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UP: To the American Red Cross finding a way to continue its incredibly valuable free swim classes at Southwood Pool this summer.

“In an effort to continue the traditional free Learn to Swim lessons this year, we have reorganized how we will observe signups for this year,” said Sharon Kesselring, executive director of the American Red Cross of Northwestern West Virginia.

Plenty of Mid-Ohio Valley kids are already safer, better swimmers and are able to enjoy time in the water because of those classes. Thank goodness another bunch will have the same opportunity.

UP: To the Parkersburg City and Wood County governments for working together to have a fireworks display this Fourth of July after all. In partnership with Parkersburg auto dealers who helped cover the remaining $5,000 of the cost, local residents will still see a show off Ft. Boreman this year. Thank you, folks.

UP: To the state’s effort to coordinate with nonprofits to develop an interactive map of summer feeding assistance programs available throughout the state, for seniors and families. “Because of this pandemic, many senior centers have closed and many summer camps are being canceled,” said Gov. Jim Justice last week. “I want to make sure that all West Virginians who need help with food have access to it.”


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