Applause to the many volunteers who worked together to present the fifth annual Ramps and Rail Festival in downtown Elkins last weekend. Ramps are known for their distinctive odor, but the festival is always a welcome breath of fresh air in the community each spring.
Applause to Davis Memorial Hospital's volunteers, who were honored during a weeklong celebration. The volunteers donated 9,887 hours of service in 2012. "Volunteers are the first people patients see, and usually the last as they are discharged," DMH?CEO Mark Doak told the hospital's volunteers during an appreciation luncheon. "I just want to thank you for all you do." So do we.
Applause to American Mountain Theater in Elkins, which is now airing weekly on West Virginia Public Broadcasting Service. The theater is already one of the jewels of our area, and the new show will only increase its reputation throughout the state.
Applause to the renovation efforts at the former First Ward Elementary School in Elkins, which should be completed by the end of the month. The 106-year-old building will soon serve as apartments for senior citizens. The first tenants are scheduled to move in June 1, and the building will hopefully be completely occupied by Sept. 1, Randolph County Housing Authority Executive Director Karen Jacobson said this week.
Boo to the copper thieves who snipped cable and telephone wires in the Beverly area Wednesday, resulting in service outages for 5,000 Suddenlink Communications customers. The selfishness of local copper thievery has reached new heights during the last year, as bandits have pilfered copper from the radio tower at Rich Mountain and the AES Laurel Mountain Windmills property. Here's hoping the legal system deals sternly with this week's thieves once they are caught.