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y Izlllet "[hrp{,* "&apos;i BROOKE COUNTY REVIEW FROM the Desk of Senator Jack Yost The last few days of session are upon us and the pace of floor activity has quickened. Thursday was the last day to get bills to the floor forconsideration and for the required three days needed for passage. As of March 10 at 5:00 p.m., a total of 162 bills have completedlegislation. Many more bills will be passed before midnight anddiscussion are ongoing on several measures in conference committeedesigned to hash out differences between the two bod- ies Oneofthe bills to complete legislative action is House Bill 4122 which will provide alternative programs for teacher certification.House Bill 4122 will al- low college graduates who majored in subjectslike English and Chemistry to skip the Education degree and geton-the-job training and intensive reentering as they work toward ateaching certificate. Public schools with staffing shortages can hirethese individuals,, he w receive an alternative-certified teachers intraining if no qualified, fla, cer fled teachers apply for the job.The alternative teaching certificate can be renewed tbr only two yearsmaking sure that these individuals receive full teaching certification. The hope is that, through this bill, more individuals will fill the manyvacant teaching positions around the state. West Virginia cur- rently has over 1,000 teacher vacancies statewide. That number will increase dramatically as half of the state's current teachers will be able to retire within the next five years. The Senate passed House Bill 4351 this week, which relates to minesafety. Specifically. this piece of legislation would make numerous changes to cur- rent Code regarding mining in the state including holdingthose at a higher level accountable in order to provide a safer workenvironment. This bill would hold those accountable by requiring minesuperintendents or owner/opera- tors to review and sign off on daily minesafety reports at least once every, two weeks. The only change made bythe Senate was a title amendment. The bill will go to the Governor. Also this week I was honored to be given a Legislative Leadership in theArts Award. These awards are used to recognize individuals and/or organizations that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and access to the arts throughout West Virginia. I have been fortunate to work with the Division of Culture and History to help preserve historic buildings in Ohio. Brooke and Hancock counties in the Northern Panhandle. I amh have received this award and will continue to work with officials to preserve the history of our area. If you should have any questions or comments regarding any issues or onany other pieces of legislation when they come before the Legislature,feel flee to contact me here at my Charleston office. My address towrite me is Senator Jack Yost, Building 1, Room 209W. State Capitol,Charleston, WV 25305. To call me please call (304) 357-7984 or call Tollfree at 1-877-565-3447 Scum Warning from WV State Police South Charleston, West Virginia - Recently, the West Virginia State Po- lice has received several complaints from the public concerning "Nigerian Scums.'" While these complaints dif- fer in small ways, they involve an at- tempt to have the victim wire money to a destination, usually outside the United States, for the purpose of post- ing bond for persons arrested or as- sisting individuals in dire financial need. The suspects use telephones and emails to contact the victims and claim to be members of the West Vir- ginia Slate Police. In one instmce, a fraudulent email account was set up to look like an official email from the West Virginia State Police. Colonel C. R "Jay" Smithers would like to remind the citizens of'West Virginia that the West Virginia State Police will not con- tact individuals and request that money to be wired by Western Union or sent in any other manner. YOUR WISHES MADE SIMPLE. Make known the treatment you want at the end of life. 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Th vrusl ft)rms "m-',gicull)." as th flour settles to the bottom durin hakirlg. It doesn't ca.siur than that[ Nee step-b>-step photos of Rohyn's recipe and thousands mor, flxlm other home cl;)k,", at: www.J usta pineh.eom/vl alleCras! You'n alst) lind a meal planner, ouptms and chancu,s to in[ and rvmt:mt:r, us ":iu.M a pinch".,. __S Magic Crust Custard Pie What You Need 1/4 c margarine 4 eggs 3/4 c white sugar l pinch salt 2 c 2% milk 2 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 c all purpose flour Put all ingredients into a blender; blend lbr 30 seconds. - Pour into buttered 9-inch pie pan. Sprinkle with nutmeg. - Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. The flour will settle to make its own crust. L Submitted by: Robyn Witlm. Harlrortl. IA (pop. 604) . I .............. wvw du-stapirich.eom/llagictUrus[ WV State Treasurer's Representative to be in Brooke and Hancock Counties A representative'from State Treasurer John D. Perdue's Office will be present at the following times and locations in order to better serve the constituents in the Northern Panhandle. STaff members will be able to search for Unclaimed Properly and an- swer question regarding Smart 529 Plan and 457 Plan. No appointment is . necessary. Hancock County 3/06/12 (1 st Tuesday each month} Chester City Bldg- ! 0 am - l I am and 3/14/12 (2nd Wednesday each month) New Cumberland. City; Bldg- 10am - I I am Brooke County 3/06/12 ( I st Tuesday each month} Follansbee City Bldg - 2 pm- 3 pm and 3/20/.I 2 (3rd Wednesday each month} Brooke County Courthouse - 10am - ii am Senator Joe Manchin's Our families are cutting back to pay the price of speculation, and that's just not right. So this week, ! cosponsored legis- lation that would limit the ability of oil speculators to artificially drive up the price of gas prices, the Anti-Ex- cessive Speculation Acl iS. 1598}. Our government also has some tools that we can - and must - use now. In 2010. Congress passed a law that required the Commodities Futures and Trading Commission to impose strict limits on speculation. But un- fortunately, the CFTC has failed to comply. To push them, I sent a letter to the Chairman, urging him to take immediate steps to eliminate exces- sive oil speculation. In the near-term future, we also need to end our reliance on oil fi'om countries that want tO do us harm: So another thing we should do Never Alone Meets Regularly. "Never Alone WV" a non-profit Chrisi based organization's support group meets every Monday night at 6:00. The location is 149 Preston Ave. on Weirton Heights. "We are sup- porting a addiction free community." All of us have hurts, habits, or hang ups to work on. Please feel free to join us, tbe Lord is expanding our ter- ritory with many new faces & healing is taking place. If any questions, con- tact Patti 304-797-1579. l00ua[it00 00inting Brooke Publishing 319 Charles Street Wellsburg, WV 26070 304-737-0946 FAX 304-737-0297 I i FEMA Encourages Flood Safety Awareness PHILADELPHIA - Floods are the most frequent and costly natural disaster in the United States. Flood effects can be local, impacting a neighborhood or community, or very large, affecting entire river basins and multiple states. FEMA Region III encourages citizens in Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylva- nia, Delaware, Maryland and the District of know their flood hazards. National Flood Safety Awareness Week (March 14- i 8} is intended to highlight some of the many ways floods can occur, the hazards associated with floods, and what you can do to save lives and preserve property. To help individuals better understand flood risks nationwide as well as empower them to take steps that mitigate damaging floods, FEMA has created a one-stop flood awareness information tool available at floodawareness. This flood fact-focused sl,e contains valuable tips on what to do before, during and aRer a flood, a .:outages flood insurance protec- tion among other measures. "In 2011, we saw firsthand the deva,,,,dng floods caused by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. It's incumbent upon families and businesses to act now. plan ahead and prepare for flooding events that can potentially atTeet their communities "said FEMA Region I!1 Administrator MaryAnn Tierney. Floods do more than damage properties; they can also threaten lives if careful safety precautions are not followed. Therefore, know your community's flood risk, flood history and overall community action plan to address flood- ing events before, during and after they occur. "Develop a strong family emergency plan and reach out to your community's best flood planning resource--the local emergency management office. This approach is a great way to protect your family and property while learning, lending input, and assisting your first responders," said Tierney. FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all haz- ards. FEMA Region Ill's jurisdiction includes Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. Stay informed of FEMA's activities online: videos and podcasts available at medialibrary and Follow' us on Twitter at Never Alone WV Attended Recovery Day Several Team members of "Never Alone WV" attended the Recovery Day at the state capital building on March 6 th. in Charleston. It was a very interesting day and they ob- tained a lot of important information about various addictions. The members were also able to see the Bill SB 437, being passed on the house floor. The bill relates generally to substance abuse. They also met with Senators Orphy Klempa & Jack Yost, & House of Del- egates Randy Swartsmiller. The goal of''NeverAIone WV" is to help oth- ers that are struggling with addiction and their families. TIe members hope to meet with the Senators ifi the coming months. We hope to work on a solution for not having a crisis unit, detox facility, or half way home in Hancock or Brooke counties. Donations can be made to "Never Alone WV" P.O. Box 2896 Weirton, WV 26062. The support group meets weekly every Monday at 6:00p.m. The location is 149 Preston Ave. on Weirton Heights. The organizational meetings are the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 at the same location. If any questions, contact Patti Barnabi 304-797-1579. iS end Us Your News and Opinionsl. " The Brooke County Review . : PO ". :   Wellsburg, WV 26070 message- From Page right away is get started on building Keystone XL pipeline, which would boost our economy, create jobs and help our country better use all of our vast energy resources. This week, l voted to authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada. creating thousands of American con- struction jobs that both business and labor groups have supported. The Keystone XL pipeline simply makes sense. I can't understand why we would pass up an opportunity to buy oil front our greatest ally and trad- ing partner, Canada - especially be- cause ifwe don't buy it, China will. ' And I can promise you that there aren't a lot of speculators out there willing to make a bet that we'll get into a conflict with Canada. To me. all of that just makes com- mon sense. I would welcome your ideas and concerns, too, and ! hope you stay in touch with my office. ELECT Democrat Burt 2ennings Brooke County COMMISSIONER Experienced + Educated + Hard Working + Professional nn ings4 co mmis h. com paid by CANDIDATE Panhandle I CLEANING & RESTORATION FIRE- SMOKE- WIND - MOLD - SEWAGE - WATER ii .................... 304-:232-:23:21 _ 8@@.$@4-7@54 Max. 250 sq. ft. per area Robert C. Contraguerro, St., President WV LIC #014743