Thumbs up ... to Canaan Valley Resort State Park, the only meeting facility in West Virginia to receive ConventionSouth magazine’s 2014 Top New or Renovated Meeting Site Award. Canaan Valley Resort & Conference Center was also featured as an award recipient in the December 2013 Awards Issue of ConventionSouth magazine.
Thumbs up ... to 8-year-old Brayden Thompson, who celebrated his birthday by requesting food donations for the Raleigh County Humane Society in lieu of presents. Shear Style Salon in Beckley learned of the wish and helped collect more than $1,000 worth of cat and dog food, treats, toys, paper towels and cleaning supplies.
Thumbs up ... to Samantha Wilson, who will represent her school, county, state and country when she travels to London Dec. 26 to Jan. 2. Wilson, a senior at Midland Trail High School in Fayette County, is one of seven cheerleaders who will travel to the United Kingdom as part of the Universal Cheerleaders Association’s All-American program.
Thumbs up ... to four folks noted for their hard work and tireless dedication in improving and promoting the River City by the Ronceverte Development Corp. Kelli Bostic was named Board Member of the Year, Barbara Sweetwood was honored as Volunteer of the Year, Doug Hylton was recognized as City Official of the Year and Kathy King’s Edgarton Inn was dubbed Ronceverte’s Business of the Year.
Thumbs up ... to the Summit Group for the Boy Scouts of America, which presented Beckley Rotary Club President Dr. William O’Brien with a plaque of recognition for the club’s efforts in providing volunteers for the visitor service aspect of the 2013 National Scout Jamboree. Representatives of Summersville’s Rotary Club were also recognized with the presentation of a matching plaque at Tuesday night’s annual Rotary Club Christmas Banquet.
Thumbs up ... to Calfee Funeral Home which collected gifts for patients at the VA hospital. This is the fifth year Calfee’s has collected items. The drive started out as “Stockings for Soldiers” which were sent overseas. This year, the presents, books, hard candy, personal hygiene items, etc., will stay in the area.
Thumbs up ... to Hamilton Burgess Young & Pollard law firm for continuing its tradition of supporting the local community. The firm recently made a $1,000 donation to benefit the Fayette Toy Fund, which is sponsored each year by the Oak Hill Rotary Club.