The three persons who were honored by the Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission Wednesday night have truly made our region a better place to live.
As John Brown, executive director of the board, explained, our communities would be lesser places if not for the work of Joan Simonetti Beck, Gary Folden and Dennis Jones.
A resident of Follansbee, Back helps others learn new jobs skills and is active on many area boards. Folden, a resident of Brilliant, has been a four-time chair of BHJ in addition to serving as the president of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, as village administrator in Wintersville and working with many other area agencies. Weirton's Jones, meanwhile, has been the driving force in helping to promote his town's history through the Weirton Area Museum.
Each of the honorees was humble in accepting his or her award, reminding those in attendance that their successes would not have been possible without the hard work of others.
They demonstrate that they have put their communities first, and pointed out the satisfaction they get by serving others.
Brown set the right tone for the dinner by reminding the award winners that they are just like George Bailey, the character portrayed by Jimmy Stewart in the classic film "It's A Wonderful Life," in that they may not realize what tremendous assets they are, and what voids would be left if they were not here.
We agree, and salute them for their service to our area.