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UP: To the number of organizations that last week found a way to observe Veterans Day without the usual parades and large gatherings. “(Veterans) are our protectors who protected us against all enemies foreign and domestic … you protect our way of life,” said Veterans Advocate Darren Shearlock, during West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s virtual ceremony. Thank you, to all who found a way to make this important day special.

UP: To the number of local organizations who have also found a different way to carry out their special holiday project this year. For example, the Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley, which has reworked its annual Secret Christmas program. “It is more important than ever to make the holidays a little more special for people who don’t have the resources to do it on their own,” said Liz Ford, executive director of the Arc. They are not the only ones of course. From the Salvation Army to the United Way, there are plenty of groups who make the holidays a little brighter every year, and aren’t going to let COVID-19 stop them this year.

DOWN: To vandalism that has reached the point in one local park that Parkersburg officials feel reluctant to spend money on improvements to the facilities, for fear any new structures would simply be covered in graffiti or otherwise damaged. Though some of our neighborhoods are struggling, it is essential that we work to rebuild the pride in our communities that would lead to some respect of their amenities.

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