Summer — They call it the “season of forgetting.”
That’s an educational term that refers to the months a child isn’t intellectually stimulated or actively learning, forcing educators to reteach information learned the previous school year.
That’s certainly an issue. And hopefully it’s an issue we can address in the system.
But on a more positive note, we believe that summer is also the season to remember. Think back to your childhood. How many of your fondest and happiest memories took place during the long summer days — playing outside, swimming, hanging out with friends, vacations, riding bikes?
It feels like kids these days don’t value catching fireflies in jars as much as they enjoy catching the “bad guy” in a video game or hanging out with friends as much as following their every move on their Instagram feeds.
We as parents have to encourage healthy activities and spending some time outside in the fresh air and the sunshine.
And we’re thankful that we live in a community that values the benefits of outdoor recreation. And fun.
On Wednesday, a celebration was held for the opening of the Palatine Splash Park, just one completed piece of a large-scale plan to develop the Monongahela riverfront on Fairmont’s East Side. The splash park has been open for a few weeks now, bringing delight to hundreds of young ones who can move from one water feature to another, cool off during the warm days and use a lot of that pent-up energy.
But it wasn’t a “stuffy” ribbon-cutting ceremony. Sunblock was passed out to those who attended. Children were given buckets filled with chips and snacks and drinks. And instead of a line of officials and dignitaries with a ceremonial ribbon and oversized scissors, Marion County and state officials including Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin lined up on the stage of the Palatine Park amphitheater and threw out bright green Frisbees and rubber football to the crowd in celebration of the grand opening of Palatine Park and the new splash park.
The fun display matched what county officials are trying to bring to the area — a fun place to bring your family and enjoy an afternoon or an evening. And the splash park being celebrated is just one piece of the puzzle. “Having a park like this, it creates a good quality of life,” Tomblin said.“It’s a place for our children to come and play because they’re our future.”
The renovations of Palatine Park began on March 17 with Thrasher Engineering taking on the construction of the project. Crews worked seven days a week to meet deadlines and to have the park ready for the Three Rivers Festival, which was on May 22.
The cost of the renovations to date is around $1 million. And there are many more plans, including a $400,000 investment by the state to bring in a boat ramp and docks for those who enjoy water activities along the Mon. There are also plans to develop the rail-trail system within the city limits, eliminating the two-mile gap between the trail that extends from behind the Big Lots plaza on the West Side to Morgantown Avenue on the East Side. We want to commend the county and its officials for having a vision and for moving beyond the paper plans to bring quality recreational facilities to the city and county. We know this is just the tip of the iceberg of a multi-million dollar development, which will hopefully bring in private investment that will far surpass any public investment made.
But in the mean time, we’ll enjoy the “splash” the county has made with the major improvements to Palatine and look forward to many more.
Summer — They call it the “season of forgetting.”
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Distracted driving: It isn’t worth fine or a life
Today marks the day that police agencies from six states are joining forces to crack down on one thing — distracted driving.
And they will focus on that traffic violation for a solid week, with the stepped-up effort to curb distracted driving wrapping up on Saturday, July 26.
COLUMN: Are we people watchers or people judgers?
Let me tell you about my little friend Robby. Well, actually, it’s more about his family and especially his mom. I didn’t get her name. I heard Robby’s name quite a bit, though, during a trip home from Birmingham, Alabama.
I noticed the family in the Birmingham airport immediately. They were just the kind of family you’d notice.
Relish the rich bounty of state’s diverse, unique food traditions
This week, a group of federal officials on a three-day culinary tour of the state visited the Greenbrier Valley to find out what most of us here already know — we have a rich food tradition in West Virginia.
The group was made up of officials from the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Soup Opera in need of your support again this time of year
It’s happening again.
It usually always happens about this time each year. Sometimes it’s a little earlier and sometimes a little later.
But Soup Opera executive director Shelia Tennant knows it will come — usually in July. And she’s never that surprised about it.
County honors men who gave all in helping their community
The next time you’re driving in the Rivesville area, you might notice new signs on two of the area’s bridges.
Those signs, which bear the names of Alex Angelino and Denzil O. Lockard, were unveiled Saturday in honor of the men whose names they display, two men who died while serving their communities.
The bridge on U.S. 19 over Paw Paw Creek was named to honor Lockard, while the bridge on U.S. 19 over Pharaoh Run Creek was named to honor Angelino. Lockard, a former Rivesville police chief, died in 1958 at the age of 48 while directing traffic. Angelino, a Rivesville firefighter, died at the age of 43 of a heart attack while fighting a fire in 1966.
State must learn to keep costs down and perform more efficiently on less
The West Virginia state government began its budget year last Tuesday with a small surplus of $40 million — less than 1 percent of its annual tax revenues — thanks only to dipping into its savings.
Let’s not do that again.
Long-range vision with transportation has been made to be thing of proud past
Last week’s closure of Fairmont’s Fourth Street Bridge is a symbol of a problem that must be fixed.
The United States should be proud of the vision its leaders once displayed to address the country’s transportation needs.
Back in 1954, for example, President Dwight D. Eisenhower announced his goal of an interstate highway system — something that transformed the country.
COLUMN: Who would leave animal in sweltering car?
I was standing and debating between two brands of a product in a big box store when I heard a call over the intercom:
“Will the owner of a green Cavalier with a dog inside please report to the lawn and garden center.”
I shook my head. I hate seeing dogs in cars waiting while their owners shop. About five minutes later, there was another announcement over the intercom.
We must take all weather emergency alerts seriously
In a weather emergency, every second counts.
Think back to the derecho that devastated the state just two years ago. The powerful wind storm caused nearly 700,000 people in West Virginia to lose electricity, some who didn’t have power restored for weeks. A state of emergency was declared, and all but two of the state’s 55 counties sustained some damage or loss of power.
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