Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To officials with the City of Parkersburg who quickly moved to address a potential safety concern at the new splash pad. Though there were only a few reported injuries to children attributed to a component of the tube slide, even one injury would have merited the switch-out that took place this week. At no cost to the city, a modification was made that should make those segments safer, and local kids can again enjoy this fantastic addition to city park.

UP: To those who have already volunteered to join the Veterans Transportation Network, organized by the Disabled American Veterans to help get military veterans to their medical appointments. “The biggest challenge for veterans and their healthcare is transportation,” said West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance Secretary Dennis Davis. “They can’t get there.” Thanks to volunteers (and, if you are willing and able, you, too, can help), that is getting a little easier here in the Mountain State.

UP: To the offering of a Boys and Girls Club satellite program in Belpre, beginning with the coming school year. Though it will be capped at 30 students this year, the program will offer after-school programs for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Boys and Girls Club of Washington County offers an important, safe space for kids to keep learning and having fun well after the end of the school day, and it will be a welcomed presence in Belpre.