BUCKHANNON – At the City Council meeting on Tuesday, April Keating was bestowed the honor of being one of the BEST residents of the city of Buckhannon. She was recognized for her years advocating for clean water and strong communities.
She will receive a permanent placard in Jawbone Park that will forever honor and recognize her and her selfless efforts in protecting the environment.
Mayor David McCauley read a proclamation and presented a plaque to Keating. Her family was in attendance, and after receiving the award, she addressed the council and attendees.
“I think of myself as an environmental advocate, as I try to give voice to the environment in a time when it has little, and for the people affected by its degradation the most, who are usually poor, as many of us here in deep Appalachia will tell you,” Keating said. After to moving to Ann Arbor and coming back she stated she was glad she moved. “I have made lifelong friends and found some of the most generous and loving people, people of beauty and character, right here in this small town,” Keating said. She ended by saying she feels blessed to be a part of the community and that she is truly home here.
Mayor McCauley read the following proclamation in honor of Keating:
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 and Community Center, and Police Department, but had not until recently- formally recognized others who generally perform many other acts of service and kindness; and,
WHEREAS, with the 2018 establishment of our Buckhannon Volunteer Center, the City Council deemed it to be reasonable and appropriate to henceforth recognize our community’s most giving volunteers with previous honorees of the Buckhannon Exemplary Service Testimonial (BEST) Award being Amanda Hayes, Zachary Mutchler, Robin Keough, Shirley Tinney, Bill Nicholson, Dr. Joseph Reed, and Dr. Paul Richter.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, DAVID W. MCCAULEY, as MAYOR OF THE CITY OF BUCKHANNON, pursuant to the power and authority duly vested in me, do hereby proclaim as our City’s eighth recipient of our Buckhannon Exemplary Service Testimonial (BEST) Award for May of 2019 to be APRIL KEATING. MRS. KEATING is a supreme protector of our environment. In addition to being the founder of Buckhannon’s annual RiverFest, APRIL currently serves on the Buckhannon River Watershed Assn’s Board of Directors, and is a volunteer water monitor for Trout Unlimited and the WV Rivers Coalition, a lobbyist for clean water at both our state and federal governments, a co-founder and currently president of the Mountain Lakes Preservation Alliance, a past Board member of the WV Sierra Club, a participant in Buckhannon’s Community Unity and Kindness Day, the Equality march, the Science march, and other awareness activities. APRIL serves on the board of ICARE (International Cancer Alliance for Research and Education), is a fervent advocate for clean energy adoption and acceleration, a charter member of Create Buckhannon, and a member of SUBA (Southern Upshur Business Assn). APRIL KEATING has helped us all in our B-U community to be happier and healthier in many ways. I direct the establishment of our City’s new BEST bench & installation of a permanent placard in Jawbone Park to forever honor and recognize APRIL KEATING and all past and future honorees of our City’s BEST award.
I further urge all residents to join our City’s most honored guest, APRIL KEATING, her husband, Chip, her family, friends and admirers, and me, along with all members of our City government family during our public ceremony to be conducted at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 as we honor our City’s eighth recipient of our BEST award. We all wish APRIL the best as she continues to work for our B-U community. May every resident be mindful of the importance of community service and giving of one’s self and be inspired to give selflessly for the benefit of others as we pay tribute to the many substantial contributions of our exceptional volunteers, including the eighth recipient of our City’s BEST Award, APRIL KEATING.
Given under my hand and official seal of The City of Buckhannon upon this 14th day of May, 2019.