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/O ,b ~q I 0 (Continuing the Hinton Daily News & The Weekend Leader) of "W. Volume 115 No. 01 Hinton, West Virginia Tuesday, May 16, 2017 50 Cents By Chris Chanlett Landowners and their supporters who oppose the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) are meeting in Peterstown May 16 to update people in the path of the massive project. Three organizations are inviting people to the gathering 6:30 to 8:30 at '2V[arket St. & Co." (Formerly E. I. Terry Building) near the 219/12 intersection. Save Monroe, Summers County Residents Against the Pipeline (SCRAP), and Protect Our Heritage, Water, and Rights (POHWR) will serve light refreshments to the public and offer information on easements, eminent domain, and adding protections to a contract before you sign. Attorneys such as Zeigler and Ziegler in Hinton and Appalachian Mountain Advocates in Lewisburg emphasize the wisdom of legal counsel before granting an easement to a powerful corporation. The MVP seeks to construct a 42" diameter pipe carrying fracked gas from northern West Virginia over 300 miles into central Virginia at a cost of at least $3.2 billion. It would require a permanent right-of-way of 50' and 125' under construction to cut a trench at least 8'x8' across hundreds of mountains and waterways, gouging the Greenbrier River at Pence Springs and the Appalachian Trail over Peters Mountain. The path in northeastern Summers County reaches 16 miles from Green Sulphur through Creamery. One of several massive compression stations to generate 1500 psi in the line would" be located just north of Green Sulphur in Greenbrier County. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), a once- obscure agency that for 70 years has served as a "pitstop for the fossil fuel industry", must approve all natural gas pipelines. But with the massive scale and number of these projects proliferating, it has also become the recipient of tens of thousands of negative comments from citizens on the grassroots impacts that pipelines cause. Water quality in streams (and below ground in karst areas), disruption of traditional land and water uses, safety and noise concerns, traffic problems delivering enormous machinery and pipe, and maintenance issues dominate the commentary. The loud feedback has led to repeated delayed in the decision- making process, now scheduled to conclude in the fall. Of late FERC has lacked a quorum on its board of five to make decisions. Now President Trump has thrilled the gas industry with two appointments that must still be approved by the Senate. One of the nominees is Neil Chatterjee, a long-time energy adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch MeConnell. The other is Robert Powellton, a member of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. ~By Barbara Daniels Between eleven-thirty and one of the night of March 6-7, ten completely unmarked dump trucks, with no license plates, rumbied past Jesse Johnson's home in Kanawah County. Johnson videotaped these trucks unloading into Blue Creek, a tributary meeting the Elk River just two miles upstream from a Charleston Area drinking water intake. Lutz. He says the Kearneysville sinkhole is directly connected to an underground lake at least two miles long and from which Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC obtain drinking water. If WV permits contamination of water sources used by cities and other states, the taxpayers will be held liable. Such illicit pollution is now Can we pay for, or even do, the condoned by the WV Dept. of enormous clean-up? If we are to Environmental Protection. believe our governor, West Virginia The DEP plans to allow millions of is in great financial difficulty. gallons of highly toxic, radioactive, Thoughwehavewaterissuesnow, fracking and coal waste into a new sinkhole in Kearneysville, calling it "subsidence control". This hole in Jefferson County will likely be as unguarded as Blue Creek, moreover, and as susceptible to midnight dumping. Problem solved? Not according to local Conservation Officer, Dan Justice claims, WV need~' MORE unrestrained toxic dumping for "jobs". --Jobs that rarely materialize for West Virginians. The DEP will hold a hearing on the waste injection permit in May. But judging from previous hearings, no matter how many expert witnesses, business leaders or concerned citizens attend and speak against it, tile permit will be rubber-stamped as if no one had been there. West Virginia is clearly suffering from something termed "industry capture". The sinkhole poisoning is just another example of this takeover that regularly costs us prosperity and health. The situation is not hopeless, however. Your input can reverse it. Call your legislators, write to the local media, tell your neighbors. And, remembering that universities, politicians and the media often get huge sums of money from trillion dollar energy companies, carefully use the internet. Widespread, accurate knowledge wins every time, but these behemoths often distort any information threatening their bottom line. 2017 West Virginia State Water Festival July 31 - August 6 Little Miss Mermaid Contestant Search To all 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade girls the Hinton Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary is again sponsoring the Little Miss Mermaid Contest. Girls from across Summers County and the surrounding areas will be chosen to represent their communities in the Little Miss Mermaid Contest. Each contestant will raise money by fundraisers, and donations. This can be done through bake sales, car wash, etc. The winner will receive a tiara, queen's trophy, and queen's banquet and will reign over the week's festivities. If interested please contact Becky Dillon for an application. Call 304- 466-1792 after 5:00 p.m. or leave a message No Later Than Friday, June 2, 2017. You will receive a letter the first week of June. Manchin Launches 9th 'Commonsense Conncextions" Week Please note Senator Manchin every county in one week. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is pleased to announce that his office will launch its ninth "Commonsense Connections" Week beginning Monday, May 22. Representatives ~from Senator Manchin's office will make more than 80 stops across the state to bring federal government to West Virginians, hear their commonsense priorities and concerns, and take feedback to the Senator. "I believe in retail government - bringing the government directly to our citizens, hearing their concerns and finding the best possible commonsense solutions to the issues that matter to them," Senator Man, bin said. 'rhe customer comes first in business, just as the citizens should will not be in attendance for these events. Manchin staff will visit come first in government. That is what 'Commonsense Connections' is all about. My staff travels to every corner of the state and meets with our constituents to hear about the personal challenges they are facing and their ideas of how to move our country forward, and then I take their ideas to Washington." Senator Manchin launched his i~st-ever "Commonsense Connectiong' Week in February 2011, when representatives from his office traveled to all 55 counties in the state. This is the ninth time the staff will visit every county in the state in just one week. A list of local stops is included below: (county-by-county). Additional events may be added. Please. :note Senator Manchin will not be in attendance for these events. Greenbrier County Date: Monday, May 22 Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Location: New River Community and Technical College, {}53 Church St.,.Lewisburg Greenbrier County Date: Monday, May 22 Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Location: Rainelle Public Library, 312 7th St., Rainelle Summers County Date: Thursday, May 25 Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Location: Summers County Council on Aging, 120 2nd Ave., Hinton Club N Willow Wood Country Club home of Hinton Elks Lodge #821 is now open for business for the 2017 Year. Golf Memberships are available for both Elk and non- Elk members. Call about our NEW special introductory Golf Season Membership.The courseis now open Tuesday thru Sunday 10am to close. The Elks Lodge Dining Hall is available to Rent for Weddings, Receptions, Reunions, Dinners and more... Several Golf and Event activities are planned as well. May 19th. Night Golf Tourney (Play 9 before Dark / Play 9 after) June 3rd- Dickie Noel Scholarship Golf Tourr_ey - 29 Years July 29th - Annual Elks Golf Bash - Win $2500 in Cash Aug 18-20th - Senior Elks Golf Tourney Plans are being made to host a monthly Dinner and a monthly Captains Choice Golf Tourney too. If you would like to join or volunteer please contact us. Applications are also being accepted for Elk Memberships. For more information about memberships or upcoming events check'out our Facebook page or call Willow Wood C. C. at 304-466-3220 or call Jack Scott at 304-763-8700. The sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program beginning. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability. Hinton Area Elementary will be serving Breakfast and Lunch FREE to all children, ages 18 and under, who would like to participate. Breakfast will be served daily from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Lunch will be served from daffy 11:45 p,m. to 12:30 p.m, June 19, 2017 through July 28, 2017 Menus may be viewed at Summers County Beard of Education website, Or Summers County Board of Education Office. Questions or concerns, please contact Linda D. Knott at 466-6000. The U.S Department of Agricultureprohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance piogram, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and]or e~nployment activities,) If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www. filing_ cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda. gov. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877- 8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). Persons with, disab~lit'L~, who wish to file a program complaint, please see information above on how to contact us by mail directly or by email. If you require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) please contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Bass Lake 2017 Bass Lake Park will be hosting their annual Fourth of July celebration on Saturday July 1, 2017. All proceeds will be donated to the Summers County Little League and the Alzeihermers Association. We are looking for vendors and music entertainment. Please contact Olivia Peden 304-763-8511 for vendors and Paul Ayers for music entertainment at 740-787-2332 or 740-334-5203. There is a $25.00 vendors fee. BARNS OF SUMMERS COUNTY - West Virginia Heritage an extract from the book ..... for your enjoyment .~ By Phyllis Campbell Whitley :o _ Nichols Barn on Mountain View Road veveral people told me I must would trade work for flour andThe book can be purchased at the be sure to get a picture of a barn sugar. Summers CountyPublic Library or that one time belonged to Ruehl In addition to raising the cows by order at barnsofsummerscounty. Meadows. they also raised hogs, sometimes com. The barn was built just before .the "Great Depression" that began with the 1929 Stock Market Crash and continued for years. Bob and Mary Nichols told me that during that time many men would come to Mr. Meadows, looking for work and to bunk in the hay loft. It was a dairy farm and the men would work to clean the fields, care for the cattle in exchange for food and a place to sleep. Some men who lived nearby butchering as many as seven at one time. Located on Mountain View Read just off Route 25 in the Jumping Branch District, the farm had previously belonged to Lon Meadows. Ruehl Meadows (Mary's father) owned it next. Bob and Mary (Meadows) Nichols are now owners of the farm. Mrs. Whitley is a lifetime member of the Summers County Historical Society. Mrs. Whitley's latest book is entitled "Photographer on Horseback- John C. Wikel'. 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 Sale of the Barn book benefits the Library and sale of the Wikel book benefits the Summers County Historical Society. 4