Pats on the Back

– To the Ohio County Solid Waste Authority, for hosting a household hazardous waste collection on Saturday at the City of Wheeling Operations Center in Clator. County residents were able to turn in materials ranging from old paint to pesticides for proper disposal.

– To all involved — for many years — in maintaining the beautiful old trees at Elmhurst, The House of Friendship, in Wheeling. One of the trees, a Shumard oak, has been declared the largest of its type in West Virginia.

– To Marshall County officials for installing a new security system at the county courthouse in Moundsville. Since the new system was implemented in July, it has kept more than 700 weapons, including 40 pistols, from being taken into the courthouse.

– To David Williams, who grew up in New Martinsville, and Chip Vucelich, who grew up in Moundsville, for garnering Emmy Award nominations for their work on the television series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.” Williams was cited as a makeup artist, while Vucelich was nominated as co-producer.

n To Eme Martin, of Bethesda, who is earning recognition as a trick rider on horseback. She has performed in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Missouri. Martin is 7 years old.