Updates from CREATE


BUCKHANNON — CREATE Buckhannon had a broad discussion last Thursday afternoon about a variety of things occurring throughout the community.  

CREATE began by discussing final touches on their Elimination Dinner, which will be held February 14 at The Event Center at Brushy Fork.  Doors will open at 6 p.m., dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the elimination will start at 7:15 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased at the door, although it is strongly encouraged to purchase them prior to the event.  

There was discussion regarding Rite Aid’s transformation into Walgreens, and if they will be selling liquor like Rite Aid had previously done.  One member heard they would not be selling it, and another heard they would be.  If Walgreens does not sell liquor, there will no longer be a place to purchase such drinks in the city.  

Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (CVB) intern and senior at West Virginia Wesleyan College, Riley Queen, designed vibrant stickers designed with “native” and “sunny buck” on them and view finders of tourist attractions in Buckhannon to be given out at booths during events that the CVB will attend.   The first event they will be handing them out at is Festival Fridays.   Shawn Harris said, “Usually stickers get stuck to something, and that’s kind of what we are hoping with these,” then people from all over will see them.   There was a suggestion for a different slogan for people that aren’t native to Buckhannon but choose to live here – “Buckhannon by Choice.”  

CJ Rylands is looking for input on how to connect with people who have visited and left the community during Festival Fridays.  He is trying to find a way to get them back here or connect in some way.  Harris suggested live streaming the event every Friday, so people can still be connected without physically being at the event.  This was agreed upon and will hopefully occur when Festival Fridays start back up.  

Kimberly Reed from the Export-Import Bank of the United States will be speaking at the annual B-U Chamber awards dinner on March 2 at The Event Center at Brushy Fork.   Reed also spoke at the Business Summit for the state Chamber.  Tickets can be purchased for $35 for non-members and $50 sponsorships are also available.  

There will be a variety of candidate forums held throughout Upshur County prior to the upcoming elections.   There will be a candidate’s forum for city officials and BOE at the Performing Arts Center at West Virginia Wesleyan College. SUBA is also holding one for any and all candidates on April 1 at Banks District VFD.  The Youth Leadership Association (YLA) group from Buckhannon-Upshur High School will also be hosting one in April.  

SUBA is holding their annual dinner on March 4 where they will recognize their Citizen of the Year Award.  This dinner is SUBA’s primary fundraiser and tickets can be purchased for $10.   The speaker will be the Director of Community Care.   Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. 

The Colonial Theater is currently applying for the third phase of the grant.  According to CJ Rylands, there will be a whole new layer of things to do for kids involved in the arts.  Last but not least, Rylands discussed the three gaming tables and three picnic tables that will likely be replacing the existing tables at Summit Circle in Jawbone Park.   

CREATE Buckhannon is open to anyone wanting to participate in making Buckhannon better.  All are welcome to participate Thursdays at 12 p.m. at the Opera House.  Lunch is provided for $7.   For more information check out http://www.createbuckhannon.com/

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