Boos & Applause

Applause to Thursday’s ribbon cutting for the ENGAGE Afterschool program, which is designed to both assist Elkins Middle School students with their studies, and provide a safe and fun place to go after school. The program will kick off Tuesday and is open to any Elkins Middle School student.

Applause to Marine Corps League member Roger Ware of Elkins, who received the prestigious Chapel of Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Bronze Medallion Award on Aug. 17 during the Grand Banquet of the MCL National Convention in Buffalo, N.Y. Ware was honored for years of volunteer commitment and support for the military and Elkins community. The Legion of Honor Bronze Medallion is the second-highest award offered by the Chapel of Four Chaplains Foundation and is granted for extraordinary contributions to the well-being of others, to world peace, and to inter-faith and inter-ethnic understanding.

Applause to Timothy W. Vance of Elkins, who was recently promoted to the rank of colonel in the U.S. Army. Vance and his wife, Karma, have been reassigned to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. He will continue to serve in a field artillery role as the task force leader for Long Range Precision Fires as part of the Army Futures Command. Vance is the son of retired Command Sgt. Maj. and Mrs. John R. “Bob” Vance of Faulkner Road. His wife, Karma, is the daughter of Allen and Carsie White of Elkins.

Applause to Wendy Hill, who has made many friends as the executive director for the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce; unfortunately, Hill has submitted her resignation letter, effective Sept. 16. Hill has served in the position since May 2017. ERCCC Board of Directors member Mike Bell said this week Hill is returning to the Parkersburg area to pursue new opportunities.

Applause to local wildlife biologist Jo Santiago, who this week released another bird into the wild after helping in its rehabilitation from an injury or disease. On Monday, Santiago and her associates released a great horned owl near the tennis courts on the Davis & Elkins College campus, where it had been rescued in July.

Applause to the much-maligned West Virginia Supreme Court for denying a petition to order the Secretary of State to place Constitution Party candidate Don Blankenship on the November ballot for U.S. Senate. Blankenship, who lost in the May Republican primary, sought to challenge the state’s “Sore Loser” law, but the court’s decision has effectively ended his candidacy.