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From Dance Hall to Church

BRANDYWINE — From dance hall to pork palace, from strip joint to Christian church. What tales these gray walls could tell! This plain clapboard building at 12590 Blue Gray Trail (US33) was built by Roy Pope to be a community dance hall in the 1930s. “It had neon lights all around and ...

Sweet Celebrations of Spring

Many residents can be found today preparing for weekend events that will reflect Easter themes of reawakening, reappearing, or reunion. With some churches continuing closure vigilance, the gathering of families in home settings may be more prevalent, especially with older family members now ...

Building A Vibrant Community — Great Harvest Bakery

In this series of articles about Community Investment, David Kesling, owner of Great Harvest Bakery answers the question, “Why did you invest in Elkins and why do you continue to invest?” There’s nothing better than the smell of fresh baked bread that reminds you of your grandma’s ...

Picnic with a View

DAVIS — As we have spent a large part of our late winter huddled by heating stoves trying to keep warm and safely confining ourselves to limited travels, spring begins to pop open planted flower bulbs and beckon newly born animals out into pastures where they may find some sprouting growth ...

Finding peace and healing in times of unrest and distress

These are undoubtedly times of tremendous trials. The pandemic has not only brought about great loss but also has caused our lives to be even more complicated. We cannot go to see our elderly loved ones or receive visitors like we used to do. As a pastor, I have been limited in visiting ...

Building a Vibrant Community — community investment, TipTop

ELKINS — In this series of articles about Community Investment, Cade and Catie Archuleta, owners of TipTop Coffee Co., answer the question, “Why did you invest in Elkins and why do you continue to invest?” If there’s one common happy-spot for people around the world, it’s definitely ...

Building a Vibrant Community — Community Investment

In this series of articles about Community Investment, Tommy and Thomas Byrd, owners of Byrd’s House of Donuts, answer the question, “Why did you invest in Elkins and why do you continue to invest?” We’ve always wanted to own a business and in 2016 that opportunity presented itself ...

Building a vibrant community through impact investment

As a continuation of last week’s article, we are asking our local businesses to answer the question, “Why did you invest in Elkins and why do you continue to invest?” At a time when high school students strutted down the street with their letterman, specialty shops filled every store, ...

Hiking Pals Forever

We all know the old saying about a dog being “man’s best friend” but some years ago I discovered a much more fitting descriptor. My wife Bridget and I were on a long visit to Israel when we started missing our three year old Wheaten Terrier, named Guinness, who was back home in the ...

Building a Vibrant Community – Social Distancing

Social distancing is the new norm – keeping a safe physical distance from anyone else. Some areas provide a better opportunity to maintain a physical distance than others. Consider Washington, D.C. — there are 11,570 people per square mile. As much as D.C. people try, it is impossible ...

Building a Vibrant Community – It’s About Mindset

During the past few weeks, I’ve spent lot of time thinking about how we might be able to positively move our county and communities forward – making them more vibrant and livable. How can we as a populace make this area more inviting while encouraging growth that will benefit all our ...

Building a Vibrant Community – Oh! This Place That We Know!

The following is a variation of Dr. Suess’s “Oh! The Places You’ll Go.” 2021 offers our community the opportunity to move forward and embrace a new vision for Elkins and Randolph County that is vibrant and full of promise. Oh! This place that we know… Congratulations! Today is ...

Congress needs to look at voting changes

On Nov. 3 and during the weeks leading up to it, 155,507,248 ballots were cast in the presidential election. And each and every one of them was voted honestly and counted accurately. Some politicians want us to believe that. As a fairy tale, “Cinderella” pales in comparison. One thing ...

Building a Vibrant Community

ELKINS — During this year of my final term as mayor of Elkins, I have been excited to see so much enthusiasm for the Vibrant Communities effort. Leaving public office after so many years is bittersweet, but it cheers me up to know there are so many people working so hard for the future of ...

Building a Vibrant Community – Words & Phrases

ELKINS — The year 2020 formalized several words and phrases such as COVID-19, quarantine, and masks along with “flatten the curve,” “stay at home,” and “new normal.” In addition to those challenging words and phrases, it’s important to remember a few additional key leadership ...

Are you ready for Christmas?

“Are you ready for Christmas?” the waitress asked my friend Jean and me as we were seated at Duke’s Restaurant in Elkins. I thought to myself, “Now, that’s a loaded question!” Christmastime is filled with a litany of expectations, even in these pandemic times. If that question ...

Building a Vibrant Community: Shopping small makes big impact

Help keep our local business doors open this season! When you shop small, you make a big impact. Whether you are buying stocking stuffers or a memorable gift to last a lifetime, our local businesses have a wide variety of options to fit your shopping needs. Your commitment to our local ...

Still the Best Present of All

ELKINS — If we think “Turkey Day” was topsy-turvy, just wait ‘till we begin to tackle Christmas. I have wrestled with the thoughts of this for a couple months now trying to calculate where all the restrictions will leave us. I remembered an old Marine Corps mantra my ...

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

ELKINS — The year was 1951. In the United States, the average cost of a house was $9,000, annual wage was $3,500, a car cost $1,500, and gas cost 19 cents per gallon. “I Love Lucy” premiered and “All About Eve” won the Oscar.” We were in the middle of the Korean War, Harry S. ...

Building a Vibrant Community — We’re Resilient!

ELKINS — At the 2020 EntreCon Virtual Convention on Nov. 16, the Elkins/Randolph County Vibrant Community Initiative won a “Community Resiliency Award.” The 2020 EntreCon Awards are meant to recognize the achievements and economic impact leaders and businesses have on a community. The ...