www.charlestondailymail.com http://www.charlestondailymail.com Daily Mail feed en-us Copyright 2014, Charleston Newspapers, Charleston, WV Newspapers Funerals for: September 16, 2014 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140916/OBIT01/309169975 OBIT01 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140916/OBIT01/309169975 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:02:31 -0400 Brown, Ericka M. 11 a.m., Gatens


Curry, Lewis H. Jr. 11 a.m., Kanawha Valley Memory Gardens, Glasgow.


Faber, Sandra L. 2 p.m., West Virginia Mausoleum Chapel at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.


Foster, Jessica M. 7 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.


Fowler, Artimitia 11 a.m., Bethany Baptist Church, St. Albans.


Hubbard, Sandra 1 p.m., St. Andrew United Methodist Church, St. Albans.


Huffman, Edmond B. 11 a.m., Billy Hunt Cemetery, Walton.


Murphy, Daniel 1 p.m., Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs.


Raines, Denver 11 a.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.


Rakes, Jessica 11 a.m., Evans Funeral Home and Cremations Services, Chapmanville.


Slappe, Shawn B. 1 p.m., Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston.


Taylor, Ruth 11 a.m., Chelyan United Methodist Church, Chelyan.

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Donald "Don" Barger http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140916/OBIT/309169984 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140916/OBIT/309169984 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:02:28 -0400 Donald Edward "Don" Barger, a resident of Elkins, passed away Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, from injuries received during a utility construction project near Kingwood.

Don was born May 1, 1942 in Richwood, a son of the late James "Doc" Barger and Mary K. Barger-Ayers, who survives in Fairmont. He was a graduate of Cowen High School, Fairmont State University and Fairmont Technical College, the National Hardwood Lumber Inspection School of Memphis, Tenn., and the Walton School of Auctioneering in Medina, Ohio. He was a certified engineering technician with the National Institute of Certified Engineering Technicians in Alexandria, Va. Don was also a graduate of the West Virginia State Police Academy's first class for PSC officers. Don served six years with the United States Air Force and 22 years with the West Virginia Air National Guard in Charleston, where he retired as master sergeant with Law Enforcement and Security Forces. He traveled extensively in the Air Guard and served on presidential details and governor inaugurations. He was also a member of the pistol team for the West Virginia Air Guard, where he won several championships and awards. He was most proud of his service to his country. Currently, Don was employed by Stantec in Fairmont as a construction inspector on a utility construction project. He had held similar positions with RK&K, LLC, ALL Construction, along with TVIG, where he worked on the wind farm project and was superintendent. Previously he had retired from the state of West Virginia, where he had been employed by the Highway Construction Division, was captain of Weight Enforcement for the northern division, and the Public Service Commission. Don worked for Chrysler Airtemp in Dayton, Ohio, after his discharge from the United States Air Force. Don was an honorary life member of Elkins BPOE Lodge No. 1135, where he had served as past Exalted Ruler two times and had been a member of many committees. He was also a past state treasurer for the West Virginia Elks Association for 15 years and was a past state president, having served from 1999 to 2000. He was a past district deputy for the National Elks and had also served as grand treasurer from 2003 to 2004. Don was an endowed member of John Cessna Mystic AF&AM Lodge of Ohio and belonged to the Scottish Rite in Clarksburg, Osiris Temple in Wheeling and Royal Arch Masons. He also was a member of the Elkins FOP, where he had served as president and was a member of several committees. Don was active in the West Virginia Chiefs of Police, Loyal Order of Moose, Nitro, Tygart Valley Post 3647 Veterans of Foreign War of Elkins, H.W. Daniels Post 29 American Legion, Pilgrim Commandery No. 21 Knights Templar, Air Force Security Forces Association and Associated Auctioneers of America. He also enjoyed his Wednesday morning breakfast club. Don was a dedicated member of Otterbein United Methodist Church in Elkins, where he had served as usher for over 30 years and had also served on several committees.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Kittle Barger. They had recently celebrated 44 years of marriage. Also surviving are his daughters, Deann Cooke of Durham, N.C., and Danica Wilburn and husband, Steve, of Morgantown, and his son, Devin Barger and wife, Carrie, of Morgantown. He is also survived by his brother, Larry Barger and wife, Beth, of Elkins; his sister, Fran McClure and husband, Jerry, of Fairmont; his grandchildren, Henry and George Cooke of Durham, N.C., Matt and Garrett Gorby, Hayley Wilburn and Miranda and Caleb Barger of Morgantown; and several nieces and nephews.

Don was an avid fisherman and hunter, loved rabbit hunting with his beagles, enjoyed riding his motorcycle, driving his antique car, traveling, antiquing and working and meeting new people. He never met a stranger and always wanted to help other people. He was a great family man and was most especially proud of his children and his wonderful grandchildren. Don touched many lives in a positive way and will be well remembered by all who had an opportunity to know him.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at Tomblyn Funeral Home, Elkins. At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, BPOE Lodge No. 1135 will conduct a memorial service from the funeral home chapel. On Thursday morning, Mr. Barger will be moved to Otterbein United Methodist Church, where a funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor James Murphy officiating. Interment will follow at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Handschumacher Cemetery in Upper Glade. Full military honors as well as Masonic graveside rites will be accorded at the gravesite.

In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested that memorial contributions be made to the Otterbein United Methodist Church, 1100 S. Davis Ave., Elkins, WV 26241 or to the Elks National Foundation (enf.elks.org/donate) in memory of Mr. Barger.

Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for Donald Edward "Don" Barger. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.tomblynfuneralhome.com.

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Helen Buckley Brown http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140916/OBIT/309169986 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140916/OBIT/309169986 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:02:27 -0400 Helen Buckley Brown, 86, of Yorktown, Va., died Sept. 10, 2014 after a short illness. She was born in Ward on Nov. 25, 1927.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred D. "Hunter" Brown; brothers, Frank, Wesley, Johnny, Rodney and Robert Buckley; and her sisters, Norma "Jimmie" Kennedy and Mary Lou Buckley.

Helen is survived by her sons, Mike (Brenda) and Greg (Debbie); grandkids, Shawn, Chad (Jodi), Haley (Jarred) and Dylan Brown; and great-grandkids, Zachery, Chase, Jaylen, Chastin and Kinsley Brown.

Service will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, 600 Old Fort St., Cedar Grove, with Pastor Gary Tucker officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Cooke Funeral Home, Cedar Grove, is in charge of arrangements.

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Martha D. Cole http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140916/OBIT/309169998 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140916/OBIT/309169998 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:02:20 -0400 Martha Darneal Cole, 92, lifelong Malden resident and the last of Malden's old salt makers, died Sept. 3. She was a noted educator, well-known community historian and beloved friend to many.

A child of the Great Depression and the late Lewellyn Shrewsbury and John Lewis Cole, she grew up steeped in her family's long distinguished history. Her people were among the Kanawha Valley's first settlers, surveyor, salt makers, sheriff, Poet Laureate, and herself 1980 West Virginia Teacher of the Year. Following her graduation from Malden High School, she received a B.S. from Morris Harvey College and an M.S. from West Virginia University.

Martha had one sibling, Lewellyn Shrewsbury Cole (2012), with whom she shared their family home, jokingly referring to it as "Coles Bar and Grill." Martha would quickly offer that the two got along well because what they didn't share were clothes, bank accounts or boyfriends.

For over a half century their home was the go-to place for Malden family or community history hunters. She always welcomed youth in need of help with a school project, a reference, or career encouragement.

Miss Cole's formal teaching began in Marmet before moving to Charleston High School, where she taught and chaired the biology department for 39 years. During those Charleston High years she enjoyed serving as faculty advisor to the student council and coordinating CHS graduation ceremonies. Her students went on to become everything from governor to doctors, judges, teachers, scientists, engineers and lots of good ordinary citizens. Seeing her students on the street, she was prepared to greet all equally and later acknowledged a teacher's truth: "Some are bad but you just had to love them too." Known for her wit and wisdom, she was showered with many little gifts and kindnesses over the years, including an "all things frog collection."

Going by Martha's stories, her own gift of personality probably began with her grandmother, Fannie Slack Cole. Upon graduating from Oberlin College in music, Fannie asked for a horse and a shotgun. She then is said to have rode the horse with the shotgun down Capitol Street to Christ Methodist Church, where she played the pipe organ for years. Martha's mother was the first woman to drive an automobile in Malden, doing her rounds of home nursing while shooting her wit and wisdom from the hip. For Martha to both naturally embrace human rights causes and parade herself down Capitol Street in Morris Harvey College's first majorette corps was no surprise.

Martha is also known for her many years of teaching nights at Morris Harvey College. She was a member of the College Women Builders group and active in Kappa Delta Gamma educational leadership sorority.

A 60-plus year member of St John's Episcopal Church, Martha taught Sunday school and served her church in many capacities. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and reader for the Radio Reading Service for the Blind.

In her retirement years she gave generously of her time to Malden community projects including: Cabin Creek Quilts Cooperative, Malden Historic Preservation Society, Good Living Assisted Living, Booker T. Washington Association and Malden Elementary School. She held a limited partner position in George's Creek Investments based in Midland, Texas.

A rare old shoe with a deep sense of place and self, Martha's thoughts about typical worldly desires such as cruising around the world or a big house, she put very simply: "I'm content here with what I have; class has nothing to do with money or objects."

She leaves behind longtime friends and neighbors, James Thibeault and Karen Glazier; cousins, John and Joan Shrewsbury of Guilford, Conn., Kent and Jean Shrewsbury of Sacramento, Calif., Betty Vickers of Montgomery, Harriet Mathews Deem, Bill Mathews Jr., Peggy Mathews Cyrus and friends, Larry Rowe and Julia Beury of Malden, Carter Blundon and Augusta Kosowicz of Charleston. Martha had special love for four-legged friends, Sunny, Koz and Pearl. And a very special caregiver Kim Samples and helper Beth Marquart of Malden.

A Rite I service will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church in Charleston 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, with the Very Rev. Kent Higgins. Her committal will be in the Shrewsbury section of Spring Hill Cemetery.

Gifts in her memory may made to the charity of your choice. Barlow Bonsall is in charge of arrangements. No flowers please.

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Sandra Lynn Faber http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140916/OBIT/309169994 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140916/OBIT/309169994 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:02:23 -0400 Sandra Lynn Price Faber, 63, of Mechanicsville, Va., formerly of Wills Creek, Elkview, passed away Sept. 13, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Sandy was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was also a huge fan of the Boston Red Sox.

She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Victoria.

Survivors include her loving husband of 35 years, Bill Faber of Mechanicsville, Va.; mother, Ollie W. Price of Elkview; daughter, Robin McMillion of Mechanicsville, Va.; sons, Rich Westfall and fiancee, Melissa Watson, of Mechanicsville, Va., and Dave Westfall and fiancee, Racheal, of Sissonville; sisters, Danette Hunt and husband, Albert, of Weston, Ann Taylor and husband, Jim, of Marmet and Debbie Vaughn and husband, Mark, of Ashburn, Va.; and grandsons, Kaleb, Nick and Josh. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the West Virginia Mausoleum Chapel at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes. Pastor Ronald Rucker will officiate.

Friends will be received one hour prior to the service at the mausoleum chapel.

The family will accept online condolences at cpjfuneralhome.com.

Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the Faber family.

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Roland H. Frazier http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140916/OBIT/309169981 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140916/OBIT/309169981 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:02:29 -0400 Roland Howard Frazier, 23, of Beckley, passed away Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. Arrangements are forthcoming. Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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Nannie Marie Gaynor http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140916/OBIT/309169979 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140916/OBIT/309169979 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:02:30 -0400 Nannie Marie Long Gaynor, 95, of Dunbar, formerly of Richwood, passed away at Dunbar Care and Rehab after a long illness. Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at Richwood Cemetery. Arrangements by Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood.

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Sheila Lynn Hamric http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140916/OBIT/309169976 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140916/OBIT/309169976 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:02:30 -0400 Sheila Lynn Hamric, 67, of Heaters, died Sept. 13, 2014. Service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel, Flatwoods. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the funeral home.

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Carol Ann Holbert http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140916/OBIT/309169985 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140916/OBIT/309169985 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:02:28 -0400 Carol Ann Holbert, 66, of Marlinton, died Sept. 15, 2014. Service will be 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at Kimble Funeral Home, Marlinton, with visitation beginning two hours prior.

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Mark Holcomb http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140916/OBIT/309169996 OBIT http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140916/OBIT/309169996 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:02:22 -0400 Mark Holcomb, 72, of Cleveland, Ohio, passed away Sept. 13, 2014, at Fairview Hospital in Cleveland.

Born Aug. 17, 1942 in Bickmore, he was the son of the late Ezekial Rice and Ruby (Stephenson) Holcomb. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, David Cole.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Shelia (Bodkins) of Cleveland; sons, Mark Timothy Holcomb and companion, Annie, of Cleveland and James Eugene Holcomb and wife, Richelle, of Cleveland; grandchildren, Jacqueline Holcomb, James Meyers, Paige Holcomb, Tyler James Holcomb and Andrew Cole; great-granddaughter, Trinity Meyers; siblings, James Holcomb of Xenia, Ohio, Betty Taylor and husband, Escar, of Lizemores, Robert Holcomb of Hartland and Sharon Gray and husband, Woodrow, of Indore; sisters and brothers-in-law, Dreama and Gary Young of Brunswick, Ohio, and Bobby and Marjorie Bodkins of Brunswick, Ohio.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home, Clay, with Minister Jerry Bodkins officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Cemetery, Bickmore.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.carlwilsonfuneralhome.com.

Wilson-Shamblin-Smith Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Holcomb family.

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MARSHALL FOOTBALL: Cato honored for showing against Ohio http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140916/DM03/140919450 DM03 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140916/DM03/140919450 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:01:00 -0400 HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato was named College Sports Madness's Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week and a Manning Award "Star of the Week" on Monday.

Cato completed 17 of 29 pass attempts for 425 yards, four touchdowns and one interception in the Herd's 44-14 win agasint visiting Ohio on Saturday. It was his fifth-career 400-yard game and his 77-yard scoring bomb to wide receiver Angelo Jean-Louis in the third quarter gave him 100 career touchdown passes.

Nationally, the Miami native ranks in the top 15 in yards per completion (5th, 18.33), scoring responsibility (5th, 66 points), passing touchdowns (6th, nine), yards per pass attempt (7th, 10.59), total offense per game (7th, 368.3), pass efficiency (11th, 177.5) and passing yards (12th, 953). Marshall (3-0) travels to Akron (1-1) Saturday for a 2 p.m. game that will be carried on ESPN3.com.

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Your Vents, Tuesday, Sept. 16 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140916/DM04/140919483 DM04 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140916/DM04/140919483 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:01:00 -0400 n Concerning the president's own Marine Corps band concert: I was very disturbed to see there was no U.S. flag on stage or behind the band. I'm a little disappointed. Someone should have loaned them one if they could not find one.

n My Freedom Blue ACA has full coverage, no deductibles whatsoever. You are the Kool-Aid drinker because you believe everything Capito tells you to.

n I think we need a survey from the governor to the mayor and everyone with a television should stop all advertisements right now.

n The respiratory virus the children in our country are getting came from the illegal aliens that Obama let run across our borders. This is just the beginning.

n In response to the article on Tamarack, the reason people go in there and just look but don't purchase is because they raise the prices too high. There is about a 20 percent price hike on items sold there. That is why people don't shop at Tamarack; it is just too expensive.

n Someone who works for the state road spoke to me about getting an almost $2 raise and in about six months they are going to get another one. I think the money could be better spent elsewhere than with these workers who do nothing.

n Tamarack is not now, nor has it ever been, a shopping destination. It is merely a souvenir stop on the W.Va. Turnpike. The average traveler is not going to pay $5,000 for a stump table and two stick chairs. They are going to buy coal jewelry.

n Does anyone else find the Mark Hunt and Tom McGee ad on television offensive? They want to defend drunk drivers? This is ridiculous. I can't believe they are allowed to advertise in that manner.

n Congratulations to Dr. Charles Krauthammer for selling one million copies of his book "Things That Matter." It is a really great book, even if you aren't a fan of his. Get a copy and read it. It will open your eyes to a lot of things about his life and loves.

n Lord forbid Hillary Clinton would run for president. I'd vote for Sponge Bob before I would vote for her.

n Shame on the DNR workers who killed all of those Canada gees. They were creatures of God.

n I'm calling about the comment concerning Judge Kelly. I find him to be a very fair judge and I am very sorry to see him go.

n West Virginians just must be totally ignorant to keep voting crooked politicians and their families into office. First you have A. J. Manchin and now you have his nephew. First you have Arch Moore and now you have his daughter. Just remember, apples never fall far from their trees.

n The commercial on television with the coal miner husband and his wife saying she prays for him every day when he goes off to work is as deceitful as the candidate they are endorsing. The man hasn't worked for over a year or maybe even longer. He is retired.

n This is concerning the letter to the editor about Ed Rabel. You get respect when you respect others, not when you defame them.

n Why do retired guys wait until late afternoon or Saturday morning to get their haircut when working guys are trying to squeeze a cut into their day? If you got all day, get out of the way.

n I would just like to know why Little General fuel in Boone County is $3.65 and maybe 10 to 15 miles away it is $3.34. It just does not make sense. Nearly the poorest county in West Virginia and we have to pay more. People would have to get on public assistance to afford gas money to go to work.

n I recently read in your paper about book-buying options. That's a total disgrace. There's no way in Hell it cost that much to print textbooks. My daughter has to rent books because of the cost.

n For the last few weeks, the Vent Line sucks.

n If the three county commissioners, especially Carper and Hardy, Mayor Jones and Judge Bloom had not stuck their noses into the misdemeanor charges against Mark Plants and let the judicial system run its course this would all be behind us now. It is these five people who should be held to account over the costs.

n To the person who thought Natalie Tennant's campaign ad was absolutely stupid: I think just the opposite. I think it is one of the most innovative ads I have seen in a long while. It definitely makes a statement. 

n Do implanted tracking devices in dogs or cats cause the animal any type of cancer?

n It appears that the Daily Mail used poor judgment in printing a vent that used Congresswoman Capito's father's legal trouble as the "apple didn't fall to far from the tree" as despicable. I'm sure if we went into everyone's family tree that there is a relative of less than honorable reputation.

n The Vent Line has been very lopsided in its negative comments about Capito.

n American Mathematics: When Islamic terrorists kill one of us we kill a thousand of them - works for me.

n There could be a separate store for people on welfare. They would stock it with beer, cigarettes, pop, candy bars, etc. 

n Isn't it interesting that a Nevada tax cheat owing the federal government a million dollars welcomed dozens of heavily armed militia members who threatened to murder government officials? Fox News and a Republican senator called them "patriots" and "freedom riders," but an unarmed man in Missouri is a "thug."

n My friend keeps mentioning that she works for a lawyer. Well, whoop-de-do. I'd be ashamed to keep mentioning that.

n Why do local police departments and their Barney Fife's need grenade launchers?

n So, people imagine we have this being who lives in the sky that no one has ever seen, and for some reason they imagine he has a form like a human. But they get upset if I imagine him with a navel. Come on, I'm giving you the whole being, at least give me the belly button.

n Just to give our government something interesting to listen to, I always type "terrorist," "atomic weapon," and other adjectives into my emails.

n Now, a Daily Mail sportswriter says problems with the WVU grass practice field hinders the Mountaineers. I wonder how many more outlandish excuses we'll hear from Morgantown in the next few weeks when another mediocre football season goes down the tubes?

n A caller stated people lose loved ones every day and it is no reason for Suzette Raines to quit her job. So glad they can make this statement not knowing any of the extenuating circumstances. I guess they walked a mile in her shoes.

n To those illegally fishing at Daniel Boone Park: Shame on you. I've been finding large amounts of loose line and hooks all over the banks. There are a lot of birds, ducks, geese and squirrels at the park. The fishing line, tackle and trash is deadly to them.

n I'm embarrassed for Judge Margaret Workman. And I hope she's embarrassed for her two bratty children. But as all gardeners know (no pun intended), and most parents should - you reap what you sow.

n Don Surber and other GOP liars need to read the Sept. 5, 2014, issue of Forbes Magazine, which is hardly a liberal publication. Forbes uses facts to prove President Obama has been a better president for the economy than the GOP's god, Ronald Reagan.

n I don't understand how you can have a license for nursing home if you never give patients a shower. Somebody needs to look into this and the slop that is served for meals.

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Dwayne Edwards: Protection of electronic health data is essential for the medical community http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140916/DM04/140919488 DM04 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140916/DM04/140919488 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:01:00 -0400

By: Dwayne Edwards

As our society moves toward greater use of electronic health records and digitized medical data, new challenges arise regarding the proper protection and maintenance of patient information.

Health care entities of all sizes - and their patients - have been victims of unlawful and unscrupulous actions caused by hackers or thieves, or from just plain neglect. The consequences and costs associated with a breach or loss of patient health information can be significant.

As part of National HIT Week, the West Virginia Regional Health Information Technology Center reminds the state's health care industry and the public of the federal and state laws and standards that protect the privacy and security of electronic health information.

In addition, new federal meaningful use standards require providers to undertake risk assessments and develop policies regarding the privacy and security of health data.

Each health care practice is responsible for taking the steps needed to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of health information and to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

Here are some recommendations to keep in mind:

Conduct a security risk analysis (or annual reassessment if you already conducted an initial risk analysis) that compares your current security measures to what is legally and pragmatically required to safeguard patient health information. The risk analysis identifies high priority threats and minimizes vulnerabilities. The W.Va. Health Improvement Institute can provide a suggested security risk assessment tool and other resources.

Develop an action plan to address threats and vulnerabilities. Often, basic security measures can be highly effective and affordable. The plan should have five components: administrative, physical, and technical safeguards; policies and procedures; and organizational standards.

Manage and mitigate risks by implementing a thorough privacy and security action plan. Develop written and up-to-date policies and procedures about how your practice protects your personal health information.

Conduct workforce education and training. To safeguard patient health information, your practice's or hospital's employees must know how to implement your policies, procedures, and security audits.

Communicate with patients about the confidentiality and security of health information, as well as the benefits that having health records electronically give them and their health care providers.

Finally, providers must know what to do in case of a breach of unsecured patient health information. A breach is an impermissible use or disclosure under the Privacy Rule that compromises the security or privacy of personal health information.

The federal Breach Notification Rule requires covered providers to promptly notify individuals and the Secretary of the U.S. DHHS of the loss, theft, or certain other impermissible uses or disclosures of unsecured patient health information.

Ensuring privacy and security of health information, including information in electronic health records, is a key component to building the trust required to realize the potential benefits of electronic health information and digital exchange.

If individuals and other participants in a network lack trust in electronic storage or exchange of information due to perceived or actual risks, it may affect their willingness to disclose necessary health information and could have life-threatening consequences.

By preserving the integrity and confidentiality of electronic health information, we all will realize the significant benefits from this new digital age in medicine.

Dwayne Edwards is director of the W. Va. Regional Health Information Technology Center (www.wvrhitec.org), one of 62 federally funded centers working with the health care industry on the implementation and use of electronic health record systems.

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Letter to the editor: Marcellus shale is a blessing from above http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140916/DM04/140919489 DM04 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140916/DM04/140919489 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:01:00 -0400 Our country is truly blessed with natural resources and our quality of life. We are blessed once more by the discovery of the natural gas in shale formations and the ability to recover it. We now have an abundance of energy and the chance to become independent from foreign energy sources.

The Environmental Protection Agency has put tougher regulations on coal-fired electric generation plants, creating the need for greater use of natural gas for power generation. The natural gas pipeline proposed through Randolph and Pocahontas counties, to terminate in North Carolina, is needed to meet these new demands for natural gas.

Environmental groups have launched campaigns opposing the pipeline, especially through the Monongahela National Forest.

I understand their concerns and share some of them. Most of the concerns refer to the construction phase. Water quality and siltation of trout streams are a big concern, but as in the construction of Corridor H, they can be managed responsibly.

The state Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be involved in the process.

There are many existing pipelines through the Mon Forest that don't pose problems. The rights of way are seeded and re-vegetated, providing grazing areas for wildlife.

Pipelines on public land are safer than those on private property because the No. 1 threat to a pipeline is someone accidentally hitting them with earth-moving equipment.

Our National Forests are provided for the good of all. Gifford Pinchot, the founder of our national forests, said "the Forest Service should provide the greatest amount of good for the greatest amount of people."

We all love our national forests and great outdoors and want to preserve it for future generations, but if we are not careful we may be preserving it for future generations of foreign entities.

Doug Cooper

Valley Head

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Letter to the editor: Include third-party candidates, too http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140916/DM04/140919490 DM04 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140916/DM04/140919490 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:01:00 -0400 The Oct. 7 U.S. Senate candidates debate will be exclusively open to the Democrat and Republican candidates, determined by arbitrary polling results and communicated to me on my Kickoff Tour.

The "chosen" have campaigned for four months, eight times longer than my 15 days. It took 23 days to August 22 for the Secretary of State's verification of my signatures.

I'm kicked off and ticked off. More than 9,000 folks signed my ballot access petition thinking I'd be heard.

Why the charade of striving to obtain thousands of signatures?

I'm labeled "second tier" and thrown a Kercheval/Monroe contrived bone of second class, alternate exposure?

Yes, Hoppy Kercheval, and Howard Monroe, conspired formulating the current debate plan live and on air on Hoppy's radio program: http://downloads.hudok.com/hoppy_08_15_14.mp3

Obviously, third-party candidates don't qualify for "front seats on the bus" according to the AARP West Virginia, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, West Virginia MetroNews Radio Network, the West Virginia Press Association who are hosting the Oct. 7 debate and debate moderator, Hoppy Kercheval.

It reminds me of the movie, "Wag The Dog." Our 65-city kickoff tour garnered only one article.

Will the day ever come when other than a select few have a chance of being elected?

I'm not throwing in the towel, but formulating plans.

I admit, I have a big head (Mr. Obama-sized head) and don't mince words. I will bring to public light our current plight and my plans.

Phil Hudok

Huttonsville

Hudok is the Constitution Party candidate for U.S. Senate.

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Larry Kump: Thanks to West Virginia's finest http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140916/DM04/140919491 DM04 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140916/DM04/140919491 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:01:00 -0400 One of West Virginia's finest recently came to my rescue.More specifically, my car went completely kaput during rush hour evening traffic on Interstate 64 West in Charleston, and I barely was able to get off the road.

That's when West Virginia State Police Lt. Mike Baylous spotted me, while he was driving home for dinner with his wife. He immediately pulled over behind me, waited with me until the emergency tow truck arrived, and then went the extra miles to drive me to a place for me to stay the night.

Not only are our state police underpaid, they are underappreciated for their unselfish service.

Similarly, I also was much impressed and ever so grateful to Tim Koontz, who expertly and graciously repaired my automobile.

Thanks Mike and Tim, and may God bless you and yours real good.

 

Larry Kump

Falling Waters

Kump is a delegate from Berkeley and Morgan counties.

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Endorsement: Give the Boy Scouts a property tax break http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140916/DM04/140919492 DM04 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140916/DM04/140919492 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:01:00 -0400 The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve easily is the most exciting and largest development in Fayette County in decades. The National Council of the Boy Scouts of America raised $100 million to build this permanent home for the National Scout Jamboree.

The Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation donated $50 million to the project and the Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation gave $25 million. Both Bechtel and Mr. Scott are Distinguished Eagle Scouts, civil engineers and philanthropists.

The 10,600-acre site borders the New River Gorge National River. The Summit will host the world jamboree in 2019.

This is a wonderful development that maintains the beauty of the area while boosting the local economy. Officials would like to do more by hosting BMX racing, skating events and even concerts.

To accommodate this activity, the Legislature is asking voters to extend the tax exemption for Boy Scouts to any land they may lease for these events. The constitutional amendment will be on the ballot on Election Day, which is Nov. 4.

The Daily Mail urges voters to vote YES.

Hosting activities will help the Scouts, help the state and help the local economy. Some local businesses are concerned that the Scout activities will compete with their businesses.

More likely, this will bring more travelers far and wide to Fayette County, boosting all the businesses in the area.

The amendment's supporters include Dave Arnold, owner of Adventures on the Gorge resort, which was formed by four whitewater rafting companies in 2007. The resort's activities include zip lines, rock climbing, rappelling and paintball.

Arnold goes back to the establishment of the whitewater rafting industry along the New River.

"You can call me an optimist," Arnold told the Daily Mail's Whitney Burdette. "There are people who look at it through a different lens and see it as something that can compete with them. It's my belief that when I'm 80 years old 20 years from now, I'm going to sit on the rocking chair and say this has been a really good thing for our community."

The amendment should not cost the county any property taxes as the 10,600-acre site should already be tax-exempt.

The Summit has been an excellent way to preserve the natural beauty of the area while improving the local economy.

The national jamboree occurs every four years. West Virginians should do everything they can to help the Scouts get good use out of the site during the other three years.

Please vote YES on the Boy Scouts Amendment.

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Editorial: Emergency planning is essential for all http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140916/DM04/140919493 DM04 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140916/DM04/140919493 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:01:00 -0400 God knows we've had our share of emergencies in West Virginia in the last few years.

A common thread of the June 29, 2012, derecho, Superstorm Sandy, and the water crisis of January 2014 is that there was little, if anything, residents of affected households could have done to prevent the crisis. But the affect of the crisis on each household depended largely on how well residents were prepared.

The West Virginia Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is doing its part in preparation as part of National Preparedness Month. On Wednesday at 2 p.m., the agency will conduct a statewide test of the public alert and warning system.

The test will be seen and heard over radio, television and cable TV systems in the state as part of the regular monthly Emergency Alert System test schedule conducted by West Virginia broadcasters.

Testing ensures that an effective and reliable public alert and warning system is available to provide timely and accurate alerts.

But it's not just the job of government or utility companies to be prepared for a crisis. Every family and every individual can reduce their own vulnerabilities by following the Federal Emergency Management Agency's four building blocks of emergency preparedness: being informed; making a plan; building a kit; and getting involved.

It starts with an easy plan and a few simple supplies: three gallons of water per person in the family (one per day for a three day outage), enough non-perishable food for the same amount of time, a week's worth of prescription medicine, a first aid kit, cash, a battery powered radio and extra batteries, and a few other items.

The American Red Cross has tips for making a family crisis plan and building a crisis kit at <URL destination="http://www.redcross.org/prepare">www.redcross.org/prepare.

</URL>Families and organizations who are prepared will be taking care of their own, and better able to help the less fortunate and less prepared.

Most people don't have the power to ensure that their household electricity stays on, the water flows or the grocery store shelves stay stocked. But they do have the power to determine how ready they are for any contingency and how they respond.

Be ready.

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Community briefs for Tuesday, Sept. 16 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140916/DM01/140919494 DM01 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140916/DM01/140919494 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:01:00 -0400 The City of South Charleston invites residents to attend the grand re-opening of the clubhouse at Little Creek Golf Course at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the course, 99 Fairway Drive in South Charleston.

The Ohio River Festival of Books continues this week with daily lectures at different Cabell County Public Library branches.

A reception will be Friday evening, following a program at 6:30 p.m. by notable children's author Marc Brown, creator of "Arthur." Featured authors will include Craig Johnson, S.G. Redling, Bethany Griffin, Anna Smucker and others. Regional publishers and local signing authors will be on hand and there will be a book sale.

The main event, a book festival, takes place Saturday at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena, and wraps up Saturday evening at the Huntington Museum of Art with a lecture by Christel Schmidt discussing Mary Pickford's film contributions and ragtime pianist Ethan Uslan accompanying the silent Pickford film, "Sparrows."

For more information, visit ohioriverbooks.org or call 304-528-5700.

This Friday, grab your lunch and head to Davis Park for free live music at the Brown Bag Concert.

A Charleston Area Alliance program, the concert will feature a football tailgate theme with music from the West Virginia State University Jazz Ensemble and the St. Albans High School Marching Dragons. Wear your favorite high school, college or professional football team gear.

Several Charleston restaurants are offering lunch specials for guests to enjoy at the concert. They include: Bridge Road Bistro Food Truck, Pies & Pints Pizzeria, Swiftwater Cafe and Swiftwater General Store.

For more information and full descriptions of the lunchtime food specials, visit www.facebook.com/brownbagconcertdowntown.

RJ Tours is offering round-trip bus transportation to and from Saturday's WVU-Oklahoma game. The bus will leave Kanawha City at 3 p.m. For more details, call 304-610-6179 or 304-925-2286.

Highland Hospital will host the 18th annual Kanawha City Health Fair from 7 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, in its gymnasium, 300 56th St.

Admission is free. Complementary health screenings include: spinal, blood pressure, vision, glucose, pulmonary, depression, heart rhythm, bone density, nutritional and more. Information will be available on glaucoma, skin cancer, breast cancer, osteoporosis, smoking cessation, mental health programs, dental care, weight management, healthy eating, prescription medicines and more.

Free flu shots also will be available. The fair also will offer various assessments of blood work for a nominal fee, including: lipid panel, comprehensive metabolic panel, CBC, PSA, hemoglobin A1C and TSH. Twelve hour fasting is required for best results.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's REAP program is hosting a local tire collection to rid Roane County of old tires.

The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, on the Bowman Street parking lot in Spencer.

Residents may dispose of up to 10 tires per person with a valid West Virginia ID for Roane County. The tires must be off the rims and only car and light truck tires 16 inches or less will be accepted. Haulers and businesses are not allowed to participate.

The event is made possible in part through REAP within the DEP's Division of Land Restoration. REAP (Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan) brings together all of the state's cleanup programs to maximize the state's cleanup efforts.

The John Young Chapter of the National Society of DAR will welcome a new year of programs at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at Edgewood Summit. The meeting will begin with lunch and a presentation will follow. Members Juanita Reed and Roberta Farmer will present "Quilt Turning" and a display of homemade quilts. Reservations must be made in advance by contacting Christine Bower at 2091 Point Lick Drive in Charleston, 25306, or by phone at 304-925-5803. Checks may be made to NSDAR. Members may bring a guest as well.

Marshall University's Army ROTC program is helping to sponsor a 5K run/walk event at 8 a.m. Sept. 27 to assist people with Chiari malformation, syringomyelia and related disorders.

It will begin at the shelter in Ritter Park and proceed west through the park to North Boulevard, then continue west on North Boulevard to West 5th Street, north to West 11th Avenue, west to West 7th Street, east on Memorial Boulevard/North Boulevard and finish back at the shelter.

Early registration for the event is available for $20 and will continue until Sept. 25. After that date, registration will cost $25. Registration is available online at www.tristateracer.com.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the American Syringomyelia and Chiari Alliance Project, which is a foundation dedicated to research, education and support regarding these conditions. For more information on the event, call 304-638-3432 or email at holley1@marshall.edu.

To submit an item, send it by email to yournews@dailymailwv.com, fax it to 304-348-4847 or mail it to Community Briefs, Charleston Daily Mail, 1001 Virginia Street East, Charleston, WV 25301.

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On retirement: Remembering when ice cream was a special treat http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140916/DM06/140919510 DM06 http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20140916/DM06/140919510 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:01:00 -0400

By EVADNA BARTLETT

Daily MAIL COLUMNIST

Nuns still wore habits when I was growing up. I would see them driving, albeit with limited peripheral vision, or at the Catholic hospital where I worked in food service one summer.

But it came as a shock in 1961 when I saw them jostling to get to the ice cream counter at the University of Notre Dame where we were training for Peace Corps. It was still an all-male school, but nuns could enroll at Notre Dame for summer sessions and our mixed group had special permission for our training.

At any rate, it was the first time I had ever seen nuns elbowing in a crowd as energetically as anyone aiming for a cool treat.

My memory of that time was jogged last month when we traveled to the Amish area of Ohio, where a farm equipment auction was under way. Never had we seen as many men, as well as women and children, licking cones or spooning ice cream from paper cups with such apparent pleasure.

It set me to wondering if they have the frozen treat only on occasion, perhaps lacking refrigeration at home. I didn't feel comfortable asking but started searching back home on the Internet and at the library. Turns out many Amish who avoid being on the electric power grid do use propane-fueled refrigerators. But whether they have models with the capacity to keep ice cream frozen, I didn't discover.

There was a clue in the 2006 book, "The Amish Cook at Home" by Lovina Eicher. Her book is divided in foods of the four seasons, and it's winter rather than hot weather where ice cream shows up.

"All the snow and ice gives us one special treat that isn't available to us as easily during the summer: ice cream," she writes, explaining, "After all, there is plenty of snow outside to pack around the hand-cranked churn."

When I was a preteen, we had refrigeration, but the only freezer was a small metal unit in the center of the appliance. It simply did not keep ice cream well.

It was a treat when we brought a quart home to consume fairly quickly or when Dad treated us to cones while on Sunday drives. He often bought five cones, one each for him, my mother, my brother and me and the fifth for our cocker spaniel. The dog devoured it with as much delight as he gave us watching him.

Growing up in Michigan, of course, we had snow ice cream almost every winter. All it took was catching a bowlful of clean falling snow (presumably there was less pollution in the air then), adding a little milk and sugar and viola! A treat.

I admit to now enjoy having ice cream available most of the time in our freezer compartment. But yes, like many of my aging comrades, I wonder if my grandkids miss that special joy we experienced when it was such a special treat.

Be that as it may, ice cream in one form or another has been around for a long time. And snow ice cream is hardly a modern innovation.

The Roman emperor Nero in the first century A.D. is said to have sent his slaves into the mountains to fetch snow to mix with nectar, fruit pulp and honey, although this widely-told tale may be a myth, The Old Farmer's Almanac website reports.

Alexander the Great enjoyed snow and ice flavored with honey and nectar, according to the International Dairy Foods Association's website. Historians estimate that, by the 16th century, both Italy and England had developed recipes for ice cream.

Both the almanac and the association report the first account of ice cream in the New World is in a letter written in 1744 by a guest in the home of Maryland Gov. Thomas Bladen. The guest, a Scottish colonist, described a dessert that ". . . was some fine ice Cream which, with the Strawberries and Milk, eat<sic> most deliciously."

Ninety-nine years later (Sept. 9, 1843) Nancy Johnson of Philadelphia got a patent on her "artificial freezer" that contained a tub, cylinder, lid, dasher and crank, a design still in use, the Old Farmer's Almanac states. The first commercial factory opened just seven years later, started by a Baltimore dairyman with a surplus of cream. Grocery stores didn't start selling ice cream until the 1930s.

By World War II ice cream was so popular it turned into somewhat of an American symbol, prompting Mussolini to ban it in Italy. Ice cream was a morale booster for troops, I read on the almanac's website.

So it is no surprise that many Americans celebrated victory with ice cream. In 1946, we consumed more than 20 quarts per person, according to the dairy association.

Contact writer Evadna Bartlett at evadna@dailymailwv.com.

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