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(Continuing the Hinton.Daily News & The Weekend Leader) of "W. Va. Water Festival" Volume 114 No. 47 Hinton, West Virginia Tuesday April 4, 2017 50 Cents t ounty KID lr an Hinton, W.Va-The Summers County KIDS (Kids In Dramatic Studies) will present their "master- peach", a production of Roald DaM's James and the Giant Peach JR. on May 5, 6, 19, and 20, at the Summers County Memorial Building at 7:00 p.m. Tickets will be $5 for students and $7 for adults. Doors open at 6:00pm. If you miss these dates, the SC KIDS will be performing at Pipestem Amphitheater on June 10th at 8:00pro. A delightfully offbeat adaptation of the classic Reald Dahl adventure, James and the Giant Peach JR. is a fantastical tale of a boy, his insect friends, and their amazing journey across the ocean on a giant piece of fruit. It tells the story of a young orphaned child, James, who finds a loving family in a most peculiar way. Sent' by his mean, conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, James discovers a magic potion which results in a tremendous peach occupied by some not-so- normal characters. From the center of the gigantic fruit, James and the unlikely crew launch a .journey of mormous proportions. Together they. discover that while we are all born into a family, we then go on to create a family of our own. "James is a child put in a remarkable situation, and with t Peac the help and support of some new friends he is able to achieve great things." says Benj Pasek, who co- wrote the music and lyrics for the musical. Under the direction of Briana Gunter and set created by Carol. Jackson, the Summers County KIDS, just like James, are working together in extraordinary ways to present this musical. Come and support the talented youth of Summers County and envy a night where these kids will .... take you on a journey across land and sea. REACHH-Family Resource Center will be hosting the 5th Annual "Dam Run" 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Race at Bellepoint Park in Hinton on Saturday, April 15. The race will begin at 9:00 am, registration begins at 8:00 am. The 5k is one of several events planned to commemorate Child Abuse Prevention Month. All proceeds will go to support REACHH-FRC's goal of preventing child abuse and supporting families and children in Summers County. Registration for the race is $20 in advance, $25 on the day of the race. Registration forms are available at REACHH (411 Temple Street in Hinton), by calling 304-466-2226 or by visiting our website at www. reachhfrc.org. REACHH is a community based and family centered multi-purpose agency whose mission is to assist, support, protect and empower children and families to achieve their fullest potential. A prevention focus is evident in the various programs and serwces we provide. In addition to child abuse prevention activities, REACHH provides: Parents as Teachers, Birth to Three, After School Program, summer programs, Child Advocacy Center, forensic interviewing, therapy, truancy diversion and Stay updated with the progress HINTON, WV March 30, 2017-- of the show and catch a glimpse St. Patrick Catholic Church wraps behind the scene on our facebook up its 2017 Lenten Fish Frys page, just search Summers County Friday, April 7 from 4:00 to 7:00 Kids in Dramatic Studies. Manchin and Capito Announce More Than $2.4M in ARC Grants for West Virginia Appalachian Regional Commission grants Will support economic development projects in West Virginm outlining the importance of Appalachian Regional Commission funding in West Virginia. T Project details below: The Polymer Technology Center of Huntington ("P-TeCH") will receive $750,000. As part of a larger plan for creating jobs and businesses in the regional polymer industry, the project will cOnvert a 27-acre abandoned brownfield in downtown Huntington into a multi-purpose resource for West Virginia's growing polymer manufacturing sector. A Product Development Center will assist manufacturing and technology firms with product development and design, testing, validation, and other commercialization services. A Light Manufacturing Center will provide business incubation and scale-up manufacturing space for polymer industry start-ups. P-TeCH will also be a jobs skills and workforce development center for a pipeline of interns, manufacturing workers, and entrepreneurs in the region. The project will partner with a leading private sector polymer manufacturing company, leverage $2 million in private investment, and improve the competitiveness of 24 businesses. The Canaan Valley Institute in Davis will receive $1,499,400. The funding will support the Sustainable Jobs Imitative with the goal of creating an economic diversification and entrepreneur training program to grow the apiculture (honey and bee products) and native plant industries across 14 coal-impacted counties in southern West Virginia, with a focus on using reclaimed mine land. Activities include training for displaced and underemployed workers and veterans to gain the business and technical skills necessary to. become successful entrepreneurs in these Sectors. A Beekeeping Collective will enable residents of central Appalachia to take advantage of the robust, growing market for honey and other bee products, while a Native Plant Horticulture Program will train workers to collect, grow, and market high-demand local varietals of native plants, a growing niche market in the eastern United States. Key partners include Appalachian Headwaters, Green Forests Work, the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, and New River Technical and Community College. The project will serve over 2600 workers, generate $2.4 million of revenue over three years, and attract $4.6 million of leveraged private investment. The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) will receive $175,000. The funding will support the Industry-Informed Infrastructure in Appalachian Colleges ("I3") project. I3 will start as a two-state pilot effort over one year to expand the industry connections and technical training capacities of community colleges serving coal-impacted communities in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, along with adjacent areas of neighboring states. The activities in Pennsylvania will focus on the oil and gas industry, while those in West Virginia with highlight management and leadership in the hospitality industry. Additional components of the project will link participating community colleges with industry leaders in other high demand sectors identified by the colleges. The initiative is founded on the concept that Appalachian community colleges deserve the highest caliber industry infusion of resources to create critical talent pipelines for the region's workforce. AACC will identify national industry partners and trade associations that can be leveraged to provide reduced-l~rice services or partnerships that can build the capacity of the colleges, communities, and students. At least 12 colleges are expected t0 benefit from the project. Senators JoeManchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a total of $2,424,400 to support economic development projects in Huntington, Davis and at community colleges across West Virginia. '~rhis funding will help create jobs, diversify our state's economy and support the Huntington and Davis communities," Senator Manchin said. "ARC funding continues to be a tremendous asset to economic development in West Virginia. This funding is not only an investmentinecenomicdevelopment but also in the quality of life for so many West Virginians." 'WVhile I am encouraged that the new administration is already taking action to roll-back eight years of harmful regulations, we must also continue addressing the current needs of West Virginia's struggling coal communities that have suffered from regulatory overreach. These POWER grants are a positive step toward economic recovery and diversification in West Virginia," said Senator Capito~ "Each one of these investments is a catalyst for West Virginia's economic future," said Appalachian Regional Commission Federal Co- Chair Earl F. Gohl. "Together they are creating jobs, building economic momentum, and proving that Appalachia is America's next great investment opportunity." "The grant from ARC is a critical component in the development of our Highlawn brownfield project," Huntington Mayor Steve Williams said. "It provides us the opportunity to actively begin preparing the property for development. We have worked hard for this and appreciate the unending support we have received from our congressional delegation." In February, Senator Manchin sent a letter to President Trump p.m. in the Church Hall at the corner of Temple St. and 2nd Ave in Historic Downtown Hinton. "Our first two Lenten Fish Frys this year were a wonderful success," offered Father Rey Landicho, Pastor of St. Patrick, adding, "Between the two, we served more than 300 dinners, a testimonial to both the fine food we serve and the great support we receive from our neighbors and friends in the Greater Hinton Community. many other community based programs. REACHH Executive Director, Beth Sizemore said that the agency "strives to collaborate with community groups, area schools, law enforcement, faith based organizations,local government, and community members to maximize the limited resources available. By working together, we can investigation with integrity. And they deserve a chance to heal. CACs all across West Virginia are making sure children have a voice and. hope every day." Several area "partners" have already signed on as sponsors for this year's 5k event. Board President Lynne Larsen expressed her thanks to the local businesses that have sponsored the stretch our resources to effectively 5k by saying %Yithout the financial serve more people and build a healthier,stronger Summers CountyY REACHH was founded in 1989 as a domestic violence program and has since grown into the multi- purpose Starting Points Center that serves Summer County. REACHH is the Child Advocacy Center for Summers County, providing forensic interviewing, family support, advocacy, counseling and case management for children who have been sexually and physically abused. Emily Chittenden Laird, the Executive Director of WV CAN (West Virginia Child Advocacy Network) stated that "Child advocacy centers are fundamentally changing the way communities respond to child abuse. When a child makes an outcry, they deserve to be listened to and heard. They deserve a thorough support of our local businesses, we couldn't continue to provide these critical services to the children of Summers County. Theyaretrueheroes." Supporters include: Concord University, FMRS, Brayman Construction, First Century Bank, Dermatology Centers, Cole Nursery, KVC, Coastal Drilling East, and Mann & Mann, Attorneys at Law. Runners and walkers of all ages can register by calling REACHH at 304.466.2226. If you have any questions about REACHH or the 5K please feel free to call or email Beth Sizemore at bethboydsizemore@gmail.com. The entry fee is $20 before April t4 and $25 on Race Day. Registration fees include a race t-shirt and refreshments. Awards will be given to the top three finishers overall and the winners of each age group. We hope to see you there! Over the years, the St. Patrick Lenten Fish Frys have grown into a Hinton Tradition that we both enjoy bringing to. the community and for which we are very grateful m have the continuing community support; none of which would be possible without the hard work of our parishioner volunteers and our friends." Typically, those volunteers and friends serve up close to 600 meals over the three Lenten Fish Frys, each of them offering both fried and baked, tilapia, accompanied by Potatoes au Gratin, Rice Pilaf, coleslaw, roll, drink, and dessert; all for $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12. '~his is the final opportunity for everyone-to enjoy a great meal at a great price this Lenten Season," said Father Rey. %re look forward to seeing a great turnout to wrap up this year's effort." The St. Patrick Lenten Fish Frys are a joint effort of the Women of St. Patrick and the men's group, the Friars Club. Proceeds from the dinners help support St. Patrick Parish and its charitable undertakings. BARNS OF SUMMERS COUNTY-we t Virginia Heritage An extract from the book ..... for your enjoyment Bv Phvllis Campbell Whitlev Abshire Barn in Jumping Branch Early in our journey searching for barns in. Summers County we visited the Abshire Barn. It was not the first barn we visited. But, just like it was when you were in school, if things are done alphabetically (as the barns in the book are shown) then the "A's" almost always get to go first. D. B, Abshire built this barn around 1948-49 on land that has and took the doors off'because they used the barn to store equipment." The family no longer raises cattle. Today hay is stored in the barn and then sold through the Abshire Hardware. The hardware store is just in front of the barn, located off Route 3 in the Jumping Branch Community (Jumping Branch District). Round bales of hay are stored on been in the family since 1820. Current co-owner, Tommy Abshire says, "During the construction of the barn, one of the workers was putting a board on the roof when a storm came up. Lightening struck the barn and knocked the worker off the board. The barn originally had big doors across the front. Deeds Dairy Farm rented the barn and field during the 1990's the lower level and square bales in the loft. Tommy Abshire says the barn can hold 160 big round bales and]or 1000-1500 square bales. The farm has been in the family since 1820. The original owner, Green Mender farmed the land from 1820 until 1900. Tommy Abshire said, "It passed down through the family i~the following order: Green Mender, Dr: Achilles Abshire, Basil Abshire, D. B. Abshire, Kyle and Tommy Abshire." Kyle and Tommy are brothers and today own it jointly. Mrs. Whitley is a lifetime member of the Summers County Historical Society. The book can be purchased at the Summers County Public Library or by order at barnsofsummerscounty. com. Mrs. Whitley's latest book is entitled "Photographer on Horseback - John C. Wiker'. It details life of a photographer who lived along Little Wolf Creek in the early 1900s. It can be purchased from members of the Summers County Historical Society or by order at photographeronhorseback. com. Sale of the Barn book benefits theLibrary and sale of the Wikel book benefits the Summers County Historical Society. I l ),