By Alvin Engelke

There were 265 riders at the Creston ATV poker run. Jim Goff of Guysville won the 50/50, Kristine Garrison came in first followed by Jason Good & Tim Knopp. Knopp who is from Lilesville North Carolina noted that he drove over 400 miles to participate and that this was the first ATV poker run that he had ever done. Many of the riders played in Spring Creek and at the "playpens" out on some ridges and at the mouth of Beaver Dam. Many chariots were caked with mud and the riders were soaked, mud covered, etc. Those who noted saw butterfly weed and milkweeds at their prime and covered with Monarch and Viceroy butterflies. The setup crew jumped three coyotes down in Thorn's Run and a hen turkey with little ones on the Sam Sheppard Ridge. The community would like to thank all that came and rode, those who set up the route, cut trees, etc. picked up the signs, those who donated or prizes, fixed the food, worked in the kitchen, sold tickets, chances on the Middleton doll, tee shirts, 50/50 tickets, etc.

Hallie Cunningham, age 94, passed away June 23 in Dunbar after a long battle with Alzheimer's. She was the widow of Ray Cunningham and had been active for decades in the Burning Springs Methodist church. Burial was in the Beatty cemetery.

The Lockhart reunion will be Sunday, July 6, starting at noon at the Sportsman's Park down at the mouth of Tucker's Creek. All family members & friends are asked to bring a covered dish and come. It was also noted that Frank Sandy recently celebrated his 82nd birthday while Franklin Jr. turned 56.

The Starship Enterprise was calling on Mr. & Mrs. Carmine de Feo on Lucky Ridge.

Cousin Mike Davis from the Parkersburg area was calling on cousins in Creston and took in the poker run.

Charles Russell was attending to business in Spencer and while there called on brother Euell, Ray Gumm and Mr. & Mrs. Parris Parsons. Euell noted that the folks at Miletree were eating fresh squash from their garden.

Rev. Keith Belt filled his regular appointment at the Burning Springs Methodist church. The sermon [Luke 7:36ff] had to do with a certain Pharisee who was really clueless, kinda like the "so called" leaders in both the Methodist & Presbyterian churches that have turned against Israel and are now supporting the Arab terrorists, just like the big eared one, Madame Hillary, gal pal Huma [Mrs. Weiner] and crew.

Those local folks who have connections to Glenville State College were surprised to learn that the school is now in the news for having their bonds lowered to Baa3 not too far from being called "junk bonds". Way back when the college was in the academic business but such must be out of style now with common core, global warming taught as truth, etc.

Japanese beetles are now feasting on the vegetation joining with the Mexican bean beetles, the Colorado potato beetles, gypsy moths and other imported pests.

West Virginia has always been compared to Mississippi and now with the re-nomination of that states semi-senile U. S. Senator the picture is almost the same. To stop the reformer, the national Republican biggies told the welfare kings and queens that "old Thad" would bring them more goodies from Washington [from whence all good things are said to come] and that the reputable candidate would force them to all go to work. Down at the Mouth of the Elk some sleazy so-called republicans said they would not back the 3rd district nominee as, apparently, he would "not cut deals with them" but that the other guy a lawyer on the big eared one's team had no such scruples. Stated another way they are more interested in their short term personal gain than the future of the state and nation. Such folks are the problem and not part of the solution.

Alvin & Nancy Engelke returned after visiting W. Harrison Schenerlein IV and his sister Rea & family. They all toured the circus museum at Sarasota which is worth visiting if one is in the neighborhood. In South Carolina the corn is 10 feet tall, shooting and tasseling and the tobacco is flowering and being topped. West Virginia was a big tobacco producing state until Hillary and Bill shut it all down so their donors from Brazil could send their product to the United States. Of course in third world countries there are not pesky rules about what can be sprayed on plants or what sort of toxic residues should be on items used for human consumption.

The announcement that Range Resources has committed 10,000 bbl/day ethane to the proposed ethane cracker plant at the Washington Bottom has been taken as a positive move for more drilling in the immediate area. Range started the Marcellus play in southwestern Pennsylvania and has an extensive acreage position in Clay County [& elsewhere].

The price of local Pennsylvania grade crude dropped to $105.24/bbl. with drip fetching $81.10, Marcellus & Utica light $96.42 and medium $104.24/bbl. Gasolene across the line in Virginia can be bought fr $3.21/gallon or 60 cents/gallon less than many places locally.

Ted Grimm who lives in Erie Pennsylvania was calling on Charles Russell. Ted came in to help with the ATV poker run, visit with friends & family, etc.

Freddie Bush & crew put up a lot of hay along the West Fork, in Creston, on Ground Hog, etc.

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