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G-MM™: Meditation Moment   150129

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Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.

Amen.


Psalm 37:7-8

Let go of anger and leave rage behind!
Don’t get upset — it will only lead to evil.


1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Rejoice alway, pray without ceasing, give thanks in everything you do: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.


Notes on the Scripture

We have finished our first Pauline epistle, using Daily Prayer’s original translation. I hope it was as rewarding for you as it was for us, and I also hope we have contributed some to the body of scholarship on the epistle. To finish up, today’s notes will be a recapitulation and summary of the epistle as a whole.

Summary of 1 Thessalonians

  Greeting. Paul uses a form of greeting that we will see, with some variation, in all of his letters.
  Thanks for the Faithfulness of the Church. Paul is effuse in his praise of the Thessalonian church. He and his companions, Silas (Silvanus) and Timothy were run out of town after only a few weeks, and the Thessalonians have done a remarkable job of holding to the true Gospel and living a Christian life, in spite of severe persecution. Their example is effectively promoting the Gospel, for word of their lives has spread throughout Macedonia, and beyond.
  God talks to Amos on a wall
  Paul’s Courage Comes from God. Paul shows that he could not have carried on by human courage, but has been lifted up by God for his mission. (We learn from the Book of Acts that Paul had, in fact, been severely treated in Philippi just before he came to Thessalonica.)
  The Pure Spirit of the Gospel Message in Thessalonica. Paul recounts at length his own exemplary behavior while he was in Thessalonica. He does not do so to brag, but as “implied hortatory,” that is, he is giving them instructions about how to act without using an imperative tone. The primary characteristic he seeks to encourage is to live with a pure motive of serving Christ.
  The Sinfulness of the Jewish Authorities. Paul compares the afflictions of the Thessalonians to the persecution of Christians by the Jewish authorities in Judea, and he is quite harsh in his assessment of the Judean persecutors.
  Paul’s Strong Affection for the Thessalonian Church. Paul waxes eloquent about his love for the Thessalonians, and discusses why he has been unable to visit them, the visit from Timothy as his proxy, and his hope to see them soon.
  Christ’s Followers Must Live in Purity, Honor and Love. Beginning in Chapter 4, Paul becomes more directly authoritative. He tells them to eschew sexual immorality —and especially, not to lead another astray — but to love one another unreservedly. He implores them to live quietly and mind their own affairs, so as to be a model for others and, perhaps, attract people to Christ.
  The Dead Will Be Raised. Paul straightens out concerns that those who had already died might not share in the glory of Christ’s second coming.
  Prepare for The Day of the Lord.
  He first tells them to stop trying to guess when the Day of the Lord would come, and to ignore any and all rumors that it was imminent; it could be a thousand years away. They should live in a state of preparation, alert and sober, living in the sunshine of Christ/daytime, as opposed to those who live in the darkness of ignorance and will be taken by surprise, and suffer God’s wrath.
  Christian Conduct and Benediction.
  Paul ends the letter with another set of instructions about how to live, with a specific command that people who are idle and undisciplined, spending their days meddling and speculating on theological matter different from what he had taught them, should be chided and even cast out; yet, not as enemies, but with love and concern. He ends the letter with the famous and beautiful quote, given in today’s Scripture.

In short, the letter deals with three primary issues. First, Paul’s praise and love for a church that is doing well and attracting outsiders to Christ, together with more practical matters about his visiting them. Second, specific information about how and when the Day of the Lord would come. And finally, encouragement to live quiet productive lives, in holiness and purity, despite the persecution they might suffer.

John Timothy Dean

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John Timothy Dean

Age 50 of Kodak, TN, formerly of Gassaway, WV passed away January 25, 2015 at home.

He was born July 11, 1964 in Gassaway, WV a son of the late Johnny and Mary Carpenter Dean.

John was a construction worker for C. Laney and Sons Company and member of the Army National Guard.

He is survived by his fiancé, Beverly Hill of Kodak, TN; son, Zechariah Dean of Gassaway; daughter, Masia Dean of Gassaway; brothers, Shane Dean and wife, Linda of Mansfield, OH and Rick Dean and wife, Connie of Fredericktown, OH.

Service was 1 PM Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Rev. Rodney England officiating.

Friends called two hours prior to the service.

Per John’s request his body was cremated following the service.

Arrangements by Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Denzel E. Yoak

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Denzel E. Yoak

Age 69, of Waynesville, OH passed away Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Kettering Hospital.

Denzel was an Vietnam Air Force veteran, where he focused on electronics and radio. His work with the Air Force led him to NCR, which he worked for over 15 years, and later a career in the Project Management field.

He was a member of the Waynesville Masonic Lodge #163. He greatly enjoyed working on his 1955 truck, gardening with his wife, wood working, and helping others.

He was preceded in death by his wife Jewel in 2011.

Also preceding him in death his parents Elias Don and Lucretia Yoak, formerly of Grantsville, WV and one sister Donna Jean Hardman-Yoak.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Don Allen and Kelli Yoak of TX, and three grandchildren Taylor, Katelyn, and Daniel.

Memorial service 10 AM Saturday, January 31 at Stubbs-Conner Funeral Home, Waynesville.

Graveside service will be 10:30 AM Monday, February 02 at the Miami Cemetery, Corwin.

Zelda C. Cutright

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Zelda C. Cutright

Age 58, of Jane Lew, WV passed away on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born in Weston, WV on May 13, 1956: daughter of the late Ivan Gail Turner and Margaret Jane (Lott) Cutright.

On May 13, 1987, she married Larry J. Cutright, who preceded her in death on September 04, 2004.

Mrs. Cutright is survived by one daughter: Crystal Mae (Travis) Riffle of Weston and two grandchildren: Alexa and Howard Riffle. Also surviving is one brother: Harold “Bud” Turner of Jane Lew, one sister: Marguerite Gale “Doodle” Workman of Weston and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Larry, Zelda was preceded in death by one sister: Zorna Robin Acavairello.

Mrs. Cutright was a glass cutter.

She was a Methodist.

Zelda’s greatest joy was spending time with her grandkids and family in general.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 12:30 PM until 2:30 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 2:30 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral chapel with Pastor Bob Hoover officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Peterson Cemetery of Weston, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Zelda C. Cutright.

Lester Virgil McCumbers

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Lester Virgil McCumbers

Age 93, of Rosedale, WV, passed away January 26, 2015 at Minnie Hamilton Health System in Grantsville.

Born August 15, 1921 in Calhoun County, WV, he was a son of the late Henry Franklin and Ida Myrtle McCumbers.

Surviving are his children, Bea (Wetzel) Putnam of Arnoldsburg, Anna Lee (Jimmie) White of Auburn Township, OH, Paulette (Dennis) Ice of Garrettsville, OH, Joan (Paul) Cottrell of Nicut, Sharon (George) Morris of Lake Milton, OH, Billy (Pat) McCumbers of Big Bend, Tammy (Rick) Smith of Tanner, Timmy (Mary) McCumbers of Nicut. Also surviving are 23 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; several great-great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by his wife Linda McCumbers; son Roger McCumbers; two grandchildren; four sisters and four brothers.

Lester has played music since he was about 14 years old. As a young man, he played guitar with local fiddlers such as French Carpenter, Ward Jarvis, and Harvey Sampson. Lester learned to play fiddle from his father, Henry Franklin McCumbers, and playing the fiddle has always been a big part of his life.

In the mid-1960’s, Lester and his wife Linda played in a band with their sons Roger, Bill, and Tim, along with their son-in-law Paul Cottrell. They called themselves Lester McCumbers & the Sandy Valley Boys, and hosted a radio show on WSPZ radio in Spencer. The 30-minute shows were live on the air every Saturday afternoon and featured many local musicians. After their son Roger passed away in 1998, the Sandy Valley Boys disbanded, and Lester and Linda began playing with Braxton County old-time banjo player Carroll Hardway. They played festivals around the state until Carroll’s death in 2002. After that, Lester and Linda continued to play at festivals around West Virginia with old-time banjo player Kim Johnson, and were often joined by their sons Bill and Tim.

Lester and Linda were popular attractions at festivals all across the area. Their favorite festival was the WV Folk Festival at Glenville, and Lester won many blue ribbons there at fiddle contests over the years. In 2004, Lester became the first West Virginian to win the first place blue ribbon in the fiddle contest at the Appalachian String Band Festival at Clifftop. In 2005, Lester was the recipient of the Vandalia Award presented by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. Each year, the Vandalia Award, the state’s highest folk life honor, is presented to recognize a lifetime contribution to West Virginia’s folk culture. Another of his treasured memories was when he was invited to play at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville where he had the opportunity to play with a variety of artists.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Friday January 30, 2015 at Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg with Rev. Chris Stout officiating.

Burial will follow in the Mount Run Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM prior to the services.

Francis Hayes

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Francis Hayes

Age 66, of Columbia Street, West Union, WV departed this life on Monday, January 26, 2015 in his residence.

He was born December 25, 1948 in Salem a son of the late Mildred Hayes.

He is survived by two brothers, Everett Hayes, North Carolina, Ira Hayes, Salem, two sisters, Minnie Davis, Salem, Geraldine Barker, West Union and several nieces and nephews.

Francis loved fishing and the outdoors. Francis was a very giving person and loved to help others.

Graveside services will be conducted at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Quiet Dell on Friday, January 30, 2015 at 1 PM with Pastor David McCauley officiating.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Hayes family.

Louis “Bodie” F. Staton

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Louis “Bodie” F. Staton

Age 87, of Grantsville, WV, passed away Sunday, January 25, 2015, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born April 20, 1927 at Wadsworth Hospital in Medina County, Ohio, the son of the late Maynard “Bud” Staton and the late Natalie Iuppenlatz.

Louis was an employee of B.F. Goodrich, working at plants in Ohio, California and West Virginia before retiring after more than 30 years with the company. He was a graduate of The National College of Chiropractic in Chicago in the early 1950s. He attended Sharon Center High School, Sharon Center, Ohio, and graduated from Carson Long Military Academy, New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, in 1945.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Force in 1945-47 and received the World War II Victory Medal. In the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, he was a member of the Beverly Volunteer Fire Department. In his retirement years, he enjoyed spending time with his friends including Denny Dickson, Robert Marks and Carl Frymeyer and playing with his grandchildren. In his retirement years, hobbies included playing the organ, building guitars and developing plans for house renovations and expansion.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Linda Wright Staton; two sons, Michael Staton of Henderson, Nevada, and Paul Staton of Calhoun County, WV; daughter and son-in-law, Jody and Larry Newton, of Beverly, Ohio; three grandsons, Landon Staton, Hadon Staton and Liam Staton all of Grantsville; four granddaughters, Nicci Morelli of Mount Pleasant, Michigan, Quinn Goff of Charlotte, North Carolina, Vanessa Newhart of Charlotte, North Carolina, Hailey Staton of Grantsville; one great-grandson, Griffin Goff of Charlotte, North Carolina; one brother, Steven Staton of Doylestown, Ohio; one sister, Emmilyne Lorenz of Doylestown, Ohio, and a cousin, Gloria Kelly of Akron, Ohio.

Burial is set for Saturday, February 14, 2015, Noon, at Goodnight Cemetery, Sugar Camp Road, Calhoun County.

A New Life Celebration hailing Louis’s new life in Heaven will be held in the Grantsville firehouse following the burial.

Stump Funeral Home Grantsville is in charge of arrangements.

Annabelle Linger

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Annabelle Linger

Age 94, of Horner, WV passed away on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 in Seller’s Personal Care Home of Jane Lew following an extended illness.

She was born in Burnsville, WV on July 20, 1920: daughter of the late Harry Brown and Myrtle (Squires) Brown.

In November of 1950, she married Albert H. Linger, who preceded her in death on May 27, 2003.

Mrs. Linger is survived by one son: Carey (Cyndi Riley) Linger of Horner and one granddaughter: Hesper R. (Andy Strother) Linger. She is also survived by one brother: Homer Brown of Ohio, two sisters: Lillian Stalnaker of Ohio and Myrtle Morris of Buckhannon and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Albert, Annabelle was preceded in death by 7 brothers and sisters.

Mrs. Linger was a homemaker.

She was a member of the Georgetown United Methodist Church.

She was on the Board of Trustees of the Georgetown Community Center. Annabelle enjoyed quilting, embroidering and sewing. She was a farm girl and loved gardening. Earlier in her life she was a glasscutter. Mrs. Linger was the oldest member of eleven brothers and sisters.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Thursday, January 29, 2015 from 11 AM until 1 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 1 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Ron Brown officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Georgetown Cemetery of Horner, WV.

In lieu of flowers donation may be made to the Lewis County Senior Center (Meals on Wheels Program) 171 West Second Street Weston, WV 26452.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored to serve the family of Annabelle Linger.

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Sand Fork Elementary School Science and Social Studies Fair 2015‏

Sand Fork Elementary had their annual science and social studies fair on January 23, 2015. The winners are as followed:

Social Studies Fair Winners

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(FR, L-R) Lucas Ward 3rd Place U.S. History, Adam Stewart 2nd Place World History,
Evin Shackleford 3rd Place Sociology, Jobe Loudin 2nd Place State and Local History

(SR, L-R) Jacob McCord 3rd Place World History, Emma Fox 1st Place World History (D2),
ZaKya Mann 3rd Place Anthropology, Carissa Thorne 1st Place World History




Science Fair Winners

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(FR, L-R) Jacon Freeman 2nd Place Engineering, Seth Wine 1st Place Physics,

SR, L-R) Kodie Dean 1st Place Environmental Science,
Kyle Moss 1st Place Medicine and Health Science,
Unnamed Student, Bryan Hardman 1st Place Engineering.

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report - 01.26.15

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On Friday, January 23, 2015 Judge Jack Alsop held Court in Gilmer County.


Eleven criminal pretrials were heard and trials are still set as follows:

•  1) Janice Collins trial date Tuesday, February 10, 2015

•  2) Desirae Miller trial date Tuesday, February 10, 2015

•  3) Wayne Roberts trial date Tuesday, February 10, 2015

•  4) David Marks trial date Tuesday, February 10, 2015

•  5) Tyler Sutphin trial date Tuesday, February 10, 2015

•  6) Ross Miller trial date Wednesday, February 18, 2015

•  7) Christopher Puffenbarger trial date Thursday, February 12, 2015

•  8) John Puffenbarger trial date Thursday, February 12, 2015

•  9) Julia Mollohan trial date Thursday, February 19, 2015

•  10) Christopher DeBarr trial date Wednesday, February 11, 2015

•  11) Nathaniel Butler scheduled to enter a plea Tuesday, February 03, 2015


•  Two juveniles were heard.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Kimberly Demastus

She was before the Court for sentencing.

Judge Alsop denied her probation and sentenced her to the penitentiary for 1-5 years, suspending said sentence and placing her on home confinement for 1-5 years.

Mark Hudnall of Summersville was her attorney and she will be on home confinement at her address in Braxton County.


•  Nathaniel Butler flunked his drug screen so Judge Alsop placed him in Central Regional Jail to await the date of his plea.


•  Later Tyler Sutphin made admission to using drugs and Judge Alsop sent him to Central Regional Jail.


•  Also after Court personnel reported a strong odor of marijuana in the Court Room, Officer Jeremy Jenkins brought in the drug dog and a hit was made on one of the inmates that had been transported from Central Regional Jail.




On Monday, January 26, 2015 Chief Judge Richard A. Facemire held Court in Glenville.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Traci Pyles

She was before the Court for sentencing upon her former pleas to attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab and conspiracy.

Judge Facemire sentenced her to 2-10 for the charge regarding the lab and 1-5 for conspiracy with sentences to run concurrently.

Then he suspended her sentence and ordered she self report to Anthony Correctional Center for Youthful Offenders for 6 months to 2 years.

Pyles was represented by Timothy Gentilozzi of Clarksburg.


•  One fugitive from Maryland, namely Ellis Sawyer, waived extradition and voluntarily agreed to return there.

He was represented by Brian Bailey of Buckhannon and authorities in Maryland have until 4:00 PM on Wednesday, February 04, 2015 to pick Mr. Sawyer up at Central Regional Jail or they will release him.


•  One magistrate appeal was heard and Judge Facemire upheld the decision of Magistrate Wolfe and ordered Gary Ferrell to pay $260.25 to magistrate court and $132.00 to Circuit Court within 45 days.

Ferrell appeared without an attorney.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Clayton McCune

He was scheduled for sentencing but due to the illness of his attorney, Bryan Hinkle of Buckhannon his sentencing was rescheduled for Monday, February 23, 2015 at 10:45 AM.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Daniel McCormick

He was before the Court for sentencing and he was sentenced to 1 year in Central Regional Jail on 2 charges to run consecutively.

However, Judge Facemire suspended the sentence and placed him on 3 years probation.

McCormick was represented by Matthew Thorn of Morgantown.

WV Superintendent of Schools Wants TechBooks Rather Than Textbooks

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State Superintendent Martirano and other Education Department officials addressed several issues when the department had a budget hearing before the House Finance Committee last week.

Delegate Ron Walters (R - Kanawha) said he is a big fan of downloading textbooks. Florida did that and saved about 25% on the cost of textbooks, he said. Some West Virginia counties have switched to electronic textbooks, he said, and then he asked Martirano if he planned to do anything to expedite such change.

Martirano responded that “tech-books,” as he calls them, are part of his vision plan. Printed textbooks are similar to new cars because they lose value right after they are bought and quickly become dated, he said, but downloading information can help keep the curriculum up to date. The department is encouraging superintendents to move in that direction, he said, adding that it would cost less to provide a device to every student and create a leasing arrangement for instructional material than to buy textbooks.

“I feel that we should be moving in a progressive manner to tech-books, devices that allow for the online curriculum to be downloaded that meets the needs of our young people,” Martirano said.

Walters said it is important for parents also to use computers, because they could help the parents relearn what their kids are learning. “I think we’ve lost a generation and a half based on our current teaching model,” he said. “If we expect parents to be able to help these kids as they move along, I think we’re kidding ourselves.”

Agreeing with that, Martirano said it is important to have access and connectivity around the state for the full optimal use of devices.

Delegate Ray Canterbury, R-Greenbrier, expressed concern about how to motivate students to go into the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields because those studies require “an incredible work ethic.” Martirano said a major report a few years ago found that if students’ minds are not turned on to science by the beginning of the fifth grade “we have lost them.”

Calling that a shocking finding, he said, “We need to make certain that at the early ages that we have inquiry-based instruction with problem-solving and individuals interacting with nature, being inquisitive, asking the right questions.” It is critical to frontload that in elementary and pre-kindergarten curriculum, Martirano said. Also, he said, students need to know what careers are available in STEM fields and in terms in which they understand the quality of life such careers could provide.

Canterbury noted that, in past years, he had introduced bills to put science fiction into the curriculum. Martirano said he wants kids to read, and the department has programs to encourage to them read what they are interested in.

“I need more dads reading to boys, and I need more men reading across the board because quite frankly when we’re talking about distinction, many times our boys view reading as a feminine trait,” he said. That is because mothers and female elementary teachers tend to read to young children more than men do, he said.

A legislator with a background as a school bus driver, Delegate Ricky Moye, D-Raleigh, questioned the decision to have the School Aid Formula fund the replacement of school buses every 15 years instead of every 12 years. He wondered if increased maintenance and repair costs would make that worth it.

Martirano, who worked most of his career in Maryland, said that state did an analysis of that issue. “What we found was, if they were keeping up with the yearly and regular maintenance and service, that life expectancy could be extended, and it wasn’t any more costly than through the years leading up to that,” he said.

~~  Jim Wallace ~~

Glenville State College Battle of the Bands Competition

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The Glenville State College Hidden Promise Consortium (HPC) is sponsoring a Battle of the Bands competition that will culminate on Saturday, May 02, 2015 in GSC’s new Waco Center. Proceeds will be donated to charity.

All semi-professional bands in and around West Virginia are eligible to enter. Interested bands must submit no later than March 31, 2015, a 10-20 minute recording of themselves to along with an entry fee of $50.

Entries submitted prior to February 02, 2015 will qualify for a reduced fee of $35. Bands of all musical styles and genres are welcome.

Those judged to be the top four entries will be invited to GSC in May to compete live onstage for a grand prize of $1,000 and a two hour recording session in the campus recording studio.

All four performing bands will receive a cash prize.

Staffers in GSC’s Hidden Promise Consortium are organizing the contest. Visit www.glenville.edu/botb for competition rules and to sign up.

To learn more, contact GSC HPC Coordinator Jeremy Carter at 304.462.6060.

West Virginia Schools to Compete for a Third Straight JAM Day National Title

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West Virginia schools are making a move on another JAM Day national title. West Virginia will join schools and organizations from around the world on February 15, 2015 for a Just-A-Minute (JAM) fitness break. For two years in a row West Virginia has had more schools participate than any other state in the nation.

JAM Day for JAM World Record is the first of its kind physical activity campaign created to rally everyone to pause wherever they are at 10:00 a.m. their local time for a quick fitness break to promote the importance of making physical activity a lifelong daily habit.

West Virginia is leading the charge based on the number of schools across the state that are currently signed up and planning to participate. As the date quickly approaches, the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) is leading a statewide push for more schools to sign up now.

Schools and organizations can find out more information and sign up at the JAM Day World Record site http://www.jamschoolprogram.com/jamday.

In addition, the West Virginia Physical Activity Plan has partnered in this venture by tracking the schools and organizations across the state that are currently signed up.  http://wvphysicalactivity.org/

The WVDE believes that healthy active students make better learners and works with schools and communities to create healthier environments. In July 2014, the West Virginia Board of Education updated Policy 2510 Assuring Quality of Education: Regulations for Education Programs which requires 30 minutes of exercise every day for K-12 public schoolchildren. In addition, the WVDE Office of Early Learning created a video series to promote high quality physical education at the following site; http://wvde.state.wv.us/oel/physical-activity-resources.php.  Finally, the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition recently congratulated the WVDE for its commitment to the Let’s Move! Active Schools initiative. As the first state to have at least one school from each school district enrolled in Active Schools, West Virginia is leading the way in ensuring that the state’s youth will grow up to lead healthy, productive lives.

G-TechNote™: Microsoft Office ‘Universal’ to Be Free on Windows 10 Phones, Small Tablets

As expected, Microsoft officials showed off the coming touch-first/Windows Store version of Office for Windows during the company’s second Windows 10 reveal event on January 21, 2015.

On January 22, Microsoft posted a blog offering a closer look at the new touch-first Office apps—Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook and Calendar—that are in the works. Microsoft is calling this touch-first suite “Office for Windows 10.“

The apps in the Office for Windows 10 suite are “universal apps,“ meaning that most of their code is the same across Windows Phones and small tablets. These apps also share a lot of common code with Office for Android, Microsoft officials have said.
More Windows 10

As of today, Microsoft also christened the desktop version of its Office suite as “Office 2016.“ (Until today, that suite was known only by its codename, “Office 16.“)

The desktop version is going to be more fully featured, most likely include additional Office apps as part of that suite, and work on the desktop in Windows 10.

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As Microsoft officials revealed yesterday, the Office for Windows 10 suite will be preinstalled for free on Windows Phones and small (under eight-inch) tablets running Windows 10. They will be available for download from the Windows Store for Windows devices with larger screen sizes.

As of today, we don’t have official word if these downloadable touch-first versions will be free or require an Office 365 subscription to unlock the full set of features—as is the case with Office on iPad and Office on Android tablets.

I previously heard from my sources that the first public preview of Office for Windows 10 would be available in February 2015. Latest blog post says the Office universal apps will be available with “the Windows 10 Technical Preview in the coming weeks.“ I’m taking this as meaning it will be in February as part of the first Windows 10 mobile preview (for Windows Phones and small Intel- and ARM-based tablets).

(A quick note on naming: Microsoft officials have decided to brand all versions of Windows 10 plain-old “Windows 10.“ But the Windows 10 version that is built for phones and tablets isn’t the same as the one for the desktop, so to distinguish them, I will keep calling the phone/tablet SKU “Windows 10 mobile.“)

Latest post notes that general availability for the Office for Windows 10 suite will be “later this year.“ My sources have said it will be generally available at the same time as Office 2016, which Microsoft officials previously stated Office 16 would be in the second half of calendar 2015.

A few features of Office 2016 have leaked over the past few months. So far, those features are very minor. Microsoft is privately testing Office 2016 inside the company, as well as outside with Office 365 subscribers who have been accepted into the test program.

West Virginia News   150128

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GOP-LED WEST VIRGINIA HOUSE CLEARS LEGAL REFORM PROPOSAL

The Republican-led state House of Delegates has passed a bill changing legal protections when multiple parties are at fault in a lawsuit.Delegates voted 74-25 on a comparative fault bill Tuesday, with some Democrats crossing party lines.

The bill would require parties to pay the percentage they are deemed at fault by a jury, in most cases.

Currently, if a party can’t pay its share of damages and another party was deemed more than 30% responsible, the second entity may be required to cover the remaining damages.

Many Democrats said the bill would unfairly leave innocent victims on the hook.

Republicans said the change would help make the state more business friendly.

Plaintiffs deemed 50% at fault could recover damages in the bill, which they can’t do now.


WEST VIRGINIA LAWMAKERS TO SEND ENERGY ACT REPEAL TO GOVERNOR

The Republican-run Legislature needs one vote to send a repeal of an energy portfolio to Democratic Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.

The Senate cast a 33-0 procedural vote Tuesday to repeal the Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard. The House needs another procedural vote to clear it.

Both chambers previously passed the repeal overwhelmingly.

The portfolio requires generating 25% of electricity with alternative power sources by 2025. Some coal-burning technologies qualify.

FirstEnergy official Sammy Gray has said his company could comply with requirements without increased costs, lost jobs, higher rates or business plan changes.

The state Coal Association helped write the standard. Now, it says it supports repeal amid increased federal regulations and legal impacts on the industry.

Tomblin has said he doesn’t think the repeal would make much difference.


WV MOM CHARGED, ACCUSED OF CONTAMINATING CHILD’S IV

A West Virginia woman is accused of deliberately making her 9-year-old sick by contaminating the child’s IV at a Cincinnati hospital.Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters says 35-year-old Candida Fluty, of Kermit, West Virginia, was indicted Tuesday in Cincinnati on two counts each of felonious assault and child endangering. Deters’ release says Fluty could face up to 8 years in prison if convicted of all charges.

A message was left for Fluty’s attorney.

Deters says the child has a congenital condition affecting the bowels that has required numerous surgeries. The child was in a Cincinnati Hospital this month when Deters says fecal matter was put in the IV, causing the child’s fever to spike.

The child is in the custody of West Virginia Children’s Services.


WV AGENCIES CENTERS TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR HEATING AID

Low-income West Virginia residents who need a hand to pay their winter heating bills can start applying for federal assistance.

The Public Service Commission of West Virginia says the Department of Health and Human Resources is accepting applications for the low-income energy assistance program through February 06.

Eligibility is based on a number of factors. They include income and household size. To be eligible, household income must be at or below 130% of the federal poverty guideline.

For instance, the monthly income limit for a family of four is $2,584.

Applications for the energy assistance are available at Health and Human resources offices, community action agencies and senior centers operated by any area agency for the aging.


U.S. FUNDING PROGRAMS AIMED AT HELPING WV’S HOMELESS

West Virginia is receiving $6.7 million in federal funds for projects aimed at helping the homeless.

The funding is from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under its Continuum of Care Program. It is intended to promote community commitment to the goal of ending homelessness by providing funding to improve self-sufficiency among individuals and families that are homeless.

The funding is headed to agencies and shelters to provide housing for those who lack a roof over their head.

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin announced the funding on Monday.


SURVEY SHEDS LIGHT ON WV ATTITUDES ON JUVENILE OFFENDERS

A survey found that many in West Virginia want juvenile offenders who commit less serious crime placed in community settings.

Those surveyed said state-funded residential facilities should be for more serious offenders.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the Mellman Group and Public Opinion Strategies conducted the poll. It was part of the Pew Charitable Trusts’ help with the West Virginia Intergovernmental Task Force on Juvenile Justice.

The task force has made a range of recommendations. They include providing early interventions for youth by addressing truancy, strengthening community supervision, and giving more options to judges to focus state beds on more serious crimes.

It estimated these recommendations could reduce the number of youth in state-funded residential facilities by at least 40% by 2020.


SAFETY BOARD: SYSTEMIC FLAWS IN GAS PIPELINES OVERSIGHT

Accident investigators say there are systemic weaknesses in the way natural gas providers protect against the rupture of major, high-pressure pipelines in populated areas. They are pointing to three powerful accidents in California, Florida and West Virginia in recent years.

A report by the National Transportation Safety Board urges changes in how pipelines are inspected. It questions whether pipelines in populated areas with the greatest potential for damaging explosions are given adequate priority.

In each of the accidents examined by the board, the gas companies failed to conduct inspections or tests that might have revealed pipeline weaknesses.

The U.S. is crisscrossed by nearly 300,000 miles of gas transmission pipelines. More than half were installed before 1970.


POLICE: WVU FRAT PLEDGE DRANK HEAVILY BEFORE DEATH

Police say a West Virginia University fraternity pledge drank a large amount of alcohol shortly before he died.

Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston said Tuesday that tests showed 18-year-old Nolan Michael Burch’s blood alcohol level was 0.493. That’s more than six times the legal limit of 0.08 for driving.

Preston says Burch was among 20 pledges who participated in a Kappa Sigma initiation function on November 12, 2014. Each pledge received a bottle of liquor from a senior member or alumnus of the fraternity.

Preston says Burch became highly intoxicated. Officers were later called to the fraternity house for a medical emergency and found someone performing cardio pulmonary resuscitation on Burch. The Buffalo, New York, resident later died at a Morgantown hospital.

Preston says prosecutors are reviewing the investigation’s findings.


WVU FOUNDATION REPORTS MILESTONE IN DRIVE FOR $1 BILLION

The West Virginia University fundraising campaign has topped the 80% mark in its quest to raise $1 billion.

Called the State of Minds, the private campaign has reached $819 million. The WVU Foundation credits a successful December when more than $20 million in new gifts and pledges were made.

For the quarter, the total committed in pledges and gifts were $27 million.

The contributions include endowed scholarships to relieve students of their debt burden, financial support for new learning facilities and gifts to enhance degree programs.

Last September, the university and the foundation announced that the original campaign goal of $750 million had been exceeded. They extended the campaign through 2017 and a new goal of $1 billion.


POLICE INVESTIGATING INCIDENT AT CAPITAL HIGH SCHOOL

Charleston police are investigating an incident at Capital High School in Kanawha County, West Virginia.

Police say a student said she was raped on the campus on January 26.

Superintendent Ron Duerring said there was an investigation but didn’t say what the investigation concerned.

Whistleblower Risks Jail for “Embarrassing” The CIA

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The jury is now deciding the fate of a former CIA case officer who many say could spend decades in prison just for embarrassing the agency.

Jeffrey Sterling has been on trial in Alexandria, Virginia. He’s accused of violating the Espionage Act by leaking secrets to a reporter for the New York Times. Norman Solomon, executive director with the Institute for Public Accuracy, says CIA officials routinely leak classified documents to make the agency look good.

But he says in 2003 Sterling told members of the Senate Intelligence Committee about a botched agency Iranian nuclear operation.

“He was a whistleblower,“ says Solomon. “As much as anything else; that’s why the CIA is so eager to put him in prison.“

Prosecutors argue the case is about ensuring the security of American secrets. But Solomon points out at least one important prosecution witness publicly made false claims about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction in the run-up to that invasion.

The trial comes at a delicate time for negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program. The CIA has been working to slow that program, with mixed success. A dozen years ago, Sterling went to members of Congress with his concerns about a CIA plan to supply flawed nuclear designs to Iran through a Russian engineer.

Sterling told members of the Senate he was worried the Iranians would be able to spot the flaws and use the rest of the designs. Later, the story of the botched CIA operation also showed up in a book by a New York Times reporter James Risen. Solomon says the revelation made the agency look “dumb and dangerous.“

“It seems inept and kind of ‘the gang that can’t shoot straight,‘“ says Solomon. “Dangerous because the CIA might have even helped Iran if it wanted to, to move towards developing a nuclear weapon.“

Former West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller was at one point the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Rockefeller has criticized the CIA for being too politically oriented and worried about its public reputation. Solomon says the agency has fallen into a common pattern that can be found at every level of government, the use of secrecy rules, not for legitimate secrets, but to hide embarrassing information.

“What’s being hidden is not something that would jeopardize the security of the United States, but rather failures of public and government agencies,“ he says.

~~  Dan Heyman ~~

Movie Review: ‘Song One’

“Song One” floats onto the screen with all the innocuousness of a guitar-strumming indie singer-songwriter. The movie is pleasant enough, but also incapable of making a lasting impact.

Anne Hathaway returns to the independent film scene, starring as Franny, a doctoral student in anthropology. She’s busy studying tribes in Morocco when she gets a call that her brother, Henry, has gone into a coma after getting hit by a taxi. Franny’s mother says it’s time to come home.

Franny and her mom, played by Mary Steenburgen, have the chafing relationship of many an onscreen mother and daughter, which means that Steenburgen has to say such obvious lines as, “You cut off all your hair. I loved it long.”

Franny, meanwhile, feels powerless at the sight of her brother on a breathing tube in a hospital bed. He may never wake up, the doctor tells her. So she decides that, instead of punching walls or crying into the mirror, she needs to keep busy. She does so by going through her brother’s diary, reading about the things he loves and recreating those experiences.

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That’s how she meets James Forester. James, played by Johnny Flynn, is a soft-spoken indie crooner with loads of fans and no dis­cern­ible personality. Random girls ask him to sign their iPods, and he has the messy blonde hair and shoegazing demeanor of a certain kind of star. Henry was (and maybe still will be) an aspiring musician, and James was among the comatose man’s favorites.

Franny finds a ticket stub in Henry’s diary, heads to one of James’s shows and then hangs around afterward to awkwardly introduce herself. (It turns out, “my brother’s in a coma” isn’t a great icebreaker.) Despite an inauspicious beginning, the musician shows up at the hospital with two teas, offering to sing for Henry. But about halfway through his ditty, you start to wonder who James is really serenading.

Flynn is a musician in real life, as well as an actor, and he has a lovely voice, but he and Hathaway have zero chemistry. He also delivers his lines with so little emotion, he comes across more as a tool — a way for Franny to cope — than a character.

The movie, which marks the feature debut of writer-director Kate Barker-Froyland, has the low-key appeal of “Once,” with its extended scenes of music and drama-free romantic subplot. But the characters in “Song One” are stubbornly bland, despite their quirks. Franny may buy a gramophone and record random street noise, but those idiosyncracies feel randomly generated given that she is entirely eccentricity-free when she deals with other people.

And yet, despite its flaws, “Song One” has sweet and romantic moments. There really are pleasures to be had, and a big part of that may be the original music by Jenny Lewis, Jonathan Rice and Nate Walcott. But like the music, which is easy on the ears though never catchy, the movie doesn’t stick with you. Once it’s over, it’s gone.

★ ★

PG-13. Contains sex and brief language. 86 minutes.

The Legislature Today 01.27.2015

At the legislature today, the first of many tort reforms bills was up for debate in the House of Delegates.

Republicans have said for years such legal reforms are necessary to make the state more business friendly.

Also, lawmakers hear about a new idea to improve roads and highway.

West Fork Conservation District Supervisors Meeting – Thursday 02.05.15

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The West Fork Conservation District Board of Supervisors monthly meeting will be held on Thursday February 05, 2015, at the USDA Service Center, Mt. Clare, WV.

The meeting starts at 9:00 AM.

Please if you have questions contact Robin Ward district manager for the West Fork Conservation District at 304.627.2160 x 109.

The West Fork Conservation District in West Virginia is comprised of the following four (4) counties located in the northern-central portion of the state:

•  Doddridge County
•  Gilmer County
•  Harrison County
•  Lewis County

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