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Boos & Applause

Applause to the many local volunteers who provided holiday meals for the needy this week. Volunteers from Summit Church helped provide the monthly Feed the City event, hosted in the Railyard Restaurant, as this week’s menu was Thanksgiving themed. A free Thanksgiving dinner was served Thursday at the Senior Center in Parsons. The event was sponsored by local churches and volunteers. Also on Thursday, the Randolph Coalition of Christian Churches hosted a free Thanksgiving lunch at the Oddfellows home.

Applause to Elkins High School students who have raised money to help the homeless. Sofia Triplett, Alyssa Severino and Tyler Chewning, members of the Elkins High School Student Government Association, presented Paula Mullenex, a shelter worker with the Randolph County Homeless Shelter, a check for $1,985.50 Nov. 25. These funds were raised during the Oct. 19 Walk/Runathon. Participants of the walkathon included two community members and approximately 30 Elkins High School students. Participants were able to collect flat donations and donations per lap completed during the walkathon.

Applause to the Mountain State Rotary E-Club for recently donating books to local organizations which will make them accessible to children. The children’s books were donated to the E-Club from the Tygart Valley Homestead Elementary library and the Tygart Valley Homestead Association.

Applause to Healthberry Farm, a Randolph County business located in Dryfork, which was recently awarded a silver medal in the Sweet Varietal Mead category of the Mead Crafter’s Competition for their Honey River Basswood Mead. The business creates mead with honey, and has its own beehives and lab equipment to extract the honey from the frames of the beehive boxes.

Applause to First Energy for its contribution to local arts. The company’s Tim Pingley, a Regional External Affairs representative, recently presented a donation check to Kurt Barkley, executive director of The Arts Center in Elkins.

Boo to the harm that taking part in Cyber Monday holiday shopping can do to local businesses. The current trend for consumers has been to gravitate toward purchasing goods online. The problem is that every online purchase contributes to less local business revenue and the need for less local employment. There is generally plenty of selection for shoppers within a short drive of our local area, so remember, the more we stay home to shop, the better our economy will be.