(06/27/2001)
By Alvin Engelke

There will be a benefit auction Saturday, June 30 starting at 6 p.m. at the Creston Community Building. There will be the usual cheese, tools, cookware, new and used items, etc. Everyone is invited to come have an evening of fun and bargain hunting. Proceeds go to maintain the building.

The Creston Church will have a gospel sing Saturday, June 30 starting at 6 p.m. at the church. A meal of soup beans, cornbread, etc. will be served from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Creston Community Building. Everyone is invited.

Rev. Bob Stanley filled his regular appointment at the Burning Springs M.E. church.

Virginia Grace Merrill, age 86, passed away in Parkersburg. She was a daughter of the late Herman and Mary Naomi Park Jenkins. She was a sister of Agnes Marks and Cora Holcomb.

J.P. and R.P. Marks headed out for Camp Kootaga Sunday afternoon to spend a whole week camping and scouting.

Jim Bush and associates cut a lot of hay in the Creston area Saturday.

Euell Russell and Joan Auvil were among those who went on the senior citizens trip to Washington, D.C. Euell reported that he didn't get to meet any of the elected officials. In the past he has talked with congressmen and such. Euell whose father served in World War I watched the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. The group also visited Drexel Ice's grave.

Euell Russell went on an outing to Hawk's Nest and the New River bridge.

Anna Engelke was visiting family at the West Virginia State Folk Festival in Glenville Saturday. All were quite surprised when they saw her. On Friday, Anna accepted a ride home with a friend, as it was raining. In the end she had to walk anyway as the Jeep she was riding in lost its universal joint, causing the airbags, horn etc. to engage. Anna said, "I saw a flash of white light and I thought I was dead but the pain was too real." She has air bag burns on her legs, elbows and chin and a cut on the inside of her lip. Ice bags and Tylenol helped make her feel some better. She hoped this was her "6 month accident" but her mom reminded her that it hasn't been more than a month since she totaled her bike.

The Folk Festival was again filled with fantastic old time music. It is nice to see young people learning the tradition of old time fiddle and banjo. Jake Krack placed first in the under 50 fiddle contest and the 2nd. place winner was also quite young. A cute girl with freckles and blond pig tails impressed the audience with her talents also. Jake is learning to fiddle in the style of Bobby Taylor and the crowd their Saturday night tunes.

George and Cynthia Engelke were taking in the festival also and then visited family on the West Fork. They have enjoyed time in the mountains.

Cap'n and Mrs. Spock and A.C. Marks were among those calling on Uncle Pete and Aunt Verda this week.

Cap'n Spock and Dixie were calling on Mr. and Mrs. C. Romeo Griffin, Jr. and family on Owl Hill. The cap'n reported that the cats on Owl Hill don't take kindly to his pooch. The kitten and Xena both did their own imitations of a Tasmanian Devil on the warpath when they sighted Dixie. Xena even plowed over C. Romeo, Jr. to get at the K-9 invader.

The price of local Pennsylvania grade crude oil is now $22.75 and local producers were advised that they should call 3 weeks in advance to have oil hauled. Gasoline which is made from lower grades of crude oil has been dropping in price except in Illinois where the politically connected (the Clinton legacy) Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. gets to have their piece of the pie supposedly for the benefit of "ecology".

S.R. Lynch was consulting his physician but received good reports.

C. Glen Arthur underwent prostrate surgery and now is much better. He had been quite ill.

The state of West Virginia has declared war on one of the oldest economic ventures in the state, namely the growth and processing of tobacco with higher rates for those who support local industry. One could only imagine the hue if the state took a similar attitude toward out of state coal strip miners. Mr. Susman of PEIA also said that local pharmacists were of no concern to him either as he favored out of state businesses.


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