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Congratulations, Troy “Buddy” Brady!

BUCKHANNON, WV: One thing is sure: Troy “Buddy” Brady, our 13th Service to Youth Champion Honoree, has always been a good buddy to the youth of Buckhannon. Brady celebrated his retirement from the Upshur County Commission, and fellow commissioners Sam Nolte and Terry Cutright donated $500 each to Stockert Youth & Community Center in his honor. County representatives welcomed members of the community to the Commission Meeting Room for a farewell luncheon where Brady was honored with two proclamations. The City of Buckhannon, represented by Mayor David McCauley, awarded Brady with the Stockert Youth & Community Center’s Service to Youth Champion Award during the event.

The County designated December 31, 2018, Brady’s last day in office, as the “Day of Giving” throughout Upshur County and asked that community members–past, present, and future–consider making a charitable donation to an organization of their choice on that day. The proclamation further suggested keeping Stockert Youth & Community Center in mind as one possible entity that could use financial support for the facility expansion capital campaign.

While Commissioner, Brady served on the Stockert Youth & Community Center as a board member representing the county: an important representative, as we estimate 75% of the youth who benefit from SYCC services live outside of the city limits. Brady’s dedication to the role, particularly the facility expansion capital campaign, resulted in some hefty donations from businesses and individuals from Buckhannon and Upshur County, including the recent $20,000 donation from Buckhannon Toyota and the Minsker family.

Graciously, Brady has agreed to continue to serve on the SYCC Board of Directors following his retirement on December 31, 2018. We look forward to continued collaboration with Brady and Upshur County to benefit youth and adults who utilize SYCC and its many recreational, educational, and cultural programs.

Stockert Youth & Community Center provides tutoring, after-school activities, recreation and sports classes & leagues, and summer camps for youth and adults in Buckhannon and Upshur County. Camp Buccaneer and SYCC afterschool provide a safe space for students to have fun, play sports, and participate in a wide variety of activities and special programming. SYCC has laptops for participating youth to use to learn about coding and other tech skills. The community center sits on Main Street and is part of the Elizabeth J. “Binky” Poundstone Trail System, which connects downtown to Riverwalk Park as well as North Buckhannon and Jawbone parks and numerous businesses and neighborhoods.

You can learn more about current activities at SYCC here:

To donate to the SYCC capital campaign, call City Hall at (304) 472-1651 or go to:

You may also get involved by volunteering! For SYCC volunteer needs, call the Center at (304) 473-0145 or go to the Buckhannon Volunteer Center website at:

County & City Proclamations honoring Troy “Buddy” Brady:

Upshur County, WV Day of Giving

December 31, 2018

Honoring Troy A. “Buddy” Brady III

Whereas, Troy A. “Buddy” Brady III has served the residents of Upshur County throughout his forty two and a half years of public service; and

Whereas, six of those years have been in the capacity of Upshur County Commissioner; and

Whereas, Buddy has served on numerous boards throughout his tenure, including the Stockert Youth & Community Center; and

Whereas, the Stockert Youth & Community Center, it’s Board and their collective vision to construct a new gymnasium at the facility has been an inspiration to Buddy; and

Whereas, the new space would provide a much needed recreational area for the community, especially its youth; and

Whereas, Buddy was the first person to provide a donation to the fundraising efforts of the Board and his contribution encouraged others to follow suit; and

Whereas, Buddy was instrumental in soliciting the largest donation to the fundraiser and the City to date in the amount of twenty thousand dollars from Buckhannon Toyota; and

Whereas, in honor of Troy A. “Buddy” Brady III, Commissioner Nolte and Commissioner Cutright have pledged five hundred dollars to the Stockert Youth & Community Center fundraiser and they encourage others who are able to do the same; and

Whereas, Buddy’s last day in office in this term as Commissioner will be December 31, 2018;

Therefore, be it resolved that the Upshur County Commission of West Virginia does hereby proclaim the 31st day of December, 2018 as the Day of Giving throughout Upshur County and encourages all residents to consider making a donation to their organization of choice, with special consideration to Stockert Youth & Community Center for purposes of making their dreams to build a new gymnasium a reality.

Given under my hand this 6th day of December, 2018

Samuel R. Nolte

President, Upshur County Commission

City of Buckhannon & Stockert Youth and Community Center


WHEREAS, our City’s Stockert Youth & Community Center’s Board of Directors resolved during 2008, to annually honor the service of extraordinary persons who have given selflessly while dedicating their lives to the service of the youth of our Buckhannon-Upshur community by bestowing the Service to Youth Champion award; and,

WHEREAS, during 2008, the first SYCC “Service to Youth Champion” honoree was Patty Muncy, followed by Cathy McCauley in 2009, Dr. Rob Rupp in 2010, Don Nestor in 2011, Joyce Harris-Thacker in 2012, Linda Riegel in 2013, Sam Nolte in 2014, Dr. Sara Stankus in 2015, Jason Westfall in 2016; Craig Presar in 2017; Roy Wager & special honoree, Roy Law both in 2018; and,

WHEREAS, notwithstanding the annual award having historically been given in May of each year during Strawberry Festival week, the City of Buckhannon now for only the second time awards special Service to Youth Champion recognition to TROY “BUDDY” BRADY for his compassionate service & contributions to the youth of our community; and,

WHEREAS, the City has specially selected Buddy Brady as our SYCC’s 13th Service to Youth Champion, & our City is now proud & privileged to honor & celebrate the many contributions benefiting our community’s children, thanks to Buddy Brady, who has long served as the County Commission’s appointee to our Stockert Board of Directors & since our renewed capital campaign to realize the new SYCC multi-use facility was launched in December of 2017, our SYCC Board has raised another $100,000, with no Board member being more responsible for the tremendous financial success of the renewed campaign than Commissioner Brady; and,

WHEREAS, during a ceremony to be conducted at the Upshur County Courthouse in Buckhannon, on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 12:00 noon, our City will specially celebrate & recognize service to our youth by all members of our community while specially honoring Mr. Troy “Buddy” Brady as our newest Service to Youth Champion award recipient.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DAVID W. McCAULEY, MAYOR OF BUCKHANNON, pursuant to the power & authority duly vested in me, hereby proclaim Thursday, December 6, 2018 to be a special “SERVICE TO YOUTH DAY” throughout Buckhannon, & I further proclaim Buckhannon’s special recipient of our Service to Youth Champion award to be Troy “Buddy” Brady. I further urge all residents to join our City’s honoree, Troy “Buddy” Brady, his family, & me, along with the members of our City & SYCC family, Upshur County governmental dignitaries, & friends near & far during the presentational ceremony to be conducted at 12:00 noon on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at the Upshur County Courthouse. May every resident aspire to being passionate about service to our youth just like our very special recipient & award winner who we now honor & pay tribute to Troy “Buddy” Brady, who shall in perpetuity be recognized on the Service to Youth Champions’ bench located in front of our Stockert Youth & Community Center.

Given under my hand & official seal of The City of Buckhannon, this 6th day of December, 2018

David W. McCauley, Mayor of Buckhannon & SYCC Board Chairperson