Will Usher in
By JOHN G. WOLFE
The Lewis County Chamber of Commerce's annual Christmas Parade is set for Saturday, Nov. 29, at 4 p.m. in downtown Weston. parade line-up will be at the Robert L. Bland Middle School parking lot beginning at 2 p.m.
The theme for this year's parade is "Christmas Melodies," and the parade will be held in conjunction with Small Business Saturday to be held the same day in Weston.
Serving as the Parade Marshal this year is Dave Weese, manager of the Weston Shop 'n Save Express. Weese will be retiring at the end of this year and is being honored by the Chamber for his support of the community. He was most recently awarded by the Chamber for his community spirit at the Chamber's Annual Dinner.
Through his leadership as manager of the local business, Shop 'n Save Express has sponsored annual Halloween costume contests, Easter egg hunts, meet and greet team nights and petting zoos for area youth.
Other community events sponsored by the business have included ramp burger cookouts, a community appreciation steak fry, car shows and more. Proceeds from many of the events have gone to help Our Neighbor. All these activities have enhanced the community and have provided family fun for many.
This year, the holiday festivities will include Christmas music on Main Avenue before the parade and parade participants will be announced and recognized during the event. A special announcement of the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus will signal the dancing snowflakes Christmas light display to be illuminated. One new light display added this year is located over East Third Street, spanning the street between the Rite-Aid and Go Mart.
Following the parade, folks are invited to the Weston Fire Department to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus while having hot cocoa and cookies. The after-parade party at the fire department is being sponsored by Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital.
For more information on the Chamber Christmas Parade call 304-269-2608.
The town of Jane Lew will hold its 23rd annual Christmas parade on Sunday, Nov. 30, beginning at 2 p.m. in downtown Jane Lew. Line-up for the parade begins at 1 p.m. on the Jane Lew Industrial Park Road, with the parade taking place on Hackers Creek Road and Main Street, ending at Jane Lew Elementary School.
The Jane Lew parade has the same theme as the Weston parade, "Christmas Melodies."
Parade Marshals for the Jane Lew Christmas Parade are the husband and wife team of Mike and Mary Beth Oldaker. This special couple is being honored for their many years of selfless devotion and service to the Jane Lew Community.
Mike has been a member and officer of the Jane Lew Volunteer Fire Department for 15 years and currently serves as vice president. He has played and continues to play a very important role in the organization and production of the Jane Lew Firemen's Arts and Crafts Festival, the fire department's largest fundraiser. He is also at the forefront of other fire department fundraising efforts.
In addition to his role as a leader in the fire department, Mike serves as a reserve deputy with the Lewis County Sheriff's Department, volunteering countless hours to worthy projects in the county.
Mary supports all of Mike's activities in the community including his yearly preparation of 32 turkeys for the annual Lewis County Christmas Dinner, held at the Lewis County Senior Center in Weston. Together, Mike and Mary deliver Christmas dinners to Jane Lew residents and help to bring Santa Claus to Jane Lew children on Christmas Eve. Mike and Mary Oldaker exhibit the best of spirit of the holiday season by always giving of themselves to help others and the community in which they live.
Travelers in the Jane Lew area on Sunday are reminded of the parade time of 2 p.m. and are asked to avoid travel on Hackers Creek Road and Main Street (Rt. 19 N) immediately prior to and following the parade.
For more information on the parade, contact Debbie West at 304-406-4749, or David Cottrill at 304-476-6367.
One of the two lawsuits alleging sexual harassment of city employees by a member of the Weston City Council has been removed from Lewis County Circuit Court to U.S. District Court, Northern Division in Elkins.
Last Thursday, Attorney Steven L. Snyder, representing defendants Roger Gaines, the Weston City Council and City Manager Michelle Allen filed a notice in circuit court here to remove the case. The particular case being removed to the federal level is the lawsuit filed against the defendants by former city employee Kim Chapman and her husband Scott.
The Chapmans, along with current city employee Linda Heater filed lawsuits in October against Councilman Roger Gaines alleging that he harassed them sexually on a continual basis last year and earlier this year. Also sued by the two was the entire membership of the City Council and City Manager Michelle Allen. The suit says that members of the Council and the City Manager did nothing to stop the harassment by Gaines when they were made aware that it had occurred.
As of press time, no papers had been filed with the circuit clerk's office on behalf of the defendants to remove the lawsuit filed against them by Heater to the federal level.
The plaintiffs in the lawsuits are represented by Attorney James R. Fox, of Fox Law Offices in Hurricane.
Big Day for
Lewis County is home to many small businesses. The county is fortunate that so many of our important institutions from the Weston Democrat, to WHAW, to the Citizens Bank are all businesses which are owned and operated as small businesses by local owners.
The importance of supporting small businesses has been highlighted by American Express which five years ago began supporting a "shop small" movement culminating with "Small Business Saturday" on Saturday, Nov. 29. The day was chosen because it comes between Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
The Lewis County Chamber of Commerce and Weston Fairs and Festivals Committee decided to encourage shopping and supporting Small Business Saturday with posters for small businesses and a Facebook page with information at Small Business Saturday - Weston and Lewis County, WV. They also are providing a place for small businesses which do not have a storefront to participate in a Small Business Marketplace on Saturday, Nov. 29 at St. Pauls Episcopal Church's West Hall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Marian Jarrell will be providing the food at the kitchen and more than thirty vendors will be showing their wares that day and include: Deanna Foxworthy – ceramics and weaving; Joyce Greenlief – original paintings; Carol Wolfe – handmade baskets, Karen Pennebaker - jewelry, art, small bags; Crystal Donaldson – dreamcatchers, etc.; Carmen Shafer, Advocare, health and wellness company; Kristy Aldridge, facepainting and balloon twisting; Charlotte Snead, Christian author; Julie Cayton – lockets, charms, chains, bracelets, warmers, home fragrance, hair and body care; Gayla Pinkney - Fun Scrappin' Memories; Cathy Daley – crafter; Cecila Hodges - jewelry; Marsha Dean, Enrollment & Outreach Coordinator, CCWV; Joyce Greenlief – original paintings; Judy McWhorter – original purses; Anna Belle Wimer - aprons, quilts, throws, candy; Glass Museum; Bonnie Rogers – original fiberware; Bev Tanner – crochet and knitted items; Johnson - Scentsy products; Violet Bush - jellies, jams, butters; Gigi Richards - Our Hearts Desire; Joyce Collins – candles, soap; Laura Winans - 31 Products; Pam Poling – Paparazzi jewelry; Rebecca Ferguson; Kathy Boyle – bakery items; Kayla Singleton-tie dyed shirts; Eloise Stutler; Debra Adams; Felicia Posey; Annabelle Wimer.
Make it a special day by shopping in downtown Weston and Lewis County on Saturday. Take part in the "Where's Rudolph?" promotion to support our local businesses (see related story), check out the special crafts and products at the Small Business Marketplace at West Hall and stay in town for the Christmas parade at 4 p.m., to be followed by a visit with Santa at the Weston Fire Department.