Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To City of Parkersburg officials who have been tackling projects that have been needed for quite some time, such as the Parkersburg Fire Department’s new and improved Fire Station No. 2 on the corner of 16th and Covert streets this week. The original Fire Station No. 2 was built in the 1930s and was demolished earlier last year due to structural issues. Ground was broken for the construction of the new facility in September 2018.

UP: To the organizers of this year’s River City Comic Arts Festival in Marietta, who chose to focus this year’s event on local writers, artists, crafters and cosplayers. The show’s founder, Asylum Comics owner Jordan Lowe, said more than 500 people attended the show, which is a testament to the degree today’s pop culture scene is being fueled by plenty of LOCAL creativity.

UP: To the 21 area college students who spent eight weeks this summer volunteering at Martin, McKinley and Mineral Wells elementary schools and the Boys and Girls Club in Parkersburg, for the West Virginia University Extension Service’s Energy Express reading and nutrition program. “The Energy Express program gives mentors and other volunteers an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children in their communities in a fun, safe environment that promotes summer learning and builds lasting friendships,” said Andrea Price, WVU Extension Service 4-H Energy Express program director. Thank you to the volunteers who made that happen, for local kids.