun!

The PTO will also be sponsoring the fall Book Fair during the week of October 15th. All students will have a chance to visit the Book Fair during the school day. If you are interested in volunteering some time to work at the book fair, please contact the school at 304-454-9311. We are always looking for volunteers!

On November 6th, Preston County residents will be heading to the poles. On the ballot this year is the excess levy renewal for Preston County Schools.

A quick look at the past levy will show you just how much our school system, and our children gained from these funds.

The levy has provided money for construction, repairs and maintenance at each school. It provides for operational expenses, curricular and extra-curricular activities such as field trips, technology expenses such as new computers and software upgrades, textbooks, and transportation expenses.

Among other items that the levy helps to fund would be the student accident insurance which allows all students in Preston County Schools to be covered by insurance during school and school-related activities. The levy also helps to supplement the local 4-H programs.

The passage of this levy would give Preston County Schools $1,700,000. each year for the next 5 years

Rowlesburg School alone has received $61,195.87 in the past two years with the previous levy. This amount includes $20,000 for a brand new elementary computer lab equipped with 25 flat-screen computers and a laser printer.

Other projects at Rowlesburg School are the continued routine maintenance of the heating and air conditioning system, kitchen upgrades, annual inspections, exterior power washing, drainage work, new water fountains, classroom tile, lighting upgrades in the parking lot.

Projected projects may include new restroom stalls, parking lot upgrades, and a new intercom system.

The renewal of this levy will help to redefine Preston County Schools one project at a time.

Be watching for the informational insert in the October 19th edition of the Preston Penny Saver and stop by the informational tent on Brown Avenue during the Preston County Buckwheat Festival. Everyone is also welcome to join us on Tuesday, October 2nd at 6:00 PM at the school for an information levy meeting to be held in conjunction with the monthly PTO meeting.

Rowlesburg RVFD News

October is looking to be a busy month for RVFD!

The last Mud Bog of the season will be held on Saturday, October 6th. Registration begins at 12:00 with racing set to begin at 2:00 PM. This month we will race trucks and ATVs! General admission is only $5.00. We had over 50 participants at last month’s Mud Bog and they put on one great show! Come out and watch these guys (and gals) sling some mud!

The Halloween Dance will be held on Saturday, October 13th. We will celebrate Halloween with Stix-N-Stonz. They play a variety of classic & southern rock and mix in some new & old country. They play anything from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Jason Aldean. Get those costumes ready and come out for a night of good music & fun! Admission is $10 per person or $15 a couple. You must be 21 or over. The event is BYOB. Be responsible…designate a driver.

RVFD will once again host a Haunted House & Hayride this year. This will take place on Friday, October 26th & Saturday, October 27th from 7:00-10:00 PM. Admission is only $5.00. Bundle up (the hayride can get cold) and come out for a good scare!

Upcoming events include: Deep Fried Turkey Dinner—Sunday, Nov. 18,

Santa visit/cake decorated contest—Monday, December 24.

We wish all of you hunters out there a successful & safe hunting season!


Since 1999 the people south of Rowlesburg have been promised water lines extended to their homes.

Here it is 2012 and they still do not have water!

Rowlesburg applied for city block grants, RUS Grants, Infrastructure grants and loans to put in a new water plant, new waterlines and a tank in Manheim. The town was told that the extensions could not be done until after the town projects were completed.

Now that they are completed, we are being told, sorry, we can’t accomplish the extension for a few more years down the road!.


The VFW Post 3008 Jr. Girls had a great turn out over the Labor Day Weekend. We want to thank everyone who came out to support us and help us support our soldiers, veterans and wounded warriors. We rode through the parade Friday night, tossing out candy, with one of our veterans driving the truck for us and a WW2 veteran riding with the us. On Labor Day Monday, we had a bake sale, chanced off a camouflage afghan, donated by Anna Mae Liston and won by Mary K. Dean, and made parachute cord bracelets and keychains. All money that was raised from the afghan went to the WV Potomac Highlands Wounded Warrior project.

The bake sale money and the rest goes to future projects of the girls and their continuing support of our soldiers and veterans.

We were also able to get donations raised for our Miss WV Princess to help her get to her pageant in Walt Disney World at Thanksgiving

Again, thanks to everyone who helped support the girls and their activities.


Pictured are the VFW Jr. Girls before the Labor Day Parade. Bottom row is Lindsay Dean, Avah Shrout, Annie Masters, Ayla Perea, Kitara Goff, Back row, Shanda Masters, Shiona Perea, Taylor Cramer, Kaleena Sanders, Alissia Perea.


The second picture is of the girls table with all their bake sale goodies and afghan.



Rowlesburg High School Class of 1957 celebrated their 55th class reunion at the Rowlesburg Gym on August 11, 2012. They enjoyed a delicious meal which was prepared by Jean Wolfe and staff. There were 10 class members in attendance, eight class members are known to be deceased. It was decided to hold another reunion in (2) years.

Rowlesburg High School Class of 1957
Our Fifty-Fifth Anniversary

Our graduation was a wonderful day
Fifty=five years- We’ve come a long way
When first we met at Rowlesburg High,
So many years now gone by.
So young were we and full of dreams,
Was only yesterday it seems.
Sometimes walking hand in hand,
Looking back – it was God’s plan.
He made a way through all the years
Along with laughter, you and tears.
Our High School years to soon were spent.
Then into the future all of us went!
We worked for a living, and did what we could
To make our life Godly, Happy and Good.
And now the “Golden Years” we face,
We fought a good fight and we”ll finish the race.
And when our life on earth is through,
We’ll stand before Him, me and you.
And give an account for all things done,
And hear Him say, “Eternity You’ve Won”
And now our steps are getting slow,
But this one thing we’ll always know,
The memories we shared at Rowlesburg High,
Will live in our hearts and never die.
Our merciful God who gave with care,
His precious Love for Us to share.


The band will be appearing at the Thirsty Bear for one show only on Sept. 14th, from 7:00 pm till 10:00 pm. There will be a $2.00 cover charge. A dinner special ( Fisherman's Platter w/cole slaw) from 4:00 pm till 10:00 pm, for $7.95.

Preston County Arts Council

On Sunday, September 9, a hand-building pottery class to make a slab-built cup will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Szilagyi Center in Rowlesburg. Fee: $30.

Call the instructor, Susan Ramey of Ridgetop Pottery, at 304-329-1883 or email to register.

Only three doors

An airline captain was breaking in a new blonde stewardess. The route they were flying had a layover in another city. Upon their arrival, the captain showed the stewardess the best place for airline personnel to eat, shop and stay overnight.

The next morning, as the pilot was preparing the crew for the day's route, he noticed the new stewardess was missing. He knew which room she was in at the hotel and called her up wondering what happened. She answered the phone, crying, and said she couldn't get out of her room. "You can't get out of your room?" the captain asked, "Why not?"

The stewardess replied: "There are only three doors in here," she sobbed, "one is the bathroom, one is the closet, and one has a sign on it that says “Do Not Disturb'!"

Logic question puzzle

You are travelling down a country lane to a distant village. You reach a fork in the road and find a pair of identical twin sisters standing there.

One standing on the road to village and the other standing on the road to neverland (of course, you don't know or see where each road leads).

One of the sisters always tells the truth and the other always lies (of course, you don't know who is lying). Both sisters know where the roads go.

If you are allowed to ask only one question to one of the sisters to find the correct road to the village, what is your question?


British actor David Suchet is well-known as meticulous Belgian crimesolver "Poirot". The first name of Agatha Christie's sharp detective is:

o	Dalziel
o	Pascoe
o	Claudius
o	Hercule


My puppy punched me in the eye.
My rabbit whacked my ear.
My ferret gave a frightful cry
and roundhouse kicked my rear.

My lizard flipped me upside down.
My kitten kicked my head.
My hamster slammed me to the ground
and left me nearly dead.

So my advice? Avoid regrets;
no matter what you do,
don't ever let your family pets
take lessons in kung fu.
--Kenn Nesbitt

<"Humor is the only test of gravity, and gravity of humor; for a subject which will not bear raillery is suspicious, and a jest which will not bear serious examination is false wit.


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We hope “Isaac” ignores this area and everyone has a chance to enjoy the Labor Day Festival to it’s fullest. There should be something for everyone this year. Come out and support your town while enjoying it.

If you want to succeed in the world must make your own opportunities as you go on. The man who waits for some seventh wave to toss him on dry land will find that the seventh wave is a long time a coming. You can commit no greater folly than to sit by the roadside until some one comes along and invites you to ride with him to wealth or influence.
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