Boos & Applause

Applause to the huge variety of entertainment options and fun activities planned in downtown Elkins this weekend. The 81st Mountain State Forest Festival officially kicks off with an opening ceremony at 11 a.m. in the Federal Building Plaza, and continues with a dizzying array of MSFF offerings today and tomorrow, as listed in an article beginning on today’s front page. In addition, the Mountain State Street Machines is offering a special fall event with no registration fee this afternoon. The event is open to antique and unique cars, trucks and motorcycles, and is slated to take place from 1-6 p.m. at the Randolph County Senior Center. No one can say there isn’t anything to do in Elkins this weekend — the MSFF is even offering the first-ever “Heat in the Street Chili Cook-Off”, which will begin at 3 p.m. on Davis Avenue between Third and Fourth Street. Come on out to some of these events and enjoy a fun-filled weekend!

Applause to the groundbreaking ceremony held Thursday for a new section of Corridor H near Kerens. The long-delayed completion of Corridor H would be perhaps the greatest economic blessing this state could have, and finishing this new section will take us one step closer to achieving that goal.

Applause to this week’s graduates of the YouthBuild North Central program. Their achievements were celebrated Thursday during a graduation ceremony at the Phil Gainer Community Center. Mayor Van Broughton noted, because of their hard work, the YouthBuild crew members have helped to make Elkins a better place to live. Kathy Vance, local business owner, said all the graduates have made an impact with the numerous downtown projects they were instrumental in completing. “Every time a tourist sees one of your benches, or if you or your family members are driving through town and you see one of those nicely painted trash bins sitting on the corner — know you helped give it life,” Vance said.