Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation for the nearly $147,000 in grants awarded Tuesday. The grants, part of the PACF’s spring grant cycle, went to groups and service organizations in an 11-county area for projects that benefit the communities. The PACF is a vital part of the area and one of the big reasons this is such a caring place to live.

UP: To the generosity and love of West Virginia University at Parkersburg the late Eldon Miller showed by his $1 million endowment to the school, announced this week. Miller was president at the college for 18 years, retiring in 2000. He called his association with the school and the community “one of the most significant parts of my career and life.” Miller obviously loved the school and community and his legacy now will live on through the students who will be able to attend WVU-P because of his generosity.

UP: To the businesses and participants who helped the annual Kids Golf Classic raise a record $176,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of Parkersburg. The Kids Classic is the “difference in us existing and not,” Boys & Girls Club of Parkersburg executive director Ben Shuman said. In its 18 years of existence, the event has raised more than $2 million.

UP: To the survivors of D-Day, the allied forces’ landing at Normandy that was the turning point of World War II. This was the 70th anniversary of the landing, and, unfortunately, there are fewer participants in this historic event left every year. It is vital to our nation that we never forget what these soldiers and sailors, many in the flower of their youth and many who never returned home, accomplished on June 6, 1944.

DOWN: To the drug culture that has led to a growing number of meth and prescription drug arrests in both Wood and Washington counties during the past several weeks. On Tuesday, law enforcement officers arrested Jeremy R. Buffington, 36, and Monica A. Thomas-Smith, 36, both of 2615 Cypress St., on several drug charges. This was the third alleged meth lab bust in Wood County in two weeks. And on Wednesday, several law enforcement agencies in Ohio arrested seven people after four homes were searched for drugs in Lowell. A positive sign is many of these arrests happened because neighbors tipped off police to the suspicious activity taking place at these residences.