Boos & Applause

Editor’s note: During the course of a week, issues are covered that might not lend themselves to full editorial comment, but they are worthy of The Inter-Mountain weighing in – pro, con or neutral.

Applause to the Randolph County Community Arts Center for bringing in a great roster of guest speakers, including West Virginia University Athletic Director Oliver Luck, to supplement the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit, “Hometown Teams.” Luck’s appearance this week brought renewed attention to the exhibit currently on display at the Arts Center.

Applause to state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey for visiting Randolph and Tucker counties Wednesday as part of his Town Hall tour of the state. Morrisey answered questions from the public at both appearances, making it clear to local residents that, as he put it, “I work for you.”

Applause to the 51st annual Ox Roast at Camp Pioneer. Volunteers served more than 1,200 pounds of choice rounds of beef during the charitable event Thursday.

Boo to the increased time on school buses that students will likely have to spend this fall now that Harman School has been declared unsafe. The Randolph County Board of Education will meet Tuesday to develop a plan, including how to make repairs at the school. Board members toured the school Wednesday and saw the damage from the recent collapse of part of the ceiling. They now face a tough decision in choosing a course of action. Closing the school for good would be unpopular, but so would busing students elsewhere until repairs can be made. We feel certain the BOE?members will keep the best interests of the students in mind as they consider their options.

Boos & Applause

Applause to the events and donations helping the Elkins-Randolph County YMCA?achieve its $500,000 fundraising goal for the pool renovation project. Citizens Bank of West Virginia presented a $5,000 donation to the YMCA?Monday, and a pair of fundraising events – the 12th annual Drive for Fitness and the El Gran Festival – collected a total of more than $12,000 last weekend.

Applause to the volunteers from the St. Thomas More Parish of Bethel Park, Pa., who helped local residents at eight different worksites in Randolph County this week. Working with Catholic Charities, the volunteers made needed improvements to homes in Elkins, Beverly, Mill Creek, Valley Band and Huttonsville.

Applause to the Randolph County Commission and Elkins City Council for working together to make a deal to purchase the former Elkins National Guard Armory. Representatives from both bodies had harsh words for each other in the past month about fire fees – following up on similar hard feelings last summer over the Elkins-Randolph County Landfill – so it was reassuring Thursday to hear our elected officials are now working together for the common good. We encourage this spirit of cooperation.

Boo to the news that hours will be cut at three post offices in Upshur County. The U.S. Postal Service is desperately looking for ways to trim costs, and the decision to reduce hours at the three locations has already been made. However, public meetings were held Tuesday seeking input on what the new hours of operation should be. We salute the local residents who came out to the meetings in Lorentz, Arden and French Creek to make suggestions and let the Postal Service know they don’t appreciate their post office service hours being cut.

Boos & Applause

Applause to all the volunteers and participants who brought us the 30th annual Mountain State Street Machines Auto Extravaganza last weekend. The event was enjoyed by hundreds of residents and visitors, both old and young. While we’re at it, thanks to everyone who helped put on the fireworks displays over the July 4th weekend, including those in Elkins, at the Barbour County Fairgrounds and in Thomas. Patriotism never looked brighter.

Applause to Monday’s ribbon cutting at the new Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center Tucker County Community Based Outpatient Center in Parsons. The new facility offers twice as much space and more programs than the previous clinic.

Applause to the work residents can see being done on the Elkins-Randolph County YMCA pool renovation project. The roof over the pool was taken down this week, making the renovations possible. Two fundraising events benefiting the pool project are set for 5 p.m. today – the YMCA Drive for Fitness at the Elks Club, and the El Gran Sabor Festival at the El Gran Sabor restaurant.

Boo to the rash of shootings and other violent crimes in the area this week. Could the cause for all this extreme behavior be the rise of a “supermoon” – a super-sized full moon – scheduled for tonight? During a supermoon, the full moon will appear about 30 percent brighter and 14 percent closer than a typical full moon, achieving “super luminosity.” Three supermoons are scheduled for this summer, one each during July, August and September. Whatever may be causing these flare-ups of violence, we hope nerves and tempers calm down soon, for everyone’s sake.