Dillon Hashman of Normantown Named to RCBI Bridgeport Position
Dillon L. Hashman of Normantown, Gilmer County, WV, has joined the staff of the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing, RCBI Director and CEO Charlotte Weber has announced. He has been assigned to the RCBI Bridgeport Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center as a CNC technician, working with computer-controlled equipment.
A 2008 graduate of Gilmer County High School, he recently completed RCBI’s Machinist Technology Program, earning National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certification. He also served as an intern at RCBI Bridgeport. His previous experience includes work at Fairmont Tool, Bi-Con Services in Derwent, Ohio, and Flying W. Plastics in Glenville, WV.
“Dillon proved to be an outstanding student in the Machinist Technology Program,” Ms. Weber said. “We believe his enthusiasm and ‘can do’ attitude will be a strong asset to our Bridgeport operations.”
Hashman said his interests also include motorcycles and hunting.
RCBI provides access to cutting edge technology and technical training to manufacturers across the region. Operating from Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers in Huntington, South Charleston, Bridgeport and Rocket Center (near Keyser in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle), its mission includes developing a quality, just-in-time supplier base for the Department of Defense, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the commercial sector.
On Wednesday, August 26, 2009 Judge Jack Alsop heard 2 juvenile matters.
—- One juvenile was returned to the home of his parents and placed on probation with a further hearing set for Friday, October 9, 2009 at 10:45 AM.
—- Another juvenile abuse and neglect proceeding was before the Court with the grandmother moving to intervene in the case. The grandmother currently has some of the siblings in her care from a case filed in Braxton County. The Judge allowed her to intervene, but did not place the children in her custody yet. One child needs some further assessment, but the grandmother does get 2 hours supervised visitation with the children per week, and Judge Alsop ordered Braxton and Gilmer County CPS to confer and conduct a unified MDT hearing. An evidentiary hearing is set for Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 9:00 AM.
On Thursday, August 21, 2009 Judge Jack Alsop heard:
—- A juvenile matter, and upon the said juvenile admitting to allegations in the petition, Judge Alsop found her to be a juvenile delinquent and ordered her to be sent to Donald R. Kuhn Juvenile Facility for no more than 60 days for diagnosis and classification. Upon receiving the report back from the facility, another hearing will be scheduled in this matter. The Sheriff’s office delivered said juvenile to the facility on Friday when a bed became available.
—- In another matter Waymond Jones turned himself into the Sheriff upon the warrant issued for him failing to appear on Friday, August 21, 2009. He will remain in jail until Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at 9:00 AM when he will have pre-trial motions heard and his trial will be rescheduled. There will be no trial on September 2, 2009.
In I Love You, Man, a comedy from John Hamburg (Along Came Polly, co-writer of Meet The Parents, Meet The Fockers, Zoolander), Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd, Knocked Up The 40 Year Old Virgin) is a successful real estate agent who, upon getting engaged to the woman of his dreams, Zooey, (The Offices Rashida Jones), discovers, to his dismay and chagrin, that he has no male friend close enough to serve as his Best Man. Peter immediately sets out to rectify the situation, embarking on a series of bizarre and awkward man-dates, before meeting Sydney Fife (Jason Segel, Forgetting Sarah Marshall), a charming, opinionated man with whom he instantly bonds. But the closer the two men get, the more Peters relationship with Zooey suffers, ultimately forcing him to choose between his fiancée and his new found bro, in a story that comically explores what it truly means to be a friend.
4 salmon filets,
Juice of ½ large lemon
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 large cloves of garlic, minced
1½ tsp ground coriander
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp fresh oregano, chopped
Salt & pepper to taste
Fresh parsley, finely chopped for garnish
Preheat the oven to 450°F.
Combine the lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, coriander, cumin and oregano in a zip lock baggie or dish deep enough to hold the salmon and the marinade.
Add the fish to the marinade, coat both sides and let sit for 15-20 minutes on the counter.
Place the salmon (skin side down, if there is any) and drizzle with any extra marinade.
Roast for 7-10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish.
Place on a platter or plate and sprinkle with parsley and another squirt of lemon juice.
“I-TEACH” AIMS TO HELP RURAL SCHOOLS ATTRACT AND RETAIN QUALIFIED TEACHERS
Senator Jay Rockefeller re-introduced a bill this Congress – Incentives to Educate America’s Children (I-TEACH) – that will improve the quality of instruction for West Virginia’s students and students in rural areas nationwide. Under the bill, teachers who commit to teaching in rural school districts would receive a $1000 annual refundable tax credit. The bill also calls for teachers who have National Board certification – regardless of where they teach – to receive the same annual refundable tax credit.
“Every child deserves a quality education that will put them on the path to success,” said Rockefeller. “And the truth is that some rural schools are facing a great need for teachers as they struggle to compete against school districts in higher population areas. This bill will allow rural school districts to attract and retain teachers, while also giving our hard working, dedicated teachers an incentive they very much deserve.”
The I-TEACH bill provides an annual $1000 refundable tax credit for kindergarten, elementary, or secondary school teachers in schools where at least 75% of students receive free or reduced school lunches. Teachers who teach in a school classified by the Department of Education as School Locale Code 7 or 8 – meaning they are located a certain distance away from a city or town – would also be eligible.
Over 43% of West Virginia students attend rural schools, according to the Rural School and Community Trust 2007 report titled ‘‘Why Rural Matters.”
Rockefeller’s bill also includes a provision allowing teachers certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to receive a $1000 refundable tax credit for any year they are certified. Since its inception in 1987, over 74,000 teachers from across the country have completed National Board certification – including 422 in West Virginia.
Teachers who are both nationally certified and teach in rural areas would qualify for $2000 in refundable tax credits annually.
A fraud protection program developed here in West Virginia is now on the radar internationally. The eCDL or Electronic Commercial Drivers Licensing was created in a joint effort by the state Division of Motor Vehicles and the Rahall Transportation Institute at Marshall University.
Chandra Inglis-Smith, a research associate with the Institute, says eCDL has updated the way the state tracks fraud when it comes to awarding licenses for drivers of big rigs.
“Previously the driving portion of it was all done by paper. What we’ve done is taken the paper test and put it into a software database system that is all administered on a laptop,” Inglis-Smith said.
But it’s much more high tech than just a test on a computer. Inglis-Smith says fraud investigators with the DMV can call up a test being given at any certain time, at any place in the state and track the information being put into the computer and the route the truck is taking on a GPS system. “It really increases our fraud protection because we know the test is being done accurately, in the right place it’s supposed to be done and it’s also being timed,” she said.
The fraud investigator can even see the number and directions of turns the truck is making during the test. The program is saving the state a half million dollars a year.
In mid-August the eCDL program won the 2009 Innovations Award at the Southern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments. It’s now in the running for the national award.
But Inglis-Smith says the best part is that six other states plus Canada have already shown interest in purchasing the program for their own use. “It’s going to make the roads so much safer and we’re just proud we were able to develop it here in West Virginia and take it to this level and get the recognition we deserve,” she said.
The Morris Criminal Justice Training Center in Glenville was officially dedicated on Monday afternoon with the help of Governor Joe Manchin, Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety Secretary James Spears and Glenville State President Peter Barr.
The facility is the result of a joint partnership between Glenville State and the state Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety. As the result the old Shoe Factory in Glenville has a new look, a new name, and a brand new purpose.
Ike and Sue Morris of Glenville were part of the effort to convert an old shoe factory into the training site for those who will someday work in jails, prisons and juvenile services.
The idea for a joint training ground came about three years ago but it wasn’t until last year that I.L. Morris’ gift made the dream a reality.
Governor Joe Manchin says the partnership between these agencies is an example of the efficiency he would like to see within the state.
“All in all, at the end of the day, the state saves about $60,000 in the budgets that we have,“ said Manchin, who said he was excited that it was Glenville State College who took the initiative to create such a partnership. “One budget here, one budget here, one - now under one roof.“
The center staged a mock cell evacuation and K-9 demonstrations to show what happens in some of its courses.
“The biggest benefit is going to be the ability to share resources, facilities, and personnel,“ said Ronald Casto, Deputy Chief of Operations for the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority.
State education officials say this is a one-of-a-kind partnership in West Virginia.
Calhoun County: Annual Fish Fry for Hope Dominion Retirees, ...
The Annual Fish Fry for Hope Dominion retirees, spouses, and widows will be on Thursday, September 3, 2009.
Guests will meet at the Calhoun County Park barn.
Bring a covered dish and eating utensils.
The dinner will be at 6:00 PM
William T. Rexroad
Age 65, of Ireland, passed away on Thursday, August 27, 2009, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon.
He was born August 29, 1943, in Weston, a son of Hanley Rexroad of Ireland and the late Freda J. Caynor Rexroad.
He is survived by his daughter, Jannette Kelley and Patrick Oldaker, her companion of Ireland; 3 grandchildren, Tyauna Lough of Weston, Electa Kelley and Logan Kelley, both of Ireland; his former spouse, Ilene Riley Rexroad of Weston; and his friend and caregiver, Lorranie Davis of Ireland.
Mr. Rexroad had worked at the Weston State Hospital in Weston.
Friends were received from 3 to 7 PM on Sunday, August 30, at the Alkire Funeral Chapel, where services were held at 1:00 PM on Monday, August 31, with Rev. Earl Cayton officiating. Burial followed in the McCutcheon Chapel Cemetery at Ireland.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tomblyn.com.
Tressie Jane Sartin
Age 82, of Little Birch, WV died August 29, 2009 in Summersville Memorial Hospital, Summersville, WV. She was born November 20, 1926, in Braxton County, WV a daughter of the late Bert and Blanch Rose Rhodes.
Also preceding her in death were her husband Alva Zarrel Sartin, and daughter Wilma Kittner. She was a member of the Crites Mountain Seventh Day Adventist Church and a homemaker.
She is survived by 7 sons Lonnie Sartin of Little Birch, Thomas Sartin & wife Diana of Little Birch, James Sartin of Gassaway, Timmy Sartin of Orville, OH, Alvin, Marvin & Ronil Sartin all of Little Birch; 4 daughters Alma Jane Nessellrotte & husband Amos of Little Birch, Loretta Rexroad of Flatwoods, Ruby Gay Whitehead of Arkansas and Clara Mae McCulty & husband Fred of Akron, OH; 3 brothers Chalmer Rhodes of Little Birch, Sherd Rhodes of Little Birch, & Cam Rhodes of Flatwoods; 3 sisters Carol Jackson & husband Dorsey of Little Birch, Jean Morrison of Cowen and Baulah Riffle & husband Bob of Sutton; several grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
There was a graveside service at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at Bill Rose Cemetery, Bays, WV with Rev. Bobbie Harper officiating. Friends called from noon until 1:00 p.m. at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, WV. Online condolences may be sent to: greene-robertsonfuneralhome.com
Funeral arrangements are by Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, WV
School ‘Bullying Awareness and Prevention’ Speaks Out
One out of every four West Virginia students say they’ve feared going to school because they’d be bullied. The statistic comes from a 2007 study and has prompted one group to take a step in the right direction.
Step by Step, a community service group, debuted an anti-bullying poster Monday in Charleston. It features nine people with their mouths erased and the message ‘It is time to find our voices and speak out against bullying!‘
Tanya Huff, the Bullying Awareness and Prevention Coordinator for Step by Step, says they’re reaching out to the community. “We’re trying to empower the bystanders because they’re the ones who see it, they’re the ones who are involved in it and they’re the ones who can make a difference,” Huff said. ”They have more power than they realize.“
Huff says many times simple bullying can lead to violence that involves a weapon. That’s why it’s so important for those stepping into a bullying situation to take a non-aggressive approach. “They are not feeding the bullies,” she said. “They’re not giving the bullies what they want, the arguing, the fight. They’re walking away and helping the victim.“
The poster will be seen all across the state. Huff hopes its message comes across loud and clear. “I hope it gets people to realize how important it is that we all as a community need to come up and take a stand and start speaking out that we do not want this in our community. We do not want this in our state. We want a bully-free West Virginia,” she said. ~~ WVMN ~~
A first step in the right direction would be to promote, move, reassign Gabe or what you want to call it to bring us in a good superintendent. He will tell you that he does not work for Gilmer County which is painfully evident. Martirano, Green, and Daniel do you get our message?
Clever politicians running for office in opposition to the present botched system could use a picture of the Hays City School site with a narrative to symbolize what has happened with our broken State government.
Corruption, inept decision-making, no bid contracts, not listening to the people, incompetent people clogging payrolls, permitting high roller political campaign contributors to reign at will, lack of sensitivity to environmental issues as an extension of the mountain top removal mentality, and putting monetary gain for a select few over concerns for improving lives of children.
WV’s no excuse poor student test scores to rank us near the bottom for our top down one size fits all way of manacling the State’s teachers, and what we spend on K-12 education to rank us near the top nationally could be worked in too to address disconnects.
Icing on the cake could be a snippet of the Cedar Creek flop engineered by the State DE to be a prime example of unrestricted bureaucratic mismanagement of money with a County school system in intervention.
WV’s bloated K-12 bureaucracy in Charleston could be visualized to show how too much money goes to the scandalously high paid employees at the top of the pyramid instead of it being spent wisely to improve lives of children up the Mountain State’s hollows.
Yes, the Hays City School could be used to symbolize what needs to be fixed in WV when voters go to the polls next election. The WVDOE and the WVBOE represent a gift that keeps on giving for political campaign fodder.
Thanks to the social media and adeptness of West Virginians in using it, messages of the State’s gross mismanagement of our schools are already reverberating with voters.
The intelligence arm of the resistance movement intercepted a message that Dr. Cynthia Daniel from the WV Department of Education is coming to head a meeting to achieve a turn around in the way the State’s intervention has been run.
More power to Dr. Daniel and best wishes are extended to her. Will she field test her commitment to moral transformational leadership qualities?
The resistance movement understands that “moral transformational” relates to individuals who administer with clarity that they are responsible to a higher calling to practice morally responsible and principled leadership.
How much of that has been observed in Gilmer County under the State’s heavy intervention yoke?
Dr. Cindy Daniel, Gilmer County people understand that you are the new go to person with Mr. Heinlein gone.
We need many things to change for the better beginning with lifting of the strictly enforced information embargo.
Intervention has followed the WVBOE’s style of keeping Gilmer County uninformed. Pages could be written, but this message is restricted to a few questions for the new grade school. Much, much, more is coming.
What is the purpose of the large collecting basin dug into the raised area on the up-river side of the new school and the raised area itself? The raised area looks as if that part of the site was elevated to reduce chances for flooding.
Devono said that the move to Hays City would be seamless. Really? How many change orders have occurred to push up the costs and how will the bills be paid?
Finally, as the newly installed assistant to Dr. Martirano would you give your official assurances that the new school is out of the flood plain not to pose potential for a future disaster?
Some parties here scream that flooding concerns are unfounded and the site is totally safe. Do you agree 100%?
Neighboring Calhoun County schools have faced a 1.8 million dollar deficit since 2010. Despite best efforts, district administration there admits it could take “decades” to overcome. They are not the only WV county school system facing financial disaster. This is why so many care what is happening here in Gilmer. It’s too close to home and we are under state intervention
The Calhoun situation is what can happen when a county board simply follows the leaders without adequate oversight. Under intervention, with little to no information, caring Gilmer County taxpayers are very concerned, very upset, and rightfully so.Will we be the next to go under?
These concerns could be easily addressed if complete freedom to information would be provided by a State appointed Superintendent to every elected official, every concerned citizen. Questions should receive honest and complete answers in a prompt and courteous fashion with absolute transparency and full accountability regarding all aspects of the education process . Policies and procedures must be established and followed consistently.
Blunders. Failures. Incompetency.
Bad financial decisions. Jobs lost.
Property bought. Cussing sessions at BOE meetings.
Twitching fingers. Jumpy legs. Crummy leadership at meetings.
Secret lease deals. Secret land deals.
Secret meetings held. Lack of transparency.
Refusal to give board members information.
The list goes on and on. All of it under the direction of West Virginia Board of Education oversight and direction.
THANKS BE TO GOD THAT GILMER FREE PRESS AND MR. RAMAZAN ARE HERE TO SHOW GILMER COUNTY WHAT IS HAPPENING !!!
Dr. Michael Martirano. $230,000. salary. Compare that to other states. wow!
Likely Dr. Martirano has by now has discovered he is just the new lipstick for West Virginia education. Poor guy.
A diversion. A distraction. A false hope.
A will and pleasure employee employed by a board.
He knows from where his check comes.
He most aptly could change the direction of WV education. He will not be allowed. The same broken bureaucratic system is still in control. He knows that well by now.
The sad part of our WV education is it so badly broken, that even first small improvements would be easy to see. When you are on the bottom as we are, it would be very easy to see improvement.
Won’t happen as long as the WV BOE has their death grip on the steering wheel and both feet on the brake. Followed by the gov. and legislature with control of the ignition switch, gas pump and throttle.
There’s been deferred maintenance for 20 years in every county because the State budgeted for a top heavy administration, not the schools.
There’s been deferred maintenance for 20 years in education for every student because the State budgets for a top heavy administration, not the students.
Not a single building project will improve the quality of education. Priorities have always been backwards in Charleston.
Of course you can show off new buildings. Statistics don’t photograph as well.
AS to Teachers we lost a good Principal in that move as well. They’ll do a good job wherever they are and Gilmer has been fortunate to say that of many.The students need them more than any administration.
However, we now have to read the Weston paper to find out when our RIF’s from schools other than Troy are gone.
They may include the information under a separate education issue but that Lewis Board is certainly informed of what’s happening and not hiding it from the public.
When her resignation from Leading Creek was made public found we had lost a Normantown 5/6th grade Teacher.
From the job posting it was discovered a NES Title I Reading Teacher was no longer there.
At the grocery found out the NES Secretary was also RIF’d.
Would never know that from any Gilmer Board of Education meeting.
Gilmer suffers like any county under state control. After a time the Board becomes no-information officials apparently under directive of the State Board of Education.After all, they appoint the tyrants and bullies in charge. It is now widely understood Mr. Devono has developed the bad habit of yelling over the telephone. Who needs that?
Isn’t that true Martirano, Manchin, Green and Daniels? Aren’t you the ones who are running this dog and pony show called intervention?
By You May Correct If Wrong About That on 08.29.2015
It is clear the voice of the people of Fayette County never mattered after intervention. George told them he was going to engage and interact with the citizens. Now he’s sent what the state wanted done all along to the state for their approval. Problem is the total amount he wants is about the total amount the SBA will have to disperse this year. The Fayette County students will be forced into long bus rides and across county lines. Their needs were never part of the State BOE’s thought process. No matter what they were told.
I visited the Hays City school site this week with a hydrologist and a flood plain modeler.
How can any thinking person contend that it is not in a flood zone?
Consider aerial photographs, USGS topographic maps, local topographic conditions including flood plain filling, and communicate with citizens who were around Glenville when the last big flood occurred.
Would the U. S. Corps of Engineers sign off on the site for being out of a flood zone? Take it as a personal challenge to get Corps sign off by those who are advocates for the project.
Go to the science and math department at GSC to see if anyone there certifies that the site is out of the flood zone.
Charleston officials want to shut up everyone who says that the site was a mistake. I would want to censor local talk too if I had been a party to the laughing stock decision.
Shame on Governor Tomblin, Dr. Sneed the head of the WV School Building Authrity, Dr. Martirano, members of the WV Dept. ED., the WV Board, and finally Gabe Devono who brokered the deal after signing checks for Cedar Creek!
Members of WV’s Legislature who knew details about the project should not be left out of the criticism.
None of you will want to show this project off around the country as an outstanding example of WV’s technological competency.
A fund should be started to get a court injunction against the project.
In 2013 only 21% met all four bench marks for college readiness? ACT math and science percentages disgraceful. The current statewide common core test results for math overall in the toilet. Science curriculum was changed per Wade Linger’s insistence but not included in the testing results.
Testing has identified major problem areas. When will the WVDE budget go to better pay for more highly qualified Teachers than administrators? When can they start using their teaching skills and stop being paper pushers?
Come on Rosedale area don’t give “Retired Ed” a hard time. I realize the words chosen seem harsh at first. I am sure being a retired educator the importance of words are fully realized… We were just expected to realize the comment wasn’t meant to demean any of us. We are who we are. I am sure calling Rosedale a hole-in-the-wall followed a definition listed in the dictionary as “a small place (such as a bar or restaurant) that is not fancy or expensive.” Also, to refer to us as Back Landers was surely meant as a compliment. “Retired Ed” could have gone on to explain that back-to-the-landers chose to be at nature’s mercy and to live with the inconveniences that this may entail. They were trading convenience for a life that fit their moral values. The trade-offs were self-sufficiency, simplicity, freedom and others things that cannot be enumerated, but I guess that should have been a given. I think we should give this past educator the benefit of the doubt on the use of the word “hippie “after all they were folks who rejected the values of conventional society.
Here is the way I choose to respond to these most unsurprising comments:
I want to thank “Retired Ed” for recognizing that I, like many others, live in a place that isn’t fancy by choice. A place where self-sufficiency is appreciated. Enjoying the freedom so many of our neighbors past and present fought to ensure. Also, thanks for recognizing our area as having strong moral values because I, like many others, definitely reject some of the values of the world we are living in today. Some of us are even brave enough to say we reject what is going on in Gilmer County.
Now, on the other hand, when “Retired Ed” referred to Glenville children as poor, I see two ways that can be taken by just reading the dictionary. One-lacking sufficient money to live at a standard considered comfortable or normal in society. Two - worse than is usual, expected, or desirable; of a low or inferior standard or quality. What did you mean by poor “Retired Ed”? I for one am offended by that statement. Hopefully, I just misunderstood the comment.
The Rosedale area is a wonderful place to live, seemingly so is all of Gilmer County. Just so sorry everyone can’t live in the land of milk and honey. Come and see us “Retired Ed” we might just teach the teacher. It is just a simple hard working life where neighbors help neighbors. You are welcome anytime, as long as you are respectful and willing to lend a helping hand when needed. I wouldn’t come to teach anything if I were you. Some of us are a hard bunch to handle. It would prove to be very stressful.
Good luck to you “Retired Ed” and thanks again for reminding me who I am. May God bless your retirement!
May I never forget…“Let me live in my house by the side of the road,
and be a friend to man.”
Don’t try to call the Board office if you have a problem. The phone rings and not even a recording picks up. Could it be while they have Nationwide Moving and Storage trucks doing the job and all the cars are over at MH there is no phone service?
Mr Devono told his board the football team was moving the office and it wouldn’t cost a thing. It’s on video recording. Of course you haven’t been able to call him and ask about that or anything for the past two days. Seems the maintenance employees of Gilmer County could be used to move into Leading Creek but not here at home?