Its good to see cooperative effort between
citizens and police officers
Its good to see the police department and residents
of Clarksburg working together.
And its even better to know the police departments first Citizens
Police Academy has been successful.
At 6:30 p.m. today, about two dozen people will graduate from the academy,
held for the past 15 weeks to help open the lines of communication between
average citizens and the police.
Academy participants took field trips to jails and
law enforcement facilities. They talked about everything from hiring officers
to firearms safety. We kind of expected a classroom-type situation, but
the discussions have really opened up, said academy participant Mike
For the police department, the academy has helped
make friends. Were looking for people to become leaders in problem solving,
along with the police, in the neighborhoods, said Clarksburg Police Chief
Participants said that they now know who to call
when they see a problem in their neighborhood. And police have been able
to make several arrests from the information that has been shared in just
the past 15 weeks, Mazza said.
But just because the academys 15-week program is
finished, it doesnt mean its over. Class members will have alumni meetings
once a month for citizens and police to interact and talk about problems
in their communities and the solutions to those problems.
Thats good to know. Only through knowing the community
and knowing where the problems are can police help communities become a
better place to live.
Todays editorial reflects the opinion of the Exponent editorial
board, which includes William J. Sedivy, John G. Miller, Julie R. Cryser,
James Logue, Kevin Courtney and Cecil Jarvis.
Convenient, safe and affordable parking a must for
Parking or, rather, the lack of it is the biggest
problem that downtowns face. Parking is a key reason why shopping plazas
and malls replaced downtowns as the place to shop.
Shopping plazas and malls can offer patrons acres
of free parking. Downtowns cannot. Shopping plazas and malls can offer
patrons convenient parking right in front of or beside the store where
they want to shop. Downtowns cannot.
So, the biggest thing downtowns can do to survive
and perhaps even prosper is to make parking as available, as convenient
and as safe as possible. Clarksburg is doing that by upgrading the Hewes
Avenue parking garage.
The city has hired contractors to repair the garages
stairwell and overhaul its elevator. Other work will include sealing cracks
in the garages concrete and applying a coat of sealant, pressure-washing
the building and putting in more drains for better water runoff.
The city will also make the garage safer for patrons.
New lights will be brighter than the current orangish ones. Security cameras
will let garage employees keep an eye on parked cars, reducing the risk
of theft or vandalism or worse.
All the improvements wont come cheap. They will cost the city of Clarksburg
more than $900,000. Thats a lot of money, but its money wisely spent.
The city is reinvesting revenue garnered from last
Julys parking fee increases to protect one of its biggest capital investments.
The Hewes Avenue parking garage is two decades old, and work such as applying
concrete sealant and installing new water drains is aimed at keeping the
garage structurally sound for 20 more years.
The city is also protecting the future of its downtown.
The glorious days when everyone came there to shop may be gone, but downtown
Clarksburg does have a retail market. Every workday, hundred of employees
of downtown businesses from bank tellers to law office clerks to government
workers eat and shop downtown.
Parking convenient, affordable, safe parking
is key to keeping businesses and their employees downtown, as well as drawing
in new ones.
Telegram editorial board member
Ginger proves even dogs cannot have everything
by Gail Marsh
My dog is smart. Ugly, but smart.
Ginger is a 9-year-old terrier mix who has
been with my family since we adopted her, sight unseen, through the Taylor
County Humane Society when she was just a few weeks old. Weve never regretted
She came from a litter of 12 puppies. The family who owned her mother
said the pup was the runt and the most interesting looking one. They
got that right.
We were told Gingers dad was a wirehaired terrier
and her mother looked like Benji, so she stayed under 25 pounds and has
had a bad-hair day for the last 9 years. She has beautiful chocolate eyes
and a big brown nose, but her brownish hair sticks out all over her body
like shes in a constant state of alarm. Except when she sheds a few times
during the year and gets numerous bald spots then she just looks
scary. The vet said its just her nature and recommended we keep her coat
brushed, but its hard to brush your dog when the rest of the family
and the neighbors are laughing at the way she looks.
Ginger does have white markings on her chest and
on each foot, but her only good feature is balanced out by an out-of-control
tail that doesnt seem to know that its attached to the rest of her body.
If one more person asks if shes a pet rat or tells me, Aw, shes so ugly
shes almost cute, Ill scream.
Back to the smart part. Well, she didnt start out
very smart, but she developed rather quickly. Ginger has come a long way
from the days when she was afraid of linoleum.
She would tromp carefree through the carpeted house,
but when she got to the kitchen linoleum, she would stop dead in her tracks
and back up, whining. We thought maybe her mother was hit by a loose
piece of floor tile.
Anyway, once she figured out that the only way she
was going to eat was to cross the kitchen floor and make her way to her
dish in the corner, she was able to overcome her shiny-floor-a-phobia.
Ginger was smart when it came to house training,
but she was a bit of a problem when it came to walking on a leash.
Ever try to drag a small, homely dog who refuses to walk on a leash
through the park without making a spectacle of yourself and raising the
ire of other pet lovers? She never really mastered a leash, so its a good
thing shes learned to heel and walk by my side whenever I need her to.
I dont take her out many places.
Ginger has quite an extensive vocabulary, with barks
that mean everything from Im out of water here to The UPS man is blocking
the driveway again.
She understands so much of what we say that
we took to spelling out words years ago something thats hard to explain
to visitors who notice that our daughter is almost 23.
Since we moved to the country a few years ago, Ginger
has had a number of new experiences that shell probably never try
again. Rolling in fresh cow or deer manure used to be her idea of a good
time, but after being locked out of the house a number of times, followed
by three screaming family members trying to decide whose job it was to
wash the dog this time, it sort of took the fun out of it for her.
I told you she was smart. You can ask our visitors.
Ginger seems to have a knack for picking out the family member or guest
who most needs her attention.
She can definitely tell when someone has had a long
day or an upsetting incident and will gravitate to that persons side.
Shell stay by them, offering to let them pet her, pick her up and
even share their food with her. Theres no limit to her hospitality, and
shes endeared enough people so that lately she actually gets e-mail from
friends, asking how shes doing and what shes been up to.
Now that my daughter is married and off on her own,
Ginger likes to spend her days sunning on the best piece of furniture in
any room she chooses. Age is catching up with her, but she still loves
car rides, popcorn and keeping the yard safe from the belligerent bunny
or squirrel that happens to wander through.
As long as she has a daily run to the mail box,
sans leash, a full food dish and a warm lap to curl up on occasionally,
she seems quite content. See, I told you she was smart.