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Participating in the training were GMH staff members Amanda Hawk, Erin Stonebraker, Monica Crites, Trisha Brennan, Cassandra Chenoweth, and Cecily Cosner

Ten employees from Grant Memorial Hospital completed training and passed the written and practical examination required for certification in Neonatal Resuscitation on March 19.

The Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) is an educational program in neonatal resuscitation that was developed and maintained by the American Academy of Pediatrics. This program focuses on basic resuscitation skills for newly born infants.

To maintain certification, participants must take the class and be retested every two years. All RNs from the Family Maternity Unit are required to be certified in NRP, members of the GMH respiratory therapy department are also certified in NRP.

The Family Maternity Unit is staffed with two pediatricians and two ob-gyns. The hospital’s experienced, compassionate nursing staff is available 24 hours a day to provide care and support to expectant parents. Childbirth classes are available free of charge to our patients.

The unit features private and semi-private rooms which include the necessary monitoring equipment to maintain patient safety. The unit encourages rooming in and creates a comfortable environment for families to welcome their new addition.

“Our unit is small but our hearts are big. We provide a warm, caring atmosphere for our patients to deliver while keeping patient safety a priority,” said Amanda Hawk, RN, nurse manager. “The staff and I are grateful we can come to work every day and welcome a beautiful new life into the world.”

Shirley Warner’s photo was selected as part of the state tourism office’s marketing photo gallery.

Gov. Jim Justice unveiled the winning photos from his Almost Heaven Photo Contest. The two- week-long contest generated more than 7,200 photo submissions and helped to round out the West Virginia Tourism Office’s photo gallery for future marketing efforts.

The 11 photographers behind the top photos will each receive $500, and their photos will be featured in the Tourism Office’s new Almost Heaven advertising campaign.

“Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to review thousands of photos from across our great state, and I must say that seeing this large outpour of images makes me prouder than ever to be a West Virginian,” Gov. Justice said. “I’d like to personally thank each and every person who took the time to submit and share with us their photos.”

“Because of you, the Tourism Office now has the photos they need to take our new Almost Heaven advertising campaign to market, and I can’t wait to let the secret about West Virginia out of the bag and share with the world our scenic beauty and all of the great things there are to see and do right here in our backyard.”

Photo contest winners include: William Brezinski, Teresa Johnson, Shirley Warner, Heather Tillema, Brad Rice, Kevin Jack, Gerald D. Martin, Justin Harris, Reuben Browning, Joe Sharp and Cameron Ellis.

Check out the photos of all the winners on https://wvtourism.com/almostheavenphotos/

Students interested in attending Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College in the fall are invited to attend the school’s Instant Decision Days May 23 or May 31.

As Eastern’s student registration event, Instant Decision Day will help students learn how Eastern can help them achieve their career aspirations.

The two free events, scheduled in the Discovery Center at Petersburg High School, 207 Viking Drive in Petersburg on May 23 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. and in the Spokes Classroom at Hampshire High School, 1 Trojan Way in Romney from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on May 31, will give students the opportunity to discuss Eastern’s offerings, including requirements for entering and completing the school’s hands-on, career-technical, and baccalaureate transfer programs.

“Instant Decision Day is our one-stop shop,” said Dean of Student Access and Success Monica Wilson.

“We are saving students time and coming to their area instead of them coming to the main campus.”

Eastern’s fully-accredited programs include associate degrees in applied science, arts and science and customized degree programs that include on-the-job training as part of the curriculum. Programs are available in business management, accounting, information technology, wind energy technology, nursing, administrative support technology, early childhood development, computer applications, automotive technology and electromechanical technology.

Classes are available through traditional on-site day courses and evening distance learning formats. Students can choose to attend full-or-part-time depending on their schedule.

Students will also be able to apply for financial aid funds by completing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), complete assessments in math and English, and register for fall courses at these events.

For additional information, please visit www.easternwv.edu.

Simulated cave for children

The Maysville Elementary preschool class, under the direction of Amanda Dye and Tammy Barger, assembled a cave out of recycled cardboard boxes for the base and old newspapers for the paper maché rock finish.

The cave included a lighted “rock” interior, real rocks and geods, assorted critters, bats, lizards and cave dwellers, fossils and other displays. The 17 preschoolers helped to paint the cave which included the addition of seeds and moss.

The class then toured the cave to learn about the features found there.

During a previous year, the class constructed a full-size igloo from recycled milk jugs.

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announces that his office will launch its 10th “Commonsense Connections” Week beginning Friday, May 18 and ending Friday, May 25. Representatives from Senator Manchin’s office will make 100 stops across the state, visiting all 55 counties to hear West Virginians’ commonsense priorities and concerns and to offer the senator’s assistance with federal agencies through casework.

“I believe in retail government - bringing the government directly to our citizens, hearing their concerns and finding the best possible common sense solutions to the issues that matter to them,” Manchin said.

“The customer comes first in business, just as the citizens should come first in government. That is what ‘Common-sense Connections’ is all about – my staff travels to every corner of the state and meets with our constituents to hear about the personal challenges they are facing and their ideas of how to move our country forward, and then I take their ideas to Washington.”

Senator Manchin launched his first-ever “Commonsense Connections” Week in February 2011. This is the 10th time the staff will visit every county in the state in one week.

A representative will be in Grant County on Tuesday, May 22, from 3-5 p.m. at the Moomau-Grant County Public Library, 18 Mountain View Street, Petersburg.

Please note Senator Manchin will not always be in attendance.

Alpha Kappa
Installation of officers ceremony included Beverly Mathias, Vickie Skavenski, Carol Harper, Ann Bennett, Amber Champ, Angela Propst, and Dorothy Harper.

The Alpha Kappa Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International met April 14, at Duffey Memorial United Methodist Church in Moorefield.

A brunch was served by the Duffey Women’s Circle. Dorothy Harper led inspirational thoughts with the message, “This is the day that the Lord has made, and we should rejoice and be glad in it.” Attending from Grant County were Jo Ann Harman, Angela Propst, Rosanne Glover, Ruth Ann Columbia and Betty Inskeep.

Beverly Mathias led the installation of officers’ ceremony. The 2018-2020 officers are: President, Vickie Skavenski; first vice president, Carolyn Harper; second vice president, Ann Bennett; recording secretary, Amber Champ; corresponding secretary, Angela Propst; treasurer, Marianna Leone; and parliamentarian, Dorothy Harper. President Ann Warner thanked everyone for their support during her presidency and noted that she will miss the “sistership” because she and her husband are moving to the Mid- west.

Counties reported on projects receiving the chapter’s service grant. Pendleton County – music program, Grant County – Project Equip Backpack program, Mineral County – Food for Thought Backpack program, Hardy County – East Hardy Middle School and Hampshire County – backpack program.

A report from the Programs for Excellence committee shared that the Read Aloud program is active in Moorefield Elementary and Intermediate schools, Springfield Elementary in Hampshire County and most schools in Grant County.

The World Fellowship Committee chair, Pamela Boggs, shared that funds from the auction had been sent to Living Hope High School in Africa. The chapter has a personal connection to this school because its founder, Marilyn Uhl, previously resided in Pendleton County. A motion was made and approved that $1,000 be sent to this school for purchase of textbooks.

W.Va. Association of Retired School Employees President, Jo Ann Harman shared information regarding the PEIA Task Force and urged members to attend the area meetings.

The Recognition of Star Educators award was presented to Mathias. Raffle winners were Vickie Saville, D. Harper, Mathias, Skavenski, Inskeep and Propst.

9th & 10th grade

The Return

Skye Friel, 9th, PHS

“The defendant may rise, “instructed the judge. With trembling fear, Johnathan slid his chair across the floor, drew in a deep breath, and grudgingly stood. “The jury finds the defendant,” the judge abruptly stops, as Johnathan passes out. The court room grew dead silent, for she was standing at the doors.

3 Months Ago:

“I‘m gonna kill you!” Jonathan Kipple screamed, as he held a knife up against her chest.

“Stop! Stop,” commanded the director, “there has to be more of an emotional effect to please the audience. There are only three days until the showing, yet you have still not mastered the psychological aspect of the show.” Johnathan rolled his eyes. “Continue,” announced the director.

Johnathan shivered uncontrollably, as the cold, New York wind blew across his body. After the four-hour practice, Johnathan was relieved to see the sign for the Mulberry Café ahead, especially to see her. “Coffee with triple espresso. Please,” Johnathan ordered.

“Long afternoon, huh?” Molly smiled.

“Yeah,” Johnathan laughed, “play practice.” The two locked eyes and delivered each other a kiss.

Molly Cheplin is a small-town girl from Arkansas but a big lover of the arts. Two months ago, while visiting New York to attend a prestige showing of Hamilton, she saw him. As their interest for theatre grew, so did their feelings. Thus, a new chapter of Johnathan’s life had begun.

The first night of the showing arrived. John nervously bounced around, as the time was edging closer. This was the make-it or break-it moment of his career. His parents had always put him through theatre as a child. It wasn’t until his late 20’s that he had actually taken up theatre as a profession. A very prominent figure, Rozalino Capilito, would be watching. Johnathan had been waiting for over a year to get in contact with him. John nearly jumped up and down when he heard word that Capilito would be attending.

The lights shone brightly onto John’s face bringing him back into the realms of reality. Molly had to miss out on his moment, for she became cursed with the flu. Once again, Johnathan delivered the line while catching the eye of Rozalino. Capilito appeared to be merely phased by it. All of John’s confidence flushed out of his system. Until the end of the play, he still acted to the best of his abilities. Many congratulations were thrown out at him, but nothing could compare to the satisfaction of approval from Capilito. Even though the pleasure did not arrive, he still wished to greet him. “Hello, I’m very glad to see that you made it this evening!” John exclaimed.

“Ah, yes, hello, just the person I was wanting to speak with,” Capilito stressed With significant surprise, John replied, “Really?”

“Yes. How do you feel about playing the role of prince Hamlet in Hamlet?”

“Why, of course, yes!” John exclaimed.

“The practices start in three months,” Capilito emphasized.

“Yes, sir. Thank you!” he affirmed.

To celebrate his achievement,

John’s fellow “playmates” commemorated with drinks. By the time he arrived home, he could barely walk in a straight line. However, that would quickly change, as he opened up the apart- ment door. John stopped dead in his tracks. In front of their living room couch, a pool of blood settled. “Molly! Molly!” He screamed in pure agony. No answer was heard.

One Week Later

“Molly Cheplin was reported missing, but as of this morning, they declared her as deceased. No body has been discovered, but large supplements of blood suggest that a chance of her survival was very unlikely. A suspect has yet to be identified, but the detectives believe the boyfriend is not an angel.”

“He denies having anything to do with it, but his blood alcohol level was 0.13% when questioning took place,” the news reporter blurted, as it showed across the television. John chucked the remote at the screen in the café. All eyes solely focused on him. With that, he stormed out of the café.


Johnathan squinted, as the bright hospital lights suppressed his eyes. All of the mixed emotions are suddenly rushing back to him. The play, the celebration, the murder, and now all of the commotion made absolutely no reasonable sense. “How could she be here? I saw the blood! It’s simply not logical,” John whimpered. A familiar face appeared above him. “Molly? No, it couldn’t be. This is all in my thwarted mind.”

“Yes, it’s me John,” the sweet voice replied.

“What? How are you here? There was a lot of blood. They accused me of killing you Molly,” he testified.

“I’ll tell you the whole story, but we have to get you home,” Molly assured. Once more, John blacked out.

When he had awoken, he was in the comforts of his home. The smell of the fresh sheets filled his lungs, creating a serene environment. “Long day, huh?” Molly murmured.

“Actually, yeah. My girlfriend whom they announced deceased is now alive. What exactly happened?” he questioned.

“As far as the police are concerned, I was kidnapped, escaped, and survived the lethal blow. I’m here to tell you the real story. Growing up as a child, my father always warned me to trust no one.”

“Although he was a paranoid schizophrenic, there was truth to his statement. At the age of 54, he was murdered by his own wife. And, no she wasn’t my real mother. Ever since then, I never connect to anyone. Every of couple years, I relocate. Over the span of time I’m in a certain location, I draw enough blood to appear as though I’m dead. Afterwards, I completely change my looks, name, and get rid of everything from my previous life. However, this time I left one piece behind. I can’t have people remembering me Johnathan, but I believe the solution to this problem is eternal slumber. “ Molly inserts the cya-nide into his IV.

More stories will follow next week.

Jennifer Orlikoff, Ph.D., president of West Virginia University Potomac State College, in front of the Duke Anthony Whitmore/ Henry Louis Gates Jr. Academic Achievement Wall with Terry Falkowski, chemistry department lecturer and widow of the late Henry Falkowski, Ed.D., whose name was inscribed on the wall, and Mrs. Falkowski’s mother, Patricia Harman, of Petersburg.

West Virginia University Potomac State College recently recognized the late Henry Falkowski, Ed.D., during a special ceremony with the inscription of his name on the Duke Anthony Whitmore/Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Academic Achievement Wall. Dr. Falkowski served as a professor in the chemistry department for 41 years, having begun his tenure at Potomac State College in 1976. He also served as a member of the safety committee, chemical hygiene officer, pesticides coordinator, and as chair of the Campus Safety and Access Council. He also served as a West Virginia Safe Schools representative and as a member of the Safety Committee at WVU.

He enjoyed teaching students about chemistry and the safety of handling chemicals in the lab, and was well-respected by students and colleagues alike. Students often credited him with much of their academic success. Statements like, “...full of passion,” and “...making the world a better place” were often voiced by his students. Many of his former students currently practice in various fields, including medical, pharmaceutical, physical therapy, nursing, and research.

In addition to chemistry, Dr. Falkowski had a passion for dinosaurs and naval history. His fascination with dinosaurs led him to develop a course at the College many years ago in order to educate others who were also interested in dinosaurs. His favorite part of the class was taking students on a field trip to the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, where they could see various types of dinosaurs on display.

He also served as the science consultant to the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial in Wilmington, N.C. and as a consultant to the Chickamacomico Life Saving Historical Site in Rodanthe, N.C.

Dr. Falkowski earned both his master’s degree in analytical chemistry and his Ed.D. in chemistry education from West Virginia University in Morgantown.

The month of March was busy for company 400. A total of 34 calls was answered by the Petersburg Volunteer Fire Company.

A call breakdown is as follows: EMS assist - eight; motor vehicle accident - five; smoke investigation - three; structure fire - two; carbon dioxide alarm - two; flue fire- one; vehicle fire - one; brush fire - one; smoke in residence - one; transformer fire - one; power line down - one; vehicle into a structure - one; house blown off foundation - one; mutual aid Company 200 structure fire - two; mutual aid Company 200 landing zone - one; mutual aid Company 46 structure fire - two; and mutual aid Company 3 motor vehicle accident - one.

Top responders for March were: Dalton Ours - 34; Fred Harman - 27; Nathan Keen - 23; Bobby Funk - 22; Chris Morse - 21; Steve Reel, Jeremiah Mayle- 20; Duke Weasenforth, Dillon Lantz - 18; Mike Crites, Randall Riggleman - 16.

For the month of March, the average response time from alert to first truck en-route was six minutes.

The annual Spring Bash is May 12 and tickets are still available for purchase. The Company is also doing something new. They will be having a chicken wing dinner on June 23.

Also a reminder, with the time change, change your batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon dioxide detectors. This simple thing could save your life.

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