Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition

OVEC Annual Meeting

April 22, 2006
Photos by Todd Garland

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Awards Presented at Spaghetti Dinner Shindig

About 65 OVEC members gathered on Earth Day for our Annual Meeting, held at St. Cloud Commons in Huntington. Folks feasted on a fine Italian dinner prepared by OVEC board director Eric Fout.  OVEC member singer Jen Osha and bluegrass singer /songwriter and OVEC staffer Tonya Adkins entertained the group. After the awards were handed out (see below), everyone joined in planting a red oak tree on the park grounds. We chose the red oak because it is native to the area, vigorous and tenacious. As we planted the tree, we spoke of our vigorous, tenacious resolve to improve social and environmental conditions in our communities.

2006 OVEC Award Winners

Outstanding Blair Mountain BattlerKenny King

Perpetual Hostest with the MostestKathryn Stone

Perpetual Hostest with the MostestNanette Nelson

Outstanding Volunteer in Defense of Mother EarthMichael Morrison

Outstanding Volunteer in Defense of Mother EarthElisa Young

Outstanding Road WarriorsJoan Linville, Pauline Canterberry and Mary Miller

Outstanding Community Leadership in Kanawha and Fayette CountiesDwight Siemiaczko

Outstanding Community Leadership in Mingo CountyCarmelita and Ernie Brown

Mountainkeeper ExtraordinaireLarry Gibson

Raging Granny AwardWinnie Fox

Mingo County Community WatchdogsWalter and Carol Young

Bill Moyers Defender of Democracy AwardJulie Archer

Laura Forman Passion for Justice AwardRegina Hendrix

 
Carmelita and Ernie Brown receive their oustanding leadership award.
Carmelita and Ernie Brown receive their oustanding leadership award.

OVEC organizer Abe Mwaura hands out an award.
OVEC organizer Abe Mwaura hands out an award.

OVEC member Carol Warren, in her Treehuggers' Ball 2006 T-shirt, makes a point as the tree planting begins while OVEC board member Thomas Kincaid looks on.
OVEC member Carol Warren, in her Treehuggers' Ball 2006 T-shirt, makes a point as the tree planting begins while OVEC board member Thomas Kincaid looks on.

Janet Keating, OVEC's co-director, seems to ask for a little help from on high as she digs the hole for the red oak.
Janet Keating, OVEC's co-director, seems to ask for a little help from on high as she digs the hole for the red oak.

Vicky lends a hand at preparing the ground for the red oak.
Vicky lends a hand at preparing the ground for the red oak.

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