Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation for receiving the Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Council on Foundations. The PACF’s Civic Leaders Fellowship Program provides summer jobs and civic leadership development for college students in the foundation’s service area. PACF Executive Director Judy Sjostedt is correct, “This award places West Virginia on the national map, and the Mid-Ohio Valley region, in particular, as a place where many good people, working in partnership with the PACF, are creating a brighter future for our next generation.”

UP: To the volunteers for the American Red Cross who installed smoke alarms earlier this week and will do so again today as part of the organization’s Sound the Alarm initiative. The goal is to install at least 1,500 smoke alarms — three in each of 500 homes. Doing so could save lives, and these folks are to be commended for their efforts.

UP: To the unveiling of the marker showing where the Parkersburg Rotary Club met for the first time, 100 years ago. The works of those early Rotarians “set the tone for future Rotarians,” said club president Andy Hartleben. Congratulations to the group, as they continue to celebrate this milestone.