www.wvgazettemail.com http://www.wvgazettemail.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2017, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: February 26, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170226/OBIT01/302269974 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170226/OBIT01/302269974 Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Brown, Barbara Sue 11 a.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.


Collins, Beth 3 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.


Jarvis, Naomi 2 p.m., Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg.


Kuhn, Jason 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.


Lyles, Melvin 1 p.m., O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.


Lyons, Lucas Drake 4 p.m., Morris Memorial Methodist Church, Kanawha City.


Massey, Brenda 4 p.m., Toney's Branch Freewill Baptist Church, Bloomingrose.


McClain, Earnest 2 p.m., Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley.


Osborne, Kenneth "Mike" 2 p.m., Amma Community Center, Amma.


Price, Alfred Bernard 2 p.m., Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.


Stalnaker, Earl "Rusty" 2 p.m., Baptist Temple, Charleston.


Torman, Thelma 3 p.m., Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek.

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Joe Adams http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170226/OBIT/302269990 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170226/OBIT/302269990 Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Joe Adams, 60, of Logan, departed this life Friday, February 24, 2017. Funeral arrangements are pending. The family requests contributions to help with the funeral costs, you may go to www.honakerfuneralhome.org website and contribute directly to the funeral home to help with the family's expenses. Honaker Funeral Home in Logan is in charge of the service.

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Ronnie Anderson http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170226/OBIT/302269979 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170226/OBIT/302269979 Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Ronnie Lee Anderson, 70, of Kenna, passed away February 24, 2017, at his home following a long illness.

He was born October 19, 1946, at Kenna, a son of the late Oliver Gay and Grace Odean Click Anderson. He was a graduate of the Class of 1966 at Ripley High School. Ronnie served his county in the U.S. Army Reserves for 17 years and was in the 812 Ordinance in Ripley. He was owner of Ron's Disposal Service and operated that business for 21 years as well as others before that.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Karen Abshire Anderson; his children, Ronnie Anderson II and his wife Donna, Patrick Anderson and his wife Mary, Rhonda Young and her husband Raymond; sisters, JoAnn (Gene) Knuckles, Vickie (Robert) Ranson and Becky (Jack) Juniper; grandchildren, Ethan Anderson, Candise Anderson, Austin Young, Savanna Young, Parker Anderson and Paige Anderson; and his dog, Max. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Monday, February 27, at the Waybright Funeral Home, Ripley. Burial with Military Honors provided by the Jackson County Honor Guard will follow in the Anderson Cemetery, Kenna. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of service (2 p.m.) Monday at the funeral home.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.waybrightfuneralhome.com.

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Daniel "Dan" Belcher http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170226/OBIT/302269997 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170226/OBIT/302269997 Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Daniel "Dan" M. Belcher, 44, of Charleston, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, February 22, 2017.

Dan worked at MRC Global for several years as IT Support. He graduated high school, also completing college with an associates and bachelor degrees in computer science and math. He enjoyed gaming, movies, making people smile and laugh. Being a rock to those or helping hand to others in need. Most of all he unconditionally loved his family, friends and pets.

Dan was preceded in death by his father, Cecil Belcher; and his beloved pet, Apollo.

He is survived by his wife, Jessica Dawn Wolfingbarger Belcher; mother, Jo Ann Stephenson Belcher; sisters, Tabitha Belcher and Sally Pierson; brother, Samuel Belcher; also with six nephews; and one niece.

Visitation with family and friends will be held 10 a.m. to noon, Monday, February 27, with the funeral service beginning at noon with Pastor Todd Morris officiating. Burial will follow at Spring Hill Cemetery, Charleston.

In lieu of flowers and in Daniels honor, you may make a donation to: The CAMC Foundation, Cancer Research 3414 Staunton Ave. SE, Charleston, WV 25304 or to New Hope Animal Rescue, 2806 Putnam Ave. Hurricane, WV 25526 (newhoperescuewv.org) and click donate; KCHA, 1248 Greenbrier Street Charleston, WV 25311.

The online guest book can be accessed at www.stevensandgrass.com.

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Kyle A. Copson http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170226/OBIT/302269980 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170226/OBIT/302269980 Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Kyle A. Copson, 26, of Cross Lanes, passed away on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.

Kyle was a 2009 graduate of Nitro High School, as a senior he was voted as the class clown. He had a gift of making people laugh and had a nick name for everyone. He loved to fish with family and friends on the lake where he grew up.

He was preceded in death by his Papaw Richard "Dick" Kiddy, to whom he was Papaw's boy and could do no wrong in his eyes. The family takes comfort in knowing that they are together again and both getting in all kinds of mischief.

Kyle is survived by his loving mother, Beth A. Kiddy Copson, who cherished her only son; sister, Kayla Beth Copson, who adored her baby brother; father, Billy Williams Jr.; brother, Noah Williams of TX; and sister, Kristina Smith of SC; Mamaw Barbara Kiddy, grandparents, Sue and Dave Hood of FL and Dennis Copson of CA, and his paternal grandparents, Frank and Shelby McClanahan of FL. He is also survived by other relatives and a host of friends who loved him.

A memorial celebration of Kyle's life will be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at Nitro High School Auditorium with Rev. Mark Smith officiating. The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 p.m. at the school.

Cooke Funeral Home and Crematorium, Nitro, is assisting Kyle's family and you may express on-line condolences at www.cookefuneralhome.com.

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St. Albans' Holt and Haynes win state wrestling championships http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170226/GZ0203/170229629 GZ0203 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170226/GZ0203/170229629 Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:45:55 -0500 Tom Bragg By Tom Bragg HUNTINGTON - Safe to say the 2017 wrestling season has been a successful one for St. Albans

In one evening the Red Dragons doubled the number of names on the program's list of state champions, with sophomore Brandon Holt winning the Class AAA 106-pound title and freshman Caleb Haynes coming out on top at 138.

Prior to Saturday, there had been two Red Dragons to win an individual title in program history.

Haynes was tasked with getting through two wrestlers that had beaten him earlier this season in Huntington's Will Jeffers and Parkersburg's Jared Donahue in his semifinal and championship bouts.

Misson accomplished.

Haynes got past Jeffers in Friday's semifinal round and narrowly defeated Donahue on Saturday to claim the 138-pound state championship.

"I've been wrestling these kids," Haynes said. "I trained hard and did everything I could do. I put my sweat, blood and tears out here and came out and beat them."

The title match was stopped for blood four times. Haynes took an early 4-0 lead on points that he held until the third and final period. That's when Donahue closed the gap, but Haynes was able to hang on for a 5-4 win against last season's 132-pound state champion.

"That's what he does, he beats kids," Red Dragons coach Daren Gilfilen said. "If the right kid steps on the mat and has the right mentality, he can beat anybody. For him to come in as a freshman and dominate like that is awesome."

Holt, who beat University sophomore Matthew Simpson in his championship match, ended his season unbeaten against West Virginia competition.

"It's been crazy winning WSAZs and now this," Holt said. "At the beginning of the season I talked to myself and said I was going to be a state champ, but the words didn't have meaning to them yet. Now it means something and it feels great."

The Red Dragons nearly had a third state champion in senior Michael Milam, who suffered his first loss of the season against a West Virginia opponent against Washington's Cameron Pine in the 160-pound title match.

In addition to those three, the Red Dragons have three wrestlers - including Gazette-Mail Kanawha Valley Wrestler of the Year Josh Humphreys - slated to compete next month in Fairmont as part of the rescheduled 145-, 152- and 170-pound weight classes.

For other Kanawha Valley schools, Saturday's championship round was not as kind.

Riverside senior Steven Slack lost the AAA 126 championship bout against Parkersburg South's Luke Martin while teammate and fellow senior Brice Pomeroy saw his title hopes dashed in the final seconds of the 220-pound match against Spring Valley's Owen Porter. Nitro's Paul Frampton fell in the AA/A 195 bout while Sissonville's Austin Cook could not get past Fairmont Senior freshman Zach Frazier in the AA/A 285 match.

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The Kanawha Valley, however, was well represented among the state place-winners prior to Saturday's championship finals at the state wrestling tournament in Huntington.

In Class AAA, George Washington Jack Lorea took third at 126 pounds while Riverside's Darrell Holstien finished third at 285.

Herbert Hoover had four among the Class AA/A place-winners. Justin Stover (fifth, 113), Chase Stover (fourth, 120), Colten Rollyson (fifth, 170) and Peyton Carey (third, 285) each made the podium for the Huskies. Winfield's Jay Hall placed sixth at 152 and Nitro's Vincent Devaney finished third at 160.

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Independence did what Independence does on Saturday.

Independence cruised to the Class AA team title after winning the combined AA/A team titles the previous three seasons. Two staples of those teams - seniors Jacob Hart and Noah Adams - did what they have so often done in the past for the Patriots, they won.

Hart took the 182-pound title to become a rare four-time West Virginia state champion. Adams, who was named AA's Most Outstanding Wrestler, won his third state title, taking the 220-pound crown.

"Not a whole lot of [four-time champions]," Independence coach Cliff Warden said. "For [Hart] to start at 126 and win his last one at 182, that's pretty impressive."

Adams, who took third as a sophomore in addition to his three state titles, is headed to Morgantown next year to wrestle for West Virginia University.

"The more you win, the more people want to wrestle and beat you," Adams said. "It's been a heck of a ride and I loved every minute of it. I'll probably take a couple of weeks off then train for the big level."

Parkersburg South senior Justin Allman also won the fourth state title of his career Saturday, beating Wheeling Park's Austin Loew for the AAA 195-pound championship.

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Wirt County won the first-ever Class A title, beating runner-up Magnolia. The Blue Eagles' Caleb Nice, the AA/A 195-pound champion, was named Most Outstanding Wrestler. No team championship or individual awards were given in Class AAA. Those will be handed out after the rescheduled 145-, 152- and 170-pound weight classes wrestle next month in Fairmont.

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After more than 24 hours in limbo, the Class AAA 145-, 152- and 170-pound weight classes are back on.

The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission tweeted Saturday morning that the three weight classes will compete on Monday, March 13 and Tuesday, March 14 at the Fairmont Armory.

The SSAC temporarily suspended all three classes from this weekend's state tournament in Huntington due to the threat of a herpes simplex type 1 (HSV-1) infection coming out of last week's Region 4 tournament at Parkersburg South.

The championship rounds for all other weight classes were held Saturday at Huntington's Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

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Longtime Fairmont Senior coach Mark Delligatti said he has at least one more year in him in charge of the Polar Bears.

Delligatti, the 1980 Class AAA state champion at 167 pounds, as coached 19 individual champs at Fairmont Senior entering this season.

"Maybe one more [season] after this one," he said. "We've had a lot of fun with this group. We've got some young kids coming up in the program and we've had a lot of injuries this year too, so I have some mixed emotions. Maybe one more year then we'll see how it goes."

Delligatti has had a familiar face in his corner this weekend - his son Vincent. The younger Delligatti is one of the Polar Bears' 19 title winners under his father, taking the Class AA/A honors at 220 in 2014

"Vincent is a coach's coach," Mark Delligatti said. "When he wrestled for me he was a coach. He's very smart on technique and very smart with the big guys. He's really helped prepare Zach [Frazier, the Polar Bears' 285-pounder wrestling in Saturday's late championship round] for this."

Contact Tom Bragg at 304-348-4871 or tom.bragg@wvgazettemail.com. Follow him on Twitter @TomBraggSports.

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Sunday Perspective: A healthy start http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170226/GZ04/170229634 GZ04 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170226/GZ04/170229634 Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 On this week's Perspective page, Dr. Michael R. Brumage, of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, lays out succinctly the connection between "Adverse Childhood Outcomes" and problems people have as adults, including obesity and addiction to tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.

It is a daunting idea - that poverty, violence or other problems experienced as children continue to reach out through the years and have an effect on people as they mature, as they try to advance in school, as they aspire to various careers, as they become parents themselves.

But any good teacher or other involved adult will recognize the phenomenon instantly, in children they know, if not in their own families. That's also what is encouraging about recognizing these conditions, and their long-range effect on people's growth and health.

It is helpful to know what interferes with what everyone wishes for the children in their lives - plenty of nutritious food, health, love, security, sunshine, fun, opportunity. Knowing some roots of the problems can guide people, in whatever their role, toward renewing existing solutions and finding new ones.

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Jonathan Joy: 10 things a theater degree gets you (or standing up for WV arts) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170226/GZ0405/170229636 GZ0405 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170226/GZ0405/170229636 Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 By Jonathan Joy By By Jonathan Joy

In a time where the arts seem to be undervalued, at best, or under attack, at worst, by those in high places, I felt it was important to share my experiences. This list applies to my personal knowledge and how studying art shaped my personal relationships and world view, and how it vastly increased my job prospects.

This article does not even begin to touch on the ways art benefits students of all ages, and the way it enriches communities, although, if proposed budget cuts go through, we'll all soon experience the vacuum that sucks up opportunity and growth when art is gone and only taxes remain.

I earned my BFA in theater from Marshall University 19 years ago. From a toe-tapping "Annie, Get Your Gun" my freshman year, to a senior project capstone performance of Alan Bennett's harrowing "A Chip in the Sugar," those years were filled with lots of amazing, uncertain, fun and funny times.

I was having a blast most of the time, but I was also learning some very important life and work skills. Here are 10 things I got from earning a degree in theater:

10. Physical fitness: I'll put 12-hour days in the scene shop and rehearsal space, near constant movement in both, ahead of any Zumba class you're likely to find.

9. Teamwork: You literally can't do theater on your own. It takes a team, and cooperation skills and people skills (not to mention conflict-resolution skills) go far in nearly any field you may enter.

8. Empathy: Being able to put yourself in someone else's shoes and attempt to see life as they see it is a quality that seems to be diminishing in the real world, but it is at the very heart of the theater. It's why actors act, and why audiences are interested.

7. Friendship: Friendships forged through the process of playmaking are special and often long-lasting.

6. Communication skills: I once read a study about fear. A majority of participants listed public speaking as their No. 1 fear in life. Death was No. 2. That's how skittish we are when it comes to speaking in front of a crowd. Theater breaks down those fears, barriers. This is an especially important skill to have in a world where face-to-face communication sometimes seems to be losing to other communication channels.

5. No! You'll hear that word a lot. Your favorite director will not always cast you. Your renderings won't always earn an A. And the manager at your part-time restaurant job won't always understand why you need evenings off for the next seven weeks to rehearse "Blithe Spirit." Rejection builds character, and we could all use a thicker skin.

4. Multitasking skills: At any given point, you might be almost simultaneously sketching a costume idea for Amanda Wingfield, memorizing lines for a play your best friend wrote and trying to decipher the meaning in a Samuel Beckett play. And that's all on your lunch break before the work of building a realistic box interior for Hobson's Choice takes up your entire afternoon.

The adaptability required to do this will make you a valuable employee for someone, someday.

3. Imagination: Theater people, by definition, never fully lose the creative spirit that abounded when they were little kids.

2. Self-confidence: I was a very shy kid. Exposure to theater really brought me out of my shell. I've seen this over and over again in others, too. Increased self-esteem is the most direct and immediate effect of stage work.

1. A job: Since earning my theater degree in 1998, I've worked as an actor, carpenter, call-center associate, political campaign manager, substitute teacher, theater educator, playwright, college professor and newspaper columnist. A theater degree also provides an excellent background for law, sales, film, media, maybe even welding, if you're in a program like the one I came up in. Look up any job-outlook survey that focuses on what skills employers are looking for (in lots of fields) and you'll find a great deal of them on this list.

Jonathan Joy, of Huntington, teaches English at Ashland Community and Technical College, in Kentucky. His plays have been performed in 17 states and in France and Dubai.

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Christopher N. Lasch: Resistance to Fugitive Slave Act gives sanctuary cities a model http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170226/GZ0409/170229637 GZ0409 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170226/GZ0409/170229637 Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 By Christopher N. Lasch By By Christopher N. Lasch

An April 24, 1851, poster warning the "colored people of Boston" about policemen acting as slave catchers.

Lawsuits over the executive order that barred entry from seven predominately Muslim nations dominated the news in recent weeks. To less fanfare, local governments in San Francisco, Santa Clara County and Massachusetts filed lawsuits hoping to see President Donald Trump in court concerning another executive order - one that seeks to coerce local participation in immigration enforcement by starving the sanctuary cities of federal funding.

Anti-sanctuary agitators regularly claim that sanctuary jurisdictions defy federal law, and some (most recently Karl Rove) go so far as to suggest that cities and counties that seek to disentangle themselves from federal immigration enforcement are morally and legally equivalent to the slaveholding South.

But while sanctuary policies can express disagreement with federal policy, this does not make antebellum nullification their historical progenitor. Closer analysis yields a more meaningful historical analogue, between sanctuary cities and those northern communities that resisted fugitive slave recapture.

By enacting anti-detainer policies, sanctuary cities seek to disrupt a pipeline by which humans are fed from local criminal systems into the immigration enforcement system. The transfer of prisoners is accomplished with pieces of paper ("detainers"), requesting that local authorities prolong prisoners' detention and eventually turn their bodies over to federal immigration authorities.

As I have written elsewhere, the grim details of this "crimmigration" pipeline (the "delivering up" or rendition of human bodies through paper transactions), its racial architecture (compounding the disproportionate racial impact of local criminal justice systems and the disproportionate racial impact of the immigration enforcement system) and the profits from the immigration detention leviathan fed by the crimmigration pipeline (fueled by a Congressional mandate that 34,000 detention beds be available each day), all reinforce the analogy between immigration rendition and fugitive slave rendition.

Sanctuary cities share with their abolitionist forebears a deep moral commitment to liberty and equality. And, when it comes to legal theory, sanctuary policy is rooted not in the nullification theory popular in the slaveholding South, but rather in the Tenth Amendment's prohibition on federal "commandeering" of local government.

This anti-commandeering argument similarly underlay the "personal liberty" laws passed in northern states to disentangle them from the slave rendition machinery.

Sanctuary cities' resistance to immigrant rendition, like northern resistance to slave rendition, takes place in that part of the law that is reserved for local action and upon which the federal government cannot intrude. A Third Circuit decision in 2014 reaffirmed this point, holding that a Pennsylvania county could be held liable for the wrongful detention of a U.S. citizen pursuant to an immigration detainer. The court rejected the county's argument that its participation in immigration rendition was compelled by the federal government.

Sanctuary policies are also rooted in the Fourth Amendment. A federal court in Oregon held, also in 2014, that the detention of a local prisoner based on an immigration detainer violated the Fourth Amendment's prohibition on unreasonable seizures. In other words, the federal government, through detainers, was asking local governments to violate the Constitution.

The 2014 decisions and others that followed fueled the wildfire spread of sanctuary city ordinances across the nation, as jurisdictions hastened to follow - not nullify - federal law. Ultimately the uproar caused the Obama administration to abandon its premier interior enforcement program, "Secure Communities."

The legal and moral ancestry of the sanctuary city can be found in the antislavery movement. But being on the right side of history does not mean sanctuary cities will be able to protect their residents.

Ultimately, because northern states could not be compelled to participate in slave rendition, Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, creating a vast federal rendition machinery to do what the North would not. This history - no matter the outcome of the sanctuary lawsuits - may tell us where we are headed.

The Trump administration has promised to revive the Secure Communities program, describing it, contrary to all available evidence, as "popular and successful." And Trump's executive order of January 25, true to his campaign promises, envisions a massive federal "deportation force" unbounded by any real enforcement priorities. Immigration raids in so-called sanctuary cities, like the one unleashed in Los Angeles the evening of the Ninth Circuit's decision striking down the travel ban, may become all too routine.

Christopher N. Lasch is associate professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He wrote this for the History News Network.

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Bil Lepp: Lying effectively in public - a primer http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170226/GZ0405/170229638 GZ0405 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170226/GZ0405/170229638 Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 By Bil Lepp By By Bil Lepp

I am five-time champion of the West Virginia Liars' Contest. I lie for a living. I stand in front of huge crowds. Huge. And tell them lies. They love it. They give me standing ovations that are very long. Very.

No, seriously, that is my job. I am a professional storyteller who specializes in tall-tales, fibs and untruths. Look me up.

So, I have to say that I am professionally insulted by the standard of lies that have been making the news in past weeks. And though I don't want to aid the competition, I feel compelled to share a few pointers on successful lying, so as to not tarnish the reputation of lying in general.

First, before you go in front of a huge audience, really big, you should write your lies down on paper and read through them to see if they make any sense. Any sense. You should have a few trusted associates look over the lies beforehand. Sometimes they can point out the flaws in your lies. Also, you may want your associates to know what lies you are planning to tell so they can be prepared to back those lies up, or at the very least, not contradict them.

After you write the lies down, you should rehearse them before saying them to large crowds of people. Or tweeting them.

A good lie, by which I mean a successful lie, depends on you connecting with your audience in such a way that you build rapport with them. You need your audience to feel that you have something in common. And if you are going to tell a real doozy, you need to work up to it. Start by saying something the audience understands, or is familiar with - maybe something that is, if not true, at least honest.

That cunning witch from Scotland who wants your children to worship the Devil is good at this. She'll start a book innocuously enough: "Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much." Totally believable statement, right? We understand that people live in houses and houses have addresses. She would not be a zillionaire had she begun with, "Once there was a boy who had a stick with a feather in it and he could wave it at stuff and say fake Latin and unlock locks and crush the dreams of a poor, misunderstood orphan named Voldemort who only wanted to control the world and be super evil." This statement is harder to adjust to because it isn't something most of us have experienced, and so it seems a little dishonest.

I often start my lies with a simple truth like, "I have a dog." Again, an easy statement to swallow. Lots of people are dog owners, or at least understand that people have dogs. There are no dog agnostics. I might be planning to tell you I once flew a train with my tongue, but I start by telling you I have a dog. One key to a good lie is gradual exaggeration.

For example, if you want to tell people that some widely believed scientific fact is hooey, you first must establish some kind of truth. Instead of saying, "There is no moon. It doesn't exist. And any scientist who tells you the moon exists is a very bad scientist. Very. Bad. That scientist is likely paid by some liberal, vegetable-eating, environmental think-tank that hates God, the USA and Russia. Also that scientist is likely a member of ISIS."

See, that is a little too much to take in all at once. A little. Furthermore, it doesn't establish a connection with a broad audience. (By broad, I mean wide. Not just the ladies.) Also, it might be offensive to vegetable eaters. It is best not to start a lie by alienating a portion of your audience. A good lie requires building trust with your audience, and it is hard to build trust when you start with pugnacity.

Start slow.

You might start by saying, "There is this thing people call the moon."

Your audience will accept this. They will nod in confirmation. You are drawing them in.

Next, try, "You may notice that at certain points during this moon's so-called lunar cycle, it is not visible. It is usually not visible during the day, either."

Who can dispute this? This is an experience of the moon we all have in common. But more importantly, you are working toward a credible lie because you are sowing reasonable doubt. The audience has to admit - sometimes they just can't see the moon.

They begin to trust you. You're talking sense. And their imaginations start to hum in-tune with yours. They are starting to see the world your way.

Now that you have the audience thinking the way you need them to, you can launch into the more dramatic parts of your presentation: "So if you can't see the moon part of the time, then it obviously either isn't real ... or it is hiding because it is plotting a nasty attack. Nasty. And therefore we should build a wall to keep the moon out and make Mars pay for the wall, and then withdraw from the solar system because, let's face it, the rest of the planets just aren't pulling their weight."

See how much more believable your statements are now? I mean, heck, I just wrote the above lie and I know it's not true, but I wrote it so well I'm already starting to believe it. Starting to believe your own lies can be dangerous. If you start to believe your own lies, then you begin to live in a fantasy world from which there is no escape. So, be careful about that.

Also, don't go too far. For example, I said "the rest of the planets just aren't pulling their weight." This statement goes against the laws of physics, and so-called physicists like Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton, both of whom are doing amazing jobs and are getting recognized more and more, might get together and dispute your claims based on the pseudo-science of gravity, throwing your whole lie into question. One little step outside the context box and the credibility of your whole carefully crafted lie comes into question.

Bil Lepp really is five-time champion of the West Virginia Liars Contest, a storyteller and author.

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Andrew Schneider: Tide has turned for equality in WV http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170226/GZ0405/170229639 GZ0405 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170226/GZ0405/170229639 Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 By Andrew Schneider By By Andrew Schneider

We're just three weeks into the West Virginia legislative session, but one thing is already clear - there's a serious change in the air.

I see it in Democrats. I see it in Republicans. I see it in the overwhelming bipartisan support this year for the Employment and Housing Non-Discrimination Act, a bill that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the categories covered by the West Virginia Human Rights Act.

And it's a change of mindset, of heart, of attitude that we can all be proud of, a change that says we all deserve to be treated equally and that West Virginia will not tolerate hate or discrimination.

In fact, it's been made clear to me by a number of senators and delegates on both sides of the aisle that nondiscrimination legislation no longer carries with it the perceived political stigma it once did. Legislators are realizing that their constituents want to live in a state that stands up for their LGBT neighbors and friends.

The turning point occurred 12 short months ago, when the Religious Freedom Restoration Act - a bill known to equality advocates as "The License to Discriminate Bill," which would have permitted discrimination against LGBT people and other minorities in the name of religion - was up for debate. The reaction from the general public was astonishing: businesses, community leaders, religious leaders and citizens voiced their opposition in newspaper commentaries and interviews, and a T-shirt company even designed a shirt against the bill.

Many longtime lobbyists remarked that the impassioned floor speeches in the Senate, when both Democrats and Republicans urged one another to build bridges, not walls, were historic and deeply moving. As a result, the bill was voted down and many legislators lost the appetite for outwardly discriminatory legislation.

From my vantage point, the tide has truly turned.

This year, 33 state legislators are co-sponsoring EHNDA. There is so much support in the House of Delegates, legislators have introduced three identical versions of the bill. To highlight the stark contrast, one of the bills has a Republican lead sponsor, and Delegate Mike Pushkin's bill lists a majority of Republican co-sponsors. Last year, only two Republicans were willing to publicly associate their name with equality.

When I ask lawmakers what has changed, they tell me that they're thinking of their LGBT family, friends and neighbors when signing on to the bill.

We're seeing a similar trend among municipal leaders across the state. In the past 24 months, the number of cities and towns with nondiscrimination ordinances on their books has more than doubled - the fastest rate of any state in the country. Citizens in cities like Wheeling, Lewisburg, Sutton and Martinsburg are standing up and asking their city councils to protect their LGBT neighbors and friends. Everyday West Virginians continue to demonstrate that no one should be discriminated against because of who they are or who they love.

While I am encouraged by this change in the air at the state Capitol, there is still much work to be done. Currently in the Mountain State, it is still legal to be fired from a job or evicted from a rental property on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Despite the thousands of same-sex marriages that were legally celebrated in our state since October 2014, it remains true that LGBT West Virginians can "get married on Sunday and fired on Monday."

It's clear that something is different this year, that nondiscrimination is truly a nonpartisan issue. But passing legislation, even if everyone knows it's the right thing to do, is still an uphill battle.

We at Fairness West Virginia, along with our thousands of advocates and straight allies across the state, urge House leadership to reflect the overwhelming sentiment that is growing in West Virginia and take up for passage the Employment and Housing Non-Discrimination Act.

Andrew Schneider is executive director of Fairness West Virginia.

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Joyce McConnell: WVU helps reach government efficiency http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170226/GZ0405/170229640 GZ0405 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170226/GZ0405/170229640 Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 By Joyce McConnell By By Joyce McConnell

Several months ago, a team at West Virginia University got together to take a look at improving government efficiencies in the state. When I told a colleague what we were working on, he burst out laughing. "Government efficiency!" he said. "Isn't that a contradiction in terms?"

I knew what he meant, of course; it's easy to take shots at our government at all levels, from our local school boards and city councils to our state Legislature, all the way up to the federal system. Governing involves a lot of people doing a lot of complex, interrelated jobs. Long processes develop. Forms are created. Memos go out. Bureaucracy flourishes.

Government isn't always efficient. But it can be. And our WVU team, which is made up of experts in economic development, public administration, land use, community engagement and education, can help make the government of this state more effective and efficient at every level.

The big question we should all be asking here is not why we're taking on this challenge - although I do want to tell you that. It's why we need to do it: Does a more efficient government truly mean a better one?

The answer to that is simple: Yes.

If a governmental process or entity is made more efficient, thoughtfully and strategically, using research on best practices and attending to the long view, then it will be better. We're not talking about replacing a person with a computer in some local office and declaring victory over inefficiency. We're talking about streamlining services across several cities or even counties that are currently underserved, stretched thin and unable to make the most of their resources. We're talking about finding those "aha!" moments we've all had, when we stop pushing on the door that won't budge and check to see if it opens when we pull.

Back to the question of why we're taking on this challenge: West Virginia University, as the state's land-grant, flagship institution of higher education, is taking on this challenge because we must. Improving the quality of life for the people of West Virginia is in our mission statement. It is essentially what we strive to do when we educate our state's young people - or educate young people from other states who might then choose to build their lives here, thus enriching our economy and our communities. It is what we aim to do when we provide comprehensive preventative, reactive and emergency medical care.

We care deeply about the people of West Virginia, and we are absolutely committed to being a positive partner in this state, now and for generations to come.

The West Virginia University team is also taking on this challenge because we can. As a Research 1 institution of higher learning, recently ranked as evidencing the "highest" level of research activity possible by the Carnegie Classification system, we have faculty and staff members with deep and broad expertise in just about every policy area that we need to understand in order to truly improve our state's government.

We have a national network of other experts - at other institutions in the state and region, at our fellow R1 institutions, at our Big 12 Conference peers - that we can tap into for ideas, answers and solutions to the problems we encounter. And we have sustained and vibrant partnerships within West Virginia, with local governments and school systems, with hospitals and community groups.

We're not under any illusion that we - West Virginia University - can address government inefficiencies in this state by ourselves. But by offering up our strengths as a university in a spirit of true collaboration statewide, we believe we can provide a road map for the journey ahead.

Improving government efficiencies won't take us on a simple journey, or a short journey. There will, almost certainly, be roadblocks along the way. But it is our belief - and my fervent hope - that WVU can work alongside the many other people who care so much about our state to make that term - "government efficiency" - no longer a contradiction but a foundation of West Virginia's future prosperity and success.

Joyce McConnell is provost and vice president for academic affairs at West Virginia University.

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Michael R. Brumage: Adverse childhoods affecting our drug, obesity problems http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170226/GZ0405/170229641 GZ0405 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170226/GZ0405/170229641 Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 By Michael R. Brumage By By Michael R. Brumage

We are beset by vexing public health problems in West Virginia: the opioid and heroin epidemic, the damaging effects of obesity and tobacco-related illnesses.

We pay dearly for those problems directly through rising health care costs and increased taxes to cover those costs, and indirectly in human terms, as productive lives are cut short by illness, disability and death.

Furthermore, we are encouraging these rising health costs by pricing substances like tobacco and sugary drinks without offsetting the expenses we all pay down the road.

Our attempts at solutions have focused on proximate causes: anti-drug campaigns, smoking cessation and obesity reduction, among others.

They are necessary but insufficient.

Effective preventive solutions have evaded us because we have failed to ask the right questions. All of our public health problems are demand-driven, and so it should come as no surprise that supply-restricting solutions inevitably fail without addressing the demand side of the equation.

The question we have not asked is, "What is missing in peoples' lives that they turn to drugs, alcohol, food and tobacco for relief?"

The answer to this is complex, but it is clearly the right question.

Economic misfortunes contribute mightily to our public health problems. Jobs provide more than an income. They provide self-esteem, meaning and purpose, as well as a sense of being connected to a greater society. Creating and encouraging employment is a key element to improving our health as individuals and communities.

Yet, there is much more to the equation. Answers have been in front of our noses for years and yet remain largely unrecognized because they are hidden by time, shame and secrecy.

In his landmark book, "Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis," author J.D. Vance draws the connection between adverse childhood experiences in his family and in Appalachia as a powerful source of the many public health problems we face, including the opioid and heroin epidemic. This connection provides both an explanation and an answer to many of the most critical challenges in our region and in our nation.

The adverse childhood experiences study (or ACE study) looks at 10 categories of childhood trauma before 18 years of age: emotional, physical and sexual abuse; emotional and physical neglect; one or both parents missing from the household; substance abuse in the household; mental illness in the household; domestic violence specifically toward the mother; and an incarcerated member in the household.

Everyone has an ACE score form zero to 10. From the original study with over 17,000 beneficiaries of Kaiser-Permanente in San Diego, California, we know there is a graded, proportional response between ACE score and illnesses like depression, suicide, smoking, obesity, substance abuse and many others. Sounds familiar, doesn't it?

We also understand the biologic mechanisms that connect toxic adversity in childhood with diseases that show up in adulthood. We know that, on average, people with an ACE score of 6 or more will live close to 20 years less than people with an ACE score of zero.

To demonstrate the interplay between ACE score, income and health outcomes, one study published this year looking at health disparities between black and white people in Wisconsin found that adjusting for both income and ACE score largely eliminated the health disparities between the two groups. ACE scores and poverty matter.

The bad news is that the majority of people in the United States and in West Virginia have an ACE score of one or more. The good news is that ACE score does not predetermine our lives.

J.D. Vance has an ACE score of 6, yet he became a successful attorney for an investment firm in Silicon Valley (although, since his successful book, he is now returning to his native southwestern Ohio to tackle the problems of his community).

A common thread among people who successfully overcome a high ACE score seems to be the presence of another person, usually an adult, who provides a compassionate, caring interest in the lives of the children afflicted by toxic adversity. And therein lies our hope for breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty and poor health: providing children with caring people and systems of care and refuge which nurture their minds and bodies. Children flourish when they sense another human being who holds a special place in their tiny worlds cherishes them.

To come back to the original question, "What is missing in peoples' lives that they turn to drugs, alcohol, food and tobacco for relief?"

The answer is complex. Meaning and purpose come from a sense of being connected to something greater than yourself and your thoughts. Drugs, alcohol, food and tobacco are common denominators that people use for temporary relief when they lose this sense of connection, but they have damaging long-term consequences. Poverty and adverse childhood experiences play major roles in this vicious cycle.

Providing our children with the resources to succeed involves protecting them from toxic adversity while simultaneously attending to the suffering of the parents, who themselves are often victims of adverse childhood experiences.

Resilient families and children build resilient communities. These problems didn't come upon us overnight and solving these issues will require strategic patience and the determination to invest in what really matters. We can and must break the cycle of suffering. Our health, our economy, and our future depend on it. Are we up to the challenge?

Dr. Michael R. Brumage is executive director and health officer of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department.

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On the Town: St. Olaf Choir, Red Evening Affair http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170226/GZ05/170229653 GZ05 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170226/GZ05/170229653 Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 The St. Olaf Choir, from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, brought its Winter Tour 2017 performance to the Clay Center for Arts and Sciences on Jan. 31.

The 3rd Annual Red Evening Affair, presented by the Charleston Women's Improvement League, was held Feb. 4 at the Beni Kedem Temple.

Click on the gallery to see more photos from these events.

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WV Farm2Fork: What makes farmers markets important to the state? http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170226/GZ0502/170229674 GZ0502 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170226/GZ0502/170229674 Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 By BethAnn Earl WV Farm2Fork Team By By BethAnn Earl WV Farm2Fork Team What impact does a local farmers market have really?

Sure, everyone likes to have fresh produce, but lets face it, the big box stores have local produce don't they? Doesn't that do the same thing for my community and farmers?

Well, yes and no. Certainly buying local in a big box store is better than buying an item from some far off place, but it really doesn't have the same community impact. Let's compare the two.

The big box store buys local food from a farmer or aggregator, paying as little as possible. According to multiple sources, the reported average is 19 cents of each food dollar spent that goes to farmers in the United States. The rest goes to transportation, marketing and the big box store costs and profits.

Farmers markets, on the other hand, have a direct economic impact to communities by helping local farmers increase their business. When a farmer sells his or her product at a farmers market, he or she keeps 80 cents per dollar on average. This encourages farm growth, and when the farm business grows, the farmers often hire local workers to handle the growing farm. This often increases the farmer's income, which in turn gets spent locally on services and products from local merchants.

This cannot only sustain local businesses, but can have the indirect impact of creating additional jobs at these businesses.

Beth Stuever, from Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, explains, "Farmers markets have the potential to shift the local economy of their community by encouraging consumers to change their diets and eat seasonally. This would allow more money to circulate within the region and spill over to other local businesses. Farmers markets are also less likely to relocate than large grocery stores, and they provide stability for local economies."

Then there is the environmental impact.

The big box stores can bring in produce from all over the world, and even the local items are often not from the community, since local can be up to 250 miles away. At The Wild Ramp in Huntington for instance, we carry a few value-added items (soda, milk, cheese) from as far as 250 miles away when there is nothing available closer. But the bulk of the produce is grown within 50 miles in Cabell, Mason and Putnam counties. So, what does that mean?

It means that since it has been estimated the average American meal travels roughly 1,500 miles from the farm to your plate, food from outside the local area leaves a larger carbon footprint than food grown, raised and processed locally. Therefore, buying local means you get a fresher, higher quality, more sustainable food item.

And what about access to food?

There are many people in West Virginia who don't have reasonable access to grocery stores either due to the lack of stores or lack of transportation. So, while there are programs designed to improve access by providing individuals funding, many still cannot get to a place where fresh, healthy food is available. This lack of access also translates into increased health care costs. It is a well-known fact that improving the diets of people reduces disease and illness caused by poor diets.

Local farmers markets help West Virginia by providing increased access to healthy local food. Produce harvested at the peak of ripeness and available immediately means West Virginians can eat the healthiest food since the fresher the food, the higher the nutrient levels are, adding more antioxidants and phytonutrients (which have anti-inflammatory and liver-health properties) to our diets.

Do farmers markets really contribute to these things?

Yes, they do. Even though many markets are open only a fraction of the year, they provide a place for members of the community to come together, building strong community bonds.

Many offer classes and demonstrations about how to cook and use produce and teach children the value of healthy food. These markets work with seniors and low-income families to ensure they are able to purchase the foods they need, accepting SNAP/EBT and participating in the Farmers Market Voucher programs.

What does this look like by the numbers? Let's break it down using The Wild Ramp as an example.

In 2016, The Wild Ramp had sales of $358,916, and returned $276,873 to producers. Since the inception of The Wild Ramp, there have been $1.6 Million in sales, with $1.2 Million returned to area producers. 2016 saw four major events, three community supported agriculture cycles that served 71 families, 10 pop-up markets, and a number small events and classes.

Besides the rather large economic impact they help create within their local areas, farmers markets also provide space to build strong communities with festivals and other events, classes and cooking demonstrations, and outreach with pop-up markets and CSA programs.

Farmers markets are a critical part of every West Virginia community, and they need everyone's support to continue their mission.

Bethann Earle was one of the earliest Wild Ramp producers, selling garden vegetables from her then-Urban Farm. Through her involvement with The Wild Ramp, her farm business grew, expanding to a 108-acre farm in Southern Ohio.

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Live Life Fully: Are you drifting along in your life? http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170226/GZ0507/170229675 GZ0507 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170226/GZ0507/170229675 Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 It's so easy to live life on autopilot, just drifting along.

With everything on your platter, it's no wonder you fall into this pattern. Then weeks, months and years go by. And you end up with that nagging feeling you're not where you want to be.

While it's healthy to maintain a balance between relaxation and productivity, if you're not careful you could find yourself reacting to you life rather than creating it.

The words "creation" and "reaction" have the same exact letters in them. If you can hold the thought that your life is either a creation or a reaction, you can remind yourself to be creating, according to Steve Chandler, author of "Reinventing Yourself" and "100 Ways to Motivate Yourself."

You could actually spend whole days reacting without even being aware of it. You wake up reacting to feelings in your body. Then you react to family members. Next, you start reacting to the morning news. Soon you get in your car and react to traffic.

Once at work, you open an email and react to that. You react to insensitive customers or coworkers who are intruding on your day. During a break, you react to a server at lunch. This habit of reacting can go on all day, every day, if you're not careful. You become a goalie in the hockey game of life, with pucks flying at you constantly.

There's another way of approaching life, though. You can design your own life game plan and let the game respond to you, rather than the other way around. Sure, you'll have to be open to contingencies. That's just it, though. Those can be the exceptions, rather than the rules.

Bill Walsh, former head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, was viewed as eccentric because of how extensively he planned his plays in advance of each day, according to Chandler. While most coaches have plays in mind and wait to see how the game unfolds, Walsh would pace the sidelines with a big sheet of plays his team was going to run, no matter what. He wanted the other team to respond to him.

While his approach was quite unorthodox, Walsh certainly won his share of Super Bowls. And all he did was act on the crucial difference between creating and reacting.

When your life becomes the subject matter of the creative process, a very different experience opens up to you - one in which you're involved with life at its very essence, says composer and filmmaker, Robert Fritz. Fritz, who says we can create our lives just as we compose a song, write a book or create a film, offers an online course in "Creating Your Life" and an e-book titled, "Your Life as Art."

Some pleasant side effects can come with this approach to life. As you take more responsibility for your actions (or inactions), you start to feel more in control of your life. As a result, you experience fewer instances of overwhelm or being pushed around by other people.

The choices we make for our thinking either motivate us, or they don't. I'm all in favor of feeling our feelings and staying with them long enough to process them and let them flow through us. The trick is not to let negative thoughts take over because we all know they can and will.

Because of current life circumstances, some of you may feel too discouraged right now to start on a new course of personal motivation. Or too angry. Or too upset about certain problems or people.

However, author Napoleon Hill (my husband John's favorite mentor), insists this is the perfect time.

"There is one unbeatable rule for the mastery of sorrows and disappointments," Hill said, "and that is the transmutation of those emotional frustrations through definitely planned work. It is a rule which has no equal."

Once you start to focus on creating your life rather than reacting to it, definitely planned work becomes the next step on the path, according to Chandler. I would add a note of caution that it's healthy to build in some bandwidth for spontaneity. If not, you could wind up being too regimented.

One hour of planning saves three hours of execution. Most of us think we don't have time for planning, though. We're too busy reacting to yesterday's messes and cleaning them up that we enter the workplace or home setting and wander around aimlessly.

Deliberately creating our lives inspires the energy of purpose. Without it, we can suffer from a type of intention deficit disorder.

A carefully planned day can take a third of the time an unplanned free-for-all day takes, explained Chandler while relating a story about a sales manager whose success in life was moderate until he discovered the principle of definitely planned work. Now he spends two hours each weekend on his computer planning the week ahead.

"It's made all the difference in the world," the sales manager said. "Not only do I get three times the amount of work done, but I feel so in control. The week feels like my week. The work feels like my work. My life feels like my life."

Get my drift?

©2017 Linda Arnold Live Life Fully, all rights reserved. Linda Arnold, M.A., M.B.A., is a syndicated columnist, author and speaker. Reader comments are welcome at linda@lindaarnold.org. For information on her books, "Teach People How to Treat You" and "Push Your Own Buttons," go to www.lindaarnold.org or Amazon.com.

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Arts Notes: Feb. 26, 2017 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170226/GZ0604/170229677 GZ0604 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170226/GZ0604/170229677 Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra's 2017 Symphony Gala will honor Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Holiday Inn & Suites Charleston West in South Charleston. The theme is Take Me Home, West Virginia.

The gala will celebrate the state's arts community with remarks by keynote speaker Cabinet Secretary for Education and the Arts Gayle Manchin. A silent auction and dinner featuring West Virginia fare and local craft beers will take place.

Proceeds benefit the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra which has the mission to enrich the region through live orchestral music experiences of the highest artistic quality, with a strong commitment to education and lifelong learning.

The Holiday Inn & Suites is located at 400 Second Ave. SW in South Charleston. Tickets are $100 and sponsorships are available. For more information, visit wvsymphony.org or call 304-957-9876.

VFW Auxiliary Post is hosting a Young American Creative Patriotic Art contest. The contest is open to ninth- through 12th-grade students who are enrolled in public, private, parochial or a home-study program in Buckhannon or Weston. Entry must have been or be completed during the 2016-2017 school year. The deadline is March 31. Application, rules and guidelines are available at www.auxvfw.org.

Scholarships are available to winning students of the national contest. National Scholarships for first place is $10,000, second place is $5,000 and third place is $2,500. VFW Auxiliary Post 3663 awards a local Patriotic Art winner, then it will submit the winning entry to Department A VFW for competition at the state level.

The state-winning entry will be submitted to National Auxiliary VFW for national competition, and the winner of that competition will receive a $10,000 scholarship.

All students interested in entering the Patriotic Art Contest should contact the VFW Post 3663 at 304-472-9152.

Buckhannon is preparing for a new season of music and art for Festival Fridays. The weekly festivals take place at Buckhannon's Jawbone Park and start again in June. The fee for the 2017 season is $25. A check can be made out to Create BU and sent to Create Buckhannon, P.O. Box 991, Buckhannon, WV 26201.

For questions contact Maria at mariabray@hotmail.comor call 304-997-5110; Brittany Small at bswishe4@gmail.com or 304-704-5166.

Dance schools and companies can now register for the fourth annual Dance Works festival, to be held at Musselman High in March. The information and forms needed are available on the Berkeley Arts Council website, www.berkeleyartswv.org/danceworks. Postmark deadline for registration is Tuesday.

Guest dance instructors from the four-state area have been invited to share their skills and love for dance during two days of classes March 25-26 and a gala performance will offer dancers, families and friends the chance to share their passion for the art.

Dance Works is a collaboration between local dance directors and the Berkeley Arts Council with assistance from Martinsburg-Berkeley Counties. For information, email danceworkswv@gmail.com.

The Art Store is currently displaying work for the group exhibition "Geometrics." The art pieces feature geometric abstract work by various local artists. The exhibit is on display through April 1 at the Charleston store, located at 233 Hale St. West Virginia artist Harold Edwards will speak about his pieces from 2 to 3 p.m. March 18 at The Art Store.

Charleston resident Eric Holstine's artwork will be on display next month for "Vintage Re-Inventions: Steampunk Creations at Arts & Culture Alliance" at the Emporium in Knoxville, Tennessee.

An opening reception for "Vintage Re-Inventions: Steampunk Creations" by Holstine, Jason Lambert and Jason Edwards is from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday. Exhibition hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Holstine combines art with technology to create unique pieces that provide functionality. He is a mixed-media artist with a professional background in information technology and uses mixed media, including stained glass, metal, wood, polymer clay and repurposed items.

Much of his work is of the steampunk genre and has been on exhibit in different venues in West Virginia, Maryland, as well as at the Steampunk World's Fair in New Jersey. He was awarded Most Original Design at the WV Makers Festival in October 2015.

Holstine's work includes a functional mantle clock, an "Acoustic Roundabout Cube," and a steampunk-style robot lamp. All pieces have an electronic feature and/or lighting effect designed and programmed by the artist.

For more information, visit http://ehartwork.com.

Laura Moul's new photography exhibit, "Journeys," is on display through April 30 at the Robert C. Byrd Federal Court House in Charleston.

The 58 framed landscape and floral images are on both floors of the center space at the courthouse. This exhibit encompasses images from several continents and many states. Visitors can see the exhibit during regular business hours Monday through Friday.

FestivALL is accepting applications for the FestivALL Capitol Street Art Fair and the Harvest Art Fair.

The Capitol Street Art Fair will return June 24-25. It will take place the last weekend of FestivALL and will occupy Capitol Street from the Virginia Street block to the Washington Street Block.

The Harvest Art Fair will take place Oct. 21-22 at the Woman's Club of Charleston as an extension of the Capitol Street Art Fair.

Both fairs are dedicated to fine art and fine crafts. Each requires the submission of an application, with images, that will be juried by a panel of professional artisans and arts administrators.

The early deadline is Wednesday, and the final postmark/email deadline is March 15. This deadline applies to both the June and October fairs.

The application packet and forms may be downloaded at http://festivallcharleston.com/info. For more information, or to receive a copy by mail, email artfairs@festivallcharleston.com or call 304-610-1271.

Applications are available for historic preservation development grants through the State Historic Preservation Office of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. Submissions must be postmarked by March 31.

Eligible projects include the restoration, rehabilitation or archaeological development of historic sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Applicants may be a state or local government agency, not-for-profit organization, private citizen, for-profit firm or organization, education institution, religious organization or Certified Local Government.

Privately owned properties are only eligible in instances where there is evidence of public support or public benefit. A complete application package, including funding priorities, selection criteria, allowable activities, criteria for evaluation and grants guidelines is available by calling Pam Brooks, grants coordinator, 304-558-0240, or visiting www.wvculture.org/shpo/grantmanual/development.html.

For more information on the grant programs, contact Brooks at 304-558-0240 or pam.a.brooks@wv.gov.

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Vintage West Virginia: Kanawha Falls hydro station http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170226/GZ01/170229691 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170226/GZ01/170229691 Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Each Sunday and Monday, Vintage West Virginia provides a glimpse of the past in the Mountain State.

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Letter: Ousted court administrator built a solid system http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170226/GZ0406/170229692 GZ0406 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170226/GZ0406/170229692 Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Court administrator built a solid system

Editor:

What were the three justices thinking? I worked with Steve Canterbury for eight years at the Regional Jail Authority when he was the director and I was the Central Regional Jail Administrator. He was a visionary leader. There are just no other words to describe him.

He built most of the regional jails and he built a solid system. Counties might complain about the bills, but they would be spending millions more on their own county jails if Steve had not built such a strong system. He also got legislation passed that got money back to the counties from certain tickets, and he developed a remote video arraignment system, which saves the sheriff's departments time and money since they don't have to transport inmates.

He was always available. Unfortunately, at times, he did get calls at three or four in the morning. I know because I, unfortunately, had to make a few of those calls. He was always ready to go to work no matter the time or the circumstances.

I know many people currently employed at the Court or the Authority who would like to write supportive letters such as this one. But they fear for their jobs and who wouldn't after what they did to Steve?

Steve Canterburys don't come along very often. I've only scratched the surface of all he did for the Authority, let alone for the rest of the state. It's just unbelievable that those justices didn't appreciate that. They miss him now that he's gone in ways they can't begin to imagine.

Shannon Markle

Gassaway

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Letter: Government has fostered culture of dependence http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170226/GZ0406/170229693 GZ0406 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20170226/GZ0406/170229693 Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:01:00 -0500 Government has fostered culture of dependence

Editor:

I was absolutely appalled by the twisted logic in the Sunday column by the Rev. Stephen Willis. I see the problem much differently.

It seems to me that government has created the problem by fostering a culture of dependence. The result is that people are structuring their lives in such a manner as to receive the maximum benefit from government programs.

This flies in the face of what I always understood to be part of the American way: Work hard so you can get ahead.

It strains my credulity to imagine that two people who love each other and want to be married and live together would not do so because they would face a loss in government largesse. Likewise, that a worker given the chance to earn more pay would balk at it for the same reason. By cheerfully working overtime, one could increase their chance of advancement and do even better in the future. Shouldn't everyone aspire to making their own way in the world?

It seems to me that the problem is not that government does too little in these situations, but that it has done too much in the past.

Richard M. Boyd

Charleston

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