As Thanksgiving approaches, Gayle and I are reminded once again of the importance of family: the source of life’s greatest joys and its deepest bonds. Our loved ones are the foundation of our country as well as the inspirational force in each of our lives.  We are so blessed with the riches of loving families and friends, a beautiful state to call home, and the knowledge that we are truly a statewide community with an unbreakable bond. Not only is this approach good for the soul but it makes West Virginia the best place to work and live. 

This year has brought unprecedented challenges but in true West Virginia fashion, we have seen each other rise up to help our neighbors and go above and beyond the call of duty. In the words of Abraham Lincoln, “The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battle-field and patriot grave to every living heart and hearth-stone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

Let us continue to let our Better Angels fly - to pray for peace, safety, and a greater understanding of one another.  My parents taught me that if you can count your blessings, you can share your blessings. We are all so blessed to enjoy their opportunities of this great nation. 

We wish each of you a very Happy Thanksgiving.

- Joe & Gayle


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I was always taught that if you can count your blessings, you can share your blessings. I’ve been seeing so many great WV Strong and Better Angels stories. During these unprecedented times, it’s important to focus on all the wonderful things that are still happening every day in our beautiful state.

Nominated as today’s Better Angels is the team with the Brooke County Salvation Army. In addition to the challenges that have come with COVID-19, the Unity Apartments in Wellsburg also experienced flooding in March which displaced the first floor tenants until reconstruction began recently. The team at Unity called on their local Salvation Army for help and in true West Virginia fashion, they went above and beyond to help, delivering meals and supplies during those critical months.

Every person involved with these programs and services is representing the very best of who we are as a statewide community, and I am grateful every single day for the outstanding impact of the Salvation Army.

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Charleston, WV – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $1,389,154 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the State of West Virginia’s Office of the Adjutant General. The funds will be used to support emergency protective measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Specifically, this funding provides the required 75 percent cost share for the purchase and distribution of commodities in the form of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as N95 respirators, medical gloves, surgical masks, medical gowns, face shields, sanitizer, and sanitizer kits that were needed to respond to COVID-19 from March through July of this year. This operation was mandated under orders of Governor Jim Justice to procure emergency contracts for PPE in emergency response to COVID-19 within West Virginia.

"Our front line workers need PPE to stay as safe as possible while they care for their fellow West Virginians. As COVID-19 cases rise in West Virginia and across the nation, keeping our healthcare professionals and front line workers properly equipped is vital," Senator Manchin said. “This funding will help cover some of the costs already incurred for providing our fellow West Virginians the emergency resources they need during the COVID-19 pandemic. This crisis is far from over and we must all do our part by wearing our masks and following the guidelines to keep our family, friends, and neighbors safe. I will continue to fight for funding that supports our healthcare professionals and front line workers throughout this pandemic.”



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United Way’s new 2-1-1 will make information on a wide variety of local support services more accessible across our entire state,” said United Way of Central WV President, Margaret O’Neal. “Whether it’s information for locating a health clinic, finding child care programs, or getting housing assistance, 2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember, go-to resource for individuals and families.

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