June 24, 2008

Smiles and Scowls

By Gzedit

To employees of BB&T and Jackson Kelly law firm, who collected a whole year's supply of laundry detergent for Covenant House.

To five hardworking volunteers - Charleston postmaster James Adkins, Forest Wiblen Jr. of Ripley, Hanna Chapman of Nettie, Mike Snyder of Cowen and 90-year-old Annie Campbell of Charleston - given Jefferson Awards by two television stations.

To three West Virginia Lutheran pastors - Ron Schlak of Charleston, Fred Soltow of Shepherdstown and David Twedt of Wardensville - who plan to ride 13,000 miles on a bamboo bicycle- built-for-three to raise funds to fight world hunger.

To ravaging construction crews - both for the Yeager Airport runway extension and a new golf driving range - marring Kanawha County's lovely Coonskin Park.

To Charleston lawyer-political organizer Nick Casey and five other West Virginia Catholics honored by Pope Benedict XVI for tireless volunteer work.

To Katelyn Brogan and other science-minded Lincoln County High School students who are turning used cooking oil into biodiesel fuel for school buses, saving county taxpayers an estimated $32,000 a year.

To Bob and Donna Wach of Summersville, who created a school for AIDS orphans in Unganda and fly there each summer to check on 180 children they sustain.

To four West Virginia women - Emma Wakefield, Rebecca Waugh, Kelly Myers and Katie Arnold - who found a robin tangled in fishing line in a tree at Kanawha Falls, and carefully freed it.

To metal thieves who stole 150 bronze vases from graves at Cunningham Memorial Park in St. Albans.

To Dr. Donald L. Morton, who rose from Webster County poverty to become chief surgeon of the John Wayne Cancer Institute in California, granted the 2008 Jacobson Innovation Award for pioneering a lifesaving biopsy technique.

To WVU football player Noel Devine, who helped stage a free, one- day football camp for 53 children at his home town of Fort Myers, Fla.

To PPG Industries, which donated $15,000 for the 2008 River Sweep, in which volunteer boaters clean trash from 3,000 miles of shoreline of the Ohio River and tributaries.

To Monica Miller of the West Virginia Main Street Program, who shared a national "Partner Award" for efforts to save urban midtown business districts.

To Capital High School graduate Megan Joseph, whose essay won the first $1,000 John K. Clendenin Scholarship named for the school's popular late principal.

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