The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

July 10, 2013

Community service projects detailed

By Mannix Porterfield
Register-Herald Reporter

— While no one is to be on candid camera, businesses in this region are being encouraged to smile for the thousands of visitors pouring in next week for the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree.

A special “Smile” kit has been prepared for them by AmeriCorps VISTA, volunteer coordinator Stephen Deal advised the Raleigh County Commission in Tuesday’s meeting.

Inside the packet is a “passport” with a sketch of the day trips on local attractions, he said.

“And there is a pledge that the businesses can sign to be a little more courteous and provide more local information,” Deal said.

“What will happen is they will get a sticker to put in their windows, showing that they are welcoming businesses in the New River Gorge tourism industry. Hopefully, this will be just one more facet of enhancing the hospitality of the upcoming Boy Scout Jamboree.”

Upwards of 40,000 scouts are expected to take part in the event at the Summit Bechtel Family Scout Reserve in Fayette County, he said, and while here, many will be performing community service projects in a wide swath of southern West Virginia.

Service dates for specific projects are July 17, 18, 19, 22 and 23, he said, with the counties farther away — Monroe and McDowell — getting the initial visits.

“They will fan out later in counties that are closest,” Deal said.

The idea is to have the Scouts on site around 9:30 a.m., and, after a lunch break, return for a late afternoon session.

“It’s basically going to be pretty good, a nice community service initiative,” Deal told the commission.

“We’ve got some good projects lined up.”

Pitching in on the will be members of the national Citizens Conservation Corps “to make sure these projects get done to the fullest extent possible,” Deal added.

In other matters, the commission put up $30,000 in the annual allotment for the transportation program of the Raleigh County Community Action.

Commissioners also approved:

— A drawdown of $11,549.03 for Emergency Solutions.

— A $3,500 contract with the Raleigh County Veterans Museum.

— A $9,000 drawdown for the Women’s Resource Center.

— A $13,607.54 drawdown for the drunken driving prevention program of the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department.

— A $22,650 justice assistance grant.

Named to various boards and agencies were:

Abandoned Building Agency, Detlef Ulfers, Lisa Myles, Mike Cowgar, Jim Stone, Barry Milam, and Sherrie Hunter; RCCA, Drema McNeal; Memorial Airport Authority, Jack Roop; Planning & Zoning Commission, Carol Tolbert; and Public Library Board, Bill Hartling.

— E-mail: mannix@register-herald.com