Thumbs up ... to the state’s continuing the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program. SFMNP provides eligible seniors with $20 worth of coupons that can be used for fresh produce at participating local farmers’ markets. Participants can register for the program and pick up the coupons at the same time, but must meet specific age and income limits. Buying locally keeps West Virginia food dollars inside the state, and provides fresher and more nutritious produce to seniors.
Thumbs up ... to Joseph Cain of Big Bend, the recipient of the 2013 Farming Heritage Award. The honor is sponsored by the State Fair of West Virginia and the West Virginia Farm Bureau. The award is given annually to a family that has demonstrated a commitment to a rural lifestyle, been involved in the community and served as a role model. Since 1878, four generations have continued the operation of Cain’s 500-acre farm.
Thumbs up ... to Leonard D. Thompson of Harvey, who celebrated his 100th birthday with friends and family recently at the Holiday Lodge in Oak Hill. Thompson lives at home with in-home care and says his longevity can be attributed to marrying a wonderful woman and his Lord. His wife, Mamie, passed away in 2011 at the age of 99. Thompson is a member of Harvey United Methodist Church, where he served as Sunday school superintendent and song leader for many years.
Thumbs up ... to Raleigh General Hospital for being recognized with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The A score was awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety Score, the A, B, C, D or F scores assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections. The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety.
Thumbs up ... to regional members appointed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to the State Fair of West Virginia Advisory Board of Directors. Reappointed to a new four-year term were Rod Stoner, Lewisburg, president, Rod Stoner LLC; Sharon Rowe, Lewisburg, SHR Consulting LLC; and Ellen Goodwin, Lewisburg, retired vice president, Development - WVU Alumni Association. New appointments included Mike Kidd, Lewisburg, manager/partner, Radio Greenbrier; Jeff Vickers, Lewisburg, SVP, chief lending officer, First National Bank; and Robert Allen, Union, attorney at Kay, Casto and Chaney LLC.