By Alvin Engelke|
Old Thunderbolt has returned to his employment with the W. Va. DOH
although he is wearing a mitten on one hand. He has
not indicated if he would volunteer to work on other folks'
Curtis "Cooter" Marks has accepted employment with Gas Search
working on a service rig. There are lots of jobs available
in the oil and gas industry although most require hard work. It is
said that some folks don't much care for that, especially if a
check can be obtained by just sitting around talking about
White Pine oilman and county commissioner David E. Barr was doing
some consulting work in Creston.
The Creston area received several snow squalls, some covering the
ground and all vegetation. This was quite a change from
the unseasonably warm weather. Speaking of warming, additional
reports have now come out showing that much of the
"global warming" hype was, at best, "politically correct junk
Snow squall on Pete's Run
Area residents have been feasting on morel mushrooms which are now
up. They, like their French cousins the truffles, are
some of the best gourmet delights to be found anywhere.
Red Horse Suckers have been running in the creeks. Some fry them
and pick out the bones while others pressure cook them
and then eat 'em bones and all. They are tasty food for fish
Bill Clinton and Albert Gore, Jr. might be out of office but one of
their edicts just kicked in. All new washing machines must
be front loaded and there is an additional cost of $240 per machine,
no doubt to help folks feel the pain. One can only wonder
why the federal government could regulate what kinds of washing
machines one could purchase. Do wash boards have to be
The folks down at the mouth of Elk River have set a good example for
us and, no doubt, made us grist for national joke mills.
They passed Sunday hunting and a big tax on snuff and chewing tobacco
and most of the session was done for the benefit of
the gambling industry. One would wonder why some of the "important
folks" are so down on tobacco which has been a West
Virginia tradition since the 1700s. Maybe they have interests in
what are called "designers".
Alvin took a little trip down Florida way, so the rest of the
Creston News has been supplied by his trusty side-kick, Cap'
Spock with contributions by "prominent" Crestonites
Alvin and Nancy Engelke were calling on her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Harold Martin, at their Florida residence this week.
Glen Arthur is still a patient in St. Joseph's hospital in
Parkersburg, currently in room 418. As usual, Glen is reported to be
good spirits and understandably anxious to get home. He is said not
to be too wild about cooling his jets as the M.D.'s
prescribe, but has indicated that if need be, he could rely on his
dog Toby and Elvis the rooster for company. The local folks
wish him a speedy recovery, as the neighborhood jis' tain't the same
Cap'n & Mrs. Spock and Dixie were among those calling on Uncle Pete
and Aunt Verda Saturday afternoon. Uncle Pete had
purchased some fine looking Hereford heifers earlier in the month.
Aunt Verda fixed up a doggie bag for Dixie to take
Uncle Pete Bush with his new calves
Levi Ferrell is reported to be doing fine after an eye injury
suffered whilst playing resulted in a four day stay at a Morgantown
Cap'n Spock was calling on Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Starcher and sons Ray
(Ol' Dad) and Kenny, of the Joker sector, and
Commissioner and Mrs. Robert J. Weaver, on the outskirts of Hur.
Dennis, Ray, and Kenny were leveling the front porch
which had settled considerably when they backed a pick-up truck off
it that they had been repairing. Dennis also has started
another restoration project, a ton truck in his garage. Spock was
trying out his new found ability to "boldly go where no one"
has had any reason to go before, since installing a set of 17-40
Ground Hawgs on the Starship Enterprise. Mudholes are
reported to be rather scarce these days, at least those within a
reasonable distance of assistance. The day was, however, well
spent reminiscing days gone by.
Dennis Starcher in his garage working on his latest
Mr. and Mrs. Kenny Carpenter, Jr., Harold and Reva Sturm were among
those calling on Harriet Sturm, Jr. and Mary Brown,
and Beelzebubba Brown. Rumor has it that Beelzebubba is now on the
It was reported that Jean-Claude Gendarme has been keeping the trail
hot in the Joker/Hur/Lemuel's Run region in pursuit of
young'uns on them "pesky" motorbikes and ATV's. Several of the
youngsters report being cited, with an occasional wheeled
conveyance being confiscated and impounded. The most amusing tale is
the one about the riding mower found under some
brush in the Lemuel's Run section. Someone evidently assumed it was
stolen and reported it as such, when in fact it had been
driven across private property and left there by its owner, who must
have camouflaged it for obvious reasons when it ran out of
gas. Using their Holmsian powers of deduction and investigation, the
powers that be called in a roll-back and had it hauled off.
The owner was reported to be somewhat disgruntled when he came back
with some gas and his lawn mower was nowhere to
JP and RP Marks were camping with Boy Scout Troop 30 near Elkins this