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.
A complete commitment: When fathers become dads
On the third Sunday of June each year, we observe Father’s Day. This is extra special to Fairmont because the first celebration was observed here in The Friendly City. Over the years of annual observance, the role of father has taken on many new and varied duties.
What’s the solution for funding highways?
There was a time when the federal government put substantial highway dollars in the states to match funds for projects.
That was two wars and a recession ago, though. That was when Congress had its differences but could pass a bill or two every now and again.
Valley Falls great recreational area, but don’t ignore the rules on safety
The signs at Valley Falls State Park couldn’t be more clear:
“Danger. Rocks are slippery. Hazardous currents and rapids. Swimming and wading prohibited.”
The signs also note that alcoholic beverages are prohibited and that the minimum fine for violating the rules is $167.
Following court decision, let’s move on, see FGH ‘grow and thrive’
We don’t think anyone would argue the point that our community and its leaders need to be forward-thinking, forward-moving and focused on the bricks that will pave the pathway to the future.
Sometimes there’s a disagreement about that future. And sometimes those disagreements have to be settled.
Gary Price strong as superintendent, in position to bring stability to schools
“An evaluation of a superintendent is not intended to find fault, but is a measuring tool to see how effective one is doing and see if any improvement or concentration in any area needs to be worked out to make one better.”
This was Marion County Board of Education president James Saunders reading a prepared statement prior to going into discussion about the status of Superintendent Gary Price.
Livelihood of people at center of Patriot Coal case
The bankruptcy of Patriot Coal is far more complicated than many of us will ever understand.
What complicates it is people. This isn’t just about paperwork and reorganization. The livelihood of workers and those who spent years in the mine are at stake here.
Relay for Life: A reason to give thanks but much work to be done
The annual Marion County Relay for Life was held Friday inside the Falcon Center on the shared campus of Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College — moved indoors for the first time because of weather. It was held three weeks after Mannington’s Relay for Life, also a growing, annual event held this year at Hough Park.
Judge’s ruling about Patriot Coal is ‘tragic’ and a ‘travesty’
We wonder how many readers were angered when they read the top story in the Times West Virginian on May 30.
D-Day reminder of ‘great and noble undertaking’ made during World War II
It was nearly 70 years ago that Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower was offering the following words to soldiers, sailors and airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force:
All must invest time, effort and funding to keep our children safe
It’s every parent’s worst nightmare — watching your child taken away in an ambulance following an accident, not knowing the full extent of their injuries.
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