All Hail Outdoor Workers

Now that the Ohio Valley, along with much of the nation, has dropped into the deep freeze, it’s time to salute the hearty men and women who venture out in frigid temperatures to provide emergency services and complete other work-related tasks upon which the rest of us depend.

We can name those brave souls — police officers, firefighters, emergency services personnel, water department employees, utility workers, highway crews, mail carriers, etc. — who toil outdoors despite freezing temperatures and sub-zero wind chills.

They are out there working in conditions that are too cold for animals — even penguins! — to bear for extended periods.

So, if you have a roof over your head and have heat, electric service and running water, thank those countless workers who have made those modern conveniences possible and, if inclined, say a prayer for their safety in these arctic conditions.

Incidentally, if you have any doubt that nicotine is addictive, just peek outside on one of these sub-zero days and notice that the only folks who are out in the cold voluntarily are likely to be the people who are taking a smoking break.


Bob Huggins, men’s basketball coach at West Virginia University, hopes Mountaineer fans will help him win $100,000 for the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment at the WVU Cancer Institute.

Huggins is one of 48 top college basketball coaches in the nation participating in the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge to raise funds for their favorite charities.

WVU officials said Infiniti will donate at least $1,000 to each participating coach and will award $100,000 to the coach who receives the most fan votes over a 10-week period that ends on March 10. Fans can vote for their favorite coach, up to three times a day, online at and on social media.

If Huggins wins the Infiniti Challenge, the prize money will go to the endowment fund that he established at the Cancer Institute in memory of his mother, Norma Mae Huggins, who died in 2003 after a long battle with colon cancer.

Officials said that in keeping with the coach’s wishes, this fund supports clinical research, specifically providing access to cancer clinical trials at WVU Medicine affiliates for all Mountain State residents.


The family of Wheeling native Martha Phillips Hupp has announced the 2017-18 recipients of the Hupp academic scholarships.

Her son, A. Todd Hupp IV, stated, “Each student was carefully selected for merit in their respective areas of study.”

Family members said the Martha Phillips Hupp-Edward M. Phillips M.D. Medical Award scholarships have been presented to West Virginia University students Emily Bruner, nursing; Andrea Idler, biomedical engineering, and Adrienne Kemp-Rye, biological sciences, and to Fairmont State University student Marlea Donaldson, nursing.

Andrew Hubert has received the Martha Phillips Hupp-Rosalie Stephens Phillips Award in Music to study music composition at WVU School of Music.

The Martha Philips Hupp-Arch Todd Hupp III Award for Non-Traditional (adult) Students has been designated for Elliot Rodney to study physics at WVU’s Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.

Mrs. Hupp (1918-2006) was a resident of Washington Farms, located outside Wheeling, and a longtime Morgantown resident. She was part of a century-long family of Wheeling physicians, starting in 1914 with her father, Dr. Edward M. Phillips. Her mother, Rosalie Stephens Phillips, a 1910 graduate of the New England Conservatory, was a classically-trained pianist and West Virginia music educator.

She married businessman Arch Todd Hupp III (1918-90), a sixth-generation Wheeling native, in 1947.

His ancestors, Dr. John Cox Hupp and Carolene Todd Hupp, played prominent roles in setting early West Virginia statehood policies.

Their oil portraits, circa 1854, hang in West Virginia Independence Hall in Wheeling,

Students interested in applying for the Martha Phillips Hupp scholarships may contact the WVU Foundation in Morgantown (for non-traditional or music awards) or the Monongahela Heath System Foundation in Morgantown (for medical or biological sciences studies).

Linda Comins can be reached via email at: lcomins@