Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the Marietta College students participating in today’s Make a Difference Day, the largest day of community service in the nation. Student organizations have planned projects for today, including Alpha Tao Omega, Cross Country and the Psychology Club. Twelve of the 20 projects have been planned by members of the newest group of students in the McDonough Leadership Program through the LEAD 101 classes.

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UP: To the Mid-Ohio Valley Transit Authority for considering adding a bus route to the Kmart plazas in both south Parkersburg and Vienna. Adding these stops would be more convenient for riders, especially during the upcoming holiday season. It also could add more riders.

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UP: To the Belpre High School Alumni Association for its Shoe-In campaign. Now through Oct. 29, new and gently used children’s shoes-child sizes 10 through adult sizes 10 for boys and girls-can be dropped off at the elementary school on Rockland Avenue and the city building on Park Drive during business hours.

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UP: To the local foundations that were honored last weekend by Philanthropy West Virginia for their collaborative venture of the Civic Leaders Fellowship Program. The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and Bernard McDonough Foundation received 2013 Critical Impact Award in Morgantown during the annual Philanthropy West Virginia awards ceremony. The Civic Leaders Fellowship Program joins college students with area employers for summer employment in an effort to aid the community in keeping its young professionals.

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UP: To Vienna resident Jeff McDougle, 57, who was was chosen this week as the new manager of the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport. He will officially take the job when manager Terry Moore retires in January.