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That Dam Race 5K Set for July 20, 2013

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That Dam Race 5k is set for July 20, 2013 at 8:00 AM.

The annual 5k walk and run will be held in Sutton, WV as part of the annual Mountain Lakes Festival.

The course begins under the backdrop of the Sutton Dam at the Downstream Recreation Area.

Preregistration is open until July 06, 2013 at a cost of $20.

The first 100 preregistered participants will receive a That Dam Race t-shirt.

Last year, the course record was shattered by runner Samuel Smith with a time of 19:39!

Special guest, Jamie Summerlin, will be on-hand to promote Freedom Run, a book about his experience running across the United States in 100 days. So challenge yourself to run or walk That Dam Race 5k this summer!

To preregister, contact the Braxton County CVB at 304.765.6533 or stop by the office at the Flatwoods Factory Outlet Mall.

Participants can also register online at www.tristateracer.com or download a form at www.thatdamrace5k.com .

Registration will be $25 the day of the race and will start at 7:00 AM at the shelter below the Sutton Dam.

Hartsel E. Brown

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Hartsel E. Brown

Age 82, went home to be with his Lord on June 03, 2013.

Born January 01, 1931 in Gassaway, WV, to Thomas and Myrtle Skidmore Brown, he was an area resident most of his life.

Hartsel, a wonderful husband, father and grandfather, retired from General Tire with 32 years service.

He was a member of the Lakemore United Methodist Church.

He will be greatly missed by his loving family; wife of 63 years, Audrel; (Singleton), daughters, Linda (James) Fry and Joyce Rufener (Steve Foster); grandchildren, Chad (Kathie) Bordner, Jason (Heather) Sponseller, and Tabitha (Terry) Day; close friend Ordie Jarvis who was more like a brother than a friend; and many other dear relatives and friends.

Visitation was held at the Hecker Funeral Home in Uniontown, where funeral services were also held with Pastor Jack Coontz officiating.

A private burial was held at Hillside Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name to Lakemore United Methodist Church, 1536 Flickinger Rd., Akron, Ohio 44312 or Grace Hospice, 3615 Massillon Rd., Suite 175, Uniontown, Ohio 44685.

Queen Elizabeth Crites

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Queen Elizabeth Crites

Age 95, of Mineral Wells, WV, passed away July 02, 2013.

She was born March 22, 1918 in Exchange, WV, and was the daughter of the late Ransom D. and Florinda Beckett.

Queen was a very active member of her community.

She was a 68 year member of the Big United Tygart Methodist Church; WV 4H All Stars; WV Farm Bureau for 50 years; Wood County Republican Executive Committee; Saulsbury Homemakers Club; and the Wood County Fair Board.

In 1970 she received an outstanding West Virginia award from the governor. She formed the Saulsbury 4H Club and was the leader for 32 years.

Survivors include her four children, Bill (Janet) Crites of Parkersburg, Clayton (Diana) Crites of Davisville, Carol Post and Ronald A. Crites of Mineral Wells; eight grandchildren, Debbie (Mike) Conger of Parkersburg, Don (Tracey) Crites of Geneva, Ohio, David (Karen) Post , Cynthia (Mark) Steele, Darin (Crystal) Crites, Teresa (Sean) Law, Kerry (Brent) Conger of Mineral Wells, Joe (Stacey) Gribble of Vienna; 14 great-grandchildren, Cody and Logan Steele, Sean Conger, Courtney Post, Kaylynn and Lauren Crites, Christi, Brendon and Emily Crites, Ciara and Chase Conger, Conner and Chloe Gribble, and Eli Law; and one great-great-grandson, Colton Steele.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Vance H. Crites in 1986; two sisters, Pearl Hacker and Golda Schiefer; brother, Emery Belknap; and son-in-law, David Post in 2009.

The family would like to thank the staff at Eagle Pointe, Auguste’s Cottage for their loving care.

Funeral services will be held 11 AM Saturday at the Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Pike St., South Parkersburg with Rev. Rodney Blanchard officiating.

Interment will follow at the Sunset Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be from 2-8 PM Friday at the funeral home.

Nannie Kathleen (Casto) Bowyer

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Nannie Kathleen (Casto) Bowyer

Age 101 years and 6 months young, of 267 Burch Lane, Jane Lew, West Virginia, died at 12:51 AM on July 03, 2013 at the United Hospital Center Bridgeport, West Virginia following a prolong illness.

“Nan” Bowyer as she was most commonly known by family and friends, was born January 21, 1912 at Fall Run, Braxton County, West Virginia.

She was the daughter of the late Jachob Hanson Casto and Daisy Faye (Summers) Casto.

Nan had 7 siblings, five brothers and two sisters, all now deceased.

At the age of 21, on January 13, 1933 she married Delbert Carris Bowyer, who preceded her in death in September of 1973 and is interned at Falls Mill Cemetery.

They set –up housekeeping at Falls Mill, WV and together raised 6 children: five boys and one girl: Delbert LeRoy, born January 05, 1935, now deceased and interned at the Falls Mill Cemetery, James Coy and wife Anita, born September 04, 1936, currently residing in Fredericksburg, Virginia, Audra Ann, born August 30, 1938, now deceased and interned in Falls Mill Cemetery, Chester Duane and wife Ronna, born September 29, 1940, currently residing in Ashtabula, Ohio, Dale Lane and wife Mary, born October 26, 1942, currently residing at Jane Lew, WV and Ronald Leonard, born July 22, 1945, currently residing in Jane Lew, WV. Nan is survived by her afore mentioned four sons, 10 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, brothers, sisters, children and husband, Nan was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Summer Ashton, born September 21, 1989 and interned at the Falls Mill Cemetery.

Nan Bowyer was a devoted homemaker, loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was loved and admired by many friends throughout both Braxton and Lewis Counties.

She was a Methodist by faith, believed in God and the “here-after” and has stated many times to her surviving family and friends that she was (and now is) at peace with herself, her life here on Earth and that she was prepared to go when ever called.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Saturday, July 06, 2013 from 11 AM until 1 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 1 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel.

Interment will follow services in the Falls Mill Cemetery in Braxton County.
Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Nannie Kathleen (Casto) Bowyer.

Robin Rae Godfrey

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Robin Rae Godfrey

Age 40, of 241 John Street, Weston, WV passed away at 6:51 PM Monday, July 01, 2013 in the Mon General Hospital in Morgantown following a brief illness.

She was born June 09, 1973 in Weston, WV, a daughter of the late Robert Warren Godfrey and Debra Ann Linger Godfrey who survive in Weston.

Also surviving are two sons: Joseph Paul Godfrey of Weston and Robert Tyler Williams of Flatwoods, WV; one brother, Robert Godfrey and wife Shelia of Bradenton, FL; one sister, Debra K. Godfrey of Weston; one half-brother, Scott McHenry of Hundred; four nephews and two nieces; and three close friends: Dell Sharpless, Melvin Cutright and Clark Williams.

Robin was a CNA working in Glenville, WV and Flatwoods, WV.

She loved to read.

She was a member of the Weston Church of God.

Friends may call at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew on Thursday, July 04, 2013 from 2 to 4 PM.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Friday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Randall Hughes and the Reverend Brian Tannous officiating.

Interment will follow in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Braxton County.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Robin Rae Godfrey.

That Dam Race 5K Set for July 20, 2013

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That Dam Race 5k is set for July 20, 2013 at 8:00 AM.

The annual 5k walk and run will be held in Sutton, WV as part of the annual Mountain Lakes Festival.

The course begins under the backdrop of the Sutton Dam at the Downstream Recreation Area.

Preregistration is open until July 06, 2013 at a cost of $20.

The first 100 preregistered participants will receive a That Dam Race t-shirt.

Last year, the course record was shattered by runner Samuel Smith with a time of 19:39!

Special guest, Jamie Summerlin, will be on-hand to promote Freedom Run, a book about his experience running across the United States in 100 days. So challenge yourself to run or walk That Dam Race 5k this summer!

To preregister, contact the Braxton County CVB at 304.765.6533 or stop by the office at the Flatwoods Factory Outlet Mall.

Participants can also register online at www.tristateracer.com or download a form at www.thatdamrace5k.com .

Registration will be $25 the day of the race and will start at 7:00 AM at the shelter below the Sutton Dam.

Legislative Update – by – Delegate Brent Boggs - House Majority Leader - 07.01.13

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One of the benefits of railroading is seeing sights that most folks never get to experience.  Last week, on runs between Ravenswood and Parkersburg we had the opportunity to see bald eagles every day, in both directions.  I’m talking up close; within 25 yards in some instances.  They apparently don’t feel threatened by trains. Both in flight, and at rest, these are truly awe inspiring symbols of our nation.

In addition to railroad work, the legislative work also continues.  A very beneficial roundtable discussion was held at Braxton Middle School last Monday in an opportunity to follow up on many of the great initiatives that are underway locally to provide opportunities for better health and wellness.  In addition to a great cross-section of concerned local individuals, Kate Long, well-known print and public broadcasting journalist, attended as she continues her documentation of West Virginia’s health issues and calling attention to positive community changes.

Good things are happening.  However, we have a multitude of needs that will take community involvement, governmental assistance and coordination between community entities for the betterment of all concerned.  First, we will begin to document and inventory available facilities.  Simultaneously, we hope to come up with a method of having a centralized calendar of available recreational and health-related activities for our citizens.

Moving forward, we can begin to better assess the facility and recreational needs of the county.  If we want to attract new businesses, attract families to move into the area and keep many of our young people living locally, it is absolutely necessary that we begin the process of improving our county and community recreational and healthy lifestyle opportunities.  As one participant noted, if we work to make this area the healthiest, most family friendly area of the state, people and businesses will beat a path to the door of central West Virginia.  This is just one small beginning step in what we hope will be a change for the better.  We need everyone’s help, ideas and enthusiasm.  The time is now.

On a separate but related topic, Sutton Lake is a great asset to central West Virginia and has been in the news recently regarding a brief, naturally occurring algae problem.  Jean and I spent time on the lake before, during and after the algae reports.  At no time did this deter or detract from our enjoyment of the lake or surrounding area in any way.

If the influence of social media was ever in doubt, you need look no further than this situation.  It is a powerful way to communicate, but it can also provide for quick distribution both facts and/or misinformation.  Erroneous reports abounded over the cause, risks and duration of the outbreak.  I’m glad the facts are out and we can all get on with enjoying this beautiful recreation asset for our region.

This is the time of year where central West Virginia is in full swing with fairs and festivals.  With another well-attended and successful WV Folk Festival just completed in Glenville, we have Gassaway Days and the Cedarville Homecoming in the coming days.  The Braxton County Fair is set to begin later this month.  These are just a few of the other community events that provide opportunities to spend time with family, friends and visitors to our communities in Gilmer and Braxton Counties.  Take time to enjoy the local fairs and festivals.

A Sunday morning ritual that Jean and I enjoy is to watch and listen to Dr. Charles Stanley before heading off for church for services.  Today was special as several veterans spoke regarding their experiences in the Armed Forces: an Air Force fighter pilot shot down and held as a POW in North Vietnam; an Army sergeant that sustained life altering wounds from an IED in Afghanistan; and a B-17 bomber pilot during WW II.  Each had their individual story of courage and what it means to pay the price of freedom.

As we celebrate the Independence Day of the United States of America this week on July 4th, we give thanks to those courageous men and women that have shown courage and willingness to pay the price of freedom for our nation.  From the foundations of our nation through the battles and conflicts of today, we give thanks for their service, their sacrifice and their faith from generation to generation that keeps our nation strong and free.

Please send your inquiries to the Capitol Office at:  Building 1, Room 224-M, Charleston, WV 25305.  Or, call the Capitol office at 304.340.3220; Assistant to the Majority Leader, Jennifer McPherson at 304.340.3942 or fax to 304.340.3213.  If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.  For those with Internet access, my e-mail address is: “Brent.Boggs@WVhouse.gov” .

You may also obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and leave me a message on the Legislature’s web site at www.legis.state.wv.us/.  When leaving a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional information, including agency links and the state government phone directory, may be found at www.wv.gov. Also, you may follow me on Facebook at “Brent Boggs”, Twitter at “@DelBrentBoggs” , as well as the WV Legislature’s Facebook page at “West Virginia Legislature” or on Twitter at twitter.com/wvlegislature.

Continue to remember our troops - at home and abroad - and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.  Until next week – take care.

Phyllis A. Paintiff

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Phyllis A. Paintiff

Age 69, of Frametown, WV, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, June, 29, 2013 at home after a long illness.

She was born February 06, 1944 in Greenup, KY a daughter of the late Guy Robert and Charlotte Ann Nichols Shepherd.

She was preceded in death by two brothers.

She was a born again believer of God.

She is survived by her husband, Robert L. Paintiff; her five children, Drema L. Cunningham of Hartville, OH, Carolyn Sue Hall of Lancaster, PA, Shirley M. McCourt of Burnsville, Renni R. Singleton of Frametown and Robert L. Paintiff, Jr. of Elkview;; sisters, Irene Morris of Sutton, Kay Hall of Elmira and Sandra Belt of Elkview; brother, Cecil Shepherd of Wallback; 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Service will be 1 PM Tuesday, July 02, 2013 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Evangelist Gary W. Maynor officiating.

Burial will be in the Paintiff Family Cemetery, Upper Sleith.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

Junior D. Mowery

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Junior D. Mowery

Age 77, of Belleville and Parkersburg, WV , passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in Camden Clark Hospital in Parkersburg.

He was born October 10, 1935, in Gilmer County, WV; preceding him in death are his parents, Isaac Andrew and Hallie Christine Ford Mowery; and two brothers, Luther Mowery and Guy Mowery.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Emma Wherry Mowery, whom he married June 19, 1978; daughter, Melissa Joy Mowery of Parkersburg; grandson, Matthew Isaac Andrew Mowery of Shirley; sister, Virginia Lona James of Coolville, Ohio; three brothers, Jimmy Mowery of Coolville, Ohio, Douglas Mowery of Weston and Billy Curry of Marietta, Ohio; several nieces and nephews; brothers-in-law, Floyd Yost of Mineral Wells and Robert Wherry of Parkersburg; and sister-in-law, Glenda Kay Lambert of Parkersburg.

Mr. Mowery had worked for the Parkersburg Sanitation Department for 14 years.

As a young man he worked on farms in Lewis and Braxton counties, was a construction worker and had worked in the sanitation industry for more than 30 years.

He attended the Baptist Church in Belleville.

The family received friends from 1 to 2 PM Friday at Straight Fork United Methodist Church, Route 1 in Crawford.

The funeral began at 2 PM with Pastor David Jessie officiating, and burial was in Wimer Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations may be made to your local American Diabetes Association or American Heart Association in memory of Junior D. Mowery.

Tomblyn Whitescarver Funeral Chapel of Buckhannon is in charge of the arrangements.

Army Corps of Engineers Warns of Potential Health Hazard at Sutton Lake

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The Army Corps of Engineers is warning visitors to Sutton Lake about a bloom of blue-green algae that can produce toxins harmful to small children and animals.

Swimming at the South Abutment Beach at the lake in Sutton is not permitted, but the beach and its facilities are open to the public.

Caution posters have been posted warning visitors about the bloom.

Children are most at risk to the toxins’ adverse effects, which can range from rashes and hay-fever-like symptoms to vomiting, diarrhea and respiratory distress.

The Corps plans to increase the outflow at Sutton Dam over a four-hour period Friday to try to dilute toxins to safe levels.

Sutton Dam Outflow to Increase to Slow Algae

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to increase the outflow at Sutton Dam in an attempt to reduce the growth of potentially toxic algae in Sutton Lake.

The corps said Thursday that outflow will be increased over four hours late Friday morning to 1,000 cubic feet per second.

South Abutment Beach remains closed to swimming because of a blue-green algae bloom. But the beach and its facilities are open.

Swimmers and boaters are being advised to avoid contact with the bloom because it could produce toxins. The corps says the toxins can harm children and animals.

There also are blooms upstream and downstream of Bee Run Beach. But the corps says blooms haven’t been reported at Bee Run.

Boat patrols and monitoring are continuing.

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