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•   Madonna Jean Leonard (1967)  10/21
•   Eleanor Jane Byer Miller (1948)  10/19
•   Judy Criss (Davisson) (1964)  10/15
•   June Morris (Thompson) (1957)  10/15
•   Merinda Clayton (1975)  9/29
•   June Marie McIsaac (McIsaac) (1969)  9/22
•   Deborah Lynn Soles (Shaver) (1979)  9/19
•   Bradley Alan Fitzgerald (1976)  9/19
•   Pamela Sue Bentel (Yanero) (1968)  9/18
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Rewind for 10/24/14




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! 

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.

44180  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


FSHS NEWSLETTER FROM CAROL J. AMOS      October 20, 2014     

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Dennis Hermosilla:  FSHS student, class of 1973, teacher and coach has impacted the lives of so many over several decades.  He is now battling the greatest opponent of all and we ask for your help and support for him.  Pam Cousins Stalnaker, class of 1967, makes the following appeal:

Friends of Dennis and Patty Hermosilla, 

Dennis has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He is recovering from his recent surgery and is doing well. Dennis has made the decision to follow an alternative treatment plan with a doctor in Florida. This treatment is not covered by his insurance. 

Dennis will be leaving Fairmont October 26 for a minimum of six weeks. 

I know many of us would like to help Dennis during this difficult time. 

If you would like to make a contribution to help with his expenses, please send a check payable to Pam Stalnaker, and I will deposit the checks into an account I established in the past for my Make-A-Wish project. I will also give Dennis and Patty a list of his friends who have contributed to this fund. I'm hoping to give him some money before he leaves and continue to send him money as it arrives. 

Please feel free to pass along this information to others who may not be on any of these mailing lists.

Thank you for your support, 

Pam Stalnaker 

2 Outlook Road 

Fairmont, WV  26554 



Loss of a legend

‘Deacon’ Duvall, who coached Fairmont State to national title, dies at 97


FAIRMONT— The winningest coach in Fairmont State football history died late Thursday night in the Fairmont RegionalMedical Center.

Harold S. “Deacon” Duvall was 97 years old.

He had been a patient in St. Barbara’s Nursing Home for several weeks and prior to that was a patient in the assisted-living section of WishingWell.

It has been 47 years since Duvall led Fairmont State’s football team to the national championship, but he is still revered in the community for that outstanding accomplishment.

Until the past season or two, Duvall still enjoyed attending Fighting Falcon football and basketball games and usually managed to get to one or two of both each year.

But his health had been failing in recent years, and, as he would readily admit, most of his trips away from home were to visit one of his doctors.

“The university is very saddened by the death of coach Deacon Duval,” Fairmont State President Dr. Maria Rose said. “He certainly meant a lot to the Fairmont State football team and athletic program. He was more than just a football coach and continued to be a supporter of the university for many years.

“We were so pleased to be able to dedicate the statue in his honor and to be able to present him with a miniature of the statue so he knew what was going on and that his wife could be there at the presentation and convey all of the good wishes to Coach Duvall.”

Joe Retton was the Fairmont State basketball coach during much of Duvall’s tenure, and each produced teams among the nation’s best.

“Deacon was such a great guy, such a great guy to work with,” Retton said. “What a job. What a coach. What a gentleman. What a man. What a great man.”

Why was Duvall so successful?

“He knew the game. He knew people, his players. He got them to believe in the way he felt about the game,” Retton said. “It would be my thought that he got kids to buy in to his program, because for him to be as successful as he was, I’m thinking that they had to do that to have the kind of success that he and they had.

“He believed in what he was teaching, and he got them to believe in him. He was great. He was a great teacher.”

Duvall, decades later, could recall many details of his coaching career.

“He could remember back years ago and the names of the players and all that. He was just amazing. A great guy. A great coach. A great fellow,” Retton said.

Mike Arcure, former FSU assistant basketball coach under Retton and longtime school supporter, remembers Duvall fondly.

“He and I became close friends because I was on the staff and we jogged together,” Arcure said. “I saw him every week and even saw him last week. He was a wonderful man and a great gentleman.

“Coaches around the country thought a lot of him. I have great respect for him as a gentleman, and he was a great worker.

“The last time I saw him, I asked him how he was doing, and before we talked about sports he said, ‘It’s just a matter of time. I can’t see very good or hear very good, but I wish the time would hurry up and come because I'm ready.’ That was last week.

“It’s very sad to hear that we lost him, but he was a wonderful man and had a wonderful life and he was just a good friend.”

Football wasn’t Duvall’s only love. Not at all. He was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church. He served on the Deacons Board for four terms and wanted to see young people get a strong start in their religious training. He also was a Sunday School teacher.

He was always interested in the Marion County school system and served two terms on the board of education. But when he became bothered by serious heart problems, he left all of his various boards and committees, obviously believing he didn’t have that long to live.

But a neighbor, after talking with Duvall about his problem, gave him the name of a Pittsburgh physician who had helped him with what appeared to be the same thing. Duvall went to Pittsburgh during Christmas week and requested of that doctor the same remedy his friend had received.

This surgery cured Duvall’s problem, and he was back in the public eye once again.

Duvall was a member of the Marion County athletic scene since the early 1930s, playing both football and basketball for Fairmont Senior High School and then moving on to Fairmont State, where he joined the Fighting Falcons and played under Jasper Colebank.

It was the 1952 season that launched the “Duvall Era” at the local college, and Duvall wasted little time in developing the team into a winner — posting a 6-0 record in his first year on the job. His 1957 team posted a 7-0 record and the 1959 squad finished with a 9-0 record.

Duvall’s winning performance was just beginning. It was 1965 when Duvall’s Falcons were invited to their first NAIA playoff game — a meeting with St. John’s of Minnesota in a game played at Metropolitan Stadium in Minneapolis, home then of the Minnesota Twins and Vikings and the present site of the Mall ofAmerica.

St. John’s won that game on a frozen turf in 10-degree weather. But two years later, when Fairmont State was invited once again to the NAIA playoffs, the Falcons were ready.

The Falcons defeated Northern Michigan in the first round of the four-team playoff by 21-7 and then were matched with Eastern Washington in a game played at old Mountaineer Field in Morgantown. That Fairmont State team featured the Blackstone twins, Larry and Barry, David Williams, Roy Michael, Martin “Sonny” Bartic and other standouts and came from behind for a 28-21 win and national championship.

Michael, who became one of West Virginia’s top coaches in football and wrestling during a long career at Mannington and North Marion high schools, was a quarterback on Duvall’s 1967 national-title team.

“He was a player’s coach,” Michael said. “There’s no question about it. He cared about the kids. That was his No. 1 concern every day.

“As far as everybody he recruited, he expected everybody to get an education, because that’s what they were there for. He wanted you to work hard at playing football, too, and do the best you could do there.

“He was just a unique individual, the kind of guy that would do anything in the world for anybody.”

Duvall boasted that his team was planning to win the title again the following season. But he learned rather quickly that such invitations come very rarely. He also was disappointed to see his charges lose their 1968 season opener by a 16-14 score on a lastsecond field goal at Whitewater College in Wisconsin.

Duvall coached through the 1971 season — completing 20 years at the helm of the Falcons. During that period he had 16 winning seasons, captured eight West Virginia Conference championships as well as that one national title. He wound up his career with 124 wins, 42 losses and 3 ties for a .747 winning percentage — one of the best in the college ranks.

Before taking the Fairmont State position, Duvall coached high school football at both Barrackville and Rivesville. Early in his career at Fairmont State, he served as tennis coach as well as dean of men.

Cliff Nichols and Matt Welch contributed to this story.

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**Editor's note:  Deacon is a proud graduate of Fairmont Senior High School, class of 1934.

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Congratulations Fairmont Senior Polar Bears for First Place in Band, Auxiliary, Drum Major and Percussion at the Forest Festival in Elkins. Good job Bears!!!!

Dominant defense
Polar Bear ‘D’ overwhelms Braxton


SUTTON— Fairmont Senior scored two defensive touchdowns en route to a 35-15 victory over Braxton County on Friday night.

The Polar Bears blocked a punt that was returned for a touchdown, recovered a fumble for a score and intercepted a pass— all in the first half before many younger players saw time after intermission.

Braxton County was held to -14 yards of total offense in the first half.

With the win, the Polar Bears improved to 5-2 on the season, while the Eagles fell to 2-6.

Fairmont will be on the road again next week in a tricky matchup against Buckhannon-Upshur.

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

Cross country set for Big 10 championship


FAIRMONT — The cross country season is winding down and it’s time to see who has what it takes as county runners take to the course at Robert C. Byrd High School at 9:30 a.m. today for the Big 10 Conference championship.

Tall tasks stand in front of those coming from Marion County as the Big 10 offers some of the state’s top talent.

The boys’ race will be loaded with top runners as Bridgeport’s boys’ squad ranks first in the state as a team. The Indians have four of the state’s top 18 runners in Class AA/A and are led by sophomore Jimmy Lacaria (14th overall). Though the Indians don’t possess anyone inside’s Top 10 individuals in the state, Bridgeport is no stranger to having plenty of athletes finish near the top, making the team a tough competitor.

For the county, Fairmont Senior’s Jakeb VanHorn, who started to add some career wins to his belt this season, heads into the race as one of the favorites, ranked ninth overall and as the best runner in the Big 10. The Polar Bears have several key runners who will look to compete with the Indians.

West splits matches with Byrd, East


FAIRMONT — Playing tough competition near the end of the season is always good, but playing up to that competition is even better.

Though Fairmont Senior split matches with Robert C. Byrd and East Fairmont, the Polar Bears feel confident about where they are as a team.

A 25-16 second set gave the match to the Flying Eagles.

Fairmont Senior was led by Jasmine Johnson’s three aces, 12 assists, 11 digs and one kill; Kaden Whaley’s six kills, five blocks and four digs; Emily Stoller’s six kills, one block, three digs and one ace; and Pacoe’s three digs in addition to her game-tying ace in the match with RCB.

The night was also senior night for the Polar Bears, and Price credited this season’s success to the growth of his three seniors — Whaley, Pacoe and Stoller.

For Fairmont Senior, Johnson had three aces, 12 assists, 11 digs and a kill; Whaley had six kills, five blocks and three digs; Stoller had five kills and three digs; Pacoe had four kills and four digs; Reina Edwards had six assists, four digs and two aces; and Abby Stoller had five digs, four kills and an ace.

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Undefeated no more
Fairmont Senior takes down No. 2 Byrd


FAIRMONT— Tanner Amos’ second- half goal propelled the No. 6 Fairmont Senior Polar Bears to a 2-1 upset victory over Robert C. Byrd.

The Eagles entered Thursday night unbeaten and ranked second in the state.

Despite some uneasy moments both on the field and on the bench, the Polar Bears would hang on for the huge upset victory.

Fairmont Senior finishes the regular season at 15-4 and runner- up in the Big 10 Conference. The team will play its opening game of the sectional tournament next Saturday at East-West Stadium.

In the nightcap, the Fairmont Senior girls’ team held Byrd scoreless for the first 73 minutes of the match.

However, Lucy Thompson scored the only goal of the game for the Eagles in a 1-0 victory.

Much like the boys’ program, the RCB girls had lost just one time all season and are ranked fourth in the state polls.

The team will play in the first round of the sectional tournament on Tuesday at East-West Stadium.


Ted Dreisinger, class of 1965, emailed me from a conference in Singapore with the good news that his book is now available.  I regularly read his weekly blog and enjoy his insights.

“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. It is just up today!

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.

You all have put up with these wanderings of thought over the past several years, and it is really through your encouragement that I did the book. Paul Flicker/Monica Schultz and Ron Spencer will get soft cover copies for their 'combined' title suggestions. Also, my friend Jenifer Doherty did the cover, which, in its 'clean simplicity' clearly exceeded anything I could have conceived.

I want to thank everyone on this posting for your support and feedback over the years. If you purchase a copy, and you like it, feel free to tell others gift it to them.

Thank all you again for your support.”

Plaque commemorates Polar Bear-Dunbar game
The Marion County Council of Churches’ efforts have resulted in a plaque being placed outside East-West Stadium celebration the 60th anniversary of the football game between Dunbar and Fairmont Senior. It was put up on the anniversary of the game.

“We had a very meaningful ceremony before the West-Elkins contest,” D.D. Meighen said.

The plaque was conceived in 2010 after discovery of the first football game between an all -black and an all-white school was played Sept. 30, 1954, at East-West Stadium, featuring Dunbar and Fairmont Senior High School.

The game in 1954 was scheduled as a result of the Supreme Court decision to integrate schools in the Brown v. Topeka Board of Education case.

So tensions ran high that week as protests closed a county school and an injunction was issued against the parents of that school. Two days later, the contest was played without incident. Glaring reports of success and appreciation were revealed in the newspapers the next day. It was a testimony to schools and the community working together for the common good.

Sixty years later, on Sept. 26, 2014, a brief pregame ceremony reminded fans of that event. The plaque, which had been mislaid for the last four years, was discovered by Don Haught, employee of the board of education, at East-West Stadium. And on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 — 60 years to the day— the plaque was installed on the outside wall of East-West Stadium.

Those assisting with the decision of day and place were Superintendent Gary Price; Chad Norman, former principal; Andy Neptune, maintenance supervisor; Tyson Furgason, presentWest Fairmont principal; Frank Moore, county athletic director; and Tim Layne and Kevin Brewer, maintenance crew for the board who erected the plaque.

Wednesday at noon, these people met at the plaque along with members of the West Fairmont and Dunbar team and representatives to do a photo shoot and to make sure this memorable event is recorded for history.

Joining the group was Michael Belmear, the son of Dunbar coach Horace “Happy” Belmear.

Do you remember who the five board of education members were whose names are on the plaque from 1980 on the East-West Stadium doors?

They were Dr. George Boyles, Mary Davis, Frank Cimino, Deacon Duvall and Nancy Serdich.

T.J. Pearse was superintendent of schools then, and Orval Price and Juno Charlton were assistants.


"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 Lasobek, 87, of Fairmont, passed away very peacefully with family by his side at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown on Friday (Aug. 22, 2014).

Born Sept. 11, 1926, in Galloway, he was the son of the late John Lasobek Sr. and Mildred Mahonovich.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Mary Fucello Lasobek; and his only daughter, Vanessa Lasobek.

He was Catholic by faith and graduated from Fairmont Senior High School. John was a veteran from the U.S. Navy and served in World War II as a gunner. After many years of service, he became a retired coal miner from Consol’s Barrackville and Loveridge mines.

John was also known to many as “Mr. Harley Davidson” and was the co-founder of Lasobek Harley Davidson in Fairmont, with his lovely wife, Mary. He and Mary together brought Harley-Davidson to Fairmont and the tri-county area in 1961. Lasobek Harley Davidson was known literally as a “Mom & Pop” dealership and they welcomed all who walked through the doors of the Harley shop with open arms. In 2002, they sold the dealership to Triple S Harley Davidson in Morgantown.

He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting and taking his family plus many nieces and nephews to the camp in Romney. Additionally, he was a faithful WVU Mountaineer and Pittsburgh Steeler football fan.

John was the eldest of six children and is also survived by his sisters, Betty Carpenter (husband Evertte), and Julia Olesh, and several special nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Katherine Whiteman and Stella Parsley, and also an infant sister at birth; and two brothers-in-law, Walter Whiteman and Joseph Olesh.

In keeping with the wishes of the deceased, there will be no public viewing or funeral. However, a private family gravesite committal will take place at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Fairmont with the Rev. Father Walter Jagela officiating.

PAUL FRANKLIN OPP, JR., 77, of Huntington, formerly of Springfield, Ill., husband of Pauly Opp, died Sept. 23 at home. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. Graveside services will be 2 p.m., Friday, at Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield, Ill. Reception to follow at 4 p.m. at The Chesapeake Seafood House.

Published in The Herald-Dispatch on Oct. 1, 2014 - See more at:


Jody Carter Layman, 56, of Fairmont, passed from this life and entered his Heavenly home on Thursday, October 2, 2014 after a valiant battle with cancer. He was under the wonderful care of Amedysis Hospice staff and was at his home when he passed. He was born in Fairmont on April 9, 1958 a son of Nadine Haught Layman of Fairmont, and the late Robert Oscar Layman.

Jody worked as a technician at Dish Network for the past six years and had also held a position as technician at Capital Doors among other positions. He was a lifelong member of the Highland Avenue United Methodist Church.
He was an avid fan of the Steelers and the Mountaineers as well as NASCAR. He enjoyed fishing, tinkering, gardening, both vegetable and flower and above all watching his daughter Kayla play ball.

In addition to his mother Mr. Layman is survived by his wife of twenty years Susanne Sapp Layman; his son and daughter-in-law Jason and Kim Antonk of Rivesville; two daughters Tiffany Antonk of Fairmont and Kayla Antonk at home; three brothers and sisters-in-law Robert and Martha Layman of Scott Depot, Gary and Raette Layman of Canton, Michigan and Timothy and Eileen Layman of Fairmont; six grandchildren Gabriel and Lanie Antonk, Ayanna, Aaliyah, Alishia and Jonathan Jones; nieces and nephews Scott, Julie, Garrett, Cassie and Sarah Layman, Angie and Travis Sapp, Heather Swiger and Casandra Sapp; brothers-in-law Sherman Sapp and his companion Vicki Moran, David Sapp and sisters-in-law Sharon Cox and husband Randy and Rose Sapp and companion Bill Mark; also his canine buddy "Sammy" .
In addition to his father he was preceded in death by a nephew Aaron Swiger.

Susanne has suggested that memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to help offset funeral costs at P.O. Box 895, Fairmont, WV  26555.

Friends may call at the Frey Home For Funerals (Addition Chapel A), 320 Madison St., Fairmont Sunday from 2-8 pm and Monday from 11 am till 1 pm. Services will be held in the funeral home Monday at 1:00 pm with the Rev. Jonathan Smith officiating. Interment will follow at the Oaklawn cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at either of

Shirley K. Rote Collins Horrigan (nee Swisher), 75, of Bradenton, Florida, passed away peacefully Saturday (Oct. 4, 2014) in Westlake, Ohio, surrounded by her family.

She was born and raised in Fairmont, only daughter of the late Leonard W. and Elizabeth (nee Snider) Swisher. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Paula Kay Rote, who died at birth. She was the loving mother of P. David Rote (Kathie) of North Ridgeville, Ohio, Michael W. Rote of Indiana, and F. Leonard Rote (Maureen) of Columbia Station, Ohio; and dear grandmother of Tyler, David A., Zackary, Ashley and Kyle Rote.

She attended schools in Fairmont. She graduated from West Fairmont High School in 1957 and attended Fairmont State College. She also attended Tri C College in Parma, Ohio. Shirley retired from Old Phoenix National Bank/First Merit Bank in November 1998.

Shirley was active in many organizations, including Medina Rotary Club as various chairman, Financial Women International, Buckeye Group as president, secretary, treasurer and various chairman, chairman of the Ohio State Conference Board of Trustees, Medina County District Library during a seven-year term, Clerk, treasurer, chairman of Finance and various committees, Brunswick Area Chamber of Commerce as treasurer, and various committees: Medina Vocational School, advisory board retail: Brunswick Optimist Club, vice president, various chairman. Through the Ohio Bankers Association, she taught principals of banking. She received several awards during her career: Woman of the Year, Brunswick Professional Women, Woman of the Year, Financial Women International, Buckeye Group Scholarship Award, Financial Women International, Buckeye Group, Optimist of the Year, Brunswick Optimist Club.

She lived in Medina County for 38 years before moving to Marblehead, Ohio, in 2000 with her husband, Joseph K. Horrigan. They became snowbirds, traveling to WestWinds Village Senior Park in Bradenton, Florida, in October and returning to Marblehead in April/May. Mr. Horrigan preceded her in death on Dec. 25, 2002.

While at WestWinds Village, she served on the ROC (Resident Owned Community) board for six years as president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. She also served on the recreation board for three years as activity director and president.

Shirley loved kayaking, golfing, bowling and the beaches in Florida. She enjoyed her life daily with all her family and friends in Medina County, Marblehead and WestWinds, Bradenton, Florida.

Friends may join the family for visitation from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday at Carlson Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, 1642 Pearl Road (one-half mile south of Route 303), Brunswick, OH 44212. A funeral service will follow at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Sarasota Memorial Hospital Research Center, 1540 S. Tamiami Trail, third floor, Sarasota, FL 34239.

Harold S. “Deacon” Duvall, 97, of Rock Lake, passed away Thursday (Oct. 16, 2014), at the Fairmont Regional Medical Center.

He was born Jan. 11, 1917, in Fairmont, a son of the late Frank C. and Bessie Shaw Duvall. He is survived by his loving wife, Joan Bray Duvall.

Deacon was a graduate of Fairmont Senior High School, received his undergraduate in education from Fairmont State College, and his master degree in physical education from Columbia University.

He worked with Owens-Illinois in Fairmont as a recreation director. He was a lifetime teacher and coach, beginning at Barrackville High School in 1940. He then served for three and one-half years as a first lieutenant in the United States Army Air Force, serving as a convalescent officer during World War II.

Deacon then taught and coached at Rivesville High School. In 1952 he began at Fairmont State College, where he taught health, physical education and first aid until his retirement in 1982, and he coached the Fighting Falcon football team from 1952-71. His team won the NAIA National Championship in 1967, beating Eastern Washington 28-21. He coached numerous teams to West Virginia Conference championships.

Deacon was a member of the Fairmont State College Hall of Fame, the West Virginia Sports Writers Hall of Fairmont and the NAIA National Football Coaches Hall of Fame. He served as a member of the Marion County Board of Education for two terms. During his terms, Thoburn and North Marion High schools were built and plans were drawn for a new East Fairmont High School.

Deacon was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church in Fairmont, where he had served on the Deacon Board for more than four terms and taught the Youth Sunday School. He was active in the building drive for the present church edifice. First Baptist Church was his great love.

At the age of 91, Deacon wrote his book: “Duvall Football: Winning a National Championship.” He was an avid gardener, hunter and fisherman, and he loved the great outdoors, spending time at his beloved Rock Lake.

In addition to his wife, Joan Bray Duvall, he is survived by his daughter, Susan C. and her husband Frank Mauro of Atlanta; his grandchildren, Lynn, Erica and Brett Mauro of Alpharetta, Georgia; his stepdaughter, Tracey and her husband Mike Linn of Rock Lake; a niece, Becky Jefferson of Chester, Virginia; and a cousin, Bill Duvall and his family of Georgia.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife and daughter in 1968, Florence Vaughn Duvall and Lynn Duvall; as well as his sister, Edith and her husband Monte Jefferson Memorial donations may be made in his memory to First Baptist Church, 901 Fairmont Ave., Fairmont, WV 26554; or the American Red Cross, 405 First St., Fairmont, WV 26554.

Friends and family may visit from noon-8 p.m. Sunday at Ford Funeral Home, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont. Mr. Duvall will lie in state from 10 a.m.-noon Monday at the First Baptist Church, 901 Fairmont Ave. Fairmont. The funeral will be held at noon Monday at the church with the Rev. Valerie Gittings, the Rev. Carl Gittings and the Rev. Mike Argabrite officiating. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be his former football players.

Online condolences may be made to

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


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 26554-0091

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. 

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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.

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.

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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

Submit 5 copies to senior counselor by deadline listed on website

PLEASE READ DIRECTIONS AND REQUIREMENTS ON PAGES 3 AND 4 then complete the following pages. Type or use black ink. The completed application must be submitted to the senior counselor by deadline listed on the website at http://


COLLEGE PREFERENCE                Applied (Date)    Accepted (Date)
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.
________________________ __________________________________

DATE_________________    DA TE_____________________________


TEACHER SIGNATURE                            DATE



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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Fairmont Senior High School Fight Song



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