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Putting up lights a community event

I am often amazed at the generosity and kindness of the people of Elkins. This weekend once again made me realize what a special place I live in and how people step up when needed.

With this unusual year came the lack of the inmate work crew which is essential to the placement of the Christmas lights in the Elkins Town Square. So, no Christmas lights this year? That was just not acceptable in a year when people need something positive and festive to brighten the holiday season.

With a few emails and a plea for help when zooming, the process of finding volunteers began. On Saturday, Nov. 7, 29 volunteers showed up ready to work and to make sure this holiday tradition continued. Sixteen young men from the Elkins High School basketball team and coaches showed up an hour earlier than others to help organize and distribute the lights.

Ten people connected to the Elkins Rotary Club worked hard and efficiently to place displays. Welcome Center board members and two AmeriCorps also gave up their Saturday morning to make sure we got things in place.

Harold Elbon had his workers deliver all the needed lights and equipment and a local car dealer had pizza delivered to keep everyone’s energy level up. These people contributed over 80 hours of service to this community.

This is not a task we can handle alone, and I feel that it is extremely hard to express my level of gratitude. Thank you does not seem like enough. So, as you enjoy the lights this year, please think about those that made them possible and how lucky you are to live in an area where community matters.

Anne Beardslee

Executive Director

Elkins Depot Welcome Center CVB

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