Honorees Announced for Athens-Concord Town Social
Athens, W.Va. – The 21st annual “Almost Heaven in 2007” Athens-Concord Town Social will be Sunday, August 12, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the front lawn of the Concord University campus.
The Town Social committee will present the following awards between 2:45 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.:
Ms. Ethel Patton Purser will receive the Elder Citizen award. (The award is presented to one of the oldest citizens either living or having lived in Athens for at least 10 years.) Purser was born in 1916 on a farm in Monroe County and graduated from Union High School in 1934. She attended Concord State Teachers College (now Concord University) and received a teaching certificate in 1936. She taught in one room schools until 1943 when she joined the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corp, serving until the end of World War II. After the war she lived in Austin, Texas, where her daughter, Carol, and son, Joel (now deceased), were born. In the 1950s she returned to Athens where she continues to live. Purser retired from the Mercer County school system. Since her retirement she has been a volunteer for the Princeton office of the American Red Cross and Princeton Community Hospital. She lives on East Broadway with her cat and dog, and she is a member of Concord United Methodist Church.
Mr. Winfred Shrewsbury will receive the 2007 Total Community Involvement award. (The Total Community Involvement award is given to someone who is a contributor to the Town of Athens and Concord University.) Shrewsbury is proprietor of Shrewsbury's Machine and Casting.
When the town social began 21 years ago, Shrewsbury stepped up and donated helium for balloons and also had baseball caps imprinted with the event's logo at his own expense, to be given away free. He has quietly and cheerfully assisted the Town Social ever since.
When asked why he helped out, he said, "You asked. I could. I did." He continued, "I like this community. It's good to me. You're supposed to help out the community where you live."
His firm has been in operation 34 years now, the last 21 or so at its current location beside Route 20 north of Athens.
He said when he moved to the current facility, he had eight people working in 12,000 square feet. His staff is now 40, in a plant covering 45,000 square feet.
The business now has over 800 customers, he said, and 14,000 different items. A major part is providing gears and shafts for the coal industry, but he also provides power transmission products, gears and axles for other clients, including "some military work and some nuclear work."
Shrewsbury said, "We work hard. We do good work.... We do what we say we'll do, at the price we said we'd do it."
Ms. Sue Smithson, owner and operator of “Sue’s Perfect Image” will receive the Extra Miler award for 2007. (The Extra Miler award is given to someone who has performed numerous acts of kindness over the years.) Sue has owned and operated the "Perfect Image" beauty salon for 21 years. Her shop is located next to the DeliMart in Athens. She has purposely kept her shop small so that she can give everyone who walks in the door her personal touch. Sue's customers are her friends and she looks after them with that in mind. Sue is easy to talk to because she's an attentive, thoughtful and sympathetic listener. She's particularly protective of her more elderly friends. She calls and checks up on them if they miss appointments, summons help for them if they need it, offers rides when necessary and has even spotted skin cancer twice and prodded until the women had it taken care of. Sue's family includes her husband, two daughters and three granddaughters.
The Business Longevity Award for 2007 honors CVS Pharmacy in Athens, begun in 1977 as Athens Pharmacy. Steve Shrewsbury began the business a couple of years after graduating from the School of Pharmacy at West Virginia University.
Shrewsbury sold the retail side in 1992 to the SuperX chain, which eventually became CVS. Shrewsbury has remained on for 30 years now as the chief pharmacist at the store.
The store moved to its current location at the intersection of State and Vermillion streets in 1997, said store manager Connie Conley. CVS is the place where people from all over northern Mercer County come for everything from a toothbrush to photo developing to heart medicine.
The Town of Athens and Concord University jointly plan the social, which is traditionally held on the second Sunday of each August. The goal of the Town Social is to provide an opportunity for residents of the Town of Athens and surrounding areas, the Concord community and visitors to socialize in a small-town setting -- 600-800 guests typically attend.
Vendors are invited to set up a booth, free-of-charge, to display and sell their handicrafts, and local musicians provide toe-tappin’ entertainment for the guests. ARAMARK provides the fixin’s for a picnic, also free-of-charge.
FOR VENDOR INFORMATION, CONTACT: Anne O’Sullivan, 1-304-384-7353 or Sharon Griffee, 1-304-384-3243. Vendors are encouraged to make arrangements early as space is limited and booths are awarded on a first come, first served basis.
FOR GENERAL INFORMATION, CONTACT: Tom Bone III, 1-304-384-7618
Additional information about the Athens-Concord Town Social is available at www.concord.edu, click on “News & Events,” “Events,” then “Community.”
2007 TOWN SOCIAL COMMITTEE
Committee members for the 2007 Athens-Concord Town Social are Jean Beasley, Mary Edna Beckett, Jonathan Berkey, Tom Bone III, Sarah Dalton, Secretary Pat Edge, Sharon Griffee, Jim Hardin, Lori Keaton, Randy Keaton, Anne Kessinger, Larry Mann, Anita Moody, Anne O’Sullivan, Margaret Ann Scott, Lynne White, and Kati Whittaker.
CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679, extension 6086 if special assistance or help is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.