Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To the annual Belpre Homecoming, which continues today with several events, including a beauty pageant, bass tournament, carnival and musical entertainment at the Suddenlink Main Stage near the Civitan Park gazebo. The 80-plus-year-old event is filled with small-town fun and is also the kickoff to the annual late-summer festival slate that will take place in the Mid-Ohio Valley during the next few weeks – including the Parkersburg Homecoming, and the Sternwheel Festival.

UP: To the Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce for hosting an informational meeting scheduled for Aug. 20 to discuss a possible Athens to Belpre Rail Trail. Organizers say they hope to explore if it would be possible to link the two communities with a recreational trail. If this is possible, it would be a wonderful addition to the outdoor recreation opportunities in the area. The meeting is scheduled for 11:30 a.m at The Unicorn Wine Guild, 1816 Washington Blvd. While the event is free, there will be a $10 charge for those who would like to eat lunch during the chat. Reservations should be made through the chamber at (740) 423-8934 or by Aug. 18.

UP: To Wood County Habitat for Humanity for its recent dedication of the group’s 69th house built in the community. The house – five months in construction – will now belong to Bonnie Lyons and her daughter Angela Lyons. Angela, 23, is paralyzed and has been living in an assisted living facility because their former home was not equipped to handle her needs. Bonnie Lyons has assisted on two previous Habitat homes. Congratulations to her and her daughter, and to this wonderful organization that makes this dream possible.

UP: To the Parkersburg Utility Board for its decision to adjust parts of the wastewater treatment plant upgrades that will now keep the project in line with original estimates. An ordinance recently approved by Parkersburg City Council gave the board the ability to issue bonds for the project for as much as $13.7 million in case bids came in higher than expected. However, the moves recommended by PUB Manager Eric Bennett will keep the project at its original $12.7 million low-interest loan.