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Rosedale Senior Center receives $5,000 in grants

Delegate Brent Boggs (center right) and Delegate David Walker present Rosedale Senior Center treasurer Gerrie Moore certificates of committment for $5.000 in state grants that will be utilized to expand the facility.

It was a banner day, last Thursday, for the Rosedale Senior Center. A number of residents, board members and supports were on hand for the presentation of a $5,000 commitment from the Governor’s Community Partnership Grant Program. Delegate Brent Boggs of the 34th District and Delegate David Walker of the 33rd District each presented Gerrie Moore, Rosedale Senior Center Board Secretary/Treasurer with letters of commitment for $2,500 in state funding.
Those on hand enjoyed a home cooked meal before Gerrie Moore outlined the history of the center for those present. “When we became an independent facility in 2006, many throughout the county, said it couldn’t be done,” she explained. She explained that the donated property was the beginning and in 2009 the organization purchased the building, paying half of the $52,000 purchase price down. “That money came from a host of fund raising events… everything from making apple butter to selling concessions, and many still said it couldn’t be done. We proved them wrong in August 2011 when we paid off the loan. We now have accumulated $36,000 toward a much needed addition that will allow for far greater services to our community,” Moore said before she introduced Delegate Brent Boggs.
“This organization should be a template for non-profit groups all over the West Virginia. Rosedale didn’t wait for someone else, they hit the ground running and have never looked back,” said the long time public servant. Boggs also talked about the recently completed extension of the Sugarcreek PSD waterline into the area. “Many people worked hard to see this project completed but Bill Tallman deserves extra credit. He is a pit bull when it comes to working for his community. Every time Doug or I turned around in Charleston, Bill was there pushing for that project.”
Delegate Boggs also commented on the teamwork that aided both projects. “Senator Facemire, Delegate Walker and I make a great team. Even in this year of financial constraints we were able to bring money for these much needed projects to Rosedale, southern Braxton and eastern Gilmer counties. I am proud to be able to share this special day with our friends of Rosedale.”
Delegate David Walker echoed his colleague’s comments about the teamwork it took to secure funding for projects. “It doesn’t matter that I don’t represent the people of Braxton County. I do represent many of the people of Rosedale and we are all friends and neighbors and these projects benefited all of us and I am happy to have been a part of them.”
Senate candidate Mike Romano was next to speak. “I have been in Rosedale quite a bit. You people make me feel like I belong here and I am looking forward to joining this hard working team of Senator Facemire, and Delegates Boggs and Walker to work for the common good of the middle class citizens of our state. This Senior Center is a very important asset to this community and I applaud your hard work and diligence.”
Senator Doug Facemire praised the hard work and dedication of the Rosedale community. “They said you couldn’t do it, but you did and you should be rightfully proud of your accomplishments. I hope the money that is coming to Rosedale today will further the expansion of this wonderful facility.” Senator Facemire went on to encourage local citizens to exercise their right to vote. “Being an American is not a free ride. We have the responsibility to pay attention to how our elected officials perform on our behalf. If they do a good job we should show them our appreciation by reelecting them. If they don’t we should vote them out as a reflection of our dissatisfaction. But by all means, be a good American and go to the polls and cast your ballot.”

Redskins claim Championship with undefeated season

Braxton County Redskins A Team (11 & 12 year olds) closed out their season undefeated claiming the championship title this past Sunday. The Redskins shut out the formerly undefeated Williamstown Stingers 26-0 at the Glenville State College Pioneer Stadium. “This is an exceptional group of boys both on and off the field,” added head coach Brooks Liston.
A few of the boys from each team will go on to play in the All Star North vs. South game hosted by the Redskins at Flint Field on November 11. Watch next week’s Citizens’ News for more details and photos.

BCMH Auxiliary holds Annual Awards Luncheon - Hallie Bosely named Volunteer of the Year

Forty-eight Auxiliary members, hospital staff and guests were welcomed by Sue Marple, President of the Auxiliary, to their Annual Awards Luncheon held on September 8th at PJ Berry’s in Sutton. Ben Vincent, Braxton County Memorial Hospital Administrator, presented the invocation expressing gratitude for the relationship between our local hospital and the community.
Following the delicious meal, Barbara Adams, Chairman of the Board of Directors, addressed those in attendance, expressing her appreciation for BCMH and what its presence means to this area. She commended the ongoing efforts of individual Auxiliary members as well as the support provided by the entire group. From the smiling, friendly faces who greet surgery patients and their families, to the fundraising events which allow purchases for the hospital, Barbara praised their dedication.
Recent landscaping achievements were also noted in addition to ongoing collaborative efforts in providing community service events such as Rotary / Lab Blood Screenings and Red Cross Blood Drives.
In keeping with the tradition of recent years, Jan Dobbins entertained those present with beautiful, inspirational singing.
The recognition portion of the program honored new members, those attaining new pin levels for cumulative hours of service, new life members, and the presentation of the Volunteer of the Year Award to Hallie Bosely.
Special guests, A.W.V.H.A. Representative / Central District Counselor, Flora Waite, and State President, Diana Simmons, received gifts of appreciation from the Auxiliary of BCMH as well.

BCHS Eagle Band Boosters to host Haunted House

The Braxton County High School Band Boosters will be hosting a 3 story Haunted House on October 31 and November 1, 2014 in Gassaway, at the former Copper Kettle at the end of Main Street. (Building before the last house going out of town).
The haunted house will be open from 6 pm-11 pm. “We encourage the faint of heart of join us from 6 pm-7 pm as the scare will not be as intense,” explained an organizer.
Watch for the signs and follow them to lead for parking. Those on foot, should enter the back of the building via the alley. Again, watch for the signs.
Dont miss the opportunity to be scared out of your mind in this 3 story haunted house!! The proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to help pay for the bands trip to Virginia Beach and Busch Gardens this coming spring, and to help purchase new uniforms!
The cost of the haunted house is $5.00 per person.

Town of Gassaway issues “Call to Arms on Drugs”

Mayor Ritchie Roach and the Town Council of Gassaway will be conducting a public meeting at their regularly scheduled council meeting on Thursday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m. at the Community Building. The main topic of discussion will be a “call to arms on drugs,” according to the Mayor.
The session will begin with a short business meeting, followed by an open discussion on the effect of drugs on children, families and communities. A panel will lead the discussion, followed by a question and answer period.
“It is important that the citizens of Braxton County come out and participate in this discussion of drugs in our communities and what actions need to be taken to revitalize and save our communities,” explained the Mayor.

Town of Gassaway issues “Call to Arms on Drugs”

Delegate Brent Boggs and Senator Doug Facemire are pleased to announce the following recent funding requests have been approved and forwarded to the Governor’s office:
Libraries Sutton Public Library - $1,000, Gassaway Public Library - $1,000, Burnsville Public Library - $1,000
Veterans American Legion Post 33 - $1,500
Arts Landmark Studio for the Arts - $3,500
Community Braxton County Animal Shelter - $1,000, Mid-State Archers - $2,000
Delegate Boggs stated, “As always, we continue to work to assist our communities. All of these recipients work diligently to secure funds through a variety of fundraising efforts throughout the year. These funds are to supplement their efforts in order to better serve our community and citizens.”
Senator Facemire added, “Working jointly between the Senate, House and the Governor and state agencies serves our communities in a very effective and positive way. We’re pleased to work together as a team to help our communities.”

Peeking behind the doors of Braxton County eateries

In an effort to keep our readership informed, the Citizens’ News presents another installment of a continuing series which details the findings of Braxton County Health Department Sanitarian’s inspections. The BCHD officer is responsible for oversight of over 140 establishments that sell and/or prepare food for public consumption.
Violations are grouped under two categories; Critical and Non-critical. Infractions cited on the “Food Establishment Inspection Report” which shall be corrected within the time frame specified by the inspector as indicated at the time of the inspection.
The Citizens’ News believes that an informed public should know what the Health Department finds in these reports.
The following businesses had no violations: Davis Elementary School, Ms. Kayes Daycare, Rite Aid, Braxton County Senior Citizens’ Center, J. Robert Flint Sports Complex, Braxton County Athletic Association, Sutton Elementary School, Braxton County Middle School, Little Birch Elementary School, Go Mart.
The following businesses had only non-critical violations: BCHS Eagle Band Boosters Concession Stand has two non-critical violations: ventilation hood system inadequate; floor and wall juncture, not covered, and enclosed or sealed. Sutton IGA Express has five non-critical violations: Tray beneath milk containers needs cleaned; Men’s restroom floor not clean; Walk-in cooler floor not clean; Stock room floor needs cleaned; Loose cardboard and trash piled behind outside refuse storage area. Braxton County High School had one: Steam kettle seal leaks and is in poor repair. Elk River Foodland Deli has two: Hole in sheet rock next to sandwich preparation refrigerator; Floor not clean beneath deep fryer. Elk River Foodland has six: Potatoes and bananas stored less than 6 inches from floor; Produce walk-in door frame in poor repair; Work table in meat room not clean; Floor covering not sealed properly in meat room; Meat room floor covering missing in some areas; Significant amount of loose trash and food debris around dumpster and loading dock areas. No critical violations were uncovered.

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