www.wvgazettemail.com http://www.wvgazettemail.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2017, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: January 18, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170118/OBIT01/301189965 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170118/OBIT01/301189965 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Clay, Juanita 11 a.m., Stockert

Cornell, Ruth 11 a.m., Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek.

Courtney, Charles "Charlie", Sr. 1 p.m., Gatens

Dawson, Pamela 11 a.m., Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood.

Dickerson, Patsy 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Ellison, Gladys 1 p.m., Ellyson Mortuary Inc., Glenville.

Harrison, Gordon 5:30 p.m., Gatens

Matheney, Alice 2:30 p.m., Starcher Cemetery, Dead Fall, Big Otter.

McCroskey, Forrest B. 1 p.m., Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston.

Packo, Donna 2 p.m., Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapmanville.

Price, Hubert 12:30 p.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Reynolds, Roger 1 p.m., Lyonsville Baptist Church.

Sansom, Marilyn 4 p.m., Harding Funerals & Cremations, Kanawha City.

Sloan, James 11 a.m., Matics Funeral Home, Clendenin.

Underwood, Gory Noon, Dodd

Ward, Ralph 1 p.m., White Funeral Home, Summersville.

Anne Andrews http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170118/OBIT/301189996 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170118/OBIT/301189996 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Anne Crawford Andrews, 81, died December 22, 2016, in Bellaire Assisted Living, Scott Depot, WV.

She was born in Oak Hill, WV, on September 27, 1935, to Charles O. Crawford and Edith Rippetoe Crawford. The family moved to Saint Albans, WV, where she grew up.

She is survived by her husband Donald R. Andrews, daughters Donna and Jenny, sister Carol, brother Charles, grandchildren Luke, Caleb, Alexandra, and Nicholas, and nephew Ned.

Anne graduated from Saint Albans High School in 1953 and attended Marietta College where she was a member of Sigma Kappa sorority. Following her years at Marietta, she worked at Union Carbide Corporation in South Charleston, WV. In 1957, she married her husband Don and moved with him to Honolulu, HI, where he was stationed at Schofield Barracks. During their time in Hawaii, she worked at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard as the executive secretary to a naval commander.

She was a member of St. Albans First Baptist Church since 1962. She was active in the Sanctuary Choir, the Wifani Sunday School class and the Ladies Chorus. She was a member of every church board many times over, and served for five years as the church clerk.

Anne loved reading, cooking, sewing, and camping with family and friends. She and her husband drove many times across the country to Walnut Creek, CA, to visit family and friends.

There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m., Saturday, January 21, at the First Baptist Church of St. Albans. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Memorial Fund. You may leave memories or condolences on her tribute page at ChapmanFuneralHomes.com.

Barbara Brander http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170118/OBIT/301189977 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170118/OBIT/301189977 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Barbara Brander, 55, of Spencer, passed away January 16, 2017. Service will be 6 p.m., Thursday, January 19, 2017, at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Aurelia Marie Campolio http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170118/OBIT/301189990 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170118/OBIT/301189990 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Aurelia Marie Campolio arrived on earth February 5, 1919, and departed it January 13, 2017, three years shy of being 100 years old.

The fourth child of Joseph and Carolina Campolio, known as "Ree," her life adventures included college, teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in Saxman, W.Va., and a long career with the State of West Virginia as a social worker.

Her greatest adventure was as a United Sates Navy WAVE, joining the service in 1943 in one of the first active women's branches of World War II. Her Navy stint took her to New York, Oklahoma, and Washington, D.C., where she served until her Honorable Discharge in 1946. Her vivid memories as a WAVE included marching in the funeral procession of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

At home, after the war, Ree worked tirelessly on projects to benefit her Richwood, and was instrumental in raising funds for building the new Sacred Heart Hospital in 1951. Her vocal efforts to better her town led to a resurgence of interest in the Cherry River Festival and inclusion of the popular Soapbox Derby. Her efforts as a tireless volunteer with a fount of ideas to promote Richwood bettered the community, earning her a wealth of Appreciation Certificates. Her favorite was being named "Mountain Mama," the Festival's Number One Volunteer.

Ree's love for reading led her to volunteer to help with projects for the Richwood Public Library, and her love for drama led to the development of "The Mill Whistle Players," a community theater group. Until a few months before her death, our energetic Ree cooked, gardened and independently lived her life. She loved family beyond all else and had a very special bond with her nephew, Patrick Campolio.

Her sister, Carolyn Campolio-Brodtrick, her sister-in-law, Dorothy Campolio, niece-in-law, Susan Campolio, and her many, many nieces and nephews who kept in touch through the years will forever miss her. We believe she is at home with those who entered Heaven before her: parents, Joseph and Carolina Campolio; siblings, Joseph Campolio, Tillie, and husband Joe Monto, Dora and husband Herb Seelinger, Gloria and husband Edward Bagley, Edith and husband Cecil Neal, Salvie and son John, and Richard; and Carolyn's husband, Frank Brodtrick.

Mass of Christinan burial will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 21, at Holy Family Catholic Church, Richwood, with Father Qui Dag officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be at Holy Family Catholic Cemetery, Richwood.

The staff at the Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston helped Ree on her final adventure, and if you would like to honor her, please consider a donation to Hospice in her name.

All arrangements were made by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.

Elsie Elizabeth Cooke http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170118/OBIT/301189992 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170118/OBIT/301189992 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Elsie Elizabeth Cooke, 101, passed away Sunday, January 15, 2017, at Genesis Health Care, Hurricane, WV.

She was born May 29, 1915, in Petersburg, VA, to the late William Matthew and Roxie Anne Steele Joynes. Elsie was also preceded in death by her husband Paul Isaac Cooke in 1963, son-in-law Thomas M. Sword in 2013, and her daughter Beverly Kay Alderson in 2016.

She was a former resident of Nitro, and in recent years, Dunbar, and Teays Valley Center in Hurricane. She was member of First Baptist Church of Dunbar, and Order of The Eastern Star, Dunbar Chapter 133. She was an excellent stay at home Mother who was involved in her children's care and their many activities. At the death of her husband, she became employed and retired from the Piecegood's Shop in Charleston with 16 years of service. After retirement, she became a volunteer grandmother for Shawnee Hills Community Health where she developed many happy relationships.

Mrs. Cooke is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Paul and Jo Anne Cooke of Scott Depot, daughters and sons-in-law Betty and John Thompson of St. Albans, Connie and George Evans of Scott Depot, daughter Joyce Sword of Hurricane, eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren, and a host of other family members and friends.

Funeral service will be held 1 p.m. on Thursday, January 19, at Cooke Funeral Home, 2002 20th St., Nitro, with the Rev. Jason S. Quintrell officiating. Interment will follow the service in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

You may extend on-line condolences at www.cookefuneralhome.com.

WVSU professor recognized by Football Coaches Association http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170118/ARTICLE/170119573 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170118/ARTICLE/170119573 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:51:20 -0500 A longtime West Virginia State University associate professor and one-time Yellow Jacket football coach has been honored by the American Football Coaches Association with the organization's 2016 Trailblazer Award.

Oree Banks, WVSU associate professor of Health and Human Performance, was honored Monday, Jan. 9, at the 2017 AFCA Convention in Nashville. Banks is a former head football coach at WVSU and South Carolina State University.

"This is an honor befitting someone of Coach Banks' stature. He is a legendary coach and the epitome of a trailblazer," said WVSU President Dr. Anthony L. Jenkins. "What he has accomplished as a coach and educator clearly places him in a rare class. He has shown a lifelong commitment to working with student-athletes to become champions of character both on the field and in the classroom."

The AFCA Trailblazer Award honors early leaders in the football coaching profession who coached at historically black colleges and universities.

"I am very humbled by this recognition and I am blessed to be honored by my peers," said Banks.

Banks graduated from high school in Newton, Mississippi, and volunteered in the U.S. Army, where he served in a field artillery battalion and with the Army Medical Corps as a lab technician. After his tour with the Army and a year spent at Indiana University, Banks attended Kansas State in Manhattan, Kansas, where he played defensive end and lettered for the Wildcats from 1956 to 1958. He earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Kansas State.

In 1960, Banks became the head coach at Coahoma Community College in Clarksdale, Miss. For four seasons, Banks led the Tigers to a 27-7-1 record as the team won or shared the Southern Intercollegiate Conference each of those seasons. Along with his duties as football coach, Banks was also athletic director and instructor at the school.

Following his time at Coahoma, Banks was brought on as an assistant coach by the legendary Eddie Robinson at Grambling State University.

Following his stint at Grambling, Banks went on to become the head coach at South Carolina State University in 1965. In his first three seasons with the Bulldogs, Banks guided his team to a 22-4 record. Banks received NAIA and SIAC Coach of the Year honors for his 1965 season.

After leaving South Carolina State, Banks served as an assistant coach at the University of South Carolina, the University of Virginia and the University of Wisconsin before being named the head football coach at WVSU in 1977.

Banks came to WVSU as both an associate professor and head football coach. He wore both hats until after the 1983 football season. Since that time, he has worked as an associate professor of Health and Human Performance.

Banks was previously named to the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1995 and to the WVSU "W" Club Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Coahoma Community College in 2013 as well as the state of Mississippi Community College Foundation Sports Hall of Fame.

'Fun, fierce, fabulous' http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170118/ARTICLE/170119574 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170118/ARTICLE/170119574 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:49:27 -0500 Ben Calwell By Ben Calwell As visitors to the new Fab House Beauty Salon in Dunbar took selfies against a backdrop of bright, tropical colors, the warm, Carribean atmosphere chased away the cold temperatures that lingered outside.

The Fab House Beauty Salon, owned and operated by Jamaica native Kerry-Ann Wilkinson, or, as she prefers to be called, "Kerry Fabulous," is a full-service salon at 1228 Ohio Ave.

"We specialize in fabulousness," Wilkinson said, as visitors munched on hors d'oeuvres during the salon's grand opening.

During the salon's official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Jan. 9, Wilkinson greeted a variety of well-wishers, including Dunbar Mayor Terry Greenlee and other city officials and guests.

Wilkinson came to West Virginia from Jamaica to attend the University of Charleston on an academic scholarship. However, her love of fashion, hair and makeup eventually led her to enroll in the Charleston School of Beauty Culture, where she graduated last September.

The Fab House salon offers a full range of services.

"We offer hair extensions, color, hair braiding, cuts and we do nails and facials. It's a full-service salon, so anything they want, they can get it here," Wilkinson said.

Owning a beauty salon is something Wilkinson has wanted to do since she was about 12 years old.

"This is something I've always wanted to do. Since I was 12, I wanted a hair, nail and makeup store. This (The Fab House) encompasses everything," she said.

Wilkinson decorated her new salon, which features bright colors and pink accents. Large photos of movie icon Marilyn Monroe are also displayed prominently. There are even movie lights set up, as Wilkinson likes to produce fashion-related YouTube videos.

The lights "add a great atmosphere to the salon, and people love it."

The Fab House salon also carries a line of accessories, including jewelry and purses.

"I have lots of accessories, and I do have my own makeup line, too. It's called 'Kerry Fabulous Cosmetics,'" said Wilkinson, who is a makeup artist.

The Kerry Fabulous line of cosmetics includes lipsticks, eyeliners and foundations. Visit www.kerryfabulous.com.

"Everything to get a good, fabulous face," she said.

Wilkinson will also be offerings makeup classes at The Fab House salon on Mondays.

For more information about The Fab House Beauty Salon, or to make an appointment, call 304-768-DOLL (3655), or visit The Fab House salon's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/thefabhousesalon.

Information is also available at www.kerryfabulous.com.

Nitro begins year of 100th anniversary events http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170118/ARTICLE/170119575 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170118/ARTICLE/170119575 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:48:10 -0500 Ben Calwell By Ben Calwell The Nitro World War I Museum houses mementos of the town's born-of-the-war past, so it was a fitting venue recently to recognize its heritage and to look forward to its future.

On Jan. 12, city officials, residents, special guests and dignitaries gathered at the museum, 2003 20th St., to kick off the town's yearlong centennial celebration.

On Dec. 23, Nitro will turn 100.

Nitro is touting its heritage as a town built to supply gunpowder for World War I. The town's slogan is "A Living Memorial World War I," and, during 2017, there will be many events leading up to its 100th birthday.

"This is the very first event for 2017 to celebrate our 100th anniversary," said Rich Hively, president of the Nitro Historic Commission.

The kickoff event gave an overview of what residents can expect during Nitro's centennial year.

"We just wanted to get the word out that the centennial is happening this year, give out information on historic Nitro, when it began and information on the museum. We'd like for people to come out and visit it. We have a ton of interesting exhibits on Nitro," Hively said.

All of Nitro's events this year will tie in with the town's centennial celebration.

"The big event for the year will be Boom Town Days in September. That will be the explosive event of the year," he said.

Nitro Mayor Dave Casebolt was one of the main speakers during the kickoff event, and he talked about connecting Nitro's past with its future.

The centennial celebration "is tremendously important, because it creates a lot of opportunities to educate people about who and what we are and to promote the city as a great place to invest and live," Casebolt said.

Another big event during the centennial year will be the dedication on May 13 of Nitro's new Living Memorial Park at 21st Street and Second Avenue. The park will include a stage for entertainment, a mural, benches, water fountain, landscaping and a WWI doughboy statue.

"And we have smaller events planned throughout the summer," he said.

Nitro's centennial ties in with its "20-year vision" of improvements, which has already started with city beautification and streetscape projects, city park upgrades, a remodeled public library and other projects.

The centennial kickoff event included the premiere of a video about Nitro's past, present and future, as well as the unveiling of the city's new logo for the centennial.

"There is no better place in West Virginia to commemorate the entry of the United States into World War I than Nitro," Hively said. "We look forward to welcoming many residents and visitors to World War I Museum and the many activities we hold throughout the centennial year."

Nitro's museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Tuesdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Wednesday and Sunday hours are by appointment.

For appointments, or to schedule a tour, call Carmen Kostelansky, 304-549-2213.

For more information about events in Nitro this year, call the Nitro Convention & Visitors Bureau, 304-721-9800, or visit www.nitrocvb.com.

Farmer's Table: Turkey Kielbasa and Quinoa http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170118/ARTICLE/170119576 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170118/ARTICLE/170119576 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:46:22 -0500

By Susan Maslowski


By Susan Maslowski

I ate quinoa in the '70s, before quinoa became cool. My eventual husband who was studying anthropology at the time introduced me to this ancient grain.

Quinoa was a major food source of the Incas, one of the most powerful civilizations on the American continent. It has been cultivated in South America for thousands of years.

Since quinoa is typically consumed in the same way as wheat, oats, barley and rye, it is often grouped with those foods. However, it is not a grass at all. It is a member of the Amaranthaceae family that includes spinach, chard and beets. Its genus classification is Chenopodium, which includes a number of species.

Archeologists have found carbonized Chenopodium plant remains in storage pits at Iron Age and Roman sites in Europe. They've also found seeds mixed with other grains inside the stomachs of Danish bog bodies.

Middle Woodland gardeners domesticated several native plants that are considered weeds today. Those who are interested in West Virginia native cultures may recognize the name Chenopodium bushianum or goosefoot. There is ethno-botanical evidence that Native populations were dependent upon the harvest of cultivated goosefoot, proving their reliance upon domesticated plants as a food source. Woodland Indians saved the seeds in the fall and planted them in the spring.

Today, Chenopodium album, or lamb's quarters, is the robust weed most often found in West Virginia and areas where soils are rich in nitrogen, especially on wasteland. It is a European specimen that was probably introduced with animal feed. Chenopodium bushianum dropped out of the American Indian diet when corn became prominent.

Local foragers still find lamb's quarters to be a delicious, nutritious food. In the spring, the leaves and young shoots can be eaten like spinach, although they should be consumed in moderation, since they have high levels of oxalic acid.

Chenopodium plants produce thousands of tiny seeds that can be ground or eaten in gruel-type dishes. The seeds have a natural covering called saponin, which is a bitter resin that keeps birds away. Therefore, the plants do not need to be treated and can be labeled and sold as an organic food.

The scientific name of oh-so-trendy quinoa is Chenopodium quinoa. Most quinoa that we consume today comes from South America. Peru is the largest commercial producer, with Bolivia coming in second. There is some commercial quinoa production in the United States in Colorado, California, Washington and Oregon.

The United Nations declared quinoa to be a "super food," since it is high in protein. It has many other healthy properties. It is 70 percent carbohydrate with some lipids, fiber and many vital minerals. It has nine essential amino acids that constitute a complete protein, making it a great addition to any vegetarian diet. NASA placed it high on the list of foods that should be included for long manned spaceflights.

All varieties of Chenopodium are very prolific. The plants are not hard to grow, but remember, with thousands of seeds, they may be difficult to eradicate.

Turkey Kielbasa and Quinoa


2 tablespoons olive oil

1 clove garlic, minced

½ cup quinoa, rinsed

1 cup low-sodium chicken broth

1/3 cup diced tomatoes

Salt and pepper to taste

1/3 cup shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese, plus more for topping

1/8 cup chopped fresh parsley

6 to 7 ounces turkey kielbasa, sliced


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until softened, about 1 minute.

Add the quinoa, 1 cup chicken broth, tomatoes, salt and pepper and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium low.

Cover and cook until the quinoa is tender and the liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cheese and parsley. Cover to keep warm.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in small skillet. Add the kielbasa and cook until it starts to brown and is hot throughout, about 12 minutes.

Stir kielbasa into quinoa mixture.

Note: For those who may want to try last week's Sea Scallops recipe, I received a note from a reader that dry scallops may be found at Joe's Fish Market at 1121 Quarrier St. in Charleston any day of the week, except Sunday and Monday.

For questions about recipes or other information, contact Susan Maslowski at mudriverpottery@aol.com or go to our websites at metrokanawha.com and putnamreview.com. Susan also has a Farmer's Table Facebook page.

Eric Douglas: Clio reveals history all around us http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170118/ARTICLE/170119577 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170118/ARTICLE/170119577 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:45:25 -0500 I will be the first to admit that I'm a history buff. I am intrigued by the notable events that have happened all around us. So much happened that will never make it into a history book, but it is still interesting and important.

It's one of the reasons I love recording oral histories. I find out so much about local history that I've never heard before.

On a recent trip to the South Charleston Public Library, I saw a sign taped to the window that perked up my history buff ears. It described a smart phone application called Clio that was a "guide to the history around you." That sounded like something right up my alley.

I downloaded the app and was blown away by what I saw. Clio identifies 218 historical sites within 25 miles of my home in Pinch. These are the historic sites, monuments and markers all around us that we regularly ignore as we go about our business.

If you were so inclined, you could easily take a self-guided tour just using Clio.

Clio, by the way, was one of the muses of Greek mythology. Like all the muses, she is a daughter of Zeus and the Titaness Mnemosyne. She was known as "the proclaimer, glorifier and celebrator of history, great deeds and accomplishments."

Clio is also something for West Virginians to be proud of, too. It is a national app with more than 13,818 historical entries from across the country. But it was created right here in the Mountain State. "Dr. David Trowbridge, an associate professor of history at Marshall, created Clio in 2012, and since it has grown into a national resource with more than 20,000 users a month," according to a press release from Marshall.

If you don't have a smart phone, it's not a problem. The website (www.theclio.com) will provide you with the same information, maps and locations for history, but obviously, it isn't mobile.

I see a couple field trips in my near future. There are several items on Clio that I've never been to, or at least never stopped at.

Time to check them out.

Eric Douglas, of Pinch, is the author of "Return to Cayman," "Heart of the Maya," "Cayman Cowboys," "River Town" and other novels. He is also a columnist for Scuba Diving Magazine and a former Charleston Newspapers Metro staff writer. For more information, visit www.booksbyeric.com or contact him at Eric@booksbyeric.com

Habitat for Humanity to host 'A Taste of Rocco's Restaurante' at Clay Center in February http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170118/ARTICLE/170119578 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170118/ARTICLE/170119578 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:43:58 -0500 Clint Thomas By Clint Thomas Rocco's Ristorante will be the featured restaurant at Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam's annual "A Taste of ... in Charleston" fundraising event.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22 and take place on the main stage of the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences off Leon Sullivan Way at 1 Clay Square in Charleston.

The menu chefs from the much-lauded, Ceredo-based Italian restaurant will prepare a menu consisting of antipasto with olives, cheeses and meats; Italian salad and garlic toast with Rocco's signature homemade blue cheese dressing; lasagna; meatballs and sauce; linked sausage and bell peppers; stuffed Hungarian wax peppers, as well as dessert offerings tiramisu and cannoli. The beverage selection will include coffee, tea and soft drinks.

The fundraiser will also include a cash bar and a silent auction with the theme "Fun, Food & Art." Habitat for Humanity staff members are still collecting auction items for bid. Those interested in donating auction items can contact Habitat for Humanity for additional details.

The Total Meltdown Band, from Charleston, will perform progressive bluegrass, rock, country and folk music at the function. Band members include Jeremy Davis on fiddle and mandolin, Paul Payne on guitar and Jamie Bailey on upright bass.

Tickets are $75 apiece or two for $140. They can be ordered online at www.hfhkp.org/roccos, by phone at 304-720-0141, ext. 20, or by mail to: Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam, 815 Court St., Charleston, W.Va. 25301.

Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Kanawha Habitat for Humanity's ReStore location, 301 Piedmont Road in Charleston, or at the Putnam County ReStore, located at 3554 Teays Valley Road, #118, in Hurricane (in the Mid-Valley Square Shopping Center).

Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam was launched in 1988 by volunteers at Teays Valley Presbyterian Church in Hurricane. Its offices relocated to Charleston in 1993.

"A Taste of Rocco's in Charleston" will mark the fourth year the culinary benefit has been held. "Our niche for the event is the fact that we'll bring in, from afar, a top-quality restaurant during the winter and bring them here to Charleston, so people don't have to drive three or four hours away to eat," said Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam Development Director Bill Andreas. "We've done this for the last three years. The first year, the restaurant was Cafe Cimino, then Muriel's from Fairmont and Stella's from the Lewisburg area. This year, we went west to Rocco's."

"The part of the uniqueness about it. It's a tasting event and a mingling event. We'll have an assortment of relaly good Italian food," he said.

Andreas said seats are limited to about 300 at the Clay Center; the 2016 event was sold out. "We're hoping to sell out again," he said.

"We do provide a mission speech talk about our programs," he said, "to give people a better understanding of who we serve and how we serve and give them ways they can help and volunteer."

Proceeds from "A Taste of Rocco's in Charleston" will be dispersed to a variety of Habitat for Humanity causes in the two counties the local organization serves, Andreas said.l

"Funds go toward construction programs where we build homes for people in need or our homeownership program where we train and mentor our homebuyers. We do have a new master homeowner education program that's open to the community, where people can learn about how to complete repairs or maintain their home," Andreas said.

Cash sponsors for "A Taste of Rocco's in Charleston" include: City National Bank, Office Commercial Cleaning, Robert S. Kimball Associates, First Bank of Charleston, Thrush & Clark Allergists, Tri-State Roofing, Ferguson Enterprises, ZMM, BB&T Carson Insurance Services, Huntington Bank, United Bank and WesBanco.

Generator specialists Xspec Power and Critical Power Management relocate to Elkview site http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170118/ARTICLE/170119579 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170118/ARTICLE/170119579 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:41:47 -0500 Clint Thomas By Clint Thomas With last summer's extensive flooding and this winter's unpredictable snowfalls, residential and commercial power generators are more in demand than ever to keep heat and light flowing in times of crisis.

To meet that ongoing demand, Xspec Power and Critical Power Management moved recently from its C Street headquarters in South Charleston to a new, bigger location in Elkview.

Opening officially on Jan. 3, the new facility is located at 4998A Elk River Road, Elkview, off U.S. 119.

Tim and Kay Cunningham founded Xspec Power six years ago, and Rodney Canterbury and Victor Lantz bought the company in early May 2016. Canterbury and Lantz added Critical Power Management on the same day, to focus on commercial and industrial customers.

Xspec Power is a dealer for Generac generators and sells, services and installs them, as well as other brands such as Briggs & Stratton and Kohler. As of 2017, Xspec Power is the residential Kohler dealer for Charleston, and Xspec was awarded Generac's Premier Dealer status recently, the highest distinction a dealership can receive. The award was presented for Xspec Power's commitment to superior sales and service, as well as its employee training.

To help homeowners purchase a generator that best meets their individual needs, Xspec Power provides free consultations.

Generators for the residential market can range from $500 to more than $20,000. Home generators run on natural gas or propane gas. If a house doesn't have a natural gas line, XSpec Power can install a propane tank.

Xspec Power serves customers not only within a roughly 75-mile radius of Charleston, but also in Kentucky, Virginia and Ohio. As a Taylor Power dealer, Critical Power Management's service area extends even farther, into parts of Pennsylvania and Maryland as well as the other states above.

"Xspec Power is residential sales, service and installation," Canterbury explained, "and Critical Power Management provides the industrial and commercial generator sales and service.

"We're just a one-stop shop when it comes to generator sales, generator service, generator installation in the residential market and also rentals," he said. "If you need a 2,000-watt generator for a camper, or if you need a generator for your home or your business, we're that one-stop shop for you."

"We are sales, service and rental, so at any phase of life, any stage of a project, anything that's going on with a back-up power system, we are able to supply for that need," said Accounts Manager Jody Pauley.

The new facility along the Elk River gives Xspec Power and Critical Power Management more than 2,500 square feet of more space than they had in South Charleston.

"Due to the growth of both Xspec Power and Critical Power Management, it allowed us to grow into this facility," Canterbury said. "This facility allows us more space, for both companies, to stock more generators, to stock more transfer switches, to stock more equipment to better serve our customers.

"It also allows us the ability to provide customer support and service; if customers have equipment and they want to bring it to us for service, we can do that here in our shop," he said.

"We've got larger office space and a fenced-in rental yard," Lantz said. "We handle rental generators on the CPM side. We've got more of a parts room in the warehouse. We can increase stock for customers."

"We've added more employees and have office space for them," Pauley added.

"Our core business model and our core motto is customer satisfaction," Canterbury said. "This facility allows us to stock more equipment and parts and gives us the opportunity for customers to bring their products in to us so that we can work on them here. We've added a shop technician, which is something we didn't have in South Charleston. This allows us to serve our customers quicker and better.

"Customer service is what keep us driven. The customer service is what drives our decisions, whether it's moving into a larger shop to better serve our customers, whether it's adding an additional certified technician to serve our customers, whether it's adding inside sales support or a coordinator to serve our customers. Customer service is more than a metric on a grade sheet -- it's how we do business every day," he said.

"We're a 24/7/365-day-a-year business. It's not just a motto: We absolutely live it," Pauley said.

"If you're a customer of ours and you call us Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 and 5, you're going to get a person. If you're a customer of ours or you're not a customer of ours, either way, if you call us after 5 or before 8, holiday or weekend, you're still going to get a live person. We're going to answer our phone," Canterbury said.

"That goes back to the core of our business: satisfying customers. Customers spend a lot of money with us. When they invest in a home generator or a commercial or industrial generator, they invest a lot of hard-earned money, and, when there's a problem with it, they need someone to call. And they get a live person when they call us, a live person here in West Virginia."

"And we don't just service the brands we sell. We service all brands of generators. Even if the customer didn't buy from us and they're not getting support from who they did buy from, we're going to support them," Lantz said.

"We will service all makes and models," Canterbury said.

"Between the two companies, there's over 75 years of power generation sales and service experience," he said.

Xspec Power and Critical Power Management's technicians are trained to the highest level of the Electrical Generating Society of America standards, he said.

And the need for generators and their reliable upkeep is ongoing, he noted.

"The weather's getting colder. We're seeing temperatures drop below zero more and more. People don't have the time to burn wood, so they're put in a generator to back up their gas or electric furnace," he said.

Yearly maintenance is generally all that is required to keep a residential generator functioning properly. For Critical Power Management's industrial customers, Canterbury said, "Not only do we do annual preventative maintenance services, we do load-bank testing, tomography or thermal imaging, and fuel polishing.

"No matter what your need is when it comes to power generation, between Xspec Power and Critical Power Management, we can handle the smallest or the largest request."

"In order to do that efficiently, you have to have a facility you can work out of it. Hence, the expansion," Lantz said.

For more information about Xspec Power and Critical Power Management or to arrange for a free consultation, call 304-746-1139. Information is also posted at the website, www.xpecpower.com, and the company's Facebook page.

Steelers WR Antonio Brown apologizes for livestreaming video http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170118/GZ0210/170119580 GZ0210 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170118/GZ0210/170119580 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:31:19 -0500 The Associated Press By The Associated Press PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has apologized for livestreaming video from the team's locker room following its win over Kansas City.

Brown posted a message late Tuesday on Facebook and Twitter saying that he let his "emotions and general excitement get the best of" him. Brown's 17-minute long livestream caught coach Mike Tomlin using a handful of profanities during his postgame speech, including a derogatory term for AFC championship game opponent New England.

Tomlin called his own choice of words regrettable and added that Brown was "selfish" for airing what is usually a private moment. The video received more than 900,000 views before being removed.

Brown wrote his actions were wrong. He also apologized to his teammates for providing a distraction with a shot at the Super Bowl on the line.

Tomlin said Brown will be disciplined internally but will be on the field on Sunday.

Man kills himself at Logan hospital http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170118/GZ0118/170119581 GZ0118 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170118/GZ0118/170119581 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:27:16 -0500 Staff reports By Staff reports A man killed himself at Logan Regional Medical Center Wednesday, police say.

The 34-year-old Logan man walked into Logan Regional Medical Center and killed himself in a bathroom stall at about 10 a.m., according to Sgt. Andy Perdue of the State Police. The man was not an employee, visitor or patient.

Perdue was working on notifying family Wednesday morning.

Fire damages East End house http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170118/GZ0118/170119582 GZ0118 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170118/GZ0118/170119582 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:10:35 -0500 Staff reports By Staff reports Charleston police and firefighters responded to a blaze at a house on Charleston's East End on Wednesday morning.

The fire damaged the top floor of the house at 1511 Dixie St., but as of late morning, was under control.

No one was injured, according to the Charleston Fire Department. Officials said the fire started on the second floor of the home.

West Virginia attorney general joins federal rule challenges http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170118/GZ0101/170119583 GZ0101 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170118/GZ0101/170119583 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:52:01 -0500 The Associated Press By The Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has joined 17 Republican counterparts from other states urging Congress adopt stop federal regulation overreach.

In a letter to Vice President-elect Mike Pence and congressional leaders, they are calling for job-impact and cost-benefit analyses, greater congressional oversight and its approval of major rules changes.

New federal environmental rules on powerplant emissions of carbon dioxide, which Morrisey has sued to block, have been blamed for the downturn in West Virginia's coal mining industry.

However, several economists point to cheaper natural gas shifting the market from powerplant coal.

Morrisey also joined 13 other Republican state attorneys general in a lawsuit against tougher federal regulations against mining pollution of nearby streams.

He says the last-minute Obama administration rule would "drastically reduce" coal mining across West Virginia.

Charleston football trio earns Don Hansen Super Region One honors http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170118/GZ0208/170119584 GZ0208 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170118/GZ0208/170119584 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:43:27 -0500 Staff report By Staff report Three players from the University of Charleston recently were named to the Don Hansen's Football Gazette Division II All-Super Region One team. That region includes four Division II football conferences: the Mountain East, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association and the Northeast 10.

Senior guard Justin Johnson was named to the region's first team, while senior punter Brett Benes was named to the second team and senior linebacker Rhakeem Stallings was named to the third team.

Johnson led an offensive line that helped the Golden Eagles finish second in the MEC at 165.9 rushing yards per game. Benes, an AFCA second-team All-American in 2016, averaged 44.7 yards per punt, 17 of them traveling at least 50 yards and 20 landing inside the opponent's 20-yard line. Stallings led UC with 117 tackles, 11 for a loss, with three sacks and two interceptions.

Shepherd, the MEC champ that finished 2016 as the Division II national semifinalist, led the all-region team with 13 selections.

Twin Falls Resort State Park gets electric charging station http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170118/GZ01/170119585 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170118/GZ01/170119585 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:51:38 -0500 The Associated Press By The Associated Press MULLENS, W.Va. (AP) - Drivers of electric or hybrid vehicles can use a charging station at Twin Falls Resort State Park starting this week.

A ceremony is scheduled for Friday for the electric charging station at the park lodge in Mullens.

The Division of Natural Resources says in a statement that Twin Falls joins two other state parks with electric charging stations. The others are at Pipestem and Cacapon.

Twin Falls Resort State Park Superintendent Scott Durham says officials hope the charging stations attract more visitors.

There is no charge to use the station. It is available to any park guest with an electric vehicle.

Funding for the project came in part from a grant from the state Division of Energy.

2nd water lab official set to be sentenced http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170118/GZ0118/170119586 GZ0118 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170118/GZ0118/170119586 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:24:43 -0500 Ken Ward Jr. By Ken Ward Jr. BECKLEY -- The former manager of a Raleigh County laboratory is expected in court today to be sentenced after he pleaded guilty for his role in what federal prosecutors have described as a scheme to fake water pollution samples for the coal industry.

John Brewer is the second former employee of Appalachian Laboratories to plead guilty, admitting to one count of violating the Clean Water Act's standards for collecting and submitting samples used to monitor whether mining operations comply with their pollution discharge permits.

Brewer faces up to two years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he appears today before U.S. District Judge Irene Berger in Beckley. Brewer pleaded guilty in October as part of a deal with prosecutors, admitting to one count of falsifying water sampling reports filed with the state Department of Environmental Protection.

John W. Shelton, another former Appalachian Labs employee, was sentenced to 21 months after he agreed to a plea agreement in which he admitted to a charge of conspiracy to violate the Clean Water Act. Shelton admitted that he diluted water samples, substituted water he knew to be clean -- taken from what he called a "honeyhole" known to have compliant water in it -- and did not keep water samples refrigerated, as required by state and federal rules.

Brewer admitted that he and other lab employees often would backdate water samples to avoid having to take other samples at a time when they believed those other samples would reveal water quality violations.

Brewer had originally been scheduled for trial last October after being charged in a seven-count indictment that carried a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1.5 million fine. The original indictment charged that Brewer, Shelton "and other employees of Appalachian Labs whose names are known to the grand jury conspired from 2008 through 2013 to tamper with, caused to be tampered with, falsify and render inaccurate" water samples for coal industry operations.

Neither Appalachian Labs nor its owners have been charged, and the state DEP, after briefly suspending the lab's state license, reinstated the operation. DEP spokeswoman Kelley Gillenwater said there have been no problems since that recertification.

Under the Clean Water Act, companies with water pollution permits are required to take periodic samples and submit reports to the DEP on whether those samples indicate their operations are in compliance with allowed pollution discharge limits. State and federal agencies take some samples themselves, but the majority of sampling is done by companies, with results filed with the government for its review.

Reach Ken Ward Jr. at kward@wvgazettemail.com, 304-348-1702 or follow @kenwardjr on Twitter.

Around WV: Jan. 18, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170118/GZ0119/170119587 GZ0119 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170118/GZ0119/170119587 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:03:52 -0500 Erin Beck By Erin Beck In Around West Virginia: a hospital transaction, a think tank for artists, and an overcrowded homeless shelter.

n Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Lewis County will be a part of Mon Health System. MetroNews cites a letter of intent signed Tuesday. The parties expect a closing date by the end of 2017.

n The Tamarack Foundation for the Arts is planning an Arts Business Think Tank for Feb. 11 in Flatwoods, the State Journal reports. "Artists will have the opportunity to connect with others in their field, gain new skills and take part in discussions to build actionable plans to improve their businesses and communities," said Alissa Novoselick, executive director of the foundation.

n WDTV reports that some people have been turned away from the Clarksburg Mission, a homeless shelter, because of overcrowding. Chris Mullett, the executive director, said no one would be turned away on the coldest days of the year.

Reach Erin Beck at erin.beck@wvgazettemail.com, 304-348-5163, Facebook.com/erinbeckwv, or follow @erinbeckwv on Twitter.