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Boos & Applause

Applause to Gov. Jim Justice’s announcement that a contract has been awarded for another 4-mile section of Corridor H to be completed, which will bring the highway closer to Parsons. The contract, through the governor’s Roads to Prosperity program, has been awarded to Kokosing Construction Company, which submitted the low bid of $175.6 million. Also on the same day, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced a $100 million grant for the West Virginia Division of Highways. The grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Nationally Significant Federal Lands and Tribal Projects program, and funding will support the construction of Corridor H,

Applause to a highly decorated World War II veteran being honored as a section of Route 250 was named for Boggs Collins. The section now named for Collins runs from the intersection of Route 219 at Huttonsville south to the Pocahontas County line. A sign had already been placed at the road prior to Saturday’s ceremony. Collins, a Huttonsville native, served in the United States Army during WWII, from 1942 until 1945, as part of the 1st platoon of “C” Company of the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion. Collins achieved a number of accolades, including the Distinguished Service Cross, the Purple Heart Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Parachutist Badge with two combat jump stars, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Good Conduct Medal, the EAME Campaign Medal with arrowhead and four campaign stars, the WWII Victory Medal, the Distinguished (Presidential) Unit Citation with two oak leaf clusters, and five overseas service bars.

Applause to all the cancer survivors, care givers, family members and volunteers who took part in the 2019 Randolph County Relay For Life last Saturday in Elkins Town Square, helping to walk for a cure.

Applause to all the local veterans who fought during D-Day. Thursday marked the 75th anniversary of D-day, the June 6, 1944 landings of the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II, the largest seaborne invasion in history. Several local residents were among the soldiers who fought on the beaches of Normandy that day. Lieutenant Colonel Robert Lee Wolverton of Elkins was among the verified 2,499 Americans to perish during Operation Overlord in Normandy on June 6, 1944. Local veterans William L. Durham and Vincent F. DiBacco both fought on the beach during D-Day. They are both currently residents at Cortland Acres in Thomas.

Applause to the sculpture that artist Andy Thorne created to honor Buckhannon firefighter Joey A. Bennett, who passed away 13 years ago. A bronze sculpture of his turnout gear jacket hangs in the Buckhannon Fire Department. Recently, Bennett was honored as the 13th recipient of the Friendly Way Day.

Applause to Our Town, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the environment of downtown Elkins, making it more appealing to residents and visitors alike. The nonprofit was initially formed to acquire the assets of the annual 4th of July Mountain State Street Machines car show in Elkins With community at its forefront, Our Town will be offering several opportunities for citizens of the Elkins area to experience in the coming months, including the Summer Concert Series on Wednesdays at the Elkins Depot Welcome Center, Cruise-Ins every Thursday hosted by the Delmonte Market and the Mountain State Street Machines, and the Mountain State Street Machine Auto Extravaganza July 5-7 in downtown Elkins.

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