Elkins, Price honored by state program

Submitted photo Elkins Mayor Van Broughton, left, and Elkins Make it Shine coordinator Melodee Price display awards from the statewide Make it Shine program.

ELKINS — The city of Elkins and a community volunteer have been honored by the West Virginia Make it Shine program.

Elkins was one of seven cities statewide to receive a 2017 Clean Community Award.

“Elkins was in the running for first place but got nudged out by Buckhannon,” said Terry Carrington, the coordinator of the state Make it Shine program.

Also receiving an award was Melodee Price, who has coordinated the Elkins Make it Shine program.

Price has led local efforts to clean up riverbeds, ditches, roadways and illegal dumping grounds.

She also created the innovative dumpster painting project in Elkins, in which dumpsters have been painted to reflect the area or location they are in. This project has been a great success, beautifying the town and bringing attention to the ongoing clean-up in Elkins.

Price also helped organize and oversee a series of Make it Shine clean-up efforts in Elkins in April 2017.

The Make it Shine program is “dedicated to promoting volunteerism in our state,” Carrington said.

The West Virginia Make it Shine Community Awards program was established in April 1993 in an effort to encourage the communities of West Virginia to assist in making West Virginia the cleanest state in the nation.

The Clean Community award is based upon 10 specific criteria including Community Cleanup, Recycling, Youth Participation, Adopt-A-Highway, Illegal Dump Cleanup, Public Land Improvement and Beautification, Community Environmental Education, River and Stream Cleanup, Earth Day and other miscellaneous projects.

The number of applications for this year was one of the largest groups in the Make It Shine’s history. Ten applications were received and out of those ten, seven communities qualified as Make It Shine communities.

Carrington noted that each community honored will receive two signs to erect at the entrances to the community announcing that they are “Make It Shine Award” recipients.