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Christmas Light Project receives donation

Submitted photo Timothy Pingley, Regional External Affairs for FirstEnergy Foundation. presents Anne Beardslee, executive director of Elkins-Randolph County Tourism CVB and Welcome Center, with a $1,000 contribution for the Town Square Christmas Light Project as Robbie Morris, executive director of the Randolph County Development Authority, looks on.

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ELKINS — Timothy Pingley, Regional External Affairs for FirstEnergy Foundation. recently presented Anne Beardslee, executive director of Elkins-Randolph County Tourism CVB and Welcome Center, with a $1,000 contribution for the Town Square Christmas Light Project.

Robbie Morris, executive director of the Randolph County Development Authority was also involved in the processing of the grant proposal.

The FirstEnergy Foundation has established many goals to help communities and organizations to promote local and regional economic development and revitalization efforts, officials said.

The Christmas lights in Elkins Town Square are viewed by more than 25,000 visitors and locals each year and encourages people to come into Elkins creating an economic impact on the community. Their continued support of Elkins and Randolph County encourages special projects and community growth.

“The Christmas Lights in the Elkins Town Square have been a tradition for over 13 years,” Beardslee said. “Due to the length of time (two and a half months) the lights are exposed to the harsh elements each year; we have seen a large decrease in the usable displays that have been purchased over the years. We are very grateful for this contribution from FirstEnergy which will allow us to purchase a few small displays and to maintain some of the existing lights.”

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