Boos & Applause

Applause to the 27 men and women that took the oath of citizenship of the United States last week at The Jennings Randolph Federal Center in Elkins. It was an emotional day with tears of joy. Our 27 new citizens came from Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Canada, Brazil, Bhutan, Nepal, Iran, Philippines, Kuwait, Somalia, Egypt, United Kingdom, Turkey, El Salvador, Honduras and Spain. Many of us take our citizenship for granted because we were born here. These people made the choice to come to The United States and went through the necessary process to become citizens and live as a productive member of society.

Applause to our public schools for providing bus schedules to the communities and a smooth start for all the kids starting and returning to school. To coordinate the massive number of students from kindergarten to high school takes a lot of effort and coordination and you pulled it off. Let’s have a great school year and let’s have a lot of graduations in 2019.

Applause to our former mayors of Elkins for providing answers to some of the challenges of yesteryear, as well as providing insight on their views on some of the challenges that face the city today. We recognize working in city government is not an easy task. In many cases there are countless hours involved and in the end a decision will most likely make someone unhappy. Behind the Gavel will resume Tuesday.

Applause to organizers of the Elkins Corn Roast set for today. The annual Corn Roast is one of the longest ongoing fundraisers in Elkins. The Elkins Area Band Auxiliary will be in full swing in the Elkins City Park starting at 9 a.m. We applaud the parents and organizers and encourage everyone to support this annual event.

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