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…


Today is our day.

We’re working together!

We’re off and away!

We have brains in our heads.

We have feet in our shoes.

We can steer ourselves

Any direction we choose.

We’re NOT on our own, but we know what we know.

We are the folks who’ll decide where we go.

Look up and down our streets; look ’em over with care.

We want folks to say, “I CHOOSE to go there.”

Our Community can be vibrant and neat

If we only use those shoes full of feet!

So, let’s roll up our sleeves

And put smiles on our faces.

Elkins and Randolph County

Can be the greatest of places!

Here things can happen

If we all work together.

We have beautiful mountains

And four-seasons weather!

We’re working to build

A Vibrant Community.

We just have to learn to

Take each opportunity!

To create a place we can

Live, work, and play.

A place that our children

Will all want to stay!



We all want that place

That is perfect and clean.

A place where everyone’s happy

And no one is mean.

A place that is healthy

And lovely and thriving.

A place where the economy

Is brawny and driving.

A town where businesses boom

And buildings keep growing.

A town where jobs are aplenty

And the crime rate is slowing.

A town we can all call “the best.”

A town we all know, will top all the rest.

Except when we don’t.

Because, sometimes, we won’t.

I’m sorry to say,

(And I won’t have to cuss)

that Bang-ups

and Hang-ups

can happen to us!

We can get all hung up

Then come down with a bump.

And the chances are, then,

We’ll be in a Slump.

And when we’re in a Slump,

We’re not in for much fun.

Un-slumping our town

is not easily done.

We’ll have to think as a team

And hopefully find

A mutual reason

To make up our mind.

To be the place we can be.

To be the place that we know.

To be a vibrant community

Where we all want to show

The world that we’re here!

And then we can build

A place we and our children

Can all feel fulfilled!

Oh, this place that we know!

There is work to be done!

There are flowers to plant!

There are grants to be won!

There are lights to put up

And structures to take down!

There are spots to enhance

All over our town!

The magical things

We can do as a team

Are infinite for sure

If we all “catch the dream!”

And will we succeed?

Yes! we will, indeed!

(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed!)

Folks, we can move mountains!

We’ll make our community a place that is great!

Today is our day!

Our mountain is waiting.

So…let’s get on our way!


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