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VOLUME 01 | ISSUE 06 | MAY 2019 FREE

ELK RIVER LIVING Blooming with Memories

Take a Moment to Enjoy

Champion Archers

Around the Elk

WV Pepperoni Rolls

May Elk River Hero

Nothing says spring any better than a visit to LongRidge Farm and Greenhouse where rolling pastures and gorgeous colors, baskets, flats and planters welcome you.

A Salute to Noah Sheley by HHHS and Community; KnightHorst Shredding will offer drop-off service in Charleston; Homemade Coopers Creek Swings; and Clendenin Pageant Queens.

Master Crafters Gifts & Primitives Shoppe speaks to your heart and beckons you to come relax and shop for awhile. A special shoppe owned by a very special lady, Shavonne Hale.

Brent and Michelle Knight share their favorite recipe for WV Pepperoni Rolls. Even though they live in TN now, their WV Pepperoni Rolls are an almost-heaven treat for them and their friends.

The Bridge-Clendenin Elementary Archery Team will be on their way to the National Archery in the School Program (NASP) Tournament after capturing the state championship title.

Kevin Clendenin has been chief of the Clendenin Volunteer Fire Department for 23 years. We salute his unwavering commitment and dedication to the people of the Elk River Community.

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SCOTT HUNTER Thank you for being such a positive influence in our lives. We love you, and will never forget you my friend. Your soul is special and we are all better for knowing you. Love and thank you.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS 18 Cover Story: Blooming with Memories Kathy Moles (Cavender) honors her dad’s memory by keeping his farm as he would have wanted, plus she offers gorgeous, organic, chemical-free vegetables, annuals and perennials.

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A Little Slice of Heaven Welcomes You Shavonne Hale says her Master Crafters Gift & Primitives Shoppe is exactly as she dreamed it would be, a comfortable, inviting place for her and for her customers.

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Enjoying the Country Life

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Angela and John Born, owners, want their visitors to take time to make some special memories at their Country Road House and Berries Farm.

Bridge-Clendenin Archers Hit the Target The Bridge-Clendenin Elementary Archery Team will be on their way to the National Archery in the School Program (NASP) Tournament after capturing the state championship title.

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Welcome Back to Elk River Living!

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Elk River Hero: Kevin Clendenin

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Our Valued Sponsors

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The Elk Reflects

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Events In the Valley

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This Month’s Reader Submission

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WV Pepperoni Rolls

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The Elk’s Journal


Hello & Welcome Back! Memories are one of our greatest gifts. This month one of our feature stories is the Country Road House and Berries Farm outside of Clendenin. It is truly a place to be a kid again and pick strawberries from their fields, enjoy the farm animals, and even stay all night. Owners Angela and John Born encourage people to come and unwind and make memories with their families. Also, Kathy Moles (Cavender), owner of LongRidge Farm and Greenhouse, celebrates her dad’s (Homer Cavender) memory every day by keeping his farm the way he would have wanted. The addition of her greenhouse brings friends and neighbors to the farm, not only to purchase her gorgeous flowers and plants, but to share memories of her dad as well. There are six kids in our family, so if you want to talk about memories, we have endless stories. There is nothing like all six of us getting together and telling tales and laughing until our sides hurt. There are tears as well, especially when we talk about our mom, who suffers from dementia and alzheimers and can’t even remember the previous five minutes. We are thankful she still knows us. Even after a visit where communication is scattered and broken, when we say ”I love you, Mom,” she replies “I love you more than you’ll ever know.” We do know, mom. You made sure we knew you loved us every day. Happy Mother’s Day to mothers everywhere for their precious memories. I hope that when each of you look back on the times in your life, you can smile. Through the good times and bad, our memories are precious. As Angela Born told me during our interview at the strawberry farm, “slow down, take some time, make some memories.” Much love to all. Remember, there’s no place like home on the Elk River. Cyndi Tawney Founder & Editor 304.546.9243 cyndi@elkriverliving.com


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On the cover: The greenhouse at LongRidge Farm.

This magazine depends on our advertising partners! Production, printing and mailing costs are offset by the participation of our valued local businesses. It is how we provide this service at no charge to you. Please take the time to review our Sponsors Page, and if you are in need of a product or service they provide, we ask that you give them a shot at earning your business. And let them know you saw their ad in Elk River Living!

This month our guest photographer is Phil Blackwell from Blue Creek. Photography is his hobby and he especially enjoys taking pictures of nature and landscapes on the Elk River. If you are Facebook friends with Phil, you have seen many of his awesome photos.


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LONGRIDGE FARM AND GREENHOUSE 2457 LongRidge, Elkview 25071 Open Fridays and Saturdays 10:00 AM-6:00 PM Sundays 12 Noon-2:00 PM MEET THE CANDIDATES Sponsored by the Clendenin Woman’s Club CLENDENIN RECREATION CENTER 101 1st Street, Clendenin 6:00 PM Refreshments FRIDAY NIGHT JAM ELK RIVER COMMUNITY CENTER 1078 MAIN ST. ELKVIEW, WV 25071 Feat. RECYCLE, BILL ROSS 304.965.3722 5PM Admission $5.00 - Children 12 & under free SPRING PAINT NIGHT MOMMA PAYNE’S DINER 12 Main Street, Clendenin Hosted by Clendenin Homecoming Festival Instructor Quincy Potasnik 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

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FRIDAY NIGHT JAM ELK RIVER COMMUNITY CENTER 1078 MAIN ST. ELKVIEW, WV 25071 Feat. DIXIE HIGHWAY, CYNDI BIRD 304.965.3722 5PM Admission $5.00 - Children 12 & under free

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MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND CELEBRATION COUNTRY ROAD HOUSE AND BERRIES 7 Kittyhawk Dr., Clendenin Featuring chocolate covered strawberries, live music, Jasper the Horse, farm animals, jam-making classes, and lots of berries--pick them yourself or buy them already picked. Bring a blanket and enjoy the day. MOTHER’S DAY DINNER BUFFET CROWN CATERING 1 Maywood Avenue, Clendenin Special Mother’s Day Menu plus homemade desserts - $10 per person 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM No long lines!

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FRIDAY NIGHT JAM ELK RIVER COMMUNITY CENTER 1078 MAIN ST. ELKVIEW, WV 25071 Feat. MARK IV, STEPHANIE MOORE 304.965.3722 5pm Admission $5.00 - Children 12 & under free

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FRIDAY NIGHT JAM ELK RIVER COMMUNITY CENTER 1078 MAIN ST. ELKVIEW, WV 25071 Feat. SOUTHERN COOKIN’ & STEVE MULLINS 304.965.3722 5pm Admission $5.00 - Children 12 & under free

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ELK RIVER RUMBLE 2 BOXING MMA & KICKBOXING 107 Koontz Gym, Former Clendenin Middle School Doors Open at 6:30 PM; Fights start at 7:30 PM General Admission: $25 (tickets on sale at Giovanni’s and Bobbers Grill in Clendenin)

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BLOOD DRIVE CLENDENIN COMMUNITY RECREATION CENTER 101 1st Street, Clendenin 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Eagle Scout Project for Michael Slack and CORE Organ Donor Sign Up Admission $5.00 - Children 12 & under free

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rent and Michelle Knight shared this month’s recipe for good ole West Virginia Pepperoni Rolls. They say these are really easy to make and a crowd favorite with all of their friends. Brent (HHHS 1985 graduate) and his sister, Stacie Knight Evans (HHHS 2000 graduate) (daughter Greenlee) grew up in Clendenin. Brent and his wife, Michelle, have a daughter, Brittany. They now reside in Nashville/ Brentwood, TN. His parents are Benny and Jerry Knight of Clendenin. Brent is the owner of KnightHorst Shredding (see their ad in this magazine), established in 2004, which proudly serves WV, KY, TN and OH.

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BLOOMING WITH MEMORIES The true beauty of LongRidge Farm and Greenhouse is that the owner, Kathy Moles (Cavender), and her daughters keep the farm the way her dad, Homer Cavender, kept it. “We love it as much as he did,” said Kathy. “It’s our tribute to him and our way of saying thank you for trusting us with the farm.”


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of vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, yellow squash, and zucchini), along with herbs (oregano, basil and thyme), succulent dish gardens, and a variety of 10-inch planters and hanging baskets for Mother’s Day.

omer started the farm 49 years ago and lived there until his passing at age 89. His memories are everywhere on the farm, especially with many customers telling stories and sharing memories of coming to the farm and visiting with him. His favorite thing to do was to sit on the porch, talking, not gossiping or complaining, even on his sickest days. He never met a stranger.

LongRidge Farm and Greenhouse is open in April as soon as the plants are ready through June 1 or until they run out of plants. Kathy said the first year she was open she ran out of hanging baskets before Mother’s Day and had to visit local greenhouses to buy more flowers to get through the big holiday event. She has more than 300 baskets ready this spring. Kathy stated that too many baskets won’t allow the air to circulate properly. All of her hanging baskets are on a dripline. She has drop down hooks to stagger her hanging baskets so they all get full light and aren’t shaded by other plants such as the ferns.

There is nothing that says spring any better than a visit to LongRidge Farm and Greenhouse. Located about 15 minutes from Elkview, over 200 acres of rolling pastures with gorgeous colors, baskets, flats and planters welcome you when you pull into the driveway. Kathy takes great pride in offering a variety of organic, chemical-free vegetables, annuals and perennials. The first year she opened her greenhouse in 2017, she offered mainly annuals and a few vegetables. Now she has annuals in every color in hanging baskets, 4-inch and 6-inch pots and planters. This year she has a variety

Kathy starts her annuals (about the size of your thumb) in plug trays the first of February. Her tomato and pepper seeds are planted one at a time and then later

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and dedicate it to vegetables next year where she could sell actual vegetables and not just plants. With the high tunnel she could start her plants earlier. While the greenhouse is more of a hobby, Kathy says the cows are her first priority. LongRidge Farm and Greenhouse is also a beef cattle farm as well as a greenhouse. She has 23 head of Polled Herefords (same as the breed her dad started with) and in the fall, she takes her feeder calves to auction to be sold and raised for beef cattle. Depending on the needs of her cattle (hay, pasture, fencing, calving, etc.), Kathy usually opens her greenhouse again in mid-September when her mums are ready. She also offers pumpkins, fodder shocks, and yard decor, including farm plows from flea markets. LongRidge Farm and Greenhouse is a familyrun business. Kathy has two daughters. Callie is the Wirt County Extension Agent in Elizabeth. She comes to the farm on weekends and helps prune and transplant. Her other daughter, Amber, is still in college, and she creates the beautiful hanging pots. Kathy’s Aunt Gracie also helps her water, prune, and assists with sales when the greenhouse is open for business.

Blooming with Memories transplanted by hand to flats. Some packages have 1000 seeds. Kathy said, “This is the way 75% of our plants are planted--no machines are involved.” Her greenhouse is heated to 68 degrees with a gas furnace. There is an alarm which alerts her if the electric goes off so she can switch on her generator to keep the plants from freezing. When the outside temperature begins to warm, she can open the greenhouse doors or roll up the sides to cool it down. The inside temperature can reach 110-120 degrees quickly. There is also a large exhaust fan in the ceiling for additional ventilation. Kathy said, “you can lose all your plants in one day if you aren’t monitoring the temperature!”

Whether you want 4-or 6-inch pots, 6-packs, trays or flats, LongRidge has a gorgeous selection at affordable prices. Kathy allows customers to mix and match herbs, flowers and vegetables.Their hanging baskets, planters and dish gardens are also very reasonable. LongRidge Farm and Greenhouse is only open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am - 6 pm and on Sundays from 12 pm - 5 pm during their spring season (April to June 1). Bring check or cash. When you are in the country, the internet can be spotty and the card reader doesn’t always work on the farm.

Kathy first started the greenhouse as a hobby. When she inherited the farm, it was called LongRidge Stables. Many people can remember the horse shows, camping, and trail rides. It even had a horse ring. Homer also raised cattle. Kathy spent every weekend on the farm. No one was surprised to see a greenhouse go up when Kathy took ownership of the farm. She loves being out in the greenhouse during the winter months. She would like to add a high tunnel greenhouse

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In each edition of Elk River Living we feature and celebrate a member from our community. If you would like to submit someone you know, please contact Cyndi Tawney at cyndi@elkriverliving.com.

“It has been my point of view that each citizen deserves the highest quality fire rescue services, no matter how small or large the community is in which they live.That is why the members of the Clendenin Volunteer Fire Department are driven to provide outstanding service to their fellow citizens.” -Kevin Clendenin, Fire Chief, CVFD

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evin Clendenin has served as fire chief for the Clendenin Volunteer Fire Department for 23 years. He graduated from Herbert Hoover High School in 1983 and has continued to serve as a leader in the Elk River community. ERL is proud to recognize him as the May Elk River Hero. He first joined the fire department in 1981 as a junior firefighter and then became an EMT-B in 1990. He attended WVU Institute of Technology in their paramedic program and received his National Registry Paramedic certification in 1993. Kevin then worked as a Paramedic Supervisor for Kanawha County Ambulance Authority until 2001. He received an Associate’s Degree in Chemical Processing from WV State University in 2008. He has extensive training, including serving as a Fire and Rescue Service Instructor for West Virginia Public Service Training in 1995, as a lead instructor for Swiftwater and Flood instructor with Spec Rescue Intl, Virginia Beach VA in 2008, as a member of the WV State Swiftwater Rescue Team in 2017 (Clendenin Fire Department joined with the WV Army National Guard to form the WV State


Swiftwater Rescue Team), and as an industrial firefighter EMT with Union Carbide in 2001. Kevin said, “In the 23 years that I have served as Fire Chief, the Clendenin Volunteer Fire Department has managed 5 FEMA declared disasters in the Clendenin area. The 30 members for the fire department represent less than 1% of the population we serve in a 50 square mile area of northern Kanawha County. We train extensively and give up countless hours to serve our community with the utmost professionalism and selflessness to provide much needed service to our fellow citizens.� Kevin and his wife, Tabitha, live in Clendenin. They have a daughter, Katelyn, and two sons, Jacob and James.

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hen you stop by Master Crafters Gift & Primitives Shoppe at Big Chimney, you don’t even have to open the door to feel right at home. Her shoppe front speaks to your heart and beckons you to come relax and shop for awhile. Shavonne Hale, owner, said, “My shoppe is nestled on the river bank of the Elk River.” From the moment her customers arrive, it is a stress free environment--free parking, relaxing music, and delightful aromas from the CANDLEBERRY Co. products and CROSSROADS Original Designs Candle Company. A comfy home decor, unique gifts, and flickering lights welcome you.

Shavonne opened her first business in 1986 in her hometown of Chesterhill, OH. She has been in business for 33 years. Her first store, The Country Wagon, was supplied by the Amish and local artists who made and sold their items on consignment. She soon found that she needed more room, so she bought a house in McConnelsville, OH, and moved her shop there. In December 1993, Shavonne and her husband, Art, who is in the coal industry, moved to Charleston. She will always be thankful to Patty McCamey, realtor, who helped them find a home to rent and then later to purchase their current home.

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For 7 1/2 years, she had Shavonne’s Country Gift Shop on Greenbrier Street at the old Lacy’s Grocery Store. There were several small markets inside the Lacy’s building. Shavonne also had an easel there and painted items for her customers. “I can’t even tell you how many saw blades I painted,” she said. The flood of 2005 forced the residents to find a new location. She will always remember Jim Smith meeting her with the key and saying “give it a try--I have faith you can make this location work for you.” Fourteen years later, Master Crafters Gift & Primitives Shoppe is still serving the Elk River Community and beyond.

adorning them with pipberries and flowers. “If I have some time during the day, I love to just start building a wreath. Also, if something comes in that needs a little something, I enjoy accessorizing it,” she said. Shavonne said her shop is exactly as she dreamed it would be, a comfortable, inviting place for her and for her customers. Stop by her shop on 4802 Chimney Drive (in the former Big Chimney Dairy Queen building) and browse her selections of home decor and unique gifts, ranging from country, primitive, and folk art to Victorian fine design motif. There is something for everyone.

Shavonne said although her shoppe is large, it never looks that way because of her overflowing inventory. Every nook and cranny is filled with homegoods and crafts, including pipberry vines in assorted colors, rugs, window treatments, tarts and tart warmers, placemats, napkins, lamps, lanterns, and windchimes, just to name a few. “If you can think of it, it’s probably here,” said Shavonne. Her shop has the exclusive contract for WillowTree collectibles and for CANDLEBERRY Co. and is the only authorized dealer in this area. She also carries replacement bulbs, etc. for her products. “When customers purchase items, I want to make sure they have bulbs for later, from tart warmers to flickering candles.” Shavonne said it was always her passion to have her own identity. She is a loving wife and mother, but she always dreamed of having her own store. When she opened the doors on her shop, she knew she had accomplished her goal. “My customers say they love how spiritual it is in the shop,” she said. Assorted weathered signs with Gather, Amazing Grace, Blessed, and Family are located throughout the shop. She also offers bereavement items for funerals. One of her favorite things to do is to design her own wreaths and arrangements. Most of her wreaths are on a grapevine base. She enjoys

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hen Angela and John Born bought their 93-acre farm on Gabe Road outside of Clendenin, they had a vision. Angela said, “We want people to come here and enjoy the farm, the animals, the strawberries, the fresh country air--we want people to make memories with their families.” This is how Country Road House and Berries came to be what it is today: a lovely place where people can come to unwind, enjoy the amenities of their farm, and even spend the night. This year, Angela and John are expecting a huge crop of strawberries right around Mother’s Day weekend. The strawberries are flowering and if the weather cooperates, there will be juicy, sweet strawberries waiting to be picked--and eaten! Watch their website and Facebook for the exact date the berries will be available for picking. The berries in the front field are a Chandler Variety which Angela says “are a really good eating berry,

very juicy, and they are not found in grocery stores because they don’t ship well.” She says they are excellent for desserts, syrup, and jams, or to freeze and add to smoothies, or of course, to just eat. The back fields have Albion berries and Camerosas. The Albion berries will be dipped in chocolate and will be available on Mother’s Day weekend. Mother’s Day weekend is a big event at the Country Road House and Berries farm. Jasper, the famous Tennessee Walker horse, will be on the farm on Sunday from 1 PM to 3 PM along with the other farm animals including chickens, ducks and turkeys. This should also be the peak weekend for strawberry picking (see hours below). Angela says more than likely there will be some live music for the weekend’s festivities. Also, mark your calendar for Friday, May 17, from 10 AM to 12 Noon and come for Playdate Preschool Picking. Angela encourages you to “grab your kids and their pals and come and enjoy

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a morning of picking.” Another date you won’t want to miss is Saturday, May 18 at 3 PM, when Angela is offering a jam-making demonstration and tasting in the kitchen of their Bed and Breakfast Farmhouse.

Angela Born and the strawberry field

Country Road House and Berries had their first harvest in 2017. This will be their third harvest. Customers can pick their own berries (bring your own containers and pay $3.75 per pound) or you can order berries online and high school students will pick them for you and have them ready ($17 per basket). So far 13 high school students have been hired and Angela is still interviewing. She says the students this year are from Herbert Hoover, Roane County, Clay County and even St. Albans High Schools. The end of May, Angela and John invite you to come harvest your own mature strawberry plants. It’s a perfect time to take them home and start your own patch or add them in with your landscaping. Each year Angela plants new strawberry plants. Watch their website, www.countryroadhouseandberries. com, or their Country Road House and Berries

Facebook page for the most recent updates on ripening of the berries or harvesting the plants. Berries can be picked starting at 5:00 PM until dark, Monday through Friday; from 10:00 AM until dark on Saturday; and from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Sundays. Please bring your own containers to take your berries home. Angela invites you to bring a blanket and a snack or meal, sit on the grounds, and spend a few hours. It’s a great time to disconnect from technology and the internet and to just interact with nature and have quality family time. Country Road House and Berries also hosts field trips for local schools. Schools can still call and schedule a field trip for this spring. Angela said the farm field trips offer exposure to gardens, including home gardens and pots. Many children do not understand gardening and the concept of farm to table. It’s also a great time to have them interact with the farm

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fall. Check their website for more information.

If you would like to spend the night at the farm, Country Road House offers several options. They are conveniently located five minutes from Interstate I-79, Exit 19. Visitors are invited to explore the new hiking trail (rightfully referred to as the BUN Buster) and even bring a sleeping bag, tent and marshmallows and camp overnight. Reservations can be booked on Hipcamp. There is a designated campsite with fire ring and grill top available for use. Angela can provide a full, home-cooked breakfast for an additional $10 if requested. Other overnight options are the charming 130 year-old Farm House (sleeps 5 - $125 plus tax) with a hot homemade breakfast, or the rustic Cellar House, (sleeps 2 - $85 plus tax), or the Barn Loft-Air B and B only (sleeps 3 - outhouse and outdoor pump available). Angela also works with group events such as private dinners, luncheons, showers and club meetings. The Clendenin Woman’s Club

is coming for a Mother’s Day dinner. Angela will work with you on a menu and will help you price it. The farmhouse dining room is a perfect location in a nostalgic, country setting. If you want to escape to the country for some peace and quiet, not to mention peace of mind, come and recharge at Country Road House and Berries. It’s an authentic West Virginia experience that will make for life-long memories. Nearby features also include The Yak House and Elk River Get away for kayak rentals; Mountaineer Auctions has auction events on Saturday mornings; Chicken in the Road hands-on farm workshops; Farm to Table events hosted by Hudson Farms; and of course, the many fine local restaurants in downtown Clendenin including Momma Payne’s Diner, Julio’s Mexican Restaurant, Bobbers, The Cupboard, Giovanni’s, FrostBite Dairy Bar, and the famous Sunday Brunch at Crown Catering. Picking Hours: Monday - Friday 5 PM to Dark

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1st row L to R:Madison Hayes, Maci Underwood, Aiden Pozzi, Dana Stewart, Rylee Crouch, Asia Means, Carli Monk; 2nd row: Taylor Waychoff, Chase Estep, Ryan Chandler, Sarah Miller, Mykell Taylor, Wayne Jack; 3rd row: Coach Lori Monk, Josiah Rouse, Allie Allen, Alexis Swiney, Kyleigh Elmore, Makayla Clark-Withrow, Coach Carol Arthur; 4th row: Damion Romine, Caleb Williams, Austin Randolph, Isaac Harper; 5th row: Hallie Griffith, Lilli Slater, Ryan Gandee

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Not only did the team win the state championship, two of their fifth-grade archers placed in the top ten. Lilli Slater shot a 281 and took first top honors in the female division and first overall in the boys and girls division. Mykell Taylor shot a 268 and took seventh in the boy’s division. This was the Bridge-Clendenin archery team’s first state championship win and a special assembly was held at their school to honor their accomplishment. The archery team and coaches are very thankful for the Clendenin Nazarene Church and Pastor Larue for the use of their facilities for archery practice. Archery coaches Lori Monk and Carol Arthur said the team is now hard at work preparing for the nationals in Louisville, KY. “Our goal is to make 3,000 as a team,” said Coach Lori. If they achieve that goal at nationals, then they will qualify for the World Championship in Nashville, TN this July. There will be 15,200 elementary, middle school and high school archers competing at the nationals in Louisville. 36


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The 24 Bridge-Clendenin archers are committed to the challenge and are so excited for the upcoming championship tournaments.

“The students have to put forth the effort--it’s up to them,” said Coach Lori. “It takes commitment and these archers are not afraid to go for it!”

The NASP archery program was first introduced at Clendenin Elementary School in 2010 by Karen Mullins, a physical education teacher. Very few schools participated in the program at that time. “Now it has grown tremendously in our own state and it just keeps growing,” said Coach Lori. Lori is a parent assistant in the preschool program at Bridge-Clendenin Elementary. She started out in the archery program as a parent volunteer and then qualified to be a coach.

If you would like to make a donation to help the Bridge-Clendenin archery team travel to the nationals and the world championship tournaments, please contact the school at 304.965.5311. The archery team has a limited budget which consists of $500 from the PTO and the money from box top collections. They compete in 10 local tournaments not counting the state, national and world competitions. Also, they have equipment repairs and travel expenses. Any donation would be greatly appreciated.

Clendenin Elementary was consolidated with Bridge Elementary after the tragic flood of June 2016 when Clendenin was destroyed with floodwaters. Coach Lori said there was truly a rainbow after the storm when the Clendenin kids introduced archery to the Bridge kids. Many kids had lost their homes and their school. It was heartbreaking. Sharing their archery skills gave the Clendenin kids a sense of pride to help join the Bridge kids not only as one school, but to join their hearts as well. Coach Lori said some of their students had never picked up a bow. A few have done some bow hunting which is still a little different. She said, “Willingness to listen and to follow instructions is key to success.” She said the joy is the kids don’t have to be a super athlete or possess great strength. Their strength actually builds up as they continue to shoot. “It’s amazing to watch,” she said. Open tryouts are held between October and Thanksgiving and cuts are made during Thanksgiving break. Students in the fourth and fifth grade are eligible to try out. Coach Lori mentioned one of their new archers has improved over 100 points. In fact, this student’s score has even been one of the top 12 scores used to determine their team’s score at the tournament this season.

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Clendenin Homecoming Festival Pageant The Clendenin Homecoming Festival announced the following winners of its 2019 pageant which was held at Elkview Middle School on April 7. Sixty-four contestants registered for the pageant which included children, teen, and queen competition.

CHF Baby Miss - Rylee Abbott CHF Wee Miss - Violet Lemaster CHF Tiny Miss - Ketsia Smith CHF Little Miss - Harlee Hendershot CHF- Little Mister - Zachary Brake II CHF Junior Teen - Rebecca Weekley CHF Teen Queen - Jacqueline Shaffer 1st Runner Up- Dakota Swiger 2nd Runner Up - Ava Warner 3rd Runner Up - Shelby Anderson 4th Runner Up - Alexis Aultenburg CHF Queen - Rebecca Rhodes 1st Runner Up - Brooke Clemons 2nd Runner Up - Jessie Pennell 3rd Runner Up - Lauren Blake 4th Runner Up - Kelsey Benson Mrs. CHF - Krista Wilkinson CHF Jr. Teen - Rebecca Weekley, CHF Teen - Jacqueline Shaffer, CHF Queen - Rebecca Rhodes

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Nothing Says Summer Like a Porch Swing Just in time for Mother’s Day! Coopers Creek Swings and Flags has their homemade swings available in two sizes: 4 feet (2 person) and 5 feet (3 person). Each swing is handmade out of premium pine wood and either stained, charred, or both before being sealed to protect from outdoor elements (with the exception of the unfinished swings). Unfinished swings can be sealed upon request for an additional $20. Need somewhere to set your drink while you swing? Cup holders can also be added to the swing for an additional $20. Want to make your swing even more personal? Have it personalized on the slats for an additional fee. Swings start at just $180. Coopers Creek Swings and Flags also has handmade wooden American flags that are made to order and can be customized starting at $125 with shipping or $100 for local orders. Contact Eric and Amber Jarrett at 304.380.2480 for more information.

Olin’s is in Full Bloom It’s that special time of year again at Olin’s Day and Night Market at 3212 Pennsylvania Ave, Elk Hills! The front of their store has gorgeous hanging baskets, planters, trays, flats and vegetables. Just in time for Mother’s Day and spring planting at affordable prices! While you are there, don’t forget to visit their new deli counter with delicious homemade sandwiches and hot dogs with all the fixings. They have meats and cheeses sliced fresh by the pound and excellent fresh produce. Also, don’t forget to browse their selections of wine and craft beer. The deli is open 10 AM to 6 PM and the store itself is open from 8 AM to 10 PM. Fifty years of experience serving the Elk River--Olin’s is a local favorite.

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HHHS High Impact Show Choir “Today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope.” These words greeted Noah Sheley and his family when they arrived at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, rated #1 in the nation for pediatric cancer. The Herbert Hoover High School High Impact Show Choir is an amazing group of students. Not only did they travel to the Bahamas and perform on the Carnival Liberty Cruise ship stage over spring break, before they left, they also helped host a huge spaghetti dinner fundraiser with the HHHS SADD Club for Noah Sheley, fellow show choir member, who is fighting Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. These loving and giving students refuse to let Noah fight this battle alone. He is in their hearts wherever they go. There has been an outpouring of support from the Elk River community and Herbert Hoover High School students, parents, faculty, and staff. Doctors confirmed that Noah has high-risk Hodgkin’s lymphoma in a mass on the top of his heart and throughout his chest cavity. The community has rallied together to help raise funds for the family to help with expenses.

Noah’s home away from home will be the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for the next few months as he continues his cancer treatment. His parents gave an update on Facebook and said, “This week’s highlights for Noah have included aromatherapy, a soft tissue massage, putting on 15 pounds since he was discharged in Charleston, and a preventative treatment plan that has allowed him to be alert, awake, and even have fun during this chemo treatment.” Contributions can be made through Venmo and Paypal to Noah’s parents, Anthony Sheley and Ty Gold. Also, there is a gofundme account for Support Noah & Family with Lymphoma Treatment. Noah and his family said they cannot thank everyone enough for their contributions and support and they thank you for continuing to keep their family in your prayers. Cards and wishes can be mailed to Noah at 1935 Walgrove Road, Elkview, WV 25071.

Harley Coutz and the HHHS High Impact Show Choir

Noah Sheley

2019 HHHS High Impact Show Choir

Even as classmates prepared to attend their prom, Noah was in their hearts. There was a life-size cardboard cutout of Noah and students

could dance with him at the prom as well as donate money as a fundraiser. The Show Choir and the SADD Club have also held hat day, hot dog sales, car washes, and other fundraisers to help with expenses. Nikki and Matt Holbert of Bricks and Barrels restaurant in Charleston prepared and donated the homemade spaghetti sauce and the pasta for the community spaghetti dinner.

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READER’S SUBMISSION This month’s Reader Submission photograph is from Bill Sloan of Clendenin, WV. Taken at the former Herbert Hoover High School location, looking toward Clendenin.

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This month’s Elk’s Journal highlight is from Debbie Richard, a native of West Virginia who lived near Walton in Roane County during her high school years. She now resides in Wirt County. Debbie is listed in the Directory of Poets and Writers as both a poet and creative nonfiction writer. Her poems have appeared in various journals and magazines including Torrid Literature Journal, Adelaide Literary Magazine, Scarlet Leaf Review, WestWard Quarterly, Halcyon Days, and others. “Resiliency,” was published in 2012 by Finishing Line Press. “Hills of Home,” a memoir about growing up in Appalachia, in the hills of West Virginia, was released in 2014 by eLectio Publishing. Her recent release, “PIVOT,” an illustrated book of poetry, was published in January 2019 by Adelaide Books of NY. Debbie is a member of West Virginia Writers, Inc. and South Carolina Writers Association. “To My Mother” is one of her favorites (she and her mother both lived in South Carolina for several years and loved the beach). The poem appears in her new book, PIVOT, that she will be autographing in New York on May 30 at the Book Expo.

I went to the sea And the waves, sensing your presence, Hurled against me. I floated in the current And reached for your hand As I’d done so many time before. I caught your gentle fingertips, No—it was only a small piece of debris, Soft, brown, with short tentacles, Churned up by the changing tide. I looked skyward, Felt the warmth on my face, And knew you were there, somewhere. I walked along the shore, And picked up a shell, holding it to my ear, To hear its message. Instead of the ocean’s roar, I heard your whisper, I miss you too. But, perhaps, it was just the wind…

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