Maybe your kids participate in Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts.
Or maybe you know someone who’s now a better reader thanks to services offered by the Literacy Volunteers.
Or maybe you’ve spent some time as a Big Brother or Big Sister, helping make an impact on the youth of Marion County.
If you have, you’ve seen the positive effects these agencies have in our area.
And you’re probably as delighted as we are that the United Way, which provides funding to these agencies and numerous others like them, has exceeded its fundraising goal of $455,000 this year.
It’s the largest campaign goal the United Way has ever set, and executive director Tiffany Samuels commended local residents and organizations for their outpouring of donations.
“I am absolutely speechless and can’t come up with the words to thank Marion County for helping those in need,” Samuels said after last week’s announcement. “The fact that we’ve reached it in February is phenomenal.”
That phenomenal effort will certainly be put to good use.
The money raised will help the following agencies: American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boy Scouts of America, Child Advocacy Center, CASA, CCC (Criss Cross), Family Services, Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council, HOPE Inc., Literacy Volunteers, Mannington Food Pantry, Marion County Family Resource Network, Marion County Senior Center, Milan Puskar Health Right, Scott Place Shelter, Sobrania Soup Opera, Disability Action Center, Connecting Link, Salvation Army, Stepping Stone and YWCA.
Dr. Doreen and Len Larson also deserve credit for the “phenomenal” feat. As co-chairs of this year’s campaign, they pushed for a higher goal from the beginning.
“Dr. Larson and Len went on full attack mode,” Samuels said. “They said, ‘No, we can do better. We must set the goal to exceed expectations,’ and hence the goal was set at $455,000.”
The Larsons’ commitment to the campaign — and the fact that they hit the ground running when it started — was a key to such an incredible feat being accomplished.
But they couldn’t do it alone, and the couple thanked several businesses and residents for their generosity in another successful campaign.
But isn’t that the true spirit of the United Way shining through? After all, the organization’s mission is “building the community by helping people care for one another.”
With more than $455,000 raised — and money still coming in — people in Marion County have helped the United Way fulfill that goal in more ways than one.
Maybe your kids participate in Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts.
Roll up your sleeves, give blood and you can save lives
It takes up to 100 units of blood to save the life of someone who sustains life-threatening injuries in a vehicle accident.
We’re hoping that the number of people who come to Fairmont Senior High School on Friday for and American Red Cross blood drive will exceed that amount.
Vehicles and motorcycles must share the road safely
The days are long. The weather is superb. There’s plenty of leisure time in these lazy days of summer.
It’s the perfect time to take a long motorcycle ride.
It’s also the perfect opportunity for us to take the time to remind not only riders but drivers of the need to share the road. And we feel compelled to mention it because just within the month of July, there have been two motorcycle-versus-car accidents within the City of Fairmont alone — one with severe injuries sustained by the motorcyclist and the other with less serious injury.
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Distracted driving: It isn’t worth fine or a life
Today marks the day that police agencies from six states are joining forces to crack down on one thing — distracted driving.
And they will focus on that traffic violation for a solid week, with the stepped-up effort to curb distracted driving wrapping up on Saturday, July 26.
COLUMN: Are we people watchers or people judgers?
Let me tell you about my little friend Robby. Well, actually, it’s more about his family and especially his mom. I didn’t get her name. I heard Robby’s name quite a bit, though, during a trip home from Birmingham, Alabama.
I noticed the family in the Birmingham airport immediately. They were just the kind of family you’d notice.
Relish the rich bounty of state’s diverse, unique food traditions
This week, a group of federal officials on a three-day culinary tour of the state visited the Greenbrier Valley to find out what most of us here already know — we have a rich food tradition in West Virginia.
The group was made up of officials from the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Soup Opera in need of your support again this time of year
It’s happening again.
It usually always happens about this time each year. Sometimes it’s a little earlier and sometimes a little later.
But Soup Opera executive director Shelia Tennant knows it will come — usually in July. And she’s never that surprised about it.
County honors men who gave all in helping their community
The next time you’re driving in the Rivesville area, you might notice new signs on two of the area’s bridges.
Those signs, which bear the names of Alex Angelino and Denzil O. Lockard, were unveiled Saturday in honor of the men whose names they display, two men who died while serving their communities.
The bridge on U.S. 19 over Paw Paw Creek was named to honor Lockard, while the bridge on U.S. 19 over Pharaoh Run Creek was named to honor Angelino. Lockard, a former Rivesville police chief, died in 1958 at the age of 48 while directing traffic. Angelino, a Rivesville firefighter, died at the age of 43 of a heart attack while fighting a fire in 1966.
State must learn to keep costs down and perform more efficiently on less
The West Virginia state government began its budget year last Tuesday with a small surplus of $40 million — less than 1 percent of its annual tax revenues — thanks only to dipping into its savings.
Let’s not do that again.
Long-range vision with transportation has been made to be thing of proud past
Last week’s closure of Fairmont’s Fourth Street Bridge is a symbol of a problem that must be fixed.
The United States should be proud of the vision its leaders once displayed to address the country’s transportation needs.
Back in 1954, for example, President Dwight D. Eisenhower announced his goal of an interstate highway system — something that transformed the country.
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