Volunteer honored for efforts behind the scenes
The Wellsburg Applefest Committee carried on its tradition of dedicating each year's festival to a strong supporter of the event with its recognition of Bill Konkle.
Konkle has coordinated the festival's Apple Pie Bake-off, which in recent years was re-dubbed the Everything Apple Contest to allow a variety of apple-based dishes to be entered.
Michael O'Brien, who co-chairs the Applefest with Ernie Jack, noted Konkle has lent his time to many causes, including the Top of West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau board of directors, through which he has headed up the Discover Brooke County event to showcase goods and services offered by Brooke County businesses for seven years.
Konkle also has been involved with the Brooke AARP Chapter, serving as president for nine years; the Wellsburg High School Alumni Association, of which he has been vice president; Brooke-Hancock-Ohio-Marshall Retired and Senior Volunteer Program and Wellsburg Christian Church.
For his service he has received many honors, including Wellsburg Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year for 2007 and the Robert W. Jackson Distinguished Service Award from the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services in 2011.
The retired grocer and meatcutter said he was very surprised to be recognized by the Applefest Committee.
Konkle added he has "enjoyed working with the Applefest very much. It's a good bunch of people and he (O'Brien) has worked very hard on this."