Relay For Life raised $104,000+


Last month’s Relay For Life of Jefferson County raised more than $104,000 with about 350 participants. The total amount raised is a little less than last year but fundraising continues.

Donations can still be made online at Relayforlife.org/jeffersonwv until the end of August.

Our June 22 survivor luncheon served 169, including 58 survivors along with their family and/or friends.

The event also featured a number of contests such as Mr. Relay, which was won by Donald Toms of APUS Volunteer Warriors Relay Team; Best Campsite, Sisters with a Cause with team captain Donna Harrison; and Most Creative Team Flag, Edye’s Strength with team captain Krystal Javor.

Our wrap-up celebration will be from 6 to 8 p.m. July 17 at the Ranson Civic Center. Various awards will be presented such as top fundraising team, top new fundraising team and top fundraising individual. “Grand Club” members – individuals raising $1,000 or more – and corporate sponsors also will be recognized.

Together for a cure!

Linda Hart,

Relay For Life of Jefferson County

publicity co-chair




Where is common sense, courtesy?


When an excessive outflow of traffic calls for a traffic cop, is it not commonsense to rotate traffic? Did we not learn in kindergarten and as youngsters to “take turns?”

Recently, when the fireworks let out at Sam Michaels Park, traffic was brought to a complete standstill while the entire park was cleared out, down to the last fire truck! I was one of the poor suckers caught in that standstill for a good 40 minutes while heading home from work with a carload of perishable groceries. Silly question I know, but why wasn’t traffic rotated? Is there a new law that firework attendees take precedence?

Also, because traffic was brought to a complete standstill, many cars made awkward and harrowing U-turns which could have caused an accident or more problems, but when you have been brought to a complete standstill without consideration or guidance, can you blame them for making that choice?

When it comes to traffic congestion, common sense and courtesy would dictate that traffic be rotated so that no one gets the short end of the stick. Let’s hope scenarios like this can be prevented in the future.

Shelley A. Neuhalfen

Shenandoah Junction




Letter mailed too late


On June 14, 2013 (a week ago) I received a cover letter dated May 28, along with a sheaf of detailed grant forms for the Duffields project, which has been ongoing for 10 years now. The letter is signed by S. McDonald, Deputy County Administrator.

The deadline prescribed in the letter for completion and submission of the forms is June 11, 2013.

The manila envelope bears a date mark from a postage meter, clearly showing that the envelope was mailed on June 12 – in other words, the day after the deadline for submission.

What kind of insult is this? Do you people ever stop to think about all the detailed, involved work – all the telephone calls, site visits, cajoling and organizing, etc. – that we community volunteers do for the good of the public, totally without compensation, and, for the most part, without recognition by the public? I am still steamed a week after this thing arrived, and I will not forget this.

Joseph Snyder



– Joseph Snyder is the president of Duffields Station Inc.


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