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Cheers to the committee planning the 50-year reunion for East Fairmont High School’s Class of 1969 for turning the event into a fundraiser for the nonprofit charity Operation Welcome Home, which assists military veterans with job placement and life management skills when they return from the service. The event will not only give classmates a good opportunity to reconnect, but it will also help aid those returning from military service in reconnecting with their community.

We believe any way the community can support their local charities is important, and we thank this committe for deciding to do this with their reunion.

Cheers to John Provins, the event director for Marion County Parks and Recreation Commission, for organizing the Fourth of July festival at Palatine Park on Independence Day. Provins’ work — and the work of all the individuals who contributed to the celebrations and the clean-up afterward — allowed local families to come together and celebrate America’s birthday in a fun and safe way.

We encourage any event that brings the community closer together, and we applaud Provins for all his hard work in making sure events like these continue to take place.

Cheers to the Katherine Johnson Independent Verification & Validation facility — formerly known as NASA IV&V — for renaming itself in honor of Johnson on Tuesday.

The White Sulpher Springs, W. Va. native and 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, who will be 101 on Aug. 26, was part of the NASA team that sent mankind to the moon and did the caluclations on Alan Shepherd’s 1961 mission, the first actual moon landing in 1969, while also verifying the results of electronic computers to calculate the orbit for John Glenn’s Friendship 7 mission and providing calculations for the space agency during her career, which included several Apollo missions.

Honoring local heroes for their contributions to both society and the state of West Virginia is important, and we applaud our local NASA facility for recognizing Johnson’s contributions with the renaming of their building.

Cheers to former Fairmont State head men’s basketball coach Joe Mazzulla for writing a letter of thanks to the community and the state of West Virginia. Mazzulla annouced he was leaving the university to become an assistant coach for the Boston Celtics in the National Basketball Association.

We applaud Mazzulla’s decision to write the letter, which expressed his gratitude toward and appreciation for the community, university, and citizens of West Virginia, and we wish him luck in his new position.

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