Four Governor’s Day To Serve Projects Completed

The Rainelle Community Development Corporation and the Town of Rainelle used Governor’s Day to Serve mini-grants and forty-two volunteers to complete four community improvement projects.

Most of the forty-two volunteers live in Rainelle or the immediate area, but volunteers also came from Beckley, Crawley, Danese, Fayetteville, Levisay, Lewisburg, Rupert and Smoot.

“Rainelle is blessed to have such outpouring of people willing to work for its improvement,” Mayor Andrea J. “Andy” Pendleton said.  “Many of these Day to Serve Volunteers have worked for years on many other projects like litter control, the Centennial celebration and health and safety fairs.”

Rainelle Community Development Corporation mini grants were used to complete the landscaping and mapping of RainelleCemetery and by the Greenbrier Hills Membership Association to landscape around the golf course club house.

“We really wanted to use a minigrant to plant a memorial tree at the new RainelleElementary School,” Mayor Pendleton said.  “That was not possible at this time because the school is not ready for landscaping, so we applied the minigrants that the Governor’s office titled Mayor’s Office 1 and Mayor’s Office 2 to moving and cleaning RainelleHigh School bricks for future use, purchasing an all-weather park bench, and planting ten burning bushes in HeritagePark along Sewell Creek.”

Matching for the mini grants came from Greenbrier Hills Membership Association, donated professional services by MeadWestvaco and Weedwhackers, straw, topsoil and mulch given by Weedwhacker’s owner Terry McClung, Marvin Vaughn, Lonnie Treadway, and others.  Town of Rainelle Police Chief J. P. Stevens, clerks Sandra Hanna and Deborah McCall, and Street employees Mike Stout, Dylan Brown, Dusty Morello and Tommy Lewis also contributed to the projects’ success.

Pendleton said that many of the volunteers worked on several projects.

“I am grateful for all the people who volunteer to help us revitalize Rainelle,” Pendleton said.  “During these projects and many others, whether in rain, sleet or snow, Susie Minturn is Rainelle’s volunteer extraordinaire.”

Other volunteers included Mike Boggs, Brandon Brown, Darrell Brown, Dylan Brown, Joan C. Browning, Jim Bryant, Shelby Bryant, Sandy Crist, Rev. Bob Daniels, David Grimmett, Kimberly Gross, Sandra Hanna, Robert Hanshew, David Harvey, Roxie Hume, Jamie Jackson, Wes Johnson, Nathan Lewis, Tommy Lewis, Curtis Martin, Deborah McCall, Terry McClung, Susie Minturn, Dusty Morello, Andrea Pendleton, Randy Pendleton, Don Ratliff, Jan Riffe, Autumn Shelton, Chris Stevens, J. P. Stevens, Mike Stout, Julia Thompson, Lonnie Treadway, Marvin Vaughn, Linda Whitlow, Donna Wyatt and Rev. John Wyatt.

For further information, contact RCDC Executive Director Andrea J. “Andy” Pendleton, email andypen241@msn.com, telephone 304.667-9233; RCDC President Joan C. Browning, email oma00013@wvnet.edu, telephone 304.645.6799; or RCDC Board members Treasurer Martha Livesay, Vice President Christopher Clay, or Parliamentarian Susie Minturn

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