Athens-Concord Town Social Award Recipients Announced

For Immediate Release: 
Aug 04 2010

CONTACT: Sarah Dalton
Concord University
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312 -

Athens-Concord Town Social Award Recipients Announced

ATHENS - Award recipients to be honored at the upcoming Athens-Concord Town Social are being announced by the event’s planning committee. The annual social will be held Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the front lawn of Concord

University in Athens and features craft vendors, live musical entertainment, children’s games, a complimentary hot dog lunch and more.

Individuals and businesses that have enhanced the community and campus life of Athens and Concord University are honored each year at the afternoon gathering.

Eva B. Alvis is this year’s recipient of the Elder Citizen Award. She was born on May 2, 1919 in Athens. Alvis went to the Old Red

Schoolhouse on North State Street and attended Concord College for 2 1/2 years. She married John P. Alvis and had four children including sons Larry, Frank and Danny and daughter Debbie Whitler. She has six grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Alvis worked as a cook at Athens High School for ten years from 1956 to 1967. She is a member of Concord United Methodist Church in Athens.

Recipient of the 2010 Total Community Involvement Award is Anne Kessinger. Kessinger is known for her devotion to family, church and community. She attends Concord United Methodist Church where she’s president of the Rachel Myers Circle, helps with Vacation Bible School, started the monthly Community Luncheon and started a prison ministry in which members of the church give Christmas gifts to children of inmates.

She was an active member of the Athens Women’s Club and was instrumental in getting the Athens Town Park built. An alum of Concord, Kessinger is a retired school teacher. She is an active member of the Concord University Alumni Association and the Pine Trees Chapter.

The 2010 Extra Miler Award will be presented to Marilyn Beatty. A retired radiology technologist, Beatty has lived in Athens for about 40 years. She has two grown children, Chuck and Colleen, and is married to retired Concord professor Al Beatty.

Always ready to lend a helping hand, Beatty recently helped a neighbor during a medical emergency. This neighbor credits Beatty with saving her life.

This year’s Extra Miler has done a lot of work in the Athens Town Park. She helped with the park cleanup and has planted flowers there. She made an informational poster identifying mushrooms and flowers in and around the park and has worked on prepping and staining the gazebo.

The Business Longevity Award will be presented to Cole Nurseries, Incorporated, based in Pipestem. Norm Cole, who lives with his wife and two sons in Athens, is the third generation to direct this family-owned business that his grandfather began in 1937. The business moved to its present location 55 years ago, in 1955.

The nursery is predominately based on wholesale business, but this year Cole opened up a garden center to sell to the public. “We are the main landscape providers for The Greenbrier Resort, and we have helped to re-landscape Arlington National Cemetery,” Cole said.

Cole Nurseries ships as far as the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, New York’s Long Island and Louisville, Ky.

Recipients of the 2010 Outstanding Citizen Award and the Beautification Award, both presented by the Athens Lions Club, will be announced during the social. Additionally, an Athens area student who will be attending Concord University in the fall will be presented a scholarship award from the town social committee.

For more information on the social contact Lynne White, Athens-Concord Town Social Committee chairperson, at 1-304-384-4117 or