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To the Belpre Chamber of Commerce’s celebration of 90 years serving its community and helping its economy diversify and grow. Keynote speaker Rebekah Mathis-Stump was correct when she said “The needs of a community change, and the Belpre Chamber of Commerce has continued to provide strong leadership to address those needs.” Here’s to another 90 years of great work.


To the installation of a nine-hole disc golf course in Vienna’s Jackson Park. The combination of volunteer effort and the city’s willingness to spend $10,000 on equipment, boards, paint and concrete were “well worth it,” as Vienna Parks Director Steve Black said. The course should have all 18 holes by next spring, when residents can take advantage of yet another in a growing range of outdoor activities that help us enjoy the beauty of the Mid-Ohio Valley.


To the volunteers and organizations that make the American Red Cross of Northwestern West Virginia’s Sound the Alarm program possible. “Thanks to everybody’s efforts, we were able to make 440 homes safer in Wood and Wirt counties and we installed 1,260 alarms,” said Disaster Program Manager Todd Wines. According to Parkersburg Fire Chief Jason Matthews, West Virginia is traditionally near the top of many national lists detailing fire deaths. “We want to make West Virginia homes safer for its families,” he said. Through the effort of many people, it seems they have.


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