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Boos & Applause

Applause to the marching bands from Phillip Barbour High School and Bridgeport High School, which were crowned Grand Champions of the Mountain State Forest Festival Band Field Show Competition at Wimer Field last week. Both bands are invited back to Festival City next year to play as Honor Bands for Queen Silvia in the Grand Feature Parade.

Applause to the Mountain Loggers Group, Inc., which hosted the 83rd Log-A-Load for Kids Auction at Newlons International during the 83rd Mountain State Forest Festival. The annual event raises funds for WVU Children’s Hospital. Since its inaugural year in 1996, the event has raised $1,764,518 for the hospital. Danny Sines, president of the Mountain Loggers Group, presented representatives from WVU Children’s with a check for $96,010.55 accounting for the funds raised during last year’s auction.

Applause to the 12 members of the Elkins Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol who received the Aerospace Education Excellence award at the Elkins-Randolph County Regional Airport on Sept. 25. West Virginia Wing Aerospace Education Officer Maj. Margaret Dilley presented members with their awards, noting that the squadron “should take great pride in their achievements.” The AEX program is offered through Civil Air Patrol and brings hands-on experiences in aviation and space-related activities to its members. Awards are based on completion of six approved activities and one two-hour field experience.

Applause to the West Virginia Railroad Museum, which is planning a special exhibit for next year. The museum’s Jim Schoonover said the exhibit will focus on the changes in the local area from 1920 to 2020 in regard to the railroad industry. In addition to the 2020 exhibit, the Railroad Museum is restoring a 1946 Series 62 Cadillac rail car. The restoration, funded by grants and gifts, may cost about $70,000. “We’re going to sell rides on it,” Schoonover said. “It’s going to be part of our revenue stream. It’s going to be a one-of-a-kind attraction.”

Applause to the annual Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigil, held at Woodford Memorial United Methodist Church in Elkins Thursday evening. Guest speakers for the event included J. Johnston, executive director of Centers Against Violence; Mariah King, a domestic violence survivor; Randolph County Magistrate Rob Elbon; EMT Heather Brown; J.J. Johnson, director of the Home Ties Strengthening Families Center at Youth Health Service; and Assistant Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney Chrissy Harper.