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"They especially liked the beauty & uniqueness of our town and the friendliness of its people. They were impressed with the great craft abilities of the people here." Susanna Robinson and Don Drummer entertained in the town square, providing music. And the senior citizens sold out it's beans and cornbread meals. Basil Blankenship, a 40 year employee of the C&O conducts the miniature Hinton and train yard inside the Railroad Museum, enter- taining all with his maneuvers. Bob Shrewsbury, an official of the Collis P. Huntington Railroad His- torical Society, Inc. said they are going to shoot for having a train every weekend in Oct., next year. It all depends on funding, he said. To run the 765 these two weekends for Railroad Days cost the Historical Society a quarter of a million dol- lars. All of the workers on the train are volunteers. Railroad Days is in its 6th year and last year was awarded "Best Special Event 1990 n by Main Street West Virginia. Main Street Hinton has sonsored the event for the past four years. The Street Fair on Temple Street includes over 80 vendors and the Visitors Center features a Crafter's Gallery, and the Railroad Museum. During Railroad Days admission to the museum is half price, adults $1 and children under 18 free. A can- dlelight tour of historic homes and churches in the National Hinton Historic District will be held Oct. 18. Tickets are available at the Visitor Center for $3 each. Five homes and 7 churchs are on the tour. Railroad Days will be celebrated again this weekend. Presented Grant GOV. GASTON CAPERTON recently presented the Summers County Solid Waste Authority with a $20,000 grant to clean up the Elk Knob dump. On hand for the presentation were (from left to right) George A. Chappell, Sr., director of the W.Va. Solid Waste Mana gement Board; Andrew Maier of the Summers County Solid Waste Authority; Gov. Caperton; and Perry Mann and Lonnie Mullins, also of the Summer County Solid Waste Author- ity. Dedication Ceremony. Wednesday Basil Blankenship, 40 yr. employee of C&O. Now museum "conduc- tor  for the Hinton Railroad Museum in the Summers County Visitor Center on Temple Street, Hinton. Over 1,100 people toured the museum during Railroad Days last weekend. ::.:.:.:<. .. ,..:v,:.::..:,,::::. ..:.  .:.: .' '...- ',::.:" ., . .. :.,:.'." v:.::.,:::::,.: ::$ :::.:::.:.:....$.' ,.. .:.'! z"."....,'- ...:,......:.:...,,.....,:.....:....:..... ,.::,.,-.:.........:. ..;. . ,....... I ,::::::::.:: [ For the 6th year in a row the City of Hinton closed offTemple Street between 2nd and 4th avenue for the award winning Railroad Days festival. Over 80 vendors displayed handmade crafts, food, pot- tery, quilts and woodwork for the up to 4,400 visitors in Hinton for Railroad Days. The New River train, a steam excursion sponsored by the Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society through the New River Gorge National River, brought with it over 2,400 visitors that spent close to two hours touring Hinton and enjoying the annual Rail- road Days' Festival At least that many, or more, are expected to ride the train headed by steam engine 765 next weekend. Allphotos by Sheri Benson I Hintons new $4 million waste water treatment facility. I I By Fred Long ment facility." of his many years of faithful service as a member of the Sanitary Board. Tom Ball served on the Sanitary Board from its inception in 1960 until his death on June 5, 1988. "Tom Ball would be proud! I know our citizens will be, too," Leslie said. 25 Cents STUDENTS LAUNCH COLLECTION CAMPAIGN Students of Hinton Area Elemen- tary School have launched a cam- paign from now through Jan. to col- lect 15,340 seals from the back pan- els of Scott Paper Products. Through a national program called"Learning Tools for Schools," the apple seals can be redeemed for needed educa- tional equipment. "The apple seals will be used to earn a new Minolta Camcorder and a Wilson@ Sporting Goods Package,  said Patricia Stackline, spokesper- son. To reach its goal, the school is urging members of the community to save apple seals and give them to (Hinton Area) students, who have already begun their own collection efforts. Seals can also be deposited at the school office. "Learning Tools for Schools  is one of several nationwide programs Scott Paper Company sponsors to support education and the environ- ment. All seals must be submitted by 1/31/92 to the school to allow adequate time for counting and batching to meet the program close date of 2/29/92. =Learning Tools for Schools" apple seals are the apple-shaped symbols found on back panels of these Scott brands: ScotTowels and Via Towels; ScotTissue, Cottonelle, and Family Scott bathroom tissue; Scott Nap- kins and Viva Napkins; Scotties facial tissue; Baby Fresh and Wash- a-bye Baby baby wipes; and Sofkins Personal Cleansing Cloths. "Everyone is invited!" Hinton Mayor James A. Leslie, Jr. said, to the dedication ceremony for the new waste water treatment plant at Barksdale. =I want the public to actuaily see what a $4 million waste water treatment facility looks like and understand how it operates to keep our environment pure and clean." The dedication, scheduled for Wednesday beginning at 2 pm, will be informal, fun and educational, Leslie said. The plant is one of the most, if not the most, modern environmental safe waste water facility in West Vir- ginia, according to architect and project manager Mike Lawson. The facilityis made up of six struc. tures, a 750,000 gallon aeration tank, two clarifiers, a garage and press building, a sludge holding tank and a control building where the Sani- tary Board of Hinton will regulate the entire operation on a day to day bases. The control building also contains lab facilities for testing to insure that the complete operation is being run efficiently. Along side of the control building, buried underground, is the most modern feature of the $4.3 million facility. Included in the discharge line is a $79,000 ultraviolet disinfec- tion chamber which is the last proc- ess to purify the waste water before it is released into the New River. =This is state-of-the-art technol- ogy," Lawson said. =You don't find anything like that at most small municipal waste water tre#tment plants. = The ultraviolet light re- leased from 44 lamps in this cham- ber =will kill any germs that might remain in the waste water after it has gone through the entire treat- Lawson said the entire process takes about 30 hours from start to finish. The Sanitary Board, along with Mayor Leslie and City administra- tion, began seeking funding for a new facility 7 years ago with an administrative order from the De- partment of Natural Resources di- rected them to upgrade its waste water treatment facility at Flat Rook. After several unsuccessful attempts the city obtained a $1,994,300 grant through the Environmental Protec- tion Agency and congressional rep- resentatives Bob Byrd and Jay Rockefeller helped the city secure a $696,000 grant through the Appala- chian Regional Council for a total of $2,690,300. The remainder of the money necessary to complete the facility came from two low interest loans. The Farmers Home Admini- stration provided $668,000 at 5% interest and the state Water Devel- opment Authority issued a loan of $667,000 at 7.5% for a total of $1,335,000. Total investmentin the project: $4,025,300. The Sanitary Board of Hinton chose to name the new treatment plant after Tom E. Ball, Sr., because Kirk's Restaurant Begins New Trend "When the girls over at the Hinton Visitor's Center asked me, I said, 'okay, bring some over'," said Kirk's Restaurant owner Proctor Kirk when approached by representatives of the Visitors Center. They had on Historic Hinton T-shirts and Mr. Kirk agreed to purchase Historic Hinton T-shirts for his employees (pictured above) and they wore them on the job. This display of support of Hinton's Railroad Days impresses visitors-- the center sold all but one of the shirts this past weekend. They'll have more, however, for the coming weekend. L-R: Elizabeth Meadows, Kathy Rice, Kathy Johnson, Linda Haskins, Billie Jean Gill, Margie Garten, Nannie Kay Kirk. Photo by Sheri Benson National School Lunch Week National School Lunch Week will be celebrated Oct. 14th-18th in Summers County Schools as well as all schools in W.Va. and tile nation. Many of our county schools have planned activities for this week. Pipestem Elementary and Forest Hill Elementary will have as their guest speaker Karen McBride, a trained nutrient expert. Ms. McBride will be dressed as a watermelon to get the attention of the students. She will talk on good nutrition hab- its and how it effectsgrades. She has planned nutrition games to enter- tain the students followed by a nu- trition snacks. At Jumping Branch Elementary an essay contest will be sponsored by the school. Also they will be invit- ing parents to eat lunch with their son or daughter. Talcott Elemen- tary and Junior High is planning a poster contest with prizes given to the best entry. National School Lunch Week is an opportunity to educate school children and adults about the bene- fits of eating nutritious foods. Hav- ing your child eat school lunch is a good way to ensure that your childis having a balanced diet for lunch. =School Lunch: AWinning Choic is the theme chosen for Natie School Lunch Week for 1991-9  i  !