The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

November 12, 2012

Tribune Readers’ Views for Monday, Nov. 12, 2012

AIM Committee seeks vols to help with projects

The AIM Committee is a non-profit organization that began in 1996. The group is made up of friends and neighbors all working together to promote their town and to make it a desirable place to live and work.

Over the years the group has undertaken a multitude of activities, ranging from town clean ups; beautification projects; the sponsorship of the Hometown Mountain Heritage Festival; clean up and restoration of Westlake Cemetery; clean up of the historic coke ovens; building renovation and establishment of the Ansted Culture and Historic Museum, as well as both financial support and fund raising for the museum; assistance with construction of the Rail Trail; work on the Hurd House; financial support and labor for the Paul Peck Memorial Greenspace (the Gazebo); coordination of Music On The Green; and coordination of a Veteran’s Day Program.

The committee members have helped author the Town of Ansted Economic Development Plan, the recent Rural Tourism Development Plan in cooperation with WVU. Members have had leadership roles on the Blueprint Communities Team, The Ansted Culture and Heritage Museum and the Ansted/ New Haven Community Improvement Association.

The committee has costume contests on Halloween and this year added a dance. We have also begun hosting “We Got Talent” to give not just adults, but kids something to do.

The committee works closely with town government and maintains working relationships with the County Commission and Fayette County Chamber of Commerce and New River CVB.

We ask that you look around the town, and note the efforts of your friends and neighbors. At the library the statue and flower boxes and the benches throughout town, the AIM Flea Market, and holiday decorations throughout.

The group also does Make A Difference Day. Last year was a canned food collection and this year was collecting toys and gifts for moms and dads for the New Haven Christmas Project.

The upcoming year is Homecoming Year and we hope to make this festival especially nice, not just for the local folks but for those returning. We hope to have fireworks, music and other attractions to make for a fun and memory filled three days.

We are looking for new ideas and more people to help.

We are working all year selling hot dogs, BBQs and baked goods to make the festival happen. We are totally supported by our sales.

We meet the 4th Thursday of each month at the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. If you can spare the time or have ideas to share, please come and share. You don’t have to live in Ansted, just have the desire to keep this small town alive.

If you have questions, you can call 304-658-5038.

Brenda Taylor