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Building a Vibrant Community

There is real value of internships to a community. Many students around the world opt for internships before they formally begin working full-time. Internships are often managed with studies or during breaks between semesters or terms. Internships can be paid or unpaid depending on the ...

Building a Vibrant Community – Are you plugged in?

ELKINS — It’s a great time to call Elkins-Randolph County home. When I first moved to Elkins in 2015, I was impressed by the countless individuals and organizations with a shared vision for a vibrant, livable community. Sure, it’s easy enough to sit back and complain about what’s ...

Building a Vibrant Community – Are you ready to join us?

ELKINS — Do you want a Vibrant Community in Elkins and Randolph County? It’s our number one focus at the Chamber. We want our current businesses to flourish, and we seek new businesses to discover all that Randolph County has to offer! We want visitors to experience the beauty and ...

Building a Vibrant Community – Early Brain Development

Transforming Elkins into a place where we all want to live, work, play, and stay is a very lofty goal. By creating the Vibrant Task Forces, we’ve broken it down into smaller chunks that can be tackled more easily by many people. Our task force is focusing on Early Childhood Brain ...

Building a Vibrant Community – Shopping Local

Several task forces along with many organizations are working to build a vibrant Elkins community. This article is about supporting local. As discussed in last week’s Building a Vibrant Community article, supporting local business is key to building a more vibrant community. There is a ...

Building a Vibrant Community – Shopping Local

Several task forces along with many organizations are working to build a vibrant Elkins community. This article is about shopping local. A walk thought the woods is always a unique experience. There is the squirrel that scampers away, the mushroom that grew overnight, the sunlight peeking ...

Building a Vibrant Community – What’s our message, Randolph County?

ELKINS — What’s our message, Randolph County? We don’t mean what do we want or what do we need. We all want some things in our community, and we definitely need some things, too. Our wants and needs will be addressed in articles coming later in this Building A Vibrant Community ...

Building a Vibrant Community – Chapter 11

The foundation for EVERYTHING that will happen in a community in the future is education. A strong Education System = A Vibrant Community. Doing a good job teaching our children will provide our community with a well-educated workforce in the future. And, studies show, a well-educated ...

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 ...