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Accepting nominations for awards of contributors

Jan. 26, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Nominations are being accepted for "Because of You" awards to honor people who have made significant contributions to West Virginia's coal mining enterprise and the state's mining heritage.

Awards in nearly a dozen categories will be presented at a gala dinner and awards ceremony planned as part of this year's "Spirit of the Coalfields" Miners' Celebration to be held in October at Tamarack in Beckley.

According to event organizers, representatives of the state's mining industry and community leaders will gather at the event to recognize miners, engineers, safety and environmental professionals, community members and innovators. Nominations for the awards are being accepted through June 1.

"This event is intended to honor and recognize the contributions of everyone involved," said Tony Szwilski, chairman of the event planning committee and director of Marshall University's Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences, in a news release. "Last year's celebration was a rousing success and we look forward to this year's program being even bigger and better."

Awards will be presented in the following categories: Innovation in Mining, Safety Professional, Women in Mining, Community Investment, Environmental and Engineering Professional, Community Involvement, Educator of the Year and Champion for Mining.

In addition, the Homer Hickam Collier and the Spirit of the Coalfields awards will be presented.

The "Spirit of the Coalfields" Miners' Celebration will feature a gala dinner and awards ceremony beginning at 6 p.m.

To nominate someone for the "Because of You" awards or for more information about the Miners' Celebration, contact Teresa Buckland by calling 304-696-3568 or buckland@marshall.edu.

For more information about the Coal Heritage Highway Authority/National Coal Heritage Area awards, call 304-465-3720 or email info@coalheritage.org.

The Miners' Celebration is a cooperative project of the Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences at Marshall University; the National Coal Heritage Area; the United Mine Workers of America; the West Virginia Coal Association; Strategic Solutions LLC; and the West Virginia Division of Energy, Office of Coalfield Community Development.

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