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Volume SLL ''" 27  COT{ STREEI SEL]  9859 HINTON NE 110 No. 28 Hinton, West Virginia Tuesday Oct. 23, 2012 50 .Cents iiq New Emergency Vehicle iii!:. A new $63,000 emergency rescue vehicle will be housed at the will be held Monday. Shown above, left to right: Councilman Bob new Hinton Fire Station, government officials said in a joint Basham, Councilman Pat Jordan, Mayor Joe Blankenship, announcement last week. He department has also acquired a new Councilman Tom Oxley, Chief Ray Pivont, City Manager Cris (used) ladder truck, the first ever in Hinton, and now housed in Meadows, Anthony Bowyer, Delegate John David O'Neal, the new building. A ribbon cutting ceremony for the New building Commissioner Jerry BerrY, Commissioner Jack David Woodrum. Joint Effort Makes New Emergency Vehicle Possible through County, City, and State Community Partnership Projects funds. The new rescue vehicle replaces the current vehicle, which has been in use for 30 years. "I am delighted to announce today that the Hinton Fire Department was awarded a grant that will allow the purchase of a new rescue truck that will house a Jaws of Life rescue device," said Mayor Joe Blankenship. "This provides a Hinton Mayor Joe Blankenship, Summers County Commission President Jerry Berry, and State Delegate John O'Neal announced today that the citizens of Summers County have acquired a new rescue vehicle that will be housed in the new Hinton Fire Department. The vehicle is a Ford F-550 Cab/ Chassis with a custom Rescue Body attached. Total cost of the vehicle is $63,620. The vehicle was purchased Summers County K.I.D.S. Scholarship Award Former HAF Board President, Richard Lawrence awarded SCHS Class of 2012 graduate Olivia Waiters with a Summers County K.I.D.s. Scholarship. Olivia made her debut with the KIDS at age 5 with a cameo appearance in Annie but is best remembered for her role as Peter in "Peter Pan," the Frog in "Honk!" and Yenta in he KIDS production of "Fiddler on the Roof." much-needed upgrade of a rescue engine for the department. "The City of Hinton and the Summers County Commission worked together on this joint project, and I am pleased with how well we were able to work together to bring this life saving equipment to our community," Blankenship continued. "I would like to personally thank our local legislators John O'Neal and Ron Miller, without whom this project would not have been possible. It is through continued collaboration and cooperation with all levels of government that will allow future projects like this to benefit this community and the citizens of Hinton and Summers County." Summers County Commission President, Jerry Berry said, "It is true, a good deal of money has been spent in securing this modern Jaws of Life and Rescue Truck, and in providing training to operate the equipment proficiently. This community investment is worthwhile though only because volunteers give deeply out of their own lives of courage, resourcefulness, and unselfish service. These brave men and women have qualities of mind and heart that make them worthy of the name - Volunteer Firefighter. They are in every sense of the word useful citizens and meritorious members of society and we rest much easier because of their valiant service. I am proud to call them friends." "This project was made possible by the bi-partisan support of my colleagues in the House and Senate that assisted in securing these funds," said Delegate John O'Neal. "Delegates Rick Snuffer and Virginia Mahan, and Senators Bill Laird, Ron Miller, and Mark Wills joined me in support of this project. We trust and pray that our emergency responders will be able to use this truck to save lives and lessen injuries of accident victims for many years to come." Ribbon Cutting Ceremony The City of Hinton would like to invite everyone to the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Hinton Fire Station at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 29. The new. Fire Station was completed last week and the firemen will be moving into it today. The City has had a vision of a new fire station for 20 years and was finally able to get the funding needed to complete their goal. The old station had fallen into major disrepair and the men had run out of room to be able to store the necessary equipment to protect our citizens. The City hopes to see a large turnout of the community for the ribbon cutting and dedication of this new structure capa.ble olf better serving all the citizens of Hinton. Karen Vuranch will portray Mary Draper Ingles during a performance at the Ritz in Hinton in November. Ritz Presents Mary Draper' Ingles Story Live on stage at the Ritz Theatre in downtown Hinton, Karen Vuranch portrays Mary Draper Ingles. This event is presented by REACHH-Family Resource Center on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission and only $5 for students of any age. Information and reservations at 304-466-2226. Shawnee Indians captured Mary Draper Ingles in 1755. Taken from her home, near what is now Roanoke, Virginia, through the rugged New River Gorge, she ended up in a Shawnee settlement near what is now Portsmouth, Ohio. After living in captivity for several months, Mary escaped and walked nearly 800 miles in 40 days, to freedom. This walk took her through what is now Summers County. The 1-64 bridge at Sandstone is named after her, as is a trail in Kanawha State Forest. Karen Vuranch will bring to life the story of Mary Draper Ingles. In period costume, she tells the dramatic story of Mary's capture from Draper's Meadow, her experiences in the Shawnee village and the long walk home. The story does not end with Mary's return, but continues as Karen relates the further experiences of Mary's son, Thomas, who lived with the Shawnee for 13 years. Karen also relates information about life on the frontier and how women lived and worked. Finally, Karen discusses the conflict of Native American and white culture on the early frontier. Mary's story, however, is not unusual. Many women living on the Appalachian frontier experienced Indian capture and watched the brutal deaths of family members. It is the documentation of Mary's experience that makes her different from other women of her day. Mary was illiterate, but she told her story to her son, John, who in turn wrote a manuscript. The manuscript provides a unique insight into what life must have been like on the early frontier. James Alexander Thom in his book Follow the River made her experience widely known. Mary Draper Ingles is only one of the performances presented by Karen Vuranch. She has toured internationally with Coal Camp Memories. Based on oral history, it chronicles a woman's experience in the Appalachian coal fields. Homefront is a play she wrote about women in WWII. Karen also recreates historical figures: author ' Pearl Buck; labor organizer Mother Jones; humanitarian Clara Barton, and Indian captive Mary Draper Ingles, Grace O'Malley, a 16th century Irish pirate, wild West outlaw Belle Starr, first lady of food Julia Child, the first Hollywood gossip columnist Louella Parsons and her newest character is beloved children's writer Laura Ingalls Wilder. Potluck: Stories and Songs about Women, Wisdom and Food, an innovative show about the contributions of women in a community, is performed with singer/songwriter Julie Adams and poet Colleen Anderson. For more information about Karen Vuranch, call (304) 574-4840 or visit REACHH-FRC appreciates Karen's donation of this performance and Mountainplex for use of the Ritz Theatre. Annual Christmas Bazaar Hinton's annual Christmas Bazaar to be held at the Technology Center on Summers St. on Sat., Dec. 1, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A full day of activities is planned as local crafters, artisans, food and other vendors display an array of beautiful, creative and tasty items to be enjoyed by all. This is a great opportunity to find unique Christmas gifts for all those on your list. Musical entertainment will be ongoing throughout the day, very nice door prizes will be awarded every half hour, and local children will have an opportunity to meet and visit with Santa Claus! The Annual Christmas Parade will be at noon with a reception to follow for the parade marshal and Snow Queen. More information coming soon1 Vendor spaces are available for $10 (provide your own table), or $15 for space and we provide table. Multiple spaces are available as we have more room this year. For more information please contact Mary Jane Taylor at City Hall (466-3255), or Margie Temple (466-1011) shop, or (466-1937) home. There is no admission fee, but the Bazaar Committee encourages everyone to bring one or more non- perishable food items to be donated to Loaves & Fhes in their effort to help with hunger in our community. Join us for a Merry Christmas in your home townl # A