Enjoy Labor Day Festival

Volume 1, Issue 6
Sept 1 2012

Rowlesburg News
September 2012


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This is by far the biggest model train display in Northern West Virginia this year! The show runs all three days of Labor Day Weekend, starting September 1st in Rowlesburg, WV!

Huge layouts, thousands of model train pieces, kids day, free ice cream! Three buildings, photo exhibits plus dozens of other events including the largest model railroad bridge collection in the United States! The models are on loan from the Baltimore and Ohio Museum. This year we are making Sunday Kids Day! Naturally, kids and families are welcome all three days, but this year we will offer opportunities on Sunday for kids to “run the railroad” and ride free in a caboose!

This show is for kids, adults, casual model train fans, serious hobbyists and the public at large. Hobbyists can buy, sell and trade. Vendors’ tables will be set up inside and out at all of the buildings, depending on weather. We invite serious hobbyists to bring static displays and photos to be included this year in our show. Also on display at the Ambulance Building will be a collection of locomotives made by famous model maker, Mel Thornburg, especially for the B&O Railroad to display in depots and department stores at Christmas.

There is enough to satisfy every fan of model trains, young and old: Huge layouts, thousands of model train pieces, dozens of working trains from antiques to modern locomotives all running at once!

During Kids Day at 2:00 pm the model train clubs allow kids to operate the model trains. To top things off the newly acquired road caboose on Sunday will take the “big” and little kids for free rides around town!

We will be giving away free pop-up treats, free rides on the B&O caboose that runs on the road and lots more! The ice cream was big hit last year, so we’re doing it again this year except, by popular demand, we are giving out pop-ups instead of ice cream bars.

Awaiting visitors at this year’s show will be three buildings chuck full of trains, trains, trains and more trains--from vintage pre-war tin layouts to detailed replicas of the local working railroads. The VFW function hall will be added this year



The RRC kitchen will be serving a baked chicken dinner on August 26th

Jean Wolfe and her helpers always have a good dinner at a reasonable cost.

Beat the heat and come on down and enjoy good home cooked food!

to accommodate the N scale layout. The N scale layout will be friends getting together to promote the hobby of N Scale model railroading.

At the Szilagyi Center enjoy spending time with the largest model railroad bridge collection in the United States, now on loan from the Baltimore and Ohio Museum! The 10 bridges originally were created for the 1927 Centenary in Baltimore to celebrate the B&O’s 100th

Anniversary. These beautiful works of art have not been seen together as a collection since 1927. The dis-play is open all three days. Add to the trains and bridges, lots of food, live entertainment, tours of Cannon Hill and the Civil War battle sites in and around Rowlesburg.


For railroad fans and photo-graphers there is much to do, see and photo-graph in the Rowlesburg area, including Tray Run Via-duct, the M&K shops, the Kingwood Tunnel, stone arch bridge over Salt Lick Creek, the Irish Railroad Workers Cemetery, the 180-degree Graveyard Curve and helpers that are still working the mountain grades. Then, there is Cannon Hill from which to take pictures of the entire town and railroad 600 feet below. This is a major WV Civil War Battle site. Rides are available all three days from the Rowlesburg Depot Museum (next to the real caboose).

Below is a picture of the railroad bridge that was destroyed during the 1985 flood.


For more information, contact Tim Weaver, Rowlesburg Tourism Commissioner at wtcweaver@yahoo.com, or Rich Henderson of the Mon Valley Railroad Historical Society at trainman430@comcast.net. Weaver’s phone number is 978-270-3847.


Two sanctioned bicycle races now call Rowlesburg home. The Appalachian Bicycle Racing Association of Morgantown sponsors the races.

Appalachian Visited Road Race & WV Championship Race on August 25, 2012; Appalachian Time Trial Race on September 30, 2012.

Race Course:
Leave your expensive Flux-Capacitors and fancy wheels at home cause it's WV and we got pot holes, but do not forget your climbing legs, and yes, they can have hair on them too. We don't judge! If you want to climb your l egs off come join us over in West "by God" Virginia for some wicked hard yet truly fun grassroots road rac'n !! This course starts and finishes alongside the beautiful Cheat River in Rowlesburg. This race course has just about everything a cyclist could wish for in a bike race ridge top views, back country road, big climbs and gear pounds flats. Race day registration opens at 9:00 AM, and closes at 11:30 AM.

Cyclists may preregister on Bikereg.com for only $25. Race day registration will be $35. USAC Annual License required for all riders except Men's Cat-5 and Woman's Cat-4. Annual License can be purchased on the day of the race. One-day Licenses can be purchased at the event (by Cat-5 Men and Cat-4 Woman) for $10.

Sag support will be provided. Events go on rain; snow or shine! No refunds starting two weeks before event date. Race runs rain or shine. All USAC rules apply. Riders must wear helmets at all times. Course is open to traffic; obey all traffic regulations. Centerline rule is strictly enforced. Littering on the course is prohibited

Awards: Cash awards for Men's Cat 1/2/3, Women's Cat 1/2/3, Men's 40+ and Men's 50+. Merchandise prizes for Men's Cat 5 and Tandem. Junior will receive medals. We will be going five deep in all class and eight deep in Men's Cat 1/2/3 Men's Cat 1/2/3Cash, 8 deep, ($300) Men's Cat 4/5Cash, 5 Deep ($120) Men's Master (40+) - Cash, 5 Deep ($120) Men's Master (50+) - Cash, 5 Deep ($120) Women's Cat 1/2/3-Cash, 5 Deep ($200) Women's Cat 4 - Cash, 5 Deep ($120) Men's Cat 5- Prizes, 5 Deep Juniors - Medals, 5 Deep Tandem - Prizes, 5 Deep Men's Cat 4/5 - Cash, 5 Deep ($120) Men's Master (40+) Cash, 5 Deep ($120) Men's Master (50+) Cash, 5 Deep ($120) Women's Cat 1/2/3-Cash, 5 Deep ($200) Women's Cat 4 - Cash, 5 Deep ($120) Men's Cat 5- Prizes, 5 Deep Juniors - Medals, 5 Deep Tandem - Prizes, 5 Deep Prizes will be distributed at Rowlesburg City Park within 1 hour of race results being posted. All prizes not claimed at the race are forfeited.


The members of the Etam Eagles 4-H Club meet on August 5, 2012 at the home of Tom and Julie Sanders. The meeting was called to order by Gabriella Dean. Minutes and roll call were presented by Megan Riley and Troy Barrett gave the treasurer’s report.

The members discussed old business consisting of younger cap, project books that were due and the Alumni Reunion.

New business included the upcoming teen leader cookout on Aug 19, at 6 P.M. and a lamb dressing team for the Buckwheat Festival.

The 4-H Club painted picnic tables at the Firemen’s Pavilion for the upcoming Labor Day festivities at the Rowlesburg Park. The Labor Day Parade will be August 31 and the 4-H members will be decorating a ride for this parade.

Etam Eagles 4-H members will be selling tickets on a Camp Blanket to be chanced off on October 7th All proceeds will be donated to the Preston County 4-H Camp Fund. See any member to purchase chances on this quilt.


Brittney made a motion to adjourn the meeting and it was seconded by Ashley Bell. The next meeting will be September 9th at the Rowlesburg VFW at 4:30 P.M.

Tom and Julie Sanders provided refreshments after the meeting.

Brittney Sanders gave a talk on her goats which will be exhibited at the Buckwheat Festival. Ashly Bell Gave a talk on her exhibits which were also goats.


The Upper Cheat Crime Watch held its monthly meeting on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 in the Rowlesburg Community Building. Special guests included deputies John Bryan and Mark Lewis from the Sheriff's Department. The meeting was called to order by President Betty Bell at 7:00 and Mayor Margaret Schollar led in a brief prayer, followed by the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance. Before the minutes of last meeting were read, it was agreed that both deputies would give a brief, but necessary presentation on the dangers of identity theft and cyber crime. It was stressed that the evolution of technology has given bad criminal elements more innovative ways to commit crimes. An example given was using E-Bay, the popular online auction. There is a scam bypassing PayPal method of payment and requiring Western Union payment for purchase. The Western Union payments will be mailed to a fictitious address in another state or country and the buyer would receive nothing. The Internet preys on a consumer's gullibility. Scam artists will use any methodology to obtain phone numbers, credit card numbers and other sensitive information for the purposes of fraud and identity theft. Credit card swipes in restaurants, gas stations , grocery stores, etc can lead to credit card theft. Motel keycards have pertinent information. Officers advice is do not return them when you check out. Facebook, Twitter and social media also has scams and the deputies stressed the monitoring of children on the Internet.. This talk was highly informative and well received by all who attended. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, September 5 at 7:00 at the Rowlesburg Community Building. As always the public is invited to attend.


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

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

Luncheon will be served by the VFW Auxiliary.

Sunday there will be testing. Snacks and drinks will be served.

Nila Lipscomb is trying to set up a “Food Handlers” class f or later please keep an eye out for the announcement later if you need your card renewed.


The Rowlesburg Revitalization Committee will once again have their Christmas Market at the Szilagyi Center. Vendors, get your beautiful Christmas crafts ready for this annual event. More information will be forthcoming in a future newsletter.


Sept 2, there will be a boot drive intersection of Buffalo and Catherine St. from 8am-4pm.to raise money for equipment .

Sept. 7 Bingo in the Ambulance Service building

September 13, at the regular meeting the RVAS there will be election of officers. All members please make sure you attend.

Remember to get your ticket for the Elimination Dinner on October 20th . Ron is cooking!

For the events calendar, please click here.


It has now been finalized. The Bobby Menear’s Maestro’s of Swing” big band dance is now scheduled for Saturday, October 27, 2012 beginning at 8:00 p.m. at the Szilagyi Center in Rowlesburg. The dance was originally scheduled for June 30th, but Mother Nature had other ideas. It has been fairly difficult finding a date that was convenient for all band members and the schedule at the Szilagyi Center, but now we can DANCE. Bobby is going to increase his repertoire to include music from the 50’s and 60’s, some soft rock and maybe some Elvis

Anyone who had previously paid for tickets, please return them to Shirley Hartley and you will receive the new ticket. The tickets that were previously sold will not be accepted for the new date. If you had not purchased a ticket and wish to attend, please contact Shirley for your ticket. For the June date the dance was a sell-out.


On Sunday, October 7th, the wonderful fragrance of chestnuts roasting on an open fire will permeate the Rowlesburg Park and surrounding areas. Make plans to visit the park, visit the vendors, bring the children for games and learn more about the great American Chestnut tree. Plan to enjoy a wonderful meal of foods with chestnut flavors on the evening of October 7. Reservations for the dinner will be required .

The Theme this year is Honoring the Heritage of our Great American Chestnut Tree. We also honor those research scientists dedicated to restoring the American Chestnut trees into the hills of the Appalachian Range.

You will not want to miss the one day’s variety of activities. They take place in the Rowlesburg Park, and The Szilagyi Creative Arts Center.

The day begins with a Con-tinental Breakfast served in the River City Café from 10:30AM until noon.

Dr. Dennis Fulbright, noted Chestnut Researcher and author will autograph one of his signature chestnut themed articles.

Vendors will be throughout the park all day. The concession stand will be open for snacks and drinks.

There will be two Scientific Programs first The WV Chapter Meeting of the American Cestnut Foundation from 100-2P.M., then from 4P.M to 5P.M., Dr. Dennis Fulbrand and Bryan Burhans the CEO and President of The American Chestnut Foundation will speak.

At 5:30P.M. In the Sailagyi Center Gym/Aud. dinner shall be served and we will introduce this year’s Chestnut Royalty, and enjoy a dinner of savory Chestnut flavored dishes.

Come and enjoy the day, fun and information.


School is once again in session, and the girls will continue to be busy with various activities this year. We are hoping everyone has a great and safe year. We are also looking for new members. If you know any girl (sorry boys) who is between the ages of 5 and 16, who is the daughter, granddaughter, great granddaughter, step daughter, foster daughter of a veteran and who would like to join the Jr. Girls, contact Shawna Sines at 304-454-9391. If you are unsure if you are eligible, let us know and we will try to find that information out. If you would like to volunteer to help us out let us know.

We will continue to send care packages to deployed soldiers as long as there are soldiers deployed, which means our Halloween Care packages, our Christmas cookies, and Christmas card care packages. Along with those activities, the girls will continue to help our community with the VFW activities and other activities.

Our girls are very active in our community as well as their school, and we are proud of them and their accomplishments, as well as their support to our veterans and community.

The Junior Girls will be working on an upcoming special project.

They will be raising money to send to the Potomac Highlands Wounded Warriors Project, which benefits the WV Wounded Warriors.

If you would like help us help our wonderful soldiers to donate let know.

POST 3008

The VFW Aux is planning for donating a flag and standard to Heartland of Preston County.

They will be hosting the Class of 1950 Fifth Reunion , the RRC meeting the Tuesday Sept. 4th following Labor Day.

The Chestnut Festival will be the 9th of September.


There will be a craft show on September 15, from 9A.M. to 3P.M. in the RVAS building.

Set up at 8A.M. $5.00 per table.
Free admission.

For Information please call Tish 304-698-4461.



Attending from left to right are: Kate Watkins Hart, Freda Henline Calhoun, Joyce Sisler Hooton, Judy Kimble Beeson, Jon Hooton, Harry (Richard) Funk, Everett (June) Hart, Phyliss Ridenour Bolyard, Dorothy Funk Boyer, and Ruth Miller Hart

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 susan@ridgetoppottery.com 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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