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Create Buckhannon receives BEST award for December!

The City of Buckhannon and Buckhannon Volunteer Center recognized Create Buckhannon at Thursday’s City Council meeting. The organization’s amazing crew of citizens are dedicated to improving the city, working together to make Festival Fridays, Jawbone Park, the Walk of Valor, and countless community beautification projects a reality. Front, left to right: Mary Thorp, Vito Syski, Stan Rexroad, Dr. Joseph Reed. Back, left to right: Robbie Skinner, Rich Clemens, Stephen Oldaker, Evelyn Syski, David McCauley, Shaw Bykofsky, Shirley Tinney, Melodie Stemple, Buck Edwards, and Cj Rylands.


WHEREAS, the Council of the City of Buckhannon resolved during its regular meeting of October 18, 2018, to honor residents of our Buckhannon-Upshur community who perform extraordinary service while embracing the kind & giving spirit of volunteerism; and,

WHEREAS, Buckhannon has long championed community service & has recognized persons who have given selflessly for the benefit of our City’s Fire Department, Stockert Youth & Community Center, & Police Department, but had not until recently- formally recognized others who generally perform many other acts of service & kindness; and,   

WHEREAS, with the 2018 establishment of our Buckhannon Volunteer Center, the City deemed it to be reasonable & appropriate to henceforth recognize our community’s most giving volunteers with previous honorees of the Buckhannon Exemplary Service Testimonial (BEST) Award being Amanda Hayes, Zachary Mutchler, Robin Keough, Shirley Tinney, Bill Nicholson, Dr. Joseph Reed, Dr. Paul Richter, April Keating, Brad & Kim Lincecome, Dr. Kathy Gregg, Stan Rexroad, Rich Clemens, Buckhannon Elks Lodge #1736, & Miles Paugh.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DAVID W. McCAULEY, as MAYOR OF THE CITY OF BUCKHANNON, pursuant to the power & authority duly vested in me, do hereby proclaim as our City’s 15th recipient, but only the second organizational recipient of our Buckhannon Exemplary Service Testimonial (BEST) Award for December of 2019 to be CREATE BUCKHANNON.  CREATE BUCKHANNON through its extensive, eclectic, & passionate membership has sponsored numerous projects & events that set Buckhannon apart from all other WV communities, including Festival Fridays held from the end of May through the first of each September, countless improvements in our Jawbone Park, substantial financial aid to our new sound system in Jawbone, creation of the Walk of Valor honoring our veterans, assistance in establishing our very visitor friendly, downtown parking policies, & general support for all things that benefit our community.  CREATE BUCKHANNON has helped us all in our community to be better & happier in many ways.  I direct the installation of a permanent placard on our City’s BEST Bench in Jawbone Park to forever honor & recognize the members of CREATE BUCKHANNON along with all past & future honorees of our BEST award.  

I further urge all residents to join our City’s most honored guests, the members of CREATE BUCKHANNON, their friends & admirers, & me, along with all members of our City government family during our public ceremony to be conducted at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 19, 2019 as we honor our City’s 15th recipient of our BEST award.  We all wish the CREATE BUCKHANNON’S members the very best as they continue to work hard for our B-U community.  May every resident be mindful of the importance of community service & giving of one’s self & be inspired to give selflessly for the benefit of others as we pay tribute to the many substantial contributions of our exceptional volunteers including the 15th recipient of our City’s BEST Award, the members of CREATE BUCKHANNON.

Given under my hand & official seal of The City of Buckhannon 

this 19th day of December, 2019.

David W. McCauley, Mayor