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Chair-ity Auction at the Gilmer County Library

Four different chairs to bid on!

Four different chairs to bid on!

Bids on the chairs are being accepted at the library (silent auction). You can check the status of your bid(s) throughout the week. Bids can continue until Saturday, June 20th, at the Folk Festival. Call if you have any questions. 304-462-5620.

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Meet Batman at the Rec Center July 18th

Be the Hero

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Third Annual Elk River Canoe and Kayak Float

Come out and enjoy the calm waters of the 3rd annual Elk River Canoe and Kayak Float on June 27th at the Sutton Dam. The first 150 preregistered participants will receive a free event t-shirt! Registration is free, whether before or the day of the float, but registering early will secure your free t-shirt. The float starts at 11 a.m. but come early to register, drop your gear, then drive to the end of the float to park and board the free shuttle back to the Sutton Dam to begin the float. Registration and gear drops will start at 9 a.m. at the Sutton Dam. To preregister online simply go to www.BraxtonWV.org and click the ‘3rd Annual Elk River Canoe and Kayak Float’ picture near bottom of the home page.

This year we are doing something special. We are providing shuttle services for two different ending points, which means participants in the float now have the option to take a 6.5 mile float OR a 10 mile float. The first ending point is at the Gassaway Dairy Queen, which has been the ending point the two previous years. The second ending point, located a few miles downriver, just outside of Gassaway on Route 4, will be at Sugar Creek Church. When registering please  specify which ending point you intend to use.

Parking for the Dairy Queen ending point is provided at the Church of Christ in Gassaway, just across the bridge from the Dairy Queen. Please do not park in Dairy Queen’s parking spaces as their parking is limited and will be needed for their regular customers throughout the day. Parking for the Sugar Creek Church will be available at the church as well as along the road.

The shuttle bringing float participants back to the Sutton Dam will leave Sugar Creek Church at 10:00 a.m. The shuttle will stop at the Gassaway Church of Christ, to pick up participants using the Dairy Queen ending point. The Shuttle will depart from the Church of Christ at 10:15 a.m. and arrive at the Sutton Dam around 10:40 a.m.

Free events like this could not take place without the support from generous sponsors. The Elk River Canoe and Kayak Float is no different. We would like to thank our sponsors: West Virginia American Water, MonPower, Braxton County CVB, and Go Mart. For more information email info@braxtonwv.org, or call 304-765-6533. Be sure to like the Elk River Water Trail’s Facebook page for news and updates.

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WVU Extension Service to Host North Central WV Pasture Field Day

Pasture is the most utilized crop in West Virginia to feed livestock for a large majority of the year.  Many pastures can be improved and provide a higher quality forage diet to our livestock with a few management changes.  If you would like to improve your pasture and learn about these management techniques WVU Extension Service will be hosting a North Central Pasture Field Day, on Saturday, June 27, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Roger Nestor’s Farm in Belington, WV.  The field day will cover a wide range of topics from fencing techniques, pasture utilization, weed identification and sprayer calibration.

Bill Iams with the Log Cabin Fencing Company from Amity, PA will be discussing fencing techniques and demonstrating several fencing tips to help producers build safer and more durable fences for their livestock.  The field day will also cover the following educational topics: GPS Tracking of Sprayer/Spreader, Calibrating Bloomless and Backpack Sprayers, Pasture Utilization, H & N Farm Story, Weed Id and an update of Ag Enhancement and NRCS Programs.  Lunch will be served around noon and has been sponsored by Farm Credit of Virginia.

The field day is free to attend thanks to the following assistance from Tygart Valley Conservation District, West Fork Conservation District, Roger Nestor and Family and Farm Credit of Virginias.  Please RSVP to WVU Extension Service- Gilmer County, 304-462-7061 or WVU Extension Service- Calhoun County, 304-354-6332 by Monday, June 22, 2015.

Directions:  H&N Farm is located on Audra Rd. in Belington, WV.  Contact the WVU Barbour County Extension Office for directions at 304-457-3254.

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Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center Celebrates Seniors

Jacob Frashure, Michael Fulks, Amanda Boothe, Jordanne Pritt, Cameron, Haley France, Tammy Jenkins, Anna Knotts, Brandy Dobbins, Shelby Wine, Dakota Prevatte, Desirae Hickman, Daerra Stull, Joseph Thomas, Jorge Webster, Travis VanHoose

Jacob Frashure, Michael Fulks, Amanda Boothe, Jordanne Pritt, Cameron, Haley France, Tammy Jenkins, Anna Knotts, Brandy Dobbins, Shelby Wine, Dakota Prevatte, Desirae Hickman, Daerra Stull, Joseph Thomas, Jorge Webster, Travis VanHoose

Senior Appreciation Day ceremonies were held at Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center on May 19, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. A reception with cake and punch was held for the 2015 seniors, post graduates, high school equivalency graduates and their guests, prior to the awards program.

 

The Culinary Arts/ProStart program prepared the refreshments and the Networking Technologies program prepared a multimedia show for the reception. The theme for this year was “Your Road to the Future.”

 

Bryan Sterns, director of the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center welcomed seniors and their guests, and introduced members of the Administrative Council and other special guests. Faculty Senate President and Welding instructor, Carl Collins introduced the faculty members and their students. Faculty members along with Linda Cronin and Jennifer Weist of Pierpont Community & Technical College presented students with Tech Prep Honor Cords and a souvenir Class of 2015 key chain. At this time faculty members announced their Outstanding CTE Students. They were Cameron Jones, Building Construction; Amanda Boothe, Health Occupations; Jacob Frashure and Shelby Wine, Networking Technologies; Michael Fulks and Desirae Hickman, Welding.

 

Linda Jones, Adult Basic Education instructor, presented her 2015 high school equivalency graduates: Anthony Ballengee, Andrew Blizard, Virginia Bruce, Crystal Joliff, Alexander Miller and Hilari Sprouse. Mrs. Jones announced the ABE Student of the Year was Anthony Ballengee.

 

Faithful and perfect attendance certificates were presented by Shirley Hupp, assistant director of C-GCC, and Administrative Council member Jenna Jett. The following students missed 5 or less days at the Career Center during the 2014-15 school year: Amanda Boothe, Terri Cottrill, Michael Fulks and Desirae Hickman. Tammy Jenkins received a perfect attendance certificate.

 

Shirley Hupp, National Technical Honor Society, and Administrative Council member Dr. Carl Armour inducted the following students into NTHS: Taylor Ashley, Amanda Boothe, Brandy Dobbins, Haley France, Jacob Frashure, Michael Fulks, Desirae Hickman, Tammy Jenkins, Cameron Jones, Anna Knotts, Richard Mace, Dakota Prevatte, Jordanne Pritt, Daerra Stull, Joseph Thomas, Travis VanHoose, Jorge Webster and Shelby Wine. New inductees were presented with their honor cords, tassels, pins and diploma seals. Also they received a packet with a certificate, letter of recommendation and scholarship information.

 

Ron Blankenship, Austen Adams, Kiersten Knicley, Jeff Brittle, Terri Cottrill, Dakota Prevatte, Amanda Boothe, Tyler Gerwig, Dakota Fox, Joe Greathouse, Shelby Wine, Bradley Jenkins, Amanda Prusack, Bryan Sterns

Ron Blankenship, Austen Adams, Kiersten Knicley, Jeff Brittle, Terri Cottrill, Dakota Prevatte, Amanda Boothe, Tyler Gerwig, Dakota Fox, Joe Greathouse, Shelby Wine, Bradley Jenkins, Amanda Prusack, Bryan Sterns

The Ronald Blankenship Academic Achievement Awards are given to those students achieving platinum level on the WIN Career Readiness System. Bryan Sterns and Ron Blankenship presented certificates of achievement to the following students: Austen Adams, Miles Benson, Amanda Boothe, Jeff Brittle, Christina Carafelli, Terri Cottrill, Dakota Fox, Tyler Gerwig, Joe Greathouse, Patrick Harper, Bradley Jenkins, Kiersten Knicley, Richard Mace, Dakota Prevatte, Amber Prusack and Shelby Wine.

 

Linda Cronin & Anna Jean Knotts

Linda Cronin & Anna Jean Knotts

Linda Cronin and Jennifer Weist of Peirpont Community & Technical College awarded a $1000 scholarship to Anna Jean Knotts for studies in culinary arts. Anna is the daughter of Todd and Robin Knotts of Chloe, WV.

 

Jim Snyder, Mike Whipkey, Nancy Whipkey, Jorge Webster

Jim Snyder, Mike Whipkey, Nancy Whipkey, Jorge Webster

Mr. and Mrs. Mike Whipkey with the assistance of Mr. James Snyder, automotive technology instructor, presented the Micheal P. Whipkey, II Memorial Automotive Scholarship of a gift card for a tool set and certificate to Jorge J. Webster. Jorge is the grandson of James and Teresa Jones of Big Bend, WV.

 

John Oshoway, Sue Oshoway, Patty Cain, Amber Prusack, Judy Prusack, Jim Prusack, Dotti Nemitz

John Oshoway, Sue Oshoway, Patty Cain, Amber Prusack, Judy Prusack, Jim Prusack, Dotti Nemitz

Amber Prusack received the Melissa Gayle Oshoway Memorial Criminal Justice Scholarship for $1000. This scholarship was presented by Mr. and Mrs. John Oshoway, Ms. Dotti Nemitz, and Mrs. Patty Cain. Amber is the daughter of Jim and Judy Prusack of Grantsville, WV.

 

Bryan Sterns, Amanda Boothe, Terri Cottrill, Michael Fulks, Shelby Wine

Bryan Sterns, Amanda Boothe, Terri Cottrill, Michael Fulks, Shelby Wine

Each year the Career Center presents four $100 scholarship awards to graduating students who plan to pursue a career in their field of study or continue their studies. Bryan Sterns and Administrative Council member Jason Hughes recognized this year’s recipients: Amanda Lynn Boothe, Terri Lynn Cottrill, Glenn Michael Fulks and Shelby Nicole Wine.

 

Timothy Woodward, Gabriel Devono, Leslie Desirae Hickman

Timothy Woodward, Gabriel Devono, Leslie Desirae Hickman

The Earl J. Gainer Career and Technical Education Student of the Year Award was established in 1990 to pay tribute to Mr. Gainer and to honor the student who best exemplifies career and technical excellence. In selecting the recipient of this honor, the committee attempts to award an individual who demonstrates the same outstanding qualities possessed and utilized by Mr. Gainer. Calhoun County Schools Superintendent Timothy Woodward and Gilmer County Schools Superintendent Gabriel Devono presented a certificate and $500 scholarship to Leslie Desirae Hickman. Desirae is the daughter of Marvin and Jo Hickman of Sand Fork, WV. She is a graduating senior from Gilmer County High School and in the future, plans to attend the Holbart Institute of Welding Technology in Troy, OH.

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Batmobile Coming to Rec Center July 18

H4H2Batman and the Batmobile are coming to the Gilmer County Recreation Center on Saturday, July 18th at 4:00 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Gilmer Public Library and the Gilmer County FRN and promises to be fun for the entire family.

The visit is part of the Heroes 4 Higher (H4H) program.

See more here: www.facebook.com/H4HHOPEMOBILE

ABOUT HEROES 4 HIGHER

Heroes-4-Higher is an organization which began in September 2012. The name is based on the principle that we teach four points to take the children, THE REAL HEROES, to a “HIGHER” level.

H4H2The inspiration of the idea came in Sept. of 2012 after my return home from Iraq as a Firefighter with The Department Of Defense. I was determined to help make a difference in all of the troubles that our youth face in their lives. Issues of bullying, drugs, broken homes, abuse of all types plague our children. These issues are very personal to me, as I was a victim of many these issues myself growing up. It was because of these struggles that the Hero characters, especially Batman, along with extensive therapy and support, gave me the inspiration I needed to overcome and then reach out to help others through their pain. I learned through Batman to turn my pain into personal empowerment and use that to help others overcome their own pain.

The mission of H4H is to Inspire Children To “Be The Hero”. We do this by putting together high quality costumes to make as powerful and authentic an impact as possible on the children we serve. We teach four principles EVERYWHERE we go to accomplish this mission in the hearts of our children and community: NEVER GIVE UP, ALWAYS DO THE RIGHT THING, HELP OTHER PEOPLE, & NEVER BE A BULLY.

H4H3Over 250,000 have heard the BE THE HERO MESSAGE. 195 schools have been toured with our BE THE HERO AGAINST BULLYING TOUR since September 2013. We have been as far as Gettysburg, PA touring schools and are about to tour several North Georgia schools in May of 2015.

Our mission is to help children and community to understand that “TOUGH THINGS MAKE US STRONGER”. We believe that if we can change the way people view their tough situations, we can empower them to overcome them.

We thank you for supporting our mission and helping us to get the word out about this truly inspirational vehicle & project. We want to see more GOOD NEWS come out of West Virginia and believe that The Hope-Mobile and its’ mission will inspire people WORLDWIDE as some of the work has already done.

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Braxton County Monster Chairs Project

BCMchair1The Braxton County CVB has embarked on an exciting new project: The Braxton County Monster Chairs project. The Braxton County CVB has always valued the history of the Monster. People around the world have been fascinated by the Braxton County monster since the sighting on September 12th, 1952. Though many people do visit the area because of their interest in the sighting story, activities and attractions centered around the Monster have been few and far between. The Braxton County CVB’s has chosen this project to be the first major step in creating attractions just for Braxton County Monster fans.

The CVB Director and life-long artist, Andrew Smith, began sketching ideas for this project in late 2014. Local woodworker, Allen Johnson, was hired to build the chairs. Working with Smith, Allan was tasked with solving problems that had not been apparent on paper. One such problem, for example, was deciding how the monster’s arms would intersect with its “vest,” or the hand rails of the structure. The chairs, some might call them thrones, will stand 10 feet tall, 9 feet long, and 5 feet wide.

BCMchair2The plan is to build five chairs and place them in or around tourist attractions within the county with the possibility of building more later.  Possible locations for the chairs include downtown Sutton, the Sutton Dam, downtown Gassaway, the Burnsville Dam, and near the Flatwoods exit of I-79.  Placing the chairs near established attractions will hopefully draw attention where people are already visiting, thereby creating a second reason to visit.

CVB Director, Smith, will paint the chairs once they have been built and placed. Smith indicated that each will receive a unique paint layout to ensure that visitors to the area will want to visit them all.

The CVB is conducting a coloring contest to coincide with this new project called, “Paint Your Own Monster Chair.” Anyone of any age or residence may submit coloring sheets to enter to win the original Braxton County Monster novelty item, a Braxton County Monster Lantern! For full rules and instructions to enter the contest, see information below, or go to BraxtonWV.org and click the contest banner at the bottom of the home page.

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WVU Extension Service Offering TIMBER Workshop

West Virginia is the nation’s third most heavily forested state by percentage forest cover and contains some of the finest natural hardwood species in the world. In addition, these forests serve as important habitat for abundant game and nongame wildlife species as well as some wildlife species of concern. With private forestland owners responsible for almost 80% of West Virginia’s forests, it is particularly important to develop forest and wildlife management education programs specifically for this audience. While there are a number of resources available to landowners around the state, very few landowners utilize this assistance and have very little basic knowledge about forest management and harvesting, personal opportunities on their property, and where they can get assistance.

 

The TIMBER!!! program will provide woodland owners a better understanding of timber harvesting strategies, the equipment and road systems used, how timber harvests are carried out, and the wildlife habitats produced by timber harvest. In addition, this program will educate landowners in the sound application of forest and wildlife management practices and direct them to available resources and assistance programs in woodland management.

 

The evening workshop will further educate West Virginia landowners on the specifics of various timber harvest strategies, what to expect during a timber harvest, and the resulting impacts on wildlife. First Dr. David McGill will introduce the common types of timber harvesting used to regenerate or otherwise improve the growth of forests. Second, Dr. Ben Spong will discuss the equipment used and what to expect during a timber harvest. Finally, Dr. Sheldon Owen will discuss the unique habitats produced by each type of timber harvest and benefits to associated wildlife species.

 

The workshop will be held Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 6:00 p.m., at the Gilmer County Recreation Center and a baked steak dinner will be provided, the workshop is free to attend, however there will be a $5 charge for anyone eating to assist with covering the meal cost. Please RSVP by Friday, May 15, 2015, to WVU Gilmer/Calhoun County Extension Offices, 304-462-7061/304-354-6332 or daisy.fryman@mail.wvu.edu.

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Car Wash Fundraiser for Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center Students

Car Wash

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Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center Students Win Medals

By Victoria Church, C-GCC Senior

CGCC1On April 9th, 2015, the annual Skills USA Competition began with the welding competition at the Roane-Jackson Career and Technical Center.  On April 10th, the remaining competitions kicked off at Camp Dawson in Preston County. Students from career and technical schools from around West Virginia earned the opportunity to showcase their talents.

Students who attended from the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center were:  Emily Krugman, Bradley Cook, Megan Thacker, Mitchell McKown, Haley France, Sam Brady, Jessica Welch, Richard Mace, Desirae Hickman, Michael Fulks, Dillion Self, Steven Godfrey, Anna Knotts, Jesse Gillespie, Cameron Jones, Travis Vanhoose, Clara Meadows, Jorge Webster and Jeffrey Pray.  Students were accompanied by instructors: Carl Collins (Welding), Paul Parsons (Building Instruction), Jonathan McCormick (Net Tech), Annette Benson (Culinary Arts), Jim Snyder (Auto Mechanics) and Shirley Hupp (Assistant Director).

Emily Krugman, Bradley Cook, Megan Thacker

Emily Krugman, Bradley Cook, Megan Thacker

Medal winners were:  Emily Krugman, Bradley Cook and Megan Thacker-post graduates (1st Place Crime Scene Investigation), Anna Knotts (2nd Place Commercial Baking), Travis Vanhoose (3rd Place Plumbing) and Clara Meadows (3rd Place Extemporaneous Speaking).  The first place winning CSI team will be traveling to Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky during the week of June 22.  Please join us in congratulating these students for representing Calhoun and Gilmer counties.

The CSI Team will be traveling to Louisville, KY to compete at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference this June. If you would like to make a donation to help these students, please contact the Career Center at 304-462-6151.

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