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Building a Vibrant Community – Chapter 9

ELKINS — Improving the appearance of a community does not require a huge investment. Consider someone who owns a home, adding a coat of paint can improve how the house looks and feels. While an addition to the house might be nice, the expense is not always necessary. The same is true of ...

Sentimental Journey

If a totally uplifting experience is desired, do make the trip to Harrisville, West Virginia, where you can enjoy a retail store named Berdine’s 5 & Dime that is known for being the oldest establishment of its kind east of the Mississippi River. The drive can easily be made in ...

Building a Vibrant Community

ELKINS — “Downtown” is the heart and soul of a community.A great downtown is a requirement for attracting young talent. A vibrant downtown gets people activated and sparks growth throughout the community. Beginning in the 1950s and 60s, downtowns began a long, slow period of decline. ...

Building a Vibrant Community

Change requires small wins and obtaining the involvement of several in the community. However, this is not enough. Old thinking patterns must be broken. Someone once said, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again – and expecting different results. Elkins ...

Building a Vibrant Community

Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — you’re right.” COVID-19 has hit Elkins and every other community in the United States. How Elkins and Randolph County recovers is up to us! The weather is nice and people are tired of staying at home. ...

Building a Vibrant Community

Creating a Vibrant Community requires a community to change. What needs to be done to improve the odds for successful change? First realize that while facts and analysis are important – 80% of decisions are made with the heart versus 20% with the mind. When connecting to the heart ...

Rhododendron Trail

As we may begin to grow weary of a common mantra these days, “Love thy neighbor; wear a mask,” I might suggest joining in a climb to take a walk upon a Rhododendron Trail. One thing nice about a trail is that as it has a beginning, one will certainly get to the end. And, while there ...

Surviving the tyranny of ‘emergency’

The coronavirus pandemic has revealed one of the insidious dangers of rampant globalization, but it has also reminded us of one of the ever-present dangers lurking just beneath the surface right here in America. That is the threat of tyranny that comes to life at the sound of “emergency.” ...

Building a Vibrant Community

Every community is different. It is important to create an objective measurement to get an accurate picture of community needs. A tailored dashboard can do just that. “The wise man is one who knows what he does not know.” — Lao Tzu There is a need to look within the community ...

Building a Vibrant Community

In Chapter 2 of Building a Vibrant Community, Quint Studer shares “The Pensacola Story” – the story of his own community. Every community wants to be a special place for its residents where safety and good jobs are afterthoughts. Studer acknowledges that there had been many attempts to ...

The essentials of trail camping

In this time of being inconvenienced and occasionally going without the “essentials” it is worth remembering how unimaginable our modern conveniences and technology would appear to prior generations. We over-rely on technology, even in the wilderness. I’ve known people who consider ...

Building a Vibrant Community

In March, the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber was thrilled to have Quint Studer — author of “Building A Vibrant Community” — in town for a workshop and dinner presentation on how we can make Elkins a Vibrant Community. For nearly a year, many residents have been part of a book study ...

What are ‘they’ doing now?

Orson Welles’ 1939 radio broadcast of “War of the Worlds” frightened the nation into believing that the Martians were invading the Earth, but the weirdest part of the story for us today is how it ended. After taking over the world these all-powerful alien beings, unaffected by even our ...

Seeking shelter from the storm

Spring is right around the corner and soon we’ll be dragging out that gear and equipment we stashed in the attic, particularly that “150-year-old” tent. Stowed somewhere in there with the cookware, back pack, and sleeping bag is likely a small tent which is the result of fifteen ...

Shows to Raise Spirits

With some pleasant, sunny days filtering into our calendars, travel in Central West Virginia is picking up and we realize we have some increased choices of how to consume our time. A great find I made only a few weeks ago revealed that the wonderful Gospel Show Series, which once appeared in ...

Thank-you notes: Small effort, big impact

Editor’s Note: Quint Studer is the author of Building a Vibrant Community: How Citizen-Powered Change Is Reshaping America.” He will speak in Elkins on Thursday, March 5. I’ve written many thank-you notes over the years, and it’s something I still do today. Often I’ll have someone ...

The difference you can make

Editor’s Note: Quint Studer is the author of Building a Vibrant Community: How Citizen-Powered Change Is Reshaping America.” He will speak in Elkins on March 5. The Inter-Mountain will publish a column by Studer each Saturday leading up to his local appearance. Don’t underestimate the ...

Surviving the typical American diet

Many of us had a great time during the holiday season, visiting friends and family, watching football, and probably eating more food than we needed. What the heck. It was the holidays and all that home cooking was too good to pass up, right? Unfortunately, for too many of us the ...

Businesses make an impact, and so do you

Editor’s Note: Quint Studer is the author of Building a Vibrant Community: How Citizen-Powered Change Is Reshaping America.” He will speak in Elkins on March 5. The Inter-Mountain will publish a column by Studer each Saturday leading up to his local appearance. I have great empathy for ...

Surviving well in old age

Happy New Year! Here’s hoping your New Year’s Resolutions were good ones even though they may be very short lived. Statistically speaking, fewer than 10% of Americans ever stick to their resolutions. The main reason is that those resolutions, such as going to the gym or learning a new ...