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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 ...

Building a Vibrant Community: We are the place!

ELKINS — Quint Studer, author of “Building a Vibrant Community,” says in his book, “Our country was built on place, built on neighbors, and built on people helping each other.” Randolph County is the place, has the neighbors, and has people that help each other. This is not only true ...

Building a Vibrant Community — Reflections from a ‘new’ resident

Is Elkins a Vibrant Community? My answer is yes. My wife and I returned to Elkins to retire after being away 40 years. Why Elkins you ask? I have lived and worked in many different communities, and I can see that Elkins and Randolph County have much to offer residents and visitors alike. ...

Building a Vibrant Community – Capture the Youth

In Building A Vibrant Community, Quint Studer begins Chapter 13 with this sentence: “Young people are some of the most valuable assets in building a vibrant community.” I might disagree because I think they ARE the most valuable asset. Quint goes on to explain that “vibrant means energy, ...

Building a Vibrant Community – Think Inclusion!

Inclusion means giving everyone a seat at the table AND giving them an active role in building a vibrant community. Inclusion has many community benefits. Develops Trust. When only one community segment is active, it creates a sense of “haves” and “have nots” or winners and losers. ...

Building a ‘thriving’ Vibrant Community

There is big difference between a community which is “surviving” and one that is “thriving.” The surviving community is getting by; one business closes and another one opens; a family leaves and another moves in. The surviving community is stagnate. A thriving community is ...

Building a Vibrant Community – smaller retailers add online shopping

Businesses must be able to adjust their business model as needed, but retail is one of the sectors that has gone through the most drastic and obvious changes as society went from shopping at locally owned “mom and pop” establishments, to patronizing shopping malls instead. Shopping ...

Scenic Beauty

One thing I am hearing from all walks-of-life right now is a dislike for the absence of group activity, events, church gatherings, clubs and festivals. Many of us have wound our lives around these service groups or recreational activities and are now socially experiencing deprivation and ...

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 ...