Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To Parkersburg native Justin Raber, who was recently installed as the youngest president of the West Virginia PTA. Raber, a 2008 graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College, currently attends the West Virginia University College of Law. Raber will serve as West Virginia PTA president for the next two years.

UP: To the Castle’s annual weeklong summer history camp, which gives younger students hands-on experience with local history. The camp, which concluded Friday, is open to students entering third through fifth grades. This year’s theme was “River Days’ and included two river-related field trips. Congratulations to the Castle for continuing this program that helps instill a love of history to students at an early age.

UP: To the Marietta College students who participated in the school’s Alternative Spring Break to South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, one of the poorest areas in the country. The students continued their help to residents of the reservation even when they returned to Marietta by collecting 86 mattresses being taken out of service at the college and collected 14 boxes of sheets, towels and blankets to send to the reservation. Congratulations to the students donating their time for this worthy cause.

DOWN: To the high levels of E. coli in Goose Run in Marietta. The levels of bacteria are nearly 50 times higher than the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s accepted standard. The Ohio EPA suspects the problem is coming from a faulty pipe, and was inspecting the creek this week in an attempt to find the source.

UP: To the area Boy Scouts who will be participating in this coming week’s Boy Scout Jamboree at the recently opened High Adventure Camp at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in Mount Hope, W.Va., near the New River Gorge.