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Losing another home

March 9, 2008
Parkersburg News and Sentinel

There are many things wrong with the news that the Blizzard home behind Ralph’s Market will be torn down. The home was originally built in 1920 by Judge Reese Blizzard. Some people may argue that the home would cost too much money to fix. The man who currently owns the property offered to give it away, provided the home was moved to another location. This, and the lack of money for maintenance, are not the actual issue involved but rather there seems to be a lack of pride and historical preservation in the local community people.

This lack of community preservation has been going on for many years. DeSales Heights was removed violently from the hilltop where it resided for over 100 years to make way for yet another doctor’s office. Historical governors’ homes were removed to make way for parking lots. The Elks lodge was torn down for a pay-by-the-month parking lot, a parking lot that is located directly across the street from a parking garage. And now we are going to lose another historical piece of our community and our identity to a parking lot? Yes, the lack of money plays a significant part but I believe the indifference of our community holds us back even more.

Our community officials could, if they so desired, petition our state government for grant money for historical preservation. These monies are available through the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. I find it sincerely appalling that we continue to lose historical buildings to make way for shopping malls and parking lots.

Lindsay McVey



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