Room a Bit Cozier Than the Office Cot on Capitol Hill

Congressman Gets a Room Upgrade

U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., stayed at the Springhill Suites in Woodsdale during his stop in Wheeling this week, and said the comfort there far exceeded his usual accommodations. When in Washington, Jenkins sleeps in his congressional office on a $99 cot purchased from Ollie’s. He reports House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., also sleep in their offices.

A Statue About Nothing

There is “soup for you” at Wheeling’s Centre Market, although a figurine there depicting an iconic television character might indicate otherwise.

On the counter at the Soup Shack sits the mini-homage to the “Soup Nazi,” the temperamental chef who deprived many hungry customers of his product on episodes of the “Seinfeld” television show.

Buckle Up

No matter how many times law enforcement officers tell us to buckle up, some of us just aren’t listening. During a seven-day period May 22-29, troopers issued 9,533 seat belt citations in a joint effort of the Six-State Trooper Project. The project included troopers in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia State Police. The

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting 14 deaths on Ohio roadways over the 2017 Memorial Day weekend. In 2016, 15 fatalities occurred, and 16 occurred in 2015. One of this year’s fatalities was a motorcyclist, and seven were pedestrians.

The bottom line — buckle up. Your life may depend on it.

These Retirees’ Work Never Ends

A group of former teachers has demonstrated their commitment to local youth hasn’t ended with retirement.

Since 1975, students at Woodsdale Elementary have only had a blacktop to play on for recess, but recently a group of retired Woodsdale teachers and administrators are helping to change that. Ceil Dumas and 19 other retired teachers from Woodsdale donated $1,000 to help build a new playground for children.

The Woodsdale PTO is currently fundraising to construct three inclusive playground structures at the school; one for ages 5-12, one for ages 2-5, and an outdoor learning space. Projected cost is $200,000. Money for a new fencing project and landscaping has already been secured.

Ceil Dumas taught at Woodsdale for 36years. She recently presented the check to Principal Ashlea Minch. She hopes that when students start school again in August, they can play on a new facility.

Also accepting the check from Mrs. Dumas was her former student, Erika Weidner. Weidner attended Woodsdale as a child and now is one of the parents leading the fundraising efforts.

Woodsdale PTO Vice President Lori Kenamond also attended the ceremony.

“This is a great boost to our funding efforts,” Minch said. “These teachers know that this will benefit our students, but it will also benefit the whole community. With a shared use agreement in place with the city of Wheeling, this playground will be open to the public during the afterschool hours, summers and weekends. That makes their gift even more special.

“We have raised $60,000 in just three months with great support from families and the community. The fencing construction will start in June,” Minch continued. “But, we still need help so that we can build the whole structure this summer.”

Get It in Writing

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey reminds consumers of the necessity of a written contract when hiring someone for spring home improvement projects.

Some of the most common consumer complaints received by the Attorney General’s Office are lack of home improvement licensing and work completion.

State law requires a written contract when hiring a contractor for home improvement projects costing $250 or more. In addition to a contract, jobs of $2,500 or more require the contractor to be licensed by the state Contractor Licensing Board.