Cheers to our local hunters who went out yesterday to enjoy the first day of buck season here in West Virginia. We wish every one good hunting, and more importantly, safe hunting.

Cheers to Mitch Wood, owner of Power Wash Bros, who has been in touch with the City of Fairmont to volunteer to clean the older buildings in our downtown area. Wood has traveled all around the East Coast to pressure wash buildings, and we look forward to seeing what a difference a good cleaning can make in our city.

Cheers to the UPS, FedEx, post office and other package delivery workers during this holiday season. Online shopping has exploded over the last 10 years, and their jobs have become more difficult and important than ever. When you open a gift this Christmas, remember the team of professionals that worked long hours over the holidays to make sure it arrived on time.

Cheers to Pierpont Community and Technical College for hosting Drone Day last weekend. West Virginia has a strong potential for anyone interested in aeronautics, and drones are an important part of that. We hope someone who attended left with valuable information for their future career, or at the very least an interesting hobby.

Cheers to Frank Caputo, who was named Marion County’s Democrat of the Year. Caputo was honored in Charleston at the Democratic Party’s annual Roosevelt Kennedy Dinner. While it is not our place to embrace or honor someone of a particular political party, we’re happy to congratulate anyone who receives this sort of praise.

Cheers to the Marion County Commission and the 911 dispatchers in our county. The commission signed a resolution last week to officially recognize dispatchers as first responders. The resolution acknowledged that, much like other first responders, dispatchers serve 24/7 and make the “same sacrifices in their personal lives as firefighters, law enforcement officers, and emergency medical service workers by leaving their families, friends, and the safety of their surroundings to handle the emergency 911 calls that save the lives, protect the property, and ensure the safety of our community during weather, chemical, and other emergency events.”

Jeers to the head of West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection, Austin Caperton, and the lawmakers he spoke to about what is being called the “Appalachian Petrochemical Renaissance.” Caperton spoke to lawmakers at length about his work to recruit companies to West Virginia that are involved in converting natural gas liquids to plastics, and yet there was not one comment or question regarding the environmental impact these companies will have. It seems Caperton, a formal coal industry consultant, and other state lawmakers may be far more concerned about the money to be made with these projects than they are with our state’s environmental well-being. One would expect a presentation from the Department of Environmental Protection to have at least something to do with protecting the environment.

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