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Boos & Applause

Applause to the Randolph County Family Resource Network for donating items this week to be provided in health and wellness “closets” in public schools across Randolph County. A special presentation was made to all principals in Randolph County Tuesday afternoon to provide hygiene totes and information to officials in the county. Items provided in the health and wellness stations included soap, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, hair brushes, feminine hygiene products, deodorant and socks, in addition to many other items.

Applause to the YouthBuild North Central graduation ceremony for the class of November 2019 in the Phil Gainer Community Center Thursday. Taking part in the graduation ceremony were Dakota Boggs, Austin Durking, Collin Elswick, Hayley Fowler, Mercedes Isenhart, Jonathan Pennington, Brandon Seabolt and Zachary Warren. Eddie “Eli” Gripper and Damon Tacy were also honored for graduating from the program, but were unable to attend the ceremony. The YouthBuild program strives to give young adults the tools to get a good job and keep it. YouthBuild attempts to strengthen the educational backgrounds of young adults, teach marketable skills and entrepreneurship and instill leadership values that relate to home, work and community in order to assist young adults with becoming responsible members of the community. The Randolph County Housing Authority has sponsored YouthBuild for more than 20 years.

Applause to local officials who are collaborating with U.S. Census representatives to ensure the 2020 survey gathers accurate data about our local communities. This week, U.S. Census Partnership Specialist Carol Cain Bush told the Elkins Rotary Club the importance of the upcoming census. The population gathered by the U.S. census is used to determine “Congressional representation and boundaries as well as (…) how $675 billion is distributed to our states and territories each year,” Bush said. She described the timeline of the upcoming census. In January, the government will begin advertising the survey before doing group-home counts in February. Sometime in March, individual households should get their invitations to participate and then the government sets to work on compiling the information before giving the results to the president on Dec. 31, 2020.

Applause to the owners of Perfect North Slopes, a ski area in Southeast Indiana, who stepped up this week to purchase Timberline Four Seasons Resort in a bankruptcy court auction for $2.2 million. Chip Perfect of Perfect North Slopes said in a press release Wednesday that “Members of the Perfect North Slopes management team will be forming a new management group, with the intent to revitalize the Timberline Ski Area to its fullest potential.” It is great news for our local area that a group of ski industry professionals is taking over Timberline with plans to renovate and repair the Tucker County resort, which did not open for business this year. Many bad things could have happened once the resort went into bankruptcy court, but the results of the auction are very encouraging.