|By Alvin Engelke|
C. Glen Arthur is a patient in the hospital again. The main concern
now is his heart.
Jerry Hopkins suffered a heart attack and had two stints
installed. Jerry and his family have strong connections to
Linda Hall came down with pneumonia fever and is on a
ventilator in the Camden-Clark hospital. Last week her brother Ronnie
Merrill had a combination of venison and truck trouble.
Dorothy Graham was consulting her physician.
Pat Nida was consulting her physician on other matters and was
advised that she too was suffering from the nasty respiratory problems
that have faced far too many this season.
Local farmers are following closely the problems elsewhere in
the world with hoof and mouth disease and West Nile virus. Some would
suggest that if one were a nasty terrorist who did not really
understand the consequences of his actions (i. e. "Allah will protect
ME".) he would spread nasty diseases world wide to so economic chaos
and personal misery.
The West Nile virus which is established to the north of us
now spreads by birds & otherwise and kills both birds and humans.
Some feel that it might wipe out species like the Bald Eagle, etc.
The hoof and mouth disease problem has all appearances of
being world wide now. It would be hoped that the agricultural
authorities get off their duffs, quit talking and start acting in a
positive manner. All shipments of animals from afar should cease at
once. Locally we can raise all the meat we need and steps need to be
put in place to protect the local food supply. England, since the one
worlders took over, has lost out and, 221ere it is over, meat in many
parts of the world may be very scarce. Along these lines, those who
take diseased animal parts and use them as part of any food source for
either humans or animals should be considered guilty of felonies and
so treated. This is the reason for the earlier scare, "mad cow
In a brighter vein, spring seems to be marching along locally
with the buzzards feasting on the road kill venison left out for them
and flowers blooming all about. The "snow panic crew" tried to cause
some confusion but, aside from a few sleet particles Saturday, the sun
ruled the day and all was well. Wild turkey gobblers continue to try
to impress the hens, along with other rites of spring.
Bucky and Bessie Arthur fixed Euell and Charles Russells
stove that was not working properly.
Iwana Stevens of Cleveland, Ohio who is a descendant of
Virginia dePue Campbell was checking on local relatives. Virginia was
a daughter of Henry dePue who first purchased the farm that is still
in the family. Folks from far and wide read the Creston news and keep
track of the local area and family members.
Keith Collins, who by the way is a cousin of Iwana, and also
has roots in Creston was inducted in the Kappa Delta Pi, an education
fraternity at Fairmont State College. He also stopped by at the F. M.
Hopkins family home. Meanwhile, a number of Hopkins family members,
including Virginia Patton and Margaret Grim gathered in Morgantown to
do family research.
Anna Engelke, a Fairmont scholar, visited the home folks over
the weekend and was also calling on Kelly Alastanos and family in
Terry Pegulas East Resources continues to be busy drilling in
the Brohard area. So far they have not tapped the same vein that the
N. W. Haught #28 encountered although neighbors reported they could
not sleep for the noise the night they blew back the frac from the new
well on the E. M. Wilson lease. At lease two more wells are planned. A
spokesperson for East said that Bill Gates, while he did invest in New
York wells, had no interest in the West Virginia operations.
Columbia Natural Resources indicated that they would frac
their new well on Flat Run since there is not enough volume. The
process of fracturing Black River wells has been perfected in other
states. It was learned that they plan to drill deeper their second
well in Roane County and shift direction toward the southwest trend of
the Arches Fork anticline along which many of the early deep wells
were drilled. It was reported that Union Drilling is having two more
deep drilling rigs made up. The 9" casing has been set in the Hensley
well on Canoe.
Drilling is scheduled to start soon on the first deep well in
Calhoun County since Exxon first drilled to the basement back in 1974.
The new well is to be a slanty hole ending up under an occupied
Gladson Grim recently underwent eye surgery. He is doing
Capn Spock was calling on Mr.and Mrs. Robert J. Weaver at
their Hur residence. Whilst there the trio solved various political
and financial problems facing the world, nation and local
J. P. Marks was consulting a Parkersburg maxillofacial surgeon
recently concerning some troublesome teeth. The Marks family is also
in the goat business.
Uncle Pete and Capn Spock were among those attending to
business at the Cooper Lumber Co.s corporate headquarters on
Hardmans Fork, Saturday evening. They took the grand tour which was
guided by the President, CEO, owner and head sawyer. They are now
using Simonds saws and report excellent results. Also, the end loader
runs much better now after the installation of an electric fuel
The piling job along the Anns Run road was completed so Bob
Starcher and his crew moved to Zackville.