Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the return of the Fridays at the Library gardening series, at the Vienna Public Library. Even a polar vortex cannot stop the reminder that spring is closer than we think, and it is time to brush up on the skills that will have all those summer gardens producing good vegetables and beautiful blooms.

UP: To the volunteers who participated in this year’s Wood County Point in Time Count to get better information about our region’s homeless population, and to give information about resources available to homeless individuals. Some of the people who came in contact with the volunteers provided an opportunity to shed light on the nature of the problem. “It’s not always what you think it is,” said Jessica DeLong, a housing stabilization case manager with the West Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness. “You walk by people and you don’t realize they’re having a hard time.”

UP: To Read Aloud West Virginia, which was one of only ten nonprofit programs in the country chosen by the UPS Store Inc. to receive $10,000 in books, as part of its effort to honor the 10th anniversary of the Toys For Tots Literacy Program. A child who learns to love reading has a gift for the rest of his or her life, and programs like Read Aloud help to foster that love. Congratulations, folks.