Thumbs up ... to everyone who participated in the state Department of Environmental Protection’s recent free electronics recycling event. By the end of the day, more than 70,000 pounds of electronics (35 tons) had been stuffed into tractor-trailers and sent off for recycling. Devices included televisions, computers, printers, copiers, zip drives, video game devices, electronic cables, laser and multifunction scanners, fax machines, laptops, mice, keyboards, speakers, Webcams, monitors, cables, hard drives, circuit boards, cell phones, CD players and tape players.
Thumbs up ... to Cook’s Manufacturing, under the direction of Larry Cook, for building and donating a bridge crossing Black Fork River in Twin Falls Resort State Park. The bridge will become part of the Great Eastern Trail, a multi-state hiking trial. Cliffs Natural Resources and the Wyoming County Commission also helped support the project.
Thumbs up ... to the continued support for Breast Cancer Awareness. Tamarack is hosting the world’s longest pink ribbon scarf — measuring more than 4,000 feet. David Hill Concrete has a pink ribbon on the drum of a concrete truck, and Fayette County residents are raising scholarship money for children who have lost a parent to breast cancer.
Thumbs up ... to New River Community and Technical College for receiving a $3 million federal grant to enlarge its nursing and allied health care program. The funds will allow New River to expand and improve its current programs and offer new associate’s degrees for Registered Nurse, Medical Laboratory Technical, Occupational therapist Assistant and EMS/Paramedic certifications.
Thumbs up ... to students at Independence and Rainelle middle school receiving new instruments through a partnership between the West Virginia division of Culture and History and VH-1 Save the Music. The VH-1 Save the Music Foundation has placed more than 700 instruments with students in 35 middle and K-8 schools across West Virginia during its three-year initiative.