Boos & Applause

Applause to our local county fairs for providing good family entertainment. Let’s all go to the fair! The Barbour, Randolph and Tucker County Fairs are all underway this weekend. County fairs typically offer exhibits, rides, competitions and a variety of foods with lots of fun and laughter. With three taking place at the same time, one doesn’t have to go far to participate in and enjoy themselves at one of the county fairs.

Applause to the organizers of the 16th annual National Kids Day Out event held last weekend at the Phil Gainer Community Center in Elkins, presented by the America’s Promise Coalition and Family Recourse Network. Hundreds came out to attend this event annual event and walked out both entertained and informed.

Applause to all the volunteers that helped move Davis & Elkins College students into their new fall home last weekend. Students from all over the U.S. and from quite a few other countries flowed into the dormitories to start their new adventure at D&E. We welcome all the students and commend all the volunteers who made them feel so welcome.

Applause to the Beverly Bookmobile, which has partnered with a number of local businesses and outreach organizations, including West Virginia University Extension Service, to create a well-rounded summer program that offers youths resources that they typically would only get during the school year. On its weekly runs, the bookmobile served approximately 90 students, which has doubled over the project’s life span. While there were several repeat visitors, nearly 600 unique youths benefitted from the bookmobile’s services this summer.

Boo to the city of Elkins for waiting until the third week in August to flush out city water lines. Many residents have had issues with the city’s water quality this summer. At the most recent Elkins City Council meeting, a city official stated that he was sure every city official and city employee in the room had received complaints about “brown water” coming out of residents’ taps. The old Elkins Water Plant was nearly 100 years old and needed upgraded or replaced, and everyone expected little to no hiccups with the new state-of-the-art water plant when it went online. After many years of construction delays and a total cost of $37 million for the new plant, residents now have a right to expect good service from their water system. So how many complaints have to occur before a problem is addressed? Having brown water coming out of the faucets this summer makes the city’s delayed action a little hard to swallow