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July 27, 1975

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 16

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Casting Off Bound up the Kanawha River to Wheeler Islands near Montgomery are a group of Charlestonians. At left, Margaret Lyle Smith, 6, tries a mega- phone on for size. In the center photo, William N. Smith of Virginia Avenue hauls on a line. At right, Harry Wal- lace IV, 6, beams a smile that would strike joy in the heart of any tooth fairy. (Staff Photos by Leo Chabot) -MAIL C.hnrlenion, B". In.,ju/v27, 1975 ECOND RONT Moore Hopes for Early Eligibility Test By Herb Little The A initiated Prest Gov. Moore and his legal advisers are having trouble figuring out how to launch an early court test of his third-term eligibility. It's no longer news that the Republican Governor harbors third-term yearnings, notwithstanding the 1970 constitutional amendment limiting a governor to two successive terms. He hangs his hopes on the fact that the amendment was ratified midway in his first term and he has been elected only once since then. His rationale is that the two-term limit means two terms after ratification and he is therefore eligible one more time. The problem is that until the entry period for 1976 primary candidates opens next January, no one will have an opportunity, in the formal legal sense, to say "no" to his entry. Not until then will he have a grievance to provide the basis for a suit, presumably in the State Supreme Court. Moore acknowledged last week that so far he hasn't found a way to go to court when "we haven't yet "been denied anything." But he added that the search is still going on. "We're trying to figure out a way we can get into the court earlier," he said. »· AT A NEWS conference Friday, Moore chided reporters mildly about their reporting of criticism voiced by Senate President William T. Brotherton Jr., D- Kanawha, and House Speaker Lewis N. McManus, D-Raleigh, because he didn't resinct the special legislative session agenda to emergency matters. Said Moore: "Where do you get the word 'emergency'? . . . you have misled the people of West Virginia in this regard." Statehouse Note Book LITTLE four more public hearings next Saturday in Wheeling, Aug. 8 in Romney, and Aug. 9 in Clarksburg and Parkersburg . . . . Edgar E. Bibb III has resigned as an assistant attorney general to enter private law practice in Beckley .... Harold E. Casali, director of the state government computer center, has been hospitalized with injuries suffered when he fell over a bank while playing Softball Sherill P. Parsley of the Office of Federal-State Relations has undergone a leg amputation. He is in a New York City hospital Resignations of Dr. K. Duane Hurley and Mrs. Caroline Hoffman of Kearneysville have left the Educational Broadcasting Authority with two vacancies to be filled by gubernatorial appointment. Hurley, president emeritus of Salem College, is moving to Plainfield, N.J., to become chief executive officer of the Seventh Day Baptist denomination. Mrs. Hoffman's husband has been transferred to another state . . . . The two opposing candidates for State Young Democrat president received calls from the same politician who promised both "100 per cent support" in the race. Special Session Bill Drafting Requests Few By Robert C. Welling The Asiociated Preii Nowhere does the state constitution use the word "emergency" in authorizing the governor to call special sessions, Moore said, quite accurately. Only two constitutional sections deal with the subject. One says: "The governor may convene the legislature by proclamation whenever, in his opinion, the public safety or welfare require it." The other, made rather bumpy by an oversupply of commas, says: "The governor may, on extraordinary occasions convene, at his own instance, the legislature." That second one is reminiscent of what American GIs in World War II gave as an example of the, to them, weird word sequence of the German language: "Der pilot der bombs in der plane forgotten to put has." · THE LEGISLATURE subcommittee working, on establishment of a county magistra'te court system has scheduled No Residential Natural Gas Cutbacks Forecast in State The Associated Prets Spokesmen for the two largest natural gas. firms in West Virginia foresee no residential cutbacks this winter, as predicted in a federal report Saturday. Gary Grady, a spokesman for Columbia Gas of West Virginia in Charleston, said there were no plans to cutback residential supplies. But he said he felt the supply situation would become worse for about five more years. "I think that's beyond the realm of rea- sonable consideration," said David Cotton, a spokesman for Consolidated Gas Supply Corp., headquartered in Clarksburg. '"Itdepends on whether you're being philosophic or whether you're being practical." The distribution manager for the southern Columbia district, Kenneth R. Smith, said a severe winter would mean that "we would have to go higher with industrial use" curtailmets and perhaps increase curtailments of commerical customers." The Office of Legislative Services had received few requests by late Friday to draft any special legislation for the extraordinary session that begins Tuesday at 10 a.m. Legislative Services Director Earl Vickers said Friday he assumed it would be a case of lawmakers getting out bills previously introduced or worked on during the past session for another examination by committees this week. In a few cases, he said, lawmakers who had previously requested that certain legislation be drafted for the regular session in January have asked that work be expedited so the bills could be introduced this week. Gov. Moore's 19-item call included many items discussed but not acted upon in the last 60-day session. Vickers said he was expecting some bill drafting requests from the Governor's office, but he did not think they would arrive until late Monday or even Tuesday. Moore said Friday his legislative program would be on lawmakers' desks when they arrived for the session. Legislative leaders were cool to the lengthy agenda. Both House Speaker Lewis McManus, D-Raleigh, and Senate Presi- dent William Brotherton, D-Kanawha, said they felt the only item of an emergency nature was an appropriation request of $27 million for the Department of Highways for road repairs. Much of what Moore included on the call was so-called special interest legislation covering such areas as teacher pay, a matter already handled in the regular session when a $500 across-the-board hike was approved, dog racing and an increase in the interest ceiling on home mortgages. Among the more controversial items on the Governor's agenda were Moore-favored programs to repeal the 3 per cent sales tax on food and to provide state assistance to local governments. The possibility of dog racing legislation also surfaced in the call. A bill before the lawmakers earlier this year would have allowed Wheeling Downs to convert to dog racing. It was passed by the House but never got to a final vote in the Senate because of a filibuster staged by Sen. William Dates, D-Hampshire. Gates said Friday he is still unalterably opposed to legalized dog racing in any form. He said he would still do anything he could as a legislator to see that dog racing does not become a reality in the state. Preston Man Makes Toys From Trash Into the Darkness Always on Sunday ByB.S.Palausky All of you people up there in the Summersville area can relax. You will have some more whippoorwills pretty soon. Take my word for it. No, I'm not a. bird watcher. Heck, I'm not that nosy. I just picked up this whippoorwill thing by ear the other night. What was going on, was that Child-Bride Shirley and I just happened to be sitting around in an aluminum boat out in one of the coves of the lake behind Summersville Dam. Apparently, despite lizards, nightwalkers (nightcrawlers to y'all), and a fine assortment of night-type lures, we were not bothering the fish and they were returning the favor -- in spades. Anyway, back to the whippoorwills... There's a semi-old Lithuanian-American saying that, roughly translated, goes, "A bird in the bush usually has a friend in there with him." (I'd better not name the translator because the last I heard of him he'd just been acquitted in Exeter, Pa., of trying to molest a frozen chicken in the butcher shop's cooler.) So. while Shirley and I were sitting out there watching that great big golden moon and a lot of mist rising over the lake, there were these two whippoorwills -- one on each side of the cove. "Whippoorwill?" one would ask. "Whippoorwill." the other would reply. About 11.431 "whippoorwills" later, they apparently came to some sort of agreement because the last couple of "whippoorwills" sounded very contented and from the same area out there among those ghostly trees. · THERE'S SOMETHING about sitting around in the middle of tlie night out in the middle of a lake that's a Htle hajg to explain. . For a lot of people it is terrifying. For others, it brings deep contentment and peace. And, for many it's a big, husky- sized nothing. A lot of people don't like it because sitting around in the dark makes them think a lot and this can, in many cases, cause headache. Others find it too eerie -- every new sound causes the hair to rise on the back of the neck. A whole bunch of people think it is too dangerous. Some get a good close look at themselves. Personally, I think Our Governor ought to have his special session just that way -- at night, on a lake. Many of us think he keeps Our Legislators in the dark most of the time anyway, and at least out on a lake they'd be cool. Imagine it -- at least 200-300 aluminum John-boats (lobbyists get to go, too) setting out into the twilight. And there, standing in the squared point of the lead boat. Our Governor holding his flickering lantern as high as he can -- leading Our Legislature into the darkness... »· I HAVE THIS compulsion to bring you all up to date on recent events here in South Charleston, the cat-torture center of the world. Nothing new. Everything is pretty much following the usual pattern -- lots of squabbling about everything from politics to nude paintings. .. Same old stuff. Oh. I did see a heart-warming story about the firemen down in the new station in almost bottomless Weberwood Gulch adopting a baby raccoon. "They named it Jay-Jay." the heart-warming story went on. If I thought Jay-Jay would pay attention. I'd climb on down into the Great Weberwood Pit and give him three 1 words of advice. "What three words?" you ask. "NeveV say meow." RQWLESBURG, W. Va. (AP) - John Riffe has combined economy, ecology, design and a love of children into a full-time job: He makes toys from other people's trash. "I enjoy being around kids," the former Kentuckian said. Riffe has two children of his own. In a workshop in the garage of his rural home, he has set up the miniindustry he calls Preston Playthings. Riffe collects old tires, junk and trash, wood chips and bark slabs, as well as whatever freebies he can pick up at the local sawmills, "to see what they suggest" in the way of toys. His present project is a county school playground made from junk. So far, he's invested $500, his own labor and time and that of two other Preston County craftsmen, Steve Britner and Dale Worsley. The sloped, wooded lot has a rock castle, $15 Million Okayed for Work On Scenic Road WASHINGTON (AP) - Legislation passed by the Senate Friday included an appropriation of $15 million for additional construction on the Highland Scenic Highway in West Virginia. The funding provision, contained in the Department of Transportation appropriation bill, provides for construction of an additional 8.5 miles of the road from its present end to U.S. 219. The highway, under construction for more than a decade, runs north from W.Va. 39 near the Forest Service's Cranberry Glades visitors center in Pocahontas County east of Richwood. At present, it dead ends just north of Williams River near the Handley Public Hunting and Fishing Area. Bank Employe Charged in Logan LOGAN. W.Va. (AP) - A 10- year em- ploye of the Logan Bank and Trust Co. has been charged with illegally obtaining more than $15.000 from the. bank. State Police said they arrested Larry- Chambers. 31. of Varney in Mingo County, shortly after midnight Friday. He was charged with operating a phony loan scheme last December to obtain more than $13.000. He was also charged with embezzling about $2.100 earlier this mdnth. an airplane made of logs which holds several children, and an elephant made from a cider barrel. The elephant drinks from an old bathtub. A fort of bark slabs, and a "chip ship" constructed of logs, ropes and wood chips are at the end at an alphabet walk-way made of flagstone. The park also has a bicentenial swing, which features rubber tires of various sizes decorated with stars and stripes in red, white and blue. "It would have been great if the kids could help build their own playground," Riffe mused. But the use of a chain saw and the hazards of other construction prevented that. His next project will be a playground for neighborhood children in the lot beside his garden. In addition to the larger undertakings, he takes individual orders for doll houses and other toys, but says he would "rather do things where design is more important than woodwork." Riffe, 28, has a master's degree in economics from the University of Kentucky. He worked for a bank here, but quit after he bought some woodworking equipment at an auction. He and his wife live in the house which once belonged to Mrs. Riffe's grandmother. "There's a lot of creative energy coming into the county looking for outlets," Riffe said. "I would like to see something in town that gives teens something constructive to do." A workshop to use for theater production, dances and other creative ventures would be perfect, Riffe believes. The Instant It Happened HALLELUJAH! For the rest of his life Sam Smith, farmer, would remember Easter Saturday, VIarch.24, 1951, as the day it rained. To a Texas farmer, drought is his most merciless enemy. Surely it is the most sin- ster. Unlike other natural perils--tornado, hail storm, brush fire--the drought does its evil by degrees. It tortures the earth bit by bit, inexorably, so that the farmer can never tell the exact day the cottonwood tree died, the precise hour the stock tank went dry, the specific moment the crack opened in his pasture wide enough to swallow a calf. In a long drought, the death of the earth is agonizingly slow and painful. By the spring of 1951, Texans have en- durecl seven years of drought. Seven years of watching crops die aborning, cattle die, wells go dry, seven years of watching great dust clouds lift on the hot afternoon breeze and turn the setting sun into a mocking sky of fire from horizon to horizon, day after day. This spring even the deep-rooted oaks are giving up the struggle, withholding their leaf buds for the first time in memory as every day for a solid month the temperature goes over 100 degrees without a drop of rain. And on Easter Saturday . . . AS THE RAIN BEGINS the excitement in the news room of the San Antonio Light is as unrestrained as on the outlying farms. Reporters, editors, deskmen. secretaries rush to the windows to watch. Harvey Belgin. photographer, gets in his car and heads for the vegetable belt southwest of the city, where the fields are most severely parched. Along the way he sees children playing deliriously in mud puddles, men and women running around joyously in their yards. Then he sees Sam Smj$ standing next to his fence, standing in the rain, rejoicing. Harvey Belgin gets out of his car and shoots two pictures. Usually he shoots at least a half dozen to assure a good selection. "I don't know why I oven bothered to shoot the second one." he says later. "I knew 1 had what I wanted when I saw the old man through the view] finder. The rain meant life to him and hisj face showed it. I said. 'Well, that's it.' and went back to the office." - j

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