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(Continuing the Hinton Daily News & The Weekend Leader) Volume 117 No. 11 Hinton, West Virginia Tuesday, July 23, 2019 50 Cents lson e['o Jenny Ellison of Nimitz was recently named a History Hero by the Summers County Historical Society for her work in documenting the lives of many of the people in the Nimitz community. She has preserved her memories of her neighbors through the publication of eight books, including Sand Knob: Through the Eyes of a Child, and her most recent book, Living All of My Life in One Place. An active member of the Summers County Historical Society, she has generously donated the profits of many of these books to the organization which uses them to further carry out its mission to preserve the history of the county. She was presented the award at a ceremony in Charleston at the Cultural Center on West Virginia History Day. Shown left to right in the photo are Randall Reid-Smith. Curator of the Dept. of Arts, Culture, and History; Jenny Ellison, Delegate Jeffery Pack, and Victor Greco, Chair of the Archives and History Commission. Membership in the Summers County Historical Society is open to all. The group meets every other month tbr a carry-in dinner at 6 PM and has many projects underway to promote awareness of the area's unique heritage. Visit our Facebook page: Summers County Historical Society. WV Secretary of State says, "Think Before You Link!" Warner Issues Public Notice for Internet Users to be Careful when Using Photo Editing Apps The Knights of Columbus Round Table and Hinton Elks Lodge 821 again are joining forces to help raise funds to benefit the community; this time in support of the Table of Plenty, the free community dinners offered alternating Wednesdays at the St. Patrick Parish Catholic Church Hall in Historic Downtown Hinton. "Last month, with a golf tournament and dinner, together we raised nearly $1,000.00 to benefit both the Hinton Elks and Willowwood Country Club and the St. Colman Preservation and Maintenance Fund of St. Patrick," said Doug Trail, Exalted Ruler of Hinton Elks Lodge 821. "St. Colman, on the National Register of Historic Places since 1984, was established by St. Patrick in 1878 by St. Patrick Catholic Church, " Trail said. "That work with local communities continues today with the Table of Plenty." As explained by Co-Chairman Larry Hylton, one of the co-founders of the dinners, the Table of Plenty began nearly three years ago as an effort to bring fellowship and healthy dinners to the people of Hinton and Charleston, West Virginia. - campaigns, which, often use Warner cites the Mueller Report surrounding communities. "What Th~ West Virginia ~etary of up s~!spectiag people s pl~qt.ogr~p~s w~i~h l'~v~!~ Russia sent mil~tary began as a twice-monthly dinner for State s Ofiige is isstt~rtg an u~rgent to spread false information. This 0perativ~s inside' the' i~'n~tecl perhaps 20 tO 30 people has grown public notice fo~ Citizens ~o='be morning, Forbes reported that states, and tl~%~e ope~atwes spent to alternating Wednesday dinners ,enjoyed by from 60 to 80 people, cautious when using photo editing applications in which artificial intelligence is used to alter photographs. These applications are popularly shared on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and have raised privacy and security concerns in recent days. An application known as FaceApp, developed by a Russian programmer which uses artificial intelligence to alter a user's photograph to make them look older, has become extremely popular lately. The app generates concern because it requires users to allow the developer access to their photo libraries, giving the application and its owners rights to use the photos fo/" whichever purpose they choose. Russia has been known for its high-profile disinformation FaceApp now owns access to more than 150 million people's photographs, which include faces and names. Unsuspecting social media users mayunknowinglygrant applications like FaceApp royalty-free access to every photo in their phone's library. (Forbes: sites/johnkoetsier/2019/07/17/viral- app-faceapp-now-owns-access-to- more-than- 150-million-peoples- faces-and-names/#2f7e2 le062fl). These types of seemingly harmless and fun applications bring great concern to Secretary Warner and other security officials. Warner has spent the past two years working with various agencies to combat foreign influence in American elections, and his work has made West Virginia a leader in U.S. efforts to make America aware of the Russian - and other bad actors' - threat. millions of dollars on misleading and untruthful social media posts to sow discord among our citizens. One can only imagine the nefarious ways Russian operatives might misuse photos of unsuspecting Americans in the years to come. For this reason, Secretary Warner urges all citizens to avoid these apps, or at least recognize the potential for misuse down the road. Secretary Warner recently released a set of videos and PowerPoint presentations on foreign influence in the elections which can be viewed by the public. The presentations are also meant to be used by schools and organizations as program material. West Virginia's leading role was recently reported by CNN (https:// states-election-disinformation- education/index.html?fbclid=IwA R1M1T9dlEZmOxrumE3V9oFub Energy and Water Infrastructure Improvements Coming to West Virginia Veterans Affairs Three West Virginia Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities intend to enter into energy savings performance contracts for the design and installation of energy and water conservation measures the same week Senate Energy Committee passes Senator Manchin's energy efficiency legislation for federal buildings. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the Louis A. Johnson VAMC in Clarksburg, Hershel Woody Williams VAMC in Huntington and Martinsburg VAMC in Martinsburg will enter into energy saving performance contracts for the design and installation of energy and water conservation measures at these facilities. This announcement comes the same week the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee passed two bills U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, Ranking Member of the Committee, introduced to improve energy efficiency efforts in federal buildings like VA facilities. "One of the smartest ways to reduce emissions and move towards energy innovation solutions is to improve our energy efficiency. Because the federal government is the largest energy consumer in the nation it makes sense to start there. I'm pleased to see West Virginia's VA leveraging the private sector to improve their energy and water infrastructure and as a result reduce their utility bills and costs to taxpayers. This week my All-of-the- Above Federal Building Energy Conservation Act and Federal Energy and Water Management Performance Act of 2019 passed the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Both of these bills would encourage increased energy effic.;ency in federal buildings through these types of public- private partnerships," Ranking Member Manchin said. The main conservation measures the VA facilities will receive are lighting improvements, HVAC improvements, chiller plant improvements, building control systems, and water efficiency measures. Making these conservation improvements will result in an approximately $48 million infrastructure investment. The DOE's Federal Energy Management Program estimates that this project investment will generate an estimated 383 U.S. jobs in manufacturing, construction, engineering, and project management. The annual energy to be saved from this project's conservation measures is equivalent to the annual energy usage of 1,530 average U.S. households. Don't Divide Folks By Race By Ron Gordon "Go back!!" where you're from--- please re-do your youth Learn to get along with others and to not be uncouth. The lessons from kindergarten augment what we learn soon after birth To be kind and decent to others with whom we share our one earth. On tiny chairs, at little tables, on a carpet or rug. Where we learned tolerance and friendship and to share a kind hug kids are each different---on the outside and in we play to learn and develop and not just to win. White's not a goal---ask the plain paper found on a pad. So fill it with rainbows and love- --be creative and glad. Don't focus on color or ac~ent--- don't divide folks by race Differences are good things to recognize, to applaud and embrace. Differences are good!! Ask the many "who's" heard by Horton and broaden your secret transcript with courses on ethics from Wharton. "Go back"!!---It's a redo---a chance you might not expect and learn about manners, inclusion, and dignity and respect. Kindergarten matters--- wonderful people and lessons abound and, if you can't tweet about good things, it's best to not utter a sound. ty we've long surpassed the 6,000 mark in dinners served. "As an Elk I, together with the regular Table of Plenty Crew, are most appreciative of the continuing support of the Hinton Elks Lodge in co-sponsoring and working together to help raise the funds to support this and other community projects," Hylton said. ' rogether, we are working to make Hinton a better and a more caring community." The Table of Plenty Golf Tournament tees off at 10:00 am Saturday, August 3, at the Elks Willowwood Golf Course, located along Route 3 about 5 miles east of Hinton, and consists of four-person teams Captain's Choice. Cost is $25.00 for Willowwood Country Club members and $35 for non- members, with cart fees of $5 per person. First Prize is 18 holes of golf for four at Pipestem Resort State Park and Second Prize 18 holes of golf for four at Fountain Springs. Throughout the tournament, pulled pork barbeque sandwiches and full dinners prepared on-site will be available to golfers and the general public from noon to 6:00 p.m eat-in or take-out. Donations to assist the Table of Plenty are set $5.00 for sandwiches and $10.00 for the dinner, which includes pulled BI~Q po'/'k, col~ on the cob, baked beans, and coleslaw, eat-in or take- out. Legal beverages also will be available. '~rhis is a great opportunity for everyone to enjoy a day, an and as many as 150 or more during the Holiday Seasons. But beyond that," he said, "with folks taking dinners to those who can't make it out ontheirown, we routinely serve afternoon, or an evening at the typically is priced at $12.00 per more than 200 meals on any given picturesque Willowwood Country person, depending on the meal Wednesday and, undoubtedly, Club while helping to support offered,"Trailconcluded." a terrific community project in the Table of Plenty," Trail said. "Speaking for the Elks, we look forward to be working again with the folks from St. Patrick and to be supporting their efforts to help make our community something special for everyone." Trail added that the Willowwood facilities also are available for other occasions such as weddings, reunions, and private parties. For more information on the Table of Plenty Tournament and BBQ, as well as the availability of the facilities, call Willowwood Country Club at 304-466-3220. "there also are regular programs open to the public at the Will0wwood County Cub," Trail said. "The weekly Thursday evening Sundowner continues with a starting time 5:00 p.m.; 4:30 p.m. sign-up. The mini-tournaments consist of four-person teams, Captain's Choice, and cost $7.00 for Willowwood members and $12.00 for non-members. Cart fees are $5.00 per person. Cash prizes are awarded for first, second, and third place finishers and a cash drawing will be held at the end of the season for those who have played in at least 15 Sundowners," Trail said. "Additionally, the rotating single-item regular Friday Night Dinners at the Willowwood offer meatloaf, stuffed chicken breasts, steaks, spaghetti and other entrees with all the trimmings. Dinner is served beginning 6:00 p.m and Manchin Storage Hub Bill Passed ~enate Energy and Natural Resource Committee Tuesday, July 16, 2019 the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee passed 9 energy bills sponsored or co-sponsored by Senator Joe Manchin, Ranking Member of the Committee and are well-suited to provide this energy security for the rest of the nation. I'm pleased to see my Appalachian Energy for National Security Act pass the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and I will continue working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure it becomes law," Ranking Member Manchin said. The Committee also passed SenatorManchin's Enhancing Fossil Fuel Energy Carbon Technology (EFFECT) Act that would direct the DOE's Office of Fossil Energy to establish four new research and development (R&D) programs focused on coal and natural gas technology, carbon storage, carbon utilization, and carbon removal. Finally, the Committee passed Senator Manchin's Rare Earth Element Advanced Coal Technology Act (REEACT) that would allow for the development of technology capable of extracting rare earth elements (REEs) from coal and coal On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resource~ Committee passed The Appalachian Energy for National Security Act, Ranking Member Manchin's (D- WV) legislation to require the Department of Energy (DOE) to conduct a study on the national and economic security benefits of the proposed Appalachian Storage Hub. The Committee also passed 8 other bills Senator Manchin sponsored or co-sponsored. "An Appalachian Storage Hub would have immeasurable benefits for the Appalachian region and our country as a whole. Not only would it be an economic driver for the region but it would also increase our national and economic energy security. With countries like Russia and China continuing to leverage their energy resources for political influence, it is more important than ever for the United States to secure energy independence. In West Virginia we have been blessed with an abundance of natural resources based supply chain. Below is the full list of Senator Manchin's bills that passed out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. S.1064, Appalachian Energy for National Security Act S. 1201, Enhancing Fossil Fuel Energy Carbon Technology (EFFECT) Act S. 1052, Rare Earth Element Advanced Coal Technology Act (REEACT) S. 1317, American Mineral Security Act S. 903, Nuclear Energy Leadership Act (NELA) S. 1857, Federal Energy and Water Management Performance Act of 2019 S. 1245, All-of-the-Above Federal Building Energy Conservation Act S. 1286, Energy Technology Maturation Act S. 983, Weatherization Enhancement and Local Energy Efficiency Investment and byproducts to re-establish a U.S.- Accountability Act of 2019. Capito, Cantwell Introduce Bipartisan Bill to GuaranteeEqual Pay for American Athletes Competing on the Global Stage Equal Pay for Team USA Act would cover compensation, benefits, medical care, travel Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) today introduced the Equal Pay for Team USA Act, a bipartisan plan to ensure equal pay for Americans who represent our country in global athletic competitions, like the World Cup or the Olympics. Currently, men and v~omen can be paid differently for representing Team USA in the same sport. '"the skill and success of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team at this year's World Cup evoked a tremendous sense of pride and excitement in our country, but their performance also served as a reminder that women representing our country in global athletic competitions do not receive the kind of pay or benefits their male counterparts do," said Senator Capito, a member of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. "While this is currently a very Visible and talked about issue, it's not a new one; and it's time that we made sure all athletes representing our country on the global stage are equally compensated. As a woman, a sports fan, and the mother of a female athlete, I'm proud to join with Senator Cantwell on this bipartisan legislation." "When American athletes represent our country on the worldwide stage, they deserve to be compensated equally - because a gold medal is a gold medal, no matter your gender," Senator Cantwell said. "The U.S. Women's National Soccer team has done so much to raise this issue, but it impacts top athletes in every sport. It's time for us to work together to right this wrong and get this done." The Equal Pay for Team USA Act, pursuant to the Commerce Committee's jurisdiction Over the United States, Olympic Committee (USOC), would require that all athletes representing the United States in global athletic competitions receive equal compensation and benefits for their work, regardless of gender. Senators Capito and Cantwelrs legislation would also require equal payment for medical care, travel, and expenses. The bill applies to 50 different national sports governing bodies, and it requires the USOC to conduct oversight to make sure they all come into compliance with the legislation. i/