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Recently honored in WV Living magazine’s “West Virginia 2019 Wonder Women” was Petersburg native and business owner, Penny Harman.
Savannah Carr wrote this brief biography of Penny:
“Penny Harman was born March 31, 1945, in a cabin in Cabins, West Virginia, at her parents’ North Fork Cabins vacation rental business at the northern edge of the Monongahela National Forest. Today that former family home is known as Cabin 1 and— due largely to Harman’s efforts—the small rental company her parents created is now a beloved destination of 21 one-to four-bedroom luxury log cabins.
“As a single mother and business owner, Harman often faced adversity, from banks that wouldn’t loan her money to the devastating flood of 1985. The raging waters took everything from her property but two lone cabins. The family business was rebuilt by determination and hard work, and it also helped rebuild the community she loves. Born in Penny was that great West Virginia spirit of fighting adversity.
“God and family are what Harman has relied on in difficult times. ‘In life there are a lot of hard things, but trust in the Lord and you will get through,’ she says.”
The fall issue the magazine is now on sale at South Side Depot, Rite Aid or Fort Hill Motel or go online to wvliving.com where you can read about the other 2019 Wonder Women or subscribe https://newsouthmedia.com/subscribe/
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Grant County 4-H’ers represented Grant County in the virtual State 4-H Day competition.
In the spring, 4-H’ers were asked to submit video entries in several competitive events including visual presentations, public speaking, digital presentations and the 4-H creed contest. To celebrate their efforts, those who submitted entries were invited to a new state 4-H event on 4-H Day at the State Fair of West Virginia.
This event brought togeth- er 4-H families from counties around the state for “Summer’s Greatest Adventure” on the first Friday of the fair. Participants challenged themselves to the state fair scavenger hunt, which took them all across the fairgrounds to enjoy the food and entertainment; visit the livestock barns; stop by the WVU Building; and participate in carnival games and activities. The busy day concluded with the award ceremony for the virtual State 4-H Day competition and a traditional 4-H council circle.
“We are so proud of our hardworking 4-H’ers for having the confidence to participate in this competition at a state level,” WVU Extension Service Grant County Agent Alexandra Coffman said. “This is another example of how our West Virginia 4-H’ers are taking opportunities to better themselves and their communities.”
Participating from Grant Count was Owel Reel, a blue ribbon winner in the junior division, with “Hershey’s Sweet Success” in the miscellaneous category.