Applause to the city of Elkins for scheduling a Halloween party to make up for the cancellation of trick-or-treating during Superstorm Sandy.
The party is slated for 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Elkins-Randolph County YMCA, and it will feature games, fortune telling, trick-or-treating and a costume contest. Admission for the event will be a canned good or nonperishable item that will be donated to a local food pantry.
Not having trick-or-treating in Elkins in the wake of Sandy was definitely the right call, but area children will appreciate the chance to have some fun after weeks of storm recovery.
Applause to the West Virginia Veterans' Legacy Project at Glenville State College, which has created an art installation, a book and a theater performance from a series of oral histories of veterans' experiences. The project also created a documentary, "Tradition of Service," which will be reshown on WVPBS at 7 p.m. Sunday.
Applause to local individuals and organizations who have created a Community and Compassion Food Drive sponsored by the Elkins Rotary Club, Randolph County Schools and the Randolph County Alternative Learning Center. Nonperishable food items will be collected from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Sunday.
Collection sites have been set up at Elkins Kmart, Elkins Walmart, Elkins Big Lots, Erickson's Service Station and Shop 'n Save Express in Elkins. Food collected will be distributed to Tyrand Cooperative Ministries in Mill Creek, Catholic Charities West Virginia, the back pack program and the Rock.
Boo to anyone who didn't take advantage of the opportunity to participate in democracy and cast a vote in this week's general election. Officials reported a higher-than-average voter turnout in local counties, but many still let their chance to make their voices heard slip away.
As the saying goes, if you don't vote, you can't complain about the results.
Applause to everyone who lent a hand in recovery efforts following Superstorm Sandy's rampage through our area last week. From shelter volunteers to volunteer firefighters, dozens upon dozens of local people stepped up to the challenge of taking care of their neighbors in a time of extreme crisis.
With many in our area still without electricity, it is obvious that Sandy's after-effects will be felt for some time to come. We encourage everyone with the ability to contribute to the recovery efforts to get involved.