Too often there's a tendency to sit around and point fingers or complain about what should be done or needs to be done. I'm a firm believer in the old song, "Ac-cent-u-ate the Positive." Until we learn to do that and rather than talk about what should, could, etc., get of our duffs and actually do something ourselves, nothing will happen.
This letter is being written to publicly thank the person or persons unknown who didn't sit around for someone else to "do it."
I have been informed by a regular user of the rail trail that someone has removed the horse manure from the trail after the horseback poker run on June 4. A big and hearty thank-you to that someone. It was a very thoughtful thing to do.
Thank-yous also go out to all those who helped make Shinnston Trail Days a big success. Kelso Maley and Bob Vincent (and the young man driving the surrey) for their generosity of bringing the horse-drawn rides to Trail Days, the Baptist Youth for their flea market, the Methodist Men for their chicken roast, and Joe Brooks for setting up his pre-1840 lodge to show us what life was like on early trails.
These people are responsible for drawing people to the trail on Shinnston Trail Days. It could not have happened without them.
Harrison County Parks & Recreation provided helpers and the band "Blue Denim" provided entertainment. Marion County Parks & Recreatioin came down with bicycles for rent and more helpers. Shinston Park Board held activities and the birdhouse contest at Ferguson Park and had a trail open from the West Fork River Trail to Ferguson Park.
The City of Shinnston provided a stage and trash barrels and the services of Officer Cunningham for bicycle inspections. Many Shinnston area businesses provided facilities for Trail Days and its features. Thank you, everyone.
So, ask me what can happen when a few people get together to do an event.
Cooperation is the key word. Next year will be even better, if everyone helps.