Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the many volunteers who brought to the Mid-Ohio Valley events ranging from fun-filled turkey trots to community dinners that give us all a reason to be thankful. We are fortunate to live among such generous, caring and community-minded souls.

UP: To Franklin Elementary School students who were awarded backpacks filled with school supplies as winners in the Suttle and Stalnaker PLLC 17th annual Thanksgiving Card Contest. Teisha Clay, Mya Baruwa and Alexis Smith were among those honored for their work in the contest which also features students from elementary schools in Charleston and Morgantown.

UP: To the thousands of deer hunters who, through the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources’ Hunters Helping the Hungry program help provide venison to 600 charitable organizations across the state. The DNR says more than 970,000 pounds of venison have been donated to families in need since this program started. But, as Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt pointed out, “If we want to help feed more families, we need additional hunters and processors to step up to the challenge.”

UP: To a $100,000 federal grant that will help expand the boundless playground at Parkersburg City Park, a project of the Junior League of Parkersburg. The money will be used for equipment, a surface matching that at the playground and the construction and installation, said Ryan Barber, development projects administrator for the city of Parkersburg.