Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To Friday evening’s reopening of the Parkersburg High School Stadium Field for the football game between PHS and Capital High School. Crews worked all this past week finishing up last minute items to get the home-side bleachers ready. And also a thumbs up to the PHS Stadium Committee for the stadium commemorative coins that sell for $20. The coins mark the first game played with fans in the new bleachers and also will be a fundraiser to help with the rest of the needed renovations.

UP: To the Campus Martius Museum for hosting the second Kid’s Archaeology Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. The children participating will learn about the work of an archaeologist and help with a special dig. They will talk about the artifacts they find, what is considered an artifact and how each object might have been used, said Glenna Hoff, education and program director at Campus Martius.

DOWN: To the two young men who allegedly broke into and vandalized the concession stand and outbuildings at the Erickson All-Sports Facility, causing $6,000 in damage to doors, windows, appliances, cabinets and fire extinguishers. We agree with Wood County Schools assistant superintendent Mike Fling that the act was despicable. Hopefully, with the act caught on camera and the video being shown on the newspaper website, the culprits of this mindless act will be caught soon and severely punished.

UP: To Mountain State College and its 125th anniversary celebration from 2-5 p.m. today at its Parkersburg campus at Spring and 16th streets. The celebration is open to the public and will feature Nashville-based musician and Parkersburg area native Matt Enik, who performs on stage during the event. Congratulations to Mountain State College for being such an important part of the Mid-Ohio Valley for 125 years.

UP: To the Harvest Moon Festival and the Belleville Homecoming this weekend at City Park and Belleville, respectively. These are the kind of things that make the Mid-Ohio Valley a nice place to live and work.