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Group names longtime Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority board member its Volunteer of the Year

Edgar J. Mason became the first Eastern Panhandle resident to receive the top award

January 03, 2013|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com
  • Berkeley County (W.Va.) Council member Jim Barnhart, right, congratulates Edgar J. Mason of Inwood, W.Va., on Thursday for being named volunteer of the year by the state Association of West Virginia Solid Waste Authorities.
By Matthew Umstead, Staff Writer

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A longtime Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority board member was recognized Thursday for being named the 2012 Volunteer of the Year by the Association of West Virginia Solid Waste Authorities.

Edgar J. Mason, 72, of Inwood, W.Va., who has served on the five-member board since 1992, said at Thursday’s Berkeley County Council meeting that the progress made during his tenure was the result of board members working together.

Mason, who currently serves as the board’s vice-chair, recalled being asked by now former County Commissioner Pat Murphy to serve on the Solid Waste Authority and not knowing what to expect.

“I knew that a garbage truck picked up cans in front of my house and took them to a mud hole, and then I found out there was a lot more (to it) .. and I’m still learning,” Mason said after the meeting.

Mason became the first Eastern Panhandle resident to receive the top award at the state association’s annual conference, which was held in December in Wheeling, W.Va., according to Solid Waste Authority board Chairman Clint Hogbin.

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Mason was recognized for his leadership and involvement in a number of projects, including efforts to redevelop the site of a 10-acre tire pile in Inwood, W.Va. The site was cleaned up in cooperation with state officials and now is used for one of the county’s two comprehensive recycling centers. 

In addition to his service to the county’s solid waste authority, Mason was lauded for his volunteer efforts with his church, the Inwood Watershed Association, the Youth of Inwood and the Eastern Panhandle Transit Authority.

In 2009, he was recognized by the Berkeley County Commission for his dedication to the community and also was recognized by the Recycling Coalition of West Virginia as a West Virginia Recycling Champion in 2008.

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