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UP: To a planned new kayak launch at Spencer’s Park in Vienna. Mayor Randy Rapp says the development will spark other plans at the park, such as a walking trail. “I think it’s going to be exciting,” he said. Recreational opportunities and developments such as this one are a fantastic addition for our community, and a draw to those interested in exploring the area.

UP: To Cecelia Fatta of Parkersburg High School, Nicholas Murphy of Parkersburg South High School and Jacob Huggins of Williamstown High School, who were honored as 2021 National Merit Scholarship finalists at last week’s Wood County Schools Board of Education meeting. It takes a lot of dedication and hard work to reach that point, especially given the past year’s challenges. Congratulations, folks!

UP: To Paul C. Hoblitzell III, who was named a 2021 History Hero by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. He was nominated by the Wood County Historical and Preservation Society for his work to preserve the history of Wood and surrounding counties. His work has increased public interest, historical tourism and preservation efforts for the historical aspects of the oil, natural gas and industrial heydays of this region. Congratulations, sir!

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