CREATE welcomes spring


BUCKHANNON – CREATE Buckhannon met for its regular weekly meeting on Thursday.  The group discussed all the current construction in town, which will bring the sidewalk intersections up to standard with ADA compliance.  The Gateway West project will also commence as soon as the Strawberry Festival ends, which will provide sidewalks with period lighting on both sides of the road, all the way out to the Leggitt addition.  CJ Rylands mentioned that a government housing developer is presently looking for 1.5 acres in the city to build a three story, 35 unit complex for senior citizens as well. 

Members recognized an increase in local river activity since the addition of the new business, Day Trippin Adventures, LLC.  You can now rent a kayak or canoe from Alan Stephens and take a trip from the boat ramp rental spot or even catch a ride to other locations for a longer trip if desired. 

CREATE has obtained permission to place a 12 foot ‘Welcome to Buckhannon’ sign in the area of the sandstone wall as you come into town from the bowling alley.  Rylands intends to purchase and plant creeping flox on the wall around the sign to make an eye-catching entrance.

Buck Edwards said he had a group visit from New York last week and they just couldn’t get over the beauty of the Red Bud and Dogwood trees along interstate 79.  He hopes that the trees CREATE plants this spring will likewise draw attention and be a beautiful addition to Buckhannon.  It is not too late to sponsor a tree in honor or memory of someone, so contact Edwards if you are interested. 

Rylands noted that the City of Buckhannon is currently drafting a letter, which will be sent to the state, requesting help in evaluating and improving the safety of Route 33 and its dangerous intersections.  With more recent fatalities and accidents, the general consensus is that something must be done. 

The Little Free Libraries that CREATE previously installed around the county are now in need of a face lift.  If you would like to volunteer to help refurbish this wonderful resource for Upshur County, please contact Melodie Stemple. 

The public will finally get their chance to try CREATE’s delicious chicken dinners soon.  The group plans to hold their first fundraiser sale of the dinners in front of The Opera House on Saturday, May 11 at 1 p.m.  At only $8, the meal complete with homemade sides is a fantastic value, so be sure to stop by. 

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