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Boos & Applause

Applause to Randolph County Schools officials and volunteers from across the county and state who have helped with the clean-up efforts at Harman School following the severe flooding of June 30. They are all to be commended for their efforts in getting the facility prepared for the start of the upcoming school year.

Applause to West Virginia Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, who toured Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge Monday morning along with U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt to see how work on the new visitors center is progressing as a result of federal funding. Also on Monday, Manchin toured areas of Harman in Randolph County which were damaged by severe flooding on June 30, saying he was working to make sure the “impacted communities get the resources they need to rebuild and recover.”

Applause to the organizers and volunteers who bring Beverly Heritage Days alive each year. This year the event kicked off with a History Parade. The celebration also included a Through the Centuries Dance and a Stone Soup camp lunch. Beverly Heritage Days also celebrated the launch of a new historical exhibit at the original Randolph County Courthouse, featuring artifact displays and an interactive audio display.

Applause to Davis & Elkins College and Camp Pioneer for accommodating the 800 Belgian scouts coming to Elkins this weekend, on their way to the World Scout Jamboree in Mount Hope next week. This is a huge undertaking and those individuals involved in the coordination of our visiting guests should be congratulated for a job well done.

Applause to the Elkins Babe Ruth 13-year-old All-Stars who won the state title last weekend in Beckley. After using a five-run seventh inning in the first game of the best-of-three series on Friday night to claim an 11-8 victory, Elkins cruised to a 14-2 win in five innings a day later to win the state title. Elkins now advances to the Ohio Valley Region play, which begins play July 25 in Janesville, Wisconsin.

Applause to the organizers and volunteers of the Randolph County Humane Society’s fifth annual Woofstock event, which was offered at the Elkins Town Square in the Railyard Depot last weekend. Finding homes for stray cats and dogs is more than a passion. It is an expression of love, and anyone associated with animal shelters is a special person who deserves as much recognition as possible.