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February BEST awardee: Bill Nicholson

BEST awardee, Bill Nicholson, and Mayor David McCauley. Photo credit: Amanda Hayes


WHEREAS, the Council of the City of Buckhannon resolved during its regular meeting of October 18, 2018, to honor from time to time, 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 Council 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) being Amanda Hayes, Zachary Mutchler, Robin Keough, & Shirley Tinney.

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 fifth recipient of our Buckhannon Exemplary Service Testimonial (BEST Award) for February of 2019 to be BILL NICHOLSON. MR. NICHOLSON has been a substantial contributor to a host of service organizations including the Upshur Parish House, Appalachian Impact, the Kesling Mill Lions Club, & the newly reformed Buckhannon Kiwanis Club.

Additionally, BILL NICHOLSON has long served as a referee for Upshur County Youth Soccer, is an active parishioner at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, & is a longstanding member of Buckhannon’s Band of Brothers. If there is a call to service in our community, you can count on BILL NICHOLSON being among the first people to volunteer.

I direct the establishment of our City’s new BEST bench & installation of a permanent placard in Jawbone Park to forever honor & recognize BILL NICHOLSON & all honorees of our BEST award. I further urge all residents to join our City’s most honored guest, BILL NICHOLSON, his family, friends & admirers, & me, along with all members our City government family during our public ceremony to be conducted at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 21, 2019 as we bestow our City’s fifth BEST award.

We all wish BILL NICHOLSON all of the best as he continues his tireless work benefitting so many in our 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 our fifth BEST honoree, BILL NICHOLSON.

Given under my hand and official seal of The City of Buckhannon upon this 21st day of February, 2019

David W. McCauley, Mayor