From Santina Vigliotti
The fifth annual New Martinsville Riverfront Development Committee’s Festival of Memories is now a memory itself, and it is my sincere hope that everyone who attended enjoyed this day long event. Without the support of businesses and individuals and the volunteerism of many community members, such an event could never be possible. I would like to thank all those who gave so much to the community.
First of all, thank you to all the members of NMRDC: Earl and Connie Yost, Bryan Wilson, Dave Grandstaff, Butch Showalter, Carman Harman, Deanna McConaughey, Steve Pallisco, Lucille Blum, Terry Kiggans, and Joe Ward. This is truly the most selfless group of people with whom I’ve ever worked.
In addition, we would like to thank those who contributed financially: Wal-Mart, Chesapeake Energy, Witschey’s, Quinet’s Court Restaurant, People’s Bank, Suddenlink, Boilermakers’ Local 667, Roch Herrick, Wes Shriver, Wetzel County CVB, Green Tab, and Daily Corporation.
The next group deserving of thanks are those who volunteered so generously with their time: Sean Maxwell, Gary Willey and the street department, Dave White and the electrical department, Wetzel Chronicle, Amy Witschey, Betsy Westfall, River Heritage Quilters, Cruisers Unlimited, Roch Herrick, Dan Bray, New Martinsville Volunteer Fire Department, Wes Shriver, First Christian Church (passed out free water), Dan McConaughey, Danny Pastilong, Mike Joseph, Dave Kappel, Moose Lodge, John Yevuta, ArtsLink, New Martinsville Parks and Recreation, Dave and Liz Hartman, Beaulah and Bill Talkington, Steve Mason, and Spike Riel.
There were several people who also donated use of their property. Thanks to the Shiben Estates, Norris Tire, WVNCC, the City of New Martinsville, and the County Commission.
Lastly, I would like to thank all those who attended. 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.