Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To West Virginia University at Parkersburg opening up its Entrepreneur Center to cosplayers and those in need of help with a Halloween costume, during the 2019 Makers Day Event. Technology such as 3-D printers, a laser cutter and engraver, a CNC milling machine, vinyl plotter, an industrial sewing machine and more are important for those looking to build their ideas into a business; but also for those who just want to make a better Mandalorian. Kudos to WVUP for putting a little fun into the day’s opportunity to explore its Maker Space.

UP: To the folks who attended this year’s Pink by Poolside event at the Parkersburg Country Club. They managed to raise more than $38,000 — more tickets were sold for this year’s event than ever before. Each $100 ticket sold is meant to fund a free mammogram or related diagnostic testing for an uninsured or underinsured area woman. Opportunities to help WVU Medicine Camden Clark Foundation’s Pink Mammogram Fund don’t end there. The Pink Cupcake Run will be 2 p.m. Oct. 6 in downtown Parkersburg.

UP: To those participating in today’s 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Williamstown’s Tomlinson Park. There are approximately 320 participants on 50 teams showing support of patients, their care-givers and other loved ones facing the disease now — and walking toward the hope that research is moving quickly enough that the first survivor of Alzheimer’s is alive today.