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AMT?Begins Packaging Program

May 17, 2008
By Wayne Sheets, Contributing Business Writer

The folks at the American Mountain Theater have come up with yet another innovative way to make it convenient and worry-free to visit Elkins and enjoy their show while in town. They are now offering packages for individuals and small groups who want to enjoy a hassle-free visit to our town and the surrounding area.

“We will make all the arrangements and reservations, collect one fee and pay all the vendors involved,” said Kenny Sexton, president of American Mountain Theater Inc. “Every package we do is customized to each individual or group’s needs, instead of one size fits all.”

Those wishing to purchase a package or learn more about the program should call Matt Scott at the theater’s packaging division at 630-3040 or toll free at 1-800-943-3670. Information is also available by e-mailing


I always enjoy attending the bi-monthly Downtown Merchants’ meetings — that is when they let me put what they talk about in print. One of the subjects that came up — again — on Tuesday was the accumulation of dust and debris on the city streets. Some merchants, especially those along Randolph Avenue, registered complaints about the streets’ dirty and dusty condition. They readily admit that problems of this nature are to be expected because of the high volume of traffic, but their complaint is that inadequate efforts are being made to keep the street clean.

One shop owner stated that his water bill increased more than 40 percent last month in efforts to keep the street’s dust and dirt out of his establishment with little or no results. He and some others agreed to take the problem to the city’s street department in hopes of seeing what can be done to correct the problem.


Frank and Pam Nichols from Woodbridge, Va., were welcomed to our city during Tuesday’s meeting. They will be opening their cafe called, “Meemeez Cafe and Cakes” on Henry Avenue sometime around the middle of next month where Tabby’s Grill and Dory’s Diner used to be. Pam said she had been baking cakes for special occasions and commercial sales for more than 20 years and decided to open her own cake store and restaurant. She will begin taking cake orders for all occasion as soon as they get the store open. We welcome the Nichols to Elkins and wish them every success.


Matt Scott, who is heading up the AMT packaging program, is also busy canvassing town merchants to see who would like to participate in a discount coupon book. He said at Monday’s meeting that he has 100 percent participation so far. The coupon book will be distributed through his AMT packaging program and other means including placing them in retail outlets and mailings. The program sounds to me like a great opportunity to let the world know of the businesses in town and the surrounding area at a very nominal fee. Several thousand of the books will be printed with the cost being shared equally among the participants. For more information, call Scott at the numbers listed above.


I did not have an opportunity to celebrate the centennial anniversary of Mother’s Day at either of the two most important shrines of its founding. I presume it to have been a great success at both the home of Anna Jarvis and the Mother’s Day Shrine Church in Grafton where Anna and her mother taught Sunday school for most of their lives. My family and I celebrated the special day at the home of our daughter ,Wendy, in Charleston.

In more than five years of researching the history of Mother’s Day, I learned that the one thing Anna Jarvis did not want was for people to send fancy commercially printed cards to their mother with a message written by someone unknown. She railed against the commercialism of the occasion right up to the day she died. She considered visiting one’s mother on Mother’s Day and, if that was not possible, sending a hand written message to her the only way to honor one’s mother on that special day. In view of Anna’s wishes, I’d like to share with you the message my 12-year-old granddaughter gave her mother, Wendy, on what to her is a very special day.

The message read: “Being a mom is the most important job because you are responsible for a kid and you have to nurture and love them. Some say that being a mom is just telling your kids what to do and cooking dinner every once in a while. But I know that it may be that but it is also a lot more. You have to do some cleaning, you have to hold and comfort them when they are sick and you have to know when and how to punish them when they do wrong. I know that out in the world there are kids that don’t have mothers or don’t have the best mother but I do have the best and I know for a fact that she is, and I wouldn’t trade her for the world.

“Some people can pick out one thing about their mother that they like the best but if I had to I couldn’t, because I love everything about my mom. I love the way she tends to your every need when you are sick, I love that you can ask her a question and she almost always knows the answer, I love that if you ask for something that you need or ask for help she stops what she is doing and gets it, and last I love that she is who she is and that she is my mom.

“Even if I had all the time in the world I couldn’t finish saying or try to say how much I love my mom. Even though you don’t know it we take our mothers for granted everyday because we should be thankful for every moment, every second we have with our mom, well at least I think we should, and I know that I try to all the time.”

She also gave her mother a self-made coupon book with the following rewards: One free washing the dishes, four free hair brushings, one free small favor, two caterings, two free fillups during a movie, one free cleanup of your choice and 1,000,000,000,000,000 free hugs.



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