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•   Cecelia Gallucci (Price) (1966)  11/22
•   Maureen Elizabeth Ragen (Bennett) (1990)  11/21
•   Thomas Owen Martin II (1967)  11/21
•   Paula Ann Helzer (Mancini) (1977)  11/21
•   Tina Marie Alvaro (Shaw) (1978)  11/19
•   Mari Alice Polis (Rose) (1998)  11/19
•   Melissa Jones (Dillman) (1992)  11/17
•   Penney Kolb (1966)  11/16
•   Charlie Snider (1973)  11/11
•   Karl Miller (1975)  11/2
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•   Cynnie Havlichek (1962)  11/24
•   William Allen Yaremchuk (1959)  11/24
•   Marilee Hawkins (Wilkinson) (1960)  11/25
•   Thomas Owen Martin II (1967)  11/25
•   Nan Cayton  11/26
•   Karen Godwin (Wensch) (1963)  11/26
•   Jeanne Summers (Myers) (1961)  11/27
•   Sharon Weaver (Messmore) (1964)  11/27
•   David Hibbs (1957)  11/28
•   Alicia Louine Hansen (Howse) (2001)  11/29
•   William Calvert (1963)  11/30
•   Amy Myers (Miller) (1992)  11/30
•   Shawn P Davis (1993)  12/1
•   Sandy Grega (Adamson) (1977)  12/1
•   Sue Haynes (Palatiere) (1970)  12/1
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Who lives where - click links below to find out.

4 live in Alabama
14 live in Arizona
1 lives in Arkansas
18 live in California
6 live in Colorado
2 live in Connecticut
3 live in Delaware
1 lives in District Of Columbia
84 live in Florida
19 live in Georgia
1 lives in Idaho
14 live in Illinois
8 live in Indiana
3 live in Kansas
12 live in Kentucky
3 live in Louisiana
2 live in Maine
48 live in Maryland
6 live in Massachusetts
6 live in Michigan
3 live in Minnesota
1 lives in Mississippi
2 live in Missouri
1 lives in Nebraska
4 live in Nevada
2 live in New Hampshire
6 live in New Jersey
3 live in New Mexico
9 live in New York
57 live in North Carolina
61 live in Ohio
1 lives in Oklahoma
2 live in Oregon
53 live in Pennsylvania
1 lives in Rhode Island
40 live in South Carolina
16 live in Tennessee
22 live in Texas
1 lives in Vermont
79 live in Virginia
5 live in Washington
433 live in West Virginia
1 lives in Wisconsin
2 live in Wyoming
1 lives in Finland
2 live in Japan
2 live in Spain
1 lives in Switzerland
1 lives in United Kingdom
10,834 location unknown

Rewind for 11/24/14




Welcome Polar Bears to a website commemorating 84 years of exemplary education at the Loop Park campus on Oakwood Road in Fairmont WV.  Free membership.  Join today.

Celebrate LIFE, LOVE, and HOPE! 

Ring in the holiday season with the Fairmont Senior Madrigal Choir.

Performances are Friday, December 5th and Saturday, December 6th at 7:00p with a matinee on Sunday, December 7th at 2:00p in the FSHS cafeteria.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased from any Madrigal singer or by emailing Greg DeVito at Mr. DeVito will send you an order form that can be filled out and mailed in, or dropped off at Fairmont Senior during the school day.

Pictured above are members of Fairmont Senior High School Class of 1954 at their 60-year reunion. It was held at the Fairmont Elks Lodge. FRONT (from left) — Virginia Riggi, Lucy Ann Dickerson, Norma Pflock, Duane Carder, Ruth Perkins, Carolyn Romino, Patty Hawkins, Patty Day, Carol Conley, Patty Burke and Rex Hamilton. SECOND ROW — Laura Lobuts, Velva Anderson, Billie Flynn, Ann Lucas, Barbara Snider, Charlie Hirt, Patty West, Nancy Aultman, Thomasena Woodyard, Caleb Tarleton, Eddie Patterson, Kitty Lehman, Ted Craft and Betty Jo Price. BACK ROW — George Taylor, Antoinette Mezzanotte, Joe Jenkins, John Hess, Philomena Colasessano, Jim Weihe, John Orlando, Ken Alkire, Ed Davis, Charlie Russell, Tom Stanberry, Jay Early, Larry Amos, Fred DeChristopher, John Hibbs and David Maselli.

Scroll down to the announcements to read the Travelin' Trio Travelogue by Linda Orr Morgan, Fairmont Senior High School class of 1962; Mykie Wilson Reagan, FSHS class of 1963; and Diane Minsker who travel the world each summer.  They share their current adventure with classmates, former students, colleagues, and other interested readers. 

Following the Travelogue, please find a printable copy of the Foundation brochure.




Front row L-R
Karen Lennon, Eleanor Morgan, Marcie Cheslock, Janet Johnson, Peggy Corley, Sally Matthews, Joni Mazurek, Cecilia Raspa, Linda Alvaro, Terry Corwin, Nancy Edwards, Camille Alberico, Patty Bonasso

Middle row L-R
Donnie Metz, Joy Stewart, Elizabeth Deriggi, Mary Jane Curry, Melody Carpenter, Miriam Cimino, Patty Van Gilder, Debbie Adams, Pam Gaston, Patty Linn, Andrea Salvatore, Lettie Ezelle, Barbara Pasquale, Randy Carpenter, Mark Calabrase, Mike Resetar, Bob Elliott
Back row L-R
Frank Stingo, Steve Yerkovich, George Drennen, Richard O'Conner, Marty Utt, Bob Swiger, Rick Wade, Bill Mallamo. Mark Ornowski, Tom Cole, Jimmy Blankenship, Greg Lee, Steve Freeland, Eddie Snider, Cecil Corley, Tom Heck, Mike Lawson, Mark Mallamo, Pete Monell, Herbie Amato, Mike Devericks, Neal Hamilton, Bob Shingleton, John Paknik, Doug Laughlin, Marty VanGilder, Steve Murphy

Class of 1974

First row:   Rick Suplita, Shirley Carder Boggess, Blaine "Ike" Robinson, Anthony Monell, Rick Spragg, Janet Marines Hass, Carol Olsen Clelland, Carl Crandall, Amanda Oakes Shabatura, Bob Rosier, Bonnie Zimmerman Lancaster, Phyllis Monell Branham, Wendy Watkins Betts, Judy DeFilippo Preston, Becky Langford Cross, Karen Costello McDougal, Frances Parrack Loar, David Conant, Kay Springer Mullenax, Michelle Cousins Moore, Jed Smith, Rodney McGinnis, and Bill Martin.
Second row:  Bill Jones, Dianne Webner Wolfe, Sharon Christenburg Tucker.
Third row:  David Manley, Ed Stalnaker, Carol Spencer Williams, and Linda Cox Gowers.
Fourth row:  David Judy, Larry Ash, Linda Satterfield Arbuckle, Marie Whitehair Vandergrift, Sharon Lane Burrows.
Fifth row:  Steve Soles, Edgar Jaynes, Diane Gracy Vester, Janet Lowther Conant, and Larry Rexrode.
Sixth row:  Dan Tonkery, Blake Boggess, Bill Goodwin, Dave Clark.
Seventh row:  Bill Haney, Laura Lee Harry Harki, Gary Gallucci, Paula Inghram Harr, and Andrea Reed Keener.
Back row:  Randy Spragg, Rick Amos, Rick Harter, Jim Harki, Nancy Higinbotham Kincell, Carolyn Tinder Dennison  Judy Criss Davisson , Bill Renner, Jim Varner, Inda Carr, George Michael, Harriet Bachman White, Tom Springer, Frank D'Amico, H. Scott Close.

Congratulations to the 2014 Foundation Scholars

Seth Burton Memorial Scholarship-- Logan Spicer
Anthony Pizatella Scholarship--Sydney Woody
Rex Stalnaker Memorial Scholarship Jared Bartrug
South Fairmont Rotary Scholarship--Ryder Skarzinski
Davidson Family Scholarship--Tori Snyder
Brogan Raddish Memorial Scholarship--Adrianna Constable

Emmalee Faulkner
Austin Norman
Ryan Rosier
Madison Stevenski
Hope Vasicek

Rick and Linda Parker Scholarship

Hope Baublitz

Mandy Cross

Karengton Swann

Fairmont Senior High School Foundation Officers and Board Members

Ginny Davidson, President
Jeff Carpenter, Vice President
Edward Cheslock, Treasurer
Darlene Boyles, Secretary
Matt Delligatti
Gina Ezelle
Tyson Furgason, Principal
Tom Kliethermes
Suellen Lemley
Eddie Parker
Penny Roberts
Vera Sansalone
Rodney Stewart
Leah Welty

As a graduate of Fairmont State still living in the shadow of the College on the Hill, I proudly share this article from the Maroon and White about my son.  Written by Duane Cochran, the article hallmarks the inaugural year of the NCAA Division II Mountain East Conference with my son, Commissioner Reid Amos, providing the leadership.

Scholarship application can be downloaded and printed by clicking on Foundation in the banner to the left.  Contact with questions.

Program of Dedication - 1929  Click on Mission/History

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    Diane Hutchinson Parker, a novice published writer, has maintained her father's mine ledger filled with newspaper articles, (many from The Fairmont Times and The West Virginian as well as state and national publications), family photos, and journals.  The 20" x 15" ledger provides a history of a family's entrepreneurship and the impact on an industry as revealed through meticulous documentation and a daughter's devotion to preserve the family history.  The explosive growth of the coal boom is lead by "Coal Baron" extraordinaire and family patriarch C. E. Hutchinson.

    Mesmerized by the massive book when she first revealed the contents of the ledger, I remain fascinated by the intertwining of the family and the city of Fairmont--inextricably bonded through the economy and community philanthropy.  She writes her recollections as a collection of stories that are sometimes heartwarming, sometimes shocking, but always providing insight to one of the premier families of Fairmont.

    With the birth of Diane and her early years at the castle, the readers experience a glimpse of the golden era at Sonnencroft, an icon of the city on Morgantown Avenue in the Palatine district of the Friendly City designed.  Built to replicate Inverness  Castle in Scotland, the beautiful structure and gorgeous gardens, lost during the Great Depression, was razed in the 1960s with property donated to the Marion County Board of Education.

    Through legend and lore, Mrs. Parker recounts the family traditions and experiences of Clyde E. and Mary Lyda Hutchinson, Papa and Mammam to the family.

    Diane's engrossing stories captivate me; I am convinced they will do the same for her readers.

Purchase the book at

1863 - Episode 1 from Allegheny Image Factory on Vimeo.



Former Principal Chad A. Norman accepts the Maple Leaves yearbook which belonged to Eddie Barrett from Carol Amos.





Interior of Fairmont Junior High School  1963


Fairmont Senior High School 

U.S. Department of Education names Fairmont Senior High School a High Performing

National Blue Ribbon School

2007-2010  High School That Work Pacesetter School

Benedum Professional Development School

FSU Professional Development School

West Virginia School of Excellence

PBST Exemplar School

West Virginia Exemplary School

2004-2005, 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012.

Fairmont does not claim to have nationalized or popularized Father's Day. Spokane Washington under Mrs. Sondra Dodd did. Fairmont is historically the site where the first Fathers Day Service was held on July 5, 1908, nearly two years before any other account.  See the story board by D.D. Meighen on the school website or on Facebook.

45962  Can you guess what it's counting?

FSHS Scholarship winners 2013


Cortney Bright

Michael Buonaiuto

Ivan Figueroa

Mattie Kliethermes

Anna Alexandra (Ali) Sansalone

Andrew Strand

Hannah Vasicek

Zela Wyrosdick

Cienna Wright



Ross and Dolores Maruka Scholarship

Jenny Lea Bundy 

Seth Burton Memorial Scholarship

Jared Thomas Burns

Anthony Pizatella Scholarship

Grant S. Holbert 

Rex Stalnaker Memorial Scholarship

Joshua McPherson

South Fairmont Rotary Scholarship

Megan Ashley DeJong

Davidson Family Scholarship

Matthew A. Bartrug

Frank Dimaria Scholarship

Laura Tennant

Brogan Raddish Memorial

Brianna Woodburn

Rick and Linda Parker Scholarship

Gabbriella Conrad

Brina Pinn

Sara N. Simons

Rebekah Valentine


FSHS Scholarship winners 2012

Kallin Closson

Lauren Gower

Amelia Parks

Jacob Richards

Randall Stickley

Linda Summers

Cailey Weaver

Named Scholarships

Daren Wadsworth     Ross and Dolores Maruka

Andrew Shields    Seth Burton Memorial

Marissa Bonasso     Anthony Pizatella

Michelle Tucker     Rex Stalnaker Memorial

Kristen Zirkle     South Fairmont Rotary

Savannah Sims     Davidson family Scholarship

David Haley     Exxon Scholarship 

Allie Fetty     Frank DiMaria Scholarship

Rick and Linda Parker Scholarship

Steven Baublitz

Travis Cramer

Arien Harris

Ashley Perkins

Kailee Pownell

Brittany Sheppard


FSHS Scholarship winners 2011

Lindsay Estel

William C. Harper

Marcus Jacquez

Alex Joseph

Andrew Marra

Resa McGlumphy

Aaron D. Morris

Ronnie Retton

Franklin B. Wilson

Named Scholarships

Ross Dalton     Ross and Dolores Maruka

Victoria Hawkins    Seth Burton Memorial

Tessa Gardner     Anthony Pizatella

Christopher Nestor     Rex Stalnaker Memorial

Lauren Sansalone     South Fairmont Rotary

Joseph Vozniak     Davidson family Scholarship


2011-2012 FSHS Outstanding School Volunteer Award

Mrs. Carol Amos

Mrs. Nancy Bickerstaff

Mr. Ed Cheslock


Fairmont Senior High School cornerstone recently cleaned with restoration of front facade

Renovation of FSHS

Phase 1  (Current MIP and HVAC projects):  Interior work in main and Freshman Building:
    Ceiling replacement
    Window and exterior door replacement
    Lighting replacement
    HVAC replacement
    Sprinkler installation
    Fire alarm replacement
Phase 2  (Bond funding):  Interior work in main and Freshman Building: 
    Interior doors
    Toilet room upgrades
    Marker/tack boards
    Lab furniture
    Plumbing upgrades
    Electrical/power upgrades
    Intercom upgrades (campus wide)
Phase 3 (Bond funding):  Exterior and courtyard enclosure
    Courtyard enclosure for media center
    Brick masonry cleaning and restoration (both buildings)
    Exterior railings
    Sidewalk repair/replacement
    Covered walkways
    Soffit/fascia on Freshman Building
    Parking lots
    Demo Polar Bear Building and concrete pads

Check Foundation for slideshows from March, June, and August as well as the Photo Gallery to the left for see the metamorphosis in the main building.

WFHS TV NEWS thanks the Times West Virginian for the collaborative partnership since 1999.


Seven schools in the county were named Schools of Excellence, which is the gold standard of educational achievement.

Those schools are Barrackville, East Dale, Fairview, Pleasant Valley and White Hall elementary schools; Fairview Middle School; and Fairmont Senior High School.

Fairmont Senior was also named as a National Blue Ribbon School. They were the only high school in the state to achieve the honor.

Seventy-one schools in the state were named Schools of Excellence, and seven of those were from Marion County.

Fairmont Senior has won the eighth consecutive Exemplary School status from the West Virginia Department of Education. Visit the WV Department of Education for details about the prestigious prize.

 WFHS TV NEWS thanks the Times West Virginian for the collaborative partnership since 1999.



Fairmont Senior High School, home of the Polar Bears

A National Blue Ribbon School as awarded by the U.S. Department of Education

An Exemplary School and School of Excellence

     Tyson Furgason, principal  

     Fairmont Senior High School
Fairmont, West Virginia

1867 - 2013



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Linda Orr Morgan and I met again to continue our plans for an Alumni Association, joined by Tina Shaw.  We are looking for passionate people who love FSHS.  I’ll continue to provide details through future newsletters.  Initial brainstorming for ways to support the school:

  • Celebration of the Arts to include a presentation of a framed Monet print created by the class of 1994 for the 1993 prom.  If you served on the committee or were a class officer, please email if you want to be involved.  If you are an author and would like to present your book to the library, we invite you to make us aware of your interest.  Jenny Staud’s art students will display works.  We’ll contact Greg DeVito and John Schneider (2003) for interest in sharing music for the evening’s reception.
  • Hall of History:  requesting artifacts for loan or donation to depict the history of FSHS.
  • LOM and I plan to write a book about the school we both love.  Please send memories of a page or two.  All vignettes will be considered for publication.
  • Pictures of special school events.
  • Auditorium project:  all seats in the balcony still need sponsorship except front row center, which is named by Deacon Duvall (1934).
  • Establish a speakers’ bureau.  Would you be willing to speak to a class or an assembly?
  • Offer tours to classes or new teachers.
  • Explore grant-writing skills with Raymond Alvarez.
  • Develop FB link to school website.
  • Outreach group
  • Quilt squares designed with significant event to school history.

Update for Dennis:  If you did not read last month’s newsletter, Dennis Hermosilla:  FSHS student, class of 1973, teacher and coach has impacted the lives of so many over several decades and is now battling the greatest opponent of all—pancreatic cancer. Pam Cousins Stalnaker, class of 1967, is collecting donations.  Her numbers are 304-367-1224 or 304-612-4004.  My number is 304-363-0777 with any questions.  If you want to send a donation to help Dennis and Patty with expenses, you can make the check out to Pam Stalnaker and send it to 2 Outlook Road Fairmont WV 26554 with memo D. Hermosilla donation. 

As of Monday Pam has given $6,100.00 to Dennis.  Herm is very impressed with the facility and his alternative treatments after two weeks. His email is 

Dennis wrote the following to me regarding his treatment and his appreciation for writing skills.  “My Dr. Garcia believes and pushes us to write every day about our issues and concerns. He wants me to dig deep into my inner self and use writing as the tool to get through the layers and heal. He believes this is 75% of my healing cancer. I have been opened up so much through my writing and my numbers are moving forward which is a credit to my writing. Sometimes the pen just has to get to the paper. I thought my way into cancer and I have to feel my way out of it. I know this is the process along with all the IV’s, nutrition, and other treatments.
With all that said. Just think. Our English Department at Fairmont Senior High was guided by all exemplary teachers. I cannot forget Glenna, Sally, Kathy, Carol, Pam, Penny, and others. Writing in English class, I never realized such importance to the process of writing just for the sake of writing. The power of the pen to paper as it connects your most inner thoughts, your most personal feelings, your pulse, your anger, your love, and all the senses. We cannot go back but if I could, I would preach more to the students, even in my own classes, the importance of writing. Not to fear writing or feel bogged down by it, but to embrace it. This will play a huge role to save your life.   Every one should be more open to writing.
Please pass my "thank you" to all other English teachers of ours. I do not have all their emails but have them in my thoughts and thanks.
All of you have done so much for so many in ways you might not think of.

With Love and Gratitude
Dennis Hermosilla 

FSHS graduates who have recently published books—Diane Hutchinson Parker (1950):  Daddy’s Ledger; Nancy Naternicola (1970):  Fitness Steps to Success; and Ted Dreisinger (1963):  life in small bites - moments in time.  Nancy and Ted have books available at Amazon and Diane’s book is available online at
Castles & coal, love & murder, fortunes & loss, the never-ending love of family and community...

Former faculty listing:  I have added faculty listings from 40s, 50s, and 60s to the website.  Please look at the folder and advise me if I have not included a teacher that you had for class.

The FSHS Foundation has ornaments of the school just in time for decorating the Christmas tree.  Contact Ed Cheslock, treasurer, at  The beautiful ornament can be seen on the website and can be purchased for $20.00.  They also have postcards of summer and fall on the campus at 10 for $5.00.  A lovely, framed watercolor of the school is available at $125.00

Crosstown crushing Polar Bears dominate Bees in annual East-West game

FAIRMONT — Fairmont Senior forced eight East Fairmont turnovers in the 94th renewal of the East-West game on?Friday night.

The Polar Bears won, 50-0.

The win became the largest margin of victory in the history of the rivalry between the two schools.?The prior record was a 48-point Polar Bear win back in 2011.

Fairmont Senior quarterback?Dominic Smith threw four touchdowns in the win en route to 208 yards passing. He completed 15 of his 22 attempts.

Eight different receivers caught passes for the Polar Bears, who were led by a pair of seniors.

TJ Jones caught three passes for 45 yards and a score, while Bryson?Tyler reeled in two passes for 71 yards and scored both times.

After the Bears opened the scoring with a 33-yard field goal by Isaac Childers, freshman running back?Bryson?Gilbert found the end zone on a five-yard rush to put Fairmont?Senior up 10-0 early.

Gilbert finished with 85 yards on just nine carries, scoring twice. His second touchdown came in the third quarter on a 46-yard scamper.

Turnovers and penalties were the theme for much of the night. East Fairmont threw three interceptions and had three fumbles in the first half and trailed 30-0 at the break.

The West Side defense was stout all evening, forcing eight total turnovers and conceding just 143 total yards to the Bees. Meanwhile, West Side rushed for 333 total yards.

Darius Stills, Spencer Long,?Malik?Boddy and Michael?Nuzum all had interceptions. Nuzum took his back 89 yards for a score in the fourth quarter.

With the win, the Polar Bears finish the regular season at 7-3 and will move on to next week’s first round of the Class AA playoffs.

It’s been a year of great accomplishment for the West Side coaching staff, which has had to break in nearly an entirely new roster.

East Fairmont’s season will end at 3-7 for the fourth straight year. The Bees have now lost seven in a row to the Polar Bears. Fairmont Senior now leads the all-time series, 59-28-7.

Email?Joe Mitchin at or follow him on?Twitter @JoeMitchinTWV.

Polar Bears paired with Wayne in playoffs

Fairmont Senior's football team will travel to play Wayne in the first round of the Class AA football playoffs beginning this week.

The Polar Bears secured the No. 12 spot after a 7-3 record in the regular season while Wayne is at No. 5 after an 8-2 mark. The game will be played at Wayne on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 1:30 p.m.

For complete pairings, including brackets, from all three classes, log on to

Bears Fall To Wayne in Football Playoffs

Posted: Sunday, November 16, 2014 4:38 am

By Joe Mitchin Times West Virginian

WAYNE — No. 12 Fairmont Senior drove over 200 miles, netted over 400 yards and scored 40 points, but it wasn’t enough to take down No. 5 Wayne on Saturday at Pioneer Field in the first round of the Class AA state football playoffs.

The Polar Bears lost, 43-40.

FSHS rolled with nearly every punch and kept the Wayne defense on its heels for the entire game.

The Polar Bears threw for 294 yards and added 135 more on the ground in an offensive explosion that clicked all afternoon.

FSHS falls to Bridgeport at state soccer tourney


BECKLEY — Tennessee Ernie Ford once said, “If the right one doesn’t get you than [stet.] the left one will.”

He never saw Bridgeport girls play soccer. He might get confused.

Not only did the Indians’ attackers on the right score, so did the ones on the left, in the middle and all over the place during their 8-0 victory over Fairmont Senior in the semifinals of the Class AA-A state tournament Friday at Carter Stadium.

Fairmont Senior finished with two shots on goal, compared to Bridgeport’s 13. Fairmont keeper Kayla DeLorenzo had four saves.

Cross-Country:  Fairmont Senior’s Jake VanHorn were to check the bottom of their running shoes, they’d surely be able to reminisce on a fantastic 2014 cross-country season.

The two consistently led Marion County all season and have been named this year’s Times West Virginian Cross Country Runners of the Year.

FSHS volleyball heads to Oak Glen regional


FAIRMONT— The Fairmont Senior girls’ volleyball team will travel to Oak Glen for the regional tournament.

The Polar Bears will take on Ritchie County in the regional semifinal. The team enters as the runner-up from the Weir regional. Fairmont Senior defeated East Fairmont twice and lost to Oak Glen twice during the event.

The Lady Bears are 25-13 on the season and continue to be led by Kaden Whaley and Jasmine Johnson. Whaley is one of the top hitters in the area, while Johnson does much of her damage from the service line.

The winner of the match will move on to the championship game against the winner of host Oak Glen and Roane.

The Golden Bears are the two-time defeating state champions in Class AA and have beaten Fairmont Senior three times this season.

Email Joe Mitchin at or follow him on Twitter @JoeMitchinTWV.

Polar Bears sweep sectional championships

Both Fairmont Senior soccer teams are advancing to Tuesday’s regional championship game after thrilling wins Saturday at East-West Stadium.

The boys’ team defeated East Fairmont, 2-1, and the girls’ squad won over North Marion, 1-0.

In the boys’ game, Fairmont Senior used a two-goal first half with goals from Jhonn Herrera and Robbie Potesta to get the win.

The Polar Bears recorded 11 shots in the first half while holding the Bees to just three. East’s lone goal came in the second half off the foot of Isaac Flohr.

In the girls’ game, Fairmont Senior won a physical contest on the foot of Avery Towns on a free kick following a handball. The goal came while North’s top defender, Skylah Haught, was sent to the bench with a yellow card, one of four for the Huskies in the game.

Governor Tomblin Announces Garcia to Serve as Director of Legislative Affairs


? CHARLESTON, W.Va. (October 20, 2014) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced Joseph D. Garcia will serve as Director of Legislative Affairs for the Governor’s Office, effective November 1, 2014.

Prior to this appointment, Garcia served as Deputy General Counsel to Gov. Tomblin.  The Fairmont native has also advised Gov. Tomblin on policy issues relating to criminal justice reform, represented Gov. Tomblin as his designee on the Consolidated Public Retirement Board and, most recently, was appointed by Gov. Tomblin to serve as Chair of the West Virginia Intergovernmental Task Force on Juvenile Justice.  Before serving in state government, Garcia practiced law at Spilman, Thomas and Battle, PLLC in Charleston. 

Fairmont State University Hall of Fame inductees:  Congrats to former Polar Bear Basketball standout Jennifer Wilson and football standout (and current WVU strength coach) Mike Joseph on his induction into the Fairmont State Hall of Fame.

50th reunion for the class of 1965:  Joe Asterino called for emails and addresses from me as the committee begins plans for the 50th reunion next year.  If you know of someone in the class please send email or snail mail addresses to me and I’ll forward them to him.  Reunion will be August 29, 2015

Loss of a legend

‘Deacon’ Duvall, who coached Fairmont State to national title, died at 97 and those who loved him returned to the Friendly City to celebrate his life.  After a very moving service at the First Baptist Church, Reid and I attended the luncheon at Muriale’s where many stories were shared.


"No man is an island, entire of itself...any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."  John Donne

Martha Ann (Shriver) Law, 75, of The Villages, Florida, died Sunday (Oct. 26, 2014) of pancreatic cancer. She was surrounded by many of her family members when she passed.

Martha was born and raised in Fairmont, the daughter of the late Walter A. Shriver and Ernestine Shriver-Shumaker, both deceased.

Martha attended local schools and was a home economics graduate of Fairmont State College. She was a homemaker and caring mother to their two sons, Jeff and John, and a loving wife to Jim, her husband of 54 years, a career Naval officer. When the boys were young, she frequently served as a teacher’s aide at Jim’s various duty stations. Later on, she worked as a travel agent at several locations and managed to travel extensively in that capacity. They moved 19 times throughout their 30-year Navy odyssey; and she finally retired when Community Travel in Fairmont closed its doors in 1999.

In retirement Martha continued to be active in local community service with quilting, church work, FGH Volunteers, gift shop and as a driver for “Meals-on-Wheels.” She was also particularly pleased to be a Rotary Benefactor, and three-year past president of PEO, an organization especially near and dear to her. Martha was simply an unpretentious, loving and caring person who loved God, and was able to appreciate and accept people just as they are.

She will be missed by the family and all who knew and loved her. In addition to her husband, Jim, a retired Navy Captain of The Villages, Florida; and sons Jeff and wife Barb Law of McHenry, Maryland, and John and wife Cheryl Law of Manassas, Virginia, Martha leaves a sister, Karen and her husband Bob Stewart; and a brother, Jim and wife Deb Shriver, both of Fairmont. Four adult grandchildren also survive her; Spc. John, U.S. Army, and wife Madison Law, Weisbaden, Germany; Stephanie (RN) and husband Seth Boyd of Winchester, Virginia; James Law, Manassas, Virginia; and “J.P.” Law, an engineering student at West Virginia University.

In accordance with her wishes, Martha’s request to be cremated will be honored by the family. An intended “Celebration of Life” memorial service in Fairmont will be announced at a later date.

We could use more women like Martha Law writes John Veasey in his column in the Times West Virginian.

Martha Law was a wonderful woman.

That’s about the best way we can describe this person who gave so much of herself to so many others, but very few people knew all the things that she did.

Martha moved very often — 19 times in husband Jim Law’s 30-year-career in the U.S. Navy. Jim, her husband of 54 years, was a career Naval officer.

Martha graduated from Fairmont State with a home economics degree. She was a homemaker early in their marriage but she did many other things as well — not the least of which was raising her two sons, Jeff and John.

From then on she worked as a teacher’s aide, then as a travel agent, was very active in her church, assisted the Fairmont General Hospital Volunteers and their gift shop, served as a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels, was a three-year past president for PEO and was a benefactor for the Fairmont Rotary Club.

Martha and Jim were very popular people in the Fairmont scene and their many friends were extremely disappointed when they announced they were leaving here and going to The Villages in Florida.

But they hadn’t been down there very long when Martha received the critical medical news that pancreatic cancer would soon take her life — a report that, unfortunately, was very true.

The city of Fairmont could use many more women like Martha Law.

Suzette Barber (nee Cline) of Fairmont, passed away surrounded by loved ones on Sept. 15, 2014, following a brief illness.

Suzette was born Oct. 25, 1939, to the late William A. Cline and Eva Christine Cline Bonnette (nee Cordray).

She was predeceased by nieces Jennifer C. Delaney and Lynn S. Moffett.

She is survived by her children: sons Douglas Ray and Stacy; daughter Suzette; and son-in-law Seth; as well as Uncle Raymond Cordray of Clarksburg; sister Janet Leigh Moffett of Beverly, Massachusetts; and brother Douglas Arthur Cline of Fairmont. She is also survived by her two granddaughters, Emily Nicole Cline and Eva Christine Jacqueline Barber; along with extended family and many dear friends.

A graduate of Fairmont Senior High School, Clarksburg Beauty Academy and Computer Tech, Suzette always sought and supported improvement through education. An avid antiques collector, she had an eye for beauty, detail and elegance. She drew upon these abilities and brought significant beauty, grace and joy into whatever she did, whether through gardening, painting, salon styling or interior design.

Suzette’s laughter, sweetness, and loving heart will be missed by many.

A memorial service will be held; however, plans are incomplete. A scholarship fund is also being established in her name. Details for both will be forthcoming.

Robert Edward “Bob” “Zelmo” Shingleton, 58, of Fairmont, passed suddenly from this life Friday (Nov. 7, 2014) from complications with his heart.

He was born in Wheeling, on July 4, 1956, the only son of the late William E. and Willa J. Jenkins Shingleton.

He was a former member of the First Presbyterian Church. He had worked at the Fairway Market as a meat cutter, had been a coal miner and most recently served as a security guard in a gated community in Ft. Pierce, Florida.

He was a graduate of Fairmont Senior High and recently attended his 40th reunion, which he enjoyed very much. He attended West Virginia University, where he joined the Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity. He enjoyed transporting cancer patients to their appointments.

He was a fun-loving but also serious man who believed in staying active. He was an avid “Mustang” enthusiast and owned several Shelbys. He was also a history buff and NASA fan. He had attended more than 24 launches from Cape Canaveral, which was just north of where he lived in Florida. In his spare time he enjoyed photography, playing tennis and playing chess. He was an avid Steeler and Mountaineer fan.

Mr. Shingleton is survived by his only sister and brother-inlaw, Sally and David Merrill of Morgantown; his closest friend since high school days, Neal Hamilton; several cousins; and his canine buddies “Coal Puppy” and “Barkley.”

Bob’s family has suggested that memorial contributions be made in his name to Pet Helpers.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to the noon service time Thursday at the Frey Home For Funerals (Historic Chapel). The service will be officiated by Father John Kevern. Interment will follow at the Bridgeport Cemetery.

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Larry Pulice, class of 1975

Posted: Sunday, November 16, 2014 4:51 am

Larry Paul Pulice, 57, of Fairmont, went home to be with God Thursday evening (Nov. 13, 2014).

He was born in Clarksburg, on Aug. 18, 1957, loving son of Phyllis Masters Pulice of Fairmont and Anthony and Barbara Pulice of Fairmont.

He was Roman Catholic by faith and was employed by Ruby Memorial Hospital. Larry enjoyed camping with family, fishing with his good friend Tim Lowther and spending time with his dog, Dawson.

In addition to his parents, he will be missed much by his sisters, Toni and Rick Pill of Fairmont, and Judi and Mike Kraley of Morgantown; brothers, Mark and Jamie Pulice of Fairmont, and Jesse Pulice of Fairmont; his fiancée, Michelle Curfman and daughters Kayla and Sierra; nieces, Angela and Doug Meissner and children Auston, Sophia and Piper of St. Petersburg, Florida, and Mariah and Tony Cunningham and daughter Lily of Farmington; nephews, Christopher and Ali Gross and son Aidan of Fairmont, and R.K. Pill of Fairmont .

In keeping with the wishes of the deceased, no public services will be held, and his body will be cremated.

Arrangements are under the care of Ross Funeral Home, 801 Fairmont Ave., Fairmont.

Condolences can be sent to the family at

Joseph McCafferty Jr., 79, passed away on Tuesday (Nov. 11, 2014).

He was born in Fairmont, on Nov. 25, 1934, a son of the late Joseph and Ruth (Pratt) McCafferty.

Joseph was a Fairmont Senior High School graduate and also served honorably in the U.S. Navy. After leaving the Navy, he worked for Devault Foods in Milvourne, Pennsylvania, until his retirement.

Joseph returned to West Virginia after his retirement to be close to family and friends. Joseph was generous with his smile and wit and always ready to lend a hand.

He was the beloved husband of the late Mary (Lawson) McCafferty and dear brother of the late Charles Sr., William, Maryjo Shimer and Betty Withers.

Funeral services will be private.

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Amelia Ann Prezioso, 89, of Monongah, passed away early Thursday (Nov. 13, 2014).

She was born March 30, 1925, to Nick and Rose Yerace in Everson.

She graduated from West Fairmont High School and worked at GC Murphy’s until she married her husband, Roman Prezioso Sr., on Aug. 16, 1947. They were married for 42 years when he died on April 5, 1990. While raising her family, she worked with her husband in the family business, Prezioso General Store.

She was a wonderful cook and baker and enjoyed most when sharing with her family and friends. She also loved to garden and can her famous peppers. She was a member of The Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Monongah, where she volunteered for many years. She was also a member of Court Joan of Arc Catholic Daughters of America for more than 69 years.

In addition to her parents and husband, Amelia was preceded in death by three brothers, James (Rose), Joseph (Rose) and Peter Yerace; three sisters, Teresa (Frank) Argiro, Katie (Milton) Scrivo and Mary (Felix) DiMaria; and a nephew, Frank DiMaria.

She is survived by her children, state Sen. Roman Prezioso Jr. and his wife Deborah of Fairmont, and Marie Prezioso of Charleston; one grandson, Christopher Prezioso and his wife Julie Shank of Inwood; her sister, Carmella Yerace; sister-in-law, Margie Yerace; a special nephew, Nick Scrivo of Fairmont; a dear niece, Filamena Biafore of Fairmont; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 1-8 p.m. today at Domico Funeral Home, 414 Gaston Ave. in Fairmont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Monongah, with Father John Mulcahy and Father Dass as celebrants. Interment will follow at Mount Carmel Cemetery. A service will be conducted at 6 p.m. today in the funeral home conducted by Deacon Louis Belldina. A Catholic Daughter’s memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. today in the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in Amelia’s memory to The Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 687 Maple Terrace, Monongah, WV 26554 or to the Pierpont Foundation in the name of Roman and Amelia Prezioso Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 641, Fairmont, WV 26554.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.domicofh. com.

Be well, Polar Bears!  

We shall talk again soon.

Carol J. Amos, FSHS instructor, retired

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Travelin' Trio Travelogue

September 17, 2014 at 11:14pm
Linda Orr Morgan, Fairmont Senior High School class of 1962; Mykie Wilson Reagan, FSHS class of 1963; and Diane Minsker travel the world each summer.  They share their current adventure with classmates, former students, colleagues, and other interested readers.

Day 1
We are here in Istanbul! There are no terrorists dressed in black lurking behind the Blue Mosque or the Aya Sophia.  Istanbul is very clean, not crowded, and full of history.  Our guide, Tayfun, kept us walking and learning for 9 hours.  Thank God we had no quiz!  
Our walk began at 9:00 A.M. thru the park built over the Hippodrome, which is where the chariot races were held.  Think Ben Hur.  Then it was on to the Aya Sophia which is the greatest work of Byzantine architecture, built in 537 A.D.   At the time, it was the largest church in the world, which eventually became a mosque.
Our next stop was Topkapi, the showplace of the Sultans.  It was the residence of the Ottoman rulers from the 15th century to the 19th century. We were lucky enough to see the 86 carat Spoonmaker's Diamond, which was featured in the 1960s film, "Topkapi."
Another site in the film, "From Russia With Love,"  is the Basilica Cistern, which at one time provided water for all of Istanbul.  Now as a museum, it is supported by 336 columns, all place geometrically with lights underwater providing drama.
Aside from the tourist attractions and the fascinating sights, we learned about the cultural aspects of Istanbul from our guide who corrected our misconceptions about Turkey.
Turkish women do not wear burkas and the women who we did see wearing them were from other countries, most likely Afghanistan. There is a stronger European influence in Istanbul than an Asian one, even tho the country of Turkey is in both continents, separated by the Bosphorus Sea, on which we are going to sail tomorrow.
Tomorrow, after our boat ride, we will visit the Grand Bazaar and see how proficient Mykie is at bargaining.  We will also put on our scarves, and visit the Blue Mosque, again with Tayfun (pronounced typhoon.)
Our day will end with a performance by Whirling Dervishes, mystics who believe that ritual spinning will bring them closer to God.  We definitely need to spin more!
We are impressed with the city, the culture, the architecture.  Because it's been inhabited by so many cultures thru the centuries, the sites and people reveal numerous influences. 
We are happy to be here and happy to share our experiences with you! We are going to bed now so that we will be ready at 4:30 when we will hear the call to prayer throughout the city.  
Gule Gule,
Diane, Linda and Mykie
Day 2

If you can picture  New York City, day or night, then you know what it's like to be in Istanbul.  Instead of seeing the Empire State Building, we are awed by the hundreds of minarets that rise to the sky.  From the minarets, the call to prayer comes five times a day which is determined by the placement of the sun.

Our entire day was overwhelmed by people, tourists from cruise ships.  Most all of the 2500 people from the ships were in line to see the Blue Mosque.  We delayed our visit and headed straight to the Grand Bazaar with its 4,000 shops covering 65 streets. Then, we spent time and $$$$$ in the Spice Market.  Together, Linda and I spent $300 on tea and spices, and Linda doesn't even like tea!  It's a long story.

Our afternoon was spent under a bright blue sky aboard the Turyol ferry cruising the Bosphorus Sea.  Since Turkey lies in both Europe and Asia, we saw two continents in one afternoon.  Our guide Tayfun was with us again for the entire day sharing more about the people, the landmarks, and religion.

In a very personal way, he spoke about how he grew up a devout Muslim.  He explained the history of the Shi'a and Sunni Muslims.  In some key countries, the government is Shi'a and the population is Sunni which is a source of conflict.  Turkey is now a democracy with a President and Prime Minister.

Instead of going dancing on the rooftops, we went to a Whirlig Dervish performance.  Boooooring!  We gave the music a 4 because we thought it was hard to dance to but the four male dervishes spun around and around and around for an hour and they didn't throw up. How is that possible?

On our WALK back to the hotel in the dark of night, we saw no men in black hoods carrying swords.  In fact, we have LOVED Istanbul.  The people are very kind, very helpful and everyone speaks English!  Good thing for us because we have not learned one word of Turkish because it's too hard.  Example:  Thank You = Tesekkur ederim.  (Try it:  t-sugar-eh-dream)  
Eiyigeceler  (Good Night)
Day 4

A guard was called at 8:22 A.M . to the Blue Mosque to escort 3 women who pleaded not guilty to the accusation that they had entered the mosque prior the official opening at 8:30 A.M.  Tho their cameras were not confiscated and their shoes were returned, they were thrown out for entering before the designated time.  The smallest woman attempted to hide behind the 17' wide pillar as she was taking the 47th photo of the blue tiles.  When questioned, the 3 ladies explained that they had sneaked in to avoid waiting in a 3 hour long line.  They left peacefully.
Fortunately, our flight to Cappaddocia was less stressful than our Blue Mosque experience, but we reluctantly left Istanbul and its gracious people.  After a one hour flight and a one hour drive we arrived at our oasis, the Esbelli Evi, a 15 suite hotel built into the caves formed long ago by volcanoes.  Our 3 day home has 4 rooms and 2 BRs, a living room, a kitchen, 2 baths, and a fabulous view from the terrace.
We have spent a leisurely evening on the terrace chatting with Aussies and other Americans who were also impressed with the ambience. We will close now because we will be awakened at 5:00 A.M. and will be driven to the launch site for our hot air balloon ride. We will break no rules because we don't want to be thrown out of the balloon basket.   (Please forward to any one who might enjoy traveling with us.)
'Til tomorrow,
Diane, Linda, and Mykie

Day 5

Using calm and varied winds, Captain Mike lifted our wicker basket that held 16 passengers. We soared 3000 ft. in the air for one hour and 40 minutes over the Cappadoccia region along with 100 other balloons.  We saw rock carved houses, fairy chimneys, and phallic looking monuments of soft volcanic ash which had been sculpted by nature:  erosion, wind, and water.  These eruptions ceased 200 years B.C. The early Christians used this environment for cave churches to escape persecution.  This almost spiritual experience earned us a flight certificate, strawberries,  and a glass of champagne.  
The old city of Urgup is within walking distance of our hotel, the Esbelli Evi, which features luxurious cave bedrooms.  (We don't do Holiday Inns.)  
Don't worry folks, we're safe and sound and appreciating all your responses. 
Gorusuruz, Insalah  (We'll see each other again, God willing.)

Balloon ascension

Champagne toast after the balloon flight.

Day 6
Hello, Friends!
One of the best views of Cappadoccia (Cap-uh-dough-kee-uh) has been from our hot air balloon at 3,000 ft.  The ride was smooth and tranquil, and when we landed, we toasted our accomplishments with champagne and strawberries.  

100 balloons at 3000 feet

We found the balloons to  be much more colorful than the rock formations that we toured for 8 hours today with our seasoned, perky guide, Gonje (Rose).

On our visit to the Goreme Open Air Museum in the Cappadoccia Region, we  entered cave churches, monks cells, and family dwellings.   Dating from the Hittites who lived in the region 4,000 years ago, these rock formations were used for protection from the elements and from warring tribes.  The early Christian church made use of these early dwellings for their religious practices.  Many of the walls featured frescoes that had been desecrated by later civilizations.

Dating from the Hittites who lived in the region 4,000 years ago, these rock formations were used for protection from the elements and from warring tribes
Our guide asked us to use our imaginations to name the formations, but we were both trying to protect LOM on some of the more obvious shapes.  You can use your own imaginations to determine what you think the shapes resemble. 

Over a hundred of you asked about how we like Turkish food.  We have eaten lots of kababs either lamb, beef, or chicken.  We also have enjoyed a dish called "Testi" (pronounced TESH-TE) which is beef or lamb or chicken cooked in a terracotta pot and delivered flaming to the table and served over rice.  Turkish ice cream tastes gummy and flat.  

LOM purchases ice cream.
We've also dined on "mezti" which is similar to Spanish tapas or American hors d'oeuvres.   At least we have not resorted to eating pizza because we've liked the Turkish food that we've had.

Tomorrow is a travel day.  We are off to Croatia via Istanbul, Zagreb, and Dubrovnik.  It will be a long, boring, yet welcome day.  We look forward to chatting with you on Friday from Dubrovnik.

(Sidebar:  these travelogues are composed by all three of the travelers.)
Polis cagrin (Call the police!)
and Hosca Kalin (Good bye)

Wow, wow, and wow!  Dubrovnik should be on everyone's bucket list.  As a UNESCO Heritage Site, this 14th century walled city is probably the most magnificent single destination we have visited in our 32 years of traveling together.
After another tranquil breakfast on the Esbelli Evi terrace we flew from Cappadoccia to Istanbul (4 security checks at the airport) to Zagreb, Croatia and finally to Dubrovnik, arriving at 10:00 p.m.  We are fortunate that our hotel is one of 3 within Stari Grad (Old Town), so yesterday, we were able to stroll the narrow cobblestone streets.  This morning we walked the 1.5 mile wall that surrounds the city just before we toured with Marina, our private guide.
Last night we enjoyed sitting and drinking wine on the terrace at Buza, a bar which hangs on the cliffs beneath the wall.  We were overlooking the Adriatic Sea and the daring swimmers who were diving from the rocks.  We were awed by the sunset.  Our day ended with a casual meal on the plaka as we people watched and anticipated today's adventure.
Tomorrow we will board a "gulet" (wooden sailboat) with 10 other passengers to visit the islands of Mljet, Korcula, Hvar, ending in Split.  We may not be in touch since well be sailing on the Adriatic Sea.  This trip has been a dream come true for all of us.
Bok!  (Good bye)
Diane, Linda, Mykie

Day 8
We are writing you from the small island of Sipan in the Adriatic Sea.  Our small gulet (wooden boat) holds 9 passengers and 3 crew members which makes for some very close quarters.  We are the only Americans and are joined by Aussies and Germans.

While sitting and having white wine and watching the fishing boats come in the harbor, we were forced to take cover in front of a computer in a hotel bibliotheque.
We are surrounded by pomegranate, lemon, and oleander trees. This must be a destination wedding  island because we have been observing a wedding celebration of a lovely young lady and a husband with a rather large schnoz.  
We have found Croatians to be very friendly, even the cats who gravitate toward Linda.  No terrorists here!
Tonight we dine on the Gulet Andi, and tomorrow we set sail for Mjlet, another quaint Dalmatian island.
Do Videnja  (Good bye)
Diane, Linda & Mykie
Day 9
We have been held hostage by 3 handsome men who cook, clean, and captain a sailboat - the Gulet Andi.

No Croatian pirates, just smiling young men who aim to please.  You have not heard from us because we have been sailing on the aqua blue waters of the Adriatic Sea with no internet connection.

It has not been all smooth sailing.  Even tho we were moored at Kor?hula, we were awakened by a strong ''buro'' (a storm out of the southeast).  We downed the Dramamine, but weathered the storm even tho the boat listed from side to side.  The storm resulted in a leaky ceiling which forced us to bunk together.  We have become even better friends!

After the storm lifted, we appreciated even more the beauty of the 29 mile long island of Kor?hula 

where legend has it Marco Polo was born.  We realized the beauty of the area after we climbed 60 pie - shaped steps that took us to the top of St. Mark Church where we enjoyed the panoramic view of the walled city. 

Like Dubrovnik, we strolled and found narrow, quaint alleys, looking for jewelry, such as coral, finding the perfect ice cream cone, and finding an outdoor cafe to enjoy a glass of wine while we listened to a trio playing American music. 

The only catastrophe occurred when Mykie tried on a ring of olive wood which she could not remove.  Word spread in the market quickly with remedies offered, short of cutting off her finger.  Although we had to buy the ring, we were able to return it when it finally came off, money refunded.

Das Vadonya!  Diane, Linda, and Mykie

# 10  Travelin Trio Travelogue

We think that it is now appropriate to describe our accommodations.  The Gulet Andi is home to 9 passengers and 3 crew members, all of whom we've grown very fond.  With all of the time we've had together the past 6 days, we better understand the politics and culture from the German and Aussie viewpoints.  We now realize our limited, small view of the world.  They know more American history than we do!  The more wine we drink, the smarter we feel, and the more laughs we have.

We can even laugh about the showering process.  One must first go into a 4X3 ft. bathroom that has only a toilet and a sink.  To shower, we hold the sink faucet which is attached to a metal hose, like our kitchen sink faucets.  The generator has to be running or we don't have hot water.  Try doing that while the boat is riding the angry waves!  Consequently, we haven,t washed our hair in days, and we have serious bed heads.

Our lazy days are filled with delicious meals prepared by Chef Ivan, a 6'4'' twenty four year old, a culinary school graduate.  We've given him A+ on every meal.  First Mate Robert takes care of our every need from wine to toilet paper.

The highlight of our time on the gulet has been the daily briefings by Captain Ivi?a, a 33 year old flirt, who details the daily itinerary on a map laid out on a big table.  We listen, but we don't always understand his broken English.  The real problem is we are distracted by his good looks, charming smile, and mischievous wink.

Our boat docked in the sleepy Stari Grad (Old Town) of Hvar, one of the most visited islands of the Adriatic Sea.  Thanks to Adam Reagan, the 3 of us decided, after a short visit in Stari Grad, to take a scenic taxi ride to the ''cool'' side of the island in Hvar Town, which has the feel of the French Riviera.  Beautiful people, upscale restaurants, huge yachts, and lots of money.

Fortunately, when we visit these towns, we do not have to worry at ALL about the weather . . . or hooded terrorists.  Why are we writing you right now?  Because we are in another UNESCO town, Trogir, and we have tracked down an internet cafe.  We may be missing some of the sights, but we don't want you to miss any of the details of our journey.  Let us know if you receive this email.

Dos Vadonya, 

Diane, Linda & Mykie

As our 19 day adventure ends, we have concluded that this has been a spectacular vacation.  We hope you agree and recognize that there was no reason for us to fear traveling to Turkey and Croatia.  

The smiles that you see on our 3 crew members are representative of the hospitality extended to us by the Turks and Croatians. (Due to numerous requests we have included a picture of Captain Ivi?a, Chef Ivan, and First Mate Robert, who was actually named after Robert Kennedy.)
Captain Ivi?a, Chef Ivan, and First Mate Robert, who was actually named after Robert KennedyCaptain Ivi?a, Chef Ivan, and First Mate Robert, who was actually named after Robert Kennedy
The way to see Croatia is to travel by sea.  We have observed row boats, motor boats, gulets, private yachts, ferries, and cruise ships. 
Row boats, motor boats, gulets, private yachts, ferries, and cruise ships.Row boats, motor boats, gulets, private yachts, ferries, and cruise ships.
We could have traveled the 135 miles from Dubrovnik to Split by car, but we recommend taking a week long water route from island to island which took us 6 days.
One of the jewels of the Dalmatian Coast is the walled town of Trogir.  A world heritage site, Trogir boasts small alleyways and surprises around every corner, including large public areas and religious monuments.  We climbed 122 steps of the bell tower of the St. Lawrence Cathedrale to be awed by the birds eye view of this fortified, seaside town.  (Photo 3)
After saying goodbye to all of our new best friends abord boat, we disembarked the Gulet Andi, and traveled a short distance by car to Split, Croatia.  It is the second largest city in Croatia and one of the best preserved cities left from the Roman Empire.  Our hotel sits in the interior courtyard of the 7th century palace of Diocletian, the first Roman Emperor from Croatia.
The star of Split is Diocletian's Palace which fills the fortified city.  We visited one of the 22 churches within the walls where we saw the tomb of St. Lawrence, a bishop from the 11th century.  Tomorrow, we will climb the bell tower of the Cathedral of St. Dominius before we say goodbye to Split.
Istanbul, Cappadoccia, Dubrovnik, Sipan, Mjlet, Kor?hula, Hvar, Trogir, and Split It's been a pleasure having you along with us as we visited these destinations thru Turkey and Croatia.  (Photo 5)  When we get home, we would love to show you our scrapbooks, slide shows, videos, and 1500 or more pictures.  We will arrive home on Monday.
We appreciate the opportunity to experience the beauty of other cultures, other lands, and other people.  Our travels, however, remind us just how proud we are to be Americans. 
Ja sam yah sahm Amerikanac.
Diane, Linda, and Mykie

How proud we three are to be Americans.How proud we three are to be Americans.

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1st choice___________________________ __________________________

2nd choice___________________________ _________________________

Intended Major_________________________________________________

List scholarships, grants, financial aid, and amounts for which you have been notified

On a separate sheet of unlined paper with your name and address on the top, list school activities in which you have participated such as clubs, sports, student council, honor societies, or special projects and attach to the back of this application. Please include the years of involvement as well as the sponsor, advisor, or adult supervisor.

List community service activities in which you have participated such as church work, community centers, and youth groups. These activities may be included on the school activities resume additional page or on as many pages as necessary.

On a separate sheet of paper with your name and address on the top prepare an essay on “Leadership and What It Means to Me”. The essay must be 500 words or less and typed or neatly written in black ink.

I verify that the information I have provided is accurate and current to the best of my knowledge.
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Relevant information from senior counselor if unable to attend selection meeting.

Foundation scholarships range from $500 to $1,000 and are presented each year at the Senior Recognition Assembly. Scholarships may be used for tuition, room/board, books, and related educational expenses. Check will be written to student upon presentation of a receipt for paid tuition. Specific details will be included in the envelope presented to each awardee. Student applicant must list any financial aid, scholarships, or grants for which he/ she has been notified. Preference is given to students who have not received any financial assistance. Please keep this in mind when submitting an application for a Foundation Scholarship. This helps the Foundation reach a broader base of students who are in need of financial assistance for college.
To be eligible for consideration of a Foundation scholarship, general or named, the applicant must: Be a graduating senior from Fairmont Senior High. Attend the Senior Recognition Assembly unless excused for a school event or activity. Be accepted at an accredited two or four-year college or university or a two-year technical school and use the award in the school year immediately following graduation.
Submit 5 copies of the completed application form and include all of the following items. Applicant will not be considered if any part of the requirements are incomplete
1) A list of school activities: 2)  A list of community service activities; 3) An essay on the topic "Leadership ad What It Means to Me"; 4)Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater; and 5)Two endorsement signatures from any two of the following 1)teacher or coach, and 2)community or church leader. A letter of recommendation would be helpful but not required. Parent or guardian must sign the application but is not considered as an appropriate endorser. Several of our scholarships are dedicated for specific purposes. Please indicate your declared major if you are applying for a named scholarship. The named scholarships are:

    TENDERA MEFFE SCHOLARSHIP was established in 1993 by her friends broom the FSHS Class of 1970 for creativity. No longer available but recognized here as the first Foundation named award.
    ROSS AND DOLORES MARUKA SCHOLARSHIP shall be given annually to a senior who has demonstrated leadership within our community through volunteer, charitable, public service, or athletic activities with the likelihood of being an agent of progress in our society. This student shall write an essay of no more than one page explaining such satisfying experiences that meet the criteria while they have been in high school. The essay shall outline an intended path of study and include professional goals beyond their higher education. Established in 1995, the Dolores Maruka Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Mrs. Maruka by her family, now designated as the Ross and Dolores Maruka Memorial Scholarship. Ross was a charter member of the FSHS Foundation, Inc.
    SETH BURTON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP for leadership and/or a cross- country participant.
    ANTHONY PIZATELLA SCHOLARSHIP for a career in social work, counseling or other related therapy field. This scholarship was funded in 2000 by family and friends of Anthony Pizatella, a member of the class of 1973.
    REX STALNAKER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP for technology training was established in 2003 by his loving family for the 1998 FSHS graduate.
    BOB "BIG D" DeLORENZO SCHOLARSHIP for scholar athlete attending WVU. Application available through his family at
    DAVIDSON FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP shall be made available to seniors who have declared their intended college major to be a branch of engineering leading to a four year (or greater) bachelor of science degree in electrical, mechanical, industrial or computer engineering from an accredited college or school of engineering. Secondary consideration shall be given to seniors who have declared their intended college major to be in a business related field leading to a four year (or greater) bachelor of science degree in business administration, marketing, management, economics, accounting, or finance from an accredited college or school of business.
    POSHADEL SCHOLARSHIP for an outstanding math student is no longer available but recognized here for former donation by Poshadel family.
    FRANK DIMARIA SCHOLARSHIP is for a student studying English, foreign language, or guidance counseling.
    RICK AND LINDA PARKER RIVESVILLE SCHOLARSHIP is a $1,000 award to selected Rivesville/Fairmont Senior student commencing 2011-2012 school year. Worthy student will be identified via criteria established (top grades, character, school involvement). Annual scholarship may not be awarded if there is no qualified recipient.
    BROGAN RADDISH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP, established 2013, which would have been her year of graduation, shall be awarded to an applicant majoring in a medical field.

FSU, FSHS partner for new initiative

Promise Beyond Scholarship funded


FAIRMONT — Less than a mile apart, Fairmont State University and Fairmont Senior High School have formed a partnership toward a great cause, and guests at the North Marion and FSHS basketball game on Wednesday night had a sneak preview of what is to come.

A number of FSHS students attending FSU in the fall will be receiving funding toward their tuition costs through the Promise Beyond Scholarship initiative.

FSU will offer up to $100,000 in scholarships, and both institutions are encouraging parents to attend a special Financial Aid Information night at FSHS at 5:40 p.m. Monday. Information will also be posted on their Edline website, and phone calls will be made to every home with a FSHS student to inform them of the opportunity.

As a Fairmont State and FSHS graduate, principal Chad Norman is more than appreciative for this opportunity for his high school seniors.
“Nothing could please me more than to see this partnership, these two fine institutions, work together for the betterment of our local youth,” Norman said. “We have an opportunity. We have the greatest resource here in this county with a fine university, a National Blue Ribbon school, working together collectively.”

The Promise Beyond Scholarship initiative caters to those students who just missed the qualifications for the Promise Scholarship. Students must have maintained at least a 2.5 GPA and scored an 18 on their ACT.

Candy Byerley and Denise Temple, both FSHS counselors, have been in the process of determining which students would fall into that category. Applications will be presented to those identified students. FSU plans to distribute these scholar­ships to those qualified students in the near future.

After seeing the enthusiasm from the FSHS staff, Dr. Quentin Johnson, senior vice president of enrollment and student services, was even more optimistic that this initiative would be a success. “It’s really a win-win situa­tion,” he said. “We’re excited and very, very proud that FSHS is taking the lead to say, ‘Let’s do this.’ This one, I think, is going to make a difference and get people talking and get some synergy going up at Fairmont that we haven’t had in a while, so we’re excited.”

For Dr. Maria Rose, interim president, this is a great opportu­nity for FSHS students and one that she and her staff are anxious to eventually bring to other high schools throughout Marion, Harrison, and Monongalia coun­ties.

“It means absolutely every­thing to us because we certainly recruit heavily from the local three-county region of Marion, Harrison and Monongalia coun­ties,” she said. “We’re hoping this will make the difference, and will encourage them to come to our institution.”

With all of the hidden resources available for these stu­dents, including their instructors and average class size, FSU admissions counselor Michael Ross has confidence that these students will fare well.

“I think those are types of things that if we can show a stu­dent that we still are concerned about you and we still want you to be successful at our school by offering that scholarship to do that, I think it’s going to be a good way to help them see that the community and the schools around here, we care about them,” Ross said.

Giving them encouragement and reason to believe in their potential, FSU is proud of its local students.

“We’re just really proud of our local students,” Lori Schoonmaker, interim associate director of admissions and recruitment, said. “We want to work with them, and with the help of FSHS we’ve been able to provide some assistance to those students and I’m really excited about that.”



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