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PHS employees with over 25 years of service - Carol Hendrix, accounts receivable; Teresa Landis, accounts payable; Mike Landis, executive director; Juanita Haslacker, community focus support supervisor; Bonnie Kisamore, office manager; Kathy Murphy, psychologist; and Steve Kitzmiller, board member.

Potomac Highlands Guild held its annual all-staff Christmas party Dec. 6, at the training facility located at Fisher Straight.

PHG recognized some outstanding staff and behavioral health advocates during this party.

Employees receiving the Employee of the Year awards for exemplary behavioral healthcare work are as follows:

Sarah Dunn, RYSC Coordinator at PHG’s Hardy County office - the Wanda Carr Award; Teresa Mowery, day treatment/residential coordinator for Hardy County at the day treatment facility at Fisher Straight - the Ila Keller Award; and Stacie Kinnie, finance clerk at the Hampshire County office - the Evelyn Bean Award.

All ladies were presented with a plaque, a gift card and extra annual leave hours to use.

PHG also recognized Doug Pixlar, general manager of Potomac Valley Transit Authority, for being an outstanding member of the community and partner who has gone above and beyond providing transportation for clients in need. He was presented the Craig Curtis Behavioral Health Award.

Finally, PHG employees with 25-plus years of service were recognized as follows: Juanita Haslacker, community focus support supervisor, 27 years; Car- ol Hendrix, accounts receivable, 29 years; Teresa Landis, accounts payable, 31 years; Bonnie Kisamore, office manager, 32 years; Michael Landis, executive director, 33 years; and Kathy Murphy, psychologist, 37 years.

PHG observed a moment of silence for Debra Herron, residential supervisor for Hampshire/Mineral County sites, who passed away Saturday, Nov. 30. She had been with PHG for 28 years. Her award was presented to her grand-daughter, Calia.

The Mineral County STEM Network will host the eighth annual Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Festival for area students and parents.

The event will be on Saturday, March 28, 2020, from noon – 4 p.m. at WVU Potomac State College, Keyser Campus.

Proposals are easy to submit online and they are due Feb. 1. Spaces fill up, so be sure to submit by the deadline at http://mineralstem.com/SpeakerApp.php.

Proposals received by the deadline and accepted will be shared in all publicity materials that list presentation topics and sponsoring organization.

This area STEM Festival is modeled after the USA Science and Engineering Festival and Expo held in Washington, D.C. It is an exciting venue to experience the numerous hands-on activities. Interested groups are invited to submit proposals.

“The STEM Festival is a popular event for Mineral County and WVU Potomac State College with families traveling from throughout the region to attend. The success is due in large part to the outstanding presenters who provide quality hands-on STEM learning experiences,” says Margaret Miltenberger, WVU Extension Service 4-H and Family Extension Agent.

The mission of the festival is to reinvigorate the interest of local youth in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities and careers by producing and presenting compelling, exciting, educational and entertaining science gatherings.

Business, industry and organizations are encouraged to participate by providing hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) activities that stimulate interest and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Presentations are needed that appeal to all levels: elementary, middle and high school.

The planning committee co-chairpersons are Andrea Schafer, WVU Potomac State College, Craig Kesner, Orbital ATK and Kelly Haines, Mineral County Schools. If you have questions about the proposals contact Andrea Schaefer agschafer@mail. wvu.edu at 304-788-7133.

For more information on the Mineral County STEM Network visit http://mineralstem.com/ and for regular updates on the festival like the Facebook page https:// www.facebook.com/MineralCountySTEM.

If you’ve ever wondered if the Grant County Press has an international readership, it does!

Tristan O’Malley (Petersburg High School Class of 2014) graduated with a linguistics degree from Ohio University in 2018 and is now teaching English with the Peace Corps in western Ukraine.

His parents, Julie Fosbender and Kieran O’Malley of Elkins, sent him a box of goodies from home and included several copies of the Grant County Press.

Here he is shown using the Press in one of his English lessons. O’Malley will complete his Peace Corps service in October 2020.

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