Boos & Applause

Applause to H.W. Daniels Post 29’s celebrating the American Legion’s 100th birthday this evening in Elkins The event will feature a ham dinner and a special speaker. The social hour will begin at 5 p.m. and the dinner will start at 6 p.m. The guest speaker will be veteran Mark Lanham. Lanham, who graduated from Elkins High School, served in the U.S. Army from 1979 to 1982, and then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in August 1982. Units that Lanham served in included 3rd Battalion 6th Marines. 1st Battalion 8th Marines and 3rd Battalion 4th Marines. He also served through Barracks Duty in Bangor, Washington; in the 2nd Light Armored Infantry Battalion; in Enlisted Instructor Company in Quantico, Virginia; and as a Marine Corps recruiter. Lanham also served as Operations Chief for the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia. Tickets may be purchased at the door today if still available.

Applause to West Virginia’s Secretary of State Mac Warner, who visited Upshur County this week, and is ready to roll out a program on elections and cybersecurity and he is starting with high school students. Beginning in April, Warner hopes to Skype with students across the Mountain State as to how Russians were able to meddle in recent elections. A special investigation at the national level is not complete. Warner wants our youth to have a better understanding of how elections are run and what safeguards against meddling are in place.

Applause to Democratic candidate for the governor of West Virginia Stephen Smith, who came to Elkins Thursday evening as part of his 55 County Town Hall Tour. The event took place at Woodford Memorial United Methodist Church. Smith is the first gubernatorial candidate for 2020 to visit our area, and we hope all the candidates will come here to tell us their platforms and hear what issues are most important to local residents.

Applause to the city of Buckhannon’s participation for the second year in Black Balloon Day, an international day to bring awareness to overdose deaths. Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, with 70,200 lethal drug overdoses in 2017 alone, according to statistics Buckhannon Mayor David McCauley cited.

Applause to Elkins Middle School’s Project ISAAC, which hosted guest speakers from the federal Drug Enforcement Agency as well as from North Central Community Corrections at a special event last week. Project ISAAC is a program that is offered through EMS and is free for all students. The program offers free dinners, tutoring, service learning, recreation and computer enhancement as well as a host of other activities for the students who participate. The program also brings in special guest speakers for the children. For last week’s event, Amanda Lacy, a community outreach specialist for the federal Drug Enforcement Agency made a presentation for the program. Also speaking to students were Erin Golden, the executive director of North Central Community Corrections, along with John Conniff, day report officer for Community Corrections.