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Boos & Applause

Applause to the Tygart Valley Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation for lending a helping hand to families and local food pantries this holiday season. To date, the program has donated 113,159 turkeys. That’s a lot of turkeys.

Applause to the more than 60 firefighters that responded to the wild fire that burned approximately 1,289 acres in the Smoke Hole area of Pendleton County. Firefighters were able to keep the wild fire contained and no structures were destroyed. That area is steep and not easy to navigate let alone try to fight a wild fire. The dedication and determination of these brave firefighters is worthy of much praise and gratitude.

Applause to Natasha Zirkle for her photography series of “Blue Collar Men of America.” Zirkle has captured images of a wide variety of individuals over the last two years. Zirkle was inspired to begin the project after witnessing the tenacity of the blue collar worker firsthand. Zirkle’s goal was to acknowledge and show appreciation for everyone regardless of what they did for a living.

Applause to the Randolph County Chamber of Commerce and everyone that volunteered their time to pull off one of the best Christmas Parades ever. There were plenty of parade entries and the city streets were packed with onlookers. Kids of all ages and lots of people young at heart enjoyed a very memorable evening. At the end of the parade the Tygart Valley Shriners handed out free stuffed animals to the kids. Santa and Mrs. Claus set up shop in The YMCA and greeted a very enthusiastic crowd of kids. When it was all said and done many went home tired from working one event or the other, but no one went home disappointed.