The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Life!

September 23, 2012

Friends of Coal Ladies Auxiliary plans for festival

Guest column

 

The Friends of Coal Ladies Auxiliary will participate in the Oct. 5-7 Rocket Boys Festival at the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine.

I’m sure everyone is familiar with the author of “October Sky”/“Rocket Boys,” Homer Hickam. He and the other Rocket Boys all spent their childhood in Coalwood, McDowell County. As an adult, Homer’s career with NASA was nationally known.

The highlight of the festival will be the appearance of the Rocket Boys; four of the five have confirmed they will attend.

We will be partnering with festival director Scott Hill, along with other supporters, to stage the festival in Beckley. In the past, the festival was held in Coalwood, but it seems quite appropriate to move it to the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine because the Rocket Boys grew up in a coal camp with parents employed as coal miners.

People attending the festival can tour the coal mine.

Beckley residents and businesses were invited to adopt a fire hydrant. In exchange for each donation to the United Way they were given a hydrant to paint with a theme of their choice.

The Friends of Coal Ladies Auxiliary have completed three with the locations being at the corner of South Kanawha and Church streets, North Kanawha Street and Hume Court and South Kanawha Street. The themes are, of course, coal mining.

Come and meet the Rocket Boys and enjoy the live entertainment. Our booth with giveaways will be on the festival grounds.

Other festival activities include rocket launches, West Virginia championship of paper airplane flights, 20 West Virginia authors, coal mine and coal camp tours, Youth Museum and Star tours at the planetarium, fire hydrant painting contest, educational displays, essay contest, food and craft vendors.

Friends of Coal Ladies Auxiliary “Giving Hearts”

The holiday season will soon be upon us. The economic downturn has affected our state, and the number of families in need is staggering.

The Friends of Coal Ladies Auxiliary has started its fifth annual Giving Hearts fund drive for West Virginians and deployed military families who are in need. Donations can be made county-specific at your request.

Below is a brief outline of the project.

Deployed West Virginia troops families’ names have been provided to the FOCLA.

The families will be taken care of by us. The sizes for all clothing, as well as children’s wish lists for toys, will be provided. Names of families in need from area churches and schools will also be provided.

Each family will be provided traditional holiday turkey dinner, complete outfits for each family member and toys for each child in the family.

Gifts will be prepared by the FOCLA and will be picked up Dec. 8 at our Mabscott office. We welcome any sponsor who wishes to participate, and encourage them to attend.

The Ladies Auxiliary believes Giving Hearts is a wonderful opportunity to help our community. Along with your sponsorship of a family or a donation we will be able to provide these families with a very merry Christmas.

------

FOCLA’s mission is to enhance public support of and understanding about the West Virginia coal industry. Our goal is to increase public awareness about the realities of the coal industry and its economic and social impact on our state.

If you would like to join the Friends of Coal Ladies Auxiliary, visit our website at www.friendsofcoalladies.com or call 304-255-1457 ext. 20, or come to our general meeting, held the last Thursday of each month at 6:15 p.m. at 144 Whitestick St., Mabscott.

Membership is free.

FOCLA is the official distributor of Friends of Coal merchandise. Shop our online store at www.friendsofcoalladies.com. Our merchandise includes golf shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, fleece jackets and gun cases. Special orders are also available.

1
Text Only
Life!
  • 072314 Life CrossFit 4.jpg Crossfit Nation: Working out the WOD way

    Just as fashion trends come and go, so do fitness fads, and Cyndie Chinn had tried them all.

    July 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • downsize 1 Living large in smaller spaces

    How is it possible that as your nest gets emptier, your garage gets fuller? Living off the grid sounds tantalizing — the extreme version of paring down. But are you ready for solar panels and growing your own groceries or would a smaller home do the trick?

    July 20, 2014 3 Photos

  • Relishing the faith of little children

    July 19, 2014

  • Guns 1 ‘Guns’ for Life

    With the latest World Health Organization figures showing global life expectancy increasing from 64 years in 1990 to 70 years in 2011, staying healthy enough to add quality to the quantity of life is an important consideration.

    July 16, 2014 3 Photos

  • coconut 4 Crack open the power of the coconut

    Now let’s get this straight …
      We know about Parrotheads. And Cheeseheads. But when did Coconut Heads become cool?
    Move over, argan — you are so last season. Another exotic oil is taking lead role in everything from shampoo to weight-loss supplements. That cast-iron skillet seasoning, stretch-mark banishing essence of the hour is — coconut oil.

    July 13, 2014 2 Photos

  • Free summer serenade concert to be held

    Aurora Celtic, sponsored by Ivy & Stone, presents the free Summer Serenade concert Saturday at 6 p.m. on the Brown House lawn in Summersville.

    July 13, 2014

  • WVU Extension: Healthy summer eating tips for all occasions

    Summer and early fall are the times of year for family reunions, potluck picnics, pool parties and various other celebrations where we like to share food.

    July 13, 2014

  • new BAF fund Endowment still helping students attend college

    The “Beckley College, College of West Virginia, Mountain State University and University of Charleston-Beckley Alumni Association Fund” has the distinction of having the longest name of any of the 400 permanent endowments managed by the Beckley Area Foundation.

    July 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • My faith is an anchor to hold on to

    July 12, 2014

  • 062514 Life Piloxing 3.jpg Wellness Wednesdays: One-Two, Punch!

    In a fast-paced blend of pilates, boxing and dance, a popular group exercise class at the YMCA called Piloxing is a sure way to increase cardio and build long, lean muscles.

    July 9, 2014 2 Photos