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Boos and Applause for Nov. 24

November 24, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

- Applause to the city of Elkins and the Elkins-Randolph County YMCA for treating the community to a belated but well-received Halloween party. Annual trick-or-treat nights were canceled because of the aftereffects of Superstorm Sandy, but the city and the YMCA united to produce a night of spooky fun, including a bounty of sugary treats, face painting and a haunted house. The Inter-Mountain was proud to be a part of the event by donating candy and other items for the kids' treat bags. Thanks to city and YMCA officials, children in Randolph County still were able to enjoy the traditions and fun of Halloween, especially after going through such a taxing time dealing with the storm's aftermath.

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- Boos to retail chains for pushing Black Friday sales back into Thanksgiving Day. While we realize the importance of kicking off the Christmas shopping season on a high note, we also hold true to the traditions of the holiday. Thanksgiving is a time for all to take stock of the blessings in their lives and to help those in need in our community. Waiting a few extra hours to start the annual sales wouldn't put that much of a dent in the bottom line and would allow retail workers a little more time to spend with their families on such a special day.

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- Applause to the Randolph County Chamber of Commerce for spearheading the effort to beautify downtown Elkins for the holiday season by kicking off its Million Penny Campaign. Chamber officials hope to raise at least $10,000 to aid in the repair of aging decorations as well as purchase new trimmings. The chamber plans on expanding the reach of holiday decorations to Randolph Avenue and to add wreaths to downtown street posts. Donations may dropped off at Citizens Bank of West Virginia, two Davis Trust Company branches, Elkins Sewing Center, Freedom Bank, the Train Depot Welcome Center, Huntington Bank, Mountain Valley Bank, Pioneer Insurance and the American Mountain Theatre.

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- Applause to the Randolph County Ministerial Association, local volunteers and those area businesses who donated food and funds so the needy and those without families could enjoy a Thanksgiving feast. The association's annual dinner once again drew a large crowd to partake in the tradition. In difficult economic times, it is reassuring to see the community come together to aid those in need.

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- Applause to the community for uniting in remembrance and tribute to Davis & Elkins assistant basketball coach Roy Simms. Through his coaching endeavors, Simms touched the lives of countless athletes and fans throughout West Virginia. Simms will be remembered at a memorial service at 7 p.m., Dec. 1, at Harper-McNeely Auditorium on the campus of Davis & Elkins College. Following the service, a celebration will be held at Halliehurst.

 
 

 

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