The Mountain Heritage Festival Committee has selected two honorary grand marshals for the 30th Mountain Heritage Festival Parade on Saturday, September 29. The honored guests were selected in recognition of their significant contributions to Letcher County.
These guests will be formally recognized during the opening ceremony of the Mountain Heritage Festival Parade:
Dr. David Adams Narramore was the fifth child born into the coal mining family of Maxine Adams and Paul Ed in McRoberts. His Letcher County lineage through the Adamses dates back to 1804. He was graduated from Jenkins High School and went on to attend the University of Kentucky. While at UK he obtained a doctorate degree in dentistry and returned to his home to practice. He married his high school sweetheart, Lisa Farley of Jenkins, and they have a daughter, Alexandra.
While beginning his dental practice, Dr. Narramore also developed a distinct interest in improving the quality of life for his follow Letcher Countians. He has been instrumental in setting up the Esta Craft Conway Center Domestic Violence Shelter. In addition, he has been working collaboratively with local state and federal officials since 1992. More recently he has become involved in helping to develop a long range focus on tourism for Letcher County.
In the role of chairman of the county’s Tourism Commission, Dr. Narramore has set a new comprehensive approach for the development of permanent tourist attractions for the area such as the Pine Mountain Trail State Scenic Park, Pioneer Horse Trail, Roger Breeding ATV Trail, and others while also focusing on the development of the local arts through the inception of ARTWALKS, festivals and other events that showcase local visual and performing artists and craftsmen.
Currently, Dr. Narramore is working on implementing “Streetscapes of Whitesburg” and the “Mountain Heritage Trail System” while working to improve the quality of existing events, making certain they receive the attention and focus they richly deserve.
Angelina ‘Lina’ R. Tidal and her family, Dr. Tidal and five-year-old Zooey, moved to Whitesburg in July 1977.
Mrs. Tidal is the wife of Dr. Abubakar Tidal, internist at the Whitesburg Hospital and mother of Zooey Tidal Jones, public relations director of Jazz Lincoln Center, New York; Junior, a librarian at the City University of New York; Stephenie, who works at Food City, and Diana, an intensive care unit nurse at Jewish Hospital in Louisville.
She is a member of the St George Catholic Church, a friend and a volunteer to the Sisters of Charity in Jenkins, a member of the Local Advisory Group of the Whitesburg Appalachian Hospital, and a member of the Letcher County Schools Education Foundation.
Lina Tidal has devoted her career and life to the of Letcher County Public Libraries for 25 years, three years as a volunteer from 1987 to 1990, head librarian for three years, and 22 years as its director.
When martial law was declared in her country, the Philippines, in 1971, the family moved to the U.S.A. to enjoy the freedom and pursue educational and cultural opportunities this country has to offer.
The family fell in love and was in awe with the freedom and beauty of the U.S. culture and environment and they became naturalized U.S. citizens in 1984 and took their oath of allegiance at the courthouse in Lexington.
In 1990, Mrs. Tidal was offered the position as the director of the Letcher County Public Libraries.
Among the accomplishments that she is most proud of is the establishment of technology in all the libraries: 55 computers for patron use and an automation system that lists all the titles of all materials that all the libraries have and can be checked out by anyone who has a computer locally and globally. The new computer lab which she established at Harry M. Caudill Library in Whitesburg has been used by many who wished to learn to about computers. Two new libraries, Harry M. Caudill and the Jenkins Public Library, were constructed during her term, and a new one, the Fleming-Neon Public Library, will be complete by 2013. Blackey Public Library will be remodeled in 2013.