Boos & Applause

Applause to recognition of the West Virginia Children’s Home, as the facility celebrated 110 years of service to children and the community with a special event Wednesday afternoon. Attending the celebration were Elkins Mayor Van Broughton, Delegate Bill Hartman, D-43rd District, other community leaders, former and current Children’s Home staff members, and representatives of the Tygarts Valley Lions Club and the Chrome Dragons Riding Club. The West Virginia Children’s Home program is designed to provide social services to youth ages 12-18 years old from all 55 West Virginia counties who are dependent, neglected delinquents.

Applause to Roger Ware of Elkins, Past Department Commandant, Marine Corps League (MCL), who was elected as the MCL Mideast Division National Vice Commandant during the Mideast Division Conference in Princeton. Ware is a retired Navy CWO4, Vietnam and Gulf War veteran, is Past Department Commandant, Marine Corps League, Department of West Virginia. He is also Commandant of Leland D. “Crow” Crawford Detachment 956 (MCL) of Elkins.

Applause to the hardworking volunteers and students who keep alive the tradition of the Elkins Area Band Auxiliary Annual Corn Roast, offered last weekend in Elkins City Park. Residents and band members come together each year for a tradition that is almost as old as the band. It is great to see the support the community gives today’s kids, and has shown the band over the years.

Applause to the Elkins High School Alumni Association for taking it on themselves to clean up and renovate the Frank Wimer Memorial in Elkins City Park. Members of the class of 1951 took special interest in the clean-up project because it was that class that created and dedicated the memorial after Coach Wimer’s tragic murder in 1981. The association dedicated a work day in which they raked leaves and tidied the overgrown circle. Alumni Clark Martin and Richard Hyson placed stones to form a new walkway to the center of the memorial and new greenery was added.

Applause to the Randolph County Humane Society, which hosted a ribbon cutting for the organization’s new meet-and-greet building at the annual RCHS meeting this week. The building, named for the late Dick Earle, provides a home-like setting for potential adopters to meet animals. In addition to that, the building is also wheelchair accessible for those who can’t comfortably travel to the cat and dog rooms.

Boo to the incidents that led to frightening questions being raised about suspicious deaths at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg. Federal officials are investigating the deaths, which Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., on Friday called “a horrible crime against veterans.” If a present or former VA employee is found to be responsible for these deaths, that person should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and hospital administrators who allowed the situation to develop should also be punished. This has become a living nightmare to veterans and their families.