|Native of Britain has made big difference here
by Bob Stealey
I'd like to dedicate at least the first portion of today's Bob'n'Along to an individual who has, in the approximately seven years he has been in the Harrison County area, made quite a difference -- not only with his fellow workers at the gas company on West Main Street, but with his neighbors in Bridgeport and with scores of soccer kids and their parents.
His name is Shaun Davison, and he resides at 115 Pinewood Ave. in Bridgeport and his wife's name is Nicole. I am writing about this native of England -- he's believed to be in his late 20s -- because he's leaving town. The Davisons will be relocating to Richmond, Va., where he'll be working for Dominion Resources Inc., now the parent firm of CNG. He apparently is not certain whether he'll be doing the same type of work at Dominion in Richmond, but it is understood that it is a really good career move for him.
I have not personally met Shaun or Nicole, but have heard only great things about them. According to a co-worker and neighbor, he began working at CNG Transmission Corp. in computer programming, but more recently has moved on to cost analysis and strategic planning.
He is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon.
Nicole is a long-time Harrison County resident, hailing from the Glen Falls area. She has also worked at the gas company in inter-telecommunications, but is now associated with a derivative, the Wang company of Houston, Texas. She had been working in Fairmont. Already, she has been offered -- and has accepted -- a position in the Richmond area. Her mother has been a teacher in the Harrison County school system.
The Davisons are regarded as very good neighbors, and will truly be missed. They are animal lovers and currently have two large boxer dogs, named Jordi and Foxy Lady.
The soccer program in Harrison County has grown tremendously because of Shaun's presence. According to one of his neighbors, Nile White of Driftwood Road, he has been involved with approximately 200 youngsters in the county's soccer program. He has conducted soccer camps and has taken kids to numerous soccer functions out of state.
Shaun and Nicole are both very active and athletic. Together, they participate in jogging, biking and skiing.
In both his work and play, Shaun Davison has made a difference in the Clarksburg-Bridgeport area. For this, we heartily applaud him.
In last Sunday's Bob'n'Along column, I mentioned that an unidentified former Clarksburger now living in Seattle, Washington, upon recently revisiting the area, made some observations about the environmental status of Clarksburg.
The former Adamston resident made reference to "the dirty city of Clarksburg," adding, "I can't get over how terribly dirty the streets and sidewalks are uptown and in Adamston and Stealey."
Well, I have received a brief response to that observation from Elaine Lucente of Clarksburg, a champion of bringing about a cleaner environment who was named the 1998 Citizen of the Year by the Exponent-Telegram.
Mrs. Lucente wrote:
"After reading Bob Stealey's article on trashy Clarksburg, I would like to inform the paper (that) city residents are quite aware of the problem. Every neighborhood has trash lying around yards, banks, corners, curbs, around dumptsters spilling over the sides, around the courthouse square and the creek banks.
"Every area of the city has been stricken by the trash virus. This time of year, it's quite obvious (that) trash abounds everywhere we go in the city of Clarksburg. Perhaps the newspaper should poll the residents on the subject of trash.
"I'm wondering who is responsible for seeing that our city is clean? Could it be everyone who lives in our town? If there is no money in the city or county budgets, maybe they should let something slide to clean up our fair city?"
Thanks much, Elaine, for your response.
I received a telephone call Friday from Lois Dyer of Liberty Avenue in Clarksburg's Hartland section. For readers not all that familiar with the streets of Clarksburg, Liberty runs parallel to the West Fork River eastward from Milford Street at the "V.A. Bridge" stoplight. It is one of the very first streets in the city to be submerged with water in times of flooding.
Mrs. Dyer said that during last weekend's flood, she and her husband, John, were advised by police to evacuate their residence due to the rising water. Their son, Patrick Dyer of Buena Vista Avenue in Broad Oaks, asked them to stay at his residence while the flood and its resulting problems persisted.
Mrs. Dyer explained that her husband was wheelchair-bound, that her son's home was up 14 steps and asked the officers what they should do, whereupon they were told they could call 911 and request assistance.
She said a pair of Clarksburg Fire Department members showed up at the couple's son's residence shortly after the initial call and carried Mr. Dyer in his wheelchair up the steps.
Mrs. Dyer said she didn't get to write down the names of the firefighters, but asked if I would publicly thank them for their kind assistance during a difficult time.
Consider it done, Mrs. Dyer.
I must admit that the dollars-and-cents figures at the gasoline pumps are turning faster than I have seen for some time. I'm just wondering if they'll hit the $2 level before the one-gallon number shows up before anyone has the gumption to do anything about it.
Maybe a better-thought-out formula for setting the state gasoline tax would be a start.
Nevertheless, enjoy your week!