Boos & Applause

Applause to Bob Woolwine and Gene Ochsendorf for their years of service to the city of Elkins as city councilmen. Both participated in their last meeting as council members Thursday night. Second Ward’s Ochsendorf has served as the chair of the Personnel Committee and on the Public Safety Committee. First Ward’s Woolwine has been the chair of the Finance Committee for years and also served on the municipal properties committee. We recognize that serving in the capacity of a council member is not an easy job and there are a number of challenges the city of Elkins is facing right now. Council members face public scrutiny on a daily basis as they weigh their options of what their constituents want, the information they receive from city employees and what they feel the city can afford. Here’s wishing the best to Woolwine and Ochsendorf as they leave their offices of public service.

Applause to American Legion Post 29 for celebrating the Legion’s 100th anniversary last Saturday night. Elkins Mayor Van Broughton presented a key to the city during the event. American Legion Commander Donald Lambert stated it was nice to see the city recognizing the Legion’s hard work with everything they do. The Legion holds events at the All Veterans Memorial, places American flags during veteran holidays and patriotic holidays, and participates in military honors at funerals, while also providing various donations throughout the community, just to name a few services the organization provides.

Applause to the city of Belington for conducting their city election in a professional manner. After the recount on Wednesday, incumbent mayor Matthew Ryan and challenger Jean Clark agreed to let the race be decided by chance. Rather than a coin toss, the two candidates agreed to have a Belington Council member choose a number, and the closest to the number would win the election. This was an easy solution without costing the tax payers an additional fee for another recount.

Applause to the approximately 400 people, from Upshur County Schools employees to emergency responders, who participated in a large-scale active assailant drill at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School Wednesday. The drill, which took place on a day when classes were not in session, built on a June 2, 2018 drill held on a Saturday at Buckhannon Academy Elementary School. The drill was organized by JH Consulting who contracts with Upshur County Schools on emergency and safety planning. About 10 community agencies were involved as well as the exercise played out.