Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Letters to the Editor

July 27, 2013

Thank you volunteers and Scouts

— Our area was extremely fortunate to be able to participate with the Boy Scouts during the recent Jamboree. Over a five-day period literally hundreds of Scouts, adult leaders and volunteers took part in projects all over Mercer County. The amount of work that was completed was truly remarkable.

One project of note took place at the overlook on East River Mountain. This area had fallen into disrepair and needed a considerable amount of attention. Over a two-day period the Scouts and volunteers worked on landscaping, renewed trails, painted and restored the brick memorial wall. This was a project sponsored by the Development Authority of the Greater Bluefield Area and Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce. It would not have been possible without the efforts of several volunteers and sponsors. These included: George McGonagle, Betsey Sorrell and the Bluefield Beautification Commission, Mike Wade with Chick-fil-A, AmeriCorps volunteers, the street and recreation department of the city of Bluefield, Patricia Meachum, the Shott Foundation and chamber staff.

Special thanks must go to Jeff Disibbio who has worked tirelessly for many months as County Champion for Mercer County. Without his leadership these 30 plus projects may not have happened.

I wish to thank all of these individuals and groups who helped make this a success. The Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia served as the organizing agency for all of the projects in a nine-county area. All of the Boy Scouts did a tremendous job and deserve our gratitude. We look forward to the next jamboree in 2017.

Marc Meachum

President – Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce

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