The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

July 15, 2013

The Initiative

Fayette County Approved Projects

— (Editor’s note: Following is information on the community service projects approved for Fayette County as part of The Initiative, a combined effort by the Boy Scouts of America during Jamboree 2013 and the Citizens Conservation Corps. Officials estimate Scouts will volunteer over 300,000 of community service across a nine-county region of Southern West Virginia on five days during the Jamboree.)

— Ansted Improvement Motivators — cemetery cleanup/trail building: remove brush and undergrowth at cemetery; right tombstones, stabilize bases, and reset grave markers; brush removal and grubbing in trail leading to historic site

— Ansted Middle School — strip parking lot and install gravel, paint bleachers, paint building, clean gym

— Bridgemont CTC (3) — construct planter boxes, plant flowers and plant interior of buildings

— The Center of Hope/Bill Sohonage — painting 12 interior rooms and three hallways

— City of Montgomery — clearing brush, cleaning street and performing repairs

— City of Mount Hope — to prepare for construction of trail near Dunloup Creek: clear invasive plants, debris and trash, and rail bed cleared of overgrowth

— City of Mount Hope/Coal Heritage Highway Authority — preserve mine portal to include painting, landscaping and placing interpretive signs

— City of Oak Hill — upgrade municipal parking lot, including clean litter, remove weeds, seal the lot, paint the concrete bumpers, stripe the parking spaces, plant shrubbery and paint a sign

— Collins Middle School — playground revitalization

—  Episcopal Church of the Redeemer — scrape and paint three wrought iron fences (total of 136 feet of fencing) in church front lot

— Fayette County Schools — construct a trail at Valley Elementary

— Fayetteville Elementary (2) — construct raised box gardens, remove old lockers, paint classrooms

— Fayetteville Presbyterian Church (3) — complete playground area, including clear area of debris, form border around playground equipment, mulch around equipment, and paint playground equipment; clear trail to site including tearing down an old unused building, remove shelter handrails, and reconstruct shelter

— Gatewood Elementary (2) — walking path and school beautification; build an outdoor classroom to promote the Farm to School program

— Gauley Bridge Elementary — construct shelter and perform landscaping tasks

— GFWC Fayetteville Woman’s Club — clean and prepare for painting inside and outside of approximately 400 feet of chain link fence including posts and gates, preparation for painting includes raking leaves and debris, removing grass under fence, and filling holes/dips with dirt

— Historic Fayetteville Convention and Visitors Bureau (FCVB) — paint interior of old jail and cells, cleaning

— Historic Fayette Theater — repair stage and construct outdoor storage building

— Jane Crist — scrape and paint 120-foot wrought iron fence at A.J. Taylor Cemetery

— John Pino — reset/clean gravestones, repair wrought iron fence

— Meadow Bridge Elementary School — repaint tennis and basketball courts, repair and repaint playground equipment, fix/paint fence, and remove vegetation

— Meadow Bridge High School — external walls of band room, field house, new gym and dugouts, internal painting of snack room, fifth and sixth grade classrooms, and internal walls of band room

— Midland Trail High School — rehab bleachers and install privacy fence

— Montgomery Historical Committee — records preservation to include photo scanning documents and putting scanned documents on discs

— Morris Creek Watershed Committee — watershed restoration (place limestone fines into acid mine drainage site, repair five K-dams with new support logs, rock placement, and native tree maintenance)

— Mount Hope Foundation — general repairs (scraping basement floors and walls) and painting throughout building, update bathroom facilities, and some landscaping

— Mountain View Church of God — clear brush and sapling trees to create 500-foot hiking path

— New River Elementary School (2) — improve school playground by seeding entire area, address drainage problems by basketball court, mulch area under swings, and paint hop scotch grids; construct cob shed

— New River Master Gardener Association — construct 2-3 native plant gardens, build nature trails around Fayette County Park, and build bat houses

— ON-TRAC Mount Hope/Coal Heritage Highway Authority — chop down weeds, cut small trees, raking/piling debris, and clean headstones

— Rebecca Dean — remove brush, undergrowth and weeds in front of home, clean two “creek-like” ditches, spread gravel into potholes in driveway, evaluate/improve steps to house, clean gutters and trim growth around backyard fence area

— Southern Appalachian Labor School — repairs and painting at Beards Fork Community Center, installing tile at Historic Oak Hill Elementary

— Town of Ansted — transfer historic/municipal records from paper to digital, file and record historic documents, data entry

—  Town of Fayetteville (2) — restore and repair bike trails, and rake, dig, weed and prune trees and shrubs from existing trail; clean, scrape old paint, and repaint classroom

— Town of Pax — landscaping, construct marker for headstones

— Town of Thurmond (8) — paint inside Town Hall building and water plant building; construct flower beds, plant flowers; reclaim historic Postmaster’s Trail, eliminate overgrowth/vegetation and regrub existing trail removing rock obstructions and addressing drainage issues; construct a sidewalk with paver stones and sand; clear away vegetation, plant low surface vegetation, flowers and shrubs, and install brick walkway with paver stones and sand; erect town sign and attach it to posts which they will dig and set in ground, and landscape around sign area

— Upper Paint Creek Watershed Association — construct roadside park and informational picnic center

— Whipple Company Store and Museum — outdoor amphitheater construction, garden creation, vegetation removal

— White Oak Rail Trail Committee (3) — plant pine trees along trail in front of fencing and mulching along chain link fence; build bench, build rustic trash receptacle, create wooden sign for trail, plant tree behind bench, and plant flowers beside the bench; prep four buildings overlooking part for painting, clean old signage behind the buildings, paint the surface of the backs of the buildings, and paint mural along the back of the buildings

— Wild Blue Adventure Company — construct living history museum

— Woodland Oaks Garden Club — landscape White Oak Trail by planting flowers according to plan mapped out