Ed Larry, left, and Jody Carpenter, right, are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month for June. 

Larry is the Chairperson of the Blue & Gray Reunion Committee and volunteers at the Barbour County Historical Museum.  Carpenter is the new Manager of the Barbour County Community Garden Market.

Jody Carpenter is a Barbour County native, attended Philip Barbour High School, and graduated from West Virginia University where he earned Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Agriculture and was a Dairy Judging Teaching Assistant.  He was a member of the WVU Regional Winning Soils Judging Team in 2013, County Program Assistant with the WVU Extension Service in Philippi, a volunteer coach for the Barbour County 4-H Land Judging Team, and counselor at the Barbour County 4-H Camp.

Carpenter is a 4-H All-Star, was an honoree of the West Virginia Agriculture & Forestry Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the National Dairy Shire in 2012.  He is a member of the American Society of Animal Science -Dairy Science Association - and Society of Agronomy, the Soil Science Society of America, and the West Virginia Farm Bureau. 

In its 24th season, the Community Garden Market is an approved vendor for SNAP electronic benefit cards and participates in the West Virginia Farmer’s Market Coupon Program for seniors and WIC recipients.  The market offers locally-produced vegetables, fruits, meats, eggs, baked goods, honey, jams, jellies, flowers, shrubs, and craft items.  The Market is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  For more information, or to sign up as a volunteer or vendor, call 457-5774.  Barbour County Health Department approval and the guidelines of the West Virginia Department of Agriculture are in force.

Edward Larry was born and raised in Fairmont, graduating from St. Peter High School and Fairmont State College. He holds an M. A. Degree in Education Administration, Curriculum & Instruction from West Virginia University. He was a teacher and coach in Stark County Ohio before moving to Barbour County in 1970 where he served as a teacher, coach, Assistant Principal, Principal, and Central Office Administrator.

Larry is a member of the knights of Columbus and St. Elizabeth Catholic Church.  He is a former member of the Board of directors of the county’s Association of Retired School Employees, Philippi Convention & Visitors Bureau, Philippi Main Street, and was a member of the Philippi City Council for eight years.  He is a volunteer at the Barbour County Historical Museum and current Chairperson of the Blue & Gray Reunion Committee.  He was the Philippi Main Street Public Official of the Year for 3 years, and is listed in Who’s Who Among Young Men.

Larry said, “As Chairperson of the Blue & Gray Reunion Committee these last two years, I’ve been privileged to lead the annual weekend of activities that commemorate the first land battle of the Civil War.  The Reunion weekend is designed to highlight the unique place in history which Philippi holds, and to provide educational and cultural opportunities to both local and out-of-town (and out-of-state) visitors to learn about the story that makes Philippi an important part of Civil War and West Virginia history.  I receive much joy from sharing our story, particularly with the hundreds of school children who visit Philippi during this weekend.”