Boos & Applause

Applause to Glenn Galloway for his two years of service to the Elkins City Police Department chief. Although we don’t know where Galloway is going for his next position, we know where he has been. His efforts to make Elkins a safer place to live are greatly appreciated. He helped to increase the number of the department’s officers, and also spearheaded the creation of the city’s tactical response unit.

Applause to Bonnie’s Bus for providing mobile healthcare for women. Bonnie’s Bus Mobile Mammography Program is a division of the WVU Cancer Institute and WVU Medicine dedicated to providing mammograms to women in remote parts of the state. Bonnie’s Bus was at Valley Healthcare, Inc. in Mill Creek two days this week, providing opportunities for local women to safeguard their health.

Applause to Beverly Elementary School, which was presented one of 13 2019 Environmental Awards, which honor the initiatives of organizations and individuals from across West Virginia, during a special ceremony at the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection headquarters in Charleston. Beverly Elementary has been named the DEP’s School of the Year for its education and community involvement efforts.

Applause to the Emma Scott Garden Club, the Fred Brooks Garden Club and other local garden clubs that recognize the efforts of local residents to dress up their neighborhoods through “Yards of the Month” honors.

Boo to the confusion caused by the new traffic signs placed in Elkins as part of the expansion of the Allegheny Highlands Trail. Last week the new signs were placed by Penn Line on Martin Street. The signs were installed as part of the work being done by J.F. Allen Company, which won the bid for the Rail Trail Connector project. Tyler Beaty, a project manager for J.F. Allen Company, said the new signs are mainly meant for cyclists, but we feel drivers could easily be distracted by them. Bob Pingley, operations manager for the City of Elkins, acknowledged that the new signs — which are not part of any city project — may not be clear in their messaging. “The signs are confusing but we are looking into it to see if there is a way to reduce that confusion and make it a little clearer about what’s going on,” Pingley said Monday afternoon. Poor communications and a lack of follow-through could have easily caused some accidents and that is unacceptable.