Editor’s note: The Exponent Telegram devotes Saturday’s editorial to recognizing positive efforts from people throughout our readership area. We call this feature “Hats Off!” To nominate a person or group for recognition, send submissions to: “Hats Off,” at [email protected], or call John Miller at (304) 626-1473.
– People’s Hospice, which provides special programming around the holidays to assist those who have lost loved ones. Thursday’s Gifts of Light ceremony gave survivors a chance to join with others who have also suffered a loss to remember their departed family members and friends.
– Salem Correctional Center staff and administration, who worked diligently to make a smooth transformation from a youth facility to one that serves adults. Their hard work has made the refurbished center a key part of the state corrections program.
– Bridgeport Fire Chief Chuck Feathers, who is retiring Jan. 30 after 33 years as a firefighter for the city. Prior to that, he served five years with the Shinnston Volunteer Fire Department, giving him more than 38 years of service.
– Tom Bokey, who died this week at the age of 64. He served 42 years in law enforcement and prior to that, he served as a military policeman. His service to his Stonewood community and the county overall was exemplary.
– Terry Schulte, who is retiring after serving 20 years as the Harrison County Planning Commission’s executive director. Also, Rick McElroy, who served 16 years as code enforcement officer and floodplain manager. Together, Schulte and McElroy have had a positive influence on the county’s growth and development by ensuring proper planning and that buildings were following established safety codes.
– The Harrison County Board of Education and administration and Bridgeport High administration and students Drew Turner and Arryn Tennant, who worked together to try to start an Air Force Junior ROTC program at the school. School administrators hope to have the program in place by next school year.