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Monday, June 25, 2012 EXTRA ONLINE EDITION HABITAT FOR HUMANITY TO BREAK GROUND ON HOME. PAGE 4 Farmers’ Market selected for Pilot Program New fresh seafood store opens in Scott Depot By Jack Bailey SUBMITTED ARTICLE HURRICANE -- The Putnam Farmers’ Market is one of 10 West Virginia farmers markets to be selected for a Farmers Market Training Network Pilot Program for the 2012-2013 market seasons. During the two years, members will receive training, networking opportunities and technical assistance, which will help strengthen their viability and vendors’ income-earning capacity. The market will receive assistance from a qualified consultant on a topic of their choosing, and will be eligible to apply for a mini-grant of up to $1,000 to address specific needs. The market was selected by a competitive process for the program, which was developed through the West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition, the West Virginia Community Development Hub and the WVU Extension Service, with funding coming from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. Market members said they are expecting to gain valuable resources through this experience, which will help the market build relationships with other West Virginia farmers markets, so they can share knowledge and continue to work together on collective marketing strategies. The Putnam Farmers’ Market, located in Hurricane City Park, is open May through October on Tuesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information visit, www.putnamfarmersmarket.we SCOTT DEPOT – World of Seafood, a new fresh seafood store located in Scott Depot, held its grand opening celebration on Thursday, June 14. Dozens of local business and civic leaders turned out to help celebrate the grand opening of the fresh seafood store, which actually opened to the public May 4. The new store is family owned and operated said Lelah Nelson, who along with her husband, Joe, son Chris, and daughter, Beth Gilson, began planning the new venture last fall. Nelson, who is a native of Huntington, said that they knew that both Huntington and Charleston had good, quality seafood stores, but there was nothing in between. “Putnam County is a growing area and we knew there was no access to good seafood here so we saw that as an opportunity,” Nelson said. The seafood that is available at World of Seafood is flown in fresh three days a week from Hawaii from the Honolulu Fish Co., Nelson said. The fish is fresh caught The new World of Seafood store is a family owned and operated business. From left are owners Chris Nelson, Lelah Nelson, Joe Nelson, Beth Gilson and Mark Gilson. The new store is open six days a weeks and features fresh seafood flown in regularly from the Honolulu Fish Co. in Hawaii. Photo by Jack Bailey daily in Hawaii and processed and sent to World of Seafood. Within 18-24 hours of being caught in Hawaii, the fish is available for purchase in Scott Depot. In addition to seafood, World of Seafood also offers Angus beef, pork, fine cheeses, and a selection of fine wines. They also make a selection of individual size desserts that are offered for sale. “The response so far has been SEE SEAFOOD ON PAGE 3 Another guilty plea in AEP power surge scam STAFF REPORT CHARLESTON – U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin has announced that a Charleston woman pleaded guilty in federal court for her role in a scheme to obtain money by submitting fraudulent claims for power surge damage to American Electric Power Service Corp., Inc. Karen Hodges, 38, of Charleston, entered a guilty plea Friday before United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr., admitting she committed federal mail fraud. Hodges is the tenth defendant to plead guilty in the AEP fraudulent claim scheme. Hodges admitted she conspired with former AEP property damage claims adjuster Deborah Farmer and Julia Washington to unlawfully obtain money from AEP by submitting fraudulent claims for power surge damage. Farmer, 47, pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Farmer admitted she arranged SEE SCAM ON PAGE 3 The Putnam Standard SEND YOUR COMMUNITY NEWS TO US AT JACKBAILEY@THEPUTNAMSTANDARD.COM

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