At Labor Day
By JOHN G. WOLFE
Those looking for something to do this Labor Day weekend will not have to travel far, as a variety of events abound in Lewis County at WVU Jackson's Mill, Jane Lew, the Mountaineer Military Museum in Weston and Stonewall Resort State Park in Roanoke.
Activities begin on Friday, with the Jane Lew Fireman's Arts and Crafts Festival beginning at 10 a.m. Nearby, the Jackson's Mill Jubilee officially opens at 11 a.m. Activities at Stonewall Resort State Park take place on Sunday, the last day in August and feature evening music followed by fireworks. Also on Sunday, at 1 p.m., the Mountaineer Military Museum and the Hogs and Heroes Foundation will pay tribute to Vietnam veterans at the museum in Weston.
The Jane Lew Fireman's Arts and Crafts Festival is celebrating its 30th year. The Festival will feature more than 250 crafters from West Virginia and up and down the Eastern Seaboard and from as far away as California.
Crafters can be found at the Jane Lew Fire Department and across the highway at the Jane Lew Town Park. The Festival is free, and parking is available at the ball field at the park. Folks are asked to make a donation for parking with proceeds going to the Lewis County High School Band Boosters.
The Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday. The event is the major fundraiser for the Jane Lew Volunteer Fire Department, and the department will be conducting a "boot" fundraising drive on Hackers Creek Road in front of the fire department.
There is plenty of food available, including the traditional baked steak and mashed potato dinner served by the Jane Lew Fire Department Auxiliary from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. or until the food runs out on Sunday, Aug. 31.
The Jackson's Mill Jubilee also runs for three days, with hours from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday, and from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday.
While the Jane Lew Festival is an arts and crafts festival, the Jubilee features more than crafts and foods although there will be plenty of crafters, artisans and food vendors on-site.
The Jubilee offers a variety of musical performances, children's activities including Gilbert Adams the Amazing Balloon Man, antique engines and tractors on display, an antique car show, model train exhibit, a Civil War encampment and activities, square dancing, a Royal Court and more.
Some of the musical talent featured at the main tent at the Jubilee includes Emerald Hills, LC Blue, Glenville State College Bluegrass Band, Logantown, The Powell Family, Buck and Company, Weedrags, The Stalnakers, The Putnams and many other groups. Old time jamming will take place at the Mill Barn and around the Mill.
Crafters will be located throughout the Mill, as will food concessions. Native American dancing will also take place as will a pie baking contest and corn toss competition.
For a full schedule of Jubilee events, see the Jubilee insert in this edition of The Weston Democrat. Admission to the Jubilee is $5 per person, with children age three and under admitted for free. Parking is available at the Jackson's Mill airstrip, with shuttle service available to and from the main grounds of the Mill.
On Sunday, at 1 p.m., the Mountaineer Military Museum will host members of the Hogs and Heroes Foundation who will be on hand to honor and thank the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club for their service and support of veterans. The Museum invites members of the community to bring their American flags and stop by and join in the tribute.
On Sunday evening, Stonewall Resort will celebrate the last official weekend of summer with a special concert and fireworks show. The concert will take place on the gorunds of the Roanoke Activity Center and will feature the Marshall Lowry Band in concert from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
The band hails from Fairmont and plays a mixture of music, including country, rock, southern rock and blues. The performance will be followed by a spectacular fireworks show over Stonewall Jackson Lake at approximately 9 p.m..
There is a $5 per car admission fee to enter the park. Once inside, there is no charge to enjoy the concert and fireworks. Folks are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Barbeque and other food items will be available for purchase at the event.
Drug Ed Class
By ALLISON CLARK
Gary Hall, with the Lewis County Firefighters Association approached the Commissioners on Monday morning with a request for funding to allow thirty-five first responders to attend a class on how to handle a situation in which they find methamphetamine, meth labs or controlled substances at a location.
Hall's main concern was what firefighters should do when they find drugs or a lab when they are at a routine call such as a structure fire and how to handle the situation.
Hall met with a person from the Fire Academy and that led to finding out about a class that will take place in Sept. that will give first responders class instruction, as well as hands on training in these harmful substances. The cost for the class is $85 per person.
Commission President Agnes Queen is requesting a response from Sheriff Adam Gissy on this subject due to the Lewis County Sheriff's Department having the most contact with meth and meth labs in the county.
The issue was tabled until the next meeting of the County Commission.
In other news, Economic Development Authority Director Mike Herron reported that he will be meeting with IJVC on Tuesday to discuss the Roanoke School project. This project will be used to provide "city" water to Roanoke Elementary School, which currently has well water.
Herron is also working on speaking with ALDI to discuss the potential in bringing one to Lewis County.
The Mayor of Weston, Julia Spelsberg, requested that Herron would correlate with her to set up a series of public meetings for citizens to learn how to attract businesses to the area.
The next meeting of the Lewis County Commission will be Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 10 a.m., at the Lewis County Courthouse.
Sharpshooting honors keep on coming for Lewis Countian Robert McClain, a junior at Lewis County High School. Recently as part of the Civilian Marksmanship Program, McClain was among 100 top-scoring civilian shooters in the National President's Rifle Match held at Camp Perry, Ohio.
McClain placed 36th in The President's 100 competition - a 30 shot, no sighter, rifle only match. As a result, he was awarded President's Hundred Honors, including the President's Hundred Brassard, a certificate and badge.
The National Rifle Association's (NRA) President's Match was instituted at the NRA matches of 1878, as the American Military Rifle Championship Match. It was patterned after an event for British Volunteers called the Queen's Match, a competition started by Queen Victoria and initiated by the National Rifle Association of Great Britain in 1860, in order to increase the ability of Britain's marksmen following the Crimean War.
In 1884, the name was changed to the President's Match for the Military Rifle Championship of the United States. It was fired at Creedmoor, New York.
In 1957 at the National Matches as "The President's Hundred," the 100 top-scoring competitors in the President's Match were singled out for special recognition in a retreat ceremony in which they passed in review before the winner and former winners of this historic match.
On 27 May 1958, the NRA requested the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel's approval of a tab for presentation to each member of the "President's Hundred." NRA's plan was to award the cloth tab together with a metal brassard during the 1958 National Matches. The first awards were made at Camp Perry, Ohio, in early September 1958. In 1977, the National Board for the Promotion of Rifle Practice (NBPRP) assumed responsibility for the President's Match from the NRA. Today the Civilian Marksmanship Program manages and awards the President's Hundred Tab/Brassard to the top 100 shooters in those matches. Traditionally the top place finisher has received a special letter from the President of the United States, dating back to President Theodore Roosevelt.
In a brief history of the President's Hundred, Hap Rocketto wrote in 2008, "The President's Hundred is one of the nation's most venerable sporting events with a longevity and history as distinguished as the Kentucky Derby, organized baseball, or the America's Cup.
President's 100 honors were not the only recent accomplishment for McClain. He won the 2014 West Virginia State Championship 600 Yard Mid-Range Hi Junior and Hi Power Service Rifle award Hi Junior Award and Hi Power Service Rifle Award, and won honors in a Maryland competition as well. He has now earned 10 points of the 30 points needed to be classified as a Distinguished Shooter under the Civilian Marksmanship Program, an honor reserved for the nation's best shooters.
Last year McClain placed first among national shooters in the M16 Excellence in Competition Match held at Camp Perry. He was awarded an AR 15 Colt rifle which he used in the President's 100 competition this year.
McClain is an active participant in the West Virginia Junior Marksmanship Program (WVJMP) centered in Buckhannon. The WVJMP is a program he first learned about when he visited a booth run by the group at the National Hunting and Fishing Day event held at Stonewall Resort State Park a few years back. (See related story about the WVJMP in this issue of The Democrat.)
The teen marksman is humble about his accomplishments, giving credit to his parents, WVJMP coaches Dick Whiting and Mike Moore, and his fellow teammates. But he gives most credit to the Lord. "Without him, I could accomplish nothing," said McClain. McClain is son of Arnetta George and Richard McClain of Walkersville.