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page 6 -- bt 0tabontas imes -- March 6, 2003 Foster Grandparents Program nurtures next by Heidi Zemach Contributing Writer "Making a difference in the lives of young and alike" At the start of the school day, a boisterous 6-year- old runs up to greet the elderly woman seated at a low, round desk covered with paper and supplies. The boy, a student in Linda Wilfong's Kindergarten class at Green Bank Elementary School, proud- get a lot of hugs a day," Waybright eligible foster grandparents receive a stipend of $2.65 an hour (tax-free), reim- bursement for trans- lunch, annual sical examinations, and accident and liability insurance while on duty. Although Waybright has three grown children of her 11 grandchildren, and last week became a randmother, she has more love to give. Waybright said ly shows the woman the PICTURED ARE HEATHER Pritt, Trevor Layne, and the program has taken clothes he's wearing that ........ , . t, ranama Mnne Waybright in Linda Wilfong's her away from puttering (my, ana the new pencil ..... around he house, alone, he's brought, mdnaergarten class at Green Bank Elementary School. and has brought joy and Millie Waybright, 70, gives him a big, friendly hug, and listens as the child grins and chatters away, as if she were his own kin. She's not. But that doesn't matter to the child, or to "Grandma Millie," as the children call Waybright. For every hug she gives, she gets one back. "They'll come up and hug me. I said. Waybright is one of three local participants in the Foster Grandparents Project, part of Senior Corps, a network of national service programs that offer older Americans the chance to help at-risk or special needs children in their communities. For their service in the classroom, a sense of purpose back into her daily life. "I've got something to get up for in the morning now," she said. Certain children, more than others seem to crave Grandma Millie's attention, and spend time with her every day, Waybright said. Perhaps it's because they don't have older people in their lives, or maybe they don't get enough attention at home, she said. The feeling is mutual. "I'd like to bring some home with me," she admitted. The program also is good for her health, Waybright said. A severe stroke three years ago left her unable to talk, or get around, and for a long time afterward, she had difficulty moving her hands, Waybright said. But all the tracing, copying, and cut- ring she does each day for the chil- dren's projects, is apparently improving her circulation, Waybright said. Another foster grandparent at Green Bank Elementary School, Mildred Taylor, 71, helps in Cindy Himelrick and Diane Hoover's fast grade classes. The program is Taylor's fast job ever outside the home, and she has participated for five years, ever since her husband died. Although Taylor has four grown children and 12 grandchildren of her own, she still enjoys, and takes a certain pride in watching the school children grow up before her eyes. Taylor said she is especially happy when fifth-graders, whose class she used to work in, say hello, or hug her as they pass her in the hallway. The smaller children often chat with her in the cafeteria, Taylor said. One little girl showed "Grandma Mildred" all of her miss- ing front teeth. "I can't even eat corn," the frustrated girl told her, Taylor recalled, laughing. The program's stipend (approxi- mately $400 dollars a week) also greatly helps the seniors on limited fixed incomes to pay their bills, she said. 'Tve been on some really expen- sive medicine," Taylor said, "I don't know what I'd do if I didn't have this." The teachers also are glad for the extra daily assistance. "She's very helpful to us, and the kids really like (Waybright),'" Wilfong said. "It's mighty helpful, another pair of hands," "You can't leave the said. "Just give (Taylor) do, and she'll run with it." Myra Vance, who runs ally-funded program for from the Potomac Support Services Petersburg, said she is all three Pocahontas pants, including Sharon who works at Marlinton School. Vance said she come even more county---especially at Elementary School. "I'd like to (over 60) to apply if they make a difference in the child," she said. Men are', come, Vance said. For more information o gram, or to apply call 296-1221. Mountain Waters Byway came about after meeting several cri By Donna Snow Crouthamel The Corridor Management plan has recently been completed and has been registered and recorded with the United States Library of Congress. When spring finally makes an appearance we will be beginning the project along the Greenbrier River Trail between Eighth and Ninth Streets in Marlinton. Through the County Commission, a grant to restore the exterior of the Huntersville Presbyterian Church has been sub- mitted. Finally other grants have been submitted for picnic areas and marketing for when West Virginia Mountain Waters Scenic Byway becomes eligible to be marketed and advertised for the whole route between the state line and Summersville. This month I thought I would concentrate on the qualities that 'make' a scenic byway eligible for such a designation. The National Scenic Byway Program defines six categories for Intrinsic Qualities. These are assets and resources that can be defined or described as Archeological, Cultural, Historic, Natural, Recreational and Scenic. Together the designated intrinsic qualities of a given byway provide the theme for that byway and become or are already specific destinations for travelers to or along the byway. The nominating sponsor, perhaps with assistance of others during the process of the application, will define and evaluate the qualities they think makes their highway worthy of the scenic designation and fit the criteria of one or more of these six categories. Once these are identified, they are evaluated and priorities are set for each relative to the specific needs for enhancement, preservation or restoration and in relation to how they each contribute to and interpret the 'byway story' to visitors and local people. The qualities that are by their nature intrinsic to the route are those that have the capacity to attract attention, arouse interest, can or will allow development of interpretive material about the byway and its qualities and that are readily acces- sible to visitors and residents. For the most part they are unique to the area or at least not common else- where. Priority qualities are the ones that will provide the highest quality experience that are an integral part of the byway theme and story, and that are already, or can be, enhanced enough to meet the needs and expectations of travelers along the route, and that can and will be main- tained locally. Further enhancement occurs when local residents have a sense of pride and view these quali- ties as assets and treasure worth pro- tecting and preserving for them- selves as well as for others. Quality sites include interpretive materials, rest areas, including pub- lic rest rooms, areas that have ade- quate lighting and safe parking/pull off areas near by, scenic view sheds, photo sites, and so on. But not every site will require these things. Some intrinsic qualities need to be preserved, safe guarded for the future such as natural and scenic areas, archeological sites, historical or vintage buildings, and 'original' or wilderness trails. In many areas the designated intrinsic qualities along the byway or within its 'view shed' are not public property and are owned by private citizens or compa- nies. Some sites are managed and maintained by their own boards or a government agency. In all these instances partnerships are devel- oped to address issues relating to the designated site and educational and interpretive materials need to be made available. In some cases part- nerships may be essential to contin- ued maintenance following an enhancement project or may be required to begin one. The evalua- tion of the intrinsic qualifies along the route also includes available resources, and any endangered areas or intrusions into the quality of the experience. A cultural quality is "evidence and expression of the customs or traditions of a distinct group of peo- ple." These include festivals and other special events, crafts, music and dance, speech, food, churches, schools, museums and physical remnants of these as well as ceme- teries or other types of memorials including historical markers. Specific social events that occur annually or with regularity can include reunions of all types, musi- cal programs, exhibits of any kind, and even theatre productions. Pocahontas County Mountain Waters Byway is rich in this type of offering and, in fact, has inspired one community to begin working on a long held dream: the establish- ment of an annual heritage festival. Festivals attract visitors, and bring former residents 'home.' Historical house tours and garden tours can provide a similar experience. The Historic Opera House in Marlinton is becoming known for its regular schedule of cultural events on week- ends and for special community events throughout the year. Music also qualifies as a unique cultural aspect for this region of West Virginia. Appalachian 'Mountain music,' bluegrass and gospel can be heard at local dining establishments, at festivals and at local B&B's at open house events and at holidays. Residents can be proud of the con- tribution of music the region has made to the world, Scenic Quality reflects the "spe- cial experience derived from the interaction between an individual and the natural or man made ele- ments of the byway environment." Avent Mosesso Insurance Agency Greg & Cathy Mosesso, Agents Phone 304-799-6303 Toll Free 1-888-345-6303 Fax 304-799-6322  This is more often thought of as a visual experience of sight, with mountain streams cascading and sparkling in the sunshine or green and gray mountains providing a backdrop for fields of golden hay waiting to be cut for fodder. But even without sight one can appreci- ate the sounds of rushing water, raindrops pattering on the highway, the crackle of brush as an animal skitters through it, the trilling of a lark, or the aroma of the honeysuck- le blooming in June. Without sight or sound one can still experience the feel of the hot summer sun on one's face, the rough contours of a rock, the heat of sun-drenched stones, and feel the wet, cool creek on legs while wading, or on the hands splashing one's face with cool water from a mountain cascade or spring. All of the elements of the land, including manmade aspects such as the contours of a plowed field or the architecutral lines of a building, contribute to this quality. Pocahontas County is known for its scenic view sheds, valleys and mountains, mountain streams, cold springs, creeks, forests and fields. Think of something beautiful or pleasant to experience outdoors-- and it can be found along the EYE GLASSES or HEARING AIDS Dr. William H. Perrine 799-4468 Tuesdays & Fridays Marlinton byway. A Natural Quality is often hard to differentiate from a Scenic one, and of course a Scenic Quality could also be a Natural Quality. But for byway description a Natural Quality means "'features of the environment that are relatively undisturbed, still existing in its natural state." These may predate the arrival of humans on the scene since these can include fossils and wild-life, geological for- mations, bodies of water, as well as vegetation and landforms. In gener- al it means the natural environment. The Cranberry Wilderness area and National Forest would fall into this category. The bogs of Cranberry Glades are known around the coun- try and have some of the southern- most species found on northern type tundra; Brown's Mountain and Devils Backbone in Huntersville also have significance for their geo- logical uniqueness in the southeast- ern United States. Historic Quality reflects the acts of humans and includes a wide range of evidence of human activity from buildings to sites associated with specific and si events. For Huntersville Presbyterian one of the few remaining existing from the period when Huntersville was seat. Both armies of used it as a sits beside the part of the may be the oldest tion of the byway in And it was originally Street in Huntersville. Huntersville Jail is also a d of an historic building. historic all by itself; it the earliest English Western Waters and it National Historic within the city limits, Courthouse. The Trail State Park, a wails conversion, the town. All along vintage and historic homes can be seen. Archeological to human life and continued t Announcing at Pocahontas Memorial Buckeye, West Virginia 24924 Starting I0 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. Friday, March 21 Dr. Scott W. Berneburg, D.P. (Beckley Foot & Ankle Clinic) Medical & Surgical Specializing in: Ankle Sprains Arthritis "= Heel Bu_nions Ingrowrl 1 Corns Painful Callouses Skin Warts Sports Fractures FungOS Call the hospital business office for appointment at 304-799-7400. Free or Low-cost Birth Control Available At ;arita L. Bennett, D.O Family Physician Board Certified Rt. I, Box 386 Marlinton, W3/24954 304-799-4404 FAX 304-799-4425 qV Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Public Health Office of Maternal, Child and Family H Family Planning Program Enjoy an evening of old-time string music with The Yahoes Pam Lund, Doug Van Gundy & Paul Gartner Saturday, March 8 7:30 p.m. at the d Opera House in Marlinton Admission: S5 Coffee house style seating. Refreshments available. Financial assistance provided by Pocahontas County Drama, Fairs & Festivals, the WV Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. lie o d Auto _qa lo e .... -TRUCKS ..... 99 Ford Ranger Ext. Cab 4x4 95 Ford F-150 XLT Ext. Cab 4x4 91 Ford F-150 Short Bed 4x4 91 Chevrolet S-]O Pickup 4x4 89 Chevrolet 1500 Long Bed 4x4 ----5UV's .... 99 GMC Yukon SIT 4x4 98 Jeep Grand Cherokee V8 4x4 98 Subaru ester AWD 97 Subaru Legacy Wagon AWDGT 97 Subaru Oulback AWD 97 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4WD 95 Geo Tracker 4x4 94 Chevrolet Blazer 4 DR 4x4 92 Chevrolet Blazer 4 DR 4x4 94 Ford Explorer 4 DR 4x4 ...... CARS ..... 98 Chevrolet Lumina 95 Oldsmobile Aurora 95 5ubaru Legacy AWD 94 Chew Corsica 92 Ford Tempo 90 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera 86 Chevrolet Celebrity Wagon