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The pocahontas ime--March 4, 2010--Page 3 Q uilting--lt'S like Life "Everything goes together if you get the right mix." Words of wisdom about quilting and life, from almost-nonagenarian Norma Mikesell, Hillsbofo's quilter extraordinaire. She didn't plan to become the area's most noted quilter. "It's just what I do." she states. Born at Beaver Creek to Clabe and Mary Alderman Kellison, Norma and her eight siblings grew up working the family farm. "My mother sewed. I learned to sew when I was six. We all sewed on a treadle ma- chine," Norma recalls. Her sewing was util- itarian then, primarily mending clothes. Then came graduation from Hillsboro School, nursing training, a stint in the Navy during WWII, marriage, and a busy work schedule and active outdoor lifestyle in Cal- ifornia and Arizona. Along the way she earned her pilot's license, developed her writing skills and learned T'ai Chi. There was little time for utilitarian, much less cre- ative, sewing. Fast forward to 1993. Norma, retired and living in Hillsboro again, bought tickets for a quilt made by Charlene Beverage and oth- ers for a drawing to benefit the Hillsboro Li- brary. "I won," Norma reminisces. "I got it home, put it on the bed and kept looking at it thinking 'I could do that.'" The following summer she and friend Edith Workman found a large box of fabric squares while pe- rusing items at a yard sale. "Edith was a quilter," Norma explains. "She told me I should buy the fabric, so I did. I paid $3 for the whole box." The first quilt Norma made was a simple nine-patch made from those fabric squares. "I didn't even know that was the name of the pattern," Norma chuckles. Since then she has created hundreds of quilts using many patterns, styles and colors. "I like to make oddball quilts," she ad- mits. "I love to put colors together that you wouldn't ordinarily put together. I really love to make 'scrappy' quilts," she contin- ues. "I have fun sorting through all my scraps of fabric and seeing what I can make with them." What Norma makes, she shares with oth- ers. She loans her quilts for display at the Hillsboro Library and the Senior Center in Marlinton, usually changing them with the seasons. Her quilts have decorated the Hills- boro School gym during the Little Levels Heritage Days and the Opera House in Mar- linton during the Fall Festival. She is an ac- tive member of the Cranberry Piecemakers Quilt Guild, helping make quilts to give to families in need. She donates her quilts to, civic organizations, churches and charities. "I call it my Quilt Ministry." she reveals. Pocahontas County Senior Citizens, Inc. to hold March For Meals Campaign Pocahontas County Sen- ior Citizens, Inc. will par- ticipate in the national 2010 March For Meals campaign. PCSC's March For Meals event will in- clude Mayors/Officials for Meals Day on March .24. Mayor Dennis Driscoll and Commissioner Reta Grif- fith have Volunteered to help deliver meals. March For Meals is a na- tional campaign, initiated and sponsored by Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) to raise awareness of senior hunger and to encourage action .on the part of the Meal ' community, i Senior nutrition programs across the Unit6d States, like PCSC's, promote March For Meals in their local communities through pub- lic events, partnerships with local businesses, vol- unteer recruitment and fundraising initiatives. A major aspect of the 2010 March For Meals campaign is for Americans to team up with their local Meals On Wheels program and take the Pledge to end senior hunger in America by 2020. This national movement comes at a good time, as recent MOWAA , i m GLORIA HILL, OF PCSC, Inc. delivers a hot meal to Otis Galford at his home in Campbelitown. Seniors who live alone, look forward to the visit as well as the meal. vealed that the problem of and grant money from senior hunger in America is United Way and other char- itable groups. We are ex- cited about our March For Meals campaign. Our goal is to recruit as many people as we can in Pocahontas County to help us in our fundraising, and to join us by taking the Pledge to end senior hunger in America by 2020," said Marilyn Norris, Executive Director of Pocahontas County Sen- ior Citizens. Donations may be made at the senior centers or mailed to: Pocahontas County Senior Citizens, Inc. Attn: March For Meals Donation 821 Third Avenu.e Marlinton, WV indeed growing worse. Currently, one in nine sen- iors is at risk of hunger in the United States. "This year, the state is funding us $108,394 to serve 19,569 meals in our nutrition programs. We provided Meals In The Centers and Meals On Wheels to more than a quarter of the seniors in Pocahontas County last year; almost 40,000 meals in all; and expect to serve more this year. To supple- ment the state funding and the meal donations we re- ceive from our seniors, we need to continue to request funds from the county commission, donations research studies have re- from private individuals, 24954 Greenbrier Chiropractic sponsors Haiti Relief Day Get Relief Here, Give Relief There. Help yourself and help Haiti! Greenbrier Chiropractic Center is sponsoring a Haiti Relief Day on Wednesday, March 10, in cooperation with Rhema Christian Center. All proceeds for services rendered on March 10 will be donated to assist in the ongoing rebuilding efforts in Haiti. Help Haiti by helping yourself to better health. Call 304-645-6080 to book your chiro- practic, nutritional support or massage ap- pointment today. Slots are filling fast. 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This prestigious award was presented by First Lady Laura Bush at a White House cere- mony in January 2004 to three museums and to the Philadelphia, Bozeman (MT), and PCFL libraries, accompa- nied by a check for $10,000. A week ago I was in Wash- ington, D.C., for some per- sonal business, and it so happented that the IMLS was holding its award ceremonies for this. year's recipients. Ear- lier I hzad received correspon- dence from the IMLS that they weere forming an alum- nus gro)up for past award win- ners, which included a standirng invitation to award ceremonies. I carved a few hours out from my schedule Tuesday morning and headed over to the Old Post Office Buildirag where this year's ceremonies were held. I wemt early enough to talk with ssome of this year's award irecipients, such as Ken Oliver,, Director of the Can- ton, Olhio, libraries. I espe- cially enjoyed a chat with James Billington, Librarian of Comgress, for almost 23 years. A dignified, yet sprightl2 and energetic 80- year-old, Billington's eyes lit up when I mentioned I was from West Virginia. He had good West Virginia stories to tell. Kathleen Sebelius, for- mer Kansas govemor and now U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, gave a keynote speech. Ann Radice, retiring IMLS Director, re- ceived recognition for her years of service. The History Channel, sponsor of the cere- mony, showed a film high- lighting the award winning institutions. The awards, renamed the National Medal, are now given annually to five li- braries and five museums. This year's medal libraries are the Braille Institute Library in Los Angeles, California; the Elgin, Illinois, public library; the Multnomah County li- braries in Portland, Oregon; the Pritzker Military Library in Chicago, Illinois; and the Stark County libraries in Can- ton, Ohio. For more on the awards, visit the website at 2310.shtm/ Being at the ceremony brought back a flood of warm memories. Emma Beard, Jane Price Sharp, Reta Griffith, Beth Little and I had traveled by van to Washington, D.C., in January, 2004. The weather was very cold and blustery during the entire trip. I wor- ried about 94-year-old Emma Beard and 85-year-old Jane Price Sharp as we traipsed in bone-cold Washington weather. They were troopers, however, paving the way for us as we spent time with Sen- ators Byrd and Rockefeller, took in receptions, and then attended the award ceremony and reception at the White House. We were kept busy for two days and nights. Traveling to Washington, we stopped at a Cracker Bar- rel restaurant for supper. Be- cause it was cold, I left our rented van engine mnning i while I helped everyone out! of the vehicle. Then for some inexplicable reason the power door locks snapped shut, with the key in the ignition and all of us locked out. We ate sup- per while waiting for the lock- smith. Was this an ominous portent of things to come? As it turned out, the rest of the trip went smoothly and won- derfuUy. Obviously everyone sur- vived. I just talked to Emma Beard, now 100, who is as channing and lively and con- versational as ever. And Jane Price Sharp is out and about every day doing community- minded activities. Recently someone from the IMLS called to say PCFL had been nominated for the Medal Award. Congratulations, I was told, but we would not be eligible again for 10 years from our previous award date. Thank you, whoever nomi- nated us! In the meantime, our award from 2003 is a trib- ute to our board members, staff, volunteers, partnering organizations, local govern- ment, financial contributors and library users who make Pocahontas Libraries a re- markable institution of com- munity service. B,I ............................................................. 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