Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the more than 400 young volunteers who have been in town this week participating in this summer’s Mid-Ohio Valley Work Camp. The volunteers, students from both here and around the country, work throughout the day repairing and sprucing up homes of residents who would otherwise be unable to afford the work. This year, the campers worked on 35 homes throughout the area.

UP: To the annual Rendezvous on the River living history event, which concludes today at Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park. The rendezvous’s re-enactors, who come from all over the country, use authentic early 19th century tools, clothing and shelter to recreate the trading events “mountain men” attended to trade goods. Participants are able to walk through the camps to observe and talk with those who are knowledgeable about this period of American history.

UP: To Lieutenants John and Sharon Autry who have completed their first week as the new commanders of the Salvation Army of Parkersburg. The Autrys came to Parkersburg from their last post in Oklahoma City, Okla., and are replacing Captains Erik and Mechelle Henry, who, conversely, are being posted in Oklahoma City. Congratulations to the Autrys, and we hope their tenure in our community is a happy and successful one.

UP: To the Eddy family – mom Mary and sons Jake, 14, and Carter, 10, who were winners in a recent national video jingle contest sponsored by the Band-Aid company. For the “Stuck on Me” theme, the Eddys created a “Stuck on Bluegrass” jingle for the contest. A panel of judges selected the 12 finalists, whose videos were then voted on by the public. The family members were recently informed they were the winners of the $10,000 prize. Congratulations to the talented Eddy family.