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From Santina Vigliotti

August 15, 2012
Wetzel Chronicle

The seventh annual Festival of Memories is now a memory itself, and it is our sincere hope that everyone who attended enjoyed the festivities. Without the support of businesses and individuals and the volunteerism of many community members, such an event could never be possible. Thank you to everyone who gave so generously to the community.

First of all, thank you to all the members of the planning committee: Bart Cannizzaro, Jeremy Shepherd, Jerry Pallisco, Carman Harman, Deanna McConaughey, Dan McConaughey, Steve Pallisco, Lucille Blum, Terry Kiggans, Amy Diffenbauch, and Brian Feldmeier. The planning process for this one-day summer festival begins in January.

Also deserving of thanks are the organizations that supported and promoted this day of celebration. Thanks to the Wetzel County Commission, the Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce, the Tyler Star News, New Martinsville City Council, and the Wetzel Chronicle.

In addition, we would like to thank those who contributed financially: New Martinsville River Heritage Foundation which sponsored the wonderful fireworks display, The Green Tab for its beautiful front page ad, Bill Brown, and Tim and Erica Shiben.

Also Roch Herrick and Spike Riel lent their talents to Suddenlink which produced a quality promotional ad and generously aired it on cable.

The next group deserving of thanks are those who volunteered with their valuable time: Tony Ankrom and his popular World War II display, Gary Willey and the street department, Dave White and the electrical department, Wetzel Chronicle, River Heritage Quilters, Keith Nelsen, Scott Lemley, Bill Stewart, Carman Harman, New Martinsville Volunteer Fire Department, New Martinsville Police Department, First Christian Church (passed out free water), Moose Lodge, Baristas, ArtsLink, and Bev Gibb and New Martinsville Parks and Recreation. Joe Mollendick deserves a special thank you for addressing our electrical issues and being on call for any problem that arose. Also deserving of thanks and praise are Linda Amos Goddard and Kathie Richter. These ladies outdid themselves with an amazing artisan/craft fair. We are so grateful to Cruisers' Unlimited, as well. Their car show was the best yet.

There were several people who also donated use of their property. Thanks to the Shiben Estates, WVNCC, Prodigy Wellness Center, American Legion, Occasions, and the City of New Martinsville. We are also grateful to Amy Witschey and Linda Goddard who dressed up building window fronts.

Lastly, we would like to thank all those who attended. It is your appreciation and encouragement that make it all worthwhile. We hope we will see you on the river next year on the third Saturday of July. Bring your family and friends and make some new memories.


Santina Vigliotti

New Martinsville



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