Editor's note: The combined editorial boards of the Clarksburg Exponent and Telegram newspapers devote 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, contact John Miller (626-1473), Bob Stealey (626-1438) or James Logue (626-1031).
- Salvation Army Capt. Ed Long and his wife, Capt. Goldie Long, for their three years of dedicated service to the local chapter. While here, they helped to grow the church, focused on getting more youth involvement and started a jail ministries program. The Longs have moved on to Morgantown.
- Capt. Sam Hearne and his wife, Major Mary Kay Hearne, of Frederick, Md., who are the new leaders at the local Salvation Army. We welcome them.
- The Experimental Aircraft Association, event chairman Ross White and others who donated their time and effort to provide support for the Young Eagle Day last Sunday. The program gives area youth the opportunity to learn more about airplanes as well as enjoy a free flight.
- Organizers and sponsors of the "Smokin' on the Tygart" chili cook-off, held annually in Philippi. Last Saturday's event drew people to the Barbour County town for a fun event that allowed the area to be showcased.
- The Law Enforcement Division of the state Division of Natural Resources which sponsored the "Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs" fishing rodeo at Robert C. Byrd High School last Saturday. The event drew nearly 90 children and families, giving them the opportunity to enjoy a safe activity that can develop into a lifetime of fun.
- Organizers, sponsors and participants at the 2001 Allohak Council Stonewall Jackson District Cub Scout Day Camp, completed recently at Veterans Memorial Park in Clarksburg. Troops from Harrison, Lewis, Doddridge and Gilmer counties participated in the event to wrap up a successful year of scouting activities.
- Doddridge, Marion, Monongalia and Ritchie school systems, which were recently honored by the state Board of Education for having high aptitude test scores.
- Clarksburg Vice Mayor Kathryn Folio, Councilwoman Margaret Bailey and Del. Barbara Warner, D-Harrison, who helped area residents secure a stoplight for a dangerous intersection in the Stealey area of Clarksburg.
- Members of the Liberty High School Student Council who received national recognition for their volunteer work. Liberty was one of 10 schools across the country selected for the "Power of One Award" presented by Channel 1 Network in New York for their work with the Harrison County Senior Citizens Center.