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Governor's Christmas card features Sesquicentennial

Chip Ellis
A photo of the West Virginia Sesquicentennial celebration in June dominates the inside of the governor's annual holiday card.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Not unexpectedly, the 2013 edition of the governor's holiday card features a West Virginia Sesquicentennial theme.

"The first lady wanted to highlight our West Virginia Sesquicentennial," spokeswoman Amy Shuler Goodwin said of the "Season's Greetings From the Tomblins" card, the front of which features a depiction of the governor's seal as a holiday ornament on a blue field.

The inside front of the card features a photograph of the Capitol lit up with fireworks and 3D video projections from the June Sesquicentennial celebration, framed by four smaller pictures from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's inauguration in January.

Its message: "As we celebrate our sesquicentennial year, we hope you will take a moment to reflect upon this special time in West Virginia's history and celebrate the true spirit of the Mountain State."

The back of the card depicts the 2013 Governor's Mansion Christmas ornament. Hand-painted by Alum Creek artist Shelley Goodman, the limited-edition ornament also features the Sesquicentennial theme.

Goodwin said first lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin wanted a design for the first family's card that would be welcoming and West Virginia-themed.

A total of 23,451 cards, produced in-house and featuring photographs by Steve Rotsch and Tyler Evert, were mailed last week.

Goodwin said she did not have a total cost for production of the cards and postage immediately available.

In past years, the cost of Tomblin holiday cards have been in the neighborhood of $10,000, with postage accounting for a majority of the expense.

Reach Phil Kabler at philk@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.


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