There is no greater gift than giving of yourself.
A kind word, a gesture, a donation, all of these can make an extraordinary impact on those in need within our community.
And while serving our fellow man should be a daily part of our routines, sometimes it takes a little encouragement, a large movement, for everyone to get motivated to get involved.
And the people of the Mountain State are all invited to be part of a statewide movement.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has encouraged West Virginians to organize projects and volunteer at least one day between Sept. 15 and Sept. 29 as part of Day to Serve, the second annual effort to strengthen communities through volunteer service.
“There are people working hard in hometowns across West Virginia — making a difference each and every day. I’m proud to say, no other state rivals our community spirit,” Tomblin said. “I believe together we will build stronger hometowns and ensure a brighter future for our state.”
Last year, volunteers took part in more than 400 service projects in all the state’s 55 counties. We certainly hope that number soars this second observation of Day to Serve.
“By volunteering in our communities, we each have the opportunity to experience immense personal growth while preserving our state’s longstanding tradition of neighbor helping neighbor,” Tomblin said. “Through our collective efforts, we will provide much needed assistance in our hometowns and ensure a brighter future for West Virginia.”
These efforts have already been made right here in Marion County.
At West Fairmont Middle School, fifth-grade social studies classes created cards and pictures, with letters inside to thank the veterans and military families. Watson Elementary School students participated in a similar activity, making cards and drawing pictures for veterans.
There are still more chances to take part in planned events.
On Saturday, volunteers will head to Woodlawn Cemetery to mow grass, clean stones, clear tree debris and get the historic cemetery ready for winter.
And through Sept. 27, you can help “Fill the Nest,” the official food bank that benefits students at Fairmont State University. Donations, both food items and monetary, will be accepted at the Circulation Desk in the Ruth Ann Musick Library.
And there’s plenty of time to organize or register your own event. Just log on to www.governor.wv.gov and click on the Day to Serve icon.
This community never ceases to give back, whether it be to help clean up a public area, feed the needy, donate to good causes or roll up their sleeves to help their fellow man. Let’s show the rest of the state what Marion County can achieve when we all band together to serve.
There is no greater gift than giving of yourself.
Prevention must remain focus when dealing with cruel black lung disease
“Preventable, but not curable.”
That’s how Joe Main, assistant secretary of labor for Mine Safety and Health, describes black lung disease.
He could also use the word “deadly.”
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, black lung has killed more than 76,000 miners since 1968.
If something seems too good to be true, then assume that it is
Scam. noun. A confidence game or other fraudulent scheme, especially for making a quick profit; swindle.
This is a word that Marion Countians have heard a lot about in the past few years. And the problem appears to be one that is getting worse every day.
State must convince parents, schools about benefits of Common Core
It’s always nice to have a little bit of background information before diving into something new.
So we have to agree with West Virginia Board of Education president Gayle Manchin when she says the state should have done a better job of explaining Common Core standards when they were first introduced.
Those standards, part of a national educational initiative that sets learning goals designed to prepare students in kindergarten through 12th grade for college and career, will be fully implemented in every West Virginia school district next month.
Time is now for Tomblin to support King Coal Highway
U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., is asking Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to add the King Coal Highway project to West Virginia’s six-year highway improvement plan. It is a logical request, and one that Tomblin should act promptly on.
United effort to keep NASA in Fairmont is essential project
The high-technology sector is obviously vital to the economy of North Central West Virginia.
That’s why a strong, united effort to keep the NASA Independent Verification and Validation Program in Fairmont is absolutely essential.
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I love to hear concerns they have about stories we’ve written, things they think should be included in the newspaper and things they think shouldn’t be.
Korean War veterans are deserving of a memorial
NEEDED: A total of $10,000 for the Korean War Memorial this year.
And a good man has been placed in charge of the funding. Charlie Reese, former president of the Marion County Chamber of Commerce, is now director of the Marion County Development Office. His task was to make a recommendation as to what steps are necessary to keep the project moving.
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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