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Boos and applause

August 31, 2013
The Inter-Mountain

- Applause to the 21 individuals who became U.S. Citizens Monday during the natualization ceremony at the U.S. District Court in Elkins. Chief Judge John Preston Bailey presided over the ceremony, saying it was one of his favorite duties. We congratulate the new citizens and wish them the best of luck in their futures.

- Applause to the many volunteers and officials who have worked so hard to present the Barbour County Fair this week. Despite the challenges presented by rainy weather (more on that below), the multitude of fair events came off without a hitch and were enjoyed by hundreds of residents.

- Applause to the New York City officials who shut down a subway line for more than an hour Thursday in order to rescue two kittens from the tracks. The story shows that, first of all, New Yorkers have hearts - who knew? -and that, secondly, Americans feel great love and protectiveness for animals. It was the kind of response we might expect to see in a small town, but to see it happen in the Big Apple was heartwarming.

- Boo to Mother Nature for surprising us with the torrential downpours Tuesday night and Wednesday that caused flash flooding throughout our region. Luckily there were no serious injuries and property damage was minimal, but the flooding demonstrated once again - as if we needed any more reminders - that we shouldn't take the weather for granted.



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