Athens-Concord Town Social Announces 2014 Award Recipients

For Immediate Release: 
Aug 08 2014

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,         




ATHENS, W.Va. - Award recipients being honored at the upcoming Athens-Concord Town Social have been announced by the event’s planning committee. The annual social will be held Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 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 and a complimentary hot dog lunch. A car show, sponsored by Concord United Methodist Church, is also part of the afternoon.

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

William Thomas “Tom” Bone III is recipient of the Total Community Involvement Award. An Athens native and current resident, Tom earned bachelor’s degrees in art and education from Concord. He also holds a master’s degree in communication arts.

Tom worked as Concord’s public information director for 20 years and upon retirement, received the title of Director of Public Relations, Emeritus. His career path has taken him to the Bluefield Daily Telegraph where he now works covering area sports and other news. As announcer for Mountain Lion football games, his voice is a familiar sound in Callaghan Stadium during the fall.

He has been a part of the Athens-Concord Town Social since its beginning serving as an officer with the committee planning and coordinating the event. Although he is no longer a committee member, he continues to hold the esteemed title of Town Social Clown.

A member of the Town Parks Committee, Tom has been instrumental in establishing the Athens Town Park and the post office park. He also helped organize early Athens town clean-up days, pulling weeds from cracks in the sidewalk and sweeping up gravel.

Tom is a longtime member of the Concord United Methodist Church. He serves on a variety of church committees and sings baritone in the choir.

David C. Klingensmith is the 2014 Elder Citizen. Dave was born in Parkersburg, W.Va.  At the age of three, his family moved to Athens. Following graduation from Athens High School, he moved to New London, Conn. to attend the United States Coast Guard Academy.  During his service years, he attended MIT where he received a degree in Naval Engineering. 

He retired from the Coast Guard after 26 years of service and moved back to Athens where he accepted the position of business manager at Concord. He later served as chairman of the Engineering Department at Bluefield State College.

An avid runner, Dave was instrumental in originating the Pipestem Pumpkin Run.  He has served as a member and recorder of the Athens Town Council and Chairman of the Board of the Athens Volunteer Fire Department. Dave helped establish the Athens Medical Center and has served Concord United Methodist Church in many capacities.

He is married to the former Barbara Mann and has two daughters, Kathryn Klingensmith-Gordon and Marla Klingensmith Churchill; two sons, David Klingensmith and Jonathan Klingensmith; and seven grandchildren.

Janet Meyer of Athens is being honored with the Good Neighbor Award. She is recognized for the care and concern she has for Athens and Concord, offered quietly and behind-the-scenes.  Janet moved to Athens with her family in 1979 following the retirement of her husband James from the Navy.

On her daily walks around town and campus Janet picks up litter to help keep the neighborhood attractive and greets students she passes along the way. She also organizes the community bulletin board at the post office to keep it current.

An enthusiastic member of the Bibbee Nature Club, Janet participates in the National Audubon Society’s bird counts. (Dr. Paul Cecil Bibbee was professor of biology at Concord.) Extending her community service beyond Athens, Janet organized and volunteered with the Princeton Public Library Friends of the Library used book sales for many years.

The Business Longevity Award is being presented to Gino’s Pizza and Spaghetti House. Gino’s, located on Vermillion Street in Athens, serves the campus and town and is part of a restaurant chain with other locations across West Virginia.

Recipients of the 2014 Citizen of the Year Award and the Beautification Award, both presented by the Athens Lions Club, will be announced during the social. Additionally, the Town Social committee will present scholarships to two Athens area students who will be attending Concord University in the fall.

Theme for this year’s town social is “Athens-Concord: A Caring Community.” To celebrate the theme attendees are being asked to help support several service projects. The “Stuff the Bus” campaign sponsored by Concord University’s Beckley campus will be collecting school supplies for children in southern West Virginia. For more information visit:

The Town of Athens is asking for donations of books to stock the Little Free Libraries now available to the community. This book exchange program is based on the principle of “take a book, leave a book.”

The Southern West Virginia Animal League will be distributing information and asking for donations. To learn more about the league visit:

Attendees should note that photographs, possibly for publicity purposes, will be taken at this event.


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if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.