Acts Committee Announces “Elder Citizen” and “Business Longevity” Award Recipients

For Immediate Release: 
Jun 25 2006

Acts Committee Announces “Elder Citizen” and “Business Longevity” Award Recipients

Athens, W.Va. – The “Elder Citizen” for 2006 will be Mrs. Sallie Friedl, according to the Athens-Concord Town Social Committee, and the Deli-Mart will be the recipient of the “Business Longevity” award. The ACTS committee will also award a “Total Community Involvement” award and an “Extra Miler” award. These recipients will be announced the day of the event.

Sallie Belle (Harlan) Friedl was born February 2, 1912, in Tompkinsville, Ky. She received a B.S. in home economics from Western Kentucky University and met her husband, Joe Friedl (now deceased), while he taught and coached at WKU. Mrs. Friedl is a proud mother of five children (Joe Jr., Chester, Henry, Dexter, and Sally Ann), grandmother to nine grandchildren and great-grandmother to nine great-grandchildren. She taught for 32 years in southern W.Va., Ky., and Va., and served as a reporter for the “Princeton Observer” (now, Princeton Times). She was editor of the “W.Va. Retired Teachers Magazine.” She has lived in Athens since 1948 and is active in the Athens Methodist Church.

Jerry Peck is owner of the Deli-Mart in Athens. Peck, who previously ran a restaurant in Athens, has managed the business since 1984. The Deli-Mart is the place area folks have come for groceries, gasoline, farm feed and supplies. Peck also runs the adjacent laundromat. "A little bit of everything,” Peck said. But the Deli-Mart is more than a store. It’s the unofficial gathering spot for townspeople, especially the bench beside the front door. “There’s always somebody on that bench outside,” Peck said. He is rumored to have a spare waiting behind the store if the bench ever gives out. The store, which opens at 6 a.m. daily, goes through 40 pots of coffee a day, Peck said. He thought about all the goods that the Deli-Mart provides and offered, "Coffee: That’s the main thing.”

Awards will be announced between 2:35 p.m. and 3:15 p.m., and the Town Social Committee invites past recipients of awards as well as those who have volunteered to help organize the event in previous years to attend and be recognized.

In addition to these awards, the Athens Women’s Club will present a “Beautification” award and an “Outstanding Citizen” award to special recipients.

The Town Social will be Sunday, August 13, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the front lawn of the Concord University campus.

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: Ms. Anne O’Sullivan, 1-304-384-7353.

FOR GENERAL INFORMATION, CONTACT: Town Social Committee Chair Tom Bone III, 1-304-384-7618 or Town Social Committee Co-chair Jean Beasley, 1-304-384-9712.



Committee members for the 2006 Athens-Concord Town Social are Chair Tom Bone III, Co-chair/Treasurer Jean Beasley, Vice Chair Anne O’Sullivan, Secretary Pat Edge, Mary Edna Beckett, Kevin Bennington, Sarah Dalton, Sharon Griffee, Jim Hardin, Lori Keaton, Randy Keaton, Ann Kessinger, Larry Mann, Anita Moody, 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.