Boos & Applause

Applause to the work a state Division of Highways crew did earlier this week, patching potholes on Randolph Avenue in Elkins, even though it created serious traffic slowdowns on 11th Street at times, as drivers sought to avoid the patching work on Randolph. We all complain about potholes, no matter where we live, so when they are actually being fixed we need to just grin and bear it, even if it takes us a little longer that day to get to work or back home.

Applause to PALS, also known as Patient Airlift Services Inc., a national 501 (c)(3) that arranges free air transportation for individuals requiring out-of-town or out-of-state medical treatment who cannot afford or are unable to fly commercially, for compassionate assistance and for humanitarian purposes. The company, headquartered at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, New York, stepped up in a big way to help Upshur County resident Inis Evans. Gary Evans said his wife, Inis, was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer on Jan. 14, 2019, and was given the devastating diagnosis of no cure, no treatment and no hope… Through tears, cares and sincere prayers, we were led to Houston, Texas for help at one of our great country’s largest cancer centers.” At first the family believed there was no way to travel to Houston for the treatment needed, but PALS provided the transportation help the Evans family needed.

Applause to a new program that gave students at North Elementary School an opportunity this week to learn about the benefits of learning to grow food. With guidance from Tracey Valach, health educator with the WVU Randolph County Extension office, elementary schools in Randolph County have been adding natural elements, including raised bed gardens and stepping stones, to their playgrounds. Participating in this project in addition to North are Jennings Randolph, Beverly, Third Ward, George Ward and Coalton elementary schools.

Applause to the National Donate Life Month celebration at St. Joseph’s Hospital this week, in which stories about organ donation and the positive effects it has had locally are shared. Last year, the hospital’s donor efforts gave the gift of sight to six cornea recipients and enhanced the lives of nearly 225 others through tissue transplantation.

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