Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

DOWN: To the uncertainty surrounding organization and financing for this year’s Parkersburg Homecoming events. Surely the homecoming committee and president will begin to finalize details and provide more assurance to local residents — and potential visitors — that the event they know and love will carry on with a full range of entertainment, refreshment and activities. Certainly they are learning lessons that should be put to good use in planning of next year’s event.

UP: To a $250,000 grant to Westbrook Health Services Inc. to establish a Quick Response Team to provide support and referral to treatment options to people within 72 hours after an overdose. “Westbrook looks forward to working with local law enforcement in collaboration with emergency responders and the Behavioral Health Unit at Camden Clark Medical Center to reduce the number of opiate-related deaths in our area and engage people in treatment,” said Westbrook President and CEO Kevin Trippett.

UP: To data showing the West Virginia FFA (formerly known as the Future Farmers of America) reached record membership numbers during the 2017-18 school year. “Agriculture is on the rise in this state as a potential for economic development as more people are interested in where their food is coming from,” said West Virginia FFA adviser Jason Hughes. “There is a pretty large movement in farm-to-table and farm-to-school, and our ag-ed programs have taken advantage of that and many of our students have as well.” It is good to know Mountain State youth are taking advantage of opportunities to be part of an industry that has been, and will continue to be, a vital part of what makes West Virginia great.

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