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Boos & Applause

Applause to all who organized and took part last weekend in the Beverly Heritage Center’s celebration of the 160th anniversary of the Union’s victory at Rich Mountain Battlefield. Reenactors were on hand and a host of events were offered, including a Fun Run and activities for children.

Applause to the grant the Elkins-Randolph County Tourism CVB presented to the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad. The railroad just reopened their Elkins’ excursion train business after 15 months of pandemic-related closure. Trains in Durbin and Cass that are part of the railroad began running in recent months, but the New Tygart Flyer didn’t make its 2021 debut until July 1, when it began making regular appearances once again at the Elkins Depot. The excursion trains are very important to the local economy, and the CVB made a good call to help support the railroad.

Applause to Buckhannon-Upshur High School, which was recently awarded a Cultural Facilities and Capital Resources Grant by the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History. The grant for $29,179 will be used to replace the lights and sound system in the B-UHS auditorium. Upshur Superintendent of Schools Dr. Sara Stankus and Upshur County Schools Director of Wellness and Child Nutrition Eddie Vincent accepted the grant award from Randall Reid-Smith, curator of the state Department of Arts, Culture and History.

Applause to the agreement between Alderson Broaddus University and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College that was signed Tuesday. The agreement means that students of Southern will now have the opportunity to earn a four-year degree from Alderson Broaddus University. Students can seamlessly transfer to AB and complete a bachelor’s degree online at a reduced tuition rate. At a distance of almost 200 miles, Southern is Alderson Broaddus’s furthest located degree completion partner.

Applause to the City of Philippi, which has received a national community service award from the American Public Power Association. The Sue Kelly Community Service Award was handed out during the APPA’s National Conference in Orlando, Florida. Philippi is one of only two cities in West Virginia that owns and operates its own electric utility. The award recognizes good neighbor activities that demonstrate the commitment of the utility and its employees to the community. Philippi was lauded by the APPA for numerous acts within the community, including a project in which the city provided lighting for its historic downtown area.

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