Thanks to those who have offered to be in the Homecoming Parade for Modesitt for County Commission. Being that I am on the Homecoming Committee, and I don’t want to create a conflict of interest, I decided not to have a vehicle in the parade. Secondly, I think community parades are for kids and families to enjoy bands, festival queens and their courts, floats, etc…and not a “political” opportunity. Politics in a parade sometimes gives the wrong impression of “big me and little you” and I am more of the mindset of being a public servant rather than a political celebrity. Let the fun begin as we celebrate Parkersburg Homecoming Festival.

Good people doing good things!

GOOD PEOPLE DOING GOOD THINGS WEEKEND …..first..the THE ARC “People First Fundraiser” spaghetti dinner and silent auction….This was a fund raiser to help send folks to the People First Conference in September. This group is a self advocacy group by and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities…and they do GREAT WORK and deserve our community support. Then off to East Wood Volunteer Fire Dept to a spaghetti dinner to help raise funds for three young people who were seriously injured in a car accident. There are so many good people trying to do good things for our community. THANK YOU to all those who offered their support for these projects!


Had the pleasure to attend “The Friends of Blennerhassett Reception to Mark Purchase of Harmon Blennerhassett’s Telescope” The event was held at the Blennerhassett Museum. As always Dr. Ray Swick did a great job with remarks. It is amazing to see an artifact that was originally purchased in 1795 or 1796…that was able to be traced to the Blennerhassett’s. It has been at a musem in Buffalo NY. The point of this post however is more about tourism and attraction opportunities. With the down turn in the coal and State of West Virginia economy, TOURISM and TRAVEL are more important. We have several wonderful attractions in the MOV, including Fort Boreman, the Juliann Square Historic District, Henderson Hall, Oil & Gas Museum, and of course the Blennerhassett Island State Park and Museum. As a former County Commissioner, I totally supported Wood County Tourism opportunities as well as historic preservation. If elected again, I will continue my support of tourism and making Wood County a destination point for visitors!


I have served on the Parkersburg Homecoming Festival Board since about 1990…..and this year I could not be more proud of the Board of Directors for selecting the Volunteers of the local American Red Cross to be the GRAND MARSHAL for the Parkersburg Homecoming Festival. This year the festival theme will be “West Virginia Strong”. What a great weekend it will be! THANK YOU AMERICAN RED CROSS. photo credit BRETT KLINE, Parkersburg News & Sentinel.

THANKS to Friends of PKB parks!

I want to take a moment to thank the good folks who belong to the Friends of Parkersburg Park. They have tackled several clean up and beautification projects at both Southwood and Parkersburg City Park. One of the most notable was the complete restoration of 23rd and Park Avenue known as Summers Park or now referred to as Pappas Corner. Sadly…the city let it fall apart. The committee took it on and it is one of the most beautiful parts of city park now. THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO DONATED TIME, MONEY, ENERGY, SUPPLIES.. Tonight, Monday July 25, the committee celebrated with a pizza party at this little park. I was honored to have been invited. THANK YOU again!


Happy 240th birthday USA!

Wishing the United States a happy 240th birthday! Interesting tid bits……Population 2015: 321.42 million……AREA 3.79 million square miles…..50 states… mother of the best state (West Virginia)….and as crazy as it sometimes gets……still the best country on the planet. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! HAPPY JULY 4th ! Have a safe and enjoyable July 4th weekend!!rickhappyjuly4


West Virginia Strong…West Virginia Proud…..always comes to the forefront when disaster strikes West Virginia……We become one. The news of the massive flooding, and loss of life in southern West Virginia has been heartbreaking. I have refrained from making many comments on social media as I DID NOT want it to be considered political in any way as a candidate for office. Personally I have been supporting a variety of efforts to help. Today, one of those projects came to West Virginia…that being Brad Paisley, who is showing some love and initiative to raise money. If there is anyone who has a desire and ability to donate, I wanted to share some important on line resources that need financial support.
The Brad Paisley efforts @ https://www.gofundme.com/westvirginiafloods
Obviously the Red Cross @ https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation
Kanawha County based charity @
To any of my friends, family or supporters…please consider making a contribution. A BIG THANK YOU to all those who are in motion helping fellow West Virginians. God Bless !