Let's Build Something of Which We Can Be Proud!
As a part of the Blueprint Communities initiative, a group of concerned citizens has been assembled. With the aid of the multiple partners that Blueprint Communities brings to the area, that group will be receiving training to help identify distressed or vacant properties. This "Better Buildings Program," will work with property owners, local government and other resources to either rehabilitate or demolish these problematic structures.

The city of New Martinsville and the Wetzel County Commission worked together to bring down the old Thomas Drug Store building on North Street. That was a big win for our community as that structure was both a danger and an eyesore. For some building, renovation simply isn't possible and in such cases, all that can be done is to raze the structure.

However, many dilapidated building simply need some TLC. Already, some local landowners have taken steps to improve their locations. Recently, the Steelton Plaza, KFC/Taco Bell and Walton Electric have all made big changes to their facades. Other buildings like the Acts Mission Church, the Doolin Center and The Shiben Buildings on Main St have all been the recipients of major work to improve their useful life.

With the proper motivation, funding and community backing, the owners of such structures can rehabilitate them. These buildings can once again serve the community as a whole. However, learning to bring all these resources together is the first step in journey that will take many years to complete.

This process that will take time; identifying, inventorying, prioritizing and ultimately rejuvenating our community, but with the right skills and a passion its integral to achieving the vision of reinvigorated neighborhoods throughout our community. Should you be interested in learning more about this process, or helping to advance this cause, please let us know. We need committed individual who share our dream of a revitalized hometown that we can be proud of.

"Blueprint Communities" is a registered service mark of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh.
If you live in the Pine Grove area and would like to help make Ramp Fest a success this year, the please come and take part in the next planning meeting at Mason's Depot on Feb. 19th at 11 AM.

If you can't be at the meeting and would still like to help, please contact Ashley Blake at (304) 905-7469.
Valley High School will be hosting a career fair on March 25, 2020 from 9-12 in their gymnasium. All Wetzel County Juniors and Seniors are invited to attend. If you would like to have a booth or would like to speak with the students please email Jessica Mace, school counselor, at Jessica.mace@k12.wv.us . We will also be providing lunch and snacks to all vendors. Thank you for all you do for our community and we're looking forward to hearing from you!
TO ANYONE WHO WANTS TO GET INTO THE FILM AND TELEVISION INDUSTRY AS AN ACTOR: Acting for film and television classes are forming at the Sistersville library, Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. Taught by world renouned writer, director Dave Shelton (Everybody Loves Raymond, Warner Bros, Disney, National Lampoon, SYFY channel, Nickelodeon). Contact psychedelia1@yahoo.com or call the Sistersville library 304-652-6701, for details. Ages 12 and up. Adult classes as well.