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VOLUME 01 | ISSUE 08 | JUL 2019 FREE

ELK RIVER LIVING Fresh Look for Elk Favorite

Memories Become Novels Celebrating Resilience

Around the Elk

July Elk River Hero

If you haven’t been to Harding’s Family Restaurant recently, you are going to be in for a surprise. It is even more inviting for your dining pleasure.

Debbie Richards’ book signing at BookExpo America, Bryan Wiseman captures the NLC Super Lightweight MMA Title, Save the Date for Pinch Reunion, and class of 1959 celebrates.

Steve Kittner decided to record important memories of his Elk River youth, things that stood out for him as adventurous, imaginative, and spooky, all at the same time.

Coach Missy Anderson Smith always knew she wanted to be a coach. We honor her leadership, coaching success and championship titles.

The Clendenin Branch Library celebrated the one-year anniversary of its reopening since the Flood of 2016 destroyed its location on Cardinal Street.

Honoring His Best Buddy Best friend Joe Dennis said It was important to him to honor U.S. Army SPC Thurman “DuWayne” Young’s service and all he had sacrificed.

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Cover Story: Clendenin Celebrates the Good Times

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Dedicated to resurrecting our town after The Flood of 2016, the annual festival creates an opportunity for the community to come together and enjoy activities and comradery.

A Fresh Look at an Elk River Favorite Angela Harding says,“We are so proud to be a part of the Elk River community and hope we can continue to provide a place for families and friends to meet and share a meal together for many years to come.”

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Clendenin Branch Library Celebrates Library is celebrating the spirit of resilience, the strengthening of community, and the dedicated service to the citizens of Clendenin and surrounding areas.

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Honoring His Best Buddy Best friend Joe Dennis said It was important to him to honor U.S. Army SPC Thurman “DuWayne” Young’s service and all he had sacrificed.” 06

Welcome Back to Elk River Living!

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Elk River Hero: Missy Anderson Smith

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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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Marinated Cucumbers

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The Elk’s Journal


Hello & Welcome Back! Three years ago The Flood of 2016 came in like a thief during the night of June 23 and devastated towns and lives. The next morning we all heard the horror stories of the Town of Clendenin being destroyed by flood water, as well as all surrounding properties along the Elk River all the way to Elkview. Facebook shared grim photos and our hearts were broken. Frantic families posted Facebook messages trying to locate loved ones. I will forever hear my brother Dave’s words to me that day when he was upstairs in our home place with two elderly neighbors, fearing that more water was going to be released from Sutton Dam, and unsure if his house structure could withstand it. “Sis, I don’t know when I’ll see you all again. We are going to try to go to higher ground.” The Town has just celebrated its second annual HomeComing Festival since The Flood of 2016. It has so much to be thankful for, including new businesses and the re-opening of existing businesses. There are still homes and businesses awaiting removal; however, many are back after repairs or rebuilding. Tragically, we all are still waiting for our new high school and elementary school. I would like to pay tribute to the amazing people of the Elk River. Our parents had never seen anything like the devastation on June 23, 2016. While we may have survived it, it hasn’t happened without scars and the need for a lot of healing. The photo of the lone Dairy Queen sign above muddy flood waters will be vivid in our minds until we take our last breaths. I am reminded of the old saying, ‘Quitters never win and winners never quit’. That is the spirit of Elk River residents. The next day we were helping neighbors shovel mud and debris and wiping each others’ tears. While we may be Elk River Strong, we are also Elk River Thankful: thankful for the love, kindness and support of family, friends, and complete strangers and thankful for the bountiful blessings as we rebound for our future.

There will never be any place like our Elk River home.

Cyndi Tawney Founder & Editor 304.546.9243 cyndi@elkriverliving.com


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Elk River Living is published monthly by CJT Publishing, LLC, Elkview, West Virginia 25071. All rights are reserved. All contents are copyrighted by CJT Publishing, LLC; reproduction in whole or part without written permission from CJT Publishing, LLC is epxressly forbidden and punishable by law. Elk River Living is not responsible for unsolicited materials. All opinions expressed within Elk River Living belong to the feature’s author and are not necessarily the opinions of the publishers of CJT Publishing, LLC employees. Elk River Living and CJT Publishing, LLC reserve the right to refuse any idea, material or subject matter. Throughout this issue, trademarked names are used. Rather than denoting a trademark symbol in every occurrence of a trademarked name, Elk River Living uses the names in an editorial fashion, with no infringement. All trademarked names are still fully protected, and anyone who uses them without permission will be prosecuted. On the cover: Bridge-Clendenin archers at the Clendenin Homecoming Festival Parade, on their winning float.

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!

Beth Strawn is featured in this month’s issue with her stunning HHHS Softball photography. Thank you, Beth. Find her at www.catchmeactionshots.com

We are so fortunate to have April Curry, of Photos by AC, as our Guest Photographer. April is an Elk River native and her talent speaks for itself.


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CLENDENIN LIBRARY BOOK GROUP BRING A BAG LUNCH 12:00 noon, adults and seniors FRIDAY NIGHT JAM ELK RIVER COMMUNITY CENTER 1078 MAIN ST. ELKVIEW, WV 25071 Feat. RETRO COUNTRY & JIM CHANDLER 304.965.3722 Doors Open at 5PM Thrift Store open from 5:30-8:00pm Admission $5.00 - Children 12 & under free and must be accompanied by an adult. Concessions available! JAM SESSION CLENDENIN LIBRARY Bring your guitar, banjo, fiddle or instrument 1:00-3:00 PM, All ages

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OPEN HOUSE AT CLENDENIN ADVENT CHURCH 116 ELK RIVER RD S., CLENDENIN Celebrating the completion of flood damage repairs Free hot dogs & Outdoor gospel, Christian contemporary music 4:00 PM Everyone Welcome

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CLENDENIN LIBRARY DIY WATER ROCKETS 3:00 PM, TEENAGERS Registration begins June 01

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CLENDENIN LIBRARY PLAYGROUP 11:00 AM, Babies 0-18 mo., Pre-K 3-5, Toddler 18-36 mo.

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CLENDENIN LIBRARY POEMS: FROM HAIKU TO HA-HA-HA 3:00 PM, Ages Elem. 6-11; Tweens 10-12 noon Registration begins June 17

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FRIDAY NIGHT JAM ELK RIVER COMMUNITY CENTER 1078 MAIN ST. ELKVIEW, WV 25071 Feat. DIXIE HIGHWAY & CINDY BIRD 304.965.3722 Doors Open at 5PM Thrift Store open from 5:30-8:00pm Admission $5.00 - Children 12 & under free and must be accompanied by an adult Concessions available!

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SAMADHI TRIBAL FUSION BELLY DANCE TROUPE CLENDENIN RECREATION CENTER 12:00 Noon, Adults, Free

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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 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Admission $5.00 - Children 12 & under free and must be accompanied by an adult. Concessions available!

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CONTACT LIGHT: 50 YEARS SINCE THE SMALL STEP 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF APOLLO 11 LUNAR LANDING Camp Virgil Tate, 7-10 PM, All ages *Provided by The Friends of the Library Crafts, Activites, Refreshments at the Dining Hall; Breezy Point Observatory Will have telescopes to view the night sky.

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NEW JOURNEY CONCERT ELK RIVER NAZARENE CHURCH 143 Dutch Rd., Charleston; 10:45 AM Free

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CLENDENIN LIBRARY TEENS: TIE DYE SHIRTS 3:00 PM, Age Tweens, 10-12; Bring your own t-shirt. Registration begins July 1.

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REPCO WILDLIFE CLENDENIN RECREATION CENTER 6:00 PM, Family See, hold, and touch live animals

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MARINATED CUCS AND ONIONS, A FAMILY FAVORITE

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e saw Bill Coyle comment on Facebook on a version of a recipe for cucumbers and onions, a side dish we all know and love. Bill said, “I ate this every summer as a kid. No tomatoes; just cucs, onions, and vinegar.” We reached out to him and said “hey, send us your recipe!” which he kindly did. It sounds like many of our summer favorites, no measuring and a little of this and a lot of that.

Bill Coyle helps raise money for childhood cancer research with the Knights of Columbus Team, St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Their first event was West Virginia Day in 2016 and since then they have raised over $76K. His son is a 28 year old cancer survivor, but not every parent is so lucky. Join his team or make a donation at www.st.baldricks.org (choose Bill Coyle under Search Team).

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Level: Easy

Total: 10 min Active: 10 min

Here’s What You’ll Need Sliced Cucumbers (how many depends on how hungry you are) Sliced Onions Apple Cider, White, Balsamic or White Wine Vinegar, whichever you prefer Salt and Pepper to Taste Some dill, if desired Also, you can add Roma Cherry Tomatoes or fresh quartered tomatoes if you want. Good tomatoes will naturally sweeten the dish.

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No measurements. Just slice and add ingredients. If the vinegar is too strong, add more cucs and onions. Bill said his mom did use ice cubes to chill and keep fresh.

Correction on Gabi Strickland Walker’s recipe in the June issue. First of all, we called her Gabi Strickland, even though she’s been a Walker for 24 years. Sorry about that Gary--we just always remember her as a Strickland in our minds, LOL. Also, the Slaw recipe ingredients should have concluded with “salt and pepper to taste”. Somehow the bottom of the chili recipe was added to the bottom of the slaw recipe...which would have certainly made a strange slaw for sure. Thanks everyone!


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CLENDENIN CELEBRATES THE GOOD TIMES Cherish today and celebrate life


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Parade, Elk River Idol, Great Rubber Ducky Race, Cornhole and Horseshoe Tournament, Big Homecoming River Float, Fireworks, Elk River Bass Tournament, and a Gospel Sing.

or the second year, Clendenin celebrated its annual Homecoming Festival (CHF). This year the festival featured multiple events including a carnival, concerts, vendors, competition in a variety of activities, and a dynamic fireworks presentation on Saturday evening. The Festival was a celebration to remember.

Clendenin Homecoming winners were:

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Grand Marshals: Dave Fields and Nancy Kennedy

HollieSue Schoolcraft, President of the Homecoming Festival Committee, said, “A lot of work goes into the CHF and we started planning for 2020 as soon as this year was in the books! I have an Awesome Team who help make this happen. We have been blessed with people who have experience in the various events and they bring their expertise to the table and as a whole, we complement each other quite well. We also welcome any new members who want to be a part of making this Festival more successful every year!”

5K Run and Walk: Overall Male Winner, David Kindlarski, Time 19:22.7; Overall Female Winner, Ansley Richards, 20:35.4 Great Rubber Ducky Race: 1st place, Sheila McClure, 2nd place, Tonya Rucker Horseshoe and Cornhole Tournament: Tournament: Adult Cornhole 1st place, Steven Thomas and Michael Crumpler; 2nd place, Wes and Genie Bailey; Kids Cornhole, Trenton Naylor and Carter Hodgkinson. Horseshoes 1st place, Mason Rhodes and Hector Rhodes; 2nd place, Jason Marks and Clayton Kirk.

Photo credit: April Curry

The festival was held June 21-23 with the carnival arriving in town on Thursday, the 20th. Craft and food vendors lined the streets of Clendenin and a stage was erected for concerts with Adam Calvert and special guest Non-Fiction on Friday night and The Band Steel Concert with special guest Mikele Buck Band on Saturday night. Additionally, there was a 5K Run & Walk, Royal Pancake Breakfast with the Clendenin Homecoming Festival queens and children’s royalty, Festival

CHF Parade Winner: Overall Grand Champions, Bridge/Clendenin Archery Team; Community Spirit Award, Ores Pharmacy; Best First Responder Award, HealthNet; Mayor’s Choice, Clendenin Library Advisory Board; Queen’s Choice, Momma Paynes Diner; Best Float, Jett’s Auto and Towing/ Race Car

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Hinchman; 5K Run/Walk: Hannah Trautwein; Carnival: Hollie Schoolcraft; Elk River Idol: Krista Wilkinson; Media Consultants: Stacy Nelson and Mark Burdette. Other Committee Members who assist in any capacity when needed: Andrew Cooper, Anita Owens, Kathy Jo Wilmoth, Katie Ferarri, Jessica Dean, Bill Sloan, Sami Jo Monk and Steven Grau. The

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fundraising events during the year to help with the festival expenses. From Christmas Craft Shows to Holiday Paint Nights to Sock Hops and a Live Auction, the committee actively prepared for this year’s festival and has already begun for the 2020 festival.

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Also, the 2019 Homecoming Festival would not

Elk River Idol: 1st place, Sierra Rouse, 2nd place, Kenna Hays

be possible without the supportive business sponsors in our community. Sponsors include

Elk River Bass Tournament: 1st place Mack Myers, Runner Up, Josh Birthisel; Kid’s1st place, Noah Rucker

Aetna, Ally Land and Energy LLC, American Vintage Roofing LLC, APTiming, Bobbers, Brian & Shelly St. Clair, Central WV Visitors

Spirit of Clendenin: Tony Moles

Bureau, Coop's Custom Designs, Dutch Miller Auto Group, Elk River Fog Vapor, Elk River

The CHF Homecoming Festival Royal Court included Queen-Rebecca Rhodes, TeenJacqueline Shaffer, and Jr. Teen-Rebecca Weekley. The Children Pageant winners were Baby Miss- Rylee Abbott, Wee Miss-Violet Lemaster, Tiny Miss- Ketsia Smith, Little MissHarlee Hendershot and Little Mister- Zachary Brake II.

Getaway, Elk River Heating & Cooling, Elk River Living Magazine, Ford & Sweeney Accounting and Tax Services, Frostbite Dairy Barn, Hafer Funeral Home, Hays & Company of PVB, Highmark West Virginia, Liberty Tax Service, Momma Payne's Diner, Murdock's Preowned Auto

The event directors for the CHF who helped make the festival a success include:

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Ministries, Pamala's Gifts and Treasures LLC, Penny Pinchers, R&S Pawn, Riverside Lunch

Rubber Ducky Contest: Andrea and Russ Underwood; Horseshoe/cornhole Tournament: Anthony Hodgkinson; Pageants: Heather Roush and Midge Forwood; Vendors: Diana Chandler; Parade: Kayla Reed; Spirit of Clendenin Award: Susan Jack; Fireworks: Tommy Mitchell; Sunday Gospel Sing: Shana Clendenin; Fishing Tournament: Michael

LLC, Rock City Cake Co., Shafer Equipment, Smith Insurance Agency, Smith's, Taylor Made Farms, Teays River Construction Company, Town of Clendenin, and Triquetra Marketing. The CHF would like to personally thank each sponsor, both business and personal, which helped make this year’s festival a success.

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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.

COACH MISSY ANDERSON SMITH

“Great leaders don’t set out to be a leader; they set out to make a difference. It’s never about the role, it’s always about the goal.” When Missy Anderson (Smith) graduated from Herbert Hoover High School (HHHS) in 1996 she knew she wanted to coach. Her father and grandfather both have been coaches; in fact, her father, Nip Anderson, currently coaches softball at WV State University and formerly coached softball at the University of Charleston. Missy said, “My grandpa, Lawrence Anderson, coached some of the first women’s softball teams around here. They used to travel and play. In fact, my grandmother, Betty Anderson, and my Aunt Jean (Anderson) Payne played for him!” One might say, Missy definitely has the coaching gene. Missy graduated from Concord University and majored in science education. While she was a student there, she also played volleyball and softball. In 2002, Missy started coaching freshman volleyball at George Washington High School (GW) in Charleston. She became their head coach in 2005 and the team has captured four state volleyball titles, 2005, 2006 (undefeated), 2012, 2015 and runner up in 2016. In 2003 Missy started helping Mike Chandler coach softball at Herbert Hoover High School. Her first year as HHHS softball head coach was 2006. Her favorite part is definitely the girls. She said, “Getting to watch them progress as athletes and mature into young women is amazing. Knowing that I can have such a positive impact in their lives is humbling.” Missy said she tries to inspire her players to be great. She said, “It’s important for them to realize that they can be great if they work hard.” Missy stresses to her


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teams “that nothing is handed out for free”. She said it is a proven fact that life lessons are taught through sports and she takes that very seriously. The Herbert Hoover softball girls just captured their third WVSSAC Class AA State Championship in a row, 2017, 2018, 2019, and had another state title in 2014. Missy said, “I am just so proud of them. The things that they have been able to accomplish with all of the distractions they have faced shows what focused and talented athletes they are.” Missy said after their only loss to Sissonville earlier this year, the girls could have lost their concentration. Instead, she said, “they used it as motivation and finished the year as champions.” Missy said she is always “overwhelmed by the amount of community support the HHHS softball program receives.” She said, “The sea of red and blue at the State tournament, the cheering fans lined along the Interstate route, and the community gathering afterward for a celebration at Roni’s brings a smile to my face.” Missy stated that anywhere the girls travel, it feels like a home game with all of the support of family and friends. Missy and her husband, Jason, live in South Hills. Jason teaches and coaches football at GW. Missy is the daughter of Nip and Regina Anderson of Pinch Ridge. She is the seventh grade science teacher at Elkview Middle School.

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hen you think of good, down-home cooked dinners in the Elkview area, Harding’s Family Restaurant is the overwhelming response. It is a family-style restaurant located beside Sleep Inn at the I-79 (Mink Shoals) exit 1. If you haven’t been to Harding’s recently, however, you are going to be in for a surprise.

Owners Kelsey and Angela Harding have refreshed their restaurant to make it even more inviting for your dining pleasure. New flooring, light fixtures, and tables and chairs have been added to the main dining room. The newly decorated banquet room, which can comfortably seat 65, is perfect for large groups, including meetings, parties, showers, or other events. Angela said, “We have also added historical photos from the Cultural Center archives and from the Jerry Waters’

Collection (mywvhome.com). The restaurant is open from 8 AM to 9 PM, but the great part is you can order breakfast all day and, my oh my, if you haven’t had one of their delicious breakfast options, you are missing out! From the Best Pancakes in Town to Omelets to Hungry Man’s Breakfast or the Farm Hand Skillet Special, just to name a few, it’s hard to even make up your mind! Harding’s Family Restaurant opened their doors in 1980. From the time you walk in the door, the gift shop beckons you to browse and enjoy. The wonderful aroma of Swan Creek Candles and an array of spiritual and inspirational Choice Books, Ty plush, stuffed animals, and country decor items welcome you. Angela said they try to rotate a variety of merchandise that offers the perfect

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gift for all occasions. You can also purchase the Appalachian Mountain Wilted Lettuce Dressing, which is served on Harding’s famous Wilted Lettuce Salad. This is all before you are even greeted by the friendliest staff ever. Many members of the Harding’s team have worked there between 10 and 25 years. Angela said, “Their loyalty and dedication are what make Harding’s a true family restaurant.” Their menu offers appetizers, sandwiches, salads, dinners, specialties, desserts and beverages, including the best cup of coffee around. Even if your cup is half full, they will be around to refill it! Daily Dinner Specials (available after 4 PM) include two side dishes (from your choice of over 19 delicious sides):

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CELEBRATING RESILIENCE, STRENGTH, AND DEDICATION The Clendenin Branch Library celebrated the one-year anniversary of its reopening since the Flood of 2016 destroyed their location on Cardinal Street. Through the efforts of Kent Carper with the Kanawha County Commission, 25045-A New Clendenin, Inc., and the Kanawha County Library Board, the Clendenin Branch Library relocated downstairs in their newly-renovated location at 107 Koontz Avenue (the former Clendenin Middle School) in May of 2018.

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reception was held on Saturday, June 1, at 12 Noon with dignitaries from Charleston, Clendenin business people, library leaders and Kanawha County Library Board of Director members, and local patrons attending the event. Tina Hall, secretary/treasurer for the Clendenin Advisory Board, said, “this anniversary is celebrating the spirit of resilience, the strengthening of community, and the dedicated service to the citizens of Clendenin and surrounding areas.”

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Club of 2018 and the kick-off of the new Summer Library Club of 2019. There are extensive activities for all ages happening during the month of July at the Clendenin Branch Library and at the Clendenin Recreation Center. See ERL’s July Calendar of Events for specific dates and times. Midge Forwood, President of the Clendenin Branch Library Advisory Board, made a special presentation to Sherry Swiney in recognition of her 26 years of volunteer service to the library. Sherry also served on the Clendenin Branch Library Advisory board for many years. Tammy


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Sherry Swiney receiving her award.

Parker, Branch Manager, said, “Sherry has been an invaluable volunteer to our library over the past 26 years. She has helped with all of our story times, shelving of books, book sales, and other programs.” Clendenin Mayor, Kay Summers, said, “Sherry has been a true asset to the Clendenin Branch Library and our community.” Mayor Summers also encouraged families to enjoy the exciting library activities this month, including the all-day National Moon Day 50th Anniversary celebration on July 20.


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TREASURED MEMORIES BECOME NOVELS Writing was my passion and I discovered it at 40-whatever years old...but I learned it is NEVER too late to find and pursue your dream...because it makes you happy, and you are also never too old to be happy! -Steve Kittner

Remember when you were young and people would ask you what you wanted to be when you grew up? It’s funny how life will sometimes reveal your true passion as you get older. Elkview native Steve Kittner knows this first-hand! He said he didn’t even like to read as a child, but writing was something he had liked to do, so one day he decided to record important memories of his youth, things that stood out for him as adventurous, imaginative, and spooky all at the same time. From those memories and Steve’s exciting plot, his first book “River Rocks - A West Virginia Adventure Novel” was born! With the successful publication of his first book, Steve wrote his second book, “What Lies in the Hills,” which also features childhood memories on Elk River. Steve said, “I know you aren’t supposed to have favorites because they are all like my children, but “What Lies in the Hills” may be my favorite. He has more books in the “What Lies” series including “What Lies in the Sea” which takes his characters on a road trip to Florida (where Steve and his family reside now). He is currently completing a fourth book which is a continuation from book three which will be titled, “What Lies in the Keys”. Steve plans to have his characters return to West Virginia for a spooky adventure for book five, “What Lies on Copperhead Road”. Steve said, “The most rewarding part of my writing is I have readers from 12-90 years of age. I love it when people tell me it takes them back to Elk River and their memories in the 1960s.” He said he wanted to write “clean, classic adventure novels that people could enjoy reading and then (the best part), hand it over to your child to read.” STEVE KITTNER BOOKS are all available on amazon.com. They are available in Digital EBook Kindle format and paperback print version. “Be careful wishing for big adventures...one may find you!”


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ELK REFLECTS THE FLOOD OF 2016 Looking back at The Flood of 2016. We will always remember. We survived. We are recovering. #elkriverstrong

ERL would also like to feature any of your Elk River memories as well. Go to elkriverliving.com and select Reader’s Submission, Elk’s Journal, to submit your story.

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HONORING HIS BEST BUDDY him up to the Wills Creek family graveyard. I said sure, but why do you want to go there?” Joe said that’s when he told me he had just found out he had cancer from Agent Orange and only had a month to live. Joe said, “He picked out his gravesite beside his dad and his two brothers.”

hen you cross the WV Route 4, Big Sandy Bridge in Clendenin, you now see new signs at both ends of the bridge proclaiming the bridge as the “U.S. Army SPC Thurman “DuWayne” Young Memorial Bridge. Delegate Dean Jeffries, along with local citizens, friends, and family, in accordance with the House Concurrent Resolution 66, dedicated the renaming of the bridge on May 31 in recognition of U.S. Army SPC Thurman “DuWayne” Young’s contributions and sacrifices made in service to this country, state and community.

Thurman “DuWayne” Young graduated from Herbert Hoover High School and entered the Army in 1969 where he went to Vietnam serving as an Armored Personnel Carrier Operator in the Infantry and was honorably discharged in 1971.He was the son of Carrie Marie Chaplan of Uniontown, Ohio, and the late Benjamin Thurman Young. He was married to Linda Szeles for 29 years and had three sons, Jeffery, James, and Roger, and five daughters, Carol, Lisa, Anne, Claire V., Jeannie M., and Christine (deceased). He passed away on August 17, 2011, at the age of 62 years after losing his battle with cancer caused by exposure to Agent Orange.

DuWayne’s best friend, U.S. Army SPC Joe Dennis, of Thorofare Road in Clendenin, began the process to request that the bridge be named in DuWayne’s recognition after Joe’s tragic death. He said it took over five years before it passed the House of Delegates this past session. Joe said he and DuWayne went through Hoover together and were in the service at the same time. Even though both were in Vietnam, they were in different areas and were not together. Joe will always remember the phone call he received in July 2011 from DuWayne, a month before he died. Joe said, “He called me and asked if I had a four-wheel drive and asked me if I could take

Joe said watching his best friend and buddy die of Agent Orange was one of the hardest things he has ever had to do. ‘It’s a terrible death,” said Joe; “It was important to me to honor his service and all he had sacrificed.”

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Class of 1959 Celebrates 60th High School Reunion, Clendenin High School A very special class reunion was held on May 25 for the Clendenin High School, Class of 1959. Sixteen of the seventy-seven remaining classmates attended their 60th high school reunion. A buffet dinner was held at Crown Catering in Clendenin. A lot of memories and stories were shared with each other and their guests. Barbara Hively, one of the graduates, said, “For this class every five years for a reunion is just not enough. When out-ofstate classmates are in town, we all try to get together for a luncheon and get caught up.” In their senior year of high school, Klaus Peter Weimer from Germany attended Clendenin High School as an exchange student. He has missed very few of the class reunions. This year, however, he could not attend due to illness. Klaus Peter is a lawyer and resides in Berlin and keeps in touch with his classmates.

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Steve Kittner is a 1980 Herbert Hoover High School graduate. He is the son of Betty and Charles “Bud” Kittner of Elkview. Steve and his family now reside in Davenport, FL. He is a published author of three exciting books that are available on amazon.com. His first book, River Rocks, is set here on the Elk River with his story laced with his great memories and adventures of his youth.

If you haven’t read Elkview native, Steve Kittner's first book, you are missing a good read for the summer! Set in rural Appalachia, ‘River Rocks” is a riveting, coming of age tale of two boys, their friends, and a one-hundred-year-old local legend of Confederate gold buried somewhere in the hills that surround their home. The gold was the result of an unsolved 1903 train robbery mystery, which liberated the U.S. government of their prized “Southern Jewel”. The old legend takes on a new life as Josh Baker and Eddie Debord discover the elusive clue that begins to lead them on the adventure of a lifetime! In their quest, the boys find themselves drifting downriver on a homemade raft, biking down old railroad beds, hiking hills, exploring hidden and forbidden hollows, and attempting to locate key old-timers who can help them put this puzzle together. Suspense prevails throughout the story as they move closer and closer to their target and, in the end, it could cost them much more than just a couple weeks of their summer vacation. Remember…Be careful wishing for big adventures....one may find you! “All five of them, once ashore, paused at the beginning of the path that led up to the old tavern and looked at it. The moon stood behind it and cast a glow around the old structure that indeed was a bit intimidating. Fog was moving now—rolling as it does when it gets heavier. Brad said, “What are we looking for when we get up there?” “Anything, clues. I guess we will know better when we get there where we will start and what the plan is,” Tiny said. “It’s not going to be easy. That gold is not going to jump out and say, “here I am!” If it’s here, it was hidden here in the early 1900s and stayed hidden all these years. This place operated as a hotel and casino long after the train robbery and no one stumbled across it in all that time.” “Well maybe we don’t know that for sure. If someone did stumble across it, they could have secretly hauled it out of here years ago, unloaded it somewhere and that’s it!” He paused and let that sink in. “It could still be a wild goose chase. It could have been found accidentally long ago. We didn’t really think about that.” Burl paused again. “But this is what we’ve been working towards and waiting for! So let’s get on up there and see,” Burl finished. No one spoke for a minute; they just took in everything that Burl had said. He could be right. The gold could be long gone. Josh broke the silence, “Yeah, let’s go.” They packed up their tools and hiked their way up the shallow bank towards the tavern. The walk was easy because there was no thick brush to speak of and the slope was gradual. They were there in less than a minute.” -Excerpt from River Rocks

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