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•   Caleb Tarleton (1954)  11/23
•   D. D. Meighen (1963)  11/8
•   Jo Claire Nestor (Hostutler) (1954)  11/7
•   William Hostutler (1954)  11/7
•   Linda Elsey (Levine) (1972)  10/5
•   Robert S. Radabaugh (1997)  10/2
•   Gregg Michael Pearson (1965)  9/7
•   Patricia Ann Piscitelli Scott (1965)  9/4
•   Robert Martin (Marty) Johnson (1971)  8/28
•   George Webner Ash (1945)  8/24
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•   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
•   Larry Bonasso (1979)  12/2
•   Jenifer Hadley (Eates) (1991)  12/2
•   Andrea Reed (Keener) (1964)  12/2
•   Judy Criss (Davisson) (1964)  12/4
•   Linda Lou Leroy (Shriver) (1960)  12/4
•   Carol Ann Christian (Thompson) (1960)  12/6
•   Charles William Larrison (1967)  12/6
•   Matthew Merrifield (2001)  12/6
•   Chuck Welty (1960)  12/6
•   Lisa R. Hall (1984)  12/7
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Who lives where - click links below to find out.

4 live in Alabama
15 live in Arizona
3 live in Arkansas
16 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
11 live in Kentucky
3 live in Louisiana
2 live in Maine
47 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
62 live in Ohio
1 lives in Oklahoma
2 live in Oregon
56 live in Pennsylvania
1 lives in Rhode Island
40 live in South Carolina
16 live in Tennessee
23 live in Texas
1 lives in Vermont
81 live in Virginia
4 live in Washington
443 live in West Virginia
1 lives in Wisconsin
2 live in Wyoming
1 lives in Argentina
2 live in Japan
1 lives in Spain
1 lives in Switzerland
1 lives in United Kingdom
11,573 location unknown
978 are deceased

Rewind for 11/30/15




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.


1.  The address of FSHS Foundation  P.O. Box 91, Fairmont, WV 26555-0091.  Inquiries may be sent by email to

2.  Seats in the auditorium remain available for sponsorship for $200.00.  A plate with three lines of information will commemorate the donation.

I am in touch with the yearbook advisor who has copies of Maple Leaves from the 60s to 2000 for $30.00. Send me a message if your are interested in purchasing a copy so she can check on availability.

 Lincoln Life Membership
The FSHS Foundation recognizes the generous support of a $500.00 donation on a plaque in the main hallway of FSHS

Mr. and Mrs. Ross Maruka

Mr. and Mrs. Edgar O Barrett

Mr. and Mrs. Gary D. Morgan

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Wakefield

Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Conley

Mario J. Roman

Dr. and Mrs. Robert C. Thompson

Orlando and Virginia Meffe

Virginia and Peale Davidson

Nick and Carmella Fantasia

        Dr. Mohammad Roidad         

Bill and Linda Furgason

Dr. Stanard and Linda Swihart

Janice, Stephanie, and Megan Denison

Thomas Bradley Miller

Thomas S. Miller, M.D.

Adam S. Miller

Mrs. Carroll Ramage

William South

Drs. Prasad & Pramada Devabhaktuni

James P. Davidson III

Anne Bomar

Dr. Jack & Mary Ellen Koay

Tom & Lori Kliethermes & family

Diane Hutchinson Parker

Sara Harrold Miller

William Beckers

Jennifer Brumage Tombaugh

Becky Hoult Cassidy

Robert Petres, M.D.

Thomas Llewellyn

Carol Amos and Linda Morgan happily announce the launch of a Facebook page as they continue to research and write a book documenting the history of Fairmont Senior High School.  Join us, won't you?

Submit memories about FSHS, the quintessential school of excellence, which prepares students for the future while preserving the building and its rich history. 

Graduates, faculty, parents, and the community of Fairmont WV are part of the history of Fairmont Senior High School.  As Carol Ballah Amos and Linda Orr Morgan research and write a history of the school, we invite all those interested to share memories and/or pictures for consideration in the publication.

Voices From Fairmont Senior High School

We welcome and encourage your comments and ask contributors to maintain dignity and decorum appropriate to the mission of documenting the diverse history of an institution. LOM and cja will moderate comments using these guidelines:

Please keep comments relevant. Irrelevant, inappropriate, or offensive comments may be edited and/or deleted.

No profanity. No spam. No sexually explicit or discriminatory material. No personal attacks.

The responses remain public. All readers can enjoy reminiscing about the high school experience. If your comment is chosen for the publication, editing may be necessary. 

Ask your friends to LIKE the page and join the discussion.

If you are not on Facebook and would like to submit a story or pictures, please send to

National Blue Ribbon School

Fairmont Senior was named as a National Blue Ribbon 

Class of 1966 Reunion

Save the Dates:

Class of 1966 will convene at the Fairmont Field Club on September 24, 2016 for their 50th class reunion.  Contact Cecilia Gallucci Price for more details or see updates here.

If you enjoyed dancing to Pee Wee and the Prophets at the Melody Manor or other dance clubs in the area, reminisce with this recording shared on YouTube.

Congratulations to the 2015 Foundation Scholars

Seth Burton Memorial Scholarship-- Bethany Anne McPherson 
Anthony Pizatella Scholarship--Kayla Marie DeLorenzo 
Rex Stalnaker Memorial Scholarship--Steven Matthew Riggleman
South Fairmont Rotary Scholarship--Michael Anthony Shaw
Davidson Family Scholarship--Dalton Alexander Okel
Brogan Raddish Memorial Scholarship--Holly Lynne Bogdanich

Ross and Dolores Maruka Scholarship--Sarah Marie Topardo

Baylee Alexis Abbott  

TingTing Chen

Sarah Emily Cox 

Francisco Misael Guerrero

Sean Michael Riggleman

Halie Kay Rooks

Rick and Linda Parker Scholarship

Landon Paul Owens

Madison Allyssa Schell

Program of Dedication - 1929  Click on Mission/History

Create a profile to receive free monthly newsletter:  Follow directions below to create a profile.  Graduates must verify interest in receiving newsletter email by registering.  Please tell classmates and spread the word.  

Note the box in the upper right.  To register click JOIN HERE

You will arrive at a restricted page.  (Created to protect everyone’s identity)

If you are already a member please log in at the top grey box.  Update essential information. 

If you have not registered use the system password (*email for newest password) then click Go!

Please click the arrow in the upper left to continue registration.

Under Classmate Profiles, click your year of graduation.

When the list of graduates appears, click on your name.

When registration is complete, click SAVE and I shall verify your identity.

Private information like your email address, home address, and phone numbers will not be visible to fellow classmates unless you check the box that gives your permission.

Your registration will satisfy the classcreator requirements and you will receive the free monthly newsletter.  It will also assist classes with planning reunions without expense of mailings.

Don't forget you can log back into your account any time by using the gray login box in the upper right corner of our site's home page at

WFHS-TV of Fairmont Senior High School continues a partnership with the Times West Virginian since 1999.  


Photo credit to Aaron Naternicola:  December 11, 2014 before home wrestling match

Visit the school website for calendar, forms, and announcements:

See the new brochure under announcements below to assist with school projects supported by FSHS Foundation, interested alums, and the community.

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

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.


59210  Can you guess what it's counting?


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


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

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



Scroll to first announcement below:          

    Fairmont Senior High School Polar Bears group on Facebook

FSHS Foundation, Inc. expresses appreciation to our Fairmont neighbors and supporters of Fairmont Senior High School.  The FSHS Foundation, established in 1992, continues to provide opportunities for Polar Bears through scholarships, teacher grants, and major improvements such as the $350,000.00 restoration of the auditorium.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, here’s how you can help improve our school.


Fairmont Senior High School Foundation, Inc.
Attention: Ed Cheslock, Treasurer
PO Box 91
Fairmont WV 26555-0091

Executive Board members:  Virginia Davidson, Ed Cheslock, Tom Kliethermes, Jeff Carpenter,  Darlene Boyles, Principal Tyson Furgason, Eddie Parker, 
Vera Sansalone, Rodney Stewart, Penny Cousins Roberts, Gina Ezelle, Leah Welty, Matt Delligatti, and Suellen Lemley.  Vera, Rodney, Darlene, and Eddie have profiles on Facebook. 




FSHS NEWSLETTER FROM CAROL J. AMOS            Happy Thanksgiving        

If you do not want to receive the news just respond with Unsubscribe in the Subject Line along with your class year.  Feel free to share with anyone who would like to read this information.  They are invited to register with me and I can send it directly to them.  This document is a personal creation and is not an official statement by FSHS.  Although I make every effort to verify the facts, mistakes can be made.  Please advise me of any errors. I would like the chance to make any corrections.  I do not want any misinformation circulating.  I’ll correct them in the next newsletter. If you forward this or any other newsletter to other individuals, please credit the source and send or print the newsletter intact. To see pictures and other special features visit   Be sure to put my address in safe email list in address book along with so newsletters and emails go through to inbox.  If you don't designate it as safe it will likely go to junk mail.


Maple Leaves:  Many have inquired about buying a copy of Maple Leaves.  The FSHS yearbook advisor, Rebecca DeWitt, has many surplus yearbooks from the 60s to the 00s. She is selling them for $30 each, less if there is cover damage.  

Send queries directly to her and she can reply as to the availability, set up a purchase time, etc. If no response, please contact

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 in a special event this spring. 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. 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: Principal Tyson Furgason requests artifacts for loan or donation to depict the history of FSHS.

LOM and I continue our research on a book about the school we both love. Please send memories of a page or two. All vignettes will be considered for publication.  We want stories from your school experience i.e. favorite teacher, assembly, thuse, East-West spirit week, club, class, sport, friendship...literally a vignette is a brief evocative description, account, or episode.

Pictures of special school events would be greatly appreciated.

Auditorium project: all seats in the balcony still need sponsorship except front row center, which is named by Deacon Duvall (1934), which was his assigned seat when he was a freshman.  Tom Llewellyn sponsored three seats on the front row balcony section for his family AA40, AA41, and AA42, which were their season family seats.  Sara Harrold Miller has the seat next to the legend. She also generously became a lifetime member of the Foundation with a $500.00 donation. Her name is engraved on a plaque of distinction in the main hall next to the office along with the other Lincoln Life members listed below.  

Mr. and Mrs. Ross Maruka
Mr. and Mrs. Edgar O Barrett
Mr. and Mrs. Gary D. Morgan
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Wakefield
Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Conley Mario J. Roman
Dr. and Mrs. Robert C. Thompson Orlando and Virginia Meffe
Virginia and Peale Davidson
Nick and Carmella Fantasia
Dr. Mohammad Roidad
Bill and Linda Furgason
Dr. Stanard and Linda Swihart
Janice, Stephanie, and Megan Denison Thomas Bradley Miller
Thomas S. Miller, M.D.
Adam S. Miller
Mrs. Carroll Ramage
William South
Drs. Prasad & Pramada Devabhaktuni James P. Davidson III
Anne Bomar
Dr. Jack & Mary Ellen Koay
Tom & Lori Kliethermes & family Diane Hutchinson Parker
Sara Harrold Miller
William Beckers
Jennifer Brumage Tombaugh
Becky Hoult Cassidy
Robert Petres, M.D.
Thomas Llewellyn
Gary Earp 

A $200.00 donation to sponsor a seat in the auditorium to the Foundation is acknowledged with a plate on the seat.  Make checks out to FSHS Foundation with auditorium as the memo and send to PO Box 91 Fairmont WV  26555-0091  Attention:  Ed Cheslock, treasurer.  I'll list the designated seats by row in future newsletters and on the website.

SOCCER:  BECKLEY — To knock off defending state champion and perennial West Virginia boys high school soccer power Charleston Catholic in Saturday’s Class AA-A state championship game, it was going to take a monumental effort and perhaps a little luck.

Fairmont Senior got both.

Senior Caleb Anselene poked a loose ball into the net off a corner kick from twin brother Justin Anselene with just more than three minutes to play to provide the difference and the Polar Bears beat the Irish 3-2 to claim their first state title in program history.

The Polar Bears (21-3-1) played with 10 players for the final 23 minutes after junior Aaron Saymansky was issued a red card for shoving Catholic’s Kendy Peyton to the ground. Catholic’s Lucas Gocke was also kicked out of the game with just more than 13 minutes remaining in the second half, but because he was issued two yellow cards as opposed to a straight red card, the Irish did not have to play a man down.

Despite still being a player down, the ejection lit a fire under the Polar Bears that propelled them to a state championship.

“It seemed like right after that we picked our game back up,” Fairmont Senior coach Jim DeNardi said. “We started playing better. We started pushing the defensive back line up and we were getting our offense together again after that stretch of not doing much but clearing the ball out of our end. Once that happened and we started getting our offense back, I thought we had the better opportunities.”

Fairmont Senior opened the scoring in the first half when sophomore Ike Swiger beat Catholic goalkeeper Ethan Malinowski with a shot in the 19th minute. Catholic (19-1-1) responded with a goal from junior Luke McKown two minutes later.

The Polar Bears went back on top late in the half when Caleb Anselene assisted on a goal to Justin Anselene in the 36th minute.

“I thought Fairmont Senior played a good game,” said Catholic assistant coach Sam Fox, standing in for head coach Dom Cipollone, who declined to take part in the postgame interview session. “They possessed the ball well and from our perspective, we never got in front of the game. We were always playing from behind and even when we were a man up, we felt the momentum and felt like we were going to get that next goal, and it just never came.”

Catholic senior Joey Trupo, the Gazette-Mail Kanawha Valley Player of the Year, was held scoreless for a second consecutive game but did have one very good opportunity in the first half on a diving header that was saved by Fairmont Senior’s Childers at point-blank range.

Saturday’s game was Fairmont Senior’s third appearance in a boys' soccer state title game. The Polar Bears lost to Parkersburg 1-0 in 2005 and fell 5-0 against Charleston Catholic in 2013, when the current Polar Bear seniors were freshmen.

For Charleston Catholic, it was the first state championship game loss for the program in six appearances (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014).

All-State AA-A recognition by West Virginia Sports Writers Association:  F — Ike Swiger, sophomore, Fairmont Senior; M — Justin Anselene, senior, Fairmont Senior; D — Aaron Semansky, junior, Fairmont Senior; Second Team—F — Caleb Anselene, senior, Fairmont Senior; Honorable mention:  David Childers, Fairmont Senior; Nick Mazeon, Fairmont Senior; Robbie Potesta, Fairmont Senior; - See more at:

Second-round shootout Fairmont Senior defeats Keyser 58-42 in playoffs


FAIRMONT— Two teams with vastly different approaches engaged in a shootout Friday night in a ClassAA second-round playoff game at East-West Stadium with Fairmont Senior emerging victorious 58-42 over the Keyser Golden Tornado.

The Polar Bears, coming off a first-round victory over Lincoln, were focused on their aerial attack against the ground-dominated Golden Tornado.

Both squads had success offensively with what they were trying to do, with both teams combining not only for 100 total points, but also 1,057 yards of total offense.

Early on, Keyser’s rushing attack set the pace for the game.

In the first half, the Golden Tornado ran the ball for 305 yards and 27 total points with quarterback Brady Ours rushing for two touchdowns and Deavante Johnson and Colten Rodeheaver scoring once each.

The Polar Bears kept pace with the Golden Tornado in the first half, although they did so through the air.

Senior quarterback Dominic Smith threw the ball 23 times in the first half for 221 yards, connecting on touchdown passes to Michael Toothman, Bryson Gilbert and Nick Davisson.

With Fairmont Senior trailing 27-18 in the final minute of the first half, Keyser drove the ball to the Polar Bears’ 39 yard line and looked to set up a screen pass.

Gilbert, however, read the pass and intercepted it before racing 61 yards for a touchdown.

A missed extra point and three failed two-point conversions were the difference at the half and Keyser carried a 27-24 lead into the locker room. 

As the second half began, the Fairmont Senior defense got a few key stops that changed the course of the game. 

After the Polar Bears engaged on a long drive that ended with a Gilbert 2-yard touchdown run, they captured their first lead of the game and forced the Golden Tornado to play frombehind, limiting their rushing attack. 

Throughout the game on several third downs, the Fairmont Senior pass rush got after Ours, compiling six sacks in the game, with Jake Abbott picking up one and brothers, Darius and Dante Stills, each picking up 2.5. 

The Stills brothers and the rest of the Polar Bears combined for 17 tackles for loss over the course of the game. 

Keyser did battle to take the lead back after a 26-yard pass from Ours to Johnson, but Fairmont Senior put their foot to the gas and continued to move the ball with ease. 

Once Smith completed a 21yard touchdown pass to Michael Nuzum, Fairmont Senior captured the lead 38-34 and never looked back. 

Smith completed 27-of-40 passes in the game for a total of 427 yards and threw six touchdowns to five players in the game. 

Joseph Leon, Nick Davisson, Gilbert, Nuzum and Toothman all caught touchdown passes in the game, with Davisson and Gilbert breaking 100 yards and Leon coming up just short of the centurymark at 99.

Smith’s big night put him at 3,031 passing yards on the season with 34 touchdown passes, which is believed to be the best performance by any quarterback in school history. 

Abbott credited the Polar Bears’ offensive line with a hard-fought game that allowed them to protect Smith in the pocket and allow him to find his receivers. 

Gilbert led the way on the ground, rushing for 70 yards on seven carries and scoring three touchdowns on offense to go along with his defensive score. 

Coming from behind, the Golden Tornado’s rushing attack, which gained 397 yards in the game, could not keep them in it late.

Keyser picked up one touchdown in the fourth quarter on an Ours run, but it wasn’t enough and the Polar Bears won the game 58-42. 

They now advance to play Big 10 rival Bridgeport this Friday at 7:30 on the Indians home turf.  I'll post the results on the school website.


Posted: Sunday, November 22, 2015 11:51 pm  Staff report

BECKLEY — The Beckley YMCA pool was surrounded by 127 swimmers on Saturday for the first Southern Coal-fields Classic Swim Meet, co-hosted by Shady Spring, PikeView and Woodrow Wilson high schools.

Fairmont Senior High School won both the boys and girls team titles.

FAIRMONT — Both the boys’ and girls’ swimming teams from Fairmont Senior dominated the competition at the first annual Southern Coalfields Classic at the Beckley YMCA on Saturday.

The boys’ team won its side of the event with 165 points while the girls’ team scored 198 points to win. Hampshire was second on both sides with 114 and 97, respectively.

The Polar Bears picked up numerous wins on the day from both sides.

On the boys’ side, individual winners included Isaac Kinder in the 200-meter freestyle, Jacob Ralston in the 100-meter butterfly and Ben Stewart in the 100-meter breaststroke.

On the girls’ side, individual winners included Meredith Muller in the 200-meter freestyle and the 400-meter freestyle, Kelsie Drennen in the 200-meter IM and the 100-meter butterfly, Adrianna Abruzzino in the 50-meter freestyle and the 100-meter backstroke and Lydia Demyon in the 100-meter freestyle.

Relay teams to pick up wins included the girls’ 200-meter medley relay team of Abruzzino, Savannah Moore, Drennen and Muller; the boys’ 200-meter medley relay team of Max Stewart, Ben Stewart, Kinder and Jeremy Sheppard; the girls’ 200-meter freestyle relay team of Abruzzino, Leah Mazelon, Moore and Drennen; the boys’ 200-meter freestyle relay team of Ben Stewart, Austin Joseph, Kinder and Sheppard; the girls’ 400-meter freestyle relay team of Muller, Kerry Carpenter, Audrey Hannah and Demyon; and the boys’ 400-meter freestyle relay team of Kinder, Max Stewart, John David Smith and Sheppard.

Other individuals to score points for the Polar Bears included Abby Wadsworth (2nd in girls’ 200 free, 3rd in girls’ 100 backstroke), Moore (4th in girls’ 200 IM, 5th in girls’ 100 breaststroke), Mazelon (2nd in girls’ 50 free, 6th in girls’ 100 breaststroke), Bright (5th in girls’ 50 free), Max Stewart (2nd in boys’ 100 backstroke, 3rd in boys’ 200 IM), Sheppard (2nd in boys’ 50 free), Ben Stewart (3rd in boys’ 50 free), Smith (2nd in boys’ 100 fly), Hannah (4th in girls’ 100 breaststroke, 5th in girls’ 100 free), Joseph (2nd in boys’ 100 free, 3rd in boys’ 100 breast), Gage Monteon (2nd in boys’ 400 free), Demyon (2nd in girls 100 backstroke) and Ralston (4th in boys’ 100 breast).

Other relay teams to score points included the girls’ 200 medley team of Demyon, Mazelon, Carpenter and Bright (2nd); the boys’ 200 medley team of Smith, Joseph, Ralston and Hunter Corley (2nd); the girls’ 200 free team of Bright; Wadsworth, Carpenter and Hannah (3rd); and the boys’ 200 free team of Christopher Ash, Smith, Corley and Ralston (3rd).

Fairmont Senior is off until Dec. 5 when the Polar Bears swim at the Rotary Invitational at the Clarksburg YMCA.

1963 with the organization of Gary Earp and others in the class the group came together to celebrate the occasion of their 70th birthday year.  

SPECIAL thanks to Greg DeVito for providing a command performance of the Madrigals.  Prior to their annual photo op on the grounds at Ross Funeral Home, they shared their beautiful a cappella music.

Gary and Bonnie Earp donated $500.00 to the Foundation and became life members.  If others in the class want to give back to the school that we love, please contact me

They also donated their daughters’ beautiful Madrigal costumes to the group.  

Additional thanks to Rick Ressenger for sharing an amazing photo of the All-State Band with an unprecedented five bandsmen who travelled to Seattle for the World’s Fair in 1962.  Those who auditioned and were chosen to represent the school and the state were Don DeLuca, Rick Ressegger, John Chamberlain, Philip Hatfield, Don Wood, Carol McGowan, and Mary Beth DeLaReintrie.  Walter Moore served as president of Band Masters Association.

Trollies:  When did the trollies stop running in Fairmont?  I have a friend who is interested in pictures of the railroad in Fairmont, especially the front of the Round House in Bellview.


1. Mark your calendar-- Elimination dinner to be held April 15, 2016 at the Knights of Columbus. Cost $50.00 and tickets will be available beginning in December. 

2. Ramage Scholarship presented to two worthy graduates of FSHS who have entered a medical field at West Virginia University-- Andrew Marra in dental school and Camille Leon in medical school. 

3. Megan Brown received a mini-grant for the purpose of purchasing 10 new sewing machines and fabric/notions for her Fashion classes in the Family and Consumer Science Program 

4. Welcome two new Lincoln Life Members-- Thomas Llewelyn, Class of 1962 and Gary Earp, Class of 1963.

FSHS Foundation appreciates all the support from alumni who have made donations or purchased school prints, ornaments of the school and postcards with fall and summer scenes. The enthusiasm shown by graduates during the tours of the school displayed their continued "Polar Bear Pride."


P.O. Box 91

Fairmont, WV 26555-0091

Mural from First Methodist, recently razed, is now in Visitor’s Center.  As Jim Pitrolo mentioned at the class reunion, that was the Children’s Shelter which was disassembled and reassembled on the Gateway Connector.

DD Meighan needs  a 1962 Hi-Life from fall.  Please let me know if you would copy and share.

Thespians established in Spring, 1929  **FSHS is #2, chapter

"In a small West Virginia town, three educators—Dr. Paul Opp, a professor at Fairmont State College, Harry Leeper, a teacher at East Fairmont High School, and Ernest Bavely, Opp's secretary—begin a series of meetings to discuss the creation of an honorary organization for high school theatre students. In short order they have written a constitution and a member induction ceremony. The organization, which will consist of troupes of students who earn membership by doing good work in their school's theatre program, will be called National Thespians ("Non-secret, non-social"). A charter for Thespian Troupe 1 is issued to Natrona County High School in Casper, Wyoming, where Dr. Earl Blank, who had made the original suggestion for the honorary society to Paul Opp, is a teacher."

June, 1929  By the end of the 1928-29 school year, seventy-one troupes are chartered in twenty-six states.

Read more about the international organization started in a “small town in WV” FAIRMONT.

30 Year Reunion  for class of 1986  Save the Date  July 29/30, 2016.

“William Keefe Mason, class of 1981, contact Dennis

We found a class ring on a railroad track in Orrington Maine from the class of 1981, we think part of the name is William Keefe something.  If you know him have him contact me.” 

**Anne Bomar or anyone in the class, please advise William of this discovery as he does not subscribe to the newsletter.  Mike Brummage returns to WV for a prestigious position and meets with President Barack Obama.

Here is your TV19 Schedule for Nov. 2015 on Time-Warner Cable.

NOV 2015 TV19 SCHEDULE: All programs on web at:  

Program on web at

07:00             INTRODUCTION     

07:02             FATHER RODNEY TORBIC

07:22             UNITED WAY VEASEY GOLF

07:30             ITALIAN FESTIVAL  PARADE

07:45             DANCING WITH THE STARS: 2015

09:21             POLE VAULTER DAVID TORK

09:30             INTRODUCTION



11:22             DISASTER EXPO

11:42             HISTORICAL MUSEUM TOUR

11:49             VETERANS PLAZA PROGRAM: 06/24/13

12:00             COUNTY COMMISSION            09/16/15

12:43             RONNIE JONES & MATHENY

12:48             CITY COUNCIL                             09/22/15

01:15             COUNTY COMMISSION             09/23/15

01:37             COUNTY COMMISSION             10/07/15

02:36             CITY COUNCIL                             10/13/15

03:17             DAVID TORK                                10/13/15

03:24             COUNTY COMMISSION              10/21/15

03:50             52nd REUNION of 1963 CLASS    10/01/15

04:00             CONSUMER NEWS -200

04:23             CONSUMER NEWS -201

04:46             CITY MANAGER TIMELINE           10/26/15

04:51             ROBIN GOMEZ-PUBLIC FORUM 08/20/15

05:14             WILLIAM “SPORT” HOLLOWAY

05:27             WOMEN’S NETWORK                   09/10/15

05:39             SWAP MEET INTRO- 2015            10/23/15

05:41             SWAP MEET 2013                         10/23/15

06:05             DIANE HUTCHINSON PARKER    12/06/14

06:16             2009 VETERANS PARADE            11/14/09


"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

Lenora Lee Franks, 69, of Fairmont, passed away Wednesday (Nov. 18, 2015) at Ruby Memorial Hospital.

Lenora was born Nov 8, 1946, in Baltimore, Maryland, the daughter of Jack and Norma Corbin.

She was a longtime member of LIFE United Methodist Church. She graduated from Fairmont Senior High School in 1964 and from Fairmont State College with a degree in education. She taught adult education at the White School for 18 years and was a member of the National Literacy Volunteers.

As a young adult, Lenora enjoyed water skiing and performed with the Woods Boat House Ski Team.

Lenora was a very special loving and caring person, and was a primary caregiver for her beloved family. She also loved animals, especially her canine companion, Cotton.

Survivors include children, Nikki Franks of Fairmont, Melissa VanEerdewyk of Katy and Zachary (Kodie) Franks of Fairmont; sister, Deborah (Robert) Barr of Columbus, Indiana; grandchildren, Marie Jones, Grady (Abby) Franks, Gage and Brodie Franks, and Raven and Jasmine Kronenwetter.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her in-laws, Doris and Harold Heater.

Honoring Lenora’s wishes cremation is planned, and a memorial service will be held at a later date with inurnment at the Masonic Cemetery in Shinnston.

Condolences may be sent to the family at or

Mildred Leasor Hale, 93, of Bridgeport, formerly of Fairmont, passed away on Wednesday (Nov. 18, 2015), at United Hospital Center in Bridgeport.

Mildred was born in Fairmont on April 19, 1922, a daughter of the late Robert Daniel Leasor and Vesta Thompson Leasor.

Mildred is survived by her two sons, Philip Hale of Bridgeport and Ned Hale and his wife Kim of New Jersey; her daughter, Barbara Lucinda “Cindy” Buffington and her husband Barry of Bridgeport; five grandchildren, Robert Buffington and his wife Cristy, Matt Buffington and his wife Tiffany, Drew Allen Hale and his wife Shawna, Jalen Hale and Colin Hale; and five great-grandchildren, Conner Buffington, Addyson Buffington, Sydnie Buffington, Kase Hale and Jaxon Hale.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Hale was preceded in death by her loving husband, Edwin Jackson “Jack” Hale; her brother, Keith Robert “Bud” Leasor; and her sister, Marian Scott.

Mildred was a graduate of Fairmont Senior High School and Fairmont State College and earned a master’s degree in home economics education from West Virginia University. She served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and worked as a school teacher at Fairmont Junior High School, Fairmont Senior High School and East Fairmont High School for more than 30 years. Mildred was a former member of Oakwood Road Church of Christ in Fairmont and a current member of the Bridgeport Church of Christ.

The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. today and from 10-11 a.m. Monday at Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with Evangelist Brent Gallagher officiating. A committal service will follow at Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens in Westover.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.fordfuneralhomes. com

Mr. John Carlson, age 49 years, a resident of Elkins, passed away Tuesday morning, October 20, 2015 at his home. He was born January 2, 1966 at Fairmont, a son of the late Christopher Carlson and Dorothy Updike Carlson who survives at West Union, WV. Also surviving is one son, Christopher Nichols, Farmington, WV, two sisters, Kari Carlson Coffindaffer, Lost Creek, WV and Angelia Carlson Mackey of Houston, TX. Also surviving are his former companion, Sheree Nixon, a special aunt Harriet Woods with whom he lived, a niece, Carissa Coffindaffer and a nephew, Carl Mackey. John attended the schools of Marion County, had worked at the 1863 Tavern and owned Express Towing and transported Classic Cars throughout the country. He was employed as a Sales Representative at Auto Zone at the time of his death. He was an advocate for the protection of animals and a member of Pet Helpers, Inc. of Fairmont, WV. At the request of John, his remains were cremated. The family will receive friends from 12:00 pm until 1:00 pm Saturday, October 24, 2015 at the Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, October 24th from the Tomblyn Funeral Home Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to Pet Helpers, Inc., 726 East Park Ave., Fairmont, WV 26554 in memory of John. The Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for John Carlson. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Thomas Patrick Harry, 68, of Fairmont, passed away Sunday (Oct. 11, 2015) at his home.

He was born April 28, 1947, in Fairmont, a son of the late Gazil and Louise (Carlomagno) Harry.

Tom was a graduate of Fairmont State College where he received a degree in education. He taught in both Marion County and Virginia.

Tom was Catholic by faith and attended St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, and had a great love and passion for the game of golf.

He is survived by his son, Gordon Thomas Harry of Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania; two uncles, Frank Carlomagno of Virginia and Joe Carlomagno of the D.C. area; his ex-wife, Nancy Brown of Fairmont; and a special friend, Linda Layman of Fairmont.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, William Joseph Harry.

Tom chose cremation as his final disposition, which is being arranged by Domico Funeral Home in Fairmont. A private graveside service will be held at a later date.

Condolences may be sent online at

We shall talk again soon.

Carol J. Amos, FSHS instructor, retired

"What we do shall be remembered." Camelot

“No day shall erase you from the memory of time.”  Virgil

Fairmont Senior High School--a National Blue Ribbon School

Voices From Fairmont Senior High School

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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.


Mountain Rescue is OUT!

Hi all! I am excited to tell you that the third book in my Mountain Girl trilogy is on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. These middle grade books are popular for their nostalgia and adventure. They tell the story of a girl coming of age on a farm in West Virginia and her efforts to help an uncle with Aspergers relate to the community and have a "normal" life. Miss Brown would be proud!

Diane Parker was kind, loving, thoughtful, funny (intentionally & unintentionally), gracious, smart & strong. She will be missed but has left a wonderful legacy in her children & grandchildren! Rest in peace, Gammy. Video created by Jill Carpenter Zundell.

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Diane's book, Daddy's Ledger, is reviwed below and remains available for sale.

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

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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

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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
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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 1931

The Class of 1931 included 119 graduates – 64 women, and 55 men.  These graduates faced a challenging world, to be sure.  During their lifetimes, the “war to end all wars” had been fought in Europe – some lost fathers, uncles, grandfathers in service to their country.  All too soon, these alumni would also be asked to serve.

As their junior year began, the Class of ’31 witnessed the stock market crash.  Economic anxieties that would be known as the Great Depression had begun to take a toll.  The country was rocked by bank failures, rising unemployment and loss of confidence in President Hoover.

Given these troubles, motion pictures were popular diversions.  Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights and Bela Lugosi, as Dracula, entertained movie audiences that spring.  Babe Ruth dominated the sports pages.  The Star Spangled Banner became the country’s official National Anthem.  Just before their Commencement, the Empire State Building was completed.  

The lives of several 1931 alumni were cut tragically short.  John Brandt died of illness in June, 1931; Hascall Thompson was killed in a car crash in November, 1932.  Kenneth Connor died in May, 1933.  Childbirth and the war took several classmates during the next decade; but most members of the Class of 1931 went on to pursue education, careers, homes and family.
These alumni served as coal miners, glass workers, bookkeepers and sales clerks.  Quite a few class members continued their education – primarily at Fairmont State Teachers’ College and West Virginia University.  They became accountants, engineers and teachers.  George Randall joined the WV State Police.  Mason Reger managed apple orchards, applying his graduate degree in horticulture.  And the Class of 1931 boasts at least three physicians:  Honor S. Forte, Seigle W. Parks and Bliss K. Shafer.

At least 85 members of the Class (72%) became married.  The records show that in two cases, both the husband and wife were members of the Class of 1931.  Jack Fear and Lucile Rice wed in 1936, in Fairmont; Floyd Patton and Sarah (Sally) Prickett also married.

At least 17 members of the Class of 1931 engaged in military service, responding to the call for enlistment during World War II.  The service of First Lieutenant John Comuntzis ended in tragedy in the South Pacific; he was among prisoners killed by the Japanese upon the sinking of the Shinyo Maru in September, 1944.  James Romano earned a Bronze Star for his service, and rose to the rank of Colonel in the Army Reserve.  William Higinbotham retired as a Lieutenant Colonel at the end of his military career, and is interred at Arlington Cemetery.  

Many 1931 graduates continued to live in Fairmont and other parts of West Virginia.  Half a dozen each made their way to Florida, to Texas, to Virginia.  A few relocated across the country:  to the Mid-Atlantic, the Northeast, the Midwest – even to the West Coast.

In spite of the challenging circumstances that the Class of 1931 encountered as they graduated from FSHS – or perhaps, because of them – these alumni forged productive, engaging lives.  You can read more about their stories through the Class Profile page on this site.  Some alumni have been more difficult to track.  We welcome your insights!  If you have information to share about any alumnus of the Class of 1931, please contact Carol Amos at

Researched and written by Anne Bomar

I have now published the book, "life in small bites - moments in time," and it can be found on in both soft cover and Kindle edition.

To find the e-book edition, you need to look search under the 'Kindle' tab on Amazon. This book is a collection of 50 or so entries that I thought provided life least for me.


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US News and World Report has ranked Fairmont Senior High School as the # 3 high school out of 128 high schools in the state. See article at

Fairmont Senior High School invites the community to visit the school on Monday, April 22, 2013 for an open house from 5-7.


Renovations at Fairmont Senior about to be unveiled

FAIRMONT — After more than two years of extensive, ongoing renovations, Fairmont Senior High School is almost ready to unveil its improvements.

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Renovations at Fairmont Senior about to be unveiled

FAIRMONT — After more than two years of extensive, ongoing renovations, Fairmont Senior High School is almost ready to unveil its improvements.

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US News and World Report has ranked Fairmont Senior High School as the # 3 high school out of 128 high schools in the state. See article at

FSHS awarded a Silver ranking by USNews



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