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Boos & Applause

Applause to Our Town Inc. volunteers for lining up summer activities at the Rotary Amphitheater in downtown Elkins, including a summer concert series. Our Town volunteers were responsible for the Scarecrow Festival in the fall and the recent beautiful decorated flowers on display throughout downtown. The people who volunteer their time to organize and get things done in downtown Elkins are truly to be commended. At a time when people feel the need to get together as the pandemic restrictions ease, Elkins Our Town volunteers have stepped up with activities and beautification projects. Well done!

Applause to the City of Elkins’ Street Department crews for all their efforts during the city’s Spring Cleanup during the past two weeks. During the first week alone, the city collected 78 tons of material. The cleanup, which is designed for residents to discard any unwanted items from their homes, garages, basements, and any other places where junk piles up, collected 15 tons of debris on the first day alone.

Applause to newly elected Elkins Mayor Jerry Marco for making his first proclamations for worthwhile causes. Marco, who took over as mayor on April 1, showed his support for National Child Abuse Prevention Month early in the morning on Tuesday, then in the afternoon signed his second proclamation for National Donate Life Month, which promotes registering as organ, eye and tissue donors.

Applause to the Bowden Fish Hatchery and the state of West Virginia for the re-introduction of tiger trout. Gov. Jim Justice recently announced that the state Department of Natural Resources would begin stocking tiger trout into lakes and streams around the state for the first time in decades. This week, officials told The Inter-Mountain that the Bowden Fish Hatchery will be producing as well as stocking tiger trout. These trophy fish will most likely draw in a lot of anglers from outside our area, helping to stimulate our local economy.

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