Boos & Applause

Applause to the 10 individuals who became citizens the right away last week in Elkins. U.S. District Judges Thomas S. Kleeh and Michael John Aloi presided over the naturalization ceremony at the Federal Building in Elkins. Coming from 10 different countries, these men and women now call the United States their home and we welcome the contributions they will make to our country. The 10 new citizens include Brandon H. Le, originating from Vietnam; Hui Ling Wu, from China; Genet Nigus Seyfu, from Ethiopia; Miguel Gustavo Campos Vega, from Costa Rica; Donia Nassib Khaddaj, from Lebanon; Dawit Sehlom Woldemikael, from Eritrea; Adele Katiny, from Syria; Ahmed Burai Saleem Ahmed, from Sudan; Hawa Melvina Ashiara, from Liberia; and Sheryl Allapitan Southern, from the Philippines.

Applause to Buckhannon Mayor David McCauley for being awarded the 2018-2019 West Virginia Municipal League Mayor of the Year Award from Spencer Mayor Terry Williams. Elected as mayor in 2016, McCauley previously spent three decades as Buckhannon’s city attorney. This year’s 50th West Virginia Municipal League conference was held in Huntington.

Applause to the Elkins Depot Welcome Center, Inc. hosted its annual volunteer appreciation dinner and award ceremony. Board member and former director Ed Griesel presented the annual Edward Griesel Community Service Award. The award has been given each year since 2014 to an outstanding individual in recognition of exceptional volunteer service to citizens and businesses of the Elkins area and visitors. The 2019 award was given to Serena Marson, who is the manager of the Rail & Trail Store located in the Depot. Marson has worked for the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad since 2007, and she has been involved with the Elkins Depot Welcome Center for most of its existence.

Boo to a wave of violent and dangerous criminal acts in our local area during the past two weeks. On Thursday night a Barbour County woman was arrested for allegedly shooting her husband in the head, killing him. The next morning a Barbour County man was charged with arson for allegedly setting fire to his own house. These events come just a week after a Pocahontas County man began shooting at a county sheriff, then shot and seriously injured a West Virginia state trooper. That’s a lot of catastrophe in a short time for our region. Here’s hoping that this “crime wave” has come to an end.