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Cheers to good luck to Randy Farley, who will take over for Gary Price on July 1 as the superintendent of Marion County Schools. Farley has served in our education system for nearly 45 years and said he’s excited to get started and bring his ideas to the position. We wish Price the best of luck in any future endeavors, and we’re excited to see what Farley brings to the table.

Cheers to Brenda Giannis, president of the Fairmont Chamber Music Society, for taking the initiative to apply for a grant that will help expose Marion County students to chamber music, which is a more orchestral form of music than the bands and choirs the students currently have access to. The Four Strings and a Bow grant, which Giannis received through the teacher sorority Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation, will provide seed money for chamber concerts in six schools. We applaud this initiative and we’re glad to see any kind of program enrich our students’ lives.

Cheers to Fairmont business owner Roya Maher, who owns A3L Federal Works LLC. Maher received the “Encore-Owned Small Business of the Year” award during the 2019 West Virginia Small Business Week Awards Ceremony at the Robert H. Mollohan Research Center last week. The award recognizes business owners who start a business after the age of 50.

“It makes me feel proud — when you do something that’s hard,” Maher said. “Most people at the age of 50, raising four kids, don’t think about starting a business.”

Maher’s business does IT work and mainly serves the federal government by offering software development and testing, data analytics and biometrics. We’re happy to have Maher as part of our local business community.

Cheers to Terri Atha, school nutrition program director for Marion County and the Marion County Parks and Recreation Commission. Through their efforts, children around the county who rely on school meals to meet their nutritional needs don’t have to go without over their summer vacation. For the duration of the MCPARC’s summer lunch program, there will be nine sites around the country where children can get a healthy, no-cost lunch. We believe this program is an excellent example of community support and hope to see others follow this example to make our county an even better place to live.

Cheers to our local postal workers and postal workers throughout the country for participating in Stamp Out Hunger, a food drive to help collect food items and stock local food pantries. The program has collected about nine billion pounds of food since it began, and the food collected locally will remain in Marion County to fight food insecurity.