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UP: To volunteers from the Education Alliance and students from local schools who honored first responders by power-washing around Williamstown High School, trimming hedges, planting flowers and performing other tasks to improve the area. “I wanted to thank all our first responders … who risk their lives on a daily basis to protect us,” said Williamstown High School Student Body President Halley Landis. “Thank you for your courage and the sacrifice you make.” And thank YOU, folks, for putting your gratitude into action.

UP: To the organizations and building owners who have come together in recent days for a series of mural projects to continue to make downtown Parkersburg an even better place to live, visit and work. One example was the art installation at Fourth and Market streets, on a building owned by Ben and Rachel Poling of RVP Properties. Rachel described the effort as “part of continuing to beautify downtown.” More should take inspiration from these efforts — not just in putting a work of art on a building, but in generally trying to improve the downtown area and make it shine.

UP: To the start of a new West Virginia Symphony Orchestra — Parkersburg season, with tickets available for a six-concert slate set to begin Oct. 16. The return of a relatively normal symphony season after such a long break was celebrated last week in an event that demonstrated the WVSO is for everyone by requiring no tickets, RSVPs or admission costs — just a wonderful champagne reception featuring a performance by mezzo-soprano Kenna McWilliams and her accompanist Jeremy Vigel. Welcome back, ladies and gentlemen!


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