Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the revitalization of an area at the Parkersburg Art Center now known as Melissa’s Garden, which will be used by the art center as a children’s garden — a play space for ArtStart Preschool students, an outdoor classroom for Camp Creativity, and perhaps eventually event rental space. As is the case for many good things in our community, much of the help came from the Ross Foundation and West Virginia University at Parkersburg.

DOWN: To those who continue to ignore burn bans, as parts of our state are still in a mild drought — dry enough to mean wildfires are sparked easily. More than 90 wildfires affecting more than 600 acres burned in September, putting both natural resources and fire crews at risk. Do not ignore the ban, folks. Receiving a citation or a fine could be the least of the consequences.

UP: To the soft opening of the new Wood County Senior Association building at 524 Green St., which included the serving of the first lunch at the new center. Though there is still work to do — “What we need is someone (from) our business community to sponsor us to go on trips,” said Ruth Dickson — it is a good start to providing the services and social time our seniors need.