While it may seem that the Randolph County Relay for Life fundraising activities are alive only in the spring, nothing could be farther from fact. It is alive all year round. As everyone has noticed recently, though, it is becoming more visible as the date for this year's grand finale on June 12 approaches.
This year's fundraising efforts began not long after the completion of the 2008-2009 finale. Those organizations who have fundraising teams know what I'm talking about. Members of those organizations have been having bake sales, sausage gravy and biscuit breakfasts, selling pepperoni rolls, basket bingos and many other activities to raise money in the heated competition to see which team can raise the most money collectively and who can raise the most money individually.
I am familiar with only one of those fundraising teams, "The Allegheny All-Nighters," and know that they have been active all year long. Their team members, mostly from Allegheny Insurance Services Inc., and at least one member from another organization, the West Virginia Department of Highways District 8 Equipment Shop, have engaged the help of Gino's Pizza in their fundraising efforts this year. On May 25, instead of the regular "buy one, get one free offer," Gino's will be offering "buy one and get the second one for $1." The dollar will be donated to the American Cancer Society toward research, education, advocacy and service in the society's fight against cancer.
Last year, the Randolph County Relay for Life fundraising efforts netted more than $103,000. Please do your part - join Gino's Pizza and the Allegheny All-nighters in their fundraising efforts on Tuesday and enjoy a great meal while supporting the fight against cancer.
Everyone, cancer survivors, those who are battling the dreaded disease and those who want to see the disease banished from our midst, is invited to the special fun-filled activities day on June 12 from noon until midnight at Elkins High School. Survivor reception starts at 11:30 a.m.
According to Beth King, executive director of the Randolph County Community Arts Center, Elkins has been designated a Certified Arts Community by the West Virginia Culture and History and the West Virginia Commission of the Arts. Elkins is only the third community in West Virginia to receive this distinction.
"The designation does not bring with it any monetary benefits, but it is a very competitive process through which the designation is given," King said.
Way to go, Elkins - and Beth, thanks for all your hard work bringing this distinction to Elkins. No one deserves it more.
Carol Schuler, director of communications at Davis & Elkins College, asked that I include in this week's column her and the college's thanks for the tremendous community support of the "Three-day Gershwin Gala" earlier this month with the grand finale coming Friday evening at Harper-McNeeley Auditorium. She, on behalf of the college, extends her most sincere thanks to the sponsors of the event including Davis & Elkins College, Mike Ross Inc., Davis Trust Company, Citizens Bank of West Virginia, Huntington Bank and The Inter-Mountain.
Ed Griesel, who is heading up the Memorial Day services at the All Vet's Memorial, mentioned at the Downtown Merchants meeting on Tuesday that he and his wife, Elaine, are looking for volunteers to help with the services. They also need some help in the way of donations to help cover the costs of refreshments.
These folks go to great lengths donating their time and resources that we do not forget those who made the supreme sacrifice to ensure that we enjoy the freedoms we have today. Let's give them a hand with their efforts to make this service what it should be.
Freedom is not free - need we be reminded of that?
A preservation and restoration resource seminar for homeowners is scheduled for Wednesday at the Darden House on Davis Avenue. The Darden House is located across the street from the Elkins-Randolph County Public Library. Presentations will be given by representatives from the West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office, Preservation Alliance of WV, Woodlands Development Group, YouthBuild North Central and local accounting businesses.
Topics will include sustainability in home preservation, planning a successful home renovation and working with a contractor, tax incentives for home preservation and weatherization and energy efficiency.
The event is sponsored by the Elkins Historic Landmarks Commission and the Randolph County Housing Authority. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The time for fresh veggies and other goodies (including home baked bread) we've become accustomed to having available throughout the summer will again be available beginning next Saturday when the Farmer's Market opens on town square.
This year's hours will be from 8:30 a.m. until noon each Saturday through October.
For those who might not have yet joined the select group of vendors who provide all the great produce, homemade bread, jellies, jams and countless other foodstuffs and crafts, you may do so by calling Nancy Barlow, executive secretary of the Randolph County Development Authority at 304-637-0803.
A couple weeks ago CBS News carried a story about digital office copiers storing information on its hard drive of everything they copy or print. I have no way of knowing who may or may not have seen the report, but if you did see it and passed it off you might want to visit the website below and reconsider the seriousness of the issue.
If you haven't seen the report, here's what happens when you print or copy documents of any kind using a high-end copier/printer. According to the investigative report, every bit of information that passes through these machines is stored on its hard drive and is retrievable by anyone who knows how to access it.
Large numbers of the refurbished machines are being shipped overseas for resale, which according to the report, can and probably are already compromising sensitive personal, corporate and who knows what other kinds of information.
I talked with Wade Church, owner of Ink & Toner Cartridge Source Inc., about this and he said, "This is certainly a very serious concern, especially for large offices that print and copy large numbers of documents containing sensitive information. Those who operate small desktop copiers probably do not have to worry but those who have the more sophisticated copying systems should be aware of the security compromises mentioned in the news story. These machines store information sent to them and hold it on the hard drive until the sender requests it from the copier. Then all they have to do is enter the proper pass-code information and the printer completes the job. These kinds of high-end machines are popular with large companies where the copier/printer is centrally located and large numbers of employees have access to it."
Church suggested that it would be a good idea for those who are considering replacing their current printer/copier to clear the machine's hard drive or remove it before it leaves their office. This is especially true for those who lease their copier/printer.
The site to visit for the complete report carried by CBS News is: www.youtube.com/watch?v=iC38D5am7go.
In last week's column we took a look at the depths of the recession West Virginia has been in since early 2008 and 2009. I promised that I would bring you in this week's column the economic outlook for West Virginia, but there is so much going on that I didn't have room for it. I promise to bring you that information next week. Thanks for your patience.