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UP: To those who gathered this week during a public forum on the state’s Substance Use Response Plan. Among the important points made is that prevention efforts should begin much earlier than the middle school years. Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens and others are correct that education about drugs, alcohol, tobacco and other addictions should begin in elementary school. We hope those who make policy decisions for the effort will listen.

UP: To efforts in Doddridge County to bring water service access to thousands more residents. Work to secure two major grants has proved fruitful; and officials are to be commended for understanding improvements to water infrastructure will help in the effort to diversify the county’ economy.

UP: To the many organizations across the Mid-Ohio Valley who will provide safe trick-or-treat events for those kids who may not live in areas that lend themselves to neighborhood trick-or-treating. Trunk-or-treats and other similar events hosted in school gyms and churches will let kids enjoy the dressing up and candy, while parents have a little piece of mind, too.

UP: To the Dog Days of Summer program at Fruth Pharmacy that provided the Wood County Sheriff’s Department dog Ogi with a protective vest. A new vest costs $970, and $950 was raised through the event. Our four-legged officers help protect the community, too, and it is good to know Ogi will be a little safer while doing so.

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