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 @
Obviously the Red Cross @
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 !