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UP: To Dr. Clay Marsh who has served so well as West Virginia’s Coronavirus Czar, but is now transitioning back into his role as Vice President and Executive Dean of West Virginia University’s Health Sciences department. Marsh has been a calm, steady, well-informed voice of reason during this time. He served as a fantastic counterpoint to Gov. Jim Justice’s more … entertaining delivery during daily briefings. “It’s been an amazing opportunity to serve,” Marsh told another media outlet. “And I think for any one of us and particularly at WVU, the land grant university of the state, we really see our role as serving the state, certainly serving the governor and state officials in any way we can to make a difference in the lives of people who live in this state. And so for me, it’s been challenging for sure, just because there’s no real blueprint and there’s no previous experience you can draw upon to understand how you should navigate this particular time.” He is navigating it quite well, and for that, we are grateful.

UP: To those who are working to bring as much of a “normal” summer as possible to local residents by opening pools, splash pads, tennis courts and other facilities that will require a little extra sanitizing and monitoring if they are to remain open safely. It is the right thing to do, and will make a world of difference to families whose plans for the next few months may be dramatically altered.

UP: To community support such as that coming from the Esbenshade Advised Fund to Wood County Schools to provide a summer reading program for middle and high school students. Given the radically changed nature of schooling at the end of this school year, it will be more important than ever for students not to lose touch with the skills they will need to carry them into next year.

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