Boos & Applause

Applause to the winners of the 2019 Elkins-Randolph County Chamber annual awards, presented on Monday at the Phil Gainer Community Center. The Business of the Year award was presented to Tomblyn Funeral Home.

The Non-Profit of the Year award was presented to the St. Patrick’s Women and Men of Coalton.

The Citizen of the Year award was presented to Pat Schoonover.

The Young Leader of the Year award was presented to Taira Gainer Landavere, director of marketing for the Elkins Depot Welcome Center.

The Chamber Member of the Year award was presented to board member Wendy Morgan.

The Educator of the Year award was presented to Leslie Louk.

The Business Man of the Year award was presented to Hugh Hitchcock of Davis Trust Company.

The Business Woman of the Year award was presented to Jodie Parrack of State Farm Insurance.

The Tom Williams Award of Distinction was presented to longtime local businessman and community volunteer Bob Wamsley.

Applause to the Buckhannon Fire Department for using old houses scheduled to be torn down as training opportunities for their firefighters this week. The houses in the 50 block of Randolph Street — located directly behind Camden Apartments — were to be demolished today. That left Sunday and Monday for the Buckhannon Fire Department’s career and volunteer firefighters to practice firefighting and life-saving skills in more realistic environments. Buckhannon fire chief J.B. Kimble said the firefighters practiced advanced search and rescue techniques, hose line advancement and more in the three structures.

Applause to Randolph County Magistrate George M. “Mike” Riggleman, who was honored with a retirement party at the James Cain Courthouse Annex on Tuesday. Riggleman first took office Jan. 1, 2001, and was re-elected four times. Riggleman remains a well-liked and well-respected figure on the local legal and political scenes.

Applause to Linda Smith, a cook at Buckhannon Academy Elementary School, this year’s Upshur County Service Personnel of the Year, who stirs up fun for her students throughout the year. Smith was surprised Friday in the cafeteria of her school with the news that she would represent Upshur County service personnel to vie for the state award. Susanne Britton, BAES principal, said Smith was nominated for the extra work she does above her job description.

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