www.wvgazettemail.com http://www.wvgazettemail.com Gazette archive feed en-us Copyright 2015, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: October 13, 2015 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151013/OBIT01/310139975 OBIT01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151013/OBIT01/310139975 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Affolter, Mary Noon, Raynes Funeral Home Chapel, Eleanor.

Boggs, Donald L. 7:30 p.m., Rock Branch Independent Church, Nitro.

Cavender, Homer 11 a.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.

Compton, Virginia 11 a.m., Montgomery Memorial Park, London.

Ferguson, Rosie V. 2 p.m., Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.

Givens, Ina G. 7 p.m., Greene

Harper, Patricia J. 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Morton, Michael L. 3 p.m., Elk Funeral Home, Charleston.

Rogers, Lois M. 3:30 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Tomblin, Flora 6 p.m., Honaker Funeral Home, Logan.

Watson, Robert "Bob" 11 a.m., Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar.

Wooldridge, Nila 2 p.m., Meadow Bridge United Methodist Church, Meadow Bridge.

William "Bill" Batten http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151013/OBIT/310139985 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151013/OBIT/310139985 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 William R. "Bill" Batten, 85, of Elkview, passed away Oct. 12, 2015 at Genesis Health Care, Marmet.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Barbara Westfall Batten; son, Bill and wife, Cathy, of Elkview; and grandson, Bryan of Charleston, S.C.

Bill was an avid outdoorsman, loved hunting and fishing and was never far from his four-wheeler. He and Barbara enjoyed square dancing for many years with their friends. Bill always enjoyed following his grandson in baseball from T-ball through college and rarely missed a game. He always had a smile, kind word and never met a stranger.

Bill was preceded in death by his brother, Eddie Doolittle of Titusville, Fla.

He was a United States Marine and served in the Korean War. He retired from Columbia Gas Transmission Company with 43 years of service as an odorant specialist. He attended Jarrett Memorial United Methodist Church and graduated from South Charleston High School in 1948.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W. Charleston, WV 25387.

The family would like to thank the Genesis Health caregivers and Hospice caregivers for all of the love and care they gave at his time of need.

Service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Hafer Funeral Home with Pastor Danny Kinder officiating. Burial will be in Elk Hills Memorial Park, Big Chimney.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent at www.haferfuneralhome.net.

Hafer Funeral Home, 50 N. Pinch Road, Elkview, is assisting the family.

Fonda Gale Butcher http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151013/OBIT/310139994 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151013/OBIT/310139994 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Fonda Gale Butcher, 71, of Clay, entered into rest Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 at her home with loved ones by her side.

Born June 23, 1944 in Swandale, she was the daughter of the late Rev. Guy and Radie Frame. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her sisters, Iris McCormick and Patricia Litton.

Fonda is survived by her husband, Phillip "Buckshot" David Butcher Sr. of Clay; daughter, Mary Catharine Lentz of South Charleston; sons, Phillip David Butcher II and wife, Cindy, of Richwood, Ohio, and Lee Butcher of Marion, Ohio; adopted sons, Jeff Rider, Norman Ramsey and wife, Tina, Tim Miller, Stewart Simms, Cam Stewart and Brian Stewart, all of Clay; grandchildren, Phillip David Butcher III and wife, Shaynna, Adam Butcher, Christina Ritchie and husband, Kenyen, Gregory David Marshel Lentz and John Russell Luke Lentz; special grandson, CJ Rider; sisters, Eva Mullins, Phala Hildebrand, Rosetta (Paul) Ayers and Mavis (Darrell) Bennett; brother, Delner "Bud" (Janice) Frame; special sister, Laraine Payne of Bickmore; many nephews and nieces and extended family and friends; sisters-in-law, Jean Williams, Judy Cantrell, Janet Vieth, Dawn Sheidler and Sherry Oxley; brother-in-law, Bob Butcher; and special brothers, Leonard William, Johnny Stewart and David Whaling.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Pleasant Dale Missionary Baptist Church, Dog Run, with Minister Wayne Litton, Minister Tim Butcher and Russell McKinney officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for friends and family at the church.

The family requests that you wear red in honor of "Our Fonda Baby."

After the burial, the family requests that everyone gathers at Fairview Baptist Temple Church at Two Run, per Fonda Baby's wishes.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.carlwilsonfuneralhome.com.

Delcie Chin http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151013/OBIT/310139984 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151013/OBIT/310139984 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Delcie Chin, 88, of Charleston, passed away Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

She is survived by her husband, Dickie Chin; daughter, Sharon (Rich) Callard, and their sons, John (Miranda) and his daughter, Arabella, Chris (Karen) and their children, Grace and Nate, Jeff (Dawn) and her son, Dylan; son, Earl (Page) Kinder and his daughter, Erin and her daughter, Morgan, his son, Jason and his children, Kara and Jack; son, Rick (Anita) Chin and their daughters, Tiffany and Brianna and their daughters, Jamesyn, Emeri, and Kennedy; son, Ron (Lynn) and his sons, Bryan and Jason and his daughters, Lauren and Kaylie. Delcie is also survived by her sister, Clara Weintraub, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was a member of First Church of the Nazarene in Charleston, where she taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and sang in the choir.

Delcie had worked at Quarrier Diner, New China Restaurant, Stone and Thomas and Good Shepherd Daycare.

The funeral will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston, with Pastor Randy Lanham officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Memorial Park.

Family and friends may call one hour prior to the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W, Charleston, WV 25387-2536. Mother received compassionate treatment and care in her final days there. Or, you may make donations to the American Heart Association, Memorials and Donations, P.O. Box 15120, Chicago, IL 60693.

Memories of Delcie may be shared by visiting www.snodgrassfuneral.com and selecting the obituary.

Snodgrass Funeral Home, South Charleston, is handling the arrangements.

Kelli Lynn Cochrane http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151013/OBIT/310139995 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151013/OBIT/310139995 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Mrs. Kelli Lynn Franklin Cochrane, 38, of Logan, died Oct. 11, 2015. There will be no services. Arrangements by Evans Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chapmanville.

Arnold F. Douglas http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151013/OBIT/310139991 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151013/OBIT/310139991 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Arnold F. Douglas entered into rest Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. Arnold was born in Spring Hill on April 22, 1938 to the late Dennis and Virlie Douglas.

Arnold graduated St. Albans High School, class of 1956. Arnold worked in the nylon and gleem areas of DuPont Plant, Belle, retiring as a millwright and shift supervisor with 31 years of service.

Arnold is survived by his wife of 32 years, Judy Berkhouse Douglas.

He was a loyal West Virginia University fan and loved to play golf. His neighbors and friends in Malden will miss his front porch gatherings, where he would amaze everyone with his ability to recall names, teams and dates of every sport.

In accordance with his wishes, there will be no memorial service. Arnold wished to be an organ donor and his body cremated. A short prayer service was held at his bedside by his friend, Pastor David Bowen.

His wife wishes to acknowledge the many friends and neighbors in Malden that have been such great help and comfort to them through Arnold's illness. His wife would also like to thank the staff of Hubbard Hospice House for the excellent care he received during his last days.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hubbard Hospice House, 1001 Curtis Price Way, Charleston, WV 25311.

Online condolences for Arnold F. Douglas may be sent to his wife at www.stevensandgrass.com.

Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden, is in charge of the arrangements.

Thomas J. Edelman http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151013/OBIT/310139977 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151013/OBIT/310139977 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Thomas Joe Edelman, 32, of Smithers, died Oct. 10, 2015 as the result of a motorcycle accident. O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery, is in charge of arrangements.

Robert L. Goddard, Sr. http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151013/OBIT/310139978 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151013/OBIT/310139978 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Robert "Bob" Goddard, 89, of Charleston, loving husband, father and loyal friend, passed away peacefully at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, on Oct. 10, 2015.

He was born Oct. 6, 1926 to the late Ernest L. and Florence Pauley Goddard. Bob was known by many and loved by all. He was very social, visiting and laughing with friends, and always had an interest in helping others. He devoted much of his retirement as a caregiver to his late wife, who endured a long battle with Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Bob served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He worked at Gravely Tractor, Dunbar, and retired after 26 years with the U.S. Postal Service Vehicle Maintenance Facility, Charleston.

Bob is survived by his daughter, Deborah A. Richie (husband, Ron); son, Randall A. Goddard (wife, Brenda); brother, Chuck Goddard (wife, Myrna); sisters, Velma Windon, Francis Windon and Linda Lingle (husband, Hoyle); grandchildren, Christy, Keri and Nicola; and great grandchildren, Taylor, Luke, Sophie and Kali. All will miss him dearly.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Hester A. Goddard; son, Robert L. Goddard, Jr.; and granddaughter, Barbara Patterson.

Viewing will be held at Harding Funeral Home, 514 50th St. SE, Kanawha City, on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 4 to 5 p.m. Service will be at 5 p.m., with a reception and light refreshments immediately following.

Graveside service will be held at Graceland Memorial Park on Monday, Oct. 19, at 10 a.m. for those who wish to attend.

Donations can be made to Hubbard Hospice House, in lieu of flowers.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hardingfamilygroup.com.

Harding Funerals & Cremations, 514 50th St. SE, Kanawha City, is serving the Goddard family.

Shawn Dale Hamrick http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151013/OBIT/310139993 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151013/OBIT/310139993 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 Shawn Dale Hamrick, 40, of Craigsville, died Oct. 10, 2015. Service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at New Hope Baptist Church, Fenwick Mountain. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the church. Arrangements by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.

William E. Hinte http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151013/OBIT/310139981 OBIT http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151013/OBIT/310139981 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 William Earl "Pawpaw" Hinte, 91, of Scarbro, went to join his bride in Heaven on Oct. 11, 2015. Celebration of life will begin at noon Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill, with visitation one hour prior.

Dutch Safety Board: Buk missile downed MH17 in Ukraine http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151013/GZ01/151019819 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151013/GZ01/151019819 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 08:13:47 -0400 By MIKE CORDER and NATALIYA VASILYEVA The Associated Press By By MIKE CORDER and NATALIYA VASILYEVA The Associated Press THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - Malaysia Airlines flight 17 was destroyed by a Buk surface-to-air missile over eastern Ukraine, the Dutch Safety Board said Tuesday as it presented the results of an official probe into the crash.

The missile's Russian maker, however, presented its own report hours earlier, trying to clear Russia-backed separatists who controlled the area or Russia of any involvement in the crash on July 17, 2014, that killed all 298 people aboard the plane.

The Dutch investigators said the missile exploded less than a meter (yard) from the MH17 cockpit, killing three crew in the cockpit and breaking off the front of the plane. The aircraft broke up in the air and crashed over a large area controlled by rebel separatists who had been fighting government troops there since April 2014.

The board said the plane should never have been flying there as Ukraine should have closed its airspace to civil aviation, adding that nobody gave a thought to the dangers to passenger planes.

The investigators unveiled a ghostly reconstruction of the forward section of MH17. Some of the nose, cockpit and business class of the Boeing 777 were rebuilt from fragments of the aircraft recovered from the crash scene and flown to Gilze-Rijen air base in southern Netherlands.

Ukraine and Western countries contend the airliner was downed by a missile fired by Russia-backed rebels or Russian forces, from rebel-controlled territory.

However, the Russian state-controlled Almaz-Antey arms-maker contended on Tuesday a draft of the Dutch report found the plane was shot down by a Buk missile warhead.

However, Almaz-Antey says it conducted two experiments -- in one of which a Buk missile was detonated near the nose of an airplane similar to a 777 -- that contradict that conclusion.

The experimental aircraft's remains showed a much different submunitions damage pattern than seen on the remnants of MH17, the company said in a statement.

The experiments also refute what it said was the Dutch version, that the missile was fired from Snizhne, a village that was under rebel control. An Associated Press reporter saw a Buk missile system in that vicinity on the same day.

"We have proven with our experiments that the theory about the missile flying from Snizhne is false," Almaz-Antey's director general Yan Novikov told a news conference at a sprawling high-tech convention center in Moscow.

Almaz-Antey in June had said that a preliminary investigation suggested that the plane was downed by a model of Buk that is no longer in service with the Russian military but that was part of the Ukrainian military arsenal.

Information from the first experiment, in which a missile was fired at aluminum sheets mimicking an airliner's fuselage, was presented to the Dutch investigators, but was not taken into account, Almaz-Antey chief Novikov said.

Novikov said evidence shows that if the plane was hit by a Buk, it was fired from the village of Zaroshenske, which Russia says was under Ukrainian government control at the time.

A U.S. official told The Associated Press that the draft report said the plane was destroyed by a Buk surface-to-air missile fired from the village of Snizhne; the official who was not authorized to comment publicly, spoke on condition of anonymity.

Many reports, including an investigation by the open-source group Bellingcat, also suggest the plane was downed by a missile fired from near Snizhne.

Jim Heintz in Moscow, Raf Casert in Brussels and John-Thor Dahlburg in Gilze-Rijen Air Base, Netherlands, contributed to this report.

Interstate 77 fast lanes reopened after tractor-trailer wreck http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151013/GZ01/151019820 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151013/GZ01/151019820 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 07:38:08 -0400 Staff reports By Staff reports Both the northbound and southbound fast lanes of Interstate 77 near the 82 mile marker have reopened after an early morning tractor-trailer wreck, according to a Kanawha County Metro 911 dispatcher.

The truck hit the median at about 3 a.m.

Early reports of entrapment turned out to be incorrect, the dispatcher said. No one was injured.

Hillary Clinton slams Trump in front of his hotel http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151013/ARTICLE/151019821 ARTICLE http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151013/ARTICLE/151019821 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 06:40:46 -0400 By NICHOLAS RICCARDI The Associated Press By By NICHOLAS RICCARDI The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Hillary Rodham Clinton went to Donald Trump’s doorstep Monday to mock the Republican presidential front-runner on the eve of the first Democratic presidential debate.

The appearance at a boisterous rally of the politically potent Culinary Workers Union was a win-win for Clinton, letting her signal her support for an influential union while taking aim at the Democratic party’s favorite foil. The union, which represents casino and resort workers, is trying to organize hotel employees and invited all of the five candidates in town for the debate to the rally.

Clinton was the only one who showed up, clad in a red pantsuit that matched the crimson union shirts. She urged the workers to “say ‘No’ to Donald Trump.”

“Some people say Donald Trump is entertaining,” Clinton said. “I don’t think it’s entertaining when someone insults immigrants, when someone insults women.”

The union has been trying to organize the Trump hotel for more than a year, before the billionaire leapt to the front of the Republican field with tirades against illegal immigrants. The union says it was approached by some of the 500 restaurant workers and maids at the hotel who wanted representation.

“Mr. Trump said, ‘Make America great,”’ Maria Jaramillo, a housekeeper who’s worked at the hotel for six years, said at the rally. “The Trump workers say, ‘Start it here!”’

Eric Trump, an executive vice president at the Trump organization and the presidential candidate’s son, said workers at the hotel are largely happy.

“For years the union in Las Vegas has been trying to unionize this hotel, and they have been incredibly unsuccessful,” Trump said. “We have an incredible group of employees who have categorically rejected unionization.”

This story has been corrected to reflect that the labor rally occurred at Trump’s hotel in Las Vegas.

Preston County seniors take photos for food security study http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151013/GZ01/151019822 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151013/GZ01/151019822 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 06:29:00 -0400

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Senior citizens in Preston County are taking photos to explore and illustrate food access issues.

West Virginia University is sponsoring the project, which is funded by the Caroline Haase Trust.

Participants were asked to take photos illustrating five aspects of food access: availability, accessibility, affordability, accommodation and acceptability. Researchers interviewed the photographers so they could further explain their stories and talk about their food security concerns.

Lauri Andress, an assistant professor in the WVU School of Public Health, says the photos are a more vivid way of accomplishing the same goals as a traditional survey or needs assessment.

A community-wide photo exhibit is set for 1:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Preston Community Arts Center in Kingwood.

After West Virginia hillside slip, nearby homes to be razed http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151013/GZ01/151019823 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151013/GZ01/151019823 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 06:27:53 -0400

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Demolition is set to begin on several homes acquired by Yeager Airport after a hillside slip last spring.

The airport says in a news release that a contractor is scheduled to begin the work on Tuesday.

Yeager Airport director Terry Sayre says the Kanawha County commission allocated $180,000 to get the demolition started.

A portion of a manmade emergency overrun area at the end of airport's runway collapsed on March 12. The landslide took out a church and an unoccupied home, power lines and trees, and caused a creek to flood. No one was injured.

Supreme Court rejects Peabody Coal's black lung appeal http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151013/GZ01/151019824 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151013/GZ01/151019824 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 06:25:24 -0400

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review a black lung case brought by Peabody Coal that legal experts say could set a precedent for black lung benefits cases.

The Register-Herald of Beckley reports that a lower court ruled last year that the Affordable Care Act revived the provision that certain survivors of a coal miner eligible to receive black lung benefits are entitled to survivors' benefits without having to prove that the miner died from black lung.

Legal experts say the decision should make the pursuit of black lung benefits less of a struggle for others.

In the lawsuit, Peabody Coal argued that the award to a miner's widow violated the U.S. Constitution. The Supreme Court declined to consider Peabody Coal's arguments, leaving intact the Sixth Circuit's decision.

New River Gorge economic summit set Thursday http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151013/GZ01/151019825 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151013/GZ01/151019825 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 06:23:08 -0400

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) - The New River Gorge Regional Economic Development Summit is set for Thursday at Tamarack.

The event features in-depth discussions of the economic outlook both nationally and in West Virginia. John Deskins, director of the West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research, says the information discussed at the summit is especially important given the shifting landscape of the energy industry and other changes in the region.

Raymond Owens, senior economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, will present the national and state economic forecasts. Other speakers include Chadwick Wykle of the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority and Kent Spellman of the West Virginia Community Development Hub.

Panel sets tax reform public hearing for next week http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151013/GZ01/151019826 GZ01 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151013/GZ01/151019826 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 06:21:24 -0400

CHARLESTON, .W.Va. (AP) - West Virginians will have an opportunity share their views on tax reform with lawmakers next week.

The Joint Select Committee on Tax Reform has scheduled a public hearing for Oct. 20 in the House of Delegates chamber. The morning is reserved for groups or agencies that wish to address the committee. The panel will hear from the general public in the afternoon.

Groups or agencies that wish to appear must pre-register by sending an e-mail to the Tax Reform committee staff at tax.reform(at)wvlegislature.gov before close of business Thursday. Members of the public may sign up to speak on Oct. 20 at the start of the afternoon session.

Letter: An antidote to the Iran agreement naysayers http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151013/GZ04/151019834 GZ04 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151013/GZ04/151019834 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 An antidote to the Iran agreement naysayers


We are bombarded by irrelevant assertions opposing the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran. Prominent are that we can't trust Iran, it does not bar Iran from ever making a nuclear device, does not free several Americans in jails there, Israel is against it, five out of eight West Virginians reject the pact, etc.

As an antidote to the foregoing, I offer seven facts:

1. The purpose of the agreement is not, and could never be under current conditions, to bar Iran from nuclear weapons, but to halt development for 10 years in which changing conditions may well allow that achievement.

2. A majority of Iranians are under 36 years of age. They are linked to the world via computer technology and want much of the West's way of life. Every day this cohort increases in number while the aging hardliners decline. Within 10 years a very different Iran will exist, eager to blend in with the rest of the world.

3. The proposed pact was negotiated not by the U.S. alone but also by, and is endorsed by, Great Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia. The six most powerful nations on Earth support it.

4. The UN General Assembly has endorsed the proposed agreement. So that covers the rest of the world's nations (less Israel and North Korea).

5. A guiding maxim in sports, business and all affairs is "always change a losing game." President Roosevelt did this by establishing diplomatic relations with the communist Soviet Union, President Nixon by flying to communist China, and President Obama by ending a half-century of futility by reopening our Embassy in communist Cuba.

6. Opponents offer no alternative plan other than, perhaps, war.

7. Finally, if the nuclear pact does not work out, we retain all the options we now have, including military.

Thomas C. Damewood


Wendy Radcliff: 5 things to know about recycling in Charleston (Gazette) http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151013/GZ04/151019835 GZ04 http://www.wvgazettemail.com/article/20151013/GZ04/151019835 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:01:00 -0400 By Wendy Radcliff By By Wendy Radcliff Recycling and I go way back. When I was in college, my best friend, Jennifer Pauer, and I challenged the campus sororities and fraternities to compete for "Top Recycler." In Jen's tiny Toyota, we drove around to all the fraternity and sorority houses at Fairmont State College and picked up their recycling. The smell of stale beer still makes me think of my early recycling days.

Things are different today. Through curbside recycling, our cans and bottles "magically" disappear. In recent years, however, society discovered that the "magic" of recycling is a lot of work. Communities struggle to pay for programs that are market driven. They face questions such as "Do we mix our recycling stream to make it easier on the customer even though it's harder on the collector?"; "Do we bag or do we bin?"; and, finally, "What do we do with our glass that nobody seems to want to take?"

I recently was given the opportunity to ride along with a recycling crew from the city of Charleston's refuse department. Crews like this one work hard all year long, even in the heat and freezing weather. They know their customers, offer extra help for elderly customers and even offer special treats for the animals on their routes. I learned a lot that day and count it as one of my best days on the job. Here is what I learned:

1. Bag it. Recycling is frustrating for everyone. The city tries to make it easy by supplying bags for recycling. Charleston chooses the items that are in demand by the recycling market. This changes over time, and requires the city to be somewhat flexible. That flexibility must be balanced, though, with the desire to be consistent for customers. Charleston currently wants you to bag your recyclables. If it's not in a recycling bag, the garbage crew will get it - NOT the recycling crew.

2. Charleston collects #1 and #2 plastic, paper, aluminum and steel cans. Little known fact: on the bottom of plastic materials, there is a recycle symbol and a number to indicate the type of plastic. Paper items accepted include copy paper, newspaper, shredded paper, magazines and junk mail. Examples of aluminum and steel cans include beer and soda cans, soup cans and pet food cans. No recycling centers in the area collect or accept glass. Until we find a market or use for it, nobody will take it. If we want a program that is sustainable in Charleston, it doesn't include glass - at least for now.

3. Get it out early. Recycling and garbage crews start work at 7 a.m. and work until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Get your stuff to the curb after 7 p.m. the night before, or before 7 a.m. on garbage day.

4. Charleston's recycling goes to Beckley twice a week. Charleston's program currently collects recyclables in a compactor truck, compacts the recycling for two days, then makes two trips a week (two trucks each trip) to the Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority sorting center in Beckley. Kanawha County needs a facility that will accept and process its own recycling. Currently, South Charleston and Charleston both haul their recycling to Raleigh County.

5. The crews work hard. The crews with our city's public works departments quietly do their jobs sun up to sun down, all while navigating the alleys, steep drives and tight turnarounds that make up our city's landscape - not to mention watching out for free-range dogs and the occasional distracted driver. If you appreciate their hard work, show your gratitude with a service tip, a kind "hello" or a "thank you." Even a smile and a friendly wave go a long way.

Wendy Radcliff is an attorney and the Environmental Advocate with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.