Lynch Walk of Fame 2013 inductees announced

Nola Sizemore Staff Writer

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Selections were made for the 2013 Lynch Walk of Fame inductees at a special-called meeting of the Lynch City Council recently.

Inductees include Hal Woods, Irene Florek, Rev. Dorothy Myles Fountain, the Tri-City Woman’s Club and Woodrow Wilson Adams, who is now deceased.

Woods was nominated by Barbara Tiabian. Woods, a veteran, also retired as a coal miner from U.S. Steel and Arch Coal. He worked on the Portal 31 and served three terms on the Lynch City Council. Woods is active with the Lynch Garden Club, a Kentucky Colonel, a member of the Blair Primitive Baptist Church, VFW 5171 and the Memorial Honor Guard since 1954.

Florek was nominated by Corky Florek who said Florek, now 94, is the oldest living person in Lynch. She has been a historian for the community and an active member of various clubs and organizations such as the Lynch Garden Club, Homemakers Club and Senior Citizens Club. She has also won blue ribbons for her work with hand crafts and donated afghans for many years to the Bulldog Reunion to raffle off for donations. She is an active member of the Church of the Resurrection Catholic Church and helped those less fortunate in the Tri-Cities area. She walks regularly for charity events to raise money for cancer cures.

Fountain was nominated by Linda Jackson, who attended the meeting. Jackson said her sister began the Walk of Fame program and has given “much work for the coal miners of Lynch.” She said she felt her sister “deserved to be honored on this occasion.”

The Tri-City Woman’s Club was nominated by Mary Jo O’Bradovich who stated club members provide refreshments for the “Coal Miner’s Appreciation Day ” each year as well as cleaning and decorating the Lynch Depot for the occasion inside and out. She said members have “scrapped and painted windows” at the maintenance and city hall buildings in Lynch, along with repair work at the high school and elementary school buildings. They have participated in cleanup efforts, beautified Portal 31’s exterior, refurbished the L&N caboose, painted the train engine at the depot, provided items to Head Start programs and served on Trail Town committees and other committees pertaining to the city.

Adams was nominated by Anna Carruba. Adams, a World War II veteran who received many medals, was also a little league coach and umpire, Lynch City Council member, member of the VFW and Knights of Columbus and the Church of the Resurrection Catholic Church and a leader of the Democratic Party in Harlan County. She said Adams, now deceased, was an athletic with the Lynch Bulldogs and “was always proud of his hometown — Lynch.”

Plaques will be awarded during the 18th annual Coal Miner Appreciation Day, which will be held at 1 p.m. on Oct. 19 at the Lynch Depot with a reception following the event.

Reach Nola Sizemore at 606-573-4510, ext. 115, nsizemore@civitasmedia.com


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