Boos & Applause

Applause to the Elkins Rotary Club for providing local student Aiden Miney the opportunity of a lifetime through the Rotary Youth Exchange program. Miney went to the Czech Republic for a year. There, he learned a new language, learned the proper etiquette, made international friendships and experienced the culture’s traditions. He lived with three different host families while in the country. He stayed in two small town locations and one located in the city. And applause to Aiden for returning and telling Rotarians and the community about his adventure and experiences.

Applause to the volunteers and leadership of Camp Pioneer for another successful annual Ox Roast. The event has been Camp Pioneer’s annual fundraiser, held each summer since 1963. Through the Ox Roast, 4-H also has the opportunity to display students’ projects and provide youth an ever-lasting educational experience.

Applause to the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College, which is celebrating the conclusion of its season today with the annual Augusta Festival in Elkins City Park, the West Virginia Open Fiddle & Banjo Contest and the return of Mountain Stage Concert with Larry Groce. The Augusta Festival in Elkins City Park runs from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The West Virginia Open Fiddle & Banjo Contest will start at 11 a.m. and will run until all have competed.

Applause to Drug Abuse Resistance Education, the hallmark drug education program known as DARE, which will be returning to Upshur County next year after a 20-year absence. The Upshur County Board of Education gave its approval for the program to be taught in schools by the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department at this week’s Upshur County Board of Education. Upshur County Schools previously had a DARE program from 1992 to about 2000 in fifth grade classrooms. Prevention Resource Officers Cpl. C.J. Day and Cpl. Rocky Hebb will teach the 10-week DARE course at their schools while a third deputy will teach in the elementary schools. The program will be taught in fifth, sixth and ninth grades.