Boos and applause

– Applause to the newly renamed Alderson Broaddus University. The name change – and the “graduation” from college to university – was made official by Secretary of State Natalie Tennant in Charleston Thursday.

– Applause to the filmmakers who created “Angel’s Perch,” a movie shot almost entirely in Cass, for having their world premiere in Charleston this week. The film also played for four showings in Elkins this week, with filmmakers holding a question-and-answer session after Monday evening’s screening. The movie deals with Alzheimer’s, a disease that affects many victims, families and caretakers in the Mountain State.

– Applause to Energy Express, an award-winning statewide reading program in its 20th year. Two sites are offering services in Randolph County this summer, one each at George Ward and Third Ward Elementary Schools. The program provides two meals a day and reading-based educational activities that help children maintain their reading skills and good nutrition during the summer months.

– Applause to the many volunteers who help put on the sun-drenched extravaganza known as Coalton Days last weekend. Participants had a blast taking in the event’s music, food and beverages, and then enjoyed a parade through town. Coalton Days is one of the most enjoyable local events each year, and everyone involved with the event deserves praise.

– Applause to all who helped put on the annual Tygart Chili Cook-off in Philippi last weekend. The spicy event is always one of the year’s “hottest” activities.

– Boo to the rainy weather predicted for the area during the next few days. Here’s hoping the skies clear in time for Fourth of July festivities.

Boos and applause

-Applause to Ashley Elizabeth Houchin of Arnoldsburg, who will serve as Maid Silvia LXXVII during the Mountain State Forest Festival. Houchin was welcomed to Elkins last weekend at the traditional reception at Graceland Mansion on the campus of Davis & Elkins College.

-Applause to everyone who volunteered during the Randolph County Relay For Life last weekend in Elkins, and the Tucker County event today in Parsons. Relay For Life raises money for the fight against cancer, honors cancer survivors and caregivers, and remembers the victims of the dreaded disease.

-Applause to Mother Nature for keeping our area safe from the worst aspects of the massive storm system that swept across the country this week. Other than a few downed trees and some power outages – mostly in Barbour County -our communities can be grateful that we weren’t subjected to either high winds or flash flooding.

-Boo to the black cloud hanging over the city of Elkins. No, not a holdover from this week’s storms. We’re talking about the Elkins-Randolph County Landfill and it’s snarled finances. City Council will take its first look Monday at a proposed ordinance that would attempt to solve some of those financial problems. Here’s hoping someone can find a solution to the landfill situation, which may otherwise haunt the town for years to come.

Boos and applause

-Applause to Sen. Jay Rockefeller and Congressman David McKinley for presenting the Congressional Badge of Bravery to seven deputy U.S. Marshals. The men were involved in the February 2011 events in Elkins that resulted in the death of 24-year-old Derek Hotsinpiller, whose mother accepted her late son’s badge. These heroes deserve the honor and our praise and gratitude for their service.

-Applause to the sponsors and volunteers who made last weekend’s Wounded Warriors events at Harmon’s Cabins a reality. The fishing weekend was a wonderful gift to military veterans who were injured in combat.

-Applause to the news that all but one of Randolph County’s public schools will be eligible for free school breakfast and lunch next year under the USDA’s Community Eligibility Option Program. Also, kudos to Lorrayne Corley, the county school system’s child nutrition director, for being honored as the Mid East Region’s Outstanding Director of the Year at the upcoming annual School Nutrition Association’s National Conference.

-Applause to the hiring of Richard Shryock as a new Randolph County assistant prosecuting attorney focusing on drugs and violent crime. The Randolph County Commission is to be commended for allocating the money to better combat these serious local problems.

-Boo to the horrible impact cancer has on so many of our lives. Thank goodness for the Relay For Life, which helps raise funding and awareness to find a cure. Relay For Life also honors cancer victims, and celebrates survivors and caregivers. Randolph County’s Relay For Life is today at the Elkins Depot. We urge residents to come out and take part in the event, one of our community’s annual bright spots.