“Looking back over the last six months of 2007, I find that we’ve been a very active group,” Rotary Club of Elkins President Donna Seibert recently said. “Some of the fun-filled events we participated in included five chicken barbecue fundraisers, which helped raise money for several worthwhile recipients including the Augusta Festival and the United Way. They also helped raise money for the installation of the flagpole at the Town Square (Elkins Heritage Square) and the purchase of state and national flags that so proudly and visibly fly there. We also raised enough money at the last barbecue during deer season, to purchase a training mannequin for the Elkins Fire Department.”
According to Elkins Fire Chief Tom Meader, the 145-pound replica of a human being will be used by firefighters as a means of learning — under simulated conditions — how to handle an unconscious person being rescued from a burning building.
“Most people don’t think of a 145-pound person as being very heavy, but that much weight under trying and hurried circumstances can be a serious challenge to firemen. One would be surprised how difficult it is to handle an unconscious person in the best of conditions, let alone being rescued from danger. We are very pleased to have this valuable training aid,” Meader said.
Another ongoing program Seibert said Rotary has is not only a local one, but one that is carried out districtwide. “Every year, Rotary clubs throughout District 7530 distribute dictionaries to all the third-graders in their jurisdiction. In our case, that’s Randolph County. This is a very special program because it permits us to contribute something than can be used throughout the childrens’ educations. These are not ordinary, run-of-the-mill dictionaries. They contain several sections that are not normally included in collegiate volumes. Some of the special features are the inclusion of the Standard International Unit Symbols, Periodic Table of the Elements, multiplication table, Roman numerals, a section covering the history of the American flag, Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, including the Bill of Rights, a biography of all U.S. presidents, maps of the world and many more features,” Seibert said.
Being a Rotarian is about “service above self,” which is a pledge to serve, in any capacity possible, both the club and the community, but it isn’t all a one-way street, she said. Except for meetings that require attention to club operational matters, a guest speaker brings news and information regarding the special field in which he or she may be involved, or some special community project or program on which they may be working on.
“This not only informs the membership of the numerous community projects and programs that are under way, or under consideration, but also affords Rotarians the opportunity to help if they can,” she said. “That’s what Rotary is all about.
In addition to having been very busy, the last six months have been very enjoyable as well, she said.
“As I look back at our accomplishments with satisfaction, I also look forward to the next half-year of my presidency and the projects in which we will be participating,” Seibert said. “We are reinstating our ‘Fun Night Dinner & Dance’ April 4 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the National Guard Armory. All proceeds from that will benefit our county schools and libraries.
Rotary will have its chicken barbecue during the Ramp Festival, which will benefit the Randolph County Secondary Schools’ Hall of Fame, she said. “Each year in August, the Hall of Fame honors outstanding athletes in all sports and inducts them into the organization. These are but two events that will raise money for worthy community needs.”
According to Seibert, one of the many great things about Rotary is that holding fundraisers is fun. “It provides Rotarians with opportunities to ‘mix and mingle’ with other Rotarians of course, but more importantly, it provides us opportunities to meet and make new friends and expand our network of friends, fellow citizens and Rotarians. Above all, being a Rotarian is all about helping others,” she said.
There’s good news for glass collectors regarding the Fenton Glass Company in Williamstown. A surge in orders has enabled the company to keep its doors open for business.
In the fall of 2007, the company announced its intention to close. Dealers and collectors responded with support and increased orders. Fenton reported it has made progress toward the financial restructuring of the company and is now accepting orders for spring 2008.
Founded in 1905, Fenton Glass has been producing handmade, colored art glass since Jan. 2, 1907. The company has 120 employees.
Randolph County is beginning to feel the effects of our slowing economy. According to WorkForce West Virginia, the state’s unemployment rate inched upward two-tenths of a percentage point in December. Randolph County jumped three percentage points. The total number of unemployed statewide in November was 34,500, as compared to 36,100 in December. Randolph County’s unemployed in November was 640 and jumped to 690 in December. While this is bad enough, economic forecasters are predicting an even greater slowdown, even recession.
A New York Stock Exchange analysis said in a radio interview one day last week that a recession is “a period of two consecutive quarters of economic slow-down.” She also said that we never know we’re in one until we’re already in it, which makes it nearly impossible to forestall one’s advent. The big question, of course, is: “Are we in a recession or are today’s conditions the precursor of one’s coming?”
Perhaps Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s lowering the prime by three-quarters of a percent last week and another one-half of 1s percent this week will prevent a full-blown event. Let’s hope so anyway.
Well, it looks like Virgil and Doris Broughton finally called it quits in the business world, and are beginning to enjoy a well-earned retirement. I learned last week that they sold their store in the Seneca Mall to their daughter-in-law, Kathy. Kathy said, “Most of my working hours are at the sports shop on Randolph Avenue, but since I purchased this store, I’ve been spending a lot of time here helping my daughter, Lindsey, get acquainted with the store and learning the business.”
The new owner has also changed the name of the store. The senior Broughton’s called the store “A Little Touch of Used.” Kathy changed its name to “Especially for You.” It is, of course, at the same location.
The store features some used furniture and new unfinished pine furniture.
“We have several pieces of new furniture on display. Customers can select their purchase, and then we have it made for them. They, of course, have to do the finish work,” Kathy said. “We also feature many home décor items, quilts, wreaths, candles, to mention just a few of the items we have for the home.”
Stop in and spend some time with the new owners. They would enjoy your visit. If you have a question, give them a call at 636-8474.
On Sunday, the whole world will be watching Super Bowl XLII — 182 countries, including ours — 88 percent of the world in fact. According to First magazine, — a magazine for the fairer sex — here are the top five reasons to love it: No. 5 — Finally, an easy way to teach the kids Roman numerals; No. 4 — Team jerseys and sweatpants are very forgiving; No. 3 — Today chips and dip are the only food groups; No. 2 — Forget the fine China, break out the Dixie; and the No. 1 reason to love the Super Bowl — The end of football (and the return of the remote).
The fact that a 30-second commercial during the game will cost advertisers $2.7 million make it likely that the commercials may be as interesting, enjoyable and entertaining as the game.
According to Phyllis Diller, “The reason women don’t play football is because 11 of them would never wear the same outfit in public.”
Enjoy the game, but now what to do with Saturday and Sunday afternoons and Monday nights?