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Boos & Applause

Applause to the late Thomas H. Albinson for providing West Virginia Wesleyan College its single largest donation in the school’s 129-year history at the start of its Homecoming Weekend Friday afternoon. The gift in excess of $11 million comes from the estate of Albinson, a 1976 alumnus, and will be directed to endowments for the already named Thomas H. Albinson School of Business, the media studies program and the campus radio station, WVWC-FM. In 2015, Albinson was appointed to the WVWC board of trustees and served until he passed away from a heart attack in March 2016.

Applause to the Elkins Kiwanis Club for presenting a $3,000 donation to Harman School. Due to this year’s flooding in the Harman area residents have been trying to put their lives back together. This money raised by the Elkins Kiwanis members will go a long way to help making a difference in the lives of many students.

Applause to the new Rotary Club of Buckhannon Upshur. Officially known as Club 90490, the club received its charter this week. Local Rotary Clubs make many contributions throughout the communities they serve, as their motto is “Service Above Self.”

Applause to Mon Health Systems for organizing the Pink Ribbon Concert Series, which will be coming to Elkins on Friday, Oct. 25. These concerts are sponsored by Mon Health Systems with organizational help from the West Virginia Jazz Society. On Oct. 25 in Elkins, The Boss Ladies will be performing at El Gran Sabor between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. The Boss Ladies consist of Rachael Franks, Gracie Metheny and Lauren Winans.

Applause to the enrichment of life Jerry Gibson brought to area residents. With heavy hearts we learned of his passing this week.For many years Jerry performed on and produced community television preserving the culture and traditions of our mountain region. He also served as a DJ at local clubs and events. He is probably best known for his recording of many area events, including the annual Mountain State Forest Festival Grand Feature Parade. His contributions to the community will be missed.

Boo to the mismanagement of the Tucker County landfill. The West Virginia Solid Waste Management Board (SWMB) voted unanimously last week to assume management of the Tucker County landfill until control of the troubled operation can be returned to local officials. The vote came four months after the authority was categorized as “seriously impaired” in its most recent performance review. This is only the second time the state had to come in a take over a landfill in its 38-year existence, having taken this action in 2014 with the Nicholas County Solid Waste Authority, which the SWMB restored to local control in 2018. “There were a variety of issues: technical, operational, personnel that led to findings of impairment and which the Authority was attempting to address, but it was the denial of necessary financing that prompted the superseding,” said SWMB Executive Director Mark Holstine. “If allowed to continue down this path, there would be huge financial problems — and those could lead to environmental ones at the landfill. Further, given the size of the operation and the service to 10 counties, failure is not an option.”