The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 16, 2013

Thumbs — Saturday, March 16, 2013

— Thumbs up ... to Basconi Hardware of Oceana, a family-owned business in Wyoming County for 20 years. The business is featured in the spring issue of Goldenseal in an article called “Growing Up In A Hardware Store.”

Thumbs up ... to the students from Raleigh County’s Academy of Careers and Technology who took part in the West Virginia Health Occupation Students of America State Leadership Conference. Nine of the 12 students who went placed, and four took first place in their division.

Thumbs up ... to continuing efforts to help the state recover from Superstorm Sandy. More than $2.4 million in federal funds have been approved to the Division of Highways for clearing debris. Seven counties, including Nicholas, Fayette and Greenbrier, are eligible for low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Thumbs up ... to Tim Ellison and Matt Cook, named Appalachian Power 2012 Safe Employees of the Year. The men were honored for their efforts in saving the life of a fellow employee following the 2012 derecho.

Thumbs up ... to Emmy winner Jay Chattaway, who is donating 20 years’ worth of “Star Trek” songs, scores and soundtracks to his alma mater, West Virginia University. The material is being cataloged at the West Virginia Regional History Collection.

Thumbs up ... to Raleigh County Public Library’s successful “Pet Food for Fines” exchange to support the Humane Society of Raleigh County. This program allowed patrons to “pay” their overdue fines by donating pet items. Items donated include 118 pounds of dry cat food, 82 pounds of dry dog food, 42 cans of cat food, 29 cans of dog food and 72 pounds of cat litter.