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Enjoying Fruits of her Labor - St. Francis School of Assisi Principal Erin Sikora smiles for a picture after winning the St. Albans Ministerial Association’s 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award. By Justin Waybright

ST. ALBANS - Many people talk about making a difference in their communities, but one person is known for it. Humanitarian is defined as “one who has concern for helping to improve the welfare or happiness of people,” according to Webster. A lady in St. Albans seems to fit this definition well. She places others first, herself last, and moves her faith to action. Recently, the St. Albans Ministerial Association recognized Erin Sikora’s community impact SEE FOUNDATION ON PAGE 5

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TEAYS VALLEY - Miracles still exist. The proof? Berklee Lowen Bonecutter. July 14, 2010 was the happiest day of John and Meagan Bonecutter's lives. What they had waited on for nine months had finally arrived: a blond hair, blueeyed baby girl. After bringing her home, cam-

eras snapped hundreds of pictures and grandparents kissed a baby's cheeks while a proud mother and father watched and smiled. Hours turned to days and days into weeks when John and Meagan noticed odd behavior from their daughter. They took her to a one-month check-up with questions. The answer they received changed their lives forever. Nurses checked Berklee’s heart

A guarded heart - Berklee Bonecutter’s heart stopped 28 times, just one month after she was born. Doctors diagnosed her with SVT, a rare heart condition. After countless weeks and innumerable trips to the ER, the infant came home. That night she suffered yet another SVT episode. Her parents, John and Meagan, held her and did one of the hardest things any mother and father can do. Photo by Justin Waybright. rate. Pediatricians were frightened. The infant’s heart was on the verge of exploding, at 308

beats-per-minute. SEE HEART ON PAGE 5

Dots Look for Completion By Justin Waybright

POCA - A sophomore lies on an incline bench and pushes dumbbells toward the ceiling. A scarlet Poca Dot logo paints the wall behind him. Former and current coaches watch with anticipation while their players prepare for football games that will start seven months from now. It’s 30 degrees outside, but athletes are sweating. They have formidable drive, unconquerable spirits, but tattered and defeated uniforms. The majority of the team is wearing the same tired jerseys and pants former players wore in 2003. What stops them from buying new ones? Money. It will cost more than $14,000 to adequately equip players.

Training to Win - Poca Football players train in February for games that will begin in August. They have heart, drive, experience, talent and strength: all the ingredients for victory. Their only disadvantages are defeated uniforms and low numbers. Photo by Justin Waybright.

Coaches have until March to submit the order. It is often said, “Poca is the most successful football program in the county, yet the least funded.” Coaches and teammates know the uniform does not make the player; however, it is vital in a game where the slightest disadvantage can shift momentum at any second. Sophomore Nose Guard Nick Thaxton described the look of uniforms he wore last year. “They’re really short, old-fashioned and worn-out,” he said. Tackle Nick Jividen agreed. This sophomore, who doubles as a guard, explained a major downside to wearing these beaten jerseys. “They’re too loose,” Jividen said. “Running backs get tackled SEE DOTS ON PAGE 3


Page 2 –Tuesday, February 12, 2013 Putnam County Schools Developmental Screening Putnam County Schools Developmental Screenings will be held on Friday, March 1, 2013 at the Teays Valley Presbyterian Church, Teays Valley Road. We will screen children ages 2-1/2 to 4 years for speech/language, hearing, vision, motor skills, social skills, self-help and cognition Please call 586-0500 ext 1154, to schedule an appointment.

City of Hurricane to host Volunteer Income Tax Assistance The City of Hurricane will be hosting the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. If you would like assistance, please contact Christine Spaulding at (304) 546-7578 for an appointment. The tax assistance program will be held all Saturdays in February and March 2013 at City Hall.

Senior & Single Club announces Meeting A new club for those over 50 and single meets at 7 p.m. every third Friday at the Hometown Senior Center, 100 First Avenue, Hometown. For more information, call 585-2745.

New Beginning Digital Photography Class Putnam County Parks & Recreation Commission is hosting a Photography Class instructed by Laura Moul. Classes will be held in The Commons of Putnam County by the Wave Pool for three consecutive Tuesday’s Feb. 19, 26, & Mar. 5, 2013 from 5:30 – 7:30 P.M. For more information please contact Laura at 743-8281 or check out her website at or to register call the Park Office at 304-562-0518 Ext. 10.

Tri-County YMCA to Host Business After Hours The next Business After Hours sponsored by the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce will take place at the Tri-County YMCA in Scott Depot from 5:00

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to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 21, 2013. Business After Hours provides a social, but professional venue for business people to make new contacts and expand their presence in the business community. The TriCounty YMCA is located at 200 Carls Lane, Scott Depot, WV 25560. Participation is open to all Chamber members and their guests. The cost to attend is $15 per person, RSVPs are required and pre-payment is appreciated. There will be a cash drawing sponsored by BB&T valued at $200, but you must be present to win. The Chamber will continue to draw until there is a winner present! Food and refreshments will also be included in a relaxed social setting. Additionally, the Chamber identifies future Business of the Month winners from the calling cards of those in attendance. RSVPs are required by Tuesday, February 19, 2012. To obtain membership information or to make reservations, please contact the Chamber at 304.757.6510 or You can also visit the website at

For more information please call the church office at 304-5861146, M-F from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Winfield Community Church is located at 144 Rocky Step Road in Scott Depot. Sunday worship begins at 10:45 a.m.

Autoimmune Support Group An autoimmune support groups meets on the first and third Mondays of each month at noon. The meeting is held in the upper level of the September House located beside Cross Roads United Methodist Church, 850 Norway Avenue, Huntington. For additional information, call Carolyn Hopper at 781-7434 or Kimberly Marcum at 736-4957.

Hometown Senior Center Space Rental The Hometown Senior Center is available for rental for showers, birthday parties and other social functions. Reasonably priced, the center has catering available and its dining room seats 75. For reservations or more details, call 304-586-2745.

Silver Sneakers Class Putnam County Republican Women Meet the third Thursday of each month at Sleepy Hollow Golf Club, 6 p.m. For more information, call Nancy Bradley at 562-3020 or Iva Danner at 562-9526.

Diabetes Education Group Meets at 7 p.m., in Room B, Eleanor Town Hall, on the third Tuesday of each month. For more info, call Mary 304-9374093, Missy 304-937-3373 or Glenville 304-586-2523.

Winfield Community Church hosts Food Pantry Winfield Community Church offers a Food Pantry to assist those in and around the community. New hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the 3rd Saturday of each month at the church office, 3680 Winfield Road, Suite B, Winfield.

The Tri-County YMCA in Scott Depot hosts the Silver Sneakers Muscular Endurance Class from 11 to 11:45 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Move to music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activity for daily living skills. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles and a ball are offered for resistance, and a chair is used for seated and/or standing support. Certified instructors lead classes. For more information, call 304-757-0016.

Senior Fitness Classes Senior fitness classes are held at the John Henson Senior Center in Hurricane from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. A certified fitness instructor leads the class. For more information, call 304-757-0016.

T.O.P.S. No. 599 Weekly meetings of TOPS "Take Off Pounds Sensibly," are held at 6:15 p.m. on Tuesdays at St. Patrick Church, 207 Jefferson Street, Bancroft. Questions, call Sharon, 304-523-4618.

Winfield, West Virginia, USPS 451-160 The Putnam Standard (ISSN, 451160) is published weekly at P.O. Box 179, Winfield, WV 25213. Yearly subscription rates: In-County $22.00; In-State $38.00; Out-of-State $48.00. Bill Unger, Publisher. Periodical Postage paid at Main Post Office, Winfield, WV, and additional mailing offices under the act of March 3, 1979. Postmaster: Send Address changes to the Putnam Standard, P.O. Box 179, Winfield, WV 25213. We reserve the right to accept or reject and to edit all news and advertising copy.

Scary Creek Paintball Hours: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, 1 - 6 p.m. Sunday, MondayFriday by appointment only (groups of 10 or more). Open year-round and in operation since 1992, Scary Creek Paintball offers more than 25 acres of paintball fields, including three acres of urban action. Call 800-870-5973 or go online at Scary Creek Paintball, 4345 Scary Creek Road, Scott Depot. Discount packages range from all-inclusive (all rental equipment and paintballs) from $20 (100 paintballs) to $30 (500 paintballs) per day.

Kanawha Valley Coin Club The Kanawha Valley Coin Club meets the third Tuesday of each month (7 p.m.) at the Kanawha City Recreation Center located at 3511 Venable Avenue. For more info., call 727-4062 or 925-4852.

Eleanor City Council Meeting 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at Town Hall. Meetings begin at 7:30 p.m.

Winfield Lions Club Meetings The Winfield Lions Club meets the first and third Tuesday of the month. For more information call 304-586-3732.

Hometown Lions Club Meetings The Hometown Lions Club meets at 6 p.m., every first and third Tuesday of the month at the Hometown Senior Center, 100 First Avenue, Hometown. For more information call 304-5862745.

American Legion Post 187 American Legion Post 187 meets at 7 p.m. at the Winfield Presbyterian Church, Ferry Street, Winfield – every first and third Thursday of the month.

Scott-Teays Lions Club Meetings Scott-Teays Lions Club meets the first and third Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Broadmore Assisted Living, 4000 Outlook Drive, Teays Valley. For more information call 304-757-8599 or email

The Putnam Standard Nitro Seniors Country Western Dance On Saturday, February 16, 2013 the Ray Barr Trio will provide the music for dancing at the monthly Country Western Dance at the Nitro Senior Center. The doors open at 5:00p.m. with a concession and the music/dancing starts at 6:00p.m. Admission is by donation and all proceeds go the the Nitro Seniors.

Sign-ups going on now! Buffalo Youth League (baseball and softball) sign-ups are going on now! Times: Thurs 5 - 8 PM and Fri 9 12 at the Buffalo Town Hall and Saturdays 9 – 4 at Buffalo High School. If you have questions or for more information call 304-840-3613.

FREE Putnam County Pre-K Programs The Putnam County Collaborative Pre-K Program will begin registration for their FREE 4-year old pre-k program as follows: • Pre-K Registration Packets are available for parents to pick up at all elementary schools, existing pre-k sites, Head Start centers, Putnam County Schools’ central office and on the pre-k website. • You may call 304-586-0500 x1133 or e-mail for an appointment time for registration. • March 8—The first pre-k registration and combination parent information fair will be held at the Putnam County Technical Center in Eleanor by appointment only. • March 15—The second pre-k registration and combination parent information fair will be held at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in the Valley located next to Valley Wave Pool Park by appointment only. • After March 15--Anyone that doesn’t come to the mass registrations must contact Nancy Joplin (contact information above) to make an individualized appointment for registration. Packets turned in after initial registration dates run a larger chance of not getting into their first choice site. Children must turn 4 before September 1, 2013 to be eligible. Five year old new enterers will be considered based on outcome of a kindergarten readiness test. The following documents will need to be turned in with your registration packets: birth certification, 3- or 4year old health check form, age appropriate immunization record, along with other registration materials that will be included in your packet. More information about FREE Putnam County Pre-K can be found at under parents/community or by contacting 304-586-0500 x1133 or x1107.

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Prepare for the Unexpected By Justin Waybright

HURRICANE - Police officers are offering a class to teach women how to defend themselves in emergency situations. Rape Aggression Defense or R.A.D. is a national course, aimed at preparing females for those crucial moments during an attack. The class is offered for women, 18 and older. It is ideal for those in college, said instructor J. R. Payne. “Colleges like Marshall University are on the news for robberies and attempted abductions, and this class is geared to help women stop

these abductions,” said Hurricane Cpl. Payne. “Those people prey on women, who are apt to be out late at night. So, we’re trying to get this genera-

tion involved.” The 7-week class will feature basic self-defense, strikes and ground defense techniques. Toward the end of the

course, instructors will place the participants in a simulated attack. “Their heart rate will be up and they will be in the mo-

ment,” said Payne. “They’ll have to use the techniques we teach them.” The course will begin Feb. 13. Applicants can register at the Hurricane City Hall for $50 until that date. Spaces are limited and filling fast, instructors said. completing the After Wednesday classes, participants will receive a national certification, allowing them to take more R.A.D. classes in the future for free. “Violence against women is on the rise, so it’s important to give them a way to defend themselves,” said Payne. For more information about the class or registering, call (304) 741-4872 or (304) 5629911.

WVDNR Seeks Paintings for 2014 Wildlife Calendar SUBMITTED ARTICLE SOUTH CHARLESTON, WV – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is requesting original wildlife art for the 2014 edition of the award-winning Wildlife Calendar, according to WVDNR Wildlife Resources Section Chief Curtis I. Taylor. The deadline for submitting artwork is February 18, 2013. An electronic image of each entry capable of being sized at 14½ inches wide by 11½ inches high at 300 dpi is preferred, but

a lower resolution image or 35mm color slide will be accepted. Artists may send in multiple entries. “This is our 29th calendar and it offers a wonderful opportunity for artists to feature their work. Besides distribution in West Virginia, our calendars are enjoyed by people all over the United States,” said Taylor. Paintings may depict popular game and fish species, or feature the state’s lesser-known

animals such as snakes, frogs, turtles, salamanders, bats, songbirds, small mammals and nongame fish. Artists are reminded that the calendar format is horizontal, with measurements of 14 inches wide by 11 inches high, and should keep this ratio in mind when creating paintings. Paintings not chosen in previous years may be resubmitted. “Just because the artwork is not selected one year doesn’t mean it will not be selected in

piece of the overall puzzle he hopes to complete this year. “Anything that can build selfconfidence and team spirit will help everything,” said Sovine. The football veteran believes a boost in these areas will lead to an even greater edge over the competition his players will face. The school building captured his attention. “We’ve got to have numbers,” he said. “A school our size should have a minimum of 40 to 50 players.” Last year, coaches ended the season with only 23 men. Many players exhausted themselves in multiple offensive and defensive positions. Some never sat on the bench to recoup during games that sometimes stretched two hours. Heart and unstoppable determination carried these players through many games, coaches

said. Sovine has coached football at every school in Putnam County. He knows what it will take to secure a victorious season. “Strength and team unity,” he said. “We’ve got the experience; we just need to build it up and get more participation.” Poca football players and coaches are calling on parents, community leaders, alumni and residents to help. Lemley described the challenge. “Around here, everybody gets hit a lot [for donations from various sports,]” he said. “But, this is a worthwhile cause to help out.” To help these hard-working football players, call (304) 7555001. Current Poca students can become part of the football legacy and join the team now through August.

DOTS FROM PAGE 1 a lot easier when people grab onto them.” Former Poca Coach Bob Lemley has breathed football for more than 30 years. He knows the importance of having a solid piece of equipment in the game. “A new uniform doesn’t make the football player, but gives them spurt and pride,” the area football legend said. “I think it would be positive for us to get new ones.” After coaching in Poca for more than two decades, Lemley retired to spend more time with his new grandson Samuel and his family. However, football will always have a special part of his heart. He believes in this town and its football players. So does new Poca Head Coach Jim Sovine. Lemley stands behind Sovine, multiple-championship winner. To Sovine, new uniforms are a

the future,” said Taylor. “Often, there are several submissions of a particular species and only one can be used in a given year. “We encourage all artists, especially those from West Virginia, to submit their work,” said Taylor. A $100 prize is awarded for each painting chosen, with $500 going to the artist whose artwork is picked for the cover. Paintings are chosen based on overall composition and quality, along with anatomical and contextual ac-

curacy. The quality of the electronic image or submitted slide is very important for judging the artwork. To obtain 2014 calendar art rules or to purchase a 2013 calendar, please contact the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, Wildlife Calendar Art, P.O. Box 67, Elkins, WV 26241, phone 304-637-0245. Electronic images should be emailed to:

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Directions In a double boiler, melt the chocolate and shortening, stirring occasionally until smooth. Holding them by the toothpicks, dip the strawberries into the chocolate mixture. Insert toothpicks into the tops of the strawberries. Turn the strawberries upside down and insert the toothpick into styrofoam for the chocolate to cool.

Project management skills In-Demand! According to Wanted Analytics (, project management skills are still one of the 10 most in-demand skills in the United States! Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College has an upcoming class to train professionals who want to gain new Project Management skills and enhance existing ones. Scheduled from February 8 – March 6, 2013, this 30 hour course will be delivered in a blended learning format which combines e-learning modules, virtual classroom hours and a two-day hands-on project simulation, with personal instruction and mentoring by an expert in project management. Please visit the website at or call 304 2056690 for additional details. Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College offers more than 24 associate degree programs, 18 certificate degree programs and a variety of skill sets. The college delivers customized credit and non-credit training for business and industry through its Workforce and Economic Development Division. KVCTC has an extensive offcampus network throughout its service region of Kanawha, Putnam and Clay counties.

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Send your poetry to Debra Harmes-Kurth 1042 Pike Street • Milton, WV 25541 There have been times I have been writing and have been at a loss for the right word. Has that ever happened to you? There are several reference books available to help you through those kinds of quagmires. One of them is “The Synonym Finder”, by J.I. Rodale. This is a marvelous book that has over 1,500,000 synonyms. So if you are writing and think of one word, but it does not fit the style or language of your poem you can look it up and find a word that means nearly the same thing, which might work better. Until next time keep reading and write down some of those stray ideas you have floating around as a poem. Then send it to the above address or email it to m ***** Enduring Strain thread woven between generations... different stitches yet the fabric remains strong Karen O’Leary, ND ***** Poet’s Tool Why was I such a fool? Had good intentions to do one thing. Cannot lose this beauty, timeless, priceless, and true. Hurt the part I value the most, but I will never act arrogant. When someone portrays that negative quality, his/her gift is meaningless. Where is pointer? Not here and hurt. Lost and confused, such a shame.

Not that minor of an injury, need this as a part of my tool. Key form of one's survival, struggling to find this gift again. It kept on bleeding and I couldn't make it stop, don't want to do this, but had to do it. I know something crucial must be done, toying around with my physical capacity. Put the needle in my finger, slowly the deformity will cease. My skin felt like there was needle pulling thread, this was agitating me. It was trapped inside the crazy cat food can, bizarre mishap caused pure destruction. The five stitches didn't hold me back, persistent as I have ever been. Devastation to anyone with this passion. Laura Steeb, NJ ***** Months of Love January can be a lovely month Though cold winds may blow Sweethearts nestled by the fireplace While dying embers glow. February can be a month of love Traipsing through the snow Buying Valentine cards and candy Or flowers or plants that grow. March can be a lover’s month When zapped by Cupid’s bow Or by amorous longings for a mate The heart has made it so.

April can be a lively month With spring flowers that grow Crocuses and daffodils Peeking through leftover snow. May is a lovable month Nature’s blossoming fashion show Dresses up the scenery, Brings happiness, seems apropos. June is a month of love White wedding gowns to sew First night together or not Forever love, a solemn vow. July is a month of blasting love Watching fireworks with a pow Jumping into each others arms With hugs we do allow. August is hot weather, matching love Hollyhocks and hummingbirds, oh, wow Brilliant sun bakes everything Wipes sweat from the eyebrow. September is a busy month Going back to school, a cow But learning knowledge every day To succeed is to know how. October is tree leaf turns of love Indian summer takes a bow Lovers snuggle under a willow tree And cherish every bough. November brings chills of love Parents hugging kids born of love they know Before the weather takes a turn Sledding and riding the snowplow. December gives credence to a love Of God's gift to show us how To follow the path of baby Jesus Like Him, we in faith will grow. Floriana Hall, OH

Putnam County Sheriff’s Department January Report The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department during the month of January responded to 1,042 calls for assistance, and made 65 felony arrest and 88 misdemeanor arrest. The Road Patrol also investigated 59 auto crashes, and is-

sued 29 misdemeanor citations. Furthermore, the Road Patrol arrested 6 DUI’s and completed 159 written complaints. 23 warrants and 21 Domestic Violence Petitions were served. Home Confinement averaged 55 inmates with 175 home veri-

fications and Western Regional Jail averaged 70 inmates per day. Process division served 369 civil papers. Tax Office accepted 285 concealed carry permits and issued 143 permits. 671 DMV decals were also issued.

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HEART FROM PAGE 1 A panicked mother called her husband. "My wife called me at work and said her [Berklee’s] heart was racing past 300 beats-per-minute," said John Bonecutter. "I raced 90 miles-per-hour on Route 62 to the hospital." There was no time to transport Berklee to Huntington. The onemonth-old was rushed to Putnam General where doctors fought to slow and save the infant's heart. "I didn't have time to cry or even think about it," said Meagan Bonecutter. After the doctors stabilized Berklee, an ambulance raced the blond-haired baby to CabellHuntington Hospital's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Doctors told Meagan and John that their daughter had Supraventricular Tachycardia or SVT, a condition that causes the heart to beat abnormally fast. It can be life-threatening without immediate medical treatment. In babies, heart failure can be inevitable even if treated. For more than three weeks, the Bonecutters lived in hospital waiting rooms. Tears flooded their eyes while doctors shocked their baby's heart back into rhythm 28 times. "She'd flat-line then come back, and IVs poked her so many times," said Meagan Bonecutter. "It was not fun to go through." After a stint at Cabell Huntington, parents drove their hurting daughter to Morgantown to see a specialist. Doctors tried five different medicines to combat the heart condition. Finally, one worked. Medical professionals were confident. The Bonecutters were relieved. They took their daughter home. Celebration filled their living room that night.

Overcoming Dark Times - Just weeks old, Berklee Bonecutter clings to life in a hospital bed. Tubes and IVs run in and out of her helpless body. Courtesy Photo. But, it was short-lived. "An hour after we got home, John was holding her and she went limp," said Bonecutter. John described that unforgettable evening. "I was sitting there, holding her, feeling helpless," he said. "I got to the point where I felt there was no end to this." His wife felt the same. "I got to the point where I couldn't do it anymore," she said. That moment, the two young

parents made a courageous decision - the hardest they had ever made. They selflessly surrendered their daughter's life to God. "Tears were streaming down our face," said John. "I said 'Lord, you gave her to us...she is yours and you can...take her. '" Meagan recalled that night. I said, "'Lord, take her if you need her...just let it be your will. '" Amid falling tears and impossible prayers, something hap-

them in middle or high schools where they are presidents of student government or sometimes become national merit scholars.” Every year the school leader instills respect, structure, politeness, work ethic and conduct in more than 140 students. To Sikora, these are aspects that course books do not often teach. “We see kids from all different backgrounds and walks of life, and we try to lay a solid foundation for them,” she said. “Some schools put sports and extracurricular activities above homework and education, but we’ll never give up on education.” The consistent success of St.

Francis graduates is driven by school leaders, teachers and God, said Sikora. She is happy to be a part of it. “It took faith to become principal - everything I’ve done in the past has led up to this,” she said. St. Francis’ Father Pat McDonough was happy to see his friend and co-worker win such a prestigious award. “I’m delighted,” he said. “She’s worked hard for it.” The minister described the importance of providing selfless love in a society where it is becoming more extinct. “It’s essential,” McDonough said. “If the light goes out, there is absolute darkness.”

pened. When the two parents opened their wet eyes, the atmosphere had changed. "I looked down at her. Her eyes opened and she grinned at me," said John. "It sent cold chills all over my back." Berklee's mother will never forget that miraculous moment. "I was shocked!" she explained. "It was one of those things where we encountered God. You don't know how to describe it unless you've been through it." Bonecutter continued, "It was just too coincidental to not be God." The Bonecutters must have checked their daughter's heart rate 15 times that night. It was normal every time. Almost two years have passed and it has remained normal since. Berklee's father recalled the supernatural occurrence. "You hear about people being healed, but when you see it firsthand, it's unbelievable," said Bonecutter. "It shakes you a little bit." Mrs. Bonecutter still gets tearyeyed when she describes it. "I really think she's healed," she said, smiling and crying. "It's over." It's been nearly two years since that fateful night, and the Bonecutters look back to realize the miracle not only changed their daughter's heart, but their own as well. "Before we had Berklee, life was happening and we had lost our relationship with God," she explained. "We believe the experience is what it took to make us realize we needed to be closer to him and become better parents." John agreed. "I feel like it wasn't so much for her, but for God to test us and teach us to be better parents for

her." How has life changed since that event? It is new. It will never be the same, the Bonecutters say. "You live for today, because you really don't know what tomorrow holds," said Berklee's mother. "You don't take things or people for granted because they can be taken from you in a heartbeat, literally a heartbeat." John views his time with Berklee as a treasure. "I hug her a little tighter and I view her as our gift from God," he said. Moments after this interview, a blue-eyed toddler walked down a set of stairs and passed by the words, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding," from Proverbs 3:5, printed on a decorative sign. The joyful girl turned her head toward a picture of Minnie Mouse, hanging on the wall beside her. The 2-year-old remembered the Minnie Mouse cupcakes she ate during her birthday, six months ago. "Where did my birthday go?" Berklee asked. "It's gone and I need another one." Following their experience, the Bonecutters have reached out to help others, suffering from heart problems. The two are raising donations for the American Heart Association. They will be participating in the Cabell/Wayne Heart Walk from 10 a.m. to noon, April 13, 2013 at Ritter Park. For more information or to donate to the American Heart Association or the Cabell/Wayne Heart Walk, call (304) 720-9001 or visit http://heartwalk.kinte To view Berklee's story, visit ?v=fstABU2k92E

This is where teaching becomes more than text books; where learning is more than mathematics and science, but rather… life. Sikora leads a school that puts emphasis on how to live joyfully, peacefully, lovingly and successfully. Her teachers paint bigger and broader pictures of the world that many secular schools do not. “There is so much you can’t do

in public schools anymore,” said McDonough. “[But,] you couldn’t have anything more vital: love, morals, learning, integrity and kindness.” Sikora agreed. She further described the fruits of her labor. “God made everybody different, but we must accept everybody for who they are,” Sikora said. “I think it’s made a difference here - I can see it in the children.”

FOUNDATION FROM PAGE 1 by giving her the 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award. The group honored her kind, selfless spirit. “It’s awesome and humbling,” said the St. Francis of Assisi School Principal. Sikora is known for putting on community parades, collecting food for local pantries, joining the choir during performances throughout the city and most of all, caring about her students. She described the moment when she sees successful students years after they graduate. “It feels wonderful, and it feels like they’re one of yours. I’m pleased to see them succeed” said Sikora. “Sometimes I’ll see

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Weekly Devotional By Mary Jane “FEBRUARY LOVE” Thought for the week: To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1- 19. (KJV) If the months of the year had colors - which they do for the months representing jewelry stone. (Amethyst) - February should be everything RED; the stone should have been ruby! The month should be noted for LOVE. There are more weddings in February than other months. LOVE like paint, can make things beautiful, when you spread it, but it simply dries up when you don’t use it. Red valentines, love and tempers (flushed red faces) and in Florida its strawberry season, we see the fresh red strawberries arriving in the produce section. Red hot car sales, furniture sales and go red for women month, fight heart disease # 1 killer for women. But not the weather, that’s when we often have the big, white snow, in the month of February; I wish - and it will come. Fears of hazardous driving on ice covered roads and walks, schools close and it seem as if your world has to take a calm and quiet break. Some of the most notable presidents were born in February: Washington, Lincoln, Harrison, and Reagan. A good month for various soups and chili, hot spicy dishes to warm the soul, when coming in from the cold. Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith. Proverbs 15; 17 The word LOVE appears 310 times in the Bible (KJV) - don’t forget to show your love to others this Valentine’s Day. “We can do no great things - only small things with great LOVE.” Mother Teresa “The LOVE of wealth makes bitter men, the love of God, makes better men.” - W.L. Hudson “Faith goes up the stairs that LOVE has made and looks out of the windows which hope has opened.” - Charles Spurgeon Prayer: Thank you our great Father of LOVE, may we each give more. Amen.

DOF sponsors Arbor Day Poster Contest for fourth- and fifth-graders CHARLESTON, WV – The West Virginia Division of Forestry (DOF) is calling on teachers to showcase their students’ talents in the DOF’s 2013 West Virginia Arbor Day Poster Contest. This year’s theme is “Trees Are … Energy Savers!” The contest is open to all fourth- and fifth-grade public-, private- and home-schooled students in the Mountain State. One state winner from each grade will receive a $50 cash prize from the West Virginia Forestry Association. In addition, an awards ceremony will be held at the school of each winner and a tree will be planted in his or her honor. “Not only are trees beautiful and beneficial to wildlife, they also are a valuable source of re-

newable energy,” said Andy Sheetz of the Division of Forestry. “By properly locating and planting trees around their homes, people can conserve energy, lessen the use of nonrenewable fossil fuels, save money, increase property value and help the environment.” Contest submissions are being accepted now through March 1, 2013. Contact Andy Sheetz at or phone 304-558-1264 for a poster contest guide that contains educational activities. Information may also be downloaded from Posters must meet contest rules to be eligible for prizes.

Christin’s Corner By Christin Daugherty Dear Christin, My boyfriend and I have been on-again-off-again for the past 8 years or so. A couple months ago we got back together and things have been great. We have both dated other people during our time apart and we have realized that we are meant to be together. The problem is that he got into some trouble awhile back and now he may be facing jail time. If he does go to jail I know he won’t be in there for long, but I worry that this obstacle may be too much for our already fragile relationship. What do you think? Can a relationship that has already seen trouble withstand this kind of test? Sincerely, Rocky Road Dear Rocky, I think you just answered your own question with one simple word: Test. No matter if you have been together for eight years or eight weeks, relationships are constantly being tested. It is how you both handle this test that will determine how strong your partnership truly is. I believe that the strongest

bonds are created when couples are faced with dealing with each other’s mistakes and flaws. Except for cheating (you really can’t come back from that in my opinion). But when one person is facing hard times, like in your case, it is indeed a test for the other person (you) to see if they can handle their significant other at their worst. My best advice for you, Rocky, is to step aside from your own feelings for a bit and try to see things from your partner’s point of view. If you really feel as though the two of you were meant to be together then it is imperative that you understand where he is coming from. He may not show it, but I’m betting that he is probably scared out of his mind about going to jail. Not only that, but he is also probably worried about how this will impact his relationship with you as well. With that being said, you must also consider your own feelings in this matter. Will you be able to handle this situation without compromising too much of your own happiness? Will you have re-

The Putnam Standard sentment towards him for making you endure such an obstacle? After all, it is his mistakes that have led you both down this path. These are things that you are going to have to think long and hard about, looking deep within yourself to find a conclusion. I wish the best for you Rocky. After eight years, you and your partner have managed to find your way back to each other. It sounds like there’s something really special there. And in my experience, the more extraordinary something is, the harder you have to work to keep it. Consider this to be the ultimate test of your relationship. If you can make it through this, you can make it through anything! I have a feeling you will pass with flying colors. Just make sure that your partner doesn’t make a habit out of making you think so hard. Best of luck to you both! “The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” - Audrey Hepburn Got a problem? Need some answers? Contact me at m. **The opinions of this column are solely the opinions of this individual writer and are not the opinions of the Putnam Standard or Cabell Standard newspapers.**

Putnam County Residents named to FSU Dean's List Putnam County students have been named to the Dean’s List at Fairmont State University after completing the fall 2012 semester. Dr. Christina Lavorata, Interim Provost of Fairmont State University and Vice President for Academic Affairs, has released the Dean’s List. A total of 1,060 students are being recognized for academic distinction by earning a 3.4 or better grade point average for the fall 2012 semester. Students achieving a perfect 4.0 grade point average have been named to the President’s List.

Fairmont State University: President’s List Crystal Johnson Bradley Reed Fairmont State University: Dean’s List Jonathan Hannigan Caitlin Teetor Michelle Tompkin Mikyle White Brittany Williams Fairmont State University, with a 120-acre main campus in Fairmont, W.Va., is part of the state’s growing high technology corridor. A city of about 20,000 people, Fairmont is close to larger cities

and also to opportunities for outdoor recreation. Founded in 1865 as a private institution dedicated to educating teachers, FSU has a long history of academic excellence. At FSU, students find a wide range of fields of study with more than 80 four-year programs and graduate programs. With an enrollment of 4,500, FSU is large enough that students find a vibrant campus life and small enough that they do not get lost in the crowd. The mission of FSU is to provide opportunities for individuals to achieve their professional and personal goals and discover roles for responsible citizenship that promote the common good. FSU values scholarship, opportunity, achievement and responsibility. Visit


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Take care of your hunting boots and they'll take care of you

David Payne Sr.

Column by David Payne Sr.

This column applies to realleather boots only, not synthetic materials. Leather is like your skin, because it is skin. It can dry out and crack with prolonged exposure to heat or sunlight, just like your skin can – the main difference being, unlike your skin, your boots cannot heal. The natural fibers of leather will break down over time and exposure to dryness or even moisture over a prolonged period of time will expedite that process. Basically anything that will hurt your skin will hurt leather - dryness, excess moisture, ultraviolet light, ozone, acid, etc., but if you take care of your boots, they will last for years. Your boots need to be clean, dry and well conditioned before

storing and they should be stored in a cool, dry place. Moisture, humidity and the mold they bring can destroy a good pair of boots. Usually I will clean my boots with a damp cloth. If they are really muddy – as they usually are after a hunting trip – I'll clean them under running water in the sink with a toothbrush, while trying to minimize the amount of water they are exposed to. Then, I clean them again with a damp cloth. I use a dry cloth to blot them dry. When I was a kid, my father was a mechanic at a coal mine and he came home nearly every day with his boots muddy and wet. My mother stuck a blowdryer in the boots to dry them. Drying with heat is hard on leather and it's better, of course, to just let them air dry away from heat sources and sunlight after blotting with a dry cloth. Once your leather is dry, you need to re-condition it immediately to replace the oils you washed away. You also remove oils, although more slowly, during normal wear, so it's important to recondition your leather every three months or so regardless. I never do this, but you're supposed to never apply leather conditioner to the leather directly. You're supposed to apply it to a damp cloth and then rub it a light coat into the leather. Give it about a half hour before applying another coat. Make sure you get a little bit into all the nooks and crannies, especially where leather

meets the sole. That's easy to overlook, but where it’s needed most. This is the specific reason I use a small amount of conditioner with a little brush instead of the damp cloth. You don't want too much conditioner on the leather, in fact you don't want any of it to remain on top of the leather because it attracts dirt and if you plan to shine it, it won't be able to absorb any polish if it's saturated with conditioner. The best product I have ever used for conditioning leather is Red Wing Shoes All Natural Leather Dressing, which I found at Charleston Department Store. Once you've conditioned your leather, you can store it. If it's something you will be wearing every day, you should give it a shine. Your boots need to be clean and dry before you start. You can use a damp cloth or brush to clean it. If they get damp during the cleaning, let them dry before applying polish. You'll need a can of wax polish, brush for applying polish (mine is also horsehair) some cotton balls and a shine cloth. Use your shoe polish brush to cover the entire boot or shoe with a generous amount of polish, making sure the color of the polish matches the color of the leather. Cover it evenly and work the polish into the seams. Give it about 15 or 20 minutes to dry. Brush the entire shoe or boot vigorously with a horsehair shine

brush. The object it to remove all excess polish and leave only a small film of polish on the outside of the leather. This is the point where my brother-in-law, who served in the Air Force for 6 years, would use a cotton ball to enhance the shine of the heels and the toes. The way he showed me was he dipped the cotton ball in water, and then squeezed out the excess. Then he applied a little polish to the cotton and worked it into the heel and toe. He repeated this, using a new cotton ball each time, until he was satisfied with the shine. Then use the shine cloth to buff up the rest of the boot or shoe. Everybody has their own method of shining boots. I do. My grandfather was a dedicated boot-shiner. He served with the 5th Regimental Combat Team during the Korean War, was a veteran of the Battle of Outpost Harry and never lost his Army taste for shiny boots. When he died last year, I inherited his shoeshine kit, which I combined with mine. There's plenty of stuff in the combined kit that I don't use regularly, but what I normally use is a small horsehair applicator brush, three large horsehair brushes (which I've numbered so I use them in the same order each time), one synthetic bristle brush and a piece of sheepskin. After each step, I go on to another boot (I'm usually doing two or three at time), then come back once the others are finished with

that step. First I use the synthetic brush to clean away any dirt, then the small brush to work a small amount leather conditioner into the leather. After that, I use the same small brush to apply polish (as described above). After I let it sit for a few minutes, I brush vigorously with brush No. 1, do the other boots, then brush No. 2, etc. I got a shoeshine in Chicago once and the shoeshiner applied a small amount of a WD-40-like oil to the leather before the last step. He got an incredible shine that way and ever since, I've done it that way. I apply a small amount of oil with the sheepskin, and then finish up with the last horsehair brush for the final shine. If I want a really good shine, I'll apply a few drops of water to the leather before the final brushing. One advantage of using several brushes in succession is that brushes don't shine as well if they are gunked up with too much polish and the early brushes take up most of the excess polish. I also keep my brushes clean by putting that polish – and conditioner - back on the boots themselves. I polish my boots – as described above – every Saturday. Each morning, however, I give my boots a good going over with each of the brushes. Thus, my boots are continually polished and my brushes constantly clean. Contact David Payne at

Bridge replacement work by the West Virginia Division of Highways and Babcock personnel is expected to be completed by the end of March. Officials are trying to complete the work before the summer season and hope to have it done by mid April when the park re-opens. Babcock Superintendent Clinton Cochran said officials are working to make sure that the new bridge will look as much like the original as is possible. “Engineers have created a very attractive design and special construction methods are going to be used to make this bridge very appealing to the park user. The new bridge will compliment Babcock and the park’s natural setting and blend in very well with the adja-

cent Glade Creek Grist Mill.” Manns Creek and Boley Lake are stocked with trout by the Division of Natural Resources. The bridge construction will delay trout stocking until April. “Having trout stocking trucks, multiple anglers and construction all in the same area is a recipe for injury,” Cochran said. “Everyone’s understanding that we have got to get this project completed before we open for the season is really important for the park for years to come.” “Trout stocking will resume in April after the bridge construction is completed,” said Mike Shingleton, assistant chief for Coldwater Fish Management with DNR. Contact David Payne at

Outdoor roundup Waterfowl survey completed During the recently-completed annual mid-winter waterfowl survey, wildlife biologists counted 5,252 ducks and 6,262 Canada geese, said Steve Wilson, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Waterfowl biologist. “The number of ducks and geese counted this year increased 73 percent and 44 percent respectively compared to last year, and both are well above the 10-year average,” Wilson said. The increase was not unexpected due to weather fronts moving through from the northwest in December. Canada geese, mallards and black ducks, as usual, were the most commonly observed species in the 2013 survey. Other waterfowl observed include: canvas-

back, scaup, ring-necked duck, redhead, bufflehead, wood duck, gadwall, mergansers and tundra swans. Nine adult and five juvenile bald eagles were also observed. The survey was conducted on Jan. 7, 8, and 10 and included portions of the Kanawha, Ohio, Shenandoah and New Rivers as well as Tygart and Bluestone Lakes. There has been quite an increase in the number of ducks seen on the lower Kanawha River. A total of 430 ducks were seen, compared with only 123 in 2009. A total of 216 geese were seen, compared with 59 last year and 304 in 2009. Trout Stocking Despite some bone-chilling

weather and snow lately, the DNR has managed to get a handful of waters stocked. Anderson Lake, Cranberry River and Miletree Lake were stocked in late January and early February. Work begins on new bridge at Babcock Work is slated to begin this month for the bridge that spans Glade Creek near the Glade Creek Grist Mill at Babcock State Park. The mill is a popular destination for artists and photographers – I've even seen jigsaw puzzles with the landmark mill. The bridge accommodates vehicle and foot traffic to most of the facilities at the park, such as the rental cabins, the grist mill, Boley Lake, swimming pool, and the entire Sugar Camp Run Picnic Area.

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Velma’s View By Velma Kitchens The Greenbrier River The Greenbrier River is one of my favorite places to visit in West Virginia. We have been to Watoga State Park many times and we always have a good time. We like to go in the spring and the fall so we can build a fire in the fireplace. The cabin gets so warm and cozy and all we do is sit around read, talk or just watch the fire burn. There is no telephone reception and no TV in the cabins at Watoga. It is just a nice place to be alone and relax and enjoy the mountains. I like to walk or take short hikes. I haven’t been on a hike for a long time but I think when the warmer weather gets here, I just may start hiking. Speaking of hiking, I have always wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail. I don’t want to hike straight through as I am older now, but a little at a time would do. Anyway, the Greenbrier River is so pretty especially in the summer. We went in June one year and it was not so warm, but not cold. When it is hotter and the river level is high you can float down the river on inner tubes. One year we went and the water was six feet deep on the other side, three feet deep in the middle and shallow on the end where I got into the river. I can’t swim so I stayed away from the six feet end. I am not crazy. The year before last we went and the water was so low you could walk across from one end to the other. We took our lawn chairs and sat in the water. We don’t fish so it wasn’t a problem for us, but the fish probably moved on downstream. We have stayed at The Greenbrier River Cabins which are along the river and we have enjoyed it every time. Our cabin had a screened-in porch and the water running at night was so peaceful. I did almost step on a snake while taking a walk - I thought I was tired, but I started running and got some strength back. Won't take a walk in sandals again! Should have put on my tennis shoes. I recommend Watoga State Park and the Greenbrier River Cabins to any who should venture to the mountains. Both Watoga State Park and the Greenbrier River Cabins have websites so you can look them up and see what they both have to offer. There are other places to stay near the river, but those are the two where we have stayed. West Virginia has so many places to see and many things to do. Get out and enjoy!

WVSU Student Art Exhibit now open at Capitol Center Theatre INSTITUTE, WV – A juried exhibition of West Virginia State University (WVSU) student artwork opened Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Capitol Center Theatre in Charleston. This marks the second time for the exhibition of student artwork, following the success of the first exhibit last fall. “This is a great experience for our students,” said Paula Clendenin, professor of art. “This gives people in Charleston a chance to see some of the wonderful work that our students are doing.” The exhibition features a cross section of different artistic styles and mediums, designed to show the variety of courses offered at WVSU, Clendenin said. Pieces were chosen for exhibition by a panel of WVSU faculty members. “This really highlights the students we have here and their talents,” Clendenin said. The exhibition is expected to remain on display for the next six weeks.

Clendenin is hoping to do another student art exhibition next fall. “The response this year has been great and we hope to build on that going forward in the fall,” she said. The Capitol Center Theatre is located at 123 Summers St. in downtown Charleston. West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multigenerational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.

Leading the way - Hurricane Cub Scout Troop #36 led the Pledge of Allegiance during the Feb. 4 council meeting. Photo by Justin Waybright.

New Lacrosse Team, Spring Event By Justin Waybright

HURRICANE - Young men from Hurricane High School's new lacrosse team stood before city leaders during the Feb. 4 council meeting. Recently, a parent posted a sign-up list for the club. Days later, more than 75 student signatures covered the list. "This is the fastest growing sport in the nation," Lora Davie, a parent, said. "It's an awesome opportunity to bring a new sport to the youth in this area." Hurricane Mayor Scott Edwards and council members donated $250 to the club a few months ago. Edwards believes the sport is one Hurricane should have. "I know it's an exciting sport to watch," he said. "You all have support from the city." He continued, "Soccer happened just like this." After extending support to the high school lacrosse club, council members heard from Hurricane City Manager Ben Newhouse. He shared the good news about receiving a $6,000 grant for equipment at the city park playground. "We're grateful that delegates Greg Butcher (D) and Josh Stowers (D) paid attention to our request," he said. Newhouse also informed the

New Team: Lacrosse Team members pose for a picture during February’s Hurricane city council meeting. The high school students are raising awareness of the new sport that is sweeping across the nation. Their first season will start March 15. Photo by Justin Waybright. council on two upcoming projects for new sidewalks at Hurricane Middle and Conner Street Elementary schools. "We're looking to get grants finalized really soon," he said. City Recorder Linda Gibson thanked city street crews for a job well-done during the winter storm. "They certainly did a good job keeping the streets clean Friday, Saturday and Sunday," said Gibson. "They were out all night." Edwards shared in that thanks, and then spoke about some future events in the city. He said the Woodward Farm, off Main Street is available. "There are 75.8 acres up for

sale, and it's good, flat land," said Edwards. "We're hoping something good will go in there." Also, the mayor announced a new event coming to Hurricane. From 5 to 8 p.m. May 4, residents will enjoy live music, a talent show, a jupiter jump, cotton candy and snow cones during a spring festival on Main Street. "This will be a nice, downhome, springtime event," he said. More details will come as the event develops. The Hurricane City Council meets the first Monday of every month.

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Fireside Grille to Host Benefit By Justin Waybright

TEAYS VALLEY--The Bob Thompson Unit will burn up the stage at Fireside Grille at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 to raise money for the Huntington Area Food Bank. The event, "Dine out for Hunger" is one of many fundraisers held at the restaurant. Workers at the grille hope to raise enough money to feed 6,000 county residents. Money received will go to the H.A.F.B. This non-profit organization serves about 100,000 people in 16 counties across the Tri-State. "Fireside Grille is fortunate to be able to host an event for a great charity like the H.A.F.B that helps so many people throughout West Virginia in times of need and despair, and to have a jazz legend like Bob Thompson tickle the ivory for this wonderful event," said Marc Brown, co-owner of Fire-

side Grille. "Fireside certainly looks forward to raising awareness and contributions for H.A.F.B. and this event." Co-owner Judie Sydenstricker agreed. She dismissed the common misconception associated with the county. "We are fortunate in Putnam County, but not as much as people think we are," Sydenstricker said. "Teays Valley is part of the county, but there are other parts [that are hurting] that people don't think about." Tiffany Tatum, Interim Executive Director of H.A.F.B., mirrored her comment. "Many people don't realize Putnam County is one of the most underserved counties in our region," said Tatum. "An event like this brings awareness to the problem of hunger and at the same time helps us generate funds to continue our mission to feed children, seniors and families." Sydenstricker hopes the "Dine out for Hunger" event

Playing to end Hunger - The Bob Thompson Unit will play at the "Dine out for Hunger" event Feb. 21 at the Fireside Grille. Money received that evening will go to the Huntington Area Food Bank. Photo by Justin Waybright. draws a large crowd to help offer hope and meals to those who are in need. "We're really excited and would love a good turn out," she said.

Guests have enjoyed a variety of cuisine from burgers to Fillet Mignon at Fireside for two years. A large arcade offers children hours of fun. A five-bay fire station-like garage

gives families and friends a unique dining experience. Inspired by fire stations, the Fireside Grille is becoming a staple for the Teays Valley area. Although it continues to grow, Sydenstricker explained the restaurant will never forget its roots. "When we started this, we wanted to make it a community effort that would support local businesses and fire departments," she said. "We want this to be the gathering place for the community." Since its opening in 2011, Fireside Grille has held fundraisers for the Hurricane Fire Department, the county's animal shelter and Basket of Hope. Fireside Grille is at 4170 WV Route 34, off the Teays Valley exit. For more information visit For more information about the Huntington Area Food Bank, visit

WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Kanawha County Register for Feb. 21 session on business fundamentals SOUTH CHARLESTON, WV A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Feb. 21, in South Charleston. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held in

the Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College, 2001 Union Carbide Drive in South Charleston. To register, call Dreama Wolfingbarger at 304957-2083 or email Registration is required at least two days in advance. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Three Step Jump Start helps

entrepreneurs and small business owners in West Virginia accelerate their potential success by learning the structure and services provided by WVSBDC. The first step is to view the Three Step Jump Start video on the agency’s website, Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for start-ups and new businesses. The workshop provides

essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. There is a $35-per-person fee per workshop. After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. The WVSBDC coaches provide assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash

flow analysis and other services. The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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FLORENCE BAUER Florence Bauer, 86, formerly of St. Albans, passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at Community Hospice, Ashland, Ky. She was born February 20, 1926, in Brooklyn, N.Y., daughter of the late Joseph and Lena Ostrovski Southerton. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Robert Bauer. She is survived by her children, Linda R. Jordan (Steven) of Catlettsburg, Ky., Joseph R. Bauer, Jr. (Myrna) of Spring Hill, Fla., Janet Christman of St. Albans and James Bauer of St. Albans; grandchildren, whom she loved dearly, Carol Murphy of Glasgow, Kristen Parsons of Kenova, Douglas Christman of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Brian and Nikki Bauer, both of St. Albans. Funeral services were held Monday, February 4, 2013 at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans with Rev. Father Patrick M. McDonough officiating. Burial followed in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. You may share memories or condolences with the family at

MARLA ELIZABETH McDIVITT BLAKE Marla Elizabeth McDivitt Blake, 44, of Prichard, W.Va., loving wife of Michael Blake, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at St. Mary's Medical Center. She was born Nov. 2, 1968, in Bellevue, Ohio, a daughter of Linda Weller Rohrbacher of Bellevue, Ohio, and the late Jack McDivitt. She formerly worked at Lewis Fashion Eye Wear. Marla also devoted her life to her young daughter and son living at home, Maggie Elizabeth Blake and Joseph Michael Blake. Additional survivors include a sister, Jill McDivitt and a brother, Andy McDivitt, both of Bellevue, Ohio; a wonderful sister-in-law,

Katie Hodges of Hurricane, W.Va.; and a host of other close relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Auxter Funeral Home, Bellevue, Ohio, and inurnment will be in Fireside Cemetery, Bellevue. Condolences may be sent to

JERRY "BUD" BURNS Jerry "Bud" Burns, 64, of Hurricane, passed away on January 29, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Juanita Burns; brother, Bobby Joe Burns; and sister, Gloria Kelly. "Bud" is survived by his sons, Jerry Burns and Kenny Burns; daughter, Christy Benton; sister, Delores Arthur; and special friends, Terry Slater and Pamela Harper; he is also survived by several grandchildren and greatgrandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. "Bud's" wishes were to be cremated and have no service. Arrangements were in care of Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

JOSEPHINE STEPTO CLARK Josephine Stepto Clark, 76, of Marmet, passed away January 29, 2013, at Hubbard Hospice House West, South Charleston. She was a former manager of Rite Aid at Quincy; was a former supervisor for Shop-A-Minute; and was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, Kanawha City. She was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Frank Lee Clark, on July 10, 1995; parents, John and Stella Oscar Stepto; brothers, Andrew, David and John Stepto; and sisters, Maggie and Vera Stepto and Lucille Hedell. Surviving are her sons, Michael Lee Clark of Poca and William Lee Clark of Charleston; daughters, Kathy Jo Adkins of Hamlin and Angela Kay Clark of San Diego, Calif.; sisters, Katheryn Cook of Pomeroy, Ohio, Emogene Simms of Albany, Ohio, and Stella Butts of Lake Placid, Fla.; and grandchildren, Edward Garfield Adkins III, McKinley Lee Adkins and Kassie Jo Adkins. Funeral services were held Friday, February 1, at Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet, with Father Chris Turner officiating. Burial was in Marmet Cemetery. Donations may be sent to Hubbard Hospice House West, 4605 McCorkle Ave., South Charleston, WV 25309. Condolences may be sent to the family at

THOMAS TEDDY DINGESS Thomas Teddy Dingess, 91, of Hurricane, passed away Thursday, January 31, 2013, at Genesis Health Care of Putnam, following a long illness. He was born November 29,

1921, at West Logan, W.Va., a son of the late James M. and Aussie Herald Dingess. Also preceding him in death is his wife, Luise M. Arnold Dingess; four brothers, Marshall Dingess, Donald Dingess, Marvin Dingess and David Dingess; two sisters, Kathleen Simms and Dorothy Reynolds. Tom was a retired truck driver for Carolina Freight Carriers and Ryder Tank Lines with 30 years of service and was a proud WWII Army veteran. He was a member of American Legion Post 20 and was a member of Cross Lanes Baptist Church. Survivors include son, Thomas W. Dingess and wife, Terry of Saint Albans; daughter, Alice Atkins and husband, Tony of Hurricane; brothers, Paul Dingess of Ashland, Ky., James Dingess of Charleston; sister, Ann Douglas of Charleston; grandchildren, Brandon Lee Dingess and wife, Beth, Valerie Thaxton and husband, Justin; great-grandchildren, Caleb Thaxton and Jake Thaxton. Funeral services were held Monday, February 4, 2013 at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes with Pastor Seth Polk officiating. Burial was at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens with military graveside rites. Online condolences may be sent to

GRETA GREENE Greta Greene, 77, of St. Albans, passed away Friday, December 21, 2012 at her residence, with her family by her side. She was a former employee of Holz Meat Company. She was a US Air Force veteran and a member of East End Church of Christ, St. Albans. She is survived by her sons, David Greene, of Elkview, and Zackory Neal Greene, of St. Albans; daughter, Teresa Greene, of St. Albans; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; brother, Russell Hirst; aunt, Madge Lore, of St. Albans; and a host of close friends and family. And in honoring her wishes she was cremated and a memorial service was held at East End Church of Christ, Saint Albans. Online condolences can be sent to the family at

JESSICA LEE HARRIS Jessica Lee Harris, 50, of Leon, W.Va., died Jan. 31, 2013. Services were held Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Wilcoxen Funeral Home, Point Pleasant.

LEWIS HARRIS, JR. Lewis Harris, Jr., 88, of Eleanor, passed away Friday, February 1, 2013, at CAMC. Teays Valley, following a short illness. He was a World War II veteran, having served his country in the United States Army. He was formerly employed on a riverboat as a deckhand, at Gravely Tractor in

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 – Page 11 Dunbar, and retired from the Army Corps. of Engineers as a lockman at Winfield Locks & Dam with thirty years service. Born October 1, 1924, he was the son of the late Lewis Harris, Sr. and Clara Mae Cash Harris. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Joyce Harris. He is survived by his brothers, Johnny Harris of Eleanor, and Ronald Harris of Buffalo; a sister, Elizabeth Martin of Buffalo; as well as several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at Raynes Funeral Home Eleanor Chapel with Pastor David Panaro, Jr. officiating. Burial with military graveside honors by American Legion James E. Marshall Post 187 was at Leon Cemetery, Leon. Online condolences may be sent to the Harris family and the online guestbook signed by visiting www.raynesfuneral Raynes Funeral Home, Eleanor, was in charge of arrangements.

RONALD EUGENE HELD Ronald Eugene Held, 72, of Winfield, passed away suddenly on February 2, 2013. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of Dunbar United Methodist Church. Ronald was retired from UPS as an air manager and was a former service manager at Harley Davidson of W.Va., South Charleston. He was a long-time member and former president of the Harley Owner's Group, Kanawha Valley Chapter. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Martha Held; and sister, Carolyn Klugh. Ronald is survived by his children, Kimberly Sue Held, Christopher Allan Held and wife, Sarah, and Mark Anthony Held; several grandchildren and greatgrandchildren; and his beloved cat, Tinkerbelle. A memorial service was held Thursday, February 7, at Dunbar United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Dr. Okey Harless officiating. Interment was at Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston. Donations may be made in Ronald's name to Dunbar United Methodist Church or to the charity of your choice in his name. Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, was in charge of the arrangements.

JEANE JENKINS Jeane Jenkins, 81, of Scott Depot, passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at St. Mary's Medical Center, Huntington. Jeane was born in New York City, N.Y., a daughter of the late John and Mary Lizardi. Surviving is her husband, Dale Jenkins. Graveside services were held Saturday, February 2, at Valley View Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel, Hurricane, with the Rev. Charles V. Williams officiating.

Burial was in the Memorial Park. Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane was honored to assist the Jenkins family. To share a memory of Jeane, or to express condolences, please visit

MARY ANN McCOY Mrs. Mary Ann McCoy, 65, of Red House, passed away January 31, 2013, in the Hubbard Hospice House. Mary retired from Ashland Oil; was a member of the Nitro Moose Lodge and sang in various churches. She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Billy McCoy; parents, Louie and Juanita Fabin; sisters, Wilma Ruth and Eileen; and brother, Gary. She is survived by her son, Darrell and wife, Emily McCoy; stepson, Charles Leo McCoy, Jr. and wife, Lynn; grandchildren, Jessica Leah McCoy, Leo McCoy III, Caitlyn Newman, Courtney Marie McCoy, Casi Alexandria McCoy, Garrett Keefer and Abbey Keefer; and great-grandchild, Falicity McCoy. A tribute to the life of Mrs. Mary McCoy was held Monday February 4, 2013 at Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor David Johns officiating. Entombment was in Haven of Rest Memory Gardens and Crematorium, Red House. The family suggests donations are made to the Hubbard Hospice House. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, Poca, assisted the McCoy family.

ROBERTA N. MORTON Roberta N. Morton, 71, of Putnam County, passed away February 1, 2013, at Hubbard Hospice House West, South Charleston. She is survived by the love of her life and spouse of nearly 50 years, Jess Morton; two children, Lisa Morton and Tim Morton and his wife, Melissa, all of Barboursville; and three grandchildren, Jessica Richardson of Huntington and Kali and Chandler Morton of Barboursville. She also is survived by a very loving aunt, Gloria Thomas; and a very special companion, her dog, Chloe. Roberta was raised in Nitro and lived most of her life in the Putnam County area and Ravenswood. Other than being the best cook in the world and having a keen sense of humor and positive attitude, her passions in life were her husband, children, grandchildren and a host of many special friends. A memorial service was held Saturday, February 9, at GatensHarding Funeral Home, Poca. Donations may be made in Roberta's name to Hubbard Hospice House West, 4605 MacCorkle Ave. SW, South Charleston, WV 25309.

Page 12 –Tuesday, February 12, 2013 RUBY HELEN NICHOLAS Ruby Helen Nicholas, 92, of St. Albans, passed away Sunday, February 3, 2013, at Thomas Memorial Hospital, South Charleston. Born February 4, 1921, in St. Albans, Ruby was a daughter of the late John and Florence Casdorph Mynes. She was also preceded in death by her husbands, Roy Cash and Froud Nicholas. She was a homemaker and loved her animals. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Anna and Henry Babcock of St. Albans; and her sister, Ima Jean Spence of St. Albans. Funeral services were held Thursday, February 7, at BartlettChapman Funeral Home, St. Albans, with Pastor Mike Hager officiating. Burial was in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. You may share memories or condolences with the family at

VERA SNOWDEN PENNINGTON Vera Snowden Pennington, 87, of Scott Depot, passed away January 30, 2013, at Hubbard Hospice House West, with her family by her side. She was born June 22, 1925, in Nelson, Lancashire, England. She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Helena Snowden; and her brother, John "Jack" Snowden. Vera lived and raised her family in Loudendale while working as a secretary for Loudendale Elementary School. She retired from WQBE-Bristol Broadcasting in 1992 after 20 years of service. Vera then lived in Lakeland, Fla., for 15 years prior to moving back to West Virginia. Left to cherish Vera's memory is her children, John (Camma) Pennington, Karen (Robert) Stout, Kathryn (Jerry) Van Duyn and Kenneth (Tracy) Pennington II; and one sister, Margaret Bettendorff (Bob) of Freemont, Calif. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren. A celebration of Vera's life was held Saturday, February 2 at Harding Funerals & Cremations. Her cremated remains will be interred at a later date in the Pennington Family Cemetery, Loudendale. The family suggests donations are made to Hubbard Hospice House West, 4605 MacCorkle Ave. SW, South Charleston, WV 25309. The family would like to express their appreciation and gratitude to the staff of Hubbard Hospice House West for everything they did to make Vera's final days peaceful and loving. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Harding Funerals & Cremations, Kanawha City, assisted the Pennington family.

RANDALL JACKSON PIERSON Randall Jackson Pierson, 53, of Leon, Mason County, W.Va., passed away Jan. 29, 2013, at his home. He was born May 16, 1959, in Gallipolis, Ohio, a son of the late Roy Jackson and Olive Marie Hart Pierson. He was a member of the Boilermakers Local #667, Winfield, W.Va., and enjoyed hunting, fishing and NASCAR. Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Linda Lou Rollins Pierson; brothers, Calvin (Debbie) Pierson and Roy Ivan (Sandy) Pierson, all of Leon, and Roy Jr. (Karen) Pierson of Cheshire, Ohio; sisters, Brenda Newsome of Leon and Debbie Halstead of Point Pleasant, W.Va.; special nieces and nephews, Hunter Niebergall of Milton, W.Va., Barry (Ketisha) Pierson, C.J. Pierson, Caleb Pierson, Susan Pierson, and Haley Pierson, all of Leon; brother-inlaw and sister-in-law, Phil and Crystal Niebergall of Milton; and a very close friend, John Hoffman of Mount Alto, W.Va. Services were held Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at Casto Funeral Home Chapel, Evans, W.Va., with Mike Stevens officiating. Burial followed in the Mt. Zion Cemetery, Thomas Ridge Road, Leon. Email condolences may be sent to

OSCAR W. "SCOOTER" PRIDDY Oscar W. "Scooter" Priddy, 81, of Buffalo, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 3, 2013, at St. Mary's Medical Center, following an extended illness. He was a decorated U.S. Army Korean War veteran. He was a lifelong resident of Buffalo, a Christian since his youth and attended a multitude of churches over the years. He loved to play music and sing, but his true love was his family, including his precious grandchildren. Born June 29, 1931, he was the son of the late Oscar and Malinda Priddy. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Harold Edward Priddy; and half-sister, Wanna Johnson. Survivors include his loving wife of 42 years, Lorna Bowles Priddy; daughters, Linda (Shane) Morris of Buffalo and Debra Jeffers of Abingdon, Va.; brothers, Franklin (Dorothy) Priddy and Emmitt (Sandra) Priddy, both of Buffalo; sisters, Esta Mae Craig of Buffalo, Patricia (Hollis) Warner of Sunbury, Ohio, Barbara (Carl) Garrison of Buffalo, Virginia (Donald) Rhodes of Buffalo and Ann (Donald) Craig of Columbus, Ohio; and grandchildren, Jason Jeffers of Abingdon, Va., and Kirsten, Kassi and Krissi Campbell, all of Buffalo. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins along with numerous treasured friends. Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 6, at Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, with

Obituaries Chaplain Calvin Akers officiating. Burial was at Walker Chapel Cemetery, Robertsburg. Online condolences may be sent to the Priddy family, and the online guestbook signed, by visiting www.raynesfuneral Raynes Funeral Home, Buffalo, was in charge of arrangements.

NORA LOUISE RAINES Nora Louise Raines, 85, of Scott Depot, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, January 28, 2013. She was born January 21, 1928, to loving parents, Dennis and Thelma Whanger Kidd. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, C.O. Raines Jr.; and her eldest daughter, Linda Raines Tannam. Left to cherish her memory are daughters, Rebecca Peacock and Claudia Raines; grandchildren, Robert Garris, Tracy Shively, Rodney Garris, Linda Brand, Rebecca Peeples and Kimberly Hickman; 10 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Celebration of Nora's life was held Saturday, February 2, at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans, with the Rev. Gary Lyons officiating. Burial followed in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Online condolences can be sent to the family at

CHARLENE HAYSON ROY Charlene Hayson Roy, 85, of Charleston, passed away Saturday, February 2, 2013, after a long illness. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Kelly Roy, and her parents, Charlotte and James Hayson. She is survived by her three children, Judy (Larry) Summerfield and Robert (Debi) Roy of Charleston and Patricia (Kent) Reed of Auburn, Ga.; brothers, James (Ida) Hayson of Scott Depot and Ronald (Brenda) Hayson of Monterey, Va.; sisters, Mary Shamblin of Greenville, S.C., and Lee (Lewis) Post of Barboursville; grandchildren, Randy Summerfield of Atlanta, Ga., Tiffany Pearce of Marietta, Ga., and Michelle Kirkland of Watkinsville, Ga.; and great-grandchildren, Ethan Isaac, Ava Grace and Aidan Kelly. Before her illness, Charlene was an active member of Elmore Memorial Advent Christian Church in Charleston, where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, served as treasurer of the Women's Mission Society and served on the official board. She will be especially remembered for her lovely singing voice, her peanut butter fudge and "her own recipe," homemade fruit cakes. She was a wonderful and loving wife, mother and friend. The family would like to thank Lorene "Cookie" Shinn, who took such special care of her during her illness. Funeral services were held

The Putnam Standard Tuesday, February 5, at Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston, with the Rev. Michael Todorovich officiating. Graveside service followed at Spring Hill Cemetery, Charleston. If you wish, memorial gifts in Charlene's memory may be sent to Hospice of Huntington, P.O. Box 464, Huntington, WV 25709.

BEULAH MARCELLA "PUG" STOVER Beulah Marcella "Pug" Stover, 87, of Leon, W.Va., died Jan. 31, 2013. Services were held Monday, Feb. 4, at Casto Funeral Home, Evans.

PEARL E. TIFFNER Pearl E. Tiffner, 93, former resident of Putnam County, passed away Saturday, January 26, 2013, in Carlsbad, N.M. Cremation has taken place and burial will take place in Red House at a later date. Denton-Wood Funeral Home, Carlsbad, N.M., is in charge of the arrangements. Pearl Esther Tiffner was born July 7, 1919, in Lizemores, to Maryland and Alice Mae (Dawson) Nichols. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dexter C. Tiffner; one brother; and three sisters. Survivors are her son, Bob Tiffner and wife, Cheryle, of Carlsbad, N.M.; grandson, Roger Tiffner and wife, Connie, of Carlsbad, N.M.; granddaughter, Susan Wade and husband, Bob, of Richland, Wash.; great-grandchildren, Clinton Tiffner, Jenna Wade and Jaxson Wade; and great-greatgrandchildren, Graham Tiffner and twins, Emma and Emery Tiffner. Condolences may be expressed at

MIKE TRADER Mike Trader, 52, of Camp Virgil Tate Road, Charleston, died Wednesday, January 30, after a sudden illness. A native of Cross Lanes, he was born November 10, 1960. He attended Faith Missionary Baptist Church in St. Albans. He was a 1979 graduate of Nitro High School and a 1984 graduate of West Virginia State College. He was an auto estimator for State Farm Insurance with 28 years of service. Prior to that he was employed by Kroger of Cross Lanes for 11 years. He served as a director of the Kanawha County Farm Bureau; was a board member of the Kanawha County 4-H Foundation; and a member of the Rocky Mountain Horse Association. "Trader" had a passion for, and a gift with, horses. He and his wife, Sheila, enjoyed countless hours riding the trails on the farm they built together and loved, known as Soggy Bottom Farm. They also loved to travel with their horses and camp and explore riding trails across the country. He trained horses and gave lessons using

gentle, natural horsemanship methods. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing. He also loved vintage cars and enjoyed going to cruise-ins in his '60 T-Bird. He loved bluegrass music. Trader was a storyteller and a master fix-it, loved life, never knew a stranger, was loved by all who knew him and was a friend to all. He was always there for anybody who needed him for anything. He had the biggest heart. His family and friends were the most important aspect of his life. He loved his wife, Sheila, and children, Lesley and Seth, with all of his being. He was preceded in death by his mother, Audrey Hyer Trader of Cross Lanes; father, Joseph Edward Trader of Kanawha County; maternal grandparents, John and Addie Hyer of Duck; and paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Stevens of Cross Lanes. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Sheila Parsons Trader; daughter, Lesley Gayle Trader; son, Seth Michael Trader at home; their companions, Eric Robinson and Brittany Adkins; sisters, Margaret Hyer of Chantilly, Va., and Jeanne Johnson of Cross Lanes; brother, Eddie Trader of Indiana; aunt, Ann, and uncle, Elmo Blum, of Herculaneum, Mo.; mother-inlaw, Helen Hall Parsons; father-inlaw, Carl Parsons and his wife, Sandra; brothers-in-law, Mike and Matina Parsons of Hurricane and Patrick Parsons and Renie Stack of Woodruff, S.C.; sister-in-law, Lisa and Bruce Lawson of Charleston; nieces and nephews, Pam and Mark Collins, Aaron Johnson, Clint Parsons, Austin Parsons, Lucas Parsons, Haley Parsons, Noah Lawson and Josie Lawson; and countless cousins. Services were held Saturday, February 2 at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes with Pastor Mike Hager of Faith Missionary Baptist Church of St. Albans and the Rev. Dave Thaxton of Bible Baptist Church of Sissonville officiating. Burial followed at Goff-McClanahan Cemetery, Kelly's Creek. Contributions may be made to Faith Missionary Baptist Church, Rt. 60, St. Albans, WV 25177.

PAULA ANN BALLARD WITHROW Mrs. Paula Ann Ballard Withrow, 43, of Poca, passed away February 2, 2013, in the Hubbard Hospice House. She is survived by her husband Darrell; father, Howard Ballard and his wife, Teresa; mother, Frances Ballard; children, Cody, Cory and Brittany Brown; and sisters, Penny Kinslow, Rachel Kelley and Pamela Sweat. A tribute to the life of Paula was held Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at Asbury Cemetery with Bob Sigman officiating. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Gatens-Harding Funeral Home, Poca, assisted the Withrow family.



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Community News

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Chamber selects Phillips as 2012 Mayo Lester Community Service Award Winner Deborah F. Phillips, of Scott Depot, was presented with this year’s Mayo Lester Community Service Award during the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting on February 1. Debbie’s selection was in recognition of her involvement in responding to issues compounded by the population growth of Putnam County and working with coalitions to meet the needs of the growing community over a thirty year period. First presented in 1979 to Mayo Lester the awards namesake and the Chambers first President, the award is given in recognition of a recipient’s personal involvement in a countywide or local civic improvement project, active participation in community organizations or leadership in developing community proj-

Pictured, is Debbie Phillips, this year’s Mayo Lester Community Service Award recipient. Courtesy photo.

ects. The award recipient serves as an example of what a citizen and community leader should be in donating time, energy and personal resources for the betterment of Putnam County. The Chamber presented her with a newly designed emerald glass trophy that will be duplicated and given to future award winners. Debbie is a member of the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors and previously served as its Executive Director. She was on the boards of the Kanawha Valley Area YMCA, YMCA West and Tri-County YMCA. As a Charter member and officer of TriCounty YMCA she worked to raise funds to build the first phase of the YMCA in Teays Valley and was a leader in the purchase of a YMCA day camp for summer activities.

With Jim Caruthers, the 2012 Mayo Lester award winner, she co-founded the Putnam Transportation Committee and served in the West Virginia House of Delegates for ten years. She is a member and was past President of the Putnam County Board of Education where she has worked to replace portable classrooms and aging facilities. Debbie was a Charter Member and past President of the Putnam County Rotary Club, served as Executive Director of the Putnam County Development Authority during the location of major businesses and served in appointed positions in the Judiciary and Executive Branches of State Government. Debbie has been an employee of The Arnold Agency an advertising, public and government relations firm located in Charleston, since 1998.

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