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Donna Mazzei becomes one of the newest contributors to the Nicholas County Community Foundation.  Originally from Weirton, West Virginia she has lived most of her adult life in Summersville.

I started teaching when I first moved to Summersville.  Mrs. Madge Gilbert was the principal at Summersville Grade School at that time.  It was a wonderful experience; I loved the students and since I didn’t know many people it was a pleasure meeting their families.

After I taught, I was persuaded to run for Summersville’s Town Council.  I won by one vote!  My two opponents challenged the outcome.  There was a recount.  I won by one vote.  I served on Council for 24 years.  Believing in term limits, I didn’t run again.  I did, however, get the nickname “Landslide Mazzei”.

But all joking aside, this is a great place to live, work and with fantastic recreational areas play.  Summersville is a wonderfully generous and giving community as witnessed by this Foundation, by the enormity of the pledges made to support the WV  Summersville Regional Medical Center, by those hosting the Sports Banquet each year and by one individual, Steve Brown who started with a small St. Patrick’s Day Parade Event that continues to grow and give so much back to the community.

For my small part, I have chosen to support the Nicholas Animal Shelter.  This one’s for you Maggie.