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Noting the passing of area educators

While I only met Dorothy Belle Davis a few times when she visited The Exponent Telegram newsroom early in my career, I've heard many stories of her contributions to the area.

Davis, who died earlier this week, was well-known throughout the area.

First and foremost, she was a respected teacher. In talking with several folks who had the pleasure of being in her classrooms, they all spoke highly of her teaching skills and her commitment to education.

She was also a gifted writer whose work to document the history of Harrison County is well-known through "A History of Harrison County" and another book on John George Jackson.

And I know those who were around during the state's centennial in 1963 still talk about her play, "Out of the Whirlwind," which was presented at the Nathan Goff Armory to large crowds.

Each time I spoke with Mrs. Davis she had a joyful energy that was transmitted to those around her. I know she touched many lives during her time on earth, and her contributions will live on.

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Another longtime educator, Bette Curtis, also passed away this week.

I remember Mrs. Curtis from her days at Central Junior High, where she was always well-thought-of by faculty and students.

She was always very kind and was well-known for her thoughtfulness and giving. I understand that those traits served her well after she retired from teaching as she remained active in the local community.

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If the weather cooperates, there's plenty to do this weekend, with the Carp Festival in Weston, the Blue and Gray Reunion in Philippi and the Greek Festival in Clarksburg.

There's also the CCC Reunion in Quiet Dell, a Christian youth music rally at Veterans Memorial Park and National Rail Trail Day at the Salem Depot.

For more information on these and other events this weekend, check out the Calendar of Events on Page B11.

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Of course if the weather doesn't cooperate and you find yourself inside most of the weekend, I've got a couple of videos to suggest.

"Welcome to Mooseport" featuring Ray Romano and Gene Hackman was better than I expected. I thought it would be goofy, which it was at times. But all in all, it provided plenty of laughs.

"Mona Lisa Smile" with Julia Roberts and a host of other recognizable actresses is a great movie. Roberts is excellent in anything she does, while Julia Stiles provides plenty of support, as does the rest of the cast.

Hope you enjoy the weekend.

Managing Editor John G. Miller can be reached at 626-1473 or by e-mail at jmiller@exponent-telegram.com