BEST Awards

BUCKHANNON — The City of Buckhannon takes extra measures to recognize its outstanding citizens.  Accordingly, proclamations were presented to the most recent recipients of the ninth and tenth Buckhannon Exemplary Service Testimonials (BEST) Awards on Thursday, July 18 at the City Council meeting. 

The ninth recipients of the BEST Award for June were Brad and Kim Lincicome. The husband and wife team regularly volunteer to chaperone Upshur County Alcohol Reduction Effort (UCARE) pool parties at the high school recreational park. The pool parties sponsored by UCARE were established after a tragic vehicular accident in Upshur County claimed the lives of four B-UHS girls in May 2008. The organization was formed to dissuade youths from engaging in alcohol and drug usage by offering fun alternatives.

For the past 12 summers, the Lincicomes have served as chaperones and disc jockeys at the UCARE pool parties. The couple has also volunteered for many other charitable causes including the Strawberry Festival, Relay for Life, and events at their Chapel Hill United Methodist Church.

“Brad and Kim Lincicome have helped us all in our Buckhannon-Upshur community to be happier in many ways,” McCauley declared. “I direct the establishment of our City’s new BEST bench and installation of a permanent placard in Jawbone Park to forever honor and recognize Brad and Kim Lincicome.” 

The tenth recipient of the BEST Award for July was Dr. Kathy Gregg. She is Professor Emerita at West Virginia Wesleyan College. Dr. Gregg is also the primary founder and single biggest contributor to Buckhannon’s Nature Park and Learning Trail near Buckhannon’s Poundstone River Walk Trail. 

Dr. Gregg was a charter member and organizer of the West Virginia Group of the Sierra Club in 1977, and in 1984 served as West Virginia Chapter’s first Chair. Dr. Gregg has worked extensively with orchid conservation throughout WV and has served as Chair of the Wesleyan Landscape Committee. “Simply stated, there is no greater conservator and protector of our environment than Dr. Kathy Gregg,” McCauley declared. “Dr. Kathy Gregg has helped us all in our B-U community to be better and happier in many ways,” McCauley added.

BEST Awards honor residents of the Buckhannon-Upshur Community who perform extraordinary service while embracing the kind and giving spirit of volunteerism.


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