Applause to every individual who took part in the tremendous rescue effort at the scene of a tourist train's collision with a logging truck on Cheat Mountain Friday afternoon. Longtime emergency workers said they had never seen such a strong spirit of cooperation among a huge group of law enforcement agencies, fire departments and emergency medical service agencies. Everyone involved deserves our gratitude and deep respect.
Applause to the Elkins Youth Football and cheerleading teams, who are hosting a fundraising event for the family of South Harrison High School football player Dylan Jeffries today. The teams and cheerleaders will be at Wimer Stadium from 1 to 9 p.m. with fundraising jars. Money collected will go to the Jeffries family to offset medical costs for Dylan, who passed away Sunday night after collapsing during a game on Sept. 27. Individuals interested in making a donation and unable to do so in person can send checks made out to Elkins Youth Football in care of Jim Poyner, 15 Locust St., Elkins.
Boo to those who made things difficult for all of us during the Mountain State Forest Festival this year, creating needless litter and leaving trash on the streets for the city of Elkins to clean up. In conjunction with this boo, we applaud all the city workers who so quickly transformed downtown Elkins from an unsightly mess last Saturday evening to a sparkling-clean city by Sunday morning. They pull off this quick-change trick every October, and all Elkins residents appreciate their efforts.
Boo to Mother Nature, who blessed us with fine weather during the Forest Festival but now has turned fickle. This week we experienced the first seriously cold temperatures of this fall, giving us a small but unwanted taste of winter. There are even whispers of predictions of snow for late next week. Boo, hiss!