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•   Candace C. White (Calentine) (1975)  5/29
•   Barry Vingle  5/25
•   Randall K. Jordan (1975)  5/22
•   John Trach (1955)  5/22
•   Mary Jane Henderson (1972)  5/22
•   Bennie Ray Walters (1954)  5/22
•   John Carl Hendrick (1960)  5/21
•   Mari Polis (Rose) (1998)  5/18
•   Edgar Jaynes (1964)  5/4
•   Mary Black (1880)  4/25
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•   David Pyles (1965)  5/29
•   Joan Marie Toothman (Grubler) (1980)  5/29
•   Gretchen Knox (Smith) (1956)  5/30
•   Kay Pownell (Kropog) (1970)  5/30
•   Delbert Wayne Barrow (1962)  5/31
•   Stefanie Barrow (Hurst) (1989)  6/1
•   June Morris (Thompson) (1957)  6/1
•   Jerry Bellott (1975)  6/2
•   Jill D Campbell (Sanders) (1992)  6/3
•   Judith Ann Ehrgott (Jenkins) (1965)  6/3
•   Scott Messmore (1965)  6/3
•   Diane Pulice (Burnside) (1970)  6/3
•   Jon Stevenski (1986)  6/3
•   Morris E Brown Jr (1957)  6/4
•   Leslie Michelle Rohr (2002)  6/4
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Who lives where - click links below to find out.

4 live in Alabama
15 live in Arizona
2 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
12 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
54 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
77 live in Virginia
5 live in Washington
437 live in West Virginia
1 lives in Wisconsin
2 live in Wyoming
2 live in Japan
1 lives in Spain
1 lives in Switzerland
1 lives in United Kingdom
11,712 location unknown
845 are deceased

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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

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

Director C. Douglas Bunner and Carol J. Ballah Amos, retired teachers of Fairmont Senior High School provide this invitation for a special Memorial Day concert honoring our country, its veterans, and the great state of West Virginia.  I am very excited for the Sunday afternoon concert with Vocal Tapestry. "Favorites" selections will provide wonderful music, outstanding vocalists, and special moments.  On Sunday, May 31, at 3:00 PM, Vocal Tapestry will present a concert of patriotic, romantic, and spiritual songs in the sanctuary of Gateway United Methodist Church off the Gateway Connector at 301 Diamond Street in Fairmont WV turn off Merchant Street behind Rider Pharmacy. The selection of songs reflect the feedback the group has received from past-performance favorites. The hour-long program is intended as a celebration of the arrival of spring and a confirmation of joy and optimism! Please plan to join us!

Three selections with particularly poignant associations will highlight the show with narration by Dr. Bob Keefover and yours truly.  I am always honored to continue the tradition as a special favor to my childhood friend, C. Douglas Bunner.  I enjoy the best seat in the house.  

America’s prosperity has benefited through the natural and human resources of West Virginia.  Mountaineers are always free and treasure their home among the hills. Michael Garcia, West Virginia University’s Mountaineer Mascot, proudly presents our West Virginia State Flag accompanied by My Home Among the Hills.  He is a senior political science major from Fairmont and will be the third student to keep the mascot title in back-to-back years.  He is the 63rd WVU Mascot.  Michael we are proud to have you represent our Great State.

Veterans present for the ceremony represent those who participated in the Honor Flight and will be acknowledged by those present for the concert during the singing of America, The beautiful.  Our vast nation of diverse peoples must strive to become “one nation, under God” – “from sea to shining sea”!  In The “Times West Virginian” publication “Home of the Brave” the following statements were shared in honoring veterans: The people of Marion County enjoy a proud history of service to home and country.  Since before statehood,  West Virginia’s sons and daughters have sacrificed comfort and safety, risking their lives to defend America and America’s values.  Often, they have laid down those lives in foreign lands.  In many families, generations have willingly and honorably served.

For more than 200 years, they have answered the call: From the Revolutionary War, through the War between the States, World War I, World War II, the Korean Conflict to Vietnam, the Cuban missile crisis, actions in the Dominican Republic, and Bosnia and finally Operation Desert Storm, Operation Desert Freedom and the Wars on Terror.  Marion County’s best and bravest have given their all.  Please join us in recognizing those veterans present who recently participated in the Honor Flight to our nation’s capitol as organized by Delbert “Butch” Phillips and Aaron Hawkins. 

Vocal Tapestry would appreciate your attendance and continued support of the group.  As you depart, there will be an opportunity to contribute a token of your appreciation for our ongoing community endeavors.    

In the Welcome Room, there will be a few CDs available of past performances.  

Doug Bunner has always enjoyed arranging and composing music.  Since his 2006 retirement, he has written many pieces yet to be heard.  His benediction, God Be In Me, with traditional text, calls us to depart with a purpose.  May God bless you with joy, peace and prosperity.   Until  the next time…


Class of 1995 Reunion
Save the Dates:
Friday, September 18, 2015- Tailgate at the Polar Bear football game
Saturday, September 19, 2015- late morning tour of the renovated FSHS and evening dinner at Fairmont State University Falcon Center
More information coming soon!!!!
And, if you haven't done so already, please join our Fairmont Senior High School Class of 1995 Facebook page for the most updated information or contact Erin Hager at

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.

West Fairmont High School Class of 1965 on Facebook lists updates by Joe Asterino for the reunion. Its time to nail down attendance, gang. If you are attending our 50th, please send either $40 f single or $75 a couple to Mark Trach at 101 Avondale Road, Fairmont, W. Va. 26554. Make check out to "WFHS CLASS OF 65". Update on school tour to start at 1:00 pm on August 29th. Cost includes both Friday and Saturday night.

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

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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

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


Do you recognize the students in this picture?  Gary Delligatti posted it on Facebook and informs me that "From my perspective one of two people took this shot. One was my father , Raymond Delligatti some time in the mid to late 40's, the other was my aunt, Mildred "Pucky" Delligatti who graduated in late 50's."


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

1958-59 -- Mrs. Virginia Mullens -- 4th grade -- Barnes School  Sent to me by Susie Lavenchek Hawkins.  How many classmates can you identify?

Archival donations

Harriet Bachman White shared this picture on Facebook of Jayenne 6th Grade.  (teacher Mrs. Meyer, wife of Mayor Meyer).  Recognize anyone? Jimmy Farrell, Paige Neely, Bill Martin, Dick McWhorter, Nancy Spanabel, Carol Olsen, Bob Judy, Barbara Heater, David Joe, Judy Price, Lenny Oliveto, Jimmy Harki, Ray Sloan, Hank Wilt, Janis Bock, Becky Langford and me.

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.

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.


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



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.


52573  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.

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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Congratulations to Dalton Okel:  For the 2015 West Virginia University class of Bucklew Scholars, attending their state’s flagship university is all about opportunities – to become cardiologists and engineers, to study abroad, to discover, research, learn and grow.

It isn’t only the opportunities that WVU offers these 20 top-achieving West Virginia high school seniors in the classroom and beyond that will influence their decision about calling WVU home for the next four years. For many of these students, the prospect of using a WVU education to reciprocate those opportunities to the state that gave them roots was an integral part of their decision to join the Mountaineer family.

Activities and achievements: Dalton serves as president of the both the National Honor Society and the Mu Alpha Theta math honor society at his school. He sings with the Madrigal Chamber Choir and was selected for the All State Choir. He runs cross country and track and is a member of Key Club, Interact Club, student council and the science bowl and math field day teams. Dalton also had a summer internship with NASA and holds down a part-time job at a restaurant.

Plans: Dalton wants to attend West Virginia University. He plans to enroll in the engineering program, possibly majoring in mechanical and aerospace engineering.  He served as a NASA intern last summer.

Marion County’s Outstanding Seniors representing FSHS are Madison Craig, daughter of Doug and Mary Craig and Misael Geurrero, son of Francisco Geurrero and Silvia Atilno.

If you are attending our 50th, please send either $40 f or single or $75 a couple to Mark Trach at 101 Avondale Road, Fairmont, W. Va. 26554. Make check out to "WFHS CLASS OF 65". Update on school tour to start at 1:00 pm on August 29th. Cost includes both Friday and Saturday night. 

Travelstead and Craig named 2015 Times West Virginian Boys’ and Girls’ Lacrosse Players of the Year

FAIRMONT — When their teams needed a big play, both the girls’ and boys’ lacrosse teams from Fairmont Senior had one player that they would look to in crunch time.

For the boys’, it was junior Seth Travelstead and for the girls’ it was senior Maddi Craig, both of whom have been named the 2015 Times West Virginian lacrosse players of the year.

On the field, Craig and Travelstead led their teams all year through outstanding play in every facet of the game.

Maple Leaves for 1951 and 1952 are available for sale.  Contact:  Glenn Holzhauser at

I have a 1951 and 1952 Leaves yearbooks. Condition is good to very good. They are for sale. Suggested price $25 each or both for $40 plus shipping from Sandusky, Ohio 

Retired teacher Doug Bunner directs Vocal Tapestry in a concert on Sunday, May 31 Concert @ 3:00 PM at Diamond Street Church.  Called "Favorites" the Vocal Tapestry group provides concerts to the community several times a year.  I am honored to reprise my role as the voice of Vocal Tapestry for narration of the extraordinary production.  Join us, won't you.  


Lacrosse:  A dramatic comeback fell just short Monday as Fairmont Senior boys’ lacrosse team lost to Wheeling Park, 9-8, in the sectional quarterfinal ending their season.

Polar Bears secure first-round bye in playoffs:  The girls’ lacrosse team extended its winning streak to 11 as it remained undefeated after beating Morgantown recently 804 at East-West Stadium, securing the Polar Beas a bye in the first-round of the state playoffs.

FSHS girls’ lacrosse sweeps doubleheader 

Fairmont Senior’s girls’ lacrosse team swept a doubleheader with Preston and Wheeling Park, 10-4 and 20-2.

Against Preston, Ashley Harris and Megan Hannah led the way with three goals each, while Sarah Esposito added two and Justice Steele and Megan Stephenson added one each.  Aliyah Drake got the win in goal.

Against Wheeling Park, Sofia Sansalone scored four times, while Maddi Craig and Tressa Bonasso scored three times, Claire Craig, Ashley Bright and Steele scored twice, and Reina Edwards, Renzy Cochran, Sarah Cox and Esposito scored once.  Rainy Heston got the win in goal.

FSHS remains undefeated at 13-0 and plays George Washington on Tuesday for Cancer Awareness and Senior Night. 

Letters of Intent:  Fairmont Senior cornerback T.J. Jones signed his letter of intent to play football at Glenville State during a press conference at Fairmont Senior High School Tuesday.

Matt Strand  FAIRMONT — From his freshman year in high school, Fairmont Senior's Matt Strand knew he wanted to run in college. Four years later, Strand has made a decision on where to do just that.

On Monday, Strand signed to run both cross country and track at Concord University, a Division II school in the Mountain East Conference. 

Planning to major in Biology, Strand said it was academics that first led him to the Mountain Lions. But after visiting with the coaches, he knew it was the perfect fit. 

Strand said he plans to make an immediate impact for Concord in mid-distance events such as the 800-meter and 1,600-meter runs. 

FSHS tennis defeats North 

Fairmont Senior’s tennis teams beat North Marion on Thursday night, the girls winning, 4-3, and the boys winning, 5-2.

Fairmont Senior’s girls picked up wins at No. 3 and 4 singles and No. 2 and 3 doubles. Eviana Barnes won, 8-5, and Jasmine Johnson won, 8-0. Barnes/Johnson won, 8-0, in No. 2 doubles, while Morgan Hoke and Allie Shreeves won, 8-1 at No. 3 doubles.

For the boys, Logan Orton, Blake Hoke and Trey Giorcelli all won for FSHS in singles while Orton/Hoke won in No. 1 doubles.

No. 4 Trey Toland and the team of Sam Stalnaker and Toland won at No. 2 doubles.

Baseball:  Fairmont Senior's Ryan Valentine pitched a complete game, the Polar Bears had a big second inning and West outlasted North Marion in the Region I Section 3 elimination game Friday.

Fairmont Senior held on for an 11-8 victory after the Huskies had the winning run at the plate before Valentine fielded a ground ball and tossed it to first for the game's final out.

Valentine pitched all seven innings, striking out eight in the process.

Eight of nine batters for West had hits in the win, including 3-for-4 nights from Valentine and Austin Kuhn. Kuhn had two triples and four RBIs. Ryan Ricer also hit a two-run home run in the win. 

Fairmont Senior advances to play East Fairmont in the sectional title game Saturday at 1 p.m. If the Polar Bears win, the two teams will play a final game to decide the sectional champion. 

LINKS OF INTEREST:  Edgar Jaynes, class of 1964, writes a blog.  

Ted Dreisinger, class of 1966, has a book available on Amazon and writes a weekly blog.


Bunny Leggett Guido, class of 1972 walks in the Relay For Life to honor her husband J. P. Guido, class of 1970, who lost his battle with lung cancer last year.  “I am fighting in memory of JP. All are welcome to come join us on June 5th at East Marion Park(WaveTek pool). Lots of raffles, games, prizes and hoping for fireworks. Lots of fun with family and friends. JP STRONG!”

Dani Brake DeVito, class of 2003, writes about her mother, Mary Frances Piscitelli Brake, class of 1973.

“The Relay for Life is something that we've all heard about, but that not a lot of us have ever been to. Last year, I was able to hang out with my Mom at the Relay and even got to do the survivor lap with her. After that, I decided that I wanted to get involved with the fundraising, and was given that opportunity when our trivia team decided to start a Relay Team as well.

If you've never been to a Relay event, you should go. It really is a celebration. When my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago, it was extremely hard to hear. The good news was that they caught it early and that everyone was very positive that with surgery and a few rounds of radiation/chemo, she's win this fight. Mom did all of the above and after a few months, was in remission. About a year and a half later, she started having back pains. She went to the doctor and we found out that the cancer had actually moved to some of her bones, and that was what was causing her pain. This time around, I didn't take the news as well. I questioned a lot of things and just wondered why this was happening. My mom is an amazing and kind person and the thought that something like this would happen to her just didn't make sense to me. It took me a while to stop crying all the time, but I finally did. And then I went to the Relay. We all know that cancer touches millions of people each year, not just directly, but through fights of family, friends, co workers, etc, but being at an event that get all of those people in the same place was somehow very healing.

There are people that know what it feels like to have someone you love fighting cancer. There are people that are just as determined as you to come up with a solution. There are people out there striving to make life better for people they've never even met. It's a really amazing feeling.

I know that you all know people that are fighting this battle and unfortunately, we all know people that have lost this battle. Our support of the Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society makes sure that we continue to move forward in our fight to cure cancer. “

Relay For Life

Beginners Self Defense Class

Thursday, May 28 at 6:30

YWCA - Pleasant Valley

Sponsored by EFHS Class of '64

Donations based event 

All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life

Instructor -  Sansei Larry Carter...EFHS Class of '65 grad...a 5th degree Black Belt who  has been teaching Martial Arts and Self Self Defense for 30 years

Pre-registration Ann DeVault at or call 304-816-3945


"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

“John” David Sinclair, Ph.D., 72, of Evitskog, Finland, died April 6, 2015.

He was the son of the late John and June Biddle Sinclair. He was born March 28, 1943, in Bluefield and grew up in Fairmont.

He is survived by his wife, Kirsti Sinclair; his four daughters, Stephanie Sinclair Lappi and husband Jukka Lappi, and son Alarik, Joanna Sinclair and partner Samppa Siurala, Pamela Sinclair and husband Christian Sinclair, and children Cherina and Cedric, and Annette Sinclair and partner Olli Estola; and his sister, Vicki “Ani” Sinclair and her husband Steve Schweitzer of Eugene, Oregon.

His brother, Stephen Sinclair of Greenville, South Carolina, predeceased him in 2008.

He graduated from Fairmont Senior High School, attended Carnegie Tech University, got his bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati, and his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in psychology, doing research on alcoholism and the functioning of the brain.

His book, “The Rest Principle,” was published in 1981. After graduation in 1972, he moved to Helsinki, Finland, and worked in the ALKO Laboratories to continue his quest to find a new treatment for alcoholism. His work helped create many alcohol treatment clinics around the world.

In the last few years, he was the chief science officer with Lightlake Therapeutics, researching using a similar method for the treatment of binge eating until his retirement. He also was involved with creating a treatment for panic attacks using a pipe that reduces the amount of carbon dioxide being inhaled, working with Dr. Stephen Cox of Kentucky.

David was known for his artistic abilities from a young age. He completed a large mural in the old Fairmont Junior High School and another in a ballet dance studio downtown. In college he began studying physics and turned to psychology for his passionate research for alcohol treatments, eventually creating The Sinclair Method.

In honor of David’s life, his family requests that you learn about The Sinclair Method of alcohol treatment and then help others become educated about it.

The movie about it is called “One Little Pill” created by Claudia Christian and the book about it is “The Cure for Alcoholism” by Roy Eskapa, Ph.D.

The Sinclair Method is one of David’s greatest gifts to the world.


More about David Sinclair:

In 2006, It was fabulous to get this request and the news from David Sinclair, class of 1961.   It is a small world and FSHS provides a common bond for all graduates. " I have been having copies of your newsletter forwarded to me, but I would really like to have them sent directly. I am still doing research here in Helsinki with the National Public Health Institute. My previous discoveries are doing well - but more people need to learn about them - and we have some promising new ones. Our treatment for alcoholism with naltrexone was supported once again this year, this time by the largest clinical trial in the addiction field ever, called Project Combine. There now is a page on Wikipedia on the Sinclair Method: The treatment is  rather widely used here in Finland. In America, however, although it was approved by the FDA and most of the clinical trials have been done there, for some reason it is not yet commonly used. Some new clinical trials have now shown that our method also works for drug addiction, at least with heroin, cocaine, and amphetamine. We put up a web site to help develop these applications: The newest development is a promising new treatment for panic disorders. I was over in America in October, presenting the theory behind the treatment and arranging for a clinical trial we are starting in Finland. Personally, I got my first grandchild, Cherina, this year. I now live in a log cabin on 7 acres about 30 miles from town. I bought the place in the winter; when spring broke through I discovered I have a rhubarb farm: over 4000 prime rhubarb plants. And no idea what to do with them." Best wishes, David Sinclair, class of 61 

Sinclair's treatment method can be quickly summarized. Take an alcoholic patient and prescribe him or her some short-acting opioid antagonist medicine (probably in pill form) that he or she can take before drinking. Instruct the alcoholic person to take one of these pills shortly before they have a drink. Apart from the need to take their pill in advance of drinking, they are to keep drinking as they normally would. They are to do this every time they drink for the rest of their lives. If the alcoholic patients are able to comply, Sinclair suggests that their drinking rates will naturally decline over several months to normal or below normal social drinking rates. There will be no need for detoxification, because detoxification will occur naturally and gradually (and thus safely) over a period of months. There will be no need for psychotherapy such as relapse prevention, or alcoholics anonymous, because the craving for drink will actually gradually and naturally fall off with sustained use of the opioid antagonist medications as prescribed.

Patricia Ann Soles Haberbosch, 67, of Lumberport, passed away peacefully on May 11, 2015 after a brief struggle with cancer. Pat was born November 25, 1947, in Fairmont, the daughter of James “Jim” Soles and Roxie Shriver Soles. 

Pat married the love of her life Leonard “Len” Haberbosch, on December 30, 1967 after meeting and falling in love while both attending WVU as agricultural students.

In addition to her husband Len, she is survived by her three daughters; Amy Haberbosch and fiancé, Chad Wilson, Shinnston, Terri Haberbosch Bland and husband JJ Bland, Charleston, and Sandy Haberbosch, Shinnston; her six grandchildren, Lee, Sloane, and Alex Arco, and Drake, Eliah, and Gabby Bland, and her dog, Ruby. They owned several dogs throughout the years, and along with her husband, Len, she shared her love of animals and nature by owning and farming their own farms for 45 years.

Pat was the Executive Director of WVPTI, Inc., (West Virginia Parent Training and Information) and Family to Family Health Center, where she has spent 25 years devoting her life to helping families of children with disabilities. She graduated high school from Fairmont Senior High School and West Virginia University in Agricultural Sciences. She carried a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University, was a Certified Mediator from Atlanta Justice Center, Level I Sign Language Interpreter and First Responder. Pat had extensive professional development activities in the area of Federal/State Laws and services to children/families by US Dept. of Education, OSEP and OSEP funded projects; past and present Board Member of WV Advocates, State Rehabilitation Council, WV Interagency Coordinating Council (Birth to Three); ARC and several others; involved with WV Dept. of Ed, Office of Sp. Ed Programs, on the State Improvement Grant Management Team, State Performance Plan, and several others; provided presentations at local, regional, state-wide, and national conferences and meetings on rural service delivery, cultural diversity, transition, and State/Federal Laws; grant reviewer for US Dept. of ED, OSEP. She was the Coordinator of the Collaborating Network for Student Success (CNSS), a State Improvement Grant proposal and was recently appointed to the State Waiver Board. She was a 35 year volunteer for United Cerebral Palsy, and a member of the Pythian Sisters for over 40 years. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent in her name to the Lord’s Food Pantry at P.O. Box 64 Shinnston, WV 26431; 304-592-3005. Online condolences can be left on Patricia Soles Haberbosch’s Memorial Tribute at Harmer Funeral Home at

Be well, Polar Bears!  

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


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. 


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



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!

Class of 1995 Reunion
Save the Dates:
Friday, September 18, 2015- Tailgate at the Polar Bear football game
Saturday, September 19, 2015- late morning tour of the renovated FSHS and evening dinner at Fairmont State University Falcon Center
More information coming soon!!!!
And, if you haven't done so already, please join our Fairmont Senior High School Class of 1995 Facebook page for the most updated information or contact Erin Hager at
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.

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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A National Blue Ribbon School

 A West Virginia Exemplary School









A West Virginia School of Excellence

A Benedum Professional Development School

A 2007-2010 HSTW Pacesetter School

A 2008-2009 SWPBS "Exemplar" School

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



Amanda Oakes Shabatura--Polar Bear II from Pittsburgh Zoo



Fairmont Senior High School Fight Song



Amanda Oakes Shabatura shot video at Pittsburgh Zoo

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