A positive impact

Dear Editor,

On Sunday, May, 7, 2017 the 10th annual Martins Ferry Hall Of Honor Induction Ceremony was held in the Martins Ferry High School Cafetorium where to date a total of 54 of Martins Ferry’s most outstanding citizens have been inducted as honorees into this most prestigious organization.

The Martins Ferry Hall Of Honor was founded by the then Mayor of the city of Martins Ferry, Mr. Leslie A. “Les” Douglas, that was created as per the entity’s mission statement contained in its by-laws, in order to acknowledge those citizens whose actions and accomplishments have affected, aided or brought fame to Martins Ferry. Those eligible for this honor must have been born, lived, or worked in the city of Martins Ferry.

On this, the tenth anniversary of the M.F. Hall Of Honor, I would like to pay tribute to its founder, Les Douglas, in acknowledging his outstanding contribution in the presentation of the history of the city by giving special recognition to those who have helped make Martins Ferry proud and the wonderful city that it is today.

Mr. Douglas, a long time, highly respected and well liked educator, administrator and community leader in the city of Martins Ferry with a great love and respect for the city, of which he is a life long resident, and its history. As a result, he has long been dedicated to the further preservation of the history of our city in honoring those considered to be among Martins Ferry’s most outstanding citizens.

Personally, I am greatly honored and most grateful to have had the wonderful privilege to have served as an original member of the Hall Of Honor Committee, remaining as a very enthusiastic and dedicated member during its initial nine years of existence, including three as its President, in helping make Mr. Douglas’s dream a reality.

Mr. Douglas has long been a major contributor to the betterment of our community and his creation of the Martins Ferry Hall Of Honor, I am confident, will continue as part of his wonderful legacy to the city of Martins Ferry in the decades to come.

Richard Hord

Martins Ferry