By JOHN G. WOLFE
Santa Claus will be a busy fellow this weekend, appearing in both the Weston and Jane Lew Christmas parades to the delight of young and old alike.
The Weston Christmas Parade will take place downtown on Saturday, beginning at 4 p.m. on Main Avenue. The Jane Lew Christmas Parade is on Sunday, at 2 p.m. and follows a route along Hackers Creek Road and Main Street downtown, ending at Jane Lew Elementary School.
Frank Angotti will be the Parade Marshal for the Weston Christmas Parade, which has as its theme, "A Storybook Christmas."
Angotti is well known in Weston for his active participation in civic and political endeavors and as a businessman. A native of Weston, he grew up here with his five siblings on Arnold Avenue.
After serving in World War II, he attended West Virginia University where he earned a degree in accounting/business, which he put to use later while as an employee with the West Virginia Division of Highways.
After college he returned to Weston and married the love of his life, Olga Corovalas in 1950. The couple moved into a home on Camden Avenue where he still resides. Together they raised five daughters - Mary Ann, Connie, Sylvia, Theresa and Lisa. From 1948 until 2001 he operated Angotti's, a billiard hall that anchored business in the southern end of Main Avenue all those years. He also served his community as a member of the Weston Sanitary Board for 27 years under six different mayors, retiring in 2012.
Angotti will join a host of other folks, floats, marching units and of course - Santa in the Weston parade.
Line-up for the Weston parade is at 2 p.m. at the Robert L. Bland Middle School parking lot. Parade participants are asked to enter the parking lot for line-up only at the Third Street entrance by H & M Motors. It is also asked that no one park their vehicles along Main Avenue from Second Street to First Street during the time of the parade.
Immediately following the parade, all are invited to a Christmas party sponsored by Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital to be held at the Weston Fire Department. Come and enjoy a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Light refreshments will be served.
The town of Jane Lew will honor Kenny and Marsha Allman as their Parade Marshals at the parade there on Sunday during this, the 24th annual Christmas Parade.
The Allmans have owned and operated the Jane Lew All Star on Main Street in Jane Lew since 1988. The business has ben a mainstay in the community since opening.
Kenny Allman is a native of Jane Lew, the son of the late Archie and Betty Adams. He lived in Jane Lew all his life until he and Marsha moved to Marsha's home place in Buckhannon.
Marsha Allman was born and raised in Buckhannon, the daughter of the late Burton and Ruth Oldaker. The couple was married in 1984. They have two children, Joseph Dean and Richana Hebb, both of Buckhannon, and five grandchildren.
The couple attends the Victory Assembly of God in Weston, where Kenny shares his musical talent as a member of the Praise and Worship Team. Kenny and Marsha would like to thank all their friends, church family and the Jane Lew community for their support during Marsha's illness. While Marsha's ill health will make it impossible for her to ride in the parade - she wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and will be in the parade in spirit and will be well represented by her husband Kenny.
The town of Jane Lew appreciates their many years of serving the community and ask all to join in honoring them at the Sunday parade.
Line-up for the Jane Lew parade begins at 1 p.m. at the Industrial Park Road. Travelers are asked to avoid Hackers Creek Road and Main Street in Jane Lew during the time of the parade. The parade begins at 2 p.m. and will feature floats, vehicles, marching units, music and, of course, Santa himself.
Last Thursday, the Lewis County Sheriff's Department conducted a drug operation that yielded a total of 20 felony charges against five individuals. The department conducted controlled buys in Weston and returned an array of illicit drugs including methamphetamine, synthetic marijuana, marijuana and prescription drugs. In addition, a handgun was seized along with $1,000 in cash. The department was assisted by the Harrison County SCAD Unit.
Of the operation, Sheriff Adam Gissy said, "Some of the individuals arrested in this operation have been on our radar for upwards of a year. This drug bust will certainly have a positive impact in curbing drug distribution in our community. I am extremely thankful that no one was injured in this operation. All too often we are coming across firearms, and other weapons when conducting high risk operations like this."
Those charged included:
Jeremiah Scott Billups, 29, of Olive St., Weston, is charged with delivery of a controlled substance/methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver. He was arraigned in Lewis County Magistrate Court by Magistrate Roger D. Clem, Jr., with bond set at $150,000.
Michael Jason Craig, 31, of Cemetery St., Weston, is charged with delivery of a controlled substance/methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and two counts of conspiracy. He was arraigned in Lewis County Magistrate Court by Magistrate Roger D. Clem, Jr., with bond set at $200,000.
Jeffrey John Flint, 40, of Little Birch and formerly of Chestnut St., Weston, is charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance/methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and two counts of conspiracy. He was arraigned in Lewis County Magistrate Court by Magistrate Roger D. Clem, Jr., with bond set at $250,000.
Tiffany Ann Postalwait, 25, of U.S. Hwy 33W, Weston, is charged with delivery of a controlled substance/methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and conspiracy. She was arraigned in Lewis County Magistrate Court by Magistrate Roger D. Clem, Jr., with bond set at $75,000.
Michael Austin Romel, 19, of Olive St., Weston, is charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance/methamphetamine, delivery of a controlled substance/synthetic marijuana, possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and conspiracy. He was arraigned in Lewis County Magistrate Court by Magistrate Roger D. Clem, Jr., with bond set at $250,000.
West Virginia's traditional buck firearms season began on Monday. The buck firearms season has opened the Monday before Thanksgiving every year since 1965. The timing of the season is a balance of hunting some of the "rut" (mating season) but still allowing for the annual renewal of the deer herd.
"Hunters should enjoy a great deer season in 2015," said Paul R. Johansen, chief of the Wildlife Resources Section of the Division of Natural Resources (DNR). "Many carry-over bucks should be available from last year."
Buck firearm hunters in nine counties (see 2015–2016 Hunting and Trapping Regulations) are required to take an antlerless deer with a firearm (required Class N permit for residents or Class NN permit for nonresidents) before harvesting a second antlered deer during the buck firearms season.
Most counties are open to concurrent antlerless deer season hunting during the traditional buck gun season. Class N or Class NN permits to hunt during the antlerless deer season can be purchased at any time. Antlerless deer firearms season opened Nov. 23 on private land and selected public lands. Hunters should consult the 2015–2016 Hunting and Trapping Regulations available at license agents and at www.wvdnr.gov for specific antlerless deer regulations in each county and wildlife management area.
Archery and crossbow hunting for antlered and antlerless deer is legal during the buck firearms season subject to all archery and crossbow deer hunting regulations.
Hunters may harvest two deer on the same day, but only one of those can be an antlered buck. The first deer does not have to be legally checked before harvesting the second deer in the same day. However, all deer must be checked and the checking confirmation number recorded by the hunter before hunting during any subsequent day.
This fall, hunters are required to get a permanent DNR identification number which allows them to check in their game from their phones at 1-844-WVCHECK (1-844-982-4325), their computers at wvhunt.com or at a hunting and fishing license agent. For a list of license agents visit www.wvdnr.gov.