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| cf~ | Cq ! $. (Continuing the Hinton Home of "W. Daily News & The Weekend Leader) Water Festival" Volume 110 No. 21 Hinton, West Virginia Tuesday Sept. 4, 2012 50 Cents i m Dustin Smith, 28, cuts and head down field for a nice gain Friday night in the Bobcats 44 to 20 win over Pikeview. Smith ran for a game high 118 yards while the team compiled over 300 yards rushing.The Bobcats host James Monroe on Friday night. Kick off is set for 7:30 Isaiah Brown, 1, runs to day light and picks up big yardage in the Bobcats 44-20 win over Pikeview Friday night.Brown had 65 yards rushing and a tremendous 75 yard interception return in the game for the Bobcats.Summers County will host James Monroe Friday night at 7:30. By Perry Mann ten hours with breaks and water This time of year on the farm in from a jug. At night I couldn't quit the Thirties was time to harvest cradling. I cradled in my sleep and wheat. It seemed esthetically a often awoke tired from it. shame to harvest afield of gold that At the end of the day the bundles undulated from the winds' caresses had to be gathered and shocked and not unlike the waves of seas. But the capped to shed rain. One year rain grain was ripe and had to be came and came again and again harvested or it would go to ruin. until the wheat in the caps sprouted. In my early teens my grandfather That wheat was lost but the wheat had taught me the skill of handling covered survived and went into the , and using a scythe. There is an art thrashing machine that separated to cutting with one. I used to take a wheat from straw and chaff. swath and my grandfather would Taking view of that part of the lead the way with a swath. It was wheat field that was now stubble learning that could be transferred to and shocks of wheat was to a cradler the use of a cradle, the instrument a pretty sight, a satisfying scene. in those days that was used to cut Here was bread and feed for humans wheat, and animals. It was that without The cradle was a scythe with an which life on the farm would have enlarged blade. It had four or five been poor indeed. fingers of wood attached to it and My grandfather hired an adult they were parallel to the blade, neighbor to tie behind me. He had When the cradler cut a swath the no experience with a cradling buthe scythe blade cut the grain at ground asked my grandfather if he could try level and the fingers gathered the the cradle. He felt somewhat cut wheat as the cradler completed degraded tying bundles behind a his swing. Then, the cradler parked kid. He took the cradle and went at the cradle on the thigh of his left leg, the work with enthusiasm but he reached for the gathered wheat and made a mistake. When on a swing dropped the bundle to the ground, he gathered the wheat from the Behind came one who gathered the fingers, he grabbed the blade and cut bundles until they were the size to himself. That ended the neighbor's tie with strands of wheat and left to employment in the wheat harvest. I become part of wheat stack or shock went back as cradler. later. After the shocks had seasoned There was a rhythm to the use of some in the summer sun, it was time the cradle: The swing to cut the to haul the shocks to the barn. The swath, the parking the cradle on the horses were rounded up harnessed, thigh, the gathering the cut wheat hitched to sled or wagon and reined and the dropping of it behind for the to the wheat field. The shocks were bundler. It was swing, park, gather stacked on the vehicle and hauled and drop and return to beginning of to the barn to be stored until the the next stroke of the cradle. Hour thrashing machine came. after hour until the field was stubble The coming of the thrashing and shocks, machine was always an exciting Even though I was still in mytime. The machine would come early middle teens my grandfather gave with its crew to a farm and thrash, me the job of Cradler. I feltthen to the next farm and at noon it important. Though the going wage would come to a farm that had for field work was ten cents an hour, prepared for its coming and for the eradlers were paid fifteen cents an feeding the crew an all the other hour. I was not paid in cash I cradled men and women involved in the for my bed and keep, but I knew the festival. difference in pay and swelledBut first there was the thrashing. somewhat. But the work was hard, The bundles were hauled from barn arduous and exhausting. I cradled to one end of the thrashing machine, Summers County 44 Pikeview 20 The 2012 Summers County praised the play ofthe offensive line Football team rolled to a 44 to 20 led by Buddy Vega for opening holes victory Friday night over thethat allowed Dustin Smith to run for ByFredLong Pikeview Panthers. a game high 118 yards and a team It's just a two-minute drive from Summers County scoz:ed with rushing total of 302 yards that was the city limits sign on Rt. 3 along 4:23 left in the first quarter on an balanced among five primary ball the Greenbrier River. Denise exciting reverse field 10 yard run by carriers. McIntosh, a charming host, has been Isaiah Brown. In the second quarter Houchins thought that overall it in food service and catering the the Bobcats put the game awaywas a sound performance on defense majority of her life. "I love to cook," scoring three more touchdowns, with the exception of one blown she said. "That's one of the reasons T. J. Smith scored on a 15 yard coverage. He mentioned a few I wanted to open this place. It has run at the 9:22 mark and Dustin missed assignments and some more dining space and this is what Smith ran the two point conversion, penalties as areas to improve this I was looking for." Pikeview then connected on a 68 week heading into a showdown with Denise and her husband Rodney yard touchdown pass to stay in the James Monroe 9. have two other successful businesses game early. James Monroe beat Narrows 33- in Fayette County and have been in The Bobcats answered with 8 Friday night. The Bobcats host the business for 10 years, but this is her touchdowns by Dustin Smith on a Mavericks Friday night at fist expansion outside of her home 29 yard run and Eric Lindsey on a 7:30. Summers County fans are county. "We just love it here and we six yard pass reception from T.J. encouraged to wear their orange and love the people. It's just so peaceful Smith. Lindsey also ran the two black and come ready to make some here on the Greenbrier River, point conversion, noise in support of our 1-0 Bobcats. everyone just loves it here and this The final touchdown of the first Game Stats at PikeView High is such a nice place. You can't see it half was set up by a spectacular 75 School 8/24/12 so much, but over $100,000 has been yard interception return by Isaiah Summers .... 8 22 14 0 -- 44 invested in the building to make it Brown to the one yard line. PikeView ....... 0 6 0 14 --.20 as nice as it can possibly be." In the second half the Bobcats First Quarter Denise is talking about the former scored quickly as Dustin Smith SC - Isaiah Brown 10 rush (T.J. GreenbrierValleyBar and Grill that scored from nine yards out and Smith rush), 4:23 went through several hands and Isaiah Brown ran the two point Second Quarter finally closed several months back. conversion. With 5:23 to go in the SC - T.J. Smith 15 rush (Dustin It has a new name: River Rock Bar third T.J. Smith punched in aSmith rush), 9:22 and Grill, new management, new touchdown from two yards out and PV - Logan McKinney 68 pass service, "new everything," she the PAT failed, from Jordan Hardin (PAT failed), laughed. Summers County pulled many 3:54 "We are working heard," she said, starters for the rest ofthe game and SC - D. Smith 29 rush (PAT "to make this a place where everyone allowed reserves to gain somefailed), 2:38 will feel comfortable and want to valuable experience. SC - Erik Lindsey 6 pass from T.J. come back, like an Applebee's." On defense Allen Brown Smith (Lindseyrush), :11 Her Western Sandwich is a recovered two fumbles while Tyler Third Quarter perfect blend of ham, eggs, onions, Bragg and A. J. Brown intercepted SC - D. Smith 9 rush (Brown peppers, cheese and tomato. Served passes on Pikeview two point rush),ll:15 on toast and topped with lettuce and conversion attempts. SC - T.J. Smith 2 rush (PAT some mayonnaise its a sandwich Dustin Smith, Eric Lindsey and failed), 5:35 that puts all other breakfast Cody Harrah led the Bobcats in Fourth Quarter sandwiches to shame. The tackles. PV - Trevor Shannon 24 rush wonderful thing about it is this Summers County Head Coach (PAT failed), 11:29 sandwich and other breakfast PV - Daniel Brown 4 rush (Andrew Caban rush), 2:07 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING - which had been steadied and hooked Summers County: Isaiah Brown by belt to a tractor. When all was 6-65-1td, T.J. Smith 12-58-2td, ready, the tractor would start and Dustin Smith 10-118-2td, Erik After several years of planning, the machine would groan and shake. Lindsey 7-30, Matt Ryan 3-26, Greg things are really beginning to move Bundles entered one end and chaff Shrewsbury 2-0, Markiece Lukach forward in the development of the exited the other end. In the middle 1-1, Sean Willey 1-3, Tyler Bragg 1- John Henry Historical Park (JHHP), on the side, the golden grain spouted 1, TEAM 1-(-1); said Rick Moorefield, coordinator for into half bushel buckets. I was one PikeView: Tanner Farley 12-85,the JHHP Steering Committee. "We of them there to sack the grain from Hunter Moses 2-7, Ryan Roberts 2- are now just days away from another the buckets. 1, Trevor Shannon 6-42-td, Jordan significant step in the park's The women had congregated at Hardin 1-(-5), Adam Holdren 6-36, development." the appointed place for dinner, not Daniel Brown 6-39-td, Brady Fobert The Citizens Conservation Corps lunch, but dinner and a dinner with 2-7, Tyler Masters 1-0. of West Virginia, in support of the many courses, many entrees, PASSING- SC: Reaching the Summit Community abundances of vegetables and T.J. Smith 1-4-0-6-1; PV, Jordan Service Initiative, will host a endless desserts. Hardin 3-6-1-85-1. demonstration project as a "dress The men came and prepared forRECEMNG - SC: rehearsal" at the John Henry park the feast by going to the spring Lindsey 1-6-td;PV, Logan in preparation for the 2013 National house and drinking dipper after McKinney Scout Jamboree Days of Service, dipper of cool, quenching spring water. I often would throw a dipper or two on my head to help relieve ..... the itch of chaff and dust and so did my buddies. Then we went to the washstand on the porch of the neighbor's house to wash up. Basins of rain water from rain barrel and soap and towels were there to clean off the sweat and dirt of thrashing. Then, shifts of workers took seats around the dining room table and were served by the women. One can: imagine the joy and festivity of such an occasion. How happy were the men to be doing the work so essential to life and doing it with other men and women who were their neighbors and helpers and there to assure sustenance and enjoy fellowship. And how happy were the men to eat with yearning appetites and happy were the women to provide for them and note the success of their cooking skills. The thrashing and dining done, the crew hitched the tractor to the machine and with a part of the wheat as their pay departed. The women cleaned up after the feast and the men followed the machine and crew to the next farm. Then the sun set and there was to come another day and another harvest. So was the calendar of events and HAF Board member, Benji Farley, presents the Ann Gore the way of life for the Mountaineers Scholarship Award to Shelley Miller, a graduate of Summers in the Thirties. County High School Class of 2012. sandwiches are served all day everyday. "We never shut the kitchen down," she said. "We cook right up till closing. I have a daily special and we offer a wide selection on our menu. Tonight we are serving cabbage rolls." All of her specials are made from scratch using the best produce, she pointed out. "I come in every morning, many times as early a 6 a.m., and start cooking. I make homemade chili, homemade bar-be- q sauce, chicken salad, coleslaw just about everything. And you can't find a better ribeye or T-bone in Summers County. I think once people come out and try our food, and at our lower price, they will be pleasantly surprised." The building offers two large dinning rooms, and a specious deck overlooking the river for outdoors dinning if so desired. "We can handle any group," she said. "I'm use to catering for large groups and we welcome the after church crowd to come here and try us out. They will find this is totally difference from what it use to be." River Rock opens at 10 a.m., seven days a week, with free coffee with every purchase. Menu items include salads, appetizers and side dishes, sandwiches, including deep fried bologna and a catfish hoagie to die for. She offers fish, chicken and steak dinners and some of the best homemade deserts you can get anywhere. "We want people to give us a try," she said. "We want people to find out what a pleasant experience dinning with us can be." Moorefield said. Work will take place Thursday, September 6, and Friday, September 7, to help develop a walking trail system on the western end of the park from Hungards Creek toward the Great Bend Tunnel. The demo project to occur both days from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Tasks include trail clearing and landscaping in support of the local effort to make the John Henry Historical Park at Talcott a community recreation area and historic attraction. In addition to trail development and landscaping, an education component regarding the John Henry Legend will be presented for volunteers on site, including volunteers from the AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps). Most recently, Phase 1 of development was completed with the construction of the entrance and parking lot off of Route 3 and the relocation of the John Henry statue into the park near the Great Bend Tunnel. Local help will be appreciated and is encouraged, Moorefield said. "Even if you can't put on your old blue jeans and work boots and help the NCCC team actually build the walking trails, we still need you to be there to show Summers County's support of the Boy Scout initiative and the John Henry Historical Park,~ he said. People that wish to assist should gather at the JHHP stage for registration at 8:00 a.m. The second gate in the safety fence should be used to access the stage parking area. Following an official welcome, project overview and a safety lecture work will begin. At 12:00 p.m. lunch for the NCCC Team and VIPs will be at the Talcott Fire Station. (People are invited to bring your own brown bag lunch and join other volunteers for a picnic under the trees beside the Fire Station). Work will ~esume after lunch and the workL days ends a 4:30 p.m.