Boos & Applause

Applause to everyone who has contributed to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, whether you donated money or are one of the dozen West Virginians who have been deployed to Texas and Louisiana by the American Red Cross. West Virginians have long been considered among the most charitable people in the country, and Harvey’s devastation has, unfortunately, provided Mountaineers another opportunity to demonstrate our generosity.

Applause to all the volunteers who have worked for months to bring us the Barbour, Randolph and Tucker county fairs over the last two weeks. Their efforts have resulted in many opportunities for local residents to celebrate and have fun before summer ends.

Applause to the bell-ringing celebrations set for Labor Day to honor the American Rosie the Riveter Movement. West Virginians will gather with Rosies to ring bells in five places — at the state capitol building in Charleston, at Mountain Lakes Amphitheater in Flatwoods, at the Woman’s Club in Harpers Ferry near the Maryland and Virginia borders, at Pullman Square in Huntington near the Kentucky and Ohio boarders, and at the Szilagyi Center in Rowlesburg near the Maryland and Pennsylvania borders. We believe this will be a great event –it’s just a shame there won’t be a ceremony in Buckhannon, where the movement began when Kendra Fox, a Brownie Girl Scout, rang a bell at the moment a tree was planted for a “Rosie,” Bobbie Lamb, in April 2016.

Applause to all the coaches, players and parents who have put in so much time in preparation for the beginning of high school football. The season started off with a bang last week and continued Friday. Other high school sports kicking into high gear are boys and girls soccer, golf, cross country and volleyball. We salute all our area athletes for their heart and drive to succeed.

Applause to a dawg-gone fun event in Pendleton County. Dogs paddled around the Franklin Town Pool to benefit Pendleton County homeless animals. The special event allowed owners to enjoy swimming with their dogs and support the Pendleton Animal Welfare Shelter. The PAWS fundraiser has proved successful for the past six years, after pool director Frisky Lambert agreed to allow the pool “to go to the dogs” as the water was being drained for the end of the summer season. PAWS is a nonprofit group that was incorporated by local volunteers in 2006 to provide help for stray, lost or abused county animals. PAWS volunteers hope to eventually have a county shelter as a more permanent refuge.

Boo to the rapidly rising gas prices in our area. Officials are blaming the increases on damages caused by Hurricane Harvey, and expect prices to keep going up at least through the end of the Labor Day weekend. This is one of those things that you can’t do anything about except to complain, so that’s what we’re doing here, to no avail.

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